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Traveling to Uruguay #1: Travel Essentials

What is up you guys!

Big news… I am going on a missions trip to Uruguay! I’ve been waiting for about a year to go on this trip, and the time has finally come! This is going to be a blog series. I might blog on travel tips and hacks, share pictures of our trip, give updates, things I’ve learned, the adventures I’ve had, things like that. It’s going to be a lot of fun! So for the first post…Travel Essentials! I have traveled enough in my life time to know what some of the essentials for traveling are! These, in my opinion, are the smart things to pack when flying and even driving.

Neck pillow or blanket.

Something to lay your head down on. Flying or driving for many hours requires rest! Even if you’re not full on sleeping, trust me, you’ll need a (neck) pillow or blanket.

Activities.

Something(s) to keep you busy. I know this may sound weird, but I just learned how to play Sudoku, and I’m addicted. It’s not just for old people; I’m a teenager and love it! Hey, whatever floats your boat. Maybe bring a book, movie(s), music, download some new apps/games, word searches, or it all!

Headphones.

You will need these to listen to your music, movies, etc. And to block out other noises so you can have some peace and quiet!

Gum/mints.

This is an awesome thing to bring on a plane! You know that popping in your ears when you’re on a plane? Eating gum really helps! Plus, fresh breath!

Hand sanitizer or wipes.

When you are a round hundreds of people and billions of germs, you’re going to need hand sanitizer or wipes. I usually use hand sanitizer for my hands (who would have thought?) and the wipes for the tray in front of my seat on the plane. It isn’t going to kill every germ and keep you in this germ-free bubble, but it will help lessen all that great stuff.

Don’t forget the passport!

Obviously, you can’t forget this if you’re flying out of the country, but even if you’re flying within it, your passport is an awesome form of identification. Think about it. A lot (if not all) your information is on that thing. You needed your birth certificate and social security for that passport. That’s a lot of identification!

Toothbrush.

Hey. If I’m flying all day or a couple of days, and have a longer layover, I’m brushing my teeth, people! I am one of those people who hates to have unbrushed teeth. If I go a day without brushing…I just feel unclean and gross, it’s just not comfortable. So, if you’re like me, bring a toothbrush;)

Snacks.

Everybody gets munchie and hungry. Even though they hand out some snacks and drinks on the plane, I’d bring extra. Especially if you’re not a fan of the snacks handed out on the plane. If you’ve never flown before, usually the snacks that are handed out are: peanuts, pretzels, crackers/cookies, and one time, they had chips.

Chapstick.

For some reason, every time I go on an airplane, my lips get chap! So I definitely suggest to pack some for your next flight.

What are your traveling essentials or favorite place to visit? Share in the comments down below. Thanks for visiting; I hope this will help your next traveling experience be more way easier and more comfortable!

Until next time,

Chloe from…

DIY Peel-off Face mask

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Today I randomly thought,”I want to do a face mask.” So here we are! I’m showing you a DIY peel-off face mask recipe that is very simple to make and apply! This one is for black head removal and clearing pores. Here’s how to make it>

You’ll need:

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Put it together:

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of gelatin with 2 tablespoons of steamed milk until smooth consistency.P1011608.JPG
  2. Next, add in 1 teaspoon of honey and mix again.
  3. Squeeze in the juice of a half of a lemon, and, you guessed it, mix! Texture is very important. Keep it smooth!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  4. Last is the oils. First, vitamin E oil (about a teaspoon), then 2-5 drops of an essential oil of your choice (we went with lavender).

     

  5.  If your mixture has thickened so that it is not smooth or very liquid-y, microwave it for about 10 seconds. But other than that, put it on yo face! Paint it on with clean hands or makeup brush in a smooth layer. p1011618.jpg
  6. Wait until the entire mask is dried and hardened

    Your face will feel VERY tight and if you smile or move your face a lot it will look like you have tons of wrinkles (you may not be able to see it in the picture). It’s pretty fun!

  7. Now the slightly painful part, peel (from the bottom, up)!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Now your pores are cleaned, and some blackheads removed! Most peel-off masks leave your skin kind of dry, but because we added honey and vitamin E oil, you’ll stay moisturized!

Thanks for stopping by, and if you try out the mask, tell me how it went in the comments! Or share another DIY face mask!

Until next time,

Chloe from…

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Creamy Chicken Bacon Ziti

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I know it’s been a while since I last posted (Christmas)…but I’m back and with a great dinner/lunch recipe! I wanted to make something fairly quick one night, but I wanted it to taste good and on the more fancy side. Behold! I give to you, a one pan dish, that will be cooked up more than once in your kitchen for sure! So here we go>

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Serving size: 2-3 (I doubled the recipe to make servings fo 6)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb ziti (any type of pasta noodles)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 8 oz bacon (chopped)
  • 6 oz chicken (cut into bite-size pieces)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • Spinach or greens
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add ziti (noodles). Cook according to the package minus 1 minute. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add bacon and cook until almost golden. Remove some bacon and set aside for garnish (optional).
  3. Add chicken and cook until it partly turns white, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Continue to cook chicken until it is all white.
  4. Add cream, broth, and Parmesan. Bring to a simmer, then add ziti. Stir on the stove for 3 minutes or until the sauce reduces and thickens, coating the pasta.
  5. Stir in spinach/greens. (I just “eyed” it)
  6. Serve topped with the reserved bacon, more Parmesan, and spinach (optional).

Yum! I will definitely be making this again. Put bacon on anything and I’m down! Thanks for stopping by and tell me in the comments how this recipe went for you!

Until next time,

Chloe from…

12 Days of Christmas #12: What Christmas Means to Me

What is up you guys!

This is it! The last day of the 12 Days of Christmas series… #12! It’s been such a fun holiday season to share wit you all! Thank you to all of you who have been reading these and supporting my blog! Y’all are amazing.

So for the last blog post in the series, I thought I’d do a “What Christmas Means to Me”. “Well, what does Christmas mean to me?” You may ask. Here is a little bit of it:

Christmas is celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, and we give gifts as a representation of God’s greatest gift: His son, and Salvation. Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem to pay taxes, but it just so happened that Mary was VERY pregnant with Jesus -Luke 2:1-5. Because a lot of people were going to Bethlehem for taxes, all of the inns and hotels or whatnot were full, not vacancies. The only place Mary and Joseph could find was this cave/barn where animals we kept -Luke 2:6-7. Think about that. You’re about to have a baby. Hotels aren’t even that comfortable when you’re pregnant now days, what about back then!? So you go to a dirty, stinky, dark barn or cave, since there’s no were else to go. Jesus was born in that cave. Ok, back to imagining it’s us: you just had your baby, you’re tired, you hurt, and are probably really dirty. Now where do you put the baby? Well, how about in the trough the animals EAT out of? That’s what happened with Mary. She laid him in a manger (feeding trough), and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes (just a fabric they probably had on hand) -Luke 2:7. Crazy, right?! Jesus, the Son of God, The Prince of Peace, “made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant” -Philippians 2:7. He came to earth to save the world from sin, to give us a way to heaven and eternal life -John 3:16. There is much more to this event that we remember and celebrate, but the main thing here is Jesus. And that my friend is what Christmas means to me! Thank you for visiting and reading this series, and Merry Christmas!

Until next time,

12 Days of Christmas Series #11: Christmas Calligraphy

What’s up you guys!

Welcome to day #11 of this 12 Days of Christmas series! You guys know the drill, so I’m going to jump right in to the… question of the day: What is your favorite season and why? Share in the comments below♥

HOHOHO! You guys. It’s Christmas Eve. *Clears throat* I repeat, Christmas Eve! Has this year not gone by in a whirl wind! I’m ready for 2018, but I’m still mentally getting over the fact that 2017 is pretty much…done. We have 7 more days to put our mark on 2017, to do whatever we need, and then it’s gone, and we can never get it back. That’s the creepy thing about time. That’s just another reason why God is so amazing. He created time. Time doesn’t and can’t have a hold on Him. Ah! My brain hurts!

Anyway, sorry I got on a rabbit trail there! Calligraphy! Yes. I love calligraphy! It’s such a fun art. There are quite a few styles of calligraphy, and I wanted to share how to draw it, give some freebie-printable worksheets, and some inspiration for those of you who already (or will) have calligraphy down! First things first I found this blog called Kelly Creates, and it’s amazing! Her calligraphy is so beautiful, and she makes worksheets, and guides, for those who want to learn the art. Recently she just did some giveaways for Christmas, so you’ll have to check it out (just click the name of the blog I wrote previously↑ it will take you to her website). And… in an older post, when I first started blogging, I did a calligraphy post and showed the jist of calligraphy. You can see that here. But I think I’ve improved quite a bit since then, so I decided to do an updated post, with a Christmas theme! The basic idea for calligraphy is to have light pressure on your pen when going up on your letter, and have more pressure going down. Like this:

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Here is the latest worksheet by Kelly Creates, It says “Noel” and is very pretty! For more subscribe for her newsletter. noel dec 2017 kelly creates freebie

Now mine…

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Here are a few of the pens I use in my art, although my favorite way to do calligraphy is with chalk/chalkboard.

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I write this pretty much everywhere!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Funny story, actually. My little sister picked up the camera and just took this picture! I thought she did pretty good for a 5-year-old!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I write this quote probably too much as well! I just love it.

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I’ve done signs for parties, showers, etc. It’s a lot of fun once you get it down! My only problem is I try making everything perfect, so it may take me a while… haha!

So there is a little of one of my hobbies! I know I’ve said it’s really fun a lot, but that’s because there is no other way to say it! For some people it’s relaxing, others just a hobby, different for everyone. I just enjoy doing it and making something pretty! That’ll wrap her up, so thanks for visiting, and Merry Christmas EVE!

Until next time,

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12 Days of Christmas Series #10: Polar Express Tradition

What is up you guys!

Welcome to #10 of this 12 Days of Christmas series! Question of the day: Who is your favorite Disney character? Share in the comments below♥

In our family, we have this one tradition called the “Polar Express” or “Minivan Express”! My mom makes tickets, hot chocolate, snacks, and this year a scavenger hunt list, then we get dressed into our pajamas. After we get our stuff, we hop on the”train”and my dad drives all of us to different Christmas light shows.Most of them have a certain radio station you turn on, and the lights “dance” to the music. There are quite a few in our area (within an hours distance at least). It’s so much fun, and  we’ve made so many memories! I have some freebie printables of the “minivan/polar express” tickets and Christmas light scavenger hunt list here:

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Just click on the printable above you would like to view, and print. I hope this was a help in giving a fun tradition or activity idea. Thanks for visiting, and Merry Christmas!

Until next time,

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12 Days of Christmas #9: Christmas Party Ideas

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Welcome to #9 of this 12 Days of Christmas series! I’ll be sharing Christmas/winter inspired blog posts from December 14-25. You don’t want to miss a single one! Question of the day: What is your favorite Christmas drink? Share in the comments below♥

Need some ideas for that Christmas party? Here are some that are “tried and true”, and that will be fun for everyone this holiday season! 

Food 

Food is a the probably the most important part of the party, so make it fun or interesting. Something nobody would think of! A lot of times when we have people over, we almost always go with a breakfast theme. How about french toast?! Just yesterday, we had a party and the food was french toast, sausage, etc. So much fun! A little twist to a traditional meal!

Hot chocolate bar. This is also a great idea we’ve done before (and will be doing again). The best part for me is decorating! You can get really creative here. Set out some hot water or milk in, hot chocolate mix, fun cups, whipped cream, sprinkles, candy canes, anything! 

Entertainment

The close second important thing to a party. Entertaining can be fun, exhausting, or both. But here are a few ideas that are easy to put on and fun for you as well as everyone else:

Host an “Eggnog taste testing”. Buy all kinds of different brands/flavors of eggnog, and have the brave “taste testers” be 1) blind folded or 2) oblivious to what brand/flavor eggnog they’re trying. Then, have them use a grading system to determine the “best” eggnog. Make sure you have at least 2-5 people judging (everyone has a different eggnog preferences, so the winning eggnog should be the best of all worlds). 

Play a group game like…. a few games I would recommend for groups of any size are: Been There Done That (great for breaking the ice or getting to know everyone in a fun way), and Say Anything  (it can get pretty funny, pretty quickly). Click the name of the games previously↑ to see them on Amazon.

Gift exchange/white elephant. You can’t just exchange gifts…Here is a fun take on a White Elephant gift exchange: Everyone has a gift (whether it be their’s or someone else’s) and stands in a circle. One person (the host) reads a poem, but not any ordinary poem. Every time the word “right” is read, everyone passes their gift to the right. Every time the word “left” is read everyone passes their gift to the left. When the poem is finished, the gift you have left in your hand is the gift you keep! Click here for the poem. 

Well, I hope this was helpful in giving some ideas for your Christmas party. I know they are a hit at ours! Thanks for visiting, and Merry Christmas!

Until next time, 

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12 Days of Christmas series #8: Our Ginger bread house

What is up you guys!

Welcome to day #8 of my 12 Days of Christmas series! I’ll be sharing winter/Christmas inspired blog posts from December 14-25. Don’t miss one! Question of the day: What is the funniest gift you ever received? Share in the comments below♥

Story time. Today at school was our last day, and now I’m on Christmas Break!!! Our last day was really fun. It really wasn’t school though. A month ago, our high school split into groups, and we had to write and act our own Christmas play about a country and their Christmas traditions. My group chose Ireland (because we had two red-heads in the group;p shout out to Keaira!). So basically it was about a group of friends that wanted to do something nice for the Irish exchange students visiting. So they throw an Irish Christmas surprise party, but they decorate with all the “misconceptions” of Ireland (pots of gold, rainbows, leprechauns, etc). So the exchange students come, and re-do the party to a real Irish Christmas with a couple of their traditions (some are ridiculous)! After the play, we did a ginger bread house competition! The families and students broke off into teams ,with high school students as team leaders, and all decorated a ginger bread house with the hope of winning! It was really fun! And to top it all off… MY GROUP WON! Oh, it was SO exciting! We got some candy as a prize (the victory was even sweeter)! So I thought I’d share the winning ginger bread house, and maybe some ideas for yours too!

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Did I mention we only has 30 minutes to decorate? Well, we did. So although it may not be the best ginger bread house, the judges thought it was the best one at the competition! And it was fun to make with friends and family! First, the tree. I wanted to do a tree with a ice cream cone and frosting, but we didn’t have that so I took the foil on the inside of the frosting container and folded it in a cone shape! We then coated it in frosting and holly leaf sprinkles. It got so many comments!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The little light post was my grandma’s idea. It is so cute! A candy cane for the base, and a gum drop for the “light”!

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We used life savers for the path, and gum drops for the fence or perimeter of the house, too. On the roof, we put a scalloped pattern. And the door is obviously made with peppermints:)

Thank you for visiting! I hope you had fun seeing how our “30 minute win” (and what a fun “30 minute win it was) went! Have fun this holiday season and Merry Christmas!

Until next time,

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12 Days of Christmas series #7: DIY Christmas Ornaments

What is up you guys!

Welcome to day #7 of my 12 Days of Christmas series! I’ll be sharing a winter/Christmas inspired blog posts from December 14-25. Question of the day: What is your favorite Christmas dessert?

My mom and younger sisters were making these homemade ornaments earlier this month, and I wanted to share how to make them! And you guys. THE RECIPE ONLY HAS 2 INGREDIENTS! And you can make them what ever shape you would like. They also will make your house small amazing! Here we go»

Ingredients:

  • 2 bottles (2.37 oz. each) Cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup applesauce

Supplies:

  • Cookie cutters
  • Drinking straw
  • Colorful ribbon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You may need use your hands to incorporate all of the cinnamon.) Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap. Cut dough into desired shapes with 2 to 3-inch cookie cutters. Make a hole at top of ornament with drinking straw or skewer. Place ornaments on baking sheet.
  2. Bake 2 1/2 hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack. (Or, to dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.)
  3. Insert ribbon (we used twine) through holes and tie to hang.

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If you want to add something to your Christmas tree, or are looking for a gift idea, this is a great recipe/DIY you should try! Making ornaments can be a fun thing to do with family or friends to make memories with. They smell SO good too! As always, thanks for visiting, and Merry Christmas!

Until next time,

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12 Days of Christmas series #6: Funny White Elephant Gift Ideas

What is up you guys!

Welcome to day #6 of my 12 Days of Christmas series! I’m sharing Christmas/winter inspired blog posts (like a blogmas) from December 14-25. Question of the day: If you could pack up and go on a vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?

This week at school we are doing a white elephant gift exchange. Normal, right? Here’s the catch: we can’t spend any money and the gifts have to be pretty funny or wacko! Here are some ideas for any white elephant gift exchange,whether you can buy something or not! So here we go»

#1: Kids movie

Like Veggie Tales, My Little Pony, sky’s the limit baby!

#2: “Melted Snowman”

All you have to do for this gift is get a water bottle, take off the label and replace it with one that says, “Melted Snowman”. I thought this was so cute (and hilarious at the same time. Is that possible)!

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#3: OCD killer

AAAAAH! No. This is so wrong…..but so funny! For those OCD friends.

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#4: How to Package Toilet paper

So, this is for those REALLY close friends. Or the ones you don’t want so close!toiletpaper

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These were just SOME of the funny ones I thought were “doable”. Another favorite is to package some Cheerios in a bag and label, “Donut seeds. Just add milk.So which gift will you be trying? I’m doing the kid’s movie! Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!

Until next time,

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