Monday, November 14, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide: American Girl Dolls {Review & Giveaway}

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For as long as I can remember {a} has had a HUGE obsession with American Girl dolls. Years ago, when we lived near Chicago, we would go into the store and spend a lot of time looking at all the beautiful dolls and their accessories. She would always get so giddy to look around! This year, we asked her what she wanted for Christmas... and once again, she mentioned, she would LOVE to have an American Girl Doll of her very own. Since little {e} was nearby, she too, chimed in... me too, me too. Thanks to my WONDERFUL friends at American Girl... I can't wait to see the surprise on their faces when they open something super special this Christmas, their very own, Marie-Grace and Cécile dolls.

About American Girl 

If you haven't heard of American Girl, I would be SUPER surprised... but in case you don't know much about this amazing company, let me tell you a little about them.

American Girl is "Helping girls become their very best!" At American Girl, they celebrate girls and all that they can be. That's why they develop products and experiences that help girls grow up in a wholesome way, while encouraging them to enjoy girlhood through fun and enchanting play. {These are a few reasons why I LOVE American Girl.}

American Girl offers a wide variety of different products that are suitable for just about everyone. The American Girl character feature historical characters that highlight important past dates of America's past. My American Girl™ dolls are dolls that are created especially for every girl. Bitty Baby® are adorable baby dolls that promote nurturing play among girls and are perfect for ages 3 and up. In addition to dolls, American Girl also offers American Girl magazine and Books that are written to help girls every step of the way. 

ace and friends thoughts

I was thrilled that I was fortunate enough to review not only one, but two of American Girls' newest additions, Marie-Grace and Cécile. These two dolls follow an unforgettable journey where they must overcome times of trouble in their hometown of New Orleans using courage, compassion, and friendship. American Girl has created a story where these two girls cross paths and each of their stories compliment each other. The story takes place in 1853 where there was a definitive line between cultures as well as classes. Their story takes place throughout a six book series and alternate between each character, making each book quite unique. I have always been a HUGE fan of American Girl books and this series doesn't disappoint!
Each doll is absolutely stunning. Cécile is dressed in an authentic 1850's teal satin dress with soft black velvet accents and little rosettes. Complimenting her teal dress are white pantalettes, knee-length stocking and black boots. Her beautiful dark brown hair has super cute ringlets and is tied back with a gorgeous ribbon. 
Marie-Grace is also dressed in time-period appropriate clothing. She has a cute pink/tangerine plaid taffeta dress along with white pantalettes, knee-length stockings, and two-tone boots. Her long brown hair has curly-Q's on both sides of her face that are adorned with pink ribbons as well as a perfect braid across the back.

Included with each doll is the first book in their series which introduces each character to it's owner. These dolls are really and truly amazing. Their bodies are made of a soft cloth and the head and limbs are made of smooth vinyl. These dolls are extremely well made and will give the little girl in your life many years of enjoyment. You can pose each doll in many different ways and I can't say how much I love that these dolls encourage reading and teaching about important historical times.

Finally, I cannot wait to see the {a} and {e}'s faces on Christmas morning. They are going to be over the moon excited. I will definitely post their reactions shortly after the holidays! Now... how many days until Christmas???? {le sigh.}

Buy It

Cécile and Marie-Grace along with many other American Girl products
can be purchased HERE.

FREE SHIPPING: Now through November 2nd, American Girl is offering FREE SHIPPING with the following code: EMFREE1122

Win It

Thanks to American Girl, one LUCKY ace and friends reader will win
 a Cécile and Marie-Grace 6 Book Boxed Set! (MSRP $39.95)



[Product review & giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from the manufacturer of a PR Agency. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." See ace and friends Disclosure Policy HERE.]
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