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Summer Camp Check List and More

6 Apr

april-camp-001This is a great time to start thinking about summer camp and creating a check list for those little extra special items you want to send with your little campers.  For those of us with children attending an overnight camp, preparation is key.  The must-pack lists for clothing, sunscreen, flip flops and hats are readily available.  But what about those little extras?

This week we want to share some of our staff favorites for day camp and overnight camp from our staff of moms here!  They are just some special touches that will help keep your child organized and will add a bit of style to their experience.april-camp-002

1.  Camp Notepads and Camp Stationery are a great way for your child to have easy access to adorable note paper and envelopes, perfect for writing home and for jotting notes while away.  Tip:  Send your child with about 50 of the notepad sheets and save the rest for the following year!

2. Camp Address labels are pretty perfect for help in return addressing the envelopes.  Tip:  pre-address and stamp the envelopes to the camper’s parents, grandparents, other relatives and best friends so your camper can simply place his or her note in the envelope and mail them!

3. Bag Tags are personalized and a great way to be sure bags left find their owner!  They are generally laminated or printed on heavy acrylic and are a stylish and practical addition.  Tip: add one to each duffle bags, tote bag and back pack your camper will be bringing. They are very useful and can be used for years.

4.  To help identify items from laundry services, we offer  100% soft cotton fabric Iron-On or Sew-On name tapes. They come on a continuous roll and are easy to use.  Tip:  These last for hundreds of washes and are fabulous for daycare too if you have younger siblings.

5.  Pre-order a Camper Gift and surprise them on the day they leave or mail it to them at the Camp so they get it the first week they are there! Some unique and personalized ideas are gifts that will be very special to them.  Tip:  include a Tervis water bottle with their name in their duffle bag as a suprise when they arrive!  Other ideas are a cute bath wrap, a monogrammed baseball cap, a diary, or a set of Game Notepads to play hangman, tic tac toe and more.

Have fun and happy camping!  Visit our Camp Boutique for more great ideas!

Best wishes,

Renee

Wood-ology 101 on Cutting Board Wood Shades

30 Mar

march-woodBoardsWooden maple cutting boards made with premium quality hard maple wood makes a great portable cutting work surface or an elegant serving tray.  They also make a beautiful gift for holidays or anniversaries or housewarming!  Here is a little “wood-ology” about the variety in wood color, according to one of our leading Maple Leaf experts.


There are two types of maple wood that are harvested – summer maples and winter maples – when you see a hard maple that has more color that means the wood has been harvested in the summer because the sap in the maple is still in the tree, on a macro level, at the time it was cut.  When you see a board that is more toward the cream or white shades, that tree has been typically harvested during the winter and the sap has been harvested from the tree in all likelihood.


The boards are a natural product and it will vary.  The maple does patina over time and become more honey, especially when treated with butcher block oil.  A wooden cutting board is one of our favorite gift ideas, it’s something special they likely would not buy for themselves!

Check out our expanded article about this topic, Wood-ology 101, in Studio Insights.

Best wishes,

Renee

Namaste … Your new yoga mat says hello.

2 Feb

If you practice yoga or pilates, you know how important it is to have a good mat.  I practice Pilates and I will sometimes finish my session and wonder which mat is mine since they tend to look the same.  That’s why I am so excited to introduce our new personalized yoga mats.

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These gorgeous and colorful mats are of the highest quality and come with a carrying case for portability and storage.  If anything, these mats might inspire you to start a new workout routine!  I found some great online pilates moves you can do in your own home.  This one from Fitness magazine is an eight minute routine to ease you into Pilates and for those who are short on time.  If you’re into yoga, try these moves also from Fitness magazine.

Enjoy and if you have any pilates or yoga routines you swear by, share them in the comments below.  I would love to hear about it!

xoxo,

Jennifer