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Creative Ideas to Celebrate Christmas in July

At zulily, we’re big advocates of planning ahead, so we’re celebrating Christmas in July! Time to start to stock up for that merry time of year. And whether you are truly celebrating Christmas in July or need some inspiration for the holiday season, check out some of these clever ideas.

Build a sand snowman! (via My Kailua:http://zuli.ly/1jZy24C)

Let’s be honest, peppermint chocolate s’mores are good any time of year (via Sweet Simple Stuff:http://zuli.ly/1lE4Vig)

The littlest (and cutest) Santa ever on zulily.com

Make candy cane pool noodles! (via Pool Gear:http://zuli.ly/WQQKRC)

SANTA’S COMING!  (zulily.com)

Build a watermelon snowman (via What About Watermelon: http://zuli.ly/1Agz9Sk)

#yum! Melting snowman s’mores (via Relatively Reagan: http://zuli.ly/1rEjZlY)

The Elf on the Shelf knows when you’ve been naughty or nice (zulily.com)

Throw a water balloon snowball! (via Hostess with the Mostess: http://zuli.ly/1t4JZcg)

Tiny Mrs. Claus! (zulily.com)

zulily’s First Day Q&A and Giveaway - Monday July 28

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Back to school is just around the corner, and we know that everyone’s got questions about getting ready for the school year. zulily will be hosting an hour long live chat with our lifestyle editor Amy E. Goodman to help you get all your first day of school questions answered.

  • How can we make the ‘homework routine’ fun and interesting?
  • Any tips on getting out of the door on time in the mornings?
  • Any advice on navigating between what your kids want to wear and what you want them to wear?

When: Monday July 28th at 3-4pm PST/6-7pm EST 

Where: zulily Facebook page fb.com/zulily 

Who: You, zulily, and our Lifestyle Expert Amy E. Goodman. 

Amy’s experience as an editor, author, host and lifestyle expert spans magazines, news programs, and online media outlets makes her the perfect resource for all of your back to school conundrums.  

At the end of the event we will be randomly selecting two participants to win a $25 zulily gift card (official rules below).

Bring your questions and we’ll see you there! 

The zulily Back to School Live Chat Official Rules

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

The zulily Back to School Live Chat Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) starts at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on 7/28/2014 and ends at 4:00 p.m. PT on 7/28/2014 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).

ELIGIBILITY: Sweepstakes is open to all legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Employees of zulily, inc. (“Sponsor”) and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, promotion and advertising agencies and members of their immediate families (spouse, parents, siblings or children and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household of such employees, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. Void where prohibited by law. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws. This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or in association with Facebook, Inc. (“Facebook”).

HOW TO ENTER:  During the Sweepstakes Period, log-in to your Facebook account and, if you have not done so already, like the zulily Facebook page so you may participate in the live chat in the Back to School message thread on zulily’s Facebook page. You may post a question or comment on the Back to School message thread on zulily’s Facebook page from your Facebook account to receive one (1) entry maximum, no matter how many questions or comments you post. You must remain a fan of zulily on Facebook during the Sweepstakes Period and be a fan of zulily on Facebook at the time of prize notification in order to be eligible to win.  All questions or comments must be posted in the Back to School message thread by participants during the Sweepstakes Period to be eligible. If you choose to post a question or comment using your mobile phone, standard wireless data rates may apply. See your wireless provider for pricing plan details. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means and entries by any means which subvert the entry process are void. Entrants must follow zulily on Facebook in order to be eligible. A Facebook account is required to enter and is available for free at http://facebook.com. All entries become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be returned. Sponsor’s database clock will be the official timekeeper for this Sweepstakes.

WINNER SELECTION: At the end of the Sweepstakes Period, around 4:00 PM PT on 7/28/2014, two (2) participants will be selected at random from all the participants who have submitted a question or comment during the chat. A participant is only eligible to win one prize.  Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. 

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Potentialwinners will be notified at the end of the Sweepstakes Period (4:00 PM PT on 7/28/2014) via Facebook post from zulily on 7/28/2014 in the Back to School message thread.  Each potential winner will be required to direct message zulily on Facebook within a time period specified by Sponsor or prize will be forfeited and Sponsor will have no further obligation to such winner. Upon receiving the message, zulily will request additional information from a potential winner. A potential winner will be instructed to provide his/her full name, date of birth, city and state of residence, and email address. Potential winners may be required to execute and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and, where lawful, a publicity release within seven (7) calendar days of date of issuance. If such documents are not returned within the specified time period, Sponsor is unable to contact a potential winner within a reasonable time period, prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or a potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, an alternate potential winner will be selected randomly from among all remaining eligible entries.

PRIZES: Two (2) $25 zulily gift cards, Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $25 each. The two Sweepstakes winners will each receive one (1) $25 zulily gift card. More information on zulily gift cards can be found at http://www.zulily.com/faq.

General Prize Conditions: All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. Gift card is subject to certain terms and conditions as specified by issuer. No substitution, transfer, or cash equivalent of prize is permitted, except by Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion. Any and all applicable federal, state and local taxes on the prizes, and any other costs, fees, and expenses not explicitly stated herein as being awarded, are the sole responsibility of the winners.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: By participating, each entrant agrees: (a) to abide by these Official Rules and decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final in all respects relating to this Sweepstakes; (b) to release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor, Facebook, Amy Goodman, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the foregoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any awarded prize and (c) to the use of his/her name, address (city and state), voice, performance, photograph/video, image and/or other likeness for programming, advertising, publicity, trade and promotional purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide and on the Internet, and in perpetuity by Sponsor and its designees, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) or additional consents from entrant or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so. 

Released Parties are not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, undeliverable, destroyed, garbled or stolen entries, “likes”,  posts or reposts, or direct messages; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether typographical, human mechanical, electronic, computer, network, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Sweepstakes,  the posting of questions or comments, the processing of entries or “likes”, direct messages, the announcement of the prizes or in any Sweepstakes-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes.  Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to entrants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Sweepstakes or downloading materials from or use of the website. Sponsor may disqualify anyone from participating in the Sweepstakes or winning a prize (and void all associated entries) if, in its sole discretion, it determines that such person is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by cheating, deception or other unfair playing practices, or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsor’s representatives. ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK ANY AND ALL AVAILABLE REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend any portion of the Sweepstakes for any reason, including should any cause corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Sweepstakes and, in the event of termination, to select the potential winners in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of such action.

USE OF ENTRIES:  By submitting an entry, each entrant grants, and represents and warrants that the entrant has the rights and authority necessary to grant Sponsor an irrevocable, non-exclusive, fully sublicensable license and right to exploit, edit, modify, and distribute the entry and all elements of such entry, including, without limitation, any Optional Photos submitted and the likenesses of any locations embodied therein, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to entrant or any third party.

OWNERSHIP/USE OF ENTRIES:  By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees Sponsor shall own the entry submitted (including the copyright thereto and all rights embodied therein) and that it and its designees may exploit, edit, modify, and distribute the entry and all elements of such entry, including, without limitation, the names and likenesses of any persons or locations embodied therein, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to entrant or any third party.  

ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Sweepstakes, entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office nearest the entrant; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than entrant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Sweepstakes), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

CHOICE OF LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of Washington.

REQUEST FOR WINNERS’ NAMES: For the names of the winners (available after August 1, 2014send a self-addressed, stamped, envelope by September 1, 20143to: Back to School Live Chat Sweepstakes Winners, 2601 Elliott Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98121.

SPONSOR: zulily, inc., 2601 Elliott Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98121.

 

9 Mouth-Watering Recipes for National Hot Dog Day

In honor of National Hot Dog Day, we’ve put together 9 mouth-watering recipes that put a tasty twist on your average hot dog. So whether you treat yourself to a crunchy bacon hot dog, a poppin’ pretzel hot dog, or a hot dog topped with the cheesiest man-n-cheese, your taste buds will thank you! Happy eating! 

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Bacon-fried, cheese-stuffed hot dogs via Recpo: http://zuli.ly/1rupnb9.

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Baked corn tortilla cheese dogs from Simply Gloria: http://zuli.ly/1pHhCMb

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Kimchi hot dogs from Week of Menus: http://zuli.ly/1nCzVoB

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Loaded cheddar hot dog from How Sweet Treats: http://zuli.ly/1r92lVo

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Mac and cheese dogs from Taste and Tell: http://zuli.ly/1odgD8z

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Mummy dogs from Get Creative Juice: http://zuli.ly/1jVUxY8

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Nacho hot dogs from A Spicy Perspective: http://zuli.ly/1rLT4DV

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Philly cheesesteak hot dog from LandOLakes: http://zuli.ly/1sT9w80

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Pretzel dogs from Tracey’s culinary adventures: http://zuli.ly/1tBu8iJ

Can you say YUM?! Now get eating! 

A Birthday Party Fit For a Prince

A certain prince is having a birthday today. But you don’t have to be royalty to have a birthday party fit for a prince or princesses. Use these ideas for your next party and you’ll have a shindig that even Prince George himself would be envious of.

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Amazing prince cake from Hostess with the Mostess.

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DIY paper cup fascinators from Parents.

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It’s my birthday crown on zulily.com.

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DIY tutu table skirt from Catch My Party.

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DIY crowns made form toilet paper rolls via Creative Jewish Mom.

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Personalized prince bodysuit on zulily.com.

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Silver spoon bib from zulily.com.

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Party hats with the royal treatment from Popsugar.

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Blue star beanie on zulily.com.

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Carriage photo frame on zulily.com.

zulily’s First Annual Tutu Tuesday

While zulily didn’t sell the very first Tutu ever, it’s safe to say that it’s definitely a staple here. In fact, we’ve sold over 500,000 Tutus since we launched zulily in 2010 (we really like Tutus here). So it was just fitting that we would create our very own Tutu Tuesday. To celebrate, we’ve decked ourselves out in Tutus.

We’d like to invite you to the celebration. If you’ve never worn a Tutu, you’re missing out. To get you started, please see our very easy to follow Tutu style-guide to find the perfect Tutu for any occasion.

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Top Picks for Personalized Paper Goods

Whether you’re getting ready for back to school or just looking for something to spice up your to-do list, we love adding a touch of personalization to your paper goods. Check out our top picks:

Change how you personalize your journal on a daily basis with these WAFF journals from Kristins Gifts which feature removable cubes.

You’ll never question who’s turn it is to take out the trash with this personalized weekly calendar from idesign + co.

Plain old manila folder sound a bit vanilla? These Popsicle folders from Russell + Hazel add some style to your files.

Keep notes, musings and other personal reflections safe in this composition book that is perfectly personalized from Sunshine Daydream Creations.

Check out more here.

5 Treats to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day

As if you really needed another excuse to get the kids (aka you) some ice cream, today is National Ice Cream Day. And while ice cream on its own is all well and good, ice cream will all sorts of other goodies like cake and chocolate and peppermint is even better. So celebrate the day with one (or all) of these fabulous recipes for ice cream treats. Or you can just drool over them and then run out for a scoop.

Mini ice cream waffle sandwiches from Flourishing Foodie.

PB & J ice cream cake from Eat At Home Cooks.

Easy fried ice cream from Cooking Classy.

Devils food and peppermint ice cream sandwiches from Shaken Together

Ice cream cupcakes from Susty Party

Can you say, sugar rush!

Devon’s Discoveries: Feeding the Imagination

It’s hard to believe, but our big girl, Bean, turned TWO this week!  In some ways, I can hardly believe our baby is already two years old, and in other ways, I can hardly believe that she’s just two.  Last year for her birthday, we were all about learning toys because Bean was so fascinated by puzzles, stacking blocks, and things with buttons.  Her brain was growing and she was feeding it! 

This year, it’s her imagination that is growing.  She has started “reading to herself” by making up the words to books, telling us imaginary stories about experiences her imagination has dreamed up, and playing “mommy” and “house.” So for her birthday gifts, we decided to encourage her imagination! 

Grandma and Grandpa got Bean  a dollhouse this year.  I’ve already written about my love for KidKraft products here before, and after receiving this dollhouse, I love them even more!  Easy to construct, but very sturdy, this Modern Dollhouse is so cool!   Bean loves the colorful and hip rooms—a purple kitchen?! Yes, please!—and the accessories—like a barbeque for the patio, a flat screen TV for the family room (it Velcro’s to the wall!), a claw-footed bathtub for the bathroom, and a pink ceiling lamp!  

 

Auntie and Uncle got Bean this Green Toys tea party set and she’s been busy making us delicious cups of Monkey Toenail Tea.  When she’s feeling especially creative, she pours her “tea” on the ground until someone says, “Oh no! You poured tea on the ground.” Then she giggles with delight and resumes the tea party. 

And we got her this Marian Plast Outdoor House, which has been, perhaps, the biggest hit of all.  We constructed it a little before her birthday so that it would be ready for our 4th of July party and she and her friends had a great time going in and out of that house, pretending away.

 

It was a great 2nd birthday for Bean, all in all.  We celebrated with a cake that she, her Dad and I baked together… and some Monkey Toenail Tea, of course!

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Devon is a wife (of “DA”), mother two, former History professor, and lifelong shopper.  She grew up with a self-proclaimed shop-aholic and sale-aholic mom, so she’s been in training for discovering cool stuff and great deals since she can remember.  Devon lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is mostly okay with the rain but sometimes pines for her hometown in Southern California.  With a little one at home and a crazy life, Devon is all about doing her shopping on the internet and zulily has been a dream come true for her with its variety, value, and quality.