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    Changes are Coming…

    Hello, friends. It’s been a minute!

    I figured a post was in order instead of a few words on Twitter or a super annoying Instagram story (does anyone actually read those?). I’ll get right to it: Panthers & Peonies is getting a makeover! Well, not a makeover on the surface, since I just recently updated my theme and love it. But the content will be changing drastically to be more creative and photography-based, and just generally more… me. I don’t know why sharing anything about myself (literally anything, even something stupid like my favorite type of pizza) makes me feel so vulnerable, but I feel that it’s necessary. Here we go.

    My entire life, I’ve loved photography. Throughout high school, I’d go on walks and just take photos, hundreds of photos, of everything. College was spent taking photos of friends, artsy photos of myself & my apartment, and making tons of stop-motion videos. Pastry is my life, but photography is what keeps my soul happy.

    Changes are Coming...

    Changes are Coming...Hello, angsty college photos.

    I love food photography, and I love every single recipe I’ve posted, but it hasn’t been as fulfilling as I had hoped it would. I sort of lost my creativity and passion over the last two months. It’s crazy, because this is my personal blog and I should be able to write about anything I want, but I’m so terrified of showing the “weird” parts of my life (tattoo flash on the walls! an all-black wardrobe! a girl who likes video games! gasp!) that I completely took myself out of it, which means every post is lacking any form of personality. No more of that! I’m saying goodbye to the old way of doing things! It hasn’t been making me happy, and this year is all about trying to do what makes me happy.

    Changes are Coming...

    So… in a nutshell, Panthers & Peonies is evolving and will be turning into a photography blog (with some recipes thrown in). I’m not talking about oversharing (because I don’t share a lot, even with my own family), and I’m not talking about suddenly only posting tattoos and cosplay photoshoots, or talking more like “myself” (that’s what Twitch is for). But more just a place to share real life and snippets of every day, even the boring stuff. Life isn’t always perfect, and I’ve realized (very recently) that’s ok.

    Changes are Coming...

    The bottom line is that this blog hasn’t yet become a career, so changing things will cause no loss in my life (financial or otherwise), only gain. I’ll be posting travel diaries and photos, plus random photos with little stories or song lyrics or angsty captions, just like I did through college. I’ll be opening a print shop, and not only that, but I’m going to (somehow) make it so you can actually buy any photo you see on the blog, which I think will be super cool.

    Thank you guys so much for hanging in there. I feel really good about this change, and I hope you guys enjoy it too!

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  • Animals & Veganism LIFE

    Going Vegan: My First eBook!

    So… I wrote a book.

    An ebook technically, but it still counts. I’ve been working on this book for the past month or so, and I’m really excited about it. Here it is:

    Going Vegan: My First eBook!

    It’s called The Ultimate Guide to Going Vegan, and it’s all about the transition into veganism and how to make it easier, staying healthy, and how making small changes in your everyday life can help the planet. It’s a good read for new vegans, anyone considering a plant-based diet (or just eating a little healthier), or even a longtime vegan who needs a little brush-up on their vitamins and minerals.

    Going Vegan: My First eBook!    Going Vegan: My First eBook!
    It includes tons of super useful pages and diagrams, such as:

    • An Introduction to Veganism
    • 10 Reasons to go Vegan
    • Plant-Based Benefits
    • How to Stock a Vegan Pantry
    • Eating on the Go
    • How to Make the Transition to Vegan Meals
    • How to Go Completely Vegan in 2 Months
    • The Vegan Plate (AKA What You Should Be Eating)
    • An Extensive List of Necessary Vitamins and Minerals

    And so much more. It’s a non-preachy way to explain veganism without any graphic images or descriptions, and I hope you guys love it!
    Going Vegan is available in my Etsy shop, which is linked here and also down below. And because I love you guys so much, I’m offering 10% off everything in my Etsy shop until July 26, all you have to do is enter coupon code GOINGVEGAN.

    Going Vegan: My First eBook!
    This is the first of a few ebooks I have planned, and the first of many vegan materials that I’ll be releasing throughout the next few months (I’ve had a few people ask about ecourses… so be on the lookout for that too!). Enjoy! ♡

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  • LIFE Some Things on a Sunday

    Some Things on a Sunday, 9

    Some Things on a Sunday, 9Image via Google

    Welcome to my series, Some Things on a Sunday!
    Every Sunday, I like to share my random thoughts & cool things I’ve found, along with a weekly recap and some photos from the week. Enjoy!
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    • First of all, shout out to my new website layout! I’m so excited about it. I had a lot of problems with my old layout, so I finally took the leap and bought a new one. It took about 6 hours to back up, transfer, and customize everything, but it was so worth it.
    • Speaking of the new layout, lots of new exciting things are coming to Panthers & Peonies… including a shop. Shhh.
    • If you’re only going to watch one video this week, please make it this one: Camouflaging Myself into a Chair.
    • I’m obsessed with these floral Vans.
    • So I listen to The Beatles like, a lot. Like I’m a little bit obsessed with them and have been for many many years. But I have this bad habit where every time I watch Across the Universe, all I want to listen to is the songs from that movie specifically (sang by The Beatles, not the actors duh), on a loop, for hours and hours.
    • Although that Jim Sturgess is pretty fine.
    • Speaking of The Beatles, many years ago I got to see the Cirque du Soleil Love show and it was the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen.
    • I’m planning on making Cassie a homemade cat bed this weekend because she’s beautiful and wonderful and she deserves it. Also, she’s never had a pet bed (she always just lays on the couch), and I don’t even know if she’ll like it, but I’m making it anyways.
    • It’s been so hot (literally 110F every day), so these no-bake Peanut Butter & Chocolate Graham Sandwiches are on repeat.
    • I’ve been looking for a new bedspread and honestly this Anthropologie duvet cover is everything.
    • Ok, this shimmer velvet duvet cover from Nordstrom is also everything.
    • Forever obsessed with Buddha bowls.
    • Everything Le Creuset makes is perfect, but this heart cocette is perfection.
    • PS did you guys know I have an Etsy shop? I sell tons of printables and planners, check it out!
    • Last thing, I’m completely obsessed with this cow bracelet.

    Posts from this week:
    Lamington Donuts
    Strawberry Pie Bars

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    I hope everyone has a great week! ♡

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  • LIFE Some Things on a Sunday

    Some Things on a Sunday, 8

    Some Things on a Sunday, 8

    Welcome to my series, Some Things on a Sunday!
    Every Sunday, I like to share my random thoughts & cool things I’ve found, along with a weekly recap and some photos from the week. Enjoy!
    This post may contain affiliate links.


    • First of all, we’ve got to talk about E3 (if you don’t care about video games, then just skip ahead a few lines!). There were a ton of new games announced that I’m super excited for, most of all FALLOUT 76. I honestly can’t wait until it comes out in November.
    • If you guys didn’t know, I’m kind of totally obsessed with Fallout, you can watch me play it on Twitch and on YouTube.
    • One more thing, I finally posted some pictures from my PUBG cosplay, you can see them on Instagram!
    • Ok, done talking about video games. Onto food. This no-churn cookie dough ice cream is everything.
    • DIY Pocky? Yes please.
    • Jessica from How Sweet Eats has a new series called Summer Fridays, go check it out. I love it so much.
    • How to make a 5 year plan. Super simple and super helpful. Creating goals and planning to meet those goals is something I need to get better at.
    • Cheeseburger fried rice? I’m drooling.
    • And one more cheeseburger recipe, because cheeseburger chopped salad? That’s everything I’ve ever wanted.
    • These curtain tiebacks? Anthropologie, take all my money.
    • This breakfast grilled cheese would be perfect with a tofu scramble.
    • 3 words: FROZEN. S’MORE. SANDWICHES.
    • I’m all about reusable cups and straws (gotta cut down on plastic waste!), and this love potion tumbler is perfect.
    • Speaking of reusable, I hope everyone buys a set of reusable straws!
    • I’ve been obsessed with Instagram stories lately, so this guide on creating beautiful Instagram stories is awesome. It took me a really long time to get into, but honestly now I watch stories more than look at photos.
    • Last but not least, here’s one of my favorite videos of all time from Jenna & Julien. I can’t begin to explain how hard I laughed at this. Enjoy.

    Posts from this week:
    I Started Using Coconut Oil as Moisturizer, Here’s What Happened
    Chai Breakfast Cake

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    I hope everyone has a great week! ♡

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  • Breakfast FOOD Home LIFE

    5 Tips for Better Mornings, & My Favorite Dirty Chai Recipe

    Every morning, we wake up with a whole new day in front of us. It’s exciting, but more often than not we’re tired, groggy, and hitting that snooze button. If that sounds like you, it’s ok! Waking up stressed and groggy is actually something our brain naturally does: it’s called the negativity bias, and it can be super difficult to control. But waking up early and sticking to a morning routine can help you overcome it, in addition to setting your whole day on track.

    Waking up early has tons of benefits for both your brain and your body: it enhances your productivity for the day, helps your mental health, kicks your body into go-mode earlier (which can lead to losing weight and having more energy), and can even prevent certain diseases.

    5 Tips for Better Mornings, & My Favorite Dirty Chai Recipe

    Here are 5 tips for better mornings:

    Drink some water.
    Drinking water first thing in the morning is one of the healthiest things you can do: it instantly raises your metabolism, gets your system working, keeps you hydrated, and flushes out toxins from the day before. If you can’t drink a whole glass of water, it’s ok! A few sips is better than nothing.
    I also take a minute in the morning to fill up a gallon-sized water bottle for the day. If you have a full glass of water next to you during the day, it makes it a lot easier to stay hydrated.

    Make breakfast work for you.
    I’m one of those people who eats right when they wake up, usually before I even shower or get dressed or anything. But not many people are like that. In fact, only about 30% of the US population eats breakfast every day, and over 31 million people (about 10% of the US population) don’t eat breakfast at all!
    Yes, they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day: it gives you a boost of energy and gets your system working. But if you’re not hungry in the morning, don’t force yourself to eat. If you’re a little hungry, grab a granola bar. And if you’re really hungry, sit down and eat breakfast.

    Get up and move.
    It doesn’t have to be a full workout, but try to go for a 15 minute walk, do some light yoga, or just stretch to wake yourself up for the day.

    Make a brain dump list.
    I usually find it best to write my to-do list the night before, but writing in the morning is helpful too. Write down everything you need to do for the day and everything that’s on your mind, either in a planner, journal, or on a scrap of paper. Just take a minute to get everything out of your head and onto the paper!

    Take a moment to be grateful.
    Taking a moment before you fall asleep at night and a moment right when you wake up to say thank you is something that we should all be doing. Feeling grateful will put you in a good mind set for the day, and it’ll help you to start thinking more positively (a good step towards overcoming negativity bias!).

    But my top tip for a productive morning? Coffee. Here’s my favorite dirty chai recipe that really kicks my brain into overdrive. Enjoy!

    5 Tips for Better Mornings, & My Favorite Dirty Chai Recipe

    My Favorite Dirty Chai
     
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    Recipe type: Drinks
    Serves: 1
    Ingredients
    • 1 cup nondairy milk
    • 1 chai tea bag (I like Tazo Chai Vanilla Caramel)
    • 1 cup freshly-brewed strong coffee
    • Sugar to taste
    Instructions
    1. Add the milk to a small saucepan, set over medium-low heat, and let warm until the milk is steaming and small bubbles start to form around the edges of the pan.
    2. Once steaming, remove the pan from the heat. Add the tea bag, cover, and let sit 15-20 minutes.
    3. Pour the milk into your favorite mug, top with freshly brewed coffee, and enjoy!
    Notes
    If you want your drink sweeter, add sweetener of your choice to the milk after you pour it into the mug.

    5 Tips for Better Mornings, & My Favorite Dirty Chai Recipe

     

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