By Rosalinda Boronat 21 Apr, 2017

Earth Day 2017 will be celebrated tomorrow and we are pretty excited about it. Here at LorettaRose, LLC we are honestly just a bunch of tree huggers. We love our Earth, and we feel very passionately about doing the best we can to respect it, live a responsible lifestyle, and teach children to want to do the same. Our objective is to express through all of our characters , a positive message to children, and inspire and educate through play. But with My Pal for Going Green, we are particularly hopeful that we will actually make a difference. Every year when Earth Day rolls around we are so proud of our My Pal for Going Green character. It reminds us that every time we sell a My Pal for Going Green doll , we are spreading a message of environmental consciousness to another kid who might one day invent a biodegradable substitute for plastic, or something crazy like cars that run on apple core fuels.

Some people might think that in celebrating Earth Day we aren’t really making any positive impact on the environment, but we beg to differ. With every #earthday that is posted, every free sticker or button given out, every biodegradable or environmentally responsible product that is promoted, the people that celebrate Earth Day increase society’s awareness of the importance of caring for our Earth. It is essential that the message is spread as far as possible to people who may not consider sustainability to be a priority, or to young people who may not understand the frightening truths about climate change. Earth Day is the day to try and make as many people as possible realize that living green and caring about the environment is of utmost importance for the well-being of future generations, and just for the general moral concept that as humans we have been blessed with an incredible landscape that we should never cease to appreciate, respect, and protect.

By Rosalinda Boronat 07 Apr, 2017

  The Internet has fallen in love with a little girl who, by her choice of doll, has given us all hope that the next generation will make the world a better place. It all started out with an Instagram post made by the little girl’s mother that described an interesting experience at the toy store. As a reward for being fully potty-trained, the little girl was given the opportunity to choose any doll she wanted. She picked out a doll dressed as a doctor, with dark skin and black hair. When the mother and daughter went to pay for the doll, the cashier questioned the little girl’s choice of doll. Since the girl is blonde with light skin, the cashier couldn’t imagine why she would have chosen a doll that looks so different than she does. The girl defended her choice, saying that she thought the doll is pretty just like she is, and that the doll is a doctor just like she is.

Wow. Can we just have toddlers teach each other from now on? This story is so important to us because we believe that teaching children to love others who are different than themselves is just as important as teaching children to love themselves. As a company that specializes in 18 inch dolls , we face the look-alike issue on a daily basis, and we basically say to our customers what that little girl said to the cashier. Just like the girl wanted a doll that was a doctor, we have customers who fall in love with a certain one of our characters because of the theme that it teaches about. But, if that character is not available in our online store with the exact hair, eye and skin color of the customer’s child, they often call or email us, asking to place a special order to get a look-alike doll . We are more than happy to fill those special orders, because we recognize that in many situations having a mini-me buddy can be very beneficial for a child. However, we always try first to convince the customer that it’s very likely their child will not see skin, hair or eye color to be as significant as an adult would, and the child will probably care more about the theme or character of the doll. We try to explain that a child will recognize beauty in a doll’s features, even if they are different than their own, just like the little girl with blonde hair was able to very frankly explain to the cashier that she thought the black hair on the doll she chose was beautiful, just like her’s!

By Rosalinda Boronat 31 Mar, 2017

We were so excited about the announcement of Julia, the first Muppet character with Autism, that it’s hard to believe there is even more to look forward to on PBS during this April, Autism Awareness Month. On April 10th, Julia will kick off the month will her debut on Sesame Street. Following Julia’s big reveal, there is a lineup of new autism themed episodes of popular shows that are scheduled to air throughout the month. An autism-related episode of Dinosaur Train will air on the 10th, and autism-related episodes of Arthur will air on the 10th through the 13th of April. Each episode that has an autism theme is meant to send a message to the children who watch these shows about awareness, acceptance, and understanding when it comes to autism.  PBS recognizes that almost every child who watches one of its shows probably has either a sibling, family member, or classmate that has autism. The network therefore realizes that it is essential to address the issue through its programming, and make an effort to teach its young viewers about the importance of being open-minded, respectful, and accepting.  

This concept of educating young children about autism awareness and acceptance sure rings a bell to us here at LorettaRose, LLC considering the fact that it is the very concept that our company was founded on. Each of our dolls from our original line, My Sibling , comes with a booklet that tells a story about having a sibling with autism or Down Syndrome, in an effort to expose children to the topic of developmental disabilities and to preach acceptance and understanding. We couldn’t be more excited about the fact that something we believe so strongly in is finally being seriously recognized and promoted by such a popular TV station for children. Just like learning a language or riding a bike, what you learn when you are young never fails to stick with you in the long-term. Thanks to the efforts of PBS, and others that have a strong influence on children, better acceptance and understanding of autism might just be something that sticks with the younger generations as they grow into the future leaders of our world. Here at LorettaRose, LLC we certainly plan on continuing our efforts in all aspects of autism awareness and advocacy. Stay tuned to our blog throughout the month of April to see what we are up to, and to get ideas on how you can get involved! 

By Rosalinda Boronat 24 Mar, 2017

Everyone’s favorite kids show, Sesame Street, has evolved from a childhood classic to a trail-blazer for inclusion, thanks to the introduction of its newest Muppet character. In April, the PBS show will celebrate the debut of Julia: the first Muppet with autism. Julia is described as a four year old who likes to sing, but who also does things differently because she has autism. As the prevalence of autism continues to grow, this is a very significant step in the right direction for one of the country’s most famous children’s shows. It is crucial that typically developing children are educated on and exposed to what autism is, so that they learn at a young age that respect and inclusion of their peers with autism is of the utmost importance.

The unique nature of autism is that it shows itself in endless forms and affects people in countless different ways. The depiction of Julia’s character is an example of only one individual girl who has autism, not the entire population on the autism spectrum. It is essential for children to understand that by knowing the character Julia, they are learning what one of the many unique cases of autism in the world would look like. In teaching children that Julia simply sees the world through a different lens, and goes about her day with a different manner of thinking and acting, the younger generation will grasp the concept that some people don’t fit into a standard box. More importantly, they will learn that when one of their peers does not fit into that standard box that’s ok. Hopefully, this understanding at a young age will blossom into a generation of leaders that not only accept but also value the unique manner in which a person with autism’s brain functions.  

By Loretta Boronat 18 Mar, 2017
By Rosalinda Boronat 17 Mar, 2017

Everybody tells you that when you run a small business, you can’t be political.  You can’t share anything that has a political undertone on Facebook or Instagram, and you certainly can’t make your blog a political rant. However, it is particularly frustrating when a certain topic is considered to be political, when to me it seems like a no-brainer that it should be a nonpartisan, just-try-to-be-good-humans issue. So today I am going to write about a just-try-to-be-good-humans issue that is very important to me, my family, and therefore LorettaRose LLC.

As many of you may know, our mission is to provide work opportunity to adults with disabilities through our business. Also, we are dedicated to teaching children to be accepting, loving, and respectful of their peers who may learn and grown differently through the stories that come with our MySibling dolls . This mission was inspired by my family’s experiences with my brother who has autism, and by being active in the Autism Awareness community for many years. But despite our efforts, and the efforts of many other families and individuals, there is still a major hurdle that we need to jump over. Loved ones of people with disabilities, and people with disabilities themselves, suffer from a lack of financial support and services from the government when they become older and enter into the adult world. It is often times scary to even think about the future, and what will happen when my parents are no longer with us. Government services being cut or financial support being decreased for adults with disabilities can instill a major fear of the future in many people. It is up to us as a society to try to do everything that we can to make the future seem a little bit brighter for the people we care about who need support.  

By Rosalinda Boronat 10 Mar, 2017

For our readers that haven’t stalked me on social media yet, I maintain this fabulous blog from the beautiful city of Barcelona. I have been here for about two months and I am slowly but surely assimilating to the Catalan culture and language. Most importantly, I have learned that FC Barcelona is much more than just a football club; it’s a family, a feeling, a lifestyle. This passion and love for the club, as well as the country that it represents, was something that I experienced to the fullest on Wednesday night when Barcelona took on Paris SG. Wednesday night’s game was the second of a two-game series to determine which club would move on in the Champions League and which would be eliminated.  Since Barcelona had shockingly lost the first game 0-4, in order to not be eliminated they needed to defy the impossible and win with a score of at least 5-0. Despite the unachievable nature of the task at hand, the stadium was packed, the fans had faith, and the players started the game strong and determined.  

I wasn’t at the stadium, but I promise you I could feel the emotion from my couch. Fast forward to the final minutes of the game, Barcelona had fought well but with a score of only 4-1 there wasn’t much hope of scoring the necessary 6th goal to save themselves from elimination. Impossible. I went back to my beloved Netflix. To be honest I was just trying to gather enough information to be able to convince my boyfriend I had watched the game when he got home from the stadium. Then all of a sudden the bar across the street from my bedroom window erupts in celebration. Hold tight Netflix, something exciting is happening. By what seemed like divine intervention, the scoreboard had changed from 4-1 to 6-1 as I was enjoying watching The Crown. Within a blink of an eye the outcome of the game changed from an “oh, well close but no cigar” to the most unbelievable comeback in European football history. Now I admit that a few months ago I probably wouldn’t have cared about or even understood the significance of this sporting event, but I can honestly say that I was quite moved to see a group of young men achieve the seemingly impossible. It was also particularly moving to see on TV the reactions of the fans when the final goal was scored. There was a wild explosion of pure emotion, shock, happiness, and celebration, that could only have come from a group of people that were truly passionate about their club and the sport of football.  

As an American who thinks of a very different sport when I hear the word “football”, it is hard for me to grasp the magnitude of joy that a FC Barcelona fan must have felt in that moment when the winning goal was scored. It makes me happy to try to imagine that die-hard 7 year old fan who is now captivated by football and will love the sport for the rest of his life because of the experience he had at Wednesday night’s game. This lifelong love and passion for sports is what we hope to teach children through our very own My Pal for Soccer doll and booklet, so seeing it come to life on the faces of young Barcelona fans this week was truly inspiring.  

By Rosalinda Boronat 03 Mar, 2017

We have some exciting news to share: My Pal for First Eucharist is back! This might seem like a major let down to our non-Catholic readers, but for us here at My Sibling and My Pal dolls it is a character that is very near to our hearts.  Not only because we are practicing Catholics, but also because My Pal for First Eucharist was the first My Pal character ever created by our founder, Loretta Boronat.  Before starting the business that we have today, Loretta used her fabulous sewing skills to make First Eucharist dresses and veils for little girls as well as miniature versions of their special day attire for American Girl dolls. From there, her wheels continued to turn and she wrote a children’s prayer booklet to go with each doll outfit.  Long story short, to not outline the ten year very complex thought process of my mother, Loretta eventually created a diverse collection of characters and educational booklets about a variety of topics. Our characters today range from baseball to autism awareness to going green, but it is always cool to look back on the years and remember how it all began.

We are especially excited to be bringing back our first character now that we have established ourselves as a mainly boy doll company. Since we had managed to design and produce some stylish suits to sell separately for our boy dolls, we thought it was a no-brainer to bring back our First Eucharist character in some sweet threads. The First Eucharist can be a very special event in a child’s life, but when it comes to gifts and commemorating the day, there always seems to be more options available for girls.  When Loretta was making matching doll First Eucharist dresses and veils almost two decades ago, the idea of making a version for boys was not nearly as popular as it is now in 2017. We are truly delighted to be able to offer a product to young boys that could one day serve as a beloved keepsake of their special day.
By Rosalinda Boronat 24 Feb, 2017

As Toy Fair, New York 2017 comes to a close, the TOTY (Toy Of The Year) awards are presented to outstanding new toys in various categories.  This year, the TOTY award for action figures was won by Mattel for its DC Superhero Girls .  The collection of action figures, that is composed of eight female superheroes, was designed to encourage young girls to be strong and powerful. Of course Wonder Woman and Catwoman have been around for ages, but to be quite frank they’ve always been sprinkled in with the male superheroes just to make things a bit more interesting, if you catch my drift. The DC Superhero Girls, on the other hand, shine the spotlight on female strength, courage, and overall awesomeness. With this collection of action figures on the shelf, perhaps a seed will be planted in the young minds of boys and girls that will inspire them to think of males and females as equals in their ability to do badass stuff.

In another great display of girl power, the TOTY award for dolls was presented to Barbie Fashionistas from Mattel.  This line of Barbie dolls is embracing more realistic body types and diversity by offering dolls in various shapes, sizes, and skin tones.  The collection includes dolls with curvy, petite, and tall body shapes, as well as the original (physically impossible to be human) Barbie body shape. Since real women come in many shapes, sizes, and colors, it is about time that the dolls that our youth play with convey that every variation of the human figure is beautiful in its own unique way. This not only teaches children to love themselves and their own physical appearance, but also that of their peers.  The simple experience of exposure to diversity through play as a child could lay the groundwork for our youth to grow into the most accepting and open minded generation of people the world has ever seen...

By Rosalinda Boronat 15 Feb, 2017

It’s happening.  After years of listening to the pleas of its loyal fans and collectors, Mattel is launching a new line of American Girl dolls that includes the company’s first-ever boy doll. Here at LorettaRose LLC , we have been selling our My Sibling and My Pal boy dolls since 2007, so seeing the news break was a bit of a punch in the stomach at first. To put things in perspective: in the ocean of the doll industry, American Girl is the whale and we are that crazy looking fish with a light bulb growing out of its head that lives in the abyss. You know, that one they always showed in your high school biology class videos? Once we calmed down, we realized that we don’t give ourselves enough credit. American Girl is actually late to the boy doll party because we have been crushing the dance floor here for almost 10 years. If anything, this new launch validates what we have been doing all along, and gives us even more motivation to continue to succeed. In other words, all the people who told us that there would never be a big enough demand for boy dolls were quite mistaken.

We think what American Girl and Mattel are doing is awesome.  This new line not only includes a boy doll, but also a strong representation of diversity, as well.  To see a massive company like Mattel move in this direction is encouraging for the human race in general. The games and toys giant is finally catching on to the concepts of diversity, inclusion, and gender stereotype changes that we have been promoting through  our boy dolls  for the last several years.  It inspires us to see the overwhelmingly positive media response to what everyone told my mother, our founder, was a crazy idea when she started our company almost a decade ago. We are truly excited to see what the future holds for us, as a small boy doll company, in a world where Mattel thinks it’s a great idea, too!

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