the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Handstitched children’s crown

The owner of the the Etsy shop Mette, Kristin Rasmussen, sent Leta this gorgeous crown, and I was so impressed with the quality of the craftsmanship that I had to post it here. You’d never find anything this cute and so well made in a big chain store. I love that it’s not affiliated with any specific Disney princess, and so when she plays with it she pretends she’s a make believe queen who presides over “all the land and all the castles.” Although, she did once ask me if I could get her one of these with Cinderella’s face on the front.

Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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