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Dear BFFL (Hayley),

It’s your birthday once again, you are another year older. This year, especially in this past month you’ve been going through a lot. I’ve been amazed at how you through the circumstances remained positive, joyful, and most importantly, faithfully rooted in your Savior. Even though, other would have gotten angry with God for what happened you didn’t. You trusted (and are trusting) him. You may not realize it but others are watching you and seeing how you have handled the situation with grace. I admire you so much and look up to you (despite the fact I’m older 😉 )


You’ve always been there for me and you are one of the best listeners I know. You were the one who introduced me to WordPress and the reason I created a blog. Without your influence, I may never have found my love of writing and photography.

I love you to pieces! Thanks for showing me God’s love through how you live. I miss you so much, though I know your move helped us grow closer as friends.


I’ll be thinking and praying for you today. I hope your birthday is everything you want it to be. Have fun in the snow!

Love your BFFL,


Posted in DIYs

10 Things to do on Winter Break

Hiya (I feel like a karate person)! Well, Christmas is over now and break stretches on for still another week at least. What are you going to do with all this time? You may already have lots of plans or you may not have any, whatever the case here are ten things to do on winter break.

  1. Take a walk. The past few days I’ve been doing this and it is snow (puns 🙂 ) refreshing. It gives your eyes a chance to rest from all the screen time you are probably having and also provides you with physical activity. So just get out and enjoy God’s beautiful creation.

2. Bake a treat. This is a something I think everyone has done at least once during the winter. I personally love baking and trying new recipes. I especially like trying new recipes I find on Pintrest (check out my Pintrest here).

3. Do a random act of kindness. There are so many ways to help people in need and there are usually even more opportunities around the holidays. You could bake someone something like I mentioned above or bring in cans to a local food drive. Giving back brings so much joy to you and others around you.

4. It is break, take some time to relax and pamper yourself. Read a book, use a bath bomb or face mask, and drink some tea (or cocoa!).

5. Hangout with friends. During school you may be too busy to have time to hang out with your friends so during break have some quality time with your friends. Maybe you could plan a day to go shopping and spend Christmas money, bake a treat together, do a random act of kindness with friends, or do manicures on each other.

6. Take a photo shoot. Take photos are a lot of fun and can really boost self-esteem. This is something you can do with your friends. Plus, you’ll have tons of great Instagram pics for the new year.


7. Look through old pictures and notebooks. This is a unique and fun way to pass time.

8. Spend time with God. This is something that we should be doing everyday, but you can never spend too much time with God. Being able to just sit and relax in his presence, starting a new Bible study series, or spending extra time praying for people is an awesome way to spend time over break.

9. Hangout with family. If you can, hanging out with family is something really fun to do. Play games with your siblings (our favorites our golf, rummy, and Uno), talk to grandparents, watch Christmas movies together, or bake something.

10. Write letters. I love sending and receiving snail mail. It can be hard to sit down and write a card during the business of life, but over break you have more time. You could write thank you notes to people who sent you presents, send to a far away friends (I’m looking at you Hayley), or distant family members that you are not able to see often.

Well there you go, ten things you should do on winter break. So get off your computer and go have some fun 🙂 Thanks for reading!


Posted in Christmas Posts

Merry Christmas (2016)!

Hey there! Long wait is over and Christmas is here 😀 How is your day going?

It’s awe-inspiring to think that 2,000+ years ago our God was born as a baby into the world. It can be hard to wrap my mind around that.

As you go about your day today, which I’m sure is filled with gift exchanges, time with family, and delicious food, remember why we celebrate this day. Yes, it is about giving and spending time with family, but most of all it is the birth of our Savior. This is why we are able to have so much hope. God switched places with us and took our mistakes and the wrong things we have done (sin) so we could live forever with him. Isn’t that incredible? Take a moment to thank him for that.

I wish you all a merry Christmas!




Posted in About, My Thoughts

Thanks, Mom.

Hey mom! I would like to give you a shout-out. You mean the world to me and I hope you know that. Have a super birthday today. I just wanted you to know that I appreciate you and you mean the world to me.

I know I can always go to you with any problem I’m facing. I trust you. Thank you for being a safe place to go to in times of trouble.

Thank you for modeling for me a healthy marriage, spiritual life and family. I can look up to you and see Christ in you.

Thank you for setting boundaries for me. Sometimes I don’t understand why I’m not allowed to do certain things, but looking back on some situations I realize why you set those rules. I trust that you have my best interest in mind. Thank you for taking time to care about my well-being.

Yes, you are amazing, but you aren’t perfect. Thank you for teaching me how to humbly apologize when you are in the wrong and show me to go to God with my faults. You point me to someone who will never let me down and loves me more then you ever could, my heavenly father.

Thank you for helping me when I made the decision to follow Christ and make him the Lord of my life!

Thank you for loving me and taking care of me. I love you so much! I hope this year is another wonderful year!

Love your daughter,


Posted in Christmas Posts

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

 YAYAYAY! I’m so excited for this post. First Christmas post!  I’ve been watching tons and tons of videos all over YouTube about Christmas wish lists and gift guides and I’m ready to make my own. I want to also include Allison’s post about Creative Christmas gifts in this post because it is an awesome list for specific ideas of what you could ask for or give. Check it out here!

I hope this helps you have ideas for what to ask for yourself or give to other people. This isn’t my wish list, it is more of a compilation of what you can ask for and give to others. I split this into who it is for. I also did gifts for others that I felt were in my cost range. You may have more or less to spend, this was just what I had.

Ok, you ready to go read?? Begin!


Teen girls:

First off, non-materialistic gift  you can ask for.

  • A special class (make-up, photography, baking)
  • Tickets to a sports events, concerts, or amusement parks.
  •   A nice dinner out, spa day, shopping spree, vacation.
  • Sponsor a child.
  • Subscriptions. You could ask for someone to pay a subscription to Spotify, a magazine company, a subscription box such as ipsy.
  • You could ask for someone to pay a years worth of pic monkey, buy you final Cut Pro, or a WordPress domain.


  • Gift cards. Many people think that gift cards feel impersonal but any girl I know would really appreciate a gift card, especially to a store they like. If you don’t know what to get, go for a Visa gift card.


  • A camera (especially a DLSR)
  • Camera accessories such as a lens, case, HD Card, studio lights, a microphone, or tripod.
  • Phone, tablet, or laptop
  • a case for your phone or laptop

LuMee cases look really cool. They light up so the lighting is really good when you want to take a selfie. {via}

  • The cases that battery power your phone.
  • Nice ear buds or head phones.

  Instax printers look really cool. You can use them to print our pictures from your phone but they look like Polaroids.

  • a projector
  • chargers or speakers for your devices
  • Go Pro or drone


  • PJs or Slippers. Everyone loves to cuddle up during the winter in PJs and slippers.
  • Fuzzy socks.
  • Sweaters.
  • Bomber jackets (I want a pale pink one :D).
  • Boots.
  • Sneakers.
  • Converse.
  • Accessories like scarves, belts, and socks.
  • Jewelry. I’ve recently started getting a lot more into jewelry. Rings, necklace, bracelets, and earrings can add a lot to an outfit.

{via} Make-up. Holidays are a great time to ask for more high-end (and pricey) make-up products or to ask for a few simple products to try out. There are lots of holiday sets that are perfect to buy for a girl in your life!

  • Make-up brushes
  • Purses, bags, purses.
  • Face masks.
  • Lush products.
  • Hair tools (straightener, curling iron).
  • Hair accessories (bobby pins, hair ties, hair spray, hair mask, etc.)


  • Planner, planner supplies, journal.
  • Furniture, home decor (faerie lights, pillows, jewelry holder)
  • Candles or other Bath and Body works stuff.
  • Christmas ornaments.
  • Candy.
  • Art supplies (mediums, sketch pad, duck tape).
  • Books. {via} Bible or Coloring Bible. Coloring Bible are something I just learned about. I’ve only seen a few versions of them. Basically, the margins in the Bible are larger and have verses you can color (the picture will give you a better idea).

  • Devotional


  • Any kind of pampering products. Moms do so much for us, they don’t always have the supplies or time to relax. Any Lush or Bath and Body Works products they will probably like.
  • If you have more money you could buy them a night out to eat, spa package, or tickets to the movies.
  • Cozy blanket or slippers.
  • Jewelry. Mom’s love jewelry. It would be extra special if it were something that was mother and daughter, so it was also sentimental.
  • Perfume, if you can afford it this is a great option.
  • Sentimental gifts.


  • You could also get his favorite snack or bake him his favorite treat.
  • A gift card to his favorite coffee shop.
  • A book you think he would read and enjoy.
  • A coffee mug or other gift personalized with pictures of you and your family.


  • Toys (my brothers LOVE Legos).
  • CANDY. No matter how old your sibling is they will like candy, I guarantee it. You can get candy pretty cheap anywhere.
  • Something they always use that’s yours. If your sibling is always stealing a charger because they don’t have one, just buy them one for Christmas. This works well because you know they will use it, and it solves your problem with them taking your stuff.
  • Ask them what they want (I know it’s obvious, but if there is something you can afford that they want, that is a good option.)
  • If you hear them talking about something, you could them surprise them and get it for them. They may be really surprised that you were paying attention to what they have been talking about.


Most grandparents appreciate sentimental things that remind them of you and your siblings.

  • Scrapbooks/photo books are good ideas for them (this is good for anyone, honestly!)
  • Anything that is personalized to have pictures of you and your siblings on it (blankets, mugs, mouse pads, Christmas ornaments, etc.)
  • Sentimental things such as letters, A-Z reasons of why you love them, etc.

If you want to make someone a personalized gift that is from Shutterfly or a similar store, be on the look out. I use Shutterfly and I get lots of coupons from them. Some are from the company and others you can get when you shop at your grocery store or another retail store. Then you only have to pay for shipping. Lots of times they give away free items.


Gift guides are my favorite posts/videos to read and watch (and also make!). I hope you got some ideas from this post!

What do you want for Christmas? Leave a comment below. See ya soon!


Days until Christmas: 19!

Posted in About

Happy Birthday Hayley!

This post is for my BFFL(Best friend for life)

Dear Hayley,

I’m so glad God brought us together! Though it was only for a few short years, I won’t forget it:) You made such a huge impact in my life! We are different, yet very similar. I’m the oldest, while you are the youngest. Your blonde and I’m a brunette. My hair is long, yours is short(er) but we both love Jesus, American Girl Dolls, photography, adventures, Pintrest, chickens, and so much more!

I just want to thank you for being such an amazing role model for me. Without all your help, I may never have even started this blog(you know how skeptical I was at first;) We had so many amazing memories when you lived here(remember the swing incident, the vinegar, refarted, and others) and I’m sure we’ll make many memories when you visit;) and no matter how far apart we are, you’ll always be close in my heart.  I think some of these quote whether funny or serious perfectly some up our friendship! Thanks Pintrest:)

@randerson1112 Remember this? hehe Yup!:

@randerson1112 looking through all these BFF (or BFFL) quotes makes me think of you! Miss you, and Love ya!:

 : God made us friends because no mother could handle us as sisters. Hanna <3:


#wordsofwisdom #friendship:

Especially if you share an empathy link, like Percy Jackson and Grover Underwood...:

。◕‿◕。 Minions Crazy Best Friends. See my Despicable Me Minions pins

I hope no matter how far we are apart or how much we change you’ll never forget you BFFL,


p.s. Everyone you should go wish her a happy Birthday on her blog, Flourishingbyrestfulfalls!

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My Favorite Christmas Gifts!

Hey everyone! How was your Christmas? I can’t wait to read all your hauls!(it’s my favorite type of posts) Today I thought I’d show you a few of my favorite presents! DISCLAIMER: I’m not trying to brag. Anyway, let’s get started.



The first I got in my stocking was an EOS lip balm. It smells so good! It’s so sweet:)


Next, something I’ve wanted for the longest time! It is a pink battery bank. It is very useful and I’m so glad I finally got one:D

Next! Bath & Body works products! I got a lot. I got both shower gel and lotion in Pink Chiffon and Be Joyful. I also got Beautiful Day shower gel. I also got my new favorite scent, orchard frost, in hand lotion and hand sanitizer.


My big gift was these adorable pair of grey UGGS! They have a bow in the back and I love them!


I also got a bunch of really cool gift cards!

Bath & Body Works-$10

Khol’s- $5


iTunes- $25 and a $15


I also got Christmas lights. I really wanted some to give my bed this awesome tumbler look! What do you think?

Some other things that I really liked that aren’t shown are:

A new watch(mine always seem to break), a pair of cute tennis shoes, and two nice sweaters from my grandma.

I want to thank everything who gave me a gift! I loved everything that I got.


Comment below some of the gifts you got. I’m so excited to use everything:D Did you have an amazing Christmas? How are you going to spend Christmas break? Talk to you soon!

Merry Christmas, From Americangirlguide

Days Until Christmas: 362, I guess I should stop the count down.

Posted in About, Christmas Posts

Merry Christmas!

Hey Everyone! How’s your Christmas going? I’m sure having fun:D I love all of you so much and am so thankful that I’m able to be apart of this community. I’ve been blogging for over a year, but every post feels like the first. I’m still learning new things. Thank you for inspiring me so much, all of you!

I love celebrating Christmas, but as we go through the business of this holiday, let us remember that it all started that day, long ago in Bethlehem when Jesus our Savior was born. I really like how it’s summed up in Souly Rested blog. I suggest you check out that post along with the recent posts on Girls Living For God’s Glory.

I hope you all have a safe, peaceful, and merry Christmas! God bless you:)

Merry Christmas, From Americangirlguide

Days Until Christmas: Today is Christmas!!!

Posted in Christmas Posts, Hairstyles, Photo shoots

OOTD: Christmas Edition

Is Christmas in three days? WHAT?!! Also, I’m sorry you can’t really see the outfits in the posts….. It was Monday night when I notice how few pictures I had. So it’s more like a mini photo shoot of each doll. Enjoy it any way:D

 Bailey’s Outfit:

Earrings: Fancy Earrings

Sweater: Frosty Fair Isle Set

Skirt: Rebecca’s School Outfit

Stockings: I found them at a yard sale

Shoes: Coconut fun outfit


Dress and Shoes: AG’s Sparkle Party Dress Set

Tights: Rebecca’s School Outfit

Jessica’s Photos:

Earrings: Fancy Earring Set

Shirt: Made by Me

Tank Top: Sophia’s

Pants: A retired AG set(I forget the name)

Bethany by the holly bush:

Hat and Apron: AG’s Sugar and Spice set

Tank Top: Made by me

Leggings: AG’s Frosty Fair Isle set

Boots: MYAG meet boots

And last but not least Brooklyn. Who gets a full-fledged photo shoot because she’s new and awesome. She is wearing AG’s soft as snow outfit.


That’s all for days post, but wait! I almost forgot. I have to tell you which series won. Are you ready?

After Camp! It won by three votes. Thanks to everyone who voted.

Episode 1 will go up at midnight on January 1st and don’t worry Forever Family fans, I’ll likely be doing Forever Family after I finish After Camp.

By the way, don’t forget to look at My Dolls page, I updated it to include Brooklyn. Talk to you soon!

Merry Christmas, From Americangirlguide

Days Until Christmas: THREE!

Posted in Christmas Posts, DIYs

A Christmas Recipe

I’m sitting at the computer typing while listening to Come On Christmas, by Matthew West (Thanks Sunny!)  If your bored and want something to do this Christmas Break, you should make this Chocolate Bark it’s so good. If you were wondering this is day 10 of Megan’s blogging challenge.

A Christmas Challenge

This recipe is from (I couldn’t find the link to this website)

Festive chocolate Bark, we have been making it for as long as I can remember. My family has adapted it a bit so here it is for you. Enjoy!


  • 1 Cup of shelled pistachios
  • 12 oz. of semisweet chocolate
  • 8 oz. of white chocolate
  • 3/4 cup of dried, sweetened cranberries (or unsweetened if your brave)
  • Sea salt or Normal Salt (optional)

Step 1

If not, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly toast for about 10 minuets, flipping occasionally. Let them cool.

Step 2

Melt the semisweet chocolate stirring until smooth. Do the same with the white chocolate (Tip: If you are using the stove top use a double broiler to melt the chocolate. If you use the microwave be extremely careful not to burn them or yourself!)

Step 3

In a small bowl combine the nuts and cranberries. Then stir half of them into the semisweet chocolate. Using a spatula, spread the mixture to about a 1/2 thickness on a large cookie sheet. Drop tablespoonfuls over the semisweet chocolate. With a toothpick or tip of the knife, swirl the chocolates together to create a marbled effect. Sprinkle on the rest of the nuts and berries.

Step 4

Refrigerate the bark for 1 hour or until firm. Then sprinkle salt on top, then break it into pieces. Store the bark in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.


About 1 3/4 pounds


What did you think of the recipe? Was I clear enough? If you have any questions about it comment and tell me. Happy early Christmas!

Merry Christmas, From Americangirlguide

Days Until Christmas: 4! Are you excited?!