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Printable Galentine Gift Wine Tags

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Galentine’s Day is around the corner! We find it best to celebrate with brunch, great friends and lots of wine. We put together these DIY wine tags for you to use as you wish! If you don’t know what Galentine’s Day is, you better watch Parks and Rec STAT!

Rad ideas on how to use these punny wine tags for the women in your life below!

galentine day wine gift

for your bestie

She deserves a bottle–or if she’s a mom, she deserves three. Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose´? Get her fave! For a big surprise: leave it on her porch and snapchat a photo of it sitting there to her phone as you leave. She won’t be creeped out, she gets you.

for your mom

No one gets you like your mom. She’s there for you 365 days a year. Show your appreciation for her by cooking her breakfast for dinner, sharing a sweet Moscato and watching You’ve Got Mail (all moms love that movie!)

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a new friend

You know the one. You have a girl crush on her and want to hang out all the time but don’t want to freak her out. Give her a super casual bottle of Chardonnay with the punny hang tag and you’ll have an instant BFF.

The possibilities are endless!

CLICK HERE TO Download your Galentine Pun Wine Tags Now >>

Happy wine-ing!

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Mom Uniform

7 Graphic Tees to add to your mom wardrobe stat

Mom jeans, t-shirt, converse. I have become a walking stereotype.

I could blame it on the fact that I don’t have the time to curate adorable outfits to take the kids to the park–but really, you have time for anything if you make it a priority. There it is, it’s just not a priority anymore. I’m ok with that.

One easy way I have found to spice up the Mom Uniform is with fun graphic tees. There’s a whole lot of screen printing talent out there and the icing on the cake is that when you buy from these shops, you’re usually supporting a work at home mama. Which is always rad.

Check out my favorites!

cool tees for cool moms

  1. Regulators Mount Up 2. Mother Of Wildlings 3. #Coolmom 4. Mom So Hard 5. Hooligan Mama 6. Mama Bear 7. Fueled By Caffeine & Chaos

Which tee is your fave?

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Creative Business

4 productivity tips you can start using today

get s*** done notepad and coffeeI won’t lie to you and say I am wildly productive all the time. In fact, the opposite. I often feel like I struggle to get my work done and have been living for years with that pit in my stomach that there is always more to do.

If you didn’t know already, my family and I moved to the Sacramento-area 2 years ago. I quit my day job and had the opportunity to pursue BGD full-time. Awesome, right? I was stoked. What I didn’t anticipate was the adjustment period. The adjustment to working from home with two little ones. The adjustment to a new home. The adjustment to feeling pressure to make it all work.

The adjustment has been rough, to put it mildly.

I can’t pretend that I have it all figured out now but what I can remind myself is: nothing is permanent. Below are a few tweaks I’ve made in my day to day to help me be physically productive and mentally at peace.

Create a done list

At the end of the day, write down every single thing you accomplished. You will end your day on a high note even if the list has one item on it: Kept my kids alive. Check!

A change of scenery

When I get to a point where I feel like I’m going to erupt because it’s one distraction after another or I’m having a hard time staying focused, I go elsewhere. Outside for a walk. To the park with my kids. Upstairs to mindessly fold laundry (lies, my laundry stays piled on the bedroom floor, but maybe laundry is your jam!). By stepping away, I am more productive longterm as I can return to work with a clear head and laser focus.

Find a physical outlet

This has been key for me–I run. It’s something that brings me joy, stress relief, adult interaction and alone time. I know myself well enough that if I force myself to work 100% of the time, I will accomplish less than if I fuel myself with something I love. You know that old saying “you can’t pour from an empty glass?” Totally true.

Prioritize

What are the 3 most important things you have to do? Write them down. Check them off. The rest can wait.

My hope is that you can learn from all the time I’ve spent losing my mind and learning lessons the hard way. 😉 Here’s to making your Monday wildly productive!

What are your tips for staying productive with your biz?

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Entertainment

4 Podcasts to listen to if you loved Serial

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True crime is kiiiiind of my guilty pleasure. I would much rather watch a crime documentary or show over a romantic comedy any day. I was obsessed with Serial, the OG true crime podcast. Actually, I don’t know if that’s true but it was definitely the podcast that taught people what podcasts even were. Serial paved the way for other (dare I say better?) crime-themed, investigative podcasts and I’ve been devouring them. Below are four podcasts that are perfect if you are wanting to fill the Serial void.

In The Dark

From the website: A podcast about a 27-year child abduction investigation that changed the nation.

This podcast is about the abduction and murder of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota. I love the angle of this is one as a few high profile child abduction cases that really fueled the “stranger danger” panic of the ’80s.

ACCUSED

From the website: When Elizabeth Andes was found murdered in her Ohio apartment in 1978, police and prosecutors decided within hours it was an open-and-shut case. Two juries disagreed.

If you like satisfying endings wrapped up for you in a little bow… this podcast is not for you. It’s an interesting story with a lot of twists but no real answers in the end. Still worth a listen.

up and vanished

From the website: An investigative podcast that explores the unsolved disappearance of Georgia beauty queen and high school teacher, Tara Grinstead, an 11-year-old cold case that is the largest case in Georgia’s history.

I’m obsessed with the narrator/investigator of this podcast: Payne Lindsey. He seems like a cool dude and at one point has his grandma on an episode which is freaking adorable. But, more than all that, I love that the podcast follows him (basically in real time) as he investigates Tara Grinstead’s disappearance in real time. Listen from the beginning, this one has a lot of twists and turns.

my favorite murder

From the website: Ready yourself for a murder adventure hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, two lifelong fans of true crime stories. Each episode the girls tell each other their favorite tales of murder, and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans. Check your anxiety at the door, ’cause Karen & Georgia are dying to discuss death.

I SAVED MY FAVORITE FOR LAST. So, here’s the thing… this podcast is classified as a comedy. But they talk about murder. Georgia and Karen’s tagline is “stay sexy and don’t get murdered.” The set up took me a few episodes to get used to but now Karen and Georgia (and their sound guy, Steven!) feel like friends sitting in my living room discussing murder… as you do.

Listen to these podcasts by searching for them on iTunes. Or whatever you listen to your podcasts on. Worst sentence ever. 😉

What’s your favorite podcast? Let us know in the comments!

4 true crime podcasts you need in your life

Creative Business, Motherhood

I half-ass my life and I’m whole-ass ok with it

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At least once a week I get an acquaintance who asks me or emails me this one question: “How do you do it all? Teach me your ways!”

And I get a good laugh.

Two things come to mind: 1. I’m doing a really bad job of portraying myself realistically on social media, and 2. Doing it all is bullshit and no one should feel like they have to. I sure don’t.

I think about the Four Burners Theory a lot. Like, a lot a lot. It is a concept that represents work-life balance. Imagine your life is a stove with four burners: the first burner represents family, the second represents friends, the third health and the fourth work. In order to be successful, you must completely turn off one of the burners. To be really successful you must turn off two. NO PRESSURE OR ANYTHING.

Or, if you’re me, you half ass it. Turn all of those burners to 50% heat and you’ve got enough of yourself to go around. This is a different form of “balance” (side note: hate that word) and it helps me function.

work at home mom problems

Take these photos for example. On the right is an Olympic inspired photoshoot I did in my home office for an outfit post I was working on. On the left is Sullivan, pissed that I won’t give him more Cheerios and didn’t let him wear my American flag shorts until I was done. He sat there the entire time I was shooting (maaaybe 3 minutes). I had to turn that mom burner down so I could fire up that work burner and not miss a deadline.

This is the half-assers version of balance.

More often than I’d like to admit, my kids get PB&Js for dinner. Some nights, I sit next to my husband and mindlessly scroll to decompress. I ignore text messages. My BGD shipping turnaround time is terrible right now. Multiple times per week, I plop my kids in front of screens so I can answer emails. I watch trashy TV. I sacrifice running for sleep. I sacrifice sleep to run. I have hid in my closet with a glass of wine. I avoid making new friends because I’m terrible at keeping up with the ones I have. I never do laundry. I forget to wash my face.

I used to let these things eat at me until I was driven crazy by guilt. But now, when I know one burner is going cold I focus on the one heating up.

The boys ate PB&J because we had a blast swimming at a friend’s house all afternoon. I ignored texts because I was super inspired to create new BGD products. I don’t seek out new friends because the ones I have are beyond stellar; they understand who I am and what I stand for. The laundry suffers but I keep the kids fed and (mostly) happy all day. I’m exhausted but still get up and run miles with friends in the mountains, for my sanity.

It’s a little give, a little take and a freakload of flexibility. 

It works for us. It works for me.

The kicker that allows me to be at peace with being a half-asser is that I know these days won’t last forever. This season of my life will end. Kids grow up and won’t need me to fulfill 732 snack requests before 8 a.m. (Ok, maybe I won’t miss that part.)

What are your day to day tricks to keep it all in “balance”? Comment below!

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BGD, Creative Business

Resolutions, BGD style

2017 incoming

Can we all just take a collective deep breath and raise our middle fingers in solidarity to 2016? Such a doozy of a year. Good riddance.

And I realize it’s ridiculous to blame an entire year for some bullshit buuut if not 2016 who (what) do we blame? I just need a scapegoat, people.

OK GREAT. Glad we’re all on the same page with that one.

The promise of a new year is intoxicating. 2017! It sounds so fresh. The goals, the clean slate, the accidentally writing 2016 on checks for at least three months. I am so freaking excited.

When it comes to BGD, I’ve never really been one to set goals. I run my business like I run my life–flying by the seat of my pants. It has worked up until this point but as kids get older and I have more time to dedicate to BGD, measurable goals feel attainable (as opposed to stressful) and exciting (as opposed to overwhelming).

So, here’s to something new in the new year…

BGD’S 2017 RESOLUTIONS

Focus on the BGD community
Through this blog and connecting on social media. We have a few things up our sleeve this year and can’t wait to share.

Say no by default
I can’t do it all. In 2016 I sure as hell tried. Saying ‘no’ to more is key to defining BGD’s (and my) priorities.

Create products with intention
We started this goal in 2016 with the release of collections. It has already been freeing and helped me to become more focused as opposed to overwhelmed. And in a sea of one million “designers” putting out half-assed products on the daily, my goal for BGD is to rise above that trend. Well-designed, sassy, FUN products and a whole lot of valuable, rad (and free!) content along the way.

Share everything
For the better part of my small business owning career I’ve made it a point not to share too much of my process for fear of judgment. I’ve been afraid to share personal opinions for fear of offending some people. I’ve been afraid to lose customers by being too me. I don’t want to run a business based on fear. So, I figure, if you’re my people you’ll stay my people no matter what. So, get ready for the over-sharing, my friends! 😉

Treat yo’ self
Or myself. Whatev. It’s always on my list is to take better care of myself. What’s that cliche saying? You can’t pour from an empty glass. It’s true.

Do you set resolutions for yourself or business? I’d love to hear your 2017 goals in the comments below!

Gifting

Flair for all! 14 pieces of flair for your tote

Flair, fun, Friday, f*ck. My four favorite F words. Unless you live under an Instagram rock, flair is all the rage right now. Rad artists are showing off their mad skills with their seriously fun pins. Lapel pins, enamel pins, flair–whatever you call them, here are a few of my favorites to spice up your BGD tote bag!

LYLAS 90s inspired

chillin' out maxin relaxin all cool tote

chillin’ out tote | clueless best friends | agro crag | caboodles | dream phone | ugh as if (no longer available) | nokia phone

Food Motivated Inspired

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rock out with your guac out tote | avocado | margarita | this is how we do it | FUN | flamingo float

Summer State Of Mind Inspired

i carried a watermelon dirty dancing tote

watermelon tote | cactus | flamingo float | pineapple

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