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About the author  ⁄ Andrea Fellman

Andrea Fellman is a Mom who hasn't lost her style to motherhood. She is the owner and editor-in-chief of Savvy Sassy Moms and manages a team of creative contributors that work hard to keep moms up to date on the latest trends. Andrea loves social media and works on a variety of social media campaigns with brands big and small. Connect with Savvy Sassy Moms on Instagram Andrea's biggest passion is traveling with her family and is currently living in Costa Rica! She is writing about her travels over at Wanderlust Living and you can follow her personal journey on Instagram


On Findery, one person’s local is another person’s travel. The social network for travelers that invites users to share stories and explore places near and far, announced today the availability of its latest mobile app: Findery for Windows.

Findery users can discover and share local knowledge about their current location through personal travel stories, hidden histories and local tips left by the extensive and active community. Findery users can also share their experiences and leave notes and photos about meaningful places they’ve found and love, both where they live and where they travel.

I have been using Findery for almost a year now and have left 89 notes about the places I’ve been. Adding notes is easy and can be a bit addicting!  As a frequent traveler and travel blogger, I like to be able to share little secrets or tips for other travelers in my notes. I hope that when a family is visiting Madrid they will look at my Madrid Notemap to see where we went and the places I recommend.

Findery Madirid Notemap Savvy Sassy Moms

The new Windows application opens up a bright new world for Windows users, allowing them to connect with other travel minded individuals, whether they’re planning trips or just dreaming of exploration.

“We’re the social network for travelers,” said Caterina Fake, founder and CEO of Findery. “We offer a location travel discovery solution that appeals to arm chair travelers and world explorers alike.”

Since the app was formally launched for iOS back in March 2014, Findery users have posted notes to share travel stories from each of the 196 countries across the globe. The platform makes it a snap for users to discover treasures in countless places – from those they have been to those they dream of visiting.

windows available now

With Findery for Windows, you can plot all of your travel stories and travel dreams on a map and explore the world from New York to New Delhi. Pin a Findery note or notemap to your Start Menu or ask Cortana to “Explore nearby” to see interesting notes around your location.

Findery is about uncovering hidden secrets and local knowledge, all of which is entirely sourced from Findery users themselves. Members follow each other and receive notifications when those new notes or comments are posted. Notes can all be shared to Facebook, Messaging, OneNote, Mail or NFC.

Findery for Windows is available for free from the Windows App Store.

Findery Travel AppAbout Findery 

Findery, on the Web, iOS, Android, and now Windows, strives to create meaningful products for people who want to experience the world and connect with a global community. Founded by serial entrepreneur Caterina Fake, Findery is the place for people passionate about discovery, travel, personal stories and technology.

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Fringe Boots for Fall

Fringe boots are hot, hot, hot! You know you need a pair, but let me warn you — the choice will not be easy! Fringe boots are available in so many varieties — everything from fringe ankle boots to high heel stilettos with fringe, which are pretty sassy!

How your day-to-day life looks will determine which fringe boot is right for you. Since most of us are moms on the move, I featured several you can wear whether you’re in the office or at the playground.

Fringe ankle boots look great with skinny jeans and a rolled cuff boyfriend jean. Fringe knee boots work well with leggings or skinny jeans, so if you just bought yourself a brand new pair of trendy flare jeans for fall, go with a higher heel or wedge fringe boot.

Fringe Boot Wearing Tip:  Fringe makes a statement. Statement pieces will compete with the boots, so keep the rest of your outfit simple and let the fringe do the talking!

1. Rock-n-roll: Steve Madden $99
2. Peep-toe: Dolce Vita Peep Toe Fringe Boot $179
3. Leather: Matisse Leather $193
4. Casual: Sam Edelman Louie $140
5. Low Heel: Paige Ankle Bootie $109
6. Tassels: Sole Society Talisha Tassel $99
7. Color: Not Rated Flippin Fringe $65
8. Heels: Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari $169
9. Tall Boots: Steve Madden Tall Fringe Boot $178
10. Wedge: Very Volatile Khloe Wedge Fringe $75

Which fringe boots would you choose?
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Pantone fall colors 2015

We love this time of year — our kids go back to school, the weather is getting chilly and we get to shop the latest fall fashions! There are several Pantone colors for Fall 2015 that we have our eyes on and the first one is Stormy Weather, which is the perfect mix of slate blue and grey. We like this because it’s not black and it has a warmer tone then just grey. Stormy weather is a classy color that will look good on just about anyone.

Pantone Picks: Stormy Weather

Sole Society Marlena Clutch, $40
Fedora Hat, $40
H&M Sleeveless Sweater, $20
Maybeline Color Show, $5
Volcom Faux Leather Bag, $65
Sole Society Romy Boots, $89.95
BackCountry IBex Long Sweater Coat, $225
Abstract Infinity Scarf, $18
Donna Morgan Swiss Dot 2-Piece Dress, $168

Check back next week for more more Pantone Picks!
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Desigual Kids Collection Fall 2015 Savvy Sassy Moms
This summer, our family traveled to Spain for five weeks. If you are following Savvy Sassy Moms on Instagram, you probably saw that I shared some of our adventures in each of the five cities we visited — as well as some of our shopping trips. One of the most popular stores in Spain is Desigual. If you have not heard of them before, you are in for a treat! The company started in Barcelona, Spain in 1985 and has since grown into one of the largest retailers in Europe.

We saw Desigual stores everywhere during our trip. They’re like the Starbucks of Spain — there’s one on every corner! Known for their signature bold prints and colorful designs, Desigual designs clothing for women and men, as well as a full kids’ collection and a coming-soon collection of clothes for infants. You’ll love their shoes, handbags and accessories.

I first discovered Desigual when I was in Barcelona 7 years ago and have been a fan for years. I’ve loved seeing their stores pop up in the United States, While we were in Barcelona, I received an invitation to visit the Desigual flagship store to see the new fall kids’ collection for back-to-school.

To say my daughter was excited would be an understatement!

Desigual Kids Fall Collection
Desigual Girls Fall Collection
POP Princess

Desigual has a clear theme for this latest collection, and it’s all about the ’80s. In fact, they took inspiration from the most famous pop star of all — Madonna, the Material Girl herself.

“Bubblegum pink, black and grey were her favorite colors to wear in those first music videos. Her denim jacket will be the next hit at school with a patchwork of knitted cut-offs and bright colours. The ’80s were characterized by the freedom of mix & match.

Create the effect of volume just like the queen of pop by wearing a down jacket over a glittery skull top. Anything is possible. Flowers with song lyrics, touches of glittery lace and denim… that’s the essence of a Material Girl.”

Desigual Boys Fall Collection

SCI-Fi Super Heros

The boys’ fall collection is a little bit comic book, science fiction and the futuristic all in one! The wild colors and bold prints for boys are certainly just as creative and fun as the girls collection.

“2015 is the year of the ’80s science fiction revival. The universe of George Lucas is back with a new edition of Star Wars. This autumn, Desigual once again brings you its characters Han Solo, Darth Vader, R2-D2 and C-3PO on layered T-shirts and two-tone sweatshirts. They’ve even been turned into comic book characters using the retro design of the time.

It’s also the anniversary of Back to the Future. In 1985, Robert Zemeckis set the film in 2015. What are the similarities between film in 2015. What are the similarities between those two worlds? The famous anorak! The famous anorak worn by Marty McFly is now a reality thanks to Desigual. It’s been modernized with felt cut-offs and sporty letters.”

Desigual Fall Kids Collection
My daughter was totally smitten with Desigual and wanted everything! Our favorite was the reversible sequin shirts. We posted a video on Instagram of this amazing shirt, so you can see the full effect. We had a blast spending the morning in the colorful world of Desigual.
Desigual Store barcelona Spain McKenna


What do you think of Desigual Kids?  Have you shopped Desigual?
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The hippest baby registry

My best friend and college roommate is FINALLY pregnant!! I cannot believe I actually get to scream this from the rooftop — or at least this blog! I have been patiently waiting for this day, but was also well-aware that it might not happen.

My best friend, Christine Bean, just so happens to be the costume designer for NBC’s, The Blacklist. (Totally name dropping.) While I was off having babies and shopping at Baby GAP, my friend was working her way up in the costume departments of a variety of shows and shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue. A few years ago, she made the move to New York and bought a place in Brooklyn… with a spare room.

Christine Bean The BlackList

What did I do when she told me that she was pregnant? I immediately told her, “Okay… look around online and tell me what baby gear you want!”

Of course, I could have told her what she MUST HAVE, but I didn’t. Why not? Well, this was a little bit of research on my part.

A) I wanted to see what a stylish, hip mom in Brooklyn would want and register for — maybe she would find something I had missed or was not aware of!

And B) I wanted to see if our tastes, even in baby stuff, matched a bit.

When she sent me over her list, I literally laughed out loud. I knew it! She wants all things Stokke. Of course she does. She also has some other amazing things from The Honest Company, Aden + Anais, Boon, Life Factory and Nuna on her wishlist — and I had to add in a bit of StorkSak and Little Giraffe, too!

Brooklyn Hipster Baby Registry Savvy Sassy Moms

Modern baby registry must-haves

1. Nuna LEAF curv’ Baby Seat, $230
2. The Honest Company Baby Arrival Set, $50
3. Stokke by Nuna Pipa Car Seat, $349
4. Aden + Anais Swaddling Cloths, $50
5. Little Giraffe Chenille Blanket, $68
6. Stokke Sleepi Crib, $799
7. Aden + Anais Crib Sheet for Stokke Sleepi Crib, $30
8. Stokke Tripp Trapp, $330
9. StorkSak Lucinda Diaper Bag, $310
10. Life Factory Bottles, $50
11. Stokke Xplory Stoller, $1100 and up
12. Boon Naked Bathtub, $60

To celebrate this incredible BABY NEWS, we are giving away a Stokke Sleepi Crib!
You do not have to live in Brooklyn or be a hipster to win!:)

Enter to WIN the Stokke Sleepi Crib

Stokke Sleepi with Aden and Anais

Stokke Sleepi with Aden and Anais Nursery
Please enter through the Rafflcopter form below

Must be a US resident and 18 years old to win
Giveaway ends on 9/20/2015
Prizing make take up to 3 weeks for delivery.

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Flare Jeans for Fall
Flare jeans for fall

We are loving all the fall fashion trends that are popping up in stores and one of our favorites is the return of flare jeans! We can literally hear all the curvy girls and short girls rejoicing from around the country. Why? Because flare jeans make you look taller and they are much more slimming than skinny jeans. For many short girls that have curves — like myself — skinny jeans make us look short and even curvier, which I, for one, am not a big fan of, so I am very excited to see flare jeans back on-trend!

Top: Destructed Black Skinny Flare, $79 / Paige Denim Hidden Hills Stretch, $189 /  Joe’s Jeans Mustang Flare, $198

Bottom: Citizen’s of Humanity, $174  /  KUT from Cloth, $89  /   NYDJ Farahh Stretch Denim, $110

Four reasons we LOVE flare jeans

When wearing flare jeans, you should wear a heel, wedge or boot that gives you a lift and allows for the flare to hang nicely without bunching up at the bottom.

If you are short and need to hem your jeans from time-to-time, you may be able to skip this since you will be wearing heels your flare jeans! Many brands also make short, regular and tall flare jeans, so if regular is still too long, then the short might be perfect.

Flare jeans also help balance out a woman’s hips and butt, making the legs look longer. Flare jeans really accentuate a pear or hourglass shape.

Most jeans have some stretch in them and you’ll want your flare jeans to hug your hips and thighs. Be careful when buying… you don’t want them to stretch out too much! If they start out a little tight, that is okay! With wear they will conform to your body and end up being the perfect fit.

Flare Jeans for Fall 2015
Flare jeans can be pretty spendy, but we were happy to find a few pairs that were also under $100. However, if you wear jeans daily, buying a quality pair that costs a little more is worth it. It’s better to buy one amazing pair that you love and that will last longer than one season than to buy three pairs that you’re not that comfortable in or happy with.

Free People Gummy Mid Rise Flare, $78 / GAP Destructed Flare, $79 /  7 for All Mankind DoJo, $169

What do you think about the return of flare jeans?
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Amazon Twitter Party Fire HD Edition FINAL

Amazon FreeTime for Back-to-School

Join us for a Twitter Party
Thursday, September 3rd
10:00 a.m. PST / 1:00 p.m. EST

Hosts: @savvysassymoms @momtrends

Join us this Thursday for a back-to-school Twitter Party to celebrate the new Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition. This isn’t a toy – it’s a full-fledged tablet featuring a quad-core processor, a vivid HD display, front- and rear-facing cameras and Dolby Digital audio.The new Fire HD Kids Edition is the perfect back-to-school tablet with built-in features designed to help make learning fun as students transition from summer to school.

It comes with one year of FreeTime Unlimited, which gives kids unlimited access to more than 5,000 books, videos, educational apps and games that have all been pre-approved for their age group. With the free Amazon FreeTime app, parents have a simple way to manage how kids use their  devices with the ability to set educational goals and set screentime limits by content types

Back-to-school friendly features of Amazon FreeTime
  • Amazon FreeTime is a free app available exclusively for Amazon devices, including Fire HD Kids Edition, which helps parents manage how their kids use their devices.
  • With Learn First, parents can block access to entertainment content until their child has met specified educational goals. For example, after an hour of reading has been completed each day.
  • Parents can control the specific amount of time kids can spend with each activity, such as unlimited time reading, but only 30 minutes of watching videos or using apps.
  • Using the Bedtime feature, parents control when FreeTime shuts the device down for the day – with settings specific to weekdays and weekends.
  • While in FreeTime, kids do not have access to social media, don’t see advertisements, and can’t make in-app purchases.

The device comes with a two-year worry-free guarantee so if anything happens, simply return the device and Amazon will replace it for free – no questions asked. It also comes with a durable, lightweight, kid-proof case available in green, blue or pink to protect against drops and bumps.

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition
Tweet with us to win

During our Twitter chat on Thursday, we’ll be giving away:
Four (4) Fire HD 6-Inch Kids Edition tablets, Wi-Fi, 8 GB ($149 each).

A full-featured Fire HD 6 or Fire HD 7 tablet includes a beautiful HD display and Dolby Audio. The Fire HD Kids Edition tablet comes in black (with blue, green, or pink Kid-Proof Case), 8 GB or 16 GB of storage capacity, and a 6 or 7-inch display.


Please RSVP below to be entered to win.
You must be 18 years of age and a US resident.

Disclosure: This party is sponsored

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It’s a Back-to-School Twitter Party

Join us…
Tuesday, August 18th
6 p.m. PST / 9 p.m. EST
Hashtag: #ScoutBox

Hosts: @savvysassymoms /  @being_katie  / @mystrangefam

Sponsors: @helloproducts / @mabelhood / @annieshomegrown  / @plumorganics @frenchtoastcom  / @smartyhealth

Back-to School Twitter Party

Join us on Tuesday for a Back-to-School Scout Box Twitter Party to prepare you and your kids for the first days of school… whether you’ve already started or you’re still weeks away, you’ll love this chat!

We’ll be joined by our team of Product Scouts, savvy moms just like you who received our Back-to-School Scout Box. This special themed box was filled with some of our favorite brands that make heading back to school a little less stressful and healthier.

At the party, we’ll be discussing how to master the morning routine, what to pack in those dreaded lunches and how to get more goodness in your kids tummies to help them achieve more in their day! We’ll also share some organizing tips, talk about school style and have plenty of giveaways.

Back-to-School Scout Box Giveaway

Twitter Party Prizing

1. From hello products: Toothpaste prize packs for adults and kids
2. From Annie’s Homegrown & Plum Organics: Healthy lunch snacks prize pack
3. From SmartyPants Vitamins: A one-month supply of SmartyPants Kids Complete and a one-month supply of Kids Complete + Fiber
4. From Mabel’s Labels: An Ultimate Back-to-School Combo
5. From French Toast: Your choice of five tops and three bottoms from their collections

Please RSVP

Must be 18 years old and a US resident
Winners will be sent a DM after the party, prizing may take up to three weeks for delivery.

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Dreams Las Mareas Resort in Costa Rica
Family-friendly resort in Costa Rica

I am a huge fan of Costa Rica — hence the reason I live here — so you can believe me when I say that it is an excellent family vacation destination. Traveling with kids to Costa Rica from the United States is fairly quick and easy, which makes it even more appealing, especially if this is your first time traveling with internationally with your kids.

Since I do live here full-time, I’m able to easily explore different areas of the country and stay at a variety of hotels and resorts. A few weeks ago, my daughter McKenna and I took a little mommy and me trip up to check out the new Dreams Resort Las Mareas. It is located in the northern Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, which is about a 90-minute drive from the Liberia airport and very close to the Nicaraguan border.

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica All Inclusive Hotels

Dream Las Mareas Costa Rica

Dreams Las Mareas is an all-inclusive Costa Rican resort with over 400 rooms on the property. The resort comes with all the family-friendly amenities you would expect at an all-inclusive resort — plenty of dining options, on-site daily activities, excursions and a kids’ club. There are several different buildings throughout the property and there are several room options so be careful when you are making your reservation to make sure you’re getting the location on the resort you want. The more impressive rooms are in the smaller buildings and either have private Jacuzzis on the balconies or the semi-private dipping pools right off the patios.

Dreams Resort Costa Rica Building and Room
Our building happened to be the building with the most privacy, nestled on the hillside and a little further away from the pools. It was also a bit more of a walk to our room (which I actually appreciated to get in a little exercise between meals!), but there are plenty of golf carts buzzing around and you can get a ride to your room quite easily, which might come in handy when traveling with older family members or your little ones. These rooms are also great for those couples spending their honeymoon at the resort. Beware: Your patio is right next to your neighbor’s patio, so if people are talking loud, you’ll definitely be able to hear them… and vice versa!

Dreams Las Mareas Dipping Pools offthe Rooms Hotels in Costa Rica
We had one of the rooms with a dipping pool and this was, by far, our favorite feature! From our room we even had a small view of the ocean and I can only assume that the rooms above us had even a better views. One thing to mention, if you are traveling with children that cannot swim, this is probably not the best room option for you because it’s going to be nearly impossible to keep them out of the pool 24/7. I absolutely loved this room and would have a hard time staying here again without the dipping pool right outside my door!

Dreams Las Mareas Waterslide Family Hotels in Costa RicaDreams las Mareas Pool Costa Rica Hotels

Pools, pools, pools

If pools are your thing then you will be very happy here. They have two distinct pool areas, each with two very large pools. The pools start at the top of the resort and work their way down to the beach. The top pool area is all about the kids — it has a water slide, basketball hoop, a large poolside chess game and an additional shallow pool for toddlers.

The other pool area is one large continuous pool that begins with an adult only pool that leads to the swim-up bar and a large infinity pool that looks out to the beach, which kids can visit. This pool also has a volleyball net and a bridge that kids like to swim under. There is also a small poolside cafe that offers a few snack options, cocktails and endless amounts of smoothies for the kids.

Dreams Las Mareas Resort Pools in Costa Rica
For those that are not traveling with kids, you’ll appreciate the adult only pool. Or, if you are traveling with kids, drop them off at the kids’ club and head here to take advantage of some peace and quiet.

Dream las Mareas Oceana Bar with Swings Costa Rica

Food and dining options

Since this is an all-inclusive the resort, they feature the typical buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner. The line can get long in the morning so if you just need a caffeine fix in a hurry, they do have the CoCo Cafe to grab your latte or to pick up a small pastry for the kids. There are four restaurants on the property — two of them are only open for dinner and the Italian restaurant, Portofino, does not allow children.

Our dinner at Oceana was very good and probably my favorite meal. We ate the buffet lunch at this restaurant as well and it was pretty basic with your standard hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, some grilled vegetables and salads. Oceana sits right next to the pool and has the bar with the swings that my daughter and I loved swinging in.

Dreams Resorts Costa Rica Beaches Play el Jobo Dreams Las Mareas Beach Boogie Boarding Playa El Jobo in Costa Rica

The beach at Playa el Jobo

The beach here is in a cove, so the water is very calm and the waves are small, which is great for young children. My daughter did catch a few small waves with her boogie board, but these waves may not be that exciting for older children. There are better beaches in Costa Rica and if you are looking to surf, you definitely cannot do that here. if you are expecting soft white sand you won’t find it here — the sand is a bit more compact, brown and rustic like many beaches in Costa Rica, compared to beaches that you might find in the Caribbean or Mexico.

You can check out stand-up paddle boards and boogie boards from the resort and you can also rent kayaks and jet skis for an additional fee if you want to head out further into the water. Fishing and snorkeling tours are available for you to book and you can get a massage right on the beach if you’d rather relax. The kids’ club also brings the kids down to the beach for their special camping nights that include a variety of activities and beach games.

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica SpaDream Las Mareas Spa Costa Rica
The Dreams Spa

If I am going to be honest, the spa was the highlight for me. They have the usual spa treatment options, of course, but they also have a five-step hydro-therapy spa, which includes a sauna, steam room, cold-plunge pool, pool with water massage chairs and pressure waterfall, and hot tub. It has been a long time since I have had the opportunity to do a spa cycle like this, so it was an unexpected and pleasant surprise. They also had what I am calling “relaxation pods,” which I almost fell asleep in. This indoor-outdoor spa experience was really fantastic, giving you a true Costa Rican experience. They also have a full salon for hair services, as well as manicures and pedicures.

Additional activities

This resort is a bit secluded, but they do offer a few day trips such as zip lining at the Spider Monkey Canopy Tour and the Buena Vista Lodge day trip, which has even more activities. They will arrange to take you to the Arenal Volcano area, but this is a very long trip and, in my opinion, visiting the Arenal area is not a day trip. You will likely feel rushed and it will be a very long day, especially for children. It’s best to stay for at least one night in that area to really experience all it has to offer.

Every night they deliver a resort newsletter, The Sundial, which has a full list of activities for the following day. You can also participate in yoga classes, dance lessons, beach soccer and volleyball, among other activities at the resort. They have have nightly shows and entertainment and movie nights for the kids, which are a fun way to relax after a day in the sun.

Plan your visit to Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica is a great option for both families with young children and those looking for a relaxing family vacation. It is a resort-style vacation that comes with the typical family-friendly amenities right on the property, but with the option to explore outside of the resort for some more exciting Costa Rican excursions and adventures via the resort, if you choose.

Website: Dreams Resort Las Mareas Costa Rica

Disclosure: This was a press trip and all accommodations and meals were included. All my thoughts and opinions are my own. I am a family travel professional and share this with you to help families decide on places to stay for their vacations.

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Weigh this!

Last week I posted about stepping on the scale of success and some of you commented on what you would like to be weighed in and also shared your feelings on how our weight can alter the way we see ourselves. Whether it’s stepping on the scale or trying to fit into our skinny jeans we’ve all had those days where we let our self worth be measured in pounds or our self worth in jean size. If you watched the emotional video from Lean Cuisine you saw that you are not alone. Women do not want to be measured by their weight but instead by what they are doing and achieving every day.

Watch this amazing VIDEO


Weighing our daughters self worth

A few of you also mentioned that this is a very important topic and something that you worry about with your daughters. As a mom to a 10-year-old girl, I am very aware that she is watching me and listening to everything that I say and do. If I stand in front of the mirror and complain about my butt and thighs, she will no doubt think that she needs to worry about her butt and thighs, and I certainly do not want her growing up thinking that this is the only way she will be measured. These comments were such a great reminder.

As moms, we need to be careful about how we talk not only about ourselves but other women in front of our daughters. When we can build ourselves and other women up, our daughters will likely follow. Weighing our daughters in their successes and what they are accomplishing should be a our top priority. Pointing out when they are being kind, nice, helpful, strong, focused, hard working, determined and trying their best. These are the things that we should be adding to our daughters self worth scale.

Savvy Tip: Self Worth Weekly Weigh in

At the end of the week, step on the scale of self worth with your daughter and weigh your week! Celebrate the positive things you both accomplished that have nothing to do with the number on the scale.

How do you weigh your daughter and how do you want her to be weighed?


Disclosure: I am part of the Lean Cuisine Team, this is sponsored.

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