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Friday, August 29, 2008

OOH + AWW = Little Punkin Pie

Daylee Designs Chenille Pumpkin Hat
Preselling $24
Arriving mid Sept

I wish I had this little hat to put on my little man. I'd love to share the picture. We'll have to have a photo session when they arrive. Get yours before we sell out. These hats are hand crocheted and include one little bead in honor of Daylee's mom who shared her talent. Made of the softest chenille, the hats sell for $36 in high end boutiques. Email us at info@aclassictale.com or fill out our secure form in the top right hand corner to reserve yours.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Thousand Words Thursday - Little Miss M

Here's Little Miss M. This was taken last Spring by a friend who owns a photography business in my home town, Tiny West Coast City, WA. She is sitting on stairs leading to a park that I played at while growing up as a child. Never did I ever dream, as a child, that we would circle back someday and my little ones would be swinging on the same swing, or would be listening to the same classic books. Life just goes by way too fast....stop and remember those gifts that God has given us!!

Join Cheaper Than Therapy as we participate in A Thousand Words Thursday.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

L'Amour Mary Janes Just Arrived - Lotto Drawing Free Coupons

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Look at these Classic Mary Janes!! We are so excited that they have just arrived at A Classic Tale. Get ready for school or an upcoming holiday. Dress up or down. Send us a message through our secure contact form (upper right column) to get a discount coupon for up to 40% off to use at check out. Free Shipping Over $50.00.

Lotto drawing for coupons on Friday morning. 1/3 of our entries will win 10%, 1/3 25% and 1/3 40%. Leave your link or email us so we can contact you with the coupon code.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Barbequed Short Ribs

It's been feeling like fall over here on the West Coast. We've had showers and sun breaks but the evenings have a bit of a chill. Fall reminds me of my Grandma who loved to make warm and tasty meals on cold fall days. Here's one of my favorite classic main dishes:

Barbecued Short Ribs
1 lb beef short ribs (boneless, I buy them from Costco), cut into 2"-3" sections
1 onion, diced
2 tbsp oil
1/4 C cider vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 C catsup
1/2 C water
3 tbsps worcestershire sauce
1 tsp prepared mustard
1/2 C celery, diced
1-2 tbsp salt

Brown ribs with onion in oil. Combine remaining ingredients and add to ribs. Cover and cook slowly, until tender - 11/2 to 2 hours. Serve with rice and fresh green beans. (We love the sauce and sometimes double it when making the recipe)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Summer Gone Bye!

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way
I have to go to bed by day.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Thanks to Candid Reflections for mentioning the above saying. I too am wondering where the summer went. I remember thinking in the Spring how wonderful it was going to be to have my little guy (number 3) join his siblings running about playing outside. I couldn't believe that he'd be so big. Oh and we can't forget the nap change. I was looking forward to having more "go here, go there" time with only one nap to schedule around. Well....we've been busy, playing in as much sun as we can, spending time together as a family, taking walks, swimming, vacationing and whatever else we could find to keep us busy. Busy busy busy it's been and now....Fall is on the way. Although, I must say, looking back on the memories we've created brings tears to my eyes. Another summer gone by and another year growing up. I love every moment that I have with my kids. I am so thankful for yet another Season. God bless you all and Cheers....to the up and coming Fall!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Back to School Event at Mommies United

Just a reminder to check out the back to school event at Mommies United. There are great give aways to help you prepare for that special and busy day. Only a few days left....leave a comment to win some fantastic prizes.

Are you ready for back to school? I'm not, in fact just thinking about it makes my blood pressure rise!!! I've been chatting with other moms and it seems that many are cutting back this year. Are you? Have you found any great deals? Just as an FYI...Gymboree is having their circle of friends event with an add'l 30% off, and remember our Pedoodles...the Mary Janes are darling for back to preschool, in red or black!! Use CT01 at checkout and get 10% off, plus always free shipping over $50. Good luck. Hope you can cross a few items off of your "to do" list!

Monday, August 18, 2008

A party for you at A Classic Tale

Win A Mudpuppy Puzzle of Your Choice FREE!!!

Eye-catching and educational 36-piece puzzles, packaged in an adorable cube-shaped box! Mudpuppy Mini Cube Puzzles feature art from classic children's books or licensed characters.

Finished puzzle measures 16" by 16" - 36 pieces - For ages 3 & up. $10-$11

  • Post about the giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post - get 2 entries!
  • In your giveaway post, include a picture of your favorite classic kids product from our store at www.AClassicTale.com - get 3 additional entries!
  • Want more entries....Help us Grow! We are wanting to share our store and promos with others who may not know about A Classic Tale. You can get one entry per email that you refer to us. We do not spam and will only send an opt-in Welcome letter to any email you forward to us. Send us your email addresses through our secure form here.
  • AND FINALLY- The easiest way to enter....leave a comment or a link and get 1 entry. Please leave us a way to contact you through our secure email form.

Our drawing will be held at midnight Friday, August 22nd. One lucky person will win a mudpuppy puzzle of their choice. Winner to be announced Saturday, August 23rd at 11:00am PST

Cheers to you all, Janelle

8/22/08 - And the winner is.....
With her eyes closed, reaching up high into a bowl full of names, my darling daughter pulled out Sara's name. Congratulations to Sara for winning our first Classic Tale Contest. Once I receive the mailing address, your puzzle will be on its way within 24 hours. To those names still left in our bowl: Check back often as we'll have more giveaways throughout the year. If you'd like to hear about them first, sign up for our Classic Newsletter by clicking on the link in the top right side bar. Thanks to you all!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Yummiest Cinnabon Recipe Around

Mmmmm I can smell the yummy scent coming out of my oven. It's a sweet cinnamon smell. These wonderful cinnamon rolls are just about ready to pull out of my oven and serve to my friends.

This recipe is from my friend Michelle at Candid Reflections. She brought them to our dear friend Ursula at the hospital the morning after she delivered her third little girl. What a great treat to bring a friend. A treat to remember!

Cinnabons for the Bread Machine

1 cup milk

1 egg

4 tablespoons melted butter

4 tablespoons water

½ box instant vanilla pudding (3.4 oz. box)

4 cups bread flour

1 tablespoon sugar

½ teaspoon salt

2½ teaspoons bread machine yeast


½ cup soft butter

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon


4 ounces soft cream cheese

¼ cup soft butter

1 ½ cups powdered sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla

1 ½ teaspoons milk

3 tablespoons real maple syrup (opptional)

Place all ingredients into your machine in the order recommended by your manufacturer. Select dough cycle and start. When cycle is finished, remove the dough and knead enough to punch down. Roll to 17×10. Combine the filling ingredients (nuts or raisins may be add) and mix well. Heat in microwave for 10 seconds to make it spreadable. Spread over rolled out dough with rubber spatula. Get as close to edges as possible. Roll from the widest end into a tight log. Cut into 1″ slices. Place in a lightly greased baking dish, put in a warm, draft free place and allow to rise 20-30 minutes. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes. Mix frosting ingredients and frost when rolls are slightly cooled.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Chaos in our house

Ok I must admit I am exhausted today!! We started the day swimming at 9am and Molly, my middle kiddo, swam by herself for the first time. What a great accomplishment. She was so proud and glowing. Then off to the grocery store, with all three, I always feel so bad for the people behind us in line and the lady checking us out. My youngest, couldn't get his Fruit Roll-Up unwrapped and had a screaming fit!! Then off for my oldest son's hair cut appointment. My darling daughter tried to help me entertain the little guy but all he wanted to do was play clean up and spread fallen hair all over the ground. Eeek! I just wanted to scream. I stayed calm....drove home, fed the kids lunch (after unloading the groceries and putting them groceries away). I put the two youngest down for a nap and asked my oldest to have some quiet time. It's peaceful now, I can take a few deep breaths and then....................it's off to deep clean the house. How is your day going? As chaotic as mine? It seems like some days, I just feel like a ball rolling down the hill going faster and faster as the day goes on. So take a break, relax for a few minutes. Even 15 min feels good!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Hip mommies united - Back to School Contest

Come and join in on all the fun!! Mommies United is having an entire week dedicated to that one day the kiddos go back to school!

Plus the prizes... Yes there will be prizes to win, to get your little one started with school shopping. From educational, to clothing there are some great things to win. Just in time for school to begin, so stop by and join us.

In anticipation of our big event we are giving one very lucky blogger a chance to win one of our SURPRISE GIFT BASKETS! Click the promo box to the right for more info.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Pluie Pluie European Styled Raincoats, Hats, Boots and Umbrellas

Get ready for back to school! We fell in love with this classic styled rainwear. Polka Dots, Stripes, Flowers, Trucks and Frog patterns. Your child will love the fun patterns. My four year old daughter selected the pink polka dot style and can't wait for the rain. (I'm still praying for sunshine over here on the West Coast)

For one week only the entire line will be on sale for %20 off and FREE Shipping. The SALE runs Friday, August 8th to Friday, August 15th. Enter coupon code RAINFORUS. Boots just arrived and will be in our store tonight.

click on the image or here to enter

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Free Discount Coupon!!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Just in for back to school......Pedoodles, Pluie Pluie Rainwear & More

Alway Free Ship over $30 & Free Gift Service

Look at these darling Mary Janes! And handsome Rangers for our little boys. Classic styled Pedoodles Shoe
for our modern babies. Check out the nine new styles for baby and toddler boys/girls. In creating Pedoodles, their goal was to create soft, comfortable, quality footwear that kids really love to wear. In doing so, they've delighted parents and gift seekers alike, with their fun designs that become fast favorites. Pedoodles provide the best possible fit for your child's feet, their personality, and the way they live.

Visit our Pedoodles selection here!
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Monday, August 4, 2008

We're getting ready for fall....how 'bout you?

11/11/2007 - We are ramping up for our fall back to school season. We strongly suggest, if you have not already done so, add your email address to our emailing list (you can do so by clicking here) We will be having an upcoming SALE and you'll need our coupon code at checkout.

We are also planning a big prize drawing for our customers! An announcement on this will be coming up in one of our newsletters!

Cheers to a happy sunny fun day! Janelle