Courtney Moore: American Girl’s New ‘Historical’ Doll is Straight Out of 1986 (+ Giveaway!)

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American Girl recently dropped their latest “historical character” from 1986, and she’s giving my generation all the big feels. While I can’t fully wrap my head around the fact that the ’80s are officially ancient, I’m fully here for Courtney Moore and her totally rad ’80s-kid nostalgia.

Courtney Moore, American Girl’s first new historical doll in three years, is an authentic ’80s girl from a blended family in the fictional town of Orange Valley, California. Her two-book series, written by Kellen Hertz, contextualizes the ’80s time-period with references of playing Pac-Man mall arcades to watching The Space Shuttle Challenger devastation on TV in her school classroom (like so many of us did).

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Courtney rocks a high-waisted acid-washed mini skirt, a scrunchie-adorned side-ponytail, white slouchy boots, or white high-top sneakers and accessories galore (include the exact clear dial-up phone that my friend Kelly had in her bedroom). Other totally awesome accessories include a Care Bear sleeping bag and pajamas, Caboodles to store her Lip-Smacker collection, a PAC-MAN yellow plastic lunchbox and mini arcade, colorful bangle bracelets, a cassette player with tapes, and her very own HISTORIC American Girl doll (Molly!) to boot.

Best of all, American Girl has partnered with Girls Who Code to support their outreach and work with girls. When you shop for a Courtney doll and accessories, you can choose to donate $1, $5, or $10 to Girls Who Code, and American Girl will match donations (with a maximum contribution of $50,000). American Girl is also providing four Girls Who Code members with individual 5k scholarships.

WIN IT: I’m so here for Courtney Moore and her injection of ’80s galore and am stoked that American Girl is providing a Courtney doll, book, and accessories ($140 value) to one lucky blog reader! To enter, visit the widget below. This giveaway is open to U.S. shipping addresses only. Thanks for visiting, and Best of luck!

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Joss Kendrick: American Girl’s 2020 Girl of the Year Rocks Surfing and a Hearing Aid (+ Giveaway!)

American Girl kicked off the new decade with their annual “Girl of the Year” announcement. The 2020 American Girl doll of the year is Joss Kendrick, a 10-year-old surfer from So-Cal who also happens to rock a hearing aid. We can’t get enough of the important messages of representation, determination, and inclusivity in this doll and her accompanying story. 

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As the mother of a daughter (and son) who surf – I understand the wonderful lessons in pushing past limits, and getting up repeatedly after getting crushed by waves. Joss’s inspirational character personifies the importance of being open to new things. Joss’s surfing experiences pivot her to see cheerleading through the lens of soaring through the air and finding athleticism in different ways. 

Although American Girl has already offered the option of outfitting dolls with hearing aids, wheelchairs, and crutches – Joss is American Girl’s very fist doll with a disability (congenital hearing loss) that is part of her story. 

Born deaf in her left ear, with some hearing capabilities in her right ear, Joss comes with (two) hearing aids in a small case, that help her hear out of her right ear. Her passion for surfing and cheerleading come to life through her story, in which American Girl worked with surfing, competitive cheerleading, and hearing loss experts to create Joss’s account of ambition, dedication, and pushing past stereotypes. 

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Alongside Joss, American Girl committed to a $25,000 donation to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to representing people who live with hearing loss. 

Win it! We’re so excited to partner with American Girl to giveaway Joss Kendrick, American Girl’s 2020 Girl of the Year to one lucky reader.

UPDATE: Giveaway over.

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Mega Back-to-School Giveaway!

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So many first-day-of-school photos have popped up in my social feeds this week. My kids are back in just a few, and it certainly feels like crunch time to pick up all of the necessary supplies, clothing, and items for back-to-school.

It’s been a while since we’ve shared a great giveaway – and we’re so excited to join-in on hosting a mega back-to-school jackpot giveaway with over $400 in items for one lucky winner!

We’ve tried many of the items ourselves – and this buddle of goodies is fantastic for parents with kiddos of all ages. Check out all of the awesome prizes below – this is a giveaway you don’t want to miss!

Prizes Include:

  • Discount Glasses ($100 Store Credit)
  • pediped (1 pair of kid’s shoes)
  • Mini Hornit LIDS (1 child’s helmet)
  • Mabel’s Labels (Ultimate Back to School Combo Label Set)
  • MiFold (1 Grab-and-Go Booster Seat)
  • MyPhonePouch (1 Phone Case)
  • SqueasyGear (2 Squeasy Snackers)
  • My Travel Tray (2 Trays)
  • Wubba Water (Variety 6-pack)
  • Munchie Mug (1 spill-proof Snack Cup)
  • Mama Never told Me….A Diary of Unbelievable Comments and Questions Posed to a Pregnant Woman (1 Book)

Big thank you to all the brands and Heather of US Japan Fam for organizing! Best of luck!

UPDATE: Giveaway closed

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The Scottish Granny Comes to NYC + Barnes & Noble Gift Card Giveaway!

Thank you to our partner Barnes & Noble! 

I adore reminders of all the goodness in the world, and it doesn’t get much better than a granny with a heartfelt, infectious laugh (AKA“The Scottish Granny” or “The Laughing Grandmother”) who went viral for merely being her delightful self while reading a book entitled The Wonky Donkey to her grandson.

Janice Clark has become quite the YouTube sensation, and Barnes & Noble recently brought her to their New York City – Union Square – location for fans (both big and small) to enjoy an exclusive live reading of the Craig Smith book.

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More than 100 kids came to the event, and Janice could barely contain her laughter while reading The Wonky Donkey. Naturally, the kiddos laughed along with her and eagerly asked questions after the reading.

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He was a honky-tonky winky wonky donkey.”

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I learned that the Wonky Donkey was out of print, and Barnes & Noble worked with the publisher to reprint copies for both their stores and online orders after they noticed a spike in searches of the book on BN.com when Janice’s YouTube video went viral. Thanks to this sweet Granny, the book has become a national bestseller!

Win It!

We are so excited that Barnes & Noble is spreading the love with a giveaway of a $100 Barnes & Noble Gift Card just in time for the holiday season.  Enter via the below widget. U.S. addresses only please, and all entries are verified. Don’t forget to check back to see if your name pops up as the winner!Check out the Barnes & Noble Holiday Gift Guides and find out where to catch a Barnes & Noble Storytime in stores nationwide every Saturday at 11 AM. Also, be sure to join their Kids Club for rewards and special offers throughout the year.

View the Scottish Granny in action here!

UPDATE: Giveaway closed.

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I Tested a Zinus Mattress, and Here’s What Happened (+ Mattress & Platform Bed Giveaway!)

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After sleeping on the same mattress for over a decade and consistently waking up when my husband gets into bed during my sacred REM cycle, I knew we were overdue for a new mattress. I’ve been curious about the “bed-in-a-box” concept, the idea of avoiding a showroom, and the prospect of saving some cash with a model that eliminates the middleman entirely.

The universe must have been listening (perhaps to my martial arguments!) because a partnership with Zinus serendipitously appeared. I had the chance to test out a mattress and decided on the king size Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress in 14″ (they had me at “wake up feeling like you’ve snuggled with an ice cube“). Zinus also sent along two box springs (I wanted to hang on to our current king frame which is outfitted for two twins). And If you’ve ever read those creepy articles about how dust mites, skin cells, and other gross things inoculate mattresses over time, it felt like Christmas in summer when the time came to toss my old mattress and box springs to start fresh with Zinus. I even sprung for all new bedding and pillows.

I definitely believe in the importance of sound sleep and had my reservations about going with a mattress at a significantly lower price point than one purchased in a brick and mortar store. Zinus offers a 30-day trial period, and I’ve put them to the test for over two months now for the sake of sharing an accurate mattress review. Here’s what went down:

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Everything arrived at our door in giant boxes, and my husband and I were able to snap together our box springs in a matter of minutes. We then plopped our rolled up mattress onto the box springs and cut open the plastic wrap to let the mattress unfurl. The first night, I only allowed our mattress to come to shape for about 6 hours total (seriously don’t do this, just follow their simple timeframe guidelines!) and was worried that our new bed would be too firm, but my concerns subsided after a few days and proper time to regain full form.

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Over two months into sleeping on our Zinus and I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to break the bank in the quest to find a solid and comfortable sleep. I never wake up feeling too hot and haven’t tossed and turned like I once did in search of that comfy spot. I’d purchase the same mattress over again and am so thrilled to partner with Zinus on an exciting Giveaway!

Win It!

We’re partnering with Zinus to giveaway a Zinus signature mattresses (in either hybrid or gel memory foam) and platform bed to one lucky winner! The winner will get to select the size, mattress (Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress, or Cooling Hybrid Gel Foam Mattress) and a platform bed too!

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and enter over on our Instagram page here:

U.S. entries only please – best of luck and thanks for visiting!

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