Coming Soon….

Hey Loves,

I decided I wanted to revamp my blog. I wanted my new blog to not only embrace my new found self, but have constant content for you all. My newly revamped blog will chat about essential oils, healing, healthy living, traveling, and ethical fashion. I will be taking a hiatus from this site for a few months while I research and write blog posts. So sad to leave you all, don’t worry though, I will be coming back with loads of content for you all!!

Have an enlightening and adventurous next couple of months!

~ Allie

Down To Earth

Today I walked 1.5 miles Down To Earth, but I thought I arrived in heaven. Down To Earth is a vegan/vegetarian grocery store, and little cafe. I know, I walked in with an overwhelming feeling of joy, like I belonged there. It was too good to be true, but it was real. If you aren’t vegan, or vegetarian, it may be hard to relate to why this was completely awesome. When I walk into regular grocery stores it is hard to find vegan friendly foods, yes there are veggies, and fruit that would work great, but this store targets everything vegan. They have a vegan friendly menu of food you can eat there, and a section of baked goods. This store,” I can’t believe I’m saying it,” was better than Whole Foods.

I thoroughly enjoy the feeling of shopping for food. There is something about going into a grocery store with a new set of recipes to test out, and everything available for you to complete these recipes. I think I spent an hour looking around the store, and taking it all in. Before I went shopping, I stopped to look at a menu, as it was lunch time and I had yet to eat anything. I picked up a menu with English and Japanese writing on it. I thought it was a little odd, but I was going with it. Once I picked out what I wanted, the lady behind the counter re-directs me to the all English menu. I chuckled at myself, and thanked her, because I could now read the ingredients that were in the food I was about to order. I placed my order, a vegan chik’n salad wrap, with a mocha iced latte. I’m making my own mouth water (haha). It was going to take ten minutes, so I grabbed a basket and browsed around the store.

Walking around the store was so calming, and at the same time overwhelming at the amount of options I was able to have. I went to the bakery section first, and picked up a corn muffin and oatmeal raisin cookie, before looking further into the store. I walked through all the aisles so excited by my choices, and the prices were better than in New Jersey! I was so happy to find a bunch of yummy goodies to have throughout my weekly stay at the Airbnb I am staying in. Airbnb is great because I can use the kitchen to cook! I save so much money cooking for myself instead of going out to eat. It is also a lot harder to find vegan options when you are traveling with someone who isn’t vegan, and you don’t want to push them to eat a vegan restaurant everyday. Instead, I save a ton of money, know everything I am consuming is vegan, and healthy for me. I compromise a lot with going out to eat, and it is a little worrisome to eat at places that aren’t vegan, because you don’t know if you are going to be able to find vegan options. So, I brought joy to my life by going to Down To Earth, and I am so grateful to the new friends that I made, who told me about this little treasure.

It was about a 35 minute walk there and 35 minute walk back, which I love because you are getting a great exercise in before, and after eating. I stopped in Target to get lettuce, and celery, which happened to be on sale, the cheapest I have seen lettuce yet! Such a win today!!

REI Used Gear

I just logged onto REI, I have the app as I bought a few things from there for my Hawaiian adventures. I have been sheeding clothing from the last two places that we stayed. One, I left behind a top and bathing suit top, and the other shorts and a tank top. It’s awesome to be loosing weight, but since I have been moving around so much I couldn’t give them to anyone, or resell them. It killed me as I placed a tank top, and shorts into my Victoria’s Secret bag, and threw them away at the airport. I could’ve brought them with me, but I am traveling with one backpack, and a very small backpack; space is limited! Usually, I would resell on Poshmark, but since I didn’t have that option this time, I tossed them, or left them behind. While it felt amazing to let them go I wish there was somewhere I could’ve sent them, so that another person could benefit from having a new shirt, or shorts. REI now lets you return the item you bought, gently used, and they resell it. This is in attempt for the clothing to not go into a landslide, and a genius idea on their end, because they are making money from used clothing. It’s kind of awesome, because not only can you get used clothing and shoes, but you can also get used gear! This is the first time I have seen a company take an ethical stand, and want to actually resell used stuff from their store, so major props to them! If you purchase from REI you can send your items back to the store gently used, or you can resell them yourself. Either way you are helping in keeping clothing out of the landfills, good on you, and good on REI!

Grocery Bill Hacks

When asked, what did you spend your money on in Hawaii, you may think crazy things like jet skiing, or a helicopter ride over a volcano; and I wish I could say that was the case. One month in, and where has most of my money gone? You’ll never guess, food. Holy moley, food here is expensive! While I was staying near Sunset Beach in O’ahu there were three grocery stores that were closer to us by bus. We get around by taking the bus here because one, we don’t have a car, and it’s the cheapest form of transportation. With the bus it would probably take 3-4 hours to go there get groceries, and come back. My bill was never under $45 and I would have maybe a bags worth of groceries. I can not believe the expense of groceries for two people! Instead of trying to cope with the expensive groceries we tried a different approach.

This is a hack to saying money on groceries in Haleiwa, O’ahu. Okay, so you still need fresh produce, what I suggest is making friends with farms and buying in bulk. Unfortunately, we weren’t there long enough to make that happen, nor did we have the connections. What we didn’t go do was check out the farmers markets, but we were told they weren’t very good… I think it is worth checking it out just to see if you can hook yourself with a produce man, or women that you can get a discount if you buy it in bulk. There is also an option to grow some of your own food, like bananas, lettuce, avocados, etc.. After all, if you live here and have property, why not use it! Maybe you can grow enough to sell, and help supplement your grocery bill income.

There are also a few other ways, that many people have at there finger tips, but never think to use. It is to buy groceries online, and there are two stores I highly recommend using! One is Amazon, of course, I’m sure you knew it was coming… Amazon has a Prime membership, which means you can get free shipping on everything you purchased! What now?! Yes, in the long run you end up saving yourself time, as well as money by ordering from Amazon. You can buy items in bulk, which means you can create a list for the month search find the best prices, and check out. No driving, catching a bus, and it gets delivered right to your door. Can I get a hell yeah! Now, it can take one to two weeks to get to you, because the shipping is a little slower to Hawaii, as I have experienced. It is still well worth the wait, we saved so much money getting coffee, pasta, pasta sauce, tea etc. all on Amazon.

Then there is Thrive Market. I have been writing about this online store a lot recently, because its so good. The products are of the highest quality, for the lowest prices. There is a reason that Thrive is beginning to become my favorite online grocery store; their ethics are outstanding. If you are a lower income family, student etc. they will gift you a free membership, as well as a grocery stipend. This company just speaks to my heart, it is one I whole heartly believe in. The program is called ThriveGives, if this is a program you think you fit the bill for click ThriveGives. If you want to sign up for the membership, and help support Thrives’ mission, and save money on your grocery bill.

I will create a little guide to help you all build a menu to save some money using Amazon, as well as Thrive Market. Stay tuned for those posts coming to you soon.




In The Mind Of Dyslexia

Disclaimer: Yes, some of the words are not spelled correctly, this is to show you how the words actually sound to me, and look in my head. This is a huge problem for me still, but auto-correct, and being able to talk to the phone have helped so much!

For those that are keeping up with my trying to help myself develop more skills to help me cope with my dyslexia, wow I found out so much information. I have always been curious about how to go about helping myself sharpen my skills to push against this label of dyslexia. It is quite clear that I in fact, have dyslexia. I am in no way saying I was misdignoised, actually I couldn’t be happier to know there is a reason for why I was struggling in school. Boy did I beat myself up for not being able to complete homework, do simple math, and things that most children struggle through with dyslexia. Now, after learning skills to help with my dyslexia, I want to sharpen up, and help myself learn some more coping skills as an adult. It is funny, I read just a simple explanination of dyslexia, and one thing stood out the most,” Some dyslexic children might not follow a pattern of progression seen in other children. The child may learn how to spell a word and completely forget the next day.” ( )

It is not with only spelling that is occurs, well at least for me, it is with most things especially, text book learning. I learn hands on, and I mean you have to show me, and then I have to do the task, maybe mess up, and then I have got it. Unfortunately, with textbook learning it is all with listening to a professor/teacher, or reading. Well on top of dyslexia, I have an auditory processing disorder, can you say double whammy! Haha, it’s almost comemical to try to explain what it is like for me to learn. If I am not learning in a hands on way, or I can not see the image, or word in my head to be able to figure it out, you have lost me in the learning department. This made school quite a challenge, ,because even though I’d go to class, do the homework, and do a crazy amount of studying, it was as if I never learned about it. Now, I did absorb some things, but I do have a problem retaining information, and it has gotten worse over the years. Even though I did well in college, I worked ten times harder to be able to create a way for me to try to remember everything that was being taught to me. It’s quite a frustrating process considering, I absolutely love to learn. If I was able to retain information, in a normal compaticity, then I would have so much to talk about. I am always researching something, but unfortunately, I don’t always remember everything, so even though the entire thing that I’m explaining may make sense to me, to others this could be difficult to understand, because I am leaving out important information that I can not recall to explain what I have just learned to them. It is actually explained in this simple, but very accurate article, ” When a person with dyslexia expresses a sequence of ideas, they may seem illogical or unconnected.” I tend to do this a great deal, starting to talk about a topic I may have been thinking about in my head, but I explain it mid-thought, which can lead to some very confused looks; and then I realize, oh I didn’t actually introduce this topic, I kind of just started talking, but left out why I am talking about the topic in the first place. By the way, I may not realize I have done this, and usually the person has to convey their confusion. Just like I may have a perfectly rational thought, or idea that may make sense, but it comes out in the wrong sequence, and doesn’t make sense. This can also happen when I am talking just in a normal conversation, I may mumble, or say a word in a weird way, but I have no idea it’s coming out this way. In my mind I am speaking clearly, and articulating my thought. Usually my mind works about ten times faster than I can actually process what I’m saying, and it may come out in a weirdly worded sentence. I have found that writing has become a lot easier since taking up blogging. I am able to transfer my thoughts a lot faster. It’s not to say that I don’t mess up my spelling, and grammar, because that happens all the time. And, I am well rounded with my speech as well, I can conduct intelligent conversations, and hold them, it may just take me a few more seconds to process what you are saying, but you probably wouldn’t notice in a normal conversation, unless you were paying very close attention. And I tend to talk faster so I can get my thought out before forgetting it, I have been working on not cutting people off, I only would do this because I will literally forget to what I am going to say, and who knows, it may take me a few seconds, ten minutes, or a few hours to remember what I am going to say.

I have learned a lot of ways to cope with both of these diagnois, but I decided to really research. As you now know, I love to learn, I crave learning, especially if it’s a topic I am excited about. I don’t know if you read my essential oils article, but I talk about why I am so excited to research, and learn about essential oils. If there is something I am learning about, I am usually blogging about it. I started to blog to sharpen my writing skills, and help me acquire a stronger writing presence. I took something I wasn’t always comfortable doing, and forced myself to become better. I haven’t always loved to write, it was one of my major struggles in school. I would leave out vowels, and switch letters around; you would have to decode what I was trying to say. I also wrote my letters really big, I could not get the concept of writing smaller letters on the lined paper for the longest time. I still have a perception issues, usually with how much space I will need on a line to write out a sentence, or word. Writing signs is not my specialty at all because of the space recongization problem. These are all minor things though, it does not really hurt my everyday life, unless someone asks me to write, or paint a sign, and I start to get a little sweaty. Without outwardly showing it, these things do give me a bit of anxiety, because I know that it is a challenge, and I may mess it up. Asking someone to paint you a sign that has something written on it, usually would be a simple task. Because of my perception problem it is a challenging task for me. I only bring this example up, because this recently happened. Spelling may be one of my number one things I’d love to be able to correct. I have really done a 360 with spelling, and have even seen a change within the last year. Making myself write almost everyday, I tend to misspell a word until one day, I have misspelled it so may times, that I finally know the proper spelling. It is like I said, in the beginning I learn from hands on experience, and the repetition ( by the way, just corrected the word, “repetition” on my own, without spell check. To me this is a bit exciting, as I can now see the correct way of how to spell repetition in my head, which means I should spell it correctly from now on, so yeah!) of writing almost everyday has helped to improve these skills.

Well, I think I have given you all enough of an ear, well technically an eye full, since you all are reading this, haha. I will discuss this further, and talk about some more of my everyday coping methods; I usually forget they are coping strategies, since I have been doing them for a good portion of my life.



Easy Vegan Wrap

Aloha Loves,

If you haven’t read my new blog post, I’m in Hawaii! Yup, you read that right, the land of paradise. We only have one portable burner to cook on, so a lot of the dishes I have been making are all in one pan. I thought other w.o.o.f.ers , or just other people who don’t feel like making an elaborate dish. I hope you all enjoy the recipe, and watch out for other posts about how I am enjoying Hawaii, and my experiences so far.

Recipe: ( Makes for two wraps)

1 can of black beans (rinsed)

1 package of taco seasoning

Rice precooked 1 cup

handful of lettuce

Onion cut as much as desired

2 wraps ( You can even make lettuce wraps, totally up to your discretion).

Add some peppers, tomatoes, and veggies you have in the fridge.

Put the black beans in the pan along with the rice, and the package of taco seasoning. You can add a little water here and there if it starts to stick to the pan, non-stick pans are bomb, invest in one! After it is all cooked add it to your wrap along with veggies, and any toppings you’s like. I usually go for guac, salsa, and taco sauce. You can add some vegan sour cream, and cheese if that’s what you’d like in your wrap that day.

This is a super easy dish that is cheap, and you can make all the time! You can buy rice, and black beans in bulk to save money. Make your own toppings like cashew sour cream, guac, and salsa to save your self some cash. The point of this dish is to be super quick, so make sure to make that all in advance if you are going to be a baller, and make all of your own toppings.

Eat up loves!

Buzzed Coffee

I have been experimenting with some drinks recently, and I found one that I think is great for the fall weather. This drink is for those who enjoy coffee, chocolate, and want to get a little buzzed. You can make this coffee concoction warm, but I suggest making this an iced coffee drink. I know a cold drink is a little weird for the fall weather, however iced coffee just has a great flavor. I don’t know about you, but there is something about sipping iced coffee that gives me such a boost. You can throw this in a to go mug, but I suggest drinking it at home, because it does contain alcohol. If you aren’t feeling like getting buzzed, just take out the tequila, and bam you still have a bomb drink.


8 ounces of coffee

1 shot of tequila

1/4 cup of Hersey’s chocolate syrup

1/4 cup of your choice of milk ( I use rice milk, or almond milk).

I would stay away from coconut milk, because it has a unique flavor, which may not mix well with the tequila, but do whatever feels right to you. Let the coffee sit until it’s cooled off. Then add ice to your cocktail shaker, add all of the other ingredients. Shake, shake it up. Then pour it into a glass, and enjoy! Drink up loves, hope you all enjoy!

I’m In Hawaii

I know I have been talking about wwoofing for months on my blog, but I finally made it! I have been here for 23 days. I landed in O’ahu on the 30th of September, with no expectations, a small amount of money, one backpack, and the hope to having an amazing experience. Life is funny that way, you always end up where you want to be if you manifest it, and visualize yourself in the place you seek. Although, it has had its challenges, I am so happy. I think you may be able to tell by the gleam in my eyes for every picture I post. I will certainly be posting some pictures throughout this blog, no worries loves. I don’t know if I’ve ever genuinely been this happy before in my life, it’s like I didn’t know what I missing until I finally found it.

It really started back in the summer of eighth grade with a list, and a C.D. My parents had brought back this C.D. “The Love Songs Of Hawaii,” when I was seven, and I somehow ended up with it in my C.D. collection. I would say fate played a major role, or just the events that lead up to me coming to Hawaii. Along with that C.D. was I believe, “The Nutcracker, and Mozart.” I was very big into classical music while I was reading in eighth grade; it may seem like a strange choice, but it was calming, and great background music for a summer night of diving into a good read. Like all soon to be high schoolers, I had to choose a book to complete for my summer reading. This book, actually became my favorite book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. For some reason, I really resonated with the book, and it’s almost like I went through the journey with the characters of the book. I got the book by accident, it was called, Homecoming. I thought it was going to be about a high school homecoming dance, or something to that effect. Haha, I still chuckle at myself, because it’s the best mistake I have ever made. Homecoming, was a tale of children who were abandoned by their mom, and they have to make it to their aunts house on their own. My life doesn’t resemble this story, but it spoke to me, with every turn of the page my eyes engulfed every word. While reading this book, I listened to, “The Love Songs Of Hawaii,” I have such fond memories of me listening to this C.D., and reading this novel. It took me a month to read Homecoming; it was the largest novel I had read at the time, but I was determined to finish it. I am still not the fastest reader, but if I love a book, I tend to gobble it up! What can I say, I love to read…

I still have the C.D. , which I recently found, and put on my iPod before making my way to Hawaii. I guess this has been years in the making, unbeknownest to me. It took us about a year to plan this trip, including saving money, contacting farms, and finding where we wanted to go. For some reason I felt a calling to Hawaii, and now I know why. So far it has been an incredible journey, teaching me something new almost everyday. I will write more in depth about how I saved money, what it took to get here ( contacting farms), how to pack for wwoof in Hawaii, what food we buy, some easy vegan recipes with one burner ( no stove, or oven), how I’ve felt since I’ve been here, the work I am doing, and some tips I think you could benefit from. I will also talk about where we live, and my exercise routine. I will try to post at least 2-3 times per week, but bare with me, as I am already working 3-5 hour days four to five days a week, writing for a magazine, trying to get outside/ to the beach, hike, and explore. I, also want to start vlogging, I brought only my phone with me, because lugging around a camera was not an option, my backpack is even too much, but I’ll get there. I hope you enjoy traveling with me.





How To Combat Acne With Tea Tree Oil

Recently, essential oils have been playing a large roll in my life. Unfortunately, I had to leave my essential oil book at home, which is kind of a bummer, since it was a big part of what I have been wanting to learn. Traveling with a heavy essential oils book,  with backpackers backpack, just wasn’t happening. So, I have been trying to research in my spare time about different essential oils. Learning about essential oils can be a bit overwhelming, mainly because there are so many “things” you can do with each one. I am still trying to comprehend what each essential oil can be used for, but I still have a lot to learn ( sigh, of excitement/ holy crap there is a lot to learn). Tea tree essential oil is one that is my current focus, honestly I took an interest in it about four to five months ago, when I learned it helps to eliminate arm pit toxins. This was actually great news, considering I hadn’t found the best vegan deodorant to use at the time, and spoiler alert, I finally found an amazing deodorant! I put that stuff on everyday probably about three times, since I’m mostly outside sweating, but that’s for another blog. Back to the amazing possibilities of essential oils, I recently found out that tea tree oil can help combat acne. I was like, “shut up!” This just proves to me, that uncovering more into the mysterious world of essential oils will have quite a positive effect on my life. Trying to move out of the world of “Western,” medicine as much as possible. Not to say there isn’t a time, or place for Western medicine, because there are times it comes in handy, but with my lifestyle, I’d like to be as drug, and toxin free as possible. This is why essential oils, ( excuse the pun), but have become an essential part of my life.

Tea tree essential oil dries out the acne, and can help very oily skin, which I actually just learned about. Your skin produces this substance, seborrhea, this is what makes your skin oily. The seborrhea, comes from a hormone, and comes out of your pores. Your skin starts to break out from the oils, usually when you are going through puberty. It’s funny, in high school I had extremely clear skin, I started to break out in my 20s. Now, like everyone else, I have tried to figure out how to keep my skin as clear as possible, without any harsh chemicals. The tea tree oil seems like a step in the right direction to dry out any acne on the face, or body. Of course, the tea tree oil needs to be diluted, and I have seen it recommended all over, that you use witch hazel. Here is an easy recipe for acne spot treatment. Make sure that you only do this one to two times a week, as to not dry out your skin. Never use your fingers, and make sure you clean your face before applying the acne spot treatment. I will be trying this method in a few weeks, once my bank account goes back up, and I’m on the big island of Hawaii.  My tea tree oil broke when it was in my backpack a.k.a. luggage ( very sad about that), so I need to purchase another one. Please let me know how well this method works for you, after you try it for one to two months. If it doesn’t work for me, or you I will test out a new recipe. It’s kind of fun testing this all out, let me know if you enjoy it as well.


20 drops of tea tree essential oil

1/4 cup of witch hazel

Pour into a small glass jar, and use a q-tip to apply to your acne. Do not double dip, and do not use the same tip of the q-tip for all the acne spots. One side of the q-tip per acne spot; this will prevent your acne from spreading.




How To Manage and Plan Your Time- Week One

Tick Tock, Tick Tock; the clock on your wall, desk, or noise in your head as the hours eat away the minutes, and the minutes devour the seconds. The day started so well, but how did it become five o’clock, with no dinner, work barely done, and a muttered one too many times to yourself. As we get older time seems to have a puzzling way of fast forwarding itself, feeling like our day is always at 3x the speed that it should be.


Now, as an adult, there is a list of things to get done, and literally not enough hours in a day to accomplish them. Time management, is a concept most people skip over, because they just don’t have the time to plan their week. Sundays, are usually the best days to get your act together, whether it’s meal prep, coordinating schedules, arranging playdates, or cleaning. Trying to not get this all lost in the shuffle, you will need one day, and I mean the entire day to plan out your week. Taking advantage of this day leads to less stress, and hopefully no panic attacks.

You will need a planner, calendar, and something to write, or type on. In week one we are going to start with the absolute basic, which is, food. You need food to survive, so understanding what is a priority is very important. Eventually, this will all become routine, and it won’t even phase you.

First on your list is to use all the leftovers, or food you have, and make recipes. You want to start next week fresh, by picking out recipes that you can make all in one day, and freeze. If you don’t have a lot of food leftover, then you can begin going through what you do have, and finding recipes with those ingredients.  The best way to do this is through Supercook, an online website, that gives you a recipe based off of what ingredients you have in your refrigerator, and pantry.

If you are starting fresh, and need to go to the store for the week, try bigoven. Big oven is kind of genius, and will keep yours, and/or your family very happy by switching up recipes every week! That’s right, no more repeats, which I’m sure even you will be grateful about. There are over 350,000 recipes to chose from! You can plan your meals weeks, or months in advance with the meal planner. To make your grocery list, you search for the recipes you’d like save them, and click the add to grocery list, and it puts all the ingredients on your grocery list! This app is awesome, I know. If you want to upgrade to the pro version, it’s $24.99 a year, and you can use the planner section. The great thing about the planner, is that you just click add to planner button, and you choose exactly which day you want to serve this recipe. This can become extremely helpful with a busy schedule, or if your having relatives over.

Once, you have created your shopping list, it is time to buy the ingredients. A savvy shopper never goes without their coupons, but lucky for you, we are in the age of technology. No more cutting coupons, just simply go to the app store, and download the Krazy Coupon Lady app. You can also, get the app as well.

If you really don’t have time to go to the grocery store, well it is just your luck that there are a wide variety of stores to shop online. Thrive Market is an awesome place to buy groceries!

Let’s learn a little bit about Thrive Market. They give you the highest quality products that are 25 to 50% off the retail price. This website is not only saving you time, but it’s also, saving you money. If you, or a family member needs a free membership to Thrive because they can’t afford any membership fees, Thrive has a place where you, or they can apply. Their mission is to give back, and help low-income families purchase healthy food. This is an awesome way to help give back, and save yourself some time. Get 25% off your first order when you click any  of the underlined word in this paragraph.

Make all the food that can be frozen on your Sunday, or whatever day you have dedicated to planning. Write in your planner, as well as, your calendar the meals you will be making. In you planner allot yourself the proper time to be able to make these dishes each day. Remember you are making the bulk amount on your planning day, but you will need time to make side dishes.

I hope you enjoyed week one, and that your planning has become a lot easier when it comes to meal times. It is so important not to neglect your nutrition which is why, week 2 is all about how to fit in your workouts, and get yourself a scheduled weekly workout routine.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,