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February 12, 2017

A Fresh New Site for Hi Little One!

Just what every girl wants for Valentine's, we gave our selves a brand spanking new website. Naturally, we're smitten.
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February 02, 2017

DIY Valentines for Little Ones

Forget store bought Valentine's Day cards this year and try this easy art project to make personalized cards perfect for sending Valentine's Day wishes to Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and special friends.
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January 19, 2017

Kid's Birthday Parties, Bullet's Style

Bullet's has had a lot of experience hosting birthday parties with eight kids. Check out her tips on the do's and don'ts of throwing a birthday party.
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January 20, 2017

Birthdays—A Cause for Celebration and Personalization

Birthdays are the best day of the year - Check out Maggie's list of birthday musthaves. Note-Personalization is Key!
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January 04, 2017

Birthday Photo Shoot at the Rainy Day Cafe

A peek behind the scenes at our Birthday Collection photo shoot at Denver's Rainy Day Cafe in City Park.
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December 29, 2016

5 Ways to Personalize Without the Baby's Name

Nell gives tips for how to create a super personal gift, even when you don't know the little one's name.
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December 08, 2016

Happy Everything from Hi Little One

Whatever you are celebrating, we wish you a great one! This week, we take a look back and peak ahead at whats ahead for our little company as we round off the year.
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November 22, 2016

The Evolution of Santa Visits

Christmas lists, meeting Santa and a few missing teeth are just a small part of why Bullets loves the holiday season.
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November 21, 2016

Back to the Drawing Board. Sort of.

Nell looks at our brand as a whole and the challenge of developing a living a consistent design perspective.
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December 02, 2016

Better than an Apple: Personalized Totes for Your Favorite Teacher

Give that special teacher in your life a personalized tote bag to say thank you for all that they do! Waaaay better than an apple!
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November 23, 2016

Holly Jolly Open House: Saturday Dec. 10, 9AM—Noon

Join us for some morning cheer, treats and tees Saturday December 10! We'll have 20% off everything in the shop plus free shipping, and design your own shirts at the ready for the littles.
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November 14, 2016

A Few of our Favorite Small Businesses

In honor of Small Business Week (this Saturday, people!) we're highlighting a few of our favorite small operations.
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November 02, 2016

Thanksgiving, The Early Years

Reminiscing about past Thanksgiving; Bullets give the highlights and lowlights (fire in mother-in laws kitchen) of some of her favorite memories.
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October 30, 2016

Traveling with Kids: To Judge or Not to Judge?

 Basically I have been eating humble pie ever since becoming a parent. Experiences like this are the reason we wanted to create a collection of t-shirts, onesies and totes that made light of how stressful traveling with kids is for parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents etc....We wanted to also remind people to show a bit of compassion on the flight when there is a screaming child next to you or a little size three show keeps kicking your seat. We promise we are trying our best to keep our kids calm, quiet and in their seat during the flight. We are sorry our kid just barfed in your lap, really sorry!
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October 28, 2016

Step Up Your Hostess Gift Giving

"A gift says more about the giver than the recipient".  This is a core belief of Nell & I and a main part of the reason we started an ultra customizable gifting company in the first place. 
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October 18, 2016

We're Hiring! Looking for a Production Assistant to Join our Team.

We're growing and we need help!
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October 12, 2016

Halloween Happy Hour

Come visit us at the studio for a kid-friendly Happy hour this Friday! We'll have Tees, Treats and one hell of a Halloween playlist.
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October 12, 2016

Go Eddie, Go!!

A feature on Eddie Johnson, everyone's favorite carpenter and the most prolific advocate of "Going Gold" shirts last September.
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September 17, 2016

Mamaw's Angel Food Cake

***side note- My husband is from Southern Kentucky and the cuisine is quite different than the food in the midwest. When my mother-in-law shared this recipe with me I had no clue what one of the ingredients was- "1 small can Pet milk". I re-read the recipe a few times thinking- "please God, let this not be milk from an actual pet." To my relief I Googled Pet Milk and found out that it is an actual brand of condensed milk, not milk from a family pet. 
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September 27, 2016

Mom Please Don’t Embarrass Me (The Room Mom and other times my mom came to school)

The balance between simply existing and embarrassing the h*ll out of your kids.
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September 26, 2016

We Moved {Again!} & Come Visit Friday!

We have some fresh new digs!! Come check out the new studio next Friday, 10/7. We'll have drinks, treats, discounts and Create Your Own Ts!
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September 17, 2016

Behind the Curtain of the Big Top Collection

Take a look inside our Big Top Collection with an interview with designer Emily Dumas. 
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August 30, 2016

Managing 8 lives: Bullet's style

At the beginning of every month, I would sit down and fill out the calendars, one was the big calendar on the cupboard and another was an 18 month calendar that I carried with me all the time. I would them transfer between calendars so everything was current. I tried to do this with a nice glass of wine, but my accuracy was not to good, so I nixed the wine.
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August 30, 2016

When You Need a Little More "Custom"

We've launched completely custom designs for larger orders (8 shirts and up!). Take a look inside a family's adventure to Mount Rushmore and one of our favorite custom orders to date.
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August 11, 2016

School Projects- Hands Off!

Projects have always been a joy and curse for me. Kid’s projects that is. With 8 children we did a lot of projects. Some for school, some for after school activities, as they got older my/our help was not so needed, but in the early years I thought I should have shared in the grade; when it was good. I have made salt maps, volcanos, sugar cube pyramids and igloos, soap box derby cars, and the Loch Ness Monster. The monster was my project for a golf guest day, he was great until he was pelted with golf balls and sank.
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July 28, 2016

Matching : The Struggle is Real

I thought for sure my 11 year old daughter would not want to wear the same dresses as her cousins are wearing. Surprise! She still wants to match them. (Matching me is quite another thing- when I say "twinsies" if we are wearing something similar she heads upstairs to change). 
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July 26, 2016

That's My Bag Baby!

This summer my go to bag is our Sundown Personalized Beach tote. The vintage throwback design with St.Tropez  (my choice for the personalization) holds all of my beach essentials- towels, lotions and potions...Here are some of my favorites-
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July 19, 2016

Adventures in Grocery Shopping (Bullet's Style)

Byerly's, a wonderful grocery, was open till midnight, so I would leave at about 10:30PM, shop almost alone in the store, peacefully put the groceries away and go to bed.  One evening I was so relaxed that I forgot my wallet...with two full carts of groceries. 
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July 12, 2016

Cooking up the Cute Enough to Eat Collection

Take a look inside our latest collection, Cute Enough to Eat. A tasty collaboration with designer and children's book illustrator Jonathan Sundy.
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July 06, 2016

Nell's Top 10 Podcasts

Nell shares her favorite podcasts to get her through the work day.
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June 29, 2016

Bootlegs: Guaranteed to Change Lives!

Since the 4th is days away and bbq's, parades, sparklers and guests will be arriving soon we thought we would share the recipe for our family's favorite summer beverage: Bootlegs. As our sweet Dad would say, "Guaranteed to change lives!"
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June 20, 2016

The Perfect Summer T-Shirt

The quest for the perfect summer t-shirt, much like the search for the song of summer, is never ending yet incredibly rewarding. This week on the blog we dive into why we love our summer t-shirt collections oh so much.
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June 06, 2016

The Human Element

Take a look at the key ingredient that makes our production process so different from just about every other personalization company out there:  real live designers.
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April 13, 2016

Summer Clean Up

I found a card as I was looking for the ‘slave labor’ photos. It is a Mother’s Day card from Nell, I think she was in college and could not be home to celebrate. The card read-

"The best way to keep your children out of hot water- is to put some dishes in it."

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May 26, 2016

.....And Then We Found $5

We've done some major spring cleaning around here and it's allowed us to more accurately price our items. Tada! Most of our stuff is getting a big price cut ;)
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May 18, 2016

Giving Back and Looking Ahead

Back in college, when I was supposed to be starting my senior slide I was diagnosed with cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It was January 1997, I was living off campus with friends, going out and taking classes like Women in Film, Play Writing and my favorite, Body Toning (which at a small all girls Catholic College seemed somewhat risqué).
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May 10, 2016


Yesterday, we received a last minute rush order for the St.Louis Blues kiddos, who are getting ready to cheer their dads on in Game 7 tonight! Their t-shirts arrived this morning and hopefully will bring the 'Notes some luck! 
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May 04, 2016

Your Go-To New Baby Gift Set

A quick, easy, and absolutely great go-to new baby gift idea.
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April 26, 2016

My Eight Little Spirit Animals

When I heard the news that Mike Carson, my very talented son in law was doing designs for Hi Little One I was thrilled. Mike has been a part of our family for many, many years (Molly and Mike started dating as sophomores in high school). I started thinking about which Spirit Animal would match my kids eight personalities.
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April 18, 2016

A look inside the Spirit Animal Collection

Take a look into the Spirit Animal Collection and it's creator, artist Michael Carson. The idea for Spirit Animals comes from the way within families kids are put into “roles” that describe them—often this is even before they can speak! You’ve heard it a thousand times... “Beckett’s our little sleepyhead ”
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April 06, 2016

The Ultimate Mother's Day Gift Bag (Starts with the perfect tote!)

With Mother's Day approaching I started thinking about the perfect gift for Mother's Day. A gift that designed to help the mom(s) in your lift feel pampered, yet much more useful than bath salts that may or may never get used.
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April 05, 2016

Working with Your Sister

Taking our approaching one year anniversary (!!!) as an opportunity to reflect on what it's been like to start a company with your sister. {Cliff's Notes Version: It's been an absolute breeze and entirely without conflict}
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March 24, 2016

When Good Ideas Go Bad

Not all ideas, even the seemingly most promising ones, are winners. Nell breaks down what it looks like when the creative process breaks down, and how to move on. (Hint: just keep trying.)
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March 14, 2016

Bullets: The Travel Guide

What does traveling look like when you start as a young couple and grow into a family of ten give or take a few foreign exchange students along the way? Bullet's breaks down the dos and don'ts of group travel.
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March 08, 2016

Beautiful Chaos: Behind the Scenes at an HLO Photo Shoot

It's a bit more chaos than beauty when prepping for a photo shoot. This weeks blog is a behind the scenes look at how we develop and grow our image library.
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February 19, 2016

Shy Little One >> Photo Diva

Finally we are ready for the photo shoot, then we cross our fingers and hope that we have happy kiddos who love to smile, listen, change clothes a few times and stand still for a couple of hours.  This is about as likely as me retaking college biology and getting a better grade than I did back then. Not possible.
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February 20, 2016

We Bleed Green

After all, the best part of being Irish is the sparkle and wink in the eye, the playfulness and the pure joy of heart. We can all have those, if we want.
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February 15, 2016

A Sunday State of Mind

Sundays are my favorite day of the week. Lately though they have been busy and hectic. How do we get back to the "family only" Sundays of my childhood?
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February 09, 2016

I Still Think We're Great

I spent the first two weeks of 2016 slaving away at what would be an unsuccessful application for a business plan competition. Here is my genuine, albeit creatively positive, spin on being a loser.
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February 03, 2016

Valentine’s Day – Flowers, Balloons, Candy, All things sweet and full of love. And sometimes not.

Bullet's breaks down what Valentine's Day has become in the Ryan household.  What started as a fairly innocuous holiday with flowers and sweet nothings has turned into a gag gift exchange. Is it possible that a plastic rat can say "I love you" louder than a dozen roses?
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