Sunday, September 10, 2017

Reading for the Week!

Hi! Summer is unofficially over and I hope you all enjoyed it! Autumn is here...time for sweaters, apple picking, and pumpkins. It's hard to pick a favorite season but autumn in the Hudson Valley is pretty great. Bring on the warm apple cider! 

A few fun love-related links from around the web...enjoy!

Relationships come in all shapes and sizes...and situations. Check out this video about a married couple navigating a long-distance (i.e., almost interplanetary) relationship. Scroll down to Episode No. 6...and then go back and watch all of the videos about NASA's HI-SEAS Mission and life on "Mars".

Love this wedding band from Bario Neal.

"Happy couples quite often choose to not lay their relationships bare on Facebook"...advice for navigating social media while in a relationship.

This vintage gown pretty.

How to beat the post-wedding blues. Another tip: don't let wedding planning dominate the life of your  engagement. Remember, your wedding is about you and your partner and sharing that love with your family and friends. It shouldn't be about impressing your guests.

Happy Planning, 

Photo Credit: Lizzie B., Hudson Valley Green 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Jar Worthy...and a giveaway!

Tucked away in the tiny town of Carmel, New York lies an unassuming storefront which belies the true fun and sweet scents waiting for its visitors. Step inside Jar Worthy and be instantly greeted with a most pleasant blend of scents originating from soy candles, all hand poured with love.

I had the pleasure of recently visiting Jar Worthy and chatting with the very personable Dana, proprietor and primary candle maker. In 2014, Dana and her then business partner began making candles and selling them at local markets. Business eventually outgrew their kitchen operation and Dana opened the brick and mortar Jar Worthy on Fair Street in Carmel. Dana has been on Fair Street since 2016 with family helping out (her husband and father help with shop renovations and her mother and sisters assists with sales) and life is good...

Dana creates unique candles by blending essential oils and fragrances into melted soy wax. Dana strives to incorporate all natural ingredients - using soy grown in Kentucky and Ohio and 100% cotton wicks (traditional wicks can contain lead and zinc). The jars are from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dana is passionate about providing a quality product to her customers and knowing from where her raw materials are sourced.

During my visit, Dana helped me create my own custom candle. I selected my favorite scents from her collection and with Dana's help, I identified a blend that I thought might pair nicely together - sandalwood and grapefruit. I inserted the wick to my glass jar, Dana poured the wax, and then I added the scents and blended away. My candle was then left at Dana's shop to cure for a bit.

Visit the shop to create your own custom candle! Jar Worthy has hosted birthday parties with guests making their own custom candles. Dana typically blends two to six oils/fragrances to create her unique scents but truly, the sky is the limit! Dana recommends not sticking to traditional scents...she's concocted a delightful "Cilantro Lime" scent and the "Hippie $hit" scent is my personal favorite!

Jar Worthy candles range in price from $13 to $32. Because Dana's candles are made from soy wax, they burn significantly longer than petroleum-based candles. If you are doing a "pour your own" candle and bring your own candle vessel, Dana will deduct the cost of the jar from the price. And if you are looking for event favors, consider doing custom-scented candles (prices starting at $3.50 per candle).

In addition to candles, Jar Worthy offers locally crafted jewelry and bath products. So pop in to Jar Worthy, pour your own custom candle, and shop around!

For HVG readers, Jar Worthy is doing a giveaway...two free candles and a voucher for a "pour your own" candle! To enter the giveaway, like Hudson Valley Green on Facebook and leave a comment! That's it!

For more information on ordering custom favors, doing a "pour your own" event, or to shop online, visit: 

14 Fair Street, Carmel, NY 
phone: 845.225.1693

Many thanks to Dana for making amazing eco-friendly candles right here in the Hudson Valley! 

Happy Planning,

p.s. Don't forget to enter the giveaway! And while you're at it, like Jar Worthy on Facebook, too! Dana's candles are will not be disappointed!

p.s.s. A great scientific article published by the US Environmental Protection Agency about traditional candles and their role in indoor air quality issues, like the burning of lead wicks resulting in indoor air concentrations of lead which exceed USEPA recommended threshold values. Find it here.

Photo Credits: Lizzie B., Hudson Valley Green

Friday, August 11, 2017

Reading for the Weekend!

Hello! Although Family HVG is staying local this weekend (and next weekend - hooray!)...this week's round up is all about vacations...enjoy! 

The best places to propose in the Adirondacks.

Planning your honeymoon? Consider a road trip

Or if you want to stay local...some great honeymoon spots right here in New York.

What AirBnB hosts wish renters knew.

And finally, made me laugh.

Happy (Vacation) Planning,

Photo Credit: Lizzie B., Hudson Valley Green....twilight at Lake George. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Our Story Bridal

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Ana and Jacquelyn of Our Story Bridal, a bridal shop in NYC specializing in pre-owned wedding gowns. Ana and Jacquelyn opened up their shop in 2016 as a pop-up shop but business has taken off and they now have their own permanent location on Broadway.

Ana and Jacquelyn first met at the Wharton School Business. Following graduation, these lovely ladies married their respective husbands and just didn't have room in their NYC apartments to store their wedding gowns. After searching for options to sell their dresses locally and coming up short, Ana and Jacquelyn decided to create Our Story Bridal, the only pre-owned bridal shop in NYC.

Ana and Jacquelyn make purchasing gowns easy...and selling one just as breezy. Each gown considered for consignment is thoroughly vetted to ensure quality and style. Each dress selected for consignment is professional cleaned and carefully handled. Once the gown makes it into the shop, brides-to-be can make an appointment online with one of their expert bridal consultants for fittings. Gowns are priced very competitively with substantially discounted prices (40-80% off retail price!!!).

The gown and accessory selection at Our Story Bridal is wide ranging with a variety of trending styles and sizes. And to complete the bridal experience, Our Story Bridal offers in-house alterations to achieve the perfect fit.

Ana and Jacquelyn have some great advice for finding the perfect true to your style but don't be afraid to try on a few designs that are a bit of out of your comfort zone. You just might be pleasantly surprised!

The lovely ladies behind Our Story Bridal. 

Please visit Ana and Jacquelyn if you are in the market for a wedding gown and are looking for an eco-friendly option that won't sacrifice style but will save you some serious money. Book an appointment online today!

1239 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10001
phone: 646.653.2672

Happy Planning, 

Photo Credits: Our Story Bridal. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Reading for the Week!

Hi! My apologies for the late posting of this week's "Reading for the Week". The kiddos came down with a stomach bug that they then lovingly passed along to me. Hoping the rest of the week is virus-free!

Here are some fun links to get you through the week...enjoy! 

Havenly's favorite houseplants. I think all weddings should be decorated with potted plants. So pretty.

And check out this keeping with the potted plant theme. :)

Would you do a surprise wedding?

Just recently discovered the work of Joshua Brown
a very talented photographer based in the Hudson Valley. 

Jar Worthy is having a Christmas in July sale...30% off select items!
 Going to be stocking up on my new favorite soy candles. 

Happy Planning, 

Photo Credit: Lizzie B., Hudson Valley Ryder Farm in Brewster.