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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How To Choose Your Team Fan Wear

It’s no surprise that wearing your team’s colors or logo on a t-shirt is a common thing to do when attending a sporting event. But do you ever wonder about the psychology behind why we do that?

According to an article from Live Enhanced, wearing team sports apparel such as jerseys, t-shirts, and hats to games “brought about positive feelings” giving fans a sense of belonging, camaraderie, and a common purpose. Not to mention team spirit is contagious! It’s no wonder why sports fanatics all over the world wear their team’s apparel for big game days.

With fall sports starting up, here’s your opportunity to create custom fan gear for you and your fellow fans! With our custom products, you can add your own text such as names and numbers, add art, and even upload photos. Take a look and get some ideas on how to choose your team fan wear.

Custom Varsity Jackets

One of our all-time best sellers! If you’re looking for a cool and classy feel, keep it old-school with vintage-style varsity jackets. Perfect for layering on top of T-shirts and hoodies for those chilly nights. It’s definitely a sideline winning look!

Custom T-shirts and Jerseys

Proud moms and dads can create custom jerseys and tees to wear at games to show their love and support! Yep, be THAT mom or dad that stands out from the rest.

Custom Stadium Blankets

For those chilly fall nights, custom stadium blankets are a must-have! Stay warm in style by adding your own custom text, art, and photos to this super soft fleece blanket. Its DryBlend, sweatshirt-style material will keep you warm and comfy while you root for your team.

Custom Hoodies

Let’s be honest, even though we love summer, we can’t wait for it to be cool enough to jump in some cozy hoodies. We have lots of hoodie styles to choose from where you can design with your own text, art and upload cool photos. Design the front and the back with your child’s name and number to wear at all the games!

Custom Travel Mugs

Running late to practice? Attending a game in cold weather? These are all good reasons to customize your own travel mug. Personalize it with your child’s name, number, and even upload their photo for a unique on-the-go beverage.

Custom Bags

There’s no better way to hold all your game-day snacks than this custom backpack! Wherever you go, represent your team or favorite player with a custom design. From totes and drawstrings to duffels and backpacks, there’s definitely no shortage of bag options to find the perfect one for you.

With fall sports in full swing, this is your sign to start customizing your sports apparel before it’s too late! For more creative ideas, check out our popular designs for each fall sport.

Football🏈 | Cheerleading📣 | Volleyball🏐 | Soccer⚽ | Cross Country🏃‍♀️ | View All Sports.

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Fall Trends | Custom Must-Haves

With summer coming to an end and fall just right around the corner, it’s time to fill your wardrobe with some fall staples. You know the kind. That light flannel that you can dress up in when you’re out with friends and dress down when apple picking. Or that cozy crew that is perfect to wear to bonfires and for layering when tailgating at a football game. Everyone needs a few fashionable fall staples in their closet.

Transition from cool summer nights to crisp fall days with these custom pieces at Customized Girl.

Cozy Crewnecks

Keep cozy with a custom crew that you can design any way you wish. Our super soft crews are one of our most popular items during this time of year. Shop now and start customizing!

Cropped Fleece Sweaters

Our cropped fleece sweaters are truly one-of-a-kind. The raw edge and matching drawstrings make it fashion forward while the super soft material keeps it casual and comfortable. Perfect for working out, lounging around the house, or going out on the town. View more designs and shop now!

Cool Flannels

Is it really fall if you don’t wear a flannel even once? Wear it big and baggy, tied around the waist or half tucked with denim cut-offs and a band tee. So many ways to wear it and perfect for those chilly fall nights. View more designs and shop now!

Casual Jackets

Our letterman jackets are one for the ages! Personalize your jacket with names, numbers, custom text and art. View more designs and shop now!

Classic Raglan Tees

You can never go wrong with a classic raglan tee. These two-tone raglan sleeve tees with a form flattering fit are perfect for the whole family. And what’s better than a matching family moment? Customize it with names, art, or upload fun photos! View more designs and shop now!

The best part about it all is that you get to design your own fall wardrobe! At Customized Girl, we love to see the unique designs our customers create. With Halloween coming up soon, we can’t wait for all the festive tees you all make. Don’t forget to share your designs and tag us on Instagram! 😊

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Back To School: Custom Looks For The New Year

It seems like just yesterday when the school bell rang for the final time last school year and summer was just beginning. While having fun in the sun seemed like it’d last forever, the time is now here to prepare for back to school.

We want to take the stress out of back to school shopping with looks that will have you excited to start the new year. Custom backpacks to hold your essentials? Check! Comfy jackets, sweats, & hoodies for game days? Yep! First-Day custom looks? You know it! You can customize our designs any way you’d like, creating a design that it totally unique.

We’ve broken down a few of the many ways you can incorporate custom apparel & accessories into your back to school shopping.

Custom Backpacks

Possibly the most important back-to-school item, custom backpacks allow you to be creative in your design while holding all your essentials. With various styles, fabric, and colors to choose from, there are so many options to make your backpack completely tailored to your needs. Explore our custom backpacks selection and start customizing!

First-Day Custom Looks

Say hello to the new school year with custom tees! Add your name, custom text, art or even upload your photo to make a one-of-a-kind tee. Custom-made shirts are also the perfect way to capture the moment with your kiddos for that first day of school photo!

Custom Masks

Slow the spread and stay stylish with custom face masks. Add your own custom text, art, or upload a photo for a unique take on this accessory.

Custom Varsity Jackets

This classic jacket can be styled in many ways and is perfect for the fall/winter sports season. Add your name, number, school name, and more for a customized jacket made just for you. Custom letterman jackets are the perfect way to celebrate you or your child’s athleticism, achievements, or to simply cheer on your #1 player.

Custom Spirit Wear & Fan Gear

Check out our custom spirit wear selection for the your favorite sports team, senior events, sports fans and more. Rally your group and get custom jerseys, hoodies, shirts, and hats for your next event!

Start the year off in style with custom back to school apparel & accessories. Head over to CustomizedGirl.com to start customizing today!

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Staff Picks: Favorite Custom Gifts

With so many products offered on Customized Girl, it’s hard to choose just a few favorites. We went to our staff to ask them their personal favorites. Here’s what they had to say.

Meet Alyssa – Marketing & Design

“My favorite product is the Dog Bandana. I got it as a gift for my sister so her dog could wear it in their engagement photos and for the wedding day. She loved it! It was a big hit at the wedding!”

Meet Andy – Marketing & Design

“I’m a huge fan of our Unisex Fleece Full Zip Midweight Hoodie. The fabric is so comfy and soft and I always look forward to wearing this hoodie when the cold weather comes around. It’s my favorite hoodie by far.”

Meet Cindy – Human Resources

Cindy has two favorite products – the Ladies Racerback Cropped Premium Tank and the Flip Sequin Pencil & Makeup Case. “I love to wear the cropped tank over my sports bra for hot yoga. And the flip sequin pencil and makeup case is my go-to gift for my daughter’s friends. They can use it for art supplies, trinkets, and all the random things ten-year-old girls collect.”

Meet Sam – Customer Service

“I really like the fit and the length of the Ladies Slim Fit Super Soft Racerback Triblend Tank. It also has a ton of color options.”

Meet Hannah – Marketing & Design

“My favorite product is our Women’s Performance Leggings. They are seriously great quality and the fabric won’t pill up even after years of wear. I also love the fact that they are thick enough to not show skin or underwear when the fabric is stretched during wear.”

Shop here for more popular designs for your next creation.

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7 Common Customer Questions

At Customized Girl, our dedicated Customer Service team is committed to giving the highest level of service to every person that comes across our site. We receive hundreds of calls, texts, and emails daily varying from order updates to design help. Below you’ll find answers to questions we get asked the most.

1. How long does it take before I get my order?

It depends on what shipping method you choose at checkout. The dates are also shown if placed that day by the shipping cut-off time which is 3:30 PM ET then it moves to the next business day. You can also view our shipping schedule chart: https://www.customizedgirl.com/info/shipping.

2. Is the delivery date guaranteed?

Currently, all delivery dates are estimated. Shippers and vendors are experiencing delays in moving packages because of the challenges brought about by the pandemic. eCommerce businesses are impacted, which in turn, may affect the estimated delivery dates indicated at Checkout.

3. How can I apply for the Customized Girl Annual Scholarship?

First off, what is the Customized Girl Annual Scholarship? It’s a chance to win $500 and is awarded to two winners every year. To apply, simply fill out this short form including your original and unique “statement of the world.” Then, caption one of your Instagram posts with your statement, tag us @CustomizedGirl, and include #CGScholarship. That’s it! The scholarship runs until December 31 every year and the winners are announced at the beginning of the following year. To learn more and apply, click here.

4. What is a storefront and how can I create one?

At Customized Girl, you have the ability to launch your own storefront! A storefront is a simple way to sell your own unique designs. It’s completely free and simple. It’s perfect for anyone who is looking to build a business, want to spread the word, wanting to offer personalization, or raise funds for their non-profit. Simply make an account, create a storefront, create original designs, and earn money! Learn more about storefronts here.

5. How can I share my designs?

If you want to share your own designs, just click the “SAVE THIS DESIGN” button in the design center. (you will need to be signed in to your account first). Once your design is saved, this will allow you to share it with friends or on social media. You can use the share button in the design center or simply copy the URL and share away! We are unable to print copyrighted or protected images.

6. Can we combine promo codes?

We can only apply one promo or discount at a time per order. Our system will use the greater discount and it will be shown on the cart page. For example: If the customer received 5% off with a group discount, but would like to apply a 25% off promo code, the system will allow that. OR we can provide the difference of 20% in a refund. To receive promo codes, we recommend signing up for our email newsletter at the very bottom of any page because we do send out great coupon codes for discounts! You can also sign up to receive SMS text messages straight to your phone!

7. Where can I find details on sizing?

If you don’t know what size to choose when ordering apparel, you can look at the size chart to provide you with measurements. Additionally, in the size chart you will see a graphic that displays if the product runs big, small or is true to size. The size chart is located to the right of the price just above the “ADD TO CART” button in our design center. You can also find that information under the “PRODUCT INFO” tab.

To view more FAQ’s, click here. Of course, our Customer Service team is always here to help answer any additional questions you may have. Please feel free to contact us via email at customizedgirl@eretailing.com or give us a call at 614-639-6327.

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5 Ways To Commemorate Juneteenth

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks an important day as it honors the end of slavery in the United States. Also known as “Freedom Day,” it is celebrated every year in America. But what does that celebration look like? Here are 5 ways you can commemorate this important day in American history.  

  1. Educate Yourself and Your Community. Before jumping straight in to the celebration, it is important to know what exactly you are celebrating and why. For starters, try following organizations and creators in the Black community on social media who are advocates and devote their lives to fighting racial injustice. Here are a few we recommend: Austin Channing Brown, Michelle Saahene, Emmanuel Acho, and Brittany Packnett Cunningham.
  2. Support Black-Owned Businesses. Do some research in your area for Black-owned businesses. It can be as simple as dining at a black-owned restaurant, shopping at a local black-owned boutique, or subscribing to a blog of your favorite black writer. No matter the business, the smallest gesture can make the biggest impact. Show your support!
  3. Donate To Organizations. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of incredible organizations across the country aimed to help raise awareness, educate, and make a difference for the Black community. Find one that means something to you and donate to help empower and fight for racial justice. No amount is too small. No idea where to start? Here are a few: Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Anti Racism Fund, NAACP, and Color Of Change.
  4. Listen To Black Music Artists. Did you know June is Black Music Appreciation Month? It’s a celebration of African-American music in the United States. Turn to your favorite streaming platform and jam out to Black artists during your Juneteenth celebration! From Nina Simone who recorded songs that became civil rights anthems to Leon Bridges and Kendrick Lamar of today’s day and age, there are so many incredible Black artists throughout history.
  5. Spread Awareness. As important as this day is, there are still some people who do not know much about Juneteenth. By talking with your friends and family, sharing resources on social media or participating in Juneteenth events, spreading awareness about this holiday can help in more ways than you can imagine.

However you choose to celebrate and commemorate Juneteenth, we hope you make it one to remember.

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New Winter Traditions For A New Normal

2020 has given us a lot of new experiences. Many of us are working from home or attending school virtually for the first time in our lives. Many of us learned the term “social distancing” for the first time. Some of us wore face masks for the first time in our lives this year. There were a lot of new things that were maybe not so welcome but needed to happen out of necessity.

Today, we want to celebrate some new things that we choose to do because they’re fun or because the old way of doing things just doesn’t quite work anymore. Read below to find out what some of our new favorite winter traditions are for a new normal.

# 1 Blowing Kisses Under The Mistletoe

In years past it was tradition to stand under the mistletoe with your special admirer and plant a holiday kiss right on their face. In a post-pandemic world, our new favorite mistletoe tradition is to stand under the mistletoe and just blow kisses to everyone standing a safe distance away! Just make sure to keep your mask on while blowing. Don’t want to spread any unnecessary germs.

# 2 Opening Gifts With The Family Over Zoom

Arguably the most important part of the holidays is opening gifts together. With many of us limited to the number of people we’re allowed to gather with it’s going to just be too difficult to fit the whole family in one room to open gifts this year. So instead, we’ll be hosting a Zoom meeting with our families just so we can all share and enjoy our gifts together without breaking any gathering limits. As long as we can still see each other’s smiles we’ll be fulfilled.

# 3 Attending Virtual Spiritual Services

Regardless of who or how you worship, spirituality is a huge part of the reason for giving. Unfortunately, 2020 has made attending your service of choice in person not only difficult but in some cases impossible which is why this year we’ll be attending our services online. Just remember to mute your microphone while the presenter is speaking…it’s just the kind thing to do.

# 4 Leaving Hand Sanitizer Out For Santa

For those of us that celebrate Christmas, leaving cookies and milk out for Santa has been a tradition for generations. With 2020 shaking up all things traditional, this year we’ve decided that we’ll be leaving Santa some hand sanitizer along with the rest of his treats. While Dr. Faucci has confirmed that Santa has immunity to COVID-19, the rest of us non-magical beings do not! This is why it’s so important to always wash your hands and use sanitizer even if you’re immune.

We all know that adjusting to new habits is difficult and often frustrating, but we hope our list has brought a smile to your face and possibly some positive ideas to mind on how we can all adjust our traditions when faced with new realities. From all of us at Customized Girl, here’s wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!

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