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Introducing Our New Personalized Nail Polish Tags

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There is nothing I love more than introducing a new product to the HPD line. With that in mind, I am thrilled to share our new personalized nail polish tags! Aren’t they adorable? I think a bottle of beautiful polish along with a custom tag are perfect to give guests as a party favor for a spa party, a tween/teenagers’ birthday party, baby shower, wedding shower. They also make a great little gift for your friends or colleagues during the holidays. They are perfect for your mommy friends for Mother’s Day or maybe just so say thank you or send a few words of encouragement..the list goes on and on!

Not only do I like that they can be customized and personalized, you know I absolutely love giving a gift that I think people will use and make-up and nail polish are always on the top of my list. I feel like it is an easy way to treat someone to something special that they not buy for themselves.

To add two more exciting things to this news I can cross one more thing off my March list of things to do and a magazine editor of a large fashion publication asked me to do these tags for her sister’s baby shower. Yippee! So exciting! So, order now for your next shower, birthday etc and you will be the first to showcase this clever idea!

Questions? Contact me: info@hamptonpaperdesigns.com.  As always I am happy to send you a complimentary proof. I can add a 2nd line if needed.

PS. The tags come with a silk ribbon in a complementary color making them look elegant and classy. Just our style!

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Step 1: Select Nail Polish Tags from the “Gifts” drop down menu

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2. Select the quantity

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3. Select the image and enter the font style, color and custom text

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4. “Add to my bag”

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I Love New York

 

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The Starry Night by Van Gogh

It is no secret, I love New York.  Here are a few highlights from my recent trip.

Lunch at Joe Allen  and a quick look at Times Square (because that’s all you really need) and then a stroll thru the MoMA to see a few paintings.

Here is one of the many reasons I love hanging out with my Dad. It is always fun. My Dad is so smart and he is so interesting. The cool thing is that his intelligence isn’t limited to one area like medicine, it spans across many like wine, music, art, geography, history etc.  You get the picture. Who knew this fun fact about Van Gogh?

“Because Van Gogh used lead based paints there are some who believe he suffered from lead poisoning from nibbling at paint chips. It was also noted by Dr. Peyron that during his attacks Van Gogh tried to poison himself by swallowing paint or drinking kerosene. One of the symptoms of lead poisoning is swelling of the retinas which can cause one to see light in circles like halos around objects. This can be seen in paintings like The Starry Night.”

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I don’t have any make-up on in this picture and it was snowing/raining in NYC but hopefully you can see the lounge in the background. Isn’t it calling your name?

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Isn’t the presentation pretty?

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I loved the glassware and the chandeliers.

Here is one of the many reasons I love NYC. My Dad and I were walking from the MoMA to the hotel and I stopped when I saw the Baccarat Hotel and said, “Wait! One of my friends mentioned that the bar in this hotel is beautiful. Let’s go grab a drink.” It is an understatement to say the bar and lounge are beautiful. They are breathtaking. Everything about the experience  was elegant; the service, the glasses, the champagne… (even the coaster were linen)

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Best seat in the house!

We dined at Marseille which is one of my favorite restaurants. I  love the atmosphere and the food is delicious. My fav part is the cookie plate for dessert.  (I also love the sister restaurant Nice Matin)

My son wanted to see Chicago and this also exceeded my expectations. The orchestra played behind the actors on the stage so you could see them and that was incredible. I got the feeling the cast loved their job and roles. It pulled me right in. I think witnessing anyone doing a job they love is an incredible experience. I definitely left thinking I should do this more often and it was a great choice for a first show on Broadway for Thomas.

 

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Before we left, Thomas and I headed to the Empire State Building. I seriously think its been 30 years since I was there last, but It was just as I remember it. If you are thinking about going I do recommend the fast pass so you don’t have to wait in line but I think the view at the 86th floor is better than at the 102 because you can go outside on the 86th floor. Just my humble opinion.

I think this quote sums up New York. It offers such hope and opportunity. Like if if you show up, it will happen. I am ready!

“And because no matter who you are, if you believe in yourself and your dream, New York will always be the place for you.” Michael Bloomberg

 

Tracking My Progress: 31 Things in March


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I must confess I was a bit nervous writing and publishing this list of things to do.   I was worried I would feel obligated to get the things done but I am happy to report that this hasn’t been the case at all. I have found what it has enabled me to do is prioritize a few things that I have not just needed to do, but wanted to do.

I doubt I will be able to get all the items checked of my list but I still consider the exercise a success. I believe in setting high goals. This quote beautifully captures how I feel.

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” Michelangelo

Here are a few of my thoughts on the activities I selected.

First, how gorgeous does The Quogue Club look for a trip? I am very excited to stay at this hotel.

Second, I was dreading sorting through old photos. I felt it would be too much pressure to make so many emotional decisions but it but it has been much easier and more therapeutic than I thought. My goal was around reducing the number of storage boxes.

A few things made the process easy:

  •  I am 100% sure I no longer need the little individual photos of people from 6th grade.
  • In 2003 when Thomas was born,  photos were in film format so I have duplicates and triplicates of the same photo. (remember when for $1.00 more you got double photos?) And, to add to it, since it was film and I was trying to get one picture of a baby that moved with a camera that wasn’t state of the art, I basically took 24 photos to get one shot.
  • If you were a bride in the late 90s like me, chances are you thought disposable cameras on the tables was very important.  I remember the expense for this,  as it was not insignificant. It was about $225 for the cameras plus the cost of developing the film. Of all the pictures there is maybe one worthy of keeping and I am being generous here. The quality is terrible and most are random pictures of the room.

Third, I know I was a bit negative on the yoga experience but I must tell you I really did enjoy it. I signed up for 10 more classes. Like I said in the blog, it really did make me feel better.  The other thing I liked was the ability to track my own improvement not just from class to class but by doing the same movements a few times during the class. If you have ever considered it, I would recommend giving it a try.

Here is how I am doing on my list:

  1. Deliver Girl Scout Cookies to shelter. 
  2. Read 2 books from my bookshelf. Currently reading Sprinkle Glitter on My Grave by Jill Kargman. Next up Never Broken by Jewel. ( I didn’t finish the Jewel book, too depressing)
  3. Sort through and clean up photos. I am working on this but not done yet.
  4. Plan a trip to the Big Apple with my son Thomas as he wants to “be a tourist”.  
  5. Remove my AMEX from my wallet
  6. Go to a movie (Table 19 is terrible!)
  7. Make a list of cities to go visit (Thomas’ idea), after NYC we have Philly and Boston on our list.
  8. Finalize Hampton Paper images for 2018 desk calendar.
  9. Volunteer. (Scheduled to make lunch at the Reston shelter on 3/28.)
  10. Review and understand all finances. Work on controlled spending.
  11. Take a combination of 8 walks and bike rides. ( 1 10 mile bike ride)
  12. Visit Great Falls. 
  13. Donate to Purple Heart.
  14.  Indulge in a Crème Egg (note to self: indulgence not to exceed 10)
  15. Try Logic Eye Treatment (Local ladies, I had this done at Christie Adams Salon in Great Falls. If I looked 35 when I went in, I looked 25 when I left. The simple procedure reduces dark circles, lines and puffiness and gives you a nice little lift.)
  16. Go to the bookstore . I bought the new Tony Robbins book.
  17. Take a trip to DC (outside of Caps game). I really want to go have a drink at the Trump Hotel as the building is the Old Post Office. It is a beautiful landmark. I also haven’t been to the Cherry Blossom festival in years.
  18. Make a trip to Chic Envy to consign items I no longer wear.
  19. Write summer book reading list.
  20. Try Yoga.
  21. Row 1,000 M in 5 min.
  22. Learn 10 new vocabulary words.
  23. Add three more items to Tradesy.
  24. Do some research on my family history. (Thomas’ idea) Please let me know if you have any recommendations on any of the ancestry web sites.
  25.  Draft Holiday Press Kit.
  26. Reach out to 5 people I haven’t spoken to in a while. (4/5)
  27. Go out to lunch 3 times. ( 1/3)
  28. Plan and finalize weekend get-a-way with my VBFF.
  29. Release 3 new HPD Products (2/3)
  30. Get SF Ranger Badge. (This is a lofty goal but as Herb Brooks said “Well, Lou, that’s why I want to pursue it.”)
  31. Add new songs to my iPod.

 

Update: Be Generous

Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 7.43.00 AMAs you know, part of my “31 Things To Do in March” was to take a trip to NYC and so that’s exactly what we did this weekend! (more on that fun trip later). But, while driving up there on Saturday, the idea of how I wanted to be generous popped into my head.

Upon arrival, I walked to the Starbuck’s across the street from my hotel and purchased a $100.00 gift card and asked the cashier to use it to by drinks for all the people that came in after me up to $100.00.

Now, while I have no idea what happened after I left, I have to tell you I walked around the corner and smiled. ( and not just because I was headed to Saks) I smiled because I felt happy and generous and felt that if even one person was delighted by my gesture then it was a great investment.

It felt so good I decided to do a few more nice things. I left a nice tip for the woman who cleaned my room (not sure the proper term here) and she thanked me and I told her it was my pleasure and that she had done a good job. (The room was really clean and when I had seen her in the hall earlier she had made an impression on me because she was so pleasant and welcoming). I left a generous tip for the bartender at my favorite restaurant. Same thing, she is such a pleasure to be around and a delightful warm person. I also bought some Girl Scout cookies from the girls by Safeway. I asked if they could donate them on my behalf.

This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

Jalal ad-Din Rumi

I am not sure what’s next but I am sure I will think of something!

Happy Spring!

Be Generous Today

Screen Shot 2017-03-17 at 1.18.45 PMSo, I wanted to wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day and say that I hope you have a wonderful celebration today but I must confess my mind is stuck on something that happened to me earlier this week so in addition to my well St. Patrick’s Day wishes I wanted to share with you with one small request.

As you know, I have sold a thing or two on Craig’s List and I have had nothing but positive experiences up until this week. I received an email from a woman who apparently didn’t like a price I had listed on a product that I had posted a few times so she felt the need to send me an email sharing her feelings. And, it made me really mad. Mad because it is a reflection of our society today.  A society where people feel the need to maliciously attack other people for no reason. People they have never met before.  If she didn’t like my item and pricing, then don’t buy it. Yet she felt the need to send me a note and I think this behavior is unacceptable.

Why do people think they have the right to say whatever they want to other people with no penalty? The product I might add was a  Pottery Barn Kids product which led me to believe she has children. Which then made me also feel sad to think that she is raising children to be like her – malicious and proactively aggressive.

So, here’s the thing. I can not change this woman’s behavior I can only control my reaction. By the way, I did write her back.  I know that is a waste of my time but I was really angry.  Angry that these are the type of people in my community.

So, I had a good idea to share with you – only for your consideration. Today, do something nice for someone and I will too.  Hold the door open for a stranger, buy their coffee, pay their toll, donate to a non-profit, help someone in need, let someone cut in front of you during traffic tonight.   Those are just a few ideas off the top of my head. I am sure when the opportunity is presented to you today, it will be obvious.

It seems to me this is the best way to combat someone like that woman. Prove that for every person like her, there are many more that are good citizens who will go out of there way to make someone’s day better. 

Thank you!

Best. News. Ever.

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We have some exciting news to share with you!

We just launched our new writing journals that can be adorned with any image in our portfolio of over 400, all based on watercolor designs exclusive to Hampton Paper, making finding the right image effortless.

Our writing journals can help anyone stay organized.  They are a beautiful and stylish way to capture lists, big ideas, things to do, memories, travel experiences, or goals.  Your can choose an image reflective of your personal style and interests or if it is a gift, one reflective of your recipients.

These charming and unique journals are all made to order and retail for $24.00.

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Yoga: Simple & Easy

Saturday, was my first day trying Yoga. I think I can confidently say I have found something that easily fits on the top of my list of things that are completely out of my comfort zone. If you have met me, you know I am totally transparent and every emotion I am feeling is displayed across my face. So, to give you a good idea of me at Yoga, think Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride. It was all I could do not to leave before the class even began!

I think Yoga’s tag line should be “The longest hour and a half of your life”. And, they should warn you ahead of time that “rest” really means lie on your back and then do a straight leg sit up. Clearly, it is misleading!

Here is what I liked about Yoga:

  • The room was warm.
  • You are not suppose to talk in the room. (Loved this as there was no awkward conversation required before class.)
  • When the instructor said “This will be our last pose.”

Here is what I did not like about Yoga:

  • I brought a mat but I was supposed to bring a towel and a towel is mandatory so I had to rent one. (Yuck)
  • The web site told me, as a first timer,  to arrive 20 min early. I had already filled in the forms online and paid, so I was feeling like I had wasted 20 min.
  • I apparently have no idea the difference between my left and right*.
  • I also have trouble identifying how to put my palms up or down.
  • The locker room was tiny and very crowded.
  • You take off your socks and shoes. (This presents a problem for someone like me who then starts to contemplate how I am going to use the restroom without walking on the bathroom floor without shoes.)
  • The room was warm and there were many very sweaty people near me.
  • I think someone next to me was wearing only underwear.
  • I had a hard time understanding the movements and there was little coaching on the levels.
  • There isn’t a clock in the room.

In all seriousness, I am really glad I tried it. After, although dripping with sweat, I felt calm and relaxed. Stretching my muscles felt really good and I felt I was able to focus on things better all day long.

*This was very embarrassing as the instructor kindly said “Kristin, left, left, left” over and over again until I seem to get it right!  Add to the embarrassment, after I did finally identify the limb on the proper side, she followed up with “simple and easy”!

The Reluctant Hockey Mom


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As my son and his team wrapped up another hockey season I must say I am ever so proud of the boys and even a little* proud of myself! I made these personalized Hershey bar wrappers for the end of year party. They were a big hit!

These boys have worked so hard this year. I have witnessed their tireless efforts and the development of their skills. They have grown from players skating and shooting as individuals to working together as a team, passing (and really struggling) to passing, shooting and scoring. It was incredible to watch the transformation.

Jackson won the Coach’s Award and I am sure it was well deserved. I am proud that he is so dedicated and accountable. At a recent game the other team scored and he skated by the goalie to say something. I inquired later and I asked what he said to the goalie, Jackson replied “It was my fault.” and it was. Love that. I also noticed how he looks the kids in the eye when he shakes their hands at the end of the game.

As for me, I went from attending the games and only watching Jackson play to learning to enjoy the game and following all the players. I still sometimes dress like summertime Barbie, but I have broken my “no Uggs out of the house” rule and tried to fit in.( This is because the Haymarket Ice House is officially “the coldest place on earth”).   I still have a long way to go but I must at least look like I belong as people always seem to turn to me with their inquiries. It goes something like this…

Random People: “Are these Mites or Squirts?”

Me: “I don’t know, they are ’07s.” (meaning the kids were born in 2007)

Random People: Follow up question about the players.

Me: ” I don’t know, they are 10.”

Random People “When is the Zamboni coming out?”

Me “I dont know.” (What I am thinking is, Do I look like I work here?!!!)

*I was pretty proud my son had scored so many goals during the season given he plays defense only to learn last week from one of the moms that he plays offense.  Sigh...

Introducing Our New iPhone Cases

We are so excited to offer iPhone cases. In typical Hampton Paper style, they can be adorned with any image from our portfolio of over 400. They make a great birthday and Mother’s Day gift and also a nice treat for yourself! iPhone 5 click here, iPhone 6 click here.

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Ordering is easy…

  1. Select iPhone 5 or 6 from the “Home” pull down menu

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2. Choose your quantity

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3. Select your image

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4. Click “add to my bag”

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31 Things To Do In March

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I had fun working on my list of 31 things to do in March. I left the last three blank as I am sure a few things will pop in to my head that I will want to add. I made it to Great Falls, VA yesterday. I can’t believe I have lived here for so long and never been there before. It is beautiful. The pictures don’t do it justice. I can’t wait to go back.

  1. Deliver Girl Scout Cookies to shelter. 
  2. Read 2 books from my bookshelf. Currently reading Sprinkle Glitter on My Grave by Jill Kargman. Next up Never Broken by Jewel.
  3. Sort through and clean up photos.
  4. Plan a trip to the Big Apple with my son Thomas as he wants to “be a tourist”.
  5. Remove my AMEX from my wallet
  6. Go to a movie (Table 19 is terrible!)
  7. Make a list of cities to go visit (Thomas’ idea), after NYC we have Philly and Boston on our list.
  8. Finalize Hampton Paper images for 2018 desk calendar.
  9. Volunteer.
  10. Review and understand all finances. Work on controlled spending.
  11. Take a combination of 8 walks and bike rides.
  12. Visit Great Falls.
  13. Donate to Purple Heart.
  14.  Indulge in a Crème Egg (note to self: indulgence not to exceed 10)
  15. Try Logic Eye Treatment (Local ladies, I had this done at Christie Adams Salon in Great Falls. If I looked 35 when I went in, I looked 25 when I left. The simple procedure reduces dark circles, lines and puffiness and gives you a nice little lift.)
  16. Go to the bookstore (My friend just recommended I read Driven to Delight: Delivering World Class Customer Experience in the Mercedes Benz Way.)
  17. Take a trip to DC (outside of Caps game). I really want to go have a drink at the Trump Hotel as the building is the Old Post Office. It is a beautiful landmark. I also haven’t been to the Cherry Blossom festival in years.
  18. Make a trip to Chic Envy to consign items I no longer wear.
  19. Write summer book reading list.
  20. Try Yoga.
  21. Row 1,000 M in 5 min (if you are a rower, I know this is laughable but my personal best is 973.
  22. Learn 10 new vocabulary words.
  23. Add three more items to Tradesy.
  24. Do some research on my family history. (Thomas’ idea) Please let me know if you have any recommendations on any of the ancestry web sites.
  25.  Draft Holiday Press Kit
  26. Reach out to 5 people I haven’t spoken to in a while.
  27. Go out to lunch 3 times.
  28. Plan and finalize weekend get-a-way with my VBFF.
  29. TBD
  30. TBD
  31. TBD