Archives for September 2012

Technigirl Clothing (Review and Giveaway)

As a parent of both a girl and boy, it’s infuriating and disheartening to see gender stereotyping reflected in products marketed to children. 

Just last year, major retailers overlooked the implications of producing girls clothing containing harmful message such as  “I’m too pretty to do homework so my brother has to do it for me” and “allergic to algebra”.

Melissa Montanez, an electrical engineer and mother of a little girl, shares the same sentiments.  She created a clothing line for girls called Technigirl, which infuses empowering messages and cool graphics (like robots and space shuttles) into her designs.  Her clothing is greatly inspired by the electronics and microchips that she’s worked with, and balanced by the dress-up element that she enjoys as a female.  This mom owned company produces products that are phthalate-free, made in the USA and available in sizes newborn – 6X.  

Lucia was lucky enough to try out an item. She chose this pink robot T-shirt:

Technigirl Pink Robot TShirt – $29.00

This shirt has the sort of details that my daughter loves – heart antennas, eyelashes (“just like the ones I draw in my pictures mama!”), ruffled edges, and splashes of pink.  The cotton is super soft, which is an important factor in what I purchase these days as Lucia has become more conscious of textures.  

What I love the most about Technigirl clothing is the powerful message that it carries.  T-shirts imprinted with “Move Over Einstein” and “Future Rocket Scientist” remind children (of all genders) that it’s awesome to be invested in their education.

And that it’s OK to take risks and have huge ideas of what is possible in their world.

I like seeing my girl in clothing that I believe helps to build her self esteem.  I want my daughter to be respected for her accomplishments. I want her to know that she can be an astronaut, a doctor, an engineer, or a builder like her father.  I’m thrilled to add Technigirl to my smart girl’s wardrobe.

Technigirl is spreading their love with a chance to win one Technigirl clothing item of choice.  Enter to win in the Rafflecopter below (US only), a winner will be chosen at random in one week.  Learn more about Technigirl by visiting their website: http://www.technigirl.com, following them on facebook.com/technigirl and on Twitter @technigirlkids.

a Rafflecopter giveaway  

This review was made possible by Mom Spark MediaThoughts are my own.  I received the item mentioned above from Technigirl for the purpose of this review.

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Toddler Autonomy and Fashion Statements

Adrian, like most toddlers, is becoming more independent each day – exemplified by this morning’s chic display of toddler autonomy.  He coined this look one of each.

Both of my children have sported a decent number of public fashion disasters, leading me to believe that one of each may just represent toddler-led fashion at its finest.

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The Smallest Package

From what I’ve observed as a parent, and recall from my own childhood: children yearn to be bigger.  From birth, our children are praised for growth and weight gain.  As they grow older, they seek acknowledgement from “big kids” and find pride in growing out of a favorite pair of sneakers.  Most little ones (including  my own) are swift to correct if the half is left out of their numerical age.

I was usually the smallest in the class, I think I stopped getting taller somewhere around 7th grade.  At just over five feet tall, I actually enjoy many aspects of being small.  I can comfortably curl up on an airplane seat, while my husband (at six feet tall) is cramped with no leg room.  I’ve also learned that I can easily hold little hands while walking down the street, while my taller counterpart has to lean substantially to achieve this feat.  I’m OK with my packaging, but I find myself wondering and hoping that my own children will embrace their own genetic destiny- whatever that may be.

My son was suspected to be growth restricted in utero, resulting in weekly growth scans and all sorts of hoopla.  I remember pleading with my medical team to let me be, because I innately knew that I would be blessed with a child that my body could birth.  At ten days late, my Adrian was 6 lb 14 oz and hovered around the 5% percentile for his first year and half of life.  At Adrian’s two year checkup his pediatrician measured him three times, because he could not believe that his height was closer to the 50% percentile.  I found myself beaming, although cautiously concealing my thoughts around my impressionable children.  As  a child, I witnessed my own brother being bullied for his small size (he was a super preemie), and as a parent I have an instinctual drive to want to protect my children from such ridicule.

Today after school, I watched Lucia’s new Kindergarten girlfriends call her “Little Lucia” and take turns picking her up in the playground.  In that moment, I again questioned our decision of not holding her back (she made the age cutoff by five days).  I had to take serious steps to redirect my fueling mama-copter.  I inwardly screamed “NO LABELING!!” and hoped to hear Lucia speak up for herself.  Instead, I found my daughter belly laughing with delight and then yelling “Hey guys follow me!!!.  As I watched the gaggle of little girls excitedly follow Lucia’s (very directed) play, I cheered for the visible mightiness inside that small packaging.

I think my girl is going to be alright.

And I think that her mightiness is absolutely larger than life.   

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Sometimes You Just Need To Let Them Push.

I think I may have unlocked the treasure trove for successful parental survival.  The key lies in role-reversal, caffeine, and minimal mama-energy expenditure.

The switch-a-roo works for mama too.  Who knew?

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Trident Gum – See What Unfolds {Sponsored}

This post is sponsored by Trident.  

My hands are generally pretty full; some days more than others.

It’s the small things that bring color into my life: sharing giggles with my littles, a good workout, coffee with a friend, and a stick of gum. 

The new Trident Layers flavors include a line up of unique blends including Layers Wild Strawberry + Tangy Citrus, Layers Peach + Mango, and Layers Juicy Berry + Tangy Tangerine.  Pop a piece and you may just find yourself leaping barefoot through the streets of New York City.

Clicking heels in palette packed perfection.

Trident is the spark that ignites a journey connecting you to the positivity you’ve always had inside. 

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and TRIDENT.  However, all opinions expressed are my own. 

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Sometimes You Just Need To Chant a Family Cheer.

We have a family cheer.  It pretty much consists of the following sing-songy phrases:

1.  GO MARINOS!!
2.  HEY HEY MARINOS!!
3.  YAY MARINOS!!

The family cheer is an incredibly effective war breaker in our house.  Lucia can’t contain herself when I bust out one of those spread eagle cheerleader jumpy things in our kitchen, and we all laugh at Adrian’s interesting pronunciation of our family name (Hermino).

Sometimes these kiddos make me cheer inwardly.  Today was one of those days.

Winning.  Most definitely, winning.

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