Jewelry Perfect For Valentine’s Day: 10 Special Pieces

I really don’t wear a lot of jewelry but I honestly caught myself thinking about a piece of jewelry I wanted for Valentine’s day. I want a new wedding ring. I’m in LA without my husband alone with my kids and I don’t want people to think I’m not married. I’m happily married and without a wedding ring. Yes I had a ring when we got married, then we had a cat and it nocked it off the counter and gone it was. I think it ended up down the heater vent. My husband purchased me something new and I love it but I’ve put on some weight combined with my arthritis and it’s too hard to wear. So I’m ready for a new ring. Something with a ticker band but still a sweetheart design to it.


I was looking at and found this Southern Star, and I also like just the 1 Carat TW Diamond Wedding Band. In fact I think the band is more me than the Southern Star but the first one is really nice.


Now in honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to list about 10 different amazing options you can find at Michael Hill! And if you order within the next two days you will receive it by Valentine’s Day. Otherwise you’ll have to do what my step dad often does, he delivers a picture of what he ordered. Hey, it happens, a box of chocolate always makes up for just a picture with the promise to come.



Glow in gold with this gorgeous diamond set charm crafted in 10kt yellow gold. Featuring a heart pave set with diamonds on one side, and a filigree design on the other, you simply can’t go wrong. Exclusive to Emma & Roe.


2) Diamond Set 10kt Yellow Gold Heart Locket

Capture those memories and treasure them always with this charming 10kt gold locket. Decorated with a sparkling diamond, this beautiful piece allows her to keep treasured photos close to her heart. Comes with a gold plated chain.


3) Sterling Silver Infinitas Heart Pendant

A beautiful symbol of a love so strong it will last for infinity. Exclusive to the Infinitas Collection.


4) 1/4 Carat TW Diamond Heart Link Bracelet

Wear your heart on your sleeve with this beautiful bracelet featuring a 1/4 carat of diamonds set in heart links of stunning 10kt yellow and white gold.


5) Enhanced Blue Diamond Heart Pendant

Keep your loved ones close with this gorgeous enhanced blue diamond and sterling silver heart shaped pendant. Beautifully crafted and adorned with a round brilliant enhanced blue diamond, this pendant is the perfect keepsake.


6) Cubic Zirconia Heart Key Pendant

Win her heart with this beautiful sterling silver key pendant. Showcasing a sparkling double heart-shaped bow set with cubic zirconias, tapering to a shiny sterling silver key, this ring will be sure to open many doors. Comes with a sterling silver chain.


7) Created Sapphire & Diamond Heart Pendant

You’ll be pretty in pink with this gorgeous sterling silver heart pendant. Featuring claw-set created sapphires with delicate diamond detail, this pendant is sure to please. Comes with a sterling silver chain.


8) 1/5 Carat TW White & Enhanced Yellow Diamond Heart Pendant

Show what’s in your heart with this stunning 1/5 carat total weight white and enhanced yellow diamond pendant. The swirling heart design is created in sterling silver and is accented with white diamonds on one side, and enhanced yellow diamonds set in a micron gold plating on the other. Comes with a sterling silver chain.


9) 1/15 Carat TW Enahnced Black Diamond Heart Pendant

Let your mischievous side show with this 1/15 carat total weight enhanced black diamond heart pendant. Created in sterling silver, the design features a devil’s tail and horns and adds a playful element to an otherwise classic piece. Comes with a sterling silver chain.


10) 1/6 Carat TW White & Enhanced Diamond Heart Pendant

Add sparkle to your every day with this beautiful sterling silver pendant set with 1/6 carat total weight of white and enhanced black diamonds. Featuring a modern open heart design, this pendant will enhance any ensemble. Comes with a sterling silver chain.


You might be wondering why I’m only showing you the descriptions for all of these amazing pieces of jewelry?? AM I right? It’s because I want you to head on over to Michael Hill to find something that you love!!!

28 Amazing Christmas Wreath Crafts & Ideas

Let’s deck the halls with bows of holly with these amazing Christmas Wreath crafts.

Christmas wreath Christmas Wreaths Crafts

  1. Candy Cane Wreath
  2. Easy Three Tiered Wreath
  3. DIY Ornament Wreath
  4. Tutu Wreath Craft
  5. Entryway Christmas Wreath DIY
  6. Minnie Mouse Christmas Wreath
  7. DIY Lego Wreath
  8. holiday burlap wreath
  9. Jingle Bell Wreath Ornament
  10. How to make a candy cane wreath
  11. Christmas Bow Wreath
  12. Winter Feather Wreath
  13. Embroidery Hoop Wreath
  14. Easy Christmas Craft: Chalkboard Christmas Wreath
  15. Starburst Ornament Wreath
  16. DIY Poinsettia Felt Flowers {on Striped Yarn Wreath}
  17. Dollar Tree Christmas Wreath
  18. Paper Plate Christmas Wreath
  19. Hubcap Christmas Wreath
  20. Jingle All the Way Pom Pom and Jingle Bell Wreath
  21. Starbucks Inspired Yarn Ball Wreath
  22. Simple Christmas Wreath
  23. DIY Christmas Felt Handprint Wreath
  24. Snowman Joy Wreath
  25. DIY Wreath: Double Magnolia
  26. DIY Santa Wreath
  27. Fluffy Pom Pom Snowflake Wreath
  28. Stained Glass Wreath Festive Craft for Kids

20 Chocolate Recipes Perfect For the Holidays


Holiday Chocolate

  1. Peppermint Fluff Bundt Cake
  2. White Chocolate Covered Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats
  3. Make Peppermint Bark
  4. Chocolate Chip Orange Drops
  5. Mint Chocolate M & M Moon Pies
  6. Peanut Butter Toffee Chocolate Eclairs
  7. French chocolate tarte with dark chocolate ganache
  8. Christmas OREO Cookie Balls
  9. Christmas “Crack”
  10. Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Recipe!
  11. Peanut Butter Frosting The Chocolate Way!
  12. Magic Cookie Bars Recipe
  13. Chocolate Rolled Cookies
  14. Chocolate Covered Spoons
  15. 15-Minute S’mores Bark
  16. Chocolate {Peppermint} Brownies
  17. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Recipe
  18. Insane Brownie Chocolate Cake
  19. Colorful Snickerdoodle Cookies
  20. Dark Chocolate-Milk Chocolate Meringue Cookies

Secret Santa Gift Ideas for Colleagues


It’s that time of year again, you pulled a name out of the Secret Santa hat and now it’s time to embarrass them in front of the entire office (not in a spiteful way obviously, it’s all in the name of banter). There aren’t many people who take Secret Santa seriously, it’s a laugh, and it always gets office banter flowing at the office Christmas party. People either love it or hate it, but if you have a good sense of humor it can be great fun and create bundles of laughter and jokes that will last throughout the year. If you’re struggling for ideas on what to buy which can be certain to embarrass your colleague, here are a few ideas that may help you for inspiration: shutterstock_164632142

Embarrassing Photo Mug
Get hold of an embarrassing picture of them and get it printed on a mug so EVERY cup of tea or coffee they have at the office this embarrassing picture will be on display. They won’t be able to get away with not using it as the whole office will know about it and it will quite obviously be theirs! If they don’t use it, they’ll get more banter for being a spoilsport. You can make your own mug at Zippi and many other online sites.


Insults and Comebacks Book
If your colleague is forever giving rubbish comebacks in the office, this book is the ultimate Secret Santa gift for them, which is sure to give everyone a good laugh. You could write on the gift tag that ‘you thought he/she could do with some help in this area’. The book is even pocket sized so they can quickly whip it out their pocket when they can’t think of a good comeback!

Perfect for the lazy colleague that’s allergic to work, vitapens are a useful yet quirky gift. The vitapens are shaped like capsules and will help your colleague to highlight a problem in a piece of paperwork. They are also great for those who are constantly poorly or always suffering from a hangover.shutterstock_229128070

Grow Your Own Girlfriend/Boyfriend
If you get the singleton of the office for secret Santa, this gift idea is ideal, just ensure they can take the banter and you don’t actually offend them. The girlfriend or boyfriend toy is 6cm and can expand up to 600% when placed in room temperature water. It shrinks slowly back to its original size when taken out of water. The best thing is the toys don’t argue, complain, snore and always shuts up!

Did you get the person in the office that constantly goes on about having everything? All the latest gadgets and gizmos, wears all the latest trends and you’re sick of hearing about it? Then this ‘nothing’ gift is the perfect gift for them. The gift is filled with absolutely nothing (except atoms and other scientific things that make up air).

The Best 20 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

And today we have 20 different recipes for dessert that all include pumpkin. Here are our 20 Pumpkin Dessert recipes.

20 pumpkin dessert recipes Pumpkin dessert recipes

    1. Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins with White Chocolate Chunks
    2. Gluten Free Paleo Pumpkin Bars
    3. My first Libby’s Pumpkin Roll
    4. Amanda’s 4 Layer Chocolate Dappled Pumpkin Cake
    5. Fall Harvest Cake li>Pumpkin Pie in a Jar
    6. Yummy Pumpkin Bars
    7. Pumpkin Pie Spice Thumbprint Sugar Cookies
    8. Pumpkin Martini Cookies
    9. 3 ingredient Pumpkin Donuts
    10. Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
    11. Easy Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes
    12. Softest Pumpkin Cookies Recipe
    13. Pumpkin Spice Bread with Maple Cheesecake Layer
    14. Pumpkin Crisp
    15. Perfect Pumpkin Pie Recipe
    16. Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
    17. Pumpkin Tiramisu
    18. Four Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Dip
    19. Pumpkin Mini Cakes with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

    15 Savory Pumpkin Recipes

    Sweet or savory that is the question. Pumpkin is usually thought of as pie, break or cookies. Well we found 15 savory pumpkin recipes for you to enjoy.

    15 savory pimpkin recipes Pumpkin savory recipes

    1. Pumpkin and Black Bean Pizza on Roasted Pumpkin Dough
    2. Roasted Pumpkin Penne with Autumn Pesto
    3. Pumpkin, Chickpea and Lentil Stew
    4. Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe
    5. Pumpkin Waffles
    6. Pumpkin Perogies
    7. Beef and Cheddar on Pumpkin Pizza Dough
    8. Pumpkin Applesauce
    9. Turkey, Pumpkin and Black Bean Burritos (with Turkey-Pumpkin Filling Recipe)
    10. Pumpkin Chili Recipe
    11. Roasted Pumpkin and Eggnog French Toast
    12. Creamy Tomato & Cheese Pumpkin Lasagna
    13. Roasted Winter Squash Tacos
    14. Pumpkin Mascarpone Ravioli
    15. Pumpkin Soup with Cinnamon Marshmallows and Pepitas

    An UP24 Thanksgiving Stay Fit Giveaway #ATTSeattle

    This prize is provided by AT&T.

    It’s the second week of November and many of us may be feeling guilty about how much of our kids’ candy we ate over Halloween or dreading that we might gain some extra weight from the big turkey dinner coming later this month. I mean honestly, I’m guilty of already putting weight on. And to make matters worse, a research study this year shows that our cholesterol levels spike during winter months. The Health Day Reporter quoted two doctors, stating:


    "It’s not just some weight that you’re gaining" when you eat more and exercise less during the winter, said lead investigator Dr. Parag Joshi, a cardiology fellow at Johns Hopkins. "There are markers in your blood that are changing, and those markers contribute to heart disease."

    The results make sense given the way people tend to respond to cold weather, said Dr. Gerald Fletcher, a cardiologist with the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. The snow, rain and cold of winter tend to dissuade people from getting out and exercising, he said.

    Even folks with a gym membership may not feel like leaving their home to go for a workout. At the same time, people’s cravings for fatty comfort foods increase, particularly around the holidays. "People tend to not get out and exercise. They tend to eat things that are not healthy," Fletcher said. "They hibernate, so to speak."


    Thankfully, there are tech-savvy solutions for fighting a season of eating more and exercising less. And I’m so glad that I have one of these devices, the UP24. I purchased one for my sisters so we can all exercise and challenge each other.

    UP24 helps you understand how you sleep, eat, and move. It’s always connected wirelessly to the UP app for real-time updates of your progress to help you reach your sleep, activity, and nutrition goals. Wireless syncing for in-the-moment insights and notifications. UP Insight Engine discovers patterns in your activities. Track Sleep includes total hours, number of wake ups, and more. Track Activity includes steps, distance, calories burned, and more. Team up with friends to share, collaborate or compete.

    Seeing how much activity you do (or don’t do) each day can motivate you to pay closer attention to your eating habits and fitness activities, which is a huge first step in fighting the hibernation and weight gain. For example, my UP24 has an Idle Alert that reminds me when to get up and move. You can set an Idle Alert within an UP app that works with the wristband, so the band will gently vibrate if you’ve been inactive for a period of time.

    There are many fitness trackers on the market today from affordable wristbands to high-end smartwatches and they’re available at more retail locations than you might think. For example, AT&T retail stores offer activity/sleep trackers, smart watches, pulse monitors, arm bands, and much more for a healthy lifestyle. More than just phones these days, AT&T stores offer a variety of wearable technologies for consumers interested in health and fitness, such as the UP24 from Jawbone.

    And, AT&T is dropped the price of the UP24 to $99 on November 7 (that’s $50 less than when I got mine in June). The UP24 is great value and way to get started with wearable fitness technology. Here’s an opportunity for you to win one for yourself!

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    Reducing Stress During The Holidays: 4 Tips

    Reducing Stress During The Holidays

    This is a partnered post.

    It’s supposed to be “The most wonderful time of the year”, but we all know that the holiday season can also bring undue stress. With schedules becoming more overloaded and hectic than ever before, holiday pressure becomes compounded to the point where everyone seems frazzled. And yet, we can’t seem to stop the seasonal stress! Managing overload is an ongoing process for all of us – here are a few strategies that I’ve developed over the years:

    • Think carefully about your priorities. What do you most value doing this time of year? What are your traditions – and do you really enjoy them? It can be easy to do things out of obligation or just because “That’s what you do”. If you stop and identify the things you most love about the holiday season, it allows you to focus on things that are rewarding and cut out anything that isn’t necessary. There are some things that are non-negotiable parts of Christmas for me (Like having a tree) and other things that are fun, but won’t derail the holiday if they don’t happen (Like making a gingerbread house). Make sure that whatever you’re spending time on is truly important to you!
    • Say “No” when necessary – even if it breaks with tradition. This is really difficult for me to do, and not just during the holidays. I don’t like letting people down, and I don’t want to miss out on anything myself. But after years of pushing myself to the breaking point, I’m slowly embracing “No”. For example, I’m known for hosting epic Halloween parties every year – a tradition that began when I was 19 and has continued to this day. But I had to take a few years off from doing it when work and health issues made it impossible for me to throw my usual shindig. It was a big disappointment to everyone – most of all, me! – but after having a break, I was able to come back with Halloween parties that were better than ever!
    • Don’t be afraid of change. The one constant in life is change, and the holidays can be an emotional reminder of this. As the years go by, families grow, move around, and bring new ideas and ways of celebrating into the fold. This can often be a bone of contention, so if you’re struggling with this, one thing that is helpful is to try and focus on the new traditions that are being created rather than dwelling on how things used to be. And if you remember point #1, you can make sure that you’re still observing what matters to you – regardless of whether your siblings still want to open their presents at midnight or not.
    • Accept that the season will have speedbumps no matter what – and try to see the funny side! Pies will be burnt, ornaments will break, and Uncle Steve will have too much Wassail before caroling. Accept the fact now that not everything will go to plan over the holidays – and try to laugh off the ridiculousness whenever possible!

    For more ideas on managing holiday pressure, you might want to check out Molina Healthcare’s article, “Tips to Handle Stress“, which outlines more coping strategies – for the holidays, and beyond!

    Fossil Fashion The Erin Handbag in Red

    I’m working with Fossil and I’m in love again. Fossil was a brand I adored as a child, yes a child. From then on I always felt extravagant having a watch that was a Fossil watch. As I got older I gave up watches for cell phones and now I’m tempted to put them back on, but I’ve found they also make such fashionable bags. This gorgeous red bag is The Erin. I love red, I love how it just splashes color to almost anything. I also love how big this bag is because my camera will fit perfectly in it. The leather is soft and it makes me smile. Silly I know for an item to evoke such emotion but it does. I LOVE it.


    The season’s most luscious shades—lavender, pastel green and golden yellow—make Erin an eye-catching treat. With a detachable strap, Fossil designed this chic satchel in our softest leather with a touchable, worn-in finish. I made a video so you can see it there too!



    • Closure: Zipper
    • Exterior Details: 2 zipper pockets
    • Handles / Straps: Detachable, adjustable strap and double handle
    • Interior Details: 2-media-pockets-and-zipper-pocket
    • Interior Material: Twill- 100% Cotton
    • Material: Leather
    • Measurements: 13.5"L x 6.5"W x 9.5"H
    • Origin: Imported
    • Warranty: 1
    • Drop: 18.5"
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    This is something I’m going to keep. I usually donate almost everything we get from the blog, but during the Holidays I save toys for the kids and this is one item I’m saving for myself.