• Environment

    World Oceans Day 2018

    Happy World Oceans Day! I love this day so much because it’s a time when everyone around that world, no matter where they are, has a chance to celebrate the beauty of our oceans and connect with others to work towards a better future. We have the privilege of living on this beautiful planet called Earth and the ocean covers more than 70% of its surface. Our oceans have such a huge impact on our everyday lives. They are essentially theΒ lungs of our planet and provide so much of the oxygen we need to breathe, it regulates our climate and weather, and is also home to so many beautiful creatures.…

  • Environment

    A Plastic Ocean

    I’m sure that most people are aware of the huge problem that exists with plastic and garbage pollution in our oceans. You may have seen the popular photos of sea turtles constricted by plastic rings or the belly of a deceased whale opened to expose nothing but garbage and plastic. It’s so sad that we as humans are hurting the lives of so many marine animals with our garbage. Even though this issue has now been brought to light and I would say most people are aware of the problem with pollution, it is not stopping. Here is a picture of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (also known as the…

  • Environment

    🌎 World Water Day 2018 🌊

    Today is World Water Day! I really appreciate this day every year because it’s a day that focuses on the importance of accessible fresh water for everyone. It’s so easy to forget how lucky we are to have an unlimited source of clean, usable water available to us. We have more than enough water to drink, we do our laundry, take daily showers, do our dishes, forget the water’s running (guilty!), and don’t even think about maybe someday not having this luxury. Today, billions of people do not have access to safe water and 40% of the word’s population is in some way affected by water scarcity. That is a…

  • Travel

    Diving in Key Largo 🌴

    Key Largo, FL is known as the dive capital of the world because of its insanely crystal clear waters, it’s numerous underwater wonders, and it’s natural marine life sanctuaries. Although I’ve been diving for about 6 years now, I’ve just recently had the opportunity to dive in Key Largo for the first time, about 7 months ago. It was one of the most memorable trips of my life and I’ve already booked the same trip again for next month πŸ™‚     We stayed at the cutest, all-inclusive dive resort called Amoray Dive Resort. One of the best parts about our stay is that we never really had to leave.…

  • Lifestyle

    A Beginner’s Guide to a Zero Waste Lifestyle

    Zero or less waste has become quite the trending topic! Which is GREAT because we as American’s have become such heavy consumers of stuffΒ that our environment is starting to pay the consequences πŸ™ More information on this topic at The Story of Stuff.Β I highly recommend their documentary. If you don’t know, zero waste is a way of aiming to reduce, or even eliminate, what you contribute to the garbage landfills. The population in America currently makes up about 5% of the word’s total population, but somehow we account for 30% of the world’s garbage. In fact, everyday in the U.S. we produce enough trash to equal the weight of the…

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  • Travel

    5 Ways to be a Tourist in Your Own Town

    Traveling to a new city or country is always so exciting! New sights to see, new cultures, new restaurants, new people, and just a fresh, unique feeling in the air. But have you ever wondered what it’s like to be one of the tourists who visits your hometown? I personally (living in one of the most popular tourist cities in Florida) think about it quite often. I think it’s safe to say that the majority of people are not able to spend their lives traveling around the world to new and exciting places. In fact, they are probably working at a full time job in their hometown 51 weeks out…

  • Recipes

    Green Protein Smoothie

    Green smoothies have become one my favorite ways to start out my mornings because they are full of nutrients and they give me so much energy! Sometimes it’s difficult to eat enough green, leafy vegetables in a day to get the protein and other nutrients you need, so green smoothies are a great way for your body to get a boost! Here is the recipe for my (current) favorite go-to green smoothie πŸ™‚ Ingredients Kale Parsley Lemon Juice (from half a lemon) Small Piece of Ginger 2-3 Medjool Dates 1 tsp. Chia Seeds Water Method Put all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Tips Try to always…

  • Environment

    Dive Against Debris

    The Gulf of Mexico is loaded with one of the world’s most highest volumes of plastic and garbage. It’s so much easier to just grab disposal items to bring to the beach or on the boat (trust me, I know). But so often these disposable products such as water bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bags, and other non biodegradable items end up flying into the water, perhaps without us even realizing it. It’s always a good habit to pick up any garbage or plastic that you happen to see in the water or at the beach, but I’ve just discovered another way that I can get involved with keeping the gulf…

  • Lifestyle

    10 Things I wish I knew before I become Vegan.

    Well I’m still a newby (I’ve only been vegan for about four months now), but since then, I’ve done a TON of research on the vegan lifestyle and all of its dietary and ethical viewpoints. I’ve compiled a list of 10 things that might perhaps interest anyone who is on the fence about trying out this lifestyle. I wish I would have known this information a lot earlier on in my life! 1.Β Your food options actually increase! I thought taking away animal products would really limit me to a super strict diet. But instead, it’s allowed to me experiment with other new foods that I can replace meat and dairy…

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  • Recipes

    Vegan Pad Thai

    One of the first things I quickly discovered after becoming vegan is that ethnic restaurants offer so many vegan and vegetarian options! I decided to try and make one of my favorite Thai dishes at home and let me tell you, this recipe is amazing!! INGREDIENTS Main Dish 2 tbsp olive oil, divided Β½ block super firm tofu, drained and chopped into cubes 1 cup/8oz. rice noodles 1 medium head of broccoli, very small chopped florets 2 large zucchini, spiralized Β½ small red pepper, sliced thin 1 medium garlic cloves, minced 4 green onions, chopped small Sauce ΒΌ cup brown sugar ΒΌ cup soy sauce 1 tbsp tomato paste 2…