Thursday, September 14, 2017

Still Alive

Honest, I am. But I'm discovering that starting your kids at a brand new school can take some serious adjustment, even if your kids are doing well and enjoying that new school.

Sorry to leave you guys hanging for so long. The last few weeks have felt like the inside of a washing machine, or the middle of a merry-go-round on the playground. :} Things will still be crazy for a while, especially since Oldest Gal just started volleyball season. But I hope within the next week or so to get a handle on blogging, writing, and some of the other things that have fallen by the wayside in the past month. ;)

In the meantime, I'm headed to my church's ladies retreat today. While I won't be posting here during that time, I'll be keeping everyone updated on Instagram and Twitter, so you can keep track of my adventures there until I get back. ;)

Have a lovely weekend, everyone! Talk to you again soon.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Blogoversary Giveaway Results!

It's time to announce the winner, folks! We had thirty-two entrants and a total of fifty-five entries including the extra entries for following me elsewhere.

All names were recorded on paper...and thankfully not scattered around the living room when Pumpkin was in a "helpful" mood. ;)

The names were put in a bowl and mixed up carefully. Then Middle Gal chose one name (without looking, of course) to be our winner.

Since Pumpkin seemed to want to get involved, too, I decided to let him announce our winner. 

At first, he just wanted to play with the winner's name...

...and then, he wanted to keep us in suspense. 

But finally, he decided to cooperate. 

Congratulations to our winner, honeysuckle jasmine! :D 

I'll be contacting honeysuckle jasmine today via email. If I don't hear back in a week, a new winner will be chosen.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered, and for all of your lovely comments and wishes. It's so nice to know this little blog has touched so many lives. :) Thanks for sharing this adventure and this crazy doll obsession with me. :)

UPDATE: I've heard back from honeysuckle jasmine, so this giveaway is officially closed!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Last Day to Enter the Giveaway!

Hey everyone! Just wanted to remind you that today is the last day to get your entries in for my blogoversary giveaway. I've had a great response so far and can't wait to see who wins! :)

For full giveaway details, you can check out my post about it HERE.

I just got back from a wonderful family vacation. I haven't had a chance to blog about it, but you can see all my pictures on Instagram.

Have a great week! I'll be back tomorrow to announce the winner.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Create Your Own American Girl Dolls Now Available

Hey guys! Thanks for the great response to my giveaway. It's been fun hearing from so many of you. :)

Just a heads up: American Girl has officially released their "Create Your Own" dolls on their website. You can choose custom face mold, skin color, eye color, hair length, style, and color, outfits, and more. You can even chose from several options to make your doll's personality.

The dolls retail for $200 each, which is a little steep, but considering you get a doll, an outfit, accessories, and the option of glasses, hearing aides, braces, and more, plus the joy of creating your own custom doll, I understand the price.

You can start creating your own dolls HERE. Even if you don't plan on purchasing one, it's fun to try different hair/eye/skin combos. And if you have an account with American Girl, you can save your designs for later. :)

Here are some of the designs the girls and I created (all mini-me dolls):


Oldest Gal's

Middle Gal's 

Little Gal's

Have fun customizing, but be warned: you might just fall down a rabbit hole for a couple of hours. ;)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Blogoversary Giveaway

Hello everyone! Sorry to leave you hanging for so long. I'm back from Realm Makers (which you can read about on my writing blog HERE), managing to survive the over 100 degree weather of our hometown, and in the middle of packing for our last family vacation before school starts. In the middle of the craziness, though, I wanted to uphold a long-standing tradition and do a giveaway in celebration of SEVEN YEARS of blogging at Never Grow Up. Hooray! :D

Because it's been seven years, there are seven prizes for one special reader. Here's a look at what the winner will receive:

A Shopkins Lollipop Soft Top Cutie Car...

...a Kuu Kuu HaraJuku mini G doll... of my original hand drawn artwork pieces on a 4x4 cardstock tile with a protective sheet, signed and colored with ink pen and Copic markers...

...a Shopkins Happy Places Season 3 Jellica Lil' Shoppies doll...

...a Season 2 Hatchimals blind bag...

...and two Disney Store gift cards totaling $10 ($5 each).

Giveaway Rules: 

1. This contest is WORLDWIDE, so any of my readers can enter. :) That being said, I'm not sure if the gift cards work out of the country, so please be aware that this might be an issue.

2. If you are under 18, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter.

3. To enter, please leave your name or username and email address in the comments below. Comments with email addresses will NOT be published and will only be seen by me.

4. For one extra entry, you may choose one of the following:
     -Follow me on Twitter
     -Follow me on Instagram
     -Follow me on my Never Grow Up Facebook page
     -Follow me on YouTube

NOTE: Please leave me a comment, letting me know what you did for your extra entry so I can count it!

If you are already following/subscribed to any of the above, let me know and I will count it for your extra entry.

5. The contest will be open until Monday, August 14th

6. On Tuesday, August 15th, I will pick one winner through a random drawing, notify them via email, and request their shipping address. The winner will have one week to respond. If I have not heard from them by Tuesday, August 22nd, a new winner will be chosen.

Thank you so much for the past seven years. Your comments, input, and friendships mean more than I can say. :) Can't wait to see who wins!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Seven Years

It's hard to believe that seven years ago I started a little blog that grew into something amazing. Today is my seventh "blogoversary," and as I look back over the past seven years, I am so humbled and thankful for all I've learned and for the wonderful friends I've made. Thank you to all of you who have been a part of this adventure and have made it so special. :)

I had hoped to have my traditional giveaway ready by now, but between swimming lessons for the girls and getting ready for the writers conference this weekend, I didn't quite get it together. I do have a few reviews in the works, though, so I thought I'd give you a preview of what to look forward to. ;)

Disney Store Rapunzel "Before Ever After" Doll

Slim, Original, and Broad Ken Fashionista Dolls 

Disney Store Live Action Belle and Gaston Dolls
(I have a new photography assistant.) ;)

This weekend, I'll be sharing photos of my trip on my Instagram account. I'm hoping to get to a Disney Store to get my Belle and Rapunzel (and possibly Hans) dolls, and there will definitely be at least one Toys R Us stop involved. I'm on the hunt for Season 3 Shopkins Happy Places sets. :D Since it's a special trip, I'll have a bit of spending money. :)

I might also possibly vlog about my adventures, if it works out with our schedule, but I'll keep you posted on that.

Keep an eye out for a giveaway post next week! And thank you again for seven wonderful years. You guys are the best. :)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Upcoming Shopkins Happy Places Sets!

Just a quick post today. My girls and I are huge fans of the Shopkins Happy Places line, and we've been looking forward to seeing some of the new releases that should be showing up soon.

I noticed that some of the new toys are starting to show up on It looks like most of them will have a release in early August:

Happyville High School Playset (You can see My Froggy Stuff's YouTube review of this set HERE.)

Bearry Fun Convertible


Kiki Creme




Season 3 Blind Bag Surprise Delivery Packs (These are also featured in the My Froggy Stuff video.)

They also have a few of the Shoppies that were supposed to be part of Season 2 of Happy Places, but never showed up in our area:

Fria FroYo

Pia Puzzle

Macy Macaroon

I love the creativity and detail that goes into this line. I'm especially excited for Macy Macaroon, Kiki Creme, and the new blind bags, since according to the info from My Froggy Stuff's video, they will feature art classroom supplies. :D

Which ones are you most excited about?

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