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Top Ten Gifts You Should Get for Her and Him

By Giselle Ortiz and Destiny Padilla

Are you wondering what types of gifts you should get your loved one? We’ve got you covered!

1. Does your partner love flowers but hate that they get old? 

You should buy some Lego Flowers. Not only does it last forever, you two can build together!

2. Does your partner love words of affirmation? 

Write your partner a love letter. Who doesn’t like heart warming love letters of how much you love and adore them.

3. Does your partner love stuffed animals, but you don’t know which one to get them? 

Go to Build-A-Bear. You can both pick what type of animal, outfit, and name! You get to have a lot of options in Build-A-Bear.

4. Does your partner love art or love to draw? 

Buy them a coloring set with paints, colored pencils, and canvases.

5. Make them a gift basket.

You can fill it with all their favorite things. Such as candies, drinks, chips, candles, or skin care products.

6. Do you and your partner love jewelry?

If so, a perfect gift for them would be a necklace or bracelet with your name. Once another person spots your name on them, they will know their heart belongs to you!

7. Is your significant other Disney obsessed?

There isn’t any other flower that compares to an everlasting one. Purchase a Beauty and the Beast enchanted rose (with the case).

8. Do you and your partner love wearing hoodies?

The ideal gift will be customized hoodies with either a graphic design you both love or each other’s initials with a heart on the sleeve.

9. Do you want the world to know your significant other has a boyfriend or girlfriend?

Yup, you do! Purchase a “I LOVE MY BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND” shirt! Even better if there’s a picture of you on it.

10. Are you hesitant about going overboard with your gift, wanting something simple yet sweet?

A great purchase would be a scent that reminds you of the moments you’ve spent with them. Whether it’s a candle, cologne, or a scented gift, the thought of you thinking about sweet things that remind you of them, will make them feel overjoyed.

Poems for Valentine’s Day

By Destiny Padilla

Love is flowing delightfully in the air, and there’s no other way to show your affection to a special person than to fill their hearts with a heavenly poem. 

this morning
i told the flowers
what I’d do for you
and they blossomed

— Rupi Kaur , The Sun and her Flowers

Annabel Lee
By Edgar Allan Poe

It was many and many a year ago,

   In a kingdom by the sea,

That a maiden there lived whom you may know

   By the name of Annabel Lee;

And this maiden she lived with no other thought

   Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,

   In this kingdom by the sea,

But we loved with a love that was more than love—

   I and my Annabel Lee—

With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven

   Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,

   In this kingdom by the sea,

A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling

   My beautiful Annabel Lee;

So that her highborn kinsmen came

   And bore her away from me,

To shut her up in a sepulchre

   In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,

   Went envying her and me—

Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,

   In this kingdom by the sea)

That the wind came out of the cloud by night,

   Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love

   Of those who were older than we—

   Of many far wiser than we—

And neither the angels in Heaven above

   Nor the demons down under the sea

Can ever dissever my soul from the soul

   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams

   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes

   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side

   Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,

   In her sepulchre there by the sea—

   In her tomb by the sounding sea.

My heart cries longing for thee

              commitment of a 

              harmonized sync

       Melting into you, never for how you look

Always for the way you look at me

       whenever our eyes meet 

       Shivers from trusting, yet flutters from 


  Evangeline I wish for more time in your melody 

             I wouldn’t mind being intertwined 

                                  with you

                   for a lifetime

Who Is Saint Valentine?

By Destiny Padilla

Saint Valentine, the original Cupid, originated in Rome during the third century. There are two popular legends that surfaced from this time. As one of the famous legends goes, he was originally a priest and physician until he got put behind bars. He not only healed his jailer’s daughter from blindness, he also befriended her. As he wrote letters to her from jail, he always signed, “From your Valentine”.

The second legend states that Saint Valentine secretly married couples so that the husbands were not forced to go into war, this defined the Emperor’s orders. Emperor Claudius ll executed Saint Valentine and another man who shared the same last name. Their execution was on February 14, therefore people worldwide celebrate Valentine’s Day on that day.

Self Love is the Best Love: Winter Skin Care Guide

The Best Skin Care and Self-Care Products for the Holiday Season

By Destiny Padilla & Marleane Trujillo

As winter makes its appearance, it is important to prioritize yourself and take care of your body. At the top of your Christmas list should be spoiling yourself. 

For this month’s “Self Love is the Best Love,” we want you to take care of your skin. Here are the most popular recommended seasonal skin care and self-care products:

1. Tree Hut Frosted Sugar Cookie Shea Sugar Scrub

This product is amazing! It feels so good and makes your body feel nice, even when it’s cold it keeps its smell. Definitely worth buying.


2. Tree Hut Frosted Cranberry Shea Sugar Scrub

Tree Hut Frosted Cranberry smells really good and makes your body smooth. It gives a good boost to your shower routine.

3. Bath and Body Works Snowflakes and Cashmere Body Lotion 

We recommend Bath and Body Works’ Snowflake and Cashmere Body Lotion because they are both good combinations. Snowflake is really popular out there right now and smells really good, while the cashmere scent leaves you smelling  and feeling classy.

4. Yankee Candle’s Movie Night Cocoa

Yankee Candle makes a “Movie Night Cocoa” candle, which we love not only because it smells pretty but also because it makes you calm when you put it on at night.

 5. Burt’s Bees Vanilla Bean Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees Vanilla Bean Lip Balm is highly recommended because it feels good and makes your lips smooth. And since it is cold out, your lips won’t be chapped.

During the holiday season remember that life is too short to not treat yourself. Do something nice for YOU, simply because you deserve it. You deserve every ounce of happiness and love that is given to you, embrace and treasure the appreciation for yourself.

The greatest gift you can give yourself is to take care of your precious soul and body. In the time of gift giving, luxuries may seem like the best option, but giving someone the gift of having you in their life is just as valuable as the riches.

Eats & Treats: Homemade Cookies for the Holidays

By Destiny Padilla

With the holiday season approaching, the mouthwatering desserts catch my attention! Brownies, cookies, pies… the more the merrier! Here’s a delicious Christmas cookie recipe you can make at home.


For this recipe you will need…

  • 1 and ½ cups of flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cornstarch 
  • 1 cup red and green M&Ms
  • ½ cup room temperature butter
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Follow these quick and easy directions for the tasty cookies!

Step 1) In a bowl, cream together the sugars and room temperature butter until fluffy and light. 

Step 2) Next, mix in the vanilla extract and the egg. 

Step 3) Once everything is mixed, pour in the dry ingredients and the M&Ms, and mix until everything is combined. 

Step 4) When finished mixing, put portions of tablespoon sized cookie dough balls onto a baking pan and put them in the freezer for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees while you are waiting.

Step 5) After 10 minutes, put the pan of cookie dough balls in the oven and bake at 350F for approximately 11 minutes.

Step 6) Eat the cookies and enjoy!

Self Love is the Best Love:

The Importance of Sleep

By Destiny Padilla

Who doesn’t love a thorough sleep, we need it and we crave it!

In order to achieve this, first make sure that you set yourself a consistent sleeping schedule. Your sleeping schedule needs to correspond with your school activities.

Useful activities to do before bed include the following:

Reading poetry

Listening to relaxing music


Doing skincare

All of these activities will help you get into a calming and relaxing mindset. Focusing on bettering your sleep will result in a positive jump in your attitude and how you act. This will make you energetic and motivated for school. You wouldn’t be dozing off during class, but rather paying better attention and being alert.

Although it is important to have multiple interests, your sleep should be one of your top priorities. Fantastic sleep will lead to a thoroughly terrific day.

Protect our Bewitching Black Cats

By Destiny Padilla

The superstitions of black cats have led to the cruelty, abuse, and non-tolerable acts on Halloween day. Usually cats are adorable furry animals that people adopt to love for a lifetime, but on Halloween, black cats do not get the same treatment.

For centuries, black cats have been viewed as cursed and causing you to have misfortune, this has led to the despicable injuries that go as far as death to black cats.

European folklore tells how if a black cat crosses your path then they will give you a future worth of bad luck. The reason this myth is valued is because black cats are viewed as witches’ companions. The injuries that they endure are getting their fur cut off, being held against their will, and even being beaten.

These harmful acts only get more extreme during Halloween, and some people go to the extent of adopting black cats the day before Halloween. The reason why they adopt them is not your typical “love at first sight adoption,” it is to hold the black cat captive until the 31st so that they can take advantage of them.

Black cats do not deserve this treatment, there needs to be protection to make the abuse stop. One thing you can do to help is when you see a stray black cat you can take care of it or let someone trustworthy give it a home. Protecting our loving black cats must start now!

Destiny Padilla

Destiny Padilla is a high school junior at John Glenn High School. She’s obsessed with the color pink and loves flowers. Her favorite time of the day is the evening, so she can watch the sunset as the colors beautifully light up the sky. Destiny is fond of baking, and her favorite dessert to bake is fudge brownies topped with pink heart sprinkles. Out of all the news sources, her favorite happens to be the Los Angeles Times. Lastly, Destiny is open to making new friends…so if you see her don’t be shy to say hi!