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
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 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

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!!

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.

(Mark, I know you’re laughing)

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!

Happy Birthday Ty

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It’s a special day in the Yelton family. Today, our first born, Ty, is turning another year older. Where does time go? I definitely don’t miss the diaper days, but man, it’s tough seeing your kids grow up so fast!

I know I’m obligated to say this because I’m his mother, but it’s true. Ty is one cool kid. He’s smart. He’s sweet. He has a big heart. I love him because his outlook on life is so innocent and refreshing. In a very particular order he puts God first, his family second, and baseball third. Can’t blame him. 

For his birthday this year Ty has three wishes …

  1. A healed leg so that he can play in Cooperstown
  2. Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast
  3. A bike, for when his leg is back in action

Happy birthday Ty! We’re all praying that you’re back on both feet soon. In the meantime, I don’t think those Cinnamon Rolls should be a problem. Love ya bud!

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!

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.

Lacrosse: The Hidden Gem of the Sports World

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This past Saturday, our youngest son, Trent, had his first lacrosse game of the season. What a fun sport. Growing up, I heard a lot about baseball, football, hockey, and basketball. But, lacrosse? No one was talking about it.
As a mother of two boys, I’m very familiar with the serious, highly competitive baseball environment, but from what I’ve seen, lacrosse delivers something different. At least at Trent’s age, the sport is fun and laid back. Everyone cheers for everyone. While the coaches still yell, especially Coach Andy (per Trent), the boys on the field remain in high spirits. From the time the game starts until the final moments, you can see the smiles radiating from their faces.
Middies? Attackers? Defenders? Let’s be honest, I don’t really understand the rules of the game, but that doesn’t stop me from cheering loudly every time the ball nears the goal. Because, if there is one thing I do know, it’s that when the goalie lets that ball enter the net, we’ve scored. Yes!
Ignoring the technicalities, from what I’ve observed lacrosse is truly a brotherhood. Regardless of the weather or the score, these young boys fight together until the very end. Sometimes I’m convinced they only hang on to hear their coach yell, “attack your goalie”. Win or lose, when the game is over the kids topple over their goalie, showing their appreciation for their “brother” near the net. Thanking him for standing up to the challenge and for defending the team.
Witnessing a bunch of 5-8 year-old kids showing their love and support for each other is something any mother can appreciate. Just thinking about it makes me melt. Does anyone have a Kleenex?
Maybe it’s just the emotions, but I’m thinking this might warrant a lacrosse jewelry line. I would sport a sparkly lacrosse stick pendant any day.  Well, at least when it’s in season, of course.
Go Lakota Lacrosse! Looking forward to a great season.