Win a beautiful necklace inspired by DisneyNature Bears (retail value $218). Ends 4/18/14


Photo Credit: DisneyNature

Photo Credit: DisneyNature

Opening on Friday, April 18, 2014 is the latest film from DisneyNature called Bears. Bears is the story of a young mother bear, Sky, and her two adorable cubs, Amber and Scout. I had the opportunity to screen the movie a few weeks ago (look for my review this Friday) as well as take a trip to the L.A. Zoo where I had the opportunity to see a real bear.

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs, Amber and Scout, are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bear family emerges from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. Bears captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska!  Directed by Alastair Fothergill (Earth, African Cats and Chimpanzee) and Keith Scholey (African Cats), and narrated by John C. Reilly, Bears arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day!

With all DisneyNature films a donation is made to help a worthwhile cause. If you see the film, Bears, during opening week (April 18 – 24, 2014), DisneyNature, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fun, will make a donation to the National Park Foundation to help protect our national parks and the wildlife that calls them home. That means bears like Sky, Amber and Scout will be protected.

In honor of the film’s release, jewelry designer Alex Woo designed a beautiful necklace featuring Sky, Amber and Scout.

“As a mother myself, I instantly bonded with the theme and story of Disneynature’s new film Bears. I was really touched by the universal symbolism and significance of the relationship between mother and child. And in an effort to help preserve our national parks, I designed a special pendant that captures the true beauty and essence of American wildlife. The mother bear Sky watches over her twin cubs Amber and Scout while they look up to her for a shield and protection from the dangers of the wild,” says Alex.

Alex Woo has teamed up with DisneyNature films. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this stunning necklace (20%) will be donated to the National Parks Foundation.

Alex Woo DisneyNature Bears necklace

The pendant is available in Sterling Silver and 14K Gold.

“All mothers share a common bond of wanting to protect and nurture their child as best they can. So that was the story I wanted to tell through my design, said Alex. The final element that I wanted to incorporate was the three snow-capped mountains at Katmai National Park that represent a different goal that Disneynature and the National Park Foundation hope to achieve: wildlife protection, habitat restoration, and conservation research. What is exciting about the National Park Foundation is that they are the gateway to everyone’s lives in experiencing nature; its goal is to connect people to the parks, protect them, and inspire people to learn more about them. I hope that you like it as much as I enjoyed designing it!”

To make a purchase or to learn more about Alex Woo’s designs, visit www.AlexWoo.com. The necklace is available both on the website and at fine specialty stores.

To learn more about the wonderful work that the Nation Parks Foundation does please visit www.NationalParks.org.

For more information about DisneyNature Bears visit the official Facebook page. You can also follow DisneyNature on Twitter.

Alex Woo and DisneyNature has generously donated one of the beautiful silver Bears necklaces ($218 value) for a lucky reader. 

To enter please use the Rafflecopter widget (below).

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*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers.

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Beautiful Personalized Necklaces from JC Jewelry Design (Giveaway ends 3/2/14)



I don’t owe a lot of jewelry. I used to but over the years I have given some of it away or tossed out the junky stuff.

When I was younger I wouldn’t leave the house without earrings, bracelets, necklace and/or rings. I always felt like jewelry was the finishing touch to any look.

These days I am a busy mom. I’m lucky if I wear make up or do my hair let along wear jewelry. I do have a few signature pieces that I wear often and a few fancy pieces that I wear to events. For the most part I just wear a simple necklace to finish off an outfit.

The pieces that I do wear all have meaning to me. For example, I have a ring that belonged to my mom that I wear on my pinky sometimes (it’s too small for my ring finger). I also have a bracelet that I gave to my mom for Christmas one year. When she passed away I got it back because I loved that bracelet and I was so happy to be able to give it to my mom.

I love to wear “mom” jewelry – jewelry that has my children’s names, birthdates and/or birthstones on it. I even include my husband whenever possible because I love him just as much as my children.

I love to wear “mom” jewelry because I feel like I carry a little bit of my husband and kids around with me when I am wearing it. It’s like a special connection between me and my family.

JC Jewlery Design Necklaces

I recently received a beautiful necklace to review from JC Jewelry Design. I was sent to review a lovely necklace with a hand stamped charm that reads “love you to the moon and back”. It’s pictured at the top of this post.

According to the JC Jewelry Design website;

This necklace has the popular quote, ‘love you to the moon & back’, hand stamped on a round sterling silver (5/8 inch) pendant. A solid 925 sterling silver heart charm is also added to it. The round pendant is brushed and polished for a natural and organic look.

Also included with the charm is a beautiful heart shaped charm. The heart is see through so if it finds it’s way in front of the stamped charm you can still read what the charm says.

If you would like to personalize the necklace you can add Swarovski Crystal Pearl and/or Swarovski crystal birthstones. You can add one for each of your children (or grandchildren) or even the birthstone of your significant other. Or you can simple add them to add a little color to the necklace.

to the moon and back necklace

My necklace as three birthstones – Diamond (April), Emerald (May) and Sapphire (September). Each one represents the birthstone of my children and my husband. JC Jewelry Design has birthstone charms for every month.

I like that there are a variety of chain lengths available. I have a thick neck so I need at least an 18″ (I prefer 20″). You can also get 16″ or 14″ (ideal for children).

This is a lovely necklace. It’s not too bold or outlandish. It’s the perfect piece of jewelry to wear while running errands, working, or even on a night out on the town.

JC Jewelry Design carries other lovely pieces of jewelry including pieces in gold. They even have gifts for men. I personally like the hand stamped personalized money clip. My husband uses a wallet, but my father uses a money clip. That would make a great Father’s Day gift for him.

JC Design

The personalized hand stamped guitar picks would also make a great gift.

I LOVE the Peas in a Pod jewelry. They are so cute!

For more information or to check out the beautiful jewelry available visit www.JCJewelryDesign.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

JC Jewelry Design has generously offered to give TWO (2) lucky readers a beautiful “love you to the moon and back” hand stamped necklace (ONE necklace per winner). Thank you JC Jewelry Design!

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on March 2, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on why you would like to win this beautiful necklace and if it will be for you or a gift for someone special?

For extra entries you an use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. JC Jewelry Design will be providing the prizes.

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A whimsical gift idea based on a childhood game (giveaway ends 12/31/13)


Rock Paper Scissors

Stop for a moment and think back to your youth. For some of us (me!) that would mean going back to the “stone age”. Ha Ha.

What were some of your favorite games growing up? I enjoyed a lot of games. Me and my cousins played board games all the time. Some of my favorites were Candyland, Life, Monopoly, Operation, Don’t Spill the Beans and Twister.

If we didn’t have a board game handy, no problem! There were still plenty of games we could play such as cards, charades, kick ball and rock paper scissors. Rock paper scissors served a dual purpose. It was a fun game you could play anytime and it helped chose who would have to do something when no one wanted to. For example, if it was pouring rain outside and the dog needed to be walked and no one wanted to do it, you could play rock paper scissors to decide who was the unlucky one.

The rule of thumb is “rock” (your hand in a fist) beats “scissors” (your fingers made to look like scissors) and “scissors” beats paper (your hand out flat). ”Paper” beats “rock” because you can cover the rock with paper. It’s a tie if both players choose the same “weapon”.

I think it’s impossible to cheat at this game, unless you have an opponent who tends to use the same option all the time.

My cousins and I have had many epic rock paper scissor matches. My kids use it to decide who does which chores (usually taking the dog out in the rain). My husband and I often use it to decide who gets to do the dishes.

If you have fond memories based on that game I thought you should know about a very sweet piece of jewelry. It’s a Rock Paper Scissors necklace from an Etsy seller called TheBowedArrow.

If you are not familiar with Esty its an online market place where artists and crafters sell their products. The products you find are not mass produced. Some items are even made to order. Etsy is my first stop when looking for unique gift ideas. You can find some truly beautiful finds on the site and some incredibly strange things too.

TheBowedArrow owner says that they specialize in handmade original designs using vintage, natural, and metal findings. I like that. I’m totally into vintage/retro things.

Rock paper scissors must have been the store owners favorite game too because there are a variety of rock paper scissors jewelry items to choose from.

Each handmade item comes with a antique chain, rock, piece of “paper” and a tiny scissor charm. There are a few different styles to choose from and even a holiday version featuring a piece of paper from a holiday story. There is even a holiday ornament version.


Holiday necklace

I LOVE the three individual necklaces (one rock, one paper and one scissors). They would make great friendship necklaces or a special necklace to share with your siblings – whoever you enjoyed playing the game with.

Rock paper scissors

I received one of the necklaces to review. It’s similar to the holiday design except the “paper” is different.


The necklace came in an itty bitty little box.

You’ll have to excuse the poor quality of the photos. My camera broke and all I have to take pictures with is my cellphone. I hope Santa knows that I am dire need of a new camera.


Rock Paper Scissor Necklace in Box

The pictures do not do this necklace justice. It’s not as dark as it appears in my cellphone photos. It looks more like the professional photograph just above.

The chain is supposed to be 20″. I can’t wear it because it’s like a choker on me. I gave the necklace to my daughter. I thought I had a photo of her wearing it but I can’t find it, unless it’s on my broken camera.

The necklace is well made and would make a wonderful gift. Personally I would love to give one to my cousin to remember all those summers we spent together, and all the times playing this game helped pass the time during long road trips.

This is a whimsical design which is sure to thrill both young and old.

If you would like to learn more about this necklace, or other available designs, visit www.TheBowedArrow.com.


Two lucky readers will each win one (1) of the rock paper scissor necklaces, compliments of TheBowedArrow.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on December 31, 2013  at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random  using a  random number  generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be  notified via e-mail  and will have three days to reply or a new  winner will be chosen in  their place.

To enter please comment on this post and share with me a memory playing this game – OR – why you would like to win this necklace?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter  widget (below) but you must complete the  initial entry requirement or the additional entries  won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.


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Everyday is “Black Friday” at 1Sale.com (giveaway ends 12/1/13 – 5 winners!)



Are you gearing up for “Black Friday”? Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving where people get crazy and get up at the crack of dawn to tackle marathon shopping sprees, trying to knock off everyone on their shopping list and take advantage of huge discounts and amazing sales.

I have never gone shopping on Black Friday. I have no desire to. My daughter wants to do it one day. She says it’s on her “Bucket List” to experience the craziness of Black Friday.

I rarely go anywhere near the mall as it is during the holidays. Once Thanksgiving rolls around I won’t step foot inside a mall or department store until well after the start of the new year. I hate crowds and waiting on long lines.

I’m an online shopper. I have been for many years. I prefer to go shopping in the comfort of my own home where I can relax with a cup of tea or coffee and my bunny slippers and not have to fight people for parking spots.

 Parking Lot

Just because I don’t want to step foot in a store on Black Friday doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate a great sale (thank goodness for Cyber Monday). I have a budget to stick to so any time I can save money is a great.

Groupon and sites like it are always a great way to find fabulous deals on services, but they don’t often have the products you are looking for that are on your holiday shopping list.

There is another site that offers consumers up to 90% off products such as housewares, jewelry, electronics, toys and more. It’s like having Black Friday sales every day of the year.

The site is called 1Sale. 1Sale posts daily deals every night at 12:00 midnight (EST), every day of the week.

There is no need for group buying on 1Sale. Everyone can get these daily deals.

Here are a few examples.


Playskool Rocktivity Sit To Stand Music Skool w/ Removable Legs.

The toy is $29.99 on 1Sale and $39.98 at Toys R Us (currently).


Levana Era Advanced 2.4-Inch Digital Wireless Video Baby Monitor

The 1Sale price is $79.99. On Amazon it sells for $92.00.

As you an see, 1Sale does offer considerable savings on every day products and products that would make gift.

To learn more visit 1Sale.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

1Sale.com would like to give FIVE (5) lucky readers a pair of 1/4ct 30 mm hoop earrings (pierced ears). As per 1Sale.com the retail for $149, but could be purchased on 1Sale.com for $34.99. Each winner gets 1 pair of earrings.

1Sale Giveaway Earrings

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on December 1, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please tell me what you think about 1Sale.com and if you plan on checking them out to look for daily deals?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you MUST complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I was not compensated for this post, nor did I receive anything in exchange. I am posting this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 1Sale.com is responsible for prize fulfillment. I am not responsible in any way.

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VINCA fun jewelry based on “The Last Unicorn”


The Last Unicorn

I think I might be showing my age when I ask this question, but are you familiar with the 1982 animated fantasy movie The Last Unicorn?

The film was directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. and produced by their company Rankin/Bass for ITC Entertainment.

The film starred the voice talents is Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, Robert Klein and Christopher Lee.

A unicorn learns from a speaking butterfly that she is the last of her kind. All the other unicorns were herded away by an evil Red Bull. The unicorn wants to find out if the butterfly is telling the truth and goes on a quest to find others like her. Along the way she is joined by a magician name Schmendrick and a middle aged woman name Molly. The trio go on an epic journey to discover the truth about the Red Bull and if she truly is the last unicorn.

I remember seeing this film when I was a teen, although I don’t remember the plot as much as I should (old age… sigh…). I do remember the unicorn and a few scenes from the film, but that is about it.

A jewelry company called VINCA has recently partnered with the classic film to create The Last Unicorn” Tour. The tour is going to bring the film back to the big screen in theaters around the world.

VINCA has created a limited edition collection of movie inspired jewelry pieces for fans to purchase and enjoy.


The jewelry is a bit quirky, but certainly fun and great for fans of the film.

The jewelry ranges in price from around $10 – $20 and will be sold at some of the movie showings.

We have one of the skull necklaces (as pictured above).

Last Unicorn Skull

Like me, my daughter appreciates unique jewelry pieces. She has never seen The Last Unicorn (although she has heard of it). As soon as she saw me with this necklace she begged me to let her have it.

It’s a decent size pendant. It also has some kind of a charm shaped like a vial or tear drop (?) on the back.

I believe the chain is around 18″ judging by how it looks on my daughter.

The skull looks exactly like the skeleton from the film. It even has a hinged jaw so it looks like it’s talking when you move around.

The Last Unicorn Skeleton

I think the design is cool, as does my teen, so I guess you can say it appeals to many – both young and old. :-)

VINCA carries a full line of original and unique designs.

__i__nb_brkfst_01 __i__nb_vio_2blkgld __i__ng_squ01 __i__ng_sth_2blkgld __i__ph_fox_wbch(3)You can check out more designs at www.VincaUSA.com. You can also find their jewelry at Kitson, Nordstrom and Fab.com.

For more information about The Last Unicorn Tour visit www.LastUnicornTour.com.

What do you think about the jewelry?

Are you a fan of the film?



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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A unique gift idea for that special lady in your life – Perfumed Jewelry


silver-enchanted-500x500The holidays are fast approaching. I know some people are already done holiday shopping. Not me! I haven’t even started yet. Normally I am done by now. This year the holidays just snuck up on me too quickly. It seems like just yesterday it was the forth of July. Now we’re gearing up for Thanksgiving!

When you are shopping for a gift I am sure you look for something special and truly unique. It shows that you put a lot of thought and consideration into the gift.

Many ladies enjoy the gift of jewelry. Others enjoy a bottle of fine perfume. What if you could combine both gift ideas into one?

If the special lady in your life (your mom, grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter…) enjoys jewelry and perfume then I have the perfect gift ideas for you – Perfumed Jewelry!

Perfumed Jewelry is a line of beautiful necklaces that feature a “charm” (for lack of a better description) that opens up. Inside the “charm” you can place scented “gems”, called Jewel Stones. The scent from the gems surrounds you, similar to how it would smell if you spritzed yourself with your favorite perfume. The only difference is that you don’ have to worry about the perfume staining your clothing and the scent lasts all day long, and not just for a short time like most perfumes.

The Jewel Stones come in a variety of popular (and pricey!) perfume scents including Beautiful (Estee Lauder), Channel No. 5, Dolce & Gabbana, J’Adore (Christian Dior), Tresor (Lancôme) and Viva La Juice (Juicy Couture) to name a few.



The great things about the Jewel Stones is that you can change them out on a daily basis and change the scent to suit your needs. If you feel like you want to wear Aqua di Giogia (Armani) to work during the day and Coco (Chanel) in the evening you can by simply switching the Jewel Stones.

The necklaces that house the Jewel Stones comes in a variety of designs and in silver or gold.

The necklace “charm” has a latch on the one side. Simply lift the latch and open up the charm. Then insert the scented Jewel Stone and close and you are ready to wear your favorite scent.

I have one of the necklaces that was sent to me to review. If you follow me on Instagram (SheScribes) you probably saw the photo I shared about a week ago.

Perfumed Jewelry

For my Jewel Stone scent I chose Chanel No. 5. I have never smelled that scent before, but I know it’s very popular (and expensive) so I thought I would give it a try.

I love it! Chanel No. 5 smells amazing!

You really can smell the perfume when you are wearing the Perfume Jewelry. Your nose gets used to it after a while but other people can smell it. My husband can tell when I am wearing the necklace even if he doesn’t see it because he recognizes the scent.

Sometimes as the necklace rolls around on my chest area I get a “blast” of the perfume scent. I think maybe it’s because the air circulates around it.

Not only is this a unique way to enjoy your favorite perfume, it’s also a beautiful necklace. Each necklace comes with a silver (or gold) chain.

The silver necklaces sell for $140 and the gold for $210. Jewel Stones are $50 for two (2) jars (there are three stones in each jar). You can opt for both jars the same scent or choose two different scents. Each necklace also comes with a jar of Jewel Stones to get you started.

They also offer FREE worldwide shipping and FREE gift wrapping.

If you would like to check out the available designs, or learn more, visit www.PerfumedJewelry.com. You can also find them on Facebook.

Perfumed Jewelry Logo


*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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