Saturday, December 20, 2014

Current Shipping Schedule Update


Here is our latest HOLIDAY ORDERING DEADLINE - If you order today (December 20th) you must add at least EXPRESS shipping at checkout to ensure your order arrives before Christmas. We are shipping all orders ASAP, but this is a very busy time for the post office as well and adding EXPRESS shipping will greatly increase your chances of receiving your order in time for Christmas (U.S. only). If you order and do not add EXPRESS shipping, we will assume you know your order might not arrive by Christmas Day. We are no longer shipping international orders in time for Christmas delivery. Thank you so much for shopping Zoey's Attic and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Soon It'll Be A Wrap!

I've almost completed my Christmas shopping and it's time to start the wrapping! My list is always way too ambitious, and my husband says I buy for anyone and everyone I've ever met! It sure feels like it when I sit down to wrap! I have a crazy little method that works well for me. I use a different patterned paper for each of the kids, my husband, and for the individual families and friends we purchase gifts for at Christmas. So, for example, my brother's family may have a green paper with Santas and the presents for my best friend's family might then be wrapped in a red paper decorated with snowmen. I can then just look at a package and know who's family is to receive that particular gift. The wrapping begins after a long day and the kiddos are fast asleep all snuggled in their beds. I gather all my supplies in advance including several different papering options, ribbons in various holiday colors, scissors, several rolls of tape, name tags, and a red pen. This helps me to stay organized and focused on the duties at hand because I'm usually pretty worn out by this time of the night! I always wrap the presents at the dining room table with a hint of traditional Christmas movie playing softly in the background. I'm typically still at the paper wrapping station into the wee hours of the morning, and I never complete the task in one session so I can always plan on a few more very long nights finishing the job. At the end of the wrap I hide the packages in empty suitcases and boxes placed in the back of the basement... you know, where all the monsters hang out! Thus, no worries the little ones will be snooping around to see if Santa has already dropped off some presents for them!

Recently I saw a video on how to quickly and very easily wrap all those holiday packages. The video was from 93.7 FM and shared on Mama's Baby Cupcakes' Facebook page. I watched the video and was excited to try this new way to wrap my presents. Well, I tried it and wasn't very successful so I watched the tutorial again, and then yet again! I really don't know what my problem was but I sure couldn't wrap any present as fast and efficiently as they did on the video! I felt very inadequate at gift wrapping (sort of like how I feel when I try to dance!). Anyway, I wasn't expecting to fail GIFTWRAPPING101! I got so frustrated I went back to my own tried and true system of wrapping! If you have a few extra minutes please take a look at the YouTube video from Todd Tripp, and if anyone has any suggestions for future wrapping success using this method I would sure love to hear them!


Video courtesy of YouTube.com/Todd Tripp

Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Baking

Peppermint Bark
I finished the grocery shopping last evening and I'm ready for the annual Christmas cookie baking/candy making day! Mixing, baking, cookie decorating will begin in the early morning tomorrow and continue all day and into the evening! Of course, we'll start with the traditional chocolate chip cookies that are made and enjoyed year after year. I still use the Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe for this family favorite. It's the very same recipe my mom used when I was a little girl (oh so many years ago!). This classic and totally scrumptious cookie is perfect for the holidays, well perfect anytime, any day of the year! Next up will be the sugar cookie cut outs in festive holiday designs. I prefer the buttery cut out sugar cookie recipe from Food.com. The dough rolls out easily and I especially like the icing recipe for the cookies. While the sugar cookies are cooling we will make the powdered sugar snowballs. These mouth watering cookies are also called Russian Tea Cakes. I use Betty Crocker's recipe for these smooth and oh so delicious cookies. The recipe is so easy and the cookies are absolutely divine! They also look very festive with the other cookies and candies on the serving tray. After rolling the warm cookies twice in powdered sugar and the snowballs are placed on a rack to cool, it's now time to frost and decorate the sugar cookie cut outs. The sugar cookie shapes always include Christmas trees, candy canes, snowmen, Christmas stockings, and holiday bells. The kiddos love decorating these cookies and I love watching them! They are always so excited and of course always sneak a few cookie bites when I'm not looking! One of my favorite cookies is the Coconut Macaroon. The little ones don't like coconut and I have assured them that some day they will!  I really disliked these cookies when I was younger and my mom told me I would one day like and even crave them. Guess what? She was right again! So to this day I make a small batch of Macaroons because it just wouldn't be Christmas without them. Tasteofhome.com has a very simple recipe and they hardly take any time at all to make and bake. Thankfully no one in my family has a peanut allergy, so we also make a peanut butter cookie that is topped with a chocolate Hershey kiss. The recipe is from Hersheys.com, easy to make, and greatly enjoyed by all. Next we move on to the fudge! Yes, I'm a chocoholic and I freely admit it! I have always used the fudge recipe seen on the Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk can. It's so simple and the fudge is always perfect! You can find this foolproof chocolate fudge recipe online at Allrecipes.com. Finally, after a long day in the kitchen it's time to make the Chocolate Peppermint Bark and Food.com has a very easy recipe.  In years past I have used a double boiler to melt the chocolate, but now I've gotten used to melting it in the microwave oven which is so easy and less time consuming! The finished product is the most delicious chocolate peppermint bark ever! It really does melt in your mouth! So tomorrow evening all the baking and candy making will be done. Do you bake for the holidays? If so, what are your favorite recipes?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Holiday Ordering Deadlines


It's Holiday Time and Zoey's Attic wants to be sure your special order arrives before the big day! So here is the latest on our shipping deadlines for Christmas: ► U.S. Christmas ordering deadline is as follows: orders must be placed by December 16th with regular shipping and ►INTERNATIONAL orders must be placed by December 5th for Christmas delivery. We will process and ship orders out as fast as we can in the order they are received, but adding an expedited method of shipping such as Priority or Express is always an option to ensure delivery in time! Many, many thanks for your patience during our very busy Holiday season!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday Savings!

Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts
Your Cyber Monday savings continue today and tomorrow at Zoey's Attic! Save 15% off your purchased items from Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts! Just use coupon code CYBER2014 at checkout! Coupon code expires Monday, December 1st at 11:59 p.m. CST.  Be sure to check out all our personalized Holiday shirts, perfectly personalized one of a kind ornaments, custom pregnancy announcement cards, and other adorable gifts for Christmas! Happy Shopping!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday Savings!

Best deal of the year from Zoey's Attic Personalized GiftsBlack Friday savings starts NOW! Save 20% off your purchased items today from Zoey's Attic! The coupon code to use at checkout is THANKS2014 and it will expire tonight, November 28th at 11:59 p.m. CST. Valid only at our Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts online shop. Be sure to check out all our fun and unique personalized holiday shirts, custom pregnancy announcement cards, Christmas ornaments, and other adorable holiday gifts for everyone in the family and friends too! Happy Shopping!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Happy Veterans Day!

My dad and my uncle are twins, 90 years young, and members of the Greatest Generation. When they were 18 years old and just out of high school they both enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. It was war time (WW II to be exact) and I can't even begin to imagine the range of emotions experienced by my grandparents. I can only think they must have been completely overwhelmed with sentiments ranging from fear to exuberant pride and everything in between. The twins left together on a train from St. Louis Union Station in November 1943 bound for the U.S. Marine Corps Depot in San Diego, California. They had hoped to stay together throughout their service, but due to the tragic deaths of the Sullivan brothers this was not to be. The five Sullivan Brothers were all assigned to the USS Juneau. The ship was met with a Japanese torpedo on November 13, 1942 during the Battle of Gaudalcanal. All five siblings perished during or shortly after its sinking. Following several instances of sibling loss, the Commanding Officers were instructed not to forward requests for brothers to serve in the same ship or station. So following boot camp my father was sent to Marine Corps Rifle Range Camp Matthews in LaJolla, California for infantry training, and my uncle went to Chicago for Marine airway training. From there my father sailed to the Pearl Harbor Naval District and on to the Central and South Pacific for duty at Midway Island. My uncle also traveled overseas, first to the Philippines and then to the theater in China. During the War the twins kept track of one another via victory mail, more commonly known as v-mail. This was a process where a letter was censored, copied to film, and then printed to paper after its arrival at the intended destination. This method of communication was used to expedite mail service for American armed forces serving overseas. In late 1945, my dad arrived safely at St. Louis Union Station. From there he was sent to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps. Shortly after my uncle was also honorably discharged from service and also arrived safely home. On October 10th of this year the twins celebrated their 90th birthday, and of course, they wore their Marine Corps caps! This Tuesday, November 11th, is Veterans Day. It is a federal U.S. holiday established to honor men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Also, in honor of all veterans, Zoey's Attic is offering 15% off on your items purchased this weekend from Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts. Just use coupon code VET2014 at checkout for your discount. The coupon code will expire on November 11th at 11:59 p.m. CST. Many thanks to my dad, my uncle, and all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Your service on behalf of our great country is deeply appreciated!