Top 5 Tips for Healthy Lunch

Healthy Lunch Tips - Eco-Friendly Lunch

Most of us have heard that packing a lunch instead of eating out is a great way to go green. However, if we aren’t careful, packed lunches can be a big source of paper and plastic waste. All of that packaging ends up in landfills and then we’re back where we started. How do you pack an eco-friendly lunch, you might wonder? We can’t be perfect all the time, but incorporating a few of these small changes adds up fast and will have a lasting positive impact on the environment. Here are our favorite top 5 times for healthy lunches and going green! Continue reading

Cheerleading Fundraiser Tips – Get Your Squad in Gear!

Cheerleading Fundraiser Tips
For school cheer and dance programs, cheer fundraising is a critical part of a group’s success and ability to participate and compete. Expenses for coaching, uniforms, camps, competitions, and other program requirements add up quickly, and fundraising becomes an important necessity for the long season cheerleaders are involved in.
Luckily, there are multiple opportunities to raise money throughout the year and lots of great fundraising opportunities to help with overhead costs and expenses. It is critical to identify what your group needs, how much money is required, and how long it will take to achieve those goals before jumping into a new project. When it comes to fundraising, don’t forget that “less is more”; it’s better to focus energy on one or two big cheerleading fundraisers in the season than to run multiple, semi-successful fundraisers that will end up leaving parents and the community burnt out.

Cheer squads generally have more flexibility than other sports groups thanks to their reputation  for being creative, peppy, and fun-spirited. The community welcomes and expects something new and exciting from them. With this is mind, you are sure to give more established/consistently fundraised groups like basketball and baseball teams a run for their money!

Squads have more flexibility than other groups, thanks to their reputation as being creative and fun-spirited. People tend to expect something creative and spontaneous from these enthusiastic girls!
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Honoring our Soldiers on Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2013, Mixed Bag Designs

Although Memorial Day weekend is often celebrated with picnics and parades, we just wanted to take a pause to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our country. Here are some quotes we found honoring those men and women who died fighting in the United States Armed Forces.

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me. -Lee Greenwood

Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The brave die never, though they sleep in dust.
Their courage nerves a thousand living men. -Minot J. Savage

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Memorial Day Weekend Recipes and Casseroles

Mixed Bag Designs Memorial Day Recipe ideas

With Memorial Day around the corner, we thought we would share some fun summer picnic recipes that are perfect for a weekend picnic or family gathering. To keep foods fresh for longer, keep them in one of our stylish insulated coolers. Made by Mixed Bag Designs, they’re a lightweight, eco-friendly alternative to traditional coolers  and are perfect for your picnic this Memorial Day Weekend.

Navy Geo Cooler by Mixed Bag Designs

Grilled Veggie and Hummus Wraps by MyRecipes

Radish Salad by Country Living

Nectarine and Berry Salad by RecipeFinder

Strawberry Hand Pies by Country Living

Be sure to also check out our insulated casserole totes. They’re perfect for the beach, tailgating parties, and summer family BBQs.  Have a Happy Holiday Weekend!

Insulated Casseroles - Memorial Day PIcnics Mixed Bag Designs

Cute Spring Travel Outtfit – Just add a Reusable Bag!

Mixed Bag Designs Spring outfitWith Spring in full swing and Summer just around the corner, we’ve put together a fun, refreshing outfit for the weekend getaway. We added a touch of our eco-friendly style with our hip weekender tote in flower swirl. Our eco-friendly totes are stylish, and are sure to go great with your Spring wardrobe for every occasion.

Flower Swirl Weekender Tote Mixed Bag Designs
‘Broome street’ Denim Capri Pants by Kate Spade NY Nordstrom
Basic White Blouse Old Navy
Black and Silver Buckle The Buckle
Adara White Slingback Sandals Trendy Shoe Shop
White sunglasses Marc Jacobs
Floral Clip Set Wanelo

Help Us Support Oklahoma Tornado Victims

Mixed Bag Designs Supports Oklahoma Relief FundSince yesterday evening we have been glued to the radio in our car and various news programs on our TVs for updates on the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma yesterday, May 20, 2013. This morning our team came together and decided we wanted to do something about it. We have run school fundraisers in Moore, Oklahoma with Winding Creek and Applecreek Elementary plus we have worked with numerous clubs and organizations in the area affected by the storms. Today we are launching a campaign to support these schools and the community with an online fundraiser, plus we are providing additional ways you can support those affected by the tornado.

You are invited to shop online at the Mixed Bag Designs Online Store. At the top of any page click on “ENTER FUNDRAISER ID” or make sure the number 227369 is added the Fundraiser ID#. At checkout, you can verify that this number 227369 is in the School/Fundraiser ID# field when you review your order. Mixed Bag Designs is donating 40% of all purchases with the ID#227369 to the Moore School District.

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