It’s official: there are just four weeks of class left in my college career! I don’t have any finals during finals week, so once class is over, school is over! It is such an odd feeling for me because it feels like the year just started and, like some other bloggers, I’ve been feeling pretty sentimental. I’ve been reconnecting with old friends these past few weeks and we’ve developed stronger bonds than ever before…and pretty soon, they’re leaving me!
I wanted to shake things up and post in the morning I just got done eating a fabulous egg wrap for breakfast. There was an overabundance of eggs, so I had to leave some outside the tortilla.
As usual, I used the 1 whole egg + 2 egg whites combination with a handful of spinach. I stuffed 1/2 of the scramble into a La Tortilla Factory whole grain tortilla, and topped everything with Goya Adobo and some HFCS-free ketchup.
It was superb with the usual morning mug of Coffee Cocoa.
Recently, I had mentioned that I was trying to follow my own version of Angela’s Project Glow. This past winter was a terrible one for my skin. I had more blemishes, dryness and irritation that I ever have in my life (um, I thought I was supposed to be done with raging hormones?). After doing a lot of online research and gaining further inspiration from Angela, I decided to em”bark” on an “all-natural” experiment, thanks in large part to Burt’s Bees.
The regimen includes the following:
- Burt’s Bees Peach & Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub
- Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick (for spot treatment)
The Hands & Feet Kit was a free gift with my purchase I have been following this routine for almost one week now, and I have to say, my skin really does feel as though it’s “glowing” and starting to recover. As a Proactiv user for most of my teenage and early adult years, I feel as though perhaps my skin became immune to its effectiveness. I don’t think my skin likes the harsh chemical treatment anymore. I’m planning on doing another review once a month has passed, so stay tuned.
Oh, and by the way, the peach exfoliating cleanser smells absolutely AMAZING!!
I am also using coconut oil a la Angela for the rest of my body. It took a little time to get used to the oily result on my skin, but I have to say, it also really does make me feel like I’m glowing! Thanks, Angela! I can’t wait to see what the next month brings.
REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!!
I received a copy a few weeks ago and have had the chance to look through it. A lot of my initial reactions and opinions about the book are similar to what other bloggers have said, but in case you haven’t heard of this book before, here are some pros and cons.
- The recipes are super easy to make, which is perfect for a Lazy Chef and college student like myself. I think the target market for this book is a great idea and it can only help raise awareness of what vegetarianism and veganism are. I feel that I have learned a lot from the blogosphere and books like these so that I no longer believe the stereotype that being vegan means eating salad and “twigs” all the time. But I can’t tell you how many college students I know who still feel that way, no matter what I say otherwise. This book will definitely enlighten them.
- The layout of the book is fun and humorous. It starts out in “Part One” with basic information on using a microwave, what you need in your kitchen, what a vegan diet is, and what some of the alternatives to meat, egg and dairy products are. In “Part Two” there are several categories of recipes, ranging from breakfast to dessert and everything in between. There are also “spotlights” of recipes that feature certain ingredients such as peanut butter, ramen and potatoes, all “college classics” presented in a new, vegan way.
- The recipes are easy, but almost too easy if you aren’t in college and/or do have access to something other than your dorm room kitchen. That said, this book is called the “college cookbook” and is clearly trying to target a certain audience.
If you are a young college student looking to explore the vegan lifestyle, this book is a great resource because it provides easy, cheap and delicious ways to eat vegan without overwhelming you with information. It’s a nice introduction into the lifestyle that could lead to further research. If you are already a seasoned pro, you probably won’t learn very much or think the recipes are challenging.
Even though I am not technically a vegan or vegetarian, I still am excited to use this book. I have bookmarked several of the recipes, including the “Pimp My Ramen Noodles,” the “Dirty Chick (Pea) Clean-Up Salad” and the “Ice Cream Frizzle Drizzle” Yes, all the names are creative.
AND NOW…THE GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to my contact, Carrie, I was also sent an extra copy of the cookbook to give to one lucky reader of Eating Bender! If you would like a chance to win, simply do one or more of the following:
- Leave a comment on this post telling me about your skin care routine
- Leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite vegan recipe
- If you have a blog, link back to this post for an extra chance to win
- If you don’t have a blog, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Vegan Cookbook” as the subject for an extra chance to win
That’s three chances to win for everyone! You have until Thursday, May 14 at midnight (Chicago time) to enter! I will announce the winner on Friday morning. Good luck!!
Time for class!