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Mattel Stock Drops on Earnings

Mattel stock plummeted overnight and today on news that Q1 losses were worse than the company expected.  It’s kind of like you told your parents you were getting a B+ in Geometry and you came home with a C-.  Somehow it’s much worse because your parents think you are clueless or lying.  In this case, Mattel anticipated a loss of 17 cents a share and came home to Wall Street with a loss of 32 cents a share.

The American Girl brand was down 12%, and I think I know some people who may have contributed to that ūüėČ

The stock is trading at a 52 week low (it means the stock is selling for the lowest price in the last 52 weeks).

You can read for yourself on CNBC but I liked this story

Not impressed that the Mattel CEO has a background with Discover Card and also Groupon.  

New Names for Cute Bunnies

Kit and Maryellen were anxiously waiting for the Easter egg hunt to begin.  Kit had on a brand new dress and Maryellen was reluctantly making do with her sundress and mint green sweater.  It was the first time it was warm enough to even wear a sleeveless dress on Easter!


The older girls weren’t ready yet, but Isabelle gave¬†her phone to Kit to help them pass the time.

“Maryellen, here is a chart to help you determine your ‘Easter Bunny Name’! ¬†Guess what, my name would be¬†Kindheart Carrot Top!”¬†said Kit.


“Oh neat! ¬†What would my name be?” inquired Maryellen, studying the chart.

“Ummm… Mighty Carrot Top! ¬†That fits you Maryellen because of your red hair!”

“It’s cute, but I wish we had different last names,” said Maryellen.

Kit rolled her eyes and changed the subject. “Jen’s name would be Jumpy Jelly Bean!”

“Oh, I like that name a lot,” said Maryellen.


“After the egg hunt let’s go home and make a list of the whole family’s names,” ¬†said Kit. ¬†“Maybe we could even print them in a special Easter edition¬†of our newspaper!”

Maryellen and Kit were thrilled that they had a great idea for play time once the Easter excitement dwindled down.  Until then, there were plenty of eggs to hunt for.

What is your Easter Bunny Name?  We wish all who celebrate a blessed Easter!

Madison Doll Sale 2017 – Details

Now is the time to begin thinking about whether you will attend the Madison Children’s Museum (MCM) Benefit Doll Sale in Middleton (Madison area), Wisconsin.

This year’s sale is Saturday, July 22, 2017. ¬†Advanced tickets are required ($8.00 each) and can be requested by mail, to be postmarked no earlier than May 3 (that means don’t mail it until May 3 or after). ¬†Ticket information and forms are here.

Tickets are mailed back to you with an entrance time from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

This year the sale will include WellieWishers and Melody (interesting…). ¬†They sell returned and overstock dolls. ¬†Past years have seen copious amounts of the prior year’s GOTY. ¬†I wonder what effect Lea being sold at Kohl’s for the holiday season will have on her availability at the MCM sale. In the recent past the sale has included Bitty Babies, mini dolls, many choices of JLY/Truly Me dolls, and returned or phased out BeForever dolls. ¬†You can read about our MCM trip in 2015 here.

Sale prices and anticipated merchandise will be announced in June.  Generally previous GOTY dolls are sold for around $120, historicals for around $ 85.00, and TrulyMe about $55.00. There are limits on some items (like historicals) depending on availability.

Usually they have books and activity kits, and a small amount of clothes.  They have not generally had things like doll furniture.

The warehouse is very crowded and kids under 3 are not allowed. ¬†I recommend the sale to people with kids who are at least in 1st grade. ¬†It’s just not that fun for a little person to be packed in with so many people. ¬†No strollers are allowed. ¬†It is also not fun for a husband to be packed in with so many people. ¬†Mr. DollsBetweenUs enjoys a lovely day in Madison on his own when we hit the sale. ¬†The mood in the warehouse is civil though. ¬†It is not like those Black Friday news clips!

One of the neatest things about the sale is the doll craft items in tents outside the warehouse (no ticket required for this). ¬†It’s fun to talk with the vendors and see all of their creations.

We plan to attend the sale this year because it is the 30th Anniversary. ¬†This is likely to be our last hurrah. ¬†We have hit the point where our doll family is pretty full and we are selective about what comes in. ¬†I hope to find a doll that I can donate to our church for the Christmas auction. ¬†I am also in the hunt for JLY 41, who looks like Ruthie. ¬†I don’t know what goals Brianna has for the sale other than to have a good time! ¬†Recent quality control issues with soft vinyl, face paint, and lumpy bums make me think that the merchandise at the sale may not be what the AG enthusiast is looking for in coming years.

The sale benefits the Madison Children’s Museum and “American Girl’s Fund for Children.”

Are any readers planning to request tickets?



Lanie and Maryellen ‘Hop to It’

It was a warm spring day, really the first day it was nice enough to be outside without a jacket.  Lanie and Maryellen got outside to clear the dead leaves from around the hens and chicks plants and sedum.  



It felt so good to be outside again and see the plants come back to life after a snowy winter.  Lanie was doing most of the working and Maryellen was doing most of the talking.

“Lanie, did you see that? ¬†The Easter bunny just ran under that bush!”

“Maryellen, what are you talking about now?!” said Lanie, wiping her brow.

“I SAID the Easter bunny ran under the bush. ¬†Look!”


Lanie humored Maryellen and turned around.


A small, scared-looking brown rabbit was indeed hiding under an evergreen.

“Maryellen, I doubt that is an Easter bunny, but it does look like someone’s pet. ¬†It doesn’t look like the grey rabbits that live in our area. ¬†Maybe it is tame and lost? ¬†Why don’t you quietly go into the house and bring some carrots out. ¬†We can see if he’s hungry.”

Maryellen came back with the carrots and laid them peacefully a few feet away from the bunny.

“Look!” said Maryellen. ¬†“He’s hungry!”


The girls knew this was definitely a tame rabbit that wouldn’t be likely to survive on its own. ¬†They cleared out their gardening basket, and sat down, unmoving, on their blanket.

“Stay real still, Maryellen, and he may hop over to us.”


“He’s coming!” whispered Maryellen, trying talk without moving her lips.


“I just know this is going to be the best Easter ever,” said Maryellen. ¬†“We have our very own Easter bunny!”

21st Century disclaimer… you know not to try to capture animals outside, right? ¬†Luckily Lanie and Maryellen can’t get rabies. ¬†Julie was not available to be in this story with “Nutmeg” because she doesn’t want to take off her basketball uniform. ¬†I am grateful for the warm weather. ¬†It’s generating so many blog post ideas. ¬†I really have missed being able to do photo stories outside. ¬†The lighting is never right inside!

Lovely Blog Award, and Then Some!


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…


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.


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!