Isn’t this interesting?

The joint venture between Toys R Us and American Girl is moving along. Only 100 stores are going to be carrying the Truly Me items. Unfortunately (or maybe that’s a good thing) none of the ones close to me are part of that 100 stores. If you want to see if your store is on the list, you can pull it up at the Toys R Us website.

I did a search on “American Girl” while I was there, and I was surprised to see it pull up a large selection of Truly Me products. You cannot order them online, nor can you select “store pickup” for any of these items. You have to go to the store that carries them to purchase. I scrolled through to see what all had been selected as part of this line, when I came across this:


I was really surprised to see this, I don’t recall seeing this anywhere on the AG website recently! I thought the price was very competitive as well. The scooter from Our Generation retails for $29.99, so this is quite an interesting twist. I’m also curious if this is something we will see released on the American Girl website in the coming weeks, or a Toys R Us only item? My curiosity is killing me! I was also surprised to see in their listings the Gourmet Kitchen set. It has been out of stock since just after it came out, so I wonder if perhaps we’ll see it come back in stock sometime soon? It has been fluctuating between “back ordered until” and “no longer available” for the past several weeks.  And will there be other items added to the line?

Time will tell!

Camping In

Ever since the girls had their camp out when Trudy and Chantelle visited, Cassandra has been wanting to have another.  We had so many things going on, so it took us a while before we could work it into the schedule.  We finally got everything planned and she invited Fiona, Lanie and Lanie’s little sister Emily.  She thought it would be a nice way to get to know Lanie and Emily better since they just moved here over the summer.  Everything was all set and then the unthinkable happened: it rained.  Cassandra was really upset until I told her that they could use the big living room and set up the camper and tents there.

She and Fiona set everything up and then Lanie and Emily arrived with sleeping bags in hand.


“Hi guys!  I’m so glad you were able to come to our camp in!”


“Thank you so much for inviting me Cassandra!  I’m really looking forward to hanging out with the big girls!”


“You’re very welcome Emily!”

“Cassandra, would it be okay if I shared a tent with you?  I’ve never been camping before and I know you have.  I thought you could help me.”

“Sure thing Emily!  Come on, we’ll get our stuff in the tent.  We’ll take the skinnier one since you aren’t very big, that way Fiona and Lanie will have more room.”

“I guess you’re bunking with me Lanie,” said Fiona.


“There, everything fits just fine!  Since you’ve never camped before Emily, I’ll tell you a few things we do.  We tell funny stories, sometimes scary stories, but not too scary.  We stay up half the night talking.  We eat a lot of junk food.  And we make smores.”


Then all of a sudden it dawned on Cassandra:


“OH NO! We don’t have a fire, how are we going to toast marshmallows for smores???”

Never fear Cassandra, Flo to the rescue.

Okay gang, I’m going to show you how to make marshmallows indoors so you never have to be without smores.  Kids, if you are going to try this PLEASE get help from a grown up.  I don’t want to hear of anyone getting burnt or worse yet, burning their house down.  It’s easy and safe if you follow the directions.

First off, you need an oven safe dish.  I have several small ones that work well for making small portions:


Then add your marshmallows.  You can use mini marshmallows or full size, it doesn’t matter, both will work just fine.  Fill the dish with the marshmallows.  If using mini’s, fill them to about the height of a full sized one.


This next part is going to be different for everyone, depending on what you use.  You can use a full sized oven, pre-heated to 350, but it doesn’t always work that great.  I much prefer a toaster oven, set on the “toast” setting.  DO NOT LEAVE THE ROOM once you put them in the oven.  You will need to watch them carefully, especially the first time you do this because once they start to toast, it goes very quickly.  If you aren’t careful, they will catch fire, believe me!


And they are ready!!!  (This batch took about 7 minutes.)


Perfection!  Now you are ready to use them with graham crackers  and chocolate.  Peanut butter is good too, it helps “glue” it all together.


Well Cassandra, what do you think?




Coolspring Time Again!

Hey guys, Abby here!  I’m sure from the title, you can figure out what this post is about.  Yes, time to go to the Coolspring Power Museum to see Xyra, and this time Grace. I was super excited to get to go, especially since I wasn’t originally supposed to.  Marie-Grace already had dibs on going, but then she got a bad cold and sore throat, so Flo decided she should stay home and recover.  I couldn’t believe when she asked me if I would like to go, I couldn’t get “YES” out of my mouth fast enough!

We weren’t sure what to expect weatherwise, the forecast was all over the place.  We hit rain here and there, but once we got there, it cleared up and we didn’t see another drop.  Once we arrived, Flo texted Xyra, and before too long, she and Grace came to meet us.

It was so nice to meet her-and her dog BonBon too! He’s so cute!

There is so much to see at Coolspring! I thought the “Boneyard” looked pretty interesting though. These are parts of non-functioning engines so that people can see them. The fun part is that, unlike the ones that work, you can touch these. So we really checked them out!  (please remember that these are not safe for humans to climb on, only dolls!)



“Come on Abby, you can do it!  The view is great up here!”

“Sorry BonBon!”



“Hello down there!”


Flo said it wouldn’t be a lunch at Coolspring without some homemade ice cream.  It was so good!  Afterwards, we  checked out some more engines that were behind where we had been sitting while we ate.


Then it was time for us to go. I was so sad to leave, I had such a fun time hanging out with Xyra and Grace. Hopefully I’ll get to go again sometime.

Xyra sent us home with some fun goodies to share!
A cool hiking stick, awesome! This is going to come in handy the next few weeks to go walking in the woods with. Lots of pretty leaves to see.
A birdhouse. What colors should we paint it?
A Minion bank for Cassandra. She’s going to love this! I think the round things are stickers, I need to investigate further.
A travel journal, a flyer on rain forests and an American Girl Magazine! Awesome! We always need new reading material around here.
Oooooo! A cauldron that we can use for Halloween decorations or for someone to take trick or treating. And another similar item that will look fantastic with a light in it for the holiday season.
And this cute little doll. Xyra called it a “worry doll”. I don’t know why, it doesn’t look very worried to me!

Thanks again Xyra and Grace for being such great hosts at Coolspring! We had a great time.  Flo told me that she is already making some special plans with Xyra for the next time she goes in June.  I can’t wait to see what it is!

If you’d like to see what Grace and Xyra did when we weren’t there, you can check it out over at Tea Time with Melody Q. And if you’d like to learn more about the Coolspring Power Museum, you can check it out here: