Tuesday, November 18, 2014

S.C: Cinnamon Breeze.

"Cinnamon Breeze" by Adriana Robles.

A new character! His name is Matey, little brother to Anita and friend of Princesa, the cat.
This was supposed to be a "rough practice sketch" (hence the horrible graph lines ;___;) but I started to like how it was turning out and initially created a whole peace. This is the original one, but if I ever trace it onto a plain white sheet of paper then I might show that version too.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Surviving cold weather as a vegetarian!

Don't get caught sneezing away through the coldest months! Although many autumn and winter sweaters contain wool, leather, or fur, keeping warm while in style can be as cruelty free as you like. Along with fashion, here are some yummy foods to keep you cheery from the chill in the air.

1. Leggings.
I know, leggings are so 2OO9. But have you ever worn them under your jeans? If not, then you have to try it! Especially if your knees shake at the smallest winter breeze. They don't have to be thick either, any simple pair will do.

2. Pleather jackets and faux fur coats.
Thankfully, faux fur and pleather are much easier to find and cheaper than the real thing. Warm, comfortable, and affordable? Yes, please! Three winter classics that you can never go wrong by either are sweaters, turtlenecks, and flannel.

4. Boots.
I'm not into the usual autumn and winter boots that reach my knees. However, you can think outside the box and find something unique that'll still keep your toes warm throughout rain, hail, or snow.

5. Beanies, scarves, and gloves.
Keep those lovely ears, neck, and hands warm before heading out. With so many different colors and styles, you'll be sure to find some vegan-friendly beanies, scarves, and gloves that'll make your heart melt.

2. Hot chocolate.
My favorite? Chocolate Abuelita! A childhood classic, you can even find this in Target. If you're a vegetarian like me who tries to steer clear from drinking any dairy milk, you can use soy or almond milk for this, which will also make the hot chocolate creamier. (Tip: Add cinnamon sticks.)

3. Home-baked cookies.
Whether made from scratch or from store-bought dough, cookies fresh from the oven are always a fun treat.

4. Chili and beans.
Most chili and beans recipes contain meat, but I created a vegetarian one that can also be veganized by using vegan cheese. Not to mention also easy to make. To see the recipe, click HERE.

5. Nutella toast or crêpes .
I understand that cold mornings tend to make some of us lazy, so why not pop some bread in the toaster and spread on some Nutella? You can even add fruit. A toasted sandwich recipe is HERE, and a crêpes  recipe is HERE.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

How to be an exceptional vegetarian (& individual).

You don't have to shop at Whole Foods, wear a $5OO jacket made of 1OO% recycled vegan-friendly fabric, or preach freedom for animals to be an amazing person. However, there are some great things to do that can make your life as a vegetarian (& individual) much happier.

1. Don't preach your ways onto others.
That's been my number one thing since the beginning of this blog. If I ever sound like I'm preaching, you are choosing to read my opinions.  (Teeheehee) I don't tell people, "You should be a vegetarian. How could you love animals but eat them? Omnivores are so ignorant." etc. Even an omnivore could read my blog. I wouldn't care, and neither should you. Worry about yourself. And as harsh as this may sound, don't share your opinion unless someone asks for it. Some of us are allowed freedom of speech, and that's okay, but I believe that common courtesy is better. Want to preach? Start a blog!

2. Take care of your body.
Think about this: When we sneeze, that means that some type of bad germs or virus tried to get into our system, our body detected the danger and tossed it out with a sneeze. Or how our body produces sweat to keep us cool and prevent dehydration. We may see these things as gross, but our body is doing us many favors, so why not return the love? Eat your veggies, and don't be afraid to eat a little junk food every now and then. Don't forget to exercise either. Even dancing in your room counts as fitness!

3. Defeat your demons.
"Shyness is nice, and shyness can stop you from doing all the things in life you'd like to." You'd think that advice from these lyrics would sink into my head as a toddler. Shyness is something I've always battled but have gotten much better at overcoming. Whether it be shyness, kindness, grudges, or past mistakes, don't let it stop you from being a better person. Forgive all, and it's okay to never forget. It's okay to be afraid or nervous, but think of that feeling as a rush and let that motivate you to pass any obstacle. You'll feel so relieved, proud, and confident. c;

4. Be positive and realistic.
For every thing we lose, we regain something good. Sometimes we just can't help but get mad at something or someone, but don't let that bring down the rest of your day. Saw an animal abuse video that made you want to rant to the whole world about it? Trust me, I know how you feel! No matter what hardships you may face or are facing, remember that we all have problems and you're not alone in your struggles. There's a strong energy that feeds us whatever we release. If you feel angry and depressed, then that's all you'll receive back. Sometimes life throws positive things in our most darkest times, and don't be afraid to embrace it. Think with common sense and know that life always can and always will get better.

5. Find what you love and make it happen!
Have you ever been curious of trying something but thought, "I could never do that."? Don't be silly! If you feel a strong urge to do something good then go for it. You can be and do whatever you want. Certain passions may be harder to obtain, but nothing is too much for you if you really want it. Never underestimate the power of your body and mind; we are some pretty though cookies! Want to save animals? Do everything in your power to find out how. Interested in creating vegan pastries? Experiment with all types of ingredients till you create what you've been looking for. There is room for success and happiness in your life, so don't let anyone (not even yourself) tell you otherwise.