The Christmas season is about keeping our loved ones close. For some of us that means traveling hundreds of miles by plane, train, or automobile so we can trek up the snow-covered driveway to our parents’ house, for a family gathering where we’ll do our best to dodge Grandma’s scary homemade fruitcake, overdose on Celine Dion singing O’ Holy Night (which only takes hearing it once, in my opinion), and listen to our crazy uncle (who has hit the peppermint Schnapps a bit too hard) tell stories about his recent trip to an Alpaca farm. For others it means staying home and watching A Charlie Brown Christmas, baking special cookies to set out for Santa, and praying our kids don’t wake us up to open presents at 5 am (wish me luck on that!). Regardless of how you choose to celebrate the days ahead, or which religious holy day you may practice, I imagine you’ll spend the majority of the holiday treasuring your family. It’s beautiful when a year filled with the typical hustle and bustle of school, extracurricular activities, and hectic work schedules culminates in some much-needed time together. But we need to refuel on all of that love more than once a year!
I was recently given a stunning gift that serves as a daily reminder of that notion, in the form of a necklace… an Elephant Heart Charm necklace with the birthstones of my girls, my husband, and myself. Courtesy of the generous folks at Elephant Heart Jewelry, I now wear that symbol of love everywhere I go. The meaningful idea behind the jewelry is the importance of ”carrying those you love with you, and always keeping them close to your heart.” I thought this was so endearing, I wanted to dedicate this week’s post to it. I figure my daughters won’t always be small enough to rest against my chest, as in the photo above, but that isn’t a phase a necklace can outgrow. I also figured the timing is perfect, since some of you might still be searching for that perfect Christmas gift for your own mom, sister, or mommy friend. If you’re secretly hoping for one too, may I also suggest sending your husband this way for gift ideas? In honor of the holiday season, Elephant Heart is even offering free priority shipping during the month of December, so it’s win-win!
The Elephant Heart Charm Necklace is an incredibly heartwarming gift to give and receive… But don’t just take my word for it. My former Blossom co-star, Mayim Bialik, has been open about her love of the necklace. She even wore it on a visit to the White House, and mentioned it in one of her Kveller blog posts. And she’s not the only one! An impressive list of celebrity moms have been spotted around town sporting their own special necklaces (including Camila Alves McConaughey and Rebecca Gayheart), and I’m not surprised. After all, we moms are suckers for anything that reflects our love for our kids, aren’t we? For that matter, you can put anyone’s birthstone on there. It’s a wonderful way to honor family in general– parents, siblings, best friends, or even Grandma… despite that atrocious fruitcake!
You can check out Elephant Heart’s full line of Animal Charm Necklaces here. And tell them I sent you!!
Until next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,
Jenna von Oy
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