• Pinterest Boards: Not Just for Ladies, Guys Like It Too











    My husband is under the misconception that Pinterest is just for the ladies. Nothing could be further from the truth. It's really for everyone. For instance if your guy is into action movies, superheros and comics there is a TON of stuff out there. Think of all the great boards that guys could come up with related to cars, videos games, their favorite sports teams and so much more. I know that many ladies are interested in these things as well -- I have a boards of my favorite football team of course :) The point is, if you are a guy and the word Pinterest has you envisioning frilly women's fashion, a thousand pages of nail art, and tons of wedding and baby stuff -- well yes, there is a lot of that. However, depending on who's boards you follow -- you will find a lot of stuff you love.













    Pinterest is a very visually pleasing site and when you follow boards or people and you see things you like you can "pin" those items to one of your boards. Let's say you are looking for dinner ideas and you see a pot roast that looks delicious. When you "repin" this photo from the board you see it on aren't simply pinning a picture of the most mouth-watering pot roast you have ever seen, you are actually pinning the website where you should be able to find the recipe for this dish. Putting together a Pinterest board of Grilling allows quick and easy access to recipes to make. How many times have you been surfing the web and you end up at a site but you have no idea how you got there or how to get back. You could always bookmark it to your computer but pinning it on Pinterest allows you to categorize items AND desplay a photo. It's and that's certainly not just something only females can enjoy, so come on guys -- if you haven't tried Pinterest yet you really should. As a side note, it also helps you find great gift ideas for your gal. Just peek at her boards and you'll never be at a loss for what you get her, because if it's on her boards it's certainly something she will love!!!

    Be sure to check out all of our Charming Chick Pinterest boards! We are constantly updating and editing items to keep things fresh.


  • Jewelry Styling Tips and Tricks










    Jewelry is so much more than simple accessories or an after thought that you add to an outfit before you head out the door. Jewelry is like the icing on a cake -- for without it an outfit may be beautiful -- but let's face it, it's also a bit blase. Jewelry can add interest, a pop or two of color, and dazzling accents. Here are a few jewelry styling tips to help you choose the right pieces, for the right occasion and they will help you make the right statement.


    Jewelry Styling Tips


    Mix and Match ~ Have fun with your jewelry wear chains with pearls, mix yellow metals with white, pink or green metals, wear a rainbow of gemstones. There is really not right or wrong -- be bold, be daring be YOU!


    Take the Old and Make it New ~ Do you have jewelry that you have inherited or maybe the style is completely outdated -- and not in a totally chic, vintage kind of way. Did you know that you can take your jewelry to a custom jeweler who can turn your precious metals, gemstones and diamonds into brand new, redesigned pieces of jewelry that you will LOVE to wear! Make sure you find a reputable jeweler, so do your homework and you'll have a great experience.












    Personalize It ~ Jewelry with a personalized touch is a hot trend but it's classic and elegant as well. At Charming Chick we have a vast selection of personalized necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets. These make fantastic statement pieces when you purchase then for yourself and they can also beautiful gifts that will be cherished for a lifetime.


    Add a POP of Color ~ Use jewelry to turn your little black dress into something spectacular. You can echo the the colors of each season if you like or echo hues in your ensemble. Create an eye-catching statement by coordinating your jewelry, hand bag, and shoes. You can also thread colorful ribbons and fabrics through wide linked jewelry for added variety.

  • Sigma Kappa Spotlight










    In 1873-74  five young women founded Sigma Kappa at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. 1871 was the first year that Colby College allowed women to attend equally. Mary Caffery Lowe attended for two years as the only female at the school -- what a trail blazer!!! Finally in 1873 four other women came to the school -- Elizabeth Gorham Hoag, Ida May Fuller Price, Francis Elliot Mann Hall and Louise Helen Coburn. During this time in history it was very difficult for women to gain admittance to a college and once they were they faced discrimination by college staff and male students. Naturally, the five women spent a lot of time together and decided they would like to start a literary and social society -- Sigma Kappa.  They were first required to submit a constitution and bylaws, which they did. On November 9th, 1874 the women received a letter stating their petition was approved and Sigma Kappa  became official! That date has been celebrated as Founder's day throughout Sigma Kappa's history.












    According to the official Sigma Kappa website the purpose and values of the sorority are as follows:


    Purpose Statement

    The purpose of Sigma Kappa Sorority is to provide women lifelong opportunities and support for social, intellectual, and spiritual development by bringing women together to positively impact our communities.


    Our values: personal growth, friendship, service and loyalty; bound by a promise.



    It is also very important to the members of Sigma Kappa to give back to the community, help fellow sisters and to national organizations as well. Their philanthropies include; Alzheimer's Research, Gerontology, Maine Sea Coast Mission and Inherit the Earth.



  • Old Wives Tales ~ Predicting Your Baby's Gender











    Are you finding out the gender of your baby? We are doing something just for fun on the Charming Chick blog today - we are looking at Old Wives Tales that were use to predict the gender of a baby. Long before ultrasounds, women had to use certain signs, symptoms and other things to try to predict the sex of their baby. The good news was there was a 50/50 chance that they would be right. I'm not sure how scientifically accurate these methods are but if you opted not to find our your baby' gender but tried to do a little guessing with some of these methods we would love to hear from you! Of course, if it's just killing you to know your baby's sex the ultrasound is pretty accurate -- but what if your little one is too squirmy or shy? Well then, this post just may help you -- but it's really just for fun :)











    Old Wives Tales for Predicting Gender


    1. If you carry high you could be having a girl. If you carry low blue is in your future.


    2. Craving sweets means pink. Craving salty and/or sour foods means blue.


    3. Okay this one isn't an old wives tales, it's an old Mayan tale. They believed that if the mother's age at the time of conception and the year of conception were either both odd or both even she would have a girl. If one was odd and one was even she would have a boy. This was not true for me. How about you?


    4. The key to gender prediction is...well..a KEY! That's right. If you lay a key in front of a pregnant woman and ask her to pick it up that can predict the sex of her baby. If she picks it up by the narrow end a girl is in her future. Picking it up by the wide end means boy!


    5. Skin break outs, oily hair, a lot of morning sickness and being very tired is thought to mean the momma is having a girl. This is because it is said that the girl steals the mother's beauty. If momma looks great, feels great and just glows -- she's sure to have a bouncing baby boy.











    6. This one I have actually heard a lot. If you take your wedding ring off and place it on a string then hold it over your belly, it will start to move. If it goes in a circle then bring out the blue. If it swings back and forth then pink it shall be.


    7. Okay this last one will sound really odd but I have actually seen it mentioned on several pregnancy websites. Combine a tablespoon of Drano with a small cup of your urine. If it turns green it's a girl and if it's blue it's a boy.


    Are their any other old wives tales you've heard of for predicting gender? We'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.

  • Red Hot July Specials -- Including Sterling Silver!!!!

    July is heating up and we've got some smokin' hot deals for you this month! Let's take a closer look at these great deals.











    Engraved 4 Piece Sand Ceremony Unity Sand Kit
    Regularly $54.99 On Sale NOW for ONLY $44.99
    Hurry, this offer ends on 07/31/2012


    Bringing two families together is an important part of your wedding - And our Engraved 4 Piece Wedding Unity Sand Ceremony Kit is the perfect way to show that unification.Set includes one large, personalized vase and three smaller vases. Please note that sand is not included. Large vase measures 10 inches tall with a 2.8 inch opening across the top and a 2 inch base. Holds up to 18 ounces. Smaller vases measure 6.75 inches tall with a 1.75 opening across the top and a 1.3 inch base. Hold up to 5.5 ounces. May be engraved with two custom lines on the large vase at no additional cost.











    Photo Heart Wedding Cake Topper
    Regularly $23.99 On Sale Now for ONLY $18.99
    Hurry, this offer ends on 07/31/2012


    Our photo cake topper is becoming one of the hottest trends in today's weddings.  Show off the special couple on top of the cake with up to two photos.  Crafted of sturdy acrylic, this one of kind, heart shaped topper becomes a great photo keepsake after the wedding that will last for years to come.  Also works great for all special occasions: anniversaries, birthdays, and graduations!











    Zeta Tau Alpha Lavalier Charm
    Regularly $14.99 On Sale Now for ONLY $9.99
    Hurry, this offer ends on 07/31/2012


    This classic Zeta Tau Alpha Lavalier Charm is the perfect gift for any sorority sister. Elegant silver finish. Measures one inch long. Add to our matching 18 inch silver snake chain or your own necklace chain. Other lucky sororities that have lavaliers on sale through the month of July are Delta Zeta, Delta Gamma and Alpha Sigma Alpha.












    Personalized Heart Locket Pearl Beaded Bracelet
    Regularly $23.99 On Sale Now for ONLY $18.99
    Hurry, this offer ends on 07/31/2012


    This beautiful pearl locket bracelet would make a great gift for someone you love. The white glass pearls are delicate and classy. Measures about 7 inches long. Features a heart-shaped locket pendent that accommodates two small photographs. May be engraved with a single initial or interlocking monogram at no additional charge.












    Girls Personalized Pink and White Tote
    Regularly $22.99 On Sale Now for ONLY $16.99
    Hurry, this offer ends on 07/31/2012


    This cute Girls Personalized Pink and White Tote Bag would make a great gift for any special little girl. Constructed of white canvas, lined in pink cotton lining and feature sturdy pink leatherette handles. On the front of the bag there is a cute little flower embroidered, along with a single script name of your choice. Personalization is free of charge. It measures 9 inches by 7 inches by 2 inches and would make an adorable gift for a flower girl to tote all of her wedding accessories!










    Autism Awareness Ribbon Heart Crystal Pendant
    Regular Price $22.99 On Sale now for ONLY $14.99
    Hurry, this offer ends on 07/31/2012


    Show your support for Autism Awareness with our stunning Autism Awareness Ribbon Heart Crystal Charm Pendant.  It is genuine, high quality .925 sterling silver with gorgeous genuine Swarovski crystals that reflect light beautifully.











    Angel with Lyre Sterling Silver Charm
    Regularly $11.99 On Sale Now for ONLY $7.99
    Hurry, this offer ends on 07/31/2012


    The last item we are featuring is this darling Sterling Silver Angel Charm. This sterling silver angel charm is holding a harp. This unique angel charm measures almost one inch tall including bail and is very detailed. Easily attaches to a charm bracelet or necklace chain.



  • Bridesmaids Tips ~ Before you Say YES!











    Many things come to mind when we think about bridesmaids; giggling girlfriends shopping for dresses, a lot of elegant bridal parties in preparation for the bride's big day, a luxurious and exciting bachelorette party -- fun, fun and more fun!!! It is such an honor to be asked, especially if you are being asked by a dear friend or close family member to be one of her bridesmaids. You may be willing to invest much more time and money than if the bride is one of best friends -- but what if she isn't? Either way, before you say "YES!" you'll definitely want to consider some very important things first, and on the Charming Chick blog today we want to give future bridesmaids the information they need.













    Weddings are  time to celebrate love, friendship and all of the wonderful joys that uniting two people and two families can bring. However, there are other things that can throw a bit of a wrench into all the joy. If you are prepared for the things that can happen, then you'll know how to deal with it and whether or not you are up to taking on the duties and costs associated with becoming a bridesmaid.











    The High Cost of Being a Bridesmaid


    Bridesmaids to have to pay their way for a lot of things, so being a bridesmaid can get expensive. You may think you'll only be out the price of a dress (which can cost a fortune if you have a bride with expensive taste) and shoes -- but there is so many other things to consider. Here is a list of potential items bridesmaids may have to pay for:







    *bridal shower

    *bachelorette party

    *wedding gift

    *travel and lodging expenses

    *and more....


    This can add up to be $1500 but often more! If your friend is frugal or at least conscious of trying to keep the costs low for the wedding party -- give her a BIG hug and tell her thank you. Spending $1500-$3000 might not seem like much to you, especially if you are headed for a tropical destination wedding but for many bridesmaids that is a huge expense. That being said, there are some very generous brides who will pay for many things for their bridesmaids, but that is the exception and not the rule.


    Communicate openly about your budget restrictions and if you don't want to go into debt -- well, gracefully and humbly bow out. There are always other duties you can help out with.











    Bridesmaids Have Many Duties


    As a bridesmaid you do need to know that you will expected to help out with some of the wedding activities. You must show up to all the pre-wedding parties and you will also be expected to help plan some of them, especially if you are the Maid of Honor. You will also be expected to assist the bride in any way possible the day of her wedding but she may also ask for your help in putting some wedding projects together as well.  After the wedding you may need to help gather the gifts, the bride's dress, tuxedos, etc. If you don't think you have enough time to commit to such things you might want to consider declining the invitation to serve. However, if the bride means a lot to you -- you can probably find the time.












    Being a bridesmaid is both an honor and a lot of fun. Just make sure you are comfortable with the financial and time commitments involved before you say yes. If you think about things things before being asked then you won't have that awkward silence that can make you both uncomfortable and potentially strain your friendship.

  • July Fun ~ National Picnic Month!!!











    July is a fantastic month for enjoying the great outdoors! So, it's not wonder that July has been designated is National Picnic Month, National Hot Dog Month, National Blueberry Month AND National Ice Cream Month!!! If that doesn't say summer I don't know what does.


    At Charming Chick we have some fantastic items that can help you enjoy your summer even more - and today, we are going to feature some of them on the blog today!


    Pictured above is a Personalized Black Insulated Cooler. It is the perfect size for a picnic, a trip to the beach, or any other outing. This stylish cooler features black vinyl exterior, accented with a silver panel insert and coordinating cord piping. The exterior zippered pocket is lined with waterproof vinyl for holding your cell phone, keys or m3p player, keeping them safe and dry. The picnic cooler tote bag features a removable shoulder strap as well as two sturdy handles with rubber grips for easy transport. It measures 14 inches by 12 inches and the insulated interior has plenty of room for food, sodas, and ice. This handy cooler may be personalized with three block initials at no additional charge.













    This Personalized Grill Tool Set is a summertime favorite. It is equipped with a grilling spatula, two-pronged fork and easy grip tongs neatly packaged inside a custom polyester storing case, this outdoor cookware is the ideal gift for every grill master on your list. The set includes three wood and stainless steel tools.  All utensils measure 13.5 inches long. May be embroidered on the polyester carrier pouch with up to three block initials in white, light grey, tan, black, red or blue thread.
    The last item we are featuring today will have you looking super fashionable as you are serving your guests at your next picnic or BBQ. Our adorable Brown and Pink Monogrammed Apron is a modern twist on a classic favorite.  Every girl needs one and it may be embroidered with an interlocking monogram in ivory thread at no additional charge.
    Have a WONDERFUL month!!!
  • Independence Day ~ Fourth of July Fun Facts










    Happy Fourth of July!!!! For many, today will be filled with fun, food and fireworks. To make this Independence Day even more exciting, you can share some little known Fourth of July Trivia with your friends, family, neighbors and anyone else you cross paths with today!!! Enjoy...













    Fourth of July Fun Facts



    * On the Fourth of July in 1778 General George Washington marked Independence Day with an artillery salute and a double ration of rum for his soldiers.


    * In 1779 the first "official" use of the term Independence Day was used.


    * The first Fourth of July celebration was held at the White House in 1804.


    * Benjamin Franklin wanted to declare the turkey as the national bird but he was over ruled. The national bird of the United States is of course the majestic Bald Eagle -- but the turkey plays a very important role too!


    *On June 24, 1826, Thomas Jefferson sent a letter to Roger C. Weightman, declining an invitation to come to Washington, D.C., to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. It was the last letter that Jefferson, who was gravely ill, ever wrote.


    * Three U.S. Presidents died on the 4th of July. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams (former adversaries) died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826. James Monroe died July 4, 1831.


    * In 1870 July 4th was declared an unpaid federal holiday but in 1938 congress changed it to a PAID Federal holiday!


    * The names of those who signed of the Declaration of Independence were withheld from the public for more than six months to protect the signers. If independence had not been achieved, the treasonable act of the signers would have, by law, resulted in their deaths.




    All of us at Charming Chick would like to wish you an yours a very fun and safe Fourth of July. If you are looking for some last minute inspiration for your Independence Day BBQ check out our Fourth of July board on Pinterest!!!

  • How to Clean and Care for Your Pearls and Gemstone Jewelry












    You wouldn't drive your car without ever getting it washed, putting gas in it, or taking it in for oil and a tune-up -- would you? Well, owning precious metals, pearls and gemstone jewelry  requires care if you want to keep it in like new condition. It doesn't require too much time and you'll be saving yourself some money in the long run.


    So, how often should you clean your jewelry? Ideally, you should set aside one day a week to clean the jewelry you wear most often on a regular basis. It usually only takes a couple of minutes and it's well worth the time and effort to get your metal and gemstones sparkling once again. You probably took a lot of time and care in selecting just the right piece -- so keeping it the same condition it was when you purchased it should seem like a good idea.












    You may already know that keeping your jewelry clean and caring for it, is important -- but did you know that you can't treat all jewelry the same?


    Pearls are very delicate and you should never use a harsh jewelry cleaner or a cleaner specifically designed for silver to clean your precious pearls! Most of the time just using warm water and a soft cloth is all it takes to remove debris that has collected on your pearls. Another tip to preserving your pearls and keeping them clean is to let them be the last thing you put on as you are getting ready and the first thing you take off when you get home. Things like hairspray, perfumes, lotions, etc. can damage pearls or cause a build up which inhibits their luster and causes them to need cleaned more often.


    Metals like gold and platinum can be cleaned with a regular jewelry cleaner or a mild detergent. Most gemstones can also be cleaned the same way however, if you are using an ultrasonic cleaner some gemstones such as; emeralds, opals, pearls and aquamarine should not be cleaned with this machine because they may become damaged.











    At Charming Chick we are known for our striking, high quality sterling silver pieces. Because of this we feel it is especially important to give you detailed information about caring for and cleaning your sterling silver jewelry. It should not be treated like gold because sterling silver has a unique characteristic to it. When silver reacts with the sulfur in the air it oxidizes and leaves a black tarnish behind. We have created an entire sterling silver education page -- Caring for Sterling Silver Jewelry. Here you will find detailed information on how to clean, care for and store your sterling silver jewelry.

  • Parenting Tips ~ 7 Reasons Your Baby will Cry











    If you are a new parent,  you are probably learning that babies cry for a variety of reasons and at first it can really be difficult to decode the message they are trying to send you. Since babies can’t say "Hey! Mom and dad I'm hungry!" Their crying lets you know that they need something. No parent wants to hear their child cry. It can be heartbreaking to listen to, so time is of the essence when it comes to figuring out the issue and addressing it. Of course, you want your baby to be happy and comfortable once more. Here are some of the most common reasons your baby might be crying and what you can do to soothe them.


    Hungry – This is one of the most common cries and probably the one you will get to know quickly. Time can get away from new parents, especially if you haven't had an opportunity to establish a schedule. So, even though it seems like you just fed your baby, it may have been awhile. If they are crying and show hunger signs like; smacking their lips, sucking on their fists or rooting it’s probably time for a feeding.


    Diaper's Full – Some babies are not bothered at all by a wet or soiled diaper -- but others can’t stand being even the tiniest bit wet. When you baby is crying this should be one of the first things you check -- it’s a pretty easy fix.











    Sleepy Baby and/or Over Stimulated – Babies will cry if they are tired or overstimulated. If you have tried feeding them, checked their diaper and all is well in those areas, it may be time for a nap. Babies need a lot of sleep so it is not unusual that those cries may be coming from a tired little one. Also, if you have been out visiting and your baby has been in a new place being passed round from person to person they may just be a bit overstimulated and need to rest. Try swaddling or move to a quite location where baby isn’t being inundated with lights noise and people.



    Too Hot or Too Cold – A crying baby could be trying to tell you that they are too hot or too cold. Most newborns like to be warm and snuggled -- but if they are snuggled up and crying, it could signal they are a bit too warm. Often babies will cry when you are changing their clothes or getting them into a bath because they simply feel too cold.



    Tummy Trouble – Sometimes babies simply need to burp or have a gas bubble. They can also have colic or have other tummy issues. Sometimes trying to burp or gently stretching baby’s legs out and in will help release the pressure. If they cry a lot after feedings, talk to their doctor.


    Getting new Chompers – If your baby is a few months old they could be teething. Even before the first tooth breaks through, teeth can be shifting and moving under the gums and causing discomfort. Giving them a teething toy to chew on can help soothe the pain. You can also try using a teething gel or teething tablets


    A Little Under the Weather – Your baby could be crying because they don’t feel well. Check to see if your baby has a fever or seems like they are coming down with something. If they are lethargic or show any other signs that make you concerned, call their pediatrician.







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