Gabriela: Time for Change

This was such an amazing book. Best American Girl book I’ve read. I loved it so much. It was so relatable to normal girls. I related to it quite a bit, though I am way older than the target age range.

 

I requested this book through our library system, but I didn’t read it right away when I got it. To be honest I wasn’t all that excited about it. But I finally started it. It was a little slow to get into, but it was so, so, good.

 

The story is about Gabriela dealing with several different things. Her ballet class is working on pointe shoes, something Gabi has dreamed about for most of her eleven years, she is helping plan a halloween party with her co ambassadors, and making a costume with the group. She is making a costume with her best friend Teagan, and working on multiple poems for the upcoming poetry slam she is doing with Teagan, and some other friends.

With all that is going on, some things get pushed aside, especially her friendship with Teagan as she becomes better friends with her co ambassador and former enemy Aliyah.

In the end Gabriela must make a choice about which things mean the most to her, and which ones are only weighing her down.  

 

But, to me, the book is about friendship, being overwhelmed with too much stuff, and being a good friend even when it’s hard.

I loved how there were lines from Gabriela’s poems in the book, and how one of the poems changes as Gabi grows and changes.

I liked the message that friends are as important as dreams.

 

But mostly, I loved the decision Gabi had to make, and how it only made things better, though it was really hard.

 

Go read this book. It’s seriously amazing.

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The Cutest Three-Step Doll Skirt You Will Ever Make

Hello people reading this!

Want to learn how to make a really cute, really simple (three steps!) doll skirt? You have come to the right place.

*Note: This is not the easiest skirt you will ever make, nor the cutest, but for how easy it is, it is really adorable, and you can make it for any size doll.

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Step one: Gather your materials. All you need is wide lace (which you can find at the craft store) and self sticking velcro or sew-on velcro and fabric glue. If you want, you can use flowers or bows to embellish it, or fabric dye to dye it.

Step two: Wrap the lace around your doll, and mark how long it needs to be. Add some overlap for the velcro. My lace was really thin and see-through, so I used my sewing machine to sew two pieces together. I also dyed my lace pink, but that is optional.

Step three: Wrap the skirt around your doll. Cut a square of velcro, and place it where the end of the lace on top overlaps with the lace on bottom. Either stick it on, or glue it on.

And you are done! See how simple that was?

You could make a bunch for Holiday gifts, or for dolls to wear in a dance class. The possibilities are endless!

Nora (The doll) is wearing: Warm Winter Outfit from American Girl, Silver Sparkle Beanie from American Girl, and the skirt I made.

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Why I didn’t post today 3

Mom: “Did you post today Lexie?”

 

Me: “No, actually I did not.”

 

Mom: “Why not?”

 

Me: “Well the government was trying to figure out the secrets of the universe, but they are all adults, and only kids can learn the secrets of the universe. So they sent me and my sister to space to learn them and come back and report them. We took along some candy to hide the secrets of the universe in so no one would find them and use them against us. We landed on Mars and collected the secrets, hiding them in the candy,  but on the way home we ran into some aliens. The aliens haven’t had candy in years, and so they stole the candy and ate it, along with the secrets of the universe. I was trying to write up a post on the way home from space, but when I saw the aliens I hid the post in some candy, which they also ate.”

 

That is why I did not post today.

 

On a side note: There are more secrets of the universe on Mars, but kids are only allowed to try to collect them once, and my sister and I used up our chance. So if you know any kids who like secrets and would like to go to space, please send them to Mars to get the secrets of the universe.

Joy’s Journal Part Two-Sixteen

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting much. Summer’s been crazy. However I started school last week, and I have blogging as one of my subjects, so I should be posting more often. I have lots of Joy’s Journal and reviews to post.

Anyway, I think I’ve procrastinated long enough on Joy’s Journal. Here’s part sixteen!

I was sick of everyone being so mean. So one day I confronted Serenity’s group.

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“Why are you being so mean to me? You begged for the truth, and I gave it to you.” I told them.

“Why won’t you just admit you lied? We know you didn’t tell the truth.” One of the girls said.

“I did tell you the truth.” I insisted. 

“Joy, we’ve all lied to get out of class. It’s okay, you can tell us.” Serenity insisted.

“I didn’t lie to get out of class. I wasn’t feeling good.”

Because

“Riiight.”

I sat down on one of the beds. “Truly I didn’t.”

“Joy, if you can’t even tell us the truth about something small like that, how do we know you aren’t lying about bigger stuff?”

“Because I’m not.”

Most of the girls rolled their eyes.

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“How can I get you to stop being so mean?”

“By telling the truth, admitting that you are lying to get out of class.”

“I’m not lying.”

“Fine. We won’t be mean to you when you aren’t lying. No promises for anything else.”

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Cinnamon got up and pushed me out of the room. “But we don’t want to be friends with a liar.”

So all I had to do was not skip classes. All I had to do was what everyone else was doing. It was so simple really.

It couldn’t be that hard, right?

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Z Yang Look A Like Shirt

A few days ago I was at Target, and I saw a shirt that looked a lot like the one from Z’s easy breezy outfit. So I looked it up on the internet, and here it is.

Z shirt

Here’s the link to Z’s, and here’s the link to the one at Target.

It’s not exactly the same, but it’s close, and it would be cute to wear with your doll’s.

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Don’t Reply To The American Girl Email!

My Mom received this email from ‘American Girl’ today.
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When I showed to her she was pretty convinced that it was phishing. Then we saw that people have been having trouble getting into the American Girl website, and when they did what the email said they got an error message.
We could be wrong, but it’s probably phishing. If you received this email, DON’T CLICK ON THE LINK, AND DON’T GIVE THEM YOUR INFORMATION! Better safe than sorry!
Here’s what Mom says about emails:
You never click on a link in a email unless you are expecting someone to send you a link. Instead go directly to the website in this case american girl.com,  and look for the information from the email. If you can’t find it on the website, the email is a scam.
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Review-Pioneer Dress

My family went to a homeschool convention last March. One of the booths had books and doll dresses. My mom bought me the three books (Which I am going to review eventually.) and a dress, which I am about to show you.

Books

Here are the books that they had. The books are historical fiction about a girl named Lauren. She’s not really a pioneer, but the dresses they were selling remind me of pioneer dresses.

Rack o dresses

This is the rack of dresses. I liked the yellow one also, but it was gone before we got back there.

Doll in a shawl

Here is the doll modeling a shawl and a dress. (They sold crocheted shawls also)

The red dress

This is the dress I chose. It was 12$.

Too Big

I put it on Lea to model the dress. It’s nice, with lots of detail, but I didn’t like how big it was on her.

Inside out

So I turned the dress inside out and put it back on Lea.

Pins

Then I pinned it up and sewed the seams to make it smaller.

Prettyish dress

I like the dress much better now that it fits better. It has lots of detail, and is very well made (Except for being too big, but that might just be the style.) The print is little white flowers.

Color collar

The neckline has a peter pan collar. The fabric is the same on both sides.

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The sleeves are a little bit puffy. It reminds me of a dress I wore in the production of Mary Poppins that I was in. It had sleeves just like that.

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The waist is ruffled very nicely and the skirt is very full. There is a little bit of pink thread showing, but you can barely see it in person.

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The bottom of the skirt has a ruffle on it.

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The back of the dress is just as nice. The ruffles are just as full on the back.

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The back of the dress closes with three snaps. I asked the person at the booth (Who had made all the dresses) and she said that she didn’t like velcro because it gets caught in doll hair, so she did snaps. It’s also more time period.

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All the seams are surged.

Overall this is a very nice dress. All the seams are finished nicely, it has lots of detail, and it’s cute. It didn’t fit all that well, but I’ll let that pass for now.

Overall I’ll rate it 4.5/5 stars.

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The End Of Permipanties!

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American Girl has decided to do away with the stupid permipanties! Here’s what American Girl said:

**An Important Update for Our Customers**

We love and appreciate our dedicated American Girl fan community, and we take our role in listening and responding to your feedback very seriously. In recent months, many of you have shared your thoughts on how we can continue delivering the great products you’ve come to expect from us. We’ve heard you, and we will be implementing two changes as a result.

First, we will be reverting to the separate underwear design for all of our 18-inch dolls. Starting today, any dolls that are currently in production or any new dolls being developed will now come with removable underwear. Because there are dolls with permanent underwear already in the market, this will be a rolling change—meaning dolls that currently have the permanent underwear design will remain as is until the inventory is sold through.

However, if you currently own an American Girl doll with the permanent underwear and are disappointed with the design, we will do a one-time, free body exchange on the doll to create one with separate underwear and return the doll to you at no cost. For details on this offer, please click here: http://bit.ly/2rKyn0n

Second, we have made the decision to return to our iconic boutique box for our 18-inch dolls. Only the new 2017 contemporary characters, as well as some of our Truly Me dolls, will come in the current packaging until inventory is sold through. In addition, none of our 18-inch doll outfits will be sewn directly into packaging, with the exception of any existing inventory for our 2017 contemporary characters.

Thank you for caring enough to share your candid and heartfelt opinions with us, and we are sorry if we disappointed you in any way. Your feedback helps us deliver on our promise to create high-quality products, services, and experiences that nourish a girl’s spirit and help develop her strength of character.

Your Friends at American Girl

I’m really glad that they decided to do away with permipanties. It sounds like they have finally heard us.  But what about squishy vinyl? Thinner fabric? Neck ties? Cheaper products? Are they not going away also?
Notice that they only got rid of the changes that were most hated. There’s nothing holding them back from making cheap dolls still. My mom says they only care about our opinion because they care about our money.
But it’s a start at least.
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