Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Introducing the Liv Doll (giveaway!!).....

When I was little, I was a huge Barbie fan....I would happily play with my Barbie dolls for hours. Well, really, any doll made me happy, especially if I could cut their hair. Since having a daughter, I get to re-live my youth because Bella also loves dolls! I have to admit I got all sentimental when we bought her very first doll for her. I envisioned us sitting on the floor for hours, surrounded by dolls, doll houses, tea sets...while sharing some wonderful mother-daughter bonding moments.

Let me just say that I have not been disappointed at all....those visions have turned into reality. When she and I walk down the doll aisle at Target or Toys R Us, we're like two kids in a candy store. Only she's actually a kid....what's my excuse?

I recently received an e-mail from the people at Spinmaster, asking me if I had a daughter who would enjoy playing with their latest creation....a new fashion doll line called Liv. I immediately showed Bella the images of the Liv dolls and she was excited about receiving one.

The Liv dolls are 4 totally new, totally cool best friends that each come with a great outfit, shoes, two funky wigs and their own extra awesome wigs that you can change, cut, curl and style. Not only that, they've got moves you've never even seen before!

From left to right....

Alexis: She lives for fashion. And loves to dress her friends.

Daniela: She totally lives for the music and she's dreaming big.

Katie: That girl lives for the thrill! But take away her wheels and she's a total klutz.

Sophie: She lives for the latest hairstyle and loves helping her friends change up their looks.

Bella received the Alexis doll, along with a wig pack and accessories (which included extra earrings, bracelet, necklace, shoes and a purse). She immediately began trying different looks on her doll....changing the wigs, accompanying the silver bracelet with the gold bracelet, changing her earrings. One of the most fun things about the doll is the ability to pose her in any position...her limbs are so flexible that you can actually have her do backbends, pose her hands on her hips...she can sit in any position she's placed in.

There's also a website, LivWorld.com where doll owners can connect to the daily diaries of the girls, as well as their virtual closets, and more.

As a parent, one of the things I really like about the dolls is that they honestly remind me of real teenagers, who have real interests and hobbies. My oldest niece Jess, who's 17 years old, changes her hairstyles often....she loves to wear colored streaks in her hair, she loves to curl it and change up the style according to her mood. She's also into music and hanging out with friends. Most importantly, she's a positive role model for Bella, who really looks up to Jess.

The Liv Dolls are now available at all major retail stores in the US (...and yes, Target carries this new fashion doll line....Bella and I checked out the other dolls and their accessories last time we were there!!). You can also order them online directly from the LivWorld.com site.

GIVEAWAY....GIVEAWAY....GIVEAWAY.....

The generous people at Spinmaster have offered to send one very lucky winner their very own Liv Doll, along with a wig pack and extra accessories!! If you have a daughter (or a niece, granddaughter, or even a friend's daughter) I can tell you that, without a doubt, this doll will be a huge hit, just as it was with Bella, as you can see here in the picture to the right.

Here's how to enter the giveaway:

Leave me a comment here telling me which doll you think the little girl in your life would love to have.

For extra entries:
** You must complete the first entry above for other entries to count. Please leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each additional entry.

-- Post about this giveaway on your blog and link back to my blog
-- Add yourself to my follower list (or let me know you are already following)
-- Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway (leave the URL of your tweet)

This contest ends on Monday, August 17, 2009 at 9:00 pm PST. One winner will be chosen via Random.org. Please make sure you leave your e-mail address in your comment if it's not accessible on your blog profile.

78 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Helene, First to comment. I guess the time difference works to one advantage.
Isn't it great having a daughter in that all the things you played with as a girl you get to revisit as a Mum. I love it. I must admit I am a huge doll fan too. These dolls look and sound great but I guess we will have to wait a little while before they hit Austrlian toy market. My Bella pointed straight to Katie so I guess that is her favourite even if she is only 2. Can't wait to get them here. How do you get so many great things to try for free? Also have added myself as a follower of your blog. Kind Regards, Michelle mnktaylor@optusnet.com.au

Tami said...

I love dolls. Being a mom of 3 boys, I've had to transform into liking cars, and planes.

Once in a while I get a Tinker Bell toy from the boys, (Mom you act just like Tink!)
Of course shes a fav! LOL.

I'd enter..but I have no girlfriends with daughters. We ALL have boys!

Brooke said...

my niece would love daniela - i'm trying to teach her to dream big!

Booklover1212 said...

Now you know that I stalk (oops, follow..LOL!) you!! LOL!

~ Jennifer
http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com/

Booklover1212 said...

Wow -- what an awesome giveaway!! I think that Nani would like the Daniela doll -- because they share a name! How cool would that be!!

Glad Bella likes her new doll! (At least when mommy lets her play with it - right? LOL!)

~ Jennifer
http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com/

Nickel Pickle said...

My girls would love Daniela since their Daddies name is Daniel! Plus she likes music & so do we!
nickelpicklemom@gmail.com

Amy said...

Alyce here from my mom's place. I sure love babies. I would love to met Katie and bring her into my home. That would be my first doll with long hair.

P.s. Sorry about that Alyce really wants to win. Have a great day. Amy

Amy said...

I would follow you any place. I mean you have great writing skills and stories that keep me laughing.

Keeping The Faith said...

I like the Sophie doll. Perfect for my niece!

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Keeping The Faith said...

I'm also a follower :)
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Musings of the Mrs. said...

I know my niece would love the Katie doll. Looks just like her momma. But secretly, if I win, I may just keep her for myself. Because its been a long time since I've gotten to play with dolls.

Elle said...

Hi Helene,

My daughter would love Sophie. I think because she has blonde hair & blue eyes too.

elle at bluemonkeybutt dot com

Ciarra M. Kohn said...

Love Love Love these Liv Dolls . . why didn't anyone think of the wigs before? I had so many bald barbie dolls from my creative hairstylist days ;)

I think Sophie is the one that my neice would love the best . . . blonde hair like her and it is gorgeous! Hmmmm . . . if I will, a stipulation that she gets it might be that she allows me to play too!

Jen said...

I think that Claire would love one of these dolls. She doesn't have many but like you I can't wait to play Barbies with her. Yeah!
Claire would totally be the kaite doll

Jen said...

I am a followers

Jenny said...

How fun. I love playing dolls too and remember cutting their hair.

I like the Katie doll for Abby. I love how these dolls aren't strange looking (big head and eyes!) and aren't dressed like you know whats. LOL!

Jenny said...

I am a follower.

embieadoptmom said...

Love your story! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm praying for twins too! They will be #8 & #9 so we've got a FULL HOUSE :)

Terra H. said...

My youngest step-daughter would like them all, but I think she'd like Katie best. Thanks.
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Terra H. said...

I follow your blog.
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Amy W said...

What a great giveaway! My girls have completely different personalities. I'm guessing my older daughter would like Katie the thrill-seeker, and my younger daughter would like Daniela the music girl. :)

Amy W said...

I follow your blog...

Amy W said...

Tweeted about the giveaway: http://twitter.com/greatcakesoap/statuses/3251652822

Amy W said...

Following you on Twitter now too. :)

Veronica Lee said...

Follower!!

Laura said...

My Alise would LOVE the Katie doll! Thanks for the chance to win!

Laura said...

I'm already a follower!

Kathy B! said...

You are getting the best reviews! I love it. These dolls are adorable. Like the anit-Bratz! Yay!!

Heather Kephart said...

I'm only posting this because I never win giveaways lol. I have a daughter, but she's not quite old enough for these dolls.

I have to say these dolls are TOTALLY COOL! I was a Barbie freak back in the day. I had Skipper and the Corvette. But these are better. Heck, I want them for myself. don't tell Lily!

Alicia said...

Oh my gosh, they sound so cute! I'm so in!

Alicia said...

I follow!

Alicia said...

I just tweeted your giveaway! Here's the link

http://twitter.com/aminyard7

DysFUNctional Mom said...

How nice that they are not, um, to be blount, trashy looking like so many of the newer dolls! Very cute. I like Katie.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I'm a follower.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

and, I follow you on twitter and tweeted the giveaway: http://twitter.com/CyndysZoo

Creative Junkie said...

Finally, a doll that doesn't look like a ho. Sign me up!

Hit 40 said...

The dolls are very cute. I do not remember necklaces and earrings for barbie?? Cool. Put my down with dysfunctional mom. My boys would light the doll on fire with their magnifying glasses.

Mama Kat said...

My girls love dolls too! I like the Katie doll...totally hip and happening.

Abby said...

We would love the Sophie doll!










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Abby said...

http://twitter.com/StealsDeals/status/3269129850

I follow you on twitter and I tweeted about this giveaway!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

What a great giveaway! I myself enjoyed cutting my dolls hair! We'd get along so splendidly IRL! I am all for the Sophia...even though I have boys!

Debbie said...

I don't want to enter because I want someone with a little girl to have the pleasure of winning this. They look great! I am so happy to see healthy dolls.

Yaya said...

What the?? No redhead?? :)

TZel said...

I like Alexis, but my daughter likes blondes better! Go fig! Thanks!

jungletwins said...

Wooooo, cool! I LOVED barbies growing up. I bet my girls will have a blast playing with dolls since there's two of them. I would have staged entire barbie musicals if I had a twin sister, I'm sure ;)

If my twinnies win, I pick Katie

anninja said...

My niece would love to have Alexis, she is also all about dressing up and modeling all of her mothers clothes.
Thanks!

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anninja said...

I am a blog follower!

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anninja said...

I am a twitter follower, my tweet http://twitter.com/sophierigalv/status/3283249947

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Nickel Pickle said...

I blogged-http://nickelpicklemomfinds.blogspot.com/2009/08/visit-helene-and-enter-to-win-liv-doll.html

I am also having a giveaway if you would like to join in! http://nickelpicklemom.blogspot.com

nickelpicklemom@gmail.com

Nickel Pickle said...

I tweeted and follow on twitter. nickelpicklemom
nickelpickelmom@gmail.com

Nancy said...

Ok, so we all know that I have 3 boys... but I recently posted that I have "daughters" (http://onestopboyshop.com/blog/?p=2393) , kind of.... for awhile. My youngest "daughter" would LOVE the Alexis!!!

Thanks for the chance, she'd be SO thrilled as all she has to play with are "boy" toys.

Nancy said...

I follow you. (sounds like a stalker, doesn't it? LOL)

Nancy said...

I tweeted (@onestopboyshop)

Sharlene said...

I love Daniela who lives for music. I mean my daughter would love her. Yeah... my daughter....

Sharlene said...

I follow you. But you know that...

Sharlene said...

I follow you. But you know that...

Mother of Multiples said...

My Mairin needs one...she would love Sophia. I am a follower...

Table4Five said...

I LOVE the look of these dolls! I showed my 3.5 year old daughter the image and she said Alexis is the prettiest doll :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Table4Five said...

I follow you through Google Friend Connect :)

Table4Five said...

tweet tweet- http://twitter.com/Table4Five/status/3298692117

JeansandTs said...

JeansandTs@hotmail.com
We would love the Alexis doll!

the LaNd of fOrGoTtEn dReAmS said...

I was plesantly surprised to see these girls! and my daughter seemed to love them right away! She wanted Katie just like her name! I do like the wigs factor the green was already gone and pink was just about gone and they just hit the racks! we are huge doll fans and these girls will be on the list!

Tricia said...

I think my daugther would love Alexis

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Zeemaid said...

wow, I love these girls. I think E would totally love a Katie doll. Of course the two girls would fight over it... sigh... but still it's nice to see a well dressed and interesting set of dolls other than Bratz. I just don't like those ones.

Zeemaid said...

I am already a follower!

Tricia said...

I now follow you on BLogger

Tricia said...

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Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

my niece would love daniela ....and I love her too.

Teresa
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pixie13 said...

My daughter would definitely love the Katie doll since she's a thrill seeker. Thanks for the great giveaway.

sibabe64 said...

I showed my daughter and she picked the Alexis doll

mom2gabnnat said...

I would like the Sophie doll for my daughters. They love to do new hair styles on each other and on their dolls.

theselfloveproject said...

what fun giveaway..

i like katie doll..

btw...i am mom of twins too..

pam said...

We would love Sophia. We love her blond hair!!

Sylvia said...

I like the Sophie. My grandaughter would love her
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missrantsypants said...

Oh, these are precious.
We like Daniela.



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Anonymous said...

Parents owe it to their children to take a closer look. Their ’super secret diaries’ are full of every sexist cliche: the girls hate to study, focus entirely on shopping for the ‘latest’ fashions so they’ll be cute for boys, and borrow heavily from slang that is simply annoying. Yes, the Bratz line were all about sluttines, but this line is just all about being constant consumers without an ounce of self-worth. A Liv girl only has social standing so long as she’s got the latest hairstyle, fashions, and boyfriend. Do your daughters a favor and skip this expensive trash.

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