What can keep drinks hot for days and cold for days? My 2 favorite Thermoses! (Product Review)

This is a Product Review from Team Lazer member Tami

persoanlized thermos hydration bottleMy absolute favorite Thermoses are the leak proof backpack bottle (aka commuter bottle) (MUGTJMW500P6) and the hydration bottle (MUGT2465P).

I usually use the backpack bottle for hot drinks. Let me tell you, it works. I have had coffee in it and left it in my car in 0 degree temperatures here in Colorado and came commuter bottleout a few hours later expecting it to be cool, it was still piping hot!

This also keeps cold drinks very cold, but I usually use the hydration bottle for my cold drinks. I like the spout on it for drinking cold drinks.

Any time my family and I go on trips, we take one of these bottles. Not only are they great quality, keeping your drinks hot or cold, they are eco-friendly and save money.

One of our customers offered this tip on the Backpack/Commuter bottle (which works on any Thermos product): “If you pre-heat the mug, they will keep fluids warm for over 12 hrs.” Thanks, Wyatt!

Thermos Comparison

commuter bottleBackpack/Commuter Bottle Hydration Bottle persoanlized thermos hydration bottle
Unbreakable Stainless Steel with Thermax double wall vacuum insulation Unbreakable Stainless Steel with Thermax double wall vacuum insulation
16oz Capacity 18oz Capacity
Fits standard cup holders Fits standard cup holders
Lid of Backpack/Commuter Bottle
Both have full featured lids
thermos brand hydration bottle engraved
$32 to $17.20 personalized $24 to $12.17 personalized
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The Perfect Personalized Cutting Board – tips on what to engrave for the perfect wedding gift

Whether your friends are professional chefs or are creating a kitchen from nothing, a personalized bamboo cutting board is the perfect wedding gift!

wedding cutting board

Thank you for all the work on the wedding gift for my friend. It was perfect! She’ll use it for years. This is now my go to wedding gift. – Angela, Austin, Texas

There are so many ways that you can make this wedding gift creative and unique, showing your thoughtfulness and the recipients’ personalities. A great idea, but what to engrave? Here are some helpful hints so you can create your own masterpiece!

1. Names – There is nothing boring about “just” engraving the bride and groom’s names, especially with so many fonts to choose from. Using an elegant or fun font adds a lot of personality and can even match the style of their kitchen or their wedding! Include the wedding date or location to make it extra personal.
2. Date – To create a formal look put the date of their wedding under their names or initials. The date should be a smaller size than the names and not much wider. More traditional fonts like Times New Roman work better on smaller text as it is more easily read on personalized bamboo cutting boards for wedding gifts.

just received the cutting boards and they looked great. on my second order now – Neil H.


3. Artwork – An image is worth a thousand words, right? We have many image choices in the clip art gallery (or you can use any royalty free image from the internet), this is the perfect addition to the names and date. Do your friends have a beloved dog? Like to travel? Enjoy nature? Find an image that suits them, or send in your own!

4. Placement - For best layout any text should be under the image so that it aligns visually with the bottom edge of the board.

malibu custom engraved cutting board

We ordered this cutting board from you for our daughter and she loved it. Thank you for the service. – Bonita

For placement, we recommend a corner so that the main area of your personalized cutting board is available for chopping – without chopping up the engraving. Bottom right or top left is most common. If your design is more elongated, across the top or bottom also looks great.

Now that you have these ideas, test them out! Using a piece of paper (if you prefer it) or a graphics layout program (if you are computer savvy) in landscape layout sketch out your idea until you have found the perfect arrangement.

Then just select the fonts (see our list or use yours) and artwork you want (see our Clipart Gallery here), write any layout instructions in the special instructions box, and order!

We will send a mockup of your personalized wedding cutting board (or custom cutting board for any other occasion) for your approval prior to laser engraving it in our Colorado facility.

When choosing a custom cutting board for a wedding, you have a few options for wood type – bamboo, most popular, and maple, which is also a hard wood. I recommend bamboo for several reasons:

  • Bamboo is 16 percent harder than maple, yet easy on your knives.
  • Bamboo cutting boards are naturally anti-microbial.
  • Custom cutting Boards are easy to maintain. Wash with warm water and towel dry. Oil once in a while to keep looking nice.

Most of our wedding cutting boards are Totally Bamboo brand, which uses organically grown Moso bamboo, so you need not worry about harmful pesticides or fertilizers. Plus, this bamboo is not a food source, or a habitat, for the Giant Panda. Totally good for you and totally good for the environment!

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Personalized Wholesale Agate – Laser engraved with your text, logo or design

When restocking your rock shop with wholesale agate, consider having it customized – laser engraved with your shop logo, town slogan, location images (like skiing, moose, etc)

Laser Engraved wholesale agate slice with rock shop logoLazer Designs is proud to introduce wholesale priced laser engraved agate – hand selected pieces of agate, laser engraved in or Broomfield, Colorado facility in brilliant white.

As you know, agate already looks beautiful when combined with natural or LED lighting – the laser engraving makes it stand out even more, adding more value and allowing for a higher price point.

customized agate slice with Estes Park laseredWe laser engrave your town or location name (IE, Ouray, CO), the area’s slogan (IE “Like No Place on Earth”) or images and clipart about what makes your town set apart – skiers, snowboarders, moose, elk, mountain ranges, trees, activities like hiking, camping, fishing, hunting or anything else.

We have a variety of sizes, and can even laser on your supplied agate.

All larger customized agate slices come with a clear acrylic stand to help increase exposure and to show off the beauty of the laser engraved image.

What makes laser engraved agate turn white? When our co2 lasers hit the smooth agate slice, it vaporizes the surface and turns a brilliant white color. It is a permanent marking, with no depth, smooth to the touch, and shows back-light well.

We also sell Christmas Ornament Agate slices, custom agate keychains, agate magnets, agate jewelry pendants in addition to a variety of sizes shown here.

What will you laser today?

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Business Mom’s blog recommends promotional products

Over at Thinking Outside the Sandbox, a site dedicated to helping moms create and grow their businesses and blogs, they had a recent article on using promotional products and business branding.

They mentioned a lot of what we agree with – below is a summary. Many of their statements are mirrored in our recent post on the topic.

  • It is often wise to partner with a professional who has experience in the development and distribution of promotional products
  • The more positive experiences that consumers have, the more apt they are to purchase products and services
  • Some psychologists suggest that familiarity leads to liking.
  • The best way to increase familiarity is to give away promotional items.

Check out the rest of the article here and more tips on marketing your business here.

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My favorite BBQ set – great utensils, long reach handles, good case (Product Review)

This is a Product Review from Team Lazer member Tami

5 piece Bamboo BBQ Set

5 piece Bamboo BBQ Set

I started using the 5 piece BBQ set last year and have to say, it has the best bbq utensils. Using this grilling set actually makes grilling more enjoyable.

The long reach handles are perfect for reaching your food in the far back of the grill without burning yourself. The spatula not only has the bottle opener, but is also a nice size for getting under those larger burgers for flipping.

Let me tell you, the knife is extremely sharp and cuts through steak like butter! The fork is great for poking holes in potatoes, too!

Everything is so sturdy. I love being able to keep the utensils all together in the case, which are securely kept in with Velcro and elastic bands, so nothing falls out when you open the case. If you enjoy grilling, I really do recommend this item.

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Best Friends Picture Frames – 3 Ideas to create your own custom best friends picture frame!

Best Friends Picture Frame

Best Friends Picture Frame

Best Friend’s are precious – and a gift! When we have cherished memories of times with our best friends, we want to preserve those memories – in our minds, and also by using photos of the good times together.

The best way to remember those good times is to get together with your friends – relive the memories and recall the funny moments.

The second best way? A custom, laser engraved best friends picture frame – with your name, their name, the location of THAT incident, the date you will never forget.

Here are some ideas for your next Best Friends Picture Frame – whether it is a gift for your friend or just a way for you to remember the memory.

Idea 1
Pick out and personalize a best friends picture frame. Get one for each friend in the photograph (and yourself of course), and then insert the photo into the frame before you send the gift to your friends!

Black Best Friends Photo Frame

Black & Silver Best Friends Photo Frame

Idea 2
Not only can you personalize the photo frame with your names, location or text – but you can laser engrave clipart or photographs ONTO the frame! We have a gallery of clipart to choose from, or you can send in your own. Fill in the sides with symbols and images, and engrave your text on the top and bottom for a unique frame.

Idea 3
Personalize your best friends picture frame with a funny quote, special note or the name of a place you’ve visited together. What would make them smile and laugh just at the thought? What phrase became the trademark of your time together?

Ready to get started? Design your frame in your favorite layout program (CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator for instance) and then send your layout in, or our design experts can create a unique frame for you if you just let us know what to laser and where!

Click here to get started shopping our Best Friends Picture Frames.

 

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New movie Divergent gives personalized Buck Nobleman knives from LazerDesigns

Custom engraved Divergent knife

Custom engraved Divergent knife

What do you get a movie star to celebrate an exciting new role? A custom engraved Buck Nobleman knife is the answer! Lazer Designs is excited to be part of celebrating the launch of Divergent, the new film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s book, by custom engraving these stylish pocket knives for the cast.

Divergent knifes with movie title on handle, and character name on blade

Divergent knifes with movie title on handle, and character name on blade

Complete with their character’s name on the blade and the movie title on the handle, be on the lookout for these knives to be seen around Hollywood!

Check out who will be holding a Lazer Designs custom creation as new casting announcements are made and we see who is joining Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet in this highly anticipated production. Film is in theaters May 2015 but you can get a custom engraved knife anytime!

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