[WEB] Traditionally on Girl’s Day, you’re supposed to give the little girl in your life a doll–usually a really expensive doll fashioned after the Japanese court–that isn’t played with… Ever! Screw that idea. This year, I’ve decided to switch things up and create my own family tradition by giving my daughter a doll that I’ve made myself. Lucky for me, I found Anapaulaoli.etsy.com. On this site there are tons of easy, adorable, quirky crochet patterns to choose from. They’re reasonably priced and sent to your inbox within 24 short hours of purchase. Favorite patterns include monsters, daddy and baby fish, little butterfly coming out of a strawberry and mermaids. Anapaulaoli also has a great selection of amigurumi–Japanese styled, tiny dolls that are quick and easy to make and cute as all hell. In fact, the patterns on this site are so cute that I almost feel guilty loving them all so much. It makes me feel like a girly girl to the max.
Paper Bag Princess
By Robert Munsch
[BOOK] To be blunt, this is the best damn picture book out there for your rough and tough little princess. If you have a little girl in your life that prefers her rubber boots to Mommy’s Sephora purchases, you need to go out and purchase Paper Bag Princess immediately. The story is about a beautiful princess named Elizabeth who lives in a castle, has very expensive clothes and is set on marrying a prince named Ronald. Unfortunately a big and nasty dragon comes and destroys her clothes and castle and kidnaps Ronald. So Elizabeth decides to set out, find the dragon and rescue her beloved prince. What happens once she succeeds is hilarious, thought-provoking, liberating and a big fat secret. You have to read the book. You didn’t actually think I was going to spoil the end, did you?
Good Thingsfor Kids
Martha Stewart Living
[MAGAZINE] You know those days where the kids are scribbling on the walls and making soap murals in the bathroom? Days like this are what this magazine is made for. One of the best things about this publication is that there are no ads in it besides those found on the cover so it seems more like a guide filled with kid friendly crafts using everyday household supplies than a stupid magazine. In the current issue there are 58 different ideas of ways to unleash your kid’s creative energy into a cool project that doesn’t involve your sofa. Projects include stuff like funky picture frames, monster mittens, dolls fashioned after kid drawings, origami puppets and more. Totally worth the $3.95.