Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Erin Go Bragh!  Failte!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!  Mimi is all decked out in her Irish outfit just for the occasion!  When I saw this set available, I had to have it.  Mimi is the only one of my dolls to actually go to Ireland, so it’s only natural that she got to wear it.


I LOVE the clothes.  I wasn’t so sure about those yellow tights though, but once you put them on, they are no longer an in your face yellow and very tolerable.

The green cardigan is by far my favorite part of the whole set, but I really do love it all.  And you can never have too many hiking style boots. (At least my gang can’t.)

The t-shirt is awesome with all the different Irish related logos.  Somewhere I saw a comment that made me just shake my head.  It was along the lines of “the only people that would wear an Ireland t-shirt are tourists.”  UH–NO KIDDING!  That’s the idea of this set as well as all the other sets.  And actually, I have friends in Ireland who have been known to sport an Ireland t-shirt every so often too, so that thinking is wrong.  I really like the skirt too, this whole set has endless mix and match potential!

The accessories are cute too, but I wasn’t as wowed by them as I was by the outfit. The bag is nice, but a little bit cheap looking.  The postcards are cute.  The shortbread cookie tin is nice…but the cookies are huge!!!!

Shortbread cookies ARE NOT as big as your hand.  I’ve yet to ever see one this big.  Usually they are a nice small biscuit, the perfect size for dunking in your tea or coffee.  Ugh.  Oh well.  I may have to make some more realistic sized ones to put in this tin instead.

I’m loving this new travel theme, it’s all super cute!  Having been to Ireland numerous times, these were definitely must have sets.  The England sets, I’m not as sold on.  I showed them to a friend from Wales and her comment was that the accessories were good, but the dress was a swing and a miss, it’s more Scotland than Ireland.  The other sets are places I’ve not traveled too or are not as familiar with, so I’m not sure about the accuracy on those, but I think the idea of promoting travel and education about other countries is great and I hope that AG maybe adds some more to it.  Maybe some Latin America?  Portugal?  China?  Where would you like to see them go next?

Review of Our Generation “Choco-tastic Stand”

Alright, before I get started, let me just say thank you to everyone for their patience while I tried to figure out a way to keep going.  This is the first post with the new watermarks.  I’m still working on the best way to do these and they may evolve over the next several posts.  And let me just point out to anyone who might think about stealing these images–they are copyrighted.  I will be regularly checking via reverse search engines to make sure my images are not stolen.  And if they are, let me just say that I WILL pursue legal action.  I have the means to do so and will not hesitate.  I do not take image theft lightly, particularly if my images are used to con others.  If anyone ever comes across any of my images on Ebay or anywhere else, please let me know.  You will be rewarded.  Theft of images needs to stop and we have to be proactive as a group in order to get that to happen.  I’m rather stunned that I’ve heard from several people about their images and/or content being stolen.

Okay…let me straighten my apron a second…because I will need one for this set!  (I’m a slob.  I’m always spilling food on my clothes.)  RARELY am I one of those people who is the first to get anything.  I don’t live in the right area it seems for new releases from Our Generation.  However, this pandemic thing does have it’s advantages.  I’m regularly checking websites for new stuff.  And when I came across this set, it took me no time at all to order it!!  Interestingly enough, just in the time between when I ordered it and it arrived, it completely disappeared from the Target website, so I must have been one of the few people lucky enough to get it

This is how it arrived with just a plastic bag over it.  No usual OG box.  Fortunately no damage either, it did have some stuff in the large Target box to protect it.  I was excited because getting things out of OG boxes can be a hassle.  My excitement was short lived though as I looked closer…

Tape.  Lots and lots of tape…ugh.

It was a wrestling match of epic proportions.  I miss the days when you’d order an OG item and it would come in a box with the accessories loose.  I get why they do it in stores, but this was overkill.  And I had a nice pile of plastic leftover when I was done.

Okay, on to the rest!  The stand itself is really cute and well made.  I love some of the little details.

I love the dishwasher.  You can push the buttons but they don’t do anything.

A decent sized refrigerator and a storage space above the dishwasher.

   

The side has me a little perplexed though.  The menu idea is nice but there are no prices.  And no stickers or chalk included to add prices.  I haven’t tried writing on it with my own chalk, I have to find it first!  Odd.

I like the built in shelf.  And did you notice the “drip” across the front?

On to the accessories!  This set does not disappoint in that area at all and the more I messed around with it, the more excited I was.

The “hot chocolate machine” is really cute and well done.  They even made it so the dispensing valve moves and the on/off switch rocks back and forth.  The lid comes off as well.  The lid is the only part of this I was disappointed in as it does not fit or stay on as well as it should.

I love the toppings tray!  Everything is glued in place though so you have to pretend.  The little scoop is really well done though.

And of course, cookies to go with the hot chocolate!  I really like the little tray for the cookies, this is probably one of the prettiest I’ve seen in any set so far.

The set comes with some signs.  I wasn’t wild about these at all, but I get what they were trying to do.  The signs have parts that stick out from the back and hook into the sign.  I might make some overlays for them and use them to say something else.

The hot chocolate mugs and cups are my favorite part of this.  I like that they made the chocolate removable!

The mugs are especially well done and you can switch around which mug the different drinks fit in.  (and now I want a hot chocolate with whipped cream and a peanut butter cup on top…)

You have to have milk and a bottle of chocolate sauce too!

Here are front and back views of it set up.  I love this set and think it has all sorts of potential.  Now I need to get the bakery back in business, this will be a perfect addition!

I give this set an A+++++ as it has so many nice accessories and I think it is an excellent set for play as well as display.  Seriously thinking of leaving it out in my living room over the winter months, decorated for the holidays.

Hopefully it will turn up again at Target, I know that supplies on new items are always a bit hit and miss when they first come out and now throw in the issues we are encountering with the pandemic in regards to items coming from overseas.  I will say it will be worth the wait though.  Now, it’s time to go make some hot chocolate!

 

Review of My Life As Movie Theater Play Set

Sorry if I sound like a broken record, but I’ll just say it again–My Life As keeps cranking out some great sets and when I saw this, I had to have it.  At $7.92 it’s a great value and paired up with the popcorn set from Our Generation, you’re all set for a fun day “at the movies”!

This set comes with 15 pieces.

 

I liked the back of the package too, it gives some play ideas–most girls could use a box to replicate this counter.  But I’m also wondering if maybe they are coming out with a theater too?  Inquiring minds…

Two cups for soda.  I like that the lids come off too.

A nice box to carry goodies back to your seat in.

Don’t forget your tickets!!  These are double sided too.  And I guess these are meant to be M & M’s and Twizzler boxes?

Popcorn at a movie, yes.  Cotton candy…I can’t say I’ve ever seen it at any of our theaters.  I’d buy it though if they did!!

A hot dog that is removable from the bun.  I like this because I’d have to order it bun-less since I can’t have gluten!

A big pretzel!!!

And now for the best piece in this whole set–a drink fountain!

It even makes sounds like a drink dispenser when you press the levers!  It’s run with AAA batteries too, I’m really glad to see this.  The last few things I’ve purchased from MLA have required those button batteries that are not only a pain in the neck to change, but also can be expensive depending on where you pick them up.  Once in a while I find them at Dollar Tree, but not always.  I guess the real test will be to see how long the batteries last.

I give this set an A+++.  It’s well thought out and for the price, you can’t go wrong.  I’ve got plans for this in an upcoming story involving the bakery, and a lot of the food can be used for other ideas as well.  A great value for under $8!