Food, Family & Fun

imageIt seems like it was only yesterday that the boys got out of school and yet somehow it’s already the Fourth of July? Where does time go? While I can’t believe it’s already here, I am definitely looking forward to the festivities. In our house the Fourth of July is synonymous with three things –  lots of food, quality time with the family, and of course, fun!

Food: When it comes to Fourth of July, or any summer gathering for that matter, you can almost guarantee that I’ll be bringing fruit salsa to the party. I can’t help it, it’s a staple. For those of you looking to get a bit more adventurous with your holiday snacks check out this list of fifty festive recipes. Thank you Pinterest!

Family: Good food, parades, and fireworks aside if you ask me the most magical part of Fourth of July is the family time. And, with the store closed on Saturday, I am going to take full advantage of the extra hours with my three favorite guys. Looking forward to the laughs, the hugs, and the sun-kissed cheeks.

Fun: Fireworks. The Freedom Festival at New Life Chapel. Time outside. What’s not to love? With a bunch of great events happening in and around Cincinnati this weekend I don’t think I’ll have a hard time keeping the boys, Mark, or myself entertained.

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. As a reminder, Yelton’s will be closed on Saturday, July 4th, but we’ll look forward to seeing you after the weekend of fireworks.

The Good, The Bad, The Balding

191705_1748159296158_8348258_oWith Father’s Day coming up, this blog is dedicated to my one and only – Mark Yelton. Together we’ve been through the good, the bad, and even, the balding (sorry love). No matter what life has thrown our way he’s managed to weather through it with me, make me laugh, and keep me sane (well, mostly).

While I could go on forever about how much I love my husband, I’ll save you the sappiness and cut the chase. Above all, I love Mark because he is an amazing father to our boys. From homework assignments to sports practice, he’s been there for them every step of the way. At the end of the day, I couldn’t ask for a better man for them to look up to.

Happy Father’s Day to Mark and all of the other dads out there! Your job isn’t an easy one and I appreciate everything that you do. Now, fire up that grill, kick up your heels and enjoy your weekend with your family members.

Schools Out!

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 2.54.20 PMIt’s June! The days are warmer. The nights are longer. And, schools out! I know you can’t see my face right now, but I am smiling. Why? Because, if you ask me, summer rocks and here’s why …

Sleeping In: While my boys are wonderful, any mother knows that when school is in session it means an early alarm clock, superior organizational skills, and a few extra struggles before the clock ticks 8AM (ahem, chaos?). I wouldn’t trade those mornings for the world, though I won’t lie, as summer rolls around I am definitely looking forward to a little more shut-eye.

Family Time: There’s nothing better about summer than the ability to spend more time with my family. With the boys out of school and the longer summer days I look forward to evening strolls, road trips and BBQ season. I may even use the kids as an excuse to splurge on some frozen yogurt here and there. Can you blame a girl?

New Adventures: It’s a special summer as I’ll be cashing in my Mother’s Day gift – a trip to Guatemala to help others in need. Lending a hand is something that I’ve always been passionate about and while I always make an effort locally, I am looking forward to the opportunity to aid those in a completely foreign land. I have no doubt it will be a great learning experience for me … stay tuned for the stories.

Lots of Books: While I always have the best intentions, during the school year my reading list takes the back burner. After all who has time to nestle up with a good book when you’re worried about packing lunches and keeping homework assignments on track. Summer is my time to dive right in. If you have any great book recommendations send them my way. I’m ready!

More Bling: After returning back from the JCK jewelry show in Vegas, I’ve got bling on my mind (what’s new). As I wait to receive our new lines throughout the summer months, it’s going to be difficult to contain my excitement. They’re beautiful. They’re fabulous. You’re going to love them. Don’t worry, my customers will be the first to know when they arrive.

And, I’m still smiling. Happy June everyone. Wishing you all a safe summer full of laughter and exciting adventures. What are you looking forward to?

‘Tis The Season To Accessorize

Ahhh, spring has arrived. With the warmer temperatures comes less layers, shorter sleeves and if you ask me, a perfect opportunity to accessorize. If you’re on the hunt for those perfect jewelry items to transform your spring wardrobe, I’ve got your back. From bangles to fashion rings and everything in between, see below for some of my top five spring picks.

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Spring and bracelets were made for each other and I can’t seem to take my eyes off of this bangle from Simon G. Diamond stones are featured throughout to deliver a classy look, while the playful design adds that extra hint of sass (wink). It’s a piece that’s perfect for all hours of the day, and worth the splurge if you ask me.

35600805_0Belle Etoile Amazon Ring

Add a pop of color to your day and your wardrobe with this beautiful Amazon Ring from Belle Etoile. Made of sterling silver the ring features a unique woven design with a turquoise finish. The glistening accent stones are just the icing on the cake. I should also mention that this ring is also available in black for those who crave a look that’s not so bold.

26501529_0Tacori Lilac Blossoms Ring

This ring screams spring fashionista. Made of 18K white gold a beautiful Amethyst stone rests at the center and is surrounded by a single halo of white diamonds. What’s not to love? Wear it with your skinny jeans and a pair of opened toed heals and you’ll be on your way to spring domination.

27500791_0Simon G Garden Drop Earrings

Celebrate spring in the most elegant way with these 18K white gold drop earrings from Simon G. The earrings feature a stunning, leaf-shaped design with a row of diamond accents at the center. I love them because they’re simple enough for everyday wear, but also have the ability to make an impression. Prepare for compliments ladies!

41050600_0Trollbeads Leather Bracelets

For a casual piece that allows you to express your own unique personality, look further. These Trollbeads leather bracelets come in a variety of colors and you can easily swap out the charms depending on your outfit, your mood, or the weather. They’re flexible. I love it. Plus they look great with jeans.

Happy accessorizing everyone! If you have any questions on these products or are on the hunt for additional jewelry advice, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Relax, It’s Mother’s Day

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Keep going.

You’re doing great.

You are loved.

You are beautiful.

And, did I mention …

You’re fabulous.

Imagine what life would be like if someone told you those words everyday. After all, as a mother you deserve them. Believe me, I know.

Looking back I remember what motherhood was like in the early days. Kids. Work. Chores. Most days I felt like there would never be time for anything else. My friends. My faith. Ahem, Me. Getting in a groove and finding that magic equation to balance it all wasn’t easy, nor did it happen quickly.

But I got there!

And don’t get me wrong, there are still moments, days, weeks. You know, those times when everything seems impossible? The important thing, I’ve realized, is not to lose sight. Keep that head high and keep moving forward. Remember that you are loved, beautiful and fabulous. Even if you don’t hear it everyday, it’s important to believe it for yourself.

As mother’s if we remember our worth, we can conquer anything. We can be tough, we can show our compassion, and we are resilient. 364 days a year we are complete rock stars (go you!), but there is one day of the year where we all deserve a big ol’ break. Ahh, Mother’s Day.

This Sunday is your day! Let that inner-world-saver inside of you relax. Sleep in, forget about the housework, and pour yourself an extra cup of coffee. Hopefully your morning also includes breakfast in bed and a purple Yelton box on the pillow (fingers crossed). Regardless of how you choose to spend your day, make sure you’re at the center. Soak it all in and appreciate the opportunity to celebrate the greatest job in the world – motherhood.

Whether you are a mother to children, step-children, dogs, cats or fish – I wish you a very happy and relaxing Mother’s Day. This Sunday I’m going to ask God for time to slow down a little bit so that I can savor my role as a mother. After all, it’s pretty great.

Make Mom Happy This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Show her some love.

As a mother, I know first hand about all of the ups and downs that are motherhood. It’s a tough job, but considering all of the alternatives I wouldn’t have it any other way. Plus, the three men in my life are pretty amazing to me. They’re supportive. They make me laugh. They give me purpose. And come Mother’s Day, they always spoil me!

Family on Mother's DayLast year for Mother’s Day, Mark and the boys bought me a beautiful Hearts On Fire piece. This year, my Mother’s Day Gift is a mission trip to Guatemala to help out the less fortunate. While it isn’t bling, I am very excited about the opportunity to give a little bit of my heart. As they know, helping others means the world to me.

Take it from me, regardless of what you have planned for Mother’s Day, if you make an effort that special woman in your life is sure to appreciate it. Rub her shoulders, hire her a babysitter, bring her breakfast in bed. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, just any gesture to show her how much you care.

And, when in doubt, there is always jewelry! For those of you looking to go above and beyond this year, here are some of my favorite Mother’s Day pieces from Yelton Fine Jewelers:

Jewelry gifts for Mother's Day

  • Belle Etoile Effervescence Collection, starting at $125
  • Chamilia Gift Set, starting at $199
  • Simon G Bracelets, starting at $1,760
  • Hearts On Fire Diamond Pendant, starting at $2,900
  • Tacori Sonoma Mist Earrings, starting at $1,000

For all of the mother’s out there, as well as the partners and children that support us – happy Mother’s Day. Bling, or no bling, I hope your day is bright!

Tacori Spring Bling

Tina_TacoriIn honor of the upcoming Tacori Spring Bling event at Yelton Fine Jewelers on April 10th and 11th, I am going to relish in the opportunity to spotlight one of my favorite designers. Aside from the fact that I am, and will always be, a Tacori girl here are some of the reasons why I am beyond excited for this event:

  • The Selection: Whether you’re looking for a Tacori engagement ring, a fun fashion piece, or a fine jewelry item to cherish for years to come, there is going to be a lot to choose from. Prepare your eyes for lots of sparkle!
  • The RoyalT Collection: This new bridal collection fuses classic elegance with modern day glamour. If you ask me this line was designed specifically for my TIVA’s (Tina’s kind of divas).
  • Scan Cards: A little birdie flew by and told me that the discounts are going to be great. Don’t miss your opportunity to save!

Having had the opportunity to look through all of the pieces and play dress up ahead of the event, here’s a preview of some of my favorites: Tacori_Spring_Bling

  • Sterling Silver: I have to with the Tacori City Lights earrings. These stunning drop earrings are more than just an accessory, they’re pure eye candy. From jeans to that little pencil skirt, put these on to transform any outfit.
  • Fine Jewelry: For a timeless piece with the perfect amount of sparkle, the Tacori Monogram Necklace gets my vote. Made of 18K white gold with white diamonds this necklace allows you to express your identity like never before.
  • Bridal: Vintage inspired with a hint of modern sophistication. This Tacori RoyalT ring takes my breath away. An emerald cut white diamond rests at the center and is brought to life by accent diamonds that can be seen from nearly every direction.

I hope you’re all as excited as I am! If you would like to make an appointment for our event this weekend shoot me an e-mail: tina@yeltons.com. I can’t wait to share the spring bling with all of you!

Baby Ava

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One the same day that I got my ring back, I received another ring as well. It was a phone call from my good friend Vicki in Boston. Her and her husband had just been asked to “adopt” a friends child. The birth mother has a special bond with Vicki and knew that she would provide the perfect home for the sweet little girl who would be arriving in just three weeks.

Vicki talked to her husband and after their discussion, they knew this was God’s plan for their family. Baby Ava would make #5 for them. They have two twenty-something daughters, an eighteen-year-old son and an eleven-year-old. When she called me, she asked if we would be willing to let her and the newborn stay at our house while the paperwork was being drawn.

Without hesitation, or consulting my husband (oops), the answer was yes!

In my last blog, I talked about paying it forward. This is a prime example. What an opportunity to serve others and do what we are all supposed to do in this world. After discussing the situation with Vicki, we didn’t know what documentation would be required for the baby to leave Ohio, or how long they would need to stay with us.

Unknowns aplenty. But that didn’t deter us.

Vicki and I started our game plan. We asked to borrow baby items from the neighbors (thanks to Tony and Laura). We asked our favorite Goodwill shoppers to be on the lookout for clothes and blankets (thanks to JoAnn and Katie). I reached out to our church for diapers and formula (thanks to New Life Chapel). We started a Go Fund Me account and accepted cash donations to help pay the legal fees (thanks to all who contributed). We were on a mission. By the time Vicki arrived at our house on Sunday the 15th, baby Ava had 90% of what she needed.

Ahh, the power of community.

Baby Ava made her arrival into this world on March 17th. She was our little St. Patty’s Day good luck charm! She also now shares a birthday with my niece, Kendall. It was a perfect day. She was a perfectly healthy baby. And, we all fell in love with her immediately.

Watching the birth mother hand over her child over was incredible. While it’s hard to imagine how that would feel, it’s really commendable what she did. What a mature girl to recognize that she didn’t have the resources to give Ava the life that she deserves. What a strong girl not to abort, but rather seek out the perfect environment for her child to grow.

Talk about making the best of a challenging situation.

Being at the hospital and witnessing the emotions in the room was very hard. I met the birth mother an hour before she delivered. She was amazing. She welcomed me with open arms, gave me time with Ava, and didn’t think twice about letting me spend hours at the hospital with them. Being so close to Vicki and this process, I can’t express how much that meant to me.

After leaving the hospital, Vicki and Ava made their way to our home. There we all fell in love with Ava. She ate. She slept. She dirtied her diapers. She made us all smile. She really is the best baby!

The next day Vicki’s husband, Jeff, and their youngest son, Chase, arrived planning to stay until the guardianship hearing. We went through the weekend, hoping that Monday would deliver a court day. Another day passed, and no word. While we waited, we made the best of our days. Jeff made breakfast in the mornings and kept himself busy by hanging the artwork in our new home. Not complaining! Vicki and I kept busy feeding, changing diapers, attempting photo sessions and even shopping with Ava. Chase played video games and attended Ty’s baseball games so that he could visit with his old teammates. Being together and caring for one another helped us through the uncertainty.

Finally, on Tuesday they were told that the court date was set for May 8th. They were hoping for an emergency hearing due to the circumstances but, well … welcome to the court systems. While there are still hurdles ahead, they knew it wouldn’t help them to stay any longer. So, last night they started their journey back to Boston.

It was so hard to see them go. Throughout the process we’ve shared many words, many prayers and many tears. As I watched them pull out of our driveway, my tears reached a whole new level. I was sad to see my friend, her family and her beautiful new baby leave. I was also very happy for all of them. After all they are off to start something new. How lucky are they?

Just four weeks ago I would have never imagined hosting another family for an extended period of time, or having a newborn under our roof once again. But, I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. It was remarkable. And for those of you asking, never say never, but another child is not in our plans. That said, this story sheds light on the fact that God has the ultimate plans and in our family we will go where He leads us.

Wishing Baby Ava and her new family all the best. Please keep them on your prayer list and embrace those opportunities to pay it forward, come together and spread the love. After having experienced it first hand, I can truly say …

Nothing feels better.

Pay It Forward

PayItForwardTwo Saturdays ago Mark and I attended a bowling fundraiser and afterwards, we decided to venture downtown with a group of other couples. After some discussion we agreed to make our way to the Old Bourbon Bar and Strauss Haus in Newport, KY. The evening was a complete blast, until I learned that …

I lost my engagement ring.

Saturday night was a typical winter evening in Ohio. It was very cold and snow dusted the night sky. That said, it was a date night so I didn’t let the weather stop me from dressing up, ditching the bulky winter jacket and breaking out those super attractive, but not-entirely-functional high heels.

While I was still looking great by the time we left the bar, I slipped on the ice on my way into the cab and down I went. No biggie, I brushed myself and we were on our way. The problem being, when I looked at my ring finger the next morning, my engagement ring was nowhere to be found.

Enter panic mode. That darn icy fall kept replaying in my head. It must have happened then. We scoured the streets, I checked every pocket of my purse, and we begged the staff at the bar to check, just one more time. Nothing surfaced. Maybe I didn’t wear it?

Wrong. When I got home, it wasn’t there either. How I got to sleep that evening, I have no idea, but when I woke the next morning I hit the phones. I called everyone that I knew in the area to see if they had any clues.

Still nothing.

At this point it came time to embrace the modern world. At 8:30PM on Sunday night I turned to Facebook and posted a call for help. By Monday the photo of my ring had been shared over 300 times. I couldn’t believe it! And then, at 9AM, I received a text. My ring had been found.

In the bathroom at the Strauss Haus.

I must have been cold enough in my cute date night outfit for my fingers to shrink. My only guess is that it fell off while I was washing my hands. Can I blame Mother Winter? Regardless of why, when I heard from Katie there was only one thing to be.

Grateful.

The whole situation restored my faith in humanity. While the whole fiasco lasted only 24 hours, there were so many generous, honest people that came out of the woodwork. John Clinton, the bar owner who was so patient and helpful. Big J, the owner of the cab company who offered his assistance. Graphic designers who reached out to help me make flyers. A chiropractor two doors down from the bar who took time to look for the ring himself. And, finally Katie. The honest stranger who ultimately returned the ring to me.

I’m happy to report that my ring is back on my finger and has since been resized. I didn’t think it was possible, but I appreciate it now more than I ever have. I am also so thankful for everyone who offered their help, their time and their social networks. You better believe that I will be paying the kindness forward.

Oscars Recap

Oscars2015-R2This past Sunday I took some time for me and sat down to watch all of the glitz and glamour that is the Red Carpet. I even caught some, but not all of the Oscars. I’ll admit it, for me it’s less about the awards and more about those beautiful dresses, and of course, the bling.

Here were some of my favorites:

  • Idina Menzel: WOW!! My good friend Simon G definitely decked her out! And, that dress. Does anyone know where I can find a version of this in my price range?
  • J-Lo: While I loved her look, I’m a bit disappointed that she didn’t add a necklace to the mix. She would have looked fabulous in some chocolate diamonds from Le Vian.
  • Rosamund Pike from Gone Girl: Love her dress. I also loved the drop detail of her earrings, but if you ask me, they could have been a bit larger (wink).
  • Jessica Chastain: Her blue dress looked stunning with that glistening diamond necklace by Piaget. We are definitely going to see this style make a comeback in 2015.
  • Faith Hill: While I’m not sure about her new “do”, her 50” drop necklace more than made up for it. So beautiful! I just picked out a 50″ Diamonds by the Yard necklace for the store, stop by and try it on. I have no doubt it will make you feel Red Carpet fabulous!
  • Jenna Dewan-Tatum: If you were able to take your eyes off of her beau, Channing, for just one second you might agree that she wore it perfectly. I also love how her earrings tied the whole look together.

And for every Oscar win, there has to be a couple of losers. Here are some looks that didn’t quite hit it home for me:

  • Lupita Nyong’o: C’mon Calvin Klein. Really, all pearls? While I am all for pearls as an accessory this was a little bit over the top. I might even say crazy!
  • Lady Gaga: Who could forget. While we all know she likes to go above and beyond, she should have stopped before she slipped on those red rubber gloves. Yikes.

After all of the red carpet action I found myself sitting there, wondering how I might be able to be snag a seat at next years award ceremony. Does anyone have any hookups? If not, I’ll settle for that Idina Menzel dress and those stunning Simon G. accessories. Every girl can dream.