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When John Paciga, a 5th grader in Mrs. Martoccia’s class at Immaculate Conception School in Annandale, NJ was given the task of selecting a book for a class project, he picked “Stormbreaker,” written by Anthony Horrowitz. The book’s main character is Alex Rider, a 14 year-old super spy. John’s assignment was to create a “time capsule” and we LOVE the fact that John used the Junior Brown Persona Pail to create Spy Agent Alex, complete with a spy magnifying glass!

John then set out to find different objects which reflect the book’s main character and plot. He taped a notecard with an explanation to each item and placed them inside the pail. From all reports, John’s classmates loved it and so did Mrs. Martoccia! Great job John and thanks for sending us your picture!


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We’ve got eggciting news today and two Easter Specials! Here’s a quick rundown:

– Purchase any pail from our regular line (we used the WHITE pail), and receive a free packet of our Junior stickers. This will help you create the adorable bunnies that we’ve posted this week! Just type in “EASTER” in the comment section at check-out and tell us if you would like the Junior Girl (pink) stickers or the Junior Boy (brown) stickers (a $4.50 value). Special ends April 15th.

– AND, be among the first five to place an order and we will GIVE YOU the bunny eggcessory props from our photo shoot (limit one per order). That includes the bunny ears, hand-made nose & whiskers, and the bunny tail. We put magnets on the back of the nose & tail, so they attach right to the pail.

If you’d like to make your own “Peter Cotton Pail” to use as an Easter decoration or Easter basket, here’s what you need to do:

1) Create a child’s face using the Junior sticker pack which is included free with your order (between now and April 15th).

2) Be one of the first five to place an order and we will include a pack of Bunny Eggcessories (limit one per order). Or, you can easily make them yourself – we purchased our bunny ears at Joann’s, but we’ve also seen them in the dollar section at Target.

3) For the nose, take a white pipe cleaner and cut it into three pieces. Gather the pipe cleaners in the center and hot glue them onto a pom-pom. While the glue is still hot, attach a small magnet to the backside.

4) For the tail, just hot glue a magnet to a white pom-pom and attach to the pail (you can also use a large cotton ball).

That’s it! This also makes a simple and fun DIY craft to do with your kids. After Easter is over, just take off your bunny eggcessories and use your Persona Pail throughout the year!

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As you can tell from the photographs, we continue to find FUN new ways to use the Persona Pail! Not sure if you can see through our clever disguise, but underneath those cute whiskers and bunny eggcessories, you’ll discover our very own Persona Gift Pail. These adorable bunnies make great Easter decorations and perhaps you can even start a new tradition and fill an Easter Pail instead of an Easter Basket!

On Wednesday, not only will we show you how to create your own Peter Cotton Pail, we’ll also offer a fantastic Easter special AND provide you with free Easter printables! Hope the pics below put a little hop in your step this Monday morning!

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Earlier this week we posted our “Thank You” Printable Collection which is available at our Etsy shop. The Persona Pail plus the printables can help you create a fun and exciting gift – perfect for teacher appreciation and Administrative Assistant Day (April 27th).

Now, as our way of saying THANKS to you, we’d like to give you these mini candy bar wrapper printables – its all about loving chocolate!! We included our original printable with a beautiful orange and navy color scheme and then we added one more version with orange and hot pink. Just DOWNLOAD, print, cut and wrap around mini Hershey bars as a great little token of appreciation for the chocolate lover in your life!

And here’s the hot pink and tangerine orange version!

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A few months back, we took out a calendar and noticed that Administrative Assistant Day was coming up on April 27th. At the same time, we “googled” gift ideas and really came up dry (other than a traditional gift basket or bouquet of flowers). That’s when we came up with the idea to create a “desk party,” complete with custom wrapped chocolate, tea, and a desk banner. Then, we realized that not only does this gift design work for assistants, but also for your favorite teachers! Some additional pail filler ideas might include small desk accessories, a beautiful new pen, magnets, CD, and gift cards (maybe even to a favorite SPA!). We designed the “Thank You” Printable Collection with a retro typewriter motif and a vivid orange and blue color scheme. Of course, our Nine to Five Nancy persona from the Orange Gift Pail really does the trick in lending us her professional style.

Th entire printable collection along with the ORANGE gift pail kit is available at our NEW Etsy shop for one low price!  And, as our way of saying THANK YOU to our subscribers and followers, we’ll be providing a FREE printable to create these cute mini candy bar wrappers later this week!

Here’s a quick look at what’s included in the “Thank You” Printable Collection:

Typewriter Note Card
Convey your thanks with this retro-style typewriter note card (blank inside).  Sized to fit the same envelope which is provided in your gift pail kit.

Create custom tea by taking off the existing tag and replacing with a “T-Bag” graphic . . . we used Lipton Tusan Lemon Black Tea (20 pyramid tea bags).

T-time Cello Topper
Package your custom tea in a “T-Time” bag, complete with colorful cello topper. Sized to attach to a 5“ wide treat bag.

Chocolate Lovers Mini Candy Bar Wrappers
Print on copy paper, cut and wrap around miniature Hershey bars (6 styles). 

Chocolate Lovers Medium Candy Bar Wrappers
Five styles designed to wrap around 1.55 oz. candy bars (we used Nestle’s Crunch).

Mini Banner ( 2” circles)
Create a festive “desk party” and decorate with a mini “#1 ASSISTANT” banner or a “THANK YOU” banner — perfect to hang on a bulletin board or drape across a computer screen.

Medium Banner (3” circles)
Create a medium banner (”#1 ASSISTANT” or “THANK YOU”) for larger areas such as across a doorway, on a wall or for window decor.

NOTE: The orange retro typewriter mug was created by Circa Ceramics based out of Chicago.  You can find this great product plus lots more at their etsy shop!

We hope this collection provides some creative inspiration for your own gift giving. And, be sure to bookmark our NEW Etsy shop – we will be adding more designs in the very near future!

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From Melinda—One of the best aspects of this amazing journey is meeting new people from all walks of life and learning about their touching stories. I recently had this opportunity at the Boomer Senior Expo on February 23 in Brevard County, FL. The Expo not only highlighted valuable senior living programs and organizations, but it also celebrated the launch of the 5th annual Boomer Senior Guide.

The idea to exhibit originally came from a wonderful lady, Jennifer East, who I recently met at a movie premeire party. After a little pre-planning and selecting which Personas to create for the display (always my favorite part!), the entire day was filled with wonderful feedback and conversations. The experience also gave me the opportunity to see, first hand, people’s reactions. It was so gratifying to see big smiles on the faces of the attendees, once again confirming that our product “puts smiles on faces.” Of course, one of the day’s favorites was Over-the-Hill Hillary, complete with her 39 AGAIN birthday hat!

I couldn’t help but take a few snapshots of my day (see below)…

From top: I learned about the expo from Jennifer East, Senior Life News…the Persona table display at the Expo…I met so many wonderful individuals like Marta Fiol from the Cancer Care Centers of Brevard…Linda Humphrey (Senior Life News) & Dave Francis (Dave Francis Entertainment) provided a welcoming smile to all Expo attendees…I loved listening to the Barber Shop quartet and seeing the ballroom dancing preformed in vintage clothing.

After the Expo, we stopped for a bite of food at a phenomenal Mexican eatery called Salsa’s Restaurant in the Downtown Historic District of Melbourne, FL. The owner/Chef Gustavo Sanchez Portia was so nice and his authentic Mexican cooking was spectacular!!!  Here is his website if you are ever in the Melbourne area! 

One final shout out to my wonderful hubby, Jude, for helping me at the expo and being the great guy that he is!

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HAPPY FRIDAY! We’ve pulled together a few good luck fillers for you!

1) Turn your pail into a Pot ‘O Gold! Just add some gold-foiled chocolate coins and luck will surely be on your side! Pick them up at your local candy store or purchase on-line at Nifty Nut House.

2) Everyone loves a GOOD FORTUNE in a fortune cookie! 

3) These shamrock cookies taste as good as they look! From the amazingly talented Renee Arwood, owner of Bees Knees Creative. You must check out her website to see more designer desserts!

4) Start saving pennies and use the Persona Pail to hold your fortune!

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