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Try Delicious New Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches!

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Butternut Squash Soup with Organic Squash from Hometown Harvest

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Host an Eggcellent Easter Party with Oriental Trading!

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Christmas Crafts for Kids

We had some snow days last week and decided to get crafty in our free time. These cute little Christmas crafts are perfect for decorating your house, giving as gifts, and most importantly keeping the kids from going crazy in the house!

 

Christmas Crafts for Kids

Popsicle Stick Snowflake

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Red yarn
    • Apply the glue to the sticks and place them together as desired. Sprinkle on the glitter and let dry. Tie yarn around your snowflake so you can hang it on your tree!

 

Christmas Crafts for Kids

Handprint Christmas Tree

  • Canvas
  • Green, Brown, and Yellow Paint
  • Optional: Black sharpie and other colors for fingerprint lights

Christmas Crafts for Kids, DIY Mug Gift for Teachers

Mugs for Teachers

  • White Ceramic Mugs
  • Sharpies
    • Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

Christmas Crafts for Kids

Gingerbread Photo Ornaments

Christmas Crafts for Kids

Painted Ornament

  • Clear Ornaments from craft store
  • Paint
  • Sharpie
  • Ribbon
  • Paint tray or aluminum foil pan to fill with the paint
    • Put the paint into the pan and let them roll it around. After it dries use a metallic sharpie to add dots.

Christmas Crafts for Kids

Modeling Clay Christmas Shapes

  • Modeling clay in desired colors
  • Cookie Cutters
    • Use the cookie cutters to cut shapes in the modeling clay. Add embellishments and let sit to dry.

Do you have a favorite craft for the holidays? Link to it or let me know! 

American Girl 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

*FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored. All opinions are my own!*

Make this season Merry and Bright with this ultimate American Girl Gift Guide!

American Girl

American Girl is one of those brands that is timeless. I remember playing with my Bitty Baby as a little girl, taking her everywhere. Now I get to relive those days and experience American Girl in a new light with my daughter. We both get excited to sit down and look at the catalogs when they come in the mail! So it is no surprise to me or anyone in our lives that American Girl anything showed up on her Christmas list.

The top if that list? The Doll of the Year, Saige. After we went to the premiere event for Saige Paints the Sky she was hooked and the negotiations began. But mommy my other doll needs a friend. I like to draw and ride horses too. Oh and mommy, she has red hair like me sooo that means she looks like me. It starts young folks! Saige comes with her introduction book, ring, and earrings. There are a lot of Saige outfits, accessories, and playsets too. You can also buy Saige’s movie, Saige Paints the Sky and get free shipping until Dec 31st!

American Girl Gift Guide, American Girl Saige

Saige is only here until December 31st! Don’t miss your chance to bring her home!

New to the world of American Girl? Not sure where to start? I recommend the My American Girl Dolls. My daughter’s first American Girl doll was her My American Girl Doll. She squealed with excitement and she almost knocked me over with her hugs! Her face just lit up when she saw her doll. Her hair is like mine! And her eyes! And her smile! Oh Mommy she looks just like me! I’m naming her Little k! Little k is my daughter’s constant companion and best friend.

American Girl Gift Guide

Create the My American Girl Doll that is just right for your girl. Each doll comes dressed in the True Spirit Outfit, a charm keeper necklace to hold her collectible charms that come with each outfit, and codes that give you access to play online at InnerstarU.com- a safe and fun online world created just for girls and their My American Girl dolls.

Be sure to check out all the clothing, play sets, and accessories available for the dolls. My daughter and I love the matching outfits for girls and dolls. Like the Sparkle Party Dress for Girls and Dolls. There is something for everyone to make your doll just like you at American Girl!

Bitty Baby is newly relaunched and there is a lot to choose from. The new line features 11 different dolls with various skin tones and hair and eye color combinations, beautifully illustrated picture books, new premium play sets, and plush animals. Also online activities for both girls and parents to really bring the world of Bitty Baby to life. Each doll comes dressed in a signature sleeper, along with a special “wishing star” keepsake toy, and Bitty Baby and Me, the first picture book in the new series. Look for the matching outfits for the Bitty Baby and your girl!

American Girl New Bitty Baby collection!

 

As a girl I always loved the historical dolls. Molly McIntire is one of the original three American Girl historical dolls. She is a lovable, patriotic girl growing up during WWII. Molly comes with an authentic 1940s outfit, Meet Molly book, red purse, beret, heart shaped locket that really holds a photo, hankie, and a reproduction 1943 steel penny! Emily is Molly’s English friend. She comes dressed in an authentic 1940s outfit, Brave Emily book, sweater, WWI dog tags, a pretend English three-pence coin, ration book, and a scrapbook with a note from her Mum, pictures of her family, and the English princesses. Matching outfits for your girl, furniture, play sets and more are also available! Molly and Emily will be retiring to the archives at the end of this year. Pick them up today before they are gone!

American Girl has an awesome assortment of books. The books include titles for the historical dolls, the Girl of the Year Saige, and for your special girl. New to the shelves is the sequel to the very popular Care and Keeping of You. The Care and Keeping of You 2 book and journal gives in-depth detail on your child’s physical and emotional development. It also covers questions that your growing daughter will have and you may not know how to explain!

For ages 8 and up, the gift that keeps on giving: American Girl Magazine. This magazine is the largest in the country published exclusively for girls. American Girl is mom-endorsed and daughter-approved, win-win! Each issue is packed with fiction, games, puzzles, and party plans.

Some of the best gifts do not come in a box. Give that special girl in your life the gift of spending time with you at an American Girl store! Attend a holiday themed event or grab lunch at the cafe. You and your girl will make memories that will last a lifetime. Call 877-247-5223 or visit AmericanGirl.com to make your plans!

American Girl has partnered with Shutterfly to give you a special gift this holiday season! Make a purchase by December 31 and get a free American Girl photo book, designed by Shutterfly exclusively for American Girl. That’s a $29.99 value! For complete offer details: http://bit.ly/HhlPFY

American Girl Shutterfly Offer

 

I hope this guide has helped you decide on what American Girl items to get this year. If you have any questions let me know, I am pretty much an expert! ;)

 What’s on top of your favorite girl’s list? Which American Doll is her favorite?

 

Explore the New World of American Girl’s Bitty Baby!

American Girl New Bitty Baby collection!

 

When I was a little girl I remember wanting a Bitty Baby so badly. I wrote my usual letter to Santa and asked him to bring me one. Christmas morning came and no baby. A minor setback. You see my birthday was a few months later so I regrouped my efforts with my family to get my baby doll. Success! For my birthday I got a brand new Bitty Baby to call my own. Fast forward to my life as a mom. When I had a daughter I knew when she was old enough we would venture into the American Girl doll world together. Being able to share something I loved as a child with her is an amazing thing. American Girl’s Bitty Baby line is something moms and daughters alike love. Watching my daughter play mommy with her baby is almost like too much cute!

Over the years Bitty Baby has grown from a few choices of dolls and clothes to an expanded brand including Bitty Twins and everything you need to take care of your baby. Just when you thought Bitty Baby couldn’t get any better, it does. Get excited girls, American Girl is premiering an all new world of Bitty Baby!

American Girl's New Bitty Baby line!

On August 27th 2013 American Girl will debut the newly expanded and enhanced Bitty Baby line! The new line will feature 11 different dolls with various skin tones and hair and eye color combinations, beautifully illustrated picture books, new premium play sets, and plush animals. Also online activities for both girls and parents to really bring the world of Bitty Baby to life.

Every little girl can now find a Bitty Baby that is just right perfect for her. Each doll will come dressed in a signature sleeper, along with a special “wishing star” keepsake toy, and Bitty Baby and Me, the first picture book in the new series. To go with with new stories are themed play sets to further bring the books to like and allow your child’s imagination to soar. Of course the fun doesn’t stop there. With matching outfits for girls and their dolls, keepsake-quality furniture, cute little animals, and more the play doesn’t have to end!

American Girl's New Bitty Baby line!

The new Bitty Baby books are written by Newbery Honor Award winner Kirby Lawson and illustrated by award winning Sue Cornelison. The books follow a little girl who with her Bitty Baby by her side, discovers the world around her. Each loving story helps little girls shine by encouraging their natural curiosity, generosity, confidence, and kindness. Look at the “For Parents” section that contains tips on raising your daughter to become more confident, patient, and independent. Each book will include different insights based on the story for parents.

In the first book, Bitty Baby & Me, a little girl starts her adventures with her own Bitty Baby. I’m not one to give a story away, but I will say the girl and her doll go on an adventure using their imaginations and even the prickly big sister joins in! I really like that the story is told from the point of view of the girl in easy to understand words and concepts for children. My daughter loved the story saying “She dresses like her doll and makes her doll talk like I do!” and the ultimate all important question “Can we read this again?” Following the advice “For Parents” I made up a story about my daughter and a new friend she just met last week. She can be shy about reaching out and talking to new people.  After I was finished she smiled and said “Mommy, can you call Annie’s mommy so she can come play?” Thanks Bitty Baby for the suggestion! We are excited to see and explore the new world of Bitty Baby!

We can’t wait to read the rest of the books!

American Girl's New Bitty Baby line!

I’ll give you a guess what she is going to be asking for this Christmas!

In-Store Events celebrating Bitty Baby

Bitty Baby’s Story Time- This event is FREE and features a reading of the all new picture book Bitty Baby & Me!

Bitty Baby and Me- The event is inspired by the new book and includes fun activities and a tasty treat! Reserve your spot today!

*events are for girls ages 3 and up

Bitty Baby Online

Visit Bitty Parents to find more to explore in the world of Bitty Baby. You can find enhanced e-books, a downloadable app, online games, activities, and puzzles inspired by the Bitty Baby books. Also a “For Parents” section for encouragement and love in your journey of raising a daughter to be her best.

Sweet Moments with Bitty Baby Video Contest

Starting August 27th parents can record an original video (up to 60 seconds) showing their little girl’s sweetest moments with her Bitty Baby. The submit the video on Bitty Parents for a chance to win one of two grand prizes worth $1200 each. Videos must be received by October 20th 2013.

Connect with American Girl on Facebook and Twitter and share your excitement about the new Bitty Baby line!

*I was sent the new book to write about if I chose. No money was received and opinions are my own

All New American Girl Movie: Saige Paints the Sky!

 

American Girl Movie- Saige Paints the Sky!

Grab your daughter and your favorite American Girl Doll and get ready to experience an all new movie: Saige Paints the Sky!

The 2013 Girl of the Year is staring in her own movie: Saige Paints the Sky. The movie follows Saige, the passionate young artist, as she sets out to save her school’s art and music programs. As someone who loves the creative arts I am drawn to this story and the desire to rescue such important classes. Saige also goes through her best friend Tessa spending less time with her and more with another girl. I think we have all experienced something like that, and I know this is an issue my daughter will eventually go through. For support, Saige turns to her grandma Mimi who inspires her to take action. Can Saige find the courage to lead the fund-raising effort to start an after-school art program and save her friendship with Tessa? Heartwarming, empowering, and fun, it’s a movie for every girl who has ever dreamed big.

To celebrate the debut of Saige Paints the Sky, American Girl is hosting special Movie Premiere Events at all of its retail stores nationwide, starting Friday, June 28, 2013. Moms, girls, and their  dolls will be among the first to see the Saige movie, enjoy related crafts, activities, and take home exclusive giveaways. Visit Saige’s Page for a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming film, including the movie trailer and video clips, cast and character bios, movie-related events, games, crafts, and much more.

Check out the trailer, and be prepared for your daughter to want to watch it over and over!

Saige Paints the Sky will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray July 2nd 2013 and airing Saturday, July 13, at 8/7C on NBC. Jane Seymour stars as Grandma Mimi, a well known artist and horsewoman and introducing Sidney Fullmer as the spirited Saige.

Saige and Mimi - Saige Paints the Sky

Mimi and Saige

Saige Paints the Sky, American GirlSaige and Picasso

We are counting down the days to the premiere event! I am just as excited as my daughter since I was also and American Girl fan as a girl. Naturally, my daughter has chosen a matching outfit for her and her doll. Poor mommy doesn’t have a Zebra print dress but I think I can find something suitable to wear ;)

What about you: Does your daughter love American Girl or did you play with them as a child?

Things to Do and See in Washington DC: Tips from a Local Girl

Washington DC places to see, tourist places, visit DC

There are a lot of things to do and see in Washington DC. Any tour of DC or tourist guide will tell you the major things: monuments, Smithsonian Museum, White House, etc. But take it from a local the city has a lot more to offer.

One of my favorite places in Washington DC is Capitol Hill’s Eastern Market. Saturdays the streets come alive with vendors from all over selling everything from food and flowers to handmade jewelry and furniture. I have gotten some of my favorite pieces from that market. The best part? Dirt cheap.

If you are in town during October, a must for the kids is Boo at the Zoo. From 5:30-8:30 explore the zoo, enjoying special animal encounters and of course candy at different stations around the zoo. In the Big Cat area, my personal favorite, they have a train setup. Although admission to the National Zoo during the day is free, Boo at the Zoo requires you to buy tickets.

The Butterfly Habitat is not only beautiful but educational as well. My daughter loves trying to get the butterflies to land on her Bambi. This is one place to definitely bring your camera to. I think it is really cool to be able to observe the complete life cycles of butterflies.

I know I mentioned museums earlier as something any tour guide would tell you but this is one museum I don’t think you should skip over. The Spy Museum is a lot of fun for adults and kids alike. You learn the history of espionage from all over the world, from Biblical times to present day. Go on interactive Spy missions either inside the museum or around DC. The one hour Operation Spy mission is probably my favorite. Really allow yourself to get into character and you will have a blast! Perfect for the James Bond in all of us!

If you love sweets you have to check out Georgetown Cupcakes. Yes those Georgetown Cupcakes from TLC. Coming from someone who is not a huge fan of cupcakes, they made me a believer. All I can say about this one is yum. Oh, you will have to stand in line so be prepared.

Washington DC is full of great brick and mortar restaurants but don’t miss out on the food trucks. They might seem a little shady or even nasty if you have never eaten from one, I know that is how I felt the first time a friend suggested we try one. Um seriously, food out of a truck barf. Trust me though, there is some amazing food to be had out of those babies. To name a few: Curbside Cupcakes (cupcakes on the go, yes please), DC Empanadas, Fojol Brothers (one of the originals and still going strong), Basil Thyme (I think is better then the traditional Italian places in DC), Philly Steak Bites, and even Chick Fil-a. And now I am hungry…

I could not possibly list all the great places of DC in this post. But I hope that these give you some ideas for fun activities for you and your family or friends to experience.

What is your favorite location or event in DC?

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