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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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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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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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Why is There Controversy Over The Anatomically Correct Boy Doll?

My Facebook feed has been full of posts about the controversy over an anatomically correct baby boy doll that is being sold at Toys R Us.  I want to know why this is making news when anatomically correct boy dolls have been around for so long.

When I was a kid, I had an anatomically correct baby boy doll made by Mattel.  He was in the Baby Tenderlove line of dolls and was sold as their little brother.  Being the daughter of a mother that loved dolls, I had dolls of all kinds and that included several of the Ideal, Tenderlove dolls.

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Now in the mid to late 70’s when this doll was introduced there was also another anatomically correct boy doll by Ideal that was on the market, called Archie Bunker’s Grandson Joey, from the sitcom All In The Family.

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This little doll was very similar to Ideal’s Tenerderlove little boy.  Funny thing is, when we were buying the Joey doll, we got home to find that Baby Tenderlove had been put in the box instead.  The only reason I knew it was not Joey was the eye color was different.  So I had a Joey box and Tenerderlove doll.  Either way they were very similar and both with their little boy parts.  I still have him around here somewhere.

So back to the original question of why is this an issue now in the year 2014?  Does this cause anyone real issues?  Recently I heard 2 colleagues  who are in their early 30’s say they were not allowed to have a Ken doll growing up.  That’s a foreign concept to me and all the little girls I played with growing up had Ken to go with their Barbie and be a husband and a dad.  I would think those parents would want their girls to have the traditional family dynamic.

I truly cannot comprehend what must have been their train of thought.  Do they think somehow a Ken doll will corrupt their daughter and how exactly would that happen? Like I said, I liked having the family dynamic of a mom and dad Barbie family and it did not cause issues of any kind.  Ken-Barbie-Mattel

I think not being allowed to have the doll raises more issues and does more harm.  It also instills that men are bad or will have the child then focused on what’s the reason her parents will not allow Ken in the house.  So in the long run, trying to protect their child from whatever it is they are trying to protect them from is instead focusing the child’s attention on it.

As I am writing this, I just remembered the 70’s Sunshine Dolls also from Mattel.  I had these dolls too and they were sold as a family unit with a mother, father and baby or baby and toddler.  I think this is a healthy concept for kids and you could even buy additional kids, babies and grandparents as well as a craft store business and family home.

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In closing I think a much more controversial doll is the Breast Milk Baby doll by Berjun. In my opinion, it’s a very weird concept that little girls should put on a top that gives them breasts so they can breastfeed their doll.  I understand it’s natural, but natural for a woman not a little girl.  The whole idea of it is unsettling to me.  However, an anatomically correct boy doll; that’s so last century!

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Corolle Mon Classique Lila Chérie Baby Doll and Fashion Clothing Review & Giveaway!!!

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I want to introduce you to a cute and cuddly sweet baby girl named Lila Chérie.  She is 17 inches long and has a soft, stuffed cloth body and soft vinyl 3/4 legs and arms.  Her smooth, soft vinyl skin has a delicate vanilla scent that is a signature of Corolle dolls.  

 

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She is an interactive doll that laughs, cries, coos and sucks on her bottle or pacifier.  When she cries her cheeks blush red, but not to worry, a pacifier or bottle soon has her content.  She has eyes that close when she is laid down. She comes with a pink and white terry cloth bib, bottle and pacifier.

 

On her hand there are two white hearts, squeeze once and she babbles and coos, another squeeze and she is crying and her cheeks are turning red.  Her crying can be stopped by offering the bottle or pacifier which she will suck on and soothe with.  Touch her tummy and she giggles and if you lay her on her tummy she cries. There is a button on the battery compartment that will allow you to turn her on and off and she requires 3 AAA batteries.     If you are in the market for a cuddly baby doll that is interactive with realistic sounds, you should check out Corolle’s Mon Classique Lila Chérie.  Doll is suitable for ages 3 and up.

 

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Ideal Baby Doll for Creative Pretend Play
Little ones will love pretending to be a real mommy as they nurture and caCorolle-Lila-Bloomers-Dressedre for this adorable 17-inch baby doll. Lila Chérie has a huggably soft body, and her sweetly expressive face, with authentically sculpted details and blue sleeping eyes, will charm and captivate ages 3 and up.

Lila Chérie wears any 17-inch baby doll fashion from the Mon Classique Collection and fits comfortably in any of the Mon Classique nursery accessories (each sold separately), all of which are inspired by those for real babies. You’ll be delighted by all the loving attention your child gives her Lila Chérie Baby Doll.

About Corolle: The Premium Doll Brand 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.

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Magic Cabin, Rubens Barn, Little Rubens Party Collection Dolls Review & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

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I love dolls, I always have. Growing up with a mother who loved dolls and finally had a girl who loved dolls as much as her, I was showered with dolls.  At Christmas there would be so many dolls awaiting me and I was probably one of the only kids who had a mom suggest they get a Madame Alexander baby doll in the Walt Disney World gift shop rather than the typical stuffed Minnie.

I was very much the same with my daughter and relished buying her dolls of all kinds.  Last Summer I was so impressed with Emil, a large Rubens Barn Original Doll that I could not wait to get another Rubens Barn cutie in my arms.  Well, that opportunity arrived and Little Meiya may be smaller than the Original dolls but she is tipping the cuteness scales! She has a full head of that signature downy soft black hair and a darling headband with large bow.

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Her adorable bubble romper is done in a bright cupcake fabric with a top in bright pink with white polka dots that matches the polka dot band of her headband.  Her sweet little toes peek out and her big brown eyes beg you to give her a hug.  She has a weighted bottom so she is quite substantial and able to sit without toppling over.  In the Little Rubens Party Collection you will find Meiya and many friends who would just love to come home with you.

Rubens Barn Dolls are machine washable so they can join your child on their daily adventures.   I warn you though, these dolls are addicting and you can’t have just one, which has me thinking about who should be next to join our family : ). Mommy Ramblings loves Rubens Barn Dolls so much she is adding them to our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide!  

Little Rubens Barn Party Collection Doll

These colorful and cozy Little Rubens Party dolls are delightful dears your little ones will love! They’re the little cousins to the larger Rubens Barn® dolls that bear their same name. Each comes dressed ready for fun. Choose Little Anna, Little Emil, Little Harry, Little Ida, Little Maria, or Little Meiya. No matter which Rubens Barn character you choose for your own child, he or she is sure to be an enchanting friend for life.

The handmade dolls are machine washable, and their removable clothes can be hand washed.

• Chubby, cuddly dolls
• Weighted bottoms
• Designed in Sweden
• Each is dressed ready for a party
• Sparkly eyes, downy hair, and pixie faces

For ages 2 and up.

Available Styles
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Little Emil
Little Harry
Little Ida
Little Maria
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Size
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Since 1995, Rubens Barn® (“Barn” means “children” in Swedish) has been creating beautiful dolls with a level of charisma, innocence, and heart, unlike any dolls on the market today. Designed in Sweden, each lovable soft-sculpted doll has a unique personality. All have the signature sparkly embroidered eyes, sweet pixie face, and weighted bottoms that make them feel much like a real baby when held. Their bodies are made from the softest fleece so that every hug is warm and comforting.

Magic Cabin – Childhood’s Purest Treasures is a company that I have been a customer of for over 2 decades, way before the internet, when I shopped like most through their catalog.  They have such a great selection of gifts for kids, if you are doing your holiday shopping be sure and visit their website for lots of great choices. Magic Cabin is having a special on Black Friday Free Ship + $10 Reward Card on Orders of $49+ Use Code: FSMC49

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