5 Tips For Staying Warm This Winter!

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#1 – Close all of your windows properly. This includes making sure storm windows are installed and closed in place if you have them. Windows should be latched. Open them during the day if the outside temperature is higher than the inside temperature.

#2 – Use cheap clear shower curtains over the windows that receive sun light. This will keep the cold air out, and the warmth from the sun will heat your house without cold air coming in. You could also cover your windows with clear plastic sheets and make it airtight.

#3 – Seal your doors. Check around the door frame and also under the door. You may want to buy weather stripping or a door sweep. Again, at minimum, make a draft dodger or stuff a towel at the bottom of the door.

#4 – Let as much sun hit your house as possible. Check for obstructions (e.g. plants, sheds) that might keep the sun’s rays from reaching your house. Remove items leaning against walls on the sunny side of your house. (Ideally, put them back again at night for additional insulation).

#5 – Close off any unused rooms. The closed door makes that room another barrier between you and the frigid outdoors. It also stops air from circulating as much, which reduces heat loss. Home improvement stores sell magnetic register covers to ‘shut off’ forced air furnace registers in unused rooms. That way when the heater does click on, only the registers in the rooms you use will pump out heat. This makes for more efficient use of the heater.

And when all else fails, Bel Air Jewelry recommends snuggling up with someone you love!

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Happy Holidays!

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From all of the families at Bel Air Jewelry, we wish you and yours the most wonderful, magical holiday of all!

Everything You Know About Getting Warm Is Wrong

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Huffington Post has a timely article about methods for staying warm in the coming months; what works, and what just makes the situation even worse. Here’s an excerpt: “…Drinking alcohol lowers your core body temperature, increases your risk for hypothermia and prevents your body from naturally shivering to keep warm. The reason why you feel warm while drinking alcohol is that your blood vessels dilate and send warm blood away from your core and towards your skin. This effect is only temporary and in the end significantly decreases your body’s ability to fight the cold…” So enjoy the festivities from Bel Air Jewelry, but bundle up and maybe drink some coffee or tea to warm the blood instead!

Tips To Survive The Holiday Season

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1. Pay cash. No, that’s not hopelessly old-fashioned. When you’re out of money, you’re out of money.

2. Know thy enemy. If you’re going to pay by credit card, use the one with the most favorable terms. That may sound obvious, but many people carry as many as five bank cards in their wallets and don’t always know what the interest rate is on each card.

3. Keep a running tally of your credit-card spending. When you come home from a day of shopping, immediately subtract what you’ve spent from your checking-account balance. Not only does that give you a visual record of how much you’ve spent, but also it ensures that you’ll have enough money in the account to pay the bill when it arrives.

4. Have a plan for paying off your bills. If you overspent last year, it’s time to cut back. But slashing your budget in half can be like trying to quit smoking cold turkey — it often doesn’t work. Instead, come up with a more realistic goal.

5. Get easy gifts out of the way early. Set aside money for cash gifts — to the paper boy, the babysitter, the hairdresser, out-of-town nephews — before Thanksgiving. That way those presents don’t have to come out of your December shopping budget.

6. Make a list. Don’t dismiss this advice as too simplistic. Writing down which stores you’ll visit and which gifts you plan to buy helps focus your shopping excursion and makes the chore more pleasant because you don’t get caught up in holiday hysteria.

7. Think outside the gift box. Plenty of alternatives are less expensive, and more fun, than buying a gift for everyone. Instead, have a family gift exchange in which you each choose one name and put more thought than money into selecting a single gift.

8. Be creative with the kids. Let’s say you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World during winter break or spring vacation. Stuff the kids’ stockings with guidebooks, maps and Disney memorabilia, and let them plan their excursion. You’ll save money on holiday gifts, and they’ll enjoy weeks of pleasure without becoming bored.

9. Look ahead to next year. If you came up short on cash this year, start an old-fashioned holiday-club online savings account. You can easily set up an automatic transfer from your checking account each month, earn a competitive rate of interest, and have a tidy sum when next holiday season rolls around.

10. Enjoy! Don’t forget this holiday season is about showing the ones you love, just what they mean to you. Stay connected and plan ahead. Good luck out there holiday shoppers, from all of us at Bel Air Jewelry!

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

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“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss

This holiday season don’t let the Grinch steal your Christmas. Cherish your loved ones with a set of diamonds by Bel Air Jewelry.

“And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of *ten* Grinches, plus two!”

Blue Is The Color Of Winter

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As Roman Payne states in his novel; “It is growing cold. Winter is putting footsteps in the meadow. What whiteness boasts that sun that comes into this wood! One would say milk-colored maidens are dancing on the petals of orchids. How coldly burns our sun! One would say its rays of light are shards of snow, one imagines the sun lives upon a snow crested peak on this day. One would say she is a woman who wears a gown of winter frost that blinds the eyes. Helplessness has weakened me. Wandering has wearied my legs.” This season let winter awaken your senses with Bel Air Jewelry’s Deep Blue Sapphire Sliced Necklace.

2013 Fall Trends

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Whether it’s pretty in pastels, borrowed from the boys, fun with fur, coats fashion’s must-have accessories are always adorned with fabulous jewelry. Extreme outerwear is only part of the story. A well placed diamond or blazing-pink stone can take a normal looking outfit, into the arena of class and beauty. This holiday season check out Bel Air Jewelry’s Sliced Pink Sapphire  Necklace and pave your holiday diamonds and yellow gold.