Sharon Wynne over at Whoa, Momma! let me know her readers were in an uproar over a new doll that was supposed to be launched today.
Hmmm, I wonder why anyone would be upset about a doll called "Caylee Sunshine"?
Check this: It's a "tribute" to the Caylee Anthony, the toddler whose remains were found more than six months after she was reported missing. (Caylee's mom has been charged with the murder of her daughter.)
The so-called inspirational doll, made by Showbiz Productions, is "a symbol of 'every child' in this world.
Let us hold onto this doll to remind us that Caylee is safe in Heaven embraced in loving arms forever!" The site says all proceeds from the sale of the doll would go to a charity.
I might be able to believe the company wasn't trying to capitalize on such a heinous crime. But then, as Sharon points out in her post, this is the same company that sells Michael Vick chew toys for dogs.
Showbiz Productions posted an update to their Caylee Doll site today (yes, that's
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- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Parenting – Tue, Jan 27, 2009 8:47 PM EST
Sharon Wynne over at Whoa, Momma! let me know her readers were in an uproar over a new doll that was supposed to be launched today.Read More »from Things that appall us: The "Caylee Sunshine" tribute doll
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Parenting – Mon, Jan 26, 2009 8:50 PM EST
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesWhile I'm no longer an avid pro football fan, I do follow my hometown team, the 49ers, mostly because I dig their head coach, Mike Singletary. He's a no-nonsense kind of guy and he is always on fire during press conferences. (Here's the one made me a believer.) The man has seven kids and I'd love to know how his coaching skills apply to parenting, but dads may be able to find out since Singletary is on the "roster" of parenting organization for fathers called All Pro Dad.Read More »from Football pros are teaching dads how to be better fathers
All Pro Dad was created several years ago by Family First to help dads become better parents. According to one dad who helped organize a local chapter in Ohio, the goal of the group is for dads to "follow 10 the principles of being pro dads," which include loving your wife, spending time with your kids, being a role model, showing affection and eating together as a family.
My favorite principle listed in this article is to "discipline with a gentle spirit." What a wonderful concept. In the midst of doling out
My littlest dude is obsessed with jets and flying right now. It's a preschool thing; they're learning about all forms of transportation. How much would he flip for an old-school aviator cap (US$35)?
I spotted this Etsy find on Cool Mom Picks. It's a velveteen cap with a soft flannel lining and wool felt aviator goggles...you'll have to find your own scarf. Would be a fun addition to any dress-up box. (Dare I say Halloween costume?)
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Parenting – Thu, Jan 22, 2009 6:07 AM EST
I featured PakNak charms as a Shine Parenting Pick of the Day many moons ago. But since I'm hot on the Valentine's Day theme, I wanted to tell you about a cute PakNak heart charm, which would make a sweet little gift for your child(ren). (I give my kids Valentines, do you?)Read More »from A simple, sweet Valentine's Day gift for your kids (it's four bucks!)
PakNaks are these adorable rubber decorations that kids can use to dress up backpacks, lunchboxes or anything else they like to personalize (think bike helmets, binders, etc.). The charms attach via velcro circles, which means kids can change them throughout the year.
Can you tell I know a lot about these things? I gave one to my oldest son before the new school year, followed by a Christmas-themed charm in December. Also, at four bucks a piece, they're fun, inexpensive birthday gifts for classmates.
Okay, back to the heart charm. It's called "Minty." (Each of the charms have personalities. My personal favorite is Birdy-Birdy.)
Related link on Shine:
DIY Valentine's Day cards: Kid friendly, easy and inexpensive
Photo Credit: makeandtakes.comI know the day will come when my boys will say they want a Star Wars-themed birthday party. I'm extremely grateful that Marie over at Make and Takes has pulled together the coolest blueprint, a Star Wars birthday party 101, if you will.Read More »from Star Wars birthday party 101
From the invitations to party game activities, Marie has thought of everything to make one pretty awesome kid's party. The best part is that you can pick and choose ideas from her post that best fit your budget and craft level. (I don't think I'd be willing to make little Jedi robes for all the kids, but now I'm thinking about it!)
My two favorite ideas from her post are the Lightsaber Cake and the Yoda Sodas (pictured below).
Photo Credit: makeandtakes.comRelated links on Shine:
Birthday party inspiration: DIY Curious George cupcakes...no monkey business
Tetris birthday cake for the kid gamers (and it's easy and cheap to make!)
DIY LEGO party for $50
Party like a pirate
How to throw a kid's birthday party for $100
Tom and Katie drop $100K for Suri's first birthday party
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Parenting – Wed, Jan 21, 2009 8:53 PM EST
I've never been a huge supporter of celebrating Valentine's Day (Hallmark holiday, blah, blah). But my kids really love it because it's a big deal at school. And it's hard to be a love scrooge when your little ones are so excited about making a Valentine's Day card mailbox, attending the class party and deciding what kind of cards to hand out to their friends.
So yes, I am a Valentine's Day convert. And my crafty little self is equally psyched about helping my sons prepare for February 14th.
You don't have to be super crafty to make Valentine's Day cards with your kids. I've picked out my favorite DIY card ideas from around the blog and craft world. I promise that they are super easy, kid friendly and -- even better -- inexpensive to make. In some cases, you don't even have to hit a store for materials so long as you have paper, a printer, scissors and a marker.
What cards are your kids handing out this Valentine's Day?Read More »from DIY Valentine's Day cards: Kid friendly, easy and inexpensive
I'm feeling a little giddy today, high on the excitement of the inaugural ceremonies. Sure, it's easy to get older kids to share in this momentous occasion, but what about wee ones?Read More »from Change we need...even on diaper covers
Check out these "Change We Need" diaper covers (US$11), inspired by President Obama's quote. The covers are available through the bookstore of Occidental College, the school he attended for several years before transferring to Columbia University.
If you want a pair for your baby, you're going to have to wait a spell. As you can imagine, these diaper covers are selling out as soon as they are available.
But they're so cute; it'd be worth the wait.
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Parenting – Thu, Jan 15, 2009 9:37 PM EST
http://iheartguts.comSo a company called I Hate Guts makes plush "guts, innards and organs." But one of their products has, er, issues.Read More »from Things we don't get: Plush uterus and its subsequent recall...it's a choking hazard
The stuffed uterus is being recalled because it poses a -- get ready for it -- choking hazard to young children. Specifically, "the ovaries may be pulled off and become a choking hazard."
I'm serious, y'all.
The company said that while they designed the plush uterus for adults, they are marked them for ages 3 and up and "want to be absolutely sure no harm comes from playing with our guts."
One, who would buy a stuffed uterus and two, who would let their toddler/preschooler play with it?
Photo Credit: Irene SuchockiThanks, Ali Edwards, for my Etsy purchase of the day.Read More »from Artwork that inspires love (or wanderlust)
I saw this beautiful image while scrolling through my list of blog reads this morning and yes, I immediately clicked over and purchased it. The photo is called "Looking for Love" (US$30, etsy.com) by freelance photographer Irene Suchocki, who calls her photos "little poems for the eyes."
I adore the blurred building images with the glowing hearts. Along with snuggling up with my sweetie, this photo makes me want to get on the next plane to Florence, Italy (even though I think it was shot in France).
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Parenting – Wed, Jan 14, 2009 8:34 PM EST
Photo Credit: tangarangblog.blogspot.comIt all comes back to the simplicity of a cardboard box.Read More »from Crafty mamas help their kids make...a cardboard zoo
Forget the LEGO blocks, the Polly Pocket dolls, Fisher-Price Little People and whatever else your little kid is into at the moment. Break out a box and some little animals, and help them make a zoo.
I fell in love with this idea from Tangarangvia The Crafty Crow. I know my preschooler would play with this cardboard zoo for hours. Would yours?
photo credit: tangarangblog.blogspot.com
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