12 Things For My 12th Birthday // Wishlist 2019!

Hey guys! So my birthday is coming up in exactly 19 days, so I’m trying to start thinking about what I want to ask for – which is super hard this year, because I’m past the stage of flipping through toy catalogues and circling stuff, but I feel guilty asking for super expensive stuff like a new laptop.

So after a whole lot of thought, Amazon searching, and list-making, I finally came up with my wishlist for my twelfth birthday, and I thought I’d share it on here! Let’s get started!

PHOTO COLLAGES: Made by me, Emmie, with Canva. Images from Google, Amazon, Redbubble and Canva.

Β» HydroFlask

Pretty much every single girl at my school has one of these trendy water bottles, and I think they’re super cute and I love all the different colors they come in! I’ve also been wanting to start a sticker water bottle, so this is perfect! I would probably get it in white with a straw cap.

Β» Stickers!!

This goes with the last one: stickers for my HydroFlask! There’s this website called RedBubble that has a bunch of cute ones. I would want to get a lot of colorful VSCO girly ones (lol), since my HydroFlask would be white. I like the ones that come in sets of one color, like pink or yellow!

Β» Electric Toothbrush

Okay, I know this sounds like the lamest birthday gift ever, but I really need a new toothbrush – I’ve had my electric toothbrush since I was seven or something and it’s super gross, plus the brush head falls off constantly! I really like this toothbrush from Quip, plus they send you new brush heads and toothpaste every three months! I definitely need this one!

Β» Silk PJs + Pillowcase

Did you know people spend about 26 years of their lives sleeping? (So says Google, at least.) So it’s pretty important to have good sleepwear! Silk is great for your skin and sleep, plus I’ve heard it’s pretty comfy! This is definitely a big item on my wishlist.

Β» Shoes!

I think it would be fun to get some white Converse or maybe rose gold tennis shoes for my birthday! I pretty much have two closed-toe shoes that actually fit and I can wear to school, plus my slip-ons are getting pretty dirty!

Β» Letter Board

I already have a marque board with one row, but I think it would be fun to have a letterboard that I could hang on my wall and write different messages on!

Β» Fitness Watch

My old fitness watch is pretty beat up (also, pretty sure I lost it) so I think it’s time for a new one! It doesn’t necessarily have to be a FitBit (although that would be pretty cool!), just something cute and functional!

Β» Nail Polish

I definitely want to get back into painting my nails more, but I only have 3 good colors! This would definitely be fun for my birthday since I’m planning to have a spa-themed party! I think the colors in this picture would be cute.

Β» Jeans

I definitely need a few pairs of jeans! I only have 1 that fits me right now, so it would be nice to have a couple more. I think light wash would be cute, maybe some with rips or cuffs!

Β» Journal + Pens

In my opinion, you can NEVER have enough journals, lol! When I finish my current diary I usually like to have another notebook ready for me to start. I like spirals with aesthetic designs! I also would love some pens; I got the cutest ones from Eccolo Ltd. for Christmas last year, but they all died out!

Β» Brush Pens + Calligraphy Book

This sorta goes with the one above! I’ve been wanting to get more into calligraphy, and I think a handlettering book would be super helpful getting started! I know how to do a few fonts, but unfortunately I lost all of my brush pens…

Β» Books!

Of course, I have to have books on my wishlist! A few titles I’ve been wanting to read: Girl On Pointe by Chloe Lusiask, The Competition by Maddie Ziegler, and 12 Before 13 by Lisa Greenwald!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you guys liked taking a peek at my 12th birthday wishlist – plus, this is a super great gift guide if you’re looking for birthday present ideas for 11 and 12 year old girls!

What’s on your wishlist? Did you like the collages? Which item do you like most? When’s your birthday?

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Colorado Travel Diary – Day 4: Flowers & Fourth of July

Hey daydreamers! First off: super sorry that I missed last week’s post! I was really busy transferring American Girl World to the new site. Also, school and dance has been absolutely crazy lately!!

(My dance teacher actually said that some of us will be getting our pointe shoes the Saturday after Halloween…DEFINITELY NOT FREAKING OUT HELP)

It’s been like 3 weeks since I’ve done a Colorado Travel Diary, so I decided now would be a good time to post Day 4! (AKA the second-to-last day of the trip. Waaaaaah 😭😭😭) So let’s get started! (I sound like a YouTuber lol)

We’d planned to go to this Fourth of July parade, except everyone was so exhausted from whitewater rafting that we all slept in. Once we all finally woke up, Unicorn, Riley, and I were just hanging around the house when we decided to go on a walk around Eagle Vail!

But then my blood sugar went low, so we decided to take a break in this gorgeous little community garden that was sooo cute! We explored, talked, and of course I took a ton of pictures.

I love this picture! We found this random little chair made of sticks that Riley could actually fit in.

Also, for some reason, Riley and Diamond felt the need to collect all of these little golf balls that were all over the place and throw them into this basketball hoop. It was pretty funny.

⬆️⬆️ Said basketball hoop ⬆️⬆️ Oh, and this sandbox that we found all of these cool little toys in!

Oh, and we also found this adorable little playhouse!

It was really small, but it even had a little kitchen, windows, door, curtains, bench, and a shelf! I would’ve loved this thing as a little kid.

We found this cool pine tree that if you crawled under this opening in the leaves, you could actually stand inside the leaves! It looks super cool and pretty from inside there. I love how the sunshine streaming through the leaves dapples the ground with soft spots of light.

This is the little chair – how cool is that? I wonder if somebody actually made it from sticks in this garden? Or is it just made in a factory with some real sticks? Regardless of how it was made, this makes a cool picture! For some reason it looks like there’s a lake in the back, even though there isn’t. Maybe that’s the fence? It looks cool anyways.

They even had a mini-library where you could put in an old book and you could borrow the other books in there! On the sides were these super cute paintings.

I took so many pictures of the different flowers! I love how this one turned out – I think the purple goes nicely with this picture.

This yellow one looks super cute, too! I love the contrast between the green mountains and trees and the bright, yellow flower.

I’m not a huge fan on how this one turned out, but it looks okay. There’s so many flowers!

This is my absolute favorite picture so far! I can’t believe I took this moments before the lady bug flew away and it actually turned out pretty well. One of my favorite parts is the cool bokeh in the background and the vibrant ladybug. (Okay, that’s two, but whatever.)

We found this patch of tiny little strawberries! Shh, don’t tell – we might’ve eaten a few! πŸ˜‰

I know dandelions are weeds, but don’t they seem like flowers? No? Just me? πŸ˜›

This birdhouse is so cute! When we opened up one of the little doors, we found cheese in there! How weird is that? XD

They even had a whiteboard full of all the stuff that needed to be done in the garden..

I love this sign. XD

When I saw this out of the corner of my eye, I thought it was a REAL butterfly, but it’s actually just this little statue thingy. There was also this cute red robin pinwheel!

These flowers look really cool against the sky.

After our walk, we headed over to Beaver Creek for the Fourth of July festival! But it turned out that everything there was SUPER EXPENSIVE, and most of the stuff was exactly the same as Epic Discovery.

So we ended up just walking around the village, and it was super fun checking out all the cool shops, and we even ate chocolate gelato! They had tried to dye the chocolate a patriotic blue for the Fourth, except it ended up turning green! It was still really delicious, just the color threw me off!

So that explains why Unicorns’s lips are greenish brown. Very appetizing. XD Also, U didn’t even notice this until now, but you can see this little boy in the corner holding that same green gelato. πŸ€”πŸ¨

I’m looking very patriotic in my maroon shirt, pink scrunchie, and Aggies baseball cap. πŸ˜‚ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

There was also this huge lake/founatain/river/pool thingy that we tried to put our feet in, but the water was sooooo cold! There was even this dog that was bathing in the water. It was hilarious.

We spent the rest of the day playing cards and helping our dads finish the puzzle – MINUS ONE PIECE. We never found that piece – it’s still driving me crazy!

After trying and failing to find a way to get on the roof and watch the fireworks happening on the other side of Vail, we decided to play this SUPER FUN card game called spoons – there are several spoons in the middle of the table, one less spoon than the amount of players. You start with four cards, and pass around different cards that you can reject or replace with a card from your hand – the goal is to get four of the same card. Once you do, you try to grab a spoon! Once someone’s found a match and grabbed a spoon, everyone else tries to grab a spoon as fast as possible. The person without a spoon is out!

We had so much fun on our last full day of Colorado!

And that’s it for today’s post! I really hope you enjoyed it! (Once again, I sound like a YouTuber.) Kudos to you for making it to the end of this post! You guys are my favorites See you next week for maybe a room tour! Bye!

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My September Bullet Journal Spread | Recreating AmandaRachLee BuJo

Hey daydreamers! Today I’m going to be doing something a little different than what I usually do – I’m going to be showing you guys this month’s spread for my bullet journal!

If you don’t know what a bullet journal is, it’s basically a dotted notebook where you track your mood, habits, calendar, to-do lists, and it’s basically a productivity tool. A lot of YouTubers (like AmandaRachLee) take a more artistic approach to bullet journaling (or BuJo) and make this really cute, creative spreads!

I got my bullet journal like forever ago, and I would always make a whole complicated watercolor spread I found on YouTube, never use it, decide to start over, rip it out…and repeat that cycle over and over again. But, then I found the YouTube channel AmandaRachLee, and I was super inspired by her fun and creative bullet journal ideas that I decided to give them a try!

A few months ago, I made…um…whatever this is. I tried to do Amanda’s June bubble tea theme, and it didn’t turn out that well! I had a hard time keeping the doodles from getting messy, the spacing was all over the place, it looked really weird…overall, I just wasn’t that happy with it.

*apologies in advance for the cringey-ness* This was my attempt at her June calendar…yikes! That weird sheet of paper was glued in there in attempt to cover up some horrid mistake. As you can tell, I didn’t exactly use it that much!

(This is actually the only spread from that month that I actually sort of liked…The only thing that bothers me is the wonky boxes and weird shading, but these songs are all so amazing! Plus, I love all the pictures in here!)

The next month, I tried again. I actually like this page from one of Amanda’s old videos, but I didn’t ever finish the rest of the month. I do like the travel-themed doodles on this one, though! In August, I pretty much just gave up.

(If you want to compare Amanda’s spreads to mine, don’t forget to watch her video!)

But a few days ago, this lovely little video popped up in my notifications! I really liked the adorable stationery theme, and it seemed pretty easy to me. I was feeling pretty artistic, so I decided, why not give it a try?

ALL CREDIT TO THESE IDEAS GO TO AMANDARACHLEE!

And I’m SO GLAD I did! This probably turned out to be one of my favorite drawings EVER – I’m not even kidding, I’m that happy how this turned out! I decided to use a different color scheme from Amanda, and I decided to make the opening page a little different, adding my own colors and designs. On the left page, I continued the design from the right to make it more interesting! This is one of my favorite pages from this month!

On the left page, I wrote “SEPTEMBER” in bubble letters that kind of bounce around the page. Above that, I drew some markers and wash tape! Below, there’s some pens, a ruler, paperclip, more washiest tape, a little notebook, a pencil, and an eraser.

On this side, I used a lowercase typewriter font along with the bubble one to write “You can never have too much STATIONERY!” (I always thought it was spelled stationARY, but turns out, I’m wrong. Β―\_(ツ)_/) Then I drew binder clips, washiest tape, a paperclip, ruler, gluestick, pencils, eraser, and then added some ACTUAL washi tape strips to the page.

My next page is my calendar spread! This one took a long time to do – it took awhile to figure out spacing and stuff, plus at first I made a 6-day week. πŸ˜‚ Once I got that all straightened out, I added a little box on the side for tasks and some more stationary! (As you can see, I’m pretty busy this month!)

At the top, I also wrote “SEPTEMBER” in the same way as the last spread. I also wrote abbreviations for each day at the top in the same font from the last spread also, but this time in uppercase. I traced the letters with a gel pen from each color in my palate.

I drew a bunch of washi tape at the top (by tracing actual washi tape, lol). I wrote “TASKS” in a smaller version of the bubble font, and then I added a little pushpin/tack drawing to my task box. In the tasks box, I’ll write the overall stuff that I need to get done this month.

Yes, I am aware that September has 30 days. πŸ˜‚ I didn’t add a whole other row for two reasons: 1) I thought it would look weird and 2) I forgot. Oh, and I also drew a pencil, pencil eraser, and pen cap at the bottom.

On the next page, I have my Habit Tracker and Mood Tracker spreads! A habit tracker is exactly what it sounds like: you track your habits using mini-calendars for each category. If I complete a task that day, I’ll color in one of the dates. At the end of the month I can look back at my productivity!

I have six categories that I want to keep up with this month: reading my Bible every night, stretching every day, either writing or blogging each day, writing daily entries in my diary, and keeping up with my skincare routine and brushing my teeth twice a day. πŸ™‚

For the header, I wrote “HABIT” in bubble letters and wrote “tracker” in the typewriter font. I also drew a little highlighter and colored over the word “tracker” like the highlighter was highlighting it!

A mood tracker is pretty much the same idea: depending on my mood, I’ll color in the bubble letters with a certain color. I pretty much did the same header as my habit tracker, and drew the calendar like it was on a sticky note.

My key is a little different from Amanda’s, since I’m using different colors! Sad is a bright teal, frustrated/annoyed is grey, neutral/bored is just left white, happy is pink, and excited/joyful is golden!

My second to last spread is my brain dump page! A brain dump is a place where you can literally dump all of your ideas. I drew a bunch of stationery around the page – I think the pink gel pen at the top looks the best for some reason! I totally agree with Amanda – this page was super meta to draw a notebook…inside of a notebook!

Why is it so hilarious that a binder clip drawing and a REAL binder clip are right next to each other 🀣🀣🀣🀣

And now, for my final page, my first weekly spread for this month! (Each week, I’ll draw a new weekly spread similar to this one). This spread I kept very minimal and simple, since I wanted to leave as much room as possible for the actual bullet journaling part.

I wrote each day similar to how it is on the calendar, and in the eighth box I added a little space for notes. Right now it looks pretty boring, but hopefully once I fill it up with to-do lists and such it’ll look better!

If you made it to the end of this post, I applaud you! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ If you want to learn more about bullet journaling, head over to the official BuJo website for more info and tips! And for more bullet journal ideas, tips, and inspiration, check out Amanda’s channel, AmandaRachLee! You also can buy the bullet journal I have here!

This isn’t sponsored, I swear πŸ˜‚

Now, it’s your turn! Do you have a bullet journal? Do you have way too much stationery (like me)? Do you like art? Pushpins or tacks? Should I share my BuJo spreads every month? What are your favorite bullet journal YouTube channels and blogs?

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What’s In My Dance+Volleyball Bag?

Hey daydreamers! (Sorry this post is a day late. I started this one really long post yesterday, and it was really dry and boring, so I decided to scrap it but didn’t have time to start a new one.) You guys seemed to really like my What’s In My Backpack? post, so I decided to do a sort of sequel to it and show you guys what’s in my dance/volleyball bag!

pair of brown ballerina shoes
Photo by Nihal Demirci on Unsplash

GASP?! Emmie, you’re a DANCER?!! It’s not like you have dancer graphics plastered ALL OVER your blog and talk about dancing ALL THE TIME!!!!

Yes, I’m a dancer. (Could you tell? πŸ˜‰) I’ve been dancing longer than I can remember, but I started at my current studio when I was about five years old. Since then, I’ve moved up the levels at my studio and this year, I’m hopefully going to be getting my pointe shoes soon! *is totally not freaking out with excitement and fear* Over the years I’ve totally improved as a ballerina, and also have tried out styles like Contemporary and Jazz that I love, too!

women playing volleyball inside court
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Wait, you play volleyball? *Actual realistic reaction unlike the one above*

Since like two weeks ago, yes! πŸ˜‚ 🏐 A ton of my friends have been playing volleyball since second grade, and they FINALLY convinced me to try it out! I joined my school’s Junior High/Sixth Grade volleyball team, and I like volleyball at lot so far! Even though I’m on the C team, lol. At least I actually get playing time, and I’m not the worst person on my team (but not the best either). I play Defensive Specialist (back row) right now and I’m hoping to be picked as libero for my team! Our first game is this week, and I’m also definitely not freaking out right now. πŸ˜‚

Okay, that was a pretty long intro! You’re probably just DYING to dig through my sweaty gym clothes and ballet shoes with me, so let’s get started!

(Do ya like my setup thingy?) Alright, let’s get started with the stuff that doesn’t actually fit inside the bag! πŸ˜‚ Those puffy boot thingies on the left are my dance booties, which I can pull over my ballet shoes (and eventually pointe shoes) while I’m walking to and from the parking lot and the dance studio so my shoes never touch the concrete (they’d get ruined within seconds)! Then, of course, I have my volleyball! (Which I don’t actually take to practice but looks cool in this picture so here ya go.) I have regular ball somewhere in the garage, but pictured is my Tachiara Volley Lite, which is great for beginners and is much lighter than a regular volleyball.

Now, for the actual bag! It’s pretty much just a duffel bag with a broken zipper and a watercolor galaxy pattern, with a mandala on the front. My basketball team gave it to me a year and a half ago when I got back from the hospital when I was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes, which was super special! There’s not a zillion pockets like in my backpack, so everything’s just kind of stuffed in there.

Okay, we’ll actually take a look inside now!

First, the essentials for any young athlete: a half-empty water bottle and a Maddie Ziegler book. πŸ˜‚ Just kidding, but HYDRATION IS IMPORTANT PEOPLE so I always, always, ALWAYS keep a water bottle with me. I also HAVE to bring a book, (like The Audition, shown here) because I’m always waiting around for practice to start or driving to class, and I like to have something to do while I’m waiting!

Second, we have my Nike slides and volleyball court shoes! I got my black-and-rose gold Nike athletic slides from Academy for I think $30 dollars. Like dance booties, volleyball players have to wear them to and from the court since you also can’t wear volleyball shoes outside. They’re really nice since I can wear them over my socks and kick them off whenever! I probably never would’ve gotten volleyball court shoes, since they’re like $75, $80 dollars, except one of my friends offered to sell us her old ones for $25! So that was pretty cool! They’re kind of big, but they work. πŸ˜‰

Next, here’s some of my dance shoes! On the left, I have tan jazz shoes I got from Payless when they had this huge closing sale, so they were only like $5 dollars or something crazy like that. Those tan thingies on the right are lyrical/contemporary shoes (the brand calls them Toe Undeez) that fit over the ball of your foot and keep you from slipping when you’re dancing barefoot. I don’t actually use these very much (normally I just wear my jazz shoes or go barefoot) but they’re nice to have if I need them!

I also have my ballet shoes (of course)! They’re pink leather, and have split soles so I can do pre-pointe in them. They also have crossed elastics, and they don’t have those annoying drawstring thingies (yes)! I actually got these at the beginning of summer for summer classes, and of course by the time I’m back to dance after a 3/4-week break, they’re getting too small. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

Next I have my kneepads and socks for volleyball! If you’re not familiar with the sport, in volleyball you have to dive for the ball sometimes so most players wear kneepads. Mine are Mizuno brand from Academy – and my mom washed them, so now they have lint all over them… And the socks are, well, white socks. Not much to say about socks.

Also, I have my Spandex shorts and a pump belt! As part of our practice uniform, I have to wear these really short Spandex/compression shorts under my practice shorts. (They’re actually surprisingly comfy!) Also, I have black pump belt, which is basically this fabric band I wear around my waist, under my shirt, and it has a little pocket for me to put my insulin pump in.

In my bag, there’s also my practice uniform, which includes my Athletics shirt and these really huge, annoying Adidas shorts that we have to wear! They’re so long and baggy, and so big I have to pull the drawstring as tight as possible! They look like basketball shorts! πŸ˜‘

Then, I have my ballet outfit! At my level, I have to wear a royal blue leotard, so I always make sure to keep that in my bag so I can get dressed for dance without digging through my drawer. I also have a pink cover-up skirt to wear in-between classes, plus black shorts for jazz/contemporary. I also have light pink ballet tights, along with tan footless tights if I have a jazz or contemporary performance.

And lastly, I have a red and a yellow stretch band! The one on the right is tied up in knots that I can wrap around my feet, hands, legs, etc. in order to stretch. The red one is just regular, with no knots or anything. I actually don’t use these stretching bands that much, but for some reason they’re buried in the bottom of my bag. You can find them for pretty cheap by searching “TheraBand” on Amazon. (Lol that sounds like this post is sponsored, it’s not πŸ˜‚)

And it looks like that’s it for this post! I really hope you enjoy it – and if you did, don’t forget to share this post and get free desktop wallpapers! Have you ever danced or played volleyball? If not, what other sports have you played? What’s in YOUR athletics bag? Would you want to see a post with a daily stretching routine or a Top Ten Dance Moves post?

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Colorado Travel Diary – Day 3: Rodeo Ridin’ The River Rapids

Hey daydreamers! (Lol, alliteration overload in the title.) You guys really seem to enjoy my Colorado Travel Diary series, so today I’m here with Day 3! Ahh, I can’t believe there’s only 2 more days left in the series.

Today was super special, because we went…*drumroll please*…WHITEWATER RAFTING! It was so, so, so much fun – I could’ve spent all day on that raft! And I still can’t believe that – wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. πŸ˜‰ I can’t wait for today’s post, so let’s get started!

*THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS WERE TAKEN BY LAKOTA GUIDES PHOTOGRAPHY UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.*

Credit: Lakota Guides

Once we’d eaten breakfast and hung out for a little bit, it was time to drive to the rafting place! When we first got there, I was kind of nervous. I kept thinking about everything that could go wrong, and what if I fell in? I was also super nervous about my insulin pump and supplies, because how was I supposed to treat my blood sugar on a tiny raft? What if I fell in and my pump got ruined?

Credit: Lakota Guides
(Those people stuck in the branches? That’s us. πŸ˜‚)

We had to put on these wet suits that were really uncomfortable, since the straps were rubbing on my sunburn I got from going to Epic Discovery! We also had to wear these waterproof shoes, helmets, and splash jackets. For some reason, the helmets had random names on the back of them, and mine said Dory! Unicorn’s was Sleepy, lol.

Credit: Lakota Guides

We got to ride in a bus with all the other rafts going on the trip, and once we got there, we practiced a couple of strokes on the ground. Riley and I were tall enough to paddle, but poor Unicorn was stuck in the middle seat! 😜 We learned that when our guide, Perry, called out “Forward 3!” We’d row forward three strokes, and “Backward 3!” meant the same thing, but backwards. Us Texans were used to canoeing, so it was really fun learning how to paddle the raft!

Credit: Lakota Guides

My heart was pounding when we first got in! (I’m the terrified one in the back right, lol.) The water was soooo cold, so I was super grateful that we had to wear all that gear!

Credit: Lakota Guides

We started to paddle, and I felt like I was getting into the groove a little bit more! I started to relax as we traveled through the river. You could see the mountains from the raft!

Credit: Lakota Guides

And then we hit our first rapid! It was CRAZY. I was so scared and screaming with delight at the same time! It was such a fun adventure, and the rapids weren’t as bad as I thought they would be.

Credit: Lakota Guides

But then, of course, Riley decided to go on this thing called the Rodeo Seat, which is basically this rope that’s on the front of the raft. You kind of sit on the very edge, and the only thing that’s keeping you on is the rope! Riley seemed to be having fun, and the rodeo seat looked scary but also pretty cool.

Credit: Lakota Guides

Another raft in front of us had gotten stuck on this log, and their entire boat flipped over! Once they got free, the log was rolling around like crazy.

Credit: Lakota Guides

My exact thought process was, when I saw the helmet bobbing up and down in the water: “Oh look, there’s some girl in the water. WAIT!!!! THAT GIRL IS RILEY!!!!!!!!” She had fallen in the river! Suddenly, the log was rolling towards her. She went underwater and moved out of the way at the last second! It was crazy!!

Credit: Lakota Guides

Once we’d pulled Riley back onto the boat and that craziness was over, another person had fallen out of their raft! At first I thought it was my dad, lol, and then it turned out to be some random person. Since we were the sweeper boat, we had a special job of picking up all the people who fall off, so the guy rode on our boat for a few minutes before we could get him back to his party.

Credit: Lakota Guides

Paddling along the river was sooo relaxing – I just wanted to stay on that raft forever and ever! And the whitewater rapids were so exciting and scary and thrilling and petrifiying, all at the same time.

Credit: Lakota Guides

And of course, towards the end of the rafting trip, Riley decided to get BACK on the rodeo seat, even after her fall into the river! I was super amazed by her bravery. I could never have done that. 😜😜😜

Credit: Lakota Guides

And then, of course, on the very last rapid of the ride, she fell of again. πŸ˜‚ Poor Riley!

Credit: Lakota Guides

Soon the rafting trip was over, and we were all exhausted! We all got out of the raft and took off all our gear. They even had snacks, water, and cookies, so that was super nice! After enjoying our cookies, we got in the van with another raft and we all talked and rehashed the insanely amazing rafting trip. It was the highlight of Colorado, for sure!

We drove around this place called Minturn for a little bit, and then decided to eat lunch in Vail Village at this cute little deli that had AMAZING ice cream and sandwiches! Riley’s older sister called, and she answered with, “Guess what? I almost died today!” Uni and I almost died laughing! πŸ˜‚

Credit: My mom πŸ™ƒ

We found these really cool murals next to the parking garage! They had all these flowers and swings on them, and I had to pose in front of it! I love how these kinds of murals make it seem like you’re part of the painting. I read in this travel magazine that was lying around the rental house that said something like “the murals in Vail aren’t complete until someone stands in them”, which I thought was really cool!

Credit: My mom again πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ

And of course, Unicorn had to pose, too. I love her expression in this photo, lol! She’s looking into the distance with a devious smile on her face, and I her arms are shrugging like “Whaaaaat?” when she was trying to “grab” the ropes of the swing. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ It actually does kinda look like she’s sitting on the swing!

Credit: My mom again (again) πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ

I love this picture!! The rest of the day was spent doing puzzles, playing cards, eating snacks, laughing, chatting, and playing around in the yard. Riley and I even found these sleds in the garage, so we sledded down the hill of our rental house in the grass, just so we could tell everyone that we went sledding in the summer! πŸ˜› It was actually really fun, except the grass was really itchy and irritated my skin.

Credit: Uh, me. It’s a selfie.

AHHH AVERT YOUR EYES! I look downright scary in this selfie. πŸ€ͺ I had to use the flash since it was getting darker. THIS SELFIE WILL HAUNT YOU IN YOUR NIGHTMARES MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA

Credit: me

Anyway, here are the traditional sunset photos for today! I STILL can’t get over how GORGEOUS Colorado is. I know you guys are probably sick of me talking about how pretty this place is, but it’s so true. ❀

Credit: me again

I miss Colorado so much! In my opinion, it’s the most beautiful place in the world. πŸ’• πŸ”οΈ

Photo by Jingda Chen on Unsplash

(We unfortunately didn’t get any pictures of the fireworks, so here’s a cool one I found from Unsplash!) Even though it was July 3, there were fireworks going off! We raced outside, and we could see the fireworks show perfectly…from our deck! It was insane. It was such a crazy, incredible experience to be able to see fireworks…oh, and also to be freezing cold on July 3rd. πŸ˜‰

And that’s it for today’s post! I’m really enjoying this Colorado series, and I hope you did, too! Writing these posts totally takes me back to that amazing vacation and puts me in my happy place! See you next Saturday!

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What’s In My Backpack (Back-To-School 2019)

Hey daydreamers! I honestly can’t believe that school is starting in a few days. I’m half completely freaking out and half really, really excited! My favorite part of Back-To-School is always school supplies shopping! We recently went a few weeks ago, and I spent the following days decorating binders, notebooks, and getting all my stuff together.

There’s this big event my school has every year the Thursday before the first day of school called Back-To-School Bash, where you meet your teachers, sign up for clubs, meet the new kids, buy yearbooks and spirit wear, and there’s always food trucks and a big presentation. Every year, the day after the Bash, we put our backpacks and supplies together!

Today I’m going to be showing you guys what’s in my backpack for the first day of school, plus how I decorated my binders and how I organize my things!

First, let’s start with the backpack itself. I got a new backpack for sixth grade because I needed a bigger one, since this year I’m trying to just use one backpack instead of lugging around two giant heavy bags. I got it from Academy for around $45, and I love it!

It says Adidas on the front and has a line of black strap thingies (what do I even call that πŸ˜‚) to hook things like your lunchbox on, and it’s this pretty striped gray/white pattern. There’s five different zipper pockets, a mesh pocket towards the front, and a laptop pocket in the back, along with mesh pockets on the sides for your waterbottle.

Here’s a back view of the backpack – the gray/white pattern is on part of the straps, along with the Adidas logo. Apparently the straps have some sort of “Loadspring Technology” to make wearing it more comfortable, and somehow that helps (even though I have no idea how that works). The straps are also padded, which is sooo nice, since my last backpack didn’t have padded straps and they rubbed and hurt sometimes. Overall, I rate this backpack 5/5 stars, because of the amount of space, comfy straps, endless pockets, and cute athletic design!

Alright, now that the boring backpack review part is over, let’s move on to what’s actually inside the backpack! (This is a What’s In My Backpack post, after all. πŸ˜‰)

Let’s start by opening up the front pocket! Inside, you’ll find…another backpack? Instead of having another large minibackpack in addition to the other two backpacks I had to wear/roll around, this year I’m using my smaller blush pink minibackpack to hold my diabetes supplies for school and volleyball.

(By the way, if you didn’t know that I had Type One Diabetes and/or have no idea what that is or how it works, check out this page to learn more!)

This minibackpack has a small zipper pocket in the back (where I stash my Skittles for when my blood sugar is low), the main area in the middle zipper, and a phone/wallet pocket in the front. I got this awhile ago, so I can’t remember how much it was, but it’s from the Art Class line at Target.

Since at school I can keep my insulin and Glucagon (this special emergency medicine that’s kind of like an Epi-Pen) with the nurse, I only need to have my phone (not shown), an extra insulin pump site (the baggie in the top left corner), some applesauce to take when I’m low, an extra blood glucose meter (in the black bag), some fruit leather and a granola bar for when I’m hungry, and Starburst, skittles, and fruit snacks to take when my blood sugar is low.

In the next mesh pocket, I have my pencil bag, a hole puncher, mini stapler, and a whiteboard eraser. (Ignore the blurred blobs on the eraser, that’s just to cover up my full name, which was written on there.)

Let’s take a look inside my pencil case! I got it from Walmart, and it has this pretty holographic marble pattern that I love. It’s surprisingly roomy and really cute! I think it was around $8, but I’m not super sure.

And here’s everything that’s inside! I have a Sharpie highlighter, pencils, a pink eraser, map pencils, black and blue pens, red gel pens, Expo markers, washable Crayola markers, a pencil sharpener, tons and tons of crayons, scissors (once again, the blurs are covering up my name), a bunch of scented erasers that I’ve had forever and never used, some sticky note tabs, and finally a gluestick and blue gel pens.

Tip: To keep your different supplies together, use clear hair elastics! When you have a lot of one item, like a boxful of crayons, then you can use a medium-sized rubber band and wrap it around twice. This trick really helps and it keeps you from digging through your pencil case to find all your markers! For extra credit, heh heh see what i did there you can also put different supplies in small Ziploc bags. (E.G. All your pencils in one bag, all your map pencils in another, etc.)

Moving on to the zipper behind it, you can find my science binder, a book of my choice for reading time in English class, and my English book, The Secret Garden. Wishtree is an amazing book from the point of view of a tree that I really love, and The Secret Garden seems interesting, but so. Many. Words. 😳 I am pretty excited to read it, though!

And now for my Science binder! It’s just a white three-ring binder from Walmart that came with tabs and a clear pocket in the back. I drew and hand lettered the cover design myself, and I’m happy with how it turned out! I was going for a kind of desktop look, (a literal top of a desk, not a computer) and I drew pens, pencils, and a paintbrush, two differently shaped succulents, a notebook, and a phone. I’m really proud of the shading on the succulents for some reason, but I think the overall look of this cover is pretty cute!

Inside my binder, you’ll find my tabs with the clear pocket and notebook paper in the back, this cheap green calculator I’ve had since fourth grade, and a ruler that’s facing the other way and looks like a white strip of paper, but oh well. There’s also a book called The Case for a Creator tucked in that pocket, and I’m actually really excited to read it. It’s a journalist showing how science proves that God exists, and it seems pretty cool.

My five tabs read Assignment Sheets, Homework, Reference, Labs, and Graded Work. By the way, thankfully we get to leave our giant, heavy hardcover science textbooks at home, so I don’t have to carry it in in my backpack.

In the next and last pocket, you’ll find my English and Math binders, along with the textbooks and workbooks for each of the subjects. First, we’ll start with my math stuff.

Here’s my math textbook – we’re actually using a different textbook at my school this year, and I’m really happy with the change, since our last textbook was heavy, very boring, and we never used it anyways. In our old textbook, the foreword literally said “no colors or pictures to distract from learning”. How boring is that? This new textbook actually is colorful with illustrations and it’s consumable, so you can write directly in it.

And here’s my math binder! It’s just a teal two-inch three-ring from Walmart. I printed out some pretty aesthetic gold-and-blue marble from a website called Free Pretty Things For You, and then hand-lettered the word Math with my brush pen! I messed up really bad on my name at the bottom, so I covered it up with a black box and wrote my name over it with a white paint pen. Unfortunately you guys can’t see how I lettered it since it’s blurred, but I used a tall, all-caps font to contrast with the cursive. I think it turned out really cute, and it’s definitely my favorite design I did!

Inside, I basically just have a bunch of tabs (numbered 1-33 for each week of the school year) and some notebook paper and graph paper in the back. The table of contents shows 1-52 since we ordered that many tabs, and then took out the ones we didn’t need. Also, behind the table of contents is my login stuff for the math websites we use for class.

This is my English binder! Again, it’s a purple/pink one-and-a-half inch binder from Walmart. I painted the watercolor part myself to match the color of the binder, and then handlettered the world English in big, tall letters. I also wrote my name underneath in a long, wide cursive, but again it’s blurred. This design isn’t my favorite, but I’m still happy with it.

Inside the binder, I have a bunch of papers I had to pick up at the Back-To-School Blast, and tabs that say Assignments, Warm-Up, Grammar, Vocab, and Reading/Novels. I ran out of tabs that came with the binder, so there’s also two lonely tabs in the back that say Writing and Research.

Next, for the rest of my English stuff! I have two textbooks, a notebook, and a binder.

First, I have my Grammar textbook, which has the most boring illustration ever. In past years there’s been rocket ships, undersea scenes, even one that was Australia-themed. But they really couldn’t think of anything more interesting than a guy waiting at the airport? Seriously? πŸ˜‚

I also have a Vocabulary textbook, which I’ve flipped through and is pretty boring, but oh well. The cover also isn’t the most interesting in the world, either. I do think vocabulary and English in general is pretty fun, though, so hopefully this textbook won’t be too bad!

And last but not least, I have a plain purple/pink spiral that matches my binder. It has 100 pages, it’s college-ruled, and blank right now. Also, not sure why I needed to show you what the inside of a notebook looks like, but here ya go.

And that’s it for this super long backpack tour! I really hope you guys liked this post – I had an awesome time making it, and hopefully me showing you my textbooks and pencils was somewhat interesting.

By the way, if you’re wondering where my History/Social Studies stuff are, that’s because I don’t take History at school! Instead, I take a homeschool class with Riley’s mom and a bunch of my friends.

Also, if you’re wondering if I’m public schooled or private schooled, I’m actually neither! I go to a type of school called University Model, where I actually am at school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the rest of the days I have assignments and homework. It’s also structured a lot like college, where you have 16-week semesters, pick your classes, and this year we even all have different schedules instead of all going from class to class together. It’s also a K-12 school, so I’m not starting a new school or anything for middle school. My classes are just upstairs. πŸ˜‰

Now, it’s your turn! What’s in YOUR backpack? What type of school do you go to? Should I do a room tour or dance bag/volleyball bag tour? Should I show you guys what my backpack looks at the end of the year vs. the beginning? Are you excited for Back-To-School?

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Colorado Travel Diary – Day 2: An Epic Discovery at 8,150β€²

Hey daydreamers! I’m so happy you guys liked the first installment of my Colorado Travel Diary, and today, I’m back with another one! The second day of our trip was truly amazing, with even more new things and new adventures to explore.

On day 2 of the Colorado trip, I faced my fears, tried new things, hung out with my friends, and saw even more of this beautiful state. And I’ll be documenting all of that in this post, so let’s get right to it!

I had a bit of a rough night – I woke up in the middle of the night and felt like I was about to faint from altitude sickness, and I had these strange, vivid dreams that I kept waking up from every hour or so. But, I woke up to sunlight streaming through the windows and the beautiful mountain view! I read my Bible on the porch while everyone was still waking up – it was absolutely gorgeous, and I felt so close to God!

(Isn’t the sky so pretty? *Sighs*) After we had eaten breakfast, we got dressed and headed off towards Lionshead Village (just a few minutes away from Eagle Vail, the town where we were staying), found a parking spot, and walked around Lionshead for a little bit. Once we got gondola tickets, we decided to go up the mountain to check out this adventure park!

All of us on the gondola! (Riley’s face, lol. She’s the one in the blue shirt, next to me.) I was a little bit nervous about going up the gondola – I kept thinking of this episode I saw in a show called Bunk’d where the ski lift breaks! XD

The gondola started going faster and faster until we were in the air! It absolutely took my breath away being able to see the mountains from hundreds of feet in the air. It was so fun! (Except for the fact that my ears kept popping, lol.)

Me, Unicorn, and Claire in the gondola! We were so excited to go up the moutain!

Before we knew it, we were on the mountain! They had this really huge building called The Eagles’ Nest that had a ton of resturaunts and ski schools inside. Inside that little hut next to it, they had this mini-science center, which was a little lame. XD

Family photo! You can see the rockies in the background – aren’t they so beautiful?? I know I’ve said that like a thousand times so far in this series, but it’s so true! (By the way, the yellow tag thingy on Unicorn’s jacket is her gondola pass – you can also see mine attached to my jeans.)

At the top of the mountain, we discovered HUGE piles of snow!! In July! We were all freaking out with excitement and playing around in the snowpiles and throwing snowballs and “snowboarding” (aka sliding down on our shoes). That’s Texans for ya, haha.

This photo was supposed to be “aesthetic”…not sure if you can actually tell that it’s a close-up of the snow, lol. However, I love how the snowy bokeh looks like shimmering glitter! So pretty!

After we had looked around and decided all the stuff we wanted to do, we went back down the gondola to Lionshead Village to purchase our passes for the adventure park and eat some lunch (since the restaurants in the Eagle’s Nest were crazy expensive). This photo was taken as we went down the mountain in the gondola!

We ate lunch at this cute little restaurant (with a really weird name that I can’t remember right now) that had a deck on top of the roof where you could eat outside. It was so cool! I took this photo while we were waiting for our food – it’s probably one of the best pictures I’ve ever taken! Aren’t those flowers pretty? (I really need to stop saying pretty and beautiful in this post.)

After we bought our passes for Epic Discovery, the adventure park at the top of the mountain, we headed back up in the gondola! Unicorn says her favorite part of the adventure park was the gondola. XD

Unicorn and I got to do this super fun bungee jump while Riley went on a zipline! It was really cool jumping up super high and doing cheer and dance jumps, but whenever I almost attempted a backflip, I would lean back, see the sky, and change my mind! However, I’m determined to someday accomplish a backflip on a bungee jump! πŸ€ͺ

Riley and I both decided to go on the ropes course, but I wanted to warm up on this little baby ropes course they had that was literally three feet off the ground, yet somehow you had to wear harnesses anyways. When I was waiting in line to put my harness on, they had these ropes that said Vail on them and I had to take a picture!

This is the baby ropes course I did – behind it, you could see a real one, but it was closed, so Riley and I did another one on the opposite side of the moutaintop. The baby course was so easy, I went through it super fast!

This was the course I went on with Riley – I only did the first level, and I’m glad, because I’m not the best with heights sometimes! It was kind of scary – they didn’t have one of those automatic belays. You had to actually unclip one of the ropes that was holding you and move it to the next area you wanted to go on, and then do the next one, but I had a lot of trouble with that because I’m so short! I’m glad I got off on the first story, since I started feeling lightheaded right at the very end when I got down.

photo credit: Epic Discovery

I didn’t get a picture of the rollercoaster (since I was on it, duh, and also my mom only took videos of it, and I only have the free plan πŸ˜‰), so enjoy this photo of two random people on the coaster from the Epic Discovery website. πŸ€ͺ There was this really cool mini – rollercoaster that Riley, Unicorn, and I went on, where you drove your own car and controlled the speed! I went slow at first, but then realized I totally loved full speed and went super fast the rest of the way! We all agree that this was the best attraction in Epic Discovery (except in Unicorn’s case. She still thinks it’s the gondola.)

Doesn’t this photo look like either Unicorn is super tiny or we’re about to back-flop of a cliff? We took a bunch of cool boomerangs of us jumping up and down right here, but WordPress won’t let me post them.

We were all super tired and exhausted from the day, so we headed back home in the gondola! We took a little bit to rest and recover from the busy day at Epic Discovery, and then headed over to Vail Village, where we shopped and ate at this cute little deli.

To end this post, here’s another sunset photo I took on the second day. Every day, I took some pictures of the gorgeous sunset, so I’ll be closing off every post in this series with them! I’m planning on making every other post part of this Colorado Travel Diary series, but that might change. πŸ˜‰ Keep an eye out for a collab or guest post coming soon, along with a What’s In My Backpack + Back To School Haul post! See you then!

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Top Ten #1 // 10 Summery Songs & Books

Hey Daydreamers! There’s always that one book or that one song, and whenever you read it or when it comes on, you instantly think of summer. Today, I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite books and songs with summery vibes that I could reread or listen to over and over!

βœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž song: “hola” by hollyn βœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž

This is probably one of my favorite songs ever, and also one of the most summery ones I know. This song is bursting at the seams with summer vibes, and it’s by one of my favorite artists. It’s a little repetitive, but it’s such a great song to just chill out to and it has an awesome message!

PS…I did a cover/AG lyric video to this song over at my other blog, American Girl World, if you want to check that out here! (#shamelessselfpromo lol πŸ˜„)

βœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž book: 11 before 12 by lisa greenwaldβœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž

Even though most of 11 Before 12 is about starting middle school, this book is so summery! It’s a super relaxing read about two BFFs who create this bucket list of things they need to do before they turn 12. It’s such a fun novel, and one of my favorite books ever.

The first day of middle school means trading in freeze tag at the pool for new schedules, fabulous outfits, and a fresh start. But for eleven-year-old Kaylan, the chaos of new locker combinations, cafeteria cliques, and potential first kisses is more than she can handle. She dreads the start of sixth grade and feels like she wantsβ€”no, needsβ€”a winning game plan.

Luckily, Kaylan and her effortlessly chill BFF, Arianna, have a fool-proof plan for tackling transitions: a list of eleven things they need to do to totally transform themselves before they both turn twelve in November.

But between making guy friends, getting detention (and makeovers!), helping humanity, and having super-candid conversations with their moms about their flaws, the first 100 days of school turn out worse than Kaylan ever imagined. Kaylan and Ari forget to focus on their friendship and soon their loyalty to the listβ€”what was meant to help them keep it togetherβ€”becomes the very thing tearing their lives apart.

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βœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž song: “chilling in the summertime” by the jonas brothersβœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž

As much as I love the Jonas Brothers’ new album, (which I’ve been playing on repeat, btw) Chilling in the Summertime is one of their older songs, and it’s so catchy! This song is insanely summery and super relaxing to listen to. (Plus this music video from their Disney channel show way back when is awesome!!)

βœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž book: the maddie diaries by maddie zieglerβœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read this book (as you can see by the worn cover). It’s so, so, good, and one of my favorite non-fiction books ever! It’s also super summery – I read this by the pool yesterday, and I was soooo relaxed. Basically, it’s Maddie Ziegler’s memoir all about her life as a dancer, actress, model, and fashion designer. It’s filled with fun tips and tricks, and some cool photo inserts, too!

Maddie Ziegler knew one day she’d be a starβ€”she just didn’t know how soon that day would come.

At just eight years old, she was cast on Lifetime’s hit reality show Dance Moms and quickly won the hearts of fans everywhere with her natural talent and determination. Soon, she was capturing attention from all overβ€”including pop superstar Sia, who cast her as her dance double in the incredibly popular music video for her hit song β€œChandelier.” The rest, as they say, was history.

In this inspirational memoir, Maddie explains the hard work she put into her rise to stardom and how she keeps her balance along the wayβ€”starring in music videos, going on tour, and becoming an actress in The Book of Henry with Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay. She also answers her fans’ burning questions with wise advice she’s learned on her journey. With honesty, charm, and humor, Maddie offers her unique perspective on making her way in the entertainment world as a young teenager, reflecting on the lessons she’s learnedβ€”and preparing for the exciting road ahead.

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βœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž song: “good memories” by matthew parkerβœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž

Madi from Life Undefeated recently recommended Matthew Parker’s album “Daydream”, so I tried it out and absolutely loved it! This was one of my favorite songs from the album, and is so summery. It makes me think of a road trip, and totally takes me back to Colorado. I imagine Riley, Unicorn, and me, hanging out in Colorado together…*sighs dreamily*

βœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž book: kenzie’s rules for life by mackenzie zieglerβœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž

This book is by Maddie’s little sister, Mackenzie! It’s a lot like Maddie’s book, and it’s packed with tips, recipes, tutorials, quizzes, and more! I love how each chapter is a “rule” for life based on her experiences and adventures. This book is another favorite and a super fun, inspiring read that’s perfect for summer!

An inspirational, upbeat collection of relatable lessons from the teen sensation, Mackenzie Zieglerβ€”an award-winning dancer, singer/songwriter, and actress.

Growing up is hard, but growing up in the spotlight is even harder. However, Mackenzie Ziegler is taking it all in stride, thanks to her positive attitude on life. From getting her start on Dance Moms, to her sold-out tour alongside Johnny Orlando, there’s nothing that she can’t do.

In Kenzie’s Rules for Life, the dance prodigy, singer/songwriter, actress, and model offers her advice on friendship, family, fitness, style, and positivity. She shares lessons drawn from her own experiences for those navigating through their tween years on how to be happy, healthy, and confident in all aspects of their lives.

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βœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž song: “sunflower” by post malone & swan leeβœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž

I recently saw Into the Spiderverse (it was pretty good!) and I loved this summery song from it! It has a sweet message and it’s such a cool song. It was super funny in the movie when Miles was listening to it, because I had no idea that it was from Spiderverse until I watched the movie!

βœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž book: jessica darling’s it-list 2 by megan mccafertyβœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž

This book is another one that’s set in the school year, but somehow it’s super summery to me. I have no idea why. XD I know it’s kind of weird to put the second book of a duology in a book list, but I haven’t read the first one (although the movie is amazing!) This book tells the tale of an awkward girl who accidentally misinterprets another list her sister gives her to help her survive middle school.

Jessica Darling is getting the hang of seventh grade — finally! While her old BFF, Bridget, is busy talking (nonstop) about her new boyfriend, Burke, Jessica tries to fit in with her new friends, Sara, Manda, and Hope. The IT List instructions from her sister, Bethany, and an epic slumber party may help Jessica secure her spot in the cool clique, but does she even want it?

Megan McCafferty’s It List series introduces readers to Jessica Darling, an unabashedly brainy seventh grader who stays true to herself, even if it means being (totally not) cool. 

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βœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž song: “happier” by marshmello ft. bastilleβœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž

This song has such a catchy beat that I love listening to! It’s pretty repetitive, but it’s nice to listen to while you’re reading (one of the books on this list! :P) or making art, because it’s super relaxing and helps me focus for some reason. (Psst…check out this awesome Sunflower x Happier mashup that sounds so perfect!!)

βœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž book: jacky ha-ha: my life is a joke by james pattersonβœ¨β˜€πŸ˜Ž

This is another book that’s the second one in a duology/series, but this one is so perfect for summer! It’s set in a beach town in New Jersey at a carnival in the ’90s. Seriously, does it get more summery than that? πŸ˜› It’s about this girl named Jacky who has to get a job and ends up working at the carnival, and there’s Shakespeare plays and summer love and icies and it’s so funny! Seriously – I laughed out loud so many times when I read this book.

Jacky Hart has found a hidden talent in the performing arts, and she’s a triple threat onstage! She wants nothing more than to act and sing all summer – but her parents have other plans for her. Jacky reluctantly signs up for a summer job in her resort town of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, where tourists come to enjoy the beach and fun carnival atmosphere.

Now she has serious responsibilities like her job and babysitting her younger sisters, but Jacky longs to perform in the summer stock performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Can she handle all of her important commitments and still have fun with her friends – or will she learn that juggling isn’t one of her many talents?

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And that’s it for this post! If you liked this, don’t forget to give us a like and leave a comment! I really hope you check these books and songs out, and you find your new favorite song or that book you can’t stop rereading!

It’s crazy to think that summer’s ending soon – at least for me. I’m going back to school around August 12 or 13, and I’m kind of excited, but also sad that summer’s almost over. Expect lots of back-to-school posts, along with the rest of my Colorado Travel Diary series!

Thanks for reading, and have an awesome day!

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Colorado Travel Diary – Day 1: Skies, Stairs, Spiders, and Sunsets

Hey, daydreamers! I’m super excited for today’s post (which, by the way, is not only the first post in my new series, but it’s also the first official post on here!)

A few weeks ago, I went on vacation to Vail, Colorado! It was one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life! I miss it so much, and the mountains are my new happy place. XD In this series, I’m going to be sharing with you guys all of my adventures from Colorado!

A little backstory: when my mom was in College, she got to go on a mission trip to Vail and stayed there all summer! She loved it so much and really wanted to share Colorado with us. We’d already been to Colorado Springs a few years back, and we wanted to go back there super badly!

My friend (she’s going to be called Riley on this blog), her family, and my family had been talking about going on vacation together this summer – and we ended up going to Vail, Colorado, where my mom went on her mission trip! Riley and her parents decided to drive, and we decided to fly. On July 1, we hit the road/airport!

The night before, I was so excited, I could barely sleep! We had to wake up at 5:00 in the morning, and immediately drove to the airport! My little sister , DiamondUnicorn430 (but we’ll call her Unicorn or Uni in this series) loves these human conveyor belt thingies. Seriously, if you want to make her happy, all you have to do is take her on an escalator. XD

After we’d checked our bags and gotten through security, we went to our gate! I look so tired in this picture, lol. I felt kind of nauseous, but thankfully I didn’t throw up, even though I almost did. (Okay, that was TMI. Sorry ’bout that, lol.) I worked on my friendship bracelet until it was time to board!

We lined up to board when the flight attendant announced it, and then we could finally board the plane! Unicorn and I were so happy to finally go on the plane! (As you can tell, we don’t fly much. XD)

We were so excited as we walked through the hallway/tunnel thingy! I was a little bit nervous, but also super happy to not only be going on an airplane, but that we were going to Colorado!

Thankfully, I landed the middle seat! Unicorn sat on the other side with my dad. There was an empty aisle seat, and my mom and I were hoping for a skinny, quiet person. πŸ˜† And a skinny man with headphones sat next to us! We were like, “Score!” But then he ended up being super chatty and talked with the old man in the seat next to my Dad and Unicorn. πŸ˜‹ It wasn’t too bad, though – once my mom and dad had to sit next to this huge dude we call Two-Ton Tony…on an overnight flight to Paris!

I love how the plane drives slowly, and then goes faster and faster and faster and before you know it, you’re in the air and it takes your breath away. I was so excited when we took off! The view was so gorgeous and it was crazy seeing Houston from miles in the air. All the cars looked like tiny little ants!

Aren’t the clouds beautiful? When I was taking this picture, the baby in the row in front of us turned around and climbed on top of her seat and started babbling at me and my mom and tried to grab my finger! It was so cute! She was clapping and trying to get my mom to hold her. Most people would probably think that’s super annoying, so I’m glad we were the ones sitting behind her!

Another picture of the clouds as we rose into the sky, high above the city. Can you spot the little rainbow circle in the sky? That was cool to see a rainbow from above! I love flying; for me, it’s part of the vacation! I’ve only flown four times in my life, counting there and back from this trip to Colorado.

A few hours later, we landed, got on a shuttle to the rental car place, rented our car, and got on the road to Vail! We were starving, so we stopped at a Freddy’s in Denver that looked EXACTLY like the one at home. It felt like we were back in Texas!

We could see the mountains out the window – it was absolutely incredible! When we started heading out of the city towards the more rural parts of Colorado, I saw these HUGE mountains. I asked my mom if they were part of the Rockies, and she told me they were just foothills! I was blown away. I think the mountain in this picture might be an actual mountian! It’s hard to tell, they all seem so huge to me!

And get this – the bigger mountains still had snow on them. IN JULY. For a Texan who only sees snow barely once a year and the coldest temperature I’ve ever been in was 35 degrees, it was crazy to me to see snow! I’d heard it snowed the weekend before, and I didn’t believe it. πŸ˜‚

*Sighs* The mountains are so gorgeous. I miss them so much! I surprised myself and basically just stared out the window at the beautiful Colorado landscape and played the alphabet game with myself the whole time. Normally, I’m always on my phone or have my nose in a book while I’m in the car, so this was new for me.

There was a lot of confusion with our rental house – the rental company sent us the information for the wrong house, so we drove to Vail Village and were super confused (and a little dissapointed) to find that we were staying in a brown, kind of ugly little apartment that definitely wouldn’t fit seven people (our family of four + Riley and her parents)!

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I made this GIF out of a video I took as we were driving into Eagle Vail!

But then, we figured out it was the wrong place! Then, the GPS took us to this random house with a lovely view of…a construction site? After some calls to Riley’s mom, we figured out the right place and were blown away when we got there! Here’s a tour:

This was our living room! The furniture wasn’t the most comfortable in the world – when we first got there, I was so excited that I ran into the living room and threw myself onto the couch – big mistake. It was rock hard, and it hurt super bad! πŸ˜‚

Here’s another picture of our living room – there were these huge windows and a gorgeous deck I got to read my Bible on every morning and look at the mountains! We played cards on that coffee table for hours and hours…

The view from the porch was absolutely stunning – we could see a huge mountain! On the other side, you could see all of Vail and the mountains in the distance. It was insanely awesome!

This was the kitchen! (Sorry about the mess – I actually took these pictures on the last day of our trip, so our stuff was everywhere from packing up!)

This super-annoying wooden thing didn’t go up all the way to the ceiling and bothered us all for the entire week and made us all OCD. πŸ˜‚

There were these really cool animal sculpture thingies (I seriously need to stop saying thingies) in some places. We couldn’t decide if the first one was a deer or a fox, and the other one kind of looks like a panda in this picture, but it’s actually a bear.

They had these fun frames with posters from all these different parks that were super cool to look at!

This was the room my parents stayed in. It’s nice, right? I like the little lamp with the branch.

Unicorn looks extremely unimpressed with the time change in this picture. πŸ˜‚ She cracks me up.

Let’s venture downstairs, shall we? My sister was so excited to have stairs – we live in a one-story house, and for some reason it’s always been her dream to have an upstairs.

We did this super fun thing were we slid down the banister every time we went downstairs. Kind of a weird picture, but we basically lied on top of the banister, grabbed the sides with our legs and arms, and slid!

There were these super weird/cool wooden bird things that remind me of Angry Birds. Seriously, doesn’t the big pointy-headed one look like the yellow guy, and that littlest one like that tiny little white one, and the fifth one from the left like the red dude?

And of course, we shall not forget the spider that lived with us for the week and just hung there with that bird and ate bugs. We (me, Unicorn, and Riley) actually saw it with a bug all wrapped up in webs, and we thought it was an egg sac and freaked out that there were going to be a ton of baby spiders everywhere like in Charlotte’s web! πŸ˜‚

This was the room Riley’s parents slept in. (We took this when we first got there, before Riley had arrived, because that would be weird if I went in her parent’s room. πŸ˜‚)

WHY DID I TAKE A PICTURE OF OUR BATHROOM. πŸ€” Anyways, enjoy this unnecessary photo of the restroom next to the kid’s room. Hey, at least it was a pretty nice bathroom. 🀷

Sory this picture is blurry! Anyways, here’s our bedroom! Unicorn and I landed the top bunks, and Riley slept on the bottom, below Unicorn. Our room was so cute and fun, and I loved sleeping on a bunk like at camp!

This was the view from our porch! 😍😍😍 I can’t get over how pretty Colorado is. I still can’t believe I got to spend almost a week there.

After Riley arrived (somehow we beat her even though she’d been driving for two days!), we went out to eat at this place called Pazzo’s Pizza! But, it wasn’t exactly the best dining experience of my life…first of all, the room felt weirdly slanted to me (I think I was a little bit disoriented from altitude sickness. I could’ve sworn I was slanted downwards!), and then our food took almost an hour! And it turned out that ordering “thick” pizza meant I got a pizza brick. Yum. When we got home, I took these photos of the beautiful sunset!

You could see the sun sinking below the mountains as the sky turned pink and orange from our porch! I love sunsets so much. And a sunset in the mountians? Ahh, I love it even more! 😍

I took a sunset selfie with the Portait mode on my mom’s iPhone X – it has an awesome camera! I look kinda weird in this picture, but oh well – the lighting is amazing, at least!

And thus ends this super-long post with a selfie with me and Riley! I hope you enjoyed hearing all about the adventures from my first day in Colorado, touring the house, and seeing our flight. Thank you so much for reading through this whole thing! Have an awesome day!

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WE SURVIVED! | Diary of a Daydreamer Blog Tour Wrap-Up (GIVEAWAY WINNER)

Hey, daydreamers! I can’t believe that Diary of a Daydreamer’s launch is over! This has been such a fun week, and it’s been so crazy exciting to see how all of you guys are supporting and liking this project I’ve worked so, so hard on. I honestly can’t believe it!

Here’s the thing: It’s not about followers! But, somehow we were able to reach almost 30 followers within one week? Guys, that’s crazy! Thank you so, so, much, your support means absolutely everything, and I’m so happy you guys liked my blog enough, you followed along!

Photo by Happiness Maker on Pexels.com

Let’s take a look at what happened this week on the DD blog tour – and at the end, we’ll find out who the giveaway winner is! (But don’t. Scroll. To. The Bottom. Without. Reading. The Wrapup. πŸ‘€ I’M WATCHING YOU.)

July 7th, American Girl World: I scheduled this post to go up at 10:00, but I guess WordPress was still in a different timezone, because when I woke up I had all these comments on DD! I momentarily freaked out, thinking somebody found the blog through my Gravatar profile and leaked the news, but then I realized the post was up! You guys were so stunned with the reveal, and it was so fun looking back at your guesses. It was kinda surreal to write this post, actually!

July 7th, Diary of a Daydreamer: July 7th was also the day my first post went public! It was actually kind of hard writing that post at first, because I knew how important your first impression is and I wanted it to be awesome. I was kind of scared, actually. But when I stopped putting pressure on myself, the words just flowed, and before I knew it, I’d written the post!

Photo by Secret Garden on Pexels.com

July 8th, Home With The Hummingbirds: On July 8th, Liz did a super-sweet blog spotlight where she shared all about the new blog and giveaway! Thanks for being a part of the tour, Liz, and I loved your post!

July 9th, Questionable Tortoise Couture: I did a super fun interview with Bekah Banister, and I loved answering the questions! She sent me the questions while we were still in Colorado, so I would type my answers out on my phone whenever we were driving somewhere or had some time to chill in the rental house! Thank you so much for interviewing me and being on the launch team, Bekah!

July 10th, Taking The Cake: Natalie and I did a spinoff of her series #bloggerproblems and came up with a bunch of #dancerproblems! I had a ton of fun designing the graphics and coming up with relatable problems that us dancers face all the time! Thank you so much, Natalie, for being a part of the tour and for the fun post!

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July 10th, Standing Firm in My Faith: In this post, I notified my readers over at my Christian blog, Standing Firm in My Faith, about DD’s launch! This post was quick to write and even quicker to read, but I basically just let you guys know I was starting a new blog!

July 11th, Swingsets and Snapshots: At SS&SS, Morgan and I shared our blog’s aesthetics using images from Unsplash and Morgan even used some she took herself! It was super fun finding different photos that had to do with DD’s different categories that, of course, stuck to the blush pink and gold color scheme. Thanks for being on the tour, Morgan!

July 12th, On the Wings of a Dream: Enni posted a lovely little blog spotlight telling all of you guys about DD and the giveaway. She did such a great job! Enni, thank you so much for being a part of the tour, I really loved your post!

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July 13th, Pananaw: I did an insanely fun interview with Jo’s character Ricky, and I loved answering the questions! Ricky’s interview questions were the best, and I loved how quirky she is! I also laughed at the GIFs – those were hilarious! Thanks for the awesome post and for being on the launch team, Ricky and Jo!

I know that I’ve thanked every member of the team, but I can’t say it enough: THANK YOU GUYS! You guys are what helped make DD’s launch possible. I truly couldn’t have done it without you and I’m so grateful for your support. Thank you so much (again! Actually, times infinity)!

And now…it’s time…to announce the giveaway winner(s)!

HOW DARE YOU SCROLL STRAIGHT PAST THOSE WRAPUPS. As punishment, you must go back and read through ALL OF THAT and I’m going to make you scroll through a million dots to find out who won!

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(Did you spot the 5 llamas?)

And…the winner of the giveaway is….

Saege Edavane!

Congratulations, Saege! I’ll be contacting you shortly so you can claim your prize! (If you don’t respond within two weeks, I’ll have to pick another winner!) You’ll get an awesome blog design makeover and a guest post on the blog you picked, Diary of a Daydreamer!

I guess that concludes the DD blog tour! Once again, thank you so much to everyone who participated, followed, entered the giveaway – you guys are truly awesome! I can’t wait for everything that’s in store for this blog. Thanks for joining me today, and I’ll see you guys next week with a travel diary! Bye!

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