• HALO Effect Honoree Teagan Stedman Recognized By TEDxTeen

    Posted on 05/22/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Well, this is awesome!

    Former HALO Effect honoree Teagan Stedman was recognized by TEDxTeen's "The Next Big Thing" initiative!

    If you're not familiar with TEDxTeen, it's an annual event where teens who are leaders and go-getters come together to share their ideas, passions and incredible projects that are changing the world. In a video submission contest, Teagan won third place and was named one of TEDxTeen's "Next Big Things" for his work with Shred Kids Cancer! Check out his awesome video right here:

    Now that's what we call spreading the HALO Effect. Way to go, Teagan!

  • Get Ready for BBQ Season With These Cookout-Inspired Nail Art Designs!

    Posted on 05/20/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Summer is here for real and it's time to fire up the grill. Get in the cookout spirit with these BBQ-inspired nail art designs!


    BBQ Nail Art

    Credit: Amber Did It

    Amber of Amber Did It! knows that every Memorial Day cookout requires certain essentials. Hamburger? Check. Hot dog? Check. Condiments? Check. Picnic table cloth? Check. I think we can all agree that there really is only one word to describe this situation: YUM!


    BBQ Nail Art

    Credit: Nailed It NZ

    Jessie, the artist behind Nailed It NZ, has a true gift for making some of the most mouth-watering nail art to ever grace a set of digits. Come one, come all meat lovers, because these cheeseburger designs are next level.


    BBQ Nail Art

    Credit: Paulina's Passions

    Mmm mm mmm! Paulina's watermelon nails are making us want to take a big bite out of the colorful, juicy fruit right about now. The pink and green pepo is a must-have at any summer BBQ, but if you've got the nails to go with it, you'll kill the cookout game so hard we may have to call you a waterfelon. BOOM.


    BBQ Nail Art

    Credit: Estanina's Stand

    Alright, so maybe you'll come across some uninvited guests at your BBQ this weekend, but if they're as cute as the one's on our girl Carla's fingers, we'll grant a hall pass. Also, is that a kiwi on her index finger? We're not entirely sure... but we are entirely into it. (P.S. how cay-ute is that gingham table cloth?!)

    Which nail art design is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

  • Celebrate Mothers' Day With These Iconic Degrassi MOM-ents

    Posted on 05/07/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    It's almost Mother's Day, Degrassians (if you just opened a 1-800-Flowers tab... you're welcome...) and we're celebrating with some of the most heartwarming, cringe-worthy and all-around memorable Degrassi MOM-ents ever!


    Degrassi MOM-ents

    Degrassi MOM-ents

    Clare's mom was a little surprised that her smart, talented daughter could get herself pregnant at seventeen, but she eventually assured Clare that they would get through it together. Sure, Clare Edwards "always has a plan," but when it comes to figuring out what in the world you're gonna do with a baby on the way, Mom needs to step in. Way to go, Helen.


    When Audra Torres gave Drew a much-need piece of her mind, she officially joined the ranks of iconic Degrassi moms. We all know Drew made a dumb, selfish mistake sleeping with Zoe, but it wasn't until his mom's unsweetened wisdom knocked some sense into him that he realized the gravity of his actions. Thank you, Audra, for saying exactly what Drew needed to hear.


    Degrassi MOM-ents

    We all knew Ms. Hatzilakos as the sweet teacher-turned-principal (whose first name is Daphne *mind blown*), but it's easy to forget her most important role of all: Peter's mom. Boy, did she have a handful. When it seemed like Peter turned his life around, he hit a MAJOR hiccup when he got caught up in a little crystal meth addiction. Luckily, his mom was right there by his side when he need someone to help him get through it.


    Degrassi MOM-ents

    Degrassi MOM-ents

    Degrassi MOM-ents

    When Maya was tormented by nightmares of Miles hurting himself, she didn't know what to do. Having gone through a similar situation before, it wasn't clear if Maya's thoughts were real or if they were they just in her head. Mrs. Matlin didn't necessarily have the answers, but she let Maya lean on her shoulder. And in that moment, it's exactly what her daughter needed.


    Degrassi MOM-ents

    Bianca didn't have an ideal upbringing, so it was easy to understand why she was a little rough around the edges. When Momma Torres stepped in however (which she has no problem doing), she really set a positive example for Bianca. Some could say they ended up being besties. Goes to show that you don't need to have the same blood to be family! <3


    Degrassi MOM-ents

    Degrassi MOM-ents

    With her iffy past and temporary jail time, K.C. always had a strained relationship with his mom. In fact, he was convinced that he'd be better off without her and he fought hard to live in a group home. But when he realized there really is no love like a mother's, he decided to give her another chance. Seeing these two reunited is a straight shot to the feels.

    Degrassi MOM-ents

    Fiona wasn't looking forward to her deposition against her abusive, jerk-bag ex, Bobby. When it seemed like Fions was at her breaking point, her mom supported her through the case.


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    Degrassi Degrassi

    Anya became a rock for her mom when she was diagnosed with cancer. It was a rough time, but after months of radiotherapy she kicked cancer's butt!


    Degrassi MOM-ents

    We all know Manny didn't have the smoothest relationship with her parents. I mean, when your dad calls you a slut and kicks you out, bonds tend to break. Fortunately, family is all about being there for each other, and so, after some time apart, Manny eventually made up with her parents. The look in her mom's eyes when she saw her in her debut dress is everything! The feels!

    What are some of your favorite Degrassi MOM-ents? Share in the comments and don't forget to wish your mom (or any special woman in your life) a happy Mother's Day!

  • HALO Effect Honoree Katie Stagliano: How One Girl's Fight Against Hunger Started with a Single Cabbage

    Posted on 05/06/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    HALO Effect: Katie Stagliano

    Hunger. Now that's a big problem. Huge, even. Millions of people around the world don't get the nutrition they need to lead healthy, happy lives -- it's a statistic both staggering and troubling, and one that 15-year-old Katie Stagliano refuses ignore.

    It all started with a single cabbage. When Katie was 9 years old, she planted a tiny cabbage seedling for a school project. When the cabbage grew to an amazing 40 pounds, she decided to take it to a local soup kitchen where it helped feed over 275 people. A few short years later, Katie is the founder of an youth volunteer organization called Katie's Krops, which feeds families and people in need across the nation.

    "My dream to grow an end to hunger started in my backyard. I never once imagined that there would be 80 Katie's Krops vegetable gardens growing across the United States, with the whole harvest benefiting people/families in need," Katie said. "Working together we, kids, have donated thousands and thousands of pounds of fresh produce to soup kitchens, food pantries, backpack programs, cancer patients and people in need."

    HALO Effect: Katie Stagliano

    According to Katie, the mission is simple: Grow a healthy solution to a global problem. Did you know that most emergency food programs offer primarily packaged and processed food? As Katie put it, "By providing the healthiest food to those in need we are supplying people with the vitamin and nutrients they need to fight disease and enable children to thrive."

    What's especially unique about Katie's organization is the way it inspires other young volunteers to get involved. Her community of has grown to 80 gardens across the United States, harvested by kids who share Katie's passion for this cause. And the volunteers themselves benefit from their service to others: As Katie explains, "They learn about nutrition, science, how to manage a budget, about agriculture, time management, compassion and so much more."

    If you want to get involved with Katie's Krops, head over to http://www.katieskrops.com/ to learn about winning a grant to start a Katie's Krops vegetable garden in your own community, scrumptious recipes and more!

  • 10 Ice Cream Flavors You Didn't Know Exist

    Posted on 05/01/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    'Tis the season, ice cream fiends! Summer is right around the corner and those scrumptiously sweet frozen snacks are calling your name. The next time you reach for plain ol' vanilla, though, try one of these wacky flavors on for size.


    Ice Cream Flavors

    Credit: Dashing Dish

    Why wouldn't you combine a favorite breakfast food with a favorite everything food?


    Ice Cream Flavors

    Credit: Gourmet Gamine

    Never thought you'd find a veggie in ice cream, DID YA?


    A photo posted by milkbarstore (@milkbarstore) on

    You know you love sipping on the cinnamon-soaked milk at the bottom of your cereal bowl. That's why it became an ice cream flavor.


    Ice Cream Flavors

    Credit: Frederick's Diaries

    Take a second... think about it... accept it.


    Ice Cream Flavors

    Credit: Salt & Straw

    Guacamole ice cream: An unlikely, but truly magical combination.


    Ice Cream Flavors

    Credit: Drizzle & Drip

    Gimme. Just gimme.


    Ice Cream Flavors

    Credit: Tiny Urban Kitchen

    Okay, olive oil. We see you. First you make your way into cakes, and now you're showing up in ice cream. Noted.


    Ice Cream Flavors

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    Ice Cream Flavors

    Credit: The Etsy Blog

    Hm, wonder how this would taste atop a Caesar salad?


    Ice Cream Flavors

    Credit: Little Baby's Ice Cream


    Which of these ice cream flavors do you want to try? Which ones would you not touch with a ten-foot pole? Sound off in the comments!

  • Seven Times Tim Riggins Completely Stole Your Heart

    Posted on 04/22/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Clear eyes, full hearts, Tim Riggins.

    Tim Riggins

    The day he introduced himself to the world was the day the world changed forever.

    Tim Riggins

    I can't stop thinking about you, [Insert Your Name Here].

    Tim Riggins

    Kind of impossible in our eyes, Tim!

    Tim Riggins

    Why, yes, we would brave a tornado just to experience this moment!

    Tim Riggins

    Tim Riggins

    Only you, Tim... only you...

    6) BO'S BEST BRO
    Tim Riggins

    Tim Riggins

    There are very few things on this earth more precious and Tim and Bo's relationship. Very few.

    Tim Riggins

    To catch more of the man of your dreams, watch Friday Night Lights every Fridays at 9pm ET!

  • Five Ways To Have The Perfect Anti-Prom

    Posted on 04/10/2015 by TeenNickBlogger


    It's that magical time of year again: the dress-shopping, corsage-buying, and picture-taking phenomenon that is prom. You just can't wait, RIGHT?


    For some people, the idea of the biggest dance in school isn't so magical. Whether that special date never came along, you hate dressing up, or you simply cringe at the thought of prom altogether, never fear! Instead of spending your energy dreading that "special" night, why not throw the BEST ANTI-PROM EVER?! We've come up with five fantastic ways to complete the task, so plan away.

    1. Get Outta Town: Don't spend your prom night at home with your cat. Instead, grab a few friends, get away from the prom fuss, and escape to that fancy, new restaurant a few towns over or the nearest beach for the weekend--bonfire & roasted marshmallows, anyone?

    2. Prom-Themed Movie Night: Rather than getting all dressed up and spending the night out, cozy up in your sweatpants, pop in the popcorn, and enjoy the hilarity that is prom from the comfort of your own home. You know there's nothing better than making fun of a hilariously terrible prom movie.

    3. Create Your Own Magical Evening: While your classmates are dancing to the soothing tones of Iggy Azalea and Lil Jon, create an atmosphere that is truly beautiful and memorable for you and your date. Enjoy a delicious meal on a table outside, decorate your porch with string lights, and put together your favorite playlist. Heck, light a candle or two. You definitely won't miss the noisy chaos of "real" prom.

    4. Never Grow Up: In lieu of completing the final teenage rite of passage, relive your childhood. Invite your friends over for a night of board games, junk food, and SpongeBob marathons. Break out the Play-Doh and Legos and rediscover the good old days when everything was magical.

    5. Throw Your Own Bad Prom with Your Friends: Go to your local thrift store and pick out your favorite tacky '80s prom outfit (something colorful with a hideous pattern). Encourage everyone else to dress as ridiculously as possible. Hang a sheet on your wall and set up a photo booth to commemorate a night of fun, friends, hideous outfits, and awful music.

    So what if prom's not your thing? Get out there and have a good time!


  • Why We Love 'Friday Night Lights'

    Posted on 04/07/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Friday Night Lights

    Guess what? One of the best TV shows ever is coming to TeenNick. Like, the kind that will send you on emotional benders and make you feel like you're living life with the characters right by your side. And, OK, we know we're fans of hyperbole, but Friday Night Lights is actually, without a doubt, a show you're gonna fall in love with. Here are a few reasons why:

    The guys. Two words: Tim Riggins. About 30 seconds into the first episode, you realize that there are some pretttty cute faces on this show and it's totally normal to crush super hard on all the guys at one point or another. I mean, Saracen? A dream. You'll see. Just get ready for a few shirtless locker scenes...

    The girls. Just because the guys got it goin' on, doesn't mean they steal the spotlight. In fact, the girls on Friday Night Lights are some of the most interesting, strong, dynamic characters you'll ever see. As viewers, we share their problems, their struggles and their triumphs. We see ourselves in each of these girls, whether it be the rebel, the coach's daughter or the cheerleader. They're funny, they're real and they're total BFF material.

    The football. Come Friday night, there is no better feeling than rooting for the Panthers. Oh mannnn, does it get intense! But non-football fans and die-hards alike can agree, watching Panther football is a downright crazy roller coaster ride, and it's so dang fulfilling.

    But it's about more than football. So you're not really into football? That is totally OK! Even though this show centers around the game, it's actually not the end all, be all. The lives of these characters and their journey growing up are really the nucleus of the show, and football is sometimes a mere backdrop.

    Coach and Tami Taylor. We'd be hard-pressed to find another marriage on television that is as great as Tami and Coach Taylor's. Or two individuals as strong, wise and generally "can U be my mentor pls????" as they are. Like all characters on the show, they're not infallible, but that makes them real.

    The relationships. So you've got a cast of really attractive dudes and really cute girls... no one hooks up, right? Riiiiiight. FNL characters spin a few mighty webs of love, but get ready for relationships that will hit your RIGHT in the fuh-reaking feels. FNL relationshps are complicated, they're deep and they sometimes have serious consequences. Like, #Swoon #NeedATissue #Tearjerker #OhNoSheDidnt all rolled up into one.

    Landry Clarke. One of QB1's best friends, Landy Clarke, deserves his own bullet point. A slightly absurd musician, romantic, nerd, and footballer wanna-be, Landry is without a doubt the comedic relief of the entire show. But he's also extremely smart and intuitive. He's multi-dimensional, a breath of fresh air, and even if it takes a beat, impossible not to love. Plus, he goes through one serious dilemma in Season 2 that sheds a whole new light on his character. Brace yourself for that.

    The music. We're big music fans here at TeenNick, so take it from us that the Friday Night Lights soundtrack on point. And we predict it will take about two episodes before you start humming the theme song all the livelong day.

    Livin' large in Texas. Even if you're from the northern most tip of the U-S of A, Friday Night Lights will introduce you to Southern culture in a totally new way. There are monster trucks, cowboy boots and southern drawls aplenty, but this show depicts a piece of Americana that neither stereotypical nor unrealistic. You almost feel like you live in Dillon, Texas with all the characters, and become a part of the close-knit family it creates. Yeah, we're pretty sure you'll be shouting "Texas Forever" in no time.

    Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose. At the end of the day (or episode), you just want to root for these characters. On the field or off, their lives are your lives. Their dreams are your dreams. When they win, it's euphoria. When they lose, it's heartbreaking. But you never lose hope.

    Friday Night Lights kicks off on TeenNick Friday, April 10th. The first season airs every night from 9pm - 12am, then continues every Friday starting April 14th!

  • 'Things I Can't Explain': A New Clarissa Novel

    Posted on 04/02/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Things I Can't Explain

    Credit: Entertainment Weekly

    Ever wonder what would happen if Clarissa couldn't explain it all? Well, it's time to find out!

    If you're a fan of the iconic '90s Nick show Clarissa Explains It All, grab your neon and practice your na-na-na-na-nas because Clarissa is coming back... Just not in the way you might think.

    In his upcoming novel Things I Can't Explain, show creator Mitchell Kriegman tells the continuing story of Clarissa Darling as a woman in her mid-twenties. Set in the present day, Clarissa deals with real adult-life dilemmas that are hard and, really, not that easy to explain at all. That's right, instead of walking us through daily life conundrums, we work through them with her.

    The novel comes out this November, but in the meantime, check out an exclusive first look interview with the author on Entertainment Weekly. Psst: There may be some info on the whereabouts of Ferg and Sam. :)

  • HALO Effect Honoree Abigail Saltmarsh: One Girl With a Big Dream to Save the Planet

    Posted on 04/02/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    HALO Effect: Abigail Saltmarsh

    Sometimes, an issue as big the environment can seem overwhelming. There are so many ways we contribute to the future of our planet and it takes a special kind of person to make that heavy and intimidating responsibility seem like something we can actually conquer.

    For thirteen year-old HALO Effect Honoree Abigail Saltmarsh, loving our planet starts with one big, lovable animal: the elephant. Elephants are incredibly important to the health of our environment because they create natural grasslands and dig water holes that benefit other animals, but they're becoming increasingly endangered.

    Did you know that every year thousands of elephants are killed for their tusks? That ivory poachers are wiping out an intelligent population of elephants for profit? When Abigail learned about the dangers facing this beloved species, she decided to take a stand. She teamed up with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to help build awareness about the ivory trade, and with the help of people around the world, the WCS has raised money to build sanctuaries that protect endangered elephants. Abigail has shared her message about the ivory trade with her school and community, truly taking a huge problem and bringing it home.

    "Elephants are very intelligent and emotional animals," Abigail told us. "They have many of the same thought processes and connections as humans, including excellent memories and strong family bonds." Humans and elephants are actually more similar than we might think, and it's this undeniable bond with those long-trunked friends that inspired Abigail to become an advocate.

    In her eyes, the reasoning is simple: "We all live on this earth and we all need to find a way to share it... Anybody can make a difference, you just need to start small and see where it takes you."

    Want to get involved with Abigail's cause? She has a few super easy ideas: Don't buy ivory, spread the word about the ivory trade, and participate in World Elephant Day on August 12th! "Everybody can make a difference and help--they just need to go out there and do something." Couldn't have said it better ourselves, Abigail.

    To learn more about Abigail and her work, check out the clip below!