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Holiday Whiplash

fuzzy tree

Don’t worry … it’s not your eyes …

it’s my brain!

I feel like I’ve been Rip van Winkled!

I know I need to apologize for my lack in posting, but what the heck?!

Where o where has the time gone?

Maybe it’s my old age catching up with me (turning 42 this year ..  get my AARP card ready),  but I am experiencing some serious holiday whiplash.

I mean, if this nifty thing called a calendar didn’t exist, I’d swear I was a zombie princess two weeks ago and plucking feathers from a turkey last week (not really plucking, just going for a dramatic visual to get my point across).

But curses … the calendar does exist and it’s only 18 days from Christmas and we have gifts to buy and cookies to bake and a home to decorate and presents to wrap and family to visit and cards to send and food to make and whoa! sister!


Take.  a.  breath.

{ inhale }

{ exhale }

Got it.

Less panic.  More peace.


Who’s with me?

snow on pines { p/c Design is Mine }


No More Door to Door

I still have a couple of trick-or-treaters at my house, but no more door to door for the four teenage boys!  Hands-down, Halloween is our favorite holiday, so how do we keep that spirit going?

Time to get creative.

The boys had some pretty creative ideas that I thought were worth sharing and might give you some ideas of how to take your Halloween to the next level.

ZOMBIES.  This is the winning vote in our house.  AND, apparently, you can turn ANY theme into a ZOMBIE theme!  { I especially like the Easter Bunny zombie } Even the wee ones thought this was THE. BESTEST.

VAMPIRES.  And this is not your traditional, old-school vampires… so uncool.  It’s only acceptable now if you are a ‘Twilight’ or { for the older crowd } a ‘True Blood’ vampire.  I saw a party where someone had a huge twig tree decorated with apples for a Twilight themed party … very cool idea.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.  This is a personal favorite! I have been an SNL  fan for a very long time now, and what’s even sweeter, is our oldest ones are fans too!  So fun to share!

CLASSIC SITCOMS.  How fun would this be?!  Roseanne. Brady Bunch. I Love Lucy. Happy Days. Three’s Company. Partridge Family.  The ideas go on and on { if you ask the boys, it would be more current shows like GLEE, etc .. jk  … the GLEE reference was totally for their benefit … hee hee }. 

SUPERHEROES & VILLAINS.   So timely, especially with the recent release of ‘The Avengers’, ‘The Dark Knight’, and ‘Spiderman’.

FAVORITE MOVIE CHARACTERS.  I personally voted for this one.  It didn’t win.

KID PARTY IDEAS.  The wee ones had some fun ideas too.  Fairy Tales. Video Games. Pirates. Disney. Hunger Games.

Guess I better get working on my zombie!


It’s Not Easy Being Green

}  GREEN!  {

My all-time favorite color (never been another …  ever).

It’s the color of my eyes. The primary color palette of my closet. Cornfields in July.  My favorite gem. Grass. Trees.

I could gush for hours about the emerald color.

And since this Saturday is St. Patty’s Day, what better time to celebrate GREEN?

How do you intend to celebrate?

Here at Stuff Etc, we are celebrating this holiday by offering ALL full-priced GREEN CLOTHING (any shade) 15% off, all locations.

Hope you all have SAFE and HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

Maybe you haven’t heard of it yet … the Midwest is generally slower to catch up with the latest trends … but the latest, greatest, hottest type of Holiday party is the Ugly Sweater Christmas Party.

HOT!  Right?  I think HYSTERICAL is the best word for it.

Last year, our Iowa City store had an ugly sweater Christmas party at the bowling alley … talk about a motley crew! But it was a BLAST!

All of our Stuff Etc stores are loading up on all the best and “ugliest” holiday sweaters for everyone to sport this year, the majority priced at $3.99.  That’s cheap enough for your entire family to throw one on and a get a priceless snapshot for your 2011 Christmas card!

Thinking of hosting your own sweater party?  Make the attire mandatory and give out prizes for the “ugliest”, “most embellishments” and the best “head to toe ensemble”.  Set up a holiday scene perfect for a party photo op.   Have some snacks and beverages on hand and let the hoot of the sweaters take over!

I hope I have provided enough inspiration to get you excited about this hot new trend.  I know that I am!

(I’ve already sent out my invitations!)


Go Nude this Winter

I am not a Kardashian fan, per say, BUT I love love love this look!  The nudes are hot! And even hotter is the hat, the fur, and the boots! Wowza!  As soon as I saw this, I rushed upstairs (I’m at the Coralville location) to see what I could find that might even come close.  I mean, there are holiday gatherings, birthday parties to attend (my own included) and let’s not forget New Year’s Eve, all in the matter of two weeks!  This ensemble would be perfect for all of the above.  And guess what I found? Every single bit of it….See for yourself!