Last month I was contacted by Melissa, a fellow nurse and the very clever entrepreneur behind BadgeBlooms, the Etsy store where you can get creative and adorable badge holders. Melissa asked me to take a gander at one of her products and see how it held up during a busy 12-hour shift.
When I went to her online shop, I was amazed and delighted about the variety available. She literally had HUNDREDS of designs, as well as the option of customizing some of her selections. The price was right too – many designs are less than $10, with the customizable badge holders available for only $18. And keep in mind that these products are for anyone – while Melissa herself is a nurse, anyone who wears a nametag on a regular basis would enjoy many of her BadgeBlooms. The customizable ones can even include your initials or credentials (RN, RT, PA, MD, PT, OT, you name it…)
I ultimately decided to try out the “Custom Yellow Bling” badge reel and when it arrived, the real thing was even cuter than the pictures:
The reel attached to my uniform using a swivel alligator clip in the back:
There are four things I really loved about my BadgeBloom:
- Aesthetics. Hands down, this is a much more attractive option than our standard issue hospital badge holders. I felt like it gave me a chance to personalize my scrubs, especially since we have uniform colors.
- Retractable reel. We use our badges for almost everything. They clock us in and out, they log us into the computers, they give us access to some point of care equipment (glucometers and such). It was important to me that my badge remain accessible and that it be on a retractable cord for ease of use.
- Solid materials. I’ve worn flimsy badge holders before. The ones that make you worry that the clip isn’t going to last the night. I’ve worn my BadgeBloom for two weeks now, through multiple shifts. I’ve abused it and used it (see Reason #2). And I am nowhere near worrying that it’s on the verge of falling apart. I have some peace of mind knowing that my badge is in it for the long haul.
- The creator’s spirit. Not only is Melissa a nurse and an awesome person, but she donates a portion of her sales to the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, which provides information and resources about Illinois’ safe haven law. Plus, she has a French Bulldog named Vader. ‘Nuf said.
The only negative for me was that often the holder gets weighed down and flips over, leaving the cute design out of sight. I don’t know if this could be solved with a different style of clip (or maybe my badges and pins are just too damn heavy). As sturdy as it feels, I’m bummed that I don’t get to show it off more.
When all is said and done, I would (and will) buy more BadgeBlooms in the future. There are some adorable holiday options that have already appeared on my stocking wish list.
***DEADLINE EXTENDED: Now it’s your turn to WIN a BadgeBloom of your own! Check out Melissa’s Etsy shop and come up with a new design you’d like to wear. Melissa’s favorite idea will win! You have until February 22 at 11:59 PM EST to enter.
*Note: All product reviews are my opinion and mine alone. I was not paid or perked for this review, except for receiving this product for my personal use, so that I could offer honest and informed feedback.