4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

Hi guys! I hope everyone is doing well! I haven’t been posting in a while because my laptop took a dump on me (just my luck), but I couldn’t go without recognizing the four year anniversary of MegannLouise.com!

It’s insane to think that the support and encouragement of my best friend to share my writing led to one of my proudest accomplishments thus far. Sure, I took a few “vacations” here and there, but the passion I have for writing has never left.
In these last 4 years, I’ve documented so much of my life on my blog… falling in love, falling out of love, moving into my first apartment, going to a new school, and so much more. I like to call my blog my public diary.


I have to admit that I was considering ending my blogging journey recently. I found myself in a rut creatively and couldn’t find any joy in what I was producing. I have to thank my awesome friend for saying something he may have forgotten about but I never will- “I don’t want to live in a world where you gave up on something you are so damn fucking good at. The world deserves it.” Honestly, if it wasn’t for that encouragement, I 100% believe I would have thrown in the towel.


I’m so grateful for all of the love and support I’ve gotten from my friends, family, and readers. If you’ve ever backed me while I’ve explored my writing, I promise you it didn’t go unnoticed.
Right now I am still dealing with tech issues that are preventing me from posting new content, but I promise that when everything is up and working again, there will be plenty of fun FRESH material up for you guys!


Thank you so much for giving me a chance and keeping up with all the craziness I’ve been up to in the last four years! Here’s to four more! 

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80 Things To Do This Summer

Hey guys! Happy Monday! I hope everyone’s had a great summer so far. I missed last Monday’s upload because of the endless chaos at home preparing for my sister’s graduation party. We decided to host the party at our house so we had to clean the entire house, paint the bathroom, do yardwork, clean the garage, set up the tents tables and chairs, and decorate. Yeah, I bet you can imagine the absolute headache I had. But now I’m back and ready to post more!

I’m definitely one of those people who fantasizes about all the things I want to do during the summer but when the time comes, I blank on ideas. To make sure it doesn’t happen to me (or anyone else) this year, I’ve come up with a list of 80 fun things to do this summer.

1. Run in a 5k race.

2. Have a bonfire.

3. Do volunteer work.

4. Make chalk art.

5. Go camping.

6. Have a garage sale.

7. Watch the sunrise.

8. Watch the sunset.

9. Go swimming.

10. Donate old clothes.

11. Watch fireworks

12. Go for a picnic.

13. Go on a road trip.

14. Go see a new movie.

15. Go to a festival/fair.

16. Tie-dye t-shirts.

17. Dye your hair a crazy color.

18. Make a smoothie with farmers market fruits.

19. Go shopping at a flea market.

20. Go to a drive-in theater.

21. Make a Youtube channel.

22. Dance in the rain.

23. Pick fresh fruit.

24. Go to an aquarium.

25. Plant a garden.

26. Start a new Netflix series.

27. Take a bunch of Instagram pictures.

28. Visit pound puppies/kitties.

29. Adopt pound puppies/kitties.

30. Make a summer playlist.

31. Make a candle.

32. Make perfume.

33. Go couponing.

34. Go to the gym.

35. Get a tattoo.

36. Get a piercing.

37. Get a mani-pedi.

38. Leave the country.

39. Learn an instrument.

40. Redecorate your space.

41. Stand under a waterfall.

42. Learn a new recipe

43. Carve your name in a tree.

44. Write a blog.

45. Have a BBQ

46. Go to the zoo.

47. Go to a baseball game.

48. “Flip” your clothes.

49. Volunteer.

50. Make homemade ice cream.

51. Go mini golfing

52. Pay it forward.

53. Make fruit popsicles

54. Make homemade dog treats.

55. Start a coin collecting jar.

56. Go to the Fourth of July parade.

57. Adopt a highway.

58. Go to a museum.

59. Write a pen pal.

60. Spend a whole day without your phone.

61. Go to a concert.

62. Scrapbook the summer.

63. Fly a kite.

64. Make homemade pizza.

65. Make a new friend.

66. Play messy twister.

67. Ride on a train.

68. Shop local.

69. Go to a butterfly sanctuary.

70. Go to the library.

71. Go for a bike ride.

72. Do an escape room.

73. Write a book.

74. Go to a waterpark.

75. Make a time capsule.

76. Make a video diary.

77. Make a bullet journal.

78. Mow a neighbor’s lawn.

79. Collect pop tabs.

80. Make homemade bath bombs.

 

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Christmas Memories | Blogmas Day 6

Today I decided to look back at past Christmas celebrations in preparation for this year’s festivities. My dad has always been the one with the camera since I was little, so I knew that I wouldn’t have to look too far to find old Christmas photos. He handed me a hard drive with albums that go as far back as 2000 (which doesn’t feel like too long ago, but it was literally 18 years ago and that’s crazy). I spent all day filtering through albums, often times getting distracted by other old photos from when I was little. But after getting fairly nostalgic, I narrowed down my favorite Christmas memories.

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When I was little, I was terrified of Santa Claus. Sure, he was great in movies and coloring books, but whenever I saw him in person I got extremely shy (as if I wasn’t already). My grandma worked at a bank that Santa would visit, and while all the other kids would go to Santa and sit on his lap, I would hide in my grandma’s office. This picture was taken when Santa came in to see me and just about make my little heart give out.  (2002)

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In preschool I was super shy. I didn’t like going at all. One day, we had a Christmas party and I was no at all excited. I guess this is the best picture my parents could get of me. I wasn’t really in the mood, I suppose. (2002)

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My parents used to dress my sister and I up and take pictures of us in front of the Christmas tree. We took pictures together, but I just wanted to show off my pretty dress. (2002)

 

 

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This year I didn’t feel like dressing up real nice for pictures. But I managed to keep this outfit on long enough to smile for a couple photos before I stripped all my clothes. (2003)

 

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEvery Christmas Eve, the family on my dad’s side would host a Christmas party. This year it was held at my grandma and grandpa’s house. It was full of food and gossip. At a young age, I wasn’t super interested and I had to take matters into my own hands to entertain myself. (2003)

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I loved my grandpa a whole bunch. This Christmas Eve I was throwing a little temper tantrum for whatever reason and didn’t want to open my presents. My grandpa sat next to me and helped me. He kept me pretty tame for the night. (2003)

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On my mom’s side, we would have a Christmas party too. This picture is super special for me to look at because it’s at my grandparents’ old house. I haven’t seen the place since my grandma moved away years ago. (2004)

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I couldn’t find many other pictures after 2004, but I did find this one from 2016. This Christmas was a really good one. I think it was my happiest one since I was a little kid. Everything just fell into place and I wasn’t stressed about anything.

 

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