The Busy Giffs

November 1, 2017

Holiday Hot Toy: LuvaBella Doll

The LuvaBella Doll was provided in exchange for this review, however, as always all thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links and I may get a commission or credits for sales when you use my affiliate/referral links.  You are not required to use my links though I appreciate when you do.

If you've been watching the hot holiday toys at all, you know that Luvabella and Luvabeau are HOT this year! 

These interactive dolls provide hours of playtime for kids. Your kids will never get bored with Luvabella because she's constantly changing! You can cover her eyes for a game of peek-a-boo, tickle her tummy and toes to make her giggle, or place a hand on her chest to gently listen to her heartbeat. You can even hold her feet to hear her say “mama” and begin to babble! The more you play with her, the more she’ll talk! Her babble will transform into over 100 clear words and phrases! We are so lucky that one was sent to us to try out and play with!

Luvabella comes with four fun interactive accessories, including a spoon, bottle, pacifier, and Lambie toy.  When she gets hungry, she’ll open her mouth and chew as she eats! Tyler loves burping her after she eats!

I will admit that at first I was a bit on the fence about the doll. The idea of a robotic, interactive doll was a bit frightening to me but the doll is actually really cute in person! I love that both my kids enjoy playing with her!

Now I'm still learning video but you absolutely have to see the doll in action to understand how fun it is! Check out our quick video and let me know your thoughts!

Luvabella dolls are sold at Amazon, Walmart, and Target, but can be super hard to find right now so if you see one, grab it! My kids love Luvabella so I'll be looking for another to add to our toy box!

xo, Heather

October 26, 2017

American Girl's New App: WellieWishers: Garden Fun Game

Growing up I loved American Girl dolls.  I obsessed over Samantha and Molly. I loved their clothes and accessories and when the catalog would come in the mail, I would spend hours pouring over it, dreaming of owning one. Now that I have my own daughter, she is also in love with American Girl dolls.

Her first doll was bought by my mother, with a full trip to the Natick American Girl store.  A second was added with her second hand Emily doll. Then a Bitty Baby joined the party. Then American Girl introduced their new line of Wellie Wishers and Emma and I both fell in love. Instead of 18" soft body dolls, the Wellie Wishers are 14" hard body dolls. Their smaller bodies are a bit easier for Emma to play with.   Emma already has 3 of the dolls, and is asking for another from Santa so we were especially excited when we were contacted to try out the new WellieWishers: Garden Fun Game.

WellieWishers are a sweet and silly group of girls who each have the same big, bright wish: to be a good friend. And now with the WellieWishers: Garden Fun app, little ones can learn how to be a good friend as they play. From hidden object and tea-party planning minigames to nurturing their own garden and customizing the backyard garden with stickers, little kids are invited to join the WellieWishers to discover what makes friendships grow.

The content is tailored to kids ages 5-7, offering good-quality entertainment from a well-loved, trusted brand partner in American Girl. And, with school back in session, it’s a great opportunity to reinforce the values young ones are learning in class, so they can practice their caring and empathy skills while outside of preschool or elementary school.  

Even though American Girl is often marketed towards girls (even though they added a boy doll!) I love that both my boy and girl love the games. When we're at dance and waiting for Emmalee, Tyler often grabs my phone and starts to play. When we're in the grocery store, Tyler will take my phone from my bag and start to play.  Thankfully, even though it's a game full of content, it doesn't destroy my battery!

Each of the little games inside of the app offer creative content for kids.  The app is free but some of the extra content does cost money (no more than $3 from Google Play!)  My kids especially love finding the hidden objects game!

In a world full of technology and "scary things" on the internet, I love that American Girl has created an app that the kids love to play with that also encourages creative and empathy, just like the rest of the American Girl line does! Grab the app on iOS and Android today!

xo, Heather

October 24, 2017

Getting Pretty with Top Tier Style

Dress provided by Top Tier Style, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

We've finally reached some cooler temperatures up here in New England. It was only 50 degrees this morning! I actually love the Fall, the crispness in the air and the colors of the leaves changing... I love it. However, my favorite part of Fall is the clothes. I am obsessed with Fall wardrobes. Give me cardigans, knee high socks, and Hunter boots and I am a happy girl.

As someone who is right in between a "normal" size and a "plus" size, it's not always easy to find clothes that fit the way I want them too.  Many XLs in "normal" stores are too small but the smallest plus size clothing is still too big. It's so frustrating.

Even more frustrating is bringing my kids to a store with me when I want to try on clothes. Seriously the worst.  It gets bad when I'm trying to look at all the clothes on the rack. It gets even worse when I'm trying to actually try on clothes and little voices start laughing saying "I can see your underwear!" and "Mom's butt is showing!"I always wonder who else is in the changing rooms listening...

Thankfully I discovered a new site called Top Tier Style. It has so much stuff. Like everything you might want to purchase as far as clothing is on that site.  While there is not a distinct "Plus Size" section, many of the styles run into the 1X, 2X and 3X sizes. My favorite of these items was this gorgeous floral dress I found!

Now I don't get dressed up often, but I love the versatility of this. It's simple enough to wear to work but fancy enough to wear out to dinner.  It's comfortable enough that I could even play and dance with Emmalee in it! I seriously want to order it in every colorway now and thanks to Top Tier Style's super easy and amazing return policy, it will be okay if it doesn't fit exactly as I hoped and will save me from a few more embarrassing dressing room comments!

xo, Heather

The bohemian dress in this review was provided by Top Tier Style. If you would like to purchase your own use the coupon code BLOG15 for 15% OFF everything on their store!

Holiday Hot Toy: LuvaBella Doll

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