Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Flu Prevention Tips

Did you get your flu shot this year? The CDC lists it as its #1 recommendation for influenza prevention, but got I sick anyway! Influenza is a respiratory illness and it's also extremely contagious. It spreads in droplets when persons infected with the virus cough, sneeze, or even talk. You can also catch the flu by touching an object that has the virus on it and then transferring the germs to your mouth or eyes via your hands. Young children, pregnant women, and the elderly are at greatest risk for developing serious complications if they become infected with influenza.
I guess I should have paid closer attention to all the other suggestions from the medical community for preventing a bout with this year's flu bug. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation's health protection agency. Its main charge is to save lives and protect people from health threats. The CDC has proclaimed the best method of influenza prevention is to get vaccinated. Check, I did that! It's best to not only be vaccinated but to also adhere to the additional prevention tips outlined by the CDC. The agency suggests measures such as good hand washing technique with soap and water to lessen the spread of germs. If soap and water are not available an alcohol based hand rub is a good substitute. Hospitals and many other public locations such as schools, pharmacies, banks, and grocery stores have systems set up in the entryway to purify your hands. In addition, you'll want to clean with soap and water and also disinfect frequently touched areas in your home and place of employment. (This could be a real chore as you know how I totally love cleaning day and night. NOT!). Another good habit to prevent becoming ill with the flu is to avoid close contact with anyone whom is sick. This, however, may not be so easy if you have little ones around!
Although it is best to get the vaccine early before the flu season begins, the good news is you can still be protected if you are vaccinated during the time when the flu is active in your community. However, it does take approximately two weeks after being vaccinated for the antibodies to develop in the body to provide protection for you. If you are unable to visit with your personal physician for the influenza vaccine, there are several pharmacies and community health centers which offer the protection at reasonable cost to you. Many of these sites also will accept your personal insurance if your policy covers the flu vaccine. I went to our local Walgreens pharmacy and was seen and vaccinated within a few minutes of my arrival. Some locations also offer the nasal spray vaccine for children and eligible adults. The CDC has additional information on their website regarding guidelines for candidates for this method of vaccination. Also, if you are trying to locate a flu shot provider in your area, the HealthMap Vaccine Finder is a helpful tool. So just keep calm and get your flu shot now!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Thank You Rev. Dr. King!

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Courtesy of thekingcenter.org
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Zoey's Attic! In case you missed it on our Facebook page... Zoey's Attic is offering a coupon code this weekend in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for 15% off your purchased items from Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts. The code to use at checkout is MLK2015 and it expires at 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, January 19, 2015. Be sure to check out all our sweet Valentine's Day shirts and other adorable items for Birthdays, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter too! Happy Shopping! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Super Bowl Fun!

Cajun Chicken Pasta
Courtesy of Allrecipes.com
Super Bowl XLIX is less than three weeks away! I have no idea which teams will be competing for the championship, but I do know for sure that the St. Louis Rams won't be playing on February 1st at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona! However, I do know there will be many parties and festive celebrations that day! In the past, I have either hosted or attended an annual Super Bowl Sunday Bash, well since I can't even remember when! Typically, as a Super Bowl party host I prefer to select a food theme characteristic of the city of the team I have chosen as my favorite to win the game. So for example, when the NFC Champion New Orleans Saints were my pick against the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV we chose to feature a variety of traditional Cajun foods of New Orleans. Hot Cajun Crab Dip is the perfect appetizer to serve before the main event and you will find a delicious recipe courtesy of Paula Deen and Foodnetwork.com. It's served hot with toast or crackers and is simply divine! I especially like Emeril Lagasse's recipe for Cajun Jambalaya. He is one of my favorite chefs and I was so disappointed when the Food Network dropped his cooking show! I miss his signature catchphrase BAM!, but the good news is you can still find his recipes online at Foodnetwork.com. His Cajun Jamabalya is one you'd definitely want to include on your menu for a New Orleans Cajun themed dinner party. Cajun Chicken Pasta is also a fan favorite. Allrecipes.com has a fairly easy recipe and it's very tasty too! When our St. Louis Rams played for the the Super Bowl Championship about a million years ago we served foods that are well know to midwesterners such as barbecue beef steaks, pork steaks, and hamburgers for the kiddos. Toasted ravioli is unique to the St. Louis area so it was the feature appetizer of the day. St. Louis is also known for its mouth watering Gooey Butter Cake making for an awesome celebratory dessert! The Green Bay Packers may actually be a Super Bowl contender this year and it would be so much fun to repeat the menu from Super Bowl Sunday 2011. The Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers that day at Cowboys AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Being a cheesehead fan made for an easy menu! A variety of savory cheese dips were served for the appetizers and, of course, bratwurst were barbecued and smothered in cheese for the main entree. There's a super website called Packers Everywhere that shares a multitude of Packer fan recipes. It has everything from Brat Bruschetta to a "Green" Bay Veggie tray and so much more! Now we're just sitting on the sidelines waiting to see which teams will be battling for the Super Bowl Championship on February 1st. As of today there are four possible contenders. This weekend the New England Patriots will play the Indianapolis Colts for the American Football Conference Championship and the Green Bay Packers will play the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks for the National Football Conference Championship. Next week when we know the Super Bowl XLIX teams we will pick our favorite and begin planning the menu. I would love for you to stop by and let me know your favorite team and your favorite recipes for Super Bowl Sunday 2015!

Veggie Tray and Brat Bruschetta
Courtesy of Packerseverywhere.com

Monday, January 05, 2015

It's Party Time!

When I was a little girl it was my parents rule to only host one birthday party in which we could invite friends, and that was our 5th birthday. I can still remember just about every detail from that day oh so long ago! I wore a beautiful light blue dotted Swiss party dress, white socks with a small lace ruffle, T-strap shiny black patent leather shoes, and a light blue ribbon in my hair.  On the guest list were my neighborhood friends including Joan, Libby, Jimmy, and Donny. My siblings also celebrated with me. The parties back then were very simple and no one had a theme for the day. Everyone's birthday party was as if it had been molded from the very same cookie cutter. We always played pin the tail on the donkey, opened gifts, sang to the birthday boy or girl, and ate birthday cake and my favorite chocolate ice cream. Then we played for a while with the new birthday toys until it was time to say our goodbyes. It was the perfect day! After all this time it still makes me happy when I think of my very special 5th birthday! Over the years I've given my share of themed parties running the gamut from "The Poky Little Puppy" to a dress up party at our local and very fun Magic House! Now birthday parties have become big business. Everyone has a theme and everything is color coordinated to match including the paper products, decorations, and party favors. Even the birthday shirts are custom made to match the party theme! And this is where Zoey's Attic can help! There are so many shirt designs to match the age and theme of your party and if you can't find exactly what you had in mind, well Zoey can custom make a design with your exact details. Here are a few party themes some of our reviewers have used: Michelle at Mama's Baby Cupcakes has had several birthday parties for her four precious daughters and these have included a polka dot cupcake second birthday and chevron first birthday party themes.

Mama's Baby Cupcakes Polka Dot Theme Party

Mama's Baby Cupcakes Chevron Theme Party

And Julie at Director Jewels had a firetruck themed birthday party for her little boy's 3rd birthday. He looked so adorable in his matching firetruck raglan style shirt!

Director Jewels Firetruck Party

Brittany from Lady and Her Gents chose a rockstar party theme since her birthday boy loves music. The colors on her sweet little rockstar's shirt were customized to complement the party colors. She even had guitar cupcake wrappers and rock and roll labels for the water bottles.

Lady and Her Gents Rockstar Party

And our friend Danielle from Happenings of the Harper Household had a princess party for two of her four girls. They had birthday princess shirts that went perfectly with their oh so sweet tutus! And the tiaras totally complete the look for these beautiful birthday girls!

Happenings of the Harper Household Princess Party

These parties look like so much fun! I think maybe I should throw myself a special birthday party later this year! Hmmm...wonder what theme I will choose?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Another Year Gone!

Do you remember when it was the end of 1999 and the year 2000 arrived? That was the Millennium year coupled with the Y2K problem! We fretted and worried about so many possible computer and digital related issues. Everyone was warned, businesses and personal computer users, to update our computer systems or we'd most likely lose all our programs and data! We were absolutely certain chaos would result when the clocks transitioned from 11:59 p.m. on December 31st, 1999 to 12:00 a.m. on January 1st, 2000! Guess what? Only  minor outages and disruptions were reported! Now, here we are 15 years later and online social networking has enveloped our spheres! So many technological advances have occurred since the year 2000 and continue to progress at an exceptionally swift pace! Social media rules the lives of many, especially our younger generations. It's difficult to fathom a world without Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Pinterest! But, that was my world when the Millenium arrived! The social networking platform known as Facebook was co-founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin and first launched in February 2004. It initially limited its membership to college students. However, in 2005 high school students were invited to join and by 2006 anyone age 13 or older with a valid email address could create a Facebook account. By late 2007, Facebook also included about 100,000 business pages that allowed companies to update potential customers on their products and services. Zoey's Attic has been an active Facebook member since joining in 2009. In 2012 Facebook purchased Instagram. It is an online social network photo and video sharing site with over 300 million active Instragram users, and the Facebook newsroom also reports as of this past September there were approximately 1.35 billion active monthly usersLinkedIn, founded in 2003, is another popular social networking site. It is billed as the world's largest professional network with approximately 300 million plus members. The demographic data indicates the majority of its members are from the United States and then followed by users in India, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Canada. LinkedIn allows its members to create a profile and connect with other workers and potential employers through an online social network. Oh my, how technology has changed our lives! Can't wait to see what the next 15 years will bring! Oh.. and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Current Shipping Update


As of today, December 23rd, we are no longer shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas as we are closing up the shop on express shipping. Thank you all so much for trusting us with your holiday shirts and gifts! Our very warmest wishes to you for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Zoey's Attic!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Shipping Schedule Update

Here's the very latest on Zoey's Attic Holiday Shipping Schedule: U.S. customers WE ARE STILL SHIPPING IN TIME FOR HOLIDAY DELIVERY but you must add at least EXPRESS shipping at checkout to ensure your order arrives before Christmas. EXPRESS orders will ship Monday (December 22nd) with 1-2 day delivery guaranteed by the USPS. Enjoy the holidays and thank you ever so much for shopping with Zoey's Attic!