There’s a New Barbie in Town: Curvy, Tall, and Petite

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Growing up I never really liked Barbie. I loved dolls, just not Barbie. Something always seemed off with her. She just didn’t look like me. Even my brown barbies didn’t receive love and they too could often be f0und decapitated with their hair cut off. As I got older my disdain for Barbie simply. The more I learned about marketing, advertising, hollywood, and the messages that were being pushed on myself as well as every other little girl, I would grimace at the word Barbie.

Now that I have a daughter I’m even more at odds with Mattels favorite girl. And of course my dear heart loves Barbie. She even wants to watch the cartoon (not gonna happen). Well today, Barbie did something that made even me smile. They introduced three new body shapes, and various new skin tones.

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According to Time, “Faced with changes in beauty ideals, shifting demographics and ongoing criticism of Barbie’s impossible proportions, Mattel decided to remake the iconic blonde. The new body shapes follow the addition of new skin tones and hair textures in 2015. Combined, the changes give Barbie a range of diverse looks that better reflect 21st century America.”

Come on, exhale with me. As a full figured woman and as a mom that is constantly trying to build her daughters self-esteem, this thrills me. You mean that they finally see us, the girls with curves? The various brown beauties? Hey, I think I’m a little hyped!

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This was a top secret project called Project Dawn. The workers couldn’t even go home and discuss it with their spouses for the two years they worked on it. And well, I think it was worth the wait.

So what do you think? Are you as excited about these dolls as I am? You can buy them right now on barbie.com. If you’re interested in learning more about the story behind the new Barbies, please visit the Time.com for their extensive story.

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Tutu and Bowtie Party: Happy Birthday, Johanna!

Since Johanna was born, we’ve had a birthday party for her. Planning parties is in my blood! This time sind Johanna actually requested one. She wanted a Princess party! However, we had to go back to the drawing board because her friend had a princess party last year, and I didn’t want to view of their style. So Johanna suggested a Tutu party. How cute is that?! I thought it was a wonderful idea, but questioned what the boys would wear. Then it hit me – a tutu  and bowtie party! I asked for her color scheme (she was very specific about which purple and which blue she wanted) and my mind exploded with projects from there.

I love being hands on and creating a much as possible for events. I hope you enjoyed what I came up with a well. Johanna loved it and that leaves me satisfied.

 

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The Main Table

This is probably one thing that I’m most proud of. I made all of the treats, including the cake, jazzed up the balloons, created the poster. Just about everything is dipped in chocolate, yuuumm!I also made the tulle skirt for the table and that my friends was a labor of love!

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The Activity Table

This was downstairs. Kids were able to create their own crowns, play with their tulle wands, get their face painted, and have fun at the photo booth. I enjoyed making gumball necklaces for them, the tulle wanna, and cute little candy ring boxes filled with candy confetti. Thank you to my silhouette machine for helping me make the diet for the mannequin, and the shirts for Johanna and I!

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Glitter – sequin balloons decorated our living room.

 

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Photobooth Props

Thanks to the dollar store, the photobooth area was super easy!

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Thank you table

I jazzed up the water bottles and focus boxes, and decorated the jars to put flowers in them. Johanna loves flowers! Shout out to my friend Michelle for cutting the 5 out for me. All I had to do was glitter it.

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Face paint time

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Make a wish, Johanna!

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I upgraded her birthday shoes!

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Happy birthday Princess. We love you!

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Japan Crate Video Review

Hello lovelies! It is a cold, snowy day over in my neck of the woods. What do we do when we’re snowed in? Cook and craft of course! And since we had nothing but time on our hands, Johanna and I decided to record a video for you all!

We love trying unique treats around here, so ordering a Japan Crate was a must. Johanna has beenwaiting forever to try the snacks in her crate, and she wanted even more to share the experience with you! My child loves the camera. So without further ado, here is our review of the December 2015 Japan Crate! Info on how to subscribe for you own can be found in the description box below the video on youtube.

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New YouTube Channel – Follow My Weightloss Journey!

Hello lovies and Happy New Year!I know it’s been a long time, but if you’ve been with me for a while, you know that not only is Christmas season super busy for me, but so is January since that’s Johanna’s birthday month and I’m swamped in party planning. But I’m very excited about my news today!

For some time now, about a year or so, I’ve suffered from low self-esteem. I haven’t been able to pin point why. What I did know was that my weight was a part of it. I even began to avoid looking in mirrors. I would go to get ready for the day, very briefly look at my face to make sure it was presentable, then quickly look away. It was making me sad to be me.

I had gained weight. I was no longer “size sexy”. For majority of my life I loved me and the skin I’m in and even thought I wasn’t the beauty industries idea of sexy, I didn’t care because I was my idea of sexy. But summer 2015 I discovered that I was almost the same weight I was when I had Johanna and that was not only shocking, but hurtful.

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Since summer I have been working on me and falling in love with me again. A week ago I decided to chronicle my journey on youtube not only to help others, but to gain support for myself. By the way, I’m currently down 44 pounds. Check out my channel to find out why I’m still not over the moon about that.

I really do hope that you will join me on my journey. I may report here from time to time, but I’m going to report more specifically about weightloss on the youtube channel as to not turn this into a weightloss blog. I also have a second instagram account to go with the channel so I hope that you will follow that as well. You can find my youtube channel here and my instagram account here.

Thank you for your support, and I hope that you find success on your journey’s as well!

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