July 4! How to keep your dog safe.

July 4 can be an entertaining, fun holiday. I love making yummy summer treats and spending time with fiends and family. As much fun as this is for some of us, it isn’t for the dogs. So, here are 5 tips and tricks to help scared dogs on the 4th.

1) Let your dogs out before the fireworks go off. Usually people wait until the sun has set before the show begins. Make sure your dog has gone to bathroom, as they most likely won’t later.

2) Give your dog a Benadryl before the fireworks. It takes a little while for this to kick in, so you don’t want to wait too long. Also, if your dog won’t swallow it, hold his/her head up and rub his/her neck. Wait until their tongue pokes out before you let go. The alternative is for you to wrap it in some cheese or stick it in peanut butter.

3) Have blankets nearby. Our dogs seem to be comforted when they are hidden under a blanket.

4) Make sure your pets are secured indoors when the fireworks begin. You don’t want your dog to run away out of fear.

5) Be there for your dog! Offer your cuddles and hugs. A dog loves their owner(s) very much and is most comforted with you/you all around!

I hope you find this helpful today. Happy 4th of July and stay safe!

Love,

LibLou ❀

Boredom Buster #5: DIY Paintings and Watercolor!

It’s been while since the last time I’ve done one of these, but I’m going to bring them back for the summer! Today’s boredom buster is to make a painting or watercolor. There is a way to make something look watercolored, without having the actual watercolor palettes. I am going to show you that today.

Watercolor:

This way of watercolor is not the normal way. For this one, you will need: sharpies, rubbing alcohol, canvas, painting brush, newspaper, and a syringe or pipette.

The first step is to lay the newspaper down on your work surface and put your canvas on top. This prevents the space from getting dirty in case you spill something. Next, you will need to get the sharpie color of your choice and start coloring! Fill your pipette or syringe with rubbing alcohol. Place drops around the canvas and quickly rub it around with the paintbrush. What I usually do is color a corner of the canvas, so that the color cascades downward. Now, I will warn you, even though you will add the rubbing alcohol to the sharpie, the place where you originally colored is still visible. This is a super easy, fun way to make art over the summer. And hopefully, you have some of these things lying around the house.

Painting:

Now this is very straight forward. Most of you will have painted before, so this should be very simple. You will need: a canvas, paint, paintbrush, newspaper, and a cup full of water.

You are going to lay your canvas down onto the newspaper, just like with the watercolor. Dip your brush into some paint and paint away. After you have finished with that color, rinse out the brush in the cup. You can dab of the water on the newspaper. πŸ™‚

Today’s my brothers birthday, so I made him this!

Making a painting/watercolor is an easy way to spend some time over the summer. Hope you have fun!

Love,

LibLou ❀

Summer!! A quick note :)

Where I live, Summer is just around the corner. I have 3 days left until I am done with the 9th grade (which is kind of scary). This means my blog will hopefully be restored, as I will have more time on my hands and more boredom to be dealt with. Look forward to baking posts on Monday, livin’ the life posts on Wednesdays and photography on Friday. I hope you all are as excited as I am! Talk to you soon.

Love,

LibLou ❀

Pictures of my Pups with my new Canon Rebel!

As a Christmas gift, I got a used Cannon Rebel. This camera is the first real one I’ve owned and I am super excited to show pictures I’ve taken on here! For now, the main pictures I took were of my 2 dogs Andy and CJ. I mean, they’re so cute! How can you not take pictures of them? Andy is a catahoula beagle mix. and CJ is a dauschund. However, we believe he has some beagle in him because he isn’t as long and skinny. πŸ˜‰ Anyway, I am going to stop rambling about my dogs and let you guys get to looking at these pictures! More pictures will come soon! If you have any recommendations or helpful criticism to make these pictures better, I would love to hear it! Enjoy!

Love,

LibLou ❀

Thanksgiving Break!

This week is Thanksgiving Break, where I live. This means, I finally have time to get back to blogging! Although, it seems as if our teachers do not understand the meaning of the word “break.” I have a couple projects and a paper I should be working on, but hey, I have all week. I was going to make this a baking blog, but since Thanksgiving is on Thursday, I have not made any desserts yet. Well… I made a pound cake, but that’s a family recipe. πŸ˜‰

I am going to admit, I am one of the people that is already ready for Christmas. But, I’m not so excited to miss out on the turkey and stuffing. Within the last time I blogged, not too much has happened. The first semester of school is rapidly coming to an end, which means 2018 will be here soon. I still have good grades, and can now speak a full sentence in spanish.

Season 2 of Stranger Things came out, which is a phenomenal show. If you have not watched it already, watch it now! Spoilers ahead! Throughout the entire plot line, the Mike and Eleven scenes had me on the edge of my seat. All I wanted was for them to see each other again, and they would get so close, but not quite. As for Lucas, Dustin, and the new character Max, they have a love triangle happening. Honestly, I didn’t have an opinion on who I wanted with who. But in the end, Max gained Lucas and Dustin gained Steve. Steve and the kids relationship is hilarious. So many memes have gone around about “mom Steve.” It’s great. And Will. We can’t forget Will. Poor Will can’t seem to catch a break.

If you could not already tell, I am a little bit obsessed. The actors, Finn, Millie, Gaten, Caleb, Sadie, Noah, and many more do a fantastic job. I would love to be able to meet them one day. In fact, I think because of this show, my dream job has changed. I used to want to be a marine veterinarian, but now, I would love to be a writer for a magazine like The Rolling Stone or Vanity Fair. As long as they are reliable, and not rude and pushy. Or, I would like to be an interviewer for a press conference. I love to write, and I think this job would be super fun.

Other than that, not too many new things have happened. For the first year, I am having to ride the bus. It really is not that bad. The only thing is, I am not very good at talking to people I don’t know well. So, I end up sitting there quietly and awkwardly. Also, I’ve hit a couple of people with my backpack. That was fun. (not really) Anyway, I hope you all are doing well. I apologize for my absence of blogging. I hope you enjoyed this one.

Love,

LibLou ❀

Back to School: The Official Post

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ™‚

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 ❀