Setting Intentions: Gosia Narula of Mighty Beads

“Energy flows where intention goes.” – Author Unknown

A couple weeks ago, Nicole Linn helped me clear the negative energy from my home. After she showed all of us how to successfully smudge our spaces, she was kind enough to do a home clearing for me. (I welcome any opportunity to get rid of the “junk” and bring more positivity into my life! Who wouldn’t?) After she performed the clearing, she mentioned that GREEN and GOLD stood out to her, and that I should bring these colors into my life and my home as often as possible.

You know how I don’t like forcing things and opt to keep myself open to the “magic” of life unfolding naturally? Buckle up for this one …

Not long after Nicole’s clearing, I bumped into Gosia Narula at our town’s recycling center. (We met several months ago during my visit to Araya Rebirth, where she works as an aesthetician.) Oddly enough, a few days prior, I had been scrolling through her business’s Instagram page, admiring her beautiful pieces and thinking to myself that I’d love to collaborate with her in some way. When I saw her, she hugged me and told me she wanted to make me a Mighty Beads bracelet. I got chills down my spine. I immediately knew what I needed my bracelet to incorporate … the colors green and gold.

So, what are Mighty Beads?

It was a dream of hers for as long as she can remember that finally came to fruition about one year ago; Gosia began making beautiful custom-made (and ready-made) malas, necklaces and bracelets out of semi-precious stones. (I know right now my mom is reading and asking, “What the heck is a mala?” Similar to rosary beads, a mala, or Buddhist prayer beads, are a tool used to count the number of times a mantra is recited, breaths while meditating, etc.) The timing was finally right for Gosia and Mighty Beads was born.

The semi-precious stones in her pieces come from the earth. Holding them close to your body is believed by many to promote emotional, physical and spiritual healing. They are said to interact with your energy field, or chakra. Gosia explains, “Vibes and waves affect our energy. Just like a microwave or Wi-Fi interferes with our energy, crystals affect our energy in a positive way.” Some reading may have doubts … I personally believe in the power of positive thinking and visualizing your intentions.

Speaking of intentions … Gosia asked me for mine. (Perhaps not so) ironically, my intentions matched up to the colors green and gold, and she incorporated them into my bracelet beautifully.

in·ten·tion

inˈten(t)SH(ə)n/ 

noun

  1. a thing intended; an aim or plan.

“she was full of good intentions”

Here’s the bracelet that Gosia made for me. I’ve had it for a little over a week now and I’ve worn it every single day. Isn’t it so beautiful? It makes me happy.

These are the stones that Gosia used, along with what they’re said to do:

Moss Agate – A stone of wealth, attracts abundance. Improves self-esteem and strengthens positive personality traits. Encourages expanding one’s personal space and growth.

Jade – Attracts good luck, friendships and prosperity.

Green Aventurine – Know as the luckiest stone, invites good luck and prosperity for one’s life. It is a great comforter and the heart healer. Protects one’s energy.

Sunstone – A joyful stone. It restores the enjoyment of life, good nature and provides a sense of abundance.

Gosia Narula

Gosia, a Bergen County mom of two young children, loves witnessing her pieces come together, and feels such joy watching others wear the jewelry, knowing that they’ll experience good things from them. She says it “melts (her) heart.” Gosia has made custom pieces for suicide survivors, cancer fighters, those seeking strength and success … the possibilities are endless

To view more of Gosia’s pieces or to place a custom order, visit her website: http://www.mightybeads.com. You can also follow Mighty Beads on Instagram: @mightybeadshop.

ENTER TO WIN A CUSTOM-MADE MIGHTY BEADS BRACELET! 

What are your intentions for your life at this moment? Visit my Instagram page and enter to win a Mighty Beads bracelet for yourself or someone you have good intentions for. If you don’t have Instagram, feel free to drop your comments below and follow Stylish Mama AND Mighty Beads on Facebook!

Contest ends on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at midnight EST. One winner will be randomly chosen and notified.

  

Thanks for reading! Head back to the Stylish Mama site for more!

Liza XO

P.S. One of my favorite things about running my Instagram page and writing my blog is connecting people. This time, naturally, I’ve connected Nicole Linn and Gosia Narula … some pretty cool things are brewing with this perfect duo! Keep your eyes and ears open for details … I’ll keep you in the loop, of course!

P.S. Almost forgot to mention … you can pick up ready-made Mighty Beads at Araya Rebirth in Ridgewood!

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Lounge Wear Every Lady Will Love

It’s very important for you to know that I will NEVER judge you. This whole blog and Instagram thing I’ve got going here is meant to be a safe place where you can share freely; I understand that we are who we are and we are all entitled to be just that. I promise I will always be honest with you in hopes that you will reciprocate the same courtesy I’ve extended to you. For me, “style” is simply the freedom to express your individuality and your uniqueness – there isn’t one right way to do it all.

Hello Mello’s lounge pants, top and long cardigan from their Carefree Threads collection in mint.

That being said, sometimes I sleep in what I wore all day … on purpose. And sometimes, I’ll wear it as long as I can the next day until it just flat-out feels wrong to continue any longer. If I find a comfortable piece of clothing that enables me to pull this off, it’s GAME ON. “Lounge Wear” was created for people like me.

It’s safe to say that there’s ZERO shame in my lounging game. Who’s with me here?

I recently discovered a lounge wear company called Hello Mello … and, of course, I had to share this with all of you …

New Jersey beaches + lounge wear = 100.

In early June, our family went on a trip to Hershey Park and stayed at the Hershey Lodge. After dinner one night, we popped into the hotel’s gift shop, and while the kids searched for something special to commemorate our mini-vacation, I found a special treat for myself … and it wasn’t candy. (Good news for my teeth … and my tush.)

The packaging and beautiful colors initially caught my eye. There were baskets on the shop’s shelves, filled with these adorable little totes (awesome for travelers and commuters … throw the little totes into your purse or suitcase and the clothing comes out wrinkle-free), labeled as to what’s inside. And then … I had to touch them … it’s a problem I have. I inherited this from my mother.

Inside of these adorable little totes were tops, pants, cardigans and robes (keep your eyes peeled for posts of my pretty pink robe!) by Hello Mello Lounge Wear; their comfortable, lightweight pieces are the epitome of soft. I truly appreciate anything that counts as pajamas and doubles as something that can be worn in public without anyone batting an eye.

In these photos, I’m wearing the Hello Mello Carefree Threads Collection in mint. (Lounge pants with pockets, lounge top with pocket and long cardigan.) Go ahead and check them out online … I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you see how affordable everything is, too!

But, WAIT! Before you buy, check out the giveaway that Hello Mello and I have thrown together for you below …

CONTEST INFORMATION:

Nothing makes me happier than sharing everything wonderful that I find with all of you! I am excited to announce that Hello Mello and I are collaborating on a giveaway for our followers!

Hello Mello is giving away THREE long cardigans from their collection! Here’s what you need to do (simple stuff here):

  1. Make sure you’re following me (@stylishmama) and @hellomellowear on Instagram.
  2. Tag THREE friends that love to be comfortable and deserve time to “lounge” in the comments underneath the contest announcement photo.

Contest opens on Friday, July 20, 2018 and closes at 9 pm EST on Sunday, July 22, 2018. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 23. 

I think it’s pretty safe to say that any woman would truly enjoy slipping into these pieces by Hello Mello. I don’t know a single lady who doesn’t give each day their all (and then some); every one of us deserves a chance to unwind and relax, while feeling good about ourselves, too.

Live a happy life(style)! 

Liza XO

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What to Get the (Local) Guy Who Doesn’t Want Anything for Father’s Day …

If your husband is anything like mine, he’s pretty rough to shop for. After racking my brain for every holiday and birthday of his, I eventually cave and ask him what he wants. Ninety-five percent of the time, his reply sounds something like, “Nothing. Don’t spend any money.” But there’s always something in me that just can’t let it go; the kids and I need a way to show him how much we appreciate what he does for the four of us, especially on Father’s Day.

A guy can only have so many work or golf shirts. The gifts I end up getting for him always tend to be on the practical side; this year, I’m still going for something that he needs, but it’s “extra-special”, and I wanted to share this idea with all of you. Every guy needs a haircut, right? I found a place that does just that, but takes the whole experience to another level.

Open since late 2016, The Ridgewood Man (please note that there is also The Hoboken Man, their original location) is a modern-day, full-service barbershop located on East Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Their menu of services includes a variety of haircuts and shaves, color services, beard and mustache trims, waxing, facials, massages, spa manicures and pedicures. Packages, gift certificates and memberships are also available. Both upscale barbershops use and sell the award winning, PETA approved, Australian-born haircare line, Muk. (We took some home to test out and I’ve got to say, it’s pretty MUK-ing fabulous. Sorry. I had to.)

I took my husband and our 9 year-old son there on Tuesday night (they offer a father-son package for $60) to check the shop out and get my guys some “handsome haircuts.” The beautiful and historical tin ceilings, wood-paneled walls, and dark leather seating give the shop a luxurious, country-club vibe. There are HD flat-screen TVs hanging pretty much everywhere in sight, and the vintage Playboy covers hanging near the sinks finish off the masculine feel of the shop. In the back, there are separate rooms where men can enjoy a calming massage or a spa manicure and pedicure.

   

There are so many salons in the area; The Ridgewood Man is unique in that it offers salon and spa services, but caters specifically to men. We met with one of the shop’s owners and Ridgewood resident, Dan Hood, who told us that he has groups of guys who meet at The Ridgewood Man multiple times throughout the month. It’s an awesome, “manly” place to hangout and they all leave looking and feeling their best. Whether you’re heading there in a group or flying solo, it’s definitely a place worth checking out.

Note the smile on my son’s face while he’s getting his shampoo after his cut … the guy was in heaven. He usually leaves haircuts, ripping his shirt off on his way out the door, literally itching for a shower. On his way out the door this time, he looked up at me with those big blue eyes of his and said, “Mom … I still want to take a shower before I go to bed, but I’m only washing my body. I don’t want to mess ‘this’ up.”

L XO

“My guys” looking handsome, post-cuts

P.S. Right now, I’m pleased to work with Dan to offer TWO $50 gift certificates to Stylish Mama followers … one to The Ridgewood Man and one to The Hoboken Man! For details, visit my Instagram page. Contest ends this Sunday, June 17th (Father’s Day).

P.P.S. Take advantage of these current Father’s Day specials at The Ridgewood Man:

  • Silver Membership: Unlimited haircuts and 10% off all other services and products (3 months for $195)
  • $125 gift certificate for $100 / $75 gift certificate for $60
Dan Hood and some of his staff (Sandy, Michelle & Brandon). There are 18 stylists/barbers between both locations. Sandy, the stylist who gave my guys their awesome cuts, has been a loyal employee since they opened, 9 years ago!

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Make Happiness Your Habit: Teeth Whitening Review

If I had a dollar for every time someone has said to me, “You’re always smiling,” I wouldn’t be writing this blog right now. Well, maybe I would be since it’s a message I believe is worth spreading, but I’d certainly be writing it on a beach, surrounded by palm trees, probably while sipping some Mai Tais.

It’s quite true … it’s hard to catch me without a smile, and I’m sure it may appear to some who don’t know me too well that my life is always carefree. However, my life isn’t carefree by any means. I’ve been through some things, just like most, that would most likely make your head spin. I have good days and I have bad moments. Despite these moments, I choose happiness over sadness and anger; it’s a much more constructive way to utilize my energy. HAPPINESS HAS BECOME A HABIT FOR ME.

It’s not always easy for me to put a smile on, but whenever I don’t feel like grinning, I remind myself of a few things:

  1. There is so much to be thankful for. If you’re reading this, you are alive. You have your sight. For crying out loud, you have access to the Internet! (By the way, did you know that only 51% of the planet has Internet access?) Be thankful. Direct your focus to the positives in your life, the big and the small.
  2. No matter what I’m going through, there’s someone out there who wishes they had my issues instead of theirs. No matter how bad things seem at the moment, it could be worse.
  3. Whatever life hands me, whether it’s good or bad, is shaping me into who I’m meant to be. Embrace everything that you have been dealt … and be grateful for it.
  4. Forcing a smile upon your face is an instant mood booster for those around you … and for yourself, too. Try smiling at a stranger and I guarantee that you will instantly feel a boost in your mood, and it will be almost impossible for the other person to not smile back. Energies are contagious. Spread good energy.
  5. All that matters is this very moment. Right now. You can’t control what’s already happened and worrying about something that hasn’t even happened – and probably won’t – is totally useless.

All of these points help me maintain myself on the inside, and I believe in maintaining myself on the outside, too. Just like you aim to maintain your weight and your hair color, you should also take care of your teeth before they become too difficult to fix. Being a person who smiles quite often, maintaining a bright smile is something that’s important to me. My teeth were already pretty white before starting Smile Brilliant, but thanks to the multiple cups of coffee I require to function as a 40 year-old mom of 3, they weren’t as white as they could have been.

I’ve tried other whitening kits in the past, which worked, but left my sensitive teeth and gums feeling sore. The strips I’ve tried have been so thin and sticky, and easily slid off, which was uncomfortable and made it difficult to talk while whitening. Smile Brilliant, developed by dental professionals, is quite unique and appealing for several reasons: their whitening trays are comfortable and custom fit to your mouth, and the company offers a special follow-up “desensitizing gel.” Prior to writing this blog, I’ve used the whitening gel and desensitizing gel five times; my smile is even brighter and my teeth and gums aren’t sore AT ALL. Smile Brilliant’s trays also allow you to whiten ALL of your teeth, not just the ones in the front. Here’s how it all works …

The Process: 

The starter kit that Smile Brilliant sent to me consisted of materials for me to create molds of my upper and lower teeth. The pastes were incredibly simple to mix and apply; it couldn’t have been easier to do. I popped the molds I made into the envelope they provided and mailed them back to Smile Brilliant. My molds were used to create lightweight trays that fit my mouth PERFECTLY. I then used the whitening and desensitizing gels according to the directions for five nights. I left the whitening gel on for 45 minutes and then the desensitizing gel for 15-20 minutes.

The Results: 

After 5 applications, I’m happy to report that my teeth are brilliantly white and the whole process was easy and painless. It’s not easy for me to carve out time for myself during the day; it was so simple to slide the trays into my mouth after I got the kids into bed, and then whitened while I folded laundry or did some work on my computer.

I’d recommend Smile Brilliant to anyone with a busy lifestyle who’s serious about his or her smiling game; men and women who get that there’s (almost) always a reason to smile. You may have to dig deep sometimes, but choosing happiness is always worth the effort. Once you get the hang of it, leaning towards a life filled with chosen happiness becomes more of a habit. MAKE HAPPINESS YOUR HABIT. 

Liza XO

P.S. I HAVE EXCITING NEWS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO GIVE WHITENING A TRY! The kind people of Smile Brilliant are giving away a T-3 SENSITIVE TEETH WHITENING SYSTEM (value of $149) to 1 lucky Stylish Mama follower! To enter, CLICK HERE.

For bonus entries, make sure you’re following me on my social media outlets! On Instagram and Facebook, be sure to “like” my posts and tag some friends! If you follow me on Twitter, re-tweet my post for extra brownie points. GOOD LUCK! 

My Before & After Smiles

** Contest closes on April 25, 2018 and is open to residents of the USA, UK, Australia, and Canada. The winner will be selected by Smile Brilliant. 

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Living One Moment at a *Time* … With My Wooden Watch

I want a tattoo. I already have one that I (sort of) regret on my hip. It’s a purple flower that, at 39, is quite absurd. In hindsight, if I could go back in time to that day when I was 17, I probably would have skipped it, but I don’t totally fret over it because it’s really not THAT awful and it’s in a spot where I can hide it easily. Let’s put it this way: it could have been a lot worse. I’ve seen a lot worse.

I’m not sure why, but lately I’ve been craving another one. However, I keep thinking that 20+ years from now, there’s a good chance I’ll have doubts about it, just like the one that I (somewhat) regret having now. This time though, I want to do something that has significance to me; something more than just a flower. At the moment, I would love tiny angel wings on my wrist – where I can always see them – for 2 reasons:

1. After 2 close brushes with death (I’ll save that for another blog), I believe there is someone – or something – watching over me closely.

2. My motto in life is simply: “winging it.”

What is “winging it”, exactly? For me, it is living in the moment and embracing what life throws at me … the good and the bad. I’ve found that everything in life unfolds just as it is meant to unfold, so there is no sense in worrying about things that are beyond my control.

Technically, I was “winging it” when I got my first tattoo, but this time, I want it to truly mean something – and I want to be certain about it before I pull the tattoo trigger. So, I decided to test it out for a little while first by simply having it engraved on a piece of jewelry that hangs on my wrist instead. A simple reminder that can be easily taken off each night instead of painfully removed off my skin with lasers down the road.

On the back of my hand-crafted JORD (pronounced /YOAD/ like “TOAD”) wooden watch, I had the words “winging it …” engraved, to remind me to take one moment at a time, and embrace each moment, always. Deciding what to have engraved on my watch was the easy part for me. Deciding which watch to choose was a lot tougher, as JORD has an incredible selection of wooden watches.
For an additional fee, Jord offers engraving, making an already unique gift even more special.

Choosing the Perfect Wooden Watch

It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I chose the Zebrawood and Ivory, The Cassia, women’s watch; it’s lightweight, clean and classic, yet unique. It arrived quickly and was packaged beautifully. The wood box, which can also be engraved, is magnetic. The time piece itself has a metal and wood link interlaced band, a full Roman numeral concave dial and domed sapphire glass.

     

What a great gift idea for someone special! What would you have engraved on a JORD wooden watch for yourself, or what would you have engraved on one for someone you love?

I’ve partnered with JORD to offer my followers 10% off of their beautiful, unique and sustainable time pieces. Click here to receive your discount AND to enter to win a $100 credit toward a watch of your choice! * One winner of a $100 credit will be chosen, but all entrants will receive 10% off. Contest ends March 4, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Both the $100 and 10% off codes will be issued when the contest ends and will expire on March 18, 2018. *

You can choose to have your watch sized perfectly when you place your order, or have it sized when it arrives. I chose to have mine fit a little loosely on my wrist, and I love it.

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