Thursday, June 28, 2012

Keep It Real

The 3-day Keep It Real Challenge, is an on-line campaign that started yesterday, June 27th, and continues today and tomorrow June 29th, designed by Miss. (and others) to confront and challenge the magazines that continue to perpetuate an unattainable and unhealthy standard of beauty through their use of photoshopped images. 

Here's my personal take on the whole thing - and it's pretty simple. Magazines need to step up and stop selling us a lie. It's a blatant and offensive lie that negatively affects how many girls and women feel about their hair, bodies, skin, face, lips, and make-up.

It's a big lie, and every month, with every issue, we keep buying into it.  Into the big photoshopped lie, selling us clothes, make-up and a lifestyle that doesn't exist. The world inside the pages of the magazines is photoshopped, airbrushed and digitally altered to create an illusion. It's not reality. It's fake. The bodies we see, the skin, hair, eyes, make-up...they are all photoshopped and airbrushed to create an image that can never be real. It's a lie that perpetuates a ridiculous thin ideal, and a narrow definition of beauty that fails to celebrate and recognize all of our wonderful differences and 'flaws'. Why do they want us to look like we don't move? Like we don't have pores? Like we just stepped out of a salon? Like porcelain dolls? Like mannequins? Why don't they just use mannequins? 

Why do they think that's what we want to see? Or what we want to look like? 

Why isn't real beauty enough? More than enough? Why aren't pores and laughter lines beautiful? Why aren't stretch marks celebrated? Why aren't we enough? Why do we need to be digitally altered to sell products? 

The thing is, we are enough, and we need to tell the magazines that we are. That women don't need to be photoshopped to oblivion for us to find each other beautiful, inspiring, enough. Let's keep it real. Let's take back the reality of our beauty. Stop the photoshopping...stop the lie...and just start being real. The lines between what's fake and real are getting blurrier, and it just has to stop. Let's demand that magazines stop photoshopping women's real beauty out of existence. We're not mannequins. We're women.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Mauve Dino Tees are here...

Well they were here! They arrived and then they flew off the shelves! 

I can't believe the positive reaction I've had so far! Thanks to everyone who has been so encouraging! 

I do still have lots of white ones left, but only a few black ones left right now. And of course, now I'm going on a vacation that we've had planned for a while, so my next order won't go in for a week or so. 
But it's all my husband says, they're not airplane parts...there's no mad rush, and hopefully people will still want the t-shirts in a week or so! 

Here are few pics of some wonderfully beautiful and smart women and girls wearing the tees! How awesome are they?

Go ahead and pin them if you like : ) Share the link! Spread the message! 
Contact me at the Mauve Dinosaur Facebook page to order, or to ask about sizing and shipping, or check out the E-Bay listing for up-to-date size availability and shipping costs. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

A Sunshiney Gift : )

The kid starts big school in September, so he's finishing up at the nursery school he's been at since he was 18 months old. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the teachers there, and it's going to be super emotional to say goodbye.  Anyway, when I was thinking about gifts for his two current teachers, I was totally inspired by The Box of Sunshine idea over at Happy Money Saver, which has been pinned about a gazillion times on Pinterest. So, I made a list and went shopping for supplies. 

I got a cheap basket, and raided the Bulk Barn for yellow candy, bought some nice hand soap, some iced tea, gum, and chocolates and got to work. I cut out some suns, just like the Happy Money Saver suggested, ribboned it all up, made a label and I l have say, I love it! His teachers really do just light up the world for the kids there. I hope they like these little gifts! : )

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Reality Check

Since starting this blog, I have come across so many amazing groups and organizations working hard to inspire women, change conversations and spark change.

People like Beauty Redefined, Adios Barbie, Fit vs. Fiction, About-Face, and Operation Beautiful.

Even though I try really hard to surround myself with positive people and messages – I still hear so many examples every day that remind me why we need all these groups – and all the others like them - to keep doing what they’re doing. I hear ‘fat-talk’ everywhere – people battling their food demons, talking horribly about themselves, avoiding their reflections, not participating fully in activities; taking up as little space as possible. I don't like it, and I will keep trying to change it.

The thing is, and the reason why we have to keep going, is that lots (and lots) of women (and increasingly younger girls) have internalized the unrealistic beauty expectations of our culture so much; a culture that values both thinness and youth above all, that they find themselves in a daily battle with their physical selves.

It’s an unhealthy obsession with our shape, size and weight that is fed a toxic diet of of insta-celebrities, models, and actresses projecting images of airbrushed ‘perfection’ everywhere we look. It develops from the constant feed of beauty product ads convincing us we need ‘improvement’; and that we’re just not good enough. Everything is too big…our ankles, thighs, stomachs, butts, arms, backs. But, wait, you’re too small too, not ‘womanly’ enough; small breasts, thin lips, narrow eyes, boyish hips. You’re hairy, everywhere. That needs to go. And if you don’t want to get it ripped off your body with hot wax, then be sure to bleach the hell out of it. And the hair that does get to stay is too straight, curly, frizzy, flat, dry, and of course, grey. Ick, we can’t have that, you might look older than 30. And of course, that’s not attractive (or so we're told).

Don’t forget your skin – and I’m not just talking about your face. Your elbows, knees, heck, even the soles of your feet need work. It’s too dry, no wait, too oily. There are blemishes and sunspots and worst of all, wrinkles – even if you can’t see them. You need to prevent them. Again, you don’t want to look older than, ack, 30. Your teeth aren’t white enough, or big enough, or straight enough, and your lips aren’t pink enough or glossy enough or even remotely kissable. Better get to work, there’s a lot to do. And lots (and I mean LOTS) of your money to be spent doing it.

The fact is that if we’re not aware of it, or critical about it, we are exposed to a daily barrage of reminders of the thin and young ideal; an elusive standard of beauty that is simply unattainable – and when we blindly accept these messages, it can poison the way we see ourselves, and how we treat ourselves.

Women are waging war on their bodies, and it just. has. to. stop. The starving, purging, rationing, and the profit-driven excessive and unnecessary dieting has to stop. This isn’t about healthy bodies – because believe me, I think that’s hugely important (and hugely personal to each woman) – it’s about internalizing an impossible ideal and driving ourselves crazy trying to achieve it which is far from healthy. Women are encouraged to spend so much time primping, curling, straightening, plucking, squeezing, tanning, waxing, bleaching, shaving, brushing, smoothing, filing, polishing and masking ourselves into oblivion, sinking our hard-earned cash into the multi-billion dollar beauty industry, that we’re slowly blurring the lines between what's fake and what's real, what's healthy and what's not, and what's important and what, let's be honest, doesn't matter at all.

So let’s get real. Let’s stop believing the messages that we’re not good enough – you are. More than enough in fact. Encourage the women around you to challenge the messages – be kinder to themselves and know they deserve more. It costs nothing to believe it.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Our Summer Bucket List!

Inspired by what else but Pinterest, I have made a list of all the awesome things I want to do with the family this's our Summer 2012 Bucket List. I've found some wonderful ideas on blogs all over the place, and I'm super excited to get started - in fact, this past weekend, we kicked off the list by making a Diet Coke and Mentos explosion (which if you've never done, you have to try!) Most of the activities are cheap and cheerful, the vast majority get us outside and moving, and of course, we'll be getting some learning in there too. What's on your list for this summer? Did I miss a must-try?

Our Summer 2012 Bucket List

Find a smooth rock to paint
Bake solar oven cookies
Catch fireflies in a jar
Have a Nature scavenger hunt
Go to an Air Show
Go to the Zoo
Have Banana split night
Go to a baseball game
Go berry picking
Explore a cave
Send Postcards
Go fishing or bandy-netting
Use a compass
Set up a snail race
Ride a gondola
Go for a hike and look for animal tracks
Make homemade ice-cream
Have a water balloon fight
Go camping
Have a Teddy Bear Picnic
Movie night with popcorn

Make a fruit pizza
Make/Set up a Rain gauge
Play mini-golf
Go to a waterpark
Watch the Olympics
Go on a bike ride in a new place
Explode Diet Coke and Mentos
Go canoeing
Go behind a waterfall
Go to a driving range
Ride a rollercoaster
Make lemonade from lemons
Roast marshmallows
Write our name with sparklers