Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Barbie Sisters Winter Holiday Fun



Hey everyone, 
Today's post is a review of one of my favorite Barbie purchases this winter season called the Barbie Sisters Winter Holiday Fun 4 pack.  
I purchased this pack from Target's website and I believe it was a Target exclusive pack, but I did find it on Amazon as well. (I feel like everything ends up on Amazon.) 

This set originally retailed for $39.99, but I was lucky to have a 20% coupon as well as the 5% Redcard discount and free shipping so that brought the cost down a bit. Always a plus! 


The overall design of this packaging was really appealing to me as it was very colorful and festive. 


The back is cute and they even included a winter poem. (Which, to be honest, I didn't read until I put these photos on blogger, lol.)


Here's Barbie straight out of the box.  She definitely had the worst hair out of the bunch.  There was quite a bit of glue seepage, unfortunately, which gave her a very greasy appearance.
Her outfit, on the other hand, is very cute and colorful and her facial screening/face up is very pretty.


Skipper. straight out of the box, had the best hair of them all.  It wasn't until after I did a boil wash that I realized she had some glue seepage as well, unfortunately.


Stacie had really nice hair straight out of the box and it was very soft with no glue whatsoever.  I usually prefer a more natural looking face up for Stacie, so she looks a bit overdone to me, but heck...sometimes you just need to get glammed up for sledding so good for her. :)


Chelsea had some pretty messed up hair straight out of the box, but straightened right out with a boil wash and looked great. 


Here's a body type comparison.  They all have that slightly cheap hollow-ish plastic body that is typical of Fashionistas.  All have flat feet except for Barbie. The knees are completely fixed (not clickable) and they each have 5 points of articulation at the neck, shoulders, and hips.  The 3 older girls have ball jointed hips with some side-to-side flexibility.  Chelsea's are just hinged so her legs can only go front to back.  As you can see, Chelsea's pink tights are painted on.


Barbie has a beautiful, sweet face and her lips are very pretty.  I ended up brushing talc powder through her hair in an effort to soak up some of that glue and it worked pretty well.  Despite her now smelling like a gentleman's club locker room, hair hair feels so much better.  I have heard of the "Goo Gone" method of removing glue, which I think I will try next time.


Barbie's clothes and (glam) ice-skates. I really appreciate that the scarves on both her and Stacie were removable.


Skipper's facial close up.  For some reason, her lip/mouth screening makes her look a little irritated to me.  She has beautiful eyes, though.


Skipper's outfit, snowboard and helmet. 


Stacie's facial close-up.  I love that she has those pretty hazel eyes. 


Stacie's outfit and sled. 


Chelsea's facial close up.  Look at those blue eyes! 


Chelsea's outfit and hat. 

Next, during one of my lunch break walks, I shoved Skipper and Stacie in my coat for some outdoor pics. They were so much fun to pose!









I wish I could snowboard.  Fun fact:  I tried a few times in college and it was a total fail, lol.  Maybe I just need to buy a snowboard and practice on the hills by my house sometime.  Or maybe skiing is easier?  Maybe I should just get snow shoes.
:)


Behind the scenes!  You can see I had Ever After High Poppy Fairest on Ice with me as well as I was also taking some photos for my Instagram and Flickr accounts. :) 


Now we're back inside on a little make shift winter set I made from some fake winter village snow and a winter village backdrop I found at Walmart. 


Cuties :) 


Overall, I really love this set.  I'm not the hugest fan of the glue/hair Barbie even though it did get better after the talc powder treatment, but no matter.  I can always swap her out for a different Barbie as I have several others that look just like her.  The outfits are a total win for me, though as I love that they are so colorful and fun and who can resist "winter wear"??  I can't.


I hope you guys enjoyed this review and thank you, as always for stopping by the blog today.
I felt this was a great time to post this particular doll set since we got about 2 feet of snow yesterday! Or least it feels like that with all drifts we have now from the wind.
See you next time!
xo Farrah 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

In Store Report-Doll Hunting Video!

Hey everyone, 
Hope you're all staying warm wherever you are..it's been freezing here!
So I've been inspired by the lovely Muff  from "Hey It's Muff" to have another go at a "toy-hunt" style video to show you all what dolls are on shelves here where I live.  
It was my birthday on Monday so Little Button and I were out running "errands" aka going doll hunting on both Monday and Tuesday so we filmed a little bit along the way.  

If you're interested, the video is below!  

This is the first time that we've appeared in front of the camera and I was so shy to do this at first, but ended up having a good time by the end. 

You will notice that Little Button was asking for a lot of things and in the end she ended up picking a cute little Trolls microphone on the first day as well as a Calico Critter Kangaroo family that was on sale at Toys R' Us the second day.  Spoiled!  But it was my birthday so I got both the girls a treat just because. :):) 


I hope you enjoy!
xoxo Farrah

Monday, February 20, 2017

Thank you :)

Hey guys,
Thank you so much for your great feedback regarding my post about what you would like to see here on the blog.  
It seems like most of you were happy with the variety I was already doing, so that's good!

I'd say the most favorite dolls mentioned were the American Girl and Hearts for Hearts play scale, followed by Barbie and Disney.




It was split pretty much down the middle when it comes to videos, most of you enjoy them and some of you prefer to read the blog so I will probably just keep the videos in the post as I do them.

So going forward, I will be happy to focus more on the larger scale 18 inch dolls, Barbie and Disney reviews.  

I still love to photograph my Monster High and Ever After High dolls so I'll skip the reviews on those and just do fun quick photo shoots.



Most of you enjoyed the more personal posts that include the brief photos of our family and life on the farm, so I'll add those in now and again (remember my monthly round-ups?  lol.)  If I had more time, I'd just create a separate blog for that (thanks for the suggestion, Barb!), but I don't think I could keep up!


And lastly, all of you wanted to see crafts! 


Right now I love to crochet, cross-stitch and paint as my main hobbies so I will share whatever I can get to!  I would love to try out some polymer clay mini food and doll reroots or repaint touch-ups at some point as well. I'm not really good at making up "stuff to craft" as I just prefer to watch other people's videos (My Froggy Stuff, etc) and create stuff based on that so unfortunately it won't really be crafting ideas, but instead stuff that I make from other people's tutorials, haha!

Thanks again for your wonderful and kind feedback.
What a great group of bloggers and followers that we have here in blogland. I love sharing this hobby with you all! :)


Thursday, February 16, 2017

All the AG drama-an opinionated post!

Hey guys,
Thank you so much for your feedback already regarding my last post about what you would like to see on my blog!  I'm finding it so helpful and I'll share the results with you later this week. :)
Someone who commented said that they enjoyed reading different opinions about doll lines or new stuff in general, which was really cool because I have never done an info or opinionated post before.
I figured with all of this American Girl drama centered around the recent controversy that is surrounding this brand, this would be a good place to start.

There are a couple of different topics that I wanted to share my thoughts about, but we'll start with Gabriela McBride, the 2017 Girl of the Year (who's around longer than just the year.)

GABRIELA MCBRIDE
As for Gabby's release, I'm a bit underwhelmed by her story and collection.  The doll itself is gorgeous.  The fact that she's basically a reissued Truly Me doll, though is pretty disappointing.  They could've added freckles or a beauty mark or maybe changed her hair parting, or something to make her a little more unique and special.



Gabby McBride 

They also could've given her a more interesting story-line, in my opinion, but I do have to remember that these are made for younger girls so I understand that it's always going to be watered down and generalized in a way that would appeal more for an 8 year old.

It would've been great though, to see her interested in health, or teaching, or something to do with a traditional male dominated profession (like IT or criminal justice.) Getting girls into science, engineering or computer programming seems to be all the rage right now.  Oh well, gotta do what sells and little girls love dance stuff.

To me, at this point, I'm not sure what the different is between the GOTY and the Contemporary Line.  I am pretty bothered by the fact that they couldn't give Gabby more time in the spotlight.  Having the very first doll of color as the GOTY is a very big deal and should've been handled a bit more respectfully.

To plan a release of a new contemporary doll only a month after Gabby's debut feels like a big old slap in the face.
I don't know why I am so bothered by it, but I just am.
Tenney feels more involved and put together and feels like more thought was put into her design, her collection and her stories and I believe they are also making a movie. (Which they are not for Gabby.)
And to put a cherry on top, they also released a boy doll, which doubly steals the spotlight.

Logan Everett

I do agree that it's great to have listened to customers and finally come out with a boy doll and I think it's great that little boys that want an AG doll now have an option, but again, it feels like a slap in the face. Again, it's just the timing that bothers me.

I personally am not a fan of boy dolls in this doll scale, but maybe it's because I have seen too many Instagram posts of custom AG boys with their little AG doll girlfriends and it sort of creeps me out because they all look like toddlers. ;)
I think they did a nice job on the design, but I sort of wish they had used a Jess mold or Marie Grace rather than Kaya's mold as I thought that mold was supposed to be special for only her.

Poor Gabby.  I definitely want to get her regardless, because I feel she marks AG history and that she is a very important doll, at least in my heart.
I will probably only get her PJs due to budget reason, although the poetry and dance theme just isn't really my thing anyway.  She's a gorgeous doll and I don't have any like her yet in my collection so I do hope to add her some day!

TENNEY GRANT:
Here are my thoughts on Tenney apart from my overall opinion of AG's poor timing to releases her.



She's pretty cute, but she sort of looks like Caroline with a side part and brown eyes.  I'm not the hugest fan of the freckle design, but I do appreciate that they tried a new design and put the freckles on a doll other than a redhead.
Her meet outfit is pretty nice and her overall outfit collection is really, really cute.
I showed her to Pumpkin Pie (who will turn 8 in June) and she LOVED all of it.  She loved the doll and she said her favorite thing about her was her hair.  AG definitely knows what they are doing in terms of designing these dolls for young girls. She loved every outfit, the stage, the PJs, everything.  Genuis designing on AG's part.

Probably MY favorite part of her collection is her banjo.  I love miniature instruments!
Most likely I will not be getting this doll for my collection as I already have Caroline and she looks too similar for me to warrant getting Tenney.  Pumpkin Pie has already asked for her for her birthday so we'll see what happens between now and then.
I can't help it, but I think they did a great job with this doll and her entire collection.
Again, I just don't like how they timed it!!

FELICITY MERRIMAN (BEFOREVER VERSION) :


I like the original version better.
Maybe someday I'll find her at a good price.  Just not interested in the newer one at this time, but her book art is so cute.




NANEA MITCHELL:
I don't want to spend too much time talking about her since we don't know a lot yet, but she is set in Hawaii during World War II and I LOVE HER.  I LOVE HER.  I LOVE HER. It sounds like she will be set to release some time this fall.
I think she's totally adorable and I love the concept. Look at those high-waisted nautical shorts!
She looks like a big Wellie Wisher and I have no problem with that.  She's just so cute.



PERMAPANTIES:


I know most of you are aware of AG's decision to start releasing Truly Me dolls, Contemporary characters and some select BeForever dolls (Julie, Melody and Mary Ellen) with sewn on underwear that is not removable and to be honest, I wasn't too bothered by it at first.  I've only been collecting AG dolls since 2015 so I don't have a huge history with this company so from a "change" perspective, it wasn't that big of a deal to me. I would prefer the regular bodies, but it wasn't a deal breaker.
My main issue now is just the overall way AG has handled this information release as well as how they are dealing with feedback.
Basically their reasoning for changing to this new style is so the panties don't get lost during play.
Like, what????  Are you serious??
That is the lamest reason!  If they would be up front and honest, that it was due to cost or they needed to redesign the bodies in regards to certain copyright issues with Pleasant Company, I'd be ok with that.
My other concern is the fact that they block and ban people that express opinions that they don't agree with from their Facebook info page.  I get it if people are being downright nasty or profane, but I don't think that is always the case. If I hung up on every person that had an opinion at MY job, I'd be fired.  They should be taking this feedback and really considering if these proposed changes are worth it.
It makes me sad the way the company has changed in quality and integrity.  Even sadder that despite this, their items become more and more expensive.
Thank goodness for Our Generation and their amazingly cute and well priced clothes and accessories! I'm glad that there are other options in this play scale.

It's just never going to be the same American Girl that I used to droll over as a preteen in the 90s and I guess that's that.

I think American Girl has marketed these changes brilliantly to coincide with their new releases. They sort of dropped this "permapanty" bomb on everyone, but then quickly distracted us with the colorful and shiny new release of several amazing new dolls and items.

Besides the new dolls, the most attractive things to me are the new items they added to the BeForever Line.  I don't have a Kit doll, but her collection is very cute and you guys know I love my Julie and the 70s in general. :)
These in particular are at the top my wish list:
Julie's Bastketball Outfit
Julie's Peasant Top Outfit
Julie's Bathroom (my grandmother had a pink toliet and sink)
Mary Ellen's Flamingo Swimsuit

At this point in time, I have one last AG order on the way (I finally ordered Addy and her accessories last week!).
As much as I like a lot of their products and want to collect it all, I'm not sure if I want to support buying from this company right at this particular moment due to some of these drastic changes and the downright disappointment with some of their decisions.  I may change my mind down the road, but for now, I'd rather just get my items from eBay or support people that make handmade clothing (or *gasp* actually try to make my own!)

Plus, I need to be saving my money and AG stuff is expensive, haha!

What do you guys think about all of this drama?  No big deal?  Are you ok with the changes and the way they handled all of these new releases?  Just curious to hear your thoughts.
Have a good week!

xo Farrah





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Quick Poll: Favorite dolls to see here??

Hey guys,
Now that I have been collecting for a few years, I'm sort of lost direction and momentum of keeping up with what I buy and what I have time to review.




I follow lots of different blogs that review all sorts of dolls so I just wondered what it is YOU guys like to read about.

I wanted to just get your feedback about what you would be most interested in seeing reviews and posts about since I am just overwhelmed with all the dolls I still have laying around in boxes, waiting for reviews.

If you could take a second to comment on maybe your favorite type of doll as well as let me know if you enjoy the more personal family/nature type of posts that would be great.  :)
This will not affect my personal collecting, but will just give me some direction on what to review!

I WILL KEEP COMMENTS ANONYMOUS AND NOT POST THEM

1.  The types of things I'm currently collecting are below are so please let me know what you like to see reviews and photos of:

Barbie
Ever After High
Monster High
Disney Dolls
American Girl and other larger dolls like Hearts for Hearts, Our Generation and minis
Younger style dolls such as Shopkins/Shoppies and blind bags
80s Toys
More expensive dolls like Hot Toys, Tonner and Disney Limited Edition Dolls

2.  Would you like to see family blog posts as well (like photos of daily life, my sister's wedding, the kids, our farm, etc.) ?

3. Are you interested in seeing videos as well or do you usually skip over them?  (if you prefer to skip them then I'll just keep them on my YT channel. :)

4.  Are you interested in seeing crafts that I am doing as well?

Thanks so much for your help and feedback!
I really appreciate it.
xo


UPDATE:  I am keeping comments private so you guys won't see them, but thanks so much for the feedback already!! :)



Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day- C.A. Cupid from Ever After High

Happy Valentine's Day to my fellow doll bloggers!
What better day to share with you all some photos of one of my favorite Ever After High dolls, C.A. Cupid!  

I took a few photos of her in her box and right after I took her out so I could remember what she looked like before we lost accessories and her hair got wrecked.  #reallife



In Greek mythology, Eros was the Greek god of love, but his better known name in Roman mythology was Cupid.   C.A. Cupid is supposed to be the (adopted) daughter of Eros.
I just found out that her initials stand for Chariclo Arganthone.  :)

So, yeah...I'm just going to stop right here and do a big sigh because this is why I first fell in love with Ever After High.  Look at this design and packaging!!
Sadly, the quality of EAH has gone way down so I have pretty much finished collecting EAH for now.


I really love the way they used to design these doll boxes. 


On the back of the box there are some additional details about her personality (which little kids won't read, but older may find interesting).


I seriously did not want to take this doll out of her box because I liked her so much the way she was, but the girls were pressuring me.  We lost the little black ring within 5 minutes so eventually I ended up getting a second doll to keep in the box (for me)!




She's such a beautiful doll and I'm so happy to have her in my collection!  I really need to dig her out of the storage bin she's been hiding in and give her a proper makeover and place on the shelf soon.

I really hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day.
I am a huge fan of self-love and finding happiness and joy from within yourself so Valentine's Day has always annoyed me a teeny, tiny bit, even when I've had someone to celebrate with.
My husband and I have always felt it to be a bit forced and cheesy, so we didn't used to really celebrate it in the past.
Now that we have the girls, though, they just eat it up and love making cards and celebrating with us, so it's much more fun now. ;)

I hope you all have a great rest of your week!
xo Farrah