Why I Love The Hunger Games

I recently just reread a The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  It has made me fall in love all over again.  Here are some of the main reasons why I love THG.

1) Katniss – such a great female heroine, is a very realistic character who is determined, passionate, strong…but has weaknesses like everyone else

2) Peeta – so sweet, protective, and sensitive; who doesn’t want their own Peeta?

3) Action – it is very fast paced and exciting.  It isn’t too dragged out and is easy to follow along

4) Excitement of the Games – as harsh as it is, it’s super intense and intriguing to read about

5) Short and sweet – Maybe the book is a decent length, but nothing is dragged out.  Suzanne Collins gets to the point

6) Touching moments – Katniss singing to Rue; Peeta taking on Cato for Katniss; even Haymitch’s mentoring all make the book hit your soft spot and make you feel touched and inspired

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Role Model Profile: Kaitlyn Jenkins

Name: Kaitlyn Jenkins
Born: April 11, 1992
Occupation: Actress
Best Known For: Starring as Boo Jordan in Bunheads

Why Kaitlyn Jenkins is special: She is a dancer who doesn’t let her “non-typical” ballet body define her. She proves with determination and passion, that anything is possible. She played Boo Jordan on Bunheads who displayed the same message.

Why I look up to Kaitlyn Jenkins: She is beautiful, passionate, determined, friendly, and a good person. She is a good role model and isn’t one of those celebs who are into drugs, alcohol, and partying. Kaitlyn is still a typical girl who loves dance and acting. Kaitlyn is very responsive and appreciative to her fans.

Lessons to Learn from Kaitlyn: Stand up for what you believe in, don’t back down, be grateful and appreciative.

Watch Bunheads and check out some of Kaitlyn’s Youtube Videos and her Instagram!
Youtube: Kaitlyn Jenkins
Instagram: kaitlynjenkins8

 

(P.S. We are birthday twins! I was born on April 11 as well!)

Kaitlyn Jenkins

My Role Models

I am hoping to do a post about most of these wonderful, strong ladies sometime int he future. Some are TV characters and others are real people. I’m not including the people I look up to that I really know, but I might do posts on them, too. These people all have different reasons that why I look up to them. Some might because of their inspiring stories and dedication, while others might be because I see them as a fashion icon or love their attitude and classiness. I’ll probably keep adding to this because I don’t think you can have enough people to look up to. This is in no particular order:

Chloe Lukasiak
Amanda Seyfried
Ginny Thompson/Bailey Buntain – Bunheads
Boo Jordon/Kaitlyn Jenkins – Bunheads
Sasha – Bunheads
Michelle Simms/Sutton Foster – Bunheads
Payson Keeler – Make it Or Break It
Kaylie Cruz – Make it Or Break It
Gabby Douglas
Shawn Johnson
Meryl Davis
Misty Copeland
Emily Maynard
Hermione Granger
Beacon Street Girls
Kate Middleton
Aquamarine
Bethany Hamilton

Tips to Feel Naturally Beautiful: Part II The Look

I think that looking good can give you a boost of confidence. I know that when I have a new outfit on or my hair looks great, that I feel good.
Now, I never wear makeup. The only time is wearing a bit of tinted moisturizer and/or blush, and I almost always curl my eyelashes (they are really long and the ones in the edge of my eye get tangled – OUCH). I am actually incredibly happy that I don’t wear makeup at my age. I’ve heard so many girls say that they feel like they can’t even leave the house without makeup and that they don’t feel comfortable without it. I am not saying that makeup is bad. I think it’s its own art medium and can give you a serious confidence boost. It’s also a pretty fun way to express yourself! My issue with today’s society is that so many people can’t seem to love themselves in their own skin. That’s these tips are for: some easy ways to maintain your natural beauty!

Natural Beauty

1) Skin Care – Whenever I see someone who has truly radiant skin, I think they are absolutely beautiful and get jealous immediately. I have very large pores and blackheads and the occasionally pimple (I think I’ve really ‘outgrown’ my acne stage, thank goodness). My skin care routine has been the same for quite a few years.
I don’t cleanse my face in the morning, I just splash some cold water on it. Then I follow up with a moisturizer with SPF.
In the evening, I use a cleanser and then a light moisturizer. Once or twice a week I’ll use a clay mask or exfoliator. I try to keep my routine simple.
I always put on hand cream before bed, and if I remember I’ll moisturize my arms and legs.
I also put on a soothing lip balm.
Your skin care could differ completely from mine. Experiment until you find something that works for you.

2) Eyebrows – I have naturally thick eyebrows (both a blessing and a curse). I am constantly tweezing and getting them waxed. Personally, I find nothing can make my face look better than having nicely shaped eyebrows. Filling in my eyebrows with makeup has never really been an option for me so I’m not really sure what to tell you about that idea. I think just having them nicely shaped and cleaned up from stray hairs is perfect. If you have never tweeted your eyebrows before, go to a professional. At least for the first time, and they should be able to give you some good tips.

3) Hair – I wash my hair every other day. I only really have two guidelines for hair: it should be clean and out of your face. Experiment with products (I use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner because I like to keep my hair healthy) and develop a solid routine. Sometimes I also use hair oil on the ends.
When it comes to styling your hair, I like to limit myself to fifteen minutes (I normally never reach that, but I think it keeps you prioritizing that your hair isn’t that important). I love styling my hair because there are so many different things to do. Your hair is unique, just like you. I normally straighten my hair (my hair is straight, so I just have a few kinks to work out) and always pull back the front somehow. I really like French braiding one side back or wearing headbands. I also use classic ponytail. My hair is currently at a growing out stage, but when it was longer, I did lots of braids and buns.

4) Shave – I believe this is totally optional, depending on your views, but being from Canada and just not liking body hair in general, my razor is used quite often. Legs, armpits, bikini line (if that’s your thing), I think are all musts. Nothing makes me feel more uncomfortable as walking out in shorts with hairy legs. Just pick up a razor and some shading cream and follow up with moisturizer after. Super easy.

5) Nails – I really like painting my nails, because it makes me not chew them (I have a really bad habit here, guys), but i think it’s most important to have your finger and toenails be clean and trimmed. Nothing else I think is really that important. Invest in a pair of good quality trimmers and maybe a nail file. Just be careful doing this! You don’t want to cut your nails too short.

That’s pretty much all I can think of. Notice there was nothing like, contour you nose or wear colored contact lenses, because that’s not naturally you! If you like that stuff then that’s fine and dandy, but it think it’s always important to learn to love and accept yourself as who you are.

For part I click HERE

Tips to Feel Naturally Beautiful: Part I Attitude

Lately, beauty has been getting me down. I’ve felt bad about how I look and keep comparing myself to others. I wish my nose looked more like hers…her hair is so perfect…she must not have a worry in the world.
This has led me to come up with some ideas on how to feel and look more naturally beautiful. The first part will be all about attitude.

Attitude
Truly the most important step is attitude. I think it really either makes you or breaks you. What’s a pretty face if they are actually really mean on the inside?

1) Stop comparing yourself to others – This to me is the most difficult step. With media shoving down their ideas of perfection, it makes us think that our beautiful and unique features are actually flaws. Learn to accept not only yourself, but everyone around you. We are all different. If you try and focus your whole life about changing your face shape, you’ll only get sad about something you can’t change.

2) Don’t think it’s bad to think you are beautiful – Often, if I have a day where I feel particularly pretty, I think I’m full of myself or delusional and end up feeling sad again. Why can’t I feel pretty? Understand it’s not a bad thing to love yourself.

3) Be a nice person – Be grateful, kind, listen to others, the works. This is what truly makes you beautiful.

4) Don’t make looks define you or rule your life – There are so many more important things. I think volunteering at your local hospital is a lot more beautiful than the shade of lipstick you have on. That being sad, you don’t have to ignore looks completely. I think that if you feel pretty, it can lead to confidence. Just remember to prioritize.

5) Let someone know they are beautiful every day – You know how great you feel when someone compliments your hair or your eyes. Make someone else feel that way too. Saying a few words like “I like your blouse!” can give someone a great feeling.

I will post some beauty/appearance tips later!

For part 2 click HERE

Book Review: Lucky Charm by Annie Bryant

This is the eighth book in the BSG series. It isn’t one of my favourites, but I still enjoy reading it. In this book, Marty, the BSG’s dog goes missing. It causes a lot of tension between the friends and to top it off, Katani and Kelley’s new riding lessons might have to get closed down unless they can raise 10,000 dollars. Will the girls manage a way to manage all of this while still being friends? And what happens when a celebrity baseball player enters the mix?
This book really shows what happens when people don’t share the same views. It can cause tension and make things difficult. What the BSG later show, is that in order to get anything done, you have to work together, even if you don’t all want the same thing. It also shows that things have a way of working out in the end.
If you ever disagree with your friend (which is bound to happen – it’s natural!), instead of getting mad and shutting her out, why not try to see both sides of the story and work things out together. A disagreement is no reason to end a friendship!
Lucky Charm also talks about, well, lucky charms and superstitions. Do you believe in lucky charms? If so, do you have any.
I don’t think I believe in them, but I think it’s sort of fun to have a ritual or something special. It’s comforting.

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Jealousy

Chances are, you’ve probably gotten hit by the green-eyed monster some time in your life.  You’ve been jealous over how someone looks, their athleticism, their smarts…the list could go on forever.

I’ve been there, and still go there.  It’s hard to realize what amazing things you have when all you do is compare yourself to others.  Jealousy has the opposite affect that you want it to have.

Recently, I was jealous of my friend for a bit.  She’s very pretty, nice, smart, athletic, and is really good at meeting new people.  I’m a little more shy and awkward in new situations.  I began comparing everything I had to her.  The number of Instagram followers, likes on a picture, grades, awards…creepy, huh?  The thing that really gets me now, is that I would acknowledge the things I excelled at, too, and would just skip over them, like they didn’t count.  I was thinking that I had to be better or the same to her in every single category that she was good at.  I wasn’t taking time to realize that we will always be different.  We aren’t supposed to be or want to be exact molds of anyone.  So why was I so obsessed and jealous?

I was watching a video (think it was by Bubzbeauty, but I’m not sure) about jealousy on Youtube, because I wanted to hear someone else’s point of view.  At the end, I think I had really understood that I am supposed to be different, and that’s not a bad thing.

I can draw okay.   I am good at school.  I think I am a good role model to my younger cousins.  I’m a good team player in volleyball.  I like playing piano.  I like blogging.  I like reading.

All of these things define me and make me different.  No one else will ever be like me and I will never be exactly like anyone else.

So I think the key to getting over jealousy, is really think about what you are good at and appreciate that you are different.  Don’t just think grades or after school activities – dig deeper.  Life isn’t a competition.  Just do your best and do what you love.

Book Review: Freaked Out by Annie Bryant

I just finished Freaked Out by Annie Bryant. It is the seventh installment in the beacon street Girls series. This book is great because it deals with topics like exclusion, choices, and struggling with school.
In this book, Maeve is fearing out about her math grades and Avery doesn’t get invited to the party of the year…which may be more interesting than anyone thought it would be. It’s really good and I totally recommend it to anyone.
Freaked Out talks about underaged drinking. I am not really a drinker, and have only had a quarter of a beer before. It brings up how dangerous it can be and how the side affects really aren’t that cool. It’s a good reminder to stay safe and in the back of the books it brings up some information about drinking.
It also discusses choices. This can be the underaged drinking or even just how you handle situations.
I really like this book because it talks about exclusion. I’ve been hit with that one quite a few times so it’s nice to see how Avery handles it. I think that with exclusion, you can either be incredibly sad about it (which is easy to do), or you can make the best of it and have a really incredible day. And, in ten years, are you really going to care which parties you didn’t get invited to?
You should totally read this!

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Why I Love Bunheads So Much

Bunheads, an ABC Family show, was cancelled last year, but to this day is ranked as my all-time favourite TV series. I can’t tell you how many times I have watched the series (it would be shocking if I actually knew the real number!). It is a show about a Vegas show girl named Michelle who ends up marrying a man named Hubble on a whim and moving to the town of Paradise to live with him…and his mother, Fanny. When Hubble dies in a car accident, Fanny and Michelle have to figure out what to do next. Fanny also owns a ballet studio. The show is filled with ups and downs, laughs and tears. I completely adore it. Here are some reasons why:

1) Dancing – very unique, beautiful, and fun. I especially love the dance for Fanny and the lyrical one focusing around Sasha

2) It’s fast – The dialogue keeps your attention because it’s so fast!

3) It’s funny – Amy Sherman-Palladino’s writing is hilarious. It’s very witty and pop-culture-y, which I love!

4) The characters – There is not one character who isn’t perfectly realistic and thought out. There is something unique and special about every one (and the main six characters are all my role models!)

5) The actors – They were all unknown to me at first. Now I love and look up to each one as themselves and not just their characters. Plus, Sutton Foster is just amazing!

6) It’s realistic – Nothing crazy really happens (like magic or murders). Instead, it’s all about real life experiences and problems and stuff like growing up. It is not boring at all and is actually very refreshing and different from every other TV show I’ve seen.

7) Watching the characters grow – It’s nice being my age and watching a show where people really do grow up and mature and change their lives (even at Michelle and Fanny’s age, ha ha).

Bunheads will never get old for me and I think it will always be as comforting and wonderful to me as when I watched it the first time. Even though it was cancelled last year. I am thankful for 18 incredible episodes. Please watch it. I know you won’t be disappointed!

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Friendship

Friendship is important because…

you can have someone to laugh with…

to cry with…

to trust with all of your thoughts…

to tell you the truth even if it’s difficult…

it’s someone that you can feel safe and accepted around…

someone who will be loyal and stand up for you…

who doesn’t want you to be different or anything less than yourself…

it makes it so you are never lonely…

Friendship only works if you can give all of these things back to someone else.

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