How to give a good birthday gift

This post is sponsored by UnCommonGoods. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

With the holidays behind us, gift giving may have gotten pushed to the back of your mind. But not mine! Most people have Valentine’s Day coming up to think about a great gift for their special someone, but for me I’ve got birthdays on the brain.

Brad’s birthday is in February and two weeks later is my birthday.

So… how do you give a good birthday gift? First you find a source, UncommonGoods has a lot of great birthday gifts, I’ll help you find just the right one. Aside from having really cool stuff, they have a lot of heart, UncommonGoods aims to have a positive impact, they offer handmade, recycled and organic products and make it easy to give back, check out their mission to learn more.

There are a few things that make a gift a good pick for another person, here’s they are: Continue reading

One of a Kind {Million Dollar Diamond Event}

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Brad’s and my anniversary had me remembering a lot about our wedding and the planning that went into it. For our 5th anniversary dinner, I wore my wedding shoes and jewelry. It was a special occasion. The thing from our wedding that we both wear every day are our rings.

When Howard’s Jewelry Center told me they were doing a designer jewelry event for people to customize their own pieces, I thought about the rings I wear every day. My rings aren’t “designer” but they are custom. Much like people will be able to create at Howard’s during their Million Dollar Diamond Event (June 17-25), we picked the diamonds for both my engagement and wedding rings, selected the settings and had them made. My rings are a very classic style that we could probably gotten many places, but mine had to be custom made since my fingers are super small.

It’s nice to know that what I wear every day is really one of a kind, made just for me.

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Brad’s and my rings

If you recall, Howard’s Jewelry Center is a local and family owned jewelry store, with four locations in the Greater Cleveland area. Howard’s is dedicated to giving customers beautiful pieces for an affordable price. Howard has been in the business for more than 40 years and is part of the largest diamond buying group nationally. In fact, Howard and his entire staff are GIA certified to provide expert, personal service. Continue reading

Unique Jewelry Gift Ideas

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If you’ve been a reader for awhile, you know that I like giving old things new life, particularly by refashioning them. Which is why Howard’s Jewelry Center, a Cleveland area chain, was a good fit for this post. Howard specializes in unique, one-of-a-kind refurbished jewelry, the one-of-a-kind jewelry that would make a great gift for the person on your list who you want to give a little bling.

Howard and the team are GIA-certified, which lets you know that you’re getting genuine, thoroughly graded diamonds. I think when it comes to refashioning fine jewelry, the professionals are the ones to go with. And the folks at Howard’s pride themselves on providing quality jewelry at great prices.

Although I think refurbished jewelry would make an excellent gift because the jewelry was given new life and already has a history, they also have completely new pieces to choose from. Here are just a few of my favorite pieces from the various collections at Howard’s:

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HowardsJewelryCenter.com also has color-specific collections, perfect for someone who has an obsessive love of a certain color… the way I love green. As a plus, the halo-style setting (available in all the shops) is a classic style. The collections are titled: Blue Mood, Go Green, Red Hot and Hot Chocolate. Continue reading

Eatwell Bingo

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Eatwell Bingo: Your Path to a Healthier You

With so many health conditions on the rise, the concern for healthy eating continues to grow, but as many people who have tried and tested a vast number of diets, it takes a lot of discipline to limit your cheat day to one day a week. And in this world where we’re brainwashed to believe that a pill can make us immune to sickness, we’re less inclined to change our lifestyles and rely on medications to treat us when we’re ill. The secret to longevity is not in the pills; it’s in the food that we eat, according to the New York Times best-selling author Dr. Mercola.

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Healthy eating is not only a safer alternative to those fad diets endorsed by celebrities, but it’s the most realistic option for mental and physical improvement in the long run, decreasing dependency on medications which may only provide short-term relief. Although chowing on balanced meals can sound rather drab and discourage you from starting better eating habits, there are certain ways to add some enjoyment to this new, nutritional endeavor, one of them being bingo. Continue reading