IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!

  • By Sara Chernauskas
  • 28 Dec, 2017

Last minute Gifts & Giveaway sponsored by Jord

That’s right! It’s a few days after Christmas and after New Year's Eve (12/31, also my birthday) the "Official Holiday Season" will appear to have closed, or so some might think. Whilst the Holiday Celebrations and Big Family Gatherings from across the country have passed, I would like to remind you that April is right around the corner. 

So, what it REMAINS time for are frantic moments and sudden realizations that bills must be paid. As for me, whether it's holiday season or not I always love giving gifts, which is why I partnered with Jord to give away one of their fabulous timepieces and a coupon code that can be used through January 6th.

I'm sure we all thought that we got everything done, but let's be honest - the comedown after holiday season can be brutal.  While these realizations can give one a panic attack - NEVER FEAR!!


Enter Jord Woodwatches .  

(If you would like to see my original Post as to my thoughts on the Brilliant People at Jord click HERE )

Let me tell you what happened to me this season. After I ‘started shopping early’ I was hit with illness, as was my toddler Milana-Raven AND in a rare appearance, my Hubby, WHO NEVER GETS SICK, got sick. As days turned to weeks and the pressure of “Real Day to Day issues” had to be dealt with, I was overjoyed when Jord reached out once again and asked if I would do a Post Holiday Frenzy Gift Guide and Jord Giveaway .


The watch they sent me is one of the NEWEST of the Jord woodwatch series, Welcome to The Cassia .


At first glance, it may remind one of “The Frankie”, a fantastic woodwatch and one of the most popular series from Jord. However, upon closer inspection, I would call The Cassia  a bit more in the family ... The cousin, if you will, to The Frankie. Just like so many others I fell in love with "The Frankie", as it was my introduction into the world of woodwathces by Jord. I must say whilst it is difficult for me to find ANYTHING negative to say about ANY of the Jord woodwatches, one of the main comments I ever heard of The Frankie Series was “it’s just a bit too big for my wrist and hand.”

It is in this aspect that I would say one could call the Cassia the cousin or "the Regal Little Sister" to the Frankie.

However, The Cassia stands out all on its own as one of the fastest Jord watches to the top as one of their most popular of the women's watches (though I see all of Jord's watches as unisex).

In the way one might change or freshen up from work to go to a fun party or a girl’s night or a date, That is how I see the Cassia.

Of course this does not mean one cannot wear it all the time - it still retains the beautiful round face and is  jut a bit smaller which is great for those who have a love idea of wearing a  big faced watch, but have a more petite wrist . The Cassia gives that option so you do not loose out on that fun "oversized face" with a better and less overwhelming  fit. One other noticeable change is that I see in my  'Ebony and Sable' Cassia timepiece has also to do with the face of the watch itself.  It has an orb fashion durable glass over the face ... a new construct that I have yet to see on a woodwatch creating a polished  and creative look that truly takes it up a notch! Its beautiful deep and dark wood color go with literally EVERYTHING I wear. It isn’t just a timepiece - It is an accessory! Arm Candy in the form of a watch.


I could go on and on about this Cassia for days, but I also want to tell you about the Watch from the Dover Series. The watch my husband received as an early present.


In this series, The Dover , one will find themselves transplanted into another time. This Dover Watch in particular is Ebony and Copper. A stunning pairing of colors to be sure, but what I find unique is this watch is not only all made of wood - but you can see the gears that make the watch tick. If you are one who misses the old authenticity and yearn for the years of where mechanics were visible but still matched today’s style and ability to wear everywhere... The Dover  is a perfect gift for him.

Both the Cassia and Dover on their own make beautiful easy to order timepieces and gifts from the heart, even if the gift you're giving is to yourself. (And believe me, you've earned it!) Though I must say that the two together make a fantastic his and hers pair. They are alike enough to work together or alone as you have seen in the photos.


Let's just pause for a moment and appreciate the boxes that these timepieces arrive in... Not ONLY are the boxes stunning, but these beautiful and natural varying woods that they created are fully fuctional. YES. You read correctly!

In these sensational boxes are contained your radiant Jord Timepiece, instructions, and maintenance tools that you may use. I am all about using things for more than just one purpose (some folks call it recycling or upcycling) regardless of what you call it, you are able to use them in every aspect. One of my personal favorites is the drawer on the bottom of THIS BRILLIANT WOODEN BOX!

You may also have the boxes and the watches engraved! Amazing, I Know. I have used mine for anything from "go to" items (i.e. jewelry) all the way to accenting our house, as we are big fans of all wood being part of our decor. I personally like engraving the box as you have a bit more room and may show your enamored engravings when using the box as an asset to your home. It is definitely a conversation piece... It is here I must remind you that this is simply the BOX... And the watch itself is even more eye catching.



Whilst I may have said it already: Have I mentioned The Giveaway ? That's right, I said GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!!!! Not only will everyone who enters get a discount coupon for ANY Jord Woodwatch , but someone will be getting a Present when they win the Giveaway.


There is one last thing I would like to mention, and I have mentioned it before (in my Original Jord post )  and that is the people who work for this company. As busy as they get, they will always make time for you... Yes, I see the pun. Unintentional, but never the less ABSOLUTELY TRUE!

So, take a breath, relax and know that as you look at your post holiday season bills, there is one less stressful thing you have to worry about and one amazing thing you could win as you begin the New Year.


If anyone has any questions, please feel free to email me via my contact on this blog or in the comments. I would be happy to answer anything you might want to know.

Sassy Sara Smile

By Sara Chernauskas 28 Dec, 2017

That’s right! It’s a few days after Christmas and after New Year's Eve (12/31, also my birthday) the "Official Holiday Season" will appear to have closed, or so some might think. Whilst the Holiday Celebrations and Big Family Gatherings from across the country have passed, I would like to remind you that April is right around the corner. 

So, what it REMAINS time for are frantic moments and sudden realizations that bills must be paid. As for me, whether it's holiday season or not I always love giving gifts, which is why I partnered with Jord to give away one of their fabulous timepieces and a coupon code that can be used through January 6th.

I'm sure we all thought that we got everything done, but let's be honest - the comedown after holiday season can be brutal.  While these realizations can give one a panic attack - NEVER FEAR!!


Enter Jord Woodwatches .  

(If you would like to see my original Post as to my thoughts on the Brilliant People at Jord click HERE )

Let me tell you what happened to me this season. After I ‘started shopping early’ I was hit with illness, as was my toddler Milana-Raven AND in a rare appearance, my Hubby, WHO NEVER GETS SICK, got sick. As days turned to weeks and the pressure of “Real Day to Day issues” had to be dealt with, I was overjoyed when Jord reached out once again and asked if I would do a Post Holiday Frenzy Gift Guide and Jord Giveaway .


The watch they sent me is one of the NEWEST of the Jord woodwatch series, Welcome to The Cassia .


At first glance, it may remind one of “The Frankie”, a fantastic woodwatch and one of the most popular series from Jord. However, upon closer inspection, I would call The Cassia  a bit more in the family ... The cousin, if you will, to The Frankie. Just like so many others I fell in love with "The Frankie", as it was my introduction into the world of woodwathces by Jord. I must say whilst it is difficult for me to find ANYTHING negative to say about ANY of the Jord woodwatches, one of the main comments I ever heard of The Frankie Series was “it’s just a bit too big for my wrist and hand.”

It is in this aspect that I would say one could call the Cassia the cousin or "the Regal Little Sister" to the Frankie.

However, The Cassia stands out all on its own as one of the fastest Jord watches to the top as one of their most popular of the women's watches (though I see all of Jord's watches as unisex).

By Sara Chernauskas 26 Nov, 2017

Sara Smile is a Writer, Mother, Cancer Survivor, and Chronic Illness Warrior. Through both her Website Sassy Sara Smile, and Public Speaking, Sara writes and tells stories about finding Beauty through the Chaos and not just by wading through life’s quagmires. Instead, Sara does her best to not only dance through the mire but thrive.

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By Sara Smile 05 Apr, 2017
Self love. A term I heard  used as frequently when I was a young girl growing up.
 It is still if not more significant now, as an adult and a mom.  I have been feeling pretty low recently. My pretty low is way down there... I don’t like when I have to deal with my mental and physical issues, even more so since I have had Mila.
It’s an interesting maze to wind through in life when you have an anxiety issue or PTSD, or Bi Polar et al.
It gets ultra strange when you have a baby and you realize they are feeling the impact of these issues and starting to comprehend (in their own way) that Mommy is ‘not feeling well’. It’s still like winding through a maze - only this time you’re blindfolded and can’t fall because you are also holding a precious piece of your love. So, a bit weird.
For me I have found I don’t like my daughter to see that side of me. Not yet. I don’t know how to explain it and how it is also intertwined with my physical side as the two are always connected and in cahoots.
In spite of all this, I am forcing myself to write even though I don’t want to write. I WANT to put my head under the covers and binge watch Netflix while pretending the world around me doesn’t exist so that maybe, JUST maybe, my brain and body might recover.
Truth? Yes, I’ve done that & I still do from time to time. After I had Mila I had hormone nuttiness. I think it probably could be called/diagnosed as ‘Post Partum’, but when you have a little mental shit happening in your head before you are pregnant, it’s a tough call.   Every single Mom I have ever talked to has at the very least said they have had the hormone nuttiness. Some people it hit right away...Some people it hit 6, 10 months into the new Mom job. Each of these Mothers that I spoke to talked about how this “additional nuttiness” can last. Sometimes it even just becomes a part of you and it slowly begins to weave itself into the layers of one’s braided emotions creating an extra new feeling.
Around the time Mila turned 6 months this amazing personality and mirror of Mommy started. It was and continues to be amazing! So much so that it can become an addiction, your whole life. A high off of your child. I was loving it. I still love it. Till one day my health stuff came trampling in whilst I was hanging with my sweet Gal and a huge Realistic Truth hit me. I can’t JUST go and hibernate under the covers with Netflix, or even write at that moment because my child needed/wanted me.
Now there have been times I have put her down in her crib after hours of crying, just to give me a 15 min breather, but this wasn’t that. We were just hanging. Just me and my daughter. I am the one who had this emotion whack me like a truck. Part of this realistic truth that hit was that what I was feeling had to be put aside. I am the Mom and a chronically ill one to boot. I have to forge forward for my daughter. The other part of this realistic truth was I also have to recognize that just because I have Mila, just because I am a Mom, does not mean I am not still me. The great fun stuff, my own dreams (as I have many) and these hard to handle emotional, mental things are still factors.
So here I am pushing myself to write in the hopes that this will help me to embrace what I am feeling. I learned a long time ago - you steer into the turn if you skid - you don’t hit the brakes and change directions... You’ll get yourself and everyone else injured.
Now, apply that to having a disease and that is where I am - you have found my reality.
Here’s the thing. The writing kinda works for me. As I type right now I start to feel a bit lighter, a bit better. If only for a time. Writing does that for me. As does Yoga and Pilates, which alas I am not currently allowed to do right now (doctor’s orders).
This started as a quick post intended to talk about ‘self love’. It still is about self love. Everything I have been speaking about reminds me how little I have been doing to properly love myself and that certain medications and limitations are getting to me.
As I am drawing a close to this post I am reprioritizing a few things.
This did make me feel a bit better. I know I am going to post it regardless of its raw not 3rd draft quality. I needed this to happen. Which leads me to start thinking - If I am feeling down, or having a hard day that turns into 3 hard days, just within myself - I need to rethink priorities and what I force myself to turn into a new habit. I must remember that just like before Mila, I let these emotions of my mind wash over me, instead of getting caught in the undertow. It took a long time to learn and understand that, but I finally did. Struggling leads to sadness and nothing getting done. Even though I am a Mom now, I still need to write, and I still need to handle those emotions that wash over me when this happens. I just need to adapt and find a way to incorporate everything. When you use the word 'EVERYTHING' it reads as a huge task. Even “Everything” takes time. I can be a Mom and Sara at the same time. It’s the Sara part of me I am still working on, but if I continue to handle what I do in the way I am trying to,
things will be ok. Loving and Liking oneself is the key to being your best for you and everyone around you. It’s not changing who “you” used to be- simply a new amplified person.
I don’t know if this post will touch on something y'all relate to...I just had to get it out.
Never forget to make time for yourself and steer into the skid!
Much Love,
Sara Smile
Never forget to make time for oneself and steer into the skid!
much love.
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