Unique Hanukkah Traditions

by Lauren Redfern The evening of December 12 marked the start of Hanukkah for those of Jewish culture. The Jewish holiday lasts for 8 days and nights. Also known as the Festival of Lights, the ancient story goes like this: after a group of Jews took back the temple, they found only enough oil there to light the temple for one night. Miraculously, the oil … Continue reading Unique Hanukkah Traditions

Bellbrook’s Top 20 Christmas Songs

by Lauren Redfern The  Christmas season brings decorations, food, presents, traditions and music. Many people enjoy Christmas themed music so much, that it is all they listen to during December. With help from the 2017-2018 Yearbook Staff,  we created a Top 20 Christmas Song Playlist. Next time you are cuddled up in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate, turn on some … Continue reading Bellbrook’s Top 20 Christmas Songs

How to Make Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

by Lauren Redfern The holiday season is in full swing and with the holidays comes delicious food. Instead of taking the usual veggie tray to the annual party consider making Gingerbread Cookies that all your friends will love. Ingredients: 1 cup butter 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup molasses 1 egg 5 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons ground … Continue reading How to Make Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

What Disney Character are You Based on Your Sign?

By: Chelsea Cozad Aquarius: Jim (Treasure Planet) You will fight wholeheartedly for any cause you see worthy and use your intellect to help. You are also a deep thinker, like Jim, as well as a good listener. Pisces: Princess Giselle (Enchanted) You have a burning desire to escape the realities of everyday life. You’re a hopeless romantic and your kind and gentle demeanor makes you … Continue reading What Disney Character are You Based on Your Sign?

Chilling Black Lemonade Recipe

By: Chelsea Cozad This recipe easily morphs an everyday drink into a spooky beverage. Its fearsome black color is obtained from activated charcoal. Before you gag at the thought of drinking charcoal, let’s go through some things: activated charcoal has absolutely no flavor and contains many health benefits including teeth whitening, anti-aging, and toxin removal. The recipe is super easy and is sure to chill guests to the … Continue reading Chilling Black Lemonade Recipe

How to Make Cookie Dough Brownies

by Ryan Westergaard The holiday season is coming up, and that means a lot of cooking and baking. Instead of leaving bland cookies for Santa, leave cookie dough brownies. Not only are they a soft chocolaty brownie, but they are layered with a raw (safe to eat) cookie dough. Ingredients For brownies: Betty Crocker Milk Chocolate brownie mix 3 tablespoons of water ½ cup of … Continue reading How to Make Cookie Dough Brownies

How to Become Popular on Instagram

by Ryan Westergaard Most people have an Instagram account, but not that many have followers in the thousands. To fix this, follow the steps below. Many popular Instagram users share these common ideas. Create an Instagram account. Make it unique, if possible. Find a “niche” for your account that a specific group of people would find very interesting. Instead of photography, narrow it down to wild … Continue reading How to Become Popular on Instagram

Activities to do Before Halloween

By: Chelsea Cozad The spookiest day of the year is quickly approaching and we all know as soon as the costumes are hung up and the makeup is wiped off, the holiday season immediately begins. So instead of celebrating for a mere few hours, expand the fun into weekdays and weekends before with these 5 easy and memorable activities! Haunted Houses If you’re looking to … Continue reading Activities to do Before Halloween

How to Take Great Smartphone Photos

by Ryan Westergaard We all want to take great photos, but most of us can’t spend thousands on a professional camera. Well, you’re in luck! Below are some tips and tricks to take the best photos, all with just your smart phone. 1. CLEAN THE CAMERA: This is commonly overlooked, but make definitely make the difference with your photos. Make sure to wipe off the camera … Continue reading How to Take Great Smartphone Photos

Try rock climbing for its benefits

by Ryan Westergaard Rock climbing not only aids in physical fitness, but also mental health. Climbing up a 50 foot vertical wall is going to have its challenges. Most of the time, your weight will be evenly distributed through your feet and hands, but sometimes you may have to hold all your body weight up with only your fingertips. Because of this, rock climbing is … Continue reading Try rock climbing for its benefits