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American Girl Doll Kitchen & New Releases! Summer / Fall 2020

American Girl Doll Kitchen & New Releases! Summer / Fall 2020

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!

Meet Codi, A Storytelling Robot Friend

Meet Codi, A Storytelling Robot Friend

In today’s techy world, interactive screen free toys are a huge plus! Meet Codi, a storytelling robot that also plays songs and quiet time music. Here are the ins and outs of our experience hanging out with Codi.

5 Reasons Wooden Toys are a Good Investment

5 Reasons Wooden Toys are a Good Investment

Toys are tools for kids to learn and use their imaginations! We all remember our favorite toys and we often have vivid memories associated with our favorite things. For young kids, toys are also instrumental for learning. Our family has found it helpful to collect toy sets and not just add toys that clutter the playroom or easily break. Fortunately, you can still find classic wooden toys that inspire imaginative play! Here are 5 reasons why purchasing high quality wooden toys is a good investment for your kids.
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Meet American Girl Blaire Wilson + Doll Review

Meet American Girl Blaire Wilson + Doll Review

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.

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. 

One Stop Shop for Summer Fun & Family Adventures

One Stop Shop for Summer Fun & Family Adventures

Summer is the perfect time to eat ice pops, visit the pool or go on a family vacation. For moms, summer is not much different than the rest of the year. In hot weather kids are just a little antsier, dirtier from being outside all day and eager to play in the water. To get though my busy summer days I have a one-stop shop for covering all my hot weather needs. At Fred Meyer I can stock up on water toys, swimwear, sunscreen and more and only have to stand in one checkout line. Here are some of the summer essentials that make family life memorable and fun! (more…)

How to Detangle Doll Hair – Barbie Makeover Tips!

How to Detangle Doll Hair – Barbie Makeover Tips!

Easily detangle a doll’s hair and give her a makeover with these easy tips! You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can make a beloved toy look as good as new. All you need is a few simple hair products and a little TLC.

Trolls Inspired Kids Toys & Sensory Activities

Trolls Inspired Kids Toys & Sensory Activities

It’s no surprise that kids like to stay super active. These Trolls-themed activities are a fun way to engage with kids who love color and glitter.

Kids’ Easter Basket Gift Ideas under $15

Kids’ Easter Basket Gift Ideas under $15

Easter baskets are a fun way to celebrate Easter and the coming of spring! You can easily fill your kids’ Easter baskets with useful items that add value to your life without just adding clutter. I recently decluttered my girls room and discovered many small toys and accessories my kids didn’t really need. Too may toys just end up on the floor. This year I wanted to rethink my Easter basket gift giving so that I wouldn’t just waste money on random stuff. Kids enjoy surprises but moms can put together an Easter basket with small gifts that are useful too! Here are some fun Easter basket gift ideas for kids that cost less than $15.
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Meet American Girl Luciana Vega + Doll Review

Meet American Girl Luciana Vega + Doll Review

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 + Doll Review

Meet American Girl Nanea Mitchell + Doll Review

American Girl Nanea Mitchell is a Hawaiian girl growing up in 1941. This BeForever doll has a heartwarming story and she’s fun to dress up in her tropical outfits and Hula accessories. See why American Girl is one of our favorite brands!

STEM Toys & Sensory Activities for Kids

STEM Toys & Sensory Activities for Kids

My girls love creating and doing all sorts of crafts and activities. They love building forts, playing with color, helping me cook in the kitchen and designing their own crafty creations with paper. Here are some toys my girls received for the holidays that encourage learning though play! We can easily include these kid’s activities in our preschool routine at home.

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