Give Back For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Looking for a fun, easy way to fundraise for Breast Cancer Awareness? You’ve come to the right place. For years now, Customized Girl has raised money to support breast cancer awareness by donating a portion of all breast cancer designs on our site to Breast Cancer fundraisers. This year, we are continuing the tradition by teaming up with the Side-Out Foundation, which will be the fourth year in a row now. The Side-Out Foundation helps people with breast cancer regain control of their lives through the sport of volleyball.

Whether you want to share your own story, inspire other women to keep fighting the good fight, or simply spread awareness, these customizable designs will help you share that message. Add names, positive words, event names for races, or anything else to sashes, tees, sweatshirts, dog hoodies and so much more. Explore these designs and more for inspiration!

Join us in fundraising money to donate to the Side-Out Foundation to help end this awful disease. Don’t forget to share your creations with us on Instagram!

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What Exactly Are Supply Chain Issues and How Do They Affect You?

It’s no surprise that the ongoing global pandemic has put a strain on our global supply chain. Across all industries, we have seen businesses struggle to stay afloat with the increasing amount of labor shortages, lack of shipping containers, delays in shipping routes, and historic weather occurrences, which can all attribute to major price increases, unavailability of certain products, and delivery delays for ordered products.

Because we care for our customers and believe in maintaining full transparency, we want to provide a little insight into what this means at Customized Girl and how it affects you.

Price Increases

In an effort to combat elevated shipping costs, increased cost of materials, and other supply chain issues, price increases have been implemented on select items on Customized Girl, which became effective as of September 22, 2021. While the idea of price increases might seem unpleasant, we want to assure you of how exactly these changes will benefit our customers. For instance, higher prices mean better quality products. A price adjustment helps to keep up with the demand for the products that you love. We are also focused on providing you with increased product options, hiring more production associates to help with getting your orders out in time, and a better customer experience all around.

Inventory Availablity

While shopping on our site, you may notice that only certain sizes are available for certain products. Because of the global shipping backlog, it is increasingly difficult to get inventory on our shelves in a timely manner. We are doing everything in our power to keep all sizes available for all of our products, but the ongoing labor shortage and shipping delays make this a challenge. If you don’t see a size or color in a certain style that you want, we encourage you to check back daily as we are constantly updating our available inventory as we are updated on its availability.

Tracking Delays

We’d also like to address order tracking. With the holiday season coming up, carriers are becoming increasingly busy which can lead to delayed updates for tracking numbers. There is no need to worry, just be aware that there are various causes for a delay in your tracking information updating, including increased holiday purchasing, worsening weather conditions, and carrier delays across all carrier companies. If you have any concerns about your tracking information, our Customer Experience team is here to help answer any and all of your questions.

Shipping Delays

As with most businesses right now, shipping delays are the most common concern for customers. We’d love to guarantee that your order will be delivered to you by the estimated time of delivery, but unfortunately, it is oftentimes out of our control. All major carriers are experiencing shipping delays which in turn, could delay your package from getting from our facility to your home. With that said, we strongly recommend planning ahead, ordering early, and allowing for extra lead time for your orders to be shipped to you.

Takeaways

If there’s one thing we hope you will take away from this post, it’s to order your holiday gifts early and expect delays! We will always do everything in our power to provide our customers the products and experience they deserve in a timely manner. Our website is built to keep you updated on what is in stock and how long it should take for your package to arrive. We will always update you with any new arrivals on the site, as well as any other important updates that may affect your purchase or delivery. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to follow us on social media and sign up via email and text to receive exclusive offers, early access, and more.

We sincerely want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through these unprecedented logistical challenges. It’s because of you all that we are able to continue doing what we love and provide you with the best in custom apparel and accessories. Thank you!

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How To Throw A Wicked Halloween Party

When it comes to throwing wicked awesome holiday parties is there any better holiday than Halloween? I don’t think there’s anything more fun than dressing up in a ridiculous costume, putting on your favorite spooky songs, eating sweets, and having some deliciously themed drinks. If you’re looking to throw a wicked Halloween party this year too then just follow our recommendations below and you’re sure to have a scary good time.

Setup & Environment

As is the case with any party, the hardest, but probably most important, part is the setup. There are a few things you need to make sure are ready before your Halloween party gets started.

Halloween photo featuring pumpkins, spider webs, and lanterns

Playlist

No party is complete without a bangin’ playlist. Halloween presents an even more unique situation in that you get to play songs that maybe you normally wouldn’t listen to. Our recommendation is to add songs that have any kind of element that could be scary. For example, Heads Will Roll by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Not necessarily about Halloween, but who doesn’t love a dismembered head? Another good example is Dark Lady by Cher. Again, not directly related to Halloween, but Halloween is definitely the time for dark ladies to come out. Follow this theme and your playlist is sure to satisfy. You also can’t go wrong with mixing in some classics like Thriller by Michael Jackson, Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr., Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett … well, you get the idea.

Decorations

This one almost goes without saying but you have to have the best Halloween decorations to set the mood. You can find these almost anywhere in the weeks leading up to Halloween. No longer are you required to visit your local Spirit Halloween to find scary home decor. Even home improvement stores like Home Depot now stock some pretty awesome decorations for the scariest holiday of the year. We believe there’s no such thing as “going overboard” when it comes to Halloween decorations, so really go crazy with this one.

Lighting

This is a newer consideration as smart homes become more and more common. In the bygone days of the early ’90s and early 2000s, this may have been as simple as a couple of black lights or strobe lights in the house. Now with smart bulbs and lights being commonplace in most homes, it adds an entirely new level to the party atmosphere. Before your big Halloween bash, spend some time setting up some fun lighting profiles and effects for your smart lights. You may even consider creating custom commands to wow your friends. Create a voice command like “Let’s get spooky” that dims the lights and starts to play scary sound effects. Anything to surprise and delight your party-goers.

Food & Drink

You can’t have a party without holiday-themed food and drink. That goes without saying. Halloween makes this even more fun. Let your creativity shine with your food and drink offerings this year.

Flat lay of various Halloween treats including cookies, juice, and mummy hot dogs

Food

The most important thing to remember with food at your Halloween party is the ease of consumption. Most of your partygoers will probably have on masks or makeup which may make eating complicated foods a challenge. Consider offering smaller finger foods or hors d’oeuvres that can easily be picked up and eaten in one bite. Don’t forget to look up some creative spooky foods. Pinterest is a great place to research ideas for these. Our favorites include Monster Mash Halloween Brownies, Skeleton Pudding Cups, and a Halloween Charcuterie Board.

Drinks

Don’t overlook the drinks at your Halloween party. You want a good mix for your friends and family to choose from. We recommend getting a few types of soda pop, flavored seltzer, and juice to cover all your bases. It’s also a good idea to have some alcohol for your adult partiers. Beer is the obvious choice here but consider making some super fun spooky punch too. Check out this article which features a bunch of fun Halloween-inspired punch recipes.

Entertainment

Once the party is hopping and people are having a good time, you want to make sure you have some entertainment to keep that vibe going through the night! Here are some recommendations to keep your party guests entertained.

Halloween photo featuring people dressed up in costumes at a party

Party Games

These party games with a twist are always fun and are super simple to implement – not to mention cheap and some even free!

Halloween Feel Box
Find any old box in your house, decorate it any way you’d like, create a small opening (big enough to fit a hand), and fill it with items of your choosing. The intent of this game is for your guests to reach inside the box and guess what the item is. You can make it as spooky or gross as you want. Honestly, the grosser the better!

Halloween Jinx
At the beginning of the party. choose certain words or phrases (for example: Halloween, spooky, etc.) that are most likely to be said throughout the night. If someone says that word, another person has to call them out and yell “Jinx!” The punishment could be to take a drink, do a dance, or some other activity that you come up with.

Murder Mystery
Who doesn’t love a good Murder Mystery?! This site allows you to choose from a list of different kinds of games based on difficulty, party-size, price, and more.

Costume Contest

Dressing up in costumes is the best part of a Halloween party. For the costume contest, it’s best to set your standards ahead of time. Make sure your guests know how serious or laid-back you are about costumes so they can plan accordingly. In the invite, give your guests some suggestions if they’re stuck on what to be. Here are some simple recommendations that are very easy to create, and they can make it their own kind of wicked. Custom face masks are also a great addition to compliment your Halloween look and makes attending parties a lot less frightening.

Now that you’ve warned them about the contest, you get to plan how you want it to go. You can have just one winner overall or a few winners based on different categories (most creative, scariest, funniest, etc.) It’s always fun to award the winner with some sort of prize such as a trophy or a basket full of Halloween goodies.

Now that you have all these recommendations, we are confident that you are going to throw the most epic, most wicked, most awesome Halloween party ever.

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10 Ways To Practice Self-Care

Self-Care Awareness Month is a time to remind us all just how important it is to take care of ourselves. We live busy lives and often times forget that it’s essential to take some time for our well-being. It’s important to recognize that self-care looks different for everyone. It can look like taking a day off work to get a mani-pedi, a massage, and ice cream or it can look like spending the evening finally getting around to the endless list of chores you’ve been putting off. For some, self-care means pampering and for others, it can mean being productive. No matter how you choose to practice self-care, do it with intention. Set aside time to really understand your needs and what will benefit you most.

Here are 10 ways to practice self-care.

Eat A Healthy Meal

Good nutrition is good self-care. Eating clean is about nurturing your body by providing it with the materials it needs to stay healthy both physically and mentally. Round up your favorite healthy recipes and start incorporating healthy meals into your routine.

Exercise or Get Out In Nature

There are countless mental health benefits of exercise but did you know it also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood? Being in nature also has both cognitive benefits and improvements in mood, mental health, and emotional well-being. So whenever you are feeling down or in need of a boost, take a walk in nature, exercise at the gym, go paddleboarding, or do some other activity that gets you moving.

Spend Time With Loved Ones

There’s nothing better than being surrounded by people you love and who love you too. Loved ones can encourage positive behaviors and help you to make great choices. Not to mention they know you and know how to put a smile on your face. Carve time out in your schedule to spend quality time with family and friends.

Try Something New

How often do we get so caught up in our routines and daily lives that we forget to enjoy life? Have you been considering trying a new hobby or crossing something off your bucket list? Go for it! Life is about exploring and learning new things. You never know, it could change your whole life.

Do Your Favorite Activities Guilt-Free

Have you ever felt guilty for binge-watching a new show instead of doing something “productive?” Or reading all day instead of crossing off things on your endless to-do list? Part of self-care is recognizing what you need at the moment. It’s ok to change your definition of “productive.” If you need a day off to binge-watch the latest season of a reality show, then that’s productive in and of itself.

Unplug For A Day

Take a break from technology for a day. Leave your phone at home (or on silent so you don’t get tempted) while you spend time in nature or out with friends. Replace watching TV before bed with a book you’ve been wanting to read. Set boundaries for your work schedule and turn off your computer and emails when work is done for the day. Unplug and live in the moment.

Practice Gratitude

Oftentimes, we get too caught up in our daily lives that we forget to take a step back and be grateful for how far we’ve gotten. Gratitude practice can also reshape the brain. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, or have any sort of negative feelings, write out what you are grateful for. It can be as simple as being thankful for your car getting you places or for your kids putting a smile on your face. Practicing gratitude helps you to shift your feelings in a positive direction and improve your attitude.

Meditate

Meditation provides you with quality “me time” and mental clarity. Despite what you may have heard, you don’t have to meditate in silence. You can still enter a flow state by doing other activities like walking, running, singing, and more. The whole idea of meditating is to focus on our breath and a quiet mind.

Tackle The To-Do List

Sometimes self-care doesn’t look like the “treat yo’self” type. Sometimes caring for yourself means tackling some of the things on that haunting to-do list so you can enjoy the rest of your week. Schedule that doctor’s appointment. Clean the messy kitchen. Sign up for the gym.

Treat Yo’Self – You Deserve It!

As Tom Haverford from ‘Parks And Recreation’ says, “Treat Yo’Self!” Treat yourself to something that you’ve been wanting for a while now. Is it a massage because your body’s been overworked? Is it going out to your favorite ice cream place? Is it retail therapy? Whatever that may look like for you, you deserve it!

Shop now to design something unique and custom-made at Customized Girl.

Self-Care Awareness Month is a great reminder to slow down and focus on your well-being, but don’t let the practice of self-care go away after September ends. We are all deserving of self-care.

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Customized Girl Coupon Code For September 2021

Happy September CustomizedGirl shoppers! Have you had your first pumpkin spice latte of the year? Better get those last summer tee orders in before the leaves start to change. Fall is right around the corner and we know you’ll be looking for some warm and comfy custom shirts. We recommend our quality custom flannels.

Regardless of your autumn style needs, we still want to help you save some money when you do make your purchases. You can use the coupon code in this post to save 10% off your entire order on Customized Girl. For the entire month of September, you can use coupon code CGSEP to get 10% off your whole order. This code will work all month long too, so make sure to use it on every order you place for the entire month.

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