Thursday, May 2, 2019

We Need to Make a Change (Part One of Two)

What’s in your “pool of worries” today (It’s Okay To Be Smart)? For most people, there are small things such as what outfit to wear, homework assignments, etc. But, we need to expand this “pool of worries” and worry about bigger problems - things that can seriously affect everyone we know, and all of humanity. One huge issue which should be in everyone’s “pool of worries” is Climate Change.
Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today I will be addressing an important issue, Climate Change. This blog is actually a collab with one of my best friends, Emma Lee! Make sure to check out her blog, and her post about Climate Change as well!
Well, what exactly is Climate Change? According to Dictionary.com, Climate Change is “a long-term change in the earth’s climate, especially a change due to an increase in the average atmosphere temperature.” This definition is a great summary of how Climate Change is affecting our Earth, but it is lacking one key factor which is causing our climate to change. Humans. Without realizing it, each and everyone of us is affecting the Earth everyday. Did you know that “the average person in the U.S. emits about 27 tons of CO2/year” (Penn State)?
Think about the water bottle that you purchased this morning. The plastic for the bottle was produced using fossil fuels, a non-renewable resource which emits great amounts of greenhouse gasses into the environment. But, instead of recycling the water bottle, you threw it on the side of the road where you didn’t have to worry about it anymore. Then, wind carried the water bottle to a nearby beach, where it ended up floating into the ocean.

But, that isn’t the only plastic product that is in the ocean. Around “8.8 tons of plastic winds up in the ocean every year” (Shaw). This great amount of plastic is the ocean is killing animals. Some animals get entangled in pieces of plastic, and others consume it thinking that it is food. Plastic in the ocean has affected “over 700 species of marine animals” which “have been reported to have eaten or been entangled in plastic” (Shaw).


Image from Ecomerge

After learning about Climate Change, I’m sure that you guys want to learn how to make a change. Stay tuned for my next blog post where I will be posting multiple ways YOU can help change the environment! Bye!


Thursday, April 25, 2019

How to Improve Your Photography Skills in Just 3 Steps

Hi guys! Welcome back to my blog! As some of you may know, I really enjoy photography and taking pictures of nature, people, buildings, etc. So, today I decided that I would share some of the tips and tricks that I’ve learned while taking pictures! To view some of the pictures that I have taken and edited, you can visit my VSCO account: vsco.co/aanyaasachdeva.


Step 1: Adjust the lighting
To adjust the lighting in a picture, experiment by tapping around the screen. When you tap a location on your screen, your camera highlights that section more. Another great feature on the iPhone camera is the AE/AF LOCK. This feature allows one to control the lighting in various different scenarios, such as filming a video. This feature can be used by holding down a location on your screen where you want the image/video to be more highlighted.




Step 2: Make a collage
This tip isn’t directly targeted towards taking images, but it can help to improve your final pictures. Instead of using a single picture, try using an editing app, such as Pic Collage, to combine two images. This makes the final image more intriguing, and is a great way to display multiple shots. In the picture below, I duplicated an image using Pic Collage.



Step 3: Edit your pictures
There are many great editing apps, such as Lightroom, but my personal favorite one to use is VSCO. This is because there are a variety of different filters to use as well as other adjustment tools. When editing my pictures, I usually use the filter C1, or A6. I also like to adjust factors of the image such as the exposure, saturation, and contrast. 



I hope that some of these photography skills helped you! I’ll see you guys in my next blog post!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

DIY Slime/Ways to Deal With Stress!🤩

Many, if not all of us, have been stressed about multiple homework assignments, an audition for a play or a sport, etc. At first, one may only be slightly affected by stress, but it can lead to serious mental issues such as affects on your body, your behavior, and your throughts and feelings. It can lead to serious physical issues such as high blood pressure and heart disease (Mayo Clinic). If someone has some of the serious issues, they should definitely speak to a trusted friend, parent, or doctor. In fact, did you know that an average high school student today has the average stress level of a mental asylum patient in the 1950s? Many of them deal with stress from homework and tests. When struggling with stress about tests coming up in school, it can be easy and fun for a student to make something such as a stress ball (check out my post about how to make a DIY Stress Ball!) or even slime! In my recent blog post about how to make a stress ball, many of my friends found it helpful, and so I decided that I would do another stress reliving post about how to make slime!




Ingredients:
- Bowl (for combining your ingredients)
- Borax Mixture (1 teaspoon of borax powder mixed into warm water)
- Stirrir
- Paint (optional)
- Elmer’s School Glue

First of all, you will need to combine Elmer’s School Glue and your paint. If you want a small amount slime, you will need a small amount of glue, vise versa. To make your slime extra jiggly, you can add a few tablespoons of water, like I did.


Once the paint is completely combined in the glue, you can add the borax mixture. When the borax mixture is combined with glue, the long molecules in the glue get tangled together to create a stretchy, slimy creation. It may take a few minutes of stirring to achieve a stretchy texture. When the slime texture seems well combined, poke it with your fingers to see if it is sticky. If it is very sticky, add a tablespoon or two of the borax mixture and combine it with the glue once again. 




Voila! You made you slime! If you want the slime to have a crunchy texture, add foam beads, to create a slime known as “floam!”If you want it to have a smooth texture, you can add daiso clay, to create a slime known as “butter slime!” 

Thanks for reading this post!



Thursday, January 3, 2019

My New Year’s Resolutions🎉

Hi guys! Happy New Year! Today I decided that for my blog post, I would write my New Year’s Resolutions. Usually, if you write or type things, it’s easier to remember them and so I hope that this blog post will help me accomplish these goals. Also, this blog post might help you with ideas for New Year’s Resolutions, and things that you want to change in 2019 to make it your year!

1. Have a morning routine
I would like to have a morning routine because a lot of times I wake up too late and I have to hurry so I don’t miss the bus for school.

2. Do something positive/fun everyday
This is a great way to make 2019 your year! Make it an important thing to do something fun everyday. It can be as simple as listening to your favorite music playlist, or even skydiving!

3. Make new friends
I want to meet new people and make new friends because it makes school more fun!

4. Join new clubs/sports
I like to try new things and new activities and so I would like to join new clubs/sports in 2019!

I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post! I’ll see you guys next time!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Blog Post Ideas🤩

Hi guys, welcome back to my blog! First of all, happy holidays; I hope that all of you guys have a great holiday season! Have you ever been stuck on something to blog about? I don’t know about you, but a lot of times I can’t think of something to write a post about. That’s why I decided that this post would be a list of blog post ideas for you guys (and probably me at one point too lol).

1. Recipe for one of your favorite foods to make
2. A fun DIY
3. Your morning/night routine
4. Life hacks
5. Hair styles for your hair type
6. Your favorites! (Food, colors, accessories, etc.)
7. An A through Z list
8. Books/Movies/Music that you reccomend
9. Review of a product
10. A letter to your future or past self
11. What different emojis mean to you
12. Pet peeves/things you can’t stand
13. Studying tips/how to be a better student
14. Random questions you’ve always had
15. An interview with your friend or classmate
16. Daily challenges for your followers

I’ll see you guys in my next blog post!




Monday, December 17, 2018

My Anti-Bucket List😱

Have you ever heard of a bucket list? Well this is an ANTI- bucket list, meaning all the things I never hope to experience in my life! I hope you guys enjoy this short blog post!

1. Eat a live octopus
2. Have a spider as a pet
3. Live in a place where there’s no other people
4. Go to outer space
5. Swim with sharks
6. Go to country music concert
7. Be stranded on an island alone
8. Ruin something that was special to someone else
9. Accidentally mix up salt and sugar while cooking/baking something
10. Lose my luggage/ belongings

Thanks for reading this short post!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

DIY Stress Ball🤩

Hi guys! Welcome back to my blog! One of my friends recommended that I write a post on ways to cope with stress. So, I decided that this post would be about how to make your own stress ball! :)

Materials:
1. Balloon
2. Rice
3. Funnel
4. Spoon


Start off by attaching the funnel to the balloon so that it is secure. If the balloon is loose, you might spill the rice (I accidentally spilled the rice everywhere lol). Then, you can start placing spoonfuls of rice into the funnel. 



Once you have filled the balloon with enough rice so you have your desired consistency, tie it off at the top, and you’re done with this simple DIY Stress Ball! If you don’t want to fill the balloon with rice, I know a lot of people who like to use baby powder or flour to make their stress balls! I’ll see you guys in my next post!







We Need to Make a Change (Part One of Two)

What’s in your “pool of worries” today ( It’s Okay To Be Smart )? For most people, there are small things such as what outfit to wear, homew...