Get her more than just a doll this year!! “Play , Imagine, Save, Succeed” with College Savings Dolls.November 12, 2014
College Savings Dolls Debuts the First Realistic Positive Body Image Doll at Chi-tag, Nov. 22-23 at Navy Pier. Booth# 103November 3, 2014
College Savings Dolls Debuts the First Realistic Positive Body Image Doll at Chi-tag, Nov. 22-23 at Navy Pier.
College Savings Dolls, started by two local Chicago area mothers, has been voted 2014 Toy of the Year in the educational toy category and preferred choice in the kid’s choice category by Creative Child. Also ranked as one of www.StartupNation.com’s 2014 Top 100 Mom owned businesses.
College Savings Dolls, Inc. proudly announces the introduction of two positive role model dolls. The Jessica and Deanna dolls are the first in the startup company’s product line and will be available this November 22-23 at Chi-tag.
Chicago, IL – November 1, 2014 – Realistic College Savings Dolls inspire little girls to set future savings goals through modeling realistic body images paired with positive financial goals. Jessica and Deanna are the market’s first positive body image toys based on actual college age girls. Targeted for girls ages 5 to 12, Jessica and Deanna are a 15-inch composite of realistically developed 18-year-old college students. Adding to the affirmative realism, each doll is accompanied by the story of the real-life Jessica and Deanna now attending community college and a state university respectively.
The College Savings Dolls website (www.collegesavingsdolls.com) offers families financial resources like links to 529 plans, a savings calculator, financial tips, and college research and scholarship information. It also features a child’s section that includes an illustrated booklet entitled, “Every Penny Counts”, coloring pages, a printable diploma and an entry for a possible Jessica and Deanna scholarship!
Founded by two enthusiastic mothers who share the same ideals, the company was born out of a story on the Oprah show about grade school children and their fascination with perfect body image issues. Sarah Dugo, B.S., M.A.T., co-founder of College Savings Dolls, Inc. said of the company’s mission, “We were inspired to change societies’ flawed thinking of what a ‘normal’ body should look like and influence futures by offering a way to achieve tangible career goals one realistic step at a time.”
About College Savings Dolls, Inc.:
College Savings Dolls, Inc. is the developer of the first positive image role model doll product line in the marketplace. Founded in 2011, the company ranked as #98 in StartupNation.com’s 2014 Top 100 Leading Moms in Business competition.
Play, Imagine, Save and Succeed!
What is a room in college or any teenagers chillin’ area without a bean bag chair? Our dolls are scaled 18 year old high school graduates who wanted to get in on the lounging so, I made this bean bag. It’s not that hard and you can use the pattern for any doll that just wants to “hang”!
Step: 1 Use an old newspaper to make a pattern & cut an football shaped piece the height of the doll.
Step: 2 Open the newspaper pattern you made and cut out the shape from an old t-shirt.
Step 3: Place two of the t-shirt pieces together and sew one side all the way. Sew the other side partway so you leave a small opening, & turn inside out.
Step: 4 Fill the bag you made with rice or beans and sew the small opening closed
Step 5: You did it!!! Now your doll can rest after her long day of play!
It is still in the upper 80’s here in NC right now-perfect lemonade stand weather. My husband and I were driving toward our Saturday lunch out treat at Red Robin and passed a sweet little girl and boy with their parents sitting outside a very high traveled main street. They had picked the perfect spot to flag passing motorists and the professional signage on the stand was so bright and inviting, we had to stop. I told my husband to turn around and go back, I can’t see a lemonade stand and not stop, so we turned around and parked the car.
Unfortunately, I did not get a picture, I was too busy talking to the excited kids happy about doing something for another person. The kid’s stand was to honor a child at their grade school who was fighting a cancer diagnosis so he could get better and come back to school. For those of you not familiar with Alex’s Lemonade stand*, it is a Mission created in the vision of, Alexandra “Alex” Scott to raise moneyu for research and raise awareness of childhood cancer.
Lemonade stands teach children:
- Making change
- Counting money
- Budgeting: raw material needed and cost to produce a product
- Business savvy– creating something of need out of nothing but your imagination & hard work
- Profit: final price of how much product costs vs. raw material
- Attention Grabber: Professional inviting organized booth
- Incentive offered: increase sales by offering add on’s such as cookies, water, etc.
- Advertise: flyers, word of mouth, maybe even a social media blast
- Take-away: have your customers tell their friends about you stand by handing them a flyer
- Teaches giving or sharing your money
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). At the age of 4, Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of volunteers across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $75 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 375 research projects nationally.
Take a pic of your stand and become a social media darling @ #futuredoll!