Smol Squad Saturday – Coloring!

It’s time for another Smol Squad post! These prompts are meant to help cultivate a community of Littles by asking you to participate in a specific Littlespace activity this week!

Last week I asked you to paint your nails and share a picture of them with me! I did my toenails a dark teal with pretty pink sparkles. I still smile when I look down and see my pretty toes! These are the responses shared with me:

This week is a Littlespace classic: coloring! There’s a coloring book for everyone out there. Whether you like more complex designs or pages or something more simple, whether you like princesses or dinosaurs – you can find a coloring book that’s just perfect for you! This week, I want you to color anything your heart desires!

I chose:

To share your coloring page with me and to be featured in next Saturday’s Smol Squad post, be sure to email a picture to frittercrumbs@gmail.com

Easing Into Littlespace

Something that almost every Little will face at some point in their life is the feeling of being “locked out” of Littlespace. This can happen for many reasons – being hurt by a Caregiver, breaking up with a partner, major stress at work, a particularly nasty illness… whatever the reason, feeling like you can’t reach the headspace you love so much can be extremely painful for a Little.

When that “locked out” feeling happens, it can be tempting to throw yourself at one of two extremes: to try to force yourself deep into Littlespace or to leave Littlespace behind you completely forever. Neither of these are good options as the first may make the locked-out feeling worse, and the second plays in to a binge-and-purge cycle that many Littles know all too well.

The better choice is to try to ease yourself back into Littlespace.

What do I mean by that? I think the best way to explain is by example.

soap-bubble-439103_1920When I get stressed out (which happens for any number of reasons), I can find myself feeling locked-out of Littlespace. There’s just this weird feeling in the pit of my stomach when I even look at my pacifier or sippy cups. Shows I usually love to watch feel oddly empty or maybe even actually grate on my nerves. This is really upsetting for me! So what I do is put away those more “intense” aspects of Littlespace. I don’t try to use a sippy or my pacifier because that feels like I’m forcing myself. Instead, I’ll do a “less-Little” version of things I enjoy in Littlespace.

Some examples!

  • Coloring in an “adult” coloring book instead of a “kid” coloring book
  • Taking a bath without bubbles or bath toys (but perhaps with a bath bomb)
  • Watching “The Great British Baking Show” instead of “Octonauts” (or similar)
  • Redressing my dolls instead of playing with them
  • Eat a Littlespace meal (like pb&j or mac ‘n cheese) on adult plates

By easing myself back into Littlespace with these kinds of “modified” activities, I can help myself relax a bit more and transition past the stressful scenario keeping me from fully enjoying my Littlespace. Sometimes it might take a few days of these kinds of modifications, but I find it really does help with that feeling of being “locked out of Littlespace.”

Toy Review – Pomsies

For today’s review, we’re diving into the world of toys and taking a look at one of the recent holiday season’s hottest gifts: Pomsies. (PLEASE NOTE: Additional images to be added to this post this afternoon!)

51ajb9io68l.jpgPomsies are an adorable and affordable interactive pet-like toy. They have a general puffball shape in various pastel colors (very “girly”) with a long tail. The tail has a firm wire through it that allows you to wrap the Pomsie’s tail around things, letting it grip and come along with you. Their sparkly eyes change color depending on their mood and lets you know how to best interact with them. The major difference between the “types” of Pomsies are ear-shapes: some are cat-shaped, a couple are dog-shaped, and there’s even one koala.

There are a number of ways to interact with your Pomsie. Happy Pomsies like to be pet, while Hungry Pomsies need to be fed. Sad Pomsies need a cuddle, and Silly Pomsies need to be tickled till they’re tired. They have a sensor at the top and at the back of their head and their nose functions as the button that wakes them up, switches them to “Dance Mode,” and puts them back to sleep.

skyrocket_pomsies_patches_oop_lrI picked my Pomsie up when my local Target had some on clearance. It meant I didn’t get the specific one I wanted (Snowball or Sherbert or Kali), but Pinky was priced right for me at just over $10. Of course, Pinky was a temporary name. I renamed my Pomsie “Peony” when I unboxed her.

Speaking of unboxing – you’re going to want a nice sharp scissors on hand that isn’t too big. Pomsies are held to their cardboard backing with strong plastic tabs that run right through parts of them, and tugging too hard may injure your new friend. You don’t want them to lose a tuft of fur!

Peony blinked to life the moment I booped her nose with a little surprised sound – like a kitten being woken up from a nap. I tried to wrap her tail around my wrist so she could play with me while I colored, but her tail didn’t seem to grip my wrist well enough. I might play with that a bit more, but some other options for bringing your Pomsie along with you could be to loop her tail through a beltloop or wrapping her tail around a purse or backpack strap. It took a while for me to experience all the ways Peony would interact with me, but every time her eyes flashed a new color, I found myself excited to give her what she wanted.

A slight warning: Pomsies are noisy. They are not particularly quiet when they’re talking to you, and they don’t have a predictable amount of talking they do! They may be very talkative for a while and then have a period where they’re relatively silent. This makes them not a great toy for late-night play (especially if you have other people in the room trying to sleep) or for those who need to keep their Littleness more under wraps.

As a last additional note: Pomsies are following a recent trend of retailer-exclusivity. Some Pomsies are Target-exclusive, some are Walmart-exclusive, and some are Amazon-exclusive. Some are available at two of the three retailers, and some are available at all three. I highly suggest checking out the Pomsies’ website so you know where to find your desired friend! They are affordable, however, ranging between $10 and $15, depending on the specific Pomsie and current retailer sale.

Appropriate Little Age: 4 – 10
Fritter Rating: 6 Purrbles out of 10