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

things I want

The subject of this post is pretty simple; things I want.  I have found tons of products that I’d love to have for one reason or another, and I’m going to list many of them here.  Some of them I want right now, but don’t really need it or can’t afford it.  Some things I know I’ll want down the road when I have a home, or kids.  Some things are useful, and some of them are just fun.  Some have links (click the photo) some do not.  So here goes 🙂

1 – Mr. & Mrs. Pillows – Since I’m getting married in less than a year and half, everything Mr and Mrs is on my mind.  I can probably make these for myself, but they are seriously just so cute and fun.

 

2 – This gorgous laundry room – need I say more?

 

 

3 – This couch – I love that you can have it be a bit more normal, by pulling out the square sections, or you can just be in a big pile.  Great for cuddling with the fam 🙂

 

4 – Name etched glassware – I love this so much, and I love that it includes a tutorial.  I am going to make a set once I get…

 

5 – A cricut – I want one of these so bad!! It would make crafting so much easier, and I could do so many things.  I could totally use it for my business; creative packaging, great gifts for my clients, etc.  I’m asking for one for my next birthday!

 

6 – Beautiful Cake Stand – This one is so pretty, and I love the top to cover it.  Love love love!

 

7 – Batter dispenser – so slick and easy!

 

8 – Photography Assistant Onsie – my child will own/wear this.  no questions.

 

9 – Organized gift wrapping supplies – I want this so bad, or at least something along these lines.  Keep it super organized, but accessible.

 

10 – an Ipad, and this sweet typewriter – I would love to have an ipad, because I know how wonderful and useful it would be.  The typewriter is probably less necessary, but oh well.

 

That’s all I have for now, though there are many more things in this world that I’d love to have.  I know I’m not alone in that either.

-Meghan

organize tea in jars

I’m a huge fan of tea.  I don’t mind the normal cheap kind, but sometimes it’s nice to have a cup of good tea.  A little while ago a new tea store opened up in Lincoln called Teavana.  It’s kind of expensive, but for my birthday (awhile ago) I decided to buy myself some tea.  At the time, I’d been sick for a couple of weeks and a good cup of tea was all I wanted.  So I bought a little bit of three different kinds.  They give them to you in paper sacks, and you’re supposed to put them in these metal containers for storage.  Problem; I didn’t have any and wasn’t about to spend more money for them.  So I keep the tea, each in it’s little baggy, in a tupperware container.  This isn’t ideal, and it took up a ton of space in my cupboard, but it worked for awhile.  However I found this idea on Pinterest!  I bought mason jars (8oz) at walmart, and put my tea in those.  Eventually, I plan on painting the top of each jar with chalk paint, and using chalk to write the name. For the time being (because I don’t have chalk paint or time) I just used a sharpie to write the name of the tea.

These are Peach Momotaro, Blueberry Bliss, and Moroccan Mint.

I’ve been wanting to do this project for awhile, and I’m so glad that I finally did it!  It saves a ton of space in my cupboard, and is much better for the tea.  It took very little time to do, but not only does it save space, but it looks nice.  The rich colors, and textures are kind of fun, and would be easy to display as well as use.  At this point, with my current living situation, this isn’t an option, but someday maybe.

-Meghan

almost instant muffins

When I was going through my cupboard and found this mix for muffins.  I’m honestly not sure where it came from, but I noticed a muffin mix that was in a plastic tube, instead of the usual box.  I pulled it down, and after reading the instructions decided I might as well make them.  I have no idea if they are going to be any good but I made them anyway.

The instructions are as follows:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Shake well for 15 seconds
  3. Add 1/2 cup of water
  4. Shake well for 60 seconds
  5. Pour into cupcake pan (that has either been sprayed or has liners)
  6. Bake for 15-17 minutes
  7. Done

This entire thing took me 20 minutes, tops, and most of that time I was off doing other things while they were baking.  Now, while I was pouring batter out of this plastic tube and into my pan I thought about this process.  Sure it was quick, and easy, but was it really something I wanted to do all of the time?  Part of the reason I love baking so much is because it’s fun to do the process start to finish.  Not to mention, I feel like I’m cheating.  Pouring water, and shaking, does not constitute baking in my mind.

I’ll be giving these to my sorority sisters when I see some of them tomorrow.  I figure if they’re bad, they can just not eat them and I don’t be upset about it.  I might try one first, just to make sure.  I’ll keep you posted 🙂

-Meghan

UPDATE: so these actually turned out to be pretty good.  And I saw the mix at Walmart the other day!  Definitely worth it for some quick muffins 🙂

great way to collect addresses

So I have begun really planning my wedding.  I’ve picked my photographer, and my fiance and I have visited four potential venues.  Another thing that we’ve started working on is getting our guest list done so that we have a better idea of numbers.  My mom suggested that I create an excel document with last name, first name, number in party, number of kids, address, and check boxes for save the dates, invitations, and thank yous.  I knew that eventually I’d have to collect all of the addresses of my friends and family, and it wasn’t something that I looked forward to.  I get messages on Facebook, and texts all the time from friends who are getting married, and I knew that someday that would be my fate.

However I found a super awesome site that helps you collect addresses!!!  It’s called Postable, and after you make your free account, you send a link to your family and friends and they can input all of the information.  This is what they see when they follow your link:

Then, after you have had people fill out the form, it goes into your personal contact list.  From here, you can add some yourself (of the people who may not be as tech savvy) and export it into excel (which will be great because then I can easily add it to my current master list).

It’s seriously so easy and it takes moments to set up and send out.  I can’t wait to start getting info from my friends and family!!!

-Meghan

cake batter brownies

I have been eyeing this recipe on Pinterest for a very long time.  I finally decided I was overdue on some baking time, and I already had all of the supplies I needed to make these delicious brownies.  I do need to give credit to where I found this recipe though, another blog by the name of Girl Meets Life.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the cake mix and sprinkles in a large bowl.  Then mix in the oil and egg.  Add the milk slowly just until the batter is combined – you want it to remain as dense as possible.  Place better in a greased 8×8 pan or 8-inch cake pan (I didn’t have any non-stick spray, so I personally used margarine).  It is going to be super thick when you pour it into the pan.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or just until the edges turn golden. Let cool for 20 minutes before cutting because the gooey center needs to set.  The result will be a decadent, cake-batter texture.

The cake box and the sprinkles.

What it looks like before adding milk.

You can see how think this is!!

These are seriously so good!  I gave them to my fiance and his friends the next morning, and they devoured them 🙂  The few in the very middle were super gooey, but I attribute this to the fact that I used a casserole dish (I couldn’t find my cake pan) and my ridiculously bad oven.  They still tasted amazing though!!

-Meghan