Review of My Life As Aquarium Set

Lately on Instagram I’ve seen a number of posts with new items available from My Life As.  Many of them are repeats of items I already have or at least something similar, so I was able to resist for the most part.  Except one set.  The aquarium set!  I’ve thought about making an aquarium for my dollhouse, and not too long ago I found something else that worked as a small one, but this set was just too cute to resist!

There are some very cute details in this set, I was very impressed!

Of course you need fish food and a net!

And some cute decorations for in the tank.  The lid on the treasure chest even opens and closes.

And of course fish!!!  What is cool about the fish is they have little points on them that hook into different spots on the inside of the fish tank.  I think this is the cleverest idea I’ve ever seen for something like this.  I also thought the detail on these was exceptional.  Love that there is a Nemo!

Not sure how well you can make out the holes for hanging the fish as well as making all of the plants and other accessories stay in place.

One thing I will say is you do have to make a choice of the castle or the treasure chest for decoration, it gets a bit crowded and you run out of space for the fish if you try and use both.  Still so cute though!  I think this will be a nice addition to the dollhouse living room.  I do wish that the bottom part of the rack had a shelf so you had someplace to set the net, fishfood and any other accessories, but I think it will be easy enough to make one from a piece of cardboard for what I want.

I give this set an A+++.  My Life As sets just keep getting better and better, and this set is no exception.  And at $7.92, I don’t expect to see these stay in stores for very long!

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After I posted this, I had a question about the scale on it.  So I decided to add some photos so you can see.  It is a bit on the short side, but the fish are the right proportion.  However, I did discover that the tank comes off the stand!  So if you wanted to make it look more realistic, you could set it on a bookshelf or something along those lines.

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Doll Sized Finds–bet you thought I’d given up!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted any doll sized finds.  Mostly because I haven’t had time to hit up any thrift stores.  Plus, I’m really trying to restrict what comes in, sticking with the “it has to be better than what I have already” motto.  In early December though, I really got the itch to go looking, and it turned out to be a pretty good search.  I even managed to find a clothing item for me!

First up are these cute baskets I found.  I have a few baskets already, but these were way different from anything else I already had.  I paid less than a dollar for the pair, so definitely something not to be passed up.

Here’s Zara holding the one so you can get an idea of the scale.  I think this would be a cute item for in the bakery, holding muffins, scones, breads, etc.

Another stop yielded an awesome find:

A sofa!!! You may remember that when I cleaned the dollhouse back in the fall, my other one bit the dust.  I wasn’t 100% happy with it anyhow as it took up way too much space.  This one is a much better size, although I think it could stand to be a bit deeper on the seat.  I’m going to do some upholstery type work on it, so that should resolve the issue.

Zara agrees that with some minor adjustments, it will be just perfect for the living room.  Not too bad for $1.79!

Have you found anything awesome lately while out shopping?  My “doll eyes” have been on a bit of a break but I’m still always on the lookout!

Book Group–Meet Cecile!

It’s that time again, and this month we are going to talk about Meet Cecile.  This book is unique because it’s one of the few situations where one of the BeForever/Historical friends actually had a good bit of a story revolve around her instead of just the main character.  Yes, Julie had Ivy, Samantha had Nelly and some of the other girls had friends, but I don’t think any of them were given quite the prominence as Cecile.  I’m still sad that these girls are gone from the American Girl line too because they were both such great characters.

I was very excited to read this book as I absolutely loved Meet Marie-Grace.  What I didn’t realize is Meet Cecile was not written by the same person!!  I was surprised to learn that, but the story didn’t suffer because of it.

Meet Cecile has it’s similarities to Meet Marie-Grace in it’s setting and some of the places discussed such as the Marketplace, the place where both girls take their music lessons and some of the others, but overall, the book has a very different feel to it.  I love the use of many French words, I took several years of French in school and it was fun to see how much of it I remembered.

The family dynamic is totally different for Cecile too, she comes from a busy household with several servants and a brother who is away in Paris.  The two stories come together though with the tale of the adventure the girls have at the Children’s Ball, but told from a different perspective.  There doesn’t seem to be quite as much about the developing friendship between the two girls though, much more of Meet Cecile is devoted to her family preparing for her brother to come home from Paris.  There is also an antagonistic character, but much like the one in Meet Marie-Grace, it’s very fleeting, not like some of the ones in other books.

Meet Cecile also goes into a lot of detail about the Free People Of Color with a very interesting part of the story devoted to it, as well as a whole section in the back of the book that explains more about it.  I think this is something very relevant to what is going on in our world today, and I’m very glad that someone thought it needed discussing when they worked on the concept for these books.

Overall, I liked Meet Cecile, not quite as much as Meet Marie-Grace though.  I do have the rest of the series and will be reading it eventually.  If anyone would be interested in continuing with these books for book group later on, please let me know in the comments!

What did you think of Meet Cecile?

The book for February will be Grace, March will be Meet Felicity.  I hope everyone can get their hands on these before then and participate in the discussion!