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Not Cool, Robert Frost…

Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 12:06 PM
posted by mrscaz

It’s Friday, y’all! I’m in the south, I have to fit in, so y’all, it is! Anyway, Friday means it’s “Random Topic Day…” on the kids belts blog which means I can say what I want! I know what you are thinking, “But Chelle, it’s your blog can’t you say whatever you want whenever you want?” Well… true, but I have schedule of topics and there is some cosmic force that keeps me bound to that schedule. So, you see, my hands are tied.

Since it is Friday, I felt like a little encouragement for the weekend would be nice. My assistant, Jen, showed me this Kid President video and I fell in love with this kid. He’s got character, moxie… and I like it!

Plus, there are so many quotable quotes! I’ll list my favorite ones after you watch it (seriously, watch it, your life will be better for it!):

Favorite Quotes from Kid President:

  1. “This is life people… you got air coming through your nose… you got a heart beat… it’s time to do something”
  2. “Not cool, Robert Frost”
  3. “It’s like the dude, Journey said: “Don’t stop believing.” unless your dream is stupid. Then you should get a better dream. I think that’s how it goes.”
  4. “The world needs you so stop being boring. Ya- you! Boring is easy everybody can be boring.”
  5. “Life is not a game people. Life isn’t a cereal either. Well, it is a cereal.”
  6. “But what if there really were two paths. I want the one that leads to awesome.”
  7. “I don’t know everything, I’m just a kid. But I know this, its everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance.”

Have I said, “I love this kid”? He’s got other videos, but this one is just so spot on…

So I’ll leave you with this, what will you create to make the world more awesome?

PS Here is a little bit about Kid President: “Robby, age 9, is my little brother-in-law. He’s full of life and ideas. Robby has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) a brittle bone condition which has resulted in him having over 70 breaks since birth. What’s inspiring about Robby isn’t his condition, but the fact that his condition doesn’t define who he is. In spite of all he’s been through he not only keeps going – he dances.”

Blessings,

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Painting

Friday, May 24, 2013 @ 12:05 PM
posted by mrscaz

I decided to take a break from the ever demanding world of kids belts to focus on our house. You know, that thing we live in, eat in, sleep in, shower in, rest in, etc… If you are like me, you take it for granted. “Oh, we have a roof over our head, that’s all we need.” In the mean time, the walls have little finger print smudges, stray crayon marks and what appears to be traces of splattered drinks from days long past.

I really got to looking at our walls the other day and I thought, “gross! How did I not notice this before?” So, I did what anyone would do. I immediately went out and got numerous paint samples to test out. That’s right, I went around my house painting little swatches to see what would work. Now, I know what you are thinking, “That’s smart, that way she’s not stuck with a hideous color.” While that’s true, the hubby didn’t appreciate me painting several swatches of the same color all over the living room and bedroom so that I could see how the color looked in different lighting.

I would like to say that it looked similar to this…

Realistically, it was probably more like this…

Ok, maybe not my best idea, but I did find the color I love for the bedroom and I even got it all painted while hubby was away so he came home to a freshly painted room! I love how clean and crisp the room looks. Painting really is the cheapest way to redecorate a room. It took maybe $40 in paint and our room looks completely different. The best part? Hubby loved it, too, and he REALLY loved that he didn’t have to do it!

Now on to the living room. I still have about 25 colors to narrow down… where did I put that paint brush???

Blessings,

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Quoth the Raven…

Friday, May 10, 2013 @ 03:05 PM
posted by mrscaz

Ah, that Lincoln, such a visionary… He knew even back then that we would have trouble differentiating actual quotes with made up ones on the internet. Plus, he knew we would have the internet, and he was a vampire slayer and something about being a president and abolishing slavery… What a man!

Anyway, as I was taking a break from designing new packaging for our kids belts, I saw that picture on my favorite website, Pinterest, and I laughed. Then I started really paying attention to the quotes and realized, that’s so true. How do we know that Marilyn Monroe said “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” While I like that quote, I generally won’t repin quotes who give credit to who said it, just because I don’t know if it’s true. And lets face it, I don’t want to look like an idiot. :)

If you judge Benjamin Franklin by the things he is quoted with saying on Pinterest, you would think he may have had a problem.

Like this quote, I really like it, but I don’t know if he  said it. So if I repin it do I look silly if he, in fact, didn’t say it?

Am I the only one concerned with this? Does it really matter or will someone just look at this quote and think “That’s nice”. I’m over-thinking, I know. It’s what I do and because of that, you will rarely, if ever, see me pin a quote that actually lists a name on it.

Hows that for our “Random” blog topic??

Blessings,

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Tips to Beat Rainy Days

Friday, May 3, 2013 @ 12:05 PM
posted by mrscaz

Ok, so it’s been raining in the sunshine state for about 5 days now. I’m not complaining, because we desperately need it, but the kids are going a little stir crazy and I’m afraid that if it’s raining tomorrow (Saturday), the kids will have a huge case of cabin fever. So, while I should be working here at the kids belts office, I am actually looking for things to do with with them on rainy days, besides shoving them out the door to play in the rain.

I found some great ideas on Real Simple and a few other sites. I’ve pulled together my favorites for you!

  1. Have an indoor scavenger hunt. Hide stuff around the house and make clues leading from one thing to the next.
  2. Build a fort. You’d be surprised how long a good fort will entertain them! Use couch cusions, or dinning room chairs and sheets, get creative!
  3. Make a drive-in movie. This one takes a little planning ahead, because you need cardboard boxes big enough to hold your children sitting down. It’s also a time killer because they get to decorate their own “cars”. Then have them pick out a movie to watch!
  4. Make up your own board game. Come up with a completely original game complete with pieces, tokens, and board or combine other games together to make a new game!
  5. Get artistic! Use dry erase markers to let your kids decorate the windows and add their own sunshine. Have them draw what they would like to be doing outside!
  6.  Have your own fashion show. Have the kids create their own outfits from their closet, mixing and matching. Then let them make their own accessories with things from around the house.It’s so neat to see how creative they can be!
  7. Hide-n-seek with at twist. Much like the original game, one player counts while the other one hides, but when the one who’s “it” starts hunting, the hiders get to move around trying not to be seen!
  8. Get out in the rain. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! I remember playing in the rain when I was little and LOVING it! As long as it’s not thundering or lightening, go for a walk, or a bike ride, or better yet, set up a slip-n-slide! Go splash in some puddles. Let your kids see you “breaking” the rules!

Hope those help you beat the cabin fever that come with being stuck in the house for days as the second flood comes!

Blessings,

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Here’s the story of how I met…

Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 12:04 PM
posted by mrscaz

Everyday, it’s the same thing. When I leave the kids belts office, I am bombarded by flashbulbs and screaming photog’s (yea, I’m up on the lingo) looking for that million dollar shot of me doing something embarrassing…. Oh, wait, that was just a dream! Contrary to popular belief, I am not famous… *gasp* “Say it ain’t so, Chelle!” Oh, it’s so, sad, I know, but not everyone knows that I invented the truly amazing Dapper Snappers.

For the first time, though, I found an actual fan. Someone who knew about Dapper Snappers before meeting me. Someone who actually owns a Dapper Snapper! You would think with the thousands that we have sold, that I would see them everywhere, but no, I don’t.

Ok kids, here’s the story of how I met your mother a fan:

For the past few months, I have been going to nail school. I have been learning manicures, pedicures and all sorts of cool techniques.

Well, about 2 weeks ago, Crystal started her classes at Cindy Lee’s facial and nail institute. Lindsey, a student and friend of mine was giving Crystal a pedicure and talking about the steps taken. I was sitting next to them giving a customer a manicure.

After talking for a while, the topic then shifted to what we do other than school and I mentioned I owned a business making toddler belts.

Lindsey, being well-versed in how Dapper Snappers work, began to describe them to Crystal for me. And then Crystal popped up and said, “Oh! You mean Dapper Snappers?!?!” She knew what they were!! I couldn’t believe it! This was the first person I have ever met that I didn’t have to explain them to!

The rest of the day she kept telling me about her one and only Dapper Snapper and how she has this rule with her husband that he may NEVER EVER LOSE IT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. And it has its own special spot it’s supposed to be when not in use.

Crystal told me she felt like she was meeting a celebrity. *blush*

And I was covered head to toe in goosebumps because I finally met someone that was a fan that I didn’t give Dapper Snappers to begin with.

And then, by some crazy coincidence Crystal starts going to the same school that I did.

Amazing. Thrilling. Happy me!

I think Dapper Snapper fans are the celebrities!

Blessings,

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I’ve been found!

Friday, March 29, 2013 @ 11:03 AM
posted by mrscaz

I’ve been found! What’s that? You didn’t know I was missing? Well, I wasn’t technically… More like hiding. Our Dapper Snappers kids belts warehouse is tucked back in a big complex of warehouses in Port Orange, FL. We are not the easiest place to find.

Almost 2 weeks ago, I was interviewed for an article for the Daytona Beach News Journal (I posted the article here). Since then the phone has been ringing off the hook with people wanting to know where they can find our amazing belts!

Well, the other day, I was at lunch and I got a call from Colleen (one of our employees)  to tell me that she had someone at the shop who wanted to talk to me. Me? Little ole me? Who was it? She told me “A customer!”

What? A customer wanted to talk to me? This is the first time anyone has ever sought us out and it was all because she saw the article in the paper.

Her name is Ruth. She remembered the name of our company and the address. She was in the area and stopped by to buy our Dapper Snappers XL Deluxe Set. She was so excited and said she was going to tell all of her friends! It was kind of strange to talk to a customer face to face, though! I’m so used to communicating through email, Facebook and the occasional phone call!

This was such an awesome moment for me and Dapper Snappers! She actually wanted to talk to me personally so she could thank me for inventing Dapper Snappers! I love hearing how much people love our product and for her to take the time out of her day to seek us out, I’m speechless!

We have the best customers and the most loyal fans and even if I never meet YOU in person, I love and am grateful for each and every one of you!

I hope you all have a blessed Easter!

Blessings,

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Owls…

Friday, November 2, 2012 @ 11:11 AM
posted by mrscaz

Owls, how’s that for random?

Owls are big in the fashion world right now. I should know, what with being on the cutting edge of everything kids fashion for our kids belts patterns, after all. There are some really cool looking owls (see above) and some really odd looking owls (see below).

This guy just looks annoyed…

Seriously, though they are everywhere. Owls dominate Pinterest as well as all of the local kids retailers near you and I don’t know about you, but we even had several owl trick or treaters this year. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are super cute, but they just came out of no where and exploded. (Not literally, that would be gross, but you know what I mean.) It always amazes me the things that become popular. Think about it, for every one animal that becomes popular, there are tons that don’t. I mean think of the poor anteater, no one is giving the anteater any love.

While I was perusing the internet for this topic, I came across some interesting things that involve owls. Well… at least interesting to me. Be on the look out soon for a new owl pattern from Dapper Snappers.

You can do owl crafts…

Or you can do owl snacks…

You can have an owl themed party…

Or even an owl themed room…

You can have owls on the beach, if you feel so inclined, though I’m not sure why you would. However, they are cute…

And finally, I’ll leave you with this, because apparently, its easier to be an owl…

Blessings,

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What’s New? Summer, that’s what!

Monday, June 11, 2012 @ 01:06 PM
posted by mrscaz

*singing* Summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime, summertiiiiiiiiiiiime!

It’s officially summertime for us. The kids are out of school and we are thinking it’s about time for our annual summer vacation from the wonderful world of kids belts. We are taking the kids to Busch Gardens this year, but instead of driving, we are making the whole vacation an experience including the travel. This year, we are taking a train to our destination. It would have taken almost 3 hours by car, assuming there is no traffic, or 3 hours by train. Well, with gas prices the way they are, the train made the most sense.

The kids are super excited, as am I. The idea of travelling by train instead of car seems so much more relaxing. The kids can get up and move around and we can play games with them. Overall, I think it will be a much more pleasurable time.

I have to say, I am thoroughly excited to see how the kids will like Busch Gardens. They have always loved Disney, but with them both getting a little older, I think they will really enjoy this park. I’m not sure that they will be riding the crazy roller coasters, mama’s heart couldn’t take that, but they will love all of the animals and scenery and all of the other rides.

They hubby and I are so looking forward to getting away, too. Even though it’s only about 3 hours from home, it’s far enough to be away from the office and the dredges of housework… bleh…

What are your summer plans? Anything exciting planned? Do you do keep it low key and plan a “stay-cation” or do you go all out and plan an all expenses paid trip to the Bahamas or are you somewhere in between? Whatever you are planning for this summer, I wish you nothing but the best, safe travels and above all, great quality time with the family.

Blessings,

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When it rains…

Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 11:03 AM
posted by mrscaz

It floods…. literally. Or at least that’s how it has seemed around here at the kids belts office. Jen and I have had no luck at lately!

It started a bout 2 weeks ago, when Super Dude was in the bathroom, “Mommy, I need help.” “Super Dude, what do you need?” His reply? “Mom, there is so much water.”

So, in my mind, I’m thinking that the he flushed too much paper and the water has risen to the top of the bowl. No big deal. Yea, no big deal, except for the fact that when I stepped into the bathroom… *splash*.

Yes, I would have to say, that’s a lot of water. Crud… now what? Hubby wasn’t their so I couldn’t call on my knight in shining armor. CRUD… I have to handle this myself.  Step one…. make the water stop. Ok, but how do I do that? I didn’t know which knob to turn so I thought, I’ll put the top off the tank and see if something in there will help. I grab the thingy (yes, that its the technical term) and pull up. It worked. The water stopped running. Now what? If I let go, it will start again, but I really don’t care to stand in a sea of toilet water while I wait for hubby to come home. The water is still spreading…into the bedroom, into the closet…CRUD!!!!!

“Super Dude, can you go get mommy the plunger out of the other bathroom?” He returns with the plunger. Here I stand, one hand holding up the thingy and the other one trying to plunge the toilet. Seriously, did he flush the whole roll? Anyway, if finally worked. and the toilet went back to normal.

I, then, used every dirty and clean towel I could get my hands on to sop up all of this water. About that time, hubby walked in and I looked at him and smiled “Your turn!”

A few days later the condensation line in the AC got stopped up and that leaked everywhere and then the water heater felt left out, so it decided it would leak too and flood the garage. That’s 3 right? Were are done now, right?

Yeah…not so much…

Poor Jen, she had to replace her tires on her truck last week ($300). This week, her power steering hose decided that it had had enough and the very small leak turned into a monsoon of power steering fluid ($100). And finally (hopefully anyway), her timing belt needs to be replaced next week ($500). Just so my car wouldn’t feel left out, it decided to overheat the other day and hold up the pickup line at Super Dude’s school.

Anyone want to contribute the “No More Floods” fund? We sure could use it. Either that, or we need to learn how to play in the rain!

Blessings,

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Random Keywords

Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 11:03 AM
posted by mrscaz

One of my key marketing strategies is SEO. I am always working on increasing (or reducing, really) our Alexa rating (if you want, you could write up a rave review for us… hee hee shameless plug!). A result of constantly working on this is that I get to see what keywords people use that bring them to our website.

Now, the keywords that I’m working tirelessly on are kids belts, that would be why you always see that phrase linked to our site in my blogs. Well, as much as I drive those keywords home, do you know what the number one keyword is that brings people here in an organic search? No, it’s not “awesome” or “amazing” (though it should be) and as much as I hate to admit it, it’s not even “kids belts”.

Are you ready for this…

Wait for it….

Wait for it….

It’s….

WAGON!

Back on the Blog Wagon

Wagon? Yea, wagon, that’s what I thought, too. That doesn’t make sense! I mean, really all the time and energy I spend on “kids belts” and the word wagon brings people here?

Where did that even come from? Well, I did some research and in January of 2011, I wrote a blog post titled, “Back on the Blogging Wagon” where I used the above picture of a wagon to illustrate my point.  Turns out that was the best thing I could do to get people to our site. Although, I am sure that they are sorely disappointed to find out that we do not, in fact, sell wagons.

I was thinking about it though, maybe we can incorporate the word wagon into our tagline… “Dapper Snappers… the wagon of the belt world” or “Dapper Snappers get you wagon” (get it, wagon=wagging) ok that last one was a stretch.

Do you have any creative ways to use the word “wagon” in our tag line? I’d so love to hear them, this could be hilarious!

Blessings,

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