Monday, April 18, 2016

My Favorite Vegan Cookie Recipe

I was looking for a vegan cookie recipe a few weeks ago, and stumbled upon this one! I love peanut butter, and I wanted to find a cookie that was not only delicious, but simple and full of nutrients.

My favorite kind of recipes are the ones with 5 ingredients or less. This one has 4: peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and almond flour. The protein and fiber from the nuts and the sugar + syrup help to give you sustained energy. I probably ate 5 in a row when I first made them, they were so good!

I attached the link to the recipe below. I found it through Pinterest, so if you're a fellow Pinner, pin it & save for later!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Obsessed: Planners

So I am seriously a planning freak. I have a dry erase year calendar on my wall for all my large events, but for my daily tasks I like to write everything out in my planner.

I ordered this planner a few weeks ago, after drooling over them for the past few years. I usually go for the standard Lilly Pulitzer or Kate Spade planners, but I wanted something that felt personal and customizable. That's where May Designs comes in!

May Designs is very unique because all their notebooks are bound by thread which is made by traditional sewing machines. They are also eco-friendly (and vegan!) because their books are made with a canvas cover, and all the paper is made partly from post-consumer waste recycled paper. Along with that they are handmade in the USA, which is something that I love to support.

I customized my own planner at

Take a look at my design! (You can click on all the pics on my blog to enlarge them :) )

There are so many different patterns and colors to choose for the inside. I got aqua colored lines for my planner and the 2016 agenda with weeks +months!
(PSA: there is a 40% off sale on the 2016 agendas!)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

My Favorite Tea

This is my absolute favorite tea. I have had so many teas in my 20 years, let me tell you, and this is seriously the most delicious! I initially bought it because I wanted to clear my skin, and I was blown away at how perfect it was. 

A blend of rose petal, burdock, hibiscus, pomegranate, orange peel, and stevia give you a sweet fruity taste, while the cardamom, grape root, dandelion, and yellow dock root help to mellow out your tastebuds. The green tea has a ton of antioxidants to detoxify and help clear skin.

Yogi Skin Detox is one of many that I have had from this brand, and I have to say that I like this one the most. I can have it at any time of the day and it makes me feel amazing. There isn't too much caffeine, so sometimes I even have a cup before bed. 

You can buy this tea at most grocery stores, Amazon, and through the link above. 

Have you tried this tea before? What are your favorites?

xo Danielle

Friday, April 8, 2016

5 Reasons Why I Do Yoga

Here are the 5 reasons why I practice yoga:
1. To relax. I began to notice that I usually turn to yoga when I am stressed or tense. Being a full time student is hard, on top of all the other daily worries I face. I notice that I tense up my shoulders and back when I get stressed, so practicing yoga helps me to relax my body when it feels too tight.

2. To get energized! Contrary to the previous point, I also like doing yoga when I feel a bit sluggish. Any type of exercise releases endorphins into your system, making you feel happy and energized. Yoga helps me to fully wake up my body.

3. To stay motivated. One of my favorite things about yoga is how challenging it can be. I am a total perfectionist, but I know that perfection is impossible. What I love about yoga is that it makes me think about how I can become stronger for the future instead of trying to do everything right. Yoga is a process, and it really makes you think about your body and why you're practicing in the first place. 

4. To stay fit. Yoga is one of the best exercises for the body. It strengthens, tones, and stretches out the body, giving you full body love! With all the different forms of yoga, there is something for everyone. From hatha yoga to vinyasa flow, you can get any level of workout that you want from your practice. 

5. To stay sane! On top of everything I have going on, one thing I know I have control over is my body. Practicing yoga, even by just doing a few poses here and there, helps me to realize how grounded I am. When I get busy and feel like I am overwhelmed with life, practicing yoga helps me get in tune with my body, and gives me something to look forward to. 

Now go out and do some yoga!
xo Danielle

PSA - A letter about health

I posted this on Facebook a few hours ago, but I figured I would put it out there for everyone to see. I see people all over social media claiming to promote healthy living whilst still consuming and purchasing animal products. Dead animals are not healthy. We need to change the way we think about all of the beautiful animals on this planet, they deserve to live just as much as we do! 

The following is my own personal opinion, but I think that it is true for everyone. I have done countless hours of research for myself and I would never say anything that I didn't truly believe. 

Enjoy :)

People who promote healthy living and environmental causes while still consuming meat and animal products.......‪#‎judgingyou‬ Go vegan! It's better for the earth and for your body. I don't remember the last time I took over the counter medicine or had a cold, and I believe that is because I only consume food that is nutritious, and not full of fat and cholesterol, which most animal products contain. It's so easy to try and say that I don't get enough protein or I'm weak because I don't eat meat, but I haven't eaten meat for about 10 years, and still I dance everyday and hike and bike as much as I can, and work as a model in the SF Area all while being a full time student. I don't mean to be offensive, I have just seen so many people trying to spread the word about healthy living, but they refuse to look at what is really going into their bodies. It's not enough to just cut out red meat or only drink nonfat milk; you need nutrients! We claim that we can only get certain nutrients from animal products, but some forget that the way the animals acquire these nutrients is by eating plants themselves. We are inherently superior beings to animals, so it doesn't make sense to try and consume a dead body of something inferior in order to make us feel good. God put plants on the earth for us to eat, and although cavemen may have seen the necessity of eating meat when plants weren't as plentiful, we've grown past that. Nourish your body with the food that actually contains the nutrients we need first hand. Trying to get your nutrients through the body of a dead animal does not make you feel alive-eating live foods make you feel alive! Fruits and veggies have all the nutrients you need and give you life. I'm sure most of you disagree with me, but I am living proof that you do NOT need animal products. It's not godly to kill others for our selfish needs, so it only makes sense to save as many lives as we can by eating what is already prepared for us by nature. You guys probably think I'm crazy, but I'm not the only one. Global warming is actually a thing, and most meat factories contribute to that due to the methane gas produced by animals when they defecate or pass gas. It's so much better for the earth and for our future if we start cutting down meat consumption in this country. I have thoroughly educated myself on this topic for about half of my life, and there is nothing that can disprove research. What works for me may not work for you, but it is possible to lead a healthier life by consuming only live and nutritious foods. There is no need to stuff our bodies with the flesh or breast milk of another animal, and it may not happen overnight, but change is necessary to live healthfully. If you guys want to do your own research, I suggest watching Vegucated, Cowspiracy, and Forks over Knives (all on Netflix and/or YouTube). These videos explicitly show you what the American food industry really is and how harmful it can be to the human body. Please take a look at these before commenting something rude or hurtful. I'm only trying to spread my opinion and knowledge because I love you all so much and I want you all to live the best life that you can. I am passionate about healthy living because I feel that is the most natural and fulfilling way to live. We all need to respect our bodies by not polluting it with animal products. It is so easy to go vegetarian or vegan, and if you have any questions you can always email me at

Saturday, April 2, 2016

On my bedside table....

Here's a look at what's on my bedside!

Hope you enjoyed a little look into my room! :)
xo Danielle

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