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March 3, 2021

DORK DIARIES BOOK 7 – POP QUIZ!!

Hi Everyone! Can you believe that it’s ALREADY March 1st!

Of course, the beginning of a new month also means a new Book of the Month. 

For the next few weeks we’ll be focusing on my MARCH diary: 

DORK DIARIES BOOK 7: TALES FROM A NOT-SO GLAM TV STAR 

Are you a SUPERFAN and think you know this book inside and out?!  GREAT!! 

We can find out if you really are with this fun Dork Diaries Book 7 POP QUIZ below!  

And, get this!! The top scorers will earn a virtual award AND the prestigious title of SUPERFAN!  

But, if you haven’t read Book 7 yet (or read it quite a while ago), today is your lucky day! You can READ a free EXCERPT of Book 7 below and THEN take our POP QUIZ!! 

I have also included an exciting review of Dork Diaries Book 7 by our Superfan, Lemonerdy. 

The AMAZING is that she also talks about HER real live personal experience on a REALITY TV show when she was younger. You can check out her video below. 

So, we have A LOT of exciting stuff for you today!!   

1)   A Super fun Dork Diaries Book 7 POP QUIZ      

2)   An Excerpt From Dork Diaries Book 7 (that will also help you on the POP QUIZ!) 

3)   An exciting video review of Dork Diaries Book 7

Links to all of our fun material are below!!  ENJOY!!

March 1, 2021

March Calendar: Springtime Walk

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February 27, 2021

I NEED TO MAKE SOME MONEY!

Dear Brandon,
I really need your advice. My BFF’s birthday is coming up next month and I REALLY want to surprise her with something she’s been wanting forever—a deluxe recording studio kit that will allow her to play and record her own songs. She’s an AWESOME singer and songwriter, and her dream is to win a Grammy award one day. The problem is that the equipment costs $400!!! I don’t want to get her a cheap version—she’s been talking about this specific kit for years. How can I possibly earn $400 in just 6 weeks, so she can start to launch her music career???

From,
Dollarless Dork

Hey Dollarless Dork,

First, I want to say it’s so awesome that you’re supportive of your BFF’s goals and dreams!

Second, I feel you on the money problems. I’d love to get my crush a really cool expensive gift, but it’s just not in the cards. I mean, I’m still in middle school, and even if people would hire me at a part-time job at my age, my grandparents wouldn’t let me work. They say I should concentrate on my grades, my photography, my band, and helping out with Fuzzy Friends.

But hey…wait a minute. Now that I think about it, maybe I could use my personal skills to earn money after all! I could offer to take photos of people with their pets. Or set up my drum set in the garage and offer lessons to little kids (at a distance, of course, until this pandemic gets under control).

Do you have any personal hobbies that you could use to score some cash? Think about it.

In the meantime, here are a few other ideas:

  1. Ask your parents about taking on more responsibility in exchange for payment. NOTE: this has gotta be more than regular things they expect you to do (aka, don’t expect $10 a day for making your bed or taking out the trash). You could do all the household laundry, do a SUPER GOOD job of cleaning the bathrooms (yup, toilet and all), or basically anything your parents usually do. You could wash the outside and clean the inside of their car. (You could also offer up a foot massage at $5 per 20 minutes, but depending on your parent’s foot odor, that might be too stinky of an option. ☺)
  2. Are there any dogs in your neighborhood? If so, offer a 30 minute walk for $5. If you walked 3 dogs twice a day, that would be $150 bucks a week (and that’s not even including weekends). You’d have enough money within 3 weeks! (Just don’t forget to take poop bags).
  3. Are you crafty? My friend Nikki came up with this idea: ask your parents to make a small investment, so you can buy some bracelet supplies. You could use beads or string, and customize them to however people at your school want them. You could even get those letter beads to spell out their favorite sports team or inspiring phrase. Create an order form with options and people can get their own, one-of-a-kind bracelet. You can take pictures of samples with a phone and email all your relatives to see if they’ll order some, too. (Don’t forget to pay your parents back).
  4. Find an alternative gift. I know, I know, this option is NO fun. But here’s the thing: your BFF will love whatever you get her for her birthday. It’s amazing of you to want to buy her dream present, but I’m 100% certain that she doesn’t expect you to do that. Ready for some serious cheesiness? The biggest gift of all is your friendship. Yep, I said it. But really, even as you try to earn the money, it might not hurt to come up with a few other ideas too. Here’s one: get her a few awesome How-To books or biographies of her FAV music artists, so she can study up on how serious musicians started their careers! 

How about all of you readers? Have you ever needed to make some cash fast, or wanted to buy a gift that you couldn’t afford? What did you do about it? Tell us all about it in the comments.

February 25, 2021

Ask a Question!: Zoey’s Dorky Details

Great news!  By popular demand, we’ll soon have another NEW and EXCITING installment of…

 ZOEY’S DORKY DETAILS!: DISHING THE DAILY DRAMA

However, FIRST, we need YOU to submit the BURNING QUESTIONS that you’re just DYING to ask Zoey!   

Based on the 40,000 votes we received from you earlier this month, the next book she’ll be “Dishing the Drama” on is: 

Zoey will be answering questions about Dork Diaries Book 12 as well as general Dorky questions (NOT related to a specific book). 

She’ll select 20 of YOUR questions and answer them in her video that will be posted on Monday, March 8th

Her answers to your questions will be real and accurate.  If she doesn’t know the answer, she’ll ask ME. 

And, if I don’t know the answer, she’ll ask Rachel and Nikki Russell, the author and illustrator of Dork Diaries!        

Please submit your questions on the two topics mentioned above in the comments section below. 

I’d also like to thank our SUPERFAN, Noelle, for her very cool work on our Zoey’s Dorky Details videos! 

February 23, 2021

PUZZLEPALOOZA!!

IT’S A FUN  SNOWMAN PUZZLEPALOOZA!!

I hope everyone is staying WARM!!  
My area has had TWO snow blizzards in the past week!  
Brianna and I have been stuck inside the house all week, and we’re going NUTZ!!  

So, my Mom suggested that we do a craft project to get our minds off all of the snow.    Like how could I get my mind off EIGHT inches of snow that literally has us TRAPPED inside our homes!!  


I just wanted to be on a warm, sunny beach somewhere.  ANYWHERE!   That’s when I decided to take lemons and make lemonade. 

Brianna and I bundled up in our winter coats, hats, mittens, and boots. Then, we grabbed a dozen beach toys from a storage box in the garage and trudged out into the snow!!  We had a BLAST creating a really cool, life-sized CRAFT project right in our own backyard!   When we were finished, OUR snow family was having FUN in the SUN, SURF, and SNOW!! 

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE 😀!!!  I was back in the house warming up with a cup of hot chocolate with extra marshmallows when I came up with another COOL idea.  


I decided to find some CUTE snowmen online that reminded me of each of my friends 😀! And, my FRENEMY, too ☹!  I thought these photos would be fun to share with YOU!!  But, there is a TWIST!!… I DECIDED TO TURN THE PHOTOS INTO PUZZLES!!   SO TODAY IS OFFICIALLY…


PUZZLEPALOOZA  on Dork Diaries!!  


And, if you like it, maybe we’ll do this once a month!  Below are links to six cool snowmen photo puzzles that you have to put together to see.     Since some of you are pretty good at puzzles, I have TWO levels. Level 1 is easy and Level 2 is intermediate.  For our next Puzzlepalooza, I might include an advanced Level 3.  Just select a snowman from the list below and click on the link. Then put the puzzle pieces together to see the SNOWMAN that I selected for each of my friends.    To be honest, I’m not that into puzzles, but this was surprisingly FUN!  


PUZZLE HINT: The CORRECT puzzle pieces will lock into place and stay attached to each other!  Please let me know in the comments section below what you think of my new Puzzlepalooza idea and if you enjoyed doing these puzzles.  Also, let me know which Snowman was your absolute FAVORITE! 


 CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO GET STARTED:   

1) BRANDON’S SNOWMAN
HINT:  Looks Like Puppy Love! 

LooksLikePuppyLove   Level 1

LooksLikePuppyLove    Level 2 

 2)  MACKENZIE’S SNOWMAN 
HINT:  Lip Gloss and Glam!! 

LipGlossAndGlam    Level 1

LipGlossAndGlam    Level 2 

 3)  ZOEY’S SNOWMAN 
HINT: Sweet Snow Bunny! 

SweetSnowBunny   Level 1    

SweetSnowBunny  Level 2  


4)  CHLOE’S SNOWMAN 
HINT: Chloe and Her Lil ‘Bro! 

ChloeAndHerLilBro   Level 1

ChloeAndHerLilBro   Level 2

  
5)   BRIANA’S SNOWMAN 
 HINT:  KAY-RAY-ZEE Kid! 

KayRayZeeKid   Level 1

KayRayZeeKid   Level 2

  6) NIKKI’S SNOWMAN (Yes, I picked out one for ME, too!) 

 HINT:  Precious Polar Bear Babies!  

PreciousPolarBabies   Level 1

PreciousPolarBabies  Level 2

February 20, 2021

Miss Your Friends? Plan a Virtual Party!

How To Have a Super Fun Virtual PJ Party In 8 Easy Steps!  Part 2 

Today on Ask Nikki, I am posting PART 2 of my advice column about how to spend time with friends during the COVID pandemic.   

Here is the original letter that I received from a group of friends DYING to hang out together:    

Dear Nikki, 

Since the pandemic, I haven’t been able to hang out with my best friends for what seems like FOREVER!  

We all miss each other and are totally MISERABLE :-(!   

To make matters worse, our parents have decided that we shouldn’t spend time together in person until the COVID situation is under control.      

Do you have any ideas for how we can hang out with each other and laugh and have fun like we used to?

BROKENHEARTED, BITTER, AND BORED BFFs! 
(Kiara, Amy, Olivia, Emily, Sofia, Ava, and Imani)

Dear BROKENHEARTED, BITTER, AND BORED BFFs, 

YES, I have SO MANY IDEAS for you that today I’m posting a Part 2 to finish answering your question!  

Part 2 will include Steps 5, 6, 7, and 8.  I will also be sharing two NEW videos from a group of friends that had a real virtual party online. 

Below is just a quick summary of the first FOUR steps that I covered in Part 1.  You can read that entire column in more detail here (*insert link to Part 1*).  

HOW TO HAVE A SUPER FUN VIRTUAL PJ PARTY IN 8 EASY STEPS!  

Step 1)  Make a List of Friends You Plan to Invite To Your Virtual PJ Party

Step 2)  Select A Video Conferencing Service For Your Party

Step 3)  Select a Date and Time and Send Out Party Invites 

Step 4)  Choose Fun Games and Activities That Can Be Played Online

and here are the final FOUR steps!…

Step 5)  It’s a PJ Party!  So Have Fun Wearing Your Favorite PJs

Hey, it’s a PJ party!  So, everyone can wear their favorite pajamas even though it’s a virtual party.  

You can also wear a T-shirt and leggings or a hoody and sweatpants.  Just wear your favorite, super-comfortable outfit.  

A fun activity would be a virtual fashion show complete with snobby, over-the-top commentary.  

You can take turns describing a friend’s outfit or each person can describe their own. 

Step 6)  Plan a Menu That Includes Several Yummy Snacks    

Everyone LOVES snacks!  The yummy food is probably the best thing about parties. But, because your event is virtual, each party guest will need to plan for snacks ahead of time. 

For salty snacks, you can have popcorn, chips, pretzels, or trail mix.  For sweet snacks try cookies, cupcakes, ice cream, or candy.  

Guests can also eat whatever healthy snacks are in their kitchen like fruit, veggies, nuts, cheese, or juice.                           

Our superfan, Lemonery, had all of her guests buy a frozen pizza.  Then, they all cooked and ate hot, cheesy pizza during their party!  YUM!!

Step 7)  Make a Schedule to Keep Things Moving

Your party can be 90 minutes, two hours, or slightly longer.  However, to keep things fun and entertaining, make a schedule of events.  

It should list all of your games, activities, and snacks and include how long you plan to do each one and the order.  

You can start your party with a fun game to break the ice or you may want a yummy snack right away.  It’s totally up to you. 

Trying to stay on a strict schedule can feel like pressure, so just go with the flow. 

Step 8)  Enjoy Spending Time With Your Friends!       

For the past year, most of us have not been able to spend much time with our friends.  

It’s YOUR party, so just chillax and enjoy the fun!  

As long as everyone is talking, laughing, and having a blast hanging out together, your virtual PJ party will be a HUGE success!  

CONGRATULATIONS:-)!! 

Our superfan, Lemonerdy, had a virtual party and with five BFFs!  Check out the two new videos below of them having fun doing our “Dork Maker” and  “Which Dork Diaries Character Are You?!” activities online.

Dork Maker Game

Which Dork Diaries Character Are You? 

Do you have additional advice or suggestions for how to make the BEST virtual party EVER?   QUIRKY QUESTION:  If you could have a virtual party with any FIVE famous people (fictional or real) as guests, who would you choose?  Post your GUEST WISH LIST in the comments section below.      

February 17, 2021

Miss Your Friends? Plan a Virtual Party!

How To Have a Super Fun Virtual PJ Party In 8 Easy Steps!

Today on Ask Nikki, I decided to tackle a really important question that I’ve probably been asked a hundred times since the COVID Pandemic began.

With many schools moving to virtual classrooms and everyone practicing social distancing, almost ALL of us are missing our FRIENDS. 

WARNING!  This column is kind of long, but it has lots of great info, including a real virtual PJ Party.  

Dear Nikki, 

Since the pandemic, I haven’t been able to hang out with my best friends for what seems like FOREVER!  

We all miss each other and are totally MISERABLE ☹!   

To make matters worse, our parents have decided that we shouldn’t spend time together in person until the COVID situation is under control.      

Do you have any ideas for how we can hang out with each other and laugh and have fun like we used to?

BROKENHEARTED, BITTER, AND BORED BFFs! 
(Kiara, Amy, Olivia, Emily, Sofia, Emma, Ava and Imani)

Dear BROKENHEARTED, BITTER, AND BORED BFFs, 

Yes, I have a FANTASTIC idea for how you and your BFFs can spend time with each other and laugh and have fun just like you used to before COVID! 

Actually, I have SO MANY ideas, that I’m dividing this advice column into PART 1 that I’ll post today and PART 2 that I’ll post Saturday on Ask Brandon.

The PERFECT way to safely hang out with your BFFs and have a BLAST while you’re doing it is to follow my advice about:  

HOW TO HAVE A SUPER FUN VIRTUAL PJ PARTY IN 8 EASY STEPS!   

Our superfan, LemonNerdy, actually took MY advice and had her own virtual PJ Party a few weeks ago.  

She invited five of her best friends and they had a BLAST!!  The BEST part is that she has agreed to share several live videos from HER party! 

You can meet all of LemonNerdy’s very cool friends and watch them hang out together a bit later in this column.           

But FIRST, let’s start by planning YOUR VIRTUAL PJ PARTY!…  

HOW TO HAVE A SUPER FUN VIRTUAL PJ PARTY IN 8 EASY STEPS!   

Step 1)  Make a List of Friends You Plan to Invite To Your Virtual PJ Party

Making a guest list is always the exciting part of planning a party!  

To start, determine the number of people you want to invite.  You can have a small party with 2 to 3 friends or a larger party with 4 to 6 friends. Keep in mind that the more people you invite, the more work it’s going to be to keep everyone entertained and feeling included at a virtual party.  

When creating your list, consider your closest friends first since you’ll enjoy hanging out with the most. My personal list for a small party would definitely include my BFFs, Zoey and Chloe!   

Step 2)  Select A Video Conferencing Service For Your Party

Be sure to ask your parents for permission to use a video conferencing service for your party.  If your parent(s) work from home, they might already have an account that you can use  Otherwise, your parent can sign-up for one in their name that you can use.  

Zoom is probably the most popular service.  It’s also totally FREE for the first 40 minutes!  However, using the FREE service means that you and your friends might have to log out and then log back in every 40 minutes for however long your party lasts.   

Step 3)  Select a Date and Time and Send Out Party Invites 

Like a real PJ party, the ideal time is a Friday or Saturday evening.  While a real PJ party is a sleepover that goes on for hours, an online one probably shouldn’t last longer than two hours.  Guests may get bored after a while since it’s a virtual party.  

There are several ways you can send out invites for your party.  First, you can buy or make your own paper invites and mail them through your local post office. However, be sure to mail the invites 12 to 14 days before your party so that they get delivered in time. 

The second option is to send invites to your friends by email. It can be as simple as a short letter or include a cute invitation.  

The third way is to use a free online invitation service like “Evites,” which has an assortment of fun invitations that can be personalized with your party details.  

Be sure to include your name and the date and time for your virtual PJ party along with any special instructions for activities.  And, most importantly, don’t forget to provide a link to your party on the video conferencing service you’ll be using.    

Step 4)  Choose Some Fun Games and Activities That Can Be Played Online

Games are fun and a huge part of any party!  Since your PJ party is virtual, interactive games like “Two Lies and A Truth” and “Truth or Dare” will be a BLAST!!   A virtual karaoke or dance contest would be an exciting activity as well.  You can also vote on awards for Best Singer, Best Dancer, Best Song, Best Celeb Impression, and Cutest Costume.  Try finding cool games and activities online that can be played on a cell phone during your party.    

Our superfan, Eden, had a virtual PJ Party and with five BFFs!  One of her favorite party activities was answering questions from our Dork Diaries book called, “OMG! All About Me Diary!”  

Check out the two videos below of LemonNerdy and her friends having fun answering OMG! Diary questions.  You can watch Part 1 and Part 2 below!:

OMG! Questions Part 1

OMG! Questions Part 2

I hope you enjoyed the first half of my advice column, “How To Have a Super Fun Virtual PJ Party In 8 Easy Steps!” 

I will post the SECOND HALF which will include Steps 5, 6, 7, and 8 this Saturday.  So, check back to find out the final FOUR steps in planning the PERFECT virtual PJ Party! 

Do you miss hanging out with YOUR friends?  If so, why not start planning YOUR virtual PJ Party right now!  I would LOVE to see your Party Guest List (first names only please!)  and TWO fun Games and/or Activities that you’d pick for your party. Please post everything in the comments section below.  Even if you don’t actually have a party, it would still be really fun to plan one, right?!         

February 13, 2021

Visit Salon Brianna! Video

Hi everyone!  It’s Nikki here, and I want to start by thanking Brandon for allowing me to take over his blog post today.  

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO ALL OF MY DORK DIARIES SUPER FANS!!  

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE 😀 !!!

I have a special video that I’m DYING to share with you.   

It’s super-cute and super-funny, and features my February diary:   

DORK DIARIES BOOK 6: TALES FROM A NOT-SO-HAPPY HEARTBREAKER

The video is about that KAY-RAY-ZEE scene where I visit SALON BRIANNA!   

And, Miss Bri-Bri, the famous “Hairstylist-To-the-Stars,” has a horrific accident with my hair AND..well, just watch the video!

I would like to thank Brooke at Studio B and her ADORABLE little sister for making this HILARIOUS video!!  

OMG!  These very talented girls are PERFECT as Brianna and me.  Just click on the link below to see the Youtube video: 

What did you like BEST about this Salon Brianna video? If YOU could make a VIDEO to be featured on this website, which Dork Diaries BOOK and SCENE would you recreate, and which CHARACTER would YOU portray?  I can’t wait to hear all of the details about YOUR dream video!

February 8, 2021

Watch Zoey’s Dorky Details!

OMG!  I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of you Dork Diaries SUPERFANS!! 

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!! 

I asked you to vote on your FAV Dork Diaries book, and I got over 40,000 votes.

Then, I asked you to post questions for Zoey to answer, and you submitted over 1,500 of them.   

Today Zoey will be answering the TOP 20 QUESTIONS that YOU asked about the winning book and Dork Diaries in general.   

So, get ready to watch Zoey’s new video: 

DORKY DETAILS: DISHING THE DAILY DRAMA!!  

This video was made by our super fan, Noelle, acting as our character, Zoey. I think she did a great job DISHING UP:   

1) Inside Scoops 

2) Juicy Details  

3) Answers To Your Burning Questions 

Everything is TRUE and CORRECT, and she actually had to get a few answers directly from the author and illustrator, Rachel and Nikki Russell!

So, are you ready?!  Click on the video below to watch ZOEY’S DORKY DETAILS!

What did you like best about Zoey’s video?  What was the most surprising thing that you learned?   Would you like to see more DORKY DETAILS videos?  Post your answers in the comments section below.

February 2, 2021

Dream Guy Maker!

Roses are RED, 
Violets are BLUE! 
My Dream Maker Game 
Shows who’s PERFECT for YOU!

Hey everyone!!  Can you believe that it’s already the month of FEBRUARY?!!  

Let’s start celebrating Valentine’s Day by mixing up the perfect Dream Guy with my NEW Dream Guy Maker game!

I’ve added even more DREAMY GUYS from the Dork Diaries and Max Crumbly book series. 

And, YES!  This includes ALL of the members of the famous boy band…

THE BAD BOYZ!!!!   

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!        

Remember to tell us which guy was PERFECT for YOU in the comments section below.  I’m DYING to hear all of the exciting details!!  

Click on the link below to play the Dream Guy Maker Game!  Have FUN!