A Tiny Toddlers & Tiaras Tirade.
Plus Thanks to my Sponsors

As I write this post, I’m watching Toddlers and Tiaras.  Competing tonight are Savanna, Savannah and Savana.  The good news is, when they graduate from being future strippers of America to working strippers of America, they won’t have to pick out an alternative stage name.

Plus they know how to jiggle their asses while making a kissy face which will pretty much guarantee early admittance to medical school.

At the moment,  a Chucky doll dressed as a saloon hooker is drinking a Red Bull.  I think I’m most appalled by the Red Bull.  Oop!  One of them just screamed at her mother and then hit her in the head. Isn’t that just darling?

Speaking of mothers and Red Bulls, I haven’t seen my mother Betty with one lately.  You might remember, a while ago my mother was hooked on Red Bull and was taking it as “medication”.  As in, I overheard her mutter, “Oh shoot, I forgot to take my Red Bull today“.  Betty’s a bit frugal, like I am, so at one point she bought some no-name Red Bull, copy cat drink.  It gave her the squiggles.  It could be she’s been off it since then.

Somebody needs to give Savanna/Savannah/Savana a can of copy cat Red Bull.

Since it’s the weekend and closing in on the end of the month even, I wanted to give a hip hop, rock and roll, old fashioned shout out to my sponsors.

These are the people that help pay for the trips to Dollarama and the migraine medication.

First up … !

WayLay Design

 These are the fine folks who came to the rescue when I tried to change my website’s server myself.   They’re website designers.  And geniuses.   I can install central vac, build a chicken coop, fix a dryer, touch my tongue to the end of my nose, but I couldn’t move my website.  When a year’s worth of work is stuck in cyberspace the world is a scary place. WayLay literally swooped in and saved the day.  I’ve never seen the folks from WayLay but I’m pretty sure they wear capes and masks.


Compass Jewellery

Funny story.  On the last show I did, W Expert Challenge for W Network there was a P.A. (production assistant) named Elizabeth.  Fast forward several months later and Elizabeth is contacting me to advertise on my site!  She not only knows how to run around on set like a crazy person, she also knows how to design jewellery.  Or, as it’s sometimes known, jewelry.  O.K. The story wasn’t funny so much as interesting.  To me.

You can see my absolute favourite picks from Elizabeth’s Etsy site herehere and here!

Adrienne Audrey

Longtime readers of The Art of Doing Stuff might recognize Adrienne Audrey’s button because it’s so beautiful.  Oddly, it happens to be beautiful without the addition of a spray tan, false eyelashes, or a hair piece the size of a mountain goat.  She’s a return advertiser from a few months ago.  It might be the most beautiful ad I’ve ever seen.  I’m completely mesmerized by it.  So, it would make sense that she also has beautiful jewellery/jewelry.  And she does.  And here are my favourites!  The first one incorporates a silver butterfly wing.  I loveeeeeeee it.  You can see my favourites by clicking here,  here and here.

I will highlight the best of my remaining sponsors next Friday!  Hopefully I won’t be as worked up by Toddlers and Tiaras.  I’ll try and watch something a little more calming.

Like The Exorcist.  Whose featured child was infinitely more charming than most of those tiara wearing Toddlers.



  1. Pam'a says:

    Hey, Sponsors!

    We, as faithful readers, thank you! We also slavishly follow all of Karen’s orders, so when she says visit you, we visit. Promise! 🙂

  2. SK Farm GIrl says:

    I sat down and actually watched the show myself, a while back. The horror! Had I acted like that towards my parents as a child (heck, even now) I still wouldn’t be able to sit down! I can only imagine what their adult behaviours will be like! To me the parents are definately grooming them to be the “working strippers of America”! Enough about that rant! Love your sponsors – some really great stuff!! PS – I have a half dozen of your “globe lights” strewn about my yard (they were my prey when hunting at yard sales this spring). I have recieved so many compliments on them – thanks Karen – you rock!! One word of advise: don’t put two the same size at the base of a lovely little compact, upright shrub. Well you can figure out what my fella’s comment was on that! Now I have a small globe and a big globe side-by-side; not so obivious then! LOL!!! However, I have a lovely little towering cedar I am dying to place two same-sized globes under – tee, hee, hee! I digress . . .

  3. Suzan says:

    I watched that same episode of “Toddlers and Tiaras” and totally freaked out when the camera zoomed in on the shot of the Red Bull can in the trash. I just saw the mother of that same child on one of those “entertainment” shows saying that her daughter was retiring from pageants and looking for a big career in tv, film, whatever. Would have LOVED to have slapped the mother…

  4. Original Nancy says:

    Toddlers and tiaras are an embarrassment. What are these Moms thinking of, 2 sad words JonBente Ramsey.

  5. Bernadette says:

    My friend is so upset with Toddlers and Tiaras, she has started a boycott of the sponsors. She says this is wrong on so many levels.

  6. bluephatmom says:

    ….and speaking of the chicken coop…???????

  7. Julie says:

    Toddlers and Tiaras is on what station? I forget since I have stopped watching that station. The lowest form of tv I have ever not watched. The commercials for it made me sick! Those mothers should seriously be arrested for abuse.

  8. christine hilton says:

    What is wrong with prostitots?:)

  9. Marti says:

    Well thanks Karen. I giggled all the way through and nearly snorted my watermelon. (It’s hotter ‘n hades here in the Northeastern US of A)

    And now I know that we have more than just WayLay in common. We can both touch our noses with our tongues. Have a great weekend and thanks for turning me onto WL. 🙂

  10. Travelmate 2354nlmi Battery says:

    thatakwardmomentwhen watching toddlers and tiaras where you stop questioning why this is a show and wonder why a boy is competing.

  11. Candyt says:

    Thank God others feel the same. This show is very disturbing! This a new low for so called “reality” TV. I think we should all write the sponsors and tell them we will boycott their products if they continue to sponsor it and others like it. As for the parents: most states require you to get a license to wash hair in a salon. NO LICENSE IS REQUIRED to have children. Apparently stupidity is all you need!

  12. Dana says:

    Karen: please tell me you’ve seen this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPLWKBWkn3s&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    That show is evil.

  13. Danielle says:

    This show made my jaw drop the few times I watched it. Have you seen the Tom Hanks Toddlers and Tiaras spoof video? Greatness!

  14. Valerie says:

    While you have done it in a humourous fashion I very seriously appreciate your comments on this abuse of children on the program indicated. As a society we have “normalized” so many things that are truly wrong and this is one of those things.

  15. First let me say how relieved I am that your website is working again! I kept getting a scary warning this morning that I am FORBIDDEN to access your site. Not that I took it personally or anything… but the thought of being singled out and banished from one of my favorite reads fleetingly crossed my mind. Oh no, what could I have done??! And Thanks to your sponsers too! Retail Therapy and migraine meds? So that’s the real secret to successful blogging huh?

    I think I saw that Red Bull episode of T&T, it was mortifying! I don’t blame the producers of the show or the sponsors though, these lunatic parents really exist and the pageants go on with or without the T&T expose of their twisted reality. The Tom Hanks spoof was hilarious!

  16. amy walters, adesigndock says:

    I;m so with – that TV show is appalling. I feel soooo sad for these poor little girls. They’re forced to grow up way too fast!

  17. Nancy says:

    so sad for the kids that their Mommys need to use them to get attention..

  18. Linda says:

    I can’t even talk about that show it makes me so angry. Beyond stupid. I feel my blood pressure rising now.

  19. Penny says:

    Yikes, the vitriol! That little boy was great! That kid should have his own show, kudos to his Mom for letting him be himself.

    Just ordered a few things from Adrienne Audrey, what cute stuff. Can’t wait to get it!

  20. Janey says:

    ok your description of the T&T show is sooo funny and sadly true! Its like the “jersey shore” for moms who are crazy! So are these train wrecks (aka pagents) just a american thing? or do canadians take part in this cultural activity as well?
    Janey (still love my american family and friends)

  21. Bonnie says:

    I everyone stopped watching those shows, they would be taken off the air. Let’s all boycott them.

  22. Bonnie says:

    That’s supposed to be:

    If everyone stopped watching those shows, they would be taken off the air. Let’s all boycott them.

  23. Emma says:

    You so cannot touch your nose with your tongue!!

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