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Hearts to Hearts Girls

My daughter is still a little too young for dress-up dolls, but I still remember being obsessed with American Girl as a child. I remember when there were only three historical dolls, and all the extra stuff didn’t exist yet. From all accounts, American Girl has excellent products, and does a good job bringing history to life. But I just can’t accept spending that kind of money on toys. My rule of thumb is, if I don’t have a something that costs that much, it’s too expensive for my child, be it clothing, toys or entertainment.

So I was very happy to find a (much) less expensive alternative in the Hearts for Hearts Girls products. Instead of featuring historical dolls, this line has girls from all around the world, each with a name and a story, and a small assortment of extra clothes and accessories. (Nothing like the behemoth of American Girl, though.)

These are the dolls:

Lauryce from the USA

Zelia from Brazil

Nahji from India

Lilian from Belarus

Tipi from Laos

Dell from the USA

Consuelo from Mexico

Rahel from Ethiopia

As you can see, the dolls are very pretty and some have native costumes. They stand about fourteen inches tall, about 4 inches shorter than an American Girl. Each one comes with the costumes and accessories you see, as well as a H4H bracelet and a small storybook about the girl’s life.

These dolls retail for between $20 and $30, which I think is much more reasonable than the $100 minimum for an American Girl. You can get them at Wal-Mart, Target, Toy R Us and Amazon.

Hearts for Hearts is also partnered with World Vision, a humanitarian organization which provides assistance and services to people in many countries. Part of the purchase price from each doll goes to aid in that work.

(P.S. I apologize for the bizarre formatting; I have tried to fix it but to no avail. Hopefully it is still legible.)


Cast-iron … toy?

Yes, this is real.

This is an actual cast-iron skillet from Lodge Cast Iron Cookware called the Lodge Logic Miniature Skillet. The product site says that it can be used to melt butter or warm olive oil, but my first thought when I saw it was ‘Toy kitchen!’ I am waiting impatiently until my daughter is old enough for us to bring home her own tiny kitchen with all the accessories, and I knew that this would be a perfect addition.

Truthfully, I can’t imagine that it would be easy to use on a full-sized stovetop; it seems like you’d have to put your hand right onto the heating element to grab the handle. And on my gas stove, the flame would burn around the outside of the skillet instead of underneath it.

But it’s still cute! 🙂

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