The Hookup On: Vegan A Day

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

One of my goals for the summer is to eat vegan once a week. I haven’t eaten meat in over 10 years, but I do occasionally eat fish which makes me a “pescatarian”. I’ve dabbled with the idea of going completely vegan, but there are a lot of things I can’t give up – no matter how gross they actually are.

To walk you through one of my vegan days, I start the morning with a vegan smoothie with almond milk, mixed fruit, beets, and kale. Having a smoothie in the morning is kind of a luxury for me because I usually don’t have time to make them.

For lunch, I still want to make sure I’m getting enough protein which I feel is tough as a vegetarian so really tough as a vegan. I put together a chickpea salad with chickpeas, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and some lemon sprinkled over the top with salt and pepper. I have an apple and peanut butter as a snack along with some peanut butter pretzels.

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I always feel like dinner is a bit trickier because I want something heavier at dinner time. A yummy vegan rice bowl-style meal is always a go to for me. I usually put quinoa, pinto beans, onions, jalapenos, and corn with a non dairy ranch dressing on top!

Being completely vegan can be hard, it’s good to do a lot of research to see what your best option is when giving up meat and dairy. I gave up meat because of the way animals are treated on the “farms.” I never try to push my dietary lifestyle on anyone, but I do urge everyone to know where you’re getting your food from and what’s really in it.

A great way to see if vegan is right for you is to try it once a week and then up the days. You can also get your nutrient levels tested at www.healthlabs.com to make sure you’re getting enough of what you need to have a happy and healthy body! They test for different allergies and general wellness!

I think testing is a must because a big misconception is that vegan and vegetarians have a healthy diet. This is definitely not always the case. Yes, vegetables are vegan, but so are oreos. It can be cheap and easy to go for carbs or processed food when you cut out meat. I definitely recommend using a test like the ones at www.healthlabs.com to know how you’re doing as a vegan and in what ways you need to step up your food intake. You can even get 25% off with code ROSIE25!

Would you ever try going vegan?! Let me know in the comments!

The Hookup On: FREE Graze Boxes!

Okay, if you know me I’m all about everything free and I’m all about everything food. Also I sleep a lot, but that doesn’t really make sense to talk about here.

I got a free Graze box this week and I’m so impressed. I sign up for a lot of these deals where you get something free but you’re also signing up for a membership. This is the only membership I’m actually going to continue.

All of the food in my Graze box is so yummy and healthy. I’ve been trying to get myself on a health kick and this is really helping! It’s also actually affordable which is a big part of why I’m staying on for a membership.

If you want to try it out, you can get your 1st box FREE with my code ROSIEK6LP. Or you can just click here. If you don’t like it, you can cancel your membership and never get charged a thing. If you do like it and continue with the membership, you’ll also get your 5th box free by using my code 🙂

Guys, it’s free snacks. Who could pass that up?!?! Let me know if you tried a Graze box before! Also let me know if you use my code and end up getting one, I definitely want to know what you think!

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Nashville Advice Needed!

Hey guys!

This weekend I’ll be heading out to Nashville with a couple of my friends for the long weekend 🙂 We are getting into the nitty and gritty and my not so favorite part of vacation – the planning. So I thought I’d reach out for advice from anyone who has been to Nashville or even lives in the area!

My friends and I are mostly looking to eat a lot of good food (I’m a vegetarian but not all places need to be strictly vegetarian) and go to fun bars! We’ll also probably do some touristy stuff. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment.

If you have any tips and tricks of what to avoid, best ways to get around, and what I should expect – please leave a comment on that too. Feel free to even drop a link if you’ve written a post on Nashville before!

Thanks to everyone who has commented and thanks in advance for any more advice!

xoxo
Rosie

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The Hookup On: Search Terms and Commonly Read Posts

Do I get some really weird search terms sometimes that direct people to my blog? Yes. But the most commonly searched and read articles are the following:

Chances you’ve already met your spouse:

I read that 82% of people meet their future spouse before they turn 16. I think a lot of other people have read this fake statistic too, I wrote about it here.

Dating someone with the same name as your ex:

I momentarily ran into this problem and it can get a little weird. It’s an easy problem for anyone to run into – you can read my solution here.

Hookup culture:

What is the hookup culture? Why is that your blog name? All the answers to your questions can be found here.

How do introverts flirt?:

Us introverts are a special breed of human. We’re pretty weird and pretty awkward and it can be hard to tell if we’re flirting. Here’s some helpful hints.

Things vegetarians are tired of hearing:

No, we don’t miss eating steak. Please stop waving your food in my face. And other frustrations can be read here.

Stop impressing others:

We all get caught up in impressing others rather than ourselves. You can read about it here.

Getting ghosted after a hookup:

It happens to the best of us, we go on a date or hook up with someone and never hear back from them. Here’s a quick read on ghosting.

I’ll also see things along the lines of trying to find a hook up on snapchat or instagram. I also will see just other very random things that I’m not sure what you’re looking for but I found it on my blog. As always, I write to help people as well as myself. So this link round up of my most commonly searched and read blog posts may help you – it definitely reminded me of a thing or two 🙂

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The Hookup On: My Summer Bucket List

It has been proven that writing down your goals will help you to achieve them, but to share your goals with others will hinder your success.

I definitely think there’s a little truth to both parts. So while I’m sharing my summer bucket list with you, I will keep some of my goals a secret – but most I will share here with you 🙂

  1. Read 25 books
  2. Get back into a fitness routine
  3. Visit Nashville
  4. Visit Washington D.C.
  5. Reach 1000 WordPress followers
  6. Dye my hair a crazy color
  7. Shop at farmer’s markets/more locally
  8. Visit the beach at least once a month
  9. Paint a cooler
  10. Reach 2000 Instagram followers
  11. Reach 450 Facebook likes
  12. Be mindful about what I eat
  13. Redo my blog
  14. Visit at least 5 outdoor parks
  15. Go to at least 5 concerts
  16. Go to a soccer game
  17. Watch Italy win the Eurocup
  18. Be happy

Let me know some of the items from your bucket list! And if you have any suggestions for me, I’m open 🙂

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The Hookup On…

In this post, I explained that my blog is about the hookup culture. But a lot of people had mentioned that they thought the name was something else. Looking at hookup as connections.

As my blog grows, I’ve begun to dabble in talking about my lifestyle. How I buy cruelty free, reviews, vegetarianism, traveling, etc. But I’ve been very uneasy about the way it’s been fitting in.

Finally, I came up with a way to categorize my random lifestyle posts. Their title will say something along the lines of “The Hookup On: Traveling To Toronto” or “The Hookup On: vegetarianism.”

I’m very happy to introduce this to my blog – and while it will only be a very small part – I’m glad I can appropriately fit it in and continue to grow my blog. I hope you all enjoy it too 🙂

Blush Voxbox Review

I received a box from Influenster this month for free! It was filled with all types of goodies that could come in handy for wedding season – which is perfect for me because I just so happen to be a bridesmaid this summer. I was super excited about getting some cruelty free products as well!


Cruelty free:

Simple Make Up Remover Wipes

Is there anything better for a lazy girl than make up remover wipes? I have pretty sensitive skin, so Simple is a great brand for gentle products that won’t be too harsh on your skin. Plus they’re cruelty free so I 10/10 recommend 🙂

Ardell Lashes

I’ve never used fake lashes before!! But I was super stoked to receive these, they look SO natural and aren’t too chunky on my eye lids. They can be a little sticky, but this was also my first time applying lashes and I wasn’t great at it. They are also cruelty free so I would 9/10 recommend 🙂

Not Cruelty Free:

Pantene Expert Shampoo and Conditioner

I’ve made the switch to sulfate free shampoo and conditioner for the most part, as far as I can tell these are not sulfate free. I don’t wash my hair often so using a sulfate product every once in a while won’t kill me, but Pantene is also not cruelty free. Did it get my hair clean? Yes, but I didn’t notice a huge difference. 4/10 recommend

Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant

I have not made the switch to better-for-you deodorant products. I know I need to. Secret is not a cruelty free company. It worked, it kept me dry and nice smelling – but I am also not one of those people who need extra strength deodorant. It was an okay product. 4/10 recommend.

Bonus****

Perfect Details

Perfectdetails.com sells jewelry and accessories for brides and the wedding party. I received a 15% off coupon, but didn’t buy anything because I’m pretty broke. I might pass it on to my family. The stuff on the website looks cute, unique, and fairly priced for fancier products so I would sort of recommend it.

Are you on Influenster? Did you get this Voxbox – let me know what you think in the comments!