An Awesome Face Mask

Hey girls!

Here is a cool recipe for a face mask I’ve enjoyed recently. It makes my face smooth and clean. I highly suggest you try it! If you do, let me know how it worked for you!

Needed: 

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbs Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs Plain Greek yogurt (you can also use oatmeal or leave it out all together, but it is preferred because it makes your mixture thicker)
  • 1 tbs of honey

Directions: 

  1. Mix the ingredients together thoroughly with a fork
  2. Put your hair back and apply the mixture thickly
  3. Leave the mask on for about 20 min.
  4. Rinse off with cool water

Bullying! It doesn’t have to be this way…

Imagine a situation of a girl that has been bullied at your school or co-op. She seems to always smile and not mind, or just brush it off like no big deal. What you may not know, is that when she gets home from school, she cries herself to sleep because shes called fat or ugly.

Sadly, most of the time girls take bullying and insults extremely personally and, maybe in an extreme situations, will have suicidal or self harming thoughts. Many girls in our age range and generation devastatingly attempt things like that.

If you aren’t one of the girls that has had thoughts to harm yourself, don’t read this and say, “oh, this doesnt apply to me.” But think about it: if you stood up for ONE person, girl or boy, you could prevent them from thinking they don’t deserve to live life or prevent them from looking down on themselves. You can stand up for one person and spare them alot of pain and worry about their looks and hopefully keep them from being bothered by the bully again.

Now think about this: you see a girl being bullied and you walk past without becoming involved or helping her out. The next week you find out she committed suicide. How would you like to know that you could have probably prevented it, but you didnt? You worried about yourself and your own name more then getting yourself into the situation to help her out.

By knowing something is happening that is hurting someone and their feelings and not doing anything, you are not an innocent bystander. Even if you don’t know whether or not someone is being bullied or struggles with confidence with how they look or feel, sometimes a simple compliment or even just acknowledging the person can help that so much. You may never know that you made their day, or gave them a smile, but it may have done so much to build them up.

Say you are a girl struggling with thoughts like this, or you are bullied at your school or other organization, you need to realize that you are perfect and flawless in God’s eyes and you were made exactly how He wanted you to be. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

If your inside shines and is beautiful because your heart is following God, that is what matters. The Lord has a purpose and a plan for every single one of us and you are beautiful in your own way. Don’t let anyone tell you different.

Finally, if you do fight thoughts of self harm or you deal with being bullied, it always helps to tell your parents. They should be there to help you. You can also tell a teacher, or your pastor, or even a close adult friend involved in your life.

So, whether you’re in a situation where you’re being bullied or not, don’t forget you are made in God’s perfect image and He loves you so much. Let’s let our light shine and show others how He works through us! If you have a concern or question please comment and let me know!

Interview: An Inspiring Soccer Champ

Hello! I am so sorry I haven’t posted in a while. This is an interview with one of my very successful friends – Mikayla. She has really been inspiring to me and I hope she will be for you as well.

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How long have you been playing soccer?
  •  9 years 
Where did you begin playing?
  •  Guthrie Soccer at Bob Jones
Where are you playing now?
  •  For South Carolina and eastside high school varsity ladies team

What has been one of your greatest accomplishments?

  • Becoming MVP (most valuable player) in my 2013 Furman soccer team and in 2013 going to regional

What is the thing that inspired you to play soccer?

  • The United States women’s national team. Particularly Sydney Ruleroux, Abby Wabash and Alex Morgan have really inspired me.

Biggest goals and hopes for your soccer career?

  • Being on the USA woman’s national team.

What do you do in intense training weeks?

  • 3340514b-2e57-4956-ab4e-b5bd0ae4bc39Conditioning:
    • 300 jump ropes
    • 20 abb kicks from push up position
    • 200 jump ropes
    • 20 abb kicks opposite elbow
    • 100 jump ropes
    • 20 invisible bar sit-ups
    • Rest 1 minute
    • And repeat for a total of three timed rounds
  • Strength:
    • Single leg squats and chair 3 x 10 each leg
    • Single leg hip bridge 3 x 10 each leg
    • 100 push ups with out rest 
What pushes you to keep going?
  • Knowing that when it all comes down to the end, I won’t remember all those days that I pushed myself to the limit. I’m gong to remember when my team goes to state and when we win each game, and the memories that come along with it.

Boredom….Be gone!

Boredom is the sign of a small mind!  ~Dr. Salter
Wow! How many times do we complain that we are bored or there is nothing to do? A  lot! The quote above is one that all of us can take to heart. My mom came up with an idea to help us not to be bored. We have a Boredom Jar that is full of things little papers that list things we can do when we say we’re bored. Here are some examples:

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  • Reading
  • Cleaning a bathroom
  • Write a letter to someone
  • Bake something
  • Organize
  • Bringing the dog on a walk
I’ve even created my own jar that has almost 30 slips of paper with different things on each one! Most of the time boredom boils down to laziness. We just have to think of the other things we could (or should) be doing instead! If you have other activities for me to put in my Boredom Jar, or have tried this yourself, I would love to hear about it. Just leave a comment!

Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe

Hey! I am really excited about this recipe that I made a few days ago. Those of you that have have read my previous post, “The Lesson of the Flummery,” know that I don’t always have the best cooking skills. Well then you’ll be surprised to hear that this recipe was a great success! It’s gluten and sugar free…really healthy! You will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour (rice flour)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • Image1 tsp Baking soda
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 heaping tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3-4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix together all dry ingredients (flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt and cinnamon)
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the remaining ingredients until thoroughly mixed
  4. Mix the wet into the dry
  5. Mix until well blended
  6. Grease a 9-inch Pyrex with coconut oil and dust with a little flour
  7. Pour batter into the pan and distribute evenly with a spatula
  8. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 40 minute or until lightly brown on top, firm to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean
  9. Option: Chocolate chips! Add about a 1/2 cup once batter is mixed. That turns this from banana bread into banana cake.
Why don’t you try it and let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy it!
Picture: simplyrecipes.com

Forget TV. Read…Aloud!

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Hello everyone! So, summer vacation is drawing to an end and there are only a few more weeks until school! Sometimes these last weeks can seem like there is nothing to do and that you just want to get back into a schedule. A lot of times the answer to most people is TV. Well lately I have found a great outlet for my time! Reading!

Now, I know your saying, “Um…I knew that” Wait! I think that reading ALOUD is more challenging and more fun and exciting. I have been reading to my siblings out loud and they are really enjoying it. It’ s better for your eyes/brain then TV is and it is actually very challenging.

You don’t know how many times I stumble over my words and sentences, how many times my sisters laugh at me because a word like “wait” turns into “wheat”…or something like that. Oh, and for you mothers reading my blog…my mom is giving me a penny a page. I just finished reading my sisters The Little House in the Big Woods. That has 238 pages in it. Hey, I just made $2.38 by reading to them! The book we are reading now is a classic Nancy Drew book (The Secret of Larkspur Lane). So, tell me if this works for you! I would love to hear about it!

Also, I’m so happy that I now have 40 “email followers” on my blog. The goal for the end of this year is 50. If you haven’t become a follower enter your email address and click the “submit” button on the right side of your screen. You will get an email when there is a new post so you can come check it out! It would be great if you could pass this around to your friends and tell them to follow as well! Thanks!

Bleach Pen Art

Hello Everyone! Here’s a fun craft for the summer – decorating a shirt or towel. The following are detailed instructions to help you make one…and wear your own art.

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Supplies:

  • Bleach pen (I paid $1.50 at Target)
  • 1 shirt (approx. $3.15 at Wall Mart) Best with a dark color!
  • Stencil/optional

How to do it:

  1. First you should probably practice on an old shirt or towel, make sure to put a piece of cardboard underneath it!
  2. Lay the stencil on the shirt that you chose. I taped the stencil onto the shirt so it wouldn’t move. Then you take your bleach pen and go over your stencil. If you don’t have a stencil when you apply the bleach make sure you have a bleach pen with a point like a pen so you can draw something creative.
  3. photo 2-2After you have thoroughly applied the bleach, set it aside to lighten. Leave the stencil on it while it dries. You may have to put a second coat of bleach on your patterned design.
  4. When you have applied the bleach let it sit for about an hour and a half. Then wash it so it can completely settle.
  5. Have fun with this and unleash your creativity!! 🙂

Tips:

  • I suggest doing it outside because the bleach is bad to breath in.
  • Don’t leave the bleach on to long or it can eat away the fabric. Wash it within an hour and a half as written above.
  • photo 3Wash your hands right away if bleach gets onto your hand. For extra precaution wear plastic gloves.
  • You can really add your own spice to this craft…I added little eyes and a few bleach flowers next to the owl. Let me know how it goes!

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