Penguin Personalization Review and Giveaway

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

This review has been a long time coming, folks. Five months in the making.

Mommy blogger FAIL.

But now, the stars have aligned. Megan over at Penguin Personalization is ready, I've actually remembered to sit down and do this, and all systems are finally a go.

REWINDING... I had so many ideas in my head of what I wanted Nora's birthday party to look like. I settled on an ice cream cone theme pretty early on, and started envisioning the details--the invitations, the food, the cake, a perfect sundae bar with fixings set up straight out of a magazine, the decor... and the birthday girl's outfit, of course.
Because of the timing of our move, I had to let pretty much all of it go (except the outfit!). It was still a nice party and everything was cute--but it was thrown together last-minute and it just did not completely live up to my Martha Stewart-like expectations for myself. But I long ago decided to give myself a break given the circumstances, SO I DIGRESS.

Anyway, a week or so before the party, I realized that I hadn't yet figured out what I was going to do for Nora's outfit. I had found a cute jean skirt I wanted her to wear, but I was at a loss for the t-shirt. I had been searching for something that would tie into our ice cream theme, but hadn't had much luck in stores. Online, I had pinned a number of options, but... I certainly hadn't left myself very much time.

And then I remembered Megan, who started up her own little business, Penguin Personalization. Megan and I "met" 4+ years ago when we were both planning our June 2008 weddings--hers in Louisiana, mine in New York. I shot her a quick e-mail asking if she would be able to do a custom embroidered t-shirt for me, and she not only agreed to get it to me in time for Nora's birthday (only about a week away), but also offered to give the shirt to me for a review AND sponsor a giveaway on my blog. That Megan; gotta love her. Seriously, though, at that time in my life I was possibly more stressed than I had ever been, so Megan was honestly a lifesaver. I almost cried. :)

So, point #1: Megan is flexible, friendly, and a doll to work with.

Once I described to Megan what I was looking for--a colorful shirt with an ice cream cone, perhaps Nora's name, and I liked the idea of a cherry on top--she went to work, creating several custom designs for me. She e-mailed me the concepts, and I was really impressed with her creativity. For one of them, instead of just a plain ol' cherry on top of the ice cream, she had made the "cherry" a #1! How cute is that? Of course, we picked that design.
Megan was also really helpful in determining the best size t-shirt to order for Nora. With inconsistent sizing among clothing brands, it can be really difficult to order things sight unseen, but Megan did her best to relay the brands and sizes to me in ways I could relate to (i.e. I was somewhat familiar with Walmart's sizing, and Carter's).

When the t-shirt arrived in the mail just a few days later, I was thrilled with the result. The applique/embroidery is of great quality, and done in a way that doesn't cause any "puckering" or other unsightly problems with the t-shirt fabric. We couldn't wait for Nora to wear it at her party.

As you might know by now, Nora's party was a success, and we received many compliments on her t-shirt. She wore it several more times throughout September, and the embroidery held up just fine in the washing machine.
If you're looking for custom t-shirts for your babes, I highly recommend Megan and Penguin Personalization.

And, she doesn't JUST do t-shirts; Megan has a variety of personalized products available, such as hats, towels, blankets, bags, handkerchiefs, and more. Peruse her website and Facebook pages to see some of her work. If there's something you'd like but don't see, or it's listed as out of stock, be sure to contact Megan directly at One of the biggest advantages to working with her is that she can do pretty much anything (after all, it's personalized, y'all). Here is just a selection of the things she can do:


Now... Megan/Penguin Personalization has offered to give away a MINT (brand) Cosmo Bag with an embroidered initial to one lucky Heather Drive reader! These bags (shown below) are really versatile, as they can be used as a makeup bag, wipe case, purse organizer, a case for pens and pencils, etc. Surely you could find a use for it, or give it away as a gift!
Giveaway Prize:
(1) MINT Cosmo Bag, embroidered with an initial from Penguin Personalization

Please make sure to follow the entry instructions carefully. They're not difficult, but you must follow the instructions in order to be eligible to win.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite item/design from Penguin Personalization's website or Facebook page. Also, please leave an e-mail address where you can be contacted if you win.

Only one comment/entry per person. Giveaway open only to residents of the United States. (Sorry to all of my international readers!)

This giveaway will end at 8 p.m. EST on Friday, January 27. Entries left after the deadline will be ineligible to win.

One winner will be chosen using The winner will be announced on my blog and will be e-mailed notification of the win. Winner has 72 hours to respond to my initial contact, or a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: Penguin Personalization provided Nora's custom birthday t-shirt at no cost to me, in exchange for my review of the product. However, opinions expressed within the review are my own. (I hope you know me well enough by now to know that I wouldn't positively review a product that I wouldn't back anyway, whether I paid for it or not!). Penguin Personalization is also sponsoring the MINT Cosmo Bag giveaway.


Leanne January 24, 2012 at 10:15 PM  

Our little man needs a onesie with a tie on it. And something with his name. He will be 2 weeks old tomorrow!

Kayla January 24, 2012 at 10:44 PM  

I love the mint traveler! All of her items are adorable & Nora's shirt is super cute!!

basebell6 January 24, 2012 at 10:48 PM  

I like the "cutest big brother" shirt. But I'm not pregnant nor will I be for a long while so we will have to wait on that. She did so great with Nora's shirt! I bet she'd do a great tractor shirt too!

Stephanie January 24, 2012 at 10:48 PM  

I love the purple owl shirt on her Facebook page!

stephperk at hotmail dot com

Deanna January 24, 2012 at 11:17 PM  

I love the blue traveler. I need something small and durable just like that for my purse! She has great stuff, thank you for sharing!

Amanda January 24, 2012 at 11:20 PM  

I actually really love that mint bag!!
amowry @ elimitless . com

Kelsey January 24, 2012 at 11:26 PM  

From her Facebook page, I love the basket with the personalized lining. I'm an organization fanatic and I think it's such a smart idea to use the personalization to label what goes in the basket. Adorable and functional!

LisaJ January 24, 2012 at 11:51 PM  

I think the little baby boxers are so cute.

Kate January 24, 2012 at 11:56 PM  

The baby bath sack is adorable!

klhagen.23 (at)

Anonymous,  January 25, 2012 at 12:31 AM  

I really like the seersucker everything tote. All of the baby items are adorable! I really also like the baby gown.

Tara Walencik January 25, 2012 at 12:40 AM  

I love the Mint Seersucker Everything Tote! So stylish, an upgrade from my Winnie the Pooh purse, I mean babybag ;) It'd also be very helpful for our frequent overnights!

Rachael Farris January 25, 2012 at 1:54 AM  

This is so awesome! Her t-shirt was just the cutest! =) I love the shirt with the circle monogram on her facebook page!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Sending you sunshine,

Rachael @ You Me and Natalie

Vanessa January 25, 2012 at 2:54 AM  

:( wish I could enter! Those bags are so cute!

Jessica January 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM  

I LOVE all of the baby items!! I'm so glad you posted about Megan!! I'll be contacting her when we finally are luck enough to be expecting #2 to get T a big sister shirt!!!!
Zickafoose2008 at live dot com

Lesley January 25, 2012 at 8:44 AM  

Love, LOVE the sundresses! Adorbs. I'm so excited to be having a little girl :)

And you know, I know the drawing is totally random, but your giveaway just so happens to end on my 30th birthday!;)

Anna January 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM  

Ooh, I love the Mint Seersucker Everything Tote, although everything on the site is super cute!

Jamie January 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM  

I will soon be on the hunt for a 1st birthday t-shirt, but I also love the Mint blankies.
jamielsully at hotmail dot com

Jacki January 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM  

I love the mint blankie in the turquoise color with the hot pink trim! It would match our stroller perfectly! Too cute! :o)

Michelle,  January 25, 2012 at 1:16 PM  

I love the MINT seersucker tote! It's a perfect bag for rehearsals and shows.

michelle tuell at gmail dot come

Zoe's Mom January 25, 2012 at 2:21 PM  

I love the Mint Seersucker everything tote.

PhaseThreeOfLife January 25, 2012 at 3:15 PM  

I dig the tote. :)

phasethreeoflife at gmail dot com.

Heather,  January 25, 2012 at 6:53 PM  

How cute! I love personalized things! All of the items are adorable, but I love the Mint Snack Square! Very different!

Melissa January 25, 2012 at 7:07 PM  

I adore the personalized infant gown. My little son would look adorable coming home from the hospital in June in that little thing. :)

Melissa January 25, 2012 at 7:09 PM  

Oops - my email is
melissa (dot) ann (dot) lackey (at) gmail (dot) com

Tricia January 25, 2012 at 7:26 PM  

I love the Mint Seersucker Everything Tote - so cute!

Wendy G,  January 25, 2012 at 8:31 PM  

The baby boxers are adorable!! I love the theme you came up with for Nora's party and the shirt was perfect too!

Wgrassmuck at Gmail dot com

Bonnie,  January 25, 2012 at 9:09 PM  

I love the seersucker everything tote. You can never have enough bags!


Betty January 25, 2012 at 9:48 PM  

I love her birthday shirt! I always wondered where you got it from. Thank you for sharing!

Lucianna January 25, 2012 at 10:04 PM  

I love that Nora's shirt is on the front page of her website! I also love the baby bath sacks.
My email is

Anonymous,  January 26, 2012 at 8:30 AM  

I have to pick just one? :-) Love the beach towels, burp clothes and all of the Halloween stuff!

Cassie January 26, 2012 at 8:41 AM  

I love the the owl shirts on her facebook page! For some reason, I've become obsessed with little baby owl clothes :)

jenn January 26, 2012 at 9:09 AM  

I like all the mint items, especially the tote.

Danielle January 26, 2012 at 9:13 AM  

I love all the big/little sister shirts. These would be adorable on my girls. Megan does great work and I might just have to contact her soon.


Kelly,  January 26, 2012 at 9:18 AM  

I love all of the seersucker everything totes! Awesome products!

krduttine at gmail dot com

N. January 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM  

I love the snack aquare. So cute and incredibly functional.

Meghan January 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM  

I love the high heel aprons! They are so cute and would be great when I host Scentsy Parties!

Anonymous,  January 26, 2012 at 6:20 PM  

Loved the snack squares. So cute. Mirandaalamb (at) gmail (dot) com

Melissa,  January 26, 2012 at 6:36 PM  

I love the monogrammed sleep sack on her website! It's so simple, but cute.

medcalf (dot) melissa (at) gmail (dot) com

Dana January 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM  

I love the mini cube and the onesie for little one that is one the way.

rachelle,  January 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM  

I'm loving the blue stripped mint bag. It actually matches my purse and grad school"backpack" perfectly.

Jenna January 27, 2012 at 7:50 AM  

LOVE it all! All of it is so cute. I love personalized shirts!

Kristin January 27, 2012 at 8:12 AM  

I love the searsucker traveler!

Heather January 27, 2012 at 8:50 AM  

My favorite would have to be the little lace bloomers! So cute!

hfsmith83 at gmail dot com

Megan January 27, 2012 at 7:05 PM  

I am a sucker for anything personalized. I like the sundress for my daughter with her monogram :)

nealon at gmail dot com

Rachel,  January 27, 2012 at 7:12 PM  

I love the searsucker everything tote. So cute!

MG,  January 27, 2012 at 7:16 PM  

Gosh - all her stuff is so cute. I think if I had to pick one, my favorite is the tulip shirt from her facebook page.

marygracei (at) gmail (dot) com

Bethany January 27, 2012 at 7:19 PM  

I love the little boys boxers! So stinking cute!!

sarahmp2 January 27, 2012 at 7:20 PM  

I also love the Mint Seersucker Everything Tote! So cute!

sarahmp2 (at) hotmail (dot)com

Laurel January 27, 2012 at 7:21 PM  

Everything is adorable but I love the robes! How cute!!!

LJ January 27, 2012 at 7:33 PM  

I like the mint blankie best
Lauraebier at

Amy/Aprons and A-Lines January 27, 2012 at 7:35 PM  

The robes are adorable!

Anonymous,  January 27, 2012 at 7:35 PM  

I love the big brother shirt! I think I'm gonna get it for when our little man becomes a big brother in June!

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