It’s Here! Welcome to The Design Consortium!


It’s here! I am so excited to present my new website and blog design business, The Design Consortium! This web design business is unlike any design company out there. This idea came to me when I wanted one simple place to customize my blog. I don’t want to go to several places to cover all my bases. Instead, I wanted a virtual assistant, graphic design whiz, and full design and consultation services all in one place. So, that is what The Design Consortium is. There are a few ways that The Design Consortium is different. One, we offer a custom “design your own” option for your site. You tell us everything you need (starting from the basic “I just want to start a blog and don’t know where to start!”) and we custom build you exactly what you want. From support – to the design – to the framework. We [Continue Reading]


My favorite low-calorie restaurant tips


Some days I don’t have a ton of time to write out a long post, so I have decided to just to throw some tips randomly up here on the blog to share the things I love! Today I just wanted to share some of my favorite restaurant tips. What most people don’t know about a restaurant, is that they hide calories. Normally, at home, if you make a salad, you are sure that it is a healthier option that if you ate a hamburger. But, at a restaurant, all bets are off. At The Cheesecake Factory, their Caesar Salad with Chicken is 1510 calories! That’s my daily calorie intake. Tip #1, don’t eat at the Cheesecake Factory! And if you do, make sure you read this first! And this because it’s a fun shocker. Eat This Not That! is one of my favorite sites ever – sometimes I go [Continue Reading]


Maria Menounos’s Rules for Eating (with free printable)


I can’t hide that I love Maria Menounos. I am reading her two books now (EveryGirl’s Guide to Life and EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness) and what I love is that she is super down to earth. For a girl that has got it all together, she is really a normal girl. via I love that even though she is famous with a huge following, she started small in a basement struggling to make a life for herself. She now has a banging body, but lost 40 pounds along the way, finding the best way to eat and exercise. And, for all of us who always say, “I don’t have any time”, this girl really doesn’t have time! She balances so many jobs and yet still finds a way to eat healthy and be practical. via I love her book EveryGirl’s Guide to Life almost more than her newer [Continue Reading]


Friday Favorites (books, blogs, blessings)


It’s been awhile since I’ve written a Friday Favorites post! I am so excited to be back in the “these things are so cool!” game! This week has been a week of me catching up on life. Last week my husband and I went on a cruise (BEST THING EVER) to celebrate our 5th Anniversary (BEST THING EVER) and this week it’s back to the grind. Oh well. It’s ok because I really love my grind. Here are some things that I am loving right now :).   No one is more excited than I that Gilmore Girls has come to Netflix.  I sometimes watch things in the background while I work, and oh my goodness.  I love this show. Have you discovered The Sugar Box?  i.e. one of the most hilarious blogs on the market?  You need to read her.  She loves celebrities, desserts, and makes celebrity dessert boxes [Continue Reading]


It’s been awhile since we’ve had coffee…

Hey friends, It’s me. Your long-lost blogger friend whose trying to put a few words together this night :). I’ve been so busy lately – and sick for weeks – that this blog has really suffered. Sure, I’ve updated with a few announcements and all, but I’m still feeling like I haven’t actually hung out with you. Right now I am finishing up some web design work and watching Notting Hill. Yes, still one of the best movies ever made. I’m drinking hot water (a Maria Menounos resolution of mine), wearing sweats, and letting a face mask dry. It’s a good night. It was sort of sweet actually – I mean, I know she’s an actress and all that, so she can deliver a line – but she said that she might be as famous as can be – but also… that she was just a girl, standing in front [Continue Reading]


Introducing the Design Consortium (Coming Feb 1!)


I cannot wait to share this with you.  This is something I have been working on for months – and finally I can give you a little teaser of what is coming February 1!  Get excited.  It’s big. So you all know that I started My New Favorite Design last April with the goal of creating a tangible web design business.  All along my goals have been simple: I wanted to present cheap, tangible, simple web support for any website owner – from custom design to simple tweaks to full-fledged support.  Well, little did I know that this small business would take off and totally blow my mind.  It wasn’t long before I couldn’t keep up with the amount of work coming in – and I was so amazed by the strong customer base I quickly established. The business was a little backyard enterprise – and I never took the [Continue Reading]


You Have the Same Amount of Hours in a Day as Beyonce


Save the image above for a free Facebook cover!   I love this so much.  I love that I am learning to work hard for more than the normal 8-5 slot.  I am learning that late at night, and early in the morning, are strong, viable hours of the day – and are not just there for sleeping and playing.  I am learning that if you want to be successful, you have to take the reins of each and every day and put in the hours. You Have the Same Amount of Hours in a Day as Beyonce. As Schwarzenegger says: And let me tell you, it is important to have fun in life, of course. But when you are out there partying, horsing around, somewhere out there at the same time is working hard, is getting smarter, and someone is winning. Just remember that. But if you want to [Continue Reading]


Top 10 Tips for loving, relishing and maximizing Grocery Shopping


This past August I made a huge switch.  Like changed my life kind of switch.  I switched to Bi-Lo. Yes, now you think I am crazy.  Or REALLY easily satisfied. The truth is, I switched my entire grocery shopping philosophy.  And I love it.  Now my husband is very used to the phrases coming out of my mouth, “I LOVE Bi-Lo!  I went to the grocery store and had the best day!”  Not a joke.  And the truth is, this post isn’t about Bi-Lo, but how one grocery store switch has made me love grocery shopping all over again. I’ve written about grocery shopping before here, so read that post first.  I am going to repeat some of the tips I wrote there, but the truth is that in the past years I had made grocerying a completely practical and unimportant aspect of my life.  I was stopping a not-pretty, [Continue Reading]


Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas!


To all my friends and readers, Merry Christmas!  I am blessed to have you – and this blog – in my life :).  I hope you have a joyous Christmas with family, joy, warmth, good food – and most of all – a love of Jesus coming to earth for each of us :).  I will be off the web for this week – and look forward to starting strong with you in 2015! Much love, Ginny image found here