St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most recognized holidays around the world. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. It slowly changed to the festivities that we hold today. In the mid-1990′s, the Irish government wanted use St. Patrick’s Day as a way for the Irish to embrace their history and culture. St. Patrick’s Day has now turned into a holiday that is enjoyed world-wide, and by a variety of people,some who are not even of Irish descent. People celebrate by wearing greens, eating Irish food, and drinking beer. Therefore, you have to make sure that you are ready to venture outside your home wearing some St. Paddy’s gear. If you don’t wear green, you will have a sore arm from all these pinches you are going to be receiving. There are so many ways to represent your Irish (even if you’re not) pride by having a few items.
Definitely have a t-shirt says a famous saying, such as “Kiss Me, I’m Irish.” If you want to be more original, then why not create your own St. Paddy’s shirt with your own saying it on it. You can start with a green shirt, and you can either add shamrocks all over it, or make the saying stand out. on its own. Add a green cap to the ensemble, and you will not have to worry that someone will pinch you for not wearing green.
You should add a St. Patrick’s necklace or two the ensemble. This can be a quick and easy way to show other people that you mean business. Necklaces can be a way to bond as well because you can take one off of your neck, and pass it out to your friends, or a complete stranger, who is at the same Irish pub as you. Definitely a great conversation starter, especially when you have a unique one.
This can also be a great way to connect with your clients, if you are an entrepreneur and/or business owner. You can hand these to your clients whenever you see them. This is a great way to have your clients remember you because you will be one of the only, maybe the ONLY one, who will send something out during St. Patrick’s.
There are buttons, magnets, and even wigs to show your Irish spirit.
Customizing gear to fit what you want is the best way to go because you will get stopped while walking around the pub by people asking where you got it because they have never seen it before. Don’t wait til March 17th to get all your St. Paddy’s day swag!
rushIMPRINT is devoted to the non-profit organization, and this week, we’ve taken the plunge to help a local Pittsburgh organization, the Milestone Centers Inc.. Milestone is based out of Southwestern Pennsylvania and provides services to individuals with behavioral and intellectual challenges. Milestone offers counseling, rehabilitation and training, information and referral services, consultation, education and prevention services, developmental activities programs, and a whole lot more.
This past month, we donated some promotional t-shirts from rushTSHIRTS to acknowledge Milestone’s commitment to community:
As you can tell, they’re super excited to wear it!
Kate of Milestone has said, “Thank you rushIMPRINT for helping us ‘help extraordinary people live ordinary lives.’” Thank YOU, Milestone, for making that happen.
If you are a movie fan, then you know that the Academy Awards is this Sunday on March 7, 2010. This is where everyone in Hollywood will be strolling down the red carpet in their most glamorous gowns and suits. You might not be there to join them, but you can celebrate the biggest night in Hollywood by getting all your movie-loving friends together and throwing an Academy Awards party. You can cheer and jeer at the movies, actors, directors, etc. that win Oscars this year. These are the steps to throw an Academy Awards party fit for celebrities.
Send Out Your Oscar Invitations
Use Evite or Socialzr to send your invitees flashy invitations letting them know that the Academy Awards party is on. The best time to send them is a month to six weeks before the party, so your friends have time to RSVP. It will give you enough time to figure out the amount of food, drinks, and space you’ll need for the party to run smoothly.
Lights! Camera! Action! Decorate Away
Decorating for an Academy Awards party is very easy because your television will be the center star. However, you can make the rest of your place feel like an Oscar event by hanging star garlands around your house. There are decorations made specifically for the Academy Awards, so it’s easy to glam up your place without giving it much thought. You can even have a red carpet leading to your door that will make your guests feel like they are being followed by paparazzi. Maybe snap a picture of them when they walk through your door, and/or have a microphone and announce their arrival.
Have All the Food a Movie Lover Would Want
You might want to make the party very ritzy and serve little hors d’oeuvres to your guests. However, the Academy Awards is a pretty long show, so you want to stick with food that will fill them up, so they are not starving. Buffalo wings, chip-n- dip, swedish meatballs, etc. The one thing that every Academy Awards party should have is popcorn. Why not create get an Oscars artwork, and create your own popcorn bin that you can give to your guests? Get enough non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, or even tell your guests to bring their own, so that you are not scrambling for anything when they are announcing the Oscar winners.
Wear Something that Will Have You on the Best-Dressed List
There are so many ways to go with what to wear for your Academy Awards party. If you are going to make it trendy, have your guests wear evening dresses and suits. Another great angle is having your guests dress up as their favorite Oscar-worthy movie character. You will already have the one-up on having a successful party by doing this. If you just want your friends to be comfortable while you lounge around watching the Academy Awards, then ask everyone to wear their pajamas.
Make a Game of the Oscar Winners
Before the Academy Awards officially being, pass around Oscar Party Pool Sheets to your guests. Have them fill out their guesses as to who they think will win. The person who gets the most guesses right should get his/her own Oscar. Make your own version of the Oscar, and after the real Academy Awards are finished, present the Oscar to the winner. Have the winner give a thank-you speech to all the people who really, really loved him/her.
There are so many ways to throw a successful Academy Awards party. Whatever you decide to do, just remember to have fun and enjoy the Oscars. Even if your picks do not win, you will still be a winner.
As part of our charity initiative, our promotional products arm in Canada has donated graciously to VON, the Victorian Order of Nurses. VON is Canada’s largest charitable homes and community care organization. The goal of VON is to address health care and social needs and to provide solutions to address them. VON provides prenatal education, baby clinics, school health services, visiting nursing, coordinated home care programs, home-based palliative care, adult day programs, foot care clinics, respite care, primary health care clinics, and health care in shelters for women, children, and at-risk youth — among other things too! There are over 75 programs at 52 local sites staffed by 4500 health care workers and over 9000 volunteers! That’s pretty impressive!
To thank VON for their contributions to the Canadian community, rushIMPRINT.ca donated water bottles to help their mission, which they accepted graciously:
Here’s what they had to say:
I have had the most amazing experience working with Dan Broudy at Rush Imprint. From the very start, Dan was helpful, respectful and diligent about providing VON with products we were happy with. We ordered a number of products from Rush Imprint including pens, magnets and the water bottles seen in the picture. Our products arrived at our door step less than 24 hours after we put our order through to our surprise and they look fantastic!! I would recommend Dan and the rest of Rush Imprint to anyone looking for promotional products any time! Thank you so much for being a leader in this business!
-Becky Ahrens, Coordinator of Hospice Volunteer Program, VON
Thank you VON for all that you do!
One of the most popular New Year resolutions is losing weight. In January, the gyms are packed, and everyone seems to be on a diet. Usually around six weeks later, people lose steam and mentally scratch that resolution off their lists. The hardest part about exercising is starting. People tend to start working out too hard and much from the beginning, so they quickly lose interest and start eating food that they shouldn’t. Here are some ways to continue working out and successfully completing your New Year resolution to lose weight.
A great way to continue plunging forward on your goal to fit into your skinny jeans is starting and maintaining a food diary. You can either buy a notebook or use an online web site, like MyFitnessPal, to keep track of your progress. The best method for keeping track of your food intake is writing down every time you eat something in this format: Type of Food, Servings, and a Note. If you use one of the online sites to track your food intake, then they will automatically calculate how many calories you have consumed. If you are forced to read what you are actually putting in your body, you will eventually stop overeating.
The best tactic to continue working out is attending group gym classes. There are so many to choose from, so mix it up. It’s good practice to start exercising by joining some of these classes because you are held accountable. If you start missing a day or two, your fitness instructor usually will come up to you to see where you have been. The more frequently you go, you will begin seeing the same people. If they start losing weight, then that will push you to want to do the same. Grab some workout gear and start getting physical.
Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Water is essential for losing weight. It replenishes your thirst and your body. One of the great things about water is that it fends of hunger. People mistake thirst for hunger. Not drinking enough water is one of the reasons that people overeat. If you are not much of a water drinker, then start with flavored water to get used to it. When you are at the point where you are drinking plenty of flavored water, then start switching to regular water.
Keep your New Year resolutions. There is no excuse not to do something that you have been wanting to do. Yes, life can sometimes get in the way, but if you eat right, drink plenty of water, and exercise (even if it’s only for ten minutes), you will be on your way in no time.
A few months ago, rushIMPRINT was tasked with one of the coolest projects for Marrow: to imprint promotional products for their their newest album, Sunshine Enema. Lovely Package summarized their vision:
We started brainstorming knowing two things – we wanted our music on a USB drive and we wanted the packaging to be humorous – a bright, glossy coating to the darker themes of the music. After about an hour, the plans for ‘Sunshine Enema’ were fully realized – we would have a USB drive shaped like a pill nestled inside a pill bottle. Cotton and child proof cap, of course. The bottle would be sold inside of our own Marrow prescription bag, along with a t-shirt if desired.
Marrow is happy with the product, and so are we. Below, check out pictures of the USB drive and the bags that we made for them:
In many areas, this has been the coldest and longest winter that people have seen in years. There have been feet of snow piling up on the streets; chilly, windy days that make you run inside as fast as possible; and neighbors coming together to shovel and clean their streets and cars. Therefore, you have to be prepared to handle all the cold, snowy days that makes you realize that summer isn’t coming fast enough.
An insulated coat is essential to keep warm. They also have a way of keeping out the wind and water that can sometimes accompany a winter day. Dressing in layers underneath is something essential when dealing with the cold. Depending on what you are doing, you can easily become warmer or colder in no time. Layers are a great way to remove or add clothing to fit your needs.
Chapped lips are something that usually happens to the best of us in the cold, especially when the wind is kicking it up a notch. Therefore, you should always carry around some lip balm to smooth over your lips when they start feeling a little dry. Something people tend to forget is that sun can actually be stronger during the winter months than summer ones. If you can get lip balm with SPF protection, then that is the best way to go.
You’re probably going to spend a few hours shoveling snow to get your car out, so you want to ensure that your head, neck, and hands stay warm. When you go out, always bundle up by wearing a hat, scarf, and gloves. If you can find insulated ones, then go for those because you will not even realize that you are in 30 degrees (or less) weather.
While your waiting for your car to warm up, you want to have something that does the same for you. Make some coffee, tea, or hot chocolate that you can put in a travel mug. In this way, while you are seeing your own breath, you can quickly get your insides warm while you wait for the rest of you to catch up.
Warm blankets are a great way to cuddle up while you watch the snow falling outside. Fleece is always essential for cold weather. It doesn’t just keep you warm, but feels amazing on your skin.
You might be tired of seeing snow, but there is no excuse not to keep warm this winter.
February 14th, also knows as Valentine’s Day, is almost upon us. This is the day to celebrate the love you have for others. It’s usually thought of as a day for couples, but it doesn’t have to be. It can also be a way to show your family and friends how much you care for them.
There are various ways to show your love. One of the most popular ways is by sending your loved one flowers. People usually send a dozen roses. However, make it unique by sending a different kind of flower other than roses. Maybe, the person has a favorite flower, or you want to send them something exotic, like tiger lilies.
Another popular gift is chocolates and candy. These will be a hit for people with a sweet tooth and children. Maybe you can surprise them with a heart-shaped chocolate with the words “I Love You” written on it. Or you could also personalize it even more and write a message that only the two of you will understand.
Go to a nice dinner where you can end the night by toasting your love with a glass of champagne. A nice way to show your love is by staying in and cooking together. Food is always a great way to bring people together, and by making delicious food together, you will feel more connected.
If you can get away, take a long, relaxing weekend where you won’t have any interruptions. A spa getaway is always a great way to enjoy your time together. If you have children, then why not take them on a fun-filled excursion, like a camping trip, that will make your time together exciting and happy.
If you are planning on giving someone a gift, make sure that you put some thought into it. Nothing is worse than something that looked like it was put together last minute. Think about the person’s interests and things he/she loves. Don’t buy canned Valentine’s Day gifts, like a teddy bear, flower, chocolates, unless you added a personal touch to it. Be thoughtful.
Of all the things to do for Valentine’s Day, the best gift you can give is being there. If you can’t be there in person, then a heartfelt letter is the next best thing. Taking the time to write something is always something people cherish.
Have a happy Valentine’s Day, and celebrate the love you have for your loved ones, family, and friends.
Our promo tees site, rushTSHIRTS.com, was recently featured in an AMAZING video by Rhett & Link. If you don’t know these guys, they are hilarious YouTube rockstars. Check out the video below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Everyone is revving up for this Sunday, February 7th for Superbowl XLIV where the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts will face-to-face to be 2010 football champions. With the Superbowl, comes all the fun and exciting parties that people to have to bring their family and friends together to watch the game (and commercials). Here are five items that will ensure that your party is one that your guests will never forget:
1. Popcorn with Team Emblem – The Superbowl is like a movie where the two starring players, the Saints and the Colts, battle to be the ultimate champion. Popcorn is a great snack to have at a Superbowl party. Have popcorn with your favorite team’s emblem or the Superbowl XLIV logo, so your guests can enjoy the popcorn while having cans to reuse for other events.
2. T-Shirts that Talk Smack – Why not have your t-shirt do the smack talking for you? You can have a shirt calling your team victorious, saying the other team are losers, or just a regular shirt representing the Superbowl. A t-shirt can say a 1,000 words, so say all you want to say by creating your own.
3. Use a Cap to Represent Your Team – If you prefer to use your head, then personalize a baseball cap. You can combine your t-shirt with it, so that you are screaming loud who you want to win. You can sway your cap in the air when your team win the Superbowl, and your favorite player makes Most Valuable Player (MVP).
4. A Team Tankard to Hold Your Beer – Everyone knows that Superbowl and beer go hand-in-hand. Personalize some tankards with your team’s emblem, and pass them out to guess. When your team makes a touchdown, rejoice by clanking your tankards together.
5. Keep a Cooler Next to Your Chair – Have a cooler next to your chair, so that you don’t have to get up to refill your tankard during an exciting play. You don’t have to waste time screaming for anyone to throw you a beer and interrupt the game.
Enjoy Superbowl XLIV with your family and friends this Sunday. It will be exciting game between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, regardless of who comes out victorious.