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American Girl Dolls have long been a staple around our house when it comes to my daughter’s favorite toys. She got her first American Girl Doll when she was about 3 years old. Of course, we had to start out with the Be Forever Doll that looks just like her. It’s a beautifully-made doll with shiny, silky medium-length hair and a sprinkling of freckles across her nose, just like my daughter. Since that first doll, my little girl has added numerous dolls to her American Girl Doll collection, including dolls of the year Kanani, Isabelle and last year’s Grace. We have had the great opportunity to visit some amazing, expansive American Girl stores across the nation, including Denver, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle.
After years of collecting American Girl clothes, furniture, accessories and more, we recently decided to invest in selling some of our own products that are compatible with American Girl Dolls. After much work on perfecting these items, they are now available for purchase on Amazon. These high-quality outfits and accessories are the perfect addition to any girl’s doll clothing collection, and will fit any 18-inch doll you may have. These include American Girl, Our Generation, Gotz and Madame Alexander.
One of our favorite photo shoots to date is this Valentine’s Day! The photographer for the shoot is Utah-based Little Mae Photography, the accessories were provided by Cozette Couture, and the backdrop was provided by Pearl and Jane.
We sailed on the Royal Caribbean Oasis for their Christmas cruise to the Royal Caribbean, December 20-27, 2014. After reading several reviews, we decided one of my daughter’s Christmas presents would be to sign her up for Royal Caribbean’s Barbie Premium Experience on our family cruise. In the fall of 2014, Royal Caribbean altered their Barbie Premium Experience package, lowering the price from $399 to $199, and eliminating several activities on the agenda. I also noticed the Barbie Girls on the cruise get fewer items in their welcome package in the stateroom. The tea party is one of the activities no longer offered for the Barbie Girls cruise events.
In our stateroom, there was a pink sash on the chair, a magnetic sign on the door, door hanger, a bathroom kit in the bathroom with a toothbrush and toothpaste in a Barbie case, and the welcome kit on the bed. The welcome kit included a Barbie in a pink ball gown, one package of 3 outfits and accessories, a Barbie nylon tote bag, a fleece Barbie Blanket and Barbie pillowcase.
The first activity was the Barbie Fashion Experience where Barbie girls had the experience of designing an outfit for Barbie to wear on the runway in the Fashion Show on the last day. The girls each got a Barbie Fashion Designer kit (shown below). Then the girls watched a movie about a fashion designer who makes clothes for Barbie and the girls sketched some ideas before moving on to actual materials. My daughter made a few friends, there were several girls in the 8-9-year-old-range, as well as one or two older and several younger. The fashion kits are available in stores and their ease of use would make them excellent gifts for any girl who loves Barbie. The girls used stencils to decorate their Barbie dresses, then attached the self-adhesive ruffles and bows. The girls were all very proud of their dresses ready for the runway!
The second activity was the Mermaid Dance Class. The girls met in Adventure Ocean where the leaders taught them fairly simple choreography for the dance they would perform on at the Fashion Show on the last day. The girls practiced the dance several times, and were finished with the activity in less than an hour. The girls seemed to enjoy this class. The instructors were sweet, enthusiastic and helpful.
Finally on the last day, the girls had the Fashion Show Rehearsal, followed by the Fashion Show. Girls were instructed to dress up for the event, and bring the Barbie they were given on the first day. Parents dropped their daughters off at Dazzles, a club-type restaurant on Deck 8 at 3:15. Dazzles turned out to be a very glamorous setting for these tween-age girls’ to perform their fashion show. Parents were not admitted until 4. Dazzles was closed off to the rest of the ship’s guests aside from Barbie girls and their friends and family.
The girls each received a tutu to wear over their dress, along with a feather boa, pink sunglasses and a bead necklace. The Barbie Girls instructors encouraged the audience to cheer loudly and maintain a positive, happy atmosphere for the girls. Each girl had 3 turns to “walk the runway,” modeling variations of their outfits and accessories, including one turn showcasing their Barbie in the dress they designed. The instructor at the podium announced the girl’s name, where she was from, and some of her favorite things. I think this was a great self-esteem-booster for the girls, as everyone cheered loudly for each girl.
Looking back, I would definitely spend the $199 to sign my daughter up for the Royal Caribbean Premium Barbie Experience again. She truly felt special to be called a Barbie Girl on the cruise and to have special activities planned with other girls her age. I think it was worth the money and if we take another Royal Caribbean Cruise before my daughter grows too old for Barbie, I will sign her up again for the Barbie Premium Experience.
SAMPLE BARBIE PREMIUM EXPERIENCE
(This was the schedule for our 3 days of Barbie activities on the 7-day Royal Caribbean Oasis Western Caribbean itinerary.)
Day 1, Saturday [December 20, 2014] – [Fort Lauderdale]
Welcome Aboard, get ready to set sail Barbie Style!
Day 2, Sunday [December 21, 2014] – [At Sea]
[5:00-6:00 pm] – Fashion Designer Workshop (Imagination Studio, Adventure Ocean, Deck 14)
Day 3, Monday [December 22, 2014] – [Labadee, Haiti]
Day 4, Tuesday [December 23, 2014] – [At Sea]
[5:00-6:00 pm] – Mermaid Dance Class (Adventure Ocean, Deck 14)
Day 5, Wednesday, [December 24, 2014] – [Falmouth, Jamaica]
Day 6, Thursday [December 25, 2014] – [Cozumel, Mexico]
Day 7, Friday [December 26, 2014] – [At Sea]
[3:15 pm] Fashion Show Rehearsal (Dazzles, Deck 5)
[4:00 pm] Fashion Show (Dazzles, Deck 5)
When I first saw Freshly Picked present their colorful moccasins on ABC’s Shark Tank, I was immediately smitten. These handcrafted little shoes are the perfect solution for wiggly babies and busy toddlers who can’t seem to keep their shoes on, whether at home or while out and about. To find a shoe that not only looks adorable, but will also never get lost while you are out shopping, is truly a miracle. These moccasins are also extremely easy for mom’s to slide on and off, with a conveniently designed – and concealed – elastic strap attaching the front and back.
We are so thrilled to be teaming up with Freshly Picked to giveaway a free pair of these moccasins to one lucky Instgram follower! Just head over to https://instagram.com/sparklysodastyle for all the details and for your chance to win your choice of Freshly Picked moccasins, in one of over forty colors and patterns available at FreshlyPicked.com!
Today we are so excited to be featuring one of our favorite clothing companies, Persnickety Girls Boutique. They just released their spring collections – Forget Me Not and Dandelions and Daffodils. Persnickety does not cease to amaze with their gorgeous, unique prints and fabric combinations that you will not find from any other brand.
The Forget Me Not collection is full of bright greens, pinks, blues and yellow, making it the perfect choice for your spring shopping. And in true Persnickety form, the clothing is fully lined and silky soft, so your daughter will be thrilled to wear these outfits all spring and into summer!
One of the best staple pieces from Persnickety’s Dandelions and Daffodils collection for spring is the Hazel shorts. These are the perfect light weight combination of denim and linen, and will go fabulously with any outfit. We love pairing them with the Stella Denim jacket, shown below.
Persnickety is now available for purchase at over 300 online and retail partners, and I have included links to several of my favorites below. This collection will be my first stop for spring shopping this season!
From the Persnickety Daffodils and Dandelions & the Forget Me Not collection of Spring 2015.
We recently came upon the Summer 2015 Lookbook for Z8 children’s clothing from the Netherlands and we couldn’t be more in love with their style. The bright colors and sensible tops, bottoms and accessories are like an European Gap. While only a few sites will ship these stylish kids clothes internationally, their summer lookbook is definitely a photography inspiration to all countries.
The colorful, hippie-inspired children’s photos are colorful and filled with fantastic props such as 70’s VW vans, pastel rollerskates, and vintage string lights. Here’s to hoping Z8 brings their chic styles to the U.S. a.s.a.p.!!
We recently discovered a fun arts and crafts brand for kids that we are excited to feature today. International Arrivals brings you fun, functional and fantastic artistic products designed to bring out kids’ creativity.
International Arrivals carries a plethora of pens – gel and ink, mechanical and non-sharpening pencils, markers, paints and craft glue. Kids will have hours of fun playing with their stickers, sketch books, journals, stamps and countless other products perfect for all ages. They are also great gifts.
Getting my daughter off her ipad and outside can be a challenge. But one thing that always motivates her to get active is a cool new outfit to practice her cartwheels and front walkovers. For moms, there are not a lot of options when it comes to shopping for girls activewear. Target has some great, sensible options, but many times, my daughter will end up with the same outfit from Target as every girl in her tumbling class.
I love finding unique active tops, leggings and shorts that no one in her class has. Nordstrom’s Tween and little girls sections has a great variety of girly kids workout wear by Zella that is affordable enough that I can buy all the matching pieces to an outfit. Colorful shorties, flattering leggings and capris, and the jackets that go along with them. If your daughter has not tried the Zella Girl line at Nordstrom, I recommend heading over their this second, and promise you will not be disappointed! Their Zella Girls is certainly up-to-par with their Zella women’s workout wear.