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Thank you to my Mom

arielAs I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize how the time spent with my family has gotten so minimal. Nowadays I’m out with friends, studying, or just hanging out in my room watching the newest episode of whatever show is on Netflix. I seem to have forgotten about the people who got me to where I am, and I’ve especially forgotten about the one person who pushed me to make me into the person I’ve become, my mother. So mom, this one’s for you. I love you

 

Dear Mommy,

I want to start by telling you how much I love you. I know I don’t always show it. I don’t even say it that often, but I do. You are the most important woman in my life, and you always will be. You are my mom my best friend. I could tell you anything and trust you. Ever since I was little you have been my hero and someone I’ve always looked up to. I know life is hard for you and I don’t always do much to make it easier, but you have sacrificed so much in your life just to raise me, and it means more to me than I’ll ever be able to express in words in this article. You are the strongest person I know, full of love and motivation, and I am incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to have that all of my life. So, Mom, I love you so much, to the ends of the Earth and until the day I’m no longer walking on it.

Next comes me telling you, thank you. Two words that means so little when comparing them to every little thing it is that you do for me. Thank you for the countless hugs. Thank you for that time you let me cry on your shoulder. Thank you for working ungodly hours just to buy me and my brothers and sister things to make us happy. Thank you for the laughter, the smiles, the lessons, and reminding me that I’ll always have somebody who loves me for who I am, flaws and all. You have shown me that it is okay to make mistakes, it’s okay to cry, and it’s okay to be who I am.Lastly mom, I want to tell you how I am sorry. I’m sorry for all of the times I fought with you, for the times I’ve let you down, and for the times I chose friends and other things over you. Sometimes I tend to lose sight of the things that are most important to me. I never meant to fight with you when you told me I couldn’t go out with friends or my boyfriend  because you just wanted to sit and watch a movie together. You truly mean so much to me and I don’t express it enough, and I certainly don’t prove it when I leave you doing the dishes to go out to some party. A lot of the time, especially lately, you deserve someone who pays more attention to the things that you do. I hope that by the time I’m older you can someday forgive me for this.

All in all, I love you to death mom. You are my entire world, whether you know that or not. Thank you for being everything to me, always.

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Summer

S-U-M-M-E-R. One word, six letters. People may say that words shouldn’t affect others, but what about the word ‘summer’? It excite others, make them nervous, or feeling as if time went by too fast. Some wish it would come slower, others want it be here right now! It isn’t hard to feel the same in both sides, another summer indicates a new school year to start and taking a break from this jail place called school. Summer is both the ending and beginning, how could we possibly feel one way towards summer?
First of all, there’s the not meeting with all friends or staying home bored. I’m not sure about all of you, but I rather go to school than staying home, doing chores, and expected to clean the entire time. Plus the fact of a reminder that another school year has past by and the day of entering the real world is approaching quietly. For the seniors who are reading this, they know that once the countdown hits zero, they are now considered as responsible adults officially. Summer is filled with uncertainty on what to do and how you’re going to meet up with your friends, you can’t help but wish for school last longer or for summer to end soon. School is filled with the people we know and get along with, it’s natural to want to stay (even despite the hatred towards the homework part). There’s the fact that things won’t be the same as they left. It’s not unusual for teachers to leave a school or people transferring to another school, so there’s the chance you won’t see some of the people you got along with. Now that we covered most of the reasons we don’t like the word summer or wish it would come later, let’s discuss what makes us want it to come sooner.
Who likes summer? If you asked that to classful of students, it doesn’t matter what age or grade, most hands are likely to be raised if not all. Admit it, summer is somthing you at least thrive for about twice or many more. There were the plans with families, those trips you were looking forwards and those promises you were going to force your parents to keep. You traveled and experience new things. Even if you stay home, you get the two chances of being productive or do nothing and laze around. You have the chance to catch up to the latest new episode to you wanted to watch, the choice to make a new creation of food when you’re home alone or with siblings, or dance around silly with your socks on with the music loud! Why worry about studying and the test on Monday when you can stay up and watch that one horror movie that was released on DVD? It’s not that difficult to find the reason why people enjoy summer.
To conclude, summer is both something we all love yet hate it at the same time. It save us from the drama in school, yet proves that we’re growing up and that things are slowly changing. In my opinion, I think we should enjoy the present as much as we can before the school year is concluded. After the school year is over, focus on having the time of your lives in summer! Make it worth while before it’s too late.

What To Make Your Mom For Mother’s Day

379bcc151012cfca06ee4e146ae11f1c(1)Have you ever woken up on May 8th and thought that you were forgetting something? Well you were. It’s Mother’s Day! To show your mom that you really care, here are four mothers day gift you can do for Mother’s Day. Number One: If your mom loves flowers, here is the perfect gift. A daisy painted mason jar. All you need is a mason jar, your mom’s favorite color of paint, white and yellow paint for the flowers  (you can pick different colors to match your mom’s style), and some flower( fake or real.) First you need a mason jar. Paint your jar with your first paint color a.k.a. Your mom’s favorite color. Make sure the entire jar is covered and that the paint is opaque. Let that dry overnight to prepare for the next step. Next use a small piece of sandpaper to scratch off some of the paint. Only scratch off the paint on the logo on the jar. Leave the other paint there. Next, paint on your flowers. You can paint other flowers if you know how, but daisies and the easiest to paint. Once it is all dry, place your flowers in and present it to your mom.

The next gift you can make for your mom is a flower initial. You will need cardboard, aMothers day(1) sharpie, scissors, a hot glue gun, and fake flowers. First you need to draw/ trace the letter on the cardboard. Make sure it is nice and neat. Then cut it out. The last step is to glue on the flowers. You can choose any flower you want as long and they are small enough to fit on the letter. And there you have it. A flower initial that will light up your mom’s day.

DIY number three is on the easier side. This project is perfect for younger kids but can work for older kids as well. Make this “I love you This Much” ha185f3045ecca1a6e75be61a58a2be92(1)and card and show how much you love your mom. You will need paper, scissors, and a marker. Start off by have the child or you trace their/ your hand. Trace it on some colorful paper to make it pop. Trace both hands to make the card.  Also cut out a 1” by 6” rectangle to connect the hands together. Fold the rectangle up into an accordion and glue or tape the ends to each hand. Write “I love you” on the front of the card and “This Much” on the rectangle on the inside. This is a perfect gift for any mom to let her know you love her.

ff002b2a58078a546946a72bd3631a3d(1)The last Mother’s DIY I have is the Baby Flower. You will need construction paper, glue stick, a popsicle stick, and a picture of you/ mother’s child. Make a flower shape out of bright colored construction paper and cut out the center. Cut out the picture and glue it to the back of the flower making sure the face is in the center of the cut out. Color the popsicle stick green to look like a stem. Cut out a leaf from green construction paper and write a message to you mom on it. Glue the leaf and flower the to popsicle stick and you are done.

Doing any of these DIY’s will make you mom feel special and love and show her how much you love and care for her.

5 Crazy Easter Traditions

5 Crazy Easter Traditions

 

  1. In Haux France one easter tradition is to have a giant omelet served in town square it feeds up to a thousand people and uses four thousand five hundred eggs. The story behind it was that when napoleon was traveling through france he and his army ate omelets. Napoleon decided that he liked them so much he had ordered the townspeople to make a giant omelet for his army the next day.
  2. On the greek island of Corfu an easter tradition is to throw out all the pots and pans and flower pots from their windows on easter sunday. It is said that the tradition came from the venetians who on new year’s day used to throw out all their old items. Others say that it is symbolized as throwing all the plants out that will grow during spring.
  3. On Holy Thursday in the Medieval town of Verges, Spain, the traditional “dansa de la mort” or “death dance” is performed. To reenact scenes from The Passion, everyone dresses in skeleton costumes and parades through the streets. The procession ends with frightening skeletons carrying boxes of ashes. The macabre dance begins at midnight and continues for three hours into the early morning.
  4. For 130 years, the White House has hosted the Easter Egg Roll on its South Lawn. The main activity involves rolling a colored hard-boiled egg with a large serving spoon, but now the event boasts many more amusements, like musical groups, an egg hunt, sports and crafts. This year’s theme is “Ready, Set, Go!” and will promote health and wellness, featuring activities that encourage children to lead healthy and active lives
  5. In Prizzi, Sicily, “the Abballu de daivuli is a representation of devils from locals wearing terrifying masks of zinc and dressed in red robes,” Those dressed in costume pester as many “souls” as they can before the afternoon when the Virgin Mary and the risen Christ save the day by sending the devils away with angels.

What is May Day?

May Day is a holiday that is not very prominent in America. May Day is held on May 1st and it is considered an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival. May Day is also referred to as International Worker’s Holiday, or more commonly in the United States, Labor Day. This holiday consists of singing, dancing and even cake. This holiday even dates back to ancient , or pre-christian, times with the Festival of Flora, who is worshipped as the goddess of flowers. Roman catholics observe May Day as a time to worship the Virgin Mary. Europe even takes that tradition even farther, by crowning an semi-official May Queen. As you can see, different places and people celebrate this wonderful holiday in various ways.

What does Spring symbolize ?

           The springtime is full of transformations. Out of all the beautiful scenes that surround you during this season from colorful flowers to fresh clean cut grass, baby blue skies, bright sun rays, and warm temperatures .. have you thought about the true meaning of spring ? What is this season truly about ? What does it represent ? If you’re as curious as I would be, continue reading.. It’s been most commonly claimed that spring signifies growth, rebirth, life, and purity among other things. The reason being that throughout the harsh cold winters, snow, and rain. When spring comes everything that was froze or got flooded and died is born again. The growth of nature, the rebirth of what once was. It is a season limbo between winter and summer months. It’s like the golden time of year because there’s no telling what it will throw at you. I hope this gave you a new outlook on your favorite time of year. So take this spring season as a time to create positive areas in your life and in nature. Spring is the chapter of new beginnings.  

Easter Crafts

Easter Crafts and DIY’S

 

This is The Inside Howl and today we went and found some crafts to make your easter a crafty and artsy experience. The first craft we have is how to make bunny’s out of hard boiled eggs.

 

Easter Bunny Eggs

Craft Eggs

White stiffened felt (you could also use cardstock)

Pink and black acrylic craft paint

Hot glue

Small white pom poms

  1. First, using scissors, cut out ears from the stiffened felt, about 1 1/4″ long.
  2. The felt used had one side that was slightly smoother, so paint pink inner ears on that side using a small paintbrush.
  3. Then cut small ovals for the feet. These are about 3/4″ long and 1/2″ wide.
  4. Then, using a very small brush, give the bunnies cute faces.
  5. Then, using hot glue, glue the feet to the front of the egg. Make sure they touch the table, they help hold him up
  6. Then while the egg is sitting on the table (you still have to hold it up at this point), glue a small pom pom to the back for the tail. Now you should have two feet and one pom pom touching the table which should keep your bunny egg upright!
  7. Finally add the ears! And that’s how you make an easter craft bunny!

 

There is one more craft to go through and that’s the Easter candy jars.

Supplies Needed:

  • Small jars (any size or kind will do-mine are from the craft store)
  • Decoupage
  • Paint Brush
  • Fine Glitter
  • Craft foam or construction paper in pink, white and orange
  • Candy
  • Pom Poms
  • Googley Eyes
  • Hot Glue

Instructions:

Paint a thin layer of decoupage all over your jar. Sprinkle glitter on it and shake off excess.

Set aside and allow to dry.

To make the polkadot jar-use a round sponge brush if you have one or just paint circles with your decoupage and then glitter each dot individually.

Cut ears from your white and pink craft foam and hot glue them to the lid of your bunny jar.

Hot glue a pink pom pom for a tail.

To make the face glue on googley eyes and a pom pom nose and then cut whiskers and glue them in place as well.

Then you fill them with candy and give them to a friend and that’s all there is to it!

 

Spring break Alternatives

Forget Cancun. Forget Vail. And forget your childhood bedroom, replete with stuffed animals and a stack of comic books from 1997, there are better ways to spend your spring break.

  • Volunteer around the world.

Instead of going out just partying or even staying home and doing nothing, you can actually travel and volunteer. Just visit: http://www.unitedplanet.org/international-alternative-spring-break

  • Volunteer nearby.

You don’t have to travel to extravagant places just to do some good in the world. Go to your local children’s home, animal shelter, and/or soup kitchen. If there are other volunteering locations you can go to, do it! Every small detail counts.

  • Organize!

It’s spring! Get your spring cleaning out of the way. Organize your closet, kitchen, bathroom, anything. Rearrange, do anything related to cleaning. It sounds like a lot of work, and boring, but get some friends to help, open up the house, dorm, or apartment, and play some music.

  • Get active.

Take a hike, go for a walk, go to the gym. No, I’m not calling you lazy, but it’s a good way to stay fit, and it passes the time. It doesn’t even have to be going to the gym, you can do anything that gets your heart racing.

  • Shadowing

What I mean by this is say you’re considering your options for a career, go ahead and get the first hand experience by job shadowing someone . It can be a week long shadow, or just a day or two.

  •  Become a Big Sister, or Big Brother.

No don’t get your mom pregnant. That’s ridiculous. Instead go to:  http://www.bbbs.org/site/c.9iILI3NGKhK6F/b.5962335/k.BE16/Home.htm. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is a foundation that assigns you to a younger child, and lets you meet and do many activities with them. The point is to help children develop strong supportive relationships with positive role models.

There are so many other things you can do to impact the world, or just your life. It doesn’t have to be a big thing. Besides, the smallest things make the biggest differences.

sakura❀

jaapan 3 Japan is a place full of wonders and colors during spring. Sakura is cherry blossom in Japan and they hold viewing parties for them in the beginning of march and april that only lasts a short while. This is when the sakura trees are in full bloom. Cherry blossoms are important to Japan because it signified new beginnings. This visual jpaaan 2reminder how valued life should be. Many thought that the sakura trees contained spirits and made offerings. Hanami is the term for the festivities of viewing the cherry blossom trees. They celebrate this in parks, temples and shrines. Most celebrations take place during the day but others prefer dusk for the lanterns and with the pink glow that the trees give off. During hanami season japanese people tend to go a little “ overboard “ with the whole cherry blossom time. Markets tend to even have limited edition sakura japaanflavored items. Some ideal places that hold these celebrations include Mount Fuji , Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo , Kyoto, Matsuyama.

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