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Drama, Love, & Sparkle… Season 17 Bachelor, Sean Lowe February 28, 2013

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Season 17 of the Bachelor is the best thus far, if you are interested in drama.  Of course you are, everybody is interested in watching drama and we definitely got our worth this season.  Sean Lowe, the bachelor for season 17 is actually a returning contestant.  He came on the last season of the Bachelorette and Emily Maynard sent him home before the final two.  Even though Sean made it to the final three, he was shocked when Emily sent him home.  His motto this season has been that he will not prolong the journey with any of the girls if he knows the connection is not there.  We have seen him send home several girls before the rose ceremonies because something told him that they were not the right woman for him.

This season has shown us quite a bit of drama with the ladies.  From cat-fights to tears, from injuries to competition, and from insecurities to jealousy.  Most of this evolved around one woman and her name was Tierra LiCausi.  Tierra was the source of a lot of drama on this season.  She was injured twice, once while falling up the stairs, and once because she ran around half naked after doing the polar bear plunge.  Seriously?  She knew what she was doing.  The rest of the girls and Sean all got properly wrapped after they got out of the water.  Tierra is also the one who was always in tears because she could not get along with the other girls.  She had Sean fooled for weeks upon weeks until he finally listened to what the other girls were saying and what his heart was saying and said goodbye to Tierra.  Tierra always talks about her “sparkle” and how nobody will ever take away her “sparkle.”  We all look forward to seeing Tierra again on next week’s episode, “The Girls Tell All.”

As for the other girls, Sean is down to his final two.  He just sent AshLee Frazier home.  AshLee did not see it coming and on the date before he sent her home was telling him that she wanted a cushion cut diamond with diamonds all the way around the band.  I think it is safe to say that Ashley waSean Lowe Final Twos shocked to be sent home before the final two just like Sean was shocked when Emily sent him home the exact same week.

The final two girls are Catherine Giudici and Lindsay Yenter.  I see a connection with both girls but I think his connection with Lindsay is more natural and is stronger.  With that said, do I think he will pick Lindsay…. NO!  I have learned to read between the lines during these shows and I believe that Sean will pick Catherine.  The way he acts and the things that he says leads me to this decision.  I think that Sean will make a mistake in picking Catherine but I wish him the best of luck in any decision.  I just hope he watches out for Lindsay’s military dad if he breaks her heart.

The last two episodes will be interesting.  Will Tierra confront the girls next week at the Girls Tell All and will she confront Sean?  Also, in two weeks, who will Sean pick?  And who gives him the note that makes him tear up before his decision?  Stay tuned, I know I will.

Trick or Treat October 29, 2012

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Trick or Treat is a customary phrase used on Halloween in many countries.  It is used by children in costume traveling from house to house asking for treats.  The most popular treat is candy.  The “trick” is a threat to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.  This has been a customary Halloween tradition in North American since at least the early 1950s.  Some homeowners go all out by decorating with fake spider webs, carved pumpkins, witches, and more.  Others will either only have candy to give out or just leave a bowl of candy on the porch.

Danforth has decided to participate in the TREAT part of trick-or-treating this year and is giving away a free pair of earrings.  The earrings are sterling silver dangle disco balls set with cubic zirconia.  They are perfect for all of your Christmas and New Year’s parties this year.  Like Danforth on Facebook and tune in to our Facebook page on Halloween morning for the giveaway instructions.

Happy Halloween and have a fun and safe trick-or-treating experience this year.

 

They’re Your Teacher, Coach, and Friend… They’re Your Boss October 16, 2012

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Today we celebrate National Boss’ Day.  National Boss’ Day began in 1958 and is usually celebrated by presenting your boss with a small gift or greeting card.  It is kind of similar to a birthday except that there is not a Happy Boss’ Day song.  It is customary to treat your boss with extreme kindness on this day.  This special day is celebrated every year on October 16th.

National Boss’ Day was begun in 1958 by Patricia Bays Harowski.  She was an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Illinois.  She registered the holiday with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and four years later, Governor Otto Kerner backed her registration and officially proclaimed the day.   The date of October 16th was chosen because it was her father’s birthday, who also happened to be her boss.   This holiday has become an international celebration and is now observed in countries such as England, Australia, and South Africa.Happy Boss Day

Even though Boss’ Day began in 1958, Hallmark did not produce the first card until 1979.  Now there are cards from sweet, loving, to funny.  “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.  Thanks for helping me always.  Happy Boss’ Day.”

Happy Boss’ Day to everybody out there.  I hope you have a wonderful day.

Snooki and The Jersey Shore – All Good Things Must Come to an End October 2, 2012

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For all of you Jersey Shore and Snooki fans, the final season starts this Thursday, October 10th.  The Season Premiere of the 6th and Final season will air at 10pm EST on MTV.  Get ready for spray tans, fighting, partying, friendships, and much more.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi starts the season off 6 months pregnant.  It doesn’t take long for her to want to leave the shore house.  By the end of the first episode she is stating that she is going to make the summer her own and moves to another house.  According to house-guests the viewers will not see a huge difference even though Snooki is in a different shore house.

This is unfortunately the last season of the Jersey Shore.  Snooki and fiance, Jionni LaValle, welcomed their new baby boy shortly after the season stopped filming.  After more than 24 hours of labor, Lorenzo Dominic LaValle was born just before 3 am on August 26th.  Snooki gave birth at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J.  Lorenzo was born weighing 6 pounds and 5 ounces.

Not much has been told about Snooki and Jionni’s plans for marriage.  Right now it looks like the wedding will be sometime in the fall of 2013.  Snooki says she will be wearing white but her bridesmaids will be in leopard print.  She is also doing the reception in white and animal prints.  After marriage, Snooki confesses that she wants 3 more children.

In Other Shore News, Jenni Farley, aka JWoww, and Roger Matthews are now engaged.  Roger and JWoww also found love on the Shore and have been together for two and a half years.  Roger proposed during a skydiving session.  JWoww was presented with a five-carat sparkler.  Congrats to another happy couple from the Jersey Shore.

Jersey Shore Final SeasonWhile this may be the last season of the Jersey Shore, it is just a new chapter in the lives of the 8 people we fell in love with.  With two engagements and a new bundle of joy, a lot has happened since Jersey Shore first started.  Good luck to all.  Who knows, maybe Ron and Sammie are next on the list to get engaged.

 

Gossip Girl Weds Green Lantern September 25, 2012

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Every girls dream died three weeks ago when Actor Ryan Reynolds married his true love, Blake Lively.  Ryan Reynolds, 35, has been stealing girls hearts for over a decade.  Some of his more popular movies include Van Wilder, Just Friends, Definitely Maybe, and of course, Green Lantern.  Lively, 25, is famous for her starring roles in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Gossip Girl and Green Lantern.

Reynolds married Lively on September 9, 2012.  They were married in a private Southern Wedding at Boone Hall Plantation.   The two exchanged their promises at the same place The Notebook was filmed.  The two have been together about a year and even though they tied the knot on September 9th, they did not actually make it legal until 5 days later.Blake Lively's Engagement Ring

Reynolds chose Lorraine Schwartz to help him with Lively’s ring.   The ring setting is designed in rose gold with pave diamonds.  The center is a large light pink oval diamond that looks flawless in color and clarity.  The band has tiny pave set diamonds which match the diamonds of her wedding band.  There are no exact details of the diamond or the price.  The ring has a vintage appeal to it and is beautiful.

The Green Lantern costars seem to be completely in love and honestly happy.  They make a gorgeous couple and we wish them all the best and happiness in the future.

Shout Out to All the Single People September 19, 2012

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Have you spent your summer watching Bachelor Pad or Say Yes to the Dress?  Or maybe a wedding or relationship has developed on your favorite sitcom.  Well now it’s your time.  We are officially in the middle of National Singles Week. This is a time for you to celebrate that you are single and embrace it.

National Singles Week was started in Ohio in the 1980s.  It is designed to celebrate singles and their contributions to society.  You do not have to actually be single to celebrate this week.  This week is to be celebrated if you are not married.  That means if you are a parent, a partner, or are widowed or divorced, it still counts.  This week is now celebrated all over the United States in the third week of September.

In 2010 there were 99.6 million unmarried people 18 and older in America.  This is equivalent to 43.6 percent of the United States Residents in that age group.  There were 88 unmarried men for every 100 unmarried women.  National Singles WeekNatasha Bedingfield sang “This is my current single status, My Declaration of Independence” in her popular song “Single.”  This week is for all the single men and women, no matter the circumstances on how you got there, to celebrate.

So how will you celebrate National Singles Week?  Will you go to dinner with some friends, make a date with somebody special, or unfold in a book or favorite hobby?  It doesn’t matter what you decide as long as you celebrate this week for you in your own week.  Happy National Singles Week!

We Found Love in a Hopeless Place – A Bachelor Pad Proposal September 11, 2012

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For all of you Bachelor and Bachelorette fans, there was a shocking proposal last night on the finale of Bachelor Pad, Season 3.  Tony Pieper popped the big question last night to Blakeley Shea.  The couple announced on live television that they were moving in together and after that Tony shocked everybody with a proposal.

Tony, from Emily’s season of the Bachelorette and Blakeley, from Ben’s season of the Bachelor, met on Bachelor Pad Season 3.  They were not paired together at the beginning of the show but after drama and people getting voted off, the couple found each other.  They hit it off fast and their first overnight date was where the magic really sparked.  The couple announced right before the surprise engagement that Blakeley would be moving to Portland, Oregon to move in with Tony.  Tony, a single father, popped the question by stating that she was the perfect addition to his family and he could not imagine spending his life without her.  Blakeley was shocked but of course she said yes.

Tony produced a black Neil Lane box out of his pocket and presented Blakeley with a lovely halo ring.  Neil Lane is the designer who always does the ring for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

All of the contestants admit to coming to Bachelor Pad for the money, and if love happens than it happens.  Blakely and Tony seemed like an unlikely couple at the beginning but it just goes to prove that love can be found when you least expect it.

A Wedding Band for Infidels! July 12, 2012

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Although disheartening, it is a fact that infidelity is on the rise.  The media thrives on famous athletes and officials who turn away from their wives/husbands in a moment of confused insanity.  This lapse of judgement may or may not be detrimental to the career of the infidel but nevertheless the meaning of marriage is called to the spot light.  I do not know what leads one to turn their back on a sacred marriage vow and the promise of a life together but I do know that some jewelers are taking the infidelity problem into their own hands.

A website called thecheeky.com is selling a wedding band engrave with “I’m Married” to help the tempted soul remain true to his or her commitment.  When the ring is removed, the deep negative engraving leaves an imprint on the skin of the finger that reads “I’m Married”.  The website claims that “when you are in the ‘Club’ and and attractive woman… or man comes along to chat, slipping your wedding ring off is not and option”.

I'm Married Imprint on FingerI am not sure who would be able to make out the imprinted message in a club; perhaps a tattoo would be more effective?  Or perhaps remaining faithful is something that one should consider with or without a ring, imprint, or tattoo on their finger.

While this is a creative idea, an increase in self-control and respect for other is the only action that will lead to a faithful marriage.

The Bachelorette, Emily Maynard… Who will she choose? July 2, 2012

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The eighth season of the Bachelorette is winding down and only four men remain in the running! With hometown dates airing tonight, who do you think this lovely single mother is going to pick at the end of the show?

I believe Arie Luyendyk and Jef Holm will be the last two standing while Chris Bukowski and Sean Lowe will be sent packing.

Although Chris Bukowski is a great guy and Emily and Chris seem to like each other, I do not see a spark between the two of them.  Any woman would be lucky to end up with Chris but that special connection between Chris and Emily simply isn’t there.  Sean Lowe is dealing with a similar case.  He and Emily are lacking the chemistry needed for a happily ever after.  Tonight will most likely bring more trouble for Sean after Emily discovers that he still lives at home! I believe she will send him packing for fear that he is not ready to be a father.The Bachelorette Roses are Winding Down!

As far as Arie and Jef are concerned, I am not alone in my prediction! Several other Bachelorette lovers have told me that they agree with my final two.  However, they think Arie’s proposal will be the one she accepts.  I on the other hand think Jef has this in the bag.

As far as it is portrayed on TV, Emily and Arie seem to have a deep connection.  However, I can’t help but think that the producers are creating a deeper connection than what is truly there in order to keep us tuned in and interested.  The show is putting a great deal of attention on Arie which has proven in previous seasons to mislead the audience.  Furthermore, there have been many incidences that make Arie a less likely choice.  We have already seen Emily singling Arie out because he didn’t stand up for her, and then he unexpectedly snuck over to her house, and lastly, we witnessed his secretive fling and relationship with the producer.  I believe the show is steering us to Arie but Jef will prevail in the end.    Emily and Jef have had a true and strong connection from the beginning.  This connection has grown stronger and stronger over the last few months.  Although she has a connection with Arie, I believe that her connection with Jef is stronger, has more possibility to continue to grow, and is more real.

In the end I know we are all hoping that Emily finds her prince charming for her and Ricky.  You have my predictions, what are yours?

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June’s Jewels June 14, 2012

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Who comes with summer to this earth,
And owes to June her hour of birth,
With ring of agate on her hand
Can health, wealth, and long life command.

There are three gemstones that are associated with births in the month of June. Those stones consist of Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone. The modern birthstone is Pearl or Moonstone, the traditional birthstone is Alexandrite, and the Mystical birthstone is Moonstone.

Pearls were one of the favorite gem materials of the Roman Empire. They are unique because they are the only gems that come from a living sea creature and need no faceting or polishing to reveal their natural beauty. The first successful culturing of round saltwater pearls began in the early 1900s, and since the 1920s, cultured pearls have almost completely replaced natural pearls in the market.

Alexandrite is a beautiful shade of green in daylight and fluorescent light. However, it does change color to a purplish red in incandescent light. It was discovered first in Russia in 1831 and some jewelers stock synthetic versions due to its rarity.

Moonstone was given its name by the Roman natural historian Pliny. He wrote that moonstone’s appearance altered with the phases of the moon. Moonstones show a floating play of light. This is called adularescence and it sometimes shows either a star or cat’s eye. This gemstone occurs in many igneous and metamorphic rocks and comes in a variety of colors such as green, blue, peach, and champagne.

From Pearl, to Alexandrite, to Moonstone; whichever you choose for your birthstone, Danforth Diamond wishes all of our June babies a Happy Birthday!Alexandrites and Pearls

Do you or a loved on have a birthday in June and need a piece of jewelry to celebrate.  Browse are jewelry section for your perfect gift today.