The Dogist

I’ve been a fan of the Dogist for a while now, and I’ve even started my own Instagram based off of his called Dogs of KU (follow it if you haven’t yet!). The Dogist is run by Elias Weiss Friedmann, a photographer based in New York that grew up with both a love of photography and dogs. He set out to photograph a dog a day in New York just when Instagram was taking off, and it’s grown from there.

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I absolutely love his work and so when I heard his book tour was coming to KC, I knew I had to go. I went to go meet him with my parents and got his book as well. Being able to meet a photographer that I look up to was super cool and I got to show him my Dogs of KU Instagram as well.

The Dogist

The Dogist

The Dogist

The Dogist

If you don’t follow the Dogist yet, I definitely recommend it.

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**all photos pictured of dogs are taken by the Dogist

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#LifeHackToBoredom with Nestlé® Crunch® Chocolate Truffles

While attempting to write this recipe, I realized something very important: my mom has way too many recipes in her head that I’ve never tried to make–and that aren’t written down. This marks the beginning of an attempt to compile all my family’s favorite eats into a place I’ll be able to find in the future (the internet). That being said, I’m not a professional anything, and I don’t claim to know all that’s going on with this recipe. If you have questions, ask, but this is the kind of recipe that requires “a pinch of this” or a “pinch of that.”

Nestlé® Crunch® chocolate truffles are the way to go! Read on for the recipe:

This has been in my family for a while and it’s a staple at family get-togethers. I’ve seen my mom make this treat several times, but this is the first time I’ve watched with the intent of learning the recipe for myself. However, this new recipe contains a fun twist to break up the boredom: a Nestlé® Crunch® topping. (P.S. Read all the way to the bottom to see a special giveaway!)

The best part about these truffles is that they’re easy to store and a treat that you can take on the go. I keep them in my dorm room mini-fridge right now and can pop a bite-sized piece in my mouth as a simple way to add a little joy to my mundane class routine. As a college student living a five-minute walk to my dining hall, I have to resist eating unhealthy foods all the time! But Nestlé® Crunch® is the perfect dessert for me, seeing as it’s made with real milk chocolate and no artificial colors or flavors. The mini bars are great to tuck in my backpack or even slip in a friend’s backpack as a small treat to make them smile.

There are several different ways you can break up the boredom in your life: by liking Nestlé® Crunch® on Facebook, posting a photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LifeHackToBoredom, or by making your own Nestlé® Crunch® truffles!

Start by crumbling the package of cookies in a food processor. Afterwards, combine with cream cheese and stir well.

Nestlé® Crunch® chocolate truffles are the way to go! Read on for the recipe:

Once you’ve chilled the mixture, form the mix into small balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

Nestlé® Crunch® chocolate truffles are the way to go! Read on for the recipe:

Start melting the chocolate using the double boiler method. While the chocolate melts, begin chopping up the Nestlé® Crunch® bars for your topping!

Nestlé® Crunch® chocolate truffles are the way to go! Read on for the recipe:

Nestlé® Crunch® chocolate truffles are the way to go! Read on for the recipe:

Once the chocolate is completely melted, begin dipping the balls into the chocolate. Make sure they’re completely covered.

Nestlé® Crunch® chocolate truffles are the way to go! Read on for the recipe:

Have a friend to help you put the topping on as quickly as possible before the chocolate sets.

Nestlé® Crunch® chocolate truffles are the way to go! Read on for the recipe:

Place the truffles back into the fridge to cool and harden. While you’re waiting, lick the spoon and have another Nestlé® Crunch® while you’re at it 🙂

Nestlé® Crunch® chocolate truffles are the way to go! Read on for the recipe:

Now you have the perfect on-the-go treat!

Nestlé® Crunch® chocolate truffles are the way to go! Read on for the recipe:

Ingredients: 
-one block (4oz) of cream cheese
-one package of chocolate wafer cookies
-one package (12oz) of semi-sweet chocolate chips
-5 mini Nestlé® Crunch® bars

Instructions:
1) Place the chocolate wafer cookies in a food processor until finely  crumbled.
2) Stir in one block of cream cheese and combine well.
3) Chill the mixture for about 45 minutes to an hour.
4) Form golf-ball sized balls from the mixture with your fingers, making sure the balls stick together. If the cream cheese was mixed in properly then it should work fine.
5) Start boiling water using the double-boiler method with two pots (water in the bottom, nothing on top)
6) Place balls on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
7) Place balls back in fridge while water heats up.
8) Once the water is boiling, pour the chocolate chips in the top pot. Watch carefully to make sure there is no burning.
9) After the chocolate is fully melted, use two spoons to hold a ball in between them, then dunk in the chocolate. Don’t worry about making them look perfect, it all tastes the same 🙂
10) After covering a ball with chocolate, apply the Nestlé® Crunch® topping. It works better to have two people doing this at once because the topping sticks better right after the chocolate is applied.
11) Let the balls set in the fridge.
12) Once set, enjoy! Store these in the fridge until ready to be eaten.

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Inside The Insta with A Day In The Kitchen

Somehow I found Lauren’s instagram, A Day In The Kitchen, through someone else and I was immediately drawn in by her gorgeous photos. Then I did a little more research and found that she posted her own recipes..and that’s she’s only in middle school. How’s that for impressive?

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How did you get started with baking?

My mom (who passed away a year ago from cancer) is the one who made me start to enjoy food and love trying out new stuff and being in the kitchen, but I actually started wanting to have a bakery and have a blog/food account when I saw the show DC Cupcakes a few years ago!

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What’s your favorite part of baking/cooking? 

I love being able to be in the kitchen and try out new recipes and try new foods! Making cupcakes are high on the top of my list for favorite things to make! 🙂

Can you share your favorite recipe?

These were a big hit and one of my favorite desserts!

Mini GF Black Bean Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Do you take your own photos? If you do, how’d you learn photography?

Actually, my sister is a photographer and has taken some of the photos. She’s also taught me a little about how to take pictures so I have also taken some that are on my account!

Have you ever considered starting a blog?
I have! My sister has a blog and I have really wanted to start one! We have thought to do one in the future once I have a few more people following my account! I would love to start one! 🙂
Mini Poppyseed Donuts With Blueberry Glaze
Lauren currently has 675 followers on her still-growing account, and I’d say that’s definitely enough to start her own blog by now. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for the future!
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Back To School: Essential Study Kit

Last week I posted about back to school essentials to have in general. This week, in accordance with the organization theme with the Bloggers Back to School, I’m sharing a study kit I got from my grad party from some good friends of mine!

Everyone needs the essentials. Click through to find out my must haves for college. IMG_0617Inside the package is all the little things you wouldn’t think of…until that moment that you need them.IMG_0613Tic Tacs aren’t necessarily considered a study essential, but who doesn’t like having a mint handy anyway? Fun fact: every time I took an assessment in elementary school, my teachers always handed out mints before. They’re actually proven to help boost your memory! If you eat a mint while studying, then eat another right before a test, your brain is more likely to associate that flavor with the topic you’re studying. And hey, whatever works, right?

Along with Tic Tacs, I have command hooks, otherwise known as the holy grail of the dorm. I have three more packs downstairs along with these! A mini stapler always helps, and staples to go along with it are a must have.
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I also have mini post it notes (the rainbow stack). Last year, I found these most helpful for bookmarking different chapters when taking notes so I could flip back and forth. Also included are extra erasers, a pencil sharpener, and the planner girl’s dream: washi tape. I have about 20 something rolls of washi tape now and use them for absolutely everything!
IMG_0615It depends on whether you’re a paper or a digital kind of person, but I know I’ll use push pins or magnets to stick up random things to remember about campus events, like flyers and such. It wouldn’t hurt to stick my A+ paper on the bulletin board for a little motivation as well 😉

Paper clips also work great as bookmarking pages, and the thicker kind of clips are perfect for bigger amounts of papers. Rubber bands are always handy for keeping the little things together until you can find a more permanent repair, and good erasers and lead are essential for the paper-and-pen notetaker.
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More post-it flags! They’re called essentials for a reason. And of course, an array of pens and pencils are always necessary. I prefer Staedtler pens the most, but Papermate Inkjoys come close behind.

Not pictured (aka what wouldn’t fit) is a pair of scissors and a ruler. These will definitely be making a home in my desk as well!

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P.S. This post is part of a link-up that will run through the month of August called Bloggers Back To School put together by Nicole of Empire Styles and Cathleen of Classy Cathleen.

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Old Navy Printed Shorts

I found these shorts at Old Navy and was hesitant at first. I’ve been trying to branch out more with my clothing style- although this outfit probably doesn’t seem very different. After some consideration of what these shorts would match with, I convinced myself to buy them and I’m so glad I did! I’ve worn these shorts a ton since buying them. I’d recommend sizing down, though, they run a bit large. Even better, they’re on sale for under $15 right now.

These shorts are ON SALE right now from Old Navy for under $15! These shorts are ON SALE right now from Old Navy for under $15! These shorts are ON SALE right now from Old Navy for under $15!
These shorts are ON SALE right now from Old Navy for under $15! Old Navy Printed Shorts: Hannah With A CameraOld Navy Printed Shorts: Hannah With A Camera

top: similar // shorts // shoes: similar
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watch // fitbit flex band // medical bracelet // arrow bracelet
Old Navy Printed Shorts : Hannah With A Camera

This medical bracelet from Stamped Expressions Co on Etsy is something I’ll be wearing every day from here on out. I was worried about the fit at first, but since the bracelet is aluminum, I can bend it to fit pretty easily. Cute medical bracelets are pretty hard to find, but this one is subtle. (And the rest of her bracelets are just as adorable!) I have my allergy printed on the inside along with my mom’s cell phone number just in case anything happens. Before my most recent incident with my allergy, I had never really noticed how big of a deal it was. If I ate something containing tree nuts or peanuts, I would usually end up taking a Benadryl, then throwing up several hours later. However, this time, I broke out in hives from my head to my thighs and had to go to the hospital for two doses of epinephrine and was put on an IV of steroids. This experience made me realize how dangerous my allergy can be. While I never got to the point of anaphylaxis, the whole episode was very scary and I never want to put myself (or my family!) through that again!
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Fitbit Healthy Habits: Week One Recap

If you haven’t read last week’s post yet here, read on!

Four weeks, a healthy habit every day. Take on the challenge with me.

WEEK ONE RECAP:

 Meditate for ten minutes: this one was tricky. I’m always struggling with the whole ‘let go and relax’ concept, because I’m naturally used to always thinking. I think I lasted eight out of these ten minutes but it was definitely peaceful with the right music on! I put on Spotify’s Piano Moods playlist and the first song that came up was “The Twins (Prague)” by Max Richter. I used what’s called the ‘tensing method’ to meditate, starting by tensing the muscles in my toes and working muscle by muscle all the way up to my head. Not sure if this helped me fall asleep faster though, like it was supposed to.

Add an extra vegetable to your plate: I failed this one. It did motivate me to put lettuce on my ham and cheese sandwich for lunch, but I’m not really sure that counts.

Wake up earlier and get a head start to your day: I woke up earlier..but I fell back asleep. Failed this one too.

   Add 1,000 extra steps to your daily goal: I’ve recently lowered my step count to 8,000 with the intent of working back up to 10,000. fitbitI had written in my journal at about 3pm that I was going to fail this goal, but my competitive side came out. I walked to the golf course where I work in a vain attempt to at least get to 8,000, but that only pushed my step count up to 4,000. At 9:30 I turned on Netflix before going to bed, then realized I could be walking while watching it on my phone. I paced back and forth in my bedroom watching Netflix and reading articles appropriately titled, “I’m Addicted To My Fitbit.” Eventually I reached 9,000 steps. (Proof on the right.)

Go for a fifteen minute walk outside: I arrived at my church camp on Saturday, so this one was easy to accomplish. I walked up to Inspiration Point with my friends, a gorgeous place to worship at camp. It’s far enough away from the city that you can see all the stars and I took my camera and my tripod in an attempt to take pictures of the stars–this was the night that the Bethlehem star was supposed to be shining! While I didn’t see the Bethlehem star, I got this picture instead by opening my 50mm lens all the way up to f/1.8 and manually focusing to infinity. copyright 2015 Hannah With A Camera

Getting this photo was a total fluke. I just used a long shutter speed of 30 seconds and kept the camera steady on my tripod so no shake would happen. Once we got back to the cabin, I was looking through my photos and found this shooting star! This photo with the trees in it was way more interesting than the ones of just the sky. I definitely want to try more of these!

Stock up on healthy snacks: This was an essential before leaving for camp, a place where everyone usually ingests junk food and candy like it’s air. My friend Madie and I (remember her?) went to Target to buy snacks for our room and our small groups before, and I found these: Simply Balanced Dried Mango. These are SO GOOD and filling! This brand is great because normally I can’t have dried pre-packaged snacks due to my allergy to peanuts and tree nuts, but these worked perfectly.

Go to bed fifteen minutes earlier: Long story short, I spent most of this day in the hospital due to an unfortunate run-in with my allergy. So while I slept in my own bed that night and did go to bed earlier, it wasn’t because of this challenge. I’ll have a post up later on how serious this is, because some kids just don’t get it (and while I don’t expect anyone without an allergy to understand, there’s no harm in education).

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Fitbit Healthy Habits Challenge

I’ve never been great at the whole ‘being healthy’ thing. I usually don’t drink enough water, I don’t exercise consistently–pretty much the closest thing I am to athletic is the fact that I wear running leggings instead of normal ones because they’re thicker. But who says I have to stay like that?

Four weeks, a healthy habit every day. Take on the challenge with me.

Fitbit recently released a Healthy Habits challenge on their blog, focusing on four categories: stress, nutrition, sleep, and fitness. Instead of following the challenges all in order like they did, I’ve assigned myself a mix of the four for each week, starting today and ending July 21st.

WEEK ONE:

  • Meditate for ten minutes
  • Add an extra vegetable to your plate
  • Wake up earlier and get a head start to the day
  • Add 1,000 steps to your daily goal
  • Go for a fifteen minute walk outside
  • Stock up on healthy snacks
  • Go to bed fifteen minutes earlier

WEEK TWO:

  • Drink a cup of tea
  • Drink a glass of water before each meal
  • Avoid eating for 2 hours before bed
  • Exercise for fifteen minutes
  • Listen to music that makes you happy
  • Put your meals on a smaller plate
  • Lower the temperature before sleeping

WEEK THREE:

  • Do an equal breathing exercise
  • Keep half of your plate green
  • Do yoga before bed
  • Walk/bike two miles
  • Write about your day in a journal
  • Replace candy/sugar with fruit
  • Drink 64 ounces of water

WEEK FOUR:

  • Take the time to socialize
  • Do 50 crunches in the morning
  • Take note of portion sizes
  • Exercise for a half hour
  • Stretch at your desk
  • Skip all screen time for one hour before bed
  • Go for a walk on your lunch break

I’ll be sharing results after each week and telling you if I succeeded, failed, liked it, disliked it, and so on. There’s enough days in this challenge that if I stay consistent, I can do this rotation again throughout the summer and finish right before I move in for college. Wish me luck!

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Graduation Party: The Details

As promised, here’s my post with all the details from my graduation party. As we were planning this, we kept making the joke that it was either: A, going to look really cute, or B, look like Pinterest threw up on it. It kind of ended up being a combination of both but I absolutely loved it! If you haven’t already, don’t forget to read my first post about my party featured here.

(Warning: this is about to be a really photo-heavy post.)

All the little details are what makes a graduation party so cute. See more of my party here!Outside we glued these cardstock letters to paint stirrers, stuck them in the ground and added balloons. Having this outside was a huge plus…because I accidentally put the wrong address on the invitation. Oops.All the little details are what makes a graduation party so cute. See more of my party here!All the little details are what makes a graduation party so cute. See more of my party here! All the little details are what makes a graduation party so cute. See more of my party here! All the little details are what makes a graduation party so cute. See more of my party here! All the little details are what makes a graduation party so cute. See more of my party here! Outside on the deck, we had this mini display board of our senior pictures and a scrapbook that my mom had previously made of us after graduating middle school, along with one my mom made for my senior year.All the little details are what makes a graduation party so cute. See more of my party here! Here we had blank cards and envelopes for people to write letters for us for next year! Throughout our freshman years at college, our parents will mail these cards that people wrote to us. I can’t wait to see what everyone wrote and to look back on the memories!All the little details are what makes a graduation party so cute. See more of my party here! Making this probably took longer than necessary but it was worth it. The 2 is all of Madie’s photos, the 5 is photos of me, and the 0 and 1 are all childhood photos of us growing up!All the little details are what makes a graduation party so cute. See more of my party here! All the little details are what makes a graduation party so cute. See more of my party here!For food we decided to go the DIY route instead of buying things for the party. We had cream cheese rollups, veggie cups, fruit cups, small sandwiches, and chips in the large containers in the back.
All the little details are what makes a graduation party so cute. See more of my party here! All the little details are what makes a graduation party so cute. See more of my party here! All the little details are what makes a graduation party so cute. See more of my party here!My graduation party was an absolute blast. Thank you so much to everyone who came and who helped with this party!

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Graduation Party with Daniel Wellington

I’ve finally graduated high school! One of my favorite parts of graduating was having a party/open house for me and my friend Madie. We’ve been best friends since kindergarten and had plenty of photos to decorate with! I’ll share more pictures of the adorable decorations and everything in a later post, but I wanted to put this up first.

I received this gorgeous watch courtesy of Daniel Wellington a while ago. The pink stripe with the navy is perfect and the watch is amazing quality! (Side note: I was worried about the face size because I’m used to smaller watches, so I went with the small size. It works perfectly and doesn’t feel ‘uncomfortable’ at all!) One of the great things about these watches is the ability to change out the straps. I haven’t bought one yet, but I’m eyeing the Classy Glasgow.

Use the code HANNAHWACAMERA to get 15% off all products at Daniel Wellington until June 15th, 2015! Follow @DW_watches on Pinterest for more. #danielwellingtonI used this tutorial to make the confetti numbers–it was our cake topper!
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Use the code HANNAHWACAMERA to get 15% off all products at Daniel Wellington until June 15th, 2015! Follow @DW_watches on Pinterest for more. #danielwellington IMG_7132 I want to give a huge shoutout to my mom and Madie’s mom (left and right respectively) for helping with all the planning! So much work went into this party and they were so dedicated to making it perfect for us 🙂Use the code HANNAHWACAMERA to get 15% off all products at Daniel Wellington until June 15th, 2015! Follow @DW_watches on Pinterest for more. #danielwellington Use the code HANNAHWACAMERA to get 15% off all products at Daniel Wellington until June 15th, 2015! Follow @DW_watches on Pinterest for more. #danielwellingtonHeck yes we got a bouncy house for our party. Best decision ever.
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dress (on sale!) // watch c/o of Daniel Wellington // shoes

Use the code HANNAHWACAMERA to get 15% off all products at Daniel Wellington until June 15th, 2015! #danielwellington

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You Are Bound To Fail

    What proceeds is my speech I wrote for commencement, and while I wasn’t selected to speak, I still wanted to share what I wrote, because I believe it’s important for everyone to hear. With high school graduation in a week (no, it hasn’t hit me yet), I’m counting down the days and learning how to cherish the people around me just a little bit more.

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