5 Ways to Beat the Flu Season

Fall brings with it pumpkins, cozy evenings by the fire, and mugs of warm beverages. But unfortunately, it also means the onset of flu season. Here are five top tips for avoiding the flu and maintaining an office environment that promotes good health: Boost Immunity: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urge all adults and children 6 and older to be vaccinated for the flu by the end of October. A flu shot won’t stop all strains of the virus, but it will defend against those expected to be most prevalent each year. It’s also important to keep your immune system optimized by sleeping enough and maintaining proper nutrition (think fruits and vegetables). Practice Good Hygiene: After getting a flu shot, keeping your hands clean and germs away from your nose and mouth are the most important techniques for preventing the flu. Wash your hands with soap regularly–always before … Read More

Put Your Personal Spin on Party Favors

If you’re hosting a big celebration, you’re probably focused on planning the details of the event itself–but it’s always a nice gesture to give your guests something to take home after the party’s over. This time, skip the same old trinkets and candy in exchange for useful, lasting favors that reflect your unique personality and interests. Here are some creative ideas to get you started: Chameleon Cup These 22 oz plastic cups are perfect for the beach or the park, can go in the dishwasher, and best of all, change color depending on the temperature of their contents! Their distinctive two-color design also means they won’t get lost in the crowd at a party or event. LED Safety Wristband Speaking of outdoor recreation, this safety wristband ensures that fall’s early twilights won’t get in the way of evening walks or runs. The stretchy silicone band is soft and comfortable, and … Read More

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Turning Awareness into Action

Wearing pink for October is a good first step, but ultimately the goal of raising awareness is to spur action. Here’s how to encourage your audience to give back and get involved during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Raise Funds Add your logo to a wide range of themed products, such as this keychain, and sell them to customers with a pledge to donate a certain percentage of proceeds to a charity that supports breast cancer research. To make sure your money is going to the right place, first look up the intended organization using Charity Navigator or the Better Business Bureau. Run Together Get your office coworkers together and form a team to participate in a local charity walk or run during the month of October. Not only will training for the race be a great way to build office camaraderie as you all work towards a common goal, but … Read More

How to Talk About Fire Safety

Fire Prevention Week is an annual event designed to get people talking about fire safety. This year’s theme focuses on preventing fires in the home and emphasizes the importance of having a plan in place for if one does occur. Here, we detail ways to get the word out and educate others during the week of October 8-14, 2017. In School Teachers can help students get excited about fire safety with a weeklong curriculum dedicated to the subject. Consider creating a trivia game around fire safety, where students can earn these themed stickers for recalling fire prevention facts. To further reinforce your in-class lessons, assign homework where students have to work with their parents to create a home evacuation plan in the case of an emergency. Our Fire Safety and Me book from the All About Me™ collection can also be a great teaching tool, allowing students to insert their … Read More

5 Strategies for Helping Students Stay Organized

Give students the tools they need to stay tidy and on track to set them up for a successful school year. Here are some tips for helping disorganized students keep their assignments in order: Encourage a Clean Workspace Disorganized students tend to have messy desks, which can help contribute to lost assignments and missed deadlines as well as distractions during class time. Set time aside each week to have all students neaten up their workspace—this way, messier students will have a designated time to sort through their papers and supplies without feeling singled out. Help students decide which papers to keep or discard and provide storage options such as a keeper caddy or clear mason jar, both of which can be customized with your schools logo classroom number for safe keeping. Enlist Help from Parents Getting parents onboard and involved is key to successfully helping a disorganized student adopt healthier … Read More

How to Plan the Perfect Fall Wedding

Fall is quickly eclipsing summer as the most popular season during which to get married. If you’re looking to jump on the bandwagon and get hitched in autumn, here are some tips for rocking the best seasonal trends: Take Cues from the Foliage The reds, yellows and oranges of changing leaves provide a great palette upon which to build your color scheme. Further play up the fall theme with a leaf motif, incorporating it into invitations and thank-yous with “Fall in Love” messaging. You can also use loose leaves and branches as an affordable and easy decorative element for tablescapes and centerpieces. Mind the Weather As a transitional season, fall can mean unpredictable weather—it could be warm and breezy or frosty and chilly, and you need to be prepared for either possibility. If you’re having an outdoor ceremony or reception, try to account for colder weather by renting outdoor heating … Read More

How to Help Students Stay Hydrated

Even minor dehydration can cause young students to suffer from headaches, poor concentration and low energy, which can have a serious effect on their performance in school. To help students be their best, make sure they are meeting their necessary H20 requirements throughout the school day with these suggestions for encouraging good hydration habits: Keep Water Handy It’s recommended that kids under eight shoot for 4-6 glasses a day, while older children should aim for 6-8 glasses. To help them meet this requirement, provide students with reusable water bottles so they can reach for a drink whenever they’re thirsty. (We recommend these flex bottles or these translucent bottles for students since both are lightweight and durable, plus can be customized with your school logo in a wide rang of colors!) Set aside time at different intervals throughout the day for students to visit the water fountain and fill up their … Read More

Our 9 Favorite Products for Low-Minimum Orders

Make use of our low minimum shop for those times you don’t need a large amount of one particular item. This assortment of customizable products is well suited to anything from corporate gifts to sports teams to birthday parties. Color Pop Earbuds W/Microphone Min. Quantity: 50 Earbuds are a practical and well-liked choice for giveaways at conferences and assemblies, but with a minimum quantity order this low, they also can be used as fun take-home gifts at birthdays, sweet sixteens and graduation celebrations. EZ-Click Uno Umbrella Min. Quantity: 36 Get a great bang for your buck with these customizable umbrellas, which function almost like a walking billboard for your brand. These items make for a classy corporate gift, or work well for employees who travel a lot for business. 21 oz Chrome Bottle Min. Quantity: 36 Available in the right quantity for sports teams, these stylish water bottles are perfect … Read More

First-Day Back to School Prep

Summer’s in session, but we’re already looking ahead to fall and the back-to-school rush. From kindergarten to college, we have products that will help new students settle in while showing off some school pride: Elementary School Young students are the perfect audience for our cute and cuddly Paws n’ Claws drawstring backpacks and lunch bags, which are both available in a variety of animal designs. Match the style of these bags to a much-loved mascot or favorite classroom pet to help youngsters feel comfortable in a new classroom environment. Or, try gifting students with this spin on the classic brown paper bag that can be decorated and reused. Provide students with a box of crayons and have them each design their own bag. Then, call a group circle and ask students to present their masterpieces to the class for a fun first-day show-and-tell. Middle School Make the transition from elementary … Read More

Bring Your Dog to Work Like a Pro

  The benefits of working in a dog-friendly office can be immense if gone about in a respectful way. We caught up with Elizabeth Fagan, the director of marketing of premium dog toy company Planet Dog, to get her insight on the perks of bringing in your pooch. “Having dogs in the office changes the whole mentality and routine of daily work life in such a positive way,” says Fagan. “There’s something about having dogs around that reminds you to chill out, appreciate the small things and play a bit everyday. Simply put, it’s been life changing for both my dogs and me.” Try it for yourself on June 23rd for Take Your Dog to Work Day using the tips below to ensure it’s a tail-wagging experience for all. Get Realistic It’s important to be realistic about how your pooch interacts with other dogs and humans. “You need to be … Read More

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