3.04.2015

TALKING SHOP WITH AMBER VENZ BOX



It's well documented that I have a huge crush on Amber Venz Box. I've previously gushed about why here and anyone that knows me IRL is likely rolling their eyes, being like "we get it Meg, you like her. No I don't watch this 30 minute video." 

Amber is the founder of Reward Style, the program that I use to monetize this blog and my instagram. Reward Style is something I teach fellow bloggers about (this was the topic of my panel at Thrive last weekend) and my MadMeg clients alike.

In short, Reward Style is the matchmaker between bloggers and retailers. It enables both parties to benefit monetarily from the powerful influence and readership that so many bloggers possess.

In long, watch the above video. I know that I'll be sending it to my clients today as a supplement to our conversations. I'll also likely mention it when sending Amber a love letter and lock of my hair later this afternoon. 


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PORTFOLIO PIECES - BIZ CARDS

My dad's girlfriend had me make her a new business card last week. These are some of the designs I came up with based on that project. 

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$50 even if any of you would love to see your information on one of these bad boys. Just shoot me an email with your respective info (name, title, website, contact info, social media) and I'll drop it in and send you the mock up. (Minor tweaks are fine.) 


They are pre-sized and ready to be uploaded to Vistaprint for printing. Easy Peasy!


*$10 off if anyone orders these designs in preparation for Texas Style Council! Woo hoo!


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3.02.2015

THRIVE BLOGGING CONFERENCE

Saturday I spoke at a conference about best practices in air traffic control. JK but that looks what I'm doing, no? I guess I talk with my hands. My mom does too. She says its because we're Italian. 



I spoke about blog monetization and blogger/brand relationships with fellow Houstonian, Sarah, who writes Pretty Providence, a lifestyle blog about frugal living. I'd never met Sarah before but she was so great! So nice, had her "presh" baby with her, and Pretty Providence is legit. I especially appreciate that it has a strong point of view (frugality) in a day and age when most blogs don't. For example, I plan to copy this wrapping paper storage idea.

Sarah's baby was so precious as was her lil baby head wrap. 
It's from the Sadie & Claire Etsy shop and they, wait for it, come in adult sizes too! 

Stole this pic from Michelle's instagram. Glad you liked mamma!

The other person I was excited to meet/hear speak was Caroline from House of Harper. She was a thriving (nailed it!) NYC fashion blogger but moved to Houston recently. Her blog is on the top of my blogroll right now.

I slanged some of my books in-between sessions but you can always purchase it here! #plug

One of my instagram followers was asking about my outfit  My boots are still available here from Urban but my dress is old Free People. Here are similar ideas though. Shop it up @MegCravens14! 




Thanks to Thrive photographer Meg Cady (above) for the photos - though I actually think I took this picture. When she was speaking I picked up her GINORMOUS camera and just focused on not dropping it. 

Happy Monday everyone! I plan to hustle and GSD this week if anyone wants to join me in spirit. I have a meeting tomorrow that I'm especially excited about!

XO, Megan


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2.27.2015

MIXOLOGY BY MEGAN, THE KEITH JACKSON EDITION

Friends! I'm here today to introduce you to "Keith Jackson", a shot that will rock your world - or in my case, your blog, as it's the very reason I've been gone a few days. (Sorry not sorry.)
I like this song as a soundtrack for today's post.

My friend Kyle, educated in the cosmopolitan state of Indiana, whipped up this little gem Thursday night and it provided the party my Dad was hosting with huge 2nd wind. Kyle calls it the "Keith Jackson country shot" and mixes it with flare and enthusiasm that only an Indiana educational system could provide.

While I'll share the recipe with you below, please be warned that this shot (or juice!) though tasting spectacular can lead to the following;

-drunk driving a golf cart 
- choosing your not-dry swim suit as "pajamas" for the evening 
- an, admittedly temporary, disdain for your offspring with a side of passion for boarding school


*Now that you've been properly warned, here's the recipe;

KEITH JACKSON SHOT
-1 part amaretto 
-1 part Southern Comfort (or more depending on your desired level of intoxication)
-1 part peach schnapps
-1 part sweet + sour
-1 part sprite (Sprite zero, preferably! #weightgain)


P.S. Any of you have experience with Keith Jackson? Do share in the comments section!

P.P.S. Did you love this post? Or, are you an alcoholic? Then surely you'll love Mixology By Megan, The Healthy White Russian edition and the Cherry Coke edition that just happens to be one of my very first blog posts ever! #flashback

P.P.P.S. HAPPY WEEKEND! I'm speaking on a panel tomorrow at the Thrive Blog Conference tomorrow. Follow along via my instagram!



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2.24.2015

GREETINGS FROM FLORIDA

Greetings from Florida kids! We're 3 days in to our week stay and living large. Though my Dad lives down here full-time, we have prolific family and friends who are snowbirds down here - all close enough to visit via golf cart. It makes for an automatic party - one of which we took to the beach yesterday and the boat the day prior.

Let's play a game. 
Guess which one of these kids puked on the beach yesterday. Ready - go!

And now the parents edition.  

JK- We didnt puke but would have given the opportunity. Mine and Ash's (pink cover-up) Rum Runners were going down particularly well.  We were eventually beckoned to come parent our children, however, which was a total buzzkill. (Figuratively not literally.)

*Fun fact. Ashley, Kyle, and I have known each other since we were in the womb. Watching our kids play together, as we once did, is pretty neat. #sentimental



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*Have a good day everybody! XO, Megan



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2.23.2015

A VOCABULARY UPDATE


Macy has mastered a plethora of new words - some of which aren't ideal. Please enjoy.


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2.20.2015

LIFE LATELY

Gah! I feel like I've been in a perpetual rush this week. All the more reason I'm looking forward to going to Florida tomorrow with Mace and spending a week with my Dad. Hopefully I'll get some time to slow down, breathe, and step away from my array of Apple products. Despite the hustle, below is some stuff I've been recently working on and wanting. XOXO, Gossip Girl


LIFE LATELY

The One Part Podcast
I always love the One Part Podcast but this episode was by far my favorite. Mariah discusses how she ended up owning a pigeon as a pet (WHAT??!!!??) and her surrogacy story which was AMAZING too but didn't necessarily top the pigeon situation because WHAT?!?.  People often tell me they love my story and that's a really nice thing to say. But honestly, my story is a piece of shit compared to Mariah's. You have to listen!

I LOVE LUCY.......and Paige 
I hung out with Lucy and Paige last night and we had the best time. I often complain I don't have friends or family in Houston but that's a crock. I have great great friends in those two. I'm lucky.

Tantrums
Macy has them. 

Positivity
One of my favorite style bloggers, Natalie Dressed, launched a line called Style & Spirit. I need to order the positivity t-shirt

Stop it with the Cuteness
Mace and Otto, Paige's son, last night. 

Taking care of biz-ness
Both Thrive and Texas Style Council are rapidly approaching so I designed new cards  accordingly. I don't know that I'm completely in love with what I did - I'll play around with them more tonight but they're getting there.

Congratulations
My baby cousin got engaged on Valentines Day! I was texted the above picture while checking out at TJ Maxx. I started immediately balling and creeped out my cashier super bad. Congrats Kimster and Mike - love you both so much! #glug 

What I have can't be taught
I don't know why I'm sharing this video but I suppose that's a question to explore with a licensed therapist. Do your thang people - it's the weekend!!!  



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