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Design your very own Dolls house with Lundby

Ok. It’s no secret that I’m OBSESSED with doll’s houses, Lundby doll’s houses in particular.  I received my first Smaland house over a year ago and it continues to bring my family and I great joy, laughter, and enough creative brainstorming to outlast any other toy in our house. Here’s a bit of background info for you: This beautiful, Swedish-designed doll’s house is the perfect starter home for your dolls. The 5-room house arrives empty, just waiting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Art, Building Toys, Crafts, Design Your Own, Dolls, Imagination/Creativity, Play, Play Houses, Play Sets and Figurines, School Aged Children, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

New Barbie Dreamhouse

New Barbie Dreamhouse

If you could live anywhere, and build your own custom home from scratch, what would your dream house be like? Me? I would probably want a renovated Victorian with easy access to the rails and a short distance from New York City. We’d have a wraparound porch looking out our wooded property, dark hardwood floors, an ornate fireplace, and there would be plenty of character. My daughter’s dream house, on the other hand, would probably … Read entire article »

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Lundby dolls houses: A modern twist on a classic play time, Part 1

Lundby dolls houses: A modern twist on a classic play time, Part 1

When I was a little girl, I dreamt of having a doll house, but my mom (a single mother at the time) just couldn’t afford one. I’d visit friend’s houses, with their girly bedrooms all decorated with pink frilly pillows and their toy chests overflowing with the latest and greatest gadgets, but I always gravitated towards their doll houses. In it you could get lost in a sea of magic, decorating and redecorating a room … Read entire article »

Filed under: Dolls, Gift Guides, Imagination/Creativity, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Nursery Decor, Play Houses, Play Sets and Figurines, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Barbie Mariposa and the Fairy Princess

Barbie Mariposa and the Fairy Princess

With two elementary school aged girls in the house, Barbie has become one of the most played with toys in our house.  Frequently Barbie movies are playing on the television.  Mariposa happens to be one of our favorites.  When we were given the opprtunity to review the Barbie Mariposa and the Fairy Princess Dolls the girls were beside themselves. They both agreed that the dolls were beautiful and they loved how they were changeable.  They spent … Read entire article »

Filed under: Dolls, Kindergartners, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky (The Movie)

An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky (The Movie)

We reviewed the Saige American Girl of the Year doll when she first came out and my daughter brings Saige on trips and to special days at school. Now, American Girl has a new feature-length movie coming from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Will you see the movie with your kids? “An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky. The movie, releasing on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 2 and airing Saturday, July 13, at 8/7C on NBC, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Dolls, Featured, Movies, School Aged Children, Television

Monster High Viewing Party

Monster High Viewing Party

Monster High recently gave my daughters an opportunity to host a viewing party for their all new Monster High Freaky Fabulous Double Feature. The first feature is the movie Friday Night Frights. The girls absolutely loved how the female characters came to the rescue of the boys and won the skate match. The second feature Why Do Ghouls Fall in Love made for the perfect show since our party was right around Valentine’s Day!  Cupid was … Read entire article »

Filed under: Dolls, DVD, Featured, Movies, School Aged Children, Toys (School Age)

Meet Saige Copeland: Girl of the Year 2013 from American Girl

Meet Saige Copeland: Girl of the Year 2013 from American Girl

Welcome, Saige Copeland American Girl’s Girl of the Year for 2013! This might have been the doll that got me interested in dolls when I was a girl. She not only lives in the Southwest, rides horses, and has auburn hair, she is also passionate about the arts in education. As a teen, I rode in shows and, given half a chance, I would jump back on a horse tomorrow. I also played two instruments, was … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Dolls, Pro-Social Skills

American Girl of the Year 2013: Saige Copeland – An Interview with Author, Jessie Haas

American Girl of the Year 2013: Saige Copeland – An Interview with Author, Jessie Haas

My daughter loves American Girl and we’re very excited for the debut of Saige, American Girl of the Year for 2013. American Girl has been dropping hints that the 2013 Girl of the Year is from New Mexico and loves horses and art–now we finally get to meet Saige Copeland and learn all about her! In conjunction with introducing Saige, American Girl is launching an Elevate the Arts School Grant Contest: Starting January 1, elementary art teachers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Books (Fiction), Books (School Aged), Dolls, Reading

Tea with Marie Grace at the American Girl Place

Tea with Marie Grace at the American Girl Place

For Christmas, my amazing sister-in-law gave my daughter an American Girl Doll, Marie Grace. My daughter had been requesting an American Girl Doll for the last year after seeing one at show-and-tell but I held off because of her young age and because, honestly, I was never into dolls as a child! I recognize, however, all the fun and growth that can come from playing with dolls. From toddlers learning compassion or getting ready for a … Read entire article »

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Best Flower Buds Blossom has “Blossomed” Into Little Miss Jeni’s Heart

Best Flower Buds Blossom has “Blossomed” Into Little Miss Jeni’s Heart

When I received a sample of Jay@Play’s latest loveable creation, a Best Flower Buds named Blossom, I knew one little girl who would give her a good home. My friend’s two and a half-year-old daughter Jeni went wild when I brought Blossom to her as a surprise gift. What little girl wouldn’t? Blossom arrived tucked into her little pink pot, with her bright happy face peeking out tempting you to play. Made in a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 12-18 Months, Dolls, Featured, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Play, Push Toys, Toys (Pre-School)