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      Wildwood Tour {Part 1}

      Wildwood Tour {Part 1}

      If you missed the tour of Wildwood last weekend, have no fear! We snapped a few photos so we could share with you. Also because it may never be this clean again. You know how it is. Just being honest!

      Tune in next week for Part 2!

      A. Dodson's Welcome
      A. Dodson's Creative Coop Summer House
      A. Dodson's Catstudio
      A. Dodson's Vintage Flag Catstudio
      A. Dodson's Catstudio
      A. Dodson's Catstudio Pillows
      A. Dodson's Porch Catstudio
      A. Dodson's MudPie Happy Everything
      A. Dodson's Creative Coop Topiaries

      [br(eakfast) + (l)unch] = BRUNCH!

      [br(eakfast) + (l)unch] = BRUNCH!

      Last week we were unpacking a new {and glorious} Mud Pie shipment including some really cute brunch items. Somewhere between the Syrup Pitcher and the Bacon Platter a heated discussion started brewing {like a cup of coffee but even darker}.

      Odds are we were just really hungry, but alliances formed. Team Pancake insisted brunch was just an early lunch if you didn't serve pancakes. Team Heuvos Rancheros insisted pancakes weren't needed when heuvos rancheros were on the brunch menu. We all agreed on bacon. And mimosas. 

      So please, dear friends, weigh in. What's the best thing about brunch?

      Update: We called a truce over glasses of champagne. And eventually finished unpacking.

      [powr-poll id=40228371_1485896614]


      Winter: Blizzard, Market, Christmas Sale

      Winter: Blizzard, Market, Christmas Sale

      Not sure about y'all, but we sorta got hit with a blizzard this weekend. We say "sorta" because we're not really sure that what happened was what we envisioned a blizzard to be. Here in Southeastern Virginia we're usually referring to Dairy Queen when we say blizzard. But there were some happy kids {and adults} who have yet to go back to school as of this posting.

      The Blizzard of 2017 {as we'll fondly remember it} rolled into town as we were preparing for our 75% off Christmas Sale. That created a sad tease for our customers who heard something like this:

      "Starting Saturday morning all of our Christmas goodies will be 75% off!"

      Immediately followed by:

      "We're closed on Saturday because we seem to be stuck inside a snow globe!"

      Thankfully our new fancy schmancy and mobile-friendly website that launched last month allowed everyone to get their 75% off sale fix. Even better, we'd just gotten In-Store Pickup working the week before and that was a hit for our customers and our Shipping Department. Sometimes we just nail it! Sometimes.

      A. Dodson's Blog

      You can still shop the Christmas sale here. For the time being, if you use code 75OFF during checkout you'll get 75% off original prices.

      While the snow was falling and the website was churning, we dove head first into planning for our trip to AmericasMartATL this week. Twice a year, one week in January and one week in July, the Atlanta Gift Mart is open for buyers to see what's new and order for their stores. It's never open to the public {sorry charlie}. Imagine three huge buildings each with approximately one gazillion floors filled with every showroom you can possibly conjure.  Tackling this trip requires a plan. Our plan looked something like this:

      A. Dodson's goes to Atlanta Gift Mart

      Our Creative Director, Amy, is going to take over our Social Media while at AmericasMartATL so make sure you're following our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and lawd knows what else she may get us into while she's there {she's really into Snapchat!}.

      A. Dodson's Creative Director, Amy Wheeler.

      She might even ask for your opinion on what they buy. Your answer should be: Everything!

      The final thing the Blizzard of 2017 brought us was a little extra time. The Christmas Break was nice but it's a busy time of year unlike a snowstorm where you literally can't leave your house for a little while. It was a forced pause that allowed for more snuggles, more leisurely cups of coffee and a blog post with more words than pictures! ❤️

      Oh Joy! Our Holiday Gift Giving Guide

      Oh Joy! Our Holiday Gift Giving Guide

      Day Twelve:

      On the 12th and final day of Christmas, we know the real deal. What's EASY? What's QUICK? What's PERFECT?

      We gotcha!

      Gift Cards at A. Dodson's

      Gift Cards at A. Dodson's

      Day Eleven:

      On the 11th Day of Christmas, we celebrate all things Mr. and Mrs!
      Christmas weddings and holiday proposals add an extra sparkle of magic and to that we say "YES!"
      Bridal at A. Dodson's Suffolk Norfolk Virginia Beach
      Bridal at A. Dodson's Suffolk Norfolk Virginia Beach
      Bridal at A. Dodson's Suffolk Norfolk Virginia Beach

      Day Ten:

      The best pet ever deserves something under the tree, too. #petsarepeopletoo

      Shop Gifts For Pets > Here

      Pet Gifts

      Day Nine:

      Pop, Fizz and Clink your way through the holladaze. 

      Shop all things bubbly > Here


      Day Eight:

      Spending time together and making new traditions is what the holidays are all about. We love reading the Santa Is Coming To Virginia Book because it highlights some of our favorite local and regional places!

      Shop Gift Ideas for Kids > Here

      Day Seven:

      Give thoughtful and personal gifts without breaking the bank. Check out these gift ideas under $50. We'll even package 'em up with a bow for ya.

      Shop Gift Ideas Under $50 > Here

      A. Dodson's Gifts Under 50

      Infinity Family Print

      Corkcicle Invisiball

      Reed Diffuser Volcano


      Day Six:

      You know what your momma taught you. Don't show up empty-handed. Here are some hostess gifts sure to get you invited back!

      Chapel Hill Toffee

      Rewined Candles

      Sugar Dish Mudpie

      Christmas Ornaments

      Day Five:

      At a loss on what to get her? Alison and Amy break it all down. 

      Day Four:

      There's no denying teachers deserve everything we can give them and the holidays are a great time to treat them to something special. Alison and Amy school us on their ideas for great teacher gifts. A+, girls!

      Day Three:

      We let Amy and Alison loose in the snow and things got a little hysterical! Check out some great holiday ideas in here for you (and Santa!).

      Day Two:

      We like getting a little personal! Adding a name or monogram makes a gift even more special and the more creative the better. Some of our favorite ideas {so far} are:

      1. Latitude and longitude of a couple's first kiss: 36.9016° N, 76.2002° W
      2. Someone's favorite hashtag: #takelessgivemore
      3. Make it funny: Chillin' with my gnomies
      4. Make it memorable such as the birthdates of each child: 4/23/04    6/08/06
      5. And of course, initials, names or nicknames: The Andersons or AMD

      Monogrammed Corkcicle

      Monogrammed Galvanized Antler Deer

      Monogrammed Corkcicle Tumbler

      Happy Everything Elf Treats Platter

      Firetruck Shirt

      Monogrammed Blanket Scarf

      Day One:

      Being home for the holidays means creating a cozy place of comfort and joy. Switch out a few pillows and keep a warm blanket nearby. Then sit back and enjoy the quiet moments because that's where the magic really happens.

      Holidays Ideas for the Home From A. Dodson's