Field Notes | May by Emily Margaret

Welcome to Field Notes, a monthly blog series. At the end of each month, I'll share a few things I learned, books I read, interesting blog posts from the web, recent projects, and other things of the sort. This month's Notes are brought to you by bacon-peach pizza. So much yes.


Read: Last month I had a goal to finish the (several) books I had in-process and read The Girl on the Train and I almost met that goal. I finished The More of Less and wrote a review about it, and I'm really close to finishing Restless. I started and finished The Girl on the Train and I'll be honest that I wasn't expecting to like it, and while I appreciated the writing and the twists in the story, I anticipated correctly. The story was a bit too dark for my taste, but was overall well-written. As for blogposts I loved this one and this one here, and found them to be fitting for my month. (Bonus- if you're looking for some new titles, Anne Bogel's summer reading lists do not disappoint.) 

Listen: Still lots of podcasts! Find some of my favorites here.

Think: When your priorities and boundaries get out of whack, everything else shifts around, things get unbalanced, and life gets messy (not in a good way.) It's amazing how little things like shutting down the screens at 8PM, doing yoga, making time to read, and cleaning out the closet make such a big difference. Resting well is essential to working well. Doing less allows you to do the things you do better. Other things that also help- Powersheets and webinars from Hannah Brencher.

Do: I did a little promotional photography for a new local hotel and photographed my little cousin's 6 month portraits. I also launched my Session Films as an add-on to my photography collections and can't wait to do more of them. And I discovered my new favorite pizza combination when I visited Bowling Green for the first time (bacon and peaches, you have to try it). An instagram workshop was also taken which included networking with local business owners and pretty flower arrangements.

Enjoy: This in-home family lifestyle session. I'm seriously in love.

Goals: Surprisingly, I completed 5/6 goals for this month! Hopefully that momentum will carry over to June. Here's a few of my goals for June:

What was your month filled with? What are some of your goals for June?

2016 Reading List by Emily Margaret

I love making lists, reading books and reading other people's lists about books. I'm always on the lookout for a new book to add to add to the list, but unfortunately I add them much faster than I can read them.


The past several years I read fiction almost exclusively but now I've gone the other way and have pretty much been reading nonfiction. Do you ever find yourself doing things like this and reading one particular genre repeatedly, or do you like to mix it up? I've tried to add more variety to my list this year, with books in all areas of life and some for fun, some for business,

In an effort to be more accountable in actually tackling this list, I thought I'd share a few titles (yes, this is just a selection) that are on my list to read this year. If you have any recommendations of books that you've enjoyed, send me a tweet! I'd love to know some of your favorite reads.

2016 Reading List

What is one of your current favorite books? What's on your reading list?

The Knot Outdoor Weddings | Book Review by Emily Margaret

Engagements, weddings, and wedding planning have been on my mind lately. No, I'm not engaged, but several of my friends have recently become engaged (or will soon!) 

In helping my friends with wedding planning, I've seen that there's a lot more time and work going into the process than you'd think. Many wedding vendors, such as photographers, caterers, and florists, get booked several months in advance and popular dates get reserved quickly, so planning a wedding involves coordinating many elements. Having helpful resources is a great thing, and I recently read a book that you may find interesting if you're planning a wedding.


Written by Carley Roney and the editors of the well-known wedding website, TheKnot.com, The Knot Outdoor Weddings is a beautiful book featuring 50 real outdoor weddings in various locations. Elements of each wedding are featured in gorgeous photography (of course my favorite part), like stationary, flowers, cakes, venues, and other decorations, providing a wealth of inspiration. It's pretty much pinterest in a book, minus all the mason jars and burlap. Amidst the featured weddings, there are tips for choosing flowers, venues, cakes, and other ways to help your wedding meld with your chosen location. The last chapter in the book offers more in-depth advice, including a timeline checklist to help keep you on track, which I found particularly interesting as a chronic list-maker. I also especially appreciate that in the very back of the book, credits for the wedding vendors are included so if you see something you love, you can learn where to find it.

Overall, The Knot Outdoor Weddings is a beautiful book. It would make a great coffee table book or an engagement gift. However, I must note that the average person would not have the budget to recreate any of the weddings in this book, but that doesn't mean you won't draw inspiration from it, and even if you're not planning a wedding, it's still fun to flip through.

I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for review from Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own.

Clean Slate | Eating with intention by Emily Margaret

Whatever inspired you to pick up this book-a resolution to eat better, a desire to wipe the slate clean with a whole-body detox, or a wish to boost your energy level- you have just taken the first step toward achieving that goal. This book is designed for anyone wanting to hit the reset button and gain a more rewarding, and pleasurable, approach to food.

Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide: Reset Your Health, Detox Your Body, and Feel Your Best, from the editors of Martha Stewart Living

One of my focus words for 2015 is intentional, and this book fits right in with that mindset. I've been working on exercising more and eating better, paying more attention to what I'm putting in my body.  I love the idea of eating more foods that are fresh and have been minimally processed, which is the focus of this book. 

You may have heard of the phrase "eating clean", which is eating whole foods (like fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes) and avoiding highly-processed foods that usually have high sugar and sodium content, as well as preservatives. Clean Slate features recipes that do not contain butter, refined sugar, all-purpose flour, or red meat.

If you're interested in learning more about how to eat clean, the book's first section contains information on nutrients, tips on pantry-stocking, "Golden Rules of Eating Clean" and also a 3-day and 21-day detox eating plan, all giving you a place to start. The second part of the book contains the recipes, with each one having a notation if it is vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, or gluten-free. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, smoothies, and even desert. I like that each dish is very approachable with easy-to-find ingredients and simple instructions.  No fancy cooking techniques required!


One of the things I love about this book is the photographs (total surprise, right?). They are all light, colorful, beautifully styled, and make me want to go to the farmers market and buy alllll the food. I will definitely be adding some of these recipes in to my packed-lunch rotation. 

Clean Slate is a great resource for learning to live a more intentional, mindful lifestyle by starting with what you eat. It provides simple and tasty recipes containing whole ingredients with minimal processing. 

I received this  book from the  Blogging for Books  program for free in exchange for this review.  The opinions shared in this review are completely mine and have not been influenced in any way.