Thursday , 31 July 2014

Heart Gifts from Lauren Nicole

I love giving gifts. I am not crazy about the commercialization of Valentine’s Day but I love the sentiment behind the holiday. I am very intentional with what I give to others and so, I use the term heart gifts because my gifts always come from the heart.

Back in the day when I was kidless, I used to be the ultimate gift giver. I’d scour this little shop where local artists displayed their work and would make sure I paired up the perfect gift for whoever I was purchasing for. Of course, they closed or moved or something and left me bereft and mourning for weeks after.

Being a creative being, some of my favorite heart gifts to give were handmade. I am adept at soapmaking and coloring in my friends favorite colors or bathroom decorations. I could also whip up a scarf, shawl or blanket to suit the occasion. What can I say. I was fabulous.

Fast forward to today and I’ll be happy if I remember to wish you a happy birthday. If you’ve received a birthday card from me in the last 3 years then consider yourself extra special. I have Valentine’s Day cards from last year that never really made their way out (is it okay if I send the same ones this year?). Still, I miss giving heart gifts. I try to do it nowadays but, it hasn’t been easy.

When I saw some of the work from Lauren Nicole Gifts though, I knew I’d found a favorite little shop where I’d be able to find/create the perfect gift for anyone on my list.

Even though I’m not normally a fan of V-Day, I think I’m totally back on the bandwagon. Though I would not be mad if you should want to buy me a little something for my birthday next month. The great thing about heart gifts is that you can give them at any time during the year.

As a Mami, I know I rarely buy anything for myself. And by extension, few people get me anything these days. Which is okay (I guess). I know plenty of us feel this way. But, can you imagine getting this for Valentine’s Day?

How cool is that?! I am so happy with this piece. It’s the first thing I’ve gotten that has my Twitter handle on it. The frog princess took one look at it and exclaimed “Mami, your necklace so pretty!”. I couldn’t agree more.

I’m already cooking up great ideas for the upcoming year. I have friends that will be new Mamis and I think any number of these would qualify as a perfect new Mami present.

I think the footprints are adorable, don’t you? The possibilities are endless.  Feel free to casually share this post on FB and tag your significant other to make sure they know what you want.

Oh and, for those of you who looking forward to fabulous conferences this year, I found this:

Great googly moogly! Is this not the awesomest badge holder you’ve ever seen?! No more funky lanyards for me, no sir! I am stylin’ from here on out! Seriously, this made me giddy when I found it. I will definitely be making a statement at BlissDom this year (it’s the first conference of the year for me).

Lauren Nicole Gifts has renewed my love of heart gifts. As I step into this week, I have my Mami’s homegoing anniversary coming up and, I think I have found a special way to keep the siblings close and share a little of our love for her through our jewelry. Stay tuned, I might share what these heart gifts will look like.

I love that this personalized jewelry can speak to your uniqueness (like my Twitter handle necklace with my birthstone on it) or your memories. They can celebrate the special moments in your life or create a time capsule for one particular moment (I can’t wait til the frog princess makes a drawing that I can send off to turn into a necklace).

I am a fan. A big fan because I have missed giving heart gifts and Lauren Nicole has given me a way to do so again. I still feel like I’m making something for someone except someone else gets to do the work. It’s the best of both worlds.

Oh and Denise, the owner of the company, sorta thought you guys might like to win a little something. I tried to insist that I needed something else to really inspire me to write this post but, she wouldn’t budge. I guess she thinks you guys are pretty special.

Go ahead and enter below for your chance to win a $50 gift card to get your very own heart gift. I think I only have one requirement, get something for yourself.

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Disclosure: I was provided with the 2 pieces of customized jewelry seen above in order to give my thoughts and opinion on the pieces. All opinions, thoughts and happy dances are purely my own.

About Sili

Sili is the owner and Chief Executive Mami of Mamihood Media and My Mamihood. Selected as one of Latina Magazine’s top Blogger to Know in 2014 and Latina Magazine’s top 10 Mommy bloggersin 2013, My Mamihood was described as “a haven for fashion inspiration, baby concerns, must read books and even tech musings! This blog will keep you reading for hours…” When not appearing on top 10 lists or speaking passionately about those things she holds near and dear to hear heart, this Afro Latina loves hanging out with her frog princess, helping others, trash talking in her setting up all-girl Fantasy football leagues, reading and finding new gadgets to play with. She is currently punishing herself by pursuing an MBA with a concentration in social media from Southern New Hampshire University on hiatus from school much to the chagrin of her Type A personality.

53 comments

  1. Notblessedmama
    Twitter: notblessedmama

    LOVE!!! I hope I win!

  2. Notblessedmama
    Twitter: notblessedmama

    Oh and my fav V-day gift to give will be the necklace I’m giving myself when I win! :D

  3. Heart shaped box of chocolates!

  4. Yadira
    Twitter: clubdediosas

    I think my favorite is the one with the drawing.
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  5. Lu
    Twitter: lucrecerbraxton

    The person kid drawing really touched my heart.
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  6. Yery Robinson
    Twitter: mellownyellow

    SO cute!!!!!!!!

  7. Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Birthstone Jewelry

  8. That’s tough! I’d love to get a pendant like yours with the Twitter handle. But at the same time, my son is so into drawing at the moment, I know he’d love if we could put his art on a pendant.
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  9. Oh, I think I’d get my Twitter handle. Or no, a drawing Ethan did of me. Or maybe something for my mom. There’s so many that I want!
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  10. I like chocolate.

  11. I adore adore adore the foot one!

  12. I like jewelry, the initial heart necklaces on Lauren Nicole are really nice

  13. My favorite is the drawing! I think this is too cute!

  14. omg the drawings kids make one is precious. i love love love it.

  15. My favorite would be a ruby heart ring my daughter gave me.

  16. my fav. is the circle one w. the 3 beads. So pretty! thx

  17. Too many choices, can’t make up my mind. I guess I’ll go with the necklace as my first favorite.
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  18. I love to give and receive small, pretty boxes of chocolate.
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  19. Sooo so cute!! =)

  20. I like to give or receive heart shaped candy! Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  21. Taylor Anne Moffett

    I would love the chance to win!! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  22. christina moore
    Twitter: wins4tina

    I love the Circle of Love

  23. My fave heart gifts to give are the things that I have made myself and are custom to the person I am giving it too!

  24. i would love to give a friend one of the pendants with her child’s drawing on it

  25. My favorite heart gift is anything my children make for me, they are treasured.

  26. I really like the one with the birthstones dangling in the middle!

  27. heart shaped chocolate!

  28. I like the Hand Stamped Puzzle Piece Necklace (Pewter)
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  29. The red hearts in chocolate from See’s Candies is what I love to give out. Love the personalized keychains!

  30. Food is my fav heart gift.

  31. I am not picky and love anything I get

  32. I heart giving (and receiving) jewelry. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it’s always a reminder of something or someone special.

  33. Would love to give my sister in law the baby footprint necklace. She’s due any time, and that would make a great keepsake

  34. Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Birthstone Jewelry

  35. latoya
    Twitter: sweeper78

    I love heart neckalces and rings.

  36. the Circle of Love

  37. Love the Wax Seal Initial Necklaces to give my daughter.

  38. homemade Valentine

  39. I would have my older son do a drawing and I would have another pendant with my baby son’s footprint.

  40. I also love the necklace made from the drawing!

  41. I make dolls & I love to give them as heart gifts because they are one of a kind & I put lots of work & thought into them.

  42. A box of chocolate

  43. Since my husband passed in ’10…anything that I get as a gift means so much to me. Just having someone think of me means so much.

  44. i like the circle of love and the initial heart necklaces

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  45. I love to get Roses !!!

  46. My favorite gift is a mothers ring or necklace.

  47. My favorite is the “I Love You To The Moon & Back” necklace.

  48. i love heart ear rings thanks

  49. I love to give jewelry or expensive chocolates.

  50. i do not have alot of money so i give home baked and made gifts

  51. I love you to the moon and back!

  52. I like the Hand Stamped Circle of Love Necklace with Heart .