New Releases: Melody has landed!!!

Yesterday was a red letter day in American Girl history with the official arrival of Melody Ellison. I think she is absolutely adorable! I’m still not sure if I’m going to get her, I’m waiting to see what GOTY 2017 brings, but there are several pieces of her collection that I’m seriously thinking about. I think her suitcase is very cute, I remember having one just like it, only in orange. Her Fancy Dress is definitely on my future purchases list. But one thing stands head and shoulders above the rest. I mentioned it before when the first pictures of her collection were released. I was afraid it was going to be part of a big set, so you can imagine how excited I was when I found out that it was available ALL BY ITSELF!! (Sorry Sharry if I squealed in your ear LOL!)

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I have to have this little piano!! I haven’t ordered it yet, I’m planning on picking it up at the new Ross Park Mall AG store when it opens in September. Worst case scenario is that it’s out of stock and I have to wait on it. No biggie, it will be worth the wait. I also like the table and chairs set, but only want it if it folds up. I need to see it in person first.

I’m not going to talk about Melody anymore now, simply because so many other people have. Instead, I want to talk about some of the other items.

Bitty Baby got a bunch of stuff this time, I’m assuming because of the discontinuation of the Bitty Twins. So much cute stuff, I’m sure BB people were happy. I especially liked the reindeer outfit, so adorable.

BeForever didn’t get all that much beyond Melody. A little bit here and there, but very sparse with the exception of Maryellen. Kit, Addy and Samantha got nothing new, and Julie and Rebecca just one thing each. Josefina got 2 outfits. Not a very impressive showing. I was disappointed to see that the only way to get the food for Maryellen was to buy the whole refrigerator. I don’t really need another refrigerator, so I guess I’ll do without and get creative. Oh well.

Truly Me had a decent amount of new stuff this time around, but quite a few of the items were re-hashes of previous items, just in different colors or configurations. The big item this time around is the kitchen, which is probably very attractive to kids, but I personally don’t care for it. Even though the overall idea is original, has anyone else noticed how many of the parts have been reused from other collections? The sink and oven doors are from Grace Thomas’ bakery, most of the accessories have been in other sets before. I’m hoping to come across the little toaster somewhere along the way, but I’m not buying it just for that. Everything just seems crammed in there. And again, only one chair. ???? I think the one that recently came out for Journey Girls is much better and way less expensive. I think it would have been a good idea to sell more small sets to go with it so customers could pick and choose which accessories they wanted with it.

Two new dolls, a redhead and a doll I’ll refer to as “not-Josefina”. The redhead is an enormous disappointment for me. I keep hoping we are going to see Marie-Grace’s face mold used again, and every time new dolls are issued, it’s a let down. Yet another doll with the classic face mold. Yawn. I do really like “not-Josefina” though, I think she is very pretty. I’m anxious to see her in person.

The holiday outfits are a mixed bag. I think the berry colored dress is gorgeous. I just don’t know how much use I would get out of it, I already have enough dressy stuff. Perhaps if I see it on clearance in January. The sparkly outfit I don’t like at all, it takes me back to the early 90’s when everyone had to have a gold top for the holiday. So not my thing.

Two things from this release in the Truly Me line did catch my eye, and they aren’t all that expensive either. I’ll simply add them to my list of stuff I want to pick up when the store here opens for the holiday:
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I was very happy to see them bring back the lasagna set, I missed out on it the first time around. It is a smaller set, but that’s okay, at $24, it’s a price-point that is much more affordable. The blender set is very cute too, but I like the ones I made better, I can change the color of what is being blended in them to fit what is being made, where the AG set is strictly something chocolate. Definitely want the waffle set too, mostly for the mini waffle iron, I’m already planning on using it to make additional waffles with it using Model Magic. I want to make some imperfect ones, you know the ones that come out missing part of a side because you didn’t pour enough batter in?? The cupcake set is nice too, but I already have too many similar pieces, so I’ll more than likely pass.

Even the Wellie Wishers got some new stuff! Books, some toys and two new outfits. I think both of the new outfits are cute, and I hope we see some more clothing for them that isn’t just themed. Most little girls play in regular clothes ya know!ūüėČ Perhaps a line of separates like they recently did for Truly Me would be a good idea.

Have you checked out the new goodies yet? What is on your wish list?

Review of the My Life As Treat Cycle

Earlier this¬†year when Our Generation came out with the ice cream truck, I was in like.¬† Not love, just like.¬† I thought it was adorable, but 2 issues.¬† The thing is big, and I just don’t have a ton of storage space, plus my dolls are all supposed to be little girls, they can’t drive!!¬† American Girl came out with the ice cream cart and I thought it too was really cute, but it looked too much like the snack cart that I already had, plus I have seen a lot of complaints about design issues.¬† No thank you.

My Life As is in the process of introducing a bunch of new stuff and when I saw this, I had my “EUREKA!” moment.¬† It was perfect.¬† I was so excited when I saw it on the Walmart website, it eliminated me running from store to store trying to find it.¬† I’m much happier to let the mailman bring it to my door.ūüôā

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Let me take a minute to tell you a little story about this piece. In order to get the free shipping, I added a few things onto my order. After I did it though, I was a little bit nervous, one of the items was kind of heavy and I was concerned about it possibly damaging the bike, particularly the handlebars. Once it arrived, I was very happy to see that Walmart had left it in it’s original packaging box, so it was well protected. You can imagine how annoyed I was when I got it out of the box and discovered what appeared to be black Sharpie type marker all over the lid, on one of the bike fenders and on the seat! Truly a WTH? moment! Then I discovered a label on the back of the display package with a bunch of Chinese writing on it, and some of it appeared to be written with the same type of marker. I suspect either they set the paper on top of the cart and wrote there, or while sliding the whole thing into the box, they were holding the Sharpie at the same time, not paying attention. Grrrrr!!!!! The good news is that all of it came off with Undu except for a small mark on the seat. I suspect it didn’t come off because it is a different type of plastic than the rest. It’s not so bad I can’t live with it. Still makes me mad though.

ice cream 2Un-packaging this set from the store display packaging was a pain in the neck.  I went through quite the wrestling match trying to get it undone, but I eventually prevailed.  I wish all of their stuff like this was as easy to un-package as the desk was.

Once I got it all out though, it was all worth it!  I love the umbrella, it is so pretty and it works just like a real umbrella!

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It comes with a decent amount of accessories as well:
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This ice cream assortment wins hands down over any other brand as the best.¬† Not only can you remove the scoops from the cones, but you can also stack them however you want.¬† I think this is a brilliant idea, and the realism on the ice cream is better than any other I’ve seen.¬† (Check it out Xyra, strawberry!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Not in the mood for ice cream?  Well how about an ice pop?  Or a cake pop?  Perhaps a giant lolliop or candy apple?  I like the little tray for holding all of the assorted goodies as well.

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The freezer part of the cart has lots of room inside:
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There are two doors on the back and the one on the top for access.  I also like how they have included openings to hold the various items in place.  Very well thought out.

I have my own collection of ice cream tubs, these are individual serving size ones from the grocery store.  We were just very careful when we ate them, and I washed them with soap and water, allowing them to dry thoroughly.  I was thrilled to see that they fit!

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And if you are like me, you probably have some of those ice cream cone erasers floating around.¬† I was happy to see that they fit in the holders on the top. They probably sit a little too low, but that’s okay.¬† I still need to get out my AG ones and see if they fit.

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Our Generation had a cute accessory set that included a candy apple in it. I almost bought it, but then thanks to other reviews I saw, I discovered that the candy apple was hollow in the bottom. Not sure who designed that, but I call that a major fail! I was pleased to see that the ones in this set did not have that issue.
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This set was $39.94, and I think it is a great set for the price. My only concern is that the entire bicycle is made out of plastic, so I wonder how durable it will be for heavy play. I couldn’t see how the axles were assembled, so I don’t know if they are metal reinforced or not.¬† Because of that, ¬†I definitely would not recommend this set for small children, it says 5 and up on it, and I definitely think that is an accurate guideline. Younger kids might lean too hard on it and break it, I don’t think it would stand up to that kind of treatment¬†like the other all metal bikes. Otherwise, I think this is a darling set, and I can’t wait to use it. I’ve had an idea rolling around in my head for a while and this will be perfect for it. I’m going to dig out all of my ice cream food and accessories and figure out what works with it. I give this set an A-, the – is only because of the all plastic. Besides that, I think it’s awesome.

Make mine a triple!
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Updated Dollhouse Tour

Last summer I gave¬†a tour of the dollhouse since it was “finished”.¬† I remember someone, I think Nonna, joking about how you are never really finished.¬† She was right!¬† Since then, I’ve picked up some new pieces, swapped out some things, changed stuff, and rearranged a bit.¬† I have managed to stick with my “it has to be better than what I have already” mantra when buying new items, and so far it has worked out exceptionally well.¬† I thought that I might show you some of what has changed in this updated tour post.

Let’s see, where to start…I think we’ll start with Kit’s room.¬† If you want to see what her room looked like before, you can see it here:¬†

I swapped out two pieces in her room and added a third:

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I found this awesome trunk at Hobby Lobby, I thought it was perfect for her room.

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And then one day while surfing Ebay, I came across a lovely nightstand.¬† I¬†first thought about buying the nightstand they originally made for her, but not only is it very expensive, I don’t care for the color.¬† When I came across this one, I thought it was perfect.¬† It’s by a company called Syndee’s crafts which unfortunately is no longer in business.¬† The chair is the one I picked up not that long ago at the Salvation Army.¬† I’ve gone from being “meh” about her room to really pleased with these changes.

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On to the living room! I’m still not 100% pleased with it, but it’s coming along. You can see the original version here:

I swapped out the sofa and entertainment center and did a bit of rearranging. I’m still not 100% pleased with the sofa and I definitely need a big picture to hang in that giant empty wall space! I do have an idea already for the sofa though. And I now have that overstuffed chair I picked up recently. Always tweaking…
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In between the kitchen and living room we have a small entry area/laundry room.¬† The only thing that I changed here was the bench, originally it was a much smaller one, but I liked this one a whole lot better.¬† The other one was a bit on the small size and is going to be rehomed with Barbie Girl for her “Barbs” gang.

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Next we have Marie-Grace and Rebecca’s bedroom. Original set up here:

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I replaced the desk I made with the My Life As desk I picked up last summer. I LOVE that desk, I think it is so cute and well done. I also replaced the white chest of drawers with the purple one I redid, I liked the layout on it better.
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The kitchen (which I never intended on doing!) has gotten a bit crowded. Here’s where you can see the before:

And how it looks now:
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Not only did I rearrange things a bit, but I also added the snack cart as a workstation of sorts. I thought it looked cute, plus it weighs quite a bit, so this makes it easy to get to when I need it for other things.
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I also made a backsplash in the stove and sink area.¬† I want to hang some things there, just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

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Alya and Shivan’s room was one of the last rooms I finished last summer:¬†

Their room underwent a significant change.¬† Believe me, I didn’t plan it that way, it just kind of happened.¬† American Girl had a special offer on a bed set last year during the holiday season.¬† I thought it was cute, but didn’t jump on it.¬† Then as frequently happens, I was wishing I’d bought one.¬† Ebay prices were ridiculous (of course) so I just forgot about it.¬† You can imagine my surprise one morning when I was perusing the AG sale listings, and there it was for only $36!¬† Then I had an idea to order 2 and use them for a bedroom set up for Kanani and Fiona.¬† However, there was a flaw in my plan.¬† If I did a room for them, it would have to be one that folded up to be put away.¬† Once I got these 2 beds and put them together, I hated the thought of taking them apart, they were so cute.¬† After a bit of thinking, I decided to switch out some stuff, and put them in Alya and Shivan’s room, along with the nightstand I got in the same sale.¬† Now I can leave them out and look at them whenever I want!¬† (Sorry Kanani and Fiona!)¬† I also added some artwork above their beds.

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So, now you are wondering where Shivan’s bed went to, huh? That takes us to Cassandra’s room. Before pics here:

I really did debate on doing this, but once I had it set up, I liked it a lot!
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Meatloaf decided to come check it out too. He got attached to Cassandra while Alya was in Ireland.

Look at all those Minions!!!

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There you have it, the new and improved dollhouse! Everyone is back from all their travels, school starts next week, so they are trying to fit in fun time together before they get busy. Here are some shots of everyone hanging out:
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