Reasons Why I Love You Jar |DIY Valentine's Day Gift for Your Family!

Hey daydreamers! You might have noticed that it’s not my normal posting day. I’m really sorry about that, but I wasn’t able to get a post up last weekend because I had sooo much homework – 2 projects plus an oral report, typing and revising an essay, reading three chapters and writing a paragraph, a take-home assesment for a minor grade, video notes…not to mention I also had dance, a photoshoot event, and a father-daughter dance. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ So yeah, I was INSANELY busy!

I had originally decided just to not post at all this week, but then I came up with this cute craft idea and needed to post it before Valentine’s day, so that’s why I’m posting in the middle of the week!

Today, I’m going to be showing you a really cute, easy, and meaningful Valentine’s day gift that’s perfect to give to your parents or grandparents. You can have all of your siblings help out, and you can find most of the supplies at home! Let’s get started!

For this craft, you’ll need...

  • A mason jar OR a mini glass milk bottle
  • A straight edge cutter OR a pair of scissors
  • A pen
  • Pink or red tissue paper (you only need this if you’re doing the mason jar)
  • Pink or white card stock or construction paper
  • Hole puncher
  • Gold sparkly ribbon (white or red also works!)
  • A rubber band (not pictured)
  • Several sheets of plain white printer paper

First, write out 30 or so reasons why you love the person you’re giving the gift to! I made one for each of my parents. Make sure to mark “Mom” or “Dad” or whoever you’re giving it to on each sheet. You can be really creative with this, and try to write meaningful things for each person!

Using a straight edge cutter OR a pair of scissors, cut out the whole list so it’s easier to cut each reason.

Using a pair of scissors, cut out all of your reasons into little strips of paper – sort of like fortune-cookie style. Make sure to separate each list so you don’t get them mixed up!

Place the slips of paper into the jars/milk bottles.

These next few steps are for the mason jar ONLY – since I didn’t have a lid, I made one out of tissue paper! If you’re using a milk bottle and don’t have a lid, you can also do this for it too, and just adjust for size.

Trace the bottom of your jar to get a good idea of what size it needs to be.

Then cut out a huge circle around it – make sure you cut at LEAST one or two layers, so that way the color shows up a lot more! You might need to try a few times to make sure your size is large enough.

Drape two or three layers of your tissue paper circle over your cup, like shown. You’re kind of going for it to look like a jar of jam.

Then, take a rubber band and twist it twice around the top of the jar to create a little lid!

This step is for both jars. Since I’m making two, I drew two hearts on pink construction paper and cut them out, but if you’re doing only one or more than two you can adjust to however many jars you’re making.

Cut them out so now you have two small pink hearts.

Next, take a whole puncher and punch a small hole right at the “V” part of the two “humps” of the heart. If your punch goes through the top, then just add some tape at the top and it will still work.

Almost done with the hearts! These are going to be your tags. Add “To” and “From” on the back and write “___ Reasons Why I Love You” on the front.

Loosely measure how much ribbon you’ll need to be able to wrap around the jar and have enough string left over to tie a little bow.

Tie the ribbon after wrapping it around the jar. Make sure it covers your rubber band if you’re doing the mason jar! Slip the ribbon through the hole punch on the name tag.

Tie it once again around the front, and you’re finished!

Thank you so much for reading this! I had a TON of fun making this craft. If you followed along, I would LOVE to see what you made! Shoot me an email with your craft at emeraldphoenix[at]icloud[dot]com, and you’ll be featured in the next craft, art, or journaling-related post.

Speaking of…Janel sent in some pictures of her INCREDIBLE bullet journal spread!! How cute is that? Hers was so much better than mine!

Thank you so much for sending in your photos!! Now I wish it was Christmas again!

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed!

Did you make this craft? Did you enjoy it? What do you think about Valentine’s day? Do you usually get or make your family any gifts?

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Room Tour!! // A Peek Inside My Bedroom ๐Ÿ’–

Hey daydreamers! For some reason, it feels like sooo long since I’ve posted, even though I just did on Monday. ๐Ÿค” Anyway, I’ve been wanting to do this post for a super long time, and I finally am doing it today! Today, I’m going to be giving y’all a tour of my room!

When I was nine, I redid my room by painting it teal and making it llama-themed. I think that summer I switched with my sister and got my trundle bed and she got my old bunk bed. For the longest time (like several years!),I had my bed in the middle of the room, like this –

(From My Winter Break Morning Routine post)

It made my room feel a lot smaller, and my room got really cluttered because I would pile my stuff along the floor. But a few days ago, I decided to move my bed to where it’s against the wall, and I love my new room SO MUCH!! (overly enthusiastic lol)

I changed up some of my decor, redid my bulletin board, cleaned up my bookshelf and made some more room in a shelf unit, decorated my mirror, redid my bulletin board, added a shaggy rug, and added some fairy lights above my bed! I love the final result and I’m so happy with how my room turned out! So I decided after all that rearranging and since my room is finally clean (๐Ÿ˜‚) it was the perfect time to post a room tour.

Excessively long intro aside, let’s get started!!

Hey guys, welcome to my room! Come on in – it’s the second door on the left, right across my sister’s. Let’s take a peek inside!

When you first walk in, this is what it looks like! My walls are a bright teal, and there’s a bright teal rug on the floor.

Let’s start with my bookshelf! At the top, I have a bunch of little pictures from my recitals over the years, along with random knick-knacks, snow globes, ceramics, photos, and paintings.

My bookshelf is black, and it’s kind of like the cubbies you’d use in kindergarten. All of my fiction books are arranged in alphabetical order, and that last little shelf in the corner holds all of my nonfiction books and memoirs. Also, you can see my backpack in the corner.

Each of the little cubes has some sort of artwork or picture or decoration in it, and one of them holds a bunch of random squishies. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I also have some pink storage cubes with headphones and other stuff, and at the bottom I have a bunch of black and white storage cubes that I like to call the “barely organized abyss of junk boxesโ„ข๏ธ”. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Moving on to my desk! It’s just white with a regular old chair and a little storage unit next to it.

I have a letter board that I write different jokes and messages on (any dancers get it? I found this on the Rockettes website and laughed out loud!) I also have a teal desk lamp with a sticker on it and a random pile of washi tape.

I also have a bunch of notebooks and writing books on my desk held up by two cute llama bookends!

Then I have…my bulletin board! I have all of my scrunchies hanging on tacks/pushpins (what do you call them?) so I can just grab one whenever I want to wear it. You might think I have quite a few, but that’s NOTHING compared to some of my friends – one of them has over 200! Anyway, I also have a bunch of other stuff – stickers,cool cards and photos, washi tape, drawings, polaroids, a nametag from a camp I went to, etc…

Next to my desk I have a little storage unit that holds all of my books and stuff for school that I don’t have in my backpack, and the bottom has a bucnh of old papers and homework in it. I also have a poster stuffed in the top because I’m trying to find a place to put it. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Next I have my nightstand! I have my lamp, some tissues, alarm clock, phone charger, lip balm, whatever book I’m currently reading, my planner, diffuser, and Bible! (Whew, that was a lot ๐Ÿ˜‚) The bottom has some slippers, a book that’s too large for my bookshelf, a writing journal, a pencil case with brush pens and regular pens, and then I also have a drawer full of random papers and stuff.

Looks like Chewy decided to join us for the tour! *dies of cuteness*

This is my bed! (Sorry about the dark picture.) I have two pillows, a llama squishmallow, and a bunch of llama stuffed animals. (Can you spot Chewy? He blends in lol!) Then I have two gold unicorn blankets and I also have another Vera Bradley blanket under the gold ones.

And this is my fairy light wall!! *dies of aestheticness* *yes that’s a word now* *don’t judge me* I’m so excited with how this turned out! I think I need to use clothespins instead of binder clips, because they weigh down the light strings a lot. I have a bunch of random polaroids, photos, printouts and stuff that I stuck on there for added-aestheticness.

And this is Bethany, my Llama head thing from Target. I’ve had this forever and I think it’s so cute and also hilarious at the same time, lol!

Next to my bed, I have a lamp with a fluffy chair and a llama stuffed animal I sewed. (Notice a theme?) This chair is really cozy and a nice little corner for reading, except it’s kinda fraying at the sides…

And above that I have a mirror with a bunch of bible verses, affirmations, quotes, doodles, etc drawn with dry erase marker (it comes off by rubbing your finger on it or with a dry eraser, and it’s a really fun hack to decorate your mirror!)

And over here, I have my gallery wall!! This used to be two separate walls but I rearranged it and combined both of them. I have posters, stickers, photos, a dreamcatcher, board and brush art, and some paintings and stuff!

Over here is just where I keep my dance bag and laundry basket.

Over here I have a little shelf unit with some art above it.

At the top, I have a jewelry box, camera, clock, Alexa echo dot, and some other stuff, and the bottom shelf hold all of my Bible/devotional books, and a bunch of scrapbook type stuff, and the top has all of my notebooks, journals, etc.

Whew! That was long! If you read all that, you get a huuuuge high five and the best reader ever award. Thanks so much for reading, and see ya next week!

What does your room look like? Opinion on llamas and fairy lights? Do you have a bulletin board? How do you organize your bookshelf (if at all)? What do you think I should post next?

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Two Years of Highs And Lows

Life is full of highs and lows. Especially when you’re me. Because, as of today, I’ve been living with Type One Diabetes for two whole years – and those years have been, quite literally, filled with highs and lows.

In case you didn’t know, I have this chronic condition/disease thingy called Type One Diabetes. Basically, my body can’t create this hormone called insulin, and insulin is something your body needs “to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy”*. So I take an artificial medicine version of it and monitor my blood sugar.

*https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-1-diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20353011

It’s weird though because it honestly feels like SO MUCH more than two years! I actually just wrote five years by accident. That just goes to show you – and me – that this is my new normal now! Even though sometimes I’ll forget to bolus for dinner, I’ve basically forgotten what it’s like to not need insulin to eat! In fact, I almost told my sister the other day to bolus for her brownie, like everyone needed to do that. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I mean, some days I kinda want to scream “WHY CAN’T YOU JUST BE A FULLY FUNCTIONING PANCREAS LIKE A NORMAL PERSON” at my pancreas (๐Ÿ˜‚), but other days I’ll wake up and be like “Hey, I’ve raised about $5,000 total for Type One Diabetes, and I’ve been an ambassador for the JDRF gala in my area and I’m gonna be this year, too, and I’ve helped people with my story!” Like I said, highs and lows!

It’s kind of crazy to see how far I’ve come from that first day back from the hospital where I was so stressed, wondering if my blood sugar would ever, ever come down and I was freaking out when I couldn’t eat things and I had to get used to taking four shots a day and constantly keeping my blood sugar in mind

Now, when I want to do a correction, I tap a few numbers into my pump (and an auto-correct ((haha! autocorrect)) update is even coming out soon!!) , I basically can have anything minus non-diet sodas (which is a choice) and I just have to swap out my pump site every three days and change my DexCom CGM every ten!

When I think back on that fateful day two years ago when I was slogging through an entire basketball game while in diabetic ketoacidosis, spent hours in a waiting room, getting the news that my current resting heart rate was 144, being rushed to the ER, getting the news I had Type One, and being rushed to the ICU…now I see less of all of that stuff, and more of the good things.

Like how we accidentally got the head nurse when we weren’t supposed to and she figured it out. Or how in the middle of the night, comforting worship lyrics came like a whisper. Or how my Grandma just happened to be there so she could take care of my little sister when I was in the hospital. Or when I got home, my family had cleaned my room for me and people had brought gifts and meals for me. All the little things God gave me, helped me, comforted me.

So…yeah. It’s been two years of highs and lows, but it feels like I’ve had this my whole life! And even though sometimes I get frustrated and I miss out on things and I feel bad when I’m low, I’ve been able to help people because of this. And, right now, I’m perfectly healthy.

So thanks to my mom and dad for being my pancreas, my mom for being my emotional support human and my dad for being the resident IT guy when it comes to my pump and numbers, to my awesomely supportive sister, to my whole entire family, to JDRF for all of the support and opporunities, to my amazing friends who don’t treat me any differently, and to you, the person reading this. Thanks for your amazing support. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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3 Hairstyles for Dance Class! | How to Do A Ballet Bun

Hey daydreamers! Y’all seemed to like my stage makeup tutorial from last week, and I’ve been really into trying out new hairstyles lately, so I decided to show you guys some bun styles for ballet class!

There’s not really a right or wrong way to do a bun – it just takes a lot of practice, but it’s pretty simple once you master it! There’s a lot of different techniques and styles that you can do, so here’s a few of my favorites (and the first two only took me less than 10 minutes, and the last just a little over that)!

#1: The Classic Ballerina Bun

I JUST REALIZED I’M WEARING THE EXACT SAME SHIRT AS LAST WEEK! AND I’M IN THE SAME SPOT….HOW WEIRD IS THAT!

First, start by brushing your hair up into a high ponytail. Make sure to smooth out any bumps and get it at the crown of your head. Secure with a hair elastic.

Now, separate the ponytail into two equal sections and twist one of the sections until it’s almost like a rope.

Take that rope of hair and pin it all the way around the other section until you’ve made a little donut around the remaining half of the ponytail.

Next, twist the remaining part of the ponytail into another little rope.

Take that rope and pin it all the way around the donut until you have a cinnamon roll! Don’t worry if it looks messy at this point – we’ll fix that in a minute. Try to pin down as many flyaway hairs as you can.

Twist a hair net (you can find them at literally any grocery store, drugstore, dollar store or anywhere that sells beauty products) around the bun — and voila! It magically turns that mess into a neat, clean ballerina bun. Hair nets are my secret weapon when it comes to dance hairstyles!

Finally, spritz some water around your head to smooth out any flyaways. Use a barrette or hairlip to pin up any hair that’s hanging out on your neck into the bun.

If you would like, add a cute scrunchie to finish off the style and cover up the hairlip and any loose hairs, and you’re done! Lastly, spray with hairspray. And that’s how you do a simple ballerina bun!

#2: The Donut Bun

My face in this picture ๐Ÿ˜‚ For this next method, we’re going to be using a hair donut. You can find these basically anywhere – Claire’s, any beauty or drugstore, grocery stores, dance shops...

Start by, again, pulling your hair up into a medium-length or high ponytail, and make sure to get rid of any bumps. Make the ponytail nice and tight. (Mine’s pretty loose in that picture, but I fix that in a bit.)

Now, place the donut around the ponytail – like how you would wear a scrunchie or hair tie. Make sure the donut matches your hair color!

Spread your hair all over the bun, like a fountain. Then secure with a hair elastic. You should have some hair left over.

Next, separate the leftover hair into three equal sections and braid each section. Make sure to tie off the braids with a clear hair band.

Go around the bun, pinning each braid with bobby pins.

Pin them all the way around each other, and then spread the hair on the donut equally around it and pin in place.

Add a hairnet and – magic! – your bun is smooth and clean-looking! (Haha I sound like a commercial for hairnets)

Finally, pin up any excess hairs with a barrette, and smooth everything with water. Lastly, spray with hairspray, and add a cute scrunchie. Aaaand….you’re done!

#3: French Braid Twist Bun

For this one, you’ll need to know how to French braid. Basically, you braid from the top of your head all the way to the bottom, picking up more hair along the way as you braid. Here’s a great tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj7iuiVBpao&t=326s

First, separate your hair into two equal sections.

Start at the top and french braid both sections all the way to the bottom – don’t worry if it looks a little messy!

Now, twist the two braids together to make a long, thick rope.

Wrap them in a circle around each other and pin all the way around in a circle, making a big braided donut.

Make sure to secure with a hair elastic and add extra bobby pins to stop wispies!

Finally, clean it up by adding a hairnet, smoothing with water, pinning down braids so they stay flat, and spraying with hairspray!

And you’re done!

And that’s it for this post! I hope you learned something new and maybe you tried out some of these hairstyles, whether for ballet class, a special occasion, or just around the house. Thanks for reading, and have an awesome day!

How do you do your hair for dance? Your favorite style out of the three? Can you french/dutch braid? What’s your go-to bun method?

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How I Do My Makeup for Performances // Stage Makeup Tutorial!

Hey daydreamers! You guys really seemed to like my morning routine post, so I decided to do something sort of similar to that today.

In this post, I’m basically going to be showing you how I do my makeup for shows and ballet performances, and this is pretty much how I did my makeup for Nutcracker a few weeks ago! (I miss Nutcracker so much!!! *cries*)

First off, I am in no way a professional makeup artist or anything, I have no idea what I’m doing and this is basically what I’ve figured out by experimenting and trying out products and stuff. And also, this isn’t sponsored or anything (haha as if, I wish this was sponsored lol)!

Without futher ado…my attempt at a makeup tutorial! ๐Ÿ˜‚

This is just my face pre-makeup. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Onstage, it’s really important to wear heavy makeup because the huge stage lights completely wash your face out, and you have to make sure the back row of the audience can see your facial expressions. You mainly just have to focus on brows, eyes, lips, and cheekbones.

Lol, I should know…once I was in a play and I didn’t wear ANY makeup at all, and it looks like I don’t even have a face in this picture! *Cringes*

The first thing I do is just pull my hair back into a simple ponytail, just to keep my hair out of my face.

First, I’m using a beauty blender and a Neutrogena product (I think it’s supposed to be cover up, but I sort of use it like foundation.)

Next, I apply the cover up on my chin, forehead, cheeks, and under my eyes. Then I blend everything in with the beauty blender by sort of bouncing the blender on my face and smoothing everything out with my fingers.

Next, I put some highlighter around the corners of my eyes to brighten them up a little.

Sorry this is out of focus! I’m using the light to medium matte bronzer, matte rose blush, and gold highlighter from this palate from the Nuetrogena makeup case I got for Christmas.

My face in this picture, lol! First, I take the matte bronzer and lightly dust it over my cheekbones, and blend with a beauty blender.

Next, I apply some blush to my cheekbones – a little more than I would usually do, because it needs to show up onstage. Once again, blend!

Lastly, I dust a touch of shimmery gold highlighter slightly above my cheekbones. And I – you guessed it! – blend it all in.

Onto brows! I’m using the light brown brow cream from the same case thing.

Using a brow brush, I brush on a thick line at the top of my brows, which looks really funny and strange at first, lol!

After that, I blend it together by rubbing my fingers over my brows, and then I fill in any sparse spots with the brow brush.

Next, I apply some glowy nude eyeshadow base with an eyeshadow brush. I really like using this because it smooths everything out and gives your eyes a bit of a natural glow!

Moving onto my favorite part – eyeshadow! I’m using the Candelight, Amour, Midnight, and Sparks colors from this palate, and a crease brush from a brush kit I got.

First, I dust the Candelight shade all over my lids. Then I go over that with the Amour color. After that, I brush the darker Midnight color from the bottom of my eyelids to my crease, and then go over everything with the light shimmery Sparks color.

Ta-da! Eyeshadow done, now onto lashes and eyeliner.

Doing my own eyeliner is really hard for me, so I usually have my mom do it…but I tried, and kinda failed, haha! For shows I always, always, always do winged eyeliner! I attempted a wing here and it’s kinda uneven…oh well?

Second-to-last, I apply mascara! I use this really big, thick one for onstage. I don’t know why, but mascara is really fun to put on for some reason. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Normally, when I’m in a group dance, we all have one lipstick color that we all share so we look the same, so I usually put it on there. It kinda depends on the role: sometimes it’s pink, and sometimes it’s red.

Finally, fill in your lip liner with a bright red or dark pink shade, and you’re done!

I’m pretty happy about how this turned out! The eyeliner is only a little bit messy, and the eyeshadow turned out pretty well! I probably would’ve done everything a bit more exaggerated for a real show, but I didn’t want to put a TON on because it’s hard to take it off, especially thick eyeliner. ๐Ÿ˜‚

And that’s it for this post! I hope you guys found this interesting, and maybe you can use it to try out some stage makeup of your own. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Have you ever done stage makeup? Do you like makeup everyday, or only for shows and special occasions? Pink or red lipstick? Are you bad at eyeliner like me?

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My Winter Break Morning Routine // GRWM!

Hey daydreamers! It’s so crazy that it’s 2020. GUYS IT’S A NEW DECAAAADE!!!! ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway, I thought it would be really fun to show you my Saturday morning routine, but since it’s still winter break, my mornings are a little bit different than usual. So, without further ado, my Saturday morning routine during winter break!


9:20 – I wake up around 9:15-ish, even though I meant to wake up at 8:00, but oh well. ๐Ÿ˜‚ My alarm doesn’t go off or anything, I just wake up when my mom comes in and opened my curtains.

9:24 The first thing I do when I wake up is make my bed – which does not usually happen on a regular day. Something about recording your morning for your blog post makes you extra-productive, I guess? ๐Ÿ˜‚

9:30 – Then I head into the bathroom and pull my hair back into a quick ponytail with a scrunchie. The only way I could get a picture of the back of my head is to hold my phone up to the mirror…

9:31 – Then I wash my face. I just use this Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser from Kroger, and I really like it. I try to make sure to wash my face first thing in the morning, because it makes me feel productive and refreshed.

9:35 – Then I apply this moisturizing lotion, but I have this teeny-tiny sample bottle that I got for my birthday, lol! I like this lotion, and it feels really good, especially because I have dry/normal skin.

9:36 – And I also use this rose water spray after moisturizing my face, you just spritz it on and it feels really good!

9:44 – Sorry about the weird picture – I had to use the self-timer on my phone and a really tiny tripod, lol. Then I head back into my room and get dressed. Today I’m just wearing a really comfy oversized pink and grey shirt that my mom passed down to me because it was too small for her, and then some black leggings.

9:52 AM – Then I head back into the bathroom and do my hair real quick – I did my normal half-up/half-down style, and then did a really small fishtail braid and added another elastic to create a little bubble.

9:54 – Next, I do my makeup for the day. First I do my brows, and I use this light brown brow cream from my makeup kit that I got for Christmas, and I use a brow brush from the same kit.

10:01 – Then, I apply mascara. I just use a Neutrogena Healthy Lengths mascara from Kroger, and it isn’t the best mascara I’ve ever used, but it works well and looks natural.

10:04 – Finally, I apply some lip gloss. This one is from that same kit, from Ulta. It’s a little dark, so I dab some of it off with a tissue.

10:05 – Makeup done!

10:30 – Every Saturday since I was a baby, me, my dad, and little sister have been riding our bikes to a donut place that’s a few blocks away from our house. Since my dad wasn’t home this morning, my sister and I rode our bikes by ourself and bought a donut for each of us and brought it home. I got a fresh glazed that was soooo good!

And then I made myself some apple spice-flavored tea (that smells amaaaaazing) in this stormtrooper mug, because I can. ๐Ÿ˜‚ This mug is hilarious. As I sipped my tea, I responded to some comments and read some blog posts.

And thus ends my Saturday winter break morning routine! I hope you guys enjoyed reading this, I had so much fun making this! See ya next Saturday!

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The Emmie Awards 2019 WINNERS!

I HAVE FAILED AS A BLOGGER *melts into a puddle of despair* I wish I had a really good reason that this post was late. But nope, I JUST FORGOT. *bangs head on the wall repeatedly* I was even really bored yesterday before night, and I totally could’ve finished this and…

Anyway, enough of me beating myself up for not posting this at the right time! I’m sorry to any inconvenience this might’ve caused you, and I hope everyone had an amazing New Year’s Eve!

Today is not only New Year’s Day, but it’s also something else. Today, I’m revealing the ten bloggers who were chosen by readers from around the country, including the 2019 Blog of the Year!

I think I’ve stalled enough. Let’s welcome our 2019 Emmie Awards winners and nominees to the stage! *applause*

*ahem* Let’s get started announcing the awards! First up, we have Best Lifestyle blog! This award is given to a lifestyle blog with outstanding photography, unique post ideas, and a stunning design. And the winner of this category certainly has all of that and more! Drumroll please….

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MEGAN @ A BAREFOOT GAL!

Congrats Megan! *hands over flowers and a huge trophy* You totally deserved this award and I’m so happy for you! Your blog is incredible!

Let’s hand the mic over to Megan for her acceptance speech.

I’m so excited to have won this award! I really enjoy having a blog and getting to know other people through it and it’s pretty wonderful to know you all like reading my ramblings. It’s been a great almost six years blogging and I’ve learned a lot, mostly that you don’t have to be like the popular bloggers if you want to enjoy it. So there’s my challenge for you guys I guess – be yourself on your blog! Thanks again to everyone who has left a comment or read my posts over the years. Here’s to more years being a blogging barefoot gal! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Also, Eeyore says thanks!)

-Megan B

Thank you so much, Megan! That was a wonderful speech. Now onto our next category, Best New Blog! This award is given to a blog that, despite just starting in 2019, has got it down! Their posts are professional and their blog design is stunning! Let’s give it up for the winner of Best New Blog…

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DIAMOND @ I HAVE 12% OF A PLAN!

*Applause* Congratulations, Diamond! Come on up to accept your award! Your new blog is incredible and you definitely deserved this! Your posts are super creative and your design is amazing. Let’s hear Diamond’s acceptance speech!

Wow, thank you all for voting for me! I started IH12OP mainly just to document some thoughts and write posts that wouldn’t work as well on BABF. I wasn’t expecting to get such a following so quickly, and I certainly wasn’t expecting to be the Best New Blog of 2019! Thank you so much! I’m very honored.

-Diamond

That was a great speech, Diamond! Now onto our next category: Best Blog Design. Let’s just get right to it, because…*bursts out laughing* The winner of Best Blog Design is….

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ME! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

GUYS, I WON AN AWARD IN MY OWN AWARDS SHOW. WHY IS THIS SO HILARIOUS. In all seriousness, though, thank you all for voting for me! I’m really excited that you guys like my blog design here at Diary of a Daydreamer! Thank you to everyone who let me design their blogs for them so I could practice, and thank you for voting for me and supporting me!

*Hands myself a trophy* Wait, this is weird. High five? *tries to high-five myself* Um, nope. Pat on the back? *can’t reach my back* You know what? let’s move on to the next category.

Next up, we have our next category: Best Videos! This award goes to a blog that posts videos or has a YouTube channel related to their blog. Let’s give it up for…

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ABBIE EMMONS @ ABBIEE.COM!

Congratulations Abbie! Her videos, music, blog, books, everything are absolutely GOALS and this girl is amazing! Congrats! She totally deserves this award! Unfortunately, we don’t have an acceptance speech from Abbie, but you can check out her YouTube and blog here.

Our next category is Best Photography, which is awarded to a blogger with outstanding photos that are clean, professional, and creative! The winner of this award is….

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ARIA @ ARIA LISETTE!

Congratulations, Aria! *hands her award* Your photography is absolutely stunning and breathtaking. The lighting and colors are always on point, and you do such a great job with all of your creative posts!

Aria would like to say, “[I’m] super grateful but didn’t have any time to write a speech and wanted you all to know [I’m] thankful you voted for [me]!” Thank you so much, Aria! You definitely deserved this award!

Next up, we have a collab that won the Best Collab award hands-down! This collab is an adorable posts featuring two amazing bloggers. And the winners are…

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REBEKAH AND DIAMOND WITH THEIR POST “BAKING WITH BERRY”!

Congratulations, you guys! *hands you each a trophy* Your post was absolutely adorable and those cookie mixies sound delicious! This was an awesome collab! Now, for our acceptance speeches from Rebekah and Diamond.

We’re so glad that we won this award!ย  I’m glad you all like my blog so much! Rebekah did all the work on that post though, so I think I’ll let her take over:

-Diamond

Thank you so much, all– I was not expecting this in the least! Needless to say, we’re all very excited that we can be listed with all the other awesome bloggers who have worked so hard this year, creating content and keeping the blogosphere alive and thriving. Huggies, who made the post, would like to thank Diamond for letting him post on her blog, his cousin Cherry for gathering all the recipe ingredients for him, and all of you for being kind enough to vote for us. And if you need anyone to rant with about the stress of holiday baking, he wants you to know that he’s totally open to that. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year’s Eve, and thank you again!

-Rebekah

Thanks for the awesome speeches, guys! Now onto the next category: Best Book Blog! This award is for any blog that posts book reviews, book lists, tags, and more. And the winner of this award has an incredible book blog! Let’s give it up for:

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OLIVIA @ PURELY OLIVIA!

Congratulations, Olivia! Your blog is incredible and your design is gorgeous! You definitely deserved this award for your awesome, creative posts! Unfortunately, we don’t have a speech for Olivia, but you can check out her blog here.

Our next and second-to-last category is Best Doll Blog! This award can go to a blog featuring any sort of doll or toy, such as American Girl, Build-A-Bears and stuffed animals, Barbies, toy reviews, etc. And the winner of this award totally deserved this with her adorable posts! The winner of this category is…

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DIAMOND @ BUILD A BEARS FUREVER!

Diamond has incredible, adorable posts! I’m so happy for you! *hands Diamond trophy* Diamond would like to say:

Aw, guys! I’m really happy that you all liked BABF so much! I started BABF in 2017, and I’ll admit, it took a long time to get where people followed us, and it took a lot of work. But, it definitely paid off! I am so honored that I won this!ย 

Diamond

Congratulations! Now, for our second-to-last category: Best Tutorial! And for this one, we have a TIE! The winners are…

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DIAMOND @ BUILD A BEARS FUREVER WITH HER POST DIY SMORES & CLARA @ CLARA-AND-CO WITH HER POST DIY BIRTHDAY PARTY IN A BOX!

This is the first-ever tie in Emmie Awards history! Congratulations to both of you, your posts were wonderfull! Let’s welcome them both to the stage for acceptance speeches.

*beams* Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me! I’m so glad you guys enjoyed my post. ๐Ÿ™‚ I appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my blog more than they’ll ever know. I hope you’re all having a wonderful start to the new year, and thank you so much to Emmie for hosting these awards!

-Clara

DIY S’mores is a great tutorial! I posted a lot of tutorials this summer during Camp, but that one may have been one of my favorites. I’m very grateful for this award, and I also wanted to say that I’m glad to be tied with Clara! She’s an awesome blogger, and her tutorial was wonderful!

-Diamond

Those speeches were great, guys!

Now, onto our next and final category, the prestigious Blog of the Year Award! This title is given to the blog who grew the most this year, that has outstanding posts and creative ideas. And now, for the grand reveal of the winner of the Blog of the Year award…and the winner is…

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JO @ PANANAW!!!

*Confetti flies* Congratulations Jo! You won the Blog of the Year Award!! I’m so happy and excited for you! *hands trophy over*

And now, for Jo’s speech! Unfortunately, we don’t have a speech from her this year, but here’s her inspiring speech from last year’s awards when she won Best New Blog.

โ€Wait, what?

I won?

I actually won an award?

Oh my word, I canโ€™t believe it.

Thank you people for deciding I had the best new blog of 2018. Iโ€™m so shook right now. I canโ€™t believe that a whole bunch of you thought I was good enough to be nominated for an award. Thank you so much to my parents, for letting me have a blog, to my brother and sister for inspiring me to start one,  to Gracie M, Clara, Rebekah, and Enni for encouraging me to keep going, to my bell pepper plant for being the source of my inspiration, to my laptop for not shutting down on me, to every single one of you who voted, to my fellow nominees, you deserve this more than I, and finally and most importantly to God for giving me the gift of blogging.

We have the amazing freedom of speech, of expression, and of marshmallows. Letโ€™s use that freedom to build each other up and make someone smile this year!โ€ โ€“ Jo

*wipes tears from eyes* Thank you so much for that speech last year, Jo! You totally deserved this award!

And that’s a wrap for the Emmie Awards 2019! I hope you all have a wonderful year in 2020. Here’s to new beginnings, new memories, new experiences. Here’s to 2020!

And remember, even if you didn’t win or get nominated for an award, I want to remind you that you are an incredible, amazing blogger, and that the Emmie Awards are meant as a fun way to discover new blogs. Congratulations to everyone!

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What I Got For Christmas 2019!

Hey daydreamers! Merry (late) Christmas! I’m sorry my posts have been kinda all-over-the place this month so far. I’ve been crazy busy with filming my stop motion, traveling, dancing in the Nutcracker, and the Emmie Awards that I haven’t really had time to post something that wasn’t Emmies-related or a reblog!

Now that Christmas is officially over (waaaaah!!!!), I finally have some time to sit down and write a post! Today, I thought I’d share with you some of the things I got for Christmas. I’m really grateful for everything I got (and I’m not trying to brag or anything, I just thought you guys might like this post since you enjoyed my other hauls!)

Enough rambling/disclaimers/excuses – let’s jump right in!

First I got this cute little cookie kit from my Aunt! I love the llama on the front (and y’all know how much I LOVE LLAMAS). The cookie even has a little slit in it so you can put it on your mug. How cute is that? I haven’t tried it out yet, but it looks fun!

I also got 12 Before 13 by Lisa Greenwald, which is the sequel to my favorite fiction book ever, 11 Before 12 (besides the Hunger Games lol), from my aunt! I’ve already read it (haha) and it was soooo good. This series is my favorite!

Then I also got the third book in the series, 13 and Counting! I’m in the middle of this one right now and it’s really good so far! Kaylan and Ari are amazing characters, and I still can’t decide who I like better.

Now I have the whole series, yay!

I also got the third book in Maddie Ziegler’s series, The Competition! I’m obsessed with these books and I love Maddie, so I’m really excited to read this.

Lastly, I got the young readers edition of Misty Copeland’s autobiography, Life In Motion. I’ve read the non-adapted version and really loved it! The cover is so pretty on this one…Misty Copeland is my favorite ballerina. And that’s it for the books!

Why does my wall literally look gReEN in this picture?? The creepy thing is, this used to be the EXACT COLOR of my walls :-O

Next category: dancewear! My grandma took me shopping at the dance store that I got my pointe shoes at, and I got some leos there. The first one is this royal blue spagetti-strap, which is my level color so I can wear it in class! It fits perfectly and feels really comfortable.

I also got this cute black one! Since it’s not my level color, I can only wear it on Saturdays/Sundays and during rehearsals. I really love the thick black straps and the cut on this one! It’s super comfy too.

And last but not least of the dance stuff, I got new ballet shoes! I’ve had leather ballet shoes for quite some time now, and they were getting really dirty and old and gross. The leather was really annoying me, and all of my friends had switched to canvas shoes a million years ago! So I decided it was definitely time to switch to canvas and I’m soooo glad I did – they’re so much easier to point your foot in, and they’re really comfy and make turning a lot easier.

Next, some clothes I got from my mom! I’m OBSESSED with my new Simply Southern tie-dye hoodie. It’s SO COMFY ahhhhh! Every time I put this sweatshirt on, I literally start getting SLEEPY because it’s so comfy!

I also got this pink llama long-sleeve t-shirt from Simply Southern! Isn’t the llama so cute?

Then I also got this volleyball one, also from Simply Southern, but short-sleeved.

Moving on to some random stuff! I got another Hydro Flask, but this time a light blue, and it’s 8oz. I like how it’s so much smaller and lighter than my other giant one (it’s like 30oz!)! I love my giant one but it doesn’t fit in any cup holders, which is annoying, and it’s really hard to carry around. This one I can just stick in my backpack and be on the go!

I also got these cute grey Nike sneakers. All of my shoes are either super girly or trendy (like my pink slip-ons, black high-heel boots, and white Adidas sneakers), but these tennis shoes are more athletic. They’re super comfortable!

I also got some fun scrunchies in my stocking! Fun fact: I own 14 scrunchies after this. Which is nothing compared to my friends: one of them has over 60 and my BFF accidentally got 181 in packs from Amazon!

Oh, and I got these body butters from my aunt. The olive and coconut ones definitely smell the best! They feel really smooth on your skin. I haven’t really used them much, but they’re sooooo fun to smell *inhales scent*

Then my little sister got me this 2020 calendar from the Dollar Store! Isn’t it cute? ๐Ÿ˜›

I also got this calligraphy set from my Grandma! I didn’t show the whole kit here, but there’s also a ruler, t-square, and some fountain pens. The only problem is the instructions don’t exactly tell you how to put the cartridges into the fountain pens, so I’m having trouble getting started….๐Ÿ˜‚

My mom also got me this cute pink purse from Franchesca’s, and I’m obsessed with it! I love the chevron pattern, and the color is my favorite, and the material feels really nice.

I got the Amandarachlee Doodle Planner from my mom and I’m so excited!! I got the pink (of course) and it’s so, so cute. I’m really excited to use it!

I got my first pair of Kendra Scott earrings from my aunt!! *squeals* I’m so excited to finally have Kendra Scott! All my friends and our moms are obsessed with it. I got these really cute bronze/gold ones that are in between dangles and studs, and I’m obsessed with them.

And second-to-last, I got…an Apple Watch! This one is Series 3, I believe. It’s silver with a white band from my Grandma! I really like it because I can play music, do workouts, track steps, check email, respond to texts, and see my blood sugar on it!

And finally…I GOT MY FIRST MAKEUP KIT!! I was so excited to open this on Christmas morning! It comes with three tiers of different makeup stuff: the first one has a bunch of different eyeshadows and some eyebrow cream, then the second has bronzer, blush, and highlighter, and the third has lip and brow pencils along with some lipstick and stuff like that.

Lastly, I got some brushes, a beauty blender, eyeshadow palate, and lip gloss. I’m really excited!

Whew! That was long. High-five to you if you read the whole thing! I hope y’all enjoyed taking a look at what I got for Christmas. Once again, I’m not trying to brag or make anybody feel bad, I’m just sharing something with you that I thought you guys would like to see!

See ya on New Year’s Eve for the grand reveal of the Emmie Awards winners!

What did you ask for Christmas?

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The Accidental Nutcracker | A Christmas AGSM: The PREMIERE! โ€” American Girl World

Guys guys guys it’s OUT NOW on my YouTube channel and other blog, American Girl World! *squeals* Let me know what you think! It took two months, 8,000 pictures, and lots of hard work to make this. I’m really proud of how it turned out and I’m so excited to share it with you guys!

Starring Isabel Palmer as herself/Clara, this Christmas stopmotion follows the story of Isabel, who receives a Nutcracker soldier from her weird old grandfather. Isabel could care less about the Nutcracker soldierโ€ฆ but could the Nutcracker be more than she thought? Suddenly, Isabel โ€œaccidentallyโ€ finds herself as Claraโ€ฆin the Nutcracker. And itโ€™s up to her toย [โ€ฆ]

The Accidental Nutcracker | A Christmas AGSM: The PREMIERE! โ€” American Girl World

REBLOG: Something HUGE is Coming. โ€” Announcing my Christmas AGSM 2019! + My 3 Year Blogaversiary โ€” American Girl World

Three years ago, nine-year-old me started a little blog about her three American Girl Dolls because she was inspired by a little Blogger site and pretty much copied everything from there. Little nine-year-old me had no idea โ€“ absolutely NO IDEA โ€“ that her blogs would grow into something thatโ€™s this big of a part [โ€ฆ]

Something HUGE is Coming. โ€” Announcing my Christmas AGSM 2019! + My 3 Year Blogaversiary 2nd Draft โ€” American Girl World