Rainy Day Summer Survival Guide & Giveaway

The last few days here in Rhode Island have been challenging for playing outdoors with the scattered rain and thunder storms. I’m always looking for new ways to entertain the kids during these summer rainy days.

Enter my essential rainy day survival kit – consisting of projects projects projects! We usually start off the day with baking something like cookies, muffins or brownies since my four year old enjoys being involved in the process. Then we move on to a type of craft. I usually keep boxes of crafts, puzzles, clay and paint stashed away out of sight to spark creative juices for indoor playtime.  Recently I received the Barbie Dress & Design Studio by Mattel to review, and let me tell you it could not have come at a better time! I was more than happy to let my little Barbie fanatic play with it during the crummy weather.

Barbie Dress & Design Studio comes with a Barbie doll, along with four dresses for your fashionista to design and decorate to her liking using stencils. fabric markers, and holographic stickers.

My little Barbie fan had a ball playing with her Barbie Dress & Design Studio! She created four custom designed dresses for her new Barbie doll complete with high heels and a sparkly necklace. First she used the glittery stickers to make belts and flowers. Then she colored in her own designs using the stencils to create her very own unique dress patterns. Finally, we had a Barbie parade where each dress was featured on her new Barbie doll for a strut across the catwalk (our kitchen table).

There’s nothing more pleasing than hearing my daughter say she’s so tired from playing (indoors)! This is a RARE occurrance :)  The fun has continued since, as she is experimenting with other Barbie dolls and princess dolls wearing her custom collection. This toy was a great way to spark her creativity and continue the fun. It is definitely not one of those toys they play with only once!


Buy It: You can purchase the Barbie Dress & Design Studio for $21.99 here

Win It: Mattel is giving away two Prize Packs – winners will be selected on Monday, August 6! Two winners will win their choice of either a Girl Summer Prize Pack, or a Boy Summer Prize Pack to help keep your children busy!

Entering is easy, just fill out the rafflecopter below for a chance to win a Girl Prize Pack (Barbie Dress & Design Studio ($21.99 APR), A Barbie Doll of the World ($29.95 APR) & Barbie I Can Be a Fashion Designer ($13.99 APR) OR a Boys Prize Pack (Matchbox Big Boots Fire Truck ($25.99 APR), Hot Wheels Wall Tracks ($24.99 APR) & Hot Wheels Ballistiks ($24.99 APR)

Make sure to visit the following sites from RI Digital Media Women (#RIDMW) as well to see their fantastic reviews of Mattel Products! And don’t forget to check out Mattel on Facebook and Twitter as well.



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  1. Lisa Sarmiento says:

    Too cool products and nice review with pictures added. Thanks so much for the chance to win! :)

  2. tami s says:

    Wow Barbies have sure come a long way since I had them as a kid

  3. Tarryn J says:

    I have a daughter and a son. My son will have his birthday in the middle of August, so the boy prize pack would be great, but honestly, the girl pack would be great too. Thank you for the opportunity!

  4. Ginger Furr says:

    Wow this barbie set is awesome! Barbie has definitely come a LONG way!

  5. Stephanie Hungerford says:

    I want the girl Prize package

  6. Pamela Halligan says:

    My niece would love the Barbie Dress & Design Studio. She’s only 4, but is already into fashion. Plus, she loves Barbies – what little girl doesn’t – and crafts. Thanks for the review.

  7. Sam Eagle says:

    Great prizes & I know one little girl & one little boy will be very happy to win this & thanks for the chance

  8. Bee C. says:

    I love teh look on her face in the first photo! Looks like she loved it.

  9. Cheyenne Wilkerson says:

    My daughter would love them. ^_^

  10. Kellie says:

    I would like the girls one if i win so thart my 3 daughters can play

  11. stephanie fletcher says:

    Boys prize pack.


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