Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Cheer!

Wanna spice up your holiday season!?! With school on break, we find ourselves with a LOT of extra free-time! Now you can put it to good use with some of these cute holiday ideas!
One thing you can do is find a cute little tree to put in the corner of your bedroom! Now you can decorate it with adorable ornaments, candycanes, etc.
Find a pretty new holiday dress! Wear it to Christmas parties, gatherings, dances, etc! Find excuses to wear it because the next chance you’ll get won’t be for a year!
(Sparkles are definitely something to keep in mind with dress shopping too!)


You can even use a bare tree to put in your room! Just string some lights and put some cute and unique ornaments on it for the Christmas feel!

Go to the dollar store, target, or any other store that is selling cheap ornaments. Some times you can find really cheap prices for super cute decorations.

Now you can go decorate and get in the holiday spirit! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I'm in Love...

Here is a yoga video I just did a few minutes ago and I am in absolute LOVE with it! I really hope you try it! It says it's for morning, which definitely works, but I just did it at night too and it obviously works just as well. 

I am new to Yoga, and it was the first time I've ever tried it... But I noticed a HUGE improvement just after doing this 7 minute video in my flexibility. I started out with only being able to bend over to my mid-calf, and by the end I was touching the ground. I definitely look forward to doing this over and over to see my improvement! :)


My Biggest Secret...EVER.

So... Are any of you suffering from "I-cant-gain-any-flexibility-no-matter-how-hard-and-long-I-push-myself" ?
Don't worry. I've had the same problem...

A few weeks ago I was trying to look up all these different ways I could increase my flexibility and the overall quality of my Cheerleading skills... And I have finally figured out the secret!

The Dallas Texas Cowboys Cheerleaders use it...The UCLA Cheerleaders use it... And you definitely can too.

Yoga. Yup. That's it! Yoga. My flexibility has increased SO much already since I've used it! I was also browsing through what some Cheerleading coaches thought about it. All of the coaches comments I read definitely approved of it. And not only that, but they said that they will test the girls on their yoga fitness and knowledge during tryouts and some of them are so strict that they only allow girls who've had experience with Yoga on the team!!!

Seem a little extreme? Well maybe not. It kind of makes sense. Yoga not only increases strength and flexibility, but it also helps with your balance (which DEFINITELY helps with stunts & jumps), and it may sound crazy, but it also helps your inner self. As you breathe in and out you are meditating which will help you stay focused and relaxed during practices, competitions, tryouts, etc.

My favorite thing about Yoga is it clears your mind, but also that it is so calming that you begin to REALLY like it and you gain SO much flexibility and strength from it...Which in my mind is a hundred times better than running 5 miles, doing weights, and other vigorous activity. You basically stay in one small area, usually just on a little Yoga mat, and meditate!

So there are many things you can do to learn Yoga. You can buy videos, take a local class...Or...(What I do). You can just look up videos on YouTube!

Tips: Find a quiet place, or some where pretty that you like to be. Yoga typically works best when you are serene.
-I would also try to mix it up and use different videos/routines so you work different muscles. (It also helps it not get boring too quickly.)
-It is optional, but light, calm music usually helps you feel more relaxed. I would consider playing it. *youtube works with this as well*
- And lastly, visit websites that offer advice as well...One that is really good is!


Here are some videos...

I haven't actually tried these ones yet, but I watched them and they are for beginners, so you can try them! :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

We Got An Award!!!

Thanks to the Simple Mommy Secrets blog, we have received the Stylish Blogger Award! I love her blog! (Even though I am not a Mom) there are a lot of fun and creative ideas! There are posts showing DIY-How to create your own lipgloss from home and other incredibly cute crafts!

Here is the link! Check out the page we were awarded on!

We are so excited to get this award! Thank you Simple Mommy Secrets!

Cheer Charm: Fashion

Cheer Charm: Fashion: "Walk in Winter 2010 Trends... The Winter season is just about here and as we begin to transition from fall to winter the trends are changi..."

Monday, November 15, 2010

10 Short & Easy Make-Up tips for Teen Girls!

The Perfect Make-up Routine for Teens...

1. Wash your face before applying makeup! It will help clear up your skin and it makes your face a perfectly clean canvas for your makeup!

2. Find a foundation (if you need it) that MATCHES YOUR SKIN TONE!!! Too many girls are going around with orange or brown spots (or even their whole face) because they cannot apply their foundation correctly, and/or they don't have the right color!

3. It needs to BLEND. Understand that word. BLEND. A trick is to use either your middle or ring finger only to apply it. These fingers are dainty and naturally do not rub as hard so it will even out the foundation well.

4. Keep your eyebrows neat! They frame your face and make you look polished! And before applying any eye makeup, curl your eyelashes! It makes your eyes look bigger. And with eyes, the bigger is the prettiest!

6. Teens are lucky. We can use any eyeshadow we want (shimmery, glittery, etc.) But do NOT use bold colors! Anything too dark/rich (unless you have a deeper or darker skin tone) looks horrible.

7. I know a girl that wears literally 3 vertical stripes on her eyes of the 3 darkest colors she can find. And she is super pale. It looks kinda crazy. So stay away from that!

8. If you decide to wear eyeliner do not EVER put it in the corner of your eyes or inside the lids of your eyes!!! There are a lot of "Online Tips" that say to do this but it is a good way to get a bacterial infection. And trust me they are painful!

9. Apply Mascara!!! It makes your eyes pop!

10. And last but not least...NO LIP LINER/LIPSTICK!!! It is not 1998. Remember Britney Spears in "Hit Me Baby One More Time" ? She was a pretty girl, but the liner was a little over-kill...And by a little I mean a lot! So stay away from those and lean towards lip gloss. It looks the prettiest for teens. It is simple, but shiny and pretty.

Good luck! I hope this helps you achieve your new makeup look!


Friday, November 12, 2010

Cheerleading an Olympic Sport...

According to here are the
Top Ten Reasons Why Cheerleading Should be an Olympic Sport...
    • All other Olympic sports could have their own official cheerleaders.
    • It could definitely be a coed sport.
    • There would never be a shortage of judges. Most men would kill for this job.
    • Language shouldn't be a problem; how many ways can you say "Go, Team, Go?"
    • There would never be a need to drug test; cheerleaders are always smiling.
    • Rich countries wouldn't have an advantage; how many uniforms does a squad need?
    • It's easier to spell than gymnastics.
    • It could go either way, Winter or Summer.
    • No special equipment is needed, just give them some ground.
    • Pom Poms are cheaper than pole vaults.

      What do you think about this? I mean, if ping-pong can be named an official sport, don't you think Cheerleaders deserve a spot too? There is obviously a lot of athletic ability involved and skill, so why do you think it's not a sport? Give us your thoughts in the comment section below! :)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

10 Important Basketball Cheer Try-out tips to Remember!!!

A few girls have been facebooking me asking me for tips for Basketball Cheer Try-outs. So I decided it was the perfect opportunity to make a post!!! :)

Here are just a few things to remember for your tryouts! :)

1. Make sure you attend ALL of the workshops and meeting before the tryout day. This will help you get your routine's down solid and the coaches always evaluate the girls during this time so they can kind of get an idea of who they want on their team.

2. Make sure you are always standing in the front when learning a routine or cheer or whatever it is you are being taught. You have to act super confident because they will see that, and all the girls that rush and hide in the back will never be noticed by the coaches. You want them to watch you. Even if you are scared, you have to make yourself think you are the best there. They can tell when a girl is super confident!

3. Keep every motion you do tight! This is the MOST important thing you can do! (As well as smiling...)

If you look sloppy, they will automatically rule you out and you will not even be considered in most cases. You HAVE to be sharp! Remember to squeeze all your muscles at once! It begins with squeezing your thigh's and fists as tightly as possible!

4. Be loud! You are a cheerleader! So prove it! This was hard for me to pick up on because when I first started I was super shy. But you HAVE to use your diaphragm and yell as loud as possible!!!

...BUT NEVER SCREAM! I have heard one too many girls scream and screech while cheering and it sounds terrible! You cannot even understand what they are saying! You have to use your diaphragm to make quick, punchy sounds. You can't use your voice to scream. Coaches HATE it.

5. Wear the right clothing to tryouts. Do not wear SUPER short shorts, with tank-tops that show cleavage or bra-straps. You want to look clean, and like you are presenting the school. So wear shorts (and don't roll them), and t-shirt and a cute bow. *If you do wear a tank top, make sure you are wearing a bra that does not show!*

6.ALWAYS WEAR SCHOOL COLORS!!! They hate nothing more than a girl wearing another schools shirt just because it says "Cheer" on it, or whatever. You must wear things in spirit of the school you want to cheer for!

7. With your kicks, it doesn't matter how far off the ground you can get them, you just need to always make sure your leg is STRAIGHT. Even if you can only get 6 inches off the ground!

Click on this link for a video how-to for help with jumps and kicks!!!

How to Do Jumps

8. The same applies for jumps! Keep your legs straight! And NEVER hunch your back! The most important thing with jumps is to keep your back up. Look straight ahead and never down! They want to see your pretty face! :)

9.Smile, Smile and SMILE:)

10. Ask the coach questions, or make small talk with her/him. They will begin to take interest in you. But do NOT become over-bearing or snobby. You want them to like you! So act sweet (but not over-kill) and just happy! Be yourself! :)

P.S-They LOVE when you ask questions! But don't ask too many, or it may get annoying or seem like you have NO clue what you are doing.

Well, good luck to all of you! I hope you guys make it! But remember, if you don't, it is not the end of the world. Even though you may be devastated and it may seem like it is, you will get over it. It is there loss. So take your time off to improve, and come back full on impressing them next year!

Comment and tell us how you do!!! :) And remember to post some pics as well on facebook or the blog! :)


Friday, November 5, 2010

It's Basketball Season!!!!!!! :)

Hey everybody! Once again it is that time of year again to make your transition from football over to the basketball season!

Here are some tips you will need to remember while starting out the new winter season!

1. Make sure you review all your cheers for the bball season. It can make an embarrassing situation if you are saying "Score that touch-down" instead of 'basket' because you forgot to change out the words after being so used to using football terms!

2. Remember to do a tunnel for the guys! Have a cheer planned out and maybe even make a poster for them to run through. This can commonly be forgotten during basketball season because of all the hype that was made over football. Don't forget these guys too!

3. Again, these poor guys can be forgotten! Make sure everyone on the cheer team has a locker buddy and go have the team decorate the boys' lockers! It's fun and a great way to let the guys know you care about them too! Maybe even try to talk to them and open up new conversation! :)

4. Because of the tight, indoor spacing in the basketball gyms, you will be right next to the crowd! So do a LOT more crowd involved cheers, dances, and songs so they can be included! It is much more personal with the crowd during basketball than football because the lack of space. So use it to your advantage and pump up the crowd! :)

5. You have a lot more room while performing dances/cheers during half-time or whatever. So make sure you use the room you have! Maybe try to have everyone spread out across the gym in a cool formation like a big X, or a star, or something different! Basketball season is a great time to use a lot of new creativity in your performances!

6. Stunting can be REALLY fun during basketball season! You have more room and a better ability to execute your stunts! Try to perfect them and make them really unique! You want to impress your crowd and give cheerleaders a good name at your school. Get really good tumblers to perform, and have girls stunting. The students get really interested in stunts and tumbling because most of them can't do them at all! Plus they just look REALLY cool! :)

*Tip:* -Use your pom-poms uniquely! Try to spell out your mascot, or something like "WHS" (or whatever your school is). In 7th grade I was the Jaguars and we spelled "JAGS" out with out black and silver poms. It looked REALLY cool!

Just be super creative with this! And if you are not the one making decisions for your team, maybe suggest these to your coach or to your captain! :)  Good luck this season!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cute Craft!

If any of you tend to get really bored over the fall and winter seasons, spice up your room! Take something simple like a candle and turn it into something super cute and fun!!!
 Here is one idea...

This is all you need:

-Some gems, sequins, etc.
-And glue 
 (*Most of you probably already have most of this at home anyways)

Take some glitter and decorate your candle. Maybe you like sequins, or button or gems! (Personally I think buttons can look super cute!!!) But use whatever you want! Now you have a cute, fun and cheap accessory that you can personalize to your room!

It's that simple!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Time!

So what's everyone doing for Halloween!?!? Are you guys ready for tons of sugary candy and awesome costumes!?! Comment and tell us what you are gonna be!
What are your guys' plans this weekend? Any cool parties?  Maybe you're having a team Cheerleading party! Did your school have a Sadies dance or Halloween activity? Tell us about whatever it is!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Keep warm this Winter for basketball season! :)

Check out this cute headband! Its only $5! (@ GTM)
Cute $5 Beanie! I LOVE this hat! And It's warm! :)  ( at GTM)
This jacket is $37! I think it's adorable! (at GTM)
I think this is my favorite skirt ever! It's so cute! $19.99 @ Soffe's.
Keep warm and comfy in these cute yoga pants! $21.99 @ Soffe
I LOVE this soffe pleated skirt! $12.99!

I found all of this cute apparel at GTM and Soffe! Check it out they have really good prices and cute stuff! It's perfect for keeping warm for the Winter and during basketball season! (What's great is almost all of these can be changed to your school colors!)

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010

    Not enough free time? Me too. 30 minute or less workout plans...

          Recently I have been talking to a girl who says she does not have a lot of free time and so her personal Cheerleading practices at home have been getting abandoned...So this post is to help any of you that have something they need to work on, but just cannot find the time between school, homework, friends and other extra-curricular activities!

    • Working on your splits...
    1. Do a slight jog/run for about 5 minutes. If you do not have enough space it's okay to jog in place. (Just make sure you feel your muscles warming up!)
    2. Sit in a straddle on the floor, legs spread apart, and stretch for 30 seconds on your right, middle and left sides.
    3. Then stand up, take your foot and pull it behind your back (towards your butt, or higher near your head if you are flexible enough), and stretch that for about 30 seconds. Then repeat on the other side. You should feel your muscles in your thighs being pulled just a little bit.
    4. Now you will need someone to help you with this...But it is crucial in order to get your splits! Stand against a wall and have someone hold your leg as you pull it towards your head. Once you get where you cannot stretch any further, start pushing your leg as hard as you can down toward the ground while your partner goes against you. Do it for about 20 seconds and then take your leg down, shake it out, put the same leg back up and you will be able to go farther up this time. Then repeat. Do this about 3-4 times each leg. I promise this is probably the number one way to get your splits.
    5. This is also one of the most important as well. (I would say this and #4 are tied for first place). Sit on the ground as close to a wall as possible and straddle the wall. Lay your back flat against the ground and sit like this for about 3-5 minutes. Gravity will slowly be pulling your legs towards the ground so your splits should come VERY fast! After you've done this about 3-5 minutes, shake out your legs and then do it again as soon as you feel ready to. (Your legs will be warmed up. Waiting any longer than 10 minutes will make your muscles cool down again) Try to do this at least 3 times.
    6.  And last but not least, stretch your splits. Even if you can't go down far, you need to work those muscles. Do them at least 4-6 times (with small breaks in between) and try to hold them as long as possible. Preferably at least 30 seconds each.

             And now you will magically become much closer to your splits! Really this workout should only take maybe 30 minutes or less.          

    • Working on your scorpion...
    1. Do a slight jog/run for about 5 minutes. If you do not have enough space it's okay to jog in place. (Just make sure you feel your muscles warming up!)
    2. Sit in a straddle on the floor, legs spread apart, and stretch for 30 seconds on your right, middle and left sides.
    3. Then stand up, take your foot and pull it behind your back (towards your butt, or higher near your head if you are flexible enough), and stretch that for about 30 seconds. Then repeat on the other side. Do it about 5 times altogether. You should feel your muscles in your thighs being pulled just a little bit. ***THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STRETCHES FOR YOUR SCORPION!!!***
    4. Do bridges. Get on your back and push up to a bridge. (You need lots of back flexibility for scorpions). Do this for 15 seconds each and do it at least 3 times.
    5. Make sure you are stretching your arms. You need to be flexible there too. You are reaching behind your head to grab your foot. Have one hand touch your shoulder blade and use your other arm to pull your elbow as far back as possible with out hurting yourself.
    6. Then do "fish hooks". Lay on the ground with your stomach on the floor. Now with your arms, push your upper body off the ground and look as far back behind yourself as possible. The goal is to stretch you back by keeping your legs out flat on the ground behind you, and curving your back backwards.

         ~(This is a fish hook, but you should have your head looking at your toes)~

        My only advice after those steps is to do numbers 2, 3 and 4 (and possibly 5 if you want to) again. They are the most important to keep working on after being warmed up.
    I also highly recommend stretching your splits as well!!! 

    • Good luck! And please comment if you need help with any other areas in Cheerleading so I can put a post up! :)          Thanks!

    Sunday, October 17, 2010

    Want to check into College Cheerleading Scholarships?

    If you are interested in a Cheerleading Scholarship check out this link:

    Just find your state and the school you are checking into. It will let you know who to contact, when tryouts are and what they are looking for in their applicants! :) Good Luck!

    Saturday, October 16, 2010

    Cheerleading Not A Sport????

    Go ahead and tell me you could do this with out breaking a sweat!!! Haha :)

    Need routine music!?!?! Check out these...

    K so here are some really awesome songs that have just come out that you could try to incorporate your dances to! Here are just a few ideas...
     Love Like Woe               
    -The Ready Set Go         
    You can watch their video at

    Ridin Solo
    -Jason Derulo

    -Taio Cruz

    -Far East Movement
    Somethin 'bout Love
    -David Archuleta

    If I Had You
    -Adam Lambert

    Cheer Cosmetics! :)

        You may be into High School, or competitive cheer...It doesn't matter! If you need make up for those cheer comps, games, appearances or any other events, (glittery or not) check out JAM cosmetics. They have a huge variety of make up to choose from! So pick out some fun colors and good luck! :)

    They also have how-to videos that shows you how to apply make up. They have it for Cheer, Dance (Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop,etc.) and for the male performers too! :) 

    Their site also has accessories like blush brushes, fake eyelashes, etc.

    Here is the link!

    Gain Flexibility No Matter What Level You Are At! :)

    Need to gain more flexibility???

    Flexibility has ALWAYS been my weak point. I have absolutely NO natural flexibility. If I don't stretch for even a few days after months of stretching on a daily basis, then for some weird reason my flexibility is completely shot.

    So this is to help any of you that are at any level of flexibility and need help!

    Follow my personal workout plan! If it's working for me then I can guarantee it will for you too.
    First grab some water and music to keep your adrenaline going. Now you are ready to begin!

    1. Stand shoulder width apart and stretch to your left, right and middle, by reaching for your toes.

    2. Do a "butterfly". Pull both your feet in towards you while sitting on the ground, then pull your face toward your feet.

    3. Run! I hate running so this is especially hard for me. But try to run about 5 min. straight at least (or until you are getting just a little worn out. But not exhausted) and do 3 reps of this.
    *Note*  This is just to get your muscles warmed up so when you do your stretches it won't strain any muscles, it will also help you to stretch farther than if you don't run. So this is a critical step you cannot skip or do incorrectly!!! You also do not want to get too tired just from this because it's just your warm-up! :)

    4. Go to an elevated surface (I use the back of a chair and also the sides of my treadmill where you hold on to.) Now put your foot up on it and make sure it is stretching your inner-upper thigh area and your calf. Do NOT put it on a surface too high for you where it hurts!

    5. Now sit on the floor and put your feet together out in front of you. Touch your toes. Honestly I hate this one, but just go as far as you can and think about something else for at least 20 seconds if possible. Just push yourself (with timing) as long as you can! Do about 3 reps. (You can take breaks and come back to this one)

    6. Now try and go into your splits and push it without over-doing it. You could hurt yourself or get too sore which means you wont be able to stretch for a long time.

    7. Do wall stretches, (It's NOT a wall sit). Go to a wall and sit down. Put your feet up on the wall and scoot yourself as close to the wall as possible. Then spread your legs out into a V as far out as they will go. Hold this for several minutes. You can bring your legs together or curl in a ball if it starts hurting to much. Then keep doing it when you feel you can. This is a VERY important stretch that will get you much, much closer to your splits.


     It looks like this, but then you put your feet out in a V shape!

    8. Now go to the floor and stretch your splits again... See how much farther you are!?! 
    Don't stress out if you don't see much improvement. Keep doing this for a few days and you'll see results! I promise!!! :)

    Team Building Ideas:)


    As each new year begins, so does the process of getting to know the new members as well as helping them become a part of the team. Although your team will most likely bond at camp, especially if it’s away from home, it’s beneficial to start right after tryouts. There are several ways to achieve squad unity, and participating in team building activities at least once a week is a great way to do that.

    Here are a few great ideas to foster positive teambuilding experiences with your team:

    1. Have fun outside of cheerleading or dance. Have a slumber party, get together at a local restaurant, pizza party, or pool party. It will give you and your team time to get away from the stress of games and practice, but still be together.

    2. Fundraise. Sure, you have to work hard when you raise money, but you will be working hard together. From bake sales to car washes, you are sure to raise loads of money, all while spending time together and bonding as a team.

    3. Reach out to your community. Community service is a great way to spend quality time with your squad while helping others at the same time. Volunteering at hospitals, charities, and city activities are just a few ideas to get you started.

    4. Have “themed” practices. Come up with a different idea for the next few practices where the team can dress up (dress safely for stunting). This way they are getting the practice time in, but it breaks the monotony. Some ideas are decades (70’s or 80’s) or superheroes.

    5. Have positive circles before games and practices. This reminds the team how much fun it can be, and helps them forget about the negative aspects of being tired, etc.

    6. Attend a leadership workshop together, participating in such activities as a ropes course, trust falls, and obstacle courses.

    Here is the website I got this off of:

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

    Teen Cheerleader Tackles Theft at Mall

    So this 16 year old teen was at a mall when something very unexpected happened, making her a local hero in her Oklahoma city, and a hero to other admiring teen Cheerleaders... Read her story to find out everything that happened! :)

    Sunday, October 10, 2010

    Hey Cheerleaders!!!

    Hey Guys!

    Please come and subscribe to my blog! :) I hope you guys really like it and visit often!

    Awesome Cheer Article! :)

    Hey! So I just found this article about cheerleading... I found it really interesting! Tell me what you guys think! There are some cool facts in it too!

    Cheer On!

    Saturday, October 9, 2010

    Cheerleading Contest! :)

    Okay, So I want some pep on this blog and I really havent gotten any yet!

    So here is my challenge to you cheerleaders!

    ...I want you guys to post at least ONE of these things onto my Cheer Craze blog:
    1. Share a cheer related story!
    2. Write a cheer (make it original! I don't want old cheers everybody knows already!)
    3. Post cheer pictures! It can be you and your friends in uniforms, at a competition, at a football game, etc. !

    I just want this to be fun and creative! I will choose a winner at the end after I have reviewed all the entries! :) Have fun and be unique with this! :)

    ~Alyssa :)

    Friday, October 8, 2010

    Cheer Craze!!!

    Hello fellow cheer followers:)

    Well, as you probably have figured out, this is a brand new blog!!! So please be patient with me! I am trying to get things organized so this will be an amazing blog! So keep checking periodically for new posts! If it's not up as soon as I'm hoping it will be I am VERY sorry! But PLEASE keep checking! I really think this page could be a hit!

    Okay, so I am just wondering... How do you feel about cheerleading? If you have been cheering for a while tell us what state you live in or what your mascot is, a cheer experience you've had or SOMETHING! :) I really don't care what you say! Just make sure it's appropriate! You may say ANYTHING you want about Cheerleading:) Just PLEASE comment:)

    So I know this isn't the most exciting post or blog...YET. But please get this page active! I need some participants! Haha:)

    Well, I hope you have an awesome day!

    Cheer On!