Not Dead // Saige is Cuter Than Me

Her freckles. ^.^

Her little buns are so cute, I love it.

 

 

The bokeh. Look at it. I‘m crying because it’s beautiful.

Apologizing would be appropriate, since I haven’t posted since April . . . but I’m not going to do that. So here are some pictures instead of an apology. Yay.

Saige’s hair has been like this since January, probably, and I kept meaning to take photos of her. I just never got around to it. But today, instead of working on my other blog, I finally got that done. (And I’m actually kind of proud of these pictures? Yep.) They were taken out by one of our sour cherry trees, with a ladder and a really adorable tiny box as props. 🙂

“You keep disappearing! You’ll post a couple things and say that you’re not leaving, but then it’s a month before we hear from you again!” I can sense all your angry and bitter thoughts through the internet, so I’m going to address that now. I really am not planning on quitting. But I don’t want to feel pressured to have a consistent blogging schedule, since I’m not as into dolls as I used to be. So I’ll just post my pictures whenever I have inspiration. That probably means that you’ll get clusters of posts, and then silence for awhile. But that’s pretty much what I’ve already been doing. It’s just official now.

I love you guys. 😀 I love these pictures more, though (just kidding).

xo

Loren

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Bri’s Back-to-School Documentary

Hey, guys, Bri here! School started for me recently, and I thought it would be cool if I documented my transition from summer (aka freedom) back to high school (aka prison). Let’s start with my last day of happiness.

~ The Last Day of Summer ~

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Sunglasses, cute outfits, warm weather — summer has it all.

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~ The First Day of School~

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I did not want to get out of bed that morning. At all.  Eventually I did, and got dressed, did my nails, and did my makeup.

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I had to trade in my summer essentials for my school ones . . .

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The dreaded place that is high school!

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My best friend took some pictures of my back-to-school outfit . . .

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. . . Just before I had a breakdown.

I could not go back to school! Months of monotonous classes and boring teachers and annoying peers? The very thought of it made me feel like crying.

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Who thinks I’ll get at least eight F’s this year? *raises hand*

Oh, yeah, Loren had her first soccer game of the season today! It was a tie, 2 – 2 (and a really tough game). Loren wants to say that it’s been way to long. And whether she’s talking about soccer or blogging, I don’t know.

-Bri

Summer Vibes ~ an AGPS

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It seemed like a cool title. I mean, Ivy’s got the tank top, popsicle, and dusky light going on for her, and I guess those are sort of summer vibe-like.

I think I might have a bit of an obsession with that popsicle . . . it’s just so cute and I like the way it feels in my hand. 🙂

Ivy’s outfit is one of my favorites. I love how cute and summery it is!

The last week of Camp Dolliwatha starts tomorrow! The fabulous Rutvi from Buzz About AG is hosting, and her theme is Fairytale. Make sure to check out her posts and send in pictures!

-Loren

P.S. Shout-out to the girls at AG Sparkle Sisters! They’re new to this crazy adventure called blogging, but they’ve got a nice site up already. Go check it out! I’m sure they would appreciate a comment and a follow. 😉

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

Happy First Day of Summer!

It’s officially summer! Enjoy these warm, school-free days while you can, guys.

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Eve, Savannah, Nevaeh, and Isabelle decided to play in the pool this evening. (I made it using Hidden Hollow AG Crafts’ tutorial.)

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Isabelle relaxed on the raft I made this morning.

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“Marco!” Eve called, waving her arms around. Where were her friends hiding?

“Polo,” chorused Savannah and Nevaeh.

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Eve stumbled in the direction of their voices, and stepped on Izzy’s hand.

“Hey!” she shouted. “I’m trying to get a tan here!”

“Sorry,” Eve giggled, rolling her eyes.

American Girl GOTY 2014 Isabelle Palmer

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They got bored with Marco Polo pretty quickly, and decided to toss around the basketball that they’d “borrowed” from MJ.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

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Saige’s dog, a Border Collie named Rembrandt, leapt into the pool a few minutes later. The girls’ game of pool basketball was instantly forgotten as the huddled around the dog, cooing.

 American Girl GOTY 2013 Saige's Dog Rembrandt

American Girl GOTY 2014 Isabelle Palmer

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American Girl GOTY 2014 Isabelle Palmer

American Girl Truly Me doll #55

American Girl Truly Me doll #55

American Girl GOTY 2013 Saige's Dog Rembrandt

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What are you guys doing this summer? I’m hoping to earn enough money to buy a new doll! I made a post about my summer bucket list on my personal blog, if you’d like to look at that (read it HERE).

-Loren

Mary-Jane’s Journal — Entry 4

Mary-Jane's Journal | Happy House of AG

Dear Diary,

I, along with every one else in my enormous, crazy family, finished school last week! I’m so relieved that I don’t have to do anymore Algebra for a couple of months. It was wrecking my brain. 

Anyway, summer is here now, and I’m determined to make the most of it before I’m sucked into my first year of high school (pretty nervous about that!). Hiking, swimming, eating ice cream, celebrating my birthday in July, and throwing a surprise concert for my family are a few things I’m looking forward to. Tracy wants to sleep and play video games all summer, but I’m not going to let her. All the things I want to accomplish would be so much more fun with my best friend by my side.

One thing I was looking forward to doing this summer isn’t going to happen, though. Loren told us over dinner one night that Camp Doll Diaries was shutting down. Everyone was pretty upset — myself included. Even though last year was the first time I went, I was a counselor for the Lil’ Rainbows Cabin, and I have fond memories. Despite that fact that I might never go to Camp Doll Diaries again, I’m determined to have a great summer, and help my sisters enjoy themselves, too. Maybe I can come up with some kind of week-long camp to keep everyone happy and busy.

On a different topic, it’s been months since the newest girl arrived at Happy House of AG — Ellie Larkin showed up in February. Loren never goes very long without adopting another girl. (Don’t ever tell her I said this, but she’s a bit of a softy.) Maybe a new girl will arrive before the summer ends. Hopeful she’ll be my age! It would be nice to know someone in my new high school classes other than Caroline. Sure, Tracy will be there, but she’s in the grade above me.

Ugh — I’m stressing about school again! Chill, MJ. Summer has just begun. Don’t ruin it with thoughts of Geometry.

Au revoir/Adios,

MJ Valdez