Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Homemade Fall Decorations

One of the best parts of autumn is crafting! The fall weather provides leaves, pinecones and twigs that can be turned into fun fall decorations -- especially fall leaves. Your kids will love exploring your backyard or local park for the materials needed for these fall decorations and they’ll have even more fun using their creativity to decorate your home. There are so many fun and crafty things to do with leaves. Here are two unique, fun and easy decorations to make with your kids this season:


Leaf Mandalas
Materials Needed:
  • Fall Leaves
  • Paint Pens or Sharpie Pens
  • Glue
  • Construction Paper
1.    Use paint pens or Sharpies to draw designs onto your fall leaves. Use dot or line designs, fun squiggles - the more abstract the better! Use leaves of every shape and size.
2.    After you have finished coloring the leaves, trace a simple outline of a mandala on a piece construction paper. You can use this simple design of a mandala, or visit hmcoloringpages.com to find more:
3.    Fill in the mandala pattern with leaves and glue into place.
4.    Add more detail to your mandala by making patterns on the construction paper and adding more circles or curlicues to your mandala.
There is no right or wrong way to draw or design your mandala.  Use sharpie or paint pens in a rainbow of colors; bright and bold or metallic. Allow your creativity to be your guide.
Bronze Leaf Garland
Materials Needed:
  • Fall Leaves
  • Needle and Thread (May substitute glue for needle and thread)
  • Paint: Gold, Copper, Rose Gold (metallic shades)
  • Paintbrush

1.    Paint both sides of leaves in your color of choice. Allow the one side to dry before painting the backside. You may need two coats of paint if you would like a bolder and fuller color.
2.    Once the leaves are dry, thread the stems of the leaves together using a needle and thread until you reach your desired length. (Parents, you’ll want to help your kids with this step.) Substitute: Instead of using a needle you may also glue thread to the back of leaves. We recommend using Modge Podge, found at most craft stores.
3.    Leave about a half inch of space between leaves.

You can make your garland all one color or use multiple colors in one garland. These are easy and fun for kids of all ages. They make beautiful fall decorations to hang above your fireplace or around your front door. You can make these garlands as long or as short as you like.
While the weather is still relatively warm, you can paint and glue outside to minimize the mess. Invite your friends and neighbors over to make it a fun fall festivity. We hope these fall crafts add a pop of color and unique seasonal decoration to your homes.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

What to Bring to Your Thanksgiving Celebration

Everyone’s favorite family and food-oriented holiday is right around the corner. What can you find from The Chip Shoppe to enhance your Thanksgiving celebration this season?

Food and Dessert
Whether you want to contribute straight to the Thanksgiving table or you want to supply the kitchen with easy go-to meals for the rest of the season, there’s an endless selection of meals, treats, and delightful snacks to enjoy. Our soups and stews come in 40 oz. batches that can feed up to six people. Pair those with any addition from our selection of bread bowls, beer bread, cheesy garlic biscuits, breadsticks, and French bread to complete a cozy and hearty autumn dinner.

Our Made in America brochure  and Gourmet Delights brochure have an excellent selection of gourmet meals and savory snacks that will enhance any holiday celebration. A wide selection of ‘Warm and Serve’ dinners and ‘Meals in Minutes’ satisfy families on a budget. Enhance meals and parties with bold and flavorful snack, cheese, and bean dips, as well as unique spices and nuts.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, The Chip Shoppe offers three kinds of caramel corn, cheesecakes, cookies, toffee, pies, and more. Simple food kits make it easy for kids to get involved in cooking and baking.

Don’t forget the bread and butter of The Chip Shoppe: our gourmet cookie dough. Pre-formed and ready in 15 minutes, The Chip Shoppe offers a variety of delicious cookies that come in Oatmeal Raisin, Chippy Chunk, Triple Chocolate Brownie, White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia, Peanut Butter Cup, Candy, Caramel Crunch, Caramel Apple Crunch, and two Mrs. Field's flavors: Chocolate Chip and Vanishing Snickerdoodle.

For all your holiday celebrations, The Chip Shoppe offers decorative items that will enhance both simple dinners or extravagant blow-outs like candles, table runners, wreaths, Christmas countdown calendars and ornaments, elf decorations, and more. There’s a theme and a style for everyone this season.

Check out the selection of classic cake and dessert stands, serving bowls, and decorative trays that you can use year round. Gifts and Gadgets and Winter Wonderland brochures are excellent options for decorations and presents. Speaking of which . . .

Presents for the Host
From small trinkets to fun mugs, our Gifts and Wrap page has an excellent array of choices to gift your host with for Thanksgiving. With scarves, lunch totes, jewelry, wine accessories, and handy kitchen gadgets that will make everyone’s life a little easier, or at least cuter.

Quick dinner kits, simple-to-use mixes, and delicious frozen gourmet dinners make for especially considerate gifts for a host who is especially busy during the holiday season. And who could turn down a big box of chocolates or nuts?

The Chip Shoppe also has an excellent selection of gift wrap, bags, bows, and cards at great values and inexpensive bundle prices. With duo-rolls, ribbon kits, and full gift wrapping sets in every color and design you can think of, you will have no problem delivering your present in style.

From food and desserts to holiday decorations to gifts for your host, start the holiday celebrations right with The Chip Shoppe this season.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Take Advantage of Holiday Season Opportunities with The Chip Shoppe

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You know all about The Chip Shoppe’s variety of products, loyal customer care, and our humble chocolate chip cookie beginnings, but did you know that there are excellent career opportunities available at The Chip Shoppe this holiday season?

If you wish to join a family-focused and value-oriented company that produces high-quality and creative products and provides superb care and consideration to local schools, families, and organizations, then consider joining the team at The Chip Shoppe.

The Chip Shoppe is looking forward to welcoming dedicated and enthusiastic new team members into its successful multi-million dollar fundraising sales company for the upcoming holiday season, and with part-time and full-time seasonal positions available in warehouse, data entry, and customer care and support, there are plenty of opportunities at our St. Cloud location.

Although experience is preferred, the company is open to accepting applicants with little to no experience, meaning this is an excellent opportunity for new and young professionals to quickly gain new experience and skills.

The Chip Shoppe products are mostly made in the Midwest that range from delicious food products for busy and healthy families to gifts for any season and items for the classroom. Help us focus on providing excellent care and service to our many customers across the country by joining our rapidly growing team.

Why not earn a little extra income this holiday season for presents, trips, and celebrations? Exercise your skills with a seasonal position at The Chip Shoppe. To pursue more information on career opportunities with The Chip Shoppe, visit the career opportunities of our website, or email hr@thechipshoppe.com to set up an interview.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Get Started on Your Next Fundraiser with The Chip Shoppe

Are you trying to get new baseball jerseys for your little league team? Or maybe your child’s school is thinking about building a new library, but don’t quite have the budget… Then it’s time for a fundraiser!

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Since 2004, The Chip Shoppe has helped raise millions of dollars through its fundraising program. Here are some tips to get the most out of your Chip Shoppe fundraiser:

Don’t Procrastinate
It is better to get started early, make a plan, and get involved in your child’s school. Think about the sort of audience you want to sell to; neighbors, friends, co-workers- anyone who would feel good about helping your child or their school reach a goal. Do a little bit of research (if needed) about the sort of things the fundraiser will be accomplishing and explain the benefits to those whom you are asking for support.

Be Committed
Too often, people begin a fundraiser with the best of intentions, only to get sidetracked by... well, life. Successfully running a fundraiser requires dedication and commitment. If you really want new equipment for your hockey team, don’t be shy about asking people if they would be interested in any of the products. You will have many people that are uninterested in buying, but don’t get discouraged or frustrated.Consistency is the key.

Grab the Family Phone Book
Call grandma, call your aunt, even call your uncle who can never pronounce your name right. They will usually always purchase something for a good cause from a family member. The best way to raise money for a child’s school or extracurricular activity is to recruit people who care about him or her- you get bonus points if your child makes a few phone calls or house calls on their own.

With a little bit of planning, hard work, and dedication, running a successful fundraiser and reaching your goals can be simple. At The Chip Shoppe, our goal is to be “The Best in the Midwest” and with our combination of fantastic items mixed in with our dedicated fundraising team, not only will we reach our goal, but you will as well!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Five Tips for Making Your Back to School Shopping Experience Easier

August has arrived with lightning-fast speed this year, and you know what that means- only a few cabin weekends and summer getaways before your kids head back to school. To help get your kids prepare for the school year, read these five tips for making your back-to-school shopping experience much easier.

1. Make a Budget

Once you determine what your child needs in terms of school supplies, clothing, lunch and gym bags, and other back to school necessities, determine a budget. This will be essential in preventing your spending from spiraling out of control. This is especially essential for big ticket items like quality backpacks, sports equipment, and laptops. Budgeting will be essential whether you are school shopping for a kindergartener or a college freshman.

2. Involve Your Kids

Back-to-school shopping is an excellent opportunity to teach your kids to be responsible with smart spending and saving habits. Explain to them why it is necessary to have and stick to a budget. Help them prioritize wants vs. needs (for example, they can splurge and invest in a cool new backpack, if they spend less on an expensive binder or pair of shoes) because it’s never too early for kids to learn smart financial habits.

3. Shop at Home First

There’s a good chance that many of the items on your child’s school supplies list are sitting right at home. Look in craft bins or office storage for extra pencils, pens, rulers, and more. For some added fun, turn it into a scavenger hunt, and award the winner a prize! Shopping at home extends to your child’s closet as well. There’s no need to create an entirely new wardrobe when they can reuse well-fitting, quality clothing already in their closets that they can easily wear this year. Just restock the essentials they’ve grown out of with clothing that can easily be mixed and matched.

4. Shop Around

Instead of visiting your regular big box store for school supplies, shop around for the best deals. Compare deals in coupons and flyers to see where best to buy certain classroom supplies, clothing, or equipment. Check out deals online as well.Researching store advertisements might take some extra time, but the savings will be worth it in the long run. Consider shopping at thrift stores, consignment shops, garage sales, and on Craigslist. Many of these places offer quality clothing and excellent bargains on backpacks and equipment for a fraction of the price.

5. Think Ahead For Next Year

You know how you can get Christmas decorations and wrapping paper between 75% and 90% by December 26th? Back-to-school supplies operate in much the same way. Many stores and online sites offer excellent deals on school supplies by the middle of September. Buy supplies in bulk and store them at home. This way, you have a cache of school supplies in case they run out, and you’ll have most of next year’s list complete!

Back-to-school shopping can be a fun experience. Develop a budget, stick to it, and involve your kids with the experience. This way, you can save your time and money on the important things, like quality time with your kids before they head back to the classrooms. To help get your kids back into the school year routine, visit greatschools.org for some smart and healthy tips!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Summertime Crafts for Creative Kids

Summertime is every kid’s favorite season for fun adventures under the sun, but what can you do when it gets too hot to stay outside? Arts and crafts, naturally. Check out these fun ideas for the best summertime crafts for creative kids.

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Friendship bracelets, finger paints, and macaroni noodle necklaces are classic kid favorites, but what are some idea that you can take outside? Try this colorful plane idea. All you need are 3 craft sticks (for the wings of the plane), 1 clothespin (for the body of the plane), paint, and glue. Cut 1 craft stick into thirds, and then paint all the craft sticks and clothespin. Once dry, glue one craft stick on top and one on the bottom of the opening of the clothespin. Glue the 1/3 piece onto the top of the back end where you pinch the clothespin. Let dry, and voila! A mobile airplane.
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Nature-Inspired Crafts
Where are the best supplies for crafting in the summer? Outside naturally! Look no further than your backyard and local parks for interesting leaves, flower petals, grass, and more. Encourage your kids to use what they find to make an all-natural sun catcher. Simply take a colorful paper or plastic plate and cut the middle out. Cut a piece of contact paper slightly larger than the piece you cut out and attach it to the plate. Have your little one attach their nature findings. When they are done, tape a ribbon to the top of the plate, hang it on a window, and enjoy!
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Artsy Crafts
Classic and artsy, tie-dying clothes and accessories is an excellent summer project. Take, for instance, this tie-dye T-shirt bag. Grab a T-shirt, spiral it into a bundle, and then tightly wrap rubber bands around the T-shirt. Grab a tie-dye kit to start your project, and follow the instructions. Once dry, turn the shirt inside out, cut the sleeves off the T-shirt, and cut the neckline so it is wider. Sew the bottom of the shirt together, turn it inside out, and there you have it, a summer tie-dye T-shirt bag.
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Edible Crafts
Really, the best crafts are the ones you can eat when you are done. Try this super simple summer skies edible craft: Make blue jello. Once set, spoon it into small serving glasses, alternating between jello and whipped cream. If so inclined, make suns out of yellow and orange construction paper, attach it to a craft stick and place in you summer skies serving glass. You can alternate with orange slices for added edible fun. Easy and delicious.
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Whether you use these ideas or create your own projects, summertime crafting is an excellent way to spend time with your kids.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

A wise person once said, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, and with it being garage sale season, no quote has ever been more true. Having a garage sale can be beneficial financially just to help make a few bucks, but more importantly can help you to clean all the extra clutter around your home. Hosting your very own garage sale can seem overwhelming, but we have compiled some tips to help you out!
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Plan Ahead
A successful garage sale doesn’t happen overnight! Schedule yours on a day that everyone in the family can fit into their schedules to ensure they can contribute. Also, do a little research before you schedule, because there may be a city-wide garage sale day in your area and that would guarantee the best turnout possible.

Don’t Be Shy With Advertising
People aren’t going to come if they don’t know it’s there! There are so many ways that you could advertise that you’d be silly to not take advantage of it. You could simply have the kids put posters around town or even put signs up for possible customers. Ther are usually a few local garage sale sites on Facebook, or you could use other websites that will let people know when and where your sale is, such as Garage Sale Finder, Craigslist or Yard Sale Search.

Don’t Overprice
Remember that there was a reason that particular item ended up in the yard sale. Don’t price it too high so no one would want to even think about purchasing it from you! A good rule to go by when marking prices is to set the price no more than ⅓ the original price of the object. Also, put yourself in the feet of the customer… Would you rather pay $6 for that t-shirt with a spaghetti stain or a hole in the armpit or 25¢?

Who Doesn’t Like Extra Money? (Optional)
On a hot day, most garage salers tend to get thirsty. Also, the best deals are snagged in the morning, meaning dedicated garage sale goers are out for hours at a time. An easy and fun way to get the children involved is to have them sell food and beverages at the yard sale! It is almost impossible for someone to say no to lemonade and popcorn from a little kid.

Having a garage sale is easy, but have a successful garage sale is no small feat. It requires a little bit of time and effort, but it's worth it when you clean up and sell all that “junk” that cluttered your home!