Saturday, February 7, 2015

Childhood Trauma

 Whether it's physical abuse, the loss of a parent or another disturbing event, traumatic experiences can leave a lasting imprint on a child's mental and physical health.

Mental Health First Aid Training can help, and teach you how to become trauma informed

mental health first aid"If we can't prevent it, we have to intervene early so that not one single child is having flashbacks when they are 40 or has a personality that is split off and has diabetes or heart disease because of a traumatic experience when they were four years old." -

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Jewelry Trends and Jewelry Gift Giving Ideas Holidays are Coming


So the holiday season is approaching and you want to find the perfect jewelry...Its a classic way to show  "I Care"...but you might be running out of ideas. 
Alex and Ani

1.       Stackable Pieces:  Necklaces and Bracelets:  Alex and Ani Bracelets are all the rage in both silver and gold accented with special charms.  Why give one piece of jewelry when you can give a whole stack? Stackable jewelry is one of the top jewelry trends this year. A wrist full of bracelets is a popular look, and this works with thin bangles or a row of wide cuffs going up the forearm. Stackable rings are another way to do this trend; shop for a set of rings that's made to stack, or give a few midi rings (rings that are worn on the first knuckle of the finger) that can be worn along with old favorites.

  Jewelry with Emotion: Why not spell out how you feel with romantic words? Necklaces and charms  with the word "love"  or hearts, For a woman with classic style, choose understated pieces. For a woman who likes a fashion-forward look, choose pieces with larger lettering.

Birthstone jewelry: Many women love to wear their birthstone, and giving birthstone jewelry is an easy way to give a personalized gift because all you need to know is which month she was born in. Think about which type of jewelry she wears the most,

Silver  jewelry: It comes and goes, but Sterling Silver Jewelry is back in style and available in more designs than ever


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Myrtle Beach Vacation Family Time at the Ocean

We just returned from a wonderful time  at the ocean.  Each year we go to our vacation condo at Myrtle beach.  We host  family reunions there.  Some times it is our couples vacation and other times it is just for the girls.

Buying a condo at Summertreevillage has been so rewarding as we have wonderful memories at the ocean.  Our girls time together is so relaxing and we spend our lazy days on the beach just catching up with each other. 

Other days we spend eating, shopping or just doing nothing.  The three weeks just slipped by so quickly.  Myrtle Beach oceans are just fabulous and very family oriented.  We always meet the most interesting people there.  As folks are on vacation the mood is always up beet and everyone is so friendly.

If you are interested in renting our condo we are one block from the ocean, and  we have all the amenities one can ask for.

Our vacation rental information can be found here.  Hope we to see you at the beach!

I am opening my home to you. This affordable, beautifully renovated inside and outside two bedroom, two bath 1200 Square Foot condo in the highly desirable Shore Drive area will lead to your Best Myrtle Beach Vacation ever.

You'll have plenty of space to spread out. It is beautifully
decorated with new furniture throughout.  You are only two blocks to the beach where you can soak in the sun, build a sand castle, or ride the waves. You are close to all the shopping you could desire at the incredible Tanger Outlets, Broadway at the Beach, and Barefoot Landing.

You can relax on one of three private porches drinking a cup of coffee or a margarita if you prefer while you watch people enjoy a refreshing swim in one of two pools.

You will love the privacy of two separate bedrooms with their own private spaces. If you are on vacation with your family or other adults, you will treasure the private full bath and deck off the master bedroom. The second bedroom is perfect for your children or guests to retreat to for their own time alone.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Summer 925 Silver Jewelry Fashion Trends Inspired by Nature

ESSENTIAL to the EARTH.  is a group of collections inspired by nature. Jewelry  tells several stories about water and oceans and out Abalone Collections truly reflect this

abalone earrings
Secret Garden Gems

These dazzling Paua Abalone Shell earrings are 32 mm, 1 inches in width and featured in a polished 925 Sterling Silver Setting
The Abalones are from Australia and handcrafted by Bali Artisans and feature a dazzling array of iridescent colors brought to you by
Secret Garden Gems Natural Collection

Flowers and Leaves completes the collections  in these stunning Bali Earrings.  The flowers are made of silver and  they come alive as if moving in the wind and lit up by the sun.
Bali Jewelry from Secret Garden Gems

Sunday, May 11, 2014

#Inspiration A Message of #Hope #Courage for #Women

After a while you learn
The subtle difference between
Holding a hand and chaining a soul
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
And company doesn't always mean security.

And you begin to learn
That kisses aren't contracts
And presents aren't promises
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes ahead
With the grace of a woman
Not the grief of a child

And you learn
To build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow's ground is
Too uncertain for plans
And futures have a way
Of falling down in mid flight

After a while you learn
That even sunshine burns if you get too much
So you plant your own garden
And decorate your own soul
Instead of waiting
For someone to bring you flowers

And you learn
That you really can endure
That you are really strong
And you really do have worth
And you learn and you learn
With every good bye you learn.

Veronica A. Shoffstall

Friday, May 2, 2014

Bali 925 Silver Jewelry Designs 2014

Bali Dot Tulang Naga Bracelet

Amethyst Cable Bracelet

Capture the secrets of paradise, inspired by the lush landscapes and natural beauty of the world’s most exotic destinations.
Secret Garden Gems  exotic jewelry collection exceeds your expectations at every turn with vibrantly colored gems that shine in sterling silver settings and intricate filigree that pays homage to the metalworking traditions of the Balinese.

Guy Bedarida, the creative director behind the oft-mentioned Bali-based jewelers,
John Hardy, said the exchange of jewelry-making savoir-faire went both ways between designers and artisans.
The jewelry being designed and made in Bali has its own characteristics that appeal to a wide audience

Balinese  925 Sterling Silver   is the inspiration behind this elegant cuff bracelet.
and is capped with intricately-cut amethyst. Shimmering sterling silver  embellishments complete a one-of-a-kind look you'll love

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Abalone Jewelry Meaning from Secret Garden Gems

Secret Garden Gems

The pastel rainbow colors of the Abalone shell enhance feelings of peace, beauty, compassion and love.
Work with the Abalone shell when you are facing tough emotional issues.
Abalone will soothe the nerves and encourage a calm demeanor.
Abalone Shell  helps to gently open our psychic and intuitive connections. Abalone Shell is an excellent companion when needing
guidance in relationships.

Abalone Earrings set in 925 Sterling Silver from Secret Garden Gems Collection

Secret Gardens Abalone Jewelry

Secret Garden Gems Bali Abalone 925 Silver Necklace

It enhances the four C's--communication, cooperation, commitment and compromise, which lead to harmony and balance
The pastel rainbow colors of the Abalone shell enhance feelings of peace, beauty, compassion and love'
Each one is a unique piece!  The inner lining is composed of Nacre, also known as Mother of Pearl
Abalone Shells are a great water element that can be used in the practice of Feng Shui or if you prefer