This post could also be titled “Who is this blogger and what have you done with Amy?!” When I first saw the email from One2One Network asking if I wanted to review the new Barbie Dreamhouse, I laughed. And maybe rolled my eyes a little.
You see, Kermit and I see more eye to eye about dream houses these days than Barbie and I do. I went through the mental litany of why it’s just not our thing. We don’t have the space. It’s over the top. It’s obnoxious. It’s way pricey. We try to keep things simple around here. We have too many little people in the house to destroy it. I packed the Barbies away 3 years ago because of all the little parts. And good grief, it’s not even Christmas yet! (I am SUCH a fun mom, I tell ya!) And besides… what will my readers think?!
Then I took a trip down memory lane with 7 year old Amy. Amy who played for hours in her best friend’s basement, with her Barbie Dreamhouse. Fixing dinner, being a mommy, welcoming her husband home, making phone calls, tidying the mansion. Ha! Amy, who even then dreamed of playing with her own little girls someday. For all the criticism poor Barbie receives, I don’t think she ruined me.
I don’t think she’ll ruin them, either.
The new Barbie Dreamhouse is exactly that. It’s a little girl’s dream. It’s also obnoxiously pink and enormous.
After all her travels, Barbie realized that Malibu is where her heart is and has decided to stay there in a newly renovated Dreamhouse! Barbie’s brand new 2013 Dreamhouse is now available at retailers nationwide for every girl who has always wanted a Dreamhouse of her own.
The newly renovated Dreamhouse is three-stories, has 6 rooms, two elevators, and unmatched “ocean views” of the Malibu coastline. And of course her new Barbie’s Dreamhouse features a few luxe details – like pink stainless steel kitchen appliances and a walk-in closet with its own elevator– a first for the fashion icon.
“It has a tv! It has an oven! It has an elevator! Mom, this house is way nicer than ours!” (Ahem ~ I’ll let you decide which child shouted that one.)
Personally, I don’t remember Barbie being so hi-tech, but I suppose my own little world wasn’t very techy in 1981, huh? I dare say I do appreciate that the pieces (table, chairs, etc.) are made to stay in place. Fewer rogue clinks and clanks in my vacuum!
The Dreamhouse can be purchased at Walmart and retail stores nationwide, and the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $184.99. (I know! My jaw dropped, too. I just don’t buy stuff like this!)
Worth it? You tell me.
Disclosure: I participated in this sponsored campaign for One2One Network. I received monetary compensation and product to facilitate my post, but all opinions stated are my own. I still think it’s pretty over the top, but my girls think it’s fabulous. And, well… I think THEY are pretty fabulous.