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Of all the places in the world you could say “I do,” Charleston, SC is definitely a city you should consider! Why? I’ll break it down for you. Surely by the end of this…there will be no other options!Read More
Mar 1, 2017 5:51:23 PM By Ashley Corley All About Charleston,

Growing up in the South is definitely something to be grateful for.  It’s funny though, when you’re young you don’t necessarily realize all the great things that come along with that that aren’t found everywhere else in the country.  

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Jul 21, 2016 6:00:32 PM By Charleston Jewelry and Gifts All About Charleston,

From the title of this blog you are probably realizing that there is a way to have an unsuccessful day at the beach!  Going to the beach should be a stress-free, relaxing time, right?  Well, if you’ll learn from my mistakes instead of making them yourself, you’re sure to find yourself on the beach, the wind through your hair, toes in the sand, forgetting the cares of life and just enjoying every minute!

Going to the beach can almost seem like going on a camping trip, you don’t want to get there and then realize you forgot something like sunscreen!  Bad idea!   I’ve known people who don’t go to the beach hardly ever, and they think they’re going to spend the day in the sun and walk away with a beautiful tan.  If your skin doesn’t see the sun very often, and even if it does, you don’t want to go to the beach without sunscreen unless your goal is to walk away looking like a red lobster.  Not only will you be miserable for weeks to come, your skin will look horrible as it’s peeling off. 

Planning on picnicking on the beach?  Here’s a little secret…if you want a delicious sub sandwich, believe it or not, Publix has the best around!  Grab a deli sub from Publix on your way, and you’ll be happy as a lark…or sea gull (which I totally recommend NOT feeding!!!)  If you drop any crumbs around while you’re eating, you’ll be aggravated the rest of your day because the birds will think you’ve come there specifically to feed them.  Feeding the gulls is not the goal of a beach trip, nor is getting relentlessly pestered by them…all…day…long.

If you like to read, bring along a good book to enjoy while you’re relaxing in the sun, which brings us to our next tip…if you love the sun and want to sit in it all day, then don’t worry about an umbrella.  If you’d like the option of shade, then bring along a beach umbrella.  If you bring an umbrella, the sand can be hard to get the pole into, so bring something that you can use to tap it into the ground, like a piece of wood or small mallet.  You don’t want to spend 30 minutes trying to get the pole in the ground unless you’re super strong…which apparently, I am not.

Snacks are essential to any beach trip.  I’ll be honest with you, snacks are essential to any trip anywhere, but especially at the beach!  Bag coolers are my favorite for the beach because they’re the size of a tote bag, and easy to carry in addition to a beach bag.  Cut up some pieces of fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe) or take along some grapes.  Boiled peanuts are a wonderful choice as well!  Living in the South, you never want to go to the beach without them.  So you’ll have something sweet and something salty.  And don’t forget something to wash everything down with.   Fruit juice and water is always a good choice for staying hydrated throughout the day.

Beach chairs are always a good idea unless you prefer to lay on a towel all day.  I prefer to be upright, especially if reading.  You might prefer to take more of a lounge chair, which can be heavier, so choose your options wisely.

I just alluded to a towel…bring at least 1 beach towel per person.  You can use a towel as a pillow if you plan on catching a nap.  Beach naps are the best!

If beaching with kiddos, it’s amazing how a plastic shovel and pail can keep children entertained for an entire day!  If the kiddos are too old for that, which lets be honest, is anyone ever too old to build a sand castle…however, if they are older, then you might want to bring a boogie board for hours of wave riding.  These are very inexpensive and will last for several summers.

If you’re going alone to the beach, then you might want to really consider everything you bring, but if you have someone going along with you, then you can spread the weight.  I have seen some people use wagons or carts to load their stuff on, but this only works if the sand is packed down.  People really struggle with these if the sand is fluffy and soft.  If you can carry everything, even better.    

Sunglasses and hats are a great idea as well!  The sand is bright white, and the sun hitting the water can really get ya, so make sure your eyes are comfortable all day.  Hats are great to give your eyes that extra protection, and it helps protect your face from getting burnt.

I know this may seem like a lot of things to think about before heading out to the beach, but going for a day at the beach can be such a memorable occasion.  Why not be prepared to have the least amount of stress as possible?  If you’re planning on going to the beach a lot, keep everything together at home so that it’s all in one place and is ready to go for the next trip.  It’s no fun to hunt things down each time. 

Well, I think I’ve covered the most important things.  Having a relaxing day with the right food, beach toys, reading material, sun shade, waves rolling, wind blowing, it just doesn’t get any better than this!  So go and enjoy every minute!  Let me know if you take my advice.  I’d love to hear about your most awesome day at the beach! 

May 26, 2016 10:09:18 PM By Charleston Jewelry and Gifts Making Life Easier,

Moms have a lot more duties than changing diapers, making sure the kids are fed and clothed, and being a chauffeur. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the physical needs that children have that it can seem like all you’re doing is being a maid!

While all those things are important and necessary for helping a child grow up and eventually becoming independent, there’s so much more to being a Mom. There’s a difference between a mom who meets all the physical needs but is very absent, and a mom who is busy, possibly works a full time job, but isn’t absent in the presence of the child. Life is full of distractions, busyness, and important tasks and demands. It can be overwhelming at times to try to juggle everything.

Demands can seem important, but what’s more important in the grand scheme of things is being there for the child…listening…caring…instructing…disciplining...encouraging…enjoying every moment.

Giving birth isn’t what makes someone a mom. It’s everything else from that point forward that really counts. Thanks to all the Moms out there who have poured out their lives, sacrificed their desires, gone to sporting events, helped with homework, told us NO even when it wasn’t what we wanted to hear, prayed for us, took time to encourage when they were in the midst of a difficult time, and gone grey prematurely because of us!

Just remember, it’s the little things each and every day that count the most! Thanks to all the wonderful Moms for laying down your lives to be teachers, coaches, financial advisers, counselors, and so much more! And to my Mom…Thank you from the bottom of my heart! You were all those things and more…and still are!

Apr 6, 2016 1:32:22 PM By Charleston Jewelry and Gifts Making Life Easier,

Growing up as a girl in Charleston, SC, Rice Beads seemed just about as common as shrimp and grits.  And when I say Rice Beads…I’m referring to replicas of rice strung together forming necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.  The older I get and the more I travel, the more I realize that a lot of people in America don’t even know what they are.

If you’ve ever been to the South or lived in a Southern state, there’s a good chance you’ve been on or near one of the many beautiful plantations such as Middleton Plantation, Boone Hall Plantation, or Bulow Plantation, where rice was right in the center of everyday operations back in the 1800s.

 At some point throughout the centuries, rice made its way on the scene in the form of jewelry, and now it’s possible for every lady to don these elegant beads!  Perhaps you’re a soon-to-be bride looking for that “something new” for your wedding day or maybe a bride looking for bridesmaids gifts with a Lowcountry flair…  Maybe you’re not sure what gift a Southern graduate would appreciate for many years to come…  

 Could it be that you’ve been searching high and low for something unique, something uncomplicated, something historical, something that would look absolutely gorgeous with any outfit?  Try them out for yourself.  You can mix and match them.  Whether you wear just one necklace or prefer the layered necklace look, you just absolutely can’t go wrong with Charleston Rice Beads.

 Simple…Elegant...Rice Beads…Southern Style!

Feb 25, 2016 5:18:08 PM By Charleston Jewelry and Gifts Gift Ideas from Charleston,

In case you haven’t noticed, nautical everything is in! And when I say everything, I mean everything! From home décor to fashion of all kinds to you name it! I almost hesitate to use the word “nautical” because I think the Generation Xers and even the Millennials may not be that familiar with that term.

So, here’s to a little clarification on what I would consider to be nautical. I like to interchange the word nautical with coastal since I’m from the Charleston coast. Nautical/coastal would include creatures from the sea, like crabs, sea horses, sand dollars, starfish, turtles, fish of various kinds, coral, oysters, scallops, shrimp, sea shells and anything else you can find in the sea. When I think of nautical/coastal I also have to include anything in and around sand, marsh, which would include marsh birds, of course, and palmetto trees.

Because of growing up near the coast, I also have to include inanimate objects that I would associate with the beach like flip flops, beach chairs, sail boats, and so much more!

So as you’re looking for something fun to wear whether it be fashion jewelry or sterling silver jewelry…consider something from our Charleston Beach Collection, Charleston Sand and Sea or our Coastal Sterling Collection! No matter the season, Coastal jewelry is in, it’s very affordable, and we have plenty of it for you to choose from! Send us an email to sales@charlestonjewelryandgifts.com and let us know what comes to mind when you think of nautical/coastal. We’d love to hear from you!

If you’ve lived in the same place your whole life, then it is certain that you take some things for granted. As I’ve made friends all across the country, there’s one thing that I realize that I truly took for granted growing up…and that’s…crabbing!

Mentioning “crabbing” is like mentioning something that most people have never heard of. To me, it’s like saying, “I’m going to go shopping”, and someone saying, “What’s shopping?”

So, I’ve decided to briefly explain what “Crabbing” is and why it’s so much fun! Crabbing is the art of catching crabs on a string with a weight attached at the bottom (so that the string isn’t taken away by the tide). My preferred bait is chicken backs or necks that can be purchased extremely inexpensively at most grocery stores around coastal areas. You lower the string down with the chicken on it, wait for a nibble…then you slowly lower a net into the water underneath the crabs, and scoop them up! Put them on ice, take them home, cook them, clean them, and eat them up!

I forgot to mention that blue crabs are incredibly delicious! I’ve talked with many people over the years that do not care for seafood at all. I think there’s a huge correlation between people living near the coast who like seafood versus people who don’t live near the coast…they’re the ones not so fond of it! And understandably so!

If you don’t live in an area where you can get fresh seafood, then I really do understand why you wouldn’t like it. Frozen seafood (fish and crabs) can be very fishy tasting! YUCK!!! Blue crabs freshly cooked right out of the creek are not fishy or crabby tasting at all. They are mild and sweet! Dip them in some butter, and you’ve got a delicacy on your hands! And even better, if you’ve caught them yourself, then you know exactly how fresh they are!

Folly Beach in Charleston, SC has areas where the rocks jut out into the ocean from the beach. Some prefer to crab on or near rocks, some prefer to crab from floating docks, some prefer near boat landings along the marsh, some prefer to pick a spot in a creek and go crabbing from a boat.

Hopefully at some point in your life, even if you don’t live near the coast, you’ll have the opportunity to catch some crabs and see what fresh crab tastes like! From Deviled Crab to She Crab Soup to Crab Cakes, these divine options are sure to please any crab lover!

Check out all of our fun Crab Fashion Jewelry, Blue Crabbin’ in the Stono River Kitchen Towels, Christmas Ornaments and other gift ideas celebrating the wonderful crab!  Happy Crabbing! 

 

Nov 9, 2015 4:32:58 PM By Charleston Jewelry and Gifts Crab, Beach, Coast, Crabbing, Nautical, All About Charleston,

The older we get and the older the people around us get (friends, sisters, moms, grandmas…) it truly can be a difficult thing to buy a Birthday gift, Mother’s Day gift, Christmas Gift, and of course gifts for any other holidays!

I mean, think about it. How hard is it to buy someone a baby gift? Babies are new. They have nothing. They haven’t been collecting years and years of anything! So, that’s easy!

So what do you do when the time rolls around for your best friend’s birthday, or you’re in need of finding something for your Mom or that lady in your life that’s like a second mom… It can seem like a daunting task, but hopefully these steps will make your life a little easier.

Ask yourself several things…

1.) Is there a budget for this gift? If there isn’t then the sky’s the limit!! If there is a budget, then you need to decide what price range you need to stay within for the gift, so that you aren’t dreading giving a gift you really can’t afford!

2.) Are you wanting to give a gift that they will hold onto forever or just to enjoy for a short time? The people that I know that have lots of stuff…I’m less likely to buy them something they can hang onto for 30 years. If your friend or family member loves getting rid of stuff in garage sales…you might want to keep this in mind with the items you select!

3.) Do you want the gift to have a deep meaning, or no meaning at all other than the fact that you want them to know you care about them and want them to have a special day?

4.) Do you want them to have something unique or something they can find on every street corner and in every big box store? Unique is always better!

5.) And lastly, gift packaging is SO important!! Just like having a fast food hamburger placed in front of you versus a hamburger delicately constructed from a gourmet restaurant with everything carefully placed on it and with sprigs of fancy greens delicately placed on the plate! Presentation, presentation, presentation! Even if you didn’t pay an arm and a leg for the gift, you can still make it look really nice with a nice box, wrap, and bow! Anyone can throw a gift in a bag and give it to someone. Spend a little extra time on the presentation, and it will automatically help add value to your gift! (At least in the eyes of the beholder).

So, don’t stress out at all before your next gift buying experience for the person who has everything. Just remember, they DON’T have EVERYTHING! Gifts can brighten a day, turn another birthday into a happy occasion, a Christmas into one to remember, and a Just Because gift can certainly make a lasting effect. If you’ll answer these five simple questions before you get started, you’re sure to find the right gift! It’s a gift to give a gift! No need to be overwhelmed. Enjoy the journey!

What’s the Big Deal with the Palmetto Tree and Moon? If you’ve ever visited Charleston, you might wonder why you see a Palmetto tree and a crescent moon just about everywhere! You’ll see them on bumper stickers, stickers on rear windshields, cups, plates, towels, glassware, jewelry, ornaments, t-shirts, flip flops, hats, and just about anywhere else you can think of!

The story goes all the way back to 1765 where three crescent moons were placed on a blue background on a flag for South Carolina. This crescent design was perhaps taken from a design on the hats of soldiers in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment. There’s a lot of debate as to where the crescent moon idea actually came from. Some suggest it wasn’t a moon at all, but perhaps either just a design or a pin that held the soldier’s caps on their heads. Ten years later in 1775, Colonel William Moultrie was asked to come up with a flag for the state of South Carolina so that the troops would be able to use it during the American Revolutionary war. That flag only had the crescent on it with the word Liberty.

The flag evolved over time and in 1860, the Palmetto tree was added beside the crescent moon which represented the palmetto trees that helped to defend off the British troops at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island in a battle in 1776. The enemy’s cannon balls sank right into the soft trunks of the palmetto trees which protected the fort from disaster. Little changes have been made here and there, for example, the closeness of the “moon” to the tree, the grass under the tree, etc. over the years.

Though questions linger about the crescent moon, or pin, or whatever it was really, one thing is for sure...South Carolinians are proud to show their support of this great state by flying this flag high or wearing jewelry that represents it, like the jewelry that can be found here at Charleston Jewelry and Gifts in our Palmetto Silver Collection.

Sep 11, 2015 3:33:40 PM By Charleston Jewelry and Gifts Jewelry Jewelry Jewelry,

There are plenty of places to visit all over the United States, so why should anyone visit Charleston, South Carolina? Well, here’s a little history to set the tone. Charleston is the oldest city in the state of South Carolina being founded in 1670 and was originally named Charles Town. By 1690, Charles Town had become the fifth largest city in North America. The name Charleston wasn’t adopted until 1783. With Charleston being now 345 years old...you can just imagine the amount of history that can be found here!

There’s something for everyone in Charleston when visiting. If you love history, then taking a walking tour in the Downtown area will surely captivate you as you pass by homes that are hundreds of years old, still standing after floods and some even after the great earthquake of 1886! If you have a chance to tour any of the homes, I totally recommend doing that! There’s just nothing like taking it all in as you stroll around a home lived in by generations of families during times of war, the Great Depression, and times of economic thriving as well. Each home has a story and so do the people that once lived there! Don’t miss out on this part of Charleston when visiting.

Walking tours aren’t the only way to see the beauty of this great city! Harbor cruises and horse and buggy tours are excellent ways to experience Charleston in just a couple of hours. If you have a little more time, then you must visit one of the magnificent plantations such as Boone Hall Plantation, Middleton Plantation, or perhaps Magnolia Gardens! Why? They are set along the waters of Charleston and are absolutely breathtaking to behold, not to mention the rich history. There are photo opportunities absolutely everywhere you look!

If you’re more of a laid back vacationer, then the beach might be just the thing for you! Beaches such as Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island, and Folly Beach are the perfect way to spend time relaxing in the sand, forgetting all the cares of life, and breathing in the fresh salty air!

After a long day at the beach, then it’s time to grab dinner! If you’re a Foodie, then Charleston is the perfect place for you! It is well known for exquisite cuisine prepared by top chefs who enjoy using local ingredients! When there’s lots of competition to be the best, the best is what you’re going to get! Check out charleston.eater.com for some great restaurant ideas!

Seafood is a must when in Charleston. Many of the restaurants buy their fish from fishermen that have just come in with the day’s fresh catch! There’s no need to eat somewhere where the fish has been frozen when in Charleston! Make sure you find one of the local favs.

There are so many other reasons to love Charleston, but I wanted to give you just a snapshot of why you should visit! From sprawling oak trees, to the beautiful harbor, to majestic three story antebellum homes, to the sandy shores, to Southern fried shrimp...if you’re trying to decide where to go on your next vacation, then you should definitely consider Charleston, SC. If you’re looking for momentos from your trip, you can find them right here on our at Charleston Jewelry and Gifts. We’ll even ship them right to your home!

Sep 11, 2015 3:27:22 PM By Charleston Jewelry and Gifts charleston, visit charleston, , All About Charleston,
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