Grandma Gets Real on Instagram

I am often asked why I started my Grandma Gets Real Instagram account. Here’s the story: My Modeling Story Living Beyond Barbie Message Happy Family Grandma Barbie   How Barbie Got Real Time Magazine Article   GrandmaGetsReal Instagram Moms.com Article My Press & Media Page    

Orange Coast Magazine – Life in Plastic

This Cypress grandmother went viral after creating her own “Quarantine Barbie” sets. Sofia Robles February 15, 2022 Tonya Ruiz started her Instagram account, Grandma Gets Real, as a way to bond with her granddaughters and post funny photos of her Barbie collection. She was surprised when her homemade parody “Quarantine Barbie” sets, complete with miniature...

Miniatures are Everywhere

Looking for tiny things? MINIATURES ARE EVERYWHERE! Most of the questions I get on my social media accounts are about where to purchase the tiny things I use in my photos.  Here are some of the Barbie sized items that I use to create my mini world: AD – I have some of them listed...

AARP Magazine – How Barbie Is Keeping Me Sane

How Barbie Is Keeping Me Sane.  Instagrammer Tonya Ruiz turn familiar toy into Sly Social Commentary. As a teenager, I actually followed in Barbie’s footsteps and became a fashion model. Teen magazine did a story on me about moving to Paris at age 16. I was glamorous! But then I got married and did the white-picket...

My Inner Child Has A Credit Card

A few years ago, I started a doll account on Instagram and stumbled into a rabbit hole that led to a tiny plastic parallel universe.  One thing led to another – I had the dolls, then I needed a dollhouse, then I needed furnishings and appliances, artwork for the walls, rugs for the floors….  I...

Barbie and Ken Wedding Day 2020 Postponed

A wedding coordinator suggested that I make a Postponed Wedding Barbie and Ken – due to her experiences in 2020. When researching it online – I saw that many sent out change-the-date announcements that were Corona-Beer Themed. For example – this card found on Etsy: When Life Gives You Corona, Add Lime and Postpone. It featured...

Shopping Online Barbie

Do you Shop Online? I do most of my shopping this way – so I thought it would be fun to make a Shopping Online Barbie. Not only is it necessary to have comfy clothes and a messy bun – but snacks are important.  Plus, the bank statements and credit cards are a BIG part...

Working From Home Mom Barbie

There are so many Working From Home Moms this year! 2020 has seen so many women struggling and juggling their way through the day. This is my comedic commentary on the Working From Home Mom – complete with a Fussy Baby and Energetic Toddler. What’s For Dinner? Bagel Bites! Working From Home Mom Barbie Dressed...

DIY Gets Real Barbie

Since we were all confined inside during quarantine – it was the perfect time to spruce things up! Record numbers of people were tackling DIY home improvement projects. Am I the only one who ends up with paint in my hair? This doll has everything she needs for that Home Improvement Project – including an...

I Wine a Lot Barbie

Because you asked……   Ten Thousand people asked, “Where’s the wine?” This is for you. USA Today reported that Americans are drinking more during the Pandemic. More about My Quarantine Barbies