Aloha, Nanea Mitchell: American Girl’s new Hawaiian Doll + Giveaway

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Introducing, Nanea Mitchell, American Girl’s new BeForever character! This darling doll is a 9-year-old Hawaiian girl who adores her close-knit family, dancing the traditional hula, fishing alongside her father and playing wither her dog, Mele.  She lives on the Island of Oahu – and her story explores the life of islanders in 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor and the U.S’s entry into World War Two.


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Her story helps American Girl fans contextualize a significant period in history where one girl can make a meaningful difference.  It also highlights the ways in which courage, patriotism and the aloha spirit synonymous with the Hawaiian people inspired a war-torn nation.

As a former resident of Hawaii – Nanea is a new favorite for me! And as a parent, I appreciate the lessons woven in the Hawaiin teaching of “kokua” – doing good and selflessly giving – which Nanea personifies.

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American Girl fans will get to experience an all-new face mold in this adorable 18-inch doll – and a bunch of authentic-to-the-era accessories including a Hula Outift, Hula Implements and Nanea’s Family Market with 90 pieces that include a wood stove and more.

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In support of Nanea’s inspiring mission, American Girl will be collecting donations for the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) and will match every dollar donation made in store and at amerciangirl.com in the U.S. (up to a maximum of $75,000).  In addition, the brand is giving away $575,000 worth of its signature 18-inch dolls to the American Red Cross to children living in times of crisis. We adore this mission, Nanea’s story, and American Girl’s steadfast commitment to giving back.

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American Girl is spreading the aloha with a Nanea Mitchell doll and book giveaway for one lucky winner! Enter to win via the below widget (U.S. only) and check back to see if your name pops up as the winner. Best of luck and thanks for visiting!

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Friendship Bracelets are Back + Giveaway!

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Do your kiddos love crafting like mine do?  It’s exciting to see a project through from start to finish – and as a DIY-er myself, it’s cool to see my kids appreciation for the handmade. When WowWee sent us their Digloom ahead of their August 4th release, my creative tween was instantly hooked – so much so that we had to share here.  Friendship bracelets are back my friends and making them is more fun than ever!

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This app-controlled interactive digital loom allows the user to design their own cool patterns or select pre-made designs to weave into bracelets, headbands, anklets, bookmarks and more.

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The Digiloom is in no way one of those press a button and the machine does everything for you toys. My nine-year old is engaged in every step of the process – as she’s the one doing the manual weaving through the app’s pre-set thread pattern.

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The Digiloom comes with enough supplies to make eight items, and we’re already ready to grab more kits. Hopefully, my girl will make one for her mama too!

Find it exclusively at Michaels stores, tomorrow, August 4th.

Win It! Our friends at WowWee are sending a Digiloom to one lucky MB reader! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post.  For another entry, visit our Facebook fan page and leave a comment on the corresponding post.  Our randomly selected winner will be announced on Facebook on Sunday evening, August 6th.

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Your Own Personal Minion: Meet Minion MiP Turbo Dave + Giveaway

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Who wouldn’t want their own personal Minion (adults included!) to help bring all your mischievous schemes to fruition?  Especially now that Despicable Me 3 movie has hit theaters!  We’re long time fans of WowWee toys, and I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at their Minion MiP™ Turbo Dave robot several months ago at TTPM’s spring/summer toy showcase.  It’s no surprise that this fun, intuitive, and hysterical toy earned a spot of the coveted Most Wanted Toys of Summer list.

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Minion MiP™ Turbo Dave is so cool! With over 140 original sounds and phrases he’s packed with endless play.  Turbo Dave is able to respond to hand gestures using GestureSense(TM) technology and can even learn to navigate your kiddo’s room. By downloading the Turbo Dave App, his owner can control their own personal Minion remotely; plan paths for him to self-navigate, add Minion emotions, and even have him interact with other characters and props from the Despicable Me™ franchise.  We love that a coding platform is also included for high-tech programming fun.
When desperate times call for DESPICABLE measures, WowWee’s Turbo Dave can bring in the mischievous fun! 
Check him out in action below and grab this hot toy now for $79.99 on sale at Best Buy, Amazon, Target, TRU and other major retailers.

Win It! Our kind friends at WowWee want to get Minion MiP™ Turbo Dave into the hands of one lucky MB reader! Enter to win via the rafflecopter below (U.S. only) and check back to see if your name pops up as the randomly selected winner!  Best of luck and thanks for visiting.  Happy Summer friends!

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Meet Z Yang: American Girl’s Korean-American Filmmaker Doll + Giveaway

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Introducing Z Yang: American Girl’s first Korean-American doll!  Z (short for Suzie) launched today as part of American Girl’s new line of contemporary characters – representing more diverse backgrounds and creative interests. This adorable doll is an imaginative young filmmaker from Seattle who loves to make stop-motion videos. She’s already racked up a ton of fans (hello, millions of views!) via her “Z’s Crew” web series on American Girl’s YouTube page.

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Z’s stop-motion vlogging adventures are told in a two-book series, The Real Z, and Z on location. She also has a line of fun accessories available for purchase including video making supplies and a cute accessory set with glasses.

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Z loves staying connected with friends and sharing stories through her stop-motion videos.  And to celebrate Z’s launch, American Girl is hosting Z debut events at its retail locations nationwide the weekend of April 28th (this weekend!).  On May 6th, American Girl’s stores in NYC, Chicago, Seattle, Dallas, and DC will host meet-up events to introduce fans to real girls who, like Z, have gained a strong online following based on their creative passion for photography and stop motion videos. They are:

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Inspired by Z, my kids gave stop-motion video making a go.  Check out their first video below!

Win It! American Girl is kindly sending a Z Yang doll + book to one lucky winner. Enter this giveaway via the below widget.  Best of luck and thanks for visiting!
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Logan Everett: American Girl’s First Boy Doll + Giveaway!

Did you all hear the exciting news from American Girl?  Along with a diverse set of new dolls for 2017, American Girl recently introduced their first-ever boy doll, named Logan Everett. Logan-Everett-American-Girl-Boy-doll.jpgWe’re so excited about this adorable boy character and the opportunities for all children to creatively play with dolls.  We love toys that give our boy the chance to explore nurturing roles and relationship-building through play – and parents have been requesting a boy character from the iconic brand for decades.  American Girl’s inclusion of a new boy character is simply wonderful, and it’s no surprise that Logan has been flying off of store shelves!

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With an un-tucked plaid shirt, cool jeans and sneakers, Logan Everett is a fun drum-playing boy, with unique hand positioning to help him hold his instruments (rhythmic drum set sold separately).  Like the other American girl dolls, his gray eyes open and close – and he has adorable short brown hair.  Logan is also the buddy and band mate of Tenney Grant, another new doll character from Nashville. As a singer and songwriter, Tenney has her own book series and original music available for purchase.

We’re so excited to partner with American Girl again, to giveaway their first-ever boy doll, Logan Everett to one lucky winner! In addition to the Logan doll, the generous team at American Girl is also including the first two books in Teeney Grant’s series! To enter visit the widget below. Please note that all entries are verified.  Best of luck and thanks for visiting!
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Gabriela McBride: American Girl’s 2017 Girl of the Year + Giveaway!

We’re so excited to share American Girl’s 2017 girl of the year! Meet Gabriela McBride, a spoken word poet, and dancer who turns to her favorite creative art forms to help break down barriers and overcome personal challenges, including her own struggle with stuttering.

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A doll with a speech impediment? Yes! We can’t get enough – and adore the ways in which American Girl continues to help young girls see themselves in their diverse collection of dolls and accompanying stories.

With a fun sporty outfit and beautiful dark brown curls, Gabriela is certainly adorable, and her story of resiliency, creativity, and determination is set to inspire, as her poetry helps to save her local community arts center from collapsing.

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Alongside the doll’s release, American Girl is partnering with Scholastic to release Express Yourself, a free curriculum program to teach poetry and self-expression to kids.  The program will even feature a poetry contest to encourage children to celebrate National Poetry Month in April.

Gabriela McBride hit the shelves on January 1st of this year.  Look out for her fun products (including a D.J. setup!) and books in the spring of 2017.  Best of all, she’s the first girl of the year to be available beyond 2017.

Win It!  We’re so excited to partner with American Girl, to giveaway one Gabriela McBride doll and book to a lucky winner! Enter via the widget below. U.S. only please, and all entries are verified. Best of luck! Love American Girl? Check out our other American Girl features here.

Update: Giveaway closed.

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