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My name is Emma. I am a momma, wife, dog mom, Deadhead, beach bum, mermaid lover and a hot mess! Welcome to my mad ramblings about life, parenting, product reviews and everything in between!

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Homesick Bluegrass

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I am a Kentucky girl from the coal fields of Appalachia. It runs deep in my blood and soul. I can trace my ancestry to them hills all the way back to the early 1700s. Both sides of my family, paternal and maternal are from the same county. 

Granny witches, Native Americans, Melungeons, and canning our garden harvest is who we are. Church on Sunday and moonshine on the strip mine on Friday after work. It took a lot for me to pack up and actually leave there. There is a kinship in them hills between folks. Ain’t nobody better than anyone else. We are all family in the sense we know what life is like. Friends become family and family is everything.

From bluegrass jam nights to gazing up at the stars because there’s no light pollution, Appalachia is a sort of utopia for the nature lover. Waterfalls and bubbling creeks are everywhere. RIvers, mountain lakes, and ponds make fishing and swimming a fun summer pastime.

Sincerely Silver sent me this gorgeous Kentucky necklace. They asked if I wanted something engraved on it. I asked about the above quote from Happy Chandler but it was too big. I thought for a bit and decided to put my town name on it; Paintsville!

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Whatever state you call home, Sincerely Silver Co. has got you covered! This is the perfect gift for anyone who is homesick like me, or just wants to show their state pride! The State  Necklace can be done in gold, silver, or rose gold. You can also add your initial, town name like I did, or your town’s GPS coordinates! It is by far my most favorite necklace. Use code EMMA15 for a 15% off discount when you order ANY piece of Sincerely Silver jewelry!

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As far as my homesickness, I’ll be going “home” to Appalachia for Christmas this year. My husband who is a Florida boy, born and raised, has only seen snow twice! So, here’s to hoping for a white Christmas in Appalachia!

 

This post was sponsored by Sincerely Silver Co. All opinions are my own.

To Infinity And Beyond

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This necklace is so beautiful. I love how it is an everyday wearable piece. Sincerely Silver Co. hits it out of the park again.

I picked this necklace for my sister. Nothing can describe the relationship we have. It took work to get there though. We don’t have that traditional relationship. We didn’t grow up together, unfortunately, and this took its toll on our relationship.

I didn’t meet my sister until I was 16 years old. She is 8 years older than me. It was strange because we look alike, walk alike, talk alike, and would even say things at the same time. This stranger was someone who I instantly connected with. We both moved on with life and lost touch for a few years as people in young adulthood seem to do.

Around 10 years ago though we decided we wanted to be in each other’s lives. She lives in Texas and me, well, I am a gypsy moving all over the place until recently. I have now settled in Florida for the last 7 years and have no plans of moving at all. My sister and I have had life just continue to happen and we haven’t been together since I was 16.

Regardless of the distance, we video call, chat online, make phone calls all the time. I feel like she is my other half. I love her to Infinity and Beyond! Nothing can break that bond. The Eternal Love necklace from Sincerely Silver is the perfect way to show her what she means to me.

The Eternal Love Necklace can be ordered in silver, gold, or rose gold. It has the infinity sign wrapped around an uppercase LOVE. This means to me that my love will NEVER end for my sister. I can’t wait for her to get this beautiful piece that is from the heart. Sincerely Silver Co. makes everything by hand. Each piece is made with love and care.

Use the code EMMA15 on your next order for 15% off!  Follow Sincerely Silver Co. on Instagram by clicking!

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This post was sponsored by Sincerely Silver Co. but all opinions are my own!

8th Grade Graduation

As a momma, watching my kiddos grow into amazing humans is the most rewarding gift. My youngest Audie just graduated 8th grade. She is absolutely brilliant. She is soaring her way right into high school.

Recently tested for gifted placement, Audie has an IQ of 140. It is almost unbelievable. Like who is this kid and where did she come from? I am beyond proud of her. She is one of my humans!

I wanted to make sure she received a special gift for her graduation. I turned to Sincerely Silver! They have the best gifts for all occasions. I picked the Feather charm necklace in rose gold for Audie. I think it suits her. A feather to help her reach new heights. Check out the feather necklace here. The Feather Necklace necklace is the perfect keepsake for her. It is great for everyday wear or for special occasions. I know my girl loves it!

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This post is sponsored by Sincerely Silver Co. 

All opinions are my own.

Sealed With a Kiss

 

 

My husband John and I just celebrated our five year wedding anniversary. We have truly had a very special relationship. It started as friends first. I wanted to be sure we truly liked each other before making the commitment of marriage again. I had been married previously and it was a terrible situation.

John and I have really been through some crazy things in the last 7 years together and 5 married. I have had brain surgery and him living with an ileostomy bag from a perforated intestine. He had his reversal surgery to remove the bag a month before my brain surgery.

I’ve had to stop working due to chronic illnesses and John is a huge support to me. He understands and takes it in stride.

I wanted to get us something special to commemorate our marriage and what a special bond we have. Since we recently moved we have a ton of free wall space. That is when I spotted this gorgeous canvas print from Canvas Vows! It was a no brainer! I was getting this for our anniversary.   They have so many beautiful pieces to choose from to celebrate and honor your own special day. Check them out here. The Last Name Sign is what I picked out, but you can choose any to remember your special day. Go show them some love and tell them Emma sent you!

 

 

Post sponsored by Canvas Vows. All opinions are my own.

My Top Gifts for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching. Being a mom I certainly loved getting the homemade gifts my little ones would bring home from school. Now my little ones are bigger; 14, 17, and 19. I also wanted to write this guide for the clueless hubbies out there who have no clue where to start. I know my husband like a book. He will grab me a bouquet of flowers from the local grocery store and call it done. He is a simple man who doesn’t put much thought into my gifts except for Christmas. However, I will say this, I do LOVE fresh cut flowers. There is something so classic and timeless about getting a bouquet. So, I will be including this one on my list. Many women don’t like fresh flowers because they aren’t permanent. I have a solution for that conundrum. I also have some indie brands that I want to share with you today. Small businesses that craft each order with love. 

 

When you shop with small businesses you are helping a mom who makes jewelry get her kid those braces she needs, or ordering that wreath from your neighbor and helping her get her kid to soccer camp. There is also the benefit of knowing that your order will be made with love and with perfection.

 

Sincerely Silver offers personalized handcrafted jewelry. They will personalize each piece to fit your needs. Check out this gorgeous Mama Bear ring I got this year! It even has 3 little cubs for my 3 kiddos.  Sincerely Silver Mama Bear Wrap Ring is only $24.00, Y’all! It is absolutely beautiful.  It has a simple elegance to it. It can be worn casually or on that special night out. It is surely a gift Mama won’t forget! Use code EMMA15 for 15% off your order too!

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Keep mama warm and cozy with a new duvet or linen set from Bluebird Linens! I won a 6-piece set from them around Christmas this last year and was blown away by how soft their sheets are. Now they have a new down alternative duvet too! They offer so many cute patterns and colors on their sheets it will match any decor or taste! You will not disappoint with these as a gift. It is something that will last for a long time and provide the ultimate comfort for mom! Check them out here! Bluebird Linens Use code EMMA for a 30% off discount! You all, this kind of discount is almost unheard of! 30% off is incredible.

 

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Another great gift idea is a personalized Tshirt or bag. Texas Red Homemade. Destiny makes every single item to order and with so much care. I have a Toto Africa shirt that is amazing! Check out her store page on Facebook here Texas Red Homemade Facebook

Or her Etsy shop Texas Red Homemade Etsy Shop

Does Mama love makeup? I know I do. Grab her a subscription to Boxy Charm. It is a makeup subscription box that gives over $150 of makeup each month for only $21.

Sign up here!  Boxy Charm Sign Up

Full disclosure if use this link to sign up my step-daughter will receive the referral points.

 

Skincare is always a hit with me. I love my skincare products. Some of my favorite are from Gold Mountain Beauty. All of their items are vegan and cruelty-free. I am using the Rosehip & Gold Dust Elixer. It smells amazing and makes my skin look great. I am also using the Rose Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid. It is a lightweight moisturizer that makes my skin supple and soft while not being oily. Check out their site here.

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I love getting fresh flowers. I spoke earlier that many people don’t because they don’t last long enough. Well, that’s been solved. Check out Blooms By Heinau. Their beautiful bouquets last a year or more! It is unbelievable. Check out these beautiful photos of their flowers.

 

I really hope that whoever you are buying for this Mother’s Day you wow them with the gift you get them! The gifts listed here are sure to do this! Regardless of the gift be sure to show Mom, granny, aunt, sister, wife the love and remind her how much you appreciate her. Have a Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

*This post was sponsored by Sincerely Silver. I received the ring in exchange for my views.

The Name Game

I was named after my grandmother. It was a different name as a child. Nobody my age had the same name as me. The only other person I knew with my name was my sweet granny. Now, my name is #1 on the Social Security website for a girl’s name.

I can’t go to the park or the Target without hearing someone call out my name. As a child, I would go to souvenir shops hoping to find that Tennesee keychain with EMMA spelled on it, or to the store to find my bicycle license plate with EMMA boldly spelled across the front. BUT, that NEVER happened.  Now, I can find these things abundantly.

When browsing the Sincerely Silver website, I saw they do personalized necklaces. This took me back to my youth and all those times I couldn’t find an EMMA anything. It was a no-brainer! I had to have one of these. Ordering was easy and very simple. I was able to choose my metal; gold, silver, or rose gold.  See how gorgeous it turned out!!!

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I absolutely love their jewelry. I feel like each piece is crafted with love and care. Use my code EMMA15 at checkout and you could save 15% on your order.

 

 

 

 

This post is sponsored by Sincerely Silver Jewelry.

 

I’ll Never Tire of the Moon

 

One of my earliest memories is of my parents taking me for a ride late at night to get me to fall asleep. I remember my mom pointing out all the constellations to me and me replying, “Moon, mama, Moon!” My love for the night sky and all the planets including their moons has been a long time in the making.

Check out this beautiful Moon Phase necklace from my friends at Sincerely Silver! It captures each phase perfectly. Made from 100% quality sterling silver, it is a necklace that I can put on and wear daily. I’m the worst about not taking off my jewelry. No worries about this one though. It holds up beautifully.0218191126a

Sincerely Silver has such gorgeous pieces. Handcrafted in the USA and personalized for whatever the occasion may be they have something for ALL tastes. Have a kiddo graduating? They have awesome Roman numeral date necklaces to mark the date forever. Have a new baby being born? They got that covered too. Head over to http://www.sincerelysilver.co or their Instagram @Sincerelysilverco to check everything out!

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This post is sponsored by Sincerely Silver! All opinions are my own.

 

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Save the Drama For Your Mama

We all know that one person who can’t get right. Nothing ever goes right in their lives. One day to the next it is some new chaotic and tragic event that is always hindering them in some way or another. I know someone like this and I am about done with it. This person has a horrible attitude about life and then wonders why everything goes awry for them.

Attitude is everything. I believe in the law of attraction. What you put out you will get back. If you are always negative only negative things will continue to be in your life.

How do you handle that person you know like this? Me, well, it depends on how I know the person. Luckily for me, this person is just an online acquaintance. I am going to shake her like a bad habit. For those a bit closer I think it wise to discuss this behavior with them. That is totally up to you if you think the relationship is worth it. For me, this relationship isn’t.

10 Tips on Dealing with a Negative Nancy

  1. Tell them to suck it up because someone has it worse than they do.
  2. Ask them if they want you to break their arm so they have something to really complain about.
  3. Pour sugar in their gas tank. This will really make them appreciate the car they once had.
  4. Send them a break-up text outlining how their negativity is worse than jellyfish stings on your honeymoon.
  5. Tell them you only have a month left to live and ghost them.
  6. Call their parents and convince them that are truly depressed and have a problem
  7. Seriously, cut them out of your life because you deserve to be happy and you won’t need an 8,9 and 10.

My list is total sarcasm. But seriously, let them know they are super negative and remind them of their blessings. If that doesn’t work, tell them to kick rocks.

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Mama Bear Don’t Care

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I’ve been called a mama bear a time or three. I am protective and very assertive when it comes to my daughter. She is my world. I will protect her with my life. She is almost 14 now and gaining more and more freedom. My husband is teaching her to ride her bike around our neighborhood, shortcuts to the surrounding stores, and other businesses. He grew up in this same neighborhood and so it is very reminiscent of his own youth. He got her a new bike lock and has been spending his Sunday afternoons showing her the ropes. I love seeing them spend the time together. However, as a “mama bear,” it makes me a nervous wreck. 

I went from holding her hand and always being with her to watching her grow into this smart, beautiful independent young woman. 486857_2612472286165_46380539_n

I embrace being a Mama Bear. I am comfortable with this title. I know who am I am and I love it! That’s why this gorgeous necklace from Sincerely Silver is exactly what I needed. It is simple but elegant and finely crafted. This gorgeous Mama Bear Necklace is great for everyday wear. Check out what they have available at their website https://www.sincerelysilver.co/  You can also check them out on their Instagram @sincerelysilverco

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Sign up on the https://www.sincerelysilver.co/ to get a 15% off discount when you sign up for their email list. 

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Sincerely Silver has been featured in Glamour and Vogue Magazines. They also make personalized jewelry that adds a lovely touch to any piece. I know I would love another one of their necklaces for my birthday. I have already let my daughter and husband know. 

My beautiful teenager!

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I have already placed an order for one of Sincerely Siver’s gorgeous wrap rings. They are designed to fit any finger. I ordered one for my daughter Audie for her 8th-grade graduation. Look at this classy design that is perfect for anyone and any date. I personalized it with her name and date of birth. 

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I will leave you with this quote. It is perfect.

“Trends come and go, and style evolves. It’s important to have pieces of jewelry that are timeless and look chic despite ever-changing fashions.” -Karen Elson

 

Don’t forget to check Sincerely Silver out on Instagram at @sincerelysilverco

 Or their website Sincerely Silver Co.

Mama Bear aka Momma’s A Hot Mess

 

This post is a sponsored post. I received this necklace for free. All opinions are my own.