Monthly Archives: December 2014

Top 10 Favorite TV Shows

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I have a problem with watching TV. I used to pretend that I was OK because it would take me a few months to finish a series on Netflix so it wasn’t that bad, right? Then I realized that I am usually watching 3 or 4 shows at a time so even though it takes me a few months to finish one series, I’ve finished 2 other series as well. I’ve watched so much TV that I’ve decided to share some of my favorite shows with you.

  1. BBC Sherlock So I love this show. It’s more like a series of mini-movies but it’s still good. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes. It’s set in London. Each episodes runs for about 1.5 hours. Unfortunately, there are only 9 “episodes” right now and there is a long span between each season. So by the time you catch up, you’ll still have to wait a long time before the next season comes out. You should still watch it because I love it.
  2. Doctor Who Another British show. This one is sooooo different than Sherlock though. Like, different end of the spectrum. Doctor Who is about a super old alien who travels around space and time rescuing people. If you start watching Doctor Who, you should realize that it’s kinda silly and you just need to accept that. The only problem that I have with this show is that they build up these super complicated, awesome story lines and then the resolution falls a little flat. I think it’s still worth it.
  3. Scrubs Doctors. Sarcasm. Comedy. What more could you ask for in a show? This series is over and done, sadly. My brother and I watched this series in 5 weeks…there’s 8 seasons…I really have a TV problem. There’s also a ninth season where they tried to reboot the series and there are different characters. I never watched this season because it sounded weird. But the first 8 seasons are wonderful.
  4. The Office This is another show that is all over. I haven’t finished watching it but I am currently in season 7 and it’s still going pretty strong. This show is awkward. There will be times that you are cringing from all the awkward. It’s just about a bunch of different personalities who work in one office. The only thing is that I hated the first season. I kept watching because my brother told me I should and I’m really glad I did. I love it now.
  5. Bones This is a show about a forensic anthropologist who uses her smarts to help the FBI with murder investigations where there is nothing left of the bodies except the bones. It’s a pretty cool show because it’s all science-y but it also has romance and humor.
  6. Parks and Recreation Another comedy. It’s kind of along the same lines of The Office and it’s got Amy Poehler so it’s hilarious. It’s about a bunch of government workers who work in the Parks and Rec department for a small town that isn’t that great. It’s currently got 6 seasons and I think it’s going into it’s 7th pretty soon.
  7. Monty Python’s Flying Circus Gosh this show is weird. That’s pretty much the only way to describe it. It’s a sketch show and it’s British and it’s just sooooo weird. Half the time, I have no idea what’s going on and I just accept that. It’s a specific kind of humor and if you don’t like it, you don’t like it. But you should give it a try because if you like it, you’ll love it.
  8. Avatar: The Last Airbender This is such a good show and gets so little notice! It’s about this boy that can control all 4 elements and it’s his job to save the world with the help of friends he meets along the way. It only has 3 seasons but it’s perfect!!! I love the characters and the plot is wonderful and there’s all this development and it’s a cartoon. I haven’t started that new series Legend of Korra but that looks good as well.
  9. Once Upon A Time This show is still going on but I see it only lasting a little bit longer. They are going into their 4th season but are running out of classic fairy tale characters. It’s been really good though. It’s about this town that is full of fairy tale characters who forget that they are fairy tale characters and they have to be rescued by the “Savior” and then there’s all these crazy adventures with the fairy tale characters. It’s been pretty good but they’re bringing in Elsa next season so they’re clearly running out of steam.
  10. Psych Another one of my favorite shows. It just recently finished up and I have yet to see the final season, which I think is season 8. It’s about a guy who is so observant that he convinces people that he is psychic and works with the police department to solve crimes. It’s another really funny show.

Those are a lot of the shows that I’ve watched. Most are available on Netflix but some, like Avatar in particular, are not. Hope you’ve discovered some new shows to try out!

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Crafty Christmas

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I’m the youngest of four kids…by a lot. And while I kinda love feeling like an only child now that everyone’s moved out, I missed some of the little activities that my siblings did when they were younger. So my mom and I have been recreating the Christmas themed activities the last couple years. Last year we painted ornaments and this year we painted cinnamon sticks to look like Santa Claus. Santa Sticks were super easy and didn’t take long at all so here’s a step by step tutorial (with pictures) of how to do it.

You’ll need:

  • Acrylic paint
    • red
    • white
    • black
    • flesh tone
  • Paint brushes
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Styrofoam box

The Styrofoam box is used to hold the cinnamon sticks while they’re drying so if you have some other method of propping them up, like a test tube rack, you don’t need the Styrofoam. If you do buy the Styrofoam remember that the cinnamon sticks have to be shoved in pretty far in order to stay so go with a deep box. We did 7×7 and that worked well. And cinnamon sticks are available at most craft stores, especially around the holidays.

A quick word about paint. If you’re like my family and own a million colors of paint but none that are suitable for skin, you might need to mix your own. We mixed and light brown, white, and pink to create a pretty good peachy tone. If you are going to mix your own color, be patient and just keep adding and mixing until you’ve got the color you want.

We used several differently sized paint brushes. We had a small one for detail work like the mustache, a slightly bigger one for the beard, and a foam brush that is about an inch thick. That’s just what he had on hand and any number of brushes would work.

Now that you have all of you materials, let’s begin.

  1. Paint the cinnamon stick red. We used rather large cinnamon sticks so we only painted the top third, however it is up to you on how elongated and large you want your cinnamon Santa to look. We had to use two coats of red paint in order to cover up the brown of the cinnamon stick. wpid-wp-1419703171067.jpeg
  2. Add white and black stripes to mimic the Santa suit. Feel free to also add buttons, which we did by dipping the back of a paint brush handle in paint and using that to create more perfect circles. wpid-wp-1419703208053.jpeg
  3. Take the flesh color and paint an oval. This will be the face. Be aware of where your putting it so that it lines up with any buttons and does not interfere with the shape of the cinnamon stick. wpid-wp-1419703214452.jpeg
  4. Decorate with the details! We added a beard, eyes, a mustache, and the mouth. We chose to make the mouth singing, because Santa has a beautiful voice! wpid-wp-1419703322224.jpeg

So that’s it. Hope you can use these instructions to make these cinnamon stick Santa’s with someone. Comment below if you have any questions! Happy Holidays!!

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I’m a Regular Rapunzel

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I’m currently trying to grow my hair out. About 9 months ago I chopped off 12 inches and went with a long pixie. I’m glad I did but I am now missing my long hair. So today I’m going to give you all my haircut tips as well as tips for growing it out.

First of all, if you have never cut off a lot of your hair for a new dramatic look, I highly recommend you do. I’ve done it three times and I’ve loved it every time. It feels really weird and cool to brush your now nonexistent hair or wash it or try to style it. Half the fun is people’s reactions, from “Ohhh I love it!” to “Wow that’s……interesting.” Plus if you cut off enough, you can donate to Locks of Love or other hair donation places. So be daring and cut your hair to shorter than chin length! It’s super in style right now so you’ll fit right in. Plus short hair pairs really well with beanies which you can wear a lot of if you end up not liking your haircut.

Second, if you’re thinking of cutting your hair, I suggest you think about it for at least a month. Sometimes I get in my mind that I want some new crazy haircut but the next week I want just  the opposite. So pick out your desired hairstyle and sit on it for a little bit.

Speaking of picking out your style, I have the most success when I bring a picture of what I want. Just print it off and show it to the stylist and you’ll probably get closer to want you wanted than if you try to describe it. And if you can’t find exactly what you want, being in several pictures! Tell them that you want those bangs but those layers but you need that length.

If you don’t get what you want the first time, be patient. I’m going to tell you something that may change the very way you view the world: it’s just hair. Hair will grow out and then you can get what you want. When I first got mine cut, it was all around shorter than I wanted and I was ready to just grow it out back to my previous length. But when I went back to the salon (does Great Clips count as a salon?) and told them that I was trying to grow it out, they actually gave me a cut closer to what I originally wanted. So I stuck with the short hair and ended up loving it! Until I got tired of it.

And that’s the drawback of short hair. There’s not much you can do with it. However, that’s also a good thing. I can wake up in the morning and not do anything but a quick comb through and then be ready for the day. But it can get kinda boring. If you’re willing to invest in some beauty products, you can probably come up with some fun things to do but I was not willing to do that. I will say that YouTube has some cool videos of stuff to do with short hair. And I have discovered a few hairstyles but more times than not they take much too long to be really worth it. Which is ironic because my hair is too short to do anything that doesn’t take a long time.

I have surfed the internet for months trying to find the best tips for growing your hair out faster. You’ve probably seen them all too: hot oil massage, channeling your diet, buying some miracle hair product, etc. But one thing I’ve seen forever and finally decided to is only washing my hair every other day. I resisted for the longest time because I think that you can usually tell when someone doesn’t wash their hair every day and I don’t like how it looks. Plus, I’ve never liked my hair on the second day. But I decided to just do it. I’ve seen it enough places that it must do something good for your hair….right?

So I took the opportunity to start when I got sick. I missed school for three days and basically didn’t leave my house the whole time.  From Sunday morning to Wednesday evening, I did not wash my hair. I still showered and I even wet my hair but I did not use shampoo. My hair was disgusting and I really wanted to but I resisted. Then on Wednesday, the day before I returned to civilization, I washed it. And I swear I could already tell that my hair looked nicer. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking but my hair looked shinier without being dirty and it felt thicker and healthier. I’ve been washing my hair every other day for a few months now and I honestly really like it. My hair feels thicker and healthier and I’m glad I finally succumbed.

So that’s pretty much all I got. Not much that’s original but I hope I’ve inspired some of you to be adventurous and cut off all your hair. It’s definitely been different and I’m often told that my haircut matches my sassy attitude, so I guess that’s good.

Also, my sincerest apologies for totally dropping off the radar for like three months. School sucks. I’ll try to be better in the new year.