Review of Kit’s Radio Set

It’s no secret that I love Kit and her collection.  I think I have more of her items than any other doll.  I liked the Radio Set, but I wasn’t wild about the price, especially considering how much plastic there was in it.  The AG Gods finally smiled on me though and marked it down to half price.  It’s a set that definitely was not worth $42, but for $21, I was willing to take a chance on it.  To sweeten the deal, I had a $10 off rewards coupon and since I only ordered two items, it was like getting this for $16, whoo hoo!

The set includes the radio, the book “Robin Hood”, a baseball pennant and a cable to connect the radio to your own electronic device.

The radio is very cute.  I just wish it wasn’t so much plastic.

The knob on the left is how you get the different sounds to play.  The one on the right is the volume.  When you turn the one on the left, it not only changes what sound comes out (ranging from music to news broadcasts) but it also makes the needle move.  And…

It lights up!!  I thought that was very authentic.  There is also a button on the back where you can shut it off so you don’t have to worry about the batteries running down in case something bumps the knob.

The book is really well done.  American Girl definitely does mini books better than anyone else in doll land, and this is no exception.

I didn’t take any more photos of the pennant because it’s, well, a pennant.  It’s nice, and it fits in with Kit’s character.

Overall, I give this set a B+.  The only reason I didn’t rate it higher is because of the radio being entirely of plastic.  It wouldn’t have been that difficult for them to have made it out of wood, I used to have a music box shaped like a radio that was about this size that was made out of wood, and I know I didn’t pay anywhere close to $42 for it.  I’m just glad I got this set on sale!

What’s In A Name?

Recently I was driving somewhere and they were talking about the most popular names from 100 years ago.  This was based on statistics from the Social Security Administration.  Interestingly enough, I was able to accurately guess the top girls and boys names–Mary for girls and John for boys.  I also thought back to when I was growing up and how those names had faired over the years.  There were a couple of boys named John in my school and quite a few Mary’s.  I doubt there are very many now!

This brought me to thinking about not only the popular names currently, but how I came up with the names for my dolls.  And I started to wonder how my fellow bloggers and doll friends came up with theirs!

Louisa’s name came from the British TV show “Doc Martin”.

Several of my dolls kept the names they were given from American Girl–Kanani, Kit, Rebecca, Marie-Grace, Lanie, Samantha.  Some came from movies and TV–Cassandra, Alya, Jenny, Fiona, Louisa, Jan.   A couple came from other characters in AG books–Emily, Sophia.  Two were named after songs–Allison (Allie) and Christine.  And some were names I just liked–Shivan, Ryan, Josh, Zara, Abby.

Emily (a renamed Willa doll) whose name was from the book Lanie.

Now I’m curious–how do you come up with names for your dolls?  I know some people name them after other family members, friends, or just names they like.  I’d love to hear how you select names for your dolls!

A Sad Post/Raising Awareness

This morning I learned that Bella of the Instagram account @THENOOKDOLLS passed away.  I was truly saddened to learn this as I’ve been following her journey over the past few months and thought perhaps she might actually beat cancer.  RIP Bella.

To those of you who don’t know about Bella–she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer that is most prevalent in teens and young adults.  She had undergone many different treatments for it, and hearing of the side effects of some of these treatments was heart wrenching.  Despite all of her days of feeling awful from her treatments, she and her mother started their own charity through Angels of Hope.  Bella and her mom donated dolls to hospitals in various locations.  Here is a link to an article about the work Bella and her mom were doing that was written in October of 2017.  http://www.greercitizen.com/news/teen-mission-hope

One post that Bella made on her Instagram account really hit home for me.  I knew something about this from when the granddaughter of a friend was diagnosed with cancer, but I never knew the actual statistics until Bella talked about it.  DID YOU KNOW:  Only 4% of the money raised for cancer research goes towards childhood cancer???  That is only 4 cents out of every dollar donated!  Yet every day in the United States, approximately 700 children are diagnosed with cancer.  That’s outrageous!!  Many of these kids are treated with experimental procedures because there are no protocols in place.  Long story short, they are turned into science experiments.  This needs to change.

Bella was such an inspiration to many, and I hope that as a community, all of her fellow American Girl friends will keep her memory alive.  She was an outstanding photographer, survivor and just an all around generous person.  We need more Bella’s in this world.  She will be missed by many.