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Chapter 5 – You Are What You Eat – page 25

What did you have for breakfast this morning? I’m actually eating mine while I write this (which is not the best way to eat breakfast, so please don’t follow my example!) I’m having a Kellogg’s Honey-Nut All-Bran bar and a fresh orange.

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I used to have the very bad habit of skipping breakfast, so this is a pretty good improvement!

Our bodies are kind of like cars. They can’t start without fuel!

Did you know that kids who eat breakfast every morning tend to do better in school? They are also less hyper and don’t get in trouble as much. Why do you think that is?

Well, think about it… If your body doesn’t get the proper nourishment it needs, you’re going to feel tired and maybe even grumpy. I don’t know about you, but it’s harder for me to be nice and to concentrate when I’m grumpy!

So, try to get some milk, fruit and cereal into your “car” before you start your day!

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In this week’s chapter in Designer Genes, I listed some Fun Food Facts. I hope you enjoyed those! Here are a few more that may surprise you…

  • Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries. (That surprised me! Lemons are so sour!)
  • Strawberries were first discovered in Virginia.

strawberries.jpg Mmm… Thanks, Virginia! 😀

  • Chop suey doesn’t come from China. It was created by Chinese people in California!
  • It takes 3,500 calories to make one pound of fat. (That means you also have to burn 3,500 to lose one pound of fat!)
  • Peanuts are used in making dynamite!
  • Corn is grown on every continent except Antarctica.
  • An ear of corn always has an even number of rows. (That’s crazy! Who actually sat there and counted them all?? But how cool that God made them that way!)

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  • There are 7,500 varieties of apples grown around the world.
  • French fries were first created in Belgium!
  • In Japan, the most popular topping on a Domino’s pizza is… squid!

Check out this site for a lot more interesting information!

I hope you enjoy the Bible readings for this week (don’t forget to write down your answers!) and that God will help you to make sure you get the proper nourishment for your body… and for your soul!

Have a fantastic week! 😀

Ann-Margret

Chapter 4 – What’s Happening to Me? – page 20

I don’t know too many girls who don’t love butterflies…

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What is it about butterflies that attracts us to them so much? Is it their beauty? Is it the way they dance around, flapping their delicate little wings? Is it because we don’t see them often so it’s really special when we spot one? Or is it because we appreciate how much they struggle to turn from a creepy, crawly caterpillar into a wonderfully free butterfly?

You are just like a butterfly! Tween and teen girls can go through a lot of difficult and confusing days. You may worry about your height, your weight, your hair, or your skin. You may compare yourself to other girls and think you’re not developing fast enough… or you’re developing too fast! Maybe you’re confused about what you’re good at, how to make friends, what to be when you grow up, who to trust… aaaaaargh! 

Does it every go away?

Yup! 😀

One day you’ll look back and think, “Hey! That wasn’t so bad!” Sure, you’re going to have some yucky days, but don’t ever forget that there’s a God-designed butterfly inside you developing that’s going to emerge at just the right time. In the meantime, be patient with yourself… and remember that even caterpillars are cute and fun and special!

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This week’s chapter in Designer Genes gets into some of the issues that make girls uncomfortable… things you may feel embarrassed talking about. I want you to know that if you want to send me a question… or even just to tell me what bugs you… you can do that! No one else will see your note. If I can, I’ll answer your question. If not, I’ll try to give you an idea where you might find help. But for sure I will pray for you! You can write to: designergenes@annhovsepian.com.

Have a great day!

Ann-Margret

Chapter 3 – Be Aware of What You Wear! – page 14

I need to let you know that there’s a printing error for this chapter in the book. The very first section talks about the different symbols people often wear, but not all the symbols came out right. There’s a blank space for the zodiac signs and the yin and yang symbol is missing the dots. They actually look like this:

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This week in Designer Genes, we talk about the importance of dressing in a way that’s appropriate for a Christian girl… or even an older Christian woman! There’s a great article about “modeling modesty” on the Brio Web site that I think you’ll enjoy. Check it out here!

I think it’s tough to be a tween these days and to know what to wear. Everything about our clothes sends a bit of a message: the colours, the style, the fit, the graphics. Girls may feel that ruffles, pastels, flowers or anything “cute” makes them look like kids… and what they really want is to look grown up. So we see some 10-year-olds going to school in tight jeans, cropped tops, lots of make-up, platform shoes, and anything else that makes them feel “sexy”.

What do you think? Does it matter? Are clothes just clothes… or do they say something about us?

Take a look in the mirror. What do you think your style says about you? That you’re fun? Creative? Sporty? Flirty? Spoiled? Hmmm… something to think about!

Remember, it’s not just the words that come out of our mouths that tell people what’s in our hearts and minds. As Christians, the way we act and dress should also reflect that we love God!

Body Language

Here’s another fun (but important) tip to keep in mind. Your posture — how you stand or sit, what you do with your hands, etc. — can say a lot about you, too, no matter how well you’re dressed! Just a few examples:

  • Slouching can be a sign of disrespect or boredom… like you aren’t interested in what’s going on or in the person talking to you. (It’s also really bad for your back!)

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  • Rolling your eyes at someone tells them that you’re frustrated with them or think that what they’re saying is stupid. It’s quite disrespectful so try not to get into the habit of doing it.

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  • Fidgeting (for example, playing with your hair, pulling on your sleeves, or (yuck!) biting your nails) sends the message that you’re nervous or worried.

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  • Crossing your arms (loosely) or putting your hands on your hips might intimidate people, giving them the impression that you’re not very friendly.

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  • Flipping your hair all the time, touching too much, and standing too close to someone can make you seem like a flirt. Some people might feel uncomfortable around you. (Sorry, I tried for quite a while but couldn’t find a photo of a girl flicking her hair!)

What do you think when someone giggles too much? If she always talks in a fake-sounding high-pitched voice? If she wears lots of jewellery? If her clothes are wrinkled and dirty? If she freaks out about a broken nail, a small stain or her hair getting wet?

This week, think and pray about the messages you might be sending out about yourself!

Ann-Margret

Please write to me at designergenes@annhovsepian.com!

It’s week #2 in our Designer Genes Devo  adventure! I’ve been hearing about lots of girls who are reading and enjoying the book and I’m praying that it will have a positive influence on all of you. 😀

Chapter 2 – Is Fashion Your Passion? – page 8

Think you know everything there is to know about clothes? Try this fun fashion vocabulary quiz! How many of these clothing-related words can you define or explain? The answers are at the end of this post.

  • dart
  • hem
  • pleat
  • appliqué
  • soutache (no, not moustache!!) 😀
  • bias
  • raglan

Nowadays, society seems obsessed with fashion and trends. Just pick up a teen celebrity magazine and you’ll see page after page of photos and articles about what’s in style now, who’s wearing what shoes, what the hottest colours are, how you should wear your jeans, and — get this — how to “be yourself” and have a “unique” look. So, um, how come all the kids at school dress the same?

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If we girls didn’t look at magazines or celebrities but followed our own minds and imaginations, don’t you think we’d all look a whole lot nicer? With a bit of creativity and research into some of the styles from history or from other countries, you will find there is a lot more to fashion and looking good than just following the trends you see at your local mall.

Long ago, girls used to sew their own dresses and outfits, which meant they were truly unique because they didn’t just buy them at the store. You don’t have to sew your own clothes, but try to think of ways you can dress to really reflect who you are, and what makes you different and special from everyone else.

Remember, it’s not your designer jeans that make you the incredible girl you are… it’s your Designer genes! As you do this week’s devotions, take time to thank God for making you you. Also, ask Him to help you make good decisions about what to wear. You don’t need a lot of money, a slim body or the latest trends to look beautiful. The smile you will get on your face when you think about how precious you are to God will be irresistible to other people! 😀

Ann-Margret

Answers to Quiz

dart = V-shaped tuck that is sewn into a garment in order to shape the fabric so that the garment fits the rounded parts of the body.

hem = The lower edge of a part of a garment that has been finished off with some type of sewing to cover the raw edge.

pleat = A fold of fabric that is either stitched down or held in place some other way to make a garment look more full. Here’s an example of a pleated skirt…

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appliqué =  Cutting shapes from fabrics and attaching them to another fabric or garment in order to decorate the original material.

soutache = A flat braid, generally rather narrow. Applied in rows or, more often, in complex ornamental patterns to decorate areas of a garment. Here’s some really neat soutache on a jacket. (The jacket’s not really a tween style, I know, but wouldn’t that soutache look really cool on a jean jacket?)

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bias = Bias is the diagonal direction of a woven fabric. Unless woven from stretch yarns, fabrics stretch more in the bias direction than in the length or width.

raglan = Sleeve style in which the underarm seam of the sleeve is extended to the neckline at the front and the back, like this…

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Isn’t it fun to learn new things? 😀

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Here’s another quick quiz. Can you guess what decade these teen fashions are from? Is it 1870s, 1920s, ’40s, ’70s, 2000s, or some other time? 

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Click here for the answer!

If this is your first visit to the Designer Genes blog (I’m hoping many of you got my book for Christmas), welcome! To all of you, I wish you the very best for 2008 and I pray that as we go through Designer Genes together we will all (yup, me too!) enjoy the exciting adventure of getting to know God better and discovering how special He’s made each one of us.

Chapter 1 – The Skin You’re In (page 3)

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Are any of them about taking care of your body? I always tell myself that I need to eat more fruit, drink more water, excercise more, floss my teeth more often and put lotion on when my skin gets dry.

It’s important to take care of ourselves, not just because we want to look beautiful, but because we need to keep our bodies — which are a gift from God — healthy and in good condition! People take care of their pets, their cars, their computers. Isn’t even more important to make sure the skin, bones, teeth, organs, hair, and blood that keep us alive are cleaned and nourished?

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Yup, it is!

I have some other “resolutions” for this year, and they have nothing to do with how I look on the outside. They’re all about inner beauty. This week’s devotions in Designer Genes will help you focus more on getting gorgeous from the inside out. It doesn’t matter what colour your skin is, how big your nose is, how curly your hair is or how short you are… you have designer genes that guarantee you can be a beautiful person who attracts people, not just to yourself but, more importantly, to the Great Designer, God!

If God cares enough about a rose, or has the creativity to make it look like this…

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How much more thought and love do you think He put into designing you? Awesome thought, eh? 😀 If God says you’re beautiful, don’t let anyone else tell you you’re not!  

I’d love to get to know you! Please write to me at designergenes@annhovsepian.com and tell me a bit about yourself. Tell me where you got my book and how you like it. Tell me about your new year’s resolutions. Tell me about your prayer requests and I will pray for you.

And, if you’re not too shy, send me a photo of yourself! I promise not to post it on-line or share it with anyone. I’d just love to have a picture of you as I pray. 😀

Thanks for stopping by. Please come and visit again next Tuesday!

With love,

Ann-Margret