Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Blog: The Judgmental Vegan's New Post!

If you read my last post, you know that I've created a new blog and will eventually leave The Vegan Mishmash. For now, I'll be updating The Vegan Mishmash when The Judgmental Vegan has a new post. Here is my latest blog post on The Judgmental Vegan.

Vegans Need to Extend Compassion to Everyone

I spend a fair amount of time where I shouldn’t be: in the comment section. I can’t help it. Something about it draws me in and before I know it, I find myself angry. You’d think I’d be better off staying away. And you’d be right....(continue here: http://thejudgmentalvegan.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/vegans-need-to-extend-compassion-to-everyone/)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

I'm Starting a New Blog and Ending The Vegan Mishmash

Hello, Everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that I have started a new blog and will no longer be continuing with The Vegan Mishmash. Essentially, I’ve been feeling like The Vegan Mishmash doesn’t have much of a direction, which has left me less than inspired. If you’ve noticed my lack of content the past 6-9 months, that’s pretty much why. 

Soo…I’ve started The Judgmental Vegan. I hope you like it. I have a little bit over there explaining why I chose that title and I will probably do a video on the title as well. As far as content goes, I am planning on talking a lot more about the animals, ethics, and veganism. Have you ever seen some of the comments on Facebook and YouTube about veganism? Yeah, I want to talk about those types of comments. 

I’m sure there will be food posts once in a while and I’d like to continue with my Day in the Life posts, except those will probably take the form of vlogs. 

For the next few posts I will update you here that the new post is up and I’m hoping to change my Facebook page to The Judgmental Vegan shortly. Fingers crossed that it will work. 

So for now, I hope to see you at The Judgmental Vegan. Thank you to everyone who has a been reading The Vegan Mishmash!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Video: May 2014 Vegan Cuts Box Opening!

For those of you who haven't subscribed to my YouTube channel (and for shame! Why haven't you yet? *wink*), check out my newest video. 

I received the May 2014 Vegan Cuts Beauty Box and got some really cool stuff. Be sure to check it out and then subscribe

So what do you think? Comment with opinions and video suggestions!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Easy Vegan DIY Mud Mask

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a recent college graduate without a job lined up. You know what that means? I’m broke and living with my momma. Thank goodness I’m not a beauty product junkie because cruelty-free products tend to add up pretty fast. I’m a shampoo-conditioner-scent-free bar of soap-face wash-deodorant-toothpaste kind of girl. Maybe some face cream with SPF (I’m pretty fair, after all). 
My splurge-y type beauty products include tea tree oil and a good face mask. Unfortunately, the face mask I’d been using was not for me. While nothing was particularly wrong with it, I prefer a mask that dries and sucks out excess oil and other crap. The one I have is a gel that doesn’t dry. 
While I was at a local natural foods store with my mom, I found French clay powder and neem leaf powder in little baggies. Neither were more than two dollars. My lovely mother bought me both.
I mixed the two in a shallow mason jar with water and some tea tree oil (I told you, I gotta have it). The result was a thick, deep green paste the was just a touch gritty, enough to exfoliate but not so much that it didn’t slather on smoothly. If you apply a thin layer, it will dry nicely and when you wipe it off your skin will look fresh and a little flushed (in a good way). 

Will I make this again? Yes! Is it cheap? YES! Should you make it? 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Perfect Vegan Dessert for Mother's Day: Strawberry-Kiwi Creme Tart

Do you ever get a cookbook and immediately see something you HAVE to make? Two Christmases ago, my sister gave me Vegan Pie in the Sky by Isa Chandra Moskowitiz. After flipping through the book and seeing the gorgeous pictures, I found myself drawn to the Strawberry-Kiwi Creme Tart. You know the kind, right? A French fruit tart. I would argue that they are some of the most beautiful desserts in the whole world. And they are the perfect dessert for Mother's Day, hands down. 
With Mother’s Day last weekend, I figured what better time to make this than on a springy, May morning celebrating my mom and Grammy. 

Though the whole thing looks intricate, I can assure you that it wasn’t too hard to make. If you don’t like to cook, you probably shouldn’t bother. Better yet, get someone else to do it for you. The components to this dessert were a shortbread crust, almondy cream, and fruit! Fun fact: I actually like the shortbread crust (it’s the second time I made it) better than other crusts because rather than rolling it out, I just take clumps and press them into the pan. 

So how did it taste, you ask? Well, I was nervous at first about the cream because I tried it before I put it in the crust or topped it with fruit. It was kind of bland on its own. Really, though, I shouldn’t have questioned Isa. Between the buttery, flakey shortbread crust, the lightly sweet and almondy cream and the luscious fruit on top, it was perfectly sweet. The combination of textures was wonderful too. Flakey, smooth and fruity(?). 

We also enjoyed beer-battered tofu and corn waffles from Vegan Brunch. Unfortunately, I did not get pictures of either of those. Though, I’m sure I will be cooking plenty out of Vegan Brunch in the future, so you’ll definitely get to see some of that deliciousness. 

Soooo…what have you made from Vegan Pie in the Sky? I need to know what my next plan of attack is. Oh, and what have you made from Vegan Brunch? 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Day in the Life: Amanda from The Envi Girls

I met Amanda from The Envi Girls through an online internship with Eco-Vegan Gal. Lately, she and I have been chatting a lot on Facebook and I've loved getting to know her. Definitely check out her blog, where she and her partner in crime, Ashley, share tips and thoughts on eco-vegan living.  Oh, and like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!
On the day, I recorded my food diary; I was not at my primary job as a teacher, but working for the day with a family I formerly nannied. I start everyday oil pulling, an ancient ayurvedic practice that helps decrease bacteria in the mouth, pull out toxins, and other amazing health benefits. 

After my oil pull, I drink a glass of warm lemon water, it helps to jumpstart my day and detox. 
I was a little bit hungry this morning and wanted more than just a smoothie. I made a berry and banana smoothie with maca, cacao, and chia seeds. 
Along with the smoothie I made gluten-free toast with Earth Balance butter coated with coconut sugar and Ceylon cinnamon. After this breakfast I was full and ready to go to work. 
On my way to sitting, I stopped at Whole Foods and bought a quinoa and cranberry patty and a large salad. I was full after my lunch, but knew I was going to have to have a snack later on. 
My appetite increases in the afternoon; I either have a small second lunch and or a snack of nuts or fruit. This day since I was out of the house for most of the day I grabbed a Square Bar. A couple of hours after my lunch I ate the Square Bar. I was full and satisfied for the rest of the afternoon. 
I had a lighter dinner because I wanted to save room for dessert. I made a falafel patty with mashed avocado for dinner. Super easy to make and the recipe is found on the back of Bobs Red Mill mix chickpea flour bag. 
After dinner, I went out with my sister and we both ordered coconut based ice cream in the almond chocolate-laced flavor. 
I hope you enjoyed a peek into what I eat on a daily basis. While I change up what I eat for lunch and dinner every day, my breakfast stays the same five days a week; I always have a smoothie for breakfast. On weekends, I will go out for brunch or make a larger breakfast with pancakes and or hemp tofu scramble. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DIY Vegan Margarita Face Scrub

I don’t use a ton of beauty products. Face wash, shampoo, conditioner, a bar of soap, deodorant…you know, the basics. 

One thing I never buy is a facial scrub (or a body scrub for that matter) because it’s just so easy to make. 

Lately, my go-to scrub has been lime juice, salt, lemon essential oil, and tea tree oil. Can you guess why I’m calling it a “margarita scrub?” If you want something a little gentler you could use an extra fine sugar and add a little coconut oil to soothe your skin. For me, though, these four ingredients work magic. 
With its brightening lime juice, sloughing salt, and bacteria-killing tea tree oil, this scrub is great on oily skin. 

The ratios aren’t set in stone, but my scrub usually looks something like this.

Juice of 1 lime
5+ tbsp. of salt
3-4 drops of lemon essential oil
3-4 drops of tea tree oil

Mix the ingredients together and massage into your skin. Don’t scrub excessively. I don’t scrub for more than a minute. 

Enjoy! And let me know what sort of DIY beauty potions you make.