MINI RODINI (139€)
This awesome onesie is what the little lady is going to be prancing around (if she decides to prance anytime soon, that is) in this winter. You know I’m not a big fan of dressing little princesses in pink and glitter, plus the ladybug looks great in red and I think the fur looks adorable. It’s from ages 9 months to 1,5 years so with any luck she’ll be wearing it for quite a while. What do you think, isn’t it great?
Archives for August 2012
We have a hot debate going on here in Estonia about whether or not arranging kids beauty pageants should be allowed or not. I thought it was common sense to realize how brain damaged it is to put make up and spray-tan on three-year old children, but apparently not.
Sure, there’s an aspect of letting a little girl mimic what grown women do. We’ve all stumbled around in our mothers’ killer heels, experimented with make-up and had curlers stuck in our hair to a point where they have to be cut off together with a lock of our hair. There’s nothing strange about letting a little girl put some lip gloss on or painting her nails if that’s what she wants. But it’s all supposed to be a game, a playful part of a little girl growing up to one day become a woman.
If my little girl comes to me one day and asks me to sign her up for a pageant, I will. But let’s be honest – children don’t come up with ideas like that on their own. No child I’ve ever met would want to inhale sickening amounts of hairspray, have their hair bleached, their legs shaved, false lashes glued to their little eyes or their perfect skin covered in nasty amounts of foundation and powder.
Saying pageants are a fun way of letting girls be girls in the center of attention and become confident little ladies in the limelight is like saying communism is a realistic and functioning social order. It all sounds picture perfect in theory, but in reality, it’s just a way of teaching your child she’s not good enough the way she is. Sure, it’s all about how the mother handles it, how she tells her little girl she’s perfect just the way she is. Teaching her to value inner beauty and true virtues. But you all know as well as I do a mother can only do so much in a child’s development. Society does the rest.
Bottom line: a pageant is about the prettiest girl winning. It’s a freak show where children are costumed and made up, often to look like miniature prostitutes. A child should spend her days knee-deep in sand and dirt, playing with toys, running around outside, drawing, singing, reading. Children are creative, innovative little creatures. They need a positive outlet for their massive creativity to learn, grow and be the best they can become. Putting them on a stage to mimic grown up behavior and then giving them medals for looking and acting like what a jury expects them to is in no way beneficial for a child.
What’s even worse is thinking a child could in any way grasp what being in the public eye (especially if it’s only for being a pretty little thing) means. If you’re going to have pictures of your little girl walking a pageant stage wearing dresses and make-up circulating the Internet, how about you go ahead and explain to her who a pedophile is to begin with. That should put things in perspective.
If you want your little girl to have the chance to play with make-up, give her your make-up bag and see what happens. If you want her to practice walking in heels, give her your shoe collection and let her have all the fun in the world. Don’t let her be a part of something her tiny mind couldn’t possibly begin to understand. Let a child be a child.
Children aren’t supposed to be drinking caffeine and energy drinks, are they?
Oh, look! A tiny prostitute! Wait, WHAT?!
My little sister (8 years of age) is spending her days at our place, because her mom is at work (and so is our daddy dearest). I try to fill her days with fun and educational activities so she doesn’t die of boredom. We went out on the town yesterday to thrift-shop and get supplies for our little handicraft shop we have going on here as we speak. I’m teaching little sis’ how to cross-stitch, my favorite girl next door G is doing crochet and I’m making new cushions for our 1000 year old kitchen chairs. School starts next week so she’s gonna sew, cross-stitch, cook and clean by the time I’m done with her. Busy week!
Lighting candles, candles, more candles, wearing cozy sweaters, taking a first look out of the window in the morning and seeing a thick, untouched blanket of snow, celebrating Christmas (the tree, decorations, gifts, the great food – my absolute favorite time of the year), birthdays (mine, H’s and the ladybug’s), drinking mulled wine, walking the pooch in the snowfall…
I’m so sorry if you’re not done mourning summer yet, but I’m really excited for winter to come 🙂
“Cozy up to CLEAN Warm Cotton Eau de Parfum, a fragrance that captures the comforting scent of just-out-of-the-dryer freshness. Blending the crispness of freshly laundered linens into an understated fragrance that is soft and subtly sexy, CLEAN Warm Cotton is perfect for the modern woman who is confident enough to let herself – not her fragrance – command attention.
Citrus, Watery Green Pear, Verbena, Floral Essences, Fruit Essences, Marine Essences, Jasmine, Orange Flower, Musk, Fougere, Amber.
Soft. Crisp. Subtly sexy.”
Remember I told you me and the bug got pressies sent to us by my mommy dearest? I showed you what she got but forgot to show off my share. This wondrous 30 ml of heavenly scents is by far the coolest thing I’ve ever had in my beauty arsenal. When it comes to perfumes you could probably call me a collector – I can never have enough. I usually like sweet, rich and very feminine perfumes (my signature one is Versace’s ‘Crystal Noir’, followed by Juicy Couture’s ‘Viva la Juicy’, if you’ve ever come across those, you have an idea of what I usually like) but this one completely blew me away.
‘Clean – Warm Cotton’ is exactly what it claims to be – it pretty much smells like detergent. But imagine it smelling like laundry in that really nice way – when you’ve gotten up early and well-rested on a Saturday and have all your dirty laundry done by noon. Or imagine having taken a long bath (face masks, body scrubs, maybe even a scented candle or two involved) and then crawling into a bed with fresh, heavenly soft and perfectly ironed bed linen. Can you feel it? I swear to god that’s exactly what it smells like – relaxation, confidence, freshness… It’s simply fantastic so I suggest you try it out if you ever stumble upon it. 🙂
I loooove Sesame Street so I was thrilled to find this little fella’ sitting in the window of a thrift store we went to. Not only is Elmo adorable, he also says things like ‘please hug Elmo again!’, ‘Elmo loves a big hug’ and ‘you’re so huggable’. 🙂
Nice little addition to our plushie family for no more than 3.50€ 🙂
I also got the little lady two Disney’s ‘Baby Einstein’ dvd’s (‘Neighbourhood animals’ and ‘Baby McDonald – Farm animals’).
The cover looks adorable so I’m hoping they’re fun and stimulating once the kid is a bit older. Got those for 2€ each so I’m guessing I got my money’s worth.
Look who’s proud to be a big girl in her very own chair 🙂
You know how I’m always telling you how much love and laughter and giggles our days are filled with? Well, there’s always someone asking ‘so hey, I know you said things are great, but they can’t all be that great, right?’. And I kind of see where people are coming from because I know it’s a pretty common thing, wanting to make things sound all wonderful, when in stead your kid mostly just cries hysterically all day long. People who come over literally suspect us of having provided our child with laughing-gas or other inappropriate substances, because the little bug is happy. ALL. THE. TIME. Ladies and gentlemen, I shit you not. This is what our days are like:
I don’t know whether she liked what she saw on the TV-screen (even though the game wasn’t in color because the Wii is too old school to be connected properly to our TV) or if she just thought we looked completely ridiculous waving around with the remotes.
Oh and voilà, that’s our living room in all its glory, with the hideous twenty year-old wallpaper and the couch we bought for 15€. Needless to say we think it’s perfectly cozy 🙂
Edit: Thanks for letting me know I marked the video as private. Boy do I feel stupid 😀 Should be okay now, though!
This is what we spent most of our summer doing: barbecuing, eating, drinking wine, having fun with our friends. What I need to remember for next time: wait until everyone has arrived, then make sure you film for a while longer so there’s something to actually watch. Nevertheless, there’s delicious food, cute kids, good friends and wine. What could possibly be better?