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. 😦
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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

 

Spring Q&A Results!

Hey, guys! Thank you all so much for your awesome questions. I have this problem where I suck at coming up with Q&A questions, but all of yours are super creative. I have this other problem as well, where I suck at coming up with cool intros, so . . . let’s go!

My answers will be italicized. 

Jo’s Questions:

Q: So, is it perpetually cold and snowy in Alaska?

A: Actually, no. It’s more like perpetually rainy and cloudy. Other states, such as Minnesota, actually get WAY more snow than us. We are having a very wet and chilly spring, though. Hoping to break 60 degrees within the next week. 

Q: What’s the best thing about living in Alaska?

A: Definitely all of the nature and wildlife! You can’t get the Alaskan experience anywhere else. Everywhere you look there are mountains and beautiful trees and . . . moose and bears, too. It’s awesome!

Q: Um… and your favorite doll? 😛

A: Well, out of my dolls, probably Crystal, Grace, or Tessa. Out of all AG dolls . . . oh, it’s so hard. Out of all AG dolls ever . . . Well, I love Truly Me #24!

Ur Texan Pen Pal, A’s Questions:

Q: If you could have a superpower (such as reading minds, walking through walls, understanding any language, exedra) what would it be and what would you use it for?

A: Understand any language would be awesome . . . but then again, so would flying.

Emma’s Questions: 

Q: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

A: Same as above.

Q: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: PARIS!!!

Q: If new Beforever dolls had movies, which one would you give a movie to?

A: Ooooh, yes! Okay . . . I think Julie! I know she has a short film, but a real movie would be awesome. Rebecca would be fun, too, though!

Q: Is there a doll AG sells that you dislike?

A: Um, yeah – let’s just say all the boy dolls. Well, except for Logan. He’s okay. It’s not the actual dolls I’m against, it’s just that I think American GIRL should stick to GIRL dolls. If you have a boy doll, that’s great! I’m just not a fan of the boy dolls. From the actual girl dolls, I guess I’m not a huge fan of Nanea . . . 

Q: If everything in the AG store was free for one minute, what would you grab?

A: Hmm. Probably Luciana and her clothes/accessories.

Chachel’s Questions:

Q: How long have you been collecting dolls?

A: Since 2010! Long time, IKR?

Q: What’s your bunnies name?

A: Well, I actually have three. Moe is my mini rex/Holland lop/ Jersey wooley. Penelope is Moe’s mom, and I think she’s a rex/lop mix. Molly is a bunny we adopted (off of Facebook, actually) and she looks like Penny’s twin. We aren’t sure what she is, though.

Q: Is it really really really cold in Alaska?

A:  Yes, pretty much. Actually, this year it has been a lot colder than usual. For example,  it was 54 degrees Fahrenheit today (Wednesday).

Q: What’s your favorite AG doll that you have?

A: Argh!! Why do you people always ask me these things??? Just kidding, probably Tessa.

Q: What would you name your boat if you had one?

A: Interesting question! What about “The Lady Sunset?” Since boats are girls. 🙂

Q: What’s your favorite quote?

A: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” I’m not a sports fan, but I like this quote.

Kaylyn’s Questions:

Q: If you could get another doll, which one would you get?

A: Luciana Vega.

Q: What is your favorite doll that AG has released?

A: I think McKenna. I was OBSESSED with AG in 2014, and there is a lot of sentimental value attached to McKenna for me. She got me into gymnastics, and I was a gymnast until 2016. So yeah, McKenna.

Q: What is your favorite doll etsy shop?

A: DafodilDollclothes, or Mixiepixie7’s shop!

Q: If you could only wear one outfit for a whole week without washing it or changing out of it, what would it look like?

A: First of all, that is gross and I would never do that, but if I had to . . .

Q: If you could visit anywhere on earth, where would you go?

A: PARISSSS!!!!

AAG’s Questions:

Q: What’s it like being in Alaska?

A: Not surprisingly, I get this question a lot. 🙂 Alaska is awesome. It’s so naturey up here, (yes that is definitely a word), with lots of trees and pure, fresh air. The moose and bears are awesome as well. It’s a unique place, and I get a lot of comments from people in other states if I mention I live in Alaska. It’s sad thought, only 8% of Alaskans are Christians. 😦

Q: Do you have siblings?

A: Yes, I have a brother. You can read this post featuring him. 🙂 If you dare . . .

Q: Do you like Disney?

A: Not really. I am not pleased with some of the political agendas they have, and I’ve never been obsessed with the princesses either. But if you are, that’s great!

Q: Have you seen Black Panther? (WAKANDA FOREVER!)

A: Nope! And . . . not sure what Wakanda means. 🙂

Mary E.’s Questions: 

Q: What is your favorite holiday?

A: Christmas!

Q: What is your favorite doll related thing you have?

A: McKenna’s gymnastics set.

Q: What is something in yourself your proud of?

A: I am great with kids! I think that comes from having a loving heart, which is inside me, so . .  .

Q: Do you like Milk?

A: Not really! (I drink it with ice cubes though . . . have any of you ever done that?)

Jaguar’s Questions:

Q: Um…Do you have any stuffed animals? (Optional)

A: I do! I keep them on my top shelf, above my dolls.

Q: If you have brothers, how do you survive?

A: I do! And I don’t. 🙂

Q: How did you convince your mother to let you have eight dolls and not have her tell you afterwards ‘it’s time’?

A: Actually, she doesn’t mind! She thinks my hobby is great, and I have bought 6/8 of the dolls with my own money.

Q: Are any of your dolls personality’s like yours?

A: Absolutely! I am a lot like Morgan and Grace. Morgan and I have compassionate hearts, and I have Grace’s sense of humor and sometimes crazy attitude. 🙂

Q: How long do you plan on blogging? (Don’t end any time soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

A: I’m not sure, maybe when I go to college?

Q: What is your favorite book of all time?

A: The Mother-Daughter Book Club series, in particular #6!

Q: What is a question that you want people to ask but they never do? (Answer the question as well)

A: Thought-provoking question .  .  . I know I have thought this way before, but I can’t think of the question. Sometimes I will hint at a story and people don’t realize I would love an invitation to tell it.

Q: What is the funniest thing a little kid has said to you?

A: Well . . . I was babysitting the other day and the little kid had his iPad at my house. He wanted to play a game on it, but didn’t know the password.  🙂 I know, right? He said, “My grandpa left this for me to play with!” I said, “But you don’t know the password.” He said, “I know, my grandpa’s a tricky guy!” He’s a preschooler, BTW.

I died. Or maybe the time he pointed to my math book and said, “Why is this here?” I replied, “Because I was doing math.” He said, “Why?”

My thought exactly, kid!

1-Year Blogiversary Giveaway Winners!

Hello, everybody! The results are in! Before I tell you who won the giveaway, please let me say thank you so much to everyone who entered. Also, even if you didn’t win, please treat the winners with respect. 🙂 I know you guys are great at that. 🙂

The winners of the two beautiful tee shirts are:

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#1 – AKJaguar!!!

Congratulations, AKJaguar! I will be contacting you shortly for your address and tee shirt preference + size.

 

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#2 – Dianne!!!

Congratulations, Dianne! I will be contacting you shortly for your address and tee shirt size.

Again, thank you so much to everyone who entered, and all of you amazing people who support my blog!

It has been an amazing year and I am looking forward to my next 365 days of blogging with you guys!

And . . . WordPress won’t let me insert my signoff soooooo . . .

AGs in Alaska, out!