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Old 09-01-2012, 12:25 PM   #271
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I haven't heard of these books, is it a series? Would it be appropriate for a 9.5 year old?? I like to get my nephew a book for Christmas (along with a toy/game). I don't have any ideas for this year's book, so it sounds like a good possibility.

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My DS9 loves them. They're humorous, so he'll be reading them and you'll hear him start laughing out loud. Heck, even DH likes them!
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:27 PM   #272
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My kids 4, 6 and 9 all have iPod touch. I also have a nook and my mom has a kindle fire. The kids really have no interest in the nook or the kindle. I do have to say that both me and my husband have iPhones and iPads so we already have a ton of apps for the iPod. For us it makes sense to stay with apple and not have to buy new apps under amazon or barnes and noble. My kids mostly use the iPod for games and music. My 9 year is also a runner so he also uses it to run with. He has used it to read a few books but it is harder to read on then my Nook or iPad. On the iPod/iPad you can download the kindle app and use it as a kindle.

I do have to say I have the nook color and I would go with the kindle fire. I say that because I found the kindle has more free apps and books then the Nook.

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Thank you! It definitely does help. How does your 4 year old do with the touch?
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:35 PM   #273
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We got DD's ornament from the Hallmark store a couple of weeks ago too~ I need to take the boys to get theirs. I was thinking about picking them up at Disney this year, but she definitely wanted this one, so we got it~otherwise it'll be gone after we get home from vacation!!!


Have any of you thought about the new AG doll yet? She's awfully pretty! LOL!!! I can't wait to see what her story is!
What new AG doll?
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Old 09-01-2012, 03:44 PM   #274
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Well, my house is new to the Lego craze, but my 8yo has gotten into them recently so I ordered him the forest police station (I think it's called) and a log cabin. I was torn between that and the lighthouse and seaside house, but my other sons suggested those since it has a helicopter. Hopefully he likes them, he wanted all of the sets when we looked in Walmart.
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:37 PM   #275
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What new AG doll?
Caroline...she's pretty!!! I think she debuts this week...I found out about her because I liked the AG page on FB...she has blonde hair and a pink dress...
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Caroline is beautiful. DD fell in love when she saw her today.
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I think AG Caroline will be another hot Christmas item this year. She's a new historical series doll. I'll be getting her early for one of my other daughters. And yes, she comes out this week!
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My 10 year old is suddenly become interested in getting an AG doll that looks like her for Christmas. What accessories should we consider buying?
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:20 PM   #279
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My 10 year old is suddenly become interested in getting an AG doll that looks like her for Christmas. What accessories should we consider buying?
I like to get a couple of outfits, maybe one extra and a pj set...we mix and match~ you don't have to keep the outfit with the doll its advertised for...and then if your dd is into a certain sport, or dance or whatever, maybe get one of those accessories...It's easy for the prices to climb! Oh!! and get an AG brush/comb/or pick..whatever is recommended for that dolls hair. I also get a doll stand~they are $16 and it is nice to have them standing especially if they are in a dress.....
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Hats off to you, early shoppers! I admire your organizational skills!

May I ask a question? For those of you with children to shop for, how do you know what they'll be into months before the holidays? My boys are 2 and 3 (2.5 and 3.5 at Christmas) and I am having trouble thinking of what they'd like 6 months from now. As an example, my oldest was VERY into Thomas around his birthday. He has now somewhat moved passed trains and is into pirates. Who knows if he will continue to like pirates around Christmas. I would love to be able to buy something for them now - hopefully while it's on clearance - but I'm worried that I'll get something and they'll be over it by the time Christmas comes around.
Can you start a holiday fund and when it gets closer you can buy his gift then?
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My ds turns 12 this year and is so difficult to buy for -- it just becomes more and more challenging each year. He is a very simple guy. He doesn't care for music (who doesn't like music of some kind?), he doesn't care for sports (this drives his dad crazy), he isn't big into electronics (dont mind this -- these things are expensive and fragile), and he says he is too old for legos anymore (he used to love these).
His likes are science experiments (the stuff that explode), books (the old fashioned page turning kind) and brain teaser puzzles. Books play such a huge role in his life, his grandparents had a huge floor to ceiling bookshelf custom made for an entire wall in his bedroom (its his birthday present from them which he gets this Friday). Its beautiful -- solid oak stained his favorite color, a dark walnut. So of course, he wants books for Christmas to add to his personal library. This is the list of books I plan to get him:
I am Number Four, Power of Six, Rise of Nine, Halo: Crytum, Halo: Primodium, Lost Gate, Pathfinder, RailSea, Advent, Little Brother, Choas Walking, Monsters of Men, Daniel X: Armageddon, Virals, Seizure, Angel: Maximum Ride, Gods and Warriors, Candymakers, Theodore Boone Series (3), Department 19, Department 19: The Rising, Dragon Keepers Chronicles (5), and the Heir Chronicles (3). Thats 31 books, I think. I have found most on ebay for $3 each and free shipping -- so not too bad. I also plan on getting him 2 brainteaser puzzles, new pajama bottoms (cause he only wears the bottoms) and magic putty (science putty that reacts to your body chemistry). I'm not too sure what to get for stocking stuffers yet -- have to think on that one some more. I would like to know if anyone else has a child like this.
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DH -- I'm quilting a blanket for him -- my first one, hoping it turns out good but I have one I knitted just in case. He is always cold -- once the calender says its November, doesn't matter the outside temperature, he is freezing. Its funny really! We live in South Alabama --- we usually have 1 month of temperatures below 55 -- I know most wouldn't find that cold but to him it might as well be blowing artic winds and snow.

Several years ago, my sister and I decided along with our momma that we really didn't need anything anymore. As adults if we need something we buy it when we need it -- we don't wait for someone else to get it for us. So, we decided to make homemade gifts -- this is what I am working on:

Rag Wreaths
Candy Jars (a pinterest idea)
Rice Heat Pads
Quilted Lap Blankets
Cake Plate (a pinterest idea) with Caramel cookies
(The candy and cookies are for my dad and brother-in-law)
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I picked up the American Girl doll McKenna today with a $10 coupon I got from inside the McKenna movie! Plus I got some AG accessories....some are already on backorder til October and November! So if you're planning to purchase McKenna items, you might try to do it soon to guarantee you're able to get it in time for Christmas.

Thank you! I bought the DVD when they had free shipping back in July, but I didn't open the package. DD wants McKenna from Santa, so I had better see which accessories she might like.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:50 AM   #283
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Disneywalle~ We all love books too~ I usually buy for baby gifts..to start their little libraries! Cool idea on the book case!!! That's a great gift...also, I like the idea of the Rice heat pads, did you get the How-To from Pinterest? I would like to do a few of these with my kids....I think they would enjoy doing it. It's different and useful!!
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I like to get a couple of outfits, maybe one extra and a pj set...we mix and match~ you don't have to keep the outfit with the doll its advertised for...and then if your dd is into a certain sport, or dance or whatever, maybe get one of those accessories...It's easy for the prices to climb! Oh!! and get an AG brush/comb/or pick..whatever is recommended for that dolls hair. I also get a doll stand~they are $16 and it is nice to have them standing especially if they are in a dress.....
Thank you for the advice. Do you run free shipping deals often? I noticed their shipping is really high. I would need to buy the My American Girl doll plus clothes so it would easily be a $200 order.
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For those of you who are on the lookout for Monster High dolls, I would recommend you start looking now. My DD8 wanted Abbey Bominable for her birthday (12-16) or Christmas. I though I was "on the ball" because I started looking in October. HA! I never did find that dang doll even though I stopped in Target, WalMart, and Meijer weekly! I ended up finding it 3 months ago, so I have squirreled it away in my closet. I have been picking up Monster High dolls since last Christmas since both girls like them and have birthdays coming up (other DD5's birthday is 10-3).

I just wanted to let everyone know that they recently opened up a new store by me, it's called five below. I love this place. Everything is $5 and under and they have TONS of cute things. Obviously lots of stocking stuffers, but even some cute craft kits for girls that normally would sell for $10 at other places. I would defintely recommend popping in there to see what they have.
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