My *colorful* headband collection

So, for my virtual public schooling, I usually have (at least) one Zoom class every day. On Monday, both my electives and one of my main courses from Tuesday to Friday. I really enjoy them, because they give me a chance to interact with my classmates and look good while doing it.

I’ve been absolutely obsessed with my headbands for a little while now. Since most of them were multi-colored, I asked Goodmommy if she could get any single-colored head wraps for me. And, of course, she delivered! Thanks, Goodmommy. :)) ❤️

And now that I look at my growing collection of head wraps, I realize that it’s getting pretty big! That’s when I knew that it would be a fun blog post idea.

Here’s a short and sweet look at my *colorful* headband collection.


First up are my Top&Top Kotted Headbands. The intricate designs are so detailed, and the color choices are spectacular. What I really love is the fact that you can mix-and-match the headbands with your outfits. They’re really comfy, too.

Slideshow #1 (please press the arrows to see each headband individually)

The next ones are made by the same company, but they are unknotted with stretch elastic in the back—the part that goes around the back of my head. The patterns on this set kind of remind of different cultural patterns, for some reason.

Slideshow #2 (please press the arrows to see each headband individually)

Second to last are my Knotted Louis Vuitton headbands. I adore the simplicity of these designs. They can go with a multitude of colors and aren’t super detailed or complicated. Sometimes, that’s just what my outfits need.

Slideshow #3 (please press the arrows to see each headband individually)

And last, but not least, are the single-colored headbands that I was blessed with today. There are 5 in a pack (2 black, 1 grey, 1 dark blue, and 1 red.) I really wanted these so that I could match them with multi-colored outfits. Sometimes, all an outfit needs is one neutral color to tie it all together.


As you can see, I have a lot of headbands. However, I love them all. They’re simple, chic, and they allow me to be creative. And what is fashion without creativity?

Have a beautiful, blessed day everyone! See you next time! ✨

This is how I spent half of my weekend…a jigsaw puzzle!!!

Note: Happy Saturday, y’all! I decided to do a Reblog since it’s National Puzzle Day! I absolutely love jigsaw puzzles, including this one that I completed about two weeks ago in under 24 hours. Enjoy! 

I think that jigsaw puzzles are so relaxing. When you’ve placed every delicate piece in the right place, it’s so satisfying to see them all as one, a single image is put on display. It’s almost like a type of meditation, all while being a great way to spend your time when you’ve got nothing else to do. 

One of my Christmas gifts for last year, from my great-grandmother, was a 300-piece jigsaw puzzle. At the time it had been a long while since I completed one (at least 2 years), but it was a great experience, and I love the painting that I saw as the final product.

Both me and my Goodmommy were honestly surprised at how big the whole thing was, especially due to the small size of the box and poster. However, none of us complained. The colors are so vibrant in real life, and it almost looks like a true landscape.

I even zoomed in to get a look at some of the beautiful details. I must admit that now, I want to get some more puzzles like this. Though I want the next one to be 350-500 pieces, instead. Keep in mind that these pictures are from the poster, not the actual puzzle. :))

I had started the puzzle at approximately 6:12 p.m. yesterday, Saturday, January 16th. I finished at 6:05 p.m. today, Sunday, January 17th. So basically I finished it in just under 24 hours (with long breaks in between.) Without the breaks, including sleeping, I think it didn’t take much longer to complete than 4 hours. Not too bad, right?

If you know some methods for how to frame a puzzle, and/or you like puzzles yourself, please comment down below some tips.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful, blessed day! 🧩

Why positive affirmation is critical…

Everybody needs some positive motivation here and there. When we are motivated, we are driven to create and reach our goals with both engagement and tremendous effort. If motivation wasn’t a thing, how would we get things done? Specifically the things that we don’t always want to do.

Motivation is inevitable. It can come from just about anyone, anything, and anywhere. It could be a well deserved pat on the back or a kiss on the cheek. We can even give ourselves a dose of motivation. Particularly with a tool that I like to call positive affirmation.

I’ve been trying to personalize my workspace, a bit more, so I decided to print some motivational quotes that I can read to myself everyday. Although I just put it up on my bulletin board (after customizing it to add some personal touches) it definitely helps me start my morning off to a great start.

If you have a good support system, then that is a wonderful thing. However, motivational words can’t always really sink in unless you believe them, yourself. You have to have faith, too. This is exactly where the positive affirmation, or positive self-talk, comes in.

Some ways to practice positive affirmation include:

  • Putting up positive messages around your workspace or room.
  • Repeating uplifting sentences when you are getting ready for the day. The more you say it, the more you can start to believe it, increasing your self confidence.
  • Using sentences that start with “I am” or “I can” followed by a positive trait about yourself or a personal goal.
  • Remain optimistic, even through possible bumps in the road.
  • Put in your best effort to reach your goals. Believe that you can reach them.

Using positive affirmation in your daily life may take some time. And when you’ve mastered it, there’s no going back! Just remember that whatever you set your mind to, even if it seems impossible at times, with your best effort and just a little faith, you can surely succeed. You just have to believe it.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

This is how I spent half of my weekend…a jigsaw puzzle!!!

I think that jigsaw puzzles are so relaxing. When you’ve placed every delicate piece in the right place, it’s so satisfying to see them all as one, a single image is put on display. It’s almost like a type of meditation, all while being a great way to spend your time when you’ve got nothing else to do.

One of my Christmas gifts for last year, from my great-grandmother, was a 300-piece jigsaw puzzle. At the time it had been a long while since I completed one (at least 2 years), but it was a great experience, and I love the painting that I saw as the final product.

Both me and my Goodmommy were honestly surprised at how big the whole thing was, especially due to the small size of the box and poster. However, none of us complained. The colors are so vibrant in real life, and it almost looks like a true landscape.

I even zoomed in to get a look at some of the beautiful details. I must admit that now, I want to get some more puzzles like this. Though I want the next one to be 350-500 pieces, instead. Keep in mind that these pictures are from the poster, not the actual puzzle. :))

I had started the puzzle at approximately 6:12 p.m. yesterday, Saturday, January 16th. I finished at 6:05 p.m. today, Sunday, January 17th. So basically I finished it in just under 24 hours (with long breaks in between.) Without the breaks, including sleeping, I think it didn’t take much longer to complete than 4 hours. Not too bad, right?

If you know some methods for how to frame a puzzle, and/or you like puzzles yourself, please comment down below some tips.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful, blessed day! 🧩

Top 5 Christmas Traditions that Help Make the Holidays Memorable | Blogmas Day 9

Top 5 Christmas Traditions that Help Make the Holidays Memorable

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Christmas is a special holiday, filled with love, family, joy, giving and sometimes gifts. While there are so many things that make this day special, there is nothing like the Christmas traditions. These activities that many people do each year to celebrate can make amazing memories and allow for quality time with our families and friends.

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite Christmas traditions ! ⭐️

Decorating the Christmas Tree

Every year, me and Goodmommy never forget to set up a festive Christmas tree. It’s just so satisfying to add our personality to it with unique ornaments and garlands to add a little texture. And that final angel or star on top wraps it all together like a bow does a gift. To me, Christmas trees are one of the best ways to light up our home with the Spirit of Christmas.

Christmas Movie Marathon

Sitting on the couch, binging classic and new Christmas movies is definitely a favorite in my house! The nostalgia that I get, and the laughter that it causes is so memorable, and a huge part of the reason for why it’s a tradition. Hallmark Christmas movies are our favorites to splurge on as soon as November begins!

Advent Calendars

I think that advent calendars are so whimsical, and bring even more excitement to the holidays as you wait for Christmas Day to arrive. The suspense from not knowing what trinket you’ll receive next makes them so fun to have. Especially as a family.

Gingerbread Houses

A good gingerbread house can definitely be a joy, especially when you have a close family member or friend by your side. Sure, they can be a little tricky, and messy, to put together, but it’s super fun to look at your work, when you’re done. And the best part? They’re edible, of course!

Christmas Dinner

When Christmas Day finally arrives, the anticipation is over. Me and my whole family get together, and we have a wonderful Christmas dinner. A huge part of Christmas is spending time with family, so any tradition that centers around my loved ones is one of my favorites.


Christmas traditions are simply ways that we celebrate the Christmas season. To be honest, these examples are just a glimpse of the many things that you can do with your family this time of year. The list is almost endless with many festive possibilities!

Have a blessed day, y’all! ✨

16 Ideas on What to Write on Your Christmas Cards | Blogmas Day 7

16 Ideas on What to Write on Your Christmas Cards

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Isn’t it so exciting to receive Christmas cards from your family and friends? To think that they took the time to write us a card and wish us a Merry Christmas is a gift within itself. Sending a small card can spread a lot of joy, and we often find ourselves doing so when winter comes around.

When we think about what we want to write on our Christmas cards, we might want something witty, funny, or heartfelt that will leave a memorable impression on our loved ones. But, the words don’t always flow together.

Here’s a list of some messages that you can incorporate in your Christmas cards to help make your loved ones’ Christmas merry! 🌟

Make a Funny, or Corny Joke/Pun

Laughter is one of the greatest medicines. If you want to make your loved one chuckle, especially if they’ve been down in the dumps, write a corny or funny joke inside your Christmas card to put a smile on their face. Depending on the joke that you choose, they could either laugh out loud or facepalm with embarrassment. But it’s the thought that counts, right?

1. What do you call a laughing Christmas cookie? A snickerdoodle.

2. I’m s-mitten with you.

3. I went outside with a T-shirt and denim shorts. When my friend told me it was too cold, I replied, “I don’t snow what you’re talking about!”

Speak from the Heart

If you can’t think of anything super witty, just say something from your heart. Inside of your card, tell your family member or friend how much you appreciate them, or what you love most about them. A simple note to tell them that you love them will likely be greatly cherished.

4. Thanks for sticking by my side when things got tough, this year. Have a Merry Christmas!

5. You light up my life like Christmas lights do a house.

6. I hope that this Christmas season brings happiness, love, joy, and peace to your home.

Spread the Love of God with a Religious Message

Chances are, if you do practice a religion, some of your close loved ones do, as well. We can all use a reminder of the true reason for the season. Spreading the love of God is a blessing that should be shared!

7. May Christ be with you during this wonderful Christmas season.

8. I pray that you and your family are blessed with peaceful spirits as you come together to celebrate the greatest gift of all: God’s love.

9. Let’s rejoice, for the birth of Jesus has saved us all!

Aim to Inspire

While for a lot of people, Christmas is a happy time of year, it can be very emotionally challenging, for others. If you know someone who is going through the blues, write something that will inspire them, and put a little hope in their hearts.

10. Every struggle is just a tunnel. Some are longer than others, but there is always a light at the end.

11. Seasons pass. We usually like some more than others. But if we are strong enough to endure our seasons, we will see how they have made us stronger.

12. Perfect is underrated, but self confidence is always in style!

Keep It Classy

Maybe you want to give a Christmas card to someone who you don’t know very well. It might be a co-worker or other acquaintance who you see from time to time. In these cases, you might just want a simple, yet sweet message to wish them a Merry Christmas.

13. May your Christmas be merry and bright!

14. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

15. Our family wishes you love, joy and peace … today, tomorrow and always,

16. I hope that you and your family witness many miracles and continue moving forward with hope this Christmas season.


I had a lot of fun sharing some ideas on what you can write in your Christmas cards this year! Remember that the message doesn’t have to be super long or extravagant. The simple fact that you took the time to send someone a Christmas card is what counts, and I’m sure it will be greatly appreciated!

Have a blessed day, everyone! Remember that God is good all the time! 🌟

My Favorite Posts that I Believe Everyone Can Enjoy

My Favorite Posts that I Believe Everyone Can Enjoy

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Hey everyone! Believe it or not, I’ve written over 125 posts on my blog! What a blessing! And, to be honest, although I think every post is great, some of them stand out to me. I really want to make sure that people who need them are able to read my encouraging words.

Today, I will be sharing some of my favorite posts on my blog, The Joys and Trials of a Christian Teen, that I believe everyone can enjoy!

1 Month, 1 Pic – 2021 Selfies

I really like this post, because I got to see all my selfies together (one pic for each month of 2021 until November) and see the person that I’ve become this year. I think I’m improving in so many ways, but in others, I have stayed exactly the same! Memories are everything!

5 Things to Consider if You’re Holding a Grudge

I think that we all need to sit back and just think sometimes. Holding grudges are not uncommon in places all around the world, and I really wanted to share why I think that doing so is unproductive in more ways then one. These are the type of posts where I step back and think about what I’m writing. It’s important to me that I can connect to what I’m telling my readers.

A Teenager’s Ultimate Guide to Fashion

If you can’t already tell, I absolutely love fashion! Not only do I enjoy it, but I also love seeing other people smile when they feel confident in their outfits. I love how this post really went in depth with the topic of fashion, and explained how everyone, teenager or not, should wear clothes that make them look and feel amazing!

20 Inspiring Quotes to Boost Your Self Esteem

This is absolutely one of my favorite posts. I really enjoyed researching quotes by public figures, that many people look up to share their wisdom. I love to talk about self esteem and self love, since I feel like it is so lacking in society, especially in my generation (Generation Z). I think the quotes that I was lead to include hold a lot of truth and power in a nutshell.

5 Qualities that I Value in a True Friend

Real friends are rare these days, and when you have one or a few, it’s important that you cherish them. Although everyone is not a friend, I believe God’s Word to be true, which says, “but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)


I hope you all liked me explaining which posts I hold dear to my heart, as well as my explanation of why. Feel free to go check out the links of each post (or the headings) if you haven’t read some of the other pages on my blog already. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a beautiful day, y’all! 💜

5 Simple and Fun Drawing Ideas to Spark Your Creativity

5 Simple and Fun Drawing Ideas to Spark Your Creativity

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Hey everyone! If you’re a fellow artist like me, you probably have experienced a time where you drew something, and then erased it like 100 times. We often try to draw something specific, and then it doesn’t turn out like we planned.

To prevent us from using up all of our erasers, here are some Simple and Easy Drawing Activities to Spark Your Activity! I challenge you to complete these activities with a pen! Why, you may ask? Because you can’t erase pen, therefore giving you the opportunity to appreciate your art as it comes out, instead of striving for “perfection.”

So, let’s get started!

Draw what you would look like as an animal.

I know, this one is out there. We all have our different personality traits that make us special. However, it might be a challenge to transport these traits into an animal that represents who we are. Maybe you can already think of an animal that has a similar personality, or perhaps you want to create a brand new one! Either way, make sure to think out of the box with this activity. Really picture yourself in animal form.

Zentangle; create a plain square and fill it with random shapes and patterns.

Above is an example of the fun drawing exercise that I learned in art class today: zentangling.

If you don’t know that zentangling is, it is when you fill a square with random and unique patterns to create a unique result, as shown above. There are many methods that you can use to zentangle, but here are the steps that I followed;

  1. Create a square (it doesn’t have to be perfect.)
  2. Put a dot along each corner of the square.
  3. Connect the dots using the lines of your choice; straight, zigzag, curly, etc.
  4. Draw a line within the frame, as if a string fell onto the paper.
  5. Fill in each section with unique patterns of your choice. Use your creativity!

Illustrate a scene from your favorite book.

Let’s face it, we all have that part in our favorite book that causes us to think about how it would look illustrated. Use the descriptions, feelings, and setting used to describe the scene in order to create an illustration of the event. Afterwards, read the section of the book over, and look back at your drawing. How did you use the story to guide your piece of art?

Draw what you had for lunch.

If you are aiming to make your drawings more realistic, starting with food, especially foods that are simple shapes, like fruit, is a fantastic option. Take a photograph of your lunch, and use the picture to create a realistic or abstract version of your meal. As you keep practicing drawing real, three dimensional items, it will become easier to draw objects besides food, like people, in the future.

Draw your name with your non-dominant hand.

Believe it or not, once you do anything with your non-dominant hand, your brain picks up on it. Practice drawing your name and other simple objects with your non-dominant hand. Of course, the result may not be perfect, but it is a great exercise to help you appreciate your artwork for what it is. This isn’t even including the fact that this exercise can help you become ambidextrous, which is awesome!

I hope you all enjoyed these 5 Simple and Fun Drawing Ideas to Spark Your Creativity! Remember that when drawing, perfection goes out of the window. All we need is a little creativity and patience, and we will begin to see the beauty in the wonderful art that we create!

Have an amazing day, everyone! ✨

4 Creative Ways to Use Pumpkins

I have a question. When you think of fall, what fruit do you think of? I wouldn’t be surprised if you answer “pumpkins.” The truth is, pumpkins are classic fall symbols that have many creative uses. However, what are some creative ways that we can use pumpkins to spice things up a little? 🍂

Keep on reading to find out!

Paint on pumpkins.

Although we might not realize it, pumpkins can be great opportunities for creating arts and crafts. Maybe you could paint a cool design on your pumpkin and show it off to your loved ones. Not only will they be super festive, but also super creative.

Carve your pumpkins.

This has got to be one of the most classic pumpkin activities. Carve your pumpkin and create a unique face that displays your personality. Like painting on pumpkins, carving them also requires a lot of creativity. As well, it is an awesome tradition that you can do with your family every October!

Use pumpkins as decorations.

Pumpkins are a great way to add some fall colors to your home or any other fall event. Not only can you use average pumpkins as a form of decorations, but you can also spruce them up by painting them to add a little more personality. A great example is a vibrant centerpiece at a pumpkin potluck. So go ahead, fill your house with pumpkins until there’s no more room! Well…maybe not that much, lol.

Make amazing pumpkin dishes and desserts.

There is so much variety when it comes to what you can do with pumpkins in the kitchen. I really enjoy trying pumpkin recipes like pumpkin bread, pumpkin latte, pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream. To be honest, the possibilities are absolutely endless!

I hope you all enjoyed learning about the different ways that you can creatively use pumpkins. Really, they are awesome if you want to create something out of the box, and they can really help spruce up your decorations for the fall season. Remember that when working with pumpkins, it’s important to use your creativity to the fullest!

Have an amazing day everyone! 🍂

7 Exciting Fall Activities (Outdoors and Indoors) to Make the Most of the Season 🍂

Are you fawning over fall, this year? I don’t know about you, but I most definitely am. Fall, especially at night, is so nice and relaxing. Not only does fall have excellent weather, but it’s also an amazing opportunity to do some awesome activities both inside our homes and outside in nature. 🍂

So, let’s learn some things that we can do to make the most of the season!

1. Go to a pumpkin patch. 🍁

I’m sure most people have done this in the fall at least once in their lives. However, perhaps you haven’t. Whether or not this is the case, go to a pumpkin patch with your family and friends to pick out the perfect pumpkins. Later, you all can have a pumpkin carving contest. You can even display your wonderful creations on your porch or in you home, afterwards!

2. Take a hike. 🍂

As I stated before, the weather in fall is absolutely beautiful. So, let’s enjoy it. Take a nature walk or a hike so that you can see all that the fall has to offer. I went on a hike once, and it was super fun. It’s a great way to explore nature, bond with loved ones, and get some exercise! It doesn’t get much better than that!

3. Make apple themed desserts. 🍁

Wow…I need to ask my Goodmommy if we can get some apple pie, lol. 🍎

When most people think of the fall, they think of pumpkins. But, another amazing fruit to make fall-themed foods, is apples. You can make some apple pie, apple fritters, apple doughnuts…OMG!!! Why do I make myself hungry?😩

Anyway, cooking and baking with apples will surely fill you up inside…literally.

4. Watch a football game. 🍂

Guess what, y’all! It’s football season! 🏈 If you are a fan of football, watch a game, whether on TV or in person, and watch your favorite team do their thing. Whatever way you watch, just remember to stay safe!

5. Do the Bean Boozed Challenge! 🍁

Let’s face it, candy is pretty much a tradition in the fall, especially October. To be honest, I celebrate just about all holidays with it. Me and my Goodmommy (grandmother) did this challenge a few years ago, and it was so much fun!

In this challenge, you spin a wheel that explains what jellybean you will have to eat. Each jellybean has two versions (meaning that they look the same, but they have two different flavors, one good and one bad.) you must take a jellybean that looks the same as the one on the wheel, and when you eat it, you will tell if the jellybean is good or bad.

Just make sure you don’t eat too much.

6. Write a list of things that you are thankful for. 🍂

I’m sure that we’ve all had that elementary school activity where we had to do exactly this. However, just because we grew up doesn’t mean that we can’t do this now. Besides Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Write down a list of all of the things that you are grateful for. On Thanksgiving, you could even read your list to your family!

7. Go to a fall festival. 🍁

I admit that I absolutely love going to fairs and festivals. Go to a fall festival near you, and try some fun fall activities like apple bobbing, potato sack races, and taking pictures with a cool backdrop.

I hope you all enjoyed this list of awesome activities that you can do in the fall. Remember, if you do decide to celebrate the season outside of your home, staying safe is always best!

Have a wonderful fall, y’all! 🍂