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B-Unlimited & JCG Apparel
We’ve been keeping a pretty big secret and we think it’s time to let you know! We are excited to announce that B-Unlimited and JCG Apparel are now operating as one under the B-Unlimited brand to continue bringing you the best of custom apparel. Things are changing around here, but the best is yet to come.
B-HQ: Too School for Cool
We give a pretty good tour around here. There’s a lot that goes into taking our customers’ experiences from thought to cloth, and we love showing the essential and integrated work that each department does with anyone who wants to learn! Plus, there are usually puppies... To that end, we have student groups out for tours on the regular - from fashion and merchandising clubs, to manufacturing student organizations, to programs like Teen Leadership Fayetteville, to college screenprinting classes. We love the chance to encourage and connect with the next generation of our workforce! This week, we had some groups of homeschool students out for a visit, and, as always, it was a blast to share what goes into being the largest capacity screenprinting shop in the state and an environmentally sustainable business in the apparel industry. But, cool vibes and puppies aside, why is a screen-printing company a good school tour spot? Well, we open students’ minds to the wide range of vocation possibilities housed within just one business. You like to doodle? You could be a full-time artist. Are you outgoing and organized? You could be an awesome account manager. You like photos, social media, and online shopping? You’d be great in marketing, procurement, or retail development. It takes all types to make the B-Team, and at the end of the day, we like to encourage students to do two things as they think about their futures: Be You. Dream Big.
BGreek: Best Recipes For Fall
Fall is in FULL swing and we are loving it! Not only does Fall bring on some of the best weather, it brings some of the best recipes for the season. Here are some of the best recipes for any holiday party or just any chill Fall night. Chicken Tortilla Crockpot Soup -3 tablespoons butter -1 yellow onion diced -1 red pepper diced -1 yellow pepper diced -2 cloves garlic -2 cans chicken broth 14.5-ounce cans -2 chicken breast -2 teaspoons cumin -1 teaspoon chili powder -1 teaspoon oregano -1 teaspoon taco seasoning -14 ounces red enchilada sauce -1-2 cups heavy cream to make it creamy if desired -1 can pinto beans drained -1 1/2 cups corn frozen -1/2 cup fresh cilantro Pumpkin Rosemary Rolls -1/2 cup water -1/4 cup milk -2 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast -1 tsp sugar -1/3 cup sugar -2 large free-range eggs -1 1/2 tsp Salt -85gm butter (6 Tbsp), melted and cooled -2 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary (finely chopped + extra for topping) -1 cup mashed pumpkin (made from fresh preferable) -4 1/2-5 cups all-purpose flour or cake flour -1/4 cup butter (room temperature) -2 Tbsp honey -Sea salt flakes to sprinkle -Chopped rosemary (optional garnish) Everything Bagel Cheese Balls -1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese softened -1/2 cup sour cream -2 tablespoons prepared horseradish -1 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese -2 scallions chopped -6 slices bacon cooked and chopped -About 1/2 cup Everything But the Bagel seasoning blend* -Bagel chips and/or crackers for serving Autumn Chicken Dinner -5 (6 - 7 oz) bone-in, skin on chicken thighs -4 Tbsp olive oil, -1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar -3 cloves garlic -1 Tbsp each fresh thyme, sage and rosemary -Salt and freshly ground black pepper -1 large sweet potato (about 16 oz) -1 lb brussels sprouts -2 medium fuji apples -2 shallot bulbs -4 slices hickory smoked bacon -2 Tbsp chopped parsley, for garnish (optional) Pumpkin Spice Frosted Cookies -1/2 Cup Butter (Sweet Cream Salted) -1 Cup Sugar -2 Eggs -1 Cup Canned Pumpkin -2 Cups Flour -4 tsp. Baking Powder -1 tsp. Salt -2 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon -1/2 tsp. Nutmeg -1/4 tsp. Ginger -1 Cup Chopped Walnuts or Pecans (optional) -Cookie Sheets -Parchment Paper -1/2 Cup Butter (Sweet Cream Salted) -8 oz. block of Cream Cheese -3 tsp. Vanilla -4 cups Powdered Sugar -1 tsp. Cinnamon Perfect Pumpkin Bread -1 3/4 cup flour -1 teaspoon baking soda -3/4 teaspoon salt -1 teaspoon cinnamon -1/4 teaspoon nutmeg -2 eggs -1 1/2 cup sugar -1 cup pumpkin puree -1/2 cup canola oil -1/3 cup water -2 ounces cream cheese, softened -2 tablespoons butter, softened -3/4 cup powdered sugar, (add more if needed) -1/4 teaspoon vanilla Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Latte -6 cups whole milk -6 cups of strongly brewed coffee -1/2 cup pumpkin puree -1/4 cup real (or pure) vanilla extract -1/2 cup sugar -2 teaspoons cinnamon -3 cinnamon sticks Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate -3/4 cup milk -1/2 cup heavy cream -2 oz chocolate (milk, dark, or semi-sweet) -2 teaspoons drinking cocoa powder -1/4 cup pumpkin puree -1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract -1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon -1/4 teaspoon ground ginger -1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg -1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
BGreek: Quick Dorm Breakfasts
Quick Dorm Breakfasts Whether you missed your alarm and are running late or you’re feeling lazy, here are the best quick and easy breakfast recipes that can be made in a dorm! We all need a little breakfast to start our morning off right, it is the most important meal of the day! With these recipes, you won’t ever be skipping breakfast again! 1. Yogurt Overnight Oats Ingredients: -½ cup old-fashioned or rolled oats, uncooked -100g any flavor yogurt -3 tbsp milk 2. No Bake Energy Bites -1 cup (dry) oatmeal -2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes -1/2 cup peanut butter -1/2 cup ground flax seeds -1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or vegan chocolate chips) -1/3 cup honey or agave nectar -1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional) -1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3. Avocado Toast -1 piece of gluten free bread -½ ripe avocado -Black pepper -Himalayan sea salt -Crushed Red Pepper 4. Chocolate Strawberry Overnight Oats -⅓ cup rolled oats (use gluten-free rolled oats for gluten-free) -½ cup unsweetened almond milk -1 Tbsp. chia seeds -2 tsp. pure maple syrup -1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder -2 large strawberries -2 tsp. Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips, optional 5. 2 Minute Omelet in a Mug -1 large Egg (or 2 additional egg whites) -2 large Egg whites (or 1 additional whole egg) -2 tbs Unsweetened almond milk -Pinch Salt & Pepper -2 tbs Roma tomato, diced (or salsa) -2 tbs 2 % Cheddar cheese, shredded
BGreek: $25 Amazon Dorm Finds
Amazon has everything a student could ever need for getting back into their school routine the right way! Here is our list of the best under $25 Amazon finds for all school needs. HYDRO CELL Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($22.99) Carry this stainless steel water bottle with you around campus and refill anywhere to save money and the Earth! Wireless Earbuds Headphones ($16.98) Everyone could use a these pair of wireless earbuds for your walk to class or just for listening to music in your dorm! Portable Charger ($19.99) College is always busy and you’re always on the go! Keep a portable charger in your backpack or purse for any low battery emergency! 39 Piece General Repair Hand Tool Set ($14.97) Whether it is hanging a painting, opening a box, tightening a screw, this basic tool kit is perfect for college students to become their own handyman! Foldable Laundry Drying Rack ($18.53) This foldable drying rack is perfect for a small space room like a dorm. It’s so easy to slide in a corner when not in use and is a necessity for all your clothes too delicate for the dryer. Large Overnight Duffle Bag ($21.80) This large overnight duffle bag is perfect for those unexpected weekend road trips or for a short visit home. It folds up into a small pouch and can be stored anywhere awaiting the next adventure. Desk Clamp Power Strip ($17.84) Use this 3-outlet power strip that clips on to your desk to organize your cords and get them off the floor. No screws required! Academic Planner ($17.95) Keep yourself organized with school work and social plans in style! Life gets busy, write in your planner to stay ahead! Easy-To-Use Label Maker ($19.99) College can put you into a routine of borrowing things, like a calculator for a test, so label your items to keep them from getting lost! Or use this label maker to label binders, cords, or anything to stay organized. Travel Umbrella ($20.95) There’s no turning back when it starts raining if you have a class to get to! You will never regret carrying this compact travel umbrella in your backpack for those times it will start pouring on your way to class.
BGREEK: 5 MUST READ BOOKS FOR FALL
Whether you need to read a book for class or rather just for enjoyment, here is our list of Must Reads anyone will love. A Piece of Cake: A Memoir by Cupcake Brown. A heart-wrenching uplifting tale about the true-life story of Cupcake Brown. This is the story of a girl who faced every disadvantage and had every strike against her, who not only survived, but came out so much stronger. This is one book you will not be able to put down! It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. Voted the best book for young adults, this book is real, honest, and raw. This story shows the pressures of being successful at a young age and the toll mental health has on your life. The book addresses how to be yourself and find out who you are, a valuable lesson for anyone reading. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens For the readers who love a nice mystery, Where the Crawdads Sing is a story of the celebration of nature and a coming-of-age narrative that will make you remember you are shaped by the child you once were. This book will remind you we are subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Starting college can be a stressful time being away from home, meeting new friends, and starting a new chapter of your life. A story about feeling left out, trying to fit in, and dealing with change, this is one book that every college student can benefit from. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas Another book The New York Times named best seller for young adults, The Hate You Give is a story based on real-life violent events calling for social change in America. This book’s heavy subject matter gives power to larger purposes of our world that is set in reality.
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Bid Day Boxes 2019!
Bid Day Boxes 2019 are live! We are teaming up with the amazing people at Riff Raff and Pigmint for the THIRD year in a row to bring you the best Bid Day Boxes out there. We want to be there every step of the way for you and help make recruitment and Greek life an unforgettable and stress-free experience for your soon-to-be sorority gal. Let us start helping you by putting together the best Bid Day box that is every sorority girl’s dream!
NWA Fashion Week Wrap Up
the b-regenerous collection In the Spring of 2018 our CEO, Ben Clark, commissioned Alyssa Bird to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art for his office. This piece would be made up of many intricately bound test print t-shirts. You might not know, but every shirt that we print here is tested often many times to get every line, color, and placement to match the artwork proof. During this process we’re left with shirts that have variations of the same print in many locations all over the shirt, maybe even the inside and outside. Although they come out looking fun, we aren’t able to use these shirts for anything more than testers moving forward. Fast forward let’s say a year later to spring of this year, a collection was born! The “B-Regenerous” collection culminated into 17 unique looks that made their way onto the catwalk of the 2019 NWA Fashion Week and even into Alyssa’s Regenerous Designs jewelry pieces. Now let’s recount how it all came to be! For the last 10 years we’ve been investing our time and resources in continuing to lessen B-Unlimited's impact on the environment. It’s written in our organizational values, “Our planet was here long before us and will be here long after. We choose to invest our time & efforts effectively for our future and yours.” What this means for us is choosing to use water-based inks even though it’s much harder to work with, its taken us substantially longer, and cost more than that of an operation that uses plastisol inks. The waste that comes from water-based inks is much better for both the machine operators and the environment, so we knew we had to pursue this method of printing if we really wanted to live out our professional convictions. Regenerous Designs focuses on handmade accessories, made by up-cycling fabric and other resources that would have otherwise been thrown away! So here we are, B-Unlimited choosing to focus on leaving as minimal of a footprint as we can on this Earth, partnering with a company who uses what is often seen as a waste in the fashion industry to be further used and made into a completely new piece. I mean, it just seems too perfect right? Alyssa was the sole designer of every piece and let us just say… SHE KILLED IT! Everything came out so amazing and so much more than we could’ve ever imagined. Between our strategy meetings she’d stop by, pick up another box of test print tees, and then head out to work her magic. She said it best in her blog, “Creating this collection was definitely a “Teamwork Makes The Dream Work” kind of situation.” That’s one of our more well-known mantras here in the office, because we simply can’t accomplish what happens here without the help of every single beautiful person on our team. The collaboration came to its final name by combining our business names, B-Unlimited & Regenerous Designs. It’s not quite that simple though! If we are to regenerate all of our resources, including what many deem as waste they then are unlimited. B-Regenerous is built on the foundation of innovation, resourcefulness, and collaboration. The Crew worth every shout out! Alyssa Bird: Owner of Regenerous Designs Photographers: Luke Davis, Heather Hill, Bryant Penzo Videographers: Nick Bahash, Cubby Hoover Makeup Artists for the Photoshoot: Emily Sconyers Pa Xiong Veronica Lopez Hair Stylists for the Photoshoot: Emily Agular Summer Foster Tory Kuru Models: Ella Goldsmith Ethan Nash Gelynda Johnson Jen Davenport Lexy Winham Maddie James Nia Lashae Pa Xiong Paola Cortes Rochelle Bailey Sarah Barrow Shawn Burns Summer Foster Tatum McClure Valeria Quiroga Trigo Ashley Little of Material Concepts for helping make the men's blazers Additional Helpers and Supportive Friends: Sydney Hoover Olivia Conarroe Morgan Scholz Bailey Darter Katelyn Simms Kyle Sconyers Julia Andriotis-Sharp Travis Sharp Christina Duggan Matt Brunson Jen Simmons Nate Clark Dianne Raphael Drew McLaughlin Grant Williams K.C. Shaver Linda Bird
How to be the Best T-shirt Chair : A Guide
As the Spring semester is in full swing there are so many socials, philanthropies, and recruitment events to prepare apparel for! On top of your already crazy busy schedule there’s no doubt it’s all becoming overwhelming already. At this point in the semester, you might have some last-minute designs you want to squeeze in before everyone leaves for the summer or you already may be dreaming about the hits you’re going to make for the fall. Whether you’re in the now or planning ahead here are five things you need to know about what is currently trending in the T-Shirt world: Custom-made illustrations.If you haven’t noticed, we’re starting to see this theme become prevalent in many companies. We have top notch artists here who will gladly turn your sketch, or even your idea of a sketch, into a reality. Bold colors are in.The bolder, the better. Make a statement with a shirt color, or with the graphic on a shirt. Whether the actual shirt is a bold color, or the design pops off the canvas, bold colors are catching eyes this year. Asymmetry is out of place and in style.Shift things up! Whether it is with the font and words or the design all together, not all things have to be perfectly symmetrical. BIG FONTS. Big fonts get the point across in a creative way. With new typography and fonts developing every day, use your words! Minimalism. It’s here, it’s simple, but makes a big statement. More and more we’re seeing designs get smaller, and simpler. Even though the design is minimal, it’s doing the maximum. Don’t just take it from us! Check out how the Phi Delta Theta t-shirt chair at the University of Arkansas stepped up the design game in a whole new way. What’s up, my name is Ken Shew and I’m the T-Shirt Chair for Phi Delta Theta at the University of Arkansas. Whenever it’s time for one of our functions or events, I usually start by just looking online for things related to the theme if I don’t already have an idea in mind. I’m not sure if everyone else is the same way… but I’m pretty picky on what I want on shirts, even down to the font. Usually I try to provide the art team with fonts I like, a sketch of what I want the graphic to look like, or some example photos I find online to draw inspiration from. It blows my mind every time how easy B-Unlimited makes it, and how good their artwork is. One example was our Christmas shirt. I sketched out generally what I wanted… Santa with crossed arms wearing a Phi Delt Christmas sweater… and sent it to B-Unlimited for them to make a proof. The final product ended up being even better than what I pictured, but still being generally what I sketched. Not everyone has drawing capabilities, so while it is so awesome to see a sketch turn into a graphic there are definitley other ways to do it. I think the best approach to creating a t-shirt is find some graphics you like that have to do with the topic. Once you find some things you like, send B-Unlimited all of them. That way the artist can pull from all of them and make a super cool shirt instead of just asking them to copy one design. For me, it’s important to do shirts unlike any we’ve previously done, and stay relevant to what people want to see. It’s hard to find a balance between too trendy, and classic, but sometimes if you release something you may be surprised how well it sells. One example is when we did tan hoodies, and white hoodies. From what I have seen, a fraternity does a gray crewneck every year with a pretty generic design, so it was somewhat risky to change it up on everyone. Although these were really minimalistic and only had small font on them, they were some of our best sellers! We had to put the flag hoodies back up because more people wanted them once they were out. That being said, don’t be afraid to release something that you’re afraid people may not want because you never know, and there’s no harm in trying something new! Keep following along for more trends, tips, and tricks for how you can be the best apparel chair your chapter has ever had before. Check out our Pinterest page if you need some inspo to shake up your designs!