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Hi there! Welcome to my corner of the internets. I'm a 26 year old therapist, photographer, and shop owner currently living in Seattle, Washington. My online spaces are educational and lifestyle accounts dedicated to educating, engaging, and empowering women through digital art, home design, and travel.... with a touch of humor and personality sprinkled throughout. Stay a while!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tailgating!

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We had the cutest picnic this weekend! I have been dying to use my new picnic blanket, so we grabbed out fave veggie cuisine from Walmart and grilled it up for a little "homegating" party. Since we are busy with grad school and our puppy and work, we opted for some simple and quick recipes.


I try to eat mostly vegetarian and people are always like, "So, what can you eat if you don't eat meat?!" And I am always like, "EVERYTHING!" You can literally make all the same foods with veggie meat as you can with real meat, and it's way healthier and animal friendly :) Hence, my two favorites that I recreated:  pulled pork sandwiches and hot dogs haha. 

ALSO these are SO fast to whip up. If you're like me and feel so busy all the time  you KNOW how nice t is to have recipes that are good and also veryyyyy quick. So, just another reason to try some veggie cuisine.


If you want to try these recipes here is a rebate valid for MorningStar Farms® Frozen Veggie products. Buy 3 for any variety, any size. Click here for it! Also click here for recipe inspiration. 


This football pigs-in-a-blanket is my favorite thing. If you know anything about me you know that I am obsessed with hot dogs. These are literally so easy to make and so yummy!

Ingredients needed: 1 egg, 1 package of MorningStar Farms® Veggie Dogs, 1 package of croissant dough, mustard.

Step 1.) Roll out the croissant dough. Cut into strips. Cut the hot dogs into 3 pieces each. 
Step 2.) Wrap the hot dogs in the croissant dough and arrange in a football shape on a pan. Brush with egg wash.
Step 3.) Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes (or until golden brown). 
Step 4.) Add mustard in the shape of football strings (the white part). Enjoy!


Ok so if you know me, you know I am ALSO very obsessed with pulled pork. I am so excited Morningstar Farms has pulled pork now so I can still be veg friendly while eating one of my faves! These are also super quick and easy to make. 



Ingredients: buns, 1 package MorningStar Farms® Veggie Pulled Pork, bbq sauce.

Step 1.) Cook the pulled pork. I used the microwave and it literally took 3 minutes! So easy!
Step 2.) Grill the buns, add pork, and add bbq sauce! (And any other toppings you like to use, I am just old school.)
Step 3.) Enjoy!


Don't worry. Tucker was not left behind at this party. He was actually pretty good and sat for *mostly* the entire time we ate.



Me to Tucker: "Hey we are going to eat this food and I will give you occasional treats if you are good and sit down ok? Can you do that?"
Tucker: "TL;DR"


For more recipe ideas, watch the video below!



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Trying The "Best Bagel In New York City"

Ok, so a while back I posted about some bagels I had eaten in New York and said they were the best. Shortly after, someone commented letting me know that the bagels I had posted about were in fact, NOT the best bagels in New York.

So, me being the person I am, added the "true" best bagel place to my NYC food list and moved on. Then, last week I had a photoshoot very early in the morning and had an hour or two to kill before school started. So, I figured what better way to spend that time other than trying the true best bagel in New York City and then walking 30 blocks to school?

So, without further ado, I give you... a lot of photos of New York in the morning and one picture of a bagel. 




Monday, October 2, 2017

A Happy List: 172


1/ Opening up a cupboard and smelling the faint smell of crayons. 

2/ When my mom sends GIFs. 

3/ Northeast rain.

4/ Seeing little bits of color peek out.

5/ Finding out I can start a private practice after graduation. Which is exciting because it cuts 2 years off of my time table. Also, for anyone considering a career in therapy: It sounds daunting at first (4 years undergrad, 2 years grad, 2 years post master's) BUT is actually extremely doable. You can do your undergrad in 3-4 years if you're dedicated and down to business. Then there are some short grad programs (1 year MSW programs if you got your bachelor's in Social Work, or 16 months if you didn't). AND THEN you can start your private practice (aka work for yourself) right after graduation, if you want! You just need to receive supervision (once a week) still. Anyway, this is all just to say that sometimes certain careers sound like they need a lot of schooling and it can be off putting, but actually you can figure out a lot of work arounds! 

My total time in school is: Undergrad - 09/12-04/15 = 2 years 7 months. Grad - 01/17-04/18 = 16 months. So, total = 3 years and 11 months. So I was in school for about 4 years and will be a therapist working for myself. School is worth it, folks! Don't give up!!!! 

Also if you want to know more about how I did school so fast, comment or email me. People ask me all the time in real life, but I don't post about it a lot here. I actually wrote out a post at one point but didn't think anyone was interested so I deleted it. But if you want to see it let me know! I will forever pat myself on the back for flying through school as fast as I did! And I'll forever be grateful for being in a situation where I was able to financially. Hashtag blessed.

6/ When Tucker sits next to me on the couch. He is as tall as me and it just feels like we are best friends haha. 

7/ One of the kids I work with chastised me for wearing Birkenstocks when my toes weren't "done" and I have never felt so in line with my future granola self haha. 

8/ J's amazement at my normal, every day abilities. He's always like, "You're so fast at computer things!!!" and "You fold laundry so fast!!!" And I'm over here, just like living a normal life haha. It's nice to have a cheerleader though. 

9/ As I am typing this I am realizing I have 3 Polaroid cameras... And that just makes me really happy. So I guess I could rephrase and say FILM!! I hope film never dies. 

10/ Seeing everyone come together in the midst of all these tragedies. I know this is a happy list, so I'll save my rant for another day. But I just love seeing people help each other out and drop what they are doing to volunteer their time, money, voice, etc. It's a tough time to be alive (and will be for the next few years...) but seeing people really come together to support each other has been a nice side effect. 

That being said, my heart goes out (I hate how corny that sounds but I don't know how else to phrase it) for all the people in Las Vegas. I have avoided talking about political things on this blog, because if I mention one thing, people are going to expect me to always mention all the things. But also I'm tired to not saying what I think out of fear of someone else judging me. Because the truth is, I am human and I'll for sure offended every single one of you at some point, but that is just how life works. It doesn't mean you stay silent about things that are important and let that fear of being judged rule your life. So, once again, I hate that all this violence is happening and I hate that all those people died and I HATE that we just set a new record for the worst modern day shooting. I hope everyone involved will be able to heal and reach closure (whatever that means). And I sincerely, sincerely hope we stop seeing violence like this.