Why is there a Barbie Dreamhouse in Amy’s House?

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.

Photographer DennisStylist Cheryl Jo

“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.  

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  1. I had the early 80’s version of the Barbie Dream House and it provided 100’s of hours of creative fun and play for me! Now your girls can have those same memories we did!!!

    • One of my teacher friends said her biggest surprise her first year of teaching kindergarten was that she had to teach kids how to pretend play. How sad!!! My girls love dress up and pretend, and are in constant imagination mode, so this is so fun for them.

  2. I have 2 little girls 8 and 7. We are getting them this for Christmas. It is pricing but they both really want it. It will be a shared gift which makes it a little better to stomach the price.

  3. I always wanted a Barbie “dream house” when I was younger, but my parents wouldn’t spend the money on it. So instead my sister and I stacked crates together, used contact covered folders or cardboard for the floors, cut out pictures from magazines and catalogs (the old JC Penny and Sears catalogs were favorites) and made our own dream houses. We made some furniture from my dad’s left-over wood in his wood shop in the garage and other things were made from cardboard. I still always dreamed about having the Dream House, but I think it was just a “grass is greener” kind of feeling, because looking back on it, my house was way better than those dream houses! (And so much less expensive.)

  4. Awww! I’m so excited for your girls!! I’m glad you got it. It’s awesome that you had the opportunity! Your girls won’t forget it. #memories

    I don’t remember wanting the house, but I spent hours playing with my Barbies and my Strawberry Shortcake kids.

  5. Sometimes as parents we just have to suck it up and do what makes me THRILLED (love that scream!). We had a hand-me-down dreamhouse that was MUCH MUCH lamer than your model! But I thought it was the bee’s knees (OK, it was 1992, not 1965, Jessie) and played with it a ton. And then we let our hamster play in it. 🙂

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