These past couple of weeks, I have had the privilege to partner up with Nicole Blanton from Hashtag Blessed. During our newly established virtual friendship, I have discovered not only a coffee enthusiast’s dream mug, but one seriously witty momma of two.
I originally came across her sarcastic, yet genuine, coffee mugs one lazy Saturday morning as I was skimming through my Instagram feed. Being the caffeine craving coffee addict that I am, I knew I HAD to have one. As some of you may know, my husband and I started collecting coffee mugs from our travels after we got married. Since our honeymoon, it has been proven impossible to pass up a good coffee bearing vessel when we see one.
That being said, when I love something, I want other people to love it as well. So when I saw Hashtag Blessed, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to introduce this North Carolina based business to you awesome readers!
Business: Hashtag Blessed
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Tell us a little bit about yourself: I’m Nicole. I married a guy that used to wear cowboy boots to Spanish class and wait to walk me to the quad before going to study (nap) in the library. We did a choreographed dance at our wedding, moved from east coast to west coast and back and became parents to Beau and Maverick. I’m obsessed with mint green and infinity scarves and I prefer a night in of watching marathon TV to anything else.
What is the story behind Hashtag Blessed and how it began? At the beginning of the year I had a credit to make a free personalized photo coffee mug. I love a silly coffee mug, so I opted to skip the photos and just put a phrase on it instead. After much internal debate between song lyrics, funny quotes from my favorite TV shows, and other completely random ideas, I thought of ‘Hashtag Blessed.’ I loved the simplicity of it. Spelling out the word hashtag was the cherry on the coffee mug sundae.
Once I had the mug in hand it began to make appearances on my Instagram alongside my cute kids and incredibly vain work selfies. To my surprise, people loved it. They wanted to know where I got it and if they could get one too. After a discussion with my husband, I decided to take the plunge and mass produce them. The rest is history…all 6 weeks of it.
What do you love most about running your own business? I love, Love, LOVE the creativity it allows me. I thrive on spending Saturday mornings thinking up clever Instagram posts and working hard to come up with fresh ideas. A very close second, is the interaction with new friends. It’s so neat to connect with people online that I would not have met in any other situation.
What is the single best piece of advice you have been given about starting and running your own business? I feel like the term “running my own business” is giving me more credit than I’m due, however I do look to my best friend who recently left her 9 to 5 to run her own calligraphy business. She’s constantly encouraging me to follow my dream, roll with the challenges and offering an ear to listen to new ideas. From her I’ve learned the importance of reaching out to others and creating a community of support.
How do you like to spend your free time? With pasta and cheese.
Favorite food? See above.
THE TIME HAS FINALLY ARRIVED!
Hashtag Blessed is giving away one FREE ‘Hashtag Blessed’ coffee mug to one #blessed reader.
How do you win this coffee lovers must-have mug? It’s EASY. In order to get your name in the drawing, you need to complete the following FOUR items.
1. Follow Cupcakes and Coffee Grounds on Instagram. (You can do so by clicking here)
2. Follow Hashtag Blessed on Instagram. (By clicking here)
3. Next, like the Cupcakes and Coffee Grounds giveaway post. (Link HERE)
4. Tag a friend in the comments section of the giveaway post that you feel #blessed to have in your life!
GIVEAWAY DATES: Monday, September 28, 2015 – Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Cupcakes and Coffee Grounds will announce the winner of the FREE Hashtag Blessed coffee mug on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 10:00AM.
The winner will have their choice of coffee mug color! Coffee mugs come in white, teal, and pink.
*Please note, this giveaway is only open to Cupcake and Coffee Grounds readers with a U.S. shipping address. **Per Instagram rules, we must mention that this giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.