Working Out 101: tips and motivation
 Working out is super important to me and has been a key part in keeping me sane.However, working out isn’t always the first thing I want to do when I get home from school,and the amount of times my mom has dragged me kicking and screaming, is racking up.The first thing I would say is working out is never an easy task,especially for those who aren’t familiar with it! The only way you can work yourself up to it is by picking a form of exercise whether you practice this at home,outside,or in a gym.I happen to have a gym membership,and its honestly worth the money in my opinion. Now,although my I don’t pay for my membership (thanks mom!),gyms offer deals all the time,especially right before Summer starts! I would check out your local gym,and either stop in or go online to see what deals they’re offering! Remember your local gym will offer classes so jump on that opportunity and try a pilates or yoga class! If you prefer an at home workout,then different exercises are endless for you! When I’m at home and I feel like moving around,I go pick a workout video from blogilates. Blogilates offers a bunch of workouts,recipes,meal plans,etc and its all free! You can also just stretch if you don’t feel like watching a video,lift some weights,practice your plank,or do some squats! A lil thing i do before bed is lift some 3 pound weights and do a rep of 20,3 times. I also like to do 50 crunches before bed if I’m feeling adventurous. If you feel like getting out of the house,try looking for a trail close to your house and take up jogging  running or walking. Running is one of the best work outs in my opinion because it leans you out,lets you get your aggression out,and is insanely therapeutic (you can also run around your neighborhood). When working out,especially if you’re new to it,don’t try to do more than you can! Remember its okay to only work out for 10 minutes,then work your way up.

Now we need motivation to work out,and its never easy,especially when you’re laying comfortably in bed. The way I think about working out and motivation is the way i feel after i work out. Its a proven fact that exercising makes you happy! When I get to the gym,I can be in a bad mood,but after it i feel amazing and any little thing i was stressing about is instantly gone (for the time being at least).Another way I motivate myself is by making playlists to work out to. Right now I’ve been working out to Paramore and Katy Perry! (try picking artists that have songs that pump you up for that sprint and songs that slow down to let you breathe!) If you’re still looking for ways to motivate you,no fear,I still have a couple more ideas! If you’re into fashion, try treating yourself to a new pair of workout gear. Literally nothing,and I mean nothing gets me more excited then going to buy work out pants/tops/water bottles/headbands/etc (as lame as that sounds). Another idea is foooooood! I personally like to have a snack before working out,so I tend to get some bananas,a fruit salad,or a granola bar to have before. You can also make a smoothie or protein shake before working out or after working out! If you still need a little more convincing,then think about working out this way, you never need to do more than you can, as long as you’re moving your body will thank you for it!Working out is fun as long as you keep a good positive mindset about it! Remember its so important that you keep your body moving,because thats what its made to do! Be kind to yourself and your body and treat it to some stretching or cardio! Results will come soon,as long as you stick to a good healthy regime (which involves eating right too!) 
p.s. Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate

Working Out 101: tips and motivation

 Working out is super important to me and has been a key part in keeping me sane.However, working out isn’t always the first thing I want to do when I get home from school,and the amount of times my mom has dragged me kicking and screaming, is racking up.The first thing I would say is working out is never an easy task,especially for those who aren’t familiar with it! The only way you can work yourself up to it is by picking a form of exercise whether you practice this at home,outside,or in a gym.I happen to have a gym membership,and its honestly worth the money in my opinion. Now,although my I don’t pay for my membership (thanks mom!),gyms offer deals all the time,especially right before Summer starts! I would check out your local gym,and either stop in or go online to see what deals they’re offering! Remember your local gym will offer classes so jump on that opportunity and try a pilates or yoga class! If you prefer an at home workout,then different exercises are endless for you! When I’m at home and I feel like moving around,I go pick a workout video from blogilates. Blogilates offers a bunch of workouts,recipes,meal plans,etc and its all free! You can also just stretch if you don’t feel like watching a video,lift some weights,practice your plank,or do some squats! A lil thing i do before bed is lift some 3 pound weights and do a rep of 20,3 times. I also like to do 50 crunches before bed if I’m feeling adventurous. If you feel like getting out of the house,try looking for a trail close to your house and take up jogging  running or walking. Running is one of the best work outs in my opinion because it leans you out,lets you get your aggression out,and is insanely therapeutic (you can also run around your neighborhood). When working out,especially if you’re new to it,don’t try to do more than you can! Remember its okay to only work out for 10 minutes,then work your way up.

Now we need motivation to work out,and its never easy,especially when you’re laying comfortably in bed. The way I think about working out and motivation is the way i feel after i work out. Its a proven fact that exercising makes you happy! When I get to the gym,I can be in a bad mood,but after it i feel amazing and any little thing i was stressing about is instantly gone (for the time being at least).Another way I motivate myself is by making playlists to work out to. Right now I’ve been working out to Paramore and Katy Perry! (try picking artists that have songs that pump you up for that sprint and songs that slow down to let you breathe!) If you’re still looking for ways to motivate you,no fear,I still have a couple more ideas! If you’re into fashion, try treating yourself to a new pair of workout gear. Literally nothing,and I mean nothing gets me more excited then going to buy work out pants/tops/water bottles/headbands/etc (as lame as that sounds). Another idea is foooooood! I personally like to have a snack before working out,so I tend to get some bananas,a fruit salad,or a granola bar to have before. You can also make a smoothie or protein shake before working out or after working out! If you still need a little more convincing,then think about working out this way, you never need to do more than you can, as long as you’re moving your body will thank you for it!Working out is fun as long as you keep a good positive mindset about it! Remember its so important that you keep your body moving,because thats what its made to do! Be kind to yourself and your body and treat it to some stretching or cardio! Results will come soon,as long as you stick to a good healthy regime (which involves eating right too!) 

p.s. Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate

 SPRING MORNINGS

something to help you wake up and adjust to the warmer weather

-Theresa

impressionmagazine:

DIY sugar lip scrub!!

One of my pet peeves is when my lips are chapped and peeling (gross) but this DIY lip scrub does wonders!!

What you’ll need
White sugar- 1 Tablespoon 
Olive oil- 1 Tablespoon
Honey -1 Tablespoon

Step one: mix up all the ingredients until it’s a grainy paste 
Step two: massage on to lips for about one minute
Step three: whipe off with damp towel and then apply your favorite lip balm and voila, silky smooth lips!!

DIY rose water hair mask

Me and my friend tried this hair mask out a little while ago and it left both of our hairs shiny and smooth!!

What you’ll need
Rose water (you can buy this or very easily make it)- 3 Tablespoons 
Coconut oil ( heated up so it’s soft) -2 Tablespoons

Step one:Mix ingredients thoroughly 
Step two:Rub into roots and then take wide tooth comb (or whatever you have) and brush it through your hair distributing it evenly. 
Step three: Leave it on for 30-40 minutes follow with your normal shampoo and conditioner routine!

DIY orange juice and baking soda face mask

Ok this may be the simplest face mask of all time but it still works wonders! This mask should be used for people who have acne prone skin and can be used for oily or dry skin but if you used it to often or keep it on for to long it may leave your skin dry. But otherwise it’s an amazing face mask that has really helped my acne.

What you’ll need
Orange juice-1 tablespoon
Baking soda- 1 tablespoon

Step one:mix together ingredients until it’s a paste 
Step two:  rub on to face making it thicker in more troubled areas. Keep it on for 20 minutes.
Step three: wash off with room temperature water and apply your regular mousitizer!! 

Hope this helps!!
- Mallory

impressionmagazine:

DIY sugar lip scrub!!

One of my pet peeves is when my lips are chapped and peeling (gross) but this DIY lip scrub does wonders!!

What you’ll need
White sugar- 1 Tablespoon
Olive oil- 1 Tablespoon
Honey -1 Tablespoon

Step one: mix up all the ingredients until it’s a grainy paste
Step two: massage on to lips for about one minute
Step three: whipe off with damp towel and then apply your favorite lip balm and voila, silky smooth lips!!

DIY rose water hair mask

Me and my friend tried this hair mask out a little while ago and it left both of our hairs shiny and smooth!!

What you’ll need
Rose water (you can buy this or very easily make it)- 3 Tablespoons
Coconut oil ( heated up so it’s soft) -2 Tablespoons

Step one:Mix ingredients thoroughly
Step two:Rub into roots and then take wide tooth comb (or whatever you have) and brush it through your hair distributing it evenly.
Step three: Leave it on for 30-40 minutes follow with your normal shampoo and conditioner routine!

DIY orange juice and baking soda face mask

Ok this may be the simplest face mask of all time but it still works wonders! This mask should be used for people who have acne prone skin and can be used for oily or dry skin but if you used it to often or keep it on for to long it may leave your skin dry. But otherwise it’s an amazing face mask that has really helped my acne.

What you’ll need
Orange juice-1 tablespoon
Baking soda- 1 tablespoon

Step one:mix together ingredients until it’s a paste
Step two: rub on to face making it thicker in more troubled areas. Keep it on for 20 minutes.
Step three: wash off with room temperature water and apply your regular mousitizer!!

Hope this helps!!
- Mallory

hi everyone!!!! so i had this raspberry banana coconut chia pudding for breakfast this morning and it as AH-MAZING but i will say that it wasn’t too filling so i recommend if you have a big appetite like me you just have this as a snack!
chia seeds are these lil seeds that are super healthy!!! they contain tons of omega-3’s to help fight inflammation and heart disease! and on top of that when you let them soak up a liquid they make an ooey gooey pudding yummier than jell-o pudding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
banana raspberry coconut chia pudding
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 banana
2 tbsp lite coconut milk
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp almond milk (or any other milk, i just prefer almond!)
1 tbsp shredded coconut
1 small handful almonds
as many raspberries as your heart desires!!!!!!!!!!
Peel and mush the banana and combine in a bowl/jar/cup/etc. with the chia seeds and milks and allow to soak for a few hours until the seeds absorb the liquid or overnight. then add all the yummy toppings and enjoy!!!!!!!!!!
****notice that there is no added sweetener bc bananas act as a natural/healthy sweetener!!! its a great idea to mush bananas into oatmeal as well*******

hi everyone!!!! so i had this raspberry banana coconut chia pudding for breakfast this morning and it as AH-MAZING but i will say that it wasn’t too filling so i recommend if you have a big appetite like me you just have this as a snack!

chia seeds are these lil seeds that are super healthy!!! they contain tons of omega-3’s to help fight inflammation and heart disease! and on top of that when you let them soak up a liquid they make an ooey gooey pudding yummier than jell-o pudding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

banana raspberry coconut chia pudding

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp lite coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp almond milk (or any other milk, i just prefer almond!)
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 small handful almonds
  • as many raspberries as your heart desires!!!!!!!!!!

Peel and mush the banana and combine in a bowl/jar/cup/etc. with the chia seeds and milks and allow to soak for a few hours until the seeds absorb the liquid or overnight. then add all the yummy toppings and enjoy!!!!!!!!!!

****notice that there is no added sweetener bc bananas act as a natural/healthy sweetener!!! its a great idea to mush bananas into oatmeal as well*******

Truth in Black

Self loathing has become the new black.

It’s all the rage.

Slit your wrist for the one you love,

How romantic right? 

I skipped lunch that’s ok,

I’ll receive compliments - and be told I resemble the photoshopped ones.

We’re all sick covered in smiles.

It’s beautiful.

We make art off of it.

Insecurity fuels our cruelness.

We all feel it.

How it makes our steps heavier.

How no amount of sleep leaves us refreshed.

How we seek relief in razors. 

None of us care though.

We don’t try to change it.

We read poems about it and call them beautiful.

But, if I’m perfectly honest,

I’m so very tired of that color. 

Hey guys so I to write this poem for my theater class and wanted to share it with you!! I hope you like it!! (It’s a bit rough)

- Mallory

approaching 3/4 mark of the school year? what country are you guys from? i just assumed america like me, and im done with exactly 5/6 of the year

were from all over! so schools end at different times for all of us but I’m from america and I’m in my last semester of school before summer begins :)

edit: my school year is split into two semesters and now we’re kinda halfway through second semester, so i got 3/4 from that lol

GROSS HIGH SCHOOL

oxford comma - vampire weekend / someday soon - harlem / you only live once - the strokes / bigger boys and stolen sweethearts- arctic monkeys / i’m falling in love- teen suicide / the wire -haim / there is a light and it never goes out - the smiths / nobody asked me if i was okay- sky ferreira / why won’t they talk to me? - tame impala / black sheep - the clash at demonhead (scott pilgrim vs the world soundtrack) / failure by design - brand new / talking shit about a pretty sunset - modest mouse / i’ll try everything once (demo)- the strokes 
-Theresa

GROSS HIGH SCHOOL

oxford comma - vampire weekend / someday soon - harlem / you only live once - the strokes / bigger boys and stolen sweethearts- arctic monkeys / i’m falling in love- teen suicide / the wire -haim / there is a light and it never goes out - the smiths / nobody asked me if i was okay- sky ferreira / why won’t they talk to me? - tame impala / black sheep - the clash at demonhead (scott pilgrim vs the world soundtrack) / failure by design - brand new / talking shit about a pretty sunset - modest mouse / i’ll try everything once (demo)- the strokes 

-Theresa

This is for all the writers out there, whether you write poetry, short stories, or want to have a career as a novelist; we can all become trapped in a writer’s block once in a while. Our thoughts seem to be a dull replay of un-climatic ideas. When you experience this here are some tips and tricks to get you scribbling down future best sellers.
1: Listen to music. Before you start writing put in your headphones and blast your favorite tunes. Try to pick songs that are well written and that can be interpreted many different ways. Music is great for inspiring characters. If you listen to Lana Del Rey you’ll probably find yourself writing about a girl who got sent to boarding school for drinking or a girl having an affair with an older man. If you listen to the Arctic Monkeys then your character might end up having a bad boy love affair. When you have interesting characters the story just flows on to the page as a second nature. 2: Get out of the house!! It can be hard to get inspired when you’re just sitting in front of your computer all day trying to throw together sentences. It’s time to go out and have your own experiences and fill the pages with your adventures (and misadventures.)  Write how they changed your life, exposed you to something new and different or write how you wish those events transpired. 3: Observe others. Ok this may sound a tad bit creepy but it’s one of the best ways to get inspired. See how the “popular” kids interact with one another; see the difference from when you watch the “weirdo’s.” Observe all different kinds of people and you’ll be so inspired to write about them and how people can’t be labeled. They can be many different things, the “popular” kids can be dorks at times, and the “weirdo’s” can have a secret interest in fashion. Investigate and there will be so many story ideas overflowing in your head. 
 

Step 4: Look at artwork. This can be extremely helpful during a writer’s block because a painting can be interpreted in many different ways and can create many different stories. Try finding a painting or sculpture or any kind of art and write all the possible stories you can think of for it. One of them is bound to be brilliant.Step 5: Experiment!! If you normally write poetry try out a short story or if you normally write serious pieces try out a comedy! This is a great way to learn what your skills are and gets the creative juices flowing!!Hope this helps!- Mallory

This is for all the writers out there, whether you write poetry, short stories, or want to have a career as a novelist; we can all become trapped in a writer’s block once in a while. Our thoughts seem to be a dull replay of un-climatic ideas. When you experience this here are some tips and tricks to get you scribbling down future best sellers.

1: Listen to music. Before you start writing put in your headphones and blast your favorite tunes. Try to pick songs that are well written and that can be interpreted many different ways. Music is great for inspiring characters. If you listen to Lana Del Rey you’ll probably find yourself writing about a girl who got sent to boarding school for drinking or a girl having an affair with an older man. If you listen to the Arctic Monkeys then your character might end up having a bad boy love affair. When you have interesting characters the story just flows on to the page as a second nature.

 2: Get out of the house!! It can be hard to get inspired when you’re just sitting in front of your computer all day trying to throw together sentences. It’s time to go out and have your own experiences and fill the pages with your adventures (and misadventures.)  Write how they changed your life, exposed you to something new and different or write how you wish those events transpired.

 3: Observe others. Ok this may sound a tad bit creepy but it’s one of the best ways to get inspired. See how the “popular” kids interact with one another; see the difference from when you watch the “weirdo’s.” Observe all different kinds of people and you’ll be so inspired to write about them and how people can’t be labeled. They can be many different things, the “popular” kids can be dorks at times, and the “weirdo’s” can have a secret interest in fashion. Investigate and there will be so many story ideas overflowing in your head.

 

Step 4: Look at artwork. This can be extremely helpful during a writer’s block because a painting can be interpreted in many different ways and can create many different stories. Try finding a painting or sculpture or any kind of art and write all the possible stories you can think of for it. One of them is bound to be brilliant.

Step 5: Experiment!! If you normally write poetry try out a short story or if you normally write serious pieces try out a comedy! This is a great way to learn what your skills are and gets the creative juices flowing!!

Hope this helps!
- Mallory





As we’re approaching the 3/4 mark of the school year, studying is getting a little bit harder when we’re craving a break from school. So to help get you back on studying, here’s a little post with a few tips:
1. Pair/group up! Note: This is only suggested for those who have the power to actually stay focused when with company. Pair up/group up with people from class that you know are actually going to study. Start a general message so you can have easy access to help and it’s easier to stay awake when you’re in a conversation (but limit the topic of conversation- don’t stray to a discussion of the latest Teen Wolf episode).
2. "Treat yoself." Okay, so it’s 1 a.m., you’re memorizing where the sternothyroid muscle is, and your vision keeps on straying to your phone- take a break. Set a time for less than 15 minutes. Quick enough to grab a quick snack (stay away from sugar), run for a bathroom break, or scroll through Impression’s latest posts.
3. Stay awake. Sugar sounds oh-so-good when it’s 2 a.m.- but no, it really isn’t. That candy bar may seem sweet and a great pick-me-up, but it’s going to make you crash in another 15 minutes…so is it really worth it? Recommended snacks: A piece of whole grain toast with avocados and blueberries, caffeinated green tea, a piece of mint gum (All of which promote brain health). Run to the bathroom to splash your face with cold water, or try a face/hair mask (♥)- because chance are, you’re not going to want to sleep with whatever is smeared on your face/hair.
4. Music. Personally, I haven’t been able to listen to anything remotely loud when I study so I either a.) listen to nothing b.) listen to white noise which cancels out other noises c.) listen to playlists/artists that I deem tolerable for studying. I would 10/10 recommend: Dustin O’Halloran (for all you Instrumental OST lovers), Local Natives’ Hummingbird album, The Grand Budapest Hotel OST, and the Her OST.
5. Set a schedule (and stick to it). Don’t plan on cramming into the early hours of the morning. Stick around an hour of studying in between your homework assignments. English essay, Study, math worksheet, study, APUSH outline, study. Alternate your subjects. It’s going to be a lot easier on you (or at least it is for me) to change up whatever I’m studying. Let’s say you have a math test tomorrow, an APUSH test the next day, and an anatomy exam the day after. Math, APUSH, Math, Anatomy, Math. Focus on the closest test, but don’t forget that you’re also not going to want to cram for the next two, so get a head start.
Don’t forget- no matter how hard school may be, it’s not worth you questioning your value when you receive a bad mark on a test. As difficult as it may be, finish this school year with a more positive mindset because summer is just around the corner ♥
-Katie

As we’re approaching the 3/4 mark of the school year, studying is getting a little bit harder when we’re craving a break from school. So to help get you back on studying, here’s a little post with a few tips:

1. Pair/group up! Note: This is only suggested for those who have the power to actually stay focused when with company. Pair up/group up with people from class that you know are actually going to study. Start a general message so you can have easy access to help and it’s easier to stay awake when you’re in a conversation (but limit the topic of conversation- don’t stray to a discussion of the latest Teen Wolf episode).

2. "Treat yoself." Okay, so it’s 1 a.m., you’re memorizing where the sternothyroid muscle is, and your vision keeps on straying to your phone- take a break. Set a time for less than 15 minutes. Quick enough to grab a quick snack (stay away from sugar), run for a bathroom break, or scroll through Impression’s latest posts.

3. Stay awake. Sugar sounds oh-so-good when it’s 2 a.m.- but no, it really isn’t. That candy bar may seem sweet and a great pick-me-up, but it’s going to make you crash in another 15 minutes…so is it really worth it? Recommended snacks: A piece of whole grain toast with avocados and blueberries, caffeinated green tea, a piece of mint gum (All of which promote brain health). Run to the bathroom to splash your face with cold water, or try a face/hair mask ()- because chance are, you’re not going to want to sleep with whatever is smeared on your face/hair.

4. Music. Personally, I haven’t been able to listen to anything remotely loud when I study so I either a.) listen to nothing b.) listen to white noise which cancels out other noises c.) listen to playlists/artists that I deem tolerable for studying. I would 10/10 recommend: Dustin O’Halloran (for all you Instrumental OST lovers), Local Natives’ Hummingbird album, The Grand Budapest Hotel OST, and the Her OST.

5. Set a schedule (and stick to it). Don’t plan on cramming into the early hours of the morning. Stick around an hour of studying in between your homework assignments. English essay, Study, math worksheet, study, APUSH outline, study. Alternate your subjects. It’s going to be a lot easier on you (or at least it is for me) to change up whatever I’m studying. Let’s say you have a math test tomorrow, an APUSH test the next day, and an anatomy exam the day after. Math, APUSH, Math, Anatomy, Math. Focus on the closest test, but don’t forget that you’re also not going to want to cram for the next two, so get a head start.

Don’t forget- no matter how hard school may be, it’s not worth you questioning your value when you receive a bad mark on a test. As difficult as it may be, finish this school year with a more positive mindset because summer is just around the corner ♥

-Katie

During the school year it’s almost impossible to get enough sleep every night so, often times in the morning we’re left with pesky bags and dark circles underneath our eyes. I personally look like a zombie when this happens (so basically everyday) so here are some tips and tricks to help soothe those bags and circles.
1: A great way to get rid of post up-all-night-studying bags is to put spoons in your freezer and take them out when they are good and cold then hold them under your eyes on and off for ten minutes. This will help get rid of the puffiness.
2. Cold tea bags. This is basically the same idea as the cold spoons but, if you use teas that contain caffeine like, black tea or green tea, it will give your eyes an extra little boast and shrink those bags.
3. Drink LOTS of water. Water is known to soothe puffiness and bloating all over the body, even under your eyes so drink up!
4. Use a great eye cream. Sometimes we can’t get rid of the bags all on our own so we need a little help from an eye cream. I’ve been using Origins GinZing eye cream and it’s great at getting rid of puffiness and dark circles!
5. Concealer. When we don’t have time to try these remedies out we’re left with under eye bags and circles but the world doesn’t have to know! Try and find a concealer that works best for your skin type and has an illuminating affect in it to perfectly cover your dark circles.
Hope this helps!

During the school year it’s almost impossible to get enough sleep every night so, often times in the morning we’re left with pesky bags and dark circles underneath our eyes. I personally look like a zombie when this happens (so basically everyday) so here are some tips and tricks to help soothe those bags and circles.

1: A great way to get rid of post up-all-night-studying bags is to put spoons in your freezer and take them out when they are good and cold then hold them under your eyes on and off for ten minutes. This will help get rid of the puffiness.

2. Cold tea bags. This is basically the same idea as the cold spoons but, if you use teas that contain caffeine like, black tea or green tea, it will give your eyes an extra little boast and shrink those bags.

3. Drink LOTS of water. Water is known to soothe puffiness and bloating all over the body, even under your eyes so drink up!

4. Use a great eye cream. Sometimes we can’t get rid of the bags all on our own so we need a little help from an eye cream. I’ve been using Origins GinZing eye cream and it’s great at getting rid of puffiness and dark circles!

5. Concealer. When we don’t have time to try these remedies out we’re left with under eye bags and circles but the world doesn’t have to know! Try and find a concealer that works best for your skin type and has an illuminating affect in it to perfectly cover your dark circles.

Hope this helps!