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Monday, April 21, 2014

DIY Earth Day Terrarium

In the spirit of Earth Day, there are lots of fun things we can all do to help make our environment just a tad bit greener. Want to bring the green indoors? Terrariums are essentially miniature ecosystems we can witness right under our noses. 

Terrariums are super easy to make and even easier to maintain.

What You'll Need:
Any Size Glass Jar/Bowl
Potting Soil
Activated Charcoal (also known as activated carbon)
River Rocks
Terrarium Plants

Helpful Tips: 
I was able to find both the river rocks and the activated charcoal in the fish section of Walmart. 
I was able to find the glass jars at my local thrift store.

What You'll Need To Do:
Fill bowl/jar about an inch thick with river rocks
Pour a thin layer of activated charcoal over the rocks

Fill the rest of the bowl with soil (leaving about an inch or more of the jar unfilled)

Insert the plants sporadically throughout jar

And that's it! 

In order to keep these beautiful creations beautiful, occasional waterings are necessary. Depending on the plants, a minimum of 4 hours of light is also necessary. Other than that, terrariums pretty much take care of themselves.

These Earth Day Terrariums make the perfect center piece, desk ornament, science project, and all around cool looking plant. 

Fun fact: terrariums not only look super cool, but they also purify the air which make them AMAZING for people like me who have allergies.

xo, Sarah Holt

Monday, April 14, 2014

Too Much Information | Tag

I really liked a few of these questions in this tag which is why I ended up answering all fifty questions. Let me tell you, answering fifty questions about yourself is a major commitment. If you read this post all the way through, you're a saint.
1. What are you wearing? A t-shirt and leggings
2. Ever been in love? I've fallen in love with every animal I've ever met
3. Ever had a terrible breakup? I've had my heart broken by every animal I've ever walked away from
4. How tall are you? 5'1"
5. How much do you weigh? I only know this because I recently had a checkup at the doctors, I honestly never weigh myself. I weigh 98 lbs (take my height into consideration here)
6. Any tattoos? No
7. Any piercings? General ear stuff
8. OTP? Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters
9. Favorite Show? I honestly don't watch much tv, but I have been watching Chrisley Knows Best and it's amazing
10. Favorite bands? The Beatles, Nirvana, the 1975, Haim, Queen... I could go on and on. 
11. Something you miss? Ignorance
12. Favorite song? Eleanor Rigby
13. How old are you? 19 but I get mistaken for a 12 year old daily:(
14. Zodiac sign? Libra
15. Quality you look for in a partner? He would have to laugh at my jokes
16. Favorite Quote? "Whatever you are, be a good one" quoted from good ol' Abraham Lincoln
17. Favorite actor? I like almost every comedic actor
18. Favorite color? Every shade of blue
19. Loud music or soft? Depends on my mood, but a majority of the time I prefer soft music
20. Where do you go when you’re sad? My room
21. How long does it take you to shower? I could shower all day long
22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? About 15 minutes
23. Ever been in a physical fight? I once punched my brother because he told me to, not out of anger or anything
24. Turn on? Sense of humor
25. Turn off? Mean people in general
26. The reason you created your blog? I always say "boredom", but really, I wanted to become more social. I waited until I got out of high school to create my blog because I didn't want the acknowledgment from people I may know, whether it was good or bad. As of right now, I really don't care what those people think because I really love creating posts.
27. Fears? I have a fear of everything. Bridges were always a big fear of mine, but I've gradually gotten over that one.
28. Last thing that made you cry? I think about a lot of things and I usually end up crying when I write in my journal. That sounds really pathetic but I have a lot of anxiety or "stress" as people like to call it.
29. Last time you said you loved someone? I tell my family I love them everyday. I tell my dogs I love them 1,000,000 times a day.
30. Meaning behind your blog's name? I used xosarahholt for all my online names so it just stuck
31. Last book you read? The Fault in Our Stars and it is the best book ever written
32. The book you’re currently reading? I started reading Looking for Alaska before I read TFiOS, but I'm currently still halfway through. I had to take a break because I couldn't read behind all the tears. I haven't started back up since.
33. Last show you watched? I'm currently watching Doc McStuffins. I keep Disney on when I'm alone in my room and I also happen to really like this show. Don't judge. 
34. Last person you talked to? My brother
35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted? It was from my sister and she's my sister
36. Favorite food? Vegan Mac and Cheese or the vegan Cookies and Cream cake I got from Whole Foods. Let's say both.
37. Place you want to visit? Anywhere with a view
38. Last place you were? I went walking through a park this morning
39. Do you have a crush? I have a new crush everyday

40. Last time you kissed someone? I kissed my dogs this morning
41. Last time you were insulted? I get insulted over everything. I can't remember what I got upset over last.
42. Favorite flavor of sweet? Root beer flavored lollipops are the absolute best
43. What instruments do you play? I used to play piano. I took lessons and everything.
44. Favorite piece of jewelry? A turquoise ring my Grandmom gave me. It's really the only piece of jewelry I ever wear.
45. Last sport you played? I walk almost everyday, but that's not really a sport. I used to play soccer when I was 8.
46. Last song you sang? Do you want to build a snowmaaaaan?
47. Favourite chat up line? Hello
48. Have you ever used it? I use it waaay too often, it's like a common greeting or something.
49. Last time you hung out with anyone? I can't even think of the last time I've hung out with a friend. I went shopping with my Mom and Grandmom yesterday, does that count?
50. Who should answer these questions next? Anyone who made it through all fifty of these questions.
xo, Sarah Holt
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

VEGAN Chik'n Tenders | Review

There's a vegan substitute for almost everything meat related nowadays. Having a yummy spaghetti dinner but missing the meatballs? Vegans can enjoy the Italian dish, too. Craving a cheese burger but can't experience the majesticness because of your vegan diet? There's a wide selection of vegan cheese and vegan burgers out there. All you have to do is take a quick trip to your local grocery store's freezer section. How simple is that?

Gardein is a vegan and vegetarian frozen, fast food brand. They're dedicated to "creating healthier versions of the food people love to eat". I discovered Gradien's products a few months ago while looking through the freezer section of my local grocery store. I was shocked to find vegan products that actually taste really, really good. Gardein has a product called 7 Grain Crispy Tenders. If any of you have ever tried Trader Joe's Meatless Chik'n Tenders, Gardein's Crispy Tenders are equally amazing, but much more accessible.

You can find the Nutrition Facts on this product by clicking HERE!

Making these Crispy Tenders is super easy and super quick. Most frozen foods claim to be "crispy", but never actually turn out crispy. Well, my friends, Gardein defies the laws of freezer food by actually living up to their written expectations. Every product I've tried so far, including the 7 Grain Crispy Tenders, turned out AMAZING and crispy and not soggy, which is amazing.

I recommend Gardein's 7 Grain Crispy Tenders to vegans, healthy eaters, and anyone who's a fan of real chicken tenders. Here's a little fun fact for you all. My brother, a non-vegan, LOVES Gardein's 7 Grain Crispy Tenders. He often eats the whole bag, without my consent. I mean it's fine, I appreciate him eating healthy. That just means, in my house, these things go quick.

I give Gardein's 7 Grain Crispy Tenders 5/5 love hearts!!

Thinking of giving a vegan lifestyle a try? Gardein has this really cool thing called Meatless Mondays. Click HERE for more information. I actually learned a few things, too.

xo, Sarah Holt

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Vegan Grocery Essentials

Over time, grocery shopping has become an undesirable chore for me (the closest Whole Foods is 45 minutes away from my house... fellow vegans/healthy eaters, do you feel my pain?!?)
I put together a list of all the grocery staples I discovered after cutting out meat and dairy from my diet. Hopefully this will help take away the pain that is vegan grocery shopping for some of you.

Vegan Grocery Essentials
I linked each specific product I mentioned below to their website. If you'd like to find out more, just click the product name! 

Fruits and Veggies (stock up on whatever's in season!)

Frozen Fruit (handy for smoothies)

Ener-G Egg Replacer
Whole Wheat Bread (check the ingredients, some brands aren't vegan!)
Whole Wheat Tortillas
Brown Rice/Wild Rice
Pesto Sauce
Brown Rice Pasta
Coconut Oil (Check out my Coconut Oil Review post!)
Vegan Cane Sugar (Most granulated sugars are not vegan)
Tortilla Chips

All the lovely brands I listed above have lots of other wonderful vegan products along with the products listed. I just included what I thought were the essentials!

xo, Sarah Holt

PS this was not a sponsored post. I really love all the brands I mentioned.