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Grandparents Day is on September 9th this year and we thought – what better way to celebrate than bragging about how amazing your grandparents are and winning a personalized gift from PMall.com just for them that they’ll treasure forever?!
That’s why we’re having a Grandparents Day Contest and we’re asking our fans … “What Makes Your Grandparent So Grand?”
To enter the contest, send an email with the subject line “Grandparents Day” to email@example.com with the following information before the contest ends at midnight on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012:
- Your full name and email address that we can use to contact you if you win
- Your grandparent’s full name
- In 60 words or less, tell us what makes your grandparent so grand!
The PMall.com staff will select the top three most unique entries and determine the first, second and third place winners. We will post the names of the winners here on the A Personal Touch Blog on Wednesday September 5th.
We bet you want to know what you can win, huh!? Well, the first-place winner will win a 16” x 20” Photo Sentiments© Canvas which will be personalized with a picture of the winner and their grandparent and the winning text they submitted so that they can let their grandparent know just how much they mean to them with a special gift!
Second place will win a Photo Sentiments© Table Top Canvas with their own picture and submission and third place will win a Photo Sentiments© Coffee Mug that will be personalized with their picture and submission.
So don’t forget to get your submissions in before the contest ends September 4th! Good luck to everyone and we can’t wait to read all your entries!
The Summer ParTEA Recipe Contest may be the PMall.com Staff’s favorite contest yet!
We received several recipes and we couldn’t believe how unique each of them were and how delicious they sounded – we have enough recipes to keep our taste buds happy for the rest of the summer!
Thank you to all who participated in our contest, we can’t thank you enough for sharing all your recipe secrets. While all of your entries had our mouths watering, there was one particular recipe that stood out from all the rest.
Congratulations to Liga Gorrick for winning our Summer ParTEA Recipe Contest with her recipe for Rhubarb Ice Tea!
Thanks to Liga’s special recipe, she has won her very own Personalized Beverage Server with Stand that she can use to serve her Rhubarb Ice Tea for many summers to come!
Here is Liga’s winning entry for all of you to enjoy:
My name is Liga Gorrick and my favorite drink in a hot summer day isn’t the regular ice tea everybody serves. It’s the amazing Rhubarb ice tea with its freshness and the beautiful pink color. As I grew up there always was plenty of rhubarb in my mom’s garden during summertime. Mom was really good making something yummy out of it. One of my all-time favorites is this rosy ice tea (especially accompanied with rhubarb tart or pie). It tastes like summer and childhood to me. My mother made it just with rhubarb alone, but I’ve been “playing” with the ingredients over the years and have discovered that I like it best with a little bit of ginger or with hibiscus tea.
- 8-10 large rhubarb stalks
- 8-10 cups of water (1 cup for each rhubarb stalk)
- 1 small ginger root (about 2 inches long)
- Honey (sugar, Splenda or any other sweetener)
Wash and clean the rhubarb (do not peel- the peel is what gives that lovely pink color), cut into about 1 inch chunks. Wash, peel and cut the ginger in thin slices. Add the rhubarb and ginger to the water in a large saucepan and bring it to boil, then simmer covered for 15-20 min. Take the saucepan off the heat and let it cool for a while. Strain the tea; add honey (sugar/Splenda) to the desired sweetness. Chill the tea completely and serve with plenty of ice. I like large pieces of ice that doesn’t dilute the drink so quickly.
For variety you can serve it with a little bit of fresh peppermint, substitute the ginger for a few strips of lemon peel or use rhubarb alone. You can also brew a few bags of hibiscus or green tea in the rhubarb tea while it’s still hot. Hibiscus tea makes it brighter pink or even red. It also gives a stronger, more sour taste. Enjoy!
Right away we knew we loved the recipe, but when we saw how tasty and refreshing the Rhubarb Tea looked in the picture Liga included, we knew we had a winner! Congrats again to Liga and thank you to all who participated in the PMall contest.
Make sure you keep checking back here for more contests and tips and tricks to make your parties and personalized gifts extra special!
Below are some of our other favorite fan entries for you to enjoy. They may not have won the contest but they’ve won a place in our hearts and cookbooks!
Katie Kitterman’s Pineapple iced tea
- 1 quart water
- 7 tea bags
- 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 2 tbl sugar
Brew tea, stir in the rest then let it sit (overnight if possible).
Jennifer Jonas’s Ice Tea Recipe
- 3 Family Sized Lipton Tea Bags
- Pot of water
- 1 1/2 cups of Sugar
- 1 Can Frozen Lemonade Concentrate
- Cold water
Place tea bags in pot of boiling water & steep about 10 minutes. Put sugar in gallon tea pitcher. Pour warm tea over sugar & stir to dissolve completely. Pour lemonade concentrate in & top off with cold water. Stir well & refrigerate for delicious sweet tea (makes 1 gallon).
“What I love most about it: This recipe has been shared with me by my mom. We love this Lemonade Sweet Tea on hot summer days here in Texas. It’s very thirst quenching & refreshing (especially when it’s 107 degrees here).”
Juliet V’s Blended Masala Iced Tea
- 6 to 8 tea bags
- 4 cups water
- 4 cups cold water
- 3 pods cardamom
- 1/4” ginger diced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 cloves
- 1/2 cup sugar or 1/4 cup honey (optional)
- Lemon/lime to garnish (optional)
Combine all ingredients except honey or sugar and cold water. Boil for 10 minutes. Strain. Put the cold water into a pitcher. Pour the hot tea over the cold water. You put the cold water in first, because the hot tea could melt the pitcher because it is hot. Add sugar or honey to sweeten it, stirring till dissolves. Put the pitcher into the fridge to cool. You can add slices of lime or lemon to the pitcher to give it a refreshing taste.
“I love this tea because it gives me the essence of different spices and soothing/calming effect, which embodies the full flavor of a tea.”
There’s nothing better than a nice, refreshing sip of chilled ice tea on a hot summer’s day!
Whether it’s a concoction of tea and lots of other ingredients or regular tea with a new twist you’ve added to help spice it up, share your favorite tea recipe and you could win PMall.com’s Summer ParTEA Recipe Contest and take home your very own Personalized Beverage Server with Stand so you can serve and enjoy your delicious tea in personalized style at your next party!
To enter the contest, send an email with the subject line “Summer ParTEA Contest” to firstname.lastname@example.org before the contest ends on August 1st, 2012 with the following information:
1. Your full name and email address where we can contact you if you’ve been selected as the winner.
2. Your favorite Ice Tea Recipe and what you love most about it.
And it’s as easy as that!
The PMall Staff will read the entries and select their favorite recipe and the winner will be announced here on the A Personal Touch Blog on August 2nd.
So start trying out new tasty combinations or pull out your recipe book and find that trusty recipe you’ve loved for years – just make sure you do it before the contest ends!
We can’t wait to read all your entries – our mouths are watering just thinking about it!
If you’re planning a wedding and aren’t on Pinterest yet – go join now! We find the best ideas from various wedding boards; including our inspiration for this Wedding Party Gift Guide’s Bridesmaid Edition post (continue reading for a coupon code that will help you save big on all these bridesmaid gift ideas!)!
One of the new wedding trends that we see popping up everywhere is personalizing robes as a bridal party gift for bridesmaids and posing in them for pictures before the ceremony - it’s adorable and we can’t get enough of it!
Personalizing robes is such a smart idea – you’re sure to get your money’s worth because it’s a gift that both you and your bridesmaids will love!
For starters, as you can see from the picture at left which we recently repinned onto our Pinterest board, brides love giving personalized robes as gifts because it creates a cute new wedding photo opportunity that is truly unique! Instead of having pictures taken of you and your bridesmaids in old, mismatched t-shirts or tank tops while you’re getting your hair and makeup done, you can have beautiful pictures that look more elegant, girly and just plain fun!
PMall’s beautiful and soft Velour Spa Robe is the perfect robe for brides to personalize for their bridesmaids because they not only get to choose from 15 thread colors so the robes will match their signature wedding colors, they also get to personalize them in any way they’d like! The kimono-style robe can be custom embroidered with the word “Bridesmaid” or you can choose to use your bridesmaid’s first names, monograms or initials … you even get to pick having it personalized in block or script lettering style! The robes usually retail for $59.95 but they’re on sale now for only $44.95, better yet - you can get them even cheaper if you act fast because as a “Thank you” to our A Personal Touch Readers, we’re offering the coupon code “BRIDESMAID” which you can use at checkout to save 25% off all of PMall’s Personalized Bridesmaid Gifts now through the end of May!
To really make your fun bridesmaid photo pop, be sure to personalize a matching robe for yourself that says “Bride,” customize one of our Mr. and Mrs. Collection© Embroidered Robes so that it says “Mrs. (future last name here),” or look through PMall.com’s wide selection of robes for robes in different colors and designs that best suit your wedding style!
Your bridesmaids will be truly touched when they see that you personalized a gift just for them and they’ll be thrilled to receive a gift that they can use for years to come! Let’s face it, after all the help they’ve given you with planning the wedding, bridal shower and bachelorette party, they deserve to be pampered with a luxurious robe so they can relax and be comfortable the morning of your wedding (especially because of the uncomfortable high heels you’re making them wear that night!).
Speaking of heels, another unique bridesmaid gift idea is the Just My Style© Personalized Shoe Bag. This cotton bag features a cute high heel design that you can personalize with your bridesmaid’s name in one of 8 colors. It’s the perfect way for your bridesmaids to carry and protect their heels as they take them to and from their hair and makeup appointments on the day of your wedding and in the future!
This gift is especially perfect for destination weddings and for brides who have offered to pay for their bridesmaids’ shoes as a bridal party gift because they can give the shoes to their friends in these cute bags for a memorable presentation! The bags are also great for brides on a budget because they’re only $14.95 (save even more by using the coupon code “BRIDESMAID” we mentioned earlier in the post)!
Another trend we’ve been seeing is brides giving their bridesmaids the jewelry they will wear at the wedding as their bridal party gift. This is a nice gesture for helping cut the cost of being a bridesmaid for your friends, but what we think would make it even better is by presenting the jewelry inside the Wedding Reflections© Personalized Jewelry Box! The exquisite box features glistening beveled glass within a shimmering silver-plate that can be engraved with your bridesmaid’s name and any 1-line of personalization, such as “Bridesmaid,” below. While the jewelry is a great gift, this beautiful jewelry box helps convey your appreciation and love for your friends who are helping you celebrate your big day. It’s an impressive and feminine keepsake that she will treasure through the years – just like your friendship! You can personalize the jewelry box for only $26.95 or use the coupon code “BRIDESMAID” before May 31st and get 25% off the retail price!
We hope you enjoyed our Bridesmaid Gift Guide and that you take advantage of the “BRIDESMAID” coupon code which is worth 25% off all PMall’s Personalized Bridesmaid Gifts before the code expires May 31st and check back here at A Personal Touch for the next edition of our Wedding Gift Guide!
In this edition of A Personal Touch’s “Wedding Party Gift Guide” we’re talking all about your flower girl (and be sure to keep reading for a coupon code that will help you save big on your personalized flower girl gifts)!
From what we’ve been seeing on the Pinterest Boards, the flower girl’s job requirements seem to be evolving and we love the new creative ideas brides are coming up with!
Instead of dropping petals as they walk down the aisle, some brides are having their flower girls carry signs with cute sayings (like the ones pictured at left).
We think it looks adorable and is a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding, and since it’s so unique, it’s sure to be a moment everyone will always remember!
If you’re a fan of unique wedding details, you’re going to love all the gift ideas that PMall.com’s Wedding and Anniversary Store has to offer!
The Our Flower Girl© Youth T-Shirt is a great gift idea that offers an adorable photo op, too!
You can personalize this cute design by picking out the character’s skin, hair and clothing color so it matches your flower girl perfectly.
Then you add her name and your wedding date or any 2-line message below the character all for just $14.95!
This one-of-a-kind shirt is perfect for her to wear to the rehearsal dinner, engagement parties, and even the reception after the formalities!
The Perfectly Picked Flower Girl© Personalized Coloring Activity Book & Crayon Set is not only a great gift to pair with the t-shirt, it also helps keep your flower girl happy and occupied during your wedding rehearsal and ceremony! The activity book has many wedding-themed pictures to color, as well as games, puzzles and mazes. It features your flower girl’s name on the front cover and on many of the inside pages, which also feature your choice of two flower girl characters. You also get to add your own name and wedding date to the cover for a gift she’ll love and actually get to play with – all for just $12.95!
When it comes to bridal party gifts, some brides prefer to give gifts that her friends and family will use or wear during the ceremony itself. If you’re looking for a great ceremony gift, make sure to personalize the Flower Girl Personalized Bracelet for your little helper!
This pretty bracelet features a sterling silver flower charm and faux pearls that stretch to accommodate most children’s wrist sizes. The bracelet is custom engraved on the sterling silver oval medallion with any initial on one side and optional year on the reverse.
It’s a beautiful and thoughtful flower girl gift that she’ll be able to wear during your wedding and long after – all for just $24.95!
Now we know that wedding costs can cause a lot of stress, especially in these hard economin times … that’s why we’d like to help and and show our appreciation to our blog readers by offering 25% off these three flower girl gifts! All you have to do it use coupon code “FLOWERGIRL” at checkout before May 1st, 2012 and you’ll save 25% off the Flower Girl T-Shirt, Activity Book and/or Bracelet just for being A Personal Touch reader!
We hope you enjoyed our Flower Girl Gift ideas! Have you or are you planning to have your Flower Girls do something out of the ordinary when they walk down the aisle at your wedding? Which gift idea did you like best? Please comment below – we love to hear your opinions and ideas!
And be sure to explore all of PMall.com’s Flower Girl and Ring Bearer Gifts that we didn’t get a chance to write about in this post and check back here for the next edition of the Wedding Party Gift Guide!