Monday, September 30, 2013

Wear a Scarf for a Cause {Product Review & GIVEAWAY}

SMILES BY JEM: Product Review & Giveaway

I was never really much of a scarf person, but they've grown on me as an accessory because of their versatility and timelessness. My daughter loves them. So when I was contacted by Janelle of Smiles by JEM about a product review and hosting a giveaway, my answer was an immediate "Yes," especially after learning that they donate 10% of their proceeds from scarf sales to SOS Children's Villages in Thailand. Plus, their jewelry line (look for more coming soon in Fall 2013) donates 10% of proceeds to Food Share in Ventura, California.
Janelle and Megan are the owners of Smiles by JEM, living in Ventura County, California and travelling to Thailand a few times each year since 2010 where they design and make their scarves. They also purchase beads from Thailand (and Peru & the U.S.) for their handmade jewelry.

1 - Smiles by JEM scarves, so many colors to choose from!
2 - Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
3 - SOS Children's Village in Thailand
4 - Fun with scarves

Here is a little excerpt from their About Page on Etsy:
Smiles by JEM was founded by two friends who wanted share their passion for fashion, culture and travel with the rest of the world. Focusing our efforts on fashion, travel, and philanthropy, we founded JEM. 
By supporting JEM and wearing our scarves, you will help support a child's development and together we will encourage similar programs to be established around the world. 
Take a look at this video to learn more about Smiles by JEM (it's only about 5 minutes!):

For the product review, we were able to choose which scarf we wanted. My daughter likes neutrals (much like me), so we went with a grey/light grey two-tone Koh Cotton Scarf. 

Our scarf came wrapped in a gray organza bag. When we opened it up and pulled out a beautifully nice, lightweight scarf - perfect for the fall weather and crisp, cool mornings coming soon. And right away, just by the feel of it, I was reminded of my trip to Thailand [many, many years ago], and the cotton pants that I brought home with me from that trip.

We absolutely love the color and the fact that it's reversible, a 2-in-1 neutral color - it looks great with a black top, and has endless possibilities for other outfits. You can wear it showing only the light grey, or you can wear it showing just the darker grey color. Or, of course, you could sport both colors. We like it so much that we will probably visit this shop in the very near future to get one of the scarves from their Ombre Line. Next, though, we'll be choosing a scarf to add a pop of color to an outfit, so I have my eyes set on the blue, turquoise, or brown. Which one would you choose? And how would you wear your scarf? Take a look at six different ways to wear your scarf below:

Tomorrow will be October, and October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Smiles by JEM has this PINK Beauty available:

And this knit scarf is made in rich fall colors:

Use coupon code 25OFF at checkout and save 25% on your entire order. You'll be supporting handmade and the SOS Children's Villages of Thailand with a purchase of a pretty new scarf! Offer expires November 30th, 2013. 
If you make a purchase, come back and let me know in a blog comment - you'll get a whopping 25 extra entries in the giveaway (I'll add them manually for you, so all you have to do is tell me you made a purchase, your username, date of purchase, and what you bought).

Smiles by JEM is generously offering a knit cloud scarf to one lucky 2justByou Blog reader! It looks much like the knit scarf shown above, but in colors red & white. Perfect for fall and upcoming winter!
Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at midnight, Eastern Standard Time. To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Saying Aloha

It's the last Friday of the month, which means it's the last time I'm saying Happy Aloha Friday as a co-host. It's been a fun-filled month, that's for sure. I'm still not caught up with all follow-backs and blog visits, as I've been super busy these past couple of weeks. So I hope you'll all bear with me as I go through it all this coming up week. Aloha!

Happy Aloha Friday!
Your hosts
Hey there people and a very Happy Aloha Friday to you all! Welcome to the most hoppingest of all hops - The Aloha Friday Hop :) This week we have a special welcome to say - welcome to our new host Angie :)
Co Hosts
Our September team are a fantastic bunch of bloggers - they are so enthusiastic about the hop! I know you're going to love them. Just don't forget to head down to the linky to click and follow them when you link up your own lovely blogs :) Our hosts and co-hosts links are always the first you will see, so it's easy for you to click and follow.
Aloha Hoapili Grab a button and link up below! If you'd like a different sized button click here.
Don't worry if you already have Jean's lovely Aloha buttons on your blogs - switch if you'd like to. Or choose one of Jean's buttons here.
The rules are the same as before and are posted below. The Aloha Hop is one of the most hoppingest hops of the week, attracting over lots of linkups on the regular. Let's keep that blogging tradition going people!
If you'd like to host future Aloha Hops with us then please get in touch at our swanky new email address
We're all set for October and November with lots of lovely co-hosts but feel free to get in touch about December onwards.
The rules
If you'd like to spread the love even more, why not tweet and twitter all about it? Just click the pic below :)
Tweet this Hop
Here's the extra special addition to our lovely hop. It's an oh-so-easy opportunity for you lovely participants of the Aloha Friday Blog hop to get some exposure to your blogs!!  What do  you have to do to enter?  Just link up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop Below!! It's that easy!!  No extra forms or hassle, just link up!  Each week we will pick a linker to featured at random and invite you all to say ...
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Aloha Hoapili translates as Hello Close Friend. So, without further ado let me introduce you to this week's featured friend ...
Danielle at Kalamity Jane
Danielle blogs all about makeup, beauty and day to day calamities. Want a little taste of her blog? Check out these posts to find out what you've been missing:
Now let's start hoppin'! Click on the links in the linky to visit some lovely bloggers and make new friends. Oh, and don't forget to link up yourselves!
Aloha and have a great day people!
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Don't forget that you can also join me at Meet & Greet as well as the Bloglovin' Blog Hop too. =0) 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Last Time to Hop Co-Hosting with Happy Kids, Inc

It's my LAST WEEK of co-hosting the Bloglovin' Blog Hop with Happy Kids, Inc. and friends. Let's make it count!!! Link up and let's party, ending the month with a bang. I've had a great time with you all. =0)

I'll be catching up with follow backs and visiting all the lovely blogs over the weekend and next week (I've had a really busy couple of weeks and fell behind a little bit). If you're a new bloglovin follower, please leave me a comment and let me know so I can be sure to visit and show you some blog love!

Each month, we grow our Bloglovin' following, meet some amazing blogging friends, and chat with each other.  I look forward to it each week and I hope you do, too.  



The rules are simple!

1.  Follow your lovely host, co-hosts, and sponsors.
2.  Add your link to the list below (be sure to link to your Bloglovin' profile and manually upload your photo).
3.  Visit a few other bloggers, introduce yourself, and follow them on Bloglovin'. 
4.  Help me grow the hop even more by promoting, tweeting, sharing!

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Words for my Wednesday

At the end of yesterday's blog post, I included a story that really touched my heart. Didn't see the post? CLICK HERE.
Today's Words for my Wednesday are for anti-bullying. Spread the word. Please share this post!

"Not all forms of abuse leave bruises." ~ Danielle Steele

And this one is from a fellow blogger I "met" awhile back - an excellent author and illustrator who has inspired me with her words on more than one occasion.

"Now that you're aware of the problem, you cannot pretend you don't care.
To be concerned is to be human.
To act is to care."
~ Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Read Vashti's work, you won't be disappointed. Her stories are amazing. She is a goodreads author, and her illustrations are also amazing. Click her awesome superhero illustration below to read her take on bullying. You can also always visit her blog for some great reading!

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Do you have a quote, saying or words to share today? Share with a comment!
Or, share your thoughts on bullying and what you think we can do about it.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Meet & Greet Blog Hop #44

Welcome, everyone! We're so glad you're here.
We would love for you to join in, meet some fellow bloggers, and create new friends in the blogging world! 

Interested in being a Co-Host? 
Send an email to 2justByou(at)gmail(dot)com with "Co-Host" in the subject line for consideration and include your blog link!

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The Cronut and Magic Souffle

If I ever visit New York City one day, I'll want to visit GMA at Times Square (love that show) and the Dominique Ansel Bakery (featured on GMA), home of the original Cronut and the new Magic Souffle. There would be other top destinations on my list for New York, of course, but these are two that are included. =0) I need to make a bucket list. I don't have one of those yet.


What is a Cronut? It's a croissant-donut hybrid. How cool is that?

I haven't tried a cronut, but doesn't it look yummy? I first saw the deliciousness on GMA, and on Friday, they showed another treat...The "magic souffle." 

This Magic Souffle is a chocolate Grand Marnier souffle surrounded by an orange blossom brioche. Sounds like another something I want to try. Looks so tasty!

Another awesome thing I saw from last Friday's episode of GMA...
It's in no way related to the cronut or magic souffle, but it would be on my list of world problems that I wish I could solve. It has to do with bullying.


The two kids in the above picture are brother and sister. The brother wrote a letter to Santa, asking for a special gift for his sister.
Below is a clip of twins Amber and Ryan.
Bullying seriously needs to STOP. 

Have you heard about this letter to Santa? If not, please watch the clip. It's a great story.
Sadly, bullying continues to be a problem. I was there was a way to get rid of it for good.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Fall is Here

It's official - Fall is HERE. It even rained over the weekend. The days are getting shorter, and we're going to be changing the clocks soon. So I thought I'd say hello to the fall season with some fall finds on Etsy and Pinterest. Hope you enjoy!

What's one of your favorite things about the fall season?

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