Flashback — December 2014

It’s that time again! We’re nearing the end of the month. Which means that I get to do another Flashback post! (You can see my first Flashback post HERE.)

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Victorian Beauties ~ Part 5 ~ the Grand Finale. The weird and awkward ending to my second photostory series, Victorian Beauties.

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Secret Santa. My dolls did Secret Santa for the first time! (The Historical Characters are still clueless.)

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The Doll Mag’s Advent Calendar. I shared some pictures of an advent calendar I made from a printable on Doll Mag.

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Trimming the Tree. The dolls decorated last year’s Christmas tree. Saige and Tracy also have a rather confusing discussion about when, not where. 

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Sunset Saige. A photoshoot taken at sunset, starring — you guess it — Saige Copeland. (She was featured on my blog quite a lot during December :P )

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Days Till Christmas ~ 16. Last Christmas, I posted photos of Saige (almost) everyday doing whatever the Doll Mag advent calendar told her to do.

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Christmas Giveaway! I hosted my very first giveaway . . . Devin was the winner. :)

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Another GOTY Idea. I talked about my second idea for the GOTY 2015, an animal-loving girl named Kaylyn Evans. In the picture, she’s wearing her birthday outfit.

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Shout-Out Your Doll Site! I did my first shout-out. I only got twelve sites to participate. xD

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After the Kiss ~ an AGPS (My Weird Parents Made Up the Title).

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It’s Almost FINISHED!! I shared the exciting news that my dad was building me an amazing two-story dollhouse.

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The Winner of my Giveaway! The title is, perhaps, a bit self-explanatory.

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Emily <3. The quest to find the perfect profile picture.

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American Girl Place Photos. A short documentation of my second (I think) trip to the American Girl Place in D.C.

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Merry Christmas! My dolls celebrated Christmas with some weird Secret Santa gifts. (How much longer until next Christmas?!)

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Welcome Home! I made a photostory about Savannah arriving at Happy House of AG. :)

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Randomly Awesome News and a Photoshoot. A PS of a brand new Savannah, along with an announcement about Star, Fire, and Ashes . . . a photostory series that still hasn’t happened due to a lack of trips to the beach.

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What I Got for Christmas. Christmas haul! Just about everything I got was for my American Girl dolls. XD

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New Feature! A rather blurry photoshoot of Savannah in the skateboarding outfit I got for Christmas. I also talked about What’s Up Wednesday — a weekly feature that was discontinued. (I’ve recently been contemplating the pros and cons of bringing it back . . . Thoughts?)

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What’s Up Wednesday. I picked a name for my new feature and created a page about it.

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Savannah’s Profile.

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New Years Eve. An incredibly fun post to write and photograph.

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I really look forward to doing these Flashback posts, because I get to look through my blog’s archives and read my old posts — even the not so good ones.

–Loren

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Flashback — November 2014

YOLO!

(Sorry, I recently watched an old and hilarious video my brother made with his best friends, and one reoccurring line in it was YOLO :P)

I’m starting a new tradition on my blog: flashback posts. In theory, near the end of each month, I would look through the archives of that same month, but from the previous year. (Make sense? No, I didn’t think so . . .)

Anyway, I scrolled through the November 2014 archives. Now I’m going to share a link to each post I read.

Flashback — November 2014

Hi. Happy House of AG

So, first up was a post called Hi, where I said a bunch of depressing stuff that made you all comment about how much I mean to you. Thanks for those comments, guys. <3

School Pictures. Happy House of AG

School Pictures! The dolls . . . shared their school pictures. Yeah.

Elven Hairstyle. Happy House of AG

Elven Hairstyle. Isabelle shows how to look like an elf from Lord of the Rings!

This is Not a Post. Happy House of AG

This is Not a Post. Something that is, in fact, a post. I announced The BFF Wars.

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The Story of How I Came to Love Breakfast (AKA Yum!) Isabelle tries real breakfast for the first time EVER.

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=D. <– See. Do you see? It is a smiley face. Click on it, it’s good for you.

I Won't Give Up ~ an AGPS. Happy House of AG

I Won’t Give Up ~ an AGPS. Pretty pictures of Izzy in the snow, along with the lyrics to Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up. (Come on, snow, it’s almost December. Where are you?) In that post, I was freaking out because 57 FOLLOWERS (which was a big deal). Now I get to say, 152 FOLLOWERS?! IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE LIKE THANKS GUYS YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME. THANKS.

The BFF Wars. Happy House of AG

The BFF Wars — Part 1. I started my hit series. Yay me! You can see the whole series here: The BFF Wars.

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The BFF Wars — Part 2.

Thanksgiving Fun. Happy House of AG

Thanksgiving Fun. This is where the Thanksgiving Tradition started.

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The BFF Wars — Part 3.

Audition Day. Happy House of AG

Audition Day. I’m hoping to do this series this year — if it snows, that is. *glares at the oddly warm weather*

What is She Doing?! Happy House of AG

What is She Doing?! #3 Do you like seeing Ivy stuck in an M&Ms bag? Do you like seeing a yelling Caroline in Victorian clothes? If so, go read that WISD post!

The BFF Wars. Happy House of AG

The BFF Wars — Part 4. Go see our lovable heroes, Tori and Charlotte, try to do hair in the first challenge of The BFF Wars.

Victorian Beauties. Happy House of AG

Victorian Beauties ~ Part 4. Aw, look, Rosilia Knight has encountered a cute little ghost!

What do you think of the Flashback posts?

Peace out.

–Loren

2014 Recap

I’ve seen lots of blogs doing recaps, so I thought I might as well do one too :)

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On March 27, I started this blog.

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In April, the girls signed up for Camp Doll Diaries.

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In May, I published one of my first photostories ever, in which Caroline ventures out into the meadow and meets a exotic pink bird.

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In June, I went on vacation,

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made an award,

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won American Girl Fan’s summer photo contest,

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and announced my first-ever photostory series, The Great Escape.

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In July, I welcomed Ivy into the family on the first,

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started OOTW,

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the dolls went to camp,

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and Molly opened her library.

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In August, I helped my friend Kelly start her blog, Dolls Domain,

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and Ivy went on a two day camping trip with me.

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In September Emily celebrated her birthday,

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the dolls had a family picture day,

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I started my new blog,

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Tracy got Mini Rebecca,

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 and I entered the Doll Wardrobe’s summer fashion design contest.

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In October I started Victorian Beauties,

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hosted the AG Fan Meet-up 2014 and reached 100 posts,

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and did my first collab ever with Josie, Cooking With Dolls.

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In November, the dolls got their school pictures taken,

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I went to the AG Store with my dad,

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started The BFF Wars,

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and Molly and Emily celebrated Thanksgiving.

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In December, the dolls did Secret Santa,

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I had my first giveaway,

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my dad built me a dollhouse,

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we celebrated Christmas,

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welcomed Savannah Juliet Kingsley into the family,

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and had a New Years Eve party.

Here are some fun-facts from my first year of blogging:

What I Got for Christmas

Hello! Title is self-explanatory, below is all the cool stuff I got for Christmas, with a grand total of 8 American Girl sets =)

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First up is To the Stars, Isabelle, Designs by Isabelle, a notebook that I’m doing Josie’s writing program in, and a book by Liz Kessler that I’ve been dying to read ever since it came out, North of Nowhere.
I got this incredibly soft purple bathrobe, but I’m wearing it right now so I can’t show you ;)

American Girl Isabelle's Legwarmer Set

I got Isabelle’s Legwarmers Set.

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My mom got all my dolls gifts; a nutcracker, a tray, a notepad, a jar of mini M&Ms, a hat, scarf, and mittens set, an AHG uniform, and a mini pot, watering can, and seeds. Oh, and the just-add-water dirt stuff.

American Girl Himalayan Kitten and Rembrandt

Rembrandt and the My American Girl Himalayan Kitten.

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The Skateboard Set.

American Girl Sparkly Camping Outfit

 The Sparkly Camping Outfit.

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And then, of course, Savannah.

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My parents put this dry-erase board in a box. They didn’t put Savannah under the tree, because of course I would know what it was. I mean, who could miss an American Girl doll box? So when I opened the one box with the dry-erase board in it, I totally freaked out.  I pretty much ran around the room screaming for a few minutes. (No, I’m just kidding, it was only a few seconds.)

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I got for Christmas!

What was your “star gift?”

P.S. I’m working on a DIY, so maybe that will be up soon.

AG Fan Meet-up 2014

I had this idea: why not have an AG fan meet-up? It wouldn’t be at an AG store or anything like that. It would just be something where you could meet other AG fans in your area.

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It’ll be on October 9th, all day. Just wear a blue shirt and your hair in a bubble braid. So, on October 9th, if you see a girl wearing a blue shirt and a bubble braid, don’t be afraid to say hi! She may very well be an AG fan.

Please post about this on your blog! I would absolutely love to meet each and every one of you. If you plan on attending, please tell me! I’d love to know. Also, put the AG Fan Meet-up 2014 button on your blog’s sidebar.

Here are the details again:

When: October 9th, all day

Where: wherever you are

Why: to meet other AG fans in your area

How do we find you: wear a blue shirt and your hair in a bubble braid

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Tracy; all ready for the meet-up in her blue shirt and bubble braid!

Thank you, and please post about this on your blog!

-Loren

AG Summer Release!

The American Girl Summer Release is here! Let’s see what’s new for Isabelle’s collection:

                            Isabelle’s Sparkle Dress $36

I think this outfit is really cute, but since I have only read the first book from Isabelle’s collection, I don’t know what it’s from. The Nutcracker, maybe?

Isabelle’s Makeup Set $36

This is so cute! I love the nail stickers.

Isabelle’s Fashion Sketchbook $14.99

This is for girls, not the doll. That’s all for Isabelle, I was hoping for more in her collection, or some new stuff for the historical dolls.

On to the My AGs!

The new doll:

JLY#61, Light skin, red hair, green eyes $110

She is such a cutie! She looks really similar to Saige though.

The new clothes:

Coconut Cutie Outfit for Dolls + Charm $30

Coconut Cutie Outfit for Girls $26-60

Coconut Cutie Tee for Girls

Coconut Cutie Tee for Girls $26

Coral Floral Skirt for Girls

Coral Floral Skirt for Girls $34

Petals & Plaid PJ’s for Dolls + Charm $24

AHH! This is so CUTE!

Petals & Plaid PJ’s & Slippers for Girls $24-64

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Petals & Plaid PJ’s for Girls $40

Fuchsia Moccasins for Girls

Fuchsia Moccasins for Girls $24

 

School Stripes Dress for Dolls + Charm $28

I love this! This sneakers are awesome! It is just so cute!

School Stripes Outfit for Girls $26-70

Wait. School!? Seriously, AG, it’s SUMMER! Now is not the time to think about school.

School Stripes Dress for Girls

School Stripes Dress for Girls. $44

Doodle Tee for Girls

Doodle Tee for Girls. $26

Starry Hoodie Outfit for Dolls + Charm. $30

Cuteness! Love the hoodie!

Starry Hoodie Outfit for Girls. $38-80

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Starry Hoodie for Girls. $42

XL is SOLD OUT! WHAT!? Um, this isn’t right. THIS JUST CAME OUT TODAY! IT CAN’T BE SOLD OUT!

Starry Jeggings for Girls

Starry Jeggings for Girls. $38

Bright Stripes Outfit for Dolls + Charm. $38

Sparkly Camp Outfit for Dolls + Charm. $30

I love this new camping outfit! All though the boots might not be the best thing for hiking, the sure are cute!

2-in-1 Cheer Gear for Dolls + Charm. $48

Skateboarding Set for Dolls + Charm. $42

Wow. The. Sneakers. Are. Adorable!  I think I like the old skate-board better though. Only the shape of the board. I like the design on this one better.

Karate Class Set for Dolls + Charm. $38

Hi-i-i-ya! I think it looks pretty realistic, my brother used to be in Karate. But I don’t think the doll could be a black-belt. AG could have inclouded different colored belts, so the doll could move up in her class.

Bee Myself Outfit for Dolls + Charm. $34

The new pets and their things:

Coconut™ the Puppy. $28

Nooo! What happened to the other Coconut?! This one isn’t in the same position, and doesn’t have a collar! Is this the third version? Still, this one is pretty adorable!

Charm-ing Pet Collar $16

Dalmatian Puppy $28

Chocolate Lab Puppy. $28

Corgi Puppy. $28

Princess Pet Bed. $26

Preppy Pet Outfit. $18

Travel Kennel. $26

Pet Grooming Set. $30

Jeweled Collar and Leash. $12

Pet Ballerina Outfit. $18

This would be perfect for Tutu! If it fits her, that is.

Dreamy Daisy Pet Bed. $26

Pet Celebration Set. $22

Spiky Collar and Leash. $12

Petal Pet Outfit. $18

Blossoms Collar and Leash. $12

Pet Camping Outfit. $18

Cuddles and Cures Pet Set. $22

Apricot Poodle Puppy. $28

No! My sweet Honey! :(

Sporty Pet Outfit. $18

Treats and Eats Pet Set. $16

Himalayan Kitten. $28

Aww! She is soooo cute!

Funky Pet Bed. $26

My AG accessories:

Doodle Backpack Set. $28

Trail Accessories. $38

Jewel Highlights Set. $15

Accent Braid Clips. $15

These are avalible in Blonde, Caramel, Red, Brown, and Dark Brown.

Camp Treats Set. $58

Aqua Earring Tree. $10

Wrap Watch. $8

Violet Heart Watch. $8

Pet Earrings $10

Doodle Earrings. $10

3-in-1 Ring Set. $8

New furniture and the other stuff:

Bouquet Bed & Bedding. $38-213

Bouquet Bed Set

Bouquet Bed Set. $175

Bouquet Bedding

Bouquet Bedding. $38

Bouquet Nightstand. $58

Sunset Sleepover Tent. $85

Sunset Sleepover Bag for Dolls. $28

Sunset Sleepover Bag for Girls. $85

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This release is huge! I like most of the things, except for the pets.

What do you think of the release? Will JLY#61 be joining your family of dolls? What do you think of the pets? AG did release stuff for the Bitty’s, but I didn’t add that to this post. I’m pretty sure I have the whole release here!

~Loren~