DD really likes princesses and I've tried to buy mama approved princess things so as not to dismiss her interests, so dress up clothes, a couple of books, non licensed princess puzzles, Haba princess games, etc.
Then she goes to the mall with DH and MIL because MIL needed to buy clothes for herself and I was with DS in the car who was asleep. Of course, they pass by the Disney Store and of course, DD asks to go in. Of course, she asks for some cheap plastic, over priced, over packaged in probably PVC Ariel plastic figurines and of course MIL buys it for her (can't really blame her for that). Worse, though, she saw tons more cheap, plastic, overpackaged toys that she now wants. Argggghhh. I feel like it's a real step backward.
She'd gotten several pairs of plastic princess shoes from our neighbour as hand me downs and LOVED them. She wore them every day in the house until she started developing this weird itchy rash on the soles of her feet. The dr said it was a rare type of eczema and gave me steroid cream which I didn't use because I just stopped letting her wear the princess shoes and lo and behold, it went away!
And now she wants to get more princess shoes! 'Oh, but mom, I won't wear them all the time, so I won't get the rash'.