Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
I’ve been shopping American Girl for at least five years—and I don’t ever remember a sale on dolls. This morning, I found out that The Today Show’s Jill’s Steals & Deals announced a special code to get two of the dolls, Marie-Grace and Cecile, for more than 60% off. Just click here to access the deal. The dolls, including book and accessories, are $50 each.
There is also an adorable canopy doll bed for $50, which I just bought for my daughter Katie (shh, don’t tell her). I can attest for Marie-Grace’s cuteness; Katie spent her birthday money on the doll last year when we visited American Girl Place in NYC (see pic). Hope this helps with your holiday shopping!
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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
There’s nothing better than starting a Tuesday morning with a room full of glittery curlicues, pastel colors, and creamy cupcakes!
In honor of our boss’s birthday, the Parents.com staff surprised Michael (the Executive Editor of Parents.com) with an explosion of girlyness (was it like reliving his daughter’s birthday parties?) by throwing a party decorated with products from the American Girl Crafts® party collection.
A few of us unleashed our inner crafters and put together pretty paper medallions and Celebrate! cupcake stands (perfect to display our baked goods from Crumbs). And we completed the table with teal-colored napkins and paper cups (easily customized with names) filled with potato chips. Even though no American Girl dolls were in attendance, all of us had fun starting a workday with some sweetness and energy, and the staff (predominantly women) got nostalgic reliving their childhoods. (Sidebar: I, for one, have always wanted to dine at the American Girl Place in New York City, so this was the next best thing!)
Launched in October, the collection offers various party packs (Basic, Deluxe, and Ultimate) to help girls (ages 8 to 12) get creative about styling and personalizing their parties. Along with decorations and table settings, there are also invitations, stickers, party favors, thank-you notes, and easy step-by-step craft projects to entertain guests. Miniature versions of these party items are also available so dolls won’t feel left out. Products can be purchased at Michael’s, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, and EKSuccessBrands.com.
While we didn’t get to use our sticker party invitations (and their matching doll invitations), there will certainly be more meetings-slash-parties on the horizon…!
Michael, wearing a FUN badge
The staff, enjoying cupcakes and chips
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Pretty paper medallions
Monday, September 12th, 2011
I recently had the chance to sit down with singer and actor Harry Connick, Jr. and his 13-year-old daughter Kate to talk about their partnership with American Girl as well as Harry’s parenting experience. American Girl’s newest dolls, Cécile and Marie-Grace, are from New Orleans circa 1853. Despite their different appearances and backgrounds, the girls become best friends. To accompany the release of the dolls, Harry wrote a song about friendship, “A Lot Like Me,” and Kate recorded it. All proceeds from downloads of the song benefit the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, a performance space and center for music education in New Orleans.
How did you become involved in this partnership with American Girl?
Harry: American Girl was interested in two New Orleans–themed dolls, and I’m from New Orleans, so they wanted to see what I had to offer. We thought it would be cool to have Kate be a part of it too. We like working together anyway, so I couldn’t think of anybody better to sing a song that I wrote. Kate truly lives the message of, ‘It doesn’t matter what’s on the outside, it’s all about what’s on the inside.’
The song is aimed at young girls. What was it like to write for a younger audience?
Harry: It’s just a matter of writing what feels best for me. I read the stories and thought they were great. The message was so clear, it wasn’t difficult to come up with a way to try to express that with a piece of music.
What do you hope girls take away from this song?
Kate: I hope they learn, as my dad said, that it’s what’s on the inside, not on the outside [that matters]. I’ve been able to travel the world and see the different backgrounds that people come from and the different religions that they follow. I’ve realized that it’s not about what they look like.
What’s important in your friendships? What do you look for in your friends?
Kate: I look for trust, loyalty, and kindness. I think if you have those three things then you have something special.
You two share an interest in music. Do you plan to collaborate in the future?
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Harry: I hope we get to do something again. My life is spontaneous and things just kind of happen. I look forward to years and years of working with Kate in different capacities. (more…)
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