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  • GirlSpring.com, Holiday, Tips, TRENDING

    Friendsgiving

    A Guideline for a Successful Friendsgiving:

    Hold on…what’s Friendsgiving? Friendsgiving is basically recreating Thanksgiving with just your friends. AKA another excuse to hang out and gorge on some deliciousness.

    How:
    Instead of putting the burden on one or two people to provide for everyone else, make it a potluck. Everyone is in charge of a certain dish they need to bring. Sometimes, a friend might need to borrow a serving dish or your oven. If you’re the host, make sure you know this information ahead of time so everyone’s not waiting on a certain dish to finish cooking.

    Also, don’t feel the need to make everything from scratch. That can sometimes be frustrating and not turn out well. Unless you’re a baller in the kitchen with mad Chef Ramsay skills…then by all means go for it. There’s nothing wrong with getting a little help from the prepared foods section.

    When:
    It’s a good idea to do Friendsgiving before Thanksgiving. Why? Let’s be real here, once Thanksgiving is over people ditch pumpkins and spice for sleigh bells, snow and Santa.

    What You’ll Need:
    It’s important to remember a few key items you will need to pull off a good Friendsgiving.
    -Platters and big serving dishes
    -Ice
    -Enough cups/utensils for everyone
    -A good thanksgiving playlist
    -An empty belly because it’s about to go down in chow town

    Where:
    It’s a good idea for the friend with the biggest space or most seats to host Friendsgiving.

    Why:
    Uhh…why not. Good food, good friends not to mention it makes for an aesthetic instagram story.

    Final Note:

    If you’re not the host, please help clean up. It’s a nice thing to do and the host graciously let people destroy their kitchen / dinning area for the sake of Friendsgiving.

    More Do’s and Don’ts for Friendsgiving

     

  • Articles, Fashion, GirlSpring.com, Tips

    6 Fail-Proof Ways to Find Your Personal Style

    6 Fail-Proof Ways to Find Your Personal Style

    Being a teen is tough. There are so many questions that you have, about the world, about yourself. It’s a time of great emotional vulnerability because there are so many experiences you open yourself up to- who you are, your future, your sexuality, potential romance, the meanings of the world and finally, what it means to grow up.

     At the same time, being a teenager is a time of great emotional strength, because these puzzling questions are difficult—and yet you are dealing with them. You are finding ways to express yourself and answer them, through art, sports, books, music, dance, video games, history, politics. Each of these outlets become personal methods of figuring out who you are. But the most visible way in which you can present yourself is in the clothes you wear.

    Developing a personal sense of style helps you connect better with the person you are inside.

    By wearing your style on your sleeve (pun intended), you can claim your own definitions. And yes: the pursuit for the right style is difficult, but you will find that developing your personal style is also a way of figuring out who you are. Here are a few ways in which you can find your personal style, and get closer to yourself.

     

    1.   Think About Yourself

     Take a break from magazines and articles telling you what the trendiest thing is. Spend some time with yourself and make a list of things that you like and dislike, and rate them. Do you like metal music? Do you like lifting weights? If so, how much? If you find that these are things you prize highly, you can actually translate them into the clothes you wear. If you like metal music, you can start wearing customized t-shirts, featuring your favorite band. If you really like working out, you can wear t-shirts that say that.  It does not matter how trendy these clothes are: they are reflective of you, and that is more important.

     

    2.    Look Through Your Wardrobe

     Maybe, even after listing the various things you like, you find that there is nothing that exceptionally stands out. Or even if you do find something, you do not want to wear it on a t-shirt. This makes the next step very important: empty out your wardrobe, and spend a few hours figuring out what you like and dislike. You will find unexpected recurrent themes: maybe you are big on blue jeans or plaid shirts. You have multiple of these clothes because you likely feel most comfortable and happy in them. Retain these clothes as building blocks of your personal style.

     

    3.   What Do You Dislike?

     With fashion, the apparel we tend to dislike is often because it highlights parts of us that we do not like. Perhaps you do not wear certain cuts of t-shirts because you think they make you look a certain way. Or maybe you are told that certain patterns do not flatter your body type. If these are your reasons behind disliking clothes, tell yourself that fashion and style can be revolutionary. Instead of shying away from certain garments, embrace them to challenge the very norms that tell you to stay away from them. Scary as this sounds, this will create a sense of confidence in you that no one can knock down.

     

    4.   Paint Your Own Story

    A huge part of style is choosing certain templates for yourself. Do you like bright colours? Pastel colours? Monochrome? Based on these combinations, pick a few colours that you love. While initially building your style, style your outfit around these colours. Comfort is key in those initial days because that will help you evolve and develop your personal style. So, good style is primarily about confidence. Wearing colours you love will give you a sense of comfort and confidence.

     

    5.   Budgeting

     Once you know what the overall style you want to incorporate is, figure out how affordable that look is. It is important to budget because while clothes are important, they can get quite expensive. If you find you and your family cannot really afford that one garment you really want, let go. There will always be lots of clothes to choose from, and one day you will be able to buy them all. As for your personal style, stick to basics that you can repeat. Buying a pair of boots, a scarf or a jacket that compliments several looks is smarter and more affordable than buying a dress you can wear in limited ways. There are also some basics you just can’t go wrong with. Gym apparel like well-suited track pants and tank tops, barely go wrong in casual settings and are always a worthwhile investment.

     

    6.  The Style is Always Evolving

     Once you have decided on a personal style, leave yourself the room to wear something radically different. If you cannot decide on a personal style, know that this is okay, and not a permanent state. The style is constantly evolving, with our many moods and age. When you look back at your photographs from when you are eight, you probably dressed nothing like you do now; and eight years hence, you will probably dress very differently. Realizing this means that you will not be limited by your style, and instead, you will form a healthy relationship with your body and yourself.

     

    Just remember: there will always be magazines telling you that certain things about your appearance aren’t great or fashionable, or stylish. At this point, remember your style, and how it is indicative of what you feel inside. Once you can do this, and be confident about it, you have found your personal style.

     

     

  • Technology, Tips

    Best Personal Safety Apps

    Best Personal Safety Apps

    It can be pretty scary if you find yourself alone late at night trying to find your way home or to your car. Thankfully, a whole genre of apps designed to protect its users exist for that very reason. These apps will help you feel safe walking to your car late at night, or during a midnight run to Starbucks, or whenever!

    Circle of 6
    This is a cool app that allows you to input 6 phone numbers that you can easily call or text specific messages to, including your GPS coordinates and the info that you need to be picked up. Or you could send out a message to your six that you need someone to call or text and act as your distraction. It also comes with resources for various topics like domestic abuse or LGBT+ hotlines.

    Check out the app here: https://www.circleof6app.com/

    Watch Over Me
    This app is a lot more streamlined and simple that some of the other apps on this list. You don’t even have to unlock your phone to use it. All you need to do is shake your phone, and it sends an alert to your emergency contacts AND starts using your phone to record the encounter.

    Check out the app here: http://watchovermeapp.com/

    SafeTrek
    This one allows you to alert the police by the simple push of a button. After you press the button, you have the option of in putting a four digit code. If you input the code, the police will not be alerted. If you DON’T input the code within 30 seconds, the police will be alerted. It’s fairly simple, and I like how the developers of the app utilized the aforementioned fail safe function.

    Check out the app here: https://www.safetrekapp.com/

    bSafe
    This incredible app has so many different functions, and it probably one of the better apps on this list. Here is a short list of some of its many features and uses:

    -get a fake call to allow you to get out of threatening situations or conversations
    -send your exact location out to certain preselected numbers to they can know where to pick you up
    -your friends can get alerts about where you are using GPS, and will get alerted once you get home
    -set a timer that will go off on your friends mobile devices if you have not contacted them within a certain time
    -you can activate an SOS button that send your location out to preselected numbers and your device will start recording audio and video in real time so they can see what is happening

    These are just some of the app’s many functions, so be sure to check out all of them on the app’s website: https://getbsafe.com/

    Presence
    This app is a little different from the other ones on the list, and has a very interesting concept. Presence allows you to convert your old unused mobile devices, tablets, or iPods into home security devices. It alerts you if it detects motion in your house. An added bonus is you can set it up so that your family gets these alerts as well.

    Learn more and download Presence here: http://www.presencepro.com/

    Sources
    No, Using a Personal Safety App Doesn’t Make You Paranoid
    https://www.techlicious.com/tip/free-personal-safety-apps/

    7 essential apps that will help keep you safe at night

  • Technology, Tips

    Best Ad block Services / Apps

    Who actually likes having to look at ads on the internet? Probably nobody. This article will talk about some of the best adblock services and apps that will greatly reduce the amount of advertisements that you will encounter on your laptop/ cellphone/ tablet/ ect.

    Adblock Plus- https://adblockplus.org/
    This open source program eliminates banners, pop ups, and a bunch of other stuff you don’t want to see. Another interesting feature is that it doesn’t block “non intrusive ads”, so that you can support websites you enjoy. It works for all sorts of browsers and platforms like Android, Chrome, FireFox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Best of all, it’s free!

    Adblocker Ultimate- https://adblockultimate.net/
    This program is a little more strict about blocking ads than Adblock Plus since Adblocker Ultimate attempts to remove all ads, even the ones that support the websites you visit. It works for Chrome, FireFox, Opera, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

    Brave- https://brave.com/
    Brave doesn’t depend on extensions to block ads, and it is very simple to download and use. It has a bunch of different settings to play around with so that you can really customize your ad blocking experience. Interestingly enough, it is its own browser, meaning you will have to switch which browser you use to Brave’s. If you are willing to make the switch, this can be a highly efficient and streamlined program.

    1Blocker-https://1blocker.com/
    This app is for iOS products only, and has plenty of awards under its belt. This highly efficient app is very customizable and useful for your everyday browsing.

    HTTPS Everywhere-https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere
    This is an extension that you can download and use for Chrome, FireFox, and Opera. It encrypts your communication with major websites, and is very easy to use.

    Disconnect- https://disconnect.me/
    This program allows you to select the free basic version, or pay more to get more features. The free version works for Chrome, FireFox, Opera, and Safari. Essentially, Disconnect works by letting you visualize and block the websites that track you.

    Ghostery- https://www.ghostery.com/
    Ghostery works for Chrome, FireFox, Opera, and Safari by allowing you to regulate what ads you get and by maximizing your browser’s efficiency.

    uMatrix- https://github.com/gorhill/uMatrix
    This one allows you to filter which websites you want to block ads for, so it does take some time and customization to get working. It works for FireFox, Chrome, and Opera.

    Adblock- https://getadblock.com/
    This one is easily the most popular and probably most used ad block service on this list. You can pay to support the folks that made the program, or not. It’s up to you. Works for Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera, and FireFox.

    AdGuard- https://adguard.com/en/welcome.html
    Like a lot of these programs/ services, AdGuard has free versions and versions that you pay for. Can be used on iOS or Android.

    Sources
    https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/565-best-adblockers-privacy-extensions.html#s17
    https://www.pcwdld.com/pop-up-and-ad-blocker
    https://www.digitaltrends.com/web/best-ad-blockers-for-chrome/

  • Articles, Tips

    8 Things to do This Summer when You’re Bored!

     

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    I know you’ve been looking forward to it alllll year long, but now that it’s here you don’t know what to do!  Regardless if you’re taking classes, working, or staying busy- summer definitely allows more free time than the rest of the year. If you’re struggling on what to do this summer and find yourself bored one day, try one of these simple yet fun activities!

    1. Get some exercise! Whether it be walking through your neighborhood, buying a gym membership, or finding a new trail to run on, exercise can be a good hobby to pick up over the summertime. You’d be amazed how much better you feel about yourself if you just start walking around your neighborhood a couple of times a week. Plus having quiet time yourself is a must over the summer!
    2. Read a new book! Or an old book. Or a book you’ve already read 5 times! Even if you have summer reading assignments, getting on top of them early in the summer will make the rest of your summer less stressful! Go to a bookstore and find one that speaks to you and dive into it!
    3. Write in a journal. Sure, it seems old-fashioned, but writing your thoughts down can be extremely helpful and therapeutic to some people! Plus, this way you can go back in a couple of months (or a couple of years!) and read the exact way you were feeling, in your own words. Pretty cool!
    4. Make goals for the upcoming school year! Whether it be doing more homework, studying more, finding new friends, or whatever you want, try to write out some goals you have for the upcoming school year! This way, once summer ends, you will be right on track for the beginning of the new school year.
    5. Explore your city! This can be an adventure you can take with your parents, siblings, or friends! Try and visit somewhere (even if it’s just to eat) that you’ve never been to before! You never know what you might find!
    6. Find a new hobby! Try and find an activity this summer that you really enjoy doing! It could be collecting items, scrapbooking, or even a new sport! You have time to work on it all summer, and then if it is a hobby you can bring into your school life, you’ll be prepared once school rolls around! If it is a sport, buy some practice equipment and get the best you can during the summer months so that you’ll do great in school tryouts!
    7. Try a new recipe! This one can be a little bit more tricky than the others, but still fun! Get on pinterest and see if you can find any cool recipes that stick out to you. Then, go with your mom to the grocery store and let her help you find the needed ingredients! Come back home and try to make a new recipe! Just remember, even if you mess up, it’ll be a memory!
    8. And last but not least… Nothing! If you can’t find anything to do this summer and find yourself bored, just try to soak it all in! For the rest of the year you’ll have school and holidays and you’ll be non-stop busy! Giving yourself time to relax, even when you’re bored, can be a good thing. Just think once school starts how much you’ll wish you were bored!
  • Cooking, Health, Healthy Eating, Tips

    5 Tips On How To Eat Healthy

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    You’ve heard of em. The Atkins Diet. The Zone Diet. Vegetarian Diet. Vegan Diet. Weight Watchers Diet. South Beach Diet. Raw Food Diet. Mediterranean Diet. With all these different types of diets, it can be overwhelming and hard to choose! But don’t worry- I’m here to help. The diet I think you should be on? None of them. I don’t think you should be on a diet! I think you should feed your body with things that are good for it- not that punish it. Too often, young girls get caught up in dieting because they feel this is the only way to get healthy! But that’s far from the truth. Here’s 4 tips on how to eat healthy- without the diet.

    1. Eat clean

    The hardest part about eating healthy is actually doing it. Once you’ve started eating healthy and you see the way your body looks, and the way your body feels, it becomes much, much easier. So, what exactly does eating clean mean? It means nourishing  your body with foods that will help it, not hinder it. I know Mcdonalds is good. I know how addicting a bag of chips is. I know how good cheese is.. trust me. But these foods will not help your body!

     

    1. Drink (lots of!) water

    One of the hardest things for me is drinking water throughout the day. Did you know you should be drinking half a gallon on water.. per day? Especially in the summer heat, water intake is essential to your health. Drinking water may not be the most exciting thing- but the positive affects it has on your body are amazing!

     

    1. Focus on on quality, not quantity

    A myth about eating right is that you have to eat a lot less- which is NOT true! Don’t worry too much about how much you’re eating, worry about what you’re eating. When you decide to eat healthy, you shouldn’t be hungry all the time! You can eat as much as you used to- just make sure it’s healthy food.

    1. Find foods you like

    It’s important to find healthy foods that you like, so that you aren’t constantly eating food you don’t want to be eating. This summer, experiment and find some healthy foods and recipes that you can try that will fuel your body! A good place to find healthy meals is Pinterest, which you can follow us on!

        5. Keep everything in moderation 

    If you decide to eat healthy, your life is not over. You can still have everything you want- just be sure to keep it in moderation! Don’t look at foods like desserts as bad for you, because you will feel guilty every time you splurge and have one. Treat yourself to some pizza, brownies, or ice-cream- just don’t make it every meal! If you keep everything in balance, you won’t feel guilty for anything you eat.

  • College, Tips

    Student Advice on Freshman Year

    Gain helpful student advice on freshman year from students nationwide, who share their personal experiences.

    College life is looming. Wouldn’t it be nice to get some pointers on making the most of college?

    Fastweb polled students across the country for their top tips for a successful freshman year in college.

    What tips do students across the nation have for students about to go to college? Find out below!

    Getting Settled

    “Talk to your roommate before you get to school and decide who’s bringing what (you don’t need two stereos…).”
    Tina, Dartmouth College

    “Even if you really miss your home or your parents want you to come back, don’t do it until it has been at least a month since you were in college. The people who leave before then never feel like they have a foothold on college life, and end up leaving.”
    Kristen, Cal Poly

    “Splurge on organizing materials—for your dorm, for your backpack, for all your papers. This is the most important thing you can do in order to preserve sanity as you find your free time slowly slipping away.”
    Andrea, Harold Washington City College

    “Make friends with an older student who has already been through freshman year and can help make your first year easier.”
    David, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Classwork/Academics

    “Don’t sweat the grades. If you put in an honest, diligent effort and are truly engaged in your work, then you’ll be fine. If studying a certain subject is like pulling teeth or is the last thing you want to do, then something’s wrong. If this subject is your major, then something is very wrong.”
    Seth, Brown University

    “Go to class—it is SO tempting to miss class and get another student’s notes, but you’ll definitely miss out.”
    David

    “Get to know your professors. It’s not high school anymore. Your classes can be 300+ and your professors will not come to you; you must come to them. Get to know them because they are your most valuable resources for academics and for extracurricular professional opportunities.”
    Matt, Stanford University

    “Don’t depend on the teacher to remind you about due dates.”
    Elizabeth, Sam Houston State University

    “Follow of the honor code—cheating is not worth it!”
    David

    “Take different classes. Even if you know what you want to major in, most students end up changing their major sometime during their college careers. Learn new things and open yourself up to a whole new future.”
    Andy, Gordon College

    “Don’t be afraid to ask questions … especially in class or afterwards. No college professor is going to turn you away. He/she may not have the time to lead you through the problem, but they can, and most of the time will, lead you in the right direction.”
    Andy

    “Don’t be afraid to take challenging, upper level courses. What’s important is one-on-one contact with a teacher and highly motivated students, something you’ll only get in smaller classes. This means getting over the fear of looking ignorant and realizing that everyone’s a novice at some point.”
    Seth

    Extracurriculars

    “Become involved in several community service activities and extra-curricular activities/clubs so you can become an integral part in the campus.”
    David

    “Don’t sacrifice quality for quantity in terms of what you get involved in. You’ll always want to do more than what you have time for, so limit your commitments to what you can really get deeply engaged in.”
    Seth

    “Keep up a hobby—dance class, computer games, pottery. Whatever outlet you have for creative energy or frustration, keep it up during your college experience.”
    Andrea

    “Learn to manage your time. Even if you’re the type that doesn’t do a bit of studying until 20 minutes before an exam, you need to budget your time at college between classes, activities and socializing. If you spend all your time at the library, you won’t appreciate college very much; but the same goes for the scenario in which you spend your whole college career hanging over the balcony of a house with Greek letters painted on the side.”
    Terri, College of William and Mary

    “Go to every job fair, information session and industry banquet. Most of the time, that is how you get jobs before and after college.”
    Kristen

    Dorm or Apartment Life

    “Make friends with your residential assistant. They can be really helpful and you never know when you will need them (e.g., for roommate problems, advice on picking classes, etc.).”
    Tina

    “Learn to say “No.” Mom and Dad are miles away now, and there’s no one to stand up for you but you. If you roommate constantly takes your favorite clothes without asking or if the girl down the hall always disturbs your studies with her annoying loud conversations, speak up! You have your rights.”
    Terri

    “Don’t try to be your roommate’s best friend! All you need to get along is to respect them and make sure they respect your opinions and needs and be willing to stand up for yourself.”
    David

    “If you have a problem with your roommate, address it immediately or it will grow into a bigger situation than is needed.”
    Elizabeth

    “Make sure you and your roommate talk early on about what you both expect— i.e. regarding phone time, messages, borrowing stuff, guests, cleaning, etc.”
    Tina

    “Don’t blast your music. You’ll be glad you were polite when the girl in the room next door starts blasting her favorite techno remix at 10:30 the night before you have a test and you can ask her to turn down her tunes without being “hypocrite of the week” in your hall.”
    Terri

    Health and Well-Being

    “Eat!!! This isn’t really important to a lot of people, but so many of my friends have went off to school and became so absorbed in partying and/or saving money that they didn’t get the nourishment and quality of food they got at home. Don’t get out of shape … try to eat just like you did at home.”
    Andy

    “Exercise! The college workload can hit you like a ton of bricks, pushing your stress level through the roof. Take some time each day to exercise; it will help you relieve the stress and fight the infamous ‘freshman 15.’”
    Matt

    “Get plenty of sleep. Whether you traveled 1000 miles to a different state, or just to the other side of the city, this is a big change you’re making in your life. Take care of yourself and get enough sleep so you’ll be prepared to deal with all the pressures and stressful situations.”
    Andrea

    “Maintain some private time and space. Sure, you’re sociable, but being around people your own age all day, every day, can be really taxing on the nerves. Find a secluded spot on campus where you can go to relax and spend some time there each week, pondering the meaning of life and what not.”
    Terri

    “Besides the studying and working all the time, make time for yourself. It’s the best way to experience college and also the best way to be happy when you have to write that paper or study. A balanced life is a more healthy one, and leads to better grades in the end.”
    Andy

    Money

    “Budget, budget, budget—don’t just plan to! Keep track of where your money is going—save receipts, balance your checkbook. Don’t let poverty sneak up on you!”
    Andrea

    “Learn not to want what you don’t need. Protect yourself by realizing that you don’t need at least 99 out of 100 things people want to sell you. If you get into a habit of buying things that you don’t need (i.e., things that don’t noticeably help facilitate your health and wellbeing), you’ll send your family to the poorhouse right quick.”
    Seth

    “Get phonecards. They are much cheaper and usually the college phone prices are really high.”
    Tina

    “Shop around for books. The sooner you get into this habit, the better you will feel about the world in general. Check online sources. They offer lots of hard-to-find titles and may sell standard texts at much more reasonable prices than what you will see at the campus bookstore.”
    Andrea

    Social Life

    “Don’t be a stranger. Start spontaneous conversations with people—it’s much easier on a college campus than anywhere else. Always remember that you have nothing to lose.”
    Seth

    “Don’t party too hard. This is one of the main reasons most kids don’t succeed their first few years in school. It’s expected that you’re going to go out and try new things, but don’t overdo it.”
    Andy

    “Don’t forget the contacts and friends you had in high school; they can be there for you more than you will ever know.”
    Kristen

    “Support the efforts of your friends. See their plays. Go to their exhibitions. This’ll encourage them to do the same for you, and before you know it, you’ll build a real, meaningful social and intellectual community.”
    Seth

    “Experience everything you can. There are all kinds of new people at school. This may be your time to break free and find out what you’re all about. Meet new people and hang out with different groups.”
    Andy

     

    Article From: Fastweb