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Diamond Candles {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Oh, I love how the element of surprise is everywhere around the holidays!  I love keeping secrets, creating surprises, and most of all, being surprised!  Moms are usually in the know with everything regarding the gifts and events, because honestly we run the show and we know it :), so a good surprise every now and then is so much fun!  ESPECIALLY when that surprise is a piece of jewelry hidden in a gloriously scented candle!

diamond candles logoIt’s true!  Diamond Candles is a line of deliciously scented candles with a surprise inside.  Within every candle, wrapped in foil, is a ring!  Its a surprise as to what kind of ring you will get, and it could be worth $10, $100, $1000, or even $5000!!

I picked out something perfectly seasonal last month, I couldn’t wait to light it! IMG_7718

This candle, Pumpkin Chai, is the epitome of Fall.  It is the perfect combination of spices and pumpkin that is not too strong but it can definitely fill several rooms.  Diamond Candles has dozens of alluring scents, from seasonal limited editions to classics.  You’re sure to find just what your looking for (and I totally understand being picky about this because my honey is a scent snob) among the fruity, floral, food, fresh, winter, and life moment varieties.

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IMG_7790Isn’t it gorgeous?!  This is a PERFECT ring for Fall, and totally my style.  I can’t get over how much I love it, and how much I love Diamond Candles!

There are SO many incredible scents for the holidays!  Check these out:

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One winner will receive a coupon code for a Diamond Candle of their choice!!

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Blue Steel {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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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.

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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!

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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:

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“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.

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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.

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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!

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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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Brighthouse Baubles {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Have you noticed how I don’t do a lot of jewelry reviews?  Actually, I have NEVER done a jewelry review because I am very particular about what jewelry I wear, and I have no interest in reviewing jewelry I don’t like!brighthouse baubles square final cropped

I made my husband agree that he would never buy me jewelry I haven’t picked out, and I’m usually hardpressed to find a single thing that fits my style.  That’s why when I stumbled upon Brighthouse Baubles, and instantly found a dozen things I would buy on the spot, I knew I had found a good thing!  And good friends tell their friends about great places to shop 🙂

Here are some of my favorite show stoppers:

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Sarah Stone Peach Earrings: $18, Topaz Crystal Ball Earrings: $22

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Black Pave Droplet Earrings: $14, Power Blue Rose Teardrop Earrings: $10 (on sale right now!)

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Lime Square Jewel Ring: $16, Navy Bubble Bracelet: $11 (on sale now!)

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Turquoise Bubble Bracelet: $11 (on sale now!), Pink Diana Necklace: $26

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Cream Pave Droplet Earrings: $14

The moment I laid eyes on these pave earrings, I knew I would regret walking away from them!  They are exactly my style–a little vintage, just a little shiny, not too much color, versatile, not too big, not too small, classy, and most importantly: they don’t look homemade!   Brighthouse Baubles sent them along with this necklace, and they are both stunning in every way!

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Briolette Teardrop Bib Necklace: $21

This necklace is one of my new favorites!  I love that you can adjust the length by where you tie the fabric ribbon in the back.  After a few hours of the baby tugging and sucking on this throughout church, I can tell that high quality materials went into making this necklace.  I like how bright and colorful it is, but also not too overwhelming.  The smooth beads aren’t going to spear the baby on my hip, and its not heavy at all.  Very lightweight, unique, and a fabulous statement piece!

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Thank you Brighthouse Baubles for a pair of accessories I will wear again and again and again!IMG_1879

And now, Brighthouse Baubles is offering one lucky winner any bauble of your choice!

(Excluding the PAVE gold bracelet)

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Kranich’s Jewelers {Review}

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Two years ago, we took a trip to Washington DC with my family.  It was a great trip but ended up being pretty costly — though not for reasons we had anticipated.  Somewhere along the way that week, my husband lost his cell phone (that had the only pictures of my son right after he was born — long story about forgetting our camera) and I lost my wedding ring.  We searched everywhere for both and tried to retrace our steps, to no avail.  It was heartbreaking!

I searched for the perfect ring for about a year, so I became fairly attuned to what I was looking for in a special piece of jewelry.  I love clean lines and a simple setting for practical everyday use.  I like the look and durability of white gold (my first ring was platinum, and it took a lot to keep it looking shiny and smooth), and also the shine of a gorgeous single diamond.

Kranich’s Jewelers features two collections of engagement rings and wedding bands that fit my own description for a ring, and they also offer such a variety of choices that would appeal to all buyers.  If anyone is thinking of popping the question this Valentine’s Day or would love to encourage their significant other (!), I would suggest taking a look at the classy engagement ring and wedding band selections  of the ArtCarved Collection or the stunning range of gorgeous pieces in the Gabriel and Company Collection.

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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.  😉

Love,

Me.

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

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