The problem with ‘everyone is beautiful’

While I find it admirable that many mainstream brands and ads have expanded the typical media’s standard of beauty – thin, young, white girl – to include all body shapes, sizes, colors, and ages, I still have a problem with the overarching message – there is a clear problem with everyone is beautiful. Yes, women of all kinds are beautiful, but so what? Why do women have to be minimized or validated by the qualification of being beautiful?

I believe this stamp of approval on our physical appearance is meant to empower women for their individuality, but it’s actually just objectifying us more.

I realize many of these campaigns are just trying to reverse the horrifying, unrealistic depiction of what it means to be a beautiful woman (size 2, airbrushed, photoshopped), which is a real problem in our society, with issues such as depression and eating disorders starting as early as 10-years-old, but instead of asserting that now ALL women can be EQUALLY objectified, we should change the message of these campaigns.

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Two popular health fads to avoid and two to try instead

Guest post by: Lucy Wyndham

The health and weight loss industry is worth trillions in the global market. Companies are realizing the huge trend in people wanting to lose weight, stay healthy, or get fit, and are making money from the demand. This is why you probably see a new fitness fads pop up every couple of months. However, not every diet trend that you see in the news is scientifically sound. Here are two of the worst popular diets to follow and how you can fix it up to provide a healthy and efficient diet for your body.

Easy toddler bath time routine

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With 3.5 and 1.5 year-old daughters (and another baby girl on the way!), having a bath time routine is essential in our house, and from playing outside and having (sometimes) multiple baths a day to my youngest having some dry skin concerns, our routine is ever-changing and flexible.

JOHNSON’S® has always been a part of our family since I was a baby – honestly, I tried other brands but nothing beats it. It just smells and feels like a baby should, and with their newly reformulated products with 50% fewer ingredients that are over 90% naturally derived, I’m more confident in these products than ever.

From my extreme aversion to dry skin to my girls’ curly hair, there’s something in this line for all of our bath concerns.

My girls love bath time, so getting them in is never an issue, and honestly when you’re out of things to do, bath time can be a saving grace activity!

Guys, stop calling everyone guys

You probably don’t even notice it – if you’re from the South, you probably don’t even say it – if you say it, you probably see no problem with it. But I’m here to share why one of the most common greetings has GOT to go: calling people ‘guys.’

It’s a simple, harmless greeting, a way to get people’s attention, a way to speak to a group of people – I hear it (and used to say it) hundreds of times a day – at the store, at school, in the office, to family and friends, anywhere there are people, you will hear the greeting ‘hey guys.’

‘Guys’ has morphed into what society uses and accepts as a gender-neutral term referring to men, women, boys, and girls, and it wasn’t until a year after having my second daughter that I somehow noticed myself saying it. I don’t know what it was that caught my attention from something that flew off my tongue without thought, but something made me pause one day.

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Gender reveal – with a surprise twist

The news is in – and after an interesting gender reveal turn of events, we found out baby number three is a GIRL. She will be our third January baby girl, can you believe it? Okay first, why this news was SO shocking and our fun surprise twist.

Did you know you can find out the gender of your baby as early as 9 weeks? Yup, it’s true. Sneak Peek sent me this at-home blood test kit that you can take as early as 9 weeks; it detects chromosomes in your blood, so as a woman, if you have Y chromosomes in your blood, you’re having a boy. Pretty cool, and I never heard of this before – it was so simple because they mail the kit to you, provide detailed instructions (that you should REALLY follow), you send your sample back in, and get the results emailed to you – or someone else, if you want to be surprised.

As you may know, I have terrible sickness in my pregnancies – this one seems to be the worst one so far – so I was really looking forward to learning the gender early to have something fun and exciting to hold on to.

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Oh baby, we have an announcement

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I’ve been a little quieter on the blog and social media lately and for good reason – we are expecting baby number three in January! I’m officially 13 weeks now, and my due date is January 8 – my third January baby.

I’ll keep this brief but cover the basics.

Will you find out the gender? Heck yes – I’m a planner, and major rooms will be changing in my house, so I want to be able to know the gender to really plan specifically and get organized.

How are you feeling? Terrible – I ask everyone to refrain from asking me how I’m feeling only because the answer is always that I feel awful, and I feel like a huge complainer. When I start feeling better, don’t worry, I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops and let y’all know!

Any cravings? I don’t like to consider them cravings, but I have moments where something will sound good in that moment. At this point, I just have to go with whatever my stomach will allow me to have, whatever it is.

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