Sunday, July 26, 2015

Lemonade Stand

The Oriental Trading Company catalog gets me every time. They really have my number! A few weeks ago, I received a summer catalog that contained 2 whole pages of a lemonade stand party. This was how the idea of a O'Regan lemonade stand was born. The sparkly marketing of that catalog and also that my daughter, Molly, has been saving for a Barbie Dream House since the beginning of the summer. We required that she choose a charity and donate half of the earnings to that charity.  With guidance, she choose to support hungry children so we are making a donation to Feed America.

Like all parties or events with my kids, we do a lot of prep activities to support the event.  We worked on painting a sign, assembling fans (because holy cow, it was a REALLY hot day!), making lemon cookies, wrapping some store-bought lemon loaf, practicing with our cash registers and making change for customers, and making some decorations.  You know we incorporated PSA Essentials Peel & Stick Stamps into the mix, too!

We only had about 4 actual neighborhood customers but are thankful for sweet friends and family, The Bradfords, Eccles, Yaccos, Golsons, and Evanisko's for coming by to support the cause.  What fun! Here's a photo recap of the O'Regan Lemonade Stand!


(Please excuse my son in underwear, honestly, at least he has undies on. He mostly likes to run around naked... yikes!) 


Mike was so happy with me and having to put together the Lemonade Stand I purchased from Oriental Trading Company.  I honestly had no idea so much assembly was required.



So nice of the Eccles boys and Parker to come help out! (I had to get Parker a special apron, too. Love that little girl!)


What an awesome afternoon! Thanks again to our friends who were able to support the cause and join the fun.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

LA Market: A Recap

It's summer show season and I've been lucky enough to travel around to a few of the shows, visit with our reps, talk to our customers and explore fun cities. Last week, I was in Los Angeles for the LA Market Center Summer Gift & Home Show.  What fun!  I documented my trip all along the way (with a crummy iPhone camera, please ignore photo quality!) Here's an inside peek!


We are in the Lynn Mitchell Showroom at LA Mart (located in the Reef Building) with dozens of other great stationery and gift lines that I so admire. Our space is the perfect size to display our personalized stamps, embossers, inks & Peel & Stick packs.





There are so many other stationery and gift lines in Lynn Mitchell's LA Show Room that I just love. I joked that I was in retail (really, wholesale) heaven! Of course, there's Anna Griffin, who we just love and are so excited about our partnership with. Then there's Poppin, Sugar Paper, 1Canoe2, Bison, Smock, Riffle Paper, Kate Spade, Ban.do, Lily Pulitzer, Party Planners, and other new lines that I was excited to be introduced to.  What a great space to be in, we feel lucky that Lynn Mitchell and their awesome team have taken us on.  Here's Poppin: 


1 Canoe 2 (obsessed with their recipe box and cards...) Also, I found a perpetual calendar from them that's beautiful. 


Could Ban.do be any more fun? & Kate Spade never disappoints. Lots of new stuff in the line!






One of my favorite Sugar Paper desk accessories is the brass letter opener.


Almost in every major city I always find time to sneak off to a museum -- usually the Contemporary ones. I visited MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art that had an interesting collection. Lots of Warhol, Pollack, Rothko, and post 40's modern art.  It has an impressive collection for a smaller museum.  Most interesting (and not pictured) was the Kahlil Joseph's "Double Concious" which is a video documentary projected onto two screens. It depicts young black's in Los Angeles.  You can read more about it here: http://www.moca.org/museum/exhibitiondetail.php?id=503.  With all the incredible race tension in the United States right now, it was powerful and moving. 




LA captured from a few snapshots from my phone! 



I had a great hotel stay too! The weather was beautiful and when work was done and museums were closed, I made my way to the roof top bar for a poolside sip and dip.  In typical fashion, I met all sorts of interesting people up there, a few of which I am new BFF's with on Instagram. 




On business trips, even the very fun ones like this one, about nothing compares to coming home to find my little ones and my family who are my everything.  But I am so thankful for the opportunity to travel for PSA Essentials and share my passion for the product with our reps and our customers. Another great trip down, thanks LA! 


Lots going on in the office and warehouse these days and I have been busy catching up post-shows. But be sure to check out our Christmas in July Sale and stay tuned for The O'Regan Family Lemonade Stand this weekend.  There's of course, lots of PSA Essentials stamping planned and my kids are incredibly excited.