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We’re loving the detailed design on this laser-engraved dog tag (customized in house, too!) —
Travel Tips & Hacks from AnyPromo.com
by Rina Dakanay

Traveling can both be fulfilling and stressful.  If you’re about to embark on your next travel adventure or if you’re planning on a new destination, we’ve gathered some of our favorite tips from packing the proper essentials on long flights to combatting jet lag through different time-zones.

Packing:
To ensure fewer wrinkles on your clothes, and to take up less space in your luggage—roll them. 
Want to pack as many items in your carry-on or check-in?  Consider placing dirty shoes in a shower cap—so you can combine them with your other apparel items.  If you have a clean pair of sneakers, you can even insert a bottle of wine between the two sneakers. 
To avoid tangling your jewelry during transit, thread your necklaces through a straw.  Buttons are great for keeping your earrings together.

Essentials for Long Flights:
If you’ve got a long overnight flight, and you won’t be flying business or first class, pack the following essentials (we totally have your comfort and sanity in mind with these!).
Neck pillows – airlines do provide blankets and small pillows, but imagine falling asleep with a personal cloud wrapped around your neck (you can use the other items to cushion your back).
Earplugs – don’t settle for just any pair of earplugs, purchase construction worker grade earplugs; you never know if you’ll be stuck on a flight with crying babies or loud snoring passengers.
Baby wipes – freshen up with these during your flight; they can go a long way.
Chapstick/Moisturizer – in addition to keeping your body hydrated (very important!), bring chapstick and moisturizer to combat dry lips and skin.

Jet lag:
Jet lag can be a daunting enemy, especially when you’re flying on opposite sides of the globe and have no time to adjust – (fatigue can cost you a few days of travel if you’re not prepared).
British Airways’ Jet Lag Advisor is a great tool to seek out.  Click here for access and to be advised on adjusting your schedule and behaviors prior to your travels.
Additionally, get plenty of exercise the day before you travel.  Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol while you travel, since dehydration can aggravate jet lag conditions.


 

Travel Tips & Hacks from AnyPromo.com

by Rina Dakanay

Traveling can both be fulfilling and stressful.  If you’re about to embark on your next travel adventure or if you’re planning on a new destination, we’ve gathered some of our favorite tips from packing the proper essentials on long flights to combatting jet lag through different time-zones.

Packing:

To ensure fewer wrinkles on your clothes, and to take up less space in your luggage—roll them. 

Want to pack as many items in your carry-on or check-in?  Consider placing dirty shoes in a shower cap—so you can combine them with your other apparel items.  If you have a clean pair of sneakers, you can even insert a bottle of wine between the two sneakers. 

To avoid tangling your jewelry during transit, thread your necklaces through a straw.  Buttons are great for keeping your earrings together.

Essentials for Long Flights:

If you’ve got a long overnight flight, and you won’t be flying business or first class, pack the following essentials (we totally have your comfort and sanity in mind with these!).

Neck pillows – airlines do provide blankets and small pillows, but imagine falling asleep with a personal cloud wrapped around your neck (you can use the other items to cushion your back).

Earplugs – don’t settle for just any pair of earplugs, purchase construction worker grade earplugs; you never know if you’ll be stuck on a flight with crying babies or loud snoring passengers.

Baby wipes – freshen up with these during your flight; they can go a long way.

Chapstick/Moisturizer – in addition to keeping your body hydrated (very important!), bring chapstick and moisturizer to combat dry lips and skin.

Jet lag:

Jet lag can be a daunting enemy, especially when you’re flying on opposite sides of the globe and have no time to adjust – (fatigue can cost you a few days of travel if you’re not prepared).

British Airways’ Jet Lag Advisor is a great tool to seek out.  Click here for access and to be advised on adjusting your schedule and behaviors prior to your travels.

Additionally, get plenty of exercise the day before you travel.  Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol while you travel, since dehydration can aggravate jet lag conditions.

 

Here’s to making every day Earth Day! http://www.anypromo.com/eco-friendly-products …
Top 5 Restaurant Weeks in the Country
The popular event designated “Restaurant Week” originated in New York City as a lunch-only promotion in 1992.  
Now, cities across the nation (and even around the World) block out a few weeks to showcase their city’s finest dining and culinary establishments and destinations. During these events, restaurants offer prix fixe lunches and dinners (a full meal: appetizers + entree + dessert at a fixed price) and at a fraction of the original cost.
We’re highlighting some of the popular restaurant weeks in the US starting with the original in New York City:
1.) New York Restaurant Week is scheduled for both Winter & Summer.  You can book your lunch or dinner by neighborhood or cuisine:
http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek/
2.) San Francisco’s “Dine About Town” will commence on June 1 and last until the 15th. Encompassing 49 square miles, this event continues to grow in the burgeoning region of the Bay Area: 
http://dineabouttown.com/ 
3.) Los Angeles’ “dineLA” is a 12 day event showcasing LA as a premier dining destination.  dineLA serves to highlight the diversity of culinary experiences the city of Angels has to offer: 
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week
4.) Although Chicago’s annual event takes place only once a year during the Winter, it continues to grow year after year.  With a record 301 restaurants participating in January-February earlier in 2014, this citywide celebration is a must for any local or visitor.
http://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/dining/chicago-restaurant-week/
5.) Las Vegas Restaurant Week aims to give back to its community.  Participating restaurants create unique menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — selecting a donation for each meal sold ($4-$6) which goes towards ending hunger in the area.  This event runs both in the Spring and in the Fall seasons. 
http://www.helpoutdineoutlv.org/
Whether you’re promoting your restaurant or you’re a foodie wanting to try something new — Restaurant Week is a wonderful opportunity for both parties!
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Show your favorite customers how much you value their business with tasteful promotional products for bars and restaurants from AnyPromo.com

Top 5 Restaurant Weeks in the Country

The popular event designated “Restaurant Week” originated in New York City as a lunch-only promotion in 1992.  

Now, cities across the nation (and even around the World) block out a few weeks to showcase their city’s finest dining and culinary establishments and destinations. During these events, restaurants offer prix fixe lunches and dinners (a full meal: appetizers + entree + dessert at a fixed price) and at a fraction of the original cost.

We’re highlighting some of the popular restaurant weeks in the US starting with the original in New York City:

1.) New York Restaurant Week is scheduled for both Winter & Summer.  You can book your lunch or dinner by neighborhood or cuisine:

http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek/

2.) San Francisco’s “Dine About Town” will commence on June 1 and last until the 15th. Encompassing 49 square miles, this event continues to grow in the burgeoning region of the Bay Area: 

http://dineabouttown.com/ 

3.) Los Angeles’ “dineLA” is a 12 day event showcasing LA as a premier dining destination.  dineLA serves to highlight the diversity of culinary experiences the city of Angels has to offer: 

http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

4.) Although Chicago’s annual event takes place only once a year during the Winter, it continues to grow year after year.  With a record 301 restaurants participating in January-February earlier in 2014, this citywide celebration is a must for any local or visitor.

http://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/dining/chicago-restaurant-week/

5.) Las Vegas Restaurant Week aims to give back to its community.  Participating restaurants create unique menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — selecting a donation for each meal sold ($4-$6) which goes towards ending hunger in the area.  This event runs both in the Spring and in the Fall seasons.

http://www.helpoutdineoutlv.org/

Whether you’re promoting your restaurant or you’re a foodie wanting to try something new — Restaurant Week is a wonderful opportunity for both parties!

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Show your favorite customers how much you value their business with tasteful promotional products for bars and restaurants from AnyPromo.com

This is an original design (created by one of our artists) printed on a black tee -for major effect. Props to you, Jaymes! #jaymesgraphics
No April Fools: Our 24 hour Spring Sale is going on now! Save 10% off your purchase! http://www.anypromo.com/
5 Ways to Manage Stress - Stress Awareness Month

Our daily demands can be overwhelming and sometimes, we just can’t cope.  Stress can gradually take its toll and take residence in our lives.  Anyone with the following conditions can attest that an extreme amount of stress can be detrimental to health; read: anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure, a weak immune system, heart disease, depression, and obesity (although a certain amount of Stress can help us with productivity).  And more often, we allow things to affect us when they shouldn’t.
I say, let’s all take the Snow Queen’s lead (—yes, Elsa, the Snow Queen, from the movie “Frozen”) and “let it go” (Har, har.)…
There are also some specific, proven ways (that my coworkers at AnyPromo.com have cosigned) that help us get our zen on and put a stranglehold on this monster called Stress:
Exercise –not only benefits the body but it also plays an important role in achieving a sound mind.  Physical activity – even as short as a 20 minute walk can be a positive experience and help you for the rest of your day.
Spend time with loved ones – It’s never easy to internalize and bottle up your feelings and frustrations.  When we communicate and vent with those we trust—a lot of weight can be lifted off our shoulders.  Our loved ones’ presence and support can be very reassuring and even help us put things in perspective.
Meditating - The connection between the mind and body is powerful.  Meditating- mindful prayer and stillness can help you sustain some sort of balance and help you achieve a greater state of focus and relaxation.
Take some time out for yourself – Indulge in whatever makes you happy and lifts up your spirit.  Read a book, enjoy a cup of tea, take a quiet walk, listen to music, and cherish the moment you can claim as your own.
Remove yourself from the stressor- This is simple.  Even if it’s a project you have to complete or an individual you work with – allow yourself—scratch that— give yourself permission to take a break.  You may even gain some new insight to contribute or you may find yourself with a solution to a current problem.
April is Stress Awareness Month!  We hope you choose to find some time out to make your health - mind and body a priority in your lives.

Pictured above are our collection of stress balls in the office.  Choose from thousands more on www.anypromo.com!

 

5 Ways to Manage Stress - Stress Awareness Month

Our daily demands can be overwhelming and sometimes, we just can’t cope.  Stress can gradually take its toll and take residence in our lives.  Anyone with the following conditions can attest that an extreme amount of stress can be detrimental to health; read: anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure, a weak immune system, heart disease, depression, and obesity (although a certain amount of Stress can help us with productivity).  And more often, we allow things to affect us when they shouldn’t.

I say, let’s all take the Snow Queen’s lead (—yes, Elsa, the Snow Queen, from the movie “Frozen”) and “let it go” (Har, har.)…

There are also some specific, proven ways (that my coworkers at AnyPromo.com have cosigned) that help us get our zen on and put a stranglehold on this monster called Stress:

Exercise –not only benefits the body but it also plays an important role in achieving a sound mind.  Physical activity – even as short as a 20 minute walk can be a positive experience and help you for the rest of your day.

Spend time with loved ones – It’s never easy to internalize and bottle up your feelings and frustrations.  When we communicate and vent with those we trust—a lot of weight can be lifted off our shoulders.  Our loved ones’ presence and support can be very reassuring and even help us put things in perspective.

Meditating - The connection between the mind and body is powerful.  Meditating- mindful prayer and stillness can help you sustain some sort of balance and help you achieve a greater state of focus and relaxation.

Take some time out for yourself – Indulge in whatever makes you happy and lifts up your spirit.  Read a book, enjoy a cup of tea, take a quiet walk, listen to music, and cherish the moment you can claim as your own.

Remove yourself from the stressor- This is simple.  Even if it’s a project you have to complete or an individual you work with – allow yourself—scratch that— give yourself permission to take a break.  You may even gain some new insight to contribute or you may find yourself with a solution to a current problem.

April is Stress Awareness Month!  We hope you choose to find some time out to make your health - mind and body a priority in your lives.

Pictured above are our collection of stress balls in the office.  Choose from thousands more on www.anypromo.com!

 

Commit this to ‘memory’ — *11% of US Consumers own a logoed USB Flash Drive.Place your logo on these flash drives - more shapes, colors, and sizes available on www.anypromo.com.*Data from ASI Ad Impressions Study
Did you know? 19% of US consumers own a promotional cap/hat*? —These embroidered red snapbacks are making their way to N.E. Patriot, and we’re finishing up an order for 300 of them. — *Data from ASI Ad Impressions Study
How can you resist this sweet face? Nikita just paid us a visit and we wish she could stay forever —
Finished Work: Our client, Hattori Hanzo Shears, opted for 3 different looks to bespoke their own hats. Their logo added the finishing touch to these heather snapbacks in black, red, & navy blue —

The AnyPromo Guide to Promotional Bags

If you’re looking for an item to boost your brand presence or to have your impressions carry over—promotional tote bags are worth considering.

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According to the recent ASI Ad Impressions Study:

  • Logoed bags tie with writing instruments as having the lowest cost per impression of any promotional item in the US.
  • Bags generate more impressions in the US than any other promotional item.
  • 31% of US consumers own a promotional bag.

But how do you choose the right bag for you?

With the variety of types and materials available – it’s easy to get overwhelmed.  Narrow down your choices by budget, intended use, and whether or not you have a preference in materials.

We’ll start with the most popular option, Polypropylene (used nationwide as an eco-friendly alternative to grocery bags).  Essentially a recyclable plastic fabric, Polypropylene is strong and lightweight and measured in GSM (grams per square meter).  Its nonwoven form is undoubtedly the most cost efficient.

Between the two, Nylon is denser than Polyester.  Both are measured by Denier (a measure of linear density expressed in terms of grams per 9,000 meters) and Thread Count (a total amount of threads in a square inch).  The higher the Denier and Thread Count measurement, the more durable and stronger it is when comparing the same material.

While we are more familiar with Cotton for apparel items, cotton is a high quality choice for tote bags—although it might run a little bit higher in price because of its greater durability.  Made from 100% all natural cotton, this material is measured in ounces and can be easily washed.

Paper and Plastic, materials in wide distribution, round out this brief review of materials.  Similar to Polypropylene, Paper items are measured in GSMs, the higher the number or measurement, the thicker the paper bag will be.  In comparison, plastic materials can be differentiated by mil (a measurement of one thousand of an inch). 

 Interested in promoting your business or organization on bags and apparel?  We’ve got thousands of products to choose from:  www.anypromo.com.

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