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

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Easter Egg Decorating Idea

3 Apr

It’s that time of year again for coloring Easter eggs!  Every year we get together with friends to have a causal lunch and decorate eggs.  Even as my kids get older, they still look forward to doing this.  This year, their friends thought outside of the “box” (pun intended) and looked up a fun new way to decorate eggs on YouTube.  I wanted to share their idea with you (as well as some basic egg coloring 101) if you happen to be coloring eggs today or tomorrow.

Getting readyGetting ready!  Use food coloring and 1 tablespoon vinegar per cup.  Then add warm water before putting eggs in the cups.   Submerge eggs in cups for at least a minute each.  For more fun, try the Cool Whip egg dying technique!

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Start with a tub of Cool Whip.  Put it in a casserole dish or any type of pan where you can spread it out.

Dye in cool whipOnce the Cool Whip is spread out, add drops of food dye all over.

Cool whip swirl

Swirl the Cool Whip all around … let the colors mix!

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Place eggs in the Cool Whip mixture and cover them under the mixture completely.  Let sit on the counter for 30 minutes.

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Rinse the eggs off under water after 30 minutes.  They turn out with cool marbled effects like a watercolor painting.  A fun way to dye eggs!

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Here are our eggs after we finished!  We did a mix of traditional egg dying and the Cool Whip technique.  What fun ways do you decorate eggs for Easter?   Share in the comments below … I would love to hear what you and your family do!

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

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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

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