Emily in Paradise: Part 4


Hey everybody!! Welcome back, again! 😂


I spent the day at the beach with my family and a few friends. I snorkeled the coral reef with my GoPro as well, which was amazing! Afterwards, we headed over to Aquaventure again to get in some action.


A sea turtle!! Sorry it’s a but hard to see
The view of our hotel tower from the water


Sea turtle!!
Me snorkleling! The water was so clear that I probably didn’t even need to snorkel, but it was super cool!


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Which photo was your favorite? Should I try to find some photos of the slides? 


Emily in Paradise: Part 3

greetingIt’s me again (obviously, who else would it be? XD)!

Welcome to Day 3 of Emily in Paradise!


what I did today

Guess what, guys?
I swam with dolphins again today!!

This is my third time swimming with dolphins in my life, and I’m so excited! Dolphins are my absolute favorite animal (and I’ve always kind of been an animal nerd, XD) ❤

Our dolphin’s name was Cosmo, and I did a 90 minute snorkel and interaction with him. It was an such amazing experience to swim and hug the dolphin! I also got to (kind of) ride Cosmo (see the video at the bottom)!

After my 90 minutes of dolphin heaven, we walked over to Aquaventure again, where I finally braved the Leap of Faith! Okay… my dad pushed me onto it… but still!

After a fun time with the water slides and a large amount of chlorine water in my eyes, nose, and throat, we met up with some friends for dinner. 🙂

photos and videos

A sailboat in Nassau harbor- photo taken off my balcony

tail flukes

How can you not love this face?! 😍
The story behind Dolphin Cay


Sorry for the bad video quality… if you can’t see it well, I’m the blob in the water getting towed around by the dolphin, XD

Awwwwhhh ❤️




See you all tomorrow!

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Aren’t dolphins so utterly amazing? *squeals*


Emily in Paradise: Part 2


Hey everybody! Welcome back!


what I did today

After eating breakfast, we headed down to Aquaventure for the first time. There’s a building at the center of the water park that launches most of the water slides off of it. We started off by doing that, and it was so fun! I screamed really loud, and apparently after I went down, my brother said, “Wow, she sounds like a cheesy horror movie scream” XD

Let’s read some descriptions of the slides, shall we?

Leap of Faith (the one I screamed the loudest on, XD):

The Leap of Faith slide offers a daring and adventurous 60-foot almost-vertical drop from the top of the world-famous and iconic Mayan Temple. The body slide propels riders at a tremendous speed through a clear acrylic tunnel submerged in a shark-filled lagoon.

The Abyss (my favorite one!!):
Beginning with a staggering 50-foot near vertical drop through complete darkness within the Power Tower, this thrilling 200-foot-long body slide ends as guests splash through waterfalls and into The Cenote – an underground lair of prehistoric alligator gars and fish.

The Surge (my favorite inner tube slide)

Starting at the top level of the 120-foot Power Tower, this inner tube ride features a camel back drop into a cavern, then quickly twists and turns downwards into white-water rapids caused by a flash flood.

Source: atlantisbahamas.com

Sounds fun, right? XD

After a long day of the water park, we headed over to the beach- which is every bit as stunning as the promo photos!

On the way back to our hotel (the Reef tower), we stopped by the turtle and ray lagoons.


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Which photo was your favorite? Would you be brave enough to go down those slides?


Emily in Paradise: Part 1


What’s up, friends? 🙂
Welcome to the beginning of my long-ish-awaited Bahamas blog series! I’m starting off today with a shorter intruductory post. Enjoy!

Well, let’s get to it!!


I’m so excited and blessed to be able to take this trip! We’re staying on Paradise Island, at Atlantis, which takes up the majority of the island. Here’s a little teaser:


Photos from the Atlantis website- atlantisbahamas.com

So, what am I going to do on this blog series?

  1. Swim with dolphins-twice! I’m doing a deep water snorkel and a shallow water interaction. Dolphin Cay (the large lagoon where the dolphins are kept and trained) has an interesting story behind it which will be shared in a later post.
  2. Go to the resort’s amazing waterpark! Aquaventure has 11 pools, a mile-long rapids river, and many thrilling waterslides!

Aquaventure, Atlantis Paradise Island’s water park, is a one-of-a-kind, 141-acre waterscape. This non-stop aquatic playground features over twenty million gallons of water, magnificient Atlantean-themed towers housing high-speed water slides, a mile-long river ride with rolling rapids and wave surges, 20 swimming areas, a spectacular kids water-play fort and 11 refreshing swimming pools. Aquaventure is a lush, tropical environment that is both immersive and interconnected, and perfect for all vacationers, whether young and older. The water park offers an extreme level of excitement and delivers an “aqua” adventure unlike any other.

3. See the stunning beaches, of course! And snorkel with my GoPro

4. Atlantis is home to the largest marine habitat in the world- I’ll definitely be seeing that! The aquarium is spread out through the whole resort.

Before getting a first look at Paradise Island, vacationers may not realize the incredible opportunity they’ll have to explore the extraordinary collection of marine habitats and marine exhibits—lagoons, caves, coral formations and breathtaking underwater ruins are designed to showcase exotic marine life ranging from sharks to rays, barracuda, piranha, eels and even endangered alligator gar. Atlantis, Paradise Island is home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world… encompassing 14 lagoons, eight million gallons of ocean water and more than 50,000 aquatic animals representing over 250 marine species.

…to name a few things 🙂

what did I do today?

Our flight was delayed so instead of getting there at around 5 or 6 pm, we got there at midnight. We checked into the hotel at about 1 am. Tomorrow, we plan to head to the water park and hopefully the beach 🙂


I’m so excited for tomorrow’s adventure!

See you then!


An Emergency- Please Pray for me!!

Hi friends,

Sorry for the ugly, graphic-less post, haha

I just wanted to do a quick post and ask you all to keep us in your prayers. There is a large fire right next to our house. It’s also raining ash. Our car is stuck a few blocks away and we’re kinda panicking, and I just saw 4 fire trucks and police cars go past my house. My mom just talked to the officer, and he said to prepare to evacuate. I”mm at home now, but if the fire spreads we are going to leave.

I’ll try to get some photos later. There’s an mandatory evacuation now, so we’ll be leaving soon.

Thank you everyone. I’ll go back to my normal blog post schedule soon. 🙂 ❤


Hey everyone! We’re back at home and the fire is out for now!! All the fire trucks came in from different counties and are now clearing the brush. Here are the photos from yesterday and today:

Sorry for the bad video/audio quality- there were a ton of helicopters and trucks

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Sorry for the bad photo quality, I had to take it on my mom’s iPhone, XD
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the plane spraying the fire retardant

This is the photo from today of the damage:
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Thank you all for your prayers! The fire is out and we’re back home! There are a few smoky areas where they are air lifting water but other than that, we’re good! ❤


May Recap//June Goals//Bible Inspiration


June is finally here! I really can’t believe it, haha!

May’s been a really important and busy moth for me. I’m excited to share the best parts of May as well as some things to look forward to in June!


posts last month

  1. Portfolio Add-ons
  2. Trip Photography (mountains/desert)
  3. Birthday Highlights
  4. Recent Photography// What I’ve Been Up To Lately

My most successful post was…

Birthday Highlights- with 73 views, 17 likes, and 37 comments

Half of the comments are from me though, XD

My most popular photo was apparently this one:

highlights from last month

  1. Lots of design orders from Syd + Em studios!
  2. My birthday!
  3. Lots and lots of photos
  4. Starting a new bullet journal!!
  5. Making aesthetic boards, XD
  6. 50 followers- thanks, everyone!
  7. Clara’s 400 follower giveaway for fonts/clipart– have you entered? 🙂
  8. My new blog design!
  9. More of my friends started their own blogs:

Simply Avalon

Liv Life

Sun+ Sea + Everything In Between

Middle School Psychology

posts planned for June

  1. My Bahamas blog series- 6 parts with a serious amount of photos: here’s a teaser: eminparadise1
  2. Meet the Bunny (or bunnies!!) – I’m going to get a bunny soon (or maybe two, if I can convince my dad)! Expect a *very fluffy* photoshoot with it (or them)
  3. More tags and awards
  4. Calligraphy collab with Syd- we better start working on it, I announced it a month ago…
  5. Possibly a review on my new bullet journal!

june goals

  1. Procrastinate less- even though it’s summer, I still have to do math/reading over the summer (that’s probably what I should be doing now… XD)
  2. Bullet journal more!
  3. Design lots of blogs!

favorite bible verses for this month




I just love those verses ❤

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What are your plans/goals for June? What did you do in May? Which post and verse was your favorite? Are you excited for my new posts?




Recent Photography//What I’ve Been Up To Lately

hey there!!

How is everyone? I hope you’re having spectacular days!

Today I have photos from a recent trip to the lake and to a small museum close to the beach. Enjoy!


I had to lie on my stomach on the dock to get this one. The things I do for cool photos!!



A pretty cactus flower at the little museum


Well, that’s all! I hope you liked them! Which one was your favorite?

highlights from the lake

  1. Kayaking with Sydney
  2. Eating yummy pizza and watching Black Panther 🙂
  3. Making aesthetic boards! We had so much fun doing it (and now we’re slightly obsessed with them). Here’s mine:
    my aesthetic

(all photos were either found online or on Pinterest)


  1. I have again changed my blog design! Right now I’m headed for a coastal theme. As of now, I’ve only changed my header but the sidebar widgets/ blog button will be changed soon.
  2. I’ve decided to do a full blog series (6 parts) for the Bahamas trip (rather than doing 1 or 2 posts randomly). It’ll be coming up soon!
  3. Two other friends of mine have also started blogs!

The Sun, Sea, and Everything Between

Middle School Psychology

That’s all! See you soon! *waves*


Birthday Highlights!

hello everyone!!

May has been extremely busy this far, so I haven’t been able to post as much I’d like to.

But, I really wanted to do a birthday highlights post since it was my birthday last weekend!

Well, then, here are some photos I took that I loved!

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Annual birthday nails 🙂   They were much brighter in person, though
Boba tea with Sydney! We didn’t really go because of my birthday, but I still love this photo! (credit to Syd)
We had pineapples as table decorations! I painted the stems blue and coral (it was really, really hard, and also it was very windy)! We also made watermelon popsicles, which you can see in the background.
Aren’t these too cute? We had to hot glue the blueberry-eye onto the dolphin/banana, though 😀
My beautiful cake!! Photos don’t really do it justice, but it was still amazing!


These awesome mermaid tail cookies! So beautiful, and tasted delicious ❤
A few of my favorite gifts! Thank you, everyone!

More highlights:

  1. Kayaking with some friends
  2. My parents are letting me rescue a BUNNY!!! My lovely bunny, Cocoa, recently passed away. 😦
  3. So many sweet gifts from my friends and family! The cards were beautiful, too (the gold one with the sun was from Sydney)!

And… the grand finale…



Wait for it…

A surprise trip to the Bahamas! Oh my word, I am so excited! Thank you so, so much Mom and Dad ❤


  1. A little praise report: Sydney and I were able to pass our Junior Lifeguard swim tests!! I was absolutely exhausted, though, haha
  2. My lovely friends Avalon and Olivia just started blogs! Here’s the link to them:

    Simply Avalon: simplyavalon20.wordpress.com

    Liv Life: livlife4.wordpress.com

    Two other friends of mine are going to start blogging, too, but I don’t have the links quite yet (I’ll probably link them in on my next post)

  3. We’ve just finished designing Rhiana’s website! Here’s the link to that:

Marshmallow Harmonies

And, a link to our design site if you haven’t seen it yet (which I seriously doubt, but here it is 🙂 )

Syd + Em Studios: sydandem.wordpress.com

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Have an awesome week, my friends!

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Trip Photography: Mountains + Desert

Hello, friends ❤

May is finally here! It’s a busy month for me (I had to have a few days off of blogging).

This is some of my photography from a couple recent trips to my science camp and a family vacation to Palm Springs. Enjoy! ❤

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It was snowing on the drive to camp, so I was taking photos out of the sun roof of the car, XD

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A campfire (you can see the sparks a little bit)


That’s it from camp! I hope you liked them!

Highlights from camp:

  1. Snow!!! It doesn’t snow here so it’s a big deal for me, XD
  2. The “amazing” food…
  3. Writing a parody about camp (to the tune of “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz) and then performing it on our ukuleles
  4. Zip lines + high ropes course

These next photos are from Palm Springs on our recent trip.

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Feeding the giraffe!! Photo credit to my mom
I really liked the tiles on the stairs at the hotel


Video credit to my brother, Blake, of the cheetahs running. That’s me at the far right 🙂


Highlights from Palm Springs:

  1. The resort pool, complete with waterslides and a lazy river 🙂
  2. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, with Sydney and Tyson (you were probably wondering why there were random photos of animals in there). My favorite thing from there was probably feeding the giraffe(s? is that the plural of giraffe?) #StandTallForGiraffe
  3. The 110º weather (if you cannot tell, I’m being sarcastic)
  4. Shopping at the outlets!

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A photo from the hotel. Probably my favorite photo ❤

Highlights from Palm Springs:

  1. The resort pool, complete with water slides and a lazy river 🙂
  2. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, with Sydney and Tyson (you were probably wondering why there were random photos of animals in there). My favorite thing from there was probably feeding the giraffe(s? is that the plural of giraffe?) #StandTallForGiraffe
  3. The 110º weather (if you cannot tell, I’m being sarcastic)
  4. Shopping at the outlets!

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Also, happy late National Prayer Day! I’m praying that all of you know that you’re loved and that you will have an awesome week! ❤

And… Star Wars Day 🙂 I was at camp during Star Wars Day, but a few people who didn’t go drove over to Disneyland to do the whole Star Wars thing that they put on this year.

Oh yeah… and my birthday! Yay!!

Syd and I are still working on that calligraphy post… hopefully it will be out soon!

Enough rambling, Em! Well, I hope you all have a magnificent week!

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Portfolio Add-Ons

hello there!

How is everyone? I hope you’re having a fantastic day!

Today I’m going to be showcasing a few of my portfolio add-ons!

I didn’t have enough photos to do an individual full post on these trips, but I still wanted to share them with you all. Anyway, enjoy!

This puppy belonged to the building on the property. So cute ❤
flowers at the top of the hill
I love this one! ❤
This one was a little grainy, but it’s still a cool shot

Doheny Beach

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I’ll be adding to my portfolio every week or so, so be sure to check back there!

A few announcements for this week:

  1. Hopefully a calligraphy/brush lettering collab with Sydney
  2. Photos from a few recent trips (mountains and desert)
  3. More awards (hopefully I’ll finish them… for now, XD)
  4. My birthday (yay!)
  5. National Prayer Day- May 3
  6. Have you guys checked out the new graphic design site yet? 🙂

Syd + Em Designs

Well, that’s all for now 🙂

Have a lovely week ❤

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