Book Group Reminder!

Just a quick post to remind everyone that we will be discussing “Aloha Kanani” on the 15th!  I’m really looking forward to this one and hearing what everyone thinks.  There will be no book group in December, so this will be the last one for 2017.  I’ll be posting the next few for 2018 on the 15th as well.  See you then!


And the winner is…

Sorry to be so late in posting the winner of the Punxsutawney Phil puppet and pin, but my internet has been acting up all day!!  Don’t you just love technology sometimes?!  Anyhow, the winner is:


Congratulations Maggie!  I’ll get this in the mail to you in the next couple of days, weather depending.  They are actually saying the “S” word around here, oh no!!!  I think I have your address in my stuff somewhere, if not, I’ll shoot you an e-mail.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Goodies from the AG Pop Up Store–Maryellen’s Roller Skating Accessories and the Truly Me V-Neck Hoodie

It’s Pop-Up Store season for American Girl and we were lucky enough to get one again this year in the Pittsburgh area at the Ross Park Mall.  I wasn’t all that impressed with it last year, but apparently the powers that be learned a few things and it seems to be a much better thought out store with a better supply of items!  If you’ve ever been to a Pop-Up store, you know that they don’t carry the entire line of items.  I had my fingers crossed that they would have one item in stock that I really wanted, and the doll gods were on my side this time!

Before I get to that, I will show you the V-Neck Hoodie I picked up.  I liked this item when I first saw it, but then I realized that it had those ridiculous holes in it for you to hook over the dolls thumbs.  Ugh.  I don’t like this style at all.  Do people really wear their clothes this way????  I was glad I had the opportunity to see it in person though because the holes aren’t ridiculously obvious should you choose to not wear it that way.  They really just look like button holes, and they face inwards so unless you are looking for them, you probably wouldn’t even notice.

Now for the item I really went for–Maryellen’s Roller Skating accessories!  I thought this set was adorable and took me back to my own childhood, even though I grew up 20 years later than Maryellen’s era.

You’ll be happy to see it comes in the traditional box.  The only change they have made is now the boxes are sealed with circle stickers.  They are easy to remove if you are careful though without damaging the box.  If I managed to do it, so can you!  Proof:

Everything is self contained in the roller skate case:

The case is lined with a pink fuzzy fabric.  The outside of the case is a bit lumpier than I expected, which makes me wonder what exactly the box is made out of.  Hmmmm…

All sorts of goodies in the case!  A bottle of soda pop, a pair of socks, a baton and a jump rope! And some stickers should you want to decorate the case.

I think the socks are adorable and will go with so many other outfits, not just the roller skates.  I’m also very happy to see that the baton and the jump rope have handles on them so the doll can actually hold these without the use of clear elastics or something else.  American Girl has been doing a great job of adding this to a number of their products and I hope it continues.  The only thing that disappointed me in this set was that the baton was completely plastic and not metal as it should be.  They didn’t even spray it with shiny paint.  😦

Let’s see how the items look in action!  Cassandra wanted to try everything out and since she already knows how to skate, I thought it sounded like a good idea.  Here she is with the baton:

The scale on this is perfect.  I can just see her marching down the street, can’t you?

The jump rope seems a bit short to me, but maybe I’m wrong?  Maybe I just need to leave it out so it will lose the kinks in it and will look more accurate.

And on to the main item I wanted from this set–the skates!!!  They are so cute, they remind me so much of the ones I had when I was young.

I even made sure that they were accurate in their assembly and that they could actually be stopped properly!

The skates were super easy to get on, not a struggle at all.  I will admit that Cassandra put them on without the socks, but I think that even with the socks they wouldn’t be difficult at all.  I told her she didn’t want to skate for long like that or she would get horrible blisters on her feet!!

Overall, I think these are cute and very well done.  A really nice set with a lot of pieces that would allow for plenty of play scenarios.  I really lucked out as it was Columbus Day weekend, so I got the $10 off $50 since I purchased both items at the same time, plus it was triple points for rewards members, and I ended up with enough points added to my account to get another $10 certificate in the future!  Timing is everything, you know! 😉