Who Do You Wear Pink For?

I’m not ashamed to admit that pink is my absolute favorite color. I’m not a girly girl but I do love a good pink… well, anything. But in October, pink takes on a different meaning for me. Breast cancer awareness month certainly doesn’t need me hyping it for people to remember that it exists, for sure: the color pink is everywhere. On football players, lighting up iconic buildings, on swag of every ilk. But just because breast cancer awareness has a great marketing team, doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t still be discussed, or supported. Continue reading

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PinMart 2.0!

Change is hard for some people. I’m one of them. Even just changing something as small as the order I get myself together in in the morning can totally throw off my whole day! But sometimes, even if it’s hard, change is good. That’s the case with PinMart! Yesterday we launched a brand new website, the first time we’ve done so since 2006! It was a nerve-wracking day, going “dark” as it were, for a number of hours to repopulate all the information and pins and patches and bracelets… but this morning everything is just as it should be, even if everything looks and feels entirely different! Continue reading

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day

On Friday, September 19, Americans across the country and abroad will observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day – a day dedicated to honoring soldiers who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who remain missing in action (MIA), as well as their families. This day is observed annually on the third Friday in September. Continue reading

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How American Flag Pins Bring Us Together

14 years. And yet, the time before September 11th, and the time after seem both very immediate and also eternal, as if it’s always been this way. I still vividly remember listening to the radio while getting ready for school and hearing the confused, panicked voices of the DJs, and thinking that it was surely some very weird sort of joke, like Orson Wells’ “War of the Worlds” back in the 1940’s. But no, it was no joke, though the reality of it took a long time to sink in. Continue reading

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The Importance of Medical ID Bracelets

While a medical ID bracelet, pin or necklace may not be the hottest accessory, it can help save a person’s life. If you’re someone who has a medical condition that cannot be easily recognized, wearing a medical ID tag is very essential. Continue reading

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August is National Immunization Month

As we go through the month of August I hear more commercials about school supplies, new school clothes, and that inevitable first day of school. It’s still warm outside, the sky still stays light until after dinnertime, but school is right around the corner. And this also means that it’s time to consider getting your children immunized against things like the flu. In fact, August is National Immunization Month, promoting early action for school age children and also for all others when it comes to flu shots, in preparation of colder weather and increasing viruses at work and school. Continue reading

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Solid Metal Memories

Summer means a lot of things. It’s summer vacation for kids. It’s swimming and outdoor sports season. Wedding season. And one of my favorites: it’s fest season! Festival season combines many of my favorite things: great live music, creative projects and people, great street food, and increasingly, unique and really amazing custom pins! Whether it’s Burning Man or Disney World, pins are making a huge impact on the festival season. Continue reading

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Fly Girl

Happy birthday to Amelia Earhart! It was on this day back in 1897 that she was born in a small town in Kansas.  At ten she saw her first airplane exhibition in Iowa at a state fair. And while it took another 11 years before she finally got behind the controls of an airplane herself, she immediately devoted herself to it, and become the 16th woman in the world to get a pilot’s license. Continue reading

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Oh, Canada!

Happy Canada Day! Our neighbors to the north are celebrating their “birthday” just three days before America has its big patriotic blow-out this weekend. To be more specific, Canada Day represents the day that the three individual colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the United Province of Canada merged into a singular body under the British North American Act of 1867. However, it wasn’t until 1982 that Canada Day became an official Canadian holiday. Continue reading

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“Give me your tired, your poor…”

I’ll be the first to admit that I had no idea that the Statue of Liberty had ever looked any different than she does today, standing on Bedloe’s Island in the New York harbor. I thought she had always been that uniquely blue green color. But no! When she first arrived in the US, as a gift from France to celebrate 100 years of American independence and also friendship with France, she came gleaming a bright copper, and in 214 different containers no less! Continue reading

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