Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a great summer so far. The heat in many places can seem deadly. and sometimes even be deadly. That is why it is essential to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and do other things to protect your body from the heat. Here are some tips and information on how to keep yourself safe in summer.
1. Stay Hydrated
One of the easiest things to do by accident in summer is dehydrate yourself. It is often hard to remember to drink water throughout the day, and if you forget a water bottle you are often left stranded with nothing to drink. It is important to stay hydrated because it offers many health benefits, including healthy skin, hair, and increased mental health. It can prevent headaches and help with weight loss. To keep myself hydrated, I keep water bottles in every shape and form so that I always have one with me. Cups, big ones, small ones, foldable ones for bags, etc. I especially love the bottles with markings on them to motivate you to drink the regulatory 8 glasses a day. There are also helpful apps such as Waterlogged that help you keep track of what you drink in a day, water or not, and helps you set goals.
2. Sun Protection
The sun may be one of the reasons summer is so awesome, but is only good in limited amounts. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and other forms of protection are essential to keeping your body healthy. Burning is very bad for your skin, and can also lead to health problems later in life. It is important to wear sunscreen on all parts of your body, lips and eyes included. I always wear lip balm with spf on days I will be spending outside, and make sure I have a pair of sunglasses in every bag. Hats are also very helpful to protect your scalp and forehead from getting burned.
3. Water Protection
We spend a lot more time in and around water during the summer, usually without realizing the effects it has on hair and skin. Excessive trips to the beach, showering, and water in general can lead to our body being stripped of its natural oils too often. It is important to limit your water usage if you know you will be using it a lot. For example, if you are spending the week at the beach, alternate days getting your hair wet to avoid it getting a straw-like texture. It is also important in regular day routines to not wash your hair every day. If you do not do much activity/sweating, let your hair rest for a day so you are not constantly stripping it of its natural oils. You will find your hair a lot softer and won't have to use as much conditioner.
Those are all the tips that I have for you involving sun and water! I hope that you found this post helpful. I didn't know most of these things on my first few summer trips, and they are some helpful tricks I learned along the way that help me keep my body healthy throughout the hot summer months. Let me know in the comments below if you have any summer tips that you have learned over the years. Have a fantastic week!
When you are a teenager, summer's can easily be filled with work, volunteering, or school preparation, leaving no time to do other activities. Every summer, I make a bucket list with everything I want to do, eat, try, etc. over the summer, but I never end up doing over half of them. Below, I have included some tips with how to make yourself some time this summer to try something new, along with some ideas to put on your summer bucket list. Enjoy!
Bucket List Ideas
Managing time for it!
One of the easiest ways to make time is to plan ahead. If you create a planner for everything you have in the next week, it is a lot easier to see empty spots or times that you can fill with summer bucket list activities.
Another way to get more time in is to set aside set time for yourself. Before planning out your summer schedule, double check what you have time for so that you don't overbook yourself before the summer has even started.
The reason a lot of people believe that they don't have any time for a summer bucket list is because the time not spent working is used for sleeping because of how tiring work was. Scheduling a short nap during the day and making sure that you receive 8 hours of sleep a night will prevent you from feeling run down during the day, which will give you more energy to do an activity from the summer bucket list.
The next step is to go out and create a summer bucket list of your own! It can be made together with friends or family, or can be a personal summer bucket list with goals that you want to reach over the summer. By creating and following a bucket list, you will feel more fulfilled at the end of summer, and maybe a little bit more ready to get back to the routine of work or the school year. Let me know in the comments below if you have ever made a summer bucket list or have any tips that you want to share. Have a great week!
Happy April! I hope you are had a great weekend, and didn't get too caught up in all of the April Fool's jokes. I often find that at this time of the year, routine can become a little boring, and it is harder to find each and every day unique and fun. That is why, for the month of April, I want to try and do one thing everyday to keep the whole month interesting. Don't let the April Showers get to you!
There you go! I hope this blog post brings you some inspiration to either create your own list of things to do this month, or follow what I have here. It can make every day just a little bit more interesting and worth looking forward to. Have a fantastic week!
Happy Sunday! I have taken a break from posting in the past few weeks because I have been so busy. I apologize for not being able to post as regularly, but it gave me a great idea to write a post covering what I have learned recently about managing time. I hope that it helps if you are dealing with a busy schedule, either on a regular day basis, or from time to time.
This is something that I have only started to discover and use recently, but planning can help you keep your chill during the times when you are busy. I keep both an agenda at school for homework, and one at home where I write all my activities for the week. Writing out how your week is going to look keeps you prepared and ready for whats about to happen. Although it may not make things less busy, knowing what you have in advance creates less surprise activities during the week.
2. Set Reminders
Reminders can be distinct, specific things that you have to cover on a certain day, or they can be as simple as "Bed time in 15 minutes". What is important is that they do a little of the brain work for you. When we are busy, our minds tend to forget other important things, and focus on what we are doing, which can lead to a lack of self care. Setting reminders makes sure that you are still thinking of these things, and are often a great help in remember all the things you need to do.
3. Take a Break
Things can get very hectic, very quickly when you are busy, and sometimes you need to prioritize. Tell yourself that it is okay to take a break, because over stressing yourself will just lead to a crash later. Skipping tutoring or cardio class for one week to take a well deserved nap is not a bad thing. Self care comes before any other activity that may seem more important or necessary. It is always important to keep a steady relationship with friends and family also, and sometimes a small break can keep you ahead in the long run.
4. "Me time"
Different than just a break, "me time" is something that one can plan throughout their daily schedule. It can include things like reading, coloring, a bath, listening to music, meditation, or other relaxing things one does by themselves. It is very important to maintain this because even a small amount of time spent caring for oneself can keep you much healthier, especially mentally. Finding an escape from a busy schedule can be even more refreshing than a nap.
When it all narrows down, sometimes we just have too many things on our plate. What's important is to recognize when you are going over your limit, and to take away things that are causing you to be unhappy or unhealthy. Although society may pressure you to do anything and everything, it is okay to pick and choose what is important to you. Keeping a balanced life in which you are happy in is the most essential factor when being successful.
I sincerely hope that this article gave you some inspiration or helped you if you are struggling with being busy. I think that this spring I am going to try and focus in on writing more wordy posts, and thinking less about having to include photos with every single post. That way, I can focus more on creating one aspect of the blog even better, the writing :) Have a great, stress free week!
Hello, I am back! Although it may not be Sunday, I have a new post for you. I wish I could've posted it sooner, but my SD card was having issues and I couldn't get any photos onto my computer. Anyways, since it is a little too late for January favorites, here are some of my favorite items from the last 2 months.
One of the things that I wanted to pick up this year was bullet journalism, although I didn't think I would have the time or commitment to keep it consistent. That is why I got this planner, which gives you the option to add your own pages into to it, make it your own, but still has the regulated, printed weekly schedules. I have found it so much easier to keep track of my week, especially areas and certain goals I want to focus on.
Winter Candy Apple Body Mist
I love Bath & Body Works, especially their winter scents. I also love all the mini versions they have in their stores, so that you can give a scent a try before you commit. This mini candy apple perfume smells amazing, and I have been loving it for the winter months, because it is different than my regular floral scent.
After my most recent trip to Canada, I purchased these chocolate biscuits at the local food store. My family ate the whole box within 24 hours, so I went back a purchased a few more. They are the perfect combination of chocolate and buttery biscuit, which satisfies any cookie craving.
The most recent (but not really new) book by Rainbow Rowell, Carry On is about a wizarding world that is a little different than the usual fantasy. It follows many different perspectives through romance, adventure, and mystery. I would highly recommend to anyone who loves fantasy, romance, epecially if you have read any other Rainbow Rowell books.
This little light is from Flying Tiger, and it is one of the cutest book accessories I have ever found. It reminds me of the light from Pixar animations, and the bottom comes off so you can clip it on to whatever you are reading. Perfect for dark nights or car rides, I will be using this light often.
Lastly, I got this ukulele recently, because I wanted to try out a new instrument. It is super easy to learn, and very easy to practice regularly, because it is portable. It also an easy way to play many different popular songs. I highly suggest trying it out if you want to learn a musical instrument because ukuleles are cheap, and very easy to learn with! There are plenty of videos and apps to help learn too.
Those are some of my favorite things from the past two months! I hope you enjoyed getting a peak at what I have been loving recently. What are some of your favorite things from January and February? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great week!
Hello! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, and that you got to spend it with the people you love. Finishing off the lovely weekend with family, I took a trip to a Christmas Tree Farm to chop down a fresh-scented pine for the house. I took my camera on the journey and wanted to share a few tips and pics. Enjoy!
To start off, I had to wear an ugly Christmas sweater to the farm. Luckily, I have one that has Christmas trees on it, which perfectly sets the mood. I also paired it with a white beanie to keep warm and cozy.
It was a lovely day, but very cold outside, so tip #1 would be to bring some hot chocolate with you! Extra points if you bring a snack, such as warm cookies, with you also. They give you energy to go cut down trees, and will also keep you very warm.
A lot of farms carry different kinds of trees, so make sure to check beforehand, whether via phone or on their website, because certain trees appeal more than others. The traditional tree which most people relate to when they think of Christmas trees are Douglas firs. They are tall, cone shaped and have soft needles. The kind pictured above are Norway Spruce, which tend to be wider with spread apart branches and thick needles.
This is a Douglas fir. They can grow really tall, and often look smaller than they actually are in the fields. Therefore, make sure to measure the space for your tree, both height and diameter, before heading off to a farm. This makes sure the tree neither is too big or too small for the area you want it to fit. Lastly, make sure to have fun! Go with family or friends and make a day out of it, because it really gets you a jump start into the Christmas season. And if there is no tree farms near you, or they are too expensive, having a decorating party. I highly recommend either getting some evergreen scented sticks or candles if you have a fake tree, because it makes it seem just like the real thing.
That concludes my Christmas Tree Farm post, I hope that it helped if you plan on getting a real tree for the first time, or needed the inspiration to try it. The event can become an amazing tradition for family, and it's an active way to get outside and do something with others, even in cold weather. Have a fantastic week!
Happy Sunday! Thanksgiving is coming up this week, and I wanted to share a few things I am grateful for, and a few things that I think need a little more appreciation. I hope that this post brightens your day :)
Around this time of year, the question "what are you grateful for?" pops up a lot. And there a lot of things to be thankful for in this world, but sometimes it can be hard to express it all in a simple sentence or two. Today I wanted to list some of the things I am thankful for, as just a little fun post to spread some happiness and inspiration.
1. My healthy & happy family
2. My healthy & happy friends
3. Spending Thanksgiving with my family and friends
4. Fall (and how beautiful it is)
5. My education
7. The opportunity to travel
8. Cooking, baking, and eating
9. Christmas time !!
10. Sweaters, scarves, and blankets
11. A loving community
12. Black Friday (and Cyber Monday!)
13. Sunny, rainy, and snowy days
15. This blog :)
Now is great to be thankful for things, and even better to acknowledge them, but how can you really show your thanks? Around this time of year, I love to express the things I am thankful for by doing little things. Remind your family and friends how much you love them. Help out your community. Thank your teachers for their hard work. Smile more at grocers, cashiers, etc. In my opinion, that is what thanksgiving is all about.
I hope that you enjoyed this week's post! I wanted to try something different that I haven't really done in a while. I also wanted to thank each and every one of you for reading my blogs, visiting a page or two, or just checking it out every once and a while. It really means the world to me :) I hope that you have an amazing week, and that you get the chance to spend thanksgiving with the people you love.
As we begin to reach the middle of August, it turns into Back-to-school time everywhere. This year I decided to head out early to get school supplies so that I got the best picks. Today I will be sharing with you the necessities for going back to middle or high school.
My favorite thing to purchase when I look for school supplies is a planner, because I love how each one is unique. My favorite tend to be the inspirational ones with cute sayings, (last year I got my planner from Bloom, whose planner was so cute and filled with motivational quotes) but this year I chose a more practical and cheaper option. Five Star tends to make great quality products, and this planner has helpful information, a place to keep your school schedule, and is very sturdy. Last year I found that even though my planner was cute, it wasn't make out of the sturdiest material, and fell apart in my backpack by the end of the year. This one has a covered binding to prevent any tears,
The next item necessity for school is writing tools, which I tend to be very picky about. I must have a black, blue, and red pen with me at all times, because I like to use different colors to correct and edit papers. I also have a mechanical pencil with me, specifically the kind shown above, because they seem to be the only ones I never lose. Another writing tool that I use all the time is highlighters, and the more colors the better, because I love color-coding.
Notes and Flashcards
For my desk at home, I always keep a stack of flashcards, Post-it notes, and small bookmark stickers. I use flashcards to study for most tests that involve memorization, including language, vocab, history facts, etc. The Post-it notes and bookmarks are for when I am reading a book in school. I am that person who marks up all the pages and writes small notes to stick inside, because it helps for tests and essays later.
I use notebooks for every class, and depending how the teacher works, I often chose between a spiraled notebook or a composition notebook. My recommendation is to choose the spiraled notebook for the teacher who makes you hand in notes, fill out many worksheets, and other activities that require you to take out pages. Otherwise, choose a composition notebook for a class in which you only take notes, and keep them for yourself. I find that composition notebooks are a lot easier in this case because everything stays together and is neat, making it easier to go back and re-read notes, without accidentally ripping out a page.
Folders, Paper, and Textbooks
I tend to purchase these items at the beginning of the school year, in case you have a teacher who requires you to use/have these. The folder is helpful for organizing old papers at home, especially things that you will need for midterms/finals. Loose leaf paper is very helpful for homework that you know will be turned in, or for notes that you don't want in a notebook. Having a few book covers around make it a lot easier at the start of the year when you have to cover textbooks, because you can just slip these on, without worrying about making one yourself.
Depending on what type of math class you are entering, you might need different tools, but most classes require a calculator. I found this cute 10 piece math set at Target, and I think it is great to slip in a backpack for math, because it is quite small, and has any tool you could possibly need for math.
Binder and Pencil Case
Last but not least, you will likely need a pencil case to hold all of your writing tools, and a binder to hold notebooks, paper, worksheets, and other things for class. I tend to pick binders on the cheaper side. but last year I found that the one nice-quality binder I had was the only one that survived the whole year, so I decided to buy a new one that'll hopefully last 2+ years.
That is the end of my Back-to-School Essentials post, if there was anything I didn't cover, or something that you find essential for school, please comment it below! I hope that this post made it easier to go school supplies shopping, because I know it can be stressful when trying to make sure you have everything you need. Although most of the supplies in this post is in the original packaging, I tend to decorate all of my supplies once I have my school schedule. If you would like to see a how-to post on school supplies, let me know! Have a fantastic week!
First of all, I know it has been a while since my last favorites post, and I apologize to anyone who finds these posts their favorite ;) (see the pun?) Since it has been so long I found it very hard to pick only a few things to show you. Therefore these picks are the best of the best right now. I hope you find this post helpful, and maybe we share some of these favorites in common!
Scrunchies made their return almost a year ago, and I hadn't used them since I was a little kid. When I first re-discovered these, I was a little uncertain, but they have blown me away. If you tend to get very tangled hair when wearing normal hair ties, then these are a quick solution. They are easier to tie, come off smoothly (without taking my hair with it) and add a pop of color to a look. The ones I purchased were from Target, and I personally thought that they're a little too big to keep on your wrist all day, but look great in hair.
After running out of the last of my Natural Essences shampoo (which at the time I thought was great), I starting looking for a new shampoo to use. When I read the bottle and how it claimed it works "for oily roots and dry ends", I knew it was perfect. I have pretty thick hair, and the top tends to get weighed down and oily very quickly, leaving the bottom very brittle. After using this shampoo for around a week, my hair felt lighter, softer, and a lot less oily. I highly recommend this shampoo if you have a similar hair type to mine, because it works extremely well.
Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes
I have very sensitive eyes and face, so when I wear makeup and don't take it off properly, I will regret it the next day. I have previously used the eye makeup remover wipes, and they are very soothing and leave my eyes clean, but not irritated. The facial wipes work the exact same, but for your whole face. It is true when it says it has cucumber in it, the 3rd ingredient on the list is cucumber extract. The only issue is that they are a little on the pricey side if you wear a lot of makeup everyday, but if you wear it once in a while, then these are a great option.
French Lavender Soap
As you can tell by this very empty soap bottle, I absolutely loved using this Bath & Body Works foam soap. First off, I love the smell of lavender and thus any product that uses it. The foaming soap has been a favorite of mine forever, so when I saw this I knew it would be a long-lasting favorite. I have been using their French Lavender and Honey scents for a while, but this smells even better.
Write Now Notebook
This was given to me a few months ago by a family member, and the notebook itself is nothing special. I have recently found it very important to write down the things that happen in your life, whether a big event or a retelling of the day. Not only does it improve writing skills and make you feel good, but it is great to look back on later in life. Memories can fade over time, and if you want (or don't want) permanent record of something, it is important to write it down.
There are my favorites from July! I know it may seem a bit late as we are already through a good bit of August, but this is the first Sunday of the month. I plan on bringing some back to school posts later this month, so let me know if you want to see anything specific. I hope that this post was helpful or inspiring to you, so comment down below if you want to try/have tried any of these favorites. Have a spectacular week!
With the warm weather and sunshine coming to a close, I thought to take one last picnic in the park and soak up some rays. I absolutely love making picnic foods and chilling outside in the fresh air. Today, I brought my camera along with me on my picnic to show you just how much fun it can be.
Step 1 to a successful picnic is finding the perfect spot. Thankfully there is a nearby park with a flat field which is perfect for a picnic. I ended up setting up under the shade of a tree, keeping me cool from the sun. The blanket shown is made out of a protective material that doesn't get wet if the grass is, and it folds up nicely.
The next thing you need is a wide variety of snacks and foods. On this particular trip I brought with me:
- cotton candy grapes
- hummus (plain and tomato basil)
- cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches
- turkey and arugula sandwiches
- ham and cheese sandwiches
- spicy dill chips
These are just a few of many options you can bring with you on a picnic. Another personal favorite of mine is cheese and crackers. I also love bringing an refreshing drink such as ice tea or lemonade.
When going on a picnic, I always have a few essentials that I like to bring. I always bring the current novel I am reading, because there is nothing more relaxing than reading a good book outside. I also always bring some earbuds in case I want to listen to music, and some sunglasses. Other important things to have include sunscreen, bug spray, wet wipes, etc. It is also nice to bring a board game or some cards to play with friends.
Lastly, when I was out on the picnic, I forgot to bring dessert with me. The theme I went for the picnic was tea-party themed, with little tea sandwiches and snacks. For dessert, I decided to bake a lavender tea bread, which turned out absolutely delicious. If you want the recipe, you can check out the lovely blogger who made it here. It was moist, and very similar to a pound cake, but with the mild taste of lavender. I ate mine while drinking some earl grey tea, and it was the perfect way to end the afternoon.
I hope you enjoyed this last summer post of 2016! I know summer ends in a few days, and I'm so excited and ready for the fall season to start. I can't wait to start posting about fall, so if there is anything you want to see this year on the blog, let me know in the comments, I hope that you have a happy week!
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