Animals have been a part of my life since the day I was born and that hasn’t changed at all now that I’m an adult. I’ve mentioned our current pet, a beautiful and independent Siamese-cross named Racer, in the past and even though she keeps to herself much of the time, I couldn’t imagine life without her. She spends most of her day curled up asleep on the basement steps (though I can’t imagine why) but when she does decide to come and play she is always so full of energy. She definitely has a personality, though! Apparently, tap water isn’t good enough for her and so when I put it in her dish, she refuses to drink it and instead insists on drinking the water in the drip tray of our water dispenser!
Racer was one of the very few pets that my family or I have ever owned that didn’t come from the Humane Society. I am a huge believer in the importance of this wonderful organization and while our current pet was given to us by one of my husband’s friends, we made sure that she was spayed as soon as she was old enough to ensure that we never increase the burden on this already overworked charity.
Recently, I learned that one of my favourite companies, Carolina Pad, is also a supporter of the Humane Society and has even created a gorgeous new line of products in support of the organization. The Stand Up! collection features three different fun and graphic designs with a different empowering word printed with design. The styles combine to remind people that making life better for an animal can be as simple as love, respect and speaking out in support of our four-legged friends. And best of all, the collection promotes Mission: Humane, a nationwide youth movement which is a part of the Humane Society of the United States. I was so excited when I was given a chance to review the new collection for myself.
I received the Love binder, the Speak Out notebook, the Love personal book and the Respect folder to review. The first thought that crossed my mind when I saw this collection was how perfect it would be for a teenager. The fresh and modern graphics have a great graffiti feel that any teen would be sure to love and the bold messages are ones that are appropriate for everyone on any day. The designs are set on a plain brown background that really lets the graphics stand out and the overall look is sensational for a young activist.
My husband immediately claimed the Respect folder for his work papers since he loved the simple design and the message the folder imparted. He has to carry a lot of paperwork in the course of a day and he was impressed by how much the folder was able to carry and how durable it was. The Speak Out notebook and Love personal book, however, I knew I had to keep for myself. I loved the way that the notebook paper contained holes so that it could be removed and placed in a three-ring binder, and the personal book had an incredibly clever little folder in the front cover just right for holding a business card or an essential slip of paper. Like all of the Carolina Pad products I have received, the detailed designs blew me away and made the products a pleasure to use.
My favourite item in the collection was the beautiful Love one-inch vinyl binder. The brown exterior with the bright pink graphic coordinated so beautifully with the dark pink interior. With clear vinyl pockets on each inside cover for holding loose papers, this binder was as functional as it was feminine.
I would have enjoyed the Stand Up! collection even if it hadn’t had a purpose behind it and the fact that the items promote the Humane Society is the icing on the cake for me. When I can carry a beautiful notebook, that’s good. But when I can carry a beautiful notebook that supports the humane treatment of animals, that’s wonderful! To keep yourself or your children organized in style and show your love for animals at the same time, the Stand Up! products from Carolina Pad are just what you need. Check them out for yourself!
Buy It: To purchase any of the great items in the Stand Up! collection, check the website for a retailer near you or shop online now
Win It: One very lucky reader will receive all four of the products in the Stand Up! collection just like the ones I reviewed from Carolina Pad! Please note that the winner cannot have won a prize or gift certificate from Carolina Pad in the last 90 days
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Giveaway ends 11:59 pm CST on June 30, 2011. Open to US and Canada