A Quick Update

Thank heavens I had the foresight to write a bunch of posts in advance a few weeks ago, or it would be crickets here.  It’s been a trying couple of weeks and it’s not over yet.  We’ve had the closing changed, not once, but twice on my father-in-laws house.  We’re not sure what the issue is, but it keeps getting moved closer which is hard when you are trying to coordinate schedules with everyone to finish getting it cleaned out.  Then my husband and I both managed to get the cold/flu stuff that is making the go rounds.  I’m so sick of coughing, my sides hurt.

As if us being sick wasn’t bad enough, then the dog got sick.  At first I thought perhaps it was just her usual tummy problems, but then it became apparent that it was much more serious than that.  She is currently in the dog hospital and it’s very touch and go at the moment.  I’d appreciate any good thoughts/prayers you can spare at the moment, we are two very upset and concerned dog parents.

Anyhow–I have a couple of posts that haven’t posted yet, but if there is a large gap after that, you know why.  Regardless of the outcome, I’m planning on having the post for the Book Group up on the 15th, but beyond that I’m not making any promises.  If she does get home, I have no idea how much attention she’s going to need for those first few weeks, and she will be my priority.  Keep us in your thoughts.

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Review of Our Generation “Fashion Notes”

Our Generation has released a ton of new stuff lately but it doesn’t show up on their website!  What’s up with that?!  If you want to see some of it, you have to either look on the Target website, or hope that someone shares their finds on social media.  There are plenty of cute items, ranging from clothing to accessories, and prices on this line are still very good.  One set in particular caught my eyes–Fashion Notes.  And I was lucky enough to find it in a very unexpected stop at Target, yay!

The main reason I wanted it was for the little trumpet, although I thought it was a cute set as well.  This set retails for $17.99.

The top and skirt are cute and very well made.  The pink sparkles on the top are beads, and I’m not all that wild about them.  I’m not sure what is up with all of the blinged out doll clothes lately.

The trumpet is very cute and the set comes with two pages of sheet music.  I didn’t look at them closely enough to see if they are accurate or not.  I was kind of annoyed that they were taped together in the package, so I had to be very careful to get them apart.

The set includes a headband, leotards and shoes.  The headband is probably my least favorite thing in the set because it has this giant pom pom thing stuck to it.  I’ve not seen any of this in real life, not sure my dolls like it either.  The leotards are nice (although mine ended up snagged getting them out of the packaging).  The shoes are very cute though.

The shoes are the standard Our Generation plastic ones, but they have nice details.  Mine had two smudges on them out of the package, but they came off with just a damp cloth.  I loved the detail on the sole of the shoes.

Marie-Grace was the model for this outfit.  I think it looked cute on her, but I’m not sure if I’d use these pieces together.  The way the waist band on the skirt is made created a bulky look when the sweater is on.  And the shoes were a bit difficult to get on because of them being hard plastic, the tongue of the shoe was next to impossible to move to make it easier.

A close up of the sweater so you can see the metallic details.  Lots of metallic fabric in doll clothes lately too.

And a close up of the shoes once I got them on.  The laces are a bit long, not sure how to remedy that and not make them impossible to tie!

Here’s Marie-Grace with the trumpet.  I couldn’t get her to hold it without help, thank heavens for clear hair bands!

Overall, I think it’s a cute set, but I would use it more as separates.  All of the items are well made and fit the American Girl dolls just fine.  It’s not a perfect set, but it’s not horrible either, so I give it a B+ rating, marking off mostly for the weird headband and the stiff shoes.

Some rather scary news…

You can imagine how shocked I was when I came across an article today that talked about retailer Toys R Us going bankrupt.  I’ve shopped there since the 1980’s, and it’s sort of an institution in the United States.  I’m sure there are some American Girl purists who would love to see this as they haven’t been happy about the AG product line being sold there.  However, it’s not that simple.  Once the news of this possible bankruptcy hit the news, shares of multiple toy company stocks dropped in price.  Mattel was included.

Not too long ago I saw a piece on the news about the difficulties that Lego is having financially as well.  Who would have ever thought that a company as well established and known worldwide like Lego would have any kinds of sales issues?  I’m sure 20 years ago, no one would have thought that Kodak would become a minor player in the photography industry.

The problem is that kids aren’t playing with toys like they did in the past.  Instead, they are playing video games or are obsessed with their smart phones.  Childhoods like many of us remember are rapidly disappearing.  I can’t help but think that we are going to lose a toy company or two before too long either.

If you’d like to read an article about the bankruptcy:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-18/toys-r-us-is-said-to-plan-bankruptcy-filing-as-soon-as-today