Photography|McCaghren Family Photos

McCaghren Family Photos

McCaghren Family Photos

McCaghren Family Photos

McCaghren Family Photos

McCaghren Family Photos

McCaghren Family Photos

McCaghren Family Photos

McCaghren Family Photos

McCaghren Family Photos

You can see more images from their session at m.newsom photography blog.
I love photography. I was liked it a bit in highschool, started stalking it a bit more in college, really starting to fall for it in my later years of college and after.
Now I’m head over hills for this art form.
I always feel like there is so much to learn. I’m a bit of a perfectionist (ask anyone who knows me well) when it comes to my art..sports..grades..well, anything really.
 I’m the hardest on myself, and have a hard time not comparing things I produce to what others are doing.
It’s a weight I carry too heavily instead of allowing myself to grow in my art naturally, I judge myself against the best of the best. People who have been doing this for YEARS and Decades.
I’m learning to give myself grace in this. And appreciate where I am NOW, and see where God has sharpened this craft from where I came from.
I love where God is taking my gift for photography. I pray he continues to grow it and use me to capture the beauty He has created in His children.
And as I fall more in love with photography, I fall more in love with the people I work with. I see their beauty, and not their flaws. To me, their flaws and imperfections are what makes them beautiful.

How To Tuesday:: Detoxification Baths

Bathing for detoxification has been around since before the Roman empire.
But these days, our schedules often keep us too busy to take the time to allow nature to work on our bodies by taking the time to take one of these simple baths.
Part of my detoxification regimen this year has been to take a bath every other day. Most of the time I take an apple cider vinegar bath with epsom salts, or a high grade hydrogen peroxide bath.
It is important to do some Body Brushing to activate your lymph system, and open up pores in your skin to allow for maximum detoxification.
You may experience flu-like symptoms during the detoxification because your body is ridding itself of poisons. You can get some relief from these symptoms by taking baths using epsom salts (1 to 2 cups) and baking soda (1 cup) in a tub of water and soaking for 20 minutes (soaking for more than 20 minutes may cause you to get too exhausted). On off days, you can put 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in the tub and soak.
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This is used when the body is too acidic. This is a quick way of restoring the acid-alkaline balance. 1 cup to 2 quarts of 100% apple cider vinegar to a bathtub of warm water. Soak 40 to 45 minutes. This is excellent for excess uric acid in the body and especially for the joints, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, and gout.
Often times this bath makes my heart race quickly while I’m bathing and after. If this happens to you, decrease the amount of vinegar you put into the bath until your body can work up to 2 quarts.
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Place 2 tea bags, or 1 cup chamomile in a hot bathtub. Soak for at least 20 minutes. This will break any fever quickly. Women who suffer from yeast infections will also benefit from a chamomile bath.
epsomsalts
Epsom salt baths are most likely the most universally known way to detoxify your body through baths. Add 2 cups epsom salts to hot water and soak for at least 20 minutes. Epsom can be added to any type of bath, and work well with vinegar baths. They are good for relieving muscle cramps, helping women who experience endometriosis or painful periods because of the high levels of magnesium, they help muscles and nerves function properly, makes insulin more effective, helps loosen up hardening arteries, relieves constipation and helps to detoxify the body from heavy metal poisoning. More information on epsom salts here.
Do you ever take detoxification baths? I’d love to hear some of the ingredients you use!

Menu Mondays:: Thanksgiving

For this week’s menu, I thought it may be helpful to direct you all to some great thanksgiving recipes I’ve gathered from around the web. If you are visiting family and having other cook for you, it might be helpful if you direct them to this page, OR if you gather up some helpful recipes for them to follow.
Make sure you gracefully tell your family and friends about cooking gluten-free.
Educate them on cross-contamination.
Educate them on what gluten free is.
Show them how you cook in your kitchen, and help them clean their kitchen to make sure everyone is on the same page!
Thanksgiving is such a special day, such a special season.. the last thing you want is to be sick when you are with your family and friends.
gluten free thanksgiving
1.Gluten Free Tomato Bisque
2.Perfect Gluten Free Stuffing Recipes
3.Sauteed Cauliflower and Fennel
4.Chai Spiced Pumpkin Pear Bake
5.Apple Cinnamon Cake
6.Butternut Squash with Raisins
Another great resource for Thanksgiving recipes is Gluten Free Girl’s Holiday Recipe Page. Most of her recipes aren’t dairy free, but they can easily be adjusted.
I’d love to hear some of the foods you are planning to make for the holiday. Are you spending the holiday as the cook? Do you visit family? Friends?

Lately This Week::Branding

Lately This Week::Branding

I am tickled pink, overjoyed, happy, giddy, and excited to “officially” announce the brand in front of my photography business!! Isn’t it just lovely?! I find myself opening up my file just to look at these lovely images. I’m such a sucker for beauty.

Sweet Bonnie Christine of Going Home To Roost designed these for me based off of my Branding Board. She helped me make good decisions, and was patient with me.. always exceeding my expectations.

She is the creative genius behind The Roost Tribe! If your in the market for some brand identity and have similar aesthetic, I know she’d love to work with you too!

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve also freshened up the look of eat.live.make to match the aesthetic, so that everything is cohesive. Thank you for being patient with me as I played around with what looks I liked best. I think this current look is here to stay for a while!! It’s going to be a bright and cheerful design for the cold months we have ahead of us this winter.

I’m off to do some Christmas shopping (already listening to Christmas music here!! It’s just my favorite) this morning while the hubby is away, Happy Saturday friends!!

Gluten Free Fridays #13

Welcome all to the gluten free fridays link up party! SO glad you are here!
If this is your first week here, welcome.
Please take a minute to check out the gluten free friday rules, and also to get to know our hosts!
Gluten Free Fridays
We have so many talented cooks link up this week, get to know some of them! Try to visit at least two other blogs that are featured on the link up to help this community grow.. it’s all about building relationships and helping each other out on this journey.
I’ve been a sick little chick this week, so haven’t had a chance to put together a beautiful little collage of all of my favorite links from the last week. I do hope you can forgive me.
But I have visited all of your sites and recipes, and they are all FABULOUS!
Congratulations to #26 Beard and Bonnett for winning the Domata Flour Giveaway!! She linked up a GREAT recipe this week:
Cannellini and Pesto Patties on Gluten Free Focaccia with Caramelized Onionsand Sun Dried Tomato Cashew Cream
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B&W; Wedding Frames

B&W; Wedding Frames

B&W; Wedding Frames

B&W; Wedding Frames

B&W; Wedding Frames

B&W; Wedding Frames

B&W; Wedding Frames

B&W; Wedding Frames

Some frames from the wedding I had the opportunity of second shooting for earlier this month.
It was a beautiful fall day in the south, perfect for an outside wedding.
I really loved shooting this more than I anticipated.
When I first started this business I told David there was no way I wanted to shoot weddings.. too much pressure and responsibility.
But being here, being a part of a family I’d never met and seeing the love between these two was so beautiful.
Yes, it’s stressful.. and yes, it’s hard work.. but it is worth it.
I really loved it so much more than i could have imagined.
You can see more of the photos at m.newsom photography blog

New Phones and Happenings Around Here

New Phones and Happenings Around Here

New Phones and Happenings Around Here

New Phones and Happenings Around Here

New Phones and Happenings Around Here

New Phones and Happenings Around Here

New Phones and Happenings Around Here

(for all of you perfectionists out there, I apologize for the center frames not lining up!)
Guys, we finally got our phone upgrade!!! We are a happy couple. Finally my phone doesn’t just turn off, or ring when it’s on silent! The iphone 4 is leaps and bounds above the iphone 3G we previously had.. and they were free! well, .99 cent free.
Along with the new phones, I finally was able to get the VSCO cam app I’d been wanting ever since I started using their presets for my photography work. Be on the lookout for a lot more instagram photos from me. I seem to be a bit addicted to taking photos of dakota the past few days.
ANNDD I FINALLY GOT TWITTER!!! a huge thanks goes to my little sister for helping me understand it a bit better. I’m still at a learning curve, but would love for you to follow me @eatlivemake. You’ll be the FIRST to know of great giveaways and posts that will be going up on the blog.
Speaking of giveaways, I’ve got SO MANY great giveaways that will be coming up later this month and into December. Perfect for the Holidays! You guys are going to LOVE all of the handmade shops and blogs that are going to be featured, I know I do.
I’ve been sick for about a month, so this past weekend I spent time in bed (3rd weekend in a row) trying to get better. But BEFORE I was ordered to bed, I went to Decatur to take some GREAT photos of  a GREAT family at the park.. I’ll be sharing some of those in the days to come.

would you guys be interested in more photography tutorials and postings and tips on the blog?

What do you do when you get sick? The past several weekends David and I have watched way too many episodes of MONK on netflix. It’s our guilty pleasure. He’s also been such a great guy to cook for me and take care of me when I’m not doing well. Do you see the awesome cinnamon rolls, and pizza he made for  us this weekend? If your interested in the recipe, I may post it soon.
To see more photos and happenings in our home follow me on instagram @ megnewsom!

How To Tuesday::Cinnamon Streusel Gluten Fee Coffee Cake

How To Tuesday::Cinnamon Streusel Gluten Fee Coffee Cake

How To Tuesday::Cinnamon Streusel Gluten Fee Coffee Cake

How To Tuesday::Cinnamon Streusel Gluten Fee Coffee Cake

How To Tuesday::Cinnamon Streusel Gluten Fee Coffee Cake

How To Tuesday::Cinnamon Streusel Gluten Fee Coffee Cake

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We made it this past weekend on a lazy Monday morning. You really cannot tell that it is gluten free and vegan, to me it tastes just like a normal coffee cake!
And I thought coffee cake meant that the cake HAD coffee in it. False. It means you eat it WITH coffee. I’m sure all of you knew that, but it was news to me!
We used the recipe from Betty Crocker, using their gluten free biscuit mix. 
Substitute flax eggs for the eggs called for in the recipe.
Head on over to BettyCrocker.com to find this great recipe!

The Daily Grind

These photos don’t have anything to do with this post, but I think that they are a lot of fun, and hopefully they’ll bring a smile to your face today.

The Daily Grind

We have found that our little Dakota dog is quite the talented jumper!

The Daily Grind

The Daily Grind

The Daily Grind

The Daily Grind

The Daily Grind

The Daily Grind

The Daily Grind

Are there times when you feel overwhelmed at the task ahead of you (and behind you)? When it seems like no matter what, the fire will overcome you and there is no way out of the heat?

I am tired. I am sick. And lately have been feeling so overwhelmed with the years of intense work ahead of me as we put David through nursing school.

Going from working 10 hours a week to a full 40+ hours a week is wearing my body down. And I can see the crash looming. Every night I come home from work too exhausted to cook, to exhausted to make dinner for us, and too tired to clean. My body is exhausted, and my spirit is exhausted. The weekends have become a time of lots of sleep and lots of rest to prepare for the week ahead.

One afternoon this past week on my lunch break my heart was heavy and sad. I asked the Lord to provide scripture that would encourage me and help me to see what He is doing.

I opened my Bible, and was directed to the passage of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Daniel. I’ll be honest I was hoping for something along the lines of a good Psalm to lift my spirits (do you ever do that when you start reading scripture?.. Oh lord, please do not direct me to the book of Numbers! ha). But God, in His wisdom, had something else in mind.

I read, and re-read the story of the angel appearing in the HOT HOT furnace with these 3 brave men of God. Closing my Bible I knew this was exactly what I needed. God did not abandon these guys. He did not let the flame burn them. And He will not (and has not) let the flame burn me. He is doing a good work, and will deliver me from the furnace.. and I pray that while I am in this fire..and feel like I have been walking through this fire for so long now…others will see Him standing beside me and recognize His glory.

So, over the past several days when I feel too tired to keep trucking, I remember this. I remember the way He brought a Nation to recognize His Glory through 3 brave men. I remember how God has promised that He will not abandon us. I remember that He rescued Shadrach, Meshach and Abedengo from the flames. And I hope you can remember it as well. That He won’t, and He hasn’t abandoned you. And He is able to deliver.

I read this article from Relevant Magazine about the spiritual importance of space. It’s pretty great, and I think it’d be a good read for any of you who can relate to how I’m feeling.

” For the LORD will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in it; Thanksgiving and the voice of melody”. – Isaiah 51:3

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**As I am trying to do things to help my body heal, and to help put David through nursing school, I would love if you could help spread the word about my photography business! I am offering a discounted session to those of you who take the time to spread the word about m.newsom photography!! It is a dream of mine to travel  photograph weddings, so you guys definately don’t have to live in the south.. I’d love to be able to travel to wherever you are!  E mail me (megnewsom @ gmail dot com)  if you’d like to help out, and I can send some information your way:) Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!**