Have Superhero Fun on Comic Book Day!

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Calling all superhero fans! It’s time to iron your capes and round up your sidekicks because today, Thursday, September 25th, is National Comic Book Day!

super hero cookies Have Superhero Fun on Comic Book Day!On this special day, fans of all ages get to dedicate an entire day to celebrating all of their favorite superheroes!

Since no celebration is complete without a fun, festive and tasty treat, we suggest you get your own Comic Book party started by creating your very own Superhero Cookies, like the ones we found on Pinterest in the photo to the left.

Don’t worry, it doesn’t take superhero baking skills to make these treats – they’re much easier than they look! All you have to do is sift through your Christmas cookie cutters and find the gingerbread man design. Make your typical gingerbread cookie dough, or use a sugar cookie dough if you’d prefer, and cut out a bunch of gingerbread men. Once they have been baked and completely cooled, have fun turning each cookie into your favorite superhero! Make sure you have a bunch of color options when it comes to the frosting – those superhero outfits are anything but dull!

Make decorating the cookies a family affair for some sweet memories and once all the cookies have transformed from their secret identity – eat away! Make sure to save a bunch for your little ones to take to school and share with their friends, too! While you’re sure to have a ton of fun making this creative cookies the fun only lasts as long as you can keep from eating them! Keep the comic book fun alive by personalizing one of the gifts from our Marvel®, DC Comics® or The Ultimate Spider-man® Stores! We have all sorts of fun, personalized gear that feature all of your favorite superheroes, including Marvel’s Spider-man, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Luke Cage, and DC Comics’ Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman!

blog 2 300x300 Have Superhero Fun on Comic Book Day!Our Personalized DC Comics® Department is full of personalized gifts featuring Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman, like this DC Comics® Superman Personalized Coffee Mug (at right), which is a fan favorite.

The coffee mug comes in your choice of 2 sizes (11 oz. or 15 oz.) with the option of a white or black handle.

You can personalize the design with any 3-line message and any 2-line closing sentiment. In our DC Comics® Store, we also offer personalized Beer Mugs, Glass Jars you can use for candy or change and Embroidered Batman and Superman Robes!

blog 3 300x300 Have Superhero Fun on Comic Book Day!If you’re more of a Marvel® Fan, be sure to check out our Personalized Marvel® Gifts Department for an incredible collection of designs that are available to be personalized on a wide selection of gifts. True fans will fall in love with our Marvel Retro® Design Collection which features old-time comic book themes. Choose a design of your favorite super hero or select a gift that displays a team of super heroes, like the popular Marvel Retro® Personalized Growth Chart. Spider-man, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America all appear in this fan favorite! The growth chart is made of heavy-duty vinyl and can be personalized with any name and any 3 lines of personalization, making it the perfect accessory for any child’s bedroom! Use a permanent marker to keep track of your little one’s height as they grow up to become their own super hero!

blog 4 300x300 Have Superhero Fun on Comic Book Day!Spider-man fans are in luck! Not only will you find his designs in our Marvel® Department, but he also has a separate collection of designs in his very own Personalized Ultimate Spider-man® Gifts Department. Customize the Ultimate Spider-Man® Personalized Wallet for your little guy or gal or pick out a T-Shirt, water bottle or any other one of our gifts that feature the Spider-man design!

Once you’ve personalized your favorite Superhero gear, you’ll be able to celebrate National Comic Book Day all year long!

Commemorate Your Beloved Pet with Comforting Pet Memorials

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Losing a pet can be devastating, but commemorating your beloved pet with a pet memorial can help ease the pain by giving you a chance to remember your furry friend long after they’ve gone.

pet memorial stone1 300x300 Commemorate Your Beloved Pet with Comforting Pet MemorialsIn honor Sept. 14th’s National Pet Memorial Day, we’d like to offer some pet memorial suggestions that you can use to remember your own beloved animals, or as sympathy gifts to comfort a family member or friend who recently lost their family member.

Remember your furry friend long after they’ve gone with one of our Personalized Pet Memorials, like the customer favorite “In Loving Memory” Memorial Pet Stone. The tasteful garden stone can be laser engraved with your pet’s name and memorial years below your choice of a pet graphic. Your graphic choices include a paw print, dog bone, cat, fish, bunny, hamster, horse or turtle. Place your Pet Memorial Stone in your pet’s favorite place in the yard, as an accent piece for the garden or near your walkway so you can remember them every day.

pet memorial ornament1 150x150 Commemorate Your Beloved Pet with Comforting Pet MemorialsThe holidays will be hard without them, but you can keep your furry friend close to your heart during the Christmas season with the Pet Memorial Photo Ornament. The porcelain ornament can be personalized with your favorite photo of the little guy or girl, along with any two lines of personalization. You can choose to include your pet’s name and memorial years, a few words about a fond memory or any message you’d like.

Their spirit will live on because each year when it’s time to decorate the Christmas tree, you’ll be able to look back and remember all of your favorite family memories that you shared together.

pet memorial canvas hero shot1 150x150 Commemorate Your Beloved Pet with Comforting Pet MemorialsYou can still have your beloved pet be a part of your everyday life by personalizing the “Paw Prints On Our Heart” Canvas Print (at left) or one of our personalized picture frames, like the “Paw Prints In Heaven” Photo Frame and displaying it prominently in your home for all to see. Both of these gifts can feature any precious photo, your pet’s name and memorial years. Additionally, the Canvas Print comes with three lovely memorial verses to choose from and the option of a black, grey or tan background.

Display your canvas or picture frame in the place your family gathers most, so you can feel the spirit of your family pet with you each and every day.

We hope these Personalized Pet Memorial Gifts will help you, your family and friends find comfort during this difficult time and we hope they help you keep the spirit of your beloved family pet with you forever.

3 Tips Every Parent Needs to Know Before School Starts

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Your kids may be headed back to school soon, but they’re not the only ones who need to be prepared!

That’s why we put together some great parent tips that will help get you organized and prepare you for your kids’ first day back to school and every day after that, too!

from the mom of notepad 300x300 3 Tips Every Parent Needs to Know Before School StartsLife is about to get crazy, so crazy in fact, that you’ll feel as though you don’t have a second to spare in your entire busy day.

That’s why we suggest personalizing your very own “From the Mom of…” Notepad (at left) complete with all of your kids’ names plus your contact information, including your name, cell phone number and email address.

These cute notepads are sure to come in handy the next time you need to write a quick note for the babysitter, teacher, coach or even another parent you’re trying to schedule a play date with!

Think of it like your own personal mommy or daddy business card – it’s sure to save you a ton of time and stress whether you have one child or a dozen!

simply organized calendar pad1 300x300 3 Tips Every Parent Needs to Know Before School StartsAnother way to reduce stress as you’re preparing for the new school year is to update your own planner or home calendar with the entire school calendar, including all after-school activities your children may have.

You’ll be happy to have everyone’s schedule all in one spot that you can refer to throughout the year (especially parents who have children in different schools). However, in order to prevent you from feeling overwhelmed, we suggest personalizing our “Simply Organized” Calendar Pad which will help you keep your entire family’s schedule organized on a week-to-week basis.

Your calendar will be much more manageable and much less intimidating so you’ll be more likely to stick to it (we also offer Personalized Calendar Pads that your kids can use to help keep their individual schedules organized, too)!

travel tumbler 150x150 3 Tips Every Parent Needs to Know Before School StartsWhile both of the above tips should help reduce stress, any realistic parent knows that stress is inevitable.

The best way to fight that back-to-school stress is to be at the top of your game, by making sure you’ve started the day off right with your morning coffee! Head over to our Personalized Coffee Mug Department and have fun picking out a new back-to-school mug or travel tumbler design that you can personalize with your favorite photos, colors and message!

The back-to-school stress and morning carpool will be much more manageable when you’re facing it with a warm cup of coffee in your hand or cup holder!

Helpful Tips for a Smooth Back-To-School Transition

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owl backpack1 300x300 Helpful Tips for a Smooth Back To School TransitionTrading in a lazy summer schedule for a structured school day can be tough on kids, but we’ve put together some great tips to help make their back-to-school transition go as smoothly as possible.

First thing’s first, we suggest breaking the back-to-school news to your kids gently by announcing that it’s time for back-to-school shopping! Kids love picking out school supplies and it tends to help soften the blow by reminding them that a fresh new year with endless possibilities lies ahead.

Your children’s school should offer a checklist that includes all of the school supplies they’ll need throughout the school year, including a backpack, lunch bag, folders, notebooks, a pencil case, etc. You can find all of these items in designs perfect for students of all ages in our Toddler and Youth, Preteen and Teen, or College Student department in the Back-to-School Store!

Let your kids have fun looking through our wide selection of designs that are perfect for boys and girls of all ages.

Picking out their favorite school supplies will help them warm up to the idea of going back to school and the personalized folders and notebooks are an added bonus as they will help them (and you!) stay organized all year long!

usb 150x150 Helpful Tips for a Smooth Back To School TransitionPersonalized school supplies not only help your kids stay organized, they also help prevent your kids from mixing up their belongings with another friend or student’s – this is especially important with the new item that’s popping up on almost every school’s checklist: USB drives.

Most kids will bring in the same black flash drives hard to label and distinguish from the rest, but with our “You Name It!” Bamboo Flash Drive – your kids will never worry about mixing up their school work with another student!

bookmarks 150x150 Helpful Tips for a Smooth Back To School TransitionOnce you have all the school supplies you need, it’s time to prepare your kids’ brains to get back in the swing of things. Encourage your kids to do some summer reading and/or brain teasers as soon as possible so they can start flexing their brains (which may have been on cruise control throughout the summer) and be prepared to return to a full day of learning. If you’re having a hard time getting your kids to read this summer, try motivating them with one of our Personalized Bookmarks or create a reward system that results with a prize or treat every time they meet one of their reading goals. Starting some reading or light academic work as soon as possible promotes a gradual back to school transition that will help your children feel more comfortable and confident as they start the new school year!

Finally, help your children make a smooth back to school transition by calming any first day jitters they may have. Ask your kids how they’re feeling about going back to school and if there is anything that they’re anxious or worried about. For example, if your little one is headed to their very first day of school, or their first day at a new school, they may be nervous about navigating through the building or riding the bus.

We suggest helping them calm their nerves by taking them on a “trial run” before school starts. Start by walking them to the school bus and explaining what time the bus will pick them up on their first day. Then take them to the school and walk them through the hallways and straight to their classroom so they know which way to go on their first day. We also suggest showing them around the entire school, including where the bathrooms are located and, if possible, introduce them to their new teacher or school principal. This little “trial run” will answer any “what ifs” they may have and will have them feeling much more confident about their first day of school!

Follow all these tips plus make sure they eat a nice healthy breakfast and get a good night’s sleep and your little ones are sure to be fully prepared for their first day back to school!

Check out our Back-to-School Cheat Sheet!

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slide4 300x163 Check out our Back to School Cheat Sheet!The school year will be here before you know it so we put together a “Back-to-School Cheat Sheet” that’s full of valuable coupon codes, great tips and fun ideas that are sure to help both you and your kids start off the year right!

Each day from July 21st through 25th we’ll unveil a new article that features back-to-school tips and at least one special coupon code!

All of the coupon codes will help you save big on personalized gifts in our Back-to-School Store, school supplies, coffee mugs, photo frames and more!

We even offer some free printables for you to use in back-to-school photos for your kids!

So head on over to our Back-to-School Cheat Sheet now to take advantage of all the valuable coupon codes and helpful tips!

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