It's Time to Swing into Spring with the Jord unique watch review and GIVEAWAY!

  • By Sara Smile
  • 20 Feb, 2017
At this point in the year we are starting to change seasons. It’s that point in Winter where even Winter’s biggest fan (me!) starts to think of Spring and bright, light colors. Trees begin to bloom and I daydream about taking my hubby and our sweet little Mila-Raven on her first outdoor picnic! My Mila is adventurous like her Mommy and has already gravitated towards the outdoors, and the woods.
A perfect segue to the review of my Jord Wood Watch  and to talk about the Jord Giveaway .
If you’ve been around social media lately, you more than likely have seen a giveaway or a collaboration of absolutely beautiful DARK wood watches from Jord . I know I have and I never tire of it, because of the beauty and because Jord checks off all the boxes on my,  “unique watch list”. One thing you might not know about me: I am a watch junkie. I’m hooked on watches.  Always in search of that women's watch that is just right for me or if it’s a gift, who wouldn't like that - because everyone has their own perspective. I also happen to adore things made from wood. My Grandfather was a carpenter, so my appreciation standard of woodwork is high. I suppose it’s in the genes! When Jord wanted to pair up with me for a Springtime Wood Watch & Giveaway , I happily agreed!
There are many different types of wood that Jord uses in their women's watches and men's watches. This particular watch I have received from Jord is a Frankie Series Zebrawood , with a round navy face. The face is a perfect larger round navy. Honestly no picture captures all that this blue contains or does its exquisite navy justice. In the sun it pops just the perfect amount of color . It doesn’t overwhelm, and yet shows a deep blue that bounces with the sun. On cloudy days it seems to match - as though this blue picks up on the light you're in and morphs to that perfect blue for any setting. It’s everything from wild to the perfect mild. This particular wood has a lighter Springtime feel. My Zebrawood matches everything! I can either go all casual  - or I can wear colors that are completely contrary to the light, fresh feeling wood and make the watch pop and be the star of the show. It is light enough to wear all the time, but heavy enough to feel it on my wrist. An important check box on my list considering I have Lupus and how something feels on my body has an impact on me.
This may sound strange, but a cool watch helps me to stay in the moment. You see, if I need to know the time, and I don’t have a watch on, I do what most people do... I look at my phone. Our phones have rapidly become (along with many other things) watches.  They even make watches that sync up to everything we email, text, tweet etc... While this has its place and is good, this is another reason I love the Jord Wood Watch . I find myself needing to know the time, especially now considering that I am a new Mom and have chronic diseases I deal with daily ... and  the doctor appointments. I like having a daily watch where I am able to just glance at my wrist- and then continue playing with my daughter or chatting with my hubs or friends. I don’t want to run into a potential text that might take me out of a beautiful moment; however with Jord , I don't run into that. It is such a versatile watch, and has the right feel, which makes it a great easy to wear ‘daily watch’.  I can wear it continuously, from changing the baby, dinner date with the Hubby, and even a night out with the gals. Every once in a while I look at it and enjoy feeling transplanted for a moment to a time when I didn’t have all the hustle and bustle, and it relaxes me.
Let me not forget to mention the the box!! THIS BOX !!  The box is an entire gift onto itself! I’m extremely into repurposing what we have and this beautiful wood box could be used in so many ways other than just keeping your watch in it. It has an intricate and a bit darker smooth finish, opening with four unseen and strong, but easy to use magnets connecting the top and the bottom. You could have a new jewelry box. I know I do  because I just adore anything that is hand-crafted wood.
To celebrate this welcoming of Spring, Jord has paired with me to do a Giveaway ! This giveaway is Officially LIVE and will run until 3/19. One Lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card, and EVERYONE who enters still gets a $25 gift card. Just for entering you get a gift! You can’t lose!!!
Jord doesn’t just make great watches, they take care of their customers and are some of the loveliest people I have worked with - not just in this giveaway.  Anytime I’ve had a general question, the people are wonderful to talk to and do their best to help in a timely manner (Yes, Pun intended!)
While it may seem as though Jord is everywhere and that they are a big company - you’d never think that when you speak to them. They are a smaller group of dedicated people - And they will work hard to help you find a great watch for a gift to yourself or someone else.
For now let’s get you signed up for that SPRINGTIME GIVEAWAY HERE !!!

Sassy Sara Smile

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 20 Jun, 2017
You know that song, “Eye of the Tiger”? The song suggests a person who is working hard to achieve a goal and they are doing it the right way...through hard work. I have always liked the idea of being strong and fighting honestly for what you want to do...  Goals we all have...Things we all want.  I see that same type of intensity, hard work and honest kindness in Tiger Gems Jewelry and the owner of this wonderful company, Tabitha.
 My husband knows I feel that way and surprised me on Mother’s Day, 2017 *(My 1st Mother's Day Ever!) with a 1.25 ctw Art Deco Halo Set  from Tiger Gems seen here:
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.
By Sara Smile 20 Feb, 2017
At this point in the year we are starting to change seasons. It’s that point in Winter where even Winter’s biggest fan (me!) starts to think of Spring and bright, light colors. Trees begin to bloom and I daydream about taking my hubby and our sweet little Mila-Raven on her first outdoor picnic! My Mila is adventurous like her Mommy and has already gravitated towards the outdoors, and the woods.
A perfect segue to the review of my Jord Wood Watch  and to talk about the Jord Giveaway .
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