Sunday, July 18, 2010

Well, hello dolly...

I seem to be at war with the culture these days.  I feel that young children are assaulted at every turn with  over-commercialized, over-sexualized tripe. From Bratz dolls to high heels for toddlers, slick marketing is aimed at readying little girls for pole dancing. It is evil.

The island in this storm is the classic, the pure and the true. I try very hard to steer my children toward classic clothes, healthy toys and good activities. Here are a few of my favorite things for kids...

Madame Alexander Dolls -

There are a bazillion Madame Alexander dolls to choose from. They are so lovely and sweet. They are a treasure to pass on to future generations. Here are some more beautiful dolls from MA.

I love American Girl. I love that they encourage girls to be little girls for as long as possible. They present great historically based characters that are age appropriate but not dumbed down.  They have new features on their website to allow for more interactive play. Bravo!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Wild for Westies...

We got princess 1 her own puppy this year, a wild little Westie. I found these cute little purses, one with a little Westie on it that I am getting for her, from Warm Biscuit. Cute!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy Independence Day!..... Early that is.

I love the 4th of July! I love watching presidential biographies, planning the menu and spending time with my family. I love driving through the beautiful, patriotic community that I live in during this time because the houses are all decorated with bunting and flags. It so beautiful and makes me feel very proud.

Here are some beautiful images of beautifully decorated houses that I found online.

I love this cozy porch featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

... from Country Living

Also from Country Living. 

And I love, love, LOVE these decorations using Hydrangeas from Good Housekeeping. Lovely!

I wish you a happy and safe 4th of July!