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Featured Product – Airline Stewardess Costume

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Your 18 inch doll fly the friendly skies in her new beautiful 3 pcs stewardess uniform  Includes:

  • Navy blue dress embellished with gold trim
  • Navy Blue Coat dress
  • Navy panties

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TV VCR For Your 18 inch Doll

mini_tvHere’s another great find!  What a fun project and an addition for your American Girl doll room.

Use pictures from online of your favorite videos and TV shows to make this TV and accessories for 18″ doll.

You need:

    • Kids Craft glue

  • Styrofoam Packing Scraps Purple, Neon Green, Pink and Yellow craft foam

  • Paint Pens or Markers
  • Scissors

Instructions for Making the TV:

Ask an adult to cut a chunk of Styrofoam with a serrated knife. You can make the TV almost any size. Ours is 3″ x 3″ x 5-1/2″. Carefully measure and cut purple craft foam to fit on all sides but the front. Glue in place. Cut a piece of neon green for the front with an opening for a picture. Go to your favorite celebrity web site and print a picture for your TV screen. Trim it down and glue to the back of the craft foam piece. Glue to Styrofoam. Let dry. Decorate with punch outs and draw on a design.

Instructions for Making the VCR:

Ask an adult to cut a chunk of Styrofoam with a serrated knife. Our VCR measures is 1″ x 2″ x 3″. Carefully measure and cut pink craft foam to fit on all sides but the front. Glue in place. Cut a piece of yellow for the front. Glue to Styrofoam. Let dry. Decorate with punch outs and foam scraps and draw on a design.

Instructions for Making the Videos:

Go to Blockbuster.com and print out your favorite video covers. Trim the pictures down. Ask an adult to cut pieces of Styrofoam with a serrated knife to fit the pictures.  Color the Styrofoam black on all sides but the front. Glue on the covers.

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Cupcake Bouquet

I came across this cool cupcake bouquet from Amazing Moms  and just knew I had to share it with you.   This would be great for birthday parties, valentine gift, a yummy gift for mom on her birthday or Mother’s day!
Cupcake Bouquet

Ingredients:

  • 18 – 24 cupcakes (not frosted, in any flavor your choose)
  • flower pot for a 4″ or 6″ plant
  • foam ball to fit snuggly into your flower pot
  • marbles (used for weight in aquariums or floral arranging)
  • wooden sticks 6″ – 8″ long (small dowel rods, or sticks for caramel apples work well)
  • pink food coloring
  • brown food color
  • 4 cups decorator icing
  • Wilton #1M decorating tip
  • Wilton #32 decorating tip
  • 2 pastry bags
  • 1 square pink or yellow tissue paper
  • Wilton Yellow Pleated Baking Cups (to make the sunflowers)
  • floral tape (optional)

Preparation:

1. Pour the marbles into the bottom of the flower pot to add weight and create a stable base for the cupcake bouquet.

2. Cut the bottom off of the foam ball, and insert the top into the flower pot, round side up. The ball should fit tightly; if it doesn’t, you may want to tape it down with some floral tape to keep it stable when you add the cupcakes. The ball MUST be stable so it doesn’t come loose and dump your cupcake bouquet!

3. Cover the ball with a square of pink or yellow tissue paper to hide it, tucking edges of the tissue paper between the ball and the pot.

4. Color 2 cups of your decorator icing pink with the pink food coloring.

5. Color 2 cups of your decorator icing brown with the brown food coloring (or alternately, you can use chocolate frosting).

6. Fill a pastry bag with the pink icing and attach the Wilton #1 decorating tip (or a similar tip) to create rose cupcakes.

7. Decorate half of your cupcakes with the pink icing in a rose petal pattern: using your Wilton #1 decorating tip, squeeze the pink icing in a circular motion from the inside out on the top of the cupcake (see photo).

8. Fill a pastry bag with the brown icing and attach the Wilton #32 decorator tip (or similar tip) to decorate the other half of your cupcakes to look like the seeds in the center of sunflowers.

9. Make the sunflower center: put the tip straight down on top of the cupcake, squeeze and lift up to create a little star. Repeat to fill the top of the cupcake with little stars that look like sunflower seeds. Then slip the cupcakes into the yellow pleated cupcake wraps to complete the sunflower look (see photo).

10. Assemble the cupcake bouquet by insert one wooden stick into the top of the Styrofoam ball. Push the stick into the Styrofoam until it holds firm. Then push a cupcake gently (and carefully) onto the top of the stick. You may want to use the tip of a sharp knife to pierce the cupcake wrapper in the center of the bottom of the cupcake, before you pierce it with the stick.

11. Start inserting more sticks and topping them with cupcake flowers. Be very careful balance the weight as you go by keeping the number of cupcakes on each side of the flower pot as even as possible. If the cupcake bouquet gets too heavy on one side, it might tip over. Keep inserting cupcakes, alternating sides, roses and sunflowers, until the cupcake bouquet is as full all the way around.

Amazing Mom’s Tips

Add floral greenery between the cupcakes to help fill in space if you use fewer cupcakes.

Place the cupcakes closer together or further apart, depending on how many cupcakes you need for your party.


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Wordless Wednesday – Give a Hoot!

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Featured Product – Hula Swimsuit

40852213_8847856_fullYour 18 inch doll will be singing “Tiny Bubbles” and dancing the hula at her luau party in her new bathing suit.

Includes:

* Bikini Top

* Bikini Bottom

* Grass Skirt

* Lei
Perfect for our Goty 2011 Kanani available at My Pink Planet

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Ice Cream Cones for your 18 inch doll

I love this ice cream cone made of colorful clay. Imagine what other yummy desserts you can make for your doll with alittle tender rub. :)

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SheyB Camera Strap $15!

Boy do I have a deal for you!

GroopDealz is showcasing the wonderful SheyB Camera Straps for $15 + $3 shipping. SWEET!

If you’ve got a SLR camera, you certainly want your camera strap to reflect your creative personality. Choose from the 3 straps below for $15! (+$3 shipping)

“You’re not boring, why should your camera be?

Just click here to purchase.


Hurry, this offer ends on Sunday at midnight

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Feature Product – Bitty Parisian Blue Coat

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Oooh La La….   A fashionable winter day for Bitty.  Your 15 inch doll would love gorgeous ”Haute Couture“ Parisian Blue coat, white fur trim, decorative buttons and to complete a matching hat adorned with white fur trim.   Available at My Pink Planet, where dreams come true for girls and their dolls.

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Who was St. Valentine?

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Every year for Valentine my daughter and I have tons of fun making unique funny Valentine cards.  We embellished them and create funny stories with each card we make.    So she asked one day,  Who invented Valentine Day?   Hmmmm ????      To me Valentine day was a reds and pinks, chocolates, fun loving cards, romantic dinners, flowers, tons of kisses for my daughter and husband, romantic comedies, you get the picture. :)    Well, I was clueless of the saint part.  Was there such a saint named St. Valentine or was it just just a name for a loving day, a loving month? 

 Well, I did some research and found  many legends.   Here are just  a couple:

 St. Valentine was a  priest in Rome during the third century.  Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than married soldiers with families, he  to outlaw young men to marry.    Valentine believed this was an injustice and continued to preform marriages to young lovers.    When Claudius learned of Valentine secret marriages, he ordered Valentine to be put to death.

It was believed that Valentine actually sent the first “Valentine” while in prison.  Valentine fell in love with a young girl, who was his jail-or’s daughter.  She had visited him during his confinement and before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. 

Again, these are supposedly legends from so many that I came across.  I must say from most of the legends I have read, Valentine seemed to be a romantic, sympathetic and heroic figure.  

Valentine’s Day is mentioned ruefully by Ophelia in Hamlet (1600–1601):

To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn’d his clothes,
And dupp’d the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.
—William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5

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American Girl® Mini Doll

minidollsAmerican Girl® is launching a special edition of mini dolls.  They are 6″ in height and come with an abridged mini version of the doll’s book.   Available now is Samantha and Nellie until December 31, 2011 or until supplies last.   A new mini doll will be released every month and they retail for $22.00.     To compliment the collection of mini dolls, American Girl® offers mini doll display shelf which comes with two shelves, 12 mini doll stands, plus spots to place the name stickers that come with each doll.     The shelf retails  for $48.00

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American Girl Celebrates 25 years

ag cruiseAmerican Girl® Celebrates their 25 year anniversary.   For me it seems they debuted not so long ago.   I remember when when friends daughter and niece where so excited to get their first doll Samantha.  Today many of these girls have passed their dolls to their daughter.     So what is American Girl® doing to celebrate?  They have just launched a cruise for Nov. 19th – 26th 2011 which they claim ” once-in-a-lifetime experience”  for the entire family, the American Girl 25th Birthday Cruise!

Sounds exciting!  I wonder why they decide to offer Thanksgiving week or are they just testing the waters to see if this would be a potential family getaway in the future for Spring and Summer months.   Listening to some moms I hear a mixed bags of feed backs.   Some think this cruise is too expensive while others think it’s monetary comparable to other cruises.  Checking their site, some of the stateroom are already booked.     The ship departs from Miami, Fla and sails to the following ports; Puerto Rico, St. Marteen, and St. Kitts.   Here’s a link for more detailed information  http://www.americangirl.com/cruise/.   So what do you think?

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Wordless Wednesday – Tranquility

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10 Fun Things To Do at Home for Winter

Forget about your winter blahs.   Here are 10 ideas to help make your winter fun.

1.  Make a craft, let your creative side flow.

2. Make a yummy chocolate dessert. 

3. Have a party with your American Girl Doll.  Create a winter adventure.

4. Play a game board with the family.  There are so many great board games especially the classic such as monopoly, scrabble, life etc….

5.  Make personal pizza with the family.  Everyone can create their pizza by adding their favorite topping.

6.   Watch a movie with the family.  Make popcorn and fun treats.

7.  Snow games -

  • Snowman and or igloo competition
  • Hike in the snow
  • Sledding
  • Frisbee

8.  Scrapbook – Here’s a great time to gather all those pictures laying around or sitting on your hard drive.   Have hours of fun, perfect to reminisce with the family while scrap booking.   Makes some hot cocoa with marshmallow to enhance the warm surrounding.

9.  Read a great book.   This is a perfect time to catch up with a book you have been wanting to read.

10. Have an indoor hawaiian luau -  Get your shades, leis hats,  anything tropical out and decorate.  Play family limbo, make virgin pina coladas, have some beach/pool music playing.  Arianna and her cousins did this one year and they had a blast.  
IMG_0373aIMG_0387IMG_0385Many of the decoartions were handmade from contruction paper and foam color paper.   Movies were also played like Wizard of Waverly the movie.    Why not get GOTY Kanani book and incorparte her story.

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Snowy Handprint Craft

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Materials Needed:

  • 1 sheet light blue construction paper
  • 1 sheet white copy paper
  • Brown acrylic craft paint
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

How to make it:

  1. Lay white paper sideways (landscape) and cut the paper in half using a curvy cut. Place paper across the light blue construction paper. Use the glue stick to attach it to the bottom third of the blue paper.  Use scissors to trim off any excess white paper. snowy-handprint-tree-1  
  2. Paint child’s palm and fingers with brown paint.snowy-handprint-tree-2
  3. Have child spread out his/her fingers then press his/her palm and fingers down onto the paper. Wash off child’s hand.
  4. Use finger to paint on a “tree trunk” under the palm print.   snowy-handprint-tree-3
  5. Use the glue stick to apply glue to the fingers (branches) and snow (white paper). Sprinkle all glued areas with granulated sugar. Carefully lift paper and tap off excess sugar over the sink or a piece of wax paper.   snowy-handprint-tree-photo-56.  Use glue stick to draw dots or small circles onto the blue paper, sprinkle with sugar again and tap off excess.

Tips:

  1. Construction paper is perfect for impromptu craft projects.
  2. Poster paint will work in place of acrylic craft paint.
  3. Be sure to wash hand with soap and water before continuing with the project so that the paint will come off easily.

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American Girl Giveaway – Kanani

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Did you know there’s cool giveaway going on at American Girl?   Visit American Girl website and create an e-card with your family and friends.   Every card you create will automatically enter you a chance to win Kanani goty and her book.  That’s $100 value.  Every card you create is an automatic entry for a chance yo win Kanani™ doll and book.   You can enter as many times as you like.  Imagine you can be the lucky winner.  Good  Luck!   Gotta go, you know what I will be doing.  ;)

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Featured Outfit – Jess

Beautiful and colorful outfit.   This outfit comes complete with so many accessories.  It’s a must have!    Includes:
  • Orange top with embroidery detail around neckline
  • Beautiful Layered, print skirt
  • Orange Panties
  • Detail Beaded Sandals
  • Purse with beaded handle and clear band so the doll can hold it
  • Beaded necklace
  • Beaded bracelet
  • Matching hair scrunchie

Designed to fit 18 inch American Girl Doll.

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Snowflake Tee

Here’s another fun project for you real American girls on thoses indoor winter blues afternoon.

Material
Permanent marker
Paper
Cardboard
White cotton shirt
Tacky glue
Sponge brush (or a new kitchen sponge)
Fabric paint
Instructions:
Use a permanent marker to draw a thick-lined snowflake template on the paper, or download ours here.

Place the template over the cardboard and slip both inside the shirt, centering them behind the upper front of the garment. You should be able to see the template through the shirt.

Using a thin line of tacky glue (about 1/4-inch wide), trace the snowflake design onto the shirt. Let it dry for 10 minutes, then fill in any gaps with additional glue. Let the glue dry completely, until it is transparent (approximately 3 hours).

Dip the sponge brush in the paint and dab around the snowflake, completely covering the surrounding area. Use less paint toward the outer edge of the design. Let the paint dry overnight.

Soak the tee in warm water for about 10 minutes or until the glue softens. Peel off the glue and let the shirt dry, then follow the package instructions to set the fabric paint.

You can make a matching tee for your American Girl doll just scale your design down.

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Chocolate Lava Cake

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There’s one thing on the menu at Applebees that Arianna LOVES, it’s their Chocolate Lava Cake.  Yummm……        Well, here’s a recipe that is just as good, easy and fun to make at home.  Perfect treat for those winter blues.

Ingredients
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) bittersweet chocolate chips or bittersweet chocolate bar broken in pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Big pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Chocolate Lava Cakes - Step 1 Heat the oven to 450°. Use a double boiler or create your own by filling a saucepan with an inch of water, then fitting a heat-safe mixing bowl in the top of the pan. Combine the butter and the chocolate in the bowl over hot (but not boiling) water, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes.
  2. When it is completely melted, stir or whisk the chocolate mixture to fully combine the ingredients. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and stir in the vanilla extract. Set it aside.
  3. Chocolate Lava Cakes - Step 3 While the chocolate mixture cools, butter six (8-ounce) ceramic ramekins or custard cups (the sides of each cup should measure no taller than 2 1/4 inches). Place 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar inside each one. Tip and turn the cups to coat them with the sugar, then set them aside.
  4. Chocolate Lava Cakes - Step 4 In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and egg yolk. Add the confectioners’ sugar, and whisk again. The mixture will look lumpy at this point, but it will become smooth as more ingredients are added. Whisk in the chocolate mixture, then add the flour and salt, and stir with a wooden spoon until the batter is smooth.
  5. Chocolate Lava Cakes - Step 5 Divide the batter among the 6 baking cups and set 5 of them aside. You’ll use the sixth cake to conduct a trial run of the baking process.
  6. Place your trial cake in the coolest part of the oven and bake it until the top is flat (not sunken or bulging), about 9 minutes. Be sure to monitor the baking closely so that the cake does not overbake and become set in the center.
  7. Chocolate Lava Cakes - Steps 7 Remove the trial cake from the oven — making note of your exact baking time — and place it on a potholder to cool for 5 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the perimeter of the cake to loosen it from the baking cup.
  8. Chocolate Lava Cakes - Steps 8Place a dessert plate over the baking cup and, using the potholder, invert the cake onto the plate. Wait 10 to 15 seconds, then carefully lift the cup off the plate. The cake should have a nice, round shape and be slightly sunken in the center. Use a knife to gently poke the middle of the cake to find out if it’s molten and lavalike beneath the surface.
  9. Finish baking the cakes in two batches, adjusting your baking time up or down in one-minute increments as needed. Serve the cakes at room temperature (they need about 30 minutes to cool) with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. We recommend splitting each cake into two servings, as they are quite rich. Makes 6 mini cakes.
  10. Keeping Your Lava Cakes Dormant: As irresistible as these cakes are, you don’t have to eat them all while they’re still warm from the oven. After they cool, you can store them tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To serve them, reheat the cakes in the microwave on high power until the centers are soft and flowing, about 25 to 30 seconds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nutritional Information:
    Per serving (half a cake): Calories 264
    Total Fat 16 g (25% DV)
    Saturated Fat 11 g (53% DV)
    Cholesterol 96 mg (32% DV)
    Sodium 42 mg (2% DV)
    Total Carbohydrate 29 g (10% DV)
    Fiber 1 g (5% DV)
    Sugars 22 g
    Protein 3 g (6% DV)  
    Percent daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Giveaway $25 Gift Certificate

A product review from our store can earn you a $25 gift certificate.  This month’s we will be giving away a $25 gift certificate to TWO lucky winner.     You have made many purchases from our store.  As part of our marketing, we would love to know what your reviews are on the products you have purchase from our store and help us determine if the product should be returned to our store.  Your reviews are important to us and as to each and every one of you.  Customers love to hear reviews as well so that when a customer considers purchasing an item from our store they can get personal feedback on the item.

Every product review is considered an entry.  You can only review a product that you have purchased from our store, My Pink Planet.   For every product review you write in our store, you will receive one entry into our random drawing for the $25 gift certificate.  If you find that the product is no longer available due to stock, you can post your review on our blog, as long as you post the product number. We then will post your review once the product is available. 

It’s simple to post a review. Go to the product page in the store and click on “Create a Review”.   All reviews must be posted by midnight on January 30th 2011.  The winner will be chosen random by random.org and posted on our blog on February 1st 2011.

So get your reviews in and you may be the lucky winner of a $25 gift certificate to our store.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar. Bookmark us http://www.mypinkplanetblog.com   Winner, must return to the blog to claim their prize. 

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Wordless Wednesday – Snow Leopard

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Kanani Rescue Hawaiian Monk Seal

As part of our Shine On Now™ charitable efforts, American Girl is donating $1 (up to a maximum of $100,000) for every Kanani plush monk seal sold in 2011 to National Wildlife Federation® to help raise awareness of endangered animals like the Hawaiian monk seal.

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