Jord Wood Watches

JORD Wood Watches (and a contest!)

This time of year can be a little stressful for someone like me, because it’s full of gift giving! You know those people who always find the perfect gifts for every occasion? I am definitely NOT one of those people. But this year I have the perfect idea that would work for all of my spring events (graduation, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and the myriad of late-spring/summer birthdays I have coming up)! Last year I gave a JORD Wood Watch to my husband and this spring I got my very own! I have to say, it’s a pretty perfect gift. Not only is it totally unique, but there are tons of both men’s and women’s styles so you can find the perfect match for your loved one.

Jord Wood Watches

I picked out the Frankie 35 Style in Zebrawood with a Champagne watch face and it’s gorgeous! I struggle with finding jewelry that is simple enough to fit in well with what I already own, but also can serve as a statement piece. This watch does both!

Jord Wood Watches

You can head over to JORD’s website and see their awesome selection for yourself, and if you’re thinking of getting a new timepiece for yourself or as a gift, you’re in luck! I’m partnering with JORDto give away a $100 E Code to use toward any JORD purchase! And everyone who enters wins a $25 E Gift Code, just for entering! To enter (which you totally should to get the $25 E Code), click here! The contest will close on Sunday, May 28th, so hop on over there and enter now!

Jord Wood Watches

This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches, but all opinions and content are my own. Photos by Kymberly Janelle Photography.

Huglife Kansas City

Every once in a while, people come into your life in ways you never expected. That was certainly the case with my friend, Lindsey, who I met a few days before my daughter started Kindergarten at our back-to-school night. I was so incredibly nervous to be sending my sweet girl to Kindergarten, but she couldn’t have been more ready or excited. When we walked into the room, I was immediately put at ease by the gentle, fun and joyful energy of her teacher. Who happened to be… guessed it! Lindsey!

(I know it’s out of focus, but I think I was probably crying so it’s an accurate interpretation of the view that day…my baby was so little!!!)

Lindsey also had a son around my daughter’s age AND a baby the same age as my sweet little man. We had a wonderful year with Lindsey as our teacher, but after a few more years, she decided to stay home with her boys full time. I was so happy for her, but I missed seeing her around school (and knowing our little guy wouldn’t get her as a teacher was a bummer, since we had such a wonderful experience the first time around!). So imagine my excitement when our sons ended up at the same preschool! I got to see her almost every day again! She even invited me to be a part of a commercial her husband was shooting for Sporting Kansas City (remember this?), which had many of my friends saying, “Wait, did we just see you on TV?”

Lindsey is one of the kindest and most giving people I know, so I was thrilled when I learned of her new venture, Huglife KC! She and her bestie, Robin, decided to create a business where the main purpose was to spread more love around to everyone they meet. During some especially frustrating weeks in 2016, Lindsey and Robin realized they were doing more complaining than usual and did not like the negativity they were continually expressing, so they went back to their mantra of “not being jerks.” They made a conscious effort to be happier and immediately saw the impact a new attitude can have on everything around them. Kindness truly begets kindness. This, coupled with the t-shirt company they had always talked about starting since they basically live in yoga pants and t-shirts, reared Huglife KC. They had the idea to make cute, comfy, stylish t’s that they would want to wear and market them with a love and kindness message, which can be seen throughout all of their social media. They are made from the softest material and are super flattering. And they just came out with kids sizes! Yay! You can get the Heather Blue KC Design (which I am wearing in the photos above) or the Heather Grey #huglife Design via their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Make sure to follow them on social media, because they post the BEST photos and stories of awesome people wearing their shirts and spreading a little joy.

{Photo of Me by Kymberly Janelle}

Unstyled : Krochet Kids

Apparel That Matters : Krochet Kids

I haven’t done a style post in FOREVER because, honestly, I’m not a style blogger! I have loved sharing bits and pieces of my wardrobe through the years, but I always felt like a bit of a phony. However, right now I am in LOVE with finding apparel and accessory options that help make the world a better place, and then sharing those with everyone I know! So I figured a great way to do that would be to resurrect the Unstyled section of the blog!

Unstyled : Krochet Kids

I’ve followed Krochet Kids for a few years, and I love their mission. Krochet Kids is a company that is focused on bringing people out of poverty and creating beautiful, sustainable pieces of clothing. They are a non-profit, that has given jobs to over 150 people in Uganda and Peru, along with receiving education, and being mentored toward a brighter future in creating gifts that give back. The products created abroad and the collaboration of their staff and beneficiaries around the globe has created a sustainable cycle of employment and empowerment. When you order a piece from Krochet Kids, you will find the signature of the person who made it inside the label, and then you can go to their website and learn all about that person.

I bought this incredible sweater (called the Phoenix) from Krochet Kids, and I’m constantly getting compliments on it’s amazing colors and textures. I love that it’s a piece that looks beautiful, but will also last a long time. It’s a piece I feel proud wearing, knowing that it came from a sustainable company and that a person has a better life because they were able to be a part of creating it.

Unstyled : Krochet Kids

If you’re interested in Krochet Kids, you can find them online or follow them on Instagram!

Unstyled : Krochet Kids

Outfit Details : Sweater-Krochet Kids, Jeans-Madewell, Booties-Nordstrom, Tee-Old Navy, Watch-Prairie Goods

All photos by Kymberly Janelle Photography

KC Small Biz Holiday Gift Guide

Kansas City Small Business Holiday Gift Guide!

KC Small Biz Holiday Gift Guide

I am so excited to share a few of my favorite items from local, Kansas City-based shops this holiday season! As a small business owner myself, I love to support shops that represent everything I love about my city. Being small during the craziness of the holiday season can be difficult, so to help out, instead of dropping a ton of money on Black Friday, why don’t you hit up some of these great places on Small Business Saturday?

Pink Antlers Studio
– Kansas City-themed wine glasses (by local designers Ampersand Studio)
– Beautiful cards and paper products
– Marble cheese tray

Hand & Land
– Mr. B’s Wax Candles (KC-based brand)
– Roasted Garlic Salt by Wood + Salt (created in KC, and garlic was harvest from New Roots for Refugees, a KC-based charity that helps refugees resettle in KC and gives them work in agriculture and farming, more info here)
– Native Atlas Muscle Rub and Lip Treatment (KC-based brand)
– Convivial Dish (made and designed in KCMO)

Sweet Kiss Brigadeiro
– A 12-piece custom box with gorgeous holiday-themed Brazilian candies (made by a mother-daughter team in KC)

KC Small Biz Holiday Gift Guide

Handmade Holidays Popup Shop at Park Place
The “Handmade Holidays” pop-up shop at Park Place is a curation of Kansas City locals that craft their goods right here in our beautiful city. From jewelry to specialty food to home décor, these skilled craftsmen and makers bring unique hand-made gift ideas to your home for the holidays. The pop-up shop will be open for the holiday season through December 31st.

Cookie Mix:
Yummylicious Cookies makes great-tasting baked goodies from organic whole-grains and sweeteners. When we say our products are natural, we mean the ingredients we use are minimally processed. They are not sprayed with pesticides or herbicides, or processed with petroleum distillates (Yuck!!!) This means we use basic ingredients like organic whole grains, sweeteners, butter and good ‘ol eggs! No white flour, white sugar, preservatives or oils! We’re not pretending to sell you broccoli, but if you’re in the market for a great treat made with more nutritious ingredients, Yummylicious is the first, and only, place you should look. Everything we make is small-batch, hand crafted at our facility in Lenexa, KS.

Community is at the heart of what makes Kansas City amazing. The individual passions that we share with others is what brings us together. We create, we craft, and we partner with our community…We, like you, are the heart of KC. Enjoy apparel, accessories, jewelry, hats, tees, home décor and more.

KC Small Biz Holiday Gift Guide

Restoration Emporium Holiday Pop Up
Restoration Emporium, a family-owned business curating vintage and vintage-inspired, farmhouse and urban home decor and more! RE: is proud to be a premier vintage and farmhouse inspired shop rich in creativity and heritage.
– Kansas City Home plus Map Wall Art
– “I Can’t Adult Today” Mug

The Learning Tree
– Wooden Fast Flip Racetrack (for 18+ months)
– Bloxels Build Your Own Video Game Set (ages 8+ years)

Ash Street (where Pink Antlers, Hand & Land, Learning Tree Toys, and both pop-ups are located) is hosting a ‘Small Business Saturday Block Party on Saturday, November 26, which should be such a fun day of shopping!

Sierra Winter Jewelry
Mariposa Earring – $149
Tucson Necklace – $129

Sierra Winter Jewelry is celebrating Small Business Saturday with a pop-up at Coveted Home on the Country Club Plaza from 10am – 8pm.

HOOPLA Nail Salon
Holiday 3-Pack Mini Polish Set Featuring ‘Peacock Blues, Mojo & Mamacita’ – $28

HOOPLA is hosting a Small Business Saturday event at their Leawood studio. They’ve partnered with local makeup artist, LOVER Cosmetics for complimentary mini makeovers.

Jord Wood Watches

Gifting for Guys : Jord Wood Watches

Jord Wood Watches

If you’ve met my husband, Trent, you might note that he’s a BIT of a watch fanatic. He started collecting them a few years ago, and these days he has a watch for every day of the week…plus some! And with the holidays coming up, plus his Christmas Eve birthday (yep, poor guy!), I’m always keeping my eyes out for a new, unique watch that is unlike any he already has.

Enter JORD Wood Watches! This incredible brand makes beautiful watches out of wood that are not only unique, but effortlessly cool. The sleek designs make each piece a statement in any wardrobe, but what really makes these watches is the wood finish. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and trust me, I’ve purchased a few men’s watches in my day! I love how the wood finish gives the men’s watch a rugged, chic look.

Jord Wood Watches

Now, one more thing I must keep in mind when I buy my husband a watch is….”how will this look on me?!” Yes, I steal my husband’s watches. I mean, he’s got so many, he won’t miss one! But seriously, I do love the look of a larger, more bulky watch, especially because I tend to wear delicate rings and bracelets, and I love to have a statement piece on my arm. So before I handed over his new Frankie Zebrawood and Navy watch, I “borrowed” it for a little photo shoot. Now the question is…do I have to give it back?! Maybe I’ll just get one of my own from the JORD women’s watch line!

Jord Wood Watches

Jord Wood Watches

I’m super excited to share I’m hosting a giveaway where you can win $75 to use toward your very own JORD watch to either gift to a loved one, or keep for yourself! The contest winner will get a $75 e-gift code to the JORD shop. But get this…everyone who enters this contest will get $20 e-gift code, just for entering! To enter this awesome giveaway, click here. The contest will close November 27th at 11:59pm. Both the $75 and the $20 codes will expire on January 1st, 2017. Good luck!

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This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches, but all opinions and content are my own.

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