23

Elf on the Shelf – why I hate that creepy jerk.

If you’re a huge fan of the Elf on the Shelf, let me stop you right now and tell you that you shouldn’t read any further in this post. I might make you angry when I start talking about all the reasons why that creepy little f*&%er will not ever be stepping foot into my home.

I don’t know how to say this nicely, so I’ll just have to say it. I hate that stupid friggin’ Elf on the Shelf. Hate, hate, hate! To say he is creepy is the understatement of the year. I mean look at the guy – I just can’t look at any picture of it and think it’s cute. It’s not cute. It’s a creepy Elf sent to spy on you. What the hell is cute about that?
Elf-4

Hell no. Never in my house.

Whatever happened to those good old traditions where we are taught that Santa knows if you’ve been bad or good regardless of some lame-ass Elf who does nothing except create more work for Mom and Dad. That’s right, more work! Because in the month leading up to Christmas that’s exactly what I need – one more thing to stress about every night. God forbid I forget one night and don’t move the creepster to a new location and my kid thinks the Elf is dead or lost it’s magic, etc. I don’t need the added stress of somehow messing up this Elf tradition and having my kid think the Elf is no longer magical. No way. I will not be an Elf murderer, no matter how terrifying the little guy is.

Creepy-Elf

I mean I get it. Some people love it and think it’s a cute little Christmas tradition that makes memories for their kids. That’s wonderful. But it’s the overachieving Mom’s who have completely exploited this Elf into being nothing more than an overpriced commercialized piece of garbage that make me mad. “Oh my Elf decided to make cookies last night and left baking mess everywhere”, or “Oh my goodness, look the elves must have had a marshmallow fight last night. Look the marshmallows are everywhere”, or “Look at that, did you know Elves bathe in glitter? Look at him in the glitter bath!” – these are prime examples of why I hate this thing. That’s not creating a Christmas memory – it is creating a damn mess. I can pretty much guarantee you that this little creepy Elf doesn’t clean up after himself, so you can add cleaning up stupid Elf shit every day to the list of things Mommy doesn’t have time for.

MjAxMy02ODZkMmQyN2I0OTQ3OGM0

It is called “The Elf on the Shelf” – not “The Elf drinking beer” or “The Elf taking Barbie for a joy ride” or “The Elf who leaves peanut butter hand prints all over the counter top”. THE ELF ON THE SHELF! Why the hell can’t he stay on the shelf where he belongs? Why do we have to overdo everything. Why do we constantly have to “out-do” every other mother out there?

Speaking of that, thanks a lot overachieving Mom’s for making your elves do such stupid stuff all the time. So now when my kid gets older and realizes there’s no elf in my house, I’ll have to try and tactfully explain that Santa knows whether she’s good or bad without an overpriced creepy elf watching her every move. That Mommy doesn’t think the spirit of Christmas involves spending nearly $40 on a toy which is purely marketed towards parents who want to use Elf spying as a parenting clutch for good behaviour. But all she’ll know is that magic elves visit all of her friends houses, and not hers. Crap.

MjAxMi04OGYyZWZhMGQ3OTBmZmNl

So when December 26th rolls around and the Elf goes away, then what happens? The parenting clutch is gone and your kid won’t have the fear of lack of presents from Santa to stop them from behaving poorly. They haven’t REALLY learned anything about behaving better throughout the year, only during that short stint up until Christmas so they can ensure they get a crap load of gifts. Sounds like the right kind of Christmas spirit, doesn’t it?

So when you’re removing all of the Christmas ornaments from your tree tonight, all for the sake of “Oh my goodness, look what mischief the little elf did? He took the ornaments away!”, ask yourself if it’s really worth it or are there other, much less commercialized ways you could be making holiday memories with your kids.

So I’m taking the stance now, that the only Elves in my house will be Buddy the Elf and the little Elf from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Elf-Buddy-Movie-Poster-500a-web rudolph-hermie-blog1

 

 

7

Going Organic? My Skin Says Yes!

I haven’t always been conscious of things that said “all natural” or “organic”. In fact, being the lazy cheap person I am means I would usually purchase whatever product was on sale for the cheapest price at the store. I have never been loyal to a specific brand. In fact, I would go so far as to label myself a “brand hopper”. I’d go from product to product without ever really feeling like there was one particular thing I couldn’t live without. To me, shampoo was shampoo, face wash was face wash, and they all did relatively the same thing.

Then my little L was born. I got so many products for her at her baby shower, that I hadn’t really had to put much thought into purchasing items. That is until everything changed. L had very sensitive skin. The wrong kind of cream would have her break out in little hives. She got small patches of what I was told “looked like eczema” (by a doctor and a pharmacist) on the top of her shoulder, on one leg, and on her belly. Something wasn’t working for her, so I made some changes.

Johnson & Johnson products were out. They may work for some kiddos, but weren’t working for mine. I switched to Live Clean products for her bath, her lotion, and her bum and her supposed “eczema” went away within two weeks. That’s pretty telling.

That is what started my research into more natural and organic skin products for L and for myself. Yes, myself as well. I have had awful skin ever since I became pregnant. I’m acne prone, have pores that to me seem to be the size of craters, and ankles that are crazy dry and was told by a dermatologist resembled a “knuckle pad”. Gross. L’s changed skin by switching to less chemically-laden product was my motivation. If it worked for her, surely it couldn’t hurt to try for myself!

So after doing research, I came across a local woman who makes natural, organic products from her home. Her company is called “Homemade Organics by Jen“.

1379394_520744201346310_840630780_n

Everything in her product is not just natural, it’s orgnanic. Every single ingredient is organic. It’s so natural, in fact, you could eat it. I figured it couldn’t HURT me to try it out, so I contacted her. I purchased a lip balm and a deodorant, and got samples of the facial scrub, body scrub, toner, whipped shea face and body cream, whipped cooca face and body cream and a hair pomade for my fiance to try.

I have tried organic products in the past, and had so-so results. Lip balms I’ve tried have either been so hard they crumble on contact, or so liquidy that they literally spill everywhere. Same goes with deodorant. These weren’t like that. The lip balm was a tasty lemon scent, and was firm enough to glide on but not liquidy. Kind of right in the middle and perfect. It is also long lasting, so I don’t have to apply a bazillion times a day, which is great! The deodorant was coconut-lemon and smells delicious! Since giving birth two years ago, I’ve become crazy sweaty. Must be the hormones I guess, but I need a good deodorant or else I’m left smelling gross. This scent was very long lasting, non-offensive and effective! It is less firm than a commercial deodorant stick, and somewhat melted into my armpits as I applied it, but it worked and that’s the main thing I was concerned about.

988344_539519509468779_1908384562_n 1273680_503503936403670_1084444553_o

The next thing I tried was the facial scrub. My face breaks out faster than you can say “Effin’ pimples!” so I was hoping for a miracle here. The ingredients listed are: Organic, Unrefined Coconut Oil, Organic Honey Powder, Pure powdered Nahcolite, Vitamin E, and Lavender Essential Oil. She told me I wouldn’t need moisturizer after using this, and I was honestly a little skeptical. So I went home, wet my face, took a small amount into my fingers and got ready to wash. I could instantly feel it almost melt in my fingers, and as I scrubbed it almost felt like a waxy coating. It was much different than any facial scrub I’ve ever used in the past. I took that to be because of the oils in the product. I went to rinse off and it felt like it wouldn’t completely rinse. Again, I think that was the oils in the product, so I just gave up and patted my face dry. That’s when I noticed the difference. My face was glowing. I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s true. It was soft and smooth and glowing. I couldn’t believe it! The sample she gave me was enough to last about 5 days and after 5 days of using the facial scrub once a day (at night), and the toner once a day (in the morning), my acne has cleared up about 80%. How crazy is that? It feels really different when I use it, but the results speak for themselves. I think it is tied for my favourite product she makes.

1379314_538049442949119_1581969113_n

So what is my other favourite? I think its another combination of the body scrub and whipped cocoa face and body cream. The body scrub smells delicious, and I really focused on using that on my crummy ankles. It is again full of natural oils, and guess what? While it didn’t cure my skin in that area (yet), it did take the crusty look away from them! That is something that expensive creams from dermatologists haven’t been able to manage yet, so I’m hooked. After the shower I hopped out and put on the whipped cocoa cream and I ended up smelling like chocolate chip cookies for the day, with skin as smooth as silk. It was light-weight and soaked right into my skin without feeling heavy or greasy. A co-worker actually asked me what cream I had on, because she said I smelled “delicious and edible”. Seriously, who doesn’t want to smell delicious and edible, while remaining chemical free? I’m sold, and my skin has never felt better.

531889_539519622802101_1963610789_n 1377299_539519506135446_314121276_n

I could go on and on, but I’d end up writing a novel rather than a review, and honestly nothing could explain the results better than trying it for yourself. I know if you’re local to her, she will give you samples to try of her products, and she ships throughout Canada.

I wasn’t asked to review her product, and I wasn’t paid for this review. I just felt so strongly about what it has done for my skin (my facial acne, and gross ankles in particular) that I was compelled to share it with other Moms who may have had hormonal skin changes since pregnancy, and are as desperate as I was to find something that works, is organic and completely chemical free. I know I probably sound more like an infomercial than a Mommy blogger right now, but it’s the truth and I feel like a new, fresh-faced version of myself. If you’ve had bad skin for a while, you know that finding something that actually works can feel life-changing.

Check out her facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/homemadeorganicsbyjen

1385789_539519579468772_210589815_n 1456578_543481772405886_582964694_n 1385675_540029186084478_764660427_n

10

Review – Icon Wall Stickers

Let me start this off by stating that I told myself I would never agree to review a product unless it was something I actually saw myself potentially using in my real life. I’m a Mom who is short on time, short on creative and artistic ability, but with a huge desire to have interesting looking artistic pieces in my home. So when I was contacted by Icon Wall stickers to review their product, I jumped on it. I’ve used wall stickers in my daughter’s room before and love the idea of them. What I loved most about the wall stickers from this particular company is that they are completely non-toxic, which to me is of particular importance with a little one running around. I also loved that for each design, you could somewhat customize it by choosing the size and colour you like. It is much more customizable than simply picking one up at a store. They are also priced very reasonably, which means when my little L decides she doesn’t like the design I’ve picked for her anymore, it is easy to simply peel off and replace the sticker without having to completely redecorate her entire room.

You can check out the vast array of wall art they have on their website, here: http://www.iconwallstickers.co.uk/

It took me nearly an hour to choose the designs I’d like. I ended up choosing two: A clock for my dining room wall, and a design for my daughter’s room. These are how they were pictured on their website.

WS-19124-01WS-17689-01

The wall stickers came in a long cardboard tube. It honestly took me a long time to write this review because my little L cried every time I tried to take the cardboard tube from her to open it. She loved playing with it! I had to wait until she was asleep one night to open it without her seeing me.
image

I started with the clock. I was surprised when I opened the tube to discover that the design was actually cut in half and was in two pieces. I presume that this was because I had ordered size large (which in hindsight was probably a mistake). It came with a sheet of instructions which were clear and easy to understand. Because I had the clock in two pieces, I had to tape each piece to my wall held together along the seam with masking tape (I used painters tape as it was all I had on hand). The first side went on easily enough, though I did notice that because of its large size, it was more difficult to smooth it out evenly. If you are ordering size large or extra large, I do highly recommend that you have a second person on hand to help you out.
image

It is because I didn’t have a second person to help me, that I bungled up my clock. When I went to apply the second side, it was not lined up properly with the first. It is off by about 1/2 to 1cm. If you’re far away, you can’t tell, but up close it bothers me that I messed it up. I don’t think this is any fault on the company or their instructions. It is simply my fault for being overly ambitious and insisting I could do it by myself. I do think it would make things much easier to apply if the wall stickers came on one sheet rather than cut in half, though I understand that would likely make shipping costs extraordinarily high.
image
image

When I went to peel off the application paper on the clock, it
was more difficult than I had anticipated. The decal didn’t want to stick to my wall (despite following all instructions and waiting the amount of time suggested to allow the adhesive to stick), so I had to peel back centimeter by centimeter and oftentimes use my finger to gently pick the design off of the application paper and coax it on the wall. Once coaxed on, the rest went on easily, but it ended up being very time consuming, and took nearly 30 minutes to simply peel the paper off of the sticker. I noticed afterwards that there was a spot I didn’t smooth out properly so it was wrinkled, and another spot in the word “Rio deJaneiro”, where the “d” didn’t stick to my wall. I hadn’t noticed at the time, so now that part says “Rio e Janeiro”. Woops!
image

I learned my lesson, however, and applying the one in my daughters room went much better! I think it helped that it wasn’t a set pattern like the clock, so if it didn’t line up perfectly, it didn’t REALLY matter. We got a size large for her as well, and in a dark purple to go on her light purple walls. She loves it, but stands in front of it when I try to take a picture. I think she feels it is for her and her alone. I actually love that she loves it enough to not want to share it with a “picshure”. I guess it is for her, her doggies and her babies to enjoy only. I can tell you that this one looks pretty well identical to the one in the photo! It was much easier to apply, much less stressful, and came out perfectly! That really changed my tune about the product after my clock fiasco. I just have to learn to be less stubborn, I suppose.

I think the main difference between the application of the clock not being so easy, and the application of my daughter’s decal being much easier is that my daughter’s room has “fresher” paint on the walls. Her paint has been on her walls for only a year and a half, whereas the paint on my dining room wall has been there for who knows how long. I think perhaps that since the paint was fresher, the application process was made loads easier!

image

My little L loved helping with the tape!

All in all, I would definitely recommend the Icon Wall Stickers. If you have more than one set of hands, the larger sizes would be much easier to manage, and I imagine the smaller sized ones would be quite simple to apply. I really love that they are non-toxic, and love that my L loves hers so much. I also love that it makes a lazy, non-artistic Mama like me look as though she’s got it all together in her house. Plus, if I decide to redecorate or need a change, peeling and sticking is much easier (and less messy!) than a whole new paint job.

Have you ever used removable wall sticker art in your home? How did you find it? Would anyone be interested in a potential giveaway for an Icon Wall Sticker of their choice?

7

My million dollar ideas!

This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving, and I have loads to be thankful for! I have an amazing little family who are in good health. I have lived to see another birthday this past Wednesday (Uggh 31 feels OLD!), and we are starting to get details finalized for our wedding in Jamaica! Can you tell we’re excited?

This is how I know I found my soulmate - we're both genuinely weird! :)

This is how I know I found my soulmate – we’re both genuinely weird! 🙂

So as I was thinking of all the things I was thankful for, I started to think about things that I think would make my life even easier! Things that I’m not sure actually exist (some of them might – I honestly haven’t checked), but I’m sure if I could create them I’d be rolling in some money!

So here’s my little list of things I think would make life easier. Got anything to add?
– I know they make machines that are a washer and dryer in one, so you don’t have to switch the load from the washer to the dryer, it just drains out then automatically starts the drying cycle. I had one of these in Korea and it kicked ass!

But I’d like to have a machine that washes your clothes, dries your clothes, then automatically folds them for you. So when the buzzer goes off to indicate it is done, it is already pre-folded and you don’t have to sit there for a bloody half hour to fold your laundry. Who am I kidding. I don’t really fold my laundry often. It sits clean in the laundry basket and we sift through that to put our outfits together for the day. Anything to make a lazy Mom’s life easier, am I right?

– Ever tried to push a stroller through a snowstorm? Okay, so if you live in the Southern states or somewhere tropical, likely not. But I’m telling you right now, it’s a pain in the ass! The wheels get stuck in slush and snow, and the pushing becomes choppy and bumpy at best.

You know how some fancy stollers have just a little button you push and it collapses on it’s own? Well how friggin’ cool would it be if you pushed a little button in the winter, and it released little sled runners that swung under the wheels of the stroller. That way instead of trying to manoeuver wheels through the slush and snow, you were just essentially gliding a convertible stroller/sled in the snow! It’d be so much easier! Does this exist? If not, I call patenting it!

– I don’t know a single Momma who doesn’t feel sleep deprived at some point (if not all the time). Sometimes, coffee just isn’t enough!

Do you remember watching those sci-fi shows and cartoons (like the Jetsons) and they ate an entire meal in capsule form? Or watching Charlie and the Chocolate factory and that gobstopper had a full meal? Why hasn’t someone created some sort of snack or shake that when eaten, makes the sleep deprived Momma feel like she’s just had 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep and has enough energy to match her toddler? Didn’t sleep? No problem – just eat this magic sleep cookie and BAM – what’s it feel like to be tired again?

– I’m sick of fighting the car seat. My child does “the rod” like a champ!

Which is your kid the master of?

Which is your kid the master of?

So I’m thinking there needs to be a car seat that has a set of arms pop out and holds your kid into the sitting position for you. Heck, while we’re at it, let’s have those arms hold your kid for you while the straps automatically fasten themselves! You just have to watch and make sure it all goes down smoothly.

– While we’re on a car theme, let’s make some car floor mats that can absorb all the discarded cheerios, goldfish crackers and annie’s cheddar bunnies. Let’s make a car seat that has an automatic dispenser on the side for those aforementioned snacks so when you’re driving and you hear “Moommmm! I’m hungry!” you can just tell them to hit the button and a perfectly portioned snack will present itself to them.

Got any other ideas that would make life easier? What are you thankful for on this lovely Canadian Thanksgiving day?
(Don’t forget to click on the Top Mommy Blogs icon to the right, pretty pretty please!)

11

Strangest baby/kid products part 2!

Since I’ve been sad about what is to come tonight (see: “To my cat, before you die.“), I decided that to cheer myself up a bit and distract myself I would scour the internet for some more beyond crazy baby and kid products. There are some weird ones out there, but these were what made my list today.

Here we go!

1) Bratz Babyz.

Ok, as if Bratz dolls aren’t slutty bad enough, there are apparently also Bratz Babyz out there. WTF! Babies are innocent, sweet, and pure. Babyz on the other hand, are slutty, skanky, full of makeup and sexualized. WHO THE EFF THINKS IT IS OK TO SEXUALIZE A BABY AND MARKET IT! So wrong on so many levels. Hate, hate, HATE!

SO WRONG!

SO WRONG!

Talk about marketing to pedophiles...

Talk about marketing to pedophiles…

Who buys this stuff!!!

2) First High Heels by Heelarious. ( http://tristinstyling.com/kids/baby-girl/get-her-heelarious-for-christmas )

heelarious1

Popular among celebrities for baby gifts, apparently these babies are popular all over the world and have been featured in Vogue Japan, given out by Ellen DeGeneres for mom’s to be, and the list goes on and on.

Am I the only one who wonders what the hell is wrong with letting kids be kids? Why do they have to be little grown-ups at 6 months old? A woman wearing high heels is considered a sex symbol, so what does that make a 6 month old in heels? Sure, little girls like to play dress up and that’s all fair. But these are made for babies 0-6 months old. At that point they aren’t playing dress up, Mommy is. Mommy is also pushing her ideals of beauty onto her child before she’s even gotten to an age where she can begin to develop a sense of worth, or have confidence in herself for who she is rather than what she is wearing or what she looks like.

So much wrong…

3) The iPotty. ( http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2259969/iPotty-gadget-lets-toddlers-watch-videos-iPad-toilet-training.html )

Take this review as you may, because I don’t own an iPad. But I see all kinds of reasons why I wouldn’t buy this product.

iPoop, iPee, iPotty!

iPoop, iPee, iPotty!

Here’s my thoughts on this. We already are living in a digital society where our kids are spending too much time in front of screens and not enough time learning to do things by hand or interact with other humans. Between TV’s, computers, iPhones, iPads, Leapfrogs, etc., our kids are learning that everything has to be done with digital accompaniment. While some people may say the iPotty will help their kid actually sit still and stay on the potty, I say it will help them to learn to be too dependent on technology rather than focusing on the task at hand.

Plus, if you’re training a toddler, there are bound to be “misses” with the pee aim, dirty poop and pee covered fingers smearing the screen, and germs galore! How will they be able to focus on that “I have to go” feeling, when they’re focusing on a video or a game? How weird is it that your kid knows how to use an iPad and not a toilet? To me this just screams “easy out” for parents who don’t want to have to put work into potty training. Potty training is one of those times that you should be active in engaging your toddler, and talking with them, teaching them, and rewarding them. Not plunking them down and walking away while the iPotty babysits for you.

Ever heard of Pavlov’s dogs? This is a prime example of classical conditioning. We are going to raise a generation of kids who see an iPad, and have to iPoop or iPee. Gross.

Seen any weird or crazy products geared towards parents or kids lately? I want to hear about them!

Don’t forget to like How to Ruin a Toddler’s Day on Facebook!

0

Like free stuff? Know a little girl? #Contest #Giveaway #Toddler

Holy smokes, we are nearing 200 likes on the How to Ruin a Toddler’s Day facebook page, which means you are running out of time to enter to win FREE STUFF!

Who doesn’t like free stuff? I sure do! Especially when entering only takes like 1 minute and I don’t have to give out my email address to get spammy shit delivered to my inbox. It is just that quick to enter!

PLUS you get to customize the colours to whatever you want. I mean come on, it doesn’t get any better.

So if you have a little girl, or know a little girl, or have a party to go to for a little girl anytime in the future, this is an awesome way to add something completely unique to her collection. She’ll get her very own Butterfly Bows Dragonfly hair clip, and be the most rocking-est chick out there! You could slip the clip into a card, or to a doll’s hair, or even on the outside of a gift bag as a little extra touch.

How cute is this!

How cute is this!

Just head on over to our facebook page, like it, and follow the giveaway instructions. It doesn’t take long, and we’ll ship it to you.
Good luck!

https://www.facebook.com/howtoruinatoddlersday

 

2

It’s Giveaway time! Who wants to win? #Contest #Giveaway

That’s right folks, I have a giveaway and you could be the winner!

I love supporting local business, especially Mompreneurs. The lovely Mama at Butterfly Bows has donated a gorgeous Dragonfly hair clip to the winner. You can choose whatever colours you like!

How cute is this!

How cute is this!

I highly suggest checking out her facebook page to see what she has to offer. Go to Photos, Albums and then take a peek. I’m a particular fan of the “Lil Critters” album, and the “Princess Collection” album myself. You can find her here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/ButterflyBowsNS

But of course, with every contest there are rules you must follow. It sucks, but it’s what you have to do. 🙂

Here they are folks!
The first step is to head on over to “How to Ruin a Toddler’s Day” facebook page, and like it. https://www.facebook.com/howtoruinatoddlersday (or you can look directly to your right on my blog page and hit like from there).

And the rules:

1) You must “like” both How to Ruin a Toddler’s Day and Butterfly Bows facebook pages (links found above, and in my facebook post)

2) Post on Butterfly Bows facebook page that How to Ruin a Toddler’s Day sent you.

3) Share the facebook post on your wall.

4) Comment on my post that you have “liked” and “shared”.

Once I hit 200 likes on my facebook page, I will do a draw from random.org for the winner (from those who followed the rules correctly).

Good luck everyone!

(PS. It doesn’t matter where you live on this planet we call home, she’ll ship anywhere!)

 

10

Mama is raiding the treat bag…

With Dada’s help.

That’s one of the benefits of bringing a toddler to a birthday party. The treat bag often contains crap she can’t eat yet, or I don’t want her to eat. That leaves us with the tough task of eating some of it for her. Sigh. How awful. 😉

My cousins little boy just turned three, and in the treat bag from his party were these beauties:

image

I haven’t seen these since I was a kid! Of course, for nostalgia purposes alone I decided she just couldn’t have them (that and the sugar…yeah…the sugar).

Then I was struck by just how much things have changed from when I was a kid. These used to be called “Popeye cigarettes”, and the white candy sticks had one red end to resemble an ember burning at the end of a smoke.

Now they are “Popeye candy sticks”, and are just white sticks. Sigh. While I appreciate now as a mother that they aren’t glamorizing smoking and promoting an awful habit marketed towards young kids, it did make me feel old.

My how times have changed.

26

Barbie in “real” size. My thoughts.

1052442_10151495179106625_206188880_o

Have you seen this picture floating around Facebook recently? It seems every second person on my friend list is posting it lately, and I must say it’s brought a few thoughts to my mind. Some serious, some not, and some I wouldn’t have had before I was the mother of a daughter.

So here goes:

1) Hells yeah, Barbie finally has some booty! I mean, I could be wrong on this, but most men like a bit of junk in the trunk. At least most men I’ve spoken to anyway. Most women, have a bit of junk in their trunk. Some women have no butt, true, but most do. There’s nothing wrong with a little booty. Heck, isn’t that why “Bootylicious” was officially added to the dictionary?

2) From the side, looks great! From the front… something is off? Oh wait. I don’t know about you women, but I DO have a neck. I get that Barbie’s is too long (and thin). I see that you’ve made the neck a more realistic girth. But I am pretty sure I have more space between my shoulders and ears than that.

3) Sweet, you’ve given her some thighs! Would be great if they touched though. Just saying. I mean I know we all think thighs shouldn’t touch, but let’s be realistic. They do. They rub together. I think that’s part of a womanly figure myself.

4) I played with Barbie growing up, and I don’t remember ever thinking to myself “OMG I have to have THIS body when I grow up!”. Not once actually. I do remember saying “Mom, can my next Barbie have brown hair like me?”, and thinking “I wonder if Mom will find out if I just cut off a little bit of her hair”. You know you did it too. Half the fun of Barbie’s long hair was chopping it all off!

5) Do I think some people can be affected by the original Barbie’s body image? Sure. But I think those people likely had other poor influences as well though, and likely not parents who were active in teaching them about healthy body images, what’s realistic, etc. Just my opinion. I may get flack for it, but Barbie isn’t the only reason people have poor self-esteem and body image issues.

6) I’d rather my kid play with a Barbie than one of those Bratz dolls. Have you seen them?

300px-Bratz_dollsbratz450

Could they dress them any trashier and put any more skanky styled make-up caked on their face? I think they’re a worse influence than Barbie is. At least with Barbie, she has been a veterinarian, a teacher, a doctor, a pilot, etc. Those Bratz dolls are just teens who put value in nothing except slutty clothes and faces painted up like clowns. Exactly what I want my daughter to be (insert eye roll here). Whatever happened to Skipper? At least she was spunky and athletic!

I think it’s great that someone out there has made this new Barbie, but we still have a long way to go. Women come in all different shapes, sizes, colors and ethnicities. I get that it would probably cost Mattel a great deal of money to have many different sized and shaped molds to make so many different kinds of Barbie. But imagine the effect it could have on our young girls? They could finally get a Barbie that really looks like them, their Mom, their best friend, their teacher, or a multitude of women who are positive influences in their lives. The women who they already see as beautiful in their eyes, until society tells them otherwise.

What do you think of the new “real” Barbie that was prototyped here? Do you think Barbie’s body really holds as much weight on a child’s self-image as critics say it does?

6

“Seriously?! How did you even know how to do that?!”

In our dining room, we have a small, apartment sized deep freeze. We got it to have on hand when L was younger. It gave us more space for storing breast milk and the pureed baby food cubes she ate when she was much younger.

Last night we went grocery shopping. When we got home we put everything away, including the 2L of cookies and cream ice cream that I’d given into buying. It was on sale! (Plus, I have absolutely no impulse control, so ice cream is always welcome in my home).

About 3 hours after grocery shopping was finished, I got myself a waffle cone, opened up the freezer and took out the ice cream. It still felt cool when I opened the lid, so I thought nothing of it until the scoop hit the ice cream.

“Hey, C (fiance) – why the hell is our ice cream like soup?”

“What?!”

“Our ice cream. It’s effing soupy!”

I’m standing by the freezer trying to figure this out, then little L comes over and clues me in. She’s got her alphabet magnets pasted all over the front of our freezer, and down at the very bottom is a temperature dial. You turn that, and the freezer will get colder, or turn off completely depending on which way you turn it. It is this model, so you can see where the dial is at a convenient toddler play level (bottom right):

Freezer

She is playing with her letters while I’m trying to sort it out and then says “That!”. I look down and she’s playing with the dial. I notice it is in the “off” position.

Fuuuuuu…… Ok calm down. It couldn’t have been off for that long, right?

So we’re now desperately checking all of our frozen meats, vegetables, etc. to see if they’ve gone past the point of no return.

Thankfully, I think we’re ok.

Lesson learned. Time to put some duct tape over that dial, and for mom to bust out the hidden emergency chocolate.