Burn, Baby, Burn


Hola mamis! It’s been a lovely Monday here is San Francisco, complete with sunshine and delicious food. That’s a glorious day in my book.

Last night I cracked open a cold one The Time Traveler’s Wife at 9 pm. Before I knew it, it was 12 am and I was 160-something pages into the book. LOVE IT. There is a line in the book when Henry (male protagonist) describes the first book he loved; it was as though he wanted to crawl inside it and sleep. That’s how I feel with this novel. I’m kind of a slow reader when it comes to great novels. I find that I want to devour each sentence, swallow it and taste it again. It’s a lot of reading and re-reading, thinking, “how can I write like this?”

I fell asleep a bit before 1 am, awoke at 7 am and did a 10-minute arm and ab routine thing. Then I cleansed the face for the day and made a smoothie:

Smoothie I didn't blend long enough: 1 banana, several mitfuls of spinach, water, spoon of peanut butter. Chewy but yummy.

Smoothie I didn't blend long enough: 1 banana, several mitfuls of spinach, water, spoon of peanut butter. Chewy but yummy.

Let’s take a closer look at that picture’s background: a purse, bags on a chair, glass of water, box of garbage bags, OH! and Blue Moon bottle caps. Dirty.

As I got ready for work, I realized either Brooke or Britt left her curling iron here. I’ve never had the luxury of owning a curling iron; I only know my way around a $20 Conair straightener. I had a bit of a wave going on, so I figured I’d play around. Something I learned: curling irons get hot. They should not be placed directly on one’s skin. I like to think I’m ordinarily a smart girl. Sometimes, though, the blonde seeps in and I become a doofus. By the end of the day I had a darling scab on my forehead:

Right by the hairline. Dumb.

Right by the hairline. Dumb.

And closer:

Burn and a creepy eye shot. And I need to pluck.

Burn and a creepy eye shot. And I need to pluck. Ugh, and pores.

So that’s my PSA on curling irons: be careful! Don’t let it touch your skin!

Moving right along, work was fun and relatively relaxed today. Morning snacks were unpictured, but I had a Blueberry Z-bar and my lovely co-worker Abby surprised me with an Ani Pyho raw donut hole. Holy hell it was amazing! Ani (and Abby) knows wassup.

Lunch was absolutely phenomenal today. I barely have words to describe it. I’m just calling it The Best Vegan Lunch of My Life:



Does this not look like chicken to you?

Chick'n, bok choy, udon noodle cake

Chick'n, bok choy, udon noodle cake

We received a shipment from Gardein Protein last week and decided it was time to test the cutlets. They were seared in a shiitake-sake sauce and served with an udon noodle cake, bok choy and unpictured homemade rosemary-potato bread. I died. I’m trying my best not to swear right now, so know that it was extremely, ridiculously delicious.

What I loved most about the Gardein chick’n is that it isn’t madeΒ solely from soy– it utilizes quinoa and kamut, too! My stomach didn’t hurt in the slightest after this! ALSO, four ounces boasts 26 grams of protein, which is higher than chicken. These cutlets should be available in grocery stores sometime in September. If you want to cut back on your meat intake, or if you’re already vegetarian, these are an awesome treat.

And to prove how spoiled the VegNews staffers are, allow me to share what we had for dessert: Allison’s Gourmet vegan chocolates. I didn’t snap any pics, but throughout the afternoon I had some almond chocolate thing and two pieces of a peanut caramel chewy chocolate. Heaven.

I left work around 6ish and wanted to run in the sunshine! I changed into my clothes and ran a gorgeous two miles before Muffin called. So what if I walked the last two miles while catching up? So worth it.

I’m running low in the grocery area, but I was very hungry when I returned home and quickly assembled a kale salad:

Kale Floor Salad

Kale Floor Salad

On the plate: shredded kale massaged with fresh lemon juice and topped with cucumber, broccoli, plain tofu, pepper, Tapatio hot sauce and sesame miso dressing. Tasty, but not enough. So I followed it with the last of my Shredded Spoonfuls:

Cereal and creepy wrist tendons.

Cereal and creepy wrist tendons.

I’d be totally lying if I said I had only one bowl. I’m eating Kashi puffs right now πŸ™‚ It’s an addiction.

Anyway, kittens, I must now shower my stale sweat away and dive back into the novel that’s calling my name!

Ciao for now,


QUESTION: What beauty injury have you endured?
Not only have I burned myself with a curling iron, but I once burned my face with toothpaste. I had read that toothpaste gets rid of monster zits, so I really coated this mother I had on my face. Turns out, one shouldn’t put whitening toothpaste on one’s face. I had a huge burn that took a couple weeks to go away! Thankfully, vitamin E gel prevented scarring (this was many, many years ago). Another MamaJ save on that one!


31 Responses to “Burn, Baby, Burn”

  1. my lovey!!!!!

    so sorry about the curling iron incident! when i was little i shaved one of my eye brows hahahaha i was such a weird kid i swear! you look STUNNING and i am still trying to find the burn mark bc i dont see a damn thing!!

    ok DROOLING over that vegan lunch! and raw donut holes sound marvelous!! πŸ™‚

    i think you are amazing for packin it up and movin to san fran for the summer– girll you are FIERCE!!

    love you lots xoxoxox

  2. ohhh..the memories of the face burns from curling irons…i hate those things.

  3. 3 WholeBodyLove

    When I was twelve, I caught my curling iron between my knees to prevent it from hitting the floor! It would have melted the floor covering but still not a smart move. I had to tape gauze (sp?) on the insides of my knees under my jeans.

  4. Green smoothies are da bomb! I don’t mind seeing one every post a la Oh She Glows…keep it up they do wonders for the mind and body!!

    Oh and I definitely shaved off an eyebrow with my mother’s shaver when I was young…and flat iron burns? ouch! I will stick to my au natural curls.

  5. I was trying out a new eyebrow waxing place and she had the wax too hot and it literally burned three layers of skin off of my face under each eyebrow. I had scabs for 2 weeks (I looked really awesome at school)!! Happy to say, an entire bottle of neosporn and mederma later, and there are no scars hovering below my beloved brows. Also, considering this was 3 years ago, the burn changed my skin chemistry under my brows so now (besides of the sheer fear), I avoid eyebrow waxing like the plague. Yay for tweezers!

  6. 6 rediscoveringlauren

    aw im sorry about the burn love, tis a painful thing!
    mmm lunch looks delicious!
    enjoy the rest of your day hun

  7. 7 foodforfuel

    hey girl, i just found your blog and love it! that vegan chicken looks amaaazinggg!! i got vegan general tso’s chicken from Whole Foods once and it was surprisingly awesome. Sorry about your hair casualty– it happens to the best of us haha. have a great day! πŸ™‚

  8. Your making me want to buy that book so bad!

    My beauty injury happened in 4th grade, when we were standing in the car pick-up line. A bee appeared…..and I was standing next to a spastic girl that had a huge hard cooler lunch box. She swung that huge ridiculous lunch box to “kill the bee” and hit me in the nose! Scarring my nose for life! Seriously! I have never forgiven that girl!

  9. I do the same thing with books I love, and now I can’t wait to get the book from the library! I’m sure I love it just as much as you do! =)

    Even though you have that burn, you still look fabulous! Your eyes are such a pretty color and your skin is flawless! One time, my cousin was straightening her hair and instead of grabbing her hair, she grabbed her ear lobe with the straightner! YIKES!

    Glad you could have the “chicken” without a belly ache!

    Oh yeah, and toothpaste burnt my skin as well! That and raw garlic. I kept hearing that raw garlic killed the bacteria in zits so I rubbed it on my face and had a red patch the size of 2 quarters on my face! But I didn’t know about Vitamin E gel, darn it!

  10. 10 lookingforserenity

    that vegan lunch looks amazing! I wish I had lunch prepared for me every day πŸ™‚

  11. i don’t use curling irons for the same reason πŸ™‚ my older sister actually burned me once curling my hair FOR me, so I have one, but don’t use it.

  12. I have been wanting to read the time travelrs wife for a while now, I think ill run to the library today and grab it. Your green smoothie looks totally yummy, sometimes I like them chunkier so I can eat them in a bowl πŸ™‚ Lets see beauty injuries? Well i birned myself pretty bad with a vurling iron on my neck (it looked like a huge hickey!) that i couldnt cover at all so going to school with that wasnt fun.

  13. Aw man, I’ve been there with burning the face! It’s not fun – I burnt right by my ear so luckily I could hide it.

    That chicken dish sounds INCRED! Plus homemade bread? Dang…I need to score a job like this πŸ˜‰

    Oh beauty injury besides ^^ that one? I poked myself in the eye with my toothbrush one time: http://ksgoodeats.wordpress.com/2008/11/18/im-a-spaz/ only I can be that skilled!

  14. Ouch, curling iron burns suck! Your hair looks cute though. πŸ™‚

    My worst beauty injury was not my fault. I went to a new salon where the woman I saw not only butchered my hair (even though I gave her a picture of MYSELF and told her to give me my old haircut), she also CUT MY EAR with her damn scissors. I left with a buzz cut. So many tears over that experience!

  15. You have the most amazing eye color!!!!!!!

  16. i have burned myself about 100000 times on myhair straightener and oven..oh and on a blunt last summer at Lollapalooza (but we wont go into that one—too embarrassing) But I have weird scars on my bod, so have no fears, your aren’t the only one! and I just bought some spoonfuls, has my first bowl and IM IN LOVE…its like LIFE πŸ™‚ and lord know me and MIkey have the same taste!

  17. 17 april

    Ouch!! Put some aloe vera on that burn.. it helps!

  18. 18 lowandbhold

    Wow it’s crazy how much that looks like real chicken!! I want some!!

    I don’t know if it counts as a beauty injury, but when I was really little, my babysitter was curling her hair and I wanted to look at myself in the mirror so I stood on my tip toes and put my chin directly on top of the curling iron. Ouch! Still have a scar!

    I burn myself on the forehead a lot when curling my hair, have no shame!

  19. woman, i’m sorry about ya burn! trust, i have done this many a times.
    such as searing my face under my eye in high school, i had to get scare medication… it was lovely. also i don’t know if this is beauty, but i’m still rocking a scare from my eyebrow ring… the silly shit i do.

    i love getting wrapped up in a book, and then suddenly you look at the clock and 3 hours have gone by.
    but on to food… i’ve never tried kale, is it like spinach? anyways way to rep’ the cereal girlie, it’s how we do.

    have a wonderful day chica!

    • 20 snackface

      tessa – Hey Boo! oooh the eyebrow ring! I’ve never even had my ears pierced, but I can understand the regret. Whatevah, it can be one of those things you tell your kids one day: “When I was 18 and crazy, I got my damn eyebrow pierced…blahblahblah…” They’ll love it. Anyway, kale is difficult to describe. I’d say it’s a tougher, supah chewy romaine. Kinda. With a stronger flavor, too. It took me a couple tries to warm up to it, but now I absolutely love it.

  20. I use to accidently poke my eye with my mascara… it would hurt so bad.

  21. hahaha. oh I have definatly been burned by a dang curling iron.. I actually stepped on one once when it was turned on. Paiiinful!

    I must try these raw donut holes!! where do you get them?

    Your kale salad looks dynamite!

    • 23 snackface

      Devan – Hey chiquita! I found the recipe for the raw doughnut holes through other people’s blogs, but my friend used Ani Pyho’s recipe and it worked perfectly. They tasted like softer, coconut-pineappley larabars! Just google search raw doughnut holes and it should be one of the first things listed!

  22. 24 elise

    when i lived in barcelona it was back in 2001-2002, so hair straighteners werent as common or user friendly in various parts of the world…welllll….long story short, my bulky brick shaped euro straightener def reached 200 degrees and simmered my scalp right off. so i met all my future friends with a singed face. awesome.

  23. 25 Jenny

    whoa whoa whoa wait so let me get this straight — the curling iron isn’t supposed to touch your skin?! who would thunk it πŸ˜‰ jay kayyy sorry about your poor burn baby – at least your even hotter now ;)! oh god that was lame.. i’m leaving before i embarrass myself even more

    ciao! ❀

  24. i’ve definitely done the forehead burn with a curling iron … as i was getting ready for our sorority formal. yeah, not good. tons of coverup didn’t even really help. oh well ..

    sorry about the mishap but it happens to the best of us! πŸ™‚

  25. Oooh, I’m going to keep my eye out for that fake chicken stuff!! I regularly dye my hair with a brand that I’m allergic to. It’s my favourite shade! So I endure a week’s worth of rough and itchy skin around my ears and face, and benedryl stupors, for the perfect reddish-brown. It’s worth it πŸ˜‰

  26. 28 Tra

    when i was little i grabbed my dad’s razor and attempted to shave my eyelashes and eyebrow off. I was one hot mama.

    I love the end of the box of Shredded Spoonfuls. It’s like little shreds that go crunch crunch crunch in your mouth. I like my cereal dry. like my martinis. Just kidding.

  27. 29 Bec

    I have burnt my ears many times with a straining iron, I never learn!

  28. ha~chewy smoothie, that is something i havent experienced. shush about the plucking and the pores, you are stunning! and have a lovely, creepy eye. dude, that lunch looks nowhere near vegan! crazyyy. bet it was good times ten. mmm cereal is where it’s at. bowl after bowl…i better stop talking about it. i have nurned myself many a time with curling irons and flat irons and i hate when i cut my shin shaving. owch.

  29. sorry about the curling iron dilemma! and OMG, I have the same bowls as the one in the last picture!!!!!! they are Japanese! that is crazy!!!!!!!

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