Citizen Watches – great gift ideas for men and women


PHOTO SOURCE: Citizen Watch Facebook page.

PHOTO SOURCE: Citizen Watch Facebook page.

Gift giving is hard enough as it is without adding the extra pressure of finding the “perfect gift.” It’s bad enough we had to find great gifts for friends and loved ones, but now we have to find an even more special gift for your favorite Valentine.

One gift idea that I used to rely on year ago was watches. Before smartphones people used to tell time the “old fashioned” way with watches. Now people just glance down at their smartphones.

Call me old fashioned then because I still think watches are a handy piece of jewelry. You can always glance down at your wrist to check the time. You cannot always access your smartphone.

Watches might not have changed that much as far as looks are concerned, but they have changed a lot on the inside.

Eco Drive Screen Shot

Take for example Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology. The brand has found a way to harness the power of light – from any natural or artificial light source – to convert it into energy, which is stored in a permanently rechargeable solar cell. That means your Citizen watch with Eco-Drive never needs it’s battery changed ever again.

That was always one of the things my husband and I disliked about watches – having to take it to a jeweler to have the battery changed. My husband has a few watches that need batteries and we just never got around to getting them replaced.

I LOVE the idea that Citizen watches with Eco-Drive uses any kind of light to charge up the battery so that your watch is always keeping time. This is one of those ideas where you wonder why no one thought of it sooner. Kudos to Citizen for coming up with this idea.

Citizen sent me one of their watches with Eco-Drive to try out for myself. I was sent to review their Silhouette Bangle watch.

Shilouette Watch

This sophisticated Citizen Silhouette Bangle features a classic design in a warm pink gold-tone and bold black dial with lines that are streamlined, simple and timeless.

This model features a push button jewelry type bracelet. The button makes it so easy to put on and take off. I was surprised at just how easy it was.

I have a thick wrist. I was concerned that the bangle watch would not fit me and it would be too snug and uncomfortable. This watch fits wrists up to 7 & 1/8 inches. It fits my wrist perfectly!

I learned that extra links can be ordered via the Customer Service team if in the U.S. That is great to know.

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Here are some more of this lovely watch’s features:

Movement Eco-Drive B023
Band Pink Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Bracelet, Jewelry Clasp with Push Button
Case Size 23 x 18mm
Case Material Pink Gold-Tone Stainless Steel
Crystal Mineral Crystal
Water Resistance WR
Splash Resistant

This is a lovely piece of jewelry. It’s hard to believe this is a watch.

You can tell this is an exceptionally well made watch. They put a lot of detail and craftsmanship into it. Even the packaging is well thought out. They simply didn’t toss the watch into a box. They showcased it in the box. I keep it in the box when I am not wearing it.

Watch 1

Watch 2

This watch goes well from daytime to evening. You can wear it casually to work or running errands around town. I don’t think it’s “too” fancy for that. It also goes great with evening wear and a night on the town.

I wear mine to work and I work with children. I don’t think it’s too fancy for what I do.

This watch would make a great gift for that special lady in your life.

Don’t forget about that special guy in your life. Citizen has plenty of handsome watches for men. They also have additional watches for women – all with the Eco-Drive technology. Below are just TWO examples (there are dozens of watches available from Citizen).

Avion Corso

Shilouette Crystal

If you are in the market for a quality gift for that special person in your life, a watch from Citizen would make a great gift – especially watches with Eco-Drive technology. Not having to replace a watch battery would be greatly appreciated by the lucky recipient.

If you would like to learn more about Eco-Drive visit the technologies section of the Citizen website. There is even a brief video about this amazing technology.

To check out the watches available from Citizen visit CitizenWatch.com. The brand is also found on social media. All of their links are found at the top right of their website.

What do you think about the Eco-Drive technology?

Have you ever owned a Citizen watch?

Would you like to give or receive a watch as a gift? Why or why not?

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

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What does “8-1-3” mean to YOU?


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Have you ever heard of the expression “language of love?” What does that mean to you?

My husband and I express our love for one another in both verbal and non-verbal ways.

Back when we were dating (after we fell in love with one another), we used to hold up finger in this sequence, 1-4-3, to one another. No one really knew what it meant, but we did. One-four-three means “I love you.” The numbers represent the letters (“I” is one letter, “Love” is four letters and “You” is three letters).

We even took our non-verbal expression of love a step further. Sometimes when we are holding hands (after nearly 20 year of marriage we still hold hands) we squeeze them three times, which for us means “I love you” (a squeeze for each word). We might even squeeze five times which we know means “I love you very much.”

Me and my hubby. We'll be celebrating 20 years of marriage this year.

Me and my hubby. We’ll be celebrating 20 years of marriage this year.

I even considered getting the numbers 1-4-3 and my husband’s name tattooed some where on my body. That is until I learned about the I Love You Butterfly Necklace.

I have written before on my blog about how much I love butterflies. I think they are one of the most beautiful creatures. They are so delicate and lovely, yet at the same time strong and determined. A Monarch Butterfly can travel up to 100 miles PER DAY to reach its migration destination. That is crazy to think about. How can something so tiny and fragile travel so far? It’s truly amazing.

A website called 1 Meaning (1Meaning.com) sells the most beautiful butterfly necklace with a lovely meaning.

The necklace is called the I Love You Butterfly Necklace. It looks like a regular butterfly but if you look at it carefully you can make out the numbers 8-1-3.

813 Butterfly necklace

According to 1 Meaning…

813 means “I love you”…8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning.  The 1 is in the middle because love is the center of everything.

We formed the numbers into a butterfly that signify you’re becoming the change you’d like to see in the world.  Love can be  transforming.

How beautiful is that? I love it!

To the naked eye it looks like a sweet butterfly necklace. To the giver and receiver of this beautiful people of jewelry, they know the true meaning.

I have one of these necklaces. I wear it almost all the time. It’s a great length (18″) and goes well with almost everything I wear to work.

I’ve received many compliments on it because it’s so dainty and pretty. Even the young children I work with at school have commented on it.

My necklace - I apologies for the smudges. I didn't think they would show up in the photos (fingerprint marks). The necklace is much lovelier in person.

My necklace – I apologies for the smudges. I didn’t think they would show up in the photos (fingerprint marks). The necklace is much lovelier in person.

I also like that it goes with just about everything I wear and it transitions perfectly from casual wear to evening wear.

The charm is made from Sterling Silver and comes on an 18″ chain. The charm is about the size of a nickel (standard size – there is a mini-version).

The I Love You Butterfly Necklace is proudly made in New York City and starts off at $68.00. The price goes up depending on the metal you want (yellow and white gold are more expensive than Sterling Silver).

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, and June being a popular wedding month, this necklace would make a wonderful gift for that special lady in your life.

This would also make a great gift from a parent to a child.

For more information please visit 1Meaning.com. The brand also carries other beautiful jewelry worth checking out, including 813 butterfly temporary tattoos, which I am considering ordering for myself.

You can also follow the brand on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom of their website.

What do you think about the 813 design? Would you want a piece of jewelry like this? Would you give one as a gift?



*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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My “dream” holiday gift from Zales


Our wedding 1996

Our wedding 1996

I don’t often write about this, but my husband and I eloped. In fact, my husband proposed to me on a Sunday evening and we were married that Friday at the court house.

My husband and I dated for eight months before we eloped. I knew he was “Mr. Right” after a month or so of dating. I had being in three long-term relationships prior to him, and I knew from our first date that he was different – someone special.

I was my husband’s first, last and only girlfriend. He went on dates prior to me, but he was never in a relationship. It took him a little longer to know that I was “the one.”

We didn’t have a fancy wedding (our cake was from the grocery store), or a honeymoon. We married on a Friday and went back to work that Monday. We didn’t even live together for five months after we married. I lived with my family upstate and he lived with his mom. We saw each other on the weekend.

OK… so the way we did thing was unconventional, but we’ve been together for almost 20 years and married for over 19 years. We’re happily married too. We still hold hands (even in the car when we’re driving), we still tell each other how much we love the other and we still enjoy hugging and kissing (much to the dismay of our teenagers – ha ha).

There are times I do wish that I had a real wedding with a reception and a honeymoon. I’m hoping that one day we can renew our vows and go on a mini-honeymoon.

As for my wedding ring, I don’t have one. My husband wears mine. His was ruined at work. At that time I was a stay at home mom and didn’t NEED to wear it, so my husband started to wear mine. I tried to get his fixed but the jeweler couldn’t fix it.


Over the years my husband has bought me replacement rings to take the place of my wedding ring. We don’t have a lot of money, so the rings have not always been the greatest quality. Personally I don’t mind. It’s not the gift but the thought that counts.

The first ring lost a stone. The second ring fell in the toilet in a public restroom with an auto-flush (so it was flushed away) and the last one WAS “gold” but now is a combination of gold and metal.

Like I said, I don’t really care. I don’t need a ring to prove that my heart belongs to my husband.

I would love to heave a ring made out of real gold with a real diamond one day. I was hoping for our 20th 0r 25th Anniversary. We’ll see…

Have you seen the commercial for Zales’ Ever Us ring? THAT is the ring I would love to get.

I used to think that I wanted an Anniversary Band, but after seeing the Ever Us ring from Zales I have been head-over-heel in love with it.

Ever UsThe Ever Us collection features a two-stone diamond ring that celebrates the idea that being in love is a wonderful thing, but being in love with your best friend is everything. One diamond represents your true love and the other reflects a best friend. This is one gift that is as meaningful as it is beautiful.

My husband is my best friend, and he is the love of my life. I love him with every fiber of my being. This would be the perfect ring. He already knows that I really want that ring. I know I won’t get it for Christmas this year, but maybe for our 20th Anniversary in October?

Prior to seeing the Ever Us two-stone diamond ring from Zales, I was in love with the Unstoppable Love collection.

Unstoppable LoveThis innovative collection is highlighted by shimmering diamonds and gemstones in a unique movable setting.

You may have seen this collection advertised on television. The diamonds have a unique setting that allows them to move a bit, catching the light as they move, making the diamonds sparkle and shine.

The Unstoppable Love collection features rings, necklaces and earrings. As much as I would love a ring, I really like the necklace the best. It’s an eye catcher.

See for yourself just how amazing the Unstoppable Love pieces are.

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I never knew that there was a snowflake design from the Unstoppable Love collection too. Not only is it beautiful, snowflakes have a special meaning in our family. If ever there was a perfect gift, the snowflake necklace from the Unstoppable Love collection would be it.


I love it! I love it! I LOVE IT!!!!!

Zales has other lovely collections available – all of which would make an amazing, romantic gift this holiday season.

Zales has more than 90 years as a leading brand name in jewelry. They know what consumers want, that is why they carry a large selection of classic and contemporary designs to suit anyone’s sense of style.

My family has a lot of pieces from Zales including my sister and my mom. Zales ha always been the “go-to” jeweler in my family.

Another great collection worth checking out is their Endless Brilliance collection.

Endless BrillianceThe Endless Brilliance collection at Zales includes a selection of diamond rings, pendants and earrings that deliver more diamonds and even more sparkle.


Zales has more that 723 store across the country, including Puerto Rico. They have more of a selection of fine jewelry than most jeweler including brand-name watches, exclusive, custom-designed collections, diamonds, cultured pearls, gemstones, gold, silver and platinum. At Zales you can also find personalized jewelry and men’s styles in titanium and stainless steel.

A piece of jewelry from Zales will make for a memorable – and cherished – holiday gift that will last a lifetime.

To find a location near you visit www.Zales.com. You can also check them out on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Have you ever purchased jewelry from Zales?

What is your favorite Zales collection?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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*Compensation was provided by Zales via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Zales or Momtrends. 

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Carved Creations – Colorful, Unique, Personalized Jewelry



Are you a jewelry person? Do you find a need to wear jewelry every day, even just to run errands?

Growing up (back in my teenage and young adult days) I always wore jewelry – rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. They all had to coordinate with whatever it was that I was wearing. I also have three holes in each ear, so I would always change up my earrings every day too.

When I became a mom I stopped wearing much jewelry. I stopped wearing my engagement ring (a small solitaire diamond) because it scratched my daughter’s leg once when I was changing her diaper. I also stopped wearing necklaces because my kids would grab the when they were babies/toddlers and break them. I also stopped wearing dangly earrings in fear that my kids would pull them out of my ear, or one would fall off and they would swallow it.

Back then I learned to wear simple pieces of jewelry, and it has stuck with me ever since. My kids are teenagers now, but I’m still minimalist with my jewelry. It’s not that I don’t love jewelry (I DO!), I just don’t wear it as much as I used to. In addition, 90% of my jewelry is packed away in my father’s basement. We moved boxes to his basement when we had our condo on the market and never brought them back when we gave up on trying to buy a house. I have no clue what box my jewelry is in (we have A LOT of boxes in his basement).

For now I wear the few select pieces that I do have. All of them have some kind of special meaning to me which makes them even nicer to wear. I have a ring that belonged to my mom, a ring that belonged to my mother in law, my replacement wedding ring (my husband wears mine – long story) and my husband’s original wedding ring (the one we were married with).

My new favorite rings to wear are from a company called Carved Creations. They make personalized jewelry including rings, necklaces and bracelets.

CC jewelry

I know what you are thinking – not another line of personalized jewelry. I will admit that there are plenty of companies out there that make personalized jewelry, but I have not seen any as lovely as what I found at Carved Creations. I also find the prices at Carved Creations are really nice.

I was sent a gift code to pick out something to review from the site. I chose a personalized ring with my name and my husband’s name on it as well as two stacked rings. The stacked rings are a two-piece set consisting of a personalized ring and another ring that features a birthstone. I picked up two rings – one personalized for my daughter and the other for my son.

I was super excited to get these rings. I stalked my delivery driver every day until they arrived. For personalized jewelry they shipped out considerably quick.

For safety reasons I can’t show you my actual rings. I do not want my husband or children’s names to ever be mentioned (or seen) on my blog. I’m sure you can understand.

Here is a photo of the ring with both my name and my husband’s name on it so you know I own one.


I just don’t want you to see my husband’s name. Not only that, I have chubby fingers and they sort of take away from the beautiful rings.

The ring I received with my name and my husband’s name engraved on it looks like this;

Engraved Ring

It’s much nicer in person that the photo I shared (above), which came out way too dark.

Carved Creations offers several different “couples” rings. I chose this design because I like the engraved hearts in between our names and I liked the lines that border our names.

Smaller ring

They also offer smaller ring bands (thinner) and in 14K gold. I opted for Carved Creations PūrLuxium™ because I liked the look of it. Plus I like how sturdy it is. 

Here are some facts about jewelry made out of PūrLuxium™.


I love this ring. I fits perfects and it works well with other jewelry I have (I have more silver than gold jewelry). I also adore having mine and my husband’s name on it. I keep my husband’s name on top so I see it whenever I look down at my hand. I don’t need a reminder that I love him with every fiber of my being but it’s nice to see my loved ones name as a reminder of our love whenever I look at the ring.

For my children I chose the stacked rings (also made out of PūrLuxium™). The set came with a thin band with my child’s name and their birth date engraved on it. The other ring is also a thin band with a small, round birthstone. 

Child Rings

Mine look similar to the ones pictured above, but with my kid’s names engraved on them and their birthstones.

These are fun rings to wear. You can wear them along side the birthstone rings (all four rings at the same time – they are stackable!), just the name rings or just the birthstone rings. The birthstone rings can also be used to accessorize an outfit if you are wearing something that matches the birthstone color.

I can even wear the personalized rings with my kid’s names on them along side the ring I have with mine and my husband’s name engraved on it. They all stack together nicely.

My daughter wishes we had similar ring sizes (her fingers are not chubby like mine) because she wants the ring I have with her birthstone on it.

These are lovely rings and I have received several compliments on them. I’ve had a few people want to look at them more closely to see what was engraved on them too.

These rings can be worn and enjoyed every day. They are not overly fancy. Plus, being made out of PūrLuxium™ they are “hearty” rings that can withstand normal wear and tear. 

Carved Creations has other lovely jewelry worth checking out. Here are just a few examples.

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To learn more or to check out all their available jewelry designs please visit www.CCForLife.com. You can also follow the brand on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Not only would these make a great gift for yourself, they would also make great holiday gifts, wedding gifts, engagement gifts, baby birth (“push”) gifts and anniversary gifts as well.

Carved Creations is currently offering 50% off jewelry while supplies last. You an also get an extra $5 OFF through December 31, 2015 using the code SCRIBES15.

What do you think about this lovely jewelry? Is it something you would love for yourself or give as a gift? Which is your favorite piece?

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

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Beautiful and affordable charms and bracelets at Glaumulet



Charm bracelets are all the rage these days. When I was a young girl charm bracelets were very popular too. It’s nice to see that they made a comeback.

Back in the day I had a bracelet with a lot of dangly charms on it. i used to try and pick up a charm from places my family would travel too, as well as fun charms that I really liked and thought they were cute.

I have no clue whatever happened to my childhood charm bracelet. I know I couldn’t fit it anymore but maybe I could have added some of the charms to a new bracelet.

These days charms for charm bracelets are a lot more classy and sophisticated looking. You can still find cute and quirky ones too.

I was recently introduced to the company Glamulet. Glamulet creates beautiful charms and charm bracelets using high quality materials and beautiful craftsmanship.

One thing that stood out to me first and foremost when I visited the Glamulet website for the first time is that they offer completed bracelets, as well as charm sets. I love the idea of gifting a completed bracelet to someone. I also like the idea of giving someone a set of charms to get them started. After all, having just one lone charm on a charm bracelet is pretty sad looking. You want to have several to show off. I like being able to purchase a set of three at a time (charms are also sold separately too).

Check out some of the lovely charm sets available at Glamulet.

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Of course you’ll need a charm bracelet to go with your beautiful charms.

Many companies sell charm bracelets, however all of their bracelets ten to look the same. At Glamulet you can find a variety of bracelet options – some I have never seen anywhere else. They have a bracelet to suit almost everyone’s tastes and preferences.



The pink bracelet is a limited edition and was made in honor of Breast Cancer awareness and support. They have a few pink bracelets available. Fifty percent (50%) from the sale of the pink bracelets will go towards Breast Cancer research.

In addition to the Breast Cancer bracelets campaign, Glamulet is also offering a FREE bracelet with orders of $99 or more. This offer is also for a limited time.

Glamulet offers FREE shipping on orders of $59+ too!

One of my favorite charms that Glamulet offers is their personalized photos charms. I have never seen these charms before. I would love to get one with a photo of my family on it and maybe another with my pets on it.

Photo Charm

Glamulet sent me a charm bracelet and some charms to try out and review.

The bracelet arrived in a beautiful box – a keepsake box that will keep my lovely bracelet protected.

I received the following charms and bracelet to review.


Bow and Rose Heart Charm


“Love” Silver and Gold Openwork Heart Charm – Swarovski


“Dream” Balloon Bear Dangle Charm – Swarovski


Rose Gold Plated “Love All Around” Charm


Silver Open Work Heart Charm


Sterling Silver Round Clip Classic Bracelet


Here are my photos of the bracelet. I only included the above photos from the Glamulet website because my photos don’t show as much detail as the “professional” photos do. Plus I was unable to get any decent close ups with my photos. They turned out fuzzy. The bracelet and charms are a million times nicer looking in person, I can assure you of that.






It’s truly a lovely bracelet and I adore the charms, especially the bear. He’s adorable!

The only “downside” is that the bracelet sent to me was too small. I needed a larger size. For that reason I had to switch the charms to another charm bracelet that I have (not the one pictured). I put aside this bracelet for my daughter. I am going to look into getting her some charms for Christmas and giving her this bracelet and the charms that I buy her as a gift.

The only thing negative that I can say – and this would apply to only a few people I’m sure – is that the clasp is not easy to open. I have to have my husband help me get it on/off and we both have a difficult time sliding our nails into the slit in the clasp to pop it open. This could present a problem for those (like me) with short nails or someone who has difficulty with manipulating small things (like those with arthritis). Aside from that one small detail, the bracelet is beautiful and I love it.

If you would like to learn more or check out all that Glamulet has to offer please visit Glamulet.com. You can also find Glamulet on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom left of their website.

What do you think about the jewelry from Glamulet?

Do you have a charm bracelet?

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*I received free product samples 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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Give the gift of personalized jewelry from Name Factory


The Name Factory

The holiday season is fast approaching. I have no doubt that many people are already making notes and taking suggestions for their holiday shopping list. My kids are teenagers and already are telling us what they would like for Christmas. My daughter’s list is a mile long already. LOL!

If you have someone on your list that you would like to give an extra special gift to, you should check out the lovely, personalized jewelry from Name Factory.

The jewelry from the Name Factory is not just for women. They have jewelry for men and jewelry for children too. Personally I am not a fan of letting children were personalized jewelry when they are “out and about.” For ‘tweens and teens who know better than to go off with strangers, personalized jewelry is just fine. In fact my daughter has a few pieces with her name on it. She loves them.

The Name Factory, as you probably already figured out, sells personalized jewelry with initials, names or monograms on them. They have very classy/dressy pieces and other that are more fun and casual.

I was sent a piece to review. It didn’t have my name on it but it was personalized.

I was sent to review the Name Factory Family Tree Pendant. It had the initials of my husband and two children on it. It looked just like the one pictured (below).


As you can see it’s a beautiful necklace. Each initialed leaf is “dangly” so that the piece has some movement to it. I absolutely loved it and it looked beautiful on – especially when I was wearing a V-neck or deep scooped blouse/top.

The piece is very well made and it’s a large piece too (not huge and tacky – but large enough to be noticed).

Sadly I lost mine. Normally when I take off jewelry I put it back in my jewelry case. The last time I wore this I took it off at my desk and put it on my desk. That was the last I saw it. I don’t know if one of the cats go ahead of it (in which case it could be under the bed, couch, out on the balcony…) or it got mixed up with some papers and either is filed away some where on my desk or accidentally threw it out. I’ve looked for it for a very long time now and I have not been able to find it. I would have had this review post up A LOT sooner if I didn’t lose my beautiful necklace.


The piece I received to review would make a wonderful gift for a mom or grandmother. You can have the children or grandchildren’s initials put on the leaves. Please note that you can only put three initials per necklace, so if you have more than three children/grandchildren then this piece wouldn’t work.

I love how you can totally customize the piece to your liking, from the thickness to the chain length as well as the metal used. This particular piece is available in sterling silver, 24K gold plated, even real 14K gold.

Check out just a small sampling of the beautiful pieces of jewelry available at Name Factory.

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I love the nice variety of pieces available.

I have my eye on a piece for my daughter for Christmas. She even saw a piece that she wants to get for her and her boyfriend (a couples piece).

If you would like to check out all the beautiful pieces of jewelry offered by the Name Factory visit www.NameFactory.com.

You can also check out the Name Factory on social media – Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Pinterest.

What do you think about the jewelry available at the Name Factory? Do you see pieces that you like? Would you consider giving this as a gift?

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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. 

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