Princesses for Real

Hey GirlMoguls – unless you have been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard that there’s a pretty big wedding happening over in Merry ole England. Prince William, the heir to the throne of England is marrying Kate Middleton (who is not a princess or royalty of any kind – ’cause she wasn’t born that way).

While everyone is speculating over the flavor of the wedding cake and what the bride will wear (we’re umm guessing it’s a dress), we thought you might want to hear about some real princesses – (ok so Kate will be a real Princess, but in case you haven’t noticed, royals these days don’t have that much to do — most countries with princes and princesses also have other forms of elected government.)

Maybe when you were a little girl, you dreamed of becoming a princess – by marrying a prince…or being discovered by a fairy godmother or some other sort of magic.  And well, then you grew up, and you probably realized that the openings for princesses are pretty few and far between – and it looks like one is just about to get taken.

Besides – do you know what princesses do all day – well neither do we…in fact, being a princess today seems a lot less interesting than it used to be.  In case you haven’t noticed, most kings and queens – and princesses – and been pushed aside in favor of presidents, premiers and prime ministers…all forms of elected government.

Good news is that you don’t have to be born a president – or marry one to become one – you can get there all on your own.  But it takes hard work, skill, brains…you know real stuff.

Which is why we thought you might like to take some lessons from the past – from real queens and princesses – who ruled lands, directed economies, negotiated treaties and led armies – pretty cool – huh.  Sure they probably had nicer clothes than everyone else, but that wasn’t all they cared about.

To help us learn all about these power women of yore, we’re digging deep into a new book series for tweens, called the Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses by ShirinYim.  In this series, she profiles 6 kick booty rulers from the past.  So in honor of the royal wedding, we’re featuring  the 6 princesses in this series.  Each is the subject of a book by Shirin Yim Bridges that you can buy on Amazon or at any fine bookstore.

Princess Hatshepsut of Egypt

Princess Hatshepsut was the daughter of a Pharaoh, born around 1500 BC. She had two older brothers, but both died before they could claim the throne.  Her father, the king had quite a problem on his hand…in Ancient Egypt women couldn’t rule.  So he married her to one of her half brothers (icky to us, but normal for Egyptian royalty).  After the death of her “husband” Hatshepsut became Pharaoh in her own right, even dressing like a man to make sure her subjects got the idea who was really in charge.

Hatshepsut ruled for many years and helped make Egypt one of the richest countries in the ancient world – by building up trade with other countries instead of fighting wars.  She ruled for 22 years, but after her death, her name mysteriously vanished from history, until it was uncovered by modern scholars.

While there are many theories about why, the most probable is that the Ancient Egyptians weren’t too keen on having another Queen – so they pretended like it had never happened…Well, thanks goodness for modern day Egyptologists and their unveiling of Hatshepsut….you can get the book here….Hatshepsut of Egypt – The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses

Moms Like It Mother Tween Contest

Hey Moms Like It fans – welcome to – where tweens can light up their girl power – hope you like the site and that you’ll check out our adventures in our book: Saving Hannah: Or How to Rewrite History.


In the meantime, as promised, we have a little mother-daughter contest going on – maybe you like to share clothes, or maybe you wouldn’t be caught dead sharing a lip gloss let alone an item of clothing…but moms and their daughters definitely influence each other when it comes to fashion – and who doesn’t love a shopping spree?  So we’re going to give you one.

In the comments below, tell us your favorite go to fashionable item- one for the moms, and one for the daughters!  We’ll pick a random pair of winners and give them $50 gift cards to White House | Black Market and Justice!  Have fun!


Crafts for Tweens – Blue Jean Purse

Fun Crafts for Tweens - Make a Blue Jean Purse
Fun Crafts for Tweens - Make a Blue Jean Purse

Hey GirlMoguls, it’s crafty Daisy here, with another cool little craft you can make at home.  I bet you have a pair or two of old jeans lying around that you’re just not sure what to do with.  So why don’t you turn them into a cool purse that’s an expression of your own style.

Here’s how:

Step 1: using the waistband of the jeans as the opening, cut the legs off a bit longer than you want the purse to be.  If you have to go past the inseam, then just cut across and split the inseam – you can sew the flaps together later.

Step 2: Next  turn the jeans inside out, sew across the bottom of the legs to seal off the purse.  to seal off the bag.  You may have to sew up the inseam as well.

Step 3: Make your straps – cut strips of fabric from the remainder of the jeans to make the straps of the purse and then sew those onto the waistband.

Step 4:  To make a closing for the top, you could add a zipper, some velcro, or a button.

Step 5: Go glitzy – now it’s time to decorate your bag – add press on fabric jewels, patches and other fun stuff to make your bag truly cool.

Posted by GirlMogul Daisy
Posted by GirlMogul Daisy

Posted by GirlMogul Daisy

The Birthday Ball Book Review

The old Prince and Pauper tale gets a tween twist here when bored Princess Patricia Priscilla, who’s turning 16 in a week swaps clothes with a peasant girl for a week.  Bored because the Princess has to spend all of her time entertaining yucky suitors.  Will the Princess’s foray into real life help her find true love and adventure?[ReviewAZON asin=”054723869X” display=”fullpost”]