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Valentine’s Day Contest: #UncommonDate? Do tell!

February 5, 2016

UncommonGoods Valentine's Day Gifts

Dinner and a movie is nice, but it’s not exactly the most original romantic outing. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, the same old date just doesn’t cut it–so we put together a collection of Uncommon Gifts for the Perfect Date Night. This got us thinking about some of the truly unusual date stories we’ve heard in the past and a social media contest was born!

Maybe your own most bizarre date ended up being a total disaster, but left you with a hilarious story. Maybe the tale of your most interesting date was just the start of a great love story. We want to know about the good, the bad, and totally off-the-wall. Tell us about your most #UncommonDate in the comments below or use the #UncommonDate hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for your chance to win one of the uncommon date packages featured in our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Zack Notes

February 4, 2016

Zack Notes | UncommonGoodsZack Notes, Senior Marketing and Product Manager

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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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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