So you know how I’m always joking that Andy fixes everything around here and I’m mostly useless, except when it comes to the quick and thorough consumption of any desserts?
…and how that’s not really a joke, but mostly just truth? Listen to this.
Weston has and loves several of the Fisher Price little people action figures that look like this.
His are mostly construction workers and pilots, because we like to give our children gender-stereotypical toys to brainwash them into thinking their ultimate choice of profession must fit within certain societal guidelines regardless of where their actual interests or talents lie. (Quick cut to that scene in Zoolander: “I just thank the lord your mom didn’t live to see her son as a mermaid.” “Mer-MAN, dad. MER-MAN!“)
For Christmas, Mila’s grandparents got her a little princess castle that looks like this and came with the Little People version of Cinderella and Snow White.
Naturally, Weston recruited Cinderella and Snow White to play with his other Little People toys, and the whole crew ended up hanging out at the castle together on the regular. One day I overheard Weston playing with the toys, and I realized he was playing this scene:
Cinderella enters the living area.
Cinderella: Oh no! I broke the light! Somebody better help me fix it!
Construction worker toy enters stage left
Male Toy: It’s okay, I can fix it for you.
Snow White: This needs new batteries!
Other Male Toy: I’ll find some! I can make it work for you.
Both Princesses: Okay. Thank you daddies!
All characters retreat to their spaces. Females continue breaking things.
At first I was appalled that the girl characters contributed nothing to the world, and the male characters existed to fix things. I had been a little hesitant to allow Mila to have any princess toys, because I want her to think for herself and not wait around for someone to save her. But then I realized that this was a pretty realistic, though tragic, commentary on what happens in Weston’s world.
I’m just warning you. Don’t leave the chocolate cake anywhere NEAR Snow White. She has no willpower and it goes straight to her hips.
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We all know Belvedere Designs just KILLS it with the amazing vinyl wall quotes, but did you know you can use their vinyl designs in other ways too? Like as an amazing, budget- and renter-friendly headboard? So creative!
…or as a decorative flourish anywhere you want an extra lil somethin-somethin?
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Craftsy always has some cool free classes going on, like this quick & easy bags class, which is free and available any time.
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That Winona Grey on the left would add the most amazing texture in a neutral room. It would bring the interest and beauty, but still be so calm. LOVE. Check out their full selection here, and stop by their blog for their monthly $50 giveaway!
Compassion International is an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty.
Andy and I have been sponsoring and exchanging notes and gifts with our Compassion kids for *years.* It’s a top-notch organization that does amazing work! (In fact, my “sponsorship” with Compassion always has been – and always will be – unpaid, as a way to support the organization.) Come look into the faces of these kids who need to be sponsored.
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Tomorrow at 7 p.m., I’ll be cohosting the first of six weeks’ worth of Monday Funday link parties. Monday Funday is a party hosted by five amazing bloggers, and they’ll be bringing me in as a temporary cohost. Come back here and link up your best DIY projects, recipes, etc, and they’ll be linked up to a total of SIX blogs. It’s pretty epic exposure for all your best projects. See you then!