Category Archives: Our Generation

OG Review: Perfect Strike!


I don’t usually pay a lot of attention to Our Generation doll items because I can never find them at Target, nor are they always available for shipment.  We were at a Target on vacation (ironically about 10 miles from American Girl headquarters) and I happened upon the “Perfect Strike” outfit.

I was less interested in the bowling theme than getting a nice, casual outfit that I knew would get used a lot.  We can always use some pants, because lately it seems AG outfits only come with short skirts.

Julie is here to model the outfit today.

img_8292The jacket easily fit over a t-shirt and the arm cuff was wide enough to clear Julie’s fingers and hand.  It has a real zipper and the peach knit fabric has a lace/mesh overlay that must be very on-trend because some of the new TrulyMe separates coming out in January also feature it. The lace on the front of the jacket is delicate and should be kept far away from other clothes with Velcro.

img_8294The pants are standard-issue jeggings, but in a pleasant pale blue color that reminds me of the 80s.

Bowling shoes!  So cute.  These OG shoes fit well, and if I could find Julie’s pompom socks, I think there would be room for them.  The shoes are made of a flexible plastic and the tan portion has peach glitter flecks mixed in.

Laces are a bit long!

Laces are a bit long!

The bowling ball has three finger holes, allowing the ball to stay on Julie’s thumb.  It is possible the other two finger holes might align with an Our Generation doll hand.  I appreciate that the bowling ball actually can be used – some of the American Girl sports balls aren’t really functional because the doll can’t hold them.

Comes with three bowling pins

Comes with three bowling pins

This set was 12.99 – I felt I got a lot of value for that small amount of money!  I think it’s a good look for our California girl.



Julie’s Fall Fashion

Julie hit the clothing jackpot on my birthday last week. I received Julie’s pre-Beforever pajamas and slippers from my husband (eBay), and the ‘Mad About Plaid’ Our Generation outfit from my mom.
Our Generation Mad About PlaidMy mom purchased the outfit from, because — of course — it wasn’t in stock at the store!

Julie Our GenerationThe best part of the outfit is the faux Ugg boots and boot knee-highs.


A not-so-great part of the outfit is the shirt sleeve cuff is very hard to get over Julie’s fingers.

noexif_IMG_6308_privateMy mom made Julie a custom necklace which is similar to the necklace that came with Julie’s retired birthday dress.  It’s even better than the American Girl necklace, because my mom made it!

I recommend the outfit, but it may not be a good choice for a younger child because of difficulty getting the shirt on.  Then again, Brianna is the one that got the shirt on Julie for me!!

A final photo of Julie in front of a chest my mom painted.

noexif_IMG_6309_privateIn other news, we survived our first two weeks back at school.  The girls here are a little neglected, but Caroline and Saige are watching a movie today on the couch with Brianna.  We are off because it is Rosh Hashanha and many in our school district celebrate.  Oh, and we finally got our Maryellen catalog!

Our Generation Picnic Set

Our Generation Review While buying Brianna an end of the school year present, I came across a little end of the year present for myself.  Imagine that!  The Our Generation picnic set was calling me.  I am a big fan of the book The Wind in the Willows, and the luncheon basket is a lovely part of the story!

The Rat brought the boat alongside the bank, made her fast, helped the still awkward Mole safely ashore, and swung out the luncheon-basket. The Mole begged as a favour to be allowed to unpack it all by himself; and the Rat was very pleased to indulge him, and to sprawl at full length on the grass and rest, while his excited friend shook out the table-cloth and spread it, took out all the mysterious packets one by one and arranged their contents in due order, still gasping, ‘O my! O my!’ at each fresh revelation. When all was ready, the Rat said, ‘Now, pitch in, old fellow!’ and the Mole was indeed very glad to obey, for he had started his spring-cleaning at a very early hour that morning, as people WILL do, and had not paused for bite or sup; and he had been through a very great deal since that distant time which now seemed so many days ago.

To start your picnic you need a doll in an English garden.

Isabelle AG RosesAdd a fringed blanket and luncheon basket.  The yellow circle is a Frisbee.

American Girl picnic basketUnpack your picnic, and delight in each item just like Mole in Wind in the Willows.

OG picnic

8 out of 10 dolls prefer ‘Casa OG’ brand tortilla chips…

AG picnicOnce you set the food on the blanket, there isn’t really room for any girls to sit, so you might need to call in additional blankets, such as Saige’s picnic blanket.  If you don’t have enough room on the blanket you may end up inadvertently sitting on your mustard pot like dear old Mole!

This set has a lot of charm for a pretty reasonable price, generally well under $20.00.



Ruby Goes to Camp!

Ruby Camp ProfileDear Ruby Smith,

Hello! We have chosen 247 girls across America to come to our 5 star summer camp, Camp Green Willow. You have been chosen as one of these 247 girls. We hope you accept the offer. We hope to see you on June 1st at Camp Green Willow.

I screamed in excitement! I was going to Camp Green Willow! I flung the door of my room in my wheelchair and went rolling down the ramp to my kitchen. “MOM! DAD!” I yelled. “What is it Ruby, are you ok?” asked my mom. “I’M GOING TO CAMP GREEN WILLOW!” I screamed! My mom threw her arms around me. My two older twin sisters Raina and Rainy came running down the ramp. “What is all the commotion about?” asked Rainy. “We’re trying to get some sleep and its impossible with Little Miss Ruby screaming here!” said Raina in a typical 16 year old voice. “Raina don’t be mean” said Rainy in a shy tone. “Whatever Rainy………” said Raina jabbing Rainy in the side with her elbow. “Oww….” said Rainy. “Raina don’t hurt your sister” scolded  mom. Raina rolled her eyes and walked back up the ramp to her room.

“She just woke up on the wrong side of the bed” said Rainy in her sweetest tone. I smiled at Rainy–she was the nice twin while Raina was the sassy one. “Anyway what is the commotion about?” asked Rainy politely. I had almost forgotten, “I’m going to Camp Green Willow” I said brimming with excitement. Rainy opened her mouth in surprise. “YOU’RE GOING TO CAMP GREEN WILLOW I ALWAYS WANTED TO GO THERE WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE AND I STILL DO!” shouted Rainy. Raina cleared her throat from the top of the ramp. Rainy and I just walked into the living room to talk instead. “Anyway, that’s so cool your going Ruby” continued Rainy. “Ya, I’m really excited,” I responded. I decided to go to back to my room.

I started packing because the letter said Camp started June 1st. I packed away my clothes and my prized possessions like the picture of my great great great grandma Rosalie who passed through Ellis Island in 1907. All of sudden I remembered. I had to be in a wheelchair all of camp. How would I do all the activities? Would the other girls tease me? Now I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go at all. I have to be in a wheelchair because a few years back I was in a horrible accident and know I have to be in a wheelchair the rest of my life. I decided to talk to Rainy, she’d make me feel better.

I opened the creaky door to my sister’s room. “Rainy?” I asked.  “I’m not sure if I can go to Camp Green Willow because of my wheelchair, how am I going to participate in the activities? Are the other girls going to laugh at me?” I asked. “I already thought about that Ruby, come over here” motioned Rainy. I rolled over to her desk. “I’m on the Camp Green Willow website, it says that girls with disabilities can participate too,” said Rainy. “Also, do  you remember my old friend Sarah Hoffer?” asked Rainy. I nodded. “Well her older sister had a friend named Karen Collins who was in an accident similar to yours, and she went to Camp Green Willow and no one even thought of teasing her,” continued Rainy. “Does that  ease your fears?” asked Rainy. “Yes, thank you Rainy you’re the best!” I answered. “Anything for you Ruby” responded Rainy. I gave her the biggest smile I could muster and rolled out of her room and down the hall in feeling spectacular.

– By Brianna