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Cover Photo Contest. – Geeky Parenting

Right now on our facebook page.

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We are hosting a Cover Photo Contest. Some of our fans submitted photos our their little geekies and the winner will have their photo turned into a graphic and spotlighted on our page.

The picture with the most comments by next Sunday evening will win.

So take the time to comment on your own, or your favorite photo and make sure to share your picture with your friends and get them to vote!

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Dalek Costumes for under $20 – Geeky Parenting & Thrifty Thinking

These are Daleks.

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The Daleks are a powerful race bent on universal conquest and domination, utterly without pity, compassion or remorse. They have had every emotion removed, except hate and have a desire to purge the Universe of all non-Dalek life. They are the greatest enemies of the Time Lord known as the Doctor and are popularly known for their catchphrase “Exterminate!”

You will need

A large, long t shirt $4

Roll of black duct tape $3.50

At least 18 plastic eggs $3

Black spray paint $1

Basic plunger $5

Fabric adhesive $3

Start by taping off the shirt. 

I ripped my duct tape strips into halves and quarters to get the right looks and widths all across.

Do the same pattern on the back and let them connect down the sides of the shirt for an all around look.

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I also cut of the sleeves of the shirts so they would appear more as an apron then a big ol’ baggy shirt and tucked the jagged edges inside and made them stick the with adhesive.

 

Next I tore 18 Easter eggs and half and tossed out all but two top, oval shaped, top parts. (i saved them to glue on a headband for blinky head lights) All the bottom, round, parts I spread out over a garbage bag and spray painted them black, it took about two or three coats to get them covered as well I needed.

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After drying I took 9 black, egg bottoms and made three rows of three on the front of the shirt.

I used the fabric adhesive around their edges and stuck them back into place. After letting them sit for a few minutes I repeated the gluing in three rows of three on the back. I then allowed the shirts to sit overnight to make sure the glue was dry.

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 (Did not realize that tiny applesauce covered hands had just wiped their war across the rug before taking this picture.)

To make the shape at the bottom (will have to remember to get a picture of it) I cut three strips of cardboard from an old box we had lying around and duct taped them into a triangular shape, with the top point facing forward. I then simply duct taped it into the bottom of the shirt and when we were done with the costume, I pulled it out and stored it.

 

*I also saved two oval shaped egg tops in yellow to hot glue onto a plain headband for the lights on top of their heads and was able to pick up a plain ol’ plunger for around $5.

All together my total cost for making two of these costumes was around $25. Thrifty thinking and Geeky Parenting all in one.

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Embracing The Geek In You!

 

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Being a geek was something I tried my best to hide throughout my teenage years. One day I made the realization that a teenage girl who’s crush was Batman and favorite past time was Simming (Playing The Sims) was not regarded as being “cool”. So I did my best to keep it to myself and fit into this mold of what the other kids expected. I think we’ve all been there at some point in our lives. I am a very expressive person and I hated not feeling free to be exactly who I was. But that all changed when I had my first son. My homebirthed, blond hair, blue eyed baby boy. I then realized that he too would be a geek, there was no way of avoiding it and that his geekiness, in part, was going to make him who he was. I promised myself that I was going to embrace it and make sure he knew it was nothing to ashamed of and I think I succeeded.

 

By the age of three he could name more obscure Marvel heroes and villains then he had fingers and toes, along with their powers and weaknesses. He has his dad and I read comic books and Wikipedia entries on Superheroes and Star Wars characters more then picture books. Now at the age of 4 he can even name and number the 11 actors who played his favorite hero, The Doctor and is an endless fountain of nerdy knowledge.

 

Simon Pegg was quoted as saying that “being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”

 

I couldn’t have said it better. My first wish for my children was to always be honest, especially with themselves. One thing embracing my son’s geekiness did for his father and I, was force us to embrace our own. It has been extremely liberating to not only express my geek again but to be geeky with my little ones.

 

Wither you are a geek or just raising a geeky kid, it is important to show support, interest and help your child grow into who they really are with all the interests they enjoy and love them all the way. Maybe if we can teach our children to wear GEEK with pride and embrace it, the term will no longer be something to grow up and be ashamed of.

 

How do you embrace and support your child’s inner geek?

 

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Skidders Shoes. Our review.

Skidders Review

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Our 10 month old has just started walking and now that he is on his feet, he is insisting on walking everywhere. Preferably we would like our little one to learn to walk barefoot but, we live in Portland, and the weather here is not yet warm enough for tiny bare feet. Thus our journey to find something easy for our little one to walk around in has started.

We were having lots of trial and error. Baby shoes with hard soles were to heavy, crib shoes were not big enough, socks were, well socks. Until someone suggested Skidders. At first glance, besides them being a bit odd looking, we loved them. Bright fun print on the top, the no slip but soft soles. The brand states that their Skidder Shoes are washable, non-slip, comfortable and flexible. Exactly the qualities we were looking for.

We were able to find some at our local Fred Meyers. They were on special for $12.99 about the price of the rest of the options we have tried but, the way they were packaged we were not able to try them on in the store without ruining the packaging.

This made me a bit uneasy because chubby baby feet can sometimes be hard to fit into shoes. But we purchased them and headed home to try them out.

The first thing we noticed is that, like some socks, the inside was full of tangled, toe grabbing, rogue strings. We cut a couple extra loose and dangling ones and got the shoes on just fine. Then we let our little guy go try them out.

He loved the bright fun print and was very interested in the texture on the bottom of the shoes but walking in them proved to be a bit difficult. When he would lift his foot to take a step the heel of the shoe would slip. When he stepped back down he would step right on the raised edge of the rubber sole’s heel and it would cause him to loose his balance and trip. Also, it probably wasn’t very comfortable to keep stepping on.

He kept at it though but we found we were constantly stopping him to readjust the shoes because they kept slipping off his feet and it kept getting worse. I think the sock top must have been stretching out?

So in the end we ended up returning them and getting a gift card to go to another baby walking option. The customer service lady told us she sees a lot of Skidder shoes come back to the store.

Needless to say we were disappointed. The idea seemed great and the prints were fun. The shoe itself, besides the stringy inside, was well put together and seemed like it could last through a lot of washing. He did wander into our kitchen and we noticed the shoes grip was perfect. I wondering if maybe the shoe bottoms were too heavy and caused the Skidders to slide off the feet inbetween steps. Maybe if the sock tops were higher, like a crew cut, or if the soles were a bit lighter they would have worked a bit better?

If Skidders are something you would like to try you can find them at local retailers (Fred Meyers and Target both have them) or you can check them out on their website

http://skidders.com

Have you tried Skidders? Let us know about your experience.

What worked best for footwear when your little ones started walking?

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