Recent Favorites! // Clothes, Music, Books, Skincare & More!

Hey daydreamers! I’m definitely cutting it close this week – I’m writing this at 12:00 on Saturday and I normally post at 10:00 on Saturday. Anyways, today’s post is some products, clothes, music, books, skincare, and more that I’ve been loving recently! Sort of like a shopping haul with things I recently got and love. I’ll link to as much as I can so you can check these items out, and this post isn’t sponsored!

Also, if you haven’t yet, make sure to check out the giveaway! It’s closing this Tuesday, and I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, so make sure to enter before it closes! And remember, you can still use my code EMMIE20 for 20% off your order at TwoFifty Scrunchies through August!

Okay, let’s get onto the post! It’s pretty similar to last week, since I found a really good lighting spot for these kinds of posts, so sorry about that. Also, I’m not trying to brag about anything in any way!! I just really love these items and wanted to recommend them to you, and I’m super grateful to have them.

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my favorite youtubers!

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Hey daydreamers! Welcome or welcome back to my blog! 😊 Lol, why do I sound like a YouTuber all of the sudden? Speaking of…today’s post is a list of my favorite YouTube channels! Yup nobody saw that coming I was a bit stuck on what to post this week, so I figured I would finally do a post that’s been sitting on my post idea list for awhile and share some of my favorite YouTubers!

Before we get started with the post, I want to give a quick thank you to you guys! 🎉 We hit 200+ followers! 🎉 We currently have around 210 total! I’m so grateful for each and every one of you (except for the random Arabic dudes who keep following me and I’m pretty sure are bots 😂), and it seems crazy to me that over 200 people decided they liked my blog enough to follow me! Thank you so much for all of your support, I love love love you guys! 💖

Okay, now onto the post! I’m subscribed to a lot of YouTube channels that I like, and all of them are really different, so I separated them into categories like “Lifestyle” and “All-time Favorites”. Also, none of these channels asked me to promote them or anything. Let’s get into it!

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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…

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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!

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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!

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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!!

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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…

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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)

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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!

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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…

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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…

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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*

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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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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!

✨☀😎 song: “hola” by hollyn ✨☀😎

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 😄)

✨☀😎 book: 11 before 12 by lisa greenwald✨☀😎

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 wants—no, needs—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 list—what was meant to help them keep it together—becomes the very thing tearing their lives apart.

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✨☀😎 song: “chilling in the summertime” by the jonas brothers✨☀😎

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!!)

✨☀😎 book: the maddie diaries by maddie ziegler✨☀😎

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 star—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 over—including pop superstar Sia, who cast her as her dance double in the incredibly popular music video for her hit song “Chandelier.” 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 way—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 learned—and preparing for the exciting road ahead.

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✨☀😎 song: “good memories” by matthew parker✨☀😎

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*

✨☀😎 book: kenzie’s rules for life by mackenzie ziegler✨☀😎

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 Ziegler—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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✨☀😎 song: “sunflower” by post malone & swan lee✨☀😎

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!

✨☀😎 book: jessica darling’s it-list 2 by megan mccaferty✨☀😎

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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✨☀😎 song: “happier” by marshmello ft. bastille✨☀😎

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!!)

✨☀😎 book: jacky ha-ha: my life is a joke by james patterson✨☀😎

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? 😛 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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