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.



  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