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American Girl, Grace Thomas, American Girl Giveaway, Giveaway, Girl of the Year 2015

American Girl, Grace Thomas, Giveaway!

by Deborah Cruz

Whose little girl doesn’t love an American Girl Doll? Valentine’s Day is in little less than a month and that means time to gift the people I love something they will love. Obviously, it’s not about the gift but I really do love giving my girls something that makes their face light up. I’ve partnered with American Girl doll to give my girls something I know they will absolutely LOVE.

There are so many great things at American Girl that any little girl would love to get this Valentine’s Day, perhaps, one of the many dolls from the new BeForever Collection like Samantha who has returned from retirement, or a doll and me matching outfit or the coveted, 2015 American Girl of the Year, Grace Thomas.

Grace Thomas™, the 2015 Girl of the Year, is an avid baker with an entrepreneurial spirit, is motivated to follow her dream of starting a baking business after an inspiring trip to Paris. Available for only one year, the Grace collection includes a beautiful 18-inch Grace™ doll featuring long dark-brown hair and sparkling blue eyes, plus several French-inspired outfits, accessories, and toys that reflect her interests, such as the premium French Bakery Set with more than 60 pieces!

The 2015 Girl of the Year books—Grace, Grace Stirs It Up, and Grace Makes It Great—written by Mary Casanova, introduce girls to an inventive, enthusiastic nine-year-old girl who is full of big ideas. A planner at heart, Grace finds the courage to step outside her comfort zone during a trip to Paris that broadens her perspective and challenges her to try new things. Back home, Grace uses her newfound courage and culinary skills to start her own French baking business with her two best friends. Learning to combine their talents, Grace and her friends mix together some great ideas that, ultimately, lead to many sweet rewards. To bring Grace’s story to life, a full-length movie will debut on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment in summer 2015.

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®. Starting January 1, 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, and it invites customers to also donate directly at americangirl.com and at American Girl retail stores. Parents can visit americangirl.com/girloftheyear to learn more about the initiative, to register for the Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry, and be entered into the For Goodness, Bake! sweepstakes for the chance to win one of 41 Grace prize packages.

American Girl is known for giving back and this is a virtue that I want to instill in my daughters.

I think this will be a great way to personalize the value of charity and helping those less fortunate than we are. My youngest has a big heart and can’t help but want to help every person who asks, I think the No Kid Hungry project is an amazing service project to let my girls be involved in so I am happy to give them Grace Thomas for Valentine’s Day.

American Girl, Grace Thomas, American Girl Giveaway, Giveaway, Girl of the Year 2015

I would also love to give one lucky reader a Grace Thomas doll to share with her own little girl this Valentine’s Day! The contest will run from today until February 9th, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.. To be eligible you must be in the U.S. or Canada and you must answer the question: What’s your favorite blog post or blog that you’ve read this week (other than your own)?

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Disclosure: I was provided an American Girl Doll for review purposes but all opinions are my own.

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latanya 2015/01/19 - 10:29 am

I like the “I Love You More A**hole” post.

Deborah Cruz 2015/01/19 - 10:36 am

LOL! Thanks. It’s funny…because it’s true:) I think we’ve all been there, right? Thanks for stopping by.

Carmen Van Deursen 2015/01/19 - 10:47 am

I love salads your salads for the new year was interesting to me.

Deborah Brooks 2015/01/19 - 10:58 am

I entered your doll giveaway contest. Not sure where I was supposed to post,so I’m commenting in two places. My favorite blog this week was from MultipleSclerosis.net. I live with MS and every bit of info might help. The blog this week,,,,it did help. I came to your blog through the giveaway because my granddaughter loves dolls. I wish you continued luck and a wonderful day!

Deborah Cruz 2015/01/19 - 11:33 am

I wish you health and happiness and GOOD LUCK in the giveaway!

Lauren Hager 2015/01/19 - 1:31 pm

I recently discovered AG Outsider, loving her blog

Leigh Anne Borders 2015/01/19 - 6:17 pm

I recently read a blog post by some people that wiped out all their debt in a little over two years. They had nearly 100K racked up. I am intriguied by the mention of your AHol post. Need to check that one out;)

Deborah Cruz 2015/01/20 - 11:55 am

I need to read the article about wiping out 100K in debt in two years. Link please:)

Deb K 2015/01/20 - 2:53 am

Recipes for the Frozen Party is too Cute!

Deborah Cruz 2015/01/20 - 9:04 am


Elisabeth 2015/01/20 - 12:45 pm Reply
Amber Steele 2015/01/20 - 2:18 pm

I enjoy reading the Aha parenting blog.

Heather Hayes Panjon 2015/01/20 - 5:12 pm

I Just Read A Blog Post Over At Lady And The Blog About Prayer. Really Brought Things Into Perspective For Me.

JR 2015/01/21 - 12:38 pm

My daughter would love this. I am a huge fan of https://learningfrommykids.com/

Andrea B. 2015/01/21 - 6:02 pm

This was my favorite read this week:


SO touching, real and raw.

Dawn Nieves 2015/01/21 - 7:38 pm

Actually, your blog. Not just because of the giveaway (which is what brought me here) but because I really enjoyed reading through your site!

Carla 2015/01/21 - 11:47 pm

i love all the parenting blogs. Can find some real good help through them

Leighann 2015/01/24 - 1:42 pm

I read a blog post about depression I really liked

Sarah A 2015/01/26 - 10:39 am

I like dolls, so my favorite blog is americangirlfan.com because of all the giveaways and cute photos Liz shares.

Crystal Brashear 2015/01/27 - 12:51 am

I read about blogger’s philosophy on what causes Autism…Wrong or wright the point of her article was acceptance. I loved it.

Leah 2015/01/28 - 2:40 pm

I really like beauty reviews and my favorite this week was from Temptalia. There’s a $58 eye shadow palette that looks gorgeous, but after reading her review I’m going to save my money!

Leah 2015/01/28 - 2:44 pm

My ultimate vacation destination is somewhere, anywhere tropical!

Sarah Mustardseedmommy 2015/01/28 - 10:49 pm

My favorite blog post I’ve read today (other than my own) was one about having a large family. And reminding others that parents of large families DO actually plan to have large families sometimes! https://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-toalson/just-because-i-have-a-large-family-doesnt-mean-i-didnt-family-plan_b_6466120.html

Heather Petry 2015/01/31 - 7:21 pm

I too was unsure about where to comment so I decided to comment in both places. My favorite blog I read this week was The Things I Know because of Autism by Carrie Cariello. I work with Autistic students and enjoyed her perspective as a parent. carriecariello.com/2015/1/26/the-things-i-know-because-of-autism/

Michelle Kroll 2015/02/01 - 12:11 am

Here is one of the latest posts I have read. I am loving being subscribed to this blog:


Yen 2015/02/01 - 5:43 pm

I read this lovely post on Medium; how can you not be deeply moved by it? Wow. https://medium.com/human-parts/while-your-wife-is-at-a-memorial-service-21a66f01ab26

BobbiJo Pentney 2015/02/03 - 8:37 pm

The best blog I read to day was an amazing recipe on Listen to Lena

Jeanna 2015/02/06 - 3:05 pm

My favorite blog post this week was the I Can Sum Up Marriage In These 11 Texts I’ve Sent My Husband!


jessie c 2015/02/09 - 5:59 pm

getting into Not your Average Mom, cause well Im not either…

Doris Herns 2015/02/09 - 10:11 pm

The truth about mommy.


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