My Milkshake Brings All The Dolls To The Yard…🎵🎶🎤

Sorry for that musical lapse there…I couldn’t resist.  Why you ask?  Well, this is why!

Yep, the Our Generation Retro “Make A Milkshake” set!  When I saw these on another site, I thought it would be a cute thing to have for the bakery/cafe and I was super excited to actually come across it at a Target store.  (This was a while ago, I haven’t been in a Target in a year, but this item is still available on their website!)

Here are all the parts out of the box, super cute!  I love these little sets, always nice to have a few little extras even if you already have some of the items.  You get the machine, a milkshake (looks like strawberry, yum!), a spoon and a straw dispenser.

So, here’s something interesting, I’m trying to figure out what this circle is for on the top.  I’m wondering if the original thought was to make this so it actually spun the milkshake containers.  Anyone else know if milkshake machines have this on the top or am I right in my suspicion?  It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve come across an Our Generation item with a spot that looked like the original idea was to make it mechanical.

The milkshake tumblers are removable which I was happy about, at first I wasn’t sure they came off.

On the bottom is a recessed spot that hooks over the blue tabs on the machine and you press down.  You do have to be rather careful with these though, they are tight!  When they are inserted, you can spin the tumblers around like you are making a milkshake.

Overall a really cute set with lots of play possibilities.  I can’t wait to do the new and improved bakery/cafe now that they have a shake machine and a soda machine, along with some other goodies I’ve picked up.  If this darned pandemic was just over!!!

American Girl “Doll Dining” Activity Book Review

I’ve never purchased any of the American Girl activity books. I’ve looked at a couple of them when I’ve been at Michael’s, but never took the plunge. Back in March I was ordering some of the sale items from American Girl and I decided to buy this since at that time it was only $5. It is regularly $21.99, I have a hunch they were trying to clear out some excess inventory in anticipation of the Truly Yours launch coming in May as they will more than likely change the covers on these. At $21.99 I think it’s probably a little overpriced, but at $5–that’s a steal!

Here’s what it looks like when you get it:
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First off: The book!  This book is full of all sorts of great ideas, some using the included materials and others using basic craft items and other things.  I love this little book, it has so many great ideas in it for aspiring doll restaunteurs.

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First thing you see in the supplies is a sheet that shows you all of the included items, some paper plates and an adorable order pad!

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Lots of paper supplies: open/closed signs, placemats, napkin rings–everything you need to get started.  It also is nice to have this as a sizing guideline if you wanted to make your own out of scrapbooking paper.

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I LOVE these–boxes!!!  Also some gift cards, debit cards, etc.  I intend on copying these on to cardstock to make more before I start cutting these up so I can have lots and lots of boxes!

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Menu’s and signs to decorate with.

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A “Name Your Restaurant” game (FUN!) and a template to make aprons from! 🙂

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More signs, money and coupons as well as folders to put the “bill” in.

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Stickers you can use to make food with (instructions in book) and some others for decorating.

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A nice large sheet of tissue paper to make a chef’s hat.  Instructions also in book and the band for the hat is included in the paper supplies pictured above.

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After going through all of that, you get to the bottom of the package–check it out!  An easel, some bags and a second order pad! 🙂

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The board for the easel is dry erase on one side and chalkboard on the other, very clever!

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Love the little bags and the order pads, aren’t they cute?!  I may scan the order pad into my computer so I can make loose sheets from it and not have to tear these apart.  Just adorable!!!

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I am so glad I decided to take a chance on this set.  I don’t know that I would have if I hadn’t been working on the Broke Girl Bakery.  Well worth the $5 I paid and I think a lot of play value, even at the regular price of $21.99.  I don’t remember if they had this at Michael’s, but if they did, you could get it cheaper with one of their 40% or 50% off coupons.  I definitely will be trying some of the other activity books, I hope they are as nice as this one. Have you purchased any of the American Girl activity books? If so, which ones, and what did you think?

Broke Girl Bakery: My Life As Cupcake Baking Set and Snack Stand

One of my goals in doing the Broke Girl Bakery was to do it for less money than the $500 price tag that American Girl has on the French Bakery, so I am constantly on the look out for inexpensive accessories. As you can see from previous posts and several yet to come, there are lots of things that you can make yourself and lots of cute little accessories that you can buy to go with it. It wasn’t long after I started this project that I thought of one thing I had seen that I thought would be perfect for this, and another popped up on a blog that I thought would work as well. I also thought both of these would be good for someone who wants to do something in a bakery theme, but perhaps not in to crafting.  It was just a matter of finding them!  Neither of them were expensive either, very much in keeping with my original idea for all of this.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a big fan of the My Life As clothing line for 18″ dolls found at Walmart. I can’t say the same thing about their accessories though. I think that many of these items cannot be beat, especially for the price. Last summer I got the tent/camping set and I love it, well worth the price. I remembered seeing the Snack Stand before Christmas, but at that point I really didn’t have any use for it. As soon as I started this project, I was kicking myself for not buying it because as you can imagine, once Grace Thomas was introduced and the stock being depleted after the holiday, finding it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. I wasn’t about to give up though, and I did eventually run across it at a Walmart about 25 minutes away, luckily I had a stop there anyhow. At $27.95, it is well worth the price. It looks like this:

Photo from Walmart.com
Photo from Walmart.com

I’ve seen this in two different colors, the pink and white shown here and the purple and white which is what I got. The food accessories vary too, so don’t count on finding ones identical to these. Not sure why, but not a big deal. Here is mine with the purple and white covered with scrapbook paper to match the décor of MY shop:
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I think everything is really very cute in this set, I especially liked the beverages:
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I did get a chuckle out of the giant cookies though! Reminded me of those ones they used to sell in the shopping malls that you could use as a birthday cake. 🙂
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The cash register is cute, the drawer even opens.
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It also comes with various signs that can be hung on the back or wherever. They are made of cardboard, but not sure how well they will hold up over time with much play. Not sure what the square things are supposed to be: plates? Napkins? Hot Pads?
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Overall I think at just under $28, this is a great value and is especially nice for someone who wants to recreate a bakery without spending a lot of money or having to do a lot of crafting. The stand itself is well made and I think will hold up well, it’s not a fragile piece.

The other thing that I had been wanting for the bakery were some more accessories. I first saw the bakery/chef set that Target had online at $24.99 and thought it would be nice to have. Good luck finding it. I was very pleased to see My Life As release a similar set called the “Cupcake Baking Set”. It doesn’t have as many pieces, but get this–ONLY $5!!! It had the primary things that I wanted that I didn’t already have: a muffin pan, a mixing bowl, cookie cutters and measuring spoons. It took a bit of looking but I did eventually find it. (My Walmart stinks, I’m going to quit even looking there for specific things!)
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Here’s Marie-Grace doing her best Vanna imitation with everything displayed so you can see it better!
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First, the disappointing piece: the mixer.
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Yeah, the set was only $5, but seriously, they couldn’t put a bottom on this? I wanted to be sure that everyone saw that just in case it was a deal breaker. It wasn’t a huge issue for me since I do have the Grace Thomas Baking set with the stand mixer. I was just shocked at how this was finished.

The rest is really cute though!
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The cupcake stand is really nice, and I was excited to discover that it came apart, I thought maybe I could change the layout on it, but no such luck. I still see this as a good thing though for storage purposes.
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I love the apron, I think it is very cute and fits well. The neck tie and waist tie attach in the back with Velcro.

And now for my favorite thing in the whole set:
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These measuring spoons are beyond adorable!!! They remind me of a set I had from Tupperware when I was first married. Very well done, and let’s be honest, if AG sold these by themselves, you know that these alone would be $5!

Even with the shortcomings on the mixer, I’m very pleased with this whole set.  I think both of these sets are terrific additions to any bakery collection as they offer such a nice variety of pieces at an extremely affordable price.  The hardest part is finding them. :/

Broke Girl Bakery Project Totals to date:

Total spent as of March 16– $24.89

Money spent on the Snack Stand –$27.97

Money spent on Cupcake Baking Set–$5.00

Total spent as of April 16, 2015:  $57.86

Apologies for taking so long on the next installment on this, as I mentioned before I injured my back and as a result, not only was I having difficulties in doing certain things but everything (blogs, house, etc) all got behind.  I’m recovering and finally getting caught up!  I was just thankful that I had some posts already photographed and/or written before I got hurt or you guys would have had nothing to read, eeek! LOL