Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Selfie - Dove's Real Beauty Campaign

Being the mother of two pre-teen girls, the "SELFIE" has been a big issue in our house as of late.  Lila particularly, who is 12 and on Instragram a lot, is huge on the "selfie" and we have to talk a lot about what is appropriate and not and how we choose to portray and feel about ourselves in this social media world we live in.  Even for myself and what I do, it is constantly having to be examined.
Yesterday morning, via Facebook, a friend of mine shared Dove's latest real beauty campaign about the "selfie" and how it makes us look at and define beauty.  I watched it with Lila and found myself in tears. What a fragile subject for mothers and daughters.

The following is taken from ABC News about the campaign.

Can a selfie define one’s sense of beauty?
That is the question beauty product maker Dove set out to answer in a documentary short film that made its debut Monday at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
“Selfie” follows a group of teenage girls from Massachusetts and their mothers who were asked to take selfies of the features of themselves they disliked the most.  The mother-daughter duos then attend an event where their self-portraits are blown up and posted in a “#BeautyIs selfie photo gallery.”
The goal of the seven-minute film, according to Dove, is for the women to redefine their own beauty and see that insecurity often lies beneath the personal snapshots.
“Selfie” marks the 10th anniversary of Dove’s “Campaign for Real Beauty”. 
Dove says its own research found that 62 percent of women feel they are responsible for influencing their own definition of beauty and that 55 percent of women believe social media plays a larger role in influencing the beauty conversation than traditional media.
Tracey Clark, an author and blogger at Babble.com, says she made it a priority to watch “Selfie,” both for herself and her two daughters.
“I really want my girls to know that in every phase of their lives, they are beautiful for who they are,” Clark told ABC News.  “And it’s important for me to internalize that for myself.”


"I think beauty is being strong and being brave, and being happy with yourself, I think that is really beautiful"

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Guerilla Art

At her middle school, with her principal's permission (of course), Lila and a friend started leaving colorful post it notes around school with positive messages on them anonymously.  I was telling my assistant, Maggie and she informed me that this was a form of "Guerilla Art". I have admired these types of art displays before that really make you smile or think but did not realize it had a name and that it was even a type of movement. I just think it is so neat!  Looking into it further, I found this explanation on Guerilla Art - The Project:

 Guerilla Art, also referred to as "street art", is a method of art making where the artist leaves anonymous art pieces in public places. It is often an installation in an unauthorized location. It is a way for an artist to express their views and opinions to a large audience in an anonymous way. In contrast to popular belief, guerilla art does not have to be done with spray paint. Other popular forms include videos and projections. There is no one motivation for making guerilla art. However, popular reasons include statement making, the sharing of ideas, the desire to send out good karma, and plain fun. Many times guerilla art is used to make a political statement, however, it is also used to make a statement about creativity.



The Guerilla Art Kit by Keri Smith - Everything you need to put your message out into the world.



This is such a neat example.  It reflects the message on the path.




Called "Yarn Bombing".  I think this is so cool. Wish I could do it on my own trees.


I hoped out of my car and took this in the St. Clair neighborhood in Cleveland. Made from painted plastic bottles.







Sunday, January 5, 2014

Baby Cakes Donuts


This Morning, my baby cakes (Edie) made these baby cakes totally on her own and they were so yummy!  Her Aunt Shelly, bought this Baby Cakes Donuts maker for her and she really loves to bake!  Check out her apron, which she loves her aprons too!  She even went to www.thebabycakesshop.com site to find the recipe and it has other wonderful ideas on there as well.  I particularly like this one because the sour cream donuts are not too sweet. Enjoy!

Sour Cream Donuts


Ingredients:

  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions:
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. In separate bowl whisk together remaining ingredients, except glaze or topping.  Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients. Using a mixer on medium speed, blend until smooth.
  3. Fill each cooking reservoir with about 2 tablespoons of batter.
  4. Bake about 4 to 5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into donut comes out clean.
  5. Glaze or coat with powdered sugar or cinnamon-sugar, as desired.
Makes about 2 dozen donuts




Even her mess is cute!


Friday, January 3, 2014

Fairy Garden


Our fairy garden is one of our most treasured items in the Homegirl household. A fairy garden is a miniaturized garden, made complete with living plants and d├ęcor and I would like to live in mine. This tiny space awakens your childhood imagination and is certain to captivate you, your family and guests. This mystical bed requires tender care and is only limited to your imagination. Suncrest Gardens, our local garden center,where we were inspired to create our own, incorporated the holiday season into theirs and it is really fun to change it with the seasons. In our fairy garden, we added things from around our yard and you can also find items on Etsy.  One of my favorite things I've seen is a clothes line with gnome clothes hanging.  My assistant, Maggie, bought us these little animals on Etsy for Christmas to put in ours, which I change with the season as well.  We also have tiny lights around the arbor of ours which look really pretty to put on at night. We really do get so much enjoyment out of it and hope you are inspired to create one of your own. I am so dreaming of Spring and changing mine yet again!

* Warning though, Cats love fairy gardens, so you have to place things in there that would make them uncomfortable to sit in or your can also do one in a terrarium, so they can't get to it at all!




above 3 images from Suncrest Gardens





last 5 images our fairy garden


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Let their be LIGHT!

This is the view out of my office window right now as I sit to write this and WORK.  Despite my "sunny disposition" ;), the winter poses a challenge for me with the absence of sunlight here in Northeast Ohio, so I have to create my own. It is a light box and it really does help me fight (a little) the urge to hibernate.  If we don't get enough light during the day, it can affect our sleep, which starts to effect us during the day and creates a cycle I would like to avoid.  I am posting this in case any of you feel the same way, you should consider looking into it too. These light boxes can be ordered on Amazon and come in many different designs (much cooler than mine) and you could even get a desk lamp.  Look under SAD (Season Affect Disorder) light boxes.  Shine ON!