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

Making Your Desk a Little Happier

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Credit: CraftyAmy from Babble.com

Written by Elena Barrera-Walters

Having a clean, organized, and inviting desk is the best way to get your work done, no matter the time of year. Sometimes, though, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the clutter and piles of pencils, in which case, that’s where this can help you.

YOU NEED:

  • a desk
  • a few desk organizers
  • a whiteboard
  • school supplies
  • bucket or box (if necessary)

1. If at all possible, get a desk that has a lot of room and space for organization. The more space, the better. It makes the work environment seem much less intimidating.

2. Organize and separate your supplies. Have what you use most often, usually pens and pencils, in the most available area. Put them into a desk organizer for easy access and separate them as you see fit.

3. Have a space specifically reserved for any extra school supplies, or big boxes of things. Boxes of markers or new notebooks always go in the same drawer, so it’s easier to know where to go when you need something.

4. Have an area for your electronic supplies or any other less commonly used school supplies. While it doesn’t need to be quite as well organized or accessible as the pens and pencils, it’s still very necessary to know where those items are.

5. You want to make sure that you are able to put your actual school binders and notebooks somewhere other than the exact space you’ll be working on. If you have more drawer space, keep them there, or buy a bucket or box to keep them in so they aren’t distracting or in the way.

6. For little study tools, I recommend putting them on top of your desk, as a source of inspiration to actually do that studying. Have a little organizer with post-its and paper clips, as well as some flash cards available.

7.  On a white board, set up a system to keep yourself prioritized. Making a chart with things you need to do, to study for, or prepare for really helps you with organizing how and when you’ll be doing your work.

8. While it isn’t necessary for homework, it’s really important to have some happy things on your desk that will make it feel like an inviting place to be. While candles or magazines are really good options, there are many things you could do that make your desk seem a little less intimidating.

 

While going to do work at a desk probably isn’t what you look forward to most in your day, that doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be a place you dread going to. Having an organized space, with a few little things to make you happy, will make the whole work process much less scary.

DIY: Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday full of pink, red, hearts, and of course, chocolate – but aside from that, it is a day to show your family, friends, and your crush how much you care. And what better way to show just that with a hand-made card or gift! So put down your wallet and step away from the store bought cards, chocolate heart, and stuffed animals and try something a little different this year. Here are some creative Valentine’s DIYs to spruce up your gift giving!

Note: All materials used were from Dollar General or Wal-Mart and can be found at any local store.

Foam Postcard:

Materials: Hot glue gun, scissors, ruler, fine point marker, 3 foam sheets (white and two colors of your choice). Optional: Glitter.

  1.  With a white foam sheet, trace a rectangle to be your “post card” and cut it out. The dimensions are up to your discretion (dimensions pictured: 3 ¾ x 2 ¼).
  2.  Using the fine tip marker, write your ‘to and from’ on the post card.
  3. Then, using another foam sheet of a different color, create a fun design to be the frame. The frame should be slightly smaller than the dimensions of your post card. (Pictured: frame is a quarter of an inch smaller than the post card).
  4.  Next, with the last foam sheet, trace and cut out hearts for decoration. You can make the hearts different sizes or even add some glitter to make the card more fun. Note: precut foam hearts can be brought at stores, as well.
  5.  Hot glue the frame and foam hearts to the post card and fill in your ‘To and From’ to give to your Valentine!

Flores para Mamá

 

Materials: Small vase or jar, artificial flowers, ribbon, hot glue gun, scissors. Mini chocolates. Optional: rhinestones, glitter or spray glitter, glass pebbles, and beads.

  1.  Cut each ribbon of desired length – if you’re using a thin ribbon (like the red pictured) cut two strips – make sure it can be wrapped and tied around your vase
  2.  Place a dot of hot glue around the neck of your vase to keep your ribbon in place
  3.  Once glued, wrap and tie ribbon into a bow and add glue behind the knot of bow to keep it in place
  4.  For extra decoration: add beads to the end of the ribbon and tie a knot at the base of the beads
  5.  For extra decoration: can glue rhinestones on ribbon
  6.  Fill the jar with your choice of mini chocolates or if not chocolates, glass pebbles are excellent jar fillers, as well
  7.  Place bouquet of flowers in vase
  8.  For extra decoration: add glitter to your flowers
  9.  Adjust flowers in vase and it’s ready to gift to your mom

 Not-Your-Ordinary Cards

Materials: Card-stock or decorated scrapbook paper, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, glue, markers, pencil. Optional: Rhinestones, glitter, hole punchers,and ribbon.

  1.  Pick a card-stock as your main color (pictured: red) and then trim off a centimeter around the cardstock that you want as the inside of the card (pictured: heart paper)

Design One:

  1.  Grab two pipe cleaners of the same color and create the cursive letters “Lo-“ with one and “-ve” with the second; leaving extra pipe cleaner on the “v” so it can connect with the “o”. Trim off extra pipe cleaner, if needed.
  2.  Glue your “Love” to the front of the card.
  3.  Place the design with glue and sprinkle glitter on top of the glue.
  4.  Glue rhinestones, if desired.

Design two:

  1.  Trace a heart on the cover of the card.
  2.  Fill the heart with glue and place cotton balls to fill the heart. You can tear apart cotton balls to fill accordingly.
  3.  Again, you can create a glittery design with glue.
  4.  Finally, write a cute message with the colorful markers on the inside and present it to your Valentine.

*Note: the ribbon pictured was not used, but can be cut into small bows to glue on cover for extra decoration

 

It’s Mice to Meet You

 

Materials: Hershey’s Kisses, Googly eyes (or black beads and white marker), pencil, hot glue gun, pipe cleaner, scissors, and card-stock (brown, white, black, or pink).

  1.  Grab your two card-stock colors for the mouse’s ears, and cut them both in the shape of a “D”.  Make sure to have one color slightly smaller than the other in order to form the ears.
  2.  Glue both “D” shaped colors together.
  3.  Next, glue ears at the base of a Hershey kiss.
  4.  Then, glue the second Hershey kiss to the base. The chocolates must be base to base.
  5.  Remove the Hershey’s Kiss ribbon on both Kisses.
  6.  Glue black beads to the front Hershey’s kiss to form the mouse’s eyes. Googly eyes or black beads will suffice.
  7.  Cut the pipe cleaner to the desired length for the tail.
  8.  Glue the pipe cleaner or insert the pipe cleaner into the foil of the back of the mouse. You can shape the pipe cleaner to any shape.
  9.  Make as many mice as needed and hand out to friends and family for a cute little gift!

DIY: Cupcake Bouquet

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Photo Credit: Cakecentral.com

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, which means it’s never too early to start prepping a gift for a loved one. This cute DIY bouquet of cupcakes roses is both memorable and easy to make. A memorable gift for less than $20, this bouquet of cupcakes is guaranteed to make your loved one smile.

First, gather the following ingredients:

  • 6-inch Flowerpot (clean)
  •  Foam Ball 6-in (size may vary depending on the size of the flower pot; make sure the foam ball fits perfectly in the flowerpot)
  • 2 sheets of green tissue paper
  •  6 wooden sticks
  •  3 table spoons of fondue chocolate or normal chocolate frosting
  •  1 packet of Oreo cookies or ANY black cookies
  •  1 box of cake mix
  • Ingredients listed in the cake mix box (oil, water, eggs)
  •  24 white or cream cupcake papers are preferred (or matching colors)
  •  2 cupcake baking pans
  •  1 container of Vanilla Frosting (COLD, not at room temperature)
  •   Food coloring of your choice
  •  1 Cake and pastry decorating set

*** OPTIONAL***

To make the flower pot extra special, you can decorate it by either painting it, adding a ribbon to it, or leaving it as is to make it seem like an authentic bouquet.

GETTING THE FOAM BALLS READY

The first step is to prepare the foam balls by covering the top part with chocolate frosting. In my experience, this step should be the first thing you should do. It takes a long time for the frosting to dry even if you place it in the fridge. You can complete this process by placing enough chocolate frosting in a bowl and heating the frosting in the microwave for 45 seconds to a minute.

Tip: Keep track of the time. The chocolate will burn if it’s more than one minute.

After the chocolate has melted, cover half of the foam ball completely; don’t be afraid to use your hands. Lastly, just wait for the frosting to dry.

PREPARING THE CUPCAKES

It’s time for the cupcakes to be made!

  1. First, open your Cake Mixture  and place it in a container and follow the instructions in the back. Mine says to add 1 cup of water, 1/3 of a cup of oil, and 3 eggs.
  2. Next, mix all of your ingredients together until you no longer have lumps in your dough.
  3.   Place the cupcake papers on the cupcake molds and start adding your mixture to each section. For the process of filling cupcake papers, you can use a spoon or an ice cream scoop.
  4.  Make sure to fill the papers about half-way (not all the way to the top!). Remember that cupcakes rise, so, if you put too much of the mixture, it can lead to making a mess trying to pull them out!
  5. Then, when you’re done adding the mixture to the papers, pre-heat your oven to 350 F. Ask a parent or adult to help you with the oven.

TAKE A BREAK

While you wait for your delicious cupcakes to bake (which can take 20-45 minutes; check the cake mix box), start planning out the color of the roses.

AFTER THE CUPCAKES ARE DONE

Let the cupcakes completely cool down; if you do not let them cool down, the frosting will melt and will mess up your flowers.

WHILE THEY COOL DOWN

  1. Add the foam ball to the middle portion of the gardening pot.
  2.  Then, place the white frosting in a small bowl and add enough food coloring to the frosting.
  3. Mix the food coloring and frosting.This will be the color of the rose petals for the bouquet! The amount of colored frosting that you make will depend on how much frosting you want to add to each cupcake.Tip: If you want a lighter color, don’t add a lot of food coloring.

ONCE THE CUPCAKES HAVED COOLED

This part is easier with the help from an adult.

  1. Place your cupcakes in the foam ball using the wooden sticks. If the wooden sticks are too long, use scissors or a knife to cut the wooden stick to a desired length.
  2. Starting from the bottom to the top, place the cupcakes right above the natural line of the gardening pot.
  3. Grab a stick and place it in the middle of the cupcake; do this process slowly, if you do it too fast, you can make a hole in your cupcake.
  4. Do the same for every cupcake, and follow the natural line of the gardening pot as you add them to the gardening to pot.
  5. If you feel that a cupcake is still loose, you can add more sticks in the areas that need additional support.

AFTER PLACING THE CUPCAKES IN THE GARDENING POT

  1. Grab the Oreo cookies, remove the frosting (white part), and break your ores cookies.
  2. Then, place them in the openings of the side of the chocolate foam ball. The ores cookies will be the “soil” of the plant.
  3. Next, you are finally ready to start decorating the cupcakes! Using a pastry decorating set, grab the star figure pattern, fill the pastry bag with your colored frosting, (make sure it’s cool; this will help make it come out smooth instead of runny), and start adding petals to the cupcakes.
  4. Place the tip of the decorating bag almost an inch between the cupcake, slowly squeeze the bag with the other hand, and start decorating the cupcake.
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Photo Credit: blog.cookingchanneltv.com

ALMOST DONE!

  1. Grab the green tissue paper and cut the edges of the green paper — this will be the leaves.
  2. Place the green paper near the areas where you placed the crumbled Oreo cookies.

Be proud of yourself, chica! In order to preserve the freshness of the cupcakes, the gift should be given 1-2 days after making and decorating the cupcakes.

Spicing Up the Holidays

Photo Credit: Myrecipes.com

Christmas music is blasting through the speakers.  Colorful wreaths are being hung in every door. Trees are being decorated with ornaments that are probably bigger than your head. Even though the weather is not agreeing with the holiday season, the holidays are the perfect time of year to drink a nice hot cup of hot chocolate as you play Michael Bublé’s album.

Instead of having that plain, old same cup of hot chocolate though, mix up your traditions. Here are three recipes that will make your holidays as warm as the weather. Just be careful not to burn yourself!

White-White Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 6 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Place the white chocolate in a metal bowl over a pan of hot water. This will make the hot chocolate to melt. You might have to stir until the chocolate is smooth. When smooth, add the cayenne pepper and cinnamon. Stir the contents. Then whisk in the egg until the contents are smooth again.
  2. Whisk one cup of milk for around 2 minutes. Then whisk what is left of the milk. Heat the contents until it’s hot. If you see milk skin, you overheated it.
  3. It will be ready to drink if the taste of the cayenne is hidden by the milk’s temperature or when the hot chocolate as at your preferred temperature.
  4. Add the hot chocolate to some cute colorful mugs, sprinkle some cinnamon and enjoy!

Chocolate Bar Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • (1.55 ounce) bar milk chocolate candy bar, chopped
    - My advice: Choose a Hersey’s Milk Chocolate Bar
  • 2/3 cup milk, or more to taste
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Place the chocolate pieces in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the milk and stir until the chocolate is melted and well mixed (which could take around 5 minutes). Add some cinnamon and mix the content again. You might want to taste the hot chocolate to see if you want to add more chocolate. Serve in a nice holiday mug and drink up!

Mayan Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3 tablespoons instant hot chocolate mix
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Mix the hot chocolate mix, cinnamon and the cayenne pepper in your favorite holiday mug.
  2. Pour the mix into a glass-measuring cup.
  3. Place the measuring cup into the microwave and heat on High until the drink begins to boil up which can take around 2 minutes.
  4. Pour the mixture into the mug (use mitten gloves to handle the measuring cup). Stir the drink with a small whisk or a spoon. Drink up and enjoy the last few days before the Mayan calendar ends.

Just remember that if you are not old enough to use the stove, have someone who is older to use the kitchen appliances. The white-white hot chocolate and the chocolate bar hot chocolate makes four servings, which makes them the perfect drinks for friends and family.

It also makes the perfect drink to leave for Santa! Happy Holidays!

Recipe ideas: Allrecipes.com

DIY: Día De los Muertos Accessories

Photo Credit: Jennifer Janviere

Photo Credit: Jennifer Janviere

Día De los Muertos is a day when we celebrate the wonderful people who have crossed to the other side, not to cry about them. It is a three day celebration in Mexico and it is filled with many parties and events. Well, why not accessorize to get into the Día De los Muertos festivities? It doesn’t always have to be expensive, especially if you do it yourself! Here are tips to help you create the perfect Día De los Muertos accessories.

Before you start creating your own accessories, do some research on the colors and common themes in Día De los Muertos

Día De los Muertos Colors

When it comes to accessorizing for the perfect events, colors do matter. Whether you wear red for Christmas or green on St. Patricks Day; those are examples of color scheming with a holiday. That is why knowing what colors are important on Día De los Muertos can help as a guide to make your Día De los Muertos accessories! The first color is black. Black is mainly used to accessorize the backgrounds of pictures and altars. Black is used as the foundation to help emphasize the other Día De los Muertos colors. The second color used is purple because it represents pain, suffering, grief and mourning. Pink is symbolic because it signifies celebration and the celebration of life. White is also a good color to consider when it comes to making accessories because it signifies purity and renewal for Día De los Muertos. Red and orange are also commonly used since they signify the sun and light. The last important color to consider when making accessories is red because it signifies blood.

Common Items in Día De los Muertos

There are many common items used when it comes to Día De los Muertos. When making your accessories, remember these items because they can help make your accessories more authentic and traditional. Skulls are everywhere on Día De los Muertos! You’ll see skulls in pictures, clay painted skulls, and even skulls on candles. Flowers are also equally important.

Flowers, vibrant colors, and skulls are common Día De los Muertos themes, but it doesn’t mean your accessory has to be like everyone else’s! Add your own unique personality to these super cute accessories:

Skeleton Hat

A cute accessory you can make is a skeleton hat. Buy any hat with one of the suggested colors and decorate it with handmade skeleton heads. Glue the handmade skeleton heads and glue them on the rim of your hat. You can also accessorize the hat with flowers and feathers!

 

 

Flower Crown

A simple accessory that you can make, and still be stylish, is a flower crown! During Día De los Muertos you will see colorful flowers everywhere. So, why not bring the flowers with you everywhere by making a crown? You can use fake or real flowers and you can make the crown have one solid color or several different colors!

Día De los Muertos Necklace

Another accessory idea is a Día De los Muertos necklace! You can go to any craft store and buy a necklace chain. Plus, you can create your own charms and hang them on your necklace. Add flowers, charms, or even trinkets your loved one loved.

 

 

Have other DIY ideas for Día De los Muertos? Contact editor@latinitasmagazine.org.

Girl Talk: Loving Those Who are in Love

JD-art-teenlove-20121229175333558035-300x0Valentine’s Day is far away, yes, but let’s take some time to talk about couples and the growing habit of people’s negativity against couples. Some people will groan, gag, or poke fun when a gooey-eyed girl talks about how her boyfriend gave her flowers, or at other romantic stories like that. Admit it, we all know someone who does this, or maybe we are one of them ourselves — someone who can’t sit through a romantic movie without making a snide comment or who maybe makes comments like how wrapped people get when they’re in a relationship.

The Negative Approach

Though, granted, these cynics (“cynic” is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a person who has negative opinions about other people and about the things people do”) have their reasons. Maybe they just went through a hard relationship, maybe they got their heart broken, and maybe they’re scared. Maybe they’ve just never gotten to experience true love for themselves. And while these are valid reasons, there should still be more open-mindedness and encouragement of love.When did we stop celebrating love? When did we stop realizing how gorgeous and how sweet it is to see a girl swoon over flowers, an elderly couple walking hand-in-hand, or a man singing with a goofy smile on his face because he got engaged. This may sound cheesy and cliché, but love really is great.

Mackenzie Henson, 16, talks about love, saying, “Every time you think about that person, you smile and always want to hang out with them, you want what’s best for them and it just feels…wonderful.”

Loving those who are in love can give you hope, not jealousy

Even if you’ve never been in love, you should still feel happy for those who are. Love those who are in love, don’t be cynical towards them. Of course, as stated earlier, there are reasons for being cynical. We tend to make fun of others as a sort of self-defense against maybe feeling hurt, feeling lonely, or against showing vulnerability — after all, it is easier to look down on others than to feel down yourself.

As Lydia Strickland, 16, says, “Watching people in love is like sitting outside a pen of puppies. They frolic and play, have fun and love, while you watch on the outside of the iron bars thinking to yourself.”

For those who share the same thoughts as Lydia, keep in mind that watching others in love is not cause for jealousy, for self-pity, or for loneliness. Shouldn’t it be something of hope? Your time will come; one day you’ll stumble upon that kind of happy, glowing love, so there is no need to rush or torture yourself with self-pity.

Tai Goodwin, a speaker, coach, and brilliant catalyst, writes in an article in the Huffington Post,“When you see another person’s win as a loss for you, you pave the way for discouragement and resentment to set in. Instead allow other people’s success to ignite hope for the success coming in your time of harvest.”

Sharing is caring—and loving

Rather than ride the negativity train, share in your friends’ happiness! Realize the importance of love—the visible, engulfing kind of love that leaves people grinning goofily for days, the kind of love that makes others glow.

Hannah Young, 15, says she “realized that it’s actually cute and nice to see people in love.”

“I don’t feel bad for myself anymore. I try not to let myself get jealous either, because I know that love make you happy and everyone deserves that,” says Hannah.

When your friend talks happily about her date for the 100th time, you should listen just as attentively as you did the first time. When you see a couple kiss (though it might be overdone), smile! Because it really is sweet.

“When I first went out with my boyfriend, I wouldn’t stop talking about it with my friends,” says Mariana de Caro, 18.

“I bet it must have gotten annoying, but I needed to tell someone and I really appreciated it when my friends (I’m thinking of one specific friend, but I won’t say her name!) took the time to listen to my ramblings. They were attentive and supporting, and it made me all the happier,” adds Mariana.

You should remember that while you certainly don’t need to be in a relationship to be happy, you should still strive to smile for the happiness of those who are in one. It may not always be easy, but love shouldn’t be underestimated—enjoy it!

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