Barbie has been at the center of a body image debate for many years now but recently, the controversy has reached a whole new level. Between the doll's increasingly unrealistic proportions and the horrifying influence it seems to be having on some women, it's very clear that it's time for a change.
Well, thanks to a new crowdfunding campaign, we could soon be getting just that. Artist Nickolay Lamm, who gained online fame last year after creating a 3D-printed Barbie based on the average measurements of a 19-year-old, is now hoping to bring his version of the dolls to life. "Lammily" dolls, as he calls them, will be kind of like regular Barbies--except with more realistic looks and body.
All I can say to this is ... YES! What took so long?!Continue Reading >
My home doesn't have a basement or even a dedicated playroom, so my toddler's toys are usually scattered all over our apartment by the end of the day, which at first was quite overwhelming. Some time before his first birthday, we got tired of our living room looking like a toy store and we were forced to come up with a plan of action for getting it back under control. The first thing we did was purge--we stored away anything he was too old for and trashed anything that was broken or otherwise non-functioning. Then we designated storage areas for what remained.
For us, that means that one of the decorative baskets in our living room now belongs to our son, and between naps and overnight, everything goes in and it gets tucked away in its proper place. Anything that doesn't fit in that basket gets stored in his room at the end of the day and our living room is restored to its former glory.Continue Reading >
There are some bizarre toys out there on the market, but the latest doll created for girls by Spanish-based company Famosa is one of the strangest I've seen yet. Why? Instead of closing its eyes to sleep or sitting on a potty like some other dolls do, this one has an especially weird gimmick: refusing to eat!
If that sounds inappropriate to you, you're not the only one. The doll is stirring all kinds of controversy among parents, many who claim the doll encourages unhealthy behaviors.Continue Reading >
I have toys coming out of my ears. I'm not kidding you, with a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old in residence, I'm lucky if I can make it across four feet of floor without stepping on or tripping on a toy. I try and try to get rid of them, but it's harder done than said ... wait, I mean, easier said than done. For starters, my kids act like they are about to lose a dear loved one when I suggest getting rid of something even if they no longer play with it and the other thing is that a lot of places that accept donations of used items, do not accept toys. I have to do something with these toys though and I may have found a way to get them out of my way without making my kids go into mourning.Continue Reading >
I have to say, watching my son grow from a baby into a toddler has been a little shocking. He has grown by leaps and bounds, and at 18 months, he is starting to resemble a full-on child rather than a baby. The challenge I'm finding now is how to continually teach and stimulate him so that he continues to flourish just as well throughout his toddler years--which last a whole lot longer than the baby phase. The funny thing is, although babyhood seems to fade fairly quickly after the first birthday, most of the information that is available for parents as far as how to help your young child develop and grow properly seems to be focused on that brief period of time. You really have to dig to find information about toddlers--it always seems to be mashed in between the newborn and pre-school stuff.Continue Reading >
Christmas is awesome, Christmas is swell, but what if you wouldn't mind being a little naughty for Christmas because you've been plenty nice? You know after the kids are in bed and all and it's just you and your significant other. What if you give him something to stuff both of your stocking so to speak? You know something that is just for grown ups. Bring on the Sexmas gifts!Continue Reading >
There are so many toys to choose from nowadays, it can be totally overwhelming. I know. Take a deep breath, relax, and narrow your choices my friend. Sit down and have a game plan before you set off to do your toy shopping for Christmas. A good place to start is with the most popular toys of the season.Continue Reading >
If you're an average adult woman chances are you have some sex toys stored away in your closet or nightstand. Now, not to knock your storage method, but don't you think your big girl toys deserve better treatment?! I get it, you're afraid of your husband or--god forbid-- your kids will discover your secret stash.
Well, you won't have to remain a paranoid mess if you hide them the right way. Catch my drift?Continue Reading >
You know what no one ever tells you when you're pregnant? How exactly you're supposed to keep a small child entertained for hours upon hours every day. Sure, they nap and they eat, but after the first six weeks or so, they become a lot more like tiny humans. And humans need entertaining--just ask the creators of cable television and the internet.
Whether you're a full-time stay-at-home mom or a full-time working mom with just a few days to fill, the prospect of spending 12 or so hours a day engaging your tiny companion can be overwhelming. So, here are a few fun ideas to fill the time:Continue Reading >
As a first-time mom it can be tough to remember all the gear you may need on even the shortest outings. A lot of us either end up packing practically the entire nursery or forgetting some of the most important items--sometimes, we even pack up nearly every thing and still wind up forgetting something, like, oh ... diapers. But never fear, your diaper bag doesn't have to weigh more than your baby if you simply pare your haul down to just the essentials. Check out our cheat sheet below:Continue Reading >