Mommy-daughter time at Easton

Greta was eager to get the American Girl doll we promised her for her birthday. I didn’t think today would work out — I was telling Greta ‘next week’ — but the fall party we were supposed to go to got postponed due to rain. So it worked out well, and the two of us headed to Easton.

The only American Girl movie and character Greta is familiar with is ‘Saige’ from ‘Saige Paints the Sky.’ Like Greta, Saige is into art. Every doll has their thing, and Saige’s is art. And like Greta, she has light brown, almost auburn hair. Seems like all girls want a doll that resembles them.

The American Girl store at Easton is CRAZY. All the dolls and clothes are behind glass, like you’re in a kiddie museum. But instead of people strolling around pondering, there are tons of little girls running around with mommies and daddies in tow. There is merchandise everywhere you look. All the dolls are around $110. You can buy alternate outfits for them for around $35 a piece. They have scenery and accessories too, plus a salon.

After we bought Saige, Greta wanted to take her to the salon. I was not into the idea at all but it actually turned out to be pretty cheap — just $10 — and fun. You just stand in line and pick out a hairstyle or ‘facial’ and watch while they do it. The kids seem to love it and the women who work in the salon are nice – a lot nicer than the crabby gift-wrap people at the holidays. We had a lady named ‘Sally.’ It physically pained her to take out Saige’s brand-new, “but it’s perfect right now” side braid. But Greta insisted so they did it. In a super-secret, CIA-like move, Sally shared with me the instructions on how to put the side-braid back in, should we want to. And like a CIA secret, it was hella complicated.

Then we had lunch at California Pizza Kitchen, and free samples at See’s Candies across the way. Greta got a new fragrance wallflower plug-in at Bath & Body Works, then we hit Target for some goody-bag loot for her party tomorrow.

In the book and movie about Saige, her dad flies hot-air balloons. They had a little hot-air balloon basket thingy in the store that you can get in for a photo opp.

In the book and movie about Saige, her dad flies hot-air balloons. They had a little hot-air balloon basket thingy in the store that you can get in for a photo opp.

We decided on Saige after about 15 minutes of browsing.

We decided on Saige after about 15 minutes of browsing.

We took Saige out of the box right away. Greta was pretty excited, I have to say.

We took Saige out of the box right away. Greta was pretty excited, I have to say.

Sally did Saige's hair. Just $10 and Greta loved the experience. A better value than another accessory or outfit, in my view.

Sally did Saige’s hair. Just $10 and Greta loved the experience. A better value than another accessory or outfit, in my view.

Sally slipped me the super-secret instructions to doing Saige's signature side-braid, and suggested I take a picture for reference.

Sally slipped me the super-secret instructions to doing Saige’s signature side-braid, and suggested I take a picture for reference.

See the similarity?

See the similarity?

Free samples at See's Candies!

Free samples at See’s Candies!

Making a wish at the fountain. 6 going on 16.

Making a wish at the fountain. 6 going on 16.

 

 

 

 

 

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