Pura Vida Sunflower Necklace + Shell Bracelet Review!

🌻 Hey daydreamers! I’m so excited for this post. In Hannah’s spring cleaning post, she linked to this cute sunflower choker from Pura Vida*, and I knew I had to get it! It looked absolutely adorable, super summery, totally my style, and something I would wear every day. I waited a week or two to see if I still wanted it and was willing to spend money on it, and I did! I ordered it a few weeks ago, and it finally came on Tuesday. I decided to do a review of it on here, and that’s what I’m doing in today’s post!

You’ve most likely heard of Pura Vida, they’re an amazing jewelry brand that is super popular with teen girls and every purchase you make supports artisans around the world! Of course, this post is not sponsored (I wish! That would be insane haha). Let’s get right into it!

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Reacting to Your Assumptions About Me: Part 2!

Hey daydreamers! First off, I want to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who subscribed to the email list and entered the giveaway! It’s so amazing to do this giveaway to kick off the launch of our email list and work with SP Scrunchies! If you haven’t entered yet, make sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win two scrunchies from The Striped Plaid Co! 💛 I’ll be announcing the winner either next week or the week after so stay tuned for the results and make sure to enter before then!

Second, I’m so happy that you guys liked Part 1 of me reacting to your assumptions, and thank you so much for all of your amazing submissions! I originally planned for this to be a single post, but you guys ended up giving me a ton more assumptions than I had planned (thank you!) so I decided to make a part 2 so I could react to all of them! This time I used images from Pinterest to go along with the post, and let’s get into the assumptions!

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I’m Starting An Email List! + Scrunchie GIVEAWAY With thestripedplaidco! (closed)

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Hey daydreamers! If you remember, I’ve been dropping a few small hints here and there about a super-special post coming up. Well, as you might’ve guessed from the title, I’ve got some really exciting news for you guys today – I’m starting an email list, and I’ve partnered with Hannah from The Striped Plaid Co to host a giveaway to celebrate!

wait, hold on. What’s an email list again?

I’m glad you asked! 😉 An email list is a way to follow a blog, but it’s more personalized and there’s a ton of cool benefits that come with it. For instance, you’ll not only get a notification whenever a new post is up, but you’ll also get monthly updates, fun freebies (like wallpapers and clipart!), and even access to exclusive giveaways like this one!

If I’m already following your blog through WordPress, do I need to subscribe? Do I have to unfollow you on WordPress to subscribe?

One of the coolest parts about it is that you can follow through WordPress and through the email list – there’s no need to unfollow! And if you’re already following my blog through WordPress, you can subscribe to the email list too so you’ll get all the awesome benefits mentioned above (and you’ll be able to enter the giveaway, too!)

That sounds cool! What kinds of emails will i be getting, and how often?

Don’t worry, you’ll only be hearing from me once a week or less. You’ll be getting a notification email whenever there’s a new post, and at the end of each month, you’ll get a monthly update that includes exclusive content and freebies! And you can unsubscribe anytime if you ever change your mind.

Great! How do I subscribe?

You can subscribe right here!

The Giveaway

Okay, hopefully you read all of that and didn’t just scroll straight down to the giveaway. XD Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the giveaway!

What you’ll be getting:

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How to enter:

  • You must have your parent’s permission to enter or be over 18.
  • You must be subscribed to the Diary of a Daydreamer email list (we will be checking!)
  • You’ll need a valid email address that we can contact you by, and you’ll need to (privately) share your shipping address so Hannah can send you the prizes!
  • Just fill out the form below! You can only enter once, but there are different bonus entries you can do to increase your chance of winning!
  • If the form’s not showing up, it’s probably because you’re in the WordPress reader and not on the actual site. If it’s still not working, you can use this link: https://emeraldpheonix.survey.fm/giveaway-entry-form
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Thank you so much to Hannah for providing the prizes for the giveaway, you’re the best and I had so much fun working with you! And thank you so much to whoever entered and whoever signed up for the email list – I really appreciate it and I’m so happy! Once again, you can check out Hannah’s Etsy shop here. Thank you all so much for reading, and I’ll see you next weekend! You can expect the giveaway results in 2-3 weeks!

Did you enter the giveaway? What is your favorite item from The Striped Plaid Co?

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Not only will you get access to exclusive content and benefits, you’ll get notified whenever there’s a new post, and recieve a monthly update that includes exclusive content and freebies! You can unsubscribe anytime if you ever change your mind.


Book Review: 100 Days of Sunlight By Abbie Emmons

Hey daydreamers! Happy Easter, everyone! As I’m writing this, it’s currently still Easter Sunday and I have no idea if I’ll get this post up by the end of the evening, but oh well. It’s definitely been a different Easter than normal for all of us, and even though we’re camping in our backyard instead of the beautiful state park and we’re watching church from our couch instead of at the service it still doesn’t change the fact that Jesus has Risen. 🙃

My mom always makes these cute and fun Easter baskets to give to us every year (thanks Mom!) and this year, one of the things I got was the book 100 Days of Sunlight by the insanely talented Abbie Emmons! Since I didn’t get a post up yesterday on Saturday like I was supposed to, I decided to post a review of this wonderful and amazing book that I devoured in one sitting. Let’s get straight into the review! ⤵⤵⤵

When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down.

Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs.

Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks he can help her. But he has one condition: no one can tell Tessa about his disability. And because she can’t see him, she treats him with contempt — screaming at him to get out of her house and never come back. But for Weston, it’s the most amazing feeling: to be treated like a normal person, not just a sob story. So he comes back. Again and again and again.

Tessa spurns Weston’s “obnoxious optimism”, convinced that he has no idea what she’s going through. But Weston knows exactly how she feels and reaches into her darkness to show her that there is more than one way to experience the world. As Tessa grows closer to Weston, she finds it harder and harder to imagine life without him — and Weston can’t imagine life without her. But he still hasn’t told her the truth, and when Tessa’s sight returns he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life: vanish from Tessa’s world…or overcome his fear of being seen.

100 Days of Sunlight is a poignant and heartfelt novel by debut author Abbie Emmons. If you like sweet contemporary romance and strong family themes then you’ll love this touching story of hope, healing, and getting back up when life knocks you down. AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Source: https://www.100daysofsunlight.com/about-the-book

💛 my thoughts 💛

I read this book in practically one sitting. Most of it I read outside, feeling the sunshine on my face, the warmth of the beautiful Easter spring day enveloping me…ahh, it was the best feeling. 😌 And add on an absolutely amazing, fluffy contemporary book filled with cute characters, ukeleles, blogging, waffles, and the color yellow? YES PLEASE! 💛

From the first page, I was captivated by the story. It goes on to follow Tessa, who’s lost her sight for 100 days, and Weston, who’s determined to show her that there’s beauty in other things besides sight. But then they start falling for each other, and Weston’s afraid she’ll stop treating him like a normal person if she figures out his secret.

First off: I loved (most of) the characters! Weston was my absolute favorite. He’s such an amazing big brother and he makes amazing waffles and is “obnoxiously optimistic” and plays the ukelele. And for some reason, I kept picturing his character as Joshua Basset (except with no legs) the whole time. 😂

I didn’t like Tessa that much at first, and I definitely preferred reading Weston’s chapters a lot more. Especially because sometimes she would write like this:

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It was slightly annoying at first, but then I grew to love her character more and more as the story progressed. It was so cool to “see”, or rather hear, touch, smell, and taste the story and the world through Tessa’s eyes, even though she was blind. And she was so relatable: she’s a writer, has a blog and a super amazing and supportive group of blogging besties, and she writes poetry!

I didn’t care for the character Rudy that much, but I adored Weston’s little brothers and Tessa’s grandparents! And her grandpa’s church and her grandma’s concern for her and Weston’s brothers who literally think he’s a superhero. I loved them all! 💛

Second, the story was amazing! I don’t read very many YA contemporaries (I normally read MG contemporaries or YA fantasy/dystopian), so I was a little worried about the plot going nowhere. It turned out to be a super solid and thoughtful plot, showing the relationship between Tessa and Weston go from hate-to-love with amazing flashbacks to Weston’s past sprinkled in at the perfect moments, and ahh, it was such a cute story! I especially love how it was separated into sections of smell, sound, taste, touch, and sight.

And that cover – I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and everything, but seriously, I can’t stop admiring the cover and all of its gorgeousness. And every little adorable artwork has something significant to do with the story, and you appreciate it so much more after reading the book! At first, I thought the cover was beautiful, but after reading it I was like, “And those are the waffles, and there’s her laptop, and that’s the polaroid camera, and ASFDKASLKDFJ; THAT’S THE YELLOW UKELELE!” The yellowness and aesthetic of it is so gorgeous, and I love the cover so much I ended up taking a ton of aesthetic-looking pictures in the backyard with it. XD

Content: I was very surprised when the characters would swear out of nowhere. One of my main complaints about the book was that sometimes they would say curse words (it wasn’t terribly frequent, thankfully, and I guess it was technically a YA book, so 🤷‍♀️) Also, there were one or two scenes where Weston and Rudy would fight, but it was always a sort of game and it wasn’t described in horribly violent detail or anything. There was also a very brief scene where a creepy dude harasses the main character, Tessa, by grabbing her wrist.

Overall: This book was so incredible! It was a cute, romantic, and poignant read that left me thinking about beauty and made me appreciate the sights I see around me in a whole new way. 10/10 recommend this book and I 11/10 recommend reading it on the porch with a refreshing drink and lots of sunshine. 😉

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Whatdduya know, I finished this by tonight! I hope you guys check out the book because I loved it and think you will, too. Have a happy Easter everyone! Christ has Risen!

Have you ever read this book? Isn’t Abbie Emmons amazing? Do you love waffles? Opinion on the color yellow? Did you like the photos I took? What did your family do for Easter today? (We did online church, Easter baskets, an egg hunt, and me and my sister are going to go camping in our backyard tonight!)

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And remember, if you share this post by reblogging, pinning on Pinterest, sharing on social media, emailing a friend, or any way you’d like, leave a comment letting me know how you shared it and you’ll get 3 FREE desktop wallpapers delivered straight to your inbox! This month’s theme is fruit and I’m super excited to share it with y’all!


Double Review: Francesca’s Scrunchies + $25 Curling Iron!

Hey guys! First off, I’m so happy that you guys liked my March Lookbook post! I’m hoping to make more fashion posts like that and start posting more of that kind of format/style. 🙂 Today I’m going to be reviewing some scrunchies from Francesca’s that I got last weekend (two weekends ago by the time you’re reading this!) and I’m OBSESSED with them, lol! The other product I will be reviewing is $25 curling iron that my mom got for me (I believe she got it from Amazon).

Oh, and before we get started I want to say a HUGE thank you because WE REACHED 100 FOLLOWERS!!! *confetti flies everywhere* Eeeeeep, I’m so happy and excited, thank you so much! It means the world to me that so many of you guys would take the time to actually read my posts and then decide to follow along. THANK YOU! Hopefully, there will be a very exciting surprise coming late April to celebrate, so stay tuned! 😉

**Quick disclaimer: This post is not sponsored!** Let’s get right to it, starting with the scrunchies!

SCRUNCHIES

They come on a cute little paperboard cutout that can be used for storing them, which is great! When I first saw these, I fell in LOVE with the colors (blush pink is my thing, lol!) and they’re so, so soft.

The elastic is super strong yet just stretchy enough! Ahh, I’m still dying over those gorgeous colors. These scrunchies are just amazing quality – when you buy them off of Amazon, usually the elastic is super loose and flimsy, the fabric is weak, and there’s not a scrunch to it. It’s worth it to pay those few extra dollars and the quality be 100x better!

They hold super well in your hair – unless you’re going to be working out or doing something crazy active, they’ll stay in without using a hair tie under it. My hair is super thin, fine, and slippery, so I have to wrap it around three times for it to stay, but if you have super thick hair you could *maybe* get away with two!

There are 5 scrunchies in white, beige, bubblegum, rose pink, and maroon for $14.99! I definitely think it’s worth the price (in-store, they even had a buy-1-get-1-free deal so I got one for my friend’s birthday!), and I would 10/10 recommend these awesome quality scrunchies! You can get them here (once again, not sponsored lol).

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hoson curling iron

First off, it comes with a handy-dandy instruction manual, and of course the curling iron itself! It also has a nice cord (more on that in bit). It comes in four sizes: 1/2 in, 3/4 in, 1 in, and 1 1/2 in. I’m pretty sure I have the 1/2 inch – as I mentioned above, my hair is pretty long but reeeeally fine and thin, so I needed a smaller one. It has a convenient little rubber tip and a wire stand to prop it up when setting it down or heating, and the handle part is plastic (I think?).

It has some nice on/off buttons with buttons that allow you to adjust the temperature and even a little screen to view how hot it is, which is super nice and a lot more than you’d expect from a $25 curling iron! It can heat anywhere from 175 to 400 degrees (Fahrenheit).

It also comes with this unnecessary glove that’s way too big and makes my thumb look a thousand miles long, lol!

The cord is super thick and long, and it rotates 360 degrees on the iron so the cord never gets in the way!

Here’s a peek into the instruction manual (which is incredibly detailed for a curling iron, by the way). It gives you some technical info plus a sort of anatomy, and also some examples of “results” (which I’m pretty sure weren’t done with this iron and actually by professional hairstylists, but, oh well.) 😂

Alright, let’s try this out! I heated it to 275 degrees, but I recommend at least 300.

Lol ignore the fact that I’m wearing 3 scrunchies at once 😂

It’s really easy to use, and this is my first curling iron ever, so after a little bit of my mom helping me, I think I got the hang of it!

And that’s the final result! It creates some nice waves. Tight curls usually don’t stay, but that might just be my fine hair and my lack of using hair spray. The result is cute and easy, I totally recommend this inexpensive curling iron for easy results!

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Thank you so much for reading this post! I had fun making it, and I hope you had fun reading it, too. Stay safe, healthy, and happy, and expect more posts soon since I’m stuck at home and have nothing better to do! 😂😂😂

Do you like scrunchies? Do you ever shop at Francesca’s? Which color is our favorite? What curling iron do you use, and would you ever use this one? What have you been doing during the quarantine?

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The Emmie Awards 2019 WINNERS!

I HAVE FAILED AS A BLOGGER *melts into a puddle of despair* I wish I had a really good reason that this post was late. But nope, I JUST FORGOT. *bangs head on the wall repeatedly* I was even really bored yesterday before night, and I totally could’ve finished this and…

Anyway, enough of me beating myself up for not posting this at the right time! I’m sorry to any inconvenience this might’ve caused you, and I hope everyone had an amazing New Year’s Eve!

Today is not only New Year’s Day, but it’s also something else. Today, I’m revealing the ten bloggers who were chosen by readers from around the country, including the 2019 Blog of the Year!

I think I’ve stalled enough. Let’s welcome our 2019 Emmie Awards winners and nominees to the stage! *applause*

*ahem* Let’s get started announcing the awards! First up, we have Best Lifestyle blog! This award is given to a lifestyle blog with outstanding photography, unique post ideas, and a stunning design. And the winner of this category certainly has all of that and more! Drumroll please….

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MEGAN @ A BAREFOOT GAL!

Congrats Megan! *hands over flowers and a huge trophy* You totally deserved this award and I’m so happy for you! Your blog is incredible!

Let’s hand the mic over to Megan for her acceptance speech.

I’m so excited to have won this award! I really enjoy having a blog and getting to know other people through it and it’s pretty wonderful to know you all like reading my ramblings. It’s been a great almost six years blogging and I’ve learned a lot, mostly that you don’t have to be like the popular bloggers if you want to enjoy it. So there’s my challenge for you guys I guess – be yourself on your blog! Thanks again to everyone who has left a comment or read my posts over the years. Here’s to more years being a blogging barefoot gal! 🙂 (Also, Eeyore says thanks!)

-Megan B

Thank you so much, Megan! That was a wonderful speech. Now onto our next category, Best New Blog! This award is given to a blog that, despite just starting in 2019, has got it down! Their posts are professional and their blog design is stunning! Let’s give it up for the winner of Best New Blog…

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DIAMOND @ I HAVE 12% OF A PLAN!

*Applause* Congratulations, Diamond! Come on up to accept your award! Your new blog is incredible and you definitely deserved this! Your posts are super creative and your design is amazing. Let’s hear Diamond’s acceptance speech!

Wow, thank you all for voting for me! I started IH12OP mainly just to document some thoughts and write posts that wouldn’t work as well on BABF. I wasn’t expecting to get such a following so quickly, and I certainly wasn’t expecting to be the Best New Blog of 2019! Thank you so much! I’m very honored.

-Diamond

That was a great speech, Diamond! Now onto our next category: Best Blog Design. Let’s just get right to it, because…*bursts out laughing* The winner of Best Blog Design is….

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ME! 😂😂😂

GUYS, I WON AN AWARD IN MY OWN AWARDS SHOW. WHY IS THIS SO HILARIOUS. In all seriousness, though, thank you all for voting for me! I’m really excited that you guys like my blog design here at Diary of a Daydreamer! Thank you to everyone who let me design their blogs for them so I could practice, and thank you for voting for me and supporting me!

*Hands myself a trophy* Wait, this is weird. High five? *tries to high-five myself* Um, nope. Pat on the back? *can’t reach my back* You know what? let’s move on to the next category.

Next up, we have our next category: Best Videos! This award goes to a blog that posts videos or has a YouTube channel related to their blog. Let’s give it up for…

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ABBIE EMMONS @ ABBIEE.COM!

Congratulations Abbie! Her videos, music, blog, books, everything are absolutely GOALS and this girl is amazing! Congrats! She totally deserves this award! Unfortunately, we don’t have an acceptance speech from Abbie, but you can check out her YouTube and blog here.

Our next category is Best Photography, which is awarded to a blogger with outstanding photos that are clean, professional, and creative! The winner of this award is….

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ARIA @ ARIA LISETTE!

Congratulations, Aria! *hands her award* Your photography is absolutely stunning and breathtaking. The lighting and colors are always on point, and you do such a great job with all of your creative posts!

Aria would like to say, “[I’m] super grateful but didn’t have any time to write a speech and wanted you all to know [I’m] thankful you voted for [me]!” Thank you so much, Aria! You definitely deserved this award!

Next up, we have a collab that won the Best Collab award hands-down! This collab is an adorable posts featuring two amazing bloggers. And the winners are…

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REBEKAH AND DIAMOND WITH THEIR POST “BAKING WITH BERRY”!

Congratulations, you guys! *hands you each a trophy* Your post was absolutely adorable and those cookie mixies sound delicious! This was an awesome collab! Now, for our acceptance speeches from Rebekah and Diamond.

We’re so glad that we won this award!  I’m glad you all like my blog so much! Rebekah did all the work on that post though, so I think I’ll let her take over:

-Diamond

Thank you so much, all– I was not expecting this in the least! Needless to say, we’re all very excited that we can be listed with all the other awesome bloggers who have worked so hard this year, creating content and keeping the blogosphere alive and thriving. Huggies, who made the post, would like to thank Diamond for letting him post on her blog, his cousin Cherry for gathering all the recipe ingredients for him, and all of you for being kind enough to vote for us. And if you need anyone to rant with about the stress of holiday baking, he wants you to know that he’s totally open to that. 🙂 Happy New Year’s Eve, and thank you again!

-Rebekah

Thanks for the awesome speeches, guys! Now onto the next category: Best Book Blog! This award is for any blog that posts book reviews, book lists, tags, and more. And the winner of this award has an incredible book blog! Let’s give it up for:

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OLIVIA @ PURELY OLIVIA!

Congratulations, Olivia! Your blog is incredible and your design is gorgeous! You definitely deserved this award for your awesome, creative posts! Unfortunately, we don’t have a speech for Olivia, but you can check out her blog here.

Our next and second-to-last category is Best Doll Blog! This award can go to a blog featuring any sort of doll or toy, such as American Girl, Build-A-Bears and stuffed animals, Barbies, toy reviews, etc. And the winner of this award totally deserved this with her adorable posts! The winner of this category is…

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DIAMOND @ BUILD A BEARS FUREVER!

Diamond has incredible, adorable posts! I’m so happy for you! *hands Diamond trophy* Diamond would like to say:

Aw, guys! I’m really happy that you all liked BABF so much! I started BABF in 2017, and I’ll admit, it took a long time to get where people followed us, and it took a lot of work. But, it definitely paid off! I am so honored that I won this! 

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Congratulations! Now, for our second-to-last category: Best Tutorial! And for this one, we have a TIE! The winners are…

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DIAMOND @ BUILD A BEARS FUREVER WITH HER POST DIY SMORES & CLARA @ CLARA-AND-CO WITH HER POST DIY BIRTHDAY PARTY IN A BOX!

This is the first-ever tie in Emmie Awards history! Congratulations to both of you, your posts were wonderfull! Let’s welcome them both to the stage for acceptance speeches.

*beams* Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me! I’m so glad you guys enjoyed my post. 🙂 I appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my blog more than they’ll ever know. I hope you’re all having a wonderful start to the new year, and thank you so much to Emmie for hosting these awards!

-Clara

DIY S’mores is a great tutorial! I posted a lot of tutorials this summer during Camp, but that one may have been one of my favorites. I’m very grateful for this award, and I also wanted to say that I’m glad to be tied with Clara! She’s an awesome blogger, and her tutorial was wonderful!

-Diamond

Those speeches were great, guys!

Now, onto our next and final category, the prestigious Blog of the Year Award! This title is given to the blog who grew the most this year, that has outstanding posts and creative ideas. And now, for the grand reveal of the winner of the Blog of the Year award…and the winner is…

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JO @ PANANAW!!!

*Confetti flies* Congratulations Jo! You won the Blog of the Year Award!! I’m so happy and excited for you! *hands trophy over*

And now, for Jo’s speech! Unfortunately, we don’t have a speech from her this year, but here’s her inspiring speech from last year’s awards when she won Best New Blog.

”Wait, what?

I won?

I actually won an award?

Oh my word, I can’t believe it.

Thank you people for deciding I had the best new blog of 2018. I’m so shook right now. I can’t believe that a whole bunch of you thought I was good enough to be nominated for an award. Thank you so much to my parents, for letting me have a blog, to my brother and sister for inspiring me to start one,  to Gracie M, Clara, Rebekah, and Enni for encouraging me to keep going, to my bell pepper plant for being the source of my inspiration, to my laptop for not shutting down on me, to every single one of you who voted, to my fellow nominees, you deserve this more than I, and finally and most importantly to God for giving me the gift of blogging.

We have the amazing freedom of speech, of expression, and of marshmallows. Let’s use that freedom to build each other up and make someone smile this year!” – Jo

*wipes tears from eyes* Thank you so much for that speech last year, Jo! You totally deserved this award!

And that’s a wrap for the Emmie Awards 2019! I hope you all have a wonderful year in 2020. Here’s to new beginnings, new memories, new experiences. Here’s to 2020!

And remember, even if you didn’t win or get nominated for an award, I want to remind you that you are an incredible, amazing blogger, and that the Emmie Awards are meant as a fun way to discover new blogs. Congratulations to everyone!

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Emmie Awards 2019 VOTING! | CLOSED

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU!

Hey daydreamers! First off, I want to thank you all so much for your nominations! I’m really happy you guys are still interested in these awards this year, and I’m so excited to see who you all vote for!

You can use the Typeform I’ve linked to down below to cast your votes! Remember: You can only vote once! Obliging to this rule will help keep the Emmie Awards fair, honest, and fun for everyone.

The Typeform will close on December 25 (Aka Christmas day). I’ll count the votes and email the winners so they can prepare a short acceptance speech that will be featured in the results post! The results post will be up on December 31, the last day of 2018.

CLICK HERE TO CAST YUR VOTES!

Make sure to share and reblog so we can get as many votes as possible!

P.S. – If you share this post by reblogging, pinning on Pinterest, sharing on social media, or sending the link to a friend, you’ll get three FREE desktop wallpapers sent straight to your inbox! Just leave a comment telling me how you shared this post!


it’s here. — Emmie Awards 2019 NOMINATING! | CLOSED

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU!

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. 😂 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!

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU!

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NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU!


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. 🤗❤️🤗

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. 😂 Hopefully that will make it a little easier to find your questions!

Okay, enough of the sappy speeches, numerous emojis, and my nerdiness. 😂 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 you’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 you’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! 😂😂😂

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)

7-8 My help and glory are in God
    —granite-strength and safe-harbor-God—
So trust him absolutely, people;
    lay your lives on the line for him.
    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 Emmie™ 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 that’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. 😂 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 that’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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