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Lea Clark: American Girl’s Girl of the Year 2016

Girl of the Year Lea Clark

For many people, today (Dec. 31) marks the end of the year, a celebration and a bright outlook for the new year ahead. While I share that same view, this day also marks an end to the waiting; an end to the speculation and an end to the anticipation.

For tomorrow, January 1, 2016, marks the day that we get to meet the American Girl Doll of the Year for 2016. I’m so excited to share an early introduction to Lea Clark with you today.

GETTING TO KNOW LEA CLARKLea Clark Girl of the Year

As we say goodbye to Grace Thomas and her wonderful world of Parisian-inspired adventures, we look forward to getting to know Lea Clarkand her brand new and exciting world. With each Girl of the Year, comes a wonderful adventure, new exploration and loads of fun learning about a new part of the world with valuable lessons for young girls.

ABOUT LEA

Lea Clark, a 10 year-old photographer with a love for animals, discovers a wide world of possibilities when she embarks on a faraway adventure to Brazil. Lea has long wavy hair and warm hazel eyes, plus several tropical-inspired outfits, accessories, and toys that reflect her Brazilian travels—including Lea’s Rainforest House with over 30 pieces!

LEA’S STORY

Lea Clark Rainforest House

Lea’s story will unfold with the 2016 Girl of the Year books written by award-winning author, Lisa Yee. Lea will go on a family trip to Brazil to visit her older brother, Zac, who is studying the Amazon rainforest. Lea is excited to capture everything she sees with her camera.

Soon Lea makes some incredible discoveries, but she also faces unexpected challenges, including a fear of the ocean, tension with Zac, and finding a baby sloth that has been gravely injured. With the help of her family, her new Brazilian friend, Camila, and her late grandmother’s guiding inspiration, Lea finds the inner strength and confidence to live her new adventures to the fullest.

Check out her books, Lea Dives In, Lea Leads the Way, and Lea and Camila to follow along with her story. Stay tuned for Lea’s movie that will come out later in the year.

GIVING BACK WITH LEA

Lea Clark Pets

Like all American Girl dolls, there is a strong and positive message for your girls via Lea. To show girls that, together, they can make a difference in helping protect animals and their habitats, American Girl has created Wild at Art, a year-long fund-raising campaign in support of World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Starting January 1, American Girl is encouraging girls to use their artistic abilities to host an art sale and donate the proceeds to WWF. To launch the campaign, American Girl has made a $50,000 donation to WWF. How awesome right?!

In addition, from January 1 through December 31, 2016, for every purchase of one of the three plush animals in Lea’s collection—the margay, sea turtle, or sloth—American Girl will donate $1 (up to a maximum of $100,000) to WWF.

I really love this message and I’m so excited for Little S to learn of it because she too, has a passion for protecting and helping animals. I think Little S will really identify with Lea and I look forward to her learning more about South American culture through Lea’s adventures in Brazil.

INTERACT WITH LEA

Lea Clark Pajamas

You can start joining in on all the Lea fun starting tomorrow, Jan. 1, 2016 by visiting americangirl.com/girloftheyear. You and the special young lady in your life will be able to download Lea’s app ($) read book excerpts, see movie-related content, play games and quizzes, find fun wallpapers and e-cards and much more.

GET LEA

Girl of the Year 2016

Here in Canada we have three ways of welcoming Lea into our lives. You can visit americangirl.ca, visit an Indigo store to order from the kiosk or visit one of six Indigo, American Girl locations.

To learn even more about Lea and the Girl of the Year line, go to Facebook at facebook.com/americangirl, Twitter at twitter.com/american_girl, Pinterest at pinterest.com/agofficial, and American Girl’s Instagram page at instagram.com/americangirlbrand. To request an American Girl catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005.

STAY TUNED!

Stay tuned to City Mom to check out Little S’ reaction when I surprise her with a Lea doll of her own. Check out the video here. We will also share more information about Lea and her adventures.

Happy New Year & Happy Girl-of-the-Year Day!

City Mom

American Girl Beforever Doll Maryellen’s Poodle Skirt Outfit & Jukebox

American Girl Maryellen Larkin

If you’re a follower of City Mom on Pinterest and/or Instagram, you likely know that we are big American Girl fans in our house. It’s not just Little S who loves AG…I have not outgrown my love for dolls and collectibles, so we share this love together.

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AMERICAN GIRL BEFOREVER

Among American Girl’s wide variety of dolls and accessories is their Beforever line of dolls from different era’s, e.g. Maryellen Larkin from the 1950’s.

Maryellen Larkin

Maryellen Larkin is the newest member of our family (and AG’s), as Little S received her as a birthday present. We love Maryellen because she is just so cute and deliver’s an excellent message for young girls…follow your heart instead of the crowd; an important principle for girls today.

MARYELLEN’S WORLD

Maryellen Larkin's World

Another aspect that we love of all the Beforever dolls including Maryellen, is the education their “world” provides on important times in history.

Maryellen is from 1954 so her clothing, accessories and furniture reflect this era. There are also three books (and perhaps more to come) that provide more insight into the life of a nine-year-old girl growing up in the 1950’s.

THE AMERICAN GIRL BRAND

American Girl All For Girl

We fell in love with the American Girl brand for more reasons than the cute dolls, fashion and furniture; we fell in love with the motivating message for girls to be all they can be and to follow their inner star. From the American Girl award-winning advice books like The Care and Keeping of Us, A Smart Girl’s Guide: Friend Troubles to their All For Girl, Girl for All campaign that will unite 3 billion girls who have each other’s back.

American Girl is a brand that I am proud to share with my daughter and one that I truly enjoy her immersing herself in. It is nothing but positive, showing the strength and inner beauty within all of us.

MARYELLEN’S POODLE SKIRT OUTIFIT & JUKEBOX

Little S and I were fortunate enough to receive Maryellen’s Poodle Skirt outfit and her Jukebox. Little S unboxes and demos these two items in the following video. We will also highlight a few key points below:

Maryellen’s Poodle Skirt Outfit

Maryellens Poodle Skirt Outifit

Poodle skirts were very popular in the 1950s, and Maryellen is thrilled when her mother buys this one for her to wear to her first day of fourth grade! This outfit includes:

  • A black quilted skirt featuring a pink poodle with a stitched leash
  • A pink blouse with a cute Peter Pan collar and contrast polka dots on the sleeves
  • A polka-dot kerchief that can be worn in her hair or around her neck
  • White bobby socks
  • Black-and-white saddle shoes

Maryellen’s Jukebox

Maryellen's Jukebox

In Maryellen’s day, jukeboxes were often found in restaurants and diners. People would scroll through a list of songs, then put in a few coins to play their favourites.

This jukebox lights up and plays six pre-recorded ’50s-style songs when the buttons are pushed. Plus, girls can connect their own electronic music players to play all their favorite songs! Includes a 3.5 mm audio cable. Note: Electronic music player not included. Requires 4AA batteries, not included.

Little S absolutely loved these two items to go along with Maryellen and she says that girls would love to find these items under the tree this year. If your child doesn’t already have Maryellen, she will also make for an amazing gift this holiday season!

AMERICAN GIRL IS FOR CANADIANS TOO

As we enjoy sharing our AG experience on social media, I often get a lot of inquiries on how we Canadians can buy American Girl items and the answer to that is pretty easy. Canada now has American Girl boutiques in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver and hopefully more soon!

If you don’t live near any of these cities, not to worry, you can shop online at americangirl.ca. Sign up for the newsletter and you’ll even get notifications of special promotions like free shipping!

SPEAKING OF FREE SHIPPING

This one you’ll have to act fast on, American Girl is offering free shipping until November 24th, 2015 via americangirl.ca on orders over $100.

We encourage you to get to know the American Girl brand if you don’t already. You will love the quality, selection and “extras” that come with the experience.

Happy holidays from us!

Disclaimer: we received the above mentioned products to perform this review. The opinions are 100% our own.

City Mom

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