Do warmer summer temperatures conjure up memories of making a lemonade stand when you were a kid? It sure does for me. I can remember setting up lemonade stands with my brothers…making our pitcher of lemonade (and making a mess in the kitchen no doubt) dragging our table down to the curb, coloring signs and posters to announce our stand, waving at passers by and asking them to stop… and how excited we were when someone stopped to buy a cup from us. We were thrilled when the coins dropped into our coffee can collection box. Sometimes, we used a shoe box, covered with construction paper and a slot cut into the top. The coffee can made a better noise! Lemonade stands may be popping up in your communities now that the weather is warmer. Not much has changed. Maybe signs are made on the computer instead of crayons, construction paper and a great imagination. The lemonade is made from a powder mix not fresh lemons and sugar. However, the joy and excited expressions on kids’ faces as they wave and encourage “customers” stop to purchase a cup of lemonade are pretty much just as they were when I was a kid. Thinking about Continue Reading →
Category Archives: Doll Collector’s Weekend Guide
As parents, our primary concern for our children is to keep them safe. As they grow and begin to play with toys…including pots, pans and plastic food storage containers…the need to be ever watchful increases. How do you know if a child’s toy is “safe”? Who develops the criteria making toys safe? ASTM International creates standards for which all toys sold in the U.S. must comply. These standards, along with regulations from the CPSA (Consumer Product Safety Commission) are all created to keep children’s toys safe. The safety of Sophia’s® 18″ doll products is also our primary concern. When you purchase Sophia’s® brand doll merchandise, you know that each product has been manufactured with components that have been certified and safety tested to meet the safety requirements for children’s toys. The fabrics used in our collection of 18in and 15″ doll clothing have all been tested, as have our doll accessories and furniture. Sophia’s® takes this safety concern just a bit further. We design many of our doll clothes with hook and loop closures with faux button details. This enables your child to dress and undress their dolls without actually having to button and unbutton, reducing the potential for buttons Continue Reading →
April 22 is designated as Earth Day and American Girls everywhere can participate. “How?” you ask. Let’s start with the moment you wake up. When you jump into the shower for 5 minutes, you could be using 10 gallons of water. Have you ever timed how long you are in the shower? Then you brush your teeth. Do you let the water run while you are foaming and frothing? If you brush for 2 minutes you could be wasting as much as 4 gallons of water. Then you are off to eat breakfast. Did you turn off all of the lights in your bedroom and bathroom? Check the light bulbs…are they the twisty kind? These CFL bulbs claim to use 1/4 the energy of a standard light bulb.
After emptying the cereal box and the plastic milk container, where do these go? Hopefully into your recycling bucket and not the trash! If you are “brown bagging” it, do you take your lunch in reusable containers as opposed to a brown paper bag? Now, you are off to the bus stop. Could you walk instead of asking for a ride? That one is not only good for the environment, Continue Reading →
Income tax day is rapidly approaching and what better time to talk to your kids about the importance of saving. If your children are receiving an allowance, this provides an opportunity to begin learning to save. Talk to them about the importance of putting some money away, making a wish list to save for and for an older child, the value of investing. To help make saving fun, I have found the most adorable piggy bank that requires very few supplies and can be made by kids of all ages. Scissors are requires, so adult supervision is suggested. It uses recycled items, so it is also a wonderful project for Earth Day. Be creative while saving for a rainy day! Send me a photo of your finished piggy bank! http://spoonful.com/crafts/recycled-piggy-bank
If you are surrounded by colorful leaves and cooler temperatures, you might want to take your American doll out to an orchard to pick some local apples. This fruit is at it’s peak now and what a great way to spend time with family being outdoors picking juicy apples. Now, once you have your apples you can be a culinary creator! Will it be apple pie, caramel apples, baked apples, apple sauce? The possibilities are endless and delicious. If your 18″ doll is looking for a great outfit for apple picking, try a pair of distressed jeans SPFJ-DS with a long sleeved striped tee shirt SPLST. Top it off with a fleece sweatshirt SPSS and a pair of boots SEB.
Olympics are in full gear snd you and your American doll might be watching all weekend. What is your favorite event? If it is gymnastics, you can dress your doll in one of our gymnastics outfits: DRGL-LV or DRGLJ-AQ and put a spring in her step that will make her flip! If equestrian events are your “cup of tea” DRRO might be perfect for your 18″ doll. If you “love” tennis, DRTD will be a perfect match! Enjoy the games!
This weekend is Mother’s Day. For all of our mothers, past, present and those who are mother’s to be, it is a day to recognize and celebrate all that being a mother represents. If you are a mother of a youngster that has a doll, why not celebrate by sharing a tea party together. What a wonderful opportunity to spend time together creatively. Mothers who are also doll collectors can spend the day sharing their passion for dolls with friends and family. Mother’s to be may be deciding if they will one day be playing dolls together with their children. Share the joys of being a mother today…and everyday. Happy Mother’s Day!
This weekend is Cinco De Mayo, celebrated on May 5th. This holiday celebrates the Battle of Puebla, where a small Mexican army defeated a very well equipped French army on May 5, 1862. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the United States in much the same way St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest, and Chinese New Year are celebrated. Parades, Mexican dancing and traditional Mexican foods will be enjoyed regardless of your ethnic background!
Why not invite your friends and their 18 inch dolls to a Cinco De Mayo party! There are wonderful recipes available on line for tacos, salsas, queso dip and chips and great activities for a fun and festive party.
Earth day is celebrated on April 22, 2012. Just like we all need to take care of our health, each of us can make a difference in keeping our earth healthy. Recycling is an easy way to start. Most waste management companies offer recycling services. Whether or not you need to separate glass from paper, it is very easy to do. Composting is another way to recycle. There’s lots of information available on line regarding this topic. Saving energy is easy to do by simply turning off lights and appliances when not in use. When you brush your teeth, don’t leave the water running! Taking re-usable shopping bags to the grocery store is another way to recycle! How about recycling your 18″ doll clothes? How many ways do you and your families recycle? How many more ways can you incorporate into your daily lives? If we each do our part, our world will be a healthy place to live!
This weekend some American Girl collectors may be celebrating Easter while others may be celebrating Passover. These holidays are special times to spend with friends and family while celebrating the religious significance of each. Since both Easter and Passover are celebrated in the spring, I would encourage everyone to enjoy the outdoors, whether it be for an Easter egg hunt or a stroll after your Sedar. This is a magical time of year when trees revive from a long winter’s rest and flowers bloom…Happy Holidays