Happy happy birthday!
Happy birthday! Hope you had a great one!

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Well. I have been trying to ask to be friended in a locked account but keep getting an error message. Anyone else having an issue. It actually said I was banned but I have no idea why I would be since I don't think I have done anything. If someone has any idea let me know lol. It could just be me being technically challenged or my phone though.
Have a good day all!

happy happy joy joy!!!!
I am beyond thrilled that everyone now has the ability to marriage in this country if they choose. I did a snoopy dance when the news from the Supreme Court came through! I couldn't stop smiling the rest of that day! Happy happy joy joy!!

Message issues
I keep trying to send messages to a friend but keep getting an error message. The message never gets to them. I don't understand. I then tried to friend someone so I could read their stories and again I got the same error message. Anyone else having problems/issues? Uuuuugh.

Always wanting be first!
My son is 6 but with an old soul. He came into my bedroom at 4 am saying he needed to get ready for school. He doesn't have to catch the school bus until 840. My sleepy brain could only stare for a second before I realized the issue. He wants to be ready for school "first" before his sister. I sent him back to bed but had to promise to wake him up so that " I can be ready before Olivia ". I finally told him we are a team in the morning and that being first dressed may be great but doesn't get him to school earlier. He didn't have an answer, maybe he fell back asleep. He always seems to get me early in the morning when my brain hasn't woken up yet. I am hoping I made sense to him otherwise he'll be up again tomorrow. I should just put a coffee pot in my bedroom if he's does come back tomorrow. Meanwhile, my husband slept through the whole thing as always lol. Happy Wednesday!

Gale Hatold III
What is there to say about Gale Harold III. He is a beautiful person to watch.

It's a Thursday.
Do you always have to watch your kids while they get ready for school so they won't be late? Or just mine? I could wake mine up two hours before they need to catch the bus and still they would be late. I have to actually stand and watch them. I have to be missing something because the one that wears a uniform takes the longest! Happy Thursday!

A national day.
So Today is national cat day. Hmmmm I am just wondering who made it national cat day? And, where do I look up what all the national days are assigned? Just a thought.

Early morning conversations with a five year old boy
My son came into my bedroom before the sun was up the other morning. His first thing after kissing me good morning was to start talking. He tends to say things when I am sooo not ready for them too. It's a child's gift I suppose and I love that about my kids. Though, this morning he had me trying so hard not to laugh. Here was why.

Son: mommy, I don't think little boys should have crotches.
Me: ok, but why?
Son: because if they don't have crotches then they dont have balls. Because when you push on them they hurt. So, I don't think little boys should have balls.
Me: well I guess you shouldn't push on them.
Son: I know. But I still think little boys shouldn't have them.

Oh he made me smile so big! Then my kids got ready for school and I got a large coffee. Hahahaha.

Makes you wonder and applaud the model!
I think what the model did is great. It scares me the image my kids are believing is healthy.

(Photo: Instagram)

August 25, 2014 By Liz Dwyer

Staff Writer Liz Dwyer has written about race, parenting, and social justice for several national publications. She was previously education editor at GOOD.
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Nowadays Photoshop is a standard tool of the fashion trade, with women’s faces and bodies smoothed and slimmed to fit a Barbie-like standard of beauty. But after Australian model Meaghan Kausman saw the significantly altered images from a fashion shoot she did for a swimwear company, she took action. Kausman posted the original, unretouched pictures on her Instagram account so that women and girls around the world would know what she really looks like.

“I recently did a photo shoot wearing Fella Swim, with an extremely passionate and talented underwater photographer, Pip,” wrote Kausman on the image’s caption. “Her photos are magical; they capture women in water and celebrate their beauty.” But the fairy-tale quality of the images didn’t keep Kausman’s body from being tucked and tightened. The model wrote that she was “extremely shocked” to see that the company had posted heavily Photoshopped versions of the photos on its Instagram page.

(Photo: Instagram)
“They had drastically altered my body, thinning out my stomach and thighs in an attempt to box me into the cultural ideal of beauty,” continued Kausman. “Above is their version, below is the real version. My body is a size 8, not a size 4. That’s my body!”

The irony of Kausman’s experience is that her father is physician Rick Kausman, one of Australia’s most outspoken advocates against dieting and body-shaming culture. Rick Kausman rallied behind his daughter, writing on his Facebook page that “taking someone’s photograph and altering without permission, then publishing it,” is a serious issue.

Moreover, wrote the outraged father, the situation calls attention to “the broader and the hugely problematic issue of Photoshopping images and the incredible harm this does to so many people, particularly young girls and boys, but so many others irrespective of their age, with respect to their body image and feelings of self-worth.”

Kausman is not the first public figure to counteract Photoshopping by sharing images on Instagram that aren’t digitally altered. Last spring, Pretty Little Liars actor Troian Bellisario, who has been outspoken about body image issues, posted pictures from a photo shoot of her completely normal body and face. “As long as we acknowledge how it was achieved so we know it’s not real,” Bellisario captioned the photos.

Kausman appears to share those sentiments. “I refuse to stand by and allow ANY company or person to perpetuate the belief that ‘thinner is better,’ ” she wrote. “All women are beautiful, and we come in different shapes and sizes! This industry is crazy!!!! It is NOT OKAY to alter a woman’s body to make it look thinner. EVER!”

Check the pics of the model . The top pic is the altered photo. Makes you wonder if models sign a waiver with regards to altering their pic. After all, they were chosen for the shoot so then why alter their image that has nothing to do with the product or for any special effect for artistic reasons?


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