5 Vegan-Friendly Snacks EVERYONE Will Love

I have been a vegan for a whole 2 months. (So long, I know) It’s been hard! What’s keeping me going?! I FEEL GOOD!! I’m down 20 pounds and ready for a new week for sure. The first couple of weeks, I spent a lot of time thinking about what I couldn’t have, instead of what I could have. Being a vegan is hard! But the health benefits have been totally worth it! I know what you are thinking… “She’s only been a vegan for 2 months and is already telling me what I should eat.” False. I said it was hard. So I wanted to let you know that I have found a few snacks that have totally made it easier!! AND. I said these were snacks EVERYONE will love. You don’t have to be a vegan to indulge in these items. I’ve been asked a few times what I like to eat so…

I wanted to start sharing a few of my favorite finds, because everyone, not just vegans, will LOVE these snacks!!

Here we go!

1.Vegan Banana Bread – Trader Joe’s

This. Is. Perfection. Vegan Banana Bread from Trader Joe’s is incredible. My mom would make homemade banana bread all the time and this totally compares to that homemade bread. It’s moist, it’s very flavorful… it also has walnuts, which adds to the delectable taste. I have no negative things to say about this bread. GET THIS BREAD.

2. Jalapeno Lime Chips – Costco

Guys. These are delish. One thing I totally miss in the non-vegan food category is Doritos. I love snacking on chips. I love the cheesy goodness that comes with it. These Jalapeno Chips are like the… the classy, yet slightly edgy older brother of the Dorito. (I hope that makes any sense.) They have just a little zest, not too spicy, but they taste just like a Cool Ranch Dorito with a little extra flair! The main issue: You won’t be able to stop eating them.

3. Coconut Clusters – Costco

I am a huge coconut fan. I am a huge granola fan. I am a huge cluster fan. So I am a huge Coconut Cluster Fan. The sugar content on these is a little higher than I would like, but totally worth it. (It’s all about the moderation) These are found at Costco, which means it is in a Costco sized bag and I am here for it. I will typically eat a couple clusters and call it dessert after lunch or dinner. Super satisfying!

BONUS: Costco also has vegan-friendly DARK CHOCOLATE Coconut Clusters. These will BLOW YOUR MIND. Seriously addicting. So be careful.

4. Simply Truth Organic Sea Salt & Butter Flavored Baked Puffs – Smith’s

Have you ever had Pirate’s Booty? These are kind of like that. They taste like buttery balls of goodness and they are vegan friendly! My only issue… I literally eat the bag in one sitting. I am not joking. They melt in your mouth and ugh. They are just SO good! Trust me on this one.

5. Peanut Butter Granola – Trader Joe’s

I am obsessed with peanut butter. Like. It’s bad. Which means this granola is my new guilty pleasure. It’s just a beautiful oat mixture with PEANUT BUTTER! It also makes me drink a ton of water, because peanut butter makes me so thirsty. But seriously you guys, but this on your next shopping list. You will NOT regret it. (And if you do, you can take it back to Trader Joe’s. Yeah, they let you do that.)

I am in no way a vegan expert, but I do know that all these treats are fly as hell. They aren’t terrible for you either. I will totally have more posts like this. There is way more that goes into my diet, but everyone likes a good snack. So ENJOY! Let me know what you think when you try these!!!!

Thanks guys!!!! 

xoxo Ki  

 

Alright, here’s the deal…

I haven’t been on here for quite a long time. I’ve been learning, growing & moving on from bad habits. I’ve been succeeding. I’ve been accomplishing goals. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt even remotely successful. I’ve finally made progress and it feels amazing. The hill I’ve been rolling down… I’ve finally started to climb, the top is in sight.

In the last year, I’ve probably tried 7 or 8 different diets. I’ve tried different work out apps and suggestions, I’ve tried medicine, I’ve tried weight loss pills… I’ve spent the last six months being sick. I’ve written blog posts talking the progress I’ve made, but I don’t feel like those were as sincere as they should have been. Those posts were more so me, trying to convince myself I had been making progress. In reality, I had been stuck. I was still struggling. I had been trying to compete with everyone else, and told myself I wasn’t good enough.

I wanted to look good. I wanted to be thin. I wanted to buy new clothes to cover up what was underneath. I lost the real end goal: FEELING GOOD. Until a month ago, I was sick at least once a week. Throwing up, headaches & migraines that had me bed-ridden, no sleep, pure exhaustion. I could not figure out what the help was happening. So many foods were making me sick. Even though I was throwing up frequently and not eating as much, I was not losing weight. HOW?? So overall, I was defeated. The 50 lbs I wanted to lose? Not happening. Being happy? Also. Not. Happening. In reality, I wasn’t taking care of myself. Eating fast food, half-a**ed work outs, going to bed late, not waking up on time… how could I not see what was happening? I’m a person who loves to eat, no matter what mood I’m in. Good day at work? Time for a cookie. Sad about my belly rolls? Might as well eat the cake. Oh, I went walking for 10 minutes? I definitely deserve a $5 Chalupa box from Taco Bell.

In addition to my physical health depleting, my mental & emotional health wasn’t exactly perfect either. I despised myself. I didn’t like looking at myself in the mirror and my anxiety was at an all time high. I have missed at 2 concerts this year, tickets already purchased, because I couldn’t get myself to go. There would be too many people, looking at me, because I was too big. I wasn’t wearing the right clothes. I’ve bailed on sooo many social events, because talking to people scares the sh** out of me. My confidence was shot and I just couldn’t do it.

I’m going to go on a tangent real quick. I have a bad habit of saying the word, “hate”. I talk about how I hate people, I hate social events, I hate clothes, I hate going outside, I HATE, HATE, HATE. Terrible, right? Truth is. I don’t hate. I really don’t. I’m scared. I’m scared of people. I’m scared of social events, I’m scared of how my body looks in clothes, I’m scared of being outside. I do hate that I’m scared. I didn’t used to be this way. It’s developed from years of self-doubt, self-discrimination and lack of self-love.

Why am I sharing this? All of my blog posts talk about how you should love yourself, right? You should. But I shouldn’t be preaching something that I haven’t followed. I don’t want you to feel sorry for me. That’s not why I’m here. I want you to know I’m trying. Im telling you this to hold myself accountable.

What’s different this time? I thought I was making progress a few months ago? No. This time I’ve made genuine progress. In the last month, I’ve lost 15 lbs. That may not seem huge, but for me, it’s such a huge success. I haven’t been able to lose that for 2 years. I did that in one month. I did it in a healthy and positive way too. I completely switched my lifestyle. In case you’re curious, I went completely plant based a month ago. If you’re not a fan of vegans, I don’t need to hear it. But if you have questions, totally here for it. I seriously haven’t felt this good in a long time. My body is finally feeling clean and strong. I also started playing soccer again. I’ve tried the gym, I’ve tried just running outside, but I could not get myself to enjoy it. I finally found a lifestyle that positively benefits me and I genuinely enjoy it. It’s only been a month, but I’ve found a direction and I’m going to keep heading that way. Looking good comes with feeling good and being genuinely happy.

The hate? It’s fading. It’s not gone, but I’m learning to love. Being scared? Definitely still there but I’m learning to cope and overcome my fears.

The progress? It’s real. I cannot wait to see what I can accomplish.

We need to stop hating. Stop hating ourselves, each other. We need some love, kindness and understanding.

Anyways. Thanks for listening.

I’m All About Self-love… But Don’t Forget.

 

Hello wonderful people! IT HAS BEEN WAY TOO LONG! Life update: I stopped coloring and cutting my own hair. That has been life changing. When I get bored, I take it out on my hair. All those memes and tweets you see.. “I don’t know who needs to hear this but, LEAVE YOUR HAIR ALONE.” THAT’S ME. I’m over it though. It’s a life experience that I am not going to experience again. Luckily @lifestylist.aj (via Instagram) saved my life and gave me a brand new cut and color and I look fantastic. SO IN LOVE. My fitness goals are finally making progress towards being achieved. I look fly as hell, but you’ll have to wait and see.

Um, Chris is KILLING it with his goals too. I’m trying to keep up ha! I have to remind myself every day that it is a process and I am making progress. Also, thank you to all you beautiful people. Ya’ll hype me UP and it is the best feeling in the world.

Alright. I finally updated my Facebook cover photo.. (Yes, I still use Facebook). I updated it to the picture above. I made the photo with super simple lettering and added a bomb shade of red as the background. The phrase seems simple right? “Love everyone, including yourself.” I have a lot of posts talking about myself and my journey of self-love and realization. I will forever be on that journey and it gets better every single day. But today, I started thinking… Self-love is soooo important, but loving those around us? Equally as important. You don’t need friendships and serious relationships with everyone around you. It’s impossible. It’s exhausting. You pick and choose who you let into your life. Keep toxic individuals out and keep shining, maybe they’ll work on their shine to.

Now, I’m not saying you need to adore the stranger sitting next to you on the bus. I’m definitely not saying you need to open yourself up to everyone you meet. What I’m saying is… recognize individuals for who they are. Though situations arise and cause us judge or maybe even think less of an individual, it’s important to recognize what someone is going through. Behind every rude comment, is a hurt and burdened soul. Behind every filtered photo, there is an insecure individual just wanting to be loved. And so on.

I don’t want to make excuses for people. There are some bad people in this world but 99.9% of the time, I can’t do anything about it. The most that I can do is hope for the best. Hope that they realize that they are not living up to their true potential. The most that I can do is be the best me, and hope that others will want to be their best selves as well. Every single one of you has potential. I don’t care if you think i’m wrong here. YOU ARE INCREDIBLE. You can accomplish amazing things. You just have to start believing that for yourself.

I spent a lot of time feeling down and out about my future. I quit college soccer, changed my major a couple times and felt completely lost about my future. It wasn’t until I genuinely started to believe… that’s when it changed. I am awesome. I don’t need a set in stone plan for every waking moment of my life. Life is meant to be lived, not survived. It’s enjoying, not just enduring. (But believe me, there are a lot of moments we will have to endure.

My favorite thing to do, is to see all the amazing things you are all creating. There are so many great ideas I see popping up in my feed every day. Businesses, writing, art, or even just being able to pose like a bad a** for a photo. GIRL, I AM HERE FOR IT.

Showing love to those around us goes further for those individuals than we will ever know. Who knows? Maybe 10 likes on that photo was their goal, and you helped them reach it. Maybe they just want to create art to inspire and your comment meant the world to them. Maybe their small shop business is going to put them through college or open up the door to success, and your purchase helped it happen.

Human beings are incredible. They really are. There are so many unique individuals that I want to get to know. I am here to support you. I support good causes. I support the positive light that you all bring to the world.

Love everyone. Love everyone for what they can become. Love everyone, because the light you’ll see in their eyes from your support, will just help you work harder to accomplish your goals too.

Smile at the stranger. Tell the girl (or guy) their outfit is bomb af. Share your thoughts. Wear what you want. Live a life that is worth living. Create your story. There is so much negative in the world today. Be a light. Be add some color to the dark. Paint the world around you with positivity and acceptance. Let people be who they want to be. Look forward and not back.

We are the future. Let’s create a generation filled with support, love, and acceptance. Let’s believe in each other.

I freaking love you guys.

xoxo Ki

Plot Twist: My Marriage Isn’t Perfect

We live in a world filled with social media, false hope, negative comments, and playing pretend. I don’t know about you but I get on Instagram every day and see what seems to be these perfect families. These perfect people living their best lives. It sucks sometimes to be honest. It’s hard not to want what you can’t have. Like why am I not in a different country every week? Why am I not wearing Gucci to bed tonight?

But guess what. It isn’t all perfect. My job requires me to be on social media 8 hours a day (sometimes more depending on the day) and I love it. But it gets hard looking at all these beautiful people. IT’S NOT REAL. Sure, pieces of it may be real but everyone has their struggle. Everyone has a weakness. Everyone is flawed.

I write a lot about embracing flaws, I know. But it’s important. I’m here to tell you that marriage can suck sometimes. But it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me.

Chris and I have been married for a year and a half. It will be two years in June. In that year and a half, I have learned a lot. I’ve grown a lot too. The cool thing about marriage is you are learning and growing together. You have this in-home best friend who is there for you all the time. (Hopefully). I love Chris more than anything but guess what? He has flaws. I have flaws. But we make it work.

When you start dating someone, you see their perfections. They are trying all the time to impress you, right? A lot of people talk about the LDS religion and how their dating process isn’t right for the real world. People say you have to live with a person before you marry them to really get to know them and to make it successful. I have my own beliefs and opinions, but I am LDS and didn’t live with Chris before we got married. I hung out at his apartment and he hung out at mine, but we had curfews and standards to keep. It’s true. I didn’t know a lot of Chris’ habits before marrying him.

BUT. We are still here and have an eternity to go.

My marriage isn’t perfect. We have disagreements, we get annoyed, and we fail sometimes. But you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Chris snores. He’s going to hate me for posting this but he snores LOUD. When we first got married, I was frustrated. I was literally so annoyed at Chris and he wasn’t even awake. I never said anything because that’s just how it was. One night, it was ridiculous. I didn’t get any sleep and I finally said something. Guess what? Turns out I snore too. We can both be annoying as hell in our sleep. How cute??????

Communication is key. Everyone says this, everyone writes books about this but… it is literally so true. Talk about your issues, communicate that something is wrong! LISTEN TO EACH OTHER. Marriage is a partnership, you two need to work together if you are gonna make any progress.

Marriage and Money: A Novel. No but really. Finances can suck. And they can be stressful. I worked and made my own money all through high school. I worried about myself and taking care of myself. Getting married was so weird. I had another human being to worry about. (RIP to when we have kids). We had mutual bills to take care of. I actually didn’t even combine our bank accounts until a couple months ago. It was my money and I spent it how I wanted. But you have to remember, you still have freedom but you have each other’s future to worry about. Life is good when you are young, paying rent, living off PB & J’s. But eventually, you’ll want a house, you might have kids, etc. Communication is key here too. I hear about couples who have to ask to buy anything for themselves or aren’t allowed to spend as they please. That’s not a way to live. Sure, you need to be smart about finances but we are all individuals. Chris and I have worked out a way to build our savings, pay off school, and leave a little left over to spend on whatever we want, no questions asked. It took us a long time to figure that out, but it works.

I struggle with people and Chris loves everything about people. Chris loves learning about people, where they came from, who they are, how they are doing… I try to say as little as possible and move on. Chris has a love for life that is almost annoying, because I want that. Anyone who knows Chris, knows this. But I have met so many amazing people because of Chris and that. This is random but I want people to know that.

Marriage isn’t all sunshine and daisies. Not at all. It takes work. It takes effort on both ends to make it happen. But finding your best friend and creating these memories… there aren’t words. The love you have between the two of you is. I live for his smile, his laugh, his pick up lines he still uses. I live for those moments after a fight, where you realize that it’s okay. We got this. That moment where you wake up in the morning and you get to look over and see YOUR human. The one who supports you, loves you, and admires you for everything you are.

Every marriage is different but no marriage is perfect. Enjoy the pretty pictures and the pretty people on Instagram. But know, everyone has their struggle. You are amazing and wonderful too. Tune into your inner Hannah Montana, because nobody’s perfect motha trucka. Okay, she didn’t say that. But it’s true.

xoxo Ki

 

10 Things I Love About You (a cheesy mothafreakin’ post)

I write about myself a whole lot (but I bet you didn’t even notice). Lately, life has been good. I have been a lot more positive in my perspective about life. I have a lot of things to write about but I only want to write about one thing today: Chris. I would NOT be where I am today without the support of my human. So this post is for Chris.

I love a lot of things about Chris, but I picked 10 of my favorites to share with you.

Here we go:

  1. You LOVES people. I genuinely have a hard time with human beings (I’m awkward, who cares). Anyone that knows you, knows that you greet them with a handshake and a hug. You want to know them, you want to be their friend and you make them feel like a million bucks.
  2. I love the way you shake your head and smile every time I make a stupid joke.
  3. I love how disoriented you are when you just wake up hahah. I can say, “Hey, do you want breakfast?” and you’ll respond with, “No, I haven’t eaten breakfast.” Ya weirdo.
  4. I love how sentimental you are. You keep all my notes, you keep photos, you give the best gifts. It’s incredible.
  5. I love how supportive you are. You believe in me to the max and it’s almost scary hahah. You believe in me more that I believe in me.
  6. I love your dance moves. You literally only dance with your hands and it’s so great.
  7. I love how much you love to learn. You are always wanting to learn and grow. You ask a SHIZ ton of questions but you are such a smart and intellectual human. I’m jealous. I need to care more.
  8. You are so true to yourself. I admire the way you hold yourself and your standards.
  9. I love that you call farts a “pop off”. You have lots of pop off’s.
  10. I love the way you love me! You make me feel amazing. You remind me that I am beautiful the way I am. You remind me that I am worth it.

I am grateful for Christopher.

Thanks for listening to my random sappy post.

To The Girl Who Tries Too Hard

There’s a different between wearing fake lashes because you’re extra and wearing fake lashes because you are trying to cover what you don’t have.

There’s a difference between wearing high-waisted jeans because you like the fit and wearing them to cover your muffin top.

There’s a difference between a genuine smile and a fake moment of happiness.

Today, i’m dedicating my post to all the girls who try too hard. Because I am one of you.

I spend a lot of time looking in the mirror, analyzing myself. I know where every zit, every mole and where every freckle sits on my skin. I wear a lot of high-waisted jeans because I have a muffin top. I wear false lashes because I feel like my lashes aren’t long enough. I wear make-up to cover my acne. I wear sweatshirts to cover my stomach.

Long story short, i’m insecure. Many of us are. I’m not saying doing all of this is wrong. Not at all. It’s the reason behind it that makes it tough. I should wear high-waisted jeans because they help me feel confident. I should wear false lashes because i’m just extra. I should wear make-up to add to my beauty, not take it away. And sweatshirts are comfortable.

It seems simple, but I am an insecure woman with a need to please. I care way too much about what other people think. I step outside and I think about what they neighbors think about my hair. I walk into the grocery store and worry about what the middle aged religious women are thinking about my double piercings. I literally am the overly considerate idiot who cares what other cars think about my driving on the freeway. Like no girl, you do you.

WHO THE F CARES. This year, i’m caring about me. I’m caring about my happiness, my health and my well-being. I try way too hard to impress people who don’t matter, who don’t care and often don’t deserve my freaking amazing self.

Care about people, be considerate of others and their feelings. But do NOT forget about yourself. YOU are important. YOU need to be considered and YOUR feelings are valid. Learning to love yourself will open so many doors and provide so many opportunities. Make sure you are happy with yourself before trying to please others.

Stop trying so hard to be someone you are not and learn to embrace your individuality and your own uniqueness. (This is my advice to myself.)

Continue to better yourself and learn to love who you are and who you can become. We always set new resolutions at the beginning of the year, but if there is one you choose to stick with, I hope it’s to remember every day that you are an amazing individual. There is no one else like you and that’s okay.

Keep up with the glam, wear whatever you want, but make sure it’s for YOU and not for anyone else.

 

Love you guys. Here’s to a New Year.

xoxo Ki

The New Year Feelin’

Do you feel that? That is the feeling of relief and a whole new version of stress at the same time. This feeling is also known as: The New Year. A time where we move forward in too many directions. Does anyone else feel that way?

Every time January hits, I think about all the things I want to do. All the things I want to accomplish and the person I want to become. This isn’t bad, right? Right. The struggle comes from the quantity. We start our year with a list of New Year RESOLUTIONS. That word is plural and the list is usually long. We think of all we did wrong or could have done better last year. We think about all the things we are not, and we think about all the Instagram moms we want to be like. Do you think you are going to heal a year of possible mediocrity and regret in ONE MONTH? No. You’re not.

A lot of us spend our New Year looking back at the past and thinking, “I could have done better.” We always think that. I could have eaten less slices of pizza, I could have jumped on the treadmill a few more times, etc.” When have you taken the time to look back at your “wins”? Have you thought about what you accomplished? Hey, you made it to the New Year, that’s an accomplishment. “I didn’t kill my kid when he dropped the 3rd glass of milk in a row”,“I showered almost every day”, “I only burned dinner once this year”. It’s the little things. It’s the little mountains and hills we climb. That’s how we make it through!   

I’m all for positive thinking though, don’t get me wrong. I’m an even bigger fan of lists. I love the organization and the feeling you get when you check something off. But we have too many plans. We have too many ideas of what we should look like, what we should eat like and how often we should exercise. The only issue is we have never eaten like that. We haven’t exercised like that and we are trying to check off everything all at once. Take it one day at a time. Or even a week at a time! Today, I won’t drink soda (I might not be able to give this one up). This week I’m going to the gym 3 times. That way we can avoid overwhelming ourselves with so many things we might now even do!

I’m guilty. I look at my week and this is my list:

  1. Solve world hunger

  2. Make people like Nickleback

  3. Don’t glare at a human at least 3 out of 7 days

  4. Try to say Red Robin without following with “YUMM”

  5. LOSE 12 POUNDS.

After that, I usually get too stressed out, I eat ice cream and maybe cry a little bit while watching Netflix. It’s not productive. It takes 21 days to build a habit. It’ll be a little bit of a challenge if you are trying to build 21 habits in 21 days. Am I making sense?  

My point is: you are ready. A New Year seems like a new chance to make it right. Guess what? Tomorrow is a new day. Don’t wait for the New Year to restart. Try again tomorrow and the next day and the next. The opportunity is yours and it will be there. Seize each and every day. By all means, become whoever you want to be. I’m here for it. But don’t lose yourself in the process.

You are strong, beautiful and brave. I love the hope that the New Year brings. Just remember to keep the hope. Don’t forget that you will make it. You are the change this world needs and no one is holding you back but yourself. Set goals. Set REALISTIC goals. Hell, set unrealistic goals too. We can dream, can’t we? Just don’t overwhelm yourself before you even begin. That’s all i’m saying.

Happy New Year Everyone. Xoxo Ki