Hasta La Vista High School!

hasta la vista high school

This is my last week of high school. AHHHHHH! I’ve never felt so many emotions in my life. One day I’m sad the next I’m super excited and the next it’s honestly who-knows-what. The end has come real quick and my last day is this Wednesday.

My school has this ceremony known as Eagle Flight and that’s the school’s chance to say goodbye to the graduating class. As one of my school’s co-presidents for student council, I get to hand off one of the executive board items to one of the new co-presidents and I just hope I don’t cry in front of the entire school. Knowing myself, I probably will though, haha.

I’ve finished most of my finals already and somehow managed to get a 100% on my AP statistics final. Literally did NOT see that coming. I have two more AP tests to take, with AP Bio tomorrow and AP Stats on Thursday. I just hope that I pass because it kind of sucks paying about $100 to get no college credit. We’ll see how those go.

Graduation is next Saturday and I have family coming in from New Mexico. I’m so excited for them to come mostly because it’s been about 4 years since they came up to our house. I just know we’re going to eat so much food. It’s gonna be great. In addition to that, I get to go to Hawaii with my aunt and uncle five days after graduation so I’m a very happy person right now.

There’s going to be so many grad parties to go to and so much to do this last week. High school came to a very rapid end and it’s bittersweet. I’ve built so many close relationships with classmates, teachers, coaches, and administration and I’m going to truly miss high school.

To those of you with graduation already passed, congrats! You’ve made it! And to those of you graduating this week or in the weeks to come, you’ve got a little longer but you’re basically at the finish line. Enjoy your last days of high school or college.

Have a beautiful week you beautiful people and congrats to the class of 2018!

I’m Competing in Miss Colorado!

Miss ColoradoNot too long ago, I received mail from Future Productions and the Miss Universe Organization, which are the companies that put on the Miss Colorado, Miss USA, and Miss Universe pageants. They wanted me to send in my pictures and information to see if I could compete in the Miss Colorado pageant. I am very excited to announce that October 26 and 27th, I will be competing for the Miss Colorado crown in Greeley.

For those of you who didn’t know, I used to compete in pageants. When I was in 3rd and 4th grade (I think) I participated in the National American Miss pageants. My second year, I got the Spirit of America award, which had something to do with my performance in multiple divisions. That was cool. I never finished top 10 but I always finished very high in each of the categories which was exciting for me and my family.

For the Miss Colorado pageant, there will be a swimwear, formal, and interview round and we’ll just see how it goes! I’m definitely going to be on the younger end of this pageant since the ages range from 18 to 28. It’ll be fun to see the different levels of experience and the different girls and women that are there in general. I’m also very excited to see how my experience from modeling and acting will contribute to this experience. The Miss Universe Organization lives by their motto, “Confidently Beautiful” and personally, I’ve struggled to like my body and its image. I hope that through this experience, I build confidence and figure out how to love myself a little more.

I’ll keep you all updated on how this experience goes for me and I’m so honored to have been picked to fight for the Miss Colorado crown. I honestly never thought my pageant days would make a return, but haha, here we are. If you’d like to stay updated with the pageant and other pageants under the Miss Universe Organization, click here. Have a beautiful week you beautiful people!

Happy Easter 2018

This week, I’m not going to actually post an actual blog but I’d like to wish you all a very Happy Easter. Today He is risen and it’s just a great day. I hope you all enjoy time with your family, whether that’s at church or at a brunch or at an Easter egg hunt. For you kids out there, I hope that the Easter bunny brought you some goodies this morning. That was always a fun part of Easter morning for my sister. We always enjoyed hunting for eggs and then also hunting for the gifts the Easter bunny left hidden around the house. Have a beautiful week you beautiful people! 🙂

  • Romans 6:8-11 8. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
  • John 11:25 25. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
  • Colossians 1:13-14 13. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14. in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Happy Easter

A Shout Out to My Sister!

If I’m being completely honest, I didn’t really have all that much planned for this week’s blog, so I’d like to give a shout out to my sister, Allyson. 🙂

Like this blog, she too has her own website and blog, and she FINALLY decided to revamp it and get it going again. If you’re looking for another blog to read, I highly recommend checking out my sister’s blog. She’s also adding a bunch of different artsy things to her website including her own poems and short stories. She’s also doing something she’s calling “Music Mondays” which I’m hoping she’ll actually update on Mondays.

Allyson is the best possible sister ever, and she’s also the greatest best friend I could ever ask for. I’m so lucky to be able to call her both my best friend and my little sister and I really don’t know how I’d function without her. She’s my doubles partner, hitting partner, Mario Kart rival, guinea pig for hair and makeup ideas, and so much more. She’s so silly and curious and sometimes a little too sassy, but overall, she’s a beautiful person inside and out. Allyson, if you’re reading this, thanks for being you. I love you! Please never change.

And also, if you’d like to check out her blog, here ya go! Allyson’s blog… Have a beautiful week you beautiful people!

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A Couple Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day

So Valentine’s Day is here once again! If you’ve been on the hunt for a good Valentine’s Day gift or a sweet, fun, or romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day, look no further. Here are a couple of ways to spend Valentine’s Day.

  • Chocolate- Chocolate is always a favorite, and personally it is my favorite. There’s a variety of sweet types to get and chocolate is always a sweet way to show your love and appreciation for the sweet ones in your life.
  • Jewelry- For the special girl in your life, you could get her a nice piece of jewelry. Whether it’s earrings, a delicate bracelet, or a lovely necklace, jewelry is always a safe and fun option. Personally, Alex and Ani bracelets make a great gift and there are so many options to truly fit your special someone’s personality and likes.
  • Some lotion, perfume, and a candle- This gift idea can get a little repetitive but it tends to be a great idea. Something with a vanilla, flowery, or citrus scent is always a great idea for something fresh and clean smelling. Honestly though, get creative with these types of gifts. There are plenty of wonderful and yummy options for smells out there!
  • A handmade Valentine- While a nice card can really mean a lot, I feel that cards have lost their value. A lot of people read it and then either throw it away or put it with their pile of cards from other holidays to collect dust and clutter. Something I’ve found to be really fun is making hearts for people I love. I put their name on it and then deck it out with glitter, stickers, and cute little messages. This way, the “card”, so to speak, feels more personal and it’s something that a person may feel more inclined to hold onto.
  • Dinner- And back at it with another classic. Taking time to spend an evening out with a loved one at a favorite restaurant is always a lovely gesture. You get to enjoy each other’s company and hopefully some good food.

While I may have only listed five options for Valentine’s Day, you could really do a lot with this holiday. And remember, even though a gift can be really nice, it’s more important to show your loved ones you care through your actions and how you treat them. I wish you all the happiest of Valentine’s Days and happy chocolate eating!

The New Addition to My Family: Bobo

 

I just realized it has been about five months, and I haven’t posted about the new member of the Horvath family! Well, I guess better late than never… Anyway, in September, my family and I brought a 3-month-old green-cheeked conure home. His name is Bobo and he is one of the sweetest little things ever.

A green cheeked conure is a type of parrot, but it’s a smaller type of parrot. They only get to be about 10 inches long, tail feathers included. Bobo is a beautiful green color with a little gray head, a splash of yellow and orange on his tummy, and blue and yellow wings. He also has pink feet as opposed to the regular gray feet of green cheeks.

Bobo is about nine months old now and he’s lost most of his baby fuzz. He’s also learning to talk which is pretty great. He can say “pretty bird” in Russian, “I love you”, “baby”, and a variety of other things. We recently taught him how to play peekaboo and he absolutely looooooves playing that game. He also really likes to say “peeka peeka peeka” to get someone in the house to play with him.

In addition to chatting up a storm, Bobo is an avid climber and enjoys beating up his disco ball, chewing on things, sleeping in his fuzzy little blue nest, chilling on my shoulder, sitting in my hair, and also interacting with my mom’s laptop and various other electronics. He also really likes to listen to music from Frozen, Tangled, and Sleeping Beauty. Chasing my fingers around while I play piano is also one of Bobo’s favorite ways to pass time.

Green-cheeked conures can live up to 30 years so Bobo’s in the family for many years to come. Be prepared for many more stories of this sweet baby bird and possibly a couple of pictures! Have a good week! 🙂

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My Hair Care Routine

Living in Colorado, I deal with a lot of crazy weather, and that also takes a toll on my hair. It’s been difficult finding a solid routine and solid products that work well with my hair, but I’ve finally got it! Here’s my hair care routine.

Recently, I just finished a custom shampoo by Function of Beauty, which is an online brand of shampoos and conditioners. When you go to their website, you take a quiz, and based on your hair type, Function of Beauty creates a personalized shampoo and conditioner that will best suit your hair. My hair tends to be frizzy and is somewhat wavy. For my custom shampoo, those were two things that I focused on as well as adding shine, volume, and helping it grow. I purchased a 16 oz bottle of my shampoo and a 12 oz bottle of the conditioner. Honestly, at the time, that was the best shampoo I’ve ever used. My hair responded extremely well to the products, and I loved the smell (a variety of Essential Oils).  Before I finished these products, I didn’t do much else with my hair except use my custom products when I washed it. That’s changed and I’ll explain that in a little. If you’re interested in checking out Function of Beauty, click here!

Typically, I don’t do much to style my hair. I often leave it down in its weird wavy/straight manner. To tame frizz and give my hair extra shine, I use a Moroccan Oil product, after I shower and towel dry my hair. It helps a lot with frizz. It also makes a decent detangler. Another product I sometimes apply after showering is a volumizing mousse from my hair stylist’s salon. There isn’t a specific brand for the mousse I use, as it’s produced by the salon, but I’m sure that there are similar products available out there. Not only does the mousse give my hair some volume, but it hydrates the roots and keeps them nice and healthy.

After finishing up my custom shampoo, I moved over to Living Proof products. While this line of hair care products is on the more pricey side, it is definitely worth it. I use their Perfect Hair Day shampoo and conditioner as well as their overnight protector sealant. All of their products smell really good and leave my hair feeling clean, strong, not frizzy (YAY), and silky. I’ve noticed extra shine in my hair too with the Living Proof products, plus when you order off of their website, you get free shipping! As mentioned earlier, Living Proof products are much more expensive than other hair care products, but it’s worth it for the healthy, happy hair you get from using it! If you’re interested in checking Living Proof out, here’s their website.

So these are the products that I use in my hair to keep them nice and happy and healthy. Some days are better than others as far as “good and bad” hair days go, but whatever happens with it happens!

Have a great week everyone!

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Here Comes 2018: Happy New Year!

2018

This blog will officially go up 3 hours before midnight and 2018, woohoo! That also shows you just how much I have going on for New Years’ Eve… Anyway, I just wanted to wish you all a very happy new year. Let this be the best year yet! 🙂

For 2018, there’s a couple of resolutions I plan to actually stick to this year. New Year’s resolutions tend to fail, but I’ve set up a plan for how to keep myself accountable and be successful.

For one, I want to work on my hair. I’m planning on growing it fairly long over the course of the year and in order for that to happen, it’s also going to have to be healthy. Through a variety of hair care products, including Living Proof PhD shampoo and conditioner, Keranique products, as well as hair vitamins, and supplements, I think I can be successful. Drinking plenty of water and applying less heat to my hair will also help keep it healthy and strong.

Another resolution of mine is to completely banish soda from my life. This one is definitely going to be tough, but I know it’ll be for the best. Soda just is not good for you, regardless of whether or not it’s diet, or sugar-free, or “zero” as some brands call it. This resolution will rely on self-control mostly, and it’s not like I can have a set plan for it, but I plan to follow through on this.

One other resolution I have this year is to get in shape and see my body in a positive way. Ever since my foot and ankle injuries, I’ve struggled to get my body back into the form it was, and that’s really damaged my self-esteem and confidence. I’ve really struggled to like the way I look, but it’s getting better. I’m so thankful I’ve been healthy for the past two-ish years now, and I’ve had the opportunity to be active again, but I’m just not quite where I want to be. I already have a gym membership at a new, nearby gym, and my family is members of our local country club, and with hard work, I hope I can improve myself physically and mentally.

So these are some of my resolutions. I’m excited to see my transformation over this year and I hope that you all have the chance to follow through on your resolutions. See you all in 2018 and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas

This won’t be a long post at all, but I would just like to wish a very Merry Christmas to all. I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy time with family and friends. This is a time that comes only once a year and I hope that you make the most of it! 🙂 If you’re off of school for the next two weeks or off of work for the next couple of days, enjoy the break. It’s probably well deserved!

Thank you all for your support and time reading my blog over the years. I really appreciate it and it means a lot that you would take the time to visit this site. It’s getting close to four years on anahorvath.com and I honestly can’t believe it! I love you all and once again, Merry Christmas! <3

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What the Holidays Mean to Me

The holidays are upon us, and I feel like every year, Christmas especially, becomes more and more commercialized. Businesses and companies press on people to buy this and buy that. There are pre-Christmas sales and after-Christmas sales, and I understand that these places have to make money, but society has absorbed the idea that gift-buying and money spending are the best ways to have a good holiday season. This, I think is wrong.

To me, the holidays, especially Christmas, are about being with family. Since I was born, my family goes to New Mexico to spend time with cousins, my aunt and uncle, and my grandparents. We’ve always been to my great-aunt’s Christmas morning breakfast, and we always spend the morning with family that we don’t see all year. That’s really special and really important to me.

The holidays are also about making new memories with the people I spend time with. Every winter break, I know a lot of kids take that time to sleep and catch up on their games and spend time away from everything. While that isn’t always a bad thing, I believe that it’s important to make the most out of the time we have with others when we have it. My sister and I spent time together training our bird, going to the mall, and messing around at our grandpa’s house. I enjoyed long conversations with my aunt and uncle and grandpa while in New Mexico. Some people in our lives won’t always be in our lives, and it’s crucial to take time to be with them and make the most of that while you can.

The holidays are also a time for being outside in the cold, winter air, taking time to be in the snow and if there’s no snow (@Colorado SO FAR THIS WINTER), just the cold. Personally, I love snow and the cold and in case you didn’t know, winter is my favorite season. Going for walks with the fresh, crisp winter air is one of the most refreshing and wonderful things. Watching snow fall and seeing snowflakes melt on the warm sidewalk or on the car window is beautiful to me. Being out throwing snowballs at my sister or chasing Marty and Boo through the snow is so much fun.

I know that we all have our different religions and traditions and ways of spending the holidays, and this is what it means to me. To those of you going through finals week, I wish you the best of luck. To those of you on break already, you’re so lucky. I wish you all a very Happy Holidays and best wishes in 2018!

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