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Ack! What happened to my ponies?!?

After finding a stash of My Little Ponies dolls from when I was a kid, C became very interested in watching the video (after we told her about the show). A quick google search sent us to Hasbro’s webpage, where we found… this.

Someone please tell me, how did My Little Pony go…

from this (1980’s version)… sweet & lovely, the original My Little Ponies

to this (1990’s version)… Not terrible, just a slight makeover. I can handle this.

To THIS (2012 version)?!?! Who are you and what have you done with my ponies?!?

What happened to the sweet, innocent ponies I used to know and love? What was so terrible that they needed such a dramatic overhaul?

The first revision isn’t too drastic – they shined and sleeked the ponies up a bit. Not that they needed it, but essentially gave them a makeover and put them on a low carb diet. The latest version, though? That was fully blown plastic surgery. Hey Pinkie Pie, drop another 20 lbs. Scootaloo? Lose that curl. All of you… your eyes need to be at least 50% larger. Maybe this is all a plan to make the original dolls obsolete so they can sell more toys. There’s no way my old school ponies are passing for these new ones. They could maybe get by as distant cousins… maybe.

For now, we’ll be searching out “vintage” My Little Pony episodes to share with C. Maybe I’m getting old, but these new fangled MLP’s are just too much change for me.

(this post was far more exciting with photos, and even though it would most likely fall under the review/criticism/comment section of “fair use” copyright laws, I opted for links instead. click on the links above to see the photos I’m talking about)

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best idea ever: shoe box clothing

I <3 this idea so much. I first heard of it through some “tips and tricks” clip I watched online. I saw it several months back and the suggestion was really was more related to school aged kids, so I stashed it away at the back of my head as a cool trick I could try some day in the future.

Enter preschool. Enter busy mornings. Enter a mad dash to get C to school on time. I’ve embraced this idea sooner than I thought necessary.

The basic idea is this – create boxes for each day of the week (C’s stuff is small, so I used shoe boxes I found at walmart for $1). Inside, prep the clothes you’ll need for the day. I have pants, a long sleeve shirt, a short sleeve shirt, socks and a sweater in each box. I prep the boxes when I’m putting away C’s laundry, as that makes it really simple to find coordinating outfits. Then, on the morning in question, pull the box, throw on the clothes, and get out the door in record time. It’s fantastic.

I even put together a box for her ballet stuff. Mostly, it’s great to 1) have a place to throw the misc ballet items I come across during the week and 2) know exactly where everything is the morning of ballet practice.

I’m amazed at how much time savings this really equates to. I, like most moms, like to coordinate C’s clothes. Or at least not have them completely clash. Here’s a recount of our usual pre-boxed clothing morning. Find red pants… scour the shirt drawer to find a shirt that’s neutral or has red in it. Avoid pink, blue, purple. Nothing? Ok, new approach. Find a shirt I like, then try to find pants that match. Settle on jeans. Put shirt on, pull jeans on, only to discover they are so incredibly large on C that they fall down when she tries to walk around. Find another pair of pants… realize it clashes with the shirt… seek out another shirt. After about 4 outfit changes, we finally find something suitable and are able to move forward with our day. Find socks. No matching socks? At this point, I just don’t care. We’re both frustrated and ready to let C run around in her diaper.

After starting this process several weeks ago, I didn’t prep the boxes last week, and most mornings went something like that. Chaotic. Frustrating. Lots of wasted time. I’m so in love with this idea.

 



Mom to "C", wife to Ben. I'm a part-time blogger, cook, organizer, seamstress, house cleaner, taxi, nurse (the mom kind), accountant... I could go on, but really... it's all in the blog. Read away!

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