• Fun Fall Activities for the Whole Family









    Fun Fall Activities

    Do you love the fall? Can’t get enough of changing leaves, football, sweatshirts, sweaters and delicious the smell of soups and baked goods wafting out from the kitchen? Me neither! I adore autumn. So, if you’re like me, you’ll want to seize the season before it goes by as fast as summer seemed to! Fall is also a wonderful time to get in some good ol' fashioned family bonding time in! There are pumpkin patches, apple picking, fall crafts, and so much more.

    Not sure what to do? Well then my dears you’re in luck; you have come to the right place for find some fun fall activities!
















    1. Visit a pumpkin patch.

    Sure you can get pumpkins at your local grocery store and that’s great and all but there is something really special about visiting a farm and picking out your own pumpkins. There are usually hay rides, corn mazes, hot apple cider, animals to pet and/or ride, bags of fresh apples and a ton of opportunities for great photos. This isn't just one of my favorite fun fall activities, it's a favorite tradition for many families


    2. Go on a Nature Hike.

    Another fun fall activity is getting out and doing a nature hike. It can be as simple as heading out to your own backyard, a local park, a wooded area, or anywhere else you can collect the treasures of fall. Depending on the area you live in, you can find all sorts of wonderful goodies just blowing around outside; leaves, acorns, sticks, pine cones and so much more.

    Kids can even take the items from their nature hike to create unique place mats for Thanksgiving or any other meal.

    Creating a beautiful place mat can be accomplished in just 3 easy steps:

    *The kids chose the color paper they want for the base.

    *Then they empty out their bag and selected flat items to go on the paper. They arrange them just the way they think will look best. Use leaves, flowers, grass, pine needles, small twigs, etc.

    *To finish off the place mat a clear piece of contact paper is carefully laid on top and you push it down as flat as it will go and…

    Voilá! A beautifully unique place mat. Easy peasy!




























    From www.bebehblog.com Click on the photo for 6 more DIY Pine cone crafts!!!


    3. Feed the birds (and squirrels).

    It’s time to make sure your bird feeders are full because soon it will be harder for the birdies to find food. Also, you may have noticed that the squirrels are busy collecting food for the winter so you might want to leave them some goodies too!

    A fun fall activity and craft using pine cones, peanut butter and bird seed is. You just coat the pine cone in peanut butter and roll it in bird seed. I usually tie a piece of yarn or string to the top and then we hang them in the trees where we can see them. I’m not sure if any birds eat from them but I do know our squirrels LOVE them.  It’s a fun fall activity that even the animals can share in!











    4. Splash in some puddles!

    Just put on some old clothes and rubber boots and go for it! It’s so much fun…











    5. Make some s’mores.

    Making S'mores isn't just for summer, they are a delicious fun fall activity too! If you have a wood burning fireplace or a fire pit in the backyard, you can still enjoy some yummy s’mores! You can even make them in your microwave but they aren’t quite the same and don’t put them in very long or the marshmallows will explode.  I’m not trying to be bossy or anything but I just want to save you from having to clean up a super gooey mess :)


    6. Go Apple Picking.

    Apple picking is one of the best fun fall activities there is. While the rewards are great because you can make all kind of yummy things with the apples you gather from apple picking, the bonding and fun you have while doing it will be even more wonderful. When you go apple picking you can fill up buckets of aples for a fraction of the price you would pay in the grocery store. You can make homemade applesauce, apple chips, caramel apples, baked apples, apple cider, apple butter, and so much more!!


    Looking for even more fall inspiration? Visit our Fun Fall Activities and Fun Fall Fashion boards on Pinterest!!!

  • Breast Cancer Events ~ Dallas, Texas











    As you may be aware of, or will be very soon, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. That means people are breaking out their pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. This is the time of year where it sometimes feels as if the whole world turns pink. Baseball players and football players wear pink, the grocery store shelves are filled with products that add pink to their packaging and donate a portion of their proceeds to breast cancer research, and many TV shows, magazine articles, and blogs write about breast cancer awareness and prevention.












    While there are breast cancer event s going on all year round that raise money and awareness, you will find that during the month of October, there are even more. In the Dallas/Fort Worth area, we have so many wonderful events that you can attend, donate to and volunteer for. Today we are going to let you know about a few events happening in our area. For an even more comprehensive list of events be sure to check out Guide Live.













    The Fort Worth Fire Department is hosting three open houses in October to show support and raise awareness for breast cancer. Please join firefighters for a barbecue cookout, station tours and fun activities for that the whole family will enjoy. The Forth Worth Fire Department works closely with the Joan Katz Breast Cancer Center at All Saints Health Foundation to increase awareness of breast cancer screenings and prevention.

    Breast cancer screenings and information will be available at three locations:

    • Oct. 6, Station 3, 4700 Ramey Ave.
    • Oct. 13, Station 17, 212 E. Felix St.
    • Oct. 20, Station 25, 3801 N. Main St.

    Open houses are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at each location.





    Love Cures all is a breast cancer event that features a live date auction with some of Dallas' most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, as well as a live gift auction. The event is set to take place take place on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Avenu Lounge in Uptown Dallas.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the auction begins at 9:00 p.m.  The event benefits the Young Texans Against Cancer (YTAC) Breast Cancer Grant is Dallas. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.lovecuresall.net.



    MOMMIE & ME DAY OUT 2012


    The Mommie & Me Day Out is a fun and very "girly" event for moms and their daughters. This event celebrates women and promotes breast cancer awareness. There are a lot of great activities for mothers and daughters to participate in. This will be a special event that neither will ever forget -- and it's for a great cause. Please Note: space is limited to 40 mothers so you need to buy your tickets now.

    It all takes place  Saturday, October 22nd, 2011  --- from 2:30p-10p at the beautiful Aloft Hotel in Downtown Dallas The cost is $175  and covers 1 mother & 1 daughter. A charge of $55 per adt'l daughter (age 4-16) or $75 per adt'l daughter (age 17-19) is required. For more info, including a schedule of events click here.
    This event is Not For Profit by Spicy Divas Party & Lessons. Any monies collected are to cover the cost associated with the activities planned, the venue rental, caterer, invitations, decorations, gift bags & etc.

  • Fall Season -- Fall Fashion Must-Haves for 2012











    It's FALL!!!! Are you ready? We are featuring some absolutely amazing fall must-haves that will help you glide fashionably through the season. So grab a cup of hot apple cider, cozy up and find out what you'll need to get through the fall season as stylishly as possible!















    Anything metallic is super hot for the fall season. We're talking metallic pants, shirts, jackets, shoes, and more! You'll definitely want to accent your fall fashion with stunning accessories like the personalized copper pendant pictured above. With our metallic fall accessories you'll be right in line with this year's fall fashion.














    For the past couple of years scarves have been a big staple of fashion. This fall is no exception but certain fabrics are definitely more practical for certain seasons. That is why cashmere  scarves are huge for the fall season. The scarf pictured above is made with a cashmere blend; it's both comfy and durable. Our monogrammed cashmere scarf measures 12 inches wide by 60 inches long. May be embroidered with a single block initial at no additional charge. It also makes a fantastic gift!!!













    Warm colors, large totes, and sparkling accents are all the rage for handbags this fall season. If you want to look super stylish but don't want to break your while budget on one handbag or tote then we can totally help you out. Our eco-friendly jute totes are at an all time low price. You'll be right in style and right on budget!












    Bling, Bling


    Bling is in!!! Wear it on your clothes, your fingers, your, ears, your arms, wherever you can out it! You don't have to be blinged out head to toe but accents will make you stand out this fall season! Our CZ Sterling Silver 5 Point crown is the perfect fall fashion statement! It's dazzling and is the perfect accent to any ensemble.




  • LAST CHANCE ~ Personalized Jute Totes on Clearance










    Regular Price -- $22.00
    Special Price -- $16.00


    We are excited to announce an incredible price on our super chic Personalized Jute Totes! There really is a tote  for everyone it this collection. At at these VERY low prices, you can afford to pick up a couple for yourself, one for a friend, your mom, your sister, you child's teacher, and more!!! BUT you will need to hurry because quantities are limited.












    Regular Price -- $28.00
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    Our Personalized Jute Totes are all made of natural, renewable resources. They are durable and functional and very fashionable.  They have also  been a big part of our Green Chick™ line. Carry whatever you want, comfortably! The handles make toting your items simple and effortless. We have several designs still available:













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    Order soon! Quantities are limited and you do NOT want to miss out on these incredible prices!!! If you love great deals, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for our newsletter!



  • Personalized Gifts ~ Give Her Gifts She'll Love!














    Personalized Gifts

    Lariat Style Engraved Heart Pendant
    Everyday Low Price ONLY -- $26.99


    Today we are going to feature some of our most popular personalized gifts for her. Most women love jewelry and when you add some personalization to it, it makes the piece even more special! We have a large variety of personalized gifts for men, women, children, brides grooms and more so be sure to check out our full selection on our main site. For now, let's just take a look at some of our top personalized gifts that any lady will love.





















    Personalized Pearl Dangle Beaded Bracelet
    Everyday Low Price ONLY -- $27.99


    When you are looking for personalized gifts, this pear; dangle beaded bracelet is just perfect. This piece of jewelry features a charming combination of glass pearls and dangling details, this dreamy bracelet makes a perfect accessory to any lady's jewelry collection. This sterling silver-plated bracelet also features white or ivory glass pearls.  The round disk charm may be engraved with a single script initial at no additional charge. Measures 7.5 inches long.


















    Personalized Monogram Paisley iPhone Case
    Everyday Low Price ONLY -- $21.99


    Our gorgeous selection of iPhone Cases makes fantastic personalized gifts! With lots of fun color combinations to choose from, our Personalized Monogram Paisley iPhone Case makes the ideal iPhone accessory. Custom printed with an attractive paisley print pattern and personalized with your script monogram free of charge. With an aluminum and plastic exterior, these cases are the functional way to add a touch of custom pizzazz to the thing you carry everyday! It is compatible with iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Cases available in Black or White. The paisley print pattern is available in aqua, green, grey or pink. Monogram will appear in the order for First Name Initial, Last Name Initial, Middle Name Initial. Last Name Initial traditionally appears in the center of monograms.










    Personalized Silver Toggle Bracelet
    Everyday Low Price ONLY -- $23.99


    The last item we are feature today is a beautiful and elegant piece of jewelry. This personalized Silver Toggle Bracelet includes a rhodium finished and features a spectacular circular rhinestone toggle and attractive solid links. The bracelet measures about 7.25 inches long and may be engraved with up to 10 characters.  The most popular engraving requests are first names or three initials.


    For even more personalized gifts and jewelry be sure to check out or Personalized Gift Guide on Pinterest.

  • Gifts for Men ~ Personalization Makes Them Special


















    Gifts for Men

    Engraved Pocket Knife with Light
    Everyday Low Price ONLY ~ $24.99


    Today on the Charming Chick blog, we are featuring some of our most popular men's gifts! Now is a great time to start shopping for holiday gifts. I know it's early but you'll be done early and won't have a lot of stress associated with shopping during crunch time. Even if you aren't ready to start shopping, be sure to save this post in your bookmarks or on Pinterest so you can refer back to it when you are looking for the perfect personalized gift for the men in your life.



















    Personalized Men's Hanging Toiletry Bag
    Everyday Low Price ONLY ~ $28.99


    This personalized men's toiletry bag is great for the guy on the go! As far as gifts for me go, this is a real crowd pleaser. It keeps everything together and organized. It's also easy to carry and includes free personalized with up to three initials. This polyester toiletry case features a front flap with two zippered pockets, an easy carry handle, double zip closure and large compartment, which is separated into one large area and three smaller sections. Measures 11 inches wide by 8 inches tall by 4.25 inches deep.

















    Personalized Deluxe Duffle Bag
    Everyday Low Price ONLY ~ $39.99


    Our deluxe duffle bags also make great gifts for men. It's practical and stylish. It will help keep your man organized as he heads off to the gym and is just perfect for an exciting weekend getaway! This handsome multipurpose duffle has all the features you'll need to stay organized and together. Crafted of sturdy 600D polyester with PVC piping, this travel tote features a U-Shaped zipper closure for easy shoe storage, padded nylon handles, a removable, adjustable shoulder strap, vinyl backing, reinforced cardboard bottom wrapped in PVC and several spacious pockets.




















    Engraved Personalized Silver Pocket Watch
    Everyday Low Price ONLY ~ $34.99


    Other popular gifts for men that we carry is this handsome silver-plated pocket watch. This pocket watch is the perfect gift for husbands, dads, granddads, grooms and even groomsmen. It's smart, sophisticated watch is sure to become a treasured keepsake. This watch is crafted of a clean silver-plated setting and features a quartz movement and engraving on the front. It measures 2.25 inches by 1.75 inches with a 12 inch chain. It may be engraved with up to three block initials at no additional charge.





















    Black and Silver Engraved Cuff Links
    Everyday Low Price ONLY ~ $21.99


    Looking for gifts for men that are stylish and elegant? These square cuff links make an exceptional gift for any man. If you know a sharp-dressed man who enjoys getting dressed up for business and/or pleasure, then he is sure to enjoy these personalized cuff links. These cufflinks also make ideal gifts for weddings. Give them to groomsmen, groom, father and grandfathers as a cherished reminder of your special day.




















    Black Leather Engraved Money Clip Wallet
    Everyday Low Price ONLY ~ $35.99


    The last of our gifts for men item that we are featuring today is this masculine engraved money clip wallet.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. It measures 3.75 inches by 3 inches and may be personalized with up to three block initials for no additional charge.  The personalization either be done as a silver stamp on the clip or engraved on a silver plate that is attached to the wallet -- you decide.

  • Sorority Spotlight ~ Zeta Tau Alpha









    Zeta Tau Alpha ~ ΖΤΑ


    Open Motto: "Seek the noblest."
    Mascot: Crown, strawberry
    Colors: Turquoise, Steel Grey
    Flower: White Violet












    On October 15, 1898 Zeta Tau Alpha internation women's fraternity was founded by nine young women: Maud Jones Horner, Della Lewis Hundley, Alice Bland Coleman, Mary Jones Batte, Alice Grey Welsh, Ethel Coleman Van Name, Helen M. Crafford, Frances Yancey Smith, Ruby Leigh Orgain and the Virgina State Female Normal School. Several of the women met together regularly. They shared beliefs, education and a sisterhood. They enjoyed each other so much that they wanted to figure out a way that they would be tied to one another forever. According to Wikipedia Maud Jones wrote: “For a whole year before our sorority was established, the need of such an organization was strongly felt. There were six or seven of us who used to frequently meet together and talk over and try to devise some way by which we could unite into a helpful and congenial band. We knew we sadly needed something, but we had no idea how that something was to be found. The beginning of session 1898–1899 our little crowd again at the Normal and just as eager as before, if not more, to find something to satisfy our desires.” The women then took steps to form an organization that would help keep them together and help other women form lifelong bonds. It took a year to get it officially approved but after working to get everything completed Zeta Tau Alpha came to be.












    According to the official Zeta Tau Alpha website their motto is as follows:

    Mission Statement:
    To make a difference in the lives of our members by developing the potential of each individual through innovative programming, which emphasizes leadership development, service to others, academic achievement and continued personal growth for women, with a commitment to friendship and the future based on the sisterhood, values and traditions of the past.


    Philanthropy is an important part of of Zeta Tau Alpha life. Some of their previous philanthorpies have been; Currin Valley (Va.) Health Center, Cerebral Palsy Division of the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Easter Seals, Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC).

    In 1992 they adopted the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as their national philanthropy and that sponsorship lasted for 19years. However, the women's fraternity wanted to broaden their focus to include other education resources as they relate to breast cancer. Today Zeta Tau Alpha's national philanthropy is Breast Cancer Education and Awareness.

  • Personalized Glassware ~ For the Home, Gifts and More!














    Personalized Glassware ~ Double Old Fashioned Drinking Glasses
    Every Day Low Price ONLY -- $39.99


    At Charming Chick, we have a fabulous selection of elegant personalized glassware. These sets make wonderful newlywed, hostess, and anniversary gifts. They also are the perfect addition for your home and can be used everyday or while entertaining. Having gorgeous glassware sets the tone for your get together and also shows your guests know just how important they are to you. Take a look at all the amazing glassware we have in stock, you're sure to find something for your home and a gift for someone you love.




















    Personalized Glassware ~  Old Fashioned Drinking Glasses
    Every Day Low Price ONLY -- $36.99


    Mason jars are super hot right now! People are using them in home decor, wedding and for entertaining. These Old Fashioned Drinking Glasses have a handle which makes them easy to hold and less resistant to slipping out of your hand due to condensation. This old fashioned glassware make any cool beverage taste even more refreshing and delicious. Serve up some ice cold lemonade, iced tea or sweet tea in these fun glasses and your guests will feel like they've been transported back to a simpler time.











    Personalized Glassware ~ Stemless Wine Glasses Set
    Every Day Low Price ONLY -- $42.99


    A popular glassware trend for wine are the ultra elegant stemless wine glasses. If you aren't sure about stemless wine glasses consider a few things. Without stems, they are much easier to store. They still have the same shaped bowl that their stemmed cousins have, so you know it is a wine glass verses just some other type of drinking glass. They style is more modern and absolutely perfect for casual entertaining. If you still love stems on your wine glasses you are not alone but stemless is a modern alternative for those interested in a little something different.




















    Personalized Glassware ~ Engraved NFL Football Pint Glasses
    Every Day Low Price ONLY -- 24.99


    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL???? The last glassware items we are featuring on the blog today are these fun and functional NFL pint glasses. Show support for your favorite NFL team with these personalized football pint glasses. These glasses feature a team logo, personalization and a sculpted football  in the base of the glass. These glasses are just perfect for all the sports fans in your life!!!

  • Sigma Sigma Sigma ~ Sorority Spotlight












    Sigma Sigma Sigma ~ ΣΣΣ


    Open Motto: "Faithful unto death."
    Mascot: Sailboat
    Jewel: Pearl
    Colors: Royal Purple and White
    Flower: Purple Violet



    During the time in history when Sigma Sigma Sigma (aka Tri Sigma) was founded, higher education for women was quite controversial. As one might imagine, it was not an easy time for women who sought higher education. Many teachers and other students made it quite difficult at times. However, at the State Female Normal School in Farmville, VA opened it's doors to women and teacher education in 1890. In the fall of 1897 eight students of  -- Margaret Batten, Louise Davis, Martha Trent Featherston, Isabella Merrick, Sallie Michie, Lelia Scott, Elizabeth Watkins, and Lucy Wright formed a special bond while studying for their future teaching careers and formed a secret society. Lelia Scott and Lucy Wright led the first meetings of their secret society, the S.S.S. Club. On April 20, 1898, these women officially announced the founding of the Greek letter society known as Sigma Sigma Sigma.


    According to the official Sigma sigma Sigma website the Tri Sigma's Mission, Vision, and Values Statements are as follows:


    Mission Statement

    To establish among its members a perpetual bond of friendship, to develop in them strong womanly character, and to impress upon them high standards of conduct.


    Vision Statement

    Sigma Sigma Sigma inspires exceptional life long learning and friendships.

    Values Statement

    Sigma Sigma Sigma reaffirms its long standing core values of wisdom, power, faith, hope and love.











    Philanthropy is also very important to Tri Sigmas. The Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation was founded in 1984 to fund philanthropic, educational and charitable purposes that help with leadership, the advancement of women and play therapy. The Robbie Page Memorial was founded in 1954, shortly after the Tri Sigma National President's son. Robbie Page, passed away from  bulbar polio. Initially the foundation helped fund polio research and today it fund items related to play therapy such as play rooms, libraries and programs to help children who are hospitalized long-term. Helping children is a huge priority for Sigma Sigma Sigma.


  • Expecting a Baby? 8 Creative ways to Share the News











    Telling the world that your are expecting a baby can be a very exciting and fun thing to do. Whether you are looking to share the baby news with your husband, parents or lose friends and family, there are ways to make your announcement even more memorable and special. When the time comes to reveal your big news refer to this list for some fun ideas.


    1. Get a charm that says "Grandma" and present it your your Mom. This is an especially great way to share the baby news if she doesn't have any grandchildren yet. She might be a little confused but soon she'll be beaming with joy!


    2. Wear a t-shirt that reads "Baby on Board" and see how long it takes people to notice.


    3. To tell you husband the exciting baby news, and/or parents you have your your first born wear an "I'm going to be a Big Sister/Brother" shirt.


    4. Take a photo of your positive pregnancy test and slip it into a current book, magazine or the sports page of the morning newspaper for an unexpected surprise.


    5. Invite people over for a baby themed dinner where you can serve things like baby carrots, baby back ribs, have baby corn in the salad, babybel cheese, baby potatoes, etc. For a little extra fun you could put out a plate of cinnamon buns with a sign that says "There's a bun in the oven" and see if your guests catch on.











    6. Another way to share your baby news is to frame an ultrasound photo and wrap it for your parents to open. They'll understand what is it very quickly! If you want to share the news with other friends you can have photo cards made and send them out with a message "Coming February 2013" or whenever your expected due date is.


    7. To announce the big news that you are expecting to your husband, you can hand him a Daddy Diaper Bag or a book for the Dad-to-Be Like "My Boys Can Swim!: The Official Guys Guide to Pregnancy"  or "Dude Your Gonna Be A Dad!"


    8. If you will be sharing the baby news that you are expecting around the holidays you can get baby themed gifts for parents or other family members. A bib that says "Grandma is Great" or "#1 Aunt" is perfect. A baby outfit that says "Grandpa Digs Me" or "My Uncle is the Best!" Is ideal as well.



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