Just In Time: New Sticker Designs for Spring 2014

We asked our customers and teachers what they’d like to see from us next and the consensus was “Can you add more interactive components to your new sticker styles?”… and so we listened! We really appreciate all of your feedback because it definitely helps us evolve and grow.

Drum roll…

Rainbow Watches
These stickers will be packaged together (color and b+w version) and will allow the little ones to repurpose a toilet paper roll (cut in half) into fun learning tools. The kids will learn the old-school way to tell time and the colors of the rainbow – ROYGBIV! We intentionally left the minute and hour hands off so the kids can choose their favorite time of day and draw them in.

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This new sticker style will include three stickers – the airplane body and wing graphics – as well as a craft stick to create the wings. The large sticker will include dotted lines to help guide you make the cuts needed for the craft stick. (Only adults should handle exacto knife but you already know that.)

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New Teacher Packs repurpose 1/2 pint school milk cartons
After testing these stickers in the classroom and at events, we decided to package them as sets of 25 since the maximum classroom size for pre-k and kindergarten is 22. The additional sets are for the teacher and/or teacher assistant and in case of any mistakes.

Optional: Once the four stickers have been applied. The kids can cut, curl and glue a tongue to the opening of the milk carton.


Bumble Bee
Optional: The kids can create antennas using black pipe cleaners and yellow mini pom poms or tooth picks and a ball of tin foil. Let their imagination buzz, buzz, buzz!




Keep Phoenix Beautiful: Earth Day

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We had a blast spending Earth Day with our good friends at Bashas’. We created a custom sticker design of their super cool 1941 vintage truck to hand out along with yummy snacks from their natural and organic department.

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Bashas 1941 Vintage Truck Stickers

The turn out for the event was HUGE thanks to the great people at Keep Phoenix Beautiful. Here are some pics:

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3 Things To Make Earth Day Every Day

Today is  Earth Day. Over one billion people are participating in Earth Day events across the globe in an effort to solve/save the climate crisis. This year’s focus will be on Green Cities, mobilizing a movement to create a healthy and sustainable environment by taking action in urban populations. There are many ways you can help save our Earth, even from your own home, today and every day. Through the food choices you make for each meal, you can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint and can also benefit your own health.

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Simply by adding more and more vegetables and fruits into each and every meal is the first step in making the right choices. Not only are nature’s vibrant colors and flavors exciting to eat, you get a multitude of nutrients with “Eating the Rainbow” every day. Consuming this naturally colorful variety of foods can strengthen your immune system, reduce risk of diseases and illnesses, and build a strong body and mind. Follow this one simple rule, whether for a juice, salad, snack, or a soup: Check to see that all colors are included to make for a wholesome, naturally nutritious meal. For each meal, fill half your plate with veggies first to ensure you are getting enough nutrients each day. Take this even further by incorporating Meatless Mondays into your family’s life (and then maybe a second or third night too!) Vegetable proteins such as legumes, nuts, seeds, tofu and leafy greens are just as easy to prepare and just as flavorful when you set your mind to it.

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Not only is eating local food better for the environment by burning less fuel, it’s also better for your health. The less distance a food has to travel, the fresher it is. Eating locally also means eating seasonal foods, thus naturally giving your body a healthy balance with nature. From CSAs to farmer’s markets to pick-your-own farms, by eating local, you are able to support the local economy, can truly know where your food comes from, and most importantly, reap the benefits of the freshest, most flavorful, and nutrient-rich produce. Go to localharvest.org or pickyourown.org to see what local produce is available near you. Or, if you have a few flower pots, or a little bit of land, start by growing a small herb garden, or a few vegetables, so you can reap the benefits of growing some of your own food. Not only do you reduce your environmental impact, you save money, waste less food, and enjoy the accomplishment of nurturing your own nutrients, with no question of chemicals and processing. The kids love it too!

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If meat is an integral part of your diet, then make sure to be knowledgeable and purchase meat and animal by-products (dairy, eggs) that are organic, pastured or grass-fed. Aside from all the hormones and antibiotics given to factory-farmed animals because of their cramped “living” conditions, they’re being fed GMO grains. These unnatural interventions ultimately affects the consumer, even if the taste and texture may be the same. Also, did you know that the largest contributing factor to global warming is the raising and production of the meat on our plates? Processing of all foods also damages our earth. Look at how Industry, marketing and convenience have completely changed the way so many of us eat today, so many foods come in colorful packages and have long shelf lives – it’s everywhere! Pesticides, antibiotics, artificial colorings, flavorings, modified/mutated foods, formulated to make foods convenient and addictive. As a result, we’re faced with the rise in chronic diseases, many which are now affecting our children. Avoiding “Big Food” factory products will save the earth as well as save your own health and the health of the ones you love. Unprocessing your food may go against the grain of today’s society, but in order to make a change that is not only good for your own body, but also good for the environment, this change is a lifestyle, not a fad diet.

BUY                                                                               AVOID
• Organic (avoid pesticides/antibiotics)                  • Refined grains (white flour, white rice)
• Local foods (support your farmers market)        • Refined sweeteners (sugar, corn syrup)
• Whole ingredients, whole grains                           • Factory farmed meat and seafood
• Non-GMO (why mess with nature?)                      • Boxes, bags and cans (you know the ones!)
• Plenty of fruits and vegetables                              • Refined oils (canola, safflower…)

It’s all about making smart, clean, healthy choices and being conscious of what you eat. Doing this will make the earth’s body, your body, your children’s bodies feel better, function optimally, and be vibrant.

Christine Wong is the loving mother of two healthy eaters, she is also a Certified Health and Wellness Coach working with parents who want to improve the health and well-being for themselves and their families. Find out about her coaching program by scheduling a free one-hour health consultation at: christine@c-cooking.com.

Moo + Zoo = Earth Day Fun

Earth Day at Phx Zoo

We created a custom mini cow sticker for Dairy Council of Arizona repurposing 1000 half pint Shamrock Farms milk cartons (school size). The craft activity took place at the Phoenix Zoo during their Earth Day event presented by SRP. Although we couldn’t make the event, we were told the kids LOVED them!

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Down To Earth Festival in Memphis

We were honored to be a part of the Earth Day festivities at Shelby Farms Park. Our friends at Evergreen Packaging repurposed hundreds of cartons into Box Play for Kids Cows, Piggys, Blue Trains, Fire Trucks and School Buses. We were sad to miss this fun event…if only we could be in three places at one time. Choose cartons!

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Happy Easter, Everybunny!

We partnered up with Bashas’ Supermarkets, our hometown grocer, for the 4th Annual Easter Festival at The Wigwam Resort hosted by Hickman’s Family Farms.  We created custom bunny ear stickers that repurposed hundreds of recycled toilet paper rolls. The ears were a huge hit!






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Thank you, Bashas’, for supporting small local businesses. We had a blast!


Bashas’ DIY Egg Carton Spring Garden

Spring into action with the kiddos! Creating a garden is a simple family activity that is sure to please all. And, have yummy results!

Supplies needed: Bashas’ egg carton, a dozen eggshells, seeds, small spoon, pushpin, potting soil and water.


Step 1: Empty eggshells. Use knife to gently crack along the tops of each egg. Thoroughly wash out each eggshell and dry. (We made delicious scrambled eggs.)


Step 2: Poke holes on the bottoms of each eggshell for better drainage. (hint: it may be easier doing this step while the egg is still whole – less fragile than empty shells.)


Step 3: Place seeds in separate containers.


Step 4: Using a small spoon, fill eggshell halfway with potting soil.


Step 5: Place seeds in eggshell. Kids love to help!


Step 6: Cover seeds with more potting soil and place in egg carton.


Step 7: Repeat 11 times.


Step 8: Create labels for each variety of seeds. We chose to use bamboo skewers left over from a party.


Step 9: Add water to each eggshell. We used about 3-4 spoonfuls to moisten the soil.


Done! Place egg carton on a windowsill or outside so it gets plenty of sunlight. Be sure to water regularly (Keep moist but do not over water). Depending on variety, seedlings should start to sprout in 7-10 days.


We are thrilled to see our first sprout just after 3 days!

Basil was the first to sprout but the tomatoes are growing the fastest.


Carrots are finally sprouting.




A Home Run Birthday Party

Baseball season is finally here and the weather is perfect for an outdoor celebration. We put together this sporty party featuring our Baseball Bat eco-friendly, recycling activity stickers. BPFK_Baseball Party_11 This large sign was designed and then printed at our local print shop and mounted on foam core. It served as our centerpiece. BPFK_Baseball Party_2 We placed lots of peanuts in a clear bowl for decoration and snacks. And had a vintage tin bucket filled with Cracker Jacks. Wiffle balls are way more kid-friendly than the real thing (more laughing, less crying). And, we served up hot dogs for some major league nosh.

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For our party activity, we took pics of the kids and assembled DIY Baseball cards. We got lots of goofy faces…we’re big fans of silliness!

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The Baseball Bats made festive table decoration and party favors for the take-home goodie bags.

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And, we couldn’t resist making these homemade baseball butter cookies.

BPFK_Baseball Party_17Here’s a recap of our fun-filled day.

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