American Girl Wellie Wishers (+Giveaway)


Introducing the WellieWishers!  American Girl’s new line of adorable dolls geared for the 5 to 7 set.


Ashlyn // Camille // Willa // Kendall // Emerson

Yesterday morning, I hightailed it to 5th Avenue, bright and early before NYC flagship-store opening to meet with the American Girl team, Momtrends, and iconic American Girl author Valerie Tripp to have a first look at the collection.


The WellieWishers dolls and corresponding book collection carry teachable messages that are synonymous with the American Girl brand.  As described by Author Valerie Tripp, this group of five friends celebrates stories of compassion, empathy and hope – while helping young girls see themselves in the shoes (get it Wellies!) of others.  The WellieWishes are designed to be messy, curious, jolly and imaginative, in relatable and realistic ways.  With messages of perseverance and tolerance, these fun and silly girls model what it means to be a good friend.

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At $60 per doll the 14.5 inch WellieWishers dolls come at a lower price than the 18 inch American Girl dolls.  Super sweet – with a toy, clothing and accessory line, we adore the fun collection of Wellies and printed socks for girls, their relatable and authentic message, and of course the new doll options available to American Girl fans.


Win It!  One Marino Bambinos reader will win a WellieWishers doll of choice (Ashlyn, Camille, Willa, Kendall or Emerson)To enter, visit the giveaway widget below. U.S. only and best of luck!

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Special thanks to Momtrends for having us at the #mtwelliewishers event! Sample provided.  


Dolls Undone: Check Out These Incredible Doll Transformations

From the changing shape of Barbie to gender-neutrality in the toy isle, big toy companies continue to take great strides towards representation of a wide group of people in the toy arena, but there is still work to be done.  This story shares glimpses of the creatives who took matters into their own hands to radically transform dolls into something different than their intended design.  We’ve rounded up incredibly reimagined dolls, morphed into empowering, strong, real-life heroines, adventures and otherwise representation-lacking toys. Here you’ll find dolls representing Malala Yousafzai, Jane Goodall, Frida Kahlo and so much more.  Check out our latest story for MODE – it’s a delight to imagine children playing with any of these remarkable dolls.

Check out Dolls Undone: Beautifully Transformed Dolls

by Monica Marino at Mode

The post is sponsored by MODE.


American Girl’s Lea Clark: 2016 Girl Of The Year (+ Giveaway!)

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Introducing, Lea Clark – American Girl’s 2016 Girl of the Year!  Lea is an adventurer, traveler, and dedicated animal lover. At 10-years old, she’s also a talented photographer who discovers a wold of possibilities when she embarks on a journey to Brazil.

Our tween toy-tester marveled over the doll’s Brazilian festival style, and voraciously dug into her accompanying book, Lea Dives In, by Lisa Yee.

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As a mother of an 8-year-old, I appreciate American Girl for the wholesome doll experience, the engaging literature and endless hours of open-ended play. And I adore how through the story of Lea, American Girl strives to ignite an interest in animal-welfare among girls – in conjunction with their year-long campaign supporting The World Wildlife Fund. Via the Wild At Art Campaign, American Girl has donated $50,000 and will continue to contribute $1 for every plush animal purchase from Lea’s exclusive collection (for a maximum of $100,00).  The Wild At Art campaign encourages girls to join in the social good movement by using their artistic abilities to host an art sale benefiting the fund.  Direct donations are also available for purchase in Lea’s collection on the American Girl website.

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In addition to the first book in Lea’s series, the doll comes with a compass necklace to keep her anchored in her adventures, along with a detailed and functional messenger bag. Additional accessories, including a set that contains Lea’s camera and passport are fun purchases to add to Lea’s collection.

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Win It!  We’re so excited to partner with American Girl again to giveaway a Lea Clark doll to one lucky winner! Enter to win via the Rafflecopter below – (U.S. only please) and make sure to check back to see if your name pops up as the winner.  Best of luck and view all of our American Girl stories here.

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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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On Dolls and Friendship | American Girl Truly Me

My little big girl was around four-years-old when we first walked past the American Girl store in New York City.  Her small hands pressed against the glass, transfixed with the 18-inch dolls in the window.  We didn’t go inside the store that day but ventured back on her sixth birthday.  Completely smitten, she insisted we weave through the tourist-packed streets to show her new look-alike doll, coined Aveniana, the extravagant holiday window displays at Saks Fifth Avenue.

On the heels of the last days of second-grade, we hopped the train back to American Girl’s New York store in celebration of their Truly Me collection.  The outing was elevated with an invitation to bring along a special friend.

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Dolls were soon selected, and elaborate stories concocted as the girls ogled over karate costumes and pets, and names for their Truly Me dolls.

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These sweet friends were lucky enough to share in American Girl’s personal shopping experience, with the assistance of Miss Nakiah –  the ultimate conduit of seven-year-old excitement.  She lead the girls throughout the multiple floors, contextualizing the historical and fictional stories of the dolls – and the representation offered for all girl’s through the Truly Me collection.  Past miniature glasses, and wheelchairs – accessories, and costumes – excitement reflected in every glass casing.

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The experience was highlighted with a trip to the interactive Truly Me Signature Studio to design one-of-a-kind backpacks and doll outfits  – all printed on premises!

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The dolls even had the chance to get party ready at the doll salon.  Adorned with ear-piercing and hand-picked hairstyles, much to their new owner’s delight.

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The final celebration took place in the private dining room – where the dolls joined the table in special seating.

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And childhood-excitement imploded all over Fifth Avenue.

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As girls with sophisticated imaginations celebrated their friendship and a truly special day.

Special thanks to American Girl for sponsoring this shopping and dining experience via The Little Style File.  Opinions, as always, are my own.


Skylanders SuperChargers Introduces Land, Sea and Air Vehicles

Our little guy turned five a few weeks ago and apparently informed all of his buddies about his new-found obsession: Skylanders.  He scored some pretty cool figurines at his birthday party.  And although we haven’t yet ventured into the gaming aspects –  I knew that I’d rack up some serious mommy points by meeting with team Skylanders to get the inside scoop on their next move.  Skylanders SuperChargers has officially expanded to land, sea and air based vehicles – opening up entirely new play patterns for Skylanders fans.

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The official Skylanders SuperChargers release is set for September 20th, and Momtrends managed to get some new products into editors hands at their intimate lunch celebrating the launch. With 20 vehicle designs and compatibility with preexisting portals and figurines- Skylanders Superchargers can transport into the mountainous, deep seas and wide open skies.

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The cool new vehicles can be paired with any Skylander figurine, and amazing vehicle modifications and upgrades can be unlocked when matched with the corresponding Skylander SuperCharger.

Look out for these fun new toys this fall!

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