Friday, July 15, 2016

Frosting Recipe!!!

Hi guys, Today I will be telling you about a frosting recipe I tried on my cupcakes on Wednesday. I sadly do not have a cupcake recipe for you, because I used a funfetti box mix. I could have made my own cupcakes, but I was being lazy. So here is the recipe.

You will need:
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup margarine or butter, softened
about 2 tablespoons of milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Mix powdered sugar and butter. stir in vanilla and milk; beat until smooth and of spreading consistency. You can also add food coloring if you want. Frosts a 13x9 inch cake or fills and frosts two 8 or 9 inch cake layers. I used the portion to frost around 24 cupcakes. This recipe is from Betty Crocker's Cookbook.
Thanks for reading this quick blog post. If you try this tweet me a picture. @oliviaoistad
Olivia

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Summer reads!!!

Hi guys, long time no talk! I have been very busy over the first month of summer. I really missed blogging and sharing with you my life. Today I will be telling you what I have been reading this summer. I have only read two books, but right now I am reading two books.

The first book I read was Love that Boy by Ron Fournier. This book is about parenting, but I didn't know that till I started reading it. (I picked it up at the library because it had a eye catching cover.) The book is about a young boy Tyler, who has Aspergers. His dad is trying to understand him and get to know him, because Tyler is not interested in anything this dad wants to do. The father son duo ends up bonding through road tripping to see presidents and historical monuments. I really liked this book. I would recommend it if you're looking for something to read.

The next book I read is We are all made of Molecules. Despite the name of the book, this book is not about science. The main characters are both in ninth grade. Ashley, is a popular,mean girl, and Stewart is a "nerd" who loves school. Stewart's mom died of cancer and Ashley's parents got divorced. The two parents, Stewart's dad and Ashley's mom start dating. That's when both kids lives get flipped upside down. They two family's move in together to start a family. Stewart is exicted to have a sister, and Ashley is devastated that the "nerd" is moving into her house. That's all I will say, because I don't want to spoil too much. This was one of my favorite books I have ever read. You will love it. 

For the last book, this book I am still reading, but it is called Breaking Vegan. No I am not going vegan, actually this book is about the opposite of going vegan. Breaking Vegan is about Jordan Younger overcoming her eating disorder, Orthorexia. Orthorexia is "an obsession with eating the right   foods"(breaking vegan page 9). During hurt eating disorder she becomes vegan, and quickly becomes obsessed with the idea of eating healthy and being skinny. This book is about her journey from her eating disorder too having balance in her life. She also kept a blog while this was happening called The Blonde Vegan ( now known as The Balanced Blonde).

That is all the books I will be talking to you about today. I hope you enjoyed my post. I am sorry I have been gone so long. Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite book is.

Friday, June 3, 2016

continuing my blog!

As you may remember from my first post, this blog was a school project in English. I have the option to end this blog or to continue using this blog. As you can tell by the title I have decided I want to continue my blog. I hope you will continue reading my blog as I continue posting. I need to know what you want to see on my blog. I don't want to continue writing about things my followers aren't interested in. Please leave a comment about what I should post next. Also follow my twitter for updates and info for when I post.
Love, 
Olivia 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Birchbox!!!

For my birthday, I got four months to birchbox, a subscription service. If you haven't heard of birchbox it is a beauty box that you sign up for and you get samples of products each month. You can customize your box so it is just right for you, for example if you have oily skin you can enter that into the survey you take when you sign up. I decided to make this blog post a little bit differently. I decided instead of typing all about these products, I would tell and show you these new products. Watch this video to see me trying these products out. I hope you enjoy the video and if you want to buy a birchbox you can find it at this link. https://www.birchbox.com/



I know that the video was not the best, but I hope you enjoyed something different on my blog today. I am trying to keep posting regularly, but that might not always work. Thanks for reading!
Love,
Olivia

Friday, May 27, 2016

Summer bucket list!

Today I will be giving you ideas for a summer bucket list, and telling you my summer bucket list.
Summer Bucket list!
1. Go on a trip in my/your state. I think there is lots to do around your area, so try and experience different things around you.
2. Go to a yoga class.
Yoga is relaxing and a fun workout.
3. Go on a hike.
You can go with friends or family to make this extra fun.
4. Go to a beach.
5. Swim in a pool.
6. Go to valleyfair/amusement park.
7. Volunteer, this year I am volunteering at a summer camp.
8. Go camping.
9. Finish 10 books.
10. Have a coloring day.
11. bake a cake. I want to make a cake like my funfetti cake I made. Maybe I will even do a blog post about it! funfetti cake
12. Go tubing.
13. Start taking more pictures.
14. Learn how to French braid.
15. Keep a journal.
I want to keep the journal I started in one of my other posts. http://oliviaoistadblogs.blogspot.com/2016/05/starting-journal.html
16. Rearrange my room.
17. Blog!!!
I hope I will keep blogging throughout the summer.
18. Go on a bike ride.
19. Start and finish a TV show.
20. Tie die shirts.
21. Go canoeing.
22. Cook a whole meal for family or friends.
23. DIY something. I like watching DIY videos on youtube and I want to make some cool things for summer.
24. Water balloon fight.
25. Watch the sun rise.
These are just some suggestions of things to do this summer. Next week I am super busy, so I might not get to blog. School is almost over!!!! I am so excited for summer.  
Love,
Olivia

Friday, May 20, 2016

My favorite healthy snacks!

Today I will be talking to you about eating healthy. I know the healthy lifestyle is not for everyone, but it is important to try and eat healthy sometimes. I am not saying you are fat and you need to lose weight, you are beautiful just the way you are. I am just trying to help inspire you to make healthy choices. Many factors play a part in eating healthy or eating junk food. For example if you had a bad day maybe you eat a bag of chips. It is okay to eat "bad" food sometimes, Everyone has off days. I will be telling you how to eat relatively healthy. ***Also note that I am not a nutritionist or a health expert.

My personal favorite is a healthy smoothie, now it is important to be aware that not all smoothies are the healthiest. Even smoothies from smoothie stores like Jamba Juice can be packed full of added sugar and artificial sweeteners. It is best to make homemade smoothies, if you want it to be better for you. I have a recipe on my blog. http://oliviaoistadblogs.blogspot.com/2016/02/smoothie-recipe.html There are many types of smoothies you can try.
Another healthy snack is Skinny pop. You are probably wondering what that is. It is popcorn that has lower calories and simpler ingredients to bring give you a "healthier" popcorn. I understand It is not super healthy, but compared to a bag of potato chips it is better. These snack ideas are if you are trying to become healthier.

Another quick and easy snack is trail mix. This snack is perfect for if your on the go and need an easy, but healthy snack. Trail mix can also unhealthy if it is more chocolate then nuts. I understand a little sweetness, but don't go overboard. My favorite is a kind from Trader Joe's, it has cashews, almonds and dried cranberries.

Thank you for reading today's post. I am sorry I haven't posted in a while. I was having some problems trying to upload a video, but don't worry that post should be coming soon.
Thanks for reading!
Love,
Olivia

Friday, May 13, 2016

Books you need to read!

Hello, for today's post I will be incorporating more with my reading/writing side of my blog. Yesterday I posted about starting a journal. If you missed that post click here. Today I will be talking to you about books you should read. I will be talking about books from different genres and books for mostly teens. 

The first book you should read is The Book Thief. I read this book in English this year, and I loved it. It is a historical fiction book about the Holocaust. This book shows a different point of view, that is not from a Jewish point of view. It shows true compassion and if you like sad books then this is a book for you. The book thief is 584 pages long. I know it is very long, but is such a good book. This book really opened my eyes on the holocaust. It is tragic, but a very powerful book. 
The next book I would recommend is if you like realistic fiction, or if you like some romance.  If you do then A Bend in the Road is perfect. This book was a good book if you like any books by Nicholas Sparks. One of my favorites is the Last Song. A Bend in the Road is a emotional book with a hint of mystery. The book is about Miles Ryan trying to find out who was the driver of the car that killed his wife. This book is not too long with 341 pages. 
The next book is a mix of science fiction and a mix of realistic fiction. The Selection is like the bachelor meets the princess diaries. If you have not seen the bachelor that's okay, but the princess diaries??? What was your childhood like???

Moving on to the book, The Selection is about America entering in a competition to try and be the next princess and to marry Prince Maxon. The selection is a big deal for everyone. America recently broke up with her boyfriend, so she is unsure about doing this. She is chosen to be one of thirty five girls to go to the castle and try to win Maxon's heart. I love this book, and the best part is it is a whole series. The last book was released last week. This book has 336 pages, but I read this book in one weekend it was that good. I think is is my favorite book ever. I love all the other books I mentioned, but this is my favorite. 

Thank you for reading my blog posts, leave a comment if you want more posts like this. 
Love,
Olivia