What I Eat in a Day with a Plant-Based Diet

What I Eat in a Day with a Plant-Based Diet

Eating plant-based doesn’t mean that I only eat kale, but I wouldn’t say that I don’t include it in my diet. Instead, I view eating plant-based as enjoying fresh and colorful foods. To show you what I mean, I tracked everything I ate in one day this past week.

Let’s start from the beginning, at 7:30 am on Wednesday…

When I start working remotely, I also have breakfast. This morning, I made an egg sandwich on oat nut bread (I always add hot sauce for flavor). I enjoyed the sandwich with coffee and some lemon water.

By 10:30 am, I felt in the mood for a snack. I grabbed a Peanut Butter Banana Clif Bar (I am always fully stocked on these). It paired well with my second cup of coffee.

Around noon, I went out to lunch at Bona Fide Juicery with a friend. It’s a super cute local spot in Green Bay. The açaí smoothie bowl I got was amazing, and I highly recommend trying it if you’re in the area. Typically, I make something at home, but sometimes I want to treat myself.

When 3:30 pm hit, I had some more snacks. This included carrots and some homemade applesauce. I try to keep pre-chopped veggies in my fridge. This makes it easy to reach for healthy options.

Around 6:00 pm, I made dinner. My entree included Banza noodles, broccoli, cauliflower, and some zesty Italian dressing. The cool thing about Banza noodles is that they are made from chickpeas, so they have more protein than just regular noodles. This is great if you don’t eat meat like me.

Later in the evening, I had some tea with honey while watching TV. I also had a few Dove chocolates that I got for Easter; they are one of my favorite treats.

It may go without saying but, I don’t eat “clean” every day. Somedays, I go out to eat and get greasy sweet potato fries. Other days, I enjoy snacks that aren’t just fruits and veggies. But I believe that this blog post captures a pretty average day for me (give or take eating out).

Overall, I try to make food choices that make me feel good and give me energy. It helps to find whatever balance works for your needs and your tastes!

What are some of your favorite meals? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Bunny Hop to Starbucks: Cadbury Egg Coffee

Bunny Hop to Starbucks: Cadbury Egg Coffee

Hoppy Easter weekend! In celebration of the holiday, I created my own Starbucks “secret menu” item. It has almost everything a Cadbury Egg has plus espresso! If you have a chocolate craving and need some caffeine, this drink is for you.

To order, ask for a grande iced americano. Then ask for 1 pump of mocha, vanilla sweet cream cold foam, and light caramel drizzle to be added.

As you may have noticed, each of the ingredients imitates a part of the Cadbury Egg. The mocha is like the chocolate shell, and the cold foam and caramel act as the creamy inside. I think it comes together to create a sweet treat that’s balanced. Since americanos are espresso-based, you are still able to taste the coffee.

But, if you are craving something even sweeter, others have created secret menu items like the Cadbury Egg Frappuccino. This drink also looks delicious and very insta-worthy.

Tip your barista well, and enjoy!

What’s your favorite Easter treat? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

March Highlights ’21

March Highlights ’21

No April fools here! Let’s recap March…

This year’s spring break looked a little different, but I still made it to Milwaukee for a day trip. I visited a friend, grabbed some delicious food, and did a little thrifting. It felt good to safely get out a bit and enjoy the time off. Also, I adore the pre-loved finds that I brought home like this $10 Coach purse. I think it will be perfect for spring style!

On International Women’s Day, I collaborated with Per The Work Edit on my podcast. They created a forum for women in the workplace to connect and network. I love the community, and I encourage you to join! You can still use my code, “Midnight21”, and my link to get free access.

Speaking of podcasting, I created new cover art for my show! If you have listened lately, you may have noticed it. I believe it captures the Megan Till Midnight aesthetic nicely.

I also released a couple of new episodes in March. Most recently, Alyssa Coleman joined me for a discussion about all things productivity. You can tune into the latest episodes here.

I’m quickly approaching graduation, so it has been easy to get caught up in planning. Yet, it’s important to appreciate the moment too. March allowed me to slow down a bit to relax and recharge. I’m looking forward to what April may bring.

What were your highlights? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

My Drugstore Beauty Must-Haves

My Drugstore Beauty Must-Haves

You can treat yourself without breaking the bank. In fact, there are many little luxuries that you can find at your local drugstore.

In preparation for this blog post, I went to Walgreens and picked up a few of my favorites. The items vary from skincare to makeup to nail care. I believe the following list has something for everyone!

#1. Soap & Glory What A Peeling Mask. The first time I used this, I was shocked at just how pink it truly was. It gave me a good laugh when I looked at myself in the mirror while applying.

But, it works very nicely. After using it, my skin feels much softer and refreshed. I also like that it stays on for about 20-25 minutes. While it’s on, I can simply relax and enjoy it.

#2. Elf Expert Liquid Liner. This has been a staple in my routine for years. It’s extremely affordable, and it allows you to create the perfect cat-eye. Plus, it stays in place throughout the day. I haven’t found a better liner.

#3. Soap & Glory Ultra Smoothing Lip Oil. I love the tint, and it’s very hydrating. This is my go-to when I want a glossier look.

#4. Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab Balm. During cooler seasons, my cuticles get very dehydrated. This product with lotion helps!

#5. Kiss Gel Fantasy Short Nails. I used to love getting acrylics, but it gets really expensive. Not to mention, acrylics are pretty rough on your actual nails. Now, when I want the look of acrylics I go for glue-on nails. I like the color of these Kiss Gel Fantasy ones, and the length is perfect!

What’s your favorite drugstore beauty product? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

6 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

6 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

As we spring forward, I think it’s important to reset and refresh. Discovering more productive ways to work can help us do just that.

Recently, I had a chat with Alyssa Coleman on my podcast. She’s a Productivity Strategist for creative entrepreneurs, and she’s an entrepreneur herself! It was so great to connect and hear her story. Also, I learned a lot about productivity from our conversation.

Below I have summarized some tips from the show that can help all of us create more productive days and achieve our goals…

Reframe your view of productivity. You don’t have to be super busy to be productive. You also don’t have to take part in “hustle culture.” Alyssa describes productivity as simply making as much impact as you can in the shortest amount of time.

Set a schedule that works for you. If you’re a morning person, then plan to work on large tasks in the morning. If you get your best ideas on walks, then prioritize time for a stroll in your schedule.

Alyssa says it’s important to discover your natural rhythm and when you are most productive or creative. You’re in charge of your schedule, so make it work for you.

Create daily non-negotiables. Alyssa has her own list which you can find here. Essentially, these are things that you do every day to work towards what you want. They keep you accountable and productive!

Understand what holds you back. If you’re procrastinating, ask yourself why and get to the root of the problem. Sure, you could just “power through,” but will that really help you the next time this holds you back? It’s easier to sort things out right away. Also, it feels a whole lot better.

Make goals and plan for them. Alyssa says she loves to reverse-engineer her schedule. Figure out what you want to accomplish in a month, and then plan little tasks for each day to help you reach that goal!

Experiment, yet focus. Admittedly, I enjoy trying a lot of different things. In fact, experimenting is kind of how I started blogging! I’ve found that you have to try things out to see what sticks. It helps you to discover what you enjoy and what you don’t.

Yet, it is important to experiment strategically. You have to focus on the things you want to nurture and grow. We can’t do absolutely everything, and we don’t have to.

What tip will you put into action? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Your Next #OOTD: Trying Current Style Trends

Your Next #OOTD: Trying Current Style Trends

Admittedly, I’ve been spending too much time on the fashion side of TikTok. But, it has inspired me to try some new things with my wardrobe. Here are a few of the current trends I’ve recreated and my candid thoughts:

Cropped cardigans. I adore this trend. It’s very cute and feminine. To try it out, I thrifted this pink cheetah print cardigan and paired it with some light wash denim. If I wanted to dress up the look, I could easily add heels or switch the jeans with a skirt. I could see myself wearing this outfit on a typical day.

Pastel everything. This is another trend that I can’t get enough of. I’ve always loved pastels, so I’m happy to see more of the color palette in stores. To try it out, I threw on some light pink joggers, a light blue top, and my pastel cow print bucket hat. Honestly, I will probably be grabbing coffee in this outfit later.

Shackets. For me, it depends on the shacket. I’m not a fan of flannel shackets on myself, but I really like the utility style. This army green shacket has been my go-to lately. I usually just pair it with a basic top, leggings, and flats.

The Casual Button-Up. All over my feed, I have seen influencers pair white button-ups with leggings, crew socks, and chunky sneakers. I have been very skeptical of this trend, so I was interested in trying it out myself. I wouldn’t say that I hate it on me, but I also don’t know if I would choose this outfit again.

What current trend would you try? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Learning Photography: My Camera Starter Kit

Learning Photography: My Camera Starter Kit

This semester, I challenged myself to learn something new. I enrolled in my first college art class to learn photography. It’s a skill that I admire and have wanted to learn for some time. But, the process of figuring out what I needed to do photography was a bit overwhelming. I didn’t know what camera would be best for me.

Through class lectures and some personal research, I was able to figure out exactly what I wanted and needed to get started. If you want to get into photography too, I hope that this blog helps!

Here’s my camera starter kit:

Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR: I ended up getting this camera for a few reasons. First, the reviews gave me confidence in it. Many said good things about this camera and said it was great for beginners. The price also wasn’t too bad since it included the camera body, the lens, and a few other accessories. Also, I noticed that there were a ton of free resources online for this camera. So many people have created YouTube video tutorials on how to use the Rebel. I have found this extremely helpful in learning.

32GB Memory Card: Honestly, this was the memory card that was suggested to buy with the camera online. In short, it works! Do I necessarily need 32GB’s worth of space right now? Nope. But, could it come in handy? Yes.

Camera Cleaning Kit: My professor recommended not to spend a lot on a camera cleaning kit. They all contain about the same things that do the same jobs. In this kit specifically, I have used the blower brush the most. I’ve found YouTube helpful in learning how to properly clean my camera.

Pink Cross-Body Camera Bag: It’s very cute, functional, and protective. It has been convenient to take on the go when shooting.

Lens Filters: The first lens filter I got was a polarizer. This type of filter comes in handy in some lighting scenarios. Now, I want to get a UV lens filter. This type of filter is good for general lens protection. Looking back, I would’ve bought the UV lens filter first.

What camera do you currently use? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

February Highlights ’21

February Highlights ’21

Let’s catch up and recap February!

Early in the month, I had the opportunity to attend a yoga event led by Janice Liou. If you don’t already keep up with her on Instagram, you should! Her feed is very creative and inspiring.

The event was so relaxing and made me realize that I should make more time for movement in my days. Even doing a quick cardio routine in the morning can make all the difference with my mood and productivity.

Right in the middle of February, I had a great time celebrating Valentine’s Day with my significant other. We ordered some delicious takeout and watched our favorite show, Doctor Who. I even made some chocolate covered-strawberries sprinkled with cacao. Yes, there were as yummy as they look.

Later in the month, I attended another event, but this time it was a podcasting webinar. Scott Seidenberg hosted and shared his story along with podcasting tips and tricks. It was cool to gain some more insight into podcasting. Also, I was able to learn some ways to further develop my podcast, Megan Till Midnight.

And speaking of podcasting, my episode with Lexy Panterra came out in February! I thought this was very fitting since one of her albums is named “Gemini Valentine.” You can listen to the show here.

Before closing out the month, I want to say thank you and welcome to anyone new! In February, viewer records were broken. It makes me happy to see this space grow, and I am excited to share more with you all in March.

What were your highlights? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Reviewing the Bando Goody Bag: Is It Worth It?

Reviewing the Bando Goody Bag: Is It Worth It?

Cue Britney Spears, “Opps!…I Did It Again.”

I just can’t resist Bando‘s annual warehouse sale. This is when Bando releases their mystery Goody Bags for purchase. During the last sale, I bought one and reviewed it on this blog. I figured it would be fun for all of us to unbox another one together.

The first thing that I reached out of the mystery bag were these carryall bags. They make a really cute pair, and I know that they will come in handy. My desk needs a bit of organizational help at the moment, so these bags will be great to hold cords, pens, pencils, and other supplies.

Second, I got this disposable camera bag tag. It’s super cute and has a little message on it that reads, “look forward, not back.” I think this will go perfectly on my new camera bag!

Next, I discovered this little wallet. It was originally from the Benefit and Bando collaboration. I love the colors, and I am excited to organize my wristlet with it.

The fourth thing that I discovered was this adorable travel mug. It reads “forever busy” in bold lettering. I believe you can never have enough coffee mugs or travel mugs.

Next, I pulled out this 17-month planner. While I already have my personal planner for the year, I have debated getting another one specifically for content planning. It’s like Bando knew just what I needed.

Lastly, I received this smiley wine stopper. This may motivate me to buy wines that are not just screw tops…

Overall, I am happy with everything that I received! Also, I can confirm that I got my money’s worth.

I paid about $30 in total for my Goody Bag with tax and shipping. The value of what I received was over $65. There were a couple of items that didn’t have price tags, so I didn’t account for them in my total.

I would recommend taking advantage of this deal if you are a fan of Bando like me or just want some cute and usable items. I will most likely be purchasing the Goody Bag again!

Have you ever bought a mystery bag? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

3 Ways to Style Your Hair with Claw Clips

3 Ways to Style Your Hair with Claw Clips

Claw clips have been making a major comeback. Lately, I can’t miss them while scrolling through Instagram. I decided to try the trend myself and come up with some cute and easy looks to show off during Zoom calls.

I picked up a large claw clip from my local corner store. I’ve seen a ton of cute options on Etsy as well. If you have long hair like me, the large claw will be best. If your hair is short, you may find that these styles work best with a small or medium claw clip.

French Twist Pony. I love this first look as an alternative to putting a hair tie or scrunchie in my hair to switch things up. All you have to do is gather your hair into a low pony, twist up, and secure your twist with the claw clip. If you want to see how I did this, you can watch here.

French Twist Tuck. For this look, you follow just about the same process as the first. You gather your hair in a low pony, twist up, and get your claw ready. The only difference is you want to clamp more of your hair in. Since I have long hair, I had to twist my hair up a bit more and then fold it down to be clamped.

Low Bun Claw. For this final style, you will gather your hair in a low pony. Then you can twist your hair while wrapping it into a low bun. But don’t wrap all of your hair into the bun! Leave a fair chunk of it out to clamp above the bun with your claw clip. Easy and cute!

What’s your favorite hair accessory? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!