I grew up in a house where I was one of three children, one of three girls; that meant my dad was drastically outnumbered. Even the dog was female. The poor guy didn’t have a fighting chance but he embraced his testosterone position and did everything in his power, along with my mom, to ensure that we were the strongest young women that we could be. This meant growing up with dolls and Army figures, doing yardwork at a young age using the proper equipment, learning about tools and cars, woodworking in his workshop, and learning the proper way to punch if we needed to protect ourselves. He was a great man of skill, experience, love, and he wanted the world for us.
Unfortunately, he passed away when I was a teenager and from that day on we started learning new life skills that carried us through the rest of our childhood and helped mold us into the women that we are today. It was during this time that I learned about the invisible glass ceiling and how important it is to break through it, independence, true strength both physically and mentally, and the importance of education. To say that life changed drastically was an understatement. I was suddenly using life skills that my father taught us early on and realized how blessed I was to have them. I became part of a new “women’s movement” as I swiftly became a part of a new unit where we worked together as a team instead of on a level with a distinction between parent and child. Then I went to high school and started kicking butt, figuratively, because I knew that I had to go to college to succeed and I knew that the only way I would get there was through hard work.
A little less than four years after I graduated high school, I graduated from college with high honors and was recruited into a special position with the federal government. To date, I am the only person in my family to graduate from college with four year degree and hopefully dad is as proud of my efforts as mom is. Now that I am a full-fledged adult, I know the challenges that women face in the world, in their job, and in the classroom. But the key word there is challenge; they are obstacles to overcome and by overcoming them they make us that much stronger. Boost your confidence. Boost your pride. Boost your brainpower. It’s all in a day’s work! 😉
Now that I am a mommy that has been blessed with a little girl, I strive to instill in her the same life lessons that we learned as little girls. We allow her to be as independent as possible; within reason. We encourage her to push her limits in everything that she does and every day we work to teach her the importance of education. We work to encourage fun too!
As a parent, I love products geared towards girls that focus on the fun that is education. This is especially important and impressive when the product is a toy and one that focuses on science! And when they incorporate fun experiments … I am absolutely sold (and a little jealous that we didn’t have this kind of stuff when I was a kid).
What I’m talking about is Project Mc2, a group of Science-Loving Secret Spy Girls that focus on S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)! You and your little one can see the girls in action by tuning in to their series on Netflix. Then, jump online to take part in weekly missions, learn more about each character, and find fun experiments that can be performed at home!
I know that this is a group of girls that I want to introduce to my little one and what better way than to take advantage of the holiday season that is upon us! After doing a bit of research of my own I fell in love with McKeyla McAlister. She’s into reading, writing, upcycling, and saving the world so how could she not be my favorite? After seeing her motto, I knew that she would be absolutely perfect for my little one. Seriously, any girl that lives by the words, “I’m SMART – get over it!” gets automatic bonus points in my book.
More specifically, my little one will be receiving McKeyla’s Lava Light and her Ultimate Lab Kit!
About McKeyla’s Lava Light
Now you can perform an experiment at home with Project Mc2 leader, McKeyla McAlister. Make your own lava light just using safe household ingredients.
Picking Up S.T.E.A.M.: Molecules of water don’t like to mix with molecules of oil because of something called intermolecular polarity. The oil stays above or separated from the water because oil is less dense than water. Next, when you add an effervescent tablet, it dissolves, creating a gas. As the gas bubbles rise, they take some of the colored water with them. Science is rad, right?
About McKeyla’s Ultimate Lab Kit
Conduct your own experiments at home or on the go, just like the girls from Project Mc2. The oversized lab “bag” unzips to reveal the Ultimate Lab Kit. Play with and store all the fun science pieces included.
Picking Up S.T.E.A.M.: So many different lab pieces for you to conduct chemistry and other science experiments. A real working microscope provides endless hours of discovery. Ready for more science experiments after you’ve mastered the ones included?
Use your own Ultimate Lab Kit to make these experiments with STEAM!
Depending on what your little one is into, you can find the right Project Mc2 girl that is right for her/him. Check out the website and let us know which Spy Girl will be making their way into your home this holiday season!
Disclaimer: This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion of this product.