what to ask for christmas/teen girl gift guide

Hey daydreamers! Guys, Red (Taylor’s Version) came out yesterday and this Swiftie is a mess. 😭 I’ll have to do a post reacting to each song like I did for evermore last year!

It’s only November (and, in my opinion, not technically Christmas yet because Thanksgiving hasn’t happened…) but everyone’s doing all their Christmas shopping early. Relatives are already asking for ideas, and if you’re like me, you’re stuck on what to ask for! I put together a huge list of some fun ideas to put on your Christmas wishlist (you can also check out last year’s post for even more ideas!). Plus, this can also serve as a gift guide for any teenage girl you’re shopping for!

This post also isn’t sponsored by any of the brands or products mentioned πŸ˜‰ Let’s get right into the ideas!

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october recap/photo dump

Hey daydreamers! I don’t normally do these monthly recap things, but I’m in the mood for a chatty post with lots of fun pictures, plus I wanted to update you guys on all the things that have been going on for the past month! Once again, haven’t blogged in a few weeks – it’s been pretty tricky to find time for it, plus I’m also a little stuck on ideas. Let me know any post ideas in the comments!

Let’s just dive right into the recap!

  • I turned 14! I had an AMAZING birthday this year that I’m super grateful for! I spent the day before with my dance bestie – we grabbed boba and had a blast trying on outfits at Target after rehearsal. The next day, I went to church and lunch. My friends and I went to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, which was so fun to get to spend time with them and eat some yummy food together on my birthday!
  • I did a super fun dance photoshoot on my birthday with my dad, and the photos turned out so cool! I wore some old pointe shoes and a practice tutu, and we went to a park nearby to take the pictures. It was super windy, but the photos ended up really cool!
  • I took the PSAT for the first time, which was an interesting experience. I tried to prepare for it using the book in the picture, but I ran out of time to do the math section. On the math part of the test, I was basically randomly selecting answers (“this one really feels like a C kinda question”) since it was mostly algebra stuff I didn’t know. I felt pretty confident about the english parts though. It was a good experience to have, but a little stressful.
  • To celebrate my birthday, my grandma and I went to a dance store, and I got some super cute new leos! I’ll have to do a haul to show you guys what I got. We also grabbed Starbucks on the way back and went to dinner together. Going to the dance store is always a special trip since it’s a half hour away, so it was really special and fun to go together!
  • Speaking of dance, it’s been extremely busy (but fun) preparing for the Nutcracker! I don’t think I ever announced this on the blog, but I’m playing Clara this year, which is really exciting! I’ve been wanting to play Clara ever since the first time I saw the Nutcracker, when I was four years old. It’s always been the ultimate goal to do this role, and it’s really cool that I’ve reached that goal! We got to do a photoshoot with the costumes, which was super fun (also surprisingly exhausting).
  • Besides playing Clara, I’m doing 5 other parts this year, which is INSANE. Our company is pretty small this season, so a lot of us are playing several parts. I’m in Spanish corps, Arabian corps, Waltz of the Flowers, and one of the two Chinese dancers. I also have to be a party boy on the nights I’m not Clara because there aren’t enough guys πŸ˜‚ Obviously I’m not doing every role in every show, but on different nights I’ll still be doing multiple parts.
  • I’m basically living at the dance studio, but I love it! It’s been fun to hang out with my dance friends. Lately I’ve been at the studio 7 days a week (which is why I haven’t been blogging that much πŸ˜‚)
  • I’ve been taking a ton of sky pictures…these are my favorites! October sunsets are the best sunsets, in my opinion.
  • This is maybe the most basic photo I’ve ever taken in my entire life πŸ˜‚ I’ve even got the leggings, fuzzy socks, and coffee mug…(I was drinking tea though, not a pumpkin spice latte 😝) I’ve been getting back into the Harry Potter books and movies lately. I first read the books in elementary school, but I read them again in quarantine, and have been obsessed ever since.
  • My friend and I did a nighttime photoshoot with hoodies, a self timer, and flash on, and it was so funny. Some photos actually turned out really good and others not so much… 😝
  • I saw the Jonas Brothers in concert, and oh my goodness, it was SO FUN! Kelsea Ballerini opened, and she did such a good job. When the Jonas Brothers came out, everyone was screaming, and they played a ton of their old songs! We were super far back in the lawn, so it was mostly watching the jumbotron haha. It was an AMAZING experience and so fun to jump around to the songs, knowing every word, and it felt amazing to see live music since I hadn’t in forever.
  • We wrapped up football season, which was amazing! I was a little skeptical of having such a huge team this year, but we ended up getting to do some amazing stunts, which were so fun. I loved all of our halftimes, and I feel like I improved so much from last year technique-wise. I also understand football a lot better (lol) so that helped make the games more interesting. 😝
  • And of course, Halloween! I don’t really have any great pictures, but I was a lifeguard with some friends for actual Halloween, and we also got to dress up throughout the week at dance. We did a decades group costume (each person dressed like a different decade) and the different fairies from the Tinkerbell movies πŸ˜›

I hope you guys liked this different kind of post, it was super fun to reflect back on the month and make a list of some of its highlights! Overall, October was a super fun-filled and busy month with lots of super fun experiences. And of course regular days, but I didn’t write about the boring parts lol. It’s crazy that it’s already November! Thanks so much for reading through this, and I hope you guys enjoyed!

THIS WEEK’S SHOUTOUT GOES TO STYLED BY EVELIINA!

Anything fun to share from this month? What were you for Halloween? Have you ever been to a concert? Which Jonas Brother is the best? (*cough* Nick *cough*)

Fall Outfit Inspiration!

Hey daydreamers! How has everyone’s week been?

I’m so excited for today’s post! I love the kind of weather where you can wear long pants and short sleeves or shorts and long sleeves together. Now that the weather’s finally getting a little cooler, it’s finally time to wear jeans and sweaters! I also got some fun jewelry for my birthday, so I had lots of fun putting these outfits together! Hopefully they give you some inspiration for some fall looks this month. Let’s get right into it!

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October Playlist + Aesthetics (ft. free wallpapers!)

Hey daydreamers! I’m alive! Sorry that I disappeared for a few weeks! I have been EXTREMELY busy for the past month or so. Between school, cheer, friends, and ballet (especially with Nutcracker coming up, I’m at the studio 7 days a week), I’ve had almost no time to blog. I might not be able to be as consistent with blogging as I was in the summer, since free time = nonexistent right now. πŸ˜›

For today’s post, I thought it would be fun to share my playlist of the month for October – it’s full of cozy vibes and some current favorite songs, so I’m super happy with it! – as well as some fun fall aesthetics and a mini life update to catch up with you guys. Let’s get into it! All of these photos are from Pinterest.

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DIY Collage Wall (on a budget!)

Hey daydreamers! I just got back from camp last week, and it was so amazing! I got to do so many fun activities, meet new people, grow closer to God, and try new things. That’s why I’ve missed a couple of blog posts, since I was getting ready for camp/being at camp/recovering πŸ˜‰ Super excited to be back though, and I can’t wait for today’s blog post!

Ever since I redid my room, I’ve been wanting a collage wall! I had a blank wall that needed filling up, and all the aesthetic collage walls I was seeing on Pinterest and in YouTube videos seemed like the perfect idea.

It took me awhile to finally get around to doing it, since I was looking at collage wall kits on Amazon and Etsy (they were all about $15). I didn’t really find ones where I liked all the pictures, so I figured, why not make my own? That way I could choose exactly the pictures I wanted!

I’m SO happy with how it turned out! I thought it would be fun to show you guys how I made my own collage wall for $3.50, so that you guys can get some inspiration for your own. Let’s get into it!

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Pack With Me!

Hey daydreamers! Today I had to pack and make a whole blog post, so I figured why not kill two birds with one stone and do both at the same time? πŸ˜›

I’m going to visit family for 4th of July, and we’ll be staying there for a few days. I figured it would be fun to show you guys what I’m packing, and I haven’t done one of these posts since camp last summer! When I first started this blog, one of the main categories I set up was travel. But that category hasn’t gotten very much use (especially since covid and everything!) Also, disclaimer, I’m totally an overpacker. I probably won’t need a lot of these things, but I like to bring it all just in case. πŸ˜‰

Okay, let’s get to the post!

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How To Make A Vision Board

Hey daydreamers! I recently did a review of the Bloom planner, and one of the pages in it has you create a vision board. I asked you guys if you wanted to see a full tutorial on how I made mine, and you guys loved the idea! This post has also been on my blog idea list for awhile. So, here’s the long-awaited (haha not really) vision board tutorial!

Vision boards are a great way to inspire yourself to achieve your goals. It’s the perfect way to visualize them (hence the name, vision board πŸ˜‰)! I’ll be showing you some different ways to make both a digital one or a physical one. Let’s get right into the post!

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6 Cute Outfit Ideas for Church! + a Poll

Hey daydreamers! Welcome to the first “bonus Wednesday post” of the summer! I’m so pumped to be posting on a Wednesday, and today I’ve got a super fun post for y’all!

I’ve done several outfit posts before, and this might be one of my favorites yet! I put together some cute outfits you could wear to church (your church might be more fancy or casual than mine, but that’s the general idea of the post) or really just anywhere. Most of these have jeans and a cute top paired with Converse, Vans, or sandals!

Also, at the end of the post, I have a quick poll to decide what my interview series should be named. So make sure you do that after reading the post!

DISLCAIMER: This post is not sponsored πŸ˜‰

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My Summer Bucket List 2021!

Hey daydreamers! First off, sorry I wasn’t able to get a post up last week! I was sick, and on top of that I had to be preparing for finals (those happened on Monday and Wednesday this week and actually went pretty well!), so I didn’t have any time/feel well enough to get a post up. But I’m back this week with a super exciting post, because now that finals are over, it’s officially summer!

I’m so excited to finally not have homework and tests to stress about, and have some time to rest and relax from the crazy yet fun school year. I decided it would be super fun to make a bucket list for this summer, with 21 things on it since it’s summer 2021! I thought it would be fun to share with y’all, so here’s my summer bucket list! Maybe it will give you some ideas and inspiration to make your own πŸ˜‰ Let’s get into it! (Some of these photos are mine and others are from Pinterest)

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A Chill Morning In My Life! (Ft. Skincare Routine)

Hey daydreamers! When I was thinking of what to post this week, I remembered that I really enjoyed making my A Day in My Life: Winter Break Edition! post for Blogmas and I thought it would be fun to show you guys a morning in my life of a Thursday homework day!

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I go to school and take all my classes. Then on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and the weekend, I have assignments to complete that are due the next school day. These days are called “satellite classroom days”, but it’s easier to just call them homework or home days. πŸ˜›

Today I’m going to show y’all what a typical home-day morning looks like when I don’t have a whole lot of homework. πŸ™‚ And if you like this post, don’t forget to check out my school morning routine! Let’s get right into it!

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