Four Year Blogiversary!

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I have a shameless love for Potter Puppet Pals.

We made it!

Today marks my fourth year of blogging. And to tell the truth, I didn’t think I was going to make it this far. I came so close to quitting last year. Really, the only reason I stuck with it is because there are thousands of dollar worth of doll stuff in the basement, and I would feel guilty if I never touched them again. Plus, this blog has been part of my life for so long that I would hardly be the same person without it. Without blogging, I would never have gotten into photography and writing, and I wouldn’t have made so many amazing internet friends.

I’m so glad that I’m still blogging, even if I don’t post as much as I used to. And thank you all for sticking with me and my erratic posting schedule!

If I keep talking about how much blogging and my internet friends mean to me, I’ll start crying, so here are some “fun” stats for you:

– 475 followers
– 533 posts
193,318 words
– 12,445 comments

Weirdest searches that led to my blog:

– medical bag for american girl dolls
– ag thing i had around my house
– happy house of ag what is she doing? (Ha, I wish I knew.)
– dolls poetry of dear diary
– upset doll image (Do my dolls look that sad to you?)
– for chritmas i got a home (Chritmas is my favorite holiday!)
– no american girl dolls in the house (This sounds like my mom when I asked for my first AG.)
– america gril doll blog (An easy mistake.)
– how get 2015 free ag doll package delivered to your house (If I knew, I wouldn’t have had to pay for my Grace doll.)
– josie falling asleep (You sound like a stalker.)
– when truly me dolls get there
– jappy house of ag (I know what I’m going to rename my blog!)
– national friendship day coloring page
– how to make an american girl sized sword (I’ve actually made a wooden sword for my dolls . . .)
– dolls with very large dolls
– moping around
– women long transparent pvc raincoat size petite
– marshmallow jane american girl (What does this mean??)
– drum roll for soccer games
– Also: “American Girl” spelled in various, increasingly wrong ways

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How am I planning to celebrate my blogiversary?

With a giveaway! It’s not ready yet, and it will definitely never top any of Madi’s giveaways, but it’s still something. Multiple somethings, actually. I’m still figuring everything out, but I’ll definitely post it before the end of April. (Hopefully in early April, but really, who knows.)

So . . . I guess that’s it. I’m not very good at this kind of post. I hope you enjoyed it anyway, and thanks for four years of bizarre games, mediocre photoshoots, poorly planned/unfinished photostories, and countless lovely blogging memories. I’m looking forward to another year. :)

How long have you been reading my blog? Let me know in the comments!

xo

Loren

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Revealing My New Doll!

I finally got around to taking pictures of my mystery doll! I didn’t mean to make you guys wait this long to find out, I promise. I wanted to photograph her outside, but it’s been rainy here for awhile, so I ended up doing the photoshoot inside by our giant fern.

I know you guys don’t care and you just want to see the new doll, so here:

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The new doll is Felicity Merriman!

I promised to give a shout-out to anyone who guessed correctly, so here it is:

Kaitlyn | AGs in Alaska | Clara | Laura | Hope | Natalie | Sapphire | Sophia | Kiki | Madison | Rose | Persephone | Julia | Emma | The AG Homeschooler | American Girl Doll Crafter | Tory | Tori & Bella | Quinley | Sarah | Diamond | Ms. AGDoll | Arabella | ThePolkaDotPatriot | Allison | Miri | Kathleen

That was a lot of linking.

Other guesses: Lea, Jess, Nikki, Chrissa, Lanie, Luciana, Nanea, Tenney, Z, Kit, Saige, McKenna.

I think I threw some of you off with hint #3 (she’s been retired). Felicity is currently available to purchase, but I wasn’t technically lying. See, at one point she was retired (2011). If I had said she is retired, it would have been a lie, but the way I worded it saved me. ;)

As you can see by the purple dress, this Felicity is a Pleasant Company doll! I was scrolling through eBay on a whim when I found her for $56. She came in great condition, and with her entire meet outfit, except for the shoes and hair ribbon.

I can’t believe how nice her hair is. I’ve been playing with it all the time, just twisting it and fiddling with her pin curls. Super nice hair on a cheap, used doll isn’t something I was expecting, so it was a nice surprise.

Anyway, enjoy the photoshoot! :)

Felicity was on the cover of my first American Girl catalog, and she’s the one who got me into dolls in 2010. I’ve been looking for her on eBay ever since then, and I’m so glad that after eight years of searching, I’ve finally been able to add her to my collection.

xo

Loren

Guess My New Doll | Hints

(Inspired by Natalie)

Well, friends, I did it again. There is another American Girl doll for me in the mail.

She’s going to be my fourteenth AG doll — oops? I really don’t need anymore, and I wasn’t planning on buying one anytime soon, but I have money leftover from Christmas and poor impulse control.

The doll isn’t due to arrive until the 8th, so in the meantime, I thought I’d post a few hints as to which one she could be.

Hint #1: she has a film.

Hint #2: she loves animals.

I’ll hopefully post more clues before she gets here, so you guys can have a better chance of picking the right doll. :)

Who do you think she is? Leave your guesses in the comments! (Except for Sam and Rutvi, you two aren’t allowed to guess.) Anyone who gets the right answer will get a shout-out.

xo

Loren

My Thoughts on Luciana Vega

American Girl Luciana Doll & Book

Luciana Vega Doll & Book

I have a lot of feelings about Luciana and pretty much all of them are good.

First of all, we got another POC GOTY (she’s of Chilean descent)! Second, I’m thrilled that she’s into STEM. AG has been making a lot of their characters like the arts, and while I love that kind of thing myself, it’s refreshing and inspiring to have one of them passionate about science.

As for the doll herself, I think she’s adorable, and if I weren’t growing out of my dolls, I would buy her right away. I love the purple streak in her hair, and, of course, those amazing boots. The galaxy print on the dress is a bit too much for me, but I’m sure it appeals to the target age.

American Girl Luciana's Accessories

Luciana’s Accessories 

I’m loving her holographic theme, it’s so cute. I don’t think her accessories are that great, but I’m glad that they gave her a backpack instead of the usual purse. If she’s at space camp, she’s definitely going to need a roomy bag.

American Girl Luciana's Flight Suit for 18-inch Dolls

Flight Suit

I’m a huge fan of sewing patches onto everything, so A+ for that. I also really like the black shoes. They make my secretly emo heart happy.

American Girl Luciana's Mars Habitat

Mars Habitat

This is insanely cool and I am completely here for it. It comes with dumbbells, a toy 3D printer, petri dishes, etc.

According to this report, women in the U.S. held only 24% of STEM jobs in 2015. I love the idea of young girls playing with this set, becoming interested in science, and going on to up that percent. Push that feminist agenda, AG. American Girl Luciana's Maker Station

Maker Station

My favorite part of this set is probably the container of succulents sitting on the top shelf. I know I’m completely missing the point, but I just really, really love plants.

American Girl Luciana's PJs for 18-inch Dolls

Luciana’s PJs

SHE’S WEARING SPACE BUNS.

I don’t particularly care for this one, but it’s still cute.

American Girl Luciana's Telescope Projector Set

Telescope Projector Set

Apparently the telescope “lights up and projects space scenes.” That’s pretty sweet, and I am always a sucker for space. I think the blanket is a bit ugly, but it’s still a nice set.

American Girl Luciana's Robotic Dog

Robotic Dog

Robot pets will always be better than real ones because you don’t have to clean up after them.

American Girl Luciana's Stellar Outfit for 18-inch Dolls

Stellar Outfit

I like some of the pieces separately, but in my opinion, it doesn’t work together that well. But I love the jacket, I think it’s those patches drawing me in again.

American Girl Luciana's Visitor Center Accessories

Visitor Center Accessories

I don’t care that this is mostly just paper, I am 100% ready to drop $20 to get that NASA shirt. I have one in my size and I need my dolls to match.

My overall thoughts on Luciana:

I like that they gave her some feminine elements (pink, dresses, pretty hair) instead of making her a complete tomboy to match the male-dominated science field. Also, when I was younger, I wanted to be an astronaut, and although my plans have since changed, I am still in love with space. So Luciana is making me rather nostalgic.

I’m not a huge fan of the galaxy print found in most of her sets/outfits, but I understand why it’s there. AG was just tying everything together with a common theme.

I don’t know much about her story, but Luciana is already one of my favorite GOTYs from AG in awhile. Even though I’m not as into dolls as I used to be, it would still be nice if I could get her and a few things from her collection someday.

What do you think of Luciana? Are you going to buy her? I’d love to have a discussion with you in the comments, but please remember to be respectful to others. :)

xo

Loren

Three Years

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Today is rather important for this little blog. It marks three years since Happy House of AG was created. I’ve got to say, I really didn’t expect that this blog would still be running three years later — but here I am, still being weird and creative and enjoying having a corner of the internet all to myself.

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I really wish that I had planned something special for today. You guys deserve an amazing surprise, as a thank you for sticking around, even when I disappear for weeks. But today kind of snuck up on me, and I didn’t have time to plan anything.

American Girl doll Ivy Ling | Happy House of AG

Over the years, this blog has grown so much. Seven American Girl dolls have joined the crew; four and a half (I know you guys are still worked up about Serpents, sorry) weird photostory series have taken place; over four hundred people thought this trashy site was cool enough to follow; you’ve left thousands of funny and encouraging comments; and I’ve made countless wonderful internet friends.

Ever After High doll Ashlynn Ella | Happy House of AG

I hope Happy House of AG will still be around many years from now. But for now, I’ll just focus on making it to my four year blogiversary.

American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

Thanks for everything, guys. I love you. :)

-Loren

New Girl

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I really was not planning on buying another doll. But as I do not have much self-control in the AG store, a new girl came home with me yesterday.

American Girl doll Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

Please welcome Parker (#40) to the HHOAG family.

American Girl doll Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

I haven’t quite figured out her personality yet. But I believe she’ll be fourteen, with a love for the paranormal. I’m not entirely sure, though.

American Girl doll Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

I almost got #64 instead, but I fell in love with Parker’s short hair.

American Girl doll Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

I also bought the Tropical Print Dress from the new mix-and-match set.

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My dad bought the Blue Sandals for me.

American Girl doll Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

Would anyone like a review of her? Maybe a comparison between Parker and Ivy?

American Girl doll Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

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American Girl doll Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

American Girl doll Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

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I got a pink hoodie and jeans.

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And the Geo-Print Shorts.

That’s all I got at the D.C. store. I’ll probably do some reviews.

Anyway, please welcome Miss Parker.

-Loren