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Kids Birthday Party Ideas: Creative Loot Bag Items

Tired of the same old discount store goodies to fill your kid’s birthday party loot bags? If you’re like me, trying to get more and more creative every year but winding up being a major Pinterest fail instead. Then this year you’re going to need to kick it up a notch and aim for treats that kids will actually love, ones that won’t end up in the landfill.  

Try these birthday party loot bags ideas for your next event:

BATH BOMBS

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Bombs away! Kids absolutely love these, just drop it into the bath and watch as it fizzes and bubbles. Some bath bombs even turn the water cool colours and they smell amazing.

SIDEWALK CHALK

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You can’t go wrong with sidewalk chalk, it’s a simple joy for kids. It doesn’t cost much and it’s available almost anywhere in cool colour themes too like pastels and fluorescent.  

DECORATE YOUR OWN T-SHIRT

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You can get plain white t-shirts and fabric markers from your local stores that sell arts and crafts materials. You can even do this as an activity during the party and then your guests can take their decorated t-shirt home with them.

MAKE YOUR OWN CHOCOLATE TREATS

Host a chocolate-themed birthday party, including a hands on chocolate-making experience for all your little chocolate monsters. Chocolate Tales Kids is a popular birthday party idea in Toronto; you get your very own chocolatier to come to your party and host an unforgettable event for kids and parents. It’s great because they take care of the setup and clean up, the kids make their own nut-free Belgian chocolate treats with fun candy mix ins. After they’ve completed their chocolate creations, they can wrap them up and take them home in pretty packaging!

For more creative birthday party ideas for your little ones, contact Chocolate Tales Kids today and book your next event!

 

 

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Summer Team Building Ideas For The Workplace

Summer is a great time to plan your next team building event because you have the opportunity to stretch your legs, get outside, and enjoy the sunny weather during work hours. So, if you’ve been giving the task of planning the next team building event for your workplace this summer and are looking for some great ideas. Here are a few that have been proven to be fun, effective, and fit the budget. Some of these ideas won’t take more than 20 minutes out of the day, so a great idea would be to host team building week and do one of these a day, or one activity a week, whatever works best for your workplace!

Take an employee to work day

We’ve all heard about ‘take your kids to work day’ but how about employees can visit other departments and experience what it would be like to work in their role. This is great because it is the employees are learning more about each other and gaining exposure into other parts of the business and how they work.

Provide a lounge with couches, entertainment, snacks, and beverage

Combine different groups of people and give them a topic to break out and discuss together.  It doesn’t have to be work related, this will work even if the topic is about the hottest new movie or the best restaurant to eat nearby. The employees have a chance to get to know each other.

Lunch outside the office

It’s not uncommon for the boss to treat employees to a lunch from time to time, but how inviting staff to a lunch outside of their office at a restaurant or patio nearby. There’s something about sharing a meal together that put people more at ease to join in on good conversation and getting to know each other outside the office.

Custom branded apparel giveaways

While you’re planning these activities, have you thought of what kind of employee appreciation gift would be suitable for the event? Many companies give their employees company branded stationary, water bottles, keychains, mugs, custom t-shirts, umbrellas, and more. It would be a great idea for you to plan something like this for your next team building event as it is an easy and affordable way to treat employees with a gift.  

For more information,  you can take a look at the full catalogue of promotional products you can have created and designed by Apex Image Marketing online.

 

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Best Tips for Creating Custom Apparel Designs

When designing custom apparel, you want your product to stand out, clearly share the message intended, and be versatile for all ages and genders. With these qualities, and more, your custom apparel will be an effective marketing tool for your business. Custom apparel can demonstrate your company’s artistic vision and brand image, depending on the text and graphics used.

One common technique is to create t-shirts! Take a look at these popular tips on design:

Theme

Ensure that the theme chosen, whether it is bubbly or rustic, matches your brand. Then, when people see the t-shirt, they will immediately think of your brand. Ensure that the typography, colour scheme, and logos are consistent.

Layout

With the actual design, there are many appealing options for your custom apparel depending on the graphics you want to use. You could place a large image in the front center, place the logo on the left side of the chest, add text on the back, or do a combination of them all.

Fabric

Nothing is worst than an uncomfortable t-shirt! Make sure your audience will actually want to wear your custom apparel for it’s nice fabric, cool design, and perfect fit.

When you’re ready to start designing, contact the experts at Apex Image Marketing for some help and more tips to help your business.  

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Why Your Business Needs Custom T-Shirt Designs

As a marketing strategy, custom t-shirts can be used for many purposes. When designing your own t-shirt, it can be altered depending on the event or promotion it’ll be used for. You can add your own personal touch to the shirt; choose an image that best represents your brand. Custom t-shirts can be created for the entire team to wear during an event, as a giveaway for a promotion, or to hand out to employees for free. If you can think of another great purpose for a t-shirt – that will work too! This marketing technique is flexible, and can change depending on your purpose.

There are many benefits to creating custom t-shirts, here’s my quick list below:

Walking Advertisement

Having other people, whether they are employees or customers wear your custom t-shirt is free advertising. It shows other people who see this t-shirt that the person wearing it thinks positively about your business enough to put your logo on their backs, and keeps your brand top of mind.

Affordable

Not only is it an advertising strategy, but it is a cheap one! Creating custom t-shirts in bulk is an affordable option for your business.

Unity

By creating custom t-shirts, this creates unity between the business and the people that wear them. Those wearing the shirts will feel a sense of togetherness and shared experiences.

Contact Apex Image Marketing for all your marketing needs!

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How Branded Apparel Creates Better Company Culture

Branded apparel has many benefits for your business! Marketing experts like those at Apex Image Marketing, highlight the importance it has on company culture and image, as well as loyalty, professionalism, community and recognition.

Creating branded apparel can be done in multiple different ways, whether it is an at-work uniform, or additional apparel for employees to wear during their time off. For the purpose of this conversation, I’m focusing on the benefits of offering employees additional company ‘swag.’

Community & Culture 

By offering employees additional sweatshirts and t-shirts, employees feel a sense of community and stronger culture amongst other employees. It creates a sense of positive inclusivity, for employees from that company to all share that apparel together.

Loyalty

Branded apparel also creates loyalty amongst employees who are a part of the team and with all of these additional benefits, want to stay on the team. Everyone loves a fun workplace, and by offering company apparel this shares that with everyone.

Recognition

If employees choose to wear company apparel in appropriate settings, this creates recognition for potential new customers as well as staying top of mind for old ones.

For my branded apparel needs I always use Apex image Marketing for help. If you’re looking for branded apparel contact them today!

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Top Ways To Improve Your Brand Image

Promotional products are an effective way to highlight your business’s primary image and project that onto customers. Even though marketing has expanded to beyond traditional ways, and onto unique digital sharing. It doesn’t mean that the method of traditional giveaways has become obsolete. There are many ways which promotional products can be implemented in order to emphasize customer loyalty and engagement.

Below are the reasons why you should be considering using promotional products:

Social Media Contests

This is one way which can help your social media presence grow. Having a lot of followers gives an incentive to other Instagram users to press the follow button as well, when they come across your page. On social media you can do a contest, where users can tag up to 2 friends in a post and the winner will be chosen for a prize! This is an effective way to get users to spread the word about your business.

Employee Example

Use your employee to spread an example for your business, by giving them promotional products. Having employees wear company t-shirts, hats, sweater, and more in appropriate settings is an effective marketing technique to spread brand awareness.

Sponsor an Event

Check out local sports teams and events, and see if there are booth opportunities. Make a bunch of pens, t-shirts, stickers and more using the company’s logo. Attendee’s will be more likely to visit your booth… because who doesn’t love free stuff?!

Thank You Notes

Use promotional products as a thank you to past customers, by sending them in the mail to show your appreciation for your business. This adds a personalized touch, and will increase the likelihood of them coming back.

Contact Apex Image Marketing for all your marketing needs!

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How To Handle Franchise Disputes

Disputes used to be dangerous for those involved: both individuals fought to defend their honour with a sword or pistol and this type of resolution clearly marked one the winner and the other the untimely loser.

Luckily today, the mitigation of disputes is not life threatening but this does not mean that it goes without potential harm; as any dispute, especially a business one, can impact the livelihood of those involved. Franchise disputes in particular can arise for many reasons: if a franchisee feels they are not receiving value from a franchisor; a franchisee looks at ways of selling products outside the franchise system; when or if a franchise fails.

These are some of the potential disputes that can arise in the franchise system, and despite the sometimes volatile nature of broken trust or economic loss, it is important for both parties to seek resolution over a fight. If a commercial resolution is not possible, nor is mediation, than arbitration or litigation may be the answer.

When dealing with a franchise dispute in Vaughan, Law Works is a business and franchise regional law boutique with expertise in: franchise law, international and ‎domestic business disputes and arbitration in niche industries. In both scenarios of franchise litigation and franchise arbitration, Law Works represents parties through the entire process (initial assessments, drafting pleadings, representing on all steps including final hearing). If you find yourself in a franchise dispute in Vaughan, contact Law Works to ensure you have the most capable experienced team representing you.

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Stop Basement Water Leaks With E-gress Windows

Have you noticed large watermarks on your basement walls? or puddles forming? Your basement windows may be the problem. Perhaps your old windows are no longer getting the job done right – and it’s something you can’t ignore. The water leaks can cause extensive damage, including mold. In older homes, basements weren’t necessarily designed to be lived in, so it’s not unusual after a long period of time the windows just aren’t up to par for what you need right now.

If you’re next home improvement job includes waterproofing your basement, to make it a more livable area for your family to enjoy, then egress window replacements should also be included on this list! Here’s why:

Better Safety

Egress windows give the home that added safety by providing an alternate route of escape in the case of fire or emergencies. An installed egress window in every room in the basement ensures that every person in the home has access to a safe exit at all times.

Brighter Light

Egress windows will replace the dingy old windows and allow natural light to pour into your basement, turning an otherwise dark room into a well-lit and functional area.

More Open Space

If you’re planning on finishing your basements, an egress window makes for a great addition to the open space a basement provides.

Prevents Basement Leaks

Your brand new egress windows will replace your old, leaky windows and stop unwanted water from entering your basement.

For more information on the cost of egress windows, designs, and installation contact Custom Window Designs. Their experienced window and door professionals can provide you a full assessment based on your homes unique designs. Book an appointment for a free quote today!

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What It’s Like To Be In A Franchise Dispute

Before becoming an owner of a  franchise, I think it is important to know everything I can about possible problems and issues that may arise over time. A friend of mine in the franchise business recently had to deal with a franchise dispute in Mississauga, so I felt it was necessary I learn about what’s involved in case if I ever experience something similar.  

This is what I found out about a franchise dispute in Mississauga:

Franchise agreements are complex, commercial contracts, and because of this, franchise disputes arise frequently. Disputes often arise when a franchisee feels that he/she is of more value than the franchisor is compensating them for, and then chooses to find ways of working or selling the products outside of the system. These issues also arises sometimes if a franchisee fails and feels that part of the failure is due to neglect/lack of support from the franchisor.

In either cases, the ideal solution is a commercial solution rather than a fight in court. If this is the decided action, it is important to have a mediated between both parties.

When it came down to the franchise dispute, it was very important that my friend had contacted Law Works to represent them in their franchise dispute Mississauga. Law Works assisted them with all their questions and needs, and they had a positive experience with the lawyers who communicated with them all of the important details as the process moved along.

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Spring Showers, Brings May Landscaping!

With all of this rain we’ve been experiencing so far, I’m expecting some beautiful May flowers to flourish. Even though rainy days can put a stop to fun plans, this means for better chances that my garden will start to come together earlier in the summer.

This season, I’m hoping to make some changes to my home landscaping, and add new flowers and designs that will set it apart from my neighbor’s’ homes. Below are some tips and ideas for creating the ideal landscape design.

Flower Power

One powerful landscaping technique to improve the home’s exterior is with beautiful and bright flowers. I decided to pick my favourite: The Iris. With its nice blue and yellow colouring it will go great with my home’s tan coloured front door.

Planters & Baskets

I personally love the look of hanging planters, so I decided to add a few along the walkway to my front door. I also added 2 to my backyard right above my deck. I choose the Latana flower because it is perennial, meaning it will regrow every spring!  

Interlocking

Adding an interlocking patio and driveway will add more textures and shapes to my overall outdoor aesthetic. It is a great way to add colour, artistry, and a personalized touch to my home.

Professional Services

With all of these changes in mind I’ve decided to call Synergy Contracting to complete the interlocking design and landscaping needs. This will save me time and energy on my outdoors, where I can spend more of my time off having fun with the family… and you can too!