Throwback to Summer

The Pink PaperdollEveryone is so excited for pumpkins and raking leaves, and here I am reminiscing about lake shores and sundresses. Regardless of the season, I’m so excited to share this outfit post. I bought the dress for my cousin’s wedding, which was a casual wedding on a working farm. The fabric, viscose and silk, was breathable and comfortable. It ended up being one of my favorite purchases of the summer. The Pink PaperdollThis Anthropologie Santee Swing Dress is now majorly marked down (over $125 off!), although only available in limited colors and sizes. Sometimes getting end-of-season deals can really work out in your favor. The Pink PaperdollPineapple accessories can be worn year-round in my book. I wore this pink pineapple belt in October with a different dress. I also plan to get a little more wear out of this dress by pairing it with a blue wool cardigan. Even though the print is tropical, the fabric is thick enough to gracefully transition into cooler weather.Pink pineapple belt! Fun summer accessories What do you think of using summer pieces into fall? As long as it’s done sparingly and appropriately, I think it can be a great way to get more use out of favorite garments that stir up fond memories of summer.

The Pink PaperdollDress – available in limited colors and sizes at Anthropologie.

Belt – from a friend. Similar here (also discounted!)

Hat – inherited from my grandma

Photos by Mo Ashley, shot in downtown Wayzata, MN.

The Creative Magic of Die Cuts & MN Blog Con Preview

die cut storage ideasThanks to Hefty for sponsoring today’s post.

About a year ago, I got access to a die cut machine. It’s a tool that uses molds to cut paper shapes out, and these shapes are perfect for uses in children’s crafts, card making and scrapbooking. And for about a year, I’ve been storing these little cutouts so they are ready for the occasions to use them.

On Saturday, I’m presenting at the Minnesota Blogger Conference and I’m totally using these cutouts in my workshop. Everyone who attends my session is going to get one of these to use in a creative exercise. I’m so excited to meet some other local bloggers and share ideas with them on my topic, Getting Unstuck: Using Writer’s Block to Your Creative Advantage!

In the meantime, I found a great solution for storing these little cutouts. Because once you have over 100 of these paper shapes, you start looking for die cut storage ideas beyond stuffing them in a box, which is how mine were for a while! I picked up a box of Hefty® Slider Bags at Walmart so I can easily sort and transport them. And since the brand is a sponsor for this post, I’m sharing a special offer for savings on slider bags.

Die cut storage Check out more clever ideas for crafts and recipes as well as household hacks.

And if you’re going to the Blogger Conference, make sure to say hi!

die cut storage solutionsOne thing I noticed while shopping is that they’re actually less expensive than Ziploc, plus you get the strength of the MaxLock® track design. These are not flimsy bags. They feel sturdy and could handle storage for crafts a lot heavier than my die-cuts. That’s just what I happened to have an urgent need for this week, since the blog conference is coming up fast!

Happy crafting! If you have a storage hack to share this fall, leave it in the comments.

Doll Catalogs of the 90s

90s doll catalogsAfter delving into the world of Madame Alexander, I started remembering the 90s doll companies who marketed to my generation. Despite being very loyal to American Girl (shout out to Samantha), I received a wide variety of doll catalogs in my mailbox. Turns out that some of the dolls in these catalogs have now become collector’s items. Here’s a quick update on some 90s doll companies you might remember and what happened to them.

90s Doll Companies

Did you read any of these 90s doll catalogs?

Magic Attic Club

90s doll companiesThis blatant rip off of American Girl had a cute premise: four friends played dress up in a magical attic and were transported on adventures. Like American Girl, this 90s doll company’s products included dolls, accessories and accompanying paperback books. Some of the story themes are a little heavy on the cultural appropriation for today’s standards.

Current Status: Closed in 2007.


90s doll companiesThis slightly creepy product line was actually founded with a heartwarming intent. An emergency room physician noticed that her young patients were attached to their dolls for comfort because they looked like them. Believing that dolls helped boost a child’s self-esteem, in 1993 he developed a doll-making technique to create replicas to resemble children’s features. The company gained immense popularity through 2001.

Current Status: After running into quality issues when manufacturing was sent to China, the company closed in 2016. MyTwinn dolls are highly collectible and have sold for over $1000. More details can be found on this history of MyTwinn.

American Girl

90s doll companiesCurrent Status: still crushing it, even though they retired some familiar characters from the original historical line.

Did you have any of these dolls? I’d love to hear your memories of them in the comments section!

Fall Product Reviews

Product reviews from the Pink Paperdoll blogIt’s been a while since I did a product review post, so I’m excited to share some items I’ve been really liking lately. Maybe some of them will work for you this fall, too. I was given samples of all the products below to try, but received no other compensation for this post and all opinions in the following honest fall product reviews are mine.

COCO floss

A company has finally figured out how to make flossing fun. I was recommended the product by another blogger, Storybook Apothecary. The company is run by a sister team in San Mateo, CA. I fell in love with their packaging. The floss comes in a cute little cardboard slide box with metallic printing. The flavors such as strawberry and orange would be perfect for kids or anyone wanting to switch it up from predictable mint. I love using it because the fibers really seem to clean better than regular floss. The downside: it’s about double the cost of drugstore brands.

Luv Michael Granola

This is a locally sourced snack that gives back! How? According to the Center for Disease Control, autism is the fastest growing developmental disability. In the United States, 500,000 teens with autism will age into adulthood over the next decade. 90% of adults with autism are underemployed or unemployed. These are staggering statistics, but this company is creating change by employing young adults with autism to make yummy, healthy granola. It’s sold in 2-ounce packages perfect for snacking. Not only are the ingredients top quality and tasty, sales of the product support a U.S. company enhancing the lives of adults with autism.

Evian Spray Mist Travel Size

I first learned about this product through a previous review post I did. Though I enjoyed the product for being as natural as you can get (it’s water and nitrogen), I wished it came in a smaller package for travel. Well, here it is! 1.7 fluid ounces in a cute little canister. I use it for quick skin hydrating on road trips or flights and my bridal emergency kit when I coordinate weddings. It’s good for misting hair and makeup for a quick touch up/pick me up during long days, like weddings. If you feel ridiculous buying pressurized water, just think about the last time you were on a really LONG flight and your skin turned dry, dry dry. Whether you’re in a fall wedding or have holiday travel coming up, this little spray bottle might come in handy.

A New Minneapolis Hotel + A Giveaway

I love saving money on travel, but what I don’t love is scouring the internet for hours to find the best deals. I just became a member of a rewards program that offers Members Only Rate Exclusive (MORE) – 10% off the best available price on hotel rooms within the brand. Which means saving more without scouring, thank goodness. Make sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win 30,000 rewards points of your own!

Club Carlson Perks

This program was ranked one of the top three hotel rewards programs by by U.S. News and World Reports for 2015-2016. One of the reasons is the program’s flexibility. You can use points not only for free hotel stays, but for other travel costs like TSA Pre-Check application fees, airline miles and more.

Radisson Red Opening in Downtown Minneapolis

I’m also excited to share that one of the Carlson hotel brands is opening a new hotel in downtown Minneapolis December 2016. It’s kiddie corner to the Old Spaghetti Factory which was a total staple of my college life, but I’m way more excited to check out the Radisson’s onsite kitchen + bar serving fresh, locally sourced, sustainable food inspired by global street fare. I like the trend of more hotels sourcing food from local farmers.

minneapolis travel itineraryI have some other suggestions for a Minneapolis travel itinerary. This hotel is steps away from the Guthrie Theater, Mill City Museum, and Gold Medal Park which are all right along the river and within walking distance to my favorite destination, the Stone Arch bridge (pictured above). So it’s going to be ideal for Twin Cities vacationers, but it’s also just a short cab ride or from the convention center and the University of Minnesota (pictured below). And if you’re wondering, yes, the hotel is pet friendly!university-of-minnesota-the-pink-paperdoll-blogGiveaway!

Congratulations giveaway winner Tracie Cooper, I hope you enjoy your 30,000 rewards points on a getaway somewhere you’ll love!

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