Just within the past few months, the Huffman Household has been taken over by everything American Girl. Huff the Tot first learned of these dolls through her cousin who had a few and started begging for one last summer. I was a little hesitant to purchase one (I mean, these dolls are crazy-expensive) but luckily, my sisters and mom went in together to snag one for HtT for Christmas. Since then, the girl has been OBSESSED. As I looked into the American Girl universe, I discovered there’s a lot more to it than just playing with dolls. Each doll has some historical significance (or a character attribute represented) and comes with a book telling that girl’s story. And, on New Year’s Day this year, AG revealed their “Girl of the Year” for 2018!
Her name is Luciana Vega. She is a Chilean-American who has BIG aspirations to be the first person to walk on Mars! Luciana loves anything and everything to do with space and space exploration–she even goes to space camp! It makes my heart so happy to see such a diverse, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)-loving gal in the AG lineup!
American Girl has been working with several leading ladies over at NASA to make sure they got Luciana’s story right and showed girls out there that there are many women in this field. Former NASA chief scientist, Ellen Stofan, hopes that Luciana is a role model for girls to chase after STEM-related dreams and careers, saying: “I think a lot of girls are sometimes intimidated by STEM careers because they think they have to be perfect in math or the top of their class. But what you really need to have is determination, the spirit to pick yourself up when you make a mistake and keep going. I really think it’s that determination, that will, the ability to come back from failure, that are the most important characteristics. I hope that girls who read these books are inspired by these tales of failure but persistence.”
This week, I’ve found some awesome books and toys that will help your little lady become a strong woman!
For Your Teen (and you)!
This book covers an array of issues that teenage girls deal with today: body image, friends and bullies, divorce, and anxiety. According to the synopsis on Amazon, the author’s goal is to show young girls that they are stronger than they think and CAN overcome obstacles in their lives: Parents, schoolwork, boyfriends, college . . .it’s enough to make any teenage girl wish she could just snap her fingers and make it all go away. But with the click of her heels, she’ll soon discover that the means to dealing with stress were always within her power. Dealing with the Stuff That Makes Life Tough helps teenage girls find the wisdom within to overcome stress in their lives.
For Your Nature-Lover
This activity pack comes with an activity journal full of outdoor and science activities! There’s even space for your little botanist to adopt a tree and track its progress for an entire year!
For Your Super Hero
It did my heart good to see so many little girls dressed up as super heroes this Halloween! I can’t even tell you how many little Wonder Women I saw out trick-or-treating because I lost count! Give your little hero a pal to snuggle with and someone to tag along on her amazing adventures! Get it here!
For Your Activist in Training
This board book is full of amazing women throughout history and modern time that have influenced change for the better! This Little Trailblazer features Rosa Parks, Maria Tallchief, Malala Yousafzai, and Florence Nightingale (among others)! A definite must-read for your little revolutionary!
Halloween is almost here! I’m not so much into the whole gory, scary, parts of Hallowen–I just lurves the cosplay part of it! I’ve always loved dressing up in costumes. Especially well thought out costumes or creative costumes. I mourn for girls nowadays because, as Mean Girls showed us, Halloween has changed A LOT.
When Caroline and Isabel Bercaw were 10 and 11 years old, they decided to make bath bombs for a science experiment. After the girls saw the fun in creating (and using) their creations, they decided to open up a boot at a local art fair. Their start-up cost was around $350–which was graciously lent to them by their mother–and they were able to pay her back (and make over $350 in profit) their first day at the fair! The girls were selling out of their bath bombs so quickly, they couldn’t make them fast enough!
Because of their success, the girls’ parents were eventually able to quit their jobs and run DaBomb Fizzers full-time! Dad runs the financial aspect of the company, Mom manages marketing, and Caroline and Isabel are co-chief creative officers (they create and test the bath bombs–all of which come with a surprise inside) as well as act as the faces of the company!
The girls not only love what they do, but they love that they are in a position to give back. One of their bath bombs, the Earth Bomb, gives a portion of its profit to The Ocean Cleanup, an organization that helps keep the world’s oceans clean!
These girls have not only made bathtime more fun, but are an inspiration to young people everywhere that they have the potential to make their dreams happen! Way to go, girls!
The other day, the kiddos and I were walking around Walmart and, because I bribed Huff the Tot with looking at the toys if she behaved, we found ourselves on the doll aisle. I let her do her thing and then heard her shout, “Mommy! Look! It’s Leia!” And sure enough, there was Princess Leia, in all her awesome glory! Turns out, Hasbro has just released a bunch of all female Star Wars action figures called Star Wars: Forces of Destiny!
There’s Princess Leia in her Hoth gear with R2D2:
The princess rockin’ her look from Endor (complete with a cute ewok sidekick):
Rey from The Force Awakens:
Rey and BB8:
(I LOVE the freckles!)
And (my fave) Jyn Erso from Rogue One!
This is super exciting to me! I feel like, in the action figure department, female characters really get the raw end of the deal. Store shelves are packed with male characters from super hero/nerd culture films, but their equally bad-a female counterparts get fewer figures. Plus, not only can you snag some of these for your little BAMF-girl in training, but there are also books all about the lightsaber-wielding ladies as well: