Christmas Favorites

1. Best song: Last Christmas, by Ariana Grande

2. Best Treat: Hot Chocolate!

3. Best Movie: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Favorite quotes from movie: “It’s because I’m green, isn’t it?”

4. Best Activity: Graham Cracker Houses

Every year, my siblings and I team up and try to make houses with graham crackers and glue! It’s really fun (and hard!), and it’s one of my favorite things to do around Christmas.

5. My list: Piano Books!


For Christmas this year, I want a John Schmidt piano book! I have one, but I think getting more would be great.

6. Best Service Project: Habitat for Humanity

One of their projects allows kids starting at age 14 to go and do service in the holidays! Volunteers wrap gifts for those in need. It doesn’t sound like much, but it definitely helps!

7. Best Meme:

87 Funny Christmas Memes That Put the "Merry" Back into Christmas

8. Best Gift to Give

9. Best Fact

Santa wasn’t always shown in red clothes. Coca-Cola actually replaced his purple, blue, and green clothes with red to match the company’s brand!

10. Favorite Memory

My favorite holiday memories are all on Christmas Eve, when my family spends time together and opens a pair of new pajamas to wear! After that, my siblings and I all have a sleepover in the basement.

Friday Funnies

Hi everybody! I’m here today because I love to laugh! 😀 Isn’t it just the greatest when you see or hear something and then start letting out these maniacally happy screeches? (By the way, I don’t have some tinkling bell laugh, like Snow White. I start snorting and crying really loud-it’s pretty great). Anyway, these are some things that I think are hilarious. I hope you enjoy my fabulously dumb sense of humor!

1. Troy Bolton in Scream!

Okay, this one is just a classic. I absolutely LOVE all things High School Musical, and so if we’re in a conversation and I start singing some song at the top of my lungs, that’s what it is. I’ve seen the movies way too many times to count, endlessly annoying my brother 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, I love Troy Bolton, but in his big-dramatic-emotional-epic-solo-type things (like Scream and Bet On It), it’s too much for me to handle. The Troy-ness of this song just makes me love him even more. The dancing, the facial expressions, the drama…it gets me every time. I hope you enjoy!

2. Oh Snape

A series of sketches by Studio C in which Snape and Voldemort are best friends with a vlog? YES, YES, and YES! They’re short, clean, and absolutely hilarious for all you Harry Potter fans. It’s jam-packed with Harry Potter references, and is super fun and creative! I’ve watched them all too many times. 😀  WARNING: IT CONTAINS SPOILERS!

3. Jokes

I think you all knew this was coming. I love bad puns, obvious jokes, and absolutely everything in-between. Maybe you’ll think these are funny, or maybe you’ll just roll your eyes. Either way, I love them!

  • Knock knock. Who’s there? Barbie. Barbie who? Barbie-Q!
  • What did one pickle say to the other after it dropped to the floor? Dill with it.
  • Why did the seagull fly over the sea? Because if it flew over the bay, it would be a bay-gull (Ha! Bagel! Get it?)
  • Why was the cucumber so traumatized after becoming a pickle? It was a jarring experience.
  • What do you say to a rabbit on its birthday? Hoppy birthday!

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts in the comments? What’s your sense of humor like? Did you ever watch these?


My Dream Bedroom

Hello! If I had the chance to design my own bedroom, what would I include? Here are a couple things that I know I would want!

  1. Open space!

My first requirement is that it can’t be cramped! I’m not saying that my bedroom would have to be huge, just that I would have a space open enough to where I could do what I wanted. I wouldn’t want to squeeze around huge furniture every time I’m trying to cross the room.

2. Library Shelf!

It would be so cool to have a bookshelf in my room! Or lots of bookshelves… Easily accessible, perfectly lined up books? I’m drooling.

3. Big closet








Next up, of course, is a walk in closet! I could walk in, be able to see all my clothes, and just admire how everything is so organized…for now. But it would definitely have lots of space for shoes!

Katarina Bishop

Hello! I’m here today today to talk about one of my favorite fictional character: Katarina (Kat) Bishop, from Heist Society, a book by Ally Carter. I read a lot of books, and watch more movies than I’d like to admit, so picking a single character was so hard for me! I love them all, but they’re not the focus of this post. To start out, Katarina is about fifteen years old and has been raised as a con artist. After deciding she wanted a break from the life of crime, she broke into one of world’s best schools in order to try and live a normal life. It was working out alright, until she gets word that her dad (one of her only living family members) is being accused of theft from a powerful crime boss. Kat has to learn how to work with others and go back to her old ways in order to save her father. I love Kat because she is a determined character who is very smart, and loves her friends and family. She understands the sacrifices she has to make in order to save her family, but she definitely isn’t your typical female protagonist.

Life as a Middle Schooler!

As a middle schooler at Draper Park Middle, there’s a lot to take in every day. I normally like school well enough, but I’m here to break down into the good and the bad!

The Good

I’m going to start off positive, because even though middle school has its problems, there are some awesome things about it too.

  1. Friends. No matter what you think about the academic part of school, it’s easy to admit that everybody looks forward to seeing their friends all the time. I’ve found that most people I know go to the same school as I do, and it definitely helps to have somebody to ask questions to about a class.
  2. Different classes. Having your schedule separated into periods helps the day to seem more exciting. At the very least, it lets you look forward to the end of an awful class! You also have the choice of lots of fun electives that fit your interest.
  3. Different people. Whether you’re in the same friend circle or not, middle school provides the chance to meet lots of different kinds of people. It also gives you an array of teachers!

The Bad

  1. Homework. You all knew this was coming! Middle school typically has a lot more homework than elementary does, and it ends up taking away a lot of your free time.
  2. Bad teachers. Even though, as I mentioned above, you can get some really awesome teachers, you can also get the complete opposite. And normally, if they’re bad, they’re really bad.
  3. Stress. Middle school can definitely give students a lot of stress. Stress about being on time to your next class, stress about studying and making good grades in all your subjects…the list goes on and on.

Personality Quiz Results

Hello! I took some personality quizzes and these are some of my results. Here’s a link to the main page, where you can take the quizzes too!

  1. Ice Cream

For this quiz, I was supposed to answer questions in order to determine what flavor of ice cream I was! I ended up being strawberry, even though I think I would totally be chocolate.

   2. Dinosaur Type

This quiz answered the question, “What kind of dinosaur are you?” It says I’m a velociraptor!

  3. Musical Instrument

If I were a musical instrument I would be…a piano! I think this fits, especially because I play the piano.

My Name

Hi! My name is Ashlyn, which means dream, vision, or a meadow of ash trees. I got my name for no particular reason; my parents just liked it. I also like my name, because it’s not anything crazy, but it’s not super common either. Here are some pictures I took around the school that spell out my name!

Gift Guide: 6th Grade Boys

Hello again! Whenever it comes time for Christmas or birthday presents, I’m fine with receiving gifts; the problem for me is finding a present to give. I am always struggling with finding a perfect gift, especially when it comes to my siblings. My brother is in sixth grade, and so he helped me create this gift guide so you can the perfect gift next time someone’s birthday comes up! A lot of these were very helpful to me, too, so I’m not clueless when his birthday rolls around. I hope that this handy gift guide helps!

  1. Sports ball/equipment

2. Adidas or Nike sports clothes


3. Vans shoes or clothes

4. Chick-Fil-A gift card

5. Money

6. Fortnite/Gaming gift card

7. Legos

8. Gaming console/accessories

9. Ticket to sports game

10. Echo Dot