Holiday Stress? It’s A Blessing.

Get up. Scan e-mails. Make breakfast. Address a handful of holiday cards. Get the kids to school. Go to work. Run errands during lunch to check off a couple more wish list items. Get off work. Rush to the post office. Think about working out. Instead, glam up for the next holiday party. Mingle. Get home. Wrap all of the packages that arrived on the porch. Hit the internet to check on those presents that are still in transit from the North Pole. Reply to group texts about work party, ladies holiday cheer, and family gatherings. Clean up, a little bit. Sleep, a little bit. Repeat.

Does anyone else’s life feel a little like this lately?

The holidays are crazy, no doubt, but sometimes we get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle that we lose sight of what this season is really all about. We get blindsided by our social calendars and forget to cherish our relationships. We stress about our shopping list without remembering how fortunate we are. We get anxious when the checkout line is moving slooow without extending empathy to those behind the counter.

It’s so easy to do and I know, I am guilty too! As my gift to you this holiday season, here’s just a little reminder to take a moment. Look around. Like, really … look around. When you do you’ll start to notice that this stress that we all experience this time of year. It’s a blessing.

We’re lucky because we can afford to put presents under the tree. We’re loved by the friends and family who surround us. We’re fortunate to be able to look forward to warm, holiday meals. And, when we recognize that there are plenty of people out there who don’t have the same luxuries, we have an opportunity to be humbled. We have an opportunity to give back.

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At Yelton Fine Jewelers this year we’re paying it forward through our Holiday Giving Giveaway. Everyday I’m packaging up a stocking with something sparkly to bring joy to someone who deserves it. Play along on our Facebook Page, and also start thinking about how you can give to someone in need this year. Donate to one of your favorite charities. Visit someone who is lonely. Or, spend some time volunteering. This blessing we all have? Let’s share it.

Happy holidays everyone! I am so grateful for all of you and look forward to hearing how you spread cheer this year. Wishing you a season full of happiness, and all of the other things that really count <3.

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Exclusive Simon G. Trunk Show

Simon G. is making his way back to Yelton Fine Jewelers next week to show off his stunning jewelry collections in person! Join us Friday, November 17th from 12PM to 7PM, and Saturday, November 18th from 10AM to 5PM for this exclusive event. Along with the opportunity to meet one of the most amazing jewelry designers I’ve ever encountered, you could also get up to 20% off of your purchase. It’s our little way of encouraging you to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping {wink}.

Now, the real question … what’s the best way to take advantage of this amazing event? Well, ladies and gents, I’ve got a couple of ideas for you …

Buy Something New …

One thing that I LOVE about Simon G is that he constantly innovating. He keeps me guessing, and for that I am grateful. If you’re a longtime fan of Simon G. {ahem, like me} you’re going to go crazy over some of his latest and greatest works of art. They’re forward thinking. They’re impeccably crafted. They’re everything that fine jewelry should be. Take this beautiful mixed metal set for example, and can we all agree … that ring?!

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Reset Your Existing Stones …

Are you looking to upgrade your current engagement ring, or give new life to an heirloom stone that you’ve had tucked away in your jewelry box? Now is the perfect time. From vintage to modern, Simon G offers an array of semi-mounts so that you can find something perfect for you – and your center stone. Here are just a few examples …

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Let The Night Sweep You …

If you ask me, the best jewelry purchases are the ones that happen unexpectedly. The kind where you try something on and all of a sudden you’re overtaken by the sparkle, the details, and the craftsmanship. It’s then that you know, it was just meant to be. So, come on in and see if anything calls to you. Even if you walk away empty handed you’ll still have a blast mingling, trying on fabulous bling, and getting to know Simon G. Really there is nothing to lose.

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Three words – don’t miss out. To guarantee your appointment be sure to RSVP on Yeltons.com. See you all next week! Eeeek.

To My Fellow Mother’s

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! If you have yet to pick up something special for that amazing woman in your life, give me a call … ASAP. She deserves to shine! Now that we’ve cleared that up, I also wanted to take the opportunity to say …

Thank you.

Great job.

You’re amazing.

This goes out to all of the mother’s out there, especially my own loving mom who has worked tirelessly to care for me, guide me, and support me. I would also like to give a special shout out to the mom’s at Yelton Fine Jeweler’s. You, your children, and your fur babies have become like family to me. You’re an inspiration and I feel so lucky to stand beside you, day in and day out.

 

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JoAnn has definitely earned her title as “Momma Yelton”! As a daughter, a mom, a mother-in-law, and a grandma she has touched the lives of so many people and we’re so grateful. When she isn’t at Yelton’s, you will find her caring for her own mother, walking at Liberty Center, or on the sidelines rooting for Ty and Trent.
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HEATHER
Heather has been a friend of Mark and Tina’s since elementary school! She is the proud momma of Megan, Nicklaus, and Mattison. As if raising three kids isn’t enough, Heather also has a new puppy at home {Beaux}! Along with working at Yelton’s, she also sells lipstick {check out her amazing lips}, and is a soccer coach for her kiddos.
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Gina is the one that keeps the “Yelton Ship” together. Most people don’t see her on the sales floor, but behind the scenes she manages our orders and keeps our marketing plans on track! Her two amazing children, Audrey and Carter, keep her running back and forth between baseball and soccer fields. She also loves home improvement projects, which don’t drive her hubby crazy at all {wink}.

 

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MEGAN H.

Megan H. has been a friend of ours for several years and last year, we finally convinced her to join the Yelton’s team. Her and her daughter, Jules, have tons of fun together. When she isn’t at work, you can find Megan building computers at her husbands business, on the sidelines of the soccer field, or traveling! I went to Boston with Megan this past September and let me tell ya … this girl is up for an adventure. I don’t think we missed a single inch of that city.

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MEGAN F.

While Megan F. has only been with us a few months I can already tell that she is passionate about two things – jewelry and animals. She grew up on a farm where she learned all about hard work and compassion. This sweet horse, named Mick, is her precious baby! When Megan isn’t at Yelton’s, she enjoys spending time with her parents, caring for her animals, and outdoor adventures.

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ELIZABETH

Elizabeth has been with us since January and she fits right in. She’ll be tying the knot in October, so currently Elizabeth and her loving kitty, Lola, are busy with wedding plans! I’m not sure if the kitty has been asked to walk down the aisle or not, maybe you can ask her next time you see her on our sales floor?! When Elizabeth isn’t at work, she loves to work on her bench at home and is continuing her education through GIA.

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LYNETTE

Lynette has been with YELTON for 10 years! WOW, time flies! She is a dedicated animal lover, featured here with her pup, Morpheous. With a total of four fur babies at home, Lynette and her husband stay very busy. Sometimes when you walk by her bench at Yelton’s you’ll see a little puppy tail sticking out near her feet {adorable}. When she’s not at work you can find Lynette playing golf, disc golf, or watching hockey.

 

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LESLEY

Lesley is another jewelry veteran who has been with us for 5 years! Currently she’s our Shop Assistant but this summer she’ll be furthering her education to become an official Goldsmith here at Yelton’s! We’re so excited for her, and her adorable kitty cat, Marshmallow. Outside of work Lesley helps to support her family business, enjoys playing disc golf with Lynette, and also sings Karaoke at the Village Tavern on Wednesdays. Make sure to tell her that I sent ya {wink wink}.

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TINAAnd, then finally, there’s this girl Tina we work with. Psst, it’s me. As most of you already know, I am so proud to call myself mom to two handsome young studs – Ty and Trent. They keep me busy so when I’m not at work I spend a lot of time on the sidelines of their baseball and lacrosse games. And, when it comes to “me time” I love to sleep, ready, and indulge in some retail therapy.

Whether your babies are two, or four-legged, I’m hoping that all of my fellow moms have an amazing Mother’s Day. May it be full of laughter, some pampering, and loving snuggles.

Xo

Valentine’s Gifts That Will Make Her Smile

Guys, you know I’m always looking out for you, which is why I’m here to give you a major hint …

Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away!!

If you haven’t already picked up something for that special woman in your life, you better get to Yelton Fine Jewelers ASAP. Your personal shopper {ahem, me} is waiting for you. While there are so many great pieces to choose from, here are a handful of pieces that I am loving for Valentine’s Day 2017 …

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What a perfect pick for Valentine’s Day. Not only is this bracelet from Hearts On Fire trendy, but it also symbolizes infinity and everlasting love. I promise a smile will come to her face every time that she looks at it. After all, she’ll be thinking of you {wink}.

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Tacori Classic Crescent Necklace

This stunning pendant from Tacori is a must-have for your one and only. Like your love, this necklace showcases a continuous circle, with no beginning and no end. The look is complete with 0.11 carats of sparkling white diamonds for added glimmer.

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Hearts On Fire Heart Stud Earrings

Let her shine brighter than ever before with these diamond studs from Hearts On Fire. Showcasing a classic and romantic design, these earrings deliver a timeless look that she’ll never grow tired of.

Simon G Diamond Drop Pendant

Finally, the item at the top of my list {hint, hint}. Check out this glistening 18K white gold pendant from Simon G. The drop design delivers a look that’s perfectly modern, but yet still appropriate for any occasion. I mean, if I owned it I would wear it every day.

Whether it’s one of these beautiful pieces, or something else that she’s had her eyes on, when she sees that little purple Yelton’s box in your hand she’ll be smiling from ear to ear. Gauranteed! Wishing you all a happy, love-filled Valentine’s Day. You know where to find me if you need gift advice!

Tina’s Holiday Sanity Checklist

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With only a handful of days left until Christmas, it’s more important than ever that we keep our cool. For our children. For our family members. And, of course, for ourselves! If you’re looking at your growing to-do list wondering how you’ll ever hold it together, start by taking a deep breath. Inhale. Exhale.

Ladies {and gents}, we’ve got this. If you’re looking for tips to keep you in a good space, check out my holiday sanity check-list. I’ve been using it for years, and it works!

1. Cherish family time. During the holiday season my favorite moments aren’t the fancy ones. I love the slow mornings. Making cookies in sweatpants. The movie nights. Those moments, with my boys and my hubby, are the ones that I cherish.

2. Pay It Forward. Whenever I start to get bogged down by my holiday task list, I remind myself that the stress I am feeling is actually a luxury. At this time of year I think it’s more important than ever to donate to the less fortunate with time, money, food, or gifts.

3. Enjoy Indulgence. Calorie counting during the holidays should be a crime. Between parties, dinners, and baking we’re all bound to consume a little more than we normally do. Don’t beat yourself up about it; rather enjoy the opportunity to indulge.

4. Plan a night out with friends. Even when I have a million things to do, it’s so important that I make time for my ladies. There’s nothing that a little escape, a lot of laughter, and a few adult beverages can’t cure.

5. Accept less than perfect. So the tree might be a little lopsided, the cookies came out a little brown, and some of your gifts are on back order. Let it go. You did everything else right!

6. Go to church. Attending church regularly throughout the holiday season helps me remember what it’s all about. It serves as a great reminder not to sweat the small stuff.

7. Keep positive people close. A Grinch can seriously ruin the holiday vibe. Whether at work, or in a social environment make a conscious effort to surround yourself with people that are on the “nice list”. You’ll thank yourself for it.

8. Play dress up. Whether it’s a new dress, or a sparkly piece of bling, I always feel more confident entering those holiday soirees when I love what I’m wearing. I know it may seem silly, but to me it makes all the difference.

9. Smile. It sounds simple because it is. Even on those days when you feel completely worn down, count your blessings, remember what’s good, and then … put a grin on your face. It’ll benefit you, and those around you.

10. Drink lots, and lots, of Starbucks. There is only one way to juggle work, a household, gift-wrapping, shopping, decorating, and planning holiday meals. It’s called caffeine folks, and don’t you dare try to take it away from me.

Ho ho ho. Happy holidays everyone! Wishing you an amazing time amongst family and friends. When in doubt, fill up that coffee cup and keep smiling. I’ll see you all in 2017!!