25 Books Every Teen Should Read Before Graduating

Hey guys! As many of you probably know by now, I’m currently in high school. Yes, it sucks. But, I also love love love reading and books and coffee and pretty much everything from the introvert stereotype. So, drum roll please, I present to you, from a the most bookish bookworm in your loca high school:

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10 Blogging Tips to Boost Your Traffic

Hey guys! So I was trying to think of what I should post and then it hit me…I’ve been thinking lately of like how much I personally love reading articles with blogging advice in them. First of all, almost all of the ones that I’ve read have been super helpful and have helped me make my blog super successful, second of all I love the blogging community and helping other bloggers find their voices. So get ready to jump all into it!

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The Best Chai Latte Ever

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I really hate to brag, but this is probably one of the best drinks ever created. Chai tea is a mix of tea, spices, and delightful creaminess which helps me get through my day. A couple of days ago, I introduced one of my good friends to the beauty of Chai Tea and it literally changed her life. Okay, not really, but it was pretty close! I love this chai tea and I’m pretty sure that you will too! Here’s how you make it!

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DIY Wanderlust Imprinted Candle

Hey guys! Lately I’ve been feeling really artsy, and as I’m also in the process of redesigning my room to a wanderlust/adventure/boho theme, I thought I’d share some of my crafts with you! This craft is a candle with a map imprinted on it, but you can also do this with any design, including photos or your own art. This is how you do it!

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Free Christmas Gift Tags

If you’ve been reading my blog for more than three second, you will know that I love love love Christmas. I adore Christmas. I count down the days of the year until Christmas. And now it FINALLY here!!! EEEEK!

Christmas Gift Tags

My favorite part of Christmas is thinking of what I want to give who. I have so many amazing, wonderful, amazing, beautiful, inspiring people in my life. (Yes, the amazing had to be in there twice)

Arrow Tag

By December I have either bought all my presents, or I have everything planned out. This year, I bought my family gifts from Budapest, which you can read about in my 12 Days in Budapest post. I got them the most amazing gifts, and I couldn’t have chosen better.

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That being said, I am a horrible horrible gift wrapper. Horrible. I don’t know how to wrap presents. It’s the sad cold truth. Most of the time they end up looking less than beautiful. Maybe less than less than beautiful. Anyways, I came up with this brilliant idea that if I put everything in those treat bags that kids get at birthday parties, tie them with ribbon, and add a pretty gift tag, the receiver won’t care because they received a gift that was perfect for them, and that’s just beautiful.

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So I made a six beautiful FREE gift tags that are just simply amazing. All you have to do is copy my screenshot of the gift tags, print them out on cardstock, punch a hole, and tie them on your gift. (Yes, sadly I cannot tie the gift tag to your gift from behind the computer screen. Not that you’d want me to anyways.

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Gift Tags

Thanks so much for checking out this small and insignificant post, and come back soon for more Christmas posts!

Tryphena

The Yummiest Hot Chocolate Recipe Ever

Okay, so lets be honest here. My FAVORITE part of wintertime, is drinking hot chocolate. I love hot chocolate so much. And also hot cocoa. Let’s not forget that they are different things. How? You might ask… well hot chocolate is made with milk, and hot cocoa is made with water. It actually kind of makes sense. Either way my sister Debbie and I made this recipe for the YUMMIEST HOT CHOCOLATE EVER!!!! (Like my use of exclamation points?)

Makes 4

What You Need:

2 Cups of Chocolate Chips

4 Cups of Milk

1 Can of Whipped Cream

Directions:
Add chocolate chips and milk to a pan over medium heat, stirring constantly.

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As soon as all the chocolate has melted, remove from the heat, and pour into mugs, then top off with whipped cream.

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Ta da! It was so easy and simple!

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Have fun and happy cooking,

Tryphena

Hot Cocoa

10 Diy Christmas Decorations That Everyone Needs in Their Home

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Oh, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells!!! In case you haven’t noticed, it is already December 11th, or in other places of the world, December 12th, which for me is really big. I live my year in expectation of the fun, bright, and fantastic Christmas Season.

When my family decorates for Christmas, we all get together, drink eggnog, and listen to Christmas carols while we hang up our favorite homemade ornaments and laugh to (or above) our heart’s desire. There is honestly nothing more beautiful than that.

Oversized Popsicle Stick Snowflakes by Making Home Base

DIY Oversized Snowflakes copy

Finally a logical and good use for popsicle sticks. And they are so cute!

Diy Old Book Page Ornaments by Tifani Lyn

These are absolutely beautiful. A little bit of rustic, a little bit of glam and you can’t go wrong. 😉

Lighted Burlap Garland by Create Craft Love

Lighted Burlap Garland for Christmas

Like I said before, a little bit of rustic, a little bit of glam, and you can’t go wrong. This one will make anywhere seem like home.

DIY Sparkle Branches by Happily Ever Borrowed

Okay, so this glorified tree branch reminds me of the story of the Twelve Princesses, where they walk through the silver forest, except in real life. I literally just love the thought of a silvery sparkly branch that I don’t argue with the fact that glitter will get everywhere.

The Lighted Grapevine Snowman Wreath by Crafty Morning

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This little guy is so cute, homey, and just lights me up. (That pun was definitely intended)

Diy Christmas Garland by Vicky Barone

DIY Merry Christmas Garland

If all else fails, make a garland. It’s literally so easy, you can find the supplies almost anywhere, and it instantly cheers up any space.

Diy Glitter Deer Head by Hey Lauren Rene

DIY Glitter Deer Head

Although one of the more extensive projects on the list, I’m pretty sure all of us can agree that the glitter reindeer head is simply fabulous.

Diy Stocking Holder by The Home Depot Blog

DIY Decor: Decorative Stocking Holder on a Rustic Christmas Mantel

Was anything ever and darling as this? I want one so badly, so if you’re gonna give me a gift. 😉

DIY Cardboard Star by Grey Luster Girl

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This is so amazing that at first I thought it was painted metal, but no. It’s a cardboard star!

Pinecone Christmas Trees by Babble

So cute like a mini forest! Can you say no to these little charmers?

Diy Snowman Mason Jar Vase by Weekend Craft

DIY Snowman Mason Jar Vase

This one officially breaks the “No Snowmen in the House” rule…but it’s worth it, even my mom agrees.

And that officially wraps up my post.

Have a very merry Christmas,

Tryphena

Diy Christmas