The Purple Filter: Birthday Recap

As you guys may or may not know, last week was my birthday! I had a blast, and it was definitely one of the best birthdays ever :) My husband completely spoiled me in every single way, he is the best. Here's a recap :)

One of the gifts I got from my hubbs was a gift card for Bath and Body works.. so obviously I had to get candles that were on sale.. While I was in the store I discovered that they finally stopped putting triclosan in their soaps, so obviously, I had to get some of those! ;) Plus, thanks to discount codes, I got two free lotions! Woot!


I Don't Know About You...

... But I'm feeling 22!!!

Yep, I went there! Hey, I only get one year of having that as my song so.. I'm embracing it ;)

I'm beyond thankful for everything that has happened in the last year..and I am so excited to see where the next year of my young life will take me. :)


Very Easy Brownie Recipe!

- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line pan with aluminum foil and coat with non-stick spray.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, butter, and water.
4. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix until blended.
5. Add the bowl with the dry ingredients (step 2) into the bowl with the wet ingredients (steps 3&4). Mix until combined.
6. Transfer batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. 
7. Bake 17-21 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. 

Enjoy! :)  

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Women Shaming Other Women, and Why It Needs to Stop

I could probably write a really long post about this, but I want to keep it somewhat short and simple. And the solution to women shaming other women is simple too. Just stop doing it!

In a world where a lot of things try to bring us down, women hating on other women should NOT be one of those things.  And in this so called "tight-knit" blogging community, it happens way too often.  Women shouldn't be shamed for not wanting kids, or wanting a career for herself. Women shouldn't be shamed for wanting to give 100% of their time to their family and stay home. And women who fall somewhere in the middle, shouldn't be shamed either.  Why do we feel we have the right to tell other people what's more important and what they should do? There is no right or wrong answer here, and there shouldn't be. We, as women, have a choice. And to me, that's what feminism should be about.. Not shaming someone for choosing a different path.

Another big thing women look down on other women for is, changing or not changing their last name. By keeping your last name, it doesn't mean you love your husband any less, or that your marriage means any less. And just because you take your husband's last name doesn't mean your being submissive, or saying he owns you. I chose to keep my last name, and I'm happy with my decision. But that doesn't mean I think every woman should do that, or that I look at them any differently because they made a different choice. I don't understand why we need to say such mean and hurtful things because someone else chose to do something different.

There are so many other examples and situations where this happens. Feminism and equal rights mean we all have a choice in what path our lives take and decisions we make. As women let's stop shaming each other and tearing people down, and instead, we need to support and lift each other up..