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

Tackle a Tiny Thing

Sundays are all about self-care on Little-Spaces. As Littles, we can sometimes forget about self-care – possibly because we rely on our Bigs to manage things like that or because we’re simply overwhelmed with the rest of our lives. Every Sunday, I’m going to take a moment to talk about a self-care tactic you can use as a Little!

Today, we’re going to tackle a Tiny Thing.

Self-care isn’t all about baths and cupcakes and cute movies. Sometimes, self-care needs to be about doing things that need doing. But sometimes, doing those things feels overwhelming and impossible. That’s where the Tiny Thing comes in!

Just do a Tiny Thing. Just one.

What’s a Tiny Thing? It’s something small and insignificant on its own, but they can add up into the big ball of unmanageability that feels too overwhelming to handle. It’s something like replacing the burnt-out lightbulb in the hallway or cleaning the toilet. Don’t let yourself get trapped into thinking you have to check all the burnt bulbs or clean the entire bathroom. Do one, single Tiny Thing.

Why just one? Because it won’t overwhelm you. And if you chip away at the Tiny Things on the days that you don’t feel like you can tackle something big, you’ll keep them from ganging up together into something huge and overwhelming. Doing one Tiny Thing a day helps keep you moving toward a healthy lifestyle!

So trounce a Tiny Thing today! Pick up the dirty dishes from your bedroom. Put one basket of laundry all the way away. Take the trash out from the bathroom. Sweep the entryway. Just one Tiny Thing. I know you can do it!

 

SmolSquad Saturday – Nail Painting

Saturday’s are SmolSquad day – when I ask the community to participate with me in a fun Little Space activity or topic. This week, it’s nail painting!

I love nail painting. I’m terrible at it because my left hand is less a functional appendage and more a shaky mass of bits hodge-podged together when it comes to anything artistic, but I still enjoy doing it. It also often makes me feel really little because my nails are usually kept very short, so sweeping adult manicures just aren’t a thing I do.

Don’t think this activity is only for little girls! Little boys and enbys can participate as well! Nail polish comes in all the colors you can imagine! You could do dinosaur nails or superhero nails! You also don’t have to paint your fingernails – you could paint your toenails instead! Then if you don’t want other people to see, just slip your tootsies into some socks and BLAM!

I picked up a really neat color and some cute sparkles to put overtop. What do you think?

To share your pretty (or awesome) nails with me and to have them featured on next week’s SmolSquad post, email pictures to frittercrumbs@gmail.com!

Fri-YAY 1-18-19

Time for another Fri-YAY post! These posts are just my sort of mish-mash catch-all posts for the end of the workweek. ‘Cuz everyone needs a little fun.

It was a pretty up and down week for me this week. I’ve been struggling with being ghosted in a relationship and that’s not been any fun. I also am coming off a strong fibromyalgia flare from last week, which makes me a bit more tender and lacking energy than average. But despite all that, I’ve been growing closer with another wonderful person AND two special packages came for me this week!

I’m still rather shy about the contents of those packages. I purchased my first ever diapers. One disposable, and one that’s more training-pants style and cloth. They both came and I’m excited to share my thoughts about them in future posts.

home-mainI also started my sticker chart this week! I’m planning a post on that in the future as well, but this is giving me a GREAT place to use my Pipsticks stickers! Pipsticks is an AWESOME monthly subscription “box” (they actually come in a sparkly envelope) for stickers! If you’d like to sign up, you should use my referral link! It saves you money and me money. The stickers are soooo cute. And the sticker chart is helping me (hopefully) better manage my spending ‘cuz I get dollars as rewards for earning stickers.

WORD OF THE WEEK: BORBORYGMUS
bor·​bo·​ryg·​mus | \ˌbȯr-bə-ˈrig-məs
(noun) The rumbling noise in your stomach
“I forgot to eat breakfast, and my body let me know with quite the borborygmus!”

Solo Littles

Not every Little has a Caregiver. And that lack of a Caregiver can be really hard on a Little. There’s a lot of content out there about how wonderful it is to have a Daddy, and our tender hearts often yearn for that protective, guiding hand in our lives.

But don’t fret! Being a Solo Little is an absolutely okay thing to be! There’s lots and lots of Littles out there who don’t have a Caregiver, and being a Solo Little can actually be a really wonderful experience!

As a Solo Little, you can do everything you would if you had a CG. I often give myself Little Space Weekends, and I make sure to do lots of the “big” prep beforehand. I’ll slice up fruits and veggies and keep them in the fridge. I’ll make sure I have meals I can make easily. I’ll be sure my Littlespace dishes are clean and that I have everything I need for a bath. Then when the weekend comes, I can just be extra Little and not have to worry. Hungry? There’s apple slices ready for me. Tired? I can have a nap.

Being a Solo Little can also teach you a lot about what you want in a Caregiver. There’s plenty of people out there who will draw you in only to hurt you when you find out they weren’t really interested in being a CG and only used you to feed their fetish for a while. Those people are BAD NEWS and you are a precious Little who deserves only the best.

And when you let yourself give you the best, you won’t take less from someone else.

So make yourself that mac and cheese. Watch that Disney movie with your favorite stuffie. Have a bubble bath. You don’t need anyone else to make that happen. You are an amazing, strong, resourceful person, and you can be wonderfully Little on your own!

Nosh! Fruity Stars – Review

It’s time for a Littlespace snack review! Today, I’m reviewing a fruit snack from a company specializing in organic baby/toddler snacks: Nosh!

There’s a couple available flavors, but I picked up the apple-banana-sweet potato flavor. Each box comes with five little packages of gummies that are about the size of my palm.

You get a surprising number of gummies out of the package! The first thing I noticed was a pretty intense smell of banana as soon as I opened the pack. I was honestly worried I’d be turned off by the taste! But I was pleasantly surprised.

The gummies have a slight coating to them – which helps them from getting sticky in your hand. They have a texture more like other gummy snacks instead of a gummy bear – they’re soft and chew nicely without being rubbery. They have a pretty zippy tang to them as well! I wouldn’t have guessed there was sweet potato in them if I hadn’t read the package. I thought they were really tasty.

A few other notes for these gummies! Nosh is an organic company and use only organic produce. The gummies are also, as far as I can tell, gelatin free! Each pack is 45 calories. You can purchase them on Nosh’s website OR at your local Target! They are a bit on the expensive side, but if you can nab them on sale (like I did), they’re worth it!

Appropriate Little Age: 2+

Fritter Rating: 7/10 Squishy Stars

Tonton Friends – Adorable Pudges

Alright! I’ve decided there’s way too many things out there to share and review, so I’m doing two review posts a week! Mondays AND Thursdays! You’re welcome. ೕ(・ㅂ・ )

Today, we’re going to take a look at one of the most adorable little comics out there: Tonton Friends.

49938587_2945703348788489_7038674116437606400_nTonton Friends is a Korean-produced series of short comics featuring four main characters (the cast is now expanding slightly). There’s the prissy tsundere cat Bella, the lovestruck Shiba dog Yuta, the socially anxious bear Winnie, and the snacking and snoozing bunny Tobi. Each comic features one or more of the chubby friends in a simple, wholesome scenario.

While Tonton Friends is produced in Korean, the artist also provides translations into English. But a lot of the comics include no text at all – it’s not necessary for the cute scenes played out in 4-or-so panels. This makes it perfect for Little Space – minimal reading or comprehension required!

49763662_2932204690138355_290204884286832640_nIn the last year or so, Tonton Friends has seen massive success in developing their brand. The company now offers some merchandise, which honestly sells out very quickly! I was unlucky when the first plush line came out during my recovery from cancer and missed the window of opportunity to snag a squishy friend. But I was much MORE lucky last month when a new line of plushies came out. (My Winnie plush finally arrived yesterday!) The Tonton Forest website (where you can purchase merch) still has limited quantities of the plushies available, as well as a few other merch options. I really want to snap up some of the enamel pins…

What I really love about Tonton friends is how sweet and wholesome the comics are. They’re simply designed, they’re not busy or cluttered, and they always bring a smile to my face. Even without a ton of words or story, each character has a distinct personality that really shines through. Winnie is definitely my personal favorite. Plus, their pudgie plumpness makes me feel a bit more comfortable with my own fluffiness!

FRITTER RATE: 9 Squishy Friends out of 10
Appropriate Little Age Range: ANY

For more Tonton Friends content, please check them out on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

 

Everyday Little – Socks

Heya! Fritter here with my first Topical Tuesday! Tuesdays, I’ll be trying to discuss a topic directly related to the CGl community. (Please note that when I say CGl, I’m encompassing a wide range of community abbreviations. CGl is just my preferred go-to.)

Being Little is something that brings comfort and joy to those who experience that particular headspace. And for me, it’s my favorite headspace to be in. Of course, I can’t always be at home in jammies and drowning in my plushie collection. I go to work, I handle chores, I pay bills, I run errands, etc. And for a lot of people, I think those types of things bring this feeling of being locked out of the Little headspace.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Cue: Everyday Little! These posts will focus on ways that I’ve found I can be Little in my every day life, even when I’m doing otherwise “big” things like my day job.

s-l1000Today I wanna talk about socks. Yes, socks! In reality, most people are never paying attention to the socks you’re wearing. And if you have close-toed shoes, that standard article of clothing is just begging for some secret Little-ing. Socks are a great way to bring that Little feeling into your everyday life.

It’s not even necessarily an unusual thing anymore. Loads of people wear fun or interesting socks, even with suits and ties. If you’re nervous about going too far at once, start by finding socks in some of your favorite colors – whether that’s bright primary colors or softer pastels. If you’re feeling more adventurous, check out socks with fun patterns or that feature your favorite animals. If you’re into geeky things, your sock choices are practically limitless! (I’m wearing bright yellow Pikachu socks today!)

With your super socks on, any time you want a bit of connection to your Little side, just take a peek down toward your shoes. Lift up your pant leg and enjoy the bright red fabric or those too-cute unicorns. I also find it to be a great mood boost if I’m in a long line or finding myself frustrated at work.

Just be careful – your sock collection may soon rival your stuffie collection!