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DIY: Turn a Box Into a Play Stove!
Become your child's hero when you turn a cardbox box, some old CDs and a few odds and ends into this awesome play stove! Here's how to do it, courtesy of Parents magazine via Craigslist Dad: Materials: - 12x12x22-inch box (approximately) - X-Acto knife, cutting mat, thick rope - 3 brads - 3 Play-Doh lids - 3 plastic caps - 4 CDs - 20ร—12-inch piece of cardboard, scissors - 3 adhesive-backed kitchen hooks - Hot glue gun - You can find pretty cheap play utensils at IKEA or any toy store, or even make those out of cardboard, too! The point is to have fun with it - so if you're missing any of this stuff, just improvise with what you have lying around! Let your child help out with some recycling suggestions. How To: - Position flat box so flaps will be at right and left sides. - Use an X-Acto knife and cutting mat to cut an oven door, as shown. - Cut two 1-inch holes, about 6 inches apart, on oven door for handle; thread a thick rope through and knot in back to secure. - Push a brad through the center of each plastic Play-Doh lid and use to secure to the front of the stove for controls above the oven door. - Hot-glue a plastic cap over each brad. - Assemble box and hot-glue flaps shut. - Glue the four CDs to the top of the box for burners. - Bend the right and left 4 inches of the 20ร—12-inch cardboard piece at right angles to create a backsplash about 12ร—12 inches. - Trim bent side sections into triangular shapes, keeping the full width at the base. - Round off the top of the middle section with scissors and hot-glue to back of stove, as shown. - Adhere plastic kitchen hooks to backsplash to hold play utensils.
My 90s Toys Are Better Than Yours ;)
1) Polly Pocket Polly Pocket was seriously one of the best toys I ever had. I remember when I was a little girl, I stole one and I was too little to realize what I was doing. But I went home with a Polly Pocket and I was the happiest girl ever. Although I had an impressive world of Barbie dolls and Barbie things, I think I appreciated Polly Pocket the most -- probably because I was able to take it everywhere I went. And my imagination with wild with these toys. POLLY!!! 2) Tamagotchi Yess! I vividly remember having these in elementary school. I remember the teachers had to make the ban on them, because the students (including me) were HIGHLY addicted to them. They pooped, they slept, and they grew! Since it was like taking care of a real pet, you had to pay attention to them. If you ever ignored them for a long period of time, you came back to a shit mess, or sometimes they die. :( Can we please bring these back? 3) Bop It This is also on the list of one of the most addicting games ever. I am not even sure why I was so addicted to Bop It, but it was such an intriguing game. It's basically a memory toy. I would play this game hours on end. I remember even fighting with my sister for my turn to play the game. BOP IT! TWIST IT! PULL IT! 4) Easy Bake Oven Who was the best baker in the world? I WAS. This was the only time baking came easy. I can still remember the taste of the slightly-fake-tasting brownie. Every Time I used the toy, I definitely had to have my mother around to use it. Ever heard of the burning accidents from this toy -- I can totally believe. That Easy Bake Oven got hot. Brownies, anyone? 5) FURBY Goodness, this shit was scary. But I still played with it. During the day time I was in love with Furby, during the night time, I kept one eye open -- thanks to the 80s movie, Gremlins. And since Furby was technically a furry robot, it will go through it's weird tech-y things and do things on it's own. I still kinda like you, Furby. Kinda. 6) Super Soaker One of the COOLEST toys I had as a kid. This was freakin' fun as heck! And living in MIami where there was warm weather all year long, this toy came in handy. Who's going to get soaked today?! What kind of toys did you grow up having? My childhood was at its prime during the 1990s (I am an 80s baby!) Can I just please be a kid again???
Barbie Scores Big Time With Zendaya Inspired Barbie Doll
Kudos to Mattel for recognizing true beauty. It wasn't that long ago that Zendaya was getting ridiculed for her 2015 Oscar's look consisting of a gorgeous dress and a head full of faux dreadlocks. While some believed the Disney star looked absolutely stunning, others including Giuliana Rancic [see clip here] had a lot to say. Rancic took to televisions popular Fashion Police mentioning that the young star "looked as if she'd smell like weed and patchouli oil" and let's just say the controversy was in the media for awhile. Zendaya was honored at the Rock 'N Royals concert this past Saturday benefitting VH1's Save The Music Foundation in Los Angeles. It's so amazing that it hasn't even been one full year since the comment sparked controversy and the creator of Barbie has taken a negative and turned it into a positive creating a replica Barbie of Zendaya's Oscar look. Talk about an amazing moment in history. There have been a couple previous African American women who had a Barbie created after them including both Brandy and Raven Symone, but there is something extremely liberating about this Zendaya Barbie. Maybe it's the fact that it's a way to say society doesn't know beauty or maybe it is a memorable reminder that with every negative comes a positive. According to Zendaya, the doll means so much more than just a commemoration of her popular outfit. She says, "When I was little, I couldn't find a Barbie that looked like me, my ... how times have changed."