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Category: American Girl

Meet American Girl Kira Bailey – 2021 Girl of the Year

Meet American Girl Kira Bailey – 2021 Girl of the Year

We had a chance to review the new Kira Bailey doll and her comfy camping tent. True to the American Girl collection, each item of this playset is beautifully detailed, including Kira’s outfits and accessories.

DIY American Girl Valentine’s Day Doll Mailboxes

DIY American Girl Valentine’s Day Doll Mailboxes

Valentine’s Day is a great holiday for making fun kids crafts! Use our printable template to create these adorable doll-sized Valentine’s Day mailboxes, designed for American Girl dolls.

American Girl 2020 Holiday Outfits

American Girl 2020 Holiday Outfits

The American Girl catalog is a super fun lookbook for girls to browse and make their wish lists. This year American Girl offered many beautiful holiday outfits and winter accessories for both the 18″ dolls and 14″ WellieWishers. The Nutcracker Sugar Plum Fairy doll was the “star” of the 2020 holiday releases. She even sold out in late November. I love that the American Girl brand offers something for every budget, from super fancy sets to individual holiday outfits for both dolls and girls. Which of these American Girl 2020 holiday outfits is your favorite?
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American Girl Doll Kitchen Review

American Girl Doll Kitchen Review

This American Girl kitchen has all the accessories to create a beautiful culinary space for 18″ dolls. Stocked with play food and tiny kitchen utensils, it’s the perfect interactive play set for girls who love to cook and bake!

How to Sew a Doll Mermaid Tail

How to Sew a Doll Mermaid Tail

My girls love dressing their dolls up as mermaids and princesses, especially with DIY accessories. Doll mermaid tails are quick to sew and fun to play with! Use these tips to sew mermaid tails for 14″ and 18″ dolls!

WellieWishers DIY Elastic Doll Headbands

WellieWishers DIY Elastic Doll Headbands

My girls absolutely love their American Girl WellieWishers. They dress them up, have tea parties, and go on backyard adventures. My girls also enjoy doing crafts. We made some very easy DIY headbands for our WellieWishers dolls Ashlyn and Camille. These pretty headbands can be customized with rhinestones, flowers and bows. Learn how to make WellieWishers headbands using elastic, a hot glue gun and decorative accents.
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Design Your Own American Girl Gift Box! Unboxing & Review

Design Your Own American Girl Gift Box! Unboxing & Review

New from American Girl, this customized gift box experience comes beautifully packed with a doll plus a variety of themed outfits and accessories. I’m excited to show you the details with our unboxing and review!

Tips for Visiting the American Girl Store

Tips for Visiting the American Girl Store

It’s fun to visit the American Girl store and see all the doll collections on display! Here are some tips to maximize your visit to the American Girl store.

Meet American Girl Blaire Wilson – 2019 Girl of the Year

Meet American Girl Blaire Wilson – 2019 Girl of the Year

Sweet, friendly and smart, American Girl’s 2019 Girl of the Year Blaire Wilson is a charming character. Her story series is focused on prioritizing relationships within a technology-driven world. The American Girl brand often aims to inspire girls with character qualities such as courage, creativity and individual uniqueness. We had the honor of receiving the Blaire Wilson doll and learning more about her story. We are excited to share all the details about this latest American Girl personality!

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5 Reasons to Encourage Kids to Collect Quality Toys

5 Reasons to Encourage Kids to Collect Quality Toys

Are your toy bins getting full? I like to encourage my kids to collect specific toy sets and limit the toy clutter. Here are a few reasons why it can be very helpful to collect high quality toys.

Meet American Girl Luciana Vega – 2018 Girl of the Year

Meet American Girl Luciana Vega – 2018 Girl of the Year

Meet American Girl Luciana Vega, a fun way to make learning about space fun for girls! Luciana is an adventurous girl who loves going to space camp and hopes to become an astronaut and visit Mars.

Meet American Girl Nanea Mitchell – 1941 BeForever Doll – 2017 Release

Meet American Girl Nanea Mitchell – 1941 BeForever Doll – 2017 Release

One my favorite things about having girls is seeing them enjoy the toys and activities that I loved as a child. American Girl is one of my all-time favorite brands. I loved collecting the American Girl dolls and accessories, making my dolls custom clothing and choosing new outfit sets from the AG catalog. I gave my oldest daughter my Truly Me American Girl doll as soon as she was old enough to take care of her and we’ve grown our collection with several new BeForever Dolls and the WellieWishers Camille and Ashlyn. My girls also enjoy dressing up American Girl’s latest BeForever doll Nanea Mitchell, a Hawaiian girl from 1941.

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2017 American Girl Dolls & Movie Releases

2017 American Girl Dolls & Movie Releases

Trends come and go but some brands are timeless. I loved playing with American Girl dolls as a child and my girls love playing with them now. I’m excited to introduce the 2017 BeForever doll Felicity Merriman and some other new characters as well!

Meet American Girl Felicity Merriman – 1774 BeForever Doll – 2017 Release

Meet American Girl Felicity Merriman – 1774 BeForever Doll – 2017 Release

Felicity Merriman is brave, adventurous and loyal to her friends and family. See all the details of this BeForever American Girl doll! Girls will love dressing Felicity up in her historical outfits and learning about colonial Williamsburg in 1774.

Meet American Girl Gabriela McBride – 2017 Girl of the Year

Meet American Girl Gabriela McBride – 2017 Girl of the Year

American Girl’s 2017 Doll of the Year has curly brown hair, warm brown eyes and a creative personality. Her story is about tackling challenges with creative problem solving. The American Girl books introduce girls to memorable stories and character lessons. Gabriela McBride is no exception; she also works hard to help her community. We received the Gabriela McBride doll for review and unboxing. Gabriela quickly became a beloved part of our American Girl collection.

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