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  • Leap Year 2012 Fun Facts ~ What is Leap Day?

     

    It's Leap Year again! You know that it comes around every 4 years but do you know why? What are some of the traditions associated with the holiday? What do people do who are born on February 29th do -- that's got to be a little strange, right? What would happen if we decided to do away with Leap Year all together? Well, in honor of the day we thought we could help by answering a few of those questions and also provide you with a few fun facts you can share with your friends come February 29th.

     

     

     

    First, we'll start with the Days of the Month Poem in Honor of Leap Year. I found 88 versions of the traditional Mother Goose Poem On the website LeapYearDay.com but this is Version 68:

     

    30 days hath September,
    April, June, and November.
    All the rest have 31--
    Just a minute, we’re not done!
    February’s the shortest one.
    With 28 most of the time,
    but in Leap Year twenty-nine.

     

     

     

     

     

    Leap Day Facts

     

    ~ Supposedly around the 5th century the tradition of women proposing men on Leap Day began. Folklore states St. Patrick officially set aside February 29th as the one day that women could break from tradition and propose marriage to their fella. Leap Day is not to be confused with Sadie Hawkins Day, which is November 15th.

     

    ~ Born on Leap Day? Lucky you! It is said that people born on February 29th  posses special talents. What's yours?

     

    ~  There are a few issues with being born on Leap day, some Leap Year babies report that their parents wanted the birth date to be changed to either February 28th or March 1st. There have been some computer issues noted as well. When those born on Leap Day try to enter their birth date some programs won't recognize February 29th as a valid birthday! In addition, some folks have been teased and experienced licensing issues

     

    ~ The ancient Egyptians discover that the man-made calendar didn't match up with the solar year. The reason for this is because it takes the Earth a little longer that a year to make its way around the sun -- as noted on the Cliff.com website it exactly  takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds.

     

    ~ Also noted on that same website - is that leap year was to occur very four year but the Gregorian calendar  implanted a more precise formula stating that only years divisible by four would be included. This meant that were divisible by 100 would not be included but those divisible by 400 would be. Confusing? Maybe, but it keeps us on track. At least for the next thousand years or so.

     

     

  • Oscar Party ~ Last-Minute Red Carpet Ideas

    Tomorrow is a big red carpet night for Hollywood -- and for anyone who loves movies and celebrities. If you have been thinking about hosting an Oscar Party but you just aren't quite sure how to put it all together quickly, we have some tips that you might be interested in. Whether you are thinking about inviting a few friends over, or just spending the evening in with your family, we have some great tips that can help you throw an Oscar party together quickly and successfully!!! We've searched the web and found some simple Oscar DIY  ideas that can help to make your party fun and festive.

     

     

     

     1. Dress the Part!

    First of all, you'll want to pick out your prettiest party dress or snappiest suit and put it on. Don't rush out and buy anything just grab what you have -- and call it good. Do you have a tiara laying around? Great! How about a feather boa? Perfect! Do you have a top hat left over from last year's Halloween costume or a black tie affair? Fabulous! Get creative have fun and get dresses up and wear every piece of jewelry you own.

     

     

     

    2. Food is Essential

     

    Of course, what Oscar Party would be compete without yummy food. You can get as fancy or keep it as simple as your like. A great site to visit with some award-winning favorites is Delish.com. The one I thought looked absolutely scrumptious were the Mini- Black Bottom Cheesecakes -- yummy!!! Oh, and don't forget the popcorn...

     

    3. Roll out the Red Carpet

     

    You don't have to have carpet (and no one actually has to walk on it) but using some red butcher paper or getting some red fabric to lay out can work just fine. Of course, you can always order a red carpet but you don't have time for that this year. However, if you want to get a head start on next year's Oscar party, you'll have plenty of time!

     

     

    (Via Amazon.com)

     

    4. DIY Red Carpet Backdrop

     

    What Red Carpet event would be complete without a backdrop for all those glam photos? Oscar night is all about seeing and being seen right? We have all gazed at those infamous photos of the celebs at awards shows, pausing and posing, in front of those simple and recognizable backdrops. You can create one for yourself using anything, felt, butcher paper, cardboard, etc. Get creative, have fun and if you have a little bit of time - or are exceptionally crafty - here are a are a few tips for a slightly fancy version of the backdrop.  You can also order these backdrops online. They are a little spendy but if you plan on hosting these parties in the future it could be well worth the investment.

     

    From all of us at Charming Chick, have a wonderful night at the Oscars!!!!!

     

  • Spring Weddings ~ Flowers and More

     

    Bright Pink Floral Wedding Flower Girl
    Every Day Low Price -- ONLY $9.99 

     

    If you are planning a spring wedding this year then it's almost "go" time! I'm sure the excitement is welling up inside of you and you may be trying to make sure that every last detail is taken care of and that nothing will be overlooked. There are some special considerations that need to be made when planning a spring wedding and today on the Charming Chick blog we are going to let you know what those are and what you can do to ensure your special day runs smoothly and you take advantage of all the wonderful things this season has to offer.

     

     

     

     

    Sparkling Flowers Wedding Cake Topper
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $49.99

     

    A Chance of Showers

    You can't control mother nature but you can be prepared. If you are planning on having an outdoor wedding you'll definitely want to order some tents or have a "plan B" of some kind. Having a wedding outdoors with all the gorgeous blooming tulips, daffodils, crocuses, blooming trees, etc. can be super romantic so if you live in an area where you can be relatively certain you'll have a dry day -- or you just want to take a chance, go for it, just make sure you have arrangements in place to keep you and your guests dry. Even if you aren't planning an outdoor affair, you still want to be prepared with umbrellas and awnings in place to keep you dry. It would be a shame for your hair and make-up to get ruined because of a few sprinkles (or a downpour).

     

     

    Black and White Wedding Guest Book and Pen Set
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $29.99

     

     

    A Season of Flowers

     

    When you think spring what is the first thing that comes to mind? Flowers of course! There are some gorgeous flowers that you can use that are usually unique to springtime. Take advantage of this time of year by incorporating a lot of flowers and save money by choosing flowers that are in season. If you are planning on having an outdoor wedding you can incorporated all the of beautiful springtime blooms into your wedding decor.

     

     

     

    Ivory Lace Ring Bearer Pillow
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $18.99 

     

    What to Wear? What to Wear?

    In many areas of the country springtime means ideal temperatures. Sure it may be rainy but in general temps are not too hot and not to cold, meaning brides can really choose from any style of dress without worry. If you have your sights set on a short sleeve, long sleeve or strapless gown you should be just fine. You can always carry a beautiful pashmina  or other type of wrap or arm coverings but chances are pretty good that you won't need them.

     

     Heart-Shaped Wedding Unity Sand Vase and Stand
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $34.99  

     

     

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  • Spring is Almost Here ~ Color, Color Everywhere

     

     

    Spring is on it way! That's pretty exciting, right? Even though most of the country has experience some pretty mild temperatures this year, I think we can all agree that spring is always a welcome sight. With all the beautiful flowers, vibrant colors, feelings of renewal it is a time that many people look forward to all year long. Today, on the Charming Chick Blog, we are going to feature some of our favorite items for spring.

     

     

     

     

    Sterling Silver Spring Multi-Charm Necklace
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $82.99

     

    Multi-Charm necklaces are a hot trend and this one is the perfect addition to your new spring wardrobe! Crafted of genuine sterling silver and features a flower, a leaf and a dragonfly charm. It also has a stylish toggle closure that fastens in the front which makes is very easy to fasten. The necklace measures 17.5 inches long to fit most neckline.

     

    Rowallan Personalized Leather Key Chain & Wallet
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY  $31.99

     

    A fabulous new line that we recently introduced is the Rowallan of Scotland collection. These leather goods feature designs that are simple and elegant. The colors are vibrant and stunning. The organizational features mean you will have everything you need - right at your finger tips - as you navigate through your busy day. The key chain offers a smart valet design, featuring two key rings that can be easily removed for ultimate convenience. The matching business card case, which can double as a credit card or ID case, is designed with a clever pull tab so that cards may be easily raised from the holder for easy access.

     

     

     

    Hot Pink Bridal Garter
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $7.99

     

     

    You'll be pretty in pink (hot pink that is) with this gorgeous bridal garter. It will coordinate perfectly with your hot pink wedding colors -- or just add a splash of color with your all white attire. This garter is perfect for a spring wedding and is a new item that we have added to our already outstanding collection of bridal garters.

     

     

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  • Sweet 16 ~ Facts and Traditions

    Sweet Sixteen Zebra Print Personalized Photo Booth Backdrop
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $111.99

    A Sweet 16 Birthday Party is a celebration for a young girl who is coming-of-age, to officially commemorate their voyage into womanhood. In the Hispanic community this tradition is celebrated on the 15th birthday and called a Quinceanera. Quite simply it is a special time for family and friends to get together and see what a beautiful young woman the guest of honor has grown to be. Despite some reality shows like My Super Sweet Sixteen where the parents are extremely wealthy and shower their daughters with extravagant parties and luxury items. Most girls don't have those kinds of parties but they are special, they usually different from other birthday parties and they are showered with lots of love, attention and yes -- special gifts.

     

     

    Sweet 16 Swarovski Crystal and Pearl Bracelet
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $14.99

     

    Sweet Sixteen celebrations date back to the 1600s in England. This wasn't just a time for young girls to transition into womanhood -- this was actually their début into society and they were officially being "put on the market" for marriage. There are also many traditions that are found at most Sweet 16 parties in the United States. Today on the Charming Chick blog we are going to feature a few of them. If you have any special Sweet Sixteen party ideas or traditions that we haven't covered, be sure to leave a comment  and share it with us. Now let's get started...

     

     

    Sweet 16 Pink Tiara
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $42.99

    The Shoe Exchange and Crowning Ceremony

    The birthday girl is escorted into the reception area where she is presented with a new pair of high-heeled shoes and a dazzling tiara. Her flat shoes or ballet style slippers are removed by her father or grandfather and he slips on her new high-heeled shoes, which symbolizes her walk from childhood into womanhood. In addition to the shoes a tiara is also carried in as well. The father places it on her head letting her know she is princess for the day but she is growing up and becoming a woman.

     


    Sweet 16 Birthday Signature Pillow
    Every Day Low Price  -- ONLY $18.99

    The Candle Lighting Ceremony

    The candle ceremony is a great way to include friends and family into the Sweet Sixteen festivities. 16 tapers, votives or even tea lights are set out in a decorative arrangement. The birthday girl lights the first candle symbolizing her transition into adulthood. Then parents, siblings and other close family members light candles 2-7, close friends light candles 8-15 and if the birthday girl has a boyfriend or close male friend he will light the 16th candle. Each person says something sweet or tells a story about the guest of honor.

     

    Sweet Sixteen Toast

    After the cake is cut the father of the girl, her mother or another close family member or friend gives a toast. They recall significant moments in her childhood and share pearls of wisdom with her. This may also be the time when she is presented with a special gift.

     

    Sweet Sixteen Key Chain
    Every Day Low Price -- ONLY $11.99

    Father-Daughter Dance

    For her Sweet Sixteen party, the birthday girl chooses a song that is sentimental and significant to she and her father. The Father-Daughter dance symbolizes the girl  becoming more independent; and the father is acknowledging that his little girl is growing into a young woman.

     

    At Charming Chick we have many special personalized jewelry items that would make the perfect Sweet Sixteen keepsake; as well as several fantastic favors, decor and momentous for the Sweet 16 party.

  • Delta Zeta Soroity Spotlight

     

     

    Delta Zeta ~ ΔΖ

    Open Motto: N/A
    Mascot: Turtle
    Jewel: Diamond
    Colors: Rose Pink and Nile Green
    Flower: Pink Killarney Rose
    Badge: Roman Lamp

     

     

     

     

     

    1902 was an exciting time for the women of Oxford, Ohio who wanted to obtain higher education from Miami University. When Dr. Guy Potter Benton was elected as the  president of the University one of his first actions was to allow women into Miami University in the fall of that year. It didn't take long for a group of six very bright young women; Alfa Lloyd Hayes, Mary Jane Collins, Anna Louise Keen, Julia Lawrence Bishop, Mabelle May Minton, and Anne Dial Simmons to come together with common goals and ideals and form Delta Zeta. It was to be the first women's fraternity to be established at Miami University in Oxford, OH - which is known as the "Mother of Fraternity" because many prominent men's fraternities that originated there.

     

    It wasn't an easy go for the founders of Delta Zeta. It is reported that at one point their constitution was stolen but Dr. Benton was able to get the offenders to return it and on October 24th, 1902 it was formally established by the state of Ohio. The Delta Zeta Creed really explains so much about this women's fraternity and her members:

    Delta Zeta Creed

    To the world,
    I promise temperance and insight and courage,
    To crusade for justice,
    To seek the truth and defend it always:
    To those whom my life may touch in slight measure,
    May I give graciously
    Of what is mine;
    To my friends,
    Understanding and appreciation;
    To those closer ones,
    Love that is ever steadfast;
    To my mind,
    Growth;
    To myself,
    Faith
    That I may walk truly
    In the light of the Flame.
    –– Dorothy Mumford Williams, Alpha Zeta (Adelphi University) (1939)

    (Via Wikipedia)

     

     Another important aspect of the women's fraternity Delta Zeta, is philanthropy and service. They have made speech and hearing their main priority and Delta Zeta has nationally partnered with The Starkey Hearing Foundation, Gallaudet University and the House Research Institute. Each chapter also helps to support local organizations that are committed to this cause. 

    Delta Zeta's other national philanthropy is The Painted Turtle, which helps to provide a camp experience for children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses. According to the official Delta Zeta website:

     

    Delta Zeta supports The Painted Turtle camp as one of its national philanthropies through fundraising, donating items on The Painted Turtle's wish list, and via our collegiate and alumnae members who volunteer their time to the camp, helping the children that it serves.

    Visit The Painted Turtle camp at http://www.thepaintedturtle.org/turtle/

  • Wedding Day Planning~ Ring Warming Ceremony

    True Romance Bride and Groom
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $34.99

     

    Your wedding day is one of the most important and special events of your life. You'll spend many months - and countless hours - planning so you can rest assured that everything  will be just the way you've dreamed and hoped it would be. For many couples,  the guest list is one of the things on their wedding day to-do list, that they agonized over most.  You may narrow it down and bulk it back up to ensure all the people you love most will be there. With all of that thought and consideration that goes into to deciding who you want to share in your special day, wouldn’t it be wonderfully fitting to include those people in your ceremony?

     

     Bride and Groom Personalized Champagne Flutes
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $23.99

     

    A growing trend among many couples is to have a Ring Warming Ritual as part of the ceremony. This deeply meaningful, yet simple gesture, is a beautiful and unique compliment to your wedding day ceremony. During the service, your wedding rings are passed around to all of your guests. Each guest holds the rings briefly, while silently saying a blessing or wish for your union. This ritual is ideal for small  ceremonies and is an interactive way to include your guests in the service. They will all feel so cherished by your gesture to include each and every one of them.

     

     

    Personalized Signature Photo Frame
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $69.99

     

    If you are worried about your rings getting dropped or lost, consider placing the rings in a small bag or tie them together with fabric. In addition if you are having a larger ceremony - or if you just don’t like the idea of having everyone touching your rings - pass them just among your immediate family members. The passing can even take place during the vows, so that by the time you get to the ring exchange the rings will have made their way back to you.

     

     
    Glass Love Coasters Favor Set
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $4.99 (or $1.99 each when you buy 24 or more)

     

     Your wedding day is your special day, so make it fun, unique and choose to include things that represent your personalities and your love for one another!

     

    HAPPY PLANNING!!!

  • Valentine's Day Ideas ~ 8 Simple Ways to Share the Love!

     

     

    Sterling Silver "I Love You" Charm
    Every Day Low Price $14.99 

    Valentine's Day is the time of year when we set aside a moment to show the ones we love just how much they mean to us. Of course, we should be telling them and showing them each and every day ~ but Valentine's Day gives us an extra excuse to be thoughtful and kind. On the Charming Chick blog today, we are going to provide you with a few sweet ideas to spoil your sweetie! Don't forget to take some time to look over our website; we have great gift ideas for men, women and children. Make sure you visit our Shipping Information page to ensure you receive your order in time for the holiday.

     

     

    Sterling Silver Monogram Heart Necklace
    Every Day Low Price $64.00 

     

    Valentine's Day Ideas

     

    1) Breakfast in Bed -- This year Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday but don't let stop you from treating your sweetheart to breakfast in bed. It can be as simple or elaborate as you like but whatever you decide you can be sure that the one you love will be thrilled and feel completely spoiled by the extra loving attention.

     

     

    2) Scavenger Hunt -- Valentine's Day is a wonderful time for a scavenger hunt. Anyone young, old or in between can enjoy a scavenger hunt. You can get really creative with the clues, leave trinkets and treasures at each stop along the way and even include the whole family in on the hunt.

     

    3) Notes from the Heart -- No matter what day it is, it's always very special to receive sweet notes from the people we love.  Write it on the bathroom mirror, leave notes on your loved ones pillow, in their car, in their lunch box, in unexpected places. Get creative and speak your heart. Flowers are great but meaningful words will be treasured for a lifetime.

     

    4) A Jar of Love -- Think about all of the things you love about your sweetie and write each and every one of those things down, it can be anything from I love the way you smile, you encouraging, you make the best spaghetti and meatballs -- whatever you love write it down on a slip of paper and put it in a decorate jar or box. Try to come up with 10o things to write but if you can come up with 365 that would be even better -- then everyday morning for on year your love can pull a slip out and be reminded how loved and cherished they are.

     

    5) Coupon Book -- Does your spouse have a "Honey Do List?" Show them that you have really be paying attention by making a coupon book that includes all of those items plus some extras that you know they would really like you to do.

     

    6) The Element of Surprise -- The gift of surprise is so much fun. Receiving balloons, sweets, flowers, jewelry, or other gifts is always very much appreciated and enjoyed.

     

    7) Fill a Photo Album -- A very special and meaningful gift for Valentine's Day is to create a photo album or photo book.You can choose to do a theme from a favorite vacation or a lifetime of memories.

     

    8) Make a Mixed CD -- It may sound a little old fashion but a mixed CD with favorite and/or sentimental songs is such a romantic and fun Valentine's Day gift.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Valentine's Day Gifts for Men

     

     

     

    Personalized Grill Tool Gift Set
    Everyday Low Price $35

     

    On Valentine's Day men don't necessarily look forward to receiving a bouquet of flowers or a beautiful piece of blingy jewelry. Some do, but for those who don't we have some fantastic gift ideas for you! At Charming Chick we have  a great selection of Men's Gifts for you to choose from. Today, we are going to feature some our most wished for men's items just perfect for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day!

     

    Also, as a side note, you'll want to visit our Shipping Information page to ensure your Valentine's Day gifts arrive on time. We do our best to ship our items as quickly as possible.  Now let's have a look at some fantastic gifts for men.

     

     

     

    Black Leather Engraved Money Clip Wallet
    Everyday Low Price $35.99 

     

    Nothing says "I Love You" on Valentine's Day like a personalized gift. This handsome Black Leather Engraved Money Clip Wallet is crafted of genuine leather and is the ideal gift for the man in your life. It features a clear view ID window, multiple card slots on the inside and outside and leather covered magnetic clasp.With its slim form and timeless design, this money clip will never go out of style. The personalization may be two styles: either a silver stamp on the clip or engraved on a silver plate that is attached to the wallet.  Please allow one week for personalization.

     

    Set of 3 Personalized Men's White Hankies
    Everyday Low Price $26.99 

     

    Every gentleman should own at least one set of personalized hankies. This traditional men's gift set makes a wonderful Valentine's Day gift. Crafted of 100% cotton and easily washable, these classically designed handkerchiefs feature a handsome, vertical and horizontal line trim, which create a cross hatch look in all four corners and free personalization. Each hankie measures 16 by 16 inches and may be embroidered with up to three block initials in white, tan, grey, navy or black thread.

     

     

    Engraved Sterling Silver Money Clip
    Everyday Low Price $159.00

     

    Our Sterling Silver Money Clip is a finely crafted gift for the one you love. Any man would be delighted to receive such a handsome, masculine and special gift for Valentine's Day.  This sterling silver money clip can be personalized with the Times Block font in the sample above.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Delta Phi Epsilon ~ Sorority Spotlight

    Delta Phi Epsilon ~ ΔΦΕ:

    Open Motto: "To be rather than to seem to be."
    Mascot: Unicorn
    Jewel: Pearl
    Colors: Royal Purple and Pure Gold
    Flower: The lovely purple iris

     

     

    The Alpha Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon was founded at New York University of Law March 17, 1917. The founders Dorothy Cohen Schwartzman, Ida Bienstock Landau, Minna Goldsmith Mahler, Eva Effron Robin and Sylvia Steireman Cohn wanted to form a sorority that was different from others -- and it was. It was the first sorority founded at a professional school and one of the first non-sectarian social sororities. As noted on the Delta Phi Epsilon website the young female law student came together to:

     

    "Promote good fellowship among the women students among the various colleges in the country...to create a secret society composed of these women based upon their good moral character, regardless of nationality or creed...to have distinct chapters at various colleges..."

     

    Delta Phi Epsilon was formally incorporated on March 17, 1922 and in December of that same year they welcomed in their first international chapter at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec Canada.  Their focus has always been to build strong chapters, which there are 75 of currently and there are over 50,000 member in the US and Canada.

     

    Philanthropy is a very important to the members of Delta Phi Epsilon. Their two main philanthropic partners are the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and  Anorexia Nervosa and other Associated Disorders (ANAD). Here is more detailed information from the official Delta Phi Epsilon website.

    The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation & Delta Phi Epsilon

    "Since 1967, Delta Phi Epsilon has contributed more than $1 million to research for a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. At our 2008 biennial convention, DPhiE made a $100,000 pledge to CFF and surpassed that goal by $123,000 at our 2010 convention!

    Chapters take part in many CFF philanthropic events including, but not limited to, Bowl for Breathe, Deepher Dude pageants, Great Strides Walks, 65 Roses for Cystic Fibrosis Balls, plus much, much more.  DPhiE sisters are proud to support this cause."

     

    ANDA and Delta Phi Omega

     

    Help Light the Night and Bring Eating Disorders Out of the Dark!

    "ANAD is challenging Delta Phi Epsilon chapters on college campuses nationwide to help raise funds by raising  awareness about eating disorders, while hosting an annual candlelight vigil. A Candlelight Vigil is an inspiring night to commemorate those who have lost their lives and recognize those who have recovered and survived, while also promoting eating disorder awareness to the general public. 

    ANAD provides all the materials needed to host a successful candlelight vigil with simple program guides and resources for everything from how to organize the event, to how to recruit team members and publicize the event. Download a copy of our Candlelight Vigil Event Packet to get started! "  

    *Visit www.dphie.org for more information

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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