Saturday, February 1, 2014

Miss Blue's PlayMG surprise!

It is no secret that we are complete
tech brats in The Dollhouse.
Daddy has his PS4, Mighty M
has his Innotab, I have my tablet,
and Miss Blue is constantly
playing on my phone.
Her Innotab was becoming
to kiddie for her.

Well Miss Blue has been doing 
amazing in school.
Straight A's, re-selected for book
club and moving up in her reading group.
We are so proud of her and I wanted
to get her something super special.
Over the holiday I had stumbled 
upon a giveaway for a 
I showed Miss Blue and her eyes lit up!
This was the perfect thing for my ghoul.
Since she had asked for a phone
for Christmas , but seriously she wont 
be getting a phone till she is in her teens.
Not only was this device everything
her little heart desired.
The spokesgirl is Olivia Holt
(you might know her from
Girl VS Monster).
Olivia is one of her favorite actress
at the moment, so that made her
love it even more.
The more I thought about it
the more I knew we had to get this
for Miss Blue.
After new years I received 
the most exciting email.
I was selected as the winner.
Out of 500 entries I was the one.
Honestly I was jumping up and down.
It shortly arrived, but we decided we 
were going to wait to give it to Miss Blue.
As a reward for doing so good in school.
So it sat on the pool table for weeks.
Which was so hard cause I had
to keep it a secret and I was beyond
excited to give it to her.
Last night was the night.
Daddy handed her the box.
She slowly opened it, with
a huge grin on her face.
First thing in the box was 
this sweet little note from Lori
aka Wellconnectedmom.
I don't think Miss Blue expected 
what was in the box.
Her face lit up even more 
when she realized what it was.
The PlayMG came with a bunch 
of goodies too.
24GB
Charger/ UBS cord
Memory cards
$10 Master card
Not to mention this really neat slide 
out box for safe keeping.
It didn't come with a case.
Luckily Amazon had a 
blue PlayMG case on sale.
We ordered one of those 
to make sure Miss Blues 
super awesome android device 
stays in good shape.
This is something she is going to 
have and use for a very long time.
So what is a PlayMG you ask....
Its a android gaming system designed
for younger people.
It has a 4 inch touch screen
Front facing camera
Slip pocket design and opening
for a lanyard.
It also has a built in 
family calibration system.
This way you can add fund to 
your kids virtual wallet.
Also keep a eye on what 
they spend their time playing.
It comes loaded with fun apps.
Not to mention all the fun apps
it has access to in the
 Google Play store.
She has already downloaded
Barbie word search, Ninja Math,
Vampire Hospital and a few others.
You know I am all about the educational apps.
Oh and it has wifi so Miss Blue can get
online and go to her favorite sites.
It's basically a smart phone
without the contract, monthly bills,
or phone service.
It is just a tad bit bigger then 
my My Touch as you can see.
It gives her the feel of a phone.
 She is loving the touch screen.
I woke up this morning and she was already playing on it.
 And I have a feeling she wont be putting it down much today.

 
Miss Blue has been working hard 
this year in school.
We are all very proud of her!
Not to mention she is an amazing kid.
We love her so very much!
She has earned this, and totally deserves it!
Want to get your tween a PlayMG?
Go check out the site 
The 24G is currently on sale for 
$149.99 reg: $179.99
Also go and check out 
She reviews a lot of techie goodies.
Not to mention has giveaways all the time.
PlayMG is 100%

Saturday, October 26, 2013

DIY fun wands

Mighty M came up with a great idea
to be a wizard for this years
Halloween party.
That meant mommy had to get to work.
Little guy wanted to enter the homemade costume contest.
We had the whole costume ready but what
is a wizard without his wand.
I knew I had to make him one.
Thought about it and did some Googling.
Miss Blue was going to be a witch she 
was going to need a wand as well.

It was easy and fun, and the kids loved them.
Perfect accessories for their magical costumes.
Since today is Saturday we had a 
wand-erful day planned.
Just in case your little ghoul is in need of a wand 
or you are just a Harry Potter nerd and want a 
wand for your self.
Here are some very simple instructions.

DIY WAND 
Items needed
Chopsticks
Glue
Paper
Paint
Hot Glue
Gems
Paint brush

You can use regular wood chopstick.
I used metal chopsticks to add more weigh.
Cover your work area with
newspaper to avoid making a mess.
You will be working with paint and hot glue.

First step is to tightly roll the paper around the chopstick.
Once the paper is tightly rolled take
some Elmer's glue and glue it down.
Let it sit for a few minutes.
I also like to twist it very lightly to add 
some creases and wrinkles to the paper.
To seal the ends of the wands I
stick the hot glue gun tip in and fill it up.
That way the ends are solid and you don't
have to worry about them.

Next is painting, we had
these kiddie finger paint brushes.
Now normally a wand would be 
a brown or tan.
But that is a bit boring for us.
We prefer bright fun colors.

Give a few minutes for the paint to dry.
No worries if the paint job is not perfect.
This is only the base color.
Once paint is dry, plug in the hot glue gun.
Take your wand and have a little glue fun.
This is what is going to make the wand.
Do as much of little as you want it is really up to you.
I like to put a lot on my wand
 I think it adds to it greatly.
It also helps if you are slowly spinning the wand
 when putting on the hot glue.
Let the hot glue dry and harden.
Time to pick another color for your wand.
Mighty M wanted to use green for his second layer.
Lightly go over the hot glue spots with brush or finger.
This gives it a vine effect and looks super cool.
To add a bit of sparkle to the wands we added
some gems on random spots.
Just put a dot of hot glue on the wand and 
carefully place the gem.
Miss Blue also added some beads to her
wand she wanted it to be extra sparkly.
A great place for a gem is on the wand tip.
Here are the finale three wands.
The best part is you can do a wand of any color.
You can do it simple or more decorative.
It is really up to the maker and that's
what makes this a fun activity.
I have a feeling Miss Blue and I will
be making many more wands in the future.

Thanks for stopping by 
The Dollhouse....

Monday, October 7, 2013

If your wondering...

So yes it has been over a month
since I have popped in here.
I am sorry but I am just kinda
over the internet these days.
This blog used to make me smile and
I wanted to keep it going but my motivation is gone.
If you go to watch either of our
Youtube channels you won't find them. 
They both have been deleted.
It was fun while it lasted but I rather just
 erase them then have them sitting there.
They were for my friends and family and being on
Youtube anyone in the world could watch 
them and the thought of that kinda freaked me out.
Yes I am a overprotective MOM.
I don't even know what was going on in my brain.
 I hate attention and talking to people.
It was good for Miss Blue and a lot of fun with her.
But recording and editing those
 videos took way to much time.
I love not being on a deadline for anything.

What has been going on in The Dollhouse...
Lots of doll collecting and cupcake baking.
Oh and school work and making sure my kids
are smiling and happy.

So is this blog going to disappear too?
Maybe , maybe not...
I have so many things I could write
about too.
Just wish I could relight the spark
I had for this but all is left is the smoke.

My anti-social weirdo has taken over.



Saturday, August 10, 2013

Miss Blue's National American Miss Experience

Watch the newest Teh Dollhouse Girls video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WN6Rm9OEpM&feature=youtu.be
We talk about the pageant and show clips.
Don't forget to come back and read the post.
It is jammed pack full of photos and proud moments.

National American Miss has changed Miss Blue's life.
She started NAM weekend a shy nervous young lady.
After her big pageant weekend , she came home glowing
with confidence and pride.

Lets start from the beginning though.
Miss Blue was chosen as a NAM state finalist.

This was very exciting.
We started practicing right away.
What I really liked about NAM
was the amount of time she had to practice.
It wasn't the typical pageant where
you walk in and pay then just get up on stage.
This was months of preparation,
and a lot of paperwork.
It seemed every month a new 
packet from NAM would arrive.
There was a total of 4 magazines.
All giving the girls info and tips to 
do their best and help them be prepared.

The months flew right by and next thing
we knew it was time to pack up and head out.
Miss Blue was excited and a bit nervous.
We pre registered the night before since we had 
to drive about a hour to get to the pageant.
We didn't want to be rushing the next morning.
We walked into a huge area.
NAM signs all over the place.
Tables were lined up all along the wall.
Each was a stop to hand in certain paperwork.
Also if you had any remaining balances they 
were paid then as well.
Miss Blue got her contestant number 104.
Handed in her art contest entry.
They had to fill in the four boxes with their favorite things.
She decided to paint a sunset,
draw some berries,
made a flower collage out of her drawings.
Then her last idea was a family portrait.
(if you notice the boys have video games in their hands, 
and the girls have cupcakes.)

She got her casual wear ribbon.
Turn in her donations (10% of her score)
The program book was really nice.
She was in Pre-Teen Div.1
104
 I took her schedule and circled the ones she needed
to be dressed and ready for.

It was so organize and went so smooth and quickly.
I got such a positive vibe throughout the hall.
There was nothing but smiling faces all over.
Miss Blue did the extra 
$25 workshop that also included 
a ice breaker pajama party.
The workshop got the girls on stage 
practicing their walks and turns.
Also got them on the mic practicing their
personal introduction.

After the workshop we changed into our pajamas. 
That is right we all were rocking our pajamas.
We may have been the only parents wearing them,
but it was all in good fun.
Miss Blue was a little nervous at first.
Once she got on that stage with all 
the girls she didn't stop dancing till 
the party was over.

She left that party with the biggest smile 
on her little face.

Next morning we arrived just as orientation was starting.
All the staff was introduced.
The ballroom was packed.
Once the orientation was over
it was casual wear time.
We had a roller suitcase full of everything
we needed, every outfit change was easy peasy.
All her shoes, curling wand, and pantyhose.
Also a pair of comfy clothes for her to change into
during breaks through out the day.
My little lunch box had accessories,
 hair ties, comb and her jewelry.
I even brought thread, needle and beads incase I had 
to do an emergency sew.
It is always better to over pack,
then forget something you needed.

We rolled our suitcase back to the dressing area.
It was very nice, big, and 
had a big NO BOYS sign at the door way.
Miss Blue really got a kick out of that.
She looked so darling in her 
Moxie Couture dress!
She totally rocked her casual wear on stage!
The lady behind us tapped me on the 
shoulder and said "she did perfect"!
I must say I agree she really did  do perfect.

After casual wear was personal introduction.
It was time to put on her business attire,
and snap a few pics!


She practiced her speech a lot.
I must say though she nailed it.
She had sass and great eye contact with the judges.
Her left hand stayed on her side and she held the
mic with one hand like she was suppose to.
We are so proud of her!
Miss Blue also received a ad trophy.
Which totally made her day!
Miss Blue energy was high and confidence 
was growing by the minute.
Before formal wear they had a practice
to show all the dads the proper formal walk.
Then it was the time Miss Blue was 
waiting for all day,
formal wear with daddy!
We went to the dressing room.
I quickly curled her hair and put her gown on her.
She looked stunning.
Daddy was all dressed up too.

Miss Blue was graceful and had great eye contact
with the judges again.
She did not look nervous but extremely confident.
I was teary eyed watching her.
We were blown away with how good she did.
Day one of pageant was over.
Headed back to nana's,
for a good nights sleep.

Saturday when she woke up,
she got 3 Mommy and Daddy prizes.
That was the deal I made with her.
If she did good she would get a prize for each category.
Well day one she did amazing and earned all 3.

Pardon the sleepy eyes she had just woke up.

Day 2 of pageant started with interview.
We practiced questions all the way to the hotel.
I was confident that she was going to do good.
Only thing that might hurt her a bit
would be her speech.
I just wanted her to do her best and sit with confidence.
She walked in the interview room standing
tall and a big smile on her face.
While we were waiting Steve Hayes
gave the parents a great pep talk.
Made the time fly right by.
Soon the girls entered back in the room.
We all cheered for them, letting them know
how proud we were of them!

After a short break they had production 
number practice with all the girls.
Another fun thing that all the girls were doing
was signing eachother program books.
This was great because it got Miss Blue
going up to the other girls.
Soon she had made a few friends.
It was adorable watching her breaking
out of her shy shell.

The day before Nana had snuck to the
NAM boutique and bought Miss Blue 
a crown and sash.
I thought that was a perfect idea,
she had definitely earned it.
We went back to Nana's cause we 
had a 3 hour break.
She got her last Mommy and Daddy prize.
And we also crowned her!
She did such a wonderful job,
gave it her all and rocked so hard.
We wanted to let her know how proud we
were of her and all her accomplishments.
This pageant was never about winning.
It was about Miss Blue proving to herself
that she can do anything,
having fun and doing her best!
The crown and sash really did make
her smile, it was a special moment.
We headed back to the hotel,
it was finale time, energy was high.
Miss Blue got in her production number outfit.
We were asked to leave the girls in the 
dressing room so they could get lined up.
I joined Nana, Papa, Mighty M and Daddy in the crowd.
The girls came out and did their dance.
It was really cute and all the girls did
a really great job. I mean they just learned the dance
a few hours ago.
After production number is was time to 
run back to the dressing room.
It was time to get Miss Blue ready
for her finale formal walk.
This walk would be the last time the judges saw her.
They went through the formal walk,
in the dance practice.
Showed the girls which way to walk.
That is another thing I like about NAM.
Everything is explained, you know
how they want you to walk, what time
you need to be there, and what you should be wearing.
I think that is what made it so stress free too.
Everything was laid out for you.
Miss Blue looked stunning once again.
She followed the yellow tape road perfectly,
had really good eye contacts and a pretty smile.
It was now crowning time.
All the girls came back out on the stage.
It was full of young ladies in sparkly gowns.
I just watched Miss Blue, glowing on stage.
Crowning brought back the 
reality of it all.
This wasn't just a fun weekend,
it was a competition.
We were having so much fun 
that at times we forgot all about that.
They gave out all the awards.
Then pick the top 15 girls.
Everyone else is asked to leave the stage.
The top 5 are crowned and then it is all over.

Miss Blue impressed us all weekend.
We knew she was going to get up there and do it.
But we were so pleasantly surprised when
she did everything so perfect.
Her walk was graceful and slow.
She looked at the judges and was smiling
the whole time she was in the spotlight.
Throughout the weekend people kept
coming up to Miss Blue saying how cute she was,
what a great job she did, and everyone 
was loving her gown.

After crowning a lot of girls were crying.
We even saw a few moms crying.
Miss Blue was smiling!
Which made us even more proud of her.
She had a A+ attitude!
Miss Blue walked away from NAM
with a great memory and 
a confidence boost that will last a lifetime.
Seeing we all believe in her and support her.
Knowing she can do anything she wants to in life.

As our pageant tradition we went out
to a celebration dinner, it was also 
Papas birthday!
We had reason to celebrate!

I was headed to the pageant feeling robbed.
To participate is $480 (Personal Intro, Formal, Interview)
The production number outfit is $40
NAM t-shirt
Pair of NAM socks
Pink hair bow

Casual wear is $50
Extra workshop $25
Ad $60
That is almost $700
 There was a lot of other things she could have entered.
Talent
Actress
Top Model
Photogenic
those would have all been a extra $50 each.
We chose not to though, didn't want to over load her.
So even though this weekend did cost a lot of money.
 Miss Blue walks away with something
that is priceless!
And honestly I don't have one
bad thing to say about the whole NAM experience.
It was a great family weekend,
even the boys enjoyed themselves.
Everyday I see her coming out
of her shell more and more.
All thanks to the NAM experience!
It was the best weekend of her life,
so far of course.

Will she do it again next year?
It is up to her....
I know she tells me everyday 
how much fun she had.
She lights up when she talks about it.

Would I recommend NAM?
Yes!
It is a very well put together program.
Everything is organized and stress free.
Don't go with winning in mind.
Go with the goal of building your
daughters confidence and
having a good time.
It is a whole production much more
then just a pageant.
It is a weekend pumped full of 
POSITIVITY!
A memory that will last forever.
And as silly as it sounds 
LIFE CHANGING!

Miss Blue is not the shy little girl she 
was when she walked through those doors.
Miss Blue is also dying to get
back on the stage.
Before school starts
she is going to do a 
Back to School pageant.
It is so much fun watching her,
you can tell she loves being on stage.
Miss Blue has always been so amazing
and special to me.
Now it is time for the world to see that!
I love that she is not afraid to get up 
there and rock it!
At her age I was so scared of everything.
Not Blue she is overcoming fear after fear.
We are so incredibly proud of her!

GO TEAM BLUE!!!!!!
A big THANK YOU to 
all my friends and family
that supported and helped sponsor Miss Blue.
Papa Homer
Nana and Papa
Mykill 
Kimmie
Miss Fernald
Shannon
Melanie
It meant the world to her 
knowing she had your support!

I finish typing this with a big
smile on my face.
The future looks bright for Miss Blue!

We have been gone for over a month.
Sorry for that it is summer vacation
and I have just been enjoying the kiddies.
Miss Blue promised me that
we will do a few more shows before school starts.
With her new found confidence I am sure 
they will be great and full of 
Monster High goodies!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Daddy's MEGA Monster High surprise!!!

I write this post with a
huge smile on my face.
Tonight my love crossed off a few dolls
from our Monster High MUST HAVE LIST.

Let me start from the beginning though.
Those of you that collect 
Monster High know how wanted
all the boy dolls are.
Not only are they wanted but
sometimes really hard to find.
I have been calling stores daily
asking if any of the new sets were in
with no luck on any of them.

The other day we had the car to 
to go doll hunting.
Even though I had called the Justice
in the mall earlier that morning we still
went in to take a peek.
While I was there I gave them my 
number and told them to call me
when the new swim dolls came in.
Holt Hyde to be exact!

This morning I called two other 
Justices in the area and still no Holt.
I noticed I had a missed call around 3 
o'clock today and I didn't recognize the number.
Listened to the message it was the
girl from Justice letting me know the dolls were in.
I called her back right away.
She let me know that she put a Frankie 
on hold for me but that there was no Holt.
Once I got off the phone with her I 
called the other Justice and asked if they had 
a Holt at the store.
Yes!!!!
She said "yes", I told her to hold one for me.
Texted Luke and told him the good news.
I was so excited and  the kiddies
were counting the hours down till daddy got home.
One thing about my hubby is he is sneaky.
I had called him  around 7 and 
he said he was on his way.
Little did I know he made a few
extra stops on the way home.

He walked in with the Justice bag and 
both kids ran over to him all excited.
First surprise!!!
He was able to get two Holts!
Finally Holt is in The Dollhouse, yay!

He went back out to the car and came in
with another bag.
Second surprise!!!!
Inside was:
Home Ick : Abbey and Heath set
Music Festival Draculaura and Claude set
Dance 5 pack including Gil Weber

Did he just score every new boy doll
that has recently come out?
I swear he has the best luck when it comes 
to boy dolls.
I have been calling around for
all of these for weeks.
Been out hunting a few times too and 
found nothing.
He goes out once and comes home 
with them all.
Apparently the stores by us still don't have any,
it was the area by the mall that had them all.
This is what us doll hunters call a GRAND SLAM!!!!

He played it off so cool on the phone so 
I had no idea what was going on.
I was so excited about the one Holt and
he came home with all of this.
Excitement is in the air tonight!
I no longer have to call around
and stress over when these dolls are getting in.
I can just relax and just enjoy the new 
additions to the Monster High collection!

I also must put in here,
that my hubby is very proud of himself.
Not only that he scored so big,
but it was a total surprise for us!

Miss Blue was extra excited about the dance 5 pack.
Daddy even bought her one of her
 own for her collection too.


This is one happy little girl!
All because her daddy rocks and 
loves her so very much.

Want to get some of these dolls yourself?
Holt Hyde ( Justice Exclusive: he is selling fast so hurry.)
Draculaura and Claude Music Fest 2 pack ( Kmart Exclusive)
Abbey and Heath Burns : Home Ick set  ( Toys r Us, Target, Kmart)
Dance 5 pack ( Target Exclusive)

Hurry though everyone is on the hunt for these dolls!