|My mom and I after a full day at NerdCon.|
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
It's so hard to believe that in a couple days it's going to be 2016. I feel like it just became 2015 and now it's going to be 2016. This is that time of year when people set their New Year's resolutions.
A desicion to do or not do something
Why Keep a Resolution
Now let's be honest, not that many people actually keep their New Year's resolutions. But they help you realize things that you want to change in your life. That is the main idea behind them, they outline the goals you have for yourself throughout the next year. That is the reason why you should make one. If you want to try to beat the odds at keeping resolutions try to find ways that work for you for keeping it. If you still don't have any ideas, look at some common resolutions and see if they help
Some Ways to Keep a Resolution
1. Only make one resolution (that is practical as well) 2. Make a plan of action (Don't go in blind) 3. Keep trying (Don't quit after a slip-up) 4. It helps you to have a visual reminder as well. There is really no concrete evidence on how many days it takes to form a habit but 30 is a good standard. Here is a tip, take 30 post-it notes and stick them on the wall. Everyday when you keep your resolution take one down. When you run out of post-it notes put more up and keep going.
Some Common Resolutions
1. Quiting a bad habit 2. Exercising/getting healthy 3. Learning something new 4. Travel 5. Spend more time with family/friends
My new years resolution for this year is to stop procrastinating. I also asked Julia what hers was and she said it was to appreciate the smaller and simpler things in life.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Self Esteem Craft
We had the kick-off for our blog a couple months ago. As part of the event we did a craft. We thought that it would be a good idea to share this craft with people that could not attend. This craft is all about improving self esteem using positive words. It doesn't take that long and is pretty easy. Have fun!
A Canvas Scissors Pencil Mod Podge Dish for the Mod Podge Brush Letter of Your First Name Positive Words That Describe You
Step 1Take the scrapbook paper, mod podge, and brush and mod podge the scrapbook paper on the canvas however you want. You can use just one sheet of paper or little scraps. You can rip them or cut them out. You do not have to worry about bubbles because the mod podge dries flat and it also dries clear.
Type the words that describe you and then cut out all of your words. Also get your letter of your first name. You could make your own like I did with construction paper or buy a pre-made one. Once you are done, mod podge them onto your canvas and you are done!
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Living in Minnesota never gets old. Why? There are so many different components, cultures and lifestyles that make up Minnesota that traveling a few miles can make you feel like you’re in a completely different state. Recently I went up North to the Lake Superior shoreline, near Grand Marais. If you’ve ever had the privilege of visiting Grand Marais, then you know that it truly is the coolest small town in America. But the temperature might be the only cool thing about it. The atmosphere and the people are incredibly warm and inviting. It’s like you have entered an entirely different world. Minnesota nice really does sum up what this town is all about. And of course, the views...just, wow. Imagine looking out onto an ocean, a vast, shining body of water, and realizing that you are nowhere near the coast. Lake Superior, the coldest and cleanest of the great lakes, is the ocean of Minnesota. It’s an amazing experience to stand on the shore and just breathe in that cold air. Yes, it is cold; layers of clothing are imperative when up North. But this area of Minnesota is stunning. If I could travel to any part of the world, I would go back to Grand Marais.
Friday, October 23, 2015
|Anika welding with Grandpa|
|Me welding with Grandpa|
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015
So a while ago Julia and I got to help out with a friend's Silver award project. So we wanted to share this awesome way Annika chose to impact her community, so I asked Annika to tell us about her project. Here's what she said:
Connection of neighbors, connection of learning. These two concepts were the basis of my silver award project. My project was to build a Little Free Library for my neighborhood. The need I saw in the community was to make a place where neighbors come together. As I started thinking of possible projects, I thought of a new craze, Little Free Libraries (LFL). A LFL is a mix of a birdhouse and a mail box but instead of holding birds or mail it holds books. Silver award projects require many hours of planning, time, and leadership. I had to plan an event to start building the library and an open house to introduce my neighborhood to their newest addition. I had to use my leadership as a Girl Scout to turn these ideas into action and actually make them happen. There were many bumps in the road but eventually the smooth pavement came to relieve the struggle. The moment I put the last screw into the counting post felt like the best thing in the world. Now as I see my neighbors stopping by I know I have made a difference in their lives by giving them a first-class trip at their finger tips. As for you, when you have a dream, big or small, make them reality no matter how bumpy the road may be.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
- Keep your alarm clock across the room from your bed.
Monday, September 7, 2015
- Go Swimming. Swimming is a very fun from floating to jumping off of docks or boats. Just make sure to know swimming strengths and where the lake depth changes just so you stay safe.
- Waterskiing. Waterskiing can be rather difficult but once you get the hang of it it is really fun. Just remember everyone learns at a different pace.
- Tubing. Tubing is a fun activity that takes little to no skill for the tubers.
- Boating. Boating is fun leisure activity for all ages so it is an awesome family activity.
- Jet Skiing. Jet skiing is a lot more fast pace then boating and gives you a feeling of freedom at least when you are driving.
- Paddle Boarding. This is trendy and relatively new thing and it is pretty awesome. There are many ways to make this more challenging such as paddle board yoga which is a lot harder than you'd think.
- Kayaking. This is a fun activity to do. You can do it by yourself or with friends or family. It’s also calming and rather relaxing.
- Wake boarding.
- Wake surfing.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
The leaves are changing. School is starting up for many of you, and for some it has already started. For most of us, this means seeing old friends again, homework, and learning new things. But you might have a different experience when you walk to class. Trying to fit in, drama, and bullying can also define our time at school. But it can't define us. I know you've probably heard this same speech hundereds of times, but I can't stress how important it is to stand up for yourself. Some of you might be moving to a new school, or transitioning to middle or high school, which is terrifying. There will be new people, new teachers, and new obstacles to overcome. But the most important thing to remember is that you can't be defined by what you wear, or how you do your hair. You are defined by your personality, likes and dislikes; what makes you...you. So when the school years starts, don't worry about what others think. You just be you. 'Cuz you're awesome, girl!
Saturday, August 29, 2015
|My little sister and I at A Fabulous Fair Alphabet on Machinery Hill|
| Twist Ice Cream cones with my|
sister from the Dairy Building
|Pronto Pup! (I may|
have had 3 over 2 days)
|Sweet Martha's Cookies|
|Fresh French Fries|
|We meet the President,|
First lady and their dog Bo
|With my mom. We think|
math is cool
Visit A Fabulous Fair Alphabet.
Go to one of the many themed days at The Fair. (For example STEM day which is typically the first day)
or find something new but it is a wonderful opportunity to get
inspired by local organizations.
4. Giant Slide
There is still plenty of time to go to The Minnesota Sate Fair to eat some deep fried food on a stick and get inspired!
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Quick; name as many superheroes as you can in ten seconds. Go! Which ones did you think of? Superman? Batman? The Flash? Now, name as many female superheroes as you can. How many do you know? When I first tried this, I realized I only know one; Wonderwoman! The thing is, men were always looked at as the ones that saved the world, not women. Women were always portrayed as the villains, or the damsels in distress. Now, I know that comic books are pretty much a thing of the past, and these views of women are somewhat outdated. But the influence that these stereotypes brought upon the global community still remains. And it's not just superheroes. Men star in movies more, are more involved in politics, and are the heads of more companies than women. I know it sounds cheesy, but you can help stop this stereotype by being a hero in your community. Get involved! Be active in the things going around you. Before you know it, all women will break that glass ceiling and become strong, independent leaders. I challenge you to be a role model to young girls around you. Save the day!
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
|Ferris wheel at Valleyfair|
Friday, August 21, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
|Picture taken in Hawaii on another adventure I've been on.|
Sunday, August 16, 2015
If I were a doctor, and you, or anyone, were my patient, I would prescribe the healing powers of climbing a mountain.
Just last week, my family and I drove thirteen hours to Pray, Montana, a small town with big mountains. We stayed at a cabin in between two mountain ranges.
My family does a lot of geocaching, which is basically just plugging in coordinates into your handy GPS and following them to the hidden peanut butter jar full of plastic toys. Of course it's not about finding the toys; it's more about pride, and being able to say you've found 100 geocaches or something like that. Anyways, my dad was looking for geocaches in the area and happened to find one that was definitely worth bragging about. This one had been hidden on the very top of Emigrant Peak, the tallest mountain in Pray. So off we went, up a steep trail that would lead us to the treasure. At first, the trail was manageable; just a slight incline. The views were fantastic nonetheless. You could literally see every pine tree for miles (there were a lot of pine trees there)! But after about a half-hour of hiking, the path suddenly became almost vertical; this is where my mom and brother stopped. We left them with the food and the bear spray and continued up the steep trail to the elusive geocache.
If you have never climbed a mountain before, it's not all fun and games. First off, the air is very thin on top of a mountain. Hiking up a steep, winding trail and having to make do with a small amount of oxygen are not a great combination. We had to stop every few minutes to catch our breath. At last, we reached a flat clearing. And let me tell you that I have never seen something more amazing than the view I saw then. You could see absolutely everything, from the thick carpet of pine trees to the last detail of every other mountain around. The sunlight touches everything, adding a surreal effect to the panoramic view. Just one small problem: the geocache was still thousands of feet above our heads! We were 7,200 feet above sea level, but we still had more to go if we were to reach the treasure.
Unfortunately, the path that led from the clearing to the top was even steeper than the path we had already conquered! This was the end of the mountain climbing adventure for me, but the awesomeness of the whole experience is something I will never forget. Let me tell you, people, there is nothing more exciting, healing or rewarding than conquering a mighty mountain of your own. Even if you don't make it all the way to the top, the view is still amazing.
Friday, August 14, 2015
- Helene Aqullia from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
- Beatrice Prior from Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson & the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
- America singer from The selection by Keira Cass
- Hermione Granger from Harry potter by J.K. Rowling
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
-Julia, Haley, and Abby
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
-Abby, Haley, and Julia