Gift Idea - The RoseArt Extreme AirBrush Studio

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A few months ago MEGA Brands sent us their new paper based LeapFrog products to review, and we loved them. I was excited when they offered to send us another product from their line of brands, this time the Extreme AirBrush Studio from RoseArt.

My kids all really like playing with the Extreme AirBrush Studio, especially my 8 year old daughter. If we did not already own it, it would have made a great gift for her for Christmas. 

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What Do You Get When You Combine a Cuddly Blanket and a Fun Puppet?

Why a CuddleUppet™ of course! We were lucky enough to have one of these snuggly blankets that doubles as a puppet gifted to us at SheCon in May. The minute my kids laid eyes on our adorable purple monkey they all began to sing the cute jingle from the commercials.

“There cuddle  cuddleuppets, cuddle cuddleuppets, blankets that are puppets, blankets that are puppets. They cuddle and hug and wrap you in love. Play with you all day, then sleep the night away. Cuddle, hug, play, love!”

Now, I must admit that after hearing the song for what seemed like the millionith time in 24 hours I many thoughts of what I would like to do with our new addition but then I snapped out of it and realized that they were drilling the tune in my head becaue they really do love the CuddleUppet™.

If your kids love to play with puppets (we have ton here) and love to snuggle up with their personal blanket you will not be disappointed if you buy a CuddleUppet™. The best part, you can order them online for just $19.99 plus shipping and handling. If you ask me, that is a great deal for a useful product that can not only give your child hours of imaginative play but double as a cozy blanket at night.

I received a CuddleUppet™  as a gift as an attendee at SheCon12. I was not compensated for this review any form and all opinions are my own.

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What do the Words Allowance, Patience and Toy Story Have in Common?

Toy Story PULL STRING WOODY 16" TALKING FIGURE - Disney ExclusiveHow about a six-year-old little girl who has had me stalking the mail since mid September for the beloved Disney and Pixar character Woody and her light up shoes to go with Belle costume to go with her Halloween costume.

Savvy Saving

You see, it was in September that my two older children decided to spend out of their allowances for the first time. Much to my astonishment, they carefully saved their money over the past year, never spending more than a dollar or two every few months on a piece of candy, so that they could pick out a special toy to purchase themselves.

Why, because my kids are the type to ask for EVERYTHING they see on a television commercial, but we only buy toys for them for Birthdays, Christmas and one or two times throughout the year otherwise. Since switching to this method, I have found my kids much more appreciative of the toys they own and watched them choose very wisely when spending their own money instead of the cheap toys that they usually request.

We are growing spending savvy kids who have learned the value of saving their allowance and caring for their possessions. Not to mention the fact, I love that they are learning the great difference between wants and needs. They may want all of those toys but they are not needs so it is wasteful, monetarily and environmentally, to purchase that at will all of the time.

Patience My Young Padiwan

So, why the patience you ask? Well, I got the lovely email on September 20 from the Disney Store informing us that the Woody Doll Goldilocks had purchased had been shipped via regular USPS. After about a week went by, she began requesting that we diligently go to the post office (we have a PO Box) and check the mail every day.

Well, yesterday, when I went to check for the Workman’s Comp check that is MIA, there was still no sign of our Toy Story friend. Hitting the 17-day mark, I went ahead and emailed the Disney store. In a few hours they replied and apologized that the package had never arrived informing me that a new shipment has gone out, free of charge, and we should receive it within 7 to 9 days.

When I informed Goldilocks who has already waited three weeks since the original order date for the Woody that she saved so long for wouldn’t be here until after her little sisters birthday, she just smiled. It was at that moment that I realized just how patient my little six year old is. I mean really, if I had ordered something, say a new awesome curriculum to try out, and had to wait a month or longer for it to arrive, I would be in pure panic mode.

A Toy without a Friend

Disney Light-Up Belle Shoes for GirlsWhile it has all turned out fine our end, I feel it is important to point out that somewhere floating out in the mail land there is a poor Woody doll that doesn’t have a friend. If you should come across him, please take him in and provide him with the play and love he deserves. And don’t forget about those lovely light up Belle shoes either. What good are a pair of pretty dress up shoes with no one to wear them?

So, now I’m curious, do you give your kids allowance? If so, do you dictate how they spend or save or have they done a great job of managing the money on their own? Do you make a point of modeling responsible spending for your kids or do you find they purchase many things that they really do not need?

I Want to Be a Mommy Just Like You When I Grow Up!

If the Doll Offends You, By all Means, Shelter Your Children from World Culture & Art as Well!

My six-year-old daughter, Goldilocks, has uttered those exact words to me many times. Each time it warms my heart to know they we are raising her in environment where she knows that “Just” being a mom is okay, because it is a truly amazing job.

I found myself steaming mad last night though, as once again the over sexualized and media crazed state of our society reared its ugly head, threatening the future my daughter has envisioned for herself.

It All Begins With a Doll

The Breastmilk Baby Doll to be exact. You see, after a video of it was shared on Facebook I scrolled down to read a comment calling the doll “disgusting.” Disgusting, really, what is so disgusting about it? It allows children to roll play with their baby dolls and I find it no less offensive than having to listen to the sucking sounds of a baby doll that has had a fake bottle shoved in its mouth.

But you see, when called out how natural and normal breastfeeding is, the commenters quickly counter acted by sharing that little girls should not be “pretending” to breastfeed or “acting” like little mommies. They are children, we should let them be innocent and this kind of play is wrong.

Irrational fears were brought up that little girls who play with these dolls are going to end up pregnant at the age of 13 and it teaching a young child to masturbate because we are teaching them the importance of breastfeeding was even shared, using the comparison of the both being natural.

Public Scrutiny and the Media are Winning

To me it all boils down to the fact that through commercialization and the media, breastfeeding just is not accepted for what it should be, a healthy natural normal process for feeding human babies. Instead, as much as we fight it, American citizens still gravitate to placing anything related to the breast in the “sex” category thus labeling an innocent baby doll as disgusting and causing a loss of innocence.

We live in a time where fantasy is often the more accepted norm and it truly is disheartening.

Let Them Play

For those that take issue with a child simulating breastfeeding with a doll because children shouldn’t pretend to be “mommies” I have this to say

Take away the cowboy hat, the firefighter’s jacket and play kitchen,

Take away the legos and blocks,

Take away the crayons and paper,

Take away the Barbies and the action figures,

Go ahead and take away all of your children’s toys, because everyone opens up the opportunity for your child to enter imaginative play and if even for a brief moment they are mommy, a police officer, an architect, an artist or a fashion designer.

If you are not going to this, by all means, let go of all of your media fueled misconceptions and just let them play!

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