Review of American Girl Pizza Party Set

Yeah, I know that they don’t sell this set anymore, but I still thought I’d review it just in case someone was interested in picking it up on the secondary market.  I thought this set was cute, but the $40 price tag kept me from grabbing it.  Imagine how excited I was when I saw it at 50% off for Black Friday/Cyber Monday!  And even better yet, I had a $10 of rewards coupon to use on my order.  Since I only ordered two items, I ended up getting it for around $15.  How can you beat that?

The set is very cute and I’m really glad I picked it up.  Here are all of the pieces:

I like the paper plates and napkins, but I probably won’t remove them from the packaging until I decide to use them for a shoot.

I think the pop cans are really cute–but do kids really drink sparkling water???  Cherry flavor does sound good though!

The Slumber Wonders book is so well done!!  American Girl mini books are just the best, I wish they’d release a whole series of them for individual purchase so I could make a cool little doll sized library.

The Blokus game is really cool, and I was glad to see it came with instructions.  I’ve never played, but I think it’s neat that they made an actual miniature game.  This would be fun to have when traveling, even if you weren’t all that into the dolls.

And the pizza–so well done!  I’ve never seen a heart shaped pizza before, anyone else?  I love that not only did they include a pizza box, but also the pan which expands the play options.  The only problem I see is I don’t know of many doll sized ovens it would fit in!

I think this set is one of the cutest party themed sets American Girl has ever done.   I give it an A!  I do wish they had included more paper plates and napkins, those are things that won’t hold up to regular play and it wouldn’t have cost that much for them to throw in a few extras of each.  Still a cute set though, and if you can find a deal on it somewhere, I say grab it!

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Doll Sized Finds…ummmm…

Hello everybody!  This doll sized finds is actually kind of embarrassing.  Why you ask?  Well, it’s all made up of stuff I had in my possession and forgot about.  Yeah, that’s right.  And to make matters worse, some of these were things I’d been wondering what happened to.  Did I give them away?  Donate?  Throw out?  So you can imagine my surprise (and embarrassment) when I decided to go through some boxes of stuff that had just been sitting from when we moved 7, almost 8 years ago and found a couple of things.  Ooops.

I do have to say though, I was kind of relived to find some of these items as they had crossed my mind as being perfect for in the doll house.  Two of the items I’d completely forgotten, so those were pleasant surprises.  Are you ready to see????

First up is this iron and resting plate, made of I believe cast iron (how appropriate).  I’ve had this since I was a kid, and I have no idea where it originated from, but it was in among some Barbie stuff at one point.  I always thought it was a bit big for Barbie though.  It is perfect for 18 inch dolls, and I think it would be really cool to use in a scene with Kit or maybe even Samantha or Rebecca.

Next is another item that was in with Barbie stuff and was also too big, and I was more than excited to find:

Another item I’ve had for forever!  I remembered this a while ago, but wasn’t sure where it had been stashed, so I was very happy to come across it.  It is the perfect scale too!

 

This next item…I’d kind of forgotten about it until Lu over at The Red Head’s Blog  (I think it was her) showed a similar set, and I quite honestly thought I’d gotten rid of this!

It was a souvenir from a trip to Mt. Vernon many, many years ago.  I can’t believe it even still had the instructions in it!  About now Evil Twin is probably giggling, remembering the trip and the carnage incurred later on involving a miniature brass cannon and bloodshed.  I won’t go into details, but it’s a memory that has lingered on in our family for years.  😉

Now for the two items I found that were a complete surprise.  One I did remember buying but the other–no clue.  Maybe I didn’t, perhaps someone gave it to me, but both were great finds!

Isn’t this little finger puppet adorable?  And he fits nicely on a doll hand.  Between this, the Phil puppet and the ones I got from IKEA, I’m thinking maybe someone needs to have a puppet show???

And this:

It’s a Build A Bear “Pet”, and it’s the perfect scale to be a golden retriever puppy for an 18 inch doll!  I’ve probably had this at least 10 years, I’m sure I picked it up back when we actually had a living golden retriever at our house.

This edition of doll sized finds isn’t all stuff I found in my house.  I did actually venture out to TJ Maxx one day and came across these mini Lindt bunnies!  I think they would be perfect in little doll sized Easter baskets, don’t you? I love when I can find actual candy items that work for doll shoots, then you can eat them after and don’t have to worry about storing them.

I also had a trip to Pittsburgh one day to pick up a camera lens and I decided to stop by one of my favorite places, Red White and Blue.  I found a bag with this doll furniture in it for a whopping $5, and the bonus doll was in it too.

The chair is different, I wonder if there was a second one and it got smashed.  The table did have a slight damaged spot, but I’m thinking if I just wrap it with white duct tape, it will be just fine.

Anyone have any idea who she is??  I am not familiar enough with this line of dolls, but I figure one of my readers has to be!  I was surprised at what great condition her hair was in, this is what she looked like straight out of the bag!

 

I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do with her just yet.  For now she’s just hanging around on the chair.  😉

There you have it folks, this months edition of doll sized finds.  And I didn’t even have to venture out for most of it.  Have you found anything good in your travels lately?

 

 

 

Review of My Life As Egg Chair

My Life As never ceases to amaze me with the new items they keep coming out with, and the Egg Chair is no exception!  I wasn’t really planning on buying it, but one day while buying Christmas presents at my local Walmart, I noticed they only had one.  Hmmm…and it was marked down to $10!!!  Regular retail on this is $19.94, not sure why it was already marked down, but at that price, how could I say no?!

I thought the egg chair that American Girl came out with for Julie was very cute, but $100…uh, no.  Lucky for me, I still have $90 in my pocket to spend on something else!  And no biggie that it doesn’t have a stool, easy enough to make from an empty peanut can.  And I could care less about being able to play music through it, that’s what I have a bluetooth speaker for.

The packaging on mine was a little dinged up, but not horrible.  I’m wondering if it was marked down because they didn’t actually sell this item at my Walmart (despite being a Super Walmart).  They didn’t sell ANY of the special items that came out over the holiday at ours which was massively disappointing.  So much for SUPER.

It came out of the package super easy–there were two vinyl straps holding it in place and then I had to cut off the plastic things that held the sticker sheet in place.  Easy peasy.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to put the stickers on it or not.

I like that there is this grip type thing to hold the cushion in place so it doesn’t fall out of the chair.  I’m not sure if you can actually get the cushion out or not though, I didn’t mess around with it enough to find out.

Cassandra spotted it immediately! She begged me to let her try it out.

Perfect fit!!  She begged me to let her put it in her room, but I’m not sure it’s going to fit.  I told her we’d have to see.  She might have to give up something.

It even spins!

I rate this item an A+++!  Hopefully there are still some of them floating around out there somewhere, I noticed when I checked the Walmart website, they were showing as sold out.  My Life As is doing such a fantastic job with their new releases, I can’t wait to see what else they come up with!