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We did it! (Again!) We’d like to take this moment to thank our family, our friends, the academy…


Seriously though, what an honor! We’re happy to be able to take this time to share this with you. But enough about us! Actually, just kidding, a little bit more about us, and what this means!

This rank is given to those companies whose employees stated in surveys that they feel respected, involved, engaged and enjoy coming to work on a daily basis. Ninety companies out of the tens of thousands within the industry were ranked and we landed at number 66!

We take pride here in our work at Show Your Logo, and we owe a big thanks to you, our customers, for giving us the opportunity to serve you as you are part of what makes our jobs so much fun! We hope to keep bringing you the same level of happiness with your promotional products that we feel coming into the office each and every day!

The Dog Days of Summer

Like it or not, we’re there! While this winter was crazy for most of the U.S. this year, it seems we were gifted overall with a fairly calm early summer. With the “Dog Days” of summer now upon us however, it’s unsure what that may bring for temperatures. But let’s face it, that’s exactly what I’m stuck with as a Midwesterner. Still, I plan on enjoying what I can of the season, and that means finding any and all excuses to get out in the sun and get some exercise. In my house, that generally means playing with our dogs. Our happy homestead has two very proud and rambunctious German Shepherds, one being six-years-old, and the other only 5-months-old – and at 50lbs already, he promises to be quite the beast and is certainly already giving us a run for our money! Literally. He loves his walks, but doesn’t quite understand the essentials of “no”, “stop”, “sit”, and “no not in that yard” just yet. Fortunately, for people who understand the love of animals no matter what, Show Your Logo has some great products to showcase and share that appreciation.

Collapsible Water Bowl

Collapsible Water Bowl

Doggie Bag Dispenser

As stated previously, the dear giant that is Binx (that’s his name) is like anyone really: when he has to go, he has to go. Luckily we have some very creative baggie solutions to help be a good neighbor when that happens. Some are as convenient as attaching to your dog’s collar or your belt while out on a walk so there’s no need to tackle a bag in one hand and a leash in the other while taking that stroll. Speaking of leashes, you may want to look into some of those as well. It’s a guarantee that any dog owner is going to be going through at least ten of these during the course of their lives. I personally like the idea of the retractable leash as they tend to help with training, but both are readily available from Show Your Logo with your imprint and offer a wide variety depending on how small or large your little fur ball happens to be, or will become later.

Now, here’s where pet ownership can get a little tricky. I like to travel, and sometimes that prompts this insane idea to bring one or both of the dogs along when I go out of state. Whatever the case may be, if you also travel with your pets, be they cats, dogs, birds, lizards, etc. there exist the following certainties: they are going to need to eat, and they are going to need to drink, and in the case of cats and dogs…well let’s just say you’re going to be needing those baggies again. Never fear! Because once again, Show Your Logo comes to the rescue! We have travel bowls that can collapse after use and remain durable enough to withstand any messy pet. (These are Binx tested and approved, I assure you.)

Retractable Leash

Retractable Leash

Suppose you just want to hand out some thank you gifts as a dog sitter, or promote your dog sitting business? Well, food is the key to the heart as far as I’m concerned, whether it be pets or their owners. We offer gift bags filled with pet treats ready to have your logo imprinted on them! Or maybe you want a more permanent reminder? We can do pet collars just like the leashes, or brushes, or printed pet bandanas!

Toys are also a must when it comes to your pet. Want a logo printed on a tennis ball? You’ll surely be a hit at the local dog park! Frisbee? Same deal. The list goes on and on, and truthfully there’s absolutely no way I could tell you all about them right here, but I can say that whether you want something for your pet, or just items to show off your love of your pet (decals, keychains, etc.) the fact is that we have it! Give us a call or an email and ask us to fetch you some ideas today!

I’m (Still) With Stupid T-Shirts – Part II

After reading a recent article written by Charles Manning for Cosmopolitan, I was immediately taken back to my original t-shirt blog and how easily designers and creators of clothes can be judged for what they put on their apparel. For designer Christopher Lee Sauve, placing an image on a simple tee in 2010 that read “Nothing Tastes As Good As Skinny Feels” was supposed to highlight artistic ability and the stupidity behind the phrase Kate Moss made so horribly famous a year earlier.

Kate Moss Slogan T Shirt

It should not come as surprise to us though, that the exact opposite occurred. He said in the article that Hudson’s Bay, who carries his line, pulled the shirts off the rack right away once the controversy made national attention. According to Sauve, anti-supporters of the shirt would go up to people on the street and ask them, “What do you think of this pro-anorexia t-shirt?’” Sauve lashes back in the article, saying, “No one was doing any research about me or my work. No one even bothered to just ask me, what does this mean?”

This is exactly the statement that brings me back to my original blog post and how I had mentioned that I believe the words or phrases illustrated on apparel should be able to speak for itself. We are, in a visual way, giving our clothes a voice without ever having to utter a single word.

QUESTION: Should these designers be surprised when someone interprets a phrase printed on a shirt negatively or just not the way they intended?

THE ANSWER? Absolutely NOT.

People are going to read a slogan or phrase on a t-shirt, and they are going to get the most literal part from it. That is what will stick with them and either turn them away, or bring them in. The shirts with the recycle symbol, the shirt that reads “Got Milk?” and the shirts with a peace sign on them–these all scream simple points. These are the fashion statements that succeed. The phrase in question, no matter how you spin it, is promoting eating disorders. The only meaning, unless more words or an X crossed out through the phrase is added, is that you will be skinny, and feel good about it if you don’t eat. If Sauve wanted to illustrate how ridiculous the phrase is, he should have added something, ANYTHING that would have made that clear. To me, the shirt is no different than putting the phrase on the red carpet with all of its glitz and glam and giving it an Oscar. In what I believe was an attempt to back pedal and take back the meaning behind the original design, Sauve later created a new shirt with the phrase “Kate Moss called, she wants her shirt back in all sizes.”

QUESTION: If Sauve can be this creative the 2nd time around, why couldn’t he come up with something better the first time around?

THE ANSWER? Perhaps he did exactly what he wanted to do the first time.

That’s right. I believe that Christopher Lee Sauve liked the phrase because it was used by one of the hottest models on the planet and because he thought it could reach a young, beautiful market. Are there people out there who will purchase this shirt because they are slim, trim, egotistical, superficial sheep? Of course! Well played, Mr Sauve. It was only until the shirt attracted national attention for being controversial that Sauve insisted he did not promote anorexia. I highly doubt that if the shirt was still available for sale that he would have created the Kate Moss round two shirt. The same props go to Urban Outfitters who marketed shirts the same year that read “ Eat Less” to promote thin is the new in. It was only a few short months before they too, had the shirts removed from the line due to the controversy and negative publicity [2]. urban-outfitters-eat-less-tshirt-636 If we talk about all of the lines UO came out with that are offensive though, you would be reading a novel here, so let’s move along. Can only the artist be held accountable here though? Aren’t designers really just artists using clothes instead of canvases to unleash their creativity?

QUESTION: Shouldn’t the consumer know what they are promoting and then be fair game for judging by their fellow peers?

THE ANSWER? Without a doubt YES!!!!

Fashion at first glance, and appearance can speak volumes whether you are just meeting someone or have known them your whole life. Just as I mentioned in the first t-shirt blog, I believe that the person wearing the “I’m with stupid” t-shirt should know that instead of making the person standing beside him look dumb, the opposite is actually what is happening. The shirt makes the wearer look like a jerk. You as a consumer should know what you are wearing, even if the logo or slogan itself is not offensive, it is important to know as much as possible about the designers and their labels before parading it around town. For example, I judge my sister all the time for wearing Abercrombie and Fitch clothes because the negative or offensive meaning is actually behind the company’s CEO, not the clothes. Mike Jefferies uses his marketing power to target just the “cool kids,” repeatedly saying,“ I don’t want our core customers to see people who aren’t as hot as them wearing our clothing.” (This is particularly ironic if you have ever actually seen this guy.) His look most definitely leaves something to be desired…a look that appears to be the product of countless efforts to produce a younger image through artificial means such as plastic surgery. Just to be clear on the imagery…




“Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive, all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes] and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.” –Mike Jefferies, interview with Salon Magazine 2006.

Oh, need to land a summer job to pay for college? Don’t even THINK about working at any of his stores unless you are professional model material. Seriously dude, how are you still with the company? Call it coincidence, but Business Insider stated the company’s U.S. sales had dropped 18% in the 3rd quarter of last year. [3]

The moral of the story folks, this is America, and we do thrive on individuality and the freedom to wear what we want. My advice though, is to know inside and out what you are wearing, because you are not just supporting a trend, or wearing it “cause it feels good.” You are advertising, promoting, and directly supporting said attire and everything it stands for. Do your homework and choose wisely so you can always wear what you love, and love what you wear.


[1] Manning, Charles. “Artist Stands by His Controversial “Skinny” T-Shirt.” Cosmopolitan Magazine. 27 Jun.2014. Web. 18 Jul. 2014.

[2] Greig, Alex. “Urban Outfitters Under Fire For Selling T-Shirt Glamorizing Depression-Just Two Years After Being Forced to Pull Another With Slogan ‘Eat Less.’” Mail Online. 5 Jan. 2014. Web. 18 Jul. 2014.

[3] Peterson, Hayley. “Abercrombie Strips CEO Mike Jefferies Of His Role As Chairman.” Business Insider. 28 Jan. 2014. Web. 18 Jul. 2014.

Top 10 List (Pens)

I consider myself a pretty passive person. As in, it takes a lot for me to get mad. In certain situations though, there are just some things that really set me off. If you are anything like me (you know, human and such) I think you can agree with me on some of these. So, I am going to share with you what really grinds my gears. In case you don’t know what that means because you have never watched one of the funniest shows on the planet (*hint, it’s called Family Guy) I am talking about things that bug the crap out of me. Like bugs. Like mosquitoes. Did you know that mosquitoes alone killed 700,000 people last year? They are gross little blood suckers and are so annoying! Oh, right. Moving on…

10. Driving on the interstate. I cannot stand those slow drivers who absolutely REFUSE to let me pass them because they will not get out of the left lane. Thank you for making my hour long commute to work even more of a nightmare.


9.    Trying on jeans. No explanation needed.


8.    Doing Laundry. Wash, rinse, dry, repeat…wait the reds can’t go with the whites? Oh, well I guess it’s a good thing I look good in pink.


7.    Waiting on hold. More specifically, waiting on hold for more than two minutes. I have to call your customer service department because something is not right and instead of servicing your customer you ask me to wait and listen to your elevator music? I could be watching Game of Thrones right now. Dang it.

6.     Speaking of waiting, I loathe waiting in line at the store, be it Wal-Mart, the grocery store, or pretty much anywhere else. I’ve never abandoned a cart of frozen food or anything, but if the line is too long and I’m holding just a few items in my hands, I’ve walked away.


5.    Buffets. They are so tempting until you realize they are a jack of all trades yet a master of none.

Oh yeah, and then there is the tummy ache you get after you have had five plates to get your “money’s worth” of food.


4.    False advertising. If I paid for an “all inclusive” trip to a tropical resort, then you better believe all of my rum and cokes should be included.


3.    Loud commercials on T.V. I know DVR has solved most of this problem, but I still jump off my couch alarming my dog who starts barking (loudly) when the characters on my show seem to be whispering and that stinking Verizon commercial seems to be slowly causing hearing loss.


2.    Texting and driving. This epidemic has taken the world’s teenagers by storm and at the same time putting drivers everywhere at risk. If your eyes are on the phone, they are not on the road people!! Think about it. At the sake of sounding like a PSA announcement, it can wait.


AND, the #1 thing that grinds my gears…


I know this is a new techie world, where people usually reach for their keyboard instead of their pens, but they are not obsolete. Yet. Nothing bothers me more, then when I want/need to write something down and I have to try at least five different pens before I can get one to work. Sometimes, it can be hard to find the right one. Not to mention, there are like ten trillion that we sell, so how can one choose from the selection? Without any guidance, the task would be like trying to find a needle in a hay stack. Yikes. So, I am going to make it rather simple for you. I am going to tell what pen to choose and why.


First up, ranking the very highest throughout the Show Your Logo Staff, we have this retractable pen by Ink Joy.



This bad boy was the top pick among everyone here. It comes in ten colors! Hey, it’s important. It also has a thin, modern and stylish body with an extended rubberized grip for maximum comfort. This particular pen features smooth gel ink that never smears! Are you a left- handed writer? Fear smudges no longer with this helpful tool! This pen writes so smoothly I have even heard the word “sexy” used to describe its writing power. Hold on, it’s sexy? I’m sold. The best feature that this pen has, other than lasting forever AND being retractable, is that we can get them for an outstandingly good price with your logo on it.

We did have a few that made the “honorable mention” list.

The iBasset II Penmandarin stylus

Apparently, the “hourglass” modern shape and ability to use it on your smart phone makes this pen a popular pick.

The Bic Clic Stic Pen bic clic stic

This pen has the old school feel of the original retractable pen. Its thin ink makes it precise and good for everyday writing. It is light and durable and simply just gets the job done.


Lastly, we have the the Ultra Tropical Pen.


This beauty has no magic writing power.
What makes this pen so special is that it comes in very pretty tropical colors.
It can truly make you feel like you are on a tropical paradise vacation even from your cubical. Okay, maybe not so much, but the pen is nice to look at.



Show Your Logo Blood Drive

It’s November! Time to think about turkey, pumpkin pie, and gratitude. One thing I’m extremely grateful for? My good health. I’ll be rolling up my sleeve on my blood-letting arm on December 19th to donate a pint to those who are less fortunate this holiday season. I believe all of my cohorts here at Show Your Logo have signed up to do the same on December 19th between 11 AM and 3PM. Heartland Blood Center will be here to take good care of our veins and get our blood donations off to people in need.

Want to join us? We’d love to have you. Check out our flyer.



Tricks AND Treats

Kathie receives some holiday treats from Don at Show Your Logo.


One Tough Cookie: The Post in Which I Share a Treasured Family Recipe

HeedFamily57One of my personal heroes is my great-grandmother Anna. I didn’t have a relationship with her due to the fact that she died when I was a little kid and also the fact that she lived hundreds of miles away, but I love her story. I also love her recipe for Swedish oatmeal cookies, which is how I’m going to tie this post to promotional products. Hold on. It’s coming.

I think it’s pretty cool to know the woman behind the cookie, so before I share Anna’s recipe for Swedish oatmeals, here you go.

To begin with, she was a red head, the only one I know of in my entire family. It takes two recessive genes to get red hair, and Anna got hers from her young mother, who was reportedly a maid for a married doctor. The married doctor was her father. She grew up in rural Sweden without him.

She fell in love with a boy named John who decided one day to immigrate to America. Anna followed him here, married him, and gave birth to ten children, one of whom was my grandmother. She also endured life as a farmer’s wife in North Dakota and tragic events like the death of her two-year-old son one winter. As the story goes, the brutal North Dakota winter left the ground too frozen to bury little Arthur. He was wrapped in a blanket and stored in the barn–which she had to face everyday until spring.

Anna learned English by reading the newspaper and listening to the radio. She set her mind to learn, and she did.

She worked hard, she loved her family, and she took care of strangers. Her faith, as the story goes, was never shaken. She was gentle and she was kind, but she was clearly tough as nails. She lived to be 101.

I don’t know where she got this recipe, but Anna’s daughter, my great aunt, has made these cookies all my life. It took me a while to master them, but I’ll share my tips.


Swedish Oatmeal Cookies

Blend 2 sticks of softened butter with one cup of sugar. Add one cup of flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon lemon extract, and 2 cups of oatmeal (quick oats or old fashioned oats–either kind works).

Now the recipe calls for 10-12 minutes of baking in a 350 degree oven. My Swedish oatmeal cookies never come out right if I follow these directions.

Here’s what I do:

1) I use those silicone baking mats on top of my cookie sheets.

2) I bake the cookies for 8 1/2 minutes at 350 degrees.

3) I let the cookies sit on the still-hot cookie sheet for about 5 minutes after removing them from the oven. Then I place them on a cooling rack. This keeps them soft, chewy, and delicious.

Here’s the tie-in to promotional products. Are you ready?

Being a mom to all those kids, Anna would have appreciated some giveaway promotional products to use in the kitchen. Heck, I only have four kids, and would appreciate some freebies to use in the kitchen. Even three sets of measuring spoons and measuring cups are often not enough at my house. We cook. A lot.

Here are some promotional product baking tools ever baker needs to make Swedish Oatmeal Cookies.

custom pot holderCustom Printed Pot Holders






promotional measuring spoonsPrint on Measuring Spoons





custom print measuring cupsPrint on Measuring Cups






Infographic for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


It’s October 1st, the official kickoff  of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Click on the infographic to enlarge it.

Check out this post as well as this post and finally this one to read more about the power of pink.

Get the Right Promotional T-Shirts for Women

women's v-neck t-shirtsI once read that the average American woman is a size fourteen. Unlike the Hollywood ideal of size zero, the truth of the matter is that most American women aren’t elfin and super tiny.

Ladies, if you’ve ever tried on some of these promotional t-shirts designed for women, you may be well aware that they run a bit small.

I don’t know about you, but on the occasions I’ve been handed a free, promotional t-shirt, it’s been a t-shirt designed for men. They’re big. And boxy. They make me feel like I’m wearing a tent. So where do I wear them?

1) To paint the house. (I have a problem with repainting the house the way some women have a problem buying shoes.)

2) To work out. (I don’t invest in pretty work out clothes to drench myself in sweat. If you look good while working out, you’re not working hard enough is what I say.)

3) To sleep.

So what I’m suggesting is that if you’re going to invest in printed t-shirts to promote your company name and logo, you may just want to invest in a shirt women will actually wear in public.

I actually own several printed Bella tees. I’ve purchased every one of them…in size extra large. Keep in mind that in most retail stores, I can get away with a medium or large. In spite of the fact that Bella places me in extra large t-shirts, I love the brand. They’re cut with women in mind. We have curves; we’d rather not look like we’re wearing a muumuu. Of course, I also love them because they’re mementos from the white water rafting trip I took with my BFF. I have a Bella t-shirt that reminds me of a trip to the zoo with my kids. And still another of an amazing white water rafting trip I took with my husband through some of the most dangerous white water in North America. Good times.

If you’re in the market for women’s promotional t-shirts manufactured to fit average American women, check out the Bella Missy Collection. Same concept as the Bella line of t-shirts, only they run less…tiny.

Hope to see my favorite places stocked up on these t-shirts next time I’m shopping for logo apparel!

Take a look.

print women's t-shirtsBella Missy Collection Short-Sleeved Jersey T-Shirt: available in this crew neck design, a v-neck, or a scoop neck.






custom print women's tank topsBella Missy Collection Wide Strap Tank Tops: Not only will these tank tops fit, the wide straps conceal bra straps. Bella’s really been thinking!






custom print 3/4 sleeve shirtsBella Missy Collection 3/4 Length Sleeve Shirts







bella long sleeve t-shirtsBella Missy Collection Long Sleeve T-Shirts






Another bonus? T-shirts in the Bella Missy Collection also run a bit longer than the t-shirts from the standard Bella women’s collection. When you reach a certain age, it’s no longer cool to show off your midriff.


Printing Prices on Custom Sail Banners

custom sail bannersBack in my days of filling sippy cups for triplet boys, I became keenly aware of milk prices. One gallon of milk does not go far when you’re filling three sippy cups all day.

Picture this…or maybe, if you live in the area, you remember me and my triplet stroller. When all three boys were screaming, we were quite the spectacle.

Grocery shopping used to look like this: With one hand, I’d push the triplet stroller laden with triplets and a diaper bag the size of a small suitcase. With the other hand I dragged a grocery cart containing seven gallons of milk and various other sundries. All kinds of people used to offer to help, to which I assured them I did this all the time. Yep, we used to go through at least one gallon a day. And I didn’t have to work out. Chasing down triplets and their milk was enough.

We still go through a lot of milk, but less now that the boys have given up sippy cups. They are nine after all. That doesn’t mean I don’t keep track of milk prices though. I certainly do.

When I spotted this custom sail banner fluttering in the breeze the other day, I was quite pleased. Other stores? Well over two bucks for a gallon of milk. Even Aldi has been all over the board on milk prices lately.

What do these sail banners say to me?  That ALdi is now committed to their low price on milk of $1.89. Brilliant! I stop at the store 2-3 times a week to replenish the milk, bread, and fruit supply. And with that kind of commitment on milk prices, you can bet on where I’ll be shopping.



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