Sunday, November 6, 2011

New Address!

Please, don't miss all the new posts on the new Twirl & Curl blog! I've moved url's and hope to increase my post numbers! Check out my new post tomorrow! How do you find balance?
The new image of Twirl & Curl! Visit today!

Saturday, November 5, 2011


As I have struggled with changing my name, for the moment it will stay as it is. I love it, I do. We'll see how it works out! But for now, please join me at, where you will find me posting! I will keep posting here for some time, but one day the posting will stop on this site and move over completely to It's new, I'm still working on getting posts transfered, but for now it is what it is and I hope you enjoy my new spot on the web!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Apple Pie Cookies

[Photographed by MAT]
 I spent the day in the kitchen baking these, they turned out absolutely delicious. There is something to be said about spending all day working on something and have the results be magnificent. I do not get that feeling enough from school, not as much as a I should. It was lovely to spend my day, yes these did take all day, doing something that I loved. 

Baking is something that I have found more enjoyable as the years have passed by. I get more comfortable with the instruments in my hands and when reading the recipe, it does not seem as daunting as it once did. This task that I once found stressful has now become something I thoroughly enjoy. Spending my weekdays at school, working hard on homework assignments, it's hard to fit in time to do what I love. Thankfully, today we were given the day off. A day to breath and relax, to sleep in past 8 o'clock and be who we truly are. Do what we would like for a day that would typically be spent going from class to class, counting down the minutes until the school day is over.  Days off are not as appreciated as I think they should be. But today, I lived every moment of the time that I was given. 

I baked without pressure, with only hope that my hard work would pay off today. Enjoyment rushed through me the second I took the first bite. These morsels will melt in your mouth and the hard work that they require will be incredibly worth it once you have them to enjoy. I wish I would have doubled the recipe so I could enjoy them for twice as long. I loved the way that I was able to spend my day baking, running errands in between time that the dough needed to chill and photographing everything along the way.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ideas, Ideas, Ideas

Here are a couple of ideas I've come up with for my new name! Please let me know what you think and please share your ideas with me! Thank you so much!

1. The Life of MAT

2. The Adventures of MAT

3. Enjoying Life with MAT

4. Live, Laugh, Love with/& MAT

5. MAT

6. Memories of MAT

Help! Some of these I like and some of these I just cannot stand, that's why I need your input!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I Need Your Help

Hi everyone!

I apologize for how sporatic and lacking my posts have been lately. Posting just doesn't make time into my day when I have aprx. 3,000 photos on my camera card and a test everyday this week.

Life gets stressful.

But I want to post more and let this be a place of growth. That I can look back upon and see where I was in life. Where I can share my ideas with you.

Yet Twirl and Curl isn't doing it for me. I need a new name, I'm dying for a fresh start. That's where I'm struggling. I want a fun name, that's simple and classic too.

I would love to use my initials, MAT, in the title. I don't want to steal someone's blog title and just stick my initials in there. That doesn't seem fair. Plus it isn't very unique at all.

I would love, love, love if you could help me come up with new ideas. Here are some things about me that you might not have known:

My name is Mackenzie.
My initals are MAT.
I love monograms.
I love lists.
I love organizing.
I love my friends and family.
My family has three cockapoos.
I am a junior in high school.
I love pink. Light pink to magenta, no bubblegum.
I have crazy habits and things that annoy me. (A full post for another time.)
I love photography and baking.
I love reading.
I don't think a day is complete if you haven't laughed.

Please, help me out here! I have tried coming up with new names and nothing has fit or stuck. If you have any ideas at all, you could be the one to name my blog! If you could take one minute and comment on this post I would be incredibly thankful. I am getting a new design next week and need a new name by then! Can't wait to hear all of your ideas!

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Oh, Erin Condren

I love the new life planners from Erin Condren Design. I love them so much that I decided to order one for myself, even though I already get a planner from my high school that I will use daily. I'm an organization person so it was incredible to come upon these! A planner with a to do list and goal section for every week? Perfect! Before I made my decision I made sure that it would be something I used, to do this I read every blog post, tumblr post and review there is online of these planners. Everyone loved them and the only negative complaints were from the people that had their order deleted when they were hacked. I ordered my planner on Wednesday August 17th and got priority processing so that my planner would arrive before school began. Not exactly how it all played out...

I had ordered my planner with unique color changes and therefore requested a proof, I also cut the planner off with September 2012 being its last month since I would use it as an academic calendar. They didn't send me a proof and I had to email them to get a proof sent to me so I could approve it before it went to be bound. The people at Erin Condren were super sweet about it and couldn't have been nicer and I was just glad it all worked out. Fast forward to last Friday, my planner arrived on Thursday but I couldn't open it until Friday. I opened my planner and saw that it was from January 2012 to December 2012. I was heartbroken, it sounds crazy to be this upset over a planner but I was. I wanted to start using this planner the second I opened it and was livid when I opened it and it wasn't usable. My mom on the other hand, ordered a life planner and an address book and both of them were perfect. Insane. 

I promptly called Erin Condren where I requested a new planner and asked them to overnight it to me and was told that I would get a call back. By about 3:30pm I hadn't gotten a call back and figured that to overnight it to me they needed to have it out earlier than 5pm when they closed. I emailed them and got a response back a little after 4pm where they told me that they would overnight it to me on Monday and that I could keep my old planner and that they were so sorry. I was also told that they had a lot of new people working and that they are working out kinks and that once again, they were sorry for the mistake. I was just grateful that I got a call that the problem was solved! 

Today is Tuesday and I was looking forward all day for my planner to arrive, finally! And before school starts! The mailman/delivery man arrived and there was no Erin Condren planner, my heart sank. Where was my planner? I figured maybe it was coming at a different time, being delivered later, etc. Not so much. I called Erin Condren back and asked to see if it had shipped to see if it was coming later or if it was coming another day. I talked to the same person that didn't call me back in the first place and he told me he would look for the shipping number and call me back. Fast forward to 5:20pm and I hadn't gotten a call, they close at 5pm. I called and talked to a different person, the first person I talked to had left for the day and was no longer there. He couldn't tell me anything really and I gave him my information and he said that he will give me a call and send me an email tomorrow. I honestly just want my planner! Do you think it will come tomorrow?