Rainy Day Hair




Now, how about downpours and thunderstorms?  April showers may bring May flowers, but it turns my hair into a frizzy mess!  We’ve visited this subject before, last summer, on my family vacation through New Orleans and to Disney World in Florida.  The moisture in the air, the humidity, and the rain made it very difficult for me to maintain my newly flat ironed “do” the week before I had to dance in Downtown Disney.  But, I am a black girl after all, so I have to talk about my hair every now and then.

Since we’ve had typical spring weather here for the last month, which includes lots and lots of rain, it’s been hard for me to keep my hair flat and tame and frizz free.  And it’s not just this little black girl; it’s all us girls that struggle to keep the rain from ruining our hair.  And don’t even get me started about the wind!  So, take a look at a braided style that I’ve worn a few times lately.  Now go and create your own style with braids to keep the rain out.







Happy Easter

Happy Easter!  Today is the day that Christians celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Last night, I decorated eggs using a new technique. Rubber bands!  The eggs turned out different, but I liked them.  I also decided to make some PHILADELPHIA Easter Mini Cheesecakes for the brunch my family will be having today. They look like little bird’s nests. Philadelphia creme cheese is used in a lot of dessert dishes.  You can find this and other PHILADELPHIA cream cheese dishes at creamcheese.com. Of course, Easter would not be complete without candy! My family likes chocolate bunnies and lots of varieties of eggs.


PHILADELPHIA Easter Mini Cheesecakes


Easter Eggs


Easter Candy


Boil and dry eggs.

Using rubber bands, carefully wrap the eggs using different designs. Then dip each egg in the dye solution. The results were pretty cool….

PHILADELPHIA Easter Mini Cheesecakes


1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
3 pkg. PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese (8 oz. each), softened
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. coconut
54 speckled chocolate eggs

HEAT oven to 325 degrees.
MIX graham cracker crumbs, 2 Tbsp. sugar and butter; press into the bottoms of 18 paper-lined muffin cups.
BEAT cream cheese, vanilla and remaining sugar with mixer until smooth.
ADD eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Spoon over crusts.
BAKE 25 to 30 minutes or until centers are almost set. Cool completely.
Refrigerate for 2 hours.

TOP each cheese cake with 1 Tbsp. toasted coconut shaped into a nest.

Fill each nest with 3 speckled chocolate eggs.

An Anniversary Is Better Than an April Fool!

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Hi everybody,
Guess what today is?  Besides April Fool’s Day, that is.  Today is my anniversary – or should I say, my blog’s anniversary?  I made my very first blog post on April 1, 2014 – a year ago today.  During this time I’ve published a total of 154 blog posts.  That’s a lot!  When I first started writing “What Ainsley Likes” what I wanted to do more than anything was just to write – which I love to do.  And what better to write about than my ordinary life as a tween girl?  I am a dancer and I go to public school.  I love, love, love to read.  I like arts and crafts and cooking.  And I am VERY into fashion.  I live with my parents, my brother, and our dog, Ziggy.  I am also close with my older sister (she moved out after she graduated from college) and my grandma who has been taking care of us kids our whole lives.  My family is pretty normal and sometimes kind of crazy, but we do EVERYTHING together.

Sometimes I write about serious subjects like current events – things that are happening in the world that are important to me.  Other times I write about things that are going on in my life – with teachers or friends – things that make me happy and sad and angry – things that I think other girls can relate to.  And to tell you the truth, writing about what bothers me helps me to get it out and almost always makes me feel better.  I hope everyone who reads my blog enjoys it and maybe some of you will find it to be interesting (at least a little bit), or inspiring, or just something that will put a smile on your face.  I think that sometimes it’s hard to be a girl.  I hope that girls more than anyone else find hobbies that make them happy, learn to handle adversity (I’m still learning), try not to be hurt by those people who are mean and treat you unfairly (their problem not yours), be positive influences on other girls, be kind, don’t let anyone or anything steal your spirit, and always stay in the light!
Love, Ainsley

My Spring Break Staycation

red barn

Hey everybody,

Well, today was my first day back at school after having a week off for Spring Break.  Oh, how I waited and waited for Spring Break, then it finally came and just as quickly it went!  Sigh………  Well, I was glad to have the time off from school and dance.  Some of my friend’s families went out of town last week.  Some just hung around the house and did things like go to the mall.  My parents said that we absolutely would not be going out of town because we were still recovering from our trip to Disney World last summer.  Instead, of a Spring Break vacation, we had a Staycation.  We stayed home, but did a lot of things in our hometown.  Last Sunday, my mom, dad, brother and I went to a breakfast restaurant that we had been wanting to try for a couple of months now – Waffle Champion.  It is owned by the same people who have a really popular food truck in our area called Big Truck Tacos.  The place was full of all different combinations of waffles and it was absolutely packed.  When we got there we were approximately the 20th people in line and behind us were so many people that the line went outside.  My brother and I had the waffles with the buttermilk fried chicken.  They were huge and you eat them like tacos.  It tasted awesome!!

On Tuesday, we went to dinner at a new Italian restaurant called Moni’s Pasta & Pizza.  We had pasta with mussels and marinara sauce, chicken pizza, Caesar salad, and the best bread.  The food was delish!  I tried my dad’s eggplant dish and we had a great time.  On Wednesday, we had takeout Chinese food from The Great Wall.  I really like the chicken lo mein, but the shrimp fried rice and eggrolls are pretty good too.  On Thursday night, my sister took me and my brother to a new place in town called Main Event.  We spent the whole evening there eating and playing video games and winning tickets and trading them in for prizes.  It was absolutely packed, but so much fun.  Between the ropes course, laser quest, and bowling the wait was anywhere from two to three hours, but it was worth it.  In between the time we spent waiting for to be called I learned to play shuffle board.

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On Friday, my mom and dad took vacation days from work and took me and my brother to the Famous Round Red Barn in Arcadia, OK.  It’s along Route 66.  Afterwards, we went to Pop’s.  Pop’s is a restaurant along Route 66.  Out front, Pop’s has a 66-foot soda pop bottle.  Inside, Pop’s is a gas station, restaurant, shake shop, gift shop, and convenience store.  But, the best thing about Pop’s is the soda pop, of course!  Pop’s has a record-breaking selection of over 600 ice-cold sodas and beverages.  It has 80 different kinds of root beer and 50 kinds of cream soda.  We bought a dozen different kinds of soda pop before we left, but not before we ate our weight in burgers and french fries and onion rings.  Finally, on Saturday, we went to the movies to see Insurgent, the second movie in the Divergent trilogy.  I wrote book reports about the Divergent series here on my blog.  The movie was pretty true to the book and I liked it a lot – not more than The Huger Games:  Mockingjay, but it was good just the same.

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I had a very busy week and it was pretty great!  Who needs a vacation when you can take a Staycation in your very own town?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Saint Patrick’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on the 17th of March each year. This is the death date of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, or pretty much celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. St. Patrick’s Day is a legal holiday in many countries around the world. While not a legal holiday in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day is still celebrated all over the country. It is a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture and includes wearing and displaying the color green, eating and drinking (the drinking part is for grown-ups), religious services, and parades. The holiday has been celebrated on the North American continent since the late eighteenth century. We went out to dinner at an Italian restaurant tonight and people were drinking green beer (my mom doesn’t like beer and my dad didn’t drink any). Mom and I wore green dresses, even though we are obviously not Irish. We had fun and my brother was even tolerable tonight, so it was a good night. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!