The Oh She Glows Cookbook

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Vegan, vegan, vegan! It seems vegans near and far are always looking and searching for new and improved ways of eating animal-cruelty free, healthy, and delicious food(s). Food is such a major part of our existence. So, why shouldn’t it taste great?! Here we have, today, is one of my favorite vegan cookbooks called The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon. She’s most commonly known for her green monster smoothie. It has 100 of different recipes ranging from breakfast, smoothies, juices, and teas, appetizers, unique salads, soups, entrees, sides, power snacks, desserts, and even some of her own homemade staples. If you’re anything like me and have a more difficult time coming up with decently tasting vegan food for a previously meat-loving family member THIS is your cookbook! She’s been coming up with her own concoctions since 2009 and has found the perfect combinations to really bring out the nutrients, color, and taste in one book. I bought my paperback book on Amazon for about $20. You can, also, download it on your Kindle or iPad for a more paperless, green approach for only $16! It’s definitely worth the money. If you’re looking for a quick recipe now or just want to see what some of Angela’s recipes are like and about beforehand you can check out her blog at Oh She Glows! If there’s anything you’d like for me to use/try to review, let me know! Happy vegan-ing!

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Vegan Hair Care

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Since I’ve been vegan I have been on the hunt for an awesome hair cleaning product. I know I’ll probably get the third degree for not using organic coconut oil or some jazz like that. But guess what? I already do! I’m a girl. A girly girl when I want to be. So, yeah. I like to get all dolled up.

I have really thick, long hair. I mean passed my boobs long! Also, I don’t dye my hair. Even though I don’t use the most organic stuff on my hair all the time. I’d like to have something that feels clean and is animal-cruelty free. About two-week ago I ordered some makeup and other vegan must have items for your body (like LUSH! But we’ll save that for another post ;) ). Of course, inside my box came with some free samples! Which, I absolutely loved. It came with some Hempz Herbal moisturizer (which smelled amazing by the way),  and this neat shampoo and conditioner called Bamboo Volume Abundance. It’s apparently made from bamboo extract. Let me tell you, it smelled so AMAZING! I can’t even describe how awesome and soft my hair felt. That’s just from using it once! Not that I have fine hair or anything. But my hair usually likes to lay pretty straight. After using this, without hairspray, I have beautiful volume and hold. To make sure I was falling in love with something that was real and not something that made me think, “Hey, this is vegan. Just for that I love it!” I went and bought a Beauty-On-The-Go kit from Ulta. Which happened to have come with 48-hour sustainable spray and uplifting root blast. Because, ya know, you can never have too much volume… and a bottle of volume abundance shampoo and conditioner. Long story short, I’m almost out and I know I just HAVE to have larger bottles of this stuff! It really makes my hair look fuller and feel stronger. Since using it I’ve noticed my hair isn’t as frizzy. Still frizzy, not as much. Anyway, if there’s anything you’d particularly want me to use/try to review let me know! I’m always up for a new vegan substance! :)

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Free of: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Synthetic Color, Sodium Chloride, Gluten, DEA/TEA & Triclosan

My (Our) Vegan Story!

I, personally, have thought about going fully vegan for a while now. Just hadn’t ever committed to it. But here we are and it has been a month since Nick and I decided to, both, become vegan! I know that isn’t much. But it is a huge step in the right direction. If anyone knows my husband they know that he his a giant meat-eater. Anything from chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, pastas with chicken, everything! Chicken has always been his most favorite food. So, I was a little hesitant to ask him if he wanted to join me in attempting to become fully vegan. After a deep discussion on how we may be only be 23, we’re still 23, and need to get our good habits in and our bad habits out NOW. Surprisingly he was more than willing to do it when our discussion turned towards how many animals we’d collectively and individually be saving annually.

You see, we have two fur-babies, Butters and Trixy. They have the biggest personalities! Butters is a 18-year-old, ginger, large, fluffy cat who enjoys lounging around all day any where he can constantly be pet and have his people in plain eyesight. He has to have a full bowl about 80% of the day or he is not having it and there will be absolutely no sleeping, eating, anything! We adopted him from a women on the military base Nick is stationed at when her son decided the kitten was his rough housing toy! Dumping peach juice on him so they were having to give him baths several times a day, throwing him around, it was awful. He’s the biggest sweetheart. He just really wants to be around his people all the time. Other than that, he doesn’t care about much else. Trixy is a 7-year-old, solid black cat. We adopted her from the Little Rock Animal Village here in Arkansas. She was only three weeks old, her whole body could fit into the palm of my hand. We were told that her and her brother were abandoned out front of the animal village in a cardboard box while it was storming. Also, that her brother she came in with had been adopted earlier that morning. So, they were really advent about finding her a place where she wouldn’t be alone. Now she talks/meows more than any cat I have ever seen! She is constantly talking to my husband, curling up in his lap, watching him as he talks, rolling around all cute-like to get our attention. She’s still pretty tiny, too. Which is fun to see the contrast between our two babies. I suppose the reason I’m giving you their background story is because we’ve finally seen the light. If I wouldn’t eat my precious fur babies, why would I eat anything else? To think that there’s other animals out there, calves, ducks, rabbits, chickens that have their own personalities as well. I no longer can stand the thought of eating something that could bring so much life, light, and joy into the world. We’re striving to be the best cat-meowmy-o and cat-daddy-o we can be!

Below are some photos of our fur babies when they were first adopted and present day!

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Meet Trixy! She was three weeks old and this was on her way to her new home. She’s still just as curious and precious.blog3

 

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Meet Butterscotch, AKA Butters! A fluffy, food grubber. This is what he decided was the best idea when he very first walked into his new home. Eat!

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INSANITY

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Tomorrow I start the famous Insanity 60-day total-body conditioning program. I’ve had the DVDs for a while now. Just never really had the time to get really into it. I have to say I’m a bit nervous. But I’m ready. I would definitely have to say I’m out of shape! Over the last month or so I haven’t been keeping up with my cardio. During the school year it’s easy for me to keep a workout schedule because I already have other set schedules. Since it’s summer, its easy to slack off on one thing whenever you’re slacking off on other things. I’m excited! I could really go for a little toning here and there. I’m ready to get my booty kicked by Shaun-T!

Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan

First off, I should state that I’ve never been into anime, aside from the occasional Bleach. It’s just never been something I could really get into. I would watch a few episodes and then it began to feel like every plot dragged out, on and on. So, I’d eventually stop watching all together. At the beginning of June I started my summer with much needed time away from school. My Netflix kept suggesting I watch some odd anime that I had only seen a few trailers about. I didn’t really want to. But seems how I already binged on about 90% of what Netflix had to offer at the time, I was left with no other choice. So, I decided to watch it.

Well people, I was GLUED to the screen! I watched every episode in, collectively, two days. Then, watched it again with my husband. THAT, is how much I loved this show! This anime gem has it all. The story never once seemed stale. I watched as these people fought, literally, till death for their right to live. The show, itself, couldn’t have drawn me in anymore than it already had until the main character, Eren, somehow managed to get even more bad ass as it went along! I felt his constant want and need to do what was right for everyone around him. But, also, the overpowering sensation to destroy all and everything that surrounds you just because he had the ability and mentality to. Every character played a major part and pulls on those strings attached to our hearts. You laugh, you cry, you feel for them. It was so riveting with it’s constant dark gore, violence, mystery, and secrets. It has a sense of realism to it that I, myself, felt the need to fight for humanity along side my new best friends against the titans. I couldn’t get enough! I still can’t get enough! Luckily, there’s already been announcements and sightings of a season 2! So, you better hurry and get all caught up before it comes out in July! I know I’ll probably binge again before the next season comes out. I know, it’s a problem! For now I’m off to find my next Netflix show!

The Veggietastic and The Book Nook

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With it being summer I find myself falling in love with the local farmers’ market all over again. Although, I have a love for small, store bought carrots that are just too cute to pass up! Nothing beats locally grown. Fresh peppers, ripe berries, and not to forget they have homemade items! I could sit here typing paragraph after paragraph about how awesome, friendly, and helpful farmers’ markets are. But, I guess, you’ll have to figure it out for yourselves! Find out the days and times for your local farmers’ market and help out the nearby farmers all while getting delicious items. :)

Look Up

Today, I wanted to give my insight on this viral video, “Look Up,” uploaded by Gary Turk. Its sent a fairly strong message to majority of its viewers with 40+ million views and over 300,000 likes. It’s a beautiful message reminding everyone that life is more than the screen in front of us. But, to me, showing that you’ll never be able to find or meet new people, that you’ll miss your one true love simply because we don’t look up is a little too much. All the while thousands and hundreds of thousands of people are finding something new on dating sites and social media every day. Seeing different cultures from all over the world, a grandmother able to Skype with her growing grandchildren, a military service member able to witness his child’s birth while deployed. Technology really has come a long way. I, personally, couldn’t imagine living in any other time period. The 21st century, missing someone and we’re just able to pick up a small smart phone and reconnect again. I believe it’s all about balance. We take for granted everything that is in front of us. We abuse social media turning it from catching up with old friends and family to an every-minute-update about what we’re eating or complaining about. We ignore the true essence of nature, traveling, and being with family and friends by spending our time worrying about snapping pictures. With, almost, everything in life there is a healthy balance. Technology in moderation is key. But the real question is; do most people know how to do anything in moderation anymore? I give props to the guy behind the video whom, hypocritically, inspired people to talk and think about the world around them a bit more.