it's here. โ€” Emmie Awards 2019 NOMINATING!

Hey daydreamers! It’s that time of year – the snow is falling (well, everywhere except Texas, where it’s 62 degrees as I write this), Christmas lights twinkle from the branches of the tree, and stockings are hung on the mantel as children daydream of Santa’s gifts on Christmas eve…

Sorry, I went into Christmas carol mode there. ๐Ÿ˜‚ What I’m trying to say is, it’s December, and that means…the Emmie Awards are BACK, and better than ever!

If you’re new to any of my blogs, you probably don’t know what the Emmie Awards are. (Get it? Emmie? Emmy? Yes I’m a genius I know) Ever since 2017, on American Girl World I’ve hosted the annual Emmie Awards, which are awards given to the best bloggers of the year and YOU get to vote for and nominate them.

Here’s how it works: Basically, there’s 10 different categories that a blogger can win. (Like Best Photos, Best Collab, Blog of the Year, etc.) In the comments, you’ll nominate your favorite bloggers for each category!

Then, nominations will close on the 14th, and on the 15th of December I’ll post a survey where you can vote for the winners of each award! When voting closes on Christmas Day, the winners will be notified by email on the 26th and they’ll have the chance to write an acceptance speech for their award.

Finally, the winners will be announced on both American Girl World and Diary of a Daydreamer. Then we’ll have a giant blog party in the comments to celebrate the winners! Got it?

You’ll learn just HOW to nominate your favorite blogs for the Emmie Awards at the end of this post! First, let’s check out this year’s categories!

This award is for the collab series or post between two or more bloggers that you really enjoyed, connected with, or felt inspired by. This award goes to the most creative and stunning collab of the year – so nominate your favorite in the comments!

Who do you think of when someone says “lifestyle blogger”? Nominate them for this award! A lifestyle blog is a blog that covers topics like the blogger’s interests, events in their life, fashion, photography, and more.

Do you have an old favorite doll blogger or a brand new one you just discovered? Any blog featuring dolls, toys, or stuffed animals can be nominated for this category! This award is for a doll/toy blog featuring exciting and creative photostories, great quality photos, and well thought-out characters.

You can nominate any blog for this category that focuses on books, characters, reviews, and most importantly, is written by a bookworm! Blogs like these make you want to read all the books they review to investigate them for yourself, include amazing photos, and show incredible effort in their content.

Note: if the blog you nominate was designed by someone other than the blogger, the credit goes to the designer! A stunning blog design can make or break your blog’s success. And some blogs accomplish that perfectly, creating an aesthetic and beautiful environment on their blog that makes you feel like you could scroll through their feed forever!

Is there a certain video, vlog, or stopmotion that you can’t stop rewatching? This award goes to a blog who posts amazing video content on their site OR has a YouTube channel associated with their blog. You can nominate a specific video, or just a blog in general who always posts quality movies!

Some blogs have gorgeous, aesthetic photos with perfect lighting and setups. Behind those amazing photos are hours of shooting and editing, so reward your favorite photographer for all their hard work by nominating them for this award!

This award is for a tutorial post that’s super easy to follow along to. A tutorial can be a craft tutorial, recipe, follow-along routine, or anything that’s meant for you to try out and follow along to! Videos count for this category, too!

This award is for the best new blog that started in 2019 OR has been public for year or less! So a blog started in December 2018 counts and so does a blog started in March 2019, but a blog that started in May 2018 doesn’t count. Got it?

And lastly, the most prestigious and highly coveted award in the entire Emmies… the honorable title of Blog of the Year! This award is given to the blog that really shined this year. Their posts were on point and they connected with their audience, and showed incredible creativity. This award is a huge honor, so nominate your most favorite blog of all time for this one!

HOW TO NOMINATE

All you have to do is comment down below! Some rules:

  • You cannot nominate yourself for an award
  • You can technically nominate me for an award, but that would be kinda strange lol
  • You are allowed to campaign on your blog to get nominations (like making a post asking people to nominate you for whatever category)

Here’s a template for what you can say.

  • Blog of the Year: Blogger Name @ Blog URL
  • Best Lifestyle Blog: Blogger Name @ Blog URL
  • Best New Blog: Blogger Name @ Blog URL
  • Best Blog Design: Blogger Name @ Blog URL
  • Best Videos: Blogger Name @ Blog URL OR Video Name @ Video URL
  • Best Photography: Blogger Name @ Blog URL
  • Best Collab: Blogger(s) Name(s) @ Blog URL(s) OR Collab Name @ URLS of posts in collab
  • Best Book Blog: Blogger Name @ Blog URL
  • Best Doll Blog: Blogger Name @ Blog URL
  • Best Tutorial: Tutorial Post Name from Blog Name @ Post URL

what are you waiting for? let’s get nominating!

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My December Bullet Journal Spread – Nutcracker BuJo Theme!

Hey daydreamers!

AHH GUYS I’M SO EXCITED THAT CHRISTMAS IS FINALLY HERE! For me, Christmas is Amy Grant music, decorating the Christmas tree, making wishlists, and dancing in the Nutcracker. I love love love the Nutcracker ballet – it’s my favorite of all time and I love watching other ballet companies versions of it on YouTube, and performing in it is such a huge part of my Christmas!

So I thought for December it would be perfect to do a Nutcracker spread! A few months ago, I posted a bullet journal monthly spread for September, and I was really happy with how it turned out! But the problem is, I never actually ended up using it! And none of the ideas were my own – I copied everything from AmandaRachLee. And there’s definitely nothing wrong with recreating spreads, but this month I decided that I would try to create my own spread ideas. And I’m really glad I did! I think it turned out pretty well. (Most of it, at least…)

And if you recreate this spread, I would LOVE to see it! Shoot me an email at emeraldphoenix[at]icloud[com], and you’ll be featured in my next post! I wonder how many people would actually recreate this lol

I think my opening page is my absolute favorite out of all the spreads! The quote is from the Nutcracker and the Four Realms (which I’ve only watched 30 minutes of, haha), and I drew the snowflakes from a bunch of different tutorials I found online. The drawing of Clara and the Nutcracker prince I copied from an image I found on Google, and I really love how the drawing looks! I liked drawing both of their outfits.

This next spread is my calendar spread, and the theme for this one was the Land of Sweets! I drew the Sugar Plum fairy with tons of candy and treats, and I colored her in so she would pop off the page. I also wrote “DECEMBER” in a tall thin font and the months at the top in a cursive calligraphy font!

On the next pages, I have my habit tracker spread that’s battle-scene themed, and a mood tracker. The mood tracker was supposed to be like the party scene, with the Nutcracker doll under the tree and Clara walking by, but it almost looks like Clara is watching the tree grow the way she’s positioned. What do you think?

My habit tracker is my second favorite! Although Clara’s face looks really strange…I drew the Nutcracker and Rat King fighting off of images I found on Google. Each of the mini-calendars has one of the habits that I want to keep up every day this month, and each day I’ll color in the boxes that I complete the task!

And this side has my mood tracker from the party/transformation scene! On each day, I’ll color in an ornament/star/present/light/Nutcracker hat according to what my mood is that day, based on the key.

My next spreads are my playlist and brain dump! The playlist represents the scene where Clara and the Nutcracker are traveling to the Land of Sweets and they pass through the clouds. The angels light the way with their candles and announce their arrival with trumpets. On the right is my brain dump page, which is based on one of the dances from the Land of Sweets with Mother Ginger and the Polchinelles. Mother Ginger opens her giant skirt to reveal her little gingerbread clown children, who cartwheel and dance for Clara.

On the playlist page, I drew two angels and wrote out some of my favorite Christmas songs and albums. My favorites on this page are “Like It’s Christmas” by the Jonas Brothers and “Hallelujah” By Pentatonix!”

(Sorry there’s a weird line of White-Out in the middle of the page…) This page looked really great until I colored it, and then everything looked really messy…Oh well. The idea is to write random thoughts, ideas, lines, lyrics, and to-dos inside the skirt.

Moving on to my weekly spreads! I decided to draw all of my weekly spreads out before the month this time, since last month I forgot to draw my other weekly spreads and didn’t end up using it.

For the first week, I drew a Spanish dancer! She looks very full of herself and above everyone, haha. The Spanish dance for Clara with fans to represent chocolate.

Next I drew a Chinese dancer, and oof…she looked WAY better before I colored her! Everything got really messy and weird colors, plus her hair looks blonde for some reason because my light was reflecting the pen? IDK. But the Chinese dance with a parasol and represent tea.

This one might be my favorite weekly spread drawing! I love how her skirt and pointe shoes turned out, and her little lamb is so cute! The mirlitons are Danish shepherdesses that represent either marzipan or mirliton candies, depending on the version of the Nutcracker.

The Russian dancer was a little harder to draw, since the Russian dance doesn’t really have a distinctive costume, but the song is probably the most recognizable in the whole ballet. The Russians dance a trepak to represent candy canes.

Finally, I drew an Arabian dancer! I think she turned out pretty well and her costume is pretty accurate, but I just realized I forgot to color the banners on the Russian and Arabian dancers…oh well! The Arabian dancers are supposed to represent coffee.

If you recreate this spread, don’t forgot to send it to me! Shoot me an email at emeraldphoenix[at]icloud[com], and you’ll be featured in my next post! Merry Christmas, guys! (AHH I CAN FINALLY SAY THAT)

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10 Things That Make Me Happy! // Tag

I’ve been seeing this tag all around the blogosphere, and OH MY GOODNESS I wanted to steal this tag so bad! It looked so fun and relaxing to write, and it was fun and relaxing and made me so happy to read! So when Madi tagged me for this, I was LITERALLY SO HAPPY. Haha I need to put getting tagged for this post as one of ten things that make me happy!

(Okay, we’re one paragraph in, and I have already said the word happy WAY TOO MANY TIMES. *sigh*)

Anyways, a HUGE thank you to Madi for tagging me, and thank you to Maya for creating this! Let’s jump right in! *dives headfirst* (Wait don’t you always dive headfirst? You wouldn’t dive feet first, because then it wouldn’t be diving…*head spinning*)

dance

When I dance, I just feel so happy and free – when I’m on pointe, I feel like I’m a hundred feet tall. When I leap, I feel like I’m flying in the air. When I turn, I feel like I’m spinning and spinning a hundred miles an hour. I love dance (and I love it so much I do it like 6+ hours a week, lol) and it makes me so happy!

(This is a picture of me in class last Saturday – we were waiting for the teacher to show us the combination!)

My favorite style of dance is (quite obviously!) ballet! I love feeling so graceful when I’m performing, and I really love dancing on pointe. It doesn’t even hurt that bad! I also enjoy the challenge and difficulty of it, how you’re always striving for perfection, pushing yourself to do more.

(This picture was taken onstage at dress rehearsal for our contemporary recital last spring. I’m the one who’s about to be lifted!)

My other favorite style is contemporary! I love how much variation there is: it can be a violently fast, athletic dance or a slow, flowing emotional piece or a mixture of both! I also love the daring lifts and how I can express my emotions with choreography.

my puppy

My little puppy, Chewy, is the softest, fluffiest, cutest, tiniest dog in the whole entire world! I love him so much. *Squeezes* He makes me so happy with his hilarious antics and amazing adorableness!

And guess what? Today is Chewy’s third birthday! *Celebrates by throwing confetti in the air* He’s turning three today!

His activities include eating, sleeping, going on walks, barking at random things that don’t exist, staring at people, staring out the window, being cute, mushing his face into the carpet, sleeping on his back in his dog bed with his head hanging off the side, being adorable, and impersonating a present. (Lol) When we put the Christmas tree up, he loves sitting underneath it like a little Christmas gift! We haven’t put ours up this year yet, but I really want to…

photo from Unsplash

hot chocolate & tea

I LOVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND TEA so much!! I love cozying up with a book and fuzzy socks while sipping skinny hot chocolate from Starbucks. I also started drinking tea in the mornings – my favorite flavor is probably peppermint! I love drinking warm herbal tea in the mornings; even though there isn’t any caffine in the type of tea I always drink, it wakes me up and makes me feel so cozy and warm and safe and…ahhh!

photo from Unsplash

I also really like bringing a to-go cup with my favorite herbal tea to church and I drink it during the sermon. When I’m at home, I use my mom’s old giant mug that says “Mom Fuel!” on it, lol!

Photo from Google

summer/fall/winter/spring (aka ALL THE SEASONS)

Okay, I know this one is kinda weird, but I was going to put that summer makes me happy, but then I’m LOVING fall right now and it’s my birthday season, and winter is so cozy and I love the holiday season, and spring has so much fun stuff that happens and I love all the flowers and weather, so…basically all the different seasons make me happy, each in their own unique way!!

photos from Unsplash

I love how God created seasons, how everything changes, bringing new adventures, feelings, and beauty in nature. The only thing about seasons is, well, we don’t really have them here in southeast Texas. XD Seriously, the leaves are JUST starting to fall, and today it’s 50 degrees but two days ago it was 75…

Photo from Unsplash

music

Music makes me so happy! My favorite artists and bands are: Taylor Swift, the Jonas Brothers, Matthew Parker, OneRepublic, and for KING&COUNTRY. I think I mainly listen to pop, but also I really like modern Christian music like Hollyn and for KING&COUNTRY!

If I’m not singing, there is probably something seriously wrong with me, because (fun fact!) I’m literally ALWAYS SINGING. While I’m walking around the house, in the shower, whatever I’m doing, I’m constantly belting out whatever song is stuck in my head at the moment! I sing so much to the point that my family gets crazy annoyed with me – after I’ve belted out the same chorus 10 times, I’m rewarded with an “EMMMMMIIIIIEEEE!!!!!” from my sister. XD (Except she uses my real name, of course, that would be super weird if she called me by my online name lol)

photo from Unsplash

reading

Every night before I go to bed, I have to read a book or else I can’t fall asleep! I try to read SOMETHING every day – my Bible, a magazine, a book…and I love reading books so much! I always get way too invested in the characters, the story, the plot, to the point where I feel as if the book is real and I literally cannot put the book down.

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My favorite books are: the Hunger Games series, The Maddie Diaries, Life In Motion, and 11 before 12. I always get stuck in a rut of reading the same books over and over again!

photo from Unsplash

drawing

I love drawing! It’s so peaceful and relaxing. I’ll spend hours drawing pretty much anything, but I really love drawing ballerinas and pointe shoes. I also like to follow along to step-by-step drawing tutorials! I’m not the best at drawing realistically and I have a lot to learn, but I think my drawing and doodling skills have improved a lot over the years.

I also really enjoy drawing in my bullet journal! I’m working on a December spread that I’m really proud of so far and I know you guys will love, so I’ll make sure to make a post about that soon! I also doodle everywhere – in class, on my hand, on random sheets of notebook paper…

Photo from Unsplash

making videos

I love, love, love making videos – especially vlogging and making stop motions. It makes me so happy to see all of my hard work pay off when everything finally comes together after hours (in a stop motion’s case, months) of hard work! I’m currently working on a top-secret project that might involve a video…

photo from Unsplash

my friends

Hanging out with all of my amazing friends together makes me so happy. I love you guys!! *hugs* (Also shoutout to Janel, who’s one of my best commenters and a great friend!) When I’m with my friends, I can be myself, share my secrets, and laugh my head off and nobody will judge me. Nothing is ever boring when I’m with my friends!

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And also all of my amazing online friends make me so happy! I get so happy and excited every time I get a comment from one of you guys! *hugs the entire blogosphere*

Photo from Unsplash

blogging

This one is kinda meta! Blogging makes me feel so happy and relaxed and I just love it so much. I’m free to create, to express myself, and I love writing posts and taking pictures about my life. Ever since I’ve started this blog I realized that lifestyle blogging really suits me and I’m so happy that I have the opportunity to share my creativity on both of my main blogs!

WHEW! That was quite the long post. Now to tag 10 people who make ME happy!

  1. Hannah
  2. Diamond
  3. Natalie
  4. Enni
  5. Mary Elizabeth
  6. Charis
  7. Gracie M
  8. Bekah Banister
  9. Janel (I know you don’t have a blog, but I would love to hear about 10 things that make YOU happy!)
  10. Anybody who wants to steal this tag!

What are some things that make you happy? Tea or hot chocolate? What’s your favorite book? Favorite season?

I challenge you to write down some things that make YOU happy and post it – post it on your blog, post it on your social media, post it on your refrigerator. Just take some time to think about some things that make you happy that you’re grateful for!

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50 Followers Q&A – My Answers to YOUR Questions!

Hey daydreamers! I’m so happy that all of you guys asked a ton of questions that I’m super excited to answer. I want to thank every single one of you who takes the time to read my posts, follow my blog, and write out a comment – I (literally) couldn’t do this without y’all! I wish I could just reach through the computer screen and give a big hug to every single one of you guys. ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—

And since I’m a nerd, I listed all of my answers to your questions in alphabetical order of the name of the person to asked them. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Hopefully that will make it a little easier to find your questions!

Okay, enough of the sappy speeches, numerous emojis, and my nerdiness. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Let’s get started!

***I don’t own any of the GIFs in this post, they’re all from Google. Also, I made the images with PhotoFunia.***

What is your favorite thing youโ€™ve learned about blogging?

I think maybe my favorite thing that I’ve learned about blogging is how to create better quality posts. When I was first starting out on my AG Doll Blog, my posts were only a few paragraphs long, my images were grainy and blurry, and I didn’t really have a good idea on what people actually liked to read; I was just taking random pictures of my dolls and hoping someone would want to read them! I’m still trying to improve the quality of my posts today, but I feel like I’ve learned a lot about how to write something people want to read.

What is the longest thing youโ€™ve ever written?

I wrote a novel last year called the Huntress that was 30,000 words long, but I have a sorta-abandoned WIP that’s currently at 35,000! I actually haven’t written a book or story or anything in a really long time. I’d love to get back to that, but I’ve been so busy lately!

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Which post did you enjoy making the most?

Ooh, this is a really good question – and a really hard one! Maybe one of my first posts, Colorado Travel Diary | Day 1: Skies, Stairs, Spiders, and Sunsets because it totally took me back to that amazing vacation and I just felt so happy and relaxed writing it.

Do you have any book recommendations?

YES. The Hunger Games trilogy. GO GET YOUR HANDS ON IT IMMEDIATELY AND READ THE AMAZINGNESS THAT IS THE HUNGER GAMES!!!

KATNISS!

I mentioned a lot of books that I love too in this post, plus I recommend anything by Raina Telgemier, the Dog’s Purpose series, and Wonder by R.J. Palicio!

What TV shows do you like?

My little sister and I love rewatching old Disney channel shows – Jessie, Liv & Maddie, and the Suite Life are a few of our faves. We watch the new ones that air now like the new Bunk’d, Coop & Cami Ask The World, and Just Roll With It, but the newer ones just aren’t as good as the old ones from the 2000s to early 2010s!

Favorite singer?

My favorite singer is Taylor Swift, and my favorite bands are OneRepublic, for KING & COUNTRY, and (of course) the Jonas Brothers!! My all-time favorite band is the Jonas Brothers, and I think Taylor is my second favorite musician and then OneRepublic & for KING & COUNTRY are tied for third place.

Jo and Kevin are the BEST

Current favorite songs?

Ooh I have a huge playlist of my favorite songs! I think right now ones I’ve been listening to a lot are Like It’s Christmas by the Jonas Brothers, Somebody to Love by OneRepublic, and Burn the Ships by for KING & COUNTRY is a really great one too.

What genre of movies do you like best?

Actually, I’m not really sure – I kinda watch everything! I love anything Marvel and Star Wars, but other sci-fi movies aren’t really my favorite. I love Disney stuff, action, adventure, contemporary…the only thing I won’t watch is horror movies! I will never in a million years watch a horror movie. I can’t even handle a haunted house! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Me watching anything slightly scary

Which movie is your favorite?

One again, the Hunger Games movies! I just watched it yesterday actually and it was AMAZING.

1. Do you prefer listening to books on tape or reading them yourself?

I 100000001% prefer reading actual books – eBooks are okay, but I have no idea why I don’t like audiobooks so much. It’s just so hard for me to pay attention unless I’m doing something! Plus I really love snuggling up in my cozy chair with a blanket and a book and reading for hours until I go to bed.

2. If you had two children: a girl and a boy, what would you name them?

Ooh, this is a really fun question! I would name the boy Elijah Samuel, because those names are really cute and have great Bible stories. I also love Skye or Skylar for a girl since it sounds so pretty, and maybe Olivia or Elena for a middle name would be cute.

3. What is your least favorite chore around the house?

Probably wiping the counters or dusting. I’m not super great at chores and I don’t really do them a lot!

me trying to iron

4. If you could meet three people from history, who would they be?

Nick Jonas from 2010 Just kidding, I think I would be really cool to meet Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln, and Nick Jonas from 2009 maybe Betsy Ross or Martin Luther King Jr.

5. What is your favorite movie?

The Hunger Games is amazing! I’m excited to watch Catching Fire (the second movie). I also love any Marvel movie.

6. Do you like peanut butter?

Yeah, but I don’t LOVE it. Like my dad and sister will eat it straight from a spoon, but I’d rather have it in a PB&J sandwich or on toast with bananas – yum! Basically I’m saying that I like it but only with something else.

7. Do you have any siblings?

Yes, I have one little sister (she used to have a blog about our dog, Chewy: she doesn’t post any more, but her photos are so cute, so check it out!) who is 9 years old.

One of her photos

do you like puppies or kittens better?

Definitely puppies! They are just so cute and amazing and fluffy and cuddly and playful and loyal and AHH I LOVE THEM.

Who can ignore that wittle face!!

pens or pencils?

Um, I have no idea. Depends on what I’m writing, how good the pen is, and how sharp the pencil is.

have you ever gone rock climbing?

Yes, actually, but only the indoor kind. There’s this huge rock wall gym near us and sometimes we’ll go there with friends and for birthday parties. There’s so many different bouldering stuff and rock walls there, it’s really fun!

pink or purple?

Pink! Blush pink is my favorite color ever.

skydiving or bungee jumping?

Ack! If you mean indoor skydiving versus the bungee jumping with the trampoline and cords, then bungee jumping any day because I hate not being able to breathe and all the air blowing in my face…but if you mean actual skydiving and jumping-off-of-a-cliff-backwards bungee jumping, I’d still choose bungee jumping because at least I wouldn’t be free-falling to the ground and ack!

ack!

highlighters or colored gel pens?

Ooh, I really love colored gel pens but I also use highlighters! Both, I guess?

lemonade or iced tea?

Lemonade all the way, I really love diet lemonade from Chick-Fil-A.

fav. bible verse?

Ooh, mine is:

Psalm 62:7-8 The Message (MSG)

7-8ย My help and glory are in God
ย ย ย ย โ€”granite-strength and safe-harbor-Godโ€”
So trust him absolutely, people;
ย ย ย ย lay your lives on the line for him.
ย ย ย ย God is a safe place to be.

copied and pasted from Bible Gateway

fav. hobby?

Dancing!! Especially ballet!

if you could rename any animal, which animal and what would you name it?

I would rename the llama “Majestic Creature of Amazing Awesomeness.” Just kidding, I would maybe rename fish Aquatica, since it just sounds so majestic and cool!

1. What does a usual Day in the Life of Emmieโ„ข entail?

Ooh, so it really depends on the day. On any Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, I’ll wake up and eat breakfast while watching a show with my little sister. Then I’ll usually get started on my homework for the day. On Monday and Friday I try to do at least one or two subjects, but on Wednesday I have to do all of them since they’re due the next day. When I’m done with homework, I’ll blog, film, or work on whatever project I’m doing at the moment, and then I’ll eat dinner and go to dance on Wednesday and sometimes Monday. Then on Tuesdays and Thursdays I have school, which lasts from 8:00-ish to 3:00, and then I’ll work on projects and blog stuff or just hang out until I have dance in the evenings. On Saturday, I have ballet at 9:00am that I have to wake up early for, and then I have rehearsal and my sister has soccer that afternoon. On Sunday I don’t have any dance usually, and I go to church and eat lunch with my family and hang out. That was REALLY long but basically that’s the general idea!

2. What are your best productivity tips?

My tip is to make a checklist for the day on what you want to accomplish – whether it’s a mental list or you write it down on paper or in a bullet journal. If I write it down then I usually forget to check things off, but the night before I like to make myself a mental plan for today to follow in the morning!

3. Can you give us an in-depth look at your morning routine?

Once again, my morning routine really depends on what day it is. On a “home day” (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) I’ll usually wake up around 8:00 or 9:00 and watch a show while I eat breakfast. Then I’ll work on my schoolwork after I get dressed and wash my face. On school days, I wake up at 7:00, get dressed, do my hair, wash my face, put on my shoes, eat breakfast, grab my backpack, and go! On Saturday I have early-morning dance so I’ll wake up at 8:00, put on my dance outfit, do my bun, eat a quick breakfast, and wait a little bit for my ride to arrive. Sunday, I get ready and I’ll make myself some peppermint tea to put in a little to-go cup that I bring to church.

4. As you know, having an autoimmune disease can be discouraging. How do you take care of yourself emotionally/mentally and stay positive throughout your battles?

I think I’ve just learned to embrace that this is my “new” (it honestly feels like I’ve hat T1D for my whole life, but it hasn’t even been two years) normal. I know that to keep myself healthy I have to do some certain things (like sticking my fingers with needles and inhale applesauce at 12:00am), and that’s okay, because that’s my new normal.

5. Do you have any thoughts on pursuing your dancing dreams despite an illness and what thatโ€™s like?

Sometimes it’s difficult when my blood sugar is going crazy, my monitors are falling off, and my pump gets in the way. But like above, I’ve learned to manage it, and I don’t let it stop me!

7. Did you realize I skipped #6? XD

Nope! How did I not even notice that…

What is your favorite clothing brand?

Ooh, good question! I have no idea. Maybe Target or Children’s Place.

Favorite dancers?

Chloe Lukasiak, Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler, and Misty Copeland are my favorite dancers ever! I love their books and all of them are so inspirational and amazing, incredible dancers, ahhh.

DC or Marvel?

MARVEL ALL THE WAY.

Pink or Purple?

Pink! Blush pink is my favorite color ever.

Cats or Dogs?

DOGS DOGS DOGS. Dogs are so amazing and loyal, and they’re adorable and playful and cute and cuddly! Mine is currently sleeping on my lap as I type this.

Awwww!

Drawing or Painting?

I think I’m better at drawing and it’s a lot easier to get out a pencil and doodle then, say, get out a canvas and paint a masterpiece. However, I really love the look of paintings (especially watercolor!) and they’re so relaxing, but really time consuming! I might say drawing.

Do you watch Once Upon A Time?

No, I don’t. But I remember in Kindergarten when I was absolutely OBSESSED with Frozen I saw the episode where she like materialized out of a pool of liquid/ice or something? I remember I would try to recreate that by rising up from under a blanket. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I was a strange six-year-old.

Favorite movies/TV shows?

Like I said above, I love old Disney channel shows! I also love Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix.

Favorite candy?

I love M&Ms! I think my other favorite candy is Musketeers. I loooove marshmallows (haha, flashback to 2017!) and ESPECIALLY ones covered in chocolate, and Three Musketeers have all of that in a candy bar, so YUM!

Favorite movie?

Haha, almost everybody asked this question! For the fourth time, I would say Hunger Games. LOL! Ooh, my favorite Disney movie is probably the Greatest Showman.

What do you do in your free time?

I’m always watching YouTube, checking WordPress, working on a blog post or stop motion, reading a good book, and dancing! I also have to be listening to music while doing all of those things for some reason, lol.

Pink or Aqua?

Ooh, aqua is so pretty…but blush pink is my favorite color…so pink? But I only like very light shades of pink, light coral pink, and tan-ish pink, not any hot pink or dark pink. I’m really picky!

And thatโ€™s it for this post! Thank you to everyone who asked questions for the Q&A – y’all are the best! *hugs* I had so much fun answering your questions and trying something new by adding a hundred GIFs, lol.

Pink or purple? What’s your favorite movie? Your opinion on the Hunger Games? Are you a dancer? Do horror movies freak you out? Do you like old Disney channel shows?

Forgot to ask questions? Ask them in the comments! See ya next week!

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There’s still 3 days left to ask questions for the Q&A!

Hey guys! I’m just popping in to let you all know that there’s still 3 days left to ask questions for the q&a! Don’t forget to check out this post to comment your questions, or comment them here! I’m so excited to answer all the questions that you guys asked.

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Check out my dance bag post to answer questions!

One more thing – make sure to share this post so as many people as possible can ask questions before Friday, November 15 at 12:00PM Central Time!

Bye! See y’all on Saturday!

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What’s In My Dance Bag #2 – Updated Dance Bag Tour!

Hey daydreamers! Random question: how early is to early to listen to Christmas music? Usually I strictly ban it until after Thanksgiving, but the Jonas Brothers just came out with a new Christmas song and okay, I admit I’ve listened to it about 15 times since it came out…

Anyway, I know I just did a “what’s in my dance bag” in like August, but my dance bag has changed a LOT since then. First of all, volleyball season ended, I got pointe shoes, new leotards, I’m now at the dance studio 24/7…and oh, yeah, I got a new bag. So yeah, I think that justifies a new tour! If you want to check out the first one, click here.

Let’s just dive headfirst into the post, since I can’t wait to get started!

First, we have the actual bag! I got it for my birthday, and it’s this really cute duffel bag from Rebok. I love the blush pink color! (Pretty much everything I got for my birthday is blush pink…) There’s a mesh pocket on the side, another side pocket with a zipper, and a front pocket with velcro. There’s one main strap that goes over your shoulder, and two smaller straps that velcro together to hold stuff on top of the bag – I use it to hold my pointe shoe bag in place!

In the mesh side pocket, I keep my ballet shoes! I normally just stuff them there after class. That way they can air out after getting all sweaty from dancing (ew). My ballet shoes are leather split-soles from SoDanca, but I’ve been thinking about switching to canvas ballet shoes so I can point my foot more easily.

And next, my pointe shoe bag! I keep my shoes in a blue mesh bag that I stick in the outside pocket. Like my ballet shoes, that gives them a chance to air out after getting sweaty, so they won’t break down as easily!

In my pointe bag, I have my toe pads, toe tape, and of course, pointe shoes! I wear Pillows For Pointe Gellows toe pads, and I love them because they’re reversible! I really like the gel side on my toes – for the first few releves, it’s actually comfortable because the gel feels really soothing. (After that, well…not so comfortable.) I also use Gaynor Minden Microfoam toe tape, which I don’t use super often since I haven’t gotten any blisters yet (thankfully!).

Then, of course, my pointe shoes! Like I said in my pointe fitting vlog, I wear Bloch European Balance, size 4, No X. Translation for non dancers: the number of “X” you have determines the width of your shoe – so if you had XXXX, you’d have really wide feet, and No X means your feet are so narrow that they’re not even wide enough to have one X. Like me. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Here are some gorgeous pictures of my feet. ๐Ÿ˜‚ These involved me tying them, standing on top of my desk, bending down and desperately grabbing the wall while I tried to balance on one foot in the left picture. You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ˜œ

The side pocket contains a very dirty-looking Ziploc bag that contains a travel hairbrush and used to have bobby pins and hair ties in it, but I don’t know where those ended up…and also my red Theraband, which looks really cool in front of my desk lamp, lol!

Finally, let’s look INSIDE the bag!

First, I have another mesh bag containing all my shoes that aren’t actually ballet-related. I’ve had this in my closet since like fourth grade, and I just decided to use it to keep all my shoes together. It’s really cheap and flimsy, but it works!

Inside my purple mesh bag, (how many times have I said the word “mesh” in this post??) I have my jazz and contemporary shoes! When Payless had this huge closing sale I got these tan jazz shoes for only $4 or $5. I think I got the contemporary/lyrical shoes off of Amazon?

Some more slightly weird looking pictures of my feet that also involved standing on top of my desk! In the right one, you can see how the contemporary/lyrical shoes fit over your foot. I actually don’t use these very much; I’d rather go barefoot. The other day in contemporary class, I tried to wear them, and I actually got annoyed that they were slipping off my feet and took them off! I just keep them in my bag anyway.

Then I have my pink leg warmers I got from Target in my birthday shopping haul post that I love! I wear them all the time, especially in my early-morning weekend classes to help me warm up.

Then I also keep this warm grey sweatshirt in my backpack to wear in between rehearsals and on the way to class! It’s really cozy and now that the weather is FINALLY cooling down here in southeast Texas (๐Ÿ˜‚), I wear it all the time.

I love how the filter made my dirty desk look like a clean white background, lol! I also keep these black Spandex shorts that I wore under my uniform during volleyball season in my bag, but now that volleyball is over, I always wear them over my leotard and tights during class! I also keep blackish-navy biker shorts in there too in case I don’t have my Spandex for some reason.

My level color is royal blue, so I have two leotards in that color! The first leotard has spaghetti straps, a lower neck, and V-cut back. The only problem is the straps are a little loose, but otherwise it’s really pretty and comfortable!

My other one is like the opposite of the first leotard: it has a very high neck, thick straps, and back that’s higher than the top. Both are really cute and comfy, though! I also have a black leotard, but when I was taking the pictures for this post I was actually wearing it since I had just gotten back from class. ๐Ÿ˜‚

And, of course, I have tights. I always wear convertible tights, because it’s so much easier to put on toe pads and go barefoot for contemporary class! Once again, I have another pair, but I was wearing them at the time…

I also have a random hairbrush and spray bottle that I use to do my hair for class and rehearsal on the go. There’s not actually thickening spray in the misting bottle – it’s actually just a totally random bottle that I’ve had since the beginning of time, and it’s full of water.

I also, quite randomly, have a pinkish-red fox Squishmallow in my dance bag! Isn’t it cute? For pre-pointe class, we would do releve exercises in parallel, and we’d have to keep a small stuffed animal in between our heels without dropping it. We’d also have to do bourres with them in between our thighs to keep your legs together! Now that I’m on pointe we don’t really use this that much, but I still keep it in my bag in case we do.

(Okay, but the picture on the right actually looks really pretty?) I also keep Spenco 2nd Skinโ„ข Squares in my bag. They’re like little jelly squares with blue backings on them. You stick the square on your blister and peel off the blue backing, and finally attach it with toe tape, and it completely covers up your blisters and keeps them from rubbing! Once again, I haven’t had to use these a lot because I haven’t gotten a blister yet (YAY).

Finally, I have a bag with all of my pointe sewing stuff in it! (Not sure why there’s an empty band-aid box?) The bag is actually the baggie my pointe shoes came in! Inside is scissors, some ribbon and elastic scraps, stretch ribbon that I don’t use but came with my Bloch stitch kit that has some thread and a seam ripper plus some ribbed elastic, a Bunheads stitch kit that has thread and needles, and some measuring tape.

And that’s it! Wow, that ended up being way longer than I expected, and I even left out some stuff. Applause if you made it to the end! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Also, don’t forget: There’s still time to ask questions for the Q&A next week! All you have to do is simply comment down below, and I’m going to be answering all of your questions this Saturday!

I hope you enjoyed looking at what’s in my dance bag, and happy Saturday! *waves*

How early is too early for Christmas music? Do you dance? What’s in your dance or sports bag? How do you organize everything? Any questions for the Q&A?

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My Dream Bedroom Tour + 50 Followers Q&A!

Hey daydreamers! I love how my room is now – it’s teal and llama themed, and I love the gallery walls I made and how colorful it is. But, of course, I’m always daydreaming about what my room could look like if I redid it – pink and grey colors, with golden accents, light wooden furniture, fairy lights and soft furry fabrics…a girl can dream, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

So in this post, I decided to give you a little “tour” of my dream room using photos from Pottery Barn Teen! Once again, this post was inspired by Hannah @ The Striped Plaid Co – make sure to check out her awesome dream house tour posts!

Also, I have some super crazy exciting news – GUYS, WE HIT 50 FOLLOWERS! (Technically 53 by the time I’m typing this post up!) This is so, so crazy – I just started this blog in like July. That’s not even six months! DD is growing so fast and I’m so grateful for all of y’alls amazing support and kindness. *Reaches out of the computer to hug each and every one of y’all* ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

To celebrate, I decided to host a Q&A with you guys! Basically, you can ask questions in the comments, and in two weeks on November 16, I’ll answer them all in one giant post! I’m so excited for this, and I think it will be a ton of fun! Make sure to leave your questions in the comments!

Okay, enough rambling – let’s get started on my dream room!

(Also, this isn’t sponsored by PBTeen or anything! I just love their room decor, so I used photos from their website.)

**ALL PHOTOS ARE FROM PBTEEN.COM UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED**

Color Scheme

Made by Emmie with Canva

The four main colors would be a blush pink, grayish brown, cool black, and metallic gold. I think these colors go super nicely with each other! Also, white is another main color, but that wouldn’t really show up, so…

Bed & Bedding

I really love this adorable bed, and it’s in the perfect color! I really like the style of the headboard and the side drawers are really cute. I love the light brushed wooden color, and it goes so perfectly with the color scheme!

THIS BED IS LITERALLY AMAZING! It’s totally my style, the perfect colors, and that comforter is absolutely gorgeous. Plus, I really love all the decor and polaroids in the picture! I don’t know if I love the platform bed style though…maybe if it was taller?

Desks, Nightstands & Vanities

I really love this cute white desk! The angled legs are really cute, and I also really love the chair. The calendar at the top is pretty, too!

Also I love the gold on this minimalistic nightstand! This could totally be my room because I ALWAYS have books everywhere – lying on the floor, in piles on the corner, on top of my nightstand, next to my bed…

This nightstand is also totally my style! Just by the pictures so far, you can get a pretty good idea of what I like. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Also those rose gold headphones are amazing, lol! This nightstand is pretty similar to the last one, but I like it a little better since it’s a little smaller.

Also this desk is AMAZING! Well, more of the general color, chair, and design and decor of the stuff on top of it, but I’m not a huge fan of how the wood print looks. Otherwise it looks really cute! I would probably want a chair with a back though, not just a stool.

AND THIS VANITY IS GORGEOUS! Sorry, got a little excited there…๐Ÿ˜› I don’t currently have any makeup (Although fingers crossed for Christmas! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ˜‰) I think this little setup would be so cute and helpful for when I do. I might add a little more color to this, with some succulents and stuff…but I love the built in brush and curler holders, along with the clear-top storage drawer inside the vanity! I also like how it attaches to the wall, so it wouldn’t take up that much space, and I could just put a small stool under it for when I would use it.

This vanity is also cute! I mean, I obviously like the other one a lot better (As you could tell by that very thick paragraph) but I like how simple and charming tis one is.

Chairs & Lounge Stuff

This grey chair is so pretty and simple! I would probably put it at my desk. It looks like a comfy velvety material, which would be really cute, and of course the gold legs are perfect for the color scheme.

I LOVE this fuzzy, furry beanbag chair! How cute is that?? I think this would be super fun to relax and read in.

Photo from CB2

This stool I would put under that vanity table! I love the idea of a fuzzy stool like this. I would probably want one with a thicker/fluffier seat. This is so cute though!

Bookshelves & Storage

This is pretty cute! I don’t love how the tops curve like that, and I would probably want solid sides – do you know what I mean? Probably not, I’m horrible at explaining things. XD

I like this bookcase a lot though! I think the drawer adds a cute touch to it. Since I have a lot of books and stuff, I’d probably have two of these in my dream bedroom.

These bookshelf are also really cute! They match perfectly with that bed, too. I really love the paneled wood, and the creamy brown/gray color.

Miscellaneous Stuff ๐Ÿ™ƒ

This simple and pretty circular mirror is so pretty! In my dream room, I would put this next to my bed, kind of like how I have a mirror in my room now. I love how simplistic this is!

And these succulents are so cute! I’ve always wanted succulents for my room – I have a really tiny fake one in this little llama mug, but I don’t keep it in my room. I’d probably have to stick to fake succulents, since I pretty much have a black thumb…๐Ÿ˜‚

This fuzzy pink shag rug would look really cute in front of the bed in my dream room! (Haha, I can picture everything in my room perfectly!) Plus it would tie in some more of that blush pink and add a pop of color.

Also these pink curtains are really pretty and would add some color too! I like how they’re sort of sheer, but not. Welp that didn’t make any sense

And that’s it for this post! I had a ton of fun making this, and I can totally picture everything I listed here in my room. You can definitely get a good idea of my style from this: minimalistic, trendy, girly, and aesthetic! Also anything pink or gold…

Also, don’t forget to comment below your questions for the Q&A! I’m so excited for this, and I can’t wait to see all of your questions! And don’t forget to share this post to get the new cozy-themed November wallpapers!

Do you like PBTeen? How would you describe your decorating style? What does your room look like now? Have you ever redone your room? Any questions for the Q&A?

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10 Funny & Inspirational Letter Board Ideas For Teens & Tweens!

Hey daydreamers! I recently got a letter board for my twelfth birthday, and I’m obsessed with writing tons of funny and random phrases on it every single day. Plus, I love how the letters are all sorted out in an organizer!

But when searching for ideas on what to put on my letter board, almost every post I found was on some mom-blog with ideas like “Raising Kids is a Walk in the Park…Jurrasic Park” and “#MomBrain”. So I decided to create this list of 10 letter board ideas that teens and tweens will actually get – some of them are funny, some are inspirational, and hopefully you’ll enjoy them! A few I made up myself, found around the internet, or were inspired by funny shirts and phrases.

I didn’t have a cupcake, so here’s a muffin pre-miracle! ๐Ÿ˜œ This one is super funny, and this picture also turned out pretty cool! It’s also a little inspirational. Feeling like a muffin? Dream big: be a cupcake! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This one is super cute, and perfect for Thanksgiving (which is coming up sorta soon ahhh what happened to October)! The letter board I had also came with a bunch of cute cursive words, plus some emojis, so that’s how I came up with this! Also, you get a view of my extensive scrunchie collection, haha. I’m debating on doing a post on that…

So true! I pretty much am thinking about everything and anything at any given moment – unless it’s Friday. Then my mind is totally focused on the weekend! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I like the colorful tab sticky notes and keyboard in this picture!

And of course I had to do a few ballet-themed one! Featuring my gorgeous new pointe shoes…๐Ÿ˜ For like a week I literally had a countdown until my first pointe shoe fitting with this on it!

YESSSS. Something every tween/teenager can relate to – the horridness of math! Featuring my math homework, lol… We’re currently doing a lot of integers, square roots, and pre-algebra stuff…๐Ÿ˜ฌ Send help and tacos for when I have to do homework tomorrow!

Speaking of tacos… ๐ŸŒฎ ๐ŸŒฎ ๐ŸŒฎ Impressed by the fact I used an actual taco in this picture? ๐Ÿ˜‚ We had Torchy’s for lunch and I had some leftovers…so here you go! I was inspired by this T-shirt my mom got at a taco place in Arkansas, haha. (Also it just occurred to me I spelled emotions wrong…oops lol)

Literally every tween and teen’s essential resource: WiFi. And when it’s loosing its motivation, you’ve gotta share some encouragement, right?

Get it? Translation: You Only Live Once! Just kidding, be right back. Laugh out loud! -Jesus And it’s actually true – Jesus is coming back again! (Anyone notice I had the Bible opened to John 3:16?)

Another ballet one! I really love the white tutu in the background. That pointe shoe isn’t actually one I use – long story short, I got it from a gift shop at a Nutcracker production a few years ago, and you were supposed to have the performers sign it…but I decided it would look cute in this picture! (Also, in case you’re not a dancer: These are ballet steps, which are French.)

And finally, a cute and encouraging message! I love the star and moon emojis in this, and the simple gold necklace looks really pretty against the black felt of the letter board. This is definitely one of my favorites!

And that’s it: ten letter board ideas for teens! This post might have been a little shorter than usual, but it took FOREVER to take the pictures for this…but I hope you guys enjoyed! Also, look at me being productive and writing this on a Friday…๐Ÿ˜Ž

If you liked this post, make sure to check out Hannah’s creative fall-themed letter board post over at TheStripedPlaidCo! Her photography is so amazing – thanks for inspiring me to make this post, Hannah!

And remember: “Raising Kids is a Walk in the Park…Jurrasic Park.” ๐Ÿคฃ

Do you have a letter board? What’s your favorite thing to write on your letter board – or just your favorite funny quote in general? What do you think of the photography? Did you check out Hannah’s post?

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GETTING MY FIRST PAIR OF POINTE SHOES?! | First Ever Vlog

I’ll never forget the day I found out I was getting my first pair of pointe shoes. It had been a long, crazy, horrible day, and I was feeling so stressed and frazzled when I walked into the studio, I couldn’t remember where to put my bag. I was pretty suspicious, though – there was supposed to be a parent meeting that day. And that could only mean one thing!!

My mom and I walked into the studio to find my class huddled in a circle around my teacher. She handed us each a packet that read-

Dear Emmie*,

The image of dancing on pointe as effortless is a mere illusion. Much energy and skill is required to assimilate hundreds of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones to rise up and dance on pointe. Many dancers have impatiently waited for their first pair of pointe shoes only to be shocked at how difficult dancing on their toes can be. the results of such misunderstanding can lead to frustration, disappointment, and in some cases, injury.

As you begin your pointe study, please be aware that it is a privilege that is accompanied by significant responsibility.

1. Your attendance to each class is imperative.

2. You will be required to dance in the summer to maintain your sill and strength. If you don’t dance at least 4 weeks in the summer, you will not be able to return to pointe study at the beginning of the next fall term.

3. Don’t work at home in your pointe shoes on your own, as you may develop improper habits. Be patient and endure!

*Not what the letter actually said, obviously, it said my real name lol.

As soon as I saw the packet, I knew – it was real. It was actually happening. I was going to get my pointe shoes! And after 3 weeks of waiting, the day of my first pointe shoe fitting had finally come.

Hey guys! Today I’m doing something a little different – I decided to make a vlog about my first ever pointe shoe fitting! I filmed the entire day, from waking up, heading there, the actual fitting (sort of), and when I got back! I’m so excited about how this video turned out and I really hope you guys will like it!

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I really hope you guys enjoyed! I’m so sorry this video is SUPER late, but that’s because this took so long to edit and upload, plus I’ve been busy with dance and school so I haven’t had time to actually type this post up.

Do you have pointe shoes? Opinion on microwave mac-and-cheese? Have you ever danced before? How far can you go on your splits? Who’s your favorite YouTuber?

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my twelfth birthday // scrunchies, sugar, and shopping!

The night before, I was so excited, I couldn’t even sleep. I kept waking up in the middle of the night, so excited for the day ahead that my mind wouldn’t turn off and just go to bed! But finally, morning came – and I woke up to the sound of my family singing the Happy Birthday Song.

Chewy also helped wake me up – haha! He’s so cute. I was so tired, but I couldn’t stop smiling!

My mom made this adorable set up with all of my presents and huge, golden “12” balloons!

Sorry this picture is a little blurry! Me, Unicorn, and Chewy checked out the presents before I started opening them.

Guess what? I GOT AIRPODS!!! I’m actually listening to them as I write this! I was sooooo excited and suprised to get these, and apparently so was Unicorn, since she decided to photobomb…

Chewy hung out in the piles of presents and wrapping paper, lol. I’ll definitely do a huge birthday haul post soon! I’m so thankful for all the awesome stuff I got.

But before I knew it, it was time to head to school! I’m the one in the back with my eyes closed, and Taylor is the other blonde one behind Barkleysblog123, the girl in the light grey hoodie, and the one with lime green shoes is my friend Sarabi (Code names). Since my school is really small – like reallllyyyyy small, only 40-something kids in my entire grade, on your birthday you can pass out little treats at lunch! I decided to do a fun gift bag with skittles and scrunchies – it was so funny, the moment I opened the bag all the girls swarmed around me and grabbed their favorite colors!

Messenger Kids filter, haha

Finally, school ended! Since I was going to the mall with my friend Taylor (from this video and this video on AGW!), we waited in the church right next to my school while Taylor had a Spanish class. I set up my airpods, listened to music, and read a little while we waited.

I also had this really weird JoJo Siwa snack thing. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It had nothing to do with JoJo Siwa at all – for some reason they just slapped her face on the plastic seal and called it “Lunch Kitz”? Not a fan of JoJo, but at least the graham crackers were really good.

Pretty soon, Taylor finished her Spanish class! We changed out of our uniforms and headed off to the mall.

Taylor gave me this really cute card with LLAMAS on it! Funny story: When the card is folded up, it just says “You’re weird.” So I was like, gee, thanks, but then I opened it up and read, “Just as as me.” ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ I’m so smart. *sarcasm* It was hilarious!

After walking through Dillard’s, we headed to Franchesca’s and looked at all the cute jewlry and accessories they had! I also got these adorable rose gold sunglasses from there! (And yes, we’re wearing shorts and shirts in October. This is Texas, people.)

After Franchesca’s, we shopped at Justice (and had a competition to see who could make the weirdest outfit!), Vera Bradley, the Children’s Place, Claire’s, and Bath and Body Works! I took a picture of this weird dinosaur hand sanitizer holder there. We loved smelling all of the weird hand soap scents! I had an alarm set on my phone for 5:56 PM, the exact moment I was born twelve years ago, and just after it went off, Taylor found this birthday cake hand sanitizer! I thought it was destiny…and then I thought it smelled horrible. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Taylor took a picture of the reflection in my sunglasses, and I edited it and added bokeh! I think this photo looks REALLY cool. It reminds me of California or summer.

The food at the Cheesecake factory was really good! I ordered the mini cheeseburger sliders and french fries. Since it was getting late, we also got a cheesecake to go that I actually still haven’t eaten yet!

Haha, this picture looks really weird! Why are my hands blurry – and what’s with the light dot on my eye? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Since it was my birthday, they gave me a free dessert – a layer of brownie, with vanilla ice cream and tons of whipped cream piled on top! The whole staff sang Happy Birthday, and it was awesome!

I actually had a lot of sugar that day – I got three candies in science class, two cake pops at lunch, half a cookie in study hall, a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup for a snack, and the dessert and the Cheesecake Factory! YOLO, haha.

After that, we headed home and added stickers to my new Hydro Flask. Taylor and I watched a penguin movie and stayed up until 12:30 talking! I had a ton of fun on my birthday – it was one of the most magical days ever, and I’m glad I could share it with you! I’ll definitely be doing a birthday haul, and NEXT WEEKEND I’M GETTING MY POINTE SHOES, AHHH!

What do you like to do on your birthday? Did you read the llama card like I did? Isn’t Chewy adorable? Your opinion on JoJo Siwa? What’s your favorite store at the mall?

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