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Holiday Shoes for Girls

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
By Glinda

These are a few of my favorite shoes for girls, although I have to admit, it gets a lot harder to find nice shoes for them once they are out of the toddler years. I have some here for you, because I am just that awesome. I’ve got all price ranges, from some very cute shoes for under thirty, to quite pricey at over one hundred.

De Osu Kids - K-1032 (Toddler/Youth) (Red Patent) - Footwear
De Osu Kids – K-1032

De Osu Kids - K-1207 (Toddler/Youth) (Black Suede/Black Patent) - Footwear
De Osu Kids – K-1207

Gabriella Rocha - Laiken Toddler/Youth (Silver) - Footwear
Gabriella Rocha – Laiken

Mootsies Tootsies Kids - Peaches (Infant/Toddler) (Pewter Synthetic) - Footwear
Mootsies Tootsies Kids – Peaches

Stride Rite - Valerie MJ (Infant/Toddler) (Red) - Footwear
Stride Rite – Valerie MJ

Simonetta Kids - Isa Matelasse Ballerina (Toddler) (Vernice Rossa (Red Patent)) - Footwear
Simonetta Kids – Isa Matelasse Ballerina

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Petit - 45124 (Toddler) (Mirror Silver Metallic) - Footwear
Petit – 45124

And, my all time favorite:

De Osu Kids - K-1021 (Infant/Toddler) (Burgundy Velvet) - Footwear
De Osu Kids – K-1021


The Adorable-ness! It’s Killing Me!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
By Glinda

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These pictures of Suri Cruise and her cupcake should now fill your cute quota for the day.


in praise of teachers

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
By raincoaster

Seriously, teachers get enough role-based antipathy from their students. Let’s unite in support of the overworked and underprivileged teachers: like nurses, it’s all too often a crappy job, but unless there were some poor saps out there willing to take it on, civilization as we know it would grind to a halt.

From the 50-Somethings Mom Blog:

First and foremost, teachers cannot select their raw materials. As my supervisor, Jerry Wadden, used to tell us at the beginning of each new school year,

“Our parents are sending us the best children they have. They are not hiding better ones at home in their closets.”

There is the idea that all children have an unlimited potential and if they are not meeting it, it’s the fault of their teachers. Somewhere in there personal responsibility and working hard on one’s own behalf seem to have disappeared completely. Believe me, if there was a way to insert knowledge and common sense into children by some other means than coercion, a teacher would have thought of it, and her administration would have taken credit for the idea.


De-bunking the Bunk Bed

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
By Glinda

I have a thing for bunk beds. I think they are truly a very cute idea, and if children have to share a room, they can be a great space saver. Unfortunately, I have only one child, so a bunk bed doesn’t seem to really be in my future.

However, that won’t stop me from looking at some current bunk bed offerings and thinking, “Blech!” I’m not a fan of modern furniture in general, and these bunk beds have strong modern lines, so perhaps I’m predisposed to not liking them unless they have some sort of curve in them. Is it just me? Or maybe I’m just expecting too much, design-wise. Is there really a whole lot you can do with bunk beds?

I like to think that just because they are little, kids shouldn’t be ignored when it comes to nice furniture. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it just shouldn’t be, you know, ugly. These beds, for me, don’t cut it. Especially for the prices they want.

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I appreciate the extra storage on the side, but I do not appreciate the traffic-cone orange. Besides, it seems as if by placing the lower bunk perpendicularly, it takes away any space advantage you might gain from having a bunk bed in the first place. This one will cost you almost two thousand dollars.

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Glinda can’t tell you why exactly, but Glinda no likey. It looks very, uh, industrial. And $2150 dollars? No way.

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Now don’t let the cute bedding distract you. This is not something I would enjoy looking at every day, and for $1,900, I need to enjoy looking at it.


Kick a Ginger Day: the aftershocks

Monday, November 24th, 2008
By raincoaster

Kick a Ginger Day!

You may or (if you are televisionless) may not be aware of the recent South Park episode featuring Kick A Ginger Day, the November 20th holiday on which it is traditional to kick redheads.

You may or may not also be aware that the heretofore entirely imaginary Kick A Ginger Day fell during International Bullying Awareness Week, but that is neither here nor there.

And you are, since you’re on this blog, likely all-too-aware that children have an irrepressible desire to act out the things they see on television.

You can see this coming, can’t you?

From Canada.com, in advance of the day:

RCMP in B.C. are investigating the 14-year-old administrator of a Facebook group called “National Kick a Ginger Day, are you going to do it?”

The Vancouver Island boy said the group, which had nearly 5,000 members from across Canada and internationally, was only a joke and he is sorry.

The page, which urges members to “get them steel toes ready,” had garnered hundreds of messages. Many were from people claiming to have already kicked redheads that day; others expressed outrage.

And from the CBC, afterwards:

Twenty students from Journey Middle School in Sooke, B.C., were sent home for kicking their redheaded classmates; a student in Prince George, B.C., went home from school after being kicked in the leg repeatedly; and 13 students in Calgary were suspended for beating up a redheaded teen.

But, in the fine heroic tradition of the Pink Shirts, there is hope. It comes from teacher Tulani Ackerman, whose younger brother was one of those unfortunately-pigmented victims. On November 27th, this coming Thursday, she and her entire class will take the Ginger plunge and turn redhead.

Ms. Ackerman and her class are to be congratulated for setting an heroic example of self-sacrifice and solidarity and I only hope to god they don’t start wearing pink shirts with that artificially red hair.

Phoebe Price, natural beauty


Monday Teeny Poll

Monday, November 24th, 2008
By Glinda

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Previously, I wanted to know your preferred setting in which to deliver your child, and fifty-four percent answered that they wanted to have a doctor. The next highest was a birthing center with a midwife, and eleven percent wanted at at-home birth with a midwife.

I have to say I am torn. I do think that women should have as many choices as possible, but when I think of how common it used to be for women to die during childbirth, I lean towards a doctor. Births that are expected to go smoothly can develop problems, and that makes me nervous. I know more than one woman, as also evidenced by many of the comments, who expected to have no issues and yet the situation turned critical and a doctor was necessary. I had no choice, since I had a high-risk pregnancy, but I’m pretty sure I would have chosen a doctor.

As for this week, it’s Thanksgiving week for us here in the US.


Ten Great Toys for Under Twenty Dollars

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
By Glinda

Since when is how much you spend on a kid a barometer of how much you like them? With the economic climate as it is, there is absolutely nothing wrong with getting good value for your money. Christmas 2008 is all about getting the most bang for your buck, and these toys will definitely ease the financial burden on your already strained wallet.

PhotobucketCranium Hullabaloo This is a fantastic game for kids four and over that will not only get them moving, it will help them learn, too! Cranium makes some great games, and this one is no exception. How often can you find a game that is as goofy as it is educational?

PhotobucketMunchkin Mozart Magic Cube I’ve featured this toy before, and it still ranks as one of the best for the infant/toddler set. Babies are completely fascinated by the lights that are sychronized to various pieces composed by Mozart. My son would play with this for a very long time, and when you’ve got a young one, it is a rare toy that holds their attention so well.

PhotobucketVtech – Tote ‘N Go Laptop Plus This portable laptop, just like the ones that “big people” use, features 30 learning activities such as math, language, games, and music to keep your preschooler entertained and challenged.

PhotobucketBarbie iDesign Ultimate Sylist Allows your budding fashionista to create unique fashion looks, design her own runway show, watch a tape of the show on the big screen, create magazine covers and play games! Tres fun for the younger set.

PhotobucketLeapFrog Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo Little ones learn about animals and their sounds and the letters A to Z with each spin of the wheel! Music, lights and swirling patterns encourage exploration. Babies develop motor skills by batting the wheel again and again.

PhotobucketScientific Explorer’s Spa Science Chemistry Kit Chemistry takes on a whole new meaning when you use the Spa Science Kit at home to make your own fragrances. Blend natural and organic ingredients to make your own fresh products, including bath and aromatherapy oils, oatmeal soap, facial masks and more.

PhotobucketKnex Value Tub 400 pieces This cool kit includes 400 colorful building pieces, as well as a spring motor that powers whatever they can make, including trucks, motorcycles, and aircraft. Comes with an instruction book for inspiration, and after that, they can let their imaginations soar!

PhotobucketMelissa and Doug 100 Piece Wood Blocks Set If you’ve got to get a gift for a young one, this is one of the best things you could ever buy them. Blocks are one of the fundamental learning toys, and Melissa and Doug make quality eco-friendly and safe products.

PhotobucketLEGO Batman Scuba Jet: Attack of the Penguin Not many of these popular sets feature the Penguin, so snap this up while you can! Lots of special, fun details make this one cool toy.

PhotobucketWild Planet Hyper Jump From the makers of the super-popular Wild Planet Hyper Dash, this new game will definitely get them to sleep well at night! The center pod calls out commands, and kids use their bodies to tag targets by hopping and jumping. It will give you a workout, too!


Presenting: Jean Charles De Castelbajac!

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
By raincoaster

For LEGO!

I hate the man’s clothes, but by god he can make a kickin’ Lego fashion show video. See if you can spot Anna Wintour and Kanye in the front row…and who’s that tuxedo’ed smoothie who keeps staring at all the black models. Is that Robert DeNiro???

Better to enjoy the video than to force your poor, helpless children into outfits like this:

JCDC for the Teenies









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