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Weekly Blog 1: Christmas and the Fast Food World

Weekly Blog 1: Christmas and the Fast Food World

December 23 – December 30, 2018

With the new year approaching I decided to start blogging again and despite my busy schedule I came up with a way that I can consistently blog while maintaining my lifestyle; weekly blogs about my week! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t live an extravagant or crazy life, but I do have some interesting stories to share and advice to give. Also, no worries, I’ll post my usual content too, but this way you guys get the best of both worlds and I’ll have something to post every week. So here y’all go: my first weekly blog! Enjoy and, most importantly, don’t forget to sparkle!


Christmas

Ok so the first major thing that happened recently is that I got the iPhone XR! Technically that was a few weeks ago but it was an early Christmas gift so I’m including it in this post anyway. The camera is really nice so I should be able to start including some nice photos in my weekly blogs. I’m honestly really excited about it and I can’t wait to experiment more with it’s camera.

My school had finals right before Christmas break so it has definitely been a reprieve from that and Christmas itself was really good. My family came over and we opened gifts and then watched Christmas movies and I was finally able to watch ‘A Christmas Story’ for the first time ever and the day was overall really great. I got a lot of cute clothes and makeup as well as gift cards and a new planner which I’m honestly hyped about (anybody who knows me knows that I am obsessed with my planner).

The Fast Food World

So another thing I’ve been up to recently is I have been working a lot. I work for a fast food restaurant and I work front register as well as drive thru and let me tell you, it sure is an experience. The majority of my weekly updates’ entertainment will likely come from work stories as a forewarning. For instance…

A customer threw his food at me

Ok, so this customer came through the drive thru and he asked simply for a fish sandwich that the fine establishment for which I work offers and he asked for it plain. The sandwich usually comes with tomatoes, lettuce, and mayo so I put ‘no’ to all of those so that it would be plain. He asked if I had made sure it was plain and I assured him I did. So he gets his food and leaves but then he came back 15ish minutes later and when he got to the window he. was. enraged. He practically threw the bag with his food in it at me through the window and yelled at me about it not being plain. I was a little shook even though people are jerks all the time, but I kindly apologized and assured him I would have it fixed. So I took the bag to my manager and we opened it together and the sandwich was plain???? There was only the fish and the bun? How plain did he want it? “Would you like fish and bread on that fish sandwich sir?” “would you like a sandwich at all sir??” But anyway, my manager decided that he would take orders for a while from then on for whatever reason.

Honestly though I’m learning so much about people from my job. For instance, I’m forming this theory that whenever people have really bad days or are grumpy they decide to go to fast food chains to take out their anger on the poor suckers working there. They usually choose drive thru too so that they can get their rage out at lightning speed and then eat delicious food triumphantly. Moral of the story: please avoid drive thrus if you’re in a bad mood. Or at the least, please don’t take out your rage on the workers; It’s not our fault! Anyway, despite the jerks,

I kinda love my job…

My coworkers are weird in the best possible way and they teach me things I never asked to learn but am glad I did. For instance, root beer and sweet tea make a great pair, chicken gravy and melted cheese on fries is amazing, and friends can be made in the weirdest places by the most random group of people forced together all because we need a little money.

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!

 

Road Trip Blog Day Three

Road Trip Blog Day Three

Hey guys! I’m back after a week of inactivity. I have been really busy with summer reading and homework but I’m really sorry. That being said, from now on I am writing my posts ahead of time and scheduling their posting, so you can bet on the fact that there will be a new post every Tuesday and Friday for sure! So, you should definitely subscribe using the form on the side bar. For other news, I am happy to announce that I am going to be holding a giveaway here on Sparklenews.com! More information will be coming up in future articles and on my social medias so make sure to follow those and check back weekly for updates. Also, I would like to thank you all for the recent incline in views I’ve been having, I really appreciate it. Finally, don’t forget to read road trip blogs day one and two if you haven’t already! And, without further adieu, here it is: Road Trip Blog Day Three.


Day 3: Saratoga, Wyoming

On the morning of day three, we packed up and then headed out to a Target near the hotel where I ended up buying my new camera! I set up my camera in the car on the way to seven falls at the edge of Colorado Springs. Seven falls is this really cool nature place where you hike up about a mile to see the falls. Overall it was a pretty hike: there were wild flowers on both sides of the path, a small stream to the right with birds playing in it, and steep mountains of rock sloping up on either side. Sadly, although I had brought my camera with me, it ended up that it could only hold three photos without an SD card, so I needed to use my phone camera. When we got to the top of the trail there was a large rock with the falls. It was pretty, but to be honest the falls weren’t as large as I had expected. Despite this, it wasn’t disappointing considering how nice the walk had been. We took the elevator to the top of a lookout point where you could see the falls beautifully. We had actually gotten lucky with our timing because the lookout point had been closed all morning because there was a couple getting married on it and the ceremony had just ended by the time we got to the end of the trail.

Seven falls ended up taking a lot longer than we had expected, so we left for Saratoga a bit late but it was definitely worth it. So, after seven falls we went back to Target to get my camera an SD card and then headed towards Saratoga. The drive from Colorado to Wyoming was gorgeous although once we got on top of the mountains in Wyoming it was fairly flat. We did get to see more of the Pronghorn Antelopes like the ones we had seen in New Mexico though which was cool. Also, in Wyoming we came across this really pretty town with a population of 270 called Centennial and I had to stop for pictures.

I really love these pictures just because they look so unrealistic. The town was such a speck compared to the barren plains on top of the mountains in Wyoming and it looked so pretty against the mountainous backdrop. By the time we had gotten to Centennial we were only a few hours from Saratoga. From there it felt a lot longer though because we had reached Medicine Bow National Forest which is huge. To make matters worse, as it got dark it began to rain really hard and the roads curved a lot. After awhile the rain stopped and we made it to Saratoga. Saratoga has a population of 1,600 and is this really cool old town. The hotel we stayed in was built back in the 1800s  and called the Hotel Wolf.

That night we ate at the Hotel Wolf Restaurant which made really good real steak hamburgers. Also, I must add that the hotel was really cool. The room was decorated very nicely and to match the old fashion utilities and atmosphere of the hotel. Despite it being old, the hotel was also very clean and well kept. The only downside was that there was no AC, but we were able to open the windows to get cool air. Overall, day three was very fun.


So yeah, that was Road Trip Blog Day Three! I hope you all enjoyed and keep watch for Road Trip Blog Days Four and Five which come out on Friday! Then, the Road Trip Blog Finale will be posted next Tuesday. Thank you for reading!

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

Road Trip Blog Day One

Road Trip Blog Day Two

Quality Vs. Price

Packing Tips for Vacation

Remembrance- A short story

Packing Tips for Vacation

Packing Tips for Vacation

I have been traveling since I was born. In country and out, I have traveled by basically any method: Train, plane, bus, car, you name it. With these years of traveling come years of packing experience. So, I decided to share some of my wisdom with you guys to hopefully help you all out the next time you need to pack for vacation. Also, as a quick side note, I will be going on a road trip next Saturday and will be blogging daily so keep an eye out for those posts! Also, to stay informed on everything I’m doing and get the extra scoop, don’t forget to follow my social medias which are on the side bar or down below if you are using a mobile device. Feel free to share your vacation pictures with me using #newsthatsparkles! And now, let’s get packing!

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6 Cute Spring Outfits for 2017

6 Cute Spring Outfits for 2017

With spring approaching, I decided to put together 6 cute spring outfits for you guys. All of the items shown below are both very affordable and can be ordered online as well as bought at stores. Tweet your spring fashion tips and ideas to @Sparklenews_ with the #NewsthatSparkles to be featured and don’t forget to follow all my social medias which will be listed down below. Outfit 1:

This is a cute and casual look that can be worn to school, work, or out shopping. The shirt is a tee with a gray top and a white and black floral bottom and is currently on sale for $24.99 at Belk. The shoes are adorable white Keds sold at DSW for $29.95 and the black jeans are on sale at Forever 21 for $10.

Outfit 2:

This outfit is not only very girly, but super cute too. It has an adorable cactus t-shirt from Target that is only $12.99 along with a pink button up skirt from Belk which is on sale for $24.01 at the moment. To finish it off, there is a pair of brown sandals which are $19.99 at Payless. Together, all of these elements make a bright and spring-themed outfit that would be great for school and other casual places.

Outfit 3:

Of the outfits I put together above, this one has got to be one of my favorites. It features a yellow, floral Abercrombie dress that sells for $58. I particularly love the dress because it has cute, flowy sleeves with a cold shoulder and is a bright yellow color which is great for spring. I added a layered charm necklace ($15.95-American Eagle) to make the outfit a bit more classy and a pair of cute brown booties which are $49.99 at Payless. This is a step up from the typical casual outfit, but can be worn in almost any situation.

Outfit 4:

I love this outfit because I think that it looks super comfy and would be perfect to wear for finals and midterms weeks or for traveling. To start, I chose a baby blue t-shirt from American Eagle which is currently on sale for $14.95. To go with it, I chose out a pair of cute, soft, camo shorts (On sale for $15 at Hollister). These two make for a great lounge outfit being that they would be very comfy. That being said, I decided to add a few accessories to make it look nicer so that it would be good to wear to school or to the airport. For jewelry, I simply added a set of bangles which are on sale for $12.60 at Belk. To finish, I added a pair of white, lacey sandals which are from Payless (sold for $24.99).

Outfit 5:

This outfit is an absolutely adorable and more dressy outfit that can be worn out to eat, for a day out, or even to school or work if you want. On top of this, it is super easy, comfy, and inexpensive. It is simply a light blue and pink floral dress which is $29.99 at the moment at Target and a cute pair of white buckle up sandals ($29.99 at Belk). This is such a simple outfit, but it looks really nice still. If you wanted, you could always dress it up by adding a pair of earrings and some bracelets, but it is not necessary.

Outfit 6:

For the final outfit, I decided to create a very comfy, yet super cute and casual outfit. There is a chic, coral, cold shoulder shirt that I found at Charming Charlie for only $22. Along with the shirt, there is a pair of really cute, black and white elephant print shorts that are on sale for only $7 at Forever 21. To finish off the look, I added a simple pair of black and white flip flops from Hollister.


Thank you guys for reading and don’t forget to check back next Tuesday for my next article! Have a wonderful Friday 🙂

Sophie’s Lemon Pie Recipe

Sophie’s Lemon Pie Recipe

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This is just my simple, yet delicious, lemon pie recipe! It is a spin on the traditional lemon pie recipe because it has a lemon pudding filling and uses whipped cream for the topping opposed to a merengue. If you make this recipe, feel free to share pictures with me on Instagram @sparklenews or on Twitter @Sparklenews_ for a chance to be featured on the website!

Ingredients:

Pie Crust (Homemade or packaged)

3/4 cups granulated sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

2 1/2 cups milk

3 egg yolks

The zest of 1 lemon

Salt

1/2 cup lemonade

2 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter

Whipped Cream

Directions:

1. Prepare the homemade or packaged pie crust according to the given instructions.

2. Next, take out a medium sized pot and add the sugar and cornstarch to it. Mix until combined.

3. Stir in the milk so that the mixture is smooth.

4. Turn the stove on at medium heat and place the pot over heat.

5. Add the egg yolks, a pinch of salt, and the zest to the pot.

6. Stir over medium heat. Mix more frequently the more thick the mixture becomes.

7. Once the mixture is a pudding consistency, remove from the heat.

8. While the pudding is still hot, add the lemonade and butter and mix together.

9. Pour the pudding into the pie crust and chill for 2 to 4 hours in the freezer.

10. Once the pie is chilled, add whipped cream and serve cold.