Ocean in a Bottle Review

My sister and I decided to make a craft because we had a half day at school. So I cruised Pinterest (my new bae), and found this idea. <—–it’s right there

I really love this craft! Even though it’s meant for preschoolers, my tween sister and I did it, and had a lot of fun.

It came out SO cool, and I love it especially, since it’s cute decor for my bedroom, which beach house themed.

The Ocean in a Bottle is very fascinating to play with, and super clever. Kudos to the blogger who uploaded it.

I definitely think it would be a good idea to use a smaller bottle, because a 2L bottle would be too heavy, being filled with oil and water. My sister and I used small, Poland Spring Sparkling Water bottles. It’s much easier to hold, and shake.

It was sort of a messy project because

  1. It’s raining out, so we couldn’t do this outside.
  2. I overfilled the funnel and the bottle, making the oil spill. (luckily, no wildlife was killed)
  3. I’m clumsy, so I spilled things, went too fast, and messed it up a little.

But, the project was totally worth it!

I love it, and will totally do it again, and with different colors.

 

– Ally

(DIY instructions coming soon)

Falling Through the Cracks (collab poem)

One of my other writer friends and I collaborated to write this poem for another friend who really needed it in November. 

Like this post if I should post more writing!

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You told us

All six of us to be exact

You told us that

You kept wishing to fall right through the cracks

 

To be long forgotten

You thought you had no place here

Better to be gone

And fall right through the cracks

We kept wondering what would we do if you fell through the cracks

Could we help? Would you really fall through? Would we lose you forever?

Little did you know

We cared to much to let you

fall right through the cracks

 

Then one day in November

We all remembered

the girl we know and love

 

She buried herself down

in emotions

Preparing herself for the day

She fell right through the cracks

 

Five of us

Had the nerve to go get you your saving grace

That would help you without the pain

 

We all fumbled into the little office, hysterically crying

We had the courage to spill our hearts out

And cry with people we never even see

 

Honestly, it was driven by fear

Fear that you would fall through the cracks

Fear that you would actually fall through

That’s what drove us to pull you out from the cracks

 

So here we are today

You are here too

We told you

We would never let you fall through the cracks


~A + T

Types of People During Standardized Testing

-Inspired by IISuperwomanII

I AM NOT TRYING TO MAKE FUN OF ANYONE JUST MERELY (isn’t that such an awesome word) TRYING TO ADD A LITTLE HUMOR TO SOMETHING EVERYONE HATES. STANDARDIZE TESTING. For all of you who do not know what that is, it’s a test issued by the state you live in (mostly in the U.S., I don’t know about other places), and you have to fill in little bubbles with number 2 pencil only, and all this other ish I don’t want to talk about because the direction and rule book the teacher reads actually takes longer than the test itself.

please keep in mind that I’m guilty of almost all of these, except like two. I know you are too 😉

The Gum HoarderThis is the kid that has like, 20 packs of gum, and won’t share. Luckily, the few I’ve approached are actually really nice about it. I just smile and ask politely. It works. #youcanchangetheworldwithjustonestickofgum

This is how homeroom goes with this person:

You: Hi [insert gum hoarder’s name]! Can I have some gum? It looks like you have an extra piece or two. Please?

Gum Hoarder:  (While pushing packs of gum into backpack and spitting out current piece) What gum? I don’t see any…..

You: Well, if you find a piece, can I have some? You would be the nicest person I’ve seen today (smiles sadly and walks away in hopes the gum hoarder will share).

Gum Hoarder: (takes gum back out, and chews loudly, ignoring you on purpose, leaving you to suffer with no gum)

YOU DO NOT NEED 20 PACKS OF GUM FOR A FREAKING HOUR LONG TEST THAT CONSISTS OF FILLING IN BUBBLES!

Unless you intend on sharing 🙂 (when I remember to bring gum, I always bring extra to share. They’re going to ask me anyway, and my popularity will go from 0-100 real quick)

The Note Passers: 

These are the people, usually girls, who pass notes when they are done with their tests, and have to laugh their freaking heads off at everything their friend writes. Sadly, I have been that person, and passed the notes from friend to friend to friend. (Like this post if you’ve passed notes and have read them, even though they aren’t meant for you). Yeah, I was the middle person.

These people get so annoying, especially if you aren’t done with your test, or are trying to be in Narnia, or District 12, or wherever the heck TFIOS takes place. I’m pretty sure my friends and I have to put up with this every single day, not even on testing days. Like, please take it into the bathroom, where you can get yelled at by the teacher who’s sitting in the doorway making sure you don’t make funny faces at your best friend in the mirror while washing your hands.

The Hawk Eyed Teacher:

This is the teacher who stands in the doorway of the bathroom, making sure we don’t talk about the test while we pee or poo. Will me, a girl who cares too much about these tests want to cheat? Can’t you tell I’m trying to go as fast as I can so I can finish my test?

What about the teachers that stand in the halls during testing, asking you where you are going, just as you are about to step into the girl’s bathroom, golden hall pass in hand?

I applaud one of my friends, normally a shy girl, who stoop up to this substitute teacher who is very strict.

It might not seem much, but to me and all my quiet friends (discluding one of them, and you know who you are :)), this was a big step, especially because it was towards the scariest female teacher you will ever meet.

I know they are trying to do their jobs, but some teachers take it wayyyyyyy to far.

The Student who suddenly need to use the bathroom, and a new pencil….. and a drink of water….. and a dictionary.

I AM THIS KID SO MUCH, AND I’M SORRY THAT YOU HATE ME.

I don’t know what it is about testing, but I suddenly need to pee, and then get a drink of water. Then when I sit down to write, my pencil breaks. Then I need a dictionary.

I only find this annoying when they are making a lot of noise, and I am fully aware of how annoying I am too.

The Flick Football Boys

These are the boys who turn the extra time after a test into the freaking Super Bowl, complete with nachos and wings.

They end up taking the worksheets and other ish the testing teacher put out for us to do, and using half a roll of tape, to make a football stadium, or hockey arena, and play the game in it. It’s actually really cool sometimes, but not when I’m trying to see what Margo Roth Spiegelman (WHO’S EXCITED FOR YET ANOTHER JOHN GREEN MOVIE?!?!?!?!) is going to vandalize next, and a freaking flick football hits me in the head, or lands on my desk. It’s happened many times.

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Comment the ones that apply to you!

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Pretend

A little something I wrote 😉

Don’t pretend on me

You hide the pain

That is the key

 

We break down the walls

You shut us out

And ignore the calls

 

You have never cried

You stay by my side

 

Sometimes I wonder

What is she really like

What is really like on the inside

 

I question your thoughts

Some of them aren’t like you

You always ignore what you were taught

Your eyes shine with a shine too

They are broken happiness

I’m sorry for misinterpreting you

February Favorites

I know I’m a little late, but here’s my February favorites! Not just going to be February, but end of January, and part of March.

Book: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Nixon.

Movie: Cyberbu//y

DIY: the camera lense DIY.

Music: Sia!!! Taylor Swift, Marina and the Diamonds, Eddie Sheeran, Sia, and of course, Taylor Swift. Oh and did I mention Ed Sheeran?

Songs: Elastic Heart by Sia, Chandelier by Sia, I Wish You Would, by Taylor Swift, You Are in Love, Taylor Swift. And some main stream Thinking Out Loud. Who doesn’t love that song?

*All Time Favorites* Rather Be, Stolen Dance, Rip Tide, Blank Space, Chandelier, Elastic Heart, A Team.

Writing: Okay. *Sigh* We will be here a while.

So, a few poems that I wrote about my friends, AND I STARTED A NEW STORY! Yay!

Clothing Item: this super cute peach tank top I got at Aeropostale. It has an adorable sating about the beach on it.

I know that this is super late….. oh well. 

~Ally

Things You Learn From Cheerleading

Cheerleading will help you on the road through life. Here’s some ways cheerleading has made me who I am.

Reflexes: you will learn how to sprint over to a book that is falling on the other side of the room and catch it. You can catch almost anything that falls.

Hand Eye Coordination: you will excel in gym class when you do hand-eye coordination games. You will most likely beat most of the boys. How can you throw a person up while they twist themselves into a pretzel, and then catch them while they do another pretzel form?

Pony Tails: you are able to redo your pony tail at lightning speed halfway through a layout. No explanation needed.

Memory: if someone shows you how to do something once, and then you do it with them, you will remember it forever. Cheerleading really helps the memory.

Makeup: you can somehow put on your competition makeup without a mirror, and know what needs touching up without looking in a mirror.

Goals: you can set goals for yourself, and most of the time follow through with it.

Leadership: you always end up taking over the group project, and help them get to work, just like you do when you have individual  stunt group practice.

How to take hits: Oh? You got elbowed in the face during soccer and got escorted off the field? I got elbowed in the face during cheer, I had to keep going.

Conditioning: you learned how to do a push up and run faster the hard way. You also learned to to whine and complain about conditioning either.

Cheer is one of the most educational sports out there, and is a great skill to carry in life, so please enroll your child now, thank you!

(Like this post if you understand the tags. I’m sorry, it’s a cheer thing)

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My Book Club

I am in a book club. It’s all girls, and I started it back in elementary school. My second grade pen pal and I started it. It’s also with our moms. We are just a group of friends who read on the side, and chug bags of gummy bears.

A Normal Schedule:

A member and her mom pick out a book near the end of the last meeting. We read it, and about a month later, we get together.

(This time, it was Whirligig. Review coming soon)

6:30-7: everyone arrives

7:30-8:30ish: Book talk

8:30- 9 or 9:30: Hide out in the hostess’ basement or large bedroom (there’s six of us, and it’s hard to fit all of us on one couch or in a small room now.) We might eat a bag or two of gummy bears, overdo it on the cupcakes, watch cat videos, or find miniature ponies to adopt. Then we go home.

Or if it’s summer, we stay later.

So far, we have gone for a weekend excursion to a little town on the ocean, a family excursion to one of the girl’s ocean camp site. We have had multiple yard sales and meetings. We attempted a sleepover, but only two girls slept over, and one came in the morning.

(since each of us has our dorky side, we use excursion for whenever we go out together.)

We always seem to have so much fun. I love these girls, and they are great friends.

Some books we have read:

Mother Daughter Book Club, books 1-3

Enter If You Dare

Callie Be Gold

Whirligig

I am Malala (not the kids version, it was summer reading for us)

Family Tree, book 1

The Exceptionals

Three Times Lucky

The Magic Half

A Year Down Yonder

The One and Only Ivan

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

and so many more (I can’t remember them all)

Book Clubs are awesome, especially if you create your own.

I am so excited for our meeting on Wednesday, because we haven’t had a meeting in forever!

(If any of the members are reading this, remember the time we went to the restaurant, and tried to laugh louder than that lady, and the first time we made bed for our gummy bears out of Charleston Chews, waaaaay back in elementary school?)

Just wanted to share about these five amazing ladies and their moms!

(I’m the sixth)

~~Ally

About

Hello! I decided to re-vamp my website, and make it more good looking.

What’s New-

Tabs! You can see all of my DIYs, music posts, book posts, maybe some of my writing, and posts about my life.

New Theme! I like pink, okay? The other theme just wasn’t working.

ABOUT ME:

I am a teen writer who reads and writes.I am a writer, who shares my work with friends, because I haven’t been published yet. Yet. I am an avid cheerleader, and love it with all of my heart. I read too much, and I’m friends with a bunch of other reading, and some writing nerds. Some of them read and write like I do, and a few just read. My last name isn’t Brown, but I’m not telling anyone my real last name either. So, if you are wondering, it’s Allison from your gym class.

~Allison Brown