I still remember the excitement of getting my first Barbie for Christmas. I’m pretty sure Mattel was doing an international theme, and this Barbie was from Spain. She was my first doll made more for acting out stories than cuddling. Let me tell you, she led a very exciting life.

The Barbie brand of toys is under the company Mattel. The toy was created by Ruth Handler in 1959 and is called Barbie due to Ruth’s daughter, Barbara. When the doll was first released, the doll’s eyes didn’t look straight to the front but had a side-eyed look.

This look was changed in the early 70s. The doll is well-known for her line of fashion accessories. The doll’s boyfriend Ken was introduced to the world in 1961 and was named after Ruth’s son, Ken.

One of the most iconic toys relating to Barbie is the Barbie Dream House and year after year, it continues to be a bestseller. (Click here for my in-depth review.) The toy is suitable for kids ages three and older. The three story home has elevator accessible floors and comes with an amazing assortment of accessories for Barbie and her friends.

The front doorbell works, the appliances have sounds and the oven has a light that will come on. The bedroom has a bathroom located off of it and features a toilet with flushing sounds. There’s even a doggy bed by Barbie’s large canopy bed.

The Barbie Sisters Life in The Dreamhouse Camper is a great buy along with the Dream House. This Camper has the ability to turn into a pool. There’s a grill for cooking out and plenty of accessories for enjoying life on the road.

The Camper has a plenty of sleeping room with a bunk beds and a double bed. There’s a TV, blanket and more for relaxing when the travel day is done.

There’s also a Barbie Pop-Up Camper Vehicle that’s a little more modern (and a little less expensive, at least at the time I wrote this post). While I like how the Life in the Dreamhouse Camper spreads out for more room to play, the Pop-Up Camper does have some really nice features. The top pops up to create two new levels, and the slide and pool look like something I’d like to play on myself.

The Barbie Life in The Dreamhouse Pet Boutique and Doll Playset can be purchased to go along with the Dream House.

This set features a fashionable Barbie doll and playset accessories. This set has a grooming area for pets, which are also included. These pets are a kitten, a terrier and a poodle.

The pet bathtub and grooming tools come with the set. There are pet fashions and accessories included as well.

Another great choice for kids who love animals is the The Barbie Feed & Cuddle Tawny Horse and Doll Playset (in-depth review here). This set includes the Barbie doll, the horse and accessories which are: a saddle, a riding helmet, a pail for feeding or watering the horse, hay, a horse brush and a stand. By pressing the saddle, the horse’s neck will lower.

Every year, the company releases a new Holiday Barbie that delights children and collectors. The popularity of these dolls continues to grow. The Barbie Collector 2015 Holiday Dolls are out and they are gorgeous – perfect for any little girl’s collection (and some grown-ups, too!).

For me as a child, the beauty of Barbie was that I could pretend she was anything I wanted her to be – the possibilities were endless. If you’ll pardon a commercial, this ad from Mattel sums it up perfectly:


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