Smile Brilliant – Brilliant 12 Deluxe Package

I don’t know about you, but when the weather gets warm and my skin starts to tan, I feel the need to whiten my teeth. There is just something about bright white teeth. I have tried many different products: from store bought to dentist prescribed. I have not been pleased with many of the products I have used lately and was so excited to learn about the Brilliant 12 Deluxe Package from Smile Brilliant . I tried out the Brilliant 12 Deluxe Teeth Whitening Package. This particular package appealed to me as it includes a custom fit whitening tray, along with 12 gel syringes! The compound and pressing trays were sent to me in a prepaid mailer. I followed the super simple instructions on mixing the compound, fitting it into the tray and taking my own impressions. It was so easy and just took a few minutes. They even include a spare set of compound just in case you make a mistake ( but you won’t, trust me). The mixing compounds Smoosh them together and press into the tray. Make your impressions and run the trays under cold water. Let dry and return in prepaid mailer.           I sent off my impressions and received my custom whitening trays in about a week. They fit perfectly! I tried out the whitening gel right away. This set comes with a 22% solution and the recommended whitening time is 45 to 90 minutes. This is a little longer than the 30 minute whitening time prescribed to me by my dentist, but really was not a big deal. I just put my trays in after breakfast and left them in for 90 minutes. I hardly even noticed I was wearing them. After whitening my teeth I would notice that my teeth were sensitive later in the day. I totally expected this, and the sensitivity is always relieved by the next morning. I find that by spacing my teeth whitening sessions out every other day the sensitivity is greatly reduced. I have been whitening my teeth for almost 2 weeks now and WOW, they are really much whiter! Almost 3 shades whiter! I couldn’t believe how quickly I noticed the results. I had been using a system from my dentist and the results from Smile Brilliant were far more noticeable. Parting Thoughts: 1. I LOVE that I was able to make a custom fitted tray at home. I think this is the key to successful teeth whitening. My trays fit perfectly and they seem to be quite durable. I am very happy with them. 2. The gel is really effective and I noticed results immediately! 3. This package comes with 12 syringes, which will equal over 24 whitening sessions! This is a really great package and I have been extremely pleased with the results and customer service from Smile Brilliant. If you want to try out Smile Brilliant for yourself check out our giveaway for their Brilliantly Simple Package. Follow Smile Brilliant on Facebook for the latest product updates and promotions!

“A sample of this product was provided to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.”

CURT Manufacturing Trailer Hitches Review & Giveaway

Having our new family bike adventures has been such a wonderful experience for us. Even our first trip out, when my tire blew out, my son’s pedals stopped working, and we were attacked by mosquitos was a ton of fun.  What was not fun was having to try to squish 3 car seats into the back of our 4Runner because my van was without a trailer hitch.  We knew very quickly that we needed a hitch that was made for a minivan, and fast. Curt Manufacturing has a huge selection of trailer hitches for all kinds of vehicles- a few simple bits of information entered via drop down menus on their site will give you options to choose from specific to your vehicle.

CURT Manufacturing, LLC stands for EXCELLENCE in our products and our people. We are a Manufacturer, Importer, and Distributor of Towing System products, OE Trailer products and Specialty Equipment products that combine competitive price, unsurpassed quality and unparalleled aesthetics. CURT aspires to be the industry leader by recognizing that the customer is King and that our people are our greatest asset.

Curt Manufacturing sent us a trailer  hitch made for our  2004 Toyota Sienna Minivan for review.

Once you click search, the results page is quick to come up- my results wielded 4 options to choose from.

What I like about this is how clear the choices are, and you know that they are specific to YOUR vehicle.  Before venturing to this site, I always just figured a trailer hitch was a trailer hitch and it would just screw onto the bottom of your car.  (Aren’t you glad I’m not in the trailer hitch installation business?) I’ve learned a lot.  Trailer hitches are not that simple and not all the same.

When we started looking for a hitch, my husband emphasized to me he would really prefer to go with one from Curt Manufacturing.  He explained that they’ve used Curt hitches at his work, and his family has used them, and they simply have a great reputation for quality.

Here’s another thing I was clueless about with trailer hitches:  They are big and they are HEAVY.

I had no idea a trailer hitch was this BIG! Nor heavy. I was wrong.

Tucked in the box for shipping

My husband has done this before, so install took him a little under an hour.  He has helpers on projects like I do so things tend to take a while….especially when your helpers ask eleven million questions.  Install was straightforward, no major issues, and as my husband said, very secure.

Great quality materials paired with excellent construction make our Curt Manufacturing Trailer Hitch one that we can use and rely upon to function properly for years.

One thing I like?  It doesn’t stick way out from behind my van!  That means I’m not banging my shins or ankles when I inevitably forget the hitch is on there (I may or may not be known for doing just that on the hitch ball we have on the 4Runner).

Before the Curt hitch was installed

With Curt trailer hitch installed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, I’m happy to have the hitch- it means we can travel with our bikes, even on a trip, without being super crowded or cramped.  It also means we can tow our boat with the van, if need be, or even the trailer.  Options are always nice.  If you are looking for a hitch for any of your vehicles, I definitely recommend that you head over to Curt Manufacturing first!

Here’s the van, with the hitch being used, and us about to head out on a bike adventure. While I’m gone, don’t forget to enter to win a hitch of your own!

One lucky US reader will win a trailer hitch for their vehicle! 

 

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Turbo Fire Workout Week 10 results

turbostretch turbo fire fitness HIIT beachbody beach bodyI have not given up on the Turbo Fire High Intensity Interval Training, I just have fallen behind on writing the posts about it.  I made it through another 2 weeks of Turbo Fire for a total of 10 weeks.  That means that I only have 2 more weeks left to the program.  That realization is bittersweet for me.  I have been losing weight and toning up and really enjoying the routines. Soon, I will be on my own for workouts.  I really enjoying walking and biking and I plan to supplement with some of the Turbo Fire routines.

So, what does this picture have to do with Turbo Fire? Stretching!  I love to stretch and do yoga.   I believe that it helps to avoid exercise related injuries.  Many Turbo Fire workouts are followed by a 10 minute stretch routine that focuses on all the muscles that Turbo Fire works on.  In just a couple of weeks I was able to see a change in how deep I could get in to most of the stretches.

I am down another 2 pounds for a total of 12 lbs so far.  Losing those 12 lbs has been amazing because I had almost given up on the thought of losing weight ever again.  I did not realize how lazy and uninspired I had gotten.  Between Turbo Fire and tracking my food, I found hope.  It has also been helpful that my husband is on board with the Beach Body programs and very involved with our plant-based diet.  Beach Body has a very strong online community and I joined a group of people that all started Turbo Fire on the same date.  Anyone can go there and look around, ask questions.  The people on the boards are very helpful and supportive.  I stick to programs best when I am being held accountable.  I have been doing that through these blog posts and the Team Beach Body community.  Honestly, the 10 weeks has gone by faster than I expected and seeing results each week is also motivating.

Stay tuned because the next and final Turbo Fire post will have my before and after pics.

What is your favorite way to burn calories? Leave me a comment.

 

If you have not been following my progress so far, here are the previous Turbo Fire posts.

 

http://mamalovesherbargains.com/2012/03/turbofire-intense-cardio-conditioning-dvd-set/

http://mamalovesherbargains.com/2012/04/turbo-fire-week-2-progress/

http://mamalovesherbargains.com/2012/05/turbofire-cardio-program-week-4/

http://mamalovesherbargains.com/2012/06/turbo-fire-cardio-program-weeks-6-8-updates/

 

I was provided with the Turbo Fire program to facilitate these reviews.  All opinions are my own.

 

Gigi’s Glitzy Boutique Review & Giveaway

If there’s one thing I love more than monogrammed stationary, it’s monogram shirts.  Gigi’s Glitzy Boutique sent us an embroidered shirt for each of my kids recently, with their first names monogrammed on the front.  The kids love them, I love them, we’re all happy.  The embroidery is very well done, stays put, and holds its shape.  The kids LOVE their shirts, and are always asking me if they are clean!  These make such a fun gift, especially for the kids in your life who have “too much stuff” as their parents say (guilty here), and so personal. What a fun way to express yourself.  They do have “age” themed shirts at Gigi’s  as well, but I like to order shirts a bit large so the kids can wear them longer so we did the characters instead.

Gigi’s is located right next store to us in Rhode Island, a children’s boutique offering infant, toddler, girls and boys clothing and accessories.  My favorite part?  90% of their products are priced at or below $25.00.  I don’t mind spending for quality, but it’s nice when the quality is affordable!  They specialize in custom embroidery (like the shirts they made my kids) and most of what is in their boutique is hand made by them.  They also use local vendors who sell in store.  You can shop in person or online.  I’m hoping we can make a little road trip up to Coventry, Rhode Island, so we can visit Gigi’s in person and see all they have to offer!

For local folks, Gigi’s does birthday parties- in style!  They have a kids’ salon too so you can get glam at the party!

 

Gigi’s has what you need for dance class, as well.  Tons of fun, unique and different items at affordable pricing!

Gigi’s would like to give one of my fabulous readers a custom shirt of their own!

 

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I received samples to facilitate my review. Opinions are my own. 

 

Polly Pocket Hangout House Playset and Stick N Play Room

Polly Pocket Stick N Play Hangout HouseWe are BIG Polly Pocket fans around here.  Or little?  We even have my nieces’ old Polly Pockets from the 90’s, which are teeny tiny, you can’t change their clothes, and they actually do fit in any pocket.  We love them, but to be quite honest, they can get very frustrating very quickly, especially for younger kids.  They don’t pose, they don’t stay where you put them unless they are “just so” and that doesn’t always make for a good time.  (I do believe the old school Polly Pocket toys are meant for older kids).  The new Polly Pocket Hangout House Playset and Stick N Play Room offer the same great Polly pocket friends and themes, with the bright colors and funky decor that we’ve grown to love so much over the past 20+ years since they came into play…but with a fun new twist that makes them stand out.  Or rather, stand UP.

Polly Pocket with suction cup shoes stick n play

The new sets are all “stick n play” which means all of the pieces have a suction cup on the bottom.  That means the pieces don’t go flying.  That means little hands can actually spend time playing with the dolls and the dollhouse instead of spending so much time setting things up to have them “just so.” Polly and her friends, along with their accessories, are just a bit larger, so they are easier for little hands to manipulate.

Polly Pocket’s new line is still pretty small, but there’s lots to do in the Hangout House Playset.  I was a  little surprised that the house only came with one friend- it is, after all, the Hangout House, so you will want to be sure to grab another friend or accessory room in order for it to really be a hangout.  The images you see here also include the Stick N Play Kitchen– which means more “floor” space for the hangout house, and some extra pieces to go along with it, in addition to another Polly friend.  Don’t forget, there’s even a little suction cup pie in the little suction cup oven (I love details like that!)

I think this line is going to be huge with the 4-5 year olds for the holidays– its the same “big kid” Polly Pocket stuff that so many want to have, without the frustrations.  I was happy to see (for my kids’ sake) that the shoes on the dolls ARE removable, because I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t like to remove shoes from dolls.

Kudos to Mattel for this great idea, and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

What the girls thought:
My 7 year old:  “They are super cute, and I like that they use a lot of blue colors, because I’m kind of over pink and stuff.  Can we get a house with an elevator too?”  She really just likes to change her dolls clothing and I think she’d like if there were clothes to go with them.

My 3 year old: “Mommy, I have big girl dolls, like my sister. I’m a big girl.  I can do it myself! I love their beautiful shoes!”

All in all, I think these toys are a hit with the younger kids.  I think older kids will enjoy them, but will want to stick with the “regular” Polly toys (pun intended, of course).  If your kids are like mine, Polly and her friends will be hanging upside down, sideways and any other silly ways the kids can imagine.

Polly Pocket toys are available just about anywhere toys are sold!  The Hangout House sells for just under $20 and the add-on sets are about $10-12 from what I’m seeing online.  Totally affordable, totally cute, and totally fun!

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mattel Polly Pocket. I received a product samples and a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.”

 

 

Fisher Price Loving Family Dream Dollhouse

FisherPrice Loving Family DollhouseMy littlest one turned 3 on Tuesday of this week. THREE.  While I still have a hard time wrapping my head around this notion, she’s delighted to be three and starting preschool in just a few short weeks.  She’s also been wanting a dollhouse to play with of her very own, and when we started to look for one, Fisher Price was the first place we looked.  The Loving Family Dream Dollhouse has just about everything a little one could look for in a dollhouse- 4 floors for play, including a secret playroom, 9 rooms, a staircase with a tiny hideout in it, a balcony, front porch, flushing toilet (well, the sounds of a flushing toilet…no working plumbing here…) and even a bathroom light and chandelier that light up!

I think what I love most about this dollhouse is how well thought out the details are.  It’s designed so that you can store all of the pieces inside of it when not playing with it, simply by closing the “doors” that make the ends of the house.  The house itself is not small by any means, but that means that there is plenty of room to play with the dolls and furniture- for one or more kids.  Your little one can have a few friends come over and play with her, and they’ll have enough room to play and not get into one another’s way.

The furniture and accessories for this dollhouse are great- Fisher Price knows how to make sturdy, lasting pieces for years of play and these are no exception.  Many of the pieces have interactive components- the stove “burner” makes sounds when pressed, the stove opens, the refrigerator doors open and you can easily store the food inside.  The kids got a little frustrated that the food is connected, but if it wasn’t, those pieces would be gone before any amount of time passed- I think this was a great idea by the designers. There are 3 AA batteries required for the lights and sounds that function on the house in different places- and these are housed inside the bathroom vanity- a perfect place to hide batteries!  (It’s kind of a pain to get that vanity cover off to change the batteries, but I cannot imagine the batteries will be changed very frequently, and honestly, given that this is for ages 3+, I’d rather have the batteries be that much harder for little ones to access than easier, you know?)

When you purchase this dollhouse, it comes with a mother, father, daughter and a baby for dolls along with a sofa, baby rocker, toy bear, and a child’s table and chairs for the playroom.  My favorite of all of these?  The child’s table.  It’s set for a tea party- all of which is part of the table, so no losing teeny tiny pieces…but the teapot can be lifted off the table…and put back down…it’s got a small string attached so it won’t ever actually get separated from the table!

 

The dolls that go with the Loving Family house are jointed so that they can sit down on a chair, the toilet, the sofa…or lay in bed.  The joints are easy to manipulate and stay put once you’ve posed them, so your little one isn’t going to get frustrated from them slipping back into another position.  The mother’s and daughter’s hair is real, and brushable, while the baby, father and brother’s hair is painted on.

There are several accessory sets you can purchase to go along with this house, all ranging in price, but add so much fun to enhance your little one’s play.  We’ve added the Kids’ Bedroom set, the Dining Room Set, Bathroom (another accessory where there’s a blowdryer that’s attached to string in the drawer of the vanity), Laundry Room, Parent’s Bedroom, Home Office, and more.  You can add on slowly or all at once- that can make for several years of fun!

This dollhouse is geared toward ages 3+- and I will tell you that my 7 year old and my soon to be 5 year old both love playing with it too.  Of course, we’ve experimented with silly things with the house- I found a Power Ranger in the bathtub, the big brother with his skateboard hanging upside down from a window, and other things- but mostly, I hear the kids playing together, and playing with me together.  I haven’t figured out why no one let’s me be the mom- the kids tell me I’m not good at pretending to be the mommy.  I’m always the grama or the baby.

The Loving Family Dream Dollhouse is priced at about $90.00 and comes with 4 dolls, a child’s playtable and chairs, a toy bunny, tea hat, baby bouncer and a sofa.  The accessories range from about $5 to $30 and include dolls, playsets and more.

 

I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review.  Opinions are my own. 

Brilliantly Simple Package: LED Whitening + Whitening Pen (Giveaway)

I have always struggled with my teeth being discolored.  As long as I can remember, they’ve not been pearly whites.  It isn’t that I don’t brush them- I do, and I’ve tried whitening things over and over with no luck.  I decided to give Smile Brilliant’s LED Whitening System & Whitening Pen a try to see if this could help me with my issue.

This product is effective.  Very happy with how it works.  I’m still searching for a good before picture, because I don’t have one.  Applying the gel is super simple, and the instructions are very easy, very clear.

I have this horrifyingly bad photo of me USING this product, but that’s the biggest thing I want to share with you- using this product is going to take some getting used to.  It’s effective and I’m really liking it but it took me a few weeks to be able to wear it for as long as you are supposed to.  Once you paint your teeth, you have to put the protective tray on– think of the plastic mouthguards we used to wear for sports, just a lot thinner!  After the tray is in, you have to put the LED unit and hold it in place with your lips.  This is where I struggled. I don’t know about you but I’m not used to having all that stuff in my mouth and even though I talk more than most anyone I’ve met to date in life, apparently, this doesn’t make my lip muscles strong.  So be prepared to build up your time with the LED light in gradually. I wasn’t able to hold it in more than 10 minutes the first week- now, a few weeks later, I’m able to use this as long as I need to.

 

Brilliantly Simple Package: LED Whitening + Whitening Pen

Price:   $39.95

You Save:   $90.00  (69%)
When speed is key to your brilliant new smile, grab the pen, accelerate with the LED light, and GO! Everything you need. 20 minutes a day. Guaranteed results or your money back!

  • High intensity Ultra-Blue LED activating light (batteries included)
  • Protective trays (top & bottom)
  • 4ml Professional whitening gel pen (35% concentration)
  • 30 Day money back guarantee
  • Life-time tray replacement warranty

When you dont have time to mess with syringes and need immediate results on the go, Brilliantly Simple does it all. Smilebrilliant.com is pleased to offer a tooth bleaching package that generates results in an easy to carry package. In as little as 20 minutes per day, Brilliantly Simple gets results and goes where you go. The whitening system includes an ultra high strength professional whitening pen with an LED lighting system. The gel paints on quickly and the LED whitening light accelerates the process. Affordability on the go is Brilliantly Simple!

One reader will win  a Smile Brilliant’s LED Whitening System!

 

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A sample of this product was sent to facilitate my review.  Opinions are my own.


Fellowes Saturn2 95 Laminator (plus a coupon!)

I’ve waited a really, really long time to say this. I have my very own Fellowes Saturn2 95 laminator. I can laminate whatever I want, whenever I want. Well, anything that fits into my Fellowes Laminator. Emergency cards? Laminated. Fun printable activities? Laminated. Name tags for the kids to wear the first few weeks of school? Laminated in seconds. If it’s the right size and fits, I’m probably going to at least attempt to laminate it. I even took some Astrobrights paper and made little wipe off calendars for each of the kids – if they are waiting anxiously for an event (like their birthday) they can use a dry erase marker to cross off the days while waiting- and they aren’t going to be asking me 100 times a day to write on my family calendar! (Of course, this won’t stop them from asking, but I can direct them to their own calendars).

Name tag going into the laminator

 

I’m a Brownie troop leader (well, to be. We’re moving up to Brownies this fall, my oldest and me). That offers more chances to laminate. The Girl Scout Law, the Girl Scout Promise- both have to be memorized, and now I can make my girls cute little laminated cards with the Law & Promise on them that won’t get wet or ripped!

Name tag coming out of the laminator

With the holidays almost always comes cookie swapping. I am not sure I’ve ever finished writing out a recipe card and NOT spilled on it at some point. Recipe cards are great for laminating too. Plus, if you have a special recipe card that maybe your favorite aunt wrote out for you, and you are afraid the ink may fade or wash away if it gets wet- laminating that card means preserving her handwriting and comments/notes…while still being able to use the card.

Laminating a wipe off calendar for my son

I laminated brightly colored triangles to make a “Back to School” banner for the kids.

This laminator is so much fun to have around.  Practical, yes, but also fun.  There are so many things I have plans to laminate- and so many friends who want to borrow it!
For some fun laminating ideas, click here http://bit.ly/MjTR9T.

HeatGuard™ Technology: Double-walled insulation keeps heat inside so laminator is comfortable to touch, making it safe for homes with children (Safety is so important, especially given that you have to let your machine warm up before use- it’s hard to just sit next to a machine for 20 minutes when there are other things to do!)

Advanced Temperature Control: Hot and cold laminating capabilities ensure consistent, smooth results every time

Jam Release Lever: Permits easy removal or re-centering of stalled pouches. (Levers like this were made for people like me.  I don’t deny it).

From August 5th – August 25th friends of Mom Central can use exclusive coupon code 87298 to receive $30 off the regular price ($159.99) of a Fellowes Saturn2 95 at Staples.com! (while supplies last; maximum two machines per person)

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Fellowes and received a product sample to facilitate my review.”

 

SAFESKIN Kids Antibacterial Gel

Kids fall down.  They get cuts, scrapes, burns, etc.  There’s not a way to stop it, really- it’s part of childhood (or for some of us, *coughcough ME coughcough* part of life…).  As parents, we want to do what we can to make those boo boos better- making sure they don’t get infected is always top priority for me after I can wipe their tears away.  I’m glad there’s a product like  SAFESKIN* Kids Antibacterial Gel from Kimberly-Clark Professional- a new first aid topical antibacterial gel that provides a barrier to MRSA, highly contagious staph bacteria that can infect skin, invade other parts of the body and is resistant to many antibiotics.

SAFESKIN* Kids Antibacterial Gel offers a long-lasting protective barrier on minor cuts, scrapes, wounds, burns and bug bites– up to 48 hours.

MRSA is highly prevalent in places where children come in close contact with one another like day care centers, playgrounds, locker rooms, classrooms, gymnasiums and sports facilities. 
SAFESKIN* Kids Antibacterial Gel is available at select Walgreens locations with a suggested retail price of $4.95. 

The fish bandaid is super cute and all, but this particular boo-boo was from a hard fall on the cement patio and could easily have become infected. I’d do anything to keep my little ones safe!  This little guy actually had a run-in with a boiling hot cup of tea, about a week after this photo was taken.  Thankfully he was wearing a fleece sleeper when it happened which wicked away much of the water and minimized his burns but he had 3rd and 2nd degree burns up and down his left arm from them…I would most definitely have looked to SAFESKIN for some extra protection!

Don’t forget that you can enter to win a $100 Walgreens gift card courtesy of the folks at SAFESKIN until August 25, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST!

I received compensation from Kimberly-Clark Professional in the form of a gift card and product samples to participate in this campaign promoting the SAFESKIN* Kids Antibacterial Gel. In addition, Kimberly-Clark Professional provided the gift card I am using as the prize in my promotion.

Abby’s new American Girl Doll

Last month, when I found out my son has Alopecia Areata, I reached out to my friends at American Girl to see if they had images of the new wigless dolls that were not stock photos- images of little girls with no hair who were loving their dolls.  Not yet, they said, but would you like us to send you one?  Being the lover of American Girl, I of course said yes, and the doll now known as Abby arrived a few days later. I’ll explain her name in a few minutes.

American Girl knows that many girls have lost their hair to medical conditions or to medical treatments.  They know it, and they decided to broaden their doll line to include dolls without wigs, so that girls with little or no hair could also have a doll just like them.  Just like in real life- there’s nothing different about these dolls except they have no hair.  Same bodies, same loveableness, same sweet faces- just a soft, smooth head instead of a wig of hair.

Just like any little girl (or boy) who has no hair.  She’s not different, she’s just not got hair.

I think it’s pretty awesome of American Girl to work so hard to have a product line that encourages acceptance and inclusion.  (You’ll see more on the service dog and the wheelchair soon).

So after this doll arrived, I had a talk with my kids.  We came to the conclusion that perhaps this beautiful doll, no matter how much we love her, would maybe make a little girl’s day, or week, or month.  Maybe there is a little girl out there, who already did lose her hair, or doesn’t have any left already, and maybe having this particular doll would just be a wonderful thing for her.  A quick sendout on Facebook and my friend Andrea sent a message.  My friend’s daughter Abby would love this doll, she said.  She’s going through another round of chemo soon, and she’s lost her hair.

So we did what many would do.  We took the doll out, hugged her, kissed her, made some cards for little Abby, and filled that box with all of the love we could (in the form of paper hearts, and a prayer chain from paper)….and sent her on her way.

About a week later, I received this email from Abby’s mom.

Abby meets her Just Like Me (wigless) American Girl Doll

Brett,
I wanted to thank you for the American Girl doll that you sent Abby.  She was beyond excited when she opened it.  It arrived the day after her discharge from the hospital after five days of chemo, so it was a welcome distraction from all the chemo side effects.  She named herAbby because she looks just like her.  She kept rubbing her head and saying, “She has no hair, just like me.  Her head is so soft, just like me.  I have little eyebrows and my baby has little eyebrows.”  She kept rubbing her head and had to put her to sleep because she felt sick from chemo too.
 
I am so thankful that you were able to send her this doll.  We’d never have been able to afford one for her with all the costs of treatment and being off work.  It is definitely something that she can identify with.
And that’s how Abby got her American Girl doll, named Abby.  It’s also how my children learned important lessons about doing for others, and how amazing it can feel to know that you did something pretty special for no reason at all.
I hope that my friends at American Girl see this post, and see Abby’s face, and read her mom’s email sharing what Abby’s reaction to seeing her doll was.  Because  I think they should know that this doll, this one doll, has made a pretty huge impact on one family’s life.  I think companies should get the chance to see photos like this, that Abby’s mom was kind enough to share, so that American Girl and other companies like them can see what an impact their products and decisions have on us.  I’m so honored I could be part of it.
If you or someone you know would like to order one of the wigless dolls from American Girl, you can visit the “doll hospital” on the site- or give them a call at the number listed below.

We’re delighted to provide a My American Girl® 18″ doll that’s just right for your girl. Each of our new dolls without hair is specially designed from a variety of doll faces, skin tones, and eye colors.

Plus, if you already own a My American Girl® doll, you can admit her to the Doll Hospital where our experts will be happy to replace her head to create a doll without hair.

For more details, call customer service at 800-628-5145to discuss options and to order a doll without hair.

 

I did receive Abby’s doll to facilitate my review.  Opinions are my own.

I selected this post to be featured on my blog’s page at Top Mommy Blogs.