Early last summer, while hiking through the woods, I came across a tiny abandoned building. After a short mental debate, I decided to explore the inside. There was nothing interesting in the main area. I took a quick peek inside the 3 smaller rooms. The last room had a couple of large cardboard boxes. I opened the top and discovered old mason jars. Lots of them.
Earlier today we were out and about and stopped by to see a friend of ours. It was a beautiful afternoon and we spotted Jen outside hanging clothes. We walked to the back yard and took a seat on the picnic table as she finished hanging the laundry. Upon closer inspection I noticed there was a copious amount of tie-dye clothing including kids tee-shirts, a few toddler dresses, onesies and girls jersey shorts.
Today I had a brief moment of panic. My big fat come as you are wedding is 20 days away. All the big stuff is in order and most everything is organized. There are just a few details that we still need to take care of. One of them is the guest book. Now, you might be thinking that this dilemma can easily be resolved with a trip down the wedding aisle at Michaels. Choose. Purchase. Done. Well, it’s not that easy.
The company you have known and loved forever, Crayola, has undergone a major re-modeling job! Among the new features is a slick new look, easier navigation, and quicker checkouts! For a mom, or just a coloring fan, this sounds great!
And that’s not all! Even though it has a new look, The CrayolaStore has the same great deals! Among them are:
- Free Ground Shipping on orders over $75, automatically applied at checkout
- 20% Off Storewide promotion through 6/30/12 — Just enter CRAYOLA20 at checkout
New arrivals, amazing deals, and easier surfing…sounds like a colorful world to us! Be sure to check out CrayolaStore for all this and more!
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It is never too early to start enriching your children’s minds, which is why places like Discount School Supply are so important! Not only do they offer tons of educational and fun toys, arts and crafts, and school supplies but THIS WEEK ONLY they are having a special 20% off sale. In addition to their already amazing prices and deals, they are offering an extra 20% off all Teachers’ Favorites items including puzzles, building blocks, toys, and games!
There is no code necessary but hurry because the sale ends April 9, 2012!
Now is the perfect time to stock up for summer toys and educational materials…head on over to Discount School Supply to shop, save, and learn!
Yep, that’s right. We are doing another cool thing for our members! This time we are reaching out to all of you foodies, cooks, chefs, and mothers! Along with the help from two of our favorite bloggers, Makobi Scribe and Simply Stacie, we are holding a Grand Spring Recipe Challenge.
Here is how the Challenge will work:
- The Submission Phase starts April 1, 2012 at 12:01 AM EST and ends April 28, 2012 11:59 PM EST (4 weeks)
- To enter, you must sign up for zuuzs.com and submit an unpublished recipe to email@example.com
- Each recipe will need to have two to three original, unpublished pictures with a width of 550 px, a recipe, title, and directions. In the subject line place the category the recipe is being entered to from one of the following:
- Appetizers/Side Dish
- Main Dish
- You may submit no more than one recipe per category
- There will also be a Voting Phase on zuuzs.com and a Judging Phase
- On June 5, 2012, there will be a drawing with Four (4) winners: One from each category, and an Overall Grand Prize Winner!
The amazing prizes include Gift Cards totalling $500 for kitchen related wares for the Grand Prize Winner and $200 in gift cards for kitchen related wares for each of the Category Winners.
Check here for the full list of rules and information & get cracking on those recipes!
Now, we have something new and exciting to announce! zuuzStyle is hosting a first-of-its-kind Fashion Design Competition! The basis of the competition is to launch promising young and independent designers into the fashion world.
Here are some details
- There will be 3 rounds of voting: one closed to a judging panel of style bloggers and other fashion heavyweights, and two open to the public online
- Each applicant must submit their designs in one of five categories: Women’s Everyday, Women’s Accessories, Women’s Beachwear, Women’s Eveningwear, and Menswear
- The winner from each category will receive an amazing prize package!
If you are interested in entering, or want to stay up on the latest details, sign up here!
January can be kind of a drag. Between the weather and the never-ending talk of resolutions and change, it is easy to get stuck in the doldrums. However, one fun thing about the beginning of the year, especially if you are a movie lover, is the awards show circuit! From red carpets, to never-ending speeches, to heartfelt moments, awards shows are plain old fun…so what better way to enjoy them than with a small party? Here are some fun ideas for the BAFTAs, the Razzies, the SAGs, or the Oscars!
- Have every person bring a dish that represents their favorite movie this year (for example: Hawaiian salad for The Descendants, Black & White Cookies for The Artist, etc.)
- Make small scorecards in which everyone can fill out who they hope or think will win…the winner can get a small prize!
- Stick with the theme of the awards show–Old Hollywood glam for the Oscars, fun & playful for the Razzies, and so on
- Make plans to re-unite and watch the top-winning movie when it comes on DVD
Whatever your plans, make sure to enjoy the big night!
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Dana also writes a vintage fashion blog at www.woodstockwardrobe.com
So, the weather outside is frightful and the kids are bored and heading for the TV, what do you do? Well it can be really easy to let them play video games and watch television all day; there are plenty of other fun things to do indoors!
One time-tested classic is arts and crafts. On the kitchen table or counter, spread out stacks of blank paper, markers, crayons, and colored pencils. Bonus points for popsicle sticks, glitter, and pipe cleaners, but they are definitely not necessary! Then, have drawing competitions to see who can draw the best house, tree, cat, Santa, etc. Other fun activities are word games, such as seeing how many small words you can make from Peppermint. You can reward the winner with a small prize such as a mug of hot chocolate.
As far as that tasty treat is considered, making it can be an activity in and of itself. Stock up on cute mugs, various flavors of hot cocoa mix (or make your own), marshmallows, and whipped cream. On the side, serve fruit like strawberries and bananas to add some nutrients to the day!
Dana also writes a vintage fashion blog at www.woodstockwardrobe.com
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One of the best scenarios for the holiday season is to be the guest rather than the hostess. There are none of the pressures of cooking, entertaining, and cleanup, but be sure to keep in mind the gracious duties of being a guest. First of all, before the party, always offer to bring something (especially if you have any specific dietary needs), and even if they decline, come with a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates.
After your hostess goes all out to make sure the evening is a success, it is proper etiquette to send a gift. The best way to really impress with a hostess gift is to make it as personal as possible. One way to do this is by incorporating the evening into your present. At the party, take as many pictures as possible and try to remember any funny or memorable details. Afterwards, you can turn these memories into a homemade scrapbook. Your hostess will be so honored that the night she worked so hard to make special was received that way as well.
A less involved, but equally thoughtful, idea is homemade treats. If you make great chocolate chip cookies, put all of the ingredients in a pretty jar with the recipe tied on the side. This can also work with hot chocolate mix (be sure to include marshmallows!).
If homemade isn’t really your thing, try going to the hostess’ favorite gift shop or bakery and find something special you know she would like. Make sure to have it gift-wrapped and, if they offer it, hand-delivered. The thought is in the details! If you live in different cities and you aren’t near her favorite place, send something unique from your hometown that you know she would appreciate. The possibilities are endless, and you will definitely be invited back next year!
Dana also writes a vintage fashion blog at woodstockwardrobe.com
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