Friday, August 14, 2015

Allergies or Common Cold?

The common cold is never fun, but seriously it's no picnic when you catch one during the hot and humid summer months.  During the Spring and Fall seasons I can always count on a runny nose, itchy and watering eyes, continual sneezing, and the ever consuming headache caused by allergies. That's just a fact of life for me and so many other allergy sufferers. When the pollen and mold spore levels increase so do the symptoms caused by these allergens. Allergic rhinitis, or better known as hay fever, is caused by an heightened immune response to pollen grains and other substances such as mold spores.The irritation begins during the Spring months when the trees, grasses and plants have awakened from their winter slumber and release their pollen. The counts are worse in the morning hours and on windy days. During the late summer and into the autumn season, pollen from ragweed is the major cause of sneezing and sniffling.

It's mid summer now and not really the time of year for my allergies to rev up, but somehow I suppose I've gotten a case of the common cold. The symptoms are similar with the usual nasal congestion, sneezing, and runny nose. The nasal discharge caused by allergies is typically thin and clear, while it often becomes yellowish or greenish in color with a simple cold. However, I'm not itching which is a plus! But on the downside, my throat is scratchy, my body aches, and I have a low grade fever. These additional symptoms are all associated with a cold and not those nasty allergens. According to Medicinenet.com, the common cold is the most frequent reoccurring sickness in the world.  It's also known as nasopharyngitis and is caused by a virus. The common cold will typically run its course in about a week to 10 days.  The virus does not respond to an antibiotic and there is no magical cure. So while you're suffering from the common cold here are five suggestions for relieving your discomfort:

1.  Get plenty of rest.



2.  Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.

3.  Gargle with warm salt water to soothe and relieve the pain of a sore throat. The Mayo Clinic suggests 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in an 8 ounce glass of warm water.



4.  Utilize over the counter medications such as decongestants to relieve nasal symptoms, throat lozenges and cough syrups to quiet the coughing spells. Do not, however, give throat lozenges or hard candies to children younger than 3 or 4 years of age to suck on as these can be a choking hazard. Use a throat spray such as Chloraseptic Kids Sore Throat Spray instead. Also, give Tylenol or Ibuprofen to reduce fever and body aches.  Be sure to read package labels regarding recommended medicinal dosages for infants, children, and adults.



5. Consult your physician for additional guidance and especially if symptoms persist.

Well it's time for more meds! Can't wait for the Fall allergy season to begin! NOT!

Friday, August 07, 2015

Back To School Shipping Update #2


The first week of August is coming to a close and we wanted to give you an update on our current Back To School shipping schedule. We continue to work overtime processing your special teacher shirt and gift orders and as always are ever so grateful for your patience. We are working super hard to get your personalized shirts to you as quickly as possible. However, due to the continuing overwhelming demand this week we are still shipping in approximately 5-7 business days with basic regular shipping. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need your shirt sooner and we will do everything possible to have your order processed and delivered to you in time for the start of the school year.  We also offer expedited Priority and Express shipping options at checkout. Again, many thanks for shopping Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts for your Back To School shirts and gifts. We are so very appreciative of your support! Wishing all our friends a super fabulous school year!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Back To School Shipping Update

Back To School Shirts and Gifts for Teachers and Staff

We have been overwhelmed by your many positive responses to our Back To School collection of shirts and gifts and we can't thank you enough! Our new design personalized LOVE shirt for teachers has been a huge hit with all our teacher friends and their teams! Our monogrammed apple unisex raglan style shirt has also been a popular selection for teachers and staff. In addition, the "kindergarten rocks" tees have been best sellers for the kiddos heading back to school. All of our shirts are completely customizable also for school grade and school colors, and can be personalized with your little's name as well. We are currently designing, processing, and shipping your personalized shirts and other unique school items as quickly as possible, and we are very so thankful for your patience in receiving your orders. So here is our latest shipping update: as of today, July 28, 2015, due to extremely high demand this week, we are shipping in approximately 5-7 business days with regular shipping. However, if you need your order sooner we also offer expedited USPS Priority or USPS Express shipping at checkout. Many thanks for trusting Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts with your special Back To School shirts and gifts!

Back to School Shirts For Students

Saturday, July 18, 2015

It's Hot!

Baby it's hot outside! Summers in St. Louis can be sweltering. The humidity along with the high temperatures can make you feel like you are suffocating! It's so hard to get a good breath on days like this when the air feels so thick! So you're sweating everywhere and wondering just what to do to keep yourself and the kiddos comfortable. Here are five suggestions to help you stay cool on a warm summer day:

1. If the children are old enough to shop (without it being too much of a hassle for you), then go to your local shopping mall or department store. Start early looking for school supplies and back to school clothing. And of course, don't forget to pick out the perfect kid backpack for school. Backpacks featuring the Disney characters from Frozen, Cinderella, and Cars are still popular with the little ones. And of course the superheroes such as Spiderman, Superman, and Batman are always best sellers. Then go back to the store on Tax Free weekend to make your purchases. In Missouri, the annual Back To School Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 7th and runs through Sunday, August 9th. Certain back to school purchases such as school supplies, clothing, computers, and other items may be exempt from sales tax during this time period. You can also check out the blog Passion For Savings for their list of Back To School Tax Free Weekend dates and other participating states.

School Backpacks from Target.com


2. Spend the afternoon at the neighborhood pool. If you don't have access to a public or private swimming pool then fill a small plastic pool or plastic storage bin with water for the kids to play in and cool off. And if you don't have a kiddie pool just turn on your sprinkler and let the kiddos run through the waterfall. Or just let your children squirt one another with cool water from a hose. But you'll want to be sure to protect your little ones from the suns hot rays by covering them with sunscreen and remember to reapply often.




3. Instead of staying indoors all day and getting cabin fever, take a drive in your air conditioned car or van. Everyone will stay cool and the little ones often will nap in comfort in the car seat. Stop for an ice cream for an extra special treat on a very hot day. Many ice cream shops have drive thru windows too so you don't have to worry about getting everyone unbuckled from the car seat. 



4. Spend the day at a favorite children's indoor museum. If you live in or near St. Louis you might want to take a trip to the St. Louis Science Center where the offer numerous programs and activities for children. Another fun place to visit on a warm St. Louis day is the The Magic House which is also known as the St. Louis Children's Museum. Kids and adults both love the many fun and educational activities offered at the Magic House which is located in Kirkwood, MO. 


Fun at The Magic House, Kirkwood, MO


5. Lastly, just stay home! Make it a movie day! Draw the curtains, turn the lights down, make popcorn, and put on a favorite family movie. Better yet, let everyone choose their favorite movie and have a movie marathon day. My favorite movie is Beauty and the Beast! What's your?



Whatever your plans are for these lazy, crazy hot days of summer, stay safe and have lots of fun!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Christmas In July

So it's a week after the Fourth of July celebration and I should start thinking about a back to school list, but honestly I can't help myself from thinking about the Holidays! And I'm not referring to Halloween or even Thanksgiving, but rather "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas!" There's no hiding my excitement, Christmastime is my favorite season! Although our family fully participates in the true "reason for the season" we also greatly enjoy the giving (and of course the receiving!) that accompanies the Christmas festivities. It is such pure joy to witness the excitement in the faces and actions of the children and adults alike as they open their Christmas presents. Observing throughout the year the likes and dislikes of your children, family, and friends certainly helps with making decisions about what gifts each would like for the holidays. A unique personalized item is always a good bet, and definitely a welcomed and much appreciated gift.

Last year I surprised my Godson with the funny parody shirt "The Grandfather." The wording was easily customized to say "The Godson," and this was the perfect gift since he is my first Godchild. And, it was an especially fun present since "The Godfather" is his all-time favorite film series.

The "Grandfather" Custom Shirt

My niece's family is really into dinosaurs and so this year I'm thinking about the adorable "dinosaurus" set for the entire family. It's easy to add an extra shirt for "mommysaurus" and will surely make a fun Christmas present.  I just need to decide if my niece would prefer the shirts in white, gray, or navy blue! I'm thinking she'd prefer a darker color so the stains on the kids' shirts won't be so readily apparent! I think I really like the set in navy blue that was featured by Savannah on her blog "Simply Me."

Dinosaur theme Matching Gift Set

Another niece was married last month in a gorgeous, breathtaking ceremony at sunset on the beach at Captiva Island, Florida.  A Zoey's Attic custom holiday ornament for their first Christmas as husband and wife is a must! The ornament can be personalized with photo images of the happy couple, their names, and date and location of their wedding. It's the perfect keepsake gift for their First Christmas together. They will love seeing this ornament displayed year after year on the Christmas tree.

Couple's First Christmas Ornament

My daughter loves all things sparkly so a cute monogrammed sparkly mason jar tumbler is on my list too! I just have to decide if she would like the sparkly gold or the sparkly silver color. Maybe I'll just get her one of each!

Monogrammed Sparkly Mason Jar Tumbler

Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts has so many thoughtful gift ideas, and I have no doubt I will find that perfect something for everyone on my Christmas list. Let the holiday 2015 shopping begin!

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Holiday Savings Start Now!

Baby's 1st Christmas Ornament
Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with Zoey's Attic starting today! In case you missed it on Facebook... we LOVE all our friends and Zoey's Attic is offering a special Independence Day coupon code just for you! Take 15% off your items purchased this weekend from Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts! The coupon code to use at checkout is FIREWORKS and it will expire at 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, July 5th, 2015.  Why not get a head start on shopping for your Back to School teesHalloween shirts and trick or treat bags, Thanksgiving tops and adorable Turkey Day bibs and bodysuits for baby, and Zoey's uniquely designed Christmas shirts and holiday gifts for everyone in the family? Coupon code only valid at Zoey's Attic Personalized GiftsHappy Shopping!


Holiday Shirts and Gifts from Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts

Saturday, June 27, 2015

July 4th Shipping Update

June was a very busy month! With two destination weddings, two in town weddings, Father's Day, and several family birthdays I almost forgot about the Fourth of July! By golly, it's next week already! Good news though, if you need a special 4th of July tee there is still time for Zoey's Attic to process and deliver your shirts for the fun day of celebration! Best news, if you order your July 4th shirts by Sunday, June 28th, we will ship them with a FREE priority processing upgrade in time for Independence Day! Whatever your shirt needs are for the Fourth festivities, Zoey's Attic has you covered for this super fun holiday!

Fourth of July Shirts from Zoey's Attic