5 December 2013
Category: Announcements, Custom Lifestyle
It’s always better to give than it is to receive around Christmas time! Fueled by this Christmas spirit, we decided to adopt a local family here in Columbus, Ohio for Christmas. The holiday season is the perfect time to make a donation or volunteer in your local community, and if you have ever considered adopting a family for Christmas, the process is super simple and enjoyable!
First, you need to find a local service agency in your area. We chose to go through a local church to find a family we could adopt this year. The organization you choose to go through will help you find the right size of family that will fit within your budget. This is the exciting part because you’ll be able to find out the names of the kids you’ll be buying gifts for and you’ll also receive their wish lists. This year we have three awesome kids we will be buying gifts for and they are James, Johanna and Linda.
Once you have your family and their wish lists, all you need to do is go shopping and bring the gifts back to your local agency. It’s that simple! For our family, we chose to make it a company wide event. We wrapped a donation box and placed it in the break room so everyone from the Customized Girl team could have a chance to make a money donation to help us buy gifts. The response in donations was amazing and we can’t wait to go shopping for our family!
A big thank you to all of you who are making a statement by adopting a family for Christmas or volunteering in some other way to make Christmas special for others this year!
27 November 2013
Category: Contests, Custom Lifestyle
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
The contest begins at 9:00 a.m EST on November 27, 2013 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on December 11, 2013.
How To Enter:
- You must have a Pinterest account to enter this contest. Accounts are free at http://pinterest.com.
- Follow Customized Girl on Pinterest.
- Create a board entitled “Customized Girl Wish List”.
- Pin at least five Customized Girl items onto this board. You can pin directly from customizedgirl.com or from our “Custom Products from Customized Girl” board.
- Tag all of your pins with #cgwishlist.
- Comment on our pin announcing the contest with a link to your board.
Prizes and Selections Of Winners:
Customized Girl will select two (2) winners in a random drawing held on or about December 11, 2013, from among all eligible entries received. Each winner will receive a $100 electronic gift certificate to Customized Girl. Prizes are non-transferable prior to award and must be accepted as awarded. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Limit one prize per person.
The potential winners will be tagged in the comments of the contest pin and/or messaged via Twitter or Facebook accounts associated with entrant’s Pinterest account. The prize will be emailed upon acceptance.
Terms and Conditions:
- Only one entry per person.
- Must be at least 16 years of age to enter.
- eRetailing Associates, LLC employees and their immediate families are not eligible to win.
- By participating in the contest, you release and agree to hold eRetailing Associates, LLC, their respective subsidiaries and affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, and employees harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind arising out of or in connection with your participation in the contest or your creation and sharing of pin boards, or resulting from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize, including, without limitation, personal injuries, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy, whether suffered by you or a third party. The contest is void wherever prohibited or restricted by law, and is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
- This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Pinterest. By entering in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Pinterest from any claims.
- For international shipping, please be aware, you are responsible for any taxes or duties that might be applied to your package after it has left our facility.
22 November 2013
Category: Custom Lifestyle
We wait all year for Christmas and before we know it, the holiday has come and gone. What we risk is missing out on all the holiday fun that leads up to Christmas Day. The last thing we want to have happen on December 26th is to realize that we missed out on our favorite holiday traditions. And since Christmas is the busiest holiday of the year, it’s easy to forget all the fun things we can do! Well this year, we want to help keep that disappointment from happening, so we have created a bucket list of 25 fun things to do before or on Christmas Day!
- Hang your favorite ornament in the center of the Christmas tree
- Watch a holiday movie
- Make a Christmas list
- Build a snowman
- Go sledding
- Check out the Christmas lights around town
- Eat a candy cane
- Make and eat gingerbread cookies
- Take a family Christmas photo
- Wear a Santa hat and go ho-ho-ho
- Visit Santa at the mall or wave at him from afar
- Read “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”
- Listen to Christmas music
- Go caroling
- Go ice skating
- Make a snow angel
- Drink hot cocoa
- Shake all the presents under the tree
- Wear a Christmas sweatshirt
- Make popcorn garland
- Leave cookies and milk out for Santa
- Wish a stranger “Happy Holidays!”
- Get an advent calendar so you can eat chocolate every day in December until Christmas
- Find an unbelievable gift that will make someone’s Christmas unforgettable
Help us out! What fun holiday stuff did we miss from our list?
14 November 2013
Category: Announcements, Custom Lifestyle
Before we send out any order, the printed item and its print quality go through a detailed inspection to ensure our customer is receiving the very best product possible. If we spot any imperfection in the item or the printing, we put the flawed product aside and start over. At Customized Girl, we are very attentive to what is going on in the world and are very well aware that there are others in need. That is why instead of throwing out these imperfect products, we donate all of them directly to Planet Aid.
Making this weekly donation to Planet Aid is not only good for the environment, but it is a way to help those who are less fortunate. Planet Aid is a nonprofit organization known for empowering disadvantaged people from around the world. They use the funds generated from selling unwanted clothing to support international aid projects in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Planet Aid supports development projects that help individuals and communities improve the condition of their lives. These programs focus on spurring action in the areas of micro-financing, sustainable agriculture, health and disease prevention, education and community development.
One of the micro-financing projects Planet Aid supports that really attracted our attention was the mission of empowering women by delivering increased awareness of household finance in rural India. Women who are involved in this project have seen great change in their family’s livelihood, allowing them to gain better access to food and education. Through this project, women have also gained decision-making power within their family, and thus are able to more effectively contribute to raising their children. Plus, over 1,500 women who have participated in these micro-financing projects have even been able to acquire health insurance for their families, a huge accomplishment for many in rural India!
This is just one story of the many projects Planet Aid is able to fund with recycled textiles. If you would like to know more about Planet Aid and their projects, check out their website at http://www.planetaid.org/.
12 November 2013
Category: Custom Lifestyle
Strong women aren’t just locked up in the confines of history. Here are 7 women who are making powerful statements for what they believe in! We might not all agree with their goals but we can all follow suit and stand up for what we believe in!
“To actually feel like you’ve done something good with your life and you’re useful to others is what I was always wanting, and was always looking for.” –Angeline Jolie
Over the last few years, Angelina Jolie has used her fame to bring attention to the plight over women all over the world living in poverty and suffering gender-based violence, especially during times of war. She even directed a movie, In the Land of Milk and Honey, to help bring this issue to the forefront! While we might not have the same platform, we can all make efforts to do something good for others, whether it is volunteering at a soup kitchen, reaching out to a lonely classmate, or making sure you recycle at home.
“…if you are overdressed, it is a comment on them. If you are under dressed, it is a comment on you.” –Condoleezza Rice
Serving as the Head of the State Department under President Bush, Condoleezza Rice helped steer the country after 9/11 and the following turbulent times. She knew that how you present yourself is so important, both to you and the message you are advocating for. Condoleezza knows that how you present yourself has a big impact on how others perceive you, right or wrong, and she used that to her advantage. And, she once said her dream job was to run the NFL – how cool is that?
“I’ve never seen myself as a ‘girl driver.’ I’m just a driver.” –Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick is making a big splash in the world of professional racing as she is often the only woman competing and she’s one fierce competitor. Currently, she’s having one of her best seasons yet. We love that she isn’t letting something that is a stereotypically male job stop her from pursuing her dreams. Danica is quietly challenging peoples ideas about women in racing and winning in the process!
“Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely — and the right to be heard.” –Hilary Clinton
Hilary Clinton has been able to fight and raise awareness for women’s issues in her numerous roles in public life. By continuing to ensure that these issues are at the forefront of policymaking, she’s making a bold statement about what’s important. Because Hilary refuses to let women’s rights get swept under the rug, we all benefit by the debate she encourages.
“I care much more about saving the lives of mothers and babies than I do about a fancy museum somewhere.” –Melinda Gates
Along with her husband, Bill Gates, Melinda has helped give away more money to charitable causes than anyone else in the world. She’s making huge headway by funding projects that work to end maternal and infant mortality, stop malaria and educate women and girls around the world. We can all impact the world around us by fighting like Melinda does for the things we are passionate about!
“Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions … Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it” –Tina Fey
Through her work on Saturday Night Live and other comedic endeavors, Tina Fey has endeared herself to millions of Americans. While some might not think girls can be funny, Tina ignores the haters and does her own thing – which is to our benefit! We all need a reminder sometimes to follow our heart and not get caught up in what everyone else is doing.
“Sometimes painful things can teach us lessons we didn’t think we needed to know.” –Amy Poehler
Another one of our first ladies of comedy, Amy Poehler, has also made a name for herself in a traditionally male-dominated field. Moreover, she’s proven that you don’t have to lose touch with your sensitive side to be successful or competitive. What a great reminder that there is something for us to learn in every experience, even the painful ones!
There are women all around us making bold statements about what they believe in, whether it’s politics, the arts, philanthropy or so much more! We’ve highlighted just a few of them here; please share your favorite modern women making powerful statements in the comments! We’d love to hear about them!
4 November 2013
Category: Custom Lifestyle
It turns out, moms really do know everything.
All of us have been on the listening end of a mom lecture, whether that lecture was delivered from our own mom, or from a “mom-ly” teacher or friend. While we tend to quickly role our eyes in the moment, what mom says really does hold weight in the real world. Here are 6 of our most favorite annoying things that moms say (that really do matter):
Mom: She who does not speak will not be heard.
Advice that holds true regardless of the audience; whether in front of your boyfriend or in front of a board meeting. Listen up girls; we shouldn’t be afraid to make a statement, or contribute our ideas to the conversation. Do your research, know your talking points, and give yourself enough credit to speak up.
Mom: Make the decision before you’re in the situation
Having a plan is important, no matter what you’ve got going on. It could be having a budget for going back to school shopping or how you’ll react during debate team. She’s right when she tells you to plan ahead, thinking through something helps you react as it happens.
Mom: No matter where you go and no matter what you do, there will always be someone better than you.
Humility is endearing. Just look at what happens when you go all Miley Cyrus on things; it’s not that attractive. It’s worth noting that humility requires confidence, not robs you of it. Brag less, believe in yourself, and steal every opportunity to learn from the people around you.
Mom: If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything.
True on the playground, and true in the lecture hall. There’s no value in saying something hurtful to gain some kind of advantage over people. That’s a move owned by bullies, and you’re better than that. Try complimenting before you cast aside, and you might just be surprised by the results.
Mom: There are plenty of fish in the sea.
True dat. That chump that broke your heart? He’s not worth the time or the energy. Let him know how you feel, and move on. It might not be easy, and it might feel like your chest in caving in at first; but there really are better options out there. Never settle for someone who readily takes advantage of your emotions.
Mom: A smile is a tremendously powerful thing. Use it recklessly.
A smile alleviates tension, casts aside anxiety, and it never goes out of style. Uniquely yours, your smile is your strongest accessory in this world. Use it to break the ice, convey confidence, or to help people feel more comfortable. Smile when you’re feeling down and in the dumps, and when you’re stressed and over-anxious. You might just find that fun things happen when you smile without regard for the consequences.
Mom: Always wear clean underwear. You never know when you’ll be in an accident.
Moms really do know what they are talking about. Thanks, mom and mom-like friends, for always having our back and knowing just what to say. What advice did your mom give you that turned out to be wise advice? Share your favorites with us in the comments below!
photo credit: ~PhotograTree~ via photopin cc
1 November 2013
Category: Announcements, Custom Lifestyle
Having an education is a beautiful thing, but what isn’t, is the amount of money it costs to get that education. At Customized Girl, we want to help the women of tomorrow and we’re delighted to announce the Customized Girl Annual Scholarship!
As you have probably already noticed, we are all about statement makers and celebrating those who have an important message to share with the world. Statements are what we love and that’s why our scholarship is centered on making them!
As college students, we know you are busy enough with essays, exams and, more than likely, even a part-time job to help pay for the degree you are working towards, so we wanted to keep our scholarship simple and to the point. Share your statement with us in 140 characters or less, no longer than a tweet! Make it the one statement you think will change the world if people actually put it in to action!
We bet you’re wondering what you get if you win! Don’t worry, we didn’t forget. We just wanted to save the best for last! If you are chosen as the winner, you will receive a one time $2,500 scholarship to help with your college expenses, a unique shirt design and an interview with us, which will be featured on our blog. Pretty awesome, right?!
If we have piqued your interest, click the link below to read more about the details and to enter the Customized Girl Annual Scholarship!
Learn More About The Customized Girl School Scholarship
30 October 2013
Category: Breast Cancer Awareness, Custom Lifestyle
All September and October long, we have recruited you to help us on our mission to raise funds for breast cancer research. Every time you use promo code CGCURE, 10% of the proceeds get donated to The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Using promo code CGCURE will also get you $3.94 off your order to cover the cost of U.S. economy shipping!
We have seen some great designs coming through the production line that you have created to support the cause! However, with breast cancer awareness month coming to a close, we wanted to make one final push to raise as much money as possible! Whether you customize shirts for an event or for the upcoming holiday, use promo code CGCURE and help us make an even bigger donation to The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research!
Once we have made our donation to The Stefanie Spielman Fund, we will share the donation amount with you on our blog! A big THANK YOU to everyone who has used the promo code CGCURE!
22 October 2013
Category: Announcements, Custom Lifestyle, Custom Shirts
When searching the internet we sometimes come across celebrities who have chosen to create custom shirts on Customized Girl. Today, we came across Melissa Rycroft’s custom peek-a-boo maternity shirt as she broke the news about her family expecting a new addition next spring!
We instantly recognized the peek-a-boo artwork and fonts from our site. Melissa was not the only one sporting a custom tee from us as you can see from the picture below. She also customized a men’s ringer tee and a girl’s tank top. She did a great job using our design center to create totally unique t-shirts and tank tops.
Here is the official announcement from Melissa Rycroft’s Facebook page:
“Sooo…It’s official, the Strickland Family is growing by one next Spring! Ava is so excited to be promoted to Big Sister!! We are so excited for our new little addition!!”
21 October 2013
Category: Custom Lifestyle
When it comes to Halloween, it’s hard to resist the urge to dress up as a favorite celebrity or character from a popular movie. We relish the opportunity to be seen as someone everyone will surely recognize, so what will be the hottest costumes this year? Based on popularity and the most shocking moments of 2013, we have compiled a list of five costumes that will certainly make an appearance this Halloween!
Her performance and outfit at the VMA’s were definitely a surprise and shocked a lot of people! And thanks to that performance, we all now know what it means to twerk. The teddy bear leotard or the vinyl bra and booty shorts will bring any girl a lot of attention if she chooses this as her Halloween costume!
She will probably be on this list until she is no longer performing. Lady Gaga is known for her crazy outfits and it is no surprise that she is in the top five! With every Lady Gaga appearance, we wait anxiously to see her new crazy look and for Halloween, we’ll wait to see what Lady Gaga-inspired costumes her little monsters create!
A lot of eyes were on Amanda Bynes as she became a hot mess this year. There are bound to be plenty of Amanda Bynes costumes replicating her court appearance look of when she wore sunglasses paired nicely with a blue wig!
Great Gatsby Inspired 20’s Flapper Dress
Because there is no party like a Gatsby party, the 1920 flapper dress is sure to be Halloween favorite for women!
Wicked Witch from OZ The Great and Powerful
With the release of the movie OZ: The Great and Powerful, a new twist to the classic wicked witch of the west costume is guaranteed to be seen this Halloween!
What costume do you think will be the most popular this year?
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