Meet the New American Girl Doll: Maryellen Larkin + Giveaway

Introducing Maryellen Larkin! The latest doll from American Girl and the newest BeForever historical character from the 1950s.

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With a soon to be third-grader at home, we’re currently living in an American Girl Doll obsession.  My daughter loves Maryellen’s 50s era-appropriate outfits, including the poodle skirt.  And as a parent, I appreciate the books, penned by Valerie Tripp, that explore the post-war world of the 50s.

As an energetic and optimistic girl who follows her heart instead of the crowd, Maryellen is a great role model for little girls.  Depicting an era that gave rise to tremendous growth and change in America, Maryellen’s products and stories have an intergenerational appeal that is sure to be a hit with girls, moms, and grandmas.

Maryellen Larkin American Girl Doll Giveaway American Girl Doll Giveaway Between August 27-30, The American Girl Store here in NYC is celebrating Maryellen’s debut by inviting fans to meet her in store and discover the fabulous 50s!  Receive a free gift and have the opportunity to participate in fun activities including:

  • Free ‘50s-Themed Craft Activity: Fun fashion craft from Maryellen’s era.
  • Maryellen Photo Opportunity: Capture a memory of your visit by getting a retro photo taken at the store with a 1950s diner backdrop.

Win It: We’re thrilled to partner with American Girl to giveaway a Maryellen Doll to one lucky Marino Bambinos’ reader!  To enter, visit the rafflecopter below.  US only please, and entries are verified.  Best of luck.

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HGTV Magazine Blogger Block Party

It’s no secret that we love a great project.  Reinventing, Upcycling, crafting, and sewing make me happy.  And my husband, a builder, brings incredibly creative design ideas into our home.  I rarely have the chance to learn from the experts, so when an opportunity to work with HGTV Magazine at their second annual Blogger Block Party, came my way, naturally I said YES!

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The event took place here in NYC at the beautifully white-washed 404 event space, transformed into a Kaleidoscope of colors.  DIY-inspiration was found everywhere, from rainbow color painted steps to creative events and demonstrations.

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Highlights included meeting lifestyle expert, Laurie March.  She even took out her propane torch to create a beautiful finish on wood during her DIY art presentation as seen in the DIY Network Blog Cabin.

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We also had the chance to chat with TV Host and licensed contractor Jason Cameron.  In collaboration with Wagner – he made easy paint fixes appear to be a breeze.

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Other engaging demonstrations included:

  • Editor vs. Blogger Flea Market Flips Challenge featuring Brooklyn Craft Company’s Brett Bara and HGTV Magazine’s Lifestyle Editor Jodi Kahn, presented by Benjamin Moore
  • Upcycle & You with green lifestyle expert Danny Seo, presented by Wilsonart
  • Designer Downloads with designer Danielle Colding, presented by Stanton Carpet
  • Design Trends for 2016 with designer Genevieve Gorder

We checked out other fun interactive events, including:

Terrarium making with Delta.

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A Paint Party with Benjamin Moore and so much more!

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I’m ready to make something new!

This is a sponsored story. Thank you for reading.  Some images via HGTV Magazine.


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