Review of My Life As Bathroom Play Set

Both My Life As and Our Generation have been coming out with some amazing stuff lately, they are really putting the pressure on to American Girl.  They’ve not only come out with sets that are similar to some of the American Girl, but they’ve also both come out with some original type sets as well.  I’ve been behaving myself lately, trying not to get a bunch more stuff because I just don’t have a lot of space for it now, but when I saw this set showing up regularly in Instagram feeds, I just had to have it!

I was a bit concerned that I would never run across this set at a Walmart near me, but I’ve seen it in several.  I imagine these are selling rather well though at around $40.  A far cry from what American Girl was asking for Julie’s set, plus it’s normal modern colors.  And it all comes apart as well.

 

Here is the toilet and the vanity once out of the package.  I stuck a post-it note on the mirror to minimize reflection for photography purposes.  The mirror isn’t a true mirror which is fine, it’s definitely safer this way.

There’s a button you can push to make the vanity lights turn on.  They are on a timer and will automatically shut off, great thinking!  They aren’t very bright though.

There’s a nice storage compartment under the sink along with a shelf below for storing more towels.  The compartment snaps closed too so it’s not going to be a problem if you have to carry it from room to room, no worries about things just falling out.

The sink faucet can be moved from side to side, very cute detail.

The tile design carries over to the back as well.

 

The toilet is very well done, right down to the toilet seat in the separate sections!

There’s a button on the top of the tank that you can press to hear a toilet flushing sound.  I neglected to test this before I got home and discovered mine wasn’t working.  As is the case frequently with My Life As items, the batteries were simply dead and luckily I’d bought a large card of the same sized batteries so I was quickly able to get it up and flushing again.  I included this picture of the battery compartment so that it is easy to locate just in case you need to change yours at some point.

The shower stall is very well done too, a lot of nice attention to detail!

The shower curtain fits the whole way around the shower, very nice!

The hooks are even like real shower curtain hooks and come undone!

 

The shower head comes out of the hanging assembly so you can put it into a dolls hand.  This was the only thing I didn’t like about this set as I found it difficult to maneuver and think it might break easily if not done correctly.

The temperature controls move so you can make it look realistic!

 

It includes a bottle of faux shampoo and condition in a rack on the wall.  Nice little feature!

 

The set also includes a mug, toothbrush and toothpaste.  I especially liked that the toothbrush has a handle on it, making it possible for a doll to hold it.

Overall, I think this is an exceptional set and I suspect at the $40 price point, it will sell out very quickly.  If you are thinking about this set for your collection, I wouldn’t put it off for very long!  I give this set an A++, so well done and cute.  Great job My Life As!

 

 

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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!

The Room Rearrangement

“Thanks for coming over to help me Jenny!  I knew I couldn’t move all of this furniture around by myself, and Marie-Grace had riding lessons today.”

“No problem Rebecca, I’m happy to help!”

“Let’s see, first we need to get this dresser out of the way…”

“The stereo needs to go to the living room.  We don’t use it in here anymore, we have all of our music on our smart phones now.”

“And this is going to go to the attic until someone else decides they need it or we have a big yard sale!”

“Now we just need to start sliding the desk over there…”

“Wow Rebecca, that wasn’t hard to move at all with two of us!”

“I agree, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.  Except now I’m not sure what to do with the poster, it’s hidden.  Hmm…”

“It’s so pretty, I’m sure you can find somewhere else for it.”

“Ta-da!!!”

“Perfect!  I kind of feel bad that it wouldn’t fit in Cassandra’s room, but I am going to love having it in here!”

“What do you want Lulu?  You want to come up here?”

“Oh great.  It’s now a dog bed.  UGH!!!!”

“This is not what I was expecting…”

Do the pets in your house always take over the best seat in the house?????