Time for holiday cards…

November 25, 2014

With the holidays nearly upon us, my creative wheels are already spinning about our family Christmas cards. My husband Mark and I adore sending and receiving these little deliveries of love and friendship.

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For the past several years I have turned to one of my favorite companies, Minted, for help with our cards. They make it incredibly easy, quick and fun to design, print and mail your holiday cards.  Simply upload that photo you worked so hard to get (you Moms out there know what I am talking about). Their site will then preview your photo on all their different designs so you can easily pick your favorite card. Once you have your favorite design selected, you then customize and personalize it with an endless array of options like rounded corners, printed backs and colorful envelope liners. They have a super quick turn around time and now they even address them FOR FREE! Are you kidding me? That part used to take me hours. And if you don’t want to use a photo, never fear. Minted also has lots of wonderful options that do not use photos.

Here are our last two Christmas cards we sent using Minted (and starring Baby B of course). 

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The folks at Minted must have known I was one of their biggest fans, because they invited me to a soire last week to kick off the season. As with everything Minted, it was done perfectly.

 

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While at the party I had the pleasure of meeting several of the fabulous ladies behind Minted. They generously offered to give one lucky cinda b blog reader a $200 gift certificate to apply to their holiday card order. To sweeten the pot even more, we are giving away a cinda b Market Tote in your choice of patterns to help you with all your holiday shopping.  Minted + cinda b = a perfect holiday package. Who doesn’t love that?

Enter to win both the $200 Minted gift card and a cinda b Market Tote below. Good luck!

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P.S. I already have this year’s cards ordered and we can’t wait to send them out. I don’t want to spoil the surprise though, so be sure to follow us on Instagram. I’ll share our little piece of holiday cheer over there soon.

 

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A Visit to Vail

October 10, 2014

Our Founder, Cinda Boomershine, took a mini vaca to visit the landscapes of Vail, Colorado. She couldn’t wait to share some of her favorite spots to stay, eat, and see along the way. Happy Reading!

 

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Last week, Mark, Rex, and I had the opportunity to make a quick trip to Vail, Colorado to attend a gallery event that showcased Mark’s artwork. It also happened to be Mark’s birthday, and some dear friends were able to join us to celebrate.

When most people think of Vail, they think winter and skiing. While I am sure that is amazing, I am here to tell you that Colorado in the fall is spectacular. The air is crisp and if you time it right, you can catch the Aspen trees in all their vibrant yellow glory.

 

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Here are my recommendations for a quick trip to Vail in the fall:

Stay:  We chose to stay at The Sebastian, and we LOVED everything about it! It is a boutique hotel perfectly located in the center of Vail’s pedestrian village. The decor is a bit atypical so if you are looking for bears, antlers and plaid decor, you will be disappointed. Instead, what you get is decor that effortlessly blends expected mountain rustic elements with unexpected modern glamour. Topping that off is some of the most amazing hotel staff I have ever encountered. They took care of our every need and even greeted Rex with a cute little stuffed moose toy. We had a suite on the 4th floor overlooking the slopes of golden-colored Aspens. It had all the usual hotel amenities plus a feature every Mom out there can appreciate — a washer and dryer. It was wonderful.

Play:  Go for a hike! In the summer and fall, the mountain is set up with hiking and biking trails instead of ski trails. You can buy a lift ticket to ride the gondola up to the top of the mountain and then bike or hike down. You can also hike up and then take the gondola down for free, which is what we chose to do. As far as hikes up a mountain go, it was fairly easy and the trail was clearly marked. The only problem was the weather, which can change on a dime. We got thoroughly rained on, so be sure to take rain gear. Despite the rain and the quad burn it was totally worth it (plus Rex got to do his first mountain summit at 5 months old).

 

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Shop: Every Sunday morning there is a market in town where they sell everything from organic veggies to “etsy-worthy” children’s clothes (oh, and very delicious potatoes on a stick). We were eager to get started on our hike before the rain came in, so we didn’t get to spend nearly as much time shopping in the market as I would have liked.

Another great shopping spot is a store called Luca Bruno.  I was in need of a dress for Rex’s baptism and had good luck there. They have two locations in town and both have a great selection of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing from a variety of brands like Missoni and Pyscho Bunny.

 

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Eat: For breakfast, be sure to hit the Little Diner, which is indeed a little diner. For lunch or dinner, our favorite spots are Terra Bistro and Mountain Standard, which both feature farm fresh ingredients. I also happen to be a sucker for good sushi and few sushi spots compare to Matsuhisa and its sister restaurant Nobu. Lucky for me, Vail has a Matsuhisa. It was so good, we ate there twice! Don’t miss the shishito peppers, yellowtail with jalapeño and crispy rice with spicy tuna.

 

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And finally, I’d be a terrible wife if I didn’t mention the fantastic art gallery, McRae Litt Fine Art Gallery. They represent Mark’s beautiful paintings. If you are ever in town, be sure to stop by and take a peek for yourself. And when you’re there, walk over to Matsuhisa, it happens to be right next door.

 

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If any of you ever visited Vail, we would love to hear about your favorite, go-to spots in the comments section. Talk to you soon!

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Tell us a little about you! How long has your store been around? How many employees? 

The Cornerstone Shop & Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Owners Karin & Bruce Bennett owned an art gallery in town for several years before purchasing the “Cornerstone Shoppe” (as it was formerly known) in 2007. The store now features nearly 10,000 square feet of home accessories and accent pieces, furniture and décor, baby and wedding gifts, unique clothing, jewelry and accessories, handcrafted items from local and regional artisans, fine linens and tableware, candles, original art from local and area artists, and one-of-a-kind collections of hand-blown glass and ceramics.

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How did you first learn about cinda b?

A rep brought in the product line to “try it out” and return it if it didn’t perform. This worked very well, and actually, while it didn’t work the first time, I decided to try it again when I saw the new patterns (back in 2011) and it has been growing ever since!

What is your favorite pattern? Favorite travel style?

It is hard to pick a favorite, but I love Verde Bonita in the summer and Neptune for its nautical feel, which is perfect for the lake. Mod Tortoise and Jet Set Black are my favorites for travel.

The Carry-On Rolly with the Super Tote II are our go-to bags! The Super Tote is perfect as a carry-on or overnight bag, toting catalogs and “plane reading” material when I travel, and is also great for the beach or boat. Very light weight and I always get compliments in the airport wherever I go!

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Where is your dream travel location?

There are many on my bucket list! Morocco, Peru, Paris (again), London, Sweden! And I totally need a bag for each trip – Cinda will have to come up with more new patterns!

What do you and your customers love most about cinda b? 

The fact that the line is Made in America is very important to us and to our customers. We love the patterns and the fact that the bags are lightweight and machine washable.

 

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My best kept tip for hosting a party or event?

Gather a group of friends from different walks of life for an interesting mix of people for lively conversation. And prepare ahead so you have time to enjoy!

What was your most successful event at the store?

We host events throughout the year and were thrilled to have Monica Pedersen, design expert and author of “Make It Beautiful” visit the store, as well as Cinda Boomershine’s appearance in Spring 2013, when she shared her packing tips with our customers! We can’t wait for a return visit!

 

 

Thank you Cornerstone Shop & Gallery for your time and support. We are so lucky to have a Retailer like you!  -From all of us at cinda b

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Daily Dose of Inspiration

September 18, 2014

Today is cancelled, go back to bed.

Wait, just kidding. But really, has this ever crossed your thoughts (especially on a Thursday, right)? It’s so easy to settle into routines, especially when summer flirts with fall. The perfect temperature makes it easy to want to snuggle further into bed and indulge in the comfort. But as tempting as mornings might be, how motivating is it to start life with a fresh sunrise and a renewed outlook? Let’s embrace this little dose of inspiration together today, okay?

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For the Free and the Brave

September 11, 2014

In light of the event that shook our country 13 years ago, we wanted to reaffirm our unwavering support and thankfulness for our land of the free and home of the brave. We are proud to wear broad stripes and bright stars through any perilous fight that comes our way. God Bless the USA…

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30 Second Dance Party…Go!

September 6, 2014

We’ve reached our final goodbye to summer and we can’t think of anything better than a summer playlist to re-live those sunny, sun-soaking memories. What was your favorite summer song? Leave a comment and it might just be added to our End of Summer Playlist.

So, ladies, put your earbuds in, turn that volume up, and have yourself a little dance party! See ya later summer!

 

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