« VSCO app review/edits »

hello everyone, welcome baaaack :)) i hope everyone is doing great.

i’ve decided to start doing app review posts! (definitely not because i’m running out of ideas. cause i’m not. it would be crazy to think that).


i figured i’d start off with one of my favorite apps, VSCO!
click the picture to visit my VSCO profile ;) 

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i got this app once i got a phone, so a couple months ago. i just started using it more recently, and i don’t have too many pictures on it at the moment cause i’m attempting to stick to a general theme.

there are ups and downs to this app that i’m going to touch on today. here we go:

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– VSCO is really good for editing pictures. i love the different looks you can get on your pictures and i like messing around with them
– uploading pictures from your camera role is super easy
– you can save your edited pictures to you camera role, and also send them to people straight from the app
– you can re-post pictures from other people’s VSCO’s to your collection, and they don’t show up on your main account
– it’s a great app to post pictures you like without spamming people by putting them on your instagram or other social medias.


– finding people on VSCO is pretty difficult
– navigating the app isn’t super easy

that’s all for reviews :D i don’t have many negative opinions on this app, but the two i mentioned do kind of bug me. i also thought i share some of my personal pictures that i edited on VSCO!

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this is me and my best friend. don’t be deceived, we actually don’t have matching onesie’s, the one i’m wearing is my sister’s. we’re not as cute as we first appear. this picture is soon to (shhh) appear on my instagram for her birthday coming up :)) so you guys are special cause you get a sneak peek.

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this picture is from my post fly me to the moon. it was indeed taken by me, and it’s one of my favorites. i really like how i was able to brighten the pictures up and make it look more aesthetic-y (which is a word).

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a picture from my post aperture, also taken by me. i was able to make the tree a lot more clear with VSCO, and i think this one also looks more aesthetic-y.

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ignoring my messy room behind me. i might have to go back and try editing this again, cause i’m not a huge fan of it. i wanted the picture on my VSCO, but the colors didn’t quite match my theme so i tried to make it fit a little better. not everything works out i guess.

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and now it’s time foooooor…EDITING WITH BARELY ANY DIFFERENCE! *insert applause* i actually uploaded these pictures in the wrong spots while writing this post cause i literally can’t tell them apart. they actually could be in the wrong spots at the moment, i don’t know. i don’t have anything to say about this one cause it’s just a plant, so….


that’s all i have for now! i’m obviously not that great at editing, but i really like messing around with pictures :)

 let's chat!

do you have a VSCO? what do you think of the app? let me know in the comments some of your favorite apps you think i should review.

aside from this post, i had another idea for a post that i’d like to do in the future. i’d like to start doing reviews on different youtubers and their channels!

if you have any youtubers you’d like to see me do reviews on, let me know in the comments :)

i hope you all have a lovely saturday or whatever day it is where you live :D i’ll see you all next week.

☾☼

mckenna

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« atlanta, georgia | year two»

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i’m baaaaaack. sunday night i also made it back from atlanta, georgia :) (i had gotten five hours of sleep the night before, it was a nine hour car ride, and i went straight to youth group only to stay up late again. it’s fine, i’m fine, i’ve rested at this point.

before i continue on, i thought i’d share a BRILLIANT idea my swim coach decided to come up with -_- he sent out an email telling us all the find an old t-shirt, cut off the sleeves, and start wearing it to practice.

i was super confused at first until HE TOLD US WE HAD TO WEAR IT DURING SETS FOR DRAG. now during the summer, my other team will sometimes have fun nights and occasionally we’ll do t-shirt races. you have to swim a lap with a super heavy shirt on, get out and get it on your team mate as fast as possible, then they swim a lap and it keeps going.

now that’s all fun in games even if it is hard, but now we get to do that while swimming one of K’S SETS. i’m gonna drown.

aaaaaanyways, i said i’d probably write a post about georgia once i got back, so i’m going to :D

all of my old friends from last year except for c(n) and z, but i also made two new friends :D (they aren’t in the picture above because they were watching netflix but it’s okay).

this time i’m gonna write some little notes to everyone again, and then i’ll tell you all about the trip. here we go.


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i: you looked reeeeeeally uncomfortable when that lady was talking to us. you do have a great smile though and you’re super funny. i’m glad we got to hang with you guys more this year and i loved watching you do the cup song XD

m: YOU BEAT ME IN NINJA GOSHDANGIT. i was close though, i will say that. watching you do the cup song was also really funny, and sorry you weren’t able to be the mafia this year. L kept ruining the game every time you got that card. anyways, you’re really fun to be around and you’ve got a great sense of humor. sorry for making you slide down the stairs on your butt.

e: this year was super great thanks to you. you’re awesome man, and i meant it when i said i was glad i got to know you more. last year you were pretty quiet and i remember you being really sweet, but you also have another side to you that i’m happy i got to see this time. singing with you was amazing, and i can’t wait to do it again next year. maybe you’ll be able to eat at fast food restaurants at that point too. until then…

p: idc what the majority of my friends said over dm’s, our remade vines were absolutely on point and hilarious. thanks for keeping me company during both car rides. thanks for not getting is lost this year and also eating breakfast with me every morning so i didn’t look weird sitting alone :D (bax is a d o r a b l e)

 b: i’m sorry you don’t have a phone. try and keep in touch on discord alright. and i’ll try and message you more often and keep the conversation alive. also, our straw bridge was 100% percent legal, i’m just pretty sure you knew we were gonna beat you guys so you were salty. also i will admit it was pretty funny that you were the first to be picked off every time we played mafia, even if it annoyed you.

g: okay so the “hug” at the end of the night was super awkward. i know you were sick but honestly i wouldn’t have cared if i had gotten sick. your hair is as fancy as always, and you’re just as sweet as i remember.

c: daaaaang man, i missed you. it was great catching up! sorry you guys were so busy this weekend, but i’m glad we still had time to hang out with you all. sorry for killing you in mafia, but technically e and i decided on it together.

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mg: you’re a really sweet girl. sorry L was so annoying, but next time i’d just ignore him. even getting mad at him won’t make him stop so it’s better to just not acknowledge anything he does you know. until m came it was great to have another girl, and i swear your rule book for girls was so accurate. i hope your fear of escalators will go away soon, and good luck with getting glasses.

m: your style is super cool. i loved all your clothes. also, idc what l said your hair looks amazing with the purple in it. we didn’t get to talk a lot, but i thought it was super sweet how close you and mg became. also, g is a really cute kid and you’re lucky to have him as a little brother.


i know the majority of you (aka all of you) skipped over those, so sorry for making you scroll, but some of the people from the trip read my blog so i had to add those in :D

now to talk about the trip. it went by so much faster this year it seemed, and i’m thinking it’s because we already knew everyone. it sucked, but it was still a great weekend.

when we first got to atlanta, we immediately headed over to the conference center to find everyone, and we did :) there was a scrafty event going on in one of the rooms and we all ate a lot of candy and did activities. i’m fairly sure that night we also all headed over the the mall and had chick-fil-a for dinner (p didn’t get us lost this year! [i know, i’m shocked as well]).

over the weekend, we did go down into the creepy mall area a couple times, but at one point this lady talked to us down there for a full hour and wouldn’t leave so we stopped going down there eventually.

day two we played lots of mafia, truth or dare, jack box, and other things. i think we had chick-fil-a for lunch that time (i can’t remember every time cause i had it about four times that weekend) and went to the apple store again (p started playing havana super loud on one of the speakers and didn’t believe me when i said it was too loud). from the looks the employees were giving us i can’t believe they didn’t kick us out. that night, e, p, i, m and i (as in me) went out to dinner and had some BOMB burgers. get back in there you dumb cheese.

on the last day, we played more games and hung out some more. we did go to the arcade, but the wait times on everything were several hours and some of the moms weren’t thrilled with how late we were going to be out. so instead, we got chick-fil-a for dinner (shocking, i know), and all headed over to our hotel to hang out for the night. we ate and played reverse charades for a while, and then moved down to the lobby.

there, most everyone was playing a card game called speed? i wasn’t paying attention because e and i were making beautiful music with his ukulele and singing together (YOU HAVE AN AMAZING VOICE MAN AND YOUR SKILL IS CRAZY). anyway, that was probably the main highlight of my week. we had to move up to the room though, because L threw his hat off the balcony  -_- one of the ladies working there got mad about it and said technically only 21 or older aged people were supposed to be down there. she said we could have stayed, but we decided to be good kids and go away.

once we got into the room, c, g, and b had to leave :( it was sad, but p and i stayed with e, m, and i (along with their three other siblings) and played jack box until 1:45.

we got to see them again in the morning at breakfast, then got on the road at 9:00 in the morning.

tbh, nothing much different happened this year compared to last, but it was just as memorable and fun because of everyone. we mainly just hung out and it was a lot of fun :)

thankfully, this year i have a way to contact everyone i met, and we’re all going to try and play jack box and facetime as much as possible until next year.

thank you to everyone for making this weekend another highlight of my year for the second time in a row, and i miss you all tons. i can’t wait to see you guys next time.


i’m done now. sorry if i bored you all. i hope everyone has been having a fabulous life and the weather doesn’t suck too much where you live. (at the moment, it’s snowing out side -_- IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO SNOW IN APRIL WHAT IS THIS SDFJADS;JFJSNAFLJKSDFNLSJA)

that’s all i’ve got for this post :) i’ll see you guys next saturday. much love xx

mckenna

« tell a story tag / a slight complication (don’t worry, nothing’s wrong) »

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happy easter, everybody :) i hope everyone’s spring break has been absolutely fabulous.

recently i got tagged by the lovely catharine from alittlebitofrunion to do the ‘tell a story tag!’

i have absolutely no intro ideas, so i’m gonna get into it and explain everything :)


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rules:

1) include the tag image in your post
2) tell a (one paragraph short) story based on the theme your nominee gives you
3) give ONE theme for your tagged bloggers to write a story about
4) tag 3 (or more) people
5) let your nominees know you tagged them
6) copy and paste the rules
7) follow the rules

theme: wanderlust

my story:

a hungry soul. crystal-clear, sapphire eyes gaze at seven continents and five oceans, all printed on canvas. she possesses a starving heart, aching for adventure. with every fiber of her being, she wishes to go. she longs to experience. she yearns to see. soft fingertips trace the map a meet remote destinations. a sweet smile spreads across her delicate face. between two thin, cracking lips escapes the quietest word, “someday.”

my nominees: 

apollo @ killjoysneverdie
rutvi @ capturingandcreating
abby @ whenwordsfly

 the new theme: belonging


well guys, i tried my best :) thank you, catharine, for nominating me to do this tag! it was really fun.

for my new nominees: don’t feel obligated to do this tag if you don’t want to :)

to explain my title, the “complication” is just the fact i won’t be able to post this coming saturday ( i told you nothing was wrong). no biggy, but i’m not able to because i’m leaving for atlanta, georgia on wednesday and i’ll be there until sunday :D

some of you ancient followers of mine may remember the post i wrote when i got back from georgia last year :) it’s a homeschool conference i tagged along on with my mom last year. while i was there, i made some really great friends that i only get to see at this conference, so i’m pretty excited to go back.

i’ll most likely post about the trip the saturday after i get back. so sorry to disappoint, (even though i probably didn’t), but i’ll be missing a week.

anyways, that’s all for now :) i’m not sure why i’m using so many smiley faces in this post, i guess i’m just pretty happy right now. i’m not sure how many i’ve used (count if you’d like to).

everyone have a lovely easter and eat lots of candy :))

☾☼

mckenna

« what’s in your headphones? | 3 »

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helloooooooo everybody. at the moment i’m at a youth retreat so i had to write this ahead of time.

at first i had no idea what post to do, but then i remembered these ones so i figured i’d go with it.

i’m never not listening to music. it’s probably one of my favorite things to do. except usually when i find a band or an artist i like, i put that on repeat and don’t search for different types of music.

that’s why i’m kinda glad i came up with this blog post idea cause i can’t write about the same artists over and over so it motivates me to find new and amazing artists to talk about.

that’s enough talking so let’s do this.


what’s in my headphones

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2) camila cabello | 4/5 |
havana is overplayed. who agrees with me? camila has some other great songs though, i will say that. her new song ‘never be the same’ is actually one of my favorites right now. (apparently ‘ain’t no crying in the club’ is by her???)

from what i’ve heard, she doesn’t have explicit content? but then again most music these days will always have some suggestive lyrics so *shrug* but camila has a beautiful voice and i think she’s amazing.

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3) maroon 5 | 5/5 |
YESSSSSSSS. okay seriously though, these guys are amazing. technically speaking, my rating is not that valid and i’ll talk about that in a second, BUT SERIOUSLY HOW COULD I NOT GIVE THEM A FIVE???

so yes, they have some explicit content. that’s why i should have given them a lower rating so i could be honest with you guys. BUT AFJKSDHFLAJKDSNFKJNSDJF ADAM’S VOICE AND THEIR MUSIC AND EVERYTHING, 10/5 AM I RIGHT?!? i’m going to stop fangirling now, but in conclusion there is some explicit content.

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3) imagine dragons | 5/5 |
i’m sorry but here i go again. SLJKGFNADSLJKFSLJKANDFLJKSNDFJKS OMG SERIOUSLY NOW. if you haven’t heard imagine dragons yet, boi you crazy. i mean they’re kinda big. ‘believer’ hit the charts really fast and for good reason, then came ‘thunder.’ i don’t expect these guys to stop anytime soon.

realistically, yes, they do have some explicit content but good grief what’s not to love about them.

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1) bruno mars | 3/5 |
and finally, bruno. this guy has been big for a while now and just keeps getting bigger. his most recent song, ‘finesse,’ is reeeeeeally popular. then again, what’s not to love about him. he’s charming, his songs are super catchy, and CAN WE TALK ABOUT HIS VOICE. for real.

i gave him a three out of five, not because i don’t think is music is good, but because of it’s content. he seems to sing about women as if they’re an ‘object.’ he doesn’t always view love in a very good way sometimes. also, his songs have started to be a little more explicit as is our generation but anyway. on the contrary, his song ‘just the way you are’ is simply lovely and i think it sends an amazing message.


here is my regular after post comment: i really don’t want these artists reputations to be based on my opinions. these are solely my ratings. if you’ve never heard some of these dudes, definitely go check them out, i suggest all of them to you 100%

 let's chat!

what are your opinions on these bands/artists? what’s in your headphones? what’s some music you’d suggest to me?

i hope you all are having a fabulous day :D don’t forget to drink lots of water and kiss your cat. if you don’t have a cat, what are you doing reading this, go get one right now. cats are amazing.

bye for now :))

☾☼

mckenna

« dc travel diary/photo dump | changing my schedule »

hello, everyone! last week my family went with some friends to washington dc. we had a tour of the white house and we stayed the night to walk around a little bit a second day.

i took quite a bit of pictures while i was there, so i figured i’d dump them all here and tell you about the trip :)

(just a note: all these pictures were taken on my phone and i left them all unedited so they won’t be the best *shrug* oh well)

i’ve never done a travel diary so i’m just gonna go for it.


day one: we woke up at about 4:45 to get on the road as fast as possible because our tour started at 9:30. we traded kids with our friends at lowe’s which thankfully made the car ride a little less boring. when we got to dc, it was absolutely freezing and the wind chill both days was terrible.

around and inside the white house was crawling with secret service and i was quite nervous. one of the guards checking me in actually made fun of me for fidgeting.

for those of you who don’t know what the inside of the white house looks like, now you’ll know. you’re welcome.

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here’s proof we were really there. why are we all separated? i have no idea, but we were all about where my little icon is.

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first lady laura bush

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one of the security guards in the house said some of the china in this room dated back to george washington.

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here was a plate/bowl thing owned by president theodore roosevelt.

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this is the original painting of george washington that dolly madison rescued before the white house was burned in 1814 during the war of 1812.

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the crookedness and low quality of these pictures is driving me crazy. sorry guys :/

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whenever i tried to take artsy pictures during the trip. i can’t have nice things because of these two. it’s fine.

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president john f. kennedy 

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president bill clinton.

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the tour was self-guided and because of the boys we got through really fast which was not exactly what we were hoping for.

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after the tour we went back to the parking deck to get lunch and our things for the rest of the day. then we headed over to the smithsonian museum which i l o v e d.

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(bonus picture on the way because yes)

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this is a cast of the original skull, but standing next to the case was insane. the size of this thing in real life is crazy.

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i hate whales

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this was an absolutely amazing display made out of trash that was most likely all pulled from the ocean. the reality behind the amount of waste is horrible but the result was beautiful.

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the world would be a much more interesting place if humans had to go into this position to drink water.

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look at them guns.

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in case you were wondering, elephants are just as big as they look in pictures.

at this point, my friend justin (a real gem enthusiast) saw a sign up on the balcony that said “hope diamond?????” i’ve never seen someone run up a flight of stairs faster in my life.

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and here it is. when i saw it i asked my friend dawson if he wanted to commit a crime with me but mom said no :(

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although i don’t particularly like carrots so i probably would have put it right back.

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yes, this is a real mummy. yes, i can now say i’ve posted a picture of a dead person on my blog. no, i’m not proud of that.

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outside of the museum, mom pulled out some crackers for snack. all of a sudden, BIRDS. i had a lot of fun feeding the little things and seeing how close i could get them to come to me.

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OH also the president of the united states passed us in a car. i have video proof but apparently my blog isn’t cool enough to have videos on it. anyways, at the end of the day when we got back to the hotel there was a press conference at the white house and there he was.

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i would be excited that tom holland and zendaya stood right up there but they actually didn’t film at the monument, they made their own big chunks of it for the movie. (i’ve seen behind the scenes stuff, trust me). but my whole life is a lie.

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these pictures were taken with my mom’s 7+ portrait camera, so i can’t take credit for the amazing quality look to them. (she wanted me to give her pc and also link to her blog but i refused).

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also, i bought the super dope hat i’m wearing :D i like it a lot.

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after this, we walked back to the hotel for the night and ate food. also, i saw part of jurassic world cause it was on tv in our room.

day two: we didn’t stay too long this day, but we did go to the lincoln memorial and the vietnam memorial before leaving.

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THERE WAS LIKE THIS SUPER COOL BUILDING WE PASSED ON THE WAY TO THE MEMORIAL.

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the reflecting pool had been emptied out which was pretty disappointing. but apparently there was an algae that was killing ducks or something so i understand. #savetheducks

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my picture does not do this thing any justice, it is h u g e in person and absolutely gorgeous. (also while we were taking pictures a bald eagle flew overhead so that was pree neat).

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i couldn’t get any good, centered pictures with the mass of people in the memorial but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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the amount of names at the vietnam memorial was heartbreaking. one of the ladies pointed out the diamonds and plus signs next to the names. she said plus signs meant MIA or still missing to today. diamonds meant pronounced dead.

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some plus signs had been scratched over and replaced with diamonds, but they were still plenty.

after that, we headed back to the hotel to grab the rest of our stuff, then headed home.


overall, it was a really fun, really cold trip. it was nice to spend some time with our friends again.

i’m not sure if i did this right or not. we did a lot of walking, that’s why there’s not much to say about the pictures. also, sorry for the amount of pictures. i actually deleted a lot, especially from the museum so i wouldn’t overwhelm you all.

let's chat!

have you guys ever been to dc? what was your favorite part?

I HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT. it has nothing to do with this post, so random topic change but oh well.

i’ve been very busy lately and having trouble keeping up with blogging and posting on my schedule. i REALLY don’t want to be forced to take a hiatus, so i’m changing my posting schedule.

instead of posting twice a week, i’ll only be posting every saturday. depending on how this goes, i might have to spread it out even more but i’m just going to try this for now.

so no, i will not be leaving, just becoming less frequent.

anyways, i hope you guys enjoyed this post! i’ll see you all next saturday ;)

☾☼

mckenna