Sunday, July 22, 2012

My new necklace and a Giveaway!

I'll admit I've wanted a cute "mommy" necklace since the day LK was born! There's just something special about motherhood and always keeping a part of your child with you. (Cheezy, but you moms know it's true!) I didn't just want something you pick up at the mall though -- I wanted something completely personalized for me and my baby girl. I'm a reality TV junkie and when I watched the first season of "Melissa and Ty" and saw her handprint necklace, I knew it was exactly what I wanted. It was so stinking cute and I never knew such a thing existed! She wore it in almost every episode and afterwards I'd jump on my computer (while I was thinking about it) and try to find something similar. Of course there are many handprint necklaces available, but they were either too expensive, poor quality, or used a 'generic' handprint. (Um, who's child!?) If you know me, I'll search months, even years, to find exactly what I'm looking for! About a month ago I was "Pinterest-ing" and I stumbled upon a handprint necklace from Lauren Nicole Gifts. Each piece of their jewelry is hand made to order. Their version of the handprint necklace was MORE than perfect. I love the way the handprint is your own child's (that's kind of important!) and is simply yet beautifully stamped onto a charm. True craftsmanship! They have so many options and I looked for almost a week before deciding on the one I wanted! 

I chose the Handprint Necklace with the round charm and pearl. (See here.) I'm a lace-n-pearls kinda girl and the pearl was just an extra touch that made me love it that much more! Disc charm necklaces are all the rage right now, so I went with a simple round handprint charm.  They even offer MORE personalization on the back of the charm! I feel like Lauren Nicole Gifts designed this necklace just for me! :)

 Let me just add that Denise, the owner of Lauren Nicole Gifts, is a pleasure to work with! She is so incredibly sweet and you should definitely go read her story about starting her business. I, too, was a child who 'set up shop' on the side of the road with my popsicle crafts hoping to make just one dollar. :) She and her husband make all of the jewelry by hand and hope to open a retail store in Colorado once he retires from the Army.

If you read about Benjie's Father's Day gift, you saw that Lily Kate and I made a special gift for his first Father's Day. While I was making this, I also got a few pieces of card stock and made a few sheets with LK's handprint. I chose the best one and emailed it to Denise. (I am also so glad that I scanned this and will have a digital copy forever!) This is the handprint that I sent:


Look at that little pinky finger! I never could get it to straighten out -- which I think is absolutely adorable! :) 

About a week and a half later, I received my necklace! It was shipped First Class via USPS, and arrived in a cute gift box.


She also included Jewelry Care Instructions and a sample Polishing Cloth.


And my necklace! PERFECT!


Here's a closeup picture of the front and back just so you can see how great the quality is:


(Look at that pinky finger!)


The handprint charm and chain are both sterling silver and the pearl is a 6mm freshwater. I chose the 18" rolo chain, but they offer 2 different types (rolo or ball chain) in 5 different lengths. I chose to have Lily's birth date stamped on the tag on the back (up to 8 characters). I couldn't decide whether I wanted her name or birth date, but felt like the latter was a little more personalized for me. Besides, it was the best day of my life! :) This necklace is something that I'll treasure forever. I captured a special part and time of my baby girl's life in a beautiful piece of jewelry, and to me, that's priceless.

I have had my necklace about a month now and I wear it everyday... and have gotten SO many compliments and questions about it! I also love that I could wear it with my t-shirt and gym shorts or I could pair it with my other pearl jewelry and really dress it up. I went to a children's smocked clothing sale in New Orleans a few weeks ago and you wouldn't believe how many moms asked me where I purchased it. I also didn't realize how many of the moms were also wearing some sort of "mommy" necklace of their own. (I guess it's like when you get a new car -- THEN you notice everybody has one!) The girl standing in line in front of me also had a round disc charm necklace stamped with her daughter's name. When we left Benjie said, (yes, he tagged along to help with LK), "Did you see her necklace? It was just like yours...but I like yours a lot more." (I've taught my husband how to clean, shop, have an eye for home decor, and now notice jewelry. I just might ruin his masculinity. ;)

Let me just add in that these aren't necessarily just for moms -- I've got my eye on something special for the grandmothers for Christmas! :)

Now the fun part!

Lauren Nicole Gifts has so graciously offered YOU a chance to win a $75.00 gift certificate to their website!

Here's the rules:

You have up to 6 chances to win. One comment on this post equals one entry. (So you will have 6 individual comments on this post if you perform all of the requirements!) The winner will be chosen via a 'random number generator' so please only comment per the rules. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or comment on another post. I will casually verify entries so please be fair and honest!

1. First of all, check out Lauren Nicole Gifts and share with us your favorite piece of jewelry (and what you'd use the gift certificate for, should you win!). Their necklaces are my favorite, but they offer so much more! (Badge reels, cuff links, rings, bracelets -- just to name a few!) Go ahead and sign up for their sale notices if you'd like! After taking a look around their website, please comment ONCE and tell us your favorite.
2. Follow Lauren Nicole Gifts' Blog. After following, please comment ONCE telling us you did.
3. "Like" Lauren Nicole Gifts on Facebook. After "Liking", please comment ONCE telling us you did. 
4. "Pin" the image below on Pinterest. (Must be an original pin -- not a repin or "Like" of someone else's pin! I've added a "Pin it" button below the image to make it easier.) After "pinning", please comment ONCE telling us you did.
5. Blog about this giveaway. This is valid for two entries! After blogging about this giveaway, please comment TWICE and provide us with the link to your blog post.

Please note that you must perform the entry requirement AND leave a comment in order for your entry to be valid! 



**UPDATE:  I see that some are just "pinning" and not leaving a comment, so let me say this again... You must perform the entry requirement AND leave a comment on this post in order for your entry to be valid! I want everyone's entry to count. :)

I will leave this Giveaway open until August 12 at midnight (CST). On Monday, August 13, the winner will be selected from the submitted responses using Random.org and posted. Leaving your email address per entry would be the easiest way for us to get in touch with you and make sure you receive your prize. (If so, please "code" your email from spamcrawlers - use "{!at}" instead of "@".) If you choose not to leave your email, the winner will be posted on August 13 on my blog. You will have 48 hours to contact us or another winner will be chosen. Good Luck! :)


DISCLAIMER: I was provided a necklace from Lauren Nicole Gifts to review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

58 comments :

  1. I love the necklaces with the names if the children as well as a bead! I have 2 children and this would be perfect!

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  2. I pinned this on my pinterest

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  3. .....and I am now a follower of their blog! What a fun giveaway :)

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  4. I just liked Lauren Nicole Gifts on facebook.

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  5. I now follow her blog!

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  6. One of my favorite things is the child's artwork necklace.
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  7. I love Lauren Nicole site.
    I love the ornaments like Santa's Magic Key Ornament

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  8. I am already a follower of the Lauren Nicole Blog.

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  9. I LOVE Lauren Nicole! I bought all my wedding day helpers (flower girls, cookie bakers, etc) presents from Denise! Now that I have my own little man, I think I'd like the footprint necklace.

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  10. I pinned the image on my Pinterest! So excited!

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  11. I really like the elegant wax seal initial ring! Gorgeous!

    When I have kids the artwork necklace will be awesome!

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  12. I like the wax stamp bracelet monogram.

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  13. Great Giveaway!!!! My favorite is the Monogrammed Toggle Necklace.

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  14. I'm a long time follower of Lauren Nicole gifts blog.

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  15. I pinned about this giveaway:http://pinterest.com/pin/256845984969222849/

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  16. I love the necklace with the names.

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  17. I love the hand and foot print bracelet at Lauren Nicole Gifts!

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  18. I "liked" Lauren Nicole Gifts on Facebook.

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  19. I pinned this giveaway: http://pinterest.com/pin/198439927301892168/

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  20. Thank you for sharing this post! I too have been looking for a mommy necklace, I would use this to purchase a footprint necklace. Love!

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  21. I have "liked" Lauren Nicole Gifts on Facebook

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  22. I am following Lauren Nicole's Blog

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  23. I've pinned your giveaway on Pinterest

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  24. I really like the handprint, but it's hard to narrow it down to just one! :)

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  25. I love the Wax Seal Sterling Silver Initial Charm & Pearl Necklace.
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  26. I follow Lauren Nicole Gifts' Blog via e-mail and GFC.
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  27. I like her page on FC as LitTle BiRd.
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  28. I pinned it as LitTle BiRd

    http://pinterest.com/pin/92394229826124405/
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  29. just pinned this to my pinterest account =)

    http://pinterest.com/pin/5277724534263503/

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  30. I like the Hand Stamped Heart of Gold Necklace (3/4")

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  31. I follow the Lauren Nicole Gifts Blog on GFC(Kellyr78)
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  32. I Like Lauren Nicole Gifts on FB(Kelly D Saver)
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  33. I would absolutely put it towards a baby footprint necklace!

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  34. Well...I'm thinking outside the box here. So if it were possible, I'd *love* the Sterling Silver Artwork Necklace with my late daughter's cursive signature on it.

    We had decided in school a few months before she passed away that we would not focus on teaching her cursive writing, instead choosing to perfect her printing. She had a brain tumor and it affected her fine motor skills. She was going into the sixth grade at that point, and that was the plan.

    So after she passed away, I found in her notebook a paper in which she had been practicing her cursive signature unbeknownst to any of us! It was such a proud moment. I have toyed with the idea of getting it tattooed on myself for years now, but haven't mustered up the courage to do it. So this would be an awesome way to do it and honor Olivia along the way.

    And that is the necklace I would love and wear with pride.

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  35. Following Lauren Nicole's blog.

    I forgot my email address above. It is won2xx at gmail dot com

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  36. Following Lauren Nicole Gifts on facebook (Wendy T).

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  37. Pinned:

    http://pinterest.com/pin/273453008595237660/

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  38. My absolute favorite is the footprint necklace, but I would need two charms for my 20 month old son and my baby girl who will be here in 12 days :)

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  39. I am now following Lauren Nicole gifts blog!

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  40. I have "liked" Lauren Nicole Gifts on Facebook!

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  41. I have "pinned" the contest image on my jewelry page on Pinterest. I hope I win... it would be a great birthday present for me (Aug.13) and my new baby girl due Aug 15.

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  42. I love the hand stamped circle of love necklace...I have four children and am working on our fifth, due in November. Now that we are done, I would live to have a necklace to represent all of them:) my email is sarahschaut@gmail.com

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  43. I liked the Facebook page:) srahschaut@gmail.com

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  44. I am torn between the necklace like yours and the bracelets, my boys tear everything off my neck!

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  45. I pinned on pinterest too shleyisme at gmail.com

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  46. I follow her blog now too! shleyisme[at]gmail[.com]

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