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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Petit Vour August Unboxing

That time again! This time with my August Petit Vour box. Got some awesome vegan & cruelty free goodies this month! 


This month's theme is Green Beauty Bliss, how fancy is that!
  • Lily Lolo Sculpt & Glow Contour Duo | $26 @lillolousacanada 
    • One word. YAS. I have been looking for a contour pallet and my god is this one brilliant. Not that I am a makeup expert by any means but the blend-ability of this pallet is to die for.

  • Formulary 55 Body Polish Sea minerals with Rosemary & Grapefruit | $7 @formulary55 
    • Scrub a dub dub. This body scrub has a wonderful subtle sent. I like to get my scrub on hard, but if you have more gentle skin you can always mix it with a bit of coconut oil and it will do the trick. 

  • True Moringa Lavender Facial Oil | $3 (full size $26) @truemoringa 
    • I had just ran out of last month's box face oil so this one was perfect for me. This facial oil is very awesome for those who are kinda scared to put an oil on their face. It absorbs into the skin super quickly so you don't feel like a french fry. 

  • Box Naturals Luxe Towelettes | $1.50 for 2 (box of 12 $9) 
    • I have always stayed away from towelettes because most of them leave you with a really strange resedue that sometimes makes you feel sticky-er than before, not a problem with these guys. These wipes will actually leave you feeling clean with out the stickiness. 

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Splitz

Vegan snacks for the win! Got ahold of Splitz, tasty split pea crips. They have the texture of a cracker with none of the crazy ingredients. These awesome snacks pack a punch! My husband and I split (pun intended) all three bags and I decided that my favorite was the original and he decided that his favorite was the falafel flavored. I am totally a chips person so this was a gift from above for me. Haha. 



A few words from Michael Sukhram (Founder)

A snack with two sides - the tasty kick of infused exotic spices and the feel-good benefits of natural ingredients. That’s what you get with SPLITZ, the unmistakably crunchy split pea crisps that are made to be munched by the handful. How? Well, the ridiculously great flavor’s a start - a blend of Indian and Caribbean spices my mother used in her own split pea snacks that I grew up devouring.
Then there’s the healthy side, thanks to fiber and protein found in 100% yellow split peas. And it doesn’t hurt that each gluten-free bag of SPLITZ is completely GMO-free. Line ‘em up next to potato and corn snacks and you’ll see how SPLITZ stands a little stronger, sounds a little crunchier and tastes a whole lot better.
Put ‘em in your hand and they won’t leave a trace, because the exotic tastes of SPLITZ are infused right into each crisp. We put the flavor in, so you can snack on. I’m proud to bring this unique snack to you.






Protein, Fiber, No Gluten, Soy or GMOs 

Fiber
Split peas, the main ingredient in Splitz, are rich in soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber forms a “gel-like substance in the digestive tract that binds bile (which contains cholesterol) and carries it out of the body.” You receive 7g of fiber from one 1.5oz bag of Splitz. That’s almost half the amount required based on a 2,000-calorie/day diet.

Stabilizing Blood Sugar
Soluble fiber helps stabilize blood sugar levels. For people who have diabetes, the fiber contained in split peas/Splitz can help to balance blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that diets high in fiber can help balance blood sugar levels and provide slow burning energy. Research by Colorado State University Extension indicates that soluble fiber “aids in weight management by enhancing the feeling of fullness.” Specifically, results displayed that high fiber diets provide a “full” feeling because of its water-absorbing abilities.
Protein
Split peas are packed with protein; one 1.5oz bag of Splitz contains 7g of protein(Original). Protein also plays a role in helping you feel “full” for an extended period of time because the body normally takes longer to digest protein.
Complex Carbohydrates
The split peas in Splitz contain complex carbohydrates, which are healthier than the simple carbohydrates found in sugar-based foods. Complex carbs can help you sustain consistent energy levels over periods of time.
Gluten Free
Splitz are made from 100 percent yellow split pea flour so there is no gluten inside.
GMO-free
Splitz contains non-GMO expeller pressed canola oil.

All bags of Splitz are composed of 100 percent Yellow Split Peas, no fillers or additives.Made in U.S.A


Check out their site here.

Toodles

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Tiny Collection


Fellin tropical ya'll. So in fact I cannot live year around thinking that it is fall, especially when it is 102 degrees outside. (I'll figure out a way to do this successfully and let you know) I decided to get my hands on some killer summery candles. That's when The Tiny Collection caught my eye. It is a vegan/eco-conscious shop making bomb candles! Their smell combinations is what really got to me. Reading some of these made me imagine myself in paradise. 

I got my hands on the coconut lime and pineapple sage scent. I found it extra awesome because the lotion and body spray that I use have a coconut lime scent so now my office smells like me! Bahah. And boy do these little suckers pack a punch. In just a few minutes the smell spread around and I was basically at the beach. 

Below are some words from the lady behind the magic, Sydney- who is the owner of The Tiny Collection. Happy Wednesday ya'll!



My name is Sydney and I am the owner of The Tiny Collection. I opened my shop in 2013 because of my love for all things natural (plus, I'm sort of a candle hoarder). I was so excited when this idea hit me! I could combine the two things I loved... earth-conscious products and candles! I swear, there really was a light bulb that went off in my head. So now we are here... My shop is two years old and I am still in love with what I do. Enough about me, keep reading below to find more info on my shop!


SHARING THE LOVE
Each candle is hand poured from a small batch filled with a lot of love. It is definitely something special to create natural, high quality candles for my customers. I work very hard to ensure my customers receive a candle that not only smells delicious but a candle they fall in love with as soon as they open the package. Every single step in our candle making process is filled with love. A lovely customer once told me that she was so grateful to have finally found a natural candle that not only smells amazing but burned beautifully as well. She has continued to support us throughout our journey. 


ECO + VEGAN FRIENDLY
Let's make the world a better place. By choosing our candles you are choosing a candle that's not only safe for you but it is safe for the environment. Our candles are crafted form the most natural soy wax made from soy beans grown here in the US. Our candles are infused with a natural fragrance blend that includes pure essential oils. We refuse to use any animal products or byproducts. We will never use any ingredient that has been tested on animals. We take pride in using earth friendly and sustainable supplies. Whether it's supplies directly used in our candles or the boxes we use to ship, all of our supplies is either biodegradable, or recyclable. We want to thank you for being a part in reducing our carbon footprint. This Earth is a beautiful place and we should do our very best to keep it that way. Thanks for supporting an earth friendly, small business. 


GIVING BACK
Burn a candle that gives back. Growing up, I have always had a dog. I love them so much because they are always there for you no matter what! I am a proud dog mom of three beautiful fur babies. It breaks my heart knowing some dogs and cats have yet to find their forever home. This is why I decided to donate a portion of each candle to various animal shelters. I am so grateful for all of my customers because without them we could not touch the loves of so many amazing animals in need. Thank you all for supporting not only my passion but for providing the animals with shelter, food, and a warm bed.


Check out the Tiny Collection here.

Toodles


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Vegan Mama || Aspen: The Ballards

Good mornin' ya'll! Found me a little vegan family. The Ballards are a little vegan family of 5 that love to explore and eat awesome vegan food. I got to interview the mama of the bunch, Aspen. Everyone needs to go head to their blog and see the adventures they get into! Check them out here The Bellards Blog


-Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi beautiful people! My name is Aspen, I run the blog theballardsblog.com and a household of five! I was going to school for Biochemistry so I could apply to medical school. I was almost completely done with school when I realized; YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE A SINGLE NUTRITION CLASS TO BECOME A DOCTOR! Like, what?! I truly believe with every ounce of my being that true, organic, micronutrient dense food heals and it blew my mind. Don't get me wrong, I think that modern medicine is amazing. But you know what I don't think is amazing? Big Pharma. I never understood why my doctor would tell me to take an iron pill when I was pregnant....I'd rather just eat some beets! Again, don't think I am dissing modern medicine, because my last son and I wouldn't be here without incredible doctors and life saving procedures....but why is medicine always the first option? After that I switched to a nutrition degree to focus on holistic nutrition and healing common ailments with food! 

I have three kids, Lo (7), Foster (3) and River (1). Foster and River are fully vegan kids but because I share custody with Lo's dad when she visits him she does not follow it there. My honey is a firefighter in our home town. It took him a lot longer to switch to the vegan lifestyle than me because "but where will I get my protein?" *insert major eyeball* but after finally getting him to try it there is no looking back. 


- What is your vegan story? Why and how you transitioned?

I have been on and off vegetarian since 6th grade. It was very hard to stick with it when you live in a meat and potatoes household. It wasn't until I was an adult and started looking at how my body was feeling that I realized something wasn't right. I cannot digest meat! I have an allergy to red meat, but since we rarely ate it, it wasn't a big deal. Cutting all the additional meat products wasn't hard for me either. My kids didn't really like them and they upset my stomach. But the cheese....that was another story. I'm not going to lie and say it was easy but the feeling I get being vegan far surpasses the craving that eventually passed. 


- Did you have any opposition when you told your family and friends that your child would be vegan? 

Oh my gosh. So much. My family (not husband but parents and grandparents) were so against it. They would refuse to acknowledge it and my grandma would go so far as to buy animal products and bring them to our home because she thought us and the kids weren't getting enough food! Which is just so crazy to me. I finally had to put my foot down and stand my ground and tell them they had to respect my decision because it was just that, my decision. The only problem I have had now is when my grandma watches the kids she tries to sneak them ice-cream or cheese or chicken. So I just bring their food over that they can have (coconut ice-cream, cashew cheese, fruit and veggies, etc) so she can easily give it to them and she doesn't feel like they're missing out. 


-What is some advice that you can give to fellow vegan mamas?

Stick to your guns. If this is how you want to live your life then do it. Don't let the naysayers get you down because they will see how good this is for you. Maybe not right away, maybe not for months, but they'll see it. Another thing is stock up on things you love, your family loves and things that are easy! Don't make it difficult. Smoothies, tacos, rice, rice pasta, salads, stir-frys and loads of fresh fruit and veggies at your fingertips keeps everyone happy. I know how hard it is to be exhausted then have to make dinner. Sometimes you just have to have pasta! 



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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Vegan Mama || Dori Lancaster

Good monrin' ya'll! Hope everyone is having a good week. Today I would like to introduce to you Dori Lancaster, the beautiful lady behind HealingThruFood.com I was so inspired scrolling through her feed that I just had to get an interview with her.  Not to mention how freaken cute Alana her little one is! Enjoy the interview. 


What is your vegan story? Why and how you transitioned?


I stopped consuming red meat and pork at the age of 16 (I’m 38 now). I was influenced by a friend from school who was an ethical vegetarian. Around the age of 28, I met another vegan girl who I worked with and she helped me “see the light” and I learned a lot about how to function on a daily basis, since we ate lunch together almost every day! She made being vegan look so easy, and she was also an amazing vegan baker and would bring home made vegan cookies to work all the time! Although at that time, I didn’t transition fully, I did learn a lot, and still hold her dear in my heart as one of my “vegan soul sister guides”. She also is raising two girls vegan in a multivore household (her hubby consumes meat), so I’m often asking her advice! In between the years between then and now, I experimented with different versions of vegetarian, pescatarian and finally went full vegan in 2010. I come from a family with a history of diabetes and 5 of my relatives have had gastric bypass surgery, so my position first started as a preventative one vs. an ethical one, and then the more I educated myself, the more I could not help care more deeply about the poor treatment of animals as food.

Did you have any opposition when you told your family and friends that your child would be vegan?


Most people  expected that I would want to raise a vegan child, and my family and friends respect my choice. I wouldn’t say I had opposition. I think I’ve had some “misunderstanding”, as some people are a bit uneducated on what it actually means to be vegan. When people do not have all the information, sometimes they ask questions to become more educated themselves, or sometimes they just call you a hippie and go on about their day, walking around with the (faux) wool still covering their eyes. In between the years between then and now, I experimented with different versions of vegetarian, pescatarian and finally went full vegan in 2010. I come from a family with a history of diabetes and 5 of my relatives have had gastric bypass surgery, so my position first started as a preventative one vs. an ethical one, and then the more I educated myself, the more I could not help care more deeply about the poor treatment of animals as food. 


What is some advice that you can give to fellow vegan mamas?

Do YOU, mamas! Trust yourself and your inner wisdom to guide you in raising happy, healthy, thriving, plant based children. I think it’s such a gift to give this kind of start to a new little human! You’re giving them a clean and fresh start, and when it comes time for them to start making their own choices about food, it’s your job to educate them so they can make conscious choices. Living by example is the best position you can take! Live in love, and if people around you seem opposed, educate them lovingly, or walk away. You are helping to make the world a more harmonious and healthy place! Rock on with your healthy vegan babies!!