When I surprised my daughters by taking them to the opening of the American Girl Store in Orlando, I knew introducing K to the world of American Girl would likely result in a new obsession. No surprise, I was absolutely right.
Although familiar with American Girl from the catalog, friends and owning a Bitty Baby, a visit to the store to see everything in person turned her into an uber fan.
American Girl Doll Of The Year 2014 — Isabelle Palmer
While there were a few items on K’s Christmas list this year (she has outgrown her one wish Christmas lists), everything was overshadowed by her wish for Isabelle, the 2014 Girl of the Year. She talked about Isabelle everyday leading up to Christmas, and as she fell a sleep on Christmas Eve she even told dad that she knew the shape of the box she would be looking for Christmas morning.
Her wish came true.
Along with Isabelle, Santa brought K all three of her books. And, of course, K couldn’t wait to read them to learn more about her new best friend. (She even used her allowance to buy Isabelle’s ebook.)
The 2015 Girl of the Year – Grace Thomas
Now that we are officially an American Girl household, January 1 was an exciting day for an all new reason — the release of the much anticipated 2015 Girl of the Year — Grace Thomas. Available for only one year, Grace is an avid baker with an entrepreneurial spirit who is motivated to follow her dream of starting a baking business after an inspiring trip to Paris.
And without skipping a beat, K is already hinting that Isabelle might need a friend. In the mean time, she has pointed out several accessories from Grace’s line that would be “adorable” on Isabelle.
For Goodness, Bake!
To further Grace’s message that working together is the best recipe for success, American Girl has created For Goodness, Bake!, a year-long fund-raising initiative in support of No Kid Hungry®, the campaign to end childhood hunger in America from Share Our Strength®. American Girl is encouraging girls to host charity bake sales in their local communities and donate proceeds to No Kid Hungry. Because 1 in 5 children struggles with hunger in the United States, American Girl is helping ensure all children get the healthy food they need every day. For every $1 a girl raises, No Kid Hungry can connect a child with ten additional meals. To kick off the initiative, American Girl has donated $50,000 to No Kid Hungry.
I honestly can not express how much I love American Girl! I had 8 of them growing up, and their value doesn’t stop growing. They teach so many great life lessons – following dreams, being an entrepreneur, success! They are so wonderful! Not going to lie, I couldn’t resist and bought Isabelle (I’m a ballerina!) and will be buying Grace, as I’m traveling to Paris next semester 🙂
I 100% agree!!! I am as excited as my daughter’s new love for American Girl!!! Sounds like Isabelle and Grace are perfect for you too – I love how so many people can relate to the dolls’ stories.