Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Stella & Dot

As you can tell, I've been a little MIA on my blog for a while. My Mum came to visit, and there are some other things going on that I'll be happy to tell y'all about soon, but for now... a guest post!

Well, my sweet friend Emma offered to guest post again about something that is dear to her heart, and I thought now would be a lovely time for her to post!


I’m so thrilled to be doing another guest blog post for Megan!  This time, instead of cloth diapers, I’m going to write about something a little more FUN and a little more related to me.  And stay tuned for a fun surprise announcement at the bottom of this post!!  {but don’t peak ahead, silly} 
So it all started when I fell in love with a line of jewelry on YouTube.  Some of the moms and non-moms I watch on YouTube were talking about this company called Stella &Dot, and when I saw the pieces they were talking about I fell in love!  The jewelry was so different from any other direct sales jewelry line I had seen – it was fashionable and stylish, modern, fun, vintage-inspired, feminine and bold. And best of all: really high quality.  At the time, I didn’t know anyone who sold Stella & Dot, or anyone who had ever seen it in person but I was certain that Stella & Dot would be a hit so I decided to start researching the company.  And mind you, I had never seen the jewelry in person. 
Then one day, my friend came over and she was wearing a beautiful charm necklace.  I LOVED it so I asked her where it was from and she told me…Stella & Dot!!  I about fell on the floor.  The piece was so beautiful in person! 
Since I’m a mom, I’d been looking for something that would allow me to earn some money from home, and give me flexible hours so I could spend more time with my daughter (since I currently work full time), but I’d been burned by a direct sales company before, so I was very careful and very thorough in my research of Stella & Dot.  And the more I learned, the more I fell in love.  So, my husband and I prayed about it and decided this would be the right path for our family.  And it is. 
So, luckily for me, I get to share this gorgeous line of jewelry with women and their friends in their homes, on the go, at events and online. The guests get great deals on stylish accessories (half the line is under $50), the hostess gets an average of $250 in free jewelry and 4 half off items, and I earn 25-30% on my sales. And I’m working to build a team so that other women can start their own ventures as Stella & Dot Stylists.  It’s a ton of fun and I am spreading happiness! 
Our Fall 2012 Collection just launched and our design team blew me away with the pieces. From Mod Safari to New Romantics to Everyday Essentials and Charms, there is something for every woman, no matter her age or style type. Here’s a photo I took of the boxes as I was opening my samples: isn’t the packaging adorable?! So “gift-ready”. 
Our Charm Collection is our #1 seller.  The idea behind it is for every woman to share her “story” through a piece of heirloom jewelry that she can wear close to her heart.  The charms are made of sterling silver and Italian bronze (which has similar properties to sterling silver). There are sophisticated styles, whimsical styles, styles for moms, styles for grandmothers, and styles for pet lovers and graduates and everyone in between.  There is literally something for everyone.  When put together, they have a very “collected” feel, as if each one was hand-picked from various shopping trips at cozy Antique stores and little markets around the world. 
The charms are beautifully packaged and each one includes thoughtful messaging. Our Soar Necklace makes a perfect graduation gift. This sparkly little swallow is understated and beautiful on its own, or makes a perfect layering companion to a longer necklace.
My sister in law will be the first one I gift this adorable charm! And I don’t think there could be a cuter name for a baby shoe charm than “Pitter Patter”!
The Tree of Life is also one of my favorites from the collection.  It can represent so many things: new roots, family tree, in memory of, etc. 

My personal charm necklace:Dec Birthstone – my daughter’s birth month“I” Initial Charm – for my daughter’s nameQueen Bee charm – represents both me and my daughter: strong first born womenGrow Charm – to represent new beginnings and ever changing seasons in my life as a momTree of Life charm in bronze – to remind me of my roots so I always know where I come from. 
 
I love the look of the mixed metals.  And both the bronze and silver will develop a soft patina over time for an even more “collected” feel. There are many more charms to chose from, including With Love, a Lucky Horseshoe, Watch Over You angel wing, Mom/Grandma charms, Zodiac, Star of David, etc.  Watch this video to get a taste for more of the charms: 


And now for the big announcement!  In honor of the charms being the start of my journey with Stella & Dot, I am giving away one necklace from the new Charm Collection! 
To enter the drawing just use this widget:



On Friday (9/14/2012), a random winner will be chosen, announced and notified via email and we’ll post the results here as well. 
And if you’re interested in learning more about how being a Stella & Dot stylist could be right for you, shoot me an email at emmabraford@me.com. 
Good luck!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Video Post for the Grandma's

Well, folks, sorry, but this post is going to be mostly videos. Jonah's grandparents live about 12 hours away, and I keep recording him doing silly stuff. I need to show the grandparents, so if you don't want to see some cuteness, move on, if you do... well, enjoy!

Jonah Bear likes him some waffle! Yum, Yum!

Justin and I found this playschool farm at a yard sale and thought it was perfect for him!

Jonah knows what a sheep says!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Jonah Bear is 8 Months!


Eight months, eight months, I can't believe that my baby boy is eight months old!

Well, folks, this little man loves his food... he weighs 19 pounds! Dude is getting chunky! I'm struggling a little bit because he is suppose to be drinking 7 to 8 ounces of formula at each feeding, but I'm lucky if I can get him to drink 6. He just prefers solid food... He still has plenty of wet diapers so I'm not gonna worry about it until his next doctor's appointment.

Jonah Bear is still sleeping through the night like a champ. Eleven hours straight. Once in a great while he'll need his pacifier put back in during the night, but it seriously takes 20 seconds and he goes straight back to sleep.

Jonah's milestones to update this month is adding "dada" to the list of things he can say. Justin is thrilled. The little booger still can't crawl, but he wants to SOOO bad. For some reason, he just can't figure it out.
Happy Boy.

I'm gonna get you mama!


Friday, August 3, 2012

Hospitality

This post was actually inspired by some good friends of our who happen to be staying with us right now. I just love playing hostess...

In the Biddle House (aka our house) hospitality is something that has been at the top of the priority list since Justin and I were married in 2009. It is something we take very seriously, and other than the four months when Jonah was born, but we still didn't have our new home; we have always had a guest room available for anyone who needed it. (During those four months, we gladly offered our own bed, and slept with Jonah in his room) God has blessed us, and we find great joy in sharing those blessings whenever we have the opportunity.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Romans 12:13:
"Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality."
But hospitality isn't just mentioned in Romans, it's throughout the Bible. There are countless stories of people showing Jesus and the disciples hospitality and being blessed for it. Then their is Abraham who entertained three strangers, and was blessed with children because of it!
{A major key to practicing hospitality is not to grumble. It even says so in 1 Peter 4:9.}
A verse I enjoy just thinking about is Hebrews 13:2:

"Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it."


My goal with this post wasn't to lecture you about hospitality, or to brag that we are blessed; my goal was to get you thinking how you can help others. Can you take a co-worker out to lunch? Do you have a spare room that you can let a missionary spend a night in? Does a new mom need a dinner dropped off? There are so many ways to show hospitality to others, and you may never know how it may touch their lives; but the blessings you will reap will be countless. Hey, you might even meet an angel and not know it.