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Road Trip Blog Finale

Road Trip Blog Finale

Hey guys, my road trip blog series is finally at its end! Also, I have a giveaway coming up in the next month and so far it has tea, makeup, candies, and other products included. To get updates on that, Subscribe to my website using the form to the right or down below on mobile devices. And, as usual, don’t forget to follow all of my social medias and don’t forget to sparkle!


Day 4: Saratoga, Wyoming

On day four we were supposed to leave to Jackson, Wyoming so that we could stay there and explore Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, but I ended up needing a small medical procedure, so we stayed in Saratoga. First thing that morning we called the local medical clinic and then we walked out to go get breakfast from a local shop in town. On the way I got some great pictures of the center of town.

We ended up getting breakfast at this really cute bakeshop on the street called Sweet Marie’s Bakeshop. I got a breakfast burrito and green tea latte and I must say it was delicious. If any of my tea loving readers find themselves in Saratoga, make sure you get a green tea latte from Sweet Marie’s. I dare say it was the best green tea latte I have ever had.  Also, the shop was decorated very cutely and the owner left out cupcake papers and markers so that people could decorate them so that she could hang them on the wall.

After breakfast, we drove around the outskirts of town and I finally got some pictures of the pronghorn antelopes that we had seen in New Mexico and then hadn’t seen again until we hit the highlands of Wyoming. I even got a picture of a mother with its baby.

After the ride we headed to the clinic and I got a mini surgery. Although it was a bit painful, afterwards I felt a lot better. The staff at the clinic were incredibly nice and professional and I will forever be thankful for them being able to help me out. From there we went out to get ice cream from an ice cream parlor right next door to our hotel. I got birthday cake ice cream because I wanted to try a weirder flavor and it was actually really good. My sister got cinnamon and it was also delicious.

I basically needed to recover for the rest of the day so I didn’t do much, but it was a good day anyway. I watched Mean Girls and downloaded my pictures from my trip. We ended up booking another night at the Wolf hotel because it was really nice.

Day 5: Saratoga, Wyoming

We still weren’t able to leave Saratoga on day five because I needed to check back in with the doctors, but I have to say that Saratoga was really growing on me. That morning we went to Lollypops, the ice cream parlor we had visited the previous night, for breakfast. I had a Belgian waffle and an iced tea and they were both delicious. Afterwards we decided to explore the Saratoga Museum which was right next door to the clinic. For being a small town, it had a very nice museum!

Later that day we went to the Grand Encampment Museum which was in the small old mining town of Grand Encampment. The museum was fairly big and had a really cool set of old buildings they had moved out back from their original locations including old homes and businesses. We got a guided tour and were able to go into the buildings where the museum had set them up to look like how they would have during their time. It was really interesting because every building had some sort of story to go with it. For instance, there was a boarding house where somebody could pay a quarter and sleep in a bed with a ton of strangers for the night. There was also a beautiful old home which was built by one man to please his wife Ella who he had kidnapped and brought up to Wyoming after she said she didn’t want to go with him. Because it was a tour, I didn’t take a ton of pictures but I got a few.

On the night of day 5, the Wolf was fully booked so we ended up switching hotels to the Riviera which ended up being very nice too.

Day 6: Somewhere in Nebraska

The next morning, we packed up our stuff, dropped off some baked goods and a card to the medical clinic, and started to head home. On the way back down through Wyoming we stopped in Medicine Bow National Forest to take pictures.

It was actually really cool because the whole way down from Saratoga to Cheyenne there was a bike race going on. Also, on the way out of Wyoming we passed through the smallest town in America and tied as the smallest town in the world: Buford.

What is the smallest town in America? What is the smallest town in the world? Buford, Wyoming. Small Towns in the US Towns with a population of One
Buford, Wyoming: the smallest town in America and tied as the smallest town in the world.

From Wyoming we decided to drive back down through Nebraska and Kansas and both were relatively flat states and slightly boring. We ended up staying in a hotel in the middle of nowhere in Nebraska that night.

Day 7: Home

On the morning of day seven we found this really cool place called Pioneer Village which was this really big museum. The main building was full of old cars and planes that date back to the early 1800s which was really cool. Out back behind the building there were a lot of old buildings including a church, a livery, an appliance store, and a train station which were placed in a circle to create a cute village. It was really cool to walk through everything and picture what life would have been like back in the 1800s and on into the 1900s.

After exploring the Pioneer Village we continued our trek home. Not far from the museum, we passed a farm where there must have been hundreds of cows packed together in small pens with nothing but troughs of food to eat. It was really sad to see because we had seen so many farms where cows had nice large pastures t0 graze on and then there were these cows who had nothing to do but eat. Anyway, the rest of the ride was pretty unimpressive; the landscape was very flat and there was lots of corn. The same goes for Kansas. Either way, we ended up making it home that night. I really enjoyed the road trip, even if it was cut short, and I highly suggest that you guys take it if you ever find yourselves in the area!

 


So yeah, that was my road trip blog finale! Prepare for upcoming back to school posts and, of course, a giveaway! I have posts scheduled for the next few weeks so be sure to subscribe to Sparklenews.com and check back every Tuesday and Friday to see those. 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

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

 

Quality vs. Price

Quality vs. Price

Hey guys! I know that I posted my road trip blog for day one already, and I promise that I’ll post day two on Friday, but I thought that this would be an interesting and informative article to break up the series with. We all know that feeling where you get a great deal… and then our purchased item breaks the next day. To avoid instances like this, we sometimes have to ask ourselves which is more important: quality or price? So, let’s ask ourselves this one important question. Also, don’t forget to follow all of my social medias and don’t forget to sparkle!


Personally, and I’m sure most of you would agree with me, quality matters a lot more to me than price. This is because of a few simple reasons. For one thing, with good quality products, even if they are slightly more pricey, you feel like you actually got your money’s worth. In addition, you feel more satisfied with your buy because even though you spent more than you would have hoped, you did get a great product. Think of it in the sense that a more expensive item will last longer saving you the price of needing to buy replacements that would be necessary if you bought a worse quality product. Of course I don’t always buy the more expensive item, we all like a good deal once in a while, but I find that higher quality items usually make me happier.  Also, yes of course there are cheap yet good quality items, but for the most part the higher the price the better the quality.

So, now that we have decided that quality is more important, a new question arises; what exactly makes a product good quality? The most important factor of a quality product is material. For instance, leather is a much higher quality material than many other options: especially when it comes to accessories including purses, bags, shoes, and jackets. Leather is very durable making leather items far less likely to rip and allowing them to stay nice for a very long time. Also, leather is water resistant, so if you’re clumsy like me you don’t have to worry about spilling water all over your new bag or jacket and wrecking it. You can simply look at leather or even smell it and realize that it is a great quality material. Plus, who doesn’t like the looks of leather? If you are interested in knowing more about leather and its benefits and why it is used for accessories, click here to check out an interesting post about it from Mahi Leather. Overall, it’s pretty clear that leather is a great material and that material is what dictates whether an item is high quality or not.

Basically, the point that I am trying to get at is that sometimes we need to overlook the price of an item and pay more attention to how long it will last and how well made it is. Even if it is a little more expensive, if it is a good item it will make you happy with your choice. Also, most importantly, remember that it is okay to treat yourself to something special every once in a while too.

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.

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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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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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 🙂

Looking Back at 2016: Harambe, The Election, and More

Looking Back at 2016: Harambe, The Election, and More

So much has happened this year whether it be something that has impacted a few people or an event that has changed the lives of millions. Some of these events were good and others bad, but there is no doubt that they were abundant.

One of the best parts of this year for me was you: the 12,157 unique visitors who have continued to visit my website throughout the year. Just yesterday this number was significantly lower when I had checked. I am grateful to have you all as an audience and to have so many of you following my Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube channel as well. In addition to having 12,157 unique visitors, I have had 54,275 views this year so far. For the 2017 year, my goal is to gain at least 10,000 new visitors nearly doubling my current viewer amount. In addition, I promise to post more frequently (at least twice a week) so that you all have more content to read. Anyway, thank you all and, without further adieu, let’s look back at 2016.

Starting early on in the year, I think that we can all agree that the presidential election for the United States has been very notable. Wealthy businessman Donald Trump unexpectedly became very popular early on in the election making himself the Republican nominee. Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state, also gained popularity securing her spot as the Democratic nominee. The election was a rocky road and lasted nearly the whole year. The most awe-striking part being towards the end when it was made clear that Hillary Clinton would win and that Trump had little, if any, chance to beat her. In the end, when November 8th came around, Donald Trump ended up winning the country by a significant number amazing everyone. What makes this year’s election so much more notable than those of years past is probably the outrage and the controversy over it. Even more so, the number of people who weren’t supporting either candidate and disliked both.

In addition to the election, there were events such as the night club shooting and the riots in Dallas over police killings. Speaking of which; police shootings and police being shot were frequent events this year as well. Many questions arose due to these shootings concerning equality and different peoples’ rights.

On more of a positive note, there was also the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this year. Team USA did amazing ending the games with a grand total of 121 medals. Some of the best on our team being athletes such as Michael Phelps and Simone Biles. Also, there was the video that went viral of the US swim team singing together while carpooling to Rio.

In May of this year there was also the killing of Harambe. At the Cincinnati Zoo in May, Harambe the gorilla was shot after a child had fallen into his enclosure due to the carelessness of their parents. The controversy over Harambe’s death is mainly based on the fact that it was the child’s parents’ fault that they ended up in the enclosure, yet Harambe was punished with death for it. Although this was a large deal when it happened, Harambe became a well known meme to teens and other adolescents.

A few large trends this year was the new Pokémon GO app and the IPhone 7. Pokémon GO was released on July 6, 2016 and quickly became a big hit. According to expandedramblings.com, there has been a total of about 500 million Pokémon GO downloads thus far and that there are about 20 million users per day in the United States alone. Also this year the IPhone 7 was released in September. Being that Apple has such a large following the IPhone 7 was a fairly large hit. Of course, the Fitbit was another popular trend this year. People have constantly been wearing their Fitbits throughout the year and comparing steps with those around them.

Another group of instances that are particularly notable are the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones catching on fire. The phones’ batteries have become known for catching on fire and exploding this year. Along with this, there was also the issue with ‘killer clowns’ appearing around the United States causing people much worry. These clowns also hit the internet hard.

Finally, there were also he deaths of a few very popular celebrities this year. David Bowie, well known for his many hit songs including Starman, Space Oddity, and Under Pressure, died on January 10th this year from cancer at the age of 69. Similarly, the very popular Prince died on April 21 this year at only 57 years old. The former first lady Nancy Reagan also died on March 6 at the age of 94 from heart failure. And, of course, the boxing champion Muhammad Ali who died on June 3 at 74 years old.

2016 has been the year of victories and losses and the year of ups and downs. Through all of the issues we have learned to thrive and from all of the good things we have learned to love. Now all we have to do is hope for an even better year for 2017.

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Infographic

Thanksgiving Infographic

This is just an infographic that I made to celebrate Thanksgiving! To have your opinions counted in the next infographic, make sure you take the survey for December under ‘Monthly Polls’ or below. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

December Survey:

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