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Hearts For Hearts Girls-Changing The World One Heart at a Time #Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide

Can you believe it will soon be Thanksgiving? I cannot believe how quickly the holidays will be upon us. When you are looking at the doll lovers on your holiday gift guide, why not get them a doll that makes a difference? The Hearts For Hearts Dolls, empower girls to become agents of change in their communities, countries and around the world.

How do these dolls make a difference?

The Hearts For Hearts Dolls are from different countries and include; Rahel from Ethiopia, Dell from the USA, Consuelo from Mexico, and Nahji from India. Each doll has an important story to tell about life in her country, inspired by the stories of real girls who are strong, smart, courageous, and determined to rise above challenging circumstances.

For every doll sold, Hearts For Hearts Girls makes a $1 donation to their charitable partner, World Vision, a global humanitarian organization that supports children through local programs. Whether it’s malaria nets in Africa, schoolbooks in Asia, or food supplies in the US, these programs help kids to thrive and succeed.

These dolls are beautiful, I recently received Dell from the USA. She comes packed in a nice box with a front flap that opens to reveal the doll and accessories. Check out my video below for an in-depth look at Dell and everything she comes with.

These dolls are helping to change the world one heart at a time, and you can be a part of that dream! We like them so much, we are adding them to our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide at Mommy Ramblings.

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Check Out The New Design of the Lundby Smaland Doll House #Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide #Lundby

My house is not the only one under going  some home improvements this year, The Lundby Smaland Doll House got a new look for 2016. The wall and door between the kitchen and dining room was taken away to reveal a great room. Wallpaper was changed and new furniture sets were also introduced. If you forgot what the old house looked like, you can check out our past Lundby posts HERE.

I created a whole series of Lundby videos you can view to get an up close and personal look at everything:

Lundby New Style Smaland Doll House Unboxing Video

Lundby New Style Smaland Doll House Assembly by Mommy Ramblings Part 2

Lundby New Style Smaland Doll House Kitchen and Dining Room Set Review by Mommy Ramblings Part 3

Lundby New Style Smaland Doll House Selecting Lights by Mommy Ramblings Part 4

Lundby New Style Smaland Doll House Lights On by Mommy Ramblings Part 5

Mommy Ramblings Reviews The Lundby Smaland Doll House Nursery & Kids Bedroom Part 6

Mommy Ramblings Reviews The Smaland Dollhouse Family by Lundby Part 7

Mommy Ramblings Reviews The Smaland Dollhouse Living Room Set by Lundby

Mommy Ramblings Unboxes and Sets Up The Lundby Smaland Doll House Bathroom

Mommy Ramblings Unboxes and Sets Up the Lundby Smaland Doll House Fishtank

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Mommy Ramblings Unboxes and Sets Up The Lundby Christmas Tree Set

Mommy Ramblings Lundby Unboxes The Smaland Gingerbread House Kit and Look at House

Lundby Doll Houses are adored by adult collectors as well as older children. They are very realistic with real working lights and functional furnishings. Doll Houses encourage kids to be creative and use their imagination. My kids love playing with these doll houses and so do I!

So what do you think? Do you love the new style as much as we do? We are adding it to our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide at Mommy Ramblings! We have great news, you can enter to win a Lundby Smaland Doll House and accessories below.

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A Doll House That Fascinates Adult Collectors & Children Alike! #Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide

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I have always loved dolls and doll houses. I did as a child and as and adult, I am still an avid lover and collector of both. I am amazed at the number of adult collectors of Lundby Swedish Doll Houses. There are many groups on Facebook alone dedicated to long time and brand new Lundby Doll House Collectors.  I have been collecting Lundby for a few years now. You  may remember my previous posts about my Lundby Smaland Doll House. Lundby smaland Doll House stock

 

I am here to show you some new additions to our Lundby doll house. First the biggest addition is really getting ready for Winter and swapping our Garden for the Winter Garden. We put away the trampoline and the race car because the garden is covered in sparkling snow. There is a small hill where the family has fun skiing and sledding. A snow-covered stone wall with a stylish gate surrounds the garden. Smaland Winter Garden

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We added the Winter Family so that Mommy, Daddy, Sister and Brother are properly dressed for their winter activities.  Then of course the Smaland Winter Accessories with backpack packed with two thermal containers, plus 2 sets of skis. The set also includes a sled, a snowman and a “snowball pile” with real light!

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We added some new interior furnishings as well. A set of Nursery Baby Furniture with a crib, bedding and changing table/dresser combination. This collection includes an adorable Chest with 3 drawers, a Crib with bedding, plus a sweet Teddy Bear to cuddle at night or during naps. Lundby Baby Furniture

We added the Lundby Smaland Aquarium Set as well. The realistic aquarium is filled with 3 colorful fish and a seahorse. The aquarium is pre-wired with a working light and looks wonderful when lit.  Two potted geraniums are included to spruce up our Smaland house decor. To complete the look,  a gorgeous painting by artist Lisa Rinnevuo is included. This exquisite work of art is reproduced from one of the artist’s real paintings.

 

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For more than 65 years Lundby Smaland – pioneers in doll house lighting and design – has for offered high-quality collectibles, inspiring creativity to stimulate play and design. This accessory set is appropriate for children ages 4 and over, with adult supervision. Lundby gets its name from the Swedish village where Grete and Axel Thomsen first began creating and selling clever dollhouse furniture in 1947. Lundby continues to delight children and adults alike with lovely, high quality dolls houses, furniture, dolls, and accessories.

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#HolidayGiftGuide Corolle Baby Doll Giveaway!

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As a lifelong doll lover, I really love this post. Why? It is about dolls of course. I think dolls are a classic toy of childhood that let children model loving and caring for a baby and teaches them how to nurture a small baby or child.  Dolls can also help a child who will soon be welcoming a new sibling to the family. Before the new baby arrives the child and parent can talk about all the care and time the baby will need. Then when the baby arrives the parent can encourage the child to do the same things with the doll they are seeing them do with their baby sibling.
Now if you have a brand new little one that is your own or on your holiday list that you would like to introduce to dolls, the  Babi Corolle soft dolls have sweetly expressive faces that will captivate and soothe baby. All Babi Corolle first soft dolls are designed with multiple “handles” so they are easy for tiny fingers to grasp and explore. Unique combinations of ultra-soft and supple materials and textures delight and intrigue little ones, and everything in the Babi Corolle collection is produced to meet all applicable mandatory and voluntary safety standards.
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Corolle’s Babi Corolle first dolls’ soft vinyl faces (Lili dolls excepted) are delicately scented with vanilla so that the hugs your baby gives to her lovie are as sweet and memorable as the hugs you give her! A plus for parents: All Babi Corolle first dolls are machine washable (air dry naturally, please) and have a sewn-in label with space to write baby’s name.
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A great gift set for ages birth and up is Miss Fresh Riviera & Blanket.  Miss Fresh Riviera is an adorable  first doll with a soft body that’s ideal for hugging and cuddling! The sweet expression on her vanilla scented, smooth vinyl face will charm and soothe little ones. Included in the set is a coordinating soft blanket.  There are other styles in these sets so check out the Corolle Website to see them all.
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Okay are you more in the market for a realistic baby doll? Corolle’s Mon Bébé Classique Dodo Baby Doll has a soft body, blue sleeping eyes, and supple vinyl skin that’s delicately scented with vanilla — a Corolle signature and is an excellent for little ones 2 and older. This adorable 14-inch baby doll comes with her own soft lovey, blanket and mini booklet for complete mommy play!
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Mon Bébé Classique Dodo Baby Doll features high-quality materials and careful details. Her soft body is lightweight and irresistibly huggable, and her sweet, authentically sculpted face will charm and captivate little ones. Her supple vinyl skin is delicately scented with vanilla and her blue eyes close when you put her down for a nap or at bedtime, just like a real baby.

Mon Bébé Classique Dodo wears any 14-inch baby doll fashion and fits comfortably in any nursery accessory from Corolle’s Mon Classique Collection. There is a nice selection of  outfits and baby care accessories that can really extend the play  with this Mon Bébé Classique Dodo Baby Doll.

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Designed in France and part of Corolle’s Mon Classique Collection for make-believe moms ages 3 years and up, Mon Bébé Classique Dodo Baby Doll is the winner of a Platinum Seal Award from The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, the only independent consumer review of children’s media. Award winners are selected based on their quality, innovation, and ability to provide children with an engaging play experience. The Platinum Seal Award is The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio’s highest honor.
Need a little dolly for the stocking?

Looking for a stocking stuffer that is just too cute? One of the  Mini Calin baby dolls is the perfect choice. They little dolls have cuddlly soft “bean”-filled bodies. Little hands can hold easily to the bean bodies of these tiny babies and they may be small on size but your little one will shower them with a huge amount of love. Very portable they are great to keep in a diaper bag or in the car to keep little ones busy. Even older girls love them and want to collect them all because one is cuter than the other. They are 8 inches tall and made for ages 18 months and up.

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Corolle is a premium doll brand that is designed in France. Corolle dolls are designed to be the perfect look, size, feel and scent for little ones to love and cherish. Pretty, sweet faces are sculpted after real babies. Fashions are inspired by current children’s clothing and adapted for a young child’s dexterity so they are easy to dress. Corolle dolls’ supple vinyl arms and legs are smooth to the touch and delicately scented with vanilla, and their bodies have the ideal amount of filling for hugging and cuddling.
These dolls are all so nice and make great gifts for a child. They are all huggable and soft and smell so great. We love them so much we are adding all three to our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. 
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Elf On The Shelf-Worst Parenting Fail!!!

I love the Elf on the Shelf but not for the reason you may think.  I love them because they remind me of my absolute favorite childhood Christmas decoration. My parents had the kneehugger elves from Japan and every year I would arrange them hanging with acrobatic skill through the house.  I remember telling my mom they were my favorite and she told me they were hers too.

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When I had my own family she and I were shopping one day and found some very similar elves of which I scooped up more than a few to decorate my home.  So, when the Elf on the Shelf came out, I loved it just on its looks.  I am not one of those over the top parents who cannot wait every night to plan some elaborate hijinks that the kids will find the next day.  Truth be told, my husband and I forget half the time to move them (we have 2) and have to tell the kids things like,”I guess he likes the top of the picture frame so much, he went right back.” or “He is really being tricky, guess he thought you would not look there since he was there yesterday.”

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My kids love elves too, in fact I picked up several more this year and my little guys was so cute.  In the store they asked if they could touch them and if they were the real elves.  To which I answered, “No, they are just adorable decorations.  Which ones should we get?”  So I have elves all over and the irony is in my biggest confession which I will tell you next.

Last year, someone I know posted on Facebook that her children were traumatized when going through the Christmas decorations to find the Elf on the Shelf packed away with the ornaments.  He was supposed to be at the North Pole, not in a box that was in their basement all year!  The magic was spoiled and I am not sure if the mom or the children was more upset.  So, last year I told my husband we could not put our Elves away with any of the Christmas decorations.   Instead we hid them really good, in fact we hid them so good, we don’t even know where they are!

I am so mad now, because I either have to buy 2 more and you can’t just buy replacement elves, you have to buy the whole set up and I have the books and boxes because they do not take those with them to the North Pole.  I would still need to come up with a story of why they are so late, but I am good at stories so that is not the part that bothers me.

My husband found my childhood kneehugger  elves and a bunch of others along with an Annalee Santa that looks like an elf and asked why don’t I just spin some yarn with these characters.  I have thought about some very elaborate tales, like telling he kids that one of the older and very wise kneehugger elves just made it here, he is old and his magic is not so great any more.  He brought a note that our elves Jingle and Jangle had a very odd thing happen right before they were leaving to come to our house.  They were decorating the tree and their legs got caught in some of the lights in a way that twisted them and they both broke both legs.  They were in excruciating pain and the doctor could not clear them to travel.  That is when the wise but old elf said he would make the journey to explain.   It took him a long time to get here and he cannot possibly fly back every night, so he will just phone in reports and ride back with Santa on Christmas Eve.

No matter what this goes down in the parenting fail book.  I am sure they will both be found January 1st.

UPDATE

A few hours after writing this Jingle and Jangle were found.  They were tucked inside a santa hat behind some of my dolls that were on a shelf.  Hubby tucked them back there and it was like a Clark Griswold moment when he thought about the switch being off when he remembered.  Now they are perched one in the tree and one hanging from a cabinet door handle for the kids to see in the morning.  Better late than never!

 


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Doll Houses Are Not Just For Kids!

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I was introduced to the world of Lundby doll houses a little over a year ago.  A doll lover and collector all my life, dolls and doll houses are something I never outgrew.  I am not alone, Lundby has a wide collector base of women and men who collect the houses, furnishings, restore older houses and love to talk about and share their collections on online forums.

There are several Facebook pages where Lundby lovers and collectors do just that.  Lundby is timeless, loved by children, tweens, teens and right up to adults, the charm of Lundby just grows over the years.  Enjoyed by generations, Lundby love is passed down and these quality Swedish doll houses become family heirlooms.  Today, you will find older Lundby doll houses in great demand and many collectors are enthusiastically restoring the older homes to their modern glory.  Much more than a hobby, Lundy collectors have a passion!

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Last year you may remember our review of the Lundby Smaland Doll House and accessories.

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Well, this year our Lundby Smaland doll house expanded with the addition of two rooms, garden area, several new furniture sets and great Christmas sets.  In fact our Lundby home is decked out or should I say the halls have been decked with Christmas magic.  The floor addition was easy to assemble, my young son even got in on the action and helped to secure the walls.  The house has real working lights which add a warmth and the new Christmas sets are a festive touch with a glowing fire in the fireplace and candles that light up on the tree.  Under the tree, wrapped in shiny paper and gold cord are gifts and you don’t need to peek to see there is a Smaland doll house just ready to be unwrapped come Christmas morning.

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The details on the furnishings are amazing, the kitchen cabinets have real working drawers that you can put things in, the refrigerator opens, the pots, pans, dishes and utensils are realistic and even the bathroom has toothbrushes and rubber ducks. Lundby 2014 5

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Lundby 2014 1 The house is sure to draw oohs and ahhs from young and old and is the perfect gift this holiday season that will bring joy for years to come. Mommy Ramblings has added the Smaland doll house and accessories to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Some of the new additions to our Lundby Smaland Doll House were: Smaland Garden smaland Garden   Lundby Smaland Floor Extension Lundby Home Extension Lundby Smaland Kitchen Furniture Set Lundby Smaland Kitchen Furniture Set Lundby Smaland Childrens Bedroom Set Lundby Childrens Room Set Stock Lundby Smaland Fireplace Set Lundby Smaland Christmas Fireplace Set Boxed Lundby Christmas Fireplace Set Unboxed Lundby Smaland Christmas Tree Set Lundby Chrismas Tree Set Boxed Lundby Christmas Tree Set Unboxed   Smaland TV and Accessories Lundby Smaland TV and Furniture set Lundby Smaland Garden Furniture Set Smaland Garden FurnitureOf course with the new addition we had to expand the family so we welcomed two bouncing babies! Lundby Smaland Babies The older kids needed some attention too!  Sibling rivalry gets bad when a new baby is brought home, imagine two!  They were so happy to have a trampoline and pedal car to focus on. Lundby Smaland Trampoline Pedal Car Lundby 2014 3     Can’t get enough Lundby?  You can download the Lundby Living Magazine HERE! Are you ready for some exciting news?  Lundy is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings.  One lucky blog reader will win their own Smaland doll house, Smaland 2 room floor extension, both of the Christmas sets and 2 sets of furniture of their choice (subject to availability)!  Isn’t that awesome?  I thought you would think so!  Thank you so much to Lundby for the review products and for sponsoring this incredible giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.    Lundby Smaland Swedish Doll House, Extension, Christmas Sets & Furniture Giveaway on Mommy Ramblings Rules: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good Luck!!! Continue reading


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anaMalz Wooden Creature Review & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

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You might just get overloaded with cuteness in this post so fair warning given. anaMalz, are the cuddliest wooden creatures you will set your eyes and hands on!. Designed by Louise Causon-Scott and her partner Tim Scott in Australia, these little heartbreakers were first brought into the world in 2007.  anaMalz have legs you can move and fabric embellishments along with the cutest expressions.  They open up a world of imaginative, creative play for kids and as a parent I love that!

anaMalz has won more than 15 industry awards including the Australian International design award.  The poseable figures each have their own unique markings that make anaMalz unique, individual and fun to collect.  anaMalz wants to give everyone a chance to help make nature grow so a part of the proceeds of every anaMalz is donated to preserving nature forever

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When you enter your registration code found on your anaMalz hang tag and become an anaMalz Guardian, you will receive a real Guardian certificate. Help anaMalz protect nature!

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anaMalz are made from a wood known as schima superba or “needlewood” (also known as Chinese Maple) – a fast growing tree harvested in a forest plantation in China. All waste wood from the manufacturing process is given to a local farm to grow mushrooms.  All anaMalz are carefully hand painted using child friendly paint, tested under EN71, ASTM, CPSIA accreditation.  The glues used are formaldehyde free and pass all EN71, ASTM, CPSIA testing. Fabrics are tested and have passed EN71, ASTM, CPSIA standards and contain no AZO dyes.

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We have a lion, giraffe and alligator living with us and they are so much fun, we will definitely be expanding our family!!!  Mommy Ramblings thinks aniMalz are a marvelous gift choice this holiday season so you will find them on our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Updates and a Sneak Peek At Upcoming Giveaways!!! #Lundby #iCube

Wow, it has been a busy few days.  My youngest little one was sick most of the week with a fever, cold and cough.  Poor little guy.  He got better just in time for Halloween and had a good time trick or treating.  It did get pretty cold even with a shirt and thick hoodie under his costume so we were more than ready to get home and enjoy some hot chocolate!  Hope you all had fun with your kiddies.

I have been busy working all week and finished a busy month with my marketing business.  I also have some great news to share.  I was hired as an instructor at an online blogger university to teach Time Management which will start this winter.  Lots of prep on that and more to come.  We are in the middle of a porch project and waiting for the few nice days this week to finish.  Soon we should have a reveal on that project.  Lots of other reveals to come.

Anyway, some upcoming giveaways you might like are one from iCube for multiple winners and another from Lundby.  Take a look at some sneak peek photos. We also have a steam mop with portable steam cleaner coming up too and much, much more!

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Helpful Tips for Buying Dollhouse Miniatures – Things Every Hobbyist Should Know

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Having dollhouse miniatures as a hobby is a lot of fun and there are many people who are passionate about collecting miniatures and building their own little world. There are so many different types of dollhouse furniture and miniatures out there and your collection will never really be complete – you will always be inspired to find more and more to add.

 

You can buy dollhouse miniatures online, as well as in your local miniature hobby shop. Before you start buying these tiny treasures, there are a few things that you should know which will make things easier and will help you save you a little money. Here are some tips that you can keep in mind which will help you when buying dollhouse miniatures.

 

Where Can You Save and Where Will You Splurge?

If you are building your dollhouse on a budget, you probably cannot afford to spend a lot of money to ensure that every detail is as luxurious as possible – such as designer wallpaper, high end miniature furniture, high quality paint and other accessories. However, if you can budget your money in a clever way you can add luxurious details to your dollhouse with breaking the bank.

Figure out on which aspects of your dollhouse you can get away with spending less. For example, you can use a cheap paint for the walls or find carpet samples for free to cover the floors with. Whenever you are able to cut down your expenses, this means that you will have more money to spend on a few lavish treats – such as a beautiful miniature canopy bed or a chandelier.

Even if you have to choose the cheapest dollhouse building supplies because you have a small budget, with a little bit of care and creativity you can make it look beautiful. Dollhouse building is more about the love and care you put into the project, rather than the cost of the materials.

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Look for Sets

Here’s a tip when you are buying furniture for your dollhouse – look for “sets”. Sometimes dollhouse furniture will come in a kitchen set, a dining room set, a bedroom set, etc. For example, a bedroom set might include a bed, a vanity with a mirror and a wardrobe. A living room set might have two arm chairs along with a footrest or a coffee table.

Usually, buying this furniture in sets means that you will save money. Also, it will ensure that all of the furniture in the room matches and has a similar style – which can be difficult when you are buying pieces separately.

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Don’t Forget to Think About Scale

It is important to make sure that the dollhouse furniture that you are buying is on the same scale – otherwise it will not work in your house and will look strange with the other furniture. Once you choose a scale you will need to stick with it and buy all of your furniture in that scale from that point on.

The scale you choose is up to your preference – so think about how much room you have for your dollhouse and how large or tiny you want it to be. The most commonly used scale is the 1/12 scale, where one inch of the dollhouse is equal to one foot of the real item. There are other scales used, but since they are not as common you might find it more difficult to locate furniture in this scale.

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Shop Online

When you are looking for dollhouse furniture, one of the best places to look is on the internet. There are many advantages to shopping for dolls house furniture online – especially because there are so many websites out there to choose from. You can quickly and easily compare prices and availability from a number of different sources and with such a large selection, you are sure to find exactly the doll house furniture that you are looking for. Make sure that you shop around and compare, as well as ask other dollhouse enthusiasts on forums for recommendations to the best deals that they have found.

These are just a few tips to keep in mind when you are buying miniatures for your dollhouse. A dollhouse hobby is a lot of fun and collecting tiny furniture can bring you a lot of enjoyment over the years. A collection is never complete, because the fun is in the challenge when hunting for the next exciting, rare, beautiful and unique miniature piece. Have fun and enjoy collecting.

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