March 29, 2016

Air Mail Picture Puzzle

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Trivia QuizFind the Objects in This Air Mail Stamp Picture Puzzle!

We love a good I SPY puzzle! That’s why I’m bringing you this FIND THE HIDDEN OBJECT picture puzzle that I drew myself! Can you find the following items in this old stamp design?

Air mail stamp puzzle

  • A musical note
  • A paper clip
  • A key
  • A watermelon slice
  • A necktie
  • A bone
  • A pair of glasses

Did you find them all? Let us know which ones you found (and which ones you couldn’t) in the Comments!

Toodles,

En-Szu

March 28, 2016

April Fools' Jokes

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april foolApril Fools’ Jokes

It’s almost April Fools’ Day! That means it’s time to come up with foolproof pranking plan. If you need a little help in the practical joke department, here are a few ideas to try on your friends and family.

  • Replace your sister’s shampoo with mayonnaise. This harmless but funny joke will leave your sister smelling like a chopped salad for the rest of the day.
  • Hide all of your dad’s left shoes. It will drive him crazy! Just be sure to write down where you hid them so you won’t be grounded for life.
  • Mix up a bowl of Skittles, M&Ms, and Reese’s Pieces and pretend it’s just one kind of candy. Your friends who pop big handfuls into their mouths will get a big surprise.
  • Make caramel onions. Caramel apples are delicious. Caramel onions . . . not so much. Make a bunch and pass them out to your pals one by one. Your friends won’t suspect a thing until they take the first bite. The look on their faces will be priceless.

Caution: Jokes are not supposed to be mean. Make sure the person you prank has a good sense of humor. Don’t do anything to anyone that you wouldn’t want him or her to do back to you. It’s the golden rule of April Fools’ Day!

Tell us your plans for April Fools’ jokes in the Comments!

March 25, 2016

Taylor Swift Trivia Quiz

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Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift Trivia Quiz

We 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 24, 2016

How to Avoid Acne

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How to Avoid Acne

Chances are you’ve had a zit . . . or a few. But don’t worry; you’re not alone. Acne is very common. And if you’re looking for a way to keep your skin clear, start by following these simple steps:

Wash Your Face!
Acne is caused when overactive glands in your pores produce too much oil. This oil, mixed with bacteria and dead skin cells (gross) gets under your skin and causes pimples. That’s why you need to wash your face every morning and night, to clear away the oil BEFORE it can cause acne.

Keep Your Pillows Clean!
The pores on your face secrete oil. Then, you put your face on your pillow to sleep. Well guess what pillows are? Huge oil sponges. Be sure to wash your pillowcases often to make sure you’re not sleeping on an acne factory!

Stop Touching Your Face!
Like it or not, your fingers have all sorts of bacteria and grime on them (even if they look clean)! And when you rest your hand on your cheek or forehead, the bacteria leaps off of your fingers and onto your face! From there it mixes with the oil in your pores and BOOM: Pimple City!

Don’t Pop Them!
Yeah, pimples are easy (and kind of fun) to pop, but don’t do it! Popping pimples can push the oil, dead skin, and bacteria (again, gross) back into your pores and cause an infection, making your situation even worse.

Do you have any pimple horror stories? Tell us in the Comments!

March 23, 2016

Books About Magical Kids

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Books about MAGICAL KIDS!

Do you ever wish you could wake up with magical powers? It would be so cool to make myself invisible, or move objects just by waving my hands, or eat endless amounts of chocolate without getting sick . . . Well, that last one is more of a superpower, but you get my point. If you love the idea of being able to do magic, here are some awesome books about kids with magical powers.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Of course Harry Potter is on this list. What’s not to love about this amazing series? After a pretty rough start in life, young orphan Harry Potter is surprised to discover that he’s actually a wizard. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he learns to master his abilities, makes some incredible fellow wizard and witch friends, goes on wild adventures, and finds himself at the center of an epic battle between good and evil!

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Poor dyslexic Percy’s life changes once he learns he is the son of the Greed god Poseidon. As if this news doesn’t make his world complicated enough, he also discovers that his life is in danger! At Camp Half-Blood, he meets other demigods (half-god, half-humans) and is tasked with the responsibility of preventing an all-out war from erupting between the gods . . . which is no easy task for someone just learning of his magical abilities!

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Charlie is less than happy when he discovers that he can suddenly hear people speaking to him through photographs. (I mean, it is pretty creepy! And probably totally annoying.) Once his special talent is discovered, though, he is shipped off by his scheming aunts to the dreary Bloor Academy. But what is the history behind his talent, and why is he being kept at this horrid school with all these other gifted children?

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
Isn’t chocolate amazing? John Midas certainly thinks so, and he gets really mad when he’s told by the doctor to eat more healthy food and less chocolate. But a seemingly chance encounter with a mysterious candy man leaves John with an even stranger magical power: everything he touches turns into chocolate! That may seem like a very awesome (maybe the awesomest?) magical power to have, but things start to get messy really, really fast!

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
For everyone who ever thought, “By golly, having ANY magical power sure beats having NO magical power,” meet Ella. Given the “gift” of obedience at birth by a fairy, Ella is unable to disobey any direct order. After her mother passes away, Ella finds herself at the mercy of her truly terrible stepsisters and equally horrid stepmother who have learned to make her their slave. But with a little creativity and some wonderful friends, Ella may just find a way out from under her “gift”—and even find true love.

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Felicity Pickle has a very unusual ability: she can SEE words, and the words tell her an awful lot about people and places. In the town of Midnight Gulch, she sees “home.” But there’s also a terrible spell hanging over Midnight Gulch, and unless Felicity can return magic back into the once magical town, she may never get to call this place her home.

The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
Emily lives on a boat with her mom, but weirdly enough, she’s always been told to stay away from the water. It turns out, she’s actually a mermaid! Emily embarks on a journey to find her real mer-father and the truth behind her birth (and tail!). Along the way, she discovers some incredible and heartbreaking things about the magical creatures she is beginning to understand are her family.

The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
Living in a city that runs on magic would be pretty cool . . . unless that magic started running out. Conn, a young boy living in such a city, accidentally comes in contact with a powerful stone while trying to pickpocket a wizard. When he doesn’t die, he’s taken in as the wizard’s apprentice. While learning his own magical abilities and searching for his own stone, he begins to discover exactly that is draining his city’s magic.

Savvy by Ingrid Law
What if you knew you had a magical power, but you had to wait until you turned thirteen to find out what it was? Welcome to Mibs’ world! In her family, everyone possesses an ability (known as a “savvy”) that reveals itself to them on their thirteenth birthday. But on the days leading up to her big day, Mibs’ world is suddenly turned upside down. Can her power—whatever it is—save a loved one who needs it the most?

Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda
Rowan is shy and likes to spend his time caring for animals, unlike the rest of the people in his village who are bold and brave. But when the river running through the village runs dry, Rowan is the only one able to read a magical map that can lead a band of villagers up a mountain and to the river’s source . . . and whatever mystery has stopped it from flowing.

Well now, that’s some list! Did I miss any of your favorites? Which ones are you most excited to read, and which ones have you read and loved? Share your picks in the Comments below!

Happy magical adventuring,

En-Szu

March 22, 2016

10 Problems Only Cat Lovers Understand

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cat computer 10 Problems Only Cat Lovers Understand

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

Photo courtesy of Karen Wang

March 21, 2016

It's Spring!

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springCelebrate Spring!

Now that it is officially spring, it’s time to start thinking spring with spring quizzes, crafts, and activities! Winter is over! Winter is over!! Winter is over!!!

Happy spring!

March 20, 2016

Are Ghosts Real?

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ghostAre Ghosts Real?

Boo! Did I scare you? I hope not, but ghosts have been scaring people for centuries. The big question is, are they real?

Since Ancient Egypt, people have believed that the soul or spirit of a dead person remains on Earth and can appear to living humans.

Some people believe ghosts can be found anywhere, from old castles to haunted houses. Most ghost stories tell of people who died unexpectedly, either by accident or murder, and their spirits still want to remain on earth.

Some people conduct séances in an attempt to speak to the dead. Believers claim these rituals let them speak to ghosts and prove they exist. Skeptics, or non-believers, say that séances are a hoax.

In an attempt to prove the existence of ghosts, many believers have turned to science for evidence. The art of ghost hunting is traced back to London’s Ghost Club, which sought out ghosts in the English city. Modern ghost hunters use high-tech equipment, including handheld infrared thermometers to measure changes in room temperature, and audio recording equipment to pick up ghostly voices.

Skeptics believe that evidence found by ghost hunters can be attributed to many different things. These scientists say that images of ghosts are most likely dust particles in the air, while audio recording devices picked up signals from local radio towers.

There is still no evidence proving ghosts definitely exist, but the debate rages on. So, do you believe in ghosts? Tell us in the Comments.

Brian

March 18, 2016

Fashion Trends for Your Personality

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Fashion Trends for Your Personality

Whether you’re the captain of the cheerleading team or the next Picasso, we’ve got a fashion look that will work for you. Just pick one and own it!

Outgoing
Chances are you like to stand out. You don’t mind being the center of attention. The good news for you is bright colors are all the rage this year. A great look for you would be red pants (either flared or skinny-style) with a black and white polka dot shirt. This outfit will show off your confidence and spirit.

Shy
Okay, shy gal. Chances are you wouldn’t be caught dead in red pants! How about a nice pastel ensemble? Here’s an outfit suggestion for you: Try pairing a neutral pant like beige or peach with a white, long sleeve t-shirt. Finish the outfit off with a brown shoe and a gold purse. The gold purse will add some personality to your look but won’t make you stand out too much.

Sporty
You like to move around a lot so putting on anything too fancy would really cramp your style. You don’t want to look too girly, but you don’t want to look like a slob, either. Change up your look with a pair of neat black leggings and a sporty sweatshirt. Slip on a pair of comfy sneakers and you’re ready to go.

Artsy
You pride yourself on being unique, so why not put some of that creativity into your wardrobe? You’ll find great one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories at flea markets and second-hand shops. A vintage, red dress paired with a gold necklace from a past decade would really suit you. Then, when you’re tired of the necklace, you can incorporate it into one of your art pieces.

What’s your fashion style? Tell us in the Comments.

March 17, 2016

What Kids Need to Know About Money

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What Kids Need to Know About Money

Money. Moolah. Cash. Buckaroos. Whatever you call your loot, you’ve got to be smart with it. Here are some tips to help you hold on to your hard earned dollars.

Save! Save! Save!
Saving money might not be as fun as spending it, but “future you” will be really grateful. Ask your parents to help you find a good savings account program. Deposit a small amount every week, and before you know it, you’ll have a nice stash of cash in the bank.

Be Careful with the Card!
Sure, it’s easy to put purchases on a credit card right now, but remember that you still have to pay for those purchases! What you buy today could end up costing you way more if you can’t pay the full amount at the end of the month. Some credit cards have a high interest rate of 20% or more. That means, if you don’t pay the full amount every month, you might have to pay the credit card company $20 extra for every $100 you spend! EVERY MONTH!!

Count Your Cash!
Keep track of how much cash you need for everyday things. Keep only that amount in your wallet and keep the rest somewhere safe in your room or with your parents.This is helpful because it forces you not to overspend. If the money isn’t in your wallet, you can’t spend it.

Make A Deal!
Finally, don’t buy anything full-price that you can get on sale. Those sneakers you’ve been eyeing are bound to drop in price, so wait for a sale! They’ll still be cool 3 months from now and they’ll be much cheaper.

It’s okay spend a little here and there, but with some smart planning, you can save a bundle of cash for yourself!