PicMonkey Tutorial

YAY IT’S FRIDAY I AM SO EXCITED THAT THIS WEEK IS OVER!!!!!!!!!

Anyone else?!? This was a LOOOOOONG week for me, most of it just stress I put on myself, but nevertheless I am so excited that it’s over. I’ve still got a ton of work to do this weekend, but I’m less anxious. And I have 2 classes between me and my freakishly early flight on Wednesday morning! Well, it was going to be freakishly early but my mom would have still been in bed when my plane landed in KC…

Anyhoo, I did have one highlight in the middle of my week: A blogger meet-up at Bountiful Eatery! I went here once before with Chelsey and Tina, and then another time with Lindsay!

The owner offered to host a blogger meet-up, giving us a discount, so of course I said yes! I was so excited when 10 girls RSVP’d yes to the event, it was so nice to see everyone! Haha I was a bit out of it mentally (thinking about my presentation and how I was going to fit in everything yesterday morning) but they cheered me right up!

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For dinner I ordered their bison pita, which came with two sides. I chose the quinoa side salad and then a greens side salad with Chipotle lime dressing.

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I still can’t get over how amazing this pita bread is. Seriously. Try it if you live in Chicago. The burger was a little well-done for my taste (and a little big for the bun!) but then again I didn’t specify when I ordered, I’ll have to remember that next time.

The owner also brought out a few desserts on the house, which was so nice of him! Tofutti Raspberry Bars and Loaded Brownies. While I was snapping my picture I managed to catch Kelsey, the ninja photographer, in the act! I call her this now (as of right now) because whenever I go on her blog I find new candids that I never knew she took… you’re welcome Kelsey, I know you wanted a nickname.

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I was editing my photos for the meet-up and realized this was a great opportunity to talk about what I do to some of my pictures. I actually rarely edit, although I really should, because I’m kind of lazy. But it really does help. What do I use?

PicMonkey. I love picmonkey. If you’ve seen my weekly workout posts, that’s how I make them, with PicMonkey!

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I wanted to do this because I think some people are intimidated by the site. I remember Annette saying she just didn’t get it! I’m sure many people feel the same, or don’t have the free time like I do to mess around with it…

So, you saw the first picture in my post right? Well I edited that with PicMonkey as a demonstration. Here’s the before:

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After:

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So how do I do it?

Well first, there are several sections in PicMonkey, along the left side. Each icon you click on gives you different ways to edit your image:

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Well just go to PicMonkey and upload a picture from your computer. Then the first thing I always try is the Auto Adjust. Just click it.

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Sometimes it’s perfect and I’m done! Sometimes it’s too bright and white. Like with this picture. So then I clicked exposure and adjusted it so it wasn’t as bright.

Then, I clicked on the beaker icon, which is effects, and I choose boost. You might click this and go: WOAH! Too much! You can then adjust the amount of the affect on the left:

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These affects can be pretty artsy, it’s fun to play around with them.

Then I felt like the image was a bit blurry, so I went back to basic edits and chose sharpen, which I also hand-adjusted.

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Finally, I didn’t like how bright the lights were at the top, they were distracting once I’d boosted the image. So I cropped them out, also under basic edits:

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And there you go! Here’s my food before and after as well:

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To add the text and the arrow on the picture of Ninja Photo Hands, I clicked the overlay icon and chose arrows, and then the text icon and chose my text. So simple!

Just play around with it and once you get the hang of it you can make tons of fun images, even just for no reason. Like this picture I sent to my friend last night confirming that we were going to make glitter tumbler glasses over the holiday:

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Do you use picmonkey, or another photo editor?

 

Any other tips or Q&As that you want to know? Ask away!

Bountiful Eatery

Hey everyone! How did your Monday go? I hope a good start to the week! My class was cancelled so I just had Girls On the Run practice and then a Kappa Delta alumnae event – Bingo night at Hamburger Mary’s! More on that another time…

Last week I was invited by Bountiful Eatery to come by and review their restaurant. Since Lindsay originally told me about the restaurant I had to invite her to come along and we went on Sunday afternoon!

Bountiful Eatery is a relatively new restaurant in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago and its menu “is sensitive to the often over-looked population of allergy sufferers, dieters, healthy eaters and workout enthusiasts and caters to their needs for fresh, healthy, delicious gluten free food.” I was so excited when I saw their menu because it featured sandwiches on both gluten free bread and pitas! Trust me, this is a rare find. All of the bakery items are from Rose’s Bakery, which is also local to Chicago.

They have grilled food, pitas, salads, soups and stews, and a kids menu (which I was assured was available to all ages when I commented that the grilled cheese sounded good). They also had a delicious looking breakfast menu and smoothies, along with a build your own smoothie option!

Lindsay and I each started out with a soup, hers a squash soup and mine the spinach soup. It. Was. Amazing. Seriously, this soup was soooo good!

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For lunch I ordered the Kale Veggie Pita. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo… So I borrowed this one from when Tina came to visit! (hers is a turkey avocado pita). You have an option of a side salad or chips.

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Photo stolen from Tina’s Recap

The pita is seriously out of this world. If you had given it to me without saying it was gluten free I would have never known. It was so light and fluffy!

We were also given a dessert to sample! I honestly cannot remember what this was called, but it was also from Rose’s Bakery and was some sort of tofu-cream with a  gluten free crus and raspberry filling. I know I’m not supposed to have soy, but I figured a couple bites wouldn’t kill me. I’m so glad I tasted it because it was AMAZING. I know, are you surprised? I was!

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I am a huge fan of Bountiful Eatery and so glad that it’s not too far of a walk from where I live. I’ll definitely be going back!

After eating we got to speak with the owner, Ed O’Brien for a little while. It was great to hear all the effort that he’s been putting into his restaurant and how he really wanted our feedback on how to improve things. He’s very open to new suggestions and it’s clear they make all the food fresh in the kitchen themselves. He also started his own blog, so it was fun to talk blog shop! If you live in Chicago, I’d definitely go back with you!

 

Have you ever had/seen gluten free breads in a restaurant?

Chicago locals – where’s your favorite healthy lunch spot?

Chicago Marathon Expo

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a great start to the week yesterday! Mine was pretty uneventful, I had breakfast with my parents before they headed out and then I basically hung around and did… nothing (aka blog reading and netflix watching) until Girls On The Run practice and then did… nothing after that! Haha, but I did walk to and from practice so I covered about 4 miles of walking. That might seem like a lot post-marathon but it really shook out my legs and made them a little less stiff.

Other than sore legs, I’m doing great! I know I gave you all a recap of the race yesterday, but I still wanted to share the rest of the weekend with you!

On Friday morning I headed to the expo and I was definitely overwhelmed, everything was huge! Haha. They did a nice job setting it all up.

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At the front they were playing video of the marathon, plus a video of the entire course. I’d seen it on youtube but it was 9 minutes long a little daunting… I had to watch it in 2 parts to keep from getting overwhelmed!

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The first thing I did was pick up my bib number, with my d-tag on the back (the tag you put on your shoe so they can time you). This was the most exciting part! At first the volunteer helping me seemed to have a lot of trouble finding my number… I freaked out a bit! But she found it and I was ready to go!

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After getting my number I headed to the back to get my race bag and t-shirt (they so cleverly place everything so you HAVE to walk through the expo… And then I made my way up and down all the aisles to see everything!

The Nike booth was pretty cool because they had a big wall of everyone’s name who had registered for the race! They were clearly a hug sponsor of the marathon because #OwnChicago (their slogan) was everywhere and their booth was about 20 times bigger than the others.

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Obviously I had to find my name! After fighting a few people off, I finally did! (p.s. that’s the cool way to spell Kathryn, just FYI)

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I even asked a stranger to take my picture again! That’s the thing I loved about the expo – everyone was taking pictures of themselves! Haha I didn’t feel like a crazy blogger!

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I also got my picture underneath the countdown sign! I couldn’t believe it at the time – less than 2 days!

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And then on the way out I bothered one more person for a final picture! I was so overwhelmed as I left – I was a part of something HUGE! And the expo definitely showed me that; just how many people were involved in this one event, including little old me!

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When I left the expo I decided to use their shuttle service since the L was almost a mile walk. They had school buses set up to take people to 3 different locations downtown. I hopped on one and before I knew it I was in the Gold Coast! It was very convenient. I transferred to a CTA bus and headed north to Bountiful Eatery to meet up with Chelsey and Tina for lunch!

Lindsay had sent me an article about the restaurant and since it was all gluten free, I had to check it out! We all got pita wraps and they were delicious! I’m definitely going back. It was also so great to meet Tina! I’ve been reading her blog forever and was so excited to spend some time with her while she was in town!

After that it was straight to Girls On the Run practice, dinner with my parents and then home to bed!

Saturday was pretty calm, as I’d hoped it would be! I went to the farmers market with my parents, had lunch with them as well as my Aunt Marty and her friend, and then spent the whole afternoon relaxing before dinner at Mia Francesca with my parents, my cousin Allie, who was also running, and her parents and finance. We love going to Mia Francesca because 1) Allie loves it and 2) they have gluten free pasta so obviously I love it!

I had such a wonderful time with my family in town (can’t you tell? I didn’t even think to take pictures!). I was so thankful that they came out to support me! Although it made me feel a little more pressure before they arrived, once they were there it was just all supportive! It meant so much to have them there to cheer me on!

 

Have you ever been to a big expo before?

Where is your favorite place to eat when you’re celebrating or you have people visiting? (Or you need to carbo load!?)