Packing…

Kit decided it was time she thought about packing for the trip.  She wasn’t sure what to take though, the most traveling she had done recently was back and forth between here and her parents home in Cincinnati.  She decided maybe it would be a good idea to get some help, so she went downstairs to see if any of the other girls had any ideas.  First she stopped outside of Cassandra’s bedroom.  After hearing the conversation, she decided maybe she’d better ask someone else as it seemed Cassandra, Shivan and Fiona were in a rather heated discussion about something that Kit didn’t understand.

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“I think Euclidian geometry is much better than Pythagorean geometry!” “No! No! No! Pythagorean geometry is better–it’s called the Pythagorean Theorem not the Euclidian Theorem!”

Kit continued down the hall to where Alya and Shivan’s room is.  When she looked in the door, she could see Alya showing Kanani the new bag she’d picked up.

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“Isn’t this bag adorable? I got it at Target, it was the last one they had in pink.” said Alya. “Oh, hey Kit, come on in!”

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“Hi guys!” replied Kit. “I need some help, I’m having a hard time with packing for the trip. I thought maybe since you both have traveled some, you might be able to help me?”

“Sure!” exclaimed both Alya and Kanani. “Go get your suitcase and bring it in here and we’ll get you all straightened out.”

Kit ran up to her bedroom and got her suitcase.
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“Let’s set it up here on the bed,” said Alya.  “Kanani, if you could go get some of the clothing out of the wardrobe that you think she’ll need, that would be a huge help.”

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Kanani came back with several items.

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Kit wondered outloud. “Guys, do you really think I’m going to need all of that?” “Oh, most definitely!” replied Kanani. “You don’t want to be away from home and find out you need something and you don’t have it!”

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The girls continued adding things to the pile.
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“…several pairs of pajamas and a bathrobe…”

Finally Kit couldn’t take it anymore. “STOP!!! GUYS! I’m only going for four days!!!”
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Alya and Kanani turned and looked at Kit and in unison responded. “Oh.”
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“Thanks guys, but I think I can handle this on my own!”

Do you have a tendency to over-pack when going on a trip?  I’ve never been one to get too carried away, but over the years I’ve managed to pack less and less and on our last trip to Ireland, both Mr. Flo and I took only a rolling carry-on bag and a shoulder bag.  I think Kit’s going to fit right in on this trip!

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Review of Journey Girls Bistro Table Set

I don’t know what it is about this year, but it seems to be the year of the table and chairs!  AG came out with a new set for Truly Me as well as a set for Melody, Our Generation came out with a set right around the new year, My Life As came out with a set recently and so did Journey Girls.  Take your pick, they are all cute!  I have the prior AG table and chairs set, but I’d been contemplating a smaller set for when I do set ups in the bakery, using that set was just a bit on the crowded side.  I’ve seen reviews on several different sets, but the one that appealed to me the most as far as looks was the Journey Girl set.  I think part of that is because it resembles Kit’s table and chairs set a bit, and that is a set that I’ve always liked.  The only reason I don’t have it is because it’s all metal and weighs a lot, and I would have difficulty storing it when not in use.

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In my recent trip to Toys R Us, I decided to take a close look at this set, and after much debate, it came home with me.  I wasn’t sure what to expect after my last wrestling match with the packaging but I’m happy to report, it was easy as pie to get out of the box.  I guess they were saving the frustration for the assembly.  While the pieces appeared to be easy to assemble, they did require a bit of manual dexterity.  It was all worth it in the end though, this is one adorable set!

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The accessories with this set are very well done, I especially love the tiered serving stand and the fact that the plates are removable, just like with a real one:
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You get 4 macarons, 4 heart shaped cookies–and only 1 cupcake?! I guess the dolls have to fight it out over that one.

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You also get 2 plates (saucers), 2 cups and 2 placemats. I like the sizing on these pieces, scale accurate.

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I love the attention to detail on the table, so well done.  I think the top will be fairly easy to get off too in order to store it a little easier.

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The chairs are very nice as well, about the only thing I’d be tempted to change are the cushion covers, not wild about the print, but that’s more of a personal choice. I was a little concerned about how easily they would tip with a doll in them, or how well the doll would stay on them, and my concerns went out the window once I tried them out. They are very sturdy despite their light weight.

Now the big question was, who would get to try them out first? I decided on Emily and Lanie for 2 reasons. 1) they haven’t done any modeling yet for the blog and 2) it shows how well they work for both sizes of dolls. Don’t they look so sweet, sharing a snack together? I laughed once I opened the photos up on my computer too, with them sitting by that window and it looking so pretty outdoors, it almost looks like they are at a real bistro!

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I give this set an A+++++. This is well worth the $24.99 price and a fantastic bargain at that. Once I got it all assembled, I was tempted to stick it in the doll kitchen and take out the AG set, I like it that much! The only issue that I feel like I need to mention is that the assembly on this was not all that easy, so if you are buying it for a small child, be prepared to assemble it. Otherwise, it is perfect!

Review of Journey Girls Fashion Gift Pack

I don’t have a lot of Journey Girls items, but the few that I do have, I like a lot.  I check the Toys R Us website periodically to see what new items they have.  Recently, one item in particular caught my eye.  I decided to go pick one up and see if it was as nice as it looked online.

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It’s called a Fashion Gift Pack. I’m not sure if they are going to have others like it, but this was the only version I saw at this particular store. They had a bunch of them too, so they must anticipate good sales. I thought it looked very cute though, and it was $9.99, very reasonable price.

After I got it home, the fun began. I think Journey Girls has just taken the crown from Our Generation when it comes to packaging and making it as difficult as possible to get the items out. I even suspect they hired some origami specialists to figure this packaging out. After a lot of wrestling and finally just taking scissors to the darned thing, I got it out of the plastic. I wanted to keep the box part intact so I could show it to you:
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The box inside the plastic sleeve is a very nice, durable box that is suitable for gift giving and/or storage. I don’t quite understand the degree of over-packaging on this piece, especially since it’s $9.99. Whatever.

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Both items are very well done. I thought the hat would not only be a nice accessory for outfits, but also for Abby to wear when she’s at a horse show. The fur collar will work with several different pieces I have. I wanted to show it on, and poor Cassandra just happened to be handy, so she got the job.

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“You could have at least let me comb my hair!!!”

And a side view of the hat:
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I think they are both very chic and well made. I definitely intend to keep the box to store the hat in so it doesn’t get squished. I give this set an A+. (but an F for the packaging!)