DIY Lip Balm

Keeping track of little tubes of lip balm can prove to be difficult for many during these cold and dry winter months — in reality, keeping a lip balm for a year can be a challenge. If you’re tired of buying a new lip balm every so often, or even want to try something new, you can make your own. Making a batch of this easy-to-make lip balm can save money and can be a fun way to spend an afternoon or make cute personal gifts for your friends.

Ingredients and Materials:

  • 4 tbs coconut oil (this can be purchased at any grocery store)
  • 3 tbs shae butter, or petroleum jelly (available at craft stores or health food stores)
  • 1 tbs shaved beeswax (available at craft stores)
  • Microwave safe bowl and stirring utensil
  • Container to hold lip balm (bottle caps, old containers, or even the travel size small container from your local store)

Instructions:
1. Mix these ingredients in a microwave safe bowl

2. Microwave mixture in 30 second intervals until completely melted. This will give you the base for your lip balm.

After this you can basically play and experiment with different ingredients depending on what kind of lip balm you want. You can add a drop of peppermint extract if you want a minty lip balm (or any kind of extract oil), or some powdered make-up for color (kool-aid will sometimes work).

Once you are done mixing in any additional ingredients in your lip balm mixture, pour the mixture into a small container (or several if you are gifting it). Once the mixture is in a small container, place it in the fridge for a couple of hours until it hardens.

DIY Gift Ideas

If you want to give a thoughtful gift on a budget, a do-it-yourself project is a great way to show you care. Here are some tips on making your own gifts at a lower price:
“I Love You a Latte” (Decorated Coffee Mug)

DIYMug

You’ll need: A plain colored mug of your choice and oil based sharpie markers of any color
Steps: Decorate the mug any way you’d like with the markers, you can write your name, a silly joke, draw flowers, dinosaurs, hearts, or even write your name on them. Use your imagination, go wild! After you’ve finished your masterpiece, place your mug in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Make sure to have an adult supervision when using the oven. After the 45 minutes have passed, you can carefully take them out and there you go, a creative gift that will last forever!

Letter Photography

DIYPhotoLetter
You’ll need: Big wooden Letter, mod podge, brushes, scissors, and photographs
Steps: First cut out the pictures you want to use in the letter in the exact shape of the letter, and find the spot you want to place them in. Then put mod podge all over the letter, make sure to fill it all in, then place the pictures carefully accordingly to where you want them placed. After you have placed the pictures, put mod podge all over the pictures once more, wait 10 minutes while they dry and then put a second layer of mod podge. Put a third layer, just to make sure everything is glued on right. Afterwards, wait about 20 minutes to make sure everything is perfect and then you have a beautiful photographed letter.

Poetry: Senses of Thanksgiving

5 Senses Thanksgiving Poem

Using their 5 senses, these Latinitas created awesome poems about Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving smells like an abundance of food
Thanksgiving sounds like lots of people talking
Thanksgiving looks like the colors of brown, yellow, orange and red
Thanksgiving feels like prayers and blessings
Thanksgiving tastes like turkey
~Angelica

On Thanksgiving, I tastes like turkey
Thanksgiving looks like fall colors
Thanksgiving feels like hugs
Thanksgiving sounds like singing
~Carol

Thanksgiving tastes like turkey and bacon
Thanksgiving looks like the brown and orange
Thanksgiving smells like a turkey in the oven
Thanksgiving sounds like neighbors
Thanksgiving feels like love and happiness
~Marely

Thanksgiving smells and tastes like turkey
Thanksgiving sounds like laughter
Thanksgiving looks like a family reunion
Thanksgiving feels like love
~Valeria

In Thanksgiving it smells like the fresh turkey on the dinner.
Thanksgiving looks like the beautiful fall with pine cones with the colorful colors.
Thanksgiving feels like warm comfy pajamas.
Thanksgiving sound like the “mmm” of my family.
Thanksgiving tastes like sweet mashed potato.
~Jackie

Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving smells like turkey.
Thanksgiving looks like family having fun.
Thanksgiving feels like warm hugs.
Thanksgiving sounds like family laughing.
Thanksgiving tastes like good food in a good night and happy day.
~Ashley

On Thanksgiving, the family unites and we make ensalada de fruta y bombomes
It smells like fruit and marshmallow salad
I hear my family talking
The colors are orange, yellow and brown
We watch movis
We eat turkey and ham and salad
~Etmi

Thanksgiving smells like pumpkin pie.
Thanksgiving tastes like turkey.
Thanksgiving feels like family united.
Thanksgiving sounds like parrots talking.
Thanksgiving looks like colorful.
~Rossana

In Thanksgiving I smell turkey and pie.
I look at the turkey on the table.
I touch the turkey.
I hear people talking.
I taste the delicious turkey.
~Leslie

Thanksgiving smells like apple pies and turkey baking
Thanksgiving sounds like laughter and conversations
Thanksgiving looks like falling leaves and tables full of family
Thanksgiving feels like family, love, gratitude and blessings
Thanksgiving tastes like turkey, yams, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes
~Alicia

Latinas and Spoken-Word Poetry

Spoken-word poetry, also known as slam poetry, is a type of poetic expression written and performed for an audience. Because they are performed, the poets tend to focus on the rhythm, musicality, and emotional impact of their poems. This type of poetic expression has been weaved into the American arts scene since the 1980s when open-mic performances in cafes became popular in big cities across the nation. Since then, spoken-word poetry has grown in popularity, giving rise to annual competitions such as the National Poetry Slam and the Women of the World Poetry Slam. These competitions attract hundreds of people from all different backgrounds and who have very different experiences and outlooks on life. What brings these poets share in common is that they each have a story to tell and a voice to be heard.

Spoken-word poetry is known for being appealing to people of  different cultures, age groups, and educational backgrounds because it does not necessarily have a scripted style. A slam poem is what the writer wants it to be. With this in mind, we can then turn to the question, What role might spoken-word poetry play in the life of a Latina girl?

“I think spoken-word poetry attracts each Latina’s generation differently. For example, my mother was the first to come to this country with only an elementary educational background…for her the art may be beautiful, but sometimes she’ll question the boldness of the topic I choose to speak on,” says 19-year-old poet Selena Martinez who has been writing since she was 13.

Like many young spoken-word poets, Selena turns to poetry to express her feelings and thoughts about certain experiences in her life that have brought her grief, happiness, and even questions that seem unanswerable. Selena suggests that the generational differences within a Latino family are also something she has found worth speaking about because these differences can sometimes be marked as obstacles to overcome. She says, “[In] a household such as mine…men embraced the machismo and women stuck to the cultural norms. I think spoken-word is a way to help us evolve beyond those expectations to voice stories that [need] to be heard.”

Another young Latina poet, Sofi Chavez, age 19, acknowledges that she too looks to writing in order to makes sense of her life experiences. “[It] was amazing because I could turn something negative and sad into an experience that I was proud of, and something that I did for myself,” states Sofi as she reflects on her first open-mic performance, which revolved around a poem that was initially inspired by angry feelings. However, Sofi is proud that she is able to draw from these emotions and create something beautiful that others can appreciate as well.

When it comes to creative expression and performance, there is always the question of who or what can be identified as the inspiration. Both Selena and Sofi make it known that relatives of theirs originally inspired them to write and perform, for Selena it was her cousin and for Sofi, her sister. However, the situation varies for each young Latina writer. For instance, a great many young writers who have taken on spoken-word poetry have noted that they found out about this style of poetry mostly from peers and/or YouTube. It has come to the point where hundreds of videos of world-famous slam poem performances have been posted on YouTube and can be watched by virtually anyone. One Latina spoken-word poet whose YouTube videos have likely served as inspiration for countless Latina writers is Denice Frohman. Frohman began performing in college in the early 2000s and is best known for winning the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam. A performance of Frohman’s poem “Accents” was recorded and uploaded onto YouTube, and this video alone has received over 180,000 views in the past two years. Latinas across the country have sung praises for Frohman and been inspired by the way she so boldly speaks about her culture and family.

Selena Martinez adds on a young adult’s perspective, commenting on the personal growth that one may experiences as a result of practicing spoken-word: “When people can challenge norms, propose unusual questions and express it with all their body, confidence begins to grow…your character transforms mentally, spiritually, and physically. There’s no way you’ll ever be the same person again.”

“Write even when you think you have nothing special to say…The only way you’ll get to the poem that you’re proud of is to practice,” advises Sofi, who acknowledges that she still has a lot to learn about writing and performing, but is not going to let that stop her from putting herself out there. It is evident that these women practice poetry not only to empower themselves but to send an empowering message to their audienceas well. Finding the strength in one’s voice is one of the main reasons why these women chose to practice spoken-word poetry and encourage others to do so.

The World of Poetry Slam

girl w/microphoneThe saying goes that the pen is mightier than the sword. Poetry slams take that concept pretty literally. A poetry slam is a battle of words and rhyme, all to win the hearts—and the high scores—of the judges.

Poetry slams started in Chicago in 1984. Since then, they have spread all over the United States and all over the world. Ireland holds the annual All Ireland Poetry Slam. Competitions can range from local open-signup events to national competitions where qualifying or an invitation may be required.

Regardless of the level of competition, the structure of slams stays pretty similar. Before the showcase begins, a few judges are randomly chosen from the audience. They will be responsible for assigning a score from 1 to 10 for each performer. The competitions are usually divided into rounds with a few poets being eliminated each time. The poets preform a poem that they have written, usually from memory. Poets have three minutes to impress the judges and going over the time will result in a penalty.

The poems and the poets are the real stars of these competitions. Poetry competitions allow them to show off their writing and their bravery to the entire audience. Slam poetry ranges is style and delivery but is made to be read out loud like a high-stakes version of spoken word. Poems can have the rhythm and rhymes of hip hop or they can be fast-spoken rants with emphasis and timing. Slam poetry is all about the delivery. Poetry topics can be political or emotional or just funny. They are usually inspired by life. Slam thrives off of everyone’s uniqueness.

Slam contestants cover a whole spectrum of ages. Recently there has been a rise of a youth poetry slam movement for young people only. Poetry can be an educational tool, a method of self-expression, and a confidence boost. The Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam is on its 19th year in San Francisco. Spoken word and slam poetry is being taught in schools. Slam competitions and open mics are featured in television shows like ABC Family’s The Fosters. Teenagers share their poetry on YouTube for their followers and fans. There are many ways to get involved in the poetry slam world.

University of Texas at Austin student Arati Warrier, 21, has been a part of competitive poetry teams and competed in the Texas Grand Slam last year. She said poetry was always been a part of her life but slam opened up a new dimension of the art for her.

”Writing has always been an important tool for me to cope, vent, live,” Warrier said. “Slam poetry saved my life. To be able to share my work with a community, to watch poets get free on stage and to experience it myself, has been nothing short of religious experience for me.”

For Warrier, slam poetry is a safe place to be bold and explore her life through performance.

“It’s inspiring and cathartic to push my art forward with people who care and feel so deeply,” Warrier said.  ”I’m lucky for everything spoken word and slam poetry has given me: better writing skills, empowering performances, and my best friends.”

With a strong following of poets and performers, poetry slams may be around for quite a while. New competitions are popping up in cities all of the time. It may be a relatively new art form, but it has a lot to offer.

DIY: Organizing your Jewelry

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Accessorizing is a girl’s best friend! Organizing your cute jewelry doesn’t mean having to buy expensive containers. These DIY jewelry organizers are easy, simple, quick, and under $20.00 or less. It is fun and anyone can help you do it.

Necklace Organizer
This cute DIY  includes the use of power tools, so ask your parents or an adult for help!

Supplies:  1 Piece of wood, Acrylic Paint (choose a color) & Foam Brush, Drill, Sander, 10 hooks & 2 clips/latches

First, sand around the piece of wood with the sander — this includes the edges including the edges. Second, apply the acrylic paint with the foam brush on the wood of the desired color you’ve chosen. Next, allow the wood to dry. After the paint dries you can get creative and write a small quote on the top corner or you can always paint on a design. Third, you’ll need to drill in the 10 hooks in the middle or bottom. Just be sure you leave about ½ inch of space in between each hook to allow the necklaces to hang freely. Last, drill or hammer in the clips/latches at the back of the wood and hang it up!

Another necklace organizer — seriously, you can never have too many necklaces.

Supplies: Hammer, Curtain rod, Shower curtain hooks

This DIY is very simple and quick. First, you hammer in where you want to place your curtain rod. Second, put the shower curtain hooks on the rod and allow 1 inch of space in between each hook. Last, place necklaces on the heavier side of the hook to balance out. By the way, you could also use it as a bracelet organizer as well, just don’t add on the second step.

Earring Frame Organizer
Supplies: Picture Frame, Chicken Wire, and Picture Hanging Strips

First, buy a cheap, old picture frame and spray paint it the color you want it to be. Second, cut out the chicken wire to fit the frame. Then, put the chicken wire in first with the rest of the frame. Last, flip the picture frame over and stick on the picture hanging strips along the edges of the frame. Then,  stick it against the wall. Viola! You’ve created your very own earring organizer!

 Storage drawer Earring Organizer

Supplies: Plastic storage drawer, foam, and paint.

In this DIY, if you already own storage boxes, skip the first step. First, you will need to buy the amount of storage drawers you need to fit the amount of earrings you own. Second, cut the foam it to fit the size of the drawer and fill it in. Last, insert your earrings. Prefect way to sort your earrings.

Homemade Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is coming up and you’re probably wondering what to get dad. Instead of buying him something, why not make a gift for him instead? It will be meaningful because he knows you spent some time making it, and it’ll bring back memories of the kindergarten school days when you brought home arts and craft projects for mom and dad. Check out some of these ideas that are fun and pretty simple to make.

The Coupon Book

With busy schedules, you may not get to spend as much quality time with dad. Show him you can still make time for him with a homemade coupon book.

Materials: Cardstock in assorted colors, markers or other decorating materials, a one-hole puncher, and a binder ring or ribbon

  1.        Cut the cardstock into even sized rectangles. Two inches by three inches is a good size.
  2.        On one side of the card think of a name for the gift like “Dad’s Coupons” and decorate!
  3.        On the other side, write down things you can do together. A weekend movie or helping him cook dinner is a good place to start. If you’re feeling generous you can even offer to mow the lawn or take out the trash.
  4.       Punch a hole in the top corner of each coupon and secure with the binder ring or ribbon.

S’mores in a Jar

It could lead to a camping trip, or maybe just an evening together in front of the barbecue pit.

Materials: A clean Mason jar, large marshmallows, gram crackers, fun-size chocolate bars, and ribbon and cardstock (optional).

  1.        In the clean Mason jar, put about three or four unbroken graham crackers in on one side. Next to that, put in the chocolate bars. There should be a space above the chocolate bars to put in the marshmallows.
  2.        Close the jar and tie the string around the lid. You can attach a little card with a special message for dad.

Recapture a Memory

With a little bit of creativity you can recreate one of your baby pictures.

Materials: A baby picture, a two-photo picture frame

  1.        Find a picture that you think would be easy to recreate. Try to dress similarly, wear your hair the same way, and be in a similar or the same location if possible.
  2.        Pose the way you are in the picture and have someone take the photo for you.
  3.        Have a copy made of the old baby photo and print it out along with the new photo.
  4.        Put the copy and the new photo in the picture frame together.

A Windowsill Herb Garden

If you have a dad who loves to cook, this gift will last all year long!

Materials: Six-inch terracotta pot, acrylic paints, paintbrush, newspaper, a small plant of dad’s favorite cooking herb, and extra soil

  1.        Use the newspaper to cover your work area and use the acrylic paints to cover the pot. Paint a special message, a favorite sports logo, or anything else dad will like.
  2.       Let the pot dry entirely. Clean up any spilled paint before it dries. Once it dries it will become waterproof.
  3.       Transfer the plant over from the plastic container and add the extra soil. Now dad can keep it by the kitchen window and add fresh herbs to his cooking.

A Magnetic Popsicle Stick Photo Frame

It’s time to take that popsicle stick picture frame you made in the 2nd grade to the next level.

Materials: Popsicle sticks, washi tape or paint, glue, a magnet, a wallet sized photo

  1.        Take four popsicle sticks. If you are using paint, just paint them and let them dry. If you are using washi tape, lay out a piece of tape with the sticky side up. Put the popsicle stick down the length of it and wrap the extra around to the back of the stick. Do this for all four sticks.
  2.       Use your photo as a measurement. Make a square with the popsicle sticks so that the edges of the popsicle sticks overlap the photograph a little. You should have parts of the popsicle sticks sticking out of square like a hashtag symbol.
  3.       Glue the sticks together in this position and let it dry. Then glue or tape on the picture.
  4.        Attack the magnet to the back and you now have a really cute fridge photo magnet.

Homemade gifts can actually be really cute and even useful. Before you go out and buy something consider a DIY gift. Although, dad will love whatever you get him no matter what.

Girl Power Poems

What does girl power mean to you? Latinitas sound off to describe what it means to be a powerful chica with these acrostic poems.  Girl writing

Grateful
Intelligent
Respectful
Loyal
Powerful
Outstanding
Winner
Excellent
Remarkable
– Erica

 

Great
Intelligent
Respectful
Loyal
Positive
Obedient
Woman
Excellent
Responsible
- Angelina

 

Great
Independent
Respectful
Loving
Pretty
Opportunities
Wonder Woman
Excellent
Responsible
- Kiara

 

Gorgeous
Incredible
Respectful
Loving
Powerful
Outgoing
Winner
Eager
Rewarding
- Brianna

 

Girly
Intelligent
Respectful
Leaders
Proud
Outstanding
Winner
Extraordinary
Responsible
- Faith

 

Good People
I’m Respectful
Responsible
Loyal
Powerful
Optimistic
Wild
Energetic
Realistic
– Vianney

 

Grateful
Intelligent
Respectful
Loyal
Powerful
Outstanding
Winner
Excellent
Remarkable – Erica

 

Great
Intelligent
Respect
Love
Powerful
Out spoken
Wonderful
Education
Rights

 

OMG Moments

Latinitas share a laugh as they talk about their embarrassing moments.

One time, I was at the mall with all my friends celebrating a ceremony and I was in the middle of telling a good joke. I was looking back at my friends when I was talking to them. Being the great friends that they are, they didn’t tell me that there was a big sign in the middle of the walkway. When I turned my back, I ran right into it and fell backwards on my butt. Everyone was laughing including myself.   –Sam

 

In 5th grade, there was this teacher and she hated me. I guess one time she was yelling at me and I ran away from her and hid from her under the table. She had to call security to get me out and I remember the whole class staring at me like if I was a crazy person.  –Lexy

 

This happened yesterday and I was at Wal-Mart. There was a cute guy walking and I started staring at him. When he turned around I tried not to make it so obvious, but then I ran into a shopping cart.   –Karen

 

I had the music really loud and I was singing; however, I thought no one could ever hear me because the music was so loud. Turns out I forgot I had my earphones on. I was yelling “What Makes You Beautiful”, in the middle of the lunch room. Everyone was staring.   –Joella

 

One time my family was at a buffet style place, and I wasn’t paying attention. While I was carrying my food down the stairs, I completely missed the last step. I tripped and broke a plate and sent food all over the nearest table.   –Sofia

Healthy Chica Tips

Healthy chicas share their top tips to staying healthy.  10897908_392721950899185_1479405010683390063_n

1. Focus on the Whole You
Being healthy not only means taking care of your physical health, but also focusing on your overall mental and emotional health as well.

  • “You not only have to focus on being physically healthy or good eating habits, but also being mentally healthy, emotionally healthy and physically.” -Ariana
  • “Being healthy by staying active and eating well will give you energy and it improves your emotional and physical being.”-Lesly
  • “Keep your body healthy both mentally and physically.” – Elizabeth

 

2. Stay Active
Teens should get 60 minutes or more of physical activity a day according to TeenHealth.gov. Staying physically active doesn’t necessary mean going to the gym or doing complicated exercises. Finding fun physical activities can make it easy to create a healthy habit.

  • “Stay fit so that you can feel good about yourself.” -Victoria.
  • “Exercising is healthy like volleyball, basketball, track, tennis and dancing.” – Ydaliz
  • “Go outside and get active for 60 minutes or more.” – Alyssa
  • “Exercise to keep your body healthy.” -Kiara
  • “Be more active to keep your body healthy.” – Ashley
  • “Exercise by doing zumba, yoga or even belly dancing.” – Abigail

 

3. Eat Healthy Foods

For a helpful guide on eating healthy, check out the MyPlate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Eat a balanced meal from different food group with half of your plate made up of vegetables and fruits, one-quarter of your plate should be grains and one-quarter protein.

  • “Eat healthy like veggies and fruit. Eat breakfast every day.  -Ashley
  • “Eat vegetables and fruits.  It is not good to eat junk food all the time, but it is okay to eat a little bit for it sometimes.” -Alyssa
  • “You should eat a lot of green vegetables and eat lots of colorful fruits to stay strong and safe.” – Natalie
  • “We should eat more healthy stuff then junk food.” – Kiara
  • You have to stay healthy and don’t eat a lot of junk food.” -Senorina

 

4. Be Confident & Take Care of Your Mental Health

Being healthy also means having a healthy body image.

  • “Don’t listen to what others think or say to you.” -Elizabeth
  • “You should also not compare yourself to other people and never give up on yourself.” – Victoria
  • “I’ve been struggling with my self-esteem for a while, but I learned how to stay healthy mentally and physically. I know that I’ll eventually learn how to be content with me and my body.” -Ariana
  • “You shouldn’t criticize yourself or compare yourself to other people.” – Senorina
  • “Don’t think negative about yourself and love who you are.” -Elizabeth

 

5. Make Healthy Choices

Make sure that you stay away from toxic substances from smoking to alcohol and drugs.

  • “Don’t do drugs like alcohol or smoking.” – Ydaliz
  • “Smoking can cause a lot of bad stuff like it can cause cancer and it will cause a lot of problems.” – Kiara
  • “Don’t smoke. It can cause lung cancer.” – Avery
  • “Don’t drink alcohol. Too much beer can give you brain damage.” -Daniella

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