Meet Blaire Wilson: American Girl’s 2019 Girl of the Year + Giveaway!

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Say hello to Blaire Wilson – American Girl’s 2019 Girl of the Year (!) – described by American Girl’s VP of marketing as “an everyday girl who thrives on using her many talents to make meaningful connections with others.” Blaire carries an important story about building and maintaining supportive relationships with family and friends, by being present (curbing screen-time), and spending meaningful time together – which is indeed a relevant message for girls (and their families) today.

As the mom of a now middle-schooler, I’m a big fan of the accompanying chapter book series written by Jennifer Castle. In her two books, Blaire touches upon issues of food sensitivity and the struggle of retreating to devices in an unhealthy way. With the support of family and friends, Blaire learns to strike a healthy balance – reminding us that being fully present at every occasion in life is what truly matters.

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Blaire is also super talented – she enjoys cooking and decorating at her family’s sustainable farm and bed-and-breakfast in upstate New York. With curly red hair and bright green eyes – Blaire has a line of outfits, accessories, and products for purchase that reflect her life on Pleasant View Farm, including Blaire’s Family Farm Restaurant (hello customizable kitchen, serving cart and healthy food!), fun party decor and party planning accessories, and my personal favorite – an adorable little lamb and piglet.

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Fans can learn more about Blaire at a bunch of AG events and activities lined up for 2019 (find a store near you here).

WIN IT! Thanks to American Girl, we have a Blaire Wilson doll + book to Giveaway! Enter via the below widget and check back to see if your name pops up as the winner. U.S. entries only and best of luck!

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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.

Win it!

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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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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