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Macy's Presents American Icons LIVE Events!

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Macy's Presents American Icons LIVE Events!

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As summer rolls in, there are so many iconic moments that I have captured with my children. Charlotte JUST had her first popsicle, which I recall consuming mass quantities of as a child. She rode her bike around the block for the first time last week, with some help from mom. She wore her first denim jacket, which is so fashionably iconic America.

As for Bryson, he started playing baseball this year, America's past time. He discovered his love for s'mores on a camping trip with my mom and I last summer. He also loves to bake, and makes a huge mess in the kitchen! These are all the childhood memories that many kids share across America, making them iconic moments in our lives.

Macy's is hosting a series of events to celebrate what makes America the place we love to raise our children, and you are invited to join the in-store party! Macy's American Icons events are family fun and fashion bashes to kick off the summer right. I will be attending the event at the Chicago State Street Macy's location on this Thursday, May 14th at 12pm. Make sure to join me and participate in these events sure to get you ready for the warm weather!

Take an #AmericanSelfie with Chicago's own Stanley Da Bear, snack on Garrett's Popcorn and hit up the lemonade stand.

How about BBQ, is that iconic America enough? Well, you can learn tips & tricks from Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed AND Brad Saylor, Macy's Executive Chef.

If you are in the mood for a little music, the steel band Potts & Pans and a cappella quartet No Big Deal will be on site, belting tunes and charming the audience.

And of course, what Macy's event would be complete without shopping? Everything you need to put together a timeless ensemble will be on hand during the fashion party as you shop to the DJ-mixed beats.

Don't live in the Chicago area? Make sure to check out macys.com/americanicons for over 20 additional locations. I am almost tempted to hit up NYC at Macy's Herald Square on May 14th to meet Carl Ray, makeup artist for America's First Lady and Maksim Chmerkovskiy from Dancing with the Stars! Or how about Macy's Union Square in San Francisco? The Pitch Perfect 2 costume designer Salvador Perez is hosting a fabulous fashion show celebrating iconic style from some of my favorite American designers on May 16th. Make sure to check out the website to see if the Macy's American Icons party is coming to a Macy's near you!

Macy's is also a proud partner with those who have served our country alongside Got Your 6. Each year, 250,000 incredibly brave women and men return from service, and Got Your 6 works to make sure they have the support and tools they need to become leaders at home. (The phrase "Got Your 6" originated from an old pilot system where directions correspond to hours on the clock, so anyone at your 6 is behind you, so "Got Your 6" means "I've got your back.") These are the true American Icons, and Macy's has declared Saturday May 16th Got Your Six Saturday- if customers donate $3, they get a 25% off pass to use all day May 16th.

I hope to see you this Thursday, May 14th at 12pm at the Chicago State Street Macy's!

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Gifts for the Hostess // Very Merry Gift Guide 2014

The Very Merry 2014 Holiday Gift Guide launched yesterday and it is full of over 200 gifts for everyone on your list!  Since Thanksgiving is around the corner and the holiday parties are starting now, today we are highlighting hostess gifts. Hostess gifts don't have to be huge, they can be as small as a thoughtfully picked votive candle to show your appreciation.  Here are some of the best and stylish hostess gifts around.hostess gifts

Personalized Cutting Board // Butterfly Apron // Manners Napkin Set // The Art of Vintage Cocktails // Bottle Stopper // Notecards // French Press // Custom Notepad // Multi Kitchen Tool // Votive Candle // Soaps // Marble Cheese Board

To see even more amazing gifts, click the gift guide below.  Happy shopping!

Oh, and don't forget to join in the #StylishHoliday Twitter Party TONIGHT at 9pm EST!

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Easy to Make Oreo Truffles

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Easy to Make Oreo Truffles

Thanks to Carter's for sponsoring our post on holiday traditions! Did you know there is a delicious treat Santa loves more than cookies?  It's true!  Santa LOVES Oreo Truffles!

After the kids write their letters to Santa, we fill up a plate of Oreo Truffles for the big guy just to ensure the girls get everything on their Christmas list.

 

Carter's Pajamas

Oreo Truffles

Oreo Truffles have been a staple on our holiday dessert table for about the last five years.  Friends said we had to try them and with the first bite, we were hooked!  Oreo Truffles can be made with different types of chocolate and sprinkles to really fit any occasion.  Here is how we make Oreo Truffles for the holidays.

oreo truffle recipe

What you'll need:

  • 1 package of Oreos (NOT Double Stuff, we use Reduced Fat to make ourselves feel better.)
  • 1 block of cream cheese (again we use reduced fat)
  • 3 packages of Bakers' chocolate or Almond Bark
  • Parchment Paper
  • Sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Use a mixer to get Oreos to the consistency of dirt.
  2. Add in the cream cheese and mix to the consistency of mud. 
  3. Put the 'dough' in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.  It needs to chill so it is easier to work with when the chocolate is warm.
  4. Melt Bakers' Chocolate/Almond Bar according to directions.
  5. One at a time, take a small amount of chilled dough and roll it into a ball.  Using a small spoon, put the dough into the melted chocolate and, we say, give it a bath.
  6. After dough is completely covered in chocolate, set on parchment paper and decorate immediately.  Once the chocolate hardens you will not be able to add sprinkles. oreo truffles
  7. Chill the finished truffles until ready to serve.  Oreo Truffles freeze really well and can be pulled out in small batches and brought to holiday events.

How could Santa resist?

What else is good enough to eat in these photos?  The girls in their kids holiday pi's!  The kids have had many versions of Carter's Christmas pajamas over the years.  They love them so much, they stay in rotation all winter long.

Help deliver 1 million good nights by donating to the PJ Program online, and Carter’s will match all customer PJ donations up to 100,000 pajamas! No purchase necessary.  Carter’s is a proud partner with Pajama Program, a national organization that provides new PJs and books to children in need, many waiting and hoping to be adopted. Carter’s is joining their nationwide One Million Good Nights initiative to collect 1 million new PJs and books for children in need by the end of 2015.

Carter's Pajamas

Carter’s partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote the Carter’s Holiday Network. As part of the program, I received product or gift cards.  Carter’s believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. Carter’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

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How To Make A Chalk Thankful Wall

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How To Make A Chalk Thankful Wall

Thank you to Carter's for sponsoring this fun post! Every year we try to come up with the best and cutest ways to capture exactly what our kids are thankful for at each age.  With chalkboard signs and art being such a big thing this year, I thought it would be fun to make a chalk thankful wall outside.  This way we can take a picture and put it in a scrap book every year.  It will be so fun to go back and flip through the book to see how their ideas change and they grow.

thankful chalk wall

There's only one problem.  I'm not a chalk artist.

But, I do know of a great photo editing website that can make it look like my chalk skills are up to par.  Here's how to get the effect with your laptop and no chalk.

Step 1:  Take a photo of your child against a brick, concrete, cement wall.  Make sure your subject is towards the end of the frame so you will have room to write your message.  If you have a Madeline, this can be more difficult than it seems.  We have a lot of outtakes!

Step 2:  Upload your photo to PicMonkey.  Under 'overlays' select your favorite banner or label.  After you select the color, go to 'Blend Mode' and select 'Add.'  That gives the effect of your brick or texture showing through the background.

Step 3:  Have your child tell you everything they are thankful for and start typing the list in the photo.  I like the 'School U' theme because it has preselected chalk board style fonts selected.  Pick your favorite colors and fonts to coordinate with your background and your child's outfit.  Above Madeline is dressed in a cozy fleece lined vest, hooded tunic and black fleece pants.  It's easy for her to pull looks together in the chilly months because girls fleece pants match effortlessly with Carter’s winter tunics and tops.  Fleece pants are super soft and perfect for playtime.  Have a little guy? He will be sporty and stylish in a striped boys fleece hoodie.

Step 4:  Admire your work and then print or share your image!  Like I mentioned, I am going to do this every year to create a memory book for the kids.  You can tell what's on Madeline's brain these days.  Santa and presents are all of the talk at preschool.  We've also been talking a ton about our new baby coming this March and "Sissy," what she calls her big sister is always at the top of her list.

thankful chalk wall

This idea is also fun for a holiday wish list, birthday or any fun milestone.

How do you commemorate what your kids are thankful for each year?

Carter’s partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote the Carter’s Holiday Network. As part of the program, I received product or gift cards.  Carter’s believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. Carter’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

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