DIY Easy Jewelry Holder

I know I’ve been gone for such a long time, mainly because I’ve been working on several projects (including some potential co-writers) and school work. But now I’m back with another – or maybe several – ideas for you to try out.

I was in Claire’s and saw this gorgeous jewelry holder that looked so elegant and sleek – but it was over $22. Despite my weakness to all things stylish and beautiful, I couldn’t pay that much for something that only held at least four pieces of jewelry. So, I decided to make my own!

Now although this isn’t as pretty as the expensive store-bought ones, it’s a great DIY project to keep you occupied and be able to get the exact layout and design that you want. So let’s get started!

You will need:

  1. Drawer pulls or hooks (whichever you prefer) – my dad had some spare ones lying around so I just used those.
  2. A corkboard – I was able to find a framed 30cm x 40cm one for $3. You can also just buy a frame and cut the corkboard to its size.
  3. Hot glue gun or super glue – to attach the drawer pulls.
  4. Velcro – you can use screws or whatever you want to hang it onto the wall, I chose to use velcro.
  5. OPTIONAL spray paint or paint – if you want to add some color to your jewelry holder, I suggest buying spray paint or paint.

Steps:

  1. Gather your materials. If you want to spray paint or paint the frame, I suggest you do it now so it has time to dry before you start putting on the drawer pulls.  
  2. Finalize your layout. Try different ones and decide which one is suited best for your taste.  
  3. Attach the velcro. Again, you can use screws or whatever you want. We stapled the velcro on.  
  4. Attach the drawer pulls. You can use a hot glue gun or just super glue to do this.  
  5. Let it dry.

And you’re done!

  
I hope you liked this DIY and send me some photos if you tried it! I know it isn’t the best, but the fact that I made it for under $5 is enough to make me happy.
Til next time,

R.E.N

Vegetarian Burgers

My dad said that vegetarian burgers taste awful – but I beg to differ. Most vegetarian recipes call for black beans, but I don’t really like black beans that much – I can eat them, of course, but I wouldn’t have them on a regular basis – and so my mother and I decided to make our own.

Disclaimer: This may have been done by someone else already, but we made this recipe on our own without the help of another.

Yields: 7-8 medium burger patties, but of course it depends on you

Prep time: at least 30 minutes

The things you will need:

  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ a cup of flour (you can modify this to your liking)
  • One egg (or any tasteless substitute that can hold your mixture together)
  • One onion
  • One bell pepper
  • One carrot
  • 1 ½ cups of baby corn, diced
  • One tablespoon of oil (plus some more to fry)

Now, let’s begin!

Instructions:

  1. Start with dicing/shredding your vegetables. We diced our onion, baby corn and bell pepper, and shredded our carrot. This just helped the mixture to stick together easily with the help of an egg (or an egg substitute) and to also prevent those big chunks of veggies (unless you like that).
  2. Put the diced and shredded vegetables into a mixing bowl along with your egg, tablespoon of oil, flour, and salt and pepper until it is evenly combined. It should look a little something like this.IMG_9897
  3. Squish the patties into the preferred size and shape. The thing about these is that they don’t shrink nor do they expand, they remain the same size as you molded them into. So just do whatever shape and-or size you want. If you make them thick they may take longer to fry, and if they’re thin then they may take a minute or two. This is the size we made (obviously it’s already cooked).
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  4. Put some oil on your pan and place your patty. Ours took 3 minutes to cook, so a minute and a half on each side.
  5. Place your patty on your buns and add any condiment that you want, and enjoy!

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I hope you liked this recipe and be sure to tell me how they taste if you did make them! Thank you!

Cecil the Lion

I’m probably long overdue with this topic already, but I just wanted to share this with you all.

Last night, I had a conversation with a close friend of mine. I brought up the topic of Cecil the Lion, and I had used this opportunity to tell someone what I really thought about the whole situation, because she was the only one that could actually listen to what I was saying without saying “what?” or nothing at all.

“It’s nice that people think it’s wrong and are standing up for him, but I just find it weird that they’re perfectly alright with the slaughter of other animals (cows, chickens, turkeys, and such) and are perfectly alright with eating them.”

We all know that social media has played a big part in many other controversies, like the Sandra Bland controversy. When something is started by someone else and it becomes popular, many can’t help but copy and stand for the same rights. And it truly is wonderful to see so many people standing up for Cecil, however, I can assure you that at least 60% of these people would gladly go and munch on some bacon afterwards.

But my point is: how are some of these people alright with the slaughter of other animals for food?

My father told me that it was actually a good thing that Cecil was killed, because he would’ve eaten other endangered animals otherwise. And yes, he could’ve. But the difference here is that Cecil was killed, he didn’t die. If he were to die naturally, then yes, it would’ve been fine. But to be hunted down when he didn’t even pose a threat is something entirely different.

But cows, chickens, and turkeys were meant to be raised and eaten.

No. No, they were not. Just because they can be eaten does not mean they should. We were the ones who decided their fate, even when we have no right to do so. Cows, chickens, and other farm raised animals should not be slaughtered inhumanely. They should at least be given some form of respect, because that’s something that the human race lacks nowadays – whether it be animals or people of different race and-or age, showing respect to one another is something that can rarely be found.

But the nature preserve shouldn’t even allow anyone to step foot on the land, because no matter what, humans are meant to alter nature in some way. And you can’t expect people you allowed onto the nature preserve to not do what that dentist had done. It’s bound to happen because humans are hunters and-or gatherers. You would’ve thought that since we evolved, we would’ve gone past that. But our cruelty to animals has only gotten more advanced. We have machinery that specializes in that – heck, we have business industries dedicated to that.

It’s just a lion.

Yes, it’s just a lion. But I bet most of you wouldn’t be able to react the same way if it had been a dog, a cat, or any other domestic animal we’ve come to love and cherish. If it was a human, people would judge that person harshly and commend them to death. Why? Because they’re the same species. But had it been another, nobody would bat an eyelash. That’s speciesism. Make it stop.

We do not have the right to decide the fate of other intelligent creatures. And if we really can’t stop the slaughtering of these creatures, at least make it so that they aren’t treated as some expendable things and actually take care of them humanely, even when they’re to be put to death soon enough. Throwing unwanted creatures into pits filled with corpses of other animals while they’re alive is not humane. No one should go through that.

Just because we learned how to make and use fire does not mean we are superior in any way. Yes, we survived for years living on the cooked meat of these creatures, but I bet you if technology suddenly ceased to exist the animal kingdom would take out 90% of us. Because we think we’re superior because of a few machines.

I’m actually so disgusted with myself knowing that up until recently I was actually supporting these terrible industries who only want to make money out of their cruel acts against such innocent creatures. I actually cannot stomach the thought of my stomach being a tomb for these creatures. And maybe I’m a hypocrite for saying so, but at least I came through at the end.

Humans, in one way or another, are also animals. We can’t say we are superior when there are people who can’t even live without the support of their parents, whereas there are numerous other species that are immediately separated from their mothers after birth, and are able to grow up on their own to complete the cycle once more.

No, the animal kingdom is not at all magnificent. They partake in violent acts as well, such as gang rape, rape in general (contrary to popular belief, butterflies do rape other butterflies. A male (sometimes four) waits for a female to emerge and they then each take their turn to rape her. Find out more here.), and murdering just for fun (felines, mostly domestic cats, usually partake in this act).

But that’s just some of the many similarities they have with the human race. The first thing that most people do when they see something magnificent is to either destroy it, kill it, or claim it as theirs. But animals are not just some trophy you can have on your walls, or some decoration you can have in your house. They are intelligent creatures that – when given the chance or pushed too far – will overtake us.

And I am honestly so disgusted with some zoos. Yes, there are those that truly do care for the animals that are within their care. But I have discovered that a majority of them torture and abuse their already captured animals (with cow prods, bull hooks, and more) – and parents, sometimes unaware and sometimes not, support this!

A word of advice: before you bring your child to a zoo, please do some research about the place first. You could be saving someone’s life by doing this.

I’d like to hear your thoughts about this, so please leave a comment down below! Have a great day!

Ban kwana,
R.E.N

Day 3 Of Going Vegetarian

I cannot stress the fact that I grew up around meat-lovers enough to realize that yes, everyone already knows, and no, nobody really cares. But I just thought of doing this post because I’ve realized how hard it really is to be a vegetarian among meat-lovers. Not only for me, but for the others around me as well.

From the moment we stepped into the mall, my mother got hungry. She asked me if I was hungry as well, and I was because I didn’t get to eat any breakfast (we left ten minutes after I woke up), but I wasn’t hungry for any of the food that the mall had to offer. The fast food joints only offered meat-based products and, although I wasn’t tempted, I was feeling queasy.

So my mother asked us to sit down while she went around and looked for a vegetarian restaurant and-or stall. I was hungry, but I knew how much of an inconvenience it was for both my parents to have to look for something completely different out of the usual variety that they get. So I told my mom that I wasn’t hungry, but she didn’t listen. She went looking around for something that I could eat anyway.

So I sat down, fiddling with my phone and trying to distract myself from paying attention to the rumbling of my stomach. Minutes later my mother came back, a serving of something in her hands. “Vegetarian pizza,” she said as she placed it down in front of me. I opened the lid and sure enough, there was no meat. And it was delicious. So I ate that while my parents ate their own meat platters.

When we were shopping, I noticed that the bottom basket was just filled with fish and meat. I scrunched up my nose but didn’t say anything. It was my choice to be vegetarian and I wasn’t going to force my family to do the same. So I gathered up some fruit and vegetables for myself and went on quietly.

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I had been browsing through the internet for different vegetarian substitutes and homemade dog food recipes when I stumbled upon an article about Brambles, who was a 27 years old Labrador, I believe, who may be the oldest living dog – all because her thoughtful owner, Anne Heritage, 43, decided to raise her pooch up with the same vegan diet regime she herself follows.

I was considering turning my 7 years old Shih Tzu, Queenie, vegan as well, but I might’ve been pushing the boundaries if I’d brought up the subject to my parents. Besides, Queenie loves meat, so I don’t think she would agree with me either. I suppose I’ll just have to stick with my own diet then.

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As you can see the quality is quite awful because she wouldn’t stay still until she was in my arms so I had to use the front camera.

I wanted my pooch to live as long as she could, and I really only wanted the best for her. I was going to switch to an all-natural shampoo for her but my mother declined my request and told me to wait until her current shampoo ran out. Then she proceeded to buy a bar of soap for her as well.

Queenie loves milk. A lot. But I was never able to give her some because my father disliked it whenever I used the milk that was meant to be consumed by us. Until, of course, I saw this.

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I just couldn’t not buy it. And my mother seemed to agree with me, since she insisted that we buy it even after I told her that we would get an earful from dad. But nonetheless, we got her the milk, beef jerky (I did not approve of this but it was Queenie’s, not mine), treats, and kibble she deserved.

But the moral of this post is: Being a vegetarian is indeed harder than I first thought it would be.

Throughout the day, I was feeling incredibly nauseous and my dad said that it was because I’d gone too long without any meat, but I didn’t pay any attention to what he said. So we continued to go shopping and went home.

By the time we got home I was feeling worse than I felt before. I was craving meat but I managed to control myself and not eat anything. Thinking that it was because I was hungry, I ate an apple. But it wasn’t. I still felt nauseous.

My dad and I bought some garbanzo beans and some sesame seeds because I’d told him before about how I wanted to make some hummus. I had tasted hummus before, and I liked it, so I asked dad to make it again.

What a horrible mistake that was.

Now, as you may or may not know, hummus typically consists of tahini, garbanzo beans, olive oil (or something like that), and garlic. I was excited to finally have something to eat, but by the time it was done, I was already regretting ever asking for it.

It smelled horrible and it tasted horrible as well. We had added a little bit of sriracha and some lemon juice and gosh, it was awful. I didn’t like the taste of tahini. I didn’t like the hummus in general. But, seeing as I was the one who asked for it in the first place, I gave it a chance and made a horrid wrap, with no intention of ever eating hummus ever again.

I’ll be able to eat rice later anyway. Anything to get that taste out of my mouth. Now excuse me while I go drink more of my grape-cranberry juice.

Vale,
R.E.N

9 Reasons As To Why I Became A Vegetarian

When I told my mom that I wanted to be vegetarian, she told me this:

“Honey, if you want to lose weight, just don’t eat too much. Eat slowly and little by little. You don’t have to cut meat out of your diet. You know, I had a friend before. For four years, she didn’t eat rice or meat, only vegetables. Look where she is now? She’s got breast cancer.”

But the thing is, I didn’t want to become a vegetarian simply because I wanted to lose weight. I don’t think my mother had been paying attention to what I’ve been saying for years, because I have talked about this for years and she just thinks I’m in it to lose weight. No, it’s much more than that.

1. I don’t want to eat animals anymore. I like frequenting animal documentaries a lot, and I couldn’t even watch the whole thing because I would be crying and too traumatized to watch more. If I wanted to lose weight, I would just stop eating in general. But this isn’t about my weight. It’s about living my life guilt-free.

2. It’s horrifying to know how another innocent life was killed just to satisfy yours. If we lived in a reverse world, we would be the ones who would be drowned in scalding hot water. We would be the ones skinned alive while others watched on helplessly. We would be the ones cramped in tiny little cages, fed until our legs could no longer function. But then again, that’s already happening. Why? Because you are what you eat.

WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT. WATCH AT YOUR OWN RISK.

How Chickens, Cows, and Other Animals Are Slaughtered For Food

Undercover Animal Abuse

Leather in 60-seconds flat

The Truth Behind Angora Fur

3. “They won’t feel a thing anyway.” If it’s alive, it can feel. We’re just killing, torturing, and raping numerous intelligent animals just to entertain and-or feed another advanced animal. The only difference between us is that we can walk on two legs. Other than that, we’re all basically the same.

Animals Feel Pain

4. “It’s the circle of life.” Yes, it is, but there is no excuse for testing chemicals on animals and scarring them for the rest of their lives. We can easily be taken over by the animal kingdom if they wanted, but I guess that’s the reason the human race is so intent on killing them off, huh?

The Truth About Rabbits Raised For Fur

Boycott Beef But Not Leather?

5. What would this world be without the animals that we’re killing off? It would just be composed of a bunch of obese killers who no longer have anything to kill. Oh, you have a lion’s head on your wall? Congratulations, you killed a magnificent creature just for entertainment.

Take Action for Cecil the Lion!

6. The less meat, the longer you live. It is a known fact that vegans and-or vegetarians live longer and healthier than most people who aren’t. Not only are you stating that you support animal rights, but you are getting rid of unwanted cholesterols and other unnecessary calories that could’ve been a detriment to your health.

7 Reasons Vegetarians Live Longer

Why do vegetarians live longer?

7. There are a lot of healthier substitutes. Don’t want to cut out certain things from your regular diet because you think that you won’t be able to get the proteins, vitamins, etc. in a normal vegetarian/vegan diet? There are actually a lot of substitutes for said things.

21 Foolproof Vegan Recipe Substitutes

Meat, Egg, and Dairy Alternatives

PETA’s Favorite Vegan Substitutes

8 Simple Egg Replacements

6 Vegan Cream Replacements

8. You’ll be able to broaden your culinary skills. In my household, it’s pretty normal for us to make the things that most people usually buy at the store at home. We make our peanut butter, bread (traditional white bread and sour dough), sriracha, donuts, you name it! And let’s face it, if you go out into town to eat, vegan/vegetarian meals usually cost more than the average meal, but you can always make it at home! Plus, it’s cheaper.

Vegetarian Burgers

9. You would make a great role model. Most kids love animals, but wouldn’t it crush their little hearts knowing that they ate the things that they love? I personally would try and raise my children as vegetarians/vegans as much as I could, and if you are a (vegetarian/vegan/supporter of animal rights) parent, please do not encourage your children to participate in certain activities that translates into torture and-or abuse for other animals. If you take a look at PETA, there are a lot of cases wherein numerous zoos have committed violent acts upon their captive animals, no matter what age.

Help The Elephants at Southwick’s Zoo

Seaworld of Hurt

Thank you for reading my post for today and I hope I helped you in some way. Have a great day!

Elveda,
R.E.N

The Perfect Brand for Vegatarians/Vegans

Obviously, as a teenage girl, this section was bound to happen. Of course, I can’t really consider myself an animal-lover if I didn’t use cruelty-free products to apply to my face, right?

Well, lucky for me, I had found a brand that not only produced cruelty-free products, but also provided no harmful chemicals. Two benefits in one go!

I had found this brand a little over three months ago, when I was browsing through the internet when I remembered this brand name but never really go around to doing any research about it. And so I finally decided to go and take a look at it and was immediately hooked. I fell in love with this brand for numerous reasons:

  • For certain products, your money goes towards a certain charity organization (from helping the poor in rural areas, to promoting breast-cancer awareness!).
  • Most of their products promote self-confidence and self-loving.

“We do not offer any whitening products because we believe every Filipina is beautiful in their own skin!”

  • Pro-poor, Pro-Philippines, Pro-Environment – Donates to those in need, Love your own country (because it was made by a Filipina for Filipinos), and Save the world while you’re at it!
  • Their products are generally safe for all ages, and they contain no harmful chemicals that will not damage the environment. They have a special kind of sunblock (at an affordable price!) whereas you can enjoy your time in the sun and bring no harm to the ocean!
  • The products themselves work wonderfully! They have enticing scents and don’t feel irritating at all, unless you are allergic to one of the ingredients.
  • They have a special place for your pets, too, so definitely cruelty-free. Check out the story on how their Furry Kind Natural Cocomutt Shampoo was developed and how it’s a better option for your dogs!
  • Rest assured that your information is safe – I’ve been using it for months and I’ve yet to be disappointed!
  • Guilt-free products at a reasonable price.

HHN is honestly the best company I have ever decided to invite into my life. My skin has never felt better and all my scars that weren’t disappearing when treated with expensive medications are fading away with their SBO that I’ve been using regularly to this day.

But this wouldn’t be a beauty section if I didn’t include which products I actually use from this brand, right? Well, I’ll tell you right now.

Please excuse my photography skills (or lack there of), I only have my phone to shoot with.

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  1. My daily (and nightly) routine. Like every other girl, I have a routine. I scrub my face with my facial wash, I brush my teeth, I rinse my face, I tone, then I moisturize. And I get on with the day. And on good nights I put my hair into a braid and go to sleep. But before I go to bed, I dab on some Sunflower Oil on my eyelashes and under my eyes (because Sunflower Oil is notorious for getting rid of those pesky eye bags and for making your eyelashes healthier).
  2. As for my makeup… well, I haven’t really found any cruelty-free makeup brands (I don’t use the makeup products that HNN manufactures so HNN is a no-no). So, if you’d like to leave a suggestion, I’d greatly appreciate it and I’ll check it out! Also, tell me what products you use. Have a great day!

Note: This will get updated soon. Don’t worry.

PS: If you want to fully check out all of the products of HNN, I suggest going to the Philippine store first. Then when you’re ready, just switch back to your country to order.

Arrivederci,
R.E.N

“Why did you decide to become a vegetarian?”

For years now, I had thought of becoming a vegetarian. A vegan, even. At first, I thought it was easy. I was drinking soy instead of regular milk, eating more vegetables than the average person, – but as I grew up, I realized it was much harder than I first thought it was.

Two months before my 15th birthday, I decided to consult vegetarians that had gone through the process of transitioning from a meat eater to a vegetarian or a vegan. I sought out their tips on how to keep myself motivated, what were good substitutes for meat in terms of protein and stuff like that, and they had kindly given me their reasons as to why they suddenly decided to convert in the first place.

Now, I’ve always loved animals. No matter how dirty, no matter how ugly, no matter how vicious they were, I still loved them. Which was why this was eating away at me for years. Vegetables weren’t exactly a rare thing in our household, but they were hard to maintain. Growing up in a family of meat-lovers wasn’t exactly torture, but it wasn’t heaven either.

It had terrified me when I did some research and found the different horrifying ways one can die from too much intake of meat. It had a lot of health detriments and although I couldn’t do anything to change my family’s minds, I still had time to change my diet before it was too late.

Contrary to popular belief, becoming a vegetarian/vegan doesn’t just happen overnight. You just can’t wake up one day and go “I’ve decided that I’m going to become a vegetarian/vegan now.” That certainly did not happen with me, and though I can’t speak for others, I’m guessing that this didn’t happen to other people either.

I’ve actually put a lot of thought into becoming a vegetarian. I’ve told my parents this years before I even decided to go through with it. It was cruel to think that animals, although also very intelligent creatures, were brutally murdered just to feed more advanced animals. Take note that this is my view on things, so whether or not you create a debate, I’m still adamantly sticking with my opinion.

Since I had grown up around meat for a majority of my life, it was quite difficult to just completely cut off my intake of meat out of the blue. That would’ve been a disaster. So, I talked to my parents about it first and they had shut me down, and it was never spoken of ever again.

Until now.

Like I’ve been incessantly reiterating, I’ve thought about it for years. I only made a final decision when I’d done some thorough research upon the pros and cons of being a vegetarian-slash-vegan and made the final conclusion to just start changing my diet slowly.

So I sat down with both my parents and I told them why I wanted to become a vegetarian. My dad only had a few things to say.

“If you’re so intent on this, then we’ll support you. You’ve told us this before and it looks like nothing has changed. So, does this mean you’re not going to have burritos and burgers anymore?”

…This was the hardest part that I had encountered upon making up my mind. Yes, I loved burritos – burgers were good but I could live without them –, but there were vegetarian burrito recipes that I could try. It didn’t necessarily have to have meat, right?

And my mom? Well…

“It’s about time. But you should do it slowly, okay? No meat for you anymore. No more bacon.”

…I must admit that there are going to be a few things that I will miss. But for the sake of my health and state of mind, it’ll all be worth it in the end.

And who knows, maybe I’ll record a few days of my journey towards being a vegetarian. And maybe a few recipes here and there. I love experimenting.

Auf Wiedersehen,
R.E.N 

Hello, Internet

So, I’ve always thought about blogging – I’ve already created a few, actually, which were horrible mistakes. You should never create a website at the age of twelve. Never. -, but I never really got around to doing so. Until now, of course.

A few days ago, I had asked a family member of mine – who is quite the famous blogger – if she had any tips as to where I should begin creating my blog. It was either this (wordpress.com), or blogspot, but the latter didn’t really work for me for some reason so I had resorted to using this lovely little website. With a subdomain. Because I’m broke.

So, on this little… blog that I have, I shall write whatever comes to mind. And maybe a few recipes, if you’re lucky. I am quite the baker-slash-chef. My second home is the kitchen. Water is always in first place.

So grab a chair and take a seat, will you, because it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

Adiaŭ,
R.E.N