Posts Tagged ‘Clothing’

Why Men Are Never Depressed

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Yale Varsity line-up (LOC)

A fellow harried mom sent this to me, and I just had to share it. I don't know the author. If you do know who wrote this, please let me know because I'd love to give credit and link love! What mom — what woman — can't relate?

Men Are Just Happier People. What do you expect from such simple creatures?

Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans
take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be
President. You can never be pregnant.  You can wear a white T-shirt to
a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics
tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive
to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.

don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a
bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress
$5000. Tux rental-$100. People never stare at your chest when you’re
talking to them. New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One
mood all the time.  

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one
suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the
slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he
or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.  Three pairs of shoes are
more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You
are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.  Everything on your face
stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe
decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of
shoes — one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how
your legs look. You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife. You have
freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.  You can do Christmas
shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.

Fun T-Shirts for Back to School

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

I don't talk about many products on this blog, but I was in Portland, Oregon yesterday, at a wonderful weekly crafts fair called the Portland Saturday Market and I met a talented — and fun — artist that I have to tell you about.

Through his company, Antic, Isaac Bauman's artwork is available on t-shirts, hoodies, scarves, hats and more. I love his "The Boogie Monster" and "These are Kooties" designs. (Yep, I know, it's usually spelled "Cooties." But Isaac does things his way, as you'll see when you visit his website. Just don't get his started on the subject of bananas…)

Got a tween or teen who is tough to buy for? Keep these tees and hoodies in mind for back-to-school shopping (and the holidays).

What to Pack for Summer Camp

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Socks. No matter what we pack for my son when it comes to summer
camp, we always tell him the same thing: Wear. Clean. Socks. Each. Day.
So you don't get the creepy crud between your toes. And every time he
still seems to come home with too many CLEAN socks.

Sigh. Fortunately, no creepy crud so far. Fingers (and toes) crossed for this year.

you ready for camp? The American Camp Association (ACA) suggests the
following guidelines for parents to keep in mind when packing for camp:

Headgear – Pack bandannas, a baseball cap or a sun hat, as well as needed eyeglasses, sunglasses and swimming goggles.

– Include T-shirts, a swim suit and shorts for hot days; a jacket,
sweatshirt, jeans for cool or cold days; and a raincoat or poncho for
rainy days. Also, long pants will protect a camper from poison ivy,
bugs, and thorns during hikes. Check with the camp to see if dress
clothes are required.

Footwear – Appropriate footwear is
one of the most important items to pack for children at camp,
especially when they are hiking, spelunking, running and heading to the
beach.  ACA recommends families consider packing boots, tennis shoes,
sandals, lots of socks(!) — and dress shoes, if the camp requires them.
Remember that shoes should be broken in prior to the start of camp.

Bed and Bath Needs
– For children attending a resident camp, parents should remember to
pack the home basics. ACA recommends towels, as well as a blanket,
pillow, pillow cases, sheets, sleeping bag, laundry bag, and mattress
pad. Bathroom kits are essential. Families should pack a brush and
comb, shampoo, soap and soap container, toothbrush and holder,
toothpaste, deodorant, insect repellent, feminine products, sun block,
shaving gear, and lip balm with sun block in it.

Additional Items
– ACA recommends that parents pack some additional items including
books and magazines, flashlights and batteries, Frisbees or other toys,
a water bottle, and writing materials.  When considering electronics,
musical instruments, and other special gear, check with the camp about


Guest Post: Cover Up! The Kids are Watching!

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Example of cleavage from a German lingerie adv...

Thanks to Lynn Armitage, who blogs over at A Mad Mom, for this guest post. Lynn doesn't pull any punches here! I'd love to hear your thoughts on this post, especially if you have a young daughter. Thanks, Lynn!

Yesterday, I went into a young girls' clothing store called "Justice" to return a sweater that I had bought my daughter for Christmas
that she was too afraid to tell me she hated and would never wear. The
tags were still on it! (What is it about mothers turning into fashion
failures after they have kids?)

I walked up to the
register and standing behind it with a pretty little smile on her face
was a 20-something gal looking perky — and quite seductive in a top
cut so low, I could almost see her areolas. I looked around to make sure I hadn't accidentally walked in to a Frederick's of Hollywood, and for a split second thought I should check the sign outside the store to see if it said, "Girls! Girls! Girls!"

was flabbergasted that a clerk working in a store that sold clothes for
young girls between 5 and 12 years old would be dressed like a
stripper. Had she no common sense? Doesn't she realize that our young
daughters are watching, and learning, from her generation of young
women? If they see all these gals walking around baring their breasts like it's a mandatory dress code for that age group, they will think it's OK to dress that way, too; that sexy and slutty are "in," and modesty is SO uncool.

What are these salesclerks thinking when they get dressed for
work? Do they think some really cute guy is going to walk in to a store
for little girls, for no apparent reason, see them up at the counter
showing their nipples and think, "You are SO hot! I want to whisk you
away from this miserable minimum-wage existence to birth my babies!" (Picture Richard Gere in "An Officer and a Gentleman.") These stores aren't bars or nightclubs — they are WORK places!

I did what any Mad Mom would do: I asked for the manager. I told her
that I was a mother of a tween — a very impressionable tween — and
that I didn't appreciate shopping in a store for young girls where the
salesclerks are dressed like hookers. I suggested that she tell all the
Justice employees to cover up — or at least wear cammies over all that cleavage.
I told her it is highly inappropriate to dress like that around our
innocent young daughters and that they had an obligation, working in a
store like this, to be role models for our children.

In other words, I suggested she mandate a new dress code for her employees of "Less cleavage, more class."

I'd like to encourage every mother out there who has a young daughter
to follow suit. If you walk into a store that sells products aimed at
your child, and the salesclerks look like prostitutes,
PLEASE go up to the manager and let her know that you're not going to
be shopping there any longer if her employees continue to dress like
that because it's sending the wrong message to our children, who are
oversexualized enough as it is.

If each of us can do this one little thing, we may be able to help our daughters hang on to their innocence a little bit longer.

yet, send a complaint to their customer service department. Maybe if
they get hit with enough Mad-Mom e-mails, they might reconsider their
employee dress code. Here's the link. (and a BIG thank you to Joe at Hey Joe for suggesting that we approach them digitally!

“Name That T-Shirt” Contest Starts Today!

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Hey, Parent Talk Today fans, we need your help in coming up with a cool slogan for our new Cafe Press t-shirts!

Let's have some fun with this. The contest runs through Friday, Oct. 3, and the winner will receive a free t-shirt with the winning slogan — your slogan? — on the front.

Allison Carter started us off with this great submission: "Talk Dirty Diapers to Me."

Let's have fun with this! The winner will be announced on Monday, Oct. 6, and the winning design will be available at Cafe Press later this month. Send your suggestions in the comments section or via e-mail to