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Grandma Barbie Gets Real

Would you buy a Grandma Barbie doll complete with: crow’s feet, reading glasses, a larger waist, white cotton granny panties, elastic-waist jeans, sensible shoes and a flannel covered hot water bottle? aka Over-fifty-Reality-Barbie Comfort Loving Grandma Barbie is not available in stores – I created this Barbie spoof just for fun. But… There is a...

Dollstagrams on Instagram

Have you heard about the Dollstagrams on Instagram? It’s the doll-collecting community on Instagram that photographs their Barbie, American Girl, and various other dolls. I am fairly new to dollstagramming, as I only started my Barbie Gets Real Instagram last year as a family project with my grandkids and I wrote the story behind my Barbie...

Barbie Photo Shoot

On Barbie Gets Real, I recently created a Barbie Photo Shoot of Grandma Barbie taking photos of her Barbie – The World’s Smallest Barbie. It was my most popular post to date. It’s been one year since I started my Barbie Gets Real Instagram. I had no idea that thousands would follow it. It was...

Barbie Babies

I have been adding to my Barbie collection and I wanted to add to my stash of Barbie babies. As a mother of four, and grandmother of ten, I knew that we would need babies to recreate our family and friends for my parallel plastic universe on my instagram Barbie Gets Real. Here are some...

Barbie Gets Real

Can Barbie Get Real? For many years I wrote and spoke about body image and I had a few Barbie Dolls that traveled with me. During my speeches, I would hold them up and say, “I believe these dolls set a standard for perfection that is unattainable for any human and gives your young daughters...

Lower Your Expectations

I laughed when I saw this at the store because “Lower your expectations and then you won’t be disappointed” is something my friend, Nancy, and I say to each other. Lower your expectations in THINGS THAT DO NOT MATTER! Give Grace where you can and encouragement when you can. Love all those imperfect quirky humans...

“So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away”

I don’t have a lot of memories of my childhood. We found a box of slides in the attic – oh my! So many glimpses into the past. The further I am from my childhood- the better it looks. It seems my father and Kodachrome captured the best memories. “So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away”...

Count Your Blessings

  There was a day when the only thing I had to care for was my ’75 red Mustang. One husband, four kids, and ten grandchildren later – my life is MORE. More complicated. More laughter. More tears. More joy. More pain. More people. More problems. More to pray for. More to love. Just MORE....

Fall Is In The Air

Mammoth has been our family’s favorite vacation spot since the children were little. This year we were able to bring my daughter, Ashely, and her family along to experience the beauty of fall in the Eastern Sierras. The golden aspen provided a beautiful backdrop for photographs. While the boys went fishing, we girls headed out...

Washing Your Hands

I thought I was protecting my family by buying antibacterial soap for them to wash their hands. I’ve been using it since it first came on the market. A couple of years ago, I heard that some of the ingredients in it might be harmful. Now, the FDA has banned 19 of the chemicals used...