Saturday, July 6, 2013

How One Flower Helped A Man Forget His Pain

My "Pay Beauty Forward" Flower Giveaway was a HUGE success & I have an amazingly beautiful story to share.

A man came to BeachCrafters, holding one of my flowers. It looked like he had been crying, & he walked straight up to me. He told me him & his wife were walking around when a little girl walked up & handed him the flower. Her mom told him where they received the flowers, & he came to find me & thank me.

His father had just passed away nine days ago. His wife convinced him to come to First Fridays to try & distract him for a bit. When the little girl gave him the flower, he started crying. He said in that moment he was reminded of the love, beauty, & kindness in the world. For that moment, his pain & grief was replaced by gratitude.

People tonight were truly beyond touched by my event. People who were going through their own difficult situations. All of them were so grateful to receive their flowers & excited to pass the second one out. I passed out 352 flowers tonight, but that one flower made a huge difference in that man's life, the little girl's life, & mine.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Announcing Craft Classes at BeachCrafters LB!

We are very proud to announce starting in July we'll be holding SCRAPBOOK & CRAFT CLASSES at BeachCrafters in Long Beach!

We're very excited to bring the amazing world of scrapbooking & paper crafts to the Long Beach community. We'll be teaching three different classes. For more in depth information on these classes, please visit our Classes page on


Learn the basics of scrapbooking! Students will create 3-5 adorable themed layouts during this class!

Sat July 13 11am-1pm

Tue July 16 11am-1pm


Keeping an Attitude of Gratitude has become such an important part of our everyday lives. Gratitude Journaling is one great way to keep a positive attitude in your daily life. In this fun & unique class, you'll be creating a pocket Gratitude Journal / Scrapbook, as well as receiving tips & tricks on keeping gratitude in your life.

Sat July 20 11am-1pm

Tue July 23 11am-1pm


DIY Miniature Books are a great new way to scrapbook or to make as unique & fun gifts! In this class, you'll be creating five different miniature books to take home!

Sat July 27 11am-1pm

Tue July 30 11am-1pm

You can sign up at BeachCrafters, 4244 Atlantic Avenue in LB. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Introducing TechMom Solutions, my newest business venture! Offering Social Media Implementation and Maintenance Packages for all companies! We work with all budget sizes to help all companies build and maintain a necessary social media presence.

TechMom Solutions offers a wide variety of Social Media Strategy and Implementation Services for companies of all sizes. Our affordable packages give you the freedom to choose what level of social media is right for your business. We can do everything from setting up your social media services, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc., to maintaining your social media platforms on a daily basis. No matter what package you choose, you can trust that your company will benefit on numerous levels.

In this day and age, small businesses must fight for exposure and customers, both locally and online. Gone are the days of the actual Yellow Pages. Now consumers search online, even for local businesses. Whether you are a small one person office or a multi level company, studies have shown that your business can and will benefit from social media.

Social media is a serious passion of mine, and so is helping others! I have decided to combine both of those, to help others create a dynamic social media presence!

Please check out the official TechMom Solutions website at
You can also "like" us on Facebook at & follow us on Twitter @TechMomSolution

Sunday, March 17, 2013

My Upcycled Store Display!

When I got the news that my gratitude jewelry line, Take Time, was accepted to be sold in BeachCrafters, I was beyond excited, and then scared as heck knowing that I needed to come up with a fantastic display! And immediately I knew that my display had to be unique and upcycled!

First step was finding a display that was the right size and right look for what I was going for. Instead of going out and buying a shelving unit, I chose one that has very personal and significant meaning to me: a shelving unit that once belonged to my grandfather, someone who was like my surrogate father, someone who was the one of the most important people in the world to me.

Our house is filled with many people and many boxed memories. We found the shelving unit in our garage, and it just so happened it was the perfect measurements! I was excited and overwhelmed. I know that my grandpa is immensely proud of me.

Next step was to clean it up and make it unique! Cleaning the metal was a simple process of my mom and I scrubbing it down in our front lawn. She was so excited to know I was using this specific unit.

The shelves were made of pressboard. The unit is probably from the 1960s at our best estimate. Years of storage and use means the shelves were slowly starting to disintegrate. Keeping those boards was not an option!

Mom and I measured the boards and went to Home Depot, which turned into quite a fun trip. We purchased plywood, not too thick but very sturdy. I chose a paint from the Martha Stewart collection, black with tiny flecks of gold in it. The paint wasn't glittery, but it was was shiny and unique.

I spent a few hours over two days, painting the boards. They turned out fantastic, especially considering I haven't painted a single thing, art or otherwise, for quite a few years!

The end result was a beautiful upcycled shelving unit that would look beautiful as a standalone piece in our house, and also looks amazing as a display unit that shines but lets the pieces shine brighter.

The display unit looks beautiful in the store! You can stop by and see for yourself at BeachCrafters, 4244 Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach CA.

What has been one of your favorite upcycling projects that you've done or you've seen?

Monday, March 11, 2013

"Help Us Help Kids" Charity Auction!

We're only FIVE DAYS away from the start of the "Help Us Help Kids" Charity Auction at the Brianne's Basics FB Fanpage!

Our first auction will run from March 16-23, and 100% of the proceeds go to Walk For Kids benefitting the Ronald McDonald House!

We're still accepting donations of collectibles, handmade items, jewelry, gifts, autographed items, you name it! If you have something you'd like to donate, please email us at for more information! We'll be promoting the auction and our donors all week to our founder's 3000+ followers on all social media platforms!

We have a second auction planned in April as well, for the American Heart Association!

This is our 4th consecutive year for Walk For Kids, and my mom is a survivor (double bypass/valve replacement). I look forward to two fabulous events & promoting the heck out of the wonderful businesses who are participating! THANK YOU again for your continued support!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

My Charity Memoir, FREE This Weekend Only!

TWO DAYS ONLY! My charity memoir, My Work Of Heart, is available for FREE Kindle download this weekend only!

Why? Plain and simple! I wrote this book for inspiration, for those who want to get back but think it's only giving your money, for those who think 5Ks are the only ways to raise money, for those who would benefit from the 50 tips and tricks I list in the back!

My charity memoir is FREE until Sunday, March 10, at 1159pm PST

About the book: "This charity memoir, told from the point of view of a mother, wife, and avid volunteer, chronicles a journey through one family's year of giving. Through the difficult times, medical issues, and much more, one family kept giving back to others. That one year changed their lives, and touched so many others.
..........This heartfelt memoir includes tips and tricks for your family to give and volunteer without going broke."

Don't have a Kindle? Check out THIS article about Kindle apps for your smartphone or tablet!

I hope you enjoy the book! Please leave a review and let me know your thoughts. Thank you as always for your continued support!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Find Us At BeachCrafters Starting March 1

HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT! Take Time Jewelry is EXPANDING and will be sold in BeachCrafters Long Beach starting March 1!

Our beautiful and unique items will be sold in BeachCrafters, a place for books and handmade gifts, a local Long Beach CA store selling only handmade unique items by local artists and crafters in just a few weeks! Get your favorite design before they are GONE!

The address is:
4350 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807
(next door to Reptiles Unlimited; old location of Roy Robbins Gifts)

This is a huge step for our business! We're getting more and more recognized locally, and we are very excited to be a part of this amazing collective and store! We have visited the store a number of times, and every time we are amazed by all of the unique and beautiful items. This store truly is a gem, and we are honored to be included!

Most of our current designs will be taken down and put in our display at BeachCrafters in Long Beach. So be sure to get your designs before they're gone!

What Does This Mean For Our Etsy Store? Our etsy store is located at For the next 2 weeks we'll be making many NEW pieces to replace our current pieces. Every day, some of our stock will come down and be replaced with NEW items! We'll make an announcement the day before as to which pieces are being taken down, so you, our fans, will have a chance to purchase them first!

Remember, 75-100% of ALL of our sales go directly to our ongoing charity work! February is National Heart Month, so our profits are going to the American Heart Association and Compassion International! Our March profits will be donated to Walk For Kids, benefitting the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House!

As always, we thank you all for your continued support! This is a BIG deal for us, and we are incredibly excited!

Join Us For LB First Fridays March 1

Come visit the "Take Time Jewelry" at the EXPO Arts Center during First Fridays on March 1! Your favorite pieces will be available for purchase!

As we previously posted, Take Time Jewelry was chosen for the "People, Places, And Things" Exhibit at Gallery Expo, March 1-23. Take Time Jewelry will be at the EXPO Arts Center to help celebrate First Fridays, selling our beautiful OOAK items and raising money for our charity work! During March, our profits will be going towards Walk For Kids
, benefitting the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.

EXPO Arts Center and Gallery Expo is located at 4321 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach CA 90807. The event begins at 6pm, so be sure to stop by and support local Long Beach vendors!

Please like TAKE TIME on Facebook, and you can also like Gallery Expo on Facebook as well!

Monday, February 18, 2013


AMAZING NEWS! We are very honored to have our artistic Take Time jewelry chosen as a piece for the "People, Places, And Things" Exhibit at Gallery Expo, running from March 1 to 23. Located at 4321 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach CA 90807 (located in the EXPO Arts Center).

Exhibit Description: "This is an opportunity for artists to highlight their favorite portraits, places and destinations, and favorite things in artistic fashion."

We created a piece that focuses on what you TAKE TIME for when you're with your family, friends, and loved ones. Creating those memories is so important, and we wanted to create piece that truly reflected that. This OOAK special piece with display will be available for purchase at Gallery Expo during the exhibit!

From the creation of the very first Take Time piece, we have often been told that our OOAK pieces are works of art, and this proves it!

Be sure to like TAKE TIME on Facebook, and you can also like Gallery Expo on Facebook as well!

Monday, January 28, 2013


We're excited to announce that we will be a vendor at DIPIAZZA'S BE MINE ROCK & ROLL VALENTINE BOUTIQUE!

Sunday, February 10
TIME: 12-5pm
LOCATION: DiPiazza's, 5205 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach CA 90804

Come experience the sizzle, the handmade goodness, and the awesomeness of yet another boutique hosted by DiPiazzas in Long Beach! Heart & Soule designs and DiPiazzas is proud to bring you a shopping extravaganza just in time for Valentines Day! Enjoy a day of incredible vendors to shop from, fabulous food and treats, wicked cocktails, some bubbly champagne, and a little bit of rock n' roll, the way only DiPiazzas can do it! Free entrance and a glass of bubbly is how we will sweeten the deal for you, and leave it up to our great vendors to sizzle your senses with all their great gift ideas. Enjoy a naughty or Sweet photo session, live music, and more for your enjoyment...couple welcome ;)

We'll also be a vendor at an upcoming USC Craft Fair at the Health Sciences Campus on February 11. We've participated in their craft fairs a number of times, and we're so excited that we were once again asked to come back! Details coming soon!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Give Us Your Input, & Win A Michaels Gift Card!

We have a very big announcement coming within the next week or so! For this big project, we need your help, and you could win a great prize!

We need you to finish this sentence: "I take time to..." Breathe? Pray? Laugh? Dance?

When you take a moment for yourself, what do you do? It can be deep, philosophical, entertaining, funny, whatever it is you do. It can be about family or fun. It can be about your faith or even your favorite hobby. It can be as simple or as in depth as you wish.

The submissions will be turned into a large collage to be displayed at our next big project.

As a thank you, we will choose one random person to receive a Custom Take Time piece and a $25 Michael's gift card!

To submit your answer:
1. Leave a comment on this blog post
2. Leave a comment on the Brianne's Basics FB page
3. Leave a comment on the Take Time FB page

One winner will be drawn on January 31 & posted on the Take Time Facebook page. Good luck to all & thank you for your help!

Join Us At DiPiazza's Rockin Charity Boutique!

We're excited to announce that we will be a vendor at DIPIAZZA'S ROCKIN CHARITY BOUTIQUE! We love participating the DiPiazza's Boutiques and this one is for a great cause!

DATE: Saturday, January 26
TIME: 3-7pm
LOCATION: DiPiazza's, 5205 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach CA 90804

Come celebrate the launch of Heart & Soules Charity Case for Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The place will be filled with all your favorite artists, vendors, bartenders, cooks, people, and bands! DiPiazza's in Long Beach has graciously opened their doors for a great cause, so let's roll on in and shop for a cause! Stick around afterwards to listen to some great tunes, have a few cocktails, or grab some scrumptious good eats. We will be raffling off some great items. Let your inner child or fantasy rockstar come out and play dress up with our photo booth opportunity too! This will be a rockin day! Proceeds of this event will benefit the kids at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

We'll also be a vendor at an upcoming USC Craft Fair at the Health Sciences Campus on February 11. We've participated in their craft fairs a number of times, and we're so excited that we were once again asked to come back! Details coming soon!

Thursday, January 10, 2013


We're having a SALE on our adorable Disney barrettes!

* Individual Disney princess ribbon barrettes: $3 each OR 2 for $5 + FREE SHIPPING (reg price $6 shipped)
* Cinderella (set of 5): $12 + FREE SHIPPING
* Tink & Friends (set of 5): $12 + FREE SHIPPING

This is a special offer that we're extending to our fans, in honor of our Take Time Facebook fanpage reaching 100 fans!

1. Go to our Hair Items album at our Facebook fanpage.
2. Choose the barrette(s) you want. Either leave a comment OR email us at
3. We will only be selling TWO of each barrette at this very special price, first come first served. We have (2) Belle, (2) Tiana, (2) Ariel, (2) Rapunzel, and (2) Sleeping Beauty. If a customer claims (2) Belle and (2) Tiana, we will be selling no more at this low low price. So get your orders in ASAP!

The Fine Print: Limit (4) barrettes per customer. Sale ends Friday, January 11, 2013, at midnight PST. In order to receive the sale price, Paypal payment must be received by Saturday, January 12, 2013. Free shipping applies to domestic/USA orders only.

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