Uncle Sam Wants YOU

Revolutionary war heroes, pirates, smuggling, and the birth of our country… what do all ofAlexander Hamilton these have in common? They are the reason and the inspiration for America’s first officially recognized branch of the military: The Coast Guard! Dreamed up by America’s inaugural Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, the Coast Guard was created in 1790 to help protect America’s burgeoning trade relations with the world, to protect the coastline from foreign intrusion, and to aid its citizens who called the eastern seaboard their home. Continue reading

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Battle of the Bags Cornhole Tournament for Jelessa Oats

Back in June I had the honor of representing PinMart as a Gold Sponsor in the Battle of the Bags Cornhole Tournament for Jelessa Oats. My husband is a Temple Terrace Firefighter/Paramedic and Jelessa is the daughter of fellow Temple Terrace Firefighter/Paramedic Jesse Oats.Temple Terrace Fire Department Local 3582 On March 10, 2018 Jelessa was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Watch her story: here. Continue reading

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It’s Getting Better All the Time

I’m guilty of it. I think any millennial is, as well as a majority of Americans in general. We’re glued to our phones. Cell phones used to be a form of safety when on the road or away from home, a way to keep in contact when you had to be away from a landline. But in the decades since cell phones were introduced, they’ve become a whole lot more. They’re lapel pinsthe way we connect with friends and family in a multitude of ways. They’re our cameras, our event calendars, our personal assistants, encyclopedias, entertainment centers, and storefronts.  We can buy a car, a house, and yes, lapel pins, right from our phones. And that was the recent topic discussed by our CEO Mike Dominelli at a tech conference in Chicago. Continue reading

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Wear your Pride Proudly

We all just want to belong, don’t we? Honestly, I think acceptance is right up there with food, shelter, and a purpose in life when it comes to the most important things to everyone, pride pinsregardless of who you are or where you come from. And that’s what June’s Pride Month is all about. It’s about being who you are, unapologetically and joyfully, and supporting others to do the same. The LGBTQ movement has evolved with every passing year, since the early political days of the 1970’s to the much more diversified spectrum of Queer culture, and whether you find yourself as part of the LGBTQ rainbow, or you’re a proud straight ally, Pride Month is about accepting everyone, so don’t be shy, whoever you are. Continue reading

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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

I never really knew about it. Parkinson’s. But to tell you the truth, if someone mentioned itParkinson's Disease lapel pins the first thought that comes to mind is Michael J. Fox. For those of you not familiar with Parkinson’s, it’s a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects motor skills. The symptoms come on slowly over time, and the most obvious physical changes are shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty with walking. Continue reading

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Be Autism Friendly!

autism awareness pinsI’ll be the first to admit that at a party, I’m the one in the corner or the back of the room, hopefully having found the host’s pet cat or dog to hang out with. I’m painfully shy and struggle in groups. I bet a lot of you can relate. But for those with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) social interaction is a minefield and can make daily life extremely difficult to navigate through for them and their friends and loved ones. That’s why Autism Awareness Month exists: to build understanding and support in every community, and hopefully make a difference in the lives of those with ASD. Continue reading

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World Water Day

eco-green awareness pinsThe month of March is known to be in like a lion and out like a lamb. Whether that old adage holds true or not, March is a month when I’m acutely aware of weather, and nature, and so it makes sense to have World Water Day on March 22nd. It’s a vitally important platform that was started by the UN in 1993 and has grown ever since to help bring attention to the multitude of issues that face us and our planet. Continue reading

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Employee Appreciation Day

Award PinsSome businesses are better at it than others. Sometimes it involves delicious treats like cupcakes. It always falls on the first Friday in March. What is it? EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY!!! And if your company isn’t actively celebrating it already, you should be. Here’s why! Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

New Year’s is almost upon us! Chinese New Year that is. Unlike the western world who Chinese zodiac pinscelebrate the new year when the clock strikes midnight on January 1 of the new calendar year, the Chinese New Year falls on a different day every year depending on the lunar calendar. This year it will be the 16th February, and I thought it was time to get to know this holiday a little better. Continue reading

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Make Every Month American Heart Month

Sometimes I think we can become immune to awareness campaigns when we see them year in and year out. Especially if we look at the issue and think “that’s not me, that’s not my family”.  But everyone with a personal connection to an awareness cause was red heart lapel pinsat one time an outsider, until suddenly, often completely unexpectedly, devastatingly, they found themselves all too familiar with the awareness issue at hand. Continue reading

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