Category Archives: Fashionable mom

Back to School Savings at Tea Collection

Are you still looking for great back to school savings for your kids?  This is the place to go!  They have great selections to get lots of clothes for a great price.  Your kids are going to love their new clothes and be excited about going back to school and showing off their new outfits to their friends.

Get it while it’s discounted! From Thursday, August 15th through Sunday, August 18th, Tea Collection is rewarding you with more savings when you buy more during the Back to School Savings event. Save 10% off your purchase of 3 items with promo code BACKPACK3. Get 15% off if you buy 4 pieces with promo code PENCIL4. Keep a whopping 20% from your purchase of 5 items with promo code RULER5! Get your kids ready with shirts, pants, dresses, or entire outfits. The sale only applies to full-priced items, and excludes Patagonia. When it comes to Back-to-School shopping, this is your chance to get a lot for a little! Happy shopping =) !

Back to School Sale at Gymboree!

Now is the time to stock up on adorable outfits from Crazy 8! For this week only, Crazy 8 is offering you the chance to Pick Your Markdown with categories priced from just $3.99 to $6.99! Don’t miss your chance to stock up on tops, shorts, skirts and more! This offer is only valid for one week and while supplies last, so be sure check out Crazy 8 today!

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Stella & Dot launches their new fall line! Are you ready?

Kiss those summertime blues away, because Stella & Dot just launched their new fall line! This collection features gorgeous jewelry, scarves, bags and more that are perfect for those fall outfits! Picture the leaves changing as you walk through the park, going to a pumpkin patch or drinking apple cider, all while looking fabulous in your new fall accessories from Stella & Dot.

Are you ready for the fall yet?  If you are excited about the new fall line, then start with Stella & Dot! Happy Shopping!

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Welcome SITS Girls!

dd pic2I am so excited that today is my SITS day! I am being featured on the SITS Girl’s site.  What is SITS? If you don’t know about The SITS Girls, then let me introduce you to an amazing team of women that love to help fellow bloggers.

SITS girls is a network of over 40,000 members with an aim to help fellow bloggers.  It is a place where all the bloggers can find a blogging community, learn technical skills they need to succeed online and get all sort of tips on how to improve your blog.  If you are not a member, please take a moment to check out their website.



Hello fellow SITS-TAHS! Welcome to Charis by Design.  My name is Dannellys and I started blogging last year when I was home after giving birth to my second child.  Writing has always been an outlet for me to express all the different ideas that I may have at the moment.  I created this blog to be an inspiration to those that have faced the same questions and challenges that I have personally experienced.

It could be a range of topics anywhere from being a mom, fashion, celebrities, life, arts, culture, health and more.  I have always been known as the dreamer and just like the butterflies have to struggle to break out of their cocoon, life is a struggle but without the struggles you won’t be able to fly.

I just wanted to take the moment to thank you for taking the time to check out my blog.  Make sure to stick around to find out what’s next here at Charis by Design.

Win a Coach Tablet Sleeve Giveaway -ends 7/31

Disclosure:  LCM purchased the Coach Tablet Sleeve for the purposes of a giveaway. This giveaway is not sponsored by Coach in any form. LCM is responsible for the prize fulfillment.

Welcome to the Coach Tablet Sleeve giveaway!!
Win a stylish Coach tablet sleeve!  It is practical and fashionable plus it keeps your paperwork and essentials organized.

Do you love Coach products? How about your tablet? Protect it with a Coach Tablet Sleeve! Lynchburg Coupon Mama has sponsored a fun giveaway for one lucky reader to win this beautiful sleeve. It’s perfect for protecting your tablet while traveling, a trip to the beach, poolside, etc. It comes in this gorgeous golden color (sorry, no other color options are available).
Required entry: Leave us a comment on this post answering this question: Do you own a Coach? And if you don’t, what would you like to own?
This giveaway will end 7/31 at 11:59 p.m. CST. The winner’s prize will be shipped within 7 days of confirmation.
Open to US residents age 18+ ONLY.
Good luck!


Disclosure: Charis by Design received no compensation. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Charis by Design is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.  This giveaway is not associated with, affiliated with, endorsed by, sponsored by, or connected to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other social media platform in any way.

How do I go about homeschooling?


Now that my oldest is getting ready for school, I have had to sit down and think whether I should homeschool or send them off to school.  How do I go about homeschooling? I have really been debating this issue and didn’t want to think about it before because I am extremely torn, but there are days that I feel like I want to homeschool them so that I have better control of their environment and what they are learning.  And then there are other days that I feel like they would be better in school with other children.  Now, the question embarks upon how things are done nowadays.  School is not the same as it used to be back when I went.  It is a scary world out there now and it’s not only kids but teachers and staff as well.  Every day you hear something new, a coach molested the kids or a teacher.

So now I have to start thinking which direction I would like to go: Homeschool or School? I have no idea where to begin or what to do.  Because I am a stay-at-home mom, I can consider the homeschool option.  This is what I researched about where to start in homeschooling.  I am sure there are even more steps to do but it’s all about taking the first step.  These are the first steps of things to do if you were to homeschool.

  1. Involve your kids in an activity or sport.  It is important that your kids learn social skills and stay active.  Some schools may not even offer sports at their age so if you are able to get them involved then you are already at an advantage.
  2. Look for a local support group that meets throughout the week.  It’s a great way for your kids to meet new kids but also for moms to meet other moms who also homeschool.
  3. Make sure to research the legal aspect of homeschooling.  It is important to know what is required to home educate your child legally within your state.  There are so many requirements that you need to know that it is better to join a local group that can help you with this aspect.
  4. Be prepared for critics.  There will be so many family and friends who will give their opinions.  You will have those who will support you and those who will only criticize.  So be mentally prepared for this and just know that whatever decision you make, it’s best for you and the family.
  5. Take the time to educate yourself and research lesson plans.  It takes a lot of work and effort to prepare lesson plans but it will be worth it in the end.  If you see that you have your child’s attention, then you know that you did a great job at preparing yourself to teach.

Please don’t get me wrong I have no intentions of sheltering my kids so that they don’t have social skills.  I just want to explore all of my options at the moment and make a decision that is best for me and my family.  Every parent wants the best for their kids so you decide what you think is best for your family.

What are your thoughts on homeschooling?


What does Happy Father’s Day mean to you?

Dad and kid on beach

Today is the day when you give thanks to your dad, grandpa, uncle or that special person who has helped you be the person you are today.  I am thankful to my dad because he worked so hard to give us the best that he could offer.  For years, he worked as a taxi driver late nights and mornings to provide us the life that he didn’t have when he grew up.  He always told me the story about how in the Dominican Republic his dad made him work when he was a kid instead of going to school.  It really breaks my heart that he changed everything around and gave us the best so that we didn’t have to work and focus more on our education.  He truly is the best dad that I could have asked for and I will always appreciate all of his hard work.  His love was unconditional and giving.

Another special person in my life is my husband.  He is the best dad to my kids that I could have ever asked for because his love for my kids is unconditional.  He provides for them, takes care of them and even changes their diapers.  He is patient and loving and I am grateful for him.

On this special day, what does Happy Father’s Day mean to you? There are so many things that you could do for them.

  1. Personalized gifts from albums, t-shirts and pens
  2. Golf set
  3. Tickets to a game

Gifts could be endless, really.  Honestly, the best gift that I have found are not what you give them but how you spend the day with them.  Tell your special person that you love them and make the day count.  Even if things don’t go as perfect as you planned it, it’s about how you handle it and make the best of it.  I remember one time that I was making breakfast in bed for my hubby, the kids started screaming and acting up and everything that I planned for just went down the drain.  In the middle of all the chaos, my daughter gave me a kiss and a hug and that moment melted my heart and it made me remember what the real meaning of Father’s day is.  It’s about giving thanks for all of their hard work.

Share your favorite story about your dad or that special man in your life regardless if they were the best dad or not.  I think sharing memories makes it even more special.  I would love to hear all types of stories in the comments below.




Win a $200 giveaway to high-end baby products at PishPosh Baby

Welcome to the Pish Posh Baby $200 Gift Card Giveaway!!! Everything Mommyhood and Charis by Design has teamed up with a great group of bloggers to offer this to our readers and fans!

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Sponsored by: Pish Posh Baby

Special thanks to our Co-hosts: Mommy Knows What’s Best, Chronically Content, My Four Littles, Leetle Baby, Charis By Design, and Indisposable Mama and all of the other hard working bloggers helping promote this great giveaway!

Are you looking for unique decor for your baby?  I feel like when I am looking fora diaper bag I usually see the same colors.  For room decor, it’s usually the same and not very unique.  This is why I love Pish Posh Baby.  It is a one of a kind store where you find unique items for your baby.  You will definitely stand out from the crowd.

Pish Posh Baby is a high end baby store, online and also has a physical store located in Jackson, NJ! Their store is unlike any other, they have a car INSIDE their store to try out car seats for installation. They also have different tracks/terrain to try out different baby strollers!

Pish Posh Baby features brands such as Britax, Chicco, Bugaboo, Baby Jogger, Petunia Pickle Bottom, Ergo Baby, Bumbleride, Stokke, Peg Perego, Boon, Maclaren, and much much more. They sell car seats, strollers, baby carriers, breast pumps, baby bedding, diaper bags, cribs, and tons of other great items! Anything you need for your baby, they have it available.

Possibilities are endless with a $200 gift card to their store!

Check out Pish Posh Baby online!

One Lucky Winner will win a $200 gift card!

US Residents 18 and up ONLY

Void Where Prohibited

All winning entries WILL be verified

Giveaway ends 7/1/2013 at 11:59pm EST


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Check out Olivia Accessories for unique jewelry

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I love finding accessories that make you feel like a million dollars and cost so little.  I don’t get to go out too often anymore these days, so when I do, I like to really get dressed up and feel beautiful.  I recently  had the opportunity to review Olivia AccessoriesFeather Bangle.  Olivia Accessories is a unique, online fashion jewerly and accessories boutique.  Using influences from the past and present, Olivia Accessories offers low cost, quality items that create a timeless classic appeal.  



The Feather Bangle is perfect for a night out at a bar or club or to dress up that little black dress!  It has a simple hinge opening and the feathers are crystal.  The bangle sells for around $18.  Take a look at their   new items for the spring and summer!  There are so many beautiful necklaces, bracelets and rings at such a low cost.  


Host an Online Jewelry Party with Olivia Accessories and earn 40% of the proceeds of the party, paid in cash after the party!  Stay up to date with today’s latest fashion trends with Olivia’s Fashion Blog!


One lucky reader will win their own Olivia Accessories Feather Bangle!  Winner must be 18+ and in the US.  Enter through the Rafflecopter link below!  


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Good luck!


What to have in your summer bag

3097120512_1f50552920After Memorial Day, the first word that comes to my mind is summer.  It is so close that I can almost taste it! I am so excited to go to the beach, amusement parks and picnics.  This is why it is so important to have a summer bag where it’s already ready if you want to go on a spontaneous trip or a day at the beach.  Here is a list of what to have in your summer bag that I feel are important.

1.       Sunscreen is a must and especially one that has the most SPF.  I know the whole purpose of going to the beach is to get tanned but protecting your skin is more important for me.  The sun can really damage your skin so why take any chances?

2.       Leave-in conditioner is my priority in my bag besides the sunscreen.  The whole purpose of going to the beach is to enjoy the sun but not to let the sun damage your hair.  This also helps your hair to not get so messy after a long day at the beach.

3.       Beach towel can come very handy for a day at the beach or a picnic.  I always have the entire families bathing suits just in case we all want to go to the beach or the pool one day.

4.       Bathing Suit so that you can go to the beach at any time.

5.       Make sure you also keep hair ties and headbands in your bag.  After spending some time in the beach, your hair is not going to look its best.  There are so many options and fun colors to choose from that you can look fashionable while you are at the beach.

6.       Chap stick or lip balm.  I have had too many incidents were my lips hurt for days because I forgot to put some chopstick on; don’ leave home without it.

7.       A re-usable thermal bottle.  You always need water during the summer because you don’t want to get dehydrated.

8.       Plastic bags always come in handy for your wet clothes or even garbage that you want to dispose of.  If you have kids like me, then for all the dirty diapers.

9.       A book or a magazine.

10.   Music can always keep the party going especially for kids.  Nowadays, you can use your phone or an iPod.  I remember having to bring an old big radio to the beach to listen to music. Lol

What do you have in your summer bag? I would love to hear from you.

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