Soooooooo Many Tags!

Hey guys! I hope y’all are enjoying the summer. (I have to go back to school in a month, which I am so NOT looking forward to.)

In the meantime, I have been tagged – or rather, my dolls and I have been tagged – quite a few times recently, and I thought I’d better hurry up at do some of them. Thank you to everyone who tagged me! If you were tagged by me, please make sure to check which version of the tag I tagged you for, since there are 2 Blue Sky tags and 3 AG Q and A Tags.

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First up, the Blue Sky Tag! Thanks, Jewel!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person that tagged you
  2. Answer their 11 questions
  3. Tag 11 more people
  4. And give them 11 questions to answer

 Here are the 11 questions:

  1. What is your favorite Ice-cream flavor? Argh, this is so hard. It was always French vanilla (Thomas Jefferson’s favorite flavor, by the way) and then it was mint chocolate chip. But now I really love dulce de leche!
  2. Do you prefer to chill with others or by yourself? By myself. I am an introvert, but I am also outgoing. And no, extroverted and outgoing are not the same thing. I love to be by myself, but sometimes I do need my friends.
  3. Are you afraid of heights? Completely! Ferris wheels will be the death of me.
  4. What are your 2 favorite movies? The Parent Trap (the remake with Lindsey Lohan) and The Last Jedi!
  5. What is your favorite TV show? I like Greenhouse Academy quite a bit!
  6. Read or write? How dare you make me choose! I guess . . . reading?
  7. What song have you been listening to lately? “One Foot” by Walk The Moon.
  8. Do you have a hidden talent? I don’t believe so. If I do, I haven’t discovered it yet. 🙂
  9. Are most of your friends around your own age, younger, or older? Most of them are younger than me, because we are involved in a scouting organization for girls and lots of the girls in my group are younger.
  10. How do you feel about Star Wars? I’m not obsessed, but I think it’s a pretty cool series of movies.
  11. Do you like cats or dogs better, and why? 100% dog. I cannot stand cats, they are way too aloof and want YOU to work for THEIR attention. And you’re the one feeding them and, ya know, keeping them alive! Dogs automatically love you,  which is awesome.

I tag: 

Taco AG @ AG Be Yourself

Faith on the Farm @ Faith on the Farm

Geekie Fox @ Geekie Fox Gaming & Books

Diamond @ Buildabearsfurever.wordpress.com

Rose @ A Purpose of Winged Dogs

Acadia AG @ AG and Me

Sapphire @ A Sapphire’s Stardust

Bella @ Miss Glam Gal

Lizzy @ Learning To Live, Struggling To Thrive

Enni @ Crafted Imagination

Chachel @ Wild Sketch

The questions:

  1. What is your favorite dog breed?
  2. What is your favorite cat breed?
  3. If you could go to any planet, which would it be?
  4. If you could spend time with any book character, who would it be, and why?
  5. Photography or writing?
  6. Do you have a cell phone?
  7. Do you play a musical instrument. If so, for how long?
  8. What is your favorite flower/plant?
  9. Are you excited to go back to school?
  10. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  11. Opinion on brussel sprouts?

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The lovely Lea from Melody Q’s blog tagged Morgan for the AG Q and A Tag (and just to let you know, 2 other people tagged me for this as well!) Thank you so much, Lea!

The rules are:

  • List these rules in your post.
  • Create your own AG Q&A Tag button. If you don’t know how, you may use mine or skip this step.
  • Thank the person/doll that nominated you and give a link to the blog.
  • Come up with five questions for your nominees. You can include these in your tag post of send them separately. Do NOT ask any personal or inappropriate questions.
  • Have your doll that was nominated answer the questions given.
  • Nominate 3-5 other AG bloggers’ dolls.
  • Notify your nominees and send them a link to your tag post.

Hey guys! It’s Morgan here! I will now be answering Lea’s questions.

  • What is your favorite musical instrument? I love the flute. It’s so beautiful and makes such lovely sounds.
  • If you could be cast in any movie…what character would you want to be? I honestly don’t know. I don’t watch movies very often.
  • Would you rather go to the mountains or the beach? Probably the beach. I love the ocean!
  • What’s the most fun thing you get to do with your human? We love doing agility training with Chocolate Chip! He loves it too.
  • What accessory or outfit do you wish AG would create? An agility set for dogs. It would be super fun, and Chip and I would use it all the time.

The questions Morgan is asking are:

  • What is the most fun trip your human has every taken you on?
  • Do you have any siblings? If so, who do you get along with the most?
  • What is your biggest pet peeve?
  • What is your dream vacation?
  • Opinion on brussel sprouts?

She tags: 

Felicity @ AG Doll Dreams

Maryellen @ Happy House of AG

Luciana @ All-American Girl

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Next up, Sassafras tagged me for the Blue Sky Tag! Well, technically she tagged me for the AIO Tag, but I don’t know enough about AIO to do it. Thanks, Sassafras!

I have the rules posted above.

The questions:

Who are a couple of your favorite authors? I love Shannon Messenger’s Keeper of the Lost Cities Series, and then Heather Vogel Frederick’s Mother Daughter Book Club series.

Which book of the Bible do you read the most? Probably Genesis or Exodus. I have read them both a couple of times.

What are your main hobbies? Reading, writing, photography, and petsitting.

Do you prefer cities or the country? Cities, since there is so much going on and fun things to do and see.

Would you rather go barefoot or wear sneakers? I do love going barefoot. When I lived in CA, I wore shoes only 5% of the time. 

Do you prefer big stuffed animals or little stuffed animals? Smaller, they are easier to pack.

What camera and lenses (if you have a DSLR) do you use to take your blog photos? I use a Nikon D5000. I use the 30-50 milileter lense (or that’s what my mom said, it’s her camera.)

Do you use any camera equipment? Yes. I have a tripod.

Do you print out any of the photos you take? Not usually. I don’t like having to drive over to Walgreens to get them, and if I print them at home they’re all grainy.

How do you listen to your favorite music? Either on my iPod, computer, or the radio.

What instrument would you like to learn how to play? I already play piano and guitar, but maybe the cello? It seems interesting.

The questions:

  • Do you like hot weather or cool weather?
  • How many pillows do you sleep with? (I know, random.)
  • How many pets do you have?
  • Have you ever been ziplining?
  • Have you every gone surfing?
  • What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
  • 10 years?
  • 20 years?
  • If you were to cook anything from a foreign country, what would it be?
  • Do you like chicken or beef better?
  • Favorite time period?

I tag: 

Anybody who has more than two cats!

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Next up is another AG Q and A Tag, this time from Kanani at Simplyag.weebly.com! Thanks, Kanani! She has decided to tag Crystal, so watch out, world!

(Rules are above.)

Which one of your siblings do you get along best with? Tessa, I just love her fashion sense! We are always talking about clothes. 
What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? Shop, listen to music, shop, talk on the phone, shop, hang out with my friends, and . . . shopshopshop! 
What genre of music do you listen to the most? I only listen to Top 40!
If you could meet any movie character, who would you meet? Rey from Star Wars! I mean, #girlpower! Plus, she can weild a lightsaber and look good doing it.
If you could time travel what time would you go to and why? The 1900’s, so I can admire the beautiful dresses.

(Like I said, watch out.)

Crystal’s questions:

  • Favorite outfit?
  • Favorite store?
  • Favorite song?
  • Favorite movie?
  • Favorite YouTube channel?

She is tagging: 

Lottie Rose @ Treasured Friends With A Flair

Azalea @ American Girl Here And There

McKenna @ Jaguar’s Blog

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The lovely Michelle over at The American Girl Spot has tagged Grace for the AG Q and A Tag! Thanks so much, Michelle!

Here’s Grace.

Michelle’s questions are: (the same as Kanani’s)

Which one of your siblings do you get along best with? Oh, Lindsey, definitely. She’s the best when it comes to pranking. 
What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? Bake, and practice French with Crystal.
What genre of music do you listen to the most? I like songs with French lyrics.
If you could meet any movie character, who would you meet? Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson! She’s literally the coolest.
If you could time travel what time would you go to and why? To the French Revolution and try some of that cake Marie Antoinette keeps talking about.

She tags:

Amy @ Forever American Girl

Alanna @ Dazzling Dollies

Tenney @ A Doll-Up of AG

Grace’s Questions:

  • Would you go to space, if it is possible for people who aren’t astronauts to go there in the future?
  • What is your favorite kind of dessert?
  • Do you have a pet? If so, what kind of animal is he/she?
  • Do you like snakes (the cute little ones)?
  • Do you prefer snow, rain, or sun?

Whew! That was a ton of tags. Thank you to everyone who tagged me/my dolls, you guys rock.

See you later this week!

AGs in Alaska

 

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Our New Additions

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re having a great Tuesday. In my “I’m Back!” post, I mentioned that we acquired some new additions in my family. Here are some of your guesses as to what the new additions might be:

the 2 members are pets!! (Mary E.)

Maybe the additions are dolls or pets… 🙂 (Emma – Dazzling Dollies)

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PUPPIES!!!!!!!!!

Everybody, please welcome to the family . . .

 

Callie and Jaxon!!!!!

We acquired our new furry friends on June 11th, so it’s been a month. The puppies are five months old and are from the same litter.

 

First up, we have Callie.
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Callie is my puppy, and she is a purebred Chihuahua. She has a cute little underbite and a very sassy personality. She’s possibly the runt of the litter, but she is definitely in charge when it comes to her brother. 🙂
(Don’t tell Archie, but she’s totally touching him. See the black fur?)
Next is Jaxon.
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He belongs to my brother, and he is a Chihuahua mix – possibly Dauschund or Jack Russel Terrier. He’s extremely playful and IMPOSSIBLE to housebreak. (Oh yeah, did I mention they’re NOT HOUSEBROKEN???)
That’s it for now . . . oh yeah. Quick announcement. My posting schedule is going to be sort of wonky this summer, with the extra free time I’ll have and then crazy busy weeks, so expect two posts a week – but they may not necessarily be on a Monday and a Thursday.
I’ll see y’all later this week!

What do you think of the new puppies? Which one is cuter? YES YOU MUST MAKE A DECISION. Kidding. 🙂

AGs in Alaska
(Sorry if the spacing looks weird in this post. WP wasn’t cooperating. 😦

Patriotic Photography – A Collab With Chachel @ Wild Sketch

Patriotic Photography

Happy Independence Day, everyone! Today is one of my favorite holidays for several reasons – food, family, fun, freedom – and photography!

That’s why I’m teaming up with Chachel from her awesome art blog, Wild Sketch! Chachel, also known as Rachel, does amazing DIY tutorials, shows her beautiful artwork, and posts pictures of her adorable cat, Gosha. Go follow her lovely blog right now!

It’s actually kind of funny. My first photoshoot was a 4th of July photoshoot I did last year, and here I am with another one. Kind of sentimental, when you think about it!

Chachel and I decided that for our collab, we would take patriotic pictures for the 4th. I dressed up my dolls in red white and blue outfits and took them into the backyard for a patriotic photoshoot. Here you go!

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Happy Independence Day! And make sure to check out Chachel’s blog here!

Which picture did you like the most? What are you having for dinner today? Does your town do fireworks? Are you going to check out Chachel’s blog? Let’s chat in the comments!

AGs in Alaska

3 “Explosive” 4th of July Hairstyles

“Explosive” hairstyles! Sorry, I couldn’t help it. It’s hard to think of an Independence Day adjective that lends itself to hairstyles. That’s the best I could do.

These hairstyles are very simple to do and are perfect for Independence Day, as well as all summer! They work great on human hair too, so you can do them on yourself or your friends. I have a short hair hairstyle, an “any length” hairstyle and a long hair hairstyle. Enjoy, and let me know if you try any of these! You can send pictures to me at americangirlsak@gmail.com

Ladder Ponytail (For Long Hair)

This hairstyle is ridiculously simple to do, contrary to its complicated appearance. It’s one of my favorites!

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Supplies: Long-haired doll, six hair ties (DO NOT USE THE TINY PLASTIC ONES, THEY ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO GET OUT!!!), a hairbrush (I know, it’s not AG doll kosher but McKenna needs a new wig anyway, and a spray bottle (optional).

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Step 1: Brush your doll’s hair backward, making it so that there is no part.

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Step 2: Make a ponytail at the crown of her head.

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Step 3: Split the red ponytail in two.

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Step 4: Take the left side of the red ponytail and grab a section of hair from the left side of her head, combining them into a white ponytail.

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Step 5: Repeat on the other side.

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Step 6: Split the white ponytails each in two, then take the inside sections and combine them into a blue ponytail.

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Step 7: Take the outside section of the white ponytail and grab a section of hair from the left side of her head, combining them into another blue ponytail.

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Step 8: Repeat on the other side.

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Ta-da! Beautiful and very patriotic!

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Ready for a backyard barbeque!

French Braid Ponytails (For Short Hair)

This hairstyle is totally adorable, and feel free to make it messy and fun! And there will still be hair sticking out of the bottom, if your doll has SUPER short hair like Lindsey. But I like it that way, it’s playful.

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Supplies: Short-haired doll, two hair ties, a hairbrush, and a spray bottle (optional).

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Step 1: Part her hair down the middle and tie off one section.

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Step 2: Take a small section from the front.

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Step 3: Split it into three sections and begin French braiding.

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Step 4: Tie it off into a ponytail around her ear.

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Step 5: Repeat on the other side.

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Voilà! Ready to play in the sprinkler!

Dressed-Up Braid (For Any Length)

Guys, there are only three steps in this hairstyle. In fact, it probably shouldn’t even be called a hairstyle. But it’s cute, so I’m putting it in here. 🙂

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Supplies: Doll, hair tie (not shown), headband, spray bottle (optional).

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Step 1: Separate a small section of hair from the side of her head.

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Step 2: Braid it.

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Step 3: Slip on the headband, and you’re done!

I hope you enjoyed these hairstyle tutorials! If you try any, make sure to email me at americangirlsak@gmail.com with some pictures! I’d be happy to post them on my blog. Have a fabulous Independence Day!

AGs in Alaska

 

And . . . I’m Back!

Helloooooo, world! I’m ecstatic to be back on my blog! It’s been a great hiatus, I got the break I needed and accomplished a TON of stuff. Here’s a list, so you don’t think I was sitting around binge-watching Stranger Things. (Kidding, I don’t watch that show.)

I . . .

  • Helped out at a language-immersion camp
  • Volunteered at not one, but two Vacation Bible Schools!
  • Reorganized my room
  • Color-coordinated my bookshelf (inspired by Sam from Redhead With A Book)
  • Went on an awesome camping trip with my friends
  • Worked on a collab with another awesome blogger (more on that later!)
  • Did quite a bit of babysitting
  • Welcomed two new additions to my family (no, they’re not babies. Again, more on that later).

So, as you can see, I was quite busy. I feel like it’s been months, instead of less than three weeks.

This summer has been awesome so far. There are a lot of fun things happened up here in Alaska for me, and I’m not going to be any less busy than I was during my hiatus. But I just couldn’t leave you guys for very long. 🙂

Here’s a sneak peak of epic posts coming up soon:

  • Two collab posts
  • Lindsey’s Revenge (A Photostory)
  • Part 3 of The Trials of Tessa (I have learned through trying and failing to do photoseries that I am absolutely awful at them)
  • Review of Tenney’s Spotlight Outfit
  • Family Pictures (A Photostory)
  • A Summer Photoshoot, Take 2 (A Photoshoot, obviously)
  • And much, much more! (Now, if only I could find my post calendar . . .)

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I’m soooo happy to be back! I’ve missed you guys. 🙂

AGs in Alaska

 

(P.S. – I’m stealing Grace’s signoff.) 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

I Hate To Do This, But . . .

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Hi, everybody. Now, please don’t freak out. I’m not leaving the blogging world or anything!

Deep breaths. Calm down. Good? Okay. Let’s continue.

I am, however, taking a short hiatus. My hiatus will last for three weeks, from June 5-25. It’s just 20 days, I think you’ll survive without me.

The good news is that I will not be completely MIA from WordPress during my hiatus. I will still check my reader and comment/reply to comments during my hiatus. I will just be unable to post.

I’m going on hiatus because summer in Alaska is CA-RAY-ZEE!!! It’s like we Alaskans try to cram as much stuff as possible into a three-month window so we can get everything done we couldn’t during the rest of the year because it was too cold or whatever.

This week, I am volunteering at a language immersion camp. This weekend, I’m going on a camping trip. Next week, I am doing not one but TWO Vacation Bible Schools in the EXACT SAME WEEK. (Could you pray for me, please?) The week after, my family is going on a little vacation. I’m going to be doing a 5K walk/run with my grandma!

So yeah. We’re a little busy.

Of course, it’s not just June. There are the visiting relatives and friends, many camping trips, yard work, etc. But the next three weeks are going to be very very busy, so that’s why I’m hiatus-ing.

This is my first hiatus, guys, and I’m sorry that I have to take one. But there you have it. I’ll miss y’all, but I’ll be back soon!

Oh! And if I have time, Part 3 of The Trials of Tessa will be going up soon, (during my hiatus). 🙂 And when I get back, I’ll be doing a couple of collabs, so you can get excited for those. 🙂

I will have a days-left-until-hiatus-is-over countdown on my sidebar, so if you want a reminder of when I’m coming back, just check there!

Bye for now!

AGs in Alaska