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  • I heard it’s #nationaldrinkwineday. I thought that was everyday 🤔. I said I would keep wine to the weekends but since it’s a holiday.... 🥂. I also want to take a poll, how often do you have a drink? Daily, weekly, social or never? 📷 @kaynjames
  • Yesterday I had the honor of speaking at @trust_your_strength first mama mixer.  The founder @alena0916 even presented a few mother’s including myself a Supermom award.  Hearing all the stories from these ladies I don’t feel worthy because I don’t know if I would have the strength to go through what they’ve been through.  Alena herself deserves all the awards.  She put on this amazing event and is passionate about supporting nicu moms of color. She deserves all the awards. Thanks for having me! PS, I’m not short, these ladies are extra tall 😆.
  • Be your own Valentine and make sure you show yourself some love! Whether you’re celebrating with a partner or not, loving yourself is the most important. ❤️
  • Put together a quick & easy Valentine board inspired by @rosalynndaniels.  She made a dessert board and since I’m on a charcuterie board kick, this is perfect. 
What’s included: 
Flowers from Mr. Grapes, choc strawberries (bought the dip cup of chocolate), blueberry muffins (jiffy mix), bowl of choc covered pretzels, and Hershey kisses.  The box of chocolates are from the dollar tree. I put some little lip balms I bought for them on the board. #charchuterie
  • My main gals on Galentine’s Day! They are both out of school tomorrow so i need to figure out what we’re going to do 🤔. Outfit dets on the blog.
  • Happy Galentine’s Day! I’ve been blessed to have some amazing women in my life! From my OG besties to my blogger boos and all of you that show love on the daily! Love you all! #blackgirlmagic #galentinesday 📷 @kaynjames
  • My 3 dates for Valentine’s Day! I’m trying to do better at telling my family and friends that I love them more and followed with kisses and hugs.  Those words weren’t used a lot when I was growing up so it’s something I have to be mindful of.  Praise God for breaking generational patterns. Links to our outfits on the blog, link in profile. 📷 @kaynjames #blacklove #blackfamily #dadgang
  • Because I ❤️ my @supermomculture mamas, We’re having a V Day sale! Save 14% off all items! Link in profile! #supermomculture
  • Happy Love week! Make sure you show love to your girls this week! Linked up with these beautiful ladies for some #galentines love! My dress was $13 from H&M 
@charmsie @annisalimara @naturally_curla @justkelseyjanae 📷 @kaynjames
  • Dining room is done ☑️. I have a bay window and hanging curtains can be a challenge but I found an easy solution.  Here’s a quick look on the process and my 🍑 😆. Link to this curtain rod and all items in the room > https://heytrina.com/new-dining-room/
  • Y’all! This is my baby! How did this happen?! She’ll be 10 in July (going on 17). She swears she’s already a teenager and should get a phone. No ma’am! Stay my baby 😓. Also, get into this blazer tho! Link in profile. #fashionkids
Holiday Style Mamanista

A Charmed Christmas & James Avery Giveaway

December 11, 2017

This post is sponsored by James Avery.  Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Christmas is less than two weeks away!  Where did the time go?  I swear I just got done with Thanksgiving dinner.  As much as I would like to give the girls and my family everything they want, I want them to understand the real meaning of Christmas.    We’re still working on what our family Christmas tradition looks like. With the help of James Avery, I wanted to share a Christmas story from my childhood, plans for future traditions and a James Avery giveaway.

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Christmas with my mom was centered around shopping.  I remember when I was around 10 years old, my mom took me and my niece mall with her to buy Christmas presents.  She gave me about $100 cash.  That’s a lot of cash back then for a 10-year-old.  That was in the olden days (as Peyton says) before credit cards.

James Avery

Since I was balling out of control, I was on a mission to get everyone I could, the BIGGEST gift I could find.  Christmas at that time for me meant the biggest boxes, had to be the best gifts.  Luckily our mall had some kind of convenience type of store with items I could afford.  James Avery Artisan Jewelry

While cruising this budget-friendly store, I found pot in a box.  SCORE!  I grabbed the box.  Then I saw a large soldier nutcracker. It also came in a big box.  I found some multi-colored knee-hi socks in a tube that was as long as a roll of wrapping paper.  Who wouldn’t love a tube of knee-hi socks this big?  Talk about throwing money down the drain…. I spent $100 buying a bunch of junk that I couldn’t carry around the mall. 

I went home and wrapped my gifts.  My mom looked at the pot and said thanks.  The nutcracker broke immediately because I tried to crack a real nut with it.  Not only did this make me sharpen up my shopping skills, but I also learned the size of the gift is not what matters.  James Avery

Gifts from the heart are really what Christmas is about.  Sentimental gifts can come small boxes, like my James Avery sterling silver Christmas Tree charm and bracelet. I want to teach my girls to think of more personal and heartfelt gifts like my adorned Christmas tree that reminds me of my early holiday shopping adventures.  James Avery Artisan Jewelry is committed to making memories and telling stories. I encourage you to make this a Christmas to remember with a special holiday piece from James Avery and share your own stories using #MyJamesAvery and #ACharmedChristmas. Click HERE to check out more beautiful pieces from James Avery.

James Avery Jewelry

James Avery has been so gracious as to gift one on my readers with this beautiful sterling silver Christmas tree charm and bracelet.  Use the widget below to enter.  Open to US shipping addresses only.  Must be over 18 to enter.  Giveaway will end on Sunday at 11:59 pm.  Winner will be contacted immediately and will have 24 hrs to respond. Not responsible for lost or damaged packages.  Item is not eligible for returns or exchanges. Good luck!

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  • Carissa
    December 11, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    This bracelet is beautiful! I love gifting my parents they do so much for us I wish there was something I could really do to repay them for everything but they know whatever I get it’s from my heart

  • Danyelle
    December 11, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I love James Avery. It is my daughter’s first piece of real jewelry. I also love the lesson you shared. Sentimental gifts mean so much more than size. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • Kim Pincombe-Cole
    December 11, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    My mom loves angels & would go crazy over the Seraphina Angel Pendant charm. It is stunning!!

  • Madelin Irvin
    December 11, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I love your story… I would love to start a tradition with my daughter. I like the mother’s love in silver pendant.

  • Cynthia Gaarder
    December 11, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    https://www.jamesavery.com/products/cat-charm?metal=Sterling+Silver&via=59dfbd9e6170704e420079d1

    I love my kitties

  • CANDICE
    December 11, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    I love James Avery. I buy my nieces charms all the time. The charms are so cool and they have one for everything you want to celebrate.

  • Leimom
    December 12, 2017 at 8:35 am

    It is just me and my daughter and she is turning into a lovely little lady. She is all things tomboy but loves the jewels and dangly items. She would love this!!

  • Kim Henrichs
    December 12, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I would love to give the Eiffel Tower to my friend who loves Paris!!

  • Curviebirdie
    December 12, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Yes! I miss those days. The whole family getting together to unwrap gifts is my fondest memory as a child.

  • Nickie
    December 12, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I like the queen of hearts charm. It reminds me of Alice and wonderland and I love that book

  • Sharon Rooney
    December 12, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    So many beautiful charms that it is hard to choose just one. If I won I would choose the Enamel Christmas Tree Charm for my daughter.

  • Kenia Peralez
    December 12, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    I love James Avery. I like the “Very Special Daughter” charm. I would gift it to my daughter.

  • Chrystal
    December 13, 2017 at 8:37 am

    James Avery is the perfect place to get gifts that are sentimental. This Christmas, I would like to gift my daughter with a Deep in the Heart of Texas charm necklace to remind her of home when she’s homesick while away at college in Kansas.

  • Michele Oliver
    December 13, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I love your story! I remember gifting my daughter with a first Brighton Christmas charm bracelet a few years ago. She brings it out every season to wear. I’d love to give her something from James Avery, she’ll be 15 this year, just 3 days after Christmas. Thanks for the chance.

  • Daphne Channel
    December 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Christmas always included tons of presents under the tree for my childhood. Growing up like this also made me do the same for my son and plus I love buying gifts for people. But the last couple years I have scaled back and I am trying to really instill in my son the meaning of Christmas. Also helping those in needs.

  • Elle
    December 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I would give the wise owl pendant to a friend who collects things with owls.

  • Edye
    December 13, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    I like the nutcracker charm! 🙂

  • Lesheika Hayes
    December 14, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I love the coffee charm. A girl loves her coffee! 🙂

  • greentopiaries
    December 14, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    I would love to get the Enamel Retro Mixer Charm for my Mother because she is an amazing baker. Thank you for the chance! 🙂

  • Erin M
    December 17, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    I love the queen of hearts charm but I would be greedy and get it for myself.

  • Sam
    December 17, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    I love the enduring faith cross necklace. I think it is absolutely beautiful ! I would love to get myself and my mother one !!

  • Kayla Klontz
    December 17, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    I would love to get my daughter an angel pendant, because to me, she’s an angel.

  • Jenny Ham
    December 17, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    I would like the Christmas tree charm

  • melissa c
    December 17, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    My grandmother loves anything Santa I would love to gift her the Santa charm!

  • kelly woods
    December 17, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    the cross- thank you

  • Denise Hauer
    December 17, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Seraphina Angel Pendant charm for my Mama. We have an angel watching over us (my son) and this would mean a lot to her <3

  • Anita Jude
    December 17, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    You are always in my heart charm is my favorite

  • Juanita May
    December 17, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    I would love the Seraphina Angel Pendant charm for my bracelet, in memory of my angel son in heaven.

  • Leigh Nichols
    December 17, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    I love the Eiffel Tower charm

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