my after school routine!

Hey daydreamers! You guys love my routine/day in the life type of posts and I always have a TON of fun making them, so I decided to do an after-school routine now that school’s back! Also, thank y’all so much for all of your amazing post suggestions on last week’s post, I have sooo many ideas now and I’m really grateful for your help!

Normally I do routine posts as sort of a “vlog” where I take pictures and write down what I did throughout the day, but I decided it’d be easier to write what I typically do after school and add some pictures (and Bitmojis) with it. Let’s get right into it!

2:10 – When Spanish (my last class) is dismissed at 2:10, my best friend and I have a whole mini-routine for walking to the carpool area. XD We have to walk all the way from one end of the building to the other, so we walk together and drop by study hall to pick up our morning backpacks we left in there. We both stop by the restroom before we head downstairs to the carpool area where our moms pick us up. We’re not usually super duper fast (haha), but we’ve been better about not stopping to talk to people and can usually get from one side of the building to the other side and downstairs within five minutes!

2:15ish – I drive home from school with my mom. Sometimes we leave a LOT later if we end up talking to someone or we have somewhere to drop by or go to on the way home, but we typically get home by 2:45 at the earliest and 3:00 at the latest. I LOVE this part of my day because I get to tell my mom all about what I did that day and get out of school mode!

2:45-3:00 – I get all of my stuff out of the car, say hi to my sister, spend a little bit of time with my dog, and put all of my stuff away. Then, my other favorite part of the day: my after-school snack! I like to have a pumpkin spice muffin after school, but if we’re out, I’ll have some cucumber and ranch, carrots, or a granola bar. While I eat my snack, this is the time where I check my phone and watch one or two YouTube videos.

3:15 – If I’m not wearing something comfortable, I’ll change and maybe stretch a lil’ bit if I remember to. If it’s Friday, I have to do something for my Invisalign, so I’ll get that done before getting started on my homework. I usually do about 30-45 minutes of homework after school, so that way I can get a little out of the way so I’m not swamped on tommorow’s home day. (If you didn’t know, I go to a University Model school, so I attend school on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and I have assignments to complete at home on Tuesday, Thursday, and over the weekend.)

4:00 – If I’ve gotten homework out of the way before I have to get ready for dance, this is my free time! This is when I mostly work on my blog, do chores, or do nothing. Most of the time I get home too late or do other stuff to have free time, so Fridays are really nice since I have an extra hour! (I’ll explain that in a sec!)

4:30 – Okay, this is the part where my routine changes from day to day. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I have dance from 5:30 to 7:45 and 7:00, so I have to start getting ready at 4:30 so I can have my hair done, leotard and tights on, and dinner eaten by 5:10. If it’s Friday, I have all the way until 5:30 to get ready for dance since it starts on 6:30, so I get a whole hour of extra free time!

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5:10 – By now I’ve gotten all ready for dance, so I either wait for my ride to pick me up or my mom and I go pick up the person I carpool with. Then it’s off to ballet!

7:00-8:00 – Depending on the day, I’ll get back from ballet from anywhere between 7:00 to 8:00. I say hi to my dog again, put my stuff up, and then I’ll eat ice cream with my family while we watch one of our shows (sometimes a movie, but not normally on school nights) and then I take a nice, relaxing shower to get myself ready for bed.

9:00-9:30 – I have a pretty set nighttime routine, and it could probably make it’s own post if I went into a lot of detail, but for now I’ll just give you a quick rundown! For a little bit, I talk to my sister and hang out in my room. At about 9:30, she has to go into her room and read, and I get started on my quiet time.

9:30-10:00 – I’ve always tried to read my Bible every night, but recently I’ve been incorporating more things into my nightly quiet time and I think it’s really bringing me closer to God! First I do my daily Bible reading – right now I’m working on 1 Kings, Luke, Phillipians, and Psalms a few sections at a time from the plan at the back of my old Message Bible, and I read in my NLT Reflections Journaling Bible. I LOVE having the margins in this Bible to journal, take notes, and doodle! I like to underline and highlight things as I read, too. Next I’ll go over my memory verses, and finish it off with an entry in my prayer journal I started the other day.

10:00-10:45 – After my quiet time, I read a book until 10:45. Right now, I’m reading Flashback from the Keeper of the Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger, and I’m obsessed with the series! Is it just me, or do Dex and Biana totally belong together? 10:45 is kinda a sweet spot for me – anytime earlier is too early and anytime later is too late.

10:45 – Goodnight!


I LOVED making this post! Ironically, I did it after school when I should’ve been getting started on homework, but TGIF so I get some extra time to work on it! XD Also, what did y’all think of the Bitmojis? They’re fun, but I don’t know if I should incorporate them into future posts or not. πŸ™‚

One more thing: I’m getting new pointe shoes this afternoon and I’m planning to make a post about it! I was thinking about doing a mini Q&A in the post about pointe shoes and also ballet in general. If you want to, make sure to leave your pointe- and ballet-related questions down below in the comments! Thanks again for the lovely post ideas last week! Love you guys and I’ll see ya soon, daydreamers!

What does your after-school routine look like? Is your school online, in-person, or homeschool? What kind of school do you go to? Have you ever had a pumpkin spice muffin, and if so, aren’t they the greatest things ever? What kinds of after-school sports or activities do you do, and how has that changed since COVID? What are your ballet- and pointe-related questions for an upcoming post?

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all the reasons why i’m excited for fall (+fall aesthetics)

Hey daydreamers! First of all, sooo sorry this post is late. It’s been super hard to get posts up on time lately with school starting! Today’s post is on Monday instead of Saturday (oops) and it’s a little bit shorter. Hopefully, I can get back on track and schedule some more posts this week! Second, thank you so much for all of the love on my future self letter post! I had a lot of fun making it, so I’m really glad to hear that y’all enjoyed it.

Third of all…IT’S FALL, Y’ALL! Well, almost. In Texas, temperatures are still in the 90s, so it doesn’t quite feel like fall yet. For this week’s post, I decided to make a list of all the things I love about fall and why I’m so excited for it, and include some fun fall pics from Pinterest! If you want to save any of them, you can go to my Pinterest board here. Honestly, I’m a lot more excited about fall than normal this year – I’m normally a summer gal! But since summer’s been so weird this year and I’m pretty sick of the heat, I’m really looking forward to the fall season. Anyway, let’s get straight into the post!

  • cheering at football games!
  • sweater weather & wearing boots, flannel, and jeans again
  • finally wearing my beloved oversized sweatshirts
  • warm drinks
  • curled up on the couch, reading a book on a rainy day
  • going to the pumpkin patch
  • halloween!!
  • my birthday in october!
  • thanksgiving
  • candy corn
  • pumkin spice everything
  • thanksgiving break!!
  • trick-or-treating (if we’re allowed this year πŸ™‚ )
  • cheer season!
  • decorating for fall and halloween
  • cool weather
  • hogwarts starting (jk)
  • cozy outfits
  • back to school
  • fuzzy socks
  • pretending the leaves are fall-colored (that doesn’t really happen in texas :P)
  • jackets
  • leggings
  • turkey & mashed potatoes
  • for it actually not to be 90 thousand degrees for once
  • movie marathons
  • listening to folklore and other autumn-y songs

And that’s it for the post! It’s definitely a lot different than what I normally do, but I really enjoyed it and it *totally* got me in the mood for fall. Like, if you’re not excited for fall after reading this, there’s something wrong with ya. πŸ˜‚ It’s also a bit shorter, too, but I think it was fun to write and I hope y’all enjoy this quick post!

Also, before you go, I need your help! Please leave some of your post ideas for me in the comments, since I’m working on getting some new posts scheduled and I would LOVE your ideas and input! Definitely don’t feel like you have to, but let me know in the comments your post ideas! Love you guys!

Are you excited for fall? If not, did this post make you excited about it? πŸ˜‰ What’s your favorite season? Did you like the aesthetics part of the post?

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dear future me… // writing a letter to myself at the end of junior high!

Hey daydreamers! I’m BACK, and in full swing, thanks to a random burst of inspiration and motivation to blog. πŸ˜‚ I have been SO BUSY the past couple of weeks, because I just started school! And let me just tell you…adjusting from having absolutely zero obligations or due dates, 80% free time, and being so insanely bored that I was way too excited for school to start than the average 7th grader should be, to 30 hours of homeschool/homework a week, a full school day 3x a week, cheer twice a week, dance four times a week, chores, AND keeping up with friends has been HARD. On top of that, I had a *lovely* sty that only just went away and some serious writer’s block, so I definitely needed the 2/3-week break I took! However, I’m SO grateful to be back at school, in a routine, and seeing my friends. I definitely prefer being busy to being bored, even if it’ll take a bit of adjusting at first!

Anyway, I’m back and I have a super fun post this week! I’ve seen a couple of “Dear Future Self” letter posts lately, and I really wanted to write one too! I decided to write this to myself on the last day of 8th grade, meaning I just completed junior high. If I (hopefully!) still have this blog in 2 years, I’ll revisit this letter and respond to myself! Here’s the letter I wrote [anything un-italicized and in brackets like this is stuff I added to the letter to make more sense to you!]

Dear future self,

Hey! It’s the 12-year-old (almost 13) version of you, from September 4, 2020. My first day of 7th grade was Monday, August 24th, and you just had your last day of 8th grade today! Woohoo, you MADE IT! I hope finals went well and that this summer will be totally awesome.

Junior high so far is EASY – it’s just like riding a bike! Except the bike is on fire and you’re on fire and everything’s on fire and you’re drowning in a pile of homework. In all seriousness, even though it can be super stressful and is a huge jump from 6th, I’ve been really enjoying 7th, even with the new building and the limited seats and masks and all that, it’s been SO good to be busy, even if that means a few math tests!

I hope that you’re still blogging, even if it’s not every week, and you’re still best friends with Taylor, Riley, Barkley, Lulu, & Arrow [codenames, lol]. PLEASE tell me that everything is back to normal, or at least almost normal, and that 2021 and 2022 have been *way* better years than 2020. 2020 stinks even more than Chewy’s butt when he needs a bath, and that’s saying something, [especially considering I don’t normally say butt on my blog lol]. What is the world even like now? Do you have social media? Are masks still a thing? Can you hug random people if you felt so inclined? Is the world + life in general getting better?

What’s been the best and worst things about junior high? Have you made more new friends? Have you done homework or blogged in a coffee shop yet? πŸ™‚ Did you ever write that novel you keep putting off? Are you still dancing? Did you make company? Are you still in cheer? Have you done an extension or full-up yet? Are you on track to playing Clara in the Nutcracker someday? What does your room look like now? What is your little sister like? What are YOU like? Did you like your teachers, your classes, your schedule this year?

Your 12-year-old self is doing pretty good and is definitely enjoying life and having fun but is definitely a little stressed. XD I want to be a journalist/reporter or an endocrinologist when I grow up, and I listen to Taylor Swift, Kenzie, the Jonas Brothers, and Surfaces – ooh, and the Hamilton soundtrack, which just came out on DIsney+! I’m terrified and excited about the school year ahead, and it also freaks me out to think I’ll be 14 when I’m reading this (and 13 way too soon)! Right now I’m trying to read my Bible every night, trying to memorize more verses, and I hope you still are! How was Camp *insert name* last summer? What session did you go to? Was it as fun as last year? Do you still talk with the Driftwood girls? Have you made it past a shoe size 4 yet?

And now for the mushy part: Remember that yourself at the beginning of 7th grade would totally look up to you, and this letter is a reminder of how far you’ve come! YOU DID IT – you made it past 7th AND 8th grade, you survived a global pandemic and the worst year ever, you only have 2 years left to get your driver’s license. You have family and friends that love you and serve a God who loves you even more. DON’T STRESS (hahahahahahahaha) and really enjoy this summer and make it the best one yet before high school (!!!). Don’t forget to laugh at yourself and love your imperfections.

I can’t wait to meet you – and I can’t wait to BE you!

Lots of love from yourself on Sept. 4, 2020, age 12 years, 10 months, and 25 days ❀

Then I put it in an envelope along with $1 in cash, just because it’s fun to find money randomly, wrote “DO NOT OPEN UNTIL THE LAST DAY OF 8TH GRADE” on it, and hid it at the bottom of my sock drawer. I also set a phone reminder for May 2022 to open the letter in case I forget!

And that’s my letter to my future self! I can’t wait to read it in two years and respond back to myself. I hope it inspired you to make your own letter to your future self, whether it be for the end of the school year, at your next birthday, a milestone, your future husband or kids, or the end of the pandemic! I definitely missed you guys and I’ll see you next week!

Are you going to write a letter to your future self? Any tips for starting junior high? Do you like these types of posts?

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TwoFifty Scrunchies Giveaway WINNER!

Hey daydreamers! Welcome back to another Bonus Wednesday post (for those of you who are new to my blog, I always post on Saturdays but sometimes if I have a quick announcement or something to share, I’ll do a bonus post on Wednesday)! WordPress changed the font of the Editor again for some reason, so this’ll be *really* annoying to type, but oh well. Anyway, today I’m announcing the long-awaited news of…the winner of my giveaway featuring TwoFifty Scrunchies!

I chose the winner completely randomly usingΒ a random name picker website.Β Most people had an advantage because they completed bonus entries which increased their chances of winning, and some completed more entries than others.Β First off, a reminder of what the winner will be getting!

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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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HUGE Back-to-School Supplies Shopping Haul!

Hey guys! Before we get onto the post, I just wanted to let you know that you can now use my code EMMIE20 at checkout to get 20% of your purchase from TwoFifty Scrunchies through August! And if you haven’t already, enter our giveaway here!

Hey daydreamers! For me, back-to-school shopping is a serious end-of-summer ritual. I love finding cute new notebooks and feeling a fresh new start! Actually, when we got back from school shopping, we found out that our school pushed back the first day from August 10 to August 24. I still decided to go ahead and do this post!

I’m honestly soooo ready to go back to school. This has, quite literally, been the longest summer of my entire life, and there’s not a ton you can do (things are opening up now for me, but at the beginning we couldn’t go anywhere!) I’m looking forward to an actual routine, being busy, studying and doing homework (honestly, who am I? πŸ˜‚) and, of course, cute new school supplies, which is what this post is about!

Also, if you haven’t yet, make sure to read my what’s in my backpack (beginning vs. end of the year) post before you read this one! Okay, let’s get right to it.

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answering awards!

Hey daydreamers! Right now, I’m at camp! Today is my last day, and I should be coming home either today or tomorrow to answer all your comments, questions, emails, and check on your posts.

If you couldn’t tell already, this post is scheduled! I’m writing this on a rainy Friday morning, with lots of packing to do and a blog post to get up. I couldn’t really come up with anything that I could write in a short amount of time, so I decided I would finally get around to doing some awards!

I get tagged/nominated for awards a *lot*, but I honestly don’t love doing them? I love it when you guys nominate me and totally feel free to, but just know I might not get around to doing it unless I have absolutely nothing to post! I don’t really love to read tag posts either, but I’ll try to do my best to make this post as interesting and fun to read as possible! My goal is to tackle at least two awards in this post, and let’s get straight into it!

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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! πŸŽ‰ We hit 200+ followers! πŸŽ‰ 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 πŸ˜‚), 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! πŸ’–

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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what’s in my cheerleading bag!

Hey daydreamers! As some of you may or may not know, I’ve been at cheer camp this week and it was super fun (and insanely exhausting)! Since we aren’t allowed to do stunts and stuff like that because of coronavirus, they basically shoved four halftime dances, the fight song, a million chants, a bunch of cheers, technique, and a bunch more into our brains, plus a ton of conditioning and stretching within five days. It was a lot, but also super fun and I got to see my friends who are also on the team!

At my school, it’s K-12, so there’s one cheer team for junior high (the team I’m on) and one team for varsity/high school. Our JH team is super small this year, so we’ll only have one stunt group, and my best friend and I are going to switch out as flyers and I’m so excited!

I’ve done a What’s In My Backpack and a few other dance bag/volleyball bag posts, and all of them have done super well and I had fun making them, so I decided to do a post showing you guys my cheer bag for camp! Without further introduction, let’s get started!

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summer goodies giveaway WINNER!

Hey daydreamers and welcome back to another bonus Wednesday post! If you’re new to the blog, I post every single Saturday but every so often I’ll post on Wednesday in case I have something quick to share!

Today, I have a *super* exciting announcement: I’m finally revealing the winner of our Summer Goodies Giveaway featuring Asha Batchelor’s Poshmark boutique!

I chose the winner completely randomly using a random name picker website. Some people had an advantage because they completed bonus entries which increased their chances of winning. πŸ™‚ First off, a reminder of what the winner will be getting!

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