Pink & Gold Sweet 16

Every little girl dreams of her life as a teenager. When I was a eight, my oldest brother was 16, the age where he started going to parties all the time. Eight years later I still remember the pink invitation he got in the mail inviting him to a friends sweet 16. It was hot pink and glittery, and her party was HUGE. Since that day, I thought about what my sweet sixteenth would look like. Both my brothers just got things like a shirt for their sixteenth and had big parties for their 18th. In my house, we stop having parties around ten years old, so I wasn’t sure if I would have my sweet 16 but I still wondered how I would plan it. When I was about 14-15 I tried to disassociate myself from the whole girly thing and stuck to hiking or camping but lately, I found myself back into monograms and cute clothes, so I was conflicted about what to do for my party, stuck between two opposite personalities. I finally decided on doing a bonfire in the backyard, but every decoration was pink and gold and sparkly, I loved it.

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I love this cake from cupcake bites in Fuquay-Varina! It was so good too!

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We had a sweets tabel in the formal dining room and I decorated the walls with funny pictures from my childhood. My friends thought they were silly and I loved seeing them.

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I had to have a cute place for my friends to take pictures! I got these streamers and taped them to the top of the wall in my kitchen, and put some gold balloons with it. I got mine from Party City and the wall was a huge hit!

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Here’s just one super silly picture my good friend, Becca, and I took! Love her so much!

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I didn’t get a picture with everyone who came to my party, people were coming and going, but I’m so thankful I have such great friends, and I’m glad I got a chance to have a party!

My outfit in the pictures: White top from fedora, ripped jeans from target, a pink necklace from Apricot Lane with brown boots from DSW.

Verse of the Week 

Psalms 19:1 – The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies above proclaim the work of his hands.

Have a fab week!

Elizabeth

I Started Drinking Water Everyday…

Water, it’s what our body is made up of and yet we deprive ourselves of it so often. Why drink water when you can drink lemonade, a diet Pepsi, or a Starbucks drink? I think most everybody hears that drinking water is overall the best thing for you, but why is it and what does it do? My mom drinks water all the time and talks about how great it is for you, but I usually just say ok blah blah. I got a bad cold a few weeks ago and was just feeling super groggy, so I took some lemon water to school to drink throughout the day and what do you know? Before lunch even hit I was already feeling more human and less zombie. There are tons of benefits (and maybe some cons) about always drinking water.

  • Pro: You honestly feel more awake, I wasn’t expecting it at all. However, it happens!
  • Pro: Your skin will thank you 101 times or more. I didn’t even think about my acne before I started drinking water but I rarely even get a zit now. (and when I do I even sweated a whole lot that day with makeup on or didn’t drink water!) AND I feel like I always have a glow when I drink water, it seems more smooth as well.
  • Con: I am always thirsty… the more I drink, the less I can go without water. I was actually at school the other day, and I texted my mom asking me to bring back my water bottle I left in the car because I was already thirsty. (She had barely left the parking lot)

I think despite being thirsty more often its beneficial to be constantly drinking water, it just helps keep you hydrated, looking young, and taking care of yourself!

Verse of the Week

Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 

Have a fab week!

Elizabeth.

Saving Money

RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU MAKE NO MONEY BUT SPEND SO MUCH!! Okay glad we all agree!! Okay, but honestly I babysit for hours make a good amount of cash, but then somehow somebody spent all of it that weekend? Weird!! Through the years of me spending every penny I own on dresses and shoes, I have found ways to help me get the most for my money and how to save the best and I can’t wait to share these tips!!

  • RetailMeNot Coupons: This started as a website, but now there’s an app for that! *insert 10,000 memes* I have this app on my phone and use it at least once a week. It doesn’t have every single store out there, but it’s working on it (including online stores)! The deals are actually excellent, and you don’t have to go searching for every single one, they’re all right there!

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  • Saving: Oh, I know, the most dreadful word in the human language! This is so so hard for me, because hey I just made that $60, I am going to buy that new dress that costs $59, and I saved a whole dollar from what I made right… I mean hey I should have $5 in a few weeks! I started realizing how important it is to save when I was in middle school and desired to go to Uganda. After about two years I kept $700. I had an actual jar in my room and every time I got paid I would insert a few dollars into the pot, sometimes it was a $10 bill, sometimes a $20 bill, really whatever I felt like, but I always put in, at least, $5. Now the time has arisen, I’m going to South Africa, and while it’s not Uganda that’s where I’m spending the saved up money (cause hey it’s the same continent… so whatever).
  • Consignment Stores: I know, no teenager or young adult wants to say that their wardrobe comes from a used store, even if its a really cute one. But I am here to say there is no shame in consignment store shopping. (or you can pull my classic move and say ugh, don’t remember or just say where it came from… a lot of consignment stores will say “forever 21” “target” or so on.) If you live in the Raleigh area my two favorite are Uptown Cheapskate or Plato’s Closet

These are just three things I do to make sure I’m actually looking at what I save, hope you find this helpful or can comment on what you do to save money!

Verse of the Day

John 11:25-26: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Have a fabulous week!

Elizabeth

But Only 2 Democrats!

The Republicans said goodbye to Jeb Bush last night as he decided to drop out of the race. While the Republicans have narrowed down the nominees to five, the Democrats have had just two runners for a while now. Last week I did a post about the Republican choices, and now, as I promised, is time for the Democrats summed up! I hope this helps.

Sanders: Sanders, unlike the Republicans we talked about last week wants to open up the border. He plans on making a stronger immigration reform than Obama has. Senator Sanders has said that abortion is between the woman carrying the baby and her doctor; he refuses to shut down any clinic or make any laws against letting women do what they want with their bodies. According to his Twitter, Sanders has said that the attempt by Republicans to shut down planned parenthood is attacking women’s health. Sanders wants to ban semi-automatic assault weapons, as they are used primarily to kill other humans. He says he plans to enforce and strengthen the background checks before purchasing a gun. Bernie Sanders wants peace; he thinks a nation’s power should not be in how many wars they engage in, but rather how many conflicts they can resolve. He has pointed out many times that he voted against the war in Iraq and thought it was misguided. Bernie has said that it is time bigger corporations and the wealthier start paying their share of taxes.

Clinton: Hillary stated that Immigrants are vital to our economy, and anybody who wishes should have an easy path to citizenship. Hillary said that abortion is fine… until the third trimester, and then abortion should be for medical reasons only. She plans to support what women want to do with their bodies as well supporting planned parenthood. When asked about gun control Hillary Clinton says she wants extensive background checks to prevent criminals and mentally ill from getting the guns. Clinton says we should treat Iraq as a business deal, and we should be able to deploy more military in the air and on the ground as Syrians get ready to fight. Hillary, wife of former president Bill Clinton said that it was time middle class get a break and let the wealthy be taxed the way they should.

Alright, that was just a quick summary of the Democratic candidates. I hope this information I’ve gathered from class discussions and watching the debates helps. Another good source of information is to type in (candidates name) on the issues. If you type that into google it comes up with a compilation of sources that you can scroll through at the top of the pages, it is helpful as well! If you want to know about the Republican candidates I wrote an article last week so just scroll down!

Verse of the Week 

Proverbs 20:19: A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers.

Have a fab week!

Elizabeth (:

Still so many Republicans!

If you take any interests in the presidential campaign, you’ve probably realized there are so many people running for president! Sometimes, it can be hard to keep track who wants what, so I’ve laid it out here in an easy way to understand. (I watch the debates but every time I’m like woah, what?! Use some normal words, please!!)

Trump: Trump feels very strongly on securing our border, believing we should let immigrants in our country, but they must go through a process. He wants to send all illegal immigrants back from where they came. Despite what Trump has said in the past; he is now very pro-life. Donald Trump has said multiple times that America should protect the second amendment. He has a concealed weapon permit and believes many others should as well. Mr. Trump wants to increase military presence in Syria, and “bomb the “heck” out of Isis” (Patriot-News).

Cruz: Cruz wants to nearly triple security presence at our borders, and he would like to build a wall that works, according to his Twitter. Ted Cruz has said made it clear that every life is a gift, and he wants to cut funding for planned parenthood. Cruz has also come out and said we need to honor the second amendment, and everyone has a right to self-defense. Cruz wants to stand alongside Israel and keep Syrians out of our country. He believes in a flat tax rate and plans to abolish the IRS.

Bush: Jeb believes that there should be a “path” every immigrant must go down to become legal; work, don’t break the law, learn English and contribute to society. Bush believes that life is a gift from God and that planned parenthood shouldn’t get a penny. He has gone as far to say that he was the “most pro-life candidate on the stage.” Bush believes having guns represents our freedoms. However, the laws should be stricter on allowing criminals or those with mental illnesses to get guns. Governor Bush also wants to lower taxes and make sure we are not using tax money for excess spending.

Rubio: Marco Rubio wants to get illegal immigration “under control”. He plans to do this by increasing security on the border. Rubio mentioned that he does not wish to tell anyone what to do with their bodies, but personally he believes that life is a gift given that everyone should be able to live. When asked about gun control Rubio says it is not the guns that are the problem; it is the people, and gun laws will not prevent killing. Rubio wants to make sure taxes are pro-family and believes that our taxes make it so that America is one of the most expensive places to innovate and invest.

Carson: Dr. Carson says that we are a nation of immigrants, and we should welcome anybody who wants to be an American. However, he also says we need to seal the borders, and not just the north and south borders but also the Pacific and Atlantic. Ben Carson thinks abortion is wrong, but circumstances could change in a medical situation, in fact, he has advised people in a dangerous medical condition to get an abortion. However, he says we need to consider abortion in the fact of human life. Carson says that gun control wouldn’t work because criminals aren’t law-abiding. He once said the same thing that happened in Paris wouldn’t happen here on the same scale because we have guns. Ben Carson wants to implement flat tax as well.

Kasich: Kasich has made the point of saying that it is a ludicrous idea that we could deport all the immigrants, and if they are law-abiding they should be able to stay. However, our border should be protected according to Kasich. Governor Kasich plans to defund planned parenthood and believes abortion is wrong except for in cases of rape, medical issues, or incest. John is an active, and emotional supporter of Israel and thinks we should have never committed ourselves to Iraq. He thinks we need to build up our military and discard the Iran deal (if Iran stops trying to make nuclear bombs we will remove our sanctions). John Kasich wants to cut taxes and restrain the growth of the government.

I hope you all found this helpful and can understand the issues enough to have intelligent conversations. Obviously, I did not cover all of the issues; I tried to focus on what I hear come up a lot. If you want to know more go to google and type in candidates name on the issues. Look for a Democrat on the issues coming soon!


Verse of the Week 

Proverbs 1:5-6 Pray that God’s man will listen with discernment, add to his knowledge, and receive wise counsel in this campaign.

Have a fab week!

Elizabeth.