Jillian’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Hey everyone! Today I am going to be sharing with you some fabulous chocolate chip cookies that everyone should try. They’re super easy and fun to make! So…here we go.

You will need:
~3/4 cups of granulated sugar
~3/4 cups of packed brown sugar
~1 cup of butter (2 sticks)
~1 egg
~2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
~1 teaspoon of baking soda
~1/2 teaspoon of salf
~ Chocolate chips! It’s your choice to the amount, brand, size, etc.
for this I used Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips

 step 1: Heat the oven to 375 f.

 step 2: Mix both sugars, butter, and egg in a large bowl. Make sure it’s well blended, then add the flour, baking soda, and salt gradually. If your dough is stiff that means you’re doing it right! Stir in your chocolate chips.

 step 3: Drop doughby rounded tablespoonfuls about 2-3 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet or a cooking stone. I prefer the cooking stone because it is easier to use and clean.

 step 4: Bake for 9 minutes. The centers will be very soft when you take them out, but once they cool it will be perfect. Wait about 2 minutes before moving the cookies onto a cooling rack! This makes about 35-45 cookies.

And that’s it! Enjoy your cookies (: ~jill

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Popcorn Miracle

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Hi friends! So if you’ve ever had stove popcorn, you would understand how good it is. My favorite food is popcorn, so I will eat any kind, but homemade on the stove is the best. Unfortunately, stove popcorn takes awhile, and creates sort of a mess. Plus, that microwave popcorn with the fake butter? Blech. At least compared to the real deal. So recently I made a discovery. I discovered how to make that same stove popped popcorn, but in the microwave! This is much easier and saves you a ton of money! So here we go:

This is all you need:

~loose, un-popped popcorn
~1/4 cup measuring cup
~ordinary brown paper bag
Optional:
~glass measuring cup
~unsalted stick butter (to melt)
~salt
or you can make any of your own toppings!

Step 1: Pour the loose popcorn into a 1/4 cup measuring cup.

Step 2: Pour the popcorn into the paper bag.

Step 3: Fold the top of the bag over twice, as seen in the picture. Make sure and crease it well!

Step 4: Put the bag into the microwave. Use the popcorn setting, or if you don’t have that setting, about 3 minutes. When the popcorn is slowing down, if you can wait about 3 seconds between pops, you might want to take it out. Just use good judgement!

Step 5: Remove bag from microwave! Contents: yummy. If you please, melt some butter and pour it over your popcorn! Then sprinkle with some salt. If you’re looking for a different taste, then by all means, go ahead and explore!

Well that’s all, folks! I really hope you enjoy this super easy and inexpensive popcorn method (that tastes better too)! In the long run it will save you lots. Snack on! ~jill

Music Review: Sara Bareilles ~ Kaleidoscope Heart

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Hi everybody!

So recently I stumbled across a not-so-new-but-still-fabulous-cd by Sara Bareilles! She really got started with her hit single “Love Song”, which I love. So when I discovered that there was more from her I was so stoked! This has become one of my very favorite albums. She has such a distinct and beautiful voice! It starts out with a harmonized all-vocal tune that I love so much. It heads straight into “Uncharted”, one of my favorites off the

Imageentire album. This album has a really jazzy and different vibe to it that is awesome. Following with “Gonna Get Over You”, “Hold My Heart”, and “King of Anything” Sara really shows what her music is all about. With layered instruments and gripping lyrics Sara really did wonders! Ending perfectly with the beautiful song “Bluebird” this album is complete. I highly suggest it if you’re looking for something new! I can’t wait to see what’s to come! ~jill

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver — Book Review!!

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Today I started and finished a great book!(I do that alot [: ) I thought I would share!

Before I Fall is a beautifully, spine-tingling book. Samantha “Sam” Kingston has it all. She’s popular with great friends, a “to-die-for” boyfriend and is invited to all the parties. February 12th should be just another day in her perfect life. But it turns out to be her last.
Falling through the darkness, however, she wakes up the next morning. She’ll live her chilling last day seven times. In this week, she’ll learn everything she’s overlooked and the number of people she’s affected in her short time. In a race against time, Sam will figure out what really matters,and how she can fix what she’s broken. The ending of this novel is both brave and heartbreaking.

The most common complaint I’ve seen for this book is “the characters are mean and popular” or “I had no sympathy for the main characers for what they’ve done”. In my opinion, that was the point. The ending of Before I Fall is to show how your own personal actions, no matter the motives, can affect those around you so negatively. It shows that we need to think before we spread a rumor, or do  something terrible to someone else.

This intense, raw and emotional book will leave you to really think about your life. I think that the author, Lauren Oliver put it best in Before I Fall:

“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around in it, let it slide like coins through your fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us, there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”

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3 easy steps to transform old Toms.

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Aloha! Jillian here, and I am here to show you a little something I dreamed up. So I had Toms. Beautiful, red, lovely Toms. Then I wore them too much. Then there were holes in the shoes… And it was not pretty. So for about 5 months they were thrown in the back of my closet, supposedly to never be touched again. Until one day I was cleaning out my closet and I found them! So I started thinking… What can I do to make these wearable again? And thus the Toms sandals idea was born! So if you like how they look and have some of these supplies handy, then go for it! Directions:

You will need…
~Some old holey Toms
~Fabric scissors
~A cheese grater/a rough rock

This is super easy, are ya ready? Here we go:

Step 1: Set Toms on ground.

Step 2: Cut around seams with fabric scissors.

Step 3: Take your cheese grater or your rough rock and wear down the edges as you wish! If you like ’em clean cut, then don’t do anything! But they’ll probably get worn down anyway… Anywho, you’re done!

If your soles are really worn down then I suggest getting insoles to put in them. Be nice to your feet! I hope that this tutorial deemed helpful; I really enjoy my Toms sandals! Have a good day. ~jill

My clothing today:

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Yay! Color blocking!

Color blocking is fun. So therefore, I am wearing color blocked dress. Have you tried color blocking? You should. Anywho, today I wore this simple tank dress with my new awesome Toms that I made. Check out the DIY section if you have some old Toms that you want re-create! I love them a lot.(:  Well this is my super simple outfit for a simple day like today. Bye friends! ~jill

How to make a paper crane!

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Hey friends! So if you noticed, our background is in a room that is covered in paper cranes. Well that is my room.(: So I thought that I should teach you how to make them! Here’s basic DIY paper crane. It might look intimidating, but trust me, it’s simple! Let’s get started. [Match the numbers for the corresponding picture(: ]

1. Start with a perfectly square piece of paper. Decorate the paper as you please! Make it fun.(: I decorated mine with You can check this by folding it diagonally, into a triangle! Which indeed it…
2. …step 2! So fold your square piece of paper into a triangle!
3. Do it again! Fold your big triangle into another, smaller triangle.
4. Lift one of the flaps…
5. …and stick your finger in it! Then fold it down flat, matching the center line up with the center line beneath it.
6. Fold it flat!
7. Flip it over, and you should see a similar thing that you can lift up.
8. Fold it flat just like you did on the other side!
9. Make sure that the bottom part of your crane-to-be looks like this!
10. Lift up the first flap on either side and fold it into the center crease.
11. Do the same on the other side.
12. Now unfold it!
13. Here comes the most tricky part: lift up the bottom

 top flap and pull it upwards. Start bringing the sides inward.
14. Match up the side of the paper that is coming inward to the center line. Flatten it out…
15. …and then do the same to the other side. Make sure that both sides line up and that the top point meets at the right places. Just mess around with it until it looks right!
16. Do the same folding in and folding up on the other side!
17. Make sure that the part where it splits is at the bottom.
18. Take the top flap on the side and fold it in about halfway.
19. Finished product of #18.
20. Do the same on the opposite side!
21. Flip it over and it should look like that.
22. Fold in again!
23. ALMOST THERE! See how it kind of opens up on the side?
24. Fold it inward to make its tail/head.
25. Do that on the opposite side too!
26. So choose one of the sides and do that same thing that you did with folding the body up, but fold a small portion of it down.
27. Fold the wing down!
28. Turn it over and it looks like this.
29. Fold the other wing down and you can stand it up like this.
30. So if you want the full 3D effect, you can kind of pull the wings apart and you can see how it expands? Well pull it apart a little and push down!
31. If you keep pushing and then pull the corners out a little then it flatten it out! Just keep messing around with it until it looks how you want.
32. TADA!! The finished product.

Well that’s all that it is! I hope that this how-to proved helpful and informative to you.(: Hang them up, sit them down, display them however you want! And if you keep on making them, your collection will multiply quickly. Enjoy! ~jill