Posts tagged Home and Hostess
Colorful, customizable designs embraced by countless celebrities & customers worldwide
March 19th, 2013 | 12:00 PM
By Erin Condren
As they say, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention,’ and that sure is the case at my house and with my business! As a mom of twins, juggling my company and our busy home life can be a challenge, but it’s that controlled chaos that has inspired business ideas since the beginning. My motto is to ‘simplify and stylize’ and I’ve found that sometimes a sticker is all you need to do both.
I created gift labels for my family years ago to take the stress out of gift wrapping. A stylish sticker can jazz up any package in a jiffy and won’t fall off the gift before the party! It’s the perfect solution for a gift of wine or baked treats so the hostess isn’t wondering after the event, ‘Who brought this lovely gift?’
A return address sticker adds personality to anything your mailman will deliver! A simple little sticker really can say a lot about you and be a stylish first impression when a handwritten note or invitation arrives.
Even my iPad is in fashion and shows off my colorful style. With so many tablets at our design and marketing meetings, it’s impossible to mix them up when each one is personalized.
Stake a stylish claim on your collection of books by customizing book plates for your little reader. These stickers make great gifts for a book club host or teachers that want to add style to their study!
Until March 24th (ending at midnight, PST): Buy one sticker pack and get the second (of equal or lesser value) for FREE. Valid on Gift Labels, Address Labels, iPad Stickers, and Book Plates. Use promo code BOGOSTICKERS at checkout. You’ll also be entered to win a $500 Erin Condren gift card (to use toward anything on her site!).
Unplug, have fun, and be sure to follow the rules!
May 16th, 2012 | 9:36 AM
Heaven knows we all love our electronic devices. Who among us hasn’t woken up face down in a laptop, the imprint of the home row indented on our faces? Still; as much as these technological wonders keep us connected, they can also drive us apart. Time to put down the iPad, Mom, and rally the troops for an old-fashioned game night!
Step One: Unplug your family. Grab a basket or box and collect those cellphones, DS’s, and other e-distractions. Warning: Your moody teenager will resist this analog interaction. This is just the tech withdrawal talking. Once she owns a few railroads in Monopoly she’ll fall into a rhythm of family fun that’s undeniable.
Step Two: Gather a variety of age-appropriate games. Get Cranium, Scrabble, Scattergories, and Trivial Pursuit for the older kids. For the squirrely youngin’s, Scavenger for Kids and Kids on Stage are fun and funny games the encourage kids to move. Apples to Apples, Sorry, Monopoly, Life, Clue, and Yatzee are classics that the whole family will enjoy!
Step Three: Break into a game and get started! After a few game nights a pattern may begin to emerge. In my family, I am the type-A aunty who always has to read the directions before we begin. My 8-year-old niece, Hope, always sets up the board and chooses each player’s color or symbol (she’s a good girl and always gives her aunty the top hat in Monopoly)! My nephew Gavin keeps the pace of the game moving – though sometimes he skips his sister to take his turn. We’re working on it.
Step Four: Snacks. Something healthy enough that you can graze on it for hours, but yummy enough that you will want to graze on it for hours. I like fruit and veggie wedges with peanut butter, ranch dressing, or hummus. Popcorn is also an easy way to go, and it’s great for throwing at the offender when someone bumps you back to start in Sorry!
Additional Info: It is especially important to play a fair game and follow the rules with kids. Games teach kids to be patient and wait their turn, to follow directions, to be strategic and weigh their options, and how to be a good winner or loser.
This weekend turn off the TV, pick up a board game and bring the brood together for a few hours of fun family time that they – and you! – will always cherish.
And remember: the loser has to put away the game. Rules are rules!