Month: March 2014

Recipe Writers: St. Patrick’s Punch (non-alcoholic)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For this month’s recipe I wanted something super-simple that could be whipped up for a party with minimal ingredients and minimal time. Since not all of us celebrate St. Patrick’s with green beer, and some of you might be hosting a party with youngsters, this punch is also non-alcoholic (though still very green!).

You’ll need:

  • One 12-oz. can limeade concentrate
  • One two-liter bottle of lemon-lime soda (Sprite, Sierra Mist, or just the store brand!)
  • Green food coloring

Thaw the limeade. Mix the limeade concentrate and the lemon-lime soda in a large pitcher. Add 3-4 drops of green food coloring and serve chilled!

Cheers!

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Thought Questions, day #9: What’s a belief that you hold with which many people disagree?

While reading Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself over the course of a year. I decided that I would start answering one of the questions each day for the next year. Not only will this give me a reason to blog every day for a year straight, it will get my creative juices flowing–and I think it will be fun! If you join in please leave me a comment so I can see your answers too. :)

Day #9: What’s a belief that you hold with which many people disagree?

I believe that it’s wrong to use animals for food, clothing or entertainment. I won’t eat meat or other animal products, wear fur or leather, or use products/entertainment services that involve the mistreatment of animals, which can range from animal-tested makeup to circuses. A lot of people disagree, but I think it’s morally wrong to mistreat another living thing for your own amusement, and that includes animals, even if it’s “just” a fish or “just” another animal that isn’t cute and cuddly. If I wouldn’t do it to my pet kitties, I won’t do it, period!

If you’d like to read more about my vegan journey, check out this recent post with Katrin and Celeste, in which we discuss our switch to the vegan lifestyle!


Thought Questions, day #8: Who do you love and what are you doing about it?

While reading Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself over the course of a year. I decided that I would start answering one of the questions each day for the next year. Not only will this give me a reason to blog every day for a year straight, it will get my creative juices flowing–and I think it will be fun! If you join in please leave me a comment so I can see your answers too. :)

Day #8: Who do you love and what are you doing about it?

Well, obviously I love my husband very much. As for what I’m doing about it, I think when you love someone you’re willing to invest work into the relationship, even when it’s not easy, and goodness knows marriage is never easy. But I love him enough to work through our bad spots and find little ways for us to connect, since we’re apart so much with our crazy work/school schedules. Even if it’s just eating burritos and watching TV for an hour, he appreciates it when I step away from whatever I’m doing and carve out that time for us.


Thought Questions, day #7: Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?

While reading Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself over the course of a year. I decided that I would start answering one of the questions each day for the next year. Not only will this give me a reason to blog every day for a year straight, it will get my creative juices flowing–and I think it will be fun! If you join in please leave me a comment so I can see your answers too. :)

Day #7: Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?

I’m constantly questioning. The “how” and “why” of things fascinate me. And the more I learn about things, the more I want to know! I would definitely describe myself as perpetually curious.


Thought Questions, day #6: What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?

(photo by Jennifer Trovato via Unsplash)

While reading Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself over the course of a year. I decided that I would start answering one of the questions each day for the next year. Not only will this give me a reason to blog every day for a year straight, it will get my creative juices flowing–and I think it will be fun! If you join in please leave me a comment so I can see your answers too. :)

Day #6: What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?

Learning. It could have been college courses, brushing up on my photography, reading books–anything, really. I went through a period when I was younger when I spent a lot of time doing what young women often do, reading celebrity gossip magazines, shopping, gossiping, and generally not doing much to make anything of my life. I wish I hadn’t been so mentally lazy for so long (even though, in retrospect, it probably wasn’t that large of a chunk of my adult life…but still).

I also think I was blissfully ignorant of the world. I didn’t bother to educate myself about world issues, politics, social problems, etc. I was pretty selfish and stupid. And yes, I was young, and I suppose that’s a part of it…but it really bothers me to run into people who know more about the Kardashians than the current crisis in Ukraine, and I cringe to admit that I used to be that girl.

Random Thursday: I started blogging because…

I started blogging because I wanted to share my love of makeup and fashion and connect with other girls who felt the same way! Over time the focus of my blog has changed a little: I blog about vegan makeup and fashion now, and I also talk about animals, food, books, music, art, and whatever else pops into my head. But the reason hasn’t changed: I still love “meeting” new people who have similar interests. I’ve met some of my best friends through blogging, and now I finally have a vegan bestie in Katrin, who shares my love of vegan desserts and understands why a baby bat is adorable, even when other people go “What?!”

It’s especially a big deal for me since I live in a small-ish town where things like veganism and an all-consuming love of books make me the odd one out. Since there aren’t a lot of chances for me to find like-minded friends locally, blogging has become the perfect outlet for me to find other people who will understand the joy of finding a vegan substitute for an old favorite food, or nod knowingly when I explain, “I can’t go out today. I have a book to read!”

If you blog, why did you start? Has it been everything you thought it would be?

Thought Questions, day #5: What life lesson did you learn the hard way?

While reading Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself over the course of a year. I decided that I would start answering one of the questions each day for the next year. Not only will this give me a reason to blog every day for a year straight, it will get my creative juices flowing–and I think it will be fun! If you join in please leave me a comment so I can see your answers too. :)

Day #5: What life lesson did you learn the hard way?

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It doesn’t just apply to men and careers, I think it can apply to anything you pursue or are passionate about versus your relationships with other people. You can change to please a boyfriend, a pal or your family, but people can be very fickle. I’ve learned the hard way that it isn’t worth it to give up what matters most to you in order to keep a person happy, because if that person really loves you for who you are they will be supportive of you, and if they’re not then they probably don’t really love you as much as you deserve.