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What Are the Most Popular Names?

7 Jul

july-baby-002Have you been wondering what the most popular baby names are? As you can imagine, we love personalized items, which also means that we are really into baby’s names.  Big time.  And each year we love to see what names are the most popular and what are some of the newest names on the block.

According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, the top name for a boy from 2014 is Noah and for a girl is Emma.   And the fastest rising new names for a boy is Bode and fastest rising girl’s name is Montserrat. Looking over the period from 1915-2014, Michael has been the most popular boy’s name the most often (44 years on and off) while Mary dominated for girls 41 times over the years, says the SSA.

This past year brings us these top 10 baby girl names: Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella, Ava, Mia, Emily, Abigail, Bailey, Madison and Charlotte.  And the top 10 baby boy names for 2014 are Noah, Liam, Mason, Jacob, William, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, James and Daniel.   According to Parenting Magazine, some of the most popular old-fashioned names, which are back in style, include: Gertrude, Nellie, Ida, Clara, plus Elias and Elijah.

But there is a growing trend toward unisex names.  These are those names, which many celebrities also love to use for their new babies, that some think are unique or different or even strange.  But the fact is, they have become increasingly popular as millennials want their children to feel special.

For instance, is the name Aspen a girl’s name or a boy’s name?  How about Amal, Landry or Oakley.  What about Dakota, Armani or Emory?  And how about Quinn, Riley, Harley, Kamryn or Dallas.  Certainly they are interesting names and the might even help a child create a unique identity instead of being knows as Emma or  Jacob.  But is there any downside to a unisex name?  How will that unique name affect a child?  Perhaps a future recruiter will not really know if they will be interviewing a male or female for a perspective job until they meet in person (or until they Facetime)!

Can you think of any other ways that the gender-neutral names will be either positive or negative for the new babies being born this year?  What are some of your favorite names?  We’d love to know!

Best wishes,

Renee

P.S.   Since we also love (really love) our four-legged friends, we looked into the top 10 dog’s names for 2014.  According to a list of the most popular puppy names released recently by the Department of Animal Services, here’s the top 10: Bella, Buddy, Lucy, Max, Daisy, Charlie, Molly, Bailey, Boxy and Maggie.

 

The A, B, C’s of Luggage Tags

22 Jun

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Have you ever wondered the best way to personalize luggage tags?  There is the typical “name, address and phone number” answer but it really depends on how the tags are being used and who will be using them to know what’s appropriate.

Of course luggage tags can be used for suitcases, which is the traditional purpose.  But some other uses include identification of gym bags, backpacks, diaper bags, camp bags, athletic bags, computer bags, ski bags, golf bags, tote bags, musical instrument cases, brief cases and more.  Deciding which type of tag to choose and what information to include depends on the purpose of the tags.

For adults using luggage tags for suitcases while traveling and for other bags being carried by adults, the printed information should primarily include the following information:

(1) Your full name or at least your last name;

(2) A mobile phone number.  If your luggage is lost, the mobile number will be the easiest way to reach you. If there is no mobile number available use a home number;

(3) An email address.  Depending how security-conscious you are, you may consider skipping your primary personal e-mail address and setting up secondary e-mail just for your travel purposes;

(4) An alternate phone number. Consider listing an extended family member’s number who can assist if you are on the road.

Remember, since your luggage is out of your hands when you do short or long domestic or international travel, you do not want to publicize too much personal information. A number of experts suggest not listing a home address, as it can easily alert burglars that you are away from home when they see you traveling.  And it’s very infrequent that anyone would ship or deliver a lost suitcase to your home without contacting you first.

For items being used by teens or adults, the luggage tag should include a full name (or at least last name) and a home or mobile phone number.  If the tag is being used on a young child’s bag, for security reasons, consider simply an imprint such as: “Call (123) 456-7890 if Found” without a name or other information at all to prevent any issues with strangers.

If you wonder what type of luggage tags are best, we would suggest adding brightly colored luggage tag if you use a standard black suitcase.  This will make finding your suitcase much easier as there are usually so many bags that look the same when traveling.  A unique tag might even prevent the wrong party from picking up your suitcase thinking it was theirs.

Luggage tags are a practical and stylish way to make identifying bags easily.  When selecting a luggage tag you might notice different materials, such as laminated, brass, leather, or acrylic.  They are all very strong and useful.  So simply determine a style you feel the user will enjoy.  There are designs and materials suitable for everything from executive travel to a diaper bag!

Best wishes,

Renee

The History of Tervis Tumblers

12 May

This week we wanted to introduce you to some fascinating history of Tervis Tumbler, a unique line of high quality drinkware.  If you’ve never tried a Tervis cup or waterbottle you have a treat in store if you decide to try one.may-tervis

Tervis Tumblers don’t break, they can be washed in the dishwasher, they keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot, they are guaranteed for life and, as I’m sure you can tell, they are very unique. They can even be personalized to your specifications!

Back in 1946, in Detroit, engineers Frank Cotter and G. Howlett Davis hit on something big. They harnessed the natural insulating powers of air to create the first permanently sealed double-walled tumbler.  To this day, this original concept continues to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold, not to mention being virtually indestructible.  The two men combined the last three letters of each of their last names and dubbed their new drink ware brand “Tervis”.

Over future years, Cotter and Davis worked to refine and improve their designs.  The original tall, cylindrical tumbler evolved into additional sizes and products.  Tervis tumbler’s name is a leader in innovation.  The Donelly family purchased the Tervis product rights in the 1950’s and incorporated the Tervis Tumbler Company in 1967.

Today there is a wide selection of shapes, sizes, and hundreds of customizable designs, emblems and accessory combinations.  They are all made in the USA, in North Venice, Florida, where more than 400 people are employed through the family owned & operated business.

Enjoy your own Tervis tumbler, mug or water bottle!  They are great to use and make a wonderful gift for birthdays, housewarming, teacher gifts and more.  They make an excellent graduation gift, especially the water bottles with Collegiate Tervis featuring college logos and personalization!  This summer, enjoy your own Tervis Tumbler, perfect for the season as they do not break.

Best wishes,

Renee