...because home doesn't happen overnight.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Congrats to Cathy who doesn’t have any vacation plans as of yet. Wherever she ends up going, she can pack her new bracelet to take with her!

Let’s start the week in style, shall we? {…as I sit on my couch still in my pajamas after a late night of meeting project deadlines, blog redesign editing, and nursing a certain wee one}

Jessica contacted me about a possible giveaway featuring her etsy shop, Jessica’s Serenity. After I saw the drool-worthy goods, I immediately said, “Of course!”

Jessica specializes in fun, surfer chic, beach and nature inspired bohemian jewelry. She uses a variety of beads in her creations so you’re sure to find a piece that suits your style. Each item is hand crafted for a one-of-a-kind look. Whether you lean towards bright colors or neutral naturals, there’s something for every wanna-be-surfer-girl. And if surfing’s not your thing {let’s be honest, not everyone woman is as multitalented as Cameron Diaz}, then any of these bracelets would pair well with a breezy sundress and sandals.

 

jessica's serenity

 

If you’re feeling frisky, you can layer several bracelets for an eclectic look.

Jessica was kind enough to send me a bracelet of my own.

I adore it! I must tell you it is of the highest quality. No loose beads or unraveling leather strands. It’s a sturdy lil’ bracelet! And the pop of coral reminds me of my new baby girl.

Seen enough? Ready to take a jab at winning some bohemian flair? Great! See the entry details below.

PRIZE: one triple wrap bracelet from Jessica’s Serenity. You can choose one listed on etsy or Jessica will custom make one just for you! Jessica is also offering all H*T readers a 10% discount off their orders until May 13th, 2012. Just use the HT2012 at checkout. Mother’s Day is right around the corner, you know!
RULES: You must be at least 18 years old to enter. One entry per email address. International entries are eligible!
HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post proclaiming “SURF’S UP!”
DEADLINE: Enter before Thursday, May 3rd at 9:00 p.m. EST. One winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on Friday, May 4th.
WHILE YOU’RE AT IT: Since surfing conjures up visions of sandy shores, blue skies, and crystal clear water, let’s talk vacation! Share your vacation plans for this year. I’ll go first. Nada. I got nothing. With a move in the very, very near future {more on that later!}, HH and I haven’t even thought about going on vacation. Especially with a baby – who detests her car seat – in tow! Plus, once we break out of this apartment and start living it up in a house, it’s sure to feel somewhat like a vacation. In the past, we’ve even spent our vacation time on staycations to tackle home improvement projects and to check out local attractions that we can’t seem to make time for during our normal busy schedules. So there’s a good chance if we weren’t renovating or moving, we’d choose to stay home anyway. That being said…what I wouldn’t give for a chaise lounge, the hot sun beating down on my toned bikini-ready bod {…do you smell the sarcasm here? Remember, I just had a baby so this is purely me dreaming…}, and a sweaty piña colada in my hand which would prompt a long, outdoor afternoon snooze. Oh! And babysitters! Cheap ones. So, PLEASE, share your vacation plans with me and I’ll live vicariously through you.

Don’t forget to like Jessica’s Serenity on Facebook!

images:  1&3) Jessica’s Serenity  2) polyvore collage by Dana Miller using Jessica’s Serenity images 4&5) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

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30.April.2012

“SURF’S UP!”

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SURF’S UP!

My boyfriend and I will be taking a week off from work mid-summer to visit close friends in NYC. There will be some Broadway shows, exploring of Brooklyn, and all-together eating, drinking and lounging, which is just how I like it. :)

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30.April.2012

“SURF’S UP!”

Hubby and I just returned from Dominican Republic last week. Amazing vacay with 4 other couples. Although we left the kiddies at home, we will all be driving from Nova Scotia to Sauble Beach, Ontario in August for some sun, sand and family time. Can’t wait!

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP! We’re trying to find time to fit in our long overdue honeymoon (2 years after the fact). We just closed on our first home 2 weeks ago, so going home everyday to our little nest feels like a vacation everyday!

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP!
All that’s planned so far is a canoe & camping trip. But we’re hoping to squeeze in a visit to SF this summer!

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30.April.2012

Surfs up!

At least for me…that is. Heading off on a long Caribbean cruise in 26 days. It’s been 3 years since our last real vacation, and we’re glad to be going with friends for more company. This would be the perfect little bracelet for island hopping ;-)

Also, I love that you used this as an opportunity to show that adorable shot of your baby, made m smile

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30.April.2012

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This summer we’re heading to the Rockies and doing some camping in British Columbia. I’m looking forward to away from my desk and out into the fresh air and mountains.

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30.April.2012

Surf’s up! We are actually going to France for 2 weeks this August. My husband is from there and we are finally all going as a family.

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP!!
My husband and I have been dreaming of possible summer vacation ideas since I finally have my two weeks vacation time from work. The only problem is that I work at a children’s charity and summer is our BUSY time! So we have been dreaming of road trips that we could do in the fall. We live in Manitoba, Canada and some of our ideas have been to visit Niagara Falls, Vancouver, L.A, or Minneapolis or Chicago (all are doable road trips for us time-wise).

I can’t wait to pack up our car and hit the road with my husband (and maybe our puppy!).

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP!!! I’d love to be lounging on the beach getting tan and relaxed, but I don’t think that’s going to happen this year either. Maybe next year?

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30.April.2012

Surf’s up! We’ve got a little one on the way this fall so we’re taking a few short vacations — few days at the beach here, some family in town there.. can’t wait!

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP! My family and I may go to our favorite campground on the coast of Maine for a weekend, but that’s the extent of our vaca plans this year.

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30.April.2012

Surf’s up!!
Love the new do!!!!

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30.April.2012

surfs up! We too just welcomed a new baby on March 30th so we have no plans to vacation anytime soon. I would love to go somewhere tropical this winter though!

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30.April.2012

“SURF’S UP!” my daughter and Wife love the beach and the water. I know a certain wife that would love this prize as well…. fingers crossed.

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30.April.2012

“Surf’s Up!!”

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP!
Hopeful for a nice long vacation, but 3 days at my parent’s shore home might be all I get this year. . . trying to save money for new furniture!

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30.April.2012

“Surfs up!!” My vacations consist of internet surfing :)

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP! We’re heading to Florida and Phoenix in July (back to back vacations!) to visit family. July can’t come soon enough!

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP ! staycations as well, since I have contractors working on barns in my property to change them into bed and breakfast + I’m being laid off in July, so … we’ll enjoy home, which is always open for family&friends … right Adam ? (my 7 yo godson who is willing to spend it’s first vacations alone at his godmother’s. fun ! I grew up in Provence (I know, it’s very cool …) and I’m a sand and warm breeze lady …

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP!

Surfing means a surf board to the forehead in my book. :)

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP! Our vacation time will be spent attending family weddings this summer. We are hoping to make up for it with a beach vacation in 2013 – fingers crossed!

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP!

Those are really beautiful. Believe it or not last year was actually my first time to the beach. Myrtle Beach. No surfing going on but my kids got a lot of boogie board time. LOL

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30.April.2012

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Well we just expanded our family by 2 little boys…so vacation will definitely be kiddo friendly this year :)!

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP! While not set in stone, we are hoping to make it to Fort Bragg, CA this summer. We try to go every year but we bought a house this past September and since it has a built in pool for the kids and plenty of projects that need to be tackled, we didn’t find the time last year.

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30.April.2012

Surfs up! Planning to hit the trails in northern MI backpacking in June with my husband!

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP!
Our vacations this year consist mostly of friends coming to stay at our home for a week at a time. Lots of talking, laughing, hanging out together and relaxing. Perfect!

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP!!! I love those bracelets…and have been eyeing some similar…

I actually just got back from our big vacation of the year — Montego Bay, Jamaica! =) We had a blast and cannot wait to visit again. Later this year we will be going to Wyoming for a family reunion for my Dad’s side of the family and will also enjoy the short 9-miles of seacoast of New Hampshire with my boyfriend’s family at the end of the summer! Lots of travel for me! =)

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP! We’re cottage mooching and camping this year. With two boys 3 and 1.5 we aren’t planning anything too extravagant either. :)

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP!!!

We are leaving with my husbands whole side of the family and our fam of 4 on a week long trip to Myrtle Beach this Friday! Hurry up week!

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30.April.2012

Surf’s UP!! I hope to spend everyweekend watersking triples with my sisters at the lake.

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30.April.2012

Surf’s up!!!
No vacation plans this summer as we’ve got 3 family weddings happening, so will be hopping with socials, showers, and weddings.
Hopefully we’ll at least find some time to make it out camping a few times!

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP!
We’re still house hunting (7 months + living with my in-laws!) so no vacation plans for us anytime soon. We’d be thrilled to take a staycation in our very own home!

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30.April.2012

Surf’s up!! I’m heading to Costa Rica at the end of May for a 1st Anniversary trip & babymoon (I’m due in Sept)! Will be the last vacation just the 2 of us!

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP!

I’m in school at Ohio State until June, and then go back in August so there isn’t time for too many summer plans. Hopefully just spending time with family and friends, along with working to save up some money!

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30.April.2012

Surf’s Up! We just had a baby 10 days ago (boy #2), so vacation plans are void for us this year too, but we are dreaming of a fall 2013 trip to Disney when Boy 1 will be 4 years old and the weather will be cooler…. so we save and dream for that while we toil away on landscaping at our house all summer this year (we redid the entire inside in 2011 before Baby 2 arrived).

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30.April.2012

Surf’s Up!

We are going to Sanibel Island later this Summer!

On a seperate note, I love the way your hair looks in these pictures! Is there anything special you do to get it look that way? I have been dying to get my hair to look like that!

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP!

Every July our ENTIRE family reunites in Tahoe (my Hubby is Italian and his mom has 6 sisters…big family!) so, we’ve got that planned as usual.

Every August we camp with our friends at Lake Davis – always a blast!

And lastly, our “non-routine” vacation, we’re taking our kiddo to the new Aulani resort in Hawaii in August.

We’re VERY much looking forward to summer :-)

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30.April.2012

Surf’s Up!

No vacation for me! Just going to live in Australia for 6 months doing mission work ;) If you want to check out my journey you can find it here: http://vanessawittmer.blogspot.com/

Here’s to hoping that HH will surprise you with a Carribean getaway sometime this year! ;) hope he reads this.. That would be perfect for someone who just had a beautiful baby!

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP!! :)

No plans for me… {sigh}

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP!

Unfortunately, I’m doing my undergrad and will be going to school full time and working part time to pay my student loans this summer. Horray! (sarcasm)….*sigh

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30.April.2012

SURF’S UP!!
:)
No plans yet! Need one bad!

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30.April.2012

SURFS UP!!!!

Roadtrippin up the east coast! Cant wait

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30.April.2012

surf’s up! finally heading to the beach! it’s been a long 4 years…

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30.April.2012

Surf’s up! I went to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a week already this year (perfect weather and just lovely). We plan on a trip to visit DH’s family in Oregon sometime this year too. Oh! And how could I forget? We’re stealing away to spend two nights in Kentucky sans kiddo in celebration of our 5 year anniversary. That’s in May!

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30.April.2012

Surfs Up!! I am heading to Destin,FL a couple of times this Summer! I am ready for the beach for sure!!

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30.April.2012

Surfs Up.

No vacations planned yet. But hopefully we will squeeze one in this year

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30.April.2012

surf’s up!

This fall I am going to Mexico City to visit a friend who moved down there. Hopefully we will spend a week touring the city sights and then a week in Acapulco!!

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30.April.2012

SURFS UP. Hope to be heading south to visit the in-laws.

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30.April.2012

SURFS UP! We’ll be heading up to Chicago for a week of fun this summer. Close enough to home to not make the girls go crazy in the car, but far enough away from home for it to feel like a mini vacay!

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