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.

 

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Creating a Unique Image with Napkins

2 Jul

Looking for unique napkins to give as a gift or to use at a party or corporate event?  Consider printing a custom logo or artwork on a set of napkins for a very special touch. From corporate events to conferences to in-office appointments, providing your guests with printed napkins featuring artwork or a logo is the perfect opportunity to enhance or introduce a brand or create a special look at a social event.june-photo-napkins

If you have a wedding logo or custom-designed monogram, using it on a set of napkins can add a very personal touch at an engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and/or at the wedding.  And for special celebrations like anniversary parties and 50th birthday parties, unique artwork or a photo can make a statement and set the tone for the event.  Even kid’s artwork can be printed on napkins and will make your little artist feel absolutely proud of his or her masterpiece.

Digital full-color napkins are personalized on white or ivory social-quality napkins in beverage or luncheon size with a high quality 4-color process.  Our napkins are recyclable and made & printed in the USA.

Wonderful uses for custom napkins include featuring a picture of a favorite pet, showcasing an image of a boat or rendering of a home for a one-of-a-kind housewarming gift, introducing a new business logo at a corporate event, or printing an image of someone’s painting can make a thoughtful present.   Personalized full-color napkins provide a wonderful addition to special celebrations and event planning needs.

Best wishes,

Renee

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Fourth of July Fun for Kids

29 Jun

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The Fourth of July is almost here!  Kids (and adults) love celebrating by going to parades, waving flags and watching fireworks.  It’s a great time to get together with family and friends to have a BBQ or a picnic on the beach.  I love when everyone gets patriotic and wears their red, white and blue gear for the day.  And when you’re planning fun activities for kids, it can get tricky as many 4th of July activities involve fire and fireworks.

To keep kids entertained and safe, here are some fun ideas of things they can do to celebrate our day of Independence and stay safe:

  • Make their own parade!  Have kids put on their own 4th of July parade by decorating their wagons, bikes and strollers with festive and colorful ribbons, balloons and paper.  They can have a parade in their neighborhood, family gathering or wherever you plan to celebrate.  Plan to line-up and cheer them on!
  • If it’s hot, a water balloon toss is always a fun and easy way to have fun during your get together.
  • If you’re little ones love to doodle, use our free downloadable 4th of July coloring sheet.  Let kids color these while you cook and get ready.  You can have a coloring contest or just have them display their finished artwork on the wall.
  • Stock up on glow sticks!  Kids of all ages love glow sticks and there are such cute options including bracelets, necklaces and wands.
  • Have kids make their own patriotic cupcakes for the party.  Let them decorate the cupcakes with red, white and blue sprinkles and add little flags.
  • Grab some face paint and let the kids draw stars, flags and fireworks on each others cheeks and arms.  A safe and fun way to enjoy the holiday!

What ideas do you have for kids enjoying the 4th of July?  Please share in the comments below!  I always love hearing from you.

xoxo,

Jennifer

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