Outfit of the Day: Winter Sweater Dress

For our first outfit of the day this year, we are featuring the winter sweater dress from Gold Bubble Clothing.

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I got to wear mine to various holiday celebrations including taking the kiddo out for some Christmas dinner.

As is the case with all of Gold Bubble Clothing’s pieces, the spandex is super stretchy with rich colors, super durable and passes the bend-over test with flying colors.

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I paired mine with a tie-front bolero from Amazon, leggings from Fabletics and boots from Torrid.

I’m wearing an XL in this dress.  I wear a size 18/20 for reference.

Get your own dress here.

Happy shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout

Social Media Tips for Parents

Last week a YouTube star, Logan Paul, made a colossal mistake.  Then he followed said mistake by issuing a non-apology, apology, that made it worse.  So, what did this jerk-face do?  OK, it is just terrible, so you may not want your younger kids to read further.

He posted a video from Aokigahara of a dead body and proceeded to make fun of the man.  The man had committed suicide by hanging himself.  Aokigahara is also known as the “suicide forest” due to the large numbers of people that go there to end their lives.  Why Paul was there is anyone’s guess.

The video got millions of views before it was taken down by YouTube.  Paul issued an apology that made matters worse by basically trying to explain his actions away by saying he was trying to “raise awareness”.  Yeah, sure, OK.  Sure you were.

As a parent to a child that loves, and I mean LOVES YouTube, I was more than a little bit concerned.  Was she a fan of this guy?  His fanbase is made up of kids her age after all.  What is a parent to do about this?  Here’s what I did…

First, I asked her if she was a fan of his.  Thankfully, she is not, so I did not have to struggle with letting her remain subscribed to his page.  I had decided to allow her to continue to follow him, for now anyway, to see how he handled the fall-out and use it as a teachable moment.  Then I told her why I was asking.  She had heard about the video, but did not watch it.  She had no plans to watch, “Something so mean”, so I breathed a sigh of relief at that.  We then talked about his “apology” and why it was so not enough by far.

The kiddo and I have an open dialogue about her social media interests as well as her presence on various platforms, this blog, our Facebook page (which I run, but it is our cosplay page) and her own Instagram page.  I know her passwords.  I ask her about her YouTube interests and any new channels she subscribes to.  I look at who she is following on Instagram, and I have veto power of them all, as does her Dad.

I think you will agree, that this is tricky.  You want your kids to have freedom to pursue their interests, but there are just so many garbage humans on the internet, so what do you do to protect them while protecting their independence at the same time?

My best advice is to keep an open dialogue with your kids.  I mean, you should want to know what they are into anyway, so take an active interest in their social media habits.  I would also recommend visiting commonsensemedia.org when you have concerns and questions.  This site has articles from experts (which I am not), and you can search articles based on the age of your child as well for age-appropriate advice.

Here are some more tips for discussion with your child when letting them loose on the internet:

  • The internet is forever.  There is no such thing as deleting.  Nothing is ever really and truly gone
  • Be kind.  If you wouldn’t say it to the person’s face, don’t put it on the internet either
  • There is no such thing as anonymity.  Your identity can be found out with some simple searching
  • Set those privacy settings to protect yourself (probably best for parents to do this one)
  • If you see something that makes you feel uncomfortable, sad or scared, tell a parent immediately!
  • Lying on the internet is easy.  Do not just assume a person you have never met face-to-face is actually who they say they are

I hope these tips help in navigating this tricky parenting issue.  Please post any other tips you have that I missed in the comments!

Love, Kim and Scout

 

9 O’Clock Bedtime Cosplay is Headed to ACE Comic Con in Phoenix!

We are packing up, suiting up and headed to Phoenix tomorrow for ACE Comic Con!  Please look for us and say, “Hello!”

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Photo: Marvel Studios
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Photo: Screen cap from marvelstudios.com

We have purchased two photo ops, one with Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie and the other with Tom Holland and Jacob Batalon, so we will be all like:

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Photo: Marvel

There are still tickets available, get them here.

Hope to see you there!

Love, Kim and Scout

*Lead Photo: aceuniverse.com

Happy 2nd Blog Birthday to Us!

We are so excited to celebrate our second birthday with you all!

When we started this blog two years ago, we had no idea we would still be cranking away at it today!  We have learned so much in that time, and we have so much to share with you in the coming year.

We recently added make-up posts, and we are excited to bring you more of those as well as documentation of our adventures out there in the nerd world.  We continue to champion body positivity and body confidence.  I think you will agree that now more than ever, championing those causes is especially important to all of us.  We could all use some more positive in our lives.

As always, we welcome your comments.  What do you want to see us cover here?  What do you like/dislike about the posts?  What do you want to see more/less of?  Let us know!

So, here we go!  On!

Love, Kim and Scout