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AMERICAN GIRL’S NEW BEFOREVER DOLL NANEA Mitchell

Disclosure:  American Girl sent us a doll to help facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% my own.

American Girl BeForever Doll Nanea Mitchell

It is always an exciting time for Lilly and I when American Girl comes out with a new doll, but when they come out with a new BeForever doll it’s extra special.  Lilly has several “Doll of the Year” characters and one of the new contemporary dolls, and she absolutely adores them all!  However, there is something extra special to me about the BeForever line.  The stories from the past, the accessories from different time periods, they really take you back in time and teach our girls about the lifestyle of different generations.  


Her efforts to help and heal her friends and neighbors during wartime are all driven by her spirit of aloha: the understanding that everyone is connected, and that joy and pain are shared.

This is an incredible story with so much educational value packed in, and I can’t wait to read through all Nanea’s books with Lilly!

Along with her beautiful features, stylish outfit and storyline, like other American
Girl Dolls, Nanea has an amazing accessory line including a Family Market.  To help ensure the historical accuracy and cultural authenticity of Nanea’s story and products, American Girl worked closely with a five-member advisory board who provided their expertise in Hawaiian culture, language, and history to help bring together all aspects of Nanea’s development.

Giving Back!

To support Nanea’s inspiring message, from August 21 until the end of 2017, American Girl will be collecting donations for the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program to help provide comfort and care to the members of the military, veterans, and their families. American Girl will match every dollar donation made at americangirl.com or at any American Girl store in the U.S. up to a maximum total donation of $75,000.

American Girl is also giving $575,000 worth of its signature 18-inch dolls to the American Red Cross to provide a bit of cheer to children in times of crisis.

Learn More about Nanea’s World

To engage girls in Nanea’s world and her inspirational message, American Girl is offering a free, downloadable teacher’s guide, which explores themes and issues covered in the Nanea book series.  This is available for download at americangirl.com/corporate/parents-and-teachers.

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Nanea comes with the “Growing Up with Aloha” book, to help you learn more about Nanea’s life.  Plus, a fun island style outfit:

  • A button-front pake blouse with an island graphic
  • Sailor-style moku shorts
  • Shoes with crisscross straps
  • A faux-hibiscus flower hair clip

Where to Buy
Nanea Mitchell is available online and at all American Girl Stores.
Retail Price: $115

American Girl Doll Z Yang

Disclosure:  American Girl sent us a doll to help facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% my own.

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American Girl Contemporary Doll Z Yang.

American Girl did it again! They came out with another amazing doll for your child to fall in love with! “Z” is short for Suzie, she is a Korean-American doll that is from Seattle! Z is very imaginative and is a filmmaker developing her own take on the world that surrounds her by creating vlogs! Z shows your child that they can be or do anything they put their mind to! 

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The public has been looking for more diversity, and she is the perfect fit!  American Girl has tried really hard to encourage every child to reach their full potential and have a diverse selection of dolls. I love how, just like Z, she has an inspirational story! It allows your child to fall in love with the doll, gain encouragement, and have fun playing with her.

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Z Has An Adventurous Spirit 

Z is absolutely adorable, and I love her beauty mark on her cheek. I love the added accessory of her filming accessories that you can purchase separately. I love how she has her own style! She is dressed so cute, and I love her shoes! Every doll you get from American Girl you can rest assured it is made with love and is high quality! 

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Z has such an adventurous spirit, and it can help your child to break free from their shell or embrace their own free spirit! Z has a nice soft body, perfect for cuddles! Her hair is so shiny and silky, and your child will love styling it! This doll can truly become a best friend to your daughter! 

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Z Yang comes with The Real Z paperback book, plus a fun camera-ready outfit:

  • A crewneck printed tee with a camera graphic
  • A gray twill skirt with a turned-up hem
  • Soft and stretchy indigo leggings
  • Casual shoes with a bit of sparkle

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Where to Buy
Z Yang is available online and at all American Girl Stores.
Retail Price: $115

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Poetry is my Power with American Girl Doll of the Year Gabriela

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Poetry Is My Power

Gabriela McBride, American Girl’s 2017 Girl of the Year, is here to bring even more inspiration to your child! Gabriela is a doll who takes poetry as a way to express herself and work through her stuttering. She has been an inspiration to so many girls around the globe. The Gabriela doll, rings true as an estimated 70 million people around the world stutter. The poetry helps Gabriela build up confidence and speak out, instead of being quiet and afraid! 

American Girl has partnered with Scholastic to create Express Yourself! It is a custom curriculum that is focused on grades 3rd through 5th. It will help teach these children how to use poetry to express how they are feeling. If they are feeling sad, they can put it to words, or feeling happy and excited. It is a wonderful program to help teach children it is important to express how you feel!  

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You can find worksheets that help support learning, and engage students, and share the fundamental elements of a poem! They even have a video for poetry tips from a pro! You can print out worksheets and watch the video with your child, and it can be a great way to help them feel empowered to be themselves! 

I love how American Girl strives to let your child be the best version of them! Through their inspirational dolls, they can learn that we are all different, and face obstacles that we have to overcome in life! I love the Express Yourself campaign, it is a great tool to help children find a healthy way to express how they are feeling! 

We live in a hard world, and any more schools can have a lot of bullying and other conflicts. I feel that this Poetry is My Power program can really help shape these children at a prime age, to help them learn how to express how they feel in a really healthy way! Instead of bottling it up, or picking on someone else! 

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American Girl 2017 Girl of the Year – Gabriela McBride

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Have you met Gabriela McBride yet?  American Girl’s 2017 “Doll of the Year” Gabriela was released on January 1st and she has Lilly completely in love!

American Girl 2017 Girl of the Year – Gabriela McBride

Gabriela McBride, is the American Girl 2017 Girl of the Year! Gabriela is described as a, “true creative talent who uses the power of poetry to help her overcome stuttering.” Gabriela is a wonderful American Girl Doll to help  teach your child they can overcome any obstacle they are facing in life. From stuttering to confidence, this American Girl Doll is truly inspiring. 

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I love how each American Girl doll has a story behind it, so your child can relate to the doll! These dolls are meant to be fun and give your child hours and hours of play time, but to also inspire them to be the best they can be! I think that is what makes American Girl dolls so unique. 

If you child has a stuttering problem, then Gabby could really help build up your child’s confidence. Gabby shows strength, and shows that writing poems becomes an outlet, and helps build up confidence to overcome her stuttering! 

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Gabriela is 18″, has warm brown eyes that open and clothes. She has some beautiful dark brown hair that is full of curls. Gabriela has a cloth body, which makes her very huggable. She can move her head and limbs, easily which makes playtime more fun! She does come with the Gabriela paperback book, and her signature outfit. 

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American-Girl-Doll-of-the-year-2017-gabriela-blog-reviewHer Outfit: 

  • Fitted dark blue jeggings
  • Cropped purple sweater with silver dream graphic, and a soft turquoise tank top
  • Purple shoes with turquoise straps
  • Pink Double headband and 10 hairbands

Plus you can head over to the Gabby-dedicated site: http://americangirl.com/girloftheyear where you can find free book excerpts, videos, e-cards, and much more. This is a fun perk of the Gabby doll! You can even create your own Gabriela poem

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Where to Buy: 

If you are interested in buying the Gabriela American Girl Doll, you can shop at amerciangirl.com or through one of their retail stores! This is a perfect doll to add to your child’s American Girl collection! 
The Gabriela Doll & Book Set Retail Cost: $115
Gabriels Accessories Retail Cost: $28

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Disclosure:  American Girl sent us a doll to help facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% my own.

American Girl Doll Melody Ellison

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American Girl Doll Melody Ellison

If you are looking for a new American Girl Doll for a special little girl in your life, consider Melody Ellison! She is all about fairness and equality for all people! Melody loves to help out her friends and family, church, help at home and more. She believes that her voice is powerful, and that it can make a difference in making the world a better place. 

Melody is the BeForever character, whose story (1960’s era) reflects the changing face in history. Her story is the backdrop of the civil rights movement, she wants to raise awareness of racial inequality! Melody wants her friends and family and all the community that surrounds her to be aware of the inequalities, and make a change. She is inspired by Dr. King, to have a dream of her own! 

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Melody stands for fairness and equality for all people. She loves music and performing, so that each person can find their “voice” and express their opinions. You can see this is one inspirational doll, who can bring confidence and strength to your child! Teach them to speak up for things they believe in and be themselves. 

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Melody Comes With: 

  • Bright blue and green houndstooth A-line dress with a blue collar. It has a stunning blue bow on the chest and blue bows on the side pleats. 
  • Blue ribbon headband with a bow for her gorgeous hair. 
  • Underwear and socks
  • Blue patent shoes with a bow on the toes 

Melody is an 18″ doll, that is the classic size for American Girl Dolls! She has a nice soft body that makes hugs extra soft! she has moveable hands and feet, and her head moves. Your child will love playing dress up, and just playing with Melody for hours. You can buy so many fun accessories for the American Girl Doll line! I think even some parents out there, get envious of these adorable dolls! 

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I think what sets Melody apart, is she has such an inspirational story behind her. That if you read this to your child and let them learn all the inspiring things about Melody, they too will feel that they can make a change in the world today! 

Disclosure:  American Girl sent us a Melody doll to help facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% my own.

 

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