Tuesday, April 1, 2014

"60 Little Tips That Can Change a Girl's Life"

While scrolling through my Facebook feed, I came across a darling blog post; "60 Little Tips That Can Change a Girl's Life".  This post offers all around good advice for girls, no matter what the age. What a great way to start off the week! Read, enjoy, be challenged, inspired (oh and laugh a little too)! 




  • Download a banking app.
  • Drink more herbal tea. It will save your life.
  • Making your own coffee/tea instead of buying it will make you a rich woman.
  • Always have at least 6 chap sticks stocked up.
  • Check out thrift stores. You may have to wash things three times before you get the old lady smell out, but it’s well worth it.
  • Never buy cheap jeans.
  • Buy cheap sunglasses instead.
  • Don’t chase boys.
  • Wrinkle spray and a hair dryer erase all need to ever use an iron for all of you lazy ironers like me.
  • Wear slippers when you have to drive in heels.
  • Wear slippers when you’re travelling.
  • Wear slippers at all moments that it’s even slightly acceptable to wear slippers.
  • Spend a little extra money on your make up; it’s so worth it.
  • Get running sneakers that are actually effective and not just cute.
  • NEVER go to bed with your make up on.
  • Get like a thousand packs of make up wipes, because they work the best.
  • Buy your wine from a box, it’s way more cost efficient and being “wine classy” is so overrated.
  • Carry headphones in your pocket at all times.
  • Pick your girls over your boyfriend often, because almost always, the guys come and go and the girls are still there.
  • Get a really nice strapless or “sticky bra” and you will realize how much better everything looks without your old straps popping out.
  • Wash your face.
  • THE DOLLAR TREE CAN AND WILL SAVE YOUR SOUL.
  • Never neglect to paint your toe nails.
  • Eat breakfast.
  • Make a summer playlist for when you need to walk in the cold and start actually getting depressed.
  • Get a super awesome coffee mug.
  • Realize that you can pull off red lipstick, rock it girl.
  • Make guys take you on dates that don’t involve a bar or dingy basement.
  • Never try dieting pills or fads. It’s all a bunch of garbage, just be healthy.
  • Call your mom when you need help.
  • Forget name brands. No one really cares, and you will have three times the wardrobe to choose from if you shop at Tj Maxx and Marshalls first.
  • Make sure you have at least one friend that likes your favorite TV shows.
  • And your favorite snacks.
  • There is this amazing invention called “boob tape” to wear with strapless dresses and you need to purchase it. You don’t need twenty candid photos of you pulling up your dress on the dance floor at a formal event anymore.
  • Ask for a white coat underneath the color when you get your nails done and the color you wanted looks so much more vibrant. Also, go for the glitz nail.
  • Never spend too much time crying over a boy.
  • Order the dressing or sauce on the side ladies. You’d be amazed at the difference.
  • Always try clothing on before you buy it. Don’t even try to reason with yourself, “Well I don’t need to try this on”, yes you do.
  • Drink as much water as humanly possible.
  • One foundation does not fit all. Your skin is unique; so spend the time to get a foundation that doesn’t look like you just smudged your face with paint.
  • Use your iCalendar on your phone for reminders. It sends you emails and will give you instant organization.
  • Get a microwaveable heat pad. Your cramps and back will thank you for the rest of your days.
  • Understand that Ben and Jerry’s will always be the best remedy for a broken heart and no shame is ever needed in that.
  • Stock your car, desk, and bags with hand sanitizer.
  • Keep Advil in your purse for your every day headaches.
  • Band-Aids too, heels are beautiful little monsters.
  • Befriend store associates because they actually will help you.
  • Light butter popcorn is actually a great choice.
  • Exercise when you’re stressed out.
  • You can and will never have too many pairs of underwear. Buy as many as you want girlfriend.
  • Find the perfect moisturizer.
  • Accessories are life changing.
  • Take bubble baths.
  • Have granola bars on hand at all times.
  • Read as much as you can for your own enjoyment. You shouldn’t forget about what interests you.
  • Look natural in photos and smile with your teeth. Don’t do that weird grimace smile; your teeth areperfect just the way they are.
  • Don’t blow off going to the doctor or dentist. It’s incredibly important to take care of your body.
  • Get your beauty sleep.
  • Use hand lotion.
  • Make chocolate chip pancakes when ever possible.


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    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    Akron Beacon Journal Article

    Positive Messages Stick!  The following link takes you to an article that was in The Akron Beacon Journal this past Sunday about Lila and her friend Sadie who started an anonymous guerilla art campaign using post it notes with positive messages on them around Hudson Middle School that I spoke of in a prior blog post.  I am fortunate enough to have Mary Beth Breckenridge (an awesome ABJ writer who has done stories about Homegirl) read my blog and ask fellow awesome writer Kim Mcmahan to do a story about the girls. What struck me most about what these girls are doing is that Kim said that she mostly does stories on bullying and that this was very heartwarming to hear of young ladies trying to make a positive difference.  We could not be more proud of both our daughters and this is one of the best things that has ever come from me doing this blog.  Thank YOU ALL for allowing me to share! 









    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

    Valentine Box

    Edie and I spent a snow day making this Owl Valentine's Day box. We used an attached lidded shoe box for the body, using the cardboard scraps for it's feet and beak. We cut ears out of the attached lid flap and wrapped the box in wrapping paper, then we used construction paper for the eyes and wings. I can't get over how adorable it turned out (especially the little heart banner).  



    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    SNOW DAY ORGANIZING!

    Hey Everyone! This is Lila, I'm guest blogging today for Homegirl! (my mom). 
    If your living somewhere with a snow day today I hope your enjoying it, I know I am! 
    On this snowy, and chilly day, I decided to do a little project! I am the kind of person that LOVES to do organizing... but only when i'm in the mood! So I cleaned our art supplies! WOW! I HAD A TON OF IT!!! Our art supply is in a small opening in our hallway, that has 2 shelves. We put some of our supplies there and other places in our dining room since that is where we usually do all of our creative projects. This shelf space has also been used for many different things too like holding mine and my sister's clothes when were little and used to change them all day long! But for many years, its used for things like, crayons, markers, pencils, pens, paint, and paint brushes, tape, glue, and pretty much anything that you can think of! Before I cleaned it, it was a TOTAL DISASTER! There were things every where...!

    These are the art supplies I was talking about! (there sure is A LOT!)

    In the closet, there is the perfect amount of space to put the craft tools! 
    When we were cleaning we were JAMMING the music, singing, and dancing! So we made it a pretty fun time even though Edie (my sis) doesn't really like cleaning or organizing!! 


    This is the little closet!

    This is the finished project!

    I hope I may have inspired you to do the same or tell your kids to do this since they may have fun too!  I know my mom is happy because now she can close those doors!!!!


    This is what it looks like closed and pretty!








    Monday, February 3, 2014

    Darling Magazine



     "DARLING IS MORE THAN A MAGAZINE, IT'S A MOVEMENT. A CATALYST FOR POSITIVE CHANGE... A VOICE OF ENCOURAGEMENT... A WISE GUIDE TO "THE ART OF BEING A WOMAN" IN EVERY SEASON OF LIFE... JOIN THE REVOLUTION".


    I ran into this magazine last time I was in Anthropologie. I found it very inspirational.After paging through the magazine, I visited it's website and I LOVED it's mission statement. "Women are not only interesting, but original, not only good enough, but exceptional-not just here, but here for a purpose". It is so encouraging to see a female-geared magazine encouraging it's women audience to be themselves, and not trying to set an impossible to reach standard. Darling educates with its tips and tricks, but also encourages it's audience to achieve their dreams while pursuing intellect.