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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!

Wedding Planning Tip: Don’t forget the Favors!

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dinosaur wedding photo Wedding Planning Tip: Dont forget the Favors!If you’re planning a wedding, you know how stressful it can be to put the celebration together. There are a million things to do and it’s easy for things to slip through the cracks. Well we’re here to help you in two ways today! First, check out this photo-shopped wedding photo we came across on Pinterest at left. Hilarious, right? Hopefully that made you smile and laugh and you were able to forget about wedding plans – even if it was only for a second icon smile Wedding Planning Tip: Dont forget the Favors! .

Now that we’ve helped you de-stress a little bit, we’re here to help you with one of the items on the wedding planning to-do list that is often over looked – the wedding favors!

If you visit our Wedding & Anniversary Gifts Store you’ll see we have an entire Wedding Favors Department that is full of great favor ideas.

candybars 150x150 Wedding Planning Tip: Dont forget the Favors!Our collection of Personalized Candy Bar Wrappers are one of our most popular Wedding Favors, especially the Filigree Wrapper design, which comes in different colors and can be personalized with or without a photo of the bride and groom. You can leave one at every seat or decorate a display table that features a sign saying “Love is sweet, please enjoy a treat!” and have your guests take one as they leave the reception! We love the idea of tying in the “Love is sweet” theme – it’s cute and perfect for all wedding celebrations! The personalized candy bar wrappers will not only add a personal touch to your wedding, your guests will LOVE the treat, especially because they’re sure to be pretty hungry after a night full of fun and dancing at your wedding! If you’re a big fan of the candy idea but don’t want to limit yourself to just chocolate bars, create a sweet table and personalize the Elegant Monogram Custom Favor Boxes that your guests can fill up with an assortment of goodies!

candles 150x150 Wedding Planning Tip: Dont forget the Favors!If you’re looking for a favor that isn’t edible but is a gift that everyone can use, you may be interested in our Personalized Candle Tin Favors - especially the Wedding Monogram design which has become a favorite among PMall fans. They’re the perfect size for people to use when they’re traveling or at home and they’ll be able to think of you and how much fun they had at the wedding every time they use it! Plus, since you can pick out a design to match your wedding colors, you’ll be adding a personal touch to the centerpieces or tables at your reception that could otherwise seem stale.

guitarpicks 150x150 Wedding Planning Tip: Dont forget the Favors!Brides and grooms who are looking for a wedding favor that will really leave an impression on their guests will LOVE some of our unique wedding favor gifts. Whether you or your future spouse are musicians or just love listening to music, our Personalized Guitar Picks are always a big hit! You can pick a design that lets you upload your favorite photo and a personalized message, or pick a simple design that will feature your own special words on either side! They come in all sorts of colors and fonts so you can customize the guitar picks exactly to your liking. Have your wedding band toss them out to the crowd while they’re preforming or leave them spread out as confetti to decorate the tables at your reception. It won’t matter how you display them – all of your family and friends will love the unique touch and will be talking about them for years to come!

As you can see, our Wedding Favor Department is full of great ideas that you can put your own spin on … we have everything from personalized mini frames to photo playing cards and golf balls! And the good news is if you head over to PMall now and place your order before June 30th, you’ll save big thanks to our Wedding Gifts Sale! So make your way over to our Personalized Wedding Gifts Store now so you can save big, stay within your budget AND check another thing off your wedding planning to-do list!

Birth Announcements With A Personal Touch

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birthannouncment1 300x243 Birth Announcements With A Personal TouchNow that the new baby is here it’s time to share an adorable photo of him or her with all your family and friends! When it comes time to picking out a photo to use, it may be hard since you think every photo of your new little one is perfect icon smile Birth Announcements With A Personal Touch ! We suggest adding a personal touch to your photos, like the hilarious photo we saw on Pinterest (at left), that features a baby in a box of packing peanuts with a book titled “Owner’s Manual, Model: Newborn Baby.” Or you can always go the adorably cute route and sneak a photo of your precious little one taking a nap like a lot of the other photos we’ve pinned.

polkadot1 150x150 Birth Announcements With A Personal TouchHave fun with your new baby photos and once you’ve picked our your favorite image, head over to PMall.com’s Baby Gifts Store and check out the Birth Announcements Department where you’ll find a bunch of cute designs that you can personalize with all of your own information. The Polka Dot Love Photo Baby Announcement is one of our most popular designs and can be personalized in blue, green pink or yellow. This design (at left) features any 3 baby photos and the option to add all of your little one’s birth information including his or her’s name, birth date, birth time, height and weight! The pastel colors and cute polka dot theme for these announcements are beautiful and serve as the perfect background to your new baby’s photos.

polkadot2 150x150 Birth Announcements With A Personal TouchThe Polka Dot Baby Announcement design is also wonderful because it matches the Pretty Polka Dot Personalized Candy Bar Wrappers! This and other candy bar wrappers can be found in the Baby Favors & Party Accessories Department. Instead of passing out those old pink or blue gum cigars, add a personal touch to sharing the good news with all of your family and friends by personalizing these candy bar wrappers with all the birth details. If you have other children, the candy bar wrappers are a great way to help your kids celebrate their new sibling. They’ll be so excited to bring them into their class and school and hand them out to all of their teachers and friends!

So start working on your birth announcement photos and then head over to PMall.com’s Baby Gifts Store where you’ll find everything you need to celebrate your new little boy or girl!

 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Green Thumbs

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cake Mothers Day Gift Ideas for Green ThumbsHave you explored PMall.com’s Mother’s Day Gifts Store yet?

You better get to it – Mother’s Day is May 12th!

Our store is filled with perfect gifts for moms with all sorts of hobbies and personality types but today we thought we’d focus on gifts with a specific theme – flowers!

After seeing this unbelievable Mother’s Day Cupcake Bouquet (at left) on Pinterest (at first look we thought they were real hydrangeas!), we were inspired to put together some flower and garden themed Mother’s Day gift ideas that any mom with a green thumb (or who just enjoys flowers) will love!

If you’re brave and crafty enough to try and create your own cupcake bouquet for your Mother’s Day dessert, we have the perfect way for you to present your masterpiece – with our Garden Of Love Engraved Flower Pot!

pots 300x250 Mothers Day Gift Ideas for Green ThumbsYou can choose from a rich red or purple ceramic pot and have it engraved with any special title or message you’d like, such as “Mom’s Garden Of Love,” on the front surrounded by our precious heart design. On the back of the flower pot you can feature all of her children’s names, each separated by a heart. Celebrate Grandma this Mother’s Day by personalizing this beautiful gift with each of her grandchildren’s names, too! Not only will this flower pot add a personal touch to your cupcake bouquet, it will be a treasured gift that she can actually use to store her favorite flowers and plants. Now when she’s bragging about her kids or grand kids, she can brag about her beautiful flowers, too!

A Personal Touch Tip: Go one step further and add another personal touch by having the kids hand paint the flower pot base with colorful ceramic markers or paints!

vasescollageforblog 300x298 Mothers Day Gift Ideas for Green ThumbsIf your mother loves flowers but doesn’t have the best track record of keeping plants alive, we suggest personalizing one of our beautiful Personalized Vases that you can fill with her favorite fresh cut flowers. The Blooms For Her Personalized Glass Vase (top left vase in photo at left) is a popular design among PMall customers and offers your choice of 7 beautiful verses (or you can write your own) that will be engraved, along with a closing sentiment and all of the children’s names, next to the sweet floral design. Another one of our popular vases is the Photo Sentiments Personalized Vase (bottom left vase in photo at left). This vase is made of fine-quality, chip-resistant stoneware and features a contemporary square design with rounded corners but what people love most about it is that it can be personalized with any photo and 3-line message! Create a vase with the first photo you have of your mother holding you in her arms in the delivery room, or a photo of a memorable vacation or trip. No matter which photo you choose she’s sure to think of you and how much you love her every time she uses her treasured vase.

If your mother has a green thumb and loves to spend her time working outside in her garden, she’s sure to love everything in our Personalized Garden Gifts & Accessories Department.

From an Embroidered Garden Tool Bag & Kneeling Pad to Personalized Garden Flags – we’ve got it all!

stonesthumbnail Mothers Day Gift Ideas for Green ThumbsBut our most popular garden gifts for Mother’s Day are the You Name It Personalized Garden Stones (at left) and the Our Loving Family Engraved Garden Stone (at bottom right).

With the You Name It Garden Stones you can select a large or small stone and have it engraved with any family name or first name in your choice of 6 different font styles. One of our personalization suggestions is to have a large stone engraved with “Mom’s Garden” (or any message you’d like) and then personalize a small stone with each of her children’s names to create a beautiful path around her garden. With the You Name It Garden Stones you have the ability to create any masterpiece you’d like!

mommystonethumbnail Mothers Day Gift Ideas for Green ThumbsThe Our Loving Family Garden Stone is a unique gift that you can have engraved with any 2-line message at the top plus a personalized character and name for each of her children below it! You can choose from all sorts of characters, including adult, youth or baby figures – even pets! Create a character for the whole family and she’ll love displaying this unique piece of art next to her beautiful flowers.

We hope you enjoyed our gift suggestions for green thumbs! We’d love to hear your personalization suggestions for our vases. Did you come up with a sweet poem that you could share with our fans that have writer’s block? We’d love to hear all of your suggestions and feedback – just comment below! And don’t forget to explore all of our Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts - we really do have a gift for moms with all sorts of hobbies and style tastes!

Wedding Gift Guide: Ideas For Throwing a Recipe or Kitchen Themed Bridal Shower

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Calling all family and friends of the bride-to-be! We know how stressful it can be to put together the logistics of a bridal shower, not to mention the immense pressure you feel to create a beautiful, special and memorable day that you know the bride will love. But never fear – PMall is here! We’ve put together some great tips so you have everything you need to help you host the perfect bridal shower!

kitchencookies1 Wedding Gift Guide: Ideas For Throwing a Recipe or Kitchen Themed Bridal ShowerThese unbelievable, almost-too-pretty-to-eat Kitchen Cookies from The Adventures of Sugarbelle blog had us instantly inspired to come up with ideas for a kitchen themed bridal shower (we first saw the picture on Pinterest, but you can find the recipe and decorating tips for creating these beauties here). We think these pretty treats would not only add some fun to each table, they’ll also make great favors that each of your guests can take home with them!

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – the first thing you need to do after setting a date and securing a location is work on the bridal shower invitations. But before we talk about creating beautiful bridal shower invitations like this, this or this, we need to go over the focal point of the kitchen themed shower. 

The purpose of any bridal shower is to help the bride start off her married life with a kitchen and home full of everything she needs but with our personalized tips and ideas, you’ll also be helping her build a kitchen and home that’s hers.

recipe cards 300x300 Wedding Gift Guide: Ideas For Throwing a Recipe or Kitchen Themed Bridal ShowerThe From The Kitchen Of… Personalized Recipe Cards, which come in both 3×5 and 4×6 sizes, or any of our other Personalized Recipe Card Designs will help you achieve both of those goals because while they do make a great gift (a gift that she’ll actually use!) all on their own … they will be extra special when you announce that you’ve had the bride’s family and friends fill them out with their favorite recipes!

In order to surprise her with this gift you’ll have to personalize enough cards (they’re sold in sets of 24) so you can include 1 or 2 of them with each of the bridal shower invitations (we also suggest personalizing an extra set of recipe cards that you can leave blank so when you present them to the bride she can add her own favorite recipes to her collection). When you’re creating the invitations, make sure to include a line somewhere on the invite that says “Please fill out the recipe cards and bring them to the shower. Write down 1-2 of your most favorite recipes to help us start the bride’s recipe collection!” Send the invites off and you’re well on your way to creating a one-of-a-kind gift that will be a bridal shower show stopper!

recipe box1 300x300 Wedding Gift Guide: Ideas For Throwing a Recipe or Kitchen Themed Bridal ShowerThe final part of the gift is to personalize the From The Kitchen Of… Bamboo or Clear Acrylic Recipe Box for the bride. We suggest trying to match the theme of the recipe box to the theme of the recipe cards, however we also offer different designs for you to choose from in our Personalized Recipe Box Department, including a Personalized Recipe Binder that would also work well for this gift. These recipe boxes are excellent additions to anyone’s kitchen – the lids on the bamboo recipe boxes feature a slit that can hold a recipe card upright while you’re cooking and the acrylic recipe box lids not only hold the recipe cards upright, they also protect them from food splatter!

We suggest quietly collecting all of the recipe cards from the guests as they arrive so when the bride opens the recipe box you’ve personalized for her, you can surprise her with all of the recipe cards that her loved ones have filled out. Just think of how special it will be for her to receive secret family recipes, the directions for making her future husband’s favorite meal from his mom, or the recipe to her favorite dessert that her aunt makes and brings to every holiday party. You’re not only setting her up with a good start to a recipe collection, you’re giving her the opportunity to surprise her husband with his favorite dinner from growing up, or to recreate her favorite holiday meals that she’s enjoyed since she was a little girl – there won’t be a dry eye in the place!

Of course we also have a way for you to lighten the mood again – bridal shower games! Now stop groaning (yeah, we heard you!), these aren’t the same ol’ games that you’ve seen done a million times … they’re kitchen-themed and interactive! We loved all of the ideas they offered on this Kitchen Bridal Shower Games post, but especially the Spice Quiz. To set up the game you remove the labels from 10 jars of spices and assign each of them a number. Pass the spices around to each of the tables and ask the guests to guess which spice it is that they’re seeing, smelling, and (if they’re brave) tasting. The person with the most correct guesses wins and the bride can keep all the spices to stock her kitchen!

If you’re looking for bridal shower gifts in addition to the recipe cards and boxes, check out our Personalized Entertaining and Home Gifts Store - especially the Kitchen and Grill Department or head over to the Kitchen, Bar and Home Department in our Personalized Wedding and Anniversary Gifts Store where you’ll find more great bridal shower gift ideas that every bride will love.

If you have any other tips for throwing a kitchen bridal shower please share with us and all of our fans by posting in the comments below!

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