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Caught Up in the Holiday Hustle : 7 Tips for the Holiday Season

04 December, 2013

Slow down, Santa! Christmastime chaos hits hard and fast, full with frantic shopping trips, difficult party planning and a packed calendar of events. There’s a lot of pressure to fit everything in, so the folks here at Lulalu gathered some of the best quick tips to keep you festive and organized this holiday season.

1. Spread Cheer (selectively)

The holidays are a great time for gift-giving and exchanging of Christmas cards, but these gestures can get a little out of control. Work to prioritize your card and gift giving. Remember that the whole point of the holiday exchange is to reconnect, express love, or observe a social decorum—it’s supposed to be special not over saturated.

2. Create a Game Plan

Get out your pads, calendars, dry erase boards and brainstorm your holiday gatherings. Take a good 20-30 minutes to think about everything you know about the coming season. Plan for travel plans, guests, parties and work functions. Go above and beyond to factor in preparation and shopping days. 

3. Do a Little at a Time

Try to make deadlines for the things you want to accomplish. Work to stagger your list in terms of relevancy and possibility. Finish a few tasks each week and you’ll avoid any stressful shopping and/or cooking

4. Take Inventory

Assess and inventory all your holiday items and décor. Then, get rid of anything crumpled, soiled, or broken and add things you must buy to your list. To finish, take pictures of your holiday décor set-up and add them to your inventory. This practice will save you next year!

5. Involve Others

Who says you have to do it all? Make your holidays traditions stick by getting your family members involved. Decorate the tree, make cookies, and address cards together. They’ll have fond memories of the holidays and you’ll get the extra help. Have a testy teenager? Put them on dishwashing duty during parties with the reward of an early Christmas gift. 

6. Clear Clutter by Giving Back

Go through your family’s closets and donate anything they haven’t used or worn in a year. This way, you’re giving back to people who need it, and you won’t get jammed closets and drawers after Christmas morning.

7. Reassess

Make a list of all your holiday traditions. During your list making, notice each one that gives you an uncomfortable visceral reaction. Then, ask yourself why and whom are you doing them for? Try to purge holiday traditions that aren’t working for you and your family. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do this season. 

Above everything else, remember that it is the season to be jolly. Relax and enjoy your holiday.

Happy Holidays from Lulalu!

Using the Lulalu LED Keychain Flashlight

08 November, 2013

We hear people love the pop of color that the Lulalu LED Keychain Flashlight gives to handbags, backpacks or the dark depths of a purse. We also understand that with such a simple little device, questions do arise like:

  • How do I open the keychain to put my keys on the ring?
  • Can I change the battery? How does that work?

If you're in the dark about how our keychain works, no worries. We're here to light the way with a few tips.

From open to close, here is how the keychain works:

1. BE FIRM - Press down on the raised edges around the entry tab of the wire until it's flush with the housing.

2. PULL! -  With the tab pushed down, pull on the wire to release it from the entry tab. If it's sticky, wiggle the wire a bit and pull firmly (it's okay, the keychain won't break). Once you've pulled it out, the wire should be ready to be looped through your accessory of choice.

3. ACCESSORIZE - Loop the wire through a loop or handle on your purse, bag, keys, etc.

4. SNAP! - Simply push the loose end back into the entryway. Once it snaps back into place, you've got it.

5. LIGHT UP - Press the center button on the keychain to light up the LED light.

Just like that, you're good to go! Practical and pretty - who knew?

If you just can't get enough of our keychain and want to change the LED light battery, look at the printed instructions on the back. You can use a common jeweler's screwdriver to remove the cover and replace it with a standard watch battery (type CR2032 DC 3V).

Live in Color. Lulalu.

Live In Color: Featuring Fall in your Home and Office

28 October, 2013

Fall decorating is one of the best ways to bring warmth and color into your home and office. Whether you decide to go all out, or maybe you just want to add some fall accents, the change of scenery does a lot to counter the dreary days and compliment the nice ones.

Lulalu's wide variety of colorful dry erase boards, click clips, and desk pads will give your space the right fall upgrade to match your style, all while integrating function, organization, and personality.

Fall Fridge and Kitchen Decor with Lulalu

Have fun with Halloween! Post your best spooky or favorite fall image on our dry erase board to give your kitchen a seasonal fix. Then, make an easy decorating spread right on your fridge with Lulalu's 360º Click Clips. Not only can the Click Clips hold your paper products, but your favorite fall foliage too.

Home office decorated for fall with Lulalu    Desktop decorated for fall with Lulalu Pads  

Brighten up your office space with fall colors and give your organization a boost. A few miniature pumpkins, gourds, tree cones and a simple mason-jar arrangement of dried foliage brings autumn to your desk. Finish the job with our vibrant and colorful pads. The spark of orange and yellow make a nice seasonal addition to any design-driven workspace.

With these quick fixes, your home and workspace will be up-to-date on everyone's favorite season!

Welcome Intern Ryan to Lulalu

25 September, 2013

Ryan, the Lulalu InternWe are thrilled to welcome Ryan to the team as our Marketing and PR intern at Lulalu. Ryan is from Chicago, loves our cold Minnesota winters and enjoys yoga, fashion and all things visual.

He is busy coming up with great ideas for the holidays as well as seeking out clever tips to help you keep it all together in this busy season. We've given him the keys to our social media accounts and our good camera, so look for new useful stuff coming soon out of the Lulalu Loft to your Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter feeds!

Lulalu a big hit at Gift Guide Media Event in NYC!

12 July, 2013

It is never too early to start working on the holiday gift list, and we were at it this week in New York City for the Holiday Gift Guide Media Event. Jenny, our favorite New York City girl, got to share the latest from Lulalu and our brother brand, Archie Grand, to top media editors putting together the gift guides we'll all be pouring over in the next few months. 

 

 

The press loved the new pads and the keychain flashlights, but they were really big fans of our fun click clips. We suspect some Lulalu will be appearing on several people's nice-lists this year.