What to Ask for Christmas: Wishlist Ideas for Teens! (+Giveaway Winner)

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Hey daydreamers! I hope that everyone had a FANTASTIC Thanksgiving! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve been spending this break getting holiday posts scheduled for the blog, so I’m actually writing this before Thanksgiving happened yet. How has everyone been doing?

Raise your hand if you’re as excited about Christmas as I am!! ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ For me, Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving – no sooner or later! I might start listening to music a little bit before then, but not before Thanksgiving break at least. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Right now is about that time of year when every single relative is asking for wishlist ideas. If you’re anything like me, you have this long running list of things you want throughout the year, but forget everything you’ve ever thought of when it’s actually time to ask for things! ๐Ÿ˜‚ So, I’ve gathered some ideas for teens/tweens to ask for, and this also serves as the *perfect* gift guide for any teenage girl in your life. Let’s get right to it!

kendra scott jewelry

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My friends and I are all obsessed with Kendra Scott! I only have one pair of earrings from them, but my friends have these beautiful pendant necklaces. This item is definitely going on my wishlist this year, and you can totally ask for any jewelry from there! They have a ton of different rings, necklaces, and earrings in so many different styles and colors.

camp trunk

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Okay, this item might seem a little out of place at first, but if you go to a summer camp like me these footlocker trunks are a must! I’ve been wanting one forever, but they’re a little expensive to just buy for camp. Christmas is the perfect opportunity to ask for a nice footlocker trunk, and they even come in fun colors and designs!

pura vida

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I’m a huge fan of this brand and love all of the jewelry from here! While Kendra Scott has more classic, elegant jewelry, Pura Vida has a beachy, summery aesthetic. They’re known for their bracelets, but they have a ton of cute rings, necklaces, and earrings too! I’m definitely adding some rings from here to my wishlist, and any teen girl would *love* something from this brand.

makeup

Not everyone is a makeup person, but if you’re into it, you should totally ask for makeup for Christmas! I’m asking for the Imagination Palate from Maddie Ziegler’s collab with Morphe and Glossier Boy Brow. Glossier is a great brand, or you could just ask for a Sephora or Ulta gift card to shop for your own!

phone case

If you have a phone, you could ask for a phone case! There’s a ton of cute ones out there from different brands like Loopy and Casetify, and there’s so many prints, colors, and kinds you can get. I love this cow print one!

dancewear

If you’re a dancer, Christmas is *the* perfect time to get all the leotards you’ve been wanting! I only have three leos right now, so I really want to get some fun colorful ones for Saturdays and some basics for class. A great place to shop for leos is Discount Dance or a local dance shop! More ideas for dancers are foot stretchers, ballet skirt, or trashbag warmups.

polaroid printer

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I love the idea of a polaroid printer! I have a polaroid camera, but it’s hard to get the picture exactly right. There’s tons of photos on my phone that I wish I could turn into polaroids for my bulletin board, and this printer solves that problem! It also comes in pretty colors like pink, black, gold, and white.

FIBO STEEL Earring Set from Amazon

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I recently bought this set from Amazon with my own money, and I love it! I know there’s already a lot of jewelry on this list, but I’m kind of obsessed with this and I’ve been trying out a new earring each day. I love how they all match, so you could mix and match and looks great if you have double piercing! One thing I would say is that they feel a little more cheap than if you would pay $19 for one pair instead of 12, but it’s definitely a great deal and the perfect way to build your earring collection!

cute face masks

We wear masks to protect ourself and others, but why not look fashionable while you’re doing that? XD This Christmas I definitely want to get some fun face masks, maybe ones with a floral or Christmas theme in cute patterns and colors! Hannah from The Striped Plaid makes some adorable ones on her Etsy shop, so make sure to check that out! (Once again, not sponsored – I just love her shop! ๐Ÿ˜)

Before we go, I have a quick announcement! Do y’all remember my giveaway with Chaudenade from before Halloween? (Psst…my code EMMIE20 is still available for 20% off your purchase through December 1 ๐Ÿ˜‰) Our giveaway policy is that the winner must respond within two weeks, and the winner that was chosen hasn’t responded. So, I decided to pick another winner!

A quick reminder what the winner will be getting: Four Chaudenade stickers, a bonus sticker to make up for the fact that two of them are Halloween (lol), some fun little surprises including Washi tapes, candy, and more! And the winner is…*drumroll please*

LIBERTY ABIGAIL!

Congrats, Liberty! Iโ€™ll send you an email ASAP about your prize! Make sure to check out her blog linked above. Thanks again toย Chloeย for sponsoring this giveaway, even if it’s a little late ๐Ÿ˜›

Thank you so much for reading this! Once again, I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that everyone will have an awesome holiday season! I hope that this list helped you either pick out gifts for a teen girl or figure out what to ask for as a teen girl. See you next week! ๐Ÿ˜‰

How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? When does Christmas start for you? What are you asking for Christmas? Did you add any of these items to your wishlist?

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Get Ready With Me For Cheer!

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Hey daydreamers! I’m super excited for this week’s post! I’m going to be showing you guys how I get ready for cheer, including how I do my hair and makeup for a game. I just had my first basketball game the other day, and I took some pictures while I got ready to show y’all basically how I do it!

Basketball is a lot different from football – it’s definitely a lot more chill, the cheerleaders don’t do as much and halftime isn’t a very big deal. There’s also a lot less people. Since this was my first time, I got ready as if I was going to a football game (minus curling my hair), but I think next time I’ll definitely do less makeup. Anyway, let’s get right into it!

For this cheer hairstyle, you’re obviously going to need a hairbrush, multiple hair ties, lots of hairspray, and your bow.

Start off by just brushing your hair to get it smooth and easy to style. Next – this is the most important part, so you might need to try this a few times! – draw a line with your fingers from your temples to your hair, like I did in the picture above. Keep going with the line until you’ve separated the top half of your hair from the bottom.

Next, I like to take a scrunchie to hold my hair in place temporarily as I brush out all of the bumps, smooth it over with water, and brush it again. Then I’ll take out the scrunchie and try to get it higher. I keep repeating this a bunch of times until I’m happy with the height and smoothness of the ponytail.

Once I’m happy with it, I secure it with a hair tie.

(Haha my expression in this picture XD) This is one of the most important steps – I make sure to spray it with a ton of hairspray! This holds it up while stunting, jumping, tumbling, cheering, and dancing throughout a long football game and smooths away any flyaways. My trick is to smooth it with water first, and then spray it with hairspray so it stays smooth the whole time!

Time for my personal favorite part – adding the bow! Our bow is so pretty, it’s one of our school colors with sort of an ombre rhinestone effect. I definitely miss the pink breast cancer awareness bows we did in October, but this one is super cute too!

It’s probably best to wait until the last second to put in your bow so it doesn’t get messed up, but I was really impatient and went ahead and put it in after I finished my hairstyle lol. Make sure to add another hair tie on top, or it’s going to fall out! Also double-check that you didn’t put it in on top of the other ponytails, or else it’ll be really floppy and we don’t want that. ๐Ÿ˜› If you need to, add some bobby pins to secure it in place.

Now that hair is finished, we can move on to makeup! This is really personal preference – there’s not really a right or wrong way to do it, unless your team has to wear the same color lipstick or eyeshadow or something. Some girls on my team like to wear a ton of makeup, and some wear an everyday amount or none at all. I personally enjoy doing mine and I think it helps define your eyes a lot (especially wearing a mask this year!), so I like to do a little bit more than normal but not as much as I would for stage makeup.

First, I’m going to fill in my brows using this taupe shade from an Ulta kit thingy I got last year. If you have thick eyebrows you can skip this step and just brush them out, but mine are really, really thin so I like to fill mine in just a little bit.

Next, my favorite part of makeup, eyeshadow! I like to do a warm brown look using this Ulta palate. I used the Candlelight, Amour, Midnight, and Lavish shade in that order. My friends insist on using their fingers to apply eyeshadow, but I’m obsessed with this Morphe brush, so find what works best for you!

Argh, sorry, this picture is not focused! After eyeshadow I go in with a few coats of mascara. I go a little bit darker than I would everyday using the Nuetrogena Healthy Lengths Volume mascara. I’ll also go in with a light coat of this random old concealer I found in my mom’s drawer (she said I could keep it since it’s almost empty haha) under my eyes. It doesn’t make a huge difference but helps even out my dark circles a little bit.

Finally, I’ll use some of this amazing Rose Salve on my lips and cheeks!

Now that makeup and hair is done, all that’s left to do is change into my uniform!

Before I leave, I’ll usually have a snack and get all of my stuff together (poms, cheer bag, water bottle, diabetes supplies, change of clothes). Ideally, I would stretch for about ten minutes to get warmed up and I’d also go over every cheer and chant so they’re fresh in my mind, but that doesn’t always happen. ๐Ÿ˜›

Thank you so much for reading! I loved making this post, and I hope it helps you with cheer hair and makeup or it was entertaining to read. You guys seem to like these types of GRWM posts, so I hope you enjoyed this one! Should I do more cheer posts, like a what’s in my cheer bag or things I wish I knew before I started cheer?

Should I do more posts about cheer? Have you ever done cheer before? Do you like makeup or not? Opinion on hairspray (the literal glue that holds your life together or something to be avoided at all costs)? Would you rather be a blackspot, base, or flyer?

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What I Would Wear To… + Giveaway Winner!

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Hey daydreamers! I originally wasn’t going to get a post up this week, but today I finished homework early and had some free time to work on a post! On Pinterest, I see a ton of story pins on my feed. It’s really popular right now to make a story pin featuring “What I would wear…” to things like your wedding day, a pool party, on your birthday, etc. using outfits from Pinterest. I decided that would be a super fun blog post idea and it would be quick enough to get up in a day! I’ve put together outfits for five different occasions from Pinterest, and I made a board so you guys can easily save anything you like here. And stay ’till the end to find out the giveaway winner!

what I would wear…on Christmas morning

Since it’s Christmas morning and there isn’t any time to do a complicated hairstyle or anything, I would just leave my hair down!

On Christmas morning, I would wear this comfy-looking green hoodie! I love the oversized look of it.

I would wear it with the pants from these flannel pajamas.

I would definitely mix up these cute fuzzy socks!

what I would wear to…summer camp

I would do my hair in these messy dutch braids. I can sorta do them myself, but last year at camp there was one girl in our cabin who was amazing at them, so I always asked her to do them for me. ๐Ÿ˜›

I would wear this summery Pura Vida necklace with it.

This one is one of my favorites! To summer camp, I would wear a Simply Southern T-Shirt like this cute turtle one. This type of shirt is totally a summer staple here in the South!

I would pair it with the classic black Nike Dri-Fit shorts, because they’re super comfy and go with anything!

Another summer camp classic – I’d wear this outfit with these gray Birkenstocks! I really want some Birkenstocks for Christmas, but since they’re so expensive it probably wouldn’t be worth it because my feet are still growing and they wouldn’t fit in a year.

Finally, I would complete this summer-camp look with a friendship bracelet and Pura Vida bracelet on my wrist!

what I would wear…on my wedding day

I know this day is super far away, but who doesn’t like to daydream about their wedding dress? ๐Ÿ˜›

This hairstyle is SO gorgeous, and I love the flowers incorporated into it! I love those waves, and the twist looks so effortless and elegant. I would totally love to do my hair like this on my wedding day!

I love this dress, too! I really like the neckline and the way the fabric looks on the bodice, and the full, layered skirt looks so beautiful!

Finally, you’ve got to wear your engagement ring on your wedding day, right? This one is super pretty and I love the rose gold accents!

what I would wear…to the beach

I love this pretty half-up hairstyle with the colorful bandana scrunchie! The sunglasses are also super cute and totally match the beachy vibe.

This sundress is super pretty and I love the buttons down the front! It’s a little short, but I would wear it over my bathing suit as a cover-up to and from the beach.

I would wear this pink and striped bathing suit! It looks kind of high cut though, I would want it to be longer or I would wear shorts over it.

Finally, I’d just pair it with some random flip-flops. XD

what I would wear…to homecoming

This one is my favorite that I put together, so I decided to save it for last! This week is homecoming week for the high-schoolers at my school, so I came up with the outfit I could wear when I’m old enough to go.

I love this wavy half-up look that’s similar to the wedding hairstyle from earlier!

I love these dainty pearl earrings that match the gold pearl necklace.

I would definitely wear a dress like this! It’s a pretty shade of pink that wouldn’t wash out my (very pale XD) self, and I like the over-the-shoulder look and sweetheart neckline. It looks like a pretty good length, I would definitely not want a super short dress!

I would use this white and gold purse that matches the jewelry to carry my phone, diabetes supplies, etc.

Finally, I really like these white heels!

Time to announce the giveaway winner! Since I made y’all read that whole post before I tell you, I won’t make you scroll through a million dots this time. ๐Ÿ˜‰ First off, a reminder of what the winner will be getting:

Three adorable, handmade stickers from Chloe’s new Etsy shop Chaudeande! And the winner is…

ASHA B.!

Congrats, Asha! I’ll send you an email ASAP about your prize! Make sure to check out her blog linked above and leave her a big ๐Ÿฅณ emoji in the comments! Thank you so much to Chloe for sponsoring this giveaway – I really enjoyed working with you and thanks for supporting my blog!

Thank you so much for reading this post! I love you guys so much and I’ll see you next week. Sorry I never got around to posting last week, but Halloween was so much busier than I thought it would be!

Would you wear any of these outfits? Which one is your favorite? What would you wear to summer camp, homecoming, a beach trip, etc.?

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Sticker Review & GIVEAWAY Ft. Chaudeande!

You can use the code EMMIE20 to get 20% off your purchase at Chaudeande through December 1! (Excluding the mystery sticker pack)

Hey daydreamers! I know I promised a fashion post for this week, but Chloe, aka capablechloe1, from the blog Chloe’s Thoughts reached out to me with a collab opportunity! That’s right – I’m hosting another GIVEAWAY! This one is featuring some fun goodies from her brand-new Etsy shop, Chaudenade. Let’s get right into the review, and then I’ll share the prizes! Thank you so much to Chloe for sending me the stickers to review and giveaway!

Chloe sent me five stickers, two to keep and review and three to giveaway! It came in an envelope with her shop’s signature rainbow logo sticker on the front, which I thought was a cute touch.

I chose these two stickers, one pastel rainbow and one orange ghost.

The unicorn ghost is super cute! The stickers are a bit smaller than expected, but they have a nice shiny finish and peel off super nicely. I love this little design with the orange ghost and purple horn! The only complaint I have is you can tell the printer was running out of ink with the white lines running across it, but otherwise it’s a nice quality sticker!

This pastel rainbow sticker is too cute! I love the color combinations on this one and it’s such nice quality. The printing is super clean and it also has a nice shiny finish, although you can’t quite see it in the photos ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s what the sticker looks like on my laptop!

This giveaway includes 3 stickers from Chloe’s shop!

The Hand Cut Rainbow Sticker, Hand Cut Capablechloe1 x Chaudeande Logo Sticker, & Hand Cut Ghost Sticker

  • Since youโ€™ll be sharing your address with me if you win, make sure your parents are okay with that first!
  • You need an email address I can contact you by
  • Sorry, this giveaway is open to US Residents only (unfortunately I canโ€™t ship internationally) 
  • If youโ€™ve already won one of the Diary of a Daydreamer giveaways before (StripedPlaidCo Scrunchie Giveaway, Summer Goodies Giveaway, or TwoFifty Scrunchies Giveaway), you canโ€™t win again! So sorry! 
  • You donโ€™t have to be subscribed to the email list to enter, BUT you will get 10 bonus points if youโ€™re subscribed, which means youโ€™ll have a much higher chance of winning! 
  • Be honest about the bonus entries. We will be checking!

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I’m SO EXCITED about this giveaway! I can’t wait to find out who wins, and in the meantime, you can use the discount code EMMIE20 to get 20% off your order from Chaudeande! I want to give a HUGE thank-you to Chloe for sponsoring this post! I really enjoyed working with you! I’ll be announcing the winner in one to two weeks ๐Ÿ˜‰

Are you going to enter the giveaway?

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ROOM TOUR 2020! // birthday bedroom makeover

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Hey daydreamers! I’ve missed y’all! I ended up taking a much-needed break from blogging last week because…it was my 13th birthday! I had the best birthday ever, starting with a beautiful balloon arch made by my parents, iced coffee and chicken minis from Chick-Fil-A (YUM), followed by an amazing birthday party with a few of my close friends! We stunted, did spa stuff and makeovers, and watched a really sad movie lol. It was such a great day and I’m so grateful for my parents and amazing friends!! ๐Ÿค— What have you been up to this week?

As you could tell from the title, it’s finally time for the long-awaited ROOM TOUR!! I’m so excited for this and I love reading these types of posts, so I hope you guys will too! Since my birthday is over and my room is pretty finished, I decided to finally show you guys the “after” of my room makeover. I know that not everyone gets to do this and I feel really lucky and grateful for this room! (Also, isn’t it cool that my dream room post from awhile back is kinda my room now??)

Okay, without further ado, let’s get into the room tour! (Also, any white blobs are covering up personal information, just FYI.)

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What’s On My Phone (iOS 14 Edition!) + How to Have an Aesthetic Homescreen

Hey daydreamers! Look at me getting this post done on Friday! *pats self on the back* (Update: I didn’t finish until Sunday, but oh well. XD) Low-bar accomplishments aside, today I’m doing a What’s On My Phone post! I did a similar post a few months back, but I’ve *completely* reorganized my phone since then and made it so much more aesthetic and functional! The new iOS 14 update recently came out, too, and in this post I’ll also be showing y’all how I made my homescreen both fun to look at and accessible using the Widgetsmith app. Let’s right to it!

This is my phone/phone case! I have a rose gold iPhone 8 (I used to have my grandma’s old 6, but when it stopped working with my DexCom I was able to get a newer one!) with a clear case and matching pop socket. I do have a crack on the back, which really annoys me, so I might get a solid case to cover that up. My pop socket is also scraping, too, lol.

When you open my phone, this is what it looks like! I found this super cute Christian collage wallpaper on Pinterest that I just downloaded right before this post. I’m minority obsessed with it and I think it’s super cute!

Tip #1: Choose a fun, busy wallpaper for your lock screen, but stick to a simple one for your home screen so it doesn’t look as cluttered. You can also chose a theme or color-coordinate with your widgets (I’ll show you how to do that in a bit).

When you swipe to the right, I just have the little section thingy that has widgets in it – mine are weather, calendar, music (don’t judge, I was randomly listening to High School Musical the other day XD), my blood sugar app (btw, 300 is wayyyy higher than it should be, but don’t worry lol), the Bible app, and WordPress stats.

And this is my home screen! It took me like 20 minutes to arrange every thing in color folders and make all the shortcuts and widgets, so I’m very proud of it. XD I also found a pretty, yet simple wallpaper from Pinterest that matches the color of my shortcuts!

At the top, I added a super pretty calendar Widget from Widgetsmith. (To make it, first make sure you have the Widgetsmith app downloaded. Go to “Add Small Widget” —> “Calendar Widget” —> “Day & Date” —> “New York” font —> “Tint Color” gray —> “Background Color” in your color of choice, I chose Pale Pink –> add it to homescreen in top left corner!)

Then, I added shortcuts to four apps for easy access: Pinterest, my dance company forum thing, my blog, and the Bible app! I made each one pink, except the Bible app since I like the cover, to match the widget.

Tip #2: Create a calendar widget or other small widget in Widgetsmith using NY Font for an elegant look. You can even make color-coordinating shortcuts for your favorite apps at the top for easy access!

Then, in the middle, my favorite part: the app rainbow! My mom, sister, and I recently watched The Home Edit show on Netflix, which is basically these funny “sassy” ladies who organize people’s kitchens and closets and things. (We call it the “sassy organization show” XD) In their book, they love a good ROYGBIV system (so do I!) and recommended using it to categorize your phone. I was pretty skeptical at first since I liked my “shelf” method, but I gave it a try and I’m super glad I did!

Not only is it super satisfying to look at, it’s really functional, too. Everything is arranged in order of frequency of use, and it’s super easy to find things! I also added some fun emojis to name the folder.

Tip #3: Arrange all of your remaining apps by color by separating them into folders based on app icon color! Add fun emojis and be creative! Arrange each folder by frequency of use.

These are all the apps I have! I pretty much don’t use half of them XD Like I said, they’re arranged by color in folders in most-to-least used order.

At the bottom, I have my three most important/used apps: DexCom G6 (an app that connects to my sensor that tells me my blood sugar – super important and the only reason why I have a phone!!!), iMessage, Safari, and Camera.

Tip #4: Store your MOST used and important apps in the little folder space at the bottom. This is prime real estate here. XD

The next page is purely for decorative purposes, but it makes me happy to look at ๐Ÿ˜‚ I basically made three large widgets on Widgetsmith and added some encouraging Bible verses and messages.

(In case you were wondering, I’m trying to memorize Phillipians 4:6-7 and it says: “Donโ€™t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience Godโ€™s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”)

If you swipe all the way to the right, I have the app library feature that comes with the iOS 14 update that I really like! It makes it easy to search for apps and organizes them super nicely automatically.

Tip #5: If you’d rather focus on looks versus function on your home screen, go for it! You can use the app library feature to easily find the app you need.

how to add a widget to your home screen

Okay, that’s it for the What’s On My Phone + Tips part! Next, I’m going to be doing a suuuuper quick, mini-tutorial on how to make a widget and add it to your homescreen. There are a ton of tutorials out there on this, so I’ll be explaining it pretty simply. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hold on an app for a few seconds and this little thingy should pop up. Tap on “Edit Home Screen”.

Your apps should go into what I call “Jiggly mode” XD and at the top, you should see a little plus sign. Go ahead and click on that!

This will make the “Add widgets” come up.

Scroll all the way down to the bottom and tap on “Widgetsmith” and then chose whatever widget size you want! To add a certain widget, tap on the title (mine says Small #2) and select the one you want.

Voila! A new widget has appeared! You can move it around the screen where you want to place it. If you want to remove it, click the minus sign and remove.

some more inspo ๐Ÿ™‚

And that’s it for the tutorial and tour! (Ooh alliteration ๐Ÿ˜) Once again, I’m super sorry this post is a little late! I think I’m going to start posting every weekend, rather than specifically Saturday, so that way it’ll be a little easier to get a post up in time. I’ll be aiming for Saturday, but don’t be shocked if you see me on Sunday! ๐Ÿ˜‹

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and maybe it gave you some ideas on how to organize and customize your phone! Just a friendly reminder, as fun as it is to organize your apps and all of that stuff, don’t forget to go outside, read a book, and talk to humans. XD

Oh, one more thing: NEXT SATURDAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!!!! I’m SO excited! Since I don’t want to spend my whole birthday blogging, I’ll be doing a post ahead of time to schedule for Saturday. Bye daydreamers and see you next weekend!

This post was so fun to make! Once again, Iโ€™m super sorry about the lateness of it. Iโ€™m still getting used to my super duper busy schedule and have been slowly figuring out how to squeeze in blogging with everything else! Thank you guys SO MUCH for all of your support and participation in the last couple of posts, and thanks again to everyone who asked questions! If you have any posts youโ€™d like to see, donโ€™t hesitate to let me know through the comments or contact form! Love you guys so much & Iโ€™ll see yโ€™all next week. Bye daydreamers!

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Dance Update! Ft. New Pointe Shoes, A Ballet Q&A, and more

Hey daydreamers! Once again, sorry this post is late. I thought I’d have a ton of time to work on this post this week, but we ended up painting my room this week! I’m SO HAPPY with my new room – we painted it from a bright teal to a peaceful, serene light grey with a pink undertone. I also got an adorable new bedspread and nightstand, and I’m getting some more things for it for my birthday! I’m going to do a mega-room tour after my birthday in a few weeks, so definitely be on the lookout for that!

When I asked you guys for some post ideas in the comments on my fall aesthetics post, a highly requested idea was a dance post! It worked out perfectly since I just got new pointe shoes (and a new leo, ballet flats and tights), and you guys asked some amazing dance-related questions. First, I’ll be tackling the dance store haul, and then I’ll get to your questions and the updates!

๐Ÿฉฐ dance haul ๐Ÿฉฐ

the grey is SO MUCH PRETTIER in person, this pic doesn’t show it very well!

First, I got some new ballet flats! (If you’re not a dancer, ballet flats are just normal ballet shoes. Dancers en pointe, or dancers who wear pointe shoes, call them that as opposed to pointe shoes.) I DEFINITELY needed these. I’ve had my old ones for almost a year, they were getting pretty small, and they had massive holes in both toes! Seriously, you could see my both my big toes popping out. I’d been putting off getting them since the dance store is downtown (so over 30 minutes away), so I grabbed these when I got my pointe shoes!

my dog in the corner ;P

Next, I got this ADORABLE black leo (non-dancer translation: leotard)! My studio normally has a strict dress code where you wear an assigned color, except for Saturdays. We were *finally* moving up to royal purple this year, which I was so excited about, but they decided to be more relaxed on the dress code this year (I guess because of COVID?) and let us wear pretty much any leotard. I really wanted a fancy black one, and I found one that fit perfectly!

It has a sweetheart neckline with lace straps that create a keyhole effect in the back. It’s super comfy, too! The only downside is you need someone to help you fasten and unfasten the back. I really love this new leotard and I’m so glad I was able to get it! Thanks, mom!

Not pictured, but I also got some new tights since mine ripped. ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally, I got new pointe shoes! My old ones died (non-dancer translation: broke down to the point where they stopped supporting me) and I needed new ones really badly. I got pretty much the exact same ones but slightly wider.

Fun fact for non-dancers: Pointe shoes have no left or right when you first buy them! As you wear them, they start to sort of mold to your feet as they get worn down. I got the Mirella Whispers in size 4XX, since I have super small and narrow feet for some reason!

๐Ÿฉฐ q&a time! ๐Ÿฉฐ

sewing the ribbons and elastics!

What outfit that youโ€™ve worn is your favorite? I really liked my recital costume from several years ago that had a long tutu and a really pretty red color. It had this cute little velvet bodice with rosettes and velvet sleeves, but ironically that was the year I couldn’t make the recital and didn’t end up wearing the costume. XD

What are your best ballet tips? My best tip is to stretch at home! In class you don’t really get enough time to stretch to achieve a lot of flexibility. By stretching at home, you’ll get your splits and have better leaps and extensions! My other tip is to try your best to memorize the combination in class. This was really hard for me and still is, but if you know the combination you’ll be able to focus on dancing instead of what comes next!

Tell us about your favorite dance memory. My favorite dance memory was backstage at the Nutcracker with my two best dance friends (sadly they don’t dance at my studio anymore, and I miss them a lot!) and we made these crazy videos that I still laugh at thinking about.

Is ballet expensive? How much were the pointe shoes? I hear they can be up to, like $90, but Iโ€™m not sure thatโ€™s true. Yes, ballet can get pretty expensive. My studio is cheaper than most, but you have to pay a monthly tuition plus costume/recital fees. Leotards can be anywhere from $20 to $90, it mostly depends where you get them from! And yup, pointe shoes are around $80-$95. Thanks for the question, Chloe!

Do pointe shoes hurt? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. When I have a 2 1/2 hour rehearsal, my feet usually hurt pretty bad after dancing for so long, but for a 45-minute pointe class it’s not that bad! It depends on if you have a bad blister or the correct shoes.

Does ballet ruin your toes? It definitely makes them look pretty gross! I have a lot of blisters, bunions, and red spots (EW!) but that’s kind of the mark of the dancer. I don’t know about ruin, but for sure beat them up quite a lot!

Whatโ€™s your favorite leotard style? Ooh, I love this question! I LOVE a spaghetti strap with a V-neck for everyday class. I think sweetheart necklines are so pretty, but they definitely look better on others than on me.

What does it feel like when you wear pointe shoes? At first it feels like you’re stuffing your feet into wooden bricks and walking around in flippers, but then you get so used to them that they just feel like regular shoes!

How long have you been doing ballet? I’ve technically been doing ballet since I was three, but I’ve been at my studio since kindergarten! This is my 7th or 8th year at my studio, but I’ve been dancing seriously for 2 or 3 years now (aka more than once a week).

Thank you SO MUCH to Diamond, Chloe, Haley, Natalie, and Libby for your amazing questions!

๐Ÿฉฐ dance + life update ๐Ÿฉฐ

Finally, it’s time for the dance update! I thought I’d update you guys with how dance is going, how pointe is going, and some exciting ballet-related stuff!

Dance has been going great! I currently have four classes a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. I think I’m doing 4 hrs and 45 minutes a week right now ๐Ÿ˜ณ It’s a lot, but it’s a TON of fun! We’re working on a new variation (non-dancer translation: solo from a ballet) for our online Christmas show and doing lots of pointe work. Pointe has been going pretty well too, but my new shoes feel slightly wide and I’m getting a blister. XD We have to wear masks and check out temperatures at the studio, and some people are Zooming into class and taking it online.

I recently auditioned for my studio’s pre-proffesional nonprofit ballet company, AND I GOT IN!!! *cue the confetti* I’m an apprentice, which means I’ll be learning every. single. part. in case I need to go on. I’m so excited because this puts me on track to new roles and opportunities, and (fingers crossed) possibly playing Clara in the Nutcracker someday! I had my very first rehearsal with the company on Saturday, and it was SO fun! It was so cool to be apart of something like that and dance with older girls I’ve looked up to for years. They were all super nice, too, which is great! It’s definitely a BIG time commitment, though – tonight I’ll be up at the studio for four hours! Wish me luck! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This post was so fun to make! Once again, I’m super sorry about the lateness of it. I’m still getting used to my super duper busy schedule and have been slowly figuring out how to squeeze in blogging with everything else! Thank you guys SO MUCH for all of your support and participation in the last couple of posts, and thanks again to everyone who asked questions! If you have any posts you’d like to see, don’t hesitate to let me know through the comments or contact form! Love you guys so much & I’ll see y’all next week. Bye daydreamers!

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my after school routine!

Hey daydreamers! You guys love my routine/day in the life type of posts and I always have a TON of fun making them, so I decided to do an after-school routine now that school’s back! Also, thank y’all so much for all of your amazing post suggestions on last week’s post, I have sooo many ideas now and I’m really grateful for your help!

Normally I do routine posts as sort of a “vlog” where I take pictures and write down what I did throughout the day, but I decided it’d be easier to write what I typically do after school and add some pictures (and Bitmojis) with it. Let’s get right into it!

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all the reasons why i’m excited for fall (+fall aesthetics)

Hey daydreamers! First of all, sooo sorry this post is late. It’s been super hard to get posts up on time lately with school starting! Today’s post is on Monday instead of Saturday (oops) and it’s a little bit shorter. Hopefully, I can get back on track and schedule some more posts this week! Second, thank you so much for all of the love on my future self letter post! I had a lot of fun making it, so I’m really glad to hear that y’all enjoyed it.

Third of all…IT’S FALL, Y’ALL! Well, almost. In Texas, temperatures are still in the 90s, so it doesn’t quite feel like fall yet. For this week’s post, I decided to make a list of all the things I love about fall and why I’m so excited for it, and include some fun fall pics from Pinterest! If you want to save any of them, you can go to my Pinterest board here. Honestly, I’m a lot more excited about fall than normal this year – I’m normally a summer gal! But since summer’s been so weird this year and I’m pretty sick of the heat, I’m really looking forward to the fall season. Anyway, let’s get straight into the post!

  • cheering at football games!
  • sweater weather & wearing boots, flannel, and jeans again
  • finally wearing my beloved oversized sweatshirts
  • warm drinks
  • curled up on the couch, reading a book on a rainy day
  • going to the pumpkin patch
  • halloween!!
  • my birthday in october!
  • thanksgiving
  • candy corn
  • pumkin spice everything
  • thanksgiving break!!
  • trick-or-treating (if we’re allowed this year ๐Ÿ™‚ )
  • cheer season!
  • decorating for fall and halloween
  • cool weather
  • hogwarts starting (jk)
  • cozy outfits
  • back to school
  • fuzzy socks
  • pretending the leaves are fall-colored (that doesn’t really happen in texas :P)
  • jackets
  • leggings
  • turkey & mashed potatoes
  • for it actually not to be 90 thousand degrees for once
  • movie marathons
  • listening to folklore and other autumn-y songs

And that’s it for the post! It’s definitely a lot different than what I normally do, but I really enjoyed it and it *totally* got me in the mood for fall. Like, if you’re not excited for fall after reading this, there’s something wrong with ya. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It’s also a bit shorter, too, but I think it was fun to write and I hope y’all enjoy this quick post!

Also, before you go, I need your help! Please leave some of your post ideas for me in the comments, since I’m working on getting some new posts scheduled and I would LOVE your ideas and input! Definitely don’t feel like you have to, but let me know in the comments your post ideas! Love you guys!

Are you excited for fall? If not, did this post make you excited about it? ๐Ÿ˜‰ What’s your favorite season? Did you like the aesthetics part of the post?

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dear future me… // writing a letter to myself at the end of junior high!

Hey daydreamers! I’m BACK, and in full swing, thanks to a random burst of inspiration and motivation to blog. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I have been SO BUSY the past couple of weeks, because I just started school! And let me just tell you…adjusting from having absolutely zero obligations or due dates, 80% free time, and being so insanely bored that I was way too excited for school to start than the average 7th grader should be, to 30 hours of homeschool/homework a week, a full school day 3x a week, cheer twice a week, dance four times a week, chores, AND keeping up with friends has been HARD. On top of that, I had a *lovely* sty that only just went away and some serious writer’s block, so I definitely needed the 2/3-week break I took! However, I’m SO grateful to be back at school, in a routine, and seeing my friends. I definitely prefer being busy to being bored, even if it’ll take a bit of adjusting at first!

Anyway, I’m back and I have a super fun post this week! I’ve seen a couple of “Dear Future Self” letter posts lately, and I really wanted to write one too! I decided to write this to myself on the last day of 8th grade, meaning I just completed junior high. If I (hopefully!) still have this blog in 2 years, I’ll revisit this letter and respond to myself! Here’s the letter I wrote [anything un-italicized and in brackets like this is stuff I added to the letter to make more sense to you!]

Dear future self,

Hey! It’s the 12-year-old (almost 13) version of you, from September 4, 2020. My first day of 7th grade was Monday, August 24th, and you just had your last day of 8th grade today! Woohoo, you MADE IT! I hope finals went well and that this summer will be totally awesome.

Junior high so far is EASY – it’s just like riding a bike! Except the bike is on fire and you’re on fire and everything’s on fire and you’re drowning in a pile of homework. In all seriousness, even though it can be super stressful and is a huge jump from 6th, I’ve been really enjoying 7th, even with the new building and the limited seats and masks and all that, it’s been SO good to be busy, even if that means a few math tests!

I hope that you’re still blogging, even if it’s not every week, and you’re still best friends with Taylor, Riley, Barkley, Lulu, & Arrow [codenames, lol]. PLEASE tell me that everything is back to normal, or at least almost normal, and that 2021 and 2022 have been *way* better years than 2020. 2020 stinks even more than Chewy’s butt when he needs a bath, and that’s saying something, [especially considering I don’t normally say butt on my blog lol]. What is the world even like now? Do you have social media? Are masks still a thing? Can you hug random people if you felt so inclined? Is the world + life in general getting better?

What’s been the best and worst things about junior high? Have you made more new friends? Have you done homework or blogged in a coffee shop yet? ๐Ÿ™‚ Did you ever write that novel you keep putting off? Are you still dancing? Did you make company? Are you still in cheer? Have you done an extension or full-up yet? Are you on track to playing Clara in the Nutcracker someday? What does your room look like now? What is your little sister like? What are YOU like? Did you like your teachers, your classes, your schedule this year?

Your 12-year-old self is doing pretty good and is definitely enjoying life and having fun but is definitely a little stressed. XD I want to be a journalist/reporter or an endocrinologist when I grow up, and I listen to Taylor Swift, Kenzie, the Jonas Brothers, and Surfaces – ooh, and the Hamilton soundtrack, which just came out on DIsney+! I’m terrified and excited about the school year ahead, and it also freaks me out to think I’ll be 14 when I’m reading this (and 13 way too soon)! Right now I’m trying to read my Bible every night, trying to memorize more verses, and I hope you still are! How was Camp *insert name* last summer? What session did you go to? Was it as fun as last year? Do you still talk with the Driftwood girls? Have you made it past a shoe size 4 yet?

And now for the mushy part: Remember that yourself at the beginning of 7th grade would totally look up to you, and this letter is a reminder of how far you’ve come! YOU DID IT – you made it past 7th AND 8th grade, you survived a global pandemic and the worst year ever, you only have 2 years left to get your driver’s license. You have family and friends that love you and serve a God who loves you even more. DON’T STRESS (hahahahahahahaha) and really enjoy this summer and make it the best one yet before high school (!!!). Don’t forget to laugh at yourself and love your imperfections.

I can’t wait to meet you – and I can’t wait to BE you!

Lots of love from yourself on Sept. 4, 2020, age 12 years, 10 months, and 25 days โค

Then I put it in an envelope along with $1 in cash, just because it’s fun to find money randomly, wrote “DO NOT OPEN UNTIL THE LAST DAY OF 8TH GRADE” on it, and hid it at the bottom of my sock drawer. I also set a phone reminder for May 2022 to open the letter in case I forget!

And that’s my letter to my future self! I can’t wait to read it in two years and respond back to myself. I hope it inspired you to make your own letter to your future self, whether it be for the end of the school year, at your next birthday, a milestone, your future husband or kids, or the end of the pandemic! I definitely missed you guys and I’ll see you next week!

Are you going to write a letter to your future self? Any tips for starting junior high? Do you like these types of posts?

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