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October 2016

BABY & KIDS

Creative Uses for Baby Socks

October 20, 2016

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Baby socks. A mommy can never have too many pairs. Maybe because one can’t help but spend money on something so cute and little, or maybe because baby can never have enough fuzzies to keep their little toes warm. And then there is the case of the washer and dryer eating socks, and who really knows what to do with the infamous lost sock?

Mud Pie knows the sock game all too well. In fact, we are such big supporters of it, that we donate 10 cents to the March of Dimes for each pair of socks purchased. So whether you purchase new socks because one too many have gone missing, or you purchase socks as a gift for the mommy-to-be, you help us support the fight to end premature birth.

Now, back to the never having enough pairs of socks talk. Baby or adult, socks are a necessity. But what other uses do baby socks have besides cute little feet pictures and putting them on your dogs paws for all the giggles? We have rounded up numerous creative uses for baby socks.

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Décor and gift all in one! It’s a win-win when hosting a baby shower for the mommy-to-be. Not to mention, it is SO easy. All you need is string, clothespins and baby socks. Simply drape the string on a mantel, on the wall, on a table…anywhere you see fit! Then clip the baby socks with clothespin to the string. After the baby shower is over, let the mommy-to-be take the socks for her future little.

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This is a fun and unique idea for baby showers. Similar to a flower corsage, and just as beautiful. You simply roll the baby sock up and use wire to create a corsage. You can find examples and how to’s on Mud Pie’s Pinterest: HERE & HERE.

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A fun way to gift a little something extra with your present for the mommy-to-be. Instead of using a big bow, or gift tag, tie on a pair of baby socks with a small note tucked inside. You can even use ribbon to create a big bow around it.

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This one is fun! Whether you are a future mommy wanting to display your big announcement to the neighbors, or the hostess of a baby shower, a baby wreath is an easy decoration. All you need is a foam wreath, scissors, baby socks and ribbons. You can also add diapers to it! Examples HERE & HERE176270_mudp3168_silopotpourri

This is for all those lost socks. Or even as a baby shower gift for all the guests! It’s easy and very useful. Take a baby sock and fill it with your favorite smelling potpourri. Sew up the top and voila! You have a air freshener to put in your clothes drawers, in your car, in the baby’s nursery and anywhere else you see fit.

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Similar to the baby corsage. We’re sure many of you have seen the diaper cakes. Imagine the same concept with baby socks. They can be a gift for the mommy-to-be, a table center piece at baby showers or even for maternity pictures – how cute! Find out how to make a baby sock bouquet HERE & HERE.

There you have it. Many creative uses for baby socks.

And lucky you, Mud Pie’s Ribbon Sock Sale is happening now! So you can create a memorable gift with cute socks at a great price. USE CODE: SOCKSALE3 for an additional 20% off when your purchase two or more pairs!

ribbonsocksaleClick HERE to shop the Ribbon Sock SALE.

Click HERE to shop all Mud Pie socks!

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Halloween Treats & Décor

October 6, 2016

Hi Pies! Or should we say pumpkin pies? It is fall, y’all!

As you might know, Mud Pie carries seasonal gifts and décor fit for most holidays, so I’m sure you can only imagine how excited we are that the holidays are upon us! But seriously, is there any better way to start the season of celebrations than Halloween? We really (like REALLY!) love to eat here at Mud Pie. Especially when eating involves dressing up & endless amounts of sweets. We have definitely found a match.

Today we’re sharing our relationship with food and Halloween. We’re going to show you how to make a Monster Trail Mix and a Spooky drink. These recipes go perfect with Mud Pie’s Halloween décor for an adult only party or a party full of baby monsters and witches! Not to mention, they are so much fun to make with your kids!

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For Kids – replace the Vodka with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Yum!! 

There you have it. A delicious trail mix served with a candy bowl and spooky cocktails. Make these as an addition to the ghost party you already have planned, or get your friends together for a last minute celebration!

And don’t forget to visit the Halloween Shop at mud-pie.com for all the
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 Happy Halloween! Cheers!

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Retailer Spotlight: Parsons

October 3, 2016

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We are so excited for this season’s retailer spotlight. Maybe because of all the amazing (seriously, AHHHmazing) collections in the store. But most definitely because of the warm & genuine welcome you receive when walking through the doors of Parsons Gifts in Cumming, GA.

Parsons has been a huge supporter of Mud Pie for many many years, and since we share the same state, we had the honor of thanking them in person. And what an honor it was! Not just to meet Cris Willis, but while walking through their unique space in the Lakeland Plaza Shopping Center off GA 400, it became increasingly harder to hold on to our checkbooks.

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Cris and her husband, Gary, are the fourth generation of brains behind the wonderland of a gift store. Let us just give a quick glimpse into the people they are: enthusiastic, devoted, passionate and highly motivated. They REALLY LOVE what they do, and it is inspiring to chat with them, if even for a second. We could get into all of the marketing terms, but Cris will be the first to say, that their goal is not what the market is doing, but what their consumers are doing. They pay attention to the wants of their fans and boy does it pay off!

Now sit back and take a journey through their success.

Where is Parsons located? In Cumming, Ga off of GA 400 – Exit 14 West on Hwy 20.  We are in Lakeland Plaza Shopping center next to Belk and Sprouts.

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Who are the store oweners? Gary and Cris Willis. They are the fourth generation behind Gary’s mom, Kathryn, and his grandparents, Kate & Calvin Parsons, and great grandparents, the Alfords.

When did your store open? Parsons has been a family owned and operated store in North Ga for 140 years. It opened in 1876 as a general store with groceries, hardware, farming supplies, dry goods and more!  This year Parsons is Celebrating 70 years in Cumming, GA. Click HERE for more information about their Anniversary Event Weekend, October 21-22. (It involves the below Mud Pie gift for FREE!)

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Were you always interested in retail? My husband, Gary, grew up working in the store.  I grew up knowing that I wanted to own my own business.  In college, I studied Marketing with an emphasis in Personal Selling. It couldn’t be more of a match!

What inspired you to open a store? My husband and I came into the family business in 1993 to help computerize the business.  Parsons was a department store at the time carrying clothing with a small gift department.  Once we computerized the store, we realized that the gift department was bringing in all the money.  With that, we made the decision to totally remodel the store.  We went out of clothing and became a 10,000 sq ft Gift & Collectible store back in 1995.

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How have you grown over the years? Parsons in Cumming expanded the Thomas Kinkade Gallery into a 3,000 sq. ft. space next door back in 2000. A couple years later, Parsons opened a Seasonal Christmas Shoppe in the 5000 sq foot space on the other side.  We opened a 2nd location in Alpharetta, GA back in 2000 and then closed it in 2015.

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How would you describe your store’s atmosphere? At Parsons our Mission is to create a wonderful shopping experience for each customer by focusing on:

Unique & Quality Merchandise

Creative & Fun Environment

Friendly Customer Service

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We create beautiful displays with all of our merchandise from all the 600 vendors we carry.  Everyday there is fun music playing and something to snack on while you shop (like the most tasteful mini chocolate chip cookies!).  People LOVE to shop at Parsons because there is so much to see, from our large ladies accessories area full of great clothing, handbags & jewelry from Pandora, Brighton, Inspired Designs to the awesome gourmet goods with homemade fudge and Sweet Shop Truffles, to the home décor department full of wonderful art, lamps, floral arrangements, occasional furniture pieces, kitchen decor and so much more to a BIG Selection of Great Gift Items including LOTS of Mud Pie!

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Are you involved in the community? Parsons on Mission is our monthly program where we work with our community.  Each month Parsons spotlights at least 1 charity/ministry that we raise money for and bring awareness to.  We promote them through emails, signage in the store, Facebook and Instagram.  We usually have the charity attend an event that we are having at the store so they can meet with customers and let them know what they do.  We have been doing this for years.  God has blessed us with a platform to reach thousands of people, and we want to use that for the good.  We try to work with local organizations that may not get much recognition.  We are always excited to be able to help the public find out about a charity or ministry that they would like to volunteer with or may need help from.  We love to bring our community together!

Favorite Mud Pie Item? I love all of the spoons with great sayings and the Circa bowls, like Holy Guacamole Set.  They make me laugh, and I love sharing them with customers.  It is easy to sell and it is a great gift item for just about anyone!

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Top selling Mud Pie collections? Circa Collection and baby gift items

Do you have any events or promotions coming up in the month of October? We are Celebrating our 140th year as a family owned and operated business and our 70th year of being in Cumming with an Anniversary Event Fri, Oct 21st and Sat, Oct 22nd.

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What ignites your passion for retail? I love People and I love to Talk & I love Fun!!!  I also love the game of buying items then seeing how many we can sell…it is fun!

What is your escape when you want to create new visions for your store? My husband and I run the store together and when we vacation we always spend some time making decisions for the store.  It is always a nice time to be away and not in the hectic day to day grind to really put your thinking cap on.  However, some of our best planning is at buying shows working with other buyers and managers coming up with new visions.

What is your go to item in your own closet? Any little light weight dress that I can wear with sandals

Best style tip you have?  Be yourself!

What is your dream vacation? Anywhere overseas that I get to fly first class!!!!!

What was your dream job growing up? I wanted to be a buyer and here I am!

If you’re ever in Georgia, be sure to give Cris and Gary a hello!

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Want more Parsons? Shop Online / Facebook / Instagram / 2016 Holiday Event Calendar 

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