5.29.2016|#DOFB

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Dear Diary,

I’ve been told that the relationship between blogger and photographer is a sacred one. You have to be one with each other, in tune to with each other, communicate the perfect shot with a single look; ok I may be taking this a bit far, but you do have to a level of comfort and work well with the person you choose to take pictures for your blog; I mean the pictures are a representation of your brand. For the past few weeks I had been on the hunt for one and wasn’t having any luck. I was a the point where giving up was a real thought and then I got a response from one of the photographers I reached out to. I saw her work while scrolling through Instagram and I loved the work that I saw. She had the look I was going for and I really wanted to work with her. We had our first shoot over the weekend and it was great to work with her. I got a sneak preview of the pictures and I am excited to see the final ones and with that my search is over! Thing one checked off the list, now if I can get my blogging schedule in order, because that’s a hot damn mess!

I have yet to come up with a schedule that I am happy with and I am pulling my hair out trying to get it right. I was going to keep with the one I had the last time I blogged, but I added a few new sections that I want to introduce and the old posting schedule won’t fit. I know I’m just over thinking it because it really shouldn’t be this hard. The goal is to nail down the posting schedule by mid week and just roll with it. I guess the issue is, I want this to be the schedule that I stick with and I’m just trying to make sure the schedule will work out in the long run. I’ll be sure to report back next week; fingers crossed lol

In other news, there is been a ton of activity over on my Instagram page and that has me super excited! I’ve been doing a ton of research on making my content better, so I’m happy the work is showing. I have been posing on a regular basis, making sure that the content is relevant to me and have been working, on, well being social and it has been paying off! I’ve had so much activity I’m hosting my first giveaway….eeek! I posted it a few hours ago and I have been checking my IG like a crazy person and so far a good response but no one has followed the rules as listed. Man how embarrassing would it be if  nobody followed the rules…. Do I just pick a person anyway? Do I run it again? The giveaway runs until next week so there is time to figure all that out.

In other other news, I got my car stolen and that was the most annoying thing ever! I am still sorting out that mess and it looks as if I will have to get a new car as a result of the damage. If you follow me on Instagram you saw what I posted about the matter and I am feeling better about the issue. I wanted a new car anyway so I’m trying to look at the positive and stay focused on that. I’m on the hunt for a new car and I will keep you posted on how that process goes. I start classes in July and its a social media marketing class and I’m excited to get that going plus the start time gives me time to relax at the start of the summer.

Well that’s it for me Diary!

Until next time,

Minnie

 

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Let me explain….|#DOFB

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Dear Diary,

I am staring this entry on a sad note, my sweet baby kitty that I’ve had for 20 years died this week. She had been sick for sometime and my parents told me to take her to the vet to have her looked at. Poor thing had been back and forth to the vet so many times over the past year for one thing or another and my dad kinda figured this would be her last trip. Later on in the morning, I got the call from my father and he told me that the vet recommended surgery but with her age and other health issues didn’t think she would even make it through one, so we made the tough decision to have her put to sleep. The family went to spend some final time with her and I stayed there as they gave her the meds; I wanted her to have a familiar face in the room as she went. It’s crazy how pets take a small part of your heart and when they pass, its as if that piece they had died. I’m adult with a child of my own but I for some reason never thought she would die, like that never crossed my mind. I was still that kid in a way, thinking she would live forever. I have had many pets before her who passed, but this one hurt the most because she was the last pet from my childhood. I am going to miss her curled up at the foot of my bed or running around the house like a mad animal chasing something!

I loved my kitty so much and will truly miss her.

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Korey being a lazy bones lol

So the time stamp on the draft of this post is May 1, 2015; holy crap has it been that long since I have blogged?!?! It’s been so long I can’t even remember what this post was originally suppose to be about. It doesn’t feel like its been a year but it has been and well, I suck for that. I guess I should explain….

There was no one thing that happened to make me stop blogging; it was a combination of a lot of things….I was becoming overwhelmed with how much work it takes to keep it up, I was constantly comparing myself to other bloggers, I couldn’t find my voice in this blogging world and at a point I became really unmotivated.

Almost 2 years ago (in September to be exact), I started this blog as my creative outlet. I was in an environment when I could literally fell the creativity draining out of me and I needed a space where I could explore and grow. As I was exploring Instagram, I can across an account that blew my mind! I had to find out more about this person and went to their “blog” and spent hours exploring their page; I FOUND IT! This is the creative space I wanted to create for myself. It was full of pictures of stunning travel locations and delicious food and beautiful clothing perfectly curated on what I described as an online diary.  After seeing that, I dove into research about how to start one of my own. After a few weeks of research, I started a second Instagram account and on September 9, 2014 I posted my first blog post ever! It was the start of my very own online diary and I was proud of it. As time when on, the ups and downs of this journey came and wanted to document it, so I started to write weekly about this experience. I shared with you my fears about stepping into this arena. I shared with you my first feature and sponsored post. I shared with you the burnout I was starting to feel and in my last diary entry before my long silence, I shared with you the changes that were happening in my life and the changes I wanted to make to the blog; but I ever followed through. Fast forward to today and some changes have taken place in my life. I have moved to my dream neighborhood and will shortly start the hunt for my dream house and enrolled in school to get my degree in social media marketing.

I have always wanted to come back to my space and create again but the more time had passed, the more I felt like I should stay away. I felt it would be strange to jump back into it after being gone for so long. I mean what did I have to even talk about??? But one day as I was looking at other personal digital spaces I said to myself, “You love doing it so just do it, it’s your’re place where you can come and create.” And that was it! This blog is my small section of the inter-web that I can curate and call my own. It my space where I can create and explore and grow. I can make it what I want it to be, the possibilities are only as endless as my imagination.

So I am back! Back to creating, back to exploring, back to growing my digital space! I am sorry for such the long break, but I’m back and ready to share with you again!

XOXO

Minnie

 

 

 

Straight from the ‘gram

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I took these pictures a few days ago to post on my Instagram for an #ootd shot. I bribed my nephew to take them by taking a ton of pictures of him first lol, and as I was scrolling through them I saw they were pretty good and decided to post them. And why in black and white you ask; I have been playing around with the filters in VSCO and was really digging this one, so why not!!

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I have been all about easy looks lately; combining simple pieces that I can pair together with sneakers during the day for running errands and then pumps for a night out with friends. I used to be all about changing clothes from day to night but as I have gotten older…ain’t nobody got time for that!

What are your favorite simple pieces?

 

Adidas T-Shirt  (this is a boys shirt size med)

 DIY Walmart Khakis (similar here)

Charles David Shoes (similar here)

Photos by Amari Lane

 

 

 

 

Got Nut Milk??

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When I was growing up, my parents couldn’t keep milk in the house. My siblings and I would go through it like water, literally. If we were outside playing and wanted to get a drink to quench our thirst, we would always go for a glass of milk; the strange things kids do…or maybe that was just us lol! After I had my son and started to give him cow’s milk, he had a few issues with digesting it and his doctor suggested I switch him to soy or nut milk. Up until recently I have been buying the shelf stable cartons of nut milk and then I discovered how easy it was to make my own…GOODBYE store brought nut milk and HELLO to the fresh thing! Like seriously, it’s quite possibility the easiest thing I’ve ever made and it tastes so much better than the store brought stuff. Now don’t get me wrong, I still use it from time to time, but there’s nothing like pouring a cup of fresh, ice cold nut milk onto a bowl of cereal or having a drink of it right out of a glass. Its so lush and creamy you won’t believe that you made it yourself!

YUMMMMM-OOOOOOO!!

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Here’s what you need to make your own:

1 cup of raw nuts of your choice (I love to use cashews but I recently tried hazelnut and I’m obsessed)

Sweetener of choice

Extras of choice

Bowl or container for soaking and straining nuts

Fine mesh strainer or nut bag

Blender (high powered is not necessary)

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*Directions:

Soak nuts of choice for a minimum of 8 hours in 3 cups of water; overnight is best though

Drain and rinse nuts well then add to your blender

Add 4 cups of water to your blender (less for a thicker milk, more for a thinner milk)

A pinch of sea salt (this will bring out the flavor in the nuts)

*Add sweetener (I use dates but you can use agave, honey, maple syrup or leave it plain)

*Add extras (I use cinnamon but you can use vanilla beans or anything you like; strawberry nut milk anyone??)

Blend until smooth (I normally blend for about 2-4 min but this depends on the power of your blender)

*Pour blended nut milk  into a fine mesh strainer or nut bag to separate pulp for smoother milk

Drink and enjoy!

Your nut milk should last 2-3 days in the refridge but mine never lasts that long lol

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Homemade Cinnamon Cashew Milk 

I told ya it was easy! Now go give it a try!

 

XOXO,

Minnie

 

*note your nut milk will settle even after straining; this is normal, just shake to combine before using

*some people like to blend their nut milk first, strain and blend their milk again with the sweeteners and extras added. I have found that this doesn’t really make a difference with the final product. Try it both ways and see what method you like!

*you don’t have to strain your nut milk, but if you want a smother texture, this is recommended

*WAIT!!! Don’t throw the pulp away; you can use it in smoothies or baking. Just store in the fridge and it will last for about 2-3 days.