Doing the Star Wars Character Tag…WITH MY DOLLS! (And Chewy, and Popcorn, and Me)

Hey guys! So I’ve seen the Star Wars Character Tag around the blogosphere…and it looks really really fun! I love Star Wars!

But the thing is, I don’t have enough characters for this or a blog that fits a niche that would relate to this tag*. So I decided, why not steal this tag and do it with my dolls?! I mean, there are no rules, right? (Which reminds me, I need to put the rules.)

*Well technically there’s The Realm of Writing/Write Away but WE SHALL NOT SPEAK OF THAT CRINGEY TRASH DUMP OF A BLOG.

1. THERE ARE NO RULES.

2. Refer To Number 1.

3. There is one absolute rule: You MUST use your own characters (OCs) for this tag. (Brownie points if you add pictures of your characters.)

4. The Sorta Rule: Scream a huge thank you to whoever tagged you for this whilst treating them to a pizza dinner at your favorite pizza chain.

5. The Kinda Rule: Include This Link In The Post So That The Penny Can Read Everyone’s Answers To This Smol Strange Tag: https://asouthernbellewithstoriestotell.wordpress.com/2019/02/18/the-star-wars-character-tag-i-made-my-own-tag-halp/

6. The Rule That’s Not Really A Rule But It Would Be Great: Include the graphic and tag at least three Jedi or Sith Lords.

I sound like a YouTuber everytime I say this, but…let’s get started!

Who’s Your Obi Wan Kenobi? (sassy, a great mentor, but can be a bit strict)

Let’s just pretend I haven’t used this picture super recently

This one SCREAMS Alexandra! Even though she’s not the oldest, she was one of my first dolls so she’s kind of like the mom who is mature, gives great advice, and can be kind of strict. But she also has a sassy, fun side: she’s a singer, author, and hairstylist, and loves creative stuff, witty comebacks, and generally having fun.

Who’s Your Leia Organa? (feisty, incredible comebacks, and does their own thing)

Definitely Jade! Have you SEEN Forever Season 1? Almost every single one of her lines in that (very cringey but an AGW classic) series is her being rebellious, sassy, or fiesty! She’s definitely Leia! (Ooooh, space buns would look good on her…)

Who’s Your Finn? (overeager, adorable, a cinnamon roll)

I know that Charlie is technically my sister’s doll, but he is definitely Finn! Seriously, his personality is so adorable and overeager. (You should’ve seen him when Z said she would go to a school dance with him!) How perfect is that? Oh, and not only is he a cinnamon roll, he loves eating them too. (It’s his favorite food.)

Who’s Your Padmé? (kind, loving, but also kick butt)

The lighting is a little weird in this one…

Probably Felicity! She’s so kind, compassionate, loving to everyone around her. She’s really shy, but when she wants to speak up her words are fiesty and blow everyone’s mind. She’s always thinking, sitting back and watching, observing everything around her.

Who’s Your Count Dooku? (deliciously evil, extra, and sick burns)

Okay this was REALLY HARD. Because none of my dolls are really EVIL or anything?!* So I just picked Logan, because he does have awesome burns and is pretty extra sometimes.

*That’s why this tag was meant for characters.

Who’s Your BB-8? (too cute, everyone loves them, can do no wrong)

Yes, I am aware that there are two. Yes, I am aware that these are not dolls. Yes, I am aware that just Popcorn here would make more since cause he’s an AG Dog. But Chewy AND Popcorn are the dynamic duo, and they fit this description PERFECTLY!!

(Also, this description is perfect for a baby unicorn in my first book ever named Steve, who liked to swing invisible nun chucks and could talk. Don’t ask.)

Who’s Your Yoda? (underestimated, extra, and wise)

Since Alexandra was already decided as Obi Wan Kanobi, I picked Z Crew News* star Ziana! She actually gives great advice and is so wise and mature. She’s been through a lot! She even has an advice segment on her channel. (Ooh, what if I did an advice segment thingy on ZCN? Thoughts?)

*What is it with me self-promoting referencing AGW series today? And what’s with the footnotes? I don’t know? *is confusing myself*

Who’s Your Anakin Skywalker? (bratty, rebellious, whiny)

THIS WAS EASY. I was wondering why Maryellen wasn’t showing up here yet, but that was because Anakin hadn’t been mentioned so far. She’s totally perfect for this, except for the whole turned-into-crazy-villain-psycopath thing. And the weird helmet and theme song and heavy breathing…so basically she’s Anakin Skywalker BEFORE Darth Vader, because she’s such a rebel, prankster, whiner, and can be bratty sometimes!

Who’s Your Luke Skywalker? (hero, has been through a lot, has their share of flaws)

THIS IS TOO EASY! Definitely Paris. I’ve learned a LOT about her character from her being the protagonist in the book I’m outlining (aka Trying for the Sky), and she definitely has a lot of flaws (has trouble prioritizing, can ignore her friends sometimes, gets easily upset, too competitive) has been through a ton (immunity disorder, insecurity, moving, worry), and a hero (saves the day, sacrifices, and fixes things in the end)!

And now…for the grand finale…

Who’s Your C3-PO? (always worrying, gives depressing information, constantly wailing)

YES. I PUT ME HERE. I KNOW I’m not a doll…but in the AGW world and all of the photostories and stopmotions and videos and stories, I’m the one calling them about something that happened? Delivering backstory? Worrying about new dolls fitting in?* Weird I put myself here, I know**. But there is no AGW Doll who fits this description, and I’m like perfect for this? TRUST ME, I’m not this depressing in real life, haha. And I never wail.

*I just discovered I’m a lazy plot device I throw into my own doll stories. Huh.

I had so much fun writing this, even though it’s a little weird, lol. So now…let’s see who’s been tagged for this awesomeness!

I tag…YOU!

Yes, I know, doing that is kind of lazy and no one actually does it. BUT! In my defense, I’m not sure which of you guys like Star Wars, minus those who already did this tag! So if you enjoy Star Wars, dolls, or write, then please do this tag (it’s a great post idea!) but don’t feel like you have to!

To continue the theme of YouTube intro and outro… 😛

That’s it! Thank you so much for reading. If you enjoyed, please make sure to click that like button and follow this blog by clicking the blue WordPress button in the sidebar! See you on Friday for an All My Dolls video on the AGW YouTube channel! Bye guys!

Okay that sounded so much like a YouTuber’s outro, it’s actually kind of scary. I guess technically I am a YouTuber…

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meeting mixiepixie7?! {A VLOG}

Hi guys! I can’t believe I got to meet Mixiepixie7 yesterday! Here’s the fun vlog I took at the meetup, I hope you enjoy it! (If the video is not showing up, please CLICK HERE)

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Don’t Forget to Vote!

Hey marshmallows! Emmie here with a reminder that today is the LAST DAY for you to decide which doll will get picked to go to Mixiepixie7’s meetup! Click here to cast your vote in the comments!

Hey guys! I have some super exciting news (that you can already tell from the title but I’m going to tell you anyway):
MIXIEPIXIE7 IS HOSTING A MEETUP AT MY LOCAL AG STORE, AND I’M GOING!!!
Originally, when I asked my mom about it, she just said “probably”. Which everyone knows ranks high on the Mom-o-Meter of responses.

But just today, I asked her again for confirmation, and she said YES!!!!!!
In case you live under a rock (or just don’t subscribe to AGTubers), Micah/Mixiepixie7 is a YouTuber who is super famous in the AGTube world and creates phenomenal stopmotions and videos! 
This photo is from Micah’s Channel, so it’s not mine!
HERE IS THE LINK TO HER CHANNEL, WHERE YOU CAN FIND A VIDEO EXPLAINING DETAILS ABOUT THE MEETUP AND ALL OF HER OTHER AWESOME CONTENT!
I’m a huge fan of her channel and I’m LITERALLY SO EXCITED to get to meet her!!!! Ahhhh I just want it to be March 10 already. And my friend might get to come with me! 
So, of course, all of my dolls want to come too. But only one will be able to come with me! I’ve narrowed it down to my Top 3 options, and I have no idea which one to take!

So, I thought, why not let you guys decide?
I let each of the dolls put together a little “campaign”, where they will have a photo, short bio, why they want to go, and reasons to pick them! You guys will vote in the comments! The deadline is March 8, 2019, so you have until Friday to cast your vote!

READ THE FULL POST HERE & CAST YOUR VOTE!

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What Doll Should Meet Mixiepixie7? | Vote Now!

Hey guys! I have some super exciting news (that you can already tell from the title but I’m going to tell you anyway):

Mixiepixie7 is hosting a meetup at my local AG Store, and I’m going!!!

Originally, when I asked my mom about it, she just said “probably”. Which everyone knows ranks high on the Mom-o-Meter of responses.

But just today, I asked her again for confirmation, and she said YES!!!!!!

In case you live under a rock (or just don’t subscribe to AGTubers), Micah/Mixiepixie7 is a YouTuber who is super famous in the AGTube world and creates phenomenal stopmotions and videos!

This photo is from Micah’s Channel, so it’s not mine!

Here is the link to her channel, where you can find a video explaining details about the meetup and all of her other awesome content!

I’m a huge fan of her channel and I’m LITERALLY SO EXCITED to get to meet her!!!! Ahhhh I just want it to be March 10 already. And my friend might get to come with me!

So, of course, all of my dolls want to come too. But only one will be able to come with me! I’ve narrowed it down to my Top 3 options, and I have no idea which one to take!

So, I thought, why not let you guys decide?

I let each of the dolls put together a little “campaign”, where they will have a photo, short bio, why they want to go, and reasons to pick them! You guys will vote in the comments! The deadline is March 8, 2019, so you have until Friday to cast your vote!

Bio: Hi, I’m Paris Kay Elliot! I love basketball and journalism, and recently, I’ve gotten into acting! I starred in AGW’s Christmas movie Flashback and I’m going to co-star in Forever Season 2! (Yes, there is going to be a Season 2! If you vote for me, maybe I’ll give you some hints! 😉) I’m the main character in Emmie’s book, Trying for the Sky, (previously titled Paris Takes the Shot), and I’m the newest doll.

Why I want to go: I’ve always LOVED Mixiepixie7’s videos and I would absolutely love to meet her and take my first trip to the American Girl Store (not counting the time I was bought!) It would be awesome to interview her. She works with incredibly talented doll actresses all the time. And I’m hoping that she’ll bring Sophie Claire and Cassie, because I’d love to meet hem too!

Why you should vote for me: If you vote for me, there might be a new stop motion starring me! And I’ve never been to the AG Store besides getting bought, and I’m the newest doll.

Bio: Hey, everyone! I’m Alexandra Kate Blakely, a writer, singer, and ballerina! I look so much like Sophie Claire, I could be her twin sister! I played roles in Forever Season 1 as well as in Flashback and various videos and photo stories, plus I’m a character in TFTS. I have T1D, just like Emmie!

Why I want to go: I would love to meet my twin Sophie Claire if Micah brings her, and I love Micah’s videos and I’ve been watching them for as long as I can remember! Going to the AG Store is one of my favorite things to do, ever!

Why you should vote for me: If you vote for me, there will be a short story written by me and a photo shoot posted on this blog! Plus, you’ll get the CUTEST pics of me and Sophie Claire!

Bio: What’s up, guys? I’m Ziana Joy Yang, but you can call me Z. You probably recognize me as the host of the popular Z Crew News series and from my YouTube Channel, Z Crew, that has over 100,000 subscribers! I love filmmaking, dogs, photography, and art. I co-starred in Forever Season 1, and I’m going to star in Forever Season 2 as well! I also played the doctor in Flashback, and I’ve produced, directed, edited, and starred tons of videos for AGW’s channel, including Isabel and Lea React to Blaire Wilson!

Why I want to go: I absolutely love filmmaking and YouTube videos, so meeting Micah would be a dream come true for me! I’ve watched her channel since I was fostered and then came to the AGW family and it’s been amazing to see her channel grow. I would do an awesome interview with her, because I love journalism and I have a lot of practice from ZCN!

Why you should vote for me: If you vote for me, there will be a NEW ZCN EPISODE! And, the vlog we will take at the meetup will be directed and edited by me, and you’ll get a photo shoot of me, too! And, there

That’s it for the campaign bios! (Is that even a thing? Oh well, now it is.) Now it’s your turn! Who will get to go to the AG Store on Sunday, March 10? Only YOU can decide by commenting below your vote by March 8!

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Happy Valentine’s Day From Popcorn! (A Mini Photostory) + A Poll!

Hi, everyone! Are you surprised to see me here? Well, Emmie really wanted to do an awesome gigantic photo-story, but unfortunately she got sick and couldn’t do it! So I swooped in to the rescue and made this little post for you guys!

I hope you all have an absolutely fantastic V-Day (as I like to call it)! Also, do you like this little flower setup I did? It’s not much, but when your owner kept coughing into the roses, you have to make do. 😉

SELFIE TIME!!!! Do you like chocolate for Valentine’s day? If so, what kind? RUSSEL STOVER IS THE BEST. But since I’m a dog I can’t exactly eat chocolate, but from what I’ve heard from Emmie and her dolls IT’S AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! And I want it! *whimpers*

There’s gonna be a ZCN soon, so watch out for that! So, make sure to comment down below the link to your Valentine’s post for a chance to be featured in the episode! Oh, look’s like Chewy wants the camera – here you go Chewy!

“WHAT ON EARTH IS THIS THINGY?” It’s a camera, Chewy! “Oh. What’s a camera?” Just let Emmie take your picture!

*Poses dramatically and thoughtfully, hair blowing in the breeze* *Is thinking about bacon* Happy Valentine’s Day, guys! May it be full of lots of chocolate and bacon! But not together, that would be gross. Lemme rephrase that: May your day be full of bacon for dinner/breakfast/lunch and chocolate for dessert!

So, I’m wondering something: What are your favorite posts to see? So I can give you guys, my readers, the content you want to see, I created a poll to help me decide what to post more and see what you like!

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Thanks for reading, guys! Don’t forget to comment the link to your Valentine’s posts, and we just might be back Wednesday for an awesome photostory!

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So, It’s Been A Year

It was weird yesterday, watching my sister’s basketball game. Because almost one year ago I was the one out there on the court.

But I wasn’t okay like she was.

I was exhausted, sickness building up in my body as I ran limply back and forth. If I had gotten the ball I wouldn’t have taken a shot, because I would’ve known I’d miss it.

It all kind of hit me the other night, and tears threatened to spill. But they were happy tears.

Because I looked at how far I’ve come from that crazy day of sickness, of finally knowing what’s wrong, of being whisked off into the ICU without fully grasping what was happening to me. I looked at how much God has used this disease for good in my life.

In case you don’t know already, I have type one diabetes. Basically, my body doesn’t make a hormone called insulin. Insulin helps you use carbs for energy and keep your blood sugar stable. So now, I have to take an artificial medicine version of it whenever I eat. I used to take it through 4 shots a day. Now, a year later, I simply put some numbers into an insulin pump.

A year ago today I was diagnosed with T1D. And I look at all those happy moments and good things that have come along the way.

Like when my friend first visited me when I got home from the hospital. She looked at me like I was some sort of fragile thing that could be shattered in an instant if not careful. But I excitedly showed her my ‘toolkit’ of all the things I now needed to manage this new thing in my life.

Now all my friends forget about diabetes. One time my friend and I wistfully gazed at a slushie stand. I commented on how many carbs it would have, and she said, “Wait, why do you care about carbs?” I almost laughed and had to re-explain everything. Now diabetes is normal for me and my friends.

Or like when I got home from the hospital. My dad, sister, and grandma decorated the table with all the flowers and gifts I got and a huge banner, and they cleaned my room for me. I started crying because I missed them and knew they missed me too. I smiled through my tears and told them over and over how thankful I was.

And my family still is incredibly supportive. They encourage me, love me, care for me, help me, and more. I love them so much and I’m so grateful for all that they’ve done for me and how they’ve helped me through this journey.

Just before my mom and I were about to go home from the hospital, I started to cry because I was scared about what was ahead. If I could even survive. What would happen if I did something wrong? If I would ever eat a donut again.

That last one, I have to laugh at. XD But this morning I ate a donut. Every weekend I have 1-2 donuts. And look at me? I’m still alive. I could eat the donut. I can eat anything. I can DO anything. Diabetes won’t stop me.

I mean, it has stopped me a few times in the past, like how I couldn’t go to summer camp or that awesome out-of-town sleepover one of my friends hosted. I’ve missed out on a bit because of diabetes. But now, those things seem so insignificant compared to all the good things that have happened.

Like how I raised $3,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation! Or how I’m going to be an ambassador for the JDRF Promise Ball this year! Or how when one of my mom’s friends/family members read my diabetes FAQ and went to the doctor because she thought she had type two diabetes, only to discover that she had a heart problem. In a way, I helped save her life through a disease and a talent I’ve been blessed with.

I remember when I was lying in the hospital bed. In the darkness and stillness of the night, these lyrics came to me like a gentle whisper:

Lord, take me under your wing 

And the whole world will sing

 Jesus Christ the King

 Is coming

Oh take me by the hand 

And help me understand 

That You always have a plan, no matter where I am 

No matter 

Where 

Am.

So today, on my ‘diaversiary’, instead of being sad I’m reflecting on how far I’ve come. Because I’ve gone from that ten-year-old version of me worried about never figuring this thing out to a stronger, older, and braver girl who’s finally found the ‘new normal’ that the doctors kept saying diabetes would be. And maybe someday they’ll be a cure for what I have.

But until then, I’ll continue to grow and share and inspire and use this for good. There are so many things I want to do or feel called to do, like raise money to donate to the promise ball and eventually write a book about diabetes someday. So until then:

Yours truly,

If you would like to donate to JDRF and bring us closer to finding a cure for T1D please visit their website here!

PS: I’ve been cleared to go to summer camp at my last doctors’ appointment!

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One Year 💕 {GIVEAWAY!}

Hey marshmallows! Over on my other blog, I’m having an awesome giveaway! Make sure you go enter and get as many bonus entries as you can! You’ll win some super awesome things!

Standing Firm in My Faith

One year of devotionals. Of posting and then not posting. Of users and followers coming and going. Of stories. One year of growing closer to God and sharing God’s word through this blog.

This is the day that theLordhas made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

-Psalm 118:24ESV

You may be wondering why I’m posting on a Monday. Actually you probably aren’t because I haven’t officially announced my Wednesday blogging schedule. 😛 Oh well.

Anyways, this is the reason why: Today is the one-year blogaversiary of Standing Firm in My Faith, and we also hit 50 followers a few days ago!

I cannot believe how much support that I’ve gotten through this blog, even when it was inactive. Ever since my cringey, messy, all-over-the-place, weirdly dramatic first post, I’ve grown as a blogger and in my faith!

In honor of this blog’s 1-year blogaversiary and 50-followers milestone…

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New Video: Isabel and Lea React to Blaire Wilson!

Hey, marshmallows! I’m so excited to say that I have a new video up on my YouTube channel!

I had a ton of fun making this, and I hope you enjoy it too (and maybe even LOL a few times!) Isabel and Lea were super happy to be in the spotlight this post, and they can’t wait to share their reactions on the 2019 Girl of the Year (GOTY) Blaire Wilson!

If the video is not showing up, click here to go to the website and here to go to our channel! Also, don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe!

Thanks for watching, and don’t forget to subscribe!

PS This is my first time using the new editor, and I actually don’t mind it that much! The only thing I really don’t like is how whenever I try to put tags, it is super annoying and crashes with errors! However, it makes it a lot easier to embed YouTube videos, and the formatting looks cleaner so far. Now to see how it reacts to my ending copy + paste, so sorry if the Can’t Get Enough of AGW? section is a bit off!

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New Year’s Resolutions! | A Photostory

It’s January 6th, meaning most of you guys have set your New Year’s Resolutions! In this post, the AGW crew will tell you about theirs in this photostory! I can’t wait for you guys to read this and I had so much fun making it!


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Lea: “My new year’s resolution is to get more rest and relax more. I’m always busy and out-and-about, so I want to do some self-care once in a while. I’ll probably be reading my Bible during that relaxation time. The only thing – it’ll be hard to relax with Maryellen around…”

3

Maryellen: “HEYYYYYY!!!! That is SO NOT TRUE!!!!!!! Check your facts, missy! I am a VERY RELAXED PERSON!!”

Lea: *muttering* “Are you though?”

4

Maryellen: “Anyways, my resolution: I want to try gymnastics. It seems really fun and I enjoy being upside down and doing a bunch of energetic things in a row. I think I have some more -”

9

Jade: *interrupts* “My resolution is to get into the American Girl Academy ballet company, and I also want to learn how to do flexibility tricks.”

14

Tenney: “I want the Shooting Star’s tour to be spectacular when we set off this May and for it to sell out! I also want to learn to play another instrument – maybe the violin.”

11

Isabel: “Uhh, Tenney, the first one isn’t really a resolution, more of a wish…Anyways, my resolution is to make the AGA junior dance competition team and junior ballet company. I also want to start reading my Bible every day like Jade does.”

5

Maryellen: “What I was SAYING before I was so RUDELY INTERRUPTED, my other resolution is to outdo myself and everyone else this April fools and pull some awesome pranks. Also, this is random but I want a skateboard, and if I get a skateboard then my other other resolution is to be able to ride it to the donut place and back by the end of summer.”

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Logan: “My resolution is, as captain of the AGA basketball team, I will lead them to the championships again this year. Also, like Tenney, I am going to try my best to help make the tour as awesome as possible.”

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Maryellen: “Charlie, that’s a weird resolution. I thought of one more: be even MORE awesome this year, if that’s even possible! My awesomeness is so insanely awesome that I will make an awesome resolution to be even more awesome!”

12

Alexandra: “Maryellen, that was the most confusing resolution ever. This year, I want to write a book. I’ve written various short stories and poems, but in 2019 I want to attempt a full-length novel! Also, I’m going to audition for Tenney and Logan’s band this year, and I really want to succeed! I plan to practice guitar, piano, and singing everyday in preparation for my audition.”

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Charlie: “Every year I have some sort of complicated resolution that I forget about a week into the new year. So this year, I’ve decided to do something very simple that I know I can achieve and I will not forget. This year my resolution is to get out of bed each and every morning.”

16

Felicity: “I don’t make resolutions. Instead, I make a word for the year. This year, my word of the year is release. Release the old, welcome the new, and don’t hold on to bitter or bad feelings.”

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Felicity: “Thank you all so much for reading this post! Emmie is praying that ya’ll have an awesome year. Happy 2019, everyone!”

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What are your/your dolls’ resolutions? What are you most looking forward to in 2019?

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Flashback. (A Christmas AGSM Movie) | For 200 Followers + 1 Year on YouTube!

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The other day I was at a pizza restaurant, mindlessly staring at the maximum occupancy: 160 sign. Today, I looked back on that moment and realized something absolutely CRAZY: All of my followers wouldn’t fit in that pizza restaurant!

You guys, I CANNOT thank you enough. When I started this blog I had NO IDEA how much it would grow – 200 followers seemed like a distant dream I could never achieve. I remember how happy I was when I got my first follower – you can only imagine how happy I am now!

Of course, blogging isn’t about followers at all. I used to get jealous of other blogs, thinking, I’ve had my blog longer than them but they have a lot more followers than me. I’ve definitely improved on that, and it seemed like when I stopped obsessing over follower counts and paid attention to creating and reading awesome content, my follow count started growing!

The least I can do to thank you guys besides this rambling ‘speech’ is finally post flashback.! I really, really wanted to get this up by Christmas, but due to several complications, I wasn’t able to. I’ve been working on it even harder for the past few days, and I just finished the final product today!

Without further ado… flashback: a christmas agsm movie!

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Destiny Phillips hasn’t been herself ever since her diabetes diagnosis last year. When the anniversary of her sickness rolls around, Christmas isn’t what it used to be. With the help of Present & Future, can Destiny become herself again?

I’m so, so excited you guys can finally see this! I’ve been working on it all December, and I think I’ve filmed & edited for about thirty hours in total. Make sure to tell me what you think (and if you recognized some of Destiny’s backstory from this post)!

Also, one more fun thing: I’ve been on YouTube for 1 year and 1 day! I started it on the last day of 2017. Even though I don’t upload as consistently as I do on the blog, or have very many subscribers, I still love making videos and I’m so grateful to have my channel! Kaylyn’s live videos have also helped me connect with other AGTubers, which is so cool! You can check out the AGW YouTube channel here!

Here’s to an awesome 2019! I have so many great things planned for AGW this year, and I can’t wait for y’all to see them. Here’s to an awesome year!

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The Emmie Awards 2018 Winners!

Hey marshmallows, and welcome to the 2018 Emmie Awards! I’m your host, EmeraldPhoenix or Emmie for short, and I’m ready to announce this year’s winners!

But even if you didn’t win an Emmie Award, you’re a fantastic blogger! The votes were super, super close on a ton of these awards, and I wish I could give these to all of you! Keep blogging!

A quick note to the winners – you can use your winner graphics to display on your blog, and you don’t have to give credit! You can put them in your sidebar, awards page, post, featured image, YouTube video, and more! Congrats, you guys!

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Our first category is the Best Doll Blog Award. This award goes to a fabulous blogger with stunning photographs and unique blog features, who’s co-written several books and created countless photo stories and successful contests…and her name is…

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Light4theLord @ Dolls N’ All!

Congratulations, Light4theLord! You’re an awesome blogger, and you totally deserve this award! Let’s give it up for Julia! *applause*

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For our next category, we have the Best Book Blog Award! The winner of this award is a well-known book blogger who’s practically a professional. Not only does she juggle maintaining a consistent blog along with life, writing, and dance, she also offers a book editing and blog design service! Her name is…

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Charis Rae @ Charis Rae!

I’m so happy for you, Charis, and congratulations! You’re a fantastic blogger, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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The winner of the Best Lifestyle Blog Award has hosted and co-hosted well-known contests throughout her time on the blogosphere. She’s got some serious photography, graphic design, and writing skills, and an awesome blog overall. Her name is…

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Meagan @ A Barefoot Gal!

Congrats, Meagan! Come on up for your acceptance speech!

“Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me! (and if you didn’t, bah humbug. just kidding) I’m so thrilled to have won this award! Not quite sure how an acceptance speech should go, but I accept this award. XD Am I supposed to thank people? Ultimately thanks to God for blessing me in all the different ways that have let me blog, and I pray that my blog will always, somehow, bring glory to him! Also, thanks to my Mom for having me do a homeschool curriculum that had me start a blog, thanks to my sister Allison for being featured on WordPress and giving me like 300 followers overnight (xD BUT FOLLOWERS AREN’T THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. REMEMBER THAT.) and lending me her DSLR sometimes, thanks to my donkey – Eeyore – for being adorable.  Welp that was probably a weird acceptance speech BUT THANKS EVERYONE! DONKEYS ARE GREAT!” – Meagan

*applause* Thanks for the awesome speech, Meagan! Time to move on to the next category!

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The winner of this blog award has a blog so amazing, you never would’ve known she just started it this year. Her photography is gorgeous, her writing is stunning, her posts are unique, and her name is…

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Jo @ The Lens & The Hard Drive!

Awesome job, Jo! Time for your acceptance speech!

“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* That was amazing, Jo! Time for the next category!

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Our next winner has a gorgeous blog design and fantastic photography. She’s hosted and co-hosted tons of well-known challenges and written hundreds of posts, along with several fan-favorite series. Voted Blog of the Year in 2017, her name is…

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Clara @ Clara & Co!

Congratulations, Clara! You totally deserve this award!

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This half-of-a-collab is a stunning tutorial that is easy-to-follow and super creative. The photography is flawless, and you’ll end up with a gorgeous result if you follow it! That craft tutorial is…

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Clara @ Clara & Co, with her tutorial ‘Five Ways To Decorate Your Bulletin Board’!

Head on up to the stage for your acceptance speech, Clara! Congrats on your awards!

“Thank you so much to everyone who nominated/voted for me in the Emmie Awards this year! I’m very honored that you enjoy my blog design and that you liked my bulletin board post. 🙂 Your support means so much to me! Thank you! <3” – Clara

Thanks for the fantastic speech! Onto the next category!

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This tagline is short, sweet, and hilarious and goes perfectly with the theme of this blog! The blog itself is a fan-favorite, hilarious blog that has completed some daring challenges! The tagline that won Creative Tagline Award in the Emmie Awards 2018 is…

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Tess @ Steeplechase, with her tagline ‘I Can Explain’!

Congratulations, Tess! Both your blog and tagline are awesome, and I’m so happy for you! Onto the next award!

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The winner of this award owns both a fabulous YouTube channel and a gorgeous blog. Her stop-motions are flawless, unique, and creative! The winner of this 2018 Emmie Award is…

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Carlye @ Silverfox Studios, with her AGSM ‘Game Night!’

Congratulations, Carlye! Come up to the stage for your acceptance speech! *hands her the mic*

When I first started out doing stop-motions I had no idea how far I would go. I did it because I enjoyed it. Sure it may be embarrassing that my 6th-grade teacher subscribed to my channel and now teaches math in high school and inquires about it in front of everyone. But I don’t care. Do what you love and don’t let others mould you into another shape. If I let other peoples hate bring me down then I would never be here getting this award. Thank you to every one that believes in me! I’ll leave you with this, God put you where you are for a reason. Don’t try to change that.” – Carlye 

Awesome and inspiring speech! You deserve this! Time for the next award category, Best Photography!

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The winner of the Best Photography Award not only runs a fan-favorite AG blog, but she also has a successful Etsy shop and is the creator of several photostory series! Not only has she accomplished all this, but she’s also hosted some awesome contests and giveaways, too. This is the first doll blogger to receive the best photography award, and her name is…

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Dara @ Small Dolls in a Big World!

Congratulations, Dara! You’ve got awesome photos and are the master of lighting! Now, for our next award!

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This award goes to an awesome, unique photo series! The photos are gorgeous, the storyline is concise, and the “actors” are adorable. The votes were super close, but in the end, the Best Photo Series Award 2018 goes to…

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Rebekah @ Stuffie Adventures, with her photo series ‘Joy To The World’!

Congrats, Rebekah! Head on up here for your acceptance speech!

“I‘m so blown away right now & truly honored to be up there with all the blogs I admire and love! Thank you so much to Emmie for hosting these awards and to everyone who nominated/voted. It means a ton to me that even though my blog is currently inactive, you guys would still remember Joy To The World for this (I honestly don’t even think the series was that great, which adds to how surprised and honored I am!)” – Rebekah

You definitely deserve this award! And you’re welcome for hosting! 😛 Now, onto our second-to-last award!

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This year’s Best Photostory Award goes to a unique, creative, and high-quality photostory with awesome photos and a hilarious plot! The winning photostory was written and created by an iconic AG blogger who has awesome photostory series, giveaways, contests, challenges, posts, photography, design skills, writing skills, and more! The winner of the 2018 Best Photostory Award is…

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Madison @ Delightful World of Dolls, with her photostory ‘How to Not Be Bored at a Hotel’!

*claps* Congratulations, Madison! Come on up for your acceptance speech!

“Thank you so much to everyone who nominated/voted, and to Emmie for
hosting the awards! Making photostories is one of my favorite parts of
running Delightful World of Dolls and I’m tickled pink to know that
others enjoy them just as much as I do. I have many more planned when
I come back to blogging! Thanks so much again, and keep on blogging.
😊” – Madison 


You’re an awesome blogger, Madison! Thanks for the speech! Now, onto the next and final award, Blog of the Year!

15And now, for the most coveted Emmie award of all…The Blog of the Year Award!

This year’s winner is a talented blogger, photographer, writer, and entrepreneur. Not only does she blog consistent and beautiful posts, but she also runs a successful Etsy shop that sells gorgeous handmade items and is writing a novel! She’s hosted several giveaways and an awesome photo contest.

Without further ado, the winner of the 2018 Blog of Year is…

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Me!!!!!

I’m so happy to accept this award, thanks people! You’re the best! *kisses* MARSHMALLOWS FOR EVERYONE!!!

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Hannah @ Crafts of All Seasons!

Congratulations, Hannah! The votes were super close! You’re an awesome blogger and great job on your award!

A huge congrats to Hannah and all of the other nominees and winners! Thanks for voting, nominating, and participating in these awards! You guys are what keeps the Emmie Awards running, and I’m super grateful for all of you!

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P.S. I have some exciting news! We’ve reached 200 followers (201, to be exact!) Along with posting flashback. A Christmas AGSM, do you guys have any ideas? Should I do a blog party like I did for 100 followers, or something else?

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Farewell Fall & Welcome Winter!

Hey marshmallows! If you’re wondering why I’m posting the day after the winter solstice (jk you’re probably not), it’s because yesterday was my 2-year blogaversiary! You can check out the post and an AGSM movie trailer here! Anyways, on to the post!

It’s officially winter, which means it’s time for another seasonal wrap-up! First, we’re going to look at some of the pros + cons about this fall.



cons

  • In September I got a bug bite that got infected, which made me anxious and kind of sick
  • The big surprise got canceled because there was only one person that sent in a photo story that didn’t have to be disqualified, which is REALLY disappointing because we worked super hard on it for half a year. 😭😭 BUT, Natalie & I hope to bring FPC back this summer.
  • We had to switch math teachers in the middle of the year, which was a little confusing, but I feel like with the new teacher I understood the lessons a lot better. And we’re going to have to get ANOTHER math teacher when we get back from winter break so that’ll be crazy.
  • I got sick during Thanksgiving break
  • Otherwise, I had an okay fall!

pros

  • MY BIRTHDAY
  • Halloween!
  • I got a new domain and redesigned American Girl World!
  • The first semester of 5th grade was AWESOME
  • Nutcracker!!!
  • I feel like I’ve really improved in ballet this fall, and I did great on the Christmas/winter recital!
  • I got Paris!
  •  Thanksgiving
  • I had an all-As report card
  • Christmas shopping/prep/traditions
  • SCHOOL 👏 GOT 👏 OUT 👏
  • Lots of filming for Flashback. A Christmas AGSM Movie
  • Fall was pretty good!


stats

Since I already shared all-time stats in my last post, I’m just going to be doing stats from this fall!

september

Most popular post: All three posts were tied with exactly 29 views each!

My favorite post: A Day in the Life of Jade Palmer

Likes: 61

Comments: 25

Views: 254

october

Most popular post: Eleven. // More Cheesecake, Shopping, and a New Doll

My favorite post: Eleven. // More Cheesecake, Shopping, and a New Doll

Likes: 77

Comments: 77

Views: 395

november

Most popular post: Z Crew News: Episode 2 | Coverage You Can Count On (Featuring Clara from Clara and Co!)

My favorite post: Isabel’s Bad Hair Day AGSM

Likes: 104

Comments: 89

Views: 570

I think that besides September, I did pretty well stats-wise this fall!



did i complete my goals?

  • NaNoWriMo! (which I may or may not be participating in. I’m still deciding.)

I finished the planning goal of 114 pages during the first 20 days of NaNo, and then on the last day crammed in 3,000 words so I could reach my goal of 3114 words! It was really hard to complete it, and I had to bring down my goal a few times on the last day, but I have most of the first chapter done!

  • I WILL finish the first draft of my novel!

Ummm…not really. Once again, I hit a block in my novel and wasn’t sure how to continue. I just now picked it up again, and I hope to finish it by the end of 2018!

  • THE BIG SURPRISE (for real this time!!)

Yup, but, it didn’t do as well as I thought it would. (See above cons)

  • I will gain core and foot strength from my pre-pointe classes!

Yeah, I think I’ve really improved!

  • LOTS of Nutcracker prep

We just BARELY made it up on the wheelbarrow (a giant stunt where ten of us hook our legs on to each other wheelbarrow style and have to hold it for two whole eight counts. It’s a lot harder than it sounds!) but Nutcracker went pretty well, and I got to be one of the lead polis!

  • My birthday!!!

You can check out my birthday post here!

  • And, just so I can annoy my future self…

Oh boy. 🤦

  • SO MUCH MORE! 😉 😉

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so you’ve been rambling about this fall…what happens in winter?

  • Christmas will be totally awesome!
  • 2019 will be the best year yet!
  • Some really cool post videos and posts I’ve got some ideas for!
  • Posts at least once a week, maybe even twice a week!
  • I will post more on and redesign my faith blog, Standing Firm in My Faith!
  • School will get back and I will do great!
  • I will finish my novel before the end of 2018 and then continue Paris Takes the Shot!
  • I will improve at ballet/contemporary/pre-pointe!

That’s it for the post! Thanks for reading, marshmallows!

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Two Years {Flashback Trailer}

Two years ago today, a girl finally mustered up the courage to ask her parents for a blog.

The girl had been reading an American Girl Doll blog called Doll Stories and immediately fell in love with blogging. She would make fake YouTube videos with her dolls and friends but never uploaded them to anything. Maybe if I had a blog, she thought, I could share my creativity with the world.

When her mom replied with a “Sure,” the girl raced to her iPad and set up a Blogger blog under her dad’s Google account. For whatever reason, she decided to call herself the very random username of “Pheonix” (Phoenix even being spelled wrong.)

When her dad got home from work, he was a bit upset that his Google account and full name were now on the Internet for everyone to see, so he helped the girl set up her own Google account and her own blog.

But because the girl didn’t have a Google tablet, she wasn’t able to easily post photos. So, the girl’s dad researched blogging platforms, and found WordPress! The girl’s Blogger username, Pheonix, was already taken, so she chose the even random-er username “EmeraldPheonix”.

And since that first post, her blog has continued to grow. She eventually learned how to spell phoenix and gave herself the nickname of Emmie (short for EMeraldPhoenix). She met so many awesome friends, expressed herself, got the premium plan and a new domain, discovered a love for writing and photography, and started two other blogs.

In case you couldn’t tell, ‘the girl’ is me. Thank you all for an amazing two years. ❤


Stats

Since I shared some stats last year, this time I will again!

All-time views: 14,399

All-time visitors: 4,364

Countries: United States, Canada, China, India, Australia, UK, Malaysia, South Africa, Germany, Cameroon,  South Korea, Brazil, Hong Kong SAR China

Most popular day: Monday

Most popular hour: 7:00 PM

Posts: 182 (counting this one)

This year’s top commenters: lkstravelingtips @ LL K Cool with 72 comments, Hannah @ Crafts of All Seasons with 54 comments, and Natalie Therese @ Taking the Cake with 41 comments! (Honorable mentions to Kaylyn Grace, Laura Beth, and Liz!)

Followers: 197!

It’s really exciting to see how far I’ve come since last year and when I started this blog! When we reach 200 followers, I will do a Q&A or another blog party!


The Trailer

In honor of my 2-year blogaversiary, I created the trailer for my AGSM movie, Flashback! If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been posting much other than the Emmie awards, it’s because I’ve been filming nonstop to get this AGSM movie done!

Make sure to click here to like the video and subscribe to the AGW YouTube channel and click that notification bell so you never miss a video!

Are you excited for Flashback? I know I am! I’ve been working really hard on it, and I’m a little scared I won’t be able to finish it before Christmas. And even if I don’t, I’ll get it up by the end of the year, so stay tuned!


Are you looking forward to Flashback: A Christmas AGSM Movie? Can you believe it’s already been two years? Did you watch the trailer? What did you think?

Love you guys! Thanks for following along this amazing journey!

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The Emmie Awards 2018 VOTING! [closed]

Hey marshmallows! You guys have been super enthusiastic with nominating for this year’s Emmie’s, meaning we have 64 total nominees!

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 YOUR VOTES!

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

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