Author Archives: Ratha M.

April 20, 2016

Dork Diaries Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:36 am in Would You Rather | Permalink

Are you a fan of the Dork Diaries series – or as my friend says “kind of like Diary of a Wimpy Kid for girls?” It follows middle-schooler Nikki Maxwell, a normal (but dorky) girl who transfers into an expensive private school. She makes new, fabulously dorky friends, and battles the beautiful, popular crowd, navigating school life with lots of laughs and crazy adventures.

There are 10 books in the series, and a Dork Diaries movie is in development. If you’re psyched about that, then check out our Dork Diaries Would You Rather, inspired by the books!

Would You Rather . . .

1. Have dorky friends OR snobby friends?
2. Volunteer in the school library OR volunteer in an animal shelter?
3. On a dare – toilet paper someone’s house OR tell your crush you like him or her in a different language?
4. Be poor OR spoiled?
5. Get locked in the janitor’s closet OR locked in Brianna’s “diva hair salon” where her crazy 6-year-old sister experiments on your hair?
6. Enter an ice skating competition OR a pop star talent competition?
7. Have your diary stolen OR your brand new phone stolen?

Let us know your answers in the Comments below! And go to the Reading Buzz Board to answer this poll: Which is your fave – Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Dork Diaries?

-Ratha

March 25, 2016

Taylor Swift Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 1:43 am in Music, Trivia | Permalink

Taylor SwiftWe love Taylor Swift! Our Taylor Swift: Would You Rather got over 250 Comments. She has accomplished more than most people will in a lifetime. She’s racked up many Grammy Awards and has been ranked by Forbes magazine as the 12th-most powerful celebrity. She’s also starred in blockbuster movies like Valentine’s Day, The Giver, and even hosted Saturday Night Live. Test yourself to find out how much you know about Taylor Swift!

1. What was Taylor Swift’s very first #1 Billboard song back in 2012? A) “You Belong With Me” B) “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” C) “Love Story” D) “Shake it Off”

2. Fill in the blank. “Welcome to ___ _____.” (Hint: it’s a city!)

3. What is Taylor Swift’s lucky number? A) 7 B)13 C) 1989 D) 1

4. What is Taylor’s favorite nail polish color? A) Red. B) Blue. C) Black. D) Pale Green.

5. TRUE or FALSE? Taylor Swift originally wanted to be a country music singer.

6. Name the number of Grammy Awards Taylor Swift has won. A) 10 B) 3 C) 29

7. Her 1989 album has had five #1 Billboard hits! See if you can name them by filling in the blanks.

  • W——  D—–
  • S—-  It  O–
  • B–  B—-
  • Bl— Sp—
  • St—

8. TRUE or FALSE? Taylor’s parents both have backgrounds in the finance and banking industry.

9. What is Taylor Swift’s favorite animal? (Hint: she has two of these as pets.) Continue reading

March 22, 2016

10 Problems Only Cat Lovers Understand

Posted by at 1:48 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

In your opinion, cats are purrr-fect, but there are a few . . . um . . . issues that come with being a cat owner. If your kitty companion is the love of your life, or you just love cats in general, then this Top 10 List is for you!

  1. Hair is in everything around your house (from your morning cereal to your favorite eye shadow).
  2. Your cat fell asleep in your lap and now you can’t move because you don’t want to wake it up.
  3. Your cat is wide awake at 3 a.m. and wants you to play!
  4. Cleaning the litter box. EWW!
  5. Allergies? They’re kind of worth it.
  6. Sometimes after “playing” with your cat, it looks like Wolverine attacked you.
  7. You answer your cat’s random meows with “Yes, totally! I know, me too!”
  8. Your cat wants to lie down right on top of whatever you are working on at the moment: your homework, computer, your painting for art class. . .
  9. You accidentally trapped your cat in the kitchen cabinet. (Who knew he liked to leap up there and take a nap?)
  10. Hairballs.

But of course, these problems are nothing compared with that cute, little bundle of fur that loves you. Do you have any problems only a cat lover would understand? Let us know in the Comments!

-Ratha

March 8, 2016

10 Problems Only Older Sisters Understand

Posted by at 1:04 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

How hard is it being an older sister?! Can any of you guys relate? We’ve compiled a list of top 10 problems . . . only older sisters understand.

  1. Younger brothers. (Farts! Burps! Pulling your hair!)
  2. Parents expect you to “be the responsible one and set the example.”
  3. You had to eat lima beans first.
  4. When your younger sibling steals your stuff.
  5. When your younger sibling imitates everything you do.
  6. You get blamed for all fights because “you’re bigger.”
  7. When your younger sibling barges into your room and won’t leave.
  8. When your younger sibling reveals something embarrassing in front of your crush.
  9. When you have to include your little brother/sister when you play with YOUR friends.
  10. Changing diapers.

Are you an older sister? What are the best and worst things about being an older sister? Air your grievances in the Comments below!

Ratha

February 11, 2016

Leap Year Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 4:13 am in Trivia | Permalink

Leap Year TriviaFebruary 29, 2016 is Leap Day!

Poor February 29th. It’s the only day of the year that gets added and then dropped. Every 4 years, we celebrate it; the years in between, we don’t. 2016 is a leap year so this year, February has 29 days instead of 28 days. We get an extra day, but next year, it’s back to 28 days in February. Crazy!

Leap days are added to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolution around the sun. It takes the Earth about 365.242199 days to circle the sun. Notice this is a little over 365. So if we didn’t add an extra day every 4 years, we’d lose some time. About 6 hours every year. After 100 years, our calendar would be off by 24 days!

Suspicious? You should be. Check out our Leap Year Trivia Quiz to investigate further.

Continue reading

January 19, 2016

Problems Only Dog Lovers Understand

Posted by at 1:36 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Problems Only Dog Lovers Understand

Do you have a dog? Or just love dogs in general? Then you know there are some problems that non-dog people just don’t get. Can you relate to any of these problems that only dog lovers understand?Dog Problems

  1. You toss food on the floor of restaurants because you forget your dog isn’t there to eat your leftovers.
  2. You have enough hair all over your bed to make an entire wig.
  3. When someone yells, “Fetch!” you look around for flying balls.
  4. Your windows are always smudgy from your dog’s nose prints.
  5. There’s a giant drool spot on the couch where you were about to sit.
  6. Those sad, sad puppy eyes break your heart every morning when you have to leave for school.
  7. It is sometimes embarrassing when friends come over and your dog acts INSANE!
  8. Your foot is asleep right now because your dog is sitting on it and won’t get up!
  9. You have to hide your favorite shoes because your dog thinks they are chew toys.
  10. It is minus 20 degrees out and you have to go walk your dog in the snow. Brrr!

Can you relate to any of these? Let us know YOUR problems that only other dog lovers would understand!

-Ratha

December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:12 am in Would You Rather | Permalink

Today is New Year’s Eve, and we want to know how you guys are celebrating! Usually I just hunker down with family, make some yummy dips and desserts to eat, and watch the ball drop on TV. What about you guys? Let’s start the countdown to the new year with some Would You Rather New Year’s Eve questions!

Would You Rather . . .

  1. Stay up until midnight OR be cozy and asleep in your bed by 10?
  2. Celebrate in Sydney, Australia OR Los Angeles, California? (Sydney is one of the first cities to get to midnight, and Los Angeles is one of the last!)
  3. Blow party horns OR bang pots and pans?
  4. At midnight, have to kiss a slimy octopus OR a crazy squirrel?
  5. Be at the New York City ball drop in person OR watch it on TV?
  6. Have a snowy, blizzardy New Year’s OR tropical island New Year’s?
  7. Make a New Year’s Resolution to clean your room every day OR eat broccoli every day?

Let us know YOUR answers (and your New Year’s plans!) in the Comments below!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

December 17, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Would You Rather

star wars the force awakensStar Wars: The Force Awakens Would You Rather

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Star Wars: A New Hope (rated PG) hit theaters and people went crazy for Star Wars!

Premiere Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red Carpet

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Set 30 years after the original films, a new saga: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (rated  PG-13) is hitting theaters December 18! Star Wars fans, tell us . . .

Would You Rather . . .

1. Be on the light side OR dark side of the Force?

Premiere Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red Carpet

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

2. Have Princess Leia bun hair OR Wookiee fur like Chewbacca?

3. Battle Kylo Ren OR Darth Vader?

4. Fly with Poe (the leader of the X-wing pilots in The Force Awakens) OR Luke (from The Empire Strikes Back)?

5. BB-8 OR R2-D2?

6. That the new character Rey turn out to be Han and Leia’s daughter OR Luke Skywalker’s daughter?

7. Fight with a blaster OR lightsaber?

8. Have lunch in a cafeteria full of stormtroopers OR battle droids?

Premiere Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red Carpet

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Tell us how psyched you guys are for the movie, and let us know what YOU would rather. May the force be with you!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

 

December 7, 2015

Best Gifts to Give and Get

Posted by at 1:51 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

10 Best Gifts to Give and Get!

Happy Holidays! You’re making a list and checking it twice. You’re pretty sure you’ve been less naughty and more nice. So you should be in good shape. But wait – what’s even on your list? And what will you be giving?  In case you need some ideas, we’ve compiled a list of our Top 10 Best Gifts to Give and Get for 2015. Drum roll please . . .

1. A pet! Always a big request, but animal rights groups advise against giving a live animal on Christmas Day. Giving a leash, or a good book on caring for the animal is a better idea for the actual day. Then you and your family can take the time to choose the right pet for you, and you can learn about the responsibility that goes into it! (There’s also Zoomer Zuppies, the Interactive Puppy which has been pretty popular.)

mini hoverboard

Two-Wheels Mini Hover Smart Self Balancing Scooters for Kids

2. Mini Hoverboard. These self-balancing motorboards seem like they’re straight from the future! They respond to your body’s slightest motions to move, but they don’t come cheap. ($400! Beware of the cheaper ones. Air Runner hoverboards were just recalled in Britain for safety concerns.) And you will definitely need a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads when you ride it.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE: Never charge your hoverboard overnight or when you are not there because it could catch fire. And always give your hoverboard time to cool off after charging. Make sure your hoverboard is from a reputable brand and has a warranty. And read the safety instructions very carefully!!

3. Anything Star Wars. With the movie coming out on December 18, LEGO bricks, t-shirts, action figures, stuffed animals, and light sabers will all be popular. The Force is strong this season.

shopkins

MyShopkinsList.ShopkinsWorld.com

4. Shopkins. Already on Season 3, these tiny creatures have taken over. From the actual figures to the Ice Cream Truck and Supermarket Playset, you’re gonna need a bigger toy box. And they won’t break the bank. Look for Ultra Rare ones like Sugar Lump, Kooky Cookie, and Mandy Candy.

pie face

Hasbro Pie Face game

5.NERF Gun. OK, you are absolutely not allowed to shoot it AT PEOPLE, but for target practice, you can’t beat a NERF gun. Set up some cans and see how many you can knock down with the squishy “bullets.”

6.Spin Master QUICK CUPS Game. Super fun, quick, family board game. Draw a card, stack your colored cups to match the card, and ring the buzzer first.

7. Any Smartphone. Hey, a kid can dream, right?

8. Pie Face Game. (I am totally giving this one!) A hilarious board game where you could potentially, at any moment, get hit with a pie in the face.

LEGO Dimensions

© 2015 The LEGO Group; © DC Comics. THE LEGO MOVIE © WBEI. © New Line; © Universal Studios and U-Drive Joint Venture.

9. LEGO Dimensions Video Game (rated E10+). For Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Playstation 3 and 4. Following in the footsteps of Skylanders . . . it’s heeeere! Build the LEGO Gateway and then play the game starring Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle. Expansion packs include Emmet, Cragger, and many other LEGO characters.

10. Cookies! Who doesn’t love to get holiday cookies or make holiday cookies? Make your favorites, or be creative, and watch your friends’ and family’s faces light up as they gush over how awesome a baker you are. Package them in cute holiday bags or boxes, and cover them with Hershey’s Kisses for maximum gift-giving effect. And Rice Krispie Treats totally count.

What are YOUR best gifts to give and receive?  Let us know your faves in the Comments below. Happy holidays!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

December 1, 2015

National Cookie Day: Who Would Win

Posted by at 1:27 am in Polls | Permalink

Christmas cookiesTake a Bite Out of National Cookie Day!

Kicking off the holidays on December 4th, it’s National Cookie Day! Last year, you guys posted awesome ideas for the dream cookie you would make if you had to Invent the Most Amazing Cookie Ever.

This year, we’re heating up the oven for a battle of the cookies. Who do you think would win if these cookies went head to head?

1. Chocolate chip vs. Oatmeal raisin
2. Sugar cookie with mint sauce and chocolate (posted by Hannah) vs. Fruitcake cookie?
3. Chocolate fudge vs. Peanut butter fudge?
4. Chocolate, peanut butter, oatmeal, mocha cookie (posted by Zakuro) vs. Peanut butter and jelly cookie?
5. Fortune cookie vs. M&M brownie bar
6. Icing sprinkle layer cookie (posted by Elizabeth) vs. S’mores cookie
7. Oreo vs. Chips Ahoy?
8. Iced Christmas cookies vs. Cookie ice cream sandwich?

Let us know your winners, and any other favorite cookies, in the Comments below!
Bon appetite!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer