Most of us have heard of American Girl and how expensive they are. For moms on a budget, its a secret wish that your daughter does not get into them. They have a 2 level store at The Grove in Los Angeles called American Girl Place. It has a huge shopping area for kids of different ages, personal shoppers to assist, doll hair salon with stylists and a restaurant cafe. It's hard to miss this store walking towards the Farmers Market. The storefront display is enticing for little girls like Cyrille, it's as if the store is physically pulling her in. I prepped Cyrille as we walked in that she can look, touch the dolls and toys but that we could not buy any and that we had to go when it was time. I waited for her to say yes knowing she would keep her word and off she went without wasting any precious time. She looked at the dolls, touched their dresses and showed me which ones were her favorites. They even had outfits that the owners can wear to match their dolls. She was amazed at the doll houses, its furniture and accessories. Its a little girls dream to be surrounded with all of these things and best part of it all is that it does not cost anything to go in. Free!
American Girl encourages every girl's imagination and pretend play. Cyrille particularly loved the bedroom set, She fixed their pajamas, tucked them into bed and sang them a bedtime song. She even told them its was time for their dog to go to bed too. She then moved on to the french bakery La Patisserie and pretended to bake cupcakes and pastries. She even asked me what I liked then put them in plates and trays for me. The furniture and accessories looked so real that it brings the imagination to life. Cyrille had a good time playing in the store. The sales staff were very friendly and welcoming the kids to play and explore. It was a great way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon and just to let Cyrille play and express her herself.
Hi! This blog is inspired by my daughter Cyrille. At 18 months, she was diagnosed with speech and developmental delay. She was enrolled in the early intervention program which helped her tremendously. Learning from her therapists and on a budget, I had to find cheap ways to help her improve. Now at 3.5 years old, we still have a long way to go. So whether its things to do, places to go, or anything that would be a conversation starter for us I am all for it. I just have to keep everything on a budget.