It’s Trade Show Season!

As everyone is cooling down from the holidays and reevaluating what they have in stock, we’re heading out for trade shows. By the end of May, we’ll have attended eight trade shows this year! And we have several more planned for later in the year. So what does Brightz, Ltd. do at a trade show? A lot, and every show is different. Sometimes we’re really just there for brand awareness, to tell people we’re here, we’ve got really cool lights, and we’d like to talk. Other times we’ll take orders right at the show too. We talk with buyers, managers, and owners of companies large or small. We’re getting opinions on pre-production items, and we’re learning what you, the consumers, are looking for. What kind of shows do we attend? We attend sports shows, hardware shows, toy shows, tech shows, and more. We have products across several markets, and stores of all varieties are interested in carrying them. Some shows don’t work out as well as others, but we never return from a show without learning something. And we’re always finding new shows to attend as...

What to do with the Holiday Break

It’s the holiday season and everybody is off school for a couple of weeks. It’s Day 1 and your kids or siblings already driving you mad. It’s time to get their energy focused on something other than each other. Still have some shopping to do? Look into day or week camps. You can finish preparing for the holidays while they’re doing fun, hands-on activities that they don’t realize are educational. Did you know Crayola has crayons specifically for windows? Enlist the kids help in decorating for the holiday. Have them make presents and decorations. Hand paint ornaments or buy no-sew blankets and pillows. Buy wrapping paper they can decorate themselves. If you don’t do this during other times of the year, find a way to teach them about giving back. Donate toys to sick kids, make holiday treats for local police officers or firefighters, or volunteer to help a neighbor rake leaves or shovel snow. Has it snowed in your area? Set’em free in the backyard to build snowmen and snow forts or have snowball fights. You can actually buy snowball makers and snow bricks shapers. There are a lot of holidays celebrated this time of year. It’s a good time to teach kids (and maybe yourself!) what other holidays are about and why they’re celebrated. Check out the holiday lights! Drive around a few neighborhoods in the evening and look at everyone’s lights. Or see if your local park or zoo is doing a lights show. If they’re old enough, enlist their help in cooking. Those cookies can’t bake themselves! The younger ones can decorate. The possibilities are endless. There...

Shop Local This Saturday!

In the midst of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don’t forget your local shops in-between. Small Business Saturday is coming up this weekend! So why should you shop local? There are plenty of reasons! First and foremost, you’re supporting the community! More of the money you spend locally stays in the local economy. Local shops mean local jobs. When you support your community businesses, they support your community – your schools, sports teams, other local businesses, Boy and Girl Scout troops, important causes, etc. You’ll find a larger variety of items to choose from, as small business owners buy what they know you like and want. Huffington Post has this great infographic on just how much buying local affects the community and environment. So save some of those Christmas Budget dollars for your local stores this season (and all year long) and give back to your community! Sources: IndependentWeStand.org,...

We’re Eight!

It’s our 8th birthday! As we’ve shared before, Brightz, Ltd. started with the imagination of 12-year-old Eric (now 24) and the innovative thinking of his engineer dad, Ron. Their creation? The Go Brightz you have on your bike! Since everybody in the neighborhood loved it, the decision was made to mass produce it. After tweaking and perfecting the little light, Brightz, Ltd. officially formed in 2008, and began in Ron’s basement. By 2011 we started shipping out orders, and quickly found a basement just wasn’t going to work. Our Vice President and Ron’s brother-in-law, Mike, gave us an office and a little bit of warehouse space to use from the other company he owns. Eventually it was time to find our own space so we could continue to grow. In 2014 we moved to our current home, an industrial park where we have our own warehouse and office space. Even since then, we’ve rented out more warehouse space, had additional offices built, and nearly doubled our staff. Fun Facts: Despite how large you might think we are, Brightz, Ltd. currently employs only 13 people. 8 of those employees currently attend or graduated from The University of Toledo, our local university, so we’re big Rockets fans around here. At the end of 2015, we had only 3 styles of Brightz bike lights, in a variety of colors, to offer. In 2016, we more than doubled our product line by releasing 5 additional items, again in several colors, and none of them are bike lights! Thank you for your continued support and interest in our lights! We’re no overnight success, but...

Halloween Thrills

It’s October, which means all the goblins and ghouls are coming out for Halloween! A favorite for anybody this time of year is to watch Halloween movies. So here are a few line ups we found to cover most age ranges and scary to non-scary interests. Disney’s Monstober has a great lineup for movie night with the kids. Don’t see the Halloween movies you watched as a kid? You can watch all their movies here. FreeForm’s 13 nights of Halloween begins next Wednesday, October 19th. Included in this line up is a classic for the whole family, Hocus Pocus – playing a total of 11 times! There’s no way to you could miss catching this one on TV. Also included on their list are The Nightmare before Christmas, The Addams Family, The Goonies, and more. If you’re looking for thriller, AMC’s Fearfest has you covered with the Halloween series, A Nightmare of Elm Street series, and the Friday the 13th series, to name a few. Try the theater if you want something new. Flims like Blair Witch and Don’t Breathe are playing now. I don’t have much interest in movies of the spooky variety, so you’ll have to judge these yourselves on their quality. Halloween movies are just one part of the festive holiday. What else do you do? There’s haunted houses, parties, ghost stories… What’s the most extravagant costume you’ve made or seen? How into decorating do you or your neighbors get? Show us in the comments below!...

Fall Festivities

Tomorrow is the beginning of fall, a favorite season for many. From pumpkin flavored everything to cozy sweaters and hot chocolate, people have been waiting for this cooler time of year. A favorite of many is attending a local festival. Here in the Michigan/Ohio area, the temperature starts to drop and the smell of fall gets mixed with candy apples, kettle corn, and more. Country Living has a list of 21 fall festivals they think are the best – from east coast to west. We can personally say #2, the Circleville Pumpkin Show south of Columbus, OH, is pretty cool. The 113 year old festival is all about pumpkins, and all the food you buy there is pumpkin flavored.  In four days, Circleville (pop. 12,000) hosts over 400,000 people, who can attend SEVEN different themed parades. Dallas creates a village made of pumpkins, and St. Charles, IL has a hand-crafted scarecrow contest. Stowe, VT has a Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival, where, you guessed it, they chuck pumpkins for contest. With trebuchets. We can see why Country Living likes these festivals. Unfortunately, some of these have already happened, so make sure you check out this list now! Looking for something a little closer to home? Just search ‘fall festivals in (your city/state)’. You’re sure to find some fun nearby. We’d also like to highlight some festivals that are local for us. Sylvania Fall Fest is only a single day, Oct. 16, and includes a parade, stage performance, and a pie baking contest. Yum! And held alongside the Maumee River is the Applebutter Fest in Grand Rapids Oct. 9. This festival involves...

Tailgating Food and Fun

It’s finally that time of year – Football Season! It may not be everybody’s favorite sport to watch, but every year thousands of us sit in the bleachers or tune in from home to watch our favorite team. And when it’s game day, there’s a tailgate party, no matter the size of the team’s community. So whether you’re hosting a party in the lot or at home, or just attending one, be tailgate ready. Start with a checklist. Tailgating involves a lot of items to bring – the grill, food, plates, utensils, places to sit, proper weather attire, etc. Don’t forget to bring chairs or that extra sweater! Here’s a great checklist from Michelle’s Party Plan-It. She covered items for the game, bad weather, and items for fun. It’s a great, thorough starting point that you can add to for your tailgate. Provide entertainment. It doesn’t have to be much, but prevent a lull in the fun by having a game or two. Our first thought was cornhole, but we found some other games people came up with too. Michelle’s also has a downloadable Bingo If you don’t have time to play at the tailgate, you could play from home when the team is away. A Few Good Pieces made this football toss board. You could attempt a score every time the team scores. And if you have friends on the opposing team, start a little friendly competition! We love this photo booth by A Grand Life! (You’ll have to get past the Oreo cookie balls first…) It’s a great way to capture and share memories with your friends....

It’s Time to Celebrate Your Hard Work!

Labor Day is nearly here, and it’s once again time for you to celebrate all the hard work you’ve put in this last year. Maybe you plan to just relax at home and enjoy a cold one, and catch a baseball game or the latest episode of your favorite show. Or you’ll spend some time with the kids before you really start running from work to pick up kid #1 from ballet as you drop off kid #3 at basketball, without forgetting that kid #2 has a dentist appointment at the same time. And that’s fine, because you totally deserve some extra time for yourself. You may also decide to send off summer with a cookout. Fall is a few weeks away, and behind that the holiday season. It’s a crazy time of year, so invite the neighbors, your friends, and family as you enjoy the last few weeks of calm. Don’t let it be any old cookout, though. Forget the hamburgers and hot dogs! You and your guests have probably been eating them all summer. Change up the menu! Kabobs are a great way add some variation. The options to mix and match are endless, so you’re sure to please all your guests. Not sure where to start? Fix.com has a great guide for choosing the right meat, skewers, marinades, and more! They even have a list of favorite combos that you could use to start your shopping list. You can even put fruits and desserts on kabobs! Spruce up the house with some festive decorations. Hang summer fruit garland – because summer isn’t over yet. Label dressings...

Making Back-to-School Fun!

Well, you’ve been to the pool, you’ve seen the fireworks, done the cookouts, and suddenly it’s August. Your kids are now wondering where their summer went (if they haven’t already gone back!), and you’re wondering how to make the best of what’s left. Or awaiting the day you can send them back to school. Either way, make the end of summer vacation fun, and get them excited for school again too. School supply shopping can be fun! B-Inspired Mama came up with a school supply scavenger hunt. Download hers or make your own list and get the kids to help shop supplies. You can also divide the list and make it a race. Have a teen who’s not in to school supply races anymore? Let them do some DIY to make their supplies and locker space unique! Use decorative Washi tape on pencils and folders. Revamp old, half-used notebooks with new covers. (Source: DIY Ready) We didn’t even know this was a thing, but there are rugs and wallpaper specifically for lockers! (Source: BuzzFeed) Should we really be surprised, though? We came up with Locker Brightz. Don’t forget the college kids! They’re sharing a small dorm with someone else. And in an environment where everything is new, a space they feel is their own is important. Organizing and space saving items are key! There are all sorts of fun, colorful hanging organizers and shelving that can make any space unique. Gurl made a list of items that may not be needed, but are still pretty cool to have, like the lap desk and bedside caddy. It’s not all about...

Summer Olympic Fun

It’s been an event in the making since late 2009: the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games. Athletes across the world have trained hard, competed in trials to join their country’s Olympic teams, and are now preparing for the last few weeks before journeying to Rio. So here’s a few fun facts about this year’s Games: Brazil is the first South American country to host the Olympic Games. These games will be the first to host Olympians born in 2000. Golf and Rugby will be returning to the Games after 112 and 92 years, respectively. (Source: NBC News – 16 Fun Facts About this Year’s Olympics) 10, 500 athletes from 206 countries will compete for 4, 924 medals across 42 sports in just 17 days. (Source: BBC – Rio 2016: key Facts) The US team is made up of 555 athletes competing in 30 sports. The track and field team is comprised of 126 members alone. The swimming team is the next largest group at 47. (Source: TeamUSA.org) You can also follow the torch as it finishes its journey through Brazil to Rio de Janeiro. Don’t just sit at home and watch them though. Compete in your own! We know we just posted about backyard games, but here’s a few more to add to your challenge. A balance beam or obstacle course would be easy to set up. This mom put together a pretty awesome Olympic themed party for her son. She buried hula hoops partially in the ground for a hurdle race and used bocci balls for shot put. Come up with new games or mimic your...

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