The latest show I think I will be adding to my DVR collection is TLC’s My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. For better or worse, reality tv allows you to stare and learn in ways you can’t in real life.
At first I thought the show would be featuring extravagant dresses and wedding receptions, but I did not expect that it would be featuring 16-year-old brides and 7-year-old little girls dressed like (sorry if I offend anyone) prostitutes. I could go on about my opinions on the entire communities fashion choices but it goes beyond that.
There just seems to be more and more examples of wanting little girls to be women way too fast. Growing up in the dance community, I was used to putting on makeup and could do my own by the time I finished elementary school. I grew up around older, boy crazy girls and tried to copy their clothes and hair, too.
However, now that I have a little girl, I can’t picture her in 4 inch heels at 7 years old nevermind in a cropped corset top and miniskirt to go with them. Between the types of families featured on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and Toddlers and Tiaras it’s no wonder that Storm’s parents don’t want their child to be identified by its gender (which kind of makes me think it’s a girl).
I can identify with Patrick Dempsey’s character in Enchanted when he gives his daughter a book about historical women. Snookie is not an appropriate role model. I want my daughter to know how to carry herself with confidence while realizing that looks aren’t the only things that matter. I try not to refer to my daughter as a princess, but won’t mind if she wants to wear a fluffy dress while putting together Lego’s.
I know I’m not really one to talk with the dresses and bows I stick on my little girl, but I can only hope to keep it in check as she gets older and to encourage her to be a well-rounded individual – whether she likes wearing dresses or playing in the mud or wearing a dress while she’s playing in the mud.
My daughter, Kelsey, recently got tall enough to start playing with her exerciser so I was snapping a few pictures of her playing with the toys. Well, she decided she had enough and I was able to snap one last photo before she started wailing. I have tons of pictures of her smiling and sleeping but I thought this one was just too cute, with her pouty lip sticking out, to pass up.
So I have started couponing. Not in an Extreme Couponing kind of way, but just trying to shave a few bucks off the shopping bill each week. I also love free stuff. Of course I’m always on the look out for stuff for my little girl but I decided to give myself a little project for the summer.
I have decided to collect items to donate to Treats for Troops care packages (by the way, they really need financial contributions right now). If I can get it free, or for a few cents, I’ll pick it up and add it to the bag. I’ve also been taking advantage of freebies and product promotions online to hopefully add to the collection.
The coupons I don’t use or when they expire I’ll be sending them to military families stationed overseas. Out there they are accepted up to six months past the expiration date. Looking at one envelope to be sent out a month.
- Reach floss – free
- Carefree panty liners (2) – $.50 each
- Ivory soap, 3pk – free
- Black Flag Fly Paper – free
- Degree Deodorant for Men (4) – $.44-$.50 for each
- Right Guard Men’s Deodorant for Men (2) – free
- Preparation H Totables Wipes – free (actually made $2 off this one)
- Gillette Fusion Proglide – free, internet giveaway
- ZONE Perfect Sweet & Salty bar – free, internet giveaway
- Degree for Women deodorant – sample
- Suave for Women deodorant – free
- Sampler pack of Nescafe Taster’s Choice Instant Coffee – free, internet giveaway
- Bic Ballpoint Pens 10pk (2) – free
- Paper Mate 10pk (2) – 1 free, 1 $.27
- Aquafresh Extreme Clean travel size – $.27
- Crest Pro Health Toothpaste and Mouthwash travel size – free, internet giveaway
- Hello cards, pack of 5 – free
- Soyjoy Bar – free, internet giveaway
8/8/11: Well, the summer is coming to an end and MacDill ESC will be having it’s first meeting back for the fall tomorrow night. I ended up with three gallon baggies of items, primarily free through coupons and sales or giveaway items. Each bag has cash and a thank you note to service members included in it for Treats for Troops to use. I can’t wait to see how much MacDill ESC collected as a group, I hope it is a good amount. I’ll be taking all the items to Treats for Troops soon and hopefully I’ll be able to make some blanks cards for service members to use to write home before I deliver everything.
Didn’t get to enter because I found out about it after the closing time for the week. I will be starting to take the challenge next week!