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Giveaway :: Olive Yew!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

 

They say that beauty’s only skin deep. (They being The Temptations; yeah, yeah, yeah.)  Sure, true beauty lies within, but I am a firm believer that what we decorate ourselves with says as much about our hearts as our words. We adorn ourselves daily as a way to feel like the absolute best version of ourselves. Our accessories speak our beauty to the world, whether we realize it or not. As we welcome in the month of May, let’s celebrate our new theme of Adorn with the type of beauty that is more than skin deep.

Angela Parker-Kennedy started creating her own jewelry after her grandmother advised her that since they were “a petite bunch” it would behoove her to stick with simple and small jewelry. Unable to find pieces she wanted to wear daily, Parker-Kennedy took matters into her own hands and Olive Yew was born. Her innovation is our good luck. These are the types of pieces that make you feel beautiful just by looking at them. Personally, I fell head over heels for the Little Gold Tangle Ball necklace and the Long Bar Rose Gold necklace when I first spotted Olive Yew and I would be lying if I said this crush was going away anytime soon. Olive Yew, indeed.

Olive Yew is giving away one Double Circle necklace and one Rose Gold Bow necklace to two (one necklace each) lucky readers! To enter to win, please answer the following question by Tuesday, May 8th. Comments now closed…good luck!

What is the one thing in your life that keeps getting better and better?

Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, May 14th, to see if you’ve won!

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  1. 1
    Beverly says:

    The one thing in my life that I find keeps getting better and better is my patience. I find that as each birthday passes, I find it easier to sit still in contentment. I can relax in ways I never could in my younger years, where I would always be frantically rushing around all the time, lest I waste one minute. I find that I can sit comfortably and look out the window, accompanied by a cup of tea and a book, whereas five years ago I would have been calling and texting everyone in my phone book, trying to get together and savor each day. I find that now I am able to savor each minute of the day, even without the urge to fill my time rushing about and busying myself. I find that I can sit still, unwind, and enjoy myself just as much, if not more. My patience and quiet contentment have been settling quite well, from year to year!

  2. 2
    Mrs. Foot says:

    My daughter. She is just over three months old now and it’s a gift being able to watch her grow and learn. I look forward to each day because it always brings something new!

  3. 3
    Summer says:

    Motherhood. I’ve only been at it for 3 years, but every day is better than the last. It seems impossible when the first instant you see your child is so miraculous, but watching that little miracle grow, run, talk, think, explore, learn is completely awe inspiring. It changes your view of the world, of life and of possibilities.

  4. 4
    AmyB says:

    Actually, my marriage. I have been with my husband since we were 16 years old (12 years ago!) and since then we have learned and grown and parented together. He has become a more patient and doting husband as time has passed and I have become a (I hope) more selfless and responsible wife. Love is wonderful when it is new and as long as you don’t let it get stale, it just keeps getting more flavorful and deep.

  5. 5
    Emma says:

    Truly everything keeps getting better. Perhaps it is wisdom or the loss of the anxiety of youth, but my impression is that everything in life, internal and external, just keeps getting better.

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    Lyndsay says:

    Parenting keeps getting better and better. As rough as the beginning was, I was pretty thrilled with being a mom. Now that my daughter is nearly 3, I find myself in shock at how much fun it is and how much I love her. Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway! The double circle necklace is absolutely gorgeous!

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    Mymsie says:

    My ability to empathize! :)

  8. 8
    kim g says:

    My patience!!!! :)

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    Beverly says:

    Definitely my marriage….I married pretty young (and we already had a 4 year old together). Less than a year after our marriage, we had our second child and 16 years later, we’re still together….we had some rough years and good years, but each year gets better and better. As our boys get older and get ready to “leave the nest”, we appreciate each other more and look forward to the days when it will just be the two of us.

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    Loretta E. says:

    My marriage. We’ve only been married a short while, but I’m more in love with him than the day we tied the knot!

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    Lindsay V. says:

    My relationship with my mother. I think time and a little distance go a long way, but I think we’re finally understanding each other and becoming friends.

  12. 12
    Cathy F says:

    First, a story. My husband says that when he was a boy with a crush on a (any) girl he’d say “Olive Yew!” if the girl didn’t respond the way he hoped he’d just say “I said Olive Yew, not I love you!” Thankfully I get to hear the latter!

    What keeps getting better: the easy answer is my beautiful son, but I’m doing a much better job at letting things go. Most little things don’t matter enough to waste energy on of to spoil a day.

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    heather f says:

    wow, I love the double circle necklace!

    getting better? having GRAND CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!

  14. 14
    Erin says:

    My cooking! And my dreams for the future!

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    Suzi says:

    My mindfulness. Being in the moment. Doing one thing at a time, as best as I can… Giving my all to one thing and one thing only … For example; if there is washing to do but my daughter wants to play- I choose her and pay all of my attention to her. If there are onions to be cut, I cut them and think about their smell, their funny slithery skins and how my eyes are burning to hell and back..and I forget about everything else until later. It is very soothing to do one thing at a time.

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    Angie says:

    My new internship keeps getting better and better, and I’m so excited about being there more.

  17. 17
    hanna says:

    I’m not really sure…

  18. 18
    echo says:

    I’d like to think I’m finding a better balance for all of the important things in my life.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    my marriage. we’ve had to deal with a lot (the first year, i was diagnosed with breast cancer!). now, we’re going on 12 years, and each year it gets better and better. :)

  20. 20
    Rebekah says:

    definitely my marriage…it’s a work in progress and it just keeps getting better & better thanks to lots of hard work and communication…so very much worth it!

  21. 21
    Lauren says:

    My confidence. I’m only 29 now, so I hope to continue to feel more and more comfortable with myself.

  22. 22
    Jenn says:

    When I find time to be alone. This is so rewarding because we all need a moment or two to recharge.

  23. 23
    Renee A. says:

    That would definitely be knowledge and common sense. :)

  24. 24
    Jac says:

    My relationship with my sister. Being only two years younger than me and having to share a bedroom through childhood led to lots yelling, tattling, fighting, and the occasional scar. I loved her but I didn’t necessarily want to be friends with her. Now we are both in our mid 20s living on opposite coasts and there’s not a day that goes by that we don’t share a phone call, email, text, or Skype date, even if its just to give suggestions on what shoes to wear out. I look forward to our visits and spending time with her. She has become my best friend, someone who is always there with an encouraging word, a non-judging heart, and an embarrassing childhood memory to make me laugh. She has my best interests in mind, as I do hers, and I know that our bond of sisterhood will only continue to grow stronger with time.

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    Rinny says:

    What keeps getting better is my ability to laugh at myself and push through that craziness and complete things when I think I “can’t”. I’ve been laughing more often and harder than I ever have lately – and, I’ve never felt more like myself :)

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    Alison says:

    The thing in my life that keeps getting better and better is my appreciation for everything that I am blessed with. Even when I have days where I am upset or frustrated, I look around and realize how much I have. Living each day and experiencing new places/people have made me realize the all the amazing opportunities that I have and that the only thing that is stopping my potential is my self doubt. There is so much in the world that I have yet to see/experience and my gratefulness for my life grows every day.

  27. 27
    Sarah Jane says:

    What keeps getting better & better???
    Well, ME! duh…
    practice makes perfect so hopefully I will only continue to improve as time flies by.
    :)

  28. 28
    Kellie says:

    My awareness. Entering my 30′s, I feel much more self-aware of who I am, what I want and where I’m going. Bless the last 10 years or so, but I was a whirl-wind of indecision. Hopefully, I continue to grow into my own skin and be confident in my decisions.

  29. 29
    Faye Wood says:

    My self-confidence.
    As a shy and nervous child I was often bullied and spent a lot of my time feeling worthless, ugly and like I was a freak. Now at the age of 25 I feel comfortable in my own skin and I am happy that I am a unique individual rather than one of a crowd!

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    sam says:

    My three amazing children : )  They are awesome – oldest is graduating from college this weekend (she is only a Junior) and will be off to grad school in the Fall. The middle child has successfully completed his Freshman year at college and the “baby” is almost finished with Freshman year of high school.  They never cease to amaze me with their accomplishments. 

  31. 31
    Jessica says:

    The older I get, the more I love life.

  32. 32
    viv says:

    My marriage!! We are newlyweds and I love him more every day :)

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    Stephanie S. says:

    My self image is getting better and better. As I grow older I feel like I am growing more into myself. I am more confident today at the age of 33 then I was in my 20′s. I hear that it only gets better as we age!!

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    Luisa says:

    What gets better and better in my life is my deeper understanding of what is important in life. Wisdom is a wonderful thing.

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    Jennifer says:

    My security.  My security in who I am (the good and the bad), in my marriage, in my child-rearing skills.  As INSECURE as I was in my twenties, it is amazing to me how much I’ve grown in my thirties, almost forties, yikes!

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    Vicki says:

    Attitude is everything! From taking care of people I love to the person in front of me at the store… Being positive and thoughtful isn’t easy everyday, but it sure beats being nasty!

  37. 37
    Mary says:

    My attitude in life! I am much more optimistic.

  38. 38
    Angela says:

    i have learned to be comfortable with me! took me 50 plus years but if ya dont like it dont look! and just so happens my birthday is may 14th so …………! i love the double circles! my hubby and  i will be married 38  yrs this august! and his birthday is may 17th and they said  two taurus would never last! and we keep getting better! :)

  39. 39
    Stephanie says:

    I am so grateful to keep meeting better and better people in my life! Looking forward to new adventures and new faces in the future! =)

  40. 40
    Jenica says:

    Friends.  When you’re a kid, friends are awesome, but they come and go as we grow.  When you’re a teen, friends are amazing, but they end up in the far corners of the world eventually.  The ones who last until adulthood, or those you pick up along the way, are the ones who carry you through the tough stuff, and the ones who make it all worthwhile.

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    trisha wright says:

    Motherhood…what an amazing adventure that I have been blessed with!

  42. 42
    brenda says:

    Family…I just became a Grandmother for the first time

  43. 43
    Kate says:

    My appreciation for what life has to offer. Good relationships get better, great ones get AWESOME, and now it’s okay if bad ones get left behind.

  44. 44
    Courtney says:

    My friendships get better and stronger over time! Especially being out of college now, it takes true effort to keep in touch and maintain the relationships with those you want! :)

  45. 45

    My waist-line, sadly, is the one thing that is improving rather rapidly…

    :)

  46. 46
    Alicia says:

    My love life! I’ve recently starting dating a long-time friend and I couldn’t be happier! He makes everyday easier than I thought, always brings a smile to my face, and is a perpetual source of optimism in my life. I can’t imagine my life without him!

  47. 47
    Trisha says:

    This is going to sound cheesy, but marriage. The further in we get, the better / more fun / more meaningful it gets!

  48. 48

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    Aleta says:

    Pretty much everything! The older I get, the better my perspective on life. I love that!!

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    Tiffany says:

    My Christian faith! It’s given me hope through the most challenging times, and I’m thankful that I’ve come out of every trial stronger, wiser and more aware of what joys lie within each day.