Friday, December 25, 2015

DIY Glittery Pinecones



   The day after Thanksgiving of this year, my aunt, brother, and I ventured around our front yard in search of small, rosette-like looking pinecones. My aunt had gone through a phase where she enjoyed using glitter glue to glitter everything from pinecones to leaves to glass jars.

   We didn't have any glitter glue lying around the house (which really surprised me), so my dad and aunt hopped over to Target to get some; when they got back, boy were we ready to start gluing!! They turned out to be so beautiful and elegant-looking, when really all it took was some glitter-glue and small rosette-like pinecones from our front yard.


 

becomes.....


  The great thing about this project is how general it is; you can make themed ones for holidays, or if you just do a simple gold or silver (like the one shown above), you can just keep them around year-long. Different pinecones, and even different forms of nature can be gliterafied!! Umm... is that even a word?? Whateves, it's Christmas, am I right!? Basically, what I'm trying to say is that I even did a leaf, so yes, this project can definitely be tweaked to your exact liking ;).

   


  We made ours mainly for Christmas, but I'm sure there'll be many we keep out of the Holiday Boxes.


    Love you guys, Merry Christmas!!


  XOXO Mo, a Middle Schooler

  



Merry Christmas!!



   *To anyone that celebrates Hannukah or Kwanza, I hope you too had a very bright and happy holiday with joy, cheer, and family; you guys are great and amazing people no matter what holiday you celebrate!! Sorry if sometimes the "Holiday Season" gets a bit frustrating; I appreciate you and your celebratory ways just as I would any other. Happy Holidays!!!



Today I'm not addressing much, just wishing you guys a very merry Christmas. This year I got many-an item, none of which I feel as though I 100% deserve.

  I personally am not religious, but still of course celebrate the true meaning of Christmas: giving, peace, and joy. I sincerely hope every single one of you had an amazing Christmas filled with those meanings and hope anyone-someone-is reading this.

  Love you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


    XOXO, Mo, a Middle Schooler

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Test Stress



  Hello lovelies!! Even though no one is reading this blog, I still feel like it's only appropriate to apologize for not writing recently. I've just been quite busy, to tell you the truth (quick side-note: please tell me in the comments below is ttytt-to tell you the truth-is a real thing).

  One thing that's kept me up and running lately is studying for tests. Due to the fact that Winter Break is coming up, many teachers are ending chapters, units, modules, etc., creating many a test for us students.

  I know someone (no naming names) who does deal with high anxiety levels. Her worst areas include travel, being in enclosed spaces, and... tests. Any kind of "test", really; intelligence, strength, any area of which you are judged.

  Some ways I personally cope with stress towards tests include:


  • studying... with a friend!!
 Everything is better with a friend, even studying!! It's better to do it with a friend because not only can they learn from you, but it also works visa-versa. They discover your weaknesses and strengths and same thing other way around, so you both get to help (further improving your knowledge) and be helped (important for obvious reasons). 
  • getting lots of sleep the night before
  A tired brain is not fit for a test, or basically anything. Actually, it's quit fit for sleep. Go to bed at a reasonable time (try latest around 9:15) and wake up at a reasonable time so that you can give yourself time to breath and you won't have to rush, stressing you out beyond what you're needing.
  • spreading out my studying
  This goes with the statement above: a tired brain is not fit for a test. Studies show that twenty minutes of study at a time is best for taking in the knowledge so you can easily remember it, but still not going WAY below maximum capacity of the brain or topping the maximum of the brain.
  • doing something i enjoy at least three times the week of the test to get my mind off of it
 For me personally, this would be writing, biking, gymnastics, and even just hagin' out with friends while you play Spot It! with Elf in the background! This is also scientifacly proven to relieve stress and will help you get your mind of things.






     I know there isn't much time until winter break (one day!!), and this probably would've been a lot more helpful on Monday or something (even before that), but I still sincerely hope this helped!! Love you, no matter who you are!!



    XOXO, Mo, a Middle Schooler

Sunday, November 29, 2015

13 Personal Questions Tag



  So... here's the scoop. I'm bored out of my mind, do NOT want to go back to school tomorrow after Thanksgiving break, and feel like I should blog something. So I'm doing a tag.

  Now, I've not been tagged by anyone to do this, but.... (please invision me tagging myself)... there!! I've been tagged. But really, I looked through some old Anna Saccone blogs and found this tag, but anyways.... let's begin:

  1. What do you order at Starbucks?

    I'm really boring and usually just get a Hot Chocolate... :( (not that you're really boring if you get a hot chocolate!!) However, if it's the Holidays, I go for a Peppermint Hot Chocolate!! Exciting.. (me being sarcastic)

  2. What's one thing in your closet you can't live without?

   I would have to say my infinity scarfs. They're so comfortable and soft and really add to any outfit :).

  3. What's one thing most people probably don't know about you?

  Hmm... that's a hard one, as I do quite like to talk around people that I know well... I'd have to say that something most people don't know about me is that when I was seven I took tap dancing and when I was 3/4 I took ballet. Exciting, right...?

  4. What is one thing you would like to do before you die?

  I would really like to one day completely renovate a house and live in it. Yeah... that would be pretty sweet!

 5. What's one food you can't live without?

  Umm... probably (brace yourselves......) saltines! Or club crackers..... can I choose two? Yeah.... I'll break the rules a bit: saltines and club crackers. They're just so good! Or maybe sweet potato chips.. I honestly didn't realize how hard this would be to answer!

6. What's one quote you live by?

  Well... I have two: If they don't know you personally, on't take it personal.

   Do what you want and say what you feel because the people that mind don't matter and the people that matter don't mind.

   I know for sure that the second one is Dr. Suess, but not so sure about the first one ;).




 7. What do you like and dislike about the Youtube community?

  Well, I don't have a channel, but I do enjoy watching Youtube. Something that I personally think is quite cool about the Youtube community is the number of friends so many people have made by doing this! It's just so amazing.

  One thing that I dislike about the Youtube community is any rude comments, really.... Or any annoying shippers. Yeah--the annoying shippers would have to be one thing I really dislike about Youtube. I just can't even begin to imagine (or rather, I don't want to even begin to imagine) is having shippers always going crazy over you. Umm... can we have some peace please!? Thankyou!!

  8. What's your number one song on your iPod/iTunes?

  Well, I have a laptop, and the most song played on it at the moment is most likely Holly Jolly Christmas, as it is currently the Holiday season. It's also my year-round "feel good song", if any of you even get me when I say that... ;)

  9. What kind of style would you describe yourself as having.

  I always tell my friends that I'm "practically a walking newspaper" because of my vast use of grays, whites, and tans. But, if I were to realistically describe it, I would probably have to say understated/neutrals :).

  10. Favorite number?

     39. Really random, I know, but I like the way it kind of rolls off of the tongue. Wait... does that even make sense?? I also like 37. I really like anything in the thirties.... Is that weird?? : /

  11. Two hobbies??

  Writing and biking (aside of course Youtube, but I wouldn't really want to call that a hobby). I've also found a new love for babysitting :). 

  12. Two pet peeves?

  When zippers don't and when the audio is out of sync with the mouths on T.V.! It drives me nuts, especially the audio one, which I definitely share with my mom. ;)

  13. Your guilty pleasure?

   The Disney Channel show Good Luck Charlie!! It ended when I was around eight or nine and I was DEVASTATED, so I've been watching all the old episodes on Netflix ;D. I saved the Xmas ones though, so we're not completely done with them! (I finished it off--except Xmas episodes--on Wednesday, I had been watching them back for about nine months ;D)


  Well, that's all for today Fairies!! Also, how do you feel about me calling you guys my "fairies"? I just thought it might be cool as my blogger title is PixieDust8204, but it's really up to you, if anyone is even reading!!

  Thank you to Anna Saccone for the questions and I'll see y'all again very soon.

  XOXO Mo, a Middle Schooler





























Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Bored on Break


 I know this sounds quite silly, but I was hoping that if you come across this post, maybe you could comment something you liked about it and didn't like about it? Even if you never come back, I'll still give you a quick shout-out in a blog post from the near-future.


 Now onto my main topic of the day: On Break, But What Should I Do?

 If your family is anything like mine, you used to go on trips to your grandparent's house or something for Thanksgiving, but as you got older, that tradition slowly vanished. Now we rarely go places for breaks in the middle of the school year. Of course during summer we go somewhere, but not so much for Thanksgiving break, Winter break, or Spring break. And never for three day weekends, although we may go to my G'ma's house as she is only around 30 minutes away.

  Now onto what you could really do when you're bored, stuck at home, and it raining:


  • build a fort--bring back memories, create memories, and keep memories... all with a few blankets and parts of furniture
  • make hot chocolate and watch a movie--great way to chill, especially if you have a dog, comfy pajamas, a blanket, and a holiday movie ;D
  • go to a friend's house/invite a friend over--you can do exactly what I just mentioned, but with a friend! 
  • experiment in the kitchen--baking, cooking, even homemade play dough! It's why Pinterest is a thing 
  • go for a walk in the rain--if you wish, go out without a hood... it will feel SO NICE to just have those cold water droplets splat your face
  • make iMovies--pretty much self-explanatory

  And finally: what to do when you're on break and you're bored and  it's dry outside

  •  ride your bike--fresh air and an open mind.. who could ask for more!?
  • take your dog (or yourself!) to a nearby park to play--great exercise for both of you, or just you!!
  • roll down hills--a lot more fun than you really think it is
  • practice a sport you're a part of
  • go on a trampoline if you have one
  • climb a tree--amazing views for amazing people!

   

    I sincerely hoped this helped!!

  XOXO Mo, a Middle Schooler

 

















Monday, November 23, 2015

The Lines in Life

  This is a shop downtown of where I live. If you recognize this, you now know where I live, but not who am, so ha. Today in downtown I went with a few of my friends and were shopping in certain shops as the two parents that were there shopped in others.

  Because I am now on Thanksgiving break (yippee!) I have a lot of time on my hands, as I'm not going anywhere this week. I decided to add that photo at the top because of the lack of photos on my blog. I mean, isn't that what a blog is semi all about?? 

  If you would like to see more pictures, comment down below, share, etc. etc. Also comment what kind of posts you would like to see. After all, when you're in middle school there's a lot of questions to ask.

  Now onto my main topic: Why Have I Decided To Write A Blog?

  Here are my top reasons:
  1. great boredom buster
  2. I have a journal, but this is also nice because someone, somewhere, can be reading this
  3. to help

  I would mainly like to focus on number three. To help. When I was starting middle school I felt alone. Of course, I had all my friends, but I had no idea what to expect. I felt like I was in an ocean of many different kinds of fish when I was switching classes, but instead of being one of those fish, gliding through the powerful current of backpacks and yard duties, I felt more like... like I was drowning. 

  And the interesting thing about this time in our lives is that when we're doing something like switching classes, we're so involved in what we're thinking. We are all pretty much convinced that no one else is going through something like this. That none of the people passing by us, chatting with their friends, buried in a book, tripping over someone's rolly suitcase, the owner of a rolly suitcase zigzagging through the maze of humans, are thinking some (if not all) of the statements below:
  1.  What if I bump into someone... that would be so embarrassing!
  2. Aah! He looked at me! Does he like me...? 
  3. Wait.. did I do the homework correctly last night?
  4. Is my shirt on backwards? Oh no. My shirt's on backwards!
  5. That girl is looking at me weird. Do I know her? What did I do wrong? Why is she staring at me!?
  6. Does Mrs. so and so hate me? I think she hates me.

  And so on. I mean, the list only continues! It's like when you're in 2nd/3rd grade and you learn about lines, how a line never ends and a segment is a piece of a line, therefor it does end. I would now like you to please take a moment to think about the things in your life that are like lines. It just happens and happens, never ending. Then take a moment to think about the things in your life that are more like segments, only occurring once or twice, but not being continuous. Just... take a minute.

  What did you come up with? Here's my list of lines in my life:

  1.  clumsiness
  2. humiliation
  3. boredom
  4. friendship
  5. family
  6. love
  7. trust
  If you thought of the first to, that's common. Most people see themselves as the queen of clumsiness, the owner of humiliation. Isn't that just so sad to think about, that most people, no matter who they are, consider themselves something in that field?? 

  So, what can we do to stop this? If we see ourselves negatively all the time, think of everyone else who does that when you catch yourself feeling low about yourself. Then, find the positive side to whatever you're beating yourself up for. It will make the world a little better, and even if this helps just one of you, that makes me more than happy, because if we can minimize the amount of negativity in this world and make that more of a segment than a line, it makes me happy. It really, truly does.

  Remember, I'm not doing this for publicity. I mean, to be frank, no one is probably reading this right now, so why would I anyways. There's no audience! But seriously, I'm not. I'm not doing this to show that I'm some amazing person who helps everyone and saves the day. No.

  I'm doing this to show that we can help save the day. I'm doing this to inject more love, trust, and hope in the world, even if it's just a little schmidget.

 But most importantly, I'm doing this to help.

  XOXO Mo, a Middle Schooler 










































Sunday, November 22, 2015

I Can't Sleep, But Why?

 You're laying awake, unable to sleep. But everytime you open your eyes, they force themselves back shut. It's 11:45 PM. This has been going in for the last month or so, a few times a week. What's happening? What I can do to stop this? You're so tired, beyond tired, but you can not sleep. Why is this? It's all because of a little big thing called Insomnia.

  Insomnia is basically fancy talk for " I can't sleep". However, when it's insomnia it tends to be a bit more extreme. It can be caused by something as small as anticipating a bad grade for your science test, or a big as losing a family member. However, almost all kinds if insomnia have to do with one main base: stress.

    Tips For Insomniacs:

  1. get a diffuser
  2. take a nice, long, warm shower or bath prior to the sleep
  3. no screens half an hour before bed
  4. don't over exercise, but don't under exercise
  5. find what's stressing you out and either try to fix it, or accept it
  6. if it gets to a point where you're either barely sleeping or you're constantly waking up at night, contact a doctor to see how they can help you

   I hope this has helped. I personally suffer from chronic insomnia and have been for around two years after something dreadful happened to my family and I. Good luck sleeping!


         XOXO Pixie ❤️

Thankful?



   If you're in America than you'll know that thanksgiving is on Thursday! Yay! In my family we all say a thing or two (or five) that we're thankful for during the dinner. My aunt comes over and we all eat and feast and it's just a happy place to be at Thanksgivings--my house.

   Ten things I am Thankful For 2015:


  1. a roof over my head
  2. food in my pantries
  3. friends
  4. family
  5. good health
  6. good education
  7. support
  8. Internet
  9. making the gymnastics team
  10. warm fluffy blankets on my bed
  11. THE WOMB!
  I added number eleven a joke, but it's true... Without the womb, I wouldn't be here. NO ONE would be here!

   I also thought it would be quite interesting if I listed some things that I'm not so thankful for, because we all have something. However, in contrast to my thankful list, I'm inly putting down five in the non-thankful list, as it is always best to look on the positive side and be thankful for what you have.



  Five things I'm NOT Thankful For 2015: 
  1. war
  2. terrorism
  3. science notes
  4. poverty
  5. privacy violators


    I'm sure we all have things to add to both lists, take away from both lists, etc. etc. I hope whoever is reading is enjoying this blog so far! 

     XOXO Pixie 






















Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Dealing With Make-Up Work


  Hey Fairies! Today's post is all about when you are out sick or on vacation, and there's the thing you hate most always creeping up on you:

    MAKE-UP WORK!!!


  We've all hated it, all had to do it (unless of course you have a perfect attendance), and all tried to get out of it. But really, it's a lot better to get it done with than to procrastinate so that you can later relax.


   My Tips for the Perfect Make-Up Work Sick/Vacation Session:


  • if you need noise, turn on music and use headphones if younger sibling noise isn't exactly what you meant
  • if music distracts you but you don't want it 100% quiet, try a white noise machine or a diffuser that makes noise as well as producing scent
  • set a timer for around 20 minutes, especially if you have a headache; it's better to learn something and review it rather than to sit there learning about the same thing forever, tiring your brain
  • during breaks eat, use the bathroom, and even nap if you're at that point! Basically take breaks as a chance to rehydrate your brain


    Well, that's all for today Fairies. I know it was quite short, but I'm supposed to be in bed soon and I also honestly don't have much else on this topic!! If I missed out on anything, you have questions, or suggestions, please leave it in the moment section below.

            XOXO
                Mo, a Middle Schooler