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November Recap ~ 2016

Hello, my friends!! *waves* 😀

Okay, so I know it’s already December 9th (HOW DID THAT HAPPEN), but I just really wanted to post one of these! XD

I have never done this type of post before, so just bear with me. Let’s see if I can make this interesting… XD

Highlights of November:


Doing NaNoWriMo and SUCCEEDING!! 

It was really hard for me to keep up and fell behind a lot, but in the end I succeeded and that’s what matters right? I ate quite a bit of dark chocolate to help me through it… XD


Getting the professional wedding pictures!

AGH!!! They’re all SO beautiful!! I’m planning to post a bunch on LMF, so be on the watch for that 😉

When we got these pictures in literally all my mom and I did was look at them all day long. The photographer did an AMAZING job!


Getting to see my family do worship together <3

I don’t know if any of you know this already, but my family is quite musically talented. My dad has been a worship leader for years and he taught my brother, Jordan to play guitar and he served on the worship team for a long time, as well as Aaryn, my new sister in-law who sings beautifully! And my brother in-law plays the drums, so it was really awesome to get to see them all play together – they do an amazing job! It was super special this time because it was the last time for who knows how long, before Jordan and Aaryn moved away… <3


Hillside!

YES! *happy sigh* it was so awesome doing the Hillside craft fair again. Though there was rain, freezing cold, and major winds, we did have a lot of fun and the last day was perfect in every way! :)


Having my first latte from Starbucks!

I’ve been hesitant to try a latte for a long time, just cause I’m super picky and I love my frappés, but I finally gave in and I totally loved it! Even though I almost burned my tongue… XD

Crazy Moments:


Sleeping over at Emma’s and cracking up at her insanity.

This night was just – BIZARRE! Emma was out of control crazy and I was laughing at her like all night! XD The one thing I don’t understand is how exactly does she drink from a water bottle so creepily?? LIKE HOW?! XD


Being creeped on by Emma The Insanely Creepy the entire time at Hillside.

No joke, I literally look over at her booth (we’re right across from each other, as you can tell in the picture) and she’s staring at me like this!!! And I don’t know, is she part Indian or something, cause she’s always sneaking up on me and I’ll turn around and she’s there staring at me with this creepy face!! XD It’s creepy, but hilarious. XD

Bundling up in a tablecloth at Hillside.

IT WAS FREEZING!!! It was raining, windy, and just – FREEZING!! My mom and I both wrapped ourselves up in tablecloths and put on hats, hoods, and scarves – we were cracking up! XD

Sad Times:


Thanksgiving

Though this was a great day and we were all happy to be together, it was really bittersweet and not all of us were our normal, happy, crazy selves. This was our last family gathering together before Jordan and Aaryn moved away and saying goodbye to them that night, though it wasn’t our last goodbye, was extremely painful. :(

Saying Goodbye to Jordan and Aaryn.

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My mom, dad, Jen, Jason, and I went over to say goodbye to them Friday night, the day after Thanksgiving. I can’t tell you how much we all hugged and cried. And though it was one of the hardest things, saying goodbye to them – I realized also how beautiful it was. That we as a family could come together with the freedom to cry and embrace like that over “losing” 2 beloved family members. I know it might sound silly that we were all crying so much, especially since they’re 6 hours away and I know some people have family even farther away – but we’ve always been together and we love each other so much. It was really hard to say goodbye, but I think we’re all doing a lot better now. <3
Looking Ahead:

– Posting more often! I’ve really missed posting here, on LMF, HRMW, and on TEROW, so I’m really hoping that this month I can get a lot of posting done! 😀

– CHRISTMAS!!! No, no, this year it isn’t for the presents that I’m so excited (though I am excited for that, too… XD). This year I’m excited for Christmas because then our whole family will be together again! 😀 <3

– Work next week!! You all remember me saying that I got a job working in childcare, right? Well, we went on break and I thought I wouldn’t get to go back until January, but thankfully we get a day next week! I MISS THE CHUBLETS!!! XD (I can feel Emma glaring at me right now…. XD )

– Rogue One! ANYONE WHO IS EXCITED FOR THIS MOVIE PLEASE SAY SO! My sister and I are the only ones in our family who are excited for it. O_O

– Annndd… I can’t think of anything else right now. I’m just excited to see what else this month has in store for me! 😀

What about you? How did your November go? Is there anything you’re looking forward to this month?


~Jaclynn~

Moana~ A Photoshoot

Hey everyone!! Are any of you excited for the new Disney princess movie, Moana to come out? Cause I am, and if you aren’t, then there’s hardly any point to read this post. But don’t go away! You’ll find it interesting whether you’re excited or not – 100% guaranteed! If you aren’t satisfied, please return this post to…. Okay. We’re getting off track here…

Ahem. As a lot of you may know, my craft fair (which I refer to as Hillside) is coming up SUPER soon!! Like – in 2 WEEKS!!! So I procrastinated again and I am obviously not going to meet a lot of my goals of products I wanted to have at Hillside this month, but I set to work on designing a Moana costume which I think turned out pretty great! And I am here to share with you some photos of Kiara as Moana :)



This photo is my favorite! :)














Hmmm…. I should have turned her head…. *thoughtful look* Oh well! 😉

So how do you like it? If you’re interested in purchasing it you can buy it in my Etsy shop by clicking HERE.

It will be $30 until Thanksgiving when it will be $35 from then on. Even if you aren’t interested in buying, I’d appreciate a favorite! 😀

Well, bye bye! I’ll “see” you again soon! *waves*

What are your thoughts on Moana? Are you going to go see it? 

~Jaclynn~

AG Doll of YOUR Choice GIVEAWAY!!

WHAAATT???

YES, you read the title right, my friends! The very kind and most generous, Madison of Delightful World of Dolls is giving away an American Girl Doll of your choice in celebration of her 4 year blogiversary and 260 followers! :O WOW!! I’m completely blown away!

Make sure you watch the video with all the instructions to enter by clicking HERE.

And here is the link to the actual post so you can enter and get some more information 😉

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So what are you waiting for?! GO ENTER!!! But, wait! Before you go, please make sure you let Madison know that Jaclynn from LHOAG referred you so that I can get my bonus entries! That would mean so much to me! 😀

Thanks guys! And good luck to all who enter! 😀

~Jaclynn~

WestonDelle ~ A Photoshoot

I. AM. THAT. HEROOO! XD

YES, I am BACK!!!

Thank you all for your sweet comments on my last post! The wedding was so gorgeous and absolutely perfect in every way! I’m so insanely happy for them  – they’re just such a beautiful couple. God matched them so perfectly! <3

I did cry at the wedding, but not as much as I thought I would. And we danced so. Much. My feet were killing me. XD

I’ll be sharing some pics soon! I’m not sure whether or not to post them here or on LMF… What do you guys think?

Okay, I think I’ve rambled enough! XD I had an urge to go outside and take pictures of Weston and then decided that he needed a girl with him, so Riven-Delle came along too. By the way, we had a thunderstorm the other day. It rained 2 days in a row. And there are no more 90’s in the forecast. AAAAGHHH!!!

On with the photoshoot! XD


This one I had taken flipped around, but then I rotated it and I thought that it looked really interesting this way! What about you? :)









THEY ARE SO CUTE.

Ahem.

So how have you all been doing? Anything exciting going on or coming up soon? Is school overtaking your life? I’d love to know what’s going on in your life! I’ve missed you guys! <3

I’ll post again soon! *waves*

~Jaclynn~
By the way – the title is my attempt at a shipping name for Weston and Riven-Delle ;D

I’ll Be Back Soon!

Hey there!

I’m sure you already know where this post is headed, don’t you? Well, yes, I am taking a break from blogging here, but just for 2 weeks (actually less since this post has been a draft for days… Proof of how busy I am. XD ), so I’ll be back soon! :)

Here are a few updates of what’s been going on lately:

1. I GOT A JOB!!!! *screams* Ahem.

Yes, I got a job and I’m SO excited!! It’s just one day a week in childcare at Emma’s church, but it’s so awesome! I get $35 a day, so that’s super exciting! I’m working with chubs at the age of 2 – CAN I DIE RIGHT NOW?! They’re SO CUTE!!! I seriously can’t handle their cuteness. O_O It’s pretty exhausting, but so much fun! I love being around them!
Don’t kids say the most hilarious things? I had a 4 year old boy come up to me and just randomly say; “I was a baby yesterday.” XD

2. Road trip!!!

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(we ate soooo bad…. BUT IT WAS FUN! XD )

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My brother, Jordan and soon-to-be-sister-in-law invited me and my brother, Jacob along with them to drive up north to look at some apartments and then we drove through San Francisco on the way back. WE WENT ACROSS THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE!!! It was so amazing, guys. The view was breath taking. I took TONS of pics!!
We had a blast! We left at 7AM and got to my gramma’s house around 11PM where we rested for the night. Then we drove 3 hours back home the next day. It was so tiring. I’m still recovering, honestly. XD (actually not anymore since it’s been a few days since I wrote this post, but ya know. XD)

3. Bachelorette Party!

Yep! Wedding is getting closer!! The bachelorette party is this Saturday! We’re going to The Rainforest Cafe at Downtown Disney for dinner – it’s gonna be fun! :)

4. THE WEDDING.

GUYS. HOW. My brother is getting married NEXT FRIDAY. O_O *screams* *cries*

This came up so fast!! I’m really excited for it, but I also know I’m gonna cry my eyes out. I’m gonna try to be strong, though!! *lower lip trembles* XD

I have my full bridesmaid outfit now!! *squeal*

5. My brother is moving…

….Six and a half hours away. O_O We don’t need to talk about that. And we especially don’t need to talk about them (Jordan and Aaryn) leaving next. Month. Just no, no, no.

I think that’s pretty much all the updates I have for ya’ll….

I’ll be back as soon as I possibly can! *waves* 😀

~Jaclynn~

Bloggers Are People, Too

Hi everyone!

I’ve been known to make some posts here about some deep-ish topics. Today is one of those days.

Over the past nearly 4 years of blogging, I’ve come to realize that people (in this case, our readers) tend to treat bloggers in a very rude way. They expect a lot from us. If we don’t follow through on posting something the day we said we would, we get mad at and/or yelled at.

This isn’t fair to us. We as bloggers first started our blogs as a fun thing to do. Like a hobby. It was meant to be something that we enjoy doing. It’s not supposed to be a job (unless that’s you’re goal for it). But over time, we come to really appreciate our readers and we tend to want to please them more than ourselves at times. So we make promises to make a particular post that they want and when we don’t follow through, they get mad at us.

To you bloggers; I know you know what I’m talking about. We’ve all experienced this at some point. The pressuring comments that never seem to stop asking “when will you post this?” or “when will you post that?” and even “Why didn’t you post this? You promised you would! It’s been forever!!” and then they might even sign their name as “a very angry__.”
It’s really hard to deal with this at times, at least it is for me. I know you all love Masquerade and I appreciate that more than I can say, I really do. But when I have people constantly asking me about it, it puts a lot of stress on me. And because I know how much you all want the next part, I keep saying, “Soon” or “This week!” But, guys, I never actually know for sure when I’ll be able to post it, but I’m always looking for an opportunity.

To you readers; I understand the excitement and the torture of waiting to read the next part or wanting the next episode in your favorite TV show. I’m a human, too, so yes, I understand these feelings. But guys, here’s the thing. We bloggers need you to remember that we are only human. We have lives outside of blogging and sometimes they get pretty hectic. When the busyness finally wears off, we just want a break. We need our days of rest without stressing ourselves out about making a post.

And hey, photo stories take an uber long time to make. I’ve spent entire days working on just one part. You have to get the dolls ready, find all the props, set up, find the right location/lighting you need, take the pictures, upload them, resize them, write the story, preview it – it all takes a huge chunk out of your day and by the end of it, you feel pretty worn out.

With Masquerade I shot out so many parts, one after another, and it was a ton of fun, but tiring. I not only got physically tired, but emotionally as well. I was tired of making photo stories. So I took a little break from that to post some photoshoots and what-not. I needed to post some things that I felt like posting. Because although we do post for our readers, we also post for ourselves. If we don’t keep up with also pleasing ourselves, then the fun of blogging is going to die away for us.

Basically all I’m asking is this, and it’s very simple;

Please, everyone, try to be a little more understanding. We (bloggers) have lives. We get busy. Life gets away from us, just like with anyone else in the world. So when photo stories suddenly take a break, try not to freak out. In most cases, it will be continued, but we just need a break.
And don’t only comment on posts asking when the next part will be. That’s not a pleasing question to read. It makes us groan and sigh and be like; “Ugh, I need to do this, but I’m so busy/I don’t want to right now…” And then we feel guilty.

That’s another thing. We do feel bad to make you guys wait so long. And we feel really bad when we can’t post when we said we would.

And I’m going to admit here, that I am guilty of putting this pressure on other bloggers, too, but I have tried extremely hard not to be that way anymore. Usually if I ever do that, I do it in a dying sort of funny way that’s super dramatic. Something along the lines of; “NOOO I CAN NOT WAIT OH MY GOSH HURRY AND POST THE NEXT PART BEFORE I DIE!!! XD”

Just an example 😉

Again, please, be more understanding. It would mean the world to me and I’m sure any other blogger out there! :)

I just wanna say really quick before I sign off that I am by no means trying to be or sound mean. This is an issue I’ve seen in the blogging community and personally experienced and issues like these need to be addressed before they get worse. I love you all so much and I don’t know what I would do without you! Your comments make my day and I do not want to discourage any of you from making comments. We bloggers thrive on comments. It’s why we’re still around. It’s why we still post. So please, keep those comments coming and keep them nice :)

~Jaclynn~

What Would You Name Her? ~September 2016

Hello, girls! Long time since I did one of these, right? Well, at least it hasn’t been a year. XD

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I’m absolutely in love with this new doll, so I decided I needed to do a NTD with her! 😀

Now, you all know how this game works, I’m sure, but here are the rules just the same:

Comment below your favorite names for this doll – I’m going to limit you to choosing a maximum of 10 names only – this will make things easier for me when going through the suggestions later 😉

I will choose my 5 favorite names out of the ones you suggested and post them here on September 19th  for you all to vote for your favorite one. I’ll post the winning name on September 24th :)

Now, get thinking! 😀

~Jaclynn~

It’s Shady & Golden Outside~ A Photoshoot

ITS FINALLY SHADY IN THE AFTERNOON SO I CAN TAKE PICTURES NOW AND IM REALLY EXCITED!!!!

Ahem. Sorry for the screaming…

But to explain further, I haven’t posted in so long because it had been sunny like 24/7 outside and when it wasn’t, I’d have to get up super early or take them at night when I’m getting tired, so I couldn’t really take pics… :(

BUT ITS FINALLY SHADY IN THE AFTERNOON!!! *fireworks* *confetti* *donuts* wait, what? XD


Leia is the star again because, let’s face it, she’s gorgeous and insanely photogenic! XD







I’m not sure what I think of this one… I’m usually not a fan of the doll looking at the camera… Unless it’s for a portrait, of course. 😉







Her hair… 😍







That’s it! Which one is your favorite? :)

I loved holding my camera again and crouching down to take pictures of a beautiful doll. *sighs happily*

To those of you waiting for the next part of Masquerade; I PROMISE I will get it up very soon! With lighting problems and just being super busy, it’s been hard to think about getting a photostory up 😉

Have a wonderful rest of your day! Have a donut! Or 2 or 3…. How about a baker’s dozen? XD

~Jaclynn~

WellieWishers Willa Doll Review

Hi everyone!!

I guess the title gives it away, but YES! I got Willa!!! I’ve had her for a few weeks now and just yesterday got around to taking pictures of her (sorry for my absence by the way. I’ve been having trouble with finding time to take pictures…)



Isn’t she too cute! *heart eyes*


Here is a closeup of Willa’s face. She has ADORABLE freckles sprinkled across her nose and stunning hazel eyes! She has orange feathered eyebrows and a sweet little smile with 2 teeth showing.


Willa comes wearing this red and pink hedgehog  shirt that velcros in the back. The face is printed on and two little ears stick up at the corners.


I absolutely love her skirt!! THE HEDGEHOGS ARE SO CHUBBY!! There’s a little knot at the side of her skirt and it is trimmed in red.


Her little bunny ears headband is the same print as the skirt with pink trim to match the shirt. The headband is fabric until it reaches the underneath part where it’s just elastic (and has a humongous tag). It’s easy to slip on and off the doll’s head.


Her Wellies are adorable little ladybugs. They’re a little difficult to get on and off.

Of course I had to show a closeup of its cute little face :)


Willa’s hair is strawberry blonde and is the exact same color as Maryellen’s hair.


She has several highlights in her hair.


Okay, so I know this is awkward, but I felt it needed to be shown. When you take off her underwear there’s a little Wellie Wishers logo engraved on her. Also, Willa is all vinyl and has a cute little belly button 😉  There is also “American Girl made in China” and some numbers engraved on the back.


The Wellie Wishers are $60 and I think perhaps slightly overpriced. Normally I say AG’s things are worth the money and while I absolutely ADORE Willa, I don’t think she should be a $60 doll 😉 I think $45 might be a better price for them.
AG says they are for ages 5+ and I feel like that’s accurate :)


You knew it was coming, didn’t you? XD Time for a PHOTOSHOOT! 😀


I forgot to mention that her head is always in a tilted up position. I think it’s adorable and will probably work well for when she looks up to the AG dolls 😉



I went into the sunlight and used the gold side of my reflector for a different lighting. What do you think?



I don’t know why, but the reflector didn’t shine a golden light in this photo… My mom really liked this pic, so I decided to post it anyway :)



Well, there you are! Willa is simply adorable and quite photogenic! I’d like to take her to a park sometime and get more pictures of her :) And yes, the Wellie Wishers are perfect little sisters for AG dolls 😉

What do you think of the Wellie Wishers? Are any of them on your WISHlist? (Haha, get it? XD) 

Have a great day everyone! And I hope to start posting more soon! :)

~Jaclynn~

Masquerade ~Part 16

Whoo! First off, sorry for disappearing for so long! I needed it to be shady out back to take these pictures and, well, I was getting up too late and then getting tired too early, so I kept missing the shade… XD

Okay, now on with what you’ve all been waiting for! 😀


News of Jeremiah’s death came as quite a shock to me. When I asked Edmund about it, he said he suspected it was Frederic who murdered him. Believing that Edmund didn’t have a hand in it and that in fact, he had been honest with me before, I let him out. And now here we were, looking at Jeremiah’s tombstone.


“Are you alright, Liesel?” Edmund asked with concern.


“Yes, I’m fine. We didn’t love one another in the least. Though I am sorry that this all happened.” I replied.


“Do you think Frederic will come after you now?” I asked him.

“He may, but I think I can get him first.” He said.

 
“You won’t kill him, will you?” I questioned. 

“No, not at all. I’m not like them.”


I let out a sigh of relief and looked to the distance. “I feel at peace now. I feel – free. Like I can live as I please. I can be happy now.” I said in a faint whisper.


“I can understand that. I feel much the same way.” Edmund agreed.


Edmund stepped closer to me and gently lifted my hand into his and said, “This can be a fresh start for us.”


“Now that you’re unmarried, the kingdom needs to be secure. The people will expect you to marry again before long.” He said, a gleam in his eye. I felt my heartbeat quicken as he spoke.


“Yes, I suppose so.” I said, trying to hide my smile.


“I’d be honored if you would ever consider choosing me, Liesel.” He said, holding both of my hands now.


I just smiled and hugged him, feeling safe and secure in his arms. “I more than consider you, Edmund. I choose you.

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Okay guys. Finale is next. Are ya’ll excited or sad? ;D

~Jaclynn~

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