Moms & Mimosas

July came and went, and it’s hard to believe that school is just around the corner! We’ve already started back-to-school prep in our house – stocking up on school supplies, securing uniforms, and practicing those early morning wake up calls. My kids are NOT happy, but I’m trying to stay strong. #willpower

If you too are a Mother gearing up for the next school year, I’m sure you’re feeling the pressure too. Well, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s an event called Moms & Mimosas. What’s not to love?

Jan Collins is the host of this awesome gathering. For those who don’t know her, she’s a rock-star businesswoman that just happens to own two of my favorite local restaurants – Putters and Cozy’s Cottage. While Jan’s kids are now grown, she knows first hand how busy summer and school prep can be. So, after the kiddos hop on the bus for the first day, she decided us Mom’s deserve some fun too!

This year Moms & Mimosas will be held on August 16th from 9AM to 11AM at Putters in West Chester, OH. I’m lucky to have partnered with Jan on the event this year, and with our forces combined we’ve kicked it up a notch. Expect great food, good company, gift bags, and some pretty spectacular raffle prizes.

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If your kids have a different start date, let’s chat. Maybe we can get a second date on the calendar! Even though my kids start on August 22nd, I’m still planning to hire a sitter and join in on the fun. Hope to see you all there!!

Our Time In Cooperstown

Our travels this month took us to Cooperstown, New York, “The Home of Baseball”. Our goal, of course, to play baseball!

To start our adventure, we packed up and drove 10 hours to this quaint and amazing little town. I never imagined New York could be so green! Cooperstown is truly beautiful, and it’s also in the middle of NOWHERE. After getting the whole family settled in our vacation home, it came time to drop off our first player (Ty). Things didn’t go as smoothly as planned there! To get into the barracks we waited in traffic for THREE HOURS, leaving only five minutes for our last hugs and kisses.

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Once we dropped off Ty, we ventured downtown and checked out the cute shops and restaurants. It was a boutique paradise, and all of the restaurants had cute, baseball inspired names such as DoubleDay Cafe, Hey Getcha Hot Dog, Mickey’s Place and Hard Ball Cafe. We even found a distillery that sells Glimmerglass Branded Vodka (named after a local state park) in a baseball shaped bottle, as well as a non-GMO cinnamon whiskey called Spitball. Awesome! The shops were also 100% focused on baseball with shirts that read “My son hit a Home Run in Cooperstown” and “My son hit a Grand Slam in Cooperstown”! Fortunately for us, members of the Ty fan club, we were able to purchase BOTH!

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Along with Ty’s Grand Slam and Home Run, he made the whole family proud with a strong showing on the Pitchers Mound, and every base that he played.

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As we neared the end of our baseball inspired vacation, we were so excited when our team made it to the Championship game in Little Majors Stadium. What an amazing accomplishment! The boys fought hard, but ultimately they came up short. There were a lot of tears and sad faces, but after a few days Ty came around!

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Since our team finished 2nd Place and went 11-1, we didn’t have a lot of breaks! That said, we did make time for one grand Yelton family excursion. Before arriving in Cooperstown, I researched the area to find that the oldest covered bridge in the United States is located just seven miles from downtown. It’s called the Hyde Hall Covered Bridge and is nestled in Glimmerglass State Park. Entrance to the park cost $7, and it was worth every cent. If you ever find yourself in the area, this is a MUST DO!!

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Overall, we’re so glad that we made the trip to Cooperstown. If you ever have the opportunity to take your son or daughter, don’t let this pass you by! Even if your kids are grown, but you love baseball, you could still spend three to four days in this quaint little town and have a blast.

We’ve had a lot of great family adventures lately, and as a mom, I just love to see how much fun the boys have. When we left Cooperstown we also headed to Niagara Falls. Stay tuned for a future blog on that trip! In the meantime, I hope you’re all enjoying your summer so far!

 

To Family & Freedom

I hope everyone had an amazing (and safe) Fourth of July weekend! If you drove down Shulze Drive at all, you may have noticed that Yelton Fine Jewelers was closed. While it’s always a hard decision to leave our customers behind, we sure appreciated the time away as a family. It just doesn’t happen enough with our busy summer schedules.

To celebrate our freedom, and soak up our time together, we made our way to our vacation home on Hidden Valley Lake (psst, visitors always welcome). Along with the usual food, games, and fireworks we also had some time to indulge in our hobbies. Ty and Mark snuck away to play baseball resulting in some shiny new trophies, while Trent and I took our new paddle boards for a spin. So much fun, here’s a glimpse …

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To all of our customers, thank you again for allowing this opportunity to escape as a family. I hope your holiday weekend was just as relaxing, free, and full of laughs. See you all soon!

Summer Statement Earrings

Are you looking for the perfect thing to transform your summer wardrobe? Well, ladies, take off your everyday studs and opt for a pair of statement earrings instead. These stunning face-framing accessories are the perfect way to show off your summer style and instantly glam up any outfit. Take these looks for example:

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SOPHISTICATED ELEGANCE

Your summer khakis won’t be boring when you pair them with these stunning, two-tone drop earrings from the Simon G Garden collection. The leaf-like design delivers an organic look, while white diamond accents add a hint of shimmer.

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SEASONAL COLOR

Delivering stunning blue hues, the Tacori Island Rains collection reminds me of the bright summer sky. I especially love these three-tier drop earrings, made from 925 sterling silver. They deliver color so tastefully and also pair well with blue jeans {score}.

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NATURALLY SEXY

There’s a certain stigma attached to wearing pearls. Well ladies, I’m here to prove that they can be fashionable, fun, and downright sexy. Check out these stunning freshwater pearl drop-earrings from the Imperial Pearl Exotics collection. There’s nothing boring about them.

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MODERN GLAM

For the girl looking to make a fashion statement, I’ve got just the thing. The Lorelei Fringe Diamond Ear Cuff from Hearts On Fire is sure to get the conversation started. These earrings feature 3.10 carats of sparkling white diamonds, in a sleek, modern design.

Happy Summer everyone! As you enjoy the warmer temps and longer days, don’t forget to grab a pair of statement earrings to transform that everyday maxi dress. If you need help choosing the perfect set, stop by Yelton Fine Jewelers in West Chester, OH. I’m always happy to be your personal shopper!

Beneath The Bling

Coming back from Vegas, I feel refreshed. While jewelry shows are about finding new lines, staying up to date on trends, and networking, it’s also much more. As I reflect on the past week, I realize that the reason I love what I do is not just because of the sparkles. It’s because of the innovation, the fashion, the people, and the passion. All of the tiny facets that rest beneath the bling …

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Innovation

My favorite thing about the jewelry industry is how it continues to evolve. New technology, new styles, and new designers are constantly coming out of the woodworks. The result of this ongoing innovation is an industry that bleeds creativity and expression. In Vegas, there was evidence of that everywhere. Even after all of these years, I’m continuously amazed. And that is, awesome!

Fashion

When most people think about fashion, the first thing that comes to mind is clothing. Well, I’m here to tell you that no outfit is complete without perfectly coordinated bling. Everywhere we turned in Vegas we found stunning fashion pieces. They were colorful, they were bold, and they had me wanting. With the right jewelry piece, I promise, even jeans and a white t-shirt can become a work of art. That, my friends, is the power of fashionable jewelry.

People

Believe it or not when I see diamonds, I don’t think about the rocks themselves. I think of the people they represent. When I look at a well-crafted Simon G engagement ring, I think about the man, the artisan behind the work. When I sell a promise ring, or an anniversary band at Yelton Fine Jewelers, I think about my customers, their love and their unique story. When I put my own jewelry on each morning, I think about my blessings, and my own desire to express myself. Look deeply at any jewelry piece, and I bet, you too, will be reminded of someone special in your life.

Passion

If you ever have an opportunity to attend a jewelry show, one of the first things you’ll notice is that everyone there is passionate about what they do. When you walk into the room, the energy radiates and it’s because we believe in the products that we sell. As jewelers, we appreciate the hard work that goes into each piece, we respect the vision of the designers, and in the end, we love helping our customers commemorate the most precious moments in their lives. I think we can all agree, there aren’t many jobs quite like this one.

As I get settled back into the “real world”, I’m appreciative of my time in Vegas. For reconnecting me with the people that inspire me, for exposing me to the talents of so many designers, and for reminding me all that lies beneath the bling.

New Shopping Experience Coming Soon

Last October we celebrated six years at the Schulze Dr. store, and back in April we celebrated a whopping 28 years in business! Wow. Looking back it’s awesome to reflect on how Yelton’s has evolved, our amazing staff members, and of course, our customers that have been with us for years, and even generations. I have to say, I am so grateful to be part of a company that puts people first, offers a fun working environment, and knows how to adapt.

Speaking about adapting, I’m happy to announce that changes are on the horizon once again. Since Monday we’ve been working alongside the demo crew, electricians, designers and more. All of this to deliver you a better shopping experience. Because, you’re worth it!

For a long time Mark and I have dreamed about creating a more private shopping area within the store. This project is that vision coming to life and we are excited to use this new space to bring new one-of-a-kind items to Yelton’s. Think big. Think bling. Think personal.

We can’t wait to share more details once the dust settles. In meantime, I’d like to give a huge shout out to all of the local companies that have made this renovation possible. Thanks to KDM and the fabulous Samantha for the creative, Schumacher-Dugan for the demo and rebuild, as well as our friends at Biz-Com electric, JP Flooring and Lighting EFX. You’re doing awesome!

Summer Planning

It’s hard to believe that another school year has passed us by. Soon, I’ll be the mother of a 7th grader and a 4th grader! Wow, time flies. It seems like just yesterday that they were crawling around in diapers.

While it’s always hard to see your kids grow up, I have to say, my boys are at a really fun age. They’re old enough to get around and appreciate new experiences, but not quite to those teenage years where they’ll want to start doing their own thing (sniff).

With summer on the horizon, I’m going to take advantage of their time and attention while I still have it. As a family we’ve already been planning! There are so many new things popping up around us, it’s really hard to choose. Here are some of the activities that have made it to the top of our list so far …

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Liberty Center

Of course, a day at Liberty Center is always fun. While the boys are more than happy to hang out at Foot Locker and Dicks, I’ve got a few other ideas. I see there are a lot of new restaurants opening, and a Farmers Market every Tuesday. Fresh food, sign me up!

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I know my family is really excited for Top Golf to open! Trent had the opportunity to visit one last summer on his trip to DC and he can’t stop bragging about it. Every time we drive the construction site on 1-75 we note any progress. I know we’ll be there soon after the opening. Has anyone ever been?

Bike Rides

One of the items on my Mother’s Day wish list was a “Townie” bike, and I’m happy to report that my boys came through for me! On those beautiful summer days I’ll be showing off my new ride on the Loveland Bike Trail. Where else should we go? If you have a favorite bike trail, send it my way.

Cooperstown

One of our summer getaways will include a visit to Cooperstown, NY for a baseball tournament. This should be an amazing trip! Along with the tournament we’re building in a couple of extra days to visit state parks, and possibly even detour to Niagara Falls on our way home! Do you have any favorite places in that region that we should put on our “must see” list?

No matter what you have in store for the summer, don’t forget to get out of the office and enjoy some family time! I’m certainly going to sit back, sip a few glasses of wine, and enjoy these warmer days while we still have them. Before we know it, summer will be over and we’ll be back to our everyday school routine. Gah, did I really just say that?!

So, what’s on your agenda?

Treat Yourself On Mother’s Day

I’ll be the first to admit that my husband is VERY good to me. That said, sometimes (ahem, a lot of times) I still like to treat myself. After all, the only person that knows exactly what you need at any given moment is yourself, right? That last minute massage, those retail therapy purchases, and, that perfectly purple manicure. If you ask me, those aren’t selfish acts. They’re part of the Tina self-care package.

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As Mother’s we work hard. Not to mention the things that we balance in addition to our children. Careers. Partners. Parents. Forever friends. Umm, life. Sometimes at the end of a long day I sit down, stare into space, and think, “Phew, I made it.” Ladies, who’s with me?

First of all, a big shout out and a high five to my fellow Mother’s out there. Second of all, with Mother’s Day just around the corner and I encourage you all to treat yourself! To people that are constantly taking care of others I know the idea of splurging on YOU might be difficult, but c’mon YOU deserve it! Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas … 

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  • Good Reads: Books are a great gift to self. I love getting lost in a story, and I also appreciate the alone time. Lately I’ve had my eye on The Lake House by Kate Morton.
  • Retail Therapy: Whether it’s a new outfit, a piece of shiny bling, or a purse that you’ve been eyeing, buy something that will make you feel beautiful! I may have upgraded my Stitch Fix order to a double box in May.
  • Pampering: If you’re craving some relaxation, make your way to the spa. A mani-pedi combo is a good mood booster, but if you can make a day of it. Book a massage, enjoy a facial, or simply sit quietly in the steam room.
  • A Night Out: Sometimes I find that a night out is the best medicine. Grab a girlfriend, or invite the hubby and kids. Whether it’s your favorite restaurant or a theatrical event, find a good reason to get out of the house. Maybe even pull out those heels?

Whatever you decide to do, make sure that you follow through! Mother’s Day is your opportunity to sit back, relax and splurge a little bit. Get it!

Great Looks For Spring

Lately, I’ve been looking up and thinking, “what is that orange thing in the sky?” Oh yeah, the sun! Finally. I’m sure hoping that Old Man Winter is on his way out. Looking at the forecast these 70 and 80 degree temps have me thinking that we may be skipping over spring and heading straight into summer. No complaints from this girl!

With the change of season, I’m excited to get my accessory wardrobe up to speed. Ladies, it’s time to dig through those jewelry boxes and let your spring pieces shine. If you’re looking for ideas, here are some trends that I love:

Monogram Pieces

I can’t quite figure it out, but there is something about spring that draws me towards my monogram pieces. If you too want to show off your identity stop by Yelton Fine Jewelers! From the Tacori Monogram collection to 100% custom pieces, we offer a wide selection of personalized jewelry so that you can enter this season in style.

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Hints Of Color

Every spring wardrobe needs a healthy dose of color! Luckily, bold, colorful pieces are on trend this season so there are plenty of fabulous pieces to choose from. As a Tacori girl who loves blue tones, I’m personally drawn to the Island Rains collection. Can you blame me?

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Yellow Gold

Yellow Gold jewelry is the perfect representation of warmth and sunshine. Bonus points if it comes with sparkling white diamond accents! If you’re looking for a piece to warm up your wardrobe, browse through the Hearts On Fire collections. Lariat necklaces, stunning stud earrings, fashion rings and more! There are so many great pieces to choose from.

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Durable Jewelry

If you’re a busy mom like me spring is synonymous with sports. From practice, to games, to locating missing jerseys, I feel like we are always on the go. If you’re looking for jewelry that can keep up, I highly recommend Midas Sports Bracelets. Wear these to the next baseball or soccer game, and you’ll have all of the other moms talking. Who says you can’t look fabulous in the dirt?

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Along with getting the right look, spring is also a great time to give your existing jewelry pieces a bit of a facelift. Every time you change your clocks, plan to bring your rings in to have them checked and cleaned. Simple and easy to remember! When you leave you’ll feel better knowing your stones are safe, and you’ll also appreciate that fresh dose of sparkle!

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Happy Spring Everyone! Once you’ve sifted through your jewelry boxes for your favorite spring pieces, bring them by the store and give them some love. If you mention this blog we’ll take 20% off of any maintenance including rhodium plating, prong adjustments and more! We’ll also throw in a free small jewelry cleaner while we’re at it.

Bling For Spring

We’ve returned from our great RV adventure and I have to say, wow! What an amazing few weeks it has been. I hope many of you were able to follow our spring break journey across the country. I’ll admit it. Before leaving, I wasn’t quite sure how I would do camping, but it was a blast. I recommend this exact trip to everyone. I plan to create a replica of our itinerary for those that have requested it, if you want a copy too, let me know!

With the open road behind me, I am already gearing up for a different kind of fun. Spring fashion trends are blossoming, bridal season is already booming and ahem, Mother’s Day is just 38 days away! It’s such an exciting time to come back to work and I can’t wait to find the perfect home for all of this fabulous jewelry that we have at the store.

If you ask me there’s no better way to kick off this shopping season than our upcoming Tacori Spring Bling event …

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Join us Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th to get in on the fun! For the couples we’ll have jaw-dropping engagement rings and matching wedding band sets. For Mother’s Day there will plenty of stunning pieces to help you express your sentiment. And, if you’re looking to splurge on a little piece for yourself I’d be happy to show off the Tacori fashion collection. There’s something for everyone and believe me, you’re not going to want to miss out on these weekend only deals!

Visit Yeltons.com to RSVP. Hope to see you there!