Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Be Still My Wallet

The 2nd wave of Barbie Luxe Style dolls are out and I want them all!  These outfits and accessories are da bomb.  The mix and matching abilities are endless since these are all separate pieces.


Love all the accessories that come with this doll.  Her necklace is nice, too.

Steffi is next.

Again, I just love everything.  Her sunglasses are very unique.  The shoes....adorable.

Barbie in the pink and black.

Barbie in the floral jean jacket and cute jean skirt.

By the way, did anyone get Racquelle from the first wave?  I never saw her in stores, or on-line.  I really wanted that cute outfit she is wearing.  I didn't buy the one with the pink dress, but I've seen that outfit through the blogosphere and it's much cuter than I thought.  

I know these dolls are $19.99, but just think, we used to pay $12 for Fashionistas (with crappy outfits) to get articulated bodies.  So add $8 for a nice outft and nice accessories.  It would be nice if they packaged these separately, but I have a feeling they would be more than $8 if they did it that way.  I just checked ebay to see what these dolls and their outfits are going for.  Wow.  My advice is buy them for the $20, if you're interested in them.  Doesn't seem to be too much of an overstock on these dolls.  Not sure they will get marked down too much.  Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rest in Peace, Maya Angelou!

AP Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast
Today, the world lost a very special woman, Maya Angelou.  She's probably most noted for her novel, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", and for her close relationship with Oprah Winfrey.  She was an incredible woman, and she will be missed.  I'm missing her already.  Rest in peace, Ms. Angelou.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Amazon Deals

I am always finding some great deals on Amazon.  Some I buy, a lot I don't.  These deals don't last a long time, but I really think someone should be taking advantage of these deals.  So, I've decided to periodically share some of these deals.  At Amazon, for a lot of items, if you order at least $35, the shipping is free.  Most of the items I feature will fall into this category.  Direct links to each deal are at the end of the post.

First up is the digital camera Barbie that holds about 100 digital pictures that you can download to your computer.  It retailed for $49.  Amazon currently has her for $18.  I always overlooked this doll, BUT, she is fully articulated, which is an added plus.  I can't guarantee that you can swap the head out, but it looks like it's possible.  We pay $10 - 12 just to get an articulated doll.  Add $6 more and you have one with a camera.  Can't beat that.

Next up is this Monster High playset and doll.  It's currently on sale for $14.98, originally $30.

Next up are two different Wayne Gretzky action figures.  They are by the same company, Starting Lineup, that made the Allen Iverson figure (not currently in stock).  I love these outfits, and this guy has a different look.  Both are less than $20.  These figures are poseable and have limited mobility.  Don't expect full articulation.

I have this set and it's wonderful!  It has lots of unique accessories and a fully articulated Bieber doll.  And guess what?  It's on sale for $9.99!  You better hurry, though.  I think there were only 5 or so left.

Here's the second Bieber playset that I bought last year.  It's $18.82.  A little more expensive than the other set but if you're looking for a nice drum set, an awesome keyboard and a great mic, this is the set for you.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hello Kitty Cafe Part 2 (Photostory)

 We are back at the Hello Kitty restaurant.  Robin and the girls have finished their ice cream and they are headed out.

"Okay little ladies, it's time to go home. Here. put your jacket on."  (Robin)

"Did I forget anything?"  (Waitress)

"I think we have everything."  (Antoinette)

"Don't move.  I just need to check to make sure we have everything."  (Robin)

"Nikaya, those onion rings look delicious. Are you sharing?"  (Amtoinette)
"Nooo.  I don't have very many."  (Nikaya)

"You want one of my nuggets, Mommy?"  (Zahara)
"That's sweet, but no thank you."  (Antoinette)

"Bye.  Thanks for coming."  (Valencia)
"Thank you."  (Robin)

"Is it possible for us to move to that open booth?"  (Kerry)
"Sure.  Let me just go clean it up, then you can come right over."  (Waitress)

"Grab your drink, Amber.  We're moving to another table."  (Kerry)
"Why?"  (Amber)
"Just come with me, please."  (Kerry)

"The booth is all ready"  (Waitress)

"Thanks so much. I really appreciate it."  (Kerry) 

Looks like Kerry's husband has arrived with his daughter, Christina.

"I'm meeting my wife here.  There she is, coming towards us."  (Professor Morgan) 

"Oh look. Daddy and Christine just arrived."  (Kerry) 
"Where?"  (Amber)
"Keep walking.  You'll see them in a minute."  (Kerry)

The Morgans greet each other before taking their seat.
"Hey pumpkin. I like that shirt."  (Christine to Amber)
"Hey hon.  I'm glad you guys could make it."  (Kerry to Professor) 

"So how was the driving lesson?"  (Kerry)

"It was really good.  I think I'm just about ready to get my license."  (Christina)

"Were you in the same car I was in?"  (Dad)
"Oh come on Dad.  You know I did a good job."  (Christina)
"You did okay."  (Dad) 

"What can I get you to drink?"  (Waitress)
"I'll have a Coke please."  (Professor)

"And for you?"  (Waitress)
"Do you have lemonade?"  (Christina)
"Yes we do."  (Waitress)

"Girls, go to the bathroom and come right back.  Zahara, do not play in the water.  I don't want to have to come in there.  Are we clear?"  (Antoinette)
"Yep, we're clear."  (Nikaya)

"And what are you doing, besides making way too much noise with that drink?"  (Antoinette)
Kenaz has learned the fine art of blowing bubbles with his drink.

"Girl, when are we going to get out and let our hair down?"  (Racquel)
"I'm sure I can make that happen.  You want a girl's night out, or are we bringing the hubsters?"  (Antoinette)
"Either one.  I just need a night out.  I've been working way too many hours."  (Racquel)

Valencia is getting drinks for her guests.

All of a sudden she can feel a presence behind her.  She quickly turns around.

"Hey, babe."  (Kobe)
"Don't hey babe me.  What are you doing here?"  (Valencia)

"I needed to see you to make sure everything is okay with us."  (Kobe)
"I told you, it's over, and you have to leave.  I have to get back to work."  (Valencia)

"It sure is taking her a long time with those drinks."  (Professor)
"She seems to be a little preoccupied.  What a pity.  The service is usually very good here."  (Kerry)

"Sorry for the delay.  Here are your drinks.  Oh, I forgot your straw.  I'll be right back."  (Valencia, a little flustered)

"No.  That's okay.  We're ready to order."  (Professor)
Poor Valencia.  She's really ticked off the Morgans.  I hope she can recover from this.

My assistants sleeping on the job.  The one on the top is one of the puppies.  His name is Petey, and he is such a little loverboy.  The one on the bottom is his mommy.  He and his mommy are the same size now.

There's another assistant sleeping in the corner.  This is my little princess.  She's a little taller than her mommy now, but she's light as a feather.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Dinner at Hello Kitty Cafe Pt 1 (Photostory)

Kerry Morgan and daughter Amber are headed to the Hello Kitty Cafe and Bakery.  She is hoping that her husband will join them later with his daughter Christina.

Inside the restaurant, Valencia is the hostess for the day.

"Are you ready to order?"  (Waitress)
"We're waiting for a friend, who should be here soon."  (Antoinette)

Robin has brought her daughter Courtney and Grace's daughter to Hello Kitty's for dinner.  They are now enjoying ice cream for dessert.

"Mommy look.  We both have chocolate."  (Courtney)
"I know.  You need to start eating it, or it's going to melt."  (Robin)
"Mommy, can Kourtney sleep at our house tonight?"  (Courtney)
"Let's play it by ear."  (Robin)
"What does that mean?"  (Courtney)

"Welcome to Hello Kitty's.  Are you dining alone this evening?"  (Valencia)
"Actually, my party is already here.  I can see them in the back."  (Racquel)

"Okay.  You can go ahead back.  Enjoy your dinner."  (Valencia)
"Thanks."  (Racquel)

Kerry and daughter Amber enter the restaurant shortly after Racquel.

"Welcome to Hello Kitty's.  A table for two?"  (Valencia)
"Can we get a table for four?  I'm expecting my husband and stepdaughter soon."  (Kerry)

"Let's see.  I have one table for four here in the main dining room, or I can seat you in the secondary dining room."  (Valencia)
"I'll take the one in the main dining room."  (Kerry)

"Hello guys."  (Racquel)
"You made it.  Nikaya slide over so they can sit down."  (Antoinette)

The waitress leads Kerry and Amber to their table.

"I'm so happy you could come.  It seems like forever since we've seen each other."  (Antoinette

"I know.  I didn't realize expanding the boutique would take so much time.  I am so ready for all the renovations to be finished."  (Racquel)

"Will your party be joining you soon?"  (Waitress)

"I'm not sure.  So we are going to go ahead and order now."  (Kerry)
"Okay.  What would you like to drink?"  (Waitress)

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