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! 

Diamond

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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The Accidental Nutcracker | A Christmas AGSM: The PREMIERE!

Starring Isabel Palmer as herself/Clara, this Christmas stopmotion follows the story of Isabel, who receives a Nutcracker soldier from her weird old grandfather. Isabel could care less about the Nutcracker soldier… but could the Nutcracker be more than she thought? Suddenly, Isabel “accidentally” finds herself as Clara…in the Nutcracker. And it’s up to her to defeat the Rat King and save her prince – before it’s too late.


Z: Hello world! I’m Ziana Yang from Z Crew News, reporting to you LIVE from the premiere of Emmie’s 2019 Christmas AGSM stop-motion, The Accidental Nutcracker.

Z: I’m here on the red carpet with the stars of the movie. Let’s take a look and ask some questions!

Alexandra Blakely, who plays herself and the Snow Queen along with numerous other roles such as Polchinelle and Flower, poses for the camera. She’s wearing a stunning sequined gown, paired with a daring leather jacket and country-chic boots.

Z: How did you feel about having such big roles in the movie?

A: I definitely was a little daunted at first, but it ended up being so much fun! It was cool to play myself at the party scene, and it was so completely magical playing the Snow Queen. I really enjoyed my supporting roles, too: especially Polchinelle, because I got to have a lot of fun with it! I’m really grateful for the experience, and I’m glad Emmie casted me as both supporting AND lead!

The paparazzi goes crazy for Logan Everett, who plays the Nutcracker prince in the movie and is a country/pop star, as he runs a hand through his hair and smiles for the camera. He’s dressed in a cool, yet casual, designer plaid shirt with ripped jeans.

Z: How did you feel being one of the only male cast members and playing such a huge role?

L: At first it seemed hard because I had a lot of lines to memorize, but I’ve done tons of TV shows and movies before, along with guest appearances in Emmie’s film. I ended up really enjoying it and I got to try some ballet! The battle scene was 100% the hardest acting thing I’ve ever done. I couldn’t move in that stiff, wood-like costume and it’s impossible to see with the Nutcracker head on!

Jade Palmer strikes a pose in her simple, yet stunning, evening gown designed by her sister. She’s a student at the American Girl Academy Ballet School, and when she graduates plans to join the American Ballet Theatre and become a professional ballerina. Jade plays the Sugar Plum fairy, one of the principal roles in the entire ballet, but this time for the screen.

Z: You’ve played the Sugar Plum fairy before in the ballet. How was it different in a stop motion?

J: The dance was actually a lot easier than the one I’ve performed, but Charlie (who plays the Sugar Plum Prince) had never done ballet before, and we had to do a lot of lifts and tricks and difficult moves! Charlie did a really great job, though. He’s a natural!

As Isabel Palmer, the star of the movie, enters the room, the paparazzi snap photos of her and fans scream and cheer from behind the velvet ropes of the red carpet. She plays the lead role, herself/Clara.

The star is wearing her own design, a delicate white gown with a flowing shimmery skirt, sheer bodice. The look is paired with a stylish white denim jacket and a sideswept hairstyle.

Z: Last year, you played an extra. This year, you’re the starring role of the movie.

I: (Laughs) Yeah, I was shocked when I discovered I was going to play Clara this year. It made sense, because I’ve been dancing since I was two and I played Clara twice in my ballet school’s productions! I really enjoyed playing this version of Clara, though. I was really playing a (slightly sassier!) version of myself who’s lost in the world of the Nutcracker, and that was a really cool role to play. I also got to design some costumes!

Z: How did it feel acting with your sister?

I: I loved hanging out with her! She’s so busy and we never get to see each other, but we had a lot of fun together on set.

J: Definitely! I loved hanging out with my little sis. It was a really fun experience for both of us.

The lead cast – Alexandra, Logan, Isabel, Jade

Finally, the cast posed for some pictures on the red carpet!

Alexandra, Isabel, Jade

All the girls were hugging and laughing on the red carpet. All of their hard work had finally paid off.

Z: It looks like it’s time to head into the theatre for the premiere!

Inside the theatre, the lights dimmed. Suddenly, the director, Emmie, stepped onstage.

“Before the premiere, I want to say a few things. Thank you so much to everyone who supported and shared this AGSM – you guys are the best! I also want to thank my family for putting up with my hogging the computer, trashing the doll room, and obsessive filming. Lastly, I want to thank my dad for helping me with endless technical things. I couldn’t have done this without you.”

The audience cheered as the curtains rose, revealing a huge screen. And the movie began to play.

Starring Isabel Palmer as herself/Clara, this Christmas stopmotion follows the story of Isabel, who receives a Nutcracker soldier from her weird old grandfather. Isabel could care less about the Nutcracker soldier… but could the Nutcracker be more than she thought? Suddenly, Isabel “accidentally” finds herself as Clara…in the Nutcracker. And it’s up to her to defeat the Rat King and save her prince – before it’s too late.


AHHHH IT’S OUT IT’S OUT IT’S OUT!! I’m freaking out right now. Thank you so much for all of your support! I love you all! Please let me know what you think in the comments!!

Did you watch the movie? Did you like it? What was your favorite part? Who was your favorite character? Did you like the red-carpet premiere photo story?

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Something HUGE is Coming. — Announcing my Christmas AGSM 2019! + My 3 Year Blogaversiary

Three years ago, nine-year-old me started a little blog about her three American Girl Dolls because she was inspired by a little Blogger site and pretty much copied everything from there. Little nine-year-old me had no idea – absolutely NO IDEA – that her blogs would grow into something that’s this big of a part of her life.

And even though my blog isn’t so popular anymore, or sometimes it might feel like nobody wants to read what I have to say on here, I’m still so incredibly grateful for all of you. 🤗 Thank you for your support and friendship. I love you all! *squeezes all of my internet besties in one giant virtual group hug* 🤗🤗🤗

I just want to say thank you to all of you!! Y’all are the people that keep me going. Thanks for caring enough to read my posts and click the follow button. It means a lot to me! ❤️

For the past few months, I’ve been kind of non-existent on this blog. Besides the occasional Emmie Awards reblog, I haven’t posted since October. But I have a pretty good reason for that.

A really, really great reason in that fact! Because…once again, I’ve been keeping a secret. Are you ready to find out what it is?

For the past two months, I’ve been secretly working on my 2019 Christmas AGSM to celebrate my 3rd blogaversiary!! I can’t even tell you how hard I worked on this project. It involved hours upon hours upon hours of set designing, troubleshooting, costuming, choreographing, screenwriting, filming, editing…and I broke our computer because it took over 8,000 pictures to create it!

On December 24, my Christmas AGSM will premiere at 11:30 AM CT!

But wait – I haven’t even told you the best part. What is this stopmotion even about? What makes it so special? Introducing…

The Accidental Nutcracker | A Christmas AGSM!

Starring Isabel Palmer as herself/Clara, this Christmas stopmotion follows the story of Isabel, who receives a Nutcracker soldier from her weird old grandfather. Isabel could care less about the Nutcracker soldier… but could the Nutcracker be more than she thought? Suddenly, Isabel “accidentally” finds herself as Clara…in the Nutcracker. And it’s up to her to defeat the Rat King and save her prince – before it’s too late.


One last thing – I need help promoting The Accidental Nutcracker so as many people can see this as possible! I’m so excited, but also really, really scared to release this movie that I’ve been working on for so, so long. And this is where you guys come in!

It would literally mean the world to me if you could promote the stop motion on your blog, website, social media, anywhere! All you have to do is link to this post and/or the trailer at the end of your blog post, or you can reblog this!

As a thank-you, if you share this on your blog, not only will you get three free wallpapers, you’ll alsoget a special link and you’ll get a sneak peek of the stop motion before the premiere! Thank you so much for your help!

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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 WorldI’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.REPORT THIS ADREPORT THIS AD

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.

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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)

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Here’s a template for what you can say. 

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

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

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Reaching For The Stars: Ep. 1 // The Cheer Competition

Lea’s POV

I took a deep breath as we entered the floor, smiling, waving, and tumbling into our starting positions. My heart pounded with a mixture of excitement, adrenaline, and fear as the music started.

Immediately, we all ran towards the platform, making a formation to catch Jade as she would flip into our arms. As we scrambled into position, I thought of how important this performance was for me. It wasn’t just my first year on the elite Shooting Stars cheerleading squad – it was my first year cheerleading, period. And also my first competition ever!

Jade flipped into our arms! We caught her, preparing to throw her up in the air as we turned around. Jade was a high school cheerleader, but the three top junior high cheerleaders got to compete with Jade, the captain of the high school team, at Luv2Cheer (the competition we were at). It was so crazy that I’d made it here, insane that I was performing this routine after a few weeks of cheer and a modest tumbling background…

But as we spun Jade around and lifted her up, all my thoughts melted away. I only focused one on thing: getting the flyer up in to the air.

And we hit perfectly! The crowd roared as we pulled Jade high above our heads, beaming. Jade threw her arms up in the air and smiled widely before we dismounted, placing her on the ground.

We raced into formation and stood with our arms at our sides and our feet parallel, which in cheerleading is called “clean”. I ran through the dance motions in my mind in the few counts we had before the music switched and we would begin our dance…

But suddenly, the beat dropped, and I didn’t have to think about it at all. I smoothly moved from one position to another, muscle memory and adrenaline taking over, as I made different smiley and sassy expressions!

The dance section ended, and Tenney and Alexandra dropped into a middle split while I ran forward and Jade stepped backwards, forming a “V” shape. I stood in a lunge in anticipation of the huge, crazy stunt we were about to do…

Tenney and Alexandra quickly stood up from their splits as I did a back walkover, landing in a bridge! All those years of once-a-week tumbling classes since I was little finally paid off.

I stood up into a handstand, feeling nervous and confident and shaky all at once. I knew what would happen next…and the stunt we were about to do was crazy difficult. If we could hit this, we would win the competiton almost automatically.

And we did it! Just in time, Alexandra and Tenney scrambled on to the platform in the nick of time for Jade to toss me on to her shoulders. Alexandra and Tenney held me up. I beamed with pride, holding my hands high in the air. We did it!

Tenney, Jade, and Alexandra lowered me on to the ground. As they ran to position, I did a spectacular front handspring! I could hear the crowd cheer as I did the impressive move – but I tried to block everything out. I had to focus on the routine…

I landed the tumbling section and slid into a split, while Jade and the other girls posed on top of the platform. The next move we were about to do was even crazier than the rest of this routine…and if we messed this up, we would have no chance at first. The first half had been perfect – and now we had to live up to it.

And we formed a pyramid with Tenney on top as Jade threw her hands up and lunged in preparation for the stunt…

And Jade sprung off the platform into a toe-touch…above Tenney and the pyramid! The crowd screamed, and the judges scribbled down impressed notes. But their faces remained impartial; was this all enough to beat some of the most experienced teams in the state?

Isabel Landed, and we stood up on the platform and held her high in our final formation. The music ended, and we headed off the stage. I was sweating like crazy, my muscles ached, and I should’ve felt exhausted, but I didn’t. Instead, I felt full of energy and couldn’t stop smiling long after we’d exited the floor. I know we’d done it.

Jade, our captain, held up our first place trophy high for the photographers. It hadn’t been easy to get here – I’d had to face haters, jealousy, trials, and injuries. But I couldn’t help feeling like I’d made it through it all.

I’d reached for the stars – and grabbed them. I was swinging from the stars, higher than the moon, on top of the world.

Hey guys! So this originally started out as a doll-stunting expirement, then a cheer-themed photoshoot, then a short photostory, and now it’s become a series! So yes, this is the first episode of Reaching for the Stars – but it starts with the end of the story. The following episodes will show how Lea got here, and all of the challenges she had to face! I’m super excited for this spontaneous photo series, and hopefully you guys are too!

Are you excited for this series? Anyone noticed the hidden label on the featured image? Have you ever done cheerleading? Which stunt was your favorite?

PS My birthday post is up on Diary of a Daydreamer!

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October Birthday Bash // An Aesthetic Llama-Themed Birthday Photoshoot!

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Hey guys! October is upon us, which means birthday season for the AGW fam! On top of my birthday on the tenth, it’s also Alexandra, Paris, and Z’s birthday month. To celebrate, I have a super fun llama-birthday-party-inspired photoshoot for you guys! (Which, of course, is super summery, but OH WELL)

This photo is so cute! I love how Lea’s camera matches the party’s aesthetic. I’m also obsessed with how Z’s outfit and scrunchie match too, lol. In case you were wondering, the scrunchie is actually the one I got from this post on Diary of a Daydreamer, my lifestyle blog!

This pizza photo cracks me up! She looks so serene and relaxed, but then she’s biting into some pepperoni and cheese. Oh, and I love how the stuffed llama is staring judgemently in the background. XD

I made this unicorn Frapuccino following a tutorial on American Girl Ideas! Isn’t it cute? I love how aesthetic it is. The purple is wayyyy brighter in real life, but it showed up reddish for some reason…Also this photo is REALLY vibrant, but oh well.

These llamas are so cute! The one on the right is Jeffrey, and the other one I got at camp named Bailey.

SO CUTE! You know what this photo reminds me of??

This pic from last November! In case you didn’t know, I’m obsessed with llamas, and it was super cool to take a selfie with one. XD I love how the llama was posing for the picture! (But ugh, my teeth are so yellow…and I still had my retainer back then, ew!)

Aw, this pic is really cute! I like how the background is blurred just enough to where you can see the decor, but are still focusing on the dolls. Also, Z and Paris are very distracted, lol.

Since school has started, Alexandra, Tenney, and Lea have joined the cheer squad that Jade is captain of! I’m obsessed with cheer right now – I’m so excited for tryouts next year in seventh grade! I thought it would be fun to do a post about the girls’ cheer competition…what do you guys think?

Ever since I started DD and school has started, you might have noticed that I haven’t been posting very much lately. I wish I had a really good reason, but I only have a few that are kind of lame: I’ve been super busy lately with school and dance, and when I do have time for blogging, lately I’ve been preffering to work on DD.

Also, I’ve been a little unmotivated lately, since my stats for posts have been going way down. I only get a handful of comments or even no comments at all on posts I’ve worked really hard on, which is really discouraging sometimes. I know stats aren’t everything, but I always am wondering why my posts used to be more popular in the past.

On that note…isn’t this photo so cute? Z and Paris aren’t super photogenic dolls, but I do think that they look pretty good in this photoshoot! Don’t you think?

More pictures with the camera…it’s just so cute! I love how Lexie is posing with her arm around Paris.

I got Alexandra as my second doll for my birthday when I was seven years old. I remember I picked her out because she looked the most like me, and I was ecstatic to open her! I remember I loved finally being able to play InnerstarU (any long-time AG fans remember that?) because she came with an account code. I spent hours playing on that website as her, finally being able to have a friend for Isabel, and making up countless stories with them!

I was definitely not expecting to come home with Ziana from the AG store on my tenth birthday! I remember liking her when she first came out, but I never really thought I would buy her…that is, until we went to the AG store for my birthday and I picked her out! Immediately I made an unboxing video, and realized she had the dreaded permapanties, so I sent her to the hospital and now she’s as good as new!

I got Paris as another unexpected gift for my eleventh birthday, and I was so happy! I had sent my grandma a list of some stuff I wanted for my birthday, and I sort of liked this Truly Me. On my birthday morning, I found her with the rest of my presents!

I guess that concludes this little birthday party post! I really hope you guys enjoyed reading this. Which photo was your favorite? When is your birthday? Which doll do you like best? Are you as obsessed with the aesthetic-ness of this birthday party? Don’t forget to follow along and leave a comment!

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I Have 12% Of A Plan Blog Tour: The FaceTime Fiasco! // A Photostory Feat. Diamond @ Build A Bears Furever!

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I sat on the floor of the living room, scrolling through random posts on Emmie’s WordPress reader.

But a post called Surprise! from Build A Bears Furever caught my eye. I clicked, curious.

What?! I thought as she read the post. Diamond is starting a personal blog? That’s crazy! I have to FaceTime the Stones!

The phone rang…and rang…and rang! Ugh, this is taking forever. I waited impatiently for a few moments, before Cloud answered the phone. “Um…who is this?”

“CLOUD! It’s me, Maryellen! From American Girl World? Helloooo? Remember me?”

“Oh yeah! I know you. Why are you calling?”

“Well…” I lowered my voice dramatically. “I saw that Diamond posted something very important on the stuffie blog. Something about…a surprise.”

“WHAT SURPRISE?” Candy butted in. “Who is this?”

“Maryellen,” I said. “I saw that Diamond is starting a new blog.”

“Oh, really? She hasn’t told us. Cool!” Cloud said.

“But here’s the thing – ever since Emmie started her personal blog, Emmie’s posted like two posts. TWO POSTS. And how many of those was I in? NONE!”

Candy gasped. “You don’t mean…”

“Yes,” I nodded solemnly. “Diamond is going to forget all about you!”

“WHAT?!” Candy shrieked. “No! No! That can’t beeeeeee!” She wailed. “That means less presents! How dare she?”

“Oh no! I love the blog. She can’t abandon us!”

“Sorry to break it to ya. But that’s what happens!”

Just then, Alexandra came into the room. “Hey, Ellie! I’m home!” Then she noticed I was on Paris’s iPad. “Ellie! You’ve gotta stop doing that! You’ve reached your device limit for today. Hand it over.”

“But I can’t! I’m calling the Stones to tell them that Diamond is starting a new blog and she’s going to forget all about them. See?” I shoved the phone in Alexandra’s face for emphasis. Candy and Cloud waved from inside the phone.

“Maryellen! Why would you tell them that? That is so not true.”

“But it is! Haven’t you noticed that Emmie hasn’t done any posts since like August? Which just so happens to be the month she started her new blog?”

“That’s not true – Emmie’s been working hard on transferring to the new website all weekend. Plus, she’s also been so busy with school and dance that she even missed last week’s post on her new blog!”

“Oh…”

Alexandra took Paris’s iPad right out of my hands. “I’m so sorry, Cloud and Candy! Diamond still loves you, she’s just going to be spending a little time getting her new blog started at first.”

“YES!” Candy cheered. “More presents!”

“Phew!” Cloud sighed in relief.

“Okay, I’ve got to start packing. Maryellen, say bye to the Stones!”

“Bye!” I waved, and Alexandra hung up.

“But you do realize that Emmie hasn’t posted about either of us all summer, right?”

“We’re in a post right now.”

“Oh.”

Hey guys! I had so much fun collaborating with Diamond to make this cute photo story for her blog tour for her new blog, I Have 12% of a Plan! I love the pictures she took – thank you so much, Diamond! I really hope you guys liked this photostory, Diamond and I worked super hard on it!

Do you like the photostory? What do you think of the little living room setup? The FaceTime editing? Maryellen’s new freckles? The little iPad I made? Diamond’s adorable photos?

And…hmm…what could Alexandra possibly be packing for?

September 12th: Build a Bears Furever

September 13th: Middle Mary

September 14th: Taking the Cake

Spetember 15th: Liberty

September 16th: Pananaw

September 17th: American Girl World

September 18th: Treasured Script

PS. I FIGURED OUT WHY HER BLOG IS CALLED 12% OF A PLAN MWAHAHAHA (hint: it’s a marvel thing)

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