Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Savings!

Saint Louis Labor Day Parade
photo courtesy of bmwe.org./journal
Labor Day is a United States Federal Holiday celebrated each year on the first Monday of September. It was officially made a legal holiday by an act of Congress in 1894. Our Canadian friends also observe Labor Day on the 1st Monday in September. Many local communities host a parade in recognition of the contributions of the American worker, and then families get together for a picnic or barbeque to celebrate the end of summer and rapidly approaching Autumn season. Labor Day also typically signifies the end of wearing white shoes until Memorial Day rolls around at the end of May! :) It's also a weekend filled with lots of sales, steals and deals offered by many local and national retailers. And so to commemorate Labor Day, Zoey's Attic is also offering our Facebook friends and Twitter and Pinterest followers a coupon code for 15% off your purchased items from Zoeys' Attic Personalized GiftsThe code to use at checkout is LABOR15 and it will expire at 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, September 1st. Get a head start on all your holiday shopping and be sure to check out all the fun and adorable designs for HalloweenThanksgivingHanukkah and Christmas! Happy Shopping!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Where Did the Summer Go?

August is proving to be a very busy month! When I was younger August was just a lazy end of summer month spent swimming and relaxing before the start of school. This year August has been filled with shopping trips to get the kiddos ready for the big day! New school clothing, new school shoes, the perfect backpack, and school supplies have all been crossed off the list. Grocery shopping for nutritious yet yummy items for a brown bag lunch has definitely been challenging. What I like to eat isn't necessarily what the kiddos like! The much anticipated and somewhat dreaded first day of school went well. The kids have adjusted quite easily to the new schedule and I actually think they like the daily routine of the school year. Now the evenings and weekends are filled with meetings, practice dates, and game times that are all a part of being a team member in the many extracurricular activities offered to the children. Dance school is also about to begin. Most of the dance academies in our area run concurrently with the school year. So sometime at the end of May or beginning of June the year culminates with the annual dance recital. After a break of a few summer months classes start again and it coincides with the beginning of the new school year. When I was a young girl I really only liked dance school because I loved the costumes we got to wear for the recitals! I loved my ballet and tap shoes, the leotards and tutus! But... I really didn't like dancing!  I never had any rhythm and always felt awkward! But every Saturday morning for years I packed my pink vinyl shoe bag with my tap and ballet shoes and headed off to class. Now days the girls carry their dance apparel and dancing shoes in adorable personalized canvas tote bags. So if you're looking for a special gift for your little ballerina, Zoey's Attic has such sweet dance bags and they even have tops to match! Your styling little dancer will be the envy of the dance school!

Dance Bags and Dance Shirts From Zoey's Attic

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

There's A First Time For Everything

Personalized First Holiday Shirts and Bodysuits from Zoey's Attic

When a baby is born it is the beginning of so many firsts...first smile, first tooth, first word, first step. This list of firsts goes on and on as we meander through life. Being a bystander to the excitement and wonderment of a child's first accomplishment is truly a parent's delight! And of course, there are so many other firsts throughout a person's lifetime such as the first birthday, first day of school, or first date to mention only a few. One of my favorite baby shower or new birth gifts is a collection of holiday shirts or bodysuits made especially for that special little someone. It's so much fun to dress a new baby in a personalized holiday outfit. Personally, I prefer giving clothing items as a new baby gift (rather than a baby shower gift) because you can better assess the sizing and need for long or short sleeves based on the baby's birth weight and time of year of his or her arrival. An assortment of personalized holiday apparel to include a first Valentine's Day, first Halloween, first Thanksgiving, or first Christmas makes the best gift ever! Zoey's Attic offers the most adorable holiday designs and each can be tweaked with your personal name, quote, colors, or really anything you would desire. And if you celebrate a lesser known holiday, Zoey can create a custom shirt or bodysuit for that too!

Personalized First Holiday Shirts and Bodysuits from Zoey's Attic

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Family Fun!

Apple Tree Tote Bag
It's almost time to get the kiddo's apple picking shirts ready for the big event! One of the most anticipated family outings of the year is the annual trek to a local orchard for apple picking. Luckily there are several outstanding orchards in the St. Louis area offering a variety of apples including Jonathans, Green and Red Delicious, and even Granny Smith! The orchards also have several fun activities for the family to enjoy during your visit. Some offer face painting for the kiddos, sack races, and a petting zoo too.  The entire family loves the hayride to and from the orchards as well. The apples are amazingly big and so very tasty! The perfect ending to the perfect day is making an apple pie! I always make a mess of the pie crust, and since it frustrates me terribly I now use an already made refrigerated pie crust. The Pillsbury "perfect apple pie" recipe is my favorite.  It's very easy and kid friendly too. Here are some other super ideas for the bushels of apples you bring home: Bring one to your teacher. He or she will love it! Get a special family tree tote bag and fill it with apples for Grandparent's Day.  The adorable apple family tree tote from Zoey's Attic can be specially made for grandma and/or grandpa and it can also be personalized with all the grandkids' names. And, you can even get a sweet apple birthday shirt and have an "Apple Of My Eye" themed birthday party with one of the games being apple bobbing! The children will love it!  What does your family do with all the apples after a fun day at the orchard?

Apple Themed Shirts from Zoey's Attic

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Oh No! It's Back To School!

Teacher Shirt
Geez... the first day of school comes earlier and earlier every year! When I was a kid we never went back to school until the beginning of September. The academic year ended the first week of June and began the day after Labor Day. I remember those Labor Day evenings when it was the tradition to scrub off the summer dirt. We had a full three months off for summer vacation, so by this time we were definitely ready to head back to the classroom (I'm sure my parents were ready too!).  I believe the difference in our schedule was that we never had a Fall or Spring break, but rather only two weeks off during the Christmas holidays. I liked it this way...work, work, work, then play, play, play! I guess too it really needed to be this way since we didn't have air conditioning in the schools (nor at home) back then. It would have been unbearable attending class in the oppressive summer heat in St. Louis.  Now days the schools in our area are air conditioned and the first day of school is earlier and earlier each year. Most of the neighboring school districts have a start date some time during the first two weeks of August. So the good news is you still have time to get a fun custom tee from Zoey's Attic for your school aged kiddo's first day of class!
Back To School T-Shirts

Saturday, July 12, 2014

New Birth Announcement Poster Prints!

I love giving (and receiving, in case anyone wants to know!) personalized gifts. I especially love a personalized welcome for a newborn. Also, in my gift-giving experience, it seems the new parents love to receive such thoughtful keepsakes to commemorate this most wondrous life changing event. I have previously given my friends and family personalized baby bodysuits for an only child or festive sibling sets for families with multiples.  One of my favorite gifts to send is the custom birth announcement throw pillow. It really is fun to select a design and colors that will coordinate with the new arrivals' nursery, making it such a very personal gift for a family member or a close friend. Zoey's Attic also offers a birth announcement canvas which can be made in a variety of sizes. And now they even have these amazing birth announcement designs with all the birth stats on a photo print ready for framing. You can choose sizes such as a mini 5 x 7 inch print or even a larger poster size 16 x 20 inch print.  And if needed, Zoey's Attic can make a special order custom size print for you.  You can also choose the design and custom color (over 60 color variations) the canvas or photo print poster to complement the room theme. The paper used for printing is Vibrance Photo Matte with excellent photographic print quality. It also has a bright white surface with a luxurious flat matte to showcase the beauty in the artwork. These unique and very special birth print posters are the perfect gift sure to be cherished for a lifetime.

Birth Announcement Print Posters



Friday, July 04, 2014

Shop Early & Save!

Back to School Tees
Celebrate the Independence Day weekend with Zoey's Attic! In case you missed it on our Facebook page...  we LOVE all our friends and Zoey's Attic is offering a special Fourth of July coupon code this weekend just for you! Get 15% off your purchased items from Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts! The code to use at checkout is FIREWORKS and it will expire at 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, July 6, 2014. Be sure to check out all our fun Back to School shirts! And why not get a head start on your Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas shopping too? Happy 4th and Happy Shopping!
Holidays at Zoey's Attic