How my family stays hydrated . . . | National Hydration Day

Although we’ve all heard it more than once in our lives, hydration is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. Even though many people don’t like the taste of water, it provides people of all ages with the energy that we need to get through each day. And as a result, our bodies can only go about three days without any water.

Yesterday I spoke about self-care habits to benefit our mental health; a subject that I consider extremely important. However, this still doesn’t hide the fact that our physical well-being is just as important. And one of the most important ways to keep our bodies healthy is . . . you guessed it: drink water!

In honor of National Hydration Day–and to spread awareness about the importance of hydration—I thought that I would show you all how my family keeps water in our systems. Let’s get started!

You may recognize these bottles as the famous sports drink–Gatorade. Believe it or not. this is only what we have in our storage closet: that doesn’t include what we have in our fridge or island cabinets. After COVID-19 started, Goodmommy began to stock up on water, Gatorade, and other necessities. And boy has it come in handy! Our favorite flavors are Fruit Punch, Strawberry Lemonade, Strawberry Watermelon, and Passion Fruit.

Fun fact: water is the main ingredient in all Gatorade. Plus, the brand is so popular because it keeps you hydrated, despite the large variety of delicious flavors. Overall, Gatorade is an option for people who don’t like the taste of water, put still want a beverage that is healthy for their physical health.

However, we should always keep in mind that drinks like Gatorade and Powerade should never serve as replacements for pure water, since that is always the best option, especially for those trying to adjust to a healthier lifestyle.

My family also keeps multiple cases of purified water handy at all times–both for everyday life and in the unlikely occurrence of an emergency. Sure, sports drinks may taste good, but there’s nothing like a refreshing, ice cold class of water; especially on a hot summer day!

Some easy helpful tips for staying hydrated are;

  • Keep reminders around the house to drink more water (sticky notes, images, motivational words, etc.)
  • Buy a cup that measures the amount of water that you need to drink each hour.
  • Incorporate fruits and vegetables (strawberries, lemons, cucumbers, etc.) into your water to give it some flavor.
  • Carry a water bottle with you when you go out of the house.
  • Eat foods that contain large amounts of water–especially fruit!

LET’S CHAT~Do you like to drink water? If not, what do you do to stay hydrated?

Have a happy rest of your day or night, y’all! See you later; and don’t forget to drink your water!

Have you ever had an ice cream soda?

As I stated in an earlier post, ice cream is one of the best desserts to have in the summer. But, what about beverages? While water or an energy drink like Gatorade are the best options, soda is one of the most well-known drinks for summer gatherings or road trips around town.

A scoop of ice cream or a can of soda can make for an occasional sweet treat underneath the rays of the sun . . . so could you imagine what they would taste like together? Ice cream sodas, also dubbed ice cream floats, are just the right mix of sweet and savory—perfect for summer time. And National Ice Cream Soda Day is the perfect opportunity to try one if you never have before.

Here is a “Fanta Ice Cream Float” made of orange Fanta soda and vanilla ice cream. You can check out the recipe and make it yourself by clicking on the image.

I remember drinking a root beer float (Root Beer soda with vanilla ice cream) once back in early elementary school while I went to school in person, and I remember really liking the different yet delectable combination. While vanilla is the standard flavor of ice cream to infuse with soda, there are so many ways to be creative with this dessert–no soda is off limits!

Fun, fresh and bursting with variety, an ice cream float is the perfect way to indulge in a little something sweet during scorching summer days.

LET’S CHAT~I’m curious, have you ever tasted (or heard of) an ice cream soda? If you have, what’s your favorite flavor of soda to incorporate in your floats? And if not, what flavor would you like to try, in the future (if any)?

Have a beautiful and blessed day everybody! See you next time! ♡

Craft supplies and a sweet surprise | Go Out With Me #5

What’s up, everybody! I hope you all are having a happy day or night!

Today, Goodmommy told me that she had to go out of the house to do some basic errands. Since I needed some more rubber bands–which I use on my Wonder Loom to create bracelets, necklaces, rings and other tiny creations–and I hadn’t been out of the house for a while, today would be the perfect opportunity for me to do so.

We had such an amazing time having our routinely Girl’s Day Out, and as always, I documented the whole day to share with you all in another episode of my Go Out With Me series. Let’s begin, shall we?


After a short visit to our local convenience store, we made a brief stop to Micheals, my favorite store to buy all things arts and crafts.

The best part about every visit to this artsy playground in particular is that there is color EVERYWHERE. As a person who loves bright and bold colors, I’m always searching through the aisles to see what’s new on the shelves. Everything is so exciting to look at that it almost makes me want to buy half of the store.

After a bit more band hunting, I finally found the Rainbow Loom aisle. And I was met with a color explosion . . . literally.

I actually started looming bracelets in Preschool. Then I stopped for a bit and made more advanced projects from 3rd-5th grade. After that, another break. And now I’m starting again. It’s kind of one of those phases that seems to come and go periodically.

However, considering that summer break is still far from over, resuming my looming hobby will surely help to spend some time.

Little did I know that Goodmommy had a sweet surprise in store for me; a snack from Panera Bread, which was conveniently just across from the strip mall in which Micheals was located.

The smell once we stepped inside was so fresh and airy, matching perfectly with the bakery atmosphere. At the front desk was a huge display of baked cookies, cupcakes, and other pastries. Next time we go, I’ll be sure to take a picture to give you guys a quick overview of their menu.

We ended up ordering a strawberry flower-shaped sugar cookie for me. I’ve loved them ever since I was a little girl, and they have been my usual whenever we go to Panera Bread.

Goodmommy ordered a cinnamon bun—which kind of surprised me, since she had never ordered it before—before she let me pick our seats, we prayed, and starting chowing down on our desserts, which happened to be my first meal of the day. Although that’s very rare for me, I wasn’t going to complain when I had my favorite cookie waiting to be eaten!

Eventually, my Goodmommy asked me if I wanted to try her large dessert. Although I agreed, I didn’t expect much of it taste wise, considering that my cookie had already satisfied my taste buds. But as soon as I took a bite . . . Panera Bread cinnamon buns easily became my favorites!

The cinnamon buns ended up being so shockingly good that we each had to get our own to bring home! Getting dessert like this is especially rare for us, as we only do it one to two times a year. However, we know that as long as you do so in moderation, eating a dessert every now and again doesn’t hurt.

As a quick review of all my purchases, I ended up getting a Rainbow Loom band Jumbo Bucket—filled with 8,000 rubber bands total—a 600 pack of white bands, and a pink hook with a metal tip to replace the plastic ones that I’d used for years.

Overall, the quality of everything was great—which makes sense, because Rainbow Loom is the best brand to buy items like this—and I got started on another project as soon as we got home and fed my betta fish, Peace.

Oh, and just in case you’re wondering what happened to our cinnamon rolls, they were gone within minutes after eating lunch.

P.S. You better watch out Cinnabon, because you’ve got some serious competition.


As any day with my Heavenly Father and Goodmommy , we had such an amazing time today, and I thank God that we were able to spend it as a family.

LET’S CHAT~Do you like desserts? If so, which one is your favorite?

Thank you so much for joining me today, and I will see y’all next time; peace in! ✨❤️✨

Flower Photography |Nature Photagraphy Day

A/N ~ Hey, y’all! I’m so glad you’re here! In celebration of Nature Photography Day, I will be sharing a reblog of some of my personal flower photography. Enjoy!

In my Visual Art class for this year, one module was focused on photography, and many of the techniques associated with it. Ever since then, I’ve fell in love with taking photos, especially of nature. As of now, I do my best to take at least one nature photo every week to get some practice in.

Spring is in bloom, so when me and Goodmommy came home today, I noticed these delicate white flowers that were sprouting from a tree just outside. And the first thing I thought was; photo opportunity! So I took a mini photoshoot of the flowers–one of the most beautiful aspects of nature–and I wanted you guys to check them out.

Here are some of my latest nature photographs. All Rights Reserved.

1. I absolutely admire this angle…the flower is tilted so elegantly. Ahh, that feeling when you get a good shot is the chef’s kiss.
2. I think close ups can be super pretty when executed well. I’m definitely seeing improvements!
3. In my art class, we learned that this technique (making small things look bigger) is called macro. The way I remember it is macro = microscope. It’s super cool how zooming in a little can help you see the intricate details that you can’t see unless you take a closer look. That’s one of the most beautiful parts of photographing nature.
4. I just had to show the whole tree in a shot, so I really used the opportunity to do the opposite of macro and make the whole tree the focal point rather than just one flower. The white stands out from the shades of green so vibrantly. Very spring, if you ask me!

Photography makes me feel super happy inside. And my photographs of the great outdoors are always some of my favorites. Thank God for the beautiful scenery of spring!

Learning about different species and organisms that I’ve never heard of or seen before is always a super exciting experience. Every photo that I take is a step of improvement; and I’m enjoying every second of it.

Thanks for reading, y’all! Toodles! 🌻

5 Fun (Yet Practical) Ways to Stay Cool in the Summer Heat

For many people, June is the hottest month of the year. The sun is blazing like nobody’s business, and although we all need some vitamin D, there comes a point where we need to find ways to stay cool in the heat of summer. But the thing is, for many of us its summer break. Not only do we want to find ways to get relief from the sun, but we want to have fun while doing it.

Therefore, today I have listed 5 fun (and practical) methods for staying cool in the summer.

Create a Slip and Slide in Your Backyard

Just in case you don’t have a pool, but you still want to have some fun with water, why not set up a slip and slide. Not only do they give the entire family a chance to get the “water slide” experience, but you can also choose between buying a slip and slide from a store or making one of your own. All you need is a plastic sheet, some anchor pins to hold it in place, water, and a little bit of soap, making this activity both fun and affordable.

Treat Yourself to a Cool Dessert

One of the best ways to get a break from the blazing sun is by treating yourself to a refreshing ice pop, scoop of ice cream, fruit smoothie, slushy, frozen yogurt, peach cobbler . . . you name it! Besides, it’s hard to stay hot when you’re indulging in an ice cold sweet treat.

Go to Your Local Library

A library might seem like a far fetched idea on this list, but let me explain why it’s actually really clever. If your AC is busted or your 90+ temperature is making your house humid, a good idea is to go to a library and/or or another public place that offers cooler air. This way, you can stay out of reach from the sun’s rays and find a few good books, while your at it.

Visit a Waterpark

Let’s be real, no matter how much we try to improvise in our backyards, nothing compares to a visit to an actual waterpark. This idea is perfect for anyone looking for ways to cool off with their family and friends. As you all run through sprinklers, slide down water slides, and lounge in innertubes, you are sure to feel refreshed as the heat melts away.

Have a Water Balloon Battle

The ultimate backyard summer party is an epic balloon fight. With some water balloons, some water, and all the people you love, this activity could serve for hours of entertainment and laughter. All the more helpful for distracting you from the heat of summer.


There are so many ways to have fun in the sun during the season of summer, many of which I listed today. I truly hope they helped ignite some creative ideas of your own, to fill your break with cool, loving, and everlasting memories.

LET’S CHAT~What’s your favorite way to stay cool during summer?

God bless you all and I’ll see you next time! Peace in! ✨

June 12 is a special day . . . here’s why

Anyone who reads my blog knows that I tend to use National (and Global) Days as inspiration. Not only do they address super interesting topics, but they are also amazing blog post ideas. Therefore, today I did my routinely check of June 12’s National Days, and there were so many interesting options that I didn’t know which one to choose.

Instead of making that utterly impossible decision, I decided to discuss three of the National Days for June 12 all in one blog post! I’ve got a lot of talking to do, so let’s just get this party started!

National Loving Day

Although we should love others and ourselves every day, National Loving Day is the perfect opportunity to put in an extra effort to help everyone around you feel loved. But to be more specific, this special holiday is catered to the celebration of interracial couples. The holiday was inspired by Mildred and Richard Loving (a black woman and white man) who got married in 1958. Less than 10 years later, they went to court in the case of Loving vs. Virginia, causing the Supreme Court to make it illegal for any state within the country to ban interracial marriages. This National Day is a reminder that love is a feeling that goes far beyond something as simple as race.

National Children’s Day

Honestly, being a kid is amazing. And although we can anticipate what it will be like to be adults, it’s important that we enjoy every single second of our childhood. National Children’s Day is not only a celebration of how children light up the world, but also to spread awareness about kids who have mental and physical illnesses. What I love about this National Day is that it gives kids a day of their own, and acknowledges that self care is an important practice regardless of how old you are.

Race Unity Day

Diversity in friendship circles in real life and the media is always heartwarming for me to see. I love seeing people of different races embrace each other’s differences–in fact, if there was more racial unity in this world, I think it would be a better place. Race Unity Day gives us an opportunity to educate ourselves on racism in our countries and world, how it has changed over the years, and what we can do to spread awareness for equal rights for all people regardless of their nationalities.


June 12 is a very special day due to its important meaning as it adresses diversity and the young people who make up over one fourth of the world’s population. I really enjoy looking at the National Day’s because they allow you to learn so much about what’s happening in the world, and the wonderful slices of life that deserve to be celebrated.

LET’S CHAT~Do you have a favorite National Day? If so, what is it?

Have a blessed day, y’all! See you laters! 💖

10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Dad in Your Life

Many of us have a male role model in our lives who makes us laugh, remains present, provides for us, teaches us, and always has a listening ear: this my friends, is a father. There are so many dedicated dads out there that, just like their female counterparts, deserve to be celebrated.

Father’s Day is on June 19th . . . in other words, right around the corner. To show our dads how much we appreciate them, it’s time to start to think about what we should buy (or make) as their gift(s). To help you get started, here is a list filled with 10 thoughtful Father’s Day gift ideas for the father figure in your life.

1. Grill — A savory surprise for any dad who often cooks for those he loves is an upgraded grill. Think of it as a gift for your entire family; you’ll all get to enjoy the next family barbecue.

2. Deluxe Shaving Kit — Do you have a father who has been using cheap safety razers for as long as you can remember? Give your dad a cleaner look with a luxury kit that will allow him to shave in style.

3. Robot Vacuum — Stay-at home dads are on the rise these days. But just because some dads do the housework, doesn’t mean they like cleaning. A robot vacuum that sweeps the floors will serve as a very well deserved break.

4. Wallet — No one ever said that Father’s Day gifts had to be complicated. A leather wallet is an item that your dad can carry around during any outing; a constant reminder of your love and appreciation.

5. Slideshow Picture Presentation — A tear jerker of a Father’s Day gift is a video containing photos of you and your siblings with your dad, from the time you were babies up until now. In between, you could also show a sweet clip of you and each of your siblings sharing what you love about your father. This is a nice idea if you want to do something for your father that your entire family can enjoy.

6. A Book of Dad Jokes — Dads are the kings of corny dad jokes; they always know how to make us laugh, and maybe even embarrass us while doing it. In good fun, a book filled with a large supply of dad jokes are sure to put a smile on the face of any father who likes to make others laugh.

7. Wireless Charging Station — If your father works from home or in an office atmosphere, chances are he uses a lot of electronics. A portable charging station that doesn’t need a cord is a mess-free solution for charging his devices when he’s on the go or working at his desk.

8. Funny “Best Dad Ever” Mug — Maybe you have a father who drinks a cup of coffee every morning before work. A mug for the best dad ever–especially one that can make him laugh–will likely go to good use.

9. Cologne — Many men enjoy the feeling of smelling good, including fathers. A cologne with a fresh scent that fits your dad’s personality will be a good addition to his fragrance wardrobe.

10. Comfy Sneakers — Never have I met a dad who doesn’t appreciate a nice pair of sneakers. Shoes are a really nice way to add a versatile–yet comfortable–item to your father’s wardrobe. Perfect for every dedicated dad.


Fathers are truly a blessing from God; our Heavenly Father and the best dad there is. They are a huge influence in how we learn life lessons and how to be responsible, good people in this world. Here is a huge thank you to all the loving fathers out there who do everything they can to give their children the lives that they’ve never had. You are definitely appreciated!

Have a spectacular day or night everybody! Peace in! 💙

The BEST summer dessert . . .

Many places are experiencing the warmest time of year, right now. And because of that, people are constantly searching for ways to cool off underneath the summer heat. And what yummier way to do that than a cool dessert?

While there are many delicious options to choose from when it comes to sweet treats, I am a firm believer that one of the most classic, refreshing, and tasty desserts to have in the summer time is a nice scoop of ice cream. Not only is it a sweet, fresh treat for hot summer days, but there are also so many delicious flavors to choose from.

Me and Goodmommy go to a local ice cream parlor that sells award-winning homemade ice cream, and we plan to visit once again this summer. My favorite flavors are their banana pudding, plain Jane vanilla, and this super good strawberry flavor whose name I can’t recall. On our next visit, I’ll be sure to share some of the details on our favorite ice cream shop with you guys!

Okay, so there’s no question that most of us have ice cream flavors that we know and love the most. But let’s take the time to recognize one of the most popular ice cream flavors of them all; chocolate.

For National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, and summer break itself, there are so many fun ways to celebrate the wonderful invention of ice cream. Just a few ideas include visiting a local ice cream parlor in your city, and even attempting to make some homemade ice cream in your kitchen with your family.

No matter what you do to celebrate, if there’s any time to get some ice cream, it’s summer time!

LET’S CHAT~Do you like ice cream? If so, what are your favorite flavors? If not, which desserts do you prefer?

Thank y’all for joining me, today! See you next time!🍦😋🍦

We reached 100 FOLLOWERS! Thank you!

309 days ago, on August 1, 2021 I posted for the first time on this blog. Ever since then I have learned so much about marketing, my writing skills have improved, I’ve met so many other amazing teenage and Christian bloggers, I’ve gotten wiser and I’ve gained a total of 100 of you guys (my loyal and amazing followers; 98 WordPress and 2 emails!!!

🎉 WE DID IT, Y’ALL! 🎉

Oh, but did you think that was all? Nope! As an extra bonus, today was the day where we reached 1,000 likes on The Joys and Trials of a Christian Teen!

I want to give thanks to God for giving me the perseverance of to post almost every day and bringing me you guys, my Goodmommy for constant love and support, and all of you for going out of your way to follow my blog—especially those of you who frequently like and/or comment on my posts. I appreciate you all, and I thank you for joining me on my journey.

In celebration of this huge milestone, I would like to do an 100 followers special. After brainstorming and considering all of your suggestions, I decided that this time I would like to do an assumptions about me post. But there’s one thing that I need to do that . . . your assumptions.

To join me in this amazing achievement that wouldn’t be possible without you all, I would really appreciate it if you would comment a few things that you assume about me based on my appearance, personality, writing style, hobbies, or other things that you know about me already. Feel free to get creative with your questions! The only type of questions that I won’t permit is those seeking personal information such as age, DOB (date of birth), etc. Otherwise, have fun and ask away!

After I have received a good amount of responses, I will answer your questions for the special. I’m super excited to read and answer your assumptions about me! And thanks again for all your love and support. I’m truly thankful for every single one of you.

Have a happy day, God bless you all, and I’ll see you next time! Bye guys! 🎉

5 Things to Do Outdoors in the Summer

If there’s any time to branch out and get a little outdoorsy, it’s while schools are out for summer break. Spending our time out in the nature while the weather is pleasant is one of the best ways to make the most of the season. Not to mention that being outdoors can do wonders for your overall mental health. And since June is Great Outdoors Month, I think we all need to have a little fun in the sun.

Here is a list of a few things that anyone can do OUTDOORS during the season of summer.

Go horseback riding

Learning how to ride a horse has been a desire of mine for years–and I still hope that I will do it someday. Horseback riding is also the perfect activity for the summer. Working with animals in the community is a great way to spend break if you are someone who enjoys being outdoors.

Try rock climbing–indoors or outdoors

Believe it or not, there are many organizations that serve rock climbing classes to people of all ages. I find summer one of the best times to take on a new hobby, and rock climbing is a really great option if you want to step out of the box. Plus, you can easily start training in an indoor rock climbing gym before you transition to climbing small hills and other real landforms with the permission and supervision of several adults, including your legal guardian(s).

Watch a movie outside

All you need is a projector, a translucent white screen, a few foldable chairs, family and friends, and some snacks, and you have set up an outdoor movie party. And just in case you like this idea, but want a cheaper alternative, many parks offer drive-in movies (or movies outdoors) for free during the summer. Just remember that if you decide to watch a movie in public to practice social distancing and have fun!

Visit a strawberry or cherry field

Some people may have goals on their summer bucket list that correlate to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. To keep fresh fruits in your diet, why not visit a strawberry or cherry field–or the field of any fruit that is currently thriving where you live–and go fruit picking? Not only will this activity get you outdoors and give you quality time with the ones you love, but you will also have a healthy, delicious reward to look forward to when you get back home.

Go canoeing

Maybe you want to spend some time in the water–why not go canoeing? Based on what I’ve heard, canoeing is an activity of teamwork and strength. Not to mention that it’s also a really good low-impact aerobic workout. If you plan on going camping this summer, canoeing could be a really good way to spend some extra time near your campsite on an uneventful day.


Being outdoors feels so good around this time of year–the weather is perfect, and we have every ounce of time on our hands. Instead of staying cooped up in the house all break, spending some time with mother nature is beneficial for your physical, mental, and spiritual health. Besides, no summer bucket list is complete without activities in the great outdoors.

LET’S CHAT~Does your family have any outdoor traditions for the summer? If not, is there any activity that you want to try during break? Feel free to comment down below.

Have a beautiful day, y’all! See you next time! ♡