BELIEVE with Macy’s and Surprise Giveaway!

Remember the COME+TOGETHER campaign from Macy’s I told you about? Well, the warm hearts at Macy’s are at it again and boy are they making a difference this holiday season! With the launch of their Believe Campaign, Macy’s is not only going to make a difference in the lives of those in need, but are going to reward two lucky winners with a trip of a lifetime…..to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

The nostalgic holiday campaign was inspired by the New York Sun’s famous “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial from 1897 and includes letter-writing “Believe Stations” in Macy’s stores across the country. For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, up to $1 million.

How can you enter? Well, Macy’s is inviting you to either upload a video or share a story that explains why you believe in the magic of the season. Videos should be under 60 seconds long and stories should be around 150 words. Be creative, have fun and tell the world why you believe!

As a part of this magical campaign, Macy’s is also announcing the following:

Macy’s “The Trek” TV Commercial - The new national television spot called “The Trek” features Virginia making the trip from her home to Macy’s, where Queen Latifah helps her mail her letter to Santa.

Macy’s National Santa Tour - Following his celebratory kickoff of the holiday season in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santa will embark on a whirlwind tour across America, greeting young boys and girls and spreading holiday joy.

National Believe Day / “Yes, Virginia” Animated Special - On Friday, December 11th, Macy’s will celebrate the first National Believe Day to recognize and reward acts of kindness and generosity from coast to coast. Also that day, CBS will premiere a new original animated special called, “Yes, Virginia.” on Friday, December 11, at 8 p.m. ET.

Inspired? Well, how about when you go to Macy’s to drop off your letter to Santa, you stay awhile and do a little shopping?! Macy’s is giving 2 lucky Thoughtfully Simple readers a $25.00 gift certificate to help this holiday season!

WINNERS! Congratulations to LisaLisa and Steve! Thank you for sharing your Christmas traditions with us!

How to Win: Contest Closed

Leave a comment here sharing your favorite holiday tradition. Yup, that simple! Good luck!

(Two winners will be chosen using random.org and notified via email. Contest ends November 23, 2009)

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Car Birthday Party Theme

Vroom! Vroom! Check out this fun car birthday party theme- your little one will love it!

Here are a few different car party invitations to set the party mood:

Your guests will want to race to your party after receiving these car themed invitations. HONK! toy car print, vroom vroom parked cars or the speed racer numbered car are all great choices.

You cannot go wrong with this car party decor from jack & izzy! I love their simple designs that carry your theme through from start to finish in a modern yet effortless sort of way. They have really taken this car theme and mastered it!

Remember last week when I raved about party theme sandwiches? How perfect are these car shaped ones? Sarah {owner of jack & izzy} served these to her party guests during her son’s car themed birthday party.

The car shaped straws are such a great touch. The key to pulling off a fabulous themed party is to carry the details all the way through and Sarah sure did it here! I hope you now have some ideas for your own car party!

Be sure to visit jack & izzy for more party theme inspiration, we just love them!

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Party Theme Sandwiches?

Did you know that today is National Sandwich Day? In the spirit of the beloved sandwich, I thought it would be a perfect time to suggest serving sandwiches at your next party. Sandwiches are the perfect party food: Easy to make, inexpensive, easy to serve and eat, and kids LOVE them!

What about serving sandwiches to compliment your party theme? Here are two adorable animal themed sandwiches:

I love this cute giraffe sandwich!

I can just see this cute monkey sandwich being served at a monkey themed party, can’t you?

Next time you are trying to decide on what type of party food to serve…pause and consider the sandwich!

{images via Listicles}

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Leaf Themed Thanksgiving Decor

There are several ways to decorate for Thanksgiving, but today I’m inspired by fall leaves. Really, what says Fall time better than leaves?

Set the tone for your leaf-inspired Thanksgiving with these Fall Tree invitations. Incorporate fall leaves into your Thanksgiving table decor with these lovely place card holders. I couldn’t decide if I likes the classic maple leaf place card holder or the fall leaf tea light holder better, which would make a great favor as well. You can use place card holders {like these great leaf ones from Favors In The City} as place card holders, to identify food on a buffet or dessert table, and also to give away as favors.

I am also in love with this leaf bowl which would make such a statement on your Thanksgiving table. What a bread basket this would make!

Since Thanksgiving is all about, well…giving thanks, be sure to send your guests home with a little token of your appreciation. I recently received these leaf shaped scalloped ornaments from Prismera Design- and wow, what a great favor idea! What I love is the idea of writing a little personal note to your guests right on the ornament itself. They can use this as a tree decoration or even as a bookmark all year long.

You can also send guests home with small treat boxes {I like these woven green ones} filled with candy or mints. Oh- and don’t forget a simple hand written thank you note to show guests you appreciated their presence. Cardstore has a lovely green thank you note I think would be perfect to send. Plus, the green design will carry you through to Christmas time, versatile!

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{New Find} The Mother’s List

Since most of my readers are women, many of whom are moms, I really wanted to share a new site I recently discovered: The Mother’s List. Heard of it? Well, neither had I. We are all pretty aware of Craigslist, but this site puts a personal {and womanly} touch to the act of buying and selling from listing sites. Hope it helps one of my fabulous readers purge {or find} items!

Oh, and they are also currently running a contest for a Wii and Wii Fit bundle- just a little bonus, right?!

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