Friday, May 22, 2015

Father's Day Savings

Father's Day is Sunday, June 21st, but you can save NOW on custom shirts and unique gifts from Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts!  Save 15% off your purchased items from Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts starting today and extending through the Memorial Day Weekend! Just use code MEM2015 at checkout for your 15% off savings. The coupon code will expire on Monday, May 25th, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Be sure to check out all our custom shirts for Dad, Step-Dad, Grandpa, or even a favorite Uncle!. Also choose a fun and personalized gift such as a custom apron, coffee mug, tote bag, or throw pillow for Dad. And, of course be sure to check out our best selling and oh so adorable Dad and Kiddo matching sets! Happy Shopping!

Father's Day Shirts and Gifts
from Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts

Monday, May 18, 2015

We Remember

Memorial Day is May 25th, a week from today. While it's the unofficial start of the summer season, it is actually a U.S. federal holiday set aside each year to pay respect to America's servicemen and women whom died while preserving our freedoms. While I enjoy the parades, family gatherings, and barbecues, the day is also personal for me. Each year I remember the members of my family whom have honorably served our nation and fellow countrymen. I am thankful for the servicemen and women such as 90 year old twin brothers, Bill and Lloyd Rupp. They joined the United States Marine Corps the day following their high school graduation in 1942. In November of that year, they left together by train from Union Station in downtown St. Louis destined for Marine Corp Base Camp in San Diego, California. The train made a routine stop at Wabash Delmar Station. Their family home on Nina Place was in view from the train station. The twins could see their mom and dad standing in the bedroom they shared and both were crying. At that moment, Bill and Lloyd wondered if they would ever see them again. The twins completed boot camp together, but due to the military policies brought about by the deaths of the five Sullivan brothers the twins were then separated. During World War II, Lloyd served in the Philippines and later in China while Bill was sent to the South Pacific and Midway Island. Remarkably they both survived the war and safely returned to the States. A few months past, the St. Louis Blues, of the National Hockey League honored these two veterans for their service to our country. The ovation was rousing and the 90 year old twin brothers were clearly overwhelmed. Definitely a well deserved tribute to these exemplary soldiers.



Following an injury and subsequent craniotomy for a subdural hematoma this past winter, Bill and his wife were moved to an assisted living home, The Bridge at Florissant. It was a difficult transition for the peppy and fiercely independent Marine. Although still active in his local community government and veteran affairs, Bill decided to continue his work on behalf of veterans in his new place of residence. On that note, this faithful Marine planned a Memorial Day event for the residents of The Bridge. He arranged for speakers from several branches of the armed forces to address the residents and their guests. Rear Admiral John Zerr represented the U.S. Navy, Lt. Col. Ron Neubauer spoke on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1st Lt. George Newell represented the U.S. Army, and Col. Bob Leeker, U.S. Air Force also addressed the audience. Each speaker eloquently shared their personal stories entwined with their interpretation of the real meaning of Memorial Day. Everyone in the room was moved including the younger men and women in attendance. The eyes of the Director of the facility welled with tears as she recalled her own father’s service during the Viet Nam conflict. Upon hearing the stories of the speakers and residents, tears even flowed from the eyes of those much younger whom have no personal connection to the military.  Everyone in attendance clearly felt moved by the ceremony.

The singing of our National Anthem and God Bless America was led by Katharine Lawton Brown and everyone in attendance joined in chorus. Medals of Recognition were presented to residents of The Bridge at Florissant whom had served in the military services of our country. The American Flag was then lowered in honor of those service members whom gave the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our Nation’s principles and freedoms. A U.S. Marine Corp League bugler played Taps during the lowering of the flag. A reception for Veteran honorees, residents, and guests was held immediately following the ceremony.  It was an emotional event and everyone was touched by the service. Several widows were present and shared stories and family pictures of their beloved husbands in their military dress. Others present spoke of sons and daughters whom had served their country and were no longer with us. Pride and appreciation resounded throughout The Bridge that day.

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Saint Louis, Missouri


The ceremony at The Bridge was my first Memorial Day event this year.  Sunday I will help decorate the graves of family members interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. That day the local Boy Scouts will also place an American flag on each of the 190,000 graves at the Barracks. It is truly a site to behold. Monday is actually Memorial Day and ceremonies will be held in various locations throughout the country. Please consider attending one of these events. More importantly, I sincerely hope everyone sets aside a few moments to remember and also educate our children on the importance of this special day. So as the saying goes "Freedom is not free".... everyone at Zoey's Attic sends our thanks to all past and present service members and their families for defending our personal freedoms. Enjoy Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2 DAY FLASH SALE!

Mother's Day is over and it's time to celebrate our young graduates! It's also time for a sale! Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts has a great deal on these adorable personalized graduation shirts for your little one! Our 2 DAY FLASH SALE STARTS NOW! Save *25% on this  "NAILED IT!" tee or sporty raglan style shirt! Our shirts can also be customized for pre-school, kindergarten, first grade, or whatever grade you need. Just let us know your custom requests in the "Special Instructions / Notes" section when ordering. Use coupon code FLASH25 at checkout at our Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts online store. *Offer applies to merchandise total only. Shipping charges will be calculated at checkout. Discounts not valid on bulk or corporation purchases of 10 shirts or more. Discount code expires May 14, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Nailed It Graduation Raglan Shirt
Nailed It Graduation T-Shirt

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Mother's Day Shipping Update

We want to be sure you have your gift for Mom (and Grandma too!) in time for her special day! We are processing and shipping all Mother's Day shirts and gifts as fast as we possibly can, but the one thing we can't control is the speed of the U.S. Postal Service. So today, May 2nd, is the last day for our U.S. customers to order with BASIC shipping thereby avoiding additional upgraded shipping costs. Unfortunately, the international shipping deadline for Mother's Day has already passed. Starting tomorrow, May 3rd, you will need to select PRIORITY or EXPRESS processing and shipping at checkout to receive your order in time for your Mother's Day celebration on Sunday, May 10th. For you gamblers out there, we will ship all regular orders with BASIC shipping ASAP, but we will assume you are okay rolling the dice as to if your order will arrive in time for Mother's Day or not, and they will not be guaranteed. As always though, many thanks for shopping with us! We greatly appreciate your trust in our creating custom shirts and unique gifts for your moms, grandmas, and nanas! Happy Mom's Day!

Mother's Day Gifts for Mom and Grandma
from Zoey's Attic

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mother's Day Shipping Schedule

Mother's Day is a day of appreciation celebrated in countries around the world. For example, Norway toasts her moms in February,  Kurdistan in June, Thailand and Costa Rica in August, Argentina in October, and Russia in November. In the U.S., the second Sunday of May each year is set aside to honor our Moms. This year Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10th. Why not surprise your mom, step mom, foster mom, mother-in-law, grandma, or even a special auntie with a special Mother's Day gift this May 10th?  Zoey's Attic can help. The good news is there is still plenty of time to order and have delivery of your custom Mother's Day shirts and sweet gifts such as the Grandma's love bugs bib apron, Mom and Nana tote bags, custom throw pillows, and personalized drinkware for everyone on your list. And even better, if you order by May 2nd you will only need to add BASIC shipping for processing and delivery before Mother's Day. This applies for U.S. shipping only as the international shipping deadline for a May 2015 Mother's Day has already passed... so sorry! After May 2nd our U.S. customers will need to upgrade the shipping method at checkout to USPS Priority Mail or USPS Express Mail to ensure the U.S. Postal Service can deliver your custom shirts and gifts in time for Mom's special day. Be sure to check back after May 2nd for current deadlines for Priority and Express Mail shipping. And as always, thank you ever so much for shopping with Zoey's Attic


Mother's Day Shirts and Gifts from Zoey's Attic

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bling It On!

It's amazing how our littlest angels' personalities, likes and dislikes, develop at such a tender young age. I never imagined my little girl wouldn't love all things sparkly. She never wanted to wear flashy jewelry and certainly nothing glittery on her clothes that might bring attention to her. Honestly, I couldn't understand it! I mean, really now, what girl doesn't like to glitter and shine? Then one day much to my surprise, it happened and she was all about the bling! I was thrilled! So if you know someone who loves all the flashy girly glitter, check out Zoey's Attic collection of the trendiest glittery shirt styles for little girls, big girls, moms, and moms-to-be!

How fun would it be to host a gender reveal party and the mom-to-be fashionably arrives wearing a maternity tee featuring an adorable glittery jeweled crown belly print revealing a sweet little princess will soon be the newest member of her royal family. And if mom isn't far enough along to require a maternity style top,  no problem she can have the shirt made in a non-maternity style. The sparkly glitter is actually a vinyl glitter, is machine washable, and not messy at all! And if the mom-to-be isn't revealing the gender but wants to make a surprise pregnancy announcement, then the adorable "pot of gold" maternity shirt fits the bill. Perfect for the Irish mom or Irish wanna be mommy, and it's especially fun to share your good news, if possible, wearing this top around St. Patrick's Day. Or, if you already have a little girl, why not let her spill the beans wearing one of our "big sis" sparkly shirt designs.

Glitter Collection from Zoey's Attic

And you will want your little princess to shine at her first birthday party! The unique sparkly birthday tees with four leaf clover or heart design are perfect for any age. So if your little lady isn't quite yet into the bling scene, just wait... she will be one day and the glittery birthday t-shirt designs can be custom made for her 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or any birthday at all. Another option for the older girls and young women is the glittery monogrammed shirt. I'm all about the personalization so this design is definitely a favorite!

Glittery Collection from Zoey's Attic

Guess what? When your little Miss is about ready to become a Mrs. our sister site, You're Worth It, will be there to supply all the bling she will need for her engagement and bachelorette party! There are fun tops for the bride like the "final fling before the ring" in tank, crew, or v-neck styles. There are even sparkly mason jar mugs and koozies that make super gifts for the bridal party! And of course, sparkly "bride" shirts to wear while getting ready on her wedding day.

You're Worth It Bridal

Mother's Day is almost here and so to all my family...Bling It On!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Taxing Time

Courtesy IRS.gov
Over the past few years several major cyber attacks have been announced by a number of well known companies such as Target, The Home Depot, and the arts and craft store Michaels.  I have shopped and used my debit/credit card at all of these stores on numerous occasions, and so I was not surprised when I received letters from each stating my banking information may have been compromised. Then JP Morgan Chase was breached, and of course I have a Chase Visa card, so I found another letter in my mailbox informing me that my personal information may have been stolen. Then we learned several health insurance providers including Anthem BlueCross BlueShield and Healthcare.gov had also been hacked. More letters arrived at my home with the news my personal information including the social security numbers for both my husband and myself may have been stolen. It seems there are daily newspaper articles or news segments on the nightly news dedicated to IRS Identity Theft.

Tax Day, Wednesday, April 15th is rapidly approaching so a few weeks past I gathered all my financial information and visited our accountant. He is a very reputable CPA whom has prepared our tax returns since we were first married many, many years ago. Then last week when he tried to electronically file our tax returns the filings were rejected by both the Federal and State governments. It made me physically sick when I received his phone call informing me that our IRS identity had indeed been stolen. The perpetrator stole both of our social security numbers and filed separate Federal and State tax returns in each of our names. I can't even begin to tell you how angry I am with this scene! My husband and I have worked our entire lives, sometimes two and three jobs at the same time to make ends meet and provide for our family. We have always lived up to our responsibilities and paid our bills in a timely manner. As a result we each individually have excellent credit ratings. So I didn't take it kindly when I learned we had been victims of tax related identity theft!

The IRS Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft offers a wealth of information on the steps to take if you have become a victim. We first met with our financial advisor and were given a list of steps to take to hopefully resolve our tax situation while also protecting our credit scores. We both had to first prepare affidavits stating who we were and that we had been victims of identity theft. If you prepare your taxes on your own you will need to stop by your local IRS office and enlist the aid of an agent to help you prepare the affidavit. You must attach to the affidavit a copy of a legal form of identity such as a valid driver's license or passport. We chose to use our licenses and were told it must be an enlarged copy. So we were off to the nearby FedEx store for copies of our individual licenses. And yes, it also cost us to obtain these enlarged documents. If you are a victim of tax identity theft you must file paper copies of your returns and the affidavits must also be attached to the returns.

Courtesy of IRS.gov

Next we were advised to bring copies of the affidavits to our local police department and file individual police reports. Check, we did that and were given our police report numbers. Make sure you get these numbers because you will need them for the next step.

Now it is time to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. You can go online and complete the paperwork at www.identitytheft.gov or call the FTC Identity Theft Hotline at 1-877-438-4338 to report your details. I chose to call the hotline and after waiting for several  minutes I was finally connected to an agent and successfully completed reports for both my husband and myself. When making this report you will be asked for the name and phone number of the police department where your identity theft report was filed and you must also provide the FTC with the police report numbers.

Next you need to contact one of the three major credit reporting bureaus to place a "fraud alert" on your credit records. You only need to report your identity theft to one of the agencies as that bureau will contact the other agencies for you. The credit bureau agencies and contact information are as follows:

Equifax: www.Equifax.com  1-800-525-6285

Experian: www.Experian.com  1-888-397-3742

TransUnion: www.TransUnion.com  1-800-680-7289

The credit agency recommends you obtain a copy of your credit report and review it carefully specifically looking for any fraudulent accounts that may have been opened in your name. You can receive a free copy of your credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com. If both your husband and your social security numbers have been stolen you will need to obtain the credit reports for each of you. After reviewing both reports I was starting to feel a bit of relief as everything appeared intact with no negative information nor any identifiable fraudulent accounts. Sadly my relief was short lived. A few days later I received a debit/credit card in the mail.. one I had not applied for nor requested. It was from T-Mobile, had an incomplete name, and an incorrect zip code on the envelope. Somehow by the grace of God, it was delivered to me. At first I thought it was a fake card with an invitation to apply. The more I looked at it I realized it was a real debit/credit card. I then called T-Mobile and after several phone prompts was able to connect to a live customer service representative to discuss what I believed was a fraudulent account in my name. Sure enough, it was an account opened without my permission by someone unknown to me. I was then connected with an Identity Theft Specialist who asked for additional information and promptly closed the account.

Now I wait with apprehension to see what happens next. I mailed the paper copies of my Federal and State tax returns today. Oh, and please let me know if you have been a victim too and what steps you took to correct the situation.