Cooking with Hello Fresh

 

Hey Guys!!! I’m so excited to bring this video to you this week. I’ve wanted to try out a Hello Fresh box for literally two years, and this past week they were kind enough to send me three meals at half the original price! After a week of using this service, I can honestly say that I highly recommend trying it out at least once. If nothing else, it definitely takes the guesswork out of, “What’s for dinner?” For the week. I also love that there isn’t a bunch of wasted food lying around for days after I cook a meal. Minimal waste is a big plus for me! If you would like to try out Hello Fresh for yourself, go to

https://www.hellofresh.com/
and use my special discount code: VEGASGIRL4

Please ‘Like’ and SUBSCRIBE, and as always, thank you so much for watching!

True Life: I Have Anxiety And OCD

High Anxiety

Hi, my name is Sasha and I have anxiety. It’s hard for me to remember a time when I wasn’t anxious. I know when it started to get bad, like really bad. But I don’t know what it was that set me off into the dark abyss that is anxiety.
 I was always a nervous child. I remember I never wanted to be alone I followed my parents and my grandparents around the house constantly. Just the thought of being alone in a room as a child scared the living s*** out of me. My grandmother called me her “Shadow” and that nickname stuck all throughout my childhood and adulthood.

 Out Of Physical Harm

I’m by no means anything close to a psychologist, but I’m pretty sure my OCD is deeply rooted in my anxiety. I always think how funny it is when people have this perception of OCD. The common misconception is that I obsessively brush my teeth every day or that my kitchen is meticulously organized. Unfortunately, my reality of OCD was nervously picking at the dead skin on my big toes until they bled, or tearing out my hair until a bald spot magically appeared on the back of my head near my neck. I’m sorry if that’s graphic or too real, but that can be what 0CD is sometimes, really graphic and too real.

Psychological Warfare

The previously mentioned traits of OCD in the last paragraph I’ve actually since overcame, but between the ages of 4 and 18 these two instances of self-mutilation were pretty much an everyday occurrence.
Fortunately, I’ve moved on to a more psychological form of OCD in my late twenties. I own a house now so my priorities have changed. Now instead of picking at my toe skin, I have to touch the front door handle 9 times before I’m able to leave the house. Instead of tearing out my hair I obsessively check the stove before I leave in fear of a fire bursting randomly from the oven while I’m not home.

Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

For a long time, I used to lie to myself and justify the reason for my anxiety and OCD. I had convinced myself that I was just overly cautious. I didn’t have a disorder! Everything all came to a head when my boyfriend showed me a video taken from our front door security camera of me trying to leave the house and touching the front door handle about 28 times at about 5:30 in the morning while I was trying to go to work.

Are You Happy?

I knew something had to be done. I knew I didn’t want to live in fear for the rest of my life. Nobody wants to feel anxious all the time, or ever for that matter, it’s not a fun thing. Panic attacks and anxiety attacks are real and they suck. So I started looking into activities that could help me calm down. A lot of people would say, “First off lady, you need to start smoking some weed!” Which I would totally be down for. . . If I didn’t absolutely despise the smell of weed. So that was out.

Yoga With Adriene

Luckily, I found Adriene on Youtube and she taught me the ways of yoga. And not just yoga but breathing practices and ways to relax. Yoga has done wondrous things for my anxiety and OCD. I don’t know if it will ever truly be gone, but at least now I have a coping mechanism. If I freak out I know that if I breathe 10 times deeply I’ll be okay. And I’m not saying that yoga is the end-all-be-all for anxiety. What I am saying is find something that you can escape into. Read a book, paint a picture, clean the house, well maybe that’s not such a great idea… Just look for your Escape. it will do wonders for your mind and soul.

Best Vegan Spots In Las Vegas

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Let’s talk for real for just a sec. Like most of you out there, I didn’t grow up on a vegan diet. In fact, I’m pretty sure my mother is still confused about what tofu really is. So when I became ‘hella-woke’ and started to make more ethical food choices, I’m sorry to admit, there were a lot of meat and poultry products that I really missed.

Fortunately, I started to venture out and discovered that Vegas has so much to offer the common vegetarian or vegan.  I decided to share some of my favorite veggie eateries for those of us Las Vegans that are just starting out in the veg-game.  All of the places I’ve listed below are great in their own way, but the common thread between them is that they don’t sacrifice great flavor in order to be vegan.

Vegenation in Las Vegas, NV 89101

VegeNation

When I first decided to start eating more ethically, VegeNation was the first place, other than my own house, that I ate at. Located in the heart of old Vegas on Carson Ave, you couldn’t ask for a better spot to grab some great vegan foods. If you’re ever in the neighborhood during breakfast hours, be sure to try one of their tofu scramble bowls. They’re Lit!

Violett’s Vegan Organic Cafe And Juice Bar

Before you were vegan or vegetarian did you enjoy a BLT every once in a while? Or a soul-warming bowl of chili? I know I did. Cut to Violett’s Vegan Cafe. Along with a great selection of freshly blended juices, this cafe also makes some of the best cafe classics, vegan style. Located off West Desert Inn Road, some great vegan food is just a hop onto the DI away!

 

Vegeway

VegeWay

VegeWay appeals to my very lazy, sloth-like temperament. Anytime I can get a vegan meal without having to get out of my car, I’m Down! Their burgers are comparable to that of IN-N-OUT, and their zucchini fries are bangin’! Do yourself a flavor and get to a VegeWay drive-thru ASAP! They currently have two locations. One on South Jones Blvd and another on North Durango Drive.

Panchos Vegan Tacos

The one thing that I missed more than anything when I stopped eating red meat was tacos, carne asada, el pastor, etc. . . So I thank the powers that be, Panchos brought all those and so much more back into my life, and my stomach. If you’re looking for great Mexican food period, vegan or otherwise, I highly recommend you head over to South Pecos Road and see what they got going on at Panchos Vegan Tacos.

 

 

Blog Mistakes We All Make

START SOME WHERE
Daily Planner

Recently I posted a vlog where I briefly mentioned how happy I was that my office was finally coming together. Flying high off the newly purchased coffee table to accompany my small loveseat, I could only imagine the fanciful notions I’d conjure while lounging on it. I had a new organizer and notebook to schedule out my blog posts and write ideas down in. A new set of fresh ballpoint pens sat inside the decorative pen holder, that was also new.

All the things that I felt I needed to write were finally in place, except for the small sheepskin rug that was on back order. . . Bummer.

The Driving Force

It would seem that on the surface, I was ready. Surely, armed with my new pens and coffee table, I’d be inspired to write the most captivating blog posts of my freelance career. Hell, I might even finish my novel this year. With the muse of my perfectly-cute blue loveseat I was unstoppable, right?

Blog Failures

Wrong. As I glance up at my most recent purchase, a bookshelf from Target that’s lately held more used coffee mugs than actual books, I am brazenly reminded that no amount of cute office supplies will ever encourage great writing or ideas.

The year has merely just begun and I’ve spent more money on my office supplies than I’ve made off of my blog. Big Mistake!

Making Up For Lost Blogs

So here I sit, actually writing the first blog of the year. It’s only taken three weeks and about $600, but I’m finally doing it! Let this be a lesson to the children; if you can’t come up with a good idea with a composition notebook from the dollar store, you probably won’t be able to in a designer folio.

Mistakes Were Made 

In the last couple of weeks, while I should have been writing, I’ve done some pretty extensive research on how to run a high performing blog.  I started out by giving my website a mini makeover. I love the new clean look it has. It just seems more accessible than before.

I also took notice of what my favorite websites had writing blogs had to offer. What exactly hooked me to come back in the first place? What was the root of their fan base?

Because We Love A List 

Here is a list I’ve compiled during my last few weeks of procrastination of websites that have given me some real insight into the blogging world.

www.classycareergirl.com

www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

www.oflifeandlisa.com

www.gemmabonhamcarter.com

www.florisbooks.co.uk