My name is Julie and I have a mug problem.

By | 2018-04-07T23:19:22-04:00 September 29th, 2016|accessories, addiction, anxiety, anxiety disorder, anxiety relief, apartment, art, coffee, creativity, Design, gift, gifts, Life, mind/body, motivation, women, work|

It’s true. I see a mug and I want it. Mugs don’t have to be just for coffee or tea, they are awesome for soup, hot cocoa, hot toddy’s, chocolate pudding when you want people to think you’re really just drinking herbal tea, so many uses!!! I figured since it is National Coffee Day, that it is a good time for me to open about my problem. And please understand that it’s not a problem that affects my daily life or functioning, the problem is that I don’t have enough room for all the mugs I want, let alone for the mugs I have!

That's only one shelf of mugs!

That’s only one shelf of mugs!

So you’ll see everything from the iconic Zabar’s mug, to a holiday mug, to a mug that mocks Canada, to the Stig from the show Top Gear, and don’t forget one kid’s favorite soccer team, Dortmund! I have just added two new mugs that I saw online, and knew I had to add to my collection, partly because they’re adorable, and partly because it’s a pair of mugs!! Yes, two that come as a set!!! Ok fine, maybe it is a wee bit more of a problem than I admit to, but just look at these mugs from Boy Meets Girl!

Boy Meets Girl meet Totems!

Boy Meets Girl meet Totems!

Aren’t they the cutest mugs ever!!!!

Now that I feel better about my mugs, I want you to feel better with a list of places offering all kinds of freebies for National Coffee Day, click here http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2016/09/28/how-score-free-cup-joe-national-coffee-day/91231350/

Stay well.

Oh, and if you see a mug that you think is just awesome, or you have a favorite mug you’d like to show off, take a pic and send it to me at julie@totemtamers.com. Even better, if you have a Totem, include it in your picture! Cheers!

Great minds think alike! Thank you #WSJ and #NYU!

By | 2018-04-07T23:22:44-04:00 March 4th, 2015|creativity, Life, office, stress, stress relief, work|

Ok, so I’m showing a little ego here, but that’s only because when my business partner and I created Totem Tamers with the goal of helping people maintain focus and composure during difficult times, we knew we were on to something! We have seen that validation take shape in many ways, from the people who have purchased Totems and reported back how incredible they have been in helping them, to articles that show up in publications across the country. You know you’re doing something worthwhile when the Wall Street Journal publishes an article about a study from New York University, that focuses on handheld objects and their power to spark ideas and reduce anxiety!  Thanks to Sue Shellenbarger, for writing the article that focuses on research being conducted out of NYU’s Polytechnic School of Engineering, and how manipulating objects while at your work desk may help you “improve focus, ease stress and think more creatively”!

Totems always by my side, at work and always!

Totems always by my side, at work and always!

If you ever needed a reason to get a Totem, now you have it in black and white, or pixelated, or however you read your paper! Don’t take my word for it, trust the Wall Street Journal and NYU, and I guess you should read the article as well! If you want to stay focused, spark creativity and reduce your anxiety all with the help of a Totem, just click on any of the Totems on the side of the page and get yours today!

Stay well.