Boredom Buster #2: “First & Then”

Summer Boredom Busters

Throughout the 8th grade school year, I lost my passion for reading. I had this pretty hard Language Arts teacher, who would make us read certain books or a certain amount of books. Personally, being forced to read does not make me want to read.

Recently, I gained that passion back by reading the book First & Then. This book is written by Emma Mills and is a teen romance. However my mother is not a teen and loved this book as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, boredom buster 2: Find a good book and read it. How might I find a book? I am going to share with you First & Then. (Without spoiling, of course) But you can read whatever you want. I’m just sharing for those who might be interested in this book.

First & Then is narrated by a girl named Devon Tennyson. Devon is in her 12th grade year at Temple Sterling High School. She is best friends with a guy named Cas, and happens to be silently crushing on him. All was well until Devon realized that she doesn’t have a serious plan for college. To make matters worse, she has to deal with her cousin Foster suddenly coming into her life. When Foster’s surprising talent causes him to no longer be a social outlier, the popular and attractive Ezra comes into play whether Devon likes it or not.

This book has many twist and turns to keep you reading. I think a book must have some closure at the end, if it is not a series. The story of Devon’s last year in high school does have nice closure. I 100% recommend this book and I hope you read and enjoy this book.

Love,

LibLou โค

Cookies n’ Cream Popsicle’s

School’s out and Summer is in. As much as I am happy that I can sit around and watch TV throughout the day, I still find myself to become quite bored. In the GA heat it can become pretty hot. So, what’s better than a nice popsicle?

I don’t know about you but one of my absolute favorite treats is cookies n’ cream anything. Today I am going to show you how to make a cookies n’ cream Popsicle. This popsicle is inspired by a Buzzfeed video I saw on social media.


To make the delicious treat shown above, you will need:

Popsicle mold

Oreo’s

1 cup of heavy whipping cream

7 oz of ย sweet and condensed milk

1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla

First, you will need to take about 15 oreo’s and separate the inside from the cookie. I used a knife to slide off the filling. Next, you need to crush the cookie part of the Oreo. These are going into the popsicle molds later, so you can make them fine or not. But, consider the fact that with Oreo chunks, it will be harder to put the mixture into the mold, and to put the tops on. I did mine in chunks, but I wish I had crushed them finer. I used the same knife from before to make the chunks.


Next, add 1 cup of heavy cream into the ย mixing bowl that also has the inside of the oreos. Along with that, add the 7 oz of sweet and condensed milk and the 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla. Beat this with a mixer and its whisk attachment until your mixture is medium peaks or looks like this:

Medium peaks mean that when you raise your mixer out of the bowl, the peak top will fall over slightly, as shown in the picture. The peak is not stiff, meaning it stands upright, but is not soft, meaning it falls out of shape almost immediately. This peak does slightly fall, but still holds the shape of a peak.

Lastly, you need to fold in the crushed Oreos from earlier into the mixture. Fill you popsicle molds up and set in the freezer for at least 6 hours. I would recommend to use a spoon or knife to help you fill the molds. It is not a runny liquid so you will need to use a utensil to help get it in. This is what mine looked like after filling up the molds:

When they are done, you might need for run the mold under some hot water to help release the yummy popsicles! You are left with a delicious treat that will cool you down from the heat!

Love,

LibLou โค

Buck, the Horse

This is Buck. He is one of the most friendly horses you will ever meet. He even gives you kisses… sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Buck is found on Hedgerow Farm. This farm is run by my Aunt and Uncle. So, about once or twice a year, we visit. And about once or twice a year, we get to see this sweet face. Not only does Buck let us feed and pet him, he also has given us rides. Whether they are rides in the beautiful woods, or rides around his very own dirt track. Buck is an animal that stays in your heart and makes you relaxed and happy. Until then, I am going to share a quote I enjoyed with you guys.

“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom.” – Sharon Ralls Lemon.

Boredom Buster #1: How to Make the Perfect Glitter Slime

Summer Boredom BustersDo you get bored during the Summertime and need something to do?

Well I have the answer! You can make this glitter slime in 3 simple steps. Or so the recipe said. This slime was much more complicated than I had originally thought. But through experience, I will share my tips about how to make the perfect slime. It is sure to keep you or your kid busy.


The only things you will need for this glitter slime are:

Clear Glue

Baking Soda

Glitter or glitter glue

Contact Lens Solution

Tablespoon measure

Bowl

Spoon or Spatula

First, you will need to empty your clear glue into a bowl. I had a 9 oz bottle, so I only did about half. I wanted to use the clear glue originally because I thought my slime would be perfectly clear. Well that did not happen. When you add the 1 table spoon of baking soda, which is the next step, the solution is not clear. This is what my slime looked like after the baking soda was added and mixed:

What I would say is that the difference between the clear glue and the regular glue is that the clear glue makes it shiny. You can use regular glue as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next, you will need to add your glitter. I used red and silver, so my slime ended up being a little pink. I just sprinkled some in and mixed that up.

After you have mixed in the glitter, you need to add 2 and 1/2 a tablespoons of contact solution. I ended up adding 11 tablespoons… (crickets chirp)(awkward pause) Yeah… I thought the contact solution would make the slime thicker and more mold-able. Once I did 11 tablespoons, my slime was still sticky as can be and pretty much in its liquid form Then, my younger brother comes and tells me. “You need to add baking soda. That will make it thicker.” He was right. Here is a tip: Add more baking soda if your slime is too runny. The recipe said add the 2 and 1/2 tablespoon of solution or until it becomes harder to mix. In the end, add the correct amount of contact solution and more baking soda if you want it to be thicker. The final result is:

I hope that the tips I have shared on how to make the perfect slime are helpful. I also hope this slimeโ€‹ busts your boredom! ๐Ÿ™‚

Love,

LibLou โค

Snacks for Your Pooch

We hear about delicious treats made for you and your family, however, have you heard about the delicious treats your dogs can eat? Today, you are going to witness two dog friendly snacks that will get the happy pooches drooling for more!

To see the list of human foods your dog CAN eat, please click here. To see the list of human foods your dog SHOULD NOT eat, please click here.ย Just a little word of advice, before you feed your dog a food you are not sure is safe for them, you should always check the internet first.

The first dog snack is yogurt and strawberries. I gathered some Greek yogurt and cut up a few strawberries into cubes. Then, I put the ingredients into the dog bowls and let them eat!


The next treat is apples and peanut butter. Once again, I got some smooth peanut butter ย  and added a few apple slices to the peanut butter. Then let the pups eat!


If you plan on making these easy treats for your pup, please check out the websites about what your dog can and cannot eat, listed above. These will help you know the restrictions to using some of the foods, especially with apples. If you noticed, strawberries are not on the list of foods your dog CAN eat, but if you look it up, it is said that they can. To read about strawberries and whether they are okay for dogs, please click here. Once again, for the safety of your pet please read all of the websites I have listed. I hope your dog enjoys these treats as much as mine did!

Love,

LibLou โค

 

Camp Mikell

Recently, I just got back from an Episcopalian camp called Camp Mikell. To check out their website click here. This place truly makes you feel the #mikellmagic and is a place full of fun and worship of God. It is a great way to discover new friends and build relationships with the old. I would most defiantly recommend this camp!!

2016 was the first time I went to the Performing Arts (PA) session at camp Mikell. When I got in the car, on the way home, I could not stop talking about it. This year was my second year and sadly the last year I can attend PA camp. But, fear not, there are many other camps that you/I can attend. At PA camp, you are divided into 3 different main acts. With in those 3 acts are music, dance, and of course, the acting groups. For example, this year I was in music, act 1. Once all of these groups are put together, you have a show! And a star is born! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Above is a picture of the cross. I had to hike up to it for nature period. Let me give you one piece of advice: don’t hike up to it in flip-flops, like I made the mistake of doing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

When I was first told about this camp, I was a little skeptical to go. I had never been away from home, independently for an entire week. But after the first couple of hours, I made friends and could not wait to come back. My mom was a little scared to leave me alone as well but you can send mail to your daughter/son and packages! Camp Mikell is truly a great experience and I would like to share with you a day in the life.

A day at Camp Mikell:

You wake up to the beautiful birds chirping and take a shower (if you didn’t take one at night). They ring the bell at 7:30 to get dressed for the day and walk down for breakfast. Oh, and by the way, the girls cabins and boys cabins are on two different hills. After breakfast, you walk all the way back up to your cabin for CC (Cabin cleanup). This is when you make your bed, sweep, clean toilets and showers, and make everything look nice and neat. Additionally, you can make a theme and decorate the room to win banner points. For each camp session there is a group on boys hill and a group on girls hill that will win banner. Basically, whichever name they have chosen will be put on the banner. To win this, you receive points by winning activities such as CC.

Next, you go to the ODH (Old Dining Hall) and have morning singing. These songs help you wake you up and get you excited for the day. ๐Ÿ™‚ You then proceed to divide into the groups for play practice. After a good couple hours of hard work, the bell will ring telling you to come back into the ODH to share what you did during the practice session. Next, you go to get lunch! The food at Camp Mikell is very, very, very good and will not let you down. Now, the best part of the day… for some… REST PERIOD!!! You have good hour to chill or sleep. My friends and I would normally talk quietly.

Change into your bathing suits because it’s time for afternoon activities! You have 3 periods where you either have pool, nature center, WREC, or art. You pretty much have pool at least once a day. At the nature center you can see snakes, turtles, etc. or you hike up to the cross. The cross is place pretty high up in the mountains so, you get exercise. Just don’t make the mistake of wearing flip flops, like I did. WREC is basically PE and art is where you enjoy fun diy crafts. After your second period you have snack time, which is called canteen. This is also when the kids check to see if they got mail or care packages. Off to third period and then back up to the cabin to get ready for dinner. After dinner you either have four square time or the activity of the night… which will remain a surprise until you go. After the super fun activity, you have nightly singing. However, this singing is meant to calm you down and get you sleepy. During the singing, you are called by cabin to get one more snack and some water (water is given any time you get food) To end the wonderful day, you have compline and then head up to take showers and go to sleep. Zzzzzzz.

This is a day at the awesome, fantastic, camp mikell performing arts session. This year the play was about the prayers of the people. So each act had a few different prayers to share.

Even though phones are taken for the week, you make new relationships that last. You even see some of the people you saw the previous year! I 100% recommend this camp to you. You will not regret it! To check out the other camp sessions and for more details about camp mikell, click here.

Love,

LibLou โค