Monday, February 22, 2010

Belly Charms "Swarovski Pearl Initial Bracelet" - Giveaway!

This Giveaway is now CLOSED. Congrats to Tabathia! #105

This giveaway, for me - is monumental. The company I'm featuring today is called Belly Charms, owned & operated by the lovely Sonya, & alot of you wouldn't know it, but thanks to Sonya and Belly Charms - my blog is where it's at today. I'm dead serious, (although I won't go into the exact reasons, suffice to say I've been wanting to feature Sonya and Belly Charms for a very long time!) a few months back I won a giveaway hosted by Felicia from Go, Graham Go! and it was this amazing bracelet from Belly Charms.

I was absolutely stunned when  it arrived, encased in a velvet jewelry box the bracelet had the first initials of everyone in my family (it was a single name bracelet, and I was in no way going to narrow it down to just one child when the bracelet was as gorgeous as it was, and I knew I'd wear it almost everyday - so initials it was!) I chose the pearl color (Tahitian) & Sonya was not only solicitous she paid attention to every detail.

Helpful, generous - she asked that I send my bracelet back, when she noticed in my blog post that the size I had ordered was a size too small for my wrist (although I was still going to wear that bad boy - no matter what!) & Sonya re-sized it for nothing! I was so, so impressed, as I was a giveaway winner - not an actual paying customer - but to Belly Charms - there is no difference. Sonya cares for everything concerning her beautiful creations, & she doesn't only have bracelets, in fact her store started with , yup - belly charms.

When Sonya was pregnant with her 1st son, she had to take her belly button ring out, and of course her hole closed on her - so she had it re-pierced, only to find out she was pregnant a second time, lol!
This time though, she was determined to keep a cute little belly ring in, so she used a PTFE bar (a short term for teflon, basically) but after her second son was born - just didn't like the "steel" rings anymore.

So - Belly Charms was created! Sonya has all sort of cute charms and everything can be customized! She has Team Bling, Names, Vital ID's (for kids' to wear, for medical & sport safety), Anklets, Bracelets, Pendants, Toe Rings - the list goes on & on. Belly Charms uses Swarovski crystals to accentuate what she makes, & combined with the Sterling silver, some of her work is simply gorgeous! Her dedication to detail & love for what she does, shows with her work - the pieces she creates are things you want to wear, I've had several people comment on my bracelet, how beautiful it is, where did I get it? It's worthy of being a family heir, (which mine will be) that's how fabulous her products are!

And everything that Belly Charms has to offer, is of the highest possible standard that Sonya can bring to her customers, there's definitely an aura of class with Belly Charms.
Another interesting fact about Belly Charms, and Sonya, was that she has  some special bracelets made for 'Breast Cancer Awareness' & she donates 20% of sales from that specific collection to the American Cancer Society! Generous, as I said before. She also offers free shipping on orders over $20.00 to the U.S & Canada!
And in following with Sonya of Belly Charm's generosity, I am going to add a little "extra" something to her giveaway.
The winner will also receive their choice of any Sterling Silver Toe Ring that Sonya has on her site!

Belly Charms has a sophisticated edge, everything in Sonya's store is stylish, original & is obviously the result of someone very passionate about what she does. Sonya is a true artist! I asked her a little something about herself, & was thrilled with her answers, I think most of us, as Moms with kids - can appreciate what she had to say ...

Is it hard to run a company, raise 2 boys while being a STHM?

Photobucket Yes.  You have to really love what you do.  My boys ( 4 and almost 3) are not in school yet so most of my work is done late at night when everyone is sleeping...OK So I started answering this at about 6:14am then a little voice screamed"Mommy" so I went and got in bed next to my  3 year old until he went back to sleep...it is now 6:45 am - good example :)  
I love being home with them during the day.  I am also an aerobics instructor.  I teach in the mornings mainly, so I take them with me when I go to they gym.  They love it and it is a great way for them to play with other kids.  I am on the go 24/7, but would not have it any other way.  My husband is great -  when I am really busy, he will take over the kids for a few hours.  I try to ship out all belly button ring and Vital ID orders within 24 hours.  I believe in shipping everything ASAP.  He is very supportive of my businesses and helps me come up with new ideas too.  We have just moved and I finally have my own office.  Could not be happier :)

How do you come up with the ideas for the style of your products?
 I honestly just make them up, I am always on the lookout for new charms for the maternity belly button rings.   My boys are only 13.5 months apart so I spend about 4 years straight either pregnant/nursing or both.  I would have loved to have a pendant that said " I am pregnant, not fat" 
Especially for the second pregnancy.   I  am always throwing things out there to my husband. I started my website  on Etsy.com with about 5 products.  When I first published www.BellyButtonRingsAndThings.com, it had 20 products...... I now have over 400 items on my website.  I just keep learning new things and adding more products.  Since 90% of what is sell are maternity items, I am always on the lookout for ideas.  In the last year I have learned to make Glass Tile and Scrabble Tile Pendants, they are lots of fun and just so cute for a mom-to-be.

How long does it take you to complete a bracelet or an anklet?
I am very picky about what I make.  If  I make a bracelet or anklet and it is not "Perfect"....I will take it apart and start over.  Many of my customers have told me just how much they love their mother's bracelets and how much having something with their children's names means to them.  I want each one to be perfect.  
I would say average time is about 45 minutes to an hour for a single strand.  Double and Triples strands take longer because I want all of the beads to line up perfectly.  I have spent as much as 4 hours on one of these.

 How did you come across the idea of donating proceeds towards Breast Cancer Awareness?
One of the chairperson's for the local BC foundation was given one of my bracelets as gift.  She loved it and asked If I would donate a few for some giveaways at their charity events and that is how it got started. 
I am also a big supporter of the March of Dimes, my oldest son was born at 34.5 weeks and spend 10 days in the NICU.  He is a perfectly healthy little boy today.  For the last 4 years I have been a team captain for the March for Babies in Palm Beach County.  This is one charity I truly believe in and hearing all of the stories of these tiny little premies will bring tears to your eyes.  It is incredible to see a  healthy little girl and learn that she was under 2 lbs when she was born!

Link  http://www.marchforbabies.org/personal_page.asp?pp=567245&ct=4&w=4026751&u=juiceplus&bt=4

What one thing can you never leave home without?
 I can't leave home without my Blackberry.  All of my orders & inquiries come to it and I like to stay on top of things.  When we moved last month, we were without internet for 4 days, and I was emailing all of my customers from by Blackberry to let them know their orders would ship on Monday!

Don't you just love her? I adore her work, her style, her passion for what she makes, & as a person she has been incredibly fantastic to work with.
My favorite answer was definitely about starting her answer at 6:14, and being able to get back to it at 6:45, lol - that definitely sounds like my home and I'm sure most of you could relate!


Win It!
Today Sonya and Belly Charms has graciously offered to give one of my lucky readers a
  Swarovski Pearl Initial Braclet - Your Color Choice  [up to 5 sets of initials]
as well as the "extra" Sterling Silver Toe Ring!

Mandatory entry: To be eligible to win this amazing bracelet, you need to visit Belly Charms & leave a comment with what item from her store you would love to have!

Extra entries: 

+1 Become a Blog Follower of "20 to Life!"

+3 Facebook fan Belly Charms & "20 to Life!"

+1 Name a pregnant celebrity who would look great sporting a Belly Charm!

+3 Grab either Sonya's button , or mine, with the link where to find it! (top, left of blog)

 +1 Twitter follow "20 to Life" then tweet about this giveaway!

WIN w/ @BellyCharms & "20 to Life" Swarovski Pearl Initial Bracelet!! http://bit.ly/9SayS8 Gorgeous *bling* for Mommies & More!

+2 Email subscribe to "20 to Life!"

This giveaway will run from 2.22.10 until 3.4.10, please leave separate comments for each entry, winner will be selected via Random.Org  & emailed. They will then 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be drawn.


**Please note, I received no form of monetary compensation for my opinion/review. I did receive a product from the company in order to give a fair & balanced review and any opinion, statement etc. expressed in said review in solely my own & was in no way influenced by a third party.

Good Luck!

116 reactions!:

Babes Mami said...

I love the peace sign earrings! Very me

Babes Mami said...

I am a follower of your blog also!

Babes Mami said...

I also just fanned you both, love facebook!

~J said...

OMG what an amazing site! I love everything..I guess I would have to say I love the Swarovski Pearl Double Strand Mother's Bracelet best!

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~J said...

Following BellyCharms on Twitter. (BBandAblog)
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~J said...

Christina Milian would look great sporting a Belly Charm!

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~J said...

#1 I have your button here: http://boobiesbabiesblog.blogspot.com

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~J said...

#2 I have your button here: http://boobiesbabiesblog.blogspot.com

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#3 I have your button here: http://boobiesbabiesblog.blogspot.com

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~J said...

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Mass Hole Mommy said...

Oooh, I love the Swarovski Crystal and Furnace Glass Mother's Bracelet!

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Mass Hole Mommy said...

I,m a blog follower!

Mass Hole Mommy said...

followed belly charms on twitter (massholemommy)

Mass Hole Mommy said...

followed belly charms on twitter (massholemommy)

Mass Hole Mommy said...

FB fan of yours and belly charms #1

Mass Hole Mommy said...

FB fan #2

Mass Hole Mommy said...

fb fan #3

Mass Hole Mommy said...

have your button http://massholemommy.blogspot.com/

Mass Hole Mommy said...

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Mass Hole Mommy said...

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Mass Hole Mommy said...

Button #2

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Button #3

Letherton said...

the im pregnant not fat necklace is cute.

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Ladybug Mama of 2 said...

I love the Maternity & Due Date Pendents

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Ladybug Mama of 2 said...

I follow Belly Charms on Twitter

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Ladybug Mama of 2 said...

I'm a follower of 20 to Life

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Ladybug Mama of 2 said...

I'm a fan of Belly Charms and 20 to life on facebook

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#1

Ladybug Mama of 2 said...

I'm a fan of Belly Charms and 20 to life on facebook

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#2

Ladybug Mama of 2 said...

I'm a fan of Belly Charms and 20 to life on facebook

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#3

Ladybug Mama of 2 said...

I think Christina Milian would look great with a Belly Charm

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Ladybug Mama of 2 said...

I have both yours and Sonya's buttons on my right side bar - http://ladybugmamaof2.blogspot.com

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#1

Ladybug Mama of 2 said...

I have both yours and Sonya's buttons on my right side bar - http://ladybugmamaof2.blogspot.com

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#2

Ladybug Mama of 2 said...

I have both yours and Sonya's buttons on my right side bar - http://ladybugmamaof2.blogspot.com

ladybugmamaof2 at hotmail dot com

#3

Ladybug Mama of 2 said...

I tweeted about this giveaway

http://twitter.com/Ladybugmamaof2/status/9502653384

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momtoem said...

I like the Pink Crystal Stroller / Baby Buggy Charm Maternity Belly Ring

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momtoem said...

Blog Follower of "20 to Life!"

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momtoem said...

Facebook fan Belly Charms (lena naef) #1

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momtoem said...

Facebook fan Belly Charms (lena naef) #2

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momtoem said...

Facebook fan Belly Charms (lena naef) #3

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momtoem said...

Facebook fan of 20 to life(lena naef) #1

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momtoem said...

Facebook fan of 20 to life(lena naef) #2

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momtoem said...

Facebook fan of 20 to life(lena naef) #3

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momtoem said...

Christina Milian would look great with a Belly Charm

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momtoem said...

Email subscribe to "20 to Life!" #1

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momtoem said...

Email subscribe to "20 to Life!" #2

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Natalie said...

I love the Swarovski Pearl Initial Bracelet and would love to have one of my own!

Natalie said...

I am following Belly Charms on Twitter

Natalie said...

I am a blog follower of 20 to Life!

Natalie said...

I am a fan of Belly Charms on FB (#1)

Natalie said...

I am a fan of Belly Charms on FB (#2)

Natalie said...

I am a fan of Belly Charms on FB (#3)

Natalie said...
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Natalie said...

I am a fan of 20 to Life on FB (#1)

Natalie said...

I am a fan of 20 to Life on FB (#2)

Natalie said...

I am a fan of 20 to Life on FB (#3)

Natalie said...

I think Amy Adams would look great sporting a Belly Charm, if she has her belly button pierced and if not she would look great sporting a bracelet from Belly Charms!

~J said...

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BamaTrav said...

Now I think I will get my belly button skewered. Ouch. :)))

Ladybug Mama of 2 said...

Daily Tweet

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Peggy said...

I love the Swarovski Pearl Initial Bracelet - White,Gray, Sterling Silver. I have been looking for a way for my daughter to add her brothers to her wedding and I love it. 2 of my sons passed and she was very close,I would love to give her this bracelet with all their intials(I have 4 children) . It would be the perfect way to show her brothers are with her on her wedding day!
Thanks
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Peggy said...

Follow Belly Charms on Twitter
velvet1116
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Peggy said...

a Blog Follower of "20 to Life!"
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Peggy said...

Facebook fan Belly Charms & "20 to Life!"#1
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Peggy said...

Facebook fan Belly Charms & "20 to Life!"#2
Peggy Gorman
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Peggy said...

Facebook fan Belly Charms & "20 to Life!"#3
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Peggy said...

Jessica Alba would look great!
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Peggy said...

follow and a tweet
http://twitter.com/velvet1116/status/9573327767
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Peggy said...

Email subscriber to "20 to Life!" #1
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Peggy said...

Email subscriber to "20 to Life!" #2
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~J said...

daily tweet: http://twitter.com/BBandAblog/status/9581610434
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Merrie L. said...

My favorite item is the Gold and Silver Personalized Mother's / Grandmother's Bracelet!

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Merrie L. said...

I follow your blog.
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Merrie L. said...

I'm facebook fans of both Belly Charms and 20 to Life.
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Merrie L. said...

I think Rebecca Gayheart would look cool rocking a Belly Charm! (what time she has left!)
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Merrie L. said...

I email subscribe.
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~J said...

tweet: http://twitter.com/BBandAblog/status/9630885622
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Chacoy said...

I like the Heart with the baby feet in the middle with crystals;}

Thanks for the opprotunity!

Katrina said...

Aspyn & I decided although we love many things, we would choose the; Girl's Swarovski Crystal & Sterling Silver Name Bracelet!

Katrina said...

I am a facebook fan of 20 to life & Belly Charms! +3

Katrina said...

I follow your blog!

Katrina said...

Christina Milian would look great with a Belly Charm!!

Katrina said...

I email subscribe...
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Katrina said...

I email subscribe #2.
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Katrina said...

Follow Belly Charms on Twitter!
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Ladybug Mama of 2 said...

Daily Tweet

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~J said...

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jeno uellette said...

I like the jasper mothers bracelet. Very pretty!
Jen Ouellette
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jeno uellette said...

I am following belly charms on twitter
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jeno uellette said...

I am a fan of belly charms and you on fb
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jeno uellette said...

I am a fan on FB with belly charms and you.
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jeno uellette said...

I am a fan on FB with belly charms and you.
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jeno uellette said...

tweet http://twitter.com/jenouellette/status/9729259115
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~J said...

daily tweet: http://twitter.com/BBandAblog/status/9733309976
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Ladybug Mama of 2 said...

Daily Tweet

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jeno uellette said...

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Susan Margaret said...

I would love the Swarovski Pearl Initial Bracelet - White,Gray, Sterling Silver --> it is beautiful!

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Susan Margaret said...

I now follow Belly Charms on Twitter (littlecomper)

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~J said...

daily tweet:
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jeno uellette said...

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~J said...

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jeno uellette said...

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Tabathia said...

I like the Girl's Pink Swarovski and Pearl Name Bracelet

Tabathia said...

follower

Tabathia said...

tweeter follower & tweeted http://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/9874045641

Tabathia said...

email subscriber entry #1

Tabathia said...

email subscriber entry #2

Tabathia said...

FB fan of 20tolife & belly charms (michelle barrett)

Tabathia said...

Follow Belly Charms on Twitter (chelleb36)

Tabathia said...

Tiffani Amber Thiessan would look great sporting it

Ladybug Mama of 2 said...

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~J said...

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jeno uellette said...

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~J said...

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jeno uellette said...

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~J said...

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jeno uellette said...

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