Mother’s Day Gift Guide đŸŒž

I hope each and every one of you is having an awesome weekend!Mother’s Day is fast approaching so I thought I’d share some really awesome Mother’s Day gifts. All of which can be ordered from the comfort of your own home and delivered to theirs.

Victoria Emerson’s bracelet wraps and cuffs are my go-to accessories for dressing up any outfit. I’ve given these to family and friends and they are a big hit every time!Not only are they stunning and comfortable they come in a wide variety of styles. My personal favorites are the wrap bracelets.

Essential Oil Diffuser – Amazon

I love my Asakuki essential oil diffuser and use it throughout my day. It creates a calming atmosphere with its customizable multi- light features, soothing scents and sounds.

Young Living – Essential oils

This is the only company I’ve ever bought essential oils from. My favorite blends are combination of orange and lavender or eucalyptus blue.

Moon Valley Organics – Organic Skin Care & Honey Products

I became a big fan of this company and it’s products years ago while visiting the Pike’s Place market.They produce a wide array of organic personal care items and honey!Not only are their items organic they smell and work phenomenally. I suggest the gift set bundles or a gift card.

How can we talk about Mother’s Day without talking about chocolate!!Enough said. Here’s some of Seattle’s/Tacoma’s best chocolate and toffee treats.

Seattle Chocolate

Theo Chocolate – Mother’s Day gift sets

Brown & Haley

Also, keep in mind there are a lot of great shops and restaurants that are closed right due to Covid-19. A great way to continue to support local businesses while getting your mom a gift is to buy a gift card for future use.

I hope you find these gift suggestions helpful.

Be well, Nicole

Necklaces That Tie Us Together

A couple of months ago I found some really cool modern, geometric, wooden bead necklaces online and I really wanted one but, I didn’t want to pay for something I knew I could make! Fast forward – A little online research, online shopping and a trip to the craft store later here’s what I made. I think these necklaces look fabulous and I was able to make multiple necklaces way cheaper than what retailers are selling approximately one for. I loved them so much that I gave them as Christmas gifts to women in my life that I’m close to. As I was making them for each woman I was thinking of how neat it is that we’ll all have the same necklace now and how that kind of ties us together. Every time I put on my necklace I’m reminded of the other ladies who also wear them. How’s their day going? I might even say a little prayer for each of them. These necklaces were such a big hit with the ladies I gave them to that I’m making another round of them for  Valentine’s Day!

If you’re interested in making these super easy chic modern necklaces all you need is:

A styrofoam block

Wooden shish kebab skewers

Round leather cording – 2mm x 2.4m

Acrylic paints – whatever colors you desire

Acrylic paint sealer/finisher (optional)

Sponge brushes

Wooden beads (2 types)

Bead, dark brown, 20×20 hand-cut faceted cube. Sold per pkg. of 25

http://www.firemountaingems.com/itemdetails/h207293nb

Bead, wood (bleached), white, 20x20mm hand-cut faceted cube. Sold per pkg. of 25.

http://www.firemountaingems.com/itemdetails/h207302nb

The wooden beads in these pictures are beads I ordered off of Amazon then stained or painted myself. The Fire Mountain Gem beads I suggested above are the same style/cut as the ones I used for this project with the exception that the dark brown ones will be much darker than ones in these pictures which I personally stained. I don’t suggest staining them yourself it’s much easier just to buy them.

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This project is super easy and quick to make. The dark brown beads are ready to go as is once you receive them but the bleached beads are the ones you’ll paint in color/s unless you desire that bleached look. First, set up a drying station for the beads that you’re going to paint with a styrofoam block from the Dollar store and some shish kebab skewers.Cut off one end of each of the skewers then stick them in the styrofoam block pointed side facing upward. As you paint your beads stick them on the skewers to dry. Depending on the quality and color of the paint I suggest doing multiple coats of paint. Once your beads are fully dry you can seal them with acrylic sealer/finisher if you desire. If you seal them follow the drying time accordingly. Now its time to assemble your necklace! I personally like no more than five beads per necklace because they are so chunky. I suggest messing around with the length of the cording once the beads are on it.  Lastly, cut the cording to your desired length and just finish it off by double knotting the leather cord at the ends to secure.

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One of my favorite things to do is give gifts. It’s a wonderful feeling finding the perfect gift for a great price. Most of us are drawn to certain retailers because of their prices. This holiday season I challenge you to not be driven by price alone but, to look at the companies you’re endorsing by giving them your business. I urge you to choose companies that are going beyond to give back to their communities and better the world. Here are some companies I personally recommend that do just that!

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The Giving Keys

https://www.thegivingkeys.com/

This L.A. based company makes beautiful jewelry out of keys they engrave with inspirational words. They give back in a big way by employing low-income and homeless individuals. Furthermore, they partner with local organizations and centers to help provide resources to those individuals so that they can achieve a life of self-sustainment.

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Moorea Seal

https://www.mooreaseal.com/

Is a Seattle-based store that carries everything a trendy modern woman would want and then some. Moorea Seal gives back by donating 7% of all its profits to multiple charities and non-profits. The current non-profits they’re contributing to are Brazil Without Barriers, Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, Washington Trails Association, Best Friends Animal Society & the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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The Little Market

https://www.thelittlemarket.com/

The Little Market is an non-profit organization established by the one and only Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla. It is an online fair trade shop that sells handmade products from around the world. The Little Market helps artisans by providing a platform that helps their products reach a wider demographic of consumers therefore, enabling them to sell more and make a meaningful income. There are endless items on this site but there is definitely something for everyone.