Thankful…

I’m thankful for the Thanksgiving traditions and precious memories of the simpler times of my childhood. How I looked so forward to going to my Aunt Jenny’s and Uncle Wayne’s surrounded by my dozens of cousins, so closely tucked around the tables that no one wanted to, nor could, leave the table until all of the “thanks” and prayers were shared and the last bits of turkey eaten. Depending on the weather, my highly competitive family would engage in football or countless board games.

I am so thankful that my extended family continues to gather with the next generation of loving children and grandchildren in Minnesota, and that Bill and I have had the opportunity to immerse our own children and grandchildren into the “Minnesota Nice” culture. Because, there is NOTHING more important than family.

As our own children, Tiffany and Miles, have moved away and started their own families and traditions, Bill and I have needed to become more flexible about our own holiday plans.  We had a beautiful visit with Miles, Heather, Grace and Georgia in Yakima, Washington around Halloween, and we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with Tiffany, Andrew, Easter and Ivo in New York. We’re going to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and then we’ll go eat cheesecake at Junior’s!!!

And of course, we must cheer on our Minnesota Vikings on turkey day!!

I know that’s what my good friend Mary Beth will be doing, as we did together last Sunday!

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Happy Thanksgiving and Skol Vikings!!!!!!

Love,

Carolyn

 

Honoring our Heroes on Veteran’s Day

There seems to be question surrounding the difference between Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day. They are both federal holidays; however, Veteran’s Day is observed on November the 11th and is designated as a day to honor all who have served in the military whereas Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May and is set aside to pay tribute to those who died serving in the military.

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This Saturday is Veteran’s Day and is the perfect opportunity to thank members of the military no matter the branch or the job they serve(d). The selfless who enter into the military share a common bond of patriotism, love of country and the willingness to serve and sacrifice for the greater good.

In the comment section below, please share your personal thanks to the great men and women of our armed forces. If you are among them, I thank you from the very bottom of my heart. Your job is important and I appreciate the sacrifices you and your families have made.
With love and patriotism,
Carolyn

 

Happy Halloween!

We just got back from a wonderful visit to Yakima, Washington, where our son Miles, his wife Heather, and their kids Grace and Georgia live.  It was the perfect fall visit, we went to the pumpkin patch, on a hay ride, and Georgia guided us through a huge corn maze! She really did, she must have a keen sense of direction for a 19 month-old! I’ve always loved fall, but now it’s even more special because I get to experience all the fun things we did as children, and witness the same joy in my grandchildren.

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When we got back to the house, we painted and carved pumpkins. Grace took hers a little further, she made a Mr. Pumpkin Head.

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Speaking of Pumpkin Heads…….check out my sweet Georgia pumpkin!

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One Halloween tradition has dramatically changed since my childhood, when my mom would dress up as a witch and hand out candy at our “haunted” house, while we went trick-or-treating door to door for hours alone. Now, I’ve learned about a popular new tradition called “Trunk or Treat”, where people gather in a church or school parking lot with their car trunks decorated and hand out candy. I think this is wonderful. It still requires creativity and walking and gathering under the stars in the fresh air, rather than under the roof of a shopping mall!

I hope you all have a joyful, spooktacular Halloween!!

Love,

Carolyn

 

 

 

 

Getting to Know You

Hi friends!

Did you know Carolyn Pollack Jewelry has a website: www.carolynpollack.com and we’re currently on three Social Media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? We are also building a Pinterest page and I’ll announce when it’s up and running on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CarolynPollackJewelry/

My goal is to get to know you better and to bring you the products and posts that interest you. I like to share photos, links and information about our jewelry, recipes tossed in with happenings in my life and humor. In addition to sharing information and photos of the jewelry, I also follow a daily schedule on Facebook that you might not know about and that you might want to check out:

#motivationmonday

#tiptuesday

#wednesdaywisdom

#throwbackthursday

#fridaykitchen

#saturdayhumor

#sundayfunday

I want to hear from you. What do you like about the pages? What don’t you like? Do you have any suggestions or feedback for me? Carolyn Pollack jewelry? We wouldn’t be here without you and I strive to do my very best to give you what you want. It might be a challenge accommodating all requests, but I promise you, all of your comments will be read and taken into consideration.

Send me your comments and feel free to respond to any of the following questions with a “yes” or “no”.

  1. Have you visited www.carolynpollack.com?
  2. Do you follow us on Instagram?
  3. Have you “liked” us on Facebook?
  4. Do you follow us on Twitter?
  5. Are you looking forward to our Pinterest page?
  6. Do you like #motivationmonday posts?
  7. Do you like #tiptuesday posts?
  8. Do you like #wednesdaywisdom posts?
  9. Do you like #throwbackthursday posts?
  10. Do you like #fridaykitchen posts
  11. Do you like #saturdayhumor posts?
  12. Do you like #sundayfunday posts?
  13. Do you like the photos we share?
  14. Would you like to see more personal photos of my family and me?

#1 Getting to Know You Better

Please answer any or all of the following questions that you feel comfortable sharing:

  1. How old are you?
  2. In which state do you live?
  3. Do you work, go to school or are you retired?
  4. Do you buy jewelry for yourself?
  5. Do you ever gift jewelry?

Thank you very much for participating; I look forward to hearing from you and getting to know you better.

With love and friendship,

Carolyn

 

Discover Clearance

The three words every Carolyn Pollack Jewelry Collector loves to hear:

CLEARANCE, CLEARANCE, CLEARANCE!!

Here at Carolyn Pollack Jewelry, we love to offer you the best collector pieces at the best prices. We continuously craft new jewelry, rotate collections, and now it’s time for some of our favorites to retire. What does that mean for you, our loyal collector? It means clearance pricing on timeless classics …. styles to enjoy forever! We retire pieces to make room for new, because we know just how excited you get when we offer new designs to add to your collection. We appreciate your feedback and make adjustments and improvements as often as possible.

I would love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out to us on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/CarolynPollackJewelry

and our office in Albuquerque, New Mexico:

Relios Inc.

6815 Academy Parkway West NE

Albuquerque NM 87109

 

 

Which piece in your collection is your all-time favorite?

 

With love,

Carolyn

Breast Cancer Awareness

The American Cancer Society predicts there will be 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women in 2017 and approximately 40,610 women will also die from breast cancer this year. That is why I walk. I have walked the Susan G. Komen three-day, 60-mile Breast Cancer event nine times and I was among the top fundraising team in Philadelphia two times. 540 miles in total, because I believe strongly in education, awareness, the finding of a cure and the fundraising efforts for breast cancer.

“In 2016, Susan G. Komen® announced a Bold Goal—to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.” If you would like to learn more and possibly help, I urge you to visit: www.the3day.org/

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A few years ago I walked with Nancy Hornback, Program Host/QVC. We spent an amazing weekend together, walking 60 miles over 3 days. We walked ALL over Philadelphia, through beautiful neighborhoods where school children came out to cheer us on, to the historical sights of downtown, and ending at the majestic Navy Yard. The official cheering stations, as well as the countless signs and decorations on private homes and businesses, often brought tears to our eyes.

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We met so many wonderful people along the way. We met Jim from San Jose who walked the Susan G. Komen over 30 times. Jim told us he walks for his mother. We met another gentleman who calls himself the ‘Pink Fireman’. He followed the course in his custom-painted truck that is dedicated to fighting breast cancer in honor of his three sisters.

There were many moving stories, and we met so many brave and passionate women along the way. Yes, 60 miles is a long and painful walk, especially during the 10 miles it down poured. But a few blisters are nothing compared to the battle so many face against this awful disease.

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Early screening is imperative, so I implore you to do your due diligence and get an annual mammogram. It’s not pleasant, but it is a must.

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With love and health,

Carolyn

Fall into Friendship

Fall has forever been my favorite season. My mom was always perplexed when I would tell her that, after all, it meant winter was just around the corner in Minnesota.

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Growing up, fall meant seeing my friends at school, the beginning of tennis season, Friday night football games, bonfires, and of course, layers of rich fall fashion. Even now fall still brings me joy for so many of the same reasons.

Friendship remains my number one fall celebration. I plan to visit Grapevine, Texas on the 28th of this month. I look forward to meeting my friends in Carolyn Pollack Jewelry. I have been floored in the past when I learned how far people travelled to meet me, plus learning that several attendees from previous meet-n-greets became friends which last to this day. Come out if you can for laughter, shopping, eating, CP trivia, prizes and design chat.

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I love seeing the friendships and “conversations” on our Facebook page; it touches my heart. It makes me happy to know that together we have created a place that is positive, fun, uplifting, and interactive. It’s amazing how a common love of jewelry can build friendships …. lasting friendships. Thank you for your friendship! Please let me know if you have any suggestions about how we can make our Facebook page even better. We are also on Twitter and Instagram if Facebook is not your thing.

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Happy, happy birthday to all of my October babies. I hope you get to celebrate in a BIG way. The traditional birthstone for October is Opal and the modern birthstone is Tourmaline. We have a few pieces to celebrate you and you can see what’s available on our website by visiting: www.carolynpollack.com and enter the word, ‘opal’ or ‘tourmaline’ in the search bar.

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Fall into friendship, fashion and Carolyn Pollack jewelry this season. I hope you get to enjoy the transition from summer to fall and take advantage of outdoor activities. Foliage is filled with vibrant colors and that makes me happy.

Your friend,

Carolyn

Our Beloved Classics

Classic:

“judged over a period of time to be the highest quality and outstanding of its kind.”

A 57 Chevy, a Classic beauty like Audrey Hepburn, a Classic movie: “Gone with the Wind” and of course, the ‘Classic Collection’ of Carolyn Pollack Jewelry.

Great news! We’re in the midst of revamping our vault to make room for our latest designs. What does that mean for you? Savings and the chance to pick up jewelry treasures of the past you might have missed such as a matching ring to your favorite statement necklace. Or, you might even find pieces now set in new stones to expand your jewelry wardrobe. These are the pieces you know and love like you’ve never seen them before and some of them even go back as far as twenty years.

Quantities will be limited depending on the amount found. It will be a terrific unveiling and we hope you will find new treasures of your own to add to your already-fabulous collection.

You’ll want to keep your eyes on our website early October: www.carolynpollack.com and on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.comCarolynPollackJewelry/

And don’t forget, each and every one of our glorious pieces are made meticulously by hand right here in the United States in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We are extremely proud of our team as they continue to bring you the finest of craftsmanship time and time again.

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In love and treasures,

Carolyn

 

 

 

Beauty

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and surrounds us everywhere. The trick is to keep our eyes open, notice and appreciate – even little things can be big in our lives. The world we live in is not always pretty, but beauty is just about everywhere.

My definition of beauty might differ from your definition and that is ok. You might consider certain things to be beautiful: Carolyn Pollack jewelry (I couldn’t help myself ;)), your favorite pair of shoes, the card your child made, a movie, flowers, etc.. God’s paintbrush can be beautiful: a picturesque pink and orange sunset, trees, mountains, falling snow, a tourist spot, etc..

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And of course, we know people can be beautiful both inside and out. I believe a beautiful heart is most important and I’ll bet you do too.

Audrey Hepburn wrote a powerful poem about beauty I’d like to share with you:

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”

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My hope is that Audrey’s words resonate with you and that you feel beautiful. I believe it is important and I think feeling beautiful on the inside can help open our eyes to the beauty around us on the outside. Even the little things ………………………….

A friend of a friend spent years getting out of debt. She cut back on buying things she was accustomed to spending money on to put more money toward her credit cards. Finally, she was out of debt (besides her home) and felt as if a weight had been lifted from her shoulders. She was proud and financially at ease. But then ……… then her refrigerator stopped working and it was beyond repair. She didn’t have money in savings, so she had to buy a new refrigerator using a credit card she had just spent all of that time paying off. She was so bummed and felt defeated. All of a sudden, a lightbulb went off and she put a spin on her thoughts. I don’t know her exact words, but they went something along the lines of, “you know, I am lucky I have a credit card to use and have the ability to buy a new refrigerator. Some people do not have that luxury.” That, to me, is beautiful! Recognizing and counting our blessings is beautiful! Even little things can be beautiful.

It would be terrific if all of us could open our eyes wider to see more beauty in our lives. Thank you for being my friend and never forget, YOU are beautiful!

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With love,

Carolyn

Apple Picking and Recipes

I don’t know whether an “apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but I do know apples are delicious and make for a healthy snack. Of course, they taste good in some not-so-healthy desserts too, but a girl has to indulge every once in a while. Right?!

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Being that there are many varieties of apples, there’s bound to be at least one type that makes your mouth water. And they always look so pretty in a decorative bowl, especially when red, yellow and green are all together representing just a few of the beautiful colors of fall. I do love autumn!

Apple picking is a tradition in some families and can be fun for all ages depending on the activities offered at your local orchards. I love seeing children giggle with delight while piling into wagons and then once at the destination, meticulously and slowly picking the prettiest and ripest apples. Not all is lost on the bruised ones though, they are suitable for making homemade applesauce and other recipes and they can sometimes be found at discounted prices.

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I found an easy and delicious-looking recipe from www.delish.com for ‘Apple Crisp Cookie Cups’. I haven’t tried it, but let me know how they turn out if you do.

You can see the video recipe here: http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a49383/apple-crisp-cookie-cups-recipe/

I also have an Apple Cake recipe to share with you from Mary Beth Roe, Program Host at QVC. It’s from one of her cookbooks, so it has to be good. You can see that recipe and step-by-step photos here: http://qvc.co/FallDessert

Feel free to share your favorite apple recipe in the comment section below. I’m always looking to expand my recipe catalog, as I’m sure other jewelry collectors are too.

Happy Fall!

Carolyn