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. :D I love these pictures more, though (just kidding).



Summer Vibes ~ an AGPS


















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!


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. ;)

Doll Camp Updates

Hey, guys! I needed to make another post about my upcoming doll camp. As I didn’t want it to be entirely picture-less, I added some pictures that I took in June 2015.


Alright. Let’s get down to business. (I sang that in my head. Curse you, Mulan!) As I’m sure you know, I’m teaming up with six other bloggers to bring you a seven week-long, craft-filled doll camp. Those bloggers are Josie, Marissa, Clara, Anna, Grace, and Rutvi.


Each blogger needs to pick a theme to base their crafts around (mine is Summer Days — general summer-y things). Josie and Rutvi, you guys still need to choose themes! ;)


I’ve been calling this project “doll camp” for awhile, but that’s not it’s official name. Currently, I think it’s going to be called Camp Dolliwatha, after the real-life Camp Hiawatha. Bella from My Doll Days suggested this name — thanks!

My artistic mom agreed to design a logo for the camp, which should be cool. :)


Camp Dolliwatha starts on July 18th, which will be upon us faster than we know. To everyone that’s helping me with this camp: I’d suggest preparing your posts in advance, so you aren’t rushing around trying to pull posts together during your week.

I’m curious . . . how many of you are planning to participate in Camp Dolliwatha?


Happy First Day of Summer!

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


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

American Girl GOTY 2014 Isabelle Palmer

Isabelle relaxed on the raft I made this morning.



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

“Polo,” chorused Savannah and Nevaeh.


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


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


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

American Girl Truly Me doll #24

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


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).


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

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!

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

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:

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