Pretty Opinionated http://www.prettyopinionated.com Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:00:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Little Tikes Gear Works Princesses Make the Perfect Gift for YOUR Princesshttp://www.prettyopinionated.com/2015/03/little-tikes-gear-works-princesses/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2015/03/little-tikes-gear-works-princesses/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:00:28 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=41101 My three-year-old daughter is in the middle of a pretty serious princess phase. When I was given the chance to review the Little Tikes Gear Works Princesses, I knew she’d be just the person to give me objective feedback. Little Tikes was founded in 1970, and has been creating children’s toys, ride-ons, climbers, creative arts, and furniture that have been marketed worldwide. They were the first toy company to give an 800 number for consumers, and to this day still imprint the number and website information on their products. They were also the first toy company to offer on-site daycare […]

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Little Tikes Gear Works Princesses Make the Perfect Gift for YOUR Princess

My three-year-old daughter is in the middle of a pretty serious princess phase. When I was given the chance to review the Little Tikes Gear Works Princesses, I knew she’d be just the person to give me objective feedback.

Little Tikes was founded in 1970, and has been creating children’s toys, ride-ons, climbers, creative arts, and furniture that have been marketed worldwide. They were the first toy company to give an 800 number for consumers, and to this day still imprint the number and website information on their products. They were also the first toy company to offer on-site daycare services to their employees that also served as a test center for product development.

Little Tikes Gear Works Princesses

The Gear Works Princesses is for children 3 years and up. It includes 1 musical light up tower, 5 princesses, and 2 flat gears. A child can attach the gears and princesses to the tower in any order they’d like. Once attached, all of they have to do it press the top of the tower to see it light up and play musical sounds. Each princess and gear attached to the tower will then spin.

Each piece has a rubber disk on the bottom that helps it to loosely grip onto a table top or other hard level surface. My daughter liked to attach the princesses and watch them “dance”, but she would occasionally get frustrated that the pieces wouldn’t stay linked together very well. This eventually led to her turning it into a game to see how many she could get to link together without having them separate and stop spinning. I’ve also seen her using the princesses with other toys she owns, so I know this hasn’t deterred her from wanting to play with them.

Little Tikes Gear Works Princesses Make the Perfect Gift for YOUR Princess

I found that the Gear Works Princesses resemble a handful of popular Disney princesses. So much so that my daughter was even able to identify a few of the Gear Works princess with the Disney equivalent all on her own. They are pretty cute princesses, and with a solid plastic design we don’t have to worry about losing tiny accessories or small pieces that could pose as a choking hazard. They have also held up to wear and tear pretty well.

Little Tikes Gear Works Princesses Make the Perfect Gift for YOUR Princess

The Gear Works Little Princesses can be purchased on the Little Tikes website at www.littletikes.com for $24.99. You can also purchase this toy at Target, Walmart, or Toys R Us.

 

 

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Grab Romancing Redemption by Bonnie Paulson FREE on Amazonhttp://www.prettyopinionated.com/2015/02/grab-romancing-redemption-bonnie-paulson-free-amazon/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2015/02/grab-romancing-redemption-bonnie-paulson-free-amazon/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=41173 Facing a life of prostitution or homelessness, Rosie Scott must make a choice centered on keeping her and her sister safe in the wilds of an unforgiving Montana land. With their background, the two girls need a fresh start.In Colby, Montana opportunities are as thick as needles on a pine tree. Savvy and independent, Rosie decides to take a chance and start a business, earning her the respect of many town residents.She catches the eye of two men. One interested in exploiting her past and one interested in redeeming her heart. But Rosie’s secrets and who she really is shadow […]

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Grab Romancing Redemption by Bonnie Paulson FREE on Amazon

Facing a life of prostitution or homelessness, Rosie Scott must make a choice centered on keeping her and her sister safe in the wilds of an unforgiving Montana land. With their background, the two girls need a fresh start.In Colby, Montana opportunities are as thick as needles on a pine tree. Savvy and independent, Rosie decides to take a chance and start a business, earning her the respect of many town residents.She catches the eye of two men. One interested in exploiting her past and one interested in redeeming her heart.

But Rosie’s secrets and who she really is shadow her hopes for happiness. Can a man love her most when her past refuses to leave?

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Desperate to find her place in the world, Sara Beth dreams of applying for the Miss Wrangler Montana competition that tours with the rodeo circuit.

Riding horses has become her anchor until a near fatal accident takes more from her than she’d ever willingly sacrifice.

Determined to prove his business training, Johnny seeks out the Rourke family to call in an old favor. When he embroils himself in Sara Beth’s life, he has to prove they’re nothing more than friends.
Seeking independence, both Sara Beth and Johnny lean on each other more and more, until love threatens their friendship. Will they seek out each other or be confused by their dreams?
Can either of them leave their past and embrace their future?

 

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With her heart at war with her mind, Lisa’s need to chase dangerous fun over boring responsibilities tugs at her emotions. Love is the last thing she expects to find, especially with her past revolting against her future.

The only love Ryan’s heart has room for is for his motherless son. But, when he finds himself yearning for Lisa, Ryan has to convince himself and her that he’s all the thrill she’ll ever need.

Will Lisa’s past destroy their future before either of them can accept the true meaning of love?

 

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Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every Bonnieromance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane.

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10 Regrets Experienced By Stay-At Home Momshttp://www.prettyopinionated.com/2015/02/10-regrets-experienced-stay-home-moms/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2015/02/10-regrets-experienced-stay-home-moms/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=41178 When scrolling through various women’s forums, where career women chat with stay-at-home Moms, many of these Moms shared their stories of regret. While they didn’t regret raising their children, they did regret their estrangement from the larger world. These women felt that although they had initially made the right choice, over time, the significance of their decision also had an unexpected consequence–they began to feel out of the loop, spectators of life, rather than participants. Here is a list of their top 10 regrets: Letting their gender down. It took a generation of women to develop equal rights for women […]

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Stay at Home mom regrets

When scrolling through various women’s forums, where career women chat with stay-at-home Moms, many of these Moms shared their stories of regret. While they didn’t regret raising their children, they did regret their estrangement from the larger world. These women felt that although they had initially made the right choice, over time, the significance of their decision also had an unexpected consequence–they began to feel out of the loop, spectators of life, rather than participants.

Here is a list of their top 10 regrets:

  1. Letting their gender down.

It took a generation of women to develop equal rights for women in society. The goal of the Women’s Movement was not to militate against men, but to secure the freedom of self-expression.

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan jolted middle-class American women during the turbulent 60s to reexamine their roles as housewives and mothers. Based on her own experiences, Friedan spoke in great depth about the many ways women experienced frustration, repression, and depression about their limited roles in life.

In her book, Friedan poses the following provocative question:

“Each suburban wife struggles with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night- she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question– ‘Is this all?”

She also outlined, the discrimination faced by women who flew out of their gilded cages:

“In almost every professional field, in business and in the arts and sciences, women are still treated as second-class citizens. It would be a great service to tell girls who plan to work in society to expect this subtle, uncomfortable discrimination–tell them not to be quiet, and hope it will go away, but fight it. A girl should not expect special privileges because of her sex, but neither should she “adjust” to prejudice and discrimination”

Since the 60s many women have changed the way they live in the world, with many women leading countries and major corporations, making invaluable contributions to humanity through science, and pushing for a more cooperative and peaceful world through thought leadership.

  1. Shortchanging their education.

Stay-at-home Moms either regretted not completing high school or going on to college but not using their bachelor’s degree.  Some who had been teachers longed for a master of science in education, but felt that they had taken too long to make a decision.

  1. Failing to impress their children.

Children whose friends had career mothers were not impressed by their own mother’s devotion to cleaning, cooking, volunteering, and driving them around to their extracurricular activities. Children knew what jobs looked like and they thought their mothers didn’t have one.

  1. Living in a limited world.

Although women were not isolated in the strict sense of the word, but mingled with other women, they felt estranged from the larger events of the world. Their world narrowed to their children and other women like them who had focused on becoming housewives and mothers.

  1. Volunteering offered only temporary relief.

In order to cope with the boredom of staying at home while their children were at school and their husbands at work, many women chose to volunteer for worthy causes. Although the flurry of activities was meaningful and the work provided a sense of contributing to the social good, at the end of the day, they returned to a sense of feeling fulfilled.

  1. Experiencing more negative emotions.

The negativity women experienced was subtle but uncomfortable. With no pressing agendas to fulfill, these Moms often regretted the past, worried about the future, and experienced mild depression over not living more purposefully. They also experienced guilt over watching too much television or surfing Yahoo Answers for answers to life’s questions.

  1. Feeling unequal to their partners.

While husbands did not necessarily treat their wives as inferior, they also found it difficult to talk about their work at home. Women, in turn, did not feel they could contribute much to the conversations and they also regretted having to ask for money to meet simple needs.

  1. Feeling behind the times.

Work often forces people to learn and adapt, use technology, and become proficient in many ways. Neither housekeeping nor child raising requires complex skill sets. With no challenge, women often found themselves bewildered by the latest changes in technology, lifestyle, and paradigm shifts.

  1. Loss of self-confidence.

Since housecleaning, meal preparation, shopping, and driving are not confidence-boosting chores, and over time, women began to feel inferior to their working counterparts.

  1. Insufficient motivation.

While the world of media, education, and opportunity was always open to stay-at-home Moms, there was no sense of urgency to do more, learn more, or be more.

Conclusion

There is nothing wrong with being a stay-at-home Mom, especially when children are little and need care and feeding; however, when they are older and attending school, it’s difficult for many Moms to feel that they are playing an indispensable role in their young lives. At a certain point, the urge for greater self-expression also demands to be heard. While there are no easy solutions, what is clear is that the problem of feeling estranged from the fullness of life has to be addressed.

Were you a stay at home mom? Did you experience any of these regrets? What tips do you have for new stay at home moms who may be feeling them now? Share in the comments!

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A Basket Full of Easy Easter Crafts for Moms & Kidshttp://www.prettyopinionated.com/2015/02/easy-easter-crafts-to-do-with-your-kids/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2015/02/easy-easter-crafts-to-do-with-your-kids/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=41151 Kick winter to the curb and craft up some cute decorations for your home with these nine beautiful Easter crafts. They’re perfect for a little mom time or for doing together with your kids! Hey, guess what? It reached 29 degrees outside this week! It’s SPRING! I never thought 29 would feel so warm, but after the sub-sub-zero temps over the last two weeks, that 29 is practically beach weather. Okay, so maybe it’s not spring yet, but we’re getting there. If you’re not feeling it yet, these oh-so-darn-cute Easter crafts will give you a bit of a push. 9 […]

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Kick winter to the curb and craft up some cute decorations for your home with these nine beautiful Easter crafts. They’re perfect for a little mom time or for doing together with your kids!

Kick winter to the curb and craft up some cute decorations for your home with these nine beautiful Easter crafts. They're perfect for a little mom time or for doing together with your kids!

Hey, guess what? It reached 29 degrees outside this week! It’s SPRING! I never thought 29 would feel so warm, but after the sub-sub-zero temps over the last two weeks, that 29 is practically beach weather. Okay, so maybe it’s not spring yet, but we’re getting there. If you’re not feeling it yet, these oh-so-darn-cute Easter crafts will give you a bit of a push.

9 Easy Easter Crafts for Moms & Kids

I, of course, didn’t make a single one of them. I’m not that talented. The bloggers who did make them, on the other hand, ooze talent. Not in a festering, icky way. More like fairy dust. They ooze glitter. And possibly Mod Podge, which apparently is NOT called “modge podge.” Who knew? Enough of my chatter, check out these charming Easter crafts that are just perfect for moms to do with kids!

Thread Spool Carrots Easter Crafts

 

 

I’ve never actually made anything with Washi Tape, but these cute Thread Spool Carrots from Crafts by Courtney make me want to run out and buy some right away. Now I just have to search Bing to find out exactly what it is! I keep seeing all these adorable crafts made with it!

Easter Crafts for Kids: Dollar Store Basket Centerpiece

Only $4 to make this super cute Easter Basket centerpiece from Savvy Saving Couple? Now that IS savvy! Cute too! Leaves plenty of room in my budget to fill it up with chocolate!

 

Easter Crafts

Since I only like three flavors of Jelly Beans (unless they’re fancy gourmet jelly beans, or Jelly Belly, they have a ton of flavors I love), I tend to have a lot of leftovers. This cute Jelly Bean Vase from Tammilee Tips is a perfect way to use them up!

I always loved this super easy Easter Craft candle holder over at OurFamilyWorld. You can put so many different things in it, from flowers to candles to pencils to little treats!

Mod Podge Easter Eggs Easter Crafts
It takes just four things to make these pretty plaid Mod Podge Easter eggs from Crafts by Courtney! Make a dozen for your mantle or give them as gifts!
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Just the picture of this Eggscellent Wreath from Madame Deals looks like a work of art, so imagine how beautiful the actual craft looks in person!
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Isn’t this Burlap Bunny Bunting from Typically Simple just so cool? It has the whole shabby chic thing going on. When I try to do that, I just end up with the “shabby” part. With this tutorial, though, maybe I can finally master the chic?

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Add a little sparkle to your Easter wardrobe with these pretty Easter Egg glitter earrings from Mod Podge Rocks. With her detailed tutorial, they actually look easier to make than the darling finished product would lead you to believe.
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I so want to make this beautiful Egg Shell Mosaic vase by Crafts by Amanda this weekend! It’s just so colorful, perfect for holding those flowers that will eventually bloom!

There ya go! That should get you started on your Easter crafting! Do you have any favorite Easter crafts that you like to do either during you “mom time” or along with your kids? Tell me in the comments!

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