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Beach Blog 2018

Beach Blog 2018

This post was supposed to go up last week but better late than never I guess. Here’s what I did when I went to the beach for a few days about a week ago, what have you guys done this summer? Feel free to dm/email me ūüôā Also, as always, don’t forget to sparkle!


Port Aransas pretty houses teen blog stuff to do at the beach when bored

I didn’t travel a whole lot this summer but I did go to Port Aransas on Padre Island off the southern cost of Texas for a few days. Honestly, Port Aransas has the coolest beach vibes. I’ve been to beach towns all around the United States and of them Port Aransas has to be one of my favorites. For one thing, the houses are all painted very brightly and it is so aesthetic and cute. To add to the aesthetic, there are palm trees of all different shapes and sizes everywhere.

To make the trip even more fun, we rented a golf cart. Unlike a lot of beaches in the country, the majority of the beaches on Padre Island, if not all, allow you to drive on the beach as long as you have a special permit. It was so much fun driving around the beach on the golf cart and being able to drive right up to the water for a quick swim. Also we were able to ride the golf cart to the store and to restaurants for dinner which definitely added to the experience. The greatest thing, however, about the golf carts was how many there were everywhere: it definitely added to the beach vibes.

As well as spending time relaxing at the beach we explored the town a lot. One thing we definitely were made aware of was how bad the destruction of Hurricane Harvey actually was; more than once we passed hotels and condos still being fixed or left uninhabited and destroyed. To make things better, during one of our adventures I was able to get some really cool photos of a pier that had been entirely wrecked by the storm.

Overall, even though I did end up very sunburned, the trip was very fun and certainly memorable.

Don’t forget to check back next Friday for another post!

XOXO, Sophie

5 Things to Keep in Mind in Order to Live your Best Life

5 Things to Keep in Mind in Order to Live your Best Life

Hey guys, long time no see!

For this week’s post I decided to share a few things that I personally have realized allow my life a greater sense of purpose and happiness. I hope these help you out ūüôā Also, as a quick heads up I am leaving on vacation this Sunday and will take many pictures so I can blog about it and that will be posted next Friday. Hope you’re summer has been great and now let’s get on to the article. Don’t forget to sparkle!


In the world we live in today it is easy to be afraid of things we don’t know much about. It’s only natural considering the regular precautions we practice in our everyday lives. This being said, it’s easy to get caught up in said worries and lose touch with what it truly means to get lost in the moment. We’ve all heard some form of the phrase ‘live as if you were to die tomorrow’ before and it’s time that we start obeying it. After all, we only live once: we must explore, eat, play, and achieve as if we only have one chance because sometimes we do.

In a world run by negativity we have to stay positive. There is always a chance of bad things happening but if we dwell on that chance, which is really only a number, we are preventing ourselves from enjoying life. Of course it’s ok to be negative every once in a while, a rant helps us release steam, after all, but at the end of the day we must learn to direct our energy towards learning and adapting because of our situations. Positivity truly is powerful and can make all the difference when it comes to living a happy and fulfilling life.

One very overlooked key to a fulfilled life is being passionate about something. There’s so much to find passion in in this world whether it be music, travel, art, dance, or even something like religion, volunteer work, or activism. Having a passion can both give you something to do and make life feel more meaningful. So, next time you get invited to do something strange, give it a shot. Who knows, it might be your new passion.

Sometimes it can feel like the hardest thing in the world to let something go, but it’s important that in the end we drop the rope and let the balloon fly away. Whether it’s knowing when t0 give up on a pointless argument, forgiving someone who doesn’t seem to deserve or want forgiveness, or letting go of stress or a toxic relationship, it is important that at times we evaluate our priorities and decide if something is truly worth our time or not. Through learning to let go we are allowing ourselves to grasp onto the things that are actually important.

After all, anything could happen.

~XOXO, Sophie~

60 Useless Facts About Me

60 Useless Facts About Me

Ok, so I’ve been talking to a lot of you on Instagram recently and one thing I noticed is that a lot of you wanted to know (rightfully so) who I am as a person. Upon this realization I scrolled through my past posts and realized that I never actually post about myself. So, I decided to write this article. Also, as a side note, this is my official re-launch of the site because from here on out I will be posting every week. Without further adieu, here it is: 60 useless facts about me.


  1. I really love photography but didn’t start practicing it until this past summer when I went on my road trip and got my new camera. I did, however, get my first camera using my own money when I was nine. It was a Bloggie and I bought it because I wanted to be a Youtuber.

    A photo I took in Quebec City, Canada that I’m really proud of.
  2. My favorite animals are cats. I like domesticated cats the most because they are fluffy and adorable, but I also love snow leopards, lynxes, sand cats, and cheetahs.
  3. I have lived in four different towns and in two different countries (yes, one of them is the US).
  4. I have traveled to almost half of the states in the United States.

    A very blurry but nice picture of Boston in Massachusetts.
  5. I was terrified of and hated dogs until I was in fifth grade.
  6. Currently my favorite Bath and Body Works scent is Wild Honeysuckle.
  7. I love to sing and have been in choir for years.
  8. I absolutely love polaroid cameras. Both old fashioned and new Polaroid cameras are so cool and they make me really happy.

    My adorable Polaroid camera.
  9. My favorite colors are light purple, baby blue, and mint green.
  10. Polka dots are the best design. End of story.
  11. One of my biggest hobbies is baking. I’ve baked all kinds of things including pies, fortune cookies, truffles, lemon bars, homemade pudding, macaroons, and cornbread. I even alter recipes to make them my own. I started baking when I was thirteen and have been baking regularly ever since.
  12. I prefer gold over silver when it comes to jewelry except with earrings for some reason.
  13. I made a YouTube channel when I was younger and wanted to become famous for it someday.
  14. I want to go into the medical research field when I’m older.
  15. I listen to basically every type of music imaginable.
  16. I don’t wear leggings to school often.
  17. I love travel so much and I really want to travel around the world someday.
  18. Chocolate and cookies and cream are my two all time favorite flavors for everything.
  19. I eat a lot of salad. My salads consist of lettuce, Caesar or thousand islands dressing, and shredded cheddar cheese.
  20. I LOVE SUGAR SNAP PEAS.
  21. I don’t like Nutella. It’s weirdly sweet and nutty so I prefer peanut butter.
  22. My dream school is Harvard.
  23. I have a cat named Bobby and a Doberman dog named King.

    My cat Bobby. What a model.
  24. I really want to go to Bali because it’s beautiful and I want to take pictures there and blog about it.
  25. When I was young I had an eraser collection and then I moved on to collecting keychains. I would buy a new keychain everywhere I traveled.
  26. I have traveled to five countries.
  27. My camera is bright red.
  28. I love Paris and my room is Parisian themed.
  29. I prefer mechanical pencils over real pencils.
  30. I speak two languages fluently and have been taking French now for five years as my third.
  31. I memorize poems that I like.
  32. I’m shy when I first meet people but when I get to know them well I’m very outgoing.
  33. I  really like pasta, rice, tortillas, shrimp, and, best of all, chicken.
  34. I like the red Ice Breakers sours.
  35. I own a lot of wallets.
  36. I love the aesthetic of pineapples.
  37. I always order either pink lemonade or water at restaurants.
  38. Whenever I go to ice cream places I like to try weird flavors like cotton candy and apple pie.
  39. Pinterest is by far my favorite social media. I rarely post to it but I love browsing it. My favorite thing to do on Pinterest is look up photoshoot ideas.
  40. I don’t think I’m an extrovert or introvert, probably more of an ambivert.
  41. Winter and fall are my favorite seasons because I love snow, Christmas, changing leaves, and pumpkin stuff.
  42. I like Dunkin Donuts better than Starbucks unless I’m getting a chai tea latte.
  43. Inspirational quotes are my go to Instagram captions on my personal.
  44. I drink way too much tea. Bigelow is my favorite brand of tea and I really like lemon, vanilla chai, and green tea.

    Even though the croissant is the star of this picture, that’s a cup of tea behind it.
  45. I want to learn German and eventually be able to speak seven languages fluently.
  46. I’m really drawn to abandoned places and love the idea of visiting ghost towns to take photos.
  47. I used to memorize random facts that I found interesting. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know.
  48. I have never met anyone with the same birthday as me.
  49. I can’t stand doing nothing. I really like to go places and do interesting stuff instead, even when I’m sick. This is in part because I get bored very easily.
  50. I color code stuff a lot and I’m obsessed with scrapbook paper.
  51. I love fifties music and dresses.
  52. I like going to Ikea because they make really good Swedish meatballs.
  53. I am obsessed with cute socks.
  54. I know three very useless phrases in German: “Dieses Telegramm ist fur meinen bruder”, “Ich spreche perfekt deutsch aber ich bin kein deutscher”, and “Der kleine junge shaut durch das schlusselloch”.
  55. Cacti are my favorite plants, but lemon and palm trees are also definitely on the list.
  56. I prefer the forest and mountains to the city and despite the fact that I’m deathly afraid of spiders and hate most bugs, I like camping.

    The mountains of Wyoming.
  57. I really like to read books and watch movies.
  58. Person of Interest is my favorite show and it’s on Netflix in case you’re interested.
  59. I don’t like drinking water from cups but I do like drinking it from water bottles.
  60. I’m kind of a germophobe.

My First Cup of Matcha Tea

My First Cup of Matcha Tea

Hey guys! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but I’m getting¬†back in the grove. That being said, from now on I am going to be posting normal¬†articles¬†on Sparkle Saturdays and Wednesdays and then I am going to be starting a new page on my site sometime this week called ‘thought of the day’. Because of school work, I am not able to write as many full articles, but I will do my best to post a ‘thought of the day’ at least twice a week where I will journal a quick response to one of your questions for me or write a quick reflection on something I thought of on that given day. As always, don’t forget to follow my social medias to get all the news that sparkles and don’t forget to sparkle! Now, onto today’s post!


In late July, I received a package filled with a very generous donation of a full pack of Matcha tea single sips and a sample packet from The Republic of Tea  for a review.

The Republic of Tea Matcha Tea Sparkle News

 

So, I decided to try out one of the sample packets today. The first thing that I noticed was that the tea packets had instructions for a few different ways to prepare the tea: hot, cold, or as a hot matcha latte. Being me, I decided to make the matcha latte. It was very easy to prepare, all I had to do was make a cup of hot water and stir in the tea packet with a fork and then add milk. Also, the tea was a very pretty green color when prepared.


As for the taste, the Matcha tea tasted slightly like green tea only with a slightly more subtle taste.¬†The milk also made¬†it very creamy and nice.¬†I would definitely recommend Matcha tea, especially The Republic of Tea’s Matcha tea, for people who drink green tea regularly or for those who like tea lattes. In addition to its taste, I read up on Matcha tea and found out that it has quite a few benefits as well. Not only is Matcha tea good for detox, but it also burns calories and boosts energy. Overall, I was really pleased with my first cup of Matcha tea. As for you guys, the full pack of Matcha single sips will be included in the much awaited giveaway that I will be doing soon.

Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for a new fall related article and don’t forget to check my page ‘Thought of the Day’ which will be released soon! Don’t forget to sparkle!

 

8 Outfits Inspired by Your Favorite Movie Characters

8 Outfits Inspired by Your Favorite Movie Characters

Hey guys! With school coming up or having already started for most of you I decided to write this article to kick off my back to school series. I asked you guys on Instagram what your favorite movies and movie characters¬†were and I took¬†a few and made outfits inspired by them.¬† To make sure you can get your opinion in for the next article make sure to follow all my social medias which are on the side bar or down below if you’re using a mobile device. And now, 8 outfits inspired by your favorite movie characters.

Note: You can click on the images to enlarge them

Road Trip Blog Day Two

Road Trip Blog Day Two

Hi guys, I am so happy with all the¬†extra traffic I have been getting on my website recently! As you¬†may or may not know, I posted Day¬†One of my road trip blog on Thursday so if you haven’t already, go check that out now.¬†For those of you who have read it already, here is day two of my road trip blog! Enjoy and don’t forget to Sparkle!¬†(and don’t forget to follow all of my social medias either)


Day 2: Colorado Springs, Colorado

The morning of the second day was pretty calm. We took our time to get ready and get things packed up before heading downstairs to eat breakfast. ¬†I had received a map of Amarillo with all of the tourist attractions on it the night before and circled the ones I had already implemented in my road trip binder along with ones I thought were interesting so it was easy to know where we were headed. The first place we stopped was the RV museum. Unfortunately, when we got there we discovered that it was closed on Sundays. So, after that we headed off to the well known landmark Cadillac Ranch. For those of you who don’t know, Cadillac Ranch is ten vintage Cadillacs stuck in the ground in middle of a corn field off the side of a highway. As a man had told us on the way in, Cadillac Ranch is basically America’s Stone Hedge. We brought sharpies to sign the Cadillacs with, as is custom, just to find that they were soaking wet with spray paint. Luckily, there was a family who was leaving and giving away their spray cans. I signed the first Cadillac from the left twice and than my whole family signed one of the others. Honestly, the experience was so strangely satisfying. Especially considering there were so many people. People were coming and going CONSTANTLY.

After Cadillac Ranch, we headed back towards the center of town to explore the Route 66 Historic District. I have to say I was slightly disappointed with it because it was kind of sketchy and the image I had found on Route 66’s website didn’t turn out to be around the area. It was still really cool to see though. For our final thing to do in Amarillo, we went to the Palo Duro Canyon. Note that the pictures I took there aren’t nearly as good as the ones from before it because the camera I was using was dead and I needed to use my phone camera.

When I was planning the road trip I¬†didn’t¬†included Palo Duro canyon in the plans because I hadn’t seen it online, but I must say it was amazingly beautiful and I am so happy that we went. The best part was that we were able to go all the way down to the bottom of the canyon where there was a trading post. Also, in the gift shop there was a hallway made into a mini museum telling the history of the canyon and about the Native Americans that used to live there. I definitely recommend visiting it if you haven’t already. After Palo Duro canyon, we were on the road again. We passed through New Mexico on the way to Colorado and I got to see a lot of really cool rock structures and Pronghorn Antelopes. Because we spent so much time in the canyon, we got to Colorado Springs pretty late but the hotel was nice.


Thanks for reading guys! Road Trip Blog Day Three will be coming out on Tuesday so keep watch for that!

While you’re here, here are a few of my recent articles that you should check out:

Road Trip Blog Day One

Quality Vs. Price

Packing Tips for Vacation

Remembrance- A short story

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List

 

Road Trip Blog Day One

Road Trip Blog Day One

Hey guys! As many of you already know, for the past five days I have been on a road trip with my family. What you don’t know is where I have been and what I have been doing. So, here is my recap of day one and day two will be posted tomorrow. Also, as always, don’t forget to follow all my social medias and to stay active. And, most importantly, don’t forget to sparkle!


Day 1: Amarillo, Texas

Our first destination was Amarillo, Texas. We packed the car, dropped my dog off at his doggie daycare, and left my cat with lots of food and water in the morning before hitting the road. I’m not exactly sure when exactly we left, but I think it was around noon. Although the ride was long, about halfway through we came across this really cute small town called Childress. Childress was founded 1902 and had a lot of really cool old buildings, cars, and an old train.

If any of you ever find yourselves a few hours south of Amarillo, I highly recommend that you stop in Childress. After Childress, we kept on driving so that we would make it to Amarillo before it got dark. We got to the hotel pretty late so we didn’t really explore Amarillo much, but we did stop at a Target near the hotel so that I could buy a camera I had been reading about online to use on the trip. I was looking for the Nikon Coolpix L340 but unfortunately they told us that Target was discontinuing selling the item. After we got back to the hotel we settled in for the night. The room was really comfortable because it was split up into two smaller bedrooms and a main living area. So, me and my sister watched Say Yes to the Dress on TLC and Toy Story 3 on Freeform before going to bed sometime just before midnight. Even though we didn’t do a whole lot on the first day, it was still very fun. Also, we did A LOT on day two so make sure to go check that out here.

On the road.

Remembrance

Remembrance

Hey guys! This is just a short story that I wrote a little while ago and decided to share with you all. I really enjoy writing, as you can probably tell, and of the different fiction genres I especially enjoy writing sci-fi and dystopias. This specific story is a dystopia and science fiction that takes place hundreds of years in the future after the end of a powerful epidemic and once the man made creatures that once terrorized the people have vanished. If you have any feedback or comments feel free to leave a comment down below, email me at newsthatsparkles@gmail.com, or share it with me using #newsthatsparkles on Instagram or Twitter. Thanks and enjoy!

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