• Personalized Stocking Stuffers & Gift Ideas

    The weeks leading up to Christmas are arguably the happiest time of the year. It’s a time where families and loved ones come together to share in the joy and happiness of the holiday season. You’re able to gaze at all the pretty Christmas lights and decorations, eat and drink everything peppermint flavored, and gift one another with special presents!

    The only problem that you may be having is finding the perfect Christmas present for your mom, sister or girlfriend.

    You could easily pick up a regular old coffee mug at any given store and a thousand other girls would have the same mug. But imagine your sister or mother’s reaction when you gift them with a personalized mug in adorable colors with their initials included in the design - it would be a unique present that no one else has!

    Even though you may have gotten a lot of your Christmas shopping done over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend, we have a few great personalized gift ideas for you from stocking stuffers to bigger items. Personalizing a present is a nice way to put a unique twist on an otherwise typical gift. Below, we’ve listed a bunch of wonderful options that you can have monogrammed or personalized through Charming Chick.

    6 Personalized Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas for Her

    Colorful Monogram Stud Earrings

    These monogrammed stud earrings make a very cute, personalized gift for Christmas. There are lots of fun colors to choose from and different monogram fonts available.

    colorful and personalized stud earrings for christmas

    Monogram Bangle Bracelet

    This sterling silver bangle is so classic! It will never go out of style and can be a perfect heirloom piece. The easy open hook bangle gives it the availability to fit on almost any wrist and it comes in two different sizes. This monogrammed bangle would be the perfect addition to any arm stack!

    Customizable Breast Cancer Awareness Bangle Bracelet

    We really like this gift option because 1) it supports a great cause and 2) there are many features that you can add on to build your very own bracelet. You are able to choose from a variety of charms to add to your bangle, all of which are pink and also include tassels, crystal and pearl charms!

    customizable breast cancer awareness bracelet with tassel and charms

    Monogrammed Ball Cuff Bangle Bracelet

    This gorgeous ball cuff bangle bracelet would be a perfect gift for any woman. You are able to engrave it with a traditional monogram or even with sorority Greek letters. It’s so simple yet beautiful!

    Monogrammed Boot Cuffs

    Boot cuffs are a very popular fall and winter trend so rest assured that these would be a great gift for any fashionista in your life! Through Charming Chick, you have the option to pick between brown or gray boot cuffs, along with an assortment of monogrammed fonts. These would be really cute to wear with both booties or knee-high boots!

    trendy monogrammed boot cuffs

    Acrylic Monogram Necklace

    This style of necklace is another popular trend and one of Charming Chick’s best sellers. A lot of prominent fashion bloggers have worn similar necklaces to this one and they all rave about them. Charming Chick has many colors, sizes and necklace chains to choose from.

    6 Personalized Gift Ideas for Her

    Monogram Tote Bag

    It might be too premature to think about going to the beach or pool, but this tote will be perfect for the warm weather when it rolls around again. You can get this tote embroidered with a monogram, name, single initial or even Greek letters to represent your sorority.

    Monogrammed Chevron Infinity Scarf

    How cozy does this scarf look?! It comes in 4 different color combinations of chevron and 8 different monogram fonts to choose from so you are really able to personalize it and make it an amazing gift for someone!

    personalized chevron scarf with initials

    Monogrammed Umbrella

    This monogrammed striped umbrella is the perfect gift for any girl who is always on-the-go! Umbrellas are not an accessory that are very glamorous but if you’re going to carry around one with you, it might as well be this pretty striped one!

    Monogram Travel Mug

    This is a perfect gift option because it’s something useful that any woman can use. You can carry your hot or cold drinks in a cute travel mug instead of one of the generic steel ones that you usually see people carrying around. Plus, no one will have have to worry about their siblings or co-workers "accidentally" stealing their mug anymore!

    personalized travel mug for christmas gift

    Monogram Throw Blanket

    With this monogrammed throw blanket, you’ll have the option to choose from 4 great patterns as well has 5 popular color combinations. Everyone should have a warm blanket for all the cold winter nights!

    Monogram Blanket Scarf

    Blanket scarves made a huge appearance onto the fashion scene last year and their popularity has not subsided. Everywhere you look this Christmas, you will probably see girls wearing a blanket scarf but not all of them will be wearing a monogrammed one! This is the perfect gift for any woman, but especially those who live in colder climates.

    blanket scarf with monogram initials

    As you can see, there are endless options for monogrammed gifts this holiday season. From tote bags to earrings to blankets, we are sure that you will be able to find a personalized present that would be ideal for your friends or family.

    All of these ideas would be a great gift for any woman in your life, including but not limited to:

    • moms
    • sisters
    • grandmothers
    • sorority sisters
    • mother-in-laws
    • newlywed friends with a new last name/initial they'd like to show off
    • teachers

    And not only does Charming Chick have adorable gifts, we also have a ton of cute Christmas stocking options that are also customizable. You can even get one for your pup! Personalized Christmas stockings are a wonderful gift options because not only are they cute, but they are a piece of Christmas decor that can be used for many, many years!

    Please be aware of our holiday order deadlines: Dec 15th is last day you will be able to order personalized products to ensure that you get your amazing gifts to their destination on time. However, non-personalized items from Charming Chick can be ordered a bit later. Be sure to take a look at our Christmas Delivery Guarantee and shipping deadline dates. We wouldn’t want you to miss holiday deadlines - we want everyone to have their Christmas gifts in time for the holidays!

  • New Year's Resolutions: Set Yourself Up for Success!



















    Are you making a New Year's Resolution this year? Sometimes we make these resolutions only to let them fall by the wayside a few short months later. So, what are somethings you can do to ensure that you really stick to your goals this year? How do you make sure that you will be successful? Well, today on the CharmingChick blog, and just in time for the holiday, we have some tips that will set you up for success so you will see your resolution through until you get to where you want to be!








    First of all, it's important to note that most people who set New Year's Resolutions will abandon them in the first 6 months. Actually, this article says that actually 88% of people will fail in their resolutions. Sounds pretty depressing right? So, what's the point in even making a resolution? The point is YOU are not everyone and if you follow these simple tips and really commit yourself to your goals (which is really what a resolution is anyway) you WILL be successful!



    TIPS for Sticking to Your New Year's Resolution


    1. Write down your goals -- It is always a great idea to write down your goals. Be very specific about what you want to accomplish, start small and work up to your ultimate goal. Give yourself daily, weekly, monthly and then your yearly goal.



    2. Be your own motivation! -- No one is going to come over everyday and knock you over the head with motivation. The first thing you need to realized is that the only person you are letting down by giving up too quickly is yourself.



    3. Reward yourself for a job well done! -- Make Sure you celebrate the little milestones you accomplish along the way to meeting your ultimate goal. Be sure to pat yourself on the back.



    4. Post your resolutions -- Put your goals up where you can see them throughout the day. This will serve as a perpetual reminder and encourage you to move forward.



    5. Change your behaviors -- Whatever your resolution, make sure you set yourself up for success. Don't put yourself in situations that will cause you to fail. If you want to eat healthier, don't fill your cupboards with junk food. If you want to quit smoking, you'll have to change your daily pattern up a bit so you fill the time you normally would have been smoking, with healthier habits. Just make better choices that will help you in the long run.



  • Happy Thanksgiving from Charming Chick!!!!






    Happy Thanksgiving


    Amidst our busy plans preparing for Christmas, we wanted to take a moment to pause and reflect upon how thankful we are for each of our customers - you!  It has been a pleasure serving you over the past year.  Whether packing your order with care, or replying to an email to help you pick out the perfect treasure, we are simply grateful to have the privilege of serving you.

    We are also extremely grateful for all of the men and women serving our country, who may not be able to spend time with their families this holiday season.  And to all of those military families, we are grateful for your sacrifice, as well.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you this Thanksgiving, as always. You have given us so much for which to be thankful.

    I hope that you are able to enjoy some time with your family and friends this Thanksgiving, and reflect upon all of the little (and big) things in life for which you are thankful.

    May you have Blessed Thanksgiving!

  • Thanksgiving Day: Turkey Tips





    Thanksgiving  Day is tomorrow and if you are in charge of the BIG dinner tomorrow you might need a few "Turkey Tips." Well, at Charming Chick we have just the tips you need to ensure your turkey bird is the start of the Thanksgiving Day show!!! If it's your first time cooking a turkey, or even if you just need a little refresher, this post will definitely have some information you'll appreciate. Before we talk turkey tips, we just want to let you know that in addition to all of our Black Friday Week specials we are running through Friday, we will also have some SUPER Black Friday deals going on the day after Thanksgiving. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear about all of these amazing deals. In addition, if you sign up for our newsletter, you'll be one of the first people to know about specials deals and coupons. What could be better than a Black Friday deal? How about FREE Saver Shipping, just be sure to enter coupon code FREESHIPNOV at check out. This coupon code is good through 11/30/2012!!!











    Thanksgiving Day Turkey Tips:


    Thawing the Turkey

    Here's what the USDA has to say on their website:

    "There are three safe ways to thaw food: in the refrigerator, in cold water, and in the microwave oven. :

    The Big Thaw
    Turkeys must be kept at a safe temperature during "the big thaw." While frozen, a turkey is safe indefinitely. However, as soon as it begins to thaw, any bacteria that may have been present before freezing can begin to grow again.

    A package of frozen meat or poultry left thawing on the counter more than 2 hours is not at a safe temperature. Even though the center of the package may still be frozen, the outer layer of the food is in the "Danger Zone" between 40 and 140 °F — at a temperature where foodborne bacteria multiply rapidly.

    Safe Methods for Thawing
    Immediately after grocery store checkout, take the frozen turkey home and store it in the freezer.

    Frozen turkeys should not be left on the back porch, in the car trunk, in the basement, or any place else where temperatures cannot be constantly monitored.

    Refrigerator Thawing
    When thawing a turkey in the refrigerator:

    • Plan ahead: allow approximately 24 hours for each 4 to 5 pounds in a refrigerator set at 40 °F or below.
    • Place the turkey in a container to prevent the juices from dripping on other foods.

    Refrigerator Thawing Times
    Whole turkey:

    •  4 to 12 pounds ……  1 to 3 days
    • 12 to 16 pounds …… 3 to 4 days
    • 16 to 20 pounds …… 4 to 5 days
    • 20 to 24 pounds …… 5 to 6 days

    A thawed turkey can remain in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days before cooking. Foods thawed in the refrigerator can be refrozen without cooking but there may be some loss of quality.

    Cold Water Thawing
    Allow about 30 minutes per pound.

    First be sure the turkey is in a leak-proof plastic bag to prevent cross-contamination and to prevent the turkey from absorbing water, resulting in a watery product.

    Submerge the wrapped turkey in cold tap water. Change the water every 30 minutes until the turkey is thawed. Cook the turkey immediately after it is thawed.

    Cold Water Thawing Times

    •  4 to 12 pounds …… 2 to 6 hours
    • 12 to 16 pounds …… 6 to 8 hours
    • 16 to 20 pounds …… 8 to 10 hours
    • 20 to 24 pounds …… 10 to 12 hours

    A turkey thawed by the cold water method should be cooked immediately. After cooking, meat from the turkey can be refrozen.

    Microwave Thawing
    Follow the microwave oven manufacturer's instruction when defrosting a turkey. Plan to cook it immediately after thawing because some areas of the food may become warm and begin to cook during microwaving. Holding partially cooked food is not recommended because any bacteria present wouldn't have been destroyed.

    A turkey thawed in the microwave must be cooked immediately."


    As you can see you must take extra precautions when thawing out your turkey because you sure don't want anyone to get sick. However, just because your bird isn't totally thawed today, don't worry following some of the fast thaw tips can be a great alternative, but start early so it will be done cooking in time for dinner.


    Cleaning Your Turkey

    This tip actually took me by surprise but it totally makes sense once it's explained. Again, the nice folks at the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests that you do not wash your turkey before putting it in the oven. I ALWAYS Wash my poultry before cooking it, however when we turn the water on to wash our bird, yucky stuff flies everywhere. It's MUCH better to let the heat from the oven kill all of the bacteria and such. So that's one less step and keeps your kitchen free of unwanted pathogens. If the turkey or any of it's juices touch any part of your kitchen wash with hot soapy water and use disinfectant if you like. On thing that is important to mention. If you aren't washing or stuffing your turkey you might overlook the giblets that are usually in a bag tucked into the cavity. Be sure to remove them.


    Don't Stuff the Turkey

    My mother is an avid turkey stuffer, as was her mother and grandmother so it would seem natural that I would stuff my turkey as well. Not true. While I have eaten many a stuffed turkey and stuffing out of a turkey with absolutely no issue, I tend to agree with folks that say turkeys cook faster and more evenly when they are not stuffed. Often times the turkey is done cooking before the stuffing even has a chance to get fully cooked. Stuff if you must but roast the turkey just until the meat is done, then transfer the stuffing from the cavity to a baking dish and continue baking (or microwave it) until it registers 165°F.


    Cooking the Turkey


    For tips on how to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving Day, you should check out the Butterball website. They have all kinds of great tips and if any one knows about turkey -- it's butterball!!!


    We hope you have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving Day!!! Don't forget to stay tuned for our awesome Black Friday Deals on Twitter, Facebook or visit our website!!!



  • Holiday Shopping : Gift Planning for the Holidays










    Well, it's the first week of November and most of us have started thinking about holiday shopping -- or maybe not. Have you started planning?? Have you started shopping? Well, I bought my first Christmas present of the season and I am chomping at the bit to buy more. However, if you are like me you might do shopping here and there and then wen it comes down to the wire you discover you are missing some people and gift heavy on others...and staying on budget? That can certainly be tough as well BUT today we are going to give you some holiday shopping and planning tips that should make things -- merry and bright this season.












    Holiday Shopping Tips


    1. Make a List -- and Check it Twice

    The first thing you'll want to do before you start your holiday shopping is to make a list of all the people you would like to buys Christmas gifts this year. If you have ideas about items that you would like to purchase and an estimated price. If you love creating spreadsheets, this task can be right up your alley. No only can you keep track of who you need to buy for and what you have purchased, you can also keep track of packages you need to mail and all kinds of other things.


    2. Create a Budget


    After you have your holiday shopping list together figure out an overall budget. As much as possible try to set aside money throughout the year so you won't be paying for your Christmas gifts all the way until next Christmas. After you come up with an overall budget, you can assign a certain amount to each person on your list .The BEST idea is to set aside the money for Christmas gifts aside into a separate account that you can access when you set out to go shopping.


    3. Shop Sales and Look for Coupon Codes


    You don't have to wait until "Black Friday" to start your Holiday shopping and save big. In fact retailers are starting to offer amazing deals now. PLUS, if you shop early you won't feel so stressed. At Charming Chick we are constantly offering great deals leading up to Christmas. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear about the latest specials and get coupon codes. You'll want to shop sales now and don't worry about what might be coming -- if you want to enjoy your holiday and not feel so rushed shop early.


    Right now at Charming Chick we are rewarding all those who want to shop early with FREE Saver Shipping through the entire month of November. Just enter coupon code FREESHIPNOV at check out!



  • Halloween Hospitality -- Welcoming the Trick-or Treaters















    If you are looking forward to welcoming trick-or-treaters to your home this Halloween, then this post is for you! You'll want to be sure that your home, mainly you porch and walkway, are ready for all the little ghosts, goblins, superheros, princess, and more that will be headed your way. Today we will examine some of the dos and don'ts that will keep everyone safe, so that you all will enjoy this fun holiday.












    Turn Your Porch Light On

    On Halloween night you'll want to keep your porch light on if you want to have trick-or-treaters come to your door. It's a common rule for trick-or-treating that folks should never go to a house with the poach lights off. There are a few reasons for this but the BIG one is safety. Keep your light on so trick-or-treaters know that you are giving out treats and having your light on also lights a path so that no one has to fumble around in the dark and potentially hurt themselves.


    Clear a Path

    Having festive and spooky decorations is a huge part of the fun on Halloween but you'll want to make sure that everything is out of the way so none of the little trick-or-treaters, or their parents, trip over your pumpkins or Halloween decor. Using candles in pumpkins has always been a popular way of lighting up jack-o-lanterns, but there are some pretty awesome lights that you can stick in them now. They are very expensive and you can use them year after year, plus you don't have to worry about someone's cap or loose clothing getting caught in a flame.


    Give out Commercially Packaged Goodies

    I love making and receiving Halloween treats as much as anyone, but if you hand them out to trick-or-treaters, chances are  pretty good that they will get thrown out -- unless the trick-or-treaters know you well. As delicious as they might be most parents don't feel comfortable letting their little ones eat homemade food from folks they don't know. You don't even have to give out candy if you don't want to. There are prepackaged crackers, fruit, chips and more that you can hand out. Some people hand out gift certificates, toys or toothbrushes as well.


    Keep Your Pets Indoors

    Halloween can sometimes spook our pets. Having strangers come to the door wearing costumes can cause even the most even tempered pet concern. You don't want them to get hurt, or to hurt someone else, so keeping them in one of their favorite rooms until you're done handing out treats can make them feel much safer and happy.






  • Halloween Party Planning
















    via Pinterest and


    The Halloween party season is upon us and with websites like Pinterest, and Hostess With the Mostess (HWTM) Blog around  party planning has never been easier or more fun. There are so many how-to DIY videos on YouTube and all over the web. It's fantastic because if you are not super crafty like me, you can really appreciate that people have taken time to explain in detail how to create wonderful projects. You'll honeslty me so amazed at what you can do!!!


    Today on the Charming Chick blog we are going to share some of the most fun Halloween party Planning ideas that we have found on the web. We'll have a Ghoulishly good time!!!
























    via Wants and Wishes Design Blog


    Forget the blood and gore, forget bobbing for apples and messing up your make-up. Instead,  host a  sophisticated Halloween party for your friends this year. The Wants and Wishes Blog features this beautifully designed party theme that is just perfect for all ages. Check out their site to view all of the fun pieces and printables they have created.


























    via The Hostess With the Mostess Blog


    On the Hostess With The Mostess Blog, this darling sparkly Halloween Themed Party is featured . It's great for any age and while creepy -- it's not spooky and great for children of any age. Be sure to visit the Sparkly Kids Chevron Halloween Party blog post for details and close up photos of all these darling decorations.

























    via Matt Bite Blog


    I stumbled upon these devilishly delicious candied apples while perusing Pinterest. They caught my eye because I thought they would be the perfect fit for a spooky Halloween party. Actually, they'd fit in perfectly with the Sophisticated Halloween Party that we mentioned earlier. I love the rustic look and the glossy shine! To get the recipe visit Matt Bites Blog to read the post Adam's Scary Apples.



  • Independence Day ~ Fourth of July Fun Facts










    Happy Fourth of July!!!! For many, today will be filled with fun, food and fireworks. To make this Independence Day even more exciting, you can share some little known Fourth of July Trivia with your friends, family, neighbors and anyone else you cross paths with today!!! Enjoy...













    Fourth of July Fun Facts



    * On the Fourth of July in 1778 General George Washington marked Independence Day with an artillery salute and a double ration of rum for his soldiers.


    * In 1779 the first "official" use of the term Independence Day was used.


    * The first Fourth of July celebration was held at the White House in 1804.


    * Benjamin Franklin wanted to declare the turkey as the national bird but he was over ruled. The national bird of the United States is of course the majestic Bald Eagle -- but the turkey plays a very important role too!


    *On June 24, 1826, Thomas Jefferson sent a letter to Roger C. Weightman, declining an invitation to come to Washington, D.C., to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. It was the last letter that Jefferson, who was gravely ill, ever wrote.


    * Three U.S. Presidents died on the 4th of July. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams (former adversaries) died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826. James Monroe died July 4, 1831.


    * In 1870 July 4th was declared an unpaid federal holiday but in 1938 congress changed it to a PAID Federal holiday!


    * The names of those who signed of the Declaration of Independence were withheld from the public for more than six months to protect the signers. If independence had not been achieved, the treasonable act of the signers would have, by law, resulted in their deaths.




    All of us at Charming Chick would like to wish you an yours a very fun and safe Fourth of July. If you are looking for some last minute inspiration for your Independence Day BBQ check out our Fourth of July board on Pinterest!!!

  • Happy Father's Day 2012!!!



    From all of us at Charming Chick -- we would like to wish all the Dads, Step-Dads, Grandads, Papas, Uncles and any other man who spends quality time teaching and enriching the life of a child -- a VERY Happy Father's Day!!!!!



    In honor of Father's Day here are some quotes you can add to any cards you plan on giving...




    Blessed indeed is the man who hears
    many gentle voices call him father!

    ~Lydia M. Child

    The greatest gift I ever had
    Came from God; I call him Dad!
    ~Author Unknown

    A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed,
    and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.
    ~ Billy Graham

    My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived,
    and let me watch him do it.
    ~ Clarence Budington Kelland

    By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right,
    he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.
    Charles Wadsworth

    I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong
    as the need for a father's protection.
    Sigmund Freud

    If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
    Bill Cosby



  • Mother's Day~ Updated Shipping Information



    This pendant must be ordered by Wednesday, May 2nd
    for guaranteed delivery by Mother's Day! 


    At Charming Chick, our biggest priority is the satisfaction of our customers.  We are so thankful for the business of all our customers and work hard to ensure all orders are processed in a timely manner. This is why we are taking a moment to update you on some of our newest - and very popular - items and their shipping deadlines.



    This pendant must be ordered by Wednesday, May 2nd
    for guaranteed delivery by Mother's Day! 


    Due to increased demand, the last day to order the engraved Mother's Pendants with guaranteed delivery for Mother's Day is going to be this Wednesday, May 2nd.

    That includes the first 4 items our Mother's Day page:





    This pendant must be ordered by Wednesday, May 2nd
    for guaranteed delivery by Mother's Day! 


    It will also include any of our filigree items that are made the same way, like:


    The process to make these finely crafted items is multi-step and really requires several extra days.  We will of course make every effort to get all orders for these items shipped out just as fast as possible but we cannot guarantee any orders for these pieces after Wednesday May 2nd -- so if you want one of these special and unique personalized jewelry items order TODAY!!!!!!


    For more detailed shipping information, please visit our Shipping Information page.

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