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Blogging about 18 dolls like American Girl, Maplelea, A Girl for All Time, Our Generation, and 12 inch fashion dolls such as Barbie and Integrity Toys.

Change of pace.

<a href=””>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> After a lot of careful thought I’ve decided to branch out this blog into more than doll collecting.  The state of American Girl, the lower quality items, and the fact that I’ve been acquiring this stuff for decades has taken a lot out of me, and I just need a break.  It’s not the primary focus of my spare/creative time any more.  I still plan to make doll related posts, but now I’m going to lean more into fashion/cooking/lifestyle.  My interests have just changed, and this blog is going to move with that.


Since I live in an area of town where mailboxes get looted frequently I have a P.O. box. My husband runs a small business and clients pay him with paper checks that get mailed. The amounts can be quite large so any of them coming up missing would really ruin my day (and budget). Once an AG package got stolen off my front porch (hope you enjoyed the Addy collection, fool) I started having all my parcels delivered at the post office when possible. I had been meaning to do this for awhile but had forgotten or put it off and having a $250 order stolen off your front door is a wake up call.

Disillusion, or Depression? Your guess is as good as mine.

Like all well made plans, my promise to update this blog more often once I got out of grad school fell completely off the face of the earth once my mother died in May, which was expected (ALS) but then five months later in October my grandmother also died, which was unexpected. I am glad that I graduated with my masters, my curling team won another league championship, and I landed my dream job because other than that 2017 didn’t have much going for it.

June 22, 2017 AG Release

*claps hands* Right, let’s get to it.  First off, I apologize for the layout of this post–for some reason it won’t let me post photos in a mosaic, or combine the images, on mobile. Some of these items were also released prior to yesterday (like Z), but with graduation+job search+my mother’s passing my attention and focus (on pretty much everything) has been sporadic at best.  Figured I would cover it anyway. 

Maryellen Bed and TV Console

With all the excitement of the Praxis exam I hadn’t even opened my box with the Couch and Console from Maryellen’s collection back when they had them 25% off. They had shipped it Moron Post, so it had taken nearly a week and a half to arrive after it had been loaded on the Wells Fargo Wagon while the horses were being watered (eyeroll).  And yes, I paid $20 in shipping for this privilege.  

Maplelea restocked on US Amazon!

There are 4 Saila and Léonie each, and there were 4 Charlsea but then I bought one.  Oops.  Funny how they just jump in your cart like that.  (In my defense, I used my Amazon Visa rewards points which brought the total for Charlsea down to $52.  And only God knows when she’ll get stocked again.) Outfits have restocked too, including some new releases.  Check it out!  

Tenney and Logan, Unboxed

I had originally planned to get both Tenney and Logan at Kansas City on the Saturday of their release, but reports of Logan flying off the shelves on Friday gave me pause.  Hearing that this first batch were the only dolls guaranteed to not come with permapanties made me panic.  Surely there will still be enough Tenney, I thought, and contacted my Personal Shopper at AG Chicago to pick out and ship me a Logan.  I consider the shipping I paid for him a “peace of mind” fee, especially since my PS said she was sure they would sell out of Logan on Saturday at her location.

Tenney: A Kansas City Report

“Oh God,” I moaned while holding my stomach, “I think I’m going to die.” “I never want to see food again,” said my husband, Forehead.  “I hate myself.” We were lying flat on our backs on a bed in an IKEA room display.  After my visit to American Girl we’d gone to Jack Stacks for lunch, as is our custom for Kansas City day trips, and we’d both eaten way too much of the best barbeque Kansas City had to offer (also as is our custom).  I’d wanted to stop by IKEA to get some new linens to redecorate our guest bedroom, but the drowsiness was already setting in, we were both waddling as we walked into the store as a result of our gluttony and when we saw that particular display apartment with furniture (“only 680 square feet!”) we thought, “surely we will feel better if we lie down for a little bit.”  Let things redistribute.  Rest and digest.  But this was a tragic error because once we’d laid down, we didn’t want to …