Happy Sunday!

.Sunday. Take it slow and give your soul a chance to catch up with your body.

Life update coming soon! But, I want to hear from YOU first.

What do you want to see on the blog? Travel posts, recipes, DIY projects, life updates? Post your thoughts in the comments. I want this blog to be as much yours as it is mine.

Thank you for your dedication to reading my blog!

xoxo,

Megan

Happy New Year!

2018 has taught me many things, including that I am stronger than I think and capable of overcoming challenges. I am a better person because of this year.

I hope you have a great New Year’s! Check back tomorrow to see what my goals are for 2019.

Xoxo,

Megan

On the 1st Day of Christmas…

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Greetings all!

Many exciting things are happening and I’m so happy to share them with you. As I sit writing this post, there is 14.5″ of snow outside my window. We are on snow day #3 from school and will have snow day #4 tomorrow. There is just something magical and peaceful about snow at Christmastime, don’t you agree? Since I’m snowed in, I’ve had time to plan and think about where I want to take this blog.

  1. If you haven’t noticed, the blog has been designed! I decided it was time for a change and finally landed on a layout I love. There are still a few more edits to make, but overall, the blog is updated and easier to use.
  2. New additions to the blog include a shop! Yes, I’m linking my Teachers Pay Teachers shop to my site for all the hard-working educators. Also, I’m working on a fun Easy shop that will be debuting soon. These shops are the perfect places to get resources for teachers and gifts for you or a loved one.
  3. For the next 12 days, I’ll be bringing you Christmas fun and joy in my 12 Days of Christmas! On our first day, I give to you —– shortbread bites!

Shortbread Bites: 

Ingredients:

1 1/4 c. All-purpose flour
3 tbsp. Powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, softened
1 tbsp. Red and green sprinkles
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325º. In a food processor or blender, pulse flour, sugar, salt, vanilla, and butter until combined. Move mixture to a large bowl and knead until combined. Add sprinkles and knead.
  2. On waxed paper, roll dough into a thick square. Freeze for about 15 minutes.
  3. Cut dough into 1/2″ squares and place onto a greased baking sheet.
  4. Bake until cookies are golden, 18 to 20 minutes.

Enjoy!

Check back tomorrow for day #2.

xoxo,

Megan

The Picture that Shook the World

I was going to share a recipe today, until I saw a picture on social media. One that made posting the recipe impossible until I’d posted about the image. It was an image that stopped you in your tracks, pulled at your heart strings, and left you crying. It was the picture that shook the world.

Omran, a four-year-old Syrian boy

Last Wednesday, after an airstike hit his neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria, 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh was photographed in an ambulance. Daqneesh was pulled from the rubble that once was his home. Shock covered his face as blood and dust covered his body. In a video, Daqneesh rubs his eye and wipes his face. Then, he looks at his blood stained hand, before wiping it on the seat. The “boy in the ambulance” picture has been shared by millions throughout the world on social media.

This blog post has taken me a while to write. Yes, the first time I saw the picture was last Thursday, when it hit the airwaves. But, still to this moment, very time I look at it, my heart breaks. All I can think about are the thoughts going through his mind; how scared he must have been and how uncertain things were.

With no words, Omran Daqneesh told the world that we must do better to help our fellow human-beings. It’s more than loving them, we must reach out a helping hand to those in need, those who are hurting, lost, and in need of comfort. Volunteer in your community or with charities throughout the world, open your home and heart to those who need shelter, and feed those who are hungry.

According to an article posted on today.com, several ways to help include:

The UN Refugee Agency: Plans include distributing sleeping bags, thermal blankets, raincoats, socks, clothes and footwear to the most vulnerable refugees. “Harsh weather conditions are likely to exacerbate the suffering of the thousands of refugees and migrants landing in Greece and travelling through the Balkans,” UNHCR spokesman William Spindler said.

Save the Children: Supplies food for Syrian kids and supports education in Syrian refugee camps.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders: MSF is operating two rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea that can carry hundreds of people to land.

Unicef: It delivers vaccines, winter clothes and food for children in Syria and neighboring countries.

Operation Refugee Child: Grassroots organization led by American moms who distribute backpacks of supplies to refugee children whose families are fleeing war and terror.”

Sadly, Daqneesh’s older brother passed away from injuries of the airstrike. But for Daqneesh, all we can hope is that he is well and on his way to a better life. A peaceful life that everyone in the world deserves.

Now, every time I pull up my blog, I am reminded of the picture that shook the world. For me, the boy in the ambulance will always be a sign of help and a sign that we must do more for our fellow human-beings.

xoxo,

Megan

Source: http://www.today.com/parents/syrian-boy-ambulance-reminds-world-war-s-horror-t102013?cid=sm_fbn

 

 

Stay Humble and Kind

Humble and kind. Two words full of meaning and two of the most important things a person can be in this world.

Country superstar Tim McGraw has struck a cord with the world with his new song, “Humble and Kind.” The song tells the story of different events in life, but no matter what, you always need stay humble and kind. In response to the song,  McGraw has created the hashtag #StayHumbleandKind, for people to share their stories of making a difference on social media.

“Humble and Kind” is one of my favorite songs. It is a true testimony to the phrase “don’t get too big for your britches.” Wherever life takes, all of your accomplishments, and success, don’t forget where you started. Don’t forget what it took to get you there and always stay humble and kind.

Let’s keep the momentum going and share your #StayHumbleandKind stories with me! I might even repost a few 🙂

xoxo,

Megan

 

Frozen Hot Chocolate

  
I LOVE, LOVE a good cup of hot chocolate, but sometimes I don’t want it hot. I want it….well, cold or more like frozen. Try this recipe the next time you want this chocolatey drink. Works great for summertime, too! 

Ingredients: 

  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp hot cocoa mix
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 4 1/2 cups ice
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate chips 
  • Marshmallows 

Directions:

  1. Combine sugar, cocoa mix, and butter in the top of a double boiler. Stir until melted.
  2. Stir in semi-sweet chocolate chips. Mix until mixture is smooth. 
  3. Slowly add in 1/2 cup of the evaporated milk and stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature. 
  4. Combine chocolate mixture with the remaining evaporated milk and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. 
  5. Pour into frosty glasses and top with whipped cream, marshmallows and chocolate chips,  if desired. 

Enjoy! 

Xoxo, 

Megan 

Throwback Thursday

Happy throwback Thursday! I’m throwing it back to a post from earlier this year.

Enjoy!

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The Magic of Moving Pictures 

We all have a movie we watch when we are sad, need a laugh, or need a good cry.

This past year, Academy Awards host Neil Patrick Harris opened the show with a lively and memorable musical that described the magic of moving pictures. The song took you down the Yellow Brick Road, to the pottery scene with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost, and back to the Oscars, all within a few minutes. The purpose of this monologue was to show the meaning movies can have on audiences.

So, what is it about moving pictures that make them so magical, so invigorating? The answer: they are stories viewers are able to connect and identify with, in some way or another. Their scenes lead us to unknown worlds, familiar scenarios, and give us a break from reality–even if it is just for a few hours.

As an actress and a journalist, I view myself as a storyteller. What story or stories do I want people to know and experience? For me, I always think about the moving pictures that take me away, the moving pictures that inspired me to go into acting, and the moving pictures that I always turn to, no matter what.

And those movies are:
1. White Christmas
2. Gone with the Wind
3. The Sound of Music
4. Dirty Dancing
5. Steel Magnolias

xoxo,
Megan

Playing Catch-Up

Have you ever been so busy that you didn’t have time for things, such as blogging (in my case)? Busy to where you have to play catch-up? As I cover my eyes in shame, I admit that is me right now and I apologize.

Sometimes life can be so busy that you have organize your responsibilities. Prioritize your time to where it is spent effectively and efficiently. Do the hard stuff first and end on an easy note. Make a to-do list, buy a planner, do whatever you have to, to make sure you stay on top of things. But, to be realistic, there are times when staying up to date isn’t enough and you will fall behind. Never fear, though, because you will catch up on everything and become that over-organized person once again.

One thing to remember when prioritizing- never sacrifice time with your loved ones.

xoxo,

Megan

Throwback Thursday

Happy throwback Thursday! I’m throwing it back to one of my previous posts, “When Goodbyes are Hard to Do.”

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“I’m not scared of hello. I’m scared of goodbye.” -Anonymous

Saying goodbye scares the daylights out of me. I’m not fond of change. So when a person goes out of my life for a time being and I don’t know when or if I will see them again, I’m frightened.

There have been enough goodbyes during my lifetime; goodbyes from either moving, graduating school, or just life. Yes, saying goodbye is a part of life, but does it really have to be?

For me, the most suspenseful moments in life are the ones when you just said “goodbye” to someone and walk away. A thousand thoughts race through my head. “Will I see them again?” “Talk to them?” “Cross their path again?”

My advice-if you care about someone, make time for them. Hopefully, they will make time for you. Some goodbyes don’t have to be permanent ones.

xoxo,

Megan