Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - Today's Words of Inspiration, a review and great giveaways!

Positive Images of Beauty

When you were little was there someone that looked like you on T.V.? Was there a face or a family that you could relate to?

While there were some positive shows I was allowed to watch as a little kid, I didn't always see images of myself on the screen. (OK with one small exception, I won an art contest in Kindegarten and it landed me a small one time appearance on the television show, Romper Room, if anyone finds that video, please don't post it on You Tube!)

My niece really wanted to see Disney's The Princess and The Frog, and so I thought a trip to the local theatre with her and her BFF, (and of course a big tub of popcorn) was in order! We all greatly enjoyed the movie. I appreciated that it was age appropriate for the girls, but also fun for me! (The movie is a Golden Globe nominee for Best Animated Feature!)

Disney describes the main character, Princess Tiana, (voiced by the amazing Anika Noni Rose) as having a cool quirk: 'Can hold down three jobs and still have time to dream.' - Now that my friends is a 'Princess' of TODAY. This is not the same Princess waiting along for some 'Prince Charming' (no pun intended, no really) to come along and  make her life complete!  This is what I want my niece and all young girls to understand, that you can work hard to achieve your dreams and still enjoy the adventures that life presents to you along the way!

Tiana, is Disney's first African American Princess, and I'm just letting the folks at Disney know that it's time to represent and get us a Latina Princess soon! (I'm inserting a snap my fingers gesture here since you can't see me!) The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Tiana merchandise is outselling other Disney princesses by double-digit percentages! That's right moms, keep Tiana's numbers high! Young girls need to be able to see themselves reflected back to them in positive images! Tiana is the PRINCESS, she is not the side-kick doll and she is no one's roller-skating buddy, she is the star of the show, she is can-do; she is the Princess that should be in the hands of our daughters, nieces etc. We have spent time here discussing how we should be careful and selective with what we watch, and what we hear and how those influences affect us, let's be sure we do the same for our children.

Shortly after taking my niece to see the film (hoping the nice folks at Disney will add Ascending Butterfly to it's screenings list!), I was offered an amazingly timed opportunity! The BlogRollers Media team offered me the chance to sample Carol's Daughter's new line of products for children, The Magical Beauty Collection!

The Magical Beauty Collection:

Beloved for its genuinely natural products, Carol’s Daughter was a natural choice for creating a Princess Tiana-themed hair and body collection. Gentle enough for children and appealing to parents, the fanciful product line delivers the benefits of natural ingredients such as aloe leaf juice, sunflower seed oil, cranberry fruit extract and lemon peel (Notice it's all ingredients you can pronounce!). The Magical Beauty Collection captures Princess Tiana’s unique experience in one universal collection, making every aspiring princess feel like Tiana at bath time. Each product features an inspirational message reflecting the values and lessons that Tiana learns during her journey, making the Magical Beauty Collection a way for girls to connect with Disney’s newest princess.

Now you know how much I love my inspirational messages (so much so that I began this blog to offer words of inspiration daily and how to apply them to your everyday life)! I will say I had a brief pang of jealousy and wanted to keep the collection for myself (hopefully I'll get a chance to host a review and giveaway with Carol's Daughter for some yummy adult bath time treats!), but I'm proud to say that I called my niece and let her know I had a special surprise for her during next sleep over. She came over this weekend and quickly agreed to test the collection, it probably sounded more like 'really? all mine? This is so cool!' (And in my imagination I'm inserting 'You are the best Aunt EVER!' - which of course, I am!)

I wanted to share that my Niece LOVED it, and I think I've created a product snob in training, because she has been dropping hints that she has a birthday coming up! OH! OH! I'm thinking she's going to want the 'A Magical Beauty Gift Set'  which includes:

Shampoo "The Beauty Within" - 8 fl. oz.
Conditioner "Inner Shine" - 8 fl. oz.
Bubble Bath "Sharing Means Caring" - 8 fl. oz.

I can officially say that Carol's Daughter's The Magical Beauty Collection, is niece tested, and blogger/Auntie approved! And remember, the products are Pediatrician-tested and Paraben-free!

About Carol's Daughter

In the early 1990’s, Brooklyn native Lisa Price (a.k.a. Carol’s daughter) began experimenting with fragrance, essential oils and natural moisturizers to make gifts for her family and friends. Soon after she packaged her home-spun creations, word spread like wildfire and the demand for her unparalleled hair and body care products led to a highly successful mail-order and web-based business. Within a few years, Carol's Daughter counted celebrities like Jada Pinkett Smith, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Brad Pitt and Chaka Khan as loyal fans, or as she refers to them, "friends of the family." Nature, family and love are words that resonate for Carol’s Daughter and as business expands, Lisa makes sure that detailed care and attention is given to each product.

It is truly an inspired partnership! Lisa Price has proven that pursuing your passions and combining it with hard work truly reaps dividends!

Use 'Today's Words of Inspiration' as a breathing meditation to still your mind, quiet your thoughts and bring in positive energy. As you inhale bring in only positive energy by saying in your mind, I breathe in positive energy (or you can say creative energy if that is what you wish to create more of) and as you exhale, Affirm out loud today 'I inspire the young people in my life and encourage and promote positive images of beauty and self-esteem within them!'

Spend some time each day enjoying focused breathing AND soul guided meditative visualization, in doing so, you can bring about amazing, profound and powerful changes in your life.

Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by universal forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul. Do this at least twice today and see how by taking a moment away from the hectic pace and breathing in positive energy and affirming what you wish to create, your thinking will become different.

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

It is OK to *Re-Tweet* the link to this post and You can find me (@Tracy_Iglesias) on Twitter here! Twitter love: re*tweet by copying and pasting the following into your update field:

OK to RT: @Tracy_Iglesias #ascendingbutterfly - Today's Words of #Inspiration and Great #Giveaways! -

Make this your best day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

Don't forget to enter the great giveaways on the upper right hand side of the page! It's just our way of saying Thank You for choosing to spend part of your day with us. We are really happy you landed HERE! Don't forget to use the share button below any inspiration to stumble, digg, tweet or share with your friends on facebook and twitter! And if you want to share inspiration with other members, Ascending Butterfly has a NING group with real time chat HERE

ENDING SOON ALERT: Remember readers our BedLounger giveaway (ARV $127) ends TONIGHT at 11:59 EST. Be sure to get in your entries NOW, before it's too late!

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NOTE: Readers have asked us to make entering the contests and giveaways, faster and easier. Your wish is our command! We have moved our 'Today's Butterfly - Featured Site(s) of the day, which is where we host our giveaways, to the upper right hand side of the page. It will be located here from now on to make entering the giveaways faster and easier. Keep the suggestions coming, remember we also have a NING group with real time chat, you can give us your comments and suggestions in REAL time, how cool is that?

NOTE 2: Twitter followers: please remember you must also follow Ascending Butterfly using Google friends connect on the upper right hand side of the page for your entries to be processed. And remember if your profile does not have an email and you don't leave your email in your entry, we will not accept your entry. Make sure your entry or your profile have your email address!

Just a helpful Reminder: How to Follow Using Google Friends Connect:

Please look to the upper right hand side, where the follower pictures are. (Note the number of followers before you start this process)

1) press the follow button - the google pop up wizard will open, this is not an ad and your pop up blocker will not block it

2) tick the option that reads 'follow this blog publicly' once that button is selected, hit follow again - it should now read 'you are now following'

3) if the follower count went up you know you did it succesfully, if your profile has a picture, that picture will be the first one on the left side. If your profile doesn't have one, it should still be searchable on the members list. (Remember, following a blog, does NOT subscribe you to receive emails, you have to subscribe separately to do that, you will not receive emails for following)

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This is not a paid insertion, all opinions expressed are my own, and I did NOT receive any compensation for this review.


  1. I love your blog! I found you on MBC friends following friends group. I just followed you with GFC!

  2. Princess Tiana 'Can hold down three jobs and still have time to dream.' - Now that my friends is a 'Princess' of TODAY. This is not the same Princess waiting along for some 'Prince Charming' to come along and make her life complete! OH I LOVE THIS!!!! I THINK THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD TEACH OUT DAUGHTERS!!