Category: Gail’s Blog

It Was a Peach of an Idea to go Pink!

It Was a Peach of an Idea to go Pink!

pinkIn 1991 Charlotte Hayley began writing letters to legislators, First Ladies, Dear Abby and the general public.  She even handed them out at grocery stores.  Thousands of these cards were handed out by her.  She had one goal, to make people aware.  She attached a PEACH ribbon to the cards that read:

“The National Cancer Institute’s annual budget is 1.8 billion US dollars, and only 5 percent goes to cancer prevention. Help us wake up our legislators and America by wearing this ribbon.”

Self Magazine’s editor in chief, Alexandra Penney was very interested in Charlotte’s efforts and approached her while working on the 1992 national Breast Cancer Awareness Month issue of Self magazine.  Charlotte Hayley was not interested in the adaption of her program into the magazine’s promotion.  She felt is was too commercial.  The magazine went ahead with their approach and changed the color of the now recognized PINK ribbon.  While Ms. Hayley’s grassroots effort were altruistic, there comes a time when an issue needs to go commercial to get the message out there.  The Pink Ribbon pinkIt is now a world-wide emblem of Breast Cancer Awareness.  More women are aware and seek early prevention because of the public awareness.

Charlotte Hayley’s story is detailed in the movie Pink Ribbons, Inc.”  She died in 2014 at 91 years young.  She certainly got the world thinking and made women aware.

We all know women and even some men, who are breast cancer survivors.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  GailsPersonalizedGifts offers unique gifts to send to your Breast Cancer Survivor to honor their journey and success.  There will be many walkathons and events to show support this October.  Send a Tervis Tumbler, backpack, golf towel, Pink Carry All Tote, or Buckhead Betties tote, to show support for the one on their journey or a survivor of breast cancer.   We also have a Team Pink Atlanta 3-day Walk Tervis tumbler or water bottle to show your support for this wonderful event in October.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

 

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Blog and graphics by ~ R. B. Green©

Tailgating … it’s that time of year!

Tailgating … it’s that time of year!

tailgate-clip-art-tailgate-football-tailgate-clip-artYou probably thought tailgating was a recent phenomena, not really.   As far back as the civil war fans have gathered to cheer on their side.  Would you believe that picnic baskets were packed and carried to cheer on the soldiers?  The idea of people gathering together with food was believed to have started at the Battle of Bull Run in 1861.  The locals on both sides gathered to cheer on both sides.

Texans claim the right to the tailgate portion by the invention of the chuck wagon for cowboys on the range.  Charles Goodnight converted an old army wagon so he could prepare and cook food on the lowered gate where he placed a grill.

The origin of modern tailgating at sports events has as many theories as there are teams.  Some fans never even enter the stadium.  The Ivy League schools claim they started because you had to arrive so early to find parking since it was limited.  Some of the ‘party schools’ claim the tradition because they know how to party.

Some tailgate parties start 5 hours prior to the event.  According to Nationwide Insurance’s blog, 50 million tailgate each year spending over $12 billion!  35% of tailgaters never enter the stadium.  True fans tailgate as many as 6-10 times a season, spending over $500 in food each season.

What ever your reason or team, GailsPersonalizedGifts has your gear.  Need Personalized Bags and Totes?  How about a Tervis Tumbler representing your favorite collegiate team to keep your drinks cold?  Get your order in early!  It’s time to tailgate.

Blog by: R. B. Green©

A Grandparent’s Legacy ~ YOU!

A Grandparent’s Legacy ~ YOU!

September 9, 2018

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You are someone’s legacy.   That thought encouraged West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade to establish a national holiday that would honor grandparents, and give them a chance to share with their children’s children all the love, knowledge and history of their family.  It was first launched in her home state in 1973 and  by 1979 National Grandparents Day was proclaimed at the national level for the first Sunday after Labor Day.   Forty years ago grandparents were normally called Grandfather, Grandmother, Granny, Gramps, or Pappa and Nanna.

But, our great melting pot has added so many other names from various cultures like, Abuelo and Abuela in Spanish, Nonno and Nonna in Italian, and Opa and Oma in German.  Imagine trying to find those names on an item!  And with a less formal society nicknames like GG for Great-grandfather or grandmother Gail have arrived on the scene.  Some children have added their own special names for their grands.  My oldest nephew was special needs and my mother always said “hogwash”, so she became “granny hogwash”.  My husband called his grandmother Egee because he could not say “Grandmother Edith”.  No special items were ever found for them.

But, all that has changed!  There are so many names to call that special grandparent and ONE special place to order that special gift this year: Gail’s Personalized Gifts!   You have time to order great gifts that can be personalized with your unique grandparent names.  Need a bag with Nanu on it – we can do that.  Need a tumbler with Pop Pop on it, we can do that.  We can even add pictures to those personalized tumblers.   Image their delight when they receive a tumbler with their special name and their grandkids picture.   Order today – Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 9, 2018!

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Blog by:  R. B. Green©

Traditions! Traditions

Traditions! Traditions

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It’s that time …. back to school and back to school traditions!   Are you ready?  School supplies, teachers names, bus schedules.  So many things to get in order.

All over the world children are getting ready for a new year of school.  Did you know that means specific traditions in many countries?  Not every country starts school in August or September.  School bus schedules do not exist.  There may not be buses or books.  Let’s take a short trip around the world.

Most children in America look forward to a new backpack, lunch bag and pencil case.  Some of my grandchildren were raised overseas.  Their father was raised in Germany where school kids look forward to a schulueteA cone shaped goodie filled treat bag.

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But my grand-kids were raised on a Greek isle and the traditions there are starting school the second week of September. They have two weeks for Easter and Christmas and four national holidays.  Like America they would have a new book bag.  There were new notebooks, pencils and various teacher requested items for each student.  They wore tradition school uniforms. They learned traditional Greek songs and dances.

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In Italy moms are shopping for a grembiule for primary kids to wear over their clothes.  It is a work smock.

Italy

If your kids or grandkids were raised in Russian cultures, they would celebrate the first day as “Knowledge and Skills” day.  The day is filled with ceremonies and is formal so they dress up.  They take a bouquet of flowers to their teacher and she gives them a balloon in return.

Russia

In Malaysia school starts in early January.  In Brazil the school year begins in early February. 

In Holland children ride to school in an eco-friendly bakfietsen or cargo bike instead of placing them on a school bus or driving them in a car. 

Holland

In Tokyo they learn to take the subway as early as six.  In Singapore they ride “smart buses” that notify the parents 10 minutes before it arrives and lets parents know when their student gets on the bus and when they arrive at the school.  It also takes attendance for the school and gives the driver the bus route.

In Caracas and parts of Asia they ride cable cars and very scary homemade basket cable transportation to get from their village to the nearest school.  They climb rail ladders to get to the cars.

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And in France kids can ride a school bike-bus. 

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But, here in America we are starting school in August and September and it is time to get those much needed new backpacks, lunch bags and pencil cases.  Gails Personalized Gifts Back To School 2018 can make your child’s special and unique.  No chance of someone getting their’s mixed up with other kids.  Check out some of her new collections:

Confetti Pop Collection Confetti_Pop_Collection group shot labeled.jpg day dream collection labeled Day Dream Backpack

Puppy Preschool Backpack puppy preschool backpacks labeled sparktacular group shot lunch bag and backpackSparktacular Backpack

Take Flight Backpack TAKE FLIGHT GROUP SHOT LABELED

Blog and art by – R. B. Green ©2018