Restoration after Regression

Friday: Pig red-checkmark

Saturday: Chicken red-checkmark

Sunday: Cow red-checkmark

This weekend, I failed pretty hard on my no-meat out resolution. I’m sure if you’ve been following along you’re getting tired of ready that!

On Friday, Mike & I met with a good friend for pizza and I couldn’t resist the antipasto appetizer they  I ordered. I had a few slices of salami, house made mozzarella, olives, and artichoke hearts. This slip up was more because of hunger than temptation.

On Saturday, we went to lunch at one of my favorite cafes in Los Gatos, The Purple Onion. I love this cafe but the only veg salad they offer was the side salad. Uh, no. I know I could have ordered multiple sides, as I mention in this post,  to get a more well-balanced meal but on top of their lacking veggie options… they are a $$$ so, a Chinese Chicken Salad it was.

Sunday was a friend’s birthday, who is vegan, so the morning started right with Bellini’s and vegan donuts. Then lunch time hit and Chipotle was cheap, on the way to Trader Joe’s, and my third and last offender of the weekend. I got a steak burrito bowl that honestly, I would have been just as satisfied if I stuck to beans for protein.

I think it’s safe to say I regressed this weekend. However, today, I am resorting my pledge to the project and going a step further to make it a completely meatless day. For breakfast I had peanut butter puffins and strawberries with a coffee. Lunch was a salad with mushrooms, apples, carrots and a side of cucumbers with hummus. I had a snack of 2.5 Crazy Bread bread sticks. Mike is making a veggie pasta dish for dinner tonight.

In other news, Mike and I have been talking about trying the $29 Food Stamp Challenge that GP infamously attempted last week. Pro: Meat is expensive so I will most likely eat less of it than I am right now (when I’m not regressing…………). Con: The project feels a little …uninformed to me. Almost like hey, let’s take a week, try to live the way some people have to everyday, realize how shitty it is and then go back to our lives as normal.

I am trying to think of a way I can participate in this challenge while doing some good…

Stay tuned and eat your greens.

** Note this blog went through a rebrand and is now veg vibes; which aligns better with the direction I organically gravitated towards. It’s all about your vibe **

I’ll have a double scoop of organic chocolate ice cream, please? to deal with being an adult

In college when most of my friends were rushing to join sororities and eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the cafeteria instead of at home, I was still hung up on high school. I mourned my freshmen through senior year far longer than just the summer before college. (And far longer than any of my friends seemed to!) Granted, while the majority of my core group of friends in high school traveled to Southern California for college, I stayed at home. I didn’t have the change in scenery they did to distract me from missing the days when I got to see them everyday in class and in between classes and after school and on the weekends. A part of me felt I was still stuck in the past, longing for something I would never get back.

It was like everyone was moving on with their lives and, for some reason, I didn’t get the memo.

Of course, a ton has changed since my lonely first months in college. I eventually met new friends and developed a new rhythm to my life. However, infuriatingly, I’ve also figured out I’m prone to realizing what a good time I was having after the fact.

Somehow, it wasn’t until I could reminisce on the memories that I realized how good it all really was. Tell me this happens to other people too!

Now I’m 25 years old, working full-time at a job I like, living with a man I love, and overall enjoying my life …but still feeling that nagging nostalgia for the past from time to time. Except, instead of friends going off to college, they are getting married, having babies, and moving to different states. …While I’m still here, just wishing everyone could get together for a Because of Nothing BBQ.

Ah, such is life, I guess… All we can do is try our hardest to remain in the present, instead of the dwelling on the past or dreaming about the future.

And what’s better than a big bowl of ice cream to tie you to the now. 😉

** Note this blog went through a rebrand and is now veg vibes; which aligns better with the direction I organically gravitated towards. It’s all about your vibe **

Beauty Product Show Down

I said I was going to “share” this new blog with people after a month of posting. That would have been last month…. As of now, I still haven’t really told anyone (let alone given anyone the link!) about this blog-baby because I’m pretty nervous I’ll drop the ball and stop posting.

& I really don’t need another blog collecting cyber dust…

So, instead of strictly sticking to my Veg Voyage, I will also be incorporating other aspects of my life. Hopefully, continuing with the theme of compassionate living but who knows? there may be some random posts here and there.

To start, I’m breaking down the products I use on a daily basis. I am by no means an expert on good vs. bad products to use but it’s a goal of mine to learn more about this topic. If you have any insight, please leave a comment!

Beauty Product Show Down – AM edition:

  • In the morning, I run a washcloth after hot water, ring it out, and press the whole thing over my face. I learned this from my great grandma when I was little and have kept it a part of my beauty routine for years. Doing this, wakes me up and removes any sleepiness from my eyes.
  • Next, I slather Olay CC cream on my face. I love this because it moisturizes and adds a touch of foundation all in one step. The only down side is it doesn’t have sunscreen.
  • My sister introduced me to Voluminous Volume Mascara when I was 14 and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. It is the BEST mascara and I pretty much wear it every day. (I really hope they don’t test this on animals….)
  • Eye brow powder is my other obsession and is the one thing I will NOT leave the house without applying. I’ve been know to take this camping with me and “put on my eyebrows” it in the middle of the woods.
  • Lastly, time permitting, I’ll brush some bronzer on so I actually look like I live in California.

Beauty Product Show Down – PM edition:

  • I shower at night and only wash my hair every other day.
  • Lately, I’ve been using soap I’ve taken from stays at hotels because my collection of the mini irresistible goods was getting out of control.
  • I use Cetaphil to wash my face
  • After I shower, I usually use hemp body lotion
  • I use Aquaphor as chap stick at night (by my bedside) and Trader Joe’s Head to Toe balm on my heels (there is a running joke between me & my dad that we have HEELS OF STEEL; we both really need that nightly lotion.)

** Note this blog went through a rebrand and is now veg vibes; which aligns better with the direction I organically gravitated towards. It’s all about your vibe **