Archive | April, 2017

Have you thanked a volunteer?

24 Apr

The Stationery Studio staff finishing up another successful yearly coat drive.

This morning on twitter I saw that #NationalVolunteerWeek was trending.  I was excited to see that there’s a whole week to bring attention to volunteers.  Sometimes in our busy lives, we forget about the people who selflessly give their time to make things happen all around us.  If you do volunteer for something, you might not ever think about getting thanks or praise because you don’t volunteer for that reason.

I am lucky because I was raised by a family who lives by the motto of giving back.  My parents are now retired and live a life of philanthropy.  I am always in awe of the lives they change through their volunteering.  #NationalVolunteerWeek reminds me to thank my parents for all they do.  It’s reminding me to thank ALL the volunteers in my life from soccer coaches to PTO members.  Take a moment to think about the people you know in your own life and your community who volunteer to make things happen.  Maybe it’s someone at your church, your local pet shelter, the food pantry, your neighborhood … you get the idea.  Why not send them a quick email to thank them and know how much they’re appreciated?  Or you can stop by and bring them a gift card for a cup of coffee or some fresh flowers.

Working at The Stationery Studio, I have had the opportunity to give back by working with organizations that positively impact our community.  I thank The Stationery Studio for allowing our workplace to give back!

Take a moment this week to thank volunteers.  I promise you they will appreciate it more than you know!

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

How to Make Camp Letter Writing Easier

22 Apr

Camp NotesCamp is a special time in a young person’s life and if the camper is going to overnight camp, it’s especially nice to exchange letters. Many camps do not allow cell phones during camp, as they are easily lost or ruined, but letter-writing with family and friends is definitely encouraged. For the most part, kids love to receive mail at camp! The exchange of letters each week is an easy and fun way to stay in contact with your child when they are away.

Plan Ahead

Talk to your child before they leave about writing notes and make suggestions on who to write and what they can write about.  To encourage letter writing, let them know that they will also be receiving mail. For some young people, it’s one of the first times they will have an opportunity to experience letter writing or with waiting for the mail to come each day!

To make this easier for the camper, there are special camp note pads with camp themes which will be fun for the camper to use. Notepads that have writing lines make writing easier for the camper to send their thoughts.  There are also some fill-in-the-blanks notepads that can help a camper too.

Setup Envelopes

It’s a good idea for you to pre-address and pre-stamp envelopes, in advance of the child’s departure.  It’s worth talking to the camper before they leave on how to address an envelope and even where to put the stamp.  When you are pre-addressing envelopes, talk to the camper about who they would like to write a note to, such as a special aunt, grandparent and friends at home.  Help them address some envelopes to all those special people before they leave or at least have them watch you do it so they get the general idea.

If you think your camper is old enough to do this task on their own, you can provide them with an address list so the camper can address the envelopes themselves.  Then, you might want to address one envelope for them so they have a format to follow.  Be sure to send a few pens with the camper, some extra stamps, and their note pads (or stationery) and envelopes.

Add Photos, Prompt for Responses

When you write to the child, sometime it’s nice to add in a photo or two from home, such as of their pet or of their family so they have a photograph in their bunk from home.  Getting a touch of something special from home is usually appreciated.

Also, when you send your notes to the camper, ask questions that will engage the camper in a response, such as: What is your favorite activity at camp, how is the food at camp, do you like your bunk mates, and is there anything you need that I can send to you?  You can update them about anything new at home and even tell them how proud of them you are about how they are so grown up.

Heartwarming Letters

If you have ever read letters from campers, you’ll know what I mean when you say they can be sweet, dramatic, and even absolutely hilarious.  From the sad camper who begs to come home and then the next week is as happy as a clam, to hearing about their likes, dislikes and activities, it’s hard to get enough.  These letters can tug at your heart or make you laugh out load – but seeing that envelope from them can almost always make you smile.

Make it fun and easy for the child to write a letter home this summer with a personalized camp note pad and just sit back and wait for many touching moments to make their way into your mailbox!  There are even books that have been published with copies of some of the funniest camp letters sent home. Also, be sure to save these letters because when the kids get older, they will absolutely love reading them.

Best wishes,

Renee

Guest Blogger: Dress Your Bathroom to Impress

17 Apr

We are thrilled to have one of our favorite bloggers featured on our blog – Hello Francois!  We had an opportunity to work with Francois last year and fell in love with his sense of style and great taste.  We wanted to share one of our favorite posts from his blog. Francois shares his 10 tips for getting a bathroom ready for guests and we love them so much we feel they’re share-worthy!

Dress Your Bathroom to Impress 

Whether I hold a big party or just an intimate dinner at home, I always want the apartment to look perfect. According to me, every single room, and even corner, should look amazing. When it comes to the bathroom, perfection and amazingness should reach 150%, at least! This is what this post is about, and I’m very excited to share with you guys the 10 things I do to the bathroom before receiving anyone at home!

1) Clean the WHOLE bathroom 

This includes obviously the sink and the floors, but also the tiles on the wall, mirrors, and shower/bathtub. I know your friends are not going to go take a bath in the middle of the party (well, it actually depends on the kind of party you’re holding!), but they will see, for sure, if the tub and/or shower are dirty, and trust me, you don’t want that. Also, empty the trash can. It seems obvious.

2) Stage your bathtub/shower

If you have a bathtub, elegantly display some bath bombs and bath soak, and lighten up some candles.  If you have a shower, stage some nice shampoo and shower gel containers, and hide anything from razors to shower gloves. In other words, create a spa atmosphere, and show your guests how relaxing it is to take a bath or shower in your home.

3) Put a new roll of toilet paper on the holder, and fold the end of the paper in order to form a peak

Use plain white toilet paper, ONLY! Also, make sure you have some spare rolls available somewhere in the bathroom, preferably under the sink, as it’s where most people will naturally go look for them.

4) Clean and tidy up inside all the cabinets, especially the one under the sink and behind the mirrors

We all have that friend who is going to be curious and open your cabinets to see what you have in there. I’m one of them. Shame on me.

5) Have hand paper towels available

They are much more hygienic than the regular bath towel. And if you want to reach a top of the top level, you can have them personalized. I order mine at The Stationery Studio and it’s super easy. To give you an idea of the pricing, you will pay about $50 for 100 personalized Elegant Ampersand paper hand towels in ivory color with the writing in gold metallic foil, shipping included.

6) Make sure there is still hand liquid soap in the container 

Only use liquid hand soap. It’s much more hygienic than the regular bar soap.  To be over the top, you can also have a container of hand cream available for guests to use. The container of hand cream must match the one of hand soap. Obs!

7) Have a see through glass container full of hotel shampoos and shower gels on the counter

It looks great and it will also show your guests how well-travelled you are, and if they are all from the Ritz-Carlton and the W hotels, it’s even better. When it comes to bathroom decor, I try to make it functional and pretty.

8) Set some fresh flowers in a vase

Fresh flowers are everything. Fake flowers are a big no no, even if they look super real. Some people like to touch the petals when in doubt. They will be very disappointed if they realize they are fake.

9) Dim the lights

It will create a relaxing and warm atmosphere.

10) Light up a fragrant candle or display a diffuser

It’s always nice to go to a bathroom that smells good. It will also make your guests more comfortable to do whatever they need to do in the bathroom! 

Pictures and blog post used with permission from Hello Francois.