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Monday Teeny Poll

Monday, July 28th, 2008
By Glinda


Last week’s poll regarding Southwest Airlines and their actions against a particular family ignited quite the firestorm in the comment section, but had fifty six percent claiming they didn’t have enough information to make a decision about the situation one way or another. Thirty two percent felt that since two of the children had disabilities, (although it was not made public which of the children the airline took issue with) Southwest should have been a bit kinder.

This week, I’m going to ask a question that I wonder why I haven’t asked before, as most people tend to have a strong opinion about the topic.

Listmania! Best Foreign Films for Kids

Sunday, July 27th, 2008
By Glinda

The Hollywood machine has turned out some great children’s movies to be sure, but for some reason, parents tend to overlook foreign films as an alternative to too much Disney.  These films portray a very different world view than most American films, and that is a view that we often forget is well worth watching.

PhotobucketThe Red Balloon (France) Set in Paris, this boy and his balloon are not easily parted. Completely charming, even though there is no dialogue.

PhotobucketWhite Mane (France) A companion piece to the Red Balloon, it is the story of a young boy and the wild horse he tames and their struggle against adults who wish to control them.

PhotobucketThe Butterfly (France) An elderly butterfly hunter embarks on a trip to find an elusive butterfly and discovers he has a suprise companion.

PhotobucketChildren of Heaven (Iran) A brother loses his sister’s only pair of shoes, and they are afraid that their parents will find out, since the family is too poor to buy another pair. Can he win her a new pair in a school contest?

PhotobucketThe Blue Umbrella (India) A girl owns and then loses a very special blue umbrella, but in the end she finds something even better.

PhotobucketCave of the Yellow Dog (Mongolia) A young girl finds an adorable black and white puppy, but her father is afraid that the dog will go after his sheep.

PhotobucketRabbit-Proof Fence (Australia) Three girls are taken away to become part of Australia’s aboriginal “Stolen Generation” and this movie is based on a true story of their journey back home to find their family.

PhotobucketWhale Rider (New Zealand) The only film on this list to have a PG-13 rating, the performances and story line of this movie about a girl who must overcome her family’s disapproval to follow her destiny is too good to miss.

Marshmallow War!

Sunday, July 27th, 2008
By raincoaster

MarshmallowsI know the Ice Cream War was a movie, but the Marshmallow War should not only be a movie; it should be a whole series, like American Gladiators only sticky.

Last Friday, Darlene Ake’s Wewahitchka Elementary School Pre-Kindergarteners discovered a loophole in the district’s Code of Conduct.

No guns, no knives, no weapons of mass destruction are allowed on Gulf County school grounds, no exceptions.

But nothing in the district’s Code of Conduct prohibits the possession of jumbo marshmallows or their use in waging attacks against fellow Pre-Kindergarteners, their parents and School Superintendent Tim Wilder.

Nothing could stop Ake’s students from engaging in a ritual marshmallow fight on school grounds and in plain view of the Wewahitchka public.

I would so TOTALLY watch that show.

Hot Mama Tip

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
By Glinda

Makeup should be fun.

It should look good, make me feel good, and as a bonus, smell good.

These lip balms by on10 do just that.  Playing with a retro vibe and using high quality natural and organic ingredients, they will provide much olfactory pleasure, and they also have a pleasant taste.  I have the Hershey’s Almond, which I bought because almond is actually one of my all-time favorite scents, but it fell out of favor with makeup/perfume manufacturers for quite a while.   And now I get to smell it every time I slather it on my lips, so that can only be a good thing.

These balms are not heavy or greasy, but go on lightly, at least for a balm.  With scents inspired by Schweppe’s and Hershey’s, how much more fun could you possibly have?



on10 Schweppes Lip Balm Ultra-Moisturizing Trio SPF 15 This trio of retro tins contains Schweppes Pink Grapefruit Seltzer, Tonic Water, and Lime soda flavors.



on10 Hershey’s Lip Balm Ultra-Moisturizing Trio SPF 15 Includes three cute tins of Hershey’s Vanilla Creme, Milk Chocolate, and Almond flavors. 

Friday Caption Contest: Mutton Buster Edition

Friday, July 25th, 2008
By raincoaster

Captions in the comments, paramedics on the sidelines.

Mutton Buster Busted
Passed along by Spirit Fingers

Celebrity Dad Faceoff

Friday, July 25th, 2008
By Glinda

In last week’s faceoff, Brad Pitt won over Matt Damon by just a little bit.  Which got me to thinking, many of you have stated in the comments that a certain celebrity Dad wasn’t talented enough, or intellectually stimulating enough for you to vote for him, even though he is very hot (see Matthew McConaughey).

Now I am going to give you the ultimate beauty vs. brains choice.  Not that one is totally stupid, and not that the other one is ugly.  But.  One will never be a doctoral candidate, and the other will probably never be asked to do Playgirl.

Let’s see if you are all about the IQ and talent, or if a nice six-pack is enough to persuade you to abandon your lofty ideals.


Better Living Through…Cannibalism?

Thursday, July 24th, 2008
By raincoaster

BBQ baby

Oh, my. I wonder who at Bayer’s ad agency thought that these charming images of spit-roasted children, ripped, apparently, from the virtual pages of a DailyCandy email (DailyCandyHell?) would sell burn ointment to Egyptians? Yes, it’s a speculative ad, not a real one, but still…Perhaps the secret lies in this comment from octopusink, over at Gawker:

You have to consider the target demographic. While in the US, the cannibal mother market is considered more niche, in Egypt it’s pretty mainstream. Anyone who’s ever tasted an egyptian child knows why.

Thanks for the clarification. I think.

From Copyranter via Gawker

Packin’ it In

Thursday, July 24th, 2008
By Glinda

This year, the Munchkin requires a backpack for school.  So of course, I go to Target to check out the selection. I have a shameful addiction to Target that I don’t like to talk about, but I will admit going there to look at backpacks.  And uh, maybe ten or fifteen other things.  It’s a disease, I’m telling you. 

Anyhoo, I was singularly unimpressed.  I didn’t like the quality of any of them, and the garish graphics of The Hulk and Spiderman and whatnot didn’t win me over either.  I have this really big problem with buying something like a backpack, which will be used the entire year (and possibly beyond) and then having a character on it that is suddenly “uncool” or that he doesn’t like anymore. 

I decided to go online, just to see what there was, out there in backpack land.  And then I found this:


The Solid Classmate Backpack from Land’s End. For about nine bucks more than what they charge at Target, this is as its name suggests, solid. The construction is fabulous, the shoulder pads cushy. There are lots of fun compartments, even a secret velcro one. It comes in a lot of colors, and also happens to come in sizes for kids ages 4-7, which was very important to me. Nothing worse than a backpack almost as big as the kid carrying it. Oh, and Real Simple Magazine (which I also lurve) rated it “Best Backpack” for ages 4-7.

I highly recommend this backpack, and if you hurry, you can use code INSIDER and PIN 534534534 to get free shipping. 

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