Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Having a Doll, Wish You Were Here…

***WINNER PICKED 11/29 WITH RANDOM.ORG***

***CONGRATULATIONS to, The Saunders Family!!!***


I was never much of a girly girl. I never liked baby dolls and only really liked Barbies because one of my mom's friends gave me a trunkful of mid-'60s Barbies and Kens with all their gear. I was more into the amazing mod vintage clothes (actual stitches and buttons! pointy stiletto heels and flat go-go boots!) than the dolls themselves. Fast-forward a few decades and now I have my own little girl who alternates between mud-covered beast and ballerina fairy princess. I swear I have never dangled dolls in front of her, but she will adopt and nurture any mangy old thing in sight. Baby dolls you wouldn't want to touch at garage sales have been adopted against my will because of Roo's benevolent nature.

But now that she's a "big girl" of 3 1/2, she's not only into baby dolls. Recently, we've gotten on the mailing lists of two doll catalogs that Roo leafs through over and over again dreamily, pointing out the things she covets. "Mommy, maybe I can get this for my birthday?" Uh, probably not, honey. Mommy has problems with the sheer volume of crap we'll encounter if we let one of those things into our house. They seem kind of…Stepford. Like if I let Roo play with them, she won't like She-Ra anymore or bugs, for that matter. These dolls are so white and squeaky clean. Even the "ethnic" ones! So I was happy to discover the Karito Kids.



Yes, Karito Kids are pretty dolls and you can buy books and clothes and accessories from their world. But unlike their peers, they actually do seem to have individually distinct features and personalities and even a social conscience. Their parent company is called KidsGive and they have a charitable mission: with every Karito Kids purchase, your child gets to log onto the website and activate a code that enables them to vote on how to allocate their donation (3% of the retail price) to Plan USA, a child-centered charity organization. Your child can also sign up to receive emails to see how the donations are being used. It's a small step, but it's definitely a step in the right direction.

The five dolls that make up the Karito Kids represent 11-year-old girls from China, Kenya, the USA, Italy and Mexico. I got to see them at a local store and they really are very nicely made. They are gorgeous and sassy in a way real girls are, not like Bratz. If you're a doll fan, you will love them and if you only tolerate them for your kids' sake, you will be impressed with their quality and design. I want one and I usually despise dolls! If Gia had darker eyes and curly hair, she would be a ringer for Roo in a couple of years, too…Oh, wait, Karito Kids isn't in the mini-me market!



Karito Kids was named the #1 toy in Family Fun magazine's 10th annual T.O.Y. Awards this year and one of you will be lucky enough to win a Zoe doll of your very own, just in time for the holidays! She is the blonde, bohemian American girl with the snazzy skullcap and sneakers:



To enter and win Zoe (a $99 value), visit Karito Kids and comment on this post with the answer to the following question: What city is Zoe from? Let me know which Karito Kid is your favorite, too!

Entries will be accepted through November 28th. US readers only, please. Make sure you leave an email address or that you have one accessible on your blog so you can be contacted if you win! If I can't find your email, I will pick a new winner. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR BLOG PROFILE IS SET TO PUBLIC AND THAT THERE IS AN EMAIL AVAILABLE ON YOUR BLOG OR LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS ALONG WITH YOUR COMMENT!!!

88 comments:

  1. I like Gia and Zoe is from New York City.

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  2. Zoe is from New York City and I have to say she would be my favorite as my daughter would love her. She has a fascination with blond dolls!!!

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  3. Love those dolls! My favorite is Ling, but Liv likes Zoe b/c that's her friend's name. :) Zoe is from NYC!

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  4. Zoe is from New York City and she is my favorite (my youngest is named Zoey)
    http://dealseekingdiva.blogspot.com/

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  5. Zoe is from NYC. I like Pita the best. I have no idea which one my niece would like. She would probably like Zoe though because she is wearing pink.

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  6. Evening! Please enter me in this beautiful doll contest. Zoe hails from New York City. Of course, I like all of the dolls, but Gia is my favoite! Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes@hotmail.com

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  7. Zoe is from NYC. I think I would pick Gia for my daughter. She's half Italian (sorry my mutt blood screwed it all up!) and has a VERY Italian name (first and last) that she feels pretty special to have since her brothers have very Irish names. So she's special just like my 5 year old!

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  8. I love Wan Ling. Zoe is from NYC! This is an awesome giveaway and I'm glad to find your blog.

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  9. She is from New York City, and I think I like her the best. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to play with dolls!

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  10. Zoe is from New York City, and I have to say, I think she is my favorite.

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  11. New York City is where she came from. I would Love the Zoe Doll, my daughter loves to play with them all the time.

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  12. My favorites are Gia and Zoe, who is from New York City! My niece would flip for this...It would make the perfect Christmas present for her! Thanks for the awesome chance to win!

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  13. Oops...I forgot to add my email address!
    sblilly14(@)yahoo(.)com

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  14. Zoe is from New York City. She is my favorite doll out of all of them!

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  15. Wow, these are a lot different than the dolls I had growing up. They rock! Zoe is from NYC. My favorite of the Karito Kids is, well, I just don't know--they all rock. Ling and Lulu are pretty cool. These dolls are MUCH better (and more appropriate) than those wild Bratz dolls. Thank goodness!

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  16. Zoe is from New York City and she is my favorite because I have a Granddaughter named Zoe!!

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  17. Zoe is from New York City.
    And my favorite, I'd have to say, is Wan Ling. :0) Thanks! (meg.wilson@gmail.com)

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  18. Zoe is from new york city and she is my favorite.

    megankortepeter@hotmail.com

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  19. Zoe is from Manhatten New york which is my daughter fav (she is wearing pink)

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  20. Zoe is from New York City. She would be my daughter's favorite because she is wearing pink. I personally like Ping for no other reason than her cute face.

    mclanek@gmail.com

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  21. She is from New York City. Cute Dolls!
    April
    aprilslovelylife@gmail.com

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  22. Zoe is from New York City

    I like Gia she look so Classy! :)

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  23. She is from New York City, USA and all of my girls are blonds, so Zoe would have to be my favorite.

    jamie.willett@charter.net

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  24. My daughter is adopted, and a different ethnicity than my husband and I, so I'd love to get her a doll that looks like her!

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  25. Zoe is from New York City and I like Gia the best.

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  26. Zoe's from NYC and my fave is Pita, 'cause our hairstyles are eerily similar :)

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  27. New York City. I like Gia the best. I think my daughter would like her some day.
    sarahmarie.pemberton@yahoo.com

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  28. Zoe is from New York City! I love her she is so cute!

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  29. Zoe is from New York City - my home town.

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  30. I think Gia is adorable and Zoe is from New York City.

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  31. These are truly unique dolls. I despise Bratz dolls...but these I really like. I like Zoe the best and she just happens to be from New York City!

    renae18[at]gmail[dot]com

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  32. Zoe is from New york,
    Gia is my fave

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  33. Zoe is from N.Y.C!!! Lulu is my fav!

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  34. Zoe is a bohemian girl from New York City. I like Gia the best! Agapita second since she's hispanic and my daughter is 1/4 Puerto Rican.

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  35. Zoe is from NY City but Gia is my fave!

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  36. New York City, and she is pretty cute.

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  37. Zoe is from New York she is beautiful I think my daughter would love Gia Valentina Russo from Italy but they are all so beautiful Lulu from Kenya she likes sport so my daughter would love her also.

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  38. Zoe is from new York City. She and Pita are my favorites! My daughter would go absolutely nuts over these dolls!!!

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  39. I like Gia. Zoe is from New York City.

    kelli (at) pfrog (dot) net

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  40. New york City!

    tuesdayef AT aol dot com

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  41. Zoe hails from NYC and I want the LULU doll. Please randomly select me!!!!

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  42. 1st: Zoe is from New York City

    2nd: My favorite is Zoe - she looks like my niece!!

    julieahudson[at]hotmail[.]com

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  43. Zoe is from NYC, and would be our choice since thats where we lived (before we had children!)
    Thanks!

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  44. Zoe is from New York. I like Gia.

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  45. I've been wanting to take my daughter to New York City, Zoe's hometown, and if she had this doll I bet she would be so into it!
    I think Lulu is my favorite, I love her hair. So glad I found this blog.
    nattydam@comcast.net

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  46. Zoe is from New York City, and My dd would adore her! (But I think Gia is my favorite!

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  47. NYC! And I like Lulu! breetrott at comcast dot net

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  48. So as Zoe is from NYC....and I would have to say that Lulu with her soccer get up would have to be my fav! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  49. Zoe is from NYC. She is really cute, but my favorite is Gia.

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  50. Zoe is from New York City and my favorite doll is the Gia doll because my family is Italian. I also have an aunt and a cousin who are both named Gia!

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  51. New York City!

    My favorite is Gia, she's very original, and I love her clothes and her story.

    My daughter LOVES dolls, thanks for the chance to win!

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  52. My goodness...what is wrong with me today?

    This is my real entry.

    Zoe is from New York City.

    I like Gia the best.

    eida26 at yahoo dot com

    Thank you.

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  53. Hi,

    Thanks for having this great giveaway.

    Zoe is from New York City in the great ol' USA.

    My youngest is 4 and has dark hair like Pita. I think she would enjoy playing with her. I had never heard of these dolls before I came to your site. Thank you for showing me the site!

    wiljen109@aol.com

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  54. Zoe is from New York City, but my favorite is Gia -- I love her face and clothes! If I win, please reach me at ksrutledge[at]hotmail [dot]com. Thanks!

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  55. What a fun giveaway. I like Pita the best and Zoe is from New York City, my favorite place. :o)
    butterflykissesblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. Zoe is from New York and I really like her because she is blonde (my niece loves blonde dolls) but I like Gia. Her clothes are great and she is adorable.

    royaldixie@charter.net

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  57. Zoe is from NYC. She is also my favorite. I love how hip she is!

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  58. I like Gia - great skirt and boots! :) Zoe's from NYC. :) I hope I'm lucky this time!
    coloringmyworld@yahoo.com

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  59. Zoe's from New York City, and I'd have to say Gia is my fave-- but I love Zoe's outfit best. :)

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  60. What a beautiful doll! And a great website! She would just love this particular doll - her hair looks just like hers!
    Zoe's from New York City.
    I like Zoe best cause she looks just like my niece Reneelyn.

    Melissa
    http://melissaneece.blogspot.com

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  61. She is from NYC...I like Gia.
    mom2maria at yahoo dot com

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  62. Zoe is from New York, and we would actually love Zoe for her great style!

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  63. zoe is from NYC! i love gia! thanks

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  64. Zoe is from New york and I like Pits the best, her clothes are so cute

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  65. Zoe is frm New York City.

    Love the Pita doll.


    blogged ya: http://laurawilliamsmusings.blogspot.com/2007/11/thursday-edition-of-contests-galore_15.html

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  66. Zoe is from NY! I really like Gia from Italy! : )

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  67. lauralala@qwest.netNovember 16, 2007 11:21 AM

    Zoe is from NY! I like Gia from Italy

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  68. Zoe is from NYC, I like her the best because she looks exactly like my daughter!

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  69. My favorite doll Zoe is from NYC!
    notsoanonymousmichelle@gmail.com

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  70. Me & my girls are huge doll fans & I have never seen these ones. Zoe is my favorite & she is from New York city. Cool dolls!

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  71. Zoe is from NYC! My daughter would love to win Gia Valentina Russo!

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  72. Zoe is from NYC. All the dolls are very cute!
    mccammacks(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  73. NYC...and how glad am I that they are not wearing mid drifts and mini skirts?!

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  74. New York City. Zoe, she's definitely our fav!

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  75. Zoe is from NYC and is my daughters favorite. Personally, I dig Gia.

    fidgetblogs @ gmail . com

    without the spaces of course! Thanks :)

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  76. NYC. My favorite is Wan Ling since I am half Chinese and am in the adoption process for a little girl from China.

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  77. Zoe is from New York City. My daughter would love any of them but Zoe is her favorite.

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  78. Well, Zoe is a Bohemian from New York City!!! I just have to have this doll - you see - my daughters name IS Zoe!!!! She would love this! I think it is meant to be! ;)

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  79. my granddaughter would love this doll!

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  80. Too too cute! Zoe is from New York City, and Gia is my favorite!

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  81. Zoe is from New York City.
    Gia is my favorite...she's from Italy, as my family is too and she is into fashion.
    j_purpero@hotmail.com

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  82. With 3 girls, having a different doll would be a novel idea!! I think we own everything else of every other doll. Zoe is from NYC...I like LuLu because of her name. Great give-away!

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  83. Zoe is a very hip girl from New York City. I would love to win this doll for my little one for christmas.

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  84. Zoe is from NYC. I like all of them! What a great idea for today's girls! jmacris@hotmail.com

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