Smarter Balance Uuuugggghhhh!

Hi Peoples,

For anyone who has not taken a smarter balance test… IT COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY STINKS!!!!!! And for anyone who has taken it and actually likes it, then I suggest you do not read any further because I will be complaining about the test and saying why it is totally horrible and should not be required for any students.

Smarter Balance… The one four part test that students AND teachers dread. Even my brother’s teachers say that it is horrible and often a waste of time. Maybe it would be better if they spread it out more but it seemed to take forever and I missed a lot of classes because of it. I had to take the second part of the math test the other day and it was so unbelievably stressful. I didn’t even finish! The wording was really confusing, plus I was the last one working on it which made me feel bad since I don’t like it when people go out of their way for me. Like all of the kids had to stay quiet while I was still testing. I felt slightly embarrassed which of course is never fun and made the test even worse for me.  Has anyone else felt like that, ever? Please comment if you  have.

I don’t even get why we even have to do it. It doesn’t go on our record, it doesn’t prepare you for tests like the SAT’s because we don’t get to study for it. I understand we need to learn to think critically and on our feet, but that is pretty hard when you don’t understand what they want from you. All they are for are for the school statistics and I don’t really see how they benefit the kids at all. It is only for them to see how we are doing but we don’t even get the results until part way through next school year, so I’m not clear as to how it helps us. Is that even worth it, to spend two weeks of school time on it? All it does is make tweens stress out, and I can’t even imagine the elementary scholars! Just why do we have to do it! That is my question… WHY!?!? I am seriously considering writing a persuasive letter to the board of directors about this one day but right now, I’m just glad I got through it. This is just my opinion of course, but it sure is nice to have a place to vent!

Clio 😉

P.S. If you have to take these tests, you CAN ask your parents to opt you out but that’s up to them…



Hi Peoples,

This one will be short…

New Fact: I have braces.  All of the photos you have seen of me without braces thus far are inaccurate, I do have braces. Those photos were from before I had them, or before seven weeks ago. They definitely hurt for the first week but after that they were ok. It was not fun to  have metal bumps scraping against my lips and cheeks. Just so you know, the wax does not stay on, so it is better to just be tough and work through the pain.

Braces are not a huge deal anymore to tweens (at least not the ones I know); just about all tweens (except for those lucky few) get braces. They are uncomfortable and it really kind of sucks not to chew gum or eat popcorn but they’re not something we get made fun of for or anything. Note to parents: Don’t feel anxious about the whole social thing and braces, no one really cares anymore except of course…you…because we know how expensive they are. And yes, I swear we will thank you for them later.

So I recently got my braces adjusted and had new wires put in. One of the upsides of having braces is that you get to choose different colored bands for your braces every time you get your braces adjusted. This is one thing tweens ARE interested in and I try to match my band colors to different events I have coming up. This time I got white bands and they look really cool. I picked these ones to match all the costumes for a dance show I have coming up. That is very important. 😉 Oh yes, and for a first meal with braces, I had a baked potato and milk it was yummy but even that hurt to eat. I suggest LOTS of yogurt and jello in the first couple of weeks.

Clio 😉

P.S. Younger siblings get bored at the orthodontist. I recommend leaving them at home if possible….

My little brother NOT having fun




Hi Peoples,

I LOVE to bake! I feel that baking gives me a happy safe place. I would rather sleep in the kitchen than in my own room. I am calm and focused and comfortable when I bake, and I like that feeling.  A new thing to be learned about me…I do not like having nothing to do. I always need to be doing something (just ask my mom), so when I am bored I like to bake. It keeps both my mind and hands busy, plus its such a great feeling of accomplishment when it comes out right. My signature bake is a pineapple upside-down cake. #YUM! I love to make this recipe. I’ve made it for B-days, my teachers, and also just for my family to nibble on. The original recipe I use is from Sally’s Baking Addiction, I suggest you check out her website for more delicious recipes. I’m a big fan.

Here is the recipe:


  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar
  • sliced pineapple (6-8 canned slices or use fresh)
  • 15-20 maraschino cherries


  • 1 and 2/3 cups (210g) sifted all-purpose flour, careful not to overmeasure 1
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light brown sugar  (I use dark brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature preferred
  • 1/4 cup (60g) yogurt (I use strawberry yogurt) 
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk3
  • 1/4 (60ml) cup pineapple juice (reserved from the canned pineapple or use fresh) (I use a mix of cherry and pineapple juice)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) vanilla extract (sometimes I add a little extra)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 177 degrees Celsius

Prep the topping in your baking dish, place the pineapple slices and cherries in your own pattern then set the dish aside.

Mix all of your ingredients into a large bowl and mix well (it is ok if there are a few lumps in the batter).

Pour the batter into your dish and level. Bake for about 45 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and invert cake on stand or plate.

Feel free to use the alternative ingredients I have next to the recipe! It’s super easy and wicked YUMMY!!


Clio 😉


World Of Wearableart = WOW!

Hi Peoples,

Today a friend of mine took me to the Peabody Essex Museum to see the WOW exhibit. WOW stands for World Of Wearableart, which is exactly what it was. The original competition is in New Zealand and it gives people with all skills and trades a chance to create fashion that seems like it was taken straight off of the wall and put on a body. The exhibit is there until June 11th so I suggest you go and take a look. (and take your kids! They will LOVE it, esp. the tweens.)

Me and my friend Courtney in front of “American Dream.”

If you need another reason or two to go (I don’t see why you would but here they are anyways), there are plenty of other cool exhibits and any kids under the age of 16 are free! The outfits were  AMAZING! Every one of them were completely original and unique. The different materials that were used are insane. There was: wood, metal, plaster, plastic and even taxidermy (AKA: Gross and sad…there were taxidermy porcupines and birds! And yes, tweens care about animals…If any tweens are in that exhibit steer them away from the taxidermy bras because ew.) I think tweens would really like this exhibit because we haven’t completely gotten to the point yet where we care too much about fitting in. Well yeah, we do care about looking cool and nice, but we don’t care about what others think that much…yet. Back to the point, all of these styles are unique and they would definitely be liked by tweens, especially girls into art and fashion.

The WINNER of WOW – “Lady of the Wood.”
One of my favorite outfits was the wooden ball gown, be sure to check that out. It had such a cool look; it looked like fabric draping but you could still tell that it was wood. I think that the designer designed and created this dress really well and it looked exactly like a 17th century ball gown should. It kind of reminded me of Pinocchio’s daughter Cedar Wood, in Ever After High (which I’ve slightly outgrown…I think…but loved it.) Seriously, there is so much at PEM and I can’t wait to go back and explore more of the museum next time!


Make sure to check out the hyperlinks I hid in today’s blog to the PEM (I just learned how to add them)!

Clio 😉


Hi Peoples,

Today I will be writing (or typing) about binge watching and what it does for us tweens. Now I’m no TV junkie and we don’t have cable so we watch apple TV through our internet and use Amazon Prime and Netflix mostly because no commercials are the way to go. Binge watching shows and movies kinda sounds like we’re over-doing the TV time, but it actually can give us tweens an escape from life. It helps us relax from a long day’s work at school, homework, activities etc. Yes, watching TV for too long is bad if you do it all the time, but every once in a while it is good to sit down on the couch with a favorite food (I suggest a comfort food like soup) and catch up on a TV series or a movie or two. Binge watching also gives tweens quality time with our parents because sometimes talking is just weird cause neither of you have anything to say and it helps us start talking about topics we wouldn’t have thought of. I mean, you can only talk about your day at school for so long.

Some of my favorite shows and movies right now are: Charmed (my mom makes me watch this with her for content), The Great British Baking Show and the new Beauty and the Beast movie. I like each of these shows or movies for different reasons. Charmed is about three sisters who become good witches, this gives me a feeling of magic and excitement. There’s a lot of really REAL stuff happening in the world right now and its nice to see good win sometimes. The Great British Baking Show is about twelve British home bakers that are competing for the title of “best home baker”. I love this show because I get to see all of these new recipes that I can try. Plus, it always makes me REALLY hungry. If anyone who is reading this blog has not seen the New Beauty and the Beast movie, I suggest you to stop reading and go see it because it is Awesome! What I loved about it was the special effects and how they brought the old movie that came out in 1991 to life. Plus, Emma Watson is THE COOLEST. When you were watching the movie you felt like you were actually there and experiencing the whole thing for yourself.

Please movie maker people make more live action movies like that! It’s a great way to get the attention of kids my age who are a little too old for the cartoons now.

Don’t forget to leave a like if you liked this post and comment if there are any movies or shows that you love to watch. I’ll be updating my favorites periodically. A couple more you should check out: Gilmore Girls (Netflix), Just Add Magic (Amazon Prime) and Brain Games (Netflix).

Clio 😉

Top Ten…

For all the parents who wonder what we think about when the teacher is lecturing, here is my top ten list of things tweens mull over when they are supposed to be paying attention to the teacher (teehee!):

  1. “Wait, what was the homework?”
  2. “I don’t like this subject. At. All.”
  3. “When is lunch?”
  4. “No, I do not get what you are talking about. Please explain further with fewer big words but no, I don’t want to raise my hand and ask you to!”
  5. “I wonder what my (insert pet here) is doing?”
  6.  “What is this useful for again?”
  7. “What! How has it only been two minutes!”
  8. “When is lunch again?”
  9. “Huh, this is actually interesting for once, I should probably pay attention”
  10.  Contrary to popular belief, middle school kids actually do pay attention sometimes and think about the topic.

Am I right tweens? If I missed anything please put it in the comments.

Clio 😉

Media & Macaroons

Hi Peoples,

This blog site is going to be about what tweens in this era think and what they think about when they are supposed to be doing something (something I do often myself). As you can see above I LOVE French pastries. That is why I chose to have little macaroons and mini cupcakes as my birthday desert.

Tweens right now just want to fit in and do all of the cool stuff their friends do. Like go to see the newest movie that came out, or keep up with all of the new cool trends. Tweens also want independence, they want their “alone time” with their friends or just by themselves. Parents sometimes don’t realize that we get stressed out just like they do. Just growing up in general is hard, sometimes parents either feel stressed out and all of the pressure is put down on us or we just  have so many activities that a minute of quiet alone is needed. Fellow tweens, if you want to get your own little vacation away from life just cuddle up in bed with a computer, iPad or any other portable device and binge watch a favorite TV series of yours or cuddle up with a good book. It always works for me (I suggest watching or reading something that makes you happy ;-).

I’m just here to offer a general perspective of what tweens are thinking these days. Viewers, if you have any questions about the blog or just in general feel free to put them right in the comments below.

-Clio 😉