Next Up…Sports Hairstyles!

Hi everyone!!! I am super excited to introduce my next hair tutorial series! As you’ve probably guessed, it’s sports hairstyles!!!!!!! These styles are fantastic for any sports practices or games, but they can also be used just for exercising, or even if you just want your hair out of your face at school!

I had SO much fun (and from what I could tell, you guys did too) with the Disney princess hair tutorials (see here), so I thought, why stop?

And BOOM! The sports hairstyle tutorials series was born! It’s going to be a ten day series called (DUH) 10 Days of Sports Hairstyles.

I’m a sporty kind of girl; for as long as I can remember, I’ve played one or more sports at a time. Coming up with cute but still practical hairstyles that are quick and easy enough to do before practice has always been a challenge.

So, hopefully this will help all the athletes out there struggling with the dilemma of, “Why do I have to choose between stylish and practical????”

Bye for now!

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Back-To-School • A Rainbow of Advice!

Hi! School just started again (NOOOOOO), so I thought that I’d better post before things get TOO hectic and crazy!🙂

If you’re a student like me, you know that going back to school – especially if you are starting at a new school – can be really stressful and even a little (or a lot) scary!

I’ve done girl power posts in the past, but always about famous girl power stories – never any about your own girl power. I just want you to know that it’s there! It’s inside you! Everyone has power and strength inside themselves, and it’s just a matter of digging it out and letting it show!

So this post is going to be a mashup between girl power and school. Girl power at school! Advice on how to be confident and not stressed, even when going to a new, scary, or difficult school.

That’s it for the introduction. Oh, one more thing: I hope it helps!🙂

RED – the color of power!The color red can make you feel strong and powerful. When you see the color red, remember that YOU are strong and powerful. The color red can make you feel like your energy is renewed. Red is the strong desire to work hard and persevere; red is self-empowerment; red is the blazing fire inside of you, the voice telling you not to give up. At school, if you can’t seem to get a math problem correct and want to give up, if you have a huge project and not a lot of time to complete it, whenever you’re feeling a little hopeless, be like the color red, and don’t give up!

ORANGE – fun!I like this description I read of orange: “Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow.” It’s true! Orange can represent joy and sunshine. It can also symbolize enthusiasm, happiness, creativity, and determination. Those are all such great qualities! The one that sticks out to me the most is creativity! Even though you may not think so, creativity is actually super important in school. Even if you’re not taking art classes, you can see creativity in pretty much all subjects of school. Science: see God’s amazing creativity in action as you learn about His creation! History: look at others’ creativity in the past, and learn from it! English: creativity is definitely prominent in writing and literature! Math: use your own creativity to think of a new angle to look at something, or a better way to solve a problem. So like the color orange, be cheerful and creative!

YELLOW – the color of happiness!The color yellow can evoke pleasant and happy feelings. Bright yellow grabs your attention immediately. It makes me think of sunshine! The color yellow can remind us to be happy and joyful. Yellow is cheery and warming; it can make you feel happier. Use yellow to help you out when you need to smile. Yellow can make you think of smiley faces. Whenever it seems like there are clouds and no sun, yellow can remind us that the sun is still there, shining just as brightly as ever behind those clouds. Try to emanate joy and friendliness at school, like the color yellow, even when you’re feeling down! Just smiling can make you feel happier. Acting happy, joyful, and sunny, like the color yellow, can make you feel that way inside!

GREEN – the color of growth and new life! Green is Mother Nature’s personal favorite – it represents plants, flowers, growing, freshness, fertility, and living things! Wow, that’s a lot! Since green represents growing, it can also remind us of improvement. School might feel boring and pointless sometimes – or A LOT of the time – but remember that YOU are learning! You’re growing! You’re improving! Just like green plants are growing. Green can also represent life. Remember that life is a gift; enjoy it! Time spent at school may seem wasted, but it’s actually not! You are alive; living, breathing, and thinking! Every moment you are alive is a miracle, a gift from God! So the next time you’re sitting in math class counting ceiling tiles, focus on every breath that goes in and out of your body. Be grateful and happy to even be breathing, even if it is in math class! So go through school (and life in general) with a mind open to learning and a heart grateful and happy to be alive!

BLUE – the chill color!Personally, blue is my favorite color! It is so calming and soothing! Blue is associated with tranquility, trust, wisdom, and confidence! It is suuuuuuuper relaxing. At school, it’s a really good idea not to be uptight and tense all the time. Being relaxed and going with the flow a bit will be very beneficial. Blue can remind us not to freak out if we have a problem, like not being able to get your locker open, forgetting a book at home, or worrying about being late to class. If you freak out, the problem will only get worse! Taking deep breaths and remaining calm helps you to keep a clear head so you can solve the problem quickly. The Bible tells us not to worry, and to instead pray! Philippians 4:6-7 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” The color blue can be a fantastic reminder of that! Like the color blue, we should be relaxed, calm, and confident that it will work out. So the next time you get a HUGE amount of homework, remember that you didn’t study for a test, or don’t understand something in class, breathe deeply and don’t stress. You got this!

PURPLE – the noble, royal color!Purple is another one of my favorite colors! It’s kind of like a mesh between blue’s stability and red’s energy. It symbolizes power, nobility, and dignity. Purple is largely associated with royalty. Purple can remind us that we have power, nobility, and dignity! It can remind us to be confident, and that we are dignified. We should hold our head high and walk with confidence. The Bible says that we are God’s children. (John 1:12 “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…”) God is the creator of the universe, the king of all existence, and we are His children! That means that we are royalty, too! Purple can remind us to carry ourselves with dignity and confidence – we are royalty!

GOLD! – treasure!Image courtesy of freecreatives.com

Gold is associated with wealth, quality, and value. It can remind us that we are of value! We should know that we are treasured! Romans 5:6-8 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” We were, and are, worth enough to God that He would send His own son to die for us. We are worth that much to God! So therefore, there is no reason for us to tear ourselves or others down. We should treat ourselves and others like they are valued and worthy. God created us in His image! Genesis 1:27 “…God created man in His own image…” We are made to be like the creator of the universe! And He claims us as His children! How amazing is that?????? We should always remember that we are worthy, treasured, and of value to the ruler of the entire universe.

I think that the key to succeeding at school is having a combination – a rainbow – with all these character traits – colors!

  • Red: perseverance and passion
  • Orange: creativity and cheerfulness
  • Yellow: joy and happiness
  • Green: open-mindedness and gratefulness, enjoying the miracle of life
  • Blue: calmness
  • Purple: confidence and dignity
  • Gold: knowing our own worth and value, and treating others like they have worth and value

Bye for now! Good luck at school! Now I have to go tackle my own schoolwork…🙂

Disney Princess Hair Tutorials ||Minnie Mouse!

This is the last Disney princess hair tutorial! (*sob, sob*) I hope you all have enjoyed this as much as I have!🙂Even though Minnie Mouse is not technically a Disney princess, she still holds a place very near and dear to my heart. She is so adorable and iconic that I think she definitely deserves her own tutorial, don’t you?

This hairstyle is soooooooo cute and fun! It’s really playful and it can bring out the kid inside all of us. Something else I love about this hairstyle is that it can be done on wet hair too. And best of all, it’s pretty easy and doesn’t take too long to do! This hairstyle works on basically all hair lengths and types. What you will need is a brush, a comb, a spray bottle with water, four hair ties that match the color of the hair, two small clear elastics, and, of course, a pink bow.

  1. Part the hair straight down the middle using the comb.
  2. Put each section into a high ponytail using two of the normal-sized hair ties. (Excuse my uneven part!)
  3. Spray down the hair – but obviously, skip that if the hair is already wet – and then braid both of the ponytails to the end. Secure the braids with the small clear hair ties.
  4. Make two buns by wrapping each of the braids around the base of the ponytails. Secure the buns with the other two normal-sized hair ties.
  5. Add the pink bow to either one of the buns.

All done! I love this hairstyle so much. SO cute!!!

Disney Princess Hair Tutorials || Mulan!

This hairstyle is so simple and elegant, and it’s really fun to wear. It can be done on pretty much all hair lengths and types. You will need a flat iron, a hair tie, and a medium sized hair clip. Here’s how you can recreate the most rare and beautiful flower of all!

  1. Heat up the flat iron and when it’s hot, straighten all the hair. You want it to be super straight, so do small sections at a time and make sure it’s all done.
  2. Then brush the hair back (so there’s no clear part line) and gather the top layer of hair. The part should be about the outer edges of the eyebrows. Tie it with the hair tie.
  3. Clip the hair clip over the hair tie, hiding the hair tie.

There you go! All done! Comment and tell me how this hairstyle went for you! Did it hold up while fighting any Huns?🙂

 

Disney Princess Hair Tutorials || Cinderella!

Guys, this hairstyle is a classic! In the movie, it’s just a bun, but I decided to spice things up a bit and make it a braided bun! And of course, there has to be a bow!🙂 This style works best on long hair, but all types of hair are compatible with this hairstyle. (I will warn you, though, if you have wavy or curly hair, this style may be difficult to get out of your hair. It will still work, and it looks great, but it may be a pain to get out at the end of the day!) What you need for this hairstyle is a brush, a bun maker, hair ties (one normal size, and one tiny), bobby pins, and a blue bow.

  1. Put the hair into a ponytail. It should be pretty high, right above the tops of the ears.
  2.  Place the bun maker over the ponytail. Arrange the hair over the bun maker, but let it fall naturally. (This is the same way you would do it if you were just making a normal bun.)
  3. Take about an inch-wide section of hair and braid it, not too loose, not too tight. (You’ll need to pancake it later, so make sure it’s not too tight for that.) You don’t need to braid all the way down, only about six or seven inches.
  4. Reach your fingers under the bun maker to tuck the braid under and pull it up through the middle.
  5. Add about another half inch, brush through the hair, then repeat what you did with the first section.
  6. Repeat this until you run out of hair.
  7. When you’ve braided all the hair and you reach the last section of hair, continue braiding all the way to the end. Secure with the tiny elastic.
  8. Tuck the braid in like before, but do it as many times as possible. Then tuck the end into the center of the bun and bobby pin it so it stays.
  9. Now what you should have so far is the bun maker, with hair braided around it. Don’t worry if there are a lot of spaces between the braids, that’s how it’s supposed to look.  Take the first braid you did, and pancake it. (If you don’t know what pancaking is, it’s basically just pulling on the strands in the braid to loosen the braid and make it wider.) It should look something like this:
  10. Then pancake the next braid. Now take a bobby pin and pin the two pancaked braids together to cover the space between them. The bun maker should not be visible. Add more bobby pins if necessary.
  11. Continue to do this, pancaking and bobby pinning, all the way around the bun. When you finish, go back and make sure there are no spaces where the bun maker is showing through. If there are, use bobby pins to fix it.
  12. The finishing touch – add the bow! You can clip it either above or below the bun, or even on the side, next to it. Any of these ways makes for a cute style.
  13. Ta-da! You’re all done. Go have fun with your new, adorable bun! (Hey, that rhymes!) Just don’t stay out past midnight!😉 Leave a comment telling me how it worked for you!

Disney Princess Hair Tutorials || The Little Mermaid!

This is such a fun style! I love how easy-breezy it is, and it’s super easy to do! It gives off a total summer vibe, which makes it great for this time of year! You can wear this to the beach, or if you just want to get into the summer spirit! This style works on pretty much all hair types and lengths. For this hairstyle, you will need a dinglehopper (but a brush works just fine too) and a hair tie. To accessorize, you’ll also need a starfish (or any type of shell) hair clip. They’re super easy to make – for the one I used, all that is needed is a metal hair clip, a starfish, and a self-sticking gem. You glue the starfish to the clip and stick the gem on top. Voila!

  1. Take a section of hair from the top of the head, just like you were starting a French braid.
  2. Begin a normal fishtail braid, adding in hair with each stitch, like a French braid.
  3. When you’ve added in all the hair, continue a normal fishtail braid until you reach he end of the hair. Tie it off with the hair tie.
  4. Add the hair clip in the braid. It doesn’t really matter where, just somewhere near the front.

You’re done! This style is so easy and so fun! Be sure to try it out, then let me know what you think!

Disney Princess Hair Tutorials || Elsa!

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This hairstyle is really pretty. It’s a little fancy-looking, but not hard to do at all! This braid can instantly dress up any outfit. This style works best on long hair, but it can be done with all hair types. All you’ll need is a brush, a comb, bobby pins, a small hair tie (blue, white, or clear), three regular size hair ties (it doesn’t matter what color because you will take them out before the end), and, if your hair is wavy or curly, a flat iron. If you have curly or wavy hair, I recommend straightening it beforehand, but if you’re really in a hurry, you might be able to get away with just spraying it down with water to make it easier to work with.

  1. Brush the hair back, then brush it all to the left, over the left shoulder. Starting above the center of the right eyebrow, take the comb and part the hair diagonally, continuing across the head. It’s kind of hard to explain, so refer to the picture below.
  2. Use one of the larger hair ties to tie up the top section of the hair to keep it out of the way.
  3. Begin French braiding the bottom section of the hair, BUT only add hair in from the bottom/right side. Make sure to pull the braid as close to the part as possible, practically on top of it. Also, don’t braid too tightly. Part of the charm of Elsa’s braid is the looseness of it all. Once you’ve braided all the way down to the nape of the neck, and added all the hair into the braid, do about two more stitches, then tie it with another of the larger hair ties.
  4. Untie the other half of the hair and do the same thing, except this time only add hair in from the top/left side. Once again, make sure the braid isn’t too tight. When you reach the end, do two more stitches and tie it with the last big hair tie. 
  5. At this point, you should have two separate braids, each with hair added in only from on side. Now take the bobby pins and sort of lift up both of the braids so you are able to pin them on the inside, so the pins are less visible. Starting back at the beginning of the braid(s) and working your way down, pin them together.
  6. Once you reach the point where both braids are tied off, untie them, but be careful not to let the braid unravel. Gather all that hair from both braids and redivide it into three sections. Then begin a normal braid, taking care not to braid too tightly.
  7. When you braid down to the end of the hair, tie it off with the small hair tie.Congratulations! You now have a totally COOL braid to show off! (Get it???) Drop a comment after you try this hairstyle. I’d love to hear how it went!

Disney Princess Hair Tutorials || Jasmine!

Hey everyone! It’s tutorial Tuesday, which means… the first Disney Princess Hair Tutorial!!! Yay! So excited!

This is a really quick, simple hairstyle, but it definitely makes a statement! It is SO easy to do, and since it’s so quick, it’s awesome for when you’re in a rush! This hairstyle would be great for school or church or anything, really, where you’d want to look stylish but still laid-back. For this style, all you will need is a brush and three turquoise hair ties. (But if you have short hair, you may only be able to fit two hair ties.) Since this is meant to be a quick style, I won’t bore you with a long introduction!🙂 Here we go!

  1. First, brush the hair back (so that there is no definite part line) and gather it into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. You want this to be a really loose ponytail, but not to fall out. When I do it, I almost even lift the hair away from the neck a little bit, just to make sure I have that looseness. In addition to that, after you tie the ponytail, you can even tug on the hair, just a little, to make it look loose and effortless.
  2. After that, take the second hair tie and tie the hair again, a couple of inches down from the first hair tie (the distance will vary depending on your hair length.) Then tug on the hair between the two hair ties to loosen it and create a bubble of hair.
  3. Tie the rest of the hair with the last hair tie and loosen the hair between the last two hair ties, creating the same kind of hair bubble.
  4. Twirl the end of the ponytail with your fingers.

This hairstyle is really a whole new world of hair!🙂 Have fun and comment telling me what you think of it!

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Coming up • Disney Princess Hair Tutorials!!!

Wow, guys! I am REALLY excited right now! I just had the most fabulous idea ever! Allow me to explain…

First off, and this is a fun fact you probably don’t know about me – I love doing other peoples’ hair. L-O-V-E! It’s really fun for me to do super unique hairstyles on my friends, and then watch them get complimented a bunch of times.🙂

But also, as I have mentioned many times before, I LOVE Disney!

So, I thought to myself, “What if I could put those two things together??????!!!!!”

The result: DISNEY PRINCESS HAIR TUTORIALS!!!!!!! (YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!)

So I’ll be doing a Disney princess hair tutorial summer series!

Now, I know what you’re thinking: There are already soooooooo many Disney princess hair tutorials out there. And that’s true. And I wanted mine to be unique. So I’m trying to make my Disney princess hairstyles a bit more modern – they’ll be inspired by the Disney princess, but not their exact hairstyles. The goal is to make these hairstyles wearable everyday while still incorporating Disney princess inspiration!

Thanks so much for reading this, and I hope you’re as excited as I am!🙂

P.S. The image is courtesy of moviepilot.com

10 Things About Sewing I Learned the Hard Way

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Hi everybody! It’s Sewing Saturday! This is the first sewing post I’ve done on my blog…let me know what you think!

This is a list of ten things I think we all learn eventually, but maybe this will help you to learn sooner – and not the hard way!

1. Transfer those marks! The circles, dots, and squares on the pattern are NOT just for decoration! I have definitely forgotten to do this more than once, only to realize later that the marks were really important. Then you have to get the pattern out and pin it again just so you can transfer the marks, which isn’t very fun. Whenever you see a mark on the pattern that looks like it might be important, just transfer it. The way I do it is by sticking fine pins in the spot where the mark is while the pattern is still pinned to the fabric. Then I use tailor’s chalk (or this special pen with ink that disappears after three days) to mark directly on the fabric where the pin is.

2. Don’t sew over the pins! We all totally do this at some point, but it’s actually really easy to break your needle if you sew over the pins. If you make sure to take the pins out before the needle reaches that point, you can prevent broken needles super easily.

3. Know the seam allowances and hem lengths! Don’t just assume that they’re all the same! Usually the seam allowances and hem lengths are listed on the individual pattern pieces. As you’re pinning the pattern on the fabric, you can use tailor’s chalk to write the measurements on the fabric itself. Then you won’t have to dig around for the pattern pieces later.

4. Change the needle! Did you know that there are different needles for different types of fabrics? Well, now you know! It may not seem important, but it really does make it easier when you have the correct needle for your fabric. Pretty much any fabric or sewing store (like Joann) will have different kinds of needles. If you buy a variety of needles, you’ll be prepared to sew with all different kinds of fabrics!

5. Change the presser foot! This one kind of goes along with #4, but I think it also deserves to be mentioned on its own. For different seams and stitches, there are different feet to use! I’m pretty sure all sewing machines come with all the different types of presser feet needed for that particular machine. I have a Brother sewing machine, and with mine, it says on the screen when each stitch is selected which foot to use. If your sewing machine does not have that feature, you can look in the manual. It should list which foot to use for each stitch.

6. Place the pins across from the seam you will be sewing, not parallel to! When you are pinning for a seam you are going to sew, pin across it! (If you are pinning a pattern piece, it doesn’t matter.) Think of it like this: if you are sewing from north to south, you want your pins to go from east to west. You can face them which ever way you want (it doesn’t matter – east to west or west to east) depending on which hand you like to use to take the pins out when you’re sewing, but just make sure that they’re not parallel to the seam! Why? It’s a lot easier to take the pins out when you’re sewing and it’s less likely you’ll sew over a pin and break your needle. PIN ACROSS!

7. Try it on! If you are making a garment for yourself, make sure to try it on frequently. You should try it on at each stage of sewing, to make sure it fits you! If it doesn’t, you’ll be glad you tried it on sooner rather than later! There are some alterations you can make, and it’s easier to fix the sooner you start. The last thing you want to do is make the entire thing and then realize it doesn’t even fit!

8. When sewing a zipper, measure four times, and sew once! You all know the saying that goes, “Measure twice, cut once.” Well, I didn’t just get the saying wrong in the first sentence. I did it on purpose! You really should probably measure four times and only cut once when sewing a zipper. Zippers are the most finicky part of sewing I have encountered – so far. I  measure, measure, measure, and measure again when sewing zippers, just to be sure. Trust me, it’s better to measure a bunch of times than to sew the whole zipper and have to rip it all out again if you mess up because you measured incorrectly.

9. Hand sew when you need to! Please, please, please to not dismiss hand sewing as boring or too time consuming! There are certain things that need to be hand sewn, and they won’t turn out correctly if they are sewn with a machine. Some examples are finishing up a pillow after it is stuffed and sewing on fasteners such as hooks and eyes. In the instructions for a project (if you are using a pattern), it should say when something needs to be hand sewn. Pay attention to the directions, and for sure, do it when the instructions say to!

10. HAVE FUN! This is by far the most important thing I have learned, and that’s why I saved the best for last. Sometimes, sewing can feel like a tedious chore if you aren’t having fun! When you’re sewing, enjoy yourself! Even if your on a schedule or in a time crunch, make sure you are having fun while sewing! It’s a fun, enjoyable activity or hobby, not a chore! To make sewing something, especially a large project, not seem intimidating, turn on some music, take breaks when you need to, or even watch a little TV! As long as it doesn’t distract from your project, it’s perfectly okay and definitely makes sewing a little bit more fun!

Whew! That was a lot! Well, I hope my tips were helpful! Have a great day!