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Friday, July 31, 2009

Last Day to Enter Giveaway!

Last Day to Enter the "Express Yourself Jewelry Giveaway". You have until Midnight July 31st to enter. The Winner of the beautiful “Express Yourself” Charm Necklace will be announced on Saturday, August 1, 2009. See rules below. Good Luck! - CT

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Express Yourself Jewelry Giveaway

Have you ever wanted to “Express Yourself” with your jewelry? Here's your chance to do it for free by entering the “Express Yourself” Giveaway! Create a one-of-a kind precious moment and a lifetime of memories with a Custom Sterling Silver Charm Necklace from CT Jewelry Design.com. From children names, favorite phrases and special dates to be remembered this handcrafted charm will be treasured for a lifetime. Great as a keyring for boyfriends, husbands, fathers and grandfathers too.

Each custom charm is of heirloom quality and hand-stamped to remind you of those special moments in life. The hand-stamped technique is truly unique and personalized by individually placing each mark on the disk by hand. The natural variations make each piece distinct and creates character. This is not a flaw, simply part of the handcrafted charm of your piece.

Tell your story with a personalize jewelry piece. It's definitely a fun way to express your interest, personalize a gift or add a touch of whimsy to your jewelry. The “Express Yourself” Charm Necklace Giveaway is a sterling silver 25mm round disk charm (approx. quarter size) with your personal phrase on a 30” adjustable black leather slip knot cord and two small charms; one freshwater pearl and a Swarovski crystal. Retail $29.00. Shipping is free to US and Canada residents and it will come with a complimentary gift tin for gift giving.

Giveaway Guidelines:

1. Just take a look around CT Jewelry Design.com and leave a comment here on the blog about your favorite item.

2. To get your name in the hat a second time while your at our site subscribe to our monthly newsletter (lower right hand side) and leave a comment here on the blog that you have subscribed (or tell us you already receive our newsletter).

3. If you want to increase your odds even more to win the “Express Yourself” Charm Necklace, spread the word with a post about CT Jewelry Design.com or this fabulous giveaway for us on your Blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc., and leave a comment here on the blog with the URL for us to visit your post.

4. Maximum of five (5) USA and Canada entries per person only. Don't forget to make sure we can contact you via e-mail to let you know you have won and to discuss your personal phrase for the “Express Yourself” Charm Necklace Giveaway.

5. You have until midnight (EST) on Friday, July 31, 2009 to enter the “Express Yourself” Giveaway! Only one Winner will be selected.

6. The Winner of the beautiful “Express Yourself” Charm Necklace will be announced on Saturday, August 1, 2009. You will have 72 hours (3 days) to answer the e-mail, if not another drawing will be made.

Good Luck to All and "Express Yourself" whenever you can! - CT

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fun In The Sun

Most of us love the summer with its wonderful fresh air and sunshine. But excess sun exposure can cause sunburn and skin damage. With the right precaution you can enjoy the sun safely. Choose a sunscreen that's right for you. Read the label and purchase sunscreen that is Paraben-free. Parabens have been linked to breast cancer. Apply it generously and apply it at least a half hour before you go out. If you plan to go swimming choose a waterproof sunscreen and reapply according to the instructions on the package.

Don't miss a spot and make sure you put it on your entire face, nose, ear tips, back of the neck, knees and arms. Don't forget your feet and toes. And for those hard to reach places like your back and shoulders have a friend help. Cover up with a hat and wear sunglasses that block UV light. Long term exposure to UV light can lead to cataracts, so keep those pretty eyes protected. If your not sure whether your sunglasses are adequately blocking UV have them checked by an optometrist.

Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Water is the best choice although if you are exercising, a sports drink can help to replace electrolytes. Remember that it's best to take frequent moderate portions of your drink as to much too quickly can harm you. If you are going to do some heavy physical activity try to do it in the morning or evening not during the midday heat between 10am and 4pm. Remember to minimize exposure, keep yourself cool in the shade with a cool drink and enjoy! - CT

Friday, July 3, 2009

A Good Party

Everyone loves to celebrate holidays, birthdays, babies, weddings and other affairs, so why not make your next party an eco-friendly one?

Use biodegradable streamers in your favorite colors that you can buy at party supply stores. This crepe paper disintegrates into the ground, leaving behind no waste. Twist the colors together or string them separately, to create a pleasing party atmosphere. Liven up walls, ceilings, trees, deck rails or chair-backs for a wonderful color scheme and party decoration.

Use cut flowers. Mother nature is often our best decorator. Liberally place flower pots around your party space and use them as centerpieces too. Once the party is over you can re-purpose them as gifts or continue to display them outdoors or transplant them in your garden.

Use reusable plates and cutlery vs plastic or paper throwaways that will only end up in our landfills after one use. I know...you will have to wash them but did you know that dishwashers are more efficient than hand washing. You'll also be saving on the cost of your party since you already own your reusables and can used them over and over. Besides...there's nothing worse than a soggy paper plate.

So remember just because you're going green, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. Ditch the burlap and go with crisp, white organic cotton tablecloths teamed with matching napkins tied with twine. Think eco-chic and have fun with it. - CT
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