Just because 2020 and 2021 are strange years doesn’t mean that you have to stop having fun! One thing that many girls have been missing due to COVID is sleepovers, so B, our friend E and I had a super fun virtual sleepover a few weeks ago! We did lots of regular sleepover activities, but just adapted them a bit to make them work on a video call. Here are some tips and tricks for a virtual sleepover!
Plan the Basics
Start by finding a date that works for all of your guests (2-5 guests is ideal). Then, figure out what time you’ll start and stop. My friends and I started our virtual sleepover (we called it a Skypeover, since we used Skype) at 5:00 and went until about 10:00. Then, we resumed the next morning from 8:45-11:00. Also, figure out whether you all will eat dinner and breakfast on the video call together, or before it.
Plan the Fun
Pick lots of activities to do! At our sleepover, we ate dinner, made slime, went on an around-the-house scavenger hunt, made cake in a mug, played mad libs, had a lego building war, played other games and took silly selfies (ok, maybe they were more like screenshots). You could also do crafts, paint your nails or watch a movie together! Try searching ‘virtual games” for more ideas.
You can have a few video calls before the night of the sleepover to coordinate the details. Try splitting up the preparation and planning tasks between girls, so each person plans and leads one or two activities.
Have the Sleepover
Show up, bring giggles and have tons of fun! I hope that you and your besties have an absolutely awesome virtual sleepover. Just because you can’t get together in person doesn’t mean that the fun has to end!
Christmas is gone and it shows. The tree is down, the light displays are gone, and there are no longer Christmas songs on every radio channel. That makes me sad but there is something that makes me even sadder...... no more Christmas treats! Our house has been cookieless for 2 weeks now and my sweet tooth has started begging.
I didn’t want to go through the trouble of making dozens of cookies again, but I decided to take some of the baking supplies we had left over from the holidays to make something yummy. Thankfully I remembered that my mom has a delicious chocolate chip banana bread recipe that uses pretty basic ingredients. I got started and had the bread made in no time!
Ask one of your parents for one of their favorite sweet recipes or try something new!
Let us know what you made by putting it in the comments.
P.S.Can find anything yummy to make? Find us on Pinterest where we have a whole board about healthy and delicious snacks!
P.P.S. Below I have some photos of how my banana bread turned out!
It's the NEW YEAR, which means that you may be thinking about New Year's Resolutions. It’s super easy to set fantastic goals in January, such as exercising more, eating less sugar, drinking more water, reading your Bible more or getting more sleep, but these goals often don’t last long. Today, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite tips to help you create New Year’s goals for your physical and spiritual health that will last past January 6!
Tip #1. Make it Simple.
Set one - ONE - main goal. If you are trying to tackle ten goals or new habits at once, you will soon run out of patience, energy and willpower. Zero your efforts in on a small number of goals that you are passionate about for best efforts! You could also set a single goal in each of a few categories: for example, one education, one health and one Spiritual goal.
Tip #2. Make it Specific.
Don’t make a goal that says ‘drink more water.’
Do make a goal that says ‘drink one glass of water after breakfast every day.’
Make sure to establish the following details about your goals (I’ve answered the prompts about my hydration example in parentheses). Figure out when (every morning after breakfast), where (in the kitchen) and how often (daily) you will fulfill this goal, what success is (drinking one glass of water) and why this goal matters to you (because I have noticed I am dehydrated and I want to fix it). This might sound like a lot of work, but it can really help you follow-through in the long run!
Tip #3. Make it Visual.
Print out this printable and fill in the two blanks. Then, hang it up somewhere you will see it daily! I’ve also added spots for you to cross off the first 14 times you follow through on this new goal (because crossing things off is often motivating!). I hope this printable will remind and encourage you to set and follow through on your goals in 2021!! Click the button below this image to open the document in a new tab on your device, where you may print or download it.
What is your goal for this year? Tell us in the comments!
Christmas is coming extremely soon and I hope you have already sent your Christmas cards, but if you haven’t or you need the perfect card to attach to a last minute present, then what better way to say Merry Christmas than a homemade card? All my ideas take very little effort and will make someone’s day! Clear off a space on your table and I will help you along the rest of the way.
Supplies you need:
* Blank cards (white, colored, or patterned)
* Envelopes (should come with cards)
* Card stock paper
* Glue dots
* Die cuts or a Cricut maker
* Double sided tape
* Washi tape
1. Pick out the blank card that you want to use. Then pick out the die cuts that you want to put on it. If you don’t have already made die cuts then you can use a Cricut or by drawing on cardstock and cutting out pictures. I recommend making some flowers, Christmas trees, presents, and ornaments out of paper.
2. Use double sided tape or glue dots (depending on the die cut size) and attach them to the card. Write any words you want on the card and in the card. Put the card in an envelope and address or label the envelope. Lick the seal to seal it shut, then put some cute washi tape on the outside over the seal.
All done! Isn’t Christmas card making fun? I excluded pictures of cards I made below.
I absolutely LOOOOVE making, using and gifting sugar scrubs because they make my hands feel super smooth. They are a super simple handmade gift (you know, for when it's Christmas Eve and you're still short a gift or two), they smell amazing and they are practical yet luxurious. Today, I'll be sharing my sugar scrub secrets with you by showing you how to make my favorite sugar scrub recipe. Ready?
1/3 Cup White Sugar
2 Tablespoons of Melted Coconut Oil
This recipe makes 1 very small jar of sugar scrub. You make make a batch as big as you want by multiplying the ingredients.
1. In a bowl, gently stir to combine your sugar and melted coconut oil.
2. Drop in 2-3 drops of essential oil. Some oils that I love to use are peppermint, lavender orange and lemon. I've also made chai tea and chocolate scented scrubs in the past!
3. Create a cute label and put your sugar scrub in a jar or container. You can give it as a gift or keep it for your own use!
Isn’t Christmas wonderful? I love celebrating the birthday of our Savior and decorating for it! Every family decorates a little differently. Some use bold color schemes, while others use green and red. Some put up Christmas ladders (it’s a real thing), other families like the tradition tree. It really doesn’t matter how you decorate. If it’s your family’s style and it says holidays to you, that’s good enough!
So take that last bit of advise into consideration as you read the rest of this blog post. I’m going to give you some awesome decor ideas for your bedroom, but feel free to tweak them so that they feel right for you. Let’s get decorating!
Before you start decorating, determine how much your willing to do. Ask your parents how much you are allowed to decorate your room and get their permission before you do anything major. Note: All of the ideas I will be giving you are not permanent. They can be taken down and packed away after Christmas.
Before you start any craft or decorating project, always make sure that you have ALL the supplies you need before you start. You don’t want to be in a pinch and have a half decorated room.
Finally, the moment you have been waiting for! Below you will find my list of spectacular ideas!
1. Mini tree
One of the most common ways to decorate a bedroom is with a mini tree. You can get mini real trees, or mini artificial trees. I recommend an artificial tree if you have carpet in your room, or a budget. Real trees are extremely fun, but you have to replace every year and they can shed needles which can get stuck in carpet. Wrap the tree in lights and decorate it with ornaments that match your room and personality.
Grab the all the decorative pillows on your bed and store them away. Find some beautiful Christmas pillows that match your room and put those on instead. Another option is to buy or sew pillowcases that can go over your current pillows.
3. Window lights
You can get some simple, white LED lights that are perfect for going around your windows. Get a separate string of them for each window you want to decorate and wrap them around your window frames. These are super cool because after Christmas you can still use the lights to decorate your room!
This idea can work for any room. Christmas garlands come in such a variety, such as pom-poms, snowflakes, evergreen, rope, lights, and holly. Get a garland that suits your room and drape over a baseboard, headboard, mirror, dresser, or bookshelf. It will add a really nice touch to an empty space.
5. Spray frost
Whoever invented spray frost was really smart. You can get a can of it at most stores this time of year. Follow the instructions on the can of spray, and put a little around the edge of your windows. It will make it seem like there is frost all winter long!
6. Pine scented sticks
If you go with an artificial tree, or you just want your room to smell Christmassy, get a package of pine scented sticks. They look like little pine branches and they smell like you just cut down a tree. Put a few in your artificial tree, or hide them around your room. You can put them in drawers, on bookshelves, or put them in a lidless mason jar to create a cute decoration.
Have fun decorating your room and keep it true to you!
I’m all about reducing, reusing and recycling. Today, I’ll be telling you about 4 ways you can repurpose basic items and make them into something new. Are you ready to get started?
Fabric Scraps Into Stuffing
If you sew, you probably know that sewing projects result in a lot of little fabric scraps that are too small to be used for anything else. Rather than throwing them away, I’ve discovered that you can chop up these scraps into small pieces, put them in a bag and then eventually use them as stuffing for a stuffed animal or pillow. How cool is that?
Paper Towel Tube Pen Holder
In a previous blog post, I showed you how to make a really fun pencil holder using empty paper towel tubes!
Paper Clip Jewelry
Looking to accessorize? Look no further than your desk drawer! You can turn paper clips into unique, casual bracelets and necklaces super easily. Plus, when you need a paper clip for an assignment, just slide one out of your necklace!
Paper Scraps into New Paper
Use up your small bits of paper by turning them into new paper! While this is a rather involved process, it’s a lot of fun and produces textured, unique paper perfect for gifts and craft projects.
I LOVE holiday get togethers. Seeing loved ones, sharing gifts, and tasting all the delicious dishes that everyone brings. Unfortunately, a lot of holiday parties are cancelled this year, so those beloved holiday foods won’t be piled high on my plate. Fortunately, I have invented a solution for that! So while you are on Zoom with Aunt Sue, you can also be eating her famous holiday salad. Grab the supplies listed below and meet me at your work table.
Supplies you need:
* Index cards
* Markers, pens, pencils, etc.
* Recipe box
* The device you are using to read this blog post
1. Start by grabbing an index card and turn it over to the blank back side. Make a cute sign that says “Holiday Treats”, “Christmas Recipes”, or something to that extent. Add snowman, Christmas trees, and snowflake drawings to the sign to make it look festive.
2. Send an email or text to all your friends and family, asking them for their favorite holiday recipes. Write them down on index cards and put them in your recipe box.
3. Come Thanksgiving and Christmas, make the recipes you were given. If they don’t turn out the same as when your loved one makes it? Try again! Ask the giver of the recipe for their tips and tricks.
Did you have fun with this project? I hope so! Comment below to share some of your favorite recipes.
P.S. Try making holiday recipe boxes for your friends and family. Wrap them up cute and give them as gifts!
It's party time! This fun bookmark makes opening a book feel like a celebration. It is a great, fairly quick project to make whenever. Let's get started!
You Will Need:
- 1 Piece of cardstock that is 2 inches wide by 6 inches tall
- Small pile of hole-punched circles in various colors
- Small dollop of glue
How to Make It:
1. Spread a thin layer of glue on your white piece of paper.
2. Slowly sprinkle the hole-punched circles/confetti over the paper. It will fall rather irregularly - that's ok.
3. After you have used all of your circles, or your bookmark looks the way you want it to, pick up the bookmark and very gently tap it on the table to remove dots that didn't stick. Re-glue those on if need be.
4. Wait about 1 hour for your bookmark to dry.
5. Laminate your bookmark using a laminator/laminating pouch OR apply a thin layer of mod podge/glue to the top of your bookmark (you could add a sprinkle of glitter to your mod podge/glue for an extra fun touch). All of these options will help lock your confetti dots into place so that they don't fall off while you're in the middle of your book.
6. Wait about 1 hour for your bookmark to dry. If you'd like, you could add a cute tassel to the top of your bookmark at this point!
Thank you for crafting with me! I hope you enjoy your super-fun confetti bookmark!
PS. Want more creative bookmark ideas? Check out this post.
With Christmas close by, your bloggers at Faith, Fun & Fridays have created a complete list of the best Christmas gifts for tween and teen girls! Whether you are a girl looking to fill out your list or a parent or grandparent trying to find the perfect gift for your girl, we hope you enjoy this post!
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The Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine
The Clockwork Sparrow is one of our absolute favorite book series'!
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No snow? No problem! Indoor snowballs mean you can have snowball fights year-round.
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Cute, comfy & colorful scrunchies have made a comeback! The gems pictured above are from Aruna Project.
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The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel
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Warm up with a pair or two of fuzzy socks!
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Colorful string lights are a great way to brighten up a girl's bedroom! We found these on Pottery Barn Teen's website.
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Annie's Creative Girls Club
A subscription to Annie's Creative Girls Club is the gift that keeps on giving!
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Perfectly Unique by Annie F. Downs
This gorgeous, inspiring book is the perfect gift for girls who are 12+!
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There are so many incredible journals out there! Pair one with a pen set for a great gift.
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Instax Mini Camera
Photography is fun - especially with a cute mini camera!
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The Usborne Creative Writer's Handbook
This inspiring book makes the perfect gift for a girl who loves to write!
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Pop Sockets are so popular and make great stocking stuffers!
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There are so many fun colors, shapes and scents available. These relaxing macaron-shaped bath bombs are from Target!
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This adorable potted succulent is from Hobby Lobby! With different sizes and pots, there are succulents for everyone!
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Monopoly Deal Game
A fast and fun game that makes a perfect stocking stuffer!
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Give the gift of music on the go with wireless headphones!
Thank you for reading!
A & B