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.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin Happy House of AG

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

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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

I’m Going to the GOTY Debut

Hey, darlings!

I’ll be at the D.C. American Girl store on January 1st. My dad is taking me (how many dads are willing to take their daughter to a pink store filled with dolls and excited girls?) and I’ll be getting lots of pictures of the new Girl of the Year, Gabriela McBride.

Are any of you going to be at the D.C. store for the GOTY’s debut? If so, I’d love to meet up with you! It’s my dream to meet my internet friends in real life.

Anyway, on the first, I’ll either post something new or update this with more information, like what time we’ll be arriving, what doll I’ll bring, etc.

I really hope I get to meet some of you. :D

-Loren

HHOAG is on Instagram

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I was able to get an Instagram account for my blog! If any of you would like to check it out (and maybe follow), my username is happyhouseofag.

I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing, so please bear with me as I figure it out. Any advice would be very helpful!

On a different note, I got bored of the Christmas Countdown series. So I’m not doing that anymore. But you can expect a guest post, a DIY, and some photoshoots in the near future.

-Loren

Tenney Grant {My Opinions}

I’ve been a bit disconnected from the American Girl community lately, but as I’ve caught up on my reading, I’m learning a lot about Tenney Grant. If anyone is as confused about who this new doll is as I was, this is what I’ve gathered.

For awhile, the AG community thought Tenney Grant would be the Girl of the Year for 2017. It turns out that theory isn’t quite right. I’ve heard it said that she will be American Girl’s “modern doll.” And, despite not being the GOTY, she will be released shortly after the 2017 one, on February 9th.

Small Dolls in a Big World found a leaked picture of Tenney Grant (see it here). However, it looks far more like a costume doll than an official one. The eyebrows and the vibrant lips look a bit off.

It’s been confirmed that her hands will be uniquely shaped, allowing her to hold instruments (she likes playing guitar). This seems a bit weird to me, because I’m wondering if they’ll look strange on the doll.

Normally, the age range for American Girl books are 9 – 12. However, “Tenney’s Journal” is recommended for girls 10 – 14. It could be that her story will deal with more serious topics than AG’s past books.

Finally, part of her collection will be a boy doll called Logan Everett. Many bloggers are against the idea of a American Girl offering boy dolls, and have speculated that Logan will be Tenney’s boyfriend. Personally, I don’t know exactly what to think. On one hand, I dislike the idea of giving a character a boyfriend. AG is targeted at young girls, and is definitely influential. I don’t think teaching 9 – 12 year old girls that they need a boyfriend is a good idea.

But on the other hand, I am considering buying Logan. (It really depends on how cute he is.) I’ve wanted to add a boy doll to my collection for quite some time, but I have no clue how to create a custom. Also, my dolls dislike being dressed up as boys when I need one for photostories/photoshoots.

Anyway, American Girl must have been planning Tenney Grant for quite some time. The names Tenney and Logan have been trademarked for years . . . Maybe since 2014, I’m not quite sure. I’m excited to see exactly what’s in store for 2017!

-Loren

American Girl at Costco

I was at Costco today with my mom, and I saw a huge American Girl display in the toy section! Of course, I had to take pictures. Sorry for the bad quality — they were taken on my mom’s phone.

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The first thing that caught my eye was a set with Samantha, her first book, the dress from her Holiday Set (which seems to have been discontinued), and her Fancy Coat set for $120. If you bought this straight from American Girl, it would be $150.

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Horse and Saddle set, $50. I don’t believe you can buy the Chestnut Horse from American Girl anymore.

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They had two craft books there: Lea Clark and Doll School, both $25.

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Dogs! These particular ones are not available on AG’s website. They are each $30.

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Cocker Spaniel.

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German Shepherd.

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Sheepdog.

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American Girl: Ultimate Visual Guide ($15) and Ultimate Sticker Collection ($8).

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Isabelle’s Ballet Recital Mega Bloks Set, $25.

There was also a Bitty Baby set, but I didn’t take any pictures. Sorry.

By the way, I won’t be posting very often this month. I’m participating in NaNoWriMo, and it’s taking up a lot of my time. I’ll try to post a Thanksgiving special, and maybe a few photoshoots, but I can’t promise.

-Loren