Countdown to Christmas : Chinchar Maloney jewelry

I believe the reason for featuring this wonderful company as makers of Christmas gift win is obvious: JEWELRY.

No girl ever woke up, found an amazing piece of jewelry under her tree and thought: bummer, I was really hoping for new pliers instead. But when that piece of jewelry is designed and handmade by a hip Portland family, features stunning diamonds set perfectly in your choice of gold and is uniquely her… well I think I can rest my case.

It is not often I come across a website and love each and every product listed in the store. At Chinchar Maloney I do! Their engagement rings are out of this world beautiful and so unique. Their birthstone bracelet (two diamonds please) is on my Christmas list and don’t even get me started on the uber cuteness of the kitty cat earnings! You know what why don’t you head on over and see all this for yourself because I will just keep listing my top bazillion favorite things that ever came out of this studio.

Since this is a Christmas gift recommendation list I am doing this year, if I had to choose one item of theirs that I can guarantee you will strike gold with is the Original Birthstone Ring. You get to choose between white, yellow or rose gold and which two stones the ring will feature so you can personalize it and make it her own. The best bit is that it is slightly adjustable so you can be confident she will be able to wear it straight out of the box. Yep, thats how its done!!!

And in case you are wondering what I got my self for Christmas, this is my new silver beauty with a blue diamond. Because there is nothing wrong with a getting a perfect gift for yourself this Christmas either.

ChincharMaloney ring

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Monday Listicles

Thanksgiving couldn’t come fast enough.

It is by far my favorite holiday. Perhaps because it is the only one I did not grow up with and I took the time to learn about it and understand it as I became American. Perhaps it’s because it comes with pumpkin pie. But I really really love Thanksgiving.

This year it will be extra special because we are sharing it with our new found friend Karin who is like me Slovenian and with or good old friend Lily who is on her way back to visit us. So excited!

This list is the easiest one to write. There is so much to be thankful for. My family, my friends, our health, warm home, beautiful state we live in, chocolate. List could go on forever. So I will try to find just one special thing about others that I am thankful for every single day. Curious to see your lists. Happy Thanksgiving!


Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!



1. My son’s spirit

2. My husband’s cooking

3. Veterans near and far

4. Our school’s PTA volunteers

5. Kind comments people leave me on Instagram

6. Essential personal who works on Thanksgiving

7. Friends who travel from far to spend time with us

8. Our sweet neighbor who leaves National Geographic magazines on our porch for Julian

9. Amy for being awesome.

10. You for always passing by. Thank you.

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Countdown to Christmas : Social print Studio

We continue Christmas shopping guide with my favorite Instagram printing company :

I first started printing my Instagram photos in 2012 and I have used Social Print Studio all along. My staircase is full of 4×4 prints and Julian’s room is full of 2×2 prints. They have been knocked down by kids playing and wagging dog tails and vacuum cleaner and they are going strong.

It is so easy to order with them. You can either use their app or website. Just connect your Instagram account, sign in and all your photos appear immediately. Choose your images and how you want them printed and voila! They have a huge selection, from books, framed prints, magnets, posters… You name it. They ship within a day and appear on your doorstep a few days later. Who they know in FedEx is top secret but I have never had anything delivered this fast.

This year I decided to give their calendar a go. I really wanted all my Instagrams printed and for $40 you really need not think about it twice. I was a little worried because I assumed the prints are thin but I shouldn’t have been. Although it is printed notepad style that comes in a cute little white box once you remove each print it is a solid, retro polaroid style print. I love the crisp white border. The best bit is if you are in a time crunch you can just click to select your last 365 Instagram photos and it’s done. Last minute present for mom in under 2 minutes? Done! Just put a bow on it as it arrives and you are all set.

I took my time and chose which prints to include. I choose some twice or three times so I can send them to close family members. Julian and I decided which ones to display on the wall ( we went for our favorite moments of 2014) and we plan on rotating them in months to come. I decided not to add date on them but I am contemplating ordering another one to send to Julian’s grandma so she can keep it on her desk as a calendar. You can even decide to scramble the 365 photos so that each day is a surprise. You can also gift a gift card so your loved ones can print their own Instagram accounts. Seriously, these guys thought of everything.

You all know I love Instagram and post there nearly every day. But to really enjoy photos I still believe in good old fashion prints. And Social Print studio brings it all together.

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