Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Welcome to Lissie & Lilly!

Hi Everyone! I'm Lissie and this lovely lady in pink is my partner in awesomeness Sawako Lilly! Welcome to our blog and all the wonderful secrets it contains! Please look at the tabs on the top to navigate. You can go and read all the episodes of Lissie & Lilly and see our adventures in full color glory, as well as see where our little sister Josie is now in her travels and read her travel log. It's no easy thing for a mini doll to travel so far and wide you know, as we're all jealous of the cool places she gets to go.

Perhaps you covert with a shameless heart our wonderful closet of magic and mystery. Learn more about the outfits in the reviews, and see how the outfits look on all the girls at L&L in our closet! In the links section is a plethora of wonderful resources and other blogs that we love and stalk discreetly. Come meet all of us heroic, dashing, fearless girls at L&L and learn more about who each of us are!

Enjoy your stay here and be sure to follow us to stay up to date on all of our antics! ^_^

Monday, October 20, 2014

Let's Be Aware of Breasts!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and here at L&L, we believe in keeping the public up to date and aware of their health! So often people don't want to face their health straight on and look away from the facts and what they know is best for them because they are afraid of finding out the truth about their health. However, in the long run this leads to more severe, more deadly, and more costly situations. Colon cancer and breast cancer are top killers and yet they are the most preventable just by staying current on your colonoscopies and mammograms. This month, the L&L crew want people to be aware of breast cancer and some facts and myths surrounding this very common cancer.

 "Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, affecting people from all social and economic levels. 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and it is the second leading cause of death among women."

 "Although women are the predominant gender that is diagnosed with breast cancer, men can get it too. In fact, it is even more deadly in men because they are less likely to to assume a lump is breast cancer and delay seeking help. For men, they will usually find a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola."

"Scientists are still researching the causes of breast cancer and new data is uncovered everyday. Thus far, there is no single cause of breast cancer that we have identified. All we can say is there are several risk factors that can increase a person's likelihood of developing breast cancer. These include both genetic and environmental factors. Having them does not guarantee a person will develop breast cancer and having none of them does not guarantee a person will not develop it."

"Genetic risk factors are risk factors that can't be changed. They include being female, older than 55, Caucasian, family history of breast cancer, early menstruation (before 12), late menopause (after 55), and dense breast tissue, just to name a few. These are risk factors and do not guarantee a person will develop breast cancer. They only increase the likelihood."

"Environmental risk factors can be addressed and removed. They include alcohol (which is a risk factor for many other cancers as well, not just breast cancer), a sedentary lifestyle with little physical activity, a poor diet high in saturated fats and low in fruits and vegetables, radiation to the chest, and taking hormone replacement therapy (occasionally prescribed for menopause) are a few of them."

"It's important to stay educated about your health and not give in to panic whenever you read rumors or quack science articles online. Some myths surrounding breast cancer can cause unnecessary worry. Breast cancer is NOT contagious and does not spread from person to person. You also cannot get it by wearing bras with an under-wire,  or mammograms which are the best preventative measure to identify and treat breast cancer before it kills you."

Breast cancer is a very real, common occurrence in our world! Don't look away from the facts. If you are a female over 50, make sure you stay up to date with getting mammograms and checking your breasts for lumps or any unusual areas. Catching it in it's early stage provides the best chance of a successful treatment and recovery so you can enjoy your life to it's fullest!

For more information about breast cancer, visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation's website by clicking here, and speak with your primary care doctor.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mini Josie Explores Washington, DC!

Josie heads off to DC with her host but before she leaves, she visits her host's lab at MIT where all sorts of magical experiments take place. 

Finally, after a tiring flight, she lands in DC. Now to figure out the metro!

Time to explore the monuments! Jackson's statue:

Hi President Lincoln! I'm as big as you are!

Gee, there are so many people in front of the Lincoln monument, but you still have a great view of the reflecting pool and the monument!

The World War 2 Memorial is so lovely with all the fountains! I wonder if I can find all the states I've visited here.

The White House! I wonder what's going on inside there. Hmmmm, it's almost dinner time.

Oooo, it's the Executive Office Building next door to the White House where all the real work and magic take place!

Hahahaha! I'm as tall as the Washington Monument! My host gave me boost so I could gain a few more inches. I'm glad the earthquake didn't make it topple over.

My host wanted a photo with the monument too but she's not as tall as me. :)

To see more of Josie's adventures, visit her Travel Log by clicking here!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mini Josie Arrives in Cambridge, MA!

Mini Josie has arrived at her lucky number 13th host ins Massachusetts just in time to join in on helping her "pack" (procrastinate?) for her trip to our nation's capital, Washington, D.C.

Exploring the honey stash! 

Meeting lots of new friends of the fuzzy, un-vinyl type

What to bring for D.C.? 

Posing and using her host's paintings as background backdrops.

Dressed to impress for tomorrow even though Boston isn't that cold yet.

"Let's go!"

To see more of Josie's adventures, visit her Travel Log here. ^_^ Stay tuned for more updates!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mini Josie visits Gainesville, FL!

Josie had a wonderful time in Florida as autumn starts rolling in. Check out her photos of cheering on the Florida Gators football team!

To see more of Josie's adventures, take a look at her Travel Log!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Lissie & Lilly: Episode 15 - The NOT Snow White Part 1 (L&L Theater Special)

Lissie & Lilly: The NOT Snow White! (Photostory)

Welcome back to the L&L Theater Ladies and Gentlemen! We’ve prepared for you tonight a tale filled with misguided intentions, inappropriate behavior, and technological advances! A tale more fabulous than air conditioning in summer, more relieving than a full roll of toilet paper, and sure to please all but those who are not pleased! Presenting… Snow White (Not)!

Narrator: Once upon a time, in a place that was neither here nor there, but definitely somewhere, there lived a princess so lovely she didn’t even know she was lovely. The Queen Mother had passed away shortly after she was born, but before then, she gave her daughter the name Snow White. This was a source of constant consternation for the poor princess who did not like the snow and certainly didn’t want to be white like it. Nonetheless, she did her best and faithfully dressed in the snow whitest linens she could find despite a little nagging voice in her head telling her white was a terribly inconvenient color.

Narrator: Many years later, Snow White’s father decided that it was unseemly to be without a queen to balance out family portraits so he remarried. The new Queen was so beautiful she knew exactly how beautiful she was.
Snow Cecile: Welcome to the palace Stepmother! I hope you find everything here to your liking. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make you comfortable.
Queen Lydia: Thank you Snow White. I wonder if you could tell me if there is a proper sized mirror in the palace?
Snow Cecile: A mirror, Stepmother? Is that the thing that farmers use to start bonfires by reflecting the sun? I don’t believe I have ever seen one but perhaps there is one buried in one of the towers.

Narrator: The Queen had brought her own small mirror with her but did not expect to find that no one at the palace knew what a mirror was.
Queen Lydia: Peasants! The lot of them! How else does one reaffirm one’s beauty without a mirror? How can anyone know what they’re worth without knowing how beautiful they are? I would have brought my large ceiling to floor wall mirror if I had known how backwards these people are. This one is much too small. I need something magnamous enough for me to be in awe at my own glory.

Queen Lydia: *Cough cough* My goodness! There’s so much dust up here that the last time this room was opened people still thought women shouldn’t be paid equally for doing the same work as men! Hmmm… old clothes, old furniture, old skeletons, nothing. I guess it was too much to hope –
Queen Lydia: Wait, what’s this bulky thing mummified over here? Let me get this off, hup! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mirror Lilly: Will you stop that please?
Queen Lydia: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! IT’S A FACE!!!!!!!! IT’S A TALKING FACE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mirror Lilly: That’s awfully rude and obvious! My name is Sawako Lilly, the Mirror of Truth. I won’t tell any lies and I do excellent Plato impressions.
Queen Lydia: AHHHHHHH – Wait, you mean you’ll answer any question I ask you honesty?
Mirror Lilly: To the best of my ability! And although my Aristotle impression isn’t as good as my Plato, I’m rather adept at that as well.

Queen Lydia: In that case you’re coming with me. I’ve got some questions for you. Well, only one question but I’ll have to verify it twenty eight times a day.
Mirror Lilly: Hurray! I can’t wait to leave this musty old attic! You don’t even know! The last time I saw a human face people still thought women shouldn’t vote.

Queen Lydia: There we go, perfect!
Mirror Lilly: My, you have a large room your majesty.
Queen Lydia: What use is a large room without without a large mirror? Now answer me, mirror, mirror, propped on my vanity, who’s the fairest of them all?
Mirror Lilly: Why, I suppose that must be cadavers or vampires your majesty. They have no blood which is why their skin is so pale.
Queen Lydia: No! Who’s the most beautiful woman in all the land?
Mirror Lilly: That would have to be you, though I should point out –
Queen Lydia: Hahaha! I knew it! My beauty is unparalleled! See you later Mirror! I’ll be back after I go bask in my own presence.

Snow Cecile: Wait! Stop rolling, that’s Stepmother’s room!
Snow Cecile: There you are. I guess my calves are a lot stronger than I gave them credit for.
Mirror Lilly: Hello there!

Snow Cecile: Goodness! You startled me! Hello to you too …?
Mirror Lilly: Sawako Lilly, the Mirror of Truth. I won’t tell any lies and I do excellent Plato impressions though my Aristotle isn’t too shabby either.
Snow Cecile: My, you are talented! I can’t do any impressions though I confess I am rather good at charades.

Mirror Lilly: Charades? How fun! I love a good game of charades! Though the last time I saw it being played women weren’t allowed to participate.
Snow Cecile: That’s really such a shame. My name is Snow White, by the way.
Mirror Lilly: It’s such a pleasure to meet you! Other than the Queen, I haven’t seen anyone else. Do you have any questions for me? I promise I’ll answer to the best of my ability.
Snow Cecile: Not really. Well, actually, do you know why my mother named me Snow White? I don’t like snow nor am I white so it’s always confused me.
Mirror Lilly: I’m sorry, I can only speak the truth and the truth is I don’t know. I’ve never met your mother.
Snow Cecile: That’s quite alright, thank you anyway! I must leave now but it was very nice meeting you.
Mirror Lilly: Bye bye! Come by and visit any time!

Queen Lydia: Ah, I am here, fully rejuvenated by everyone’s praise.
Mirror Lilly: Welcome back your majesty! While you were out, a wonderful –
Queen Lydia: Mirror, mirror, on my vanity! Who’s the fair-no, who is the most beautiful in all the land?

Mirror Lilly: Didn’t you just ask me this? Of course it’s you. No! Wait a moment, actually. I honestly say you and Snow White are both beautiful!

Queen Lydia: What? WHAT? Snow White???
Mirror Lilly: Yes, you know her? She’s such a delight!
Queen Lydia: Guards! Send for the Huntsman!

Huntsman MG: You summoned me Your Highness?
Queen Lydia: Get rid of Snow White! This instant!
Huntsman MG: Get rid of Snow White? What –
Queen Lydia: It doesn’t matter! I don’t care how you do it, just get rid of her!
Huntsman MG: But –
Queen Lydia: Do you dare defy the most beautiful woman in all the land? Go now!!!

Huntsman MG: Your Majesty!
Snow Cecile: Oh Huntsman, how can I help you? Why do you have such a confused expression?
Huntsman MG: Well, I’ve been given some very vague instructions and I’m not quite sure how to carry them out. The Queen has told me to get rid of you, but she never said how or where.
Snow Cecile: Get rid of me? Whatever could she mean?
Huntsman MG: That’s just the problem Princess, I couldn’t get anything else from her other than “Get rid of her”.

Snow Cecile: I think that’s her way of showing how confident she is in you! She must believe you’re clever enough to figure it out on your own.
Huntsman MG: I didn’t think of it that way. Why, in that case, I know! I’ll take you into the woods. It’s beautiful this time of the year. It’s perfectly safe too since the animals this time of year are so plump they’re not violent at all.
Snow Cecile: How exciting! I’ve always wanted to explore the woods but Father wouldn’t allow me for fear I would get lost.
Huntsman MG: Don’t worry Princess! It’s a straight path so you can’t possibly get lost. I’m sure the Queen will be pleased to hear how I’ve gotten rid of you in such a safe and pleasant manner. Follow me Your Highness!

Narrator: The gallant Huntsman guided Snow White to the edge of the woods and pointed out a well-traveled path to her. With a light heart and thick soled shoes, Snow White eagerly wandered into the thick trees and undergrowth.
Snow Cecile: These woods are so splendid but it does tire a person out. I wonder if I should turn back and head home now? Perhaps Father and Stepmother are worrying about me.
Snow Cecile: What’s that across the lake? Oh it’s such a lovely cottage! I wonder who lives there. Perhaps they’ll let me rest for a little before I return home.

Snow Cecile: Hello? Excuse me, is anyone here? This is such a quaint, clean cottage but there doesn’t seem to be much here. The people who live here must be the very practical sort.

Snow Cecile: I suppose this is the kitchen table, though there isn’t food on it. My goodness, the poor souls will come home hungry without having anything to eat. Perhaps I can try my hand at preparing a meal for them. I make a mean crème brulee even if the palace cooks didn’t want me using their blowtorch. Now where do they keep the pans?

Snow Cecile: Finished! Oh dear, I wonder if I didn’t make too much. I doubt anyone could eat 5 dishes of crème brulee.
Dwarf Lissie: AHEM! And EXCUSE ME! And also WHO ARE YOU?

Snow Cecile: Ahhh! You startled me! Oh dear! I mean you all startled me. My name is Snow White. Is this your home?
Dwarf Lissie: Princess Snow White eh? Only the royal type have such little sense they would wear white! What a ludicrous color for doing anything sensible! Putting aside the inconsistencies of your name and your poor taste in sturdy fabrics, what are you doing in the Den of the Daring Dwarves of Digging?
Snow Cecile: The Den of the Daring Dwarves of Digging? Are you all dwarves? Even…
Dwarf Lissie: Of course I am! I just have the recessive genes! And anyway, that still doesn’t explain what you’re doing here Miss-Princess-Not-Snow-White.

Snow Cecile: I’m very sorry for intruding and trespassing in your Den. My dear Stepmother asked our Huntsman to get rid of me so he brought me here to the woods. I was just about to head back when I saw your Den and hoped that I would be able to rest for a bit before I left. I do apologize for coming in, but I’ll leave now.
Dwarf Lissie: Wait just a moment! That’s fifty shades of rubbish! Why on flat and round earth are you going back if your stepmother wants to get rid of you? You’re lucky the huntsman brought you here instead of actually getting rid of you!
Snow Cecile: Why, she didn’t specify how long she wanted to get rid of me so I assumed she left it up to me. Besides, why would she want me gone for good? We’re already such good friends!

Dwarf Ivy: Hurry up, you’re killing my shoulders Ruthie!
Dwarf Ruthie: Don’t shake Ivy! I’ve almost got it.
Dwarf Cece: Hurry up you guys or it’ll all be gone.
Dwarf Caroline: This is so delicious!!! I can feel the fat thickening on my dwarfy thighs and I don’t even care!
Dwarf Addy: What is this anyway? I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
Dwarf Marie: Who cares what it is? It’s in my stomach now! Come here Lissie!

Dwarf Lissie: What is it? Can’t you see I’m busy!
Dwarf Addy: Never mind that, come here and try this.
Dwarf Lissie: Mhmmmmm! What is this? This is – Wait! Stop! That’s beside the point! I’m over here trying to intimidate and interrogate this trespasser and you all are just stuffing your faces like a whale at Krillfest with this… this… What is this gelatinous yellow blob anyway?

Snow Cecile: It’s crème brulee! What do you think of it? I was worried I made too much but not I’m worried I might not have made enough.
Dwarf Ivy: The best thing ever!
Dwarf Caroline: Gold for my colon!
Dwarf Ruthie: Please stay with us and make more!
Dwarf Lissie: Now see here Ruthie, just because this princess can make the most delicious thing we’ve ever had since popping out of the ground is no reason to invite her to move in.
Dwarf Cece: Why not? Seems perfectly sensible to me.
Dwarf Marie: Don’t be such a fuddy duddy Lissie. You know you want her to stay as much as we do. After all, you’re certainly not going to send her back to the Queen are you?
Dwarf Lissie: Oh alright then, but don’t say I didn’t warn you when the reputation of the Den of the Daring Dwarves of Digging is ruined because we gave way to gustatory temptations! Listen here Miss-Princess-Not-Snow-White, we, the Dwarves have voted to let you remain with us under the condition you continue making this artery clogging goodness. And change into a less white, more respectable color!
Snow Cecile: That would be so wonderful! Thank you very much! I hope Father and Stepmother won’t mind if I stay a few days extra. This is such a beautiful den after all. I’ll find something to change into right away!

Huntsman MG: I have returned, Your Highness.
Queen Lydia: Well? Did you do as I commanded?
Huntsman MG: I have gotten rid of the Princess, Your Majesty. Left her –
Queen Lydia: Body out for the vultures? A tad harsh perhaps, but well done! Are you positive she is gone?
Huntsman MG: Oh yes, she is quite gone, but I should add that her body –

Queen Lydia: Will never see another midnight snack ever again! Wonderful Huntsman! Wonderful! You have done exactly as I’ve asked!
Huntsman MG: Yes Your Highness, but –
Queen Lydia: Leave me now Huntsman, I will send for you when I need you. Now I must gloat! You may come later to bask in my beauty during my working hours Monday through Fridays, nine to six.
Huntsman MG: Yes, Your Highness.

Queen Lydia: It is done! I am finally rid of Snow White! Now, mirror, mirror, on my vanity, tell me, who is the fairest-no wait, grah, I keep forgetting, who is the most beautiful in all the land?
Mirror Lilly: Are you sure you’re alright, my Queen? I’m fairly certain this is yet the third time you’ve asked me this today alone.
Queen Lydia: Stop stalling Mirror and answer me!
Mirror Lilly: Well alright, though my answer hasn’t changed. I still think you and Snow White are both beautiful.

Queen Lydia: WHAAAAAT????? HOW CAN THIS BE???
Mirror Lilly: Really, Your Majesty, you’ll crack my glass if you shriek like that.
Queen Lydia: That incompetent Huntsman! He let me down! ARGH!
Mirror Lilly: Well, you did give him very vag –
Queen Lydia: Very well! I see I have to take care of Snow White myself!!!
Mirror Lilly: That’s very sweet of you to take care of your step daughter like that! All step mothers should be so giving.
Queen Lydia: Oh I’ll give her something alright! I’ll give her something that will send her straight to Heaven and back! You better watch out Snow White, I’m coming for you!!!!


Part 2 will be up in 2 weeks! ^_^ No author notes until next time but thank you to everyone who reads L&L!

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