Wall Street Journal + Crayola Colored Bubbles = My Claim to Fame

Update: Yahoo Finance picked up the story. It was on the front page of Yahoo! and the trolls have come out of the woodwork on it. Comments ranging from “We got those too, aren’t they the worst?!” to “You are a flaming idiot who is stifling you kids future by not letting them play and have fun.” Don’t forget the many commentors who asked why I didn’t read the label (I did, hence why it’s IN the article) and why do I care about a stained garage (I don’t, it’s a garage. What they don’t know is what I said after that, that I was glad it didn’t stain my sofa).

So here is the lesson I learned… Don’t read the comments. LOL They don’t know me and don’t know that my kids are the one who didn’t like these bubbles. I only have 4 pictures because they were done with them after the first bubble saying they were “lame” and “too messy”.

I’m just hoping that Crayola is taking notes. This is a great idea, maybe just use less dye? I really wanted these to work as Chewy uses bubbles in his therapies and colored bubbles would be amazing for him.

It’s 2:40 AM and I’m WIDE awake. Why? Oh because Google just alerted me “Hey, Emily. Might want to head on over to the Wall Street Journal. You are on the Front Page.” WHA-WHA-WHAT?!

Yup! There it is. An infamous A-Hed depicting a blue bubble on a wand. A drawing from a photo I took. On the front page of the worlds most famous newspaper. I might sh!t my pants (excuse the language, it’s late and I’m excited!)

There is even a video report with our pictures/comments!
wall street journal coloradomoms

Inside the article they show another one of my pictures. This time of Carter, my 6 yr old, blowing bubbles. I need to go buy 30 copies and save them forever and ever.
Carter in the Wall Street Journal

So how did we get so famous?! My fave website TimeToPlayMag.com has a Friday webshow where you can watch Jim and Chris show off the hot new toys and win prizes. They have a column on their site – Real Parents, Real Reviews – where, like the title suggests, parents give open and honest reviews of a variety of products. On the web show you can often win a chance to do one of these reviews of the product they chose and they give you some pretty awesome toys/prizes along with the review product for your time. I love reviews (as you all know) so I tried to win every Friday I could. The last time I did get the chance, it was to review Crayola Colored Bubbles. You can read my full review on TimeToPlayMag.com

I won’t re-type the review, but to make a long story short, those bubbles aren’t what I hoped they would be. They turned my kids blue and stained our garage floor (some splotches are still there!) The idea is fun. Bubbles that are colored. Cool. But the mess is certainly the opposite of fun.

After my review went live on TimeToPlayMag.com, I got an email and call from Ann Zimmerman of the WSJ. She asked if I’d be willing to comment on the bubbles. At first I was nervous. In case I haven’t said it enough, this is the WALL STREET JOURNAL! Then I thought, “By Jolly, parents have to know that these bubbles aren’t as washable as you would think. I’m in”

After the interview I emailed a couple photos and hoped they’d use one, but didn’t think they really would. Little did I know I’d have an A-Hed drawn from a photo I took. That to me is even better than being mentioned in the article. Then they printed Carter’s pic too?! I think I may just have him autograph it.

So there you have it. If you want your very own Carter autograph, leave a comment below and I’ll have his people call your people. ;)

Emily

Fueled by coffee and wine. Wife to a doc, mom to three boys (one with Autism), a puppy and a tortoise. I knit, I get crafty, I tweet.

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  2. chuck says

    Very cool about your son! I’m glad I never messed with the Crayola product. A few years ago someone hooked me up with some of the Zubbles. I’ve got three little boys and the idea of giving them bubbles with instructions is ridiculous! Zubbles does what it says it does – disappear! Definitely a lot of fun, and worth the extra $ up front than having to worry about pressure cleaning your floors or scrubbing the kids skin off to get the color out.

  3. says

    OK, first off great review, great spot in the article.

    But now I’m intrigued by the bubbles. WTH is IN them to make them stain? Is the bottle labeled non-toxic?

  4. says

    First of all, I am so glad I was able to meet you before you became famous. :)

    Secondly, I remembered what you mentioning about the bubbles the other day and went I was shopping for my niece, I did not buy them, per your recommendation.

    Thank goodness I didn’t! My brother and SIL would not have been happy.

  5. says

    Great article, glad they quoted you just right. My friend said the red got all over her kids and their hands/arms were stained for days! Don’t use these for a photoshoot unless you’re doing a “trash the wedding dress” shoot! Which I know people do. Hoping Crayola will reformulate their product and make it more kid friendly.

  6. says

    I’m so glad I found out about these. I got a bottle and am going to throw it away. Congrats on your fame! I think it’s cool that I know a celebrity! :)

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