Are thrift stores your number one choice to buy clothes for your kids?

Do you like to shop at thrift stores for kids clothes? or do you prefer buying clothes from a department store? I would love to hear how you prefer to shop as a parent.  Does it even make a difference where you shop or do you always like to be on trend?

I wanted to do a poll to see how parents like to buy clothes for their kids.  Based on this poll, I would be interested to see what parents like to choose as their number one choice to shop.

How often do you purchase second hand clothes for your kids?
Once a week
Twice a week
Once a month
Twice a month
All of the above

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Would you find value in having an option for purchasing a complete outfit for your child in one spot?
Above average
Lowest average
None of the above

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How much do you spend on an outfit for your kids?
All of the above

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#Parenting for the #Digital #Age #Giveaway

Parenting For The Digital Age Giveaway


Hosted by Momma Lew and sponsored by Bill Ratner, Author of Parenting For the Digital Age

Parents today have a hard job of balancing and censoring how the media is affecting our children. Bill Ratner talks candidly about his decisions to unplug from and get back to what is important: human relationships.

It’s very easy to sit your kids down in front of the tv so you can get your things done around the house.  I know that I have been guilty of that but I also know that I don’t allow them to watch too much tv because I want to spend quality time with my kids.  They are only kids once and I want to enjoy every minute of it before they become teenagers and they want nothing to do with me.  As a mom, I am always reading new books on how to improve my parenting skills so I thought this would a great giveaway.

Momma Lew recently reviewed Parenting for the Digital Age and you can read the review here.


Bill Ratner wants to enlighten one lucky reader with a copy of his new book – Parenting For The Digital Age. One lucky winner will receive a copy of the book + a $25 Amazon Gift Card. This giveaway will end at midnight on 11/5 and is open to US Residents, 18+, one entry per household. To enter, follow the steps in the giveaway form. Good luck!

*Charis by Design did not receive any compensation for this giveaway. Momma Lew and participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.



#Elph Band & $125 Target Gift Card #Giveaway


Welcome to the ELPH Band Giveaway Event!
Mom Powered Media, ELPH Band, and fantastic group of amazing bloggers have come together to bring you this event, just in time for Halloween.

Hosted by: Mom Powered Media
Sponsored by: ELPH Band

The ELPH Band is a link to your identifying information, such as your address, parent or guardian cell phone numbers and any other information you think is necessary, including medical conditions or drug allergies your child may have. Whether you’re traveling to a theme park, zoo, park, a crowded festival or even the mall, the ELPH Band can help find your child in the event he/she gets separated from you. It only takes one second for a child to disappear out of your site.

Every mom’s worst nightmare is to lose their kid.  In my opinion, this is a great tool to have to make sure that your kids find their way back home.  My family always love to go out and explore different places. We have had our share of being scared when someone ends up getting lost but thank God that nothing tragic has happened.  Honestly, nowadays you just don’t know what can happen anymore.  Times are changing and now we have to be extra cautious with our children.  This is where Elph band comes in the picture.


The ELPH band is a non-toxic, durable, silicone wristband. It provides an immediate, highly visible form of identification with clear instructions directly on the band. It’s easy to use with options to dial in or scan the QR code. ELPH Band does not put personal information, such as the child’s name or phone number where people can see it when it isn’t needed.

What does ELPH stand for? Easy Lookup to Phone Home

If your child get’s separated from you, all your child needs to do is show an adult his/her ELPH band. That adult can then call the 800# or scan the QR code to get in touch with you to reunite your child with you! It’s that simple!

Once the QR code is scanned on a smartphone, a screen similar to the one below will pop up for them to get in touch with you.


To set up your ELPH band you will register it on a computer, or by scanning the QR code yourself and setting it up via your smartphone. Just a few simple questions and you will be registered. Once completed, you will get a text and email alert letting you know the account profile is active, and to verify the information has been entered correctly.

ELPH Bands are available in 3 sizes: Toddler (up to 5.75 inches), Child (up to 6.5 inches), and Adult (up to 7.5 inches). They are also available in two colors, Navy or Pink.

Buy it: ELPH Bands are $19.99 each and they come with 1 year of service. You can purchase here. After 1 year of service, you can renew your service with ELPH Band.

Connect with ELPH Band
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Now for the Giveaway!
TWO Lucky Readers will win an ELPH band of their choice, as well as a $125 Target Gift Card.
Giveaway is open to US Residents, void where prohibited.
Must be 18+.
Only one entrant per household, per address.
Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
Giveaway ends October 31st, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

Disclosure: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this posting. All thoughts and opinions are those of our own and were not influenced in any way. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment. Only one entrant per household, per address may enter. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Failure to respond in a timely manner, a new winner will be chosen and you will forfeit your prize. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. If you have any questions about this event or would like to see your event hosted by Mom Powered Media, please email

Reveal your glamorous look with #MiaMariu Cosmetics Giveaway

Welcome to Reveal Your Glamorous Look with Mia Mariu Cosmetics Giveaway!

Sponsored By: Mía Mariú

Hosted By: Desafío In The City


It’s time to start thinking about the holidays! this giveaway from Mía Mariú Cosmetics could take care of some present. The Mía Mariú philosophy makes the connection with Beauty and Health in Harmony. Mía Mariú’s high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out.

Mía Mariú offers natural skin care, professional makeup artist quality mineral cosmetics and brushes to Reveal Your Unique Shade of Beauty.

Being a busy mom can often be overwhelming especially during the holidays.  Because in between holiday parties and getting presents, it can be a bit stressful.  New makeup can always bring some life to your outfit.  Don’t miss the opportunity to get this amazing deal.

Win a selection of makeup from Mía Mariú. One LUCKY Winner will receive.

  • 1 Hydrating Stick Gloss
  • 1 Mineral Blush
  • 2 Loose Mineral Shadow Liners
  • 1 Perfecting Finish Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara
  • 1 Intense Eyeliner and some sample products. All of the products in your own color choices!

This is approximately a $60 retail value!

Check out their catalog HERE

To win just enter the Giveaway Tool below. If you have won a Mía Mariú giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway. The giveaway will run from October 15 through October 30, 2014 at 12AM EST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Entries will be verified. Winners will be notified via email (consider adding desafiointhecity (at) gmail (dot) com to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

Check out Letty’s review on Mía Mariú Cosmetics: Mia Mariu Review


Disclosure: CHARIS BY DESIGN was not compensated for this post. Desafío In The City is not responsible for fulfillment of this prize. Fulfillment of the prize is the responsibility of Mía Mariú and will be shipped by Mía Mariú. This giveaway and post are not affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social media platforms. If you have any questions, or would like to see your product featured on Desafío In The City, in your next product review or giveaway, please contact Leticia Chen at desafiointhecity (at) gmail (dot) com.

#Anavitawrinklecream Review

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Over the years, I have been absolutely horrible at taking care of my skin.  I know exactly what I am supposed to do but I just never really get around to doing it. The routine of washing your face and moisturizing and exfoliating was just not very consistent in my household.   It was only a matter of time before I can see the damage that I caused on myself.  When I saw the opportunity to try out #Anavitawrinklecream, I just had to give this a try and hope for the best.

First, let me share with you some product information that will give you a little more detail about this product and how it works:

Say Goodbye To Wrinkled, Sagging, Dry Skin In Just A Few Short Weeks!

You can have more beautiful, smoother skin in just 2 to 4 weeks and see continuing improvement for 12 weeks (sometimes even sooner).

You will quickly reduce fine lines and deep wrinkles, firming and replenishing your skin to look noticeably younger, without needing expensive procedures like Botox or dermal fillers.

Simply massage on Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream after washing your skin in the morning and again at night.

Will It Work On My Skin Type?

Anavita’s non-irritating cream is well-suited for all skin types with a tested history of safe and gentle action by a long list of satisfied users. It is recommended for normal, dry, oily, and sensitive skin.

Your Single-Bottle Solution To Combat The Signs Of Aging

You no longer have to buy a collection of products to fight the signs of aging since Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream serves as a moisturizer, day cream, night cream, and makeup base.

Our unique formula stimulates collagen production and rebuilds the cellular matrix of the skin using three clinically proven ingredients – a super-absorbent form of hyaluronic acid, Argireline (5%), and Matrixyl – a combination that makes this anti-wrinkle cream for face and neck extraordinarily effective.

Your skin will benefit and look years younger from our high quality ingredients that are paraben free and not tested on animals. You will have smooth, toned, attractive skin again.

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

Our top priority is to provide you with 100% satisfaction, and nothing is more important for our company than giving you a positive experience. We welcome any questions you may have about our products.

As a company based in Tennessee, USA, we take great pride in our skin cream. The Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream is manufactured for us in Canada under strict Canadian cosmetic manufacturing guidelines.

You want to look your best, and we want to help you achieve that with a great product for smoother, younger-looking skin.

My Results:

The consistency of the cream was very thick and I have to admit that I was concerned because I personally do not like products that leave my skin oily.  I was amazed  to find out that after applying the product it left my skin feeling soft and not oily.

There is also like a citrus kind of smell to the cream so it’s great when you apply it.  The best part about the cream is that it’s multi-functional as a day-cream, night-cream, wrinkle cream and makeup base.  I have been using this for two weeks now and already I can see my skin starting to smooth out so I can’t wait to see if there will be more improvement. #Anavitawrinklecream can work differently for everyone but if you don’t give it a try, then you will never find out.  Go ahead…give it a try!

Here is my before picture:









Disclosure: For the above picture, the only makeup I have is lipstick.  I don’t think anyone wants to see me without lipstick. lol.





After picture:









Disclosure: For the above picture, I did use makeup for this picture and I have the cream underneath the makeup.

How to purchase:

Are you interested in purchasing the cream? Visit this link or just go directly to Amazon.
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Check out their facebook page:

Let me know your thoughts on this product or if you have used it before by leaving a comment below.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Charis by Design is not responsible for fulfilling the prize.

Fall makeup tips for 2014

lipstickNot all women like to experiment with eye shadows and get comfortable in wearing the same eye shadows.  When you think of Fall, what colors pop up in your head? I think of orange, red and yellow but my favorite color for this Fall is purple for some reason.  A bold and vibrant purple with a little bit of shimmer is perfect for a purple smoky eye.  But if you don’t feel comfortable with too much eye shadow and want something a little bit more simple.  You can just add a little bit of purple lipstick to your lips and it will still add a little bit of dimension to your makeup.

This color can be dramatic but subtle at the same time.  I also think it can work during the day or night depending on the occasion.


Tip: When using purple lipstick, try to keep the rest of the makeup simple and neutral.  You definitely don’t want colors to clash.




Have you used purple lipstick recently?  Do you like to trend or do you prefer simplicity?  Let me know on the comments below.

Teresa Giudice sentenced to Prison. How far do you go to make money?


Real Housewives of New Jersey Teresa Guidice and her husband were both sentenced to Jail.  It is definitely a sad moment for the family considering there are four beautiful girls that will miss their parents desperately.  The question that lies is how does someone get to that point?  Why take such risks in life considering that there are kids in the mist? This is what I really want to talk about and in no way am I bringing down Teresa as a mother or a person because I am no one to judge.

At the end of the day, anyone who does any wrongdoing will have to pay for their bad choices so why would a celebrity think that they can get away with the bad choices that they make in life.  In my opinion, I think that sometimes people get so caught up with money and the lavish life style that they want to keep up with everyone else and do whatever it takes to keep that lavish lifestyle.

In life, I know that I want to provide my kids with the best and wish I had more money to do that. Of course, who doesn’t want to live the best life.  However, would I risk everything I have with my kids to have a better lifestyle?

The best part about life is that everyone gets free will and can make their own choices.  I just hope for the best for Teresa and her family and hope that she can be with her girls again soon.



@MadameTussauds @NYCWax Museum Review

kardashian1As a New Yorker, I always like to visit the latest restaurant or exciting new place in New York.  This is one place that I wanted my kids to experience in New York City because it would be an unforgettable moment.  At first, I was a little hesitant visiting this place because I was not sure if my kids would love it or hate it.  My kids can let you know off the bat if they don’t like the place, lol.

When we arrived I was impressed that my son actually recognized the first wax figure that he saw and that was Derek Jeter.  The wax figures are so realistic that my kids thought it was a real person initially.  The best part of the museum is that there is a good mix of figures from celebrities to important historical figures.  My kids enjoyed this part the most because they are intrigued to hear more about the story of what those people accomplished and how they made a difference in the world.  They were also fascinated with the history of how the wax figures got started and the process of making one.

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The first floor that you step into has celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Sandra Bullock and others; it looks like you stepped into a party.  It’s fun because you get to take pictures with all kinds of celebrities.  As you walk through the maze, you go through all different kinds of celebrities, musicians and actors.  There is one floor with all the presidents (well, not all the presidents) and athletes and many more.  At the end of the walk through, there is a 4D superhero movie that all boys and girls can enjoy.  My five year old went bananas with the 4D show and loved it so much that he wanted to do it again.









My only advice to visiting the wax museum is that if you do not have to bring a stroller then it’s better not to because there is not a lot of room to maneuver a stroller.  Honestly, even that should not stop you from visiting because if I did it with a stroller then am sure you can do it too.  Don’t miss out on visiting this place!










For more information on tickets, please visit:

or go check out their facebook page:

Have you visited the @NYCWax museum before? If not, please share your pics here! I would love to see them.

Disclosure: Charis by Design did not receive compensation for this review.  Tickets were provided but my opinions are my own.

Street stylin by Charis

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It was such a nice day today that I decided to see who would be my next victim! lol.  I just had to add this outfit to my blog because I thought it was such a nice outfit.

What she wore:

Dress: Zimmermann




Here is the back of the outfit that I thought was absolutely fabulous! It’s such a great detailed comfortable outfit.  What are your thoughts?

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Five reasons why you should say “I love you” to your parents

feet-261750_640When was the last time that you told your parents those three words…I love you.   If you had to think about it, then you are not saying it enough times.  How many of us have a difficult time saying those three words?  Now is the time to say them.

Here are the top five reason why you should say “I love you” to your parents:

1.  Parents reaction gets me every time.  Sometimes they’ll say “what do you want?” or they might say “I love  you too”.  I always get a kick out of seeing how they will react when I say it.  I made a promise when I was really young to always tell my parents that I love them no matter what.  That means even if I was upset at them as a teenager, I always said I love you.  Believe me that it was not always easy but I learned by watching others that I did not want to feel any regrets when it was time for them to go.

2.  Life is too short.  Sadly, you never know how long your parents will be around.  Don’t waste your time and minutes thinking that you will do this or that for them.  Because even if you don’t have the money, time is more precious and valuable than money.  Spend time with them and if you have grandparents go visit them as well.  I wish  I could still have my grandparents with me and I would do anything to have them around right now but I don’t so I just appreciate the loved ones around me now which include my parents.  Besides my kids and husband, my parents are a gift from heaven that God sent to us to teach us valuable lessons in life.

3.  A little bit of appreciation will go a long way with your parents.  When you show them appreciation, they will see that you have matured.  Perhaps I may be wrong with this idea, but I think that when  you learn to appreciate your parents for all the hard work that they did for you is the minute that you have learned the real value in life is being thankful for everyone and everything.

4.  Developing gratitude.  Sometimes we get so caught up with life that we forget how to be thankful and show a little bit of gratitude.  Don’t forget the people who sacrificed so much for you would love to hear a thank you from you; no amount of money or stuff can compare a sincere thank you from the heart.

5.  Besides saying thank you, nothing beats saying “I’m sorry”.  Taking a moment to say am sorry for all the headaches that you gave them goes a long way.  When you have that conversation with them, it’s a chat that you will never forget or regret.

Do you want to add more reasons why? or perhaps you want to share a story when you had those chats with your parents? I would love to hear stories or comments.

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