Bling On A Budget

What if I told you that you didn’t need to shell out thousands of dollars for truly amazing jewelry? It’s true. Bling can be found on a budget, and I’m here to prove it to you. See below for some of my favorite picks, all of which are under $500.

Movado Bold

In my opinion the Movado Bold is the perfect timepiece for any occasion. From casual lunch dates to those important business meetings, this watch pairs well with jeans, pencil skirts and everything in between. It’s classic, timeless and best of all, affordable. Oh Movado … I heart you.


Tacori Blushing Rose Ring

By now, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I’m Tacori’s number one fan. That said I had to include their “blushing rose” ring in my top five affordable picks. The ring features a beautiful sterling silver band with a rock star amethyst in the center. When you wear this ring, Friday night belongs to you.


O.W.L. Jewelry

O.W.L. stands for the Ones We Love and their jewelry provides a great opportunity to self-express. My own O.W.L. necklace includes a charm at the center, which represents my faith, as well as two pearls, one for each of my sons. What a great gift from the Yelton boys. As a mother I love having a sentimental piece that I can cherish forever. Ah, now I’m getting emotional. This was not my intention. Bottom line, O.W.L. rocks.


Toy Watch

While the name may be deceiving, Toy Watches are definitely made for adults! With so many colors and designs available, they have something for everyone. Madonna and Oprah themselves have been spotted sporting Toy Watches. While these two ladies could probably afford any watch on a planet, the fact that they’ve chosen a Toy says something!


Hearts On Fire Fashion Jewelry

Hearts On Fire is known for making the worlds most perfectly cut diamond. Their reputation alone sounds expensive, but don’t be deterred! The truth is that they offer some pieces that are not only fabulous, but also affordable. Starting at $495 you can set your heart on fire (sorry, I had to). Check out this necklace and if you want to see more be sure to RSVP for the upcoming Hearts On Fire event at Yelton’s.

Script-Initial-Pendant-1And there you have it, bling on a budget. Whether you’re looking to spend $200 or $1,000 on your next piece, remember that there are always options out there. Above all, we all deserve jewelry to help us celebrate our accomplishments and make us feel fabulous. At least I think so!

Bling It Back To Life

This past weekend I found myself sifting through my jewelry box. No surprise there, but what was shocking was the number of pieces that I own that are in need of some major TLC. From tarnished bracelets to loose gems, you name it. It was all there in front of me. Looking through my collection of not-so-sparkly bling, I started to think. If everything I owned was repaired, I would have so many more options! Who knows, at that point I may not even need any new jewelry. On second thought, let’s be realistic …

The fact of the matter is that all jewelry, new and old, deserves to be cared for. After all a lot of our bling represents major life milestones such as anniversaries, birthdays or personal accomplishments. By taking care of our jewelry we’re able to wear it with confidence and as a result, those memories live on.

While it all makes so much sense, for some reason, when our favorite pieces lose their luster we don’t give them the love that they deserve. Rather, we shove them to the back of our jewelry drawers and forget about them. I’m guilty of it and I spend the majority of my week at a jewelry store! Shame on me. Shame on all of us.

I say it’s time we all do something about our broken jewelry. Pull those pieces from the back of your drawer. Bring your bling, and the memories that they represent, back to life! If that’s not enough motivation, how about discount repair services? That’s right, bring your lack-luster jewelry into Yelton’s this October and I’ll give you 20% off of your repair. It’s only the right thing to do. We all deserve it.


Calling All Tacori Girls

Who loves Tacori? This girl does. If you search through my jewelry collection you’ll find many Tacori pieces. Bracelets, rings, necklaces, you name it. I just can’t help myself, it’s all so beautiful. My obsession must be apparent because even Mark has caught on. For my big 4-0 he surprised me with a new Tacori promise bracelet. The bracelet can only be taken on or off with a special key, that he holds. The design is so elegant and the concept definitely warms the heart, but I have to say, his delivery was the best part. As he handed me the box he looked at me and said, “I promise to love you for the rest of our lives”. Now that my friends is a Tacori moment!

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Whether you want a promise bracelet of your own or another piece that shows off your unique style, Tacori has something for everyone. I recommend taking a look at the Ivy Lane and Moon Rose collections. Here’s just a preview of some of my favorite pieces from those collections:

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Another one of my favorite Tacori pieces is the “Birth of a Child” pendant. Perfect for all of the moms out there! The pendant represents the 12 months of the year and the diamond is placed according to the birth month of your child. It’s a great way to keep one of life’s most precious moments close to your heart.

Birth_PendantWhether you want to celebrate a milestone or add a new accessory to your collection, when you’re a #TacoriGirl, your options are endless. If you’d like to get a glimpse of what they have to offer stop by Yelton’s on September 26th and 27th for our All Tacori Weekend. We’ll be joined by a Tacori specialist with over 500 pieces onsite. Talk about eye candy! I hope to see you all there.

I am (almost) 14,600 Days Old

tina-40th-birthdayIt’s hard to believe that on Saturday I will turn the big 4-0. Yes, I said 40. Time flies, especially as you get older, but I have nothing but positive things to look back on. I am fortunate to be blessed with great health, a loving husband, two beautiful children and a supportive extended family. Looking at the big picture there is a lot to be grateful for, which is why I am marching towards 40 with confidence. When you wake up everyday appreciating everything that you have and looking forward to what’s to come, time carries no burden. In fact it’s a blessing.

Coming up on a milestone birthday, I took it as an opportunity to reflect back. In doing so it was fun to reminisce about the good times and appreciate the opportunities that I’ve had thus far. From high school and beyond, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Florida, Hilton Head and other great places. I attended many amazing concerts in my college days. I met Mark and he spoiled me (wink). As a couple we traveled, treated ourselves to great meals, and attended sports games. No matter where we were we truly enjoyed our time together. Then, along came Ty and Trent. As a family the adventures only continued. We have gone to Disney many times, we set sail on a Disney Cruise, we made our way to Phoenix for spring training and our next stop will be New York City this fall. Looking back there is one common theme. I am one fortunate gal.

On top of reflecting upon past memories I’ve also thought a lot about my future and what was ahead. This past New Year’s Eve, knowing that the big 4-0 was just around the corner, I decided to make a bucket list of things that I wanted to accomplish in 2014. I’m proud to say that I’ve knocked off over half of them! Here’s a glimpse of my progress:

  1. Perform 40 random acts of kindness (almost there)
  2. Get baptized
  3. Spend more time with my mom
  4. Start a blog (here it is!)
  5. Read the Bible (halfway done)
  6. Be a better wife (We should probably check in with MY on this one!)
  7. Join a Bible Study
  8. Journal daily
  9. Learn to let go at work
  10. Take tennis lessons (had to stop due to an injury)
  11. Play in a tennis round robin
  12. Drink more H20 (gulp)
  13. Stay on my facial regimen (thanks Erika Ellis)
  14. Wear Makeup (to cover those wrinkles)
  15. Stay gluten-free
  16. Take my daily vitamins
  17. Eat less fast food
  18. Give up soda (5 weeks and counting)
  19. Sleep less
  20. Set goals to work towards at Yelton’s Fine Jewelers
  21. Serve at New Life Chapel
  22. Spend more time being thankful
  23. Don’t sweat the small stuff!

I have to say, I am pretty impressed. It’s only August and I’ve only got 17 more items to accomplish. While it won’t be easy, I know I can do it. Above all, it’s good to look back and realize that no matter how old you are, every year is a year to celebrate. Whether your 23 or 79, I challenge each of you to think about the things that you want to accomplish. Use your age as a guide, make a list on New Years Eve and go for it! Accomplishing your goals is easier than you would think and can be a lot of fun along the way.

Cheers to turning 14,600 days old!

My Essentials

Essential PlannerWhether they are items that help us be more productive, simple reminders that make us happy or things that we need to keep around for sanity purposes. In life, we all have our essentials. The things we won’t go anywhere without. From home to work and everywhere in between, here are the five things that I keep with me at all times.

1) My iPhone

I know that most people think it’s a problem, but my iPhone is my lifeline. First and foremost I need it for communication. From work to home and everywhere in between, I like to stay in touch with my friends, family and customers. Plus, with my busy schedule no one would ever catch me if I were tied to a landline.

Outside of the obvious benefits of a cell phone, I also rely on my iPhone to access my New Life Chapel App. No matter where I am, I have access to the Bible, past sermons, event calendars and music. It certainly makes doing a daily devotion much easier! Finally, I wouldn’t get very far without easy access to my Dropbox App. For those that use Dropbox, enough said. For those that don’t … go download it. Now.

2) My iPhone Charger

Refer to #1 and you will understand why I generally need a charger by noon on any given day.

3) Business Cards

Our business is very important to me and my dedication began the first time that I met Roy. When I entered the house to meet him and JoAnn for the first time, he barely said a word before reaching into his pocket to hand me; you guessed it, a business card. While I didn’t know it at the time, it wasn’t long before I would have a stack of Yelton’s business cards of my own.

When I joined the family business I remember one very specific rule. If you were ever caught without a business card, you were fined $50. At the beginning, I learned the hard way, having to pay in a few times. Luckily, I’ve caught a few other Yelton’s employees empty handed over the years so I’ve been able to even the score. Maybe I should go walk the floor right now and see if I can make a few bucks!

4) Planner & To Do Notebook

Lots of people make fun of me, but even with my iPhone next to me, I still have a written planner. It needs to be within an arms length or something feels off. I think I got this from my momma, who’s the same way. I used to consider myself a loyal Franklin Covey girl but, as of late, I’ve migrated to the Erin Condren world. Look her up! Her planners are amazing.

There are many days where I don’t know whether I am coming or going. In those moments, I rely on my planner and get back on track. But that’s not all. With me at all times, I also carry a To-Do notebook. Did anyone say Type A? Yes, admittedly, but I can’t help it. Day or night, you’ll find me taking notes and making lists to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks.

5) Trenta Iced Green Tea Unsweetened from Starbucks

When I think of addiction this tasty beverage comes to mind. It’s not much of a secret; if you see me there is usually Trenta Iced Green Tea right by my side. I gave up soda a while back and have never been a huge fan of coffee, so this is my beverage. Zero calories and zero sugar. Make fun of me all you want, but at least my addiction is a healthy one. Or so I tell myself!

Along with the beverage, I’m not going to lie; I love the attention that you get as a regular Starbucks customer. I’ve got my Gold Card, the Starbucks App is on my phone and I frequent the drive-thru window more often than I visit the ATM. Beyond being a regular, it’s possible that I have even gotten a little too comfortable with Starbucks. My sister, co-worker and I gossip about the drive-thru barista as if he was our boyfriend. If he’s working, we all know and bonus points if he calls us by our name. So what if it’s listed on our Starbucks Gold Card? It’s always good to feel important, even if for just a few moments.

So there you have it, five things that you can count on me to have at all times. What’s on your list?

Sun, Sand & Smartphone Apps

I was really excited when Allegiant Air announced its arrival into Cincinnati. Upon hearing the news I immediately started planning a summer excursion to Florida. It was perfect, while the boys played baseball in Disney I would take some time to kick back, relax and rejuvenate. Don’t get me wrong, I love baseball, but this chick was in desperate need of some beach time. Plus, what’s the big deal when you can get live score updates from anywhere these days! Don’t judge me (please).

After researching a few areas in Florida, it was decided. While the boys headed out for their games, Trent and I would post up in Juno Beach to visit my good friend Kendall and her husband Chad. Plan in place, time to book. As I browsed through the awesome “a la carte” rates offered by Allegiant I decided they were too good to be true and invited my niece, Kendall, as well. It didn’t take much convincing. She was on board.

Our flight path took us from CVG to Sanford Airport in Orlando. For those who travel often, Sanford is the best-kept secret in the world of airports. No lines. No waiting. It’s even smaller than Dayton! After snagging our luggage we headed towards our first stop, the rental car kiosk.Tina_Florida2

In an effort to be economical and save on fuel, I had originally booked a compact car. Well, little did I know that when they say compact they actually mean an itsy-bitsy-teenie-weenie Smart Car. While I love those little things, I knew that it wasn’t going to fit the bill for this trip. With long drives ahead, new highways and a lot of planned stops, now wasn’t the time for my first Smart Car adventure. Luckily they had a couple of mid-sized cars on the lot so we didn’t have to pack in like sardines. We left it up to Trent who chose a bright red Hyundai Accent as our chariot and we headed on our way.

When we hopped in the car my niece asked where we were headed. No problem, I plugged the information into my favorite travel app, WAZE. If you’re on the road a lot, consider WAZE your new best friend. Not only does it give you accurate directions, but it also provides you with fun facts and important details along the way. Do you want to know where the police are hanging out? Would you like to steer clear of accidents or bad road conditions? How about terrible weather? WAZE knows it all.

While I consider myself a seasoned WAZER, my niece took it to a whole new level. The moment we decided we were famished she whipped out her ROAD NINJA app to reveal the closest restaurant. Easy. How technology comes so natural to kids these days, I have no idea.

By the time we had identified the location of our next feast our phones were dying quickly. We attempted plugging them into the USB charger in the car. No luck. We turned to WAZE, which pointed us to the nearest Walgreen’s to purchase a new charger. At this point I was starting to believe that my niece, Kendall, had super powers. With access to nearly every cell phone app in the world, she was saving our day!

After juicing up the cell phones and satisfying our bellies, it was finally off to Juno Beach. We set our ears on the US PL8S game while keeping our eyes peeled for different license plates. Arizona. New Hampshire. Colorado. Halfway to our destination we were convinced that we’d find them all, but, alas, we ended at 60%. Alaska, watch out, I’m still looking for you.

When we arrived in Juno Beach I immediately felt relaxed. The waves were crashing. The breeze was soft. The destination was nothing short of beautiful. We spent the week digging our toes in the sand, visiting local museums, shopping (of course), and swimming in our friends’ pool. We also got a little time in with my family as well – the Woodses. Unfortunately, we aren’t related to Mr. Tiger Woods himself, but our golfing skills are almost as good. Take my word for it.

By the time the boys met up with us we were ready to hit the beach again. Can you blame us? On Saturday morning, we darted towards the sand where we got to see Sea Turtles in action as they made their way back to the ocean. What an awesome experience. Come Sunday, we packed it up and headed back to Orlando to close the trip.Tina_Florida

En route to Orlando we decided to stop in Christmas, Florida for an airboat ride. Back in the day Roy’s parents lived in Christmas and Mark spent a lot of summers on the very river that we were on. It was kind of cool to imagine him hanging out there in his younger years. Our trip guide was amazing and if you ever find yourself in Christmas I highly recommend visiting Midwest Airboats. Santa Claus sightings, not guaranteed.

For our final stop (insert a tear), we decided to head to Universal City Walk. Guided by our fearless leader, Kendall, and her array of cell phone apps we, once again, got to experience the best of Florida. After strolling around, we decided to have dinner at NBA City where the food and the service were something that I could appreciate!

When the weekend came to an end we were sad to kiss our vacation goodbye, though we knew it had come time to make our way home and get settled back into our routine. Overall, the trip was awesome I would highly recommend all of the excursions that we went on. I also advise everyone to jump on the cell phone app train. From restaurant recommendations to accurate directions and everything in between, they make traveling so easy!

And, if you don’t like being tied to your smart phone, travel with a sixteen year old. They’ve got this technology thing down!

Four Eyes


I got glasses. It’s true. I understand that I’m getting older, but even so, I thought I had at least another three decades before I needed another pair of eyes. I’m doing my best to embrace my new accessory, but for someone who never thought they would actually grow up, aging is a pain.

As an added bonus, my new glasses have added another element to my morning routine. Putting an outfit together is harder than it’s ever been before. Nothing seems to match! As I stare down my closet each morning I find myself wishing that I had, not just one, but at least ten pairs of glasses. I need a pair for the store and another to go out with the ladies. I need one for my black pencil skirt and another for my pink sundress. How people get through years with one pair is beyond me. Maybe I should get over the whole “finger in the eye” issue and try my luck with contacts. I guess only time can tell.

On top of being four-eyed, this week has been a crazy one. This blog is being written from my cell phone, in my vehicle, a top an empty lot that we will soon call home. As we work on digging up our roots and relocating our family, I’ve spent a lot of time rummaging through old stuff and looking through photos. Through these activities I’ve also had a lot of time to reflect. Looking at the big picture, I understand that my less-than-perfect vision is the least of my worries, but it’s scary to think about getting older. It feels like just yesterday that my two sweet little sons were in diapers and my vision was 20/20.

Where does the time go? If anyone finds the fountain of youth, please send me a pin on Google Maps. Much appreciated!

Never Lose An Earring Again

Down the drain. In a dressing room. At the beach. While the circumstances vary, we’ve all been there. One moment both of our earrings are intact and the next, one has wandered away, never to be found again. It’s an expensive tragedy. One I hope no one has to experience ever again. In an effort to keep earrings where they belong, I’d like to introduce you to Protektor Backs.

Protektor-BacksFor all of the English teachers out there, don’t get hung up on the spelling because they work wonders!As you can see from the picture, the Protektor Back includes both a post and a new back. Bring us your earrings and we’ll replace your post with the one shown. The reason Protektor Backs work so well is because there are two small buttons on each side that you must push when you put your earrings on, and take them off. If these buttons aren’t pushed in, the earring won’t budge.

I’ve replaced the posts on almost all of my earrings with Prokector Backs and now I never worry. I’ll dive head first into the lake and when I come up, I know my earrings are still going to be there. They’ve been such a lifesaver. If you’re curious, stop by the store and I’d be happy to give you a quick demo. And, if you decide to get them we can add them is just a matter of days!

If you’re sitting here thinking, “great, but what about the earrings I’ve already lost?” Well, you’re not entirely out of luck. Bring us the earring that’s missing its pair. We can match it and then add Protektor Backs to the set so that you can wear them with confidence. No more excuses, never lose an earring again!

Summer Jewelry Protection


Summer is here which means swimming, dinner parties and plenty of visits from the neighborhood kids. Yes! I’m ready; though, I wanted to catch you before the fun kicks off. While summer is great, between all of the soaking, splashing and cleaning, the season can take a toll on your jewelry.

So, what is it about summer anyways? It’s chlorine, and it’s everywhere. In the pool. In the hot tub. In bleach and other household cleaners. Maybe even in your laundry detergent.And, the problem is? Well, when chlorine comes in contact with your gold jewelry a chemical reaction kicks off. As a result, the chlorine dissolves with the copper and/or nickel alloys in the jewelry and can cause it to break. Did you know that if you left your jewelry in bleach for 24-hours it would be damaged beyond repair? Yikes, we definitely don’t want that to happen.

While it’s all very scary stuff, don’t fret. Here are some summer tips to keep your bling strong and sparkly:

  • Try to avoid wearing jewelry in hot tubs and swimming pools. Rings set with stones, especially prongs, are most subject to damage.
  • Remember that hot tub water is five times more damaging due to heat and increased chlorine concentrations. Proceed with caution.
  • Take off your rings while cleaning with a chlorinated cleaner. And, remember not to leave them hanging out by the sink where they could be knocked down into the drain (that’s a whole different blog!)
  • Be sure to read your labels. Chlorine is sneaky and tends to show up in places where you don’t expect it. If it says, “contains bleach”, it’s time to take your rings off.

Phew, I’m glad I caught you. Now, go enjoy your summer and remember, take your rings off!

Thank You Mark

When we welcome our first borns we tend to focus on the role of the mom. But, its important for us to remember the Dad’s too. Just like motherhood, becoming a father can be very challenging. Especially when your dealing with the world’s grumpiest baby. That was our Ty.image

Ty was the first baby that Mark had ever held, changed, and fed. You name it. If it was baby related, it was a first for Mark. Talk about a change of pace! By the time Trent came around, he was a pro. Thank goodness.

Even now, Mark and I always joke about how we ever thought a second one was a good idea after Ty. We fought major sleep battles with that one, and that was only the half of it. Of course, the plan was out of our hands and when Trent arrived we were both surprised and pleased to meet a baby that loved to sleep. Phew.

Observing Mark and the boys over the last 10 years it’s clear that fatherhood now comes naturally to him. With our two busy boys, Mark probably feels more like a taxi service than a Dad these days, but those moments the boys share in the car traveling from here to there are priceless. It warms my heart just thinking about it.

Mark – thank you for being the Dad that you are to our boys! We are all wishing you the happiest of Father’s Days.