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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Vegan Goodies || Fly Vegan Seasoning

I am so excited to talk about Fly Vegan Seasoning! It is an awesome seasoning mix that taste BOMB! Being from the south we all think (know) that our food is the best around and we attribute that to our killer seasonings. 



But far more than just being an awesome seasoning mix Fly Vegan has an awesome message. Here is a little excerpt from their page: 

"I was raised in the South and I was't born vegan. I stepped into the vegan lifestyle three years ago on a quest to lose weight and get healthy. I had no idea how eye opening and awakening becoming vegan would be. I had no idea how good I would feel knowing I'm a "Super Hero" saving the world one animal at a time. Finding food had its challenges thought I cooked well as a meat eater.
I was totally different with my new plant based diet. I had to learn how to cook all over again. So i set out on a quest for flavor. My husband who adopted the lifestyle also just happens to be a New Orleans native. Before becoming vegan he was a great cook also. We all know creole equals flavor so here's what we did. He have me his original family recipes and I figured out how to make them plant based deliciousness. BY the time I was done I knew we were on to something. and we had to share it with the world. I am here to prove you can eat and cook a plant based diet and never miss the flavor of meat or dairy ever again."

I drool over the Fly Vegan's youtube videos, like no joke. Seeing foods that grew up on and loved recreated in a cruelty free way makes me jump with joy. I am so thrilled to have found such an awesome company with real heart. Hope you guys enjoy their videos as much as I do. Find them here. And their shop here.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Monthly Favorites || June

My very first monthly favorites video! 

Toodles

Doc || The Beginning of Life

The Beginning of Life is an awesome documentary showing that we can really positively or negatively affect the lives of our young ones by how we take them about life. It is so empowering and terrifying at the same time. Many parents take the role of parenting lightly but in reality it is an incredible responsibility. You are showing your children every aspect of life whether or not you see it to be intentional. We must create positive and blooming environment so that are children are able to explore and express themselves. Children with gravitate to learning, to compassion, to kindness. We just need to be there to guide them. Great documentary. 


Toodles

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Vegan Goodies || Crazy Richard's Natural Peanut Butter

So this post was particularly difficult because of Zac. He is in charge of retreating my packages that come in and the fact that I received peanut butter was entirely too difficult for him. Haha. Once I got the package one of the peanut butter containers was already gone.  So Crazy Richard's Natural Peanut Butter is the real deal. Like real peanut butter, with none of the super crazy sketchy stuff added. They are non gmo, gluten free, no salt or sugar added, no palm oil, made with USA peanuts and of course vegan. :) It has an incredible taste that can only be attributed to it's wholeness. I tested it on some celery and you can't get any better than that. 




They have an awesome line so they also have chunky peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter, and peanut butter powder. I am so stoked to try out the rest of their line. Pecho and Zac are crazy peanut butter fans so I am gonna try to make the perfect peanut butter smoothie with the powder. I'll let you guys know how they love it! 



Hope everyone is having an incredible Tuesday. 
Check out the rest of Crazy Richard's incredible products here.


Toodles

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Vegan Goodies || EnduDesigns

Look at it! Look how awesome this shirt is! By far my new favorite shirt. I can't even deal. EnduDesigns has so many awesome tees to choose from. This one reminds me so much of Mowgli how could I go wrong. Haha. EnduDesigns has a great variety of running, cycling and vegan shirts. I know what I'm getting Zac for father's day. Tehehe. (Don't tell him)

When I first became vegan I thought that wearing vegan shirts was just too far. I thought to myself "I don't need everyone to know I am vegan. I know that I am not harming any animals." Later I realized the power of a shirt. When Zac started wearing his vegan shirt flocks of people would go up to him and ask him either what does it mean, what do you eat, how do you do it, ect. I am not saying you have to wear a vegan shirt every single day or your not a good animal activist, but wearing them opens up a conversation that might other wise not been started. I love wearing my vegan shirts and answering questions when they come up. You never know who you might spark to live a more compassionate life just by the shirt on your back. 

Check out EnduDesigns here to find some killer vegan shirt! 


Toodles

Friday, June 10, 2016

Vegan Mama || Katrina Victoria

I am so thrilled to tell ya'll that I have interview Katrina from EverySuperWoman.com She is such an inspiration to me that I kinda fan girl-ed when I heard back from her. Haha. She has an awesome lifestyle blog where she speaks about all of my favorite topics: vegan food, health, eco friendly product features and cute baby pictures! What more could I want? Any who, I am so excited to share her interview with ya'll.




-Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Katrina and I am a wife and first time mom to a 6 month old baby boy. I'm passionate about family, the environment, fellow earthlings & uplifting others.
- What is your vegan story? Why and how you transitioned?
Like most vegans, I was not raised this way. I'm Filipino and meat is the main staple in our dishes. I never thought twice about what I ate and where it came from and how it got on my plate. Just a few short years ago, my husband and I actually owned a bakery specializing in custom cakes. One day, I was binge watching documentaries on Netflix. I believe it was Forks Over Knives that I first watched then Food Matters, Earthlings... Etc. All of a sudden, there was a shift in my consciousness and the next day, I went vegan cold turkey. It will be two years of being a vegan this coming July!
- Did you have any opposition when you told your family and friends that your child would be vegan?
Yes! My entire family was against it. It was so bad initially that I often ended up crying after family gatherings. It got even worse 6 months in when I announced I was pregnant. I was told I wouldn't be able to nourish my baby being vegan and that I could not thrive without meat. On top of that, I was also still working out. So I was dodging "you're going to lose your baby" comments from all angles.
-What is some advice that you can give to fellow vegan mamas?
Continue doing what you believe in. We are responsible for raising the future stewards of this planet. Let's make sure we're doing a good job.



Toodles

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Vegan Goodies || Zir Yåb's Body Brew

Got my hands on Zir Yåb's Body Brew all natural deodorant. I find myself being attracted to natural, eco friendly, and health conscious products and this brand is so delightful I don't even know where to begin. It brings me so much joy to see brands who are passionate about creating products that aline with their values.


Here is an exerpt from Zir Yåb's mission statement:

My mission with ZirYab’s is to free us from corporate and industrial manufacturing by bringing locally available natural solutions that are easier to use, work better, are healthier for the body and  holistically benefit our body, mind, community and the earth.


Testing out the deodorant was a blast. Usually when I test out products it's not just me testing them out, it is also my husband Zac. I like to get different prospectives on the product. We we put the deodorant on and went on a walk. Mind you we live in Southern Louisiana so it is pretty damn hot and humid, so this was a serious test to say the least. Haha. First of all the smell of this deodorant is amazing. It smells clean. It's not over powering just clean and I freaken love it. Any who, we went on our walk (about a mile and a half or so) and when we got back we did our standard smell check and it checks out! And again we had that killer fresh clean smell so it was awesome! I am very excited to check out the other fantastic products that this shop has to offer.


Ya'll be sure to check out Zir Yåb's Body Brew by clicking the link here. Hope everyone is having an awesome week.

Toodles


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Zero Waste Essentials || On The Go

I am gonna be honest, sometimes being zero waste or ecofriendly can be a down right pain in the ass, but other times it is so simple it is astonishing. The examples that I am gonna give you you are the easy ones (for now, muhaha). But really these are super simple little swaps that any one can handle. Here is a lil video I made on it.





I've added a few links to some of my favorite products of the ones I mentioned in the video.

Bottles:    Stainless steel

               Glass

               Plastic



Straws:    Glass

               Stainless steel


I will be doing a few other videos soon that will pick up on this topic. I will be covering Zero Waste: shopping essentials, bath and beauty essentials, ect. Hope everyone is having a happy Tuesday!


Toodles

Monday, June 6, 2016

Doc || Life Before Birth

Life Before Birth is an awesome documentary that follows the life of a fetus. Even before becoming pregnant I have always been completely fascinated by the human body and the incredible process of human development. This documentary shows the step by step process that a fetus goes through in incredible detail. I truly recommend this to all the mamas and papas to be and to any one really.



Toodles