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Thursday, August 15, 2013


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Since we are focused on how to “Let Love Rule” for August, let’s talk about shopping, shall we? Sometimes there is nothing better than a little retail therapy after a hard day. These days, the easiest way to find the best goods is online. (If there were a mall with all my favorite artisans, I would shop there, but I haven’t found one yet.) I have a few go-to sites for my shopping fix and I often find some of the artists we feature here on those very sites. It is hard work, but I am more than happy to do it for you, dear readers! BRIKA (a contributor we have featured before) is a favorite for my shopping needs and they actually introduced me to today’s contributor! The internet is a wonderful world of curated beauty, my friends.

Mariele Ivy is the designer behind Young in the Mountains, a shop full of handcrafted goods that are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. The collections of Young in the Mountains fall into three categories: jewelry, ceramics, and bags. To be honest, these three categories sound like my trifecta of happy. This Salad Plate Set is beyond gorgeous and I’m pretty sure this Deer Skin Clutch is the answer to any question you might have about finding the perfect bag. This Apex Bracelet is everything, isn’t it? Yes. Yes, it is. Young in the Mountains is my new happy place. And now it is yours, too.

Young in the Mountains is giving away one New Moon Ring to one lucky reader! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, August 22nd. Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Young in the Mountains and tell us: What is your favorite way to cheer yourself up after a challenging day?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, August 26th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Jennifer says:

    The cure for anything is spelled D-O-G!

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    Trisha says:

    A long bike ride always puts me right again.

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    Jen says:

    going to a quiet place in my apartment with a cup of tea and taking deep breaths. i think being able to take a moment for yourself is vital to recharge yourself. especially after a challenging day. 

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    a snuggle with my cat always cheers me up–his purr is loud and relaxing. 

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    heather f says:

    I sit out on my deck and watch the hummingbirds

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    Sparrow says:

    My hard days usually arise because of challenges with my wild boys (4 and 2). By the end of the day, all I want to do is sit in quiet of the evening and order my mind by creating something with my hands. Usually I knit. I love the rhythmic feel of the motion and the feel of the soft wool moving through my fingers. What a beautiful giveaway! The ring reminds me of one my great grandfather made for my mother out of moonstone. It’s always reminded me of the connectedness of nature, cycles, and family. Thank you!

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    madelyn says:

    A glass of wine or a large warm cup of Angelwater Tea.  2) crafting  3) a walk in the park 4) a nice bubble bath!

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    kristen h. says:

    Chocolate. High quality, no guilt, dark chocolate.

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    ren says:

    rolling up the windows on the drive home and singing…LOUD!

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    Nikki says:

    After a hard day I am always cheered up by enjoying a drink on the front porch of our house with my husband and talking about our plans for the future.  Being able to connect like that always reminds me of why we are working so hard and what is beautiful and wonderful about life right now, even when things are challenging.

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    cindy says:

    DANCE PARTY! I put my headphones on after the kids have gone to bed and dance like mad! Hard to feel bad after that! 🙂

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    Redding says:

    A nice long walk and then a glass of wine is the best ending for a stressful, hectic day.  

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    I sing to my plants and the dog……well the dog doesn’t count, he’s 14yrs and deaf(bless his sweet heart)

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    Charlotte D. says:

    Seeing the smiling faces of my children and hearing their laughter just makes everything better!

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    Courtney J says:

    Lying in my bed watching M*A*S*H.

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    Jasanna says:

    I love going for a good run with my husband!

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    Lynda Del says:

    I hope into bed cuddling with my cat.

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    Maddie says:

    Calling my best friends for some much needed girl talk!

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    For me, challenging days tend to occur more often than not. But when they do happen, I know it’s been a good day because I am alive and living life the best way that I can. Being a young independent woman in my twenties, I’ve struggled to find a job that is fulfilling while living out my dreams away from my family, who I love dearly. I’ve recently learned up to accept that life is never constant. Only the steady flux of life’s surprises gives me peace of mind. So after a hard day I like to meditate and count my blessings. I live in the most incredible city in the world and have wonderful people supporting the goals I set for myself. That is enough.

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    kathryn says:

    After a challenging day I like to wind down with my daughters, they always remind me to not take life so seriously, to live, to laugh & to be present. I usually feel better after we spend some good quality time together. They are so dorky its hard to be serious around them sometimes! Their childlike innocence, sense of humor & warm hearts fill me with the motivation & inspiration to keep going on this beautiful road xo

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    Ida says:

    Coming home and putting on my comfy clothes and lying in bed watching British shows on Netflix. With chocolate, of course. 

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    Kelly McCormick says:

    A 100-lap swim. Counting down laps and achieving something tangible using the strength of my own body alone is very rewarding. And being submerged in wrefreshing water while regulating my breathing creates a zen-like space to cut out all outside noise and shake off the weight of the day. 

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    Elizabeth says:

    It depends on what kind of “rough” we are talking about. I’m a single mom, so I don’t always have a chance to take care of myself. However! After my daughter goes to bed, I take a SHOWER. Oh let the heavens sing the praises of HOT WATER! It’s the time when I can finally check in with myself. Have I had a rough day?!? Do I need a cookie? Do I need to go right to bed? What in the tarnation IS happening with me? I love those showers, when I can slow down and just think about what’s actually happening in my life. Many times, the shower is the only special treat I really need and I can get back to work!

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    Kendra C. says:

    Usually the best way to cheer myself up is to get lost in one of my favorite movies…I can always count on a film called “Stranger Than Fiction” to cheer me up. Storytelling has always been my saving grace.

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    Kadi says:

    Not gonna lie – no shame here… This past week was a week from hell at work. Stress to the highest degree. My go-to cheer me up is a hot shower and a tall, cold glass of chocolate milk. I sip on it with a swizzly straw in a huge tumbler while in bed watching Netflix. Once the chocolate milk induced coma sets in, I treat myself to a rare event – going to bed early. Might not be the most sophisticated method – but hell… sometimes you just got to hide from the world, revert to your 5 year old self (sans Rainbow Bright tv trays, I’m afraid), and take a step back from reality for a night.

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    Lilly Blaylock says:

    Well there is always a TON of drama in and out of school, so naturally I get stressed out a lot! What I usually do after a long challenging day is just relax as much as possible. First I take an unusually long bath using some bath bombs and bubble bath, while I drink the biggest cupnof hot cocoa and watch pretty little liars. Then, I grab some more hot chocolate & a great young adult romance novel and read until I get tired. Lastly, I take a 8 hour rest & I always feel better the next morning (:

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    nousheen duckworth says:

    When I have a super hard day and lately there are more than I would like to have.  I hugs my dogs whom exude all things good and pure in this world.  I talk to them and they comfort me by giving me kisses, snuggles, wagging tails and happiness in the purest form without judgment or expectation.  I go for a walk with them or play ball and than life is good again 🙂 Every now and than I do buy myself some sparkly as well or give a gift a friend who is down. 

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    Jennifer says:

    I count my blessings. 

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    Tiffany says:

    My cure is a run. At first it does the opposite. At first I start running and I feel sluggish and slow and like I’ll never finish the run. I question why I even put on those darn running shoes and why I didn’t just snuggle up to some TV. But then something happens, and those awesome happy chemicals start flowing through me. By the end of the run life is good. I am able to release all of that stress from the day, I had some ME time and I can be in a cheery mood for my family waiting for me at home.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I crack open a new book with a cup of tea. Doesn’t matter what time of year or day it is..if I sit down and read a little it really makes me forget a rough day fast. 

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    Susan F says:

    I love coming home, pouring myself a glass of wine and sitting outside in my yard watching the birds making their stops in our waterfall and bird feeder

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    Peyton Daniels says:

    Since I just started college, I am usually coming home to bad/days (only to do homework). However, I like to fall through the door, throw on some pajamas, grab my favorite blanket and a piece of red velvet cake, and lay on the couch while watching some of my favorite TV series on Netflix! Not that exciting, but there’s not much else to do!

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    Brittany K says:

    this might be weird, but a shower always lifts me up. i don’t wash my  hair everyday, but i love the feeling of being clean and fresh. especially after a hot ride on an NYC subway!

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    Emily says:

    I like to settle in and relax with a cup of hot herbal tea and either a good book or favorite movie.