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Unique, modern AND eco-friendly announcements? Yes! {giveaway}

September 9th, 2010

paperculture_logoNowadays you’ll find a lot of ways to do announcements and invitations, from high-end, super custom (pricey) to low-end, DIY (a lot less pricey). No matter the company, large or small, online or off, I have a feeling only a small percentage of them are eco-friendly and an even smaller number are as eco-friendly as Paper Culture.

The more I learn about Paper Culture’s eco-friendly collection and the company itself, the more impressed I am. Take this excerpt from their site:

Paper Culture cards aren’t just made from recycled paper, they are made from 100% post consumer recycled paper, so no new trees are ever cut down to produce your cards. Our Cards to Trees program plants a tree in a U.S. National Forest for every order placed. And we’ve donated a portion of all sales to Paper Culture Cares, our foundation that promotes sustainability, family and education.

I bet you’re just as impressed as I am and you haven’t even seen the designs yet. Here, let me show you a few:

paper culture invitation

paper culture holiday card

paper culture thank you card

Super fun, huh? And guess what else is super fun? Comparing them to other companies using this handy comparison chart on their site. Unlike other companies, Paper Culture’s designers personally review every order and will work with you to make sure the layout’s just right. They will also address and mail your envelopes for free (you just pay the cost of the stamps—no hidden fees). Oh, and they use 130lb paper and offer rounded corners on every order at no extra charge. Gotta love that!

I also love reminding you of Paper Culture’s super eco-friendliness:

Paper Culture

Don’t get me wrong. I love websites like Shutterfly, but I think I’ll be using them mainly for prints and photo books from now on. When it comes to invites, announcements or greeting cards, I’m going with Paper Culture—and planting trees.—Emily

*** Giveaway! Paper Culture is giving away one (1) $50 gift certificate! ***

Here’s how to enter. You can do as many of these as you’d like. Each one is worth one entry into our giveaway; please leave a separate comment for each one you do:

•  Visit PaperCulture.com and leave a comment telling us your favorite design or for what event you’d most likely use them.
•   “Like” Paper Culture on Facebook and leave a comment telling us you did.
•  Follow Paper Culture on Twitter and leave a comment telling is you’re their newest follower.
•  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL of your tweet.
•  Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL to your blog post.

Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: September 16, 2010 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Kim L., the winner of the Paper Culture giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

Can functional be fun? Heck yes! {giveaway}

December 17th, 2009

logoWe are Knock Knock, a product design company with aspirations to greatness. We concoct, manufacture, and distribute witty objects of cosmopolitan panache from our shamelessly sunny perch on the left-hand coast. Our domain is desire rather than necessity, though we seek to infuse our creations with utility and meaning.

12032_DontKillTheKids_thumbnailLike I said, functional can be totally fun if you’re talking Knock Knock and the company’s product line. Oh, and that shamelessly sunny perch? That would be Venice, California. With a perch like that how could you not turn out fabulously witty notepads like the Why I Must Get Drunk With You checklist and Don’t Kill the Kids babysitter pad? I’m a big sticky note user so they’re sticky pads totally tickle my fancy. My faves: Total Crap, Trees Were Killed and I Didn’t Realize You Were Cool Until sticky pads. And don’t get me started on the kits like the Personal Library Kit and the B*tch Kit. (Sorry, couldn’t resist throwing that one in there—we all have an inner one, you know…) By the way, the company’s philosophy is a must read. I couldn’t agree more with their list of beliefs.

70276_BottledWaterthumbnailKnock Knock sent me two of their Forgettable recycled reusable totes to review for our readers. Trust me when I say their humor doesn’t stop with the last checkbox on the Romance Pros-Cons checklist. These bags are infused with just as much humor as they are recycled water bottles (80% by the way). Knock Knock’s Forgettable totes are the most generously sized tote I’ve seen, and I have quite a collection in the back of my van. They include an interior pocket and solid (solid as in well woven) woven handles. Oh, and though the product description doesn’t say so, it seems like they’re slightly insulated as well.

“Remembering to bring the bag is half the battle…” That’s what you’ll read in the product description and oh, how true it is. I have all the good intentions in the world but for the life of me can’t remember those darn reusable bags. It was even a topic of discussion on a past #gno night on Twitter. But since I’ve had these Forgettable bags—and their passive-aggressive, eco-friendly humor—in my car I’ve actually remembered to tote my reusable totes with me when I hit the grocery store. Well, not every time but more often than I ever did before. Don’t believe me? Here’s a photo via Blackberry to prove it:


It’s like they infuse my van with this sort of environmentally friendly guilt and it follows me as I try to lock my doors and head into the store. Whatever it is, it’s working. They are by far my favorite reusable totes, which is saying a lot since my previous favorites were my Trader Joe’s bags…and I love Trader Joe’s.

50108_coverthumbnailI’m like a kid in a candy store when it comes to Knock Knock. So many notepads, sticky notes, books and bags and so little time. Even their site navigation makes me smile—notice the “Gifts For” has an “annoying people” subcategory. Nice. I believe there’s still time to order for the holidays, so if you have an annoying person in your life or simply a relative or friend who’s hard to shop for, I can guarantee Knock Knock will have the perfect gift. I mean, who doesn’t need the Insults & Comebacks for All Occasions handbook?

Note: The plastic bag you see in my shopping cart is the result of poor planning on my part. I left a few reusable totes at home and bought more than was on my list. Like that’s anything new.

*** Giveaway! Knock Knock is giving away one of their Forgettable reusable totes, winner’s choice! Here’s how to enter. You can do as many of these as you’d like. Each one is worth one entry into our giveaway; please leave a separate comment for each thing you do:

•   Visit KnockKnock.biz and leave a comment telling us which product made you laugh out loud.
•   Follow Knock Knock on Twitter (@knockknock) and leave a comment telling us you’re their newest follower.
•   Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL of your tweet.
•   Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL to your blog post.

Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: December 24, 2009 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Melissa, the winner of the our Knock Knock giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

Do you need a mommy stationary makeover?

January 28th, 2009

HauteMammas“We can’t fix what’s inside your closet or restore your body, or jump-start your mommy-mush brain but we CAN stylishly put you back together when communicating with the outside world!” What? I’m supposed to communicate with the outside world? I have four kids and tend to stay at home in my pj’s until at least noon. Okay, it’s not that severe but I will admit my correspondence with friends, family and acquaintances could use some style. HauteMammas totally understands.

HauteMammas.com helps you create custom calling cards (okay, I SO want a calling card!), note cards, thank-you notes, permission slip pads, address and gift labels, babysitter pads and even pet sitter notepads. Okay, I’m not a pet lover but I’m almost considering one just so I can use a pet sitter notepad! I received samples of their gift labels, a set for gifts from me and a set for gifts from the Hill family.

HauteMammasTo be honest, the Pink Pump gift label was not my style but I loved the fun design of the Enjoy Wave for family gifts. I was determined to see past the stiletto and check out HauteMammas other designs and I’m glad I did! I found a ton of designs I thought were super cute like the Spring Dots, Enjoy in Le Fleur Blue (tag rather than label) and the Merry Christmas Red & Green Dots. Once I saw those I moved on to the calling cards, and yes, I just HAVE to have one of these, especially the Pink Sorbet Polka! How great it would be to have something to give to playdate moms and family friends. Sure beats scribbling your name down on a scrap piece of paper (grocery store receipts in my case).

HauteMammasI checked out HauteMammas’ pet sitter notepads—there’s even a space for detailing play time! And for those of us whose pets consist of toddlers and pre-teens, the babysitter pad outlines everything your sitter needs to know…and then some. I would have liked a few more options in the thank-you notes and note cards, but the site has enough other fun products to keep my happy.

Your New Year’s resolutions may not have included a stationary makeover but it’s still the perfect time of year for one. Show off your hot momma style with some help from HauteMammas.com!—Emily

* Promotion! HauteMammas.com is offering Daily Dish readers 10% off their order. Simply enter code “Cafe 10” at checkout.

TrioArt Stationary is a true delight!

May 21st, 2008

TrioArt StationaryBesides the handful of cool strollers and a few other products here and there it’s not often my husband takes notice of the products I review on the Daily Dish (unless, of course, I walk around the house flaunting my new Wallaroo hat…look for that awesome find in a couple weeks!) . But when TrioArt Stationary sent samples of their whimsical and fun product line, he took notice, especially since they sent him his own “manly” yet super cool personalized stationary. And I know for a fact he’s already used it!

TrioArt StationaryTrioArt actually has delighted everyone in our family. My oldest daughter couldn’t wait to use her personalized enclosure card for her friend’s birthday gift and my second oldest daughter was excited to have her own notecards (a great way for the middle child to feel like an only child!). My two-year-old had his own cool luggage tag, which he proudly put on his My Bag, and TrioArt even had something for our baby: personalized sippy cup and bottle labels! But I think the TrioArt goodies for me were even better because they included an awesome babysitter’s notepad, which had a generous size and room for notes. I find most babysitter’s notepads have room for less important items and leave little room for all those random thoughts you have to jot down just before rushing out the door.

TrioArt StationaryThere’s just something about TrioArt that puts a smile on everyone’s face, and perhaps it’s because of the designer behind TrioArt:

...I listen to your needs and find the right images and message to create a meaningful product specifically designed for you. ... I draw inspiration from my children, nature, fabric, vintage finds, interior design, architecture and fashion. I believe in following your passion, giving with your heart, and accepting life with joy and gratitude.

TrioArt StationaryPersonalized stationary makes a wonderful, unique gift and TrioArt will make that unique gift simply perfect! Good luck trying to choose just one design; fortunately the prices are just as delightful as the product line. ;) Oh, and if you need help creating your design TrioArt offers some wording ideas to help the creative juices flow. Father’s Day is coming up, and what would be more fun than to give Dad something he can truly call his own?—Emily

* Promotion! TrioArt Stationary is offering Daily Dish readers a free gift with purchase! Receive one of their super nifty large grocery pads (a $10 value!) when you enter code “grocery list” at checkout. NOTE: I LOVE this notepad; it groups your groceries by type—super handy! Offer expires June 30, 2008.

Truly Mom is keeping me ‘truly organized’

April 30th, 2008

Truly MomI love anything that helps add a titch of organization to my life, and the multitasking planner from Truly Mom does just that. I came across Truly Mom in a recent issue of Pregnancy magazine. Pregnancy was actually highlighting Truly Mom’s fabulous Thanking Out of the Box stationary, and I was so delighted by the concept—and stationary—I had to see what other fun stuff Truly Mom had to offer. I’m so glad I did!

Besides the Truly Mom planner, which I’ll get to shortly, the company has a beautiful selection of custom stationary. From dinner invitations to baby announcements to personalized stationary, Truly Mom will help you “tell your story” with a wonderful variety of ribbons, crystals, cardstock, and fonts.

Truly MomIf you’re simply looking for a fun, fabulous, and different way to say thank you then their Thanking Out of the Box set is the way to go. Thanking Out of the Box is one of Truly Mom’s most popular products, and I can see why—literally. I opened the box and found eight different two-layer cards all accented with different ribbon and each with a different way to say thank you. The set also includes eight matching colored envelopes and a white gel pen—I love it when someone thinks of everything!

Truly MomAnd speaking of everything, Truly Mom’s planner has pretty much everything I need to stay organized. I love my new Flip Flops and Florals planner! The planner, which is made from Majilite (more costly than leather with unsurpassed durability), has this totally rockin’ tri-fold design so you can open it up to any of the three sections and fold the other two behind. I am totally and completely in love with this feature! I can have my planner open and easily accessible yet it’s not sprawled all over my already cramped desk space.

Truly MomBut the tri-fold design is just the beginning of a long list of fabulous features. This “portable desk on the go” also has a hidden magnet closure, an assortment of truly useful pads (“my day” pad, “a note to” pad, post-it note pad), a pullout calendar, an extra little handy pocket, pen, address booklet, and even a heart paperclip. No wonder this planner’s popularity is steadily growing! I have used one notepad as my ever-expanding grocery list, another for those critical things I have to do, and the “my day” pad puts sanity back into my world on a daily basis. And every time I fold my planner this way or that I think to myself “that is SO cool!” (And yes, I think that every single time).—Emily

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