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21 November, 2014

What's your beauty legacy?


What sort of "beauty legacy" do you leave for the girls (or even women) in your life? You don't necessarily need to have daughters to have an influence—some of us teach, some of us coach, some of us are caregivers in other ways, and some of us are just generally looked up to by the younger generation. You might be a role model without even realizing it!

For me, I think helping girls to build high self-esteem and a sense of empathy/kindness are the most important things. Feeling confident in yourself is something that can carry over into many other areas of your life and help you succeed at more than just feeling pretty, y'know? Feelings of beauty are made, not born. And sometimes 'tis better to be be kind than "right", I always say. Beautiful on the inside!

So how can you influence the younger generation? The most powerful thing you can do is lead by example and live confidently and kindly yourself.

Dove is helping build girls' self-esteem with the #FeelBeautifulFor campaign. Check out their page on the Walmart website to watch a video about the Dove Self-Esteem Project—you can also share your own thoughts about the project on social media using tag #FeelBeautifulFor and check out what others are saying! And of course you can find tons of great deals on Dove products as well.

Also, here's a fun giveaway you can enter—eight lucky winners will receive a $25 Spa Week gift card! Enter here:

Beauty Legacy - Resourceful Mommy Network

I know a trip to the spa would certainly increase my confidence, heh.

Are you mindful of setting a good example for other women in your life? Who do you #FeelBeautifulFor?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Global Influence. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.

20 November, 2014

Bespoke Post - Slate Box Review & Unboxing

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Looking for a holiday gift idea for a dude or foodie in your life? Today I'll be sharing a review of the Bespoke Post Slate box, which I think would fit the bill quite nicely for both of those parties. Or for me. Please send this box to me, strangers on the internet. Chomp.

Bespoke Post - Slate Box review unboxing

19 November, 2014

Beauty Box 5 - November 2014 Review & Unboxing

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Poll time: Do you think oral hygiene products can be classified as "beauty" products? I've debated this myself a few times as I've reviewed or geeked out over toothpaste, but ultimately I think I'd label them as "personal care" rather than "beauty". Speaking of beauty, here's my unboxing of this month's Beauty Box 5 box! (And you'll see why I was rambling about oral hygiene in a second.)

Beauty Box 5 - November 2014 Review & Unboxing contents

Stocking Stuffer Alert! Datevitation Love Coupon Book Review & Giveaway


When you were a kid, did you ever make a "coupon book" for one of your parents or friends as a gift? Think vouchers for stuff like breakfast in bed, "I'll be good an won't argue when you try to ground me" and so on. (Yes, that second one was a real one from one of mine. Oh, my lucky parents.) If "love coupons" are nostalgic for you or just generally up your alley, then I think you'll love the service I'm reviewing today: Datevitation!

So what is Datevitation, you might be wondering? Datevitation.com is the web's first online platform to create a custom "love coupon" book. Their site is absolutely FULL of date ideas and activity suggestions, all of which are illustrated to make your coupon book gift more special and fun. And unlike premade books, you can customize the coupons and text to your liking, plus even add your own faces to Datevitation's stock characters using the "Add Your Faces" feature!  Once you are done customizing your book, Datevitation prints it out on high-quality paper and ships it out to you. Easy! The books come in a festive letter-sized envelope and look like this:

I chose a "Merry Christmas" cover because I had the intention of using this as a stocking stuffer, but they have over 100 other covers you can use for different occasions.

Weekly Poll: Planning For Planners

Happy Wednesday, everybody! Is it chilly where you live? It's already down to 30° F (-1° C) here. What's up with that?! I think I'm going to do my last "Falling For Autumn" post this week because it doesn't even feel like autumn anymore, sobcrysob. But we can talk more about that later.

This week's question was inspired by the fact that it's already November 19th. Which means it will be December soon, and then a new year. Whoa.

Do you still keep a paper calendar or planner? If so, do you take time to choose the one you want in advance or do you just use whatever's cheap or given to you as a gift?

I still can't get 100% into keeping a digital planner. I do keep my blogging calendar/schedule as a Microsoft Word document, and sometimes I will add things to my Google Calendar so I get e-mail reminders, but that's about the extent of it. I like paper planners just because they're fun to decorate... I even started a Pinterest board partially dedicated to the subject. (Not that mine look SUPER nice, but y'know, stickers. They're fun.) So with that said, I guess I'd prefer to choose my planner for next year, though as of now I don't know which one to get—gulp!

How about you? Are you a picky paper-picky or any anything goes sort of gal (or guy)? Or do you prefer all digital all the time?
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