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The Perfect Touch To Any Gift…

Fun Colors for Spring

How many times have you driven down 91st Street, right around the Yale intersection and thought to yourself, “I need to stop at The Perfect Touch Gift Store sometime..” Well, NOW is the time! This weekend, March 8-9, 2013, they are celebrating a birthday! 20 years! The Perfect Touch Gift Store turns 20! THAT is an awesome accomplishment to me. So, come and help them celebrate! They are providing special savings on purchases, as well as donating a percentage of sales to the DaySpring Domestic Violence Center. And, who doesn’t love shopping for a cause? 

If you have never been, here is a sneak peek to what you will find: 

Brighton

Brighton jewelry! They have a wonderful selection of Brighton products that I know you will love for yourself and/or your loved ones. What I love about Brighton is they produce jewelry that can easily become a precious momento that will last the test of time – an heirloom even. And, you HAVE to come in and see the beautiful handbags/totes they are offering for Spring! Gorgeous, bright colors sure to catch everyone’s eye. They certainly caught mine! 

Huge Bath and Body Department

And, what woman doesn’t love to be pampered? A bubble bath? Some beautifully scented lotion and/or aromatherapy? I know you will find the perfect gift of pampering in their bath and body department. So many amazing products to choose from – some coming from Israel. Yes, Israel! 

Vera Bradley

A fabulous resource of Vera Bradley products too. I love all of the fabric combinations that Vera Bradley provides every season. Perfect gifts for every woman in your family from the student to the traveler and everything in between. 

And, I think the absolute ‘perfect touch’ that The Perfect Touch Gift Store provides is the gift of customer service. All of the employees are so kind, friendly, and greet you with a smile. They know their customer’s names, offer rewards through their preferred customer program, and provide extra ‘touches’ of gift wrapping and more to complete your purchase. When speaking with the lovely ladies from the store, they mentioned their customers are “like family” and you feel that when you are in the store. 

If you haven’t stopped by The Perfect Touch Gift Store, you need to take the time to do so. And, I know they would love for you to participate in their birthday celebration. I guarantee it will be the ‘perfect touch’ to your day! 

Resources: The Perfect Touch Gift Store 

Holiday Gift Giveaway – Card Cubby

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..the holidays are upon us!

And, why not join in the fun and add to the ‘buzz’ and excitement of the holidays, by offering a few gift giveaways! 

I am very excited about this one….the Card Cubby!

Card Cubby

I raved about this product last year during the holidays, as well as throughout the year. I LOVE it! I have the card cubby and the coupon cubby. Both, are awesome sources of organization for me. Awesome! And, if you know me, you would know this is important! Have you seen my purse? 

You know how every retailer offers ‘reward cards’, ‘loyalty cards’ or whatever they want to call them these days? And, where do you keep them all? I had them shoved in every pocket in my wallet and purse. And, when it came time to find the one I was looking for, do you think I could find it? No! 

Card Cubby

With the Card Cubby, I have all of my ‘loyalty’ and ‘reward’ cards (or whatever you want to call them) in one place. Now, when I go into my purse, I know exactly where to find them. Both, the card and coupon cubby, have been lifesavers over the last few weeks as I try to shop for the holidays. 

There are a wide variety of colors and styles, but, I have to admit, I’m loving the Really Red Croc style. The bright red is easy to see in the car and/or in my purse. As well as, it is a good reminder to live a heart healthy lifestyle. Red is the color of the American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women campaign. (I have a special place in MY heart for his cause.)

So, don’t you want to run out and get one (or two) for yourself? Well, guess what! YOU have the opportunity to enter and win a Really Red Croc Card Cubby too! It’s a perfect gift idea. And, I didn’t say WHO the gift would be for…give to a loved one or keep for yourself! (I won’t tell!) 

The giveaway runs from December 12 – December 17, 2012.

Go to this link and enter for your chance to win! Good luck!

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Kid-Friendly Halloween! (Product List – GDGC)

Ghosts, Goblins, and Witches…Oh My! It’s that time of year, again…..Halloween! 

Where kids get dressed up, the house gets ‘creeped out’ and, it seems, the scarier the better! 

Halloween seems to truly be a kid’s holiday – so, make sure to include them in the festivities!

Alternatives to Pumpkin Carving

If you are like me, I cannot stand pumpkin carving. I have no desire to scoop ‘the guts’ out of a pumpkin and attempt to make some sort of recognizable design with a ‘pumpkin carving kit’, that never seems to carve correctly, without cramping your fingers and leaving you with some blisters. SO, why not come up with some alternative options? I’m in!

We have an 8YO boy who is all about super heroes these days. He received the Captain America Pumpkin “Push Ins” for a birthday gift. Done! It’s adorable! And, why not let your kids be creative by painting a pumpkin or, the newest trend, ‘junkins’, which is where you decorate your pumpkin with things you find around the house. Brilliant! No cost – other than the pumpkin (unless you have your own garden). 

Fabric Pumpkins

Maybe, you don’t want to deal with the ‘real’ pumpkins at all. I can relate to that too. So, why not make fabric pumpkins? Find some  fabric, take a roll of toilet paper (yes, a roll of toilet paper), and wrap the fabric around the toilet paper. Use brown paper for the stem and green felt/pipe cleaners for the leaves. It’s super easy and really cute! And, no one has to know you used toilet paper! 

Food Fun!

This is where I excel when it comes to the holidays – FOOD! Ok, not necessarily MAKING food. But, DEFINITELY eating food! Once again, I turned to my dear friend, Pinterest, for some Halloween food fun! The ideas were endless. But, these were a few that ‘jumped out at us’. 

Mini Marshmallow Ghosts:  Fill skinny plastic pretzel bags (you can find in candy making section of Michael’s, etc) with mini marshmallows. Tie with black ribbon and two eyes and a mouth for a face. Can use black marker, construction paper, or felt. 

Ghost Suckers:  Take your favorite suckers and cover with white fabric. Tie with ribbon and add a face with black marker. 

Bloody Band-Aids: Graham cracker. Place white frosting square in middle of graham cracker. Add red frosting (I used a red frosting writer) to the white square. 

Creepy Q-Tips: Place mini-marshmallow on either end of toothpick. Melt butterscotch chips. Pick one end of toothpicks with marshmallow and dip into melted mixture. Let dry. Will look like Q-tip with ear wax. 

Witch Hats: Fudge stripe cookie placed face down. Place orange frosting in middle of cookie and put a hershey kiss on top of frosting. Press slightly for some frosting to ‘ooze’ around hershey kiss (creating a colored band on the hat). 

And, for a little more decorative flair, serve your goodies in clear bowls/vases and make faces on them too – to create a ghost (when serving ‘white’ food) and a pumpkin (when serving ‘orange’ food).  Make faces from construction paper and/or felt. 

 

Whatever you do, involve the kids (and grandparents too) and have fun! It’s a great way to spend some time together, have a few laughs, and get those ‘creative juices’ flowing! 

We had a blast working on all of our projects – and certainly had some laughs! 

Thank you to my awesome helpers too – our 8 year old, Nicholas, and Grandma Nancy. It was fun to work on all of these with you! 

Happy Halloween! 

 

Resources: 

Pinterest

Target

Michael’s

Hobby Lobby

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