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


boy, have i been waiting to write this post! this collaboration has been in the making for about 5 months, and i finally get to share it with you guys! earlier in the year, i stumbled on an instagram account, rubit tattoos, and was totally blown away by the hand-drawn temporary tattoos shira had created on her etsy shop. through some friendly emailing, we decided to collaborate and eventually bring you the post you're reading today! you may have already seen some sneak peeks of shira's creation on my instagram (like here, here, and here), but i'm so excited to bring you some never-before-seen pictures my good friends dana and julia of disparate youth  and i captured a few weeks ago, and some from our spring break trip to arizona

shira was so great to work with! not only does she sell pre-made designs, she also sells custom tattoos! i asked her to make some geometric ones and maybe a pineapple and she now sells them in her shop! head on over to check out all of her latest creations that are perfect for summer! -m
to see more of shira and rubit tattoos, click the links below
to have your product or business featured on TLP, contact molly at with the subject line "collaboration with your business name". we'd love to have you!


we've all had those days when all we want is a nice meal, a couch, and a netflix full of shows ready to be watched. but you don't have a personal chef. so you end up ordering pizza instead. because americans are lazy and we don't like cooking ourselves dinner. don't get me wrong, i LOVE my pizza, but once in a while, it's nice to have something a little different. if only someone could help you with your dinner-making and turn it into something quick and easy, without skimping on quality. 

tada! hamburger helper at your service. to show you how easy it is to whip up a meal, i've partnered with hamburger helper to bring you some super easy walking tacos! if you're not familiar with hamburger helper or walking tacos, they are both pretty great. here is the history of a walking taco, and hamburger helper is a betty crocker based brand that come fully stocked with all you need to make dinner. it's like a meal-in-the-box. all you do is add beef! (PS: you can get your beef TOTALLY FREE when you buy three boxes of hamburger helper people! get on that!)

 to make the walking tacos, you'll need a box of hamburger helper crunchy taco, the ingredients listed on the box, 1 lb of lean ground beef, and some extra tortilla chips if desired!

by browning the beef and following the directions on the side of the box, your meal will be ready within a few minutes! it took me only ten to complete the whole meal! 

to hold your tacos, take a brown paper bag and two 5in wide sheets of wax paper, and line the paper bag. cut off the top, roll down, grab a fork, and dig in! 

now, thanks to hamburger helper, you're free to chill on the couch, watch netflix, get the money you spent on beef back (it's basically free food my friends. don't pass it up!), and enjoy an awesome meal made by you! woohoo for not ordering pizza! (pizza it's not you, it's me. i think we need some time apart.) -m


*in celebration of national craft month (which was actually march! opps!!) this post is in collaboration with patience brewster, a fellow crafter! she creates textiles, ornaments (her most famous items!), and the like from start to finish! see more of patience's crafting here!
it was 2011. my mom had received a present from one of her crafty friends - a coffee sleeve. i thought to myself, "i love to craft and sew!" (i had just gotten my first sewing machine) and "i can totally make this!" so i did. and to my unassuming eye it was beautiful. (hahah GOOD ONE) then i heard of a place called pinterest where i could share my creation, and i was totally excited. buuuut no one repinned it. (WELL OBVIOUSLY! oh man, it was really a sight to see. terrible. if only i knew that then.) but i pushed on, and from there, i read my first DIY blog, started my own and posted the coffee sleeve (ouch), deleted it, started another blog with slightly better projects (still painful to look back on), then i started TLP, and the ball REALLY GOT ROLLIN'! i discovered an amazing community of people i would have never known existed if i hadn't made that horrid coffee sleeve. crafting has opened doors for me that wouldn't have been opened otherwise. i went from badly stitched coffee sleeves, to having joanns and elsie larson repin me! i sometimes wonder if crafting/blogging all the time is really worthwhile. i mean, i'm in high school, am i wasting my teen years? am i spending money for no profit? but the thing is, i can't see my life without crafting. i've brainstormed ways to keep my crafting career though college, with a job, because i can't see a life without it. that's why i craft. i'm stuck on crafting 'cause crafting's stuck on me. (insert bandaid and musical note emojis here.) that pretty much sums it up. -m


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 claire's underwater selfie

inspred by @denisebovee 's instagram

jump in
the sun is shining here in arizona, the pool water is crystal clear, and i've got my favorite suit on. there is no shortage of pictures, and we've even got some underwater ones (see above) , thanks to the GO PRO HERO 3! a few weeks ago, my siblings and i piled our money together to buy a go pro. we chose the hero 3 because of it's beautiful image quality + it's wifi connectivity! you can send the pictures straight to your phone people! it's the greatest. we bought our from target, because we have a REDcard. not to mention, when you use your target REDcard, you get 5% off every purchase! that means our go pro was even cheaper! some more features of the REDcard are...
  • Free shipping at (no minimum purchase)
  • Extended returns -- 30 extra days
  • Up to 1% of purchases go to school of your choice
  • The online application process for debit and credit has immediate approval (except for some debit applications that require a few days to confirm a bank account)
  • REDcard holders can easily check their credit card account balance, make a payment, review past statements, check their debit card transaction history and manage their PIN. They also get to enjoy exclusive offers available only to REDcard holders.
you can sign up for a target REDcard right now by clicking this link here. the free shipping and 5% off totally add up, and i say it's for sure worth it! whether you're buying a go pro like me, or just buying groceries on a sunday night, the target REDcard can help you save on purchases big and small! do you have a REDcard? if so, i'd love to know what you think! -m