Review of My Life As Kitchen Island Set

Before Christmas there were some really cool sets released by My Life As.  Finding them was a bit hit and miss around here, not all of our Walmarts had them, but I did get to see them at one out of town when we stopped.  I didn’t buy anything though, and later on I was kicking myself when I saw some other photos of the Kitchen Island Set.  Walmart’s website wasn’t much help over the holidays in finding it either, it was on the website sometimes, but not all the time, so trying to check inventory was next to impossible.  Finally though, right around Valentine’s Day, I discovered it on the website.  Unfortunately the only store near me was 45 minutes away but the good news was  it was on clearance from $28.88 down to $19.00.  I decided it was worth the drive, and I wasn’t wrong.  The hardest part though was finding it once I arrived at the store!   I got a workout if nothing else.

The usual My Life As packaging.  It wasn’t too difficult to get it out of the packaging either.

First we will look at the accessories.

The mixer is actually quite nice.  I think it’s slightly large, but not horrible.  I’ve included a pic of it with the AG/Grace Thomas mixer.  It doesn’t work though, it’s strictly pretend.

Two baking pans, a cookie sheet and a muffin pan.  These are both a nice size.

A storage “basket”, four mixing bowls in two different sizes and two utensils.  I like that the utensils have handles on them so dolls can actually hold them.

A recipe box and two cook books.  They could have left these out, they are poorly done.  I had a horrible time getting the lid on the recipe box, and it’s way too big to be the right scale.  The cookbooks are flimsy, have no type inside and were taped together.  I had to very carefully pull the tape off.  Why do they do that?

The island itself is just awesome!

A nice little oven.  Although I was kind of puzzled as to why there were just the hooks on the side and then I realized that the pans hooked on them.  Not real wild about this, may have to make some actual oven racks.

The drawer below the oven, beside it and a bin (garbage or potatoes?) all open.  I was disappointed to find that the drawers at the top didn’t open.

On the opposite side of the island we have lots of shelf space for storage…

And these drawers do open!!!  (YAY!!)

The top of the island is made to look like faux marble.

On one end we have two hooks for tools and on the other we have a towel bar.  Except I think they should have been reversed, the towel bar by the sink would have made more sense.  Hmmmmm…

 

Here it is with the mixer sitting on it and some of the items on the shelves.  Everything that comes with the set fits inside with the exception of the mixer.

I think this set is very well done, and I give it an A+++ .  I just wish My Life As (and Our Generation too) would realize how much demand there is for some of these items and make them easier to find.

I’m sure you are wondering where this is going to go…good question!  Still thinking on that, we may be having a kitchen redo in the doll house.  Or at the bakery.  I’ll let you know. 😉

 

 

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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!

Review of My Life As Aquarium Set

Lately on Instagram I’ve seen a number of posts with new items available from My Life As.  Many of them are repeats of items I already have or at least something similar, so I was able to resist for the most part.  Except one set.  The aquarium set!  I’ve thought about making an aquarium for my dollhouse, and not too long ago I found something else that worked as a small one, but this set was just too cute to resist!

There are some very cute details in this set, I was very impressed!

Of course you need fish food and a net!

And some cute decorations for in the tank.  The lid on the treasure chest even opens and closes.

And of course fish!!!  What is cool about the fish is they have little points on them that hook into different spots on the inside of the fish tank.  I think this is the cleverest idea I’ve ever seen for something like this.  I also thought the detail on these was exceptional.  Love that there is a Nemo!

Not sure how well you can make out the holes for hanging the fish as well as making all of the plants and other accessories stay in place.

One thing I will say is you do have to make a choice of the castle or the treasure chest for decoration, it gets a bit crowded and you run out of space for the fish if you try and use both.  Still so cute though!  I think this will be a nice addition to the dollhouse living room.  I do wish that the bottom part of the rack had a shelf so you had someplace to set the net, fishfood and any other accessories, but I think it will be easy enough to make one from a piece of cardboard for what I want.

I give this set an A+++.  My Life As sets just keep getting better and better, and this set is no exception.  And at $7.92, I don’t expect to see these stay in stores for very long!

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After I posted this, I had a question about the scale on it.  So I decided to add some photos so you can see.  It is a bit on the short side, but the fish are the right proportion.  However, I did discover that the tank comes off the stand!  So if you wanted to make it look more realistic, you could set it on a bookshelf or something along those lines.