Tatum Bradley & Co. specializes in personalized hand stamped jewelry. This shop has beautiful cuffs and monogrammed bracelets to give as gifts or to buy for yourself as a way to remember the special moments in your life.
My favorite item in this shop is the bracelet featured in this post. I love the idea of using Roman numerals to personalize the bracelet in a way that’s meaningful to you without being overly showy. I think it would be awesome to order bracelets with all the special dates in your life, such as when you were married and when each of your children were born.
The bracelets measure 1/4 of an inch wide and can be made from either brass or aluminum. They sell for $23.75, so they’re very affordable. If desired, you can get a secret message added to the inside of your bracelet for a small additional charge.
If dates aren’t your thing, Tatum Bradley & Co. also has a similar bracelet with longitude and latitude coordinates. This would be a neat way to remember your honeymoon or a special going away present for a young woman moving away from home for the first time.
Tatum Bradley & Co. is owned by Natalie Taylor Hill, an artist and stay-at-home mom residing in Warren, Ohio. She’s been selling on Etsy since 2010 and has had over 2,000 sales to date.
Since all of the items in Tatum Bradley & Co. are one-of-a-kind creations, you need to allow 12 to 14 days for your order to be created and shipped. Plan ahead if you’re thinking about ordering bracelets as holiday gifts.
Photo credit: Tatum Bradley & Co.
Emily McDowell Draws specializes in hand lettered and illustrated greeting cards, prints, and calendars. Her Etsy shop features a variety of quotes and sayings for both children and adults.
Most of the prints in this Etsy shop come in three sizes: 11×14, 8×10, and 5×7. The 11×14 prints are $32, the 8×10 prints are $26, and the 5×7 prints are $20. Some of the prints are also available as greeting cards, which sell for $4.50.
The prints are archival quality images on heavyweight matte premium stock. They are carefully packed in a cello sleeve and shipped in a sturdy cardboard flat mailer for protection. You will need to purchase your own frame for displaying the print in your home. I’d suggest getting a larger frame that features a decorative mat to add extra visual impact to the print you’ve selected.
My favorite prints in this Etsy shop are the prints in the Design Mom Collection. This collection of prints, created in partnership with designmom.com, features quotes from popular children’s books.
The print in the photo accompanying this post is from The Velveteen Rabbit. I’d love to get this print to frame in the hallway next to my bookshelves, but I can see many of these prints being adorable in a baby’s nursery.
Emily McDowell Draws ships orders within five days of receiving payment. Orders in the United States are shipped via USPS First Class Mail, but can be shipped via Priority Mail for an extra charge.
Emily McDowell has been selling on Etsy since 2011. She lives in Los Angeles and worked full time at an ad agency before she decided to start selling her own work. Her shop has had over 3,200 sales and she has a 100% positive feedback rating.
Photo credit: Emily McDowell Draws
Moms don’t get vacations, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in a little pampering with the Essio aromatherapy shower kit. Essio provides a unique way for you to experience the benefits of essential oils in the comfort of your own home.
The Essio starter kit comes with the shower head attachment and three essential oil pods filled with a blend of USDA and Australia certified organic essential oils:
The Essio attachment is really easy to install, since it basically just clips on your showerhead. To use one of the pods, you remove the cap and snap it into the attachment. The oil is slowly released while you’re taking a shower.
When you’re finished with your shower, you need to remove the pod and put it back into the storage container with the cap back on. This was the hardest part of the process for me. I forgot to remove the Unwind pod after my second shower and ended up with a very fragrant bathroom.
Each Essio pod should last for three or four showers, depending upon how long you’re lingering under the water. I got three nice long showers from all of the pods in my sample kit, except for the one that I forgot to remove when I was done. Refill pods for your aromatherapy diffuser can be purchased on the Essio website.
Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.
Photo credit: Essio
My friend was rocking a gorgeous fiery red a few nights ago, and it inspired me to try one out, too. Normally I stick to deeper, blue-based reds unless I’m feeling extra quirky, but she made it look so natural, I wanted to find a similar gloss. I found it at Victoria’s Secret.
This gloss is called Give Me Fever, and it’s everything a lip gloss should be, which really surprised me since I haven’t been 100% satisfied with a lot of the beauty products I’ve purchased from there (Beauty Rush glosses are a little too sticky, and another one I tried before was great in pigmentation, but the brush splayed after just a few uses).
What I found:
The only two negatives I found with this: I can’t make it look as natural freshly applied as my friend did with her gloss despite the very similar color, and I can’t think of too many people who could (this is a little more intensely pigmented than what she had), and it transfers, which most glosses do anyway. I’ve had it on my teeth, my daughter’s face, all over the lid to my coffee cup…
I would consider this a good color to wear full strength on date nights or girls’ nights out, but you might want to leave it on your lips for a few minutes and then blot it down during the day to get that pretty stained look without the risk of getting it on your clothes, the kids’ clothes, your kids’ faces, hands, etc.
Photo credit: Victoria’s Secret
If you’re looking for inexpensive, one-of-a-kind wall art, check out the Words Work Prints Etsy shop. This shop sells beautiful customized prints that would be perfect for decorating your own home or giving as a gifts to friends and family members.
The shop has prints for weddings, teacher’s gifts, and new baby gifts as well as children’s wall art, family tree wall art, Bible verse wall art, and wall art with famous Jane Austen quotes. Each design can be personalized with names, dates, and/or quotes in the font and color of your choice.
My favorite print is the family tree design featured in this post. I think it would be a lovely addition to the wall of family photos I’m creating in my upstairs hallway.
All of the prints in the Words Work Prints Etsy shop sell for $20 or less and measure 8 x 10 inches. They are printed on archival quality paper with a thin white border. The artwork is not matted or framed, but it should be fairly easy to find a nice frame for your print at the store of your choice. I’ve found several really nice matted 8 x 10 frames at Target for less than $20.
Shipping for Words Work Prints is $4.95 for US orders or $9.50 for orders in Canada. Production time is 10-14 days.
Words Work Prints has been selling on Etsy since September 2012 and has sold over 4,500 items. The shop’s owner, Marina, lives in Virginia and began selling on Etsy to fulfill her dream of being a stay at home mom.
What do you think of this Etsy shop?
Photo credit: Words Work Prints
DDP Yoga, the exercise program developed by former professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, is best known as the workout that inspired disabled veteran Arthur Boorman’s incredible transformation.
When Boorman started DDP Yoga, he had been told he’d never be able to walk again without crutches. After 10 months of DDP Yoga, he had lost 140 pounds and was able to walk and even run unassisted. (Click here to watch the viral video of his amazing journey.)
The DDP Yoga workouts rely heavily on 13 poses known as the Diamond Dozen. The poses are loosely based on traditional yoga poses, but adds dynamic resistance so you’re flexing all of your muscles as you move from one position to another. This increases your heart rate and gets your body into the fat burning zone.
At first glace, DDP Yoga looks really easy. Even though I’m not in very good shape at all, I got through most of the poses without too much trouble. The ones I couldn’t do had modifications shown to make them easier. The next day, however, I was sore all over.
DDP isn’t joking when he says dynamic resistance will give you a good workout.
For me, the main appeal of this program is that DDP gives off a down-to-earth vibe. I’m not a huge fan of traditional workout videos because the instructors always have a fake perkiness that gets on my nerves.
DDP comes across as a normal, everyday sort of guy–which was surprising to me because I was expecting all of the over the top theatrics I’ve always associated with professional wrestling. If you want an instructor who manages to be motivating without being annoying, DDP is the guy for you.
If you are looking for an exercise program you can do with your spouse, DDP Yoga is a great choice because it has more “macho” appeal than most other workout options. The DDP website is filled with testimonials from wrestlers, boxers, and football players who swear by the program, as well as amazing success stories from everyday men and women.
I was thrilled when my husband expressed an interest in trying this with me since we both need to make fitness a priority in 2014. We also really liked that the program only 20 minutes a day three days a week, so it seems doable even if you have a super busy schedule or just hate breaking a sweat.
DDP Yoga is available exclusively through the DDP Yoga website. There are several different options, but I’d suggest getting Pack 1 with the workouts, poster, and program guide. I found the poster helpful in jogging my memory regarding how to perform specific poses and the program guide has nutrition tips that can help with your weight loss efforts.
Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.
Photo credit: DDP Yoga
Since I work from home, keeping my office space in order is a constant challenge. I spend entirely too much time searching for tape, scissors, paper clips, rubber bands, and other essentials.
This cute little organizer from Mochi Things looks like it might help me keep small items in order. The organizer consists of six small boxes that fit into a long tray that is designed to sit between your keyboard and monitor so you have a convenient way to keep track of your most frequently used items.
The boxes can be be rearranged and removed as needed to customize the organizer to fit your personal tastes. In fact, the company says it would also work well to organize makeup in your bathroom!
Measurements for the different boxes in the organizer are as follows:
The organizer is available in three different color choices: Orangeade, Princess (pink), and Violet. It sells for $16.95 on the Mochi Things website.
Although I think this organizer is really cute, I’m sure you could come up with a similar product on your own if you could round up a bunch of small jewelry boxes. You could cover them with wrapping paper or bits of washi tape to make your organizer look more attractive.
Photo credit: Mochi Things
Chewing the Cud’s canvas buckets are a must-have if you are a sucker for stylish storage.
These trendy canvas buckets come in a bunch of different colorful prints, so you can mix and match until your heart’s content. All of the buckets have designs that are hand printed on 100% recycled cotton canvas using vegetable based inks.
There are three different sizes of buckets.
Buckets can be used for:
The buckets are machine washable for easy cleaning.
Buckets are available nationwide at Anthropologie and Nordstrom. You can also buy them directly from the Chewing the Cud website.
Chewing the Cud canvas buckets have been featured on The Today Show and in Women’s Day magazine.
Photo credit: Chewing the Cud
If you love wine and can appreciate cool handmade jewelry, you’ll definitely want to check out the Polka Dot Square Design Etsy shop. This unique shop showcases necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that have beads made from wine bottles and charms made from wine cork. Most items are under $20, so everything is quite budget-friendly.
The jewelry from Polka Dot Square Design has a casual and contemporary feel. These pieces would look great with jeans and a t-shirt or a tunic, leggings, and your favorite boots.
Leather cord is used to string most of the items. Some of the pieces use wooden accent beads, but most are made simply with handmade wine bottle glass beads and stamped wine cork charms.
If you don’t see anything you like, but love the idea of wine jewelry, you can contact Polka Dot Square Design to request a custom piece. This would be an awesome gift idea for any of your wine loving girl friends. Slip a bracelet around a bottle of your friend’s favorite wine and your gift is sure to be a hit.
Polka Dot Square Design has been selling on Etsy since January 2012 and has a 100% positive feedback rating. Ashley, the shop’s owner, lives in Florida with her husband and children.
What do you think of this Etsy shop? Would you enjoy wearing jewelry made from old wine bottles?
Photo credit: Polka Dot Design