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Friday, December 2, 2016

Powder & Jade: Gift Jewelry with a Personal Touch

Disclosure:  I was provided with a necklace set in return for my honest review.  All opinions are my own. 


'Tis the season of finding the perfect gift for that special person in your life.  Lucky for you, today I am introducing you all to a great local (YAY Colorado!) company that creates beautiful, delicate, and trendy jewelry.  

Powder & Jade: Gift Jewelry with a Personal Touch


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Who is Powder & Jade?

We've spent the last few years carefully designing jewelry that are perfect to give as a gift. We combine these pieces with the cutest, most thoughtful quotes we can think of/find in order to create gifts that you and whoever you give it to you will truly love. Each piece is handmade in our shop here in Boulder, CO and carefully packaged. We have been relentless about finding the best suppliers in order to source the highest quality materials at a reasonable price. If you have feedback, please let us know - we are always trying to find ways to bring more value to our customers.

Powder & Jade was started in 2013 by husband and wife team Auri and Andrew Penner. Auri had started making jewelry as a hobby while in college, and at the same time Auri and Andrew decided that they wanted to start their own business and work for themselves -- they decided to try selling Auri's jewelry creations and Powder & Jade was born. After many, many design changes, they started offering simple, minimalist gift jewelry that people seemed to love.

They have been able to rent a studio space and are now joined by Katie Beglin, who runs the day-to-day operations, and several other amazing employees who help get the handmade jewelry into your hands. Auri currently works on new designs, does photography, and handles business strategy while Andrew starts a shoe company.


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When I first looked at Powder & Jade's esty shop I could tell that this would not be the last time I would be shopping with them.  This jewelry is perfect for someone like me.  Beautiful but simplistic and delicate.  I don't need flashy or big jewelry, instead, finding something like these beautiful necklaces is the gift for me!

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I decided to review this Matching Mother and Daughter Heart Necklaces.  I knew that Teagan would love to have a new non-costume jewelry necklace, especially if it matched my necklace.  

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The quality is very high as well but at a price that will fit in your holiday budget. The tiny delicate gold hearts on our necklaces are gold-filled hollow charms and the chain is 14K gold-filled, not just plated - perfect for sensitive skin. 

This jewelry is packaged perfectly for a gift.  I loved the mini gift tag and twine tied to our jewelry box.  It was so personal and again, simple but lovely.  

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After seeing how special Teagan felt when I gave her this necklace I am making my list of who else needs a beautiful piece of Powder & Jade's jewelry.  

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Keep up with Powder & Jade:

Powder & Jade Esty Shop
Powder & Jade Facebook
Powder & Jade Pinterest 

If you like Powder & Jade please check out their 3 other jewelry companies:

For the Maids Specializing in bridesmaid jewelry
Penner Pearls Gorgeous pearl jewelry
Bunt Honey Jewelry Bridesmaid jewelry for everyday wear



Lucky for you, Powder & Jade wants one of you to start your Christmas shopping with them this year.  Powder & Jade is giving one of my lucky readers a $30 store credit + free shipping. Simply follow the rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!!


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Which piece of jewelry will you purchase if you win? 

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holiday Cards with Minted & Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was provided with a store credit to purchase our holiday cards in exchange for my honest review and opinions.


As usual we had our family photos taken this fall and when we got our proofs back I took one look at them and decided that our holiday cards would be looking a bit different than normal this year.  All because of this photo...

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How can you look at this picture and not smile or laugh?  The best part about this picture is that it was all a candid photo - a real photo full of true emotion from the kiddos.  So while we decided that we wouldn't do the traditional family picture on our holiday card I knew that we would be using our favorite Photo Card company, Minted once again.  We have used Minted for years and the cards always turn out beautiful. 


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Minted's website is so easy to use that I literally picked my card design, created my card and ordered my card in about 15 minutes.  Minted is known for his beautiful options that are always a little bit different the the competitors.  I feel like the card options are way more updated and creative than other card companies.  

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I knew that I wanted a design that had something about being happy, joyful or jolly so when I found this one I was set.  Perfect right?  This Holly Cheer Photo Card comes with a number of different options such as different colors, shapes of the card and format of the card.   I went with a chalkboard look this year.  Love it!

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Minted knows how to make the cards look great when they get shipped too.  So personal.  I couldn't wait to get started on getting these sent out to our family and friends.  

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Minted Giveaway:


I am happy to work with Minted this holiday season and so very excited for my readers!  It is your turn to get a chance at seeing how great Minted is for holiday cards.  Minted is offering two chances to win $125 to use towards purchases at Minted.  Giveaway ends on December 8th so get your name in now!  Simply follow the giveaway link below!  Open to US residents. Good luck!!

Minted Giveaway - Enter HERE

  



Will you be sending out cards for the holidays this year?


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cranberry #SoFabSeasons

Nothing says holidays like cranberries! I love the smell of a cranberry recipe baking in the oven or simmering on the stove! I love to craft with cranberries to create festive fall and winter decor. I am excited to share with you this collection of amazing Cranberry themed posts from many of our outstanding members here in the Social Fabric community. We know that you will enjoy them and hope that you can create some new fall memories for yourself and the ones you love.

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DESSERT RECIPES 

 Scrappy Geek Shortbread Cookies 
 Kids Fun Reviewed Cranberry Apple Sauce Recipe 
 Savoring the Good Cranberry Chocolate Popcorn Bark 
 Joy's Life Cranberry Scones 
 The Sweetness Sensations Cranberry Crunch Coffee Cake Creative Cynchronicity Chewy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies 

   DRINK RECIPES 

Ginger Casa Cranberry Soda 
 Building Our Story Cranberry Apple Cider 

MORE CRANBERRIES RECIPES 

 Building Our Story Cranberry Ambrosia Salad 
Savoring the Good 3 Ingredient Cranberry Sauce 
 Building Our Story Cranberry Ice 
 Diana Rambles Fresh Cranberry Relish 
Finding Sanity In Our Crazy Life Cranberry Brie Bites
 A Paper Arrow Orange Cranberry Relish 
 The Bandit Lifestyle Cranberry Salsa Recipe 
 Happy Go Lucky Cranberry Honey Butter 
 A Joyfully Mad Kitchen Creamy Butternut Squash Kale Pasta  
Clever Pink Pirate Fresh Cranberry Sauce 
 For What It's Worth Jeannie Breakfast in Bed - Cranberry pineapple pecan relish to spread on a cinnamon raisin bagel and cranberry breakfast tea   

CRAFTS 

 Living on Love and Cents Popcorn and Cranberry Garland

HOME DECOR 

 Real Girls Realm Cranberry Thanksgiving Decor 
Revel and Glitter Thanksgiving in Cranberry 

BEAUTY 

 Our Potluck Family Adventures in My Cranberry Dress


So many cranberry recipes and crafts I want to try to make this holiday season! 

Which one are you most excited to try?

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DIY Sleepy Time Pillow Mist & Bedside Table Printable

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Breathe Right® Nasal Strips. All opinions are mine alone. #TomorrowStartsTonight #CollectiveBias


Sweet sleep. We all need it, we all love it and we all function way better if we get a good night’s rest.  If you are like me, that sweet restful sleep does not come easily for a few reasons.  My sleep blockers include: my ongoing to do list running in my head, my mouth breathing husband and my occasional insomnia spells.  I am one of those people that desperately needs 8 hours of sleep every night, but that doesn't happen often, so to ensure the best sleep possible, I have introduced a few routines and items to our bedroom.  

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Over the years I have found some great DIY mists and sprays to use in our daily life using essential oils, so as I was pondering ways to make our bedroom more sleep friendly, it dawned on me, time to get creative with some essential oils!  

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This easy to make and very helpful Sleepy Time Pillow Mist is now a permanent item on my bedside table.  This calming sleep inducing mist is the perfect way to calm my senses and drift to sleep.  

Make your own Sleepy Time Pillow Mist


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Materials Needed:

Small (2 oz) spray bottle or glass misting bottle
Lavender essential oil
Chamomile essential oil
Cheap Vodka or Witch Hazel  
Water

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Directions:

1.  Add 1 ounce of vodka or witch hazel to the bottle.

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2.  Add 20 drops of Lavender essential oil to the mixture.

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3.  Add 10 drops of Chamomile essential oil to the mixture.  

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4.  Fill the remainder of the bottle with water.  

5.  Secure the lid of the spray bottle tightly and shake well to combine.  

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To use these spray simply spray on the linens in your bedroom and directly on your pillow cases.  

Enjoy, breath deep and slowly relax and drift to sleep.  

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This easy DIY project can be a great gift option for the upcoming holiday season, as well.  What a great way to help your family and friends get the best possible sleep with this calming sleepy time pillow mist.  

As I researched this combination, I thought it was interesting why you should add vodka or witch hazel.  You can also just use water if that is all you have on hand, but you must be careful with the amount your spray on your bed linens, as the water will of course make the pillows and linens wet.  Using witch hazel or vodka means that the pillow will stay dry.  Fantastic option!  Also, I have found that the oils often do not completely mix with water; the oils do sit on top of the water if not mixed - perfect science experiment.  

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This Sleepy Time Pillow Mist has really helped with getting my running to do list to calm down in my head at bedtime and does seem to combat that crazy insomnia that comes on, but that whole mouth breathing soundly sleeping husband thing: SO FRUSTRATING!  How in the world can someone fall asleep so quickly and so soundly - it really isn't fair.  Now, I would love to say that I never think of smothering my amazing husband with my freshly misted pillow, but that simply isn't true; married life, it is simply "dreamy."  

After many sleepless and frustrating nights, I decided to go in search of something to help this ongoing struggle in our bedroom. Recently, while shopping at Walmart I stumbled across Breathe Right® Nasal Strips and read all about these strips. Breathe Right® Nasal Strips are one of the best ways to help relieve nasal congestion fast and are perfect for colds, allergies, and that dreaded mouth breathing.

About Breathe Right® Nasal Strips:

  • Drug free option for colds and allergies
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  • Breathe Right® Nasal Strips are for one time-use only

How to apply Breathe Right® Nasal Strips:

  • Clean the area.  Wash and dry your nose to remove dirt and oil from skin.
  • Place strip.  Remove the liner and place the strip on your nose, not too high or too low.
  • Apply strip.  Press down and rub to secure strip to nose.

You can view videos on how to properly apply and remove the strips before using to help with the whole process.

To best remove the strip, wash your face in the morning with warm water.  This will allow the strip to be slowly removed from the skin.  It is important to follow these instructions when removing the strip to make sure you do not cause injury or skin reactions to your nose.  

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In talking with each other to find the proper solution to our sleeping problems, we found some great new routines, but we have also focused on making our bedroom our sleeping space.  We are working on taking out all of the clutter and junk, and I have even added a really cute printable quote on my beside table.  

I LOVE this quote:  Always Remember to Fall Asleep with a Dream and Wake Up with a Purpose.

You can print off this FREE sleep quote printable here.  Add it to your space to inspire you and your partner to achieve rest and sleep.  

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Before heading to Walmart to pick up the Breathe Right® Nasal Strips make sure you check out this $1 off coupon or free sample.  


I would love to hear your tips to finding the best night’s sleep and how you and your partner make sure you both sleep well. Share your tips below!




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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Cranberry Recipes for the Holidays

Over the last couple of weeks I have found myself loving cranberries.  Something about cranberries scream holiday time to me and they are super easy to incorporate into baking, drinks, side-dishes and main courses.  Below are a few of my favorites that have been featured on my blog over the years.  Enjoy and happy eating!

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Cranberry Recipes for the Holidays 


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Cranberry Apple Crisp - recipe 

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Cranberry Ambrosia Salad - recipe

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Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Pork Chops - recipe

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Cranberry Bliss Bar - recipe

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Cranberry Ice - recipe

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What cranberry recipes do you enjoy this time of the year?


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