One morning, Rose came down the stairs of her foster family’s house to find Stuart sitting on a step, deep in thought. While this wasn’t really a surprise—Stuart is a very introspective little boy—the curious expression on his face made her pause.

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“Oh…she had to g-go film a scene. She just left.” Stuart said.

          Rose wondered if that explained the curious expression—and decided it did not. She waited.

“Where’s Lucy? I-I’m supposed to t-tell you both something,” he continued.         

Rose soon returned with Lucy, who, as it was only 7:30 on a summer Saturday morning, had still been asleep.

“What’s going on? Lucy mumbled sleepily.

“Charlotte s-said to s-say that Corbin is coming this morning.” Stuart said.

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“Corbin!?! Why?” she asked.

“I dunno. It’s C-corbin. He d-doesn’t exactly a-ask.”
Lucy nodded.

“Umm…can you guys tell me what’s going on? Who’s Corbin?” Rose said.

“H-he’s a California d-dude. He thinks he’s really cool. But Corbin’s not intentionally unk-kind, I don’t think.” Stuart answered. Good ol’ Stuart always wants to believe the best of everyone.

“Oh.” said Rose, unimpressed. “Does he have a skateboard?” She asked. Rose liked skateboards.

“He’s not allowed to h-have it here. H-he left it in the way a lot and Charlotte and L-lucy both fell over it.”

DSC_0022 C“Oh,” said Rose, even less impressed.

          When she’d lived with her old foster parents (who had willingly bought her all the sports equipment she wanted) she’d known better than to leave things in the way. And even now, living as a foster kid with Charlotte and her family, she kept her few things in order.

          A little later a figure could be seen strutting up the path. Stuart opened the door and stepped out.

DSC_0023 CA boy with an incredible resemblance to Charlotte stood there.

DSC_0034 C“Hey! Stu, you’re wearing my shoes. And those are my pants, aren’t they?”

DSC_0027 C“Hi Corbin. Nice to see you too. It’s Stuart,” Stuart replied quietly, speaking slowly to keep from stuttering. “You left your things here even after Charlotte reminded you. And those are my shorts you’ve got on.” Corbin said nothing, but looked past Stuart to Rose.

DSC_0032 C“Who’s that?” he said. “And why is she wearing my Italian jeans?”

“I’m Rose,” Rose interpolated firmly. “And you left them here. If you really want, you can wash them tonight after I’m done wearing ‘em.”

“D-did you bring any luggage?” Stuart though it’d be better to change the subject.

DSC_0024 C“Yeah, dude, I did. But the airplane lost it. It’s supposed to be here tomorrow.” Corbin said irritably.

“Oh, o-okay,” said Stuart awkwardly.

DSC_0037 C.jpg“Hey Corbin!” Stuart and Rose didn’t move. They knew it was Lucy, who was, of course, wearing her favorite play dress.

“Hey. So where’s Charlotte?” Corbin asked.

DSC_0035 C“She had a scene to shoot this morning.” Lucy said cheerfully. “But she left me this pretty hair clip to wear.”

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“Oh,” said Corbin, bored. He walked toward them. “I’m just gonna play a game on my laptop.”

DSC_0042 C“No electronics,” said Lucy and Stuart at exactly the same moment. Corbin glared.

DSC_0043 C“I just realized that I don’t even have it. So…I’ll sleep. Am I allowed to do that?”

“You can use my bed,’ Stuart said generously. “It’s up—”

DSC_0047 C“Yeah, I know.” Corbin said, brushing by him. Stuart said nothing until he heard the door to his bedroom shut behind Corbin. Then he turned to Lucy and Rose:

“It’s not his fault. Charlotte said h-he took the red-eye p-plane trip. Corbin p-probably hasn’t slept since y-yesterday.”

DSC_0057 C“Where’s Becca?” Rose asked, quickly changing the subject. Although Becca was very dramatic, it was nice to have someone closer to her age, besides two 8-year-olds. Rose didn’t think Corbin was real companionable.

“Charlotte took Becca with her. Becca wants to be an actress, you know, and Charlotte thought it’d be a good experience.” Lucy said

DSC_0049 CRose sighed. “I think I’ll go see what treasures are lying in your garage, then.” She’d had to leave most of her sports equipment at her last foster home and her newest family’s garage was chock full from all their moves.

DSC_0056 C“K,” Stuart said.

“Stuart and I are gonna play in the backyard.” Lucy informed her.


Well—now you’ve met Corbin!

Do you have any annoying cousins? Are you ever an annoying cousin? 😉


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Review: Josefina’s Bed & Bedding (BeForever)

Hello radiant readers!

(Radiant–does that word make you think of anything? 🙂 )

Josefina’s Bed & Bedding retails for $85. But, of course, I didn’t pay full price. No, ‘cuz I’m way more awesome than that. 🙂 The set was part of AG’s ‘school sales’.

So–the bed and bedding come in a typical AG Beforever box, with bubble wrap to keep it all cosy.

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The bed comes in 3 main pieces plus a thin board on top to lay the mattress on. The side pieces have 2 holes. One goes part way–the peg on the middle section slides into that–and the other goes all the way through, so you can use this lovely Phillips-head screw assembly to…assemble. 😉

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Basically you unscrew that extra little piece off the screw and use that, popped in another access, to hold the screw in place. (I’m so great at technical language! 😉 )

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This incredibly fuzzy picture is me attempting to screw a screw and photograph at the same time. Yeah, not so great at multi-tasking. 😉 AG did put a little Phillips-head driver in with the set so you don’t have to go scrounge up your own that is most likely in some box. Although you might want to–my pocket knife was so much easier to turn.

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This little plastic piece you pop over the end screw hole. Like Emily’s Bed. AG did a decent job of matching the plastic piece to the wood, I must say.

TIP: Make sure the screws are nice and tight before you pop the plastic covers on. Otherwise you will have to take the time of enlisting the help of a pocketknife and even your teeth to remove them! 😀 Like me.

DSC_0995 C.jpgThe mattress is a little wider than the bed which I rather like. 🙂

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The blanket is a little thinner/more orangey than I was expecting, but it’s okay.

The airplane pillow is not AG. 

I haven’t decided if I’ll keep this as Stuart’s bed or not. The nice thing is the frame, mattress and pillow are all neutral and whitish, so the blanket can easily be switched out.

What’d ya think? Did you buy anything from AG’s School Sales? Or wish you did?

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Mini-Sam in the Midwest


Today we have Mini-Sam in the Midwest, also known as an assortment of pictures taken awhile back with my point-and-shoot camera. 🙂


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My family goes to this waterfall in a park just about every year for pictures. ❤

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Thanks for checking these out!

I think (or at least, I hope!) I’ve improved a bit since taking these. 🙂

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Review: Beautifully Custom Boy Doll Wig

Hello spectacular world!

Today I’m reviewing Beautifully Custom’s Brave Wig in Chocolate Brownie.

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Ooh…the suspense. 😉

Preliminaries: I paid full price for this wig. No discounts. This is not a ‘seconds’ quality wig.

This wig costs $39.99. It is heat safe, and currently out of stock. Beautifully Custom sells out very quickly, so I would suggest planning to purchase a wig the day (or hour) they come out, otherwise you will more than likely miss out on your first choice. I was actually planning on a different color, which was out of stock within a few minutes. Ultimately, though, I’m happy I ended up with the color I have. 🙂

Okay, here we go:

The wig arrived quickly. I chose the free shipping option when I ordered it Sat the 29, and it arrived Thursday the 3rd. Not bad!

Inside a bubblewrap envelope was this pretty gift bag:

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Inside the gift bag was:

DSC_0943 C.jpg The pretty pink bow on the business card is a hair clip. Each wig comes with a random color of hair clip.

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Underneath the patterned bag are 2 more clear bags before you get to the actual wig!

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Take off the hair net and the piece of tissue paper stuffed in to help the wig keep it’s shape–and you at last come to the actual wig!

My Brave wig is a size 11, so it fits easier on the Josefina/Lea mold, which happens to have one of the larger circumferences of the different AG dolls.

Beautifully Custom wigs are intended to fit quite snugly, so I choose not to glue them down. The shorter wigs are a little harder to pull on because there is less to grab onto, but I eventually got it on.

Wanna see?

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Did I mention that this wig is so so soft? It has subtle highlights like you’d see in real hair that don’t show up very well on camera.

I do have a name for him, which I’ll introduce in an upcoming photo story. 😀

See ya next time!

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Lucy in Corduroy Print

Here, as promised, is Lucy in her newest attire! Enjoy! 🙂

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Has anyone seen the new Sherlock episode, The Blind Banker? ^These marks on the brick wall make me think of it.

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Do you see the little water droplet? 🙂

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Any guesses as to where her lovely shoes are from?

Oh…and I put bloomers under her dress to make it a little fluffier. 🙂


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Review: Print Corduroy Dress for 18-Inch Dolls

This is the first of my AG Detroit purchases. Lucy will be modeling this sweet number in my next photo shoot. 🙂

DSC_0860 C.jpgThis is what the packaging looks like. The hanger it comes on is pretty flimsy, not AG’s typical sturdiness. The set retails for $14.

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A closer look at the flimsy hanger.

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The corduroy fabric is very thin, so that it has more of a summery feel to it.

I’m not a big sewer, but it seems like there should be a line of stitching at the top of the velcro in this picture. It seems slightly loose.

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The belt does go all the way around, although it’s sewed down on the side of the dress and also in back.

DSC_0880 C.jpgThe pockets actually work, too, although they are too high to put the doll’s hands/thumbs in them.

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AG Detroit and…!!!

Hey! So yesterday my amazing Mom drove with me to AG Detriot (which has so many lovely parking spots…no parking garages, yay!).

It’s classified as ‘temporary’, so they don’t have quite as much selection as the flagship stores. The store is actually inside Twelve Oaks Mall (2nd floor, by Nordstroms).

DSC_0858 C.jpgI didn’t end up taking any photographs of the AG Place but I did haul my camera around the ENTIRE time. 😀

The store wasn’t CRAZY BUSY like Chicago often is, but it was definitely never deserted. The staff was pleasantly friendly/helpful, but let me wander around on my own, too, without shadowing me. 😉

I made a list before I went and I’m so glad I did.

They didn’t have everything in stock that I was looking for, but my amazing salesperson ordered it for me. I had typed next to each item the price it showed online with all the discounts I’d managed to pick up. She made sure I got those prices, even when it had to be manually entered in because something was wrong with the system! (It probably would have helped if I’d had the SKU numbers, too, but I didn’t.)

I really wish I took pictures now…this post would have been so much more interesting. Sorry about that!

But don’t worry…I’ve got some very picture heavy reviews to do now! 🙂

Especially since I got this lovely little number prior to heading to AG:

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Yup! I somehow was one of the lucky few who received the ‘random’ 20% off coupon!!!!

*Update:* (Wed-Aug 2)

Apparently AG has been having technical difficulties. I called to check on my order because I had not received a confirmation email or any other indicator that my order was actually placed/shipped.

I waited on hold only to find out their system was down, but AG did call me back and at last get the order placed, with the promise that all my discounts and the double points would stay intact.

Fortunately I was able to pick up several things in the store, so I do have a couple new items to review. So… *hint hint* stay tuned! 🙂

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