December 19, 2013

Christmas is fast approaching and your shopping list is still looking rather long. Fret not! Here are quick last minute shopping tips to get you through the holiday rush.

 

1. Shop Online

computer mouse and credit card for online shopping

Do your online shopping early. Check out online retail stores at least a week before Christmas. While some retail companies now offer same day delivery at a higher cost, it is still best to order it in advance to avoid stress and disappointment. Read the FAQ section of your chosen online shop to find out their shipment schedules. If the website has an unreliable schedule, start looking for other online stores to save yourself from the hassle of figuring out whether your purchases will arrive on time. As an additional tip, avoid purchasing items that may take longer to deliver, like customizable gifts and large items.

Pick up the items instead of having them shipped. Save time by using the “in-store pick-up” feature of online shops. Some stores send a message via email or text to inform you that your item is ready; all you have to do is drive by the store to pick it up. No need to waste time searching around the aisles because you have already picked items online. Not only will you eliminate waiting time with this feature, you also save on shipping charges.

Shop safely. Do your research on the item you are purchasing by reading up on product reviews and looking for comparative features and prices. Because you will be giving out personal information, such as your phone number, address and credit card number, make sure to shop only from secure websites. Aside from product reviews, read up on testimonials about the online store as well to learn from other people’s experiences.

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December 19, 2013

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Let your adorable furry friends be the star of this season’s celebration! Dress up your pets in a cute yuletide costume, take their photo with your mobile phone or tablet, and join Treetopia’s Primp Your Pet Holiday Photo Contest! We’d love to see photos of your critters – whether they’re mesmerized by your ornaments, munching on holiday treats, running around the house, or just being plain cute!

We’ll award the two (2) best dog photos and the two (2) best cat photos with a set of Treetopia’s fancy tabletop trees. Best of all, the winners can pick out which tree they like best. Share your favorite pet photos today!

CONTEST GUIDELINES

Void outside the 50 United States and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of, and located within, one of the 50 United States at the time of entry. By participating, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Treetopia, which are binding and final in all matters relating to this contest.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

This promotion is not administered by, sponsored, endorsed, or associated with Facebook.

SPONSOR

Treetopia, 2226 A Westborough Blvd., Ste 502 South San Francisco, CA 94080

CONTEST PERIOD

The Primp Your Pet Holiday Photo Contest (“Contest”) entry submission begins at 9:00 a.m. PST on December 13,2013 and ends 11:59 p.m. PST on December 27, 2013 (“Contest Period”).Voting will be open from December 28, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.PST and will run until January 3, 2014 11:59 p.m. PST (“Voting Period”).

Treetopia’s computer is the official timekeeping device for the Contest. Votes received from any person or email address in excess of the stated limitation will be void.

HOW TO ENTER

There are two ways to enter the Contest:

1.  Via Facebook

During the Contest Period, “Like” the Treetopia Facebook page. Upload a photo of your pet dressed up in a holiday costume to the Treetopia Photo Contest Application. Provide your name, email address, entry title, and a short description of how your pet’s outfit matches our colored tabletop trees.

2.  Via Instagram

Before entering the Contest, the “Photos Are Private” option in your Instagram account must reset to “OFF”. To enter the Contest, you should follow Treetopia on Instagram @treetopia. During the contest period, take a photo of your pet dressed up in a holiday costume. Follow the instructions to upload your photo on Instagram and tag your photo with the hashtag #treetopia.  Photos must be uploaded in accordance with the Instagram Terms of Use.

Each uploaded photo will be counted as one (1) “Entry” and is subject to the requirements outlined in the Official Rules. All Entries must be complete and received before the end of the Entry Period to be eligible for the prize drawing. Entries may only be submitted by a single registered Instagram user. Group submissions are not permissible. Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same Device or email address. Use of computer programs and/or other automated devices to enter the Contest is prohibited.  Normal internet access and Device usage charges imposed by your online service will apply.

Submitted photos must have a file size no larger than 3 MB. Photos that include any visible signatures, watermarks, or credentials (name, address, etc.) will not be considered for the Contest.

In submitting your photo, you confirm that (a) you are its sole author and owner of the copyright; (b) you have the right to give Treetopia permission to use your photo for the purposes specified in these rules; (c) you have the consent of anyone who is identifiable in your photo or the consent of their parent/guardian if they are minors; (d) your photo does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property, or other rights of any person or entity. If you do not own any materials contained in your photo, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photo, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use of the photo.

There is no cost to register or enter. No automated entry devices, bots and/or other programs and/or software are permitted for entry. All entries become the property of Treetopia and will not be returned.

LIMIT

One (1) photo upload per person and per email address or per Instagram account is allowed. Entries received from any person, email address, or Instagram account in excess of the stated limitation will be void. You may only use one (1) email address to enter this Contest.

ELIGIBILITY

This Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, 18 years of age or older. Employees of Treetopia, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, and promotion agencies and family members (spouse, parents, children and siblings and their spouses) and individuals living in the same household of such employees are ineligible. This offer is void wherever prohibited, and is subject to all federal, state, and local laws. By participating, entrants agree to these official rules. Treetopia may report, as required by applicable statute or regulation, the value of the prizes and the identity of the winners, to appropriate taxing authorities.

WINNER SELECTION

From 12/28/2013 to 1/03/2014, Facebook users can vote for their favorite photo once every 24 hours. All participants in the contest are allowed to share their photo entries to spread the word about the contest and encourage friends and families to vote for their entries, via a Third Party Photo Contest Application. Users may be required to “Like” the Treetopia Fan Page before they can vote. The four (4) photos with the most number of votes by January 3 will be the winners. Except as specifically provided herein, the prizes are guaranteed to be awarded.

PRIZE

Four (4) Prizewinners –  two (2) dog photos and two (2) cat photos – will each receive a set of tabletop trees of their choice.

Each set of Treetopia tabletop trees to be awarded shall have an estimated retail list value no greater than $98 (USD), subject to compliance with these Official Rules. Total retail list value of all prizes shall not exceed $392 USD.

Upon announcement of winners, Winners will be contacted and asked to choose their prizes from a pre-determined list of prize trees, to be provided by Treetopia. Prize availability is subject to change. The final trees awarded may or may not be the original tree choices submitted upon entry to the Sweepstakes.

Any substitution or transfer of prizes is permitted only at sole discretion of Treetopia. By accepting a prize each winner agrees to the release of his or her name and/or likeness for potential publicity purposes, where permitted by law.

WINNER NOTIFICATION

Potential winners will be notified via email and will be required to complete and return a Certificate of Eligibility, including the winners’ social security number for tax reporting purposes, within seven (7) days from the date of notification, or alternate winners may be selected from the entries with the fourth or fifth most number of votes, and so on. If such document is not returned within the specified time period, prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, Treetopia is unable to contact potential winner or potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, then the prize will be forfeited and, at Treetopia’s discretion, an alternate winner may be selected.

For the names of the winners, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Treetopia Primp Your Pet Holiday Photo Contest, 2226 A Westborough Blvd., Ste 502 South San Francisco, CA 94080.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

By submitting a photo, participants are agreeing to abide by these rules and conditions.

Treetopia reserves the right to use the names, pictures, personal particulars of the winner or finalists without first obtaining any consent nor to make payment whatsoever to the winner for publicity, advertising, trade or promotional purposes in any media.

Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the Competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual license to Treetopia to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their website and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.

Treetopia is not responsible for comments or negativity regarding photos posted on the Treetopia Facebook page, Instagram, or in other venues. Any abusive activity perpetrated by any contestant, their family, friends and/or associates may, in the sole discretion of Treetopia, be removed and disqualified from the contest. Treetopia reserves the right to disqualify any participants should there be any submission of cheating.

By entering, entrants agree to release Treetopia, Facebook, Instagram, and their agents from all liability, injuries, loss and/or damage of any kind arising from their participation in the Contest and the acceptance and use/misuse of any prize and agree to be bound by the Official Rules.

Treetopia is not responsible for printing or typographical errors in any Contest-related materials; stolen, lost, late, misdirected, and damaged, incomplete, illegible or postage-due mail; or technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software.  By participating in this Contest and accepting a prize, the winners agree that Treetopia and its affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the Contest or resulting from the winners’ participation in the Contest, acceptance, possession, use, or misuse, of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, privacy or defamation. Treetopia reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if fraud or technical failures compromise the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest as determined by Treetopia in its sole discretion. Treetopia reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process or otherwise violates any of the rules of the Contest.

PRIVACY

Email addresses submitted for this Contest will only be used to contact the winner, unless the entrant has opted to subscribe to our mailing list to receive newsletters and special offers. Email subscribers may unsubscribe at any time.

By participating in this Contest you are bound by the Treetopia’s Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy. For details see: http://www.treetopia.com/terms_privacy.asp

Show your love for your pets and snap up a great picture of them. Like Treetopia’s Facebook page and find more about our Primp Your Pet Holiday Photo Contest!

December 18, 2013

Just like most artificial Christmas trees today, tinsel Christmas trees are made with a plastic called polyvinyl chloride, or PVC. The difference is that the needles of tinsel Christmas trees are coated with a special film that makes them shiny and metallic.

Conventional PVC trees and tinsel trees have a lot in common: their cost, weight, and durability are about the same. However, each type of tree has some unique advantages over the other. If you’re deciding which type to get this holiday season, then use this handy guide to help you out.

PVC Christmas Trees

1. Although tinsel trees are available in different colors, PVC artificial Christmas trees have a greater variety of shades to choose from. Pink PVC trees, for instance, can range in hue from baby pink, bubblegum pink to hot pink.

Treetopia's Pretty In Pink Christmas Tree

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December 17, 2013

Many offices choose to dress their premises with Christmas decorations to spread the joy of the holiday season. Here are several artificial Christmas tree options to brighten up your workplace.

Full-sized Trees

If you’re tasked to procure a full-sized tree for your reception area or break room, here are some useful tips to remember:

1. Generally, a traditional, full-silhouette green tree, such as Treetopia’s Oh Christmas Tree, is a safe and suitable choice for most offices. For offices with more casual, contemporary, or distinct interior décor, you may opt for more stylized Christmas trees, such as Treetopia’s Purple Groove Tinsel Christmas Tree. When considering your options, keep in mind that the artificial Christmas tree you purchase will most likely be used again in the next few years.

Treetopia’s Oh Christmas Tree

Office time is valuable, so choose a tree that’s easy to assemble and take down. Look for features such as hinged branches and pre-installed lights to make setting up faster and more convenient. (more…)

December 13, 2013

Learn how to bring out the full beauty of your Treetopia Christmas tree with Treetopia’s Design Council 2013. In this series, we invite expert design bloggers to decorate their favorite Treetopia Christmas tree and share the fabulous results with us. Be inspired and discover the fine art of Christmas tree decorating with these terrific tips and amazing advice straight from the pros.

This week, we get up close and personal with the stylish work of Frances Bailey. If you’ve come across her boards on Pinterest and Houzz, then you know this is going to be a real treat.

Treetopia Winter White Tabletop Tree with decorations

Photo by Frances Bailey

When it comes to decorating small spaces, no one else does it like Frances Bailey. She chose a set of Treetopia Winter White Tabletop Trees and a Treetopia All That Glitters Wreath to show you  how to pack a lot holiday cheer and style into smaller living spaces. Frances decorated one of her white miniature trees with pieces of vintage jewelry, and the effect is simple yet stunning.

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December 12, 2013

Office workers, corporate execs, freelancers, and entrepreneurs – they all can’t wait to take some well-deserved time off this Christmas. If you have a special man or woman in your life who is as busy as bee, here are some gift ideas your hard-working significant other will adore.

1. Electronic Accessories

For Him:

A professional can amass a lot of documents, presentations, reports, and other digital files on a regular basis, and he will want some place to safely keep all that important stuff.

A 1 terabyte external hard drive, such as this WD My Passport Ultra from Best Buy, is a versatile device that is compatible with most desktop and laptop computers. A 16 gigabyte USB flash drive is a good, affordable alternative and is easier to carry around.

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December 12, 2013

Our favorite Christmas songs, whether they’re traditional or modern, embody some of the best aspects of the holiday. This season, impress your guests with unique Yuletide party themes inspired by beloved Christmas tunes.

1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Let everyone’s favorite reindeer guide your holiday decorating and entertaining theme this Christmas.

Décor:

Use reindeer-themed ornaments on your Christmas tree, but keep it elegant by sticking to a single color family, such as red, silver, or gold. Brighten your tree with red and white Christmas lights by swapping out a few clear bulbs with red-colored ones. Create these handmade reindeer paper chains and use them as adorable Christmas mantel decoration.

Menu:

For a fun and easy appetizer, make cute reindeer faces with Laughing Cow cheese wedges, black olives, pretzels, and red peppers.

For dessert, try this recipe for Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies from Bakergirl. These cookies are simple to make, scrumptious, and super cute.

Drinks:

Bright red drinks help make your party theme pop! Cranberry cocktails, strawberry daiquiris, and raspberry martinis are great options. This lively Hibiscus-Honey Iced Tea has a lovely red color and contains a bit of light rum for a nice little kick.

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December 11, 2013

Learn how to bring out the full beauty of your Treetopia Christmas tree with Treetopia’s Design Council 2013. In this series, we invite expert design bloggers to decorate their favorite Treetopia Christmas tree and share the fabulous results with us. Be inspired and discover the fine art of Christmas tree decorating with these terrific tips and amazing advice straight from the pros.

Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm returns to dazzle us once again. He pulled out all the stops on this jaw-dropping creation.

We began our Design Council series many weeks ago with Michael’s super-pretty vintage golden Christmas tree. His design received so many compliments that we couldn’t resist inviting Michael to work his magic again. In his blog post, “A Colorful Christmas Tree Treetopia Hump Day Giveaway,” Michael takes a Treetopia Slim Spruce Christmas Tree and transforms it into a stunning spectacle of color and cheer.

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December 10, 2013

If you’re planning to host a Christmas party at home, make sure it’s stylish, stress-free, and bursting with Christmas spirit. Throw the hottest holiday bash without breaking a sweat with these quick and simple Christmas party ideas.

1. Make a list, check it twice

To keep your party manageable, limit your guest list based on the size of your dinner table. Any more than 6 will usually require catering, so be sure to invite only those you really want to spend the evening with. Be sure to send out invitations three or four weeks in advance as people’s calendars can fill up pretty quickly.

Prepare your menu and a corresponding shopping list, and then plot down a schedule for cleaning the house, doing the groceries, setting the table, and cooking the dishes.

2. Set the look

Christmas is often characterized by feelings of abundance, but you should avoid over-decorating. Instead, limit the celebration space to three focal points, such as the Christmas tree, the food table, and the fireplace. A lit fireplace makes your home warm and cozy, but if an open fire is not an option, you can cluster together tea lights and candles to create a relaxing mood.

For your table setting, choose a color scheme from your holiday decorating palette and apply this to your centerpiece, table runner, and napkins. Try to use space saving tabletops such as a small floral centerpiece to avoid overcrowding the table.

Don’t forget the music playlist to enhance the fun party atmosphere.

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December 5, 2013

Dressing up your abode for the Yuletide season with homemade Christmas ornaments is the perfect way to make your home unique, and your personality stand out. Check out these great DIY Christmas décor ideas to get you inspired for the holidays!

1. Snow Globe from Spoonful

The awesome sight of snow-covered landscapes is a great holiday inspiration. Recreate your own winter wonderland scene with a homemade vintage mason jar snow globe. For this Christmas project, all you need is a glass jar with a lid, plastic or ceramic figurines, synthetic evergreen tips, polymer clay, glitter, and glycerin. Get detailed instructions from Spoonful.

2. Rudolph Wreath from The Paper Mama

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer inspired wreath

Photo from the Paper Mama

If you grew up singing the carol, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, we’re happy to tell you that you can have him guard your home this Christmas with a Rudolph-inspired wreath! Let your home exude holiday spirit with the fun, easy-to-make Rudy the red-nosed wreath from The Paper Mama. Recreate a reindeer head by attaching branch antlers to a wreath form. Wrap silver tinsel around the wreath and add a red bauble for the nose.

3. Christmas Ornament Vase from Gimme Some Style

Holiday vase with a small live Christmas tree branch

Photo from Gimme Some Style

So you can’t bring a live tree inside your home, huh? Believe us when we say, you can – with this simple and inexpensive holiday vase. Adding a touch of Christmas to any table, this decoration makes use of any clear plastic ornament, potting soil, a circle-shaped rope, and a small live Christmas tree branch! You can, of course, replace the soil with water and glitter if you prefer a little shimmer.

4. Gingerbread Houses from Go Make Me

miniature village of gingerbread houses made of felt and lit with battery-operated candle

Photo from Go Make Me

Spread holiday cheer by creating an adorable miniature village that you can display around the tree or on the table. Sew tasty-looking gingerbread houses using felt fabric and glue on cute little details. Place battery-operated candle inside and let shafts of warm light emanate from the doorways and windows.

5. Twiggy Skate Ornaments from Michele Made Me

Who would have guessed these colorful pieces are made out of twigs? These twiggy skate ornaments will not only wow your guests, they will also make your Christmas tree look even more rad! Just cut little boots out of twigs, and cover them in paint. Use paper clips and duct tape for the blades. Draw shoe laces with a fine-tipped permanent pen. See the step-by-step guide at Michele Made Me.

6. Acorn-topped Ornaments from Creature Comforts

These sweet DIY acorn-topped ornaments would give your tree a fun, woodsy feel. Made from acorn tops and wooden beads, the cute, happy faces are sure to elicit smiles. Check out Creature Comforts for the full list of instructions and supplies needed.

7. Kraft Paper Tree Skirt from Cleverly Inspired

Who knew you can make a pretty tree skirt out of Kraft Paper? Tracie from Cleverly Inspired certainly did. Recreate this simple holiday look by stacking Kraft paper around the base of your tree. Fill the skirt with balls of newspaper, and top it with some pine cones or large potpourri.

8. Clothespin Wreath for Christmas Cards form The Ribbon Retreat

Considering all the holiday cards that are sure to be flooding your mailbox soon, this clothespin wreath is a must-have! To make this cute décor, cover wooden clothespins with strips of ribbon. Clip the clothespins onto a wire form wreath, and finish it with a festive pinwheel bow.

9. Joy to the World Christmas Mantel by A Night Owl

Joy to the World Christmas Mantel

Photo by A Night Owl

Go crazy, but still classy, in dressing up your mantel for the season with a themed set of holiday decor you can make yourself. Recreate this “Joy to the World” display using a twig wreath with wooden letters, some frames and prints, a golden ornament, and a vintage mason jar full of sparkly pine cones.

10. Old CD ornament from Crème dela Craft

Have you always been mesmerized by the sheen of compact discs? Take advantage of their quality and upcycle old discs that you no longer use by turning them into sparkly Christmas decor! Cut the CDs into various small shapes and sizes, and glue the pieces into a clear glass ornament. Cover up the glue dots on the inside and the back side of the CD pieces by placing a strip of ribbon inside the ornament. Voila! You now have a glamorous holiday bauble.

Nothing puts people in the Christmas mood more than a cool and festive holiday décor. Take Christmas decorating one step further by making these ornaments yourself!