Hey friends! Today I wanna tell you guys about my super cute vegan necklace I got by Christy Robinson. She has a website, as you can see above, but I found her stuff on etsy under: crobinsondesigns.
She has a variety of animal friendly slogans on a variety of different designs that she hand stamps on either recycled aluminum or silver. You can get necklaces, bracelets, and keychains. You can also choose the length of the necklace which I love because I'm a tiny girl and most necklaces are at such an awkward length on me I get too annoyed and end up not wearing them. For my necklace, I chose the shortest length which is 16 inches. She also offers 18 and 20 inches as well, so you're sure to find one that fits you best. I also really love that it's handmade so every piece you get is slightly different and not like the others. Handmade is always better in my eyes. I love the uniqueness of it all.
I chose the bunny designs because it's adorable. I got the aluminum and it's super light weight, and eventually I forget I'm wearing it. Then I remember I put it on, then panic and think I lost it because I can't feel it, then I touch my neck and realize I'm still wearing it lol. I wear this necklace literally every single day. Literally, every day. My veganism is a point of pride for me, and not only that, it's a conversation starter about the vegan lifestyle. Not everyone knows and understands it, and they see my necklace and they ask questions, which I am always so happy to answer. Being willing and able to share that knowledge is how we can get the word out. Knowledge is power! Also, as a bonus, it matches everything I wear because it's neutral. I bought this necklace in May, and have worn it every day since I received it. And, I can honestly say it still looks like new, which is totally awesome.
Overall, if you're looking for some cute vegan and/or animal friendly jewelry that expresses your beliefs while keeping it trendy, Christy Robinson has a design (or 2!) for you! Here's some photos of me wearing mine so you can get an idea of the length and how it looks wit a variety of different styles:
There you have it! Different outfits, hairstyles, faces; and it goes with them all! You'll never need another necklace!
So, in case you wanted to get yourself some of your own lovely pieces, either check out her website or her etsy. They range in price, depending on a lot of different factors like material for example, but you won't be disappointed no matter what you choose. Mine was $16 + $5.25 for shipping, and I have absolutely gotten my money's worth and then some. I plan on making a second purchase soon, perhaps a bracelet to match my necklace!
I would love to see your vegan jewelry, if you have any! Do you have a favorite designer?
Friends! I'm sorry it's been so long! You wouldn't believe me if I told you all the craziness that's been going on but I want to share with you guys two extremely easy vegan meals that I eat more often than not. The best part about these meals? No cooking required! If I haven't yet mentioned, I sincerely hate to cook. Especially now that it's summer and it's like 9000 degrees outside. So, first up: mashed avocado, sliced cherry tomatoes, and blue corn tortilla chips.
Avocado is in itself a food group for me. I could eat avocado literally every day of my life, and if I'm being honest, essentially I do. I know avocados are fattening, but they're good fat and they keep you fuller longer. I eat avocado for dinner around 630ish and I'm not hungry the rest of the night. No snacking or nothing! It's an essential in my diet.
This was my dinner last night. Even with three A/Cs on in the apartment, it was still like 85?degrees and I was melting. I couldn't even handle a microwave. Here's how simple this is to prepare:
It takes about 15 minutes from start to plate, so if you're short on time, this is a go to. Wash the avocado with a fruit and vegetable spray (I use Whole Foods brand) and make sure to really scrub to get all the yucky stuff of the rough skin. Wash your tomatoes gently using the same spray. Dry and set aside.
Cut your avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop out the flesh. Slice the flesh into smaller pieces, then mash using a fork or an avocado masher. Next, using the same plate if you have space, slice up your tomatoes.
Sprinkle some sea salt and some fresh ground peppers to season, if you prefer (I do), and mix them together. Take some blue corn tortilla chips (these are Food Should Taste Good brand) and dip into the avocado and top with some tomato and enjoy!
Next up: romaine heart salads.
Romaine hearts are literally awesome. Not only are they delicious, but their awesome shape acts as a boat for all of your salad fixings; no fork required! You can even use them as a wrap! Salads are so easy to customize with whatever you want. I just used what I had already in the fridge. Here you see I had romaine hearts topped with a tomato medley, and some fresh corn.
This also takes about 15 minutes from star too plate. Gather all of your produce, and wash with fruit and vegetable spray, and pat dry. Arrange romaine hearts on a plate. Prepare remaining vegetables and top romaine hearts. I added a few sprinkles of sea salt and ground pepper to mine, and just a drizzle of olive oil. I didn't use dressing, as I seldomly do. A bit of olive oil adds just enough moisture to prevent the salad from being dry.
There you have it! Two super simple meals done in 15 minutes or less! Hope you enjoy!
Above is my fiancé, Kevin, and myself at our annual Halloween party back in 2012. I was the (Vegetarian) Hamburglar and he was my (Veggie) Burger. While everybody got a big kick out of it, being a vegetarian or a vegan and being in love with a meat eater can pose some issues.
I think the first thing to remember no matter which lifestyle you choose is that you love who you love. I fell in love with my fiancé because he's got an amazing heart, he's caring and considerate, and he's the best friend I could ever ask for. I knew back when we first started talking that he was a meat eater, and I didn't say "oh no, this can't work." I've heard other vegans say they could never be with a meat eater, and while I understand that it's got it's difficulties, to dismiss possibly finding the love of your life because of that is absurd. I'm here to tell you that if you're in a relationship like ours, it can work. Ours has clearly worked so well that after three and a half years we decided to get married and spend the rest of our lives together. It can work, if you both allow it to. I'm going to share with you what we've both learned over the years to allow our relationship to flourish and grow without allowing our different views to get in the way. My fiancé and I discussed this topic in great length before writing this so I can give you perspective from both sides of views.
With all of that being said, I want to tell you the most important thing when involved in this relationship, or any relationship. This is the fundamental core to any successful relationship, but especially one like this where the views are so different. It's one simple word that's easier said than done, and that word is: acceptance. In my heart, I want everyone to be a vegan. I think this world would be a more beautiful and peaceful place if that were the case. But I know realistically that won't happen. I know that most people have grown up eating meat and potatoes and to them that is normal, and the lifestyle I live is weird. There's members of my own family that think it's weird. But, at the end of the day, none of those people matter. The person that matters to me is my fiancé. I know that as much as I want Kevin to be a vegan, or at least a vegetarian, that's not going to happen. The same way he probably wishes at time I would eat like him so we could go to restaurants together that we could both enjoy. But he knows that's not going to happen. We have both accepted the path the other has taken. If you don't accept those choices, ad you're constantly pushing the other to live like you, it will never work. You don't ask someone to abandon their beliefs because you think you're right. Wars start over that. Don't start your own war in your own home. You don't have to like it, you just have to accept it. If you don't it will never work.
The second thing you need to have is mutual respect for the other's views. While logically I can't understand eating an animal, I respect that Kevin chooses to do so and I don't put him down for doing so. Even though I think it's wrong, I don't criticize him for that. He tells me all the time that he's so proud of me for being a vegan and following my heart and my beliefs, even though they don't mirror his own. He knows how important being a vegan is to me; it's an extension of who I am as a person. He respects that I live this lifestyle, and I respect how he chooses to live his.
The third thing you need to is to remember that you are going to make mistakes and say hurtful things. It probably won't even be intentional. I know when I read a story or I hear something and it just breaks my heart, I go off on a rant about my beliefs and how people are cruel and some of the things I say, while not directed towards him, can apply to him because he's a meat eater. When you feel so passionately about something, as most vegan's do living this lifestyle, it can be hard. Kevin basically goes against all I believe in. Sometimes it comes out all wrong. Just remember to apologize after all is said and done.
Lastly, be supportive. Kevin always takes me to get my favorite vegan cupcakes and vegan foods. He buys me awesome vegan shirts, and will basically take me anywhere I want if I'm looking for a certain vegan food or goodie. He even bought me a vegan cake ($50 mind you) for my birthday last year. And I know he's a chicken junkie. So I'll surprise him by stopping after work and getting him his favorite fried chicken from our supermarket for dinner. I'm not the best cook when it comes to meat, but I try for him. We support each other in a variety of ways.
These tips we have learned together has helped us in an area of our lives that we'll never fully agree on. That's just one aspect of our lives together. We both love Halloween, and scary movies, and fall. We both want to get married and start a family. We both can't stand the summer. More importantly, we both want nothing more than to be with the other forever and ever. Whether you eat meat or you don't, as long as you have a strong foundation for your relationship, everything will be just fine.
I'll be 100% honest with you guys, I don't miss anything from my carnivore days, except for marshmallows and candy corn. I would eat them until I made myself sick. I was obsessed. I still haven't found a candy corn replacement, but about two years ago, I discovered Dandies vegan marshmallows, and my life was forever changed. They taste just like what I remember marshmallows tasting like, and they have that air puffed texture, so basically they're like real marshmallows, but better. Today, I'm going to show you how to take Dandies, and a few other ingredients, and make vegan and gluten free Rice Crispy Treats. Prepare for your new favorite addiction.
So first things first, you need: 1x 10oz package of full size Dandies marshmallows, 6 cups of any gluten free brown rice cereal, 4 tbsp of vegan butter (I prefer Earth Balance Soy Free butter), and a dash of vanilla extract. Vanilla extract is literally my secret ingredient in everything I bake. Being a vanillaholic, I feel like vanilla adds a little something extra. I have seen a variety of different recipes, but this one I have tweaked a bit to make it my own. You can feel free to add stuff like chocolate chips, Sprinkelz (they're amazing, I was going to add them today but my supermarket didn't have them and my specialty store was closed), peanut butter, peanut butter chips, chocolate drizzle... the possibilities are endless. Also, you will need a large sauce pan. I used a pot, which I really should've used my other non-stick pan but it was dirty and I just didn't feel like washing it, if I'm being honest! Also, a 13x9 in pan to put them in when you're done, or a Pyrex glass container, which I prefer because you're going to need to keep them in an air tight container anyway. You want to lightly grease these before you use them so the Treats don't get stuck in the container. I took a baggie, turned it inside out, and use a smidge of butter to grease mine. The butter does not affect the taste of the final results, I promise! Lastly, don't forget a measuring cup for the cereal, measuring spoon for the butter, and a wooden spoon to mix it all up!
To begin, melt your butter in your saucepan over low heat. If you have the heat too high, and you don't stir enough, your butter will burn, and your Treats will taste burnt. I will be honest though, I have burnt mine before and you get a burnt flavor to the Treats but somehow because it's marshmallows it doesn't taste bad, in my opinion. It taste like you just roasted them over a fire, so it has that summer time campfire feel to it. So just in case you do, don't worry! Everything is still edible! Next, add the entire bag of marshmallows to the pan, stirring frequently until the marshmallows are melted. When the marshmallows are all melted, add your vanilla extract. You will only need about a tsp of it. I usually just eyeball it, but feel free to measure it out. Stir it into the marshmallow mixture.
Once the above steps are completed, you want to begin adding your cereal. Things are about to get sticky (literally) real fast. Also, you're in for a workout because as you add more cereal it takes more and more muscle to fold it into the marshmallow mixture. My fiancé and I took turns doing this part as our arms got tired! Make sure as you add the cereal in, you do it little by little and fold each cup in thoroughly before adding another. Otherwise, you will get one huge Rice Crispy Treat ball. All of these steps should still be done while the stove is on low heat to prevent the marshmallows from hardening. If you do this in the cooler months, you'll stay nice and toasty. Considering it's currently July, this is a less pleasant time to stand over the stove so long! But still totally worth it because the end results are delicious!
Once you have added all of your cereal, and thoroughly folded everything in, your finished product should look like this:
At this point, you want to carefully transfer the mixture into either your lightly greased 13x9 pan or your lightly greased Pyrex container. Use the back of your wooden (or whichever you're using) spoon to push the mixture into the container. Once you have your mixture all packed into your container, let cool and cut into squares, the you're ready to chow down on some home made delicious vegan and gluten free Rice Crispy Treats! Place the lid on any leftovers!
If you're anything like us, (like us I mean impatient) we cut a small piece and ate it while it was still warm and it was SO GOOD! You can either leave them in your air tight container and cut a piece as you eat it, or you can cut them up and wrap them up individually in plastic wrap for your lunch or a quick snack on the go. You can even add some ribbon and a note for holidays, or any special event. These Treats are so versatile and you can do so much with them! They keep about 5-7 days in an air tight container, but if you can get them to last longer than 5-7 hours I'll be impressed lol. Enjoy!
I've been eyeing up these VeganCuts Beauty Boxes literally forever now. I've bought stuff from their website before, and every time I place an order I end up going and reading the FAQ about the Beauty Box subscription, then I put all my info in to order, and I just never hit Submit. I'm super indecisive with life lol. I finally decided last month that I was doing it. And I'm so happy I did!
Okay, so let's get into the details of this June box. As you can see above, Tabby was also super excited to receive the box too! Well, maybe she was more excited to play with the empty box lol. Below is my reveal of the goodies I received!
This "Beach Beauty" themed box includes: a full size Eye Trio by Emani, a sample of Schmidt's deodorant in Cedarwood and Juniper, a sample of Pacifica's Sea Foam Complete Face Wash, a full size tube of Eco Lips Lemon Lime lip balm, a sample of Hello brand toothpaste in Pink Grapefruit mint, and a sample of Bee All Natural Coconut Oil Soap.
As far as value goes, I can say that the full size eye shadow retails for $20, and the lip balm is $3.49. Both of those pay for the box and them some. Plus, the values of the samples I can't speak to, but clearly they're worth something. I would say these boxes are definitely worth it.
As far as the products themselves. I actually just finished my full size Pacifica's Sea Foam Complete Face Wash about 3 days before receiving this sample. I really enjoy the body wash. The texture is great, and I love the smell. It's summery and beachy and slightly sweet; it's just awesome. However, it makes my face oily, so I can't use it in the summer. I have oily skin in general, and this exacerbates it. Other than that, it leaves you with a clean and refreshing feeling.
The Hello brand Pink Grapefruit Mint toothpaste surprisingly taste exactly how it sounds. I mean seriously, it's like someone took grapefruit juice and mint and infused them into a paste. The taste is delicious! My only complaint is that it doesn't foam much. Even when I use a lot, I feel like it's lacking. So I use more and more to try and compensate for that. I would assume I wouldn't get enough bang for my buck if I bought a full size due to the amount I feel like I would need to use.
The Schmidt's deodorant I was sadly not a huge fan of. For starters, I'm not a huge fan of the scent. I feel like it's kind of masculine, in my opinion. If I tried a lavender scented one I feel like I would've enjoyed it more. Also, the packaging is difficult. You really gotta get your fingers in there to try and get some out, because it's hard like most deodorants are. So, it's hard to get out, and while you dig to get some out, it gets stuck under your nails, and that's a pain too. However, it did a decent job for the short time I used it. I feel like if the packaging was that of regular deodorant, and had a more feminine scent, I would for sure try it again.
The Bee All Natural Coconut Oil Soap I enjoyed as well. It doesn't smell like coconut oil at all, which I was slightly disappointed it. But considering it's coconut oil, it actually lathered and soaped up pretty well. I found it to be decently moisturizing. I used it on my entire body, and still have some of my sample left. However, I don't imagine it's a super long lasting product as I only used the sample once to clean my whole body, I used a lot of the sample to do so. Would I buy the full size? No. But, I was still pleasantly surprised!
I haven't tried the lip balm or the eye shadow yet, but I will review them as soon as I do!
Have you guys tried any of these products? Are you a VeganCuts Beauty Box subscriber? I would love to hear your thoughts!
So, I wanted to share with you guys a new body butter I've tried by a brand called Ellovi. Believe it or not, I was lucky enough to win 2 of these and 2 lip balms by entering a giveaway on Instagram! Really, I should say, my mom won it for us because it was a Mother's Day giveaway and all I had to do was say why my mom is amazing, and that's how I won. Basically, she's the best mom ever. =) Back on track, I had been eyeing up their body butters for a little while now, considering I tried their lip balm earlier this year and liked it. Plus, I really love body butters. And vanilla. Put them together and you got my attention.
Ellovi is a vegan and cruelty free company. Their big selling point that caught my attention is that they have just six ingredients in their products (as you can see above), and it's so pure you could eat it, as their website claims! However, I don't recommend it. I think less is more with ingredients in my products. They have three scents currently; original, vanilla, and their newest is mint chocolate chip. I think as they become a more known company, they'll develop more scents. They offer body butters and lip balms only at this present time. You will notice in the ingredients that water is not one of them. It may seem strange, but their products are concentrated, so they don't need water! Now that I've told you what Ellovi is all about, let's get into the deets of this Vanilla Body Butter!
First, let's discuss the packaging. The body butter comes in a lovely 3.5 oz frosted glass jar. I love that it has "ellovi body" imprinted around the sides oft the jar. Overall, the packing is very elegant and if you added a bow, you would be ready to give it as a gift.
The plastic lid twists off easily to reveal the product, as you can see below.
The first thing you notice when you open the jar is the smell. This stuff smells AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING! It smells just like buttercream icing. Ellovi only uses the purest vanilla extract in their vanilla scented items and let me tell you, it shows and really makes a big difference. Now for the actual texture of the product.
Remember, this is body butter, not lotion. So it's supposed to be thick and have a texture similar to that of butter, understandable so. They recommend keeping it in a cool place so it doesn't melt. My room was pretty cool because I had the air on, so I had to work the product a little bit to get enough to show you the texture. The texture is exactly what I want in a body butter; creamy and rich. A little definitely goes a long way. As with most body butters, you really have to rub this in your skin. If you're looking for a quick and go moisturizer this isn't it. You have to really massage it into your skin for a bit. It also takes some time to absorb in. I took a picture below of one leg with and one leg without.
First off, please excuse the hairiness of my legs. Second, it was really hard to get a picture that shows the difference. But, you can kind of see, the left leg has the product, and near my shin where my skin gets dry, you can see it's shinier and looks more supple. My right leg is just bare and you can see the same spot near my skin is drier and ashier looking. Once I applied it all over, my skin still felt soft and moisturized until the next day when I got my shower!
My only complaint about this stuff is that I wish the scent lasted longer on my skin. I got maybe two hours of it and it was gone. It made me so sad because of how good I smelled lol. Other than that, I loved every single thing about it and absolutely recommend it. It's summertime here, so I won't be using it too much as I won't need something that thick, but as it gets colder I'll for sure be using this regularly.
If you're interested in trying any of the Ellovi products, you can order them directly from their website, and the best part? FREE SHIPPING! This, as well as the other scents of body butter, retail for $26. This jar, depending on your usage, can last you from 1-6+ months. Because it lasts so long and because it's so rich you don't need a lot, the price you pay is totally fair. Hope you enjoy!