5 Things To Like This Week


1. Larabar Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. These are great! They are full of fiber, 6g of protein and they’re vegan. “That’ll do Donkey. That’ll do.” I’m going to try the cookie dough one next.

2. Jazz. I’m real into jazz right now. I’m thinking it’s time to get a record player and invest in some jazz albums. Oooooh yeah.

3. Bullet Journaling. Listen, I don’t have the time to bullet journal. Don’t even get me started on this new craze . . . However I was inspired to make my planners (one for business + one for my workouts) prettier and organized. I got new pens and everything. Let’s see how this goes . . .

4. The bunny that lives in the lilac bushes in my front yard. It’s a bunny. It munches grass. It pretty much just hangs out being all cute and shit. Love this bunny.

5. Shameless Season 7. You know what’s tv show crack? This show. It will make you stay up way past your bedtime. It will make you waste hours of your life away. So, if Shameless is tv crack, I’m a junkie. You should try some too.


Is Being A Vegan Expensive?

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I am going vegan.

“It’s going to be so EXPENSIVE!”.

Yes, some items are more expensive than others, but that is also true of food products non-vegans use. Below, I’m going to show you how switching to the vegan lifestyle will not break the bank. Here are some price quotes from Walmart, Sam’s Club, Amazon and Costco on non-vegan staples:

  • Bertolli Oil Extra Virgin Rich & Fruity Olive Oil, 51 oz $14.74
  • Milk Gallon, Whole $3.00
  • Sugar Great Value Pure Cane, 4 Lb $3.02
  • Brown Sugar Great Value Lite , 32 Oz $1.74
  • Butter – First Quality Bar – Salted (7 ounce) $4.98
  • Mayo Great Value Real, 30 fl oz $2.98
  • Eggs Great Value Large Grade A, 12 ct $1.08
  • Cheese Great Value Finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, 16 oz $3.98
  • Tenderloin Steaks (Filet Mignon) $18.99/pound (2lbs $37.98)
  • Ground Beef Chuck Tray 4.5lb 80/20 $14.33
  • Chicken Breasts Tyson® Boneless, Skinless with Rib Meat $3.13/pound (2lbs $6.26)
  • Bacon, Hormel Black Label Original, 16.0 OZ $4.48
  • Salmon Farm Raised Fresh Atlantic Salmon Fillet, 2.5-3 lbs $8.64
  • Tuna Sustainable Seas Canned Solid Light, 100% Pole Caught, in Water, 4.1 Oz (4 cans) $11.52

Non-Vegan Total: $118.73

I found these staples in an article called, “The Well Stocked Kitchen“.

Now here are the prices on some vegan proteins and staples again quoted from Walmart, Sam’s Club, Amazon and Costco:

  • Tahini Once Again Organic 16 oz – Vegan $8.26
  • Coconut Oil Spectrum Naturals Organic, 14 oz $6.64
  • Maple Syrup Organic/non-processed Galone Bottle $10.99
  • Agave Nectar Madhava Naturally Sweet Organic Blue Low-Glycemic Sweetener, Amber Raw, 46 Ounce $9.98
  • Ground Flax Seed Spectrum Ground, 24 Ounce $7.64
  • Vegetable Stock Kitchen Basic Unsalted Vegetable Stock, 32 Fl Oz $2.68 
  • Rice Great Value Jasmine, 5 lb $4.44
  • Black Beans Great Value 15.25 oz $0.72
  • Organic Garbanzo Beans Great Value No Salt Added, 15 Oz $0.92.
  • Quinoa Great Value Organic White, 16 Oz. $3.92
  • Tempeh Soy-Free Tempeh Starter Culture $5
  • Tofu Nasoya® Organic Extra Firm Tofu 14 oz. Tray $2.98
  • Nuts: pinenuts, almonds, cashews: Fisher Chef’s Naturals Pine Nuts, 2 oz $3.48; Great Value Whole Natural Almonds, 14 oz $5.98; Great Value Deluxe Cashews, 16 oz $7.98
  • Fruits & Vegetables $20

I found these foods in an article titled, 15 essentials for a vegetarian or Vegan Pantry.

Vegan Total: $101.61

So, as you can see, the staples of each lifestyle are very close in cost. I mean, I know that people are not going to eat Filet Mignon every night. Just like I’m probably not going to spend $20 on organic fruits and veggies all the time.

The thing that I really enjoy about the vegan lifestyle is how mindful it is. You really must think about what you put in your body and how it impacts the environment. I am excited to see how I feel 6 months down the road and if I can keep up with it.

Oh ya, I can drink coffee. It should be shade grown, organic and rainforest alliance/bird-friendly beans. Whew . . . this is gonna take some getting used to.


5 Things to Like This Week

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1. Stinging Nettle Tea. My good friend sent me a huge bag of this. Apparently it’s good for the blood, for the urinary tract, treating eczema, and hay fever. I’m including a LINK to a great website with more information. It’s better if you add it to peppermint tea or another herbal tea. It’s something new to try.

2. That 70’s Show. So Netflix is awesome when it comes to sitcoms. I never really got into That 70’s Show and I am glad that I get to now. This show cracks me up! It’s nice to have a good sitcom that is new-to-you to enjoy. There are eight seasons of this show to watch, so it may be awhile before I move onto a new one.

3. Dove Dark Chocolate Bar. I love this chocolate bar because you can break off the little squares. Hershey bars are okay, but the squares they offer are huge. I like to put the Dove bar in the freezer and break the squares off and savor them in the bathtub!

4. Canada Dry Ginger Ale. I am so bad about diet drinks. I do drink the diet version of this ginger ale and I love it. I love root beer because it is caffeine free and that is the same reason why I love the ginger ale. I save my caffeinated beverages for before 2pm because I am 80 years-old.

5. Going Make-up Free. I’ve been wearing much less make-up as usual. I don’t know if it Summer or something, but I can go the whole weekend without putting on any. It feels good. During the week, I rarely wear anything more than mascara. I never wear foundation anymore. I don’t know, it just feels freeing. I’ve even ran errands without any make-up on. I know this sounds silly, but it’s just something I’ve been doing lately.


5 Things To Like This Week

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1. Arizona Diet Peach Tea. They had a sale on this at Walgreens when I was there picking up laundry detergent. Tea on sale? Yes, please. They were two for a dollar and I am sure glad I got two. Think Snapple Diet Peach tea but in a tall boy can. Haha. Tall boy tea!

2. Redvines. When I quit smoking three years ago, I lived on red vines. They were my companion on road trips and just being in the car in general. I used to smoke a lot in my car. Now that I don’t smoke anymore, I have a weird candy addiction. LOL. Red vines are still on the top of my list. I even found some sugar free red vines and they were okay–not as soft as the regular ones. Guess who else loves Red Vines? My cat, Stella. What a weirdo, right?

3. Rose Incense. My new favorite artist Toni Becker over at whimsicaljewels.etsy.com sent me this lovely and fragrant stuff in my package. She also made me a pair of earrings and a beautiful ring. Plus she sent me lavender incense too! Score!

4. Sage, Rosemary, & Lavender. I make garden grown sage bundles for my etsy shop and this year I am also growing rosemary and lavender to add to some of the bundles.

5. Gourd Birdhouse. I wasn’t planning on this purchase, but when I was at one of our smaller local greenhouses, I saw it hanging there for under $10 bucks and I was like, that’s coming home with me.


Greek Pasta Salad

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This is the perfect summer pasta salad. It’s light and full of veggies and flavor. The chickpeas and feta add protein while the artichoke hearts bring the richness. I like to serve this over the thin pasta and twirl in the different ingredients. Great for a light dinner or a picnic lunch.


8oz thin spaghetti

2 medium roma tomatoes

1 medium cucumber

2 cloves garlic

1 medium red onion

6oz jar of quartered/marinated artichoke hearts

4oz feta cheese

1 can chickpeas

1 tbs Greek seasoning

drizzle of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook spaghetti according to package instructions.
  2. Chop roma tomatoes, cucumber, garlic and red onion.
  3. Combine the chopped ingredients, artichoke hearts, and feta in a large bowl.
  4. Rinse the chickpeas and add them to the bowl.
  5. Add Greek seasoning, olive oil, salt and pepper and mix all ingredients.
  6. Drain the cooked spaghetti and rinse with cold water.
  7. Serve individually with the Greek mixture over the spaghetti.

Makes 4-5 servings.