Review of American Girl Scottie Dog Set (Costco Exclusive)

I know I said I was going to try not to buy anything, but once in a while you have to make an exception!  It doesn’t help that I’m a sucker for the AG pets line, and to make it worse, it’s a Scottie dog…only thing worse would be a Sheltie.  I’d noticed these on some other blogs, but as you know, Costco stuff can sell out in a heartbeat, so I wasn’t sure I was going to get one.  Fortunately for me, they still had quite a few left when I got there, and I was able to get one.

So adorable!!!

I think this is one of the cutest boxes they’ve done for these too.

I was also able to get the insert out of the box without mutilating it, seriously thinking about turning it into a cute little dog house.  (note: the insert didn’t fare so well once I started to remove the items)

First the accessories:

An adorable book, a frisbee and a sheet of alphabet stickers so you can personalize the box.

The book is very nice with all sorts of information, crafts and some punchouts to go with your new family member!

And now the puppy!!!  He’s so cute!

Basically it’s just Coconut in black.  Jointed too, just like the majority of the current Truly Me pets.

Also the magnetic mouth so that the frisbee can be held.  What I found interesting was that the magnet wasn’t quite as strong as in previous pets, which allows the frisbee to kind of dangle, just like it would if a dog were really carrying it.

I tried out Coconut’s bone, and no problems there either.

I like the little tags on the collar as well.  The collar is another bonus with this set although it doesn’t include a leash.

At $29.99 these aren’t a fantastic bargain, but not horrible either.  AG currently sells their jointed pets for $28, so for your additional $1.99, you get a collar, a book and a reusable box with stickers.  But this particular one is so cute, hard for me to pass up.  They also had the Preppy Sheepdog again and a grey cat.

Coconut is pleased to have a new friend!  I’m not sure of a name just yet or who this pup is going to belong to just yet, but he’s sure to find a happy home with one of the gang.

I’m not sure if these are available at Sam’s Club yet, has anyone else seen it?  I know the last pet sets I got in a warehouse club came from Sam’s,  (Sheepdog, Terrier and Pomeranian) but that’s been a couple of years ago.

These would make great gifts, even for a child who maybe doesn’t collect American Girl or 18 inch dolls.  Everyone loves a pet!

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A bit of this, that…and the other!

Hello!  I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything since I had quite a few of the posts set to automatic.  Thank heavens for that feature.  Anyone recognize where the title of this post comes from?????  I thought it was a good name for it though since I’m going to cover a number of different things in one blog post.

First off–quick reminder, book group!!!  On the 15th I will start the discussion on “Meet Rebecca”.  I hope everyone has been able to locate the book and read it.  I’m looking forward to getting these discussions started again!.

Time for a Laney update!  She’s doing fantastic and I thank everyone for their prayers and good thoughts.  Her energy level is back to normal, and we think she was sick a lot longer than we realized.  She goes back soon for her follow up blood work and ultrasound to see if the medication did what it was supposed to do and dissolved the suspected gallstone.  We have our fingers crossed, we really don’t want to to put her through surgery if we don’t have to.

In other news–the AG pop up store in Pittsburgh has opened once again at Ross Park Mall and I was able to get there the Monday after it opened.  I did ask one of the clerks if it was crazy busy over the weekend, and she said it wasn’t, but she also said it didn’t get near the media coverage as it did last year.  The store is set up pretty much the same as it was last year with the modern stuff at the front of the store, the historical/BeForever in the back and the Bitty Baby in a small section on the one side towards the back.  It’s not a very big store, but I do think they did a better job of maximizing the space this time.

Lots of cute stuff to check out!  I was very disappointed in Nanea’s bed though, it’s advertised as being wood.  That isn’t true.  The back and sides are wood, but the piece that pulls out is completely plastic!  Not sure how well it would hold up over time.  They also had the hotel set up and I really wanted to get a photo of it, but there was the cutest little girl having a fantastic time playing with it, and I didn’t have the heart to stop her.  Although I think dad would have welcomed an intervention!!!  I did pick up a couple of things, I will be sharing those later this month.

In the same trip, I stopped by Costco.  They have some AG stuff, but I didn’t buy anything.  They do have mini doll/book sets for $29.99.  And these:

The Wellie Wisher gift sets are $74.99 and the AG Sleepover set or Salon & Spa sets are $39.99 each.  I thought this seemed a bit steep, especially since it’s Costco.  I didn’t pick up anything, partially because I thought they were overpriced, but also because it’s repeats of a lot of things I have already anyhow.  I’ll be curious to see if there are any doll gift sets like we’ve seen in previous years turn up over the next few weeks.

That’s it for now!  I do have a lot of things I’ll be sharing soon though.  The next few months are going to be a bit erratic, so I’m warning everyone in advance.  We have managed to sell my father-in-laws house (yay!) but I now have my own home to contend with and all the stuff we brought from the other house.  My dining room is downright scary at the moment!!! Plus I want to get back to my doll room cleanup/ cleanout project.  So if you don’t see a post when you’d normally expect to, everything is fine, I’m just up to my eyeballs in cleaning.  It’s going to be kind of tricky for a few months, but once it’s done, I’ll feel so much better.

Plus, like I needed another thing to distract me…

Yes, I bought a guitar and I started taking lessons.  It’s going well so far and I’m seeing progress!  Maybe the girls will let me join The Beacons?????

 

Another Year, Another Birthday

It’s September, and that means it’s Cassandra’s birthday again!  This time she told the girls she didn’t want a big party, she just wanted to hang out at home and have a small get together.  After some discussion, the girls agreed it would be nice to order Mexican food from our favorite place since that’s Cassandra’s favorite.  It arrived, and the girls settled in for a nice birthday lunch.

Everything looks yummy, doesn’t it?  The girls were eating and talking about school and how it was going so far.

“Where’s Rebecca?” asked Cassandra.  “Her food is getting cold. And there is nothing worse than cold Mexican food, yuck!”

“Here I am!  I was busy wrapping your present.”

She put the present on the table in front of Cassandra.

“Any ideas what it might be?” asked Shivan.  “We all chipped in to get it, we thought it was just perfect.”

“I have no idea!” replied Cassandra.  “But I’m anxious to see what it is.”

After the girls were done eating, they cleared off the table so Cassandra could open her present.  It seemed like she took forever opening it.  The suspense was killing everyone!

  

  

“Something from Tiffany’s?????”

“No, it was the only box it would fit in!” giggled Rebecca.She slowly lifted the lid on the box…

(Any ideas what it might be?????)

“OH MY GOSH!!! It’s a fart gun, just like Gru’s!!!!!!” (Yes, she was a bit excited, can you tell?!)

“This is just awesome!  Thanks so much guys, I LOVE it!”

“I don’t think any of us is safe now, ” Kit said to Shivan.  “I think you are right!”

 

“I’m off to conquer the world!!!”

Happy Birthday Cassandra!