Award Time! (four of them, to be exact )


How’re you doing? I haven’t done any awards lately, and they’re starting to pile up on me! So it looks like it’s…

award time! yay!

Let’s get right to it, then…

Wait! One thing- I don’t have enough people to nominate for all of the tags! So I’m going to be nominating 1 or 2 people each.

Ok! Now we’re good 🙂

Let’s start off with the Awesome Blogger Award. I was actually nominated by 2 people – my brother Blake from Oh The Places I Go, and Hannah from 21 Century Fangirl. Thanks, guys!!


This is going to be a bit confusing because now I have two sets of questions to answer! Just to make it easier on all of us, I’m just going to do half of each.


From Hannah:

1. What is your favourite flavour of ice cream?

Mint chocolate chip all the way 🙂

2. What TV series are you currently watching?

I just finished A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix

(Fun fact: I got my Series of Unfortunate Events books signed by the author last year)

3. Do you enjoy travelling?

YES!! I would do it all the time if I could

4. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Umm… both? Depends on who I’m with XD

5. Do you prefer movies or books?

Also depends…

The books that they make movies out of are always better though

From Blake:

  1. If you could be trapped in a book, which one would it be?

Harry Potter probably

2. Would you rather live in a mansion, or a penthouse?

Mansion (I’m a tiny bit afraid of heights)

3. Do you play any instrument?

Yep! Piano, ukulele, guitar, and flute.

4. _ook. What do you see first?

Book 🙂

5. What is your favorite book?

I can’t answer this question. I love too many books!

Nominee (just 1 this time):

Liz @ Home With  Hummingbirds

I’ve been really excited for this one: the Who is God to you tag. Thanks a million, Carol (Peeking Through a Kaleidoscope), for nominating me!



  1. Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their blog or website.
  2. Nominate five 2 for above reasons- bloggers to do the Who Is God To you? Tag.
  3. Answer the five questions and give five new questions for the people you nominated to answer. If you want, you can use the same five questions as the last person. Yeah, I’m going to use the questions Carol answered.
  4. Display the Who Is God To You? picture in your blog post.


1) Who is God to you? 

God is my Creator, my Heavenly Father, and so much more who I both love and fear. He is always with us, sad, angry, happy, or otherwise. He loves us unconditionally. God will comfort you and me, and help us with even our everyday struggles.

I’m His favorite, and so are you. 🙂

I could go on and on for hours, but I only have so much space 🙂

2) Which book of the Bible is your favorite?

Esther. I like the narrative books and Esther’s story is so encouraging

3) What was a defining moment in your life as a Christian?

I can’t really decide… God is always helping me to trust in Him more.

4) Who is your favorite Bible character and why?

Carol has a good point. Of course it’s Jesus! Other than Him, Esther again

5) What is your favorite worship song and why?

I can’t decide! I love Hollyn, though 🙂


  1. Beth @ Brokenly Beautiful
  2. Blake @ Oh, the places I go

Third on the list is the Unique Blogger Award! Thanks Sydney for nominating me for this!



1. Answer all the questions asked by the blogger who nominated you

2. Share the link of the blogger who nominated you

3. Nominate 8-13 bloggers for this award

4. Provide 3 questions for your nominees

Ok, I can do that 🙂

Sydney’s Questions:

  1. fave movie? Ugh I can’t decide XD!
  2. what is the first blog you followed? I first followed Sydney’s blog before I started blogging. The first blog I followed when I started blogging was Clara & Co. (one of my favorite blogs)
  3. do you like boba/bubble tea? OF COURSE, GIRL! Syd and I get boba tea together almost every week. XD


  1. Arabella @ Sparks of Ara
  2. Starling

Questions for you:

  1. What book would you recommend to me if you only had a minute to answer?
  2. Any pets? (so original, right?)
  3. What color are you wearing right now?

The very last award is the Versatile Blogger award. Thank you, Liz, for nominating me!



The Versatile Blogger Award was created to feature and recognize blogs that have unique content, high quality of writing, and fantastic photos. As the web-page about the Versatile Blogger Award says – “Honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.”


1- Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog. (thanks again Liz!)
2- Include the banner in your post.
3- Tag it under #versatilebloggeraward in the Reader.
4- Tell 7 things about yourself. What are some fun facts about yourself?
5- Keep up with the chain and nominate 10-15 bloggers for this award.

Well, ok! Here is a little bit about me:

  1. I currently have 5 pets. Boo (short for Bula) my awesome (and fluffy!) Labradoodle, Inky and Malibu are my kitties, and Ska is my brother’s milk snake (it’s actually pretty cute! except when I went into my bathroom in the middle of the night just to see it crawling up the wall…)
  2. I have a Canon EOS 5D camera
  3. I love to surf! You might have known that already, but it’s true!
  4. I’ve been swimming a lot lately because I have Junior Lifeguard tryouts soon (with Sydney!)
  5. I love calligraphy and hope to be posting about that soon
  6. Today when I was walking my dog a giant hawk swooped down right over my head (I can be so random sometimes!)
  7. Right now, as I’m typing this, I’m listening to the song “Spies”, by Coldplay (What’s with all the randomness today?)


Blake @ Oh the places I go

Tyson @ The homeschooled hip-hopper

Phew! Feels good to finish all of those! XD I still have a few more to do though…

Yeah, sometimes I don’t like to do awards because they feel too much like chain letters, but it’s fun sometimes!

Little announcement for ya:  I’ve just reached 30 followers!! I’d also like to congratulate my friend Sydney on 100 followers!

I’d also like to announce the long- procrastinated awaited Syd + Em Studios website!! We’ve been working on it ever since we started Syd + Em and are pretty proud of it! Please check it out here:


Ok, now I’m done 🙂

Have a great rest of your day!

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Recent Photos – Butterflies, Flowers, and More

hello lovelies!

I hope you all enjoy my photography, because I have even more of it 🙂

We were at the LA Natural History Museum for the free homeschool day, and, being the camera obsessed girl I am, I thought I would try my luck at some butterfly photos in the Butterfly Pavilion. Halfway through the tour of the butterflies, I got distracted, so here are some of the flower pics I took, too. 🙂



Bananas! Looks really tropical (which I love!)
a passion fruit flower, probably the coolest looking flower you can find around here! also passion fruit is amazing!
my little brother found this amazing butterfly hanging around (literally!)


Butterflies are such a blessing from God ❤

I hope you enjoyed! What did you think of my photos?

Also, I’m hoping to post some awards/tags soon! I’m really excited for a couple of them, especially 🙂

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Victoria Beach Photography

hello friends!

I hope you’re all having amazing days!

If you know me (or read my about page 🙂 ), you know that I love the beach and try to go there as often as I can!  Today we went down Victoria Beach in Laguna. It’s such a beautiful place and the water is so green! Of course, the main attraction is the old fairy-tale-ish tower on the beach (which is closed off now, but you can go inside a little bit). So withought further ramblings introductions, enjoy some more of my beach photos!

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The water was so, so beautiful today! Hard to believe it was raining this morning! And there’s Catalina Island on the left. 
This was probably the closest I’ve gotten to a seagull (without it trying to steal my food)
Random fence that I liked XD
A full view of the tower

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That’s moi! Photo credit to my mom (again 🙂 )

Once again, I hope you enjoyed! Which one was your favorite?

I hope you have a great rest of your week!

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Random Photography: Aliso Canyon and Moss Cove

❤ Hello Everyone ❤

How have you all been lately? I’ve been taking so much photography that I had to group it all together in this post! Well, here goes!

These first pictures are from Moss Cove, Laguna Beach. Even though it was really high tide, I still got some nice photos! Enjoy!


Thank you, Mom, for taking this beautiful photo of me! It took a while because we had to take it when I was in the air! XD



That’s it from Moss Cove. I hope you enjoyed it!

Now onto Aliso Canyon! The other day, we went on a small hike into the canyon during sunset. Our hike turned into a photo shoot, and there were some really nice pictures. Here they are:



It was so windy! My hair is so crazy

Thanks to Syd for taking these pics! While we were doing this impromptu photo shoot, I took a few photos of her. She’ll be posting them on her blog soon (if she hasn’t yet XD).

Well, I hope you enjoyed my photos! If you want to see more from Moss Cove, please check out Artistically Emily, my portfolio blog. Another little random thing I’d like to mention is my first month blogiversary! It does not feel like it’s been a month! So far, I have 20 followers (as of when I’m posting this), and I’ve stared a graphic design studio! Wow, not bad, huh?

Well, that’s it for now! I hope all of you have a lovely week ❤

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Rancho Las Lomas

hey there, lovelies ❤

I’m back with more photography!! Today it’s from Rancho Las Lomas, a wedding venue/ zoo (kinda). They’ve got zebras, a white tiger, foxes, birds, and lots more. Sadly, I didn’t get good pictures of the zebras or tiger… but enjoy these!




I love foxes so much! This is the best picture I could get because of the bars… They were running around and barking (so that’s what the fox says… pardon the puns…)
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A cute old-fashioned phonebooth. Photo credit to Syd (again XD)

Hope you enjoyed my random photography! Have you ever heard of this place? What did you think of it? I’d love to hear from you ❤

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CA Citrus Park Photography

Hey there, everybody ❤

I wanted to share some of my photography from today’s field trip! This time, we went to the California Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside. It’s acres and acres and acres and… well, you get the idea, of citrus groves. They’re so beautiful (and smell AMAZING)! Well, here are some photos!


I love these palm trees! If you look at the tops, they kind of look like a smiley face 🙂
Me walking through the trees! Photo credit to Syd

Hope you enjoyed my photography! I hope you’ll check out Syd’s blog for more photos of this trip.

Also, Sydney and I have started a little graphic design business. Everything is free because we just love to make graphics! Here are a couple links if you want to order a design:

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Well that’s it for now! Hope you enjoyed!!

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Poppy Fields!

Hey there!

We’re on Easter Break right now, so I thought it would be fun to head down to San Diego for some photography. The Carlsbad Poppy fields are in bloom right now, and they are SO, SO, pretty! Here are some pics:



Other than that, we’ve been having some fun surfing and some other fun stuff! What have you been doing lately? Are you on Easter break right now? I’d love to hear from you in the comments ❤

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Happy Easter!



Just wanted to do a short post to wish everybody a happy Resurrection Day (and April fools, too, I guess)! I hope you have a great day! We’re heading over to the family farm today for a little family reunion. What are you going to do today? I’d love to hear about it!Screen Shot 2018-04-03 at 1.14.25 PM