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!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Next Up...Thanksgiving!

Baby's First Thanksgiving Bodysuit and Leg Warmer Sets

It's here! So excited that Halloween Day has finally arrived! It's going to be so cold tonight trick or treating, but oh so much fun! But, truth be told, I'm already thinking about the next big holiday! Yes, I do have a very, very favorite holiday and it's Thanksgiving Day! Each year in the U.S., the annual day of thanks is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. This year it falls on November 27th. So why is Thanksgiving Day my favorite holiday? There are so many reasons, but first and foremost for me, it is the least stressful holiday of all! It's so simple...just decorate the house with some colorful autumn centerpieces and pumpkins, and then cook a delicious turkey dinner for family and friends! That's it! No worry about dyeing eggs and the annual Easter Egg Hunt, no worry about completing all the Christmas shopping and wrapping all the presents, no worry about getting the holiday cards addressed and mailed, no worry about baking the Christmas cookies and candies, no worries about everything else that goes along with celebrating the other major holidays! Turkey Day is the easiest and most relaxing holiday of all! The preparations begin the evening before when the sage turkey dressing is made along with a few side dishes that can be refrigerated and baked just prior to serving time. Thanksgiving Day is an early rise with basting and roasting the turkey beginning at daybreak.  I especially love the smell of the roasting turkey as I sip my coffee and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with my family. Everyone is still clad in their PJs and it's really a lazy and relaxing beginning to our day of thanks. Late morning the kiddos start to get ready for the much anticipated arrival of family and friends and they love wearing custom Thanksgiving shirts.  Zoey's Attic has sweet and funny Thanksgiving tshirts for everyone in the family including Thanksgiving maternity tops (thankful I don't need one this year!). If it's your baby's first Thanksgiving,  Zoey even has the most precious first Thanksgiving shirts and first Thanksgiving bodysuits with little leg warmers for your littlest turkey. The older kiddos love the personalized Turkey Day sibling sets too. Shopping Zoey's Attic for Thanksgiving shirts is so easy and everyone in the family feels extra special on this day of thanks. These adorable Thanksgiving shirts also make for the best photo ops ever! Giving thanks for another Halloween Day and looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving Shirts from Zoey's Attic

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Little Treat From Zoey

Don't you love to see the smiles on the kiddos' faces when they receive a personalized gift with their very own name on it? It's pure joy to watch their excitement! Another exciting time for the kids is just around the corner. Yes, Halloween is next week! This holiday has always been a personal favorite since I was a little girl. Possibly because I'm a chocoholic and there's no better day for someone like me than Halloween! Can you imagine how extra special it would be to have a personalized Halloween trick or treat bag to match your costume? Well no problem, Zoey's Attic can make a custom Halloween trick or treat bag just for you! You'll need to order it by the end of tomorrow, though, so it can be on your doorstep in time for the big day! Oh, and here's a little Halloween present for you from Zoey's Attic... 15% off your Halloween trick or treat bags! Just choose your bag(s) at our Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts online shop and use coupon code TREAT14 at checkout for your discount. Wishing all our friends a safe and Happy Halloween!

Personalized Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Football 24/7

Personalized Football Shirts and Gifts

Oh yes, it's football season! Having older brothers meant I spent a lot (really most!) of my childhood at sporting events, and football was definitely a fan favorite for the males in my home! At least in the olden days, before cable TV and all the specialized sports networks, we only had to watch football on the weekend and on Monday nights. Now it's football 24/7!  St. Louis was home to the football Cardinals of the National Football League from 1960-1987. The following year the Cardinals left St. Louis for a new home in Phoenix, Arizona.  After several years of trying to secure another NFL team for St. Louis, the fans were rewarded when the Los Angeles Rams made St. Louis their new home in 1996.  Success followed and our Rams under the leadership of quarterback Kurt Warner won the 1999 Super Bowl Championship! Since the Rams football team arrived in St. Louis the franchise has seen many coaches as well as owners come and go.  The lack of involvement by the current ownership has fans worried for the future of the Rams in St. Louis. But, guess what? We don't have to give all our allegiance to our professional team. There are many local and state high school and college teams to cheer on as well. Of course, we are Mizzou fans here in St. Louis, but many of us also follow other favorite teams such as the fighting Irish of Notre Dame, USC Trojans, and personal favorite Mississippi State Bulldogs! So when the family gathers to watch the many games of the week why not have the kiddos wear one of Zoey's Attic fan favorite personalized football shirts? These fun shirts and other fun football related gifts can be customized with your favorite team colors too! Now how special is that?

Personalized Football Shirts and Gifts

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Halloween Traditions

Do you celebrate Halloween?  If so, what are your traditions? When I was a young trick or treater we always had a party at school. We dressed in our costumes and the room mothers planned fun games and served special Halloween snacks. We even went home with a trick or treat bag full of goodies! After school Mom always made a big pot of chili for dinner and as soon as it was dark we headed out for a fun night of trick or treating. Dad always accompanied us, waiting patiently on the sidewalk, as we knocked at it seems every door in the neighborhood! Back then you had to tell a joke to receive a treat, so for weeks before the big day we practiced our trick so we could get a treat! Mom stayed home to answer the door and give out our treats to the multitude of trick or treaters canvassing our neighborhood. When our bags were full and we were worn out, we would gather around a bonfire with our neighbors and some family too.  We roasted hot dogs, made s'mores, and munched on our treats. Nowadays, times have changed and we don't have many trick or treaters knocking on our door.  Several area schools and churches host an annual Trunk or Treat event. Everyone meets on the parking lot and the children go from car to car to tell their joke and earn their treat.  Parents distribute the candy treats from the trunk of the car or flatbed of a pickup truck. Some towns organize a Halloween party at the local community center with haunted houses, games and snacks for their trick or treaters. And some families we know even spend a scary Halloween evening at Six Flags Fright Fest! What are your plans for Halloween 2014?

Halloween Fun!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Those Nine Months...

Zoey's Attic Infant Gowns

When I was a younger I detested the Fall! Summer vacation was over, school had started and it seemed the following nine months of the school year would never end! The funny thing, I think, is that those nine months were actually preparing me in a weird way emotionally and psychologically for a future nine months of pregnancy! When I think about it, those first few months of the new school year, while somewhat exciting, were actually pretty rough getting back into the routine of all day school and homework. A busy and very tiring time for sure and oddly paralleling that difficult first trimester. Then things settle a bit with lots of excitement and anticipation as the holidays approach. Seems a bit like a long winter's nap with energy finally ramping up again... oddly similar to that second trimester. Then Spring fever sets in and I would start to get antsy and couldn't wait until the school year was finally over. Ha! Just like that third trimester! So funny, I never thought to compare a kid's school year with a gestation period, but it really mirrors a similar path. And the one thing I truly loved at the end of the school year was the annual school picnic! New outfits were top priority for this super fun day! Funny again, the arrival of the baby after a seemingly never ending nine months culminates in the biggest event of all! Of course, a new homecoming gown is a must for the precious new little one! Zoey's Attic can help. Zoey's infant gowns and sibling sets with tiny bodysuits for the new arrival add such a special touch to this joyous occasion and are so perfect for memory making photo ops!

Zoey's Attic Sibling Sets

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Festive Holiday Drink Ideas Needed!

Red Wine Sangria Punch
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So I'm thinking ahead to Thanksgiving and I need your suggestions. I love hosting holidays in my home, and I especially love decorating the holiday table. I also try to use my "good" china, silver, and crystal whenever possible. I figure I didn't put it on my wedding registry just so I can look at it setting so pretty in the china cabinet, so why not use it! And, over the years I have collected many festive centerpieces and serving dishes which add so much to the holiday table decorum. The menus are basically the same year after year except for the varying (and sometimes experimental!) side dishes. Turkey is always served on Thanksgiving, filet mignon steaks and roast beef are the main entrees for Christmas, and Easter brings a variety of barbecued meats including chicken, ribs, and hamburgers for the kiddos. For the accompanying side dishes I like to make recipes that can be prepared in advance, refrigerated overnight, and then baked, microwaved, or tossed just prior to serving. This plan allows me extra time to visit with our guests. Additionally, another time saver is having an alcoholic punch for the adults and a non-alcoholic drink for the children (and adults too!) readily available for the guests. These drinks can be made in batches ahead of the big day and also allows for easy serving of drinks. Anyone can just help themselves when a refill is needed. I've served a red wine sangria punch for Christmas and a white wine sangria punch garnished with lemons, lime, and strawberries at Easter. The kiddos always request frozen non-alcoholic strawberry daiquiris which I keep in the freezer year round! I also make sure to have several cans of whipped cream available to top off the frozen daiquiri. And depending on the holiday, the kids also love when festive stirrers and straws are included with the drink.  The local Dollar Tree Store is a good source for holiday drink accessories.  I've even found adorable bunny glasses to serve the frozen drinks. They look so cute when topped with a mound of whipped cream!  So this year  I'm looking for a special alcoholic and also a non-alcoholic drink appropriate for the Thanksgiving holiday that can be made in advance and can easily be served. I did find a recipe for an apple cider punch that looks interesting and tasty, but would love your suggestions too. And, if you're also looking for a Fall themed shirt or bodysuit and leg warmer set for your little one for the Thanksgiving holiday, Zoey's Attic can help!