“And I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter,
And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying.”
An’ he said: “Some day, I hope you get the chance,
To live like you were dying.”
Tim McGraw

Mr. Sub Three Hour and I have a family policy–we don’t miss funerals.  Life is demanding and we can’t be everywhere but we make an extra effort to attend funerals.
Today we said goodbye to our friend and neighbor who left this life way too soon. It was tough to watch Brad’s health slip with each passing week.  At the same time Brad’s body was giving out, his soul grew.  When you finished talking to Brad rather than “take care” or “see you later” you heard Brad say  “I love you”.   Brad communicated like each conversation was an opportunity to be real, to talk about what really mattered.
Our final visit with Brad gave us one last important memory to hold onto, to remember what really matters in life–relationships.Listen, I hope you’re in the greatest of health, but I also hope that you are taking time for what really matters in your life.Our best days are not spent surfing mindlessly from one website to another or watching another television show.How we spend our time is the most important decision we will make each and every day. What we do with each minute of every day determines our legacy, what our children will remember, and what we will leave behind.Live every day with purpose. Remember that your children (and others) spell love T-I-M-E.  Live every day according to your mission and your plan. Have a vision for what you want to accomplish, and live and act in harmony with it.

i declare! sprung from a desire to keep what is important to me next to me.  I wear my kids names on a necklace to remind me what matters most.  Some days I put on a running bracelet to remind myself I can do hard things.

Love deeper, speak sweeter, and give the forgiveness you’ve been denying. Don’t wait for cancer or some other challenge to make you treasure each day, each relationship, each conversation.

Live passionately, live honestly, and live the best life that you can.


New products and, well, they’re cute

Saturday, (and I mean all day) was spent photographing our new products.
We have so many cute new lines I am very excited about.
Stamped images, copper charms, and some new versions of the ones I love the best…sterling silver.
It is exhausting to get the lighting wrong after taking hundreds of pictures, and then redoing it while trying to get it right, all the while knowing I am no photographer!
These charms are so beautiful in real life, but they become beastly little mirrors that are so hard to get just right when behind a camera.
Here is a little look at what we have been working on.

I look forward to being able to share all the charms!
I also look forward to becoming a real photographer.

And in a more short term goal, I look forward to regaining my sanity, and getting the kink out of my “hunched over my camera for 3 days back”.

smell the flowers

maryjo keep calm

Keep Calm?  Did i read that right?  I better take a deep breath….

It’s November!

Fall is here!
Thanksgiving is around the corner…and I am thinking of all the things I am thankful for.
Are you making a list?
So many things that when I start to think about it, it overwhelms me.

My kids…my health…THEIR health…my awesome staff…the beautiful city I live in…the friends that run with me…the ones that just listen to me…sunshine on a cold morning…my ability to see it…the customers that love their i declare! and keep us in business…starbucks sinfully delicious hot chocolate…my babies eyes that disappear when he smiles at me…my 3 year old that dresses up in the craziest outfits and thinks nothing of it…plumeria trees that try to grow in Idaho when transplanted from Hawaii…i could go on and on.

To celebrate it all, we have created a classic, simple “grateful” necklace for you and I to wear all month long.  Give it to someone you are grateful for, wear one yourself and remember to stay grateful for the little things…because they are really the big things!

Happy being grateful!

sterling silver grateful necklace thanksgiving jewelry

order yours here for only $21 while supplies last!

“i love you”

I love this necklace.
We just created it this last week.
I think I love it because it is so simple, classic, sweet, and beautiful.
Just like my daughters (I love them).
I’m really excited that we are able to offer it at such a low price…a price that is perfect to grab one or two for your daughter(s) or anyone that would like a little “i love you” in some pretty sterling silver.  (What girl wouldn’t?)

Sometimes the little girls love to have something that looks just like the big girls. 🙂

Fun right?!  (And we are giving one away free!)

Boo Necklace

Happy Halloween!

We are loving the fall season over here at i declare!  The sweaters, the jeans, the boots, the hot chocolate…

We changed up our Boo Necklace this year so you can wear some Halloween jewelry all month long while celebrating this new chilly weather.

What do you think?


Boo Necklace!

(Psst! We are doing a free giveaway also!)

In Remembrance…09/11/2001

Like all of you, I will never forget where I was when I found out about the events of 9.11.2001
I remember standing glued to the living room floor while I watched the TV with horror, confusion, sadness, fear, shock…
I remember the inability to sleep or close my eyes without thinking about it and seeing it over and over again in my mind.
I remember being sad beyond belief for people I had never met.
I remember feeling a bond to them, a patriotism that was stronger than I had ever felt before. They were my fellow Americans. Killed senselessly, and unknowingly.
Today I saw a picture that was very fitting of how I felt and what I want to remember.
Not the burning buildings, not the planes that crashed into them, not even the flag that I love. But the people that died.
This is the image I want to remember and think about.

This is what 9.11.2001 means to me.
Remember to hug those you love today, and be grateful they are here.