Hi everyone! Sorry you've had to wait so long to hear from me. Between Hubby's car accident, two kiddos who still have serious colds, and having my art class switched to Fridays, I haven't had much time or inclination to write. :}
I wanted to thank all of you for your sweet comments. It's so nice to know that you are praying for us and care so much. :) Hubby is doing very well aside from his bruised eye, and was even able to go right back to work the next day. The accident has given him a huge appreciation for life and family.
In the interest of being completely transparent (lest you think I'm some super Christian or something), I was really struggling these past few days. Today is the first day I actually feel "normal" (getting to sleep in probably helped my outlook a bit). :} I didn't realize how much the accident and what "might have been" was affecting me until I had a complete meltdown over a plugged toilet on Thursday afternoon. :} I felt guilty at first. I mean, Hubby's okay! Things could have been so much worse. I suppose I kept getting stuck thinking about what could have been. It terrified me. The fact that we are now down to one car and can't really afford another one, but can't possible function with one car because of our differing schedules doesn't help, either.
Since Thursday, I've had a few good cries, a few good naps, a lot of prayer, and some long talks with Hubby about what we can change to help prevent this from happening again. I would definitely appreciate prayer from those of you who are my sisters and brothers in Christ as we try to find a car and decide what our future plans are.
Next week is Thanksgiving break, so we plan to just relax and stay home (except for Hubby, who will be working). Little Gal is getting over a cold/eye infection and Middle Gal is getting over an ear infection, so hopefully a week of rest will help with their recovery. I also hope to get to work on some blog posts. I have a review and giveaway from PepperJack Trends, a review of a Batman Taeyang doll, probably something about Frozen (just four more days 'til it's in theaters!), and more. :}
By the way, Happy 50th to all Whovians out there. ;) It's driving me crazy wondering how long I'll have to wait to see today's special episode, "The Day of the Doctor". (David Tennant is back...yay!!) :D
Today also marks the premiere of Season 4 of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. I don't have the Hub channel, so I'll have to wait to watch that until it comes up online. Sigh. Waiting is not my favorite thing. ;)
For all of you MLP fans out there, though, there are a ton of My Little Pony items for sale at zulily.com right now. There are Funko Pop figures, clothing, jewelry, and more, all at great prices. Things go really fast on that site, so you'll want to check it out soon. You can see all of the My Little Pony items HERE.
And now, on to the original post I intended to share with you. :} After payday on the 15th, I was able to take advantage of the great sale on the Zelfs merchandise at Toysrus.com. I ordered one of the Green House Tea House sets (which was $10 off) and two medium Zelfs (which were buy 1, get 1 free).
And just so you know, while the Green House play set is no longer on sale, the medium Zelfs are still buy 1, get 1 free. I believe the sale ends today, though. You can see all of the Zelf merchandise at Toysrus.com HERE.
Here is the Green House set. I was very excited to get this since it included many of my favorite Lil' Zelfs. To get this many and know what I was getting at a little over a dollar a Zelf was great!
A few package details:
All of the Zelfs in the packaging (I'll go over them in detail in a bit):
The back of the package...
...and a few details:
The box opened pretty easily, and the Lil' Zelfs were packaged in two different layers of clear plastic.
Most of them I was able to simply pop out with a little work.
By the end of the package, though, I decided to use scissors to assist me, especially on the Zelfs with wings. I didn't want to break off their wings while trying to get them out! :}
The set came with the same leaflet we've seen before for the Lil' Zelfs. It did not include a checklist for the "glow-tastic" Zelfs:
As the box said, there were four different types of Lil' Zelfs included. I thought it would be helpful to see them side by side. We have, in order, the "Glitter-ific", "Pearly", "Standard", and "Glow-tastic":
The Glow-tastic Lil' Zelfs have only been released in this particular set (so far). It was very easy to get them to glow...
...but a bit harder to capture on film. ;) Angelala was a lot brighter in person than she looks in this picture.
Here are the specific Lil' Zelfs that came in the set:
Vampula, Angelala, Pega Sue, Elfa
Buttershy, Spellinda, Mermalade, Pega Sue
Buttershy, Spellinda, Flamy, Lunanne, Vampula
Angelala, Lunanne, Flamy, Elfa, Mermalade
Here are all of the Lil' Zelfs together. To the best of my knowledge, the only Zelfs not included in this set were Miss Clover, Howelette, and Lil' D.
And here's a closer look at each of them:
Glow-tastic Mermalade, Lunanne, and Elfa
Standard Flamy and Buttershy; Glitter-ific Pega Sue
Glow-tastic Flamy, Pearly Pega Sue, Glitter-ific Mermalade, Pearly Vampula
Pearly Vampula (again), Pearly Elfa, Glow-tastic Angelala, Standard Vampula
Elfa, Angelala and Vampula again, plus Standard Spellinda
Pearly Angelala, Glitter-ific Spellinda and Buttershy
This is a great set, especially if you have specific Lil' Zelfs you want that are included. The glow-in-the-dark Zelfs are really fun. Each of my girls chose one and have played with them nonstop since. :)
These would also make great stocking stuffers or gift toppers for Christmas. :) I'm going to use them for my doll photo stories (the Lil' Zelfs are the perfect size for the 18" dolls). :)
The Green House set is back to its regular price now, $29.99. It's not as good of a deal as the $19.99 I paid, but it still works out to around $1.67 a Zelf before tax and shipping. Considering you pay $2.97 for each (and that's for an unknown Zelf), it's not a bad price.
Since I was already ordering the Zelf Green House, I also decided to take advantage of the buy 1, get 1 free offer. I've pretty much given up on ever finding a Miss Clover Zelf. Since Elfa has similar coloring and the same mold (and is just plain adorable!), I decided to add her to my collection as my stand-in for Miss Clover. I decided to choose Flamy as my free Zelf. I'd been wanting to try her out since she shared a mold with Mermalade. :)
The back of both packages are the same.
Here's a closer look at Flamy's package. Her Zelf power is "protection".
Elfa's Zelf power is "laughter".
Here are my two newest Zelfies! :)
I know we've already seen Middle Gal's Elfa, but I couldn't resist taking a few more pictures. I love her mischievous little expression. :)
Her feet are green on the bottom...
...and she has a lot of great detail on her body.
She's completely plain on the back except for the green on her feet and a little green "Z" on her buns.
Here is adorable Flamy, a dragon Zelf.
She has the same ears and "fin" details on her arms (although in this case, I suppose they'd be considered spikes instead). She also has scales painted on her body.
There are scales all over her back and what looks like a little bat on her buns.
Such a sweet face. :) You can see she has little fangs on her upper lip.
Unfortunately, my Flamy came with a neck issue. Her head is on unevenly. I debated returning her, but I realized that by the time I either sent her back and paid return shipping, or drove to the nearest store and paid the gas to get there, my "free" Zelf wouldn't be free anymore. ;) Besides, her head still turns okay, and the little sideways tilt is kind of cute. :)
Here's a picture of Flamy and Mermalade together so you can see their identical molds. :)
And speaking of Mermalade, I've accumulated quite the Mermalade collection after getting the Green House play set. Since Mermalade is my very favorite, I thought it would be fun to have one of each of the Mermalade Zelfs that have been made. So at some point, I'd love to find the Standard and Pearly Lil' Mermalades. :)
Hope you enjoyed the random blather and double review. :} I'll be back Monday with a review and giveaway. :)