Monday, May 29, 2017

Beauty Favorites

Hey guys,

This spring has left me loving a few beauty products. I have definitely streamlined my routine in the mornings because of these things. I also wanted to say that I am a bit of a beauty geek. I have way too many products and putting on makeup is definitely one of the best parts of my day. I love makeup so much, bad sadly I don't enjoy wearing a ton of it because I am somewhat lazy. So here you guys go, these are my favorite beauty products!

Bobbi Brown Foundation- This foundation is perfect because it comes in so many shades, which is great for people that has super pale skin (like me). I also love that it covers up what I want to hide, but shows things like freckles. I have never broken out because of this foundation and I have super sensitive skin! If you are on the hunt for a new foundation, definitely give this one a try!

Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Illuminating Powder- This is also by Bobbi Brown, so if you couldn't tell they are my go to for makeup. This powder is amazing at setting your foundation and making your skin look like... wait for it... skin. This powder uses many different shades and finishes to create a super natural look that feels great on the skin.

False Eyelashes- I have had eyelash extensions for about a month now and I love them! I love that I wake up in the morning and look ready to go. However, it is all about where you go because I have friends that have them and they don't look good (sorry)! Definitely go in knowing what you want and be clear if you don't like them!

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick- I am very pale and because of that bronzer doesn't really work for me. The Bobbi Brown Shimmer brick is amazing because it is a bronzer, blush, and highlighter all in one. This makes it super easy and adds the perfect amount of color to your cheek. This one is my favorite and isn't dramatic.

The Perfect Pink Lip- So it does not look this color in real life, it looks like a nice nude pink. This pink is almost the exact color of my lips with just a bit more pink. This makes it my perfect shade because I can throw it on at any time without people being like "wow when did you put on lipstick." This matches so many people and it works with almost any outfit!

Hope you guys had fun reading this! Have a great day!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Top 5

Hey Guys,

I decided that it could be fun to list my top 5 favorite things from this week. This week had consisted of schoolwork, working, and family plans. From this crazy week I learned a few things that I guess I need to have on me at all times.

1. Coffee- Okay I guess this is a bit obvious, but I love coffee. I probably drink about 2 cups of coffee a day. My favorite and go to coffee is a grande vanilla latte with an extra shot of espresso from Starbucks. On days like this when AP testing is over it's just a little harder, i need a coffee.

2. Essential Oils- Whenever I am feeling a little stressed, I feel sick. I get headaches all the time and Advil doesn't always work well with me so essential oils are amazing. I defuse them in my car and in my room. I got mine from whole foods and another local store. There is an essential oil for almost everything!

3. Swell Water Bottle- I have 2 of the Lilly Pulitzer Swell Starbucks water bottles and they have not left my side this week. It is definitely important to drink a ton of water when you are super busy, other wise you will crash (i have lots of experience).

4.New Music- These past few days I have discovered a few new songs that I just love. Harry Styles' new songs are great and there are so many others that I have kept on my recent playlist!

5. Snacks- Sometimes I forget to eat when I am stressed or I eat too much junk food. This week I have developed an abundance of snacks that will keep me filled yet still taste good.

I hope you guys have an amazing week and weekend!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

How to Make Money in High School

Hey Guys,

As a high school junior I have done a lot of things in order to make money. I know that sounds a bit snotty, and it is. However, being in high school can be super expensive especially when you have a ton of things you want to do. I have compiled a list of things to do to make money while in high school.

1. Get a job- I know this really applies to those that are 16 (at least where I live) because usually companies won't hire someone if they are younger than 16. I have a job at a local day care in a gym and I LOVE IT. I love kids and the constant schedule is great. Having a job that I go to 4 times a week is my main source of money. This is also a nice way to make consistent money. Apply to a ton of jobs if you want one.

2. Babysitting- I also babysit a ton and that is an easy way to make money. If you don't know anyone to babysit for, try putting something on Facebook. Yes Facebook. All the adults are on Facebook and they are the ones with the kids who need babysitters. There are also a lot of Facebook groups for teens in your area that are babysitters.

3. Garage Sales- These are super fun and you can make a lot quickly. Everyone has stuff they don't want anymore and selling it is a great way to get rid of it. You probably have a ton of clothes that are too small are you don't wear, sell them!

4. Make Something- If you have a talent or a passion you can probably make some sort of business out of it. I have a lot of friends that sell paintings or clothes. If you are amazing at painting, people will buy it. If you can make really cool clothes and you wear them, people will probably buy it!

5. Dog Walking- I did this a lot in middle school with my friends. We would make fliers saying we were going to come and walk your dog at a certain time if you put the sheet on your door. This worked super well and I got to hang out with dogs!

6. Snow Cone Stand- This works really well if you live in a neighbor hood. My friends and I used to put up a snow cone stand in front of their house before the middle school got out, and all the middle schoolers would walk by and buy one!

7. Mow Lawns- I haven't done this myself. but I have had a lot of friends that have. If you have a lawn mower and know how to mow a lawn, people will pay you to go mow it every few days. This is like having a job without as much commitment as a "real" job does.

I hope this helps for anyone that is looking to make a bit more money before summer. If you have any questions feel free to email me, I would love to talk to you!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

School, AP Classes, and College Prep

Junior year has left me overwhelmed and tired. However, I love what it has taught me about my ability to hold myself accountable and push my self. I have come up with a few things that have helped me get threw this year.

Asking Questions: Slowly I have discovered that if I am confused or lost in a subject, I need to meet with the teacher. This could mean that during notes I raise my hand and ask questions. It could also mean that I need to go in before or after school. My math teacher has really pushed this idea through out the year and I have definitely seen a lot of improvement. 

Set Aside Time: I am very busy and rarely have spare time. I try to set about an hour and a half for homework each night. There are nights when I definitely need more time, on those days I usually will try my hardest to work it into my schedule. If I don't set aside enough time each day I won't be able to get all my work done.

Know Your Limits: I know that if I set 4 hours aside to study, I will not be able to. A big part of what I have grasped this year is to let myself be happy. That means that sometimes I won't go to a basketball game or hang out with friends because I know adding that will not make me feel better.

Use a Planner: My planner holds everything. It contains my work schedule, my homework, volunteer hours, and other activities. I have mine color coded by class and activities and from that I can just flip it open and know everything about that day, week, or month. For junior year it holds everything that you may need.

Talk to Your Teachers: Teachers are the best and the worst. We all have a teacher that we don't get along with, but that doesn't mean you don't want to create a relationship with them. Teacher's have the power to write recommendation letters, tell you your skills, and help you narrow down colleges. They also have helped so many other students who are in your same position and classes decide on what routes to take. I am not saying that you should become best friends with your teachers, but at least create a healthy relationship with them.

Get Involved in What You Like: I hate when people say get involved that list off 10 things you could never see yourself doing. What I have seen this year is that your friends don't always like the things you do and use that freedom to join other things. I hate sports and if anyone ever tells me to try out for a team I almost laugh because I have no interest in that. However, I do love where I volunteer and I truly have a passion for that. Also, I am involved in a freshman- upperclassman buddy group that helps freshman or new students learn how to navigate out high school.

Take Time for Yourself: Each night I have to go to bed at 10 because I know if I don't I will be a mess. This idea is super important to me because everyday I get super stressed and worked up about a lot of thins. However, in the end I have to know that every day is a new day. Each night I try to end the day by watching an episode or two of my favorite show with my mom and my dog. I also make sure I shower and complete my skin care routine so I can relax before I end the day.

College Lists: Weirdly enough, exactly a year from today (May 1st) I will know where I will be going to college! Right now it is important that I am researching colleges and writing down ones I am interested on some sort of list. From these lists I can do more research and then by next fall I (hopefully) will know exactly where I want to apply.

I hope this helped to anyone that is in the same boat as I or are going to be experiencing it soon. I wish you the best of luck!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Junior Year

This week I am going to be writing a post about the many parts of junior year and how to handle it. This will consist of tips and tricks that I have discovered during my junior year of high school.

So in case you didn't know I am a junior in High School. Many people say that junior year is the hardest year in high school and I can definitely agree with that. Not just academically but socially as well. This year has left me so tired and I definitely do not want to live junior year ever again.

This year I am taking 3 AP classes. This was such a jump for me because I have never taken any AP classes before. The one class that sticks out to be the hardest for me is AP chemistry. AP classes offer a lot of advantages to many students that would like to get college credit. However, AP chemistry was probably not my smartest choice. As hard as this class is it has challenged me in a way that I have never been challenged before. To all sophomores becoming juniors, this year sucks but it will help you grow.

I also work 14 hours a week at a local daycare. I love my job. I love kids and this job has shown me that I definitely want to work with kids when I am older. However, a job is another event to add to my busy schedule and limit my little free time. From work I have met some of my favorite kids and have made some amazing connections. Working also provides me with money so I can do fun things.

Finally I volunteer. I can't give too much information about where I volunteer because it is very specific, but it is one of my most rewarding things I do.

Why do I do all this? Because that is what colleges apparently want to see. This combination along with SAT's, AP tests, and then social events like prom leaves someone with little time. Getting through this sucks but it is something that I want to do.

However, the entire point of this is to show that during junior year you do not have to go to every football game or love events like prom. It is okay to cry when you get overwhelmed and its okay to tell people about how you feel.