Thursday, December 29, 2016

Smashed up baked potato with Smart Balance buttery spread, Daiya cheddar shreds, fake bacon bits, and spices. It's the BOMB!! :D


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Found these vegan treats at dollar tree! No dairy, no eggs. They're from a brand called "Mrs. Freshley's." The oatmeal cream cookies and chocolate chip cream cookies are vegan! The honey buns are plant-based too, but contain honey. They are sooo yummy!


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Want an awesome way to decide what's for dinner? Check out my brand new dinner dice! Vegan and omnivore friendly. :)


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You can find them at http://www.ladylunamerch.com .

My hubby and I scored a free popcorn at the movie theater, so we upgraded it to a large for only $2. SO worth it, and it was even vegan! They use flavored oil, not butter. :)


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Christmas breakfast!


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My bounteous Christmas feast! :D


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Sunday, November 20, 2016

GAAAHHH I love rice crackers!! So good.


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Whoa! HUGE blueberry!!


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Chili and cornbread with all the fixins!


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At Olive Garden with my hubby! Minestrone soup, breadsticks, and salad with oil and vinegar. :D


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Homemade sorbet topped with fruit and granola = HEAVEN!!


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Taco Time is all the time! Lol SO many vegan options there. Bean burrito with guac instead of cheese, Mexi fries and a cherry empanada! :D


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Rice and beans with veggies. One of the healthiest, easiest, and most delicious meals on the planet. :)


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Delicious breakfast at ORYCON 2016!! :D Toast and oatmeal with fruit.


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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Easy Tofu Scramble (Vegan Scrambled "Eggs") Recipe

Ingredients:

1 block extra firm tofu

1-2 TBSP Turmeric (for yellow color)

2 TBSP Nutritional yeast (Optional. Adds a cheesy flavor)

Black pepper to taste

Black Salt to taste (adds an eggy flavor). If you don't  have this, just add regular table salt.

(You can also add any vegetables you would like to this dish, such as spinach, onions, mushrooms, peppers, ETC.)



Directions:

Spray a nonstick pan with cooking spray. Press the tofu between paper towels until most of the moisture has been removed. Crumble the tofu into the pan by simply squishing it through your fingers. This gives it a closer look and shape to scrambled eggs. Add the turmeric, nutritional yeast, pepper and salt. Cover with a lid and cook on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes, or until the tofu softens a bit. Stir occasionally until the yellow color is even throughout the rest of the tofu. Serve immediately and enjoy.

* This scramble goes great with toast, hash browns, tempeh "bacon," or in breakfast burritos! :)


Perfect Chicken-less Noodle Soup!!

This is the perfect soup for when you’re sick, had a bad day, have company over, or… heck, it’s great ANYTIME!! Very healthy, low fat, and of course, delicious. Here’s how to make it!


Ingredients:

Vegetable oil spray (optional)

½ onion, cut into chunks, layers separated

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup carrot slices

1-2 Vegetable Bouillon cubes (Sometimes I like to use 1 TBSP of vegetable Beyond Bullion paste instead)

½ a small package of whole wheat ribbon noodles

1-2 cups of SoyCurls, depending on preference (could use chickpeas or beans instead)

A few shakes of Mrs. Dash Table Blend (to taste)

Garlic salt and black pepper (to taste)

Water (your desired amount)


Instructions:
Spray the inside of the pot with a coating of vegetable spray (or, to be oil-free, put a bit of water in the bottom of the pan, just enough to get the onions and veggies soft). Put in the onion pieces and cook on medium heat until they start to get soft. Once they do, put in the carrots and celery. Let them cook until the onion becomes translucent. Add about 3 inches of water to the pot and let simmer with the lid on until the celery becomes soft. Add the noodles to the pot and more water to cover them if needed, cover with the lid again and simmer until the noodles are about half-way cooked. Add the Soycurls to the pot. Add the Boullion, Mrs. Dash, garlic salt and black pepper. Once the Soycurls become soft, use kitchen scissors to snip them to smaller, bite-sized pieces. (They float, so this will not be too difficult). Let the soup simmer until the noodles are fully cooked and the carrots are fork-tender. You will also be able to tell when it’s close to done because you will start to smell the delicious aroma. :) Serve immediately and enjoy. This soup can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

EASY 3 Ingredient Banana Bread! (Vegan-friendly)

Here is a fabulous recipe I use all the time for when my bananas start going brown. SOOO easy and if you have a lot of over-ripe bananas, just make more than one batch of banana bread and freeze a portion of it for later. Okay, here's how to make it!


  • 1 Boxed yellow cake mix (I use Duncan Hines brand)
  • 3-4 Ripe bananas
  • 2 flax eggs (2 TBSP flax meal mixed with 5 TBSP of water, left to set for 5 minutes).
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a bread pan with cooking spray.
Combine cake mix, mashed bananas and flax eggs into a large mixing bowl. Mix until well incorporated. Transfer to greased bread pan and bake at 350 F for 50 minutes.
Let cool for 15-20 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Serve after it has cooled to desired temperature and either serve or freeze slices in large Ziploc bags. :)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Inspiration! :)


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Daiya "cheese" quesadilla work lunch. Yum!


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IKEA veggie balls with baked potato and other amazing goodness. :D


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My unorthodox vegan meal, lol. Peanut butter on tortillas, quesadilla-style, with meatless nuggets and Silk yogurt. :)


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Subway veggie delight (no cheese) with baked chips! :D


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So many plant-based sources of iron out there! :)


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Work lunch: bean and rice burrito with watermelon. Yum!!


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Picked up some vegan treats!! :)


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My yummy din din! Tried to get all of the plant-based food groups in there, lol.


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Another delicious plant-based cooking class! This one was centered around Asian-inspired dishes. Yum!!


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Thursday, October 13, 2016

My favorite vegan candy shop items. (I know not all vegans eat honey, but for those who do, those honey sticks are the BOMB).


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Watch me taste-test these calorie-free Walden farms products in 2 different videos on my YouTube channel, username: LadyLunaFication!


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Vegetables, cooked Chinese-restaurant style!


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For an easy meal, you just can't go wrong no with rice and beans. :)


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Salad and pizza with all the fixings! :)


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Groceries make me so happy. :)


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Throwback to last year's thanksgiving leftovers. Stuffing, candied yams, and mashed potatoes with gravy. All vegan!


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My perfected tofu scramble recipe!! Check it out on my YouTube channel, username: LadyLunaFication. ;)


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Peach pie with vanilla almond milk ice cream. :D


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Hash browns and IKEA veggie balls with vegan gravy. Ohhhh yes. :)


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Monday, October 10, 2016

Vegan taco salad! :D My hubby and I loved this.


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Apple and salad. A simple yet colorful and delicious work lunch. :D


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Tofu and veggies with rice at the best Teriyaki restaurant in town! :)


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Lettuce cups with rice, veggies, and peanut sauce. Messy and good. :)


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Burger king's Dutch apple pie. No dairy or eggs! Whoa!


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Friday, October 7, 2016

Leftover wedding cake with almond ice cream. :)


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We found the cutest Thai restaurant by the beach and I had some delicious yellow curry with tofu and rice. YUM!!


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Amazing vegetable lo mein from our favorite Chinese place on our honeymoon. :)


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Another continental breakfast from our honeymoon hotel. This time I brought my own banana and poptart, lol.


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Mini pizza with olives and no cheese. So yummy!!


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Yesterday was kind of rough, so my hubby took me out to Taco Time for a cherry empanada. :)


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Thursday, October 6, 2016

This diner offered a vegan Boca burger! Their curly fries were to DIE for too!


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My MASSIVE marionberry sorbet cone! Delicious!


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I love when hotels offer free breakfast. I had maple oatmeal with an orange and hot apple cider.


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Another amazing Chinese restaurant by the beach on our honeymoon. Vegetables deluxe with rice.


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The first morning of our honeymoon and where do we go? For Burger King breakfast, of course! Their hash browns and French toast sticks are vegan!


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First night on our honeymoon and the hotel treated us to sparkling cider! Amazing!! :)


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My creative array of bachelorette party treats from last month. ;)


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My first meal as an engaged woman back in June. Now my favorite Chinese restaurant! Teriyaki tofu.


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My hubby and I are weird. We sometimes eat our pasta with tortilla chips as dipping vessels. Sooo good.


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What vegans can order pretty much anywhere: fries and a side salad! Lol


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A typical work lunch of mine. So yummy!


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Breakfast sandwich with a Gardein sausage patty!


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Ice cream sandwich by Rice Dream. Tastes like childhood!


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Subway veggie delight! :D


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A favorite of mine and my hubby's: garlic toast!!


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Stuffing with gravy, cranberry sauce, and all the fixins!


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Throwback to when I was trying low-carb. Vegan low-carb quesadilla with a pickle, sugar-free coconut ice cream and a dark chocolate square.


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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Chocolate wacky cake with raspberry sorbet. Be still my heart!!


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Gardein fishless filets, rice with broccoli, and fresh strawberries. My hubby and I loved this!


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Homemade vegan pizza!! Half olive, half pineapple. Mmmm. :)


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Homemade vegetable soup, toasted bagel and fresh fruit. Yum!!


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Subway veggie delight on wheat, no cheese, added avocado, all the veggies (except jalapeño) vinegarette dressing, and black pepper. Soooo good!!


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BIG lunch at Sweet Tomatoes/SoupPlantation! So many vegan options!!


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Taco time Mexi fries and cherry empanadas are VEGAN!! :D


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My vegan breakfast for dinner from the plant-based class my hubby & I attended last night. So fun!!


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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

It's that time of year again. :) Pumpkin spice Cheerios!!


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The keys to a delicious salad are texture, volume, color, and variety. Load those salads up with plenty of veggies and/or fruit! So pretty!


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So these are AMAZING. Swedish Fish Oreos!!


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Homemade banana bread by yours truly! The perfect way to use overripe bananas.


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Meatless hot dogs with bac'n pieces, ketchup and mustard on whole wheat bread. These were sooooo good!


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Stir fry and rice. Yum!!!


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Work lunches don't have to be boring or junky. There are so many delicious healthy options! :)


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I looove colorful potatoes!! One of my favorite foods. :)


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Healthy food is beautiful!! :)


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Brown rice with veggies. One of the easiest and healthiest meals out there. And so good! :)


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This Japanese buffet actually had lots of vegan options!! Woo hoo!


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Taco night!! :D


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Chocolate raspberry cake I made for my fiancé's birthday. :)


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Vegan enchilada!!! :D


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Pretty veggies!! :)


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Eggless egg rolls!! These were seriously fantastic. :)


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sorbet with chocolate drizzle and graham crackers. Yummy!! Check out ldsvegan.com for more of my vegan living pics! 😃 #vegan #vegetarian #plantbased #vegans #whatveganseat #vegansofig #crueltyfree #meatless #dairyfree #wfpb #veganfood #veganshare #veganfoodshare #foodie #foodporn #foodpics #veganmeal #veganfoodporn #veganlife #veganlifestyle #veganism #veganrecipes #vegangirl #wordofwisdom #healthy #healthfood #weightloss #fitspiration #fitspo #fitfam


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My mom's gorgeous fruit and veggie arrangements.


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Mom's amazing "chicken parm," vegan style! :D


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Razzleberry pie with coconut ice cream!! Yum!!!


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Thursday, July 7, 2016

#throwbackthursday to the amazing sorbet "frozen yogurt" we got after I found the perfect dress for my wedding. :D


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Some healthy groceries for the week. :)


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Vegan "fish" and chips! Made this for my fiancé and he loved it. :)


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#throwbackthursday to my 4th of July feast!!


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The return of Mom's fabulous platters.


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#happykissingday


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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Haul for my most recent camping trip. For some reason, eating outdoors makes food taste better. :)


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Alphabet soup! Oh, the childhood memories. :)


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These things are addictive... lol


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Mom's yakisoba noodles! :D


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Root beer pudding pie with whipped coconut cream. Mmmm... :)


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Being Offended Never Solves Anything

Some interesting things have been going through my mind as of late. As I do my daily web-surfing, I'm always compelled to learn as much as I can. I don't usually go on the internet for entertainment, I do so because I feel I have so much knowledge to gain about so many different subjects. I mostly do research on health, psychology, philosophy, religion, etc. A few days ago I seemed to have fallen down a "web-hole" into a very sad and depressing part of youtube. I started watching so many things that made me angry, such as the extremist millennial groups that call themselves "social justice warriors," religious bible thumpers and confrontationists, animal cruelty promoters, and so on. Once you are lured into watching a negative video out of curiosity, a few things happen. The first is that you get angry and feel the desperate need to comment and prove it wrong. Then you get tons of even more negative responses that are directed at you personally. After you've had enough, you move on to videos that you do agree with, but the negative video suggestions keep popping up in the "suggested videos" sidebar until you go through and manually click "not interested" a dozen times. You decide you're tired of getting so many hate comments, so you delete your first comment altogether, then get messages from people telling you that by deleting your comment, you proved yourself wrong. You've gotten yourself into a game where absolutely no one wins.
I have some very strong beliefs, as well as many unpopular opinions. I believe that a whole food plant-based vegan lifestyle is the most compassionate and healthful way to live one's life. I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true gospel restored to us on the earth today. I believe that there are secret societies out there who seek to slowly take control of the population through political and psychological conditioning, which can be overcome if we educate ourselves. And also, I believe the law of attraction in that all we are now is a result of what we have thought. Our thoughts control our reality. I'm a philosopher. We tend to believe things on a large scale much of the time.

As I was thinking over these things, I realized that when it comes to negative videos or web posts, if people were to just ignore them and never share them or comment on them, they would gain no attention and cause no conflict. I've learned especially by watching multiple videos of angry social justice warriors that it is your choice whether or not something offends you. If I was angry enough to leave comments on videos I disagree with, that is MY fault, not the person who made the video. Freedom of speech is a wonderful and necessary thing, but by reacting to something negative with even more negativity, I'm only fueling the fire. Therefore, since negativity is what I chose to put out, I will only receive more of it, mainly in the form of more hate comments. That is how the law of attraction works, and I see now that if I really what to defend the things I believe, living by silent example is the strongest way to share my message. If people ask me about any of my beliefs in real life, I still love friendly and healthy discussions, and love to share what I know in order to help other people find the same joy that I've found. But it's clear to me now that arguing, especially online, never convinces anyone of anything. Do I really expect my comments to completely change the mind of the person opposing them? Nope, that just doesn't happen.

I realize that one thing I believe in very strongly is Jesus Christ and his teachings. In my daily life, I should be behaving and speaking in the ways that he would, with kindness, understanding and love. Jesus wasn't desperate to get in the last word, nor did he seek out arguments. Just by mentioning Christ, I know that there will be people who automatically become uncomfortable, but still, treating others with kindness, understanding and love should always be the way to live one's life, whether you believe in Christ or not, and that is what I'm striving to do from now on.

All in all, I've learned that being offended never solves anything, but our attitude determines everything. I still plan to research and learn, but if I come across something negative, I will learn from it and move on without comment. If I receive a harsh or contradictory comment, I won't respond.  I won't actively seek out negative videos or articles, nor will I choose to focus on things I don't believe. Instead, I'll focus on all that I DO believe. I'll make videos about things to help people, I'll talk about my passions, I'll live my standards, and I'll strive to uplift people and be a friend to all. If people disagree, that's totally fine. It's a human thing to do, and no two people can ever fully agree on everything. I believe that we are all brothers and sisters and are worthy of love, and no trivial differences of belief are going to distract me from that anymore. Thanks for reading, everyone. Be good to each other. :)

-Sarah (Lady Luna)



Teriyaki soycurls with rice and veggies!! :D


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