how to : do well in high school

the only true answer to how to survive high school is you don’t. it’s nothing like the musical. it’s full of sleepless, stressful nights. there will be breakdowns and bad grades. but it’s been the best time of my life. you will get through it. it’ll be worth it.

so here’s some tips on how to somewhat manage survival in high school, and have a good high school career. enjoy!

1. time management: it is literally the number one thing that is the issue for me. days in high school seem so much longer. first off, school starts at 7:20, and i get to school at around 6:45. from then on, there’s 8 classes. at 3, school gets out, but i usually have to stay until around 4 or later because of clubs. then it’s homework time.

  • in order to manage my time well, i use a timer. i have my timer on for 20 minutes on my phone and i do my homework based on how many times the timer goes off. for example, i’ll try to do easier class, like math, in one timer. and for harder classes, like ap classes, i try to finish my homework in 2 timers.

try to time yourself while doing homework, which helps you to complete everything on time.

  • another thing to help is using a planner. with projects, planning little by little will help you complete the whole thing on time. seriously, actually planning and completing things based on a planner helps so much.

2. join some clubs: joining a couple clubs help make friends and enhance your college apps. join clubs that interest you, but don’t choose too many. for me, i joined hosa [a health science club] and mao [math competition club]. don’t overwhelm yourself, and make sure that the clubs you’re joining don’t clash.

3. do more. some teachers give extra credit, and you should always take the opportunity to get extra points. the assignments that they assign are usually harder, and if you can do it well, it impresses the teacher and boosts your grade. also try doing more practice questions. for example, in math, try doing more questions than the teacher actually assigns. it helps to understand the material and it definitely has helped me on tests.

4. community service. if you know what you want to do, try applying to organizations related to your interests. if you don’t, theres still many community opportunities out there. service hours look really good on college apps, and it’ll help develop your character. for example, volunteering at a summer camp, hospital, or your local library are good ways to help out the community.

these last two are optional, but will definitely help with college apps.

get to know your counselor. getting ready for college will be a lot easier if you get to know your counselor.

look up colleges. if you know what you want to major in, start looking up good colleges for your major. try to pick your favorite school, and maybe even plan to visit. it will motivate you to do better and get in.

good luck with your studies. enjoy yourself. be yourself. love you babes :).

how to: cakes in mugs!!

making whole cakes are time consuming and a lot of work. when you just want cake fast and easy read on!! these recipes are quick and easy and all you need is a mug and usual things in pantries.

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red velvet
i got this from http://livelovepasta.com/2013/05/red-velvet-mug-cake/ and this is one of the few mug cakes that taste like cake instead of bread.

ingredients
4 tablespoons self rising flour (if you don’t have it use all purpose flour with two pinches of baking powder)
4 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
red food coloring (optional)
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil

combine all ingredients into a coffee mug, whisk until smooth, and microwave 1 1/2- 3 minutes (it took 1 1/2 for me but it depends on your microwave)

cream cheese icing
while the cake is in the microwave and cooling down, this cream cheese icing is really easy and quick to make.
2 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
i used a handheld electric mixer and it was done in less than a minute and tasted so good.

i poked holes with a chopstick into the cake, poured some heavy cream (to make it more flavorful and less dry) and topped it with icing and it tasted SO GOOOODD.

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chocolate
i got this from the food network website http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/instant-chocolate-cake-recipe.html. i’ve tried this a while ago and i thought it was really dry, so what i did was i poked some holes into the cake once it was done and poured some milk or heavy cream into it to take out some of the dryness.

ingredients
1/4 cup flour
5 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
pinch of salt and dash of vanilla extract

combine ingredients in a coffee mug and whisk until smooth. microwave for 1 1/2 -2 minutes (depending on your microwave). top with ice cream of whipped cream and enjoy chocolate goodness.

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birthday cake
i got this recipe from target (target is literal bae) http://www.target.com/r/recipes/happy-birthday-confetti-mug-cake-recipe. haven’t tried this one but it seems really yummy.

ingredients
2 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons self-rising flour (if you don’t have any use all purpose flour and 4 pinches of baking powder)
Pinch of salt
1/2 tablespoon rainbow or confetti sprinkles

combine ingredients in a coffee mug and whisk until smooth. microwave for 1 1/2-2 minutes (depending on your microwave)

vanilla frosting (you can also top with whipped cream)
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla

combine ingredients until smooth (handheld electric mixers are easier & quicker to use)
top onto cake and enjoy your birthday everyday!

hair transformation: long to short !!

hey loves!

so sorry for not posting; i keep writing drafts and then i don’t have enough time to edit or finish them. but right now i’m determined to finish this post.

IMG_5295SOO, recently (AS IN 3 HOURS AGO), i cut my own hair. ME. CUTTING. MY. OWN. HAIR. i had pretty long hair. it was really really straight and it was the same everyday. it had been a long time since i’d gotten a haircut, so my hair was pretty settled and flat. then i saw pictures of people with lobs (long bobs) and they all looked gorgeous. i didn’t think of cutting it at first, but then i realized my hair had no body and was the same thing everyday. after around a week, i tried to see what my hair would look like shorter.

after thinking for another two weeks, i started looking up ways to cut hair. the reason for cutting my own hair is because every time i go to the salon i end up not getting what i want even if i bring pictures. i watched youtube videos and thought of a method.

after having a method and wanting to cut my hair, i still waited another week and a half after actually cutting it. yesterday, i was really wanting to cut my hair and just decided i would do it. my mom gave me a pair of hair shears and a comb and i went into the bathroom. i cut a little to see what it would be like, and i just started cutting more. i honestly wasn’t emotionally attached cutting my hair after the first cut. i played around and messed around until i was happy with it.

OUTCOME: i’m so glad i cut my hair. it started out as wanting to cut off split ends and it turned into something that i’m proud of and i am so glad i did.

if you want to cut your hair and transform you hair, read on.

1. decide whether you want to cut your hair: play with your hair to see what it would look like shorter. decide what length you think you look better in. go with what you think you would look better in; don’t go with a hairstyle someone else looks great in. consider your face shape and decide. look at the website below for help.

http://www.thehairstyler.com/features/articles/hairstyles/the-right-hairstyle-for-your-face-shape

2. find inspiration: once you find the hairstyle you want, look up examples of it. find which type you like best and gather a lot of pictures. these are the pictures i found.

IMG_5298 IMG_5300IMG_5282IMG_5301once you find inspiration, wait at least a week to see if you still like it.

3. wait a little: waiting some time will mean less chance of regret for you. it makes yourself sure you want the haircut and make you happier.

4. decide how to cut it: decide how you want to cut it. decide whether you want to get it professionally done or do it yourself.

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 10.54.48 PMcutting layers yourself: the way i cut my hair was i split my hair in half from ear to ear. i took the top half and put it in a ponytail all the way at the top of my head. (like in the picture). in the picture, it’ll result in two layers. the way i did it (half hair at a time), it gave me three layers.

decide where you want to cut your hair, and then put a ponytail where you want to cut. then cut in a straight line above the ponytail. if you want more of a v shape in your hair, cut above the ponytail diagonally.

5. trimming and fixing up: to make the cut less blunt, thinning shears and point cutting is what would be best. if you don’t have thinning shears like i did, use regular scissors or shears. using this would give you more volume and is better for short hair. take a small section of hair and cut little bits off as you go down (like really really little snips). point cutting would make your cut less blunt and a little shorter. take sections of hair, slide to the end, and cut vertical to your hair. it will take some hair off make the cut softer.

6. ENJOY YOUR HAIR!!!! once you’re happy with your hairstyle, take a second and admire your work. play with your hair and see how you want to wear it and style it. take some pictures and show people your work. BE PROUD AND ENJOY YOUR NEW HAIR 🙂 !!!

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here’s how my hair turned out 🙂 i gave myself bangs by accident but i love the way it turned out.

HAVE FUN WITH YOUR HAIR IT’LL TURN OUT AMAZING!!! ❤

what time is it? summer time!!

summer is full of theme park days, weekend getaways, pool parties, and being outside the whole day. here’s some summer essentials to bring with you for those days that are outside the whole day ! IMG_0307• SUNSCREEN! sunscreen is crucial to protect your skin from the heat. even if the sun is barely out, the rays that sunscreen protect against are still out. depending on how long you are out in the sun, the spf level changes. if it is around an hour under the direct sun, you should get at least 30 spf. if you are out in the sun for the whole day, get at least 50 spf and apply every two hours or so.

• SUNGLASSES!! just as important as protecting your skin, your eyes need protecting as well to go against the UV rays of the sun. you can find cheap ones at Forever 21 that are also really cute. sunglasses can be both protecting and fashionable.

•SHOES! unless you are going flipflops2places that are for hiking and walking long distances, open toed shoes, flats, and flip flops are a must. you don’t realize it, but if your feet are hot, it affects your whole body on how hot you feel.

f138161249c5dec8ed28ed3408022189• CLOTHES! the types of clothes you wear also affect how hot you feel. wearing tight fitting clothes like stretchy tank tops and tight shorts actually make you feel more hot. the heat is piled up as hot waves pass through. wearing loose fitting tanks, shirts, and shorts will help air pass through to cool you down. dresses are also good for summer and super cute. • MAKEUP! if you wear makeup, wearing minimal makeup is better in the summer. wearing bb cream instead of foundation is less intense for your face, and a bit of concealer. skip the bronzer and blush if you can. wearing light waterproof eye liner and mascara is most ideal. bv8r16-l-610x610-bag-purses-leather-crossbody+bag-prettty-wanderlust-tumblr-cute-shorts-summer-nails• BAGS! during summer, small crossbody bags should replace bulky hand bags. smaller bags that you can wrap around yourself is more breathable and more convenient. it’ll be more convenient when going around exploring during summer. • SWIMSUIT! if you’re going to a pool party or a water theme park, obviously, swimsuits are a must. a sheer, long t-shirt can be used as a swimsuit cover up to block harmful sun. be sure to wear sunscreen. swimsuits come in any shape and form, bikinis being the most common. when choosing swimsuits, make sure you can move around comfortably, and covers everything well. HAVE FUN DURING THE SUMMER LOVES. ENJOY EVERYDAY AND LIVE TO THE FULLEST. FOCUS ON THE HAPPY!! I LOVE YOU BABES!!!!

so much happening

over the past couple weeks, i haven’t posted. SO SO SO SORRY!!! in the middle of finals upon finals, marching band activities, wifi issues, and just life, i couldn’t find time for posting. the good thing is i have so many new and cool ideas for posting that will be arriving shortly 😉

diy mother’s day gift ideas

mother’s day: may 10, 2015.

here’s some ideas of what to give your mom for mothers day. all of these ideas are things you can create by yourself, which makes the gift even more special because you put your time and effort into making the gift.

1. the classic note
making a creative letter for your mom can be very heartfelt. if you are more artistic, you can make a card alone, or add it with another gift. take some cardstock paper and any art supplies you need (colored pencils, markers, or even water color paints). get creative with it and do your own thimothers-day-paintingng.
if you are better with computers, creating cards can be a way to go. search up card making website such as

http://www.fotor.com/creatives/photo-cards/all

http://www.greeting-card-messages.com/what-to-write-in-a-mothers-day-card.php

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i made this last year for my mom 🙂

2. canvas art
canvas’ are a little more expensive but you can do a lot of things with it. canvas’ are found at your local art store like a c moores and michaels. you can create crayon art (gluing crayons however you want along the canvas and taking a hairdryer and melting the crayons).
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Melted-Crayon-Canvas

http://www.craftionary.net/paint-and-decoupage-canvas-mothers-day/

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3. collage 
making a collage of pictures of your family and your mom is sweet and doesn’t cost much money. you can either make a paper poster or a wood poster. print out pictures and arrange them on the collage so that there are no white spaces.

4. bMothers-day-gift-basketuying items
buying things from stores can also be really sweet and memorable. you can buy jewelry, makeup, or a spa or pamper day for your mom.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_7?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=mothers+day+gifts&sprefix=mothers%2Caps%2C150

5. household items
HW003-GreyKitchen-Insetmaking things for your mom to use around the house is both useful and sweet. making things such as signs to put on the wall (buy a piece of wood, paint, and decorate), making holders for either makeup brushes or kitchen utensils.

(for ideas) http://www.gifts.com/mothers-day/kitchen-dining/IMXmSzMpz

6. body care
giving your mom things to take care of her body is cool to make, nice to smell, and caring to give your mom. making things such as hair masks, body lotion, or face scrubs or masks. links such as

84a9a2be45e201c046fcfe2130aa70cchttp://www.thankyourbody.com/diy-all-natural-care-products/

http://adelightfulhome.com/10-easy-body-care-products-anyone-can-make/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/05/diy-scrubs-gifts-mothers-day_n_7192392.html

7. knitting or crocheting
finalcard-headerif you know how to knit or crochet, making something shows time, care, and effort. make things like bags, scarfs, tops, headbands, or others.

http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Holiday-Crochet-Patterns/6-Crocheted-Mothers-Day-Gifts

reasons why vanessa is everything goals

1. HER HAIR

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whether its short or long, she rocks whatever hair she has. perfect.

ombre, blonde, brown, black, highlights.

ANYTHING HUDGENS DOES LOOKS AMAZING.

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2. HER FACE.Vanessa-Hudgens-Medium-Curly-Hairstyle

look at her smile. so pretty. everything is amazing.

face goals.

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3. HER STYLE

she can literally rVanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler : Shopping Pairock everything

whether boho, casual, edgy.

LITERALLY ANYTHING  AND EVERYTHING WILL LOOK GOOD ON HER

ANYTHING.

4. COUPLE GOALS

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the pictures speak for themselves.

austin butler and vanessa hudgens.

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they are just both so perfect together.

otp otp otp otp alert.

basically everything is perfect about vanessa. her hair, her acting, her singing, her relationship, her style, and her face. i can’t fit anymore pictures but she is perfect endlessly.