//Without A Category//

I moved!!

Hey everyone, so turns out i moved! My blogging plans have grown a great deal. And i am now using Squarespace as a host now. So please do me a huge favor, and go check it out. [the domain is not finished yet..trying to figure out how to move a wordpress one to suarespace. but hopefully in the future it will be maggiefarquhar.com]

Thank you so much for reading my posts and i hope to hear from you, on the new site!! :)


//My Life//, //Photography//

Photo shoot with my Besties

We had so much fun putting gobs of make up on and taking these pictures!! This group is seriously so cool. I mean we have Emily’s sound affects, Hannah’s deep thoughts, Maddy’s maturity, and My randomness. Its pretty awesome.

Before you enjoy the pictures, i want you to try and figure something out. We were wrecking our brains all night,but always came up with a reason it still wasn’t right.

So as some of you know i’m working on being more of a human BEING and not a human DOING. So one night i came up with a question for myself.. What can you BE but not DO? If you come up with anything please do comment:) Thanks!!

Now enjoy some silly pictures!

*Maddy isn’t pictured because shes not allowed to have pics of her on the internet,but shes still my bestie:)*

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//Raw//, //Scholarly Thoughts//, //Vegan Food//

Different Lifestyle Diets

The Different Lifestyle ‘Diets’

I happened to come across reasons to not be vegetarian, oddly enough. No worries, i’m not going to the dark side.. ;) And found later in the post,definitions of lifestyle diets i’d never heard of before! I was Psyched! Here are the Definitions according to: http://www.westonaprice.org/vegetarianism-and-plant-foods/not-to-go-vegetarian



The -Ism’s :


VEGETARIANISM: In its simplest form, the abstinence from all flesh foods—those foods which inherently require the taking of an animal’s life—in favor of plant foods. Without further qualifying terms, the term “vegetarian” does not specify whether or not a person might choose to eat animal products like milk and eggs, which do not inherently require the taking of an animal’s life.

LACTO-VEGETARIANISM: A vegetarian diet with the inclusion of milk and/or dairy products.

OVO-VEGETARIANISM: A vegetarian diet with the inclusion of eggs (usually eggs from chickens or other fowl, but presumably an ovo-vegetarian might also eat fish roe).

PESCO-VEGETARIANISM (a.k.a. pescetarianism): A vegetarian diet with the exception of consuming fish and/or seafood. This is often viewed by adherents as being a voluntary abstention from eating land animals. This diet is similar to (and often overlaps with) the popular version of the Mediterranean Diet.

POLLO-VEGETARIANISM (a.k.a. pollotarianism): A vegetarian diet with the exception of consuming chicken (and possibly other types of fowl). This is often viewed by adherents as being a voluntary abstention from red meats and from eating more highly-developed mammals such as cows, pigs, sheep, etc. NOTE: Many vegetarians do not feel that people who include seafoods or land fowl in their diets qualify as vegetarians at all. Indeed, many practicing pescetarians and pollotarians feel that their diet is a similar but entirely distinct dietary philosophy from vegetarianism. Some people prefer to use terms such as “semi-vegetarianism” or “flexitarianism” to refer to the primary (but not exclusive) practice of vegetarianism. ALSO NOTE: The above variants on vegetarianism may be combined in any way to describe an individual’s food choices. (e.g. lacto-ovo-vegetarianism, pollo-ovo-vegetarianism, etc.)

VEGANISM: The more extreme end of the scale of vegetarianism. A vegan (both “vee-gan” and “vay-gan” are accepted pronunciations) abstains from all animal foods, including any meats, fish, eggs or dairy. Some vegans, but not all of them, also abstain from honey and other bee products, as well as clothing and materials made from animal products (e.g. silk, leather, fur, etc.). Many vegans view their dietary choices as being just a part of veganism, which is more fully viewed as a way of life and a socio-political stance.

FREEGANISM: A subset of veganism which utilizes the same basic food choices but often lives out the socio-political aspects of veganism in an even more direct and radical way. Freegans seek to minimize or eliminate participation in the corporate food system by practices such as foraging for wild plant foods, community gardening, bartering for food instead of using money and dumpster diving (taking food that is still edible but past its expiration date out of supermarket, restaurant and bakery dumpsters). Dumpster diving especially is seen as a radical form of environmental stewardship—saving otherwise good food from going to a landfill. Getting food for free in this way also gives rise to the name—“free” plus “vegan” equals “freegan.”

MEAGANISM: A further subset of freeganism! A meagan would dispense with the strict adherence to a vegan diet when their dumpster diving provides them with usable meat or other animal foods. (“Meat” plus “vegan” equals “meagan.”) Some meagans argue that all foods produced by the dominant corporate model are ethically-tainted, meatless or otherwise. Following this line, there is no moral high ground to be had when eating salvaged food. Other meagans believe that it is disrespectful to the spirit of an animal to allow its flesh or other products to be wasted, so it is better to eat these items and honor the loss of their lives by keeping them in the food chain whenever possible.

FRUITARIANISM: A subset of veganism wherein neither animals nor plants** are allowed to be harmed or killed to feed human beings. This means that only the fruits of plants and trees are morally acceptable as human food, as these may be harvested without doing any harm to the plant. However, there is no strong consensus among fruitarians as to what exactly should constitute “fruit.” Botanically speaking, some common vegetables are actually classified as fruits (such as bell peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers), as are nuts and grains. Some fruitarians abide by the wider, botanical meaning of “fruit,” while others only eat the sweet, fleshy, more commonly-known fruits. Many fruitarians also include seeds in their diet, following the line of thought that anything that naturally falls from a plant (or would do so) is valid food.

LIQUIDARIANISM / JUICEARIANISM: A rarely-espoused dietary philosophy wherein adherents only consume liquids and fruit and vegetable juices. More often than not, such a program would only be undertaken for a limited period of time only for the purposes of a cleansing fast. However, a relatively small number of people have attempted to maintain such a regime over an indefinite period of time.

RAW FOODISM: While not necessarily falling under any of the above headings, many raw foodists base their food choices on some form of vegetarianism or veganism. A raw foodist consumes most or all of their foods in uncooked and unprocessed forms. (This may or may not include practices such as the soaking of nuts, seeds and grains.) While many raw foodists minimize or exclude animal products, some do consume raw meats, eggs and dairy products.

MACROBIOTICS: Again not necessarily falling under any vegetarian category, but many macrobiotic adherents have strong overlap with vegetarianism and veganism. The macrobiotic diet emphasizes eating foods that are grown locally and (to the extent possible) when they are actually in season, placing an emphasis on eating grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, fermented soy products and sometimes fish. Processed foods and animal products are typically excluded, as are vegetables of the nightshade family.

VEGANGELICAL: Extreme veganism, where eating habits have become a highly intolerant, proselytizing religion!


//My Life//, //Photography//

Arizona Trip







This past Sunday i was invited by my cousins to come fly home with them to Chandler, Arizona. So i flew out with them Monday night, and i’ll be returning home sometime this coming Monday. So far I had a blast. The flight was awesome. I haven’t flown since i was like five and went to Puerto Vallarta with my family. My favorite part about flying was going up. It has this thrill, of my head being pushed back against the head rest,from the speed of the plane.

One embarrassing thing though, as i haven’t gone through airport security in forever.. i almost got patted down because i went the wrong way. I had just put my shoes and purse in the box and didn’t see where Tracy and Lyric went, so i almost walked into the place where you get patted down(which was unnecessary for us, as we weren’t a threat.) So the security lady was like ‘no no no, THIS way, unless you want to get patted down.’ I was so embarrassed , i still haven’t gotten over it. But hey it was partially their fault, i mean there are no arrows or anything, it was totally unclear. And how was i supposed to know? I haven’t gone through an airport in a long time! Its not like they give you an instruction manual:/

Anyways, for the good part;) The grocery stores in Arizona are very inexpensive. Even health type stores,which would be super expensive in Chicago. For example, their fresh peanut butter at Sprouts was $3 for a container the same size as the$7 one from whole foods. Its insane. And i got a big container of dates for $3.50 when they would be at least $7 from Costco. I would move here just for the cheap food. But i love a lot of things about Arizona, not just the food. The heat isn’t to bad,because its not humid. Its only desert hot. At first when i got here, my eyes stung pretty bad. I thought it was sand or something blowing around, but i was told it was because my eyes had to adjust to the lack of humidity. The houses are just beautiful. They are all really unique and not cookie cuter like the subdivisions where i live. Where its so boring and obnoxious. Here they are not an eyesore, but a subject of my photos. I’d move here in a heartbeat.


Lyric(Cousin-my age) and I have been swimming like everyday. I think i got a pretty good tan. Though she was freaking me out, when we were swimming in the dark. She was joking about alligators, sharks, lizards, mermaids, fish and snakes being in the water. I of course got freaked out and jumped out of the pool..thus the reason i avoid swimming at night. That is unless i make her swear on garlic hummus[she loves that-and has me hooked on it now too].

We went shopping at the San Tan Outdoor Mall. We went to American Eagle, Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, Francesca’s etc.. I got a bunch of new clothes:) Which is always fun. I hope they all fit in my suit case to go home!!

Chuttney [their dog] is like my new favorite dog.

Lyric and I also decided to dress up and have a photo shoot outside. So there are a ton of pictures from that. And we were being goofy non stop such as taking pictures of us giving each other piggyback rides, putting on makeup, swimming in the dark, eating every hour etc.

I’ve also learned some new vocabulary/lingo! Haha. Like: ‘That’s rich’ ‘this is ma jam!’ ‘_______’s where the party’s at!!’ ‘You’re such a cleanly liar’

We went to Benihana’s (a japanese stir fry type place-like Domo 77) to celebrate Lyrics birthday with her Grandma. Then we went to Target for some nail polish and cheap stuff from the dollar section, where Lyric claimed that i get excited about ‘every single thing’. Which i kind of agree i guess. I was flipping out about peanut erasers and hedgehog pedicure brushes(i got those)..Hahaha!

Today we went up some mountains, and it was a beautiful view..no reason to really ramble on when you can see the pictures in the post;) Enjoy and you should really go visit Arizona its beautiful!
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//Christianity//, //My Life//, //Scholarly Thoughts//

Bible Study IBS vs DBS

First off I’ve got to give credit to my bible study teacher Mrs. VH, for teaching all of this to us. Its been an awesome year and have learned a bunch!

This past year I’ve been going to a home school bible study on Wednesday mornings. We would have bible study for the first hour and a half and then we would serve in either Prayercast or cleaning the building(0r any other jobs.)

For bible study we learned the differences between Inductive Bible Study and Deductive Bible Study.

Here are the differences:

Inductive Bible Study:

  • This way is the most fun
  • You can ask questions
  • You can apply it yourself
  • Discovery based
  • Open ended
  • Exploring
  • Self Educating
  • Holy Spirit Led-not facilitator led
  • Bible is the primary source and tool

Deductive Bible Study:

  • Boring Classes, teachers, and lectures
  • Sitting bored in class
  • Depends on the teacher whether or not you get anything out of it.
  • Expert Based
  • Teaching is based on the opinion and understanding of the teacher-not God{NIV- “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”}

How we would study the bible you ask? Well..

[We even have hand motions for these,haha!]

  1. Observation- “What does it say?” Read it(i that you read the whole chapter that the verse is in,to get the true meaning and context.)
  2. Interpretation- “What does it mean?” Go and mark all of the repeated words with different colored pencils and markings. For ideas:  http://preceptcamden.com/key-word-symbols-2/ Then go and read through each section and mark off each section that you think has to do with each other{group them}. Then come up with a subject/title for that section.
  3. Application- “How should i live?” Now that you have gone through a chapter, marked the keywords, and found the meanings its time to apply it to your life. It of course depend on what your reading, so i cant tel you what exactly to apply. But thats what you’ve got the Holy Spirit for;)

Now go and enjoy some time with God, studying his word.. i think i will too.

//My Life//, //Photography//

60 Years of loveeee

A few of months ago my Grandparents celebrated their 60th Anniversary.. And they had a party in April.

I was one of their Photographers so i thought i’d post some of the pictures. :)

I’ve just got to say though,they are seriously an adorable couple. They balance each other out perfectly. My Grandpa can be silly and make everyone laugh,while my Grandma is sweet, serious, and everything else. They’re the best Grandparents ever. And they’re still madly in loveeee.

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//My Life//, //Photography//

Sparklers & Summer Plans

I love summer! Even more so this summer, as i plan on going to so many events and concerts(Indie and Jazz)! Its very exciting and i cant wait. One of the fests that I’ve gone to before is the Eyes to the Sky Festival,where they have tons and tons of hot air balloons all over the place. Along with live music and shopping. ;) ;) I’ll be sure to post pictures if i go again this year.

I also intend to go swimming, oh i don’t know 90% of the summer! Haha. This summer will be so much fun:)

Wearing long dresses, swimming, bonfires, concerts, festivals, picnics, writing poetry at parks, farmers markets……

It’ll be just perfect. <3


Prepare for lots of pictures of sparklers!! :)

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//My Life//, //Photography//

Ermahgerd Chera Serds!

Okay for a slightly silly post on my blog, i wanted to post some pictures my friend Sarah and i took. We dressed up and did our make up and hair. And had a lot of fun doing so! But please know, we were being totally crazy and looked ridiculous on purpose! And yes, those are my ear buds tied around my head. haha!

The title of this post ‘Ermahgerd Chera Serds!’ is kind of an inside joke. Well it won’t be anymore,but it was. Sarah and I both love researching health and nutrition etc. And i’m always seeing cool memes on instagram. So while Sarah and I were talking about the health benefits of Chia Seeds, i decided to make a meme out of it. The meme ”Ermahgerd (girl)’ was going around at the time so here is the edited one.

And the photos from out photo shoot will follow: ermah DSC_2064 DSC_2071 DSC_2072 DSC_2073 DSC_2075 DSC_2076 DSC_2077 DSC_2082 DSC_2085 DSC_2086 DSC_2090 DSC_2092 DSC_2102

//Photography//, //Vegan Food//

Past Food I’ve Made

Hey guys!

As  you know i love food, cooking, preparing, experimenting with, and taking pictures of it. So i decided to put together a mini gallery of things I’ve made recently. I usually experiment and make things in the spur of the moment, so i don’t have recipes.. Really sorry about that. But one day when i’m re-inspired i’ll be sure to write it down and post them!

So please enjoy:)

Strawberry and Leafy Greens SaladLeafy Green With Garbanzo Bean Salad Vegan Pizza Asian Spring Rolls (Fillings) A Vegan Spin On (Mexican) Stuffed Banana Peppers Vegan Pizza Orange Pepper Potato Zucchini Balls Zucchini Pizza Strawberry and Leafy Greens Salad