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October 20, 2018

HELP! Final vote on Nikki’s birthday cake!

Ask Brandon vote on Nikki bday cake

Hey, what’s up!  It’s Brandon here.

As you’ve probably noticed, everyone is BUZZING about Nikki’s birthday and the release of her new diary, DORK DIARIES BOOK 13: TALES FROM A NOT-SO-HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

So, instead of doing my usual advice column, I decided to get in on the FUN, too.

I’m sure you’ve already heard about all of the DRAMA over her birthday cake!  All of her friends had an opinion about which cake she should get and suggested their favorites, including ME!  Even her FRENEMY, Mackenzie, and her little sister, Brianna, gave her suggestions.

That’s when Nikki decided to ask YOU to help her by VOTING on YOUR favorite cakes!  And, as of today, she has received OVER 15,000 VOTES!!  Can you believe it?!

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to hold the FINAL VOTE for Nikki’s BIRTHDAY CAKE right here on MY blog and she agreed.

So…

Based on your first round of voting, you’ve narrowed it down from 24 cakes to the top SIX AWESOME CAKES shown below.

Please vote on ONE cake that you think should be the winner!  After you vote for your FAVORITE CAKE, please feel free to leave a comment below explaining why you LOVE  that cake best.

October 17, 2018

Dork Diaries 13 book trailer


Nikki and her BFF’s Chloe and Zoey have been planning a birthday party of epic proportions! But soon, they run into some unexpected problems. Nikki is ready to call the whole thing off when it appears her party will be a complete DISASTER! This will definitely be a birthday that she will NEVER forget. The DRAMA continues!

October 16, 2018

RACHEL RENÉE RUSSELL’S RADIO INTERVIEW ON DORK DIARIES BOOK 13

Listen to Rachel Renée Russell’s Radio interview with host Cyrus Webb.

October 14, 2018

EVERYONE’S INVITED TO THE PARTY BUT ME!

Dear Brandon,

Yesterday, the most popular girl in my class handed out invitations for her party. EVERYBODY got one except for me. And, when I asked her if I could come too, she said NO. I feel so left out. PLEASE HELP!

Pity Party

Hey Pity Party,

WHOA. That’s a REAL BUMMER. If you’ve never done anything to that girl (besides, like, borrow a pencil or something), then you’re probably wondering what you did to deserve this.

Did you know that something very similar happened to my friend, Nikki Maxwell, in Dork Diaries Book 1? This really popular girl named Mackenzie Hollister was handing out invitations to her party. When Nikki thought she was invited, MacKenzie rudely rubbed it in her face that she wasn’t. So, we totally feel your pain!

The sooner you get your mind off of that girl’s party, the better. Here’s what I suggest:

  1. It’s not your fault. Sometimes people do hurtful things, but please don’t blame yourself or it’ll crush your self-esteem. (Not to sound like your guidance counselor but it’s true. Your self-esteem determines how good you feel about yourself.) Instead, focus on your real friends and how great they think you are. I’m sure that they’d invite you to a party anytime.
  2. It’s not worth it. The fact that she didn’t want you at her party shows that she’s not very friendly. So, why would you want to go to her party anyway? Which reminds me—in Dork Diaries Book 2, Nikki actually makes it to MacKenzie’s party. Unfortunately, she has a lousy time (if you want to know all the deets, just check that book out). So believe me—you’d have A LOT more fun at a party for someone who’s kind and considerate enough to invite you.
  3. It’s not the end of the world, even though it might feel that way. It’s only ONE party. There will be lots of other parties in the future that you’ll get invited to.
  4. It’s not too late to throw your OWN party! Why wait around for your birthday? Just throw one for fun and invite all of YOUR favorite people. Do all the things you love, since it’s YOUR party and YOU are the boss of it.
  5. Read Ask Nikki October 10th : How Do I Plan The Ultimate Party for tips on how to make your party the best ever.

Hopefully, your pity party won’t last much longer if you follow my advice. 🙂

Hey everyone, what advice do you have for Pity Party? How do you deal with not getting invited to a party?
October 13, 2018

INVITE CELEBS TO YOUR PARTY?!  

My newest diary, Dork Diaries Book 13: Tales From a Not-So-Happy Birthday, will be released on Tuesday, October 16th!!

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE 🙂 !

Since my Birthday Cake Vote was SO popular and received over 5,000 votes, I decided to do another really fun PARTY related quiz.

It’s something that many of us have OBSESSED over and DAYDREAMED about when we’ve made up our birthday party guest lists.

Okay, so…WHAT if you could invite CELEBS to your birthday party and they’d ACTUALLY show-up?!

And, not just any celebs, but the kids OUR AGE from all of our FAVORITE Disney and Nickelodeon TV SHOWS!   How COOL would THAT be?!!!!

So, I’ve created a really fun quiz that lets you create a FANTASY party guest list that includes TEN celeb kids from your fav shows!!  SQUEEEEEE!!

And, get this!!  After you’ve selected your ten guests, my very cool quiz will THEN tell you the type of party that you and your guests would enjoy most!

My quiz is SOOO fun!!  Zoey, Chloe, and Brandon LOVED it and said that my results were VERY accurate.

So, would you all like to take my quiz, too?!!   If so, you can get started on it right below.

And, once you’ve gotten your results, please let me know in the comments section if they were correct and if you loved the party that I suggested for you!

Also, if YOU could have a big birthday party bash next year, what type of party would you have and what would be your party theme?  I can’t wait to read your comments!

I hope you enjoy my SUPER FUN quiz!

October 10, 2018

HOW DO I PLAN THE ULTIMATE PARTY?

What’s Up Nikki,

I finally got my parents to let me throw a HUGE party for my eleventh birthday! 🙂
I’m super psyched and can’t wait to invite all of my friends. But, there’s only one problem…I have absolutely NO CLUE where to start! I need advice for how to plan a party ASAP!!

Party Panic

Hi Party Panic,

Let me start by saying CONGRATS on getting your parents to throw you the ultimate birthday party!! 🙂

It sounds like you really want to make sure everything is AWESOME for your big day. So, let’s address ten major party planning pointers before you and your friends end up at the kiddy table eating cake and playing “pin the tail on the donkey” in your mosquito-infested backyard. (That actually happened to me on MY eleventh birthday, and I still shutter just thinking about it!)

  1. Pick a good TIME for your party. You might be thinking, “DUH, Nikki! I want to throw this party on my BIRTHDAY. When else would I have it?” However, if your birthday lands on a weekday during the school year while homework and afterschool activities are happening, you might want to consider having it on the weekend so that there will be more time to celebrate and all of your friends can make it. Also, Friday evenings are great for slumber parties since you and your friends get to hang out all night right after school.
  2. Pick a THEME for your party. A theme determines what your party will look like and what will happen there. Pick one that reflects what you’re into. For example, if you love the beach, your party could have a luau theme. So that means you’d include hula skirts, flip flops, tiki torches and beach ball-shaped cake pops. You could even make your fav TV show or movie the theme of your party! For some more cool party theme ideas, go to Google Images, type in your favorite activity, character or thing, then add the words “themed birthday party” and hit SEARCH.
  3. Pick a PLACE For Your Party. Your theme will help you here. Like if your theme is a luau, you could have it by the pool. Or if your theme is racecars, have it where there are go-kart or bumper car rides.
  4. List the people to invite. My mom always says to write things down so that you don’t forget, so a list really comes in handy for this part! Write or type up a list of all the friends and family members you want to invite. Remember, more people means more presents for you! 🙂
  5. List the stuff you need. You also have to list the stuff you need for your party and how much all of it will cost so that you and your parents can save the right amount of cash for everything.
  6. Send out super cool invitations. Now that you know who to invite, pick out some really cute invitations that match the theme of your party and send them out. I recommend buying them from Hallmark or Payprus. Or if you’re really crafty like me, you could totally create your own! Just be sure to include the day and time of your party as well as your contact info so that your invitees can let you know if they can make it.
  7. Get all the stuff on your list. You could always hit the grocery store for basics like food and stuff like that. But for some really fun décor and thematic tableware, try Party City or birthdayinabox.com!
  8. Set everything up early. It’s probably VERY unlikely that you’d ever procrastinate your birthday, but I’m adding this just in case—be sure to prep everything in advance so that you’ll be ready when your guests arrive. For instance, if your party starts in the morning, try to set up as much as you can the night before.
  9. Become a party planning pro. For more on how to throw the ultimate party, check out the following books:
    • KIDS’ OUTDOOR PARTIES
    • COOL SPORTS PARTIES: PERFECT PARTY PLANNING FOR KIDS
    • PLANNING PERFECT PARTIES: THE GIRL’S GUIDE TO FUN, FRESH, UNFORGETTABLE EVENTS
    • AMERICAN GIRL SLUMBER WONDERS
  10. Don’t forget to have fun!! 🙂
Hey readers, are any of you having a party sometime soon? What advice do you have for Party Panic? Please share it in the comments below!

HOW DO I PLAN THE ULTIMATE PARTY?

What’s Up Nikki,

I finally got my parents to let me throw a HUGE party for my eleventh birthday! 🙂
I’m super psyched and can’t wait to invite all of my friends. But, there’s only one problem…I have absolutely NO CLUE where to start! I need advice for how to plan a party ASAP!!

Party Panic

Hi Party Panic,

Let me start by saying CONGRATS on getting your parents to throw you the ultimate birthday party!! 🙂

It sounds like you really want to make sure everything is AWESOME for your big day. So, let’s address ten major party planning pointers before you and your friends end up at the kiddy table eating cake and playing “pin the tail on the donkey” in your mosquito-infested backyard. (That actually happened to me on MY eleventh birthday, and I still shutter just thinking about it!)

  1. Pick a good TIME for your party. You might be thinking, “DUH, Nikki! I want to throw this party on my BIRTHDAY. When else would I have it?” However, if your birthday lands on a weekday during the school year while homework and afterschool activities are happening, you might want to consider having it on the weekend so that there will be more time to celebrate and all of your friends can make it. Also, Friday evenings are great for slumber parties since you and your friends get to hang out all night right after school.
  2. Pick a THEME for your party. A theme determines what your party will look like and what will happen there. Pick one that reflects what you’re into. For example, if you love the beach, your party could have a luau theme. So that means you’d include hula skirts, flip flops, tiki torches and beach ball-shaped cake pops. You could even make your fav TV show or movie the theme of your party! For some more cool party theme ideas, go to Google Images, type in your favorite activity, character or thing, then add the words “themed birthday party” and hit SEARCH.
  3. Pick a PLACE For Your Party. Your theme will help you here. Like if your theme is a luau, you could have it by the pool. Or if your theme is racecars, have it where there are go-kart or bumper car rides.
  4. List the people to invite. My mom always says to write things down so that you don’t forget, so a list really comes in handy for this part! Write or type up a list of all the friends and family members you want to invite. Remember, more people means more presents for you! 🙂
  5. List the stuff you need. You also have to list the stuff you need for your party and how much all of it will cost so that you and your parents can save the right amount of cash for everything.
  6. Send out super cool invitations. Now that you know who to invite, pick out some really cute invitations that match the theme of your party and send them out. I recommend buying them from Hallmark or Payprus. Or if you’re really crafty like me, you could totally create your own! Just be sure to include the day and time of your party as well as your contact info so that your invitees can let you know if they can make it.
  7. Get all the stuff on your list. You could always hit the grocery store for basics like food and stuff like that. But for some really fun décor and thematic tableware, try Party City or birthdayinabox.com!
  8. Set everything up early. It’s probably VERY unlikely that you’d ever procrastinate your birthday, but I’m adding this just in case—be sure to prep everything in advance so that you’ll be ready when your guests arrive. For instance, if your party starts in the morning, try to set up as much as you can the night before.
  9. Become a party planning pro. For more on how to throw the ultimate party, check out the following books:
    • KIDS’ OUTDOOR PARTIES
    • COOL SPORTS PARTIES: PERFECT PARTY PLANNING FOR KIDS
    • PLANNING PERFECT PARTIES: THE GIRL’S GUIDE TO FUN, FRESH, UNFORGETTABLE EVENTS
    • AMERICAN GIRL SLUMBER WONDERS
  10. Don’t forget to have fun!! 🙂
Hey readers, are any of you having a party sometime soon? What advice do you have for Party Panic? Please share it in the comments below!
October 8, 2018

Tales from a Not-So-Happy Birthday (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Meet New York Times bestselling author, Rachel Renée Russell and her daughter, Nikki, for an exclusive event and book signing!

Get your favorite Dork Diaries books autographed, including the newest Dork Diaries Book 13, released in October.

Receive a special Dork Diaries birthday card when purchasing a copy of book 13 at B&N.

What: Exclusive Event & Book Signing
Where: Barnes & Noble
20427 Exchange St
Ashburn, VA 20147
When: Tuesday, October 16 at 5:30pm

This event is FREE.

October 3, 2018

MY MOM HAS NO TIME FOR ME!!

Hey Nikki! My mom is taking classes and ever since she started, she’s always staring at her computer screen. I tell her how it makes me feel but she always takes it the wrong way. I cry and cry, but no matter what I do, she never really takes the time to pay attention! I miss my Momma the way she was before going back to school! HELP!

Desperate Daughter

Hi Desperate Daughter,

This sounds like a big change for both of you. You’re used to having a lot more time and attention from your mom. And SHE’S used to having a lot more time and attention for you. That’s hard.

As much as we all complain about our moms, they do a LOT, right? Whether they work outside the house or not, in most families they’re wrangling everyone’s schedules and making sure lost things get found and people have clean clothes and everyone has food and siblings aren’t ripping each others’ hair out…

So if she’s decided she wants to go back to school, even with everything else she’s got going on, it must be really important to her! MOST likely she’s going back to school in order to qualify for a new kind of job. Which REALLY means that she’s doing it for the whole family, to help provide for the family’s needs. (She’s probably also thinking about how you’ll be in college before she knows it and someone will have to pay for that!)

Try to consider the big picture of WHY she’s doing this, if you can. And try to imagine how she feels when she’s trying to focus and you’re nagging her to spend more time with you. I don’t know if you have little siblings, but I’m guessing she feels something like I feel when I’m studying for a biology exam and Brianna is “helping” by reenacting the life cycle of a grasshopper all over my books.

But even if you understand WHY she’s working so hard, that doesn’t mean you don’t miss spending more time with your mom. I get that.

I think you should find a time to talk to your mom NOT when she’s studying and NOT when you’re in the middle of a crisis, but just a time when you are both calm and can listen to each other. You might need to tell her during mealtime or bedtime when you have a few minutes to talk to her about something important. Or, ask her when would be a good time.

When you do sit down to talk, try not to whine. She probably already feels guilty about not being able to spend enough time with you (and if you have siblings, then she has even more guilt). Tell her that you’re proud of how hard she’s working (and try to mean it). But tell her that you miss spending time with her.

Ask if there’s a way to plan for regular time together, even if it’s small. Maybe once a week you both get up a half hour earlier and have a quiet breakfast together before the rest of the house wakes up. Maybe you can both do your homework together. Maybe you can help her study in some way. Maybe there’s a way you could help more around the house, which would free up some more time for her to spend with you when she’s done studying.

It will mean a lot to your mom to know that not only do you want more of her time, but you’re willing to put some effort into making that happen.

How do you handle it when you want more time and attention from your parents? Tell us in the comments!

HELP ME CHOOSE MY BIRTHDAY CAKE!

Great News! My new Dork Diaries Book 13: Tales From A Not-So-Happy Birthday will be released on Tuesday, October 16th. It’s all of the deets and never-ending DRAMA about my birthday party! You can read a SNEAK PEEK of the book here!

I didn’t know that planning a party was SO complicated, like picking the perfect birthday cake! Since Zoey is really into unicorns, she suggested a unicorn cake. Chloe is crazy about rainbows, so she wants a rainbow cake. Brandon is an animal lover, so of course he chose an animal print cake. MacKenzie is addicted to lip gloss, so she insisted on a make up cake. And Brianna TOTALLY freaked me out when she showed me the cakes she had baked all by herself!

So right now, I’m super confused and really need your help on this whole birthday cake fiasco! After my friends and I got into a HUGE argument over which one I should get, we finally decided to vote on it.

I would appreciate it if you would look at all of the cakes everyone suggested and then vote on your fav ones below. The cake that gets the MOST votes will be the one I’ll have at my birthday party!

I’d love to hear your comments about the cakes and which one you like best, so please post them in the comments section!