Go Vegan for a Day on March 20th!

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If you have been searching for the opportunity to give the vegan diet a try, but have lacked the incentive to dive in, here is your chance! On March 20th, you can join the thousands across the world pledging to go vegan for a day. One day does not seem like much, but only 3 vegan meals can do tremendous good for the earth and the animals. Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square feet of forested land, 20 pounds of CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life!

pig and lambThe benefits of going vegan are not only amazing for the animals and environment, but also extend to your health. Choosing to eat vegan is an effortless way to go cholesterol free, cut down on fat, and eat more nutritious fruits and vegetables. But of course, there are plenty of indulgent vegan treats too, so you won’t be missing out on anything!

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So whether you decide to go vegan all at once, or begin easing your way into the lifestyle a bit at a time, this is your chance to test out the waters. What are you waiting for? Pledge to go vegan on March 20th here!

Once you have pledged, check out PETA’s awesome vegan starter kit for all of the tips and tricks you will need to make your first day vegan a breeze. For some ideas about what to make, check out the recipes on my blog, such as french toast, a tofu scramble, and macaroni and cheese. And as always, let me know if you have any questions about the vegan lifestyle.

Best,

Leila

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Kat Von D Tattoo Liner Review

IMG_20150131_200645625A month ago, I purchased the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in the color Trooper. Liquid liner is a staple for me. I don’t feel like myself without winged liner on! After going cruelty-free, I sadly had to leave behind the Stila Stay All Day liner, and have been searching desperately for a replacement ever since. Because drug store liners tend to dry out quickly, I decided to give the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner a try. Here are my thoughts on it so far:

This liner is unlike any other liquid liners I have used before because instead of a felt tip, it has a brush tip. Brush tips are supposedly superior to felt tips because they remain sharp; however, I have found the brush tip to be a curse rather than a blessing.

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The tip is not as sharp and stiff as the felt tipped liners I have used in the past, making it difficult to get the perfect point. Since the brush tip works by capillary action, the tip will occasionally go dry in the middle of doing my eyeliner and rub away the liner I have already drawn on. Then, I will have to get the ink flowing again by swatching it on my hand and then go back over my eyeliner. But when the liner does work, it is very dark and opaque, superseding most drugstore felt tipped liners. It is also quite budge-proof and smudges and fades minimally after being rubbed.

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Tattoo Liner swatch

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Tattoo Liner on

I had high expectations for this product and really wanted to love it, but it I don’t think I will be repurchasing it. I definitely do not hate it. It is a very nice liner and once it’s on, it looks and wears very nicely. I just do not think it is worth the fuss it gives me from time to time, especially for a high end liner. I will probably be sticking with felt tipped liners from now on.

That being said, many people do rave about this liner, so it is still worth a try if you are interested. I would recommend experimenting with it in the store before purchasing it to ensure the brush tip suits you.

Best,

Leila

Vegan Cinnamon and Sugar French Toast

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French toast makes a delicious breakfast or brunch, or even dessert. Luckily, you don’t need eggs to make this scrumptious treat! In this post, I will show you how to make cinnamon and sugar french toast so delectable, your friends and family will never believe it’s vegan!

Ingredients

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  1. Bread
  2. Soymilk (a thicker vegan milk works best)
  3. Ener-G Vegan Egg Replacer (you could substitute for potato or corn starch if you do not have the Egg Replacer)
  4. Vegan butter alternative, such as Earth Balance
  5. Cinnamon
  6. Sugar
  7. Optional: fruit to top it off such as strawberries and blueberries

Instructions

1. Begin by mixing around 2 tablespoons of soymilk and around 1 teaspoon of vegan egg replacer in a plate or shallow bowl. Mix until it reaches a smooth, yogurt-like texture. Tip: stir in the egg replacer a little bit at a time to prevent lumps.

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2. Melt around 2 teaspoons of vegan butter in a pan.

3. Coat both slices of the bread in the soymilk and egg replacer mixture and place in the pan once the butter has melted.

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4. Mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with 1 teaspoon of sugar on a clean plate.

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5. Once the bread has become brown and crunchy on both sides, coat it in the cinnamon and sugar.

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6. Top with fresh fruit, such as chopped strawberries and blueberries.

7. Repeat for additional slices, and enjoy!

Here is the finished product:

IMG_20150302_211617I hope you enjoyed this post! If you try out this recipe, I would love to know what you think!

Best,

Leila