Her’s Day Thursday

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Last Thursday was International Women’s Day and I totally dropped the ball and didn’t blog! Ack! But, to be fair, Huff the Hubs was having major surgery done so I was a teensy bit preoccupied.

There were some great tweets, stories, and announcements on IWD, but I think my favorite was news from Mattel! They are expanding the Barbie line of “Sheroes”–female heroes to help inspire a new generation of young girls! I’ve mentioned the Misty Copeland doll before, but now the doll maker is adding to their fabulous female collection of dolls with over five new ladies!

The new women featured include:

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This remarkable woman–who entered high school at the age of TEN–was hired by NASA to basically be a human computer! She was one of the women portrayed in the film Hidden Figures and is definitely a role model!

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Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin, now 18 years old, has carried on her father’s legacy and passion for wildlife and conservation, devoting her life to keeping animals off the extinction list! She has also added author and actress to her repertoire, writing several children’s books and starring in films with her favorite co-stars–animals!

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Gabby Douglas

Olympic athlete Gabby Douglas charmed the world with her amazing gymnastics abilities and bright smile during the 2012 London Olympics. She is a boundary breaker and an amazing athlete, earning her the title of Sheroe!

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To see the rest of the BAMFs on the list, click here!

 

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy first Friday of fall, y’all! I don’t know how the weather is where you’re fangirlin’, but here in Oklahoma it STILL feels like summer! I’m ready for hashtag PSL’s and bulky sweaters that cover up my summer of bad decisions. Pretty sure the only thing that can cheer me up is a blog full of nerdy nifties! Oh, look, here’s one now!

Today I’m bringing you geeky goodies from one of my new favorite fandoms that is actually celebrating its fifty anniversary! Its a fandom that will boldly take you where–well, let’s face it–other fandoms have taken you before… but none have looked as good doing it as Captain Picard, amirite?! That’s right, today’s FGF is all about Star Trek!

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s genius, the USPS is launching limited edition stamps! Check ’em out!

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Want some simple Star Trek swag to accessorize with?  Then look no further than Etsy shop JewelSculpts! They’ve got a lot of amazingly geeky gear, like this Vulcan salute necklace!
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You’re out of your Vulcan mind if you don’t snag this! (<–see what I did there?)

 

Are you raising up future Trekkers? Don’t worry, Mattel has you covered, Geek Mom and Dad! Barbie is getting in on the fun with Kirk, Spock, and Uhura dolls!

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Not only that, but Mega Bloks is also releasing Star Trek sets as well! And, bonus! They’re compatible with Legos!

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Live long and prosper, fangirls and fanboys!

Her’s Day Thursday

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Today’s Her’s Day Thursday leading lady has a career that is on pointe. She has really raised the barre for herself (I’m cracking up at my hilarious wordplay; you’ll get it in a second becaaaause…). I’m talking about Misty Copeland!

NEW YORK, NEW YORK--MAY 22, 2014--Prima ballerina Misty Copeland will be a make history as the 1st African-American woman to dance the lead role of Swanilda in the famous ballet Coppelia. She will also be a guest judge on "So You Think You Can Dance." Portrait of Copeland taken at Lincoln Center of Mary 22, 2014.  (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

 

Misty Copeland was born in Kansas City, MO on September 10, 1982 and later moved to California. When Misty was seven years old, she watched the film Nadia (an AWESOME movie!) that chronicled the life of gymnast Nadia Comăneci. She fell in love with gymnastics (mainly the choreographed floor routines) as well as ballet. She soon joined a free ballet class at her local Boys and Girls Club. The instructor saw her talent at the after school classes and convinced Misty to join her classes at the San Pedro Dance Center.

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As Misty trained, her instructor saw that she was a prodigy. Misty soon gained roles in major productions, earning solos and lead roles in local ballets. It wasn’t until last year, however, that Misty got her “big break”. She was signed as the first African American woman to be promoted to Principle Dancer for the American Ballet Theatre!

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The honors keep coming for Misty, as this year Mattel announced that Misty would be immortalized as a Barbie doll in the company’s “Sheroes” line, featuring famous women who are leaders in their fields!

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For more about Misty and her career, visit her website here!

Her’s Day Thursday

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Happy Thursday! We’re one day closer to Friday! And that’s not the only good news.

Remember when we were little girls and played with our Barbies that looked like this:

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And then as we got older we started to think, “Hmm… maybe should look like that. After all, there’s not really a doll out there that looks like me.

At least, that’s what I thought. Don’t get me wrong; I think Barbie is a great toy and I absolutely LOVED dressing mine up and acting out plays with them. I also really like that Barbie has had 130 different careers, showing girls that anything is possible! However, I do think there’s room for improvement. And that’s why I was so excited when I read an article from The Telegraph!

“Mattel has revealed, as a new range includes three optional body shapes – petite, tall and curvy – as well as seven different skin tones and 24 hair styles.”

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Mattel has decided to add new dolls to their Barbie line! There will be three new body shapes as well as new skin tones and hairstyles! How exciting is that?! Now little girls everywhere can find a Barbie that looks like them! I truly think this was an awesome move for Mattel.

What do you think about the new Barbies? Share int he comments below!

 

 

Girl Power!

On Monday, I talked about GoldieBlox and their awesome Super Bowl commercial. I wasn’t sure exactly what GoldieBlox did, so I looked into it. They are a start-up company that makes engineering toys for girls! Since about 80% of today’s engineers are male, their founder, thought that needed to change. So, she created GoldieBlox!

So many girls (me included) are not drawn to calculus and formulas. Maybe that’s because as kids, girls are pushed toward dolls (like the Teen Talk Barbie with her “Math is hard!” statements) whereas boys are pushed toward Erector Sets and Tinker Toys. (Sidebar: I played with dolls and I had a Dr. Dreadful’s Food Lab)

 

This got me thinking: what other toys are out there to encourage a love of math and science in girls?

I was NOT disappointed.

Look at these AMAZING toys to get our girls excited about math and science!

First up from the brand Roominate, toys to help girls see the fun side of engineering:

There’s also a doll manufacturer across the pond, Lottie, that has an awesome line of dolls. They’re sort of like the American Girl dolls, but with a twist. Meet Lottie and her Busy Lizzie Robot:

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There is a Science Fair at school and Lottie decides to research if it is possible to build a robot using only recycled materials. It is hard work, but fun and exciting too. Maybe if the robot is really good it can even help her to tidy her bedroom and do the household chores! It is lucky that Lottie’s bedroom is so messy as she discovers a heap of useful things she can reuse and recycle to build her ‘Busy Lizzie’ robot; even some old shoes. Will Lottie’s Science Fair project win a prize?

But the creme-de-la-creme is from an awesome site called A Mighty Girl. Their mission is to ” provide the world’s largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.” So great, right?! You’ve GOT to check out their collection!

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What about you? Any products you love for your little Madame Curie?