my friends are the absolute best. sometimes they appear in my posts, but i never really say how much they mean to me. we tell each other almost everything, and do almost everything together. when I found out oscar insurance was spreading the word about the CDC's national girlfriends day on august 1st and the importance of keeping each other accountable for our health, i totally wanted to help out. 

 jam jam jam. i think it was justin beiber. 

during my freshman year of high school, i joined the cross country team. the friends that i made and i are still running and love to stay active. just the other day, my friend ceci shared an amazing peanut butter raspberry smoothie recipe with me. (i'll be sharing it with you, soon!) it's the small things that help all of us stay healthy!

oscar insurance is taking a whole new approach to healthcare by integrating technology and creating an easy experience for their customers, allowing them to keep a tab on their health 24/7. they've kindly put together a chart (above) detailing all the important checkups, appointments, and screenings you should have in each stage of your life! each small step makes a difference, and can even save lives! If you want to find out some more information on them, check out they new jersey and new york health insurance plans. cheers to a healthy future for you and your gals, and don't forget about national girlfriend's day! -m


it was the first day of summer when we found this recipe, a.k.a when we found heaven on earth. these babies are sooooo good. the entire plate was gone in less than an hour. you guys, we made like 30 cookies. (we, meaning me and the ladies of disparate youth/my good friends) they're seriously like, the best thing since sliced bread. get the recipe below!

adapted from tablespoon
  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ¾ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cup of flour
  • 10 oz bag of chocolate chips
  • 1 package of oreos (bonus points for double stuffffff)

  • mixer (hand or stand)
  • cookie sheet
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 medium bowl
  • wax paper

  1. preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. mix the butter and both sugars together in the medium bowl until creamy, then add the eggs and vanilla
  3. in the large bowl, mix together all your dry ingredients. slowly add your sugar-butter-egg-vanilla mix into the bowl, along with the chocolate chips, until evenly combined.
  4. using clean hands (the fun way) or a cookie scoop, cover a single oreo with cookie dough until it can no longer be seen and place it onto the wax paper-lined sheet. the cookies expand a good amount, so try not to cover the oreo with too much dough, or else they'll overlap onto each other.
  5.  bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, or until they become golden brown. remove and let cool. 
  6. E A T  T H E M

weren't they good? wait, you haven't tried them? what are you waiting for? run to your kitchen now and get baking! and if you can't eat them all by yourself (you probs will) they would be a great addition to your fourth of july cookout! you friends and fam will thank you. happy baking, eating, and celebrating! -m


wow, has this week been crazy. crazy and slow. finals are next week and we all know that pressure. anyway, last sunday i ventured into the woods with some good friends and my sister for a product shoot (coming really soon!) and decided to document the day for the handy-but-almost-never-posted-in category of photoshoot journal.

 i had been to the forest preserve near my house tons of times, but never to this area! we found a roped off brick house-like structure with stairs leading to an upper roof balcony that looked over a clearing. there were two areas with locked gates that swung out if unlocked. little did we know we were on top of an old toboggan run! 

 marveling over an awesome photo ^^

 we later moved on down a small bike path to capture some different scenery. 

we captured some really good shots that i can't wait to share with you guys! stay tuned next week! -m