Monthly Archives: December 2015

Rocket Rally: Maryellen App Review

IMG_0236Hello there everyone! It’s Brianna, and today my post is about the new Maryellen App called Rocket Rally. Enjoy!


  1. This game is very addicting and fun to play.
  2. It relates well to her time period, since in the 1950’s scientists had started to launch rockets into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  3. Also, it relates well to her book because Maryellen and her friends enter a Rocket Design Contest.
  4. Who doesn’t want to design their own rocket? Well, in this app you’re able to and then launch it into space as far you can until you run out of fuel.


  1. This may just be me but it is kind of hard to control the rocket once you launch it as you can see in one of my pictures, it is going side ways.
  2. It costs 99 cents and personally I don’t think that is a fair price because the game itself is kind of missing the “epic” piece of it. You know — that piece of the game that is so rewarding and fun. For example, I think that they should set goals to reach a certain height, then once you do, you get to play a mini game or you get another color combo for your rocket.


The app is for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



A Boxing Day Ramble

By Julie

Have you heard of Boxing Day?  I read about it in one of Jen’s magazines that Grandma brought back from England.  The holiday dates back to England in the Middle Ages when it was likely a time to remember the orphaned and widowed by leaving coins in an alms box.

Today in England many people like to go out for a country walk, or ramble, on Boxing Day.

I thought it sounded like a good idea… A little time with nature after a busy Christmas, new girls…. holiday dresses everywhere.

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I slipped on my new windbreaker and my hiking pants. I got a new Christmas dress this year, but this jacket is what I feel most comfortable in.

I also received new tennis shoes and Pom Pom socks, which are the best thing ever!!  Thanks Grandma!

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It’s been a mild winter here, so I heard a lot of birds singing. I even saw a coyote being chased by a flock of crows!

I think the English tradition of walking in nature the day after Christmas is a super idea!

Julie Pleasant Co Jacket

—Shoes are from Sophia’s via Amazon. Jacket is off eBay ($4.80 shipped!) from Pleasant Company’s Hiking Outfit 1.  I admired it on Lindsey in this post on DollightfulDolls 


Meet Maryellen

Maryellen LarkinHi everyone! It’s Brianna, and for Christmas I got Maryellen Larkin the new 1950’s doll. Here is her profile. Enjoy the post!

Name: Maryellen Larkin

Nickname: Ellie

Age: 10

Birthday: May 7th, 2005

Description: Strawberry Blonde Hair, Hazel Eyes, and White Skin.


Personality: Energetic, Leader, Fun-Loving, Spunky, Clever, and In Control.

Interests: Running, Roller Skating, Swimming, and Movie Stars like Debbie Reynolds and Rosemary Clooney

Maryellen Jukebox

Rosemary Clooney is one of the best singers of 1954!

Favorite Food: Tuna Casserole, Split Pea Soup, Cole Slaw, Lime Chiffon Pie, German Cherry Cakes, Soda Pop, and Baked Alaska.

Least Favorite Food: TV Dinners, Garlic Olives, Shrimp Puffs, and Pumpernickel Squares

Dream Job: Professional Runner

Favorite Colors: Pink and Mint Green

Favorite Animal: Starfish or Lizards

Jukebox is from Lowe’s courtesy of Grandma.  It plays songs like “Louie, Louie” that are a little more rockin’ than Rosemary Clooney.  In fact, this jukebox could work for Melody too.  Maryellen was a BIG SURPRISE and she wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the 20% off sale AG ran.  – Jen



Meet Dakota

noexif_IMG_6586_privateHi everyone! Its Brianna, and for Christmas I got Just Like Me #60. I named her Dakota McCann. Dakota is Lanie’s best friend in the books of American Girl of the Year 2009, Lanie Holland. So, I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about her.


Name: Dakota McCann

Nickname: Kota

Age: 10

Birthday: February 17th

Description: Medium length blackish brown hair, blue eyes, pink braces, and white skin.


Personality: Funny, Sometimes A Bit Strange, Loving, Kind, Caring, Peaceful, Loyal, Ambitious, Smart, Successful, Sweet, and Warm – Hearted.

Interests: Cheerleading, Coding,  Rhythmic Gymnastics, Reading, Traveling, History, and Nature.

Favorite Food: Avocado Sushi or if you’re talking dessert, French Silk Pie.

Least Favorite Food: All Seafood, Tomatoes, All Meat except Bacon, and Snap Peas.

Dream Job: Software Developer or Olympic Gymnast

Favorite Colors: Azure Mist, Bluebonnet, Celeste, Cyan, Dogwood Rose, Italian Sky Blue, Mauve, Misty Rose, Persian Rose, Phlox, Robin Egg Blue, Vanilla Ice, and Wisteria  [she likes very strange and non common colors, like me.]

Favorite Animal: Western Highland Terrier Dogs, Maine Coon Cats, Dachshunds Dogs, Dandie Dinmont Terrier Dogs, and Golden Retrievers. She has Honey her own Golden Retriever.


Jen says… “Dakota” came from the Madison Children’s Museum benefit sale this summer. She was around $ 55.00.  This was an unplanned purchase but at the last minute I caved and she became a Christmas present in the making.  Dakota is the famous “doll in the closet” that so troubled Isabelle!  This is the first JLY/MYAG/Truly Me type doll to join the herd here, and I think she is pretty cool!


Madison Children’s Museum Sale 2015




Oshkosh Outlet Adventuring

Today we made a trip to visit family in Oshkosh, WI, and stopped in at the Outlet.  Now, you know we had no business even stepping in there after that 20% off Black Friday sale, but in the interest of reporting all the news that’s fit to print, stop in we did. (Did you like how I made you responsible for our shopping instead of me?)

The most interesting find was the two 2008 posters below at .50 each.

IMG_6534IMG_6535Those came home with us.  Looks like I need to go to Michaels soon for frames!

They had Caroline’s skiff, $75; City Carriage $250.  I believe they also had Caroline’s bed but I don’t have a price on that.

Dolls with bangs and dark hair $80…. MYAGs 7, 5, 45, 48, 16, 14, 2.  I am perplexed why Grace, Maryellen, and possibly Melody have bangs when it seems bangs aren’t hot sellers.  Our Julie came along for the ride today, and while we were shopping at the outlet a woman came up to Brianna with a “frantic Grandma” look in her eye asking where (in the store) she got the blond doll.  Later, the woman was talking to the clerk about AG shipping before Christmas.  Can you imagine what they would charge to overnight a doll?!?!  Desperate times!

Brianna had a gift certificate and bought the Healthy Smile set $11 and the Salon Stylist Set $20.

I chose the 2014 PWP Tee, shorts and bracelet (no shorts included) for $8.00,_Shorts,_Hat_and_Bracelet_Set

There was plenty of floor space for more merchandise.  It will be interesting to see what AG does with this lone store in light of their recent initiatives to sell via catalog at a discount.

I saw this cute ceramic Christmas village house at my Grandma’s senior living center.



Rummage Treasures – Pleasant Co Posters

I am still catching up with Rummage Treasures from this summer.  Today I want to show you some terrific Pleasant Company posters.  These are from 1998 and there is one for each of the historical characters out at the time.

noexif_IMG_6527_privateSamantha has a great scene perfect for the holiday season.

Pleasant Co Addy Postersnoexif_IMG_6526_privateI’m giving you two pictures of Addy in Philadelphia.  I love the colors in this poster!

noexif_IMG_6524_privateHere is Josefina – this poster is framed and hanging in Brianna’s room.  I think Josie looks quite sweet and a lot younger than her current image on the book covers.

Image courtesy of Amazon.

And can’t forget Molly!

Pleasant Co Molly Poster

We also have a Kirsten poster but the color palette is very pale and subtle and doesn’t photograph well.

These posters came from the same sale where we found the American Girl trading cards.  The family was happy to have someone interested in them and we took everything home for about $ 5.00.  Finding American Girl treasures is always a thrill!