Thursday, July 26, 2012

Diamond Candles

Diamond Candles; A Hidden Gem
Diamond Candles Website

Diamond Candles  take two of my favorite things (candles and jewelry) and marry them happily together for a fun and exciting experience that you'll never forget!

Each 21 oz. Diamond Candle is made from natural soybeans grown right here in the good old US of A. Each candle is still made by hand to ensure quality and let me tell you...it shows!

The candles are $24.95 each, which is pretty comparable to Yankee Candles or Circle E Candles, and there are lots of fun, fabulous flavors (scents).





The best way I can describe this awesome candle to you, is for you to join in on the excitement with me. Here is my video review for the Diamond Candles Watermelon Wedge candle. I hope you enjoy it and go get yourself a Diamond Candle!


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Let Their Confidence Shine - Building confidence and self-esteem



One bit of advice I give my daughter, and hope to give to my twin boys someday, is that no two people are exactly the same (not even twins). We all are wonderfully made with different traits, personalities and talents, and those differences are what makes us unique and special.
As adults this usually isn't too hard of a concept to grasp, but when we were children, a mean word from someone, or the disappointment of not being picked, or not being as smart, or as pretty, or as athletic or talented as someone was hard for us to brush off. The need for acceptance is something that follows us around our entire lives. Take the explosion of social networking for instance (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc). How many of us check to see who likes our photos and statuses? Even I am checking my blog stats daily to see how many people are reading my posts, or checking to see how many fb fans my blog page has. Deep down it's all about the need to be accepted (This is exactly what my pastor preached about at church today, so I know we all deal with these issues all throughout our lives).

So how do we build our children's confidence and self-esteem in a world where comparison, sadly, is all around us? Here are 5 tips on building confidence and self-esteem in your children: (There are many, but here are just a few)

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  1. Build your own self-confidence and self-esteem: Parents with self-confidence and self-esteem will in turn relay that to their children. A child's self-esteem is acquired, not inherited, therefore how you feel about yourself as a person and parent will reflect in how you raise your children.
  2. Give your child responsibilities: Giving children chores and duties gives them the sense that they are valuable to the family. Your child will have a sense of accomplishment when he/she completes tasks. Try a job/chore chart with rewards, or call a job "special". My daughter and even my almost 2 year old twin boys all want to vacuum. My 4 year old daughter loves to do dishes and scrape her plate into the trash when she's done eating. She also loves to do laundry and fold towels. All things, when completed, make them feel valuable and give them a sense of self-worth.
  3. Love on your kids!: What do our children want from us? LOVE! Feeling loved makes you feel wanted and important. Tell them you love them, praise them, give them your attention, cuddle/hold/kiss them, play with them, etc. I know at times our kids can seem needy...but they NEED us! 
  4. Encourage children to talk about their feelings and issues: To a child, suppressing how they feel about something tells them that their feelings are not worthwhile, therefore, they are not worthwhile. Sometimes we may want our child to "get over" something, but do you remember how hard it was to simply "get over" something when you were a child? Take the time to talk to your children about their feelings and that will boost their self-esteem. 
  5. Don't compare your child to their siblings or other children: Comparing a child to someone else will always give them the sense that they are just not good enough. We are all made differently and learn and grow at different rates. When we compare, our insecurities overwhelm us. We set standards for ourselves that we simply cannot live up to. Do not confuse this with healthy competition like in sports and such. I believe sports are a great way to build character, teamwork skills, confidence, respect, and self-discipline.
 As Christians, we try to teach our children that they are wonderfully and beautifully made by a God who loves them no matter what. He made no mistake when He made them. We embrace their unique qualities and differences and try to raise them to accept others under the same premise.

If you are looking for some great books regarding confidence and self-esteem, here are a few suggestions that were given to me by teachers. Super cute books!

 
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Monday, July 9, 2012

Life Songs Of A Busy Mom & Cents Of Style Slizzling In Summer Giveaway!



Who doesn't love a great pair of shoes and fabulous jewelry? Well I've teamed up with Cents Of Style for a super chic, summer giveaway!

Cents Of Style is one of my very favorite shops on the web. I pretty much am in love with everything they offer and their prices can't be beat!

Cents of Style lives by two mottos. One, you do not have to spend a lot to look great, and two, when you look good, you feel good, and I completely agree!

Ok, so what are the prizes????  One super lucky winner will receive:
The Chevron Bling Necklace in Mint.

A 30" gold chain necklace with jeweled chevron detailing in three increasingly dark colors.

Chevron stripes are all the rage. What better way to add them to your wardrobe than with a beautiful mint necklace?

I love the Chevron craze right now and this necklace is perfect for a multitude of outfits. Mint is also super hot and I love that this necklace encompasses both trends.




 The Mardy Gladiator Sandal in Turquoise.

Suede-like gladiator sandal with side-bow detail and slim wedge.  Fit:  True to size.

I just love this sandal. Super trendy and girly with the perfect pop of color for your wardrobe. What's hotter than this mint/turquoise color right now? 


Ok so you've seen the fab prizes, now how do you enter?

It's simple, all you have to do is login with your facebook on the Rafflecopter Widget below and follow the instructions.

The giveaway will run July 9th-16th (One full week) and I'll announce the lucky winner shortly there after (Winner will be contacted first and then I'll make the announcement).

I'd like to thank Cents Of Style for sponsoring these great prizes!


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Pony Royale Princess Pony Review


This post is sponsored by Pony Royale.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

One of my daughter's favorite toys is a pony, and what better than a princess pony?!?! The new Pony Royale Princess Ponies are right up her alley. Changeable hair and fashions make these ponies perfect for your oh-so-girly girl.
Each pony comes with two sets of changeable hair, hair brush and its own jeweled birthstone blaze . Add another pony for a total of 60 fashion and hair changes! These ponies are beautifully made with regal detailing, movable heads, and stand on their own. My daughter was so excited to play with them and could change their hair and fashion with ease. What a perfect birthday gift for any little girl!

Here is what my 4 year old had to say about them:
Pony Royale Ponies and accessories will be available in late July 2012 exclusively at Toys R Us

Visit the Pony Royale website for more information. Look for Princess Ponies in stores starting late July! Meanwhile, be sure to check out Pony Royale’s Facebook page and follow them on Twitter!