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Work in Progress…


Sometimes I feel like my whole life is a “work in progress”…

Almost every time I come back to this blog, I am apologizing for not writing enough. To who, though? Myself, I guess. I need to combat my chronic laziness. I want to write all the time, but just don’t get around to it, unfortunately.

Update on my life: 

Back in February 2017, my partner, Jay, broke his leg after slipping on ice during a bad snow storm. He was also diagnosed just recently with severe arthritis in his hip which was probably caused by a previous injury years ago, so with that and his leg he won’t be able to go back to work for a quite a bit still.

I’ve been working a lot lately, and as usual am exhausted everyday. My current task at work is trying to get Margaret Atwood in for a book signing of the Handmaid’s Tale – woo! I will let you all know how that goes. If you’ve been watching the new series that has been created around The Handmaid’s Tale, I’d love to know what you think. I really think it is amazing and a must read/watch!

Speaking of Atwood, I’ve been consuming a lot more literature lately, which is really helping me to de-stress. I’m on an Atwood kick at the moment, but I’ve also been reading Eckhart Tolle and HP Lovecraft, as well as other stuff. What have you been reading? 

Over Spring Break in March, I was lucky enough to read lots of great children’s stories to different groups of kids that came in to the store. It made me miss teaching pre-school and so I have decided that I am going to develop a YouTube channel where I host a story time for children. It will be called, “Storytime with Miss Nikki”. Please let me know what you think of this!

Until next time …



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Working on a Commercial Shoot

Sorry for not writing in forever. I have been concentrating on my Doll Blog. I will try to pop in here more often!

I had a very special experience recently, and I have been super busy and quite exhausted so haven’t gotten around to writing about it until now.

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I was asked to work as a ‘doll stylist’ on a commercial shoot for American Girl and Wellie Wishers dolls. I had to stay on set for almost 14 hours each day, making sure that the dolls that were featured in the commercial looked beautiful.


I had to ensure that their hair and clothes were looking wonderful for the camera. It was a very cool experience! The commercials will probably not be on the air until 2017. I will let you know if I get any more information on where to watch the commercials when they are released!


After speaking with some other people on set, I found out I could work on Barbie, Monster High, Cabbage Patch, and other commercials that require doll styling. I really think that would be a great job! Have you ever worked on a commercial set? What did you enjoy most about it?

(Cross Posted to Miss Nikki’s Dolls)

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Don’t Want to Know What You Really See

I had a rough few days this past week, but the clouds have lifted a bit, and I’m starting to feel a tad better. If you are going through a stormy patch with your anxiety or depression, or just generally having an unpleasant day, here are some tips to help you feel better. They worked for me, and I hope they will work for you as well. 🙂

1. Listen to your favorite “happy” music. I know it can be tempting when we are down to listen to melancholy music. Misery loves company, right? Well, if you really want to get out of that funk, you have to listen to something more positive. For me, it’s “Let’s Have a Kiki” by the Scizzor Sisters, or “Gangnam Style” by Psy, because frankly, that song and video is just hilarious.

2. Watch a comedy. Make sure it’s a comedy you are into, and not something you will think is asinine, causing you to get angry and throw your remote at the TV. You want to be happy, remember!?

3. Find a cute, fuzzy animal to cuddle with. Pet the fuzzy animal and say “Aww!” You will instantly feel better. Probably. Unless it bites you, which I hope it does not. 🙂 Also, petting animals, or spending time with animals has been shown in studies to calm people suffering from anxiety.

4. Maybe your sister or brother in law needs some time to themselves – offer to take your adorable niece or nephew out to the park while the parents go off on a date or shopping together.  Sometimes kids say the most random, hilarious things, and I know that always cheers me up!

5. Breathing Techniques: I was taught a lot of different breathing techniques to calm myself over the years, but the one I find works best for me is breathing in through the nose for 7 seconds, and out through the mouth for 7 seconds. You count the seconds while breathing and really focus on your breath. This takes you away from whatever else you are thinking about, and it can be done anywhere, even at work!

However, do not write sad, depressing poetry reminiscent of your teenage years, such as I did the other day. Here’s mine:

Thoughts untold 
Nobody can trust you
And it’s starting to get old. 
Tried to redeem yourself for all the pain
But some of them think
You can’t really change


Have a nice day! 😛

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