The rumors are true! It’s super cool to be “green”, and there are tons of easy ways for you, your friends and your family to go green! Here are just a few tips!
How do I know if a boy likes me?
Different boys act in different ways. Sometimes if a boy likes you, he will act out in front of you. Other boys will sit down next to you and scoot closer to you. Some will even try to avoid you. If he doesn’t show visible signs of liking you, don’t worry! It doesn't mean he doesn't like you. It could just mean that he is shy. Don’t give up on him. He will come around!
Help! My friend is moving away, and I’m really bummed out about not seeing her every day. I don’t know what to do to stay in touch with her. How can I feel better about her move and keep in touch?
~ Moving Madness
Dear Moving Madness,
Many girls, like you, are experiencing their friends moving to a different neighborhood, state, or even changing schools. You are not alone.
There are some cool ways to stay in touch and do together that will cheer you up.
Talking is sometimes the best medicine. It is important to tell your friend how you feel about her moving away. I bet that she would totally understand.
Here are some fun things you can do to cheer each other up:
- Make a scrapbook full of memories that you both treasure.
- Plan sleepovers and some get-togethers, if your friend doesn’t move too far away.
- Plan a reunion with your friend by meeting up for summer camp.
- Throw her the best ever moving away party.
You can also stay in touch could be by phone, letters, email, texting, Facebook (with parent permission!) and Skype.
Skype lets you chat and see each other over the computer. All you both need for Skype is a computer, a webcam, and Internet connection and your parent’s permission. Once you download Skype and setup your username and password, you are ready to chat with your BFF. Skype is so cool because you will be able to take a tour of her new house without even being there and chat with her face to face just like old times.
My best friend is pressuring me to smoke if I want to hang out with her and her new friends. I am very scared and confused. Should I do it so I fit in or should I not?
~Worried About Smoking
You should never feel as if you have to do something you would rather not just to “fit in.” If you do what you want to do and remain confident with yourself, then people will respect you. You are your own person; never change that! If your best friend asks for you to do something you don’t want to, say, “No, sorry I like me the way I am!”
To answer the question at hand, of course, say NO to smoking! Smoking is bad for you, your body, and the people whom you love. You need to confront your friend and tell her that she needs to quit smoking. She may refuse, and you need to be prepared to tell her that you do not want to be friends with someone who is ruining her life by smoking. It may sadden you to say goodbye to your best friend, but if she has started hanging out with the sort of crowd who thinks it is cool to smoke, then you are better off without her.
By: Sierra J.
Your room is your world, and probably one of the only places that is your own space. Your room decorations describe you!
Decorating affordably and adorably at the same time can seem like a challenge, when it’s really not. If you have the right guidance, you can have a spa themed or nature themed room in no time. Here is quick To Do List/Shopping List with potential prices to get your started.
To Do List/ Shopping List
- Paint the walls and furniture- cost: $5 - $20
- Curtains – cost: $5- $14
- Door beads- cost: $0 - $15
- Make door beads
- Wall decals- cost: $1 - $15
- Decorate furniture
- Rugs cost: $5 - $25
- Pillows cost: $0- $24
- Make pillows
- Chalkboard paint- cost: $15 - $40
- Buy cool knick knacks that go with your room design
- Check yard sales for killer deals and for the perfect thing you need
When you begin decorating your room, you should start with the paint. Painting is the best way to decorate affordably and adorably. Everything you do should revolve around your paint color. Painting is the easiest way to decorate and your color choice will determine rest of your color palette. To make the biggest impact, paint should cover approximately 80% of your room.
When you paint your room, you typically only paint the walls, and the walls are the biggest canvas you’ll ever have in your room. You can decorate them easily and cheaply. You can add pictures, do murals, create stencils or just about anything you want. They reflect your personality and the way you express yourself, so whatever you do, make it big!
Note of caution, getting too creative with your walls might lead you to trouble, but using chalkboard paint won’t. Chalkboard paint is fairly inexpensive and can be easily applied. Chalkboard paint doesn’t just come in black, but comes in red, lime green, sky blue and all –your-other favorite colors from the rainbow. Now mom can’t get mad at you for writing on the walls.
Or if you don’t want chalkboard paint, you can always buy wall decals or make colored corkboards. Colored corkboards are very simple. I found easy to follow directions on makeit-loveit.com. Check them out.
HOW TO MAKE COLORED CORKBOARDS
- Mod Podge
- Wooden frame
- Cork Board
- Hot Glue Gun
- Paint (optional)
Lay your piece of fabric down and lay the frame down over it and cut the fabric about 1 inch than the edges. You want to do this so you will be able to fold it around to the back. Then cut out the center, leaving about half of an inch from the inside of the frame or enough to fold it over a not have any frame showing.
- Now, apply the Mod Podge to the front side of the frame and lay your fabric down, smoothing all of the bubbles and creases.
- Cut squares out of the corners of the fabric, lining up the corner of the cut with the edge of the frame.
- Now, apply Mod Podge to the sides and the back of the frame. Fold over the fabric and smooth it down tightly. Do this to all four sides and make sure you secure down the loose edges.
- Make diagonal cuts into each corner of the inner part of the frame. Apply Mod Podge to the inner frame and smooth the fabric down into the creases and make sure it is secure.
- Next, Mod Podge over the entire top of the fabric and smooth any bumpy spots with your fingers. Let the frame dry completely. For different looks use shiny or matte mod podge.
- Next, measure a piece of cardboard to fit snugly into the back of the frame where a picture would set. Make sure the cardboard is bigger than the frame opening and goes to the edges of the frame, nice and snug. Then cut a piece of the cork to the same size. If your cork is thin, use two pieces of cork to double your thickness. The cork pieces should be ¼ to one-inch thick stacked together.
- While the frame is drying take your cork and paint it a color you want then let it dry. The darker the color the better it will show.
- Once dry, hot glue the cork layers together with a little bit of glue and then glue the cork to the cardboard. Now apply glue to that inner lip of the frame, be sure to keep the glue away from the front of the frame. Getting glue on the front of the frame will show after everything is done. Place the cork in place and press firmly. You can now apply ribbon or accessories of any kind to the front.
- On the back apply a line of glue around the edge of the frame, where the cardboard and frame meet. This will secure the cork in place and keep it form falling out.
- Now you are done. Just hang and admire. Enjoy!
For more detailed instructions visit this link: http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2009/01/cork-board.html
. If for some reason, you would like to sell these boards, I’m sorry to tell you these boards can not be sold with out consulting the owner of the website but feel free to use them to decorate your room in any way you please. Use them to remind yourself of that test on Tuesday or keep photos of friends and family. This is just a smaller scale canvas of your wall, so do as you please.
Contrary to popular belief, paint is not only for your walls it can also be used for furniture. Painting your furniture can really make it pop and if your room is small it will make furniture feel more like an accessory than a piece furniture. If you can’t paint your furniture, like lamps, chairs, or etc. you can always add fabric or pieces of ribbon to give it a different feel.
Your windows should be a focal point in your room after your bed. The best way to accent them is with curtains. Depending on your style, you can drape thick curtains, sheer curtains, door beads, or if you are feeling spontaneous, a really funky patterned shower curtain.
To accent your door you can do door beads or a sheer curtain, separating your world and the outside world. A sheer curtain will give your room a magical effect. If the curtain has a zebra pattern, it will give the door a safari feel.
Wooden door beads will give your room a natural effect; glass door beads will give your room a relaxing effect. Door beads are probably one of the more exciting accessories for you room. They are an extremely customizable accessory for your room, and along with the paint set a tone for you rooms theme. To customize the door beads, you can buy some and alter them or making your own. Here’s a link on how to make your own door beads. http://www.ehow.com/how_6758012_make-door-beads.html
Your bed and your floor are two other focal points in your room. Since, these places are focal points they shouldn’t be overly cluttered, which can seem hard because it is your floor and your bed. Adding pillows and rugs to your floor and bed can take up space so you won’t feel the need to add more furniture and spend more money. These might be small items, but they sure help a lot in the long run.
These are just a few things you can do with your room. The walls are your canvas. Your room is your own. Make it reflect you. If you like the jungle make, your room seem like a safari, include lots of khakis and greens. If you like art, make your room pop, add a touch of your favorite artist, make art themed door beads. It’s your room do as you please, just with parental guidance of course.