Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Tips For Storing Jewelry


You can never own too much jewelry until you can't figure out how to store it. These are some helpful tips for keeping all your baubles within reach and damage-free.

Fine Jewelry
These investment pieces require gentle care and storage to keep them looking their best. It is best to avoid high-humidity environments, like a bathroom, to precious metals tarnish-free. Placing delicate jewelry in containers or drawers fitted with velvet liners and separating your pieces will prevent them from touching and scratching each other. Great care is necessary when storing pearls and gemstones such as emeralds because they are soft and porous, making them especially vulnerable to damage. 

Costume Jewelry
Costume pieces do not hold up well when worn daily. Instead, they are better suited for occasional use to keep them looking their best. A downside of this type of jewelry is its susceptibility to tarnish, which is preventable by placing it in air-free storage bags or wrapping it with tarnish-free paper. Some of the same methods for storing fine jewelry can also apply when storing fashion jewelry, such as separating pieces to prevent them from touching and scratching.


Every-Day Jewelry
Jewelry that is worn every day does not need elaborate storage. It can remain out on your dressing table or nightstand where it is easily accessible. Of course, some considerations still apply. For example, be sure to position necklaces carefully to prevent their chains from knotting and becoming entangled with earrings and bracelets. Ring dishes not only keep several rings within reach but can also accommodate earrings; however, they are not meant for chains. For in-drawer storage of daily pieces, be sure to use compartment trays with velvet liners that keep each piece visible at a glance.

Proper jewelry storage can ensure all your pieces' longevity and make it easy to find what you want to wear.

Some Items You Need To Complete Your Horse's Tack


There are a lot of pieces to bring together to create a complete set of tack, or riding equipment, for your horse. If you're new to tack-up a horse or even brand new to riding, you'll need a little guidance on what pieces you'll need to complete your set and ride your horse safely. The main item you'll need is a saddle to sit in that comes with stirrups to place your feet into, but there are a few other items you'll need to complete your saddle set-up.


1. Saddle Pad
A hard leather saddle is not the most terribly comfortable thing to have on one's back and so a saddle pad to sit underneath the saddle is added to the horse riding gear. The first thing to consider is whether you're riding in the English style or the Western style; both styles require a saddle pad, but you'll want to be sure you're buying a pad suited for the saddle style you purchase. On top of buying the suitable style, you'll want to find a pad that is recommended for its ability to adsorb shock and take the pressure off the horse's back. Additionally, pads that can help dissipate heat will help keep your horse cool as you work together. Check out shop that sell a variety of supplies for horses for browse selections and fine the right pad for you.

2. Girth
Now that you've got a saddle and pad, you need to purchase a girth to help keep your saddle in place. Both Western and English riding use girths in the same fashion, but you do need one that will fit the particular saddle you're using. Additionally, you'll want to consider a few things before purchasing your girth such as the saddle type, style of riding you'll be doing (eventing, dressage, etc.), your horse's shape and size, and, of course, your budget.


3. Breast Collar & Wither Straps 
Breast collars and wither straps are optional pieces to add to your saddle that help your saddle stay secure and in place. Breast collars, fitting around the horse's chest and front legs, keep the saddle from rolling or sliding back, especially when making quick accelerations, stops, or turns. Wither straps are an adjustable leather strap that sits at the front of the saddle to help hold up the breast collar. 

4. Bridle
You will of course need a comfortable, well-fitted bridle for your horse as well.  Be sure to check into the different types of bits available.  If you recently purchased the horse, ask the previous owners what type of bitty had been using.

It's necessary to a great ride, and a comfy horse, to have the proper saddle equipment. Taking care when purchasing your items means it will be easy to tack-up and hit the trail.
 



Monday, November 23, 2020

Soap Cauldron Three Sister's Apothecary Gift Sets!


Hi Neighbors!!

I certainly wish I could share fragrances on here.  You would not believe the burst of Rose scent that greets you when you open the Soap Cauldron, Three Sister's Rose & Coconut Gift Collection!! Rose is probably one of my favorite scents and you truly feel immersed in roses the insane you open the wrapping. Start planning who you could give these to for the holidays! 


The Rose & Coconut Collection consists of, 2 different size Rose & Coconut Bar Soaps (4.75 oz and 1.75 oz),  a 20 oz Rose & Coconut Bath Salt Soak, 4 oz Rose & Coconut Body Butter, 2 oz Rose & Marshmallow Soothing Salve, and a 0.5 oz Rose & Coconut Lip Soother. My daughters were almost drooling over this collection.  Everyone had to stick their finger in the Body Butter and the Soothing Salve.  One of them quickly volunteered to try the bar soap and the other who LOVES long soaks in the tub wanted to try the Bath Salt Soak.  Needless to say, I had no lack of people willing to try these items out.  And they LOVE them!!



Soap Cauldron, also known as Three Sisters Apothecary has so many different scents and gift ideas on their website.  A few other scents of their bar soap I know my daughters would like to try are the - Dark Chocolate & Mint, French Lavender, Harvest Pumpkin & Cinnamon, and Rosemary & Mint, just to name a few.  




We have also tried their Soapy Tails before, which is a bar soap for dogs.  Loved them!! You will enjoy the fresh, clean fragrance of your dog's coat after their bath with Soapy Tails.


From their website: Sonoma County based boutique Soap Cauldron is the home of the Three Sisters Apothecary a line of artisan soaps and skincare handcrafted in small batches in the centuries-old tradition with gourmet oils, butters, essential oils and botanicals. We are also the creators of Soapy Tails an all-natural line for Canine bath and coat care. 

  • We use only natural ingredients which is why we only make anhydrous (oil based) products.
  • Products made without water do not require synthetic preservatives or emulsifiers, as such you won’t find any liquid soaps or body lotions in our line.
  • Our products are made naturally and packaged environmentally with the smallest carbon footprint possible.

Soap Cauldron has gifts for just about everyone.  Be sure to visit their website for stocking stuffers, gift sets and gifts for Secret Sister Exchanges.  Thanks for stopping by today!!

Moso Natural Air Purifying Bags for the Holidays


 Hey All!

I wanted share another gift idea with you.  Moso Natural has different styles and sizes of air purifying bags.  They are all natural, fragrance free and absorb odors.  You refresh them once a month by setting them out in the sun.  By setting them out in the sun and with regular care they can last up to 2 years. 

Moso Natural bags are great for just about any room in your home, and they have some specifically for your refrigerator and freezer.  I am looking at the ones they have that can be used in gym bags or lockers.  There is nothing quite as nasty smelling as a gym bag full of sweaty clothing and smelly shoes.  

From Moso: Moso Natural uses the highest quality bamboo charcoal on the market. During a specialized carbonization process, Moso bamboo is carefully baked into moso bamboo charcoal. Unlike regular charcoal, bamboo charcoal has millions of tiny ionically charged pores. These pores continuously attract particles out of the air like a magnetic sponge. Our bamboo charcoal is fragrance-free, chemical-free and completely non-toxic.


Be sure to check out Moso Natural! See you soon! 

FujifIlm Instax Mini 11

Hi Neighbors!!

Next up in the Holiday Gift Guide is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11. This is the perfect little camera for your teen or even a little younger.  Also perfect for trips and family gatherings.  It is so nice to have instant little pictures to share and display.  We are going to put a string up and use small craft clothespins to display ours. 


I was impressed with the Instax Mini 11 by Fujifilm.  You can easily take photos in dim light, closeups and selfies!! Yes, it is designed so you can take a selfie.  You extend the lens, hold the camera up and aim downwards, you will be able to see yourself in the small reflective rectangle on the edge of the lens and then snap. 

You can find the Instax Mini 11 on Amazon, as well as the film needed.  I have seen them at our local store.  We have the 2 pack of film, that produces 10 pictures per pack.  Remember to take one picture right away, that will remove the cover on the film.  (It isn't really a picture.) After that you are good to go. There is a counter on the camera, so you know how many pictures you have left.  The camera does require 2 AA batteries.  So remember to throw a couple in when you gift this to someone.  You might even want to consider rechargeable batteries.

The Instax Mini 11 will make a great little holiday gift or stocking stuffer.   Thanks again for visiting.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Tofutti - Dairy Free Food



 Not all of you may know this but I (Mercy) have recently had to go dairy free. I'm lactose intolerant. And instead of just cutting out certain dairy i decided to completely cut it out. Now I'm sure you're probably sitting at your computer reading this and going well, how did you cut out cream cheese, sour cream, chip dip, cheese?! It was so hard! For the first few months I really struggled not having those things. I mean, put cheese on almost everything and all of the sudden I just had to do without it. I decided to hop online and try to find something, some sort of alternative I could have voila, enter Tofutti



I was so thrilled to find this place and their alternatives are just as good if not better than the original. I even made stuffed shells one night thanks to Tofutti. I had missed things like this so much but gratefully, i don't have to anymore. 



Brickell Candle Company for Your Gift Giving

 Hey All!!

I am so excited to share these candles from Brickell Candle Company with you.  My daughters and I literally stood around the open box smelling each candle as we removed it from the package.  Hmmmmm...they are wonderful!!

Three of my candles have wood wicks.  I LOVE wood wicks, because they crackle as they burn. To me candles are one of my favorite holiday gifts.  I personally like to create gift bags and include at least one candle.  


Brickell Candles are handcrafted and poured in Miami FL.  They are made from 100% American soy wax. They have a physical store in Miami, but you can order their candles online for your convenience.  Be sure to take a moment and check out their online store and see the fragrances they have available. 

Two of my daughters were super excited about the Peppermint Mocha. They love all things coffee!!  The Peppermint Mocha has a very distinctive fragrance, reminiscent of curling up on a couch in front of a fire sipping your coffee or hot cocoa with peppermint flavor added.  


Next we have Cinnamon Stick!! Cinnamon is one of my favorite fragrances.  It makes me think of baking, snickerdoodle, apple pie and cinnamon buns!! I am enjoying the scent of this candle burning in my daughter's room, right off the dining room. 


Vanilla Chestnut has a pleasant smell of vanilla, mixed with cedar, chestnut, clove and a few other scents.  I was a little hesitant before opening it, but the fragrance quickly won me over.  It has a very warm, inviting scent.

Last of our Brickell Candles is the Gingerbread Cookies scented candle.  Molasses mixed with ginger, cinnamon, clove, and even a hint of almond gives this candle a very pleasing fragrance. We need to bake some gingerbread cookies now!!

Each of these candles easily fragrance the rooms they are in.  The wood wick burns clean and of course crackles as it burns.  I know several people who would love to receive one of these candles as a gift this holiday season.  Or any other time too!!



Visit the Brickell Candle Company website and take a look around.  All their candles are on sale for the holidays for $9.99.  Come back and leave a comment with your favorite scent.  Thanks for stopping by!! 



Blume Beauty Products

 Hey y'all, Mercy here!  Today I wanted to tell you all about some of my favorite beauty products. Blume is a new to me company that are completely all natural. 

Let me tell you a little bit about them-

"Thrive through self care

Most brands carry period products that take centuries to biodegrade and have ingredients you can’t pronounce. At Blume, we’re different. We believe in products that are not a threat to our bodies or the environment."




I have been using their glow bundle for the past month and a half. And their products are absolutely amazing! I have seen such an improvement in my skin. Especially now that we've reached the that time of the year where weather is going back and forth from cold to hot multiple times within a week haha it's very important to up your skin care game. While my skin normally does pretty good throughout the rest of the year (and I'm not saying to NOT using skincare products the rest of the year) my skin always looks like crud during this time of the year and now, thanks to Blume it's in better condition then it normally is period!

This box set that I've been using is actually out of stock right now but I'm hoping it'll be available again soon because I know you all will want to try it, and that you'll love it just as much as I did.  This is the perfect stocking stuffer for a friend or hey, why get yourself a gift that your skin will love!



HydroChic Swimwear | Holiday Gift Guide

 


Finding good, affordable swimwear is one of my favorite things. I mean, who doesn't love a trip to the beach or even just going to a pool? 

HydroChic is one of my favorite places to shop for swimwear. They are great quality, long lasting and most off all their prices don't extend beyond my budget! A swim skirt i got from them four and a half years ago still looks great and works.  I recently got a new one from them (who doesn't need multiple swim skirts?) and I absolutely love it! It's comfortable, flattering, and i love the built in leggings. It's perfect not only for swimming but for exercise period. The leggings keep you warm enough with the cold weather that you aren't freezing while going for a walk.

I absolutely love the versatility of these swim/exercise clothes. The have a variety of options varying from shorter skirts with leggings, the longer option with leggings that I got, swim dresses etc. They also have a variety of options for girls as well. This is the perfect opportunity to find a unique gift for your sports lovin' girl-friend!



"from mothers with children, to spirited grandmas who boogie-board with their grandchildren, to avid aquatic exercisers - and we all want to feel free to be free, adventurous, and confident. Join us, the HydroChic sisterhood of women, now you can feel the best you’ve ever felt in a bathing suit, the search is finally over."

Happy Dogs for the Holidays with Bow Wow Labs


Hey neighbors!!

Make sure to include your furry friends in your holiday giving.  Bow Wow Labs has a really nice Bully Buddy Starter Kit as well as Waggy Wafers!! 


You can see the orange piece you turn to hold the Bully Stick in place.

Our Toy Aussies LOVE them.  The Bully Buddy Starter Kit comes with a package of Bully Sticks, 1 Bully Buddy (available in different sizes), and a sealable jar to keep the snacks in. Our dogs seriously are obsessed with the Bully Sticks.  The Bully Buddy has a screw type piece in the end so the bully stick is held in place, and it prevents them from getting a small piece they could possibly choke on or get stuck.  We have to make them share! 



Brooke and Molasses were actually taking turns themselves the other night with the Bully Buddy.  When one stopped chewing the other took over.  


From BowWow Labs: 


"The Bully Buddy is a durable, easy-to-use, veterinarian-vetted, and dog-approved device that tightly secures bully sticks, preventing dogs from choking on the tail-end of the treat.

Available in different sizes for dogs under 15 lbs. to over 100 lbs.

Made to fit Bow Wow Labs (BWL) premium, hand-selected bully sticks
Tightly secures BWL bully sticks, preventing dogs from choking on the tail-end of the treat
Durable nylon
Simple tightening screw locks BWL bully sticks in place
Easy-to-use, veterinarian-vetted and dog-approved
BPA-free"

The Waggy Wafers are a snacking treat!  Paisley was almost drooling waiting for me to get one out of the jar. She knows she has to sit for her treats, so sometimes when she hears me get into them she sits before I can even tell her too. Bobbie, my daughters Toy Aussie, almost bought my fingers going for the Salmon Waggy Wafers.



These would make a good gift for your pet, or for a friend who owns a dog.  I would definitely recommend Bow Wow Labs to my friends and neighbors!  Visit the Bow Wow Labs website to learn more.  Thank you for stopping by today!