What’s Your Personality Type?

Personality is everything.” We’ve all heard that before! There are 16 different personalities, according to Katharine Cook Briggs and her studies. So, what’s your personality type? Take the quick 10-minute quiz to find out! Members of the BumbleBar team completed the short questionnaire, and this is what we discovered:

BumbleBar CEO, Liz, is an INTP. The INTP personality type is fairly rare, making up only three percent of the population, which is definitely a good thing for them, as there’s nothing they’d be more unhappy about than being “common”. Usually known as the philosopher, the architect, or the dreamy professor, INTPs have been responsible for many scientific discoveries throughout history. Read more about our CEO’s strengths below!screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-33-00-am
  • Great Analysts and Abstract Thinkers – People with the INTP personality type view the world as a big, complex machine, and recognize that as with any machine, all parts are interrelated. INTPs excel in analyzing these connections, seeing how seemingly unrelated factors tie in with each other in ways that bewilder most other personality types.
  • Imaginative and Original – These connections are the product of an unrelenting imagination – INTPs’ ideas may seem counter-intuitive at a glance, and may never even see the light of day, but they will always prove remarkable innovations.
  • Open-Minded – INTPs couldn’t make these connections if they thought they knew it all – they are highly receptive to alternate theories, so long as they’re supported by logic and facts. In more subjective matters like social norms and traditions, INTPs are usually fairly liberal, with a “none of my business” sort of attitude – peoples’ ideas are what matter.
  • Objective – INTPs’ analysis, creativity and open-mindedness aren’t the tools of some quest for ideology or emotional validation.
  • Honest and Straightforward – To know one thing and say another would be terribly disingenuous – INTPs don’t often go around intentionally hurting feelings, but they believe that the truth is the most important factor, and they expect that to be appreciated and reciprocated.
Aimee, our Head of Customer Relations is an INFJ, also called The Advocate personality! The quiz describes her as insightful, inspiring, decisive, and passionate. No wonder Aimee provides such excellent customer service! Read more below.
  • Insightful – Seeing through dishonesty and disingenuous motives, INFJs step past manipulation and sales tactics and into a more honest discussion. INFJs see how people and events are connected and are able to use that insight to get to the heart of the matter.
  • Inspiring and Convincing – INFJs can even be astonishingly good orators, speaking with warmth and passion, if they are proud of what they are speaking for.
  • Decisive – Their creativity, insight, and inspiration are able to have a real impact on the world, as INFJs are able to follow through on their ideas with conviction, willpower, and the planning necessary to see complex projects through to the end.
  • Determined and Passionate – When INFJs come to believe that something is important, they pursue that goal with a conviction and energy that can catch even their friends and loved ones off guard.
Our Operations Manager, Jim is an ISTJ, also referred to as The Logistician. His defining characteristics are integrity, practical logic, and tireless dedication. People, like Jim, with the ISTJ personality type, enjoy taking responsibility and take pride in the work they do – when working towards a goal, ISTJs hold back none of their time and energy completing each relevant task with accuracy and patience. This couldn’t be more accurate in Jim’s case! Read more about his strengths below.screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-33-20-am
  • Honest and Direct – Integrity is the heart of the ISTJ personality type.  Strong-willed and Dutiful – ISTJs embody that integrity in their actions too, working hard and staying focused on their goals. Patient and determined, people with the ISTJ personality type meet their obligations, period.
  • Very Responsible – ISTJs’ word is a promise, and a promise means everything.
  • Calm and Practical – None of their promises would mean much if ISTJs lost their tempers and broke down at every sign of hardship – they keep their feet on the ground and make clear rational decisions.
  • Create and Enforce Order – The primary goal of any ISTJ is to be effective in what they’ve chosen to do, and they believe that this is accomplished best when everyone involved knows exactly what is going on and why.
Our visual communication designer, Hannah is an INFP, also known as The Mediator. INFP personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, INFPs have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. INFP’s are also very creative! Read more below.screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-33-09-am
  • Idealistic – INFPs’ friends and loved ones will come to admire and depend on them for their optimism. Their unshaken belief that all people are inherently good, perhaps simply misunderstood, lends itself to an incredibly resilient attitude in the face of hardship.
  • Seek and Value Harmony – People with the INFP personality type have no interest in having power over others and don’t much care for domineering attitudes at all.
  • Open-Minded and Flexible – A live-and-let-live attitude comes naturally to INFPs, and they dislike being constrained by rules.
  • Very Creative – INFPs combine their intuitive nature with their open-mindedness to allow them to see things from unconventional perspectives.
  • Dedicated and Hard-Working – While others focusing on the challenges of the moment may give up when the going gets tough, INFPs have the benefit of their far-reaching vision to help them through.
BumbleBar’s Chief Operating Officer, Glenn, is an ENFP.  Glenn and other ENFP’s are true free spirits. They are often the life of the party, but unlike Explorers, they are less interested in the sheer excitement and pleasure of the moment than they are in enjoying the social and emotional connections they make with others. Read more about our COO’s personality below.screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-47-17-am
  • Curious – When it comes to new ideas, ENFPs aren’t interested in brooding – they want to go out and experience things, and don’t hesitate to step out of their comfort zones to do so. ENFPs are imaginative and open-minded, seeing all things as part of a big, mysterious puzzle called life.
  • Observant – ENFPs believe that there are no irrelevant actions, that every shift in sentiment, every move and every idea is part of something bigger. To satisfy their curiosity, ENFPs try to notice all of these things, and to never miss a moment.
  • Energetic and Enthusiastic – As they observe, forming new connections and ideas, ENFPs won’t hold their tongues – they’re excited about their findings, and share them with anyone who’ll listen.
  • Excellent Communicators – It’s a good thing that ENFPs have such strong people skills, or they’d never express these ideas. ENFPs enjoy both small talk and deep, meaningful conversations, which are just two sides of the same coin for them, and are adept at steering conversations towards their desired subjects in ways that feel completely natural and unforced.
  • Very Popular and Friendly – All this adaptability and spontaneity comes together to form a person who is approachable, interesting and exciting, with a cooperative and altruistic spirit and friendly, empathetic disposition. ENFPs get along with pretty much everyone, and their circles of friends stretch far and wide.

So, what personality type are you? Do you agree or disagree with the quiz? We would love to find out! Tell us more about your personality type in the comments below.

BumbleBar Wreath – Great for Gifting!

The team needed something to decorate our office with here at the BumbleBar facility – so, we rolled up our sleeves and got crafty making these DIY BumbleBar wreaths. Want to make one with us? Pull out a box of BumbleBars and let’s do it! P.S. – These little guys make great gifts! DIY gifts are the best to give and the best to receive! There’s something about a hand-crafted creation that truly warms the heart.

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Step One: Find or create a wreath base. You can make your own wreath base by wrapping wire (or a wire hanger) in a circle and twisting the ends together. (Rub down the tips of the wire with a file or extra dense sandpaper block so that they’re not sharp.) Wrap the wire in your choice of material, such as recycled burlap, leftover holiday ribbon, or pine tree stems. In our case, we’ve used some pre-made confetti wreaths, which were available at the dollar store.

Step Two: Attach BumbleBars! Randomly affix BumbleBars to the wreath using extreme stick double side tape. You can place them however you like, although we prefer a more erratic style. Use Jr. BumbleBars for your smaller wreaths!

Step Three: Add additional decoration. We love the look of peppermint candy and poinsettias.

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Eco-Friendly, Beautiful Umbrellas You Might Just Need

Dance in the rain with style this season! Check out these beautiful, eco-friendly umbrellas. Pick up one for yourself, and one for a friend for the holidays.

  1. It’s easy to go green with the Eco vented auto open auto close umbrella. Made from 100% recycled and sustainable materials, this eco-friendly umbrella protects you and the environment with style. Features include a bamboo handle, recycled aluminum shaft and fabric made from recycled materials. Its unique vented double canopy and pushbutton auto open auto close feature make it a top-rated umbrella for wind and rain. You can buy this umbrella in 3 colors, tree bark, root green or black. Price: $27.99 Buy Here!

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  2. Make a difference, using this great Cork Design umbrella . Protect yourself from sun and rain with elegance! Cork is a completely environmentally friendly material because it does not cause any damage to the environment and allows easy manipulation to incredible designs like this, and others you can find in our online store. Price: $192.00 Buy Here!CorkBrella
  3. These Tote’s umbrella’s are just so cool! They are made of 100% recycled PET (PolyEthylene Terephthalate) bottles, while the frame is made with 70% recycled aluminum with a bamboo handle – and the designs are really cute! With proper care, your Totes umbrella should provide a lifetime of durable, reliable protection. totes offers a lifetime warranty for any manufacturing defect. If this umbrella should prove to be defective in materials or workmanship, or fails to function properly Tote’s will gladly replace it. Price: $25.00 Buy Here!

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    4. “Stylish” umbrellas by a Croatian fashion designer first came to life at a Fashion Week 2014. Creations are imbued both with tradition and futurism and are an exclusive fashion accessory for any lady. Rich, luxurious and inspired by the aesthetics of the last century and parasols that have been protecting ladies during long summer walks… And they are entirely made from recycled materials. View Collections.
    screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-10-57-15-am5.  This designer umbrella provides superior protection from the rain, sun (blocks 99% of UVA/UVB/UVC rays) and withstands winds up to 40 mph. Our small black and white print umbrellas are expertly crafted by hand using sustainable and renewable bamboo, organic cotton and 100% biodegradable PVC. It comes with a custom carrying case for easy handling with style. Lady Gaga has been seen rocking this parasol! Price: $90.00 Buy Here!
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BumbleBar Coloring Pages Your Kids Will Love

Grab your pencils, pens, and color crayons! It’s time to do some meditation coloring with our new BumbleBar print out pages! Send pictures of your artistic creations to info@bumblebar.com and we’ll feature your artwork on our Facebook page!

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How To Cope With Seasonal Depression

Like the saying goes, life is full of ups and downs. For many of us, the cooler seasons seem to prompt more low points than highs. For this reason, we’ve compiled our preferred methods to stay smiley during the months of fall and winter. Take a peek below!

1. Find Yourself a Happy Lamp!
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is so common, that many companies now produce UV light products, specifically targeting those who suffer from seasonal depression. Keep a small lamp by your desk at work, or near your bedside at home. Whenever you’re feeling blue, simply turn the light on and enjoy the gentle rays of simulated sunshine.

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2. Teach Yourself Something New!
The days are shorter and the nights are longer during the cold months, providing the perfect opportunity to stay inside and learn something new! Have you always wanted to knit, but never knew how? Now is a great time to teach yourself! Attempt cooking a new recipe  that you haven’t created before. Hop online and study something you’ve always been curious about, but didn’t have the time to research. Pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read or watch the documentary you’ve been hearing about… there are so many fun ways to learn! When you’re discovering new things, you’re not focused on the SAD. It’s a win, win!

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3. Stay Active!
Cold weather, rain, and snow don’t have to keep you stuck inside all season. Hibernating through the winter isn’t the way to avoid your seasonal depression. Not sure what to do? Try snowshoeing, skiing, or snowboarding! How about volunteering at your local soup kitchen or humane society?  Grab your old childhood sled and have some fun in the hills! Use your imagination & just get outside!

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4. Aromatherapy!
Aromatherapy is a very useful practice – especially when you’re feeling down and out. Use pure orange oil extracts in your bath or oil diffuser if you need a perky pick-me-up! Or if you’d like a more calming scent for nighttime, try using lavender, bergamot or eucalyptus oil.

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5. Check in with your doctor!
If you think you’re experiencing symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor! It’s very important to communicate with your health provider if you’re feeling unhappy and depressed for periods of time. Schedule an appointment right away and learn more about how you can cope with SAD at your local clinic.

Do you have advice for those who suffer with SAD? What do you do to stay active and happy during the winter? Let us know here!

 

10 Must-See Documentaries

The weather is getting a bit chilly, making it the perfect time to cozy up with your blankets and BumbleBars. On these cool fall nights, we love snuggling up to watch a good documentary! There are so many fascinating documentaries available through Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc. We made a list of our 10 favorite, must-see documentaries to share with you! Check it out:

Liz (CEO) Favorites:

• Meet the Patels – The film explores the expectations surrounding marriage in the Patels’ first-generation Indian immigrant family and in wider American society. Watch here.

• Last Days in Vietnam – During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confront the same moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only—or to risk punishment and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can. Watch here.

• Last Train Home – Last Train Home documents the Life of the Migrant Worker in China. Watch here.

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Hannah (Designer) Favorites:

• Indie Game: The Movie – Witness a portrait of a new breed of artist: the video game designer. At first, the only way to make it as a designer in the video game industry was to work with major developers. Now a new breed of independent auteurs has taken their industry by storm. Watch here.

• Winter on Fire – A civil rights movement erupts in the Ukraine after a peaceful student protest quickly morphs into a violent revolution. The Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom presents viewers with a story of everyday citizens facing down brutal riot police controlled by Ukraine’s then-President Viktor Yanukovych, backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Watch here.

• BlackFish – The story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale that has taken the lives of several people, underscores problems within the sea-park industry, man’s relationship to nature, and how little has been learned about these highly intelligent mammals. Watch here.

• Batkid Begins – The documentary follows Miles Scott, an American child, and cancer survivor. His wish was to be “Batkid”, a sidekick of the eponymous comic book superhero Batman. Once the request went out, thousands of volunteers, city officials, businesses and supporters rallied to turn San Francisco, California into “Gotham City” – the fictional home city of Batman, on November 15, 2013. Watch here.

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Aimee (Office Guru) Favorites:

• Thank You Del – Thank You Del is the story if the godfather of improv comedy, Del Close, made with love by the UCB and director Todd Bieber. It should be noted that I was probably in the room while most of the live footage was shot at the Del Close Marathon. It was fun stuff. Read more here.

• On The Cusp, Off The Cuff – On The Cusp, Off The Cuff is a documentary about four New York area improvisers and their struggles toward success and recognition. Includes Sasheer Zamata, who was still two years away from being cast on SNL when she participated in this documentary by director Nate Dern. Watch here.

• We Cause Scenes – We Cause Scenes is about Improv Everywhere, the collective run by Charlie Todd what is responsible for the Annual No Pants Subway Ride and lots of other super cool, totally funny crowd-sourced happenings around the world. I participated in one where people were encouraged to help finish a relay race in Manhattan and then give interviews like they had just won. It was fun. Watch here.

DIY Fall Art Projects

The leaves are changing color, the air is crisp, and there’s inspiration all around! Fall is the perfect time to pull out your old craft smock and get started on a few fun DIY art projects. Let’s take a look at several creative ideas from our BumbleBar crew.

How To Make: Hannah’s Cozy Coasters

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The brisk autumn weather makes this season the perfect time to walk outside. I find myself staring at the ground a lot as I’m walking around, observing the golden leaves and broken branches that have already fallen to the ground. It was on one of these walks last autumn with my mom that we were inspired to make coasters from the larger tree branches that were strewn across the road. Here is how you can make your own:

  • Collect a few large sticks that have already fallen from a tree. They should be about 2.5 – 5 inches in diameter.
  • Use a saw to cut the branch into small circles, about 1-2 inches apart. Follow these safety guidelines when cutting the tree branch.
  • Now, take sandpaper and sand the edges of the circles, so that the coaster is nice and smooth.
  • Last, paint the coasters with a clear, non-toxic gloss paint to keep them from absorbing any liquid that may be spilled on them.
  • When they’re dry, you’re all done! Ta-da!

How To Make: Aimee’s Splendid Scarf

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Fall is my favorite time to start and maybe finish a knitting project. I say maybe because it often takes me years to finish a project because I’ll get bored, or my hands will start to ache and I put it down and won’t pick it up again for another six months. That’s ok though, knitting is rarely a race to the finish line, since I already have many, many sweaters to keep me warm this winter. It’s not like I’ll freeze to death without the sweater I’m working on. I’ve finished more than six sweaters and tons of scarves and cowls that way. One of the best parts of knitting is getting to fantasize about all of the cool stuff you’ll make with the beautiful yarns that are available at the local yarn shop, or LYS as we knitters call them. My favorite LYS is Paradise Fibers. They are based in Spokane but ship worldwide and they have a wonderful selection of brands and colors as well as a helpful and experienced staff if I get stuck. Yarn, of course, is available at your local craft store like Michaels, but they almost never sell natural fibers, which I prefer. Synthetic fiber yarn absolutely has its place, though. It is inexpensive and often much easier to wash than animal fiber yarn, so it’s great for beginners who aren’t sure they want to commit to expensive yarn and for baby blankets and clothes, which will need to be washed fairly often.

The sweater pictured probably took me a year to finish. It is made with wonderful Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk yarn that is soft and very warm. I found a relatively simple pattern on Patternfish by Knitting Pure and Simple. I’m not sure where I got the pattern for the cowl pictured. It’s just the same yarn doubled and knitted in a wide cable pattern. Knitty is another great place to look for knitting patterns and they’re all free! If you’re looking to start knitting, I’d pick out a simple pattern at Lion Brand Yarn and take that down to your LYS where they can help you pick out yarn and a needle to start out with. You can also take lessons or watch YouTube videos to learn the basic knit and purl moves. Even experienced pros like me refer to YouTube to get unstuck sometimes. My advice is to start knitting and figure out the rest on your feet, as you do it.

Good luck and happy knitting!

How To Make: Liz’s Fabulous Fruit Mandalas

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Super Fun Summer Games To Play With Your Kids!

Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 10.26.44 AMSchool has been out for awhile and summer is in full swing! Grab your Junior BumbleBars and let’s get ready for some fun! Here’s a list of our favorite outdoor games for kids of all ages:

  • Lawn Twister – Buy 4 bright colors of washable lawn spray paint and make your own Twister board in the backyard. (Make sure an adult handles the spray paint at all times!) Another great thing about this twister board is that you won’t have to worry about the sheet moving around, and playing with the grass under your toes is always more enjoyable!Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 10.28.11 AM
  • Glow In The Dark Bowling– Fill empty water bottles with glow sticks and set them out in the yard. If the bottles tip over, put a couple small rocks in with the glow stick to keep them steady or try using bottles made of harder, more durable plastic. (Please remember to use only bottles that have already been emptied – we don’t want to waste water!) Set them up in the classic triangle shape and take turns bowling with your friends! This is a great game to play on a warm summer night – and you’re also recycling!

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  • Bumble-Ball – This is a twist on the classic basketball game PIG. (If you don’t know the rules to PIG, check them out here. It’s a really simple game.) Instead of trying to spell PIG, you’re going to try to spell BUMBLE. We would love to see pictures of your family and friends playing Bumble-Ball. Send a photo or video of your team’s Bumble-Ball winner to info@bumblebar.com, and we’ll send you a prize in return!Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 10.27.57 AM

Have Fun!

Love,

The BumbleBar Team

 

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