A Sense of Autumn

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Autumn is finally here- and I couldn’t be more excited. Summer is always so much fun- but eventually, the heat gets old and I am ready to just settle in for the colder months and absorb everything Autumn has to offer us. As I was thinking, I began to think of ways Autumn impacts all five of our core senses. That gave me an idea for October’s Featured Photo post, especially as I am now in a Yankee-Candle phase, and have picked up a few fall candles myself.

Sight: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think Autumn? Fall foliage. The leaves changing color, and lazily falling down to the ground. Seeing empty tree

The fall foliage was just beginning to arrive, but the peaceful sense of Autumn was already there, between the color of the sky and the relaxed state of nature. This picture was taken with a brown-orange filter to highlight the qualities of fall.

branches signals the coming of winter, which always comes too soon- but amongst ourevergreens, it provides a very pretty sight.

For a while, I’ve been studying the clouds and the sky. Come Autumn, the sky turns a perfect shade of Cornflower Blue- a slightly darker, more mellow blue than the summer previous. The clouds remain wispy and peaceful, fraying away from the dark, ominous clouds of summer and the overcast, pure-white snow clouds of Winter. It’s this peace of Autumn that I really enjoy, and I try to absorb the sights around me as much as I can. Plus, the sights that surround us only feel like fall when combined with everything else.

Sounds: Sometimes, it’s just so nice to hear nothing. Coming from the busy, always-active Summer, I find Autumn to be a retreat from our busy lives. Plus, I always take pleasure in the gentle breeze that pushes leaves along, or the slight drizzle of a short Autumn rainstorm. This is my kind of season.

Taste: Food is a humongous part of Fall, and for me, Fall wouldn’t be Fall without it. Between the Pumpkin Pie, cinnamon spice, apples (yum) and comfort foods, Autumn is the place to be. Not to mention, I’ve fallen under the Pumpkin Spice craze with a Pumpkin Spice Creme Frappuchino over at Starbucks (their Caramelized Apple Bread is fantastic too). Really though, what would Fall be, if things didn’t taste like fall?


Touch: While going out and feeling the crunch of the leaves (like jumping into a leaf pile, for example) might be awesome, for me, as I mentioned before, what I love about Fall is the slight breeze, and the cooler temperatures. I’m so glad once we lose the Summer heat, but have yet to transition to the harsh cold of Winter. Just walk outside- it feels completely different, once Fall fully arrives. My favorite part? No allergies.

Scent: I mentioned this at the start of this post: right now, my Mom and I, we are going through a Yankee Candle phase. For a while, I had imagined coming home to do my homework, and be greeted by the scent of fall. For me, Fall smells warm and comforting, full of spice and pumpkin.

So, when we visited Yankee Candle a few weekends ago, I had the time of my life smelling all of the different fall scents. I eventually settled on “Apple Spice”, the candle in the image above, which combines traditional fall spice and apples, delicious apples. I also settled for something more sweet- a candle I’ll probably start lighting in November, still in the midst of Fall: Sugared Pumpkin Swirl. Whoever names the candles at Yankee Candle- you’re doing something right. We also purchased a few Votive candles, ranging from Moonbeam on Pumpkins to Sweet Apple Cider. The smell of Fall is wonderful, and it adds to the experience of a new season in so many ways.

Fall is going to fly by. Enjoy it. I know I will. 😁


Linkin Park’s One More Light | In Tune

Image result for one more lightChester Bennington, Linkin Park’s lead singer, an outstanding rock/pop musician, committed suicide on July 20, 2017.

I was heartbroken having heard news of his death. Today, I want to honor him by highlighting a song from Linkin Park’s new album: One More Light.

If you haven’t already, watch the Official Video for One More Light. Please, take in the audio and visual.

I remember first being introduced to Linkin Park through an episode of Good Mythical Morning, and then I began following their music with the song “Heavy”. The song One More Light has only recently been ‘released’ onto the radio, yet it’s moved mountains for me.

“Who cares if one more light goes out? Well, I do.”

If nothing else, that line speaks volumes about the importance of life. I always remember the quote: “To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world”.  It’s so true.

The way Chester sings the song, embodies the song, is so heartbreaking, yet so beautiful. 

“We saw brilliance, when the world was asleep.”

This line of the song draws upon how amazing the world we live in is- how amazing Chester was- how amazing we all are.

Chester, we all miss you incredibly, and your music has and will inspire generations of music listeners today and to come. As I look back upon your life, your greatest achievements, your happiest of times, Chester- that’s what is most important: the positive, the most beautiful aspects of us as humans.

“Just ’cause you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.”


Suicide isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Most often, we never understand a person’s struggles until it becomes too late. If you need help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You are not alone.

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It All Adds Up Sample Problems: Radicals, Lines, Planes, & More

Hi there!

I meant to include this Quizlet full of practice problems in last week’s edition of It All Adds Up, but I left it out. Now, though, if you’d like to try out some extra problems involving radicals and vocabulary, click on the link below to access the accompanying study set to last week’s edition that I released today. In the future, accompanying Study Sets will release within the main post.

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Have a great long weekend!


Reflexive Verbs, Beauty, Routine & More | French Connection

New French Connection Logo.pngGood morning, and welcome to the beginning of the fall edition of 12 and Beyond’s original series, French Connection.

While the first week or so of French encompassed review of the previous year, we soon started work on our first unit: Beauty & Daily Routine. That, along with reflexive verbs, is today’s topic. Other than that, I don’t have anything else to share regarding this week’s French Class recap.

Read on for more of this lesson!

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Radicals, Lines, Planes, & More | It All Adds Up

Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 10.59.09 AMWelcome to the all-new edition of It All Adds Up! I’ve redesigned one of 12 and Beyond’s original series, and made it better and easier to understand!

For more details about what you can expect this Fall, check out the Global Interests page at the top of this post. In this post, I’ll be covering radicals, lines, planes, as well as providing additional opportunities for researchRead on for more!

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Macklemore’s Glorious | In Tune

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Back in 2012 (was it really that long ago?), one of my favorite songs was Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. So, when I was browsing around Apple Music and found out that Macklemore was releasing a solo album, I was very interested.

After doing some more research, and listening to a few of his new songs, it is clear that Gemini, the name of his new album, is on the happy side, and I thought to myself, I’m now really in the mood for an album like this.

And so, I was quick to determine the song I wanted to feature on In Tune this week.

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A Tail of Three Kittens Part 2 (With Pictures)

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Back in April, a cat gave birth to three kittens underneath our house: one grey, two orange and white. We named them Mac, Goldie, and Nutmeg. Two days later, the mother (Callie) took her kittens and moved them into the forest, and we wouldn’t see them again.

Or so we thought.

You can read about the beginning of our adventures here. The only thing about that post though, is that I failed to take any pictures of our kittens. Back in April, we only caught a glimpse of our new-born kittens, but they were so. darn. cute. You could hear their little “mew”s, and they would climb over each other, blind, while their mother would watch from a distance (heavily aware of our presence). All I wanted at that moment was to pick up baby Mac (whom I claimed as my own), or otherwise see him cross our yard as he grew up.

I felt personally responsible for scaring Callie away back in April, and for causing my sisters much despair. Now, I realize, the kittens needed a truly hidden spot to mature, and eventually they would grow large enough to roam around on their own.

Knowing that Summer Break was coming to an end, in Late August all we would think about was preparing for school. Since April, the kittens had begun to escape our thoughts. But the evening of August 18th would change everything. I’ll get to that soon enough.

Since then, I’ve gained so much writing material (and taken so many pictures) about our kittens, I’m saving a lot of content for a part 3 that will release come October. Let’s just say, Mac and Cali have become regular yard-cats.

I’m going to set this post up in a journal format from each day of kitten encounters, complete with stories and PICTURES! Just one thing to note- the pictures featured are the property of 12 and Beyond and I ask that they not be used for any commercial purposes without my permission.

So, let’s start with the evening of August 18, 2017 and see where this adventure takes us.

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French Connection: Fall 2017 | Announcement

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As I’ve found customary with French, during the first two weeks of school, we spend class reviewing content from the previous year. And unfortunately, that consists of content I’ve already covered on 12 and Beyond, like talking in the past tenseconjugating verbs, and more.

So, I thought I’d take the chance and give a formal announcement to the new and redesigned French Connection, which premieres October 2nd. It now follows a similar format to It All Adds Up with biweekly recaps on topics we discussed in class, a lesson on one particular French subject (whether it be speaking procedures, vocabulary, or French culture), which will, like before, be converted into an interactive study set over on Quizlet. For more details on that, please visit the “Quizlet” page.

French Connection will release every other Monday at 6am EST.

Until then, you can check out previous French Connection lessons by clicking here.

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The New It All Adds Up | Announcement

ItAllAddsUp Banner 2.png Starting September 29:

This fall, 12 and Beyond’s original math series is back and re-vamped: with a new design, new theme, and new content, It All Adds Up is set to premiere biweekly with:

  • Recaps from geometry, based on that week’s explorations
  • Lessons based on each week’s geometry topic, but more focused and concise
  • Of course, I’ll continue creating graphics as needed to help with your learning!

*Please know- It All Adds Up (and 12 and Beyond as a whole) is not meant to be used as an educational resource.

Look out for the first post on September 29th!


Louis Tomlinson’s Back to You | In Tune

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First there was Zayn. Then there was Niall. Then there was Louis. Then there was Harry. Now, Liam’s on the charts too.

I never considered myself a Directioner, but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy any of their songs. And, now that each member has gone solo, I love listening to each of them just as much.

Harry’s Sign of the Times was so different, but it fit his style so well. Niall’s This Town was great, too. And I did listen to Louis’s Just Hold On for a bit, but it never really caught on. But when I first heard Louis’s new single on the radio, I was just like, whoah. 

If I haven’t made it obvious enough, press “Continue Reading” to read this week’s In Tune highlight.

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