What To Do When It’s The Holidays

10. Make sure to avoid malls, Times Square, or any major place, unless you like large crowds.

9. If possible, celebrate with friends and family. No matter what holiday you celebrate, being with people you care about is always a nice time.

8. Be prepared for lots of holiday greetings (i.e., “Happy Holidays”, “Merry Christmas”, etc.)

7. Similarly to number eight, expect holiday cards from almost everyone you know. Even your odd second cousin or old family friend that you haven’t talked to in years.

6. Wear comfortable clothes (if possible). I personally have never understood why people dressed up if they are only hanging out in their own home. You’re home, wear pajamas and be comfortable.

5. Do good for others. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen, donate clothes and toys, the options are endless.

However, this should in no way be limited to the holiday season. Try to help others who are less fortunate all year round if you can.

4. Remember, the holidays aren’t really supposed to be about how much money you spent, or how many gifts you received. It’s supposed to be about celebrating your holiday (whatever it may be) with others.

3. If you can’t be with family or friends this holiday season, try to celebrate as best as you can. Even if your home life isn’t the best, know that someone cares for you. I care for you.

2. If you have leftovers, try to donate to your local shelter. They’ll definitely appreciate it. Or donate it to someone you know would benefit from it. OR share them with family and friends!

  1.  Have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!



What To Do When You’re Fasting

1) Eat a big meal the night before. It will hold you over for a little while. 
2) Try to stay in one place. Moving around may make you dizzy and disoriented.

3) This fast also includes refraining from drinking. So make sure you’re hydrating in the days before.

4) Don’t look at videos/pictures of food. You may think you can handle it, but you most likely cannot. 

5) Get rest at some point during the day. Very important.

6) Try not to think about eating, or really anything food related. It’s for the best.

7) Make sure you have enough food. This is very important. Arguably the most important. 

8) Make sure you have enough for leftovers. Nothing is better than having leftovers after a big holiday.

9) Know why you’re fasting. In the Jewish religion, we fast as it is a sacred commandment. It is a way of self-denial, to atone for our sins. 

10) Be thankful for what you have in life. Because nothing is better then spending the holidays with people you care about. 

Chapter 265: Dear Dad

Happy Sunday (again)

I just wanted to wish my father a very Happy Father’s Day, and since I know he reads my blog, I thought I’d write to him here. Happy Father’s Day Dad, I love you!

June 16, 2013

Dear Dad,

Happy Father’s Day! I’m writing this letter to say thank you for everything, and to say that you’re the best father ever. Thank you for being so loving and caring, and for always being there for me. Thank you for believing in me, even when I don’t believe in myself. Thank you for supporting me, in my choices, my education, my style, even though we sometimes don’t see eye-to-eye. Thank you for raising me to be a good person, one who treats others well and who is kind. Thank you for laughing at my jokes, even when they’re not always funny. Thank you for spending countless hours editing my work, even though you don’t have to. Thank you for singing, even when we ask you to stop. Thank you for caring for Kate, Maddie and I, because no matter what, you are always there for us, and cheering us on. Thank you for fostering my love of reading (and staying up late to finish the 5th Harry Potter book). Thank you really isn’t enough, but I hope this letter shows you how much you mean to me! I love you so much, and Happy Father’s Day!

 xxoo, Samantha 

Have a great day! xxoo

Chapters 236, 237, & 238: Holiday

Happy Monday! (And Happy Memorial Day!)

As I mentioned in a previous post, I was away this past weekend for a soccer tournament  But I’m back home now, ready for some sunshine and blogging! 

Today in the US, it’s Memorial Day. It’s the day where we honor our men and women who served in the US Armed Forces. This holiday is bittersweet, because as we honor the people who served and protected our country, we also remember the fallen soldiers. The ones who died trying to protect our country, and the ones who still are fighting today. My grandpa was a Korean War veteran, and I miss him every day.

But even though this holiday is one of remembrance  it’s also one of celebration.  We celebrate the lives of the men and women who served, and continue to serve our country. They are amazing people, and I cannot thank them enough for keeping us safe. 

So to all of the men and women who protect and defend, in all parts of the world, thank you. 

Do you know anyone who was in (or is currently in) the Armed Forces? Or, if you’re not from the US, do you know anyone who served (or currently serves) in your country’s military? My grandpa was a pilot during the Korean War, and the pictures of him in his uniform are amazing.  

Hope you all have an amazing week!

Image xxoo

Chapter 62: It’s A Mall World After All

Happy Sunday! Today, I spent four hours at the mall. Usually, I try to spend as little as time in there as possible, but today I was on a mission, to buy all of my holidays gifts today so I will have time to prepare them for when I give them to my friends and family. And even though my feet are sore, and my wallet is lighter than when I started out, it still was a very successful trip! But don’t expect me to try it ever again, at least until next year.