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8 Things my daughter loves

May 15, 2017

A few weeks ago we celebrated my daughters 8th birthday at the American Girl Doll Store bistro here in Atlanta,GA. She has been begging to come to this store for the longest and I always put it off because it’s a drive from us but I decided to go ahead and set something up for her and a few friends. I told her she could invite 3 of her best friends and I would take them out to lunch….well that turned into a full fledged party that I was not expecting to have. Please note that this will be the last party she has for a while I told her she won’t have anything again until she is about 12 years old. I am not here for having a party every year we are gonna skip a few and be lowkey for the next couple of years. We had a blast at the American Girl doll store. They are expensive but it’s worth it to see little girls smile. Please note that you don’t have to have an American Girl doll to visit the store nor eat there any doll will do. Here are a few pictures from the party!

I paid for the party package (this was not sponsored) and it cost me a cool $400 bucks for about 8 girls and their moms. On average I would spend that much if I had it at the house buying food and more people would have came so I thought the cost was decent. The cost included an appetizer for everyone, the entree, the drink, goody bags for all the girls, chairs for the girls to sit at the table, cake and Ice Cream. They were gracious and we had a great server who has the patience of a saint because 8 girls….yeah that’s a bit much. Thankful to all those who came and celebrated with us!

Since my daughter turned 8 here are her favorite 8 things that she loves thus far

  1. Pinky Bear – This is her most prized possession. I bought it as a souvenir from a museum when she was about two years old. She sleeps with it, eats with it, and even goes to the bathroom with it. Its her security stuffed animal. I have to sneak it in the wash on days she goes to school. Pinky Bear is a small unicorn stuffed animal that she loves very much
  2. H&M – Not only does she loves to shop she has a specific place she likes to shop at. She asks to go to H&M almost weekly. I admit I love their clothes to. It’s affordable and it lasts a long time!
  3. Nail Polish – I am not a girly girl so I am not into the nails or the polish but this girl right here….she is my mother! She loves polish and I let her buy 5 colors a month. She now has over 30 bottles of polish that she loves
  4. Her friends – All of her good friends were at her party! She loves her friends and always thinks about them whenever we go to Claires she always wants to buy them something or show them some love on their birthdays.
  5. Netflix – She can sit and watch netflix all day (I have had to ban youtube because she discovered some stuff she shouldn’t be watching) She watches all the kid friendly movies and will tell me about each movie she watches down to the last detail
  6. Posing with my camera – Mom take your camera out and let me pose! I am a photographer and I love capturing as she grows. She also takes my phone and takes loads of selfies in them. I have had to delete at least 10 a week smh
  7. Pizza – She is specific with where she goes and she must have her garlic sauce to dip her pizza in
  8. She loves to hug – My son and I aren’t huggers. We are actually more of introverts but this girl will give you a hug all the time never caring when and where. I wasn’t use to her hugs at first since I’m not a hugger but now my arms are always open to her hugs. Her brother isn’t there yet lol he struggles and runs when she opens her arm

We love her. She teaches me to be happy and live life. She loves going places and getting out of the house. She reminds me that life needs to be lived. She is her dad’s child loves to dress and very outgoing. I hope she enjoyed her birthday. Happy 8th Birthday to my Zaza!

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    Felecia Monique
    May 15, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    So sweet!!! I get so jealous of posts like these. I want a daughter so bad. I love my son he’s so much fun…BUT your daughter and I would shop, paint nails and so much more. Great post!

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    May 15, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Awww so cute
    The photos say it all, she really had fun
    I will totally make such a list of 8 things too if I were her age

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    Gabbi Byrd
    May 15, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    I love this post and your pics are gorgeous!

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    May 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you girl for inviting us to your daughter’s birthday party! We had a blast.

    We need to hang out sometime again soon.

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    Jay Colby
    May 16, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Great post. The photos are amazing and you have a beautiful daughter.

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    May 16, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    We love the American Girl store. H&M is a favorite of ours as well.

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    May 17, 2017 at 3:02 am

    I love your daughter already! She and I love a lot of the same things ๐Ÿ™‚

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    May 17, 2017 at 3:35 am

    Girl after my own heart! H&M and pizza! She looks so happy!

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    Robin Rue
    May 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    It’s funny because I have all boys and my list is COMPLETELY different. They like bugs, dirt, trucks and karate LOL.

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    Sarah Bailey
    May 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Aww what a lovely sounding birthday party and how awesome to record her loves – that will be such fun to look back on in coming years.

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    Alli Smith
    May 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    My daughter loved all things American Girl when she was little. We still have all the books. The stores were not around back then. If they had been around, I would definitely have a party there for her and her friends. Looks like so much fun!

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    Mimi Green
    May 17, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    So cute, my daughter is five and has been bit by the American Girl big. I’m not the every year Birthday Party Mom so I feel you. I reserve big parties for big numbers, 1, 5, 10, 13, 16, 18. By 21 I’m sure they won’t want to party with the family.

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    Amber Myers
    May 17, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    What a sweet post. My daughter LOVES the American Girl store. We actually had a birthday lunch there, but it was just the two of us.

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    Terri Beavers
    May 17, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    What a memorable party and I know everyone had a blast. I love your 8 things, your daughter is darling.

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    May 17, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Wow what a lucky daughter you have to be thrown a birthday party at American Girl. We didn’t have that kind of money for parties.

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    Pam Wattenbarger
    May 17, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    This is a cute post! I like that your daughter likes Netflix. My kids like Netflix too, haha.

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    May 17, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    I was so amazed when I visited the American Girl Doll Store when my daughter was younger. She loved her doll and would have the loved an American Girl Birthday Party!

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    May 17, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Haha the party sounds so fun and I would have to keep this in mind for my daughter when she is older! Netflix all day sounds like my kind of present!

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    Claudia Krusch
    May 17, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    It looks like the party was a hit. I think $400 is reasonable for what you got. The photos are so cute.

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    May 18, 2017 at 12:23 am

    What an amazing way to spend a birthday!! I think I would enjoy this for myself! I may need to add this to the list for my youngest daughter’s next birthday. ATL is just a drive away and I know she would love this!! Thanks so much for sharing and Happy Belated Birthday to your Little Girl!

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    Angelic Sinova
    May 18, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Happy belated birthday to your daughter! I LOVED American Girl growing up. I would always buy the matching clothes so my doll and I should dress alike.

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    Maurene Cab
    May 18, 2017 at 2:23 am

    This is a great list! All children are really unique. I hope I can make a list like this as well.

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    TIm B
    May 18, 2017 at 2:39 am

    Looks like you had a great time! My daughter really loves American Dolls too!

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    May 18, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Wow! Your daughter seems fun to be around and she knows what she wants. Happy Belated b’day to your princess.

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    May 18, 2017 at 3:44 am

    Blessed are those still enjoying their childhood. What a cute and lovable list indeed. All the best for your daughter’s future endeavours. Enjoy each and every moment to the full.

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    May 18, 2017 at 6:22 am

    How fun would that be to have a tea party at American Girl?! I wish they’d had things like this when I was a kid. I lived in Alaska tho so there was just nothing around like this. But how fun!

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    My Teen Guide
    May 18, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Oh my goodness, what a precious little girl! She does look like she has a huge personality and is very loving! Hold her hand always. They will be young only for a short time. Blink and she’s in high school. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    May 18, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Great post. Your daughter is wonderful. Your doing just great!

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    Valerie Marsden-Gray
    May 20, 2017 at 1:00 am

    It looks like you threw an amazing party. I am sure your little girl loved her day. I think it was worth the price for sure.

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    Toiia L. Rukuni
    May 21, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    This is so cool to have a tea party at American girl! I believe that it is a little girl’s dream come true!

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    Nikka Shae
    May 24, 2017 at 5:01 am

    This is so cool! My daughter had an American Girl party too when we moved to Georgia. Nice party!

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