On Fostering Confidence In Our Girls + Dove Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Mirum Shopper. Opinions, as always, are my own.

Through a small window, I watch her carefully chaine turn across the ballet studio floor.  Hands on shoulders, she is learning to spot, while sometimes losing stability.  In a powder blue leotard, with magic marker remnants on her hands, she is beauty in motion – exuding unfading grace, joy, and determination.  Despite getting dizzy  – she steps out of her spins to greet the studio mirror with a big smile lighting up her face.  I study the way in which she grins at her reflection and can’t help but marvel at her eight-year-old sense of self and increasing awareness of the world around her.



I’m reminded of all the times that I stood, as a girl, in front of a metaphorical mirror, feeling proud on my own accord – or unsure of myself and my abilities.  And in a pre-Internet era, I know all too well what it was like to feel diminished – in the murmur of a whisper – or the passing of a note.

Our daughter will someday be a part of the next generation of social media users – where a single voice can be amplified among an endless sea.


And now more than ever, it is our biggest hope that this future online culture will follow Dove‘s lead in embracing words as weapons – to speak beauty, support, and reciprocity; while influencing positivity, calling out injustices, and championing change.

That’s why, as a mother of a young girl, I love the Dove Self-Esteem Project’s mission in helping girls gain confidence and develop positive relationships with themselves and others.


Dove has sparked really important discussions online – and when I walk with my daughter to our local Rite Aid, I’m happy to pick up products (that I’ve depended on for years) from a brand that aligns with our beliefs. Along with Dove’s steadfast commitment to helping women and girls – I’m such a fan of their affordable products with delicious scents.



My current favorites, on regular rotation, include Dove Deep Moisturizing Body Wash, which never dries out my skin, especially in the colder months; Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo for quick hair fixes after rushing from spin class to ballet class pick-up; and Dove Advanced Care Original Clean Deodorant with a cool and fresh scent that always keeps me dry.


We’re thrilled to partner with Dove to giveaway my favorite products to five lucky winners.

Entry is simple over on our Instagram account.

A photo posted by Monica (@marinobambinos) on

Just comment on this image with your own story about a time that you or a friend had a negative experience on social media – and please let us know how you got through it. Use #SpeakBeautiful to be entered to win one of five Dove tote bags filled with full-sized Dove products.  Giveaway rules can be found here: https://goo.gl/pcrAjW.

Also, please join us in the #SpeakBeautiful conversation on social media, and in the comments below.

Here’s to our strong girls.



  1. Great post and great giveaway. It seems like there are even more negative messages out there regarding girls and what size they should be or how they should look than ever before. We really need to let them know that just being them is more than enough.

  2. Catherine S says

    Dove is the only brand of soap that my son and I use. Thanks for the great give away.

  3. Confidence is key. I teach my kids that they are loved.

  4. I love that Dove is empowering girls. I have always bought their brand but now I am extra happy to do so.

  5. As a mom of girls I love that Dove is supporting positive self esteem. It will be the only brand of soap that we use from now on.

  6. I love Dove how they encourage women to build their own confident. I think it’s really helpful to spread this campaign. Such a wonderful giveaway.

  7. I try to encourage my nieces consistently – it’s so important to let them know how special and unique they are. I always love Dove’s campaigns!

  8. Confidence is incredibly important for young girls. It really does help drive them to be successful. I love Dove!

  9. Confidence is definitely an important part of life! Good for Dove for helping to promote that.

  10. Reesa Lewandowski says

    I really strive to keep my daughter’s confidence at a peak!! I love Dove for doing this!

  11. I am a huge fan of Dove products, I use them regularly. This is also a wonderful mission, our girls our the future and they should know how beautiful and smart they are.

  12. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I have been using Dove products for years. I love the way it makes my hair and skin feel. This is a great campaign.

  13. I love this Dove’s project. They really helped a lot of young girls improve their self esteem.

  14. As the mom to a daughter I am all about companies and campaigns that do everything they can to support our girls from the inside out! And I love that Dove is all about supporting our girls and their self esteem!

  15. Putting confidence int young girls is so important. I have always respected Dove for putting this initiative first.

  16. This is something that has hit me hard lately. I’ve always been rather hard on myself and now that my girls are both 9 and 10 it was beginning to rub off on them so I stopped immediately. This is amazing of dove and I think so important.

  17. i love this campaign more every time I come across it. It makes me feel good to buy their products!

  18. Mary Edwards says

    I love all of DOVES campaigns lately. They are really awesome for both young girls and women! I love buying their products

  19. Dove just a great job of supporting women. I’ll be sure to shop Dove next time I’m in the store.

  20. Rizza Smith says

    I love using dove products it perfectly fine with those have a sensitive skin

  21. Dove is doing such thoughtful campaigns. I am sure they are making a solid impact!

  22. It’s really nice that Dove is taking the initiative to empower young girls and women. Self confidence is important especially these days. I really like this program!

  23. Kelley Chapman says

    Dove products are great.

  24. Renee Smith says

    As a mom to 6 girls, I think this campaign is extremely important and just wonderful!

  25. I absolutely love this Dove campaign and how they focus on real woman. So much needs to change cod future generations and this is a start.

  26. Audrey T says

    I have battled with self-esteem issues my whole like. This campaign is amazing. I have a young daughter as well and this is an important message.

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