Monthly Archives: May 2016

Dear Hope: Should I Do My Own Laundry

Dear Hope,Laundry
I’m 16 and I have never done my own laundry. My mom is home so she always does it. My friend does his and he thinks it’s stupid that I don’t do my own. Do you think is bad that I don’t wash my own clothes.
– CleanClothes

Dear Clean Clothes,
There is nothing wrong with your mom doing your laundry if that’s what she wants to do. That being said, you are old enough to do your own.

I think you should ask her if she would like some help with it. If you move out or go to college, you will want to know how to wash your own clothes. You can learn how to use the washer, how to measure detergent and how so separate the clothes.

If your mom wants to continue doing it, you could offer to do a load occasionally. Don’t forget to thank her for all the clean clothes you’ve had all these years.

Thank you for being brave and sending in your question.

Dear Hope

Panel of Hope Update

Hope Update

A few weeks ago we posted about our Panel of Hope. We were looking for you to help us reevaluate our blog with your brilliant opinions!

THE GOOD NEWS:

You’re all awesome and we had a great response.

Emails and emails and emails! Oh my!

Wizard of Oz

THE BAD NEWS:

We could only pick a small group.

Thankfully we are doing a random pick, because there’s no way we could have chosen.

THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!

Thank you to everyone who sent in an email.

For fun we asked everyone to tell us their favorite ice cream flavor.

We thought we would share some of them with you (and our favorites too).

Ice Cream

Gabriella & Veronica

Dear Hope: My Mom Doesn’t Want Me to Get a Bikini

Dear Hope,Bikini
My mom and I are going shopping for our summer vacation. We go to the same place for our vacation every year and I love going. This year I’m 15 and I want to get a bikini and my mom says absolutely not. That’s it, it’s completely ridiculous. I mean everyone wears them. What is her deal. How can I get her to let me wear one? I can’t even sneak one because we are always together as a family there. It’s not like I’m trying to show off my body I just like the way they look. They are cuter than one a piece. Help me!
– Bathing suit drama

Dear Bathing Suit Drama,
It sounds like you are going to have a lot fun this summer!

My first suggestion is to talk to your mom and find out why she is against it. Listen to what she has to say. She may have valid reasons. Once you understand her side then you can state your case.

Explain how you like the way they look. That the one piece bathing suits, don’t have as many cute options. Reassure her that it is not about showing off your body, it’s about your own style.

Let her know you respect her reasons, but you hope she can also respect yours. Ask her if she would be willing to let you try them on when you go shopping. Then you can both have a look and see if it feels right. If she’s still against it ask about a compromise for this summer. You have always worn a one piece, so maybe this summer you could try a tankini (a compromise).

Expressing who you are is important, but for now, your mom still decides on this topic. If she stays firm in her answer respect that and find other ways to show your style. Get a really cute cover up or a funky hat.

Remember to have a great time this summer no matter what bathing suit you are wearing. Clothes do not determine who you are or how much fun you can have.

Thank you for being brave and sending in your question.

Dear Hope

There is Still Time to Join the Panel of Hope

Hellooooo you incredible blogging specimens!

First off, we are beyond excited by all the people who have contacted us about joining the Panel of Hope!

If you haven’t heard about it yet, here is some info.

We are giving away a $30 gift card to each person that gets picked to participate.

What kind of gift card you ask?

Starbucks, Sephora, or Amazon! Your choice!

Over the next several months, we will be making some changes. Some will be small and hardly noticeable. Others will be huge for us and our site.

We are in the need of ideas and opinions. We absolutely love and believe in our blogging community and thought, why not ask you. Being on the panel won’t be complicated or scary. We just want to pick your brain. Okay… that’s sounds a little creepy, but we promise it will be painless.

We need opinions on what these changes should look like and what things interest YOU! 

What are we looking for?

  •  People willing to email back and forth with us for about three weeks
  • Answers to questions and new ideas
  •  All kinds of personalities and opinions

Here’s how it works:

If you’re interested, go to our contact page and send us an email. Say something like: I want to be on the Panel of Hope (and mention your favorite ice cream flavor somewhere in there). Leave your name and email so we can get in contact with you.

We believe everyone has something of value to add. Unfortunately, we cannot pick everyone. We love you all so we will be choosing randomly. For those chosen, we will be emailing you on May 23 with more details.

You only have until May 22 to let us know that you want to be on the Panel of Hope. We are only picking a small group, so get your name in!

There is still time to share your opinions and win a gift card!!

– ttfn G –   &   – NBL V –

Dear Hope: Netflix and Chill

Dear Hope,Netflix
This guy I like keeps texting me to Netflix and Chill. I just change the subject. I would like to hang out with him, but I’m not into that. I would like to date not just hook up. Am I wrong?
– Kate

Dear Kate,
No, you are definitely not wrong. There is nothing wrong with not wanting to hook up or “Netflix and Chill”. If this is a guy you like, then take the time to get to know him better. The next time he brings it up, let him know it’s not happening. Ask him to do something different. Suggest a movie (in the theater) or to go grab a cup of coffee. Tell him you would like to get to know HIM better.

If there’s a chance for a relationship with this person, then take some time.

He may only be looking to “Netflix and Chill”, so If he says no, then move on. He is not the right person for you.

Whatever happens, you made the decision that was right for you, never feel bad about that.

Thank you for being brave and sending in your question.

Dear Hope

Join the Panel of Hope

Panel of Hope

We are setting up a panel of advisers. Our very own Panel of Hope!

That means we need you and your brilliant advice!

We are looking for several people to help us reevaluate our blog.

Over the next several months, we will be making some changes. Some will be small and hardly noticeable. Others will be huge for us and our site.

We are in the need of ideas and opinions. We absolutely love and believe in our blogging community and thought, why not ask you. Being on the panel won’t be complicated or scary. We just want to pick your brain. Okay… that’s sounds a little creepy, but we promise it will be painless.

What are we looking for?

  •  People willing to email back and forth with us for about three weeks
  • Answers to questions and ideas
  •  All kinds of personalities and opinions

Here’s how it works:

If you’re interested, go to our contact page and send us an email. Say something like: I want to be on the Panel of Hope (and mention your favorite ice cream flavor somewhere in there). Leave your name and email so we can get in contact with you.

We believe everyone has something of value to add. Unfortunately, we cannot pick everyone. We love you all so we will be choosing randomly. For those chosen, we will be emailing you on May 23 with more details.

Here are the sprinkles!
We are giving away a $30 gift card to each person that participates.

What kind of gift card you ask?

Starbucks, Sephora, or Amazon! Your choice!

Start contacting us now!

You only have until May 22 to let us know that you want to be on the Panel of Hope. We are only picking a small group, so get your name in!

We can’t wait to hear from you!

 – ttfn G –  &  – NBL V –

Dear Hope: Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Dear Hope,Mother's day gift
Mother’s Day is coming up and I need an idea that my sister and I can do. Last year we just said happy mother’s day and this year we really want to do something. My mom has really been so supportive of us this year and we love her so much. Can you give us an idea?
– Sisters Jess and Jacqueline

Dear Sisters Jess and Jacqueline,
It’s so sweet that you want to show your mom how much you appreciate her. I think for these occasions the best gifts come from the heart. I’m sure you and your sister will come up with something great, but I will give you some ideas to get you thinking.

Come up with something you can perform for her. It might sound weird, but mom’s love to see their kids in action no matter how old they are.

  • Write her a letter and read it aloud.
  • Sing a song, maybe a duet.
  • Put on a little play about her. It could be really funny.

Set up the timer on your camera to get a picture of the two of you and frame it.

  • Make your own frame – paint it, add glitter or glue on some gems.

Cook for her.

  • Make her a meal, like breakfast or lunch
  • Make her fav dessert

Ask her to go on a walk.

  • On the walk take turns telling her why you appreciate her.

Thank her for all she has done for you.

  • Leave little notes around the house for her to find.
  • Fill a jar with kind words.

I think you get the idea. It’s really about finding a way to show her she is loved and you appreciate her being your mom.

Thank you for being brave and sending in your question.

Dear Hope