Review of My Life As Small Pet Set

My Life As seems to be trying to keep new stuff hitting the store shelves on a regular basis and they keep coming out with really nice sets at a great price.  This set is no exception!  I’d seen it on several others blogs and Instagram accounts, but as always, our area seems to be dead last in getting this stuff in.  Luckily on a recent trip to Walmart, I at long last came across it!

There are a lot of pieces to this set–and it sells for less than $8!  I’m going to break it down in sections for the purpose of this review.

First the cage:

This piece is really well done.  It is actually the right kind of cage for a hamster/gerbil/hedgehog or other small type of animal.  The cage in the American Girl pet set is cute–but as someone who has owned small rodents, you want a cage with grates so air can circulate.  In the bottom is a sheet of paper with a print that makes it look as though it has some sort of bedding base to it.  Also much better than the AG set because the textured surface in theirs makes it next to impossible to keep things in place!

Little critters need some activity and this is where this set really shines.  All of these are replicas of actual items you can buy for small animals with the exception of the teeter totter.  I can’t say I’ve ever seen one of those, but maybe they do sell them.  It’s not really something I can see them playing on if they do.  Maybe chew on instead?

And of course, you need food!!  A big bag of “food”, a water bottle and a bowl.  The water bottle is my favorite part of these items, it looks very realistic.  The bowl is my least favorite as it’s just a sticker in the bottom.  I may have to make some little food pieces to put in this for a bit more realism.

And of course–animals!! This set comes with a hedgehog AND a hamster! (I told the girls they will have to be careful as it’s not legal in Pennsylvania to own a hedgehog as a pet.  At least it wasn’t the last time I checked!)

Here for comparison is the hamster from the AG set alongside the one from the MLA set:

Both are cute, but I think the MLA set has a better facial expression, more like the hamster I had when I was a kid.

So–here’s where I think they failed.  The cage needed to be just a little bit taller to accomodate the hamster wheel.  I’ve never seen one used outside of a cage.  I suppose you could, but all of the ones I ever owned for any of my little rodent friends I kept in the cage so they could play to their hearts content.

However, they made up for this with a major plus.  There is a peg on the wheel and the teeter totter so they stay in place!!

(The hamster is never going to win the teeter totter battle, the hedgie is way heavier…)

On the bottom of each of the animals is a hole.  I think this is a very clever idea and kudos to MLA for thinking of it!

Even with the few minor shortcomings in this set, I think it is well worth the price.  Good job My Life As!!  I look forward to see what else they come up with next.

 

Review Of Our Generation “Slumber Party Set”

I’ve had this set for a while and I keep putting off writing a review of it.  Recently I was in Target and saw it was still available for sale, so I decided NOW was the time!!

This was a gift from Xyra at Tea Time From Melody Q.  She lives on the other side of the state and I find it interesting how we find totally different sets at our local stores at different times.  The marketing on this line still puzzles me…

Here it is all out of the package.  Just four pieces but all well done!

I asked Kanani to help me with the blanket, she was happy to oblige.  It’s very cute with a different design on each side and it’s a decent size.  It’s not really a blanket for sleeping, more of a throw to keep your legs warm or a nice picnic blanket.

 

A bottle of sparkling orange juice…not exactly sure what that is, I’ve honestly never had it.  Anyone??  Is it good?  It’s still really cute.

The bowl of popcorn is awesome.  It’s a small bowl, unlike one I recently got in another set.  And it looks as though when they made this popcorn, they tossed a bunch of marshmallows in it as well, yum!

 

 

Also included is a cute invite to the slumber party.  It’s reversible, English on one side, French on the other.  Which I find intriguing, why French??? I realize Our Generation is sold in Canada, but I’ve seen it in Ireland as well and I’m sure it’s sold in quite a few other countries too.  Inquiring minds would like to know.

Overall a really cute set with nice mix and match pieces with endless possibilities!  I give it an A+.

 

Back to School…oh dear…

 

Yeah, it’s almost that time–in fact, in some parts of the US, kids are already back in school–eeeek!!!

Recently I was at our local outlet mall, looking for something in particular.  We all know how it goes, especially if you always have your “doll eyes” open.  And it happened in a place I least expected it.  The Coach store.  I was actually looking for a particular bag (which I did find and they were having a fantastic sale) when I came across this.  It was a case of “should I/shouldn’t I”.  And finally I gave in.

An itsy bitsy Coach backpack!!!  I thought it was absolutely adorable and after a lot of debate, I decided to go ahead and get it.  I figured if the size was wrong I could keep it for my own use as a keychain/bag accessory, or return it.

As fate would have it, the size was actually better than I could have imagined!

Here is Mimi, wearing it much the way I do with my own backpack, slung over one shoulder:

I thought at first it wasn’t going to fit in a traditional way, but was pleasantly surprised to find it did!

A view from the front.  You can see that it’s a little big snug, but not terrible.  I have to be careful when I put it on her, don’t want to dislocate any dolly shoulders.

Ordinarily I would remove the keychain part, however, not only do I think it would be difficult with this particular item, but I actually may use this for myself at some point in time too. (sorry Mimi)  It at least swings out of the way for doll photos.

It even has an itsy bitsy Coach tag!!

Okay…I know that some of you are thinking “how much did this crazy woman pay for this???”  More than I probably should have, but as I mentioned before, Coach was having a very good sale at the time.  It was $35, which is insane for a tiny piece like this.  But once in a while I can’t help myself.  And when you think about some of the ridiculous prices American Girl has charged for items and compare the quality–it really isn’t as bad as it sounds.  I don’t remember what the full price was on it–I’m thinking it was around $100 which is absolutely nuts and I wouldn’t have paid that no way, no how.  Once in a while a splurge is okay.

And now Mimi is going to be the most stylin’ gal at Kennedy!!