Childhood Heirlooms {& American Girl Giveaway}

I knew when I introduced Siella to the American Girl brand, that we were diving into something deep. Since she has become a member of the American Doll community, she always asks to take a trips to the Fifth Avenue store. It started on her fourth birthday, when she received her first Bitty Baby, whom she named Heart Star. I was going to wait longer to introduce another American Girl into the family, but following a launch party at their store, I couldnt resist, the girls got their first big girl doll, Mary Ellen Larkin. I explained to Siella the value of these sweet dolls, and how one day, when she gets older, her dolls can be passed down to her children, the same way I passed some special childhood dolls on to her and her sister. I adore watching her take care of her dollies, the way she dresses them, and even puts them down to sleep.

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This year, I am obsessed with American Doll’s new Girl Of The Year, Lea Clark. What I love so much about Lea is how she is inspired by travel- something I try to do often with my children. Lea is from Brazil, and she explores on different adventures with her brother and friends. She dons long, light brown wavy hair with sun-kissed highlights, warm hazel eyes, and comes with the Lea Dives paperback book. Her Brazilian festival outfit is bright and multicolored, featuring a braided belt, and gorgeous sandals with crisscrossed laces, along with accessories including an embroidered canvas messenger bag and pretend compass necklace.

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Other Lea’s accessories which can be purchased separately include a camera that can be held or hung around her neck, a braided headband, four animal photos, a 3-in-1 wish bracelet, featuring three ribbons with her wishes printed on them and a sea turtle charm, her own passport, and a mini book about sea turtles. I think I’ll be surprising the girls with these fun extras for Valentine’s Day or Easter.

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American Girl really inspires little girls to become something big, and I am definitely a fan of this new girl and what she believes in. Our little American Girl trips have become mommy and me time that I cherish so much. To kick off SITC giveaways for the New Year, I will be giving away one American Girl Doll Of The Year! Just follow the rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

American Girl Of The Year Lea Clark

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Once a fashion showroom owner now turned mom and blogger/writer. Brianne Manz lives in New York City with her husband, three children and enjoys their fast paced city life. Her blog Stroller In The City boasts about city living, family travel, kids fashion and all things that are mommy. Being a mom doesn't mean you need to lose sight of the cool stuff. Brianne has has been featured on the Today Show, E! News, and People Magazine to name a few.

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