My SwaggerTag ID Tag gets a shout out from Amber Dusick
One of the great things about inventing a id tag is sharing it. I recently discovered Californian Amber Dusick of the popular blog “Parenting. Illustrated with Crappy Pictures”. One of her blogs was featured in an article I was reading, so I clicked over and became hooked on her hilarious take on parenting her “Crappy Toddler” and “Crappy Baby”, along with her husband, “Crappy Papa”. Amber writes what’s really on her mind (and rarely said out loud) as she interacts with her kids, yet invariably ends on the bright side. Added to her posts are a series of adorably quirky illustrations in her trademark style. She really makes me laugh, and out loud, too. Her posts have become so popular that she was approached to write and illustrate a book, which is newly available everywhere (including at Chapters/Indigo). I plan on purchasing a copy for myself and another for any new mom friend that could use a good laugh.
We cyber-connected last week and afterwards I sent her a couple of custom SwaggerTags using her illustrations (with her permission, of course!). Yesterday she e-mailed back to tell me they arrived, how much she liked them, and how handy they’ll be for her upcoming book tour: ““Thanks for the tags, they look amazing with the pics inside! Just tweeted a pic.” Here’s her shout-out: “Look at my nifty luggage tag that @swaggertag sent me! Now to buy a suitcase, zipper broke on old one.” I’m so proud!
A Poppet Pick: SwaggerTags Identification Tags for luggage tags, backpacks, diaper bags and more!
Need luggage tags that actually stay on your bags? An excellent review of SwaggerTag Identification Tags was posted on April 15, 2013 from the very popular Liz Oo of Pardon My Poppet! Liz is a frequent traveler, and has tried any number of gadgets to ensure her bags have the best chance of making it to her destination; but now she says she’s finally found the right luggage tag solution…and it’s SwaggerTag! Here’s more of what she had to say:
“Swagger Tags are so awesome, I like to use them for more than just travel! How about your child’s backpack. Remember the red and black suitcase conundrum? Picture a 5-year-old looking for their Hello Kitty backpack amongst the 20 others in the classroom. You get the picture. In fact I like Swagger Tags so much, I personalized mine with a pretty piece of scrapbook paper and am putting it on my diaper bag as I write! The Swagger Tag retails for $3.99 and each is water, weather and impact resistant. Swagger Tags are a definite Poppet’s Pick!“
Pardon My Poppet was started by Liz Oo, a first-time Mom at the age of 35 after a 12 year struggle with infertility. She is a popular parenting resource, featuring posts on Food, Home-Making, Parenting, Tutorials, Crafts, Technology and Money. Based in Canada, her impressive readership is fairly evenly divided between Canada, USA, Australia and the U.K.
Diaper bag tags for your little monster’s gear.
Using a SwaggerTag as a diaper bag tag is a great way to ensure everyone knows it’s your little monster’s gear. This is why SwaggerTags are increasingly popular with parents and offered at a growing number of infant, toddler and children’s stores.
SwaggerTag is pleased to announce our newest retailer: For The Monster, of Bentonville, Arkansas. For The Monster is an online “attachment parenting”, “natural parenting”, cloth diaper store, and includes a great inventory of cloth diapers, cloth diaper accessories, baby slings & carriers, breastfeeding supplies, mama cloth and now SwaggerTags as diaper bag tags. Whatever your infant needs are, For The Monster has your little monster covered!
New SwaggerTag Retailer in Nelson B.C., Canada
I met a lot of great women at the Mompreneur Conference & Gala event and introduced many to my kids ID tags, but one of the people I spent the most time getting to know was Janet Skolka of Jilly bo Billy Boutique of Nelson, B.C. Janet and her was tooted as the 2nd Runner-Up for the Award (SwaggerTag was 1st Runner-Up). At the end of our long day, we discussed her impressive storefront and online store carrying SwaggerTag. I am very pleased to say that her shipment has arrived, and the tags are now available for purchase.
Jilly bo Billy Boutique offers high quality, designer baby and kids clothes and shoes at discount prices. They specialize in past-season designer items that are still cool, just cheaper! Who doesn’t love sales? They also carry those got to have it items that are so special we couldn’t resist — like SwaggerTag!
Connecting with Girls Above Society
One of the fun things about Twitter is how you connect with people you likely wouldn’t ever have the chance to meet. Recently, I connected with Lauren Marie Galley of Houston, Texas. She’s the inspiring 18 year-old President of “Girls Above Society”, a 501C3 organization bringing awareness to the issues young girls face in today’s society. Lauren launched a platform of teen-to-teen mentorship, and developed a “Girl Talk” program, exclusively created for girls in grades 5-9. She’s working to empower teen girls using social media, public speaking events, and dramatic film presentations that teens can relate to, creating a social movement.
We tweeted, got to know each other a bit, and I sent her a SwaggerTag. It took a little while to get from Toronto to Texas, but she loves it and posted this video in thanks. She also sent me a photo with her SwaggerTag added to her backpack. Thank you, Lauren, and I love what you’re doing to empower young girls.
The demure Jade Barr, of Jady Babys took first place at the 2013 MomPreneur Award of Excellence Conference & Gala, winning the title of “Canada’s Mompreneur of the Year”, along with $5,000 in cash and $25,000 in business services. With backorders for her handmade, soft-soled infant boots right up until August, it’s well-deserved. Jade works from the basement of her home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but can now plan for much bigger things. Congrats, Jade!
SwaggerTag awarded First Runner-Up
I’m pleased to say that SwaggerTag and I came in Second Place (whoo-hoo!!!), and was presented with a gift certificate from Vintage Hotels for an 2-day stay at one of their 3 Niagara-on-the-Lake properties. It’s been a great ride, and I’m looking forward to becoming more active with the Toronto Mompreneur group, and staying connected to the many amazing women I met through this process and the Conference & Gala event.
Second Runner-Up was earned by Janet Skolka of Jilly Bo Billy of Nelson, British Columbia. Jilly Bo Billy Boutique offers high quality, designer baby and kids clothes and shoes at discount prices. She specializes in past-season designer items that are still cool, just cheaper! Janet sells from both her shop in Nelson, as well as online.
I’d also like to congratulate again the other Top 10 Finalists. I enjoyed meeting many of you and wish you all much success in the future: Okanagan Photography, FarOut Fitness, KP Fitness Studio, Lisa Marie Photography, Red Thread Design, Stroller Fit, and Whoa Mama!.
Our Customizable Tags Hit The Star
Nancy White of The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper and online news site, featured SwaggerTag as one of two Toronto-based mompreneurs to be named “Top 10 Finalists” in Canada’s national MomPreneur Awards (Life Section, under Parenting) a a February 29th, 2013 article. Ms. White starts the print and online article with:
“Although their businesses are different, Karen Walker and Devorah Miller started from the same spot: They were mothers who had a good idea.”
It goes on to give a great description of why and how SwaggerTag came to be. Red Thread Design and The MomPreneur Awards were given equal attention.
Click here to read the full article.
SwaggerTag as Diaper Bag Tags
SwaggerTag make great nappy bag tags! We are thrilled to announce our first “other side of the pond” retailer: Small Tots. Based in Tamworth, England, Small Tots is a online maternity and nursery store that provides stylish shopping for tots and mums-to-be. The store was founded in 2012 as an exciting and new venture to bring together a lovely collection of special gifts and toys for children, as well as a stylish maternity range and pregnancy must haves. Here’s the link to the listing.
Here’s the official Press Release for The 2013 MomPreneur Award of Excellence, Top 10 Finalists, which includes SwaggerTag:
PRLog (Press Release) – Feb. 7, 2013 – TORONTO, ON – The people have spoken! From coast to coast Canadians had the chance to nominate and vote for innovative, creative and inspiring women who juggle successful businesses and families, for the 2013 Mompreneur® Award of Excellence. And did they ever! Almost 65,000 votes were cast for close to 300 nominees for the first annual presentation of this new award.
With the voting phase now over, the TOP TEN finalists have been announced, representing the diverse talent and vast landscape of Canadian Business Excellence!
CPA Practice Advisor put together an excellent list of Tech Gifts in December 2012’s feature “35 Days of Tech Gift Ideas”, including SwaggerTag Identification Tags as item #27 in their countdown to the holidays. And who knows more about value than an accountant! Here’s what Isaac O’Bannon had to say:
“We all have gear: Luggage, laptops, purses, sports equipment, computer cases, backpacks, etc… unfortunately, at first glance many can look the same. Now it’s easy and affordable to add some custom swagg to your gear with SwaggerTag. Starting at only $3.99, they’re affordable and truly useful, plus you can have them made with family pics, a sports team, corporate logos or almost anything else. They also make unique pet IDs, and can include personal contact information hidden within.”
CPA Practice Advisor is the definitive print and online resource for information to tax and accounting professionals in public practice. It’s magazine is the leader in giving industry professionals the information, product reviews and advice they want to read.
Yay for SwaggerTag! I’ve made it into the Top 10 of the 2013 MomPreneur Award of Excellence. It’s now up to the judges to decide at the end of the month who the overall winner is, and receives the fine booty that goes with the title: $5,000 in cash and $25,000 in services. MANY thanks to all those that voted for me and my Identification Tags. Wish me luck!
Congrats to the other 9 finalists: Okanagan Photography, FarOut Fitness, Jady Babys, Jilly bo Billy Boutique, KP Fitness Studio, Lisa Marie Photography, Red Thread Design, Stroller Fit, and Whoa Mama!.
SwaggerTags were included in Just Labs Magazine’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, both in-magazine and online, as a great accessory for busy families. This was particularly exciting for me because for anyone who knows me personally, knows that I love dogs, and Labrador Retrievers in particular. The image I provided included photos of my gone-but-not-forgotten friends Tucker & Barley, and my new puppy-love Pepper. Here’s what they said, and the link:
“For a household that’s running in several directions at once, identifying what belongs to whom can sometimes be an issue. Throw in a Lab or two and things can definitely get hectic. One solution is an easily identifiable tag to attach to bags, backpacks, duffles, leashes, and anything else that might head out the door (particularly if it heads out in the hands of a school-aged child!). Swagger Tags are water, weather, and impact resistant customizable tags with strong attachment points and ties to ensure it will stay with your gear. The tags are available in six distinctive colors. Include a picture of your Lab on the medallion and contact information on the inside, and increase the odds of seeing it returned to you should it ever be misplaced.”