Blog Challenge #15: Timeline of my day

Blog Challenge #15: Timeline of my day

I start my day around 6:30 am. I have always been a morning person and thankfully so because my little 3 month old likes to start his day around this time too. I make my coffee, let my puppies out, feed my sweet boy, and put on CMT. Music in the morning helps me shake off fatigue and feel energized.

 

Here’s a beautiful sunrise picture from my porch.

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I like to get my work done in the mornings too. Our online boutique usually lists about 20 new items each day. It is always exciting to see what new pretties we are going to add to our store. Also we have launched our new website. Have you checked it out yet? Here (https://oaksjewelry.com/) is a link and here are a few of this week’s favorite treasures:

 

Lunch is usually leftovers from the night before and in the late afternoon we go for a walk. Look at my son’s face…it makes me laugh because he doesn’t like to smile for the camera much but he does love walks.

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On Friday nights, my honey and I have always set a tradition that we go to the same place each week and unwind. We talk about the events of the week, dream of new adventures to come, and just enjoy each other’s company without rushing to get anywhere or get anything accomplished. Each place we have lived, we had our “Friday night place”. In Gainesville, Florida it was Piesano’s, in Pensacola, Florida, it was McGuire’s, in Fort Wayne, Indiana it was Bagger Dave’s, and in San Marcos, Texas it is Saltgrass.

 

Fun Fact: at McGuire’s you have to try the 18 cent bean soup (also watch out for the tricky restroom signs):

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Recently our little family has been binge watching the new season of Stranger Things! It’s the perfect mix of fall spooky, fun 80s feel, and the adorable kids make the show!

Lastly, on nights when I need to unwind, my new guilty pleasure is a hot bath with Dr. Teal’s Coconut oil Epson salt! It’s magical!

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Thanks for reading and Happy Friday!

Next week’s blog prompt is: What’s on your bucket list?

 

Blog Challenge #14: If you won the lottery…

Blog Challenge #14: If you won the lottery…

If I won the lottery I would start off by doing all the responsible things that most people say when asked this question. I would pay off my bills, pay off my mom’s mortgage, take a few weeks off work, but specifically here is a little list of the fun things I would do:

#1: Take my family to Ireland and hear the High Kings play in concert!

This is my favorite Irish band. I heard them play live in concert when they were at the Performing Arts Center in Gainesville, FL. If you have any Irish heritage I feel like the homeland (Ireland) just calls to you and seeing this band would be the icing on the cake. I might need to add in a good Irish dark beer and Shepherd’s pie too!

 

#2: Buy a family vacation house in St. Augustine Florida.

This old city has had my heart since I was a child. My family spend Christmas there one year and I have been in love ever since. We went for a horse and carriage ride on Christmas Eve when the cobblestone street were quiet and deserted. My brother and I were wrapped up in cozy blankets and had hot chocolate and it was magical! There is so much history in this little town along with amazing food and beaches!

 

#3: Treat myself to some fabulous diamond jewelry!

You have to splurge a little bit right? Here are a few pieces I would make mine!

 

Those are the three big things that I can think of. Mostly I would keep my life the same. I would still want to keep my job and raise my son in our little cozy home (smaller homes makes families closer right?). Money can buy a lot of things but mostly I would want to buy vacations for my family and more memories to hold on to forever!

 

What about you? What would you do if you won the lottery?

Next week’s blog prompt is: The timeline of your day

Happy Friday!

Blog Challenge #13: What is your earliest memory?

I grew up in a small town in Florida. Our house was little and cozy (see picture below), filled with antiques and one wall in the living room that had floor to ceiling artwork of all different kinds. My dad was the most beautifully artistic person and he was a jeweler by trade. My younger days were spent behind the counter of my parent’s jewelry store. I watched my mom and dad help clients day after day and year after year.

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One of my fondest memories (maybe not my earliest) was the day I commissioned my dad to make a ring for me. I decided that I wanted to be a paying customer and wanted to have a special ring made. My dad played along, like any good dad would do. He let me pick out a stone to be set in my ring and he did the rest. I chose a blue tourmaline with a cabochon top. This particular tourmaline was rare…it was an indicolite tourmaline. My dad made this ring for me….

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I was pretty young and didn’t actually wear the ring daily but I remember being pleased as punch with my ring that I purchased with my allowance of about $80 (what a deal!). Years later after my dad passed away this ring became priceless to me!

 

A few months after my dad’s passing, his good friend, Sholomo called my mom. He said that he felt like my dad’s spirit was pressing upon him to send me a particular ring. I felt like the gesture was so kind and thoughtful. He wanted me to have something special to remember my dad by. When the ring arrived, I opened it not knowing what to expect. Low and behold there was another blue indicolte tourmaline ring…

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I’m not sure how or if Sholomo knew about this special stone, but in that moment I felt so close to my dad even though he was gone.

 

Jewelry is so special and sentimental. Jewelry can hold memories, promises, history and love.

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Thank you for reading! Next week’s blog prompt is: If you won the lottery…

Blog Challenge #9: What are your worst habits?

Here is a list of the top 7 habits people do that negatively affect their lives. I don’t really do any of these…

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I also don’t bite my nails, sleep in my makeup, eat too much junk food, or shop too much (my hubby may disagree on that one). This challenge is hard for me because I’m the kind of person that if I see a bad habit in myself I try and correct it. So I will tell you about the top bad habits that I have broken.

 

  • Negative thinking ~

I think a lot of women suffer from this habit. We sometimes always think the worst or go to the worst case scenario in our minds. I took a class about “cleaning out your thought closet”. It was very productive in helping to adjust my thought process, taking every thought captive, and living life to the fullest by choosing joy! Choosing Joy – that reminds me of the minimal and beautiful script picture my boss gave me that has hung on my wall in two different houses. The simple reminder on a daily basis really helps change your internal attitude.

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  • Leaving a dirty kitchen for days ~

Yes, I was that girl. I would leave my kitchen piled up with dishes in the sink for days. This started in my little apartment when I was single. I would dread going home and seeing the mess and finally realized that it was giving me anxiety. My kitchen was the first place I went in the morning…because COFFEE…and it was the last place at night I went to have some water. So I was starting my day and ending my day looking at a mess. Once I started keeping it tidy, it did a wonder on my mental outlook each day. I felt recharged and orderly in the morning and prepared and confident at night.

 

  • Not enjoying the little things in life ~

I used to find myself wishing away the days of work or chore day. Even some days as a new mom, I want to speed ahead the newborn phase. I am still working on breaking this bad habit but I try and look for little ways throughout the “boring basic” days to find little moments to enjoy little things. My #1 little thing to enjoy each day is my cup of coffee. I make sure I use a cute mug or cup and saucer. I make sure I get up early enough to not be rushed. I make sure that I savor it.

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  • Wearing the same thing over and over again ~

Yes, I consider this a bad habit. I tend to fall into a rut of only wearing a few outfits over and over again. I also wear the same earrings, necklace, and ring day in and day out even though I work for a jewelry store and have a ton of beautiful jewels that sit there and never get enjoyed. I made it a personal challenge to start “shopping my closet” (both with clothes and jewelry). It’s amazing how looking good is half the battle sometimes. When you put together a new outfit from your closet and break out the matching earrings, it does something amazing to a girl! Try it!

 

Those are some of my top bad habits that I have found a way to break or am working on. What are some of yours? If you are following along with this blog challenge…next week is: What is your best physical feature?

 

Happy Friday!

Blog Challenge #8: What’s in your handbag?

I have two handbags that I use depending on the day. I have my little Louis Vuitton Eva Clutch that is my jewel and I have my bigger Michael Kors bucket tote that is more practical for an everyday “mom on the go”. Here are a few essentials that I carry (some I can’t fit in my Eva clutch sadly…if only it were a tad bigger!)

NYX Lip gloss ~ I know that I have raved about these in some of my earlier blogs but these little drug store lip glosses are amazing. And…I love their name “butter gloss” and they are just that! I have the shade Strawberry Parfait and pick up this shade whenever I am in a CVS or Ulta. If you go to look for this shade and don’t see it, I’ve probably already raided your local drug store :o)

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Mac Blot Powder ~ This stuff is amazing if you live in a humid climate and have oily/combination skin like me. It is translucent and gives you an “I just finished my makeup” look any time of day even if you’ve been on the go for hours.

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Burt’s Bees Witch Hazel Hand Sanitizer ~ This stuff is an inspiration from my mom. I absolutely love that it is an all-natural sanitizer and the smell is very crisp and clean in my opinion. It comes in a spritz bottle but beware…not everyone will love the scent.

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Cash ~ Yes, I’m still old school and carry cash wherever I go. My hubby and I have adopted Dave Ramsey’s idea of taking out cash for the week and once it is spent, you’re done! Here are some other fun money saving tips from the master of getting out of debt.

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A Pretty Hair Clip ~ This is a necessity in case you are having “one of those” hair days. A cute clip can save you from feeling frumpy. Here are a few of my favorites hair goodies from Etsy.

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Shop this hair look here.

My Sparkle Card Holder ~ No matter how old I get, I still run into Claire’s to check out their cute sparkly stuff sometimes when I am killing time in a mall. I found this cute card holder that is perfect for either of my bags. It is just big enough to hold my necessity cards and the texture of the outside makes it easy to find when you are digging around at checkout. Claire’s had all different colors too!

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Ginger Altoids ~ I don’t usually like the taste of ginger but these little heavenly drops are amazing! Get you some!

That’s pretty much all I carry. Of course I am like any woman and have the additional 5lbs of loose change in the bottom of my bag that makes it feel like I am carrying more than what I am. What are some of your handbag content essentials? Am I missing something that I need for on the go? Thank you for reading and happy Friday!

Next week’s writing prompt is: What are your worst habits?

Blog Challenge #3: Favorite Quotes

Blog Challenge #3: Favorite Quotes

Hello there! We are on week 3 of our 30 blog post challenge. This week is my favorite quotes.

 

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I love this quote because I think of it every time I hide a $20 bill in a purse for my future self to find.

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As humans, most of us sell ourselves short. Knowing your worth can make you a kinder and wiser person. Value yourself and value others!

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The dents and the scratches tell a story. They show history, character, and longevity. Don’t worry about the many miles on your favorite shoes, the scratches on your wedding ring, the wrinkles on the corners of your eyes…these features show beauty of a life well lived!

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This quote will be added to my New Year’s resolutions lists for 2018!

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This past week I gave birth to my first little one. After 4 days in the hospital I was ready for some normal clothes, clean hair, and Jason’s Deli soft serve ice cream. When I got dressed and put on a simple outfit, I decided to add a pair of fun earrings. I walked out of my room and my husband said “well you look nice”. Thank you fun earrings for adding an exclamation point to my outfit and making me feel like myself again!

There you have it! Just a few of my favorite quotes. Please share some of your in the comments. Next week’s challenge is : What are you afraid of?

 

Blog Challenge #2:   20 Random Fun Facts About Me

Blog Challenge #2:   20 Random Fun Facts About Me

1)    Sparkle is my favorite color. (diamonds especially, which are my birthstone) ~ click here to shop

2)    I lived in Guam for over 2 years.

3)    I love boots/booties (check out these stunners that are on sale now as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) ~ click here to shop

4)    I have always loved antique furniture ever since I was a kid. (this dresser has been mine since I was a teenager and always makes me think it should be in a Disney princess’ room)

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5)    Forever 21 and stores that have too many options stress me out.

6)    I start my mornings out by drinking 16oz of water first thing. (check out these health benefits)

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7)    Going out to new restaurants is my favorite hobby.

8)    I love the beach but do not like going in the water.

9)    My hubby and I watch Shark Week every year. (even the ridiculous shows like Michael Phelps vs the Great White Shark)

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10) I get stuck in ruts. (I’ll wear the same jewelry for a week, cook the same dinners over and over, and use the same hair/face products for years)

11) I have snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

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Photo credit: www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Travel-Photo-Ideas

12) I could watch “Say Yes to the Dress” all day and still want more! (the new UK version is awesome by the way!)

13) I always spend at least $50 at Target no matter what.

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14) My biggest pet peeve is when people say “Irregardless” (that’s not a word)

15) Colored pens are my jam! (I love matching greeting cards with coordinating pen colors)

16) I am always worried that I will run out of coffee creamer so I usually have 2-3 bottles at one time (whenever I move to a new place, this is usually the first purchase and item in my fridge)

17) I’ve never had any cavities in my teeth.

18) Anytime a restaurant has shrimp and grits on the menu I have to order it.

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19) Cats scare me.

20) I love white sports cars. (I get this from my dad who restored this white Porsche when I was little)

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I challenge you to give me 20 fun facts about yourself on your blog!

And…next week’s blog topic will be Your Favorite Quotes.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend!