Color Alex’s World Activity for Girls

Alexis’ books are called Alex Stories.  Alexis likes having two names because they show her feminine side and her sporty side.  When Alexis is at formal events or school she goes by the name of Alexis, but when playing with her friends and exploring her friends call her Alex.  Alex is a special nickname that only her friends know and use. Do you too have a nickname too?  In the picture below you see Alexis and her Storicolor®, storybook Alex picture.  They are in front of her home in São Paulo, Brazil.  Bring the home to life by coloring it.  You can find more pictures to color in the Alex Storicolor book, Ten Acts of Kindness, found at www.Via-E.com.

Print the image below to have some coloring fun!

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Paper Carryall Bag Craft for Girls

Since most girls are thinking about Trick or Treating about now, I thought this paper bag craft might make for great dollfriend fun!  Color your own design and follow the directions to assemble your own Trick or Treating bag for dollfriends.  This is a fun craft for any time of the year!

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A Journey of Passion

IMG_0090Passion may be just another word for crazy and Vision may take many straight to the poor house.  I write to you today about my journey to survive building a business in the middle of a recession.  Why now?  Why not wait for better times?  The answer is fear.

I fear for today’s young.  Media has run amuck and toys are no longer designed for children’s well being.  As an educator of marketing for a highly regarded world-influencing university, I can’t turn off my understanding of what big business is doing to our young.  The mother inside of me hurts and is angry.  It is like watching a movie on the big screen knowing the plot will end tragically.

I’m not grandstanding.  Take a look around.  Pregnancy under the age of 15 is increasing; boys bring guns to school to create mass murder, education has become so expensive that many are now telling our youth that higher education is a poor return on investment—they will be no better off with a college education.  Even our own government is so busy with their own interest they fail to see what will be left for the children.

So call me crazy but I have to do something.  Via E is not about making money…although I hope I can stop having to use garage sales and creative money management to pay my bills…

Via E is about:  EDUCATION – fun learning that will build solid futures, RESPECT – for yourself and others, COMPASSION – for those who need help, LEADERSHIP – because God knows we need more good leaders, SAFETY – a place girls can play where parents know their best interests will always be put before profits.

Miley Cyrus feels she is a good business person because her shocking behavior will sell.  I don’t know which makes me more ill…the fact that she would sell herself in this manner or the fact that she is right—she is hitting the top of the charts.

We have to stop this…one girl at a time.  They deserve better…they are better…Miley is better, she just was never told so and now millions of girls will follow.

I care…I can’t stop from caring so this passion, this vision… even when I’m on my last penny, when I’m so tempted to just get a normal job…  will cause me to fight to make a difference.  I hope you will too.  It won’t be easy but it will be worthy.

Crafts for Girls–Make a Journal for your Dollfriend

Here is a quick and easy craft that will delight your dollfriend loving girl.  There just are not enough books for dollfriends to read, so here is a dollfriend sized version of Alexis’ Journal.  You can find the girl sized version on http://via-e.com/alexis-character-counts-journal.html.

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Bring Alex Home–Passing the time with fun!

As we all await the arrival of the first production Alex dollfriends, I thought we could have a little fun to help pass the time.  This game is my way of playing with the reality of the effort to bring Alex to your home.  I hope it makes you smile.

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Crafts for Girls–Dollfriend Tennis Racquet

This month I had to think harder to come up with a fun craft for girls.  Since summer is approaching, I thought we’d encourage some outdoor fun.  This craft can be completed with things you will find around the house.  But if you want to make the tennis racquet more authentic, you can cut out the string area and replace it with an open weave material found at a cloth store or other string like material–be creative!  Use a clear rubber band to hold it tightly in your dollfriend’s hand or weave the handle between the fingers.  Since Alex’s arms rotate at the elbow she can do forehand and backhand strokes!  So much fun!

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The Learning Channel (TLC)—What happened to the learning?

My favorite television channels have always been stations like The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, The Learning Channel..etc., but as time progresses this type of qGirluality family viewing has been falling off.  What’s disturbing is the material that is replacing this programming—Reality TV!  I have to ask, whose reality are we viewing and why?  The Learning Channel has moved so far away from their namesake that they had to rebrand as TLC!  Their entire line up is a compilation of reality television: America’s Worst Tattoos, Toddlers and Tiaras, Honey Booboo, Breaking Amish…etc.  If this is learning, count me out!

With the number of channels on the air, you would think there would be something for everyone—including parents who get tired of saying, “No, you can’t watch that!” or “Turn that channel!”  Instead, I find myself having to be ever more diligent of removing the amazing amount of entertainment pollution being created today.

I think the best protection against mass media’s contribution to an eroding American value system is to provide children with better things to do than watch television.  If we don’t watch it, advertisers will not sponsor it.  It is really in OUR hands.  Now that television is digital, each station can get real time data about viewer behavior.  That means every time you turn the channel, you are sending a message directly to the station manager.  Yes, you have never had this much power before.

So next time you are watching something just because there is nothing better to view, turn it off.  Send a message that you have had enough!  Let’s get back to taking family walks, playing games, reading books, talking.  The real Learning Channel is at home and it begins with us.