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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Zack Notes

February 4, 2016

Zack Notes | UncommonGoodsZack Notes, UncommonGoods Senior Product Manager, Product Management

My hometown…
I’m originally from Boulder Creek, a little mountain town in the northern California. We lived on Chipmunk Hollow Road, where there were indeed a ton of chipmunks. There were also slightly less cute animals – like scorpions, tarantulas, and mountain lions. We had a vegetable garden and a chicken coop. One time I was collecting eggs and the rooster decided that he wanted the eggs back. A brutal showdown ensued and I lost. Luckily, I was rescued by our dog, Sasquatch. I still have a scar on my cheek.

In our backyard, I had a laboratory under a redwood tree where I worked on my “inventions.” Starting when I was three, I would take stuff out of the trash, bring it into the backyard, and try to build things with it – time machines, etc. I wish I had some kind of baby genius invention to tout, but I don’t think I ever actually made anything other than a mess.

Every now and then someone’s house would go into the creek when we had mudslides. My parents tell me that one of the guys that lived on our street was a Hells Angels gang leader who would frequently throw raging biker parties. One time, the Hells Angels let me shoot a shotgun at a washed up house in the river. That was probably around the time my parents decided we should move.

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Better to Give: Flint Child Health & Development Fund

February 1, 2016

Community Foundation of Greater Flint | Better to Give | UncommonGoods

 

Here at UncommonGoods, it’s our policy to use business as a force for good. Through our Better to Give program, it’s important to us that we connect our customers with charities that impact the world in a positive way. In the wake of the water emergency in Flint, MI, we have partnered with the Community Foundation of Greater Flint to help raise donations for its Flint Child Health & Development Fund.

On January 16, 2016, President Obama declared a federal state of emergency in Flint, MI. The city has been afflicted with a public health crisis since 2014, when evidence first surfaced that its potable water supply was contaminated with lead. According to USA Today, Eden Wells, Michigan’s chief medical executive, has determined that “every Flint child under 6 years of age — 8,657 children, based on an analysis of Census data — should be considered exposed to lead.”

The Flint Child Heath & Development Fund is dedicated to providing children affected by the city’s water crisis with critical resources and interventions that support positive health outcomes. UncommonGoods has committed to donating at least $1,500 to the Fund. For every customer that selects this non-profit through our Better to Give page during checkout, we will donate $1 on your behalf.

If you would like to donate directly to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund, please visit this link.

For the most up-to-date information, you can follow the Community Foundation of Greater Flint on Facebook.

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Fold, Fill, & Feast: How to Make Homemade Fortune Cookies

January 29, 2016

Homemade Fortune Cookies | UncommonGoods

Since teaming up with our friends at Mental_Floss last year to produce printable, trivia-packed party kits, we have had lots of fun introducing download-it-yourself gift tags, cheese tags, and holiday cards, available to you for FREE! For Valentine’s Day, we took this DIY assortment to the next level with Printable Valentine’s Day Fortune Cookies.

The concept is sweet and simple: You print the cookie shapes and fortune strips, follow the included instructions for origami-style folding and filling, and add a dab of glue to finish. The download is complete with four pre-written fortunes that range from romantic to racy, and four blank strips for you to fill in a message for your Valentine.

Printable Valentine's Day Fortune Cookies | UncommonGoods

Given that I generally view the world through my stomach, it didn’t take long before I decided that homemade fortune cookies would be part of my immediate future.

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UncommonGoods and Candid

January 29, 2016

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Last Updated: July, 2016

Hello, you’ve probably been directed to this page because we requested additional rights to share your photo across our marketing channels. We love to see how you use products from UncommonGoods in your daily life — from creating your own beer with our DIY brewing kits, to personalizing a pillow with your family portrait, to sipping hot cocoa out of your unicorn mug — we love seeing UncommonGoods in action!
We regularly reach out to customers to request additional rights to reproduce our favorite images in our catalog, email, website and more. Whenever possible, we also include your handle or byline. Thank you for considering this request!

By responding to our request with the hashtag #YesMyUncommonGoods you are agreeing to the following:

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As between you and us, you own all content and information you post or share using the Site (referred to as “User Content”), such as posting or sharing comments, photos, and videos.
You give UncommonGoods, LLC permission to use your User Content as follows: you grant to UncommonGoods, LLC a license to reproduce, display, perform, distribute, and otherwise use your User Content in connection with the Site and for other UncommonGoods, LLC marketing purposes, including without limitation in UncommonGoods, LLC catalogs, email and other customer communications, store materials and other marketing. We may display advertisements in connection with your User Content or on pages where your User Content may be viewed by you or others, and we may use your User Content to advertise and promote UncommonGoods, LLC or the Site. Our license to your User Content is non-exclusive, meaning you may use the User Content for your own purposes or let others use your User Content for their purposes. Our license to your User Content is fully-paid and royalty free, meaning we do not owe you anything else in connection with our use of your User Content. We may exercise our rights anywhere in the world. Finally, our license is perpetual, meaning that our license lasts for an indefinite period of time.

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We may refuse to accept or transmit User Content for any reason. We may remove User Content from the Site for any reason.

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Instagram Challenge: OUTSIDE YOUR WINTER WINDOW

January 27, 2016

Instagram Challenge | Outside Your Winter Window | UncommonGoods

 

The next Instagram Challenge theme is OUTSIDE YOUR WINTER WINDOW.  We did a little something different when deciding which photo to use to promote this contest. I tried to picture what winter looked like outside the windows of my past, but as a native Floridian turned New Yorker, my mind kept shifting between palm trees and piles of dirty city snow. We talked about snow globes, snow gauges, and starry landscapes.  We imagined deer roaming through a winter wonderland. Ultimately, these abstract perspectives of what this season looks like inspired us to use artist Renée Leone’s vibrant piece Blizzard. This image illustrates her perspective on winter in Chicago, specifically from North Avenue Beach and Lake Shore Drive. Through geometric patterning, she created a personal portrait that not only depicts what she saw in this particular location, but also what she felt.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Gaby Germaine

January 26, 2016

Gaby Germaine | UncommonGoodsGaby Germaine, UncommonGoods Creative Director

My home town is…
Smack dab in the middle of the heartland, Van Meter, Iowa.

I’m inspired by…
Hard working people, nature, color, and kindness.

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
That this Thomas Edison quote I love is 100% accurate. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” I have been fortunate enough to work with and learn from some amazing people who have not been afraid to work and to work hard.

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Instagram Challenge: COMMUNITY

January 13, 2016

 

Instagram Challenge | Community | UncommonGoods

Photo courtesy of treasuresandtravelsblog.com

Our next Instagram Challenge theme is COMMUNITY. There’s no guidebook to show us what a community is supposed to look like. It’s a concept that holds a special meaning to everyone and, with modern technology, it can live virtually anywhere. Here at UncommonGoods, we know we wouldn’t be anywhere without our passionate and diverse community. When we think of our community, we picture our neighbors in Brooklyn, our inspiring artist family, our fellow B Corps partners, our team, and, most importantly, we think of you. Whether it’s breaking bread with your blood relatives, or watching Community with your closest companions, we want to see what this concept means to all of you! While sharing your photos, be sure to use the hashtag #UGInstaFun to be in the running for a $50 gift card. Visit here to see the creative entries we’ve received so far and scroll down to view inspiration from UncommonGoods’ community. (Check out #InsideUG to see more team photos!)

Instagram Challenge | Community | UncommonGoods

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Laura Cabrera

January 12, 2016

Laura Cabrera | UncommonGoodsLaura Cabrera, Recruiter

My hometown is…
Brooklyn, NY; however, I reside in Queens, NY.

I’m inspired by…
A mother’s strength, when they have a child battling cancer.

If I could learn to do one thing perfectly, it would be…
Making lasagna.

My guilty pleasure is…
Cheese of any kind, and coffee.

Within the next 10 years, I hope to be…
Able to volunteer a chunk of my time at any children’s hospital and help parents, children, and siblings get through their tough days.

If my 6th grade teacher could see me now, he or she would say…
“Your English has improved, and do you remember the preposition song?”

My favorite food of all time is…
That’s a hard question…because I like food.

An uncommon fact about me…
I’m an identical twin.

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