Moving away in August – Making this summer memorable

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I’m moving to West Virginia in August for school and I’ve decided that I am gonna make this the best summer ever. Not just for myself though but for my family, boyfriend and nephews. I want to do atleast one activity a day, even if it’s just hanging around doing nothing. I’ve been trying to take pictures everyday but I think people are getting tired of that already. So far, Ive had a water balloon fight with my nephews, took a walk with my boyfriend & made wind chimes out of sticks and seashells. The kids didn’t have any interest in that so it was just me and my boyfriend. I’ve been making some crafts on my own also.

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A guide to making a Butterfly Essentials Box

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Your little angel is starting to blossom into a young woman now. We all remember that awkward, embarrassing phase of life. You want to help your little girl transition as easily as possible but it’s also awkward for us to have the “You’re going thru changes” talk. I’ve created a simple guide to help you and your loved one make this easier. I’ve created a guide for you to give your growing young woman an emergency survival bag to put in her locker in case her period starts there, this will be a guide to help her ease into the other wonderful changes she is going through. It is highly recommended you include the Emergency Bag with this box, but that is up to you.

Puberty Survival Bag

Teen Age Girl Emergency Bag – Click the picture to learn how to make the Emergency School Bag

As young teen/tween girls blossom into butterflies, they need all the guidance they can get from us. We want to be the one who explains what’s happening to their body, why it’s happening and we really don’t want them learning from movies, music or kids at school. I’ve already went over what you should give your child for her Menstrual Cycle Bag, so I won’t go over that too much. In this article, I will explain how to talk to them about their changing bodies, things they may need now that they didn’t before and how to bring up sex while discussing her changing body. I know 4th/5th/6th grade seems so early to talk about these things with out children, but if we don’t, SOMEONE else will. By having this awkward discussion now, you will be opened doors than just ignoring the facts and hoping she’s still your angel she always was.

 

Click on the pictures to go directly to site. Add all the items to your cart and you’re ready to check out. Usually takes 3 days to get your items.

 

 

– 1. First off, we need to find a cute storage container to put all our goodies in. I love this one, it’s so bright and cheerful and should lighten the mood some. Also, having something cute to put her butterfly transformation in, will make her less ashamed of it when friends come over.

– 2 First Bra, buying the first bra is a right of passage for the mother. The 1st bra should be bought during the early stages of the breast bud development. I recommend a sports bra as a first bra. It should fit snuggly around her rib cage. As your daughter grows, she will need to move on to a bra with more support. If she is not comfortable going to a store to shop for a bra, use this to find her size so she can pick a couple out online. She should have at least 3 starter bras so they can be washed regularly. It is very important to find one that fits as her breasts are tender. I personally believe the bra is one of the more important items in the butterfly box.

– 3 We want to add some reading material in her butterfly box, this helps her talk to you more openly about what she is reading and not fully understanding. By including some books, it should help make you feel more at ease with the explaining of blossoming young woman part. A book I have found really helpful with many parent is The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls. I’ll be adding a few more books to our butterfly box also. This book doesn’t discuss sexuality and I highly recommend adding a book about it.

– 4 Here is a book that will open the door for you and your child to talk about sex. You should tell her that she should wait for the right person, but if for some reason she won’t, to come talk to you about it. Talk to her about safety. Tell her she can get STD’s if she doesn’t use a condemn. Let her know Oral sex is also sex. I will write another article on the sex talk alone, so you can wait to go into details when I give you an outline.

– 5 A nice smelling deodorant, more than likely, she has become insecure about smelling bad. This is the most popular, effective scent. Smelling good will give her confidence. The next few items will be nice smelly scents. This is a difficult time in her life and little things like this will make her feel good.

– 6 A nice citrus body splash to put on after a shower would go nicely with the other scents. This will add to the confidence she needs.

– 7 A Cute Journal, Every teenage girl needs to a way to express her feelings. This adorable journal will fit right into the theme of our butterfly box.

You don’t have to tackle all this at one time. Give her the box, talk for a few minutes & leave her alone with the box to explore it. In a few days, come back to her, discuss a little more, ask her if she had any questions about anything in her butterfly box.

Making your daughter a Survival Kit

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This is something I plan to do for my daughter and wish my mom would of done for me. I would recommend giving this kit and talking her through it around the 4th or 5th grade. Click  for my horrible coming of age story.

I will be doing a two part blog post about this. The post you are reading now will help you make your daughter’s emergency bag, in part 2, I will help you make the full box that the bag goes into along with talking points and better ways to explain to your child what is going on.

Please have a talk with your child and to make growing up easier for you and her both, make her a Survival Kit, this will open doors to communication for years on out. You can put whatever you want into yours but I will also add what I would of loved to had and I will also include some print out talking point/question sheet to add to the bag to make for easier discussion.

For easier shopping, I’ve added pictures for you to click on, once you’re on the site all you have to do is add the items to your cart, continue shopping and then check out. You can either get the items delivered to your home or they can ship to store. I highly recommend getting all the items for the kit like this to save money, save time and not to forget anything!

– 1. Tampons, 2 to throw in her sanitary bag ( I recommend Kotex U because they are smaller and in cuter packaging)

– 2. Panty Liners, 2 to throw in her sanitary bag (Recommend Kotex U for the same reasons, the packaging is so colorful!)

– 3. Pad, 1 to throw in her sanitary bag ( would recommend getting the ones with wings just because they stay in place better.)

– 4. A cute tampon bag a.k.a. sanitary bag (These are like tiny makeup bags, tell her to take the tampons/panty liners outof the survival kit and place them in the little pouch and throw them in her purse so they don’t fall all over the place or get damaged. Even if she hasn’t started her period yet, she should carry it with her, just in case. This will make sure she doesn’t get embarrassed by a tampon falling out in public and it keeps them all in one place and easy to find.)

– 5. Throw in a few Midol or other PMS pills in there for her to stick in her sanitary product bag

– 6. A new pair of panties (Just in case it comes unexpected. I would recommend a pair of white cotton bikini cut panties. Not only does the cotton let you breathe more so there won’t be as much of a smell but wearing white panties decreases the chances of an UTI.)

– 7. Feminine Hygiene Wipes, 2 to throw in her sanitary bag (Another just in case her period come unexpected at school and she wants to clean up, these are also great just to freshen up.)

– 8. A cute cosmetic bag This is something she can throw all her emergency supplies in. This is plenty spacious and it’s perfect to leave in her locker at school.

I know these talks are uncomfortable but you don’t want your child growing up ashamed of their bodies, self-harm or finding the wrong answers from other people. Please have a talk with your child and to make it easier for you and her both, make her a Survival Kit. You can put whatever you want into yours but I will also add what I would of loved to had and I will also include some print outs to add to the bag to make for easier discussion.

The rest of the supplies we didn’t use will go into the bathroom for later/home use. You should recommend filling the cute makeup bag with the just in case products and keep it in her locker at school.

My coming of age story

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I wrote this for the Girl Survival kit but decided the post was to long, so I should just link it if anyone wants to read it.

I started growing pubic hair in the 5th grade and when I first seen it, I was so afraid. I had never seen another woman naked before and my mother never gave me the talk about it, so I thought something was really wrong with me. A few months later, the school had sex education so I learned what was “wrong” with me then.  I learned what puberty and about periods and they gave us tampons and panty liners to bring home with us. I left mine in my locker at school because I knew my mother would be mad with me for having those things. I have no idea why she was like that but she was. About a year later, in the 6th grade, I stayed home from school because I was having terrible cramps; I didn’t know what that was then so I just told my mom that my stomach really hurt. Later in the day, I had started my period. I kind of knew what a period was but really had no idea. When I saw the blood in my panties, I panicked and thought I somehow pooped my pants and something was wrong with me.(Again) I changed panties and threw away the dirty ones because I didn’t want to get into trouble. My mom found them and asked me if I was bleeding, I told her yes and she told me to use pads until I stopped. She never said anything else about it or explained that it was normal. My mom was a single mom to four children, myself and 3 boys. She never had the sex talk, explained puberty or anything else to us. She made me feel very ashamed of what I was going through and my changing body. She would even make comments on my body. I became so insecure I wore bras that was way too tight in hopes of making my breast smaller, already an A cup, but I didn’t want them to grow anymore; I wanted to stay one of the boys. I realize now that there was something wrong with my mother and that she should of never of made me ashamed of myself.

 

Please have a talk with your child and to make it easier for you and her both, make her a Survival Kit. You can put whatever you want into yours but I will also add what I would of loved to had and I will also include some print outs to add to the bag to make for easier discussion.

 

Click to go to the Girl Survival Kit to becoming a young woman.

Easter Egg Wreaths ***Craft & DIY***

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Lately I have been making Easter Egg Wreaths. I got the idea when I was shopping at Walmart and saw a cheap Styrofoam Egg Wreath for .97 cents. So I bought some supplies and made mine. They are easy to make and cheap also. I’ve made 3 for under six dollars. I still have plenty of supplies left to make more. I had a few accidents with the glue gun but I think it was worth it. Let me know what you think!!!

My Glue Gun Accident

My Glue Gun Accident

Supplies you will need:

1. A vine wreath or you could make one out of card board             ($1.00 at Dollar Tree)

2. Plastic Easter Eggs                                                                                         (.50 a bag at Walmart, had 18 eggs in it)

Choose whatever theme you want, you could get sport eggs and make a sport wreath!!

I wanted to do a pastel and polka dot theme but they were sold out of polka dot eggs!

3. A hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks                                                                   ($6.97 at Walmart and the sticks are $4)

4. Easter grass                                                                                                      ($1.97 at Walmart or $1.00 at Walmart)

5. Small Glitter Eggs                                                                                           ($1.00 at Dollar Tree for 12 eggs)

These are not necessary, but I think it makes it look cuter. You could do something different to add that extra bit of pizzazz! If you’re making it for someone else, you could incorporate their favorite things.

6. Some kind of string if you want to hang it up, although string isn’t necessary.

 

Instructions:

1. Take the eggs and lay them out. Choose a pattern.

2. Start gluing the eggs on the wreath. Hold it in place until you think it’s stuck on there pretty good. Once you glue the first egg,put glue on the side where the next egg will be and on the vine wreath, so that the plastic eggs will be stuck on there good. Be sure to alternate the direction of the eggs.

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

3. Now take you grass and glue it wherever you can see the wreath. Take some scissors and trim the grass down so it will look neat.

4. For the second layer of eggs, glue the eggs at an angle and pointing on the inside of the wreath.

5. Add some more grass wherever you think it would look nice. I added mine to the part of the crack where the eggs touched. Before gluing, place the grass on it and see if you like it. Trim again

6. This part is optional, take your glittery egg or other decoration and glue it to the spots that you like. I cut the ribbon on my glittery eggs and pushed the string thru one of the holes in the egg, I added to glitter egg decorations to it.

Easte Egg Wreath

Wreath I made for my mother in law, was the 1st one I made

The last one I made for my grandma's grave

The last one I made for my grandma's grave

Welcome HippoHoney

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Welcome HippoHoney

Welcome to my little part of the internet. I hope I can make this interesting enough for you to come back again. My name is Nichole. I am 24 years old and I live in North Carolina. I have a boyfriend of eight years & I have 3 younger brothers. One who passed away when he was 17. I like doing arts & crafts, cooking, gardening, reading and a lot of other boring stuff.

Make up, hair extensions, photoshop

^^ This is me

I love makeup for some reason. I didn’t get into it until I was about 22 years old. I’ve always used eyeliner but just started with everything else. I love bright and unusual eyeshadows. Most people wear browns & other neutral colors for their everyday look, but most of the time I wear purple & blue. My 2 favorites at the moment are from covergirl singles collection.

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath - Half Way Done

For the better half of the past year I’ve been enjoying arts and crafts. I tried to start crocheting but I failed miserably at it. My latest project is this Easter egg wreath. So far I’ve made 2 & currently working on a 3rd for my Grandma and brother’s grave. I love the way these turn out. They are simple but so cute. They are very easy to make but very time consuming.

       My home life has been very chaotic lately. I adopted two adorable chihuahuas in February. Smokey, boy, is 6 years old and Peanut, girl, is 5 years old. They are the best thing that has happened to me lately. February 21, 2012 marks 5 years since my brother, Eric, died at 17 years old. My grandmother, who I loved more than anything else in the world passed on March 10, 2012 unexpectedly. She was always there for me and I regret not being there for her like I should of been when she needed me. My brother Brandon and I have gotten to the point that we can’t stand each other. To get “even” with me, he stopped paying on the $300 that I borrowed him. I hope the contract I made holds up in court and he has to pay. He has always been spoiled and obnoxious, but I’ve always went out of my way to help him. I don’t plan to anymore.

      Lastly, I’m gonna talk about health issues, just throw anything that could be considered health into this last paragraph. I haven’t stuck to my New Year’s resolution with my weight loss. I haven’t gained but I haven’t lost either. I’ve had the eczema on my fingers and toes under control lately. My fingers still as that rough skin from scratching for years but I’m trying something new that is suppose to repair it. Hopefully it works. I have the biopsy for my cervix on April 10, 2012. I’m really nervous. I’ve been putting this off for almost 6 months. I know it’s better to do it as soon as possible, but I couldn’t. I’ve been really scared and on 2 occasions I had my period so the doctor cancelled the appointment. I’ll be so glad when I find out the results.

      Well, this it it for now. I hope you come back again. I plan on doing a few different things with this website. I want to talk about my life to get feedback, show off arts & crafts and tell how I did them. I plan t review different products, mainly makeup. With the makeup, I will add swatches so that you can see for yourself. I have a lot of ideas for the site but mainly I just wanted a place to express myself and work on my writing.