Back to School: The Official Post

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Hola everyone and Buenos Dias/Buenas Tardes/Buenas Noches! Or in English hello everyone and Good Morning/Good Afternoon/Good Evening! I apologize for my absence of blogging however I recently started high school. And if you could not tell, one of my classes is Spanish. I will try to post as often as I can, but am now a busy gal. I know not everyone wants to read all of this, so I will try to keep it short and sweet. 🙂

So far, high school is great. Everyone is in charge of themselves and independent which is awesome. I do get my steps in throughout the day. I have biology first, then advanced choir, geometry, health, government/civics, Spanish, and lastly literature. I am happy with my schedule and look forward to learning from all of my teachers!

The worst thing is that I have a locker that hates me and so, so, so, many things to carry around. The issue with the locker is that all my friends can open it, but I still struggle. But guess what? I opened for the first time today! In my backpack are 4 binders, 3 folders, 2 notebooks, 1 heavy pencil bag, and more little things. It’s about a 35 pounder. 😉

Since I was trying to keep it short and sweet, this is all I will right… for now. You can most likely expect school related posts throughout this year. Please make sure to like this post and follow alibloulife on instagram @alibloulife to know when I post! Also check out all of the fun summer baking and crafts I did by clicking through all the categories! One last thing I need to say, Audios!

Love,

LibLou

All Things Back to School

Exactly a week from today, I begin high school. That’s right, I am going into the 9th grade this year and am quite nervous, yet excited! I am going to show you a DIY school supply, and my back to school essentials. 🙂

First, I will begin with the DIY. My parents are strict about using what we have. So, if I have a binder I can use, I am going to use it. I am going to show you a way to make an old binder look cute again. You are going to need duct tape, and a picture of your choice. The picture is going to go inside the front pocket of your binder. I would recommend you find an old coloring book and rip out one of those adorable pictures or you can print a picture online.

To begin, go ahead and put the picture of your choosing in the front pocket. Next, get your duct tape. You can use all one color, or what I did was use a color and a pattern duct tape. I also found a mini roll of duct tape that is thinner to put as a bottom border. Wrap the duct tape down both sides of the front. You can fold the excess duct tape over the top/bottom. You can also put a strip of tape down the outside spine of the binder, and you can do the same thing on the front to the back. For the finishing touch, you can add more tape to the bottom and border it all around the binder. TA-DA! A cute binder is ready for use!

My first back to school essential is a good pack of pencils. I always go through my pencils way to quickly. However, I found that a mechanical pencil lasted much longer than a wood pencil. All of my supplies came from Target. These were about $2.

My second essential is a planner. Personally, planners help me a-lot. It gives me somewhere to write due dates and homework. In middle/high school there is much more homework than elementary. My planners defiantly come into use. This planner was $10.

My third essential is some cute notebooks. I love getting notebooks with style. However they are more expensive so I normally only get two for my two favorite subjects. Both of these notebooks were $5.

This last essential is to keep you organized. It is so difficult when you get all of your subjects papers mixed up. I have a tip for you! Get the cheap 3 prong folders. Use 1 for each subject. Add some paper inside, so you always have paper and you can put that classes homework and excess notes, worksheets, etc. in the folder dedicated to that subject. The cheap ones are useful since, they give you your years worth! All 3 of these folders were a $1.50.

I cannot wait for back to school! Although Summer is great, I get excited to see old pals. I hope you have a great first day whenever you start!

Love,

LibLou ❤

 

What does it mean to be “blessed?”

This week, I am going to take a break from the Summer Boredom Busters. If you do want to check out those posts, go to categories and click “Livin’ the Life of LibLou.” Instead, I am going to talk about something that I think is pretty serious. What does it mean to be “blessed?”

A-lot of people on social media use the #blessed, or they say something along the lines of “I am blessed because….” What they may not realize is that when they use the word blessed, it is normally in context of having good fortunes. As if God favors someone simply by giving them a great life. However, I do not believe that this is what being blessed means.

Let us consider this quote from Matthew 5:3-12.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the Earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Jesus says blessed are the people who are poor, mourn, meek, and hunger and thirst for righteousness because God will come to them in their need .

But I believe everybody is blessed. We are all made in God’s image, whether we believe it or not. Being made in the image of God, who is perfect, should be enough of a blessing.

Knowing that our God will love every single one of us, no matter what; God’s unconditional love is a great blessing.

The fact that we are even alive is a blessing.

If you have all the good things in life or not, this does not define whether you are blessed. These simple things: being made in the image of God, being alive, and knowing God’s unconditional love are what make us all blessed.

You, my friend, are blessed.

With great love,

LibLou ❤ ❤

Boredom Buster #4: DIY Room Decor

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Something that you see on Pinterest, Tublur, Instagram, etc. are pictures of DIY room decor. I have always looked at these and thought that I wish my room could look like that. But in the end, buying the having to gather the materials and then make it is a little time consuming. Here is boredom buster number 4. Make an easy DIY room decor. It can be one you have seen online or something you can come up with on your own. Today, I am going to share with you how to make a cute and easy decor for your room.

This decor is really easy. All you have to do is gather materials and then assemble. I went to Target and CVS to buy the things I need.

First, you will need some streamer party decor. For example:

I found mine in the party section of Target. I believe that you can make this at home as well. You will need a long piece of string, streamers or tissues paper. I think the the streamers will probably work better.  Cut several foot (about 30.5 centimeters) long strands of streamer or tissues paper. If you are using tissue paper make the paper 1.75 inches or 4.45 centimeters wide. Next, fold the pieces of paper over the string, and tie it up into a knot leaving a little bit of room for the paper to slide along the string. If the paper rips, you could probably use glue/hot glue to get the two together. Lastly, grab a pair of scissors and cut the paper hanging down into even more little strings. Repeat these steps, and now, yours should look similar to mine.

Next, you will need pictures to hang up. I ordered mine on the CVS website. You could also print off some inspiring pictures or pictures you might have of you and your friends.

Lastly, I got some of these adorable miniature clothes pins. I am not clear about where I previously got them, but I am almost positive you can find these at Target or a crafts store.

I taped the streamer decor onto the wall, but you can use something else. Then, I clipped on my pictures and voila!

Voila! An easy, affordable, and cute room decor is completed. What makes this better, is I found all of these things around the house. I hope that you enjoyed this boredom buster as much as I did!

Love,

LibLou ❤

 

Boredom Buster #3: Jigsaw Puzzle

Summer Boredom BustersWhen I was little, I had a Curious George puzzle. I also had a 100 piece that was a picture of a cat with a tiara on in a light pink purse. I’ve always been pretty good at solving these. I think after you finish one, there is that feeling of accomplishment. Around our house, puzzles have been a way for us as a family to come together.

So, boredom buster number 3: Solve a jigsaw puzzle. Recently, I got a new 1,500 piece one at Target. It is a picture of ice cream, because who doesn’t like colorful food? I’m almost done with it! What is great about this puzzle, is that the back of the pieces are a certain color. This means there are different sections. For example, I did the “Purple section” first.

Not only are puzzles fun but they are a great way to challenge your brain during the Summer. My mom is pretty strict about keeping our brains active and healthy. What I consider a plus as well is that these things could last you a few days. This means it isn’t just a one day activity.

This is a pretty short post, but look forward to next weeks boredom buster! Also, follow alibloulife on instagram @alibloulife This way you will know what’s being uploaded!

Love,

LibLou ❤

Boredom Buster #2: “First & Then”

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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. 😉

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 ❤

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. 🙂

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 slime​ busts your boredom! 🙂

Love,

LibLou ❤