Happy Birthday Barbie

Barbie – the brand that launched a thousand dreams

Did you know that America had a female astronaut, who went to the moon before Neil Armstrong?

That this same woman ran for President, six times, years before Hillary Clinton won the Democratic ticket? And that despite celebrating her 59th anniversary this year, she has one of the world’s fastest growing Instagram accounts, focusing on fashion?

Her name is Barbara Millicent Roberts; you probably know her as Barbie!

A powerful 59 year legacy

On Friday, 9 March 2018, the Barbie brand celebrates its 59th anniversary, yet this global icon remains as youthful, and relevant, as ever!

Barbie is still the most popular toy and doll brand worldwide, with a 99% brand awareness across over 150 countries around the world; over 14 million Facebook fans, more than 4.5 million monthly app users, over 4 million active website users, 3.2 million YouTube subscribers, 268 000 Twitter followers, and one of the world’s fastest growing Instagram accounts – @Barbiestyle – currently sitting at a whopping 1.9 million followers.

Over the years, Barbie has been inspiring little girls, empowering them through creative play to imagine the possibilities of being anything they want to be.

She may have started her life as a teenage fashion model, but just one year later, she was promoted to fashion editor. And the year after that, she shattered the plastic ceiling and entered the working world as a ‘career gal’. She’s been an aerobics instructor, a ballerina, a fashion designer and an Olympic athlete, as well as a Marine Corps sergeant, firefighter and airline pilot. In fact, Barbie has over 180 careers on her resume; any career you can imagine, Barbie has been there and done that, inspiring little girls to dream big and reach for the sky.

In 2011, Barbie committed to entering into a new career every year, specifically those that are traditionally under-represented by women, such as computer engineering, film directing, and entrepreneurship. Of late, she has even broken into the spy world, and tried her hand at being a superhero.

Breaking boundaries, shattering stereotypes

In 2015, in a bid to provide girls all over the world with role models who looked just like them, she broke more boundaries when she hit shelves in a variety of skin tones and hair textures.

This was closely followed by different body types in 2016, to better represent a more varied and authentic reality. The stereotype-shattering Fashionista range now includes four body types (the original and three new shapes – petite, curvy, and tall), seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles and countless on-trend fashions and accessories.

Girls across the globe can now choose to play with a Barbie who looks just like them, or create a group of friends who is more like their own group of friends at school.

It’s no wonder Barbie’s image is used on over 45 consumer product categories, from clothing, shoes, accessories and linen, to stationery, games, magazines, books, sporting goods, consumer electronics and even food items.

Wherever children across the world see Barbie’s image, they don’t see a doll, but rather a world of limitless possibilities and opportunities. Barbie is a brand that celebrates the power of imaginative play, and empowers children – especially young girls – to dream big.

In South Africa alone, over 10 million units of Barbie emblazoned consumer products were sold in 2017, from clothing lines reminding kids that It’s Great to Be a Girl, and encouraging them to Make Things Happen, to school bags, stationery and scatter cushions reminding them to Dream BIG, Think the Unthinkable, and Always Show your Sparkle.

The evolution continues

The celebration of Barbie’s 59th anniversary in March brings with it a host of new goodies for girls from all walks of life, from new dolls in the Fashionista range that better reflect the world girls see around them and bring imaginative play even closer to home; to new clothing ranges, linen lines, jewellery, accessories and sporting goods – all championing Barbie’s go getter attitude.

Today, the bedrooms, toy boxes, closets and pencil cases of girls around the world are bulging with Barbie branded goodies, serving as a constant reminder that there is no dream too big, no wish too wild, no ambition too elaborate-imagine the possibilities!

#YouCanBeAnything

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1vnsqbnAkk – Barbie: Imagine The Possibilities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPSgZakE29k&list=PL5BsRl9zFaeTTpR7JiTY389R31NV2-M6T – Barbie: “Did you know?” #MoreRoleModels

“My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices”

Ruth Handler, Barbie Creator

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International woman’s day

Today, March 8th is International Womans Day and has been celebrated as a day of recognition for Women’s achievements.

Below are some resources to use to share your support:

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS

http://bit.ly/IWDschools to download PDFs, printable activity cards, access women’s profiles, watch videos, enter the competition, see reading lists and more.

ENJOY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MUSIC PLAYLISTS

Looking for great music by women.

Catch a fabulous female artist takeover with #Deezer bit.ly/deezerIWD

JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL WOMAN’S DAY SELFIE #PRESSFORPROGRESS

Amplify your support for #genderparity!

Download your #IWD2018 selfie cards, snap a picture and post using the #PressforProgress hashtag.

http://bit.ly/IWDselfie

Game of Humanity cards

Last year we reviewed the Game of Humanity cards.

https://funmammasa.wordpress.com/2017/07/03/the-game-for-humanity-cards/

Thus brilliant set of cards were designed to spread positive gestures one card at a time.

The idea behind this concept is to pick a card, complete the random act of kindness and leave the card with the person you gifted /helped for them to pay it forward.

You can purchase your own set at http://www.gameforhumanity.com

5 kitchen treats for valentines day

For mammas the best way for us to show our love is through food.

So I’ve rounded up 5 fun kitchen treats that you can suprise your loved ones with on Valentine’s day.

1. Egg bread

Use a cookie cutter in the shape of a heart to cut out the centre of a piece of bread or toast. Fry an egg. Place the bread over the egg so that the yolk is in the centre of the heart.

Garnish with little heart tomatoes or peppers.

2. Funky fruit

This is perfect for the lunch boxes. Dress up a piece of fruit with a corny love note.

3. Lunch box love

Now there is no excuse not to remind the kids how much they are loved. Make a sandwich and cut it into a heart shape. Tie a little twine around it.

Next cut cucumber slices and cheese into hearts.

4. Say it with hearts

Decorate heart shaped biscuits with bright red and pink icing. Don’t forget to add a love note.

5. Cute cupcakes

Use marzipan to decorate some cupcakes. Add small Valentine’s symbols on the top.

Which ever way you chose to spoil your loved ones we know they will enjoy their sweet treats. ❤

Date night with Pick n Pay

After a very long Janu-worry, budgets are only started to find an even balance before Februaries month of love strikes with cupids arrow declaring Valentine’s day.

So if you find yourself in a tight spot wondering how to spoil your Valentine without breaking the bank, consider exchanging R30 worth of your smart shopper points for a 2D movie ticket.

Movie tickets are valid for Ster kinekor and you can chose a movie of your choice.

Thank you Pick n Pay and Ster Kinekor, this one is tops on my Valentine’s spoils .