Saturday, September 3, 2016

In-Store Report August

Happy Friday! Happy 3 day weekend (even better)!  A week or two ago, I snapped a few photos of some dolls that caught my eye when I was in Walmart.  I didn't get any of them (so proud), but I thought they were all cute and wanted to share what's been in my local store.  We seem to be way behind on getting new stuff, but I'm hoping to check some different Walmarts this weekend.  I have to stay out of Target for now as it's too tempting, lol. 

Hasbro released their version of the newest Disney Princess called Elena of Avalor.  She is the first office Latina princess and her character is featured in a new show on Disney Jr.  I LOVE her dress.  I think I like the Disney Store version of her better, though as she resembles the character much better (as is usually the case with Disney Store versions).

The Disney Lego sets are always tempting, but I have to pass on these.  I just found out about the new Walt Disney World Cinderella set that came out and I am holding out for that one.  That set is incredible!!

These Little Live Pets seem pretty cute.  They girls actually each got one for their birthday and they really like them.  They swim around in the bathtub and are absolutely adorable! I highly recommend these little turtles for little kids in the 4-8 range.

Here's a few of the $5 budget Barbies.  They are pretty cheap and I'm not interested in them as a collector at all, but my daughters love them and take them swimming all the time.  It's a great alternate for little kids rather than having them ruin a $19 Barbie. :)

Nice puppy headlock in the back. 

This little Chelsea doll looks like she could be Donut Top's little sister. (I hope you don't mind, that I linked that to your review of her, MonsterCrafts!) :)  I should've grabbed her, but I just don't really care for the molded tops, so I passed. She's really cute though, so....

Those nesting dolls.... ahhh!

I have never really been tempted to buy a Bratz doll, but when I saw these "Study Abroad" ones, I have to say, I was interested.  I recently saw them on sale on the TRU website for $4.99 each, but I held off.  I really do not need to start another collection!  I'm trying so hard to be good!!! :)

This was the also the first time that I've been tempted to buy a Shopkins set for myself.  The girls have tons of them, but I have never really cared to purchase any for myself.  I saw this one and almost crumbled...look at the little tiny ukelele!! :)

I am REALLY trying to resist buying the Shopkins Happy Places dollhouse set.  Those are seriously trying to lurk me in.

I have pretty much stopped collecting the Disney Tsum Tsum minis...I have a good batch that I'm happy with, so unless I see one I REALLY like, I am going to try not to add any more. Snow White and the tiny Joy, though are so cute!

 Genie Chic Evie

I currently do not own any of the Disney Descendant dolls.  I think they are really pretty, but again, I'm trying not to start any other collections.  If I were though, I think Evie is my favorite character.  I haven't watched the webisodes (was there a movie?), so I don't know what her "personality" is, but looks-wise, she's my favorite of the dolls.

 Coronation Day Evie

There is a new one that just came out called CJ Hook, that I really might get, though. :) 
I also really like the Ally one. (!!!) 

 Original on the left, reboot on the right. 

Of course, the new Monster High rebooted dolls are starting to filter in.  So far, I've only picked up the Cleo and Lagoona ones with their pets.  I hope to get the other ones with their pets, but those are the only ones, for now that I'm interested in.  I like some of the new faces, but not all and I don't like the non-articulated ones as they are really hard to photograph.

Project Mc2 has peaked my interest lately and I'd like to get one of each character at some point.  So far, it seems like there's been 3 articulated versions of each character that have been released so I'm trying to pick my favorite version of each.  I still haven't gotten any yet.  I definitely want to try to get these when they are on sale!

 Love her coat. 

Last but not least, I've had my eye on this little DC Superhero girls action figure, which I actually did get a few days later with some money left over from a gift card I had.  I'll do a review on her shortly!

As for now, it's time for bed.  I've been watching the series Outlander on Starz all week while backing up more photos to Flickr and I have to force myself to turn it off and go to bed!  I'm so happy to have this 3 day weekend coming up.  I'm really looking forward to catching up on everyone's blogs!
I hope you all have a great weekend and talk to you soon.
xoxo Farrah 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Just a quick Hello and some Updates :)

Hey everyone!
I hope you're all doing well and having a great rest of your summer (or winter, wherever you are!)
I just wanted to pop in real quickly and say hi.  I've gotten a bit behind on blogging this summer because, as it turns out, my computer completely ran out of space to upload any more photos!
I've spent the month of August backing up thousands of photos (probably more like hundreds, but it feels like thousands, lol) to Flickr and trying to figure out a good storage system for all of the video I've taken since the girls were born.
And it's a lot!

So I forced myself to undergo this project to get my photos and videos all backed up in case anything ever happened to my computer and I lost them all.
The end is in sight and I've been considering using the M-disc system, so hoping to get a driver and the discs soon, which will allow me to get a lot of photos and videos off the computer so I have more room to start fresh.

I've also been pretty busy with helping my sister plan for her wedding next month and just taking time to enjoy the beautiful weather.

I've collected some really fun new dolls these past two months, which I'm so excited to do reviews on once I am all sorted out.

We also had a great vacation in Long Lake again this year, which I'm current editing through the photos for, which should be ready for a post soon.

More about this guy later. :) 

Anyway, just wanted to let you all know I'm alive and doing well. :)
I've been enjoying all of your posts and reviews.

For those of you that have Instagram accounts, I wanted to let you know that I have several different ones if you're interested in following. I've been posting a lot of photos on there for now. :) Instagram recently made it easy to create and switch back and forth to multiple accounts.

My main one for mostly Monster High and Ever After High (and some Carebears/MLP) is:  @farrahli
American Girl, Hearts for Hearts, and other larger dolls is: @farrahli2
Disney dolls and merch is: @farrahlidisney
Barbie and other 12 inch dolls is: @farrahlibabs
My 80s toy/doll collection is:  @farrahli80s

I know, it's a bit excessive, but I am obsessed with Instagram. I love taking photos!
I haven't been posting anything on Youtube lately, but hope to soon and that is under: Farrah Lily

Some stuff I got in July, that I will never get around to filming, lol. 

Well, I hope you're all doing well and hope to get back to posting soon.
I'm glad to be taking the time to get my family photos/videos in order though, for now as they are so priceless to me, it was kind of stupid not to have them backed up. :)
Talk to you all soon!!
My sister had her bachelorette party a few weeks ago. :):) 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Blind Bags: Monster High Minis, Care Bears and Toy Story

Blind bag opening video (sorry the volume is a little low again!) 

Hi everyone!  Just stopping in for a quickie.  Today's post is about a recent blind bag opening video the girls and I made together.  We ended up getting a few Monster High Mini blind bags as well as a Care Bear and Toy Story one.  
Blind bags are all the rage in our house and have been for at least the past year.  The girls LOVE them.  For me, personally, I like to collect the Care Bear ones (they just released Series 4!) as well as the My Little Pony, select Disney and now these adorable little Monster High ones. 

Below are the ones we ended up getting: 

Lagoona Blue (daughter of the Sea Monster) 

Venus McFlytrap (daughter of the Venus Flytrap) 

Draculaura (daughter of Dracula) 

Abbey Bominable (daughter of the Abominable Snowman) 

Catrine DeMew (daugther of a Werecat) 

These littles have articulation in the neck only and can more their heads from side to side. 

Care Bears Series 2 Good Luck Bear

Jessie from Toy Story
She has articulation in the head and waist!

Checklist for Toy Story Series 1
(we only have Woody, Bullseye and now Jessie)

Checklist for Care Bears Series 2 (we have all of these guys) 

Checklist for the Monster High Minis 

Abbey, Lagoona, Catrine, Venus and Draculaura

I LOVE these new minis.  I love blind bags in general because I think they make great "toys" for the larger scale dolls.  They have a nice collector appeal ot them and I can't wait to get more! 

What about you guys, do you collect any blind bags or did you in the past? 

Thanks for stopping by. :) 
xo Farrah 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

June Strawberries and Birthdays

Pumpkin Pie is a HUGE Star Wars fan. :) 

Hi everyone!  It's been a while, I must say...summer is keeping us all busy (as usual), but it's been a great summer so far and filled with HOT sunny days.  I am in hog heaven. :)
This June started out a little on the chilly side, but soon warmed up to my much loved, glorious balmy sunshine.
We celebrated Pumpkin Pie's 7th birthday with a trip to our local indoor trampoline gym, then to Build-A-Bear and then to her favorite restaurant, the Chinese Buffet. :)
It's so hard to believe she's 7 already!

Those blue mountains in the distance are the Catskill Mountains. 

I've been walking a lot this summer (anywhere from 2-4 miles per day) and I feel so lucky to live in a place that has a lot of beautiful scenery to look at.
Here's a look at what I see on one of my daily walks during my lunch break....

So gorgeous!!  I love living here.  I have a hard time at the end of winter, but most of the time it's a great place to be. It's funny to think that that I didn't realize the beauty of this place and the quaintness of this town until I moved back.  I miss the conveniences of a city/suburb, but would rather live in the country any day. :)

June also started the "strawberry picking season" for us and we visited a local fruit farm to pick our delicious berries.  This was the first season that Little Button really got the hang of it.

Flowers are everywhere!  I am not good with flowers and just don't have the time or extra finances (becuase I spend it all on dolls, haha) to make or keep up with a good flower garden so these photos were taken at my aunt's house up the street.

I love the smell of fresh thyme! 

The end of the month marked Little Button's 4th birthday and on her day we went to see "Finding Dory" at the movies and then Chuck-E-Cheese for lunch.  I'm not sure if CEC is just a Northeast thing or not, but that place has changed a lot since I was a kid! (Not as fun, but the girls had a blast.)

She is at such a cute appreciative of everything.
Overall, June was a lovely month.  July is almost halfway over's like SLOW DOWN summer!
I have been pretty quiet with doll blogging as I'm just not finding the time for it at the moment, but hoping to get more posts up soon.  I have been saving for our vacation coming up in a few weeks so not so much on the doll buying front either!
I have seen some of the new Monster High reboots as well as the budget reboot of some EAH dolls and I can say I'm not too interested as of now.  It's not that I mind their faces, it's just that their outfits and accessories aren't really up to the standard of the older ones.
There are many other dolls out there that I have my eyes on anyway! :)
Hope you all have a great week.
xo Farrah