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!

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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!

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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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Hotels, Hospitals & The AGP // An AG Mini-Movie + Updates

Hey, peeps! I’m here with a mini-movie and some updates for y’all!

//The Mini Movie

Maryellen goes to a hotel to get away from her crazy family but is underwhelmed by the small pool. Then she gets a phone call – Z needs to go to the hospital, stat! Will Z be ok? Watch to find out! (Please watch HD!)

Backstory: It was my sister’s birthday on the 20th! She got a new doll (#74) who she named Charlie! We went to the AGP and I brought Z and Maryellen with me. Z is currently at the doll hospital to get her permapanties removed!//

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Pen Pals #2 // A Collaboration With Forever American Girl

Hey there! Welcome to American Girl World! Remember the collab with Saige from Forever American Girl? Well, this is part two to that collab! Well, I guess I’ll let Felicity take over from here!!

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Dear Saige,

Hi! Thank you for replying to my letter. I really love the poster you made me! Lea and I like to play a lot of games together, like hide-and-seek or pretend. We also like to hand out and talk about stuff that goes on at school. She helps me come out of my shell a little when I’m at school, too. Hee hee! Ooh, blue is a pretty color. Aw, I’m so sorry about your dog! Ooh, Pouch sounds adorable!! I really want a Maltese like the one Emmie has, but I love my horse and sloth.

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This would be my dream puppy!

I like to ride English usually, but sometimes I twist it up a little bit and ride Western. Right now it is raining. I guess the April Showers & May Flowers are coming up! Ooh, I love art and crafting! My favorite craft I’ve ever made is a wall art that said my name on it. I like climbing trees! Do YOU like crafts? What’s your favorite craft you’ve ever made? Favorite book you’ve ever read? Are you reading anything right now? Do you watch Disney channel?

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Here’s a picture of me climbing a tree.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Your pen pal,

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But wait! It’s time for the one and only……

The Random Edit! (2)

Random Word of the Day: Mace. (Random!!!!)

Random Fun Fact of the Day: Almonds are a member of the peach family! (Mind-blowing, right?)

Random Thing I Did Today: I wrote this letter/post. (Not terribly random…)

Random Post That’s Coming Up: The Prank AGSM/Possibly photostory

Can I Still Eat Marshmallows??{Understanding Type 1 Diabetes + Diabetes FAQ}

Hi there, marshmallows!

THE LOOMING QUESTION HANGS OVER OUR HEADS.

CAN I STILL EAT YOU?

Wait. Back up. That just sounds…extremely disturbing. Let’s rephrase that:

CAN I STILL EAT MARSHMALLOWS?

So read more of this little FAQ to find out! If you have more questions, feel free to leave a comment.

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You’re Invited to the Best Blog Party Ever! + {Poll Results}

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How it works:

  1. On February 10, at 1:00pm, the link (https://pheonixamericangirlworld.wordpress.com/blog-party) will open
  2. You will be asked to enter a password: Enter the code marshmallowsforever, no caps
  3. You’ll be transported to a super-mega-awesome page where the blog party is happening! You’ll get virtual refreshments, participate in chats, and discover tons of new blogs and make lots of new friends!

I’m so excited for the blog party! Are you?

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Remember the poll? Well, it closed, and here are the results!

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The winner of the first poll is…UNDERCOVER!!! I just have to write up the parts, work out a few details, and then it’ll be up!

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The winner of the second  poll is….BEHIND THE SCENES OF FOREVER!!! Hopefully, I’ll be able to get it up by next week!

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Sorry for such a short post!

Are you excited for the blog party? Got what you voted for on the poll? Tell me in the comments!

Emmie

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In Which my Whole World is Rocked

It’s been a crazy weekend.

I had been feeling really, really, really, tired for about a month, and my stomach had been hurting really bad that week. I had no idea what was going on, and that made me super stressed and anxious. I tried to trust in Him, but my grasp on my Faith was slippery. I needed hope. But more than anything, I just wanted to know what was going on.

On Saturday, I was feeling the worst. My throat hurt, my stomach hurt, I was drinking tons and tons of water…On top of that, I played a basketball game. (We lost btw) And had an all-apple snack. Here, let’s stuff your face with a ton of carbs(You might see where this is going…)

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Since we finally had a reason to go to Urgent Care, my mom took me there immediately. Little did I know that God was already working to make everything better, in a way.

We had to wait for a long time, but eventually they called my name. I was super groggy and exhausted the whole time. My heart rate was at 144, and the nurse had a hunch to send us to the ER. I was way exhausted and we all had no idea how urgent the situation was that I wanted to go the next day, but we went to the ER.

Finally, I was taken in the ER-and God was already working a miracle. We were supposed to have a different nurse, but instead we got the head of the nurses, who was really good and immediately, right off the bat, said, “Her blood sugar is really high.”

Blood sugar? High? Immediately I was very stressed. I didn’t quite understand what that meant–but I knew it couldn’t be good.

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They proceeded to stick IVs in to my arms (ow!) and ran a few labs. Sure enough, they diagnosed me with Type 1 diabetes.

My blood sugar was over 650, wayyyyyyyy too high, and the doctor explained I was in DKA–diabetic ketone acidosis, and they took me to the ICU immediately. They hooked me up to an IV and hydrated me and gave me some insulin medicine. It was all a huge blur–all I remember is the whole time I was SO HUNGRY AND THIRSTY!

We have had so much wonderful care and support from Texas Children’s–THANK YOU!!! Also, a huge shout-out to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) for the supplies, and all of the amazing and kind people who have prayed for us and brought us meals and treats over the last couple days! Ya’ll are the best! **Winks at BarkleysBlog123**

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Now I’m home from the hospital. There’s been some tears, but I know God is working in my family and that He will help me to stay strong.

So, apologies for the little hiatus–Just to let you know that posting may be slow over the next couple of weeks because I am still getting used to all of this craziness! I also have schoolwork to catch up on, a lot of appointments, etc. So, sorry if I don’t post to much for the next few weeks!

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I love you all and I pray for each and every one of my amazing followers! Ya’ll are so sweet and the support you’ve given this little blog is so amazing!!

Emmie

Say What Now??

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Marshmallows.

Look.

WE HIT 1,000 LIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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That is so unbelievable. Only 15 days in to the New Year and I’ve already accomplished one of my goals!! thank you so much to all who take time to read, comment, and follow this blog. You guys mean everything to me and I wouldn’t be here without you.

Some random stats:

Best views ever: April 26, 2017

MOST POPULAR DAY: Saturday (17% of views)

MOST POPULAR HOUR10:00 PM (9% of views)

Visitors: 1,552

 

WordPress followers: 87

Email Followers: 4

Total Followers: 91!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

STOP RIGHT THERE.

We are theeeeeeese clooooooose to 100 followers. *faints* Just two months ago we were celebrating 50 followers! THIS IS SO CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!! I can already tell this is going to be an awesome blogging year. THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!

Top Commenters: (Not counting myself replying to your comments*)

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EnniMorgan with 96 comments!!

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Kaylyn Grace with 64 comments!

Runners up: Hannah with 44 comments, AG’s in Alaska with 33 comments, and Lizzy with 25 comments!

*But if you’re wondering how much it’s 420

 

Comment below with the #marshmallowsforever and whether we should do a blog party or a site-design revamp when we hit 100!

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Wildflower // Giveaway Winner Guest Post by Rachel

Greetings, people of the Earth!

Remember the giveaway where the winner would get a guest post on this blog? Well, here’s the guest post! I’ll let Rachel take it from here!

 I won my second giveaway! That’s so exciting for me! Thank you so much for letting me do this!
Now I have to write a guest post? EEEEK! What to say? What to write? Hmmm…how about a short story. Yeah, I can do that 🙂 . Enjoy…ummm…Wildflower. Yes, sounds good.
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     The wind tosses my long red hair into my face. I smile up at the blaring sun. I smile down at the pretty roses. I look out across the flowery meadow. Red and pink roses go beyond my line of vision. Then, wait, what do I see? Out there, not a delicate rose. No, this flower is a fiery red, akin to my hair, almost. I walk over to it tentatively. I don’t want to crush any of the roses.
     I finally reach the wild flower. It stands in an utter defiance of all the delicate things surrounding us. I bend down to look at it. Then, before I can stop myself, I grab it. It’s in my hands and I’m smelling it and then…I stop. I shudder. What have I just done? For a moment I try to reconnect the flower to the stem, but it is impossible. I stare in horror at the special flower. It begins to shrivel up. I scream at it to stop, but my words are carried away by the wind.
     I feel something inside of me. But it isn’t anger. It’s something strange, different. I feel different. I look down to see the ground coming at me. Slowly, my arms and legs connect to my body and turn green. My hair stands up and connects like…petals. I try to move my feet but I am rooted to the ground. I try to yell out, but it is too late. I have become the Wildflower.
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The end! Did you like it? I realize it’s a little sad, but I enjoyed writing it!
Thank you so much for the opportunity! I loved writing this! Love you all!
Rachel

Forever Episode 2: Make-up and Break-up + Meet the Dolls Update

Greetings, people of the Earth!

Maryellen here! I’m upset that I’m not in this video, but, Emmie seemed to have forgotten to post it, so I posted it for her! I think she said part 3 will be up by next Sunday, but I’m not sure. Knowing Emmie she’ll probably get it up late. So, without further ado, here’s Episode 2! Hey that rhymes

Bye for now–wait a second, we have one more thing!

Emmie completely revamped, updated, and added to the Meet the Dolls page!

Thats right–we have a totally new Meet the Dolls page! So be sure to click the link after you watch the video, and check out my new profile–erm, our new profiles!

For real this time, bye guys!

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