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Halloween Costumes Gone Bad

Halloween is quickly approaching so all the Halloween costume stores have come back, along with costume catalog junk mail.

Am I the only one who thinks that costumes, even for small kids, have become really inappropriate?

Here is are a few from the latest catalog we got in the mail.

This one is “Lacy Witch Costume”.  I’m sorry, my kid will not be going out in that outfit.

Bratz Bratty Nurse Costume.  Are you kidding me?

 

This pose for the little girl pains me more than the actual costume.

 

All of the costumes were found under the “Kids” heading next to “Babies/Toddlers”.  Not even the teen section. I’m afraid to show you what the “Teen” costumes looked like.

What message are we sending to kids when these are the basic costumes that can be found everywhere.  I don’t know if I’m overreacting but these little girls just look way to sexualized to me.  The short skirts, tight clothes, provocative poses that can be found everywhere now makes me nervous as my LittleM grows.  I don’t even let her watch the regular Disney Channel anymore because I don’t agree with the way girls are portrayed and the clothes that they wear in some of the programming  (especially Shake It Up, which also has 2 costumes you can buy for Halloween).  Thank goodness for Disney Junior.

So, am I overreacting?  I don’t know.  I just know that I have to do the best that I can for my daughter to raise her to be a proud, smart, strong woman.  To know that she doesn’t need to follow the herd and to take pride in herself and the way that she dresses.  This may be harder than I thought.  :-/

Good luck wading through the Halloween inundation.

 

 

 

 

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Fall in Full Force Already

I can’t look turn around without seeing Fall in full force around me.  Lots of Halloween decorations in all the stores, even more activities online for the kids.

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I love the change in weather and sleeping the cool weather.  I love the changing of the leaves and football game tailgate parties.

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LittleM and I are planning her Halloween costume and I’m still trying to get back into the school rhythm.  It’s only week 3 and I feel like it’s been 3 months.  It happens every year at the beginning of the year, meeting 150 new students and getting all class procedures taught.

There are some really great blog posts coming up with Fall activities that I can’t wait to check out that I wanted to share.

No Time For Flash Cards- Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids and Fall Crafts for Kids

Simple Mom- Top 5 Outdoor Fall Activities

Imagination Tree- Autumn Play Inspiration 

I hope you can get some great ideas from these blogs that I love stealing er, borrowing from!

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Fun Indoors for the Upcoming Weather

Aside from Tuesday and Friday, the weather in Northern Delaware looks rainy this upcoming week.  What is the difference between “Scattered Thunderstorms” and “Isolated Thunderstorms”?  It sounds the same to me.  So, based on that weather report, here are some ideas of indoor activities:

Saturday, July 14:

1. 10:30AM Family Music Time at Kirkwood Library (Free)

2. 11 am is storytime at Barnes and Noble at the Christiana Mall. A really cute story area, great train set to play with, play area in the mall in front of Target if they get bored there. (Free- unless you can’t leave a bookstore without buying anything, which is totally me!)

Tuesday, July 17: Lots of ideas to choose from

1. 10:30AM $1 movies at Regal Theaters with their Summer Movie Express.  People’s Plaza is showing Kung Fu Panda 2 or Rango, Rt 202 is showing Adventures of Tin Tin or Puss in Boots.

2. 10:30AM Newark Library Storytime and Craft. This is usually pretty busy so be prepared for that. (Free)

3. 11AM Barnes and Noble Storytime (Free)

4. 1PM Family Movie at Newark Library (Free)

5. 10AM -3PM Terrific Tuesdays at Winterthur Museum (see previous post for costs)

Wednesday, July 18

1. 10:30 Regal Theaters- see #1 for Tuesday above.

2. 2pm “The Disenchanted Dragon” play at Kirkwood Library. (It’s also being done at 10:30 at Newark Library but I think it may be less busy at Kirkwood). (Free)

Thursday, July 19

1. 11AM Storytime at Barnes and Noble (Free)

2. Delaware History Museum– This is located in Center City Wilmington on Market Street.  Tickets are $6/adult, $4 for kids 3-18. They’re open 11AM-4PM.  The museum is great, lots of interactive stuff for the kids while learning about Delaware History.  What’s great though, and why you should get some friends together to go with you is that you also get into “Grandma’s Attic” in the same building.  Tons of Playtime Activities with a school setting, store, kitchen, puppets, dress up, books, etc.  LittleM had a great time there.  It’s open Wed-Fri 11-4, Saturday 10-4 and if you want to wait it’s FREE admission on the first Friday of each month.

Friday, July 20

1.10:15 Learn to make your own Sidewalk Chalk at Hockessin Library but registration is required so make sure to call them and reserve a spot. 239-5160. (Free)

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to keep everyone busy and entertained during this possible rainy week!  Let me know if you find anything else that you want me to add or share your adventures that you have during the rain!

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Big Events This Weekend

If you’re looking for some good things to do this weekend, here are some big Events.

Saturday, April 28th is University of Delaware’s Ag Day in Newark, Delaware.  It is 10am-4pm and has a lot of family fun activities to participate in.  The food is good and you’ll be supporting different groups at UD, there are animals for the kids to see, good music to hear, lots of activities.  Parking is free and the kids activities (like face painting and pony rides) are not that expensive.  There are also a lot of plants to purchase to beautify your garden and support the University of Delaware Agricultural Program.

If you’re not interested in Ag Day, head over to Hagley Museum for NatureFest from 10am-3pm.  Cost is $3 per nonmember, children under 5 are free.  They will have hands on craft activities, nature walks, tree climbing, etc.  I know I’ve said this before but I always have a great time at Hagley.

Sunday, April 29th is the 8th Annual Wildflower Celebration at Mt. Cuba Horticultural Institution in Hockessin, Delaware from 10am -4pm. Parking and admission is free on this day, the only day of the year that they have free admission.  The first 100 families will also get a free potted wildflower to take home.  They also have what they’re calling “a family friendly adventure” about the journey from caterpillar to butterfly through different learning stations.  I have never been to Mt. Cuba but I love visiting Longwood Gardens so I’m interested in checking this out, and saving $15 dollars since we won’t have to pay the $5 per ticket.

If you’re interested in Baseball, make sure to check out the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Fridays (Including this Friday, April 27) for baseball and Fireworks. They put on a great family game and fantastic Fireworks display every time.

Saturday, May 5th the Home Depot has their Kids Workshop from 9am- 12 pm where the kids will be building their own planter boxes.  I definitely want to make it to that one because LittleM is all about building and growing plants right now.  Check your local Home Depot for availability of this project.

Happy Hunting for Adventure!

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