Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Put Your Records On

So out of ALL of those ideas, I decided to make a carousel for my records, so they could stay organized and easy to access. I'm also going to make the cookbook but I'm going to make it for my sister for Christmas because she's not a very good cook.

BUT ANYWAY, my dad and I will start making it this week. For the round part on the top we're going to use a bike tire, so that its big enough to fit the length of my records/the hangers. Plus using the bike tire will make it easier to spin because it already has the technology in it. So I'll have a wooden base and a metal pole, and I think I'll paint it light blue and gold (to match my room and because I'm super hip).

I'll go buy some hangers at TJ Maxx this week, the kind you hang pants with. So yeah my parents leave for New York on Friday and my dad will help me before then. I'm super excited.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Think Think Think

So this past week we have started our next projects, and at this point I´m a little brain dead. I couldn´t think of much. I´ve already dealt with a lot of the issues I care about, and attempted to solve them, but trying to change the perseption of peoples' minds all around the world isn´t something you can do in two weeks. I could try to make people understand that all humans should be equal whether they´re straight, gay, black, white or asian, catholic, jewish, or muslim, or man, or woman, but that would take an entire lifetime, even more than that. I could try to talk my mom into letting me adopt a child from Africa or Syria, or even in our own country of America, or I could try to adopt a dog or two from the shelter. But I don´t think any of those ideas sound appealing to her right now.

So as we usually do, I had to come up with a list of 20 ideas (I only got to 16, but close enough).

  1.  Set up a Pen Pale system with my 5th grade class for JET with students their age from Germany.
  2. Bring treats every Friday to my class if around their desk is clean and they have their chair stacked everyday that week.
  3. Make a cookbook for all my jumbled recipes.
  4. Make a moisturizing and washable lotion to put on before you get into the bathtub so prevent skin from getting dry.
  5. Make the small room for sanders and build shelves in it and provide homemade granola bars for people who don´t get breakfast.
  6. Make a ¨Celebrate Diversity¨ video with the kids at my elementary school.
  7. Get a grant to update bathroom stalls and faucets.
  8. Make a clip to put on the knot after tying your shoes so that they don´t become untied.
  9. Large shower head to attach to the hose to make washing your dog easier.
  10. Make a spinning machine with speed control to clean makeup brushes.
  11. Attachment for water bottle that holds a lemon (or any other food) for detox water.
  12. Make aroma therapy diffuser for shower.
  13. Make a carousel to hold, organize, and make records more accessable.
  14. Make something to organize makeup brushes.
  15. Make a floating dog bed so my dog doesn´t take up my whole bed.
  16. Make a suit to put on my dog so her doesn´tget so much dog hair on my bed.
These were all my ideas, and I had to take a few ideas and whose which was the best and which was the worse.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Uh Oh Spaghetti-O

So yeah we suck. The prototypes didn't really work out. They kept breaking in the molds and made skin feel rubbery, and they smoked and yeah, it didn't work.

So I was going to try several times to try and make a bathbomb, but I've been so busy with my German exchange student. The first time Jessica made the bathbomb she forgot the coconut oil, then the second time they decided not to put essential oils in it because its like $30 worth of oils to make one batch. It wasn't going to work out because we wanted to make them cheaper for the customer to buy.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Bill Nye the Science Guy

So because Faith and I have such terrible schedules, Jessica and Kylee started the actual making of the first few bathbombs.

They tried the first time with a regular sphere mold. The colors were great, but when they were done making it, they realized they forgot the coconut oil. So Jessica tried it out, but it made her skin feel rubery.

Then they tried it again but since the essential oils were so expensive, they tried to make them without it and they added more scented epsome salts. This time it wouldn't come out of the mold.

So at this point we're kinda screwed. Oh we also sometime in there went to Kittsona to see what kind of bath products they had available, they only had like three bathbombs, and they weren't even homemade.


Faith and finished the dog project, the one where we were super excited about helping others and we had our dreams crushed by a ungrateful, teenage volunteer.

Yeah, I'm still salty.

But we were trying to figure out what we should do for our next project. And all I could think of was doing DIY beauty remedies. It was super lame and I was still crushed from the previous project. But we started doing brainstorming activities in class and soon we came up with the idea of a bathbomb line.

Jessica, Kylee, Faith, and I were going to start our own line of bathbombs. We were going to have several kinds: the fortune bathbomb, the puzzle piece bathbomb, the half a dozen bathbomb set, and the children's bathbomb.

The fortune bathbomb was going to be like a regular bathbomb, but in the middle would be a laminated fortune to surprise you in the end. The puzzle piece bathbombs were going to come in all different scents and you could make different scent combonations by putting them together and dropping them in. The half a dozen bathbomb set was going to be 6 egg-shaped bathbombs in a decorative egg carton. And the childrens bathbomb would be a regular bathbomb but the chemical makeup would be more concentrated on the cleaners, and in the center would be a toy, such as a plastic dinosaur or something.

We were going to get our prototype and then present our idea to the owners of Kittsona, and we wanted to sell them in the store, and have 20% of the proceeds go to the dog shelter.

Then we started creating.

Dropping the Bomb

Faith and I told Sanders ahead of time that we weren't coming to class, we had to go out to the humane society to drop off our supplies. We took the 20 minutes drive out there, and once we got there we realized it was still closed. We went to the door and rang the doorbell anyway, hoping they would answer. A volunteer luckily opened the door and we came inside, hands full of gifts. The lady at the front desk said "Oh you can drop that stuff off at the table over there. Thanks."

That was it.

After hours of planning, and calling, and running around town for our donations, and taking pictures, and the hard work making all of those homemade dog treats, all we got was a "oh put that over there with all the other donated stuff. thanks." Really?

I guess they get donations all the time, but they don't realize all the work we put into raising the money and getting the products. Here's how it all went:

1. plan the process
2. call the local buisnesses for donating jars
3. taking the pictures of the dogs
4. creating the jars
5. dropping off the jars
6. picking up the jars
7. finding the recipe
8. making the treats
9. buying the products
10. dropping off the products

All of this and all we got was a Thanks.

Anyway, I learned that they're semi-ungrateful, but it's whatever. I'm glad I could help the dogs in some way.

Leading up to the donating

So I spent several hours one night making dog treats. Like 4 dozen of them. They were made with whole wheat flour, oats, parsley, nonfat dry milk, salt, eggs, and peanut butter. I don't know how they tasted because these star shaped weird smelling cookies didn't look very appetizing to me, but i gave a few to my dog and he seemed to enjoy them.

I went to Petco and bought a bunch of toys and bowls and kitty litter and other supplies that were on their wish list. We raised around $150, so we were able to buy a good amount of supplies.

I loaded up everything in my car and waited excitedly until the next day when Faith and I could bring our presents out to the shelter.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Doges, Doggos, and Puppers

So I have a slight obsession with dogs.

Not in like weird way though, I'm not that girl who only talks about dogs, or has dogs on my backpack and folders and notebooks, or casually blogs about dogs..

But anyway, dogs.

I should tell you more about my project about the dogs at the shelter. Basically what we're doing is making donation jars at local businesses in town, to raise money to buy the things we need to make homemade dog treats, and we will be bringing all the products and left over money to the shelter.

I went to the shelter yesterday to take pictures of some of the dogs. We wanted to put pictures of the dogs that are actually available for adoption at the shelter on the jars, so they have more of a chance of finding their "Fur-ever" home. And going there and seeing all the dogs broke my heart. They were all so sweet and deserved loving homes. I wanted to take them all with me.

I've had this obsession with getting a dog from the shelter for a while now, and I think going there yesterday made my wanting even stronger. I can't wait to live on my own when I'm older and adopted so many dogs from the shelter to love them and make them sooooo happy:)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Introducing Me

I should probably start with my name in this first post for my new blog, but I'm sure the only person that is truly going to be reading this is Mr. Sanders, the teacher whose class I'm doing this for. I'm in an Innovations class, or as it said on my schedule "Applied Communications." I took this class to continue having Mr. Sanders as a teacher. He has been my English teacher for the past two years, and we've become close. I think he has a very  positive impact on my life, always pushing me to better myself, get creative, and do things I would've never even thought of doing (like making this blog, or the blog I started my sophomore year for my passion of cooking).

Well I think this blog is going to just be a lot of rambling, I'm basically writing anything that comes to mind because Sanders is very unspecific about what we are supposed to, but let's give it a shot and get to work.

My name is Brooke Renea Rieger.
Fun Fact: I didn't learn to spell my middle name until my sophomore year.
I'm 18 years old and I am starting my senior year of high school. And honestly it doesn't feel like my senior year, I'm just starting to discover so many things. Like how to use the deli for lunch, how to spell potato and tomato, and the plural form of each, learning that if I come into a classroom like Sanders's or Mr. Sherwood's screaming "ITS NOT COOL TO BE AN ASSHOLE" they're not going to scold me, they'll simply ask what's wrong. But even though it doesn't FEEL like I'm a senior, I'm definitely ready to be done.
And surprisingly, school isn't the only thing I do in life, even though that's basically the only thing I've talked about.

I love to cook.
That sounds like a line out of High School Musical in the big number "Stick to the Status Quo", it's totally cheesy and I know people don't take me seriously when I tell them that. But it's what I've known I was going to do for the rest of my life since fourth grade when I became mesmerized by the Food Network and creating my own potions in the kitchen (only for my mother to come home and yell at me to clean up my mess). I began getting kitchen tools and cookbooks and aprons for birthdays and Christmas ever since. I used to tell my Grandpa that I was going to go on the show "Throwdown! With Bobby Flay" and I was going to beat him by making my famous scrambled eggs.

Classic. Scrambled Eggs.

Speaking of scrambled, how bout this first post? You guessed right folks. I'm changing the subject.

If you've ever met me, you probably know that Duke, my 120lb Black Lab, is the absolute love of my life. I LOVE dogs. I really wish I could have more, but sadly mommy dearest and pappi won't let me get another. I begged for weeks to adopt one from the shelter.

(here's my really great transition into my project.)

So I was sitting in the living room with my mother. She was scrolling through Facebook and I was staring at her because I was bored. She started watching a video on some guy who went to the shelter and donated a bunch of stuff and ended up adopting one of the dogs. I screamed after it was done "MOM WE HAVE TO GO GET A DOG FROM THE SHELTER SO IT CAN BE HAPPY." She of course sat there and considered it for a few seconds but then realized she wasn't going to let me guilt trip her. So she said we could do things like supply the local shelter with food and treats and other supplies they need, and I agreed because doing something to help was better than doing nothing.

But one thing lead to another and BAM, here I am in Sanders's Innovations class doing a project to raise money, to buy supplies, to donate to the shelter.

And we'll just have to see where its going to go in my next post.

Stay tuned;)