Monday, December 14, 2015

The Best Holiday Stories to Share this Season

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Perhaps you are looking to fill your children’s library with some holiday classics. Maybe you are looking for a meaningful story to gift to your grandkids. Whatever the reason and whenever the time, make sure to take some time and share a few of these Christmas stories with the ones you love.

Timeless Classics

The Night Before Christmas by Jan Brett (A poem by Clement Clarke Moore)
This story has been reworked countless times, but never better than Jan Brett’s version. Set in a small and snowy New England village, tell your children the story of a Victorian family’s encounter with old St. Nicholas.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Pure holiday magic, this classic tale has been voted among the top 100 storybooks of all time by the School Library Journal. Let your kids experience the magical journey to the North Pole. This story is best suited for those who love trains, adventure, and the magic of imagination.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
This 1972 classic features the Herdmans, a family of six naughty, misbehaving, and mischievous kids. See how they take over their local church pageant and reinvent the story of Christmas into one outrageous and hilarious spectacular.

Cheery Critters and Friends

The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jan Berenstain
Brother and Sister Bear are so excited for all the presents they are getting this year, but have they forgotten what the Christmas season is really about? See how the Berenstain bears learn about the joy of sharing and giving.

Olive the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh
“All of the other reindeer” or “Olive the other reindeer?” Join one Jack Russell Terrier on her quest to save Christmas morning and to replace Blitzen as one of Santa’s cherished reindeer. See what hijinks Olive finds herself in with a cunning Penguin, surly Postman, and the kind Mrs. Claus.

A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas by Phillip Yates and SebastiĆ” Serra
Like most of us have wondered, what does a pirate do on the night before Christmas? An untraditional Christmas tale, this story has us learning pirate lingo, decorating with pirate shipmates, and sailing the high seas with the person who drives giant seahorses for Santa! Read this one for a wacky and new take on the traditional Christmas story.

Beloved Authors and Illustrators

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
“Maybe Christmas, he thought, means a little bit more,” said a grouch who came to be loved by all. What would Christmas be without the Grinch? Follow his transformation from a grumpy holiday scrooge who tries to cancel Christmas to a warm and big-hearted Who.

Dream Snow by Eric Carle
Iconic illustrator Eric Carle pulls out all the stops in this beautiful Christmas tale of a farmer who dreams of a white Christmas. Young readers will appreciate this book as it has cutouts and counting, but the whimsical and gentle story will appeal to readers of all ages.

The Mitten by Jan Brett
Who knew that one lost red mitten would evoke so many delightful memories or that it would be able to fit an entire forest of creatures in it? Brett’s beautifully illustrated story is one for the ages. If you love this one, make sure to check out Brett’s other winter storybook classics, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Trouble with Trolls, The Hat, and Gingerbread Baby.

Read these tales as you make your own stories this year. To visit countless other beloved characters like Ebenezer Scrooge, the Nutcracker, and Jack Skellington, visit Children’s Books Guide for more storybook favorites or Nerve.com for a list of the 100 Best Christmas Movies of All Time.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Don't Miss The Chip Shoppe's Winter Warehouse Sale!


The holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time for The Chip Shoppe’s Winter Warehouse Sales! No matter who is on your gift list, you’re sure to find the perfect present at a great price and shop our delicious selection of frozen foods and treats! 
Jackson, WI location

Our Warehouse Sales take place in our two locations -- Jackson, WI, and St. Cloud, MN.

Jackson, WI (N169 W21177 Tower Dr. Jackson, WI 53037)
  • Thurs., Dec. 10 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Fri., Dec. 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sat., Dec. 12 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
St. Cloud, MN (4759 Heatherwood Rd. St. Cloud, MN 56301)
St Cloud, MN location
  • Thurs., Dec. 17 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Fri., Dec. 18 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sat., Dec. 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Three days in each location to save on favorite Chip Shoppe items, including: The Chip Shoppe’s famous cookie dough, frozen soups, pizzas, pies, cheesecakes, kitchen tools and accessories, fun gift items like candles and frames, jewelry, gourmet chocolates and quality gift wrap and gift bags. Shop early, once an item is sold out -- it’s gone!

All food is only $6 and most gift items are only $2, PLUS the below specials:
  • Pizzas sold by the case for only $20 ($100 value) 
  • Sausage ravioli for only $3
  • JalapeƱo poppers for only $3
  • Hello Kitty Decorating Kits for only $3
  • Cake Boss cakes for only $6
  • Sausage and Cheese Egg Bake for only $1
Be sure to bring cash or checks, NO credit cards are accepted! Bring the coupon below for additional savings. We’ll see you at The Chip Shoppe Warehouse Sale -- coming soon to an area near you!






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:

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Leaf Mandalas
Materials Needed:
  • Fall Leaves
  • Paint Pens or Sharpie Pens
  • Glue
  • Construction Paper
Steps:
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

Steps:
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.


Decorations
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!