mama kat's writers workshop

Tale as old as time.

One of the prompts for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week was:

5. If you had to choose a Disney princess to live the rest of your life as…which princess would you choose and why?

Much like Kat, I have to say my answer would be Belle. It’s always been Belle, really, since the first time I saw Beauty and the Beast as a young girl. Don’t get me wrong – there are a lot of  great princesses that have come along – each with their own merits.

I love that Elsa doesn’t need a prince or king to make her happy and it would be awesome if the cold never bothered me anyway – but I think I’ll pass on her seriously messed up childhood, thanks.

Her sister Anna is perpetually cheerful and optimistic and in a lot of ways I’d LOVE to be Anna. She gets, by far, the best of the princes (I realize he’s not actually a prince, this does not bother me in the least) and her attitude takes her far in life. But again – messed up childhood – and truthfully, I’m a bit too skeptical to pass for Anna and I don’t mind that.

Mulan is brave ; Snow White cleans like a boss ; Cinderella totally wins on the rags to riches contest ; Rapunzel is spunky as all heck and can pull off any hair style ; Merida is fiesty and, well, brave, and has the best accent. I could go on. Disney has given us plenty to choose from.

But at the end of the day, I think anyone who knows me – knows that I’m this girl:


I want adventure in the great wide somewhere. I can totally relate to Belle’s wanderlust.

I would absolutely lose myself in that castle library. Head stuck in a book? Check.


I think Belle’s father is awesome and in a lot of ways I can relate to her relationship with him.

Gaston is the worst and I love that Belle doesn’t just swoon for the obvious town heart throb like all the other girls.

It’s not right for a woman to read. Soon she starts getting *ideas*, and *thinking*…

Um, magical talking and dancing silverware that serves me elaborate french dinners and desserts?

And maybe every girl doesn’t dream about marrying a big hairy beast, but when my husband’s beard borders on out of control, I realize…


I might actually be Belle.

Which Princess would you be?


Book Review: A Knight in Sticky Armor (Doc McStuffins)

Continuing my new video book review series (or: in an attempt to be fair to my children), here is a review for a book that my daughter, five year old BB, read recently. She would like to tell you more about:

13642690A Knight in Sticky Armor (Disney Junior: Doc McStuffins) by Andrea Posner-Sanchez, Mike Wall(Illustrator)

BB thinks this book is hilarious because every time something touched the sticky part of the titular knight, said thing got stuck to him and it was “really funny.”

Savvy parents will notice that this is a story straight out of the Doc McStuffins tv show series so if you have been forced to watch the series, you probably already know who Doc is and what she’s all about.

For the rest of you, a brief description from Amazon:

Doc McStuffins doesn’t just play with her toys—she heals them! Girls ages 2-5 will love getting to know this super-smart six-year-old doctor with her own backyard clinic. This Little Golden Book is based on the new Disney Junior show, Doc McStuffins.

And now, the moment you have all been waiting for, Miss BB’s review:

In summary: You’re guess is as good as mine.

Have you read this book (or seen the tv show)? What did you think?

gift guide

A (slightly) less cliche father’s day gift guide (for geeks)

We’re linking up with Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week with the prompt:

4. Create a Father’s Day gift guide.

Let’s be honest: All Father’s Day gift guides are basically the same. It’s not our fault – guys are really pretty simple creatures. They don’t want for much and they tend to buy the things they want before we get a chance to splurge on them (at least mine does) – but we can do better than your basic Father’s Day gifts, right? This year for Father’s Day…

Don’t just get him a coffee mug, get him:

A Superhero Dad Mug - $19.99 |
A Superhero Dad Mug – $12.99 |

Don’t just get him a wallet, get him:

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. RFID Blocking Wallet – $19.99 |

Don’t just get him another grill set, get him:

A Tactical DAD Apron - $19.99 |
A Tactical DAD Apron – $19.99 |

Don’t just get him a cell phone charger, get him:

R2-D2 USB Car Charger - $39.99 |
R2-D2 USB Car Charger – $39.99 |

Don’t just get him a tie, get him:

Batman Silk Ties - $49.99 |
Batman Silk Ties – $49.99 |

Don’t just get him a watch, get him:

Back to the Future Flux Capacitor Wristwatch - $49.99 |
Back to the Future Flux Capacitor Wristwatch – $49.99 |

Don’t just get him a new briefcase, get him:

Leather Executive Bag of Holding - $149.99 |
Leather Executive Bag of Holding – $149.99 |

Yes, all the gifts on my “guide” are from No, this is not a sponsored post. My reasons for being so exclusive here are 1) I’m too lazy to go to a bunch of websites looking for stuff and 2) is such a one stop shop for all things geek. If you are shopping for a Geeky Dad, you really don’t need to look any further. 3) This is honestly where I get almost all of the gifts for the geeks in my life. 4) I feel like there should be a fourth thing, but there isn’t.

What are you getting your dad / husband / grandpa for father’s day this year?

I promise I won’t tell.