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Dear #holdersnotfolders, our quick six week series on improving your phone photography has come to an end. Beth and I want to thank you so much for your encouragement, support, and participation as we've gone through each lesson. I hope you learned or were reminded of skills and helpful tips along the way. As I browsed the Holders Not Folders hashtag, I loved seeing your creativity and the way you have put some of our lessons from this series into practice. Whether it's playing with filters, lighting, perspective, cropping and framing, or color, I hope you continue to learn and grow in your phone photography!

Below are some of my favorite photos of yours from this series. Keep up the good work, y'all! Don't forget that one of the most rewarding aspects of Instagram is the community. Keep reaching out, making new friends, and learning from each other! Oh, and go follow all of these ladies on Instagram!

This particular series may be complete, but #holdernotfolders is far from done! We will have something new for you to participate in starting next week. Be sure to stop by for our next set of challenges! :) Until then, take photos until your heart's content and hashtag them with #holdersnotfolders. Happy April!

Make sure to follow @oakandoats and @megmcilvaine on Instagram. To see the rest of our series, click here!



Welcome to New York! During our trip to NYC, the Kakacs and I hit up Times Square first thing in the morning. It was early and it was cold, but I was still surprised to find the place so empty! We were able to take our time without feeling overwhelmed or the need to get out of there. The last time I was in New York, I was seventeen years old and Times Square felt gigantic to me. It was fun to see it again, with time to take it all in. I love the energy of New York, the hustle and bustle, the lights, and the sounds. After coming home, I decided I could live in the city for a very short season of life. Just long enough to explore it, discover my favorite spots, hit up some classic shows (I've only ever seen Beauty and the Beast on Broadway!), become BFFs with Jimmy Fallon, and then head out of town. ;)

After exploring Times Square to our hearts' content, we hit up Virgil's BBQ for some good southern cookin'. Sometimes when you're in a big and unfamiliar city, you need to take a break in a spot that feels like home. BBQ has a way of taking anyone back to their southern roots. The food at Virgil's was delicious, and I highly recommend it, but there are also tons of eateries to discover in NYC, so go find them and try them all!

So have you ever been to NYC? Thoughts on Times Square? Overwhelming or no? Have you ever seen a Broadway play? Which has been your favorite? I need recommendations for my next trip up there, so let me know about your favorite spots and shows! XOXO.



1 | Spring is in the air! Trees are budding, flowers are blooming, and my heart is soaring at the idea of warmer weather just around the corner!

2 | BFFLS. I got to see my dear friend Jodie yesterday in Nashville. She lives in D.C. but was in the music city for the weekend, so I drove up for the day!

3 | Road trips for days. I seriously love road trips. Short ones, long ones, with friends, or by myself...I love them all. Time on the road gives you a chance to think, to have good conversations, and to sing at the top of your lungs. ;)

4 | Blogging for books. Have you guys tried it out yet? I just got my second book in the mail from them, and I'm excited to share it with you soon!

-- These puppies melt my heart.
-- Don't miss this giveaway! #happymail
-- The periodic table of Disney.
-- Words to live by.
-- Every Tom Hanks movie in seven minutes.
-- Want to improve your photography? Join the Lens Revolution!
-- Let's go explore this place.

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