trying the curly girl method on straight-ish hair||how to get beachy waves

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Hey there! In today’s post, I’ll be trying the curly girl method on my straight hair to see if it works…I’ve also included directions in case you want to try it yourself. 🙂

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to offend anyone with curly or kinky hair, I just thought it would be fun to try a different hair routine to see how my hair reacted to it. 🙂

You might have heard of the curly girl method before, but if you haven’t, it’s basically just a method of taking care of your hair (if you have curly hair) to make your curls less frizzy and more defined. The method I’m using in this post isn’t the curly girl method but it’s really similar; I ended up having to figure out what stuff to use by doing my own googling research and watching/reading other peoples tutorials since I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a book or fancy products so the end result is slightly modified version of the curly girl method.

You might be wondering, “Um Grace…you just said your hair was straight, and this is for people with curly hair.”

It is-ish- my hair naturally has a slight wave to it which is a pain lol so while it’s definitely not curly, and I wouldn’t necessarily call it wavy either, it does have a bit of a wave.

So basically the reason I decided to try this was because I saw several people on the Internet with similar hair to mine use the curly girl method and “discover” that their hair was “naturally curly.”

Another Disclaimer: If you have to do all this to your hair to get it to curl (like me) you do not have curly hair, at least not naturally. It may work for you but if it wasn’t curly already, it’s not natural. (Sorry :/ )

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to try just to see if it would work on my straight hair. I had really low expectations going into this; I wasn’t expecting it to work at all, so I was really surprised at how my hair turned out.

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^My hair, which is actually behaving pretty well in this picture lol. (It’s also really damaged from me straightening it so much)^

^a picture from when my hair was longer (from about 2 years ago) I put this in here because you can see the waves a lot better.^

Even if you don’t have curly hair, you can try this on your hair to bring out your natural texture, or to get some beachy waves.

Another Disclaimer: This probably won’t work on stick straight hair. (sorry)

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So let’s get right into it:

Supplies

  • Brush or comb
  • Your normal shampoo and conditioner
  • Some sort of curl enhancing product (I used this one, but fair warning it smells pretty bad.)
  • A cotton t shirt (and a long sleeve one if you want to do the air dry version)
  • A diffuser attachment for your hair dryer (or a strainer from the kitchen. I’ll explain later)

Okay so to start all you have to do is just brush and wash your hair like usual. After you rinse the conditioner out of your hair and turn off the water, use your fingers to get the tangles out, and part your hair with your comb. Make sure the part is how you like it, because it will hard to make it look nice if you change it later. While your hair is still dripping wet (Don’t squeeze it out at any point, you want it to be wet) add another, smaller amount of conditioner to your hair and scrunch it in. (There are plenty of tutorials online on how to “squish to condish” and it’s better to have a visual explanation so I would recommend Googling it.) Scrunch in your curl enhancer, using a small amount for each section of hair (the sides and the back). Add more if needed. Continue scrunching, for about three minutes, making sure to get all of your hair. This is the most important step, so don’t skip it; even just scrunching will get you a few waves. After you get out of the shower, scrunch with the cotton (the cotton helps keep your waves from being frizzy) t-shirt to soak up some of the water.

To finish drying, you can either:

A. “plop” your hair in the long sleeve shirt and let it air dry overnight. Again, plenty of tutorials online on “plopping”. I didn’t use this method in this post, but I have tried it and I found that the results were hit or miss.

B. Use a diffuser attachment to partially blow dry your hair. Since I didn’t have an attachment, I just used a metal strainer from the kitchen lol. All you have to do is literally hold the diffuser under your hair, scoop up a big section and press the diffuser/strainer/other bowl like kitchen object with holes against your head and blow dry your hair through the strainer. Repeat for your whole head, gently letting the waves fall out when you finish a section. I felt really silly holding a strainer against my head, but it worked, and I only had to dry it about 70% of the way before I let it air dry.

This was my hair when it was about half dry^ (ignore the bad iPhone pic lol)

And here’s the finished look:

Final thoughts:

Honestly, I had very low expectations for this. ;)- I was really suprised how well it turned out. While I wouldn’t want to do it every day since I have oily hair, and using products every day is probably not the best idea, I thought it was a fun way to change up my hair. It wasn’t that expensive either, I think the travel size Curl Enhancer was only about $4 but that’s the only thing I had to buy. I did like the beachy waves it created, but I feel like it would have been a lot easier just to curl my hair with an iron. While this was fun to try, I think I’ll leave this method to the actual curly girls. 😉

Be sure to let me know if you try this!

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Inspiration/credits:

scrunching and hair washing- Curls and Beauty Diary (Blog)

discovering “naturally” wavy hair-Annie’s Forget Me Knots (YouTube)

plopping-Penny Tovar (YouTube)

product recommendation-Bryana Jordyn (YouTube)

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Pananaw blog spotlight+interview ft. Jo

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Hey there! And yes, I know it’s not Wednesday, but I’m deviating from my normal posting day for a good reason I promise. 😉

I’m very excited to be a part of the Pananaw blog tour today and to give y’all a special interview with Jo, who currently blogs at The Lens And The Hard Drive:

Pananaw Blog Launch bio

She’s launching her new blog, Pananaw (which is a really cool name btw) and is doing a blog tour to celebrate!

Pananaw Blog Launch Info

Now y’all are probably wondering, “okaaay this is great and all, but where’s the link?” A portion of the link will be hidden in one of the posts on the tour each day (I’m not telling you which ones so that means you have to go read them all ;)- ) and at the very end of the tour, the link to Pananaw will go live for the big reveal. The tour schedule is at the end of this post, so be sure to go follow the other bloggers on this tour (and Jo herself) so that you don’t miss anything!

Now on to the interview :)…

My questions will be in bold and Jo’s answers will be in italics.

First, how do you pronounce Pananaw anyway? ;)- 

Oh dear, wasn’t expecting that. XD Pah- nahnawh/nawhnawh—the nanaw part is said really fast. NOTHING like banana. Nothing at all. 

What made you decide to start Pananaw?

You’ll never believe it my friend. See, what happened is I was in bed, trying to go to sleep and not think about Endgame or Album 67 or Romanov or my test the next day- when suddenly, the word Viewfinder came up in my head ( a lot of things go on in my head, it’s crazy I know) and I was just like, “heyyy, that would be a good blog name!” so the next day I try to get it—but alas. It’s already taken. I gotta come up with something else. 

This is that something else. 

That’s what happened. 

What will you be blogging about?

Lots of books. Lots of movies. Lots of hard ™ topics. But mostly stuff to make people laugh. And smile. And dream. And find good content to invest time in. And gifs and memes and things like that. I’ll admit I’m stereotypical that way. XD And many fandoms. MANY. MANYYY

If you had to relive one day of your life, which day would you relive and why?

D’oh… I think I would relive that day I went to my cousin’s wedding. There’s so many things I wished I did but didn’t because it all happened so fast. 

What movie/book could you watch/read over and over without ever getting tired of it?

Movie? ENDGAME. ENDGAME all the way, no questions or doubts or buts about it. I could never get tired of it—I mean, it’s 3 hours long, so of course not. Book? Probably something like The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien or Ashtown Burials by N.D. Wilson. They’re both really good. 

If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go first?

Greenville, SC, USA. And then work my way through the states. I have my reasons, people. 

What are three things on your bucket list/things you want to do someday?

Ahhhh um.. let’s see: go to Bible Bee, meet all my online friends, and join American Ninja Warrior. It’s crazy I know- for one thing I’m Canadian. Ah well. I can dream. 

If you had to stop blogging, what new hobby would you try instead?

Nooooo I don’t wanna ever stahp blogggingggggg- at least not til I’m good and ready, and unfortunately, I’m not! I don’t know.. maybe more martial arts? Not that I’m not doing that already, but focus on it more? Or run a fandom page. Who knows? 

Where are those virtual cookies you promised? 😉

What—ohnoijustrealizedihavetotakethemoutoftheovenyikesthat’sthefirealarmi’llberightbackahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

 

Haha I’m still waiting on those virtual cookies ;)-…that’s all for the interview! Be sure to go check out all the other posts on the tour so you don’t miss anything!

Tour schedule:

May 5:

Ava @ Elysian Artiste

Jemima Puddleduck @ On the Wings of a Dream 

Rose @ A Purpose of Winged Dogs

May 6:

Grace @ Gracefully in the Moment (the post you’re reading right now 😉 )

Emmie @ American Girl World

Isabel @ Chasing Fantasia 

May 7:

Tess @ Steeplechase

Merie Shen @ Imperial Scribis  

May 8: 

Allison Grace @ Allison Grace Writes

Meredith @  Artsy Arrow

Christina @ Christina and Camera

May 9:

Link release

Chloë Mali @ Chloe Mali 

Maya J.T @ Maya J. T

Amie @ Crazy A

Penny Wood @ A Southern Belle with Stories to Tell

Bayance @ Bayance

Starling @ Starling

Liz @Home with Hummingbirds

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Have a happy Monday!

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Hello again! I know I’ve been gone for quite a while (I honestly didn’t keep track of how long, but I think it’s been 2 or 3 weeks??) but I’ve just had a lot of stress over various things recently, so I took a bit of an unplanned blogging break. I’m honestly glad I did though, I feel like i really needed it lol, anyway, I’m back now. 🙂

While I was gone, I got tagged twice so that’s what I’ll be doing in this post.

Tag #1-The Behind the Blogger tag

Thank you Elisha @Africa Boy for tagging me

~Rules~

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag
  • ~Questions~

  • 1: Why did you start blogging & why have you kept blogging?

    Ooh good question…I started blogging after coming across several blogs run by people around my age, and realizing that blogging wasn’t just your stereotypical mom blogger posting about what her kids ate for breakfast (no offense to mom bloggers ;)- ) but that it was a whole community of people with lots of different personalities and interests.

    The simple answer to the second question is because I enjoy it *shrugs* but I clearly don’t have the schedule thing down yet haha

    2: What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

    I don’t really have a favorite post to write, I generally try to only post about things I enjoy or think others would enjoy. 🙂

    3: What are your top 3 favorite blog posts?

    Hmm lemme think…

    *just your basic room tour*

    Fall outfit ideas||cozy clothes for autumn

    *Current Playlist*

    4: What are some of your favorite things to do to relax?

    Spending time in nature with God, reading, listening to lo-fi (here’s my favorite station), petting my dog, doing a face mask or some other self-care type thing.

    5: What are three of your favorite things?

    I think I’ll have to go with spending time with the people I love (Friends, family, God etc.), trying new things, and photography/creating things.

    6: What are your proudest blogging moments?

    Since I’m a pretty new blogger, I don’t have too many “blogging moments” that I can think of, but my first blogiversary was this last March. *shrugs*

    7: What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

    I enjoy photography, graphic design, just doing creative type things in general I guess 😉

    8: Describe your personality in three words.

    Creative, emphatic, adventurous

    9: What are your top three pet peeves?

    1. Bossy or rude people.

    2. The Internet randomly going out.

    3. For some reason, I hate it when people tear cotton balls apart? I know that sounds weird but something about the noise makes me cringe. 😂

    10: What’s something your followers don’t know about you?

    I ate a banana for breakfast. Bet you didn’t know that. ;)- but if you did ur a stalker and we’re gonna have bigger problems

    Tag #2- The Be Thou My Vision Tag

    Thanks to Faith on the Farm for tagging me!

    Rules: Include these rules in your post

    • Optional: If you would like, include the “Be Thou My Vision” Tag image in your post.
    • Optional: Ask your nominees 2-5 questions and/or answer any questions the person who nominated you asked you.
      Optional: Copy and paste the Purpose of the Be Thou My Vision Tag from below into your post.
  • Now for the Questions:

    1. What is your vision for your life, your blog, etc.?
  • Oof another big question, this ones hard to answer especially since I don’t entirely know yet what God’s plan for my life (or at least the immediate future) is…but I do know that I want to serve God with my life and hopefully make a difference in some way. 🙂
    1. What do you think of when you think of your ‘inheritance’?
  • The first thing that comes to mind is heaven and getting to be with Jesus 🙂
    1. What is your first response when something is beyond you?
  • Honestly, my first response is usually not very good 😛 I tend to either worry about it or go ask advice from someone. While asking advice can be good, and worrying is definitely not, I need to work on going to God first, before any of that.
    1. What is generally your very first thought about, when you wake up?
  • Gonna be honest again here: my first thought is generally along the lines of “I wanna go back to sleep” or “I’ll just hit snooze” ;)-
    1. What do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘dwelling in Christ’?
  • I think of having a daily relationship with Christ, and actually treating Him like you would in an actual relationship, i.e spending time with Him, learning to trust Him more, talking to Him etc etc. Definitely something I need to work on. :)
  • I tag: Anyone who wants to do it, don’t be shy about tagging yourself! You can do one or both if you’d like :)
  • See ya!
  • 5 podcasts to listen to when you need some inspiration

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    Hey there! I’ve been into podcasts lately and I’ve seen a lot of other bloggers mentioning or even starting their own podcasts so I decided it would be fun to make a list of a few inspirational ones from my own playlist to share with y’all…

    5 inspirational podcasts to listen to

    …all of these are available on the Podcasts app on iphone and most of them are available on other platforms as well.

    The Cimorelli Podcast-This podcast is run by six sisters who are also a band (Cimorelli) and even though they aren’t currently uploading any new episodes, I would still totally  recommend giving them a listen. Each episode is named after a song from one of their albums and they talk about the inspiration behind each song as well as random life stuff.

    Blogging 101-Many of y’all may be familiar with Hannah, who blogs at The Striped Plaid ‘s podcast, Blogging 101. But if you haven’t, it’s definitely worth listening to, especially if you’re a newbie blogger. The episode about SEO was really helpful and I would recommend it if you’re confused about the whole SEO thing like I was 🙂

    The Devo Co, I’m a fighter, or literally any of the podcasts by Morgan Harper Nichols and/or Jamie Grace-I’m sure most have y’all have heard of these sisters, who are both amazing artists and writers, but did you know they had multiple podcasts? They have a show for pretty much everything, from Christian life to inspirational stories to poetry to opinions on food…if I was forced to pick a favorite podcast, these would be it.

     These next two podcasts I’ve only listened to an episode or two of so I can’t really vouch for how good their content is

    Sounds Good-This is the podcast version of a newspaper (Called the Goodnewsletter, which I’m subscribed to the email version of) that only reports good news. I only listened to one episode (where the host interviewed Morgan Harper Nichols lol) but I did see some other ones that looked interesting. *li’l content warning: I honestly have no idea about the appropriateness of the other episodes because this is a secular podcast, so just FYI*

    The Art of Photography-Again, I’ve only listened to a few episodes, but this one is super helpful if you’re an amateur like me and have no idea how to make a portfolio 😉 The host is (obviously) a photographer and he has lots of informative tutorials and reviews.


    If you give any of these a listen, let me know what you thought, I’d love to hear it!

    See ya!

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    *li’l note: last week right as I was posting my post, I realized that someone else had had the same post idea and posted it like an hour earlier than mine. At the time I was just like lol whatever that’s funny; but then just a few minutes ago (after I had written this post) I saw someone had done a post with their favorite podcasts. So I just wanted to let you guys know (In case you were wondering) that I haven’t been trying to copy anyone, and that I will always give credit if I want to use someone else’s post idea ;)*

     

    *just your basic room tour*

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    Aloha, bonjour, hello! oh help why is writing intros so hard. I figure you already know what this is about because you read the title. Good job, you just saved me from having to spend 5 minutes writing an intro.

    ;)-

    It’s kinda random and minimalist and constantly changing but its my room and I’m really happy with the way it looks right now.

    so heres my room (tour).

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    Welcome to my room 🙂 This is pretty much what it looks like when you first walk in…

    …My favorite part is the corner with the records and the neon sign in because for some reason it looks “aesthetic” to me lol.

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    This corner is where I put all of my random camera equipment and my dog’s bed. I’m not really sure what I’m going to do with this wall, so for now there’s just my Polaroid camera hanging there. *shrugs*

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    Right next to that corner is my desk which doubles as a nightstand, as well as the usual lamp, clock etc. I have my Bible and a few notebooks along with a terrarium I got for Christmas one year. Above my desk I have a few fake succulents (I love having plants in my room, but I don’t like having to water them 😉 ) DSC_0502

    If you know me, you know that I love cozy blankets and pillows, so I just have a bunch scattered around my room. 🙂

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    Over here in the corner across from my bed is this short wood cabinet that I use as a vanity and a bookshelf.

    That’s all for the room tour!

    See ya,

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    1 year+new button page!

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    Hey guys! Today my blog is officially 1 year old!* To celebrate my blogiversary, I’m finally  launching a blog button page! Thank you all so much for reading and commenting on my posts despite my somewhat inconsistent blogging schedule. 😉

    Now for the stats:

    53 total followers

    713 total views

    70 total comments

    @ infinitelyadaydreamer is the most frequent commenter (Thanks, Maryam!😊)

    Most viewed post: the liebster award+new blog design

    Most commented on posts: the liebster award+new blog design and Holiday outfit inspiration||winter favorites

    I know these stats may not seem like much compared to other people’s, but I really appreciate all the love and sweet comments I’ve gotten from other bloggers. Thanks so much guys!

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    ~Buttons Page~

    I’m so excited to announce that I finally got around to making a button page for this blog; click here to see it, or go to the “friends” page, be sure to comment so I can add your button to the page! 🙂

     

    see ya,

     

     

     

     

    *soo umm my first post on this blog was actually on the March 13th…obviously this isn’t the 13th, but I did write that sentence on the 13th. *shrugs*

    the liebster award+new blog design

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     Hey there people of the Internet! So. Um. You’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been (or maybe you haven’t idk) I honestly don’t have any good excuses for not posting so I won’t make any but anyway, I’m back now 😉 I hope y’all are having a great 2019 so far!

    Lil’ note before we get started: Like every other blogger on the planet, I redid my blog theme for the new year so if you wanna go check that out real quick I would greatly appreciate it 🙂

    ~the liebster award~

    Thanks to Jo @The Lens & The Hard Drive for tagging me, go check out her lovely blog!

    I’m sure you all know what the Liebster award is so I’ll just get right into it

    Here’s 11 completely random and unrelated facts about me. Enjoy.

    1. I should be doing math homework right now *heheh*

    2. Oreos are my favorite snack.

    3. I’ve never ridden an actual rollercoaster.

    4. I promised Jo I would “get right on” making this post a couple weeks ago but I procrastinated and here we are (Sorry Jo)

    5. I’m team Waffle (Sorry, pancake lovers ;)- )

    6. I’ve apologized twice in this post already.

    7. I apologize for things too much.

    8. English is my favorite school subject.

    9. I like taking pictures of the night sky.

    10. It’s raining right now.

    11. Maybe I’ll go curl up with a book later.

    And now for the questions:

    What was your favorite TV show/movie when you were a kid?

    alll the disney fairies movies.. and the old Barbie movies…yup, I was a bit of a girly girl 😉

    What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

    Oh wow that’s a big question…I think everyone should travel out of their home country at least once in their life…I just think there’s so much of creation out there to see that you can’t experience by staying in one country your whole life.

    What do you think is the best way to start the day?

    With quiet time/Bible study, its so important to start the day with Jesus 🙂

    What is one of your favorite smells?

    For some reason I really like peppermint everything, even when it’s not Christmastime *shrugs*

    If you were suddenly put on a stage and told to deliver a speech, what would you talk about?

    Tbh, my entire speech would probably be me very sarcastically thanking the person for subjecting me to this torture wonderful opportunity

    Do you think Wikipedia is a reliable source?

    According to Wikipedia, no…and I have to agree, although I mayy or may not have used it once or twice for projects ;)- and yes i know you’re never supposed to use wikipedia on a school project shame on me but sometimes i’m just really lazy

    What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received?

    *thinks for a really long time* uhhhhhhhhh I haven’t really ever gotten any bad advice per se…

    What age would you like to live to?

    Oh wow, i have no idea…I’d like to live to be pretty old….maybe 90 or older?

    Have you ever saved someone’s life?

    I wish I had a really cool story or something for this question, but nope, I haven’t ever saved someones life *shrugs*

    Opinion on chow mein?

    I’ve never tried it…so I don’t really have an opinion on it lol

     

    now here comes the part where I fail at trying to tag 11 people

    I tag:

    Catherine @ A little bit of Runion

    Esther @ Misty Rain

    Grace @ This Stack of Books

    Enni, Genni and Menni @ Yes, we are insane

    Allison @ A Farm Girl’s Life

    Isa @ The Art of Being Isa

    (If I didn’t tag you but you want to do it anyway, tell me in the comments and I’ll add you.)

    People who were tagged, here’s 11 questions for you if you want to do them 🙂

    1. Cold weather or hot weather?

    2. Have you ever been out of your home country?

    3. Has anyone ever saved your life?

    4. What’s the most (or a) daring/brave thing you’ve done?

    5. Do you have a pet? If so, what’s your favorite thing about him/her?

    6. Opinion on Oreos?

    7. Favorite movie or TV show as a kid?

    8. Are you more of a tomboy or a girly girl (or both)?

    9. Do you think dog-earing books is okay?

    10. Snail mail, email or texting?

    11. If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?

     

    And that’s all I’ve got for today!

    Welp

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    Hey there! Sooooo….you’re probably wondering where I’ve been….(or maybe you haven’t ;)- ) You probably also noticed that I haven’t been doing Blogmas regularly…After a few days of completely failing missing Blogmas, I finally realized I was trying to take on too much. Between holiday craziness and school, trying to do Blogmas became more of a stressor than something fun. I realized that doing Blogmas wasn’t worth it if it was just going to be another “thing on my to-do list” keeping me from enjoying the Christmas season. Because I don’t want to blog just because I have to, that’s not why I started this blog. Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging, and I’m by no means stopping, I’ve just decided not to continue doing Blogmas this year.

    Anyway, in case I don’t post again before Christmas, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

    -grace

    10 ways to give back this Christmas ||12 Days of Blogmas Day 6

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    Hey there! I apologize for going awol on Blogmas the last three days, I’ve been really busy with school and all the other Christmas craziness and I just couldn’t find the time to write any posts…anyway, I’ll be back to the regularly scheduled Blogmas posts starting today 🙂

    10 ways to give back this Christmas season

    1. Donate toys-I know that a lot of people do this already, but it’s still a great way to give back!

    2. Make cookies or some sort of sweet treat for a neighbor.

    3. Make homeless bags filled with socks, food or other goodies to hand out to those on the streets this Christmas. Here’s some ideas of things to put in your bags if you want to try it: Care kit ideas

    4. Give food or toys to a dog shelter

    5. Tape a $1 bill to a vending machine for the next person to use.

    6. Help out with extra chores

    7. Leave a nice note for your postman/woman

    8.Visit a nursing home-A lot of elderly people are alone during the holidays and this would be a great way to show them someone cares; you could even bring cookies or other small gifts.

    9. Offer to babysit for free so someone can go Christmas shopping.

    10. Tell your friends and family how much you love them.

    Hope you enjoyed today’s post!

    -grace