Favorites | On Friday

Friday, April 24, 2015

cold and windy Mina
Quite possibly the most delicious thing I have ever seen in my entire life.

The cutest print shop with the best quotes.  This one is one of my favorites.


If you're a big Disney lover like me, you'll enjoy this little post.

I really enjoyed watching this video (how great is it to get a guy's perspective on personal care products?).


My new favorite blog.

Who knew you could recycle so many things?

An amazing interview and article with my hero. 

My mom swears by Dale Carnegie's words of wisdom and this article gives great insight into his teachings. 

Have a great weekend!

My favorite ways to enjoy roasted vegetables

Thursday, April 23, 2015

My favorite ways to enjoy roasted vegetables

My favorite ways to enjoy roasted vegetables

My favorite ways to enjoy roasted vegetables
Roasted vegetables are my favorite go-to meal when I am feeling lazy.  And, if I'm being completely honest with you, these days I am more lazy than not when it comes to meal preparation.  There is something so impossibly easy and satisfying about making a pan full of roasted veggies and then sitting down to eat them.  They are tender with a slight crisp, and if I'm really lucky, just a tiny little bit burnt.  

These are my favorite tips for getting the most out of roasted veggies:

1 | Preheat oven to 425 and cook for 25 minutes with no oil and just a touch of sea salt and black pepper.
2 | My favorite veggies to roast are asparagus, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and winter squash.
3 | I love making my cinnamon yam fries along side my roasted veggies.  They give the meal a great juxtaposition of taste and texture.
4 | Chickpeas pair perfectly with roasted veggies.  I think it is because of the difference in textures and subtle nuttiness of the chickpeas.
5 | Dips are roasted veggies best friend.  My favorites are hummus and tomato sauce
6 | When preparing the vegetables, add an addition 1/4-1/3 based on what you think you can eat.  Veggies shrink when they are roasted and you can eat a lot more than you might think.  And there is nothing worse than finishing your plate full of roasted veggies and still being hungry.
7 | Sprinkle (or dump) nutritional yeast on top after they are finished cooking.  You won't be sorry.
8 | Plate on top of greens (like spinach) for an extra nutritional punch.

What are your favorite ways to enjoy roasted vegetables? 

My favorite vegan nail polishes for spring

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring vegan nail polishes LVX, Trust Fund Beauty, Zoya, Black Kester



In my opinion, there is no easier way to lighten up your look for spring than by changing up your nail color.  During the winter, I am all about a nice, bold, dark polish.  But once spring arrives, I cannot wait to adorn my nails with light, warm, neutral shades.  These polishes are my favorite way to stay classy and natural, but with just a little something to make my nails look extra special.  Additionally, they are all five-free (the only way I roll), and obviously vegan and cruelty-free.

LVX in cliquot | This warm neutral peach is subtle, but adds just the perfect pop to your nails.  It is also incredibly versatile and can fit into just about anyone's regularly rotating polishes.

Trust Fund Beauty in champagne problems | I am obsessed with this shimmery gold shade.  It looks and feels like my nails are wearing jewelry and I cannot help but constantly glance at them.  Sparkly, but super classy at the same time.

Zoya in erika | This polish is perfect when you want a very subtle manicure and not have to worry about touch ups.  The iridescent pink color with gold undertones is almost undetectable except to provide a very clean and polished look to your nails. 

Kester Black in buttercream | This polish is my newest favorite shade.  It applies opaque and is a warm, off white color which is perfect for spring.  My nails look so flawless and professionally manicured that I would consider only using this polish for the rest of my life.

What nail polish shades are you turning to this spring?  Do you prefer pretty neutrals, classic red, or are you a dark nail color girl (or guy) through and through?

Favorites | On Friday

Friday, April 17, 2015

Favorites | On Friday
This girl does not mess around and I agree 100% with her message.

How are you today?  I'M FANTASTIC!

Is your resume formatted correctly?  I'm sad my favorite font Calibri is not on the list :/

I'm not sure if this breakfast should be legal.  GET IN MY BELLY.

Are you properly dressed for your interview?

I think I'm finally ready to tackle this beast.

My response was my over the top happy dance accompanied by "yayyyyyyyyy!" 

The dessert I always chose in the grade school cafeteria to accompany my disgusting school lunch.

A pet peeve of mine so eloquently written about here.

Sunny knows what I like- short ingredient list, easy peasy recipe, and delicious outcome.

I am honored to be on this list with many of my favorite bloggers and ladies I am lucky enough to call my friends.

Have a great weekend!

How do you respond to common questions about being vegan?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How do you respond to common questions about being vegan?
You would think that after being vegan for nearly ten years, I would be used to answering "the common questions" about the lifestyle.  But I'm not.  Actually, I'm quite the opposite and am almost at a loss as to what to say.  It's not because I think the questions are difficult or offensive, but more because I just don't even think veganism is challenging or a big deal.  You know what I mean?

Earlier this week, my mother in law texted me.  She told me that some doctors and friends suggested that she stop eating meat for a while to see if it would help her with some health issues.  Then came those questions:  "Tell me how you became vegan.  How do you figure you're getting the protein and iron you need?  What was the process like when you went vegan?"  

As soon as I read these questions, I immediately felt overwhelmed and responded something like this:  "I don't ever think about protein or iron and all my blood tests always come back fine.  My transition to veganism was very intuitive and natural to me.  I just phased out animal products."  I am so helpful, right?  I immediately told Dayv about this conversation and he encouraged me to expand on my responses and provide as much information as possible.  I did my best and offered to give her a bunch of my cookbooks so she can experiment with recipes.    

I know becoming vegan is more difficult than others, but for me it was very natural.  The level of concerns some people bring up about the lifestyle are just not issues for me and never have been issues.  I personally think it is really easy and never remember it being a challenge.  Unfortunately, my viewpoint makes it difficult for me to give helpful advice to individuals curious about the lifestyle. 

I'd love to know your thoughts about these and other basic questions about veganism.  How do you respond?  Is it easy for you to relate to these questions (ie- were these concerns for you before you became vegan) or are you like me and find it challenging to give helpful advice?  If you're not vegan- I'd love your thoughts, too. 

Kester Black Poppy | Review

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kester Black Poppy Nail Polish Review

Kester Black Poppy Nail Polish Review

Kester Black Poppy Nail Polish Review
One of the amazing parts about being vegan for nearly ten years is seeing how far industries have come and the various companies that have cropped up in order to cater to the mission of ethical, animal-free products.  For the longest time, I never painted my nails just because there wasn't a product on the market that I believed was safe enough (aka 5-free), did not contain ingredients derived from animals, or was not tested on animals.  But luckily, times are very much changing and now there are so many vegan nail polish brands on the market that I love experimenting with and trying out.

Kester Black is a very new to me nail polish brand that is based in Australia.  Their products are made in small batches, use sustainable production methods including the use of recyclable materials, only contain the highest quality ingredients that all have Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) and Vegan Society accreditation, and are vegan.  Products and ingredients have not been tested on animals by the company, anyone on their behalf, or by any of their suppliers.  Additionally, all of their nail polishes are 5-free.  Now that's a company you can feel good about supporting.

I was lucky enough to win two Kester Black nail polishes on Vegan Miam's recent giveaway and could not wait to try them out.  Poppy is a lovely cool berry color that looks even more beautiful on your fingers than in the bottle.  I was a little skeptical at first, thinking about my already abundant collection of dark red and magenta nail polishes, but this one really stands out from the rest.  The application brush took a little getting used to as it is a thick, flat brush, but I quickly got the hang of it.  I applied two coats for a very vibrant color.  The nail polish lasts about three to four days with very minimal chipping that can easily be touched up.

Kester Black polishes retail for $20 AUD which is a little higher than other brands (which are usually in the $12-$16 range).  But the quality and attention to detail is very obvious.  I'd love to try even more of their colors, which they have a wonderful selection of, especially the french white, silverbirch, and conquer blonde.  

What is your favorite ethical industry that has cropped up since you have been vegan and/or interested in living a more conscientious and sustainable life?

Favorites | On Friday

Friday, April 10, 2015

The ice cream sandwiches of my dreams.

How campaigns become viral.

Soft pretzel heaven.

My thoughts exactly.

Has a pie ever looked better?  No, I didn't think so, either.

Inspiration for the phone addict.

The perfect way to use up all your leftover matzo.

Would you prefer to be considered smart or beautiful?

Breakfast, please.

Plantains in curry sounds like a really good idea.

Have a great weekend!
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