Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Catching Up

Hey guys. I am sorry I have been pretty absent lately. I've been dealing with a few things that have been pretty stressful and it seems like it'll take a little longer to resolve so it's been frustrating and taking up a lot of my time. I'm probably going to take it back down to two days a week here just because I am spreading myself thin and I can't make more work for myself right now.

With that said, I do have a few things to share with you today. I have a few hauls and just a few meals to share. I guess it's better than nothing though.

Trader Joe's produce haul. White potatoes, sweet potatoes, asparagus, avocado, cauliflower, tomatoes, bok choy and romaine.

Trader Joe's regular grocery haul. This cereal is so delicious! Also got tofu, bananas, pretzel chips, Bamba(!!!!!), hummus and cherry chocolate chip ice cream.

The all Vegan Market finally opened up!!! It's called Sweet To Lick - The Market and they are fully stocked with all kinds of amazing vegan yumminess. Of course everything that looked good to me was pricey so I kept my haul small. I was mostly interested in the refrigerator items and I'm really excited to try this stuff! I got some Hail Merry Tarts (I can never find these!), the Chao Mac n Cheese, a Coconut Bliss Ice Cream Sandwich, Violife Cheese (I can't wait to try this!!!!) and some Forager Yogurt which I will be having for lunch today.

I couldn't wait to try the Chao Mac n Cheese so I had it that night for dinner! It was really good, great texture as well. It was a little salty for me but definitely the best pre made vegan mac n cheese option I've tried so far.

This is from a long time ago and haven't had a chance to post but it is a yummy bento box. On the left we have my favorite vegan caesar chick'n pasta salad and on the right we have a granny smith apple and some almonds.

I also tried my Soom Chocolate Tahini spread on some toast with banana and it was so good! I'm so glad I splurged on it.

So that's what I have for you today! I am sorry I haven't been commenting on your posts as much, I just haven't been able to get online that much. I hope that you are all doing well! <3

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fun Friday: The RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns

Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well. I'm doing ok and feeling better, I just haven't been super motivated to take pictures of my food. Mostly because my food has been uninspired. I will post either on Sunday or Tuesday to get myself back on track but I definitely wanted to post this for Fun Friday because it was such a cool experience!

On Monday I went with my family to the RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens here on Long Island. The venue is another one of the Gold Coast Mansions and it is absolutely stunning. I'll go back there one day during the day to get some photos for you because the grounds are crazy. I've been there many times when I was working the weddings and it was always one of my favorite places to go. For Halloween they do this amazing event where they have thousands of lit up jack o'lanterns set up along the grounds and you go for a night walk and check out the beautiful, intricate carvings. I took a ton of pictures and had a hard time narrowing down for you so brace yourselves, there may be a lot of pictures.

Can you believe how amazing these are?! And keep in mind, there are thousands of pumpkins there, I just chose some of my favorites to share with you. I will definitely be going back next year, it was awesome and I was so glad to go out and celebrate the season a little bit. 

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing a little bit of the event! I will be back to regularly scheduled programming soon. I hope you have all been well <3

Friday, October 27, 2017

Fun Friday: Exploring the Welwyn Preserve

I've mentioned that one of my favorite things about living on Long Island is having access to a bunch of amazing Gold Coast Estates that are still around from the 20's/Great Gastby Era. It's so cool to be able to take a short drive and end up in a location that brings you back to another time. I've shared my trip to the Sands Point Preserve in the past and another location on my list of places to go was the Welwyn Preserve. The Estate was turned into a Holocaust Museum and guests are free to explore the land to discover some pretty awesome abandoned structures and to check out the beautiful waterfront area. I decided to head over there last Sunday with the goal of finding the abandoned Greenhouse.

Truth be told, I got really creeped out when I was there. I was alone and it was 8:00 in the morning and I was heading into the woods by myself. My intrusive thoughts got the best of me and I did not find the greenhouse or the other buildings I wanted to see. I did see a few structures plus I saw the beautiful courtyard of the estate and I did head down to the waterfront. My therapist told me I should go back and find the greenhouse and finish what I started so I'll get there at some point. I just got really creeped out.

I took a few pictures and did want to share them with you. Check them out!

The courtyard was so pretty! Such a contrast to the side of the Estate that I had previously explored.

I am a sucker for lens flare.

This is the road heading down to the waterfront.

As you can see it was a beautiful, clear morning. A little cold but nothing I couldn't handle. I met a few new puppy friends which is always a fun thing. I have been assigned the task of heading back and finding the greenhouse. I figured I'd share some pics of what I was looking for as well so you can get an idea.

So there you have it. I don't know when I'll get back but I will. I hope you liked seeing some of what I found in the areas I was brave enough to explore. Do you like these kinds of posts. I think it's pretty fun to check out these Estates and I enjoy sharing them with you! I have a list of other places I'd like to visit.

I hope you all have a great weekend <3

Friday, October 20, 2017

Fun Friday: New Vegan Makeup

Hey everyone! I hope that you are well and had a great week. I'm still on the struggle bus a little bit. I've been having a hard time with my depression lately so if I haven't been commenting as much I apologize. I try to keep up as best as I can but sometimes I just need to be offline.

I haven't been really eating a whole lot lately so I doubt a Sunday post will happen. I will try to photograph some meals for you for Tuesday though.

I do have something to share with you today for Fun Friday. I am not sponsored by this company in any way, I'm pretty sure they have no idea that I exist. I just wanted to share because there was some interest in previous vegan makeup posts and these palettes are pretty awesome.

I can't remember if I saw Karity on Facebook on Instagram but it was one of those two platforms. I decided to peruse the site and was pleasantly surprised to know that all of their makeup is cruelty free and that their vegan makeup is clearly marked. I really love when companies do that because it takes the guesswork out of it and to be honest, it probably results in more sales. I will be much more likely to buy something when I'm positive that it is vegan.

I decided to pick up two of their 21 pan palettes: The Frost palette and the Nudes & Rudes palette.

On the left you have the Nudes & Rudes palette and on the right you have the Frost palette.

Here is a closer look at the STUNNING Frost palette. I am so excited to get into this and start playing. All of the shadows in this palette are shimmery and some straight up glittery. I am a sucker for all things shimmer so I am really excited to have such a wide variety of shimmer shadows. I'm especially excited to play with the shade "Crystal" which is that gorgeous blue in the middle row third in from the right. The pinks are pretty stunning as well.

If you have been looking for a suitable dupe for the Urban Decay Naked palettes I think this would work well for you. I don't know if the colors are the same, I doubt they are, but the nude shades are perfect for creating natural looks (and bold looks as well). There is mix of matte and shimmer shades in this palette and it would be a perfect palette to bring with you if you are traveling.

So I'll get into some of the logistics for you. Each of these 21 pan palettes is $29. You get free shipping over $35 and you can get a coupon code for $10 off your first purchase. I paid $52 for 42 shadows and to be honest, I'm not mad at it. I know it seems like a lot but it's a really great price to pay for two palettes. You do compromise on packaging quality but that doesn't bother me. The palettes are sturdy cardboard with a good magnet that allows it to stay close (they won't pop open). The shadows are very pigmented. I haven't had a chance to play with them yet so I don't know how they perform or how well they blend but I'll make sure to update you on that. They also have smaller versions of these palettes (I believe 15 and 9 pan palettes) so you don't have to get all 21 shades if you don't need them. 

As I mentioned before, I am not affiliated with this brand at all. I just like sharing new vegan beauty finds with you. If you are interested in hearing more about these palettes after I try them please let me know! I can do a follow up post with a review of the performance of the shadows and show you some looks if I can get some pictures that aren't gross, haha.

I hope that you all had a great week and that you enjoy your weekend! I'll be back probably on Tuesday, hopefully with some food to share with you. <3

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Grocery Haul

Hey everyone! Sorry for my lack of posts lately. It's just been one of those weeks. It was a bit rough but I'm working on pulling myself out of it. I haven't been eating much either so I just haven't had much to share. I did manage to take a few picks of hauls so I am here to share those with you today.

I've heard these cornbread crisps are delicious so I had to give them a try. I also saw that their cauliflower pizza crush is vegan and was really excited to pick it up. I have never made a truly successful cauliflower crust so I'm looking forward to trying this. I also got these little pre-portioned bags of raw almonds to snack on.

In this picture we have some scallions, zucchini noodles (lazy), medjool dates, romaine, cabbage, tomatoes, diced onions (lazy), frozen blueberries and honeycrisp apples.

This is a mini Amazon haul. I wanted to get some vegan probiotics and I decided to try the Soom Chocolate Tahini Spread that I first saw in a post by Bianca to make the shipping worth it. I'm probably going to be trying it on toast with banana tomorrow. I think it'll be amazing in oatmeal as well!

Of course I had to have my Bubble Tea this weekend. I went for the medium because it is really filling but it was delicious as always.

Sorry so short and not really exciting. Hopefully things will improve throughout the week and I'll have some more fun posts for you later this week. 

Hope you are all doing well <3