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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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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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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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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The winner of the 2018 Emmie Awards Blog of the Year Award is…

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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.

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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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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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American Girl Live, Christmas Collection, and Contemporary Characters Retiring!

Hey marshmallows!

Oops, I haven’t been posting for a while! I’ve got some videos, surprises (including The Big Surprise) and new posts in the works, so keep a look out for those! Anyways, I’ve got some exciting news for you.

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Today, I was on the American Girl website, and I noticed something once I scrolled to the bottom:

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American Girl Live? Apparently, they’re going to do musicals of the dolls’ stories. Let’s head over to the AG Live Tickets website.

*gets distracted by Play games*

*comes back*

Oh yeah, I’m writing a post!

Anyways, in this video, several girls in different locations turn around and smile for some reason. A cheesy lady narrates about how awesome American Girl Live is. Then, they grab their dolls and smile in a theater, where they apparently are watching American Girl Live.2 Despite the weird add, I think this is a unique idea. The earliest show is on December 13, but they haven’t done very much advertising (besides maybe to awards members) – it took me 15 whole minutes of browsing the website before I came across this tiny logo. That’s it for the AG Live – now onto some of the Christmas releases!

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*Images credit to americangirl.com

And yes, I am aware they released these at the beginning of October. I’m a professional procrastinator.FVK48_Holiday_Dreams_Pajamas_18inch_Dolls_1

Holiday Dreams Pajamas for 18-inch Dolls – $24

The outfit’s colors scream Christmas duh, Emmie, they’re red, green, and blue and go together nicely. The slippers are cute and fuzzy, and the top looks comfy. There’s nothing really that special about these PJs, but I think they’re worth the price. There are also little girls, girls, and women’s versions of this outfit. I think it’s random for them to suddenly sell women’s sizes in this outfit, but at least they are expanding their size range.

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Tis the Season Party Dress for 18-inch Dolls – $36

This outfit is super cute! I love the velvety material and the rhinestone pattern. The shoes are gorgeous! I love how they wrap around the ankles/shins with ribbons. The purse is really cute too. The only problem is the headband – I feel like the rhinestones might come off easily.FVK40_Let_It_Snow_Outfit_18inch_Dolls_1

Winter Sparkles Outfit for 18-inch Dolls – $36

This outfit is really cute, but the shawl kind of looks like it’s choking the doll. I think it would look a lot better without the indistinct designs and a furry sweater instead of the shawl. The leggings and shoes are adorable and have an awesome mix and match opportunities. Again, in the headband, I could do without the flower mandala cross snowflake designs.FVK85_Winter_Sparkles_Outfit_18inch_Dolls_1.jpeg

Winter Sparkles Outfit for 18-inch Dolls – $36

I think this outfit is really cute! I love the trendy, blush/purple-pink colors. The beanie is very mix-and-matchable. I love the trench coat style. The only problem is that it’s fuzzy, so it looks like a bathrobe. But other than that, I love this outfit!06BUN35_Mix_and_Match_for_Dolls_1_Tank_Jacket_Silver_Skirt_Flats_FRJ60_FRK93_FRK87_FRK95_1.jpeg

City Sights Jacket & Silver Starlight Skirt Outfit for 18-inch Dolls – $10.00

(Since there are so many of these mix-and-match items, I’m only going to be reviewing this one.) I really like all the shimmery details on the skirt and the shoes, and the jacket is a nice color. The only thing wrong with this outfit is the shirt. It doesn’t match the rest of the outfit at all! And why is it a tank top? It’s supposed to be the winter release. Overall, this outfit is actually pretty cheap, so that’s nice. I just wish the shirt was black.FVK06_Care_and_Keeping_of_Your_Skin_and_Nails_1.jpeg

The Skin & Nails Book – $9.99

I’ve actually read this book, and it’s really good! I love all the tips they give you, and since I started washing my face the way they recommend it, my skin has been a bit clearer! (I’ve only been washing it for two days, though. 🙂

And that’s it for the reviews! I didn’t want this post to be super long, so I didn’t include all the items they released this winter.

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On American Girl’s website, several months ago they posted a notice that Tenney and Logan were retiring, but then it went away. (Read more about that on Jewel’s post!)

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It returned, but all the Contemporary Characters are going to be gone by the end of the year! I just wish they would’ve made these awesome, cute dolls (I say cute wayyyy too much) GOTYs instead of making a separate line that would come and go within a year.

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Expect to see a Z Crew News, customization, and AGSM posts in the future! I might be going on a hiatus for NaNo, but I’ll see if I can finish my outline in time.Signoff
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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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October Morning: A Mini AGSM + UPDATES!!

The Video

Hey, marshmallows! I’ve got some super exciting news for you guys. But first, I’ve got an AGSM video for you guys! Z takes Popcorn for a walk on a drizzly October morning. But Popcorn decides to get into some mischief when she spots a squirrel in a tree!

Did you like it? I had so much fun making it! I can’t believe it’s October already!

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NaNoWriMo

I’ve been asking myself this question for a couple of days now. I’ve got a WIP I really want to finish this month, but I have some ideas too. I realized I’m more of a panster (shocker!!), so I think I’ll have more time this month to finish and plan. We’ll just have to wait and see!

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My Birthday

On the 10, I’ll be 11! You can check out my tenth birthday here! I have some big plans for my birthday this year. Hopefully, I’ll be able to take lots of pictures to share with you guys!

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The Big Suprise

It’s happening guys, I promise! It keeps getting bigger and bigger…I’m even surprising myself with all of the things I’m adding!

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New Design! + DOMAIN!

That’s right, guys. WE GOT A DOMAIN!!!

I can’t believe it – that’s crazy! Make sure to check out americangirlworld.blog‘s new site design by clicking HERE!  I’m so excited about this, guys! This is a huge milestone for AGW!

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That’s It!

Thanks for reading this quick little post and hopefully watching the video! Make sure you never miss a post and follow along (we’re 20 followers away from 200)! God bless your day! Remember that He is always there for you, even when life gets crazy. ❤ ❤

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« falling into a new season »


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Please excuse the bad pun 

Hey, marshmallows!

It seems crazy that it’s already Fall. Can you believe that? School has started, the weather is cooling down (in everywhere except Texas), and the trees are beginning to turn orange and red.

Basically, how my seasonal wrap-up posts work, I list the pros and cons of the past season (in this case, Summer). Then, I’ll share some stats, and conclude with goals for the future and what I got done this summer!

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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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