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Monday, December 28, 2015

Doc || The Ghost in Our Machine

The Ghost in Our Machine is a documentary that follows photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur on her incredible journey trying to show the truth behind animal centered industries such as fur, meat, and testing labs. She learned throughout her life that she could make a much larger impact for the animals through her photography than by any other medium. The film shows the challenges that she faces in order to bring these issues to light. As a piggy momma I can't imagine seeing all that she has seen through her eyes. I am so grateful that there are people like Jo out there who can break the barrier between the invisible and the seen and make these issues shown. Wonderful film.






Toodles

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Vegan Goodies || Kat Von D Studded Kiss

I have been the biggest Kat Von D fan since her show LA Ink! She was just such a bad ass and so cool and now as I'm getting older she just seems to be getting cooler and cooler! She is vegan now and has been very verbal about it. She had been in the process of making her line cruelty free.  And here it is! I headed over to the mall and got me my very own Lolita Studded Kiss. So many people had been raving about how amazing the formula and the color was and let me tell you, they were right. The texture of the formula is heavenly. Many highly pigmented lipsticks have a thicker consistency that kinda ruins it for me, but this is so soft and velvety it takes the cake! So excited to try out so many of her other products. I'll keep you guys updated on that.


Happy Christmas Eve Eve everybody! 

 


Look at his packaging! Who could resist this kind of beauty! 




Toodles

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Book || How Not To Die

So excited to be reading Dr. Greger's (from NutritionFacts.org) book How Not To Die. Zac and I have been waiting for forever to be able to read it and what better time for the book to come in than Christmas! So many fantastic points in the book can't wait to share all that I have to learn from this book with everyone. 

Toodles

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Erin Volentine || Book Discount!

In the mood for some killer raw food? My wonderful friend Erin Volentine is having a huge discount on her amazing recipe books! She is doing a 25% off special for the holidays! The code to use is healthyholidays. She has a fantastic variety of great books to choose from. Check out her awesome range of raw recipe books! What better time then now to get your hands on these books? Get your year starting off right with any or all of these great recipe books! Check out her page here and books here.


Happy Thursday ya'll! 

 



Toodles

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Vegan Goodies || Mary's Gone Crackers

By far the best crackers I've ever had. Hands down. Mary's Gone Crackers are now my new go to snack. I mean how can someone be so excited by crackers? I can't even begin to explain just how freaken good these damn crackers are. They are organic, gluten free, non-gmo and of course vegan. Made primarily of whole grain brown rice and whole grain quinoa they have a superb crunchy texture. I got my hands on these at Whole Foods but I am sure they have them at other health foods stores around. You've got to try them out!





Happy Wednesday! 

Toodles

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Doc || Honor Diaries

It is incredible that so many women are getting together to change the world for the better. The film Honor Diaries shows the gathering of nine amazing human rights activist that get together to talk about real issues. The topic of conversation revolves around the killings and abuse that muslim women often endure. Woman young and old attacked, beaten and even killed all in the name of "honor." Woman given lashes for not wearing "appropriate" clothing. Women who are permanently disfigured due to acid attacks. Many times these horrendous crimes go undiscussed for fear of sounding "intolerant" to others culture or religion. These conversations need to start with us. We are the ones that are capable of starting discussions to bring about change. Without them we will remain the same. We should not fear offending groups of people due to the thought "but it's their culture." We can not tolerate violence and call it culture. We need to be the spark that starts the change. Absolutely amazing documentary. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Friday Favorites || # 19

How cool is this candle!

BlockFoot

I've always wanted to try out an eyelash serum and I've found a perfect one to try!

TheEclecticExistence

Because you can never have too many awesome stickers on your laptop! 

Cutthesheet

Looks so damn cozy, I'm warm just lookin at it.

Marcellamoda

This is so awesome! I am so gonna have to give this a try!

UrbanCheeseCraft

Toodles






Thursday, December 10, 2015

Doc || India's Daughter

Being from the west, I had heard here and there about how severe the rape issue in India and in many other countries around the world, but never before had I been more informed than after watching the film India's Daughter. It tells the story of  Jyoti Singh, a 23 year old woman who was gang raped after going to the movies to watch a film. She received several internal injuries that were followed with surgeries but unfortunately died 13 days later due to the severity of her case. This terrifying story brought incredible amounts of attention to this issue. There were countless protest in her name and in the name of all of the people who had ben raped. The core of this social problem is how women are seen. By creating this concept that women are lesser than men, situations like this and several others will continue to happen. We as a society much re-teach our people that rape is NOT the fault of the person being raped. Also by not shaming the men and women who get raped, there are numerous cases that never get told because of the shaming that comes afterwards. This is such an unbelievable story that needs to be heard. Changes can only be made if we educate. Absolutely must watch documentary.  



Toodles

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Kids will be Kids

Having animal companions is HARD. It is NOT easy. It is NOT always fun. People have to realize this fact. So many people out there think that having animal companions or having children is something that is going to a be a walk in the park the whole time. When in reality raising children and having pets to care after can be the most rewarding thing in life, but it is also one of the most challenging thing in life. Children will be children. Animals will be animals. They will make mistakes. They will make messes. They will upset you. That is okay. But the issue is that if you don't want to have pets ,then DON'T. If you don't want to have children, then DON'T. I thought about this issue when I walked out this morning to feed Mowgli and she had destroyed our yard. She had dug so many holes every where, it looks like she was trying to find some treasure. I just started to laugh. She's a pig and pigs like to dig. I can't get mad at the fact that she is doing what she is biologically inclined to do. I can't imagine going out and beating her for something she didn't even know was bad. I hear terrifying stories of people beating their dogs for peeing inside the house, when they didn't let the dog out! Rescuing and adopting animals are both incredible, but there are so many people that will bring an animal into their home and then treat them like some sort of object for show and have pets just to say they have one. They are social beings that deserve your time, attention and love. You choose to make them apart of your life. It is your responsibility to tend to them. Now after that rant, here are a few shots of Mowgli's masterpiece. Hahah. She was caught it mid action.



Happy Tuesday! 
Toodles

Monday, December 7, 2015

Doc || Champs

Champs is a wonderful documentary that retells the story of three of the worlds most successful boxers;  Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins. All three men had to endure incredible difficulties throughout their lives. Many boxers in the history of the sport have come from very tough backgrounds and several of them were introduced to boxing as a way to escape their positions. It is to many a way for upward mobility. The problem that comes along with their success is that many of them are not educated on handling money because so many boxers gain their popularity at a young age. Great movie showing all that comes along with the fame and fortune for these boxers. 


 

Happy Monday ya'll!
Toodles

Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday Favorites || #18

With a name like that I am so ready for it! Haha. Best bath bomb name ever.

Princess Bunny Beauty
How beautiful is this crown. So perfectly Christmas.

My Summer Crown

This face oil sound absolutely amazing. Who doesn't love hand made goodies.

SoapyLayne
These lace bralettes are calling my name.

VUTIQ

This is a PERFECT sign for our house. Tehehe.

PrintsEisenherz
NEED. NEED. Oh my gosh. This is the best thing I've seen in a long time. 

DCCreates

Toodles











Thursday, December 3, 2015

Book || Feel Alive by Ralph Smart

Just got and finished Feel Alive by Ralph Smart. I have been such a huge fan of Ralph from his youtube channel Infinite Waters (Diving Deep) for a very long time and was so excited to read his book. His work is so absolutely mind blowing that I feel that it is almost necessary for me to tell everyone about it. By watching any one of his videos you will find his mindset contagious. With such positive energy radiating from within him, his videos are able to change moods around instantly. I was so delighted when I ordered his book. I knew it was gonna be amazing. It is a book that I am so excited to share with all of my loved ones. Can't wait to read the rest of his work.  



Happy Thursday everyone! 

Toodles

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Racing Extinction

Just a friendly reminder for ya'll to check out Racing Extinction tonight on the Discovery Channel! Should be fantastic. There website also has tons of things to become more environmental conscious. And they include vegansim! So great to see that. Hope everyone get's a chance to watch it.



Toodles



Doc || Planet Earth

Re-watching Planet Earth, because you know, it's freakin awesome! I truly believe that everyone, regardless of age should watch it. It shows our world in a fresh new light that many have never even imagined. It is incredible to think that there are still places on our planet that no one has stepped foot on. Not to mention all of the incredible species of animals yet to be discovered. Watching documentaries like these help us realize how important it is to take care of our earth. It also helps us realize how intelligent and complex animal are. My little sister Jes can watch this all day long. And I don't mind because she learns so much every time she watches it. I encourage people to watch this.



Toodles

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christmas Giveaway!

December is here ya'll! Even though it is literally 80 degrees outside over here I am getting into the Christmas spirit. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with a giveaway! I am so beyond excited to be doing this. I want to show my appreciation for all of the wonderful people I've had the pleasure to meet online and to all of my fantastic supporters. I have combined a couple things that I believe to be a great gift for anyone.





The giveaway will include: 



The rules are, head over to Instagram and:


  • Simply repost any of my pictures
  • Hashtag with #WhyChooseVeganXmas
  • Tag me in the picture @WhyChooseVegan

Good luck to everyone! The winner will be chosen on December 20th just in time for Christmas. The accounts must be public for me to see. Happy Tuesday!

Toodles

Monday, November 30, 2015

Vegan Goodies || Pure + Simple

Pure and simple, isn't that what we all want from our products no matter what they are. Well I found myself the glory hole of minimalist lip balms. Pure + Simple is a fantastic line of hand crafted, 100% natural products that are sustainable and use adorable eco-friendly packaging. 



Now that is is getting closer to winter time having a nice quality lip balm is crucial! Nothing worse than sitting in a soccer tournament for 6 hours straight in 30 degree weather, without anything on your lips. This lip balm is made from organic cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil and shea butter. Which means pure awesomeness for your lips. 


These fantastic lip balms leave your lips feeling moisturized but without that not so pleasant sticky feeling. To get your hands on this lip balm check out Pure + Simple 's page here.

Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Happy Monday ya'll!

Toodles

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mono Meals

We tend to overcomplicate tons of things in life, but food should not be complicated! I love eating vegan junk food and I am not ashamed of that. But I do love eating my delicious and healthy whole food plant based meals. One of the easiest way to get tons of nutrients in is to mono meal. 




Mono meals are meals where you typically only eat one type of fruit or vegetable in abundance.


Seems too simple to be true. It is fast, easy, and if you're eating your favorite food, delicious! That is my number 1 advice when it comes to trying out mono meals, eat fruit that you love! When you eat foods that aren't satisfying to you we eat less that what we should and you don't want that. If your favorite food is watermelon by all means eat it! 




Here are a couple of reason to get mono meals a try!

  • They are easier on your body- mono meals are easier to digest because of its simplicity.
  • Super convenient- you just grab fruit and go! Nothing easier than that. 
  • Nutrient dense- talk about getting your bang for your buck. Eating fruits in large amounts will pack you with tons of nutrients
A few of my favorite go to mono meals are

  • Mango nice cream ( just blended frozen mangos)
  • Banana smoothie 
  • Dates
  • Half a watermelon
  • Oranges or other citrus 

Remember to try to shop in season, not only will the fruit taste so much better but 9 times out of 10 you will mostly likely get a better deal. Don't be afraid to talk to your local market and speak to them about cutting you a lower price if you buy in bulk you will be surprised at how much they can do if you ask.


Now go out there and find your favorite fruit or veggie and eat it! Happy Tuesday!


Toodles

Monday, November 23, 2015

Vlog || Soccer Golf

Happy Monday everyone! Thanksgiving break is right around the corner for many of us and I hope everyone is having an awesome day. Yesterday Zac and I decided to take our siblings over to the park and play soccer golf. It was entertaining to say the least. Haha. The weather is getting so incredibly nice out. Let's hope it doesn't get too cold in the next up coming days. Here's a crazy vlog from yesterday.


Toodles


Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Favorites || #17


This soap looks completely magical!

Country Market Crafts

BANANA PHONE! Totally need this completely unnecessary phone case. Haha.

Amazon

These bowls are just fantastic! Could put some serious nicecream in there.

Janette Zeis


Such a perfect ring. Lovely way to show your lifestyle!
The Issues

Yes! Beautiful!

Goose and Rabbit

Need to get my hands on this beautiful bottle soon. 


Made by Fressko

Toodles




Thursday, November 19, 2015

Louisiana State Cross Country Meet

Yesterday was a blast! We drove all the way to Natchitoches, LA for the state cross country meet being held at Northwestern State University. It rained really heavily for a few days prior, so the course was killer! Even for the spectators it was incredibly muddy. Pecho had an awesome time getting super dirty. So many incredibly talented runners came out on the course. It was great to see the kids having so much fun in the mud. I unfortunately was not prepared to get ankle deep in mud. Haha. I filmed around all day so here is the vlog. Excuse my crazy screaming. Haha. I get really excited. 





Happy Thursday everyone! 

Toodles




Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What I Eat In A Day #3

Woo hoo! Yet again another super quick and easy what I eat in a day. Nothing too crazy or complicated. I hope everyone had a fantastic Monday. I was super busy at the State CC meet all day today but will be posting all about it tomorrow. 


Toodles

Monday, November 16, 2015

Vegan Goodies || Shery Nail Lacquer

Can I get a hell yeah for some awesome vegan polish! Hell yeah! Shery Nail Lacqure is the polish for you. The wonderful folks at Shery Nail Lacqure have created a spectacular formula that is free from formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP. And of course if it's on this blog it is totally vegan and cruelty free. These bottles are the perfect stocking stuffer for any finger nail polish lover this season. 

This color is by far my favorite color for my nails. Such a simple and timeless nude.

The formula is of an excellent consistency, giving a rich opaque color with one to two coats.    

Get ready for the fall with the beautiful burgundy. This color just makes you want to drink some warm cider and roll in some leaves.  


So wonderful to have companies that dedicate themselves to brining us quality vegan and cruelty free options.


It may seem overwhelming to some when first transitioning into a vegan lifestyle when it comes to things like cosmetics but with a few minutes of research you are able to find excellent vegan and cruelty free products like those offered by Shery Nail Lacquer. 

Happy Monday ya'll!

Toodles