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Also check out The Lovecats Inc's TIPS & TRICKS: 10 Truths about Blogging post. It offers 10 comforts about the reality about new blogs! Very reassuring
Found Blog Basics today which is written by Kenneth Byrd So like the name suggests, it is a blog about the basics of blogging! Pretty useful to develop a foundation for further investigation.
I, like many others, have a personal account on Pinterest, and so does my mom, and we send pins back and forth. She knows about this blog, and follows it on Bloglovin' so she sends me pins related to starting a blog. This post is made up of the websites I have found via Pinterest.
1) Girlfriend Shoes- 10 Journal Prompts. These are more of inspiration than blogging tips, but still helpful.
2) Blitz & Giggles- 10 Lessons Learned My First Year of Blogging. Some mistakes to avoid/ tips to heed
3) Twelveskip- 6 Effective Ways to Make Your Content Easier To Read. I need to work on some of these!
Well that's it for now; until the next installment!! xoxo, M
Oh gee... As I'm researching (after) I have created this blog, I am finding that a lot of the advice is customized to be about blogging with WordPress.com. I think I will still stick with Weebly because I've used this website before.
...But as I read on, it sounds like you have to buy a lot of things when you use WordPress, so it might not really be for me, as a person who blogs for fun.
So I haven't really made a serious blog ever, just a couple experimental ones... Should I revamp this one after a couple weeks of researching? Should I delete this blog and start over fresh? Should I delete this blog and move to a more popular blog host? Should I just continue as is and slowly change a couple elements here and a few things there? Please comment below or shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) when you read this. Even if you aren't a blogger yourself, I would love my viewers' input:)
On Thursday, I started my sophomore year of high school!! However, this means that I will not have as much time to blog... And since I cannot consider this a job yet, I have to prioritize my homework above this blog. I will still be posting when I have the chance, just bear with me!
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
Sept[ember] 13 
We are the only ones who know what's going on inside of us. So we know what we think we are capable [of]. So if we know that we are capable of being quiet and content, that's how you judge yourself. But if you are loud with your friends, they judge you as loud and confident because that is how you have acted in the past. Take Mina, from Dicey's Song, for example. She has been there for her downs, but her friends have seen her ups. So she judges herself by what she's felt but her friends by what she has seen.
**Dicey's Song was the story we were reading that week.**
On Sunday, my sister and I hosted the 2nd Annual Blessing of Women Tea at our house. We started the tradition last August as a start of high school thing. We invited Christian female role models whose presences we wanted to keep in our lives as we got older. We host a tea and talk about the upcoming school year and just relax with the ladies :)
So these are the pictures I took before the tea. The one on the left is the homemade food: frozen mini eclairs (we bought those), pumpkin maple scones, blueberry scones, and chicken salad and cucumber-butter tea sandwiches. After this photo was taken, mini chocolate mint bundt tea cakes were added by my neighbor, lemon cookie bars were added by my aunt, and a fruit tray and mini peppermint patties were added by my nana. The photo on the right is of the table! We used a fancy lace tablecloth that came from my dad's grandma and cloth napkins (also from dad's grandma). We used fancy places and tea cups from our collection and fancy saucer and teacup duos from my aunt's collection. On the table there is spiced chai fruit dip, lemon curd, creme fraiche, and a lemon water infusion, all of which we made :) It was a lovely afternoon! Recipes below if you are interested!!
Frozen mini eclairs: Aldi
Pumpkin Maple Scones: Pinterest (bake them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit)
Blueberry Scones: our recipe below
Chicken Salad tea sandwiches: 2 cans of chicken, a small spoonful of mayo, a mounded spoonful of relish, mix and spread between two pieces of decrusted bread of your choice
Cucumber-butter tea sandwiches: Pinterest
*I don't have the recipe for the bundt tea cakes*
Lemon Cookie Bars: a friend's recipe that we gave to our aunt because she asked if she could make anything for us; recipe below
Spiced Chai Fruit Dip: 1 packet of spice chai drink mix from Dove Chocolate Discoveries, a tub of whipped topping, mix and refrigerate for 2 hours. Stir again before serving.
Lemon Curd: recipe below
Creme Fraiche: recipe below
Lemon Water Infusion: Put one cut up lemon and a couple stalks of lemon balm leaves into a pitcher. Fill with water and chill or add ice cubes
Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 20 mins Ready in: 35 mins
2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1 T baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c. butter, chilled
1 c. fresh blueberries
3/4 c. half-and-half cream
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2) Cut butter into mixture of flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add blueberries and toss to mix.
3) IN separate bowl beat together cream and egg, and slowly pour into dry ingredients, stirring with rubber scraper until dough forms. Knead just until it comes together, 3 or 4 times. Don't overhandle.
4) Divide dough in half. On lightly floured board, shape each half into a 6-inch round. Cut into 6 wedges.
5) Bake on ungreased sheet about 20 minutes at 375 degrees F. Serve warm!
Makes 1 2/3 cups
3/4 c. fresh lemon juice
1 TBSP grated lemon zest
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. unsalted butter, cubed
In a 2 quart saucepan, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, eggs, and butter. Cook over medium-low heat until thick enough to hold marks from whisk, and first bubble appears on surface, about 6 minutes.
1 c. heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. buttermilk
Pour cream into bowl or jar. Add buttermilk and stir. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let stand in a slightly warm place for 12 hours or longer, or until the cream is about twice as thick as ordinary heavy cream. Refrigerate and keep closely covered.
Enjoy! If you make any of these dishes, comment or email me about how it goes!
**Just by the way, I am posting from this year's school computer! Each year, our school supplies every student with a Dell laptop to use for the duration of the school year. The main purpose, of course is schoolwork, but we are free to use it appropriately in our free time. I do consider this appropriate!**
Today I was sorting through old school papers from past years. I came across two dozen or so quote reflections from my eighth grade language arts class. Our teacher would put a quote up on the board and we had to write roughly a page (handwritten in a composition notebook) of thoughts brought on by the quote and/or what we interpreted the quote to mean. I realized that these could serve as great posts for my first series on this blog! Alas~ Musings of My Eighth Grade Self! And so, here is the first post of this series:
It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.
August 28 
This quote is fantastic! It can be applied everywhere in life. Ms. Descartes is saying that its good to have a good strong mind, but just having one is not good enough! You must use your mind and make good choices physically, mentally, and emotionally. Physically: think ahead before eating junk. You'll thank yourself in the near future. Mentally: rest the night before a test; your mind needs to be alert. Emotionally: build good, solid relationships with trustworthy people and think before saying or doing something that might hurt them. If you have a blessing, use it to its full potential. Base things off your strengths and succeed. Use a good mind to its full potential, whether it's excelling in school, designing a grand structure, or leading a great career.
Today I realized that I have never actually done any research on how to build/maintain a blog before creating this one! So I decided to do a little searching and found some great sites! However, Weebly.com is not one of the most popular blog hosts (Blogger and WordPress) so the information is not host-specific...
For those of you who are looking to start a blog, here are some of the pages that I found.
* Melanie Nelson's How Do I Start a Blog? on www.bloggingbasics101.com
This page has lots of links to other posts on Melanie's Blogging Basics 101 blog and external websites. These were also extremely helpful as beginning briefings to the blogging world. This page links to:
* www.copyscape.com This site serves as a search engine to find any content scraped from your blog. Melanie also permalink-ed to her blog post What to Do When Someone Steals Your Blog Post.
* Google Analytics is a Google product that keeps track of you stats. It's format was a little small and not too Meghan-friendly! However, I think I will still use it though, because I find it so cool to see all the traffic patterns etc.
This post will be added to as I continue to find other helpful resources.
Until then- M
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I have had 4 pen pals during the past... many years. My current one has kept up the longest correspondence of the them all. I also recently started writing back and forth with my grandfather who lives in Leeper. That keeps us both updated in each other's lives even though we don't visit very frequently. Do any of you have a pen pal? Or have had a pen pal? Mine have all been set up through the Clubhouse Magazine which branches off of Focus on the Family. Does anyone know of any other sources for pen pals? I have outgrown Clubhouse's audience age...
I can not drive yet, so I have made many mental lists about where I will go when I can drive.
That's another thing about me, I make many, many lists, both in my head and on paper.
Anyway, back to places. So there is the library, the mall (frozen yogurt, Auntie Anne's, and Claire's), my friends' houses, a coffee house called Wunderbar. And also to my pen pal's house in Michigan to see her in person for the first time. I will also go to Maine. I have no idea why I want to go to Maine, because it's not like I am a huge seafood fan. A couple years ago, I just decided that I would visit Maine. Of course, the long distance trips will have to wait until I am a more experienced driver.
My dream vehicle is a pickup truck of any neutral color. I would get a little can of automobile paint and draw a pansy on the tailgate in purple. It would have a full crew cab and probably a short bed, around 6 ft. I would have a cover on it, but not one that is as tall as the cab and makes it look like an SUV type vehicle.
Another place I might go is the American Barista & Coffee School. The school is in Oregon, but there are also classes offered in New York. And the funny thing about this, the only school of its kind, is that the name abbreviates to ABCs!!
That's all the time I have to blog today; ciao!
Hello and welcome to my blog! Make sure to check out the other pages to learn more about me!
I called my blog Meghan's Place because that is what I want to call any business that I might open when I grow up. Possibly a coffee shop or a salon... Last school year I did my career exploration paper on becoming a hair stylist. However, I am adamant about going to a traditional four year college. So I decided that I would go to beauty school after high school and attend college for a business degree. Over the summer, I have realized that practically my entire life I have thought, Maybe I will open a little coffee shop when I grow up! My mom always says that particular towns near our house need a coffee shop. So there is a demand for one opening; you can find a salon pretty much everywhere you go! Also you don't need any specialty schooling to open a coffee shop but to complete beauty school you need to practice for hundreds of hours. At a coffee shop you can choose what you offer but at a salon you can't say that you will only create certain styles because you will be running a very unsuccessful business! And lastly, opening a coffee shop would fulfill my need for a non-monotonous job. Yes I would be making the same drinks everyday, and yes there would be some regular customers, but a lot of them would be people I have never met. So it would be an exciting job!!
So I think I have made a complete introduction to this blog, between this post and the other two pages!
Please check back often to see my latest posts!
Until next time, Meghan
faith, family, friends, and food <3