Shopkins “Oh So Real” Mini Packs

If you’ve spent any time at all in a toy department, I’m sure you’ve seen Shopkins.  Cute little toys and apparently very popular given the wide variety of them available.  Recently on a trip to Walmart, I came across some that I found very interesting!

I saw these and immediately thought “doll food packages”!  This is called the “Oh So Real” set because they are made to look like real name brand foods, pretty cool!  So this package ended up in my cart.  What do you get?

I decided to pull out 5 of them from the package, each a different style–a jar, can, box, bag and tub.

I was very happy to see that each of these containers came open easily, so my idea of using these to stock a doll sized pantry would work out well.  Inside each of these was a bag which contained a Shopkin.

Also included in the package was a chart showing who comes in each package.

So, what was inside each of the bags?

Aren’t they cute?  And at about one inch tall each, they are the perfect size as doll toys!

I haven’t opened the rest of the packages yet.  The containers will make nice additions to my doll pantry, although the jars and cans are more institutional sized than regular sized.  Now I need a doll sized Costco or BJ’s for them to shop at!

This particular Shopkins package was $14.99 at Walmart.  Not a great price, but easier than making them I guess.



American Girl New Releases

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post about my opinions on the new releases from American Girl.  I guess it’s time!

The new Girl Of The Year was released–hello Blaire Wilson!

What does everyone think?  I personally think she is very cute.  I doubt I will get her though because she’s yet another in a long line of Josefina face mold GOTY’s (Grace, Lea, Luciana) plus I already have several other dolls with the same face.  I do LOVE her dress, I may have to go on Ebay to see if I can find one for sale if I don’t get the doll.

Her collection is very cute, and I think it will do well.  I really like the restaurant set, but it’s a large item and I don’t have space for it.  My biggest complaint with her accessories (and actually everything in this most recent release) is TOO MUCH PLASTIC!  American Girl is no longer creating heirloom type pieces at all.  😦

One item from Blair’s collection in particular is definitely going to be coming to my home:

This little pig is just too stinkin’ cute!!!!  I’m not sure how he’s going to fit in to a storyline here, but that’s okay, he can hang out with me instead of the dolls.

I like some of her outfits too, just waiting to see what else comes out in the spring releases before I jump.

The Truly Me line got a boost to their camping line, but nothing I absolutely have to have.  I am starting to see a lot of repeats when it comes to accessories, and that’s great if you are new to American Girl, but for those of us who have been collecting for a few years, it doesn’t give us much to get excited about.  And again, all plastic, even the “wooden” bench for the campfire.

Does anyone else think the swimming pool is an epic fail?  For $100, you could do a whole lot better and just buy an actual baby swimming pool that looks more realistic.  I just don’t see this as a very interactive toy, unless your doll is going to do nothing but lay by the pool and look cute.  Just not into this item at all.




There wasn’t a lot in the way of new clothing this time around and none of the BeForever dolls had anything added to their collections.  I did like this outfit though:

I am impressed with the fact that someone is using some common sense with the new clothing and not picking ridiculous colors.  No new mix and match items though.

I may have to get this swimsuit for Mimi…

It wasn’t a “take your breath away” release, but it wasn’t horrible either.  I think the items that came out in the fall were much more interesting.  My credit card won’t take too hard of a hit this time around!

What did you think of the new releases?  And how about Blaire and her collection?  What was your favorite item?



I just had to share this!!!

A link to this came across my Twitter feed today and to say that it tickled my fancy is putting it mildly.  Be sure to read it, I think we can all find our own “grown up” American Girl we can relate too.  I have to say that mine is Addy with her love of thrift store finds!  Who is yours???