Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Fashion Review: MLA Coral Outfit Plus

Great Gift

Hi! Nonna gave us a great My Life As outfit and shoes too! 
The Coral Sweater Outfit has three pieces: a tiered ruffle skirt, striped sleeveless top, and coral sweater with blue tulle flower accent. These will be great for mixing and matching.

The Coral Gladiator Sandals are the high style ones. The jelly nature is cool too.
Now the test...

How it Fits

Check out the three photo shoots. Lots of photos today!




Who Wears it Best?

Leave your vote in the comment section.

Xyra's Notes

  • I chose three different models with three body types (slim, slender, full) and three skin tones (fair, medium, medium dark).
  • The top ruffle on the skirt did not always lay well, but seemed to be best on Lea. 
  • The sleeveless top fit nicely on all three; however, the bottom hem did not come together on Kaya.
  • The sweater fits nicely on everyone. it was slightly loose on Haley and snug on Kaya. 
  • All three pieces were relatively easy to put on and take off. You have to be patient with the wrist openings on the sweater and adjust the skirt ruffles.
  • The sandals were easy to put on and off. They look sharp on all three models (and Melody from our Memorial Day post). However, the jelly material had me slightly concerned about possible shiny marks or color transfer, so I have not let them be worn for a long period of time.
  • Great mix and match potential! 
  • Thank you, again, Nonna!

Best wishes,

Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with American Girl, Madame Alexander, or My Life As. The outfit reviewed above was a gift to our collection. The review is unsolicited and comprised of our own observations, opinions, thoughts, and words. No purchase is required or suggested to enjoy the post.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day 2019

We Remember

Our town celebrates Memorial Day with a service and a parade. This morning the service was held at the Red Hill Veterans Memorial. Then the parade ran from Pennsburg to East Greenville. Recently the towns have added Memorial flags on the utility poles picturing a hometown heroes. These made the parade extra special.

Later in the day we visited the Red Hill Veterans Memorial, when there weren't as many people around. Mel was last to head back to the car. 
She stopped about half way and turned back.
Walked up the the wreath and started placing something on the ground in front of it. Then she joined the rest of us to head home.

Later we found out she placed pennies at the memorial; paying her respect and ours in remembrance of the fallen.

We hope you had an enjoyable and reflective Memorial Day.

What did you do on this special day?

Best wishes,

Ps. Dear followers today's post is number 1300 for Tea Time with Melody Q. Thank you for your support! 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Book Review: Ghostville Elementary #1

Ghost Class

by Marcia Thornton Jones and Debbie Dadey

Hi! I'm your host for book talk today. I'll be sharing about the first installment from the Ghostville Elementary series Ghost Class.
Ahem, Tris, you need to get down.
Thank you. (gets seated) So the cover shows us what looks to be a mixed classroom photo. We've always loved ghost stories and stories with ghosts as characters. No the scary ones though. 
Here is a better look. This one caught our eye. It was sent to us by a friend who was thinning their family library. The book is in excellent condition!
Pencil sketch style illustrations are dotted throughout the story helping readers focus their mental pictures of the characters and activities. There aren't that many; just enough.
The back repeats the class picture and provides a nice blurb.
"And you thought your class was spooky! The basement of Sleepy Hollow's elementary school is haunted. At least that's what everyone says. But no one has ever gone downstairs to prove it. Until now... this year, Cassidy and Jeff's classroom is in the basement. But the kids aren't scared. there's no such thing as ghosts, right? Tell that to the ghosts. the basement belongs to another class⏤a ghost class. they don't want to share. And they will haunt Cassidy and her friends until they get their room back."
The blurb is pretty good at giving hints to what will be happening, but also has a few inaccuracies about what actually happens. The deception is not cool.
Overall, we all enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun read. Nice style. The characters were kind of flat; especially those other than Cassidy, Nina, Jeff, Ozzy, and Olivia. The main character, Cassidy, has some good and bad points. So does her nemesis, Ozzy. Ozzy and his classmates are trying to get Cassidy and her classmates out of their room, but their efforts are lost on most of the class and lead only to get Cassidy in trouble. Of course, that only makes Cassidy mad. Olivia knows what is going on and hints at solutions. I know Kaya started to get annoyed with Cassidy. Melody thought it wrapped up too quickly. Lanie wanted to know more about "the incident." Lea wanted Olivia to be more helpful. Grace loved Nina more than Cassidy. And Kirsten came up with a plan similar to the wrap up in the book a couple chapters before the author presented it.
As I said, we enjoyed the book. Not sure we will search out others in the series and we plan to share this through the Little Free Library at ArtFusion 19464. Now I'm would you feel if your classroom was moved to the basement and it was haunted? Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed our book talk.

Xyra's Review

Ghost Class (Ghostville Elementary #1)Ghost Class by Marcia Thornton Jones
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A very quick read for an adult reader. A nice chapter book for younger readers. The illustrations are nice.

The small school is overcrowded and the third grade class needs to move to a new classroom in the basement. It's spooky and gets spookier. Kind of.

My favorite character is Nina. She grasped Olivia's meaning and tried hard to get Cassidy to understand too. Cassidy is a bit hardheaded and I struggled with her character. Jeff was nice. Ozzy was interesting.

I liked the bright ending, but it wrapped up very quickly and left me with questions.

A good, quick read.

Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hearts Filled with Sorrow

In our Large Fur Family

Last week we posted about Licorice and Dusty. Today Dusty went from her fur-ever human home to her fur-ever heavenly home. We are very grateful for your prayers and thoughts in support since last week.

Ps. Licorice is doing well on a special diet.