Eye of the Tiger...Gems

  • 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:

 I couldn’t have been more thrilled and excited AND for so many reasons. Let me share just a few of the reasons Tiger Gems  Jewelry is now one of my new favorite stores for out on the town to everyday wear jewelry.  In fact, let’s just start there.
When I first found Tiger Gems on Instagram  and then looked at the website, I was taken aback. I enjoy having a variety of jewelry and I had found it! Diversity is one of the aspects that drew me to Tiger Gems and I started my own personal wish-list. From stackable rings, which are incredibly fun to mix and match and great to wear anytime, to necklaces and earrings that have a brilliant shimmer and a playful feel, without reminding me ‘I am a mom’, which MANY things do these days. :)  My point being you can create your own look and wear all or any of this jewelry throughout the day and into the night! Comfortably and Dressed up!
When I received my Tiger Gems gift surprise from my Hubby Jason, I felt like it was 12 years ago all over again. He chose the ring set that made my jaw drop. Not to mention the gorgeous black velvet box!
Let’s move on to the quality. The photos don't even begin to capture how stunning and sparkling these pieces are! The 3 rings that make up this 1.25 ctw Art Deco Halo Set have thin bands that worked with my hands. I have a few health issues that make my hands swell, but with a thinner and intensely strong band like this on my hand, it fits better. I don’t feel self-conscious wearing any of Tabitha’s rings or any of her jewelry.  This is not to say all of the rings are only thin. In fact, as I previously mentioned there is an extraordinary assortment of gems in many styles, all creative and containing a unique touch.
I mention my particular situation because it is an integral part of why I personally love this ring set. I used to love wearing rings and I would wear 2-3 on each hand. Since my hands have been changing due to my illness, I have felt uncomfortable figuratively and literally with wearing rings.              
Tiger Gems  made me able to wear rings again and feel lovely in them. It is little details like this that make something already beautiful, Magnificent!
One of the other reasons I am enamored with Tiger Gems is one I would be remiss if I didn’t mention, and that is Tabitha. Tabitha is the owner and personally deals with everything from when you start looking until you receive a purchase and beyond. It is easy to see the intense care Tabitha takes in her Gems as well as her Clientele. She also happens to have a genuinely kind soul and still manages to be honest . A combination of characteristics that I find remarkable and rare in business. I have talked about it in other posts and it is an important factor in anything my Hubby or I purchase.  
Yes, I received my extraordinary ring set as a gift. However, I will definitely be purchasing more things for myself from Tiger Gems as well. These are great gifts for others AND for ourselves! As a Woman/Mom/Spoonie
 I deserve to treat myself from time to time. I believe we all do. As ‘girly’ as it may sound, I think we are all the hardest working ‘Bad-Ass Princesses’ in our own worlds. Why wouldn’t we treat ourselves to a unique and special gem?
As a special treat for my readers, simply use my code SASSYSARA for 15% off any Tiger Gems  purchase!

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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