Dolls Undone: Check Out These Incredible Doll Transformations

From the changing shape of Barbie to gender-neutrality in the toy isle, big toy companies continue to take great strides towards representation of a wide group of people in the toy arena, but there is still work to be done.  This story shares glimpses of the creatives who took matters into their own hands to radically transform dolls into something different than their intended design.  We’ve rounded up incredibly reimagined dolls, morphed into empowering, strong, real-life heroines, adventures and otherwise representation-lacking toys. Here you’ll find dolls representing Malala Yousafzai, Jane Goodall, Frida Kahlo and so much more.  Check out our latest story for MODE – it’s a delight to imagine children playing with any of these remarkable dolls.

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by Monica Marino at Mode

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Live Like Mondo: This SoCal Surfing Dog Will Make You Smile

Have you come across an Instagram account that positively steals your heart? Move over humans – this must-follow Instagram profile belongs to a surfing dog named Mondo (@mondosurfs).  This SoCal Golden Retriever is back up crushing waves after recovering from surgery, and his adventures alongside the palpable love that his family feels for him are portrayed in beautiful images captured by his “mom” (@niserea) and shared on Instagram.  Check out our recent story for Mode – it’s sure to bring a smile to your face.

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by Monica Marino at Mode

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The Best Star Wars Themed DIY Projects

The first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, The Force Awakens, is set to hit theaters this week, and we’ve rounded up some pretty cool Star Wars themed Do It Yourself projects to delight your favorite Star Wars fan.  From our own simple maxi skirt design for the girl who wants to rock the force, DIY pool noddle lightsabers for the kid who loves to whack their sibling, to a pretty impressive crocheted circular death star pillow – check out our new curated story on MODE.

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by Monica Marino at Mode

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The Best Gifts For People Who Lose Things

Everyday forgetfulness can happen to the best of us, but some of us seem to chronically misplace our keys and other necessary items more often than others.  If frequently losing things like keys, passwords, important documents, sunglasses or your purse is bringing you or someone you know down – our recent story on MODE is for you!  Our unique gift list is catered to the forgetful folks with seven products to help up that organizational game. From a stylish leather bangle to hold your keys to a key-less door entry every single time, this gift round up will help to diminish those scatterbrain moments that interfere with daily life.

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by Monica Marino at Mode

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Transgender Kids: Inspirational Stories Of Perseverance

Over the past few years, we have seen stories of transgender children thriving when living in accepting and loving communities where they are allowed to live authentically in their true gender identities.  The social climate continues to warm, and we continue to hear stories of acceptance, love and understanding. However, there is still work that needs to be done.  The below stories highlight the lives of children who didn’t identify with their birth-assigned gender, as well as their supportive parents who have championed change and acceptance in their homes and communities.

Peer-reviewed studies show gender-identity affirmation as protective against major depression and as a crucial factor in emotional well-being among transgender persons.  We applaud the below families for embracing their children for who they are, while standing in the spotlight to help fight for continued social change and acceptance.

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by Monica Marino at Mode

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Like a Dream: Instagram Inspired Wanderlust

These seven inspiring Instagram accounts will evoke a serious case of wanderlust through incredibly breathtaking photography.  You’ll want to book that next travel adventure or follow along vicariously.  Check out my latest for MODE.

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by Monica Marino at Mode

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