Thursday, July 19, 2012

Merida the Brave.... (and glamorous)

My little guy had saved up enough money to buy himself a new Star Wars figure and as they happened to be on sale at Toys R Us this week, we took a quick trip there this evening. From our vantage point on the Planet Alderaan, (Star Wars central) we looked out into a galaxy far, far away, across the aisle, to the shimmery glare of the Planet Holy-Hell-Everything-Is-Pink-and-Shiny. I never know whether to laugh or cry at Toys R Us, at the almost-comical gendered separation of the toys. Today, my internal cursing at the Toys R Us marketing team was interrupted by my 5-year old son asking 'Why do they have earrings with Merida on them, mummy?" Why indeed my smart young man, why indeed. So we left the Planet Alderaan, with a Stormtrooper in hand, to take a closer look at the odd assortment of Brave merchandise, luring us over to the Planet Pink 'n Shiny.

The display of Brave merchandise was quite strange - you would have no way of knowing what the movie is really about by looking at any of the packages. This package for example - the one the kid was referring to - was just weird. It's a package of glow-in the-dark earrings, a tiara and a necklace I think, so your kid can 'look like Merida'. Um, I think not. I'm not saying you need to buy a giant black horse for your kid to play dress-up, but the jewellery set is totally missing the point. Did she actually even wear earrings, ever? At any point in the movie? My kid doesn't think so...and if she did, they probably didn't glow-in-the-dark. Just sayin'.

(Random photo observation: The Merida behind the package on the left is totally freaking me out.)

If you haven't seen the movie Brave, and your total knowledge of the film is that it's just another Disney Pixar movie featuring a Princess protagonist, then you'll be well forgiven for presuming that there's nothing wrong with this toy - or others like them - you might be thinking it's just the same old princess story but with different hair. But that's where you'd be wrong. You see the whole point is that Merida isn't like all the other princesses. She's feisty, and independent, and active and physical. She rips her dresses, gets muddy and dirty, spends no time in front of a mirror, had no love interest, doesn't need or want rescuing, and is a kick-ass horseback archer. That's what we love about her. She's fierce but vulnerable, defiant but lovable and fearless but tender - and all the million things and contradictions that 'girly' can be. But she's certainly not the same old princess. So why Disney would recycle all these products from princesses-gone-by and market these stupid same-old products is beyond me. It's a cop-out and my 5 year old called them out on it tonight. As my little critic pointed out - if you want to dress up like Merida- forget the earrings -get a bow and arrow. 

Trunks....for women! Say What!?

Okay, I just came across the most wonderful invention, and I have to share it with y'all. Swimming trunks for women. Yeah, you read that right. And if you're thinking the same thing asI thought when I saw them...I don't know why we didn't think of that either! The woman that came up with these is a genius!

Check them out at

The website says that they're designed with real women in mind, they come in sizes 4 to 24 and they're all about feeling comfortable, being active and looking stylish. Really? Isn't that what swimsuit shopping should be all about? Comfort, functionality and a dash of flair. Yes.

What do you think? Would you wear them? I reaaallly like these. I'm thinking a pair of these are going on a wish-list : )

Monday, July 16, 2012

I Love Wordle!

So, the kid finishes at daycare in just a couple of weeks, before starting big school in September. You might remember I put together a box of sunshine for one of his teachers, who was leaving early...well, I wanted to give the admin staff a little something to remember us by as well.

I had a moment of inspiration a couple of days ago and thought that I would put together a Wordle word cloud for them and frame it, so they can put it up in their office, or a hallway or wherever! I LOVE how it turned out! I used all the words that describe their care, the teachers, the activities...and I think it looks awesome! What do you think?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

We've Gone Bananas!

This is one of those posts that has absolutely nothing to do with the usual women and girl stuff. If you're here for that - awesome - but maybe you're looking for a different post ; ) If however you like healthy, delicious, one-ingredient soft-serve ice-cream, then wait a minute! Read on. This is the post for you! And yes, you read that right. Healthy and ice-cream in the same sentence! Woo hoo!

I originally found this idea on Pinterest - um, of course - but it's one of those things that frankly, look too good to be true. So I tried it for myself and oh, sweet goodness, it worked. So, making home-made ice-cream was on my Summer Bucket List, and this totally counts.

Here's the tutorial for you....soft-serve banana ice-cream...go do it! It's too easy not to. And so delish!

1 - Grab a couple of over-ripe bananas. You know the ones I mean.
2 - Peel them and slice them, placing the slices on a baking sheet. 
3 - Freeze the slices. Overnight works. If you can't wait, a couple of hours should do it.
4. Put the slices in a blender and blend.
5. Be patient. Keep scraping down the sides. It will look gross, and like it's not going to work.
6. Be patient I told you. Keep blending. A few more seconds.
7. VoilĂ ! Soft-serve 'ice-cream'. One ingredient. A fruit serving. Happy times.