The magic of Barbie

We interrupt our regular programming to bring you this special bulletin – WIN one of the most beautiful barbies ever!! Seriously, I have been so swamped with everything I have going on here and on T2T. But I literally could not say no to sharing a gorgeous Holiday Barbie with you. Somebody is going to have a very very happy little girl (or someone is going to be a very very happy mommy – no judging) this Christmas.

I didn’t know that there has been an annual Holiday Barbie for over 25 years!! As you all know, I am an obsessive collector of certain things. I suspect my parents may have been keeping this from me. We couldn’t afford the beautiful Barbies when we were little. My folks went out of their way saving up to get my sister one, but I never had much interest… I had a Ken doll though.

When I was 10, I was saving up for a pair of plain black Dr Martens. I had the copycat ones, but I so desperately wanted the reals ones. And then one day I saw Ultra Hair Barbie and I HAD to have her. It was around this time that my daddy was diagnosed with cancer, which they didn’t think he would survive. So possibly that added to me wanting something beautiful and perfect, that was more for “little kids”. And then there was her hair… See the hair?!

Ultra Hair Holiday Barbie

All my life I’ve been obsessed with long hair. My sister and all my friends had that magical quick growing gorgeous looooooong hair… mine grew out, never down, until I fell pregnant… And now I finally have that hair. I never got Dr Martens.

Holiday barbie ultra hairBarbie for me remains a magical talisman. My daddy survived terminal cancer. She was the first thing I ever bought with my very own money. She wasn’t a toy to me, she was a symbol of the future I wanted. Happy, having never had to face death or bankruptcy, beautiful and with never-ending hair.

I think that is the whole point of Barbie really. She is the possibility of all you can be. That is also why I am a little obsessed with the international Barbie’s… there is a whole range of dolls of different sizes and colours and heights. Over the years, they have symbolised more than just beauty and grace. They have Barbie’s of every profession, strong, independent role models for little girls.

I never had another Barbie after Ultra Hair. Until Mattel sent me (well, technically Charly) this incredibly gorgeous Holiday Barbie. This is the first year that Mattel brought out more than one Holiday Barbie. There are 3 of them and I honestly desperately want all of them. So much so, that when they contacted me I told them to choose which one to send, because I just couldn’t choose.

holiday barbie festive

Charly’s face when she first saw her was EVERYTHING. I saw that same leap of the heart I experienced on holding my own Barbie for the first time.

Holiday Barbie face vid

Opening her up and seeing the incredible detail on the ball gown and watching Charly dance around the room with her literally made my year.

 Holiday Barbie

And THAT is why I HAD to do this giveaway. I wanted to share that moment with you and / or your little one.

 Holiday Barbie faces

Listen here… If you are a mom of boys, I will NOT judge. Holiday Barbie isn’t really a toy… She is a collectable. She comes with a stand, so she can be kept forever beautiful on a shelf where you can take her down and relive your childhood or be reminded of special time with your sister or cousin or best friend. Or maybe you weren’t into Barbie’s, you were a bit more rough and tumble and now you hold your breath when you see these dolls because you feel like there was something missing – ENTER to win one of your very own.

I want you to get this beautiful doll before Christmas, so it is literally only running until Tuesday morning at 8am. The winner will be announced on Tuesday afternoon and your gorgeous Holiday Barbie will be sent to you on 21 December. She comes in a gorgeous box, so you could put her under the tree as is, or slip her into a gift bag.



 Holiday Barbie packaging

Sending you alllll the love xxx








  1. says

    I saw this on pregnant in cape town on facebook. My princess is the same age as Charlie and i would love to see her reaction if she won a barbie aqua. Holding thumbs

  2. Megan Hartwig says

    I enjoyed Barbies growing up and now my daughter love’s to play with Barbie dolls. I would love to win this for her! Thanks for the giveaway! Saw and shared on Twitter (@flutterbymegs). Fingers crossed 😉

  3. Charlotte says

    My daughter liked your Facebook post and it popped up in my feed. I know she is a Barbie collector and this will be such a great gift after her greatest loss. I’ve shared on Twitter and Facebook. #HolidayBarbieAqua

  4. Rene Groyer says

    I am big Barbie fan and have shared this on Facebook and twitter @renegroyer
    First saw post on my Facebook news feed about this competition.

  5. says

    I saw this post in the south african mommy bloggers group. Oh I hope I get to win a Barbie for my princess… I also never knew about the annual Christmas Barbie!

  6. says

    Hi 😊😊 I saw it on the lovely PREGNANT IN CAPETOWN FACEBOOK PAGE 💗💗 I shared it via FB and Twitter my twitter handle is @Chantel_90236 a pretty little girl Keshni our angel loves #HolidayBarbieAqua , she is cray cray about it, would love nothing more than to make her Christmas so special with this prize 💚🌲💚🌲💚🌲 all Barbie fingers and toes crossed yayyy 😊😊😊 awesome blog BTW I enjoyed the read 💗

  7. Colette van Rensburg says

    Saw it on Pregnant in Cape Town and forever after Facebook page. My daughter would absolutely love one of these, she is such a girly girl.
    P.S. I also only had one Barbie growing up and I cherished it so

  8. Rochelle Steyn says

    I saw it of Facebook – Tums 2 Tots
    I also had an ultra hair barbie, weren’t they just amazing? I’m also still wearing my hair very very long and I’m pretty sure it was inspired by that barbie at that time of my life.

  9. Leanne Crossman says

    I saw the competition on Facebook on Pregnant in Cape Town & Ever After’s page. I have shared on Facebook and Twitter :) <3 Crossing fingers and toes for this one :)

  10. says

    You really said it best.
    She’s a talisman stating you can be ANYTHING and ANYONE.
    Oddly enough she’s the reason I wanted to be a vet and despite her unrealistic body proportions and standards of beauty I’m so very glad that Fysh loves Barbie as well. (oh and he doesn’t like ken. Apparently ken is a dead beat who loafs off Barbie hahaha)

    Shared on Twitter, commented and love the #HolidayBarbieAqua

  11. Rufia says

    I saw this post on 😊 #HolidayBarbieAqua
    I have 2 boys, so I never get to buy girlie things, its Spiderman and Batman all the way. But I do have some adorable nieces who would love to play with her when they come visit 😍

  12. Frieda Ferreira says

    Fingers crossed all the way….. brought back so many memories of my childhood while reading this story. My little girl will LOVE this Barbie doll. Good luck to all. xxx

  13. Yvette Hamilton says

    My daughter would LOVE #HolidayBarbieAqua <3 I saw the advert on Pregnant In Cape Town – LOVED AND SHARED ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM <3

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