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…”

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

Lea: *muttering* “Are you though?”

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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 -”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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!”

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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.”

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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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Z Crew News Episode 3 | Coverage You Can Count On (Ft. Emmie & Natalie!)

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Hi everyone, and welcome back to ZCN! AGW hopes to make this a monthly series, and word on the street is, Paris will be joining ZCN soon! In the meantime, I’m your host, Ziana Yang, here with the fan-favorite segment Around the Blogosphere!

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We all hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving! Life got in the way, and unfortunately, we weren’t able to get a Thanksgiving post up during our first non-hiatus November. However, the reader is still filled with orange, gold, and brown from when bloggers celebrated the thankful holiday!

Carlye from Silver Fox Studios is hosting a photo contest! This contest will work like AGNDM: Each week, there will be a new theme and an elimination until a lucky doll-photographer is declared the winner! The deadline to sign up was November 10, but you can still read and enjoy the series. Thanks for the tip, Natalie!

Maya from Life Behind a Camera recently finished her novel, titled Hide and Seek, and had an awesome blog tour launching it! As her book’s synopsis reads, Hide and Seek is about: “Amara Clark is haunted. When her childhood friend, Asher, vanished during a seemingly ordinary game of hide-and-seek, she was left bewildered and alone.
Now, eight years later, memories of Asher are coming back to haunt her and she struggles to decipher the meaning of his disappearance…Before they know it, Amara and her best friend, Rowan, are whisked away on a journey to find Asher and take down the sinister group that is holding him captive. But time is running out, and saving one friend could mean losing another.”* This fantastic read is available at Amazon for just $10.12 paperback and $5.99 Kindle! ** Thanks for the tip, Natalie!

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Speaking of self-published authors, Allison from A Farm Girl’s Life has written and illustrated her very own book of poems! As the author’s note in Unfurling: A Little Book of Poems says, “A poem is a flower bud – such a small package, yet it holds so much in every petal, every word. When the outer layer unfurls, the old, familiar scales fall from your eyes, and everything is transformed. Perhaps that is what beauty is: a transformation.” The book is available at Lulu for $7.99 in paperback.***

Rose from The Bright Bookcase recently wrote a thought-provoking post about the struggles of blogging and blogger jealousy! You can check out her post here! She also is starting a competition called 25 Days of Blogmas. You can sign up for the posting challenge/competion here!

Madison from Madi Grace, Delightful World of Dolls, and Madison Grace Author is still on hiatus, and we hope to see her back soon! Be praying for her health, you guys!

AGs In Alaska is cutting down on her post frequency to prepare for what she calls ‘the best Christmas post ever’! Everyone is waiting in anticipation for the awesome post, and here at ZCN, we can’t wait to find out what it is. “Hmm, I’m not exactly sure [how long I will be gone]! I will try to post a few times during December but most of my work will be spent on the Big Surprise,” she says of how long the break will be, dubbing her Christmas post the same name as FPC before it was revealed.****

And of course, our Big Surprise has been revealed: it’s a photostory competition (FPC, or Fall Photostory Competition)! You can check out parts 1 and 2 of the intro photostory by clicking on the numbers, and you can sign up and check out the rules and how it works here. Stay tuned for an interview with the creators of the series, coming at the end of this post!

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Now that we’ve caught up with the latest blogosphere happenings, it’s time to check out our next segment: What’s Up, AGW?

“I’ve been sick for the last week or so,” Emmie says. “With Thanksgiving break and not going out too much, I have a lot of free time! I’ve been working on a video, did a super fun photoshoot, and obviously have been making this post! My mom and I just got back from my grandparents’ house, where my sister and dad are staying until Saturday. We’ll drive back up there, watch the football game, and then bring them home!” She told ZCN on Friday, November 23.

“I’ve also completed 114 pages of my NaNo novel’s structure! I decided to skip the scene outline. I’m usually a panster/minimal plotter, so I really just want those key moments mapped out and the rest I get to creatively make up as I go. Today is the LAST DAY of NaNo (!!!!), and I really need to catch up on the actual writing part – I’ve completed page 1, which is only 876 words of my 6000 wordcount goal.”

She’s using today’s home day to furiously type a novel into existence in hopes of conquering NaNoWriMo once again. “I really don’t want this to be the first year I lose, even though I wasn’t as serious about it this year!” Emmie says.

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Emmie’s also planning another surprise, coming this Christmas alongside the 2018 Emmie Awards.”All I can say is that it’s a mega-AGSM! It’s been scripted, and some of the characters have been cast. I plan to get some filming done when school gets out for winter break in two weeks.”

Thanks for reading What’s Up, AGW? And now it’s time for some breaking news!

Emmie recently received a mysterious letter from American Girl, announcing that American Girl Magazine’s (and I quote the letter’s heading) “FINAL ISSUE” will be in January/February! Here’s a photo of the letter:

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“We’re proud of our amazing 25-year run of American Girl magazine, which has given voice to millions of girls since its debut in 1992.  However, just as the broader print magazine industry continues to face serious declines, American Girl magazine is equally challenged with decreasing subscriber numbers as more girls turn to alternative forms of entertainment,” says American Girl Magazine Customer Service in a recent interview with the ZCN team.

“Although we’re sad to say goodbye to the magazine, we look forward to finding new ways to deliver the same type of fun and inspiring content for girls in new and relevant formats.  We’ll have more to share about this in the months ahead.”

American Girl magazine is offering three options for customers to get their annual subscription money back: A magazine subscription to National Geographic Magazine, a refund, or American Girl books valued at $40.

The only problem with the last option is that AG selects the books for you, which means you could get $40 worth of books you already have.

The first and most recent issues of American Girl Magazine, interestingly both featuring redheads holding something. Credit (Magazine #2) Credit (Magazine #3)

When ZCN asked American Girl magazine’s customer service about this, AG responded, “Sorry, but no returns/exchanges/substitutions can be made to the books included in the bundle. They are free to choose another replacement option, or you may consider donating the books to their local library or give them as gifts for other girls to enjoy.”

Emmie and her mom have decided to go with the refund option and spend the money on books they can pick out themselves. “Just like the AG magazine Customer Service, I’m sad to see American Girl magazine go. I’m going to miss waiting for the next issue, starting contest entries that never get sent in, and reading the latest issue for hours on end. My favorite part was the Help! advice column and According to Aggie comics, and I loved the spotlights on real girls from across the country.”

Are you sad to see American Girl magazine go? Leave a comment at the end of this post! But first, we have our Spotlight segment, featuring no other than Natalie from The AG Spot and our very own Emmie from American Girl World!


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Z: Hi, guys, and welcome to the show!

E: Um, was already here in the first place to help you with the episode, but…hi again!

N: Hey, Z! It’s great to be on the show!

Z: What sparked the idea of Fall Photostory Competition?

E: When Natalie had to leave Standing Firm in my Faith for personal reasons, we missed each other and I emailed her about doing an AG collab. When we were discussing how writing/photo contests like HARPS and CPC were so popular at the time, I had an idea: what if we did something similar, but a photostory competition? In the end, it turned out to be almost nothing like those competitions, but that’s how it began!

N: We were also trying to spark some more interest and add a little more excitement in the doll blogiverse, in addition to having internet friend fun together!

Z: That’s really cool – the blogosphere has been sort of quiet. How long do you think it took to create this competition?

N: A looooooong time. I believe we came up with the idea in February or March, and then decided to work on it in May to make it a summer contest. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize just how long it actually took to plan these things, and there were lots of things to tweak and agree on. Then, when one of my dolls suffered an unfortunate accident, we weren’t able to photograph the beginning photostory…

E: …So then I had an idea to turn it into fall photostory competition! We changed the name, images, and gave the audition round a fall-y theme, did a ton more, and then we were all set! It was a long and complicated process, so it finally being ready is super rewarding.

Z: Wow, that sounds crazy! Besides what you mentioned above, what kinds of things did you have to do to get the competition ready? 

E: Making graphics, coming up with scoring and prizes, figuring out rules, creating photo stories, fixing issues, getting a top-secret surprise that we’ll reveal at the end of the competition ready, taking pictures, and more!
N: There were a lot of little things we had to do that we hadn’t even thought of – like figuring out how to cc/bcc in emails and finding a fake text message generator (the weirdest thing I’ve googled yet).

Z: Why did you decide to create the competition?

N: The doll blogiverse has been at a bit of a low ebb lately, with many bloggers leaving or posting infrequently. We wanted to jazz up and add some excitement to the AG community, and this was the perfect way to do it!

E: Yup! I also hope it inspires lots of great ideas, stories, pictures, and friendships through all the readers and participants!

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Z: How does the competition work?

N: You can sign up on our blogs, and create a photostory using our prompts. During this first round, which is the ‘audition’ round, we’ll score the photo stories and pick six (or more!) stories for people to vote on. The top three receive awesome prizes!
E: You can check out the prizes at this post!
Z: That’s awesome! When will the competition end? Can you still sign up?
N: The deadline for photostories to be submitted is December 1st, which was recently extended so that more people can enter.
E: And that’s just for the audition round! The finals will overlap into December, (Fall doesn’t technically end until December 21, right? :P) where everyone will get to vote on the photostories (even the participants, but they can’t vote for themselves!)
Z: Where can you sign up? Where can you find the rules?
E: You can sign up right here or here! The rules can be found in those same posts!
N: After you sign up, you’ll receive a confirmation email from either me or Emmie. When your photostory is finished, you’ll submit it to us, and we’ll email you the results!

Z: Thanks for the interview! 

E: No problem!
N: My pleasure! It’s been super fun!

And that’s it, folks! Thanks for reading ZCN, and remember to send your tips through the contact form and sign up for Fall Photostory Competition! See you in two weeks!
This has been Ziana “Z” Yang, star reporter and anchorwoman for the Z Crew News. Have a blessed day, and Z Crew, Out!

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Customizing Isabel

The last time that I tried customizing a doll, it didn’t turn out so great.

From the front, (and verrrrrrry far away), Ash kind of looks okay:

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sorry about the image quality!

But the back? I got so impatient, I actually cut the wig in half and left a horrible splotch of hair on his head. This is what he looks like without his wig on:

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Creepy! ^

Add in the colorless, old vinyl of a well-used $50 Kirsten and half-tightened limbs, he’s kind of a mess. Which is why he barely ever appears on this blog.

So when I realized that Isabel definitely a) needed a new head that I didn’t want to pay $40 for, or b) needed a new wig, I was a little reluctant to try again. I didn’t want to further ruin one of my favorite dolls!

Isabel is in pretty good condition. Her legs are the right balance between loose and tight – mostly tight, with a little wiggle room for posing. Her skin is mostly clear – a few scratches here and there, but I’ve never really noticed them that much. The only major scuff marks are on her face, but you can’t see them unless you look super close.

But her one big problem? Her hair.

It’s crazy! The frizzy, haircut-survivor (if you can even call it a survivor) mop sticks out in every direction. You can barely even tell it’s blond anymore!

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A few months later, when I opened up the Vanilla Cookie wig from Exquisite Doll Designs, there was no turning back. I was going to have to change Isabel’s wig, whether I liked it or not.

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This time, I did my research. After watching a few YouTube videos before putting on the wig, (I really liked the tips from this one and this one), I gathered my supplies:

And now for the part I’ve been dreading: Changing the wig. (Cue ominous music)

I carefully pried at the wig with a non-acetone nail polish remover-coated spoon, trying to lift it up. I started from the back of her head and moved onto the top. Those parts came off easily, but right above the ears was the toughest spot.

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Tip: watch TV or read while you work with the wig to relieve boredom. (Ft. Jessie re-watch)

After hours (more like on-and-off days) of pulling and tugging, I finally got the wig off! The last step was to pull the new wig on by holding it at the back of her head and pulling the rest over.

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Ta-da! I think the wig looks really cute on her, except for the fact that it makes her look very tan. I don’t mind that too much, though.

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Isabel looks gorgeous with her new ‘do! I’m working on a fun AGSM about her hair called “Isabel’s Bad Hair Day.” It’ll be up on the blog tomorrow!

Thanks for reading this short little post! Have a blessed day!

What do you think of Isabel’s new wig? Should I glue it on so it’ll stay better, or should I not glue it so I can switch it out with other wigs for photo stories?


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Braving the Backyard: A Photoshoot (Ft. My First Real Camera!)

Hey, marshmallows! Or should I say llamas? BECAUSE I GOT TO TAKE A SELFIE WITH A LLAMA TODAY. AHHHHH! *cuteness overload*

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Actually, I’m still in awe of how awesome today was – today was the JDRF OneWalk, an awesome charity event hosted by JDRF! The llama was at the petting zoo they had set up by the tents. It was so awesome to see all these people coming together, raising money and awareness for Type One Diabetes, and walking a 3k or 5k just so people like me can live as normal a life as possible. If you were there today, THANK YOU!!

The day kept getting better and better because I got to set up the Canon PowerShot SX530 my awesome grandma got me for my birthday! Thank you so much, GMa!

Once I got home from Nutcracker practice and my camera battery had charged, I grabbed Z and headed out into the backyard for a photoshoot.

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I liked how this picture turned out! With some editing, I brightened her eyes and added a watermark.

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This photo barely needed any editing! I love the scarf from her accessories set that she’s wearing.

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Her shoes from the 2018 spring mix-and-match collection are super cute, too.

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Me when I took this: PLEASEDON’TFALLPLEASEDON’TFALLPLEASEDON’TFALL

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Z: Woooohooooo! This picture was hard to take, but I like the end results!

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Can you believe it’s November already? I definitely can’t! I’ve been spending the first few days of NaNo structuring my book, and when I finish, I’ll actually write the book itself for the rest of the month.

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Z: Done with the slide! Time to get off.

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Z: Hey, what’s this?

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Z: Salutations, my loyal subjects! 

I love this one! It might be the best out of the whole photoshoot. It’s really cool how the fence made vignette-type shadows at the edges.

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Time for Z to conquer the swings! I had to get on the ground for this photo, but it was worth it!

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Isn’t Z so photogenic?

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Z: Hey, look at Chewy over there! Hi Chewy!

Bonus Photos!

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Aww, Chewy’s so adorable! He loves sniffing the grass for some reason. XD

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He looks like he’s in deep thought. XD Don’t look too closely at Z in the background

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For some reason, I think this picture of rotten wood looks cool. What do you think? Make sure to leave a comment!

I hope that you had a blessed day! I certainly did. Thanks for a great day, God!

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paris + pumpkins| A Photoshoot

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Hello, people of the Earth! (#flashback) A few days ago, my little sister’s class had a playdate at a pumpkin patch. I tagged along with Paris and my camera! (Okay, my iPhone, but technically it was a camera still) 

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“This is the perfect pumpkin!”

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The lighting was really harsh, so it took a lot of editing to get her eyes to show up.

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When the lighting is right, though, Paris is so photogenic! I’m thinking about entering her in Cycle 3 of AGNDM with this photo. What do you guys think?

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I really like the lighting in this photo, but looking back, I wish I had posed Paris differently. She’s just kinda standing there, staring off into the distance…

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I was inspired to name her Paris by an old NTTM, actually! (Somehow an N kept sneaking into the end of that acronym, looking back at my featured images. Name That Truly Me Now?)

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Since I got Julie’s Basketball Set for my birthday as well, I decided to make her a basketball player! I’m even going to write her ‘meet book’ as my NaNoWriMo project!

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 Thanks for reading this quick little post! See you guys later!

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Eleven. // More Cheesecake, Shopping, and a New Doll

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Eleven.

Wow. That seems…crazy, I guess. It’s hard to believe. You know what’s also hard to believe? How amazing Wednesday was!

And no, I’m NOT bragging, I’m sharing my adventures, so please no hate in the comments! (everyone knows virtual marshmallows are so much better)

Wait, that’s not right. I’m not sharing my adventures…Paris is!

*crickets*

Oh yeah, did I forget to introduce the new doll, Truly Me #53 doll, Paris? *squeals with excitement* She’s so cute! I love her! *brushes her awesome hairstyle* I even made a little unboxing video to kick off the post – and here it is!


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Can I take it over from here? Sure, Paris! OK!

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Hi, I’m Paris! Right now, I’m at the AG Place for Emmie’s birthday.

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“This morning, Emmie woke up to the birthday song – a family tradition! Then, she opened the wrapping paper and quickly made an unboxing video for her YouTube Channel.”

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After that, we ate breakfast and then headed over to the mall.

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This nice girl at the Grand Hotel let me take a selfie with her! However, when it was time to take the picture, she got distracted by this:

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Apparently, Z is leaving by the end of this year! Emmie’s really sad about that – she thought that Z was one of AG’s best dolls. 

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Emmie thinks this picture is artistic…I mean, if you squint your eyes and tilt your head it looks a bit artistic – Hey!

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“Whoooooooo is that girl IIIIIIII see, staaaaaaaaring straight baaaaack at meeeeeee?”

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Strike a pose!

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No offense to this CYO model, but she’s kind of creepy.

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You can get your ears pierced at the AGP now!

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After we looked around the store for a bit, we headed over to The Children’s Place for some shopping!

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Everything seemed to be 40% off for some reason.

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After stopping at Crazy 8, we headed over to California Pizza Kitchen for lunch. I had a ton of fun with the kids menu!

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More selfies!

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The pineapple pizza I ate was super good! Tenney photobombed, LOL! She came along with me to the store, and we’ve become pretty good friends.

Before…and after. Cheesecake successfully annihilated. 

Then, Emmie went ice skating! I couldn’t go, sadly, because I don’t have any skates. Emmie and her sister were the only people on the whole rink! It was super cool!

Thanks for the post, Paris! I filmed a little outro for you guys while I was on the ice:

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A Day in the Life of Jade Palmer

Hey, everyone! I’m Jade. You might remember me from our AGSM series, Forever! Emmie let me take over the blog for a Day in the Life Post! I don’t think AGW has ever done one of these before, so that’s super exciting, yay!!

Well, anyways, on with the post! Here’s what the average day in my life is like.


6:30 – Wayyy too early, but my alarm wakes me up. I lie in bed for about five minutes while contemplating whether I should sleep in or wear makeup.

6:35 – I decide to wake and put on makeup. Then I do my hair and get dressed.

6:50 – Once I’m ready and dressed, I’ll head into the kitchen for a nice breakfast. Today I’m eating a blueberry yogurt parfait with granola and berries as toppings. Yum!

6:55 – While I eat, I’ll do a devotional on my Bible App. The verse of the day is Ephesians 6:10:  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

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7:00- I drive to school. Our dorm is only five minutes away from AG Academy, so it’s a pretty short drive.

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7:05 – I park and walk into school. I meet Z by my locker, as always. We chat for a bit about how much homework we have, how she is enjoying 7th grade, furthermore how I’m liking high school.

7:10 – The first bell rings. Z heads towards the middle school section to film her morning announcements newscast, and I go to my homeroom.

7:15-7:45 -In homeroom, I watch Z’s morning announcements, study for my Spanish test, and get some math homework finished.

7:45-11:00 – Since today is Thursday, I have Spanish, English 1, Home ec, Algebra 1, and Social Studies. As the day progresses, my backpack gets heavier and my brain gets fuller!

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11:00 – I have lunch and sit at my usual table with Laine, Matt, and Stephanie. My lunch is a cheeseburger, fruit, salad, corn, and yogurt.

11:30-12:45 – After lunch, I have biology and chemistry. They both involve a lot of note-taking, but at least we got to do a lab in chemistry.

1:00 – Finally! Regular classes end and the choice/elective curriculum begins. In Bible Study, we learn about Exodus, Moses, and Egypt.

When the LORD saw that he had turned aside to look, God called out to him from the bush: Moses! Moses! He answered, “Here I am.”

God said: Do not come near! Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. I am the God of your father, he continued, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

But the LORD said: I have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt and have heard their cry against their taskmasters, so I know well what they are suffering. Therefore I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them up from that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey, the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

Now indeed the outcry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen how the Egyptians are oppressing them.

Now, go! I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

God answered: I will be with you; this will be your sign that I have sent you. When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will serve God at this mountain.

“But,” said Moses to God, “if I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what do I tell them?”

God replied to Moses: I am who I am. Then he added: This is what you will tell the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.

~Exodus 3:6-12 NABRE

1:45 – Now, I have ballet classes! We start with leaps and turns, then a pre-pointe class for review, then a break, then a regular class, a break, then a pointe class…It’s a lot, but it’s so much fun! Dancing relieves all the stress from the day.

5:45 – After dance class is done, I’m usually worn out. I go to my dorm and do some homework and text with Steph until dinner.

6:30 – Most of the dorm has pizza, but Alexandra and I each have a wheat bread PB&J.

7:00 – After dinner, I stretch, surf the internet, finish my homework, and change back into my dance clothes.

Jade in Ballet Class With Background7:15 – 8:45 – I have one more pointe class, contemporary, and jazz before bed.

9:00 – I take a cold shower and change into my PJ’s. Then I read my devotionals, Bible, and book before bed.

10:00 – Good night!


I hope you enjoyed seeing a day in my life! I love posting on here. Well, I guess now I have to prepare for Nutcracker auditions – they’re coming up in a few days!

Do you enjoy DITL posts like these? Would you like to see more of them? What about a video about the Nutcracker?

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Back + A Photoshoot

1I haven’t posted in over a month. The last three posts began with “Sorry I haven’t posted!” But I know this isn’t the end. After how far I’ve come, I can’t give up blogging now!

Lately, I’ve been focusing on my writing and haven’t had the time and energy to post. But I’m going to try harder to keep you guys updated, and maybe even start a personal blog!

My birthday is coming up soon, school started, and I’ve got so many things planned. The original ‘big surprise’ may not be happening anymore, but I do have something else I’ve been working on… something huge! I also really enjoyed making the Z Crew News post, and I even started a family newsletter. I really like writing, graphic design, and photography, so I think that journalism is perfect for me!

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Happy Birthday, Isabel!

Oh, hello, I didn’t see you there! Right now I am at my Grandmother’s house, sewing…and sewing…and sewing! The visit here is a birthday present from Emmie! (She took me with her)

I’m 13 today, and I got a PHONE, (YASSS FINALLY!) new ballet shoes, and all of this fabric to work with! Alexandra says that I have a makeup kit/jewlry box thing coming in the mail, and it seems like it can’t come fast enough!

(Please excuse the terrible lighting) Do you like this cute pineapple we got from Kroger while grocery shopping? Sure, it’s more practical to just buy the precut chunks, but don’t you think this full one is so summery and aesthetic?

(Ahh, so blurry!) This picture is of me exploring my Grandma’s beautiful backyard. She has a pathway hidden in between the trees, and if you follow it, you’ll reach a bird bath!

Sometimes you’ll spot a cardinal daringly balancing on the edge, but for now you’ll have to do with me. I hope that the 13th year of my life and 3rd year of living with Emmie is going to be absolutely amazing!

I’ve got to go work on a sewing project. I’ll see you later!

~Isabel

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Lea’s Golden Hour Adventure {a photoshoot}

Hello, my marshmallows! Welcome back to my blog! Today’s post is going to be an introduction to Lea and her personality, and a photoshoot! (Why do I sound like a YouTuber? It’s annoying.) Lets just…start the post.

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Hey guys! I’m Lea. I love adventure and the outdoors! Don’t you just love this location? I’ve always wanted to take pictures here! Lea is so photogenic!

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Lea is daring and adventurous and loves to try new things. This photo was really hard to get – I tried to balance her, but she kept falling! In the end I held her up, with my hand out of the frame.

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Her motto is Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, so Lea sometimes lets Isabelle give her makeovers. I’m working on an American Girl Doll removable makeup tutorial! I just love using this technique on my dolls, they look so pretty!

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After a bit of tree climbing, it was time to rest on the bench. Lea is ALMOST looking at the camera. ALMOST.

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I just love Lea’s outfit and her beautiful hair! I learned how to fishtail braid on it.

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Q: What would you do to get a good picture of your doll? A: Climb up a tree, dangle my iPad off a branch, and twist my body weirdly so I can press the shutter button. XD

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I love how this photo makes it look like it’s nighttime in the background and someone is flashing a light at her.

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I can’t get over how beautiful this doll is! I have some ideas on how I’m going to incorporate her into Forever Season 2…

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Speaking of scripts, I’ve decided that my Camp NaNo project is going to be a script for my Christmas Special stop motion! (I plan wayyy ahead XD) If anyone wants to invite me to their cabin, my username is Emmie10.

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After a nice evening of exploring, it was time to head home. Lea walked back towards the house as the sun sunk below the horizon and into the lake.

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I hope you enjoyed this little photo shoot! Stay tuned for the doll makeup tutorial!

With love and marshmallows,

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What Time is It? It’s Summertime! (Series Announcements + Photoshoot)

Well, for me at least! My school is a university model school so I get out in early May and go back in late August. Yesterday was my last day, and I am really excited for the summertime! This means:

  • I’ll be posting more videos/stopmotions/photostories/tutorials etc.
  • I’ll be starting a new series!
  • When Mutka replies to my email then AGW will be getting a brand new design!
  • My sister and I are starting a dog walking business! (OK, this is not relevant, but I am so excited for our business!)
  • Lots of vacation posts!
  • The BIG SURPRISE I’ve been dropping hints about here and there! (Hint: It involves another blogger!)
  • And so much more!

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Springing Into Life Photography Challenge (SIL) Challenge: Challenge 3

Hello everyone! One of my BBFs (Blogging Best Friends) Hannah is hosting a photography challenge. Sadly, I wasn’t able to enter the last two times, but this time I could! I’m on Team Leaf. Here’s my entry for the category Light Pink:

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I’m very proud of it! Those flowers are BEAUTIFUL, don’t you think?

Now, for a photo for the bonus challenge, which is Sparkly!

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I am in love with this picture! It is definitely one of the most creative I have done yet. I’m not a huge fan of the big shadow, though.

I hope you enjoyed this random and fairly short post! Speaking of random…

The Random Edit! (1)

Random word of the day: Rottweiler (how random)

Random post I’m digging right now: Free Inspirational Quotes to Uplift and Inspire

Random and weird fact: Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur!

*Arg can’t find sign off*

In Which My Dog Reacts to AG Stuff…

As you can tell from the title, this is going to be quite the interesting post. XD

So I tried my best to get the lighting just right, put up most of the choking hazards, and then let Chewy roam! (Right now the dollhouse is in-progress of the two-story update, so the hallway is FILLED with doll things!)

I’ll let Chewy take it from here!

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Hello, peeps! ’tis I, the Great and Powerful Chewy! You may recognize me from my blog, Chewy’s World! So, in a way, I guess I am guest posting on here? I don’t know. I also don’t care. *flips fur* AHH, WHAT ARE THESE HANDS GRABBING ME FOR? AND WHY AM I IN THE PLAYROOM? AHHHHHHHHH!

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Felicity is 12!!

Oops! I accidentally posted a weird post called ‘You Said NO’ because I was trying to make a page for the choose-your-own-ending story but it accidentally came out as a post! I quickly deleted it but some people still saw it. Just letting you know!

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Felicity, happy birthday to you!

Welcome, welcome! The agenda:

-Choose-your-own ending story!

-Would you rather game!

-Tlk.io chat room for the dolls to talk!

-All the photos ever posted that feature Felicity!

Let’s get started!!


You have a new post in your reader. It says you are invited to a virtual party! Do you plan to attend?

If you say yes, keep reading.

If you say no, click here.

You say yes! You respond with a quick happy B-day comment and go on with your life.

Soon, it’s 2:00 PM CT!! You head on over to pheonixamericangirlworld.wordpress.com and bring virtual cupcakes.

Wait–what’s that? A purple button? What is it for? Where will it take you? You ponder for a moment. To click or not to click?

If you click, then click here.

If you don’t, then keep reading.

You chat with Felicity in the comments. She is so funny! You laugh so hard! She asks you if you want to head over to her old blog, The Diary of a Doll.

If you head over, click here.

If you don’t, click here.


Did you enjoy the story? What path did you take?

Now, for would you rather!! Answer all of them, some of them, a few, a lot, a little, whatever amount you prefer, in the comments:

  • Would you rather play video games or play outside?
  • Would you rather have an unlimited amount of chips or candy?
  • Would you rather have cookies or cake?
  • Would you rather eat tacos or pizza?
  • Would you rather to never eat your favorite food the rest of your life or only be allowed to eat your favorite food for the rest of your life?
  • Would you rather be a police officer or firefighter?
  • Would you rather never have to brush your teeth again or never have to take a bath or shower again?
  • Would you rather have five stitches to fix a bad cut or have a tooth pulled?
  • Would you rather play inside all day or play outside all day?
  • Would you rather sneeze cheese or have your tears be chocolate flavored?
  • Would you rather have 500 spiders in your bedroom or 1000 grasshoppers in the rest of the house?
  • Would you rather live in an amusement park or a zoo?
  • Would you rather get good grades or be good at sports?
  • Would you rather go to the school only for four months in the winter and have the rest of the year off or go to school in the summer and have the rest of the year off?
  • Would you rather be the most intelligent kid in school and make awesome grades or be the most popular kid in school and make poor grades?
  • Would you rather set the table for dinner or clean up after dinner?
  • Would you rather get up very early or stay up very late?
  • Would you rather jump into a pool of chocolate pudding or a pool of mud?
  • Would you rather have a dog as a pet or a cat as a pet?
  • Would you rather have five stitches to fix a bad cut or have a tooth pulled?
  • Would you rather play inside all day or play outside all day?
  • Would you rather not use your computer for a month or not eat junk food for a month?
  • Would you rather live in Narnia or go to school at Hogwarts?
  • Would you rather have only two close friends or many acquaintances?
  • Would you rather be known as the best student in your school or be the captain of one of the sports teams?
  • Would you rather always have to sing instead of speaking or dance everywhere you went?
  • Would you rather be the star basketball player on your school’s losing team or sit on the bench all season with your school’s winning team?
  • Would you rather be invisible or be able to fly?
  • Would you rather lose your ability to speak or have to say everything you are thinking?
  • Would you rather live on a plant or beneath the sea?
  • Would you rather have to listen to music all of the time or not be able to listen to music at all?
  • Would you rather have hair that is always stick-straight or hair that is always super curly?

All Would You Rather questions from icebreakerideas.com


Did you enjoy the questions? Did you answer them all and survive? XD Now for the chat room!

Check out the chat room HERE!


 

 

And that’s it! I hope you had fun at Felicity’s 12th B-day party!

emjie

Ellie Went to the Tower of Americas!

Heyyy, people of the earth!

 I’m finally posting this Maryellen went to the Tower of Americas last summer when I went to San Antonio to visit my grandma! We also went to the Alamo and the River Walk, but I don’t have any pictures of those because a) I was like freaking out what if I dropped her in the river and I would have to take a dip in a green river filled with duck poop and algae. Oh and I guess Ellie would get wet too b) I would lose Ellie and my iPad and stuff so yeah you get the point.

So um, I guess I’ll let Maryellen take it from here…..*sighs at her absolute craziness*

Hola, my loyal subjects! It is Queen Maryellen here, the Empress of Everything. As Emmie probably already told you about the excursion I took a few months ago I will skip the intro and get on to the post, shall we?

This is a view of the Tower.

This is me and Emmie at the top of the Tower! The elevator ride was a bit scary (I’m claustrophobic) but it was worth it! You can see all of San Antonio from up here! It was really windy! Photo credit: GMa M

After looking out the windows we made our way to the Charthouse cafe. I begged Emmie to let me stop at the Grabber machine! I didn’t get anything, sadly.

So, I guess that concludes this little post! Sorry that it’s so short – sadly, we lost the majority of the pictures because SOMEBODY took so long to post this thing. *glares at Emmie* Well, anyways, we decided to bring back the random edit! Who wants Whatcha Wearin’? to come back as well? NTTM?

The Random Edit!

Random Word of the Day: Anchovies! (Very random indeed.)

Random Fun Fact of the Day: A shrimp’s heart is in its head! (Weird and very random!)

Random Thing I Did Today: Thou art watched Captain Underpants whilst thou eateth chocolate-covered popcorneth.

Random Post That’s Coming Up: //Pen Pals: #2// A Collab With Forever American Girl

Aaand that’s it! TTFN!

signing out,