Glitter Bomb

Updated: Dec 11, 2019

“But Mom, it’s perfect,” said my daughter, in the sweetest, most genuine four-year-old voice imaginable. And she’s right. The 18-pack of glitter is an absolutely perfect Christmas gift from her to her six-year-old sister.

Nothing personal, glitter, but I despise you. You’re everywhere. For months.


Pioneers not Princesses is a strong stance, and one that I’ll forever stand by. But we don’t live in a world of absolutes. I want my kids to be interesting people. I want them to be confident and adventurous, and know that they can do anything they set their minds to. I want them to grow up to be creative problem solvers, and strong, independent, resourceful, awesome adults.


Do I think this means saying no to glitter, dresses, and all things girly? Absolutely not. It means we live in a world of balance. And that even though their nails are painted and their shoes are sparkly, they are a force to be reckoned with. We’re raising them to know they’re not damsels in distress, waiting for prince charming. They have the skills and confidence to think for themselves, to research solutions, implement action, and to speak their minds.


Here at Pioneers not Princesses, we believe in

More joy and less mundane (even if that joy involves glitter).

More adventure and less indecision

More movement and less screen time

More experiences and less things

More conversation and less social media

More creating and less buying

More awesomeness and less ordinary

More helpers and less bystanders

More interesting reads and less mindless surfing

More genuine friendship and less small talk

More hugs and less dirty looks

More grace and less grumping

More family time and less busyness

More doing and less sitting

More rest and less burnout

More abundance and less limiting mindsets

More intention and less aimlessly wandering

And above all else, kindness. There is always room for more kindness.


Reflecting on this in the Target aisle, how on earth could I say no to the glitter bomb that was about to land in our house on Christmas day? It’s the kindest, most thoughtful gift a preschooler can imagine. I just wish I would have thought of it first.


Glitter on, girls!

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