Name Maker Personalized Labels

Back-to-School means time to label your kids’ stuff!

081413_namemaker_01Save time and money with Name Maker‘s easy-to-use personalized clothing and waterproof sticker labels.

Woven Fabric Clothing Labels. Printed with non-fade ink, these labels iron on easily and are made to withstand washer/dryer/commercial laundering and dry cleaning for the life of the garment. Stick ’em on your kids’ clothes, jackets, uniforms and book bags.

Waterproof Personalized Sticker Labels are great on lunch containers, water bottles, school supplies and sports/dance gear. Dishwasher, microwave, ‘fridge and freezer safe. These waterproof stickers are also a must for school kids with allergies and other medical conditions.

081413_namemaker_04On-trend Designs. Kids love the cool-looking styles and Moms love not digging through the lost and found or replacing expensive supplies.

A leading manufacturer of top-quality labels for 75 years, Name Maker uses a unique nine-step process for personalizing products. Name Maker also employs trained artisans who personalize ribbons, napkins, gift wrap, bags and boxes, favor containers, as well as labels in custom made sizes, care content and origin tabs. The company’s personalized gift wrap recently won the Best New Product Award at the National Stationery Show.

Celebrity Favorite. Atlanta, GA-based Name Maker, Inc. was established in 1938 as a fabric label company in New York City. Bernie Bryan, president of Notions Unlimited, bought the company in 1950 and rebuilt all of the original machinery for the Atlanta plant.

Bernie’s daughter Cheryl Dorrell joined the business in 1990, developing several new products, then becoming president in 1996. The company’s personalized packaging concepts have attracted celebrity customers such as Oprah, Martha Stewart, Darcy Miller, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Dakota Fanning, Katie Couric, Tricia Yearwood, David Copperfield, Marcia Gay Harden and Fredric Fekkai, among others.


Initial Reaction

060413_InitalReaction_02Fun, personalized jewelry for summer! 

Summer is all about bold, vibrant colors and fun laid back style. So why not have a blast with your jewelry selections, too?!

Connecticut-based Initial Reaction has taken the popularity of their monogrammed jewelry and added a fun twist for the summer – the a fully customizable version of the acrylic, cut-out monogram and nameplate collection.

Tastefully trendy accessories for tweens, teens and ladies.

Choose from a variety of bright colors –like turquoise or purple, and even lime swirl. It may be difficult to choose between the whimsical script monogram, funky block monogram or simple nameplate because each style is so unique and fun to wear.

060413_InitalReaction_01Made in the USA. Since 2002, Initial Reaction has earned a reputation for classic designs and quality craftsmanship. The stylish line of accessories includes engraved pendants and discs,  necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets that are handmade right in the United States, featuring metal, acrylic and enamel cut-out monograms.

Initial Reaction offers uniquely personal gift options for weddings and bridesmaids, birthdays, graduation –any special occasion, or simply a day at the beach.

Recently featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Initial Reaction jewels are sure to enliven  any summer look.

Cool-it Caddy

Freeze and go portability for outdoor-enthusiast-moms and people of all ages!

The idea came to founder Deborah Vinci one steamy summer afternoon while golfing in the Arizona desert. She’s a true lover of the warm weather and sunshine … but melted lip balm, lipstick, make-up and sunscreen ruined in the heat, not so much. So Deborah created Cool-it Caddy cosmetics coolers through her new venture, Vinci Designs, LLC.

052213_Cool-ItCaddy_01No More Meltdown. Now, spending time on the fairway, tennis court, beach, lake or playground no longer spells *meltdown* for your take-along stuff.

The patent-pending design of Cool-It Caddy uses an integrated coolant with lightweight insulation layers to keep contents cool. That means your lip balm, sunscreen, lipstick –even heat-sensitive medicines and snacks maintain their integrity under even the hottest conditions.

The sleek, haute design makes them convenient enough to slip inside purses, briefcases, fanny packs, golf bags, backpacks and diaper bags – so you stay fresh, no matter what the score – or the temperature.

052213_Cool-ItCaddy_IcePopsJust Pop and Play. Just pop the Cool-it Caddy into a freezer until frozen. Put you stuff inside and go do your thing. On the course. On the boat. On the go. Courtside. Beachside. Poolside. Car Rides. Playtime!

Currently, Cool-it Caddy products, including Cool-it Caddy Classic, Cool-it Caddy for Men, Cool-it Caddy Contempo and Icepops-  are sold online and at retail locations across the country, as well as private golf clubs and resorts.

Elephants on the Wall

Do you ever look at the walls in your house and think, “What can I do with this blank canvas?” Award-winning designer Patti Newton does, too.

021913_ElephantsOnTheWall_03Patti is creator of Elephants on the Wall, a company that designs paint-by-number wall murals. Now, you can transform your blank walls into magical worlds full of swashbuckling pirates, safari adventures, princess parties and more, by creating life-size illustrations yourself. You’ll be thrilled with the results.

Fun, Easy and Rewarding. Patti’s specially designed system has only has three steps: 1) tape the transfer paper to the back of the pattern paper and attach it to the wall; 2) trace the design and then remove the paper; 3) start painting. With paint-by-number wall murals you can 1) reuse it  as many times as you like; 2) reverse the image to fit perfectly in your space; 3) repeat the image -or just part of it- to get the desired effect.

021913_ElephantsOnTheWall_01Great for expectant moms, your kids’ rooms and even for yourself, Patti has over 175 mural designs to choose from, including customized designs. Crafty types will love the challenge and those with no artistic experience will find it easy and rewarding. This just in: Elephants on the Wall was honored as the 2012 Kid Product of the Year by Creative Child magazine!

021913_ElephantsOnTheWall_02Made in the USA. Elephants on the Wall combines all of Patti’s passions – graphic design, themed environments, lots of color and love of sharing her talents with others. As a designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, she created themed signage and graphics that’s seen all around the world. Once an instructor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, she’s also created five floats for the City of La Cañada Flintridge that were presented in the Tournament of Roses Parade. There’s nothing you can’t hand-paint on the wall, with Patti’s help – from sports to sea treasures, jungle landscapes to geometric beauty -even the occasional elephant!

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Coursing Around Shows Kids How Exercise Can Be Fun

Help your kids start the New Year living a healthy lifestyle through fun exercise courses.

121812_CoursingAround_logoCoursing Around is a company that develops the perfect physical workouts for kids, which use active, social, and fun activities to get them exercising.

Get Back to the Outside World. The Coursing Around Book provides a ton of activities that allow kids to use their imagination, be active and learn, with just a piece of chalk and their own backyard. It’s an easy way to entertain at birthday parties, social gatherings or just during weekends and afternoons.

121812_CoursingAround_01Created by certified fitness specialist-aerobics instructor-personal trainer-post exercise chiropractic therapist Debbie Beam-Tougas (wow – that’s quite the list!), who’s dream is that children of all sizes, shapes, gender and ethnicity can use her easy-to-learn routines to learn that exercising can be fun and accomplished in many ways.

In 2002, Debbie was recruited to teach the fitness component of a government subsidized overweight program for children ranging in age from five to 15. “I still remember the first class I taught,” she says. “There was a six-year-old by the name of Ruben who was approximately 40 pounds overweight. After only walking part way around the building he had to stop because he was extremely out of breath, hunched over with his hands on his knees and needed a rest. This was a wake-up call for me and practically brought tears to my eyes.” Debbie was challenged to keep kids for at least 45 minutes with just a blacktop and hardly anything else. Her imagination –and a little sidewalk chalk- inspired her to create the Coursing Around” was born.

In today’s society, with all the hand held devices, video games, computers and both parents working, our kids have lost the art of ‘Outdoor Play.’

It is also a fun way for parents to become more involved and create a stronger bond with their children. The book comes with 15 exciting courses, two pieces of chalk, a ruler and some fun fitness facts.

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Kelly Hughes Designs Kids Tabletop Collection

120512_KellyHugesDesigns_01From one-of-a-kind baby gifts to ways for jazzing up mealtime, this kids tabletop collection features sweet designs and whimsical must-haves like these personalized melamine plates.

120512_KellyHugesDesigns_04The Kelly Hughes Designs kids tabletop collection is available in over 40 unique designs and includes coordinating placemats, melamine plates, bowls and mugs. Each piece may be personalized with a name.

All original artwork is hand-painted by designer Kelly Hughes. If you love the tabletop collection, you can also find many of the same designs in the Kelly Hughes kids stationery collection, including note cards, calling cards, vinyl stickers and bag tags. The New Art Prints are a hit – they’re the perfect baby gift to brighten up the nursery. Shop the entire collection at

120512_KellyHugesDesigns_02A recent  finalist in the Startup Nation Top 200 Leading Moms in Business competition, Kelly is dedicated to creating the highest quality products for both kids and parents. The competition highlights marketers and business minds who play an extraordinary role in their communities, chosen from thousands of entries.

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Huggalo – Small Business with a Big Mission

From apprehensive toddlers to courageous pre-schoolers, one mom is transforming the way children handle life’s transitions with her inspiring company.

Though she’s never worn the inventor’s cap before, Donna Broder‘s choice to become a mompreneur has not only enriched her own life, but that of her son … and those of both parents and children nationwide.

Let me explain.

When Donna’s son Noah first started pre-school, he had a little trouble adjusting to days away from home. When his first-day jitters extended to weeks, Donna was inspired to create a product that would help Noah through this transition, and help her leave the school yard without both of them in tears.

She gave Noah a photo to take with him to school … but soon, the photo got torn. So she put on her thinking cap and came up with an award-winning idea.

No parent wants to watch their children suffer when they should be having the time of their lives.

From its huggable feel to its adorable hip look, Huggalo is what the company calls “a best buddy with a surprise on his tummy.” The keepsake soft doll has a clear plastic frame to hold favorite photos, so kids can take their memories with them on their greatest adventures –and know they’re loved, even far from home. Once Donna introduced Noah to Huggsley – the first Huggalo – he went to pre-school with a smile.

Huggalo is a great transitional toy for any situation. From a military parent’s deployment to the grandparents living cross country, to the first day of school or the passing on of a beloved pet or friend, Huggalo succeeds by pairing something tangible with pictures of those who can’t be around every minute of the day. By sticking a photo of their dad, mom, sibling or a grandparent in the frame, kids can see the people they miss.  But Huggalo lets kids do more than that.

“By  letting our son or daughter adapt to new situations we are helping our kids become more resilient and confident, too,” Donna says. She believes that kids are empowered when they are given tools to comfort themselves.

Winner of the Parents’ Choice Recommended Award. In fact, Noah’s Huggsley has made such a huge impact on children’s lives, that he was recognized and commended by the Parents’ Choice Foundation for his heroic ability to teach life lessons with care.

Huggalo is brought to you by Donna’s Redorb Concepts, her California-based company that supports  several philanthropic organizations, including The Soldiers Project and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Thank you, ChicExecs PR, for introducing me to Huggalo!

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