Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Friendzip Bracelets Review and Giveaway

My oldest daughter is 7 years old and is really starting to blossom into a friendly person.  The house we moved to has a little girl her age that lives next door, something she has never had, kids to play with.  I was starting to believe that she was going to end up like me, a loner who never really had a whole lot of friends through school or in the neighborhood that I grew up in.  Now, she is becoming like her father, a social butterfly.  When I was growing up, I had one close friend and I remember having one of those necklaces that were two halves, one said "Best" and the other half said "Friend".  I gave it to her and we ended up wearing that for a long time before she moved away.  I also remember taking lots of different colors of embroidery floss and making bracelets with a girl in my neighborhood.  I can't begin to tell you how much of that we went through.  I also had a container full of beads that we used to make a lot of bracelets, necklaces and even earrings with.  I was contacted a while back about doing a very special review with a new product that I think is truly amazing to be able to share with your best friend or friends, maybe a sister that you are really close with or on occasion maybe even your mom.  The product is Friendzip Bracelets, a new and fresher updated version of the original friendship bracelets and the concept is so simple yet special.  Betty, who is a very sweet lady and creator of Friendzip Bracelets is so excited about these.  She says it is a fresh and unique concept of a children's bracelet designed for girls of the ages of 7 to 12.  She so graciously sent me four of her beautiful and simply adorable bracelets for review for my oldest daughter.  My daughter is starting to get into wanting to wear jewelry and especially bracelets, so she thought these were really cool when they arrived.  Here is the concept behind the Friendzip Bracelet as explained by Betty herself:
The Friendzip Bracelet is a bracelet that fashions a variety of designs.  The bracelet can be unzipped and children can exchange half of their bracelet with their friend.  Children can also mix and match designs from their own collection.  Each bracelet also contains some wisdom on how to be a better friend.  They also offer additional charms for as the charm on the original bracelet clips off.  

If you caught my review and giveaway of the Charm It! Bracelet a while back and noticed any of those charms, they also fit on the Friendzip Bracelets.  These bracelets are so great because they unzip down the middle so you can give one half to your friends and keep the other half for yourself.  They fasten by a piece of velcro on each end, but I have heard that they may be making them with a snap, which would be so great!  My oldest was so thrilled with these that she asked me, OK begged me to let her take one with her to school.  She had a friend that she wanted to share one with.  She took the Happy Heart pattern with her to school and was so happy when she came home to let me know that her friend had accepted it.  She keeps telling me she can't wait until she gets to know the little girl next door better so she can give her one too.  I keep telling her we have only been here in the new house for two weeks, give it a little more time.  I guess the moral of the story is, she absolutely loves her Friendzip Bracelets.  I love them too, because believe it or not, it has given my oldest a little more confidence in a time where she wasn't exactly sure where she stood with some kids at school.  These bracelets are filled with a powerful message and really makes you stand up, think and take notice.  What a wonderful creation that this is and I hope that these bracelets get the recognition they deserve.

Betty from Friendzip Bracelets owned a small gift basket business and sold it after three years.  It had grown beyond her capabilities of keeping it going well and taking care of her family.  As her children grew, she decided to home school them.  Her son has special needs and she felt as though she could offer him more than the schools were willing to offer him, working with him one on one.  Betty's daughter began going to a home school mentoring group on Fridays when she was almost 6 years old.  As she grew, she dealt with normal girl issues (talking about one another, choosing sides, facing popularity issues, etc.)  They would talk about the issues and look at the Bible in God's perspective on how to handle some of the issues and being kind even when she was not being treated kindly.  She also talked about starting a small business, so she could see how businesses should be run, how to manage things like inventory, how to price things, etc.  Betty and her daughter joked about a lemonade stand.  Betty had considered doing a basket business again, as she was new in the area, but she knew that would require more room than she had, not to mention time.  The business idea became a reality one morning when she was praying for a friend and she remembered a necklace that she had on..it was a chain and it had a zipper pull on it as a charm.  Betty wondered what else she could do with a zipper and the idea of the separated zipper, decorating it, and being able to unzip so you could exchange it, came to her in seconds.  She utilized this to help girls to remember to be kind to one another and included a piece of advice with the bracelet so the girls could exchange halves, remember the advice and live that toward their friend.  This continues to be their goal and have thought about other avenues to help young girls realize they can build successful relationships due to the positive actions they initiate.    They have also had fun designing the bracelets and picking out the patterns they think will be fun for girls.  Betty's daughter, who knew how to sew, made the actual prototypes for the bracelets as well as the description "Jewelry with a purpose!."

Friendzip Bracelets are a great value at $5.95 or buy two (mix or match) for $10.00, in a great variety of patterns.  They also have a nice array of charms starting at $1.50 and up. For more information and to see all of the great products that Friendzip Bracelets has to offer, please head over HERE.  

Betty from Friendzip Bracelets would love to give TWO of my lucky Mommy2TwoGirls readers a set consisting of TWO bracelets in your choice of pattern and one Flower charm (that is different from the one that comes with the bracelets) (approx value of each prize-$12.00)

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Giveaway will end on Wednesday 4/14 at 7pm EST.  Winners will be chosen via random.org and notified by email as well as posted here on my blog.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond before new winners are chosen.  Open to US residents ONLY!  Special thanks to Betty and Friendzip Bracelets for sponsoring this giveaway.  GOOD LUCK!
Disclosure- I received no monetary compensation for this review, only a selection of free bracelets from Friendzip Bracelets in exchange for my honest opinions.  The words expressed in this review are my own and not influenced by anyone.


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