This Doll Loves Banff and We Love Her! Maplelea Taryn Doll Review & Giveaway

by - Thursday, August 25, 2016

Meet Taryn, the newest addition to our family. Hailing from beautiful Banff National Park, Taryn loves nature, camping, and the great outdoors. With her hiking boots, backpack, tent, sleeping bag and pj's, she's ready to go backpacking! Sound like someone you know? My girls can relate to her in a way they can't with other dolls and enjoy reading her journal and helping her add entries as they take new adventures together.


Designed by a Canadian mom for Canadian girls, Maplelea 18" dolls are beautifully made with silky hair, eyes that open and close, poseable arms and legs, a soft, huggable body, and no scary makeup or weird proportions.

Big POG and Taryn taking baby skunk for a walk
Taryn and her accessories are high quality. Over the past few months, my 5 year old and 7 year old have dressed and undressed her, dragged her around by one arm (apparently how you show love when you're almost in kindergarten, LOL), ripped the tent open umpteen times to shove more stuff in and "make it more comfy", and everything is still good as new. Don't forget lifting the skunk's tail a million times to spray people. If that's not thorough testing, I don't know what is!

Maplelea Taryn Collection
Image Credit: Maplelea
When I asked my girls what they love best about Taryn, they said:
  • It's cool that she's from Banff! (We frequently go to Banff; it's only an hour from home!)
    • We like the same things! (Taryn's favorite thing to do with her family is go camping and roast marshmallows.)
    • Her hair is really nice. It's like real hair! I like doing her hair!
    • I like her cute clothes and pajamas.
    • I love her because she came with animals and the animals can move! (The fox is fully adjustable, skunk has an adjustable tail, and the deer stands up on its own.)
    • I like her tent because it's like a real tent. Her backpack is cool too because it has buckles like a real one.
    • It's fun to read her journal and find out what she likes.
    Little POG loves Taryn!
    While I agree with my daughters 100%, I have to add a few points from a mother's perspective. If Taryn were a real person, she's the kind of girl I'd want my girls to play with. She won a Citizenship Award in school, is in the Environmental Club, would keep disrespectful tourists out of the park if she had superpowers, and loves skiing, camping, and skating. I read all this in her journal (shhhh, don't tell!) and her journal has inspired my 7 year old to start one of her own! The first entry was "My Raincation" since this summer has been the rainiest Alberta has seen in 89 years.

    I also love that Taryn dresses sensibly in clothes that cover her butt. With so many scary and skanky dolls on the shelves, it's great to have wholesome options. More outfits are available on the Maplelea website, but Taryn can wear any clothes for 18" dolls. Accessories may be stored in the beautiful keepsake box that comes with each Maplelea doll. If your kids are learning to tie their shoes, they'll get lots of practice with Taryn's boots!

    Tying Taryn's boots. Note the fasteners on the tent flaps and windows!
    Last but not least, Taryn's journal offers opportunities to learn more about Canada's heritage, culture, and geography. This is especially important to us as my husband is a teacher and I have a Geography degree. When you combine playtime with learning, lessons are retained better! We read through the information about Banff (it was accurate), Taryn's wish to end global warming, and talked about how the glaciers are shrinking and what we could do to slow that process. After seeing the Athabasca Glacier (just north of Banff National Park) this summer, the girls were very curious about what causes glaciers to shrink and how humans can reduce their impact on the environment.

    Taryn's Journal (comes with doll)
    Taryn would make a great gift for young adventurers as she's a positive role model, fun to play with (that hair!), high quality, and super cute. Built to last, she can be a part of the family for a long time.

    Maplelea Taryn Collection
    Do you know someone who would love a Taryn doll? Buy the complete Taryn collection online ($68 off for a limited time) or enter to win a Maplelea doll of your choice! Giveaway open to Canadian and US Residents only. Contest closes August 30, 2016.

    Disclosure: Maplelea generously provided us with a complete Taryn collection for review, but all words and opinions are my own. I take great pride in reviewing quality products and providing honest reviews.

    Giveaway

    Prize: ONE Maplelea Girls doll of winner's choosing. See complete choices here. Accessories (tent, backpack, animals) sold separately.
    Eligibility: Open to residents of Canada & the U.S. Entrants must complete the mandatory entries in the Rafflecopter form below.
    Contest closes August 30, 2016 at 11:59 pm MDT.

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    33 comments

    1. Oh
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      Would LOVE Taryn! We aren't Canadian but we live close and are in the mountains too :) Fingers crossed!!! Bookmarking this for wish lists too!!

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    2. My girl is OBSESSED with dolls and this would be such a cool *mom approved* addition to her collection. We love to camp as a family!

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    3. My daughters would love this...which would mean I would be buying a second. Hahahaha. I actually didn't realize there was such an educational component to these dolls. Thanks for the review!

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    4. So cool! Love dolls with such a positivity! I'd love to give it to my little girl :)

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    5. I've heard of another company that makes dolls similar to this, but didn't realize there was a Canadian one! I would love to win this for my 3 littler adventurers :)

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    6. Poppy would love this doll. Totally fits her personality and she's probably one of the only dolls Poppy would want to play with. Reminds me of the American Girl dolls only more adventurous and fitting for the outdoorsy kid.

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    7. I saw these dolls - they are fabulous and showcase all sorts of different areas of Canada. But of course - Taryn from Banff is the best! We would love this doll at our house!

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    8. I would love to give Taryn to my daughter!

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    9. I think I would choose Charlea - although we live in Alberta now, I'm from the west coast originally and she and my daughter (who I would give her to) both like to kayak!

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    10. Hmm.. sorry that showed up as Unknown. My name is A. MacKay.

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    11. Awe my little neighbour would love it!

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    12. I'd love to win Charlsea for my daughter. I'd like to share my love of the ocean :)

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    13. My daughter would love this doll! :)

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    14. My daughter would love Taryn

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    15. Canadian made for Canadian adventure girls. My daughter would love it!

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    16. We'd love either taryn or Jenna!

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    17. We need Taryn to accompany us on out kananaskis hikes and trips to banff. My 3 girls would treasure her forever

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    18. I would choose Taryn for my daughter.

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    19. I would love this doll for my BOYS! My 3 boys are 3 and 18 months and growing up with as much nature as we can manage in this busy season. My 3 year old loves Banff and I'm sure he'd love a doll who is from one of his favourite towns.

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    20. So that would be Taryn from Banff we would love to win!

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    21. We recently moved to Canmore. I would love to get Taryn for my daughter!

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    22. That is for sure that my daughter would love this!

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    23. My daughter would love the Leonie doll. Great website, by the way :)

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    24. Taryn the outdoorsy doll would be a great choice for my daughter or one of her friends... we love Banff!

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    25. My daughter would love to take Taryn camping with her!

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    26. My daughter would love Taryn, and ir would be a great way to help her remember all the fun adventures we've had in Alberta this year.

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    27. My daughter would love Taryn, and ir would be a great way to help her remember all the fun adventures we've had in Alberta this year.

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    28. Would love to give my daughter Taryn to remind her of our time in Alberta.

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    29. I like Alexi. I would give her to my neighbor's daughter who has been having some very serious medical issues.
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    30. Fantastic idea! My daughter would love it!

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    31. My favorite is Brianne,I will give it to my daughter.

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    32. My son would love this doll. He loves sharing adventures.

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    33. Congratulations! The winner is Heather Merry!

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