4 RaNdOm Questions

Updated on August 14, 2013
L.M. asks from Chicago, IL
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I've had a few things in the back of my mind that I would like your opinion on, please:

1) How does one watch the Monster High cartoons? My daughter sees these dolls and is interested. We looked on TV - no cartoon listings. We went to their web site - no videos - only previews of episodes. Do I have to purchase DVD videos or sign up and pay a membership? I'm totally confused.

2) Why is Duct Tape so popular and what on earth are kids doing with it?

3) Have you ever washed Barbie clothes? I've given my daughter my Barbie things from 30 years ago and they could use a good washing. I wouldn't put them in the dryer, but do you think a gentle, short washer cycle would work?

4) I saw on Pinterest that putting pancake batter in an old squeeze bottle (like a ketchup bottle) would make easy preparation. Perfect with school coming! How long do you think made-from-scratch pancake batter would last in the fridge? Do you think the boxed powder would last longer? I've tried making them and freezing them, but they always come out rubbery.


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answers from Los Angeles on

Only have answers for questions 2 & 3.

2) Kids in school are making things like wallets out of Duct tape. I'd be sure that's what your child wants if for!

3) I think you may be able to put the Barbie clothes into one of those zipper pouches made for washing lingerie in the washer. Then hang to dry

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answers from New York on

#2 Duct tape is popular because of the high school prom outfit contest they sponsor every year. It's easy to design and make colorful things. The youtube.com is full of videos to make stuff.

#4 My kids use to love pancakes for breakfast but really who has time to make them fresh when you have to get 4 kids up, dressed, groomed, and on the school bus. We use to make a huge batch of pancakes on Sunday and put them in the fridge. In the morning the kids would pop them in the toaster to heat up. They came out better than in the microwave; a little crispy around the edge and not rubbery at all.They'd usually have enough to last until Wednesday or Thursday.

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answers from New York on

Dear L.-

I only have an answer for #3. I recommend hand washing with woollite, or something similar in the sink. If you want more agitation, you could probably re-purpose a salad spinner, or plastic mayonaise jar and give everything a good sluicing. The clothes are old, and delicate. It won't take much time, and I think it is worth not ruining them.

Good luck to you and yours,
F. B.

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answers from Chattanooga on

1) I think Monster High is a Nickelodeon show... But doesn't play very often. It is a fun show, I have caught it a few times while watching a friend's daughter. :)

2) The colorful duct tape is typically being used to make/decorate things... I have seen kids make prom outfits, jewelry, accessories, cover shoes, cover notebooks, decorate backpacks, etc.

3) I washed regular doll clothes, and they turned out fine.... But I think you would have a better bet using a big bowl. You could give your daughter a wood spoon, and have her agitate them. She might find it fun. Lol.

4) it doesn't hold up too well... I have found that leaving pancake batter slightly lumpy makes for fluffier pancakes... If the batter is left in the fridge then the lumps I leave would get too soggy, and my pancakes would tart tasting like my grandma's. (not a good thing! Lol.) I think mixing the dry ingredients ahead of time would cut down on time though.

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answers from Lansing on

1.) The movies appear on Nickelodeon sometimes. I was able to record them a few months ago when they had a marathon of the movies playing. It is not a regular tv series so they aren't on regularly. Otherwise yes, they do sell them on DVD.

2.) I have no idea what the big fad is but I've seen people make a super hero tool belt thing and some hair bows with them. Ive also seen a women's wallet made out of it. (Still don't get the fad)

3.) I got out my old barbie stuff for my girls too. I had a lot of clothes. I threw them in a pillow case and washed them on gentle with detergent. They all made it through the wash.

Not sure about 4......

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answers from Grand Forks on

1. No idea.
2. Crafts.
3. When I was a kid I washed all of my doll clothes and Barbie clothes by hand in the sink with mild laundry detergent and hung them to dry. This is something your daughter might enjoy doing for herself.
4. 72 hours. If freezing pancakes I reheat in the toaster, not the microwave.

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answers from Boston on

3) Try them on a soak cycle with virtually no agitation, or do them in the sink with Woolite. Watch the spin cycle too - even after a very slow agitation cycle, that spin thing really whips them around! I'd also separate carefully by color - I don't think manufacturers gave much thought to colorfastness in doll clothes. You could air dry on a drying rack or even on a sweater dryer to let the air circulate over and under at the same time. I think it's neat that you still have stuff from your childhood!

4) I don't think it holds up well once the eggs and milk are added. Raw eggs don't keep long outside the shell, so I'd use it by the next day. I don't think it matters at all whether you make from scratch or use the box - but in general I think it's wise to get kids (and adults) off as much processed, long-shelf-life products and mixes as possible. I always froze mine between layers of wax paper, and my son never cared. I also used pancakes as a great way to hide a lot of healthy additions without him knowing - oatmeal, flax seed, even broccoli (I kid you not!).

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answers from Reno on

The kids make wallets, book covers, pictures, frames etc., with duct tape.
Williams-Sonoma sells a "pancake pen" for $9.95, which is similar to what you describe, but has a lid on it so it does seal. The mixed pancake batter lasts about a week in the fridge in the pen. I've actually had it in longer and the batter looks fine (just like it did when I made it), but I've been afraid to try it....



answers from Columbia on

2) my daughter (13 and going into the 8th grade) uses it as a book cover. She will use 2 or 3 different designs to cover books or folders or notebooks. It's actually pretty cool.
They have also done bracelets. I'm not sure they've done anything else yet.



answers from Los Angeles on

2) My daughter LOVES duct tape. She makes purses, wallets, hair bows, head bands and more! Great creative outlet :)
3) I think a gentle cycle would be fine
4) I've put batter in the fridge and it's gross with a couple of days :(



answers from Rochester on

#1-- I personally have never watched Monster High. My daughter and I both think the dolls are creepy so it has never been an interest for us. I have several friends however who have watched it. Overall, they don't have anything positive to say about it. You may want to preview it before letting your daughter watch it. I've had friends comment that the characters present an unhealthy body image, dress in provocative ways, the show producers claim the show promotes accepting diversity in relationships, but many of the episodes have bullying and "mean girl" types of interactions, etc. Because I have never watched the show I don't know. But I have heard enough negative about it that I would definitely preview it before I would let my daughter watch it. If I did choose to let her watch it I would be sure to watch it with her and talk about what the characters and plot lines portray.



answers from Los Angeles on

#1 - My daughter is Monster High obsessed and I happen to love the dolls and the entire line myself as I see it as nothing but positive as it encourages girls to embrace what makes them unique rather than shy away from it. Anyhow, MH currently has a some music videos and a few movie DVD's available (Friday Night Frights and Ghoulfriends Forever) but not a series on TV.

#3 - I too handed down a ton of old Barbie clothes to my daughter and I simply put them in a lingerie bag and wash and dry with my other clothes. Never had an issue with it. Although, I suppose there are some more fragile materials out there that might require air drying.



answers from San Diego on


1. No clue!!

2. Duct tape has such cool designs these days that my daughter decorates her notebooks and such with it. They also have tied each other to chairs during her Birthday party but you probably don't want to know about that :) !

3. I've washed new Barbie clothes but not clothes that's 30 years old. I think I would handwash the clothes, in a sink with Dreft or Woolite.

4. I haven't made pancake batter and put it in the fridge but I would be nervous about leaving it in there more then a day because of the eggs. I do use old water squeeze bottles for my syrup. It works great for camping and it's so easy for my kid's to use. I also make a HUGE batch of waffles on weekends and freeze them. Then take them out and toast them on school mornings.


answers from Washington DC on

#1 - monster high -


Nickeldoeon is the network that airs it.

#2 Duct tape is COOL!! You can make wallets, purses, prom dresses, anything with it!!!

#3 - wash in a lingerie bag. Delicate. Light air.

#4 - pancake batter in the fridge? Maybe 2 days. I know people say it can be kept longer - but what I have found is if I leave it longer than 2 days - the pancakes come out FLAT - not fluffy.

When freezing the pancakes? they have to be TOTALLY cool. Put wax paper in between each pancake and freeze in a ziploc bag with the air pushed out.

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