This is one of my favorite things to learn about. Not just grandmas accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash, but their follow up notes to the man themselves that are often frustrated, angry, and upset that their posts are “going to him.” And if he will go away.

This is one of my favorite things to learn about. Not just grandmas accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash, but their follow up notes to the man themselves that are often frustrated, angry, and upset that their posts are “going to him.” And if he will go away.

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Where in the bible does it talk about Grandparents day?

Where in the bible does it talk about Grandparents day?

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Your story is still waiting to be written.

William Chapman  (via thatkindofwoman)

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This is a picture of the Mickey Mouse pancake I made for my toddler on a cozy Saturday morning. I had this big image going in my head of traditions I never had growing up and how I was going to start new ones. I gave it to her, she poked her fingers into the chocolate eyes and she promptly flung it on the ground. I’m just proud I didn’t cry. 

Sometimes reality is real and fantasies don’t happen. And that’s okay.

This is a picture of the Mickey Mouse pancake I made for my toddler on a cozy Saturday morning. I had this big image going in my head of traditions I never had growing up and how I was going to start new ones. I gave it to her, she poked her fingers into the chocolate eyes and she promptly flung it on the ground. I’m just proud I didn’t cry.

Sometimes reality is real and fantasies don’t happen. And that’s okay.

Just having one of those days

Just having one of those days where I’m about to cry thinking of all the little and big sad things in the greater world and my world. I don’t get to see my daughter wake up in the morning before I go to work despite Gwennie P’s insistence that regular working moms have it so easy, that today is such a sad day for so many for even sadder reasons. And then I get a text from someone who always seems to know when I need that exact, right text. In this particular case it’s an array of DIY play kitchens for toddlers because I had expressed that I wanted a wood play kitchen for my daughter but didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars for her Christmas gift.

It was just, exactly the kind of excitement about seemingly silly things that I needed at just the right time. My wish to you today, my friends, is that you have that person in your life. Or better yet, YOU be that person for someone else.

And don’t forget to give someone a hug today. An extra hard hug. Life is short and crafts sometimes make it more fun.

Just an average morning conversation with my mom.

Just an average morning conversation with my mom.

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You should not
have to rip yourself
into pieces to keep
others whole.

i am seeing less and less of you, Emma Bleker   (via thatkindofwoman)

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I don’t consider myself a ball-busting feminist. I’m a woman who believes every woman has the right to be what she wants and who wants her daughter to have the opportunity to do whatever she wants in life. I’m a feminist like all women should be.

I know the arguments against over sexualized Halloween costumes for girls and women has been made over and over again. But I’m going to make another one.

You know how I said that I believe my daughter should be anything she wants? Well, I have the fear that soon enough she’s going to want to be a princess both in life and on Halloween. And I know that’s not BAD per se. I was a princess for kindergarten and my mom made my costume and it was amazing and I am quoted at looking at myself in the mirror and saying “I’m the most beautiful girl in the whole world.” Wow. Where did that confidence go?

I want to give my daughter the opportunity to know she can be other things, too. (And btw, why do girls have to settle for Princess? How about being a Queen?)

So until my daughter has the opinion to tell me what she wants to be a Halloween, I’m doing my small and silly (and maybe melodramatic and over the top but have you met me?) part by having her be strong women in history. Last year for Halloween, she was Amelia Earhardt. For our 4th of July parade this summer, she was Rosie the Riveter.

This year, I’m putting together a costume for her to be Joan of Arc. A google search offered me no options for girls toddler knight costumes (the best I could do.) But there were many options for boy toddlers. And a generic Joan of Arc costume search found the above. There are so many amazing artist renderings of Joan of Arc from the times she was standing up for what she believed was right. Astride a horse, bowing in front of a cross, leading a group of men into battle during a time when women were treated like property (oh? you mean that’s still happening?). Guess what?

Not ONE of those renderings is of Joan in a Angelina Jolie-inspired slitted dress and a faux iron bustier, folks. Also, I’m not a religious historian but I can assure you that Joan never wore a pink tutu. (Not that there’s anything wrong with a tutu in general, calm down. I wish I could wear one to work sometimes.) I know you’re shocked to hear that there’s no historic accuracy in Joan of Arc in a slitted skirt or a tutu!

So WHY? Why do we need to feminize a woman, a role, a costume that in itself is the epitome of a strong female AHEAD of her time? Ironically, in doing so, we are moving BACKWARD.

Am I making a mountain out of a molehill? Maybe. But I think its important to help my daughter and the world understand the FACT that Joan of Arc DID NOT EVER WEAR LACE UP STRIPPER HEELS during ANY documented religious siege. That’s not what she was burned at the stake for either, folks.

Now… I’m off to eat Halloween candy but leaving with a shout out to the moms of all the girls whose images I found online as they dressed as accurate Joans for religious celebrations but whose images I did not want to post for fear of invading privacy. You’re doing it right and I’m proud of you and you’re HELPING.

Disclaimer: In no way is this post meant to attack the companies who produce these costumes as they are really just reacting to a demand they see in a market for these costumes and the (in case of the adult costume) college girls who “need” something sexy to stumble home drunk in. FYI that in college I was respective angel and I stumbled home just FINE in flip flops. THANKS!

Ragweed pollen loves to get around.

-Webmd

Get some morals, Ragweed, and get out of my ear, nose, and throat.