Brides, Start Your Jewelry Collection Now

Photo courtesy of Dune Jewelry

Photo courtesy of Dune Jewelry

Your wedding is the perfect time to start a jewelry collection that you’ll build upon all through your marriage. The time to start a new tradition is now, so that your collection extends from the start of your marriage and lasts for all time. Not married yet? Begin your jewelry collection during your engagement season — it’s your tradition to create as you’d like!

You might decide to stick with a particular brand, such as Alex and Ani, or go with a particular type of gemstone such as Aquamarine or Blue Topaz (in earrings, necklaces, and bracelets throughout the years!) Or, choose something highly customizable, such as jewelry bought during your honeymoon and lifetime travels. Dune Jewelry (above) lets you customize jewelry with actual sand from beaches all over the world [and if they don’t have your beloved beach in their sandbank, you can send in a small vial of sand you collected, to be incorporated into your chosen jewelry design. [I don’t work for Dune Jewelry — I own a bunch of their necklaces, personalized with our favorite beach sands!]

Happy collecting!

 

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Check Out My Wedding Registry Tips in This Fab Guide by Wedding Paper Divas and Best Buy!

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It’s an excellent morning here! We’re so excited to share this fabulous Wedding Registries Guide, created by Wedding Paper Divas in partnership with Best Buy. It’s filled with phenomenal gift registry tips from an array of wedding experts, and WPD included a great collection of my own wedding registry tips and trends!

Check out all the sections of their amazing wedding registry guide, and get ready for your gift registry to surpass your expectations, for your wedding guests to be really impressed by your gift list, and for each wave of wonderful gifts you receive to fully delight you both!

Thank you, WPD and Best Buy, for including me in this awesome guide!

Fab Find! Shari’s Berries Hand-Dipped Champagne Strawberries

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Just when you thought chocolate-dipped strawberries couldn’t get any better, here are Shari’s Berries Hand-Dipped Champagne Strawberries.

How gorgeous are these beauties?! I just received my 20% off brochure in the mail from Shari’s Berries [I’ve sent chocolate-covered strawberries as gifts in the past, and ordered platters for my parties, so I know they’re delish!] and I noticed a few new items on their list: with these Champagne Strawberries standing out as the most perfect gift for bridesmaids, a stunning dessert buffet addition, and I would give out-of-town wedding guests a half-dozen of these as their welcome gift in their hotel rooms!

Here are a few details about these indulgent and upscale chocolate-dipped champagne berries in a dozen assortment (and they have lots of different assortments, so go to their page!:)

  • 12 Strawberries Dipped in White Flavored with a Hint of Champagne and Topped with Gold Shimmer Sugar*
  • 12 Strawberries Dipped in White Flavored with a Hint of Champagne and Topped with Gold Swizzles*
  • *Contains no alcohol

This is definitely a fab find! And they’ll work beautifully in any wedding season. And let me remind you to get your wedding coordinator an excellent thank you gift after your wedding – these would be perfect!

A Dazzling Jewelry Event at Braunschweiger Jewelers

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Step into Spring with Sparkle!
Braunschweiger Jewelers, a 5th generation, family-owned jewelry store with two New Jersey locations, will be hosting its exclusive “Sparkle in Spring” event on April 28th from 5-8 p.m. at their New Providence store located in The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ.
New collections will be debuting and on display from designers including David Yurman, Roberto Coin, Marco Bicego, Elle, Monica Rich Kosann and Belle Etoile.
Attendees will enjoy light fare & wine, preferred customer pricing and the first 100 guests will receive a gift bag. 
 Additionally, when customers fill out their jewelry “wish list” during the event, they will be entered to win a $1,000 gift card to Braunschweiger Jewelers. The winner will be selected and announced the day following the event.  
For more information, please visit braunshweiger.com. 
About Braunschweiger Jewelers
Braunschweiger Jewelers is well-known for personally selecting styles with modern yet timeless design, impeccable use of exquisite colored gemstones and diamonds, and distinctive details. Our elite collections cater to a savvy clientele that seeks renowned designers like Marco Bicego and John Hardy, premier bridal selections and unique estate pieces.  Our philosophy is to offer the highest quality and superior craftsmanship while staying up-to-date with the newest trends. Braunschweiger Jewelers has been providing unparalleled service and selection since the 1930s. We are regularly featured in top magazines and have received “Best of” awards from NJ Bride (2012), NJ Monthly (2011-12), The Knot (2013), Best of Morris Essex (2015) and The Daily Record (2010-11). For information and store locations, visit www.braunschweiger.com.
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The Bride’s Guide to Freebies – Fabulous Big-Money Sweeptakes at Better Homes and Gardens and Martha Stewart

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In my book The Bride’s Guide to Freebies, I’ve shared a ton of my top freebie-finding secrets for weddings, helping you avoid Mistake Freebies and lock into the ones that really add to your wedding day (and boost your wedding budget further!)

When this book first came out, we offered a wedding freebies newsletter, which grew too big too quickly for us to maintain well (and there weren’t always great freebies out there!) So we moved our wedding freebies info to my blog to make it easier for everyone to cash in!

In my book, I recommended the Better Homes and Gardens sweepstakes, which often included bigtime cash prizes, and this has gotten even better for you lately, since they switched their online sweepstakes entries into UNLIMITED entry for most of their big-money prizes. We’re talking $50,000 (which could pay for your whole wedding,) $25,000 (which, again, could pay for your whole wedding,) $20,000 (there’s the wedding gown of your dreams!) and more. (You’ll need to register with BHG, of course, and each entry requires you to click on a super-short video to make sure you’re not a bot. With these and any other online sweepstakes, always read the rules and fine print before you click!)

So, check it out, including the Martha Stewart sweepstakes and other sister magazines’ sweepstakes. We wish you good luck with your entries (and much fun with your winnings!)

Fab Find! Stone Cask’s MusicAle Bottle Opener

Stone Cask MusicAle Bottle Opener

Now this is a great bridal shower favor or gift for bridesmaids and groomsmen! I’d ever put a few of these on the bar at your wedding, engagement party, shower and rehearsal dinner for your guests to use in style.

It’s Stone Cask’s cleverly-named MusicAle Premium Beer Bottle Opener, which adds a ‘note’ of style to your bottle-opening needs. I received one from the company to review, and I love it so much, it’s my newest Fab Find!

Here’s some info from the company website:

  • Premium stainless steel bottle opener
  • Ergonomic design opens bottles with ease
  • Adds a stylish and decorative touch to any counter or bar top
  • Perfect gift for music aficionados
  • 2-year warranty

Product Description

MusicAle is music to your beers! The one-of-a-kind bottle opener is a must-have bar accessory for any music lover. The stylish, stainless steel eighth note is designed to sit upright on the note head as a beautiful counter or bar top decoration. The carefully crafted flag doubles as a fun and clever way to open beer and other bottled beverages in seconds.

MusicAle is packaged beautifully in a deluxe box you will be proud to give as a gift to a music teacher, fellow band mate, or music-loving co-worker.

Enjoy years of hassle-free bottle opening with Stone Cask’s industry-leading 2 Year Warranty to guarantee your satisfaction with this specialty bar accessory.

The Luckiest Numbers of Bamboo Stalks to Have (and the Unlucky Number!)

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If you’re into feng shui and good luck charms, you likely know that bamboo is considered a lucky plant. And you may also know that the number of bamboo stalks in your display has a Meaning, bringing different kinds of good luck (and there’s one bad luck number you should definitely avoid!)

I had three bamboo stalks in my money corner, and when one turned yellow, that didn’t sit well with me. Okay, I kinda freaked out and pulled the vase from that corner until I could fix the problem. I thought two bamboo stalks was bad luck, but it turns out, it isn’t at all. So my vase with two curly bamboo stalks is back in place.

To help you plan your bamboo shopping — for straight stalks, pretty curly bamboo stalks, or those pre-planted bamboo stalk groupings to display in your home, office, or at your wedding — here are the meanings behind the number of bamboo stalks in displays:

  • 1 Stalk – simplicity, meaningful life
  • 2 Stalks – luck in love and marriage
  • 3 Stalks – happiness (Most popular among those who think three is a lucky number)
  • 4 Stalks – This is the one to avoid. According to Chinese culture, Four could draw negative energy
  • 5 Stalks – academic achievement, creativity
  • 7 Stalks – good health
  • 8 Stalks – prosperity
  • 9 Stalks – good fortune and overall luck
  • 10 Stalks – completion or perfection
  • 21 Stalks – all-purpose blessings and luck

Add a little extra oomph to your bamboo with the power of your display:

The Wood element is in the bamboo stalks

The Water element is in the water they sit in

The Earth element is in the rocks or pebbles inside your bamboo vase (go for shades of brown and tan in these pebbles for the best Earth representation.)

The Metal element is in the clear glass container you use to display your stalks, the water and the pebbles. If you do not use a glass vase, put a coin at the bottom of your container.

Fire is in a red ribbon that you tie on the stalks or around the container.

I buy my lucky bamboo at our local garden center, and I’ve seen lucky bamboo stalks and plants at Home Depot, Lowes and our supermarket, so it should be easy to find these!