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Request your own e-store

When I first started in this business and a school wanted spirit tees and hoodies, I would print up hundreds of orders forms.

Each teacher would distribute the forms to their students.  Each student who wanted a tee would return their order form and cash or a check.  Someone in the main office would then have to collect all the forms and payments, make sure the totals were correct, and process the checks and cut a final check for all the tees.

What a pain!

Thanks to ever-developing technology, those days are long gone.

Now, if your school wants spirit tees, it is very easy for me to set up your very own e-store.  I will give you a PDF flyer that can be emailed to parents and staff.  Parents and staff can then shop online from the comfort of their own home.  They can pay with their debit card or credit card safely and securely.

When I deliver the orders, each order will be individually bagged with a receipt so you can see whose order it is and which homeroom or office that they call home.

If you want to run your sale as a fundraiser, let me know!  If you have certain products that are required, I can make that change too.

Here is an example of what it will look like:

CSM School of Nursing Fashionable Fundraiser

The 2020 College of Southern Maryland School of Nursing has begun.  Thank you to all of our future nurses and medical professionals, especially now in the midst of a global pandemic.

A portion of every sale will be donated to the School of Nursing.  Available in short-sleeve tees and crew-neck sweatshirts.

Sizing and product information can be found here. 


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Steve Jobs Said ONE Thing Separates Successful People From Everyone Else (and Will Make All the Difference In Your Life)

One simple decision — and one simple word — will never let you down.

Inc. | Jeff Haden

Steve Jobs. Photo from Getty Images.

Steve Jobs had extremely high expectations. He challenged himself—and the people around him—to work smarter, work longer, and work harder so he, and they, could accomplish everything they dreamed possible.

Jobs believed in the power of asking. Jobs believed the future was something we can all make our mark upon.

And maybe even more important, Steve Jobs believed in the fundamental power of belief itself—and of using that belief to motivate and inspire.

As Jobs said:

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

One of the biggest reasons most of us don’t set out to achieve a huge goal is that we think we first need to develop a comprehensively detailed grand plan, one where every step is charted, every milestone identified — where success is preordained.

But because we don’t have that kind of plan — because creating that kind of plan is basically impossible—we hesitate. We need to see an end before we see a beginning.

And so we never start.

Jobs knew that plans are never perfect. Only in hindsight can they appear that way.

Here’s what really happens. People who eventually find success start by trying things. Lots of things. They succeed at some. They fail at others. They learn from those successes and those failures.

And along the way they seize and at times even create their own opportunities to advance themselves.

Want to start a business? Want to improve your health and fitness? Want to change careers? Determine the first steps. Get started. Keep going.

Most important, trust yourself.

Trust that you’ll figure out how to react and how to respond to roadblocks and challenges. Trust that you will become a little wiser for the experience. Trust that you’ll grow more skilled, more experienced, and more connected.

Try enough things, learn from every success and every setback, and in time you’ll have all the skills, knowledge, and experience you need.

You can never guarantee that you will always succeed, but when you never bet on yourself and try something new, you can definitely guarantee that you will never succeed.

Trust that the dots will someday connect. Believe that the dots will someday connect.

In the meantime, your life will be a lot more interesting.

And a lot more fun.

This article was originally published on January 2, 2019, by Inc.

Service Dog Falls in Love with Donald Duck at Disney World

Seen in Yahoo News: “Nala, a 2-year-old service dog, has warmed countless hearts thanks to an adorable viral video of her cuddling with Donald Duck at Disney World.

“The video shows Nala putting her head on Donald Duck’s lap and closing her eyes in happiness while he gently pets her head. In the background of the video a woman’s voice can be heard saying, “She can stay here for the rest of the day.”

Way to go, University of Tennessee!

I love this story…

An elementary school teacher in Florida posted that her school was having a college colors day. One of her students told her he wanted to wear a University of Tennessee tee but didn’t have one. They discussed that he could wear an orange shirt to show his spirit. He told her every day leading up to it that he had an orange shirt that he was going to wear. So when the day finally arrived, he was SO EXCITED to show the teacher his shirt.

He took it to the next level and drew a design and taped it to his tee. He was so proud of his tee but, after lunch, the teacher noticed he was crying. He said some girls at the lunch table next to his made fun of his homemade tee.

The teacher wanted to get the student his own Vols tee and posted her story to see if anyone had connections to the University of Tennessee.




Well…. word got back to UTenn and they went above and beyond! They sent him a whole pack of Vols gear — tees, bracelets, water bottles, foam fingers, and more!

They even converted the student’s design into a tee and are donating a portion of the proceeds to the STOMP Out Bullying campaign.

(The shirt is at — search for SKU #09216 — but the web site is getting a LOT of traffic and might be down or really slow.)

Team Spirit Tees gets (a little) political

La Plata, Maryland politics is starting to heat up and I was asked to make some stuff for the candidates.

First, I made some tees and caps for Jeannine James, the next mayor of La Plata…

Elect Jeannine James

And then I made some campaign tees for the next Town Council, Ward 3 — Emily Mudd-Hendricks:

Elect Emily MuddHendricks

A new day for La Plata!

Let Your Dreams Set Sail!

It’s almost school time and the 2016 Mary B Neal tees are coming soon!  The order form will be distributed early in the school year, with orders due no later than September 23, 2016.  You can learn more, see the sizing and specification sheets, and download order forms at the Mary B Neal Sizings and Specifications page.Let Your Dreams Set Sail!


New Catalogs


The new Essentials 2017 catalog is available.  Featuring proven eye-catchers and select new styles, this catalog will help outfit your school, sports team, club, company, or organization.











BagsAndCaps2017If you are looking to accent your team with bags and caps, take a look through the 2017 Apparel, Bags, and Caps catalog.  Find something perfect. Our full-line Apparel, Bags & Caps catalog will help outfit your organization with over 240 new looks and hundreds of smile-generating styles.




2016 Marlins

The 2016 swim season has begun!  There is a wide array of spirit wear available — from tees to hoodies, sweats to shorts, and pajama pants to sling bags.

Start strong, finish stronger and Go! Marlins!

Warrior Dash 2016

The Maryland Warrior Dash was held on Saturday, May 14 at Budds Creek Motocross Track. It was a sloppy, muddy, fun mess this year!

I ran it with my kids (Emmy, Adam, and Mitch), a family friend and her son. We named ourselves Team That’s What She Said! and I made the custom tees with some hot pink tees from Anvil.


Warrior Dash 2016

Warrior Dash 2016

Team That's What She Said!

Team That’s What She Said!














The shirts were definitely less hot pink after the race!!

























It’s Not Whether You Wiener Lose the Game

It’s between innings of a baseball game, hosted by the El Paso Chihauhaus (Triple A team). They are having the Wiener Schnitzel weenie dog race, when one pup decides he is having wwwaaaaaayyyyy too much fun to stop.

Your Turn — Favorite Season?


“If I could choose to have one season for an entire year, I would make it ______________






I’ll get you started… If I could choose to make it one season for an entire year, I would make it Fall because I love the:

  • smells
  • sounds (dry leaves under foot)
  • the colors of the leaves
  • cooler weather
  • football
  • crockpot (!)

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!?

Football season is almost here!

If your son or daughter plays a fall sport and your team needs some spirit gear for the team, parents, and siblings, just let me know.

Here are some designs for fan wear to get you inspired…

The 2016 Essentials Catalog

Is your team, school, business, or organization looking for custom gear?

Featuring industry-exclusive brands such as Port Authority, Sport-Tek, and District, as well as top brands, like Nike Golf, Ogio, and Eddie Bauer, the Essentials Catalog has all of your must-haves.

Find your what you need in The 2016 Essentials Catalog and I can customize them for you.

Essentials 2016

2015 SVAC Spec Sheets

To help you with your size selections, I have included the specification sheets for all the products for this year’s SVAC Spirit Sale.

Click on the item to view its specification sheet. If you would like to download the 2015 catalog and order form, you can do that here as well. A portion of each sale will be donated back to the team, so the more bling you buy, the more you will help your Marlins!

2015 Smallwood Marlins Team Tees

Smallwood Marlins 2015 spirit tee. Will look best on white or ash.

Smallwood Marlins 2015 spirit tee.
Will look best on white or ash.

A black and red design, which will look best on the following tees and tanks in white or ash:

2015 Smallwood Marlins Spirit gear

Marlins Sweatpants
leg A design with red and black ink; will look great going down the leg of the following ash sweatpants:

Oxygen is Overrated

For white or ash tees and tanks
Oxygen Is Overrated. Will look best on white or ash.

Oxygen Is Overrated.
Will look best on white or ash.

Success Lies Within

A design with black and white ink, this will go best on red tees and tanks.
Success Lies Within. With black and white ink, this design will go on red tees and tanks.

Success Lies Within.
With black and white ink, this design will go on red tees and tanks.

Not All Athletes Wear Shoes

This design features black ink and will be applied to your choice of white, ash, or red tees and tanks.
Not All Athletes Wear Shoes. This solid black design will be affixed to your choice of white, ash, or red tees and tanks.

Not All Athletes Wear Shoes.
This solid black design will be affixed to your choice of white, ash, or red tees and tanks.

Personalized Cinch Sack

Get this design — with your name — on your very own cinch sack. Perfect for your towel, goggles, and other swim gear.
Logo for Personalized Bag

Logo for Personalized Bag

Marlins Shorts

This design is in white and will be applied to black shorts.
Logo for the shorts (both men's and ladies)

Logo for the shorts (both men’s and ladies)

St Jude’s Warriors: Thanks for Donating!!

WarriorDash_LogoWe had an absolute blast at the 2015 Warrior Dash in Budds Creek, MD.  I am really glad that I trained for it; otherwise, I don’t think I would have been able to run all the hills.  And there were a LOT of hills!

A couple Lessons Learned:

  1. Next time, we need to get there a lot earlier.  I didn’t anticipate the problems we had parking and then the long walk to registration.  We were scrambling to get to the starting line — I felt like I had already run a 5K!
  2. Getting an early run time is smart.  By the time we were leaving, it was getting hot and steamy.  I’ll bet the mud pits were pretty gross by then.
  3. Sunscreen.  ‘Nuff said.
  4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
  5. Fundraising for St. Jude’s was smart!  The private showers (while small) were wonderful.  Definitely, bring your own soap/shampoo/body wash because they don’t give you much!

Here are some pictures — I’m not sure why they didn’t have any of Adam.  And I couldn’t find the three of us posing afterwards.  🙁

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Wisdom for Wednesday: Byron Katie


“We fear what isn’t — never what is.” ~ Byron Katie


Wisdom for Wednesday: Stumbling Blocks & Stepping Stones


"The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way you use them."

“The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way you use them.”

Around Town: Thomas Stone graduates reach the top



Submitted photo Kevin Capers, left, Tyler Kelly and 2010 Thomas Stone High School graduates Stephen Battle

Submitted photo Kevin Capers, left, Tyler Kelly and 2010 Thomas Stone High School graduates Stephen Battle

“During their high school days, Stephen Battle and Bubby Johnson were in position to reach the promised land several times.

“As players on the Thomas Stone High School boys basketball team, they guided the program to three straight state tournament appearances, including two state finals in the Class 4A and 3A classifications, respectively.

“Though making deep playoff runs during those years, the former Cougars and their teammates ca…”

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Thank a Teacher

Happy #TeacherAppreciationWeek

Thank you, teachers, for everything you do!