• New Year Resolutions

    December 31, 2012

    Hi Friends,

    Since I’m starting a journal tomorrow, the first day of 2013, I thought I would tell you some other ideas for New Year’s resolutions that maybe you could try.

    Because giving back makes you feel good and also helps others, why not try giving 30 minutes of your time each week to your community. You could help rake leaves, plant flowers or trees, visit a retirement community and make crafts or reads books with the people that live there, you could help pick up trash around the park (be sure to check with an adult first, cause you’ll want to make sure you’re allowed to do this and you’ll want to be safe, too). There are lots of ways to give back!

    What about starting an art hobby for you? Arts and crafts are a great way to build a skill like drawing, but you don’t have to be an artist to practice. Even just blobs of paint in a sketch pad can be really fun! You’ll appreciate having them to look back on later. I sometimes do sketches with regular ball-point pens to outline vegetables (fruit and vegetables are great to start with because they are simple shapes and they don’t move, that’s why people call them “still life”.) Then, I color in the middle with colored pencil. Colored pencils are a great thing to use to learn the technique of shading, that’s what my favorite art teacher taught me.

    Anyway, good luck in the New Year! But I’m sure I’ll see you around.





  • Boxing Day

    December 26, 2012

    Hello, readers!

    The day after Christmas is usually a time to keep playing with our new toys for kids who live in the United States. But in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and some other countries, December 26 is called Boxing Day and a lot of adults in those countries don’t have to go to work today. Instead they shop!

    I’ll probably go shopping with my new gift cards, too, but Boxing Day is a super big shopping day. A ton of people go out to get awesome deals on clothes and stuff after Christmas. Sounds like fun for fashionistas, right? I would also probably buy some things to give as gifts on Boxing Day if it was celebrated here. I love finding the perfect gift for my friends, and I’d also find some good deals on new toys to donate, too. Because giving shouldn’t just stop on Christmas, giving should happen all year, you know?

    Peace out!




  • Christmas Eve

    December 24, 2012

    Hi everyone!

    Santa comes tonight! And I know for sure that I’m on the nice list, so I hope I get what I asked for. I mean, I don’t think I’ll get everything, but that’s okay, because I don’t need it all. My family will be having Christmas here at my house and then we get in the car and drive to my grandma and grandpa’s house a couple of hours away. That is where we will eat my mom’s famous Christmas bread and have more Christmas with my cousins. There are ten of us kids all together, so it’s kind of crazy, but really fun. Especially if it snows because we have the most awesome snowball fights. I really hope it does snow because I want to make an igloo like my dad helped me make last year!

    Merry Christmas, everyone!




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