Hi, I'm Megan and I've lived in LA for 3 years. Since being here I have grown to love the lack of weather, amazing food and style of the city!

I guess you can call this a lifestyle blog.

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Book 6: The Thieves of Manhattan by Adam Langer
Ironically I bought this book at a Borders that was closing for about $2. (Ironic because they talk about the big box book stores going out of business in the story) I read this book in about 3 days. It was an easy read, paced well and entertaining. Based in New York this novel follows the life of a struggling writer who meets a former book editor. They decided to go in on a scheme to bring down some of the industries most distinguished names. However, when they start working on their plan things change for our main character, things get better, get exciting. He’s reenergized and his love for writing is renewed. 

Book 6: The Thieves of Manhattan by Adam Langer

Ironically I bought this book at a Borders that was closing for about $2. (Ironic because they talk about the big box book stores going out of business in the story) I read this book in about 3 days. It was an easy read, paced well and entertaining. Based in New York this novel follows the life of a struggling writer who meets a former book editor. They decided to go in on a scheme to bring down some of the industries most distinguished names. However, when they start working on their plan things change for our main character, things get better, get exciting. He’s reenergized and his love for writing is renewed. 

Book 5: A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz
This book took me a very long time to finish. Not because it was boring or hard to read but because its very informative and I wanted to take in as much of it as I could. Horwitz’s writing is very easy and quick. He manages to bring forward US history by investigating the current state of the region while discovering the history that happened there. ( This is not a school text book. He does not touch on every rumor or story. He addresses this in his book) Along his travels he meets colorful characters that introduce you to the area. He then tries to figure how the past is seen today or if its been completely forgotten. 
I am a  big fan of Horwitz’s writing and this is not the first of his books for me. Last year I read Confederate in the Attic and then moved on to this one. Now after reading a second book by him I am convinced I will want to read all of his books. So I’m adding them to the list. 

Book 5: A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz

This book took me a very long time to finish. Not because it was boring or hard to read but because its very informative and I wanted to take in as much of it as I could. Horwitz’s writing is very easy and quick. He manages to bring forward US history by investigating the current state of the region while discovering the history that happened there. ( This is not a school text book. He does not touch on every rumor or story. He addresses this in his book) Along his travels he meets colorful characters that introduce you to the area. He then tries to figure how the past is seen today or if its been completely forgotten. 

I am a  big fan of Horwitz’s writing and this is not the first of his books for me. Last year I read Confederate in the Attic and then moved on to this one. Now after reading a second book by him I am convinced I will want to read all of his books. So I’m adding them to the list. 

From my Kitchen: The Devil Cookie Cheesecake Cake

This takes the cake, haha, as the most ambitious dessert I have ever attempted. I found the recipe over at Sprinkle Bakes. I made it over a course of  two days and it was worth every second. This was made for a friend’s going away party and I think it was perfect! Everyone LOVED, i mean loved, this cake. Most liked the cookie dough layer the most but I was a fan of the cheesecake and the icing. 

I varied from her directions at Sprinkle Bakes only slightly. She does not ice the top of her cake but my cookie dough layer was much darker than my icing, and I really liked the icing so I just iced the entire thing.


If i do make this again I will do a few things differently. 

1. Instead of Devil’s Food Cake I will make a brownie layer. 

2. I will stack the layers in a different order: cookie dough on bottom, brownie then cheesecake. As you cut the cake and it become a much smaller wedge the cookie layer squishes the others and it turns into a bit of a mess. 

Good Luck and enjoy!

I’m currently attempting this! Come back later this week for an update on how it went. 

I’m currently attempting this! Come back later this week for an update on how it went. 

Surf Monkey themed Birthday!


My boyfriend, Nick, just had a birthday and I threw a small party for him. It took a good bit of planning and work because I designed and made everything you see, even the paper products. Nick got into brewing beer about two years ago and he’s named his ‘brewery’ Surf Monkey Brewing Co. He designed the large logo on wood over the drinks table and I took it from there. 

To start, I created separate areas in my apartment. There was the drinks station along with  Food. I brought in small tables from my balcony and set them up around the living space with chairs to provide more seating and eating space since we were grilling out. Near the front door there was also a swag table with Surf Monkey hats for people to take with them. 

 Most my decorations came from the 99 Cent Only store. I got 25 foot rolls of postal paper to cover the tables and a box to add height to the birthday sign. I also found wood printed contact paper which I used to accent the BlowPop stand, peanut jars and another box for display. The drink jars were simply reused. I have a lot for storing pasta or to use a storage containers. I simply cleaned them out and accented them with tags. All the banners I printed, cut out and constructed on my own. The blue stripped wall is actually crate paper, 2 for $1, I taped it at the top and base to create a back drop. 

The food was simple. I had baskets of peanuts on every table in the apartment. I also made homemade soft pretzels that were really simple and delicious. We grilled burgers, made mac & cheese, potato salad, & pasta salad. Nick’s favorite cake is Funfetti, so even though I love baking I made it from a box. Some friends brought over chips and delicious sugar cookies that everyone enjoyed. The beer that everyone drank was a Red Ale and Cream Ale that Nick had brewed earlier this year. We had 44 home brew beers to drink and they were both a hit. 

I was really happy with how everything turned out feel free to email/message with any question about anything you see!

DIY: The Hunger Games Treat Bags


I am posting this a week and 1/2 late but better late than never. A group of friend and I went to the midnight showing and had a great time. The day of I decided to throw together these goodie bags for us to sneak into the showing. 

Not pictured is the menu that I included inside the bags that explained all the treats. 
This is what it listed: 

Panam Menu

Cinnamon Bears, Girl on Fire - Katniss
Pretzels - Peeta
Chocolate Bunny, Hunting - Gale
Black Liqorice Jelly Beans, coal - District 12
Trail Mix - Survival
Tootsie Rolls - Logs/Trees
Butterscotch - Mockingjay
Ring Pop - Capitol 

Everyone was so excited about the movie and I was really excited with how the last minute treat bags turned out. I will do something like this again for when the second movie comes out!

Book 4: The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty 
The Ponder Heart was a book I had never heard of. I went to my local library and while aimlessly browsing I stumbled upon Welty’s Loosing Battles. I will, say what attracted me was it 70s jacket. So after reading the back of it I proceeded to check it out along with The Ponder Heart and Delta Wedding (Welty’s first novel). 
I started with Delta Wedding, after about 50 pages I wasn’t into it. It was too descriptive and easy for me to get lost in the details and miss what was actually happening. So I put it down and picked up The Ponder Heart. 
The Ponder Heart reads so much differently than Delta Wedding. While still sticking to her style, Welty manages to give you a great picture of the setting and the character while still writing a compelling story. 
Her influence is Southern life and family. Something that I know well being from Georgia. Her characters are lovable and strange and their simple life makes you wish you had a house in Mississippi in the middle of a farm. The Ponder Heart is a great tale of small town gossip, broken hearts and loyalty. It was over all a good read and I’d recommend it to anyone who is wanting a simple escape.  

Book 4: The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty 

The Ponder Heart was a book I had never heard of. I went to my local library and while aimlessly browsing I stumbled upon Welty’s Loosing Battles. I will, say what attracted me was it 70s jacket. So after reading the back of it I proceeded to check it out along with The Ponder Heart and Delta Wedding (Welty’s first novel). 

I started with Delta Wedding, after about 50 pages I wasn’t into it. It was too descriptive and easy for me to get lost in the details and miss what was actually happening. So I put it down and picked up The Ponder Heart. 

The Ponder Heart reads so much differently than Delta Wedding. While still sticking to her style, Welty manages to give you a great picture of the setting and the character while still writing a compelling story. 

Her influence is Southern life and family. Something that I know well being from Georgia. Her characters are lovable and strange and their simple life makes you wish you had a house in Mississippi in the middle of a farm. The Ponder Heart is a great tale of small town gossip, broken hearts and loyalty. It was over all a good read and I’d recommend it to anyone who is wanting a simple escape.  

DIY: Chair upgrade!

I found this chair at the thrift store earlier this week. I loved the color of the wood and wicker back but the seat is (was) hideous. I went to the fabric store and dug through tons of options. My first choice was this modern print that was mainly marigold. Then I thought about using this great navy print. But something didn’t feel right. I finally landed on this simple brown plaid. 

To reupholster the chair I unscrewed the seat from the frame. Next, I laid the fabric on the floor and determined how much would be needed to fully cover the cushion. I then cut the fabric down to size and began stapling it to underside. (Tip: use your body weight to squish the cushion down while stapling. This will cause the fabric to fit nice and tight.) I cut a smaller white piece of fabric and placed it over the bottom to clean it all up. Lastly, I screwed the seat back on the frame and have a old school-esque but new chair!

Something I Love: Thrift finds!

I had another great adventure at the thrift store. I came out with these amazing simple mugs with pretty yellow flowers on them, a clay watering pot with a similar yellow flower  and a chair that is oozing potential for $15. 

The mugs have joined my orange owl & new Pyrex bowl in the kitchen. The watering pot is in my bathroom with my embroidered wash your hands sign. Be sure to look out for what I do to that chair in the near future!

DIY: Wildflower Jars

During my adventure at Michaels today I got these awesome jars in a rustic carrier for $7 (50% off) and all the flowers for $3 (also 50% off). 

This project took all of 5 minutes and I’m in love with how it turned out. I simply cut all the fake flowers to various lengths and arranged them to my liking. Now I have a great addition to what was a sad and empty shelf. 

If anyone does a version of this I’d love to see it!