American Girl Phenomenon

 

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This Christmas my granddaughters, Bria and Cayla received American Girl dolls. Cayla has told me repeatedly that she has wanted the doll for 3 years and no one wanted to get her one. Once I went to the website to check out these dolls, to my surprise, the cost was a little high. But, being Gramma,  I had to make them happy!

I created an account on the site so that I could get the magazine they have that featured everything American Girl. From accessories to smaller dolls that is supposed to be the bigger doll’s doll!  Incredible!  These dolls retail at $130, priced during the holiday, $115, we had 20% coupon bringing the total cost to $109. We ordered 2! It’s really not about the price when you see the surprise on their face Christmas morning. The dolls they really wanted were on backorder til January 6th, so we ordered a different one so they would have it on Christmas.

For weeks, Cayla walked around with the catalog showing anyone and everyone all the things she wanted once she got the doll. I got a little tired of hearing about it but I listened anyway. She would flip the pages and circle what she wanted without checking out any prices. Some of those things were quite expensive. Clothing items ranged between  $10-$35, while other larger items are priced much higher. Well, to counteract the high cost of the clothing, I am making some of them and a lot of fun doing it! Of course, I will purchase an item or two for them. Below, you will find that I have gotten quite good sewing these items (not bragging, well, maybe just a little). Hope you all like them!! 😉

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White top trimmed with lace, fastened with Velcro in back.

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Orange jumper

 

FMCSA unveils driver training rule proposal, sets up core curriculum and more for PRE-CDL drivers

James Jaillet|March 04, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is set to publish Monday, March 7, a proposed rule that, if made final, would implement a required core training curriculum for prospective truckers before they receive their CDL. The curriculum notably includes at least 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training before being issued a CDL.

 

The Entry Level Driver Training rule’s implementation would take place three years after its final publication in the Federal Register, which will come after the agency takes public comment for 60 days on the proposal and makes any changes to the rule based on that feedback. The proposal then would have to be approved by the DOT and the White House’s Office of Management and Budget before being published. The three-year countdown to its implementation would begin then.

 

The proposal, unveiled Friday, March 4, by FMCSA, in addition to the core curriculum and behind-the-wheel requirements, seeks to establish a registry of FMCSA-approved driver training providers. FMCSA’s rule outlines minimum qualifications related to instructors, testing, training vehicles and more that the agency will use to approve training providers for the registry.

 

The agency is accepting public comment on the rule for 60 days, starting Monday. Visitregulations.gov then and serach for docket number FMCSA-2007–27748 to see the rule and to file a comment.

 

The rule will apply to all drivers required to complete a CDL skills test to obtain a CDL and to those upgrading their license from Class B to Class A. The curriculum for those seeking a Class A license is broken down into two categories: Theory and actual driving time.

 

The theoretical component includes required training on basic vehicle instruments and controls, basic operation of a vehicle, how to perform a vehicle inspection, controlling a vehicle under various road and traffic conditions, how to shift and back a vehicle, hours of service, handling cargo, crash procedures, fatigue awareness, vehicle maintenance and violations, trip planning and more.

 

The driving time component of the rule requires operators to spend at least 30 hours behind the wheel before receiving a CDL, with at least 10 of those hours spent on a driving range. How the other 20 hours are received will be determined by the training providers, but the rule does stipulate that drivers must drive at least 10 of them on a public road or take 10 public road trips of no less than 50 minutes each.

 

Overdrive will have more on the rule and its requirements in the coming weeks.