Saturday, October 24, 2015

Happy Birthday To Lu, and maybe YOU! {giveaway!!}

Lucy turned 3 over a week ago, and in keeping with the fact that she is my third born, her birthday recap is happening roughly 10 days late.

It needs a recap because, of all the birthdays that I have tried to make special, hers had the most epic fails as a result of my attempts. All except one. Read on for the unfolding of the tale.

Lucy was really hard to figure out leading up to her birthday, we asked her every other day or so what she wanted and all she said was a yellow cake with a green "happy birthday star" (because there is a little birthday marker on our school calendar with that identical cake pictured). Whether she wanted chocolate cake or vanilla could not be surmised and since she is extremely shoe-obsessed right now, the only thing she would tell us she wanted toy-wise was "pink shoes".

Let me give you a little idea of how the cake turned out...

Not yellow. No green star. Most horrific looking cake ever. First fail.

And now for fail number 2. Here's a picture of what happened while I was attempting to make the yellow icing with some weird stove-top method:

Turned the wrong burner on. Had a glass baking dish full of fresh baked banana bread on the burner I accidentally turned on. It shattered into thousands and thousands of pieces. I only cried a little and Lucy was completely clueless.

Soooo moving on to better, less failed things PLUS a giveaway for you!!

The morning of the birthday came with presents and donuts (per the usual) and I was super DUUUUPER thrilled when the new-to-me company Ashton-Drake sent us their So Truly Mine baby doll, because we were in quite a bind about what we should get her and what she would like and it was a SERIOUS hit.

It is hand-crafted vinyl with hand-painted features, which are insanely real-looking.

Also it is weighted and feels the most like holding a new born of any baby doll I've held. It comes with a cloth diaper and adorable pink sleeper, which the girls were entirely thrilled about.

I have had girls for 6-and-a-half years now, we have seen our fair share of baby dolls flow in and out of this house, and this one takes the cake -- even the yellow birthday cake with the green "happy birthday" star.  It is definitely a win of a doll and would make a very extra-special Christmas gift, from parents or better yet-- grandparents.

And the best part is.... they are giving one away to a luck duck reader!



 a Rafflecopter giveaway

52 comments :

  1. I would choose the Cherish Baby Doll. Oh my goodness, they are beautiful! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  2. Those are beautiful dolls! !

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  3. What a fun giveaway! I really did love them all! Really liked Abby Rose for our little Rose :)

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  4. These are all precious! Would love to gift it to one of my nieces!

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  5. Wow, so many beautiful dolls! I esp. liked the Daddy's Little Girl one for my girls. And that stinks about the glass explosion! I am forever turning on the wrong burner and would love to have a gas stove someday so I'd be less apt to melt things.

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  6. Nieces need birthday presents!!!! Yay!

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  7. The So Truly Mine with blonde hair and blue eyes is lovely!

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  8. I forgot to say I would want the twin dolls, since I could make a really funny joke to my sister about having twins!!! She would love it:) (in a way only a sister with four kids already could....ha!)

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  9. I've been a mom to boys for 6.5 years, until about 3 months ago when my daughter was born! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. Oh my gosh, this doll looks fantastic! My little girls will love it! Thanks for the chance!

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  11. The light brown hair with the blue eyes doll is my favorite. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. My girls would love her.
    Erin

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  12. Wow this baby doll is so cute! I did a double take at first, thinking it was a real baby! It's hard to choose, but the light brown haired/blue eyed baby is super cute!

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    \outl0\strokewidth0 \strokec2 That cake is awesome, and I shattered not one, but TWO glass dishes by making that exact same mistake last week! So dumb, so much shrieking and cursing.

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  14. Would love the light brown hair/ brown eyes for my daughter.

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  15. I would have to say the Katie Baby Doll Breathes, Coos And Has A Heartbeat - shaunie on rafflecopter

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  16. I would pick the light brown hair/brown eyes one for my girls.
    I'm sure I would have cried with the glass explosion! Hope Lucy had a great birthday, despite the cake problems ;)

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  17. That cake! Well, I'm sure it tasted good, right?? And that doll looks so real. My daughter, now 11, never really played with dolls but I bet she would have liked this one!

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  18. The blonde hair and blue eyes one.

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  19. brown hair and blue eyes for my girl

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  20. My girls would love one of these dolls! Happy birthday Lucy!

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  21. Oh, and I would pick the one with brown eyes and brown hair. :)

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  22. I'm thinking the blond hair brown eyes for my little one, but I also feel like such a life like baby would be constantly freaking me out. My son used to scare the hospital staff when he would take my (fairly life like but still got nothing on this doll) baby doll out with us to doctors appointment and leave it dangling haphazardly from one side of the double stroller. I can't count how many people ran over to rescue my infant only to realize it was a doll and no I wasn't a terrible mother after all :)

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  23. My 3-yo would love any doll..but especially the Waltraud Hanel one.

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  24. I have 3 girls (and a boy) and the So Truly Mine would be a big hit around here!

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  25. Both my girls (and one turned 3 yesterday!) have blonde hair/ blue eyes and so that is what I would choose. The idea of one having the weight (along with the face, wow) of a real baby would be so cool!

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  26. I would choose blonde hair and blue eyes just like my little girl!

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  27. Blonde hair and blue eyes :-)

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  28. Blonde hair and blue eyes :-)

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  29. I always loved looking at their dolls.
    They are so beautiful and lifelike! I think I would
    have to have a little African American baby.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)
    Claudette

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  30. I believe our kids would like the Rubadubdub one because we have the same duck bath towel:)

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  31. My little girl would love the dark brown hair with blue eyes!

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  32. That doll looks scary real!! I bet Lucy loves it! And if it makes you feel better that cake looks like it would have tasted delish!!

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  33. So cute! I love the Elly Knoops "Pretty as a Princess" doll

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  34. I would choose the dark brown hair and brown eyed so truly mine baby for my 4 year old.

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  35. Adorable! I'd love the brown hair and brown eyed doll for my niece

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  36. I would choose the daddy's little girl doll. So cute!

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  37. Since there's not a redhead for my almost three year old redhead, I'd have to go with light brown hair and blue eyes. Glad no one was hurt by the glass!

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  38. What a super awesome gift this would make! I liked several of the So Truly Real babies- maybe the Elizabeth?

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  39. My only daughter would love the blond hair, blue eyed one...because all girls want a baby doll that looks like themselves :)

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  40. Whoa, I have no idea what my girls would choose because they're crazy, but I love them all so I guess I'd be happy either way!

    Happy Birthday to sweet Lucy! Wishing you an easy third year, mama!

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  41. Such cute, realistic baby dolls... love that they are weighted!

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  42. They are so cute! I love the Little Peanut baby doll.

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  43. i was just eradicating all the ugly baby dolls that have accumulated here! this is adorable!

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  44. Happy Birthday Lucy!

    Thanks for the giveaway - those dolls are amazing. I would want the light brown hair, brown eyes - just like my youngest!

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  45. how sweet! I would let my LO choose but I like the My little Lamb doll . so precious

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  46. Ohhh that brown haired brown eyed baby is too cute for my girls!

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  47. I love the "little peanut" doll!!! She is so cute!

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  48. Such sweet pictures of Lucy! I meant to check out the doll the last time we saw you...but toally forgot! I like the one you have, though!

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