Does it get any more awesome than using the Beastie Boys to promote girl power? We don't think so either! And that's just what GoldieBlox, one of the most innovative (not to mention one of our favorite) toy companies out there, is doing this holiday season. You may recall that GoldieBlox is the Oakland-based start-up founded by Stanford grad Debbie Sterling to show girls that engineering and fun aren't mutually exclusive. She developed a line of toys that encourage kids to engineer their own inventions and get acquainted with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields early in life. With nary a princess, doll, or tea set in sight, the construction toy and book series would appear to be a hard sell, given all of the ads girls see on TV. But much to retailers' surprise, they've been a hit — a big one. Now, with the holiday shopping season well under way, GoldieBlox is back with a commercial that shows just how much girls love science and math. Watch as three young girls and six engineers use toys found throughout a house create a mega contraption. The company changed the lyrics of the Beastie Boys' "Girls" from the overtly sexist (such as, "Girls — to do the dishes, Girls — to clean the bathroom") to lines like, "It's time to change! We deserve to see a range, 'cuz all our toys look just the same, and we would like to use our brains. We are all more than princess maids . . . " They had an 8-year-old record the rap and created what just may be the most inspiring video we've ever seen! And if you love this, then go ahead and support the cause — GoldieBlox is a finalist in a competition to win a Super Bowl ad, meaning its mission could be seen by the largest audience ever!
Twins start their lives in close quarters, sharing a special connection. So, it's no surprise that these newborn twins stayed so close during their daily bath. Filmed by a French nurse to demonstrate new bathing techniques, the pair can't keep their hands off of each other and stay intertwined throughout the entire process. The aww-worthy video proves that the twin bond is more than just a myth — it's something special that can't be replicated!
The Hunger Games Trilogy may not have been an appropriate choice for a bedtime story while putting the kids down, but it earned a coveted spot on Mom's nightstand. With Catching Fire hitting theaters next week, many of us already have babysitters lined up so we can catch the flick.
But in a sign that when two good things come together they create something great, Sesame Street has put their magic touch on Catching Fire in a Cookie Monster-led spoof titled "Hungry Games – Catching Fur." Starring Cookieness Evereat, Pita (an actual piece of pita bread), Finnicky, and Tick Tock Lady, the hysterical spoof isn't just designed to entertain parents, but to teach kids about patterns and self-regulation.
Don't believe the post-apocalyptic world can be converted into a toddler-friendly skit? Take a look at the Sesame Street magic, and see for yourself!
When most kids blow out their birthday candles, they ask for extra toys. All Riley Higa wished for was to see her mother, Melissa Higa, who has been deployed in South Korea for the past nine months. Riley, however, didn't want to leave their reunion up to chance. To assure her mother would be home, Riley wrote to President Barack Obama and asked him to let her mom come home for one day. We don't know if the letter ever made it to the White House, but the Higa ladies were able to reunite for Riley's special day.
To find out how Riley's mom made it home, read the full story at The Stir.
They are teachers, chefs, doctors, and so much more. They are stay-at-home moms, and they rarely get the recognition they deserve. That is, until Matt Bieler dedicated a film to this one-of-a-kind parent. Titled 3 Queens, Bieler's film tells the story of three stay-at-home moms through the eyes of their grateful children.
To see why Bieler made this moving video, read the full story at The Stir.
This year, why not be the best guest in the history of the universe and arrive bearing one of these amazing gifts? Each one is bound to make even the most discerning host or hostess say "thank you" and really mean it. Watch the video to find out why each one of these gifts is better than the last.
D.L & Co. Honey Candle ($48): Not only do these candles smell delicious, they come in a fantastic porcelain container. Long after the candle has burned away, this jar can be used to store pencils or display flowers.
Soap Rocks ($20): The only problem with these soap rocks is that you aren't going to want to use them, making them the ideal thing to give away.
Drinks Are on Me Coasters ($23 for four): A cheeky set of coasters is just the thing to bring to a wine and cheese soiree or your holiday book club meeting.
Diamond Box ($15): Full of design cred but very reasonably priced, this diamond box is perfect for the hostess who has everything.
Clare Vivier Leather Catchall ($74): We are crazy about all things Clare Vivier, and this leather catchall is no exception. Monogramming it takes it to the next level for the hostess with the very mostess.
While some parents handed out candy this Halloween, one father had an extra-special treat up his sleeve for his daughter. Sgt. First Class Dave Wirtz, who had been deployed in Afghanistan, showed up to his daughter's class wearing a Spider-Man costume complete with a mask to disguise his true identity. Make sure to have the tissues nearby before watching this reunion — it's one even comic books couldn't do better.
The decorations and costumes have been put away, but Halloween isn't over until the candy's gone. For the victims of Jimmy Kimmel's annual Halloween candy prank, that came sooner than expected. Once again, the late night TV host asked parents to tell their children that they ate all of their treats and film it for millions to see. From screams to a few sarcastic remarks (and even a few unexpected swear words?!), the reactions will have you laughing till next Halloween.
Moms may not approve of Miley Cyrus and her use of foam fingers, but even they can't turn away from Joyce Jimenez's cover of "Wrecking Ball." The blind 11-year-old from the Philippines recently posted a video of herself belting away the chart-topping ballad. While her voice is enough to grab attention, the most impressive part of Jimenez's performance is her ability to keep up while following the braille lyrics. The video has received over 500,000 views and is sure to reach many more viewers.
Fifteen-year-old orphan Davion Only made headlines after he went to a Florida church service last month looking for a family to adopt him, and during an appearance on The View on Monday, he confirmed that he's received more than 10,000 responses so far. Connie Going, his caseworker, has known him since age 5, and sitting beside him on The View, she said she's confident that he'll find a family. "Out of those 10,000, some of them already have their adoptive home studies," she said, referring to the initial steps of adoptions. "Then everybody has their screenings, and they go through their process."
Davion first made it into the national spotlight in September when he addressed the congregation at a Florida church, saying, "My name is Davion and I've been in foster care since I was born . . . I know God hasn't given up on me. So I'm not giving up either." He explained that he was looking for a family. "I'll take anyone. Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be."
His story tugged at heartstrings. Davion was born while his mom was in jail, and he's spent his entire life in foster care. This past June, he searched for his mom's name only to find that she'd died weeks earlier. "I was hurt and I was sad," Davion said on The View, adding that his mom's death motivated him to start studying more and applying himself. Over the Summer, he lost 40 pounds, and so far he's earned almost all A's in his sophomore year of high school.
Asked how he'd feel to have a family, Davion said, "It would make me feel really good. I think I'd be more successful and have more opportunities if I had a family. And I hope so, I hope that I do have one." His idea of the perfect family? "Anybody who will love me." But he also has a plan B: make his way to college on his own.