Butterflies Dolls from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

by Guest Contributor

I’m sure most of you can remember your favorite doll growing up. Mine was a rag doll hand made by our very talented neighbor. She was perfect. 5 Minutes for Mom writer, Safire, has just discovered the perfect doll for her little girl…



We have a new family member.  This family member came to us as a surprise from the UPS Stork.  And from the moment she was dropped off on our porch, she has fit in like she has been here forever.

No batteries required, just imagination

Who is she?  Her name is Maria, and she is part of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store’s new interactive dolls.  They don’t need batteries or a charger to use.  These new dolls, called Butterflies™ (great name!), love to be hugged, tucked into bed and will keep all of a child’s sweet secrets. 

Reminiscent of days gone by with an updated twist, these soft, cuddly 15-inch dolls are powered by a child’s imagination.

My Butterfly (this is what we call my 6 year old daughter), was over the moon to open her box and discover her new best friend.  And by the end of the evening playing with her, Maria was Butterfly’s new sister.  And who is Maria?  

Butterflies Doll Maria from Cracker Barrel

Hi! My name is Maria and I love horses. Taking care of my horse is my favorite thing to do, and I can even braid her long mane all by myself! I keep my riding boots on and a saddle nearby so I’m always ready to ride with my friends, the Butterflies™. We like to gallop through the fields chasing butterflies. Let’s ride horses together. Giddy up!  

How they new to send my horse crazy girl her new horse loving “sister”, I will never know.  Somehow they did, and we all love Maria. 

If your daughter isn’t into horses as much as mine is, they have six other dolls to love.  Cheerleaders, slumber party enthusiasts, princesses and ballerinas will each have someone to share their hobbies and their secrets with.  Each doll comes in a uniquely-designed box with the doll’s personal story on it. 

Butterflies Doll Hannah from Cracker BarrelButterflies Doll Madison from Cracker BarrelButterflies Doll Isabella from Cracker BarrelButterflies Doll Jasmine from Cracker BarrelButterflies Doll Gracie from Cracker Barrel

The 15-inch huggable doll weighs approximately six ounces and is surface washable. They come with their favorite hairstyle already done.  Dolls are priced at an affordable $19.99. 

The dolls, plus additional clothes and accessories for both the dolls and girls age two to six will be available for purchase at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations beginning November 1, 2011.

Cons:  The pants fall off.  All the time.  Maria came with cute jeans and white undies that are perpetually around her boots.  I put a few well placed stitches to hold them up the first night. 

If your daughter loves to do hair on their dolls the most, this probably isn’t the doll for her.  My girl doesn’t care about doing hair and completely loves Maria, despite her ill-fitting clothes. 

However, despite the “cons” Maria has a ton of PROs, so we’re giving Butterflies Dolls two thumbs way, way up for such a great new “sister!” 

Enter to Win!

We are giving away a Butterflies Doll of the winner’s choice to one lucky 5 Minutes for Mom reader! To enter to win your very own Butterflies Doll, leave a comment letting us know about YOUR favorite doll when you were little, and tell us which Butterflies Doll you would love to win.

This giveaway will end on November 11, 2011 at midnight ET and a winner will be chosen at random and announced the following Sunday in the weekly Around The Blogosphere. Please see our site’s terms and conditions for more information.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom contributing writer, Safire, who is the mother of a 6 year old girl and 3 year old twin boys. You can find her blogging at Water Falling-Up.

Disclosure: I received a Butterflies Doll from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store to review but the thoughts and experiences shared here are my own.





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1 Jessica October 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I LOVED my Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. My first one was named Candy. She smelled like baby powder…and she still does. My parents have her stored for me, but occassionally when i’m visiting them I will go check out all the old toys and Candy still smells like baby powder…25 years later! :)

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2 Kristin October 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I loved my Cabbage Patch Dolls – still have several of them!

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3 nicole belcher October 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I love playing with my cabbage patch dolls!!! My 3 daughters now play with them!!!

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4 nicole belcher October 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I would love to have Madison if I win!!!

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5 Jamie Brigham October 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm

My favorite doll when I was growing up was this baby that had a squishy face that smelled like baby power, was in purple P.J’s and was stuffed with cotton, I am not sure of her name though and I would love to have Isabella

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6 Jingle October 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I would love to win Gracie! I very distinctly remember getting my first Cabbage Patch doll! She was PERFECT! JUST the one I wanted! I remember seeing that very specifically shaped box wrapped on my birthday gift table and being QUITE excited!!!! She had brown braids, just like me, and a super cute dress.

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7 Mom24 October 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I had a baby Chrissie doll. She was big, and wore real baby clothes, and her hair could “grow” long or magically get short again. I loved that doll.

I love Gracie, she is just adorable.

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8 Christina Gould October 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm

My favorite doll when I was little was “Giggles”. She giggled when you lifted her arm. I would love to win the “Maria” doll. Thanks for the giveaway!

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9 Tiffany M in MS October 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm

My favorite doll was Baby Ann…and also my CPK named Ezra….
I think we would love to win Hannah and Gracie are very cute too!

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10 Stephanie T October 29, 2011 at 12:02 am

I loved the strawberry shortcake baby doll. You could squeeze her tummy and she smelt like strawberries. I had several cabbage patch dolls to but I can remember really wanting this doll and finally getting it for Christmas one year.

I would love to win the butterflies doll named Suvanna for my daughter! Her hair is brown and eyes are green just like hers!

Thanks!

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11 hollowsins October 29, 2011 at 4:19 am

I would love to win Isabella and my favorite doll was a Strawberry Shortcake doll that blew scented kisses

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12 Vickie Couturier October 29, 2011 at 10:29 am

my favorite doll growing up was my Barbie Dolls,,an I would pick Hannah

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13 Shakara Worrell October 29, 2011 at 11:00 am

Oh how I loved my Cabbage Patch and Huggabunch dolls! Made sure to take extra special care of them to pass along to my baby girl. The Jasmine Butterfly doll would be perfect for my little dancer!

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14 belinda m October 29, 2011 at 11:45 am

My favorite doll when I was little had to be barbie

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15 hippie4ever October 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I had a Raggedy Ann I loved. And I have friend who’d love Isabella

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16 Kathy Stevenson October 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

My favorite doll was named Jenny and I think my girls would like Hannah. Those slippers are adorable!

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17 Elisabeth October 29, 2011 at 2:17 pm

My favorite doll growing up was Kirsten, the American Girl doll. I was one of those weird kids that didn’t play with my dolls though-I just liked to collect and display them! I would love to have Maria for my 6 year old sister who is hoping to take horseback riding lessons soon. :)

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18 Melissa P. October 29, 2011 at 3:36 pm

My favorite 2 dolls when I was a child were Raggedy Ann and Holly Hobby.
I would love to win Gracie for my friends little girl.

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19 tennille October 29, 2011 at 7:34 pm

I loved my Holly Hobby when I was really little and then I was more of a stuff girl. I like Gracie.

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20 Kelly D October 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I liked my Cabbage Patch kid when I was little, and I would like Hannah if I won.

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21 Linda Kish October 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm

My favorite doll was called a Rosemary doll. These dolls are very cute. I like Elizabeth best.

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22 Wehaf October 30, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I loved my Cabbage Patch Kid when I was little. I think Gracie is cute. I wish there were more dolls of color, though.

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23 Idaho Jill October 30, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I loved my cabbage patch doll, too, and my daughter would love Isabella!

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24 Terra Heck October 31, 2011 at 12:07 am

I’d like the Madison doll. My favorite growing up was a clown doll my step-dad gifted me before he passed away. I carried it around everywhere. Thanks.

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25 Suzanne October 31, 2011 at 11:20 am

I love the Hannah doll. When I was a little girl I loved my Holly Hobby doll! She was my favorite.

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26 Anissa October 31, 2011 at 11:23 am

I had a homemade Cabbage Patch girl named Anna that looked like me and wore my old baby clothes :)
I’d pick Elizabeth or Isabelle

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27 Jennifer October 31, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I don’t even remember the kind of my doll my favorite babydoll was but I carried her everywhere. When I was really young I actually used to chew on her thumb. Gross! Her name was Megan Nicole.

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28 Jennifer October 31, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I would love to win Isabella or Hannah. We actually found these dolls at a local Cracker Barrel store & we bought our daughter Grace.

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29 Brenda Hill October 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I would like to have Hannah for my granddaughter. Her favorite doll was Abby.

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30 Ticia November 1, 2011 at 9:59 am

I had this doll I found at a garage sale that was small and very cuddly and had no face drawn on it, at the time I thought it was super weird, but she was so cute and small.

I’d pick Isabella or Maria

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31 Kelli November 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I loved a doll that a woman made for me out of cloth. I named her Chloe and I dragged her around every where. She was soft and I could sleep with her. My daughter is two and loves to sleep with her plush toys. I think she would love Hannah, since Hannah is always up for a pajama party!

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32 Mary Mann November 2, 2011 at 9:18 am

My favorite doll was Mrs. Beasley. She was a doll of a grandma and my mom originally bought a fake Miss Beasley :) I wasn’t fooled but she went out and got me the real Mrs. B soon after. Oh the good old days!!

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33 Happymomc November 2, 2011 at 10:04 am

I loved the cabbage patch dolls and I still do!

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34 Ryana November 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm

My favorite was baby alive. I’d like to win Isabella
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35 Holly Cornish November 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I would want to win Hannah. My favorite doll growing up was a madam alexander doll that I named Star!

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36 Erin November 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm

My favorite doll is named Audrey. She’s not any specific kind of doll (that I know of), but my daughter now has her & plays with her! I think she’s 36!

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37 Brigitte November 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm

My favorite doll growing up was a “My Child” doll. She looked just like me with brown eyes and dirty strawberry blond hair. She was different than the others dolls at the time because she had soft peach fuzz like body with posable arms, legs and head! I named her Michelle and even though we did everything together she still looks like new. Now that my girls have her it’s interesting to see that she is not the favorite doll for them like she was for me :). I would love to win Madison since she looks just like my oldest girl and she saw her at Cracker Barrel and fell in love like I did with my Michelle :).

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38 Dena November 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm

My favorite was my Cabbage Patch Doll – Reba Maude.

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39 nan November 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm

i like madison and my fav doll growing up was one that drank her bottle and pee’d
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40 Rondah November 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

My favorite was barbies and I would choose Gracie
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41 Chelsea November 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I loved my twin dolls that would laugh when together and cry when apart.
I would love to win Jasmine for my daughter
chelsea 2184 at yahoo

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42 Emily November 4, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I had Cabbage Patch dolls growing, but my favorite was “Samantha” from the American Girl collection. My grandmother even made matching clothes for us to wear. I wish I had saved all the clothes. I still have the doll and plan to give her to my daughter when she is older. I love that the Butterfly dolls look so soft and would be perfect for a first doll. Would love to win Hannah for my little girl! She has the same color hair and blue eyes too.

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43 Tanya November 5, 2011 at 12:54 am

My favorite doll was my cabbage patch doll
I would choose Hannah
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44 tess November 5, 2011 at 1:59 am

omg Isabella is so cute- i would love for my girl to love on her- when i was little i loved teh cabbage patch dolls
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45 LISA November 5, 2011 at 9:25 am

I had a beautiful cabbage patch doll that I love when I was little; we would love Isabella!!

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46 Katrina November 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I was 6 years old and it was Christmas time. I wanted a Cabbage Patch doll so bad I would beg my parents for a doll. The night before Christmas my parents came home with gifts and put them in their closet. Curiosity got the best of me and I peaked. I saw the box and was so happy. I looked in the bag and saw I had a boy Cabbage Patch doll. I started crying because I wanted a girl. My mom asked me why I was crying and I told her that I peaked at my gift and that I didn’t want a boy I wanted a girl. She told me he was the last one and that he needed a home and our home was the one. On Christmas morning I opened my gift and loved my doll and for many years after that. I learned two lessons that day, 1. Never look at your gifts and 2. Your doll picks you. :)

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47 Lisa November 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

My favorite doll was my cabbage patch kid when I was a kid. I would love to win Gracie for my daughter.

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48 Gretchen Gerth November 5, 2011 at 11:37 pm

My favorite doll as a child was “Barbie” of course it wasn’t a Barbie Doll, but a baby doll that I had named Barbie. I would like Hannah for my granddaughter.

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49 Jessica November 6, 2011 at 8:10 am

I love my Cabbage Patch Doll when I was little, her name was Catrinashina
I love the Madison Doll for my niece Madison.

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50 Tracy G November 6, 2011 at 8:31 am

I had a My Friend Jenny doll that I loved as a girl – I think because she was wearing an old fashioned dress & pinafore and had a pretty straw hat. I like Hannah for my little daughter, who fell in love with her at Cracker Barrel.

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51 Felicia November 6, 2011 at 10:23 am

I had a little doll named Candy that my mother got for me when my younger brother was born. It’s now in my daughter’s room, but she doesn’t pay much attention to it. I think she would love one of these! I’d choose Gracie for my little girl if I won.

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52 clarissa November 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm

i loved my baby beth!

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53 Erin S. November 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm

My favorite baby doll was a doll named Rosebud, a cloth doll much like these. I would love to win Maria for my daughter because she has brown hair, brown eyes and loves horses too!

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54 Amy Brewer
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November 7, 2011 at 5:58 am

My favorite was my cabbage patch doll. Don’t remember the name. I like the Hannah doll up in the post. She is too cute.

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55 Joan November 7, 2011 at 10:41 am

Loved my Chatty Cathy!!! Would love to win Hannah!! Thanks! These dolls are adorable and so soft!!

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56 nicole November 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I loved my sister’s old ballerina doll, your could turn the plastic thing in her head and she would twirl for you. I would love to have Savannah for my daughter. :O)

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57 Lori November 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Maria for horses is our girl all the way!

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58 Lori November 7, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Oh, and my fave was my Strawberry Shortcake blow scented kiss doll.

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59 Kristen November 8, 2011 at 10:21 am

I loved my Cabbage Patch doll the best as a little girl. I think my daughter would like Gracie! She looks adorable!

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60 Teri Smith November 8, 2011 at 9:37 pm

When I was a little girl I had a doll named Giggles. You would move her arms up and down and she would rock her head and giggle! She was my favorite doll ever. When I think of her now she still makes me laugh!!!

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61 Staci A November 9, 2011 at 9:44 am

My favorite doll looked like a real baby. I took it every where with me! My niece would adore Gracie!

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62 Mary November 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm

My favorite doll would drink and wet, thought it was the neatest thing. Do not remember name, was 60 yrs. ago.

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63 Melissa N. November 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm

My favorite was the My Buddy Doll :) My parents have pictures of me and my little sister holding him on Christmas morning :) My n iece wouuld love the Grace the farmer girl doll, it’s too cute!

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64 Tami M
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November 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm

When I was really, really little – my first favorite was Raggety Ann :) (That dated me, I know!)

I can’t see the Butterfly doll pictures on this post? But I’m sure my 6 year old daughter would love any of them :)

Thanks!

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65 Liz November 11, 2011 at 11:21 am

I had dolls named Melissa and Jimmy. I took them everywhere with me.

I would love the Gracie doll for our friends. Their daughter’s name is Grace and that’s what we all call her.

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66 Kimberly November 11, 2011 at 11:50 pm

My favorite doll was my kid sister, I loved that doll and carried her everywhere. I slept with her and even tried to carry her to school. One time my mom even caught me trying to shove her in my book bag. She was my best friend and talked to her like she was to. My daughter would love the Hannah doll. We were just recently at Cracker Barrel with a gift card someone gave to our family since my hubby has lost his job she spotted the doll right away and she even tried to take the doll home with her. Its so crazy I even ran across this site. Thanks for the opportunity to win the doll, It wold be such a blessing if she did. Thanks a bunch, Kimberly

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67 Kimberly November 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I loved my my kid sister doll she was my favorite. My daughter would love the hannah doll. I left a comment but put the wrong email.

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68 Susan Bowman November 14, 2011 at 9:27 am

My favorite doll growing up was Raggedy Ann. I just dressed up like her for Halloween, and I still have my original doll…..I’m 48! tee hee I would love to win Maria for my Granddaughter!

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69 Pamela Bach-Johns November 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I had a handmade rag doll made to look like me from my Aunt Karen. I was inadvertently given to Toys for Tots and it was supposed to be passed down to my daughter. I hope she went to a nice home.
I just bought Maria for my granddaughter along with the horse and the pink horse dress and doll dress to match. My granddaughter looks more like Hannah though. I may have to get Hannah too, and maybe Elizabeth which is her namesake.

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70 Lesley November 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm

My favorite doll was a cabbage patch named Brianna. My little girl is having a fit for Maria!

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71 Diane Andrews November 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm

The doll I can remember is a baby doll I had named Barbara

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72 Tessie Manolakis December 4, 2011 at 10:10 am

Good luck Ben!!!I love u..You’re a great actor!!!!!

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73 michelle December 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I loved my doll named Allison i would love to win Maria

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74 Lindsey April 22, 2012 at 8:47 pm

My daughter has the butterflies doll Madison she loves it.But she really wants maria or hannah.

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75 shanna July 28, 2012 at 10:46 am

These are such cute dolls. My daughter really likes them. She wants Elizabeth for christmas.

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76 Janell September 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Had dinner last week @ Cracker Barrel, loved the picture of the Butterflies Dolls and decided to stop over and take a peek online.
Wish I was in time to enter this contest! I’ll add my comment. :-)
The doll I loved growing up with was Giggles, just lift her arm and she would giggle. Maybe that’s why I’m such a happy person, I just love to laugh!

Even now I love having a few dolls around the house.

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77 LIL- October 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm

my favorite doll growing up was baby tenderlove and I would love to win the Maria doll

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78 kendall November 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I loved the barbie dolls! i had over 50 of them! i remeber really clearly asking my dad if he could open the box they came in! i would enjoy getting jazmine or gracie!

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79 Dawn November 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm

My Favorite doll growing up was a “home made” cabbage patch doll that my mother made. He has curly brown hair and big green eyes. My mom also made his bibbed overalls, little checked shirt, and a little yellow hand knitted sweater. My dad gave him(Alex) a quarter for his little bib pocket. When my dad visited me recently, he went through my bedroom to use my bathroom. When he returned, Dad informed me that he checked Alex’s pocket to see if the quarter was still there and it was still in his little pocket. The only thing store bought about him was his little shoes that were infant shoes. I am a 47 year old mother of two grown boys but Alex still sits on the dresser in my bedroom. I would love to win Gracie.

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80 Natalie November 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I missed the contest but i wanted to leave my comment. My favorite doll growing up was a doll also from Cracker Barrel (like the butterflies) It was one who would cry. The doll was dressed in a pink flower romper and it looked like a newborn baby who was sleeping. I would never forget the Christmas morning I woke up finding her. I was so excited , years later I was told the story of my mom driving Christmas Eve in a snow storm to get it for me. Now a mom of 2 girls I know they will have their own experiences with their own butterflies.My oldest has Savannah and she will get Emily under the tree this year. She is in love with her doll and carries Savannah around like a little mommy. Just like i carry her newborn sister around. Best doll collection yet!

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81 Angela January 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I am desperately looking for the Butterfly Doll Hannah for my grand daughter . I know they haves discontinued them but I thought someone might be able to tell me where I can get one. I know people do purchase many of them and resell them online or another store may have some left. If anyone know where I maybe able to find one please let me know.
Thank you

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82 payton wiese March 26, 2013 at 6:49 pm

i lov the dolls i have one i play with it.

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83 Veronica Thomas October 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Hi I have to say my favorite childhood doll was a Holly Hobby Doll I was given by my best friend at my birthday party…. I will never forget that doll I LOVED her. I love all of these Butterflies dolls but my favorite is Hannah :) thank you

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