Wednesday, September 28, 2016

AG in King of Prussia Part 1

Pop Up Store - Yay!

American Girl announced pop up store locations for the fall and King of Prussia, PA was on the list! YAHOO! Nonna from Mommy's Doll Club and I planned a trip for the soft opening.

Not Quite Open - Boo!

Alas, when we arrived it really was not open when they told us it would be. Saige and I took a couple photos together out front and peeked through the cracks in the door. 

Looks cool!

Didn't Waste the Day

Our original plan was foiled by miscommunication; however, we didn't let us spoil the day. We checked out the new mall connector and did some window shopping. Miss Notea helped Xyra fill a pick a brick cup at Lego. We had lunch at Shake Shack where Nonna's sister joined us. One of the fun stores we visited was Asian Market. I had fun trying on dresses.

Took this teal one home too.

Evening Entertainment

After saying good-bye to Saige, Nonna, Notea, and Kaykay we headed toward home, but passed by and went to the New Goschenhoppen Park to see the Allentown Band perform. Xyra's friend EG plays in the wind section. 

We set up our own little seating area, got snacks from the concession area, and settled in for the tree sets. During the first we sorted the pick a brick cup. Between the sets the sponsor group had a cake walk.
The second set had a lot of fun music we could kind of sing along to. Well, very quietly, under our breath.
The sun started to set and the sky was beautiful.

As it got darker, the bandshell started to light up.
A lot of great music! If you get a chance to see the Allentown Band perform - go - you'll enjoy yourself!

AG in King of Prussia Part 2 coming soon!

Best wishes,


Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with American Girl. All items displayed in posts have been purchased for our collection or received as gifts from family and friends. Links are provided for educational and informative purposes; now purchase is required or suggested.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Green Thumb Endeavors Update 5+

Welcome Back

Hi! I'm back again with a view from the garden. But first I want to thank all of you for hanging in there and waiting patiently for our next post. We have taken a lot of photos over the past month, but have been so tied up we couldn't get to the computer for fun stuff. I'm betting you understand. Again, thank you for your patience!

Success

Back in August I showed you all the little green tomatoes on the plant we started from a seed. The other day I went outside to check on them and found quite a few red and ripe and ready for picking!

Aren't they adorable!
Super tasty too!
Here are two next to a tomato from our other plant.


Plus - New Outfit

Ta da! I have a new outfit. It's a Bahia Outfit. It comes with sandals, shorts, and a long-sleeve tee. I added the headband from the mix and match swim setHow do I look?




Xyra's Notes


  • Lea's Bahia Outfit has three pieces (4 if you count each sandal separately) for $28. That ends up being $7 per item (counting each sandal separately). $24 would have been a nicer number.
  • The shorts are cute and go on easily. They are on the short side.
  • The shirt opens fully in the back with a velcro closure. It is a bit snug on older dolls, but still fits nicely.
  • The sandals are really cute. they have a short velcro closure at the back of each heel. Very useful - keeps the sandals snug to her feet so they do not fall off.
  • Overall, I think a 4 out of 5 on the outfit; I'm taking a star for price. Based solely on the outfit, it's a 5 of 5.


Tchau! Ate mais tarde!


Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with American Girl. The featured outfit was purchased for our collection from our own money and the review is comprised of our own thoughts and opinions. Links are provided for information purposes only; not purchase is required or suggested.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

National Read a Book Day 2016

September 6, 2016

How Did You Celebrate?

Hi! Did you know Tuesday was National Read a Book Day? We saw the announcement on Good Morning America. I went and gathered the books we've been reading recently. Here they are!

We have two historical fiction books. 
Historical fiction books are stories based on a period of time that use events, facts, and settings from that time but have a made up character experiencing them. In some cases, authors also use historical figures or people as the main characters and try to put a story together from diaries or correspondence. Those can be really good, but be sure you do your own research to know what is accurate and what is created.

Picture books are fun too! 
You're never too old to relax with a picture book and you may learn something new. Do you have a favorite picture book?

Fantasy fiction books are fun. This one has princesses and dragons. Look for a review on it in the future.We hope to submit it for the next Kid Lit Blog Hop.
You might wonder how a cookbook counts? It's a book, right. Grace loves to read them, so does Xyra. Especially the ones with color photos. That way if you try something new you know what it should look like. (giggles)

This is a really old book. In fact, it is a poetry book. Old books have a lot of character, and I don't mean the ones inside. (giggles) This one is The Poetical Works of Longfellow.
Check out the great illustration next to the title page! 
You may have heard of Paul Revere's Ride or The Song of Hiawatha or The Village Blacksmith. We have a copy of Evangeline that is a book itself!

What have you been reading lately?

See you again soon!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A Look at September 2016

Unveiling the Rebuild

Hi! It took a little bit to figure out what we wanted to do for this September. Once we had our idea pinned down we had September and October figured out. You have to wait for October, but here's September!
What do you think? Can you figure out the theme?
It's a classroom! The calendar is a white board.
The right edge and top are our school colors - navy and gold. We have five students. It's too bad we don't have any of the guy Friends or Elves to join  the girls. Our guy mini figures aren't quite right either. 

(giggles) Can you figure out why I was picked to show it to you? (giggles)

Stop again soon!  Have a nice day! 
 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Back to School 2016

First Day of School

Grace, Haley, Kaya, Kirsten, Lanie, Lea, Melody, 2 or more

We saw a lot of people started back to school last week or even earlier last month.
We started today.
Last week I switched up my routine so getting up earlier wouldn't be so bad. Wasn't ready for it to be quite this dark.
Anyway, here's our first day photo.

Some might wonder why we all wore skirts?
Two reasons...
First, why not? It's fun to dress up for the first day of school. Plus the weather is nice and we aren't permitted to wear shorts.
Second, in honor of Melody and MaryEllen.
Did you know that it wasn't until the Education Amendments of 1972 that girls were free to wear pants to school?
Before then most school districts required girls to wear skirts or dresses. Some were allowed to wear pants under their skirts for the walk to school, but they had to change when they arrived.
Stephanie Zinone does this at the beginning of the movie Grease 2.

What did you wear for your first day?

Which of our outfits do you like best?

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

LORI Horse Review

American Quarter Horse

Hi! This season's offerings from LORI move from the ballet studio to the equestrian ring. Perfect timing right around the Olympics too. Did you see any of the dressage or jumping competition? It was cool!

The other day I was in Target and found one lone horse in the LORI section. Very pretty too. At first glance I thought it was a palomino, but the box has it listed as an American Quarter Horse. The horses run $9.99 in our area. There was also a 10% off purchases that day.

The horse comes in the standard pink and white LORI box. 
The story is on the side panel and the back shows this horse with a possible rider as well as a list of what is included. 1 horse, 1 bridle, 1 saddle, 1 spray bottle, 1 hook, 1 scraper, 2 saddle blankets.


The horse comes out of the outer box easily and is attached securely to the pink brick inner packaging. 


That's when the fun begins. 
The large tie wrap is around the horse's middle, then there are three smaller wraps around the hooves (the third is hiding on the bottom). And all that lovely tape. The small accessories are encapsulated in a plastic shell.

The worst part is the mane. It was difficult to release it from the sewn on plastic. But not impossible.


The tail is secured with two clear plastic bands. One up high and the other by the hoof. 
The mane and tail are very silky and smooth. You can see the gap where the tale is attached to the body.

There is a line for the mane.
The way it is attached you can not easily shift the mane to fall on the other side of the horse.

Here we are - out and free! It takes a bit of patience to get the horse to stand, but it will. 


I took the saddle and blankets off. You can see the body is hard, molded plastic.
The blankets are attached together by one stitch. I like that, you are less likely to lose a piece. I did not take the bridle off, because it was not moving easily and I didn't want to tear the plastic.

This close up of the blanket you can see the stitch in the upper right corner. 
If you have OCD, you might be getting out the shears to trim the "shearling" blanket a bit.

Rebecca volunteered to meet our new horse first. 
She looks so much like Butterbrandy that we've decided to call her Butterbeer- BB for short.

First try mounting was a bit awkward.


Rebecca straightened up in the saddle. I couldn't get the reins in her hands though.


After the ride, Rebecca decided to clean BB up a bit.
She can hold the bottle, but not the scraper or hook.

To get an idea of how BB will fit in your corral...another new member to our barn sauntered into the photo...
Steps High.  (Shhh, Kaya hasn't officially met her yet. Nonna found her second hand for us and she is beautiful!)

BB is a very nice horse. I would like her to stand on her own better, but that can be worked around. I do have her stored lying on her side though. 

The other oddity is the scale. I feel this way about the AG horses as well. The girls are supposed to be anywhere from 8 - 12 years old, yet when standing next to the horse, they are taller. So these must really be ponies not true horses. Those are my only negative observations. 

Overall, I give the LORI horse 4 out of 5 stars. I see great play value from this item especially if you love horses.

Best wishes,


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