Monday, February 20, 2012

American Girl's 2012 Girl of the Year *McKenna* Doll {Review & Giveaway}

Ever since Christmas, the girls, {a} and {c}, have become completely obsessed with their gorgeous American Girl dolls. They have been playing with their Marie-Grace and Cécile dolls non-stop. Thankfully, with the new year, we were introduced to American Girl's 2012 Girl of the Year, McKenna. The Girl of the Year arrives every new year and is only available for the year she is introduced. That's it... ONE year only! This month, my not so little {a} will be celebrating her 9th birthday and what a perfect time to surprise her with McKennaThanks to my WONDERFUL friends at American Girl... I can't wait to see the excitement on her face when she opens up this adorable NEW doll.

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 to see that McKenna was the Girl of The Year (as was {a}). American Girl's  2012 Girl of the Year is a determined girl who uses her strengths to turn challenges into triumphs. The McKenna doll is 18" tall, with brilliant blue eyes that open and close. She has long, caramel-colored hair that can be pulled high for gymnastics practice, or styled up in twists for a fancy occasion.

The story of McKenna Brooks, 10, tells of a young girl who has ALWAYS excelled in school and gymnastics. So, when her grades begin to fall, she begins to doubt herself. McKenna, with the help of a new friend, overcomes her challenges by focusing on her strengths. 
McKenna, the doll itself, is even more adorable in person. She is dressed in a sporty striped dress with flutter sleeves, a dropped waist, and a pleated skirt. Complimenting her striped dress are teal leggings and striped slip on shoes. Her clothes make it extra easy to perform all of her gymnastic moves freely. Included with her outfit is a purple pair of underwear as well as a hairband to keep her hair out of her face during practices, meets and routines. 

Along with the doll is the McKenna paperback book—an engaging story that will inspire girls to go for their goals, one day at a time.

As with other American Girl dolls, McKenna does not disappoint. Her body is 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, including McKenna in many different ways, including the splits, pretend twists and flips. In addition to American Girl dolls being extra cute, I truly love that they encourage reading and inspire girls to reach for their goals, one day at a time.

Finally, I cannot wait to see {a}'s reaction at her birthday celebration. She will definitely flip.... with excitement! After her party, I will certainly post some birthday pictures! 

Buy It

2012 Girl of the Year, McKenna along with many other American Girl products
can be purchased HERE.

Win It

Thanks to American Girl, one LUCKY ace and friends reader will win
 the {3} McKenna books - McKenna; McKenna, Ready to Fly!; and Take the Challenge!


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[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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