Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Favorites || #5

I would end up just putting this tape on everything. Haha. 

This shirt can match my crazy plant lady heart.

Yeah Bunny

I love trying out new natural products and this toothpaste looks amazing. 
Just The Goods

This is perfect for open back tops.
Out Come the Wolves

I can't even handle this. Just sloths.
Baltic Club

This would hang perfectly in any room


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mowgli for the day || Bananas and Carrots

Mowgli sure loves her some snacks. So we love to greet her every morning and afternoon with yummy snacks for her. Pigs have a huge tendency to over eat so we can't just leave snacks for her laying out. No self control. Haha. We try to keep her diet varied so she doesn't get bored. She loves all kinds of fruits and veggies. Some of her favorite are bananas, strawberries, mangos, celery, carrots, and blue berries. She is NOT a fan of broccoli. We have tried and tried again but she is not having it. Haha. 

Click here to see Mowgli enjoying her carrots! 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! 

Look at those teeth! 
Look at that tongue! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Book || Holy Cow

Just finished Holy Cow that I picked up from Barnes and Nobles this past weekend. I have not laughed that hard over a book in a very long time. This book follows Elsie Bovary, a cow who has recently discovered some not so great news about the farming industry. This lovely tale as gentle and humorous as it also touches on many levels of the human disconnect with the rest of the natural world. As humans we like to think of ourselves as separate beings from nature when in fact we are nature itself. We must learn as individuals to bring ourselves back. To remember that we are all the same. This book manages to poke at those topics with a light hoof(see what I did there). I would highly recommend it. It is truly a great read. 


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Doc || The Human Experiment

It is truly unsetting to know that there is very little regulation when it comes to the toxicity levels in the products that we buy on a daily basis. The Human Experiment   is an amazing film that explores this extremely important topic. It is crucial that we provide our bodies with the proper nutrition needed for them to function correctly, the same goes for not using products that can potentially be harmful. The website that they have is also fantastic. It has a section for products that do not have these harmful chemicals. We should all stay proactive when it comes to the products that we buy. We as the public consumer have so much power that we can use to support companies that do not place harmful chemicals into their products or the environment. 


Monday, July 20, 2015

Doc || Our Generation

Wow! Amazing documentary! Our Generation tells about the injustices being done on the Australian Aboriginal people. It is an eye opener for sure. It is unbelievable that in this day in age that the government still has such a bias control over a people and their land. I am always very taken back when I watch documentaries of this type because it always blows my mind at how little I know about a certain topic, I guess that's why I love watching documentaries all of the time. As terrible as the situations are in films of this nature, it is good to spread the knowledge and to inform the masses, because that is the only way that we can bring upon change for the greater good. I highly recommend this documentary. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. 


Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Favorites || #4

I would wear these everyday.

This necklace is so precious.

This dress is a dream come true.
Free People

I am always looking for new containers for my plants and this one is just perfect.

Would love to try this tint! It's made with fruits!

I could put plants on here! Haha.
Urban Outfitters


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I want to be vegan but || Its too expensive

So I have decided to start this series of posts where I will take common "reasons" not to be vegan and give some explanations as to why they might not be so valid. 

I will start with one of the most common reasons: 

I want to be vegan but its too expensive. 

"That's a rich person diet." "Fruits and vegetables are the most expensive food at the store." "Have you seen the prices at a vegan restaurant?" The list goes on and on.

And I can actually understand why people would have a misunderstanding about this. Vegan restaurants can be pricy, but the average person isn't eating at a vegan restaurant for every meal. Most of us are eating at home and if you take a second to think about it, all of the cheapest ingredients are vegan. Rice, potatoes, bananas, pasta, beans, oatmeal, bread, tofu, seasonings and the list goes on for these very cheap and affordable ingredients. 

I changed my diet when I first started college and I won't lie it was quite difficult in the beginning because I was not informed properly. Once I did my research I was on a roll. I was your average college kid with a student worker job and brand new bills that I was not use to having. So as you can imagine my budget was near non existent. If I did it, anyone can. Especially coming from a former meat lover (but that's for another post). 

Here are some staple meals that can be made on even the tightest of college budgets. I will give two options for each meal: one will be a cooked meal and the other a raw meal. 

Breakfast: Oatmeal- take two packs of flavored oatmeal cook those as directed, then add a hand full of raw oatmeal to give it some extra oomph. After that top it off with some banana slices, peanut butter, pretty much anything. And you will have yourself an extremely filling meal.

                Smoothie- dump about 5-7 bananas into your blender(by no means 
do you have to have a fancy high speed blender for this) add some cinnamon and voila. If you'd like it a bit more liquidy just add a couple tablespoons of nondairy milk. 

Lunch: Rice & Broccoli- this one is probably the easiest of them all. You make some rice, you steam some broccoli, season to taste and bam! You've got yourself a meal. Very simple and you can easily pop it into a container and take it to school or work with you. 

           Watermelon- no really, just watermelon. Haha. May sound a bit crazy, but who doesn't love watermelon. Super hydrating and delicious and when in season really affordable. (That's my lunch today)

Dinner: Pasta- you could take this as simple or as fancy as you want. A simple pasta can be made with cooked noodles, warmed tomato sauce, and some toasty bread on the side. It can be jazzed up with mushrooms, bell peppers, faux cheese, or anything else really.

            Raw Pasta- and no that does not mean uncooked noodles. Haha. What you do is you take several zucchinis and spiralize them (cut them into noodles either with a knife or spiralizer) and then add your favorite sauce. There are so many sauce recipes out there I could not pick just one. 

By the way Pinterest is your friend. I love just going on there and finding new ideas and changing them up to suit my own liking. It's okay to mix things up a bit. You can drink a smoothie for lunch or eat oatmeal for dinner. There are no rules! 

Here are a few pages that will give you more ideas. 

Youtube: Cheaplazyvegan, Ecovegangal, Shessomickey 

Web: Peta, One Green Planet, Yummy Plants

And here are a few pictures of Mowgli, just because. 

She loves drinking smoothies
I told you everyone loves watermelon
Celery yum!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Mowgli for the day || Sunshine and Snacks

There is nothing better than a bright sunny day and some snacks to make you feel lovely.

I hope everyone has an awesome Monday! 


Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Favorites || #3

This ring is a must.
Shop Dixi

This bath oil looks absolutely divine.
I cannot get over how amazing the print on this shirt is! 

If I were to get a fanny pack I might as well get a watermelon right? Haha.

Been looking for a rug that would go well in our bed room, I think I found it.
Urban Outfitters 

I am in big need of new planters for my succulents. These would look perfect. 
Gems of the Soil


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Eco Upgrade || Glass Bottles

I received my glass bottles that I ordered off of Amazon and I could not be more excited. Haha. Ever since we all moved into our house, we have used plastic water bottles and just recycled the bottles. And I thought to myself instead of buying plastic bottles and then having to recycle them why not just have a permanent solution that I don't need to re-purchase constantly. So I went on over to Amazon and found these great bottles. We have a filter to fill them up and keep them in the fridge so that they stay nice and cold. We drink ALOT of water. So this change was greatly needed. Now we are good to go. No need to used up all kinds of plastic! 

Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Doc || The Invisible War

This documentary had me just amazed at the horrific acts that human beings can do to each other. The Invisible War  is a documentary showing the dishonorable and plain horrific sexual assault acts that men and women deal within the American military. This really was in invisible issue to me. I had never heard of such a thing. The film shows veterans telling the stories of their assaults. As if that was not bad enough the prosecution of the perpetrators were often non existing. This was an astonishing documentary. Truly recommend it.  


Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Favorites || #2

Gotta get my hands on this top, so vegan!

I am in love with these notebooks.
Urban Outfitters
This shade of lipstick is just lovely.

These shorts just scream summer! 

What a perfect blanket for the beach.
Tribe and True Studio

Talk about a beautiful necklace.

Dutch Gem Junkie

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Adventure || Mississippi || Tunica Hills

Zac, Pecho, Hunter (Pecho's best friend) and I went explore Tunica Hills for the millionth time a few weeks back. It truly is a hidden gem around these parts. It is only about an hour and thirty minutes outside of Baton Rouge. We have gone there several times, like alot, and EVERY SINGLE time we go, we get lost. Every time. And every time it is a new adventure as to when or if we are ever going to make it. But to our surprise, we make it every time. We had an absolute blast. It is always such a comforting feeling just being outdoors for me. Just sitting listening to the birds, the water, and the hooligans that I'm with in the background makes my day. 

Saw this babe while we got lost.
One of the several beautiful waterfalls.
How perfect is this fern.
Zac got this awesome shot of our new buddy.
And another waterfall.
Zac monkeying around.
Splashing around in the waterfalls was the best.
Pecho looking totally mysterious and deep.
Got this shot right as we were leaving.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mowgli for the day || Bald Head Rascal

Summer time is here! And Mowgli is feelin the heat, particularly on her head. Haha. Summer time means bathing suits, watermelon, and for some baldness. Mowgli being the big ol' pot belly pig that she is "blows her coat" in the summer. And boy is it funny. She rocks the old man bald head with style though. This usually starts up in the late spring/ early summer when it starts to warm up. And yes pigs have hair not fur. When pigs blow their coat they get incredibly itchy, so we like to assist Mowgli by giving her some extra good scratches. Also since pigs skin run a bit dry after good rubs we lather her up good with some coconut oil (which she tries to lick off herself after) to ease the dryness. We also got her a little pool to help her with the heat. Yesterday we gave her a nice sugar scrub to get all of the extra dead skin cells off. But Mowgli's favorite pastime in the summer is sitting in the shade in a freshly dug out hole and just napping. Nothing beats taking a nap in the nice cool shade.