Archive for February, 2012

Congratulations to our Chili Contest Winner!


ChiliCompetition 13 300x200 Congratulations to our Chili Contest Winner! would like to congratulate Gary Lackey on winning the “My Chili is the Best Because …” Recipe Contest!

Gary submitted the following entry:

“My Chili is the best because … it was the recipe my dad always used. I have memories of making chili with my dad. We would join him in putting in more chili powder when our mom wasn’t looking. It is still something we treasure and laugh about to this day.”

It’s beautiful memorable moments like this that we strive to create with our unique personalized gifts – we always feel honored when our customers share their stories with us!

For winning the contest, Gary has won his very own personalized You Name It© Bamboo Cutting Board!

Thank you to Gary and to all the A Personal Touch readers who sent in their answers – we had a blast reading all your touching and funny entries!

PMall Loves Pets!


petdrivelogo 300x91 PMall Loves Pets!It’s true – loves pets! And this year the PMall Charity Committee has decided that our first charity drive of 2012 will be the PMall Pet Drive!

We here at the Mall are collecting nonperishable donations, such as canned food, grooming brushes, newspapers, and even gift cards for pet stores from February 1st through March 15th for our local animal shelters.

We plan to divide up all the donations we receive and distribute them evenly to the local agencies of PAWS, The TLC Animal Shelter, Animal Welfare League of Chicago, and the Anti-Cruelty Society.

As the saying goes, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted,” and we’re excited to help in any way we can!

If you would like to join in and help the cause, you can click on any of the above agencies to be directed to their website where you will find directions on how to donate or for other ways you can help.

If you’re as crazy about pets you may also want to check out our beautiful Pet Gifts Store, where you’ll find personalized memorial gifts, pet accessories, gifts for pet owners and so much more!

Happy Gifting!

Tell Us Why Your Chili is the Best & Win!


ChiliCompetition 12 Tell Us Why Your Chili is the Best & Win!With National Chili Day being celebrated Thursday, February 23rd and with the winter’s “chili” weather hitting us hard, it seems like now is the perfect time for A Personal Touch to host a chili recipe contest!

People can be very particular and territorial about their chili. Depending on where you live, some people say that real chili isn’t made with beans, while in other parts of town they’ll say it’s not chili unless it has beans. And then there are the people who like to have fun with traditional recipes and add a new twist ingredient to them like cinnamon or even chocolate!

But no chili is complete without the main staples like meat, onions and tomatoes – all of which are ingredients that require a whole lot of prep work. That’s why the winner of the contest will be awarded their very own personalized You Name It© Bamboo Cutting Board so that they have a beautiful place that they can use to create their masterpiece!

Since all “chili purists” seem to claim that their masterpiece recipe is the best in the world … we want to hear why your recipe really is the best for the “My Chili is the Best Because …” Recipe Contest!

To enter, all you have to do is send an email with the subject line, “Chili Contest” to with the following information:

- In a few sentences, tell us what it is about your chili recipe that sets it apart from all the rest.

- Please include your full name and email address so we know how to contact you if you’re the winner.

Just make sure to have your emails sent to us before the deadline at midnight on Thursday, February 23rd. We will announce the winner of the contest, who will be judged by creativity and uniqueness and selected by the A Personal Touch Staff, here at the blog on February 24th.

We look forward to hearing all your special recipes … our mouths are already drooling!

Good luck!

How To Host a Winning Super Bowl Party!


Are you ready for some football!? Super Bowl XLVI kicks off Sunday, February 5th at 6:29 p.m. ET which can only mean 1 thing – bring on the Super Bowl Parties!

We thought we’d give you our highlight reel of some of our favorite football-friendly gifts that will help add to the excitement as your guests root for their favorite team. And as an extra treat for the A Personal Touch readers, we’ll offer an exclusive coupon code to help you save money on the featured products – just keep reading below!

gametimebowl 300x300 How To Host a Winning Super Bowl Party!No Super Bowl Party is complete until you have everyone’s favorite snack: chips! And now you can serve them to your guests with team spirit with the Game Time© Personalized Football Snack Bowl!

The bowl displays our exclusive modern football field design and features any 3-line message you choose and you can also select the colors for the text and design border. Have fun coming up with playful message, such as, “Michael’s Halftime Hot Wings,” or “Reserved for Patriots Fans only!” for the price of $39.95. However, right now we’re offering the A Personal Touch readers the coupon code: SUPERBOWL12 which is worth 20% off the personalized snack bowl!

dip 300x209 How To Host a Winning Super Bowl Party!The only thing better than eating chips while relaxing and watching the Super Bowl is adding a good dip to the mix!

That’s why we’d like to share a tasty recipe we came across on for The Ultimate Super Bowl Dip, aka the Cheesy Italian Sausage Dip!

This hearty dip includes cheese, Italian sausage, garlic, and peppers among other things so it’s sure to fulfill all your guests’ hunger.

If you’re not a fan of tortilla chips, set it out with pretzels or crackers and you’re ready for all the football you can take!

endzone coasters 300x300 How To Host a Winning Super Bowl Party!After you and your guests have had your fill of chips and dip you’ll need to wash it down with a nice cold beverage. Instead of dealing with water rings on your coffee table protect it and add to your festive atmosphere by personalizing the Football End Zone© Personalized Coaster Set for your home or man cave. The set of 4 coasters features your first or last name incorporated into our exclusive end zone design, then you can choose any 2 lines of text to be printed below the design like the clever phrases “Post-Game Highlights & Commentary,” or “Good Friends, Cold Beer.” The set retails at $24.95 and includes a beautiful mahogany wood caddy to store and display the coasters when they are not in use. But just like the snack bowl, you can save 20% off these coasters when you use the code: SUPERBOWL12 at checkout.

If you are a fan of our End Zone design make sure you check out the matching Football End Zone© Personalized Doormat and our Football End Zone© Personalized Bar Art that will help complete the personal touch you’ve added to your Super Bowl party.

We hope you enjoy the dip and party tips and remember to take advantage of the coupon code we gave you above before it expires, Sunday, February 5th!

Here’s hoping the football is just as good as the commercials!

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