Before I became a vegetarian, I’d always heard people talking about how expensive it is to maintain a lifestyle like that. Truthfully, since making the change, I don’t think I’ve ever saved more money on food in my life! (Veggie wraps are always a few bucks cheaper than a chicken sandwich, just fyi) However, when it comes to really cheap food, I often feel like there’s a strict limit on my meal options. For example, when going to McDonald’s or Chickfila I always order a ridiculous amount of fries to substitute a real meal. For those of you that may be feeling the same restrictions- I got you! Here are some fast food spots that offer veggie meals that won’t break your bank!!
I hope this little guide is helpful to any meat-free people out there! Happy spring!
Always sending love & happiness!
Scrolling through Facebook, I’m often bombarded with advertisements for “cheap travel guides” and “how to see the world on a budget.” It’s always the same old thing. I’m intrigued, click on the link and am immediately disappointed by how out-of-reach the suggestions are. Usually the articles involve some kind of gap year or the accommodations, although cheap, are still out of my price range. So, as a college student with dreams of seeing more than what the sweet, but limited town of Tallahassee has to offer, I decided to do some investigating. It only took about 5 minutes before I came across WWOOF.
WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. I know, probably not what you expected. The organization describes itself as “a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, global community.” Basically, people who own farms around the world will provide you with food, a home and basic needs in exchange for a few hours of work each day. Before reading into it, I could not have imagined myself helping on a farm or wanting to work during my travels, but then I realized what an authentic experience it could be. Living and working in a place truly breaks down any touristyfacades that can be built when traveling abroad and provides a true peek into the
culture and everyday life. It is a chance to enjoy local activities, shop at farmers markets, and connect with your surroundings in a very direct way.
This is definitely not for those who expect to be waited on hand and foot. WWOOFing does involve work and can be physically demanding. The experience is for those who are interested in alternative living and want to feel what it’s like to live in the chosen country. As far as type of work, a love of the outdoors is definitely a starting point, but it truly depends on the farm when it comes to specific tasks. Having said this, hosts understand that their volunteers are most likely filled with wanderlust and will often provide day trips around the nearby area. The work also only takes up half a day, so WWOOFers are free to adventure in their free time.
Having spoken to a former WWOOFer, I have heard only wonderful things and am excited to kick off my journey this summer in Hawaii! If you are looking to travel free of charge (except the plane ticket there) and are willing to quite literally get your hands dirty, then give the link below a click and explore the possibilities!
It's mid-March and about time I share another organic recipe for your #HumpDayTreat. St.Patty's just passed and I've been seeing lots of snaps about the Shamrock Shake. Before you run to McDonald's for that minty green goodness, lemme throw some facts:
In ONE MEDIUM sized shake you are consuming 660 calories, 19 grams of fat (29% RDV), 12 grams of saturated fat (61% RDV) and a whopping 93 grams of sugar. And what about that cool mint flavour? High fructose corn syrup, Corn syrup, Water, Sugar, Xanthan gum, Citric acid, Sodium benzoate (preservative), Yellow 5 and Blue 1. According to an author from BambooCore Fitness, Yellow 5 is banned in Norway, Finland and France and Blue 1 is Banned in Norway and Austria.
THIS IS SO BAD. Try this healthy alternative.
Why you'll love it
All these ingredients can be found at Wholefoods for cheap. Save money, take care of your body.
What is Spirulina? Answer: Pond Scum
Yep, you read that right. Spirulina is blue-green algae that smells like a fish tank. Giving you the bad before the good, just wait until you hear all the amazing benefits this superfood has to offer:
1. Detoxes Heavy Metals
2. Eliminates Candida
3. Anemia Relief
4. Helps Prevent Cancer
5. Lowers Blood Pressure
6. Reduces Cholesterol
7. Lowers Chance of Stroke
8. Boosts Energy
9. Speeds Up Weight Loss
10. Alleviates Sinus Issues
All information is taken from Dr. Josh Axe, chiropractor and certified nutritionist.
Integrate these tips into your daily routine and you’ll be noticing healthier skin, hair, and nails in no time!
I will never understand why men are so scared to put cream on their face. Phrasing, I know. But moisturizing is practically the fountain of youth, and in doing so you are eliminating dry, flaky skin and reducing your chances of getting wrinkles. Moisturizing your face should be as important as checking your sport stats. You need to be able to do it consciously every morning before you start your day. Alot of moisturizers also come with SPF, which will help against sun damage. I really recommend using Brave Solider Solar Shield SPF 30. It’s water resistant and stays on all day so in between running to class, a long day at work, and sweating as the 75 degree sun is blaring on you, know that your moisturizer is doing it’s job.
Regardless if you have a buzz cut or a luscious man bun, you HAVE TO condition after you shampoo. Shampoo can sometimes be harsh on the hair and scalp (especially if it’s a prescription one for dandruff) and as moisturizer helps relieve dryness on your face, conditioner does the same thing for your scalp. I recommend using Old Spice’s 3-in-1 hair and body wash as it is not only conditioner, but it has built in shampoo and body wash. Now you can just let it drip from your hair to your body, and (viola!) all clean. You might be thinking, “Really, Angie? Old Spice? Might as well use Axe”, but my boyfriend uses this product and not only does he always smell amazing, but there is never not a moment I don’t want to run my fingers through his hair. Anyways, Axe? Really?
Are your acne or sporadic pimples bothering you? Start exfoliating! Men should exfoliate between two to three times a week. Alan Grogan, who is a co-founder of the UK grooming brand ManCave, stated in an interview with AskMen.com that, "By scrubbing off dead skin, you not only unclog pores and brighten the complexion, you are also exposing hair follicles, allowing for a closer shave and eliminating ingrown hairs." All these sound like perks to me! As a huge fan of all Clinique products, I recommend using Clinique For Men Exfoliating Tonic. Warning: Exfoliating can leave your skin drier than usual, so make sure you moisturize after.
I promise, it doesn’t sound as bad as you think! You don’t necessarily need to go out and get them done at your local nail salon, but making sure that they are cut and clean are a must. Your nail beds should be consistently clear and your nail length shouldn’t be jagged or noticeably uneven. If you don’t know how
to properly groom your nails, don’t hesitate to go to your local nail salon and get them done there by a professional. Gone is the stigma of men attending a nail salon; all of them are unisex and understand that men want healthy nails as much as any woman.
Please, whatever you do, DO NOT dry shave, it is HORRIBLE for your skin. Also, if your disposable razor has been in your possession since you started shaving in the tenth grade, I think it’s time to throw it out! And always choose shaving cream over soap. Shaving cream helps with a closer shave, and allows the razor to glide easier around your face. If you ever run out of shaving cream just use your Old Spice 3-in-1 shower gel and it’ll get the job done till you can stop by your local pharmacy. Shaving with soap makes your skin more vulnerable to cuts, and no one wants minor abrasions on their face. If you are looking into an electric shaver, I recommend using the Braun Series 9-9095cc Wet/Dry Electric Shaver. One of its best qualities is that it produces a close shave when your facial hairs don’t necessarily go in the same direction. The other use is for hairs that are flat on the neck and chin areas as it helps pull them up so you can shave them away. Whether you’re a traditional or electric shaver, this will help get you the closest shave you can possibly get!
We all love to binge watch our favorite Netflix shows, whether it be Shameless, Stranger Things or whatever else is trending at the moment. But, in the depths of Netflix are rare and unique movies, which deserve to be watched just as much as everyone’s favorite – Gossip Girl. Personally, I am an indie film lover, so I have narrowed down some of the best independent movies on Netflix that will give you a break from the entertaining, yet basic Netflix shows.
First is Tallulah. This flick follows a dynamic young woman, Tallulah, and her free-spirited lifestyle on a mission to survive in a big city with no money. On one of her various odd jobs, she encounters a baby in the hands of an extremely affluent mother who is clearly stuck in her party ways and cannot possibly care for her baby. So, what does Tallulah do? She grabs the baby and runs. Do the cops catch her? Can she really raise a child? You’re going to have to watch the movie to find out what happens next!
If music is your thing, this one’s for you! Begin Again is a romantic comedy that follows Gretta, a musician in New York, as she experiences heartbreak and new relationships. The soundtrack adds the perfect element to make this movie captivating and different from all other romantic comedies!
Other People revolves around a struggling comedian who has to quit his job in order to take care of his sick mother. Yes, that sounds very depressing, but this film has some moments that are hilarious and definitely brighten the mood. This drama is for a night when you want to get in your feels, but also follow an interesting and amusing series of events.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Lastly, this one is a classic and if you haven’t seen it, you should drop what you’re doing and open Netflix right now. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, an American drama, was released in 1993 starring Leonardo DiCaprio AND Johnny Depp. Viewers will experience romance, heartbreak, excitement and closure all in one film. I won’t give too much away, but let’s just say DiCaprio earned his first Oscar nomination for his amazing performance in this film!
It’s time to give those typical TV shows a rest and delve into what Netflix has to offer!
I feel 39 different emotions at once in the days leading up to my period. Like my hormones decided to conduct a one woman circus. It's bananas. One minute you want food, the next you want sex, and the next you just want to fight. I once cried watching Chopped on the FoodNetwork. I mean, come on. I cried watching CHOPPED. On the bright side, I'm aware of my ridiculousness. Here's a materialization of some of these feelings as told by Corinne, from the Bachelor. God I love her.
You eat anything and everything in sight.
Become a bit more scandelous.
Act petty af.
Throw sass like it's confetti.
Say weird sh*t
Wonder why you're acting this way.
Actually get your period.
Realize you may actually be crazy.
I'm gonna go eat some peanut butter.
The best writers are avid readers. If you weren't previously aware of this, you're welcome. I just gave you the key to the kingdom. Although I prefer writing blogs and short prose, my favorite thing to read is poetry. I realized a few moments ago that although fashion has been one of the most important industries for hundreds of years, few poems are written on the subject. Popular topics for poems include life, love, nature and death. Why when searching "Fashion in poetry" did I NOT find any good articles?
Our clothes speak volumes on who we are, who we want to be, and where we are in our lives. Historians use fashion as a way of categorizing the "mood" of earlier times. For example, long dresses that cover the ankles paired with tight corsets were the norm for women in the 1700's. If you notice, women in the 1700's aren't well talked about. If you google "women in the 1920's" you'll find results 45x greater that most other periods. I guess well behaved women rarely do make history. The 20's were a time of freedom and rebellion for women. Short hair, short dresses, and long cigarettes all tied into the message that women were not to be overlooked.
I am mentioning the 1920's because one fashion-related poem I found was inspired by this time period:
This poem was written by an annonymous poet that goes by the account name of 'avarshinah'. If you liked this poem, you can find more poems on her page: https://allpoetry.com/avarshinah
I encourage that those of you who like to write to write about whatever you like. Writing about fashion does not need to be limited to magazing articles and blogs. Write about what you're wearing and how it makes you feel. You just might make history.
As the summer is rolling around, you may find yourself in need of some new skincare essentials to get beach-ready. Here are some of my favorites that will leave you feeling glowy, hydrated, and ready to sport your best skin this summer:
Tarte Maracuja Oil: ($48)
This product is a bit pricey, however, I cannot say enough good things about it. ANY skin tone will benefit from this incredible facial oil. If you splurge on one skincare product for the summer, I’d advise doing it on a facial oil, in general. So many wonderful companies are creating facial oils because they’re becoming widely popular. This one from Tarte is vegan and smells incredible! It adds intense hydration without making your skin look greasy or clogging your pores (yes, even if you have naturally oily skin types!)
Becca Champagne Pop: ($38)
It may seem a bit excessive, but I love looking a little extra glowy at the beach, so I tend to swipe on some highlighter on my way out. Becca has the very best highlighters, in my opinion. Champagne Pop is one of the most versatile shades of theirs. It looks incredible on pretty much every skin tone. If you’re feeling a little dull, brush some of this on the high points of your face and you’ll feel ready to glow at the beach!
Shea Moisture Sensitive Skin Mud Mask: ($3)
Sometimes your skin needs a little extra TLC and restoration. One of the best ways to treat yourself to great skin is using a face mask. This mask from Shea Moisture is light, creamy, and smells like heaven! The best part— you’ll have super soft skin after you use it. Target offers a few different types of masks from Shea Moisture— all of which are amazing— if you’re wanting to try others.
Mario Badescu Rose Water: ($12)
Facial sprays are all the rage lately. This one from Mario Badescu is the perfect on-the- go skin pick me up. Spray this a few times on your skin after putting on your makeup to set it, use it by itself to give your skin a dewy finish, or use before makeup application to prime your skin. Rose Water will hydrate you instantly and is the perfect beach companion to ensure awesome skin!
Springtime is the best exfoliate and restore tired skin that has been exposed to the harsh winter season. Many products such as peels are not advised right before summer sun, so make sure to try some of these proucts now... your skin will thank you!
Having an amazing wardrobe filled with all of the latest trends and tons of clothes is great. But what does it all mean if it is contributing to detrimental effects on our environment? The fashion industry is the second dirtiest industry in the world after oil. The china textile industry produces around 3 billion tons of soot (black powdery substance consisting of amorphous carbon) each year, many rivers are polluted by runoff of the untreated toxic dyes from mills, and 2.5 billion tons of wastewater is produced each year from the textile industry. That is just the beginning of a very long list of negative effects that the fashion industry contributes to pollution. We are at a very trivial point in our world, and becoming a smarter shopper is vital now more than ever. We are not creating a sustainable environment for ourselves or for future generations. The reason why these factories are producing immense amounts of waste, is because there is a demand for things like fast fashion. If people start shopping smarter, there is a possibility to change that demand. Here are a few ways to become a smarter shopper!
1. Buy Less, Invest.
Fast fashion is a great idea in theory. Get the pieces you want, when you want, at the price you want. Unfortunately, the negatives of fast fashion outweigh the positives. This doesn’t mean you have to invest in every item in your closet, that would be a lot to ask, but go for staple items such as a winter jacket. Invest in a timeless, better quality jacket that is going to last for years. Companies such as Patagonia have adapted to this idea. Patagonia's 2016 Black Friday advertisement was "Don't buy this jacket." What they meant by this advertisement was don't buy it unless you need it. Patagonia also sells repair kits for their jackets so if your product was damaged in some way, you can fix it rather than buying a whole new jacket.
2. Stop buying separates.
Have you ever looked through your closet and found items that you bought specifically for something, but never ended up wearing? It is time to put an end to wasting money and resources! One way you can work on this is before you buy something, think about if you can wear it with three other pieces of clothing you have. This way, your closet not only becomes more versatile, but also can lead to less wasteful purchases. With 7 billion people on this planet, imagine all the clothes produced to cover everyone- it's a lot!
3. Donate or repurpose.
Come spring, your closet is probably due for a cleaning. This is the perfect time to sort through your things to get rid of the old, and make room for the new! The worst thing you could do is throw away everything you don’t want. Donate it before your throw it away, and you will be helping your community and keeping waste out of the Earth's landfills. Or, if it is a piece you love but doesn’t work anymore, think of ways to repurpose it! This is something you can have fun with; create something unique and new for spring. Kallio, a kids wear brand based in Brooklyn, has coined the phrase "making old clothes young again" by repurposing old men's dress shirts. Upcycling is sustainable, cost-effective, and creative.
Where your clothes come from is important. Where your clothes end up is important. How beautiful could a piece of clothing be if it took so many resources and created so much waste to make it? Becoming a smarter shopper is a simple way that every person has the opportunity to change the direction of the fashion industry.
With Spring Break right around the corner, it’s time you guys finally discover this new weight lose remedy. The truth behind this acidic orange liquid everyone’s raving over. There are several different health benefits to Apple Cider Vinegar.
Now the talk of Apple Cider Vinegar as a weight lose method is going viral all over the world. According to a recent study done by Dr. Oz earlier this month, “if you are struggling to lose weight in your midsection, drinking apple cider vinegar might particularly benefit you in that way.” Drinking apple cider daily has significantly led me to cut my meal proportions in half. If you’re hesitant about trying it, don’t be.
Get your shots ready!
Sunday night, viewers from all over the globe were able to enjoy watching the nominees for the 2017 Academy Awards take the red carpet. Although everyone wants to know who won best picture, the people behind for details in filmmaking such as makeup and costume design were also acknowledged. Not only were movies this year amazing, but the wardrobe choices in each of them were particularly incredible. If some particular costume designs stood out to you, here’s how to dress like your favorite character from the top nominated movies at the 2017 Oscars.
Hacksaw and Ridge
Hell or High Water
Manchester by the Sea
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