Just When You Thought Barbie Has Done It All She Is Now Breastfeeding

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(PCM) An Australian doll artist by the name of Betty Strachan has decided to take matters into her own heads when dealing with the social stigma associated with breastfeeding and has created the “Mamas Worldwide Barbie”. The doll features realistic proportions and features and the idea came to her when she was spending time with a group of new mothers and drew a new face on a Barbie doll. It was agreed the the face represented a true embodiment of the group.

Strachan then added on the feature of a latched baby to the dolls breast and we now have the world’s first breastfeeding Barbie. The new doll was incredibly well-received by mothers worldwide and Strachan has completely sold out of the “Mama Worldwide Barbie” in her Etsy store. Her Etsy store also feature various more realistic Barbie doll characters such as the pregnant Barbie which also happens to be another popular item.

Strachan had the following to say about her art and doll collection, “Growing up, it always struck me as odd that there wasn’t as much diversity in the doll world as there could or should be. Not every child is born with blonde hair and blue eyes. Some have freckles, some have gaps in their teeth.”

You can see a few of her amazing designs below:

I’ve been working on a little something today 👶🏼❤️

A photo posted by Betty S (@allthelittledolls) on

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Santa Is Now Leaving Apology Notes For Kids Who Didn’t Get What They Wanted For Christmas

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(PCM) It is no secret that both Hatchimals and Nintendo NES Classic Editions are at the very top of every child’s wish list this Christmas. Of course, it is also no secret that neither of these highly sought after toys can be found at any retail locations both brick and mortar or online, in fact both are selling for hundreds and even thousands of dollars on websites such as Ebay and Amazon which many parents certainly can’t afford.

Rather than watch their children endure the sadness of not discovering a Hatchimal or NES Classic Edition under the tree, many parents are turning to apology letters from Santa (yes, they are a real thing) to help ease pain and help explain just why these treasured presents did not end up under the tree. One letter in particular claims that the reason the child is not receiving a Hatchimal for Christmas is due to the fact that both Santa and Mrs. Claus are waiting for the eggs to be laid. It goes on to say that once the egg has been laid, sometime in January, an elf will deliver the Hatchimal to the child’s home.

Another option is a letter that explains why the child will not be receiving a Hatchimal at all saying that they will be no longer given out as presents and they are forming a colony of Hatchimals at the North Pole to help combat extinction and protect species. Hey, if the kids buy it … go for it! However, could Santa apology letters be taking things a bit too far. Many parents feel that children should not receive every item that is marked on their Christmas lists, as it could certainly lead to the children developing unrealistic expectations later in life.

When we were young and we didn’t get the toys we asked for (I’m looking at you Cabbage Patch Dolls, Easy Bake Ovens, and Tickle Me Elmos) we just moved on, played with the gifts we did receive and all was good in the world. Parents, it’s definitely time to rip off the band-aid and teach these children about the way the real world works. We can’t get what we want all time!

 

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The List Of The Worst Toys Of 2016 Has Been Revealed

(PCM) The holiday shopping season is already full steam ahead and of course, children’s toys are at the top of everyone’s shopping list. Each year at the start of the holiday season WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc) releases their annual list of the top ten worst or most dangerous toys that are currently available for purchase.

Toys can be blacklisted by WATCH for a plethora of reasons including choking hazards, improper age restrictions, and the ability to cause a child physical harm. You can view the WATCH top ten list of the worst toys of 2016 below.

Although parents have a right to expect that toys they give to their children are safe, unsafe toys remain an ongoing problem. Due to poor design, manufacturing and marketing practices, there are toys available for purchase today with the potential to lead to serious injury and even death. W.A.T.C.H. urges parents and caregivers to take precautions when buying toys— especially during the upcoming 2016 Holiday Season, which accounts for more than 65% of all toy sales.

  1. PEPPA PIG’S MUDDY PUDDLES FAMILY 
    peppa-pig

    Price: $11.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Jazwares, LLC
    Retailer(s): Target, Amazon.com
    Age Recommendation: “2+ or 3+” (depending on which packaging purchased)
    Warnings: “WARNING! CHOKING HAZARD-small parts. Not for children
    under 3 years” (on some packages for sale, not on others)
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR CHOKING INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This set of four “Peppa Pig” figurines includes an entire “muddy puddles family”.
    Incredibly, despite the “choking hazard” warning and “3+” age recommendation on the packaging of
    some toys, other packages of what appear to be the same toys are sold for oral-age children as young
    as “2+” with no warnings about toy-related hazards.

  2. KIDS TIME BABY CHILDREN’S ELEPHANT PILLOW
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    Price: $19.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Kids Time US; Appease Toys
    Retailer(s): Amazon.com
    Age Recommendation: “Age range: >3 years old, Grown-ups” (retailer website only)
    Warnings: None. Product description on retailer website states in part:
    “When this elephant pillow [is] for use with infant, it should be
    under adult supervision”
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR SUFFOCATION!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This large, plush pillow in the form of a cuddly stuffed elephant is marketed with
    an image on the retailer’s website depicting an infant snuggling alone with the plush animal. There
    are no warnings or age recommendations on the product itself. The hazards associated with pillows
    sold for infants are well documented. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has
    warned that a pillow can block a baby’s mouth and can cause a baby to suffocate. “Infant pillow[s]”
    and “any other similar article[s]” which are “intended or promoted for use by children under one
    year of age” have been banned by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (16 CFR 1500.18).

  3. SLIMEBALL SLINGER
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    Price: $24.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Diggin Active, Inc
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us, Amazon.com
    Age Recommendation: “6+”
    Warnings: “WARNING! Never shoot at any person or animal…” and other
    warnings, cautions and instructions on package
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR EYE INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The “slimeball launcher” is similar to a slingshot, and is sold with bright green
    “slimeballs” as ammunition, which can be fired “over 30 feet!” Projectiles launched with such force
    have the potential to cause serious eye injuries.

  4. BANZAI BUMP N’ BOUNCE BODY BUMPERS
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    Price: $14.88
    Manufacturer or Distributor: ToyQuest
    Retailer(s): Walmart, Amazon.com, Ebay.com, Sears.com
    Age Recommendation: “4-12”
    Warnings: “WARNING! To avoid risk of serious injury or death: …This
    product does not provide protection. Impact hazard may present;
    protective equipment (for head, elbows, knees, hands, etc) should
    be worn (not included),” and other warnings/cautious on package
    insert, packaging and product
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR IMPACT INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! Children as young as 4-years-old are encouraged to “[s]lip into your bumper suit
    for a “bumpin’ bump ‘em’ fun time!” Children on the packaging are shown running into each other
    without any “protection” (not included), as recommended by the manufacturer.

  5. NERF RIVAL APOLLO XV-700 BLASTER
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    Price: $34.48
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Hasbro
    Retailer(s): Walmart.com, Target.com, Amazon.com, Kmart.com
    Age Recommendation: “AGES 14+”
    Warnings: NONE
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR EYE INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The manufacturer of this “blaster” with an “easy-load magazine” encourages
    “precision battling” during “intense head-to-head competition.” The ammunition provided can shoot
    with enough force to potentially cause eye injuries. Images on the box depict children wearing masks
    covering their face and eyes, however the face mask is “not included” and must be purchased
    separately.

  6. THE GOOD DINOSAUR GALLOPING BUTCH
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    Price: $26.00
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Tomy
    Retailer(s): Amazon.com, Walmart.com, ToyRUs.com
    Age Recommendation: “3+”
    Warnings: “WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD –Small parts… Not for
    children under 3 years” (packaging)
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR PUNCTURE WOUND INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This “rugged Tyrannosaurus Rex” is a popular children’s movie character
    marketed as a “Rustler’s worst nightmare.” Operation of the dinosaur by children as young as 3-
    years-old in order to evoke “galloping action and sounds” requires the push of a button on the toy’s
    rigid, pointed tail, which may be held close to a child’s torso or face. There exists a potential for
    significant puncture wound injuries during encouraged playtime activity.

  7. PEPPY PUPS
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    Price: $19.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: TPF Toys, Ltd.
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us
    Age Recommendation: “2+”
    Warnings: None (instructions on packaging: “Adult supervision Required”)
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR STRANGULATION INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! Despite the industry’s standard requiring strings on playpen and crib toys to be
    less than 12 inches in length, manufacturers are permitted to market pull toys like the “Peppy Pup,”
    with a cord measuring approximately 31 inches.

  8. FLYING HEROES SUPERMAN LAUNCHER
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    Price: $16.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: I-Star Entertainment, LLC; The Bridge Direct, Inc.
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Sears.com, Ebay.com,
    BigW.com
    Age Recommendation: “4+”
    Warnings: “Warning! Never aim at eyes or face” (packaging), and other
    “safety instructions” and warnings on packaging and insert
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR EYE AND FACIAL INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This flying, winged superhero figurine is sold with a launcher for children as
    young as 4 years old, who are encouraged to “[g]rip it!” and “[r]ip it!” The instructions caution that
    the Superman character should only be launched “at arm’s length and pointing up and away from
    your face….”

  9. BABY MAGIC FEED AND PLAY BABY
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    Price: $19.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: New Adventures LLC LTD
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us, Amazon.com, Sears.com
    Age Recommendation: “2+”
    Warnings: None
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR INGESTION INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The “Baby Magic” doll, which plays “peek a boo,” comes with a baby bottle, high
    chair, blanket, food dish, and “interactive spoon.” The slender, rigid plastic spoon is approximately 2
    ¾” long, with the potential to be mouthed and occlude a child’s airway.

  10. WARCRAFT DOOMHAMMER
    warcraft-doorhammer

    Price: $9.99
    Manufacturer or Distributor: Jakks Pacific, Inc.
    Retailer(s): Toys R Us, Amazon.com
    Age Recommendation: “6+”
    Warnings: “Warning. Not suitable for children under 36 months. Small
    parts. Choking hazard” (packaging)
    HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR BLUNT IMPACT INJURIES!
    W.A.T.C.H. OUT! 6-year-old children are encouraged to “[f]eel the power of the horde!” with the
    “legendary Doomhammer,” based on weaponry in the “Warcraft” movie. The manufacturer offers
    no warnings regarding potential impact injuries associated with foreseeable use of the heavy, rigid
    plastic battle hammer.

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First It Was ‘The Dress’, Now The Internet Is Losing It’s Mind Over ‘The Flip-Flops’

(PCM) Just in time for some good old fashioned Thanksgiving family fighting, the internet is once again divided over the color of a pair of flip-flops. Remember “The Dress” debacle? You know, is it black and blue or white and gold? This time everyone is going crazy over whether or not these flip-flops are actually black and blue or gold and white. Notice a trend here?

There appears to be some sort of issue with being able differentiate between these four colors in the spectrum depending on the angle of the photo, where it was taken and the amount of time you spend concentrating on the image. The Huffington Post discovered the origin of the flip-flops debate down to a single tweet from a Twitter user named “arthur.” The rest is viral internet history!

The flip-flops are from footwear brand Havaianas and the company appears to be having fun with the debate by posting an image of the flip-flops on their website, but refusing to directly answer the question in regards to what color the actually are!

So, what do you think? Black/Blue or White/Gold?

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Which Retailers Will Be Open On Thanksgiving And Black Friday Hours!

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(PCM) It is that time of year again where the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear. Many retailers have begun rethinking their policies in regards to being open for shopping on Thanksgiving Day. There has always been a bit of a debate about employees being able to spend the holiday with their family and loved ones and consumerism taking over the true meaning of the holiday in the first place.

Regardless, some stores continue to keep Thanksgiving Day shopping hours in place, while others will open incredibly early on Black Friday. Below is a complete list of Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday store hours for majority of major retailers.

Happy holiday shopping!

Stores Open On Thanksgiving Day

  • Ace Hardware
  • Bass Pro Shops (8am-6pm)
  • Bealls (6pm-midnight)
  • Belk (4pm-1am)
  • Best Buy (5pm-1am)
  • Big Lots (7am-midnight)
  • Bon-Ton (5pm)
  • Boscov’s (6pm-1am)
  • Carson’s (5pm)
  • CVS
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods (6pm-2am)
  • Dollar General (7am-10pm)
  • Family Dollar (7am-7pm)
  • Finish Line (12:01am)
  • Five Below (6pm-1am)
  • Fry’s Electronics (5pm-11pm)
  • Gander Mountain (8am-midnight)
  • Herbergers (5pm)
  • JC Penney (3pm)
  • Kmart (7pm)
  • Kohls (6pm)
  • Macy’s (5pm-2am)
  • Meijer (6am)
  • Michael’s (6pm-midnight)
  • Modell’s (6pm)
  • Musicians Friend (5am-9pm)
  • Old Navy (4pm)
  • Radio Shack (8am-1pm)
  • Rite Aid
  • Sears (6pm)
  • Stage Stores (12pm-1am)
  • Target (6pm)
  • Toy R’ Us (5pm)
  • Ulta (6pm)
  • Victoria’s Secret (midnight-midnight)
  • Walgreens (8am-10pm)
  • Walmart (6pm)

Stores Not Open On Thanksgiving Day

American Girl
AT&T (Customer Service Closed; Select Retail Locations Closed)
Babies “R” Us
Barnes & Noble
Bed Bath & Beyond (Select Locations)
Burlington
Cabela’s
Costco
Crate and Barrel
DSW
GameStop
Guitar Center
hhgregg
H & M
Hobby Lobby
Home Depot
HomeGoods (Allow employees to spend time with family)
IKEA
Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
Jos. A. Bank
Lowe’s
Marshalls
Mattress Firm
Menards
Neiman Marcus
Nordstrom
Nordstrom Rack
Office Depot and OfficeMax
Patagonia
Petco
PetSmart
Pier 1 Imports
Sam’s Club
Staples
T.J. Maxx

Black Friday Hours

  • Ann Taylor (7am-1opm)
  • Apple Store (8am-1opm)
  • Best Buy (8am-10pm)
  • BJ’s (7am)
  • Costco (9am-8:30pm)
  • Gamestop (5am)
  • Home Depot (6am)
  • JCPenney (overnight -5pm)
  • Kmart (overnight-10pm)
  • Kohls (24 hours)
  • Lowe’s (6am)
  • Macy’s (6am-1opm, some overnight)
  • Meijer (24 hours)
  • Menards (6am)
  • Michaels (7am-10pm)
  • Neiman Marcus (8am-9pm)
  • Office Depot (6am)
  • Old Navy (24 hours)
  • Petco (7am)
  • Petsmart (7am-9pm)
  • Rite Aid (7am)
  • Sams Club (7am)
  • Sears (5am-1opm)
  • Staples (6am)
  • Target (24 hours)
  • TJ Maxx (7am)
  • Toy R’ Us (24 hours)
  • Ulta (6am-10pm)
  • Walgreens (7am-midnight)
  • Walmart (24 hours)

 

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Donut Lover Sues Krispy Kreme Over False Advertising

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(PCM) Things are not going sweet for donut chain Krispy Kreme, as they are currently engaged in a class-action lawsuit put forth by a customer who is accusing the company of false advertising and misleading business practices. The lawsuit focuses specifically on Krispy Kreme’s “glazed raspberry filled”, “glazed blueberry cake” and “maple iced glazed” donuts.

The former customer complains that Krispy Kreme does not actually use real raspberries, blueberries or maple syrup when creating these donut treats. We can’t say that we’ve ever really thought that much about it when taking a nibble of a delicious Krispy Kreme donut, but hey, to each their own! Should we feel scammed?

The lawsuit states Krispy Kreme is using sugar, syrups, food coloring, and “blueberry gumbits” to “mimic the texture, shape and color” of the advertised flavors. The lawsuit seeks $5 million dollars in damages for customers who were duped into believing they were consuming quality ingredients. We would probably just be happy with a free dozen donuts, but $5 million doesn’t seem so bad either. Will the Hot Light be on?

 

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