Archive for August, 2013

Wedding Gift Guide: How to say “Thank You” in Style!

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thankyouscrabble Wedding Gift Guide: How to say Thank You in Style!We were so inspired by this beautiful photo from Pinterest that we had to put together a post for you!

The couple looks stunning and we’re loving their clever use of Scrabble letters to spell out “thank you” in this dreamy picture.

We LOVE the idea of planning a special photo on your wedding day that you can use later for your thank you notes. What a fun way to add your own personal style to your cards!

With this idea, the bride and groom can be sure that they’ll be able to get their personalities across so that when their family and friends open their card they’ll smile and say “that’s so them!”

Your wedding guests will get a kick out of seeing you both truly happy and that you were thinking of them on your Big Day … it’s that extra personal touch that makes them feel special and lets them know just how appreciative you really are.

If you’re a fan of this idea, head over to our Everything Wedding” Pinterest Board- you’ll find some other great “Thank You” photo ideas that we loved and hopefully they’ll work as inspiration for your own photo ideas!

Work with your photographer to come up with a cute photo concept that you both love and make sure to remember to bring any props you may need (signs, Scrabble letters, etc.) on the day of the wedding.

Once you’ve recovered from the wedding and honeymoon and are ready to return to your normal, everyday life, it’s time to get to those thank you notes!

According to Emily Post, proper etiquette suggests that you send the cards within 3 months of the wedding (Click the above link for the dos and don’ts of thank you note etiquette).

justusphotonotecards 150x150 Wedding Gift Guide: How to say Thank You in Style!Start out by picking out your favorite “Thank You” photo – once you’ve decided on the winner use our Just Us” Photo Note Cards & Envelopes to upload the photo and create your own personalized cards! These fold-over note cards can be personalized with a vertical or horizontal photo in your choice of full color or black and white. They’re sold in sets of 24, which includes crisp, white envelopes for mailing. Each card measures 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and is made from premium heavyweight photography card stock with a glossy finish on the front and a matte finish inside for handwritten messages. One set is usually sold for $24.95 however if you shop now through Sunday (Aug. 25th, 2013) during our Best-Selling Gifts Sale, you can personalize them for just $18.70. The more sets you buy, the more you save!

If you like the idea of adding a personal touch to your thank you notes but aren’t sure of a way to incorporate a “thank you” sign in a photo, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

thankyoubannernotecards 150x150 Wedding Gift Guide: How to say Thank You in Style!Thanks to our “Wedding Thank You” Photo Note Cards & Envelopes, all you have to do is pick out your favorite wedding photo (sans thank you sign) and our design will do the rest!

This wedding design theme features a colorful banner below your photo that displays ”thank you” above both of your names in your choice of a beautiful block or script font. You get to choose from 8 different color options (Black, Cream, Navy, Red, Purple, Pink, Blue and Green) - a perfect way to incorporate your wedding colors one last time! These note cards are the same size and have the same finish as the “Just Us” Photo note cards. They are also sold in sets of 24, which includes the white mailing envelopes – all for just $28.95.

mrandmrsstamp1 150x150 Wedding Gift Guide: How to say Thank You in Style!Before you head to the post office to send out your thank you notes, make sure you use the Mr. & Mrs. Self-Inking Return Address Stamper so that any wrong addresses can be returned to you! This personalized stamper is one of our most popular gifts – our Pinterest and Facebook Fans go crazy over it! It can be personalized with your married last name and address in your choice of 5 ink colors (Black, Blue, Red, Purple and Green). The personalized stamp is ususally sold for $24.95, but if shop before our sale ends on Sunday you can personalize one for just $18.70!

Brides everywhere love this stamp because it helps save TONS of time and money – and it’s easy to use!

Another bonus is that you aren’t limited to using it just for your thank you notes, you’ll be able to use your new personalized return address stamp for all of your future mail!

If you and your spouse have different last names, feel free to check out all of our Personalized Return Address Stamps – with all of our design styles you’re sure to find one you love! If stamps aren’t your style, feel free to browse through our Personalized Return Address Labels and pick a design you’ll love sticking to your envelopes – they also help you save a lot of time!

Do you have any cute “thank you” photo ideas you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear and see them! Share your ideas by commenting below or by emailing them to social@pmall.com.

We hope you found our tips helpful and we wish you good luck with writing out all your thank you notes … remember it helps to tackle a handful a day instead of trying to do them all in one sitting!

 

Have Fun with Back to School Photos!

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backtoschoolcheers1 Have Fun with Back to School Photos!We couldn’t stop laughing when we saw this hilarious back-to-school photo on Pinterest (at left)!

We love the idea of taking a “happy mom and dad” back-to-school photo – after all, it’s a big day for parents, too! If you like this photo, you should visit our Back to School Pinterest Board where you’ll find a couple of other cute parent photos, as well.

We hope this will inspire you to have some fun with your back-to-school photos this year because once you have the perfect photo of your kids in their first day of school outfits, you’ll need somewhere special to display them … and we have just the thing!

backtoschoolwoodframe 150x150 Have Fun with Back to School Photos!The 1st Day of School Personalized Picture Frame (at right) can be engraved with any line of text nestled in among the ruler design, while any two lines go below your child’s photo to commemorate the date, school name, grade, or whatever you choose!

This adorable wood frame is available to be personalized in vertical or horizontal format for just $24.95 (shop before Monday, August 19th and you can purchase the frame for only $18.70 while it’s still on sale!).

backtoschoolcolorframe 150x150 Have Fun with Back to School Photos!If you’d like to showcase your cute new back-to-school photo in a more colorful way, the “My First Day Of School” Personalized Full Color Frame (at left) is another great option! Even though the example says “my first day of kindergarten” that’s not all this frame can say!

You can personalize the colorful bus design with any line across the top, along with your child’s school name and the year which will be cleverly featured within the bus design. Finally, add your little one’s name to the bottom and you will have captured an adorable moment in time! This back-to-school frame can be personalized for $28.95 (or shop before Monday, Aug. 19th and personalize it for only $21.70 while it’s still on sale!).

For those of you who are looking for a frame for older children, head over and check out all of our Personalized Photo Frames where you’re sure to find the type of design that you’re looking for.

Before you send your kids off to school, be sure you also check out our Back to School Supplies – you’ll find personalized back-to-school gear for kids of all ages, including backpacks, lunch bags, pencils, folders, notebooks, pencil cases and so much more!

Pack a Fun School Lunch with these Great Tips!

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nokidhungry Pack a Fun School Lunch with these Great Tips!It’s Back to School season and PersonalizationMall.com is having a huge sale on all of our personalized back to school gear!

We have a wide selection of Personalized Lunch Totes designed for teens and pre-teens and Personalized Lunch Bags that feature cute designs for younger kids in grade school but since the teens and pre-teens may be too old for “cute” lunches, we thought we’d focus today’s tips on the younger kids’ lunches.

The best part about personalizing our adorable Personalized Lunch Bags is that for every bag purchased, $1.00 goes to the charity No Kid Hungry. Every dollar that’s donated helps the No Kid Hungry campaign start or improve school breakfast programs, recruit and expand summer meals sites and teach families how to shop for and cook healthy meals on a limited budget. Since the summer of 2011, No Kid Hungry efforts have helped bring more than 34 million additional meals to kids who need them and they continue to engage the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority.

butterflybag 150x150 Pack a Fun School Lunch with these Great Tips!butterflysandwich 150x150 Pack a Fun School Lunch with these Great Tips!Now that you know all about the No Kid Hungry campaign, lets look at these cute lunch ideas! It’s easy to see why the Butterfly Embroidered Lunch Bag (at left) is one of our customers’ favorites. The bright and colorful bag features an adorable butterfly design that can be personalized with any name right on the front so her delicious lunch won’t be mistaken as anyone else’s. It is fully insulated to keep food both warm and cold and has two compartments for storing extra goodies. Moms especially love all of these bags because they’re made of a durable and washable material that makes clean-up nice and easy! If your little girl loves butterflies this lunch bag is perfect for her and the only thing that would make it more perfect is if you filled her new personalized lunch bag with this cute butterfly sandwich (right) that we saw on Pinterest! All you have to do is make her favorite sandwich and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to create the butterfly’s wings. Add a carrot for the body and raisons for the eyes and you’re done!

dinolunchbox 150x150 Pack a Fun School Lunch with these Great Tips!dinosandwich 150x150 Pack a Fun School Lunch with these Great Tips!If you have a little boy at home, the Dino Embroidered Lunch Bag is the best way to go. We’ll embroider your son’s name on the front of the bag, right next to the dinosaur foot prints! And if your son is going to have a dinosaur lunch bag, then you should give him a dinosaur sandwich! This dinosaur sandwich is probably the coolest one we saw on Pinterest. Once you’ve used a dinosaur cookie cutter to make the shape of the sandwich, break off the tips of their chips and stick them on the dinosaurs back to create edible spikes! Your little guy will have a blast showing all of his friends the cool lunch his mom made!

owl lunchbox 150x150 Pack a Fun School Lunch with these Great Tips!owlsandwich1 150x150 Pack a Fun School Lunch with these Great Tips!Owls are the hot new trend and if your little girl is up on the latest fashion, she’ll love the Sweet Owl Embroidered Lunch Bag (at left). Just like the other bags, we will embroider her name on the front of the bag, next to the pink and yellow flower design.

The owl’s big eyes are easy to imitate for your little one’s lunch (see the photo example at right). Just add two slices of cucumber and two raisons to the top of the sandwich, cut out a carrot for the nose and use a knife to create the wings. You can use the leftover cucumber to form cute flowers or add pretzel sticks to create a tree!

ladybuglunchbox 150x150 Pack a Fun School Lunch with these Great Tips!ladybugsandwich 150x150 Pack a Fun School Lunch with these Great Tips!Last but not least we have the Ladybug Embroidered Lunch Bag, which your little “lovebug” is sure to love! Once you’ve added her name to the front of the bag, you can fill it with her favorite sandwich that you will turn “inside out” so it becomes a ladybug! Build her favorite sandwich and cut around the bread so it takes a circular shape. Then take the cheese out from between the two slices of bread and place it on top. Cut little circles out of the cheese or use swiss cheese and you’ll have formed the perfect ladybug wings!

We hope you enjoyed all of these fun lunch tips! We’d love to hear any tips you may have or we’d love to see any of your own personal fun lunch creations! Post them in the comment section below or send them to social@pmall.com.

Be sure to check out our Back to School shop and remember that when you personalize these lunch bags you won’t just be putting a huge smile on your child’s face, you’ll also be helping put food on the table for children all over the nation!

Keep the Kids Cool with a “Drive-In” Movie at Home!

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drive in theater1 Keep the Kids Cool with a Drive In Movie at Home!Now that August is here, the summer heat is starting to take its toll and your kids may be looking for ways to take a break from the sun.

Luckily we just saw this photo (at left) on Pinterest and have great way for you and your family to beat the heat – by having your own “Drive-In Movie” inside your home!

The “Not Just a Housewife” blog came up with the awesome idea to turn cardboard boxes into cars and place them in front of the TV so the kids feel like they’re actually at a drive-in movie theater! It’s a great way to get the kids’ “creative juices” flowing all while escaping the summer sun and spending quality family time together!

As you can see from the blog post (click the “Not Just a Housewife” link above to be directed to the full blog post), all you have to do is take a cardboard box and have the kids decorate it to look like any type of car they’d like! The blog post suggests covering the boxes with colored or patterned duct tape so that the cardboard becomes more durable and lasts for more than one movie, but if you don’t have any colored duct tape on hand, feel free to just let the kids use crayons or markers to decorate the boxes with their own artwork. Don’t forget to attach paper plates for the car’s wheels for an extra cool effect!

Once everyone has created their own cars, place them in a straight line on the ground in front of the TV and decide what movie everyone would like to watch.

Now that you have the movie picked out there’s only one thing left to do – gather up some movie snacks!

blogpopcornbowl1 Keep the Kids Cool with a Drive In Movie at Home!Movie snacks wouldn’t be complete without popcorn, and with the Old-Fashioned Red Popcorn Bowl Set everyone can have their own bowl to hold onto in each of their “cars.” You can personalize the large bowl with your family name or any message you’d like for just $39.95 and the small bowls can be purchased individually for only $9.95 each. We love the old-fashioned look to the bowl and our Old Fashioned Four Seasoning Popcorn Party Set that you can also purchase for just $12.95. The personalized bowls are high quality so you can feel free to use them for more than popcorn on family movie nights. They can be used for all of your dining and entertaining needs, including using them as salad bowls when you’re hosting a dinner party or to serve other types of snacks when you have company.

cashbox Keep the Kids Cool with a Drive In Movie at Home!If your kids are a little older, you can also create a learning experience for them by creating a little concession stand in your kitchen.

Have them work on their handwriting and spelling by creating a poster board that shows a menu with the different types of snacks and the cost of each item. Use the My Private Stash Personalized Cash Box as the cash register and have your kids take turns being the concession stand worker.

Whoever plays the concession stand worker takes their siblings’ popcorn, candy and drink orders and using play money, will use the math skills they learned during the school year to figure out how much change they need to give back to each of their customers! You can choose a pink or blue cash box and have it personalized with any 2 lines across the top and your kids can use it for all sorts of future make-believe games or to hold their allowance. The cash boxes usually cost $24.95 but if you act fast, you can personalize them now while they’re on sale for just $18.70!

blogblankets Keep the Kids Cool with a Drive In Movie at Home!Once everyone has their snacks and the concession stand is “closed,” have everyone climb into their cars and tuck each of them in with a Personalized Sweatshirt Blanket so they can be comfy and cozy in their little “cars.” Since they’re in individual cars they probably won’t be able to share a blanket, but with our wide selection of Personalized Blankets you’ll have no problem finding the perfect design for boys and girls of all ages, no matter what their favorite hobbies or interests are. The kids will stay warm and comfortable in their cardboard boxes and the blankets can help prevent any sticky candy from falling onto your carpet (after all it’s a lot easier to throw a blanket in the wash, than it is to try and get a sugary stain out of your family room carpet)! The blankets will be great for the drive-in movie night, but your kids will also be able to use them for years to come, especially when they go on sleepovers, road trips or just when they’re sitting on the couch watching TV or doing their homework.

When everyone is ready, dim the lights and start the movie!

The homemade drive-in movie theater is a win-win for everyone. The kids are happy that they get to cool off and watch a movie and the parents are happy that the kids are using their creativity, math skills (without even realizing it) and spending quality time together. It’s not only a great way to beat the heat, it’s also a great way to make an unforgettable memory that your family will cherish forever!

If you have any ideas on ways to beat the heat this summer, feel free to share them in the comments below and make sure to visit PMall.com’s Back-to-School Store so you can get an early start to tackling those school supply lists!

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