Show Us Your Heart Of Gold

As some of you know promoting healthy hearts is a cause that’s near and dear to me. When I lost my father to heart disease in 2012 it was a wake up call. One of those moments where you realize, ah ha, our time on this earth is in fact limited. Our bodies our one of our greatest assets. And, these people we surround ourselves by? We should tell them that we love them … every day.

If you too feel passionate about supporting the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, stop by Yelton Fine Jewelers this month and show us your heart of gold. The details go a little something like this …

We appreciate your support as we work to put together a {hopefully sizeable} donation for these two organizations. Whether or not you round up your transactions, I do beg all of you to familiarize yourself with the symptoms of a heart attack and stroke in case of an event. Here, I’ll make it easy one you …

  • Heart attack symptoms: Chest pains, discomfort in the upper body, shortness of breath, cold sweat, nausea, lightheadedness.
  • Stroke symptoms: Sudden changes including numbness or weakness especially on one side, confusion, difficulty speaking, trouble seeing, severe headache with no known cause.

If you, or someone you love is experience any symptoms call 9-1-1, immediately. You could save a life.

xo

Two Shrinking Yelton’s

Hello everyone, Amy McCalister Hodges here, taking over Tina’s blog for the week! As an Advocare coach, I help others with their health goals and form with them a realistic plan to get there.

Well, this summer I was lucky enough to work with Tina, and her husband Mark. Tina reached out to me this past June after returning from JCK Las Vegas. She told me she was feeling meh. She was bloated, a little sluggish, and her clothes weren’t fitting quite like they used to. We’ve all been there!

Based on her goals, I recommended the 24-day Advocare Challenge. At first she was a little intimidated, which I totally understand. Change is hard! But then I reminded her, it’s less than a month! Plus the diet plan could include delicious things like pancakes and buffalo chicken bowls. As for that occasional beer and chocolate splurge that she asked about, unfortunately those would have to wait. Sorry girl!

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For anyone entering any lifestyle change, I always recommend recruiting a partner. In Tina’s case, there was zero hesitation. She was bringing her husband on board with her.

I have to say, I had so much fun working with these two! They were total champs and jumped right into the program. It’s no wonder why they saw such great results. Since completing the challenge Tina is down three pounds down, and is 11 inches smaller! Mark is down 15 pounds and has lost 25 inches {men}.

The first time my husband and I did the challenge we saw great results as well. Though, it isn’t all about weight loss! Other benefits you can look forward to include better sleep, more energy, teaching healthy habits to your kids, and a whole new outlook! All around, it’s a positive shift.

If you’re looking for something to give you a little nudge in the right direction, I would love to chat with you about Advocare. No matter what you’re looking to achieve, I can work with your goals and your budget. From emotional support, to exercise routines, and even creating weekly grocery lists, I am here for you every step of the way. Most importantly I want you to see results!

Amongst the Yelton Fine Jewelers clan, JoAnn is jumping on board after Labor Day and Gina is starting in August. Soon enough their entire team will be shrinking! But don’t worry, those diamonds are staying just as big as always {wink}.

Thanks for letting me take over for Tina this week, and if you see her and Mark around, be sure to give them a huge high five! I am so proud of them. Finally, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give me a shout. My contact information is below.

xo

Amy McCalister Hodges
e. amylhodges@gmail.com
p: 513.706.3005
w: advocare.com/17067769

Summer Update

I don’t know about you but Fourth of July is always the pinnacle of summer for me. The festivities, the family time, and the excuse to splurge on some of my favorite indulgences {wink}. I just can’t believe that it’s already behind us, meaning that summer as we know it is halfway done.

What have you all been up to? Hopefully you’ve been enjoying yourselves so far! Here’s a summer update from the Yelton clan …

This weekend baseball and lacrosse will wrap up for our boys. Ty’s last 13U baseball game is scheduled in Indianapolis, and Trent’s 11U lacrosse season will come to a close in Chicago. When we get home there will be no dull moments. Trent will head to Spring Hill camp next week and Ty will be home prepping for 2018 Baseball Tryouts! These kids sure are dedicated, and seeing them happy makes all of the running around worth it.

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Once the boys wrap up their commitments, we’re still planning to hit the road as a family. We have a trip to Pittsburgh planned in early August, we’ll make our way to “Camp Yelton” to enjoy water and sunshine, and closer to home we hope to hit a couple of concerts. After that it’s time to hit the books with summer assignments! School will be here before we know it.

Outside of all of our activities, I also set some pretty hefty personal goals this summer. First and foremost I wanted to get our house organized! No more clutter. No more toys we don’t use. No more clothes we don’t wear … all of it must go! Well, I’m happy to report that I’m 50% done and our donation bags are ready to be dropped off. Even getting rid of this first load is going to be such a relief.

Along with getting the house cleaned, I also wanted to clean up my diet a bit and get rid of a few unwanted pounds. Well … thanks to the Advocare 24 day challenge, I’m happy to report that I’m five pounds down! Setting goals are pretty easy, though accomplishing them is a bit of a different story. I’m just so glad to see progress and my hope for the rest of the summer is that I can stay on track!

Now that I write it all down, maybe we have accomplished a lot so far! And, we still have half of the summer left. Let’s get it!

Summer Bucket List

With the flowers blooming and the birds chirping I have summer on my mind. Unfortunately for us, the boys will be in school until early June, which means we’ll be getting a bit of a late start. No worries, we’ll make up for it! What’s on your summer bucket list this year?

Here’s a glimpse of what we’ll be up to …

BALL GAMES

If you’re looking for us this summer, there’s a 90% chance that we’ll either be on the baseball field or at a lacrosse game. Trent will be playing on a travel lacrosse team, which means we’ll all get to visit Georgia and Chicago {yippee}. As for Ty, he’ll be staying more local this year, playing primarily in Indy and Columbus. Win or lose, we’re looking forward to exploring a couple of new areas as a family.

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GO REDS

For those off weekends and weeknights when the boys don’t have any games, we bought a small pack of Cincinnati Reds tickets. While we’re hoping for a World Series title, there’s no doubt that we’ll have fun either way. We love the energy of the stadium, the crazy fans, and of course, all of the delicious food.

THE OPEN ROAD

Yelton’s love a good road trip and this year we’re hoping to make it to Pittsburgh to watch our new friend, Josh Harrison, play some baseball. On our way back we’ll make our annual stop at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort for a few days. If you haven’t been, look into it. Now! From golf, to ropes courses, and everything in between, they have something for the entire family. I should also mention that the spa is ahhhhmazing. Any guesses where you’ll find me?!

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NEW FAMILY SPORT

As if we don’t have enough on our plates, as a family we’ve decided to take up a new sport. It’s a little game they call disc golf, and I have to say, it’s a blast! While we aren’t ready for a competitive league {just yet} we plan to check out as many local courses as we can during the summer months. They’re everywhere! To find a course in your area, check out Disc Golf Scene. All you need your competitive spirit and a couple of discs because most of the time there is no entry free required {score}.

KINGS ISLAND

In our household, Kings Island is a summer must! Both boys have gold passes and while it’s only May, Ty has already gotten his moneys worth. I don’t know where these kids get their thrill-seeking spirits, but it’s definitely not from me! I’m more likely to post up in Kiddie Land and enjoy a scoop of “Blue Ice Cream”. Don’t judge, it’s delicious!

When I lay it all out there it seems like a lot, but like every summer before, I’m sure it will fly right by. Whatever you have on your list this year, be sure to soak up these warm and sunny months! Before we know it, we’ll be shopping for back-to-school outfits again.

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
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 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

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

Our Newest Family Member

The Yelton family is growing, once again. This time, it’s a fur baby! Meet Murphy who joined us on St. Patrick’s Day of this year. He is a mini-schnoodle {schnauzer/poodle} and while he is only 4.5lbs right now, he’s expected to grow between 13 and 16lbs.

The boys have been begging for a furry friend for years, but we’ve been hesitant for a number of reasons. First, the boys both have allergies. Secondly, we’re a family that’s always on the go. When “puppy talk” began to fill the house last November, I left the ball in Mark’s court. After all, he tends to be a little more rational about these sorts of decisions. As for me, I see a puppy, my heart melts, and I want to take the whole litter home. I mean, who wouldn’t?!

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After careful consideration Mark came up with a plan. To combat the allergy issue we would find a puppy that was hypoallergenic. Check! As far as our crazy schedule we decided that we would bring Murphy to the store from time to time to help socialize him. Once he gets a little bit older we are hoping that he will be trained well enough to visit nursing homes and hospice patients.

We’ve got some big goals, we know, but in the end I think Murphy will be a wonderful addition to the family. Just two weeks in we can tell he’s already a rock star. He’s 80% potty trained and he’s already learned a couple of commands including “sit”, and “lay”. Now the boys have him working on, “paw”. His favorite toys are his whiffle ball and his Kong bear, thanks to one of our amazing customers.

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The major challenge we have so far is sleeping. He doesn’t love being in his crate at night and makes it known. If you have any tips, or know of any amazing dog trainers in the area let us know! We’re all ears.

Over the next few months, we know there will be ups, downs, and all-arounds. For now, we’re just enjoying getting to know our little fur baby. It’s hard to believe that something this small can bring so much love and joy into a family. We’re so blessed! As long as he stays away from my shoes, that is …

Looking Beyond The Holiday Madness

There are only seventeen days until Christmas folks. How are you holding up? Working in the retail industry, I see first hand how the holidays affect people. At the beginning of December people saunter through the store. They’re calm and collected. They choose gifts carefully, and thoughtfully. And, then December 20th comes. That’s when things start to get a little bit crazy. People rush through the store like it’s a marathon. They’re frantic. Sometimes, I wonder if they even know what they bought or whom it’s for.

Ahhh, the holidays.

We’ve all had our moments of madness and every single year we look back and say “next year, I’m going to be more prepared”. Well, not to be a Debby downer, but I’m going to say it. Let’s not kid ourselves. Having tried so many ways to stay ahead of the holiday game, I’ve learned that the “rush” is inevitable. That said, it doesn’t define the season.

While I’ll never give up on the mad dash to get the cards out the doors, the presents under tree, and the food on the table, there’s a lot more to it. For me Christmas is a celebration of my faith, and the birth of baby Jesus. It’s an opportunity for me to enjoy some down time with my family and catch up on sleep {wink}. It’s a nice pause to reflect, appreciate recent accomplishments, and count my blessings.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

We’ve got seventeen days to go everyone! It’ll be great. If it starts to get a little hectic just take a deep breath. In that moment, remember it’s not about fancy bows, perfectly decorated cookies, and having the most beautiful tree. In that moment, step away from your task list and go do something that will remind you what Christmas is really all about.

For our family the best way to reconnect is always a visit to our church, New Life Chapel. They’re offering a variety of services on December 23rd and December 24th. All are welcome, and we would love to have you there to celebrate with us!

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I hope to see you all soon, whether that’s at Yelton Fine Jewelers, around town, or at church. If there is anything I can do to help your holiday season go a little bit smoother, don’t hesitate to give me a shout. Xo.

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! In between cooking the turkey, setting the table, and entertaining your guests I hope you all find some time to pause. Remember what you’re celebrating. Be grateful for the joy, the laughter, and the company that surrounds you.

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Last night, upon returning from the chaotic grocery store, I took a moment to myself. As I reflected on the past year there was a lot that came to the surface. I giggled when I thought about our crazy All-American road trip. I remembered all of the amazing designers that paid a visit to Yelton Fine Jewelers. I recognized the challenges, and the people that held my hand through them. Looking back there are so many things to be thankful for, here are just a few of them …

  • My church, for the support and the guidance
  • My family, for making every day a good day
  • Our customers, for their loyalty
  • My friends, for seeing me through this crazy thing called life
  • Our community, for standing behind us
  • Gluten free granola bars, for keeping me fueled
  • Simon G, for yet another year of amazing bling
  • Our fabulous staff, for their hard work and dedication
  • My boys’ teachers, for helping me guide them through life
  • This past fall, for the warmth and sunshine
  • My country, for giving me freedom
  • My health, for allowing me to keep moving, breathing, and experiencing
  • And, Bad Moms, for making me look good

I’m wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! Eat up, take advantage of those Black Friday deals, and above take some time to pause. Give thanks.

September Birthdays

Happy September everyone! While the boys are back to school, and summer, as we know it has come to and end, we’ve still got plenty to celebrate at Yelton’s this month …

You know John? Our bubbly sales rock star? While we can’t believe it John, is turning the big 6-0 this month. I’d say he’s looking pretty good and with his energy levels you would assume he’s only 35. If you see him around give him a big high five.

And then there’s Mark and I, while we’re hanging on tight to our youth, we’ll also turn a year older this month. I’ll be 42 on the 6th, and Mark will make his way to 44 on the 3rd. When it comes to aging, I like to think of myself as a fine wine. It only gets better!

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To celebrate another year in the life Mark and I are headed to the lake with family and friends. I’m hoping someone whips up a good gluten free meal for the birthday girl. I mean a really good one, none of these g/f recipes that taste like cardboard. Aaaand, if a little purple Yelton’s box happens to make it’s way to the lake as well … let’s just say I wouldn’t be disappointed (hint, hint).

To all others born in September – happy birthday to you! I’m honored to be your birthday buddy. If you need a fancy new Sapphire to celebrate your Virgo or Libra spirit don’t hesitate to pay me a visit at Yelton Fine Jewelers! Cheers.

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!!