3 Reasons You NEED Neon!

They say trends come full circle, and after working in a creative environment for the last ten years, I’ve come to realize it’s totally true- and in the case of neon, totally AWESOME! How can you not be drawn to the energy of these bright, brilliant hues? I’ll leave my big hair and headbands in the eighties, but neon is never going out of style!

1. Blossom and ikat were the perfect picks for the neon prints- against bold backgrounds, it makes for a fun twist on classic designs! The repeating patterns contrast against the lunar blue, lift off lemon, outrageous orchid, and plasma pink colorways are enough to get anyone’s pulse racing!

2. When we set out to design this collection, it was extra-important to me that we do justice to the vivid colors that set neon apart from its sister shades. That’s why we selected specially dyed paper to pump up the palette as much as possible! Furthermore, to make our patterns pop, we needed a special white ink to create contrast. This is not something that’s easy to find in the printing world – but we really wanted to nail it with neon, so that’s exactly what we did!

3. It’s amazing to see just how beautiful these designs are in person, especially when you mix and match them. We were so struck by how lovely they look, we knew we couldn’t stop at just books. Keep your eyes and ears open for matching neon elastic bands coming soon.. how radical is THAT?!

Need a closer look at neon? Shop the full collection here!

Lunch Tote Lovin’ for Back To School!

Let’s face it: some days, packing a lunch for yourself or your kiddos is an exercise in creativity. Even if your pantry is looking a little bare, nothing spices up a played-out PB&J quite like a tote-ally adorable lunch tote! Suddenly, lunching just became a lot more lively.

Let’s digest a few reasons to love your lunch tote:

Neoprene = easy to clean! We’ve always loved the stretchy, sturdiness of neoprene for our carry-all clutches, which is why we stuck with this marvelous material for our lunch totes! In addition to being dishwasher/washing machine safe for easy cleaning, neoprene is also great for temperature control, meaning your snacks will stay within a certain temperature range- pretty cool!   

Expandable accommodates all your eats! Don’t let the first glance fool you- these lunch totes were made for serious snackers! The bottom expands, as does the material, making it easy to pack all the essentials without bruising your banana.

 Secure Snacking With a Velcro Tab! There’s no crying over spilled milk when it comes to these tough totes- we made sure of it! The zipper extends all the way across the top, along with a velcro tab below the handles for added support.  

Personalize to Your Taste! Keep it minimalist with a monogram, or go quippy with a fun, food-inspired quote! Any way you slice it, your personalized (or non-personalized) tote can be tailored to your taste.

We want to see what sorts of snacks you’ve been packing in these terrific totes! Snap a photo & tag us on Instagram for a chance to be featured.

Take Your Dog to Work Day!

We’re all wags and wiggles over here… it’s National Take Your Dog to Work Day!

If you’re anything like us, your love for your canine companions extends beyond the four walls of your home. Our dogs were invited for a day at the office to celebrate this special occasion, which got us thinking: how could we customize some of our favorite EC items to honor our furry friends?

‘Bark Book’ Notebooks, Journals & Notepads

Personalizing a LifePlanner™, TakeNote™ journal, notebook, or notepad with your pup’s name and photo is a great way to keep them close to your heart, even when you’re far from home! They are also a great way to keep track of your puppy’s growth month-to-month, as well as milestones (puppy’s first day at the beach!) and everything in between. Your ‘bark book’ can also be used to keep vital information, such as a feeding and walking schedule when you’re away.  

‘Bone Appetit’ Acrylic Box

There is no better way to show your love for man’s best friend than with a delicious treat! We personalized an acrylic box with a dog-inspired saying that is both fun and functional for your home. It’s especially exciting to think outside of the box and personalize it with a quippy quote to make it your own! After all, everyone wants to be the person their dog thinks they are 😉 Best of all, because the box is entirely acrylic, cleaning is a breeze- just wipe and go!

‘Flying Fido’ Dog Carrier Luggage Tag

When traveling with your pets, the term “precious cargo” doesn’t do it justice! Ensure your fur babies arrive safely (and in style, of course) with luggage tags that hold all of their vital information. We customized ours using the create your own design on the GO! ID tags and simply uploaded our favorite photo for a truly unique tag. There’s always something exciting going on around the EC office! For a sneak peak inside our colorful world, follow us on Instagram.

Blogger Takeover: Shay Shull aka Mix & Match Mama

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Hi everyone!  My name is Shay…but most people know me as the Mix and Match Mama.  I’m a cookbook author, foodie and lifestyle blogger, wife, mom of three, world traveler, baseball lover, coffee addict and Erin Condren obsessed gal.  I love being home with my kiddos and making every day a little bit special.

 

On my blog, most days you’ll find me talking about my adoption and infertility journey, things I wear, things I love on TV, faith, friends, and lots about my kiddos.  One constant thing I talk about daily is food.  I’m a busy mama like many of you, but I love being in the kitchen.  Years ago, I decided to take some of my tried and true recipes and just tweak them a bit to create a refreshed version of my staples. These small tweaks result in hundreds of variations on the same simple dish, that family and friends alike can enjoy! Whenever I deliver meals to friends and family, I place one of my “made for you by Mix and Match Mama” EC gift labels on their dinner and this way, they know it’s made from my kitchen with my love.

 

I pride myself on showing my readers simple recipes that can be on the table in no time.  I don’t like lengthy ingredients lists or overly complicated recipes. I like meals that the whole family will love and won’t stress out busy mamas.  My recipes include everything from breakfast to lunch, dinner and dessert and of course, lots of seasonal and holiday treats too. I use a different EC notebook for each season’s recipes so I can easily locate and reference favorites from the past. These notebooks keep my recipes so organized and makes blogging and cookbook writing simple!

 

Speaking of cookbook writing…I have two new cookbooks out right now! Cakes shows you one simple little bundt cake recipe that can be mixed and matched into 101 different versions.  They’re all seasonal, simple and so festive!  Meal Planner breaks down the calendar and helps get easy and delicious meals on your table each day of the week while also providing you with pantry and grocery shopping lists.

I love meeting new ladies, so please stop by and say hi!  You can also find me on  InstagramFace BookPinterest and Twitter too.