2018 Goals

I had some major goals I wanted to crush in 2017. Almost none of them happened. For one reason or another, I never got around to doing anything I had planned. But that happens every year. I set goals for myself that I know I cannot ever achieve.

Can you be a vegetarian on a keto diet?

This was a question I asked everyone I saw doing the keto diet. Can I be vegetarian and still get the benefits from the diet? A lot of people said yes but what I was really asking is "how hard is it to be a vegetarian on a keto diet?"

Let's talk about health baby

I am not an unhealthy person, per say. I tend to eat healthier meals but I overdo the portions. Especially being a vegetarian/vegan, I would eat three times as much food as needed. I eat my feelings. If I am stressed I reach for candy. When I am happy I want pizza (I love pizza) and when I am sad I need that ice cream. My usual response to everything is food.

So I have decided I need to make a change. While I am fine with being plus sized, I want to be able to feel more comfortable in my skin, help my bad knee and my asthma. Side note, my bad knee is not from being overweight. I slipped on ice a few years ago and now that knee locks up or sounds like gravel. It sucks. Being overweight doesn't help it.

There are a lot of diets or "lifestyle changes" out there but which one to choose? Should I even do a diet or whatever is popular right now? Maybe I should just cut portions and exercise more? Can I even do keto? AHHH!

I went to a keto party with a mom a few months ago and I was intrigued but quickly realized it was a party to get you to buy their drinks. I'm all for diets and whatever but the minute you make me buy something to help me speed up the process I will rebel hard. I am not made of money. The keto diet is a real diet that doctors use so the science is there. I just don't want to spend money on the damn drinks. Plus, the keto diet will not work with a vegan lifestyle. You need a lot of fat and most recipes come from meat, cheese, and other dairy products. I tried fat bombs once...it was too much for me.

The keto diet would be perfect for me because I am insulin resistant and I have PCOS. My doctor even suggested this a long time ago before keto was the hot, new buzzword. I love carbs though...like truly love, and since my mom does it I notice that sometimes the food seems really boring. I hate boring food.

A year ago I also tried Weight Watchers but after three months quit because, again, money is an issue. I liked it but I was always so stressed about making my points or going over and feeling terrible about it. It was stressing me out! I follow a lot of Weight Watchers people on Instagram and they make it look so easy. I really liked the idea of it and I did lose some weight in the three months. But it was a lot of work and money.

It sucks when you want to get healthy and the options that work best for you cost a lot of money or are the exact opposite of what you would normally eat. I don't eat meat, not for ethical reasons although that does play into it, but keto will be a real struggle without meat. I liked Weight Watchers but it costs way too much for me. What to do? What to do?

I found a spreadsheet online that helps you track your Weight Watcher points. They also have a calculator that gives you points for the food you eat and a daily allowance points calculator. With this I came up with 31-35 daily points. If I remember correctly that is around what I had for points last year as well. The spreadsheet is easy to use and doesn't cost any money!

I will also be cutting down on carbs and upping my fat intake. Since I am mostly vegetarian versus vegan this will be easier. I will eat full-fat sour cream, greek yogurt, and full-fat cheese. I have spent my whole life avoiding full-fat dairy (I was always told that is why I was overweight...it scared me as a 10 year-year-old) but now is the time! I will also be watching portion control and getting out more. I can take my dog for a walk. She will love that!

I will also be sharing pictures of my food and some easy recipes as I go. This blog will quickly change from a vegan blog to a healthy eating blog. I can see it now! If you want vegan recipes check out The Smoothie Vegetarians. They are now a full vegan blog with some really amazing recipes. I will still be posting there as well. Let's do this!


Vegan Deodorant Test: Take 2

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When I did the vegan deodorant test before I was just trying a few brands and seeing if I liked them or if I thought they worked. I didn't realize there is a whole step before just rubbing it on myself that I needed to do and that I would actually come to like one of the brands I said I didn't! So this is the second take of that test that also includes a few tricks and a few new brands.

Why Reusables Make Sense

I wrote a blog post on The Smoothie Vegetarians about switching to reusables. You can read it by clicking here! Switching has been one of the best things I could have done for myself. I have talked about it in the past but this is a little more comprehensive.

There is also a discount code at the end of the post!!

Mouth Watchers and Tom's of Maine Review

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I usually make my own toothpaste. It's a simple recipe but recently I wanted to try something different. As for my toothbrush, well, I was given a Mouth Watchers toothbrush and was dying to try it. Does the Tom's of Maine toothpaste make my teeth just a clean as my homemade stuff? Is this toothbrush worth it? Read my review below!

Change of course

I have always felt like I have been a failure. I know deep in my heart that I am not and that it's just my insecurities but it's hard to ignore. But if you are successful at something then change to something else are you really a failure?

Big things coming in August!

I have some pretty awesome things planned for August and I wanted to give you a sneak peek. I have been working hard on making Moon Child into an actual blog and not just my hobby. At first, it was just a way to write about going zero waste but then I realized I really love to write and work on Moon Child so I want to focus more attention on it. How you ask?

Buycott App Review

Sometimes it can be hard to know if a company tests on animals or what their stance on climate change is. That's why when I found out about Buycott I was pretty excited. But does it work and is it helpful?

My favorite summer jams

Summer isn't my favorite season. Not by a long shot but I love it because it's a great time of the year to get together with friends and just hang out. I wanted to encompass that feeling with a playlist of songs that remind me summer, sunshine and good times. Check out the playlist and let me know what songs you would add!

 

Halo Top ice cream taste test

I am a true lover of ice cream. I could easily eat it everyday and after ever meal. I shouldn't do that because I am lactose intolerant but I sometimes think it would be worth it.

Another issue I have with ice cream is that it is full of sugar and really bad for you. I was pretty excited when I found out about Halo Top. I first heard about this from a friend that was doing Weight Watchers. She made a comment that she could eat the whole pint and not blow her points. I was intrigued.

Vegan chocolate mug cake recipe

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Sometimes you just want something sweet but you don't want to wait forever or make an entire pan of something. That's why mug desserts have quickly become my favorite thing in the world. You can make a single serving of cake (or just about anything) and it takes little to no time! It's even better if it's vegan...like this recipe. The most common time I want this cake is during a certain time of the month. Too much info?

Fun facts about me

I realized I have never told you anything about me other than what was in my welcome post. I'm not a super interesting person but I wanted to let you know a few facts about me that you might find fun.

Zero waste items I love: pt. 2

If you didn't catch my first part be sure to read it here!

I have been transitioning to a zero waste life for a few months now. It has been both an easy road and a tough road. Sometimes it is easy to find a zero waste solution to your needs but sometimes it is really hard to figure out what to do. Here is the second half of my list of items that has made the transition easy.

Dijon Balsamic Dressing

Oh man do I love this dressing. I shared it over on The Smoothie Vegetarians' blog so go check it out! This dressing is perfect for just about anything. Even meat eaters would love it on chicken or pork. It is such a fantastic dressing and I am excited to share it. Go read it now!

The link to read the recipe is to another blog I write for. Please follow the link and show me some love!!

I'm a GladRags Ambassador!

I am so excited, honored and nervous to announce that I am a GladRags Ambassador! What is a GladRags Ambassador? First it is my duty to educate people about GladRags and sustainable methods for dealing with your period. Second, it is my mission to help people take pride in their period. There is nothing to be ashamed of!! So if you get a period and want to reduce your waste and reduce the ugly and nasty chemicals in your period products then look up GladRags! I will have a few exciting posts about them coming up soon so be sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!!

(I have a post coming up in a few days about GladRags that I wrote way before I found out I was an ambassador! Crazy huh!)

I went to a lavender festival and it was magical

I love lavender. It is one of my favorite smells and plants to have around. Lavender has so many amazing uses and the essential oil is...well, essential! When I heard about a lavender festival in a nearby town I knew I had to go!

DIY bug spray

It's summer and that means bugs. Yuck! But you can stop them from biting with this DIY bug spray using essential oils. Plus it is super customizable!

Click here to see how to do it!

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My zero waste office

I work in an office. Most of the time I am not in the office but I do have one. Being zero waste while working in this setting can be a challenge but I have a few tricks to make it easier.

Here's a tissue for your issues

I seemed to have disappeared and for that I am sorry. It wasn't intentional, I just had some very serious issues come up. While the issues are still happening they are starting to calm down a little so I wanted to give you an update.

Birthday Party Prep Time!

I never celebrate my birthday. Most of the time my mom and I go to lunch and shop and look around in Omaha but otherwise I don't do much. I think the last time I had a party was when I turned 16 and that was a LONG time ago. This July I am turning 29! It is the last of my 20's and I want to actually celebrate it. I don't have a ton of friends but I have a few really good friends and I am excited for them to come and hang out.

Buying Secondhand Clothing is Rough

One of the goals I made when I decided to reduce my waste was to not buy any new clothing. I was hoping to make my own clothing or buy only second hand. This has lead to some interesting shopping trips and made me realize how hard this "simple" challenge was going to be. At least how hard it was going to be for me.


Zero waste items I love pt: 1

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This is part one in this series! Stay tuned for more things I love that help me be zero waste.

I have been a zero-waster for a little while now and through trial and error, I have found some items I love. Some are unconventional while some I feel like it would be hard to live without. All are zero waste friendly and can easily be DIYed or bought from small businesses.

DIY Laundry Powder and Fabric Softener Crystals

I recently wrote about the laundry powder and fabric softener crystals I use to get my clothes clean and fresh. It is super easy and zero waste! I just make sure I have all the ingredients but a box of washing soda, borax and epsom salt last quite a while. You can make bigger batches or keep them smaller and make when needed.

One thing I didn't mention in the article was that you can hand grate the soap (it's what I do!) but you can also cut into small chunks and grate using a HIGH POWDERED food processor. Don't try to use one your mom bought you at the dollar store. It will destroy the motor.


To read how to make both of these awesome zero waste products click here!

DIY Foaming Handsoap



I posted another DIY for The Smoothie Vegetarians! This time I decided to share a recipe (is it a recipe if you don't eat it?) for foaming handsoap. It is super easy and quick to make. You can make it in a jar if ya want. Just repurpose a foamer from a store bought soap. You can read all about it here!

How I deal with seasonal allergies


Spring is officially here and that, for me, means allergies. I have struggled my whole life with severe allergies and not just in the spring, my allergies are usually an issue for me year round. The changes in the temperature do not help - thanks climate change.

Living a zero waste life


I have always been someone that recycled and is passionate about the environment. I took an environmental science class in college and loved every minute of it. When I moved out on my own I wanted to recycle everything and do my part but as I have gotten older I realized I needed to do more.

Once I started looking into the zero waste lifestyle I was shocked at how much plastic we use daily that we don't even think about. Your toothbrush is plastic, your deodorant is in a plastic tube and so on. There is so much plastic that is being thrown away all the time and it is a serious problem. The question is how do we make the change?

I write for The Smoothie Vegetarians!


I have some exciting news! I write every other Sunday for The Smoothie Vegetarians! I am really excited to be sharing some cool things over there and the girls have been so cool. My first post went up Sunday and I love it. I chose to write about my face oil because 1.) I needed to make more anyway 2.) I think people need to see how easy it is to make your own beauty products.

If you want to check it out then click here. Make sure you keep an eye out for my next post in a few weeks.


Why I gave up coffee for Lent


I tend to drink a lot of coffee. I didn't used to; it just happened one day. I think it happened when I worked in an office with free coffee. I would come in every morning and enjoy a cup and I got hooked. I went without it for a while but once I realized how much I was spending on a cup from other places I broke down and got a coffee maker at home. That was my downfall.