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Infinity scarf to poncho!

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Take a wide infinity scarf:


Add a decorative pin:


And you’ve got a cute poncho for Ruby!


Do you love to adorn your wardrobe with some really great finds?  I, for one, am all about the accessorizing.  Why?  Because accessories are so very versatile.  One item can be used in so many different ways and to compliment so many different looks.  But where to look???  Well, well, well… That infinity scarf up above was sent to me from a really terrific deal site that has soooo many accessories to choose from.  And you too can…

Shop Accessories at toADORN!

It’s where you will find affordable pieces like these:

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Only $1.29!1.22

Go HERE to get these dandy deals before they are gone!

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Pearls By Laurel {Review}

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Gosh, sometimes shopping for our mothers is the hardest task of all.  It has to be meaningful, useful, from the heart, and unsuspecting of being a last minute decision.  These are the gifts I start brainstorming about first and usually purchasing last because they’re just so tough.  If you’ve ever found yourself in this predicament and want to put your worries to rest early, let me tell you about a most gorgeous pearl bracelets from Pearls by Laurel that are customizable, breathtakingly beautiful and meaningful in every sense of the word.

laurelPearls by Laurel specializes in mother’s bracelets that can be designed for yourself, your mother, your grandmother, your daughter-in-law, your best friend, etc.  You can Design a Mothers Bracelet virtually before you order so that you can see exactly what it will look like.

design-thumb_v2You can select up to 12 birthstone pearls (though the cost goes up $4 for each pearl over six) which are accented with rhinestone rondelles, which are true Czech crystal, and genuine silver findings that are certified nickel and lead free.

IMG_8006Designing my own bracelet was the easiest thing I’ve ever done.  The layout is extremely user-friendly and you can see a beautiful visual every step of the way of exactly what your finished bracelet will look like.

IMG_8008This bracelet is STUNNING and even more beautiful in person.  I love the weight–it certainly feels substantial and legitimately real, and not artificially coated.  The pearls are, of course, perfect in every way (and I love how they are deeper in color than online), but I was even more surprised by the brilliancy of the silver beads.  What a gorgeous accessory!  And so meaningful!

IMG_8033I filled my bracelet with birthstones of my two boys and my hubby.  I love having the three of them on my wrist as a reminder of how lucky I am to have them!  So what am I gonna do when we have more kids?  Stop wearing it?  Are you kidding me?  Adding birthstones isn’t a problem!  Just send in your bracelet with $4 for each addition pearl you need, and they’ll restring the new bracelet with the addition(s) and ship it back to you.IMG_8010I’m smitten by these lustrous Swarovski pearls.  I also love how thick and strong the inner stretchy cord is.  Flexible enough to get onto your wrist without threatening to ever break.

IMG_8038Are these not the perfect Christmas gifts?  Who wouldn’t be touched with something shiny, precious, and customized?  For $29.95, you could make one for every mother in your life.  They also have a referral program (www.pearlsbylaurel.com/tell-a-friend) that rewards $15 in store credit for referring a friend to their website.

Visit Pearls by Laurel and Design a Mothers Bracelet today!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Blue Steel {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Great Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to The Great Gift Card Giveaway!

This event is hosted by The Review Wire and Review Wire Media. All participating blogs are offering a gift card in the amount of $20 or more!  Once you enter my giveaway, make sure to hop on down the list of blogs to see what Great Gift Cards are being given away!  You can also enter the Grand Prize over at The Review Wire…a $50 Gift Card to Amazon!

Disclaimer: All giveaways end at 11:59 PM EST on September 27, 2013. The Great Gift Card Event Bloggers are not responsible for shipment of prize or sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.  Companies and bloggers, if you would like to participate in group giveaway events like this one, sign up to be emailed about future events hosted by The Review Wire.


Oh, what sweet memories my husband and I have of picking out rings for eachother!  My husband and I had been dating for two weeks when we knew that we had found our match, and couldn’t wait to get engaged!  I was a complete wreck of bashful joy wearing my engagement ring at all times, and I couldn’t wait to give my husband his wedding band, so everyone else would know that he was taken too.  For the last 5 years, hubby’s ring has never left his finger, and has only gotten slightly more snug and we’ve become less and less worried about him ever losing it.  However, this summer, on a family vacation to Ohiopyle, PA, we tried out some natural waterslides that were (unbeknownst to us) dangerously high and strong for the season.  It only took one ride down the shoot for the cold rushing water to loosen “Charlie’s” white gold wedding band off his finger in toss it into the rapids.  Boo, I was so sad!  Sure, wedding rings can come and go, but there is something sentimental about the actual ring you were married with!


With this second chance to go ring shopping, and in hopes of finding something similar, but also meaningful, we weighed out the pros and cons of doing white gold again, and it didn’t take much to convince us that we wanted to try something much more sturdy and much less expensive this time.  When I looked at all the beautiful rings from Blue Steel and especially their prices, I was floored!  Why, pray tell, did we decide to go with a $600 wedding band five years ago, when there are dozens of dashing styles and colors in much more sturdy materials, and mostly for $99 or less?!  Can I please go back in time and do a re-do of that original purchase?  Check out these fancy things:

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I wasn’t really looking for jewelry for myself, so I went straight to the mens rings and immediately picked out some favorites for my man:

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Ultimately, we chose the Bolt Tungsten ring, a combination of matte and glossy finish, and it arrived on “Charlie’s” birthday!  We went out to dinner and I proposed in front of the restaurant:


“Charlie”, who never gives undeserved praise or compliments, was instantly wooed by the size, look, and feel of this ring!  He kept saying how much he really really liked it, and commenting on the nice weight it has.


This ring is everything we could wish for in a wedding band.  Both of us think it is very manly, slick, professional, unique-but-not-weird, and that its weight makes it feel substantial, indestructible, and made of fine workmanship.  It has a comfort-fit band, which makes it comfortable and practically unnoticeable, especially when you plan on wearing it 24/7.


After sporting a white gold ring for the first five years, and having to take it in multiple times to get it polished and have the scratches buffed out, we knew we wanted to give Tungsten a try.  Tungsten is a scratch-proof metal that is five times stronger than steel, so we’ll never have to worry about taking it in to the jeweler’s for maintenance!  I hope this ring never leaves his finger for as long as he lives!


Blue Steel carries much more than just wedding bands!  Check out these gorgeous earrings, bracelets, and pendants!

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Today’s giveaway prize from Blue Steel is a $50 gift certificate to spend at www.buybluesteel.com!

Go find your man a new wedding band, or get something pretty for yourself!

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Hip Hop Bling {Review}

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right?  Totally.  When I was single and in a constant state of woe and worry that I would never get married, I would gaze longingly at my friends’ diamond rings and wish for nothing else.  Diamonds are so classic!  And they’re not just for engagement rings.  The movie quote “Frost Yourself” comes to mind every time I think about glitzing up with diamonds and rhinestones.  Let me show you some sparkly favorites from Hip Hop Bling!

rcjewels_2265_1808These earrings are to die for!  The best part is that these are Cubic Zurconia, making them shine like the real thing, but they start at $9.95!!

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Ever since I saw Reese Witherspoon given a diamond watch as a gift in a movie, I have wanted a diamond watch.  Maybe not one this intense, but I went straight to the diamond watch pages to pick out my favorites!

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And these Initial Bling Bling Penants!  $14.95!

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I received the 12mm 7 Ball Bling Bling Disco Ball Bracelet (sold for $19.96)to review, and my first thoughts as I pulled it out of the bag, were that it was nice and heavy, and it FELT like real fine jewelry.  Hip Hop Bling uses solid metal and brass cores on all their jewelry, while other stores use plastic cores and cloudy stones.


The jewels are brilliant and glittery, and oh how it sparkles!  It is not adjustable or stretchy, but you can pull it larger to fit onto your wrist, and then pull the strings tight again to get it snug.  I’m not exactly a huge fan of this style of bracelet, but I just can’t bring myself to gifting this.  I might use the diamond beads as buttons on a little girls’ Christmas dress!  Possible?  I will, however, be going back to gaze at those pave earrings 🙂


Go pick out some (extremely affordable) bling and ‘frost yourself’! 🙂

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*This posting was sponsored by Hip Hop Bling, but all opinions are strictly my own

A letter to my husband on December 7th

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My dearest, dearest, Audi,

You don’t mind that I refer to you on the blog as Audi, do you?  It is somewhat like the word audiologist, right?  Since I’m always leaving off the whole gist at the end I do often wonder if people reading the Dandy think that I’ve named you after one of my favorite cars or if they think you install car stereos for a living.  Not that installing car stereos is a bad job.  It’s not.  It’s a great profession.  I just figure that it doesn’t take 8 years of education to learn how to install a car stereo.  Or maybe it does???  I’ve never installed a car stereo before, so I honestly have no idea.  Someone please feel free to enlighten me.

Anyway, I realize that in years past I may have been the slightest bit difficult to shop for. What with my shameless attempts to be subtle or even down right cryptic and all as to what to get me for Christmas.  You and I both know that you were able to figure out often what I was hinting at, so why did I even try to be all sly about it?  I realize that it could have presented like I didn’t trust you to shop for me.  Or that I was implying that you didn’t grasp the meaning behind my incessant hints and for that I am sorry.  Well, lucky you, because I’ve decided to try something different this year. Since we have been married for 10 years and all.  So it’s not like we are remotely new into our relationship.  It’s high time for a change, don’t you think?  No reason to continue on like I have been for the past 10+ years.  So here it goes…

To start I wanted to remind you know that today is December 7th. Now don’t get all nervous thinking you forgot that it’s a special sort of day or something. It’s not.  Well, actually it is Pearl Harbor Day which is very special and important to remember in the United States.  Lest we never forget.  A day that will live in infamy and all that.  Don’t get me wrong I’m so very proud to be an American and so thankful for the men and women who risk their lives every day to keep us safe.  But today is not one of those special kind of “us” days.  So don’t think that you forgot one of those “us” kind of days.  You didn’t.  It’s not our anniversary.  It’s not my birthday.  It’s not the day when we went on our first date 11 years ago.  It’s just December 7th…  18 more days away from Christmas!!!  Which means you have technically 17 more shopping days left.  Ready for the big reveal of what I’m doing different this year?  Well, I haven’t been hinting, because I’m just going to tell you what you can get me this year.  Aha!  Isn’t that so great of me to do for you?  So here’s my list of gift ideas…

I could really use this “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” beaded watch:

And you know…

This watch is super special and unique, because you can also get me another beaded watch band to interchange with the face.  Like this one:

Okay you can get me more than just one band…


There’s a band that will match every outfit in my closet!

Next up:  A ring to match the pearl necklace you got me for our anniversary this year.

Lastly a couple of bracelets would be perfect.  These ones to be exact:

All of the above can be found at Chunky Bling, so you can even get it all in one stop!  You will have to play around with the interactive program on their website for that mother’s bracelet.  It’s pretty cool.  See?  I’ve really made it easy on you this year.  Your welcome.  😉



*This posting was sponsored by Chunky Bling, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Cutey {Giveaway} ***ENDED***

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I hope that you all had a most fantastic Mother’s Day weekend.  All women are mothers (in some way, shape, or form) so I wanted to wish all of you a Happy Belated Mother’s Day!  Did you get any jewelry yesterday???  Maybe a charm bracelet?  Charm bracelets are the perfect addition to any jewelry collection.  They are a great way to display memories and can be added to over the years.  Well, if you didn’t get a charm bracelet yesterday then this giveaway is for you, because there will be 3 given away!!!  🙂  Ready to hear all about them?

Here.  We.  Go.

A few weeks back I received some charm bracelets from Cutey.  First, I love that this is a UK company, because I’m a huge fan of the land across the pond.  Second, the charm bracelets from Cutey are just that:  major cutey!  I gave one of the bracelets to “Banjo’s” little friend.  This one to be exact:



I’m about to disclose a well kept secret around here.  My “Banjo” just might have his very first crush!  One of my friends has a little girl who’s just 2 weeks younger than “Banjo”.  We’ll call her “Alice”.  She’s one of those girls that “Banjo” actually gets along with.  Probably because she has an older brother, so she’s not shy about playing with the boys.  Other girls have not been that fond of playing with “Banjo”, because he’s not interested in carrying a purse around, etc.  But “Alice” and “Banjo” have fun together and are great friends.  We supposed that “Banjo” thought of “Alice” as just that.  A friend.  Well, the tables have turned apparently in the mind of a 4 year old boy.  A few weeks ago the kids were learning in Primary at church about love and what it means to love someone else.  “Banjo” just had to share and yell out to everyone, “I love Alice”!  I think it all may have stemmed from a play date where “Alice” told “Banjo” they were going to pretend to get married…  I guess I’ll let him still hang out with her.  🙂

“Alice” was ecstatic about the charm bracelet from Cutey.  And why wouldn’t she be?  Have a look at a few of the other gorgeous charm bracelets available from Cutey:



For this giveaway Cutey is being extra, dandy generous!  There will be 3 winners!

Each winner will receive a cute charm bracelet from Cutey and it’s winner’s choice of which one!  🙂  

*This giveaway is open to entries worldwide!

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted on Monday, May 21st. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize!


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This posting and giveaway was sponsored by Cutey, but all opinions are strictly my own.


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