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Amy Lorraine is a Blogger, Photographer and DIY Enthusiast who specializes in Senior Photography in Southern Maryland and surrounding areas including but not limited to Calvert County, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and St Mary’s County.

 

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bite Recipe | www.amylorraine.comI got this recipe idea from The Minimalist Baker but instead of making bars I decided to make them into bite size pieces! This 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bite Recipe is so simple and satisfies my sweet tooth a little bit healthier and it’s vegan!

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bite Recipe | www.amylorraine.com

Ingredients
  • 1 8oz package of pitted dates (or pit the dates yourself!)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
Instructions
  1. Soak your dates in warm water for 10 minutes and then drain and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Add dates to a food processor and pulse until pieces clump into a ball.
  3. Add peanut butter and oats and pulse until mixed well. Scrape down sides as needed.
  4. Scoop out about 1 Tbsp and roll into a ball and place on a baking sheet. Transfer to freezer to set.
  5. Let freeze for an hour and enjoy!

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bite Recipe | www.amylorraine.com

They will keep in the fridge for several weeks, and in the freezer for a couple months. I prefer to keep mine in the freezer and they never last very long! 😉

 

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Amy Lorraine is a Lifestyle Photographer, Blogger and Creative who specializes in Senior Photography in Southern Maryland and surrounding areas including but not limited to Calvert County, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and St Mary’s County.

Some days are better than others. Some times I’m 100% on schedule, and on top of everything, super productive and in the zone. Other days something goes wrong and throws me off my game and then I stress out. Life really loves to throw curve balls and I feel like I’m playing a game of Big Brother, where I have to expect the unexpected.

10 Ways To De-stress | www.amylorraine.com

Here are my 10 favorite ways to de-stress and get me back in my happy place. I know from experience that when I’m less stressed, I am more productive. So even when I  have a lot going on taking time to de-stress needs to be a priority and I hope you make it one for yourself!

1. Netflix

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This is my go to for de-stress and relaxation. I recently just watched the entire series of White Collar! I love to just veg out sometimes and the only downside.. Netflix asking if I’m still watching like it’s subtly judging me..

2. Flowers

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If you’re a lover of pretty things, get yourself a beautiful bouquet and spruce up your home! They always cheer me up, smell pretty and make for some great visual eye candy! Also science has proven that humans are less depressed and anxious when they have some vegetation around! #WinWin

3. Nap

 

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Do I need to elaborate? I don’t think so.. but I will. I am a nap advocate. It might be because I don’t have a regular 9-5 and my schedule is a bit more flexible but when I feel the need.. I nap, wake up, and feel better.

4. Art

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I have recently made the decision to make “me time”. I am a serious introvert and while I’m alone a lot, I don’t seem to make the time to unplug and get artsy. I ordered a watercolor sketchbook, Zentangle and a few adult coloring books to get me back in the zone. And I can not wait for fall so I can get out and take some nature photographs!

5. Essential Oils

10 Ways To Destress | www.amylorraine.com

No secret that I love my essential oils and I love them in the diffuser and rolled on. Stress away is always on stock, along with Lavender and my newer favorite, Tranquil.

6. Cry

10 Ways To Destress | www.amylorraine.com

Sometimes you just gotta do it.Knock out this with a sad sappy movie from Netflix? I’m not a very emotional person myself but if you feel like you gotta cry, then cry it out! Then let it go, pick yourself up and move on!

7. See The Light

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Open up your windows and get that natural light in when you’re at home. If you can get outside for a while, do it! Explore somewhere new, or find something new in a familiar location. Watch the sunrise or see the sunset. Soak it in and actual enjoy it. Life is better when you smell that fresh air.

8. Read

10 Ways To Destress | www.amylorraine.com

There is something so relaxing to me about reading and it tends to put me to sleep if I read in bed. So it’s the last thing I do every night before I go to bed.

9. Workout

10 Ways To Destress | www.amylorraine.com

Yes… I said it. Working out can relieve so much stress. And while it’s great to lift weights and hit cardio hard, sometimes all you can do is take a walk. I get outside a lot more now that I have Bruce and I enjoy taking him for walks and running around outside with him. (Plus playing with cute puppies is a major de-stress-er)

10. Girls Night

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Make a date with your best girlfriends and do something fun. Laugh, talk, be weird and let go of all that stress.

 

Do you have any other suggestions for ways you de-stress?! I’d love to hear them in the comment section!

 

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Amy Lorraine is a Lifestyle Blogger, Photographer and DIY Enthusiast who specializes in Senior Photography in Southern Maryland and surrounding areas including but not limited to Calvert County, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and St Mary’s County.

Since I shared what’s in my camera bag last week I figured I would share my office space. Everyone likes a good behind the scene post.. at least, I know I do! For a while now I have been diving into blogging both as a creative outlet and a means for my business. I shared a post of my desk a while ago on facebook and was asked for an “office tour”.. which happens to be in my bedroom. So here it is!

Office Tour: Blogging From My Bedroom | www.amylorraine.com

One day I will have a home with a separate office but for now, I converted one of my closets into my built in office. This was a big deal for me, as I am a former clothing hoarder. I downsized on so much stuff after reading Marie Kondo’s book. I actually got rid of my vanity so my desk also doubles as that as well. Luckily for me my dad is pretty awesome with some powertools so we were able to get the pieces from Home Depot and he made the built in desk and hung up the shelves!

Office Tour: Blogging From My Bedroom | www.amylorraine.com

I think it’s important to surround yourself with inspiration and pretty things because it can’t be all about business! I have four quotes framed and hanging above my computer that inspire me on the daily.

Office Tour: Blogging From My Bedroom | www.amylorraine.com

“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life” – from Inkspot Workshop

“I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection” – from Emily Ley 

“Good things come to those who hustle” – Custom from Inkspot Workshop

“Follow your arrow” – Custom from Inkspot Workshop

I made sure I had some space for my aria diffuser and a vanity area and got these containers from The container store and love them. Whenever I’m doing work I always have this diffuser using some energy and focus blends! Plus it makes everything smell better!

Office Tour: Blogging From My Bedroom | www.amylorraine.com

When I first started blogging and editing I would do so from my bed. And I’m not going to lie, I still do love to lounge and get work done at the same time. But I’ve found that having more of a routine is actually really helpful in staying productive. And I’ve learned that having a system in place to keep up with work and play is necessary when you have a puppy! I have set blocks of time to sit at my computer and do work while Bruce sleeps next to me and time to walk away so I can play!

Office Tour: Blogging From My Bedroom | www.amylorraine.com

Now I need to know what inspires you in your work place? Leave a comment below!

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Amy Lorraine is a Lifestyle Blogger, Photographer and DIY Enthusiast who specializes in Senior Photography in Southern Maryland and surrounding areas including but not limited to Calvert County, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and St Mary’s County.

  • Haleigh Pannell - I love the framed quotes! I’m the same way – I have to keep my work separated from my bedroom/relaxing areas. So I put my office desk in a completely different room. Although I don’t take up that much space when I work, so now I have a room that I only use half of lol.
    I diffuse with my dewdrop next to my desk to stay inspired and focused, and when I edit I like to play music (with no lyrics) in the background.ReplyCancel

Sunday Style | What To Wear | August Edition | Back To School Outfit | www.amylorraine.com
Fall is approaching quickly and I couldn’t be more excited! Back to School shopping was always the start of the end of summer, and the beginning of Fall, which is my favorite season! The one thing I miss about going back to school is being able to pick out the first day outfit and buy new school supplies. It was always my favorite because I would promise myself all my new cute school stuff would keep me organized and on top of things. It never really helped but buying all the cute new things was still fun for me! I really love this look because it’s not too dressy but it is a step up from a classic jeans and a t shirt!
I’d love to hear your favorite outfit or thing to do to get ready for going back to school?

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Amy Lorraine is a Lifestyle Blogger, Photographer and DIY Enthusiast who specializes in Senior Photography in Southern Maryland and surrounding areas including but not limited to Calvert County, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and St Mary’s County.

Kelly Moore 2 Sues Bag |What

I always have a purse with me, but I’m not a handbag obsessed girl. I have a staple purse and my camera bag… and that’s it. I get a lot of compliments on my camera bag and I’m so glad I found my fit! I thought I would share with you guys not only what camera bag I use, but also, a peek into what’s actually inside of my bag!

What

➳ Camera Bag – Kelly Moore | 2 Sues
➳ Camera – Canon 5D Mark III
➳ Lenses – Sigma 50mm F 1.4
.                Sigma 105mm F 2.8
.                Canon 24mm F 2.8
➳ Reflector – 5-in-1 Neewer 43 inch
➳ Camera Strap – Nicole Berlowski Etsy
➳ Chapstick [always, always, always gotta have chapstick]
➳ SD Cards
➳ CF Cards
➳ Extra Battery
➳ Charger
➳ Lens Cleaner
➳ My Biz Cards
➳ My ID
➳ My Credit Card
➳ My iPhone
Bug Spray
Thieves Spray [to keep those germs away]

What

I really love this bag because it’s versatile. I can take out the insert and use it as a purse when I don’t need to carry all my lenses. But it seriously has #ALLOFTHEPOCKETS!

What

Kelly Moore 2 Sues Bag

This bag is also great for traveling! I can fit my camera with lens, extra lens, MacBook/iPad and all the cords, chargers and accessories with ease. Check out this video Kelly put together about the 2 Sues bag! AND best of all The 2 Sues is one of EIGHT bags on sale. *Sale ends 08.23.15 or while supplies last.*

I do think it would be nice to get a second camera bag, maybe one with a pop of color? Leave a comment below with what kind of bag your using or what color I should get! I need inspiration!

 xoxo, Amy | blog signature | www.amylorraine.com

Amy Lorraine is a Lifestyle Photographer, Blogger and Creative who specializes in Senior Photography in Southern Maryland and surrounding areas including but not limited to Calvert County, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and St Mary’s County.

Part of my goal to be healthier and vegan is to move to using animal cruelty free products. And while I’d love to toss everything and start over, it’s going to be a process. So when I was looking into new beauty products, I came across Petit Vour. A vegan and animal cruelty free beauty subscription box you can send right to your door that’s only $15!

Petit Vour Review | Vegan + Animal Cruelty Free Beauty Subscription Box | www.amylorraine.com

This month included Luxe de Mer Skincare face cleanser, Nubian Heritage Mango Butter, Routine de-odor cream, and Aila nail lacquer. Petit Vour Review | Vegan + Animal Cruelty Free Beauty Subscription Box | www.amylorraine.com

Clay formula makes this a vegan product because there is no beeswax! I got to try out Sexy Sadie, the original signature routine scent, a favorite of long time routine-ers with a balance of sexy, sweet, earthy and spicy. Notes of ylang ylang, patchouli, sweet orange, cinnamon and vanilla. Personally the scent is a little to earthly for my taste but I did like using this natural deodorant. It was a nice change from my DIY version and I think it would be the perfect deodorant if I tried out a new smell!

Petit Vour Review | Vegan + Animal Cruelty Free Beauty Subscription Box | www.amylorraine.com

These nail polishes are vegan, gluten free, paraben free, and 5 Free, which means they’re made without Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehye, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor! The polish is chip-resistant, shiny and long lasting. According to Aila’s website this color, the story behind Doolish: “Dating is never simple.  Dating when you have children is downright scary.  Doolish is Cary’s boyfriend’s nickname for his daughter.  We love it.  We also know that, for her boyfriend’s daughter, having an extra adult in her life is tough and it’s not easy letting anyone in.  Through divorce we’ve learned that letting go and embracing love is always the right choice.  This warm coral color represents the love and kindness it takes to let new people in your life.” I love the color, it’s coral-y enough to wear in the summer but orange-y enough to wear into the fall!

Petit Vour Review | Vegan + Animal Cruelty Free Beauty Subscription Box | www.amylorraine.com

I just want to cover my body in Mango Butter. It. Smells. Heavenly! My only negative is that it’s not as easy to spread as traditional body butters, but I think I’m going to whip it together with some coconut oil to make it even better!

This body butter from Nubian Heratige includes 100% Organic Shea and Mango Butters infused with Vitamin A, C and E help to condition and give skin a firmer appearance. This nutrient-rich Mango and Shea Butter combination rejuvenates and moisturizes the skin without clogging pores or drying the skin’s natural oils in this total body balm.

Petit Vour Review | Vegan + Animal Cruelty Free Beauty Subscription Box | www.amylorraine.com

First things first, I love the packaging for Luxe de Mer. But I also am a fan of this cleanser too! It won’t replace my own essential oil cleaning routine but it’s a nice morning cleanser to start my day fresh! It includes a blend of rosewater, glycerine and essential oils to make it the perfect cleanser for all skin types. Glycerine helps maintain the skin’s homeostasis by regulating the water balance in the intercellular matrix, thus causing your skin to stay hydrated and supple. Rosewater increases blood circulation when applied to your face which reduces the appearance of thread veins, scars and sunburns. Our blend of essential oils offer the perfect balance of anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. A real dream!

Petit Vour Review | Vegan + Animal Cruelty Free Beauty Subscription Box | www.amylorraine.com

Have you tried Petit Vour? Do you have any favorite Vegan and Animal Cruelty companies or products? Let me know in the comments!

 xoxo, Amy | blog signature | www.amylorraine.com

Amy Lorraine is a Lifestyle Photographer, Blogger and Creative who specializes in Senior Photography in Southern Maryland and surrounding areas including but not limited to Calvert County, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and St Mary’s County.

1.  When you’re 26 and sick so bad you can barely eat, these will be your friend. SO happy to be back into the swing of things and feeling 100%.
Apple Sauce Sickness | Five On Friday | August 6th, 2015 | www.amylorraine.com

2. It’s no secret I’m a fan of essential oils.. but I’m also signed up for their Essential Rewards program and I got these fo free. Nothing I like more than free things delivered right to my door! #WINNING

Freebies on Essential Rewards | Five On Friday | August 6th, 2015 | www.amylorraine.com

3.  Have you heard of Rocksbox? This jewelry company sends you 3 pieces at a time to try. Wear those pieces as long or as little as you’d like and then mail back with the prepaid return label once your done. The stylists at Rocksbox start to put together 3 new pieces as soon as your return tracking number is scanned! You can use the code AMYHOHLXOXO for a free month!

Rocksbox.com Coupon Code | Five On Friday | August 6th, 2015 | www.amylorraine.com

4. I didn’t purchase Katy Hearn‘s summer challenge but I love scrolling through the #khsummerchallenge tag on instagram because when women support each other, incredible things happen.

When women support each other incredible things happen | Five On Friday | August 6th, 2015 | www.amylorraine.com

5. If you want to drink your veggies you’ll want to add in some fruit to make it take good. My current favorite is to put pineapple in with kale and spinach! Do you have any suggestions for me? I’d love to hear them in the comments below! Pineapple Kale Juice Five On Friday | August 6th, 2015 | www.amylorraine.com

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram to stay up to date! And if you want the latest and greatest from Bruce, you can follow him too! 😉

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Amy Lorraine is a Lifestyle Photographer, Blogger and Creative who specializes in Senior Photography in Southern Maryland and surrounding areas including but not limited to Calvert County, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and St Mary’s County.

  • Haleigh Pannell - I keep on hearing about Rocksbox and meaning to try it! Also, I’m with you on ER. Gotta love it!ReplyCancel

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Amy Lorraine is a Blogger, Photographer and DIY Enthusiast who specializes in Senior Photography in Southern Maryland and surrounding areas including but not limited to Calvert County, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and St Mary’s County.

 

1.  Your vibe attracts your tribe. So make sure its a good one! It’s awesome put out positive vibes and see that all the Negative Nancy’s eventually fade.
#AintNobodyGotTimeForDat
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2. If you haven’t seen Trainwreck you need to. This is not a suggestion its a requirement. Amy Schumer is hi-lar-ious and this movie had laughter from the very beginning all the way to the end. I knew to expect laughs but it had a really good plot as well! I was pleasantly surprised!
Trainwreck Movie | www.amylorraine.com

And make sure you check out the Suffragette trailer, which looks really good! It came on before Trainwreck and I’m also in love with the version of Landslide that’s in the clip!

3.  Fallon/Timerlake 2016. They’re basically my friendship goals. You can get this shirt here and support a good cause.Jimmy Fallon Justin Timberlake 2016 |  www.amylorraine.com

4. Do this for yo’ self. Hot water + epsom salt + baking soda + essential oils (peppermint and lavender are my two favs) + 20 minutes = heavenly foot soak. ❤️

Also why am I so pale and it’s the end of July?Peppermint & Lavender Essential Oil Foot Soak | www.amylorraine.com

5. If you saw this post you know Bruce is growing up. But in case you needed more proof… He’s starting to lose his baby teeth.

Bruce lost teeth | 4 month old corgi | www.amylorraine.com

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram to stay up to date! And if you want the latest and greatest from Bruce, you can follow him too! 😉

 xoxo, Amy | blog signature | www.amylorraine.com

Amy Lorraine is a Lifestyle Photographer, Blogger and Creative who specializes in Senior Photography in Southern Maryland and surrounding areas including but not limited to Calvert County, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and St Mary’s County.

If you’ve seen me in person over the past two months chances are you’ve heard me talk about this book, The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up.

How Life Changing Can Tidying Really Be? | The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up | www.amylorraine.com

I find cleaning and getting rid of things to be a bit therapeutic.. but I’m an artist, and I’ve always lived my life in “organized chaos”. Things are usually all over the place, but I know where it is. Like the last time I saw that paper I needed was in the stack of piles on the floor in the corner… etc. But I don’t WANT to be that girl. I would love to be super organized and never have to spend the entire day cleaning my room.  I had read lots about cleaning and organizing and most of the stuff never stuck.. until I read,The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up.
How Life Changing Can Tidying Really Be? | The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up | www.amylorraine.com
I first heard about it through a few different blogs and I saw it on Pinterest but I always thought, what’s this book going to teach me that I don’t already know. But I was wrong. Very, very wrong. I made my mom read it and she was able to purge 11 trash bags full of clothes. And coming from a woman who is a borderline hoarder very sentimental keeper of things and is not someone who has lots and lots of clothes.. THIS WAS A BIG DEAL.  We learned a lot from Marie Kondo and loved it. It has helped change my outlook on shopping, organizing and even life in general. If you are the slightest bit of a hoarder or wanting to be more organized, you need this book in your life.

How Life Changing Can Tidying Really Be? | The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up | www.amylorraine.com
Step One: Buy the book. You can get it from your local library but chances are there is a wait list. And for less than $11, you need it now! Skip Starbucks this week and get yourself organized!

Step Two: Read the entire book and take notes/bookmark if you want! This is a process and it won’t happen overnight. There are also somethings I think most people will not agree with, but trust me when I say.. just keep reading.

Step Three: DO IT. Like really, do it. There are some things I didn’t agree with or wasn’t planning on doing but for the most part I followed Marie’s advice on everything and have noticed a difference. I think if you’re not sure about something just try it. If you don’t like it you can do it your way but give it a shot first.

Step Four: DO IT. Finish the process. Don’t stop after you do your clothes. Make time for it because you want to live the life you’ve always wanted. There is no stopping you now!

 xoxo, Amy | blog signature | www.amylorraine.com

Amy Lorraine is a Lifestyle Photographer, Blogger and Creative who specializes in Senior Photography in Southern Maryland and surrounding areas including but not limited to Calvert County, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and St Mary’s County.

Diffusing is one of my favorite ways to use essential oils. I used to be the girl who had candles burning all the time because I love the smell.. but that toxic extra expense has been replaced with these!

Three ways to enjoy essential oils aromatically:

One. Use the diffuser! It disperses into the air in a micro-fine vapor. My favorite way because it does not heat the oils and you’ll get the full benefits!

Two: Inhale! Simply open the bottle and sniff. You can also put the drop into your palms and cup you hands below your nose to smell!

Three. Steam! If you don’t have a diffuser you can add hot water to a bowl with a few drops of essential oils, then cover your head with a towel to create that tent like steam and breathe deeply!

15 Diffuser Combos You Need To Try | Essential Oil Combos | www.amylorraine.com

Since last week I shared my obsession with my Aria Diffuser I figured I would share with you my top 15 diffuser combos to try! They can be used for so many different moods and benefits plus the smells are amazing to fill the room!

15 Diffuser Combos You Need To Try | Essential Oil Combos | www.amylorraine.com

1. Peppermint, Lemon, and Lavender
[Season change essential! ☔️]

2. Thieves and Orange
[Current obsession! ]

3. Citrus Fresh and Purification
[So fresh. So clean. ]

4. Stress Away and Lime
[Uplift and unwind ]

5. Cedarwood, Lavender, Peace and Calming
[Relaxation ]

6. Lemon, Valor and Frankincense
[Blues Buster ]

7. RC, Thieves and Lemon
[Goodbyeeee ick. ]

8. Motivation, Joy and Lemon
[Get it done!]

9. Grapefruit and Peppermint
[Energizer ]

10. Lavender and Joy
[Happy Day ]

11. Cinnamon Bark and Orange
[Fall favorite! ]

12. DiGize and Peppermint
[Digestive system booster]

13. Stress Away and Valor
[Inner Elsa… ❄️ LET IT GOOOOOOO]

14. Lavender, Stress Away and Cedarwood
[Dream Team ]

15. Cinnamon Bark, Pine, and Thieves
[Christmas in a bottle! ]

 xoxo, Amy | blog signature | www.amylorraine.com

Amy Lorraine is a Lifestyle Photographer, Blogger and Creative who specializes in Senior Photography in Southern Maryland and surrounding areas including but not limited to Calvert County, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and St Mary’s County.