Giving and Giving Back

This is the time of the year where we really value “giving.” Mostly in the form of gifts to our family and friends. It can be very stressful first finding the right gifts then spending all that cash. Wouldn’t you feel better if you got something that you know is giving back at the same time? Like a two-for-one!

I made a Holiday gift-giving guide full of gifts that give back with each purchase, plus, they are the kind of thing that anyone would be super happy to receive.

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Thankful Share

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a beautiful tribute to our own lives where we come together with family and friends to celebrate the small things, the everyday things, and each other. It’s really just magical.

So I thought it would be fun to share some of the stuff that my friends (A few that I really love and adore) are thankful for in different parts of the country. Here’s what they said:

Meghan Ross and Avery
Meghan Ross and Avery
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How To Get Inspired

‘Inspiration’ is one of those things you don’t really know is gone until it’s gone. Working in the creative field with photography, writing, blogging, etc. You go through extremes. For a while, it seems like you have one good idea after another and the hits just keep on comin’! Then you go through a dry spell where you can’t even think about what you like, much less what you could create.

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I feel like creative block is a real thing that a lot of us in the creative field (Or any field) face regularly. But how do you overcome it?

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October means Pumpkin EVERYTHING

October is one of my favorite months. It’s the height of fall when the weather is usually lovely across the country, and there’s pumpkin flavored everything. When I was in college, I would very frequently treat myself to a PSL before anyone, ever called it that. I think (And I know a lot of people who would agree with me) it just tastes like fall, and it’s coffee which makes it even better in my book.

As I get older, the PSL isn’t really my go-to for October. I don’t know why, but it doesn’t really taste that great to me anymore. It might be because it’s all processed sugar, dyes and artificial flavoring for nearly $5 and as a grown-up (or whatever I am now) that doesn’t really appeal to my health morals.

However, I do still LOVE pumpkin stuff so I thought I would focus on that and tell you about all the best pumpkin things filling your grocery stores for the next week or so.

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#SelfieSundays Grateful!

This month (Starting in September) has had it’s fair share of ups and downs (It’s the kind that comes with moving, the inevitable ones with settling and nesting) It’s been hard and FANTASTIC at the same time. Fortunately, the good definitely out weighs the bad, and every day I wake up loving Austin, our apartment and our family more and more! I think the bottom line is that this was a heart move. One that is healing all the emotional turmoil that LA created and allowing Drew and I an opportunity to fall in love all over again. (*Swoon*)

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How to make Homemade Doughnuts!

This week is all about making foods that I don’t necessarily care for, but making them well and at home! Doughnuts are typically too sugary and just gross to me. But these! This brings it to a whole new level. I really like these, and I’m not just saying that.

Drew got this recipe from his mom, who is a fabulous cook and often the inspiration for many of his cooking ventures. His family used to enjoy these babies on the regular when he was growing up! And I totally get why…

Homemade Doughnuts

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Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

These are SO good, and I don’t even like bacon. (They are seriously yummy)

bacon jalapeno poppers

I LOVE Jalapeno poppers. They have been a ‘favorite food’ for as long as I can remember. The first time I had bacon jalapeno poppers was at a restaurant I was working at, it was a slow afternoon and we had to get rid of some extra bacon, so someone suggested these. I actually haven’t made these since then. (I never have “extra” bacon, I never buy bacon in the first place)

But trust me when I say, this will be a crowd-pleaser!

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Wes Anderson, Favorite Filmmaker right now

Last week, Drew and I watched The Royal Tenenbaums, a Wes Anderson classic. It was fantastic.

Last night, we watched Moonrise Kingdom, which I also loved. And I was thinking about how all Wes Anderson movies are remarkably cinematic. His style, his story, his color palette, how he uses interesting symbols and themes… It’s like he actually uses all the literary things we learned in College English 101. He’s bringing good, well created stories to the silver screen. Which is wonderful and it totally works! At least, for me.

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Southern Peach Sangria

I know that it feels like summer is over now that school’s started and Labor Day is behind us, but this is a Peach Sangria that will make it always feel like summer! It’s also a great way to use those end-of-the-season peaches.

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Another mix and drink recipe! Although, if you are sharing, it is best when it can marinate overnight. Those peaches will really soak up the bourbon.

1 bottle of white wine (Table wine is great, not too sweet)
1 nip (Airplane bottle) of Bourbon OR about 1 oz if you just have that around your house
2 peaches cut into small pieces
½ cup Triple Sec
2 cups Orange Juice
(Optional) Add simple syrup if it’s not sweet enough

Mix it all together in a pitcher, and you are ready to serve with some fresh slices the next day!

Note* You really can taste the bourbon in the peaches, so get a more expensive one to make a smoother flavor.

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