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Turn Everyday Play into a Special Event (Hot Locks Dolls Review & Giveaway)

As soon as I heard we were selected to host a Hot Locks event, I knew exactly when it would be. Spring break was coming, but we were staying home—I was thrilled to have a box full of brand new goodies to entertain the girls. I pitched it as a Doll Party when I told Brenia & Lorelai, and they couldn’t wait to open the box!

Hot Locks dolls are about 4 inches high with at least a foot of hair! The spunky girls have long locks in vibrant colors—just my style (although, MFJ won’t let me dye mine purple). Each doll comes with barrettes & a styling comb. The Deluxe dolls have even more hair and come with a unique hair accessory. Our girl, Ryann, came with a Hair Stamper Dryer.

To truly test out these dolls & accessories, we had invited other homebound girls—it was nice to give them all something to look forward to through the week. Basically, we were having a playdate but I decided to create something special. I took my own girls to the grocery store to buy a few snacks—and challenged them to consider our hairstyling theme.

They bought cheese twists, Cheetos curls and ring pops. Because if you’re going to style your hair, you should have a fancy ring to go with it! We had no decorations, other than a tablecloth & lots of dolls, but the girls still talk about the day as if it were a big deal party.

As for entertainment, we spent an hour styling the dolls’ hair and adding funk to our own hair (my party kit came with brightly colored hair attached to kid-sized hair clips). The girls each selected a doll, brushed her hair, added clips and experimented with the 2 salons we received. While the dolls themselves were a huge hit, the salons were a bit disappointing.

The Braid ‘n Style salon barely worked, and when we managed to make something happen it basically did nothing but create a tangled mess. The Curl ‘n Style salon is adorable—it comes with a salon chair & a cape. It’s definitely cute, but a huge pain to actually get the doll to sit in the seat. The curlers resemble the ones my mom used on my hair when I was a child. Only, these didn’t actually create curls.

The hair dryer stamper that came with Ryann, on the other hand, was a huge hit! Oh, the girls loved this tool—it is designed as a hair dryer but contains a 2-sided stamper suitable for designing doll hair, paper and even the girls’ own hair. (It obviously shows up better on blonds.) Lorelai also decided it was suitable for her skin and spent two days wearing pink flowers & blue stars!

It’s amazing how a few themed snacks & a simple wording change can make an afternoon at home feel like a party. The girls constantly talk about their doll party, and have spent the last 2 weeks planning their birthday parties—in November & December! There’s a good chance Lorelai will be receiving more Hot Locks dolls when her birthday finally arrives, especially if I can find a Deluxe doll with another fun hair accessory. She has been brushing her doll’s hair almost daily. Plus, at $7.99 & $12.99, they are a cute, inexpensive gift, but you have the chance to win a few now!

Just leave a comment here, telling us about your child’s last playdate! You can also earn additional entries by:

  • Subscribing to our site
  • Following Miscellaneous Mom on Twitter
  • Writing about this giveaway (blog, forum, public Facebook note)
  • Tweeting about this giveaway: Win Hot Locks Dolls from @MiscMom! {link}

For your extra entries to be counted, be sure to leave an additional comment directing us to your entry. Only one additional entry per method (i.e. While multiple tweets are appreciated it, only one will count as a drawing entry.) The contest runs until 5/3/10 at 11:59pm est. Two winners will be notified by email on 5/4/10—one winner will receive all 3 dolls pictured here. One 2nd place winner will receive 2 dolls. Winners will have 48 hours to complete the claim form or a new winner will be chosen.


I received a Hotlocks dolls party pack from Mom Select to facilitate this review, including dolls, a deluxe doll and 2 studios plus the dolls used in this giveaway, but the opinion is 100% mine.

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Heather Sokol is the married mother of many amazing, active children through birth, adoption, and foster care. They have created in her a Sports Mom, Scout Mom, Band Mom, Dance Mom, Allergy Mom & avid coupon clipper. Is that miscellaneous enough for you? She shares her deals & tips at Inexpensively.com and reports progress on learning to be a grownup at JustHeather.com. justheather tagged this post with: , , , Read 94 articles by

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  1. Amanda J. Roy says:

    This sound like a lot of fun. My girls would love them. I do have to say, though, as I myself have purple or pink hair, I see nothing wrong with it. It is semi-permenant and you would not believe the demographics of the people who compliment me on it.

  2. Mami2jcn says:

    Our last playdate was at gymnastics with other moms from our local mom’s club. The kids jumped around while the moms chatted.

  3. Mami2jcn says:

    I subscribed to your blog via email.

  4. Mami2jcn says:

    I follow you on Twitter @mami2jcn.

  5. Louise says:

    My daughter would love this, she just loves anything with make up or getting all girly. Our last playdate was at the park, we’re going to the gym to play this afternoon, she’s really excited about it

  6. Brittany says:

    We totally haven’t really had play dates but they go over to friends house ALL the time!

  7. Tee says:

    Our last play date was a trip to the zoo. Super crowded by my DD and her friend had a great time. =)

  8. Tee says:

    following on twitter/thatsitmommy

  9. Paula says:

    Our last playdate was for Valentine’s Day. we’re long overdue!!

  10. Paula says:

    I follow you on twitter @frostedfingers

  11. Since my kids are one and two, play dates are simple. We jammed with my son’s guitar today.

  12. following on twitter as ladyvdzine

  13. My kids last playdate was with their cousins. Great giveaway and very cute dolls!!

  14. phxbne says:

    my 5 year old just collected ladybugs with the neighbours – too cute!

  15. phxbne says:

    twitter follow @phxbne

  16. tina reynolds says:

    Last play date was at the park as playing around the kids had a blast thanks for the chance

  17. tina reynolds says:

    i subscribe thanks for the chance

  18. tina reynolds says:

    i follow on twitter @mrstinareynolds

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