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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!

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!

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