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Can a Millennial make a change?

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Millennial: A person reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century….

The millennial generation is the largest age group to emerge since the baby boomer generation. Millennials are creating a change in how work gets done. They often work more in teams and use more technology. Some may ask how this may affect the workplace. But rather then asking how this will affect the workplace, why not think of it as improving the workplace. My name is Bethany Larson and this is day 2 at Frame USA as a Customer Service Representative.

I am part of the generation we all call the Millennials. Although I may look older and act more mature then my fellow millennial’s in my age group, we also have to remember the years to be considered a Millennial. Millennials are born between the years of 1980s ranging from the mid-1990s to early 2000s. And there I am 1993; one of the best birth years ever.

I was born in a world full of new technology, there wasn’t anything I couldn’t learn. At my fingertips I have tablets and smartphones; Google with just a touch of a button and Internet wherever I went. It was a new world more advanced then we could have ever imagined. And I was living it. I have always had a passion for the business industry, watching my parents own their own business and their parents owning there’s has really inspired me to become my very best.

As a Customer Service Representative at Frame USA I want to bring my very best abilities to the table. I not only want this company to have satisfied customers but I want them to have Raving Fans. Everyday there are new opportunities to do something amazing, to go that extra plus one to make someone’s life better, to challenge myself and come up with new ideas for the team. It’s my turn to make a difference. And I am happy to have been welcomed into the company!

Valentine’s Day – Tuesday, February 14

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Valentine’s Day (sometimes known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine) is a holiday celebrated every year on February 14th. Valentine’s Day began as a religious feast honoring early saints named Valentinus. This day is regarded as a pretty important cultural and commercial celebration around the world but has yet to be made a public holiday in any country.

February 14th first became connected with the idea of love in the 14th century. Then later on in 18th century in England, the day gradually evolved into one where people show their love for each other through flowers, greeting cards and candy.

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The first mass produced Valentines in the United States were manufactured and distributed in 1847 by Esther Howland. Back in this time complex and fancy Valentines cards were imported from Europe and many Americans couldn’t afford them.

Nowadays around 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year with half of those valentines being given to family members. If you add the valentine-exchange cards made in most schools the number goes up to 1 billion with teachers being the number one recipient. In the United States alone the average valentine’s spending has increased every year, from $108 a person in 2010 to $131 in 2013. Valentine’s Day is now considered by some to be a Hallmark holiday due to its commercialization.

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Home is where the heart is…

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Home is where the heart is…  And where you hang your pictures

 

I love walking into a person’s house, or even an office, and the first thing they say is, “make yourself at home.” I then sit and try and become comfortable in a somewhat foreign environment. I begin to look around and see how the host has truly made the surrounding area in which I sit their home.

Whether a house, an office, or even just a desk, we like to “make ourselves at home.” We aren’t completely at ease, completely settled, or satisfied until we put just a bit of our personal touch to the area. And how do most people do to do this? They display pictures.

Walk into an office and try not to notice the images displayed on walls, shelves, and the desk itself. Enter your best friend’s sitting room and try to ignore the gallery of family photos hanging over the couch. You can’t! We find ourselves taken in to another person’s life. We become aware that, “this is their space.” And all it took was a picture. Stories were being displayed of

The last quarter of 2016 held a lot of exciting changes in my life. In early October I moved to a new state, and started a new job. In November my husband and I were joined in marriage, we began a new life together. Between the move and marriage there wasn’t a lot of time to become truly settled. My heart, although excited to be with my husband, was not at yet home. Our home felt more like a hotel, a temporary dwelling, a place we would not be for long… and something had to be done about this.

And so, I started hanging picture frames. My husband and I chose just the right ones, the ones that would emphasize the photos that would soon fill them. I stepped back, and even before they had a picture to display, the frames had created a whole new room, inviting us to make it our own.

When a work trip that took me away from home for a short time, my husband filled those frames as a surprise to me. When I walked into our home, my heart was settled… this was OUR HOME! It belonged to us, and no one else. Those were our memories being displayed.

And so I decided, home is indeed, “where the heart is,” but it’s also where you hang your pictures.

 

Inauguration Day – January 20, 2017

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Today, January 20, 2017 is Inauguration Day! Inauguration Day is a ceremony to mark the formal admission of the President of the United States new four-year term. Since 1937 Inauguration Day always happens on January 20th following a presidential election.

The first Presidential Inauguration occurred on April 30, 1789 and was held for the first President of the United States, George Washington. Inauguration occurred in April up until 1937 when it changed to the January 20th date we have. This change was put into effect in order to shorten the length of time from when a President was elected to when he actually started working.

Today marks the last day of Barack Obama’s 8 year run as President of the United States of America and we welcome Donald Trump as this nation’s 45th President.

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The Obamas & The Trumps

 

New & Featured Products of December

Stay up to date with our New & Featured Items!

We have recently unveiled our Barnwood Frame Serving Trays, First Year Photo Collage and our School Years Photo Collage.

Keep your guests entertained with our unique Barnwood Frame Serving Trays. These frames are available in two sizes and five colors and provide more functionality to your everyday picture frame! If you don’t have a picture you feel would be perfect to add to the frame don’t fret, our beautiful serving trays are also available with mirrors to enhance the decorative look of an already classy piece.

Barnwood Frame Serving Tray
Barnwood Frame Serving Tray

Our First Year Photo Collage and School Years Photo Collage are ideal for when you’re looking to show off your child’s school photos in one place. The School Years Photo Collage is available in two sizes (a horizontal profile and a slightly larger vertical frame), three different frame color options as well as five different mat color choices. These frames are equipped with specific locations for you to attach a school picture from grades 1-12.

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School Years Photo Collage

Similar to the School Years Photo Collage, our First Year Photo Collage has 12 openings for you to frame a picture of each month of your child’s first year of school. The First Year Photo Collage is available in one standard size with three different frames to choose from and five different mat colors.

First Year Photo Collage
First Year Photo Collage

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Holiday Shipping Schedule

Do you need your order in time for the holidays?
Place your Frame USA order by December 12th and receive it by Christmas.

Holiday Shipping

Orders placed by 12/12/16 at midnight EST will arrive in time for Christmas.
Orders placed after 12/12/16 will resume shipping when we return in January.
Orders placed for Fast Ship items or Closeouts will continue to ship out until December 23, 2016.

For all information please refer to our Holiday Shipping Schedule. If you have any concerns about your order, simply give us a call at 1-800-577-5920.

 

October Charity of the Month: Red Cross Louisiana Floods Relief

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Flooding in Louisiana has recently became insufferable, affecting thousands of families throughout the area and causing immense amounts of damage and destruction. In August, the governor of Louisiana declared a state of emergency as many rivers recorded record level height increases. This flood is considered to be the worst natural disaster in the US since Hurricane Sandy.

From their website:

“The Red Cross, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavors—in its international and national capacity—to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace among all peoples.

The Louisiana Floods Relief have mobilized the largest sheltering and feeding effort since Superstorm Sandy to help people in Louisiana affected by the floods.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to the American Red Cross Louisiana Floods Relief in appreciation for your online order for the month of October.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

 

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The Perfect Poster Frame

When looking for the perfect poster frame there are many things you can keep in mind.  First, all of our sizes on www.frameusa.com are the inside dimensions/your poster size.  Therefore, if you have a 24×36 poster, you need a 24×36 poster frame.  Keep in mind, that all frames, no matter the type or style of frame, will overlap your poster slightly.  This is what keeps the poster from falling through the front of the frame.

 

Here are our top 3 poster frame options:

 

A few helpful hints:

  • The most common poster frame size is a 24×36 posterframe. Budget Saver Poster Frame
  • A typical movie poster is 27×40, so you would need a 27×40 posterframe.
  • All frames can be used to frame posters, no matter the type or style.
  • An 11×17 poster frame is great to frame a poster for a child’s room or office.

 

Looking for more details, check out our poster frame page today at: http://www.frameusa.com/poster-frames!

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Guest Blog: Horsing around with Hillary

My first day horse 2 of high school I became friends with a girl who was taking horseback riding lessons. My mom agreed to let me take lessons with her which I was so excited about because I had always loved horses! I took lessons for a couple of months when one day my mom surprised me with my very own horse. Her name was Gracie, I instantly fell in love and knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to join my trainer’s 4-H group and show Gracie at the county fair.

 

Gracie wasn’t like the horses I had been taking lessons on. Instead of being a bomb proof, beginner horse she was stubborn. I started to get horse 6 discouraged because she just wouldn’t listen to me. I’d steer her one way and she would walk the other way. It was time for my very first show, the butler county fair. It was awful, I placed 8th and 10th out of 10 riders. At this point I was ready to give up, but then I realized something, these girls I was showing against had been doing this for years. It wasn’t easy, showing/training horses it is a lot of work. I had only been riding for 9 months. I told myself that I could do it. I would place first and get a blue ribbon. I went to the barn and rode every single day. I was horse 5 determined to train Gracie myself. I wanted bragging rights in the show ring. Over the next few years I grew better and better, and then finally it happened I beat all of the girls who had been teasing me and showing me up in the ring. I was finally one of them, the unbeatable. And I had done it all by myself (with some help from my awesome show mom). Gracie is my best friend. I know it sounds silly but she’s there all of the time for me. In the show ring and at home. She knows that she has a job to do and since I horse 3 have gained her trust and respect she will go above and beyond to please me. This is what I love about my hobby. I will always have that one person, well a horse in this situation whom I can always go to when I am down. Gracie has carried me (literally and figuratively) through the last 11 years and I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. We are both equally sassy and compassionate. horse 1

 

 

 

 

 

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Frame Closeouts

Mixing and Matching with Closeout Frames

Frame Closeouts Sometimes a project comes up that requires you to get a lot of frames. Maybe a school arts and crafts day or an awards ceremony. When you have to buy for a large group, getting brand new frames can be a hefty expense. Sometimes you might need 50 to a hundred to even 300 picture frames for an event. If this is employee run or a charity or a PTA your budget is going to be limited and you need to stretch your spending dollar as far as you can. A great solution for this is buying closeouts from Frame Closeouts.

Framecloseouts.com offers a hugevariety of wood picture frames, metal picture frames, and poster frames at very low prices. There are over 30 different styles and sizes and thousands of closeout frames to choose. from.

These are frames that have been returned to us in great condition (maybe someone ordered the wrong color) or that we made too many of. Most of them are sorted only by size. This is because we offer a 24 hour turnaround on getting closeouts shipped out, from the time you place your order. This helps ensure they can be pulled fast. Our regular wood closeouts, however, are sorted by size and color. So if you need 50 gold 11 x 17 frames, you can choose them.

Because they are sorted this way, when you choose closeouts, there’s no way to know exactly which style you will be receiving. This makes them ideal for gifts where they don’t need to match each other, where each person is getting something unique.

So when you need a lot of high quality frames and cheap picture frames prices or if you only need a few or even one, but quickly, take a chance on Frame Closeouts. We think you will be glad you did.