Target’s Decision to Remove Gender-Based Signs Is Just the Start

When I was a kid I told my mom I wanted a Lego set for Christmas. I got a Lego set. It was pink and purple and I got to “build” a playground. A playground that was pretty much already built for me.

I definitely had the little kid version of, “What the fuck is this?” The pink. The purple. The flowers. The fact that I had to do very little building myself. It was crap. I barely remember playing with it. I’ve always been a bit of a “tomboy.” Even now as much as I like to get dolled up and look pretty…yes, even in pink…explosions of glitter make me vomit.

Needless to say, I’m really happy about this. Why can’t we just let kids play with whatever the hell they want? Why are we assigning labels to play? Are we so concerned with what other people will think about us that we have to box our children into neat little labeled packages? If my son wants to play with dolls. Let him. He’ll be a dad one day, right? If my daughter wants to play with action figures, go for it! And if she LOVES princesses and explosions of pink and glitter well…I will grit my teeth and give her all the glitter in the world.

I would rather raise a son that thinks it’s OK to play with dolls than raise a son that thinks it’s OK to bully a boy who plays with dolls.

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Target announced on Friday that it will remove gendered labeling from many of its aisles. Some are calling this a bold move. I’m wondering why.

Since my daughters were little tots, they’ve gravitated toward building blocks, science kits, and bows-and-arrows. We hardly ever saw them with a doll in hand. In fact, now 7, they received Barbies at their recent birthday party. By the time we made it home, one of the toys was missing her leg. “She seemed so bendy,” my daughter exclaimed. “I thought her legs were supposed to do that.” Far from demure, gentle spirits, the twins often wrestle in the yard, after digging for worms, of course.

But they also love princesses. They’ll dress up in my fanciest clothes and don lip gloss, and blush and braid each other’s hair. They’ll act out scenes from Princess Sofia and spend hours meticulously placing beads on a…

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Student Loan Debt Causing Millennials To Delay Marriage, Kids, Home-Buying

I don’t personally know anyone that delayed any of these things specifically because of their student loans, but student loans were usually one of the many financial reasons why they’ve delayed certain milestones. Living on Long Island, the cost of living was personally a larger factor than student loans.

I especially liked this point: “Millennial borrowers are more likely to say they were not provided sufficient information about the potential risks of taking out student loans.”

On top of that, when I was looking at colleges, schools actively touted how successful their graduates were. After four years of this, you have the impression that you’ll get a pretty good return on your investment. Then you graduate in the middle of a recession where no one can find a job, let alone one that pays enough to cover your bills.

But, to be fair, I was warned on the first day of my Public Relations class that if I wanted to make money, I’d stay away from journalism and go into PR. My bad.

Walmart Selling Car Seat That Alerts Parents When A Child Is Left Behind

I’m thrilled that this product exists. I really hope it will stop these very preventable deaths.

That being said, I really hope other manufactures jump on the bandwagon so that parents have more choices other than this one car seat from one company sold at one store. I’d hate to pass up another product that would be better otherwise because it lacked this one feature.

I also wish they had something similar for pets. It could alert people when the car is reaching an unsafe temperature and they should return to their pet. It could say something like, “HEY ASSHOLE. It’s getting hot in your car and your dog could die. Go back to your car and turn the AC on.”

Too much?

Fresh from the Garden: Caprese Salad

Bear with me. I’m attempting to post this from my phone using the WordPress app. Technology is so neat.

Our garden was touch and go for a while. The spring was unseasonably cold and we got a late start planting our seeds. They took a while to germinate and we lost a lot to poor planning, weather and soil. We ended up buying starter plants from a local nursery about two miles away.

The starters from the nursery and ours that survived are doing better than we imagined. Our tomato plants are doing awesome and we finally have enough to make our first batch of sauce next weekend.

Check out this awesome caprese salad I made with our garden tomatoes and basil from our CSA.

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After the Knot

That night we also had baked striped mullet from Locals Seafood and squash fritters made with yellow squash from our CSA.

Sounds good right? It was pretty great.

Are you growing a garden? How’s it going?