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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Vegan & Cruelty-Free Morning Routine

My morning routine is a big part of my day. I follow this entire routine almost exactly the same each morning in a true zombie trance. Most days, I can't even properly talk to anyone until after my morning routine is completed, it's that bad.


As soon as I wake up in the morning, I have to brush my teeth. Usually, this step wouldn't be included in a "morning routine" post, but I wanted to talk about this new vegan and cruelty-free toothpaste I've been using. It's by the brand Hello (Adele approved... not really but, as you can all tell, I think I'm hilarious) and it's by far the best vegan toothpaste I've tried so far. This brand also has mouthwash, toothbrushes, and breath sprays that are all vegan and cruelty-free which excites me a whole lot.



After I brush my teeth, I either wash my face with my Pacifica face wash or moisturize with my favorite Just the Goods moisturizer, or I do both, it really just depends on how my skin is feeling that morning. If my face is a bit spotty, this is when I apply my Fanciful Fox Spot Check. I swear by this product, it's that good. I'm pretty sure I mentioned these exact products in a skincare routine I posted sometime last year, which says a lot. This part of my morning routine has stood the test of time.



Now that my face is feeling nice and refreshed, I then eat breakfast. Lately, I've been loving this peanut butter flavored cereal from a brand called Puffins. It's honestly just like jumbo sized Captain Crunch (without the painful mouth sores after eating) with only 9 ingredients, which is very rare in cereals. I pair the cereal with some almond milk and I'm good to go.



With my belly full, I usually check my social medias. I really don't have a set time to do this, I honestly just do it whenever, but this is when I typically crawl back into bed and scroll through Instagram and Twitter for a while. I'm not the only one who does this, am I?


If I'm doing something that involves going out in public or actually socializing with people outside of my family, this is when I would do my makeup and hair. Sadly, I haven't discovered any amazing vegan and cruelty-free hair care products worth mentioning, so if you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments! 
I never go all out on my makeup during the day. I usually use a bit of concealer under my eyes and on any spots that magically appeared overnight. I then fill my eyebrows in with the Milani Eyebrow Kit. I've also mentioned this product lots before, but it's a favorite of mine and I haven't had a reason to replace it. Now that my eyebrows are nice and filled in, I'm onto my eyes. Mascara is a must. I have been absolutely obsessed with the Tarte Gifted mascara. It's honestly the best mascara I've used, even before switching to all vegan and cruelty-free products.




Though I almost forgot to mention this important part of my morning routine, the last thing I tend to do while getting ready in the morning is get dressed. I usually put on my jeans with my right leg first (100% joking. Seemed fitting since I went into great detail throughout the rest of the post. Please don't take me too seriously).
Finally, the absolute last thing I apply while getting ready is perfume. I usually forget this step and realize only after I left the house... kind of like how I almost forgot to add this step to the routine. The Tahitian Gardenia scent from Pacifica is my favorite scent at the moment. I'm obsessed with it.



And that's my morning routine done! 

xo, Sarah Holt

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Girl Online Appreciation Post


I'm a big fan of cozying up with a good book and a nice hot cup of tea. I'm also a big fan of reading books straight through with no breaks, even if it means staying up until 3 in the morning. Girl Online and it's sequel, Girl Online: On Tour, are both exactly that; nice cup of tea books, and read-straight-through books.
I first read Girl Online a few months ago mainly because it was written by Zoe Sugg, (or Zoella, but I know everyone reading this already knew that). Also because it's a young adult novel and I'm currently obsessed with those. After reading, I was instantly hooked on the characters, Penny and Noah. The book also had anxiety and panic attacks as a theme which made me like it even more. It's hard to find books that depict anxiety as accurate as Girl Online and that's extremely refreshing, coming from someone who sometimes doubts the people who say "you're anxiety will get better over time". Sometimes you just need reassurance knowing you're not the only one with an extremely chaotic, overthinking brain, even if it is coming from a fictional character.
After finishing the first book, I was itching for a sequel. Even though I had to wait quite a few months, Girl Online; On Tour, was just as great as the first one, if not better. The theme, a little less about anxiety, and more about the future and Penny living her life for herself, somehow resonated with me even more, if that's even possible. Though Penny is only 16, I feel for her. I'm 21 and I have no clue what I want to do with the rest of my life, and that's pretty scary. I do know, however, that after reading Girl Online: On Tour, I'm not going to feel the pressure of anyone else telling me what I should be doing with my life. 
I'm not really sure where I was going with this post. It's not a full on review, it's more like a very long recommendation post. If any of you reading this are like me, an over thinker with an anxiety-ridden brain, no clue about the future, and a sucker for love stories, then you'll absolutely love these books.

xo, Sarah Holt

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Vegan Mini Caramel Apples! | Recipe

When I desperately crave a certain food/treat I used to like pre-vegan diet, I scour the internet night in and out for a vegan alternative. This week, my craving happened to be caramel apples. I came across a few recipes that were either paleo or somewhat accidentally vegan, so I combined those different recipes to come up with a vegan caramel recipe to top off these mini caramel apples! Why mini, you may ask?! Simple, everything is better in mini form. Everything.

Before getting to the recipe, I just wanted to let you all know that the caramel didn't stick to the apples nearly as well as I thought they would, but I still wound up with a really sweet treat that is perfect for autumn. Vegan recipes are all about trial and error. I thought this recipe was still solid enough to share, so I hope you take some inspiration from this!

Vegan Caramel
What You'll Need:
3/4 cups regular almond milk (soy milk will work fine, too)
1 cup vegan cane sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp water
2 tbsp vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of kosher salt

What You'll Need To Do:
In a medium sized saucepan, combine the almond milk, sugar, and maple syrup.
Cook for 5 minutes, whisking often.
In a separate bowl, mix together the cornstarch and water.
Add the cornstarch and water mixture to the saucepan.
Cook for 5 more minutes (the mixture will bubble and foam, which is normal)
Remove from heat and add the butter, vanilla, and salt.
Pour the caramel into a separate bowl/container and cover slightly


Vegan Mini Caramel Apples
What You'll Need:
2 Apples (apple breed based upon personal preference)
Melon Baller
Cake Pop sticks or skewers (I cut mine in half)
Tiny cupcake liners (optional)
Vegan Caramel
Peanuts/other toppings


What You'll Need To Do:
Wash your apples then start scooping out balls of apple with your melon baller.


Dab your apple balls with a paper towel to dry off some of the moisture.
You should get about 25 balls from 2 apples (20 if you're like me and scrap a few sad looking balls)
Place your apple balls in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking oil to prevent your caramel balls from sticking.
Remove your apples from the fridge and insert your Cake Pop sticks or skewers about half way through into your apple balls.
Dip your apple balls in your vegan caramel mixture by holding the stick/skewer.
Add your peanuts/other topping of your choice (this is completely optional)



Place your caramel balls on your lined baking sheet and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes.


After removing from the fridge, place your mini caramel apples in the mini cupcake liners (again, optional)


Refrigerate before serving and that's it! Bite size vegan caramel apples! Perfect for a night-in with a cup of hot chocolate, or a great snack for a night out at a Halloween party.

xo, Sarah Holt

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Turning 21

This post is a very long rambling of what has been going on in my mind for the past month.  I'm currently typing this up at 2:47 am which means I have absolutely no filter and this can essentially go on forever. Night blogging is a sickness. Anyway, back to the post.
Back in the beginning of October, I turned 21. A huge milestone of a birthday if you're American. So you may ask, "why didn't you make a huge deal about it all throughout October by writing about it on here or posting tipsy pictures on Instagram?". I would normally answer with "laziness and procrastination", but that would only be half of the truth. In all honesty, I didn't really see any growth in myself this past year and I didn't feel like expressing how I am now 21, without a job, without a college degree, and still at home dreaming about one day living the life I want to live, while instead I'm crippled by anxiety and fear.
The best part about turning 21 is that I've decided a while ago I didn't want to drink alcohol! There goes my fantasy of being a cool and hip person who drinks red wine while decompressing with a cool and hip book every night. Maybe I can fill a wine glass with cranberry juice and still pull of the effortlessly cool and hip facade? Maybe, but that is definitely not the point of this post.
Throughout the past few weeks, I realized a few things that 20 year old me experienced and lived through that I wouldn't take back at all. Though it feels like I haven't made the most of the past year in some cases, I have grown and learned more about myself than I think I have in my entire life.
Here comes the ever apparent trend on my blog; a nice long list!

1. I don't have to live my life the way anyone else expects me to or tells me to. I am my own person and I am living my life for myself (motivation for this one courtesy of Zoe Sugg from her new book "Girl Online: On Tour")
2. Anxiety is a horrible, big, scary monster that haunts my thoughts on a daily basis, but I can't keep using this monster as an excuse. He will (yes, I've decided my personified anxiety is male) only grow bigger and stronger.
3.It's okay to figure things out on my own pace. Again, this is my life and I can choose the pace in which I want to live it.
4. I like this blog. Though I'm scared to share my little space on the internet that holds lots of personal thoughts with my real-life world (friends/family), I'm happy with the posts I've shared and with the people I've gotten to know from this blog, and I hope to virtually meet more amazing people.
5. At this point in my life, I'm okay with admitting I'm not fit for college. Some people can deal with the hair-pulling-out-stress that comes with college exams, but I know I can't, and I'm okay with that. That just means I have to find something else to do with my life that doesn't involve taking the traditional route (I write while I cringe and wince and feel a slight wave of anxiety creep over me. I'm fine though :-) )
6. Though I joke about "feeling fine" all the time. I really am, for the most part, fine.

That's about all I can manage to reflect on. Maybe 21 will bring better days leading me to a life of anxiety-free adventures filled with friends and laughs and good times. That's the aim at least.

xo, Sarah Holt

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Autumn Essentials

Autumn is most definitely my favorite time of the year. The air gets crisper and the weather gets much, much colder. I absolutely love it. There are a few things I like to do in order to make the most of the autumn season and I listed them all below just for you, how handy?!


Dark Lips
Autumn screams dark lips and I absolutely love the Matte Lip Color from Elf in the shade Tea Rose. It's not your typical fall berry or a deep red, but it works and I like it. Pacifica also has a really nice Color Quench in Berry Guava. It smells amazing and it's a great everyday lip balm.



Moisturizer/Body Lotion
The fall/winter months can easily dry out your skin. Moisturizer and body lotion is a must. Also, lip balm is a life saver this time of the year. My favorite lip balm at the moment is from Meow Meow Tweet in the scent/flavor (I guess?) Tangerine Lime.


Netflix
If you want to have a cozy movie night, Netflix is essential. I've been binge watching Goosebumps lately and I'm obsessed.

Hot Chocolate
Hot drinks are definitely a staple in autumn, hot chocolate in particular. Lots of (vegan) whipped cream on top is also a must.

Instant Camera
I recently got an Instax Wide camera for my 21st birthday and I absolutely love it. I've always been obsessed with really old polaroid pictures from when I was younger/before I was born, so you can only imagine how long I've been asking for an instant camera of my own and how excited I was when I actually got one.


Jack-O-Lanterns
Carving pumpkins is another autumn staple. Is it even really October if you don't carve a pumpkin? I don't think so. Did you even really carve a pumpkin if you didn't Instagram it? Again, I really don't think so.

Instagram
Speaking of Instagram, I feel that autumn is prime Instagram season. I love taking pictures in the fall and I love sharing them on Instagram. You can follow me on Instagram if you'd like, you don't have to but you could. @xosarahholt 



Nature Walks
If you live in a place that has lots of fall foliage, you HAVE to make the most of it and go on lots of nature walks. You just have to. And again, for Instagram.


And those are all my Autumn Essentials. Let me know in the comments if you have any other essential for autumn that I didn't mention.

xo, Sarah Holt

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If you made it this deep in the post, thank you! I added a little "behind the scenes" from this post because I thought my setup was hilarious. I didn't have a festive blanket to use, but I did have this very fall-like scarf so I tried to make it look like a cozy blanket. I think I did a pretty good job, if I do say so myself!



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Vegan Pumpkin Pie-In-A-Ramekin Recipe

Pumpkin pie is my favorite Autumn dessert, hands down. Pumpkin pie flavored cake that can be baked in as little as 1 minute with very little effort on my part and made as a single serving? That sounds like the pumpkin pie of my dreams and amazingly enough, today my dreams came true. Below is a recipe for a 1 minute vegan pumpkin pie flavored cake-in-ramekin, or also commonly known as cake-in-a-mug (because I totally came up with pie-in-a-ramekin just now typing it but someone else has probably already copyrighted it so, in that case, I totally did not come up with it). I took a few ideas from a few different recipes to make a vegan friendly version of the Pinterest popular Autumn dessert.


Vegan Pumpkin Pie-In-A-Ramekin

What You'll Need:
Cake:
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
4 tsp vegan cane sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg*
1/4 tsp ginger*
1 tsp pumpkin puree
2 tbsp almond milk
1 tsp oil
1/2 tbsp water
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

*you can substitute both the ginger and the nutmeg by using a 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice. I'm allergic to cinnamon so I made this recipe cinnamon free but if you want the cinnamon, feel free to add it!

Toppings:
Vegan chocolate chips
Vegan whipped cream
Vegan graham crackers

What You'll Need To Do:
Combine and mix together all the dry ingredients straight into your ramekin or mug
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients
Mix everything together until lump-free
Microwave cake for 1 minute and 15 seconds**
Add the chocolate chips to the top while still hot
Top with the whipped cream and crushed graham crackers

**microwaves are tricky little things. Depending on the intensity of your microwave, you can either add or take away a few seconds.







And that's it! A super fast, super easy Autumn staple.

xo, Sarah Holt

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Top 5 Decaffeinated Teas


Tea is a big part of my life. Whether I feel sad, happy, anxious, cozy, or any other human emotion, tea is ALWAYS the perfect option/remedy. It doesn't even matter the season. I drink tea in the summer time, hence this post being posted in late summer. I can't even express how excited I am for Autumn because tea in the Fall is EVERYTHING.
Since tea plays such a pivotal rule in my life, I thought "why not write a blog post about it?" because a whole post about tea wouldn't be boring, right? Either way, I wrote out a whole lot of paragraphs regarding tea so I hope it's interesting!

All of the teas I mentioned below are decaffeinated. I have this problem with caffeine when I consume even a small amount, my face gets really tingly and I get really anxious.
A few years ago, before I cut out caffeine, I had a particularity anxious day in NYC, without consuming caffeine. I then got my period which tends to make me a bit more anxious. I then drank 3 large caffeinated iced teas within a few hours of each other. A few hours later, I went to see Jimmy Fallon when he was still on Late Night and long story short, my face, legs, and chest where tingling so much, I thought I was having a stroke due to the mixed emotions, hormones, and most importantly, caffeine. I haven't consumed caffeine since that life changing experience with Jimmy Fallon. So thank you Jimmy.

Anyway, let's get back to the teas! Before we get into the list, I'd like to note that I don't add any type of sweetener or cream to my teas. I boil water, steep the tea, then drink. That's all. I'd also like to note that I didn't include black tea or green tea in my list because those are staples and obvious favorites. So aside from those two, here's my top 5!


5. Heart Tea
This is a Hawthorne Hibiscus herbal tea buy the brand Traditional Medicinals that is supposedly good for your heart. I'm all for herbal remedies to improve myself. Even if I don't see any improvements, I feel like I'm doing good for my body. And it tastes unlike any other flavor I've ever tasted, which is actually pretty good. Surprisingly, I don't go around eating hibiscus plants.


4. Bedtime Tea
Bedtime teas usually don't make me sleepy but I like the idea of it. I like cozying up in bed with an herbal tea in hand while reading a book, getting ready for a deep slumber. Although that rarely ever happens, I like the feel of it, ya know? Same goes for bedtime yoga; it never makes me tired but I do it all the time because I like the idea of doing bedtime yoga. My local grocery store has there own bedtime tea which has blueberry in it and I'm obsessed with it. Celestial Seasonings also has a really good "sleepytime" tea.


3. Kombucha Tea
Kombucha tea is filled with great antioxidants which is somewhat hard to consume in a vegan diet since most antioxidants are found in dairy cultures like yogurt. I LOVE this specific kombucha by Yogi. It's pretty great.


2. Irish Breakfast Tea
I'm not sure if this is an actual thing in Ireland, but Twinings makes it and I love it and I'm glad it exists. If any of you know whether or not Irish Breakfast Tea is a real, authentic Irish tea, please let me know in the comments. I'd really like to know.

1. English Breakfast Tea
English Breakfast tea is always a good idea. I LOVE trying different brands of English Breakfast tea, but right now I've been loving Twinings. I drink this tea at all hours of the day, contrary to the name. This tea feels like a treat and I love it.


And there you have it, a whole post dedicated to my love for teas. Comment below if we share a love for the same tea! Or if you love any other teas I didn't mention. I just want to continue talking about tea.

xo, Sarah Holt

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Vegan Ice Cream Sandwich & Cookie Recipe


I recently made a successful batch of vegan cookies and thought "how great would these amazing cookies taste with ice cream?!" so that's the story behind the inspiration for this post. Also, I haven't posted anything summer-y yet so I thought a summer dessert staple would be perfect. You could 100% skip my cookie recipe and use store bought cookies, but where's the fun in that?

Vegan Double Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookie Recipe
What You'll Need:
1/4 cup vegan butter
3/4 cup vegan sugar
2 tbsp oil
3 tbsp almond milk (unsweetened original)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
A whole lot of (vegan) chocolate chips

What You'll Need To Do:
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C)
Cream together the butter, sugar, oil, and almond milk until all lumps are gone.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. 
Combine the butter mixture with the dry ingredients and mix until blended.
Add in as many chocolate chips as your heart desires.
Make 8 balls
Flatten the balls slightly when on the pan or in your hand by pressing with spoon or with your hand (this makes the cookies wider and less fat)
Bake for 10 minutes
If you're using this recipe, make sure the cookies are completely cool before you start putting together the ice cream sandwiches. The ice cream will melt if the cookies are still hot and it will just be messy and not fun and nobody wants that because this is a fun recipe.
 
 
 
Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe
What You'll Need:
8 large cookies
1 pint vegan ice cream

What You'll Need To Do:
Turn the carton of ice cream on it's side and cut four equal slices right through the carton.
Make sure the ice cream has been in the freezer for a few hours. The more solid it is, the better it works.
Remove the packaging from the ice cream slices.
Turn four of your cookies bottom side up and place the ice cream slices on top.
Top the ice cream with the rest of the cookies, bottom side down.

 

That process can be kind of messy and a little difficult, so if you prefer, just scoop some ice cream and sandwich it between two cookies. Not as cool, but it gets the job done. I was able to make a sandwich with a quart container of vanilla ice cream by scooping it directly onto the cookies. This process would work if you're using soft ice cream as well.

And that's it! Super easy summer recipe you can make in 30 minutes! 

xo, Sarah Holt

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Encouragements, Good Books, and Abe Lincoln

I know what you're thinking, odd title, but it will make sense, trust me. If you have read the book The Fault in Our Stars (ever heard of it?) by John Green, then you'd know about the "encouragements" sprawled across the entirety of Augustus Waters house. I was re-reading the book the other day and realized that I have absentmindedly became Gus's parents by filling my room with my version of encouragements. Throughout the past year or so, I've been writing quotes or phrases that catch my interest on cute little colored paper and then I'd hang them on my wall. Although Augustus and Hazel didn't think much of the encouragements, I honestly find them really uplifting, as cheesy as that may sound. I enjoy them and that's all the validation I need.

Another book that I've read recently with a some-what similar theme of nice words hanging on walls was All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. If you've read this book, then you'd know Finch liked writing nice, meaningful words on post-it notes then sticking them on his walls. I couldn't help but eye my own meaningful words hung on my wall while reading the book. I guess my wall is filled with a combination of Finch's post-its and the Water's encouragements, but what's with the need to see nice words and quotes on my walls in the first place? Because I really don't know. I haven't figured that one out yet. I do, however, know that I really enjoy seeing the words that I thought meant something special enough to write it on a little piece of paper and hang it on my wall.

One of my favorite quotes I've written is a quote from Abraham Lincoln. The quote reads "Whatever you are, be a good one". I'm not one for memorizing quotes, but this one always stuck. I know this quote can be easily misconstrued, for instance, an axe-murderer could say "well I'm an axe-murderer so Honest Abe wants be to be a good one" and I guess, literally, that is correct, but I like to think of it as "I am a human being, so I'll be a good one" or "I am a daughter, a sister, a member of my community, a friend, etc., so I'll be a good one". Honestly, I'm not entirely sure what Lincoln's context of that quote was directed towards, but I like to think of it as what should be a mantra for the human race. Okay, I think I may be getting a little too deep. Let's get back to the light stuff.

Other quotes displayed on my wall include:
"You won't know unless you try",
"If at first you do not succeed, try again",
the word "adventure",
the word "effervescent",
and my New Year's Resolutions from 2013

As you can tell from the fact that my 2013 resolutions are still hanging on my wall, I don't necessarily apply these encouragements to my everyday life, but I think that's why I have them displayed there. I want them to apply to my everyday life. If you think about it too much, it might start to sound gushy and therapeutic, so I think this may be a good time to stop analyzing it.

I really didn't plan on being able to get a full post out of this topic, but I did, so I guess I'll post it. I tend to write a lot of these somewhat, I guess you could call insightful (?) posts out, but I never post them because I could never get a coherent thought across. And I am aware that I am the least insightful person out there, so I hope this post didn't offend you.

If any of you have read this much, I'd like to read some of your favorite quotes. Feel free to comment below and I might just have to add some of your quotes to my wall.

xo, Sarah Holt


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Vegan Meal Ideas


Finding a solid vegan meal plan was always difficult for me. I'm someone who likes hearty, filling meals and I honestly never liked veggie filled salad-y type meals. I always joked when I first stopped eating meat that I was a vegetarian who hated vegetables. But now that my pallet has expanded and I've seen the wondrous beauties of lots of different vegetables, I am now starting to get excited about trying new healthy, veggie filled meals. I still don't like salad though.

All the below meals are meals that I'd typically eat throughout the day. I take dietary supplements to ensure a healthy balance of vitamins in my diet which is why some meals may have more protein or vitamins than others. Now that that's out of the way, let's continue on with the meals.

Breakfast
Typical Breakfast Meals:

Toast
I usually have toast in the morning. I've been using this Oatnut Whole Grain bread from Arnold recently and it's the best bread I've ever had. It has really good ingredients which is surprising because most breads are filled with all kinds of preservatives and other unnecessarily bad ingredients.
To top the toast, I usually add either peanut butter w/ sunflower seeds or (vegan) butter or avocados. Whatever I'm feeling that day.


Oatmeal
I recently started eating cold oatmeal and it is seriously amazing. I fill a bowl with about a half cup of oats and pour in some almond milk, completely covering the oats. I cover the bowl and leave it in the refrigerator over night and in the morning it's literally waiting for me in the fridge. I usually add a banana or any other fruits I have in stock and recently, I've been adding a tiny bit of agave nectar which is my new favorite sweetener.

Fruit
Whether it's fruit on it's own or blended up in a smoothie, I LOVE having some sort of fruit for breakfast.

Lunch
Typical Lunch Meals:

Peanut Butter Sandwich
Even if I had a PB sandwich for breakfast that day, I usually always have a peanut butter sandwich for lunch. It's a good source of protein, especially if the peanut butter is all natural.

Cucumber and Tomato Salad
This is such an easy little meal, I get hungry and excited just thinking about it. I cut up about half a cucumber and half a big tomato, or a few small tomatoes, and dress them with olive oil and red wine vinegar. This is a recipe my mom always makes as a side and it's one of my favorites.

Dinner
Typical Dinner Meal:

Veggie Pasta
I tend to have a wide variety of dinners, but one of my favorite easy dinners is veggie pasta. You literally gather all the vegetables in your fridge and cook them over olive oil or bake them. Mushrooms, asparagus, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, really any vegetable will work. I then add it to some pasta. I usually add some chick peas or black beans and then that's it. Super quick and easy.


Snacks Throughout the Day

Nuts
Cashews are my favorite nuts and I tend to snack on them whenever I feel peckish.


Brussel Sprouts
This may be very weird, but I LOVE snacking on cooked brussel sprouts. I really don't know why.


Fruit
I don't just like fruit for breakfast. I like fruit all the time. Bananas and nectarines are at the top of my most eaten fruits at the moment.

Tortilla Chips w/ Salsa or Guacamole
Chips and salsa is a go-to snack for me. I recently found healthy tortilla chips with little salt added which gives me absolutely no reason to NOT eat this as a snack. I also recently found peach and mango salsa and I've been obsessed with it.


Dessert

Dairy Free Ice Cream
I'm really not much of a dessert person, but for some odd reason, I always find either a So Delicious or Tofutti ice cream in my freezer and I just have to eat it because it's there. I have to.


And that's all! I didn't realize how much I actually ate throughout the day until I typed that all up.

xo, Sarah Holt

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Anxiety

I haven't been posting a lot lately and I would LOVE to blame it on my laziness, like I always have in the past, but that's not entirely the case this time. I've had anxiety for as long as I could remember, and recently it's been the worst it's ever been. If you've been a reading my blog for a while, then you'd know that I've never shied away from talking about my anxiety because I feel as though talking about it, especially on a larger scale, can help not only myself, but others who feel the same. I haven't mentioned my recent anxiety lately because I've never had to deal with unexplainable daily anxiety. I don't like writing about things I'm unsure about, and this recent anxiety is exactly that.
I first started this blog almost two years ago wanting to write about my troubles with anxiety in hopes of someday curing myself while helping others cure their anxieties. Throughout the past few weeks, I realized anxiety is a lot trickier than that. I don't have any tips on how to cure it and I can't remember the last day I went without having some sort of anxiety, which is really scary. I really wish I could give you guys some sort of home remedy to rid yourself of anxiety based off of my personal experience, but I can't because nothing has ever worked for me. Deep breathing sometimes helps, but that's about it.
All I can really say with complete certainty is that I have good days and I have bad days. In order to get through the bad days, I try to tell myself that the good, anxiety-free days are right around the corner. Yesterday was a really bad day, but today was 100% better.
I'm not entirely sure if I'll even post this because I'm not used to being so honest about something I really only ever deal with in my head. Even before when I'd talk about anxiety, I would kind of make a joke of it because I was somewhat, oddly, comfortable with my worrisome thoughts.
If this post could maybe help someone reading this, then I guess it's worth stepping outside of my comfort zone. If you're like me, then you like knowing that you're not the only one going through something tough. Just take it one day at a time.

With all that said, hopefully I'll have more posts up in the near future.

xo, Sarah Holt

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer To-Do List

We are already a week into summer, and in Sarah fashion, I am just now typing up my Summer To-Do List. I tend to get stuck in funks where I just stay in bed all day and I am trying my hardest to get out of that habit and this to-do list might just do the trick. Once I write out these lists, I feel like I have to complete or at least try to complete everything on the list, which is a good thing if you're like me and tend to stay in bed for hours watching YouTube instead of going outside. So instead of me drowning you all in my problems, let's get to the list!

1. Go outside EVERYDAY
If the sun is shining, I want to be outside, for at least an hour. Vitamin D, yeah!

2. Feed an apple to a horse
This has been on my to-do lists since Autumn and it's getting a bit ridiculous. All I want to do is feed a freaking apple to a horse but it's pretty hard to come in contact with a horse if you don't know anyone who has a horse. I did get to feed a carrot to a horse a few months ago but it didn't feel right. It has to be an apple. And I want to be able to hug the horse too. I want to become bffls with the horse. I'm not asking for much.

3. Continue with Pilates
I have been doing pilates at least 5 days a week for the past 2 months and I'm quite proud of myself. I want to keep at it!

4. Take a Yoga class
I took a yoga class about 2 years ago and absolutely loved it. I really don't know why I stopped so I'd like to start again.

5. BLOG MORE
I would really, really, really like to write up blog posts more frequently, but like I said earlier, I tend to get stuck in funks where I just don't want to do much. Have any of you experienced this? If you have any tips on how to get out of funks, please comment below.

I'm keeping it fairly simple this time around. I'd like to actually check off some of these this summer!

If I do any of these things on this list, I'll be sure to instagram or tweet about it!

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

A New Era & Blog Ideas

I recently purchased a new, proper dslr camera and I am SO ready to step up my blogging game. I've been wanting better quality photos to accompany my poorly written words for quite some time now, but there's only so much you can do with an iPhone camera (yes, all my previous photos have been taken on my iPhone 5s, in case you were wondering). I really can't put into words how excited I am for this new era... fellow bloggers, you understand my excitement, right?!

Taken on my iPhone 5s
Taken on my Nikon D5100
I really wanted to write this post asking you what type of content you'd like to see on this blog. I have a few posts lined up which fall under the skincare faves/routines/top 5 type posts, which isn't unusual for my typical blog posts. I would like to know if there are any other type of posts you would like to read? I am very interested and any input would be greatly appreciated. That sounded like a automated voice message, haha! "Please leave a message after the tone." Or a comment. Yeah, a comment would be nice. Maybe leave any questions you may have and maybe I could answer that in a post?! Imagine I don't get any comments on this post. I'm starting to sweat. Please leave a comment.
Anyway, after getting my new camera, I've been bobbling around the idea of maybe making videos? If you know me, you'd know that is a crazy concept. There are just some posts I'd like to write that just can't be written. It would be so much easier to just talk about a certain topic as opposed to writing about it. Know what I mean?
Before this post gets too long with rambled paragraphs of jumbled thoughts, I want to shamelessly promote my other social media sites. I've been quite active on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram lately so feel free to follow me on any of those if you'd like. Let me know you found me from my blog, and I'll be sure to follow you back. :-)

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That's all for today, folks. I hope you all have a wonderful day! :-)

xo, Sarah Holt


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

50 Facts About Me

I realized recently that I write a lot about my thoughts and opinions, but most of you don't know the first thing about me. How can you trust someone's opinion if you don't know a single thing about them? If you've read my about page, you know a few things about me like my name and why I like blogging. I want to go a little bit more in depth with this post so buckle up.

50 Facts About Me:

1. I was born on October 5th
2. That means I'm a Libra
3. My favorite color is blue
4. I prefer going to the beach in the winter than in the summer
5. I love bananas
6. I love avocados
7. I've never been on an airplane
8. Despite the last fact, I want to travel the world
9. I don't know what I want to do with the rest of my life, but I do know I want to help people/animals somehow
10. I've had anxiety for as long as I could remember
11. I was six when I had my first panic attack
12. I hate the dentist
13. When I was five, I had to get strapped down on the dentist chair because I hated the dentist so much
14. At that same dentist visit, I threw up on the dentist while his hands were in my mouth
15. I havn't eaten meat in 6 and a half years
16. 5 years as a vegetarian, and now 1 and a half years as a vegan
17. I had this blog for 3 years before I wrote my first post
18. I made a YouTube channel around that same time, but I still haven't posted anything on there
19. When I was 5 I had my first crush... it was Eddie Vedder
20. I still have a crush on Eddie Vedder
21. My first concert was the Jonas Brothers in 2007
22. I had the biggest crush on Nick Jonas
23. I'm allergic to dust, pollen, and cinnamon
24. I'm also allergic to animals but animals are seriously my favorite in the whole world so I don't let swollen limbs and rashes stop me from interacting with them
25. I like animals more than humans
26. Geese are one of my favorite animals
27. But I don't like birds
28. I also really like rabbits
29. I just like animals in general
30. I'm a dog person
31. I only ever touched a cat once
32. The only ever job I've had was dog-sitting
33. My favorite bands of all time are the Beatles, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
34. My favorite bands/artists from this decade are Haim, the 1975, Ed Sheeran, 5sos, Arctic Monkeys, and Taylor Swift
35. I love any song that's about someone named Sarah
36. Hall & Oates "Sara Smile" is one of my favorites (even though Sarah is spelled wrong)
37. While writing that last fact, I thought "spelled" should have been "spelt" but google and spell check told me I was wrong
38. Living on my own terrifies me
39. The future in general terrifies me
40. Despite the previous two facts, I want to live in London one day
41. The Parent Trap (w/ Lindsay Lohan) is my favorite movie
42. Currently, while writing this, I'm listening to Green Day's album Dookie on shuffle
43. My favorite sport is hockey
44. My favorite hockey team is the Detroit Red Wings
45. When I was younger, my top choices of a future profession included: teacher, architect, astronaut, deep sea scuba diver, accountant, and marine biologist
46. I wanted to be an astronaut after watching the movie Apollo 13 in school
47. I really like Tom Hanks
48. I'm starting to run out of facts
49. I really like blogging
50. I hope one day I could do this for a living :-)

I really didn't think writing 50 facts about myself would be that hard. If you made it this far, you're pretty cool. Leave a comment below telling me a little bit about yourself!

xo, Sarah Holt

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Eyebrow Kits & Vegan Perfume | April Favorites 2015


I haven't done a favorites post in almost a year (what!?) and I thought my blog was overdue for another one. These favorites aren't exactly exclusive to April, but I've still been obsessed with them as of recently, so I'm calling them April favorites. Now, to the list!

Milani Eyebrow Kit
I purchased this eyebrow kit about 2 months ago but didn't start actively using it until recently. Milani's products are really inexpensive and they have a large selection of vegan products (yay!). This eyebrow kit is seriously perfect for my brows. (this product is vegan and cruelty free)


Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Perfume
Vegan perfume is something very hard to come by. Pacifica has a large selection of perfumes that are all 100% vegan and cruelty free. I can't begin to explain how excited I was to try out their perfume selection. I ended up buying a bottle of their Indian Coconut Nectar fragrance and I'm obsessed with it.


H&M Brown Ankle Boots
I instantly fell in love with these boots when I saw them online. I knew it was meant to be when I saw they had my size (I'm a size 5/5.5 in US and it's really hard to find shoes that small). They were only $35 and I absolutely love them.


Little Women
This obviously isn't a new, fresh off the printer book that no one has heard of yet (unless you actually haven't heard of Little Women, then what?). My Grandmom had recommended this book to me for years, and I finally got around to reading it throughout the past month and I think I may be in love with Louisa May Alcott's writing. Her books were written in the late 19th century, but they're still so relate-able, Little Women in particular. I can't recommend this book enough to anyone out there who hasn't read the classic.


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
I am absolutely in love with this Netflix show. I love everything Tina Fey does, so when I found out she created/wrote a show staring Ellie Kemper, I was hooked before even watching. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but this show is at the top of my must-watch list at the moment.

And those are my favorite things from the past few months!

xo, Sarah Holt

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Vegan Clear Skin Trio



I've had a love/hate relationship with my skin since the beginning of time (or puberty, whichever one seems more dramatic). Nothing really ever worked to relieve my face from the occasional zit. After a while, I sort of gave up trying and succumbed to puberty for years.
Now, at the age of 20, you'd think clear skin would come with the territory of finally exiting my horrid teenage years. Unfortunately, that's not the case. I still get the occasional spot, however, I have managed to keep my skin very clear most of the time. I'd like to give all the credit to three outstanding vegan/cruelty free products, but some other factors may take part in my clear skin.

Possible Factors:
Vegan Diet
Drinking lots of water
Washing my face daily
Lack of stress

Aside from those factors, these three products have done wonders for my skin since I purchased them about 6 months ago. Now to the trio.

My Clear Skin Formula:

Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash ($11)
Washing my makeup off my face at the end of each night is essential in my daily skincare routine. This Pacifica Face Wash doubles as a makeup remover which is perfect. My skin started to feel and look cleaner after the first wash. This face wash hasn't disappointed me since. I can't recommend it enough.


Just the Goods Acne Prone Skin Moisturizer ($8)
After I shower and before I apply makeup, I have to apply moisturizer. I've been using this Acne Prone Skin Moisturizer by Just the Goods for a while now and I can say, with 100% certainty, that this product is everything. I'm all for products that helps clear and prevent acne.


The Fanciful Fox Spot Check Blemish Stick ($5)
Like what I said before, the occasional zit does pop up from time to time, and when that happens, I'm armed with my Spot Check by the Fanciful Fox. This little stick does wonders. After applying it to a pimple, it's completely gone within two days. No other product that I've ever used worked as well as this stick.


And that's all! 100% vegan and cruelty free clear skin trio that actually works, all under $25 dollars!! How exciting?!


xo, Sarah Holt

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