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Add a Little Magic to your Christmas Morning!

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*For more tips & tricks to make your Christmas magical, visit our 12 Days of Christmas Magic page!*

blogfootprints Add a Little Magic to your Christmas Morning!Christmas morning is one of the most magical days of the year and we want to help you enjoy all of the excitement and joy that Christmas morning brings, that’s why we’ve put together some great tips that will help add a little extra magic to your Christmas morning for both you and the kids!

Christmas morning comes pretty early for parents who have been up all night wrapping “Santa” presents, especially because the kids usually wake up earlier due to excitement.

day12prod1 150x150 Add a Little Magic to your Christmas Morning!This year, buy yourself a little extra time to sleep in the morning and surprise your little ones by placing a special activity gift outside their bedroom doors, such as the Merry Christmas Personalized Coloring Book & Crayon Set.

This unique coloring book can be customized with your child’s name on the front cover and inside pages and you get to choose from 1 of our 4 cartoon characters that you want to be featured throughout the book. The book is full of holiday pictures to color, as well as Christmas-themed games, mazes and puzzles.

day12prod21 150x150 Add a Little Magic to your Christmas Morning!Speaking of puzzles, we have a wide selection of Personalized Christmas Puzzles (including photo puzzles!), that also make great outside-their-door gifts! When they wake up, instead of running straight to your bedroom to pounce on you, they’ll be able to spend some quiet time coloring in their new activity book or putting together their new Christmas puzzle!

The door gifts won’t be able to hold them off forever so once everyone is awake, make sure to have your camera ready and head over to the Christmas tree.

Surprise them by leaving magical Santa footprints near the cookies and milk they set out the night before (as you can see in the image at top left). To create Santa footprints, put a pair of boots down on the ground and sprinkle flour around them so that when you remove them, all that’s left in their place is a snow-like outline of a boot. Sure you’ll have to clean up a little mess later on but it will be totally worth it after you see the look of wonder on your children’s faces!

banner option 2 200x300 Add a Little Magic to your Christmas Morning!Have the footprints make a trail to the Christmas gifts and let the gift opening begin!

Thanks to Pinterest, we found a great tip for parents to use when the wrapping paper starts to go flying.

Take a large cardboard box and wrap it in Christmas wrapping paper, making sure to leave the top part of the box open.

Place it near the tree and as the kids start unwrapping their gifts, have them throw the paper away in the box. The pretty box (see example photo at right) will function as a trash can but will be disguised like a present so it will still look nice in all of your Christmas morning photos!

banner option 3 150x150 Add a Little Magic to your Christmas Morning!The fun doesn’t stop after the presents, make Christmas morning breakfast memorable by serving Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas pancakes!

As you can see from the photo at left, you can use whip cream and blueberries for the eyes, a strawberry for the nose and strips of bacon for the antlers and they won’t believe it when they look down and see Rudolph on their plates!

It’s the little details that matter and with this easy tips, your Christmas morning is sure to be one you’ll treasure for years to come!

2013 Thanksgiving Recipe Contest Winner Named

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sidedishescontestfbpromo403 2013 300x300 2013 Thanksgiving Recipe Contest Winner NamedCongratulations to Hidemi Walsh – the winner of PMall.com’s Side Dishes That Steal The Show Recipe Contest 2013!

Here is Hidemi’s winning recipe for Brown Butter Sweet Potato Crumble:

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup All-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Granola
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Raisins
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons Butter

For Brown Butter Sweet Potato:

  • 2-3 Sweet Potatoes (about 1 pound)
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Honey

Directions: Peel and cut the sweet potatoes in half length-wise then slice them 1/4 inch thick. Put the sweet potatoes on a microwave-safe plate, cover in plastic wrap and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until tender. In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat until foaming subsides. Turn off the heat and let stand until browned. Then stir in honey and sweet potatoes. Toss to coat well. Transfer the sweet potatoes into an 8×8 baking dish. Start making the topping in a medium bowl by mixing together flour, granola, cinnamon and brown sugar. Add the butter and work it in with your fingertips until well blended and crumbly. Fold in raisins. Sprinkle the topping over the sweet potatoes. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 25-28 minutes.

Doesn’t that sound absolutely delicious!? Thank you again to Hidemi for sharing this tasty recipe with us!

For submitting the winning recipe, Hidemi has won a $50 PMall Gift Card that she can use on any personalized gifts that she’d like!

Thank you to all of our fans who submitted their favorite side dish recipes! Keep checking back here for the latest news and contests from PersonalizationMall.com!

Thanksgiving Recipe Contest: Side Dishes that Steal the Show!

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sidedishescontestfbpromo403 2013 Thanksgiving Recipe Contest: Side Dishes that Steal the Show!Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away which means it’s time for the “Side Dishes That Steal The Show” Recipe Contest!

We’re once again moving the spotlight over from the turkey to the side dishes as we ask our fans to send in their favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipes.

Feel free to share any recipe you’d like. We encourage you to share your modern twist to a traditional recipe, your family’s favorite side dish, or you can even share a recipe for a unique dish that isn’t typically served on Thanksgiving … we want to see them all!

And don’t think that you’ll be sharing your family recipes for nothing – one lucky PersonalizationMall.com fan will win a $50 PMall Gift Card!

To enter the recipe contest, send an email to social@pmall.com with the subject line “THANKSGIVING RECIPE CONTEST” with the following information:

- Your full name and an email address that we can use to reach you if you are selected as the winner of the contest.

- The name and recipe for your favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish with a few words about why you love it or why it’s special for you and your family.

Once you’ve sent the email you’re officially entered into the contest!

Please make sure you send in your emails before the end of Thanksgiving Day on November 28th, 2013.

The A Personal Touch Staff will read through all of the entries and determine a winner and the winner will be announced here on the A Personal Touch Blog on Friday, November 30th.

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so you better get moving because it’s time to break out the cookbooks!

Good luck to all of our fans!

Jump into Fall with PMall!

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pumpkinbread1 Jump into Fall with PMall!Here at PMall, we can’t get enough of all of the yummy seasonal recipes that the fall season brings and of course all of the beautiful colors that nature creates during this time of year.

Before we get started on ideas for enjoying those beautiful fall colors around your home, we thought we’d share an awesome fall recipe that we saw on Pinterest. Everyone knows that the two big flavors of the fall season are apples and pumpkins … that’s why we suggest drinking a nice warm apple cider while you enjoy this Peekaboo Pumpkin Pound Cake (at left) that looks almost too pretty to eat (Click the link to be directed to SheKnows.com for the full recipe)!

The combination of pumpkin bread and pound cake would be delicious enough, but this recipe also includes a brown butter pecan icing that’s out of this world! One slice of this tasty treat is sure to give you a boost of energy to help you stay warm during the crisp fall air.

Though it may be hard to admit after seeing this recipe, there is more to fall than just pumpkin flavoring. For us, it’s all about the warm, rich colors that the fall season brings! Our favorite thing to do during this time of year is to see all of the leaves change into deep shades of red and orange and fall off the trees. We love the colors of fall so much, we’ve come up with some great Fall Decorations that will help you enjoy those beautiful colors around your home, too!

blogflag1 300x300 Jump into Fall with PMall!The Autumn Hues Monogram Personalized Garden Flag, one of our customers’ favorite fall gifts, has a design filled with leaves, acorns, pine and berries featured in vibrant colors. This enchanting piece artfully displays any single initial, along with any name or address you choose, to warmly welcome others to hearth and home! The design is printed on a removable flag so you can replace it with other designs throughout the year, as desired. You can personalize the flag alone to be interchanged for just $19.95 (Shop during our Fall Favorites sale now through Sunday to personalize the flag for just $14.95), or add our optional garden flag stand, which is sold separately, for $11.95. After you’ve acquired the flag stand, you can have fun personalizing other flag designs to interchange for all of the holidays, seasons or for upcoming special occasions like birthdays, graduations or other milestones! Browse through all of our designs in our Personalized Garden Flag Store. For those of you who love the Autumn Hues design as much as we do, be sure to check out our personalized doormat and yard stake that also feature the design.

blogdoormat 150x150 Jump into Fall with PMall!If you love the fall leaves, but don’t want them tracked into your house from your family and friends’ dirty shoes, the Happy Autumn Personalized Doormat is perfect for you! The doormat features an elegant design of leaves in rich brown and orange colors and serves as an elegant accent piece to create an inviting welcome for friends and family this fall season, indoors or outdoors. We’ll custom personalize your doormat with any title and any family name or first names that you choose – all for just $22.95 (Act fast and you can personalize this doormat for only $17.20 during our Fall Favorites Sale now through Sunday)! It will look lovely on your front porch or if you’d like to enjoy the warm fall colors inside your home, place the doormat by the fireplace. It will add a personal touch to the room and provide a safe place to store the fire wood. You’ll be able to enjoy the personalized doormat while you pick up a good book, snuggle up on the couch and get warm and cozy next to the fire!

blogyardstake 150x150 Jump into Fall with PMall!Another great way to welcome friends and family to your home this fall is to personalize the Autumn Greetings Personalized Yard Stake and Magnet for you home. Our exclusive design features a border of falling leaves in rich, warm tones with a delicate leaf background. It’s sure to provide a distinctive finish to your home while attractively displaying your home address or family name. Personalize the magnet with the yard stake for $32.95 or the magnet alone for $15.95 (now only $24.70 and $11.95, respectively when you shop before our Fall Favorites Sale ends Sunday). Once you have the yard stake, you can interchange the magnet with a new design whenever you’d like. Check out all of the different designs we offer in our Personalized Yard Stake Store.

Are you a big fan of fall like us? We’d love to hear your fall recipes or fun fall crafts that you do with your family! Leave a comment below or email us at social@pmall.com and your tip could be published here for all of our fans to see!

Happy fall to all!

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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