Saturday, January 8, 2011

Days of Play--Snowflakes

For M.E.'s first birthday we transformed our house into a winter wonderland.

You might think I did this so her special day was magical.

Truth is, I LOVE making snowflakes.

Last Tuesday I taught M.E. how to make snowflake cut-outs.

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If you want a quick, fun, festive craft idea then break out the white paper, silver glitter, and scissors and whip up some snowflakes.

Need some inspiration?
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Simple instructions 

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3D Snowflake directions (I made a TON of these for M.E.'s party!)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Fashion Friday: Faux Fur Vest {Giveaway}

Hello and welcome to all The Dating Diva readers!

I'm Reagan, the label-maker lovin', OAMC cookin', game playin', sexy date plannin' woman/wife/mom behind Where is the ME in Mommy?.  

Something I really love is striving to NOT look like a mom. No mom jeans or mom butt on this woman!  To celebrate fashion loving women everywhere, I'm giving away a one-of-a-kind faux fur vest!

Look carefully at the following celebrity fashions.

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Now, what is the common thread?

Faux Fur Vests of course!

Faux fur vests are kinda the "in" thing right now and luckily the trend fits any budget.

Wearing a faux fur vest is easy!

rolled jeans + T shirt + vest + flats + bold accessory = Effortless Style

Chambray dress + boots + vest + necklace = Casually Confident

Breezy dress + boots + vest + bangles + ring = Boho Fun

Skinny jeans + long sleeved T + bold necklace + vest = Cool and collected

Have I tempted you into desiring a faux fur vest?

To celebrate the launching of the all new The Dating Divas website, I'm giving away a faux fur vest!

Winner of this giveaway will receive a faux fur vest similar to the one below (color/pattern may vary from the photo).

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Wanna throw your name in the hat?

Here's how:

Head to THE DATING DIVAS and follow directions there.

And while you are at it, take a stroll through their blog and plan a hot date for your special lovey!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

{Guest Blogger} Things I Love--Responsibility Chart

Welcome to today's guest blogger, Sarah!

Sarah is from the South and loves to cook.  She's the cookin' cutie behind Frontier Kitchen.  I may have mentioned a few thousand times how much I love her cooking and trust me, I'm not making this up.  I. Love. Her. Cooking

Though Sarah is one of my BFFs (which is why we can double date and do Twilight stuff together), I'm pretty sure my tummy/muffin top/thighs are convinced she's the devil incarnate.  Check out her blog. You'll understand.

Anyhow, big huge THANK YOU to Sarah for contributing to this week's "Things I Love ..."

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I haven't met a mom who doesn't love Melissa & Doug products. They're fantastic, durable and classic.

One of my favorite products of theirs is the Responsibility Chart.
I have an earlier version of this one for my daughter. My mom had bought two for my younger brothers over ten years ago and thoughtfully sent one of the charts to us last year for Lillian to use.

I love how these are magnetic so you can adjust it each month for the responsibilities you want your child to work on depending on their age or skills you want them to learn. Right now my daughter's has: get dressed, put away toys, set the table, stay dry, no whining, help mom, and take care of pets.

I love how all the responsibility magnets have pictures of what needs to be done along with the words for them. This is not only good for children who can't read yet, but it also helps them understand that words have specific meanings by routinely seeing them used together.

I love that you can work with your child to set goals to keep them motivated to work on their responsibilities. So with my three-year-old, I set rewards up (getting ice cream, buying a small toy/book, an hour at Chuck E Cheese, etc) and also use words of encouragement. This appeals to the strong extrinsic motivation all young children have and also nurtures their development towards intrinsic motivation. 

What system do you have to encourage responsibility in your children?

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Want to know where else you can catch Sarah?  She's on The Dating Divas today and is giving away a necklace and ear ring set. Do you want to know more?  Click here!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

{Guest Blogger} What I Think About: What it Means to be a Woman


A big Wyoming welcome to Pam, our guest blogger of the day.  Pam is the U.K. blogger behind  Geek Chic.  I "met" Pam through the 30/30 challenge and instantly became a follower because of her staple belief.
Pam states, "I firmly believe a woman can never have too many boots."
Sign me up for that!

Anyhow, Pam followed WITMIM? back--a somewhat "weird" follower in that she is not a wife or a mom.  And yet her submission of this guest blog just really spoke to my heart.  She isn't a part of the secret society of women with rugrats and diamond rings but she is still trying to find that balance of what it means to be a woman. 
If you read nothing else today, read this and ponder.  (Oh, and giggle at the slight language differences.  Even in print I LOVE an English accent! Ha!)
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There’s really no need to say that now being a woman is more difficult than it ever was.  It’s not just about beauty magazines either.  Everyone has a say in what it means to be a woman and this 25 year old is getting really peeved by all the contradictory information. 

We’re supposed to be powerful yet nurturing, slim yet curvy, smart yet not too smart, stay at home Mum’s who go to work too. The media tells us that they love natural looking women whilst advertising hair colours only imagined by sugar high pixies and bright red lipstick and then they tell us that natural beauty involves a lot of mascara and giant eyelashes. 
 It’s crazy and it’s really no wonder than teenagers are so confused.
I’m a few years past my teenage years and yet I keep being told I’m not a woman. I’m unmarried and don’t have children so I’ve not lived enough to be a woman. With marriage and children comes an invite into the sacred group known as women. But of course, if I pout and throw a hissy fit I’m told “You’re a grown woman, act like it” somehow I’m not even sure how to be a woman anymore.
Sex in the City promotes promiscuity and feminists tell us this is okay because we’ve reached a time of sexual freedom, but what if I don’t want to throw myself at every good looking man I see? Is it really so difficult to imagine that actually being in love is more important than the perfect orgasm?
I find it so hard to imagine what I’m going to do when I get married and maybe have a kid. I believe I can be a good Mum whilst working and my government backs me up but at the same time there is a lot of public pressure concerning children who didn’t have a stay at home mum...apparently they’re all delinquents. I doubt that but what do I know? I’m just a kid still. 

So what is a woman? I know women who are innocent and some who are not. I know strong women and weak women, women who love men and women who don’t. I know Mum’s and Gran’s and Aunts and Cousins, women who have been in the army and women who are fighting essay deadlines and exam stress. Is it fair to say that a woman must be strong? That excludes a lot of women. What about those who are smart? I was once told to get a man I needed to dumb myself down. Clearly I ignored that advice; I found a man who loves me for who I am not who people think I should be.
When you’re young people tell you that you can’t be in love. After all you’re young, what do you know about love? I still get told that but there are women younger than me who are married and have children (some don’t but they still have a ring that gives their love validity) does that mean their love isn’t genuine? No, it doesn’t. Somehow an engagement ring and a wedding band means that they are serious about their love whereas not having these things means you will sit there and smile when people make assumptions that you’ll break up soon. It’s madness yet because I’m “young” it’s okay for people to assume I don’t know a thing about love. 

Maybe one day I’ll figure it out. Who knows but somehow I doubt that’ll be the day I get married or give birth. Perhaps I’ve already figured it out, at least until the next advert tells me I haven’t.
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Did you know that THE DATING DIVAS launched a new site and are hosting some awesome giveaways this week?  Necklaces, earrings, subscriptions, marriage calendars, faux fur vests ... you better check it out!  Click here

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

{Guest Blogger} The Reason Behind The Happy Dance

A big WITMIM? welcome to guest blogger Deanna. I "met" Deanna through the 30/30 challenge and she's offered to do a post for me while I'm in Mexico! (Do you get the feeling I'm rubbing it in? No, well how's this? I'm in Mexico. Na na na na na!) Just kidding ;)

Anyhow, please look at beautiful Miss Deanna and read all about WHY she's doing a happy dance ... digitally captured and shared online!
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Purple Necklace – Jewelscapes Full Bodied Vino Necklace – Amethyst stones, Agate Stones, 44 inches long
Earrings – Jewelscapes Amethyst Daggers Earrings
Yellow Necklace – Jewelscapes Liquid Sunshine Necklace
Ring – Jewelscapes New Jade Stone Wire Wrapped ONe Size Fits All Ring
All Jewelscapes jewelry is handmade by me and available at http://www.jewelscapes.etsy.com/
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Hello!  First of all I want to thank  http://whereisthemeinmommy.blogspot.com/  for the opportunity to be on her great blog!

I'm Deanna and I am  the 34 years young Jewelscapes jewelry designer and creator,  photographer of myself and my creations, mama of 3 rascally kids who’s names I change for blog land (Sunshine – 13 years old///L man – 7 years old///Little S – 3 years old), wife of a hardworkin man, and I daily share jewelry and outfit coordinating ideas at my blog http://www.jewelscapes.blogspot.com/ !

This outfit and jewelery coordination was for a little luncheon I threw for some girlfriends! Woo Hoo!

When you are the mama of 3 kids and work from home, making time to hang out with a group of your girlfriends doesn’t happen as often as you’d like, so I was pretty excited about it.

That’s why I’m doing a little happy dance in those photos!

We had a great time visiting, exchanging advice, making baby shower invitations for another friends baby shower, eating, and sipping some tasty drinks!

This occasion seemed to call for the comfort of a soft sweater,  lots of fun colors, and necklaces that swing, sway and  glimmer! Fun fun fun!!!

What do you think? If you are a mom, how often do you end up getting together with your girlfriends?  

Although I get together for lunch or a movie with one girlfriend at a time every once in a while, it’s been about a year since a whole group of us got together to hang out!  

What do you do when you get together, chill out at one of your homes or go out somewhere?
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Hello fellow bloggers! Do you have some of my handmade Jewelscapes Jewelry marked in your etsy favorites? Would you like 20% off of the next item you purchase at Jewelscapes.etsy?  I would love to give it to you too!
I have just created a NEW Jewelscapes.etsy button in my sidebar, it links people to my etsy shop not to this blog. All you have to do is copy the code below the "Handmade and Vintage Jewelry/ jewelscapes.etsy.com picture" in my sidebar, add it to your sidebar,  and leave it there for 30 days. As soon as you put it in your sidebar and let me know about it in a comment here, the next item you purchase at jewelscapes.etsy will be 20% off for you!  (just mention this offer in your etsy message to seller at checkout and I refund your Paypal!)
Thank you so much. It is a joy to know you all and I hope to help each other too!
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Did you know that THE DATING DIVAS launched a new site and are hosting some awesome giveaways this week?  Necklaces, earrings, subscriptions, marriage calendars, faux fur vests ... you better check it out!  Click here