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Studio Jewel Makes Valentine's Day Shopping Easy and Affordable

Guys, listen up... (and by guys I mean men and women)

Valentine's Day Shopping Should Not Be Stressful!

You are shopping for someone you love and while you want to impress, you also don't want to break the bank. Not these days. I can give you one place to go and there is STILL time to get that treasured gift and keep it




Studio Jewel from The Bead Girl


Studio Jewel has Great gifts for HIM or HER as pictured above.

Recently my friend Lisa, aka @thebeadgirl and the genius metalsmith behind Studio Jewel gave me my very own ring for my birthday:

I have received tons of compliments both online and off. I was thinking the copper version Lisa did with the heart in the center would be a fabulous Valentine's Day gift! I realized she had so many other great items including the related cufflinks pictured above that it screamed...BLOG POST!

So, as a thank you to Lisa for my ring and as a public service announcement to all of you scrambling to get that Valentine's Day gift before next Monday

Shop Studio Jewel.

Also, check out the Haiti Relief Necklace that has won several awards (ok, they are my own awards but I get tons of compliments on this necklace and my friend Leticia over at TechSavvyMama does too)!


Disclosure: I received a ring from Lisa for no other reason than because she felt sorry for me that I a) could not be at Blissdom with her and my other buddies and b) was without power on my 40th birthday. Also, she's really cool and nice and just a good Internet friend. She knows nothing of this post, didn't see it, approve it, pay me for it. I'm just spreading the love of her store and her mad crazy jewelry making skillz.


Back to school wisdom comes from the bottom of a mimosa

It's a tradition in my neighborhood to have a mimosa brunch the first day of school. For many this is just what they need after the somewhat anticlimactic drop off or bus pick-up when they are left saying, "Now what?". We have the answer, and it's in a little plastic cup with orange juice and champagne.

Pitchers of Mimosas

This is a casual event where if you have something, bring it, if you don't, don't worry about it. I offered to host with the disclaimer that if I do, I have the right to blog about it.

We ate:

Muffins, bagels, brownies, oh my!

I showed off my Frigidaire affinity washer and dryer from Mom Central:

Laundry in half the time making more Me Time!

Click here for more on my experience being a Frigidaire Test Drive Mom.

And we oven-tested these really cool biodegradable, compostable plates from Verterra:

Use instead of paper plates and toss them in the compost bin!Click here for my complete review of Verterra plates and how they fared in the oven and microwave!

But more than that, I learned why this back-to-school brunch has and will remain a tradition for my neighborhood.

It's a place to get a hug when you've teared up watching your 'baby' enter the big world of kindergarten. It's a party to celebrate surviving 3 months of the kids home with us for summer. And it's a chance to pick up snippets of wisdom in between sips.

Some words of wisdom I overheard are,

"The sassy teenage years are there because it's God's way of preparing us for when they leave. By then, we're happy to see them go!"


"Sometimes kids thrive in a room with a teacher who has a much different approach to things than the parents."

Thank you to everyone who came, and help keep the tradition going. For the full-time working parents we'll have to pull together something too.

What back-to-school traditions do you and your friends or neighbors have?