An American Girl Dream Come True
If you have a daughter, then I don't need to explain the American Girl empire to you. Girls can't get enough of this stuff. At our house, we try to walk a fine line when it comes to the American Girl world. On the one hand, I totally get that my daughter loves the dolls because I was once an eight year-old who loved dolls too. My daughter Ellie is the proud mama of a couple of different American Girl Dolls (which have been gifted to her  -- one from me and two from other family members). She loves these dolls and their ten million accessories. On the one hand, I certainly want her to enjoy these dolls. On the other hand, I also want her to appreciate these are lovely gifts that she is very lucky to have. A trip to the American Girl store is a treat and a big deal. We can't buy Ruthie a new outfit just because. But the thing that many people don't realize is that American Girl is about so much more than just the dolls. There are also the books. Ellie absolutely adores all of the American Girl books. These are the very best part of the American Girl experience (in my motherly opinion). The books explore girls' lives in different time periods in a way that today's readers can relate to.  Ellie has literally flown through dozens of these books from our local library. And she also loves the magazine which features short stories, craft ideas, etc. A couple of weeks ago, Ellie and I were invited to take part in a very special experience that any American Girl enthusiast would love...