“Home is Where The Food Is.” + Giveaway.

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Out of all of my jewelry, my Maps by A. Jaffe Necklace is one of my favorite, most personal pieces. The front is engraved with a map of my childhood neighborhood with a diamond to represent the house I grew up inย (where my parents still live), and the back says, “Home is Where the Food is.” That may sound a little odd, so let me explain.

My parents are restaurant owners and own one of the best restaurants on Cape Cod, which is incidentally attached to my childhood home. My dad is the head chef and my mom runs the front of the house. Owning a restaurant sounds very romantic and quaint, but it is hard, hard work. Growing up, I did every odd job… from washing dishes to running food to ultimately waiting tables (which was one of my favorite jobs, ever – the tips were great and I loved talking to customers about our family business and food)! Food has always been incredibly important to ourย whole family. We always eat there when I return home, and when my parents visit me in New York, the pressure is on to find somewhere amazing to take them. For the Atwood clan, there’s no better way to spend time together than to share a meal (preferably at our family restaurant). My family is extremely close and food to us is pretty much synonymous with family, so by saying that “home is where the food is,” I’m really saying “home is where family is.”

Today I’m really excited because A. Jaffe is giving one lucky reader their own maps necklace (in sterling silver). Just scroll down to the bottom of the post and enter using the Rafflecopter Widget. Annnd also, Molly is also sharing her own little story about home in Kansas City, and giving away a necklace on her site. So enter below, and then head over to A Piece of Toast to read Molly’s story and get another chance to win.

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  1. Anne says 9.18.15

    I love the story behind yours! What a great piece to have. I would map where my extended family’s cottage is, a place that has been in the family for many decades and we’ve all grown up going to.

  2. Casey says 9.18.15

    Love these necklaces! Perfect modern heirloom.

  3. Grace Vaitilingam says 9.18.15

    Definitely a thoughtful and unique piece any woman would want to own ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Elisabeth says 9.18.15

    So pretty! I’m originally from New York state, so I think I’d get that! Thanks for featuring this

  5. jillian says 9.18.15

    gorgeous! i’d love to make a necklace with chicago ๐Ÿ™‚ that will always be my home.

  6. Rachel says 9.18.15

    I would make a necklace of the first home my husband and I just bought. Until now we have rented and from the second we moved in (after a stint at my parents’) it felt like our home.

  7. paula says 9.18.15

    what a fabulous gift idea

  8. Marty says 9.18.15

    I’ve moved several times since childhood so picking a spot for this gorgeous necklace would be a toss up between my childhood home in Queens, N.Y., a place where I still hold fond memories of because of its diversity and the friendships I formed, or the first home I purchased on my own in Long Island, because it signifies something I accomplished on my own and worked hard for … and because it’s become the site of holiday celebrations for the whole family.

  9. Paulina says 9.18.15

    My cottage is where all my extended family reunites each summer for big breakfasts on the deck and late dinners at night.

  10. H says 9.18.15

    i love this! I live 3,000 miles away from my childhood home so this would be fabulous.

  11. Anna says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of my hometown as well (coincidentally also in MA)–Belmont. I spent the first 18 years of my life living there, and met pretty much all of my best friends since childhood in grade school there.

  12. Sam says 9.18.15

    What a special and great gift this would be!

  13. Marya says 9.18.15

    it look great

  14. Marty says 9.18.15

    I’ve moved several times since childhood so picking a spot for this gorgeous necklace would be a toss up between my childhood home in Queens, N.Y., a place I still hold fond memories of because of its diversity and the friendships I formed, or the first home I purchased in Long Island, because it signifies something I accomplished on my own and worked hard for … and because it’s become the site of holiday celebrations for the whole family.

  15. Diana Guerguieva says 9.18.15

    I would get
    1) a map of Varna, Bulgaria, where I grew up, with a diamond for the Black Sea. I now live in Toronto, but my favourite memories are of long days by the sea. My whole childhood has blurred into one long vacation of waves, sandcastles, and naps. Maybe I am a little tired of Toronto winters.
    OR
    2) a map of the University of Toronto campus with a diamond for the engineering library. I met my fiancee there 5 years ago. It was right before christmas vacation and we spoke only briefly before leaving. But it was so exciting! The library itself was in an old, dingy building full of loud, strange engineering students and socially awkward librarians, but we had so much fun working together. We are getting married in a couple of weeks, so the library is another special place for me.

  16. wendy sue says 9.18.15

    i’d do cape cod ! My family has a place in dennisport!

  17. Hollie says 9.18.15

    What a great story! I would make a map of Chicago, where I live now and met my husband.

  18. Sarah says 9.18.15

    I would love a map of my home….:) first house my husband and I bought together and where we brought all our babies home to.

  19. Mili says 9.18.15

    I’d make a map of my hometown in Georgia!

  20. Nora says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of my parents’ house in SF – i may not have lived there for almost 7 years but it’s still “home”.

  21. Mara says 9.18.15

    A great modern piece with special meaning!

    • Mara says 9.18.15

      whoops! Forgot to put where I would map! I would do my childhood home – or the town my family is from in Italy ..

  22. marissa says 9.18.15

    This concept is truly original! I would love a map of where my grandparents were from in Odessa to connect me to my roots.
    Yours is stunning, Grace!

  23. Meredith says 9.18.15

    I’d choose Atlanta, where I went to Georgia Tech ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Jill says 9.18.15

    I moved just about every year growing up until we bought our house 17 years ago. Not only is it the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere, it’s the home we brought our son to and where he will live until he goes to college. What an amazing idea! I’m obsessed!

  25. Sarah W says 9.18.15

    Love these! I would make a map of my grandparents beach house.

  26. Hilary says 9.18.15

    I would have a map of my childhood home in Western Massachusetts!

  27. LaTanya says 9.18.15

    Where my husband and I met

  28. I love this! My map would be of the shoreline of Massachusetts and I’d mark my favorite places to unwind and relax: duxbury, dennis, rocky nook, edgartown, and my home – south boston.

  29. lauren says 9.18.15

    what a unique idea! I would make a map of my home where my parents still live!

  30. Caroline says 9.18.15

    Love this idea! It would get my childhood home as well. Restaurant sounds amazing! Would love to try it sometime!

  31. Koren says 9.18.15

    I have lots of ideas. Maybe my high school, maybe my first apartment in Chicago, maybe my childhood home in Maryland or Florida. This is darling!

  32. erin says 9.18.15

    Love this!

  33. Emily says 9.18.15

    Probably my hometown of Hudson, NY!

  34. Andi says 9.18.15

    I would chose the spot in Buenos Aires where we were married!

  35. Alyssa says 9.18.15

    I would get the location of our wedding church – such a special memory!

    Alyssa
    Feathers and Stripes

  36. Kendall says 9.18.15

    The house I grew up in <3 I live far away from home now and love being reminded of where I am from.

  37. erica says 9.18.15

    I would love a map of my home in CT, since I live far away now!

  38. Emily says 9.18.15

    Also, your link for A Jaffe.’s Twitter is incorrect, seems like the correct username is @ajaffe1892?

    • graceatwood says 9.18.15

      ooh thank you! fixed it, sorry about that!

  39. Suzanne Zaleski says 9.18.15

    I would get a map of the home where I grew up – I live in another state far away from my family now.

  40. Jessica Weinberg says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of Los Angeles. It is where my family lives. While my husband and I live in New Jersey, a piece of my heart is in LA with my parents and siblings. Wish I could see them more often!

  41. Chrissy says 9.18.15

    Where my house is, a place on the highway in the country.

  42. Alina says 9.18.15

    Stunning piece and such warmth in the story. I would have a map of Florida since I grew up there and that it where I grew up but no longer live. So I could always look at it and remember my childhood.

  43. Natalie says 9.18.15

    Oh wow! I absolutely love this. I think that I would probably either do my hometown of Baltimore or perhaps Palm Springs in California. I went there for the first time this past summer and fell absolutely in love with it. xx

  44. Merissa says 9.18.15

    I’d make a map of the small town where I lived in VT — I’ve lived all over the country, but that’s where I feel like I’m from.

  45. Alyssa says 9.18.15

    I’d get something about the beach and have the map be of Southwestern Michigan.

  46. Dyann says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of my hometown, Farmersville, Texas. I grew up there and my parents still live in the same house. It would remind me of my roots and that I always have a place to come home to.

  47. Heidi Lyn says 9.18.15

    I would love to make a map of where I met my fiance! What a special way to remember that day.

  48. Ashley says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of the location where my fiance proposed to me.

  49. Erin says 9.18.15

    I’d make a map of my family’s beach house in Maine. It’s where I’ve spent all of my summers and I can’t imagine going anywhere else.

  50. Sean says 9.18.15

    I’d get a map of where I found the most happiness in my life which is in Michigan.

  51. Meredith A. says 9.18.15

    I would choose Charleston, SC. Where my husband and I got engaged and later married. It was also a favorite family vacation spot growing up so it has dual meaning ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Emily R. says 9.18.15

    I would get Avalon NJ! It is where my family goes to the beach and we have had a house there my entire life.

  53. Claire says 9.18.15

    Love this necklace! Mine would be the Tuscan Villa where I spent summers with my grandparents.

  54. Tanya says 9.18.15

    Cute necklace!

  55. rachel says 9.18.15

    I’d do a map to Cape Cod. My family has been going to Chatham and Wellfleet since before I was born!

  56. Erika W. says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of the hospital my two children were born at in Texas.

  57. Meg Jones Wall says 9.18.15

    What a beautiful piece, and such a fun concept! I’ve lived all over the place so it would be hard to pick just one – I would probably either do Boston, where I lived for 10 years and have a lot of friends, or would pick a place I’d like to visit – sort of an aspirational piece. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  58. Jessica says 9.18.15

    Beautiful necklace, I would make mine of Eastham, MA!

  59. Pegs says 9.18.15

    I would make one of NYC! I lived there for a while and its very special to me.

  60. Elyse G. says 9.18.15

    I would absolutely make a map of the summer camp where my husband and I met. That plot of land is magical and whenever I think of it, it brings back so many wonderful memories. *fingers crossed*

  61. Lauren says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of the location where I got married which also happens to be my favorite restaurant in Brooklyn!

  62. Megan says 9.18.15

    I would love one of my childhood home or the address of the castle I stayed in, in Ireland last year…the most memorable trip of my life!

  63. Jessica Beltran says 9.18.15

    I would may my childhood home in my Hometown of El Paso, TX. Home is where my family is.

  64. Grace says 9.18.15

    Those are so beautiful!

  65. Rachel says 9.18.15

    I’d choose Nashville, TN!

  66. morgan says 9.18.15

    Home is where the food is – that’s my favorite thing ever. But it’s true. I grew up on family dinners and saying a prayer before we ever take a bite. I think my map would be of New Orleans. That’s my home and always will be. When Katrina hit, people didn’t lose hope, they built everything back up and helped each other along the way. People were displaced and ended up staying in places far away from NOLA, but that just spread the amazing culture that comes from that great city.

  67. Marty C. says 9.18.15

    I’d really have to think about it, there are so many physical places with personal meaning for me that it’s hard to pick just one, but maybe my great-grandmother’s house,,,

  68. Zed says 9.18.15

    Love the necklace. Not quite sure what I’d map though.

  69. Ally says 9.18.15

    What a sweet story!

    Xo Ally

    http://www.allysoninwonderland.com

  70. grace says 9.18.15

    Love this idea! Thanks for the giveaway.

  71. Sam says 9.18.15

    Such a fantastic concept! I would probably make a map of the summer camp where I spent my childhood and eventually met my husband.

  72. S says 9.18.15

    I’d make a map of Boston, the city where I went to college!

  73. The Yuppie Files says 9.18.15

    I love special pieces of jewelry & the map is a great way to remember your home or a place that’s in your heart. I definitely would love to have a map of my college town because not only was it a great 4 years that shaped me but it’s where my husband and I met. It’s kind of my home away home, right?

  74. Lori says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of where my husband and I first met, since he is truly my everything!

  75. Erika says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of the US/Canadian border, as it represents where I’m from, and were I live.

  76. Jess Zimlich says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of my favorite Kansas City neighborhood, Hyde Park! It’s where my boyfriend and I moved three and a half years ago and it’s so special to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. Lizzie says 9.18.15

    What a great way to memorialize a childhood home!

  78. Amanda says 9.18.15

    I love that saying! My family has a deep appreciation for food like yours. Food is a focus of family gatherings and it isn’t really a party unless my grandma makes Pho. It is my comfort food and reminds me of being home with my family.

    • Amanda says 9.18.15

      I FORGOT TO PUT WHERE I WOULD MAP! I WOULD CHOSE CARMEL VALLEY: ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES TO VACATION AND WHERE MY HUSBAND AND I GOT MARRIED. YOUR WEDDING IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE ONLY TIMES IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY, ALL YOUR FRIENDS, AND ALL THE PEOPLE YOU TRULY CARE ABOUT GATHER IN ONE PLACE. WE WOULD REMARRY EVERY YEAR JUST FOR THAT REASON- TO HAVE ALL OUR LOVED ONES WITH US FOR DAY.

  79. cory says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of the street where my husband and I met.

  80. Emma says 9.18.15

    My house in Newport, RI!

  81. Melinda says 9.18.15

    My childhood home. I have lived in 4 different time zones, but that home has remained a constant. My parents still live there!

  82. sara says 9.18.15

    I would map my neighborhood in Atlanta. Would be fun to have my favorite places always with me!

  83. Cindy A. says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of Tennessee. Thank you so much for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway.

  84. Cory says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of Manhattan for my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday. She’s lived on the Upper East Side for 50+ years.

  85. Bree says 9.18.15

    I love this cute necklace! I love delicate personalized pieces ๐Ÿ™‚ The story of your own Cape Cod necklace is so precious. Fingers crossed I win!!

  86. chickie brewer says 9.18.15

    I am not sure what I would make a map of.. This is something I need to think about.

  87. Kayleigh says 9.18.15

    I love this concept! I’m so torn about the location I would choose for mine – either the town I grew up in, or the town I where I attended college and met my fiance ๐Ÿ™‚

  88. Alison says 9.18.15

    I love personalized jewelry like this. I’d do where I live now, Greenbelt Maryland. My now husband and I moved there 15 years ago because it was all we could afford. We weren’t even engaged, thought we’d try out living together and in a year or two move to a better place. But it became a home for us. The town opened our eyes, changed our lives for the better, and we grew with Greenbelt. Our starter home we decided to renovate instead of move out of, and now we share it with our daughter. Some day we may move to another place, but Greenbelt will always be where we planted our roots.

  89. susan smoaks says 9.18.15

    I would love to have a map of gainesville, fl

  90. Malya Levin says 9.18.15

    The beach town on the Mediterranean where my husband and I got married five years ago. Hoping to go back there one day with our baby boy, who is due in 4 weeks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  91. Lauren says 9.18.15

    I would map the town in Italy where my grandmother is from. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  92. Kaye Newman says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of my home.

  93. Ellie Hartleb says 9.18.15

    These are beautiful, thanks for sharing! I would map my grandparents street in a small town in northwest PA- their house has always been home base for our family, but they’re selling it soon, so this would be the perfect way to commemorate someplace so important to us.

  94. Lindsey says 9.18.15

    i would get a map of escazu, Costa Rica. My husband and I spent a year living there and I miss it so very much…

  95. Ellie says 9.18.15

    These are beautiful, thanks for sharing! I would map my grandparents’ street in a small town in northwest PA- their house has always been home base for our family, but they’re selling soon so it’d be the perfect way to commemorate someplace so important to us.

  96. Felicity Brigham says 9.18.15

    This is so great! What a beautiful way to commemorate a place โ€“ I’d probably do the little neighborhood in London that I lived in, my heart always longs for it.

  97. Jenna says 9.18.15

    I love it! I think I would do Knoxville, TN–where I went to college! It’s the town where I have some of the best memories.

  98. Casi Selph says 9.18.15

    Love this, such a gorgeous necklace! I would have to get the map to the first house my hubby and I bought togetherโ™ฅ

  99. alix says 9.18.15

    obsessed with the map necklace – definitely would put university of wisconsin – madison which is where I went to college – best people, best memories

  100. Raquel says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of the school I went from when I was 5 to 18 years old, here in Brazil.

    I studied for free in a school supported by a foundation with rich, medium class and poor children. But no matter what position your family had, we were all were treated equally. No privileges. We ate the same food, we wore the same uniform.

    I witnessed first hand how a good education really makes a difference in people’s lives. And how some of my poorest friends (who barely had a roof over their heads) had the opportunity to learn a profession and help support their families. Today, they all outstanding professionals and entrepreneurs, shining their light in Brazil and worldwide.

    My school reminds me to stay humble and to treat everyone I meet with respect. There, I learned values such as loyalty, honesty, and honor. It taught me to give back to the community, and to be thankful for the great masters I had and the amazing friends I made for life.

  101. Melissa Foltz says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of where my husband and I met at college.

  102. Tamara says 9.18.15

    Grace, you are amazing! Thank you for being a positive happy light!

  103. Danielle m. says 9.18.15

    Last weekend Heroes Camp reopened after over a year of being displaced because of a tornado so I would Map where Heroes Camp is and give it to the founder… “Home is where you nurture souls.”

  104. Genevieve says 9.18.15

    Love this! Even though my family does not own a restaurant, the “home is where the food is” sentiment rings true. Some of my fondest memories include cousins from both sides of the family piled around the dinner table in my parents’ house, talking about family and catching up on one another’s lives.

    • Genevieve says 9.18.15

      Haha–got so caught up in thinking about my parents’ dinner table, forgot to put where I’d map. My parents’ house outside of Chicago!

  105. Ellie says 9.18.15

    I’ve lived all over the country and in NYC for 5 years but I still call my parents house “home”. I love telling my husband “home is wherever I’m with you”

  106. Sarah C says 9.18.15

    I love your necklace! I would make a map of my current neighborhood in Shanghai!

  107. Brette says 9.18.15

    I love this!!! My home is where the food is, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  108. Brette says 9.18.15

    Oops…forgot to say what I’d get!! My childhood home in Melville, NY. It hurt to leave but I love driving by and remembering how special it was.

  109. Tara says 9.18.15

    Love these necklaces! I would choose a map of the town I grew up in or my favorite place in NYC.

  110. Marie says 9.18.15

    I would love a map of the wonderful ocean side town I lived and worked in years ago. It was a very happy time and I still love going to visit

  111. Jenn J. says 9.18.15

    I love sentimental pieces like this. They also make great gifts! ๐Ÿ™‚

  112. Sarah says 9.18.15

    I LOVE this giveaway – and the story behind your necklace! My mom’s family owned a resturant too and your experience growing up in the industry sounds a lot like my moms. These necklaces are gorgeous. What a cool keepsake to have for years and years. My map would obviously be Portland ๐Ÿ™‚

  113. Kristen I says 9.18.15

    I would pick my grandmother’s house on Fripp Island, SC. We go there every summer and I have such fond memories. Would love to win!

  114. Elizabeth says 9.18.15

    I would get a map of of where my parents’ house is! I haven’t lived at with my parents for several years, but it will always be home to me!

  115. Raquel says 9.18.15

    Love the necklace

  116. Cy says 9.18.15

    I love this idea, so personal and beautiful. I love anything to do with cartography ! Maps, globes, old and new. I would like one of my current San Francisco neighborhood. It’s all about food, family, friends and love here!

  117. Brandi says 9.18.15

    Love the necklaces! So beautiful. I would map my hometown. Although I no longer live there, my family and my heart still do!

  118. Cy says 9.18.15

    Why does it say that I have 0 entries?

  119. Cy says 9.18.15

    I’m confused the link also isn’t letting me add any additional entires and it says I have 0 entries. The only thing I am able to do is leave an comment. Does this link not work from an iPad ?

    • graceatwood says 9.18.15

      Hi Cy,
      I’m not sure! I know that the widget is working, so you might need to try it from a desktop computer. You are the first complaint I’ve had! Sorry for any inconvenience.

  120. Emily K. says 9.18.15

    I’d definitely map my family home. I moved away this year, and I’m super homesick. I’d love a reminder of home to carry with me every day.

  121. Katelyn says 9.18.15

    I’d make a map of my parents’ house in Richmond, VA, or just Richmond in general. I’m very close to my parents and I don’t have anything that really represents them and all their hard work they put in raising my brother and I. I love the city of Richmond with my whole heart but it would be extra special to have a piece that reminds me especially of my parents.

  122. Liz says 9.18.15

    I would choose a map of Hilton Head Island.

  123. Esther says 9.18.15
  124. Andrea Darst says 9.18.15

    I’d make a map of Sinai Hospital, which sounds weird, but that’s where my husband and I met for the first time. My niece got bit by a dog, and he went with her dad, and I came with her mom. Our eyes met, and there was a huge spark! 15 years later, we’re still together and married for 10!

  125. Elizabeth Green says 9.18.15

    Love itโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  126. Jeselyn says 9.18.15

    I would get a map of Portsmouth, NH. I currently live in San Diego, CA and am desperately homesick. I would love to have my family and my favorite town in my home state close to my heart.

  127. Liz says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of Washington DC

  128. Amanda says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of downtown Edmonton, AB Canada. It’s a place I’ve been going to to relax since I was in high school. I love the events and festivals that happen there in the summer. I love to do my errands there. And I love to sit and have a coffee I. One of the 2nd Cups or Starbucks.

  129. Kara says 9.18.15

    Kansas City! I love that you both chose your homes. I don’t have any pieces of jewelry that symbolize that yet. Such a good idea!

  130. Mel says 9.18.15

    I love the story behind your necklace!
    I would would probably map my hometown in NY!

  131. Haley says 9.18.15

    Such a beautiful necklace! And love the story of yours ๐Ÿ™‚

  132. Martha Morris says 9.18.15

    Hometown beach – topsail!

  133. Sonja says 9.18.15

    I would map Sloatsburg, NY, where my husband and I wed!

  134. Anny says 9.18.15

    Such a fantastic idea. Would love to have one of my parents farm!

  135. Caroline says 9.18.15

    Avalon, NJ

  136. Emma K. says 9.18.15

    I love this idea! I’d get a map of London. It’s my favorite city and I lived there for 6 months during a study abroad semester. It’s a decision that changed my life.

  137. Kristen B says 9.18.15

    My husband and I met in Alicante, Spain and I’d love to carry a piece of that city with me every day!

  138. Cathleen says 9.18.15

    I see so much loyalty from readers – when there’s a giveaway. Had to get that out.

    I like the concept of the necklace. I’m not sure where I would map. I’d have to really think about that. Yours is sweet.

  139. Allison says 9.18.15

    I totally agree that “home is where the food is”. We don’t own a restaurant but my mom is a great cook and always asks us for our “menus” for when we come home. We all have our favorites and she tries to make everything for everyone. The necklace is gorgeous!

  140. Nancy W. says 9.18.15

    I think I would it to Tulsa, OK. It’s where I grew up, my family lives there and I met my husband at college in Tulsa!

  141. LOVE this idea!

  142. This is so cute! What a great way to bring a location you love along with you.

  143. Seerlee says 9.18.15

    Adore this necklace! Such a true statement! xx

  144. Rachel says 9.18.15

    So sweet! i love how personal and beautiful this is!

  145. Christina says 9.18.15

    Calgary, AB!

  146. Jordan says 9.18.15

    These are beautiful! I’m moving overseas soon, so it’d be so wonderful to have a reminder of my childhood home around my neck.

  147. Rachael says 9.18.15

    I would make a map of Malaysia, the place where I was born and will always have a place in my heart.

  148. Sarah says 9.18.15

    My childhood home for sure. Love this necklace!

  149. Allie says 9.18.15

    The first home I rented with my boyfriend!

  150. Allie says 9.18.15

    Actually scratch that….i’d get the address of the apartment building where my boyfriend and I first met in the park walking our dogs!! MUCH better! ๐Ÿ™‚

  151. Kristen says 9.18.15

    this is beautiful! I would do Yarmouthport ๐Ÿ™‚

  152. Danielle M says 9.18.15

    Would def get one with my hometown on it… Mountainside, NJ:) I still live there with my hubby and am raising my boys here!

  153. Nan says 9.18.15

    What a great piece, I love how personal it is. Jewelry with a story behind it is always so much more valuable, I love pieces that have a history. I am graduating college that the end of this year, and I feel like this necklace would be an amazing graduation gift!
    xo Nan // Simply Elegant Blog

    • Nan says 9.18.15

      Grace, the other necklace you are wearing is also beautiful! If you mind sharing, I would love to know where it is from. xo

  154. kylie says 9.18.15

    Where I met my significant other.

  155. Katy says 9.18.15

    my hometown ๐Ÿ™‚

  156. Lisa says 9.18.15

    I’m a California girl living in Colorado and would love a piece of jewelry that show where I’m from!

  157. Emily says 9.18.15

    Miami University or Muirfield Village Golf Club – they’re both so important to me!

  158. hailey says 9.18.15

    I love your story! I also grew up working in my family’s business (although not a restaurant). I would get a map of my the small town where my family’s cottage is as I spent each summer there growing up.

  159. Rachel says 9.18.15

    Love the necklace and love the story behind yours!

  160. Bri says 9.18.15

    I would do a map of where I went to college, it will always hold a special place in my heart.

  161. Danielle Stafford says 9.18.15

    This is an amazing piece. Your post and the necklace! I would make a map of my undergraduate university. The start of quite a journey

  162. melissa says 9.18.15

    Such a cute necklace Grace! Love this idea and the sentimental value!
    xo,
    Melissa
    MissyOnMadison.com

  163. Kim Henrichs says 9.18.15

    These are amazing!! I would love to make a map of Tulum, Mexico where my best friend and I always go for vacation.

  164. Beth Friedman says 9.18.15

    What a beautiful way to wear an acknowledgement of your first home!

  165. Monica says 9.18.15

    I’m Italian but part of my wonderful family is in the Us, that necklace would perfectly symbolize how my heart is in two places at the same time. Would love it!

  166. courtney says 9.18.15

    id get the map of where i met my husband i think

  167. maureen says 9.18.15

    I am a sucker for personalized jewelry, but a trinket that pinpoints your favorite place on the planet takes personalization to a whole new level! I love the necklace!

  168. Kim Pincombe Cole says 9.18.15

    These are so unique – I’ve never seen anything like them.
    I would map the location in the Bahamas where my husband & I were married (Cable Beach)!

  169. keely says 9.18.15

    Definitely my hometown!!

  170. Barbara says 9.18.15

    This would make a wonderful gift for my niece who grew up here on Kauai and is missing the island since moving to the mainland and now lives in Seattle-great idea!

  171. Elizabeth says 9.18.15

    Love this idea! So special ๐Ÿ™‚

  172. Becky says 9.18.15

    I LOVe these necklaces! I think I’d have mine made of the beach I grew up going to. A little reminder of summers with the family, sand and the ocean. What could be better?!

  173. Stephanie says 9.18.15

    I would get a map of my hometown Toronto. What a cool concept.

  174. Erin J, says 9.18.15

    Where we got married!!

  175. Kimberly says 9.18.15

    I would love to get a map with our home on it. We never plan on moving ever again, and I love everything about our current location, even the name. Seriously, the street name was a selling point lol.

  176. CLAUDIA WELIHAN says 9.18.15

    I love this necklace. I would choose Miami, is a city with such flare. I lived there for many years and that’s where my Mom is at.

  177. Cristina says 9.18.15

    Beautiful piece and beautiful story

  178. Shannon Weel says 9.18.15

    I loved reading the story about your necklace, and I love how special this jewelry is. I would want a map of my hometown. So many wonderful and special memories.

  179. Erin says 9.19.15

    I’d choose Wellington, NZ.

  180. Hannah says 9.19.15

    San Antonio, TX! Home sweet home. ๐Ÿ™‚

    xx Hannah // http://www.homemadebanana.com

  181. Jenn says 9.19.15

    I would use the address for my hometown in the Napa Valley. “Home is where the wine is!” amiright??

  182. Courtney says 9.19.15

    I love this necklace and how you’ve personalized yours! I’d do my home where I’ve grown up & still live near by.

  183. Tiff says 9.19.15

    I would get Windermere, ON…which is a quaint little village in Ontario’s cottage country. My partner’s family has a cottage up there and it was such a place of happiness for me before he passed away. The necklace would be a beautiful reminder of him and allow me to continue my journey through this crazy life with him literally never far from my heart โค๏ธ

  184. Andrea C says 9.19.15

    My husband and I grew up one street from each other in Phila so I would get those two streets.

  185. michelle says 9.19.15

    My map would be of St. Louis

  186. Beth says 9.19.15

    These are beautiful! I would love a map of my home state, Minnesota

  187. Leah says 9.19.15

    Church Street in Burlington, Vt – where my husband proposed!

  188. Rebecca says 9.19.15

    I would love a map of nj.. My hometown is still so special to me

  189. Megan says 9.19.15

    Love this idea — a way to have something really unique, but still elegant and timeless. I would map the spot in Paris where my (now) husband proposed.

  190. Elizabeth says 9.19.15

    Such an awesome giveaway! I would choose my childhood home in New Orleans, where my parents still live

  191. Delaney says 9.19.15

    I would probably do my childhood home as well! I don’t spend too much time at home anymore but it’s nice to be reminded of the place I grew up ๐Ÿ™‚

  192. Krissy says 9.19.15

    I love these necklaces!! You will always have a special token of a very special place so close to your heart!

    I would get a map of the Palais Royal area in Paris because my fiancรฉ and I are having a tiny wedding there next July and it would be so amazing to remember that day throughs little diamond pinpoint ๐Ÿ™‚

  193. Hailee Holliday says 9.19.15

    love! This giveaway! I also grew up going to The Cape in the summer! I have wanted this necklace for forever and would get a map of where I first met my fiancรฉ.

  194. Krista Yeast says 9.19.15

    I absolutely adore the idea behind these pieces!
    My fiance Matthew and I are to be married in January and I would love to have my map be our wedding site and on the back of the necklace be our wedding date. That would be so special to wear around my neck with such a special memory ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cheers,
    Krista

  195. The jewelry lover + geography major in me loves these! So unique and pretty…seriously the thing I would want to gift to all my friends, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  196. Anna paquette says 9.19.15

    Love love love these necklaces! Such a beautiful idea. Been wanting one for a while now.

  197. Nicole Gist says 9.19.15

    I’ve moved around a handful of times so the map that has become the most special, and that I would like to remember for always, in the mental map that I have tucked away in my mind of the nooks and crannies. Each town has so many unique hiding places that one can only find having lived in and explored – I never want to forget those places.

  198. Jen says 9.19.15

    Cool idea – want to get more than one to layer my favorite places onto one necklace-charm bracelet style.

  199. Sydney - wttwcreate says 9.19.15

    I would love to make one for my mom of the house she grew up in!

  200. Akaleistar says 9.19.15

    What a beautiful necklace! I’ve lived so many different place that it’s difficult to choose a place I would want, so I think it would be fun to choose a place I want to live… like NYC ๐Ÿ™‚

  201. Shelley T. says 9.19.15

    My childhood home.

  202. Erin says 9.19.15

    Definitely where I met my husband. Would be close to my heart all the time!

  203. hillary says 9.19.15

    I would make a map of my home town, Seattle.

  204. Heather L. says 9.19.15

    Love the necklace, what a sentimental and meaningful piece of jewelry!

    • Heather L. says 9.19.15

      I would mark my happy place in Italy- it makes my heart sing.

  205. Pat Schwab says 9.20.15

    I think it would be the neighborhood where I grew up.

  206. Chelsea says 9.20.15

    I would consider the first house we bought in Iowa City and our honeymoon island off of Belize

  207. Taylor says 9.20.15

    I love this idea! I would love to get a piece with the map of Austin, Texas.

  208. Claire says 9.20.15

    Your necklace is lovely and such a sweet reminder of the love you grew up with. It’s hard to narrow down to just one spot, but I would choose where my husband and I met.

  209. Tanya N says 9.20.15

    Chicago for me, my most favorite city.

  210. Michelle Estevez says 9.20.15

    I cannot get enough of this necklace and the stories. I would map where my parents met because it resulted is years and years of love and me.

  211. Holly says 9.20.15

    I’d make my map necklace where I went to college!

  212. Savannah says 9.20.15

    San Antonio, where I gave birth to my son ๐Ÿ™‚

  213. Perri says 9.20.15

    What a unique piece of jewelry! I would love to rock one of my childhood home as well!

  214. Mallory says 9.20.15

    My lake house- the most relaxing place in GA!

  215. dana says 9.21.15

    I would get a map of the street my father grew up on. It was in a small town nobody has ever heard of any now that everyone is gone, it is up to me to carry on the memory.

  216. CharleneD says 9.21.15

    I think the state where I grew and started my own family, Oklahoma ๐Ÿ™‚

  217. Susan says 9.21.15

    Chester, N.S. would be the map of my choice.

  218. Erin says 9.21.15

    I love this! I would do the map of the area where I bought my first home, which I did all by myself

  219. Lauren DiLuzio says 9.21.15

    I love this!! I think I would get a map of the street I lived on in Sydney, Australia – too many amazing memories that help define who I am ๐Ÿ™‚

  220. Jayme says 9.21.15

    These are adorable! My map would either be in Boston, where my husband and I met and got married, or the small town in Ireland where he’s from which is my “other” home now.

  221. KRISS says 9.21.15

    Love this! I would love to give this necklace to my niece who has moved away from home. She’s so homesick and this would be a perfect way to keep home close to her heart.

  222. california. it’s my heart and home.

  223. Renee says 9.21.15

    I would map location of my destination wedding….Kauai, Hawaii.

  224. Michelle says 9.21.15

    This is such a great idea for a necklace – I love it! I’d do a map of Boston… my hometown!

  225. Briana says 9.21.15

    I would make a map of my college campus; it was & still is such a big part of my life and to have that constant reminder is something I crave. I have been wanting to purchase a map necklace from A.Jaffe & I would love the chance to win on ๐Ÿ™‚

  226. Reid says 9.21.15

    I love these! They are ahhmazing!!

  227. Kimberly says 9.21.15

    I would love to make a map of my childhood home! Love these!

  228. Alex says 9.21.15

    I would make a map of Martha’s Vineyard – where my fiance and I got engaged!

  229. Elizabeth says 9.21.15

    Such a wonderful keepsake and thoughtful gift.

  230. Holly says 9.22.15

    I’d make a map of where I got engaged to my husband!

  231. Kate Trammell says 9.22.15

    I’d get Alki Beach in West Seattle where I got engaged and had my very first date with my husband! We just had our first wedding anniversary so this would be perfect!

  232. Samantha says 9.22.15

    I’d get my college town–it’s where i met some of my best friends + boyfriend and i’ll never forget it!

  233. Peris Williams says 9.22.15

    i think i would either go with munich, or my favorite apartment in san francisco!

  234. Courtney says 9.22.15

    i love this! I’m recently married so would probably do something that speaks to that!

  235. Darlene Wright says 9.22.15

    My Home Town Boone,NC

  236. elisabeth says 9.22.15

    would either be brentwood, ca where my daughter was born or nyc, ny where i was!

  237. Lisa says 9.23.15

    A few years ago I lost my brother, who was 32 years old and left behind two daughters, my mother and myself. That was on Long Island, NY. I grew up there, although I moved to California shortly after my brother’s death. I have not been and will never be the person I was before tragically losing him. I would want my map to represent where my brother Tommy and I grew up…together, in Long Island. Where his body rests forever as I constantly try to achieve the feeling that I carry him with me always.
    So, Long Island, New York. Forever my home. With all the memories (however painful, happy or otherwise). I go back two times a year but it is never far from me while I’m away and it will likely be where I go home to rest when it is my time to leave this world.
    Ah, Long Island. For all my conflicted emotions, you are home.

  238. Bree says 9.23.15

    I can’t find my original comment in this thread… but I forgot to put where I would map as well! I would map my new home for over a year now – NYC. Best decision I ever made to move here – even if I am #foreverbroke ๐Ÿ™‚

  239. hattie says 9.23.15

    So beautiful! I’d have a map of Edinburgh – where I studied and a city I will always love!

  240. Emily says 9.23.15

    I think I would pick the place where I grew up

  241. Hannah says 9.28.15

    I would make a map of my hometown in Kansas!

  242. Anna Y says 9.30.15

    NY! Or China!