Friday, January 2, 2015

Five on Friday (5)

It's my first Five on Friday of the new year!
So far, we have had a fairly low key new year. We spent New Year's Eve at home and New Year's Day at my in-laws' eating lunch and watching football. As for a few other random updates...
IMG_28481. My Erin Condren planner arrived! 2014 was my first year with one, my first year with a written planner since college even, and it was a success. It definitely helped that I had all type of pregnancy related appointments to keep track up, but I used it for a number of other things as well, like writing down shopping lists and scheduling blog posts. After one year with one, I knew 2015 wouldn't quite be the same without a brand new one to carry around with me, and I can't wait to start getting use out of it.
The 2015 Re-Read Challenge
2. I'm always reading new books, but something I don't do very often since getting into book blogging is reread favorite books. I did reread The Mennyms last year and had a blast, which is why I'm so excited to participate in the 2015 Reread Challenge. I know my overall reading will likely be down in 2015 with our daughter taking up quite a bit of time, but even if it's limited I still want to make a point to reread more in 2015.
3. Three-weeks-old isn't too young for an American Girl doll, is it? Because I'm obsessed with the 2015 doll of the year and think my daughter needs her. I mean she's a baker that's a francophile (and yes, I do realize it's a little odd for a French themed American girl). But still her accessories include macaroons and a slice of brie! Plus there's a French bistro set! And she's only here for one year, so would it really be that awful to buy her for my daughter now, since she won't be available once she's older?!?!?!

4. About two weeks ago we had newborn photos taken. We don't have the photos back yet, but our photographer, who blogs at Little Mrs. Married posted a behind the scenes sneak peak. If I already wasn't excited about them, that photo only increases the anticipation, and I can't wait to see how they all turn out.
5. Speaking of bloggers and babies, I was gratful to receive this gift from Lisa and Amber two of my longest blogging friends. There's definitely something to be said for the blogging community and the friendships that you're able to form with people across the world. I really wasn't expecting to receive anything like this, but I can't even express how excited I was to see it arrive in the mail.

If you're stopping by from Five on Friday be sure to say hello! And just for fun, how old were you when you received your first American Girl doll? As for me, I received Felicity for Hanukkah in second grade which would have made me seven-years-old.


  1. I absolutely love the Life Planner and Erin Condren's products. This is my 5th year using one!

    I started re-reading books more this year and I hope to continue to do so.

    I think you should buy the doll since it's only available for a limited time.

    I never had any American Girl dolls but I devoured the American Girl book series and the magazine as a girl.

    Amy @

  2. I LOVE that American Girl doll set!! I would have to buy that if I had a daughter since it is French themed. How adorable! I have actually never received an American Girl doll, and I never read the books... I guess their popularity just didn't hit the Midwest as I hadn't really heard about them until I was an adult!

    I am glad you liked the onesie! I think it is very cute and so appropriate for blogging mommies. :)

    1. Of course I thought about you when I was writing the post and figured if anyone would appreciate Grace it would be you. And funny enough, American Girl is actually from Wisconsin, so it's interesting that it never made it your way.

  3. Oh now I want Grace too, even though I am mad at AG for archiving Molly...she is my one and only, and I got her for Christmas when I was nine!

  4. My first AG doll was Samantha when I was eight years old - my parents made a deal with me that I had to save half of the money to buy her. I got an American Girl of Today in 5th grade and named her Karen. You should totally get Grace for Elley - is that a tiny French bulldog?

    1. Of course it is! What other pet would make sense for a French themed doll?!?! :)

  5. Oh yes, I love that doll! How cute. Nothing wrong with getting it for her early. ;)

    That onesie is so awesome!

  6. I never had an American Girl doll but I wanted one so bad. I used to look at the catalogs for hours. I will probably buy Julia a Samantha doll soon and save it for when she's older because I'm worried about Samantha going back into retirement. I just got the newest catalog and I think your Elley needs the Grace doll; she is so cool!

  7. I LOVE that onesie.

    And we don't have American Girl here in Canada so I never knew about it until I was older. However I've found that there is now a line of dolls called "Maplelea Girls" and they are like American Girls for Canadians. I definitely want to get one for Rachel soon. Dave just thought this Christmas/Chanukah would be too early.

    I would definitely buy that one for Elley though. You can just save it and give it to her later.

    1. They actually have started to sell American Girl dolls in Canada. I believe at Chapters, although I think it's only a select few. Although I do think the idea of selling American dolls in Canada is a little silly, although I guess no more silly than a French themed American Girl doll!