Encourage Your Daughter to Read and Succeed with Go! Go! Sports Girls

Just so we’re clear, I did receive product from Go! Go! Sports Girls to facilitate this post, but all opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own and I’m a firm believer in the message behind this product.

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Let’s just put this out there, I’m a girl, I have four girls of my own, and I know that girls are “pretty”. We’re supposed to be “pretty”. That’s all, right? Not in this house. Sure, pretty is a word we use, but we don’t base our existence on the fact that we’re pretty. Pretty isn’t the be all, end all of anything. Girls are strong. Girls are smart. Girls can and should be successful in life. But often that message is lost with our young girls because of the messaging out there these days. Even the toys just tell our daughters that pretty is enough. It’s not and that’s where Go! Go! Sports Girls come in.

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Dream Big Toy Company™ created Go! Go! Sports Girls™ as a fun and educational way to promote self-appreciation and the benefits of daily exercise, healthy eating and sleeping habits, self-esteem, and overall healthy life-skills for girls ages 3-12. Go! Go! Sports Girls™ are age and size appropriate. They do not encourage an older or overly mature image. The image is innocent with a subtle yet strong message – appreciate and be true to yourself! The dolls are currently available at retailers nationwide as well as through their online store.

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Since my Bug loves to swim, obviously we chose Swimming Suzi and Bug loves the story and the message. It empowers her to use her love of swimming to succeed in life. Yes, I said succeed in life. The books share how your daughter can use her love of swimming, or sports in general, to find strengths in themselves that they can take with them into adulthood to help them succeed. Pretty cool, right? So if your daughter loves soccer, gymnastics, dance, running, cheerleading, or obviously swimming, they’ve got a gift set for you too! There hasn’t been a better toy to empower girls since my older girls were little (in my humble opinion) than this fun doll and book gift set.

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I listened to Bug read to Suzi earlier and I was impressed with her love of reading, the progress she’s made in the reading arena, and the message this book, this product, had to offer. If you want to encourage your daughters to read, to succeed in life, this is definitely a product you’ll want to check out. It’s Bug approved and that should mean something since my hot mess of a holy-jean-wearing baby doesn’t approve of much.

Dear Society, Kylee is NEVER Going to Fit in Your Round Hole and It’s OK!

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Dear school teachers, dear school admins, dear society, I get it. She drives me crazy too. But Kylee, my Bug, is never going to fit in your round holes. Don’t force her to conform. She can’t. Although it pains me, I won’t make her. She’s not built like everyone else and that’s what makes her unique. She’s clever, she’s cunning, but she’s not cut from the same cloth that you are. Don’t make her think that she’s anything less because she’s different. She’s not less. She’s different.

Don’t get me wrong, when she’s awake, when she’s making me doubt my parenting skills, I get frustrated too. But then I step back and really look at her. I look deeply into those big blue, knowing, defiant eyes, and I see the spark. When I watch her peacefully sleep, I see her “normal”. And it’s in those moments that I know that my square peg is anything but less. She’s more. More than you’ll ever know because you don’t give her a chance. Give her rote activities and she won’t do well. Challenge her creative side and you’ll surely see her shine. No, she’ll never fit your round hole, but her square peg of a self might just make a difference in this world if you’ll just let her never-easy-to-deal-with self shine. Let my baby shine. Let her be the difficult little thing that she is now because there is amazement in those defiant eyes. They defy the world because the world doesn’t accept the square pegs. Many a square peg has created light, the telephone, and flight. Embrace the square pegs.

Stop worrying about your state’s scores and start worrying about our children. For the first 3 years of her school career, she was in advanced classes. I pulled her. She started to struggle. You know why she struggled? Because she was bored with your state standards. She was bored with your lessons. She was bored with your tests. She was tired of being a square peg that was being shoved into your round holes. I grew tired of it too.

I get it. You’re doing your job. You’re very kind. You want my daughter to conform, to be round. But if you sit down and talk to her, I mean really talk, you’ll understand that you’re making a grievous error. She’s difficult, I know, and I apologize for that. I do mandate that she conforms on a behavioral basis and you’ve all confirmed that she does. But I will not force her to conform just for the sake of testing. I embrace her square personality and I defy you to shove her in your round hole.

So, I guess what I’m trying to say, with this ridiculously long rant, is that although she frustrates me too, I “get” her. I once was that square peg being shoved in that round hole. I didn’t fit. I probably never will. In fact, I don’t want to. I love my rough, square edges, and I love hers. Leave her alone. Let her be different. Different is good. Different is not less. Different is more. She’s more than you acknowledge. She’s more. She’ll always be more. Different. Be frustrated, be annoyed, be angry even, it’s OK. But remember that “different” leads to great things. She’ll be great if we just foster her right to be different. She’s not hurting you, don’t hurt her. Don’t shove her in that round hole. Just don’t.

DIY Aurora Queen of the Moors Crown

This DIY Queen of the Moors Crown was inspired when I received an early release copy of Disney’s Maleficent from Click Communication to help promote the in-store release on November 4th. All opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own.

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“For in the other kingdom, the Moors lived every manner of strange and wonderful creature.

And they needed neither king nor queen but trusted in one another.”

Maleficent is my new all-time favorite Disney movie EVER! That’s saying a lot. I’m a Disney freak. One might think it’s because I have a million kids so I had to learn to embrace them, but that’s not true. One of my very first vivid memories as a child was going to the movie theater with my mom and my sisters to watch a Disney movie. I was hooked at about the age of 3 and things haven’t changed since, and I never miss a single new release. Unfortunately, because there were questions about whether Maleficent was completely kid friendly, I opted to skip it at the theater *SIGH* and anxiously await the release of the DVD in store. And that time has come! Disney’s Maleficent will be available on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD, and On-Demand November 4, 2014! I got an early release copy, and I’m not going to ruin it for you if you haven’t already seen it, but I’m going to tell you…again…I loved it and have watched it several times. And for the record, there was nothing even remotely frightening to my 8 year old daughter in the movie and she loves it too! We loved it so much that it inspired me, a total craft hater, to craft an Aurora’s Queen of the Moors Crown. Want to make one for your little princess before the in-store release? It’s super easy. If I can do this, anyone can!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Thick, bendable wire
  • Electrical tape
  • A random assortment of leaves (the fake foliage you can buy at any big box store)
  • Random embellishments (I used a few beads and some sparkly gold twigs)
  • Scissors
  • Gold spray paint
  • Hot glue gun

Start with the wire. Measure the piece around your queen’s head and cut it accordingly, overlapping by about 2 or so inches. Take the electrical tape and tape the overlapping wire together. Be sure to cover the whole area to avoid sharp edges.

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Cut the leaves off of the stems, spray paint both sides gold, then start hot gluing them on the wire band as randomly or neatly as you see fit until the entire band is covered to your liking.

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Clip your other, smaller leaves, twigs, etc. and hot glue them as you’d like to get the desired look and depth of the crown.

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That’s it! When you’re done, you have a golden crown inspired by a movie that you either already love, or you’re going to love as soon as you see it on November 4th! This was a fun project that my daughter was able to help with and she absolutely adores the results.

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November 4th is just around the corner, hurry up and preorder your copy of Maleficent today, and then head to the store to pick up supplies to make your own Queen of the Moors Crown before it arrives. In the meantime, check out all of the buzz about Malefient on Facebook and Twitter. If you’ve already seen the movie, I’d love to hear what you thought of it. If you’re anxiously awaiting the in-store release, let me know what you think of it as soon as you see it. Seriously y’all…Maleficent FTW!