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Lovely Blog Award, and Then Some!

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This week I was happy to receive a notification that Char at  Sewbeading nominated me for the Lovely Blog Award.  In addition, Flo at Say Hello to My Little Friends nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award.  Thanks Ladies!

The rules of the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ are to:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and give a link to their blog
  • Write a post about this award
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate at most 15 people
  • Tell them the good news!
  1. I currently work in an elementary school library, and yes, I always make conversation with the girls checking out American Girl books.
  2. I love making birthday cakes for Brianna’s birthday.  I have done Barbie cakes, American Girl cupcakes, French-themed cakes inspired by Grace.
  3. One of the best books I read this year for kids or grown-ups is “The Inquisitor’s Tale” by Adam Gidwitz.  It just won a Newbery Honor.
  4. I have no use for Swiss cheese.
  5. I was born in the “Year of the Rooster”.  So was Brianna, my mother, and my Grandmother.
  6. When I was a kid my favorite thing to check out of the library were cake decorating books, especially ones with massive wedding cakes lit up with fountains and roses.
  7. I don’t watch much TV but I do get excited for Top Chef and The Profit.
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A previous birthday cake with the name removed

I am nominating Heather at Dollightful Dolls and MER*Made9 .  I don’t mean to be stingy with the nominations but between Flo and Char they cast a pretty wide net!

 

Christmas is Coming…

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by Jen

How are your holiday preparations coming along? This weekend we celebrate Christmas with my husband’s family.  The tree is up, stockings are hung (including for Dakota and Julie), and Addy is ready to party.

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Every year I get one of the historical doll’s Christmas outfits as a gift, and I always appreciate having them when I pull them out in December.  Addy’s tartan dress is so beautiful and the quality is astonishing.

Brianna and are I a little bummed that there won’t be any new additions under the tree this year.  I tried to score a Kirsten off eBay, but the price went too high.  We just spoiled ourselves last year with both Maryellen and Dakota (JLY  #60).  We are planning to go to the Madison Doll Sale this summer, so we have to pace ourselves.  Is Santa bringing you anything from American Girl?

I’m pretty excited about all of the new dolls coming our way in 2017.  We have a GOTY doll of color who likes poetry, a country singer “Tenney” and her boy friend Logan (complete with boxer briefs), and possibly a Z Crew doll.  And Felicity… we can’t forget Miss Merriman!

It’s a good thing I am starting a new job in 2017, because American Girl has big things in store for our wallets apparently!

I want to thank all our readers and blog friends for so much fun and friendship this year.  Flo, Heather, Xyra, MerMade9, Emily, Jennifer S. and Jen.. if it weren’t for you who would I discuss the joys and tribulations of American Girl with?

I hope your holidays are fantastic and I hope Santa is good to you!

 

Lea’s Collection Coming to…. Kohl’s??

We heard last week that select TrulyMe dolls, Wellie Wishers, and TM items would appear at some Toys R Us locations… Now it looks like Girl of the Year items are headed to Kohl’s for the holiday season according to Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/retailwire/2016/09/08/american-girl-exclusive-no-longer-will-be-sold-in-toy-r-us/#7ecffe117efc

They don’t divulge whether Kohl’s locations will sell the doll.  Seems possible given all the Caroline and Isabelle dolls that were overstocks.

Meanwhile, Kohl’s KSS -2.63% will carry merchandise related to its girl of the year doll, Lea, this holiday season, it was announced Thursday.

Your thoughts?  I think it’s good for sales, but for me, American Girl represents special times, not a run to the local mall.  We usually buy at Christmas and sometimes birthdays, so that makes the brand “special” to me.  I could make Christmas cookies anytime, but doing it once a year makes it something I “wait for” and I like that about American Girl as well.  

Ps… I may recant when I see Kohls coupons + American Girl 😜

American Girl Benefit Sale 2017

I just ordered my academic year calendar for 2016-17 so now is a good time to share the Madison Children’s Museum AG Benefit Sale dates for next year.  They announced on Facebook that the 30th anniversary of the sale will be July 22-23, 2017. 

Looks like they have moved the sale to be one weekend later than it has been.  I’d like to go next year since we missed it this year.  Also (ssshhhh) I’m finding myself pinning images of TrulyMe #41.  Could be trouble.

The Facebook post indicated they did about $900,000 in sales at the 2016 sale… Which is roughly what they reported in 2015.

If you have thoughts on this year’s sale, please share!

Maryellen’s Day at the Beach

Maryellen loved the ocean: its roar, its salty tang, and the huge blueness of it stretching all the way to the sky. . . .One of Maryellen’s favorite TV shows was a broadcast of the waterskiing and synchronized swimming show at Cypress Gardens, which was right in her own state of Florida. Maryellen pretended now that she was one of the Cypress Gardens mermaids, and practiced smiling for the television camera every time she came up for air after flipping and twirling underwater.

The One and Only by Valerie Tripp

 

American Girl Names New President

Mattel recently moved its American Girl President Jean McKenzie over to the Fisher-Price line.  Meet our new leader, Katy Dickson http://host.madison.com/wsj/business/middleton-based-american-girl-names-new-president/article_bde892b3-8466-5228-8dfb-9adac9bc6839.html

Thoughts?  A little concerned that she most recently has been working in coupon marketing and has many years with General Mills, which is not a “luxury” brand.  As many of us have discussed, AG seems unsure whether it is a luxury/heirloom brand or whether it is a discounted toy brand available in many settings, like Barbie or My Little Pony.

You might also find interest in the sidebar story “American Girl Cuts 19 Jobs in Middleton.”  The article does not mention the personal shopper positions that were also eliminated.