Thursday, August 25, 2016


This post is a complete and utter SHAMELESS plug for my Pinterest account. But it's also just a reason for me to share something I'm (sadly) proud of. I say sadly because, really? I'm proud of a social media account that takes no hard work or dedication to create? That's right. I sure am proud of it.

So, here it be. I've been putting off this blog post for a while because, as much as I love Pinterest, I just felt that my account was not yet up to par with my standards. And by "my standards" I mean PERFECTION BECAUSE I AM A PERFFECTIONIST. Ahem.

Anyways, it's time. It could get better, but I can't wait any longer. I love Pinterest because it allows me to pull together different dreams and ideas and interests, throw them all together (in an organized manner, of course), and share them with other people who have the same dreams, ideas, and interests.

Another thing I love about Pinterest is that if you're a curious person and want to find out more about me, Pinterest is the place to go. Obviously my boards are people, places, things, and ideas that INTEREST me, and I'm just so socially awkward that you're better off scrolling through my account than trying to start a conversation with me. Ha! I kid, I kid...but really. 

So if you're interested in me IN THE SLIGHTEST, have a look, see the boards for yourself, then go follow me @VintageMagpie19. :) BUT ONLY IF YOU WANT TO because I'm not the type of person to peer pressure anyone into doing anything. You can see for yourself - I don't have a "How to Peer Pressure Strangers" board. 

Here is a preview of the 40 boards that I have on my Pinterest page. Hopefully they will spark in you a greater sense of curiosity...the kind that makes you want to follow other people, perhaps? Again, I kid. I'm sharing this purely out of my love for Pinterest. I think.  

What's your favorite social media platform? Tell me in the comments below, and thanks for reading! 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Family Vacation on Madeline Island

As promised, another blog post! That's an additional 1,000 blogger points to me, wouldn't you say?

About a week ago my family and I took our annual camping trip to Madeline Island. We've been going for 6? 7? 8? years (we haven't kept track very well) and we absolutely love it up there. If you aren't from the good ol' Midwest or have little to no knowledge of the geography of America, Madeline Island is a tiny island off the coast of Northern Wisconsin on Lake Superior.

We camp at the Big Bay State Park, which is the nicer of the two campgrounds on the island in our opinion, and during the day we hike, swim, bike, explore, relax on the beach, and eat great campfire food. (S'MORES ALL DAY EVERY DAY.)

This year we were there for five days and four nights. With no camper in our possession at the moment, we sleep in two large tents. Me, my brother, and my sister sleep in one and my parents and dog sleep in another, which works out perfectly for us. (Though my mother will tell you time and again that she wants a "cute camper" to camp with. ???)

If you have any specific questions as to what we do when we go camping, leave a comment asking below! Or, if you have been camping, leave a comment telling me where you go or where your favorite place to go camping has been! Otherwise, please enjoy the following pictures I took on my brand-spanking new Canon T6 (see previous blog post) while we were there!

Excited brother.
Excited me. Mom in background.

The ferry that took us over to Madeline Island.

Rich, retired people on their fancy sailboat.

Driftwood. Duh.

Taken courtesy of brother.

Regal pup. 

To clarify, we did NOT have to use.
Yoda wisdom on island.

Sun too bright for sister. Also - water was swimmable temperature! 
Found a rock with dog's name on it. Photoshoot ensued. Dog was not interested.

No boys allowed.
Brother cliff-jumping. Running man pose. Channeling his inner-Olympian.

Dad being reflective. Not. Dad just staring at water. 

Stormy day. Big waves. 

Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for reading!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Hello Again!

How many blog posts did I write up last month? Let's not talk about it. All that matters is that I'm back. And guess what? I've got something that will up my blogging game by like, 1,000 blogger points. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my first DSLR, the simple but effective Canon T6.

I've been contemplating about and researching for a DSLR camera for a while now, because really, are you even a real blogger if you don't have even a semi-nice camera? Yes, the answer is yes, but still, I was annoyed at myself for producing less-than-mediocre images with my iPhone. The perfectionist in me wants beautiful, pristine, aesthetic pictures on here, but I know I have a little ways to go. Nevertheless, I'm a step closer now that I have a shiny new camera. 

Enough chit chat. If you've made it this far, you're actually interested in how I made my decision and what the Canon T6 has to offer. I wanted a camera that was easy to use, good for beginners, and most of all, cheap. After a bit of researching, I had come to a standstill between the Canon T6 and the Nikon D3300. It was difficult to decide between the two because they were so simliar, but in the end I went with the Canon camera simply because I found a really good deal on Amazon for an entire package of photography stuff. One feature that I liked more on the Canon camera, however, was that it has built in WiFi, so if I ever want to post a picture that I took on my camera to social media, I can connect my camera to my phone and VOILA

The package on Amazon was for $599.00 with free shipping and included the following:

-Canon T6 camera
-18-55 mm lens
-75-300 mm lens
-Battery and charger
-Canon camera case
-Neck strap and wrist strap
-Two 32 GB SD cards
-Telephoto and Wide Angle lenses
-Flash extension
-UV filter and another filter pack
-SD card holder
-Camera starter kit

I'm pretty sure I missed a thing or two, but all the important stuff is there. For the price that I paid for the package and the condition and quality of (almost) everything, I would highly recommend this package for any beginner photographer or anyone interesting in buying their first DSLR. 

Obviously I'm no professional when it comes to cameras, camera equipment, or, let's be honest, how cameras even work. Point and shoot is basically the only thing I knew up until now. However, I really hope to learn a bit more about cameras and photography over the next few weeks, months, and years. 

If you're interested in photography and if you're looking to buy your first DSLR, click here to check out the bundle I purchased on Amazon! Pictures to come in the next blog post, and thanks for reading!