Dear Seasoned #Vegan: Stop Being a Jerk To Vegans-In-Transition

Dear Seasoned #Vegan: Stop Being a Jerk To Vegans-In-Transition

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So, my husband and I are ready to expand our family and we’re excited and so happy to start this next phase in our lives. Since I am in the end stages of transitioning into a full vegan lifestyle, I want to make sure that I complete my transition before I get pregnant or in the very early stages of my pregnancy.

You see, we are, literally, the only family into our tiny little coal town in the mountains of PA that are vegan. Well, I mean, literally in the figurative sense of the word~ I’ve never met another vegan in this area. So, I BET we are literally the only vegan here. In fact, I have only one other vegan friend. One. One! ONE! There is one other vegan in my life, and she is also in transition. The vegan part of my life has definitely been a solitary journey. So, I decided to join some FB groups so that I could connect with others.

One of the groups I joined seemed perfect for me. It touted that it was a safe place to ask questions and get help in your journey to become a full fledged vegan, that no militant vegans were allowed, that they wanted to encourage everyone, blah, blah, blah. It sounded like the perfect place for me to get the info I need to finish my transition! I was so excited!

I jumped right in and asked my first question~ about butter. I still haven’t given up butter because I really want a substitute for it. There is no substitute for cream cheese, there is no substitute for yogurt, there is no substitute for cheese, but I want a substitute for butter. Before I fully transition, I want to know what I can use to spread on bread and put into mashed potatoes. When I asked the question, I made it clear that the popular vegan tub butter wasn’t an acceptable substitute because it is, basically, margarine and I wasn’t interested in cancer in a tub. Apparently, that was the worst thing I could say because… Well, because I shouldn’t care about myself like I care about the animals.

I was called a butter snob. I was called a troll. Someone said that I was looking for a pat on the back from vegans because I was eating organic butter {that doesn’t even make sense.} One person told me that if I was eating butter, that I wasn’t even trying to transition. In fact, it was enough proof for her to know that I wasn’t putting any effort at all into becoming vegan. 

I was told that I was better off eating a chemical stick than eating a bite of cows butter. Um… #no. Because I matter, too. Because what I put in my body matters, too. And what I feed my special needs children most definitely matters. 

Transition:

a change from one state or condition to another

I am in transition! That means, that I am transitioning. Which means that I have not given up everything. That means that you shouldn’t be slamming me because I am asking advice so that I can finish my transition! It turned into a big ugly thing and it definitely brought out the worst in me.

So, here is the thing, dear seasoned vegan. Stop being a jerk to people like me. I am not less of a person, I am not heartless and cruel because I haven’t finished my transition. 

I am doing good work while I transition. I have converted my husband, {who SWORE he would NEVER give up meat} I have even gained the respect of my parents~ and, trust me, that is no easy feat when it comes to this. I have a Pinterest board with thousands of followers, I share recipes on this site and across our social media. I am the co-founder of a blogging company and will be sharing recipes there, too. I am raising girls to carry on this ideal, and I am an example to all my friends.  

And, I do it without being a jerk.

To offer the kind of support I was denied, I have started the FB group Vegan Adjacent. {I call myself vegan adjacent because I am not quite vegan, yet. See what I did there?} If you are also vegan adjacent or are a seasoned vegan with a heart, please feel free to join! I would love to build a truly supportive community!

Vegan Adjacent is a group for vegan-in-transition, seasoned vegans, people who want to know more about veganism, and vegetarians {because we want to convert you.} ;)
We are here to support, encourage, educate, and love all people in all stages of being a vegan. The moderators of this group support responsible transitions to ensure that healthy decisions are made. YOU MATTER TOO!
Militant vegans, shaming, or any other conduct that isn’t helpful and supportive won’t be tolerated. Trolls will be trolled back.

 

 

The New Rules for Love, Sex, & Dating by Andy Stanley

I received a copy of The New Rules for Love, Sex, & Dating to facilitate this review.

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I am keeping The New Rules for Love, Sex, & Dating by Andy Stanley until my 11 year old twin girls are old enough to read it.  Why?  Because it says everything that I want to say to my girls , and it says it better than I ever could.

In New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating, pastor and bestselling author Andy Stanley provides practical, biblical, uncensored advice to anyone who is dating or thinking about marriage. Stanley outlines the triumphs and tragedies of dating in the twenty-first century.

A few days before I started reading this book, one of my oldest girlfriends and I were talking about how our parents talked to us about sex.  Both sets, having the same views, basically told us “It’s bad to have sex before marriage.” and that was it.

When we tell kids “No.” with no reasoning, there is no way they’re going to follow through with our creed.  Kids, and young adults, want to know why.  There is an ingrained curiosity in kids of all ages to know the who, what, where, when, and why of all things.  Only when they know the reason behind the statement, will they consider adopting it as their own beliefs.  We literally set our children up for failure when we don’t explain why we wait for marriage to have sex.

The New Rules for Love, Sex, & Dating starts out with a chapter titled “The Right Person Myth” that takes on the Hollywood belief that when we find the right person, we will finally be OK.  Andy Stanley debunks this theory but, more importantly, he expands on it in continuing chapter.  He comes up with a brilliant line that I am going to use on my girls: “Are you the person the person you’re looking for is looking for?”  This line basically sums up the book.  I loved it!  What a concept!  You need to be the kind of person that the kind of person you want will actually want.  This is a life truth that needs to be taught more than it is.  It would change lives if we managed to get our children to understand this concept before they left the house so that they could apply it to all aspects of their lives.  Jobs, relationships, etc. 

Stanley really gets into the good stuff starting with Chapter 6 “The Gentleman’s Club” where he talks about how to treat a woman.  This is left out of so many books, and young men are left to figure it out on their own.  I love that Stanley laid it down in this Chapter about how God and Jesus actually LOVE women!  They adore women and expect them to be lifted up, respected, cherished and valued.  There is no chapter in this book about being a submissive wife, just reminders to men that Jesus consistently elevated the status of women while he was here and how men are expected to do the same.  This is not talked about enough in relationship books and I applaud Andy Stanley for adding it.

Stanley uses Chapter 7 “The Way Forward” to talk about porn.  He doesn’t just talk about how bad it is and that it goes against God’s plans, but he explains why it can harm you in the long run.  And he suggests getting help for it before you start dating.  Again, not another chapter with rules and no explanation, Stanley does a great job of breaking it down so that it makes sense to young minds.

Perhaps the best chapters of The New Rules are the last two, “The Talk” and “Designer Sex.” I can’t explain all the brilliance of this book in my review because it’s something best left to Stanley.  He gets it!  He explains it so well, that I was like “OOOOHHHHHHH!!  That makes so much sense!” and I automatically wished someone had explained it like that to me.  It is so perfect and exactly what I want my girls to understand before they leave my house.  That’s why I’m saving this book until my girls are old enough to read and discuss it.

Andy Stanley managed to put into black and white what parents have been struggling to say for decades, and he does it with such a great sense of humor.  I laughed out loud several times while reading because of Stanley’s sarcastic humor.  I seriously can not recommend this book enough.

 

BUY IT: You can buy The New Rules for Love, Sex, & Dating by Andy Stanley on the Zondervan publishing site for $15.

 

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100 Best Juices, Smoothies, and Healthy Snacks #recipe Book by Emily Von Euw

I received 100 Best Juices, Smoothies, and Healthy Snacks to facilitate this review.

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As you know, I am making the transition to being completely vegan, so, when I get the opportunity to review a cook book by a vegan author, I am all over it like soy cheese on a black bean burger.

100 Best Juices, Smoothies, and Healthy Snacks by Emily Von Euw is full of quick and easy ideas for your juicer or blender.

…Sweet and savory juices and smoothies, as well as mylk-shakes, energy bars, and snacks…

Emily has really compiled an amazing book here.  From juices, to smoothies, to savory smoothies {also known as soups!}, she has made it simple to whip something up that won’t leave you feeling guilty.

I have to admit that I never got into the “juicing” thing but my girls and I are definitely into Smoothies! We love them any way we can get them. 100 Best is my new go-to book for all things smoothies!

The Smoothies in this book are all made of fresh ingredients and they all benefit your body in some way.  From helping to keep your blood healthy, to mood boosters, to healthy version of favorites, to cleansers, and more, you will feel great about all these recipes!

Since this book is vegan, Emily included her own “mylk” recipe so you don’t have to use dairy in the products.  While it might be just as easy to use your own favorite milk replacement, I can’t wait to try this mylk.  It looks so good!

I was a little thrown off by the “Savory” Smoothies section until I realize that it was just soup.  For some reason, eating it with a spoon makes more sense than drinking so don’t be afraid of this section!  There is a recipe for an amazing looking Creamy Onion and Potato Smoothie that I need to make now.

One of my favorite features of this book is that Emily had the recipe book printed with “lay flat” binding~ so it will never flip shut on your when your hands are full.  It’s seriously brilliant and should be a law for all cookbooks.

To celebrate the release and to get you in the mood for a great smoothie, Emily has shared this awesome Ginger Peppermint Cleanser smoothies with us!

 

Ginger Peppermint Cleanser Smoothie
Peppermint leaves help your liver by increasing bile flow while breaking down fats and lowering bad cholesterol. Ginger has been proven to prevent diseases associated with the liver as well as cleanse the blood. Health benefits aside, the flavors combine with tropical fruits to make one deliciously fresh drink. Have this one in the morning to start your day off right.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup (24 g) packed mint leaves
  2. 2 bananas
  3. 4 ice cubes
  4. 1 tbsp (15 g) ginger
  5. 1 cup (165 g) pineapple
  6. 1–3 cups (237-710 mL) water
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth and green, making sure there aren’t any fibers from the ginger left unblended...they get in your teeth.
Adapted from 100 Best Juices, Smoothies, and Healthy Snacks
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BUY IT:  You can buy the lay-flat paperback of 100 Best Juices, Smoothies, and Healthy Snacks on Amazon for about $14.

 

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Our First Cirque Du Soleil show ~ Amaluna a new family favorite!! #GIVEAWAY

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For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to experience the magic of a Cirque Du Soleil show. As a young child, my grandparents visited a show while vacationing in Vegas and brought me home tons of souvenirs.  I layed for hours flipping through the picture book mesmerized by the extravagant costumes dreaming of myself twirling in a heavily sequined dress that lit up. A girl can dream right? When the opportunity came up to experience a Cirque Du Soleil show with my family, I seriously fell off the couch. I was over the top excited to see it first hand ~ their newest creation Amaluna

Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon.

Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next.

In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.

While the children were going to enjoy the thrilling stunts and over the top costumes, I was excited for the story behind the magic. We were very lucky to have a show coming to our town! Amaluna is showing in Miami, FL for a limited time (Houston, TX is NEXT!)~ just look for the tents! 

Amaluna Cirque Du Soleil

The children were wide eyed as we ventured to our seats~ watching as costume clad characters walked quietly around the auditorium. My daughter ohhhed and ahhhed as characters showed off their brightly colored and yet mysterious dresses. 

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The story is beautifully displayed without words- but only with body movements and gestures. Children will not grasp this concept, but as adults we greatly appreciated it. My boys loved the high flying and flipping stunts ~ we all gasped at how high they flipped! The variety of stunts and the versatility of the actors talents is amazing. The actors and actresses are beyond talented and will literally take your breath away. 

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The art in their movements and abilities is almost unbelievable. There are many times throughout the show where you will find yourself saying “That looks impossible”, or “How in the WORLD does she do that”!!! I LOVED the balancing act! She literally balanced sticks on top of sticks and then twirled around. The crowd went NUTS! She had a standing ovation! 

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Between the drama, the romance, the stunts, costumes, and the staging…………I was overwhelmed by the grandness of the Amaluna show. The show is over 2 hours long and jam packed from beginning to end- you will never be bored! 

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To top it all off~ Cirque Du Soleil changes their shows and story lines every year to make it new, fresh, and exciting! Right now Cirque Du Soleil has multiple shows going on all around the world. Amaluna is available for a limited time only in Miami before the show moves on to Houston! This is not one you will want to miss. 

WE ARE GIVING AWAY A $50 GIFT CARD FOR A CIRQUE DU SOLEIL SHOW NEAR YOU!! 

 

 
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Caillou’s Furry Friends DVD avail 1/6/15

We received Caillou’s Furry Friends DVD to facilitate this review.
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picture via Amazon

 

Emory loves Caillou so she was more than happy to review Caillou’s Furry Friends on DVD!

From the Press Release:

Caillou is a 4-year-old boy who delights in the small wonders of the world around him, embellishing everything he sees with his rich imagination. Thanks to his vivid imagination, ordinary, everyday events quickly become exciting adventures in which Caillou can play “make-believe.” CAILLOU is designed for preschoolers and focuses on role-playing and “make-believe.” CAILLOU is produced by DHX Media. CAILLOU airs weekdays on PBS KIDS (check local listings). The stories included on this DVD are listed below.

  • Dog Dilemma

When Sarah gets a new dog, Caillou is actually a little jealous. All Sarah wants to do is play with her new pup! Caillou feels a little annoyed with the dog…until he dog-sits for an afternoon and realizes Sarah’s dog is actually pretty great. He and Sarah talk about their feelings, and they decide it’d be fun for all of them to play together.

  • Caillou’s Cricket

Caillou inadvertently brings a cricket in the house and decides it’ll be fun to keep it as a pet. When the cricket gets loose and Caillou goes on a wild-cricket hunt, he’s suddenly able to see things from the cricket’s perspective…and decides to put the cricket back outside where it belongs.

  • Caillou’s Cross-Hop

Caillou doesn’t want to hold hands and obey safety rules…until he discovers a bunch of tiny frogs that need help crossing the street. Realizing it’s hard work helping others to cross the road safely, he has a new appreciation for Mommy and Daddy’s rules.

  • Kitty Conundrum

Caillou finds a tiny kitten while desperately searching for his beloved Rexy. He wants to keep the kitten, even though Mommy and Daddy say ‘no’ – they have Gilbert! When Samantha comes to the door to claim her lost kitten, “Whiskers,” Caillou fetches the kitty…and finds Rexy!  He remembers it isn’t fun losing something you care about, and happily returns the kitty to its rightful owner.

  • Lost and Found

When things begin to go missing around the house – like Mommy’s keys – Mommy blames Gilbert. Caillou is sure Gilbert didn’t take them…and he sets out to prove it!  Together, Caillou, Mommy and Rosie backtrack through the house and eventually discover Caillou’s theory was right – Gilbert didn’t take the keys – Mommy left them in the door handle!

  • Play with Me!

Caillou has no one to play with!  Mommy, Daddy, and Rosie are all busy, and Caillou is bored and frustrated…until he meets a ladybug who inadvertently shows Caillou that his family members aren’t the only ones who are busy – so are the birds and squirrels and ants. Caillou comes to realize that everyone is busy sometimes – even animals and insects – and he decides to get busy too…drawing his new friends.

  • Caillou Roars

After watching a nature show about lions, Caillou decides he wants to be a lion! He roars and paws his way around the house, causing Mommy and Daddy to remind him that there’s a time and place for everything. Caillou realizes the downside of being a lion when his ‘roars’ scare a baby in the park. He decides there really is a time and place for everything – and sometimes, he just needs to be a boy.

BUY IT: You can buy Caillou’s Furry Friends on Amazon for $9.

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Kontos #Vegetarian Pizza on Flatbread Appetizer #recipe @KontosFoods

I received product from Kontos Foods to facilitate this review.

Do you need last minute appetizers for NYE?  Don’t make it hard on yourself!  Check out these great tips from Kontos Foods:

Kontos Foods, provider of flatbreads and other Mediterranean foods, suggests using Cocktail Flatbreads, two-inch mini pita disks, as the basis for a variety of creative party foods. The mini-flatbreads come with café-style grill marks. Use Cocktail Flatbreads to assemble delicious appetizers with sliced meats, chicken salad, seafood salad or sliced fish. You can also create mouth-watering hamburger sliders, pizza samplers, or serve with bruschetta or dips

COCKTAIL FLATBREAD Sampler 2

Step 1: Warm It Up
 
Warm the Cocktail Flatbreads for 5 minutes at 375
F degrees.
 
Step 2: Top It Up
 
Smoked Salmon.  Layer small pieces of your favorite salmon on the Kontos Cocktail Flatbread. Top the salmon with sliced avocado, horseradish mayonnaise and/or picked ginger.
 
Grilled Beef or Pork Tenderloin.  Place sliced strips of grilled beef or roasted pork tenderloin on the Cocktail Flatbread. Drizzle with gravy, steak sauce or horseradish mayonnaise. For the beef, try topping with slivered Asiago cheese. Garnish with dill or scallions.
 
Chicken or Tuna Salad.  Dollop a teaspoonful of chicken or tuna on the Cocktail Flatbread. Garnish with sliced cherry tomato, scallion and fresh basil for a green-and-red Christmas-style treat.
 
Seafood Salad. Dollop a teaspoonful of seafood salad on the Cocktail Flatbread. Garnish with sprigs of fresh basil.
 
Hamburger Slider.  Grill a small hamburger, or cheeseburger, and place between two Cocktail Flatbreads. Garnish with ketchup, mustard or relish.
 
Pizza Samplers.  Spread a teaspoonful of pizza sauce on each Cocktail Flatbread. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella and bake in oven or toaster oven for 5-7 minutes at 375 degrees (no need to warm bread beforehand). Note: Add pepperoni, sausage pieces, mushrooms, etc. to take your mini pizzas to the next level!
 
Preparation tips:

  1. To save time, purchase your toppings, such as smoked salmon, ready-made chicken or tuna salad at your supermarket. Voila – ready in minutes.
  2. If you are unable to find 2-inch mini pita disks, you can make your own by buying regular-sized Kontos Flatbread and cutting out juice-glass sized circles using a glass or cookie-cutter.

Need another idea?  How about the #vegan pizza we made!  It was SO GOOD and very filling!

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All I did was put regular spaghetti sauce on a Kontos Pizza Parlor Crust {contains No Trans Fat, is ‘Hand stretched for fluffiness™’, and is 100% Vegetarian} layered fresh tomatoes & onion slices.  Then I sauteed broccoli, green beans, red, green, and yellow peppers, and soy “sausage.”  I put them on top.  Bake at 400* for 8 or so minutes and you’re done!  It was SO good and, as you can see, so easy!  I love stress-free cooking!

BUY IT: You can buy Kontos foods at grocery stores nationwide!  Prices vary.

 

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Harley Davidson Men’s Gloves~ Valve Full-Finger Gloves

I received the Harley Davidson gloves mentioned to facilitate this review.

So, my husband is new to the North.  Having been born and raised in South Carolina, he is more used to a tropical climate all year round.  One of the things that he continuously had trouble with after the move North was cold hands.  “Babe! My hands are so cold!” he would tell me several times a day.

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When I was asked to review a pair of Men’s Valve Full-Finger Gloves by Harley Davidson, I didn’t really think that they would be what he needed but I agreed anyway.  Boy, am I glad that I did!  As soon as he put them on, he commented on how comfortable they were and when we went outside, he told me that they are fantastic driving/riding gloves.

  • Cowhide leather and tricot lining
  • Rolled tip fingers for comfort
  • Ergonomic thumb
  • Pre-curved fingers
  • Gel-padded palm
  • Comfort seams
  • Neoprene cuff with adjustable closure
  • Embroidered graphics

While they don’t necessarily keep his hands toasty, they do keep the cold away and the soft and supple leather make them perfect for moving your fingers easily.   I love that the Harley logo is embroidered into the glove so they’re not flashy with the trademark Harley orange. 

The Valve Full-Finger Gloves come with stitching on the first finger and thumb for touch screen use.  While it does make it so you don’t have to take off your gloves, it might take a few tries before you are able to get them to work.  Rob, my hubby, thinks that you’re better off just taking the gloves off, so keep that in mind.

He really loves everything about the Valve Gloves, though.  These are his favorite gloves and the ones he wears daily.  Make sure you check out the size chart at the bottom of the gloves page to ensure the proper fit but you won’t regret buying these gloves at all! 

BUY IT: Check out your local Harley Davidson store or buy the Valve gloves online for $60.

 

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Banded! Headbands With A Cause

I received the Banded headbands mentioned below to facilitate this review.

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I have a lot of hair.  A lot.  It’s long, thick, and dark.  It is not easy to style as it’s naturally curly, frizzes easily, and has a mind of it’s own.  I do my best, but mostly just hang on for the ride, you know?  So, when I come across a product that really makes a difference, I want to shout about it from the roof tops. 

Banded is one of those products! 

BANDED™ headbands are the original no slip, automatically adjusting headbands that fit children and adults.  Our patent-pending design allows you to wear your BANDED headband all day long without getting a headache, and prevents the headband from pinching or pulling your hair.

I actually wore one of the Banded headbands on a very special day~ my wedding!  We had a super small ceremony at the local courthouse {neither of us are into anything “showy.”}  As soon as I saw the Silver Party headband that Banded sent me, I knew it would be perfect for my upcoming day.  I put it aside and didn’t wear it until then and I couldn’t have been happier with my choice.

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Banded is a company that gives back, too.  For every headband purchased, Banded funds Amazina and provides 3 meals to the poor and orphaned in Uganda.  Such a great cause!

But, what about the fit?  Banded is made to make sure that you have the most comfortable fit possible.  The velvet back helps to make sure the band stays where you put it, the elastic doesn’t pull hair, and a patent-pending piece makes it so all sizes of head can wear a Banded band!

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BUY IT: You can buy Banded on their site.  Prices vary.

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WIN IT:  Banded wants one of you to see for yourself how awesome their bands are!  One of you will win the Wide Blue Batik, Skinny Wine Scroll, & a Coral Wine Geometric headband!

 
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Enfusia~ Blends for Body #vegan @enfusiacocoon

I rec’d product to facilitate this review.

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One of the hardest part of going vegan, is switching to vegan products in the home.  It’s easy to know if a food is meat & dairy free, but body lotion?  That’s not so easy. 

Enfusia is a newer company that makes my job a little easier!

Our entire line of bath and body products is made with organic and natural botanical ingredients and extracts avoiding all use of SLS, paraben, phthalate, silicon, and wax. All are made in the USA, 100% vegan and cruelty free, and 100% gluten free!

LOVE IT!

We were sent a few travel size bottles of body lotion and spray, and I LOVE them!  I love that I have a product that I can trust and fall back on.  Especially when I travel!  These 2 oz bottles are TSA Approved so I can travel with my vegan products!

Enfusia’s exquisite body lotions are phthalate, paraben and wax free. Delicious blends of botanically based ingredients envelop your skin. The incredible kiss of organic unrefined shea butter and aloe nourish your skin with moisture and nutrients without feeling greasy.

Enfusia’s body mists are all natural with only 4 ingredients! These body sprays are made from high quality natural ingredients and are great for use as a body or room spray. Sulfate, Paraben, and Phthalate free! 

BUY IT: You can buy Enfusia online or see if a store near you sells it!

 

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Wonderful Halos Are {Just About} the Perfect Snack @HalosFun

I received Wonderful Halos products to facilitate this review.

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Fruit!  Fruit is just about the perfect food.  It’s sweet, usually portable, and it’s always a treat.  Sure, kids know it’s good for them but they don’t care.  You can’t get much better than that!

We were recently introduced to Wonderful Halos.  Halos are mandarin oranges that taste like little, well… oranges.

Halos California mandarins are sweet, seedless, and super easy to peel. They’re all natural, non-GMO (non-genetically modified organism), and just the right size for kids’ hands.

My girls love them so much!  We received a package in the mail and they went nuts over them!  They were easy enough for even the 5 year old to peel herself and, most of all, they were delicious.  My girls finished the whole bag in 3 days.

If the brand seems familiar to you, it should: Wonderful® Pistachios, Wonderful® Almonds, and POM Wonderful® are all brands of the same company!

If you know these brands already, then you know that they do so much for the area in which they work.  They give fresh fruit to the food banks in California’s Central Valley.  They’ve also teamed up wtih Feeding America:

By joining forces, Halos and Feeding America will help provide more than 1.3 million meals to children in need.

So amazing!  They also give more than $2 MILLION dollars to CA’s Central Valley education.  Their grants help support scholarships, school grants, and early childhood education, as well as arts and summer school programs.  $2 Million dollars to education makes a HUGE impact!

Besides all that the Wonderful Brand does, Halos are truly a great product.  They’re only about 50 calories each, NON-GMO, and fat-free, cholesterol-free, sodium free and packed with Vitamin C.  They’re available from November-April~ perfect timing for some extra vitamins suring the winter months.  They couldn’t come at a better time!

Check these out as soon as you can!  You won’t be sorry!!

BUY IT: Halo’s prices vary by state and are available at these retailers.

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