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.

20170919_193818_HDR_1508033615053

 

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.

20171004_161048.jpg

 

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):

pic

 

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!

pic 1

 

Thanks for reading and Happy Friday!

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

 

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)

lip butter

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.

mac

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.

burts bees

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.

ramset.jpg

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.

hair clip

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!

20170915_103943

 

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?

July Birthstone & Fun Facts

July Birthstone & Fun Facts

Today in Texas, it’s 100 degrees outside and you feel every bit of that heat when trying to run from the car to any air conditioned building. The month of July is just red hot and that is shown even with the birthstone…red hot ruby!

 

 

Rubies are precious gemstones that derive their name from the Latin word for red, “ruber”. They are one of the most prized gemstones and sometimes even dominate over diamonds. Rubies are mentioned several times even in the Bible and are usually associated with wealth, vitality, and love.

 

“The gleaming ruby should adorn, all those who in July were born,

For thus they’ll be exempt and free, from lovers doubts and anxiety. “

-Unknown

 

Rubies are part of the corundum family, so is sapphire. If fact, sapphires come in all colors and when they reach a certain color of red, they are called rubies. Rubies are a 9 out of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale, second only to diamond.

 

Check out this GIA breakdown on all ruby info:

 

GIA

 

Rubies are not only July’s birthstone but also the anniversary stone of choice for the 40th year. They are also a traditional gift for the newly engaged….or you could knock out both the engagement ring and engagement gift and get your love one of these gorgeous ruby engagement rings. Having a gemstone engagement ring has become widely popular since Prince William gave Princess Kate her sapphire engagement ring. The ruby can handle being worn every day and the color red is a color that compliments a wide range of other colors.

 

 

 

July Fun Facts:

~National ice cream, pickle, picnic, hotdog, and blueberry month

~The national days for Canada and France also occur in July like the United States’ Fourth of July

~The long hot days in July are also referred to as the “dog days of summer”

~Julius Caesar’s birth month

~Seven US Presidents have died in July which is more than any other month

~Zodiac signs are Cancer and Leo

~Birth Flower is the water lily

~Famous July birthday holders: Tom Cruise, Dalai Lama, Tom Hanks, Ringo Starr, and Liv Tyler

 

Happy Friday and if you happen to see a jewelry piece from today’s blog that you love, be sure to take advantage of our summer sale. Visit our Etsy store by clicking here, and use coupon code: SUMMERTIME25 at checkout for 25% off your entire order!

 

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day Gift Guide

This weekend is the day to celebrate our dads. Whether you are a mom purchasing a sweet token for your infant children to give to their father, giving to your grandfather, or on a budget… we have you covered with this gift giving guide. You can even shop directly from our blog to our favorite Etsy stores by clicking on the corresponding links provided with each gift. Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads, granddads, and single moms out there and thank you for being your kids’ first hero!

 

Gifts Under $25

  • Personalized hammer for the handy dad (click here to shop)hammer.jpg
  • Personalized grill utensils for the chef dad (click here to shop)grill
  • Star Wars dad mug (click here to shop)star wars
  • Hand stamped fishing lure for the fisherman (click here to shop)fish
  • Custom money clip (click here to shop)money clip

 

Gifts For Grandfathers

  • Grandpa mug for the coffee loving papa (click here to shop)papa mug
  • Grandpa ice cream spoon for the sweet tooth grandpa (click here to shop)spoon
  • Antique pocket watch for the grandpa that loves collectibles (click here to shop)watch.jpg
  • Personalized golf balls for the new grandfather (click here to shop)golf balls

 

Unique Gifts for Dad

  • Personalized docking station for the organized dad (click here to shop)dock station
  • A sleek glass photo frame for a new dad’s office desk (click here to shop)dad framw.jpg
  • Homemade grilling sauces (click here to shop)sauces.jpg
  • Gold chain necklace for a lifelong keepsake (click here to shop)chain.jpg
  • Book folded to read “DAD” gift for the artsy dad (click here to shop)Art

 

Gifts to Single Moms

  • “Pulling double duty” t-shirt (click here to shop)mom 3.jpg
  • Cute mug for the caffeine fueled super mom (click here and here to shop)
  • Lovely jewelry with a heart to let your mom know that she is/will always be the first holder of your heart (click here to shop)

Memorial Gifts for Dad’s that have gone to heaven

  • Keepsake pendant (click here to shop)necklace
  • A memorial picture with your beloved dad’s or granddad’s actual handwriting (click here to shop)handwriting

 

First Time New Dad Gifts

  • Custom drawing of daddy and baby (click here to shop)drawing
  • Engrave-able ID bracelet with baby’s birthday/weight (click here to shop)bracelet
  • Papa bear gift box set (click here to shop)Papa Bear.jpg

 

Thank you so much for reading and supporting Etsy stores. Happy Father’s Day!

 

 

A start of Summer Trends…

A start of Summer Trends…

This week I bring to you some fun trendy accessories for summer that I have noticed and am slowly becoming obsessed with as well.

 

  • Anything mermaid!

You might be a mermaid if you love the beach. Always are trying to obtain the perfect salty, wavy, tousled hair look. Have a little bit of a colorful, gypsy soul. Love finding beauty in simple things, like the perfect shell on the beach. If this is you…here are some perfect accessories for your mermaid transition.

  • Beach Towel Blankets

These gorgeous towels can make any beach a paradise. Cozy and fun with plenty of room to layout, have a mini snack bar, and enjoy the whole day/evening at the beach.

  • Kimonos

These breezy, lightweight, wonders of the world are a new favorite to me. Kimonos can be worn over your bathing suit as a cover-up without being too hot or can be dressed up for a shopping venture or night out. All in all the perfect accessory for summer. Prints and solids and something for everyone!

  • Light-Colored Nails

Let’s face it, light colors make you appear tanner. Or so I have found. These fun light colors for summer will compliment you summer wardrobe and accentuate you glowing skin!

  • Layered Dainty Gold Necklaces

This is a trend that started last summer or the one before and I see it sticking around for a while. Delicate chains layered up together give a feminine, boho look that pairs well with any kind of style. The good thing about investing in gold is that they will not tarnish (or turn your skin green eeekk). Plus you will have them for summers to come and the salty air/beach waves will not hurt them.

  • A good DIY project

Now that the weather is so nice and we are all dying to be outside to make up for our winter vitamin C deficit. Check out a few of these fun and adorable DIY projects to do with a friend or solo.

  • Grill Out Recipes

Grilling out screams summer to me. You can extend your long summer day well into the evening by taking your dinner time outside on the porch. Let everyone enjoy some coconut water while you throw some healthy eats on the grill.

  • Fun Pool Floats

These summer necessities have been causing a lot of craze on social media ~ especially my Instagram feed. I need them all!

pool floats.jpg

 

As the summer goes on, I will be back to bring you some more trendy, fun ideas to make the most of summer 2017. I hope enjoyed this post and Happy Friday!!!

 

Photo Credits and more ideas found on our Pinterest board here. Shop gold necklaces here

June Fun Facts, Birthstone Info, and a “Start of Summer” Fun Manual

Happy first month of summer. Is it the school kid in me that even after 15 years I still get so excited for summer break? I don’t really take a “break” from anything and don’t really plan any fun vacations for this month but it still has an underlying feeling of FREEDOM! The days are longer, the flowers are blooming, and there seems to be more energy to do fun projects.

 

hello june

 

The month of June hosts Donut Day, Best Friends Day, Iced Tea Day, Flip Flop Day, Father’s Day, First Day of Summer, and Sunglasses Day. I don’t know about you but I can get excited to celebrate any and all of those days. Check out the list of other days to celebrate in June.

 

june.jpg

 

June’s birthstone is the pearl. What a gorgeous birthstone to complement your first start to a tan and your vibrant bright clothes.

 

“Who comes with summer to this earth

And owes to June her hour of birth,

A pearl should wear against her skin

Whose innocence many a heart shall win”

~Anonymous

 

Legends and Traditions of Pearls:

 

– Wearing pearls on the day of your wedding promises marital bliss and blessing

– Ideal present for newborn babies and for 1st, 3rd, 12th, & 30th anniversaries

– Heidi Klum, Nicole Kidman, and Angelina Jolie share this birthstone

– The process of building a pearl can take up to 7 or 8 years

– The Latin word for pearl means “unique” – – every pearl is different

– Pearl is also an old fashioned feminine first name that may be making a come back

 

Here are some other Pearls facts straight from the authority of gems, GIA:

 

GIA.jpg

 

Pearls come in an array of gorgeous jewelry, here are a few of my new found favorites that complement a wide range of styles:

 

 Click Here to shop these pearl looks and others! 

If you are a blogger like me and are hitting a little writer’s block since the sunshine is beckoning you outside, here is a list of blog prompts that I found helpful.

 

blog.jpg

 

And when hitting up your local farmer’s market, be sure to check out June’s seasonal delicious veggies and fruits.

 

veggies.jpg

 

Thank you for reading and check out our Pinterest board here for more June fun facts and actives.  Happy Friday!

Memorial Day Fun

Memorial Day Fun

 

I want to start out today’s post by recognizing that the real reason for Memorial Day is to show gratitude to those who lost their lives to make us free. Yes, it is great to be off work, have a family BBQ, dress cute with patriotic colors, but all day on Memorial Day my heart is ever so thankful for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom.

 

md 1.jpg

 

Most of us are going to enjoy the day with family and friends and I wanted to give you a Memorial Day Fun Guide to make the most of this wonderful holiday.

 

First off here is a Patriotic playlist for your iPod to get your party in the spirit of the holiday:

playlist.jpg

 

If you are going to have kids at your family picnic or BBQ here are a few educational activities to keep the little ones busy while you are cooking:

 

hunt.jpg

Click here for the printable download.

crossword puzzle.jpg

Click here for the printable download. 

To add an easy, fun, colorful centerpiece to your party, take a look at these:

 

 

I also have you covered if you need outfit inspiration. These two looks have you covered if you are in Florida where it is 98 degrees or celebrating in upstate NY where it might be a bit chilly. Check out the links to see photo credits and jewelry listings:

 

Click Here to View Ruby Jewelry

Lastly, I found a few themed food platters that could double as a tasty appetizer or a table centerpiece:

 

 

I hope you have a safe and fun Memorial Day with your family! Happy Friday to you as well!!!

Click here to see our Pinterest board where we got inspiration and photos.