Tuesday, July 16, 2013

5 College Studying Tips

 Here are 5 studying tips for you! This is just what I have learned from experience. 
Comment below to add to it!
1. Study somewhere besides your home 

 I'm not sure if it's just me but I don't accomplish much when I study at home. There are so many distractions between my family, my computer, the TV, the kitchen and everything in between. I get like 3 times as much homework done when I go to the library near my house than I do sitting at my home.

2. Have some good healthy snacks nearby.

 I have to keep a water bottle and either a string cheese or fruit or an organic nutrition bar while I am studying. I think better and it is a huge motivation booster to me.

3. Listen to classical music

 I just barely learned this one! I found this amazing You Tube link and I found that when I am listening while doing my homework, I am a lot more effective at my homework. I seem to remember what I am studying more and for a longer period of time.

4.  Schedule studying time in your day 

This may sound really silly but if I don't schedule out a time to do my homework - it doesn't get done. In my planner I will write "go to library to study" and when a friend comes along, I let them know I am not available because that time is already written down! At the beginning of every single week - I write down every class I am taking and each assignment that is due that week. Even if it is something like "Read Chapter 8". I am a very visual person and if I don't see it - I won't know I have to do it. Besides I LOVE crossing of things on a to-do list!

5. Reward yourself 

I love setting goals and achieving them. That's probably why you are going to college right? You have a goal to be successful, you have a goal to make more money than you do now, you have a goal to gain more knowledge, you have a goal to land your dream job!! Well that may be a few years away so why not reward yourself now? I think of things I get to do if I finish writing my paper or if I get a good grade on my test! It doesn't have to be a big reward - for example I go get a mango tango smoothie from Kneaders (my favorite drink EVER!).

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bridal and Wedding Makeup

 My gorgeous cousin Chelise married a marine this past weekend
and it was so beautiful and their love is so true.

I got the amazing opportunity of doing her makeup
for both her bridals and her wedding.
We decided to keep her look simple to allow
her stunning natural beauty to shine.

I had so much fun playing with her eyes as she has the most stunning
and pure blue eyes.
Don't you think she could be a model?!
I mean seriously she is BEAUTIFUL!

Makeup I used for her bridals:
{I wanted to play up one feature and since her eyes are already gorgeous - 
I chose to make her lips pop}

{Very lightly applied}

Makeup I used for her Wedding:
{This time we kept all her makeup simple
so her natural beauty really got a chance to shine}

Congratulations Chelise and Ruben - - so so happy for you both!
Wishing you the greatest happily ever after!

P.S. I need some bloggy button help - email me if you are interested in helping me
for some FREE makeup - - ashleyfrederickson@marykay.com

Monday, July 8, 2013

Stephanie Scott - The Power of One Cookie


I just found this amazing website

I have volunteered a lot with Primary Children's Medical Center
{the fundraising part of it at least}
so this is something that is close to my heart.

Stephanie Scott is just ONE GIRL

but she is taking steps to change the world!

The Disney Channel star from A.N.T Farm is the official Good Cookie Ambassador!
Pediatric cancer is the #1 cause of death in America for children under 19.
Stephanie already had a love for baking,
so she stepped in to help and make a difference.

Right now more than 40,000 kids are battling cancer, 
this just brakes my heart.
So what can you do about it?
YOU can become a member of the Good Cookie Club.
YOU can organize an event right where you are to make a difference.
YOU can join Stephanie in this fight.

Check out Teen Vogues article on her as well.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Freedom - Happy 4th of July

 To me this isn't just a holiday about parades, candy, fireworks and barbeques.
 It is a holiday about Freedom and about being blessed to have men who
are out there every day fighting for the rights that I am entitled to which
 I so often take for granted.

 America is such an amazing country. It is a country founded upon the principle
that we are all ONE NATION under God with free agency. 
I love living in this country that allows to me to have dreams,
and chase them to my heart's content. 

In my eyes, America is all about happiness, hope, dreams,
love, unity and the goodness in the hearts of our 
people. I love that American's are so giving and would help others in
a heart beat.

Hope you have an AMAZING 4th of July.
I have already been enjoying mine by being in the Murray 
parade to promote the Miss Murray's Outstanding Teen Pageant.
I walked probably 4 miles today {Booya!}
I also got to walk with tons of little Misses - 
that is real life Princess Diaries 2 right there (remember that scene?!)
Can't wait to see fireworks tonight!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

12 Ways to feel beautiful


1. Smile - How can you not feel beautiful when you are smiling? We all find smiling faces more attractive. Smiling is contagious and you will feel gorgeous when you make another person smile.

2. Breathe Deeply - Breathing takes the tension away and allows you to feel at peace. Make it a point to step away from what you are doing to just breathe.

3. Find something to admire in yourself - When you are unhappy or lacking confidence, we all too often find a flaw within us and dwell on it letting that weakness run over and over in our minds again. How can you feel beautiful when you mind is telling you you have a flaw that you hate? Instead feed your mind with the just one beautiful thing you admire. It can be an inner or outer quality - whatever makes YOU happy!

4. Surround yourself with friends that boost you up - I have two friends that I just LOVE to see because I know they are going to tell me I look beautiful when I walk in the room even if I don't feel that pretty that day. Friends are there to support and encourage you! If you feel you don't have people in your life you can count on to boost you up, start complimenting others and it will automatically be a great leap for a friendship but on top of that, the kindness you gave will come back in your life... GUARANTEED!

5. Stand and Sit Tall - Good posture plays a HUGE role in telling your mind how you feel about yourself. Picture yourself with a crown on your head, and then just focus on not letting the crown fall off! When you have good posture, others will think more highly of you as well.

6. Wear your favorite color - Colors make you feel happy and confident! Find a color that you look gorgeous in and rock it often. You don't always have to wear the same shirt, find a necklace, a scarf or sunglasses that have that color in it and wear it like you own it.

7. Say thank you! - Kindness and manners can change your outlook on yourself in an instant and in return make others feel amazing! You feel beautiful because you made a difference. Say thank you to your grocery cashier, say thank you when the door is held for you and say thank you when someone let's you cut in front of them.

8. LOVE - Love life, love your family, love nature - This world was created with so much beauty and love. Take it all in. When you give love, you feel love and love equates to beauty.

9. Accept compliments - When someone is complimenting you, they are going out of their way to make you feel loved. You may not feel like you deserve that compliment or they don't really mean it but they do! OWN it and be proud of the compliment that you just received.

10. Take time for yourself - We live in a world that is rush, rush, rush. It's not selfish one bit to take time out for yourself. Take a bath, paint your nails - you deserve it all!

11. Get out of your shell - Often when I don't feel pretty, I internally roll up in a ball {like a potato bug} and when it reality potato bugs rolled up are not that pretty. They just get lost and they blend in. How can you feel pretty when you are in a ball that no one even knows exists. Spread your wings like a butterfly and let others see your colors. In other words - focus on others and don't get caught up in your flaws. When you are talking to others and opening up yourself, people don't notice flaws - they notice connections they are making with you!

12. Try something new - I am a girl that loves repetition and consistency but I find when I get brave enough to do something new or something that takes courage, I feel absolutely amazingly beautiful. 

What makes you feel beautiful?