Category Archives: For Her

Classic Hardware: A New Vintage Jewelry

ClassicReviewWhen I came across Classic Hardware, I was immediately drawn in.  Though not all of it is ‘my style’, there was something about it that called to me.  Repeatedly I went back and browsed their selection, trying to figure out what drew me there.  Their site is designed very well, but it wasn’t just that.  I love the classic style and the vibe it gives off.

They have many pieces that I am fascinated by, that make me smile when I look at them.  Of course, with 17 amazing artists, there are bound to be all sorts of pieces that you’ll love too!  As a matter of fact, I went back to find the name of the designer for the pieces I received and got distracted.  I know I lost at LEAST a half hour checking out the new stuff and re-doing my wish list from their site.  LOL.

The owner of the company, and one of the designers, is Karyn Cantor.  Checking out her site and seeing the amazing artists she has gathered will give you a deeper appreciation for her artistic eye!

The artist who designed the above images is named Melissa Conteras.  She has some great animal pieces, and the proceeds to the particular collection I got go partially to conserve animal wildlife.  I thought that was really cool.  😀  Though we all know I love monkeys, the elephant in this design stands out to me for some reason.  She is beautiful, as are all the animals.  I also love the zebra, as for whatever reason it too seems to call my name.

Both of the above images are from the Endangered Species Collection.  If you have a love for animals, you’ll find lots of pieces you have to have!  Personally, I don’t buy animal skinned or anything that looks like it just because I don’t want to support even the idea that it’s okay, but the pieces in this collection let me show my love for animals without any implication or representation of harming animals.  I think that’s one of the reasons I love this particular collection so much!

The sponsor asked me to point out a site that they support, Born Free USA and I am putting them on my list to support now!  Don’t let the name fool ya, they support causes all over the world.  I’m particularly pleased that they have a section of Canadian Projects, among other things.  I have a very dear friend who is Canadian (as well as a great aunt that lives there now) and my friend has given me a love for her country through her shear passion for it!  😀  (You can check her out at Journeys of the Zoo)  Moving on though…  LOL.  Born Free USA supports some great ways you can help out wildlife, as we all know not all of society is remembering that these beautiful creatures are an invaluable source of so much goodness to the world!  Jump over and check them out, perhaps you’ll add them to your list as well!

Getting back to my review, there was really only one thing that I wasn’t quite pleased with.  The bracelet is an 8 inch bracelet but due to the design of the pendants, it fits wrists a little smaller than 8 inches.  I easily solved that problem with a trip to Hobby Lobby by purchasing a link to add onto the end.  It doesn’t take away from the design and now it fits comfortably.  Problem solved!

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Originally posted 2013-09-24 09:30:01.

Doteable Subscriptions Review & Discount

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Doteable provides the perfect gift for any college/high school student or even a little monthly treat for yourself!  I love their packages!  The one above is a mini package I received and the products are fabulous.  It included a cute little pair of panties, a tank top, and the most adorable keychain I have ever seen!  The quality of the items was great, and I can’t say enough how in love with that keychain I am!  LOL.

Doteable has dorm duffel and dorm duffel mini subscription boxes with essentials for living perfect for anyone new to being on their own (or just any young person, really).  They have them for guys and girls, so you have found a gift perfect for any new college student!  The value of the items will exceed the cost and shipping is free.  Each month a new box is shipped.  You can, of course, cancel at any time but you are gonna want to keep receiving them!

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Originally posted 2013-08-20 10:55:36.

May Book Review

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First of all, if you don’t know by now let me inform you:  I am a handmade stuff fanatic!!!!  Maybe it’s the frugality, maybe it’s the fact that I was taught that making something by hand, even if it’s not perfect is worth more than anything one could ever buy someone!  Whatever it is, now you have it: my personal bias!
That being out there, I oddly feel no different!  LOL.  So much for feeling better after a confession!  I was recently able to get my very own May Book!  Not aware of them???  WHERE have you been!!!  May books are notebooks, planners, journals etc that are sewn together using a sewing machine.  They also make May Notes, which you can also choose from their awesome selection.  This is awesome because it ensures that the notebook/planner, whatever stays together!  You don’t have to worry about them falling apart, so you have a solid investment!  In my opinion, they are perfect for church notes (which I go through a book every few months of!) and what better feature than durability!  The covers are made of a canvas that will stretch, are water resistant, and become more and more durable with use!  Another  awesome thing?  They are made in Tennessee by a group of women doing them by hand!
  You can design your own so that it’s all you and you will love them!  I know I do!  You can also have them monogrammed to get the most personalized book possible!  I opted out of the monogram, as I’m not quite in love with my initials being everywhere, but most people are!  LOL.

Originally posted 2013-02-12 06:00:00.

#Novica Handmade Products

Hey Everyone!  Okay, so I am quite impatiently crazy awaiting the arrival of this:Novica Handmade Products

Novica Handmade Products

” Framed by a golden border, this dark brown shawl celebrates the textile traditions of Bhagalpur. Shailendra and Uvais present a soft shawl hand-woven with two types of silk, one of which is Tussar, which requires drying the cocoons to soften and reel the silk. The other is Eri, a silk that is heavier and appears like a long filament, and can be obtained from a live cocoon.”
Is that not gorgeous!!!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  Novica has some amazingly beautiful handmade stuff.  Here is another I just loved:

Novica Handmade Products

I loved this one too, but Monkey pointed out that it would make me glow red, as my skin already has a lot of red in it!  So, no to this beauty!

Novica, partnered with National Geographic, supports artists around the world by giving them loans to start their own artistry business and helping them sell their handmade goods.  Then, when they repay the loan, they pass it on to the next artist to keep the cycle going!  I can only imagine what a blessing this is to these people and their families!

Here are a few more of my faves:

Novica Handmade Products
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Novica Handmade Products

Originally posted 2012-12-02 04:22:00.

Diva Dangler Earring of the Month Club #jewelry #review

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The Earring of the Month Club by www.divadangler.com is the perfect way to send yourself or someone else a fabulous surprise each month. For only $9.95/month, they’ll ship a gorgeous pair of earrings right to your home, office or dorm room. You even get a free pair of silver earrings when you join, so if you join for 1 month, you’ll get two pairs of earrings!  Of course, the deal below is better, so check it out first!  The Earring of the Month Club is a great way to stay up to date with the latest in earring fashion because the Divas at www.divadangler.com follow all the latest trends. The earrings are so flattering and make you look beautiful. The Earring Club makes the perfect gift that keeps on giving for a birthday or the holidays…they are shipped in a cute leopard silk gift pouch.  Parents, if you have a daughter in college, sign her up for the Earring of the Month Club and they’ll send the earrings right to her dorm or apartment…so she’ll be reminded that you’re thinking of her month after month. There is no minimum number of months and customers can cancel at any time. They also have a 100% LOVE IT guarantee!

These are the earrings I received for review.  They are very pretty and extremely light.  One thing I hate is when my earrings feel like they are pulling my ear off, but that’s not an issue with these!  They would be great with formal wear or just with a going out look.  I also love that they came in an adorable little bag!
Use Code ZOO and you’ll get free shipping for the life of the Club plus 2 months free! Order at www.divadangler.com or call 802-233-2431. That means you get 3 pairs of earring for $9.95!!!  What an awesome deal!!!

What are your favorite types of earrings???

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.

Originally posted 2012-07-28 05:00:00.

Smart & Sexy Review

Are the kids in the room???  This one is for Mommy and Daddy…  



They gone yet?????

I’ll wait….

Okay, is it safe???

K.  Here goes…


I recently reviewed a few pieces from Smart & Sexy.  They were great!  I will admit that ordering these things online in the past have made me nervous, you never know what quality you’ll get since you can’t check it out in person, but I was very excited to find that the products I reviewed were of great quality!  The material was soft, well sewn, and super comfortable!  The people over at Smart & Sexy were really great too, they answered all of my questions (and for those of you who don’t personally know me, yes I asked a lot!) and gave me awesome customer service!  

Materials:  soft, comfy night wear, and durable material was all put together well.  I couldn’t find a single thread out of place!  😀
Customer service: A+++, answered questions and were very helpful
Shipping:  fast!  I’m quite pleased with that!!!

I reviewed a very comfortable chemise and am very pleased to add it to my sleep wear!  I love adding sleepwear my husband and I can both enjoy!  I also reviewed a bustier that was quite astonishing!  Very well made, of course, and also enhanced features well!  It is very comfortable!  

I can’t say enough just how well made their products were!!!  I am impressed!  Many times things aren’t quite so…..  worth the money I guess, but these are a great value!  

Anyway, go check em out!  Order a couple with express shipping for you Valentine’s celebration and then enter below to win an extra!  

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Originally posted 2012-02-02 00:21:00.

Most Uniquely Awesome Valentine’s Gifts Ever! @theApollobox

When I came across The Apollo Box’s website, time paused for me a moment and I got lost.  Somehow, when I came back it had been a couple of hours!  They have some of the most awesome and unique products!  Some of which I had seen other forms of, others that I had never heard of at all.  Regardless of who you are shopping for or what the occasion, you can find it with them!  You’ll even find some amazingly cool decor for just about any room design!  I have got a ‘Gotta Have’ List of decor for more than one room in my house, solely full of Apollo products!

Another cool thing about Apollo?  They partner with individuals to bring YOUR creation to their customers!  How awesome is that!?!  You all know by now that I LOVE small businesses and I am loving that The Apollo Box seems to share that sentiment!

I’ve put together some photos of their fabulous Valentine’s Gift Boxes to give you a little taste, soon I will add my personal review to this post as well.  Of course, you could always just pick your favorite products and build a more personalized gift, but as one who loves surprises, I’d say get a box and random surprises!  I’d love for you to check them out and let me know what product you were most in awe of!  Bonus kudos if you have a great reason that you love it!

Currently, if you order an Apollo Box, you receive an Augmented Reality Valentine’s Card for FREE!!!!

Unique & Awesome Gifts: Apollo Gift Box for Her: Beauty


 Gift Box For Her: Beauty

($50 to purchase, includes everything listed below)

Swarovski Lollipops ($22 ARV)

Super adorable and I love the touch of the accent ‘jewel’ on the end of the lollipops!  If the showmanship is in the details, then they have got it top notch!

Bath Bomb ($15.99 ARV)

Smells absolutely fabulous!  I haven’t tried it in the bath yet, but I know it’s going to be wonderful!

Jelly Lipstick ($22 ARV)

Let me just say, I love this Lipstick!  The color changes slightly with the temperature and it has a great staying power!  Not to mention, the flower and gold flakes in side are gorgeous!

Valentine AR card ($15.50 ARV)

Pictured on the end, I just love this card!  Pictured on the end, the top image is what it looks like at a glance, the bottom is underneath a light!  Not only is that really cool, it’s also just the sentiment my husband has been saying for years!  Yeah, sometimes he’s a sweetie!

Gifts for Her Beauty Box

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A Touch Of Dazzle: Perfect for Everyone!

I remember personalized jewelry being so much harder to come by when I was a kid.  Someone having a piece with their children or grandchildren’s birthstones was not as easy to come by as it is today.  Even though it is more readily accessible, the love for it has not changed.  I absolutely love that it is now easier to get for gifts though!

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Touch of Dazzle has so many wonderful and gorgeous pieces in their collection.  I absolutely love that they come with birth stones for all months!  That makes it super easy to give anyone one as a gift!  I already had an Oragami Owl necklace that was bought for me a couple of years ago and I have to admit, the price difference is huge but the quality seems to show no difference.  In fact, I actually like the gems in this collection better than the other!  My only complaint is that I can’t wear more than one at a time.  Life can be so very hard!

Whether you are looking for a gift for someone else or to treat yourself, definitely check out Touch of Dazzle!  You won’t regret it!  Although I did receive this product for free in exchange for a review, my opinions are honest and original.  I’d love to hear your thoughts!auntie-necklace-touch-of-dazzleAuntie Necklace

I absolutely LOVE the Auntie necklace.  I have so many babies that call me Auntie and so many wonderful people I am fortunate enough to call my sisters!  This necklace is perfect!!!  Be sure and check out the many fabulous designs they have!

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Keeping Cool When It’s Chilly with Faucet Face

hydration-importance-with-faucet-face7 Reasons Water is Even More Important when It’s Cool out!

I don’t know about you, but as the weather cools down my desire to drink water slows down as well.  Though I know I need to drink it, that doesn’t seem to make much difference to my ever so tempting juices, teas and coffee.

  1. dehydration can accelerate hypothermia, frostbite or fatigue
  2. In cold weather, your body has to work harder to humidify the air you breathe and to warm it up, meaning that you need to drink more water
  3. people lose between one to two quarts of water a day via evaporation from the lungs.
  4. the elderly have proportionately less water in their bodies than the young, so staying well-watered is a big priority
  5. Sweat evaporates more quickly in cold, dry air so often we may not even realize we are sweating, therefore not think of the fact that we are needing more water!
  6. Even mild dehydration can cause tiredness, headaches, lack of concentration, reduced mental performance and dry skin!
  7. TheInstitute of Medicine (IOM) recommends men get roughly three liters of total beverage intake every day, and women get 2.2 liters, while others say there’s no need to force water consumption if you’re not thirsty.

How do I know if I’m dehydrated?

Symptoms of dehydration include the following:

  • Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness or fatigue
  • Extreme thirst
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or lightheaded feeling
  • No tears when crying

Don’t wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration to take action. Actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.

faucet-faceNow, I don’t know about you but I have a water bottle that I just love (now I have a few) and for some reason that makes keeping myself hydrated a little easier.  I’m assuming it’s because I love it that I will keep it by me.  Not real certain the psychology behind that but I don’t want to break it down and lose the ‘magic’ of my water bottle getting me to consume more water.  It also helps by keeping me from buying sodas while I’m out because I always have it by my side.

As I mentioned before, I now have some new favorite water bottles.  Faucet Face has some adorably cute, great to drink out of bottles!  I’m extremely loyal to my current water bottles so I’ll admit that I procrastinated on trying them out.  Once I finally did I was hooked.  Now I’m having to fight myself not to have a couple full of water in all my favorite places to chill around the house!  Honestly, my only complaint would be that they are smaller than my normal 32 oz water bottle, the ones I have only hold 14.4 oz.

You can see from the picture that they have some adorable designs, but this is only a piece of them.  There are even more on the site!  Plus, you can order custom designs and I think that is even more awesome!  I’m definitely going to be ordering some custom bottles as gifts for Christmas and birthdays this year!

Aside from my love of small businesses, there is one other thing that I am loving about the company.  The following is taken directly from their website:

Through its 1 for 100 program, Faucet Face donates 2.5% of ALL sales of hose water, tap is terrific and hummingbird feeder glass water bottles, PLUS, a complete filter for each sale of 5 or more individual bottles to the clean drinking water charity Third Millennium Awakening (TMA).