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  • New Year's Resolution: Simply Becoming a Better You

    New Year’s is the time to reinvent yourself, set goals for the upcoming year and to become a better (or more polished) you. What are some of your goals for 2016?

    Deciding to make a big lifestyle change, or just deciding to change something simple in your life can be done any time of the year but one of the most perfect times to start something new is at the beginning of a new year. Whether you want to lose weight, start a new beauty regime or dye your hair a different color, the beginning of 2016 is as good a time as any! A new year can mean a new you.

    We, as women, are almost always looking for ways to improve ourselves - whether that is losing weight, wearing different clothes, or setting aside more “me time” - but I want to reiterate the fact that every woman is different, special and beautiful in their own way.

    Whatever goals that you decide to set for 2016, be sure to keep in mind that taking care of yourself should be a high priority. Here are some common (and pretty simple) resolution suggestions to help you become a better you in 2016!

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    Take care of yourself
    First and foremost, taking care of yourself should always be one of your first priorities. If you take care of yourself, you will be able to help others better and have a positive attitude for life! A few ways you can do this are listed below.

    Make Healthier Food Choices
    One of the most common New Year’s resolutions for women is to lose weight or to get in better shape. This can often be done through dieting but dieting can be frustrating and discouraging, and having to count your calorie intake isn’t something we all want to spend time doing.

    Losing weight doesn’t always have to be done through dieting and it doesn’t mean that you can never have another candy bar again or that you will have to refrain from having a delicious slice of pizza for the rest of the year. You can lose some weight and start feeling better by simply making healthier food choices.

    Instead of cutting out whole food groups from your diet, try to lower the amount of unhealthy food you eat and make healthier food choices! Making healthier choices can be as easy as choosing to eat whole wheat bread over white bread, or choosing to have a smoothie for dessert instead of a milkshake. There are many healthier alternatives that can satisfy your cravings!

    Diversify Your Wardrobe
    Some of us tend to get in a fashion rut throughout the year but a new year is the best time to pick yourself up and make a wardrobe that you love. Whether you are a fashionista or could care less about clothes, you probably are aware that how you dress does indeed affect how you feel.

    Have you ever put on a new, gorgeous dress and noticed how amazing you felt? There is potential for that to happen everyday! If you feel like you are in a fashion rut, try shopping at new stores in 2016. Try wearing different colors and trying out new silhouettes. You could finally buy the cute hate that you’ve been eyeing but have been too afraid to wear (PS - I bet you will pull it off flawlessly!) You may be surprised at how much one little red dress could change your life!

    If you need a place to start looking for new accessories or jewelry, don’t forget that you can browse all of Charming Chick’s items on our homepage!

    Stay Hydrated
    Staying hydrated is one of the most popular and easiest ways to keep your skin and body in healthy condition. Your body is made up of about 60% of fluids which means you should be drinking an adequate amount of liquids to maintain and replenish your body’s water levels. The recommended water intake is eight 8 ounce cups of water a day. By staying hydrated, you will help to maintain your normal bodily functions and prevent dehydration, suppress your food cravings (and help with weight loss), and keep your complexion looking great. And we all know that when your body feels good and your complexion looks flawless, you just feel a bit more confident about yourself!

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    Spend Time Outdoors
    Research has shown that the average American spends about 93% of their life inside! Of course this is different for every person but for the most part, that sounds pretty depressing. Only 7% of our lives are spent outdoors?! This lack of time spent outdoors can end up being a huge problem since being outside is known to have many beneficial effects on your body.

    Allocating time to be outside, in general, is a good practice to follow but being outside and exercising is even better for your morale! Any activity - from simply taking a walk on your lunch break to something more intense like rock climbing - can help to boost creativity, improve your mood and increase your Vitamin D levels, all of which leave you feeling better about yourself!

    Be a “Yes” Woman!
    If you have ever seen the movie “Yes Man”, starring Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel, you probably know the premise behind being a “yes” woman. Basically, the movie is about a ‘boring’ guy who never does anything fun and just mopes around. He doesn't like his job, his wife recently left him and all he wants to do is be depressed. Well, he and ends up getting ‘hypnotized’ into thinking that he must say yes to everything he is asked to do and when he starts saying yes, his life changes for the better - and I won’t give any more details away in case you haven’t seen it yet!

    So again, this if you feel like you may be in some sort of life rut or one of your resolutions for 2016 is to be more spontaneous, become a “yes” woman! Go on dates, go on adventures, spend time with your girl friends, and do things you’ve never done before! If someone asks you to try something new, say yes! You never know when one unplanned night could lead you down the path of the best year ever.

    Meditate
    Meditating is a common task that most of us forget to do. Meditating is a time for you to gather your thoughts, sort through your feelings and maybe just some much needed alone time. For those of us in a fast paced life, finding time to be alone can be difficult. We live in a world where people are impatient and always have something important to do and we often forget to take time for ourselves.

    There are different types of meditation, ranging from concentration meditation to walking meditation. You can read more about meditation and it's benefits, along with  how to start effectively utilizing these procedures here.

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    As you can see, there are many ways that you can begin 2016 with the goal of taking care of yourself. Taking care of yourself can help you become a better you in diverse ways. Why not try something new next year!?

  • Super Bowl: Get Ready for the BIG Game

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    via the Hostess {with the Mostess} Blog

     

    We have one more week of NFL division playoffs, then we will know who will be in this year's Super Bowl. This year the Super Bowl game will be played on Sunday, February 3rd. If you are like millions of Americans, you look forward to the big game and perhaps even plan a festive party so you can enjoy the Super Bowl game, friends, family and food on the day of the big game. Today on the CharmingChick blog, we are going to give you some tips and inspirations so you can make your Super Bowl party a smashing success.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Planning the perfect Super Bowl party doesn't have to involve great expense or super fancy decor -- though it certainly can if you wish. The most important thing is to invite people you enjoy being around (a love for football is not a requirement). Then you'll want munchies, chips, dips, veggies, hot dogs, pizza, or any other crowd pleasing favorites. You definitely don't want anything too awkward to hold in one hand -- and cheer with the other. If you will have alcohol at your party, please make sure everyone drinks responsibly and those drinking should have a designated driver to get them home safely.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    If you ask my children, any food is better on a stick. I stumbled upon this delicious looking appetizer. It looks fancy but take a look at the recipe on the blog Big Girls Small Kitchen. It's really simple and your guests will definitely be "Wowed"! Make up some of these with delicious meatballs and some Lil' Smokies wrapped with bacon or dough.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Football decor is also fun. I love the idea pictured above that I found on the Amina Michele blog. Forget the stuffy table cloth, use some turf and white tape to make festive football field that will showcase your delicious Super Bowl goodies! Such a simple idea but it will leave a lasting impression on your gifts -- and maybe become a yearly tradition!

     

    One other fun activity that I'd like to mention is a Football Pickem. You can waged bragging right, goodies, chores, or whatever you like but it really makes watching the Super Bowl even more fun for avid football fans and novices alike. The questions can be anything. Check out these questions from last year's event, http://www.officepickem.com/superbowlquestions/ All you need to do is modify some of them to make them relevant to this year's Super Bowl.

     

    What are some of your favorite things to do or serve at your Super Bowl party?

  • Brides: Will You ChooseTraditional or Trendy?

    Here Comes the Bride

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    After you choose your wedding dress, you'll probably start thinking about what accessories will look best with your gorgeous gown. Many brides select very traditional pieces, but what if you want to showcase more of your own personality and style? Well then my dear, then go in search of accessories that speak to your fashion soul. Go with your gut and wear what love.
    The Dress
    Before we talk about the jazzy accessories you might like to select, you might want to decide on your dress. Would you like it to be more traditional, or a little out of the ordinary. You can always play around with adding colorful embellishments, going with vintage, raising the hemline and much more. Be sure that you select a gown you LOVE and makes you feel like a bride.
    The Shoes
    Bridal shoes generally peek out only slightly from the bottom of the wedding gown. More and more brides are having a lot of fun by putting their personal flare and funky style into their bridal shoe selection. At weddings today, you are likely to find glittery sneakers or pumps, brightly colored heels or ballet flats, beautifully embellished cowboy boots, and much more!
    The Accessories
    Bridal jewelry and other wedding accessories are another way that brides can really show off their personal style. Bold necklaces are very popular for brides who choose a strapless gown. However, some of these brides choose to forgo neck adornment and instead go for a striking pair of drop earrings. Many brides today are also losing the veil and instead selecting beautifully ornate hair pieces, or using a blusher.
    There are so many ways that brides can showcase their personal style. Brides, don't go with what you think people expect you to have or wear, instead choose what makes you (and your groom) happy. When all is said and done YOU will be left with those wonderful memories of how perfectly authentic your big day was.
  • Garnets: January's Birthstone

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Full of rich color, our Sterling Silver
    Red Garnet Chandelier Earrings feature
    genuine garnet stones and beads set in solid
    sterling silver.

     

    People born in the month of January are very fortunate to have such a wonderfully diverse gemstone designated for their birth month. Garnets are deeply saturated in history and lore. It has been worn by kings and queens, knights, high priests, and regular folks too. This beautiful gemstone has adorned some very famous jewelry pieces and also used as an abrasive to smooth rough edges.

     

    The word garnet is derived from the Latin word "granum" meaning "grain". The most common color is a deep rich red color and the "grain" that it most closely resembles is the pomegranate seed. Garents are a very durable gemstone, suitable for everyday wear. They come in as a 7-7.5 on the  Moh's scale of hardness.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Designed for drama, our Sterling Silver
    Red Garnet Leaf Ring features genuine red
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    Garnets are found in a wide array of colors; green (tsavorite), Christmas red (anthill), bright yellow to yellowish-orange (spessertite), orange (hessontite) -- in fact it was once thought that the only color garnet could not be found in in blue. However, in the early 1990's it was discovered in in Bekily, Madagascar and has since been found in other areas as well. It occurs only very rarely.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our Sterling Silver Red Garnet Ring features
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    Garnets have been thought to bring healing, protection and strength to stones who wear this beautiful stone. In addition, presumably thanks to it's most famous deep blood red color, it is believed to regulate the heart and blood flow. Garnet has also long been used as a symbol of friendship. In fact, according to legend, if you wear garnets they will improve your personal relationships and protect you from harm -- and that benefit DOUBLES if you are born in the month of January!

     

     

     

  • Money Saving Tips -- New Year, New YOU!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    What resolutions did you make for the New Year. Many people make goals to lose weight and shed those unwanted pounds. However, if you are one of those people who have decided to go on a financial diet and shed your unwanted debt we have some great money saving tips on the CharmingChick blog today. Depending on your financial situation, things may seem very bleak. It is easy to feel very overwhelmed by debt or your other financial worries -- but stressing about it doesn't help you solve the problem. Simple measured steps can help you get where you want to be. It won't happen over night. It will take hard work, determination and commitment BUT the end result will be worth all of your hard work!!!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Money Saving Tips

     

    1. Set a Budget

     

    It is very important to set a budget so you know where every dollar you have coming in, is going out to. The first month or so will be a little difficult if you don't really know how much you spend each month on things like groceries, eating out, gas, clothing etc. The easiest way to set your budget and track your spending is with a budget tracker. Mint.com offers a free version that can help get you started AND get you organized. You can also use Quickbooks or just create your own for FREE using Microsoft Excel or Google Docs. Setting up a budget and tracking your spending will help you know exactly where you can make cuts and possible help save yourself hundreds of dollars each month.

     

     

    2. Save for an Emergency (they do happen)

     

    Debit expert and financial guru Dave Ramsey has developed what he calls Seven Baby Steps. These steps are designed to help you eliminate debit and create a stable financial future. One build on YOUR money, not on top of debit which can create issues down the road. The first baby step is to save up for an emergency. If you put away $1000 as quickly as you can by selling something, working overtime, skipping eating out for a month, whatever it is you can do to save that money do it. This creates a safety net for when emergencies arise. This way you can pay cash instead of creating even more debt. ONLY use it for an emergency!

     

     

    3. Use Coupons

     

    Using coupons and coupon codes can save you lots of money on the things you buys everyday. At CharmingChick we post many of our coupon codes that can help you save money. There are so many great coupon code websites out there but two of the most popular that we use are RetailMeNot.com and CouponChief.com. If you need to purchase something, always check to see if there is a way you can save money on it first. You can also find discounts on the items you purchase every day like groceries, toiletries, eating out and MUCH more.

     

     

    These three money saving tips are just the beginning. Do you have a great money saving tips you'd like to share We'd LOVE to hear it.

     

     

  • Polyvore: Make a Statement in the New Year!

    Make a Statement in the New Year!

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    We LOVE Polyvore! How about you? It's so fun putting together fashionable sets and collections. What is your favorite thing to do or look for when you are on Polyvore? We love to know!!!

  • New Year's Resolutions: Set Yourself Up for Success!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Are you making a New Year's Resolution this year? Sometimes we make these resolutions only to let them fall by the wayside a few short months later. So, what are somethings you can do to ensure that you really stick to your goals this year? How do you make sure that you will be successful? Well, today on the CharmingChick blog, and just in time for the holiday, we have some tips that will set you up for success so you will see your resolution through until you get to where you want to be!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    First of all, it's important to note that most people who set New Year's Resolutions will abandon them in the first 6 months. Actually, this article says that actually 88% of people will fail in their resolutions. Sounds pretty depressing right? So, what's the point in even making a resolution? The point is YOU are not everyone and if you follow these simple tips and really commit yourself to your goals (which is really what a resolution is anyway) you WILL be successful!

     

     

    TIPS for Sticking to Your New Year's Resolution

     

    1. Write down your goals -- It is always a great idea to write down your goals. Be very specific about what you want to accomplish, start small and work up to your ultimate goal. Give yourself daily, weekly, monthly and then your yearly goal.

     

     

    2. Be your own motivation! -- No one is going to come over everyday and knock you over the head with motivation. The first thing you need to realized is that the only person you are letting down by giving up too quickly is yourself.

     

     

    3. Reward yourself for a job well done! -- Make Sure you celebrate the little milestones you accomplish along the way to meeting your ultimate goal. Be sure to pat yourself on the back.

     

     

    4. Post your resolutions -- Put your goals up where you can see them throughout the day. This will serve as a perpetual reminder and encourage you to move forward.

     

     

    5. Change your behaviors -- Whatever your resolution, make sure you set yourself up for success. Don't put yourself in situations that will cause you to fail. If you want to eat healthier, don't fill your cupboards with junk food. If you want to quit smoking, you'll have to change your daily pattern up a bit so you fill the time you normally would have been smoking, with healthier habits. Just make better choices that will help you in the long run.

     

     

  • New Years Chic ~ By CharmingChick

    New Years Chic
    The beginning of 2013 is just a few days away! Have you started planning what you are going to do to ring in the New Year -- and even more importantly what you are going to wear? Today on the CharmingChick blog, we are going to talk fashion. More specifically, New Years Eve fashion. So what are some of the dos and don'ts for dressing up for the New Year?
    Bling, Bling
    To ring in the New Year, you'll definitely want some bling BUT beware -- too much glitter and sequins can have you looking like a 12-year-old. So choose one of two dazzling pieces -- a dress, a skirt, some eye shadow with a touch of glitter, shoes, etc. Then choose a couple of statement pieces of jewelry and you are ready to sparkly your way into the new year!
    Downsize
    You don't want to carry your everyday bag into your New Years Eve celebration. It is much easier, and more stylish, to take in an elegant clutch. You can fill it with just a few necessities; lip gloss, powder, your cell, your driver's license and anything else you may need for the night.
    Wear your Sky High Stilettos (but bring some flats just in case)
    Oh,what we women endure in the name of fashion. You'll no doubt want to wear your most fashionable and fabulous heels. You can probably make it through the evening wearing them but it's a very good idea to bring some equally stylish flats  -- for when your dogs start barking. Even if you can't bring yourself to put them on at the party, you may want to secretly slip them on for the ride home.
    Little Black Dress?
    Of course a little black dress is always a great "go-to" item. You can dress it up with gorgeous accessories and really make it stand out from the crowd. Add an embellished belt, an elegant and colorful pashmina, dazzling jewelry pieces or anything else you can use to take your style up to the next level.
    Whatever you do, be comfortable, be fabulous and be yourself.
    Happy New Year!
  • Christmas 2012 Delivery Guarantee

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Christmas Delivery Guarantee

     

    At CharmingChick.com, we are committed to shipping your order as quickly as possible. Many items ship within 2-3 business days, often sooner (please see item page for specific processing time for that item). Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we know that every gift you buy needs to arrive on time. To ensure that your order arrives by Christmas, please note these deadlines:

     

    • Saver shipping: Dec. 13th Midnight CST
    • Standard Shipping: Dec. 17th Midnight CST
    • Express Shipping or 2nd Day Air: Dec. 19th Noon CST
    • Next Day Air: Dec. 20th Noon CST

     

    Orders for personalized items placed after Dec. 16th 5pm CST will only be guaranteed for Christmas Delivery if you choose 2nd Day Air (by Dec. 17th) or Next Day Air (by Dec. 19th) accordingly.  Our acrylic cut-out items, Mother's Pendants, Name Necklaces, Black Letter Engraved jewelry and Filigree Monogram jewelry items take much longer to produce, and thus must be ordered by December 12th for Guaranteed Christmas delivery.

     

    We want you to be confident shopping with us, so we guarantee delivery by Christmas. If you meet the ordering deadlines above and don't receive your order by 12/25/11, we'll gladly offer a full refund, including shipping costs. Just email us with 3 days of receipt for your Return Merchandise Authorization number and we'll send you instructions on how to send the item(s) back to us for your refund.

     

    We hope this takes the stress out of your holiday shopping, and assure you that, as always, we are here to help in any way that we can. Thanks for choosing to shop with CharmingChick.com and Merry Christmas!

  • Christmas Gift Ideas: iPhone and iPad Accessories

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Looking for a unique and special Christmas gift? Well, CharmingChick has just added a variety of stylish Personalized iPhone and iPad cases!!! We started carrying a few iPhone styles over the summer and now we have several more designs to offer. We have cases for the iPhone 4/4S and the new iPhone 5. Our iPad cases come in a soft sleeve or hard cover case and several striking designs and colors. In addition, each case can be personalized for an added touch. Dress up your phone or give these as a gift for someone you love this holiday season.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We carry several Mother's iPhone cases. These make a wonderful mother's or grandmother's gift and can be personalized with children and/or grandchildren's names. It's a very special reminder that she will look at several times a day -- everyday. These personalized Mother's  iPhone case come in many styles and colors.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Another way you can dress-up your phone is with this case that features a beautiful honeycomb design. It comes in a variety of colors and can be personalized with a monogram in the center. We have several fonts to choose from. All our our stylish cases allow you to really express your personal style and make a statement. The designs are unique and the prices are great!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We also have several Personalized iPhone cases that can show your interests. These adorable iPhone cases make the perfect gift for the cheerleaders in your life. If you are surprising her with a new iPhone this Christmas, this cover would be a special addition!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This Personalized Christian Cross Bible Verse iPhone Case is available in several color choices. The personalization style, font and color will be as shown in the examples (cannot be changed). Available in a style that fits iPhone 4/4S and a style that fits iPhone 5.

     

    Please visit our Cell Phone Accessories page to view our entire selection of fashionable iPhone and iPad Cases!

     

     

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