Lillian’s Top 9 Ways To Stay Healthy

Hey, everyone! I decided to do an informative blog post on staying healthy.  Here’s a blog post that relates: http://lilliandarnell.com/2017/01/10/beauty-in-you/. I hope you enjoy!

Food

  1. Eat fruit at least 3 times a day. Dried apricot, pear, and apple are all ideal fruit. If you don’t like fruit you should at least drink a little fruit juice. It always helps if you have a variety of fruit to eat. I eat strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple when available. I also eat a lot of apples (which is anti-inflammatory) and pear (which is semi anti-inflammatory).
  2. Eat vegetables at least 3 times a day as well. Broccoli, carrot, and cucumber are good choices for vegetables. If you don’t like vegetables, try to drink vegetable juice. I eat carrot, broccoli, cucumber (if available), and beets (if available).

Exercise

  1. Yoga is a great way to stretch your body. Yoga can help you with almost any kind of pain. Do yoga at least 3 days a week. I try to do yoga twice a week.
  2. Swimming is an awesome and fun summer exercise to do. Swimming is a great way to cool off and get plenty exercise. Do swimming at least every other day except on weekends (really it’s up to you) while the pool is open. I try to go almost every day in the summer excluding weekends.
  3. Dancing is a good every day exercise you can do. Dancing can help your muscles get stronger. Do dancing at least once a week. I dance at least once a month.
  4. Walking is a great everyday exercise you can do. Walking is a great way to take in nature. Do walking 3 times a week or more (really it should be up to you). I try to go for walks once a week or more.
  5. Running is a fantastic every day exercise you can do. Running can help your leg muscles get a lot stronger. Do running at least 3 times a week or more (it’s up to you really). I try to run at least once a week.

Drinks

  1. Juice can be a great alternative to water sometimes. Drink at least one cup of not from concrete juice a day. For me, I prefer to have one cup of juice (with water) a day when available. It is also a great help for slushies (in the summer or anytime you eat them).
  2. Drink at least 2 cups of room temperature spring water a day. Water can be used to make a flavorless slushie as well. For me though, I prefer to have 2 cups of water every day.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post!

Bartlett Pears

Why Trees Sparkle with Water

Hey, everyone! On February 13th, I saw the trees sparkle with melted snow and it inspired me to write this story. Here are some other stories: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/02/02/how-rain-came-to-be-natures-glitter/http://lilliandarnell.com/2016/07/20/a-happy-world/,  and http://lilliandarnell.com/2017/03/09/angel-island/. I hope you enjoy!

Once long ago, there lived a family of trees in a faraway land of Tree Land. The trees names were Pine, Cherry, Apple, and Fire (also known as Delphine). They all lived happily in their home which was called the Palace of Fruit. One day,  an invitation arrived at the Palace of Fruit.

The invitation had said that the Ice King was having a tree ball to find the perfect tree for him to decorate. After the family of trees read the invitation, they knew that they had to have the most beautiful dress ever.

So Cherry and Apple went to Fashionable Blooms Store to look for a gorgeous dress. Meanwhile, Pine and Fire went to Fairytale Blossoms Store for a pretty dress. Cherry and Apple realized that they were in the wrong store so they went to Fairytale Blossoms Store instead.

While Cherry and Apple were at Fairytale Blossoms Store, Pine and Fire also had realized that they had been in the wrong store. So Pine and Fire went to Fashionable Blooms Store instead.

Cherry and Apple found a gorgeous sparkly dress aisle made from ice and snow all made from the Ice King. Cherry found a stunning glittery pink dress while Apple found an identical dress except it was a beautiful neon red color.

Pine and Fire found a flaming nutty dress aisle made from pinecones and fires made by the Fire King and Pine King. Fire found a flaming hot red dress while Pine found a pointy brown pine needle dress. Of course, Fire thought it looked a little dull so Fire sprinkled a bit of pinecone dust with glitter on it.

After Cherry and Apple paid for their dresses, they headed to Tree Lane. As they left, Fire and Pine paid for their dresses and they headed to Tree Lane as well to meet up at Olive’s Treet Diner to eat a celebratory meal together.

At the diner, the family of trees chose a peppermint bark salad with a lemon flavored fruit as a side. The family of trees talked about their dresses and Pine & Fire had admitted that they didn’t care about the Ice King. They did care for Pine King and Fire King who also happened to have a ball the same night.

So the family of trees split up for that big night but the big night wasn’t until the end of the month. The month flew by and the big night came, the family of trees got ready together but they split up so they could go to their balls.

That night when the Ice King saw Cherry and Apple in their stunning dresses, he asked to have an icy tree dance with them both separately. Of course, when the ball came to an end, the Ice King couldn’t decide who to decorate so he chose both Cherry and Apple.

Naturally Apple and Cherry were very surprised when he announced that Apple and Cherry were to live and be decorated at his home. Apple and Cherry glanced at each other wondering if Pine and Fire were having the same reaction at their ball.

Meanwhile, when the Fire King and Pine King saw Pine and Fire, the Fire King asked to have a flaming tree dance with Fire while the Pine King asked to have a pointy tree dance with Pine. When the ball was over, Fire King announced that Fire got to stay with him. While the Pine King announced that Pine got to stay with him.

Fire and Pine asked if they could go tell Apple and Cherry the good news. The Fire King and Pine King both agreed. Meanwhile Apple and Cherry were heading to Cherry’s Treat Palace so they could tell the good news to Cherry and Apple.

Fire and Pine had already been at Cherry’s Treat Palace for an hour when Apple and Cherry showed up. Once Cherry and Apple sat down, Cherry and Apple announced that they get to be decorated and stay with the Ice King.

After Cherry and Apple said their news, Fire announced her news and Pine also shared her news. They congratulated each other and went on their way. So if you see any trees sparkling with water, that is Cherry or Apple.

A bare tree with snow in the background.

A bare tree with snow in the background.

Amazing Nature Party: Who The Special Guests Were

Hey, everyone! This is part 7 of the Amazing Nature Party series. In this part of the series, you’ll find the answers to the questions asked in Part 6. I hope you enjoy!

The party leader and the party guests added more expressions to help the special guests feel welcome, impressed, and have fun.

The people who were willing to give the Nature Party a try were a nymph, a sprite named Daisy,  a countess named Lavender, a king named Miles, a queen named Lila, and a superhero named Abby the Magnificent.

The party guests were very gratified and honored to have a king, nymph, countess, and superhero to be at the party. Here’s what Daisy said, “What a blooming party, this should happen every day!”. The nymph said, “What a beautiful party about nature!”

Miles said, “This is such an extravaganza! As King and wife to Lila, I would like to politely request that this nature party happens every day.” The party guests cheered happily at the demand.

Lila said, “I very much agree with Miles and everyone else at this party. As Queen and wife of Miles, I would also like to cordially ask that this nature party goes on every day.”

Everyone again applauded and cheered at the request and agreement. Abby said, “This is the most adventurous party I’ve ever seen in ages. I’ve also brought someone back with me you might like to see again.”

As soon as Abby said those words, the nature Fairy; her unicorn, and the Fairy Queen came out from beneath the tree. The Nature party guests as well as the Nature Party leader applauded cheerfully.

The Nature Fairy said, “Is there a wish I can grant all of you?” and the party guests, as well as the special guests, said, “Yes, the wish is that the nature party lasts more than a day and night.”

At those words, the Nature fairy summoned her mother who is the Fairy Queen to help her grant the wish. And so, that’s how nature gets along so well to this day.

That’s the end of the Amazing Nature Party series. I hope you enjoyed the series!

Thanksgiving Story

Hey, everyone! You are about to enter a Thanksgiving edition story. I hope you enjoy!

Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful young girl named Winter Rose. She lived in the country by the ocean with her family and friends.

One day, when Winter was playing one of her friends told her that Thanksgiving was coming. Winter was very puzzled and asked, “What’s Thanksgiving?”.

So all of her friends told what Thanksgiving was, it’s history, cause, and its meaning. Once her friends finished, Winter said, “Thank you. Who will I celebrate Thanksgiving with?”.

Her friends told her that Winter and her family could celebrate with them. On Thanksgiving, her friends wrote what they are grateful and thankful. Winter joined in by writing that she grateful and thankful for her family and friends.

That night before Winter left, she said, “Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Holidays!”. After Winter and her family left, Winter wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving with her friends again next year. That’s the end of the story!

Annual Chromosome 18p- Conference 2017

Hey, everyone! This blog post is a summary of what I did at the Chromosome 18p- conference. I hope you enjoy reading this blog post. In case you’re wondering, the links are Thomas’, Camilla’s, Team TLC’s blogs, and Chromosome 18’s website.

July 11th, 2017: 

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Borrowed from Camilla                                                         On the airplane waiting to take off.

 

We woke up early that morning to get to the airport and go through security. I went up the stairs to get to the flights while Camilla and Thomas went up the escalator. We got on the airplane right on time thankfully. Sadly, one of the plane engines wouldn’t start. We got to see a beautiful sunrise while we were sitting on the plane waiting for them to fix the plane engine. After the beautiful sunrise, the plane lifted off the ground.

We sat on the plane for about 3 ½ hours and watched clouds. I played a few offline games on my tablet.  I also finished a Hawaiian magazine while on the plane. I got Fritos® chips and honey roasted peanuts which I ate along with honey roasted cashews, apricots, and cereal. To go with that snack, I got some apple juice and water which I drank during the flight.

I also tried to see Lake Michigan when we were about to land but it was too cloudy for that. When we got off the plane in Chicago Midway International Airport, we walked to an elevator and got off on the ground level of the airport.

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Waiting for our hotel room.                                Borrowed from Camilla

Camilla found our luggage and then we used a Lyft taxi to get us to Naperville’s Chicago Marriott where we met a few 18q and 18p- friends in the lobby while waiting to get a hotel room. Once we went up to our hotel room, we started unpacking and ate our lunch/snack that Camilla got us from The Artisan Table (the restaurant that’s in the hotel).

After settling in, I went down to the lobby with Thomas to see if any of my 18p- and 18q- friends were there. Camilla came down a little after I went up to tell her that it was almost dinner time. Camilla ran into several of her friends. I ran into a lot of friends at that time including Katie Baker. We took the Marriot shuttle down to Downtown Naperville to have dinner at an Irish pub named Quigley’s.

Once we got back from Quigley’s, I went up to the hotel room to put some things away. After that, I got a little lost trying to find the pool so I sat down and texted Camilla to find out. Although that wasn’t much help, I found the pool much to my luck. Just out the window, I could see a thunderstorm forming.

After we were done checking out the pool, Camilla and I sat on the hotel’s deck outside the hotel’s main entrances when it starting raining. After a few hours sitting there, we headed up to the room to get ready to go to bed.  I also let Macy Miller (a 18p- friend of mine) know that I was at the hotel and going to bed.

July 12th, 2017:

I woke up around 8:00 am and wondered where I was for a second. I remembered shortly after 2 seconds that I was in Naperville.  I wondered where Camilla was. So I messaged Camilla where she was and she had been out on the hotel deck and was right outside hotel room door. I accidentally woke Thomas up while I took a quick bath and watched a thunderstorm while messaging Macy.

I found out that Macy was already in Indiana. After the storm blew away, I prepared to go down to the lobby to see if any friends were there. I managed to catch Rebecca Parker on the elevator. We ate lunch at the Artisan Table. I went up to the room to relax some and check updates from Macy before going down with Camilla to run a quick trip to the bank.

When we got back, we ran into Macy and her family. I went up to the room to relax for a second before heading straight down to the lobby to hang out with Macy.  I hung out with Macy a little more before going with her parents to get registered and shortly, Camilla and I went in to get name tags and hung out with Macy when she came out of the registry room. I stayed down in the lobby with Macy until right before dinner when I went up the elevator to get my sunglasses and quickly went back down to Macy, her family, Camilla, and Thomas.

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Macy & I                                                                                                                                        Borrowed from Camilla

Gorgeous clouds in Naperville.                                                                                                                                                                                Taken by me

We went out to dinner with Macy and her family at Bricks Wood Fired Pizza. We saw Katie Baker and Rebecca Parker there as well. We spent an hour there waiting for everyone to finish eating including myself.  Once we got back, we went back in the registry room for the silent auction. After the silent auction was over, I hung out with Macy in the registry room.

Macy wanted to know where the pool was so she could go swimming. So Macy got her parents’ permission so I could show Macy where the pool was. As Macy and I headed out of the registry room, we ran into some of Camilla’s friends. I helped Macy make friends while we walked to the pool entrance.

Once I showed Macy the pool, we headed back to the registry room so Macy could get permission to go swimming. Macy and I went to our hotel rooms to get our swimsuits on. I was one second late but I made it on time.

After Macy soaked her feet a little and dried off, she went up to her hotel room with her parents. I was drying off when she said good night to me. I went outside on the hotel deck with Camilla after drying off. After being outside for an hour, I went up to our hotel room to get ready for bed and go to sleep.

July 13th, 2017:

When I woke up, I once again wondered where Camilla was. This time, she had stayed on the hotel deck outside. I went down to her and I sat in an outdoor chair for 3 to 4 hours before going up to the room again until lunch.

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Thomas with friends                                                                                                              Borrowed from Camilla

The registry served lunch and after I finished eating, I hung out with Macy for a half hour until Macy went out for bowling and pizza.  After that, I hung around with some friends didn’t want to go. Camilla and I also had a quick walk around the outside of the hotel. I also hung out at the pool.

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Me with flowers                       Borrowed from Camilla

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Me again with same flowers.                                     Borrowed from Camilla

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Me and Camilla with a few of the same flowers.                               Borrowed from Camilla

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A beautiful flower.                    Borrowed from Camilla

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A beautiful flower.                     Borrowed from Camilla

Macy had already gone to bed by the time I came out of the pool. I went to sleep shortly after midnight.

July 14th, 2017:

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Camilla with a friend’s dog.                                            Taken by a friends’ sister.

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Me with Camilla’s friend. Borrowed from Camilla

I woke up and went down to the lobby to sit out on the hotel deck before it got too warm out. After I sat out there, I went up to the room to get 2 books to read on the couch before checking the time to wait for Macy. The registry provided/served lunch again.

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Thomas playing the piano with his friends.                                                                               Taken by Camilla’s friend

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Thomas with his friend and me with Macy.                                                                   Borrowed from Camilla

After lunch, I hung out with Macy a little before she went to the self-advocate room.  I kept reading until Macy came back out and we hung out. We also went out to dinner at Jason’s Deli. After dinner, I hung out with Macy and her father. I also watched them play Monopoly Deal.

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Thomas in the Jacuzzi                                                                                                                                                          Borrowed from Camilla

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Me with a few friends.                                              Taken by Camilla’s friend

Rebecca came by and wanted to play Monopoly Deal. I sat there for 3 straight hours before pointing out the time. So I went up to the room to get ready for bed and go to sleep.

July 15th, 2017:

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Me and some friends.                                                                                                                   Taken by Camilla’s friend

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Me, a friend, Camilla, and Chris Ulmer.                                                                                   Taken by a friend

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Me with Chris Ulmer.                                                                                                                    Taken by Camilla

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Camilla with a few of her friends.                                   Taken by Camilla’s friend

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Camilla with one of her friends.                                     Taken by Camilla’s friend

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18p- Group Picture.                                                                                                                                  Not sure who took the photo

I slept in late but managed to get down to the lobby before lunch. Again we went with Macy and her family to Jason’s Deli. After lunch, we separated ways for a little bit. During that time, I met Chris Ulmer and he interviewed me. Shortly after that interview, Camilla and I went up to the room to get ready for the group picture and the dance with the dinner. Camilla didn’t have time to style my hair before the group picture. I accidentally put on a too tight dress but didn’t have time to change into a more comfortable dress. After the group picture, Camilla and I went up to the hotel room so I could change into a more comfortable dress. Camilla styled my hair to look pretty. After I finished getting ready, I headed down to the lobby to see if Macy was there. I was about to get back on the elevator to ride up to go to the restroom when Macy got off the elevator and I made the decision to go to the closest restroom in the lobby instead. Macy and I chatted for a few minutes.

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Macy and I.                                                                             Borrowed from Camilla

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Macy and I.                                         Taken by Camilla’s friend

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Me, Macy, and a friend.                                               Taken by Camilla’s friend

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Camilla with a few friends.                                             Taken by a friend.

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Me with one of Camilla’s friends.                            Taken by Camilla’s friend

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Camilla with a friend.                                                                                                               Taken by a friend

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Camilla. me, and Chris Ulmer.                                                                            Taken by a friend

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Me with Camilla.                                          Taken by a friend

Macy went up to ask her parents if they felt like playing Monopoly Deal. Of course, I watched. A few hours later, Macy headed up to the room with her parents so her parents could get ready. A few minutes later though, Macy came back down and she suggested we take a walk on a few hotel room floors. So we walked around on the 2nd and 3rd floor until Rebecca messaged me asking where I was. Macy and I headed back down to the lobby to the ballroom for dinner. We took our seats and many friends took pictures of us while we waited for dinner to come. After I finished dinner, I went on the dance floor for a little bit before heading to the restroom. I came back and was ready to dance more. Here are a few of the songs that played: Let It Go, We Are Family and Y.M.C.A. We danced for 3 hours straight while Macy went to bed 1 hour into the dancing. So Macy and I said our goodbyes. I was tired and could barely move or hear when the dance finally ended. So I got ready for bed and went to sleep.

July 16th, 2017: 

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Me and Thomas at the Riverwalk                               Borrowed from Camilla

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Me.                                                     Taken by Camilla

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Me, Camilla, and Thomas

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Thomas in front of a tree.                                                  Taken by Camilla

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Thomas.                                               Taken by Camilla

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I woke up late so I ended up having brunch. After I took a quick shower, we waited for the Marriott shuttle to take us near the Naperville Riverwalk. After we finished exploring, 2017 Chromosome 18 Conference 7.16.17 #40we went back to the hotel to wait for Lyft to come pick us up and drop us off at the Chicago Midway Airport. After we went through security which was pretty quick, we 2017 Chromosome 18 Conference 7.16.17 #432017 Chromosome 18 Conference 7.16.17 #472017 Chromosome 18 Conference 7.16.17 #45found a spot to stand while the airplane was being prepared to board a lot of people on including us. We got on the plane and waited for the plane to take off. Once, we 2017 Chromosome 18 Conference 7.16.17 #46lifted off I once again got honey roasted peanuts and had them with cereal and cashews. I also got a cup of apple juice. Camilla and Thomas took a nap while I watched the gorgeous sunset. After a while, I could see Reno’s highway. A few moments later we landed.

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Thomas

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Me.

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I went down the steps while Camilla and Thomas went down the escalator. We then found our luggage. After that, we headed out to our car to drive home. Once we got home, I dug out the most need items from my bag. I went to sleep in my very own bed peacefully.

More links:

http://theteamtlc.com/

https://www.chromosome18.org/

Mandala Legend With History

Hey, everyone! You are about to enter a historical story about a mandala. I hope you enjoy!

Once upon a time, there lived a mandala who lived alone. One day, the mandala went for a walk. The mandala came along a little hole with golden light shining through. The mandala thought,”What is that golden light?”.

So the mandala decided to take a peek. The mandala was very surprised that inside the hole was an another mandala living alone. Furthermore, that mandala used sunlight to help bring peace to his home.

She noticed the other mandala looking around the small room and thought,”Goodness me, I didn’t see anyone peeking through the sunlight.” Even so, she invited the mandala in and she noticed the mandala enjoying the sunlight as well. So if you ever see a mandala in the sunlight, that could have been a distant relative of the mandala.

Here is some history about mandalas:

The word “mandala” is Sanskrit for “circle.” According to Mandala artist Charles Gilchrist, creator of “Sacred Geometry,” a wandering guru may have brought the first meditation mandalas to Tibet in about the eighth century. Mandalas have been found across the Far East, and Native Americans symbolism is based on the “sacred hoop.” Mandalas are considered to be of Eastern origin, but it would be difficult, if not impossible, to find any civilization without some awareness of the circle’s symbolism and the potential for spiritual self-examination.

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Mandala

Reference:

http://peopleof.oureverydaylife.com/history-mandala-7424.html

 

Fairy Shadows

Hey, everyone! You are about to read another part of the Fairyland series. I hope you enjoy!

Once, there was a girl who dreamed of shadows in Fairyland. Her name was Lilliana. She was curious why the shadows were orange, pink, and many other colors. In Fairyland, the shadows were very pretty and very stylish.

One day, she decided to live in Fairyland. So she packed everything she thought was necessary. After she was done packing, she headed to Fairyland.

When she arrived, she began observing the colorful shadows. After a while, she went to ask the Shadow fairy why the shadows were colored. The Shadow fairy said,”I was experimenting with shadows. Everyone seemed to like the colorful shadows. So I left it that way.”

Lilliana said, “That’s amazing. Do you mind if I live in Fairyland?”Absolutely!” said the Shadow fairy. So Lilliana thanked the Shadow fairy and went on her way.

Lilliana met a fairy named Samantha and they became the best of friends. Samantha actucally referred Lilliana to Amal and Jessica. Lilliana said,”It’s nice to meet you, Jessica & Amal.”

Jessica and Samantha visited Lilliana a lot after that day. When Lilliana got to her preferred age, she started wanting Amal to visit with Lilliana. At first, she wanted Amal to come with Jessica and Samantha.

But after a while, Lilliana wanted Amal to come alone. As they visited more frequently, their friendship blossomed into love. One day, they went to the Fairyland telescope so Lilliana could see her home on earth. 

Lilliana was surprised at how much the place changed. Lilliana yearned to go back. So Lilliana became the Sun Fairy and Lilliana could visit the Earth when she wished to. 

Amal asked, “Will you marry me?”Of course, she said Yes. So they got engaged. After a year, they planned a wedding. On June 21, they got married.

From this day forward, you can see them flying happily across the sky. Amal is the sky fairy. Sarah and Jessica worked as a spring and summer fairy. 

The End! 

I hope you enjoyed the story!

Fairyland

Books I Recommend: A Minty Mess by Helen Perelman

Hey, everyone! This is my 56th book recommendation. I hope you enjoy! Also, in case your wondering the blue link are amazon affiliates. (It means we earn a few cents from what you paid for the book).

1. A Minty Mess by Helen Perelman

2. Jelly Bean Jumble by Helen Perelman

3. The Coconut Clue by Helen Perelman

4. Taffy Trouble by Helen Perelman

5. Sweet Secrets by Helen Perelman

6. Werewolves Don’t Run for President by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones

7. The Rainbow Opal by Paula Harrison

8. The Ice Diamond by Paula Harrison

9. Horrible Harry and the Battle of the Bugs by Suzy Kline

10. Taking Wing by Nancy Price Graff

11. Marie-Grace and the Orphans by Sarah Masters Buckley

12. Meet Marie-Grace by Sarah Masters Buckley

13. A Shiloh Christmas by Phillips Reynolds Naylor

14. The Tiger, the Brahman, and The Jackal by M. J. York

15. Paint It by Mari Bolte

16. The Sea Tiger by Victoria Turnbull

17. A Very Personal Computer by Justine Rendal

18. Tales From Watership Down by Richard Adams

19. Before You Were Born by Howard Schwartz

20. Three Magic Balloons by Paul Margulies

21. The Trouble with Henry by Deborah O’Neal

22. Little America by Richard Evelyn Byrd

23. The Chocolate Dreams by Helen Perelman

24. Presenting Buffalo Bill by Candace Fleming

25. The Mystery of the Singing Ghost by Gertrude Chandler Warner

26. What I Really Want to do is Direct by Trudi Trueit

27. Journey to the Blue Moon by Rebecca Rupp

28. The Magic Paintbrush by Laurence Yep

29. The Dogs Of Winter by Bobbie Pyron

30. A Whale of a Tale by Debbie Dadey

31. The Genie in the Book by Cindy Trumbore

32. Alone by Admiral Richard E. Byrd

33.  Because of Thursday by Patricia Polacco

34. The Bear Report by Thyra Heder

35. The Great Doughnut Parade by Rebecca Bond

36. Colorado by Barbara A. Somervill

37. Illinois by Michael Burgan

38. Indiana by Darlene R. Stille

39. Iowa by Jean F. Blashfield

40. Nebraska by Ann Heinrichs

41. The Luminous Pearl by Betty L. Torre

42. Little Hands Celebrate America! by Jill Frankel Hauser

43. Polar Bear, Arctic Hare by Eileen Spinelli

44. Art by Heather Alexander

45. You’re Here For A Reason by Nancy Tillman

46. The Treehouse by Marije Tolman and Ronald Tolman

47. The Encyclopedia of Crystals, Herbs, and New Age Elements by Adams Media

48. All Hail The Queen by Erica David

49. Treasure by Tennant Redbank

50. The Book by Keith Houston

51. Four Mice Deep In The Jungle by Geronimo Stilton

52. The Karate Mouse by Geronimo Stilton

53. Neversink by Barry Wolverton

54. Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes

55. Philippa Fisher and the Dream-Maker’s Daughter by Liz Kessler

56. Trixie the Halloween Fairy by Daisy Meadows

57. Annabelle the Drawing Fairy by Daisy Meadows

58. The People and Culture of the Blackfeet by Kris Rickard and Raymond Bial

A Christmas Story

Hey, everyone! You’re about to read a Christmas story. I hope you enjoy!

Once there was a Christmas angel named Holly. Holly wanted to find a way to make Christmas more memorable than ever.

So Holly set out to do some research. She found that the only way to do that was to put a sprig of holly in doorways.

After Holly spruced up some holly, she went to her friend Mistletoe. Holly told her about her idea and Mistletoe suggested that she transform holly into mistletoe.

Mistletoe said that she’d help with mistletoe. Holly came up with another idea and she said let’s wait until Christmas Eve to do it.

Holly told Mistletoe the plan. The plan was for Mistletoe to stand behind Holly and when Holly gave the signal Mistletoe would change the holly into mistletoe.

Mistletoe agreed to the plan. On Christmas Eve, Holly and Mistletoe tested their magic.

After they tested their magic, they announced that Christmas would never again be the same.

Mistletoe and Holly prepared for the trick fast. By the time, they were prepared everyone was there.

So Mistletoe was standing behind Holly. Holly aimed her hand toward the holly. Holly gave the secret signal to Mistletoe.

When Mistletoe got the signal, she immediately transformed all the hollies into mistletoe.

The people who watched clapped in amazement. Little did they know, the mistletoe and holly was magical.

The people went back to their Christmas celebration. The Christmas spirit was stronger than before.

To this day, you can feel the Christmas spirit presence.

That’s the end of my Christmas story. I hope you enjoyed the story.

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Merry Christmas!

Books I Recommend: Crane by Jeff Stone

Hey, everyone! This is my 54th book recommendation. I hope you enjoy!

1. Crane by Jeff Stone

2. Genie in a Bottle by Sarah Mlynowski

3. Night of the Ninth Dragon by Mary Pope Osborne

4. Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow! by Nancy Krulik

5. Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamra Ellis Smith

6. O Come, All Ye Faithful by David Christiana

7. Karate Katie by Nancy Krulik

8. Get Into Gear, Stilton! by Geronimo Stilton

9. Waggit’s Tale by Peter Howe

10. Waggit Again by Peter Howe

11. Christmas by Natalie M. Rosinsky

12. Christmas in England by Cheryl L. Enderlein

13.  The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

14. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

15. Christmas by Arlene Erlbach

16. Celebrate Christmas with Carols, Presents, and Peace by Deborah Heiligman

17. Christmas in Australia by Ellen Hughes

18. Christmas in Russia by World Book Inc.

19. Victorian Christmas by Bobbie Kalman and Barbara Bedell

20. Cam Jansen and the Scary Snake Mystery by David A. Adler

21. Truth with a Capital T by Bethany Hegedus

22. Cam Jansen and the Sports Day Mysteries by David A. Adler

23. Cam Jansen and the Green School Mystery by David A. Adler

24. My Life as a Cartoonist by Janet Tashjian

25. Christmas USA by Mary D. Lankford

26. The Kingfisher Book of Classic Christmas Stories by Ian Whybrow

29. Fright Night by Geronimo Stilton

30. Wish Upon a Starfish by Debbie Dadey

31. Dragon by Jeff Stone

32. Chickadee by Louise Erdrich

33. Bakers on Board by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk

34. Mouse by Jeff Stone

35. Ruffleclaw by Cornelia Funke

36. Emma and the Blue Genie by Cornelia Funke

37. The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick

38. The Art and Life of Roy Lightenstein by Susan Goldman Rubin

39. Las Posadas by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith

40. Happy New Year, Beni by Jane Breskin Zalben

41. Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

42. Snake by Jeff Stone

43. Looking at Paintings by National Gallery Company Limited

44. Marilyn Monroe by Lisa Owings

45. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

46. Stranded In Boringsville by Catherine Bateson

47. A Fairy’s Gift by Kiki Thorpe

48. The Shimmering Stone by Paula Harrison

49. Honey by Sarah Weeks

50. The Friend by Sarah Stewart

51. Eight Winter Nights by Laura Krauss Melmed

52. The Little Match Girl by Christine San José

53. Washington, D.C. by Blake Hoena

54. My Life With Nature by Joseph Cornell

55. The Dreidel That Wouldn’t Spin by Martha Seif Simpson

56. How To Draw Fish by Justin Lee

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