5 Simple Tips for Staying Fit This Summer

In many parts of the world, the temperature is getting hotter than ever. And while there are some benefits to the summer heat, some may find it hard to stay active underneath the blazing sun. Even though it’s hot outside, we still want to enjoy our summer by feeling and looking our best. But the thing is, how do we maintain a healthy fitness routine when it’s over 90 degrees outside?

Well, that’s where I come in: today I will be sharing a few simple tips for how you can stay active this summer, so we can all use summer break as an opportunity to live our happiest, healthiest life.

What are we waiting for? Let’s get this party started! ♡

1. Consider doing water workouts.

Most people spend much of their summer time swimming in pools and dipping their toes in the ocean. And while these are standard things to do to have some fun in the sun, they also can make for a great underwater cardio workout. Keeping yourself fit while working out in the water can help add some variety to your weekly routine. Not to mention you’ll stay cool, while doing so.

2. Drink plenty of water to beat the heat.

If there’s any tip that I could give to stay fit in the summer, it’s hydration. While we should make sure that we keep ourselves healthy even in the heat, we still need to make sure that we keep fluids in our system, in the process. So, make sure you bring a water bottle with you when you work out in the sun. Trust me, you’ll be thankful when you begin to feel some sunshine vitamin D.

3. Work out during the coolest time of day.

Not a big fan of working out in the oven of summer? You may want to consider keeping up with the temperature forecasts. The mornings and the evenings–around the time the sun rises and sets–tend to be the coolest times of day. Therefore, a jog around the park during those hours can keep your workouts cooler and a lot less overbearing with sunlight.

4. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Earlier, I mentioned how water is a great way to stay hydrated. And while drinking water itself is the best way to keep yourself refreshed, most fruits and vegetables contain a large percentage of water, as well. Not only will this give you your daily dose of fruits and veggies, but there are several ways that you can incorporate fruits and veggies in your diet. Salads, smoothies, crepes, and omelettes are a few tasty examples.

5. Consider taking community classes.

For many people, working out is much more fun when they are doing so in a group. If you are a fitness lover who prefers to avoid exercising independently, there are many community fitness classes that could be wonderful options to satisfy your need for socialization. Whether you enroll in a class that teaches zumba, yoga, water aerobics, pilates, cycling, or many other types of workouts, you will likely have a great time working out alongside your peers.


Staying healthy is always important, no matter what time of year. There are so many ways to be creative with what we do to keep ourselves healthy, both inside and out. And I hope that these tips will help you do just that–and have fun while doing them, too.

LET’S CHAT~What is your favorite way to stay healthy during the summer?

Have a fantabulous rest of your day, everybody! See you next time! ♡

My favorite childhood book series was… ♡

The truth is, we were all little kids at some point. When I reflect on how I was in elementary school, I realize that in a lot of ways, I’ve matured and changed. But in other ways, I haven’t changed at all; take my love for reading, as an example.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always spent long amounts of time with my face in a good book. And like most kids, there was one particular book series that I favored the most…Junie B. Jones!

Now, just in case you aren’t familiar with this series, it is starring an almost-five-year-old girl named Junie, who is in kindergarten. While the series began in the early 90s, it didn’t end until the very last book in 2012. What I think really sparked my interest with this series is the humor and relatability, especially considering that I loved these books when I was the same age as Junie; around 1st or 2nd grade.

The Junie B. Jones series were some of my first chapter books–despite the fact that they contained pictures, and I truly believe that they were a big part of what sparked my love for reading in the first place. Although I remember buying my first few from Goodwill, me and my great-grandmother–a.k.a. Goodmommy’s mother–found about 12 of them at a thrift store one day, and she bought every single one for me. Super sweet, right? You have no idea how truly happy I was, LOL.

The books that we read as children, when we are beginning to learn how to read, are a critical part of our development and our interests as we get older. Not to mention that our favorite bedtime stories make great early childhood memories.

I’ve kept a lot of the books that I read when I was little, and I’m glad that I did. Although I prefer reading more advanced books–as my reading level has naturally increased through the years–looking back at what used to be my favorite books is a great experience, even today.

Without the books that I cherished as a little girl, I might have never really embraced the wonderful gift of reading.


Overall, it was really fun to take a look back into the past with my favorite book series in first grade. I think a person’s favorite childhood story can tell you a lot about them and what they find interesting. What we familiarize ourselves with at a young age can make the most precious childhood memories that we cherish and remember for a lifetime. And thank God for it.

LET’S CHAT~What was your favorite childhood story? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Thank you so much for reading! Have a beautiful and blessed day, y’all! ✨

This or That #7 – Hobby Edition

I just checked my This or That category on my blog, and it’s been almost 4 months since I added to this series…let’s change that today.

For those of you who have never seen this series from my blog, I will explain all of the rules. During every This or That episode, I list a series of questions with two options each (for example cat vs dog) and I have to choose which of the items I like more and/or prefer. Today, every question will contain two options that are related to hobbies or extracurricular activities. So, without further ado, let’s do this thing! ✨

1. Video games 🎮 or board games 🎲 ?

While I love a good board game during family night, I’m going to have to pick video games. I play them almost every single day, while I play board games only on certain occasions. Both of them are really fun, but video games are a more natural choice, for me.

2. Writing ✍🏿 or reading 📚 ?

This one is super tough, considering that reading and writing are some of my favorite hobbies. In fact, I think I might need to make it a tie; I love them both equally. Plus, a person can make a living off of either reading audiobooks or writing their own story. Not only are reading and writing fun, but they both give you plenty of opportunities to make a profit while doing so.

3. Blogging 📝 or vlogging 📷 ?

In case you aren’t familiar with the difference, a blog (such as my blog, The Joys and Trials of a Christian Teen) is a website that contains frequent posts, commonly filled with informal or casual writing from a person, such as myself. Vlogging is pretty much the same thing, but in video form.

This might not be a shock to you, but I definitely prefer blogging. I posted occasional vlogs on my YouTube Channel for about a year, but eventually I stopped and transitioned to blogging. I find it much more convenient since a blog post requires much less time, editing, and required equipment than vlogging does, in most circumstances.

4. Mobile games 📱 or console games 🕹️ ?

“Easy” is the first word that came to my mind when I thought of this question. Mobile games, all the way. Again, this response has to do with the one that I use the most. I tend to play the mobile game “Roblox” most days of the week. And while I have an Oculus Quest 2 (and I really love it) it’s not much of a go-to game. Since my mobile devices are super easy to pick up and play on, I tend to find myself using them more often.

5. Novels 📖 or comic books 💥?

YAYY!!! Another easy one. For me, the answer is definitely novels. I would agree that comics tend to have a lot more color, therefore they are really good for those who prefer visuals over pages of words. But there’s nothing that compares to a good novel, in my opinion. Novels (including graphic novels, which are somewhat similar to comic books) are definitely some of my favorite types of literature in the universe.

Answer Key:

  1. Video games 🎮 or board games 🎲 ? – video games 🎮
  2. Writing ✍🏿 or reading 📚 ? – both ✍🏿📚
  3. Blogging 📝 or vlogging 📷 ? – blogging 📝
  4. Mobile games 📱 or console games 🕹️ ? – mobile games 📱
  5. Novels 📖 or comic books 💥? – novels 📖

As always, this episode of This or That was such a blast, especially considering that it was focused on hobbies. I’m curious, what are your preferences from each of these This or That questions? Feel free to share your answers in the chat below.

Have a beautiful and blessed day or night! May God bless each and every one of you! Peace in! ✨

God blesses us so we can be a blessing – Words of Wisdom #13

Philippians 2:3-4 New International Version (NIV)
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Try to think of all the things in life to be thankful for….the truth is, there’s probably too many to count. And thank God for it.

Every second, minute, hour and day on this Earth is a blessing from the Lord. But the thing is, it’s one thing to be blessed, and it’s another to use your blessings to bless others.

How can we spread God’s love if we do things hoping for a selfish outcome? In order to be His examples as His children, we should be on the lookout for how we can invest in others, just like God has invested (and continues to invest) in us.

God may show us something or put something in our lives not only so that we may be blessed, but so that we may use it for His glory by doing something kind in the interests of others.

Keep in mind that blessing people is different from letting others take advantage of you. While giving is always a blessing from the Lord, the truth is that there can be people who we may encounter in life who might try to take advantage of our kindness. And if you ever encounter that type of person, always know that its okay to distance yourself from them, if needed. You don’t need to try to be friends with everyone in order to be respectful and kind towards them.

That being said, if you have extra food, why not give it to people who need it? If you have a day(s) on your calendar that are empty, why not take the opportunity to volunteer? If you feel really good today, why not show a smile? And if we can pray for our friends, why not pray for our enemies?

Genesis 12:2-3 New International Version (NIV)
2 I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.

Being a blessing can come in many forms– a smile, a prayer, a hug, or even a few words of encouragement can do the trick. Even when you can’t do something big, do something small. It’s little things that add up.

The more God blesses us, the more we can be a blessing. So who has God placed in YOUR spirit to be a blessing to today?

5 Ways to Make the Most of This Easter Sunday

Hey, y’all–Happy Thursday! Good Friday is tomorrow, and Easter is literally just a few hops away. April 17th is when we celebrate the sacrifice that Jesus made for us when He died on the cross, rose 3 days later, and now lives to this day. Not to mention the cheerful colors, quality time with family, and delicious candy–especially the chocolate. 😋

Do you need some tips on how to make to make the most of this Easter? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

1. Attend a Church Service

Before you do anything Easter related, Jesus should come first, as what He did for us is the main reason why we celebrate this holiday in the first place. There’s no way to celebrate Easter like learning the Word of God and His declaration of love that will last forever more. Even if you can’t attend church physically, there are many services that will be streamed to allow you and your family to celebrate the reason for the season at home.

2. Customize Easter Eggs with Family

Come on, now–some of the best parts of holidays are the fun, classic traditions. And decorating Easter eggs is one example of many. What I love about Easter egg activities is that you can execute them in so many ways; a backyard Easter egg hunt, an egg decorating competition, Easter egg relay races. In other words, the possibilities are endless!

3. Bake a Festive Cake

Even if you aren’t the type of person who’s in the kitchen every week, Easter is the perfect opportunity to get your hands into a baked treat for your family. You can even crank up the fun by baking with some of your family members. Besides, when you bake a cake, you also get to make it look pretty…and then eat it with the ones you love. Family time and a slice of cake? Count me in!

4. Watch Movies to Celebrate the Reason for the Season

In order to understand the reason why we celebrate Easter, a good way to spend Easter Sunday could be to have a movie marathon of some faith-filled movies about Jesus’ life and resurrection. And some classic feel-good movies won’t hurt either. “The Star” “Hop” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” are just a few of many great options.

Recommended Post: 5 Faith-Filled Movies Every Christian Needs to See

5. Send ‘Happy Easter!’ Cards

One of my favorite ways to celebrate any of the main holidays (New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) is to send cards to spread the love. A card with a message as simple as something like “Happy Easter” or “Thinking of you on Easter” can surely put a smile on someone’s face. You can even send the card virtually! A big part of Easter is spreading the love of God to others who are in our hearts and in our community. One card can certainly help our strive to do so!


I absolutely love Easter, so I thoroughly had fun with sharing some ways to make this Easter Sunday the best one yet. In all things, remember to be thankful for what Jesus did for us, spread God’s love, and have lots of fun, overall! Easter is a celebration that we can all pitch into. So let’s make the most of it!

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everybody! See you later! ✨

It’s National Siblings Day | Best Friends for Life

Siblings are some of the first best friends that you’ll ever have. They are always with you, they light up your life with laughter and joy, and they always have your back. Brotherhood and Sisterhood are some of the most special bonds to have. You can grow up together and make memories that last a lifetime. Siblings are a blessing from God.

Today is National Siblings Day, which gives me and everyone else who has a sibling(s) to show our thanks to some of the most important people in our lives. Sure, we may not always agree. We might not even act or think alike. But at the end of the day, the way our siblings are different from us are part of what make them special. Plus, we’re all brothers and sisters in Christ.

In celebration of siblings around the world, I have provided two poems (not written by me) about brothers and sisters. Feel free to send one or both of them to your sibling(s) as a way of showing them how much you care.


I hope that you all had a Happy Siblings Day! Ooh, and I cant forget~today’s question of the day is: Do you have any siblings? If you do, what’s your favorite thing to do with them? Feel free to comment down below.

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

Wherever You Go, Sprinkle Love – Words of Wisdom #10

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV (New International Version)
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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. …

If you’ve ever wondered what true love is, then this scripture sums it up completely. God is love, and He showed us how much He loves us when He sent His only Son to die for us and give us eternal life, so long as we confess with our mouth that He is God and believe in our hearts that He died for us and rose 3 days later. (Romans 10:9)

As followers of Jesus Christ, it is important that we continue to be evangelists for God by spreading His love. There are many different ways to spread God’s love to others. Whether you do something for a specific person, or a simple act towards a complete stranger, spreading the love of God is always a blessing that we should act upon in our everyday lives.

Here are a few simple ways to spread the Love of God:

  • Be proactive in loving like God — If you ever have trouble with this one, please write down the scripture at the top of this post. We are told to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. (Leviticus 19:18)
  • Do simple acts of kindness — The Love of God can be shown in many ways. Sometimes, all it takes is a little kindness.
  • Learn to forgive others — Forgiveness does not have to be for the other person. Nor does the person who hurt you have to remain in your life. When we forgive, we are making sure that we are right with God and that we maintain a spirit of love and a pure heart.
  • Be a cheerful giver — This one sort of speaks for itself. The Bible says that to be a cheerful giver, we must “sow bountifully” if we want to “receive bountifully.” In other words, we need to be willing to give freely and without hesitation in order for God to bless us abundantly. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
  • Pray for people — This can be tough, sometimes. Particularly when it comes to praying for your enemies. But the Bible says to love your neighbors and your enemies. (Matthew 5:43-48) Sometimes praying for people means asking God to help someone that you hold close to your heart (family, friends, etc.) Other times, it can mean that you are asking God to teach us how to forgive, and to help our enemies to see His glory.

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Words of Wisdom is probably one of my favorite (if not THE favorite) series on my blog, and I hope you enjoyed this new episode. Thank you so much for reading about sprinkling love.

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Have a fantastic rest of your day, everybody! And always remember that God is love.

A Day in My Life | The Joys and Trials of a Christian Teen ♡

Hey, y’all ~ how are you doing? Fantabulous, I hope!

Today, I wrote a post that will show you guys who I am outside of my blog and learn more “about the author.” I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while, and today is the perfect day to show you all a day in my life. Basically, this will be a review of how I spend my average weekday. Plus, a few updates on my life (my schooling, pet, art, etc.) along the way.

Considering that the idea for how this post would come together has been brewing in my mind for so long, I hope that you all enjoy experiencing a day in my life!

Let’s get this party started!!! ✨

8:30 AM ~ Time to Wake Up + Breakfast

Usually, it’s at about 8:30 in the morning when I wake up (thank God) to the sound of Goodmommy’s voice. This is the time that I’m getting ready (clean my bed, brush my teeth, etc.) to start my day. After I get ready for school, I come downstairs to eat breakfast. However, I don’t have to go anywhere, since I’m homeschooled, as most of you know.

And if you’re new, welcome! Hopefully that explains why I don’t wake up at around 6:30 in the morning LOL.

10:00 AM ~ Schoolwork

Now, it’s time for me to get some work done. My weekdays consist of approximately 7 hours of school time each, with an hour lunch break, in between. Every day, I tend to have these live classes in Zoom with my teachers and peers to go over the topics we will be learning in the week. And guess what, y’all~I’m maintaining all high A’s!!! YAYY!!!

Let me explain the fan LOL. So for my Science live classes, which are every Thursday, we pick a color that we all wear along with an accessory. We realized that we hadn’t worn brown yet, and I came up with the idea to bring some type of fan. It’s super fun to get all dressed up and interact with my classmates. Live classes are definitely one of the highlights of my school time.

2:00 PM ~ Lunch Break

This is pretty much straight to the point. Around this time, I’ll eat my lunch, browse the National Days for that day, and maybe even post something on Instagram if I have time. Today we ate some cabbage (with bacon bits) and some air-fried frozen fish fillets. It was delicious!

3:00 PM ~ More Schoolwork

After my break, I do a couple more hours of schoolwork to finish what I started. It consists of a lot of reading, typing, quizzes, and note-taking. This is the time where I feel very productive knowing that I was able to submit a lot of assignments.

I hope you enjoy my aesthetic note picture, LOL..

6:00 PM ~ Family Time

At this time, I usually go upstairs to see what Goodmommy’s doing in her office, have a snack, watch TV, read a book, and/or do something artistic to continue to polish my art skills.

Below is a drawing that I did yesterday of Camilo Madrigal from Encanto, since he’s one of my favorite characters from the movie, which I love, by the way. Especially for my first attempt to draw this character. P.S. I posted a video of how I did the drawing as well as a comparison from this frame in the movie on my Instagram account @princessqzion. I would really appreciate it if you checked it out!

All Rights Reserved. Rate my sketch from a 1-10. ✨

And of course, I have to say hello to my fish baby after I’m finished with my work. Peace, my betta fish, gets super excited whenever he sees me come up to the tank. It’s shocking that such a little fish can swim so fast~especially when he’s really happy. I got this gorgeous picture of him today. For some reason, I think he knows that I’m filming him; it’s almost like he poses for the camera.

8:00 PM ~ Blog Brainstorming

Eventually, it’s time to get back to my creative space and begin to brainstorm what my daily blog post will be. Sooo…today, I actually got this idea, a day in my life, really early, but the time that the idea pops into my head or spirit fluctuates. After all, no day is the same.

9:00 PM ~ Video Games + YouTube

After all my work for the day is done (school ✔️, blog post ✔️) then it’s time to have some fun! I usually browse YouTube videos and/or play Roblox on my iPad or Beat Saber on my Oculus Quest, too. This is my time that I might catch up on social media, too.

This is a video making slime based off of Cheetos. Fun Fact: I LOVE food-themed slime videos. You know when you used to absolutely love something…and one day you stopped liking it. And then, a year later, you love it again? That’s my relationship with slime videos in a nutshell.

10:30 PM ~ Dinner + Family Time

Afterwards, it is dinner time, family time, and the time where we rest before it’s time for bed. Me and Goodmommy, who is my grandmother and guardian will usually watch our favorite cooking and/or judge shows. On Fridays, we love to watch Moriah Elizabeth, a YouTube star who paints on almost anything imaginable.

This is the time where we really get to bond and check up on each other. Spending time with Goodmommy is one of the best parts of my day. P.S. Goodmommy works during the day and night, so that’s why we eat so late. ♡

12:30 ~ Bedtime

Finally, it’s time to get ready for bed. After another beautiful day, there’s nothing better than giving God thanks for a beautiful day and getting a good night’s rest.


Thank you so much for reading about my daily schedule. I hope you all continue to have a fabulous day and night! God bless you all!✨

The Beauty of Jewelry

Exodus 35:22 NIV (New International Version)
All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord.

Jewelry has many different purposes: a representation of our faith, our culture, our family history, our relationships, our sense of fashion, and the list goes on. In the Bible, it was even used as an offering to the Lord.

One of my favorite things about jewelry is that it doesn’t have to be super extravagant or flashy. Jewelry can be as simple as a chain or as elegant as a thick beaded necklace. Even the smallest piece can enhance an outfit by adding the small but sweet “cherry on top.”

Considering that Goodmommy has her own jewelry business, she is always super sweet when she shows me the jewelry that she’ll know that I’ll love (that’s just how well we know each other.) It’s amazing how even a small necklace or simple earrings can tie a whole outfit together and make even the most casual attire elevated with elegance. Plus, it’s another way of displaying our love for God, and as followers of Christ, it’s important that people can see the Lord in us as His examples. I have my own jewelry box in my room to keep everything organized.

This short-and-sweet post dedicated to National Jewel Day was a joy to write. Me and my family love jewelry for more reasons than one, and I thank God that we can use jewelry (in a tasteful manner) to give Him glory.

Question of the Day: Which type of accessory do you like the most (rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc.) Feel free to comment down below. (P.S. my personal favorite would be both necklaces and earrings :))

Thanks so much for reading! Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! 💎

8 Exciting Ways to Spend Your Spring Break

For most of us students, spring break is in session! Spring is one of my favorite seasons of the year. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and colors are peeking through every nook and cranny of nature. But, besides the fact that we’re glad that we get a break from school, it can be dawning to figure out some exciting things to do with our family and friends to truly enjoy it.

Hence, here are 8 bloomazing ways to make your spring break one to remember for a lifetime!

Go to a Festival/Amusement Park

Spring offers the perfect weather for walking around, riding on rollercoasters, and eating fried foods. These are only some of the reasons why spring break is the perfect opportunity to give your favorite amusement park, or even a festival (such as the Strawberry Festival) a visit. Theme parks and fairs will bring smiles to your whole family.

Plant a Tree or Start Gardening

One of the best parts about this time of year is the beauty of nature all around us. We shouldn’t take this opportunity lightly; why not start gardening or plant a tree in your backyard? Not only are you giving back to your environment, but gardening can be a great way to maintain mental wellness and bond with those who we love. It’s a win-win!

Read Something New

If you have a reading goal or you just want to read more, this is a perfect opportunity to read a book; whether its one that you have been working on or have been wanting to read for a while. Books are a great way to give yourself some entertainment and learn a positive life lesson in the process.

Take a Hike

One of the best parts of spring is getting in-tune with nature. Hikes allow us to get a breath of fresh air, learn about species of plants and animals, meet new people, get some exercise, and maybe even make a new hobby. Nature walks, camping, and hiking are all amazing for the spring due to the gorgeous scenery and opportunities to learn about nature. And the best part is hiking is an activity that you can do as a family–a great way to spend spring break!

Get Ahead in School

Yes, I know. I might have gotten a couple of eye roles at this one. However, if you are a virtual student like myself, it is likely that you are able to work “ahead of pace,” even during spring and winter break. While I completely understand if you wouldn’t like to do so, you will likely be grateful when you’re taking your summer break early.

Catch Up on Your Favorite Series

With over a week until school resumes, we have plenty of time on our hands. And one of the best ways to spend any long break as such is by catching up on your favorite TV show. We all have those time when we miss a couple of episodes due to our other responsibilities. And while we should still fulfill our duties of our homes even while we’re on break, there’s nothing wrong with a little binging when we get some free time.

Do Some Family Spring Cleaning

Sure, cleaning might not sound like anything “exciting” to do during spring break, but it can be enjoyable if you are creative. For example, you could create your own cleaning playlist, have pillow fights with your siblings, or play The floor is lava while you are dusting. And that’s just a few options. Believe it or not, just about anything that we do can be fun–all we have to do is open our minds to new ways to have a good time while getting the job done.

Drive Around Your Neighborhood

Although we may think that we know everything there is to know about our neighborhoods, why not put that to the test? On those days when you want to get out of the house with family, it can be fun to simply drive around. You may just find a craft store, get a tasty treat at an ice cream shop, or even meet some new people who you’ve never seen before. And you can always sing your favorite tunes or play “I spy” in the car with your fam while you look around. There’s nothing like a mini road-trip.


Hopefully, these tips will definitely be a guide for some fun ways to spend your spring break. I hope that you and your family have a great time together as you embrace the wonderful weather and the overall beauty of the spring season.

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite thing to do during spring break?

Thank you so much for reading! Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! ✨