It’s National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day!
You know, I am so happy to be able to write about the importance of our local, independent retailers here at Nina Nguyen. Since joining the company and traveling all over visiting and meeting our customers, it has been such a joy to get to know so many incredible families. The jewelry business has such a wonderful tradition of being a family owned business – I get to meet multi-generations in each store. It always feels so good to see families working together,and giving back to their communities. The amount of love these families have for their neighborhoods, and the ways they get involved, is SO inspiring! I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to all our independent stores for all that you do!
-Laura Tykodi, Brand Manager
Here are 10 important reasons we need to continue to shop local:
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Today, March 23, is National Puppy Day! It is no secret that we are dog lovers here at Nina Nguyen Designs. Our company mascot (and second in command) is our fierce and stylish monkey, Baci. Baci is a huge part of our Nina Nguyen family (as we are sure your dog is in yours!) and we adore her. Aside from her daily bacon, endless walks, and belly rubs on demand, we are always looking for more ideas to show her how much we love her!
What better way to show your pup some love than throw an awesome puppy pawty? Check out our marketing and event coordinator Amy's puppy party. This critter inspired party was full of yummies for the puppies, a 'puppy and me' photobooth, and a few human treats as well.
The party featured a treat bar with doggy bags for the owners to fill up and bring home for their pups. All the treats were homemade with nutritious and dog friendly ingredients. Check out the menu below.
The Puppy Pawty Menu:
Guests and their humans got to enjoy not only food and treats, but also had a fun time dressing up and making silly faces for a puppy photobooth.
While the party was mainly for the critters, human guests each got a few party perks. While enjoying the sun and watching their puppy friends play they got to sip on some puppy themed beers and wine.
Each guest also was given a set of coasters featuring a geometric illustration of their pup!
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Spring is almost here and our current obsession around the Nina Nguyen office is the perfect compliment - terrariums! These beautiful creations are a staple of our new office’s décor. Because they make us so happy, I thought I’d share this fun and easy project with you!
Here’s what you need:
- Succulents- try combining a variety of heights and colors to make it more interesting
- Glass container- there are tons of things that you can make a terrarium out of… the sky’s the limit!
- Lava rocks/pebbles, Activated charcoal, Potting soil
Step 1: After you have found the perfect container, add a layer of lava rocks or pebbles for water to drain into. This should be about 1” deep, depending on the size of your container.
Step 2: Sprinkle a light layer of the charcoal on top of your rock layer, about ¼”. This serves to filter the water when it drops down from the soil above. Charcoal is especially important to prevent mold if you are using a closed container.
Step 3: Add your potting soil. Ultimately you want this to be a little bit deeper than the roots of your plants. I found it was easiest to start with only a little bit and then add more once the succulents are in place.
Step 4: This is the best part- plant your succulents! Experiment with the placement until you find a design that you love. Needless to say, Nina was awesome at this step of the process! Once they are in place you just add more potting soil and pack it down around them.
Helpful hint- If you’re planting a pokey cactus, loosely wrap a piece of paper around it to guard the points while you move it around.
Step 5: You can add a top layer of pebbles, moss, or bark if you want. It’s also okay to skip this step.
That’s it! Hooray!
Check out these pictures of our terrariums around the office:
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