passions

I want to write about passions.

I have had a passion for photography since I was a young girl.  I loved taking photos of anything and everything.  I was known in highschool as the girl who never put her camera down, and would upload all of them to facebook soon there after.  I love images, what they capture, and how they are what help us hold special moments that pass so quickly.  They are beauty, and honesty, and just so wonderful 🙂  I am lucky in the fact that I’m getting to follow my dream, and become a photographer for a living.  I’m able to do this because of the amazing support that I have all around me.  My mom has always been there, ok with me going this route, and even helping me in any way to get there.  My fiance is willing to work anywhere to pay the bills just so I can do what I love.  I’m lucky.

Even with an amazing support system, sometimes reaching our dreams is hard.  One of my best friends in the whole world is trying to reach a dream of publishing a book.  She and I have been friends since we were young, we grew up dancing at rival dance companies, went to middle and highschool together, and now she is one of my bridesmaids.  Her writing always amazes me.  She has such a way with words that makes anyone deeply invested in what comes next; be it her life, a poem, anything.

But she needs a little help.  She needs a little bit of funding to jump-start the publishing process.  I’m not asking you do donate, I’m just asking you to check out her video.  If she compels you, then great.  I just want to get the word out so she too can reach her dreams 🙂  Thanks

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/428841665/ill-take-you-in-my-suitcase

-Meghan

printables

To keep your homemaking run smooth, there are many different things out there on the world wide web to help you out.  Some of us are less capable of designing cool things to help us organize our life, but some people in this world are wonderful at it.  Today, I will in include links to cool printables that I’ve found online.  Please look through these and see if you can make them work for you in your life.  I think to myself sometimes “I would never need/use this!” but you never know what might change your life and the way that you run your home!

Found any other great printables?  Let me know!!  I’d love to hear what you all have found.  The internet is full of this stuff, and it can be so helpful when trying to organize your life.  I want to hear how you are all organizing your life, because we can all share and help each other.  Comment away help us all out 🙂

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I have to keep my life as organized as possible, because it is the only thing that keeps me sane.  As I continue this journey of life, the more organized I can start out, the better off I’ll be in the long run when life gets even crazier than right now (husband, kids, etc).

-Meghan

smoothies galore!

I’ve been on a “diet” of sorts for almost a year now.  This “diet” is not really a diet, its just me trying to watch what I put in my mouth.  I eat a lot of sweets if I allow myself, and so I started by just cutting down to one sweet-type thing a day.  And from there, it’s just been a process of trying to cut things like fast food, highly processed food, and just stuff I know is bad for me.

I got a magic-bullet type blender for christmas, and since then, I like to make myself smoothies.  If you use the right ingredients, it can be a pretty fulling meal.  Most of the time, I just throw a bunch of stuff in and hope it tastes good (which with fruit it normally does) but sometimes it’s good to take cues from actual recipes.  Here are smoothies that I personally like:

  1. Peanut Butter–Apple: Blend 1 chopped peeled apple, 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, 2 tablespoons flax seeds, 1 1/2 cups each soy milk and ice, and honey to taste.
  2. Peanut Butter-Banana: Blend 1 banana, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup non-fat milk, and ice
  3. Mocha: 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt, 1 shot of coffee, 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder, ice
  4. Whateverihaveinthefridge: splash of milk, some vanilla yogurt, fruit, ice

Here are some links to other smoothies that I’d love to try:

http://justeatyourveggies.tumblr.com/post/11108525480/slimtastic-smoothies-20-nutritious-and-delicious

http://weightloss.allwomenstalk.com/smoothies-that-aid-in-weight-loss/

http://laceyinloveblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/diy-smoothie-packs.html

In a hurry during the day?  Spend some time, when you have it, and make little baggies with all of the ingredients.  You can freeze the yogurt in muffin cups, then freeze it all together and throw it in with the milk when it’s lunch time.  Definitely going to have to do this all the time this summer!!

-Meghan

chocolate peanut butter crescent rolls

I have no photos of this, sadly, because I took all the photos with no card in my camera.  But it tastes amazing and is so easy!!!  They would make a great snack, something to make for when your friends come over, or I personally made them as a meal.

First, you just have to buy the crescent roll stuff that comes in a tube.  Take it apart, and cover the inside of each roll with a spread of peanut butter and a small handful of chocolate chips.  Roll as usual, and bake as per the instructions on the container.

If you don’t eat them all in one sitting (like I didn’t) make sure and pop them in the microwave to warm them up again.  They taste much better with the peanut butter and chocolate chips all melted.

I’m going to try and make these again sometime soon so I can post photos of the steps and how it all turns out.  Sorry I don’t have them now!! Continue reading