May 2017 - Simply Avalon

Monday, May 29, 2017

my favorite worship songs! | may

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my favorite worship songs! | may
In the aftermath of my "infamous" favorite music/singers video - I thought it was time to go ahead and update you guys on my favorite Christian worship songs. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I have numerous playlist and am nearly updating one daily. Which is why I decided to go ahead and open up my personal Christian playlist for your viewing (and listening) pleasure.

Some of my favorite bands and singers include Elevation Worship, Israel Houghton, Hillsong United/Young Free, and Brian Courtney Wilson. Surprisingly I include no Lecrae songs because they just don't fit my style of worship although they are a great alternative to typical "hype" music.

Without further ado here they are:

Monday, May 22, 2017

how to make pizza bagels!

May 22, 2017 10
how to make pizza bagels!

I don't know about you, but when it comes to cooking I want a few things. I want the item to be cheap, easy, and delicious - lucky for me the pizza bagel recipe I created embodied each of these characteristics! Pizza bagels are a super easy thing to make and can literally be changed into whatever type of pizza you could think of. The recipe I have below is super basic but can be customized to fit your eating needs. These pizza bagels tend to keep for at least a week and can be frozen if wanted.

Shopping List:

1 Plain Bagel
 Spaghetti or Pizza Sauce
 1/4 c. Cheese (sprinkled on top)
 Additional Toppings opt.
Butter opt. 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter one plain bagel then place as much sauce ontop of the bagel's surface.
  3. Add the 1/4 cup of cheese generously on top of the bagel. (I used two different types of cheese, but this is optional)
  4. Add toppings.
  5. Place bagel onto pan and bake in oven for 10-20 minutes or until crisp.
  6. Allow to cool before eating.
In case you couldn't follow my directions here is a video I uploaded earlier on my youtube channel that shows me going through the process of making these pizza bagels. Hope you enjoyed!

Monday, May 15, 2017

ready for the summer. | u p d a t e

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ready for the summer. | u p d a t e

Hey guys! It's been awhile since I last updated this blog.
Mostly because:
  1. s c h o o l || - I'm sure that most students would agree that as soon as school returns from spring break vacation the rest of year seems to crash down on you. Honestly, I've been swamped with a billion things at once mainly from the various clubs I participate in. From Key Club to journalism I've been dragged in so many different directions. 
  2. s o c c e r || - By the time this post goes up I would have completed my sophomore year soccer season. Even though I love soccer and have played it for my whole life I can't deny that it is a major time commitment. I practice after school til 5:30 after school every day and that's if I don't have a game. 
  3. y o u t u b e || - I've really tried to refocus my attention on YouTube mainly because I finally hit the 400 subscriber mark meaning that I am coming very close to reaching my original goal of 500 by the end of the year. 
  4. j o b || - I am currently in the works of creating a side business that would include blog consulting - specifically geared towards those just starting out. I have been working on some freebies that I will release on this blog along with a few other surprises that I will roll out this summer. I'm honestly super excited about what the future holds, but like always I don't want to talk to soon in case it falls through. I am also in the works to get a job this summer at a local cafe which would offer me great job experience and a chance to get more life experience. 
Now with that all being said I know that isn't an excuse for not posting, but don't worry I plan on making a few changes from here on out. I can't devote alot of time to my blog during the month of May so I plan on pre-writing a few pieces just so that I can enjoy the last week that I will have with the seniors and in my sophomore year.

On another note though I am so ready for summer. Although I am sad to say that my summer calendar is already being dotted with numerous trips and summer homework. But before we can even think about summer we gotta make it through another season. Look out for next week's post which will include some inspiration to get you through spring.

Monday, May 8, 2017

10 thoughtful mother's day gift ideas

May 08, 2017 4
10 thoughtful mother's day gift ideas

Where has the time gone? Can you believe that Mother's day is this weekend? In case you procrastinated in buying your mom a gift don't worry about it I got you covered! Check out my list below for 10 great cost-effective gift ideas for your mom.

1. Spa Day


    Honestly, this gift idea is super open and can be changed to fit any mother and any budget. For instance, you can DIY a spa gift basket and all you'd have to buy are the items that would go into the basket. You could also buy your mother a gift card to a spa located in her area or better yet buy two so that you can enjoy the day with her.

2. Gift Card

    Gift cards seem to be a taboo in the gifting world, but in my opinion, it can be the best gift ever IF you plan it out properly. This is where your personal knowledge of your mother comes handy. For instance, if you know that your mom loves to workout then maybe get her a gift card for Academy's or if you know that she loves to go out with friends to the movies then buy her a gift card for the movie theater. Just like my first gift idea this one is very much open to interpretation.

3. Food

    This can be anything from a gift card to a fancy restaurant to actual homemade cookies. I personally believe that this is one of the easiest and cheapest options at least for those working on a high schooler's (or college student's) budget.

4. Picture and Frame

    Another cute idea that is super simple is getting a picture made of you and your mother than having it framed. Not only is this a simple git, but it shows that you took the time (and money) to actually get the picture printed and fitted for a frame.

5. Monogrammed Items

    This may just be a southern thing, but I think that nearly is everything can be improved by a monogram. This also gives you loads of options for you can monogram nearly anything. A few ideas that come to mind are blankets, towels, wallets, cell phone cases, and t-shirts.

6. Jewelry

    Jewelry is such an easy gift idea mostly because you only need to have an understanding of your mother's taste to buy something that she would like. In case you have no idea what your mother likes in terms of jewelry though I suggest that you stick to something simple and minimalistic that can be worn daily or something that features your mother's birthstone.

7. Exercise Clothing/Equipment

    Many people enjoy exercising whether it be walking, jogging, hiking, or even swimming. This is why I believe it is such a great gift. If you know your mother's size you can actually buy her some workout clothes, but if you don't no worries buy her some exercise equipment instead. This can be anything from weights to a yoga mat. This can even translate into a month long gym membership paid for by you.

8. Sleepwear

    More often then not your mother has probably wanted some sleepwear but just chose not to ask. If you want to go the extra mile though you could get said pajamas monogrammed.

9. Card

    Cards like gift cards have gotten a bad rap in the gifting word probably because it doesn't take much effort to buy a hallmark card, but what if you went ahead and made a totally original card yourself. Not only would your mom know that it came from the heart, but it is also super cheap for those working on a high schooler's budget. Plus there are multiple tutorials on various websites (including my youtube channel) that have videos on how to make cute diy cards for whatever the occasion. Just please don't be that person who sends an e-card because you forgot.

10. Peace & Quiet

    If nothing else help your mom relax by doing her daily to-do list and giving her the day off. Don't ask her to do anything and just allow her to enjoy a day of peace and quiet.
Want some additional ideas? Check out the video I posted for last year. :)

Hope you enjoyed my 10 Mother's day gift ideas. If you decide to use any of them or have some that you'd like to add please leave a comment down below. :)