May 10, 2015

All the Way's I've (Sorta) Changed

Well I was informed that I have to write a post of how I, Alexa Wilcox, have changed and how my blog has changed throughout the year. And to be honest I'm not so sure. I mean I know I've changed but I'm just not the kind of person who is constantly going through different phases and things. I mean I'm not sure if this is how it seems to other people. But I feel like I'm basically the same little girl that came out of my mothers whom. Except for the fact that I'm wearing clothes now. That's new. To prove my point I have a small scenario that I can play out for you, and for the record this happens like everyday.

Emily: "So what's new with you?"
Me: "Nothing."
Emily: "Oh come on. Nothing."
Me: "I decided to braid my hair in a single french braid instead of the usual two. So what's new with you"
Emily: *Big story about how she is gonna be a movie star or something like that*

Soooooo, yeah. And even though I had a specific criteria that I had to write about for this blog post I really wanted to try the same format for my blog because as I stated, I don't do that whole change thing. So I'm gonna write about the little, more insignificant things that I have noticed.

(Sorry it's not a How To post or an advise post like normal. Curse you Mr.Parker.)

1. Sadder Social Life
Starting at the beginning of this year I was really really close with all of my Theater friends from the summer play that we were in together. But like every year, dance sufficiently took over my life again and I had no time to hang out. At the beginning of the year I went for dance no days a week to 7 days a week. In case you hadn't inferred this kinda thing impacts your social life. I mean I couldn't hang our because I had dance. I couldn't sleepover because then I would be tired and not be ready for dance the next morning. I couldn't do anything because, well I had dance, and homework.

You see it's not that I'm dancing 24/7 but I knew that if I still wanted to get good grades I couldn't be hanging out with people up until dance started, because by the time I got home from dance at approximately 9:20 doing all my homework wasn't gonna fly. So because of all of this stuff. I'm a bit more friendless. However, it's not all bad. The girls that I dance with have really become like a second family. And to spend everyday doing what I love with just a 9 really good friends. Well I guess that doesn't really suck.
Had the best time at the recital. BTW pretty much none of my other friends came to see it, because I don't have any. 
2. Procrastination Association 
I'm actually fairly proud of this one. Well even though the time that I am posting this blog isn't representation of this. I have decided to resign from the Procrastination Association. Well at least part time. You see, I actually decided to try to get my life on track this year. With such an intense schedule  due to dance, singing, and theater. I can't afford to be up late every night do the homework from the last two weeks. Of writing an essay in a single night. So I got a planner. And I stuck with it. I can say that I'm more that happy to not be a full time last minute lady any longer.

3. Blooming Blog
In terms of my blog I'd say that I've defiantly grown as a writer because of it. I feel as though I have more of a distinctive voice. That I'm not just a robot in a page, if you know what I mean. Even though  my bog didm' treaty turn out how I planned it. That's okay. I always had fun writing the posts, regardless if anyone ever read them. I feel like it has become much more of a relaxing task rather than a chore. When we first started blogging I always had Ideas on what to write about but it would take me forever to put it on a page and get it ready to post. Now I feel as though I can just write. I don't have to worry about who might read it, or what they might think. I just get to write for me, and I like that. AND I got a real tag line.

Also my Ballet? section of my blog was the best thing that I ever added. It just is the best little look at how genuinely weird we are at dance. But considering we see each other so much, the judgment is pretty much gone between us. I'm just glad my ballet teacher doesn't read this. I wonder what she would think of the quotes that I've used of hers.

Well I'm not really sure if this is the last time I'll be writing on here or not. But I can honestly say it has been a pleasure either way.

XOXO still not quite over the Gossip Girl thing.

Making a Merry Mothers Day

Do you know what day it is? MOTHERS DAY! And just like my blog, it is very very special. So it is important that you make sure it is a heat day for your mom. From start to finish this day should be great.

1. Breakfast/Brunch
The most classic movie mothers day is breakfast in bed. So, I'm hear to help you make the BESTEST BREAKFASTIST. First you have to do is take note of all of your mothers favorite breakfast foods. For example I know that my mom loves eggs with salsa, and my grandma likes unsweetened greek yogurt. Then, make sure that you set your alarm early enough to actually make the breakfast before they get up. I've forgotten that one a couple of times. You should also make sure to get the rest of your familia involved. They are gonna be a bit sad if you give your mom the best gift of all, and they aren't in on it.

2. Hiking
Okay Okay I know that not everyone likes to hike, but in my view of Park City, most of them do. I think that it is defiantly the best think that my family does on mothers day. You do however, have to just pray that there is good weather so that you can have a great hike. Especially with all of the rain that we have been having it is good to just do a special parer of something to get the good weather back to Park City.  But thankfully it ended up working out more that well. It's beautiful outside actually.
The weather while I'm inside writing this blog. 
Some of the great places that you can go are up into the Uintas (if it's warm enough,) Pine-brook, Deer Vally, or PCMR.

3. Movie Night
I don't know about other mothers, but my mom LOVES home movie night. Especially the cheesy pixar classics. I mean not that I blame her. Pixar is bae and all. Even my little brother likes these movie nights. Everyone just needs to turn off their phones and their other electronics. If you do this then it means that your movie will not be interrupted at all and that is quality bonding time that can not be missed. To get this perfect movie night ready just grab as many fluffy, soft pillows as you can find and pile them up on you couch. Then you should also grab everyone in your families favorite pillow. AND also you need popcorn. Because frankly what is a movie without popcorn? Am I right. Or am I right. I feel like I've used that phrase before on my blog. I also feel like I don't care.
Me not caring.
Well I'm gonna go hang with my mom if that's okay with you.
Blog ya later fellow quirks.

May 8, 2015

*Dramatically says the word "DANCE"*

Once upon there was a ballet class. They weren't the most talented. They weren't the most graceful. And they weren't the hardest workers. But they were a team. In 2012 this class had a teacher. This teachers name was Gulianna (jo͞o-lē-äna). Well long and behold, Gulianna was insane. She gave them a dance in which her was the star, they moved their heads like chickens, and one of the girls was shot by a hunter at the end.  It would later go on as a hilarious memory for the girls. After they had preformed for the last time, they took a group picture to capture the madness. And in this picture I hope you find joy. 
Lets all take a minute to appreciate our faces and our awkward arm positions. (Photo Creds)
Well a the next year this ballet class got a new teacher names Juliana (
jo͞o-lē-anə). She taught them how to dance properly and put them in point shoes. And all was well in the world as they grew up to be prima ballerinas and trained with Vaganova

That was purely for my amusement and now to continue my amusement I am going to continue this post with how to get ready for a dance competition, which is completely useless to most people but, feel free to apply this to any situation in life. 

1. Aesthetic
First you need to get your hair and makeup under control. The best way to do this is to take a shower and clean your body but if you can afford not to, don't wash your hair. Just a get your hair really wet. The get out of the shower and get changed into close that you will wear to the competition before you change into costume. Then you need to let your hair dry to the point where it's not dripping but still would leave a wet mark on your shirt if it rested on your back. Once it's at this golden stage you grab your bobby pins and hairspray, and get to work. The most typical hair style that you can do is a ballet bun. So you slick your hair back to the crown of your head and you twist and pin. Twist and pin.


Notice the placement of the bun, and the round form. (Photo Creds)
After you are done with the hair and have hairspray it to rock hard. Than move on to the make up stage. The key things that you are going to need are. 

-Consealer
-Foundation
-Mascara
-Eyeliner
-Fake Eyelashes
-Blush
-Bronzer
-Eyebrow Pencil
-Lipstick
-Eyeshadow

If you are a girl. Which everyone who reads my blog pretty much is, you mostlikly know how to apply all of these things. But you need to make sure to add a lot of everything so you stand out in stage. But considering girls at Treasure already wear enough makeup to make people wonder if there is even a face underneath it all. I don't think you'll have a problem.

2. Snacks 
Just come to terms with the fact that you are going to be there for a long time in-between dances but not enough time to go get food and you are going to be stuck in the dressing room all day and there isn't going to be something to eat and you are going to get hungry and you are going to wish that you read this tip. SO bring a snack. No, bring many snacks, bring a large baggy of snacks and keep them in a safe place where it wont get crushed. Also make sure that you bring things that are healthy with lots of protein and natural sugars to give you energy. Mia did a great job with her snack-packing.  
Well done Mia. (Photo Creds)
3. ZZZZZZZZZ
Get a good nights sleep. If you don't, you will be cranky and you aren't gonna want to be there. If you do, dance competition can be tons of fun. Also you're defiantly gonna preform better of a good nights rest. 

Well I hope that you can use this simple guide in some aspect of your life. If not I can't believe you read the whole thing. 

Blog ya later fellow quirks. 

May 4, 2015

Beachy Blog Post

A while ago...
"EWWWWW!" I yell as I look out into the distance where fluffy snowflakes floating down to cover the ground with this white, and unwanted blanket. I take one step outside and immediately know that I wish I was still where shorts and bikini top are appropriate attire. I groan one more time and make my way outside to the curb at the airport where me and my family will wait for someone to take us to our car. 

Some time later... 
It has now been three weeks and I can still say with absolute certainty that I wish my mother had lost out passports on our way home. This had almost happened, and my cousin had made a joke that St.Kitts was our home now. Although, the thought of that terrified me at the time, this thing called 'snow in April' terrifies me quite a bit more.  And for the moment I would just like you to pretend with me that we are still in paradise and all of the wonderful things we should/could do while we are there. 

1. Beach Bums are Better than Regular Bums 
Lets be honest, is there any better feeling than the sun on our back right after you get out of the salty ocean. No. There isn't. When ever you do somewhere tropical it's just kind of a given that you are going to go to the beach, where it is the only acceptable place to where a bikini and not really be looked at funny. This brings me to the title of this section. If you are gonna have you butt hanging out and your entire stomach showing, it's better that it be at the beach. Am I right ladies. YEAH I AM! While at the beach you can go swimming and see all of the fish and/or shell. You can collect shells with a young child and give them as presents to strangers. You can build a wicked sandcastle dangerously close to the waves and hope it doesn't get swallowed by water. You can sunbathe and get ridiculously tan and show it off once you get back home. You can preform cool stunts and get artsy pictures to later post on Instagram with a clever pun. You can do anything.

My cousin's comment game is too strong

Moral of the story, defiantly go to the beach, because why the heck wouldn't you.

2. Explore 
In dedication to the best Movie of all time, "ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE!" It's true you know. One of the best parts about going on vacation is seeing all of the different sights and things that you don't have back home. I encourage you strongly to also make sure you find all of the cool hidden places that aren't tourist spots also. You can make sure that you get a one of a kind experience that isn't molded by some chessey tour guide and a pamphlet. Hikes and long walks are a great way to find things off of the beaten path! For example this abandoned motel that we found on a beach walk.



3. Relax 
When you are on vacation it can be hard not to just run around in shear excitement trying to take in everything thing that you can. One of the reasons that we all look forward to vacation is to get a break form regular life. However, I think that sometimes we forget to rejuvenate while we can. The worst thing that you can do for yourself is to push yourself through your entire vacation and then go bad k to school or work more tired than ever. So take sometime to lay by the pool and read, or nap, or just watch the clouds. You'll thank yourself later.

Well now that I'll all bummed out that I'm not in vacation,

I'll blog ya later fellow quirks. 

Mar 26, 2015

The World of Wasting Away

Welcome, welcome, ladies and gentle-folk, to the wondrous, wacky, whimsical, wood-headed, wishful world of wasting time, the magical land where seemingly no one wins. Wow, that was sure a mouthful. Today we are going to be exploring the things that you can do when there seems to be nothing to do! The world away from the work. Away from everything in fact!

Alrighty after that lovely, lovely introduction given by the one and only me, I can get into the body of this post about nothing. So if you haven't already guessed this post isn't gonna be as 'informational' as some of my others and probably the most sarcastic. But it won't suck...don't worry. I could never ever let that happen. Well now, ironically, I'm just wasting your time as you read this so lets get on with it shall we.

1. 'Talking' over Text
Texts are most often about pretty much nothing which makes them great ways to use up those extra minutes in your say with something so utterly useless. In case you don't know how to start a random text conversation I have some great starters for you that are sure to get you off talking train to absolutely no where. (Please direct your vision organs to the words below.)

Hey, your shoes untied.

I decided to move to Mexico and ur coming

Turtle emoji

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Are you a pickle or is that just me

LINDA? IS THAT YOU?

I have a story

Is your refrigerator running?

I hate you. #jklolzies #loveyou #loveya #luvyou #luvya #heartyou #heartmygurl #hearteyes

Wow dude is that I spider on your head?!?!

YOU GET THE LIMO OUT FRONT OOOH OH OOOH

*makes double chin* Hey girlfriend

I hope you have enjoyed that wonderful starter list I have provided. Feel free to mix and match and/or come up with some of your own pointless texts! Of course there are also texts that don't really require a response such as "we're here." At least I hope that doesn't need a response....

Sorry Mia.

2. Of Course Selfies
Let me give you some background info for this one. Not that there's really any needed but I have a story. So once upon a time (last Saturday) I had a singing competition. Me and my father got in the car and drove the the place where I was to sing. Well, unlike normal, we actually showed up like ten minutes before the awards ceremony started, and being a family that is always late we had absolutely no idea what to do for those ten minutes. And sense actually having a real conversation was out of the question, what does my dad do? Pulls out his phone for a selfie. Yep. That's my dad. The coolest of the cool. The best of the best. And in case you were wondering what it was here it is for your amusement.

He texted it to me with the caption "Oh no she din't!" 
3. PARTY LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW
If you have EVER met me, I'm not a rave person or whatever those hip kids call it. I'm more of the party pooper sorts. However, even I need a bit of a dance break sometimes. And this is a precicly perfect way to wast your time....anywhere. Just throw on a cheesy overplayed pop song and run around like a maniac. Chances are you'll get some weird looks but just remember the people that don't give you weird looks are the ones that understand the point of life and you can't please the haters. If you don't know any good songs of the dancing type, you can just refer the this link to listen to some horribly written music with bad singers and a bad but contagious beat. "I don't need anyone to tell me how to move my feet...watch me do me!" Or if you don't want that you can use pretty much any top twenty song from 2012. Video taping your self while dancing will give you a great way to waste time when you feel a dance party is inappropriate, so now to waste your time here is a video of me having a dance break ft. my less enthusiastic mom, brother, and dogs. (Yes my brother was so desperate not to be in the video he hid under the counter...but, I found him (;  )

video

So I hope that this post in it's self was also a complete and utter way to waste time, but if you have some more of those pesky extra minutes lying around you feel free to also try, watching grass grow, talking to yourself, blowing air threw a straw, and trying to read the dictionary upside down. Or you could just read my next blog post upside down. What ever floats your boat I suppose.

Blog ya latter fellow quirks.

How to be Cool

Bonjour my amigos. Yes I am aware that I just used three different languages in the same sentence. But I'm kinda just cool like that. Are you cool like that? Well even if you're not this isn't about how you can be like you might infer from the title. This post is a bit like my other post How to Be Hot on hot cocoa. Because when I mean cool I mean the literal temperature, and when I think of cold things, I think of Ice Cream. I know the correlation of the tile to the post is a bit loose, but it's valid. And with spring fever in the air yummy icy sweetness is just the thing to kick off the season!

1. Homemade Ice-cream 
I know that just going to the store and buying it would be a lot easier but by makin' it at home you can have some fun and you can also make it just how you like. The very first thing that you need when making homemade Ice-cream is, well a way to freeze it. Using a snazzy commercial ice-cream maker is obviously the best way to go if you have one but if you don't never fear. By adding your mix to a small plastic bag (sealed well) then putting that in a larger bag filled with Ice and salt, a bit of shaking later and you'll be frozen.

Before you can freeze anything you need to make your mix, a classic ice-cream base is 3/4 cup white sugar, 2 1/4 cups milk, and one cup of cream. Just heat that mix till the sugar is dissolved and there is foam around the edge of the milk. Then take it off the heat and add in your flavorings. (this means like extracts and spices, do not add in mix ins such as chocolate chips yet.) Some of my favorite flavors are mint made with mint extract and green food coloring, chocolate make with cocoa powder and a pinch of cinnamon, and french vanilla made with vanilla extract and seeds from fresh vanilla beans. Chill this mix over night and then the next day either pop it into your ice cream maker or your plastic baggy for shaking and freezing. Once the mix comes to a soft serve texture you add your mix in's such s chocolate chips or marshmellows. You can either eat it just like that or let if freeze a bit longer for thicker consistency. V-walla! Deliciousness and all homemade.

2. Popsicle Part-ay 
These are my absolute favorite because they are super easy from scratch and are WAY healthier when you make them. To get started you are gonna need a popsicle pan, this (unlike and ice-cream machine) is a must. You can make it in small plastic cups with popsicle sticks but it's a bit harder.

Alright, to get started choose your favorite fruit. In my case I am going to use the example of watermelon and orange because they make the absolute most amazing popsicles. You need to either juice your fruit if it's citrice or chop it up. If you have whole pieces of fruit pop it into the blender and give it a couple of pulses. I prefer my mixture completely smooth with no chunks but my brother likes them so it's just up to you. Then add a table spoon or so of honey depending on the fruit you choose, water mellon and orange just needs a little bit, then add a table spoon or lemon juice for extra brightness and pulse one or two more times in the blender. Then if you want a smooth consistency strain the liquid into a bowl. Using a funnel put the mixture into your containers. At this point you can add some whole pieces of fruit to make them super pretty before you pop it in the freezer. It's best to wait over night to ensure they are frozen but if you can't do that wait at least four hours, and then you have a sweet treat that really isn't bad for you at all.
Frankly these were just photographed better than mine #sorrynotsorry (Photo Creds)

A fun thing to do if you have dogs is make then some popsicles too, you can just put some canned pumpkin (no spices) into a couple of popsicle molds and when they are done, you let your dog lick and bite away at them. Fun Fact: the pumpkin helps a dogs digestive system so if they are sick this is a great thing to help them feel better.

3. The Quicky 
If you haven't caught on the other two things take a while to freeze and make so that's why I've turned to the fastest chilly sweet I could think of. A SMOOOOOOOOOOOTHIE! Yes I know I've written about these before, but for good reason they are back. I'm not gonna go into detail on how to make a smoothie because I think that it's fairly strait forward and I trust my readers to have some basic knowledge. However I will give you my favorite flavor combo: Frozen raspberries, frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, honey greek yogurt, orange juice, fresh basil, and fresh spinach for health and stuff. I promise it doesn't taste like gross vegetables even if it looks green. 

If you try out any of these very loose recipes let me know your favorite flavor combo and such. I think that you will have lots of fun creating and eating all of these cold creations, I know I will.

Blog ya later fellow quirks.

Mar 25, 2015

Ending Without the Pain

(Building Jaws Music) Duh dum. Duh dum. (Speeding up) Duh dum duh dum duh dum. DUN DUN!!!!! Lets all thank my imaginary tech crew and orchestra for that lovely imaginary song they just played us. Really, really nice work guy, you can take five. Voice's in background say, "Thank you five." Well I only have five minutes here to chat with because my crew is on break so lets make this post short and sweet. Not really sweet though,  if you know what I mean. But you most likely don't because I haven't actually told you what this post is about or what in the world the dramatic intro was for. Well here's your answer to both questions, THE QUARTER IS ENDING AND IT'S SNEAKING UP FAST! So this post is all about how to keep up with the craziness of a quarter end. Or as my french final said it, fin du premier semester. (So technically that means end of first semester but whatever.)

1. FINALS! 
The trick to doing well on you rend of the quarter finals is to stay clam. Picture one of those clique pictures with the stay clam and do whatever things. Those are the best. But I'm not joking the more worked up and worried you get they more you are sabotaging yourself of a successful score. Assuming that you study and learned what you need to over the course of the quarter there is nothing else that you can do. So go to be super early (if you aren't cramming) eat a nice healthy breakfast.

The last little trick that I have for finals week is move to Finland. I hear that in Finland tests are optional. And lets be honest, even if your calm and well rested, no test is so much better every time.

Children in Finland don't have to study and have time to paint their faces.  (Photo Creds)


2. That One Grade...
If you're a normal person chances are you don't have perfect grades while entering this dreaded period. And if you're normal you most likely have one of two classes that are gonna be grilling the bad of your mind until you get it/them up. The best thing that you can do is make sure that you don't have a sing zero in that class. Just one assignment where you have a zero is going to majorly affect the overall grade. Remember even if your teacher has a 'strict' no late work policy, there is literally no risk in asking because the worst they could say is no, which they already have. The next thing that you can do is try to just do SUPER amazing on the last couple of things that go into your grade. As long as that grade is higher than your overall grade its not gonna make it go down. If it's enough higher it could add percentage or two. The last and final thing you can do is just simply go ask the teacher what you can do to bring it up, because like I said what's the worst that could happen?

3. Sleep 
Chances are between trying to bring that grade up and studying for finals you are gonna wanna stay up late to get it all done. Don't fall into that trap. I mean you should study and work as much as you can but if that clock starts to approach midnight, it's time to call in the towel. At that point chances are you aren't gonna learn anything and you are gonna be miserable the next day. You might even feel as sad as I look in the following photograph.

Don't worry, I was rather joyful. (just bad timing)

Well I gotta get back to that studying thing, ew. Anyways....

Blog ya later fellow quirks.

Mar 19, 2015

Fashion Frenzy

(Voice of Kristen Bell) Fashion is a changing art that we upper east siders have to constantly keep in check. Because everyone knows your own mis-steps are always the ones that lead to your down fall in the end. People are always trying to be the first to wear or design something new. But if style is a race, are you the turtle or the hare? Good luck keeping up with me. XOXO ....

That last paragraph was a tribute the blogger of all bloggers in Alexa land, that's right Gossip Girl. You have no idea how long it took me to compose a sentence or two that sounds as though they could have possibly been from the show (tbh they still need tweaking.) So needless to say I'm not as popular as the anonymous blogger from the television show, but that's not gonna stop me from giving my knowledge to you in the land of all things clothing. Am I think most qualified for this job? Not exactly, but if you want to take my advise at least I'll think you look good right.

(Alexa would like to not that she is not liable for any fashion crimes committed and apologize ahead of time for any bad advise.)

1. Daytime Dressy
I don't think that jut because you are going to school you shouldn't wear a skirt or dress! Why is it that people never wear dresses to school? Do you feel like you are going to church or something because that's not what anyone is thinking. Everyone is thinking, "wow that girl has a lot of confidence," or "she looks so cut today, I love that dress!" or "I should get something like that." Seriously it's not that weird. Now I'm not saying you should wear a full on prom dress or heals or anything crazy like that. I'm just saying skipping the leggings and sweatshirt for one day is a good thing.

I have also found that if I wear a dress or something that I feel good in at school my confidence level goes up, I'm more fun to be around, and I concentrate better in class because I'm not so worried about what other people think. I feel good and that's what matters. If you want to take a small and fashion forward step in the world of casual dresses you should start with a no shape, or shift style dress. Often made of cotton, they are about the most comfortable thing ever not to mention they look good on just about everyone. Some awesome ones are currently at American Eagle so check it out!
A less casual shift dress worn by B herself. (Photo Creds)
2. SHOES!!!! 
Shoes are, like braids, one of my many weaknesses. I like them a little bit. A lot actually. For instance just in my closet I counted only four pairs of pants (not including leggings) but eighteen pairs of shoes.... yeah so that happened. I think that they are just so pretty I can't explain it. Alright lets get to the point. I wear uggs pretty much everyday. Do I regret it throughout the day? Never. But then I realize everyone wears the same shoes, uggs, converse, and vans. Like come on guys lets switch it up! Be unique wear some heals for crying out loud. I think that wearing a low cut boot or even some flats can really shape up a look that you can be proud of. Ya feel me? The slightly worn out wedges are the prize of my shoe collection because they are not just sneakers that everyone has
I call them my sassy shoes. 

3. Unique is Chic 
Honestly I encourage everyone to wear something that they think is cool but nerve to thought you could pull off. Chances are you can. Wear that sassy army green headband if you want to! Those patterned leggings look great on you! That jackets amazing, where did you get it? I'm digging the camouflage umbrella hat! (Not really, it's not cute.) But seriously if you like it, wear it! I won't judge. (Unless it's that hat, don't wear that.)  Now please observe this stalker-ish picture that I took of a girl in provo at Starbucks. I don't regret it though, because her sweater thing was super cute and unique and I wanted it for a blog post.
 But like that's so unique and cool. 
Even though the most uncontroversial piece of advise I gave was that camo umbrella hats are bad, you could try these tips if you'd like. But definitely do this last one because it's important. My last piece of my advise is just be yourself. You can't be anyone else. (#cheesycenteral) If you disagree or agree with any of my tips please comment and let me know!

Blog ya later fellow quirks. 

Mar 18, 2015

The Three T's of Blogging

I don't know if anyone else is in the same position that I'm in but I have a hunch you may be. That position is frantically trying to get everything done, and well for that matter, by the end of the quarter.  This post is for all of my fellow bloggers out there that feel as though they're time for blogging has seen a recent decrease due to tests and tribulations that come with the end of a quarter. But over riding everything else, I suppose that this post is a little bit more for me than for anyone else. This post is all about how to come up with ideas for a blog and get it written quickly.  Not an easy task if your a perfectionist in any sense of the word. But never the less I am wasting time. Lets get on with the blog for heavens sake!

1. Trying for a Topic
The very first step for writing a blog is to think up a topic. It may come from nowhere but the depths of your mind that only you can understand or maybe it's the most obvious think that you could post about. The trick to getting a topic at all is to be on the look out twenty-four-seven. If you just have the thought of your blog in the back of your mind during your regular life something during your day WILL spark up an idea. When this happens be sure to pull out that phone of yours and write it down. If your as cool as me you may even have a way to blog on your phone. #thenerdiestofthenerds  Chances are this point of inspiration will not come at convenient time to blog so once your time schedule clears up get to it!
A wonderful visual of inspiration striking by model LL Wood.

2. Type it real good! 
If you happen to be student at Treasure Mountain Junior High, as many of my readers are, you have to take a comp-tech class that requires you to learn how to use those fingers of yours to type. DONT TAKE THIS FOR GRANTED! Typing fast is a skill that you will use not just in blogging but in other things too! so you should make sure that you hone those skills to a fine point so you can crank out those words almost as fast as you think them! This will help you get those blogs out on the page a lot faster.

3. Thinking's for Wimps
In general I don't say that you shouldn't think. Thinking is good. Thinking is my friend. However when you are blogging leave that silly brain of yours at home. You won 't be needing it here.
No comment needed. (Photo Creds)
Alright so that's not completely true. You need a brain to type, spell, form sentences, and breathe. When blogging I think that you just shouldn't think too hard about what you are saying. Just write how you would talk and that's gonna add all of the voice, personality, and eloquence that a blog posts craves. People tend to talk in a generally interesting way we don't just use sentences from the Dick and Jane books. I like books. Jane likes books. Books are good. Books use words. Words are for blogs. Blogs are cool. This is a blog. You read a blog. Blog blog blog... and so on. So unless you happen to be a three year old blogger that's learning to read just write your mind if you know what I mean little duck.

In case you were wondering I did use all of these steps to write this post... #followintherules.

Blog ya later fellow quirks.

Mar 15, 2015

Werk on the Weekends

Here's a depressing fact: one seventh of you life is spent on Mondays, and everyone know how much Monday's suck! Am I right kids? Even from the first minute you wake up in Monday you can't wait for the weekend even though it feels years away? But then the weekend comes and goes without you even makeing it worth while..then you're back at the beginning waiting for Friday. The cycle never ends. Until now that is!  Because this post for you people is about making the most of you saturedays and Sunday's so when that dreaded Monday morning comes you can imbrace it instead of dreaming for Friday. Let's just slay the two best days of the week instead.

1. Sleeping in! More like waste of time. 
To pretty much every other teenager on the plant that sounds like the words of satan himself. But I'm being serious for once in my life. Sleeping in should not be the way that you spend your entire weekend. I agree that everyone in a while everyone needs a day to just rest but not every Saturday and Sunday. Those morning hours are better spent making breakfast with your family and talking to your grandma in the phone. So basically I think that the you should reserve the weekend mornings for your familia. They're not as bad as they seem. Trust me. It's a great way and time to bond  So basically I think that you should reserve weekend mornings for your familia. They're not as bad as they seem. Trust me. It's a great way to bind and that way when your stressing out during the week they might be more inclined to help you. 

2. Plany-plan-plans
Picture this; you are at the lunch table with your best friends. You are all laughing and having fun. You think about how much you guys should hang out. You slowly open your mouth in anticipation of speech. Your tongue starts to articulate words. Your friends nod in agreement. You start a group message on your phones that you will eventually regret. You've made plans. Wow! That was exhilarating. But common on people, it's not that hard.
See we had a mini photo shoot on a mountain. 
If you make plans with people ahead of time you are going to have more things to do over the weekend and you won't spend the entire time on the couch watching Netflix. Not that you shouldn't watch Netflix. You should. Netflix is good. Netflix is my boyfriend. We are married.

3. The Evil of the World
*Ghostly voice* Hoooooommmmmeeeeewwwwooooorrrrrkkkk. Everybody screams. People start to pray. A girl calls her mom to tell her she loves her. Young children start to cry. Everyone nows their weekend has been officially ruined. But this is because all of these people have not read this blog post and are not aware that there is a way to avoid this. IF YOU DO YOUR HOMEWORK ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND THROUGH THE WEEK YOU DON'T HAVE TO ON THE WEEKEND. Wow I must be the next Einstein. It's okay I'm not trying to make you feel bad about you're self if you haven't done your homework and it's sunday night and you are having a panic attack. It's okay. You are human. You are flawed. We all are. For gods sake I'm telling to do your homework other days when it's sunday right now and I'm blogging.

Your weekends cane the best if you just spend it with your friends and family, and not with school work. So go. Go have fun bloggers.

Blog ya later fellow quirks. 


Mar 13, 2015

Dreaming of Decorations

Now that I've educated you all on the joys of painting. I realized that I forgot to mention that you WILL be covered in paint for a couple of days, maybe even weeks depending on where it is. Lets just say I'm still finding sections of my hair with touches of purple. But never the less, that's not always a bad thing. It shows you put in hard work and if your already covered in paint, it's all the more reason to paint your friends entire leg when they refuse to help more with the ceiling. *cough cough* Olivia *cough*. But enough about the painting process because now we are actually at the fun part! That's right it's time to dive into decorations!

1. Choosing a theme
I have a weird passion for room decor. I love everything from fancy chandeliers to worn down barn doors and bubbly letters. But before you can eve start the decor you need to choose what sort of look you are going for. May I suggest looking at the bottom of my last post and clicking on the link to see an example of a bad theme. You should make sure to choose something timeless so as your style changes you never get sick of it. And keep in mind your theme can very well be no theme! Sometimes those are the best of all. If you just decorate with things that are sentimental to you and you either made of love it will all work out for the better.

Using pictures and personal things is a great way to make it your own.
2. Why DIY? 
Because why the heck not? It's a cheap and easy way to jazz up your room and it can be super upper duper fun. If you aren't trying to get a elegant and/or professional look then I say the shy far the best way to add color and fun. A couple of fun ideas for DIY are...

homemade curtains
drawings
photo collages
paintings
crayon art
planks of wood painted with chalkboard paint

LIVE. How inspiring Morgan. Truly great. 
This painting was done by my best friend last year, and you can replicate something like this easy as pie. Yum. Take one blank canvas and using either sticky poster letters or painters tape make a word, phrase, saying, ect. Then you can take any paint you like in any colors and paint the entire canvas including over the letters. Once the paint is dry, peal it back and reveal your painters masterpiece!

3. Cheap Cheap like a Bird
After you have just spent so much time painting your room chances are you are going to want to give it a whole new look. DON'T! but if you do it's going to be very expensive so either save up money or prepare for some serious bargain shopping. Lucky for you I am a master at the art of finding good deals on things so you have come to the right place. A few good places to look for cheap things that are relatively nice are TJ Max for art and decorative pillows and/or mirrors, Bed Bath and Beyond for just about anything, Peir One imports for furniture, and yo uphold also check out all of the cute little shops on main street for sales. The last place that I think is a must go when decorating, but is sadly a bit pricy, is anthropology. I know that the anthropology boho hippy vintage is also just my personal style, but I highly suggest that you check it out! I'm slightly obsessed.
I may or may not be crying because I found really really cute decorations.
Anyways, I hope that I didn't bore you too much with this probably boring post who are as design-y and room decor-y as I am (aka the rest of the teenage population). I know that there are a lot of different styles out there are you should make sure that you express your-self in your room.

Blog ya later fellow quirks.


Mar 8, 2015

The Pains of Painting

I saw this quote online that said something to the extent of, "Changing your life is cool but it costs money and time." I agree. Like ain't nobody got time for that. Oh ya, except for um, me. Over the last break that we had I decided to paint my room, and if you had seen my room before the transformation you would have understood why. I'lll show you a picture later. No peeking please.

 So anyways... I recruited as many people as a could, three, and we got to work. After a couple of days "flash, bam, ali-ca-zam, out of the orange colored sky" came my new room. JK it took a lot of work and we finished WAY after sunset on Saturday. Plus I may have cried like five times. Ha.....Ha.....Ha? Lets just say that I did realize how much of a perfectionist I am. Actually, I knew just how much of a perfectionist I was, I just thought I'd be a better painter. However, I did learn a couple of things on my journey to a new room. So if you think that you should change up your life, think about these couple of things first.

1. The Quote is Real 
It is true that it takes a lot of time to paint a room. I didn't realize that it was going to take up my entire break. Literally every moment. But it's really only torture if you are doing it alone, which I did a couple of times when no one could come over. But I found that if you just play some music and pretend you're the lead in a music video it makes it a lot more fun. It is also probably the reason that the paint job was so messy. Also, p.s. the thing that takes the longest to paint is the ceiling, and it's also the least fun. I encourage you to avoid this evil at all costs. Even if it means just putting the last person to arrive on ceiling duty. #Ellatheceilingwassofunwehadtostop, over all I would say that you should just not paint the ceiling period.

Ella was painting the ceiling

2. Choose Colors/Design You're Not Going To Get Sick Of
Lets just say I learned my lesson the hard way with this one. Again if you saw my room you know why. NO PEAKING! I'M WATCHING YOU! However, I will let you know a little bit of the struggle, I was ten, I loved polka-dots and bright colors. (Why am I embarrassing myself on the internet?) This time around I was not gonna let myself make the same mistake. I chose colors inspired by lavender fields in France.
Honestly, isn't that just the prettiest thing! *swoons over pic* (Photo Creds)
 I knew if I went with that bring of a purple it would be too intense for an entire room so I used a lighter lavender color with a touch of blue. I also used a light cream color on one wall to mellow out the purple even more because it was just gonna look like the inside of a grape. Then again, the insides of grapes are like a weird pale green. I also added a darker purple to satisfy my lavender field needs on the inside of my window seat.
Yes, I'm too lazy to hang that thing up. And yes, the picture coloring is a little off... I don't know why. 
Over all my colors are exactly what I imagined and hopefully I don't get sick of them as fast as I got sick of that other brown color. Oops I'm giving my old room away!

3. Decorations Ahead of Time
Learned this one the hard way once again. When I was getting ready to repaint my room I realized that I never used along of the furniture in my room that I had had sense I was little, and I was sick of my wall decor. So I got rid of it all. Yep, bad idea. Once I got finished slaving over the paint job I went to put things back in my room and the lack of anything made it look like a jail cell.
You might infer that that pink on the table was one of my old room colors, but I'm not telling you anything. 
 Now there was no way I was gonna let that fly so I found some wall art quick and brought our families electric piano up to my room (I'm the only one who uses it anyway.) It helped to fill the room a little bit but I'm pretty sure I've just gotten used to the jail look so I don't notice it anymore. Moral of the story, have things for your room because new colored walls are nothing without anything else.

Now if you immediately scrolled down to the bottom in search of the pic of my old room. I was smarter than you and there is a link below. I encourage you to use resistance. Scroll back up. Read. Don't do this. However, if you HAVE read all of this I guess you've earned to privilege to see my old room. I pray that you know I'm not the girl I was five years ago and I do not promote the decisions made in that rough time of my life. Heres the dreaded link. *shutters*

Blog ya later fellow quirks.

Jan 8, 2015

#keepthegoalsalive2k15

FACT OF THE DAY!: You're lying to your self. For the last week and for another week or so, you have been and will be lying. Why is that you ask? Well because it's the beginning of the year and all of those resolutions that you've told your self you are going to follow will soon be disregarded. I've already taken those ideas out of my brain and ripped them into little pieces and burned them to keep myself warm. That was the weirdest sentence I've ever created. I lied again. I've said weirder. Anyways... I'm gonna help the rest of the world keep their new years resolutions, even if I can't!

1. Keep it Realistic 
In case you don't know what that means in terms of a new year, make a resolution sort of like:
1. I'll make three new good friends
2. I'll get one more A per quarter.
3. I'll be less stressed out during finals.
4. I'll only drink one pop a week.

Ya know things that you will actually be able to achieve! One way to make a goal such as this is to think of the thing that made you the most mad during 2k14. After you have figured that out think of one small thing that you could do without causing you to change your entire life to make that better.  For example the thing that made me the most mad in my life during the previous year is that I'm not very out going. So my goal this year is actually the first example I made, make three new friends.

They can be friends with all of us, and how great would that be?
So I am currently accepting auditions for my friends. Please show up with your hair down and natural (no product please.) Be aware that if you show up wearing anything but all bubble gum pink you will be asked to leave. You can find applications here, also please send a video of you having a dance party to awilcox18@pcstudents.us. Remember there are only three spots available so pressure is high.

2. Be a Tumbler Girl
My theory is that one of the reasons that people have trouble keeping their resolutions is because they forget that they ever even made them! So never fear, I have solution (like always.) The first thing to do is make a tumble account for ideas. Then after you have done hours of pointless research, I think that you should just take a day and make a cool piece of art form lots of paint and fun things. Write your resolution on it with cool font and hang it in your room where you know you will see it.

I know it's out-dated shut up! (PHOTO CREDS
3. Do it with a Friend 
I know that you are all currently working on your audition videos to be my friend, but in the mean time. You should tell all of you other friends, (assuming you have some), your goals for the year. By having it out there in the open it will motivate you to stick with it because you don't want to embarrass yourself. All of the goals that I have kept it is mostly not because I think that if will be better for myself, but because I told someone else and don't want them to se me differently when I don't follow up.

Every four of my readers should try their best tot really keep their goals this year and reach them. I believe in you. And so do all of the other inspirational people that we quote online. You can do this broski! Also don't miss friend auditions on January 32. 

Blog ya later fellow quirks.




Jan 7, 2015

How to be Hot

Hot cocoa that is. Ya, I know that that's not exactly what you were hoping for. But frankly I have no idea how to be actually hot, so I went with this. Because I DO know how to make your hot chocolate a bit more good-looking (or good-tasting). I'm currently in the middle of a hot cocoa addiction, and figured I'd share some of the best recipes in my book.

This is the point in time where you recline your chair, put your feet up, and just get really comfortable. Maybe even grab a blanket or something. And once you are done reading the amazing blog post, (wink), you can make some hot cocoa and cuddle up and watch Netflix.

I defiantly didn't make hot chocolate and pull up Netflix just for this photo...that would be weird.

1. Nutella Nourishment
If you are looking for a recipe that is going to warm you form the inside out, this is the one. Although, it is going to require a couple more minutes and steps. One of the other plus sides to this drink is that, at least in my case, I always have the ingredients! That's because all it takes is milk, Nutella, and cinnamon. Cinnamon is a bit more out-there in-terms of having it around the house, or just in your little pantry, but once you buy it, it takes more than a couple batches of hot chocolate to run out. If you know what I mean.

The proper way to prepare this treat is to heat up about a cup and a half of milk. In a separate cup add two heaping scoops of Nutella and sprinkle in a pinch of cinnamon. Pour a little bit less than half of the milk on top of the Nutella, and stir until it's completely smooth. Then add the rest of the milk and continue to stir until there are no clear clumps in the bottom of the cup. Then enjoy!

2. Fancy and French
Is this cocoa actually the french way? I have no idea what-so-ever. But it IS very fancy and if you pretend that it's french and talk with an accent it's just more fun, and that's what life's all about right? To make this drink you are going to start with 8 ounces of chocolate in a small sauce pan and keep it on a low temperature until melted. Once the chocolate is almost completely melted slowly drizzle in two cups of milk, while whisking the chocolate quickly to help combine the mixture emulsify. Then divide into two small cups, (because it's really rich), and enjoy with a crepe and a beret on your head.

Enjoy like the man below, (I added that mug using some super cool photoshop techniques. Adoring fans say, "Wow that's so cool Alexa!") . I don't know why he is wearing onions...

Sorry to all of the normal french people in the world. (original photo from fancydressball)
3. Powder is not just snow
After a long day of skiing and tearing it up, (that was some more hip language for ya,) the last thing that you want to do is hang around your kitchen trying tho concoct some sort of cray cray french thing and the easier way to go is the easy way. Step one buy hot chocolate powder from store. Step two read directions. Step three follow mentioned directions. Step four drink with smile.

So that's about all that you need to know about creating a delicious treat for your tasty buds on your tongue.

Blog ya later fellow quirks.

Jan 2, 2015

Boring or Bright - It's Break

Surprising to you or not, I'm not that extremely...popular. More often than not this comes as a shock to people. My lack of time to hang out, desire to follow every rule, and shear awkwardness are my top qualities, so you would naturally think that I'd be the coolest kid in town. Alright weather or not that was new info, totally last year's news, or just confusing for you , don't worry I still have friends...kinda.

The topic of this post is not however, about my social status. (Even-though I'm sure that that would be a hit.) It's about what to do over break when it seems like there is nothing to do. A break form school can be either a blessing or a curse, it just depends how you spend it! So here are a few fun and not so fun (but good) things to do over break.

1. Baking it up 
It's probably just me, but whenever I'm bored I like to bake little goodies and bring them to people! I just think that baking is really fun and for some reason it really calms me down. I usually don't even eat very much of what I make but that's okay because if I ate everything I baked I would probably weigh a thousand pounds.

This resent break I found the COOLEST website! It lets you create your own brownie recipe...although a lot of the different options are alcoholic...just don't choose those ones kids. '

2. Makin' some Money 
My favorite way to make a little cash over the break is babysitting, and thankfully it's not that hard. If I can do it so can you! I love little kids more than anything in the entire world, so at least for me, it was a perfect match. And if you make a bit of money, thats always good for once you get back to school.

video
Ok so maybe I wasn't babysitting here, but tell me my second cousin isn't the cutest thing ever! 


3. It's back
My family is going to laugh in my face when they see this one. Because it is the homework card and it's been pulled once again. Yes the break is sadly a blessing for all you homework needs. I personally like to start my break with my homework so it's out of the way and you are completely free to enjoy the rest of vacation.
After wards you can burn it too....not that that's what we were doing....

Sorry I had to give you that last one, but thankfully most teachers are gracious enough to not give you too much to do over break. And if you have to think just a little that is probably okay. I hope that everyone has a wonderful break and that we are all rejuvenated when we get back to school.

Blog ya later fellow quirks.