Pilgrims & Indians

Happy Thanksgiving, guys! I hope you all have great big meals in your near future.

In celebration, I dressed Ellie and Savannah up as pilgrims and Indians and got them to act out the first Thanksgiving. I stitched all the beads onto Savannah’s dress. It took a long time, but it turned out looking really nice. :)

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-Loren

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American Girl Summer Release

Have you seen American Girl’s new release? I’m not exactly sure when it came out, but I just learned about it last night. ;) Anyway, I’m going to share my opinions on their new stuff.

*All pictures belong to American Girl*

Welliewishers

WellieWishers — $60

First up, the new line of dolls: WellieWishers. I’m sure you guys know about them already; bloggers have been searching for them and uncovering new information ever since AG trademarked the name. The WellieWishers are 14.5″, making them the right size to be younger sisters for the 18″ dolls. It sounds like their bodies are made entirely of vinyl.

From left to right: Emerson, Ashlyn, Willa, Kendall, and Camille.

American Girl Little Ladybug Brush

Little Ladybug Brush — $8

Voilà! A tiny hair brush.

Peek-a-Boo Wellies — $26

Socks Set — $20

Colorful socks and clear rain boots? Interesting. The socks would certainly let you change up your look with ease.

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Playhouse — $250

This thing looks sweet, but there’s no way that I would pay $250 for this playhouse. Maybe if you’re rich and you’ve got that much money to blow on accessories for already expensive dolls . . .

American Girl WellieWishers Charm Bracelet

Charm Bracelet for Girls — $10

For ten dollars, all you get is the chain and the rain boot charm. All the other charms are $5. I think this is a neat idea — every time you get a new doll, you can buy the corresponding charm. But I think it would be even better if American Girl sold the charms with the dolls.

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You can buy all the dolls’ meet outfits in girl size. The shirts are $26, and the skirts are $28. So you’d be paying, uh . . . *maths* . . . $54 for one outfit.

American Girl WellieWishers Nature Explorer Set

Nature Explorer Set — $24

I think this is pretty adorable. :) Acorn-shaped bag! Canteen! Compass! Binoculars! I just want to know if the accessories are a good size for the 18″ dolls.

American Girl WellieWishers Ocean Treasures Set

Ocean Treasures Set — $24

I like the colors of this, but how much play value does it really have? I mean, the mermaid tail is cool (you guys know that I love mermaids), but what are you supposed to do with a shell, a message in a bottle, and an hourglass?

Tea for Two Party Set:

Tea for Two Party Set — $24

Cute — little forks and spoons!

Make-It-Great Play Set:

Make-it-Great Play Set — $24

LITTLE SCISSORS AND NOTEBOOK AND HAMMER AND PENCIL AND ASDFGHJKL

Giggles and Grins Play Set:

Giggles and Grins Play Set — $24

I really hope that these things are the right size for 18″ dolls, because FUNNY GLASSES and WHOOPEE CUSHIONS.

Carrot & Hutch:

Carrot & Hutch — $42

Aw, lil’ bunny. ☺ Carrot is a pretty cliche name, though . . . It’s like, “This is my bunny, her name is Carrot!”

“Wow, you have no imagination at all.”

Garden Theater Stage:

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Garden Theater Stage — $90

This is super pretty, I love the colors! Plus, all the props are reversible, so you can give the theater a new look.

American Girl WellieWishers Showtime Ballet Costume

Showtime Ballet Costume — $24

American Girl WellieWishers Enchanted Garden PJs

Enchanted Garden PJs — $20

American Girl WellieWishers Flutter Wings Doll Carrier

Flutter Wings Doll Carrier — $45

$45 FOR A WEIRD BACKPACK-LOOKING THING?

Garden Party Table & Chairs:

Garden Party Table & Chairs — $58

At first I thought, Why are there so many bugs? But then I read the product description and found out that they are tic-tac-toe pieces. You can play the game on the tabletop, which I sort of cool, I guess.

American Girl WellieWishers Berry Sweet Snack Stand

Berry Sweet Snack Stand — $28

This one is actually really cute. :) I love the heart-shaped cookies and the clusters of berries!

American Girl WellieWishers Daisy Princess Costume

Daisy Princess Costume — $24

idk, it’s kind of icky. I know that purple and pink are supposed to go well together, but in this outfit, they just don’t.

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Trundle Bed & Bedding Set:

Trundle Bed and Bedding Set — $100

Looks like we finally got a replacement for the old Dreamy Daybed! I love this, the colors and patterns are so pretty.

American Girl Truly Me Pomeranian Pajamas

Pomeranian Pajamas — $24

Wow. Doggy themed. I don’t dislike it, exactly, but I also don’t love it. I bet you could use the T-shirt and pants as regular clothes.

American Girl Truly Me Adventure Pop-Up Camper

Adventure Pop-Up Camper — $185

DUDE, I LOVE THIS. It’s really different from Lanie’s camper or the Our Generation one, which is cool. I love the little paper lanterns strung along the top! And the entire camper can fold down for easy storage. :)

American Girl Truly Me Adventure Tent

Adventure Tent — $70

I think the fireflies in the jar are a nice touch.

American Girl Truly Me Adventure Campfire Set

Adventure Campfire Set — $42

American Girl Truly Me Adventure Sleeping Bag

Adventure Sleeping Bag — $28

I love the colors and the pattern that they used on this.

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American Girl released a huge new array of mix-and-match items! I really can’t pick a favorite; everything is so cute. But I love the Pretty Plaid Shirt, Side-Cinch Tank, Denim Jacket, Playful Print Skirt . . . pretty much everything. Not to mention, they sell everything (but the shoes) for girls, too!

American Girl Truly Me Ombre Ballet Outfit

Ombre Ballet Outfit — $34

This is very similar to a ballet outfit I have for my Barbies. ;) I love all the blues!

American Girl Truly Me Skeleton Outfit

Skeleton Outfit — $34

This Halloween outfit glows in the dark! And look at those awesome fingerless gloves! They are, without a doubt, my favorite part of this outfit.

American Girl Truly Me Glitter Glasses

Glitter Glasses — $10

American Girl Truly Me Brownie Ombre Glasses

Brownie Ombre Glasses — $10

American Girl Truly Me Butterfly & Gem Bracelet Set

Butterfly & Gem Bracelet Set — $8

I like the colors of the gem bracelet.

American Girl Truly Me Elegant Earrings Set

Elegant Earrings Set — $10

Wait, why are they selling two dangles and two studs for $10? Didn’t they used to sell, like, four of each for that price?

American Girl Truly Me 3-in-1 Ring Set

3-in-1 Ring Set — $8

American Girl Truly Me Cute & Comfy Lounge Set

Cute & Comfy Lounge Set — $20

The shirt is adorable! It could easily be used as a normal shirt.

American Girl Truly Me Mini Doll Tote

Mini Doll Tote — $10

I personally like the old purple tote better, but maybe that’s because I despise the color pink with a burning passion.

American Girl Truly Me Adorable Accents for Dolls - Everyday

Adorable Accents for Dolls – Everyday — $10

You could probably find all of this stuff at Dollar Tree.

American Girl Truly Me Adorable Accents for Dolls - Souvenir

Adorable Accents for Dolls – Souvenir — $10

American Girl Truly Me Sparkle Star Cutaway Tee

Sparkle Star Cutaway Tee — $10

Cute!

American Girl Truly Me Star Skirt

Star Skirt — $12

American Girl Truly Me Sparkle Doll Tote for Girls

Sparkle Doll Tote for Girls — $48

American Girl Truly Me Two-Doll Tote

Two-Doll Tote — $24

American Girl Truly Me Star Water Bottle

Star Water Bottle — $12

Why is American Girl selling water bottles? Aren’t they a doll/clothing company? Ah, whatever.

AG made some outfits for the Bitty Babies, but since I’m not into them, I decided not to include them in this post. Check out the site if you want to see the BB stuff.

Do you like the WellieWishers? Why or why not? What’s your favorite thing from this release? Least favorite?

-Loren

Review: Lea’s Mix & Match Swim Set

Review: Lea's Mix and Match Swim Set

Hey, guys! I’m finally getting around to reviewing the Lea’s Mix & Match Swim Set that I bought in January. The powers of procrastination, my friends.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - bikini

Let’s start with the lime green swim suit. American Girl calls it a tankini, but let’s be honest: this is a bikini.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - bikini

The bikini is lime green with hot pink edging. The fabric is stretchy, and feels like a real bathing suit.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - fringe

The fringe is made out of the same fabric as the rash guard that comes with this set. In all the stock pictures of this outfit, the fringes are perfectly flat, but that’s not going to happen with mine. They curl and flutter all over the place. The only way to get them even close to flat is if you wet your fingers and stroke the fringes.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - bikini

The bikini closes in the back with velcro.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - bikini bottom

Like the bikini top, the bottom is made of lime green fabric with hot pink trim.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - bikini bottom

The bikini outfit doesn’t hide the doll’s tag, but if you stick it into the bottoms, it becomes slightly less noticeable.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - rashguard

Let’s move on to my personal favorite, the rash guard outfit.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - rashguard

The top has hot pink sleeves and lime green edging around the neck. The rash guard is mostly made of a blue fabric with a busy neon pattern on it.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - rashguard

It velcros in the back.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - rashguard bottoms

The bottoms are pink, with a panel of blue patterned fabric on the hips.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - headband

Lea’s Mix & Match Swim Set also comes with a stretchy headband.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - headband

It’s pink with a white pattern.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - headband

Elastic is sewn into the back of it, and it slips over the doll’s head.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set

Obviously, you can mix and match this set (hence it’s name), but I prefer keeping the rash guard outfit and the bikini outfit to themselves. I guess the colors just don’t work as well.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set

See what I mean?

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark's sarong

Hot pink sarongs were given out at Lea Clark’s debut, and they work perfectly with the swim suits.

Lea’s Mix & Match Swim Set is a colorful, realistic set that is a must-have for anyone who lives near the beach or has their own pool! Not to mention, the rash guard can double as a regular top

Buy this outfit from American Girl for $34 HERE.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

Bonus pictures!

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Relaxing in the pool. ;)

American Girl doll swimming pool

I used a colorful beach towel for the background of this shoot. :)

American Girl doll swimming pool

American Girl doll swimming pool

Like my swimming pool? I made it using Hidden Hollow AG Crafts’ tutorial: http://hiddenhollowagcrafts.blogspot.com/2016/06/happy-first-day-of-june.html

Do you live near the beach or have your own pool? I don’t, but my neighbors let us use their pool every summer.

-Loren

Writing Challenge on Blue Eyes, Gray Eyes

CWWC-2016

On my other blog, Blue Eyes, Gray Eyes, I’m hosting a writing challenge! It’s called Creating Worlds Writing Camp, and it go from May 1st to the 31st.

I’d love it if you would check out my post about it HERE, and maybe sign up.

Even if you don’t have a blog, you can still participate in CWWC. All you’d have to do is email your stories to me at happyhouseofag@gmail.com.

Make sure you sign up for Creating Worlds Writing Camp before midnight on April 30th, because camp starts on the 1st!

-Loren

Review: Lea Clark’s Rainforest Hike Outfit

Review: Lea Clark's Rainforest Hike Outfit

Hello! Today, I’m going to be reviewing an outfit from the collection of Lea Clark, American Girl’s newest GOTY doll: the Rainforest Hike Outfit.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

The outfit comes with a T-shirt, cargo pants, hiking boots, a belt, a watch, and a headband. It’s priced at $34.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - shirt

The white T-shirt has a beautiful butterfly design on it, described by American Girl as a “watercolor butterfly.” The shirt velcros in the back.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - pants

Lea’s cropped cargo pants are a grayish-green color. There are parallel lines in the fabric, but you don’t really notice them until you look closer.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - pants

There are two nicely sized pockets.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - pants

The pocket flaps lift, and there’s enough space to put something small into the pockets.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - pants

Functional belt loops go the whole way around the pants.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - belt

The striped green belt is not attached to the pants. It closes with a large plastic belt buckle.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - belt

The belt is surprisingly long.

A complaint is that little hands might have trouble feeding the belt through the loops. Also, I’ve found it hard to style the belt. The shirt covers it, and the buckle bulges in an unattractive way. Here, let me show you:

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

With belt.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

 Without belt.

The outfit in the second image is more pleasing, because the belt isn’t making a lump beneath the shirt. I’ll most likely use the Rainforest Hike Outfit without the belt.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

Of course, I could hike (pun intended XD) the shirt up above the belt so that it can be seen, or tuck the shirt into the pants, but I like it better without the belt at all.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - boots

Moving on to Lea’s shoes! They are made of a tough, leathery fabric, with thick plastic soles. The hiking boots have beige, pink, and green fabric on them.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - boots

Side view.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - boots

The boots lace up with a green stretchy rope. In order to put them on, you don’t have to loosen strings or undo velcro or anything like that; the fabric is simply flexible enough to let the doll’s foot slip right in.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - watch

Next up, Lea’s watch! It’s made out of hot pink plastic. Clear plastic protects the watch face. There are bumps on the sides of the watch that are supposed to be buttons.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - watch

A better look at the watch face.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - watch

The watch goes on like the real thing: you have to stick the lime green clasp through one of the holes in the flexible watch strap.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - watch

You can even slip the end of the strap through a hard plastic thing that slides back and forth (such great description on my part! *eye roll* But seriously, does anyone know what this thing is called?)!

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - headband

The Rainforest Hike Outfit also includes a yellow headband. It’s about a centimeter wide, and made of elastic.

 American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - headband

There’s a bow on the headband, but I prefer to style it so that the bow is in the back.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

Overall, I absolutely love the Rainforest Hike Outfit. It looks amazing on Lea Clark, and I bet it would look great on other American Girl dolls as well.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

It’s got a lot of mix-n-match potential! I can see the T-shirt and the cargo pants going with lots of different outfits.

-Loren

Happy (Late) New Year!

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Happy New Year!

This is a bit late, yes, but I was so busy posting pictures of my new Lea Clark doll that I didn’t have time to fit anything else into my blogging schedule.

But . . . I wanted to share some blog stats to celebrate how much Happy House of AG grew in 2015!

Views:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 76,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

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Top Commenters:

Megan (306)

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Thanks, girls! You’re all so sweet and encouraging. :)

International Views:

I got views from the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Italy, Germany, Cost Rica, France, Brazil, India, Hungary, Ireland, and many, many more countries.

Most Popular Post:

Leaked — GOTY 2016 Lea Clark Outfits. It got 1,822 views.

Weirdest Search Terms:

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Other Stats:

199 posts.

163 followers.

Thank you, everyone — followers, reader, commenters — for making this blog amazing. Thanks. ♥

Here’s to an even better 2016!

–Loren