Teeny Manolo: Celebrating the Joys of Parenting and Childhood - Part 60

These costumes are fantastic examples of when the company idea guys sat around a table and said, “Hey, what wholesome concepts can we make completely slut-tastic?”

I present the evidence, all of these being teen costume offerings.

The regular Alice in Wonderland is apparently dressed like a nun. So they decided to hack a foot or so off her skirt and light up her crotch area. Methinks the Queen would not approve.

Bats are so not sex-ay. But they’ve aimed to fix that with a skirt up to there and a bustier! Because everyone equates bats with boobs, right? This one is even worse because it’s marketed to tweens as well.

Little Red Riding Hood certainly delivers the goods with this costume! Can also do double duty as an Oktoberfest beer server uniform.

This Disney princess looks as if a different kind of sleeping is her goal.

And now I must go and have a drink and wonder why the sluttiest of the costumes are the ones that sell out first.

September 7th, 2010
By Glinda

Dear Child #2:

What happened?

You see, you were supposed to be the “easy baby.”

Your brother? A colicky, extremely clingy, “high need baby” as described by Dr. Sears.

So everybody assured me that with you, I could expect the laid back, happy baby that would sleep wherever you put her.  The one you could pack up in the car and take on a trip with no problems.  The one who would lay calmly in her car seat while we lunched at a restaurant.  The baby who was just glad to be there.

But I didn’t get that.

You are very different from your brother, but you also are a high need baby.

You have difficulty sleeping, you are a fussy eater, you loudly and violently let people know when you are even the slightest bit unhappy, you are unrelenting in your need to have your way, you won’t eat with anyone but me, and you are basically making my life a heck of a lot harder than I thought it would be.  You are a delight in so many ways, but you are by no means “easy.”

Your Mama is old.  She is too tired for this.

Can you please be a bit more like those other babies we saw at the park last week? 

You know, the ones who weren’t driving their moms crazy?



Monday Teeny Poll

September 6th, 2010
By Glinda

Middle school. That’s when most of you (29%) had your first kiss. The parent in me hopes that it was the closer end to high school. And actually, high school was a very close second, being only two percentage points behind. My first kiss was indeed as a freshman in high school, and it was the older cousin of my then-best friend. We were at a school dance and he took me out to the water fountains, had a drink, and then said something like, “I’d like to drink you” or some such thing that sounded like a smooth and suave segue to his ears at the time. Being that he was really cute, I scintillatingly replied, “Uhhh, sure” and we proceeded to make out a little heavier than most first kisses, I thnk. But I’m sure he had no clue it was my first, and did I mention he was really, really cute? 

Today I have a burning fashion question. I’ve been watching Project Runway, and there has been rather a lot of the type of clothing shown above worn by a couple of the male contestants. And no, I’m not referring to the silk turban.

Sunday Brunch Buffet

September 5th, 2010
By Glinda

From Allison “Sex on a CD” Goldfrapp. Supposedly this song was on an episode of House, which I don’t watch, but damn this song almost belongs on a porno. Boring video, but the song is totally worth it.

My holiday weekend has been filled with a feverish, snotty, vomiting ten month old. How’s yours going? Hopefully much, much better than mine. On to some entertainment!

Mosquito sounds in a frequency only they can hear to keep teens away at a retail center. Sounds like a bad idea.

GPS trackers for kids on the school bus.  What’s next, little chips implanted in their necks?

George Lucas posing with an all-star cast.

A fun interview with the producer of the PBS show Curious George.

If this study turns out to be true, it’s absolutely fascinating.  And sort of terrifying at the same time.

I’ve TOTALLY had the grocery store thing happen to me.

Celebrity Dad Faceoff 2.0

September 3rd, 2010
By Glinda

I’m sending the many-times victorious Idris Elba off to the Celebrity Dad Hall of Fame, where I hope he can find a comfortable chair, since it’s gotten pretty crowded in there. One of these days I’ll do a Hall of Fame edition.

So, two brand new contestants ready to stare each other down to the death.  Er, well, to the shame of losing, anyway.

The first dad is a dad by way of being a stepfather with a woman who never seems to age, and the second is not only a father in real life, he plays one on TV.


Things I Love: Peek…Aren’t You Curious?*

September 2nd, 2010
By Glinda

It had been a while since I had been to one of my favorite shopping malls, and I happened to finally stop by a couple of weeks ago.  They have done some remodeling and taken out some kid-friendly features in order to appear more “upscale” so I hadn’t been in a really big hurry to go back.

But, a new store that I’d never heard about had popped up in my absence, and I have to say I was really, really impressed with the quality and design of the clothing. I know y’all like to see the goods before buying, but there aren’t a whole lot of these stores in brick-and-mortar form, so online is the way most of you will be able to access their stuff. 

And what wonderful stuff it was!  I liked many, many things, but here are a few of my favorites:

Little Peanut Dress

The fabric is soft and lovely, the garment itself well-constructed.  I adored all of their “little peanut” line.

Stinson Polo

The ultimate in surfer cool, I liked a lot of their shirts for boys.

Frida Skirt

The picture does not do this skirt any justice.  The embroidery is absolutely beautiful, and again, the skirt is well-made.

Junglie Elephant

Their whole line of Junglie and Bunglie animals were some of the softest, cuddliest I’ve ever felt.

Oh, and I always award bonus points to stores who emphasize books, and they had a large and impressive book display in the very front of the store.

*I am not affiliated with Peek…, nor am I receiving any sort of compensation for this review.  Good clothes are hard to find, and I wanted to pass the info along.


September 1st, 2010
By Glinda

A few weeks ago, a coffee shop owner in Tulsa famously twittered that he was banning breastfeeding in his establishment.

Of course, that was illegal and wrong, and he was promptly advised of his patrons’ right to breastfeed in his store regardless of what he thought about it.

But I am going to come out and admit that I myself feel uncomfortable when a woman breastfeeds in public.

I would never tell a woman she couldn’t do it, I recognize it as her absolute right, and I support breastfeeding, but if I am to be truthful, I have to look away when I see it being done.  I think it is because I view it as a private thing, but of course it isn’t really because one can never know when a child will become hungry.

I remember going to my first Mom’s Club meeting years ago, and one of the board members just lifted her shirt and exposed her entire breast during the meeting, and I just sat there staring at the table because I didn’t want to seem like I was staring at her chest.

I personally had issues with my seven year old son seeing me breastfeed, and I’m sure that it’s due to my fairly Victorian upbringing.  It’s also the mixed message that our society gives about breasts and how they are viewed more as sexual instead of utilitarian. It wound up that I wasn’t able to breastfeed my daughter, but I pumped exclusively for eight months (even though everyone told me I was crazy) and I will say I was somewhat relieved when I didn’t have to go around the house lifting my shirt up all the time.

So am I just a prude? Am I the only one? Am I going to get harassed by the breastfeeding brigade?

I love everything about this, from the Audrey Hepburn hair down to the delicate heels. Perfect!

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