Sunday, September 28, 2014

Giovanni Organic Shampoo and Conditioner 


For several months now I've been trying out cruelty free, natural based shampoo's and conditioners. My ultimate favorite to date is, "Giovanni Organic Certified Shampoo and Conditioner". This shampoo is incredible! It doesn't contain any harsh chemicals and it's tea tree scent smells fantastic. As you massage it into your hair and scalp you feel a slight tingling sensation which makes it feel like it's doing it's job to make your hair fresh and clean. I love that! It also lathers up wonderfully in comparison to other natural based shampoo's. The conditioner leaves my hair feeling healthy and soft which is what my hair needs as it has been prone to dryness in the past.  Retail price is over $7.00 per bottle and well worth it to know I'm not contributing to cruelty. 
Giovani hair care products are widely available in stores such as Target, Walmart, Meijer, Trader Joe's as well as online sites such as Amazon. Shop cruelty free! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Is There a Squirrel in Your Makeup Bag?



Before you dust on that bronzer, take a good look at your makeup brush. Chances are that it’s made from animal fur. Everything from Squirrel, mink, camel, horse, goat, cat and dog hair, it all comes from the cruel fur industry. Each year millions of animals are trapped, beaten, electrocuted, strangled and skinned alive for their fur. 

There is no reason we can't apply our makeup with synthetic brushes. Here is a list of cruelty free brushes you can choose from. 

Aveda
Urban Decay
Origins Natural Resources
The Body Shop
Ecotools
Branded J
Hard Candy
Sevi Cosmetics
Valana Minerals
Afterglow


I'm currently using one of, "ECOTOOLS" makeup brushes. You can purchase them at ULTA, Walmart, Target, Ebay, Amazon. 



Sunday, August 31, 2014

Vegan Banana Splits





I've found it very interesting that since switching over to certain products such as ice creams made of almonds rather than milk, my cravings for sweeter things are satisfied far more quickly by a long shot. I used to be able to eat so much dairy ice cream and so much milk chocolate because it took a lot to satisfy my cravings. It's unbelievable the difference since having gone vegan! 

Ingredents:
Bananas
Hershey genuine chocolate syrup 
Almond Dream Praline dairy free ice cream
Fresh chopped cherries
Flaxseed (optional)

I sprinkled the chopped cherries with sugar to help extract the juice and left in fridge for 20 min prior to serving. Otherwise, no one needs instructions on how to make a Banana split!






Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Ingredients for 12 muffins:


3 Ripe Bananas

1/2 cup fresh sliced, pitted cherries
1 apple, cut in small chunks
2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp Bob's Red Hill Baking Soda (It's cruelty free).
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 brown sugar
2 Tbs molasses
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1tsp almond or vanilla extract

 I use Red Hill Baking Soda because other brands of soda such as, "Arm and Hammer" test on animals.


Combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and soda.

In a separate bowl mash the bananas. Add sugar, molasses and extract. Gently fold in cherries and apple.

Now add your dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix. Scoop large spoonfuls of mixture into each individual muffin tin.

Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Test with toothpick to see if muffins have cooked through. If you prefer, you can make a bread loaf and cook it at 350 for approx. 45 minutes.




THERE IS ONE SINGLE INDUSTRY DESTROYING THE PLANET MORE THAN ANY OTHER


It's the leading cause of Global warming
It's the leading cause of water depletion
It's the leading cause of species extinction
It's the leading cause of ocean dead zones.

The leading cause of this environmental devastation in progress is factory farming.

Google search COWSPIRACY to see if this video is airing in your home town. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV04zyfLyN4

Friday, August 22, 2014

Plant Powered Protein Smoothie



Ingredients:
1 Lb Silken Tofu
1/2 Cup Silk Soy Milk (Optional)
2 Frozen bananas (Mine were semi frozen)
1 Half Avocado
2 cup berries of your choice
Squeeze of lemon 

Place all ingredients in blender and pulse until mixture is smooth. 
Makes for a healthy protein treat! 






Thursday, August 21, 2014

Younique cruelty free BB Cream & Cream Foundation Review


I would love to share with you my latest cosmetic find... Younique makeup! What's great about this company is they have a line of vegan cosmetics! And what I love most about Younique is they are a company under way to becoming certified as cruelty free. Go Younique...don't stop until you get there! Although Younique is not officially cruelty free to date, my reason for writing this review is to encourage the purchase of cosmetics from companies such as Younique who do not test on animals. Also, their quality of makeup is excellent! Ever since I started using superior quality makeup, my overall appearance looks better. Even my husband commented that Younique makeup suits my complexion and is more natural looking. Bonus! I was so excited when I was sent a package of makeup in the mail to try out. I decided to do a review on it because I was impressed with the quality of their products. Take care to use makeup that is chemical free and more natural based. Our skin will thank us for it now and look better in the long run. Up your class of cosmetics for your own sake and go cruelty free for the sake of the animals:) 

(Please note: Younique does not trace in depth investigations into where their ingredients come from  in order to make their cosmetics.)

The BB Flawless Line is entirely vegan! There are a variety of colors for all skin tones. I chose my color in, "Bisque" as pictured below. I think this product is excellent! Goes on smoothly, beautifully and helps cover those flaws you don't want to show. Pick your color online at: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/vipretty/products/view/US-1074-00. 

                                                BB Cream in, "Bisque"



Once your BB Cream enhancer is applied you can choose from their Vegan Moodstruck Mineral Line to complete the look. 
Moodstruck Mineral Concealer: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/vipretty/products/view/US-1062-00
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I also received some of their cream foundation and I really think it's great! I chose my color in, "Taffeta" and applied this over my BB cream enhancer.  (Cream foundations are not vegan).

Cream Foundation in, "Taffeta".

Here is a complete list of the Younique vegan line:
Moodstruck concealers
Moodstruck Blushers
Refreshed Rose Water
BB Flawless
Awake Facial Cleanser
Concealer Brush (Synthetic Hair)

My experience with Younique makeup has been great! I'm very impressed with the products and recommend them. A lovely representative named Cessna was very helpful in answering questions I had and helping me choose out my colors.

For further assistance in purchasing cosmetics from Younique, please visit:
Cessna Foster 
Younique Presenter



Friday, August 15, 2014

Sweet Berry Pie!!!



Baking pie without using eggs, or animal based products is so easy! Here's one of many pie recipes that's animal friendly. 

Ingredients for pie shell:


1 tsp. salt if desired
2 cup flour ( I recommend Robin hood)
1 cup fat ( I use vegetable based Crisco)
1/2 water

Place ingredients into a bowl. Mix very gently and preferably with hands. This will help to result in  a thiner and lighter crust rather than a thicker one. Gradually add water and mix in between pouring. Be extremely gentle at all times with the dough. Separate dough into two separate balls. Gently roll dough out. One part for the base and one part for the top.

Filling:

1 cup black berries,
1 cup strawberries
1 - 2 cup sliced apples
1 cup sugar
2 Tbs sugar
3 Tbs flour
Smart Balance butter ( I used flaxseed butter ...tastes better than dairy and it's healthier for you!)

Add fruit to a bowl. Add 1 cup sugar onto fruit. Mix. Add 3 tbs of flour onto fruit, mix and let sit for about 5 minutes.  Place pie shell into pie plate. Sprinkle 3 Tbs of flour on the pie shell. This will help thicken the juices that are extracted from the fruit during the cooking process. Add 2 Tbs sugar onto base of pie shell for extra sweetness. Place fruit mixture into pie shell. Place 4-5 Tbs of Smart balance butter on top of fruit. Cover the top with the rolled out dough and pinch the sides together. Brush top with butter half way through cooking.

Bake 425 degree for 10-15 min
Reduce temperature to 350 degree for 50 min

Tip: You may want to add additional flour to thicken up the filling to your desire. This recipe will create a center that has a sweet syrup which I think is nice. You can see the syrup in the picture. I recommend placing your pie onto something that will allow for the juices to drip onto as they cook in the oven. This will keep from your oven getting sticky and messy. By chance your pie crust doesn't turn out perfect the 1st time around, keep trying this recipe until you perfect it. It is the best recipe for a light crust! Hope you like it:)