Favorites | On Friday

Friday, October 2, 2015

Favorites | On Friday
My friend Bob shared this article with me and is applicable to all types of bloggers.

In case you want to make pizza even more fun.

My mom has always called me the Princess and the Pea... 

This book was exactly what I needed to read this week/period in my life.

Warm fall fuzzies in a loaf pan.

Wow.  What a post.

So happy for Rhian winning the Pacifica Muse contest!

A surprising list of the most satisfying jobs in the world.

Aren't besties the best?

This is pretty much my dream come true.

Have a great weekend!

Vegan Cuts September Beauty Box | Review

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Vegan Cuts September Beauty Box | Review
I always look forward to receiving the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box.  Although I don't get it monthly, it is always fun to see the variety of products in each box.  There is literally something for everyone, and, if you love beauty products as much as I do, every product is right up your alley.

Vegan Cuts September Beauty Box | Review
My Vegan Cuts Beauty Box was filled with...

Enfusia bath bomb | I am not much of a bath person and have never tried a bath bomb before, but I am super excited about this product.  I'm currently planning the perfect bath and this bomb will definitely be part of it.  I took a peek inside the wrapper and it smells soooo good.  

Derma E hydrating night creme | This night creme smells just like the Bath and Body Works plumera lotion I used in middle school.  That reason alone is enough to make me love this stuff.  Add to the fact that it is super rich and creamy, it truly is the perfect nighttime facial moisturizer.

Being lava terra clay mask | I am a bit of a skeptic when it comes to powder masks, but this one is freakin amazing.  My skin is so smooth, fresh, and clean after using it; I literally glow.  I may become addicted and use it every night... (is that bad?)

Au Naturale creme eyeshadow | I have never used a creme shadow in a jar before and now I am hooked.  The color is light and shimmery, and I enjoy using it as a subtle eyeliner as well.

Aubrey Organics chia hairspray | I'm not much of a hairspray user, but next time I curl or braid my hair, I am totally using this product.  The addition of chia seed oil adds a soft, natural hold without the use of plastics, which is such a nice innovation.

Norabloom organic roseflower water pads | I love rosewater and I love cleansing pads.  These wipes are perfect after removing your makeup to hydrate and refresh the skin.

It is difficult to believe this entire box, filled with six amazing vegan products, is only $19.95.  I loved the variety and found some really amazing new products.  I am especially excited about the hydrating night creme and bath bomb.

Get your Vegan Cuts Beauty Box here.

Disclaimer: I was given these products to review, but all of the thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own.

Petit Vour September Box | Review

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Petit Vour September Box | Review
When Dayv and I returned home from our vacation earlier this month, we were met by tons of junk mail and my September Petit Vour box.  It was such a welcome surprise, considering the box usually ships out around the 20th of each month and it was only the 13th (when we got back).  I opened it immediately and was intrigued by the packaging of a couple of the products.  Everything looked so unique and I could not wait to try everything out.

Petit Vour September Box | Review
My Petit Vour box was filled with...

Blissoma cleanser | This cleanser is filled with 100% natural, recognizable ingredients and leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped.  It's the perfect cleanser to use at the end of the day to remove your makeup, and before using toner or applying a mask.  On a side note, the scent reminds me of Now and Laters, but not as sweet.

Elate lipstick in lively | This creme lipstick is a very light, neutral color with a bit of a shimmer.  It is so close to my natural lip color that I didn't realize how much I applied until pressing my lips together.  I love its subtleness and is perfect for those days when you want a more natural lip.  Also, how awesome is the wood packaging?

Mahalo pele mask | This mask is a fine powder that, when mixed with water, creates a paste to apply to your face.  It has a very earthy scent and leaves the skin clean and rejuvenated.

MSC Skin Care exfoliating body scrub | This body scrub is freakin awesome.  Its spearmint grapefruit scent is super refreshing and the sugar grains are incredibly efficient at exfoliating.  Best of all- no slippery tub afterwards.  It's a Christmas miracle (a few months early)!

Petit Vour is supreme in delivering high-quality, all natural, creme de la cruelty-free vegan products to your home every month.  September has truly been one of my favorites, as everything is just so spot on and perfect.

Order your Petit Vour box here.

Disclaimer: I was given these products to review, but all of the thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own.

The Easy Vegan Cookbook | Review and Recipe

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Easy Vegan Cookbook | Review and Recipe
I am extremely picky when it comes to making recipes.  They must be filled with vegetables, light on fat, with a relatively short ingredient list of items I either have on hand or can easily obtain.  Basically, I love simple, vegetable heavy meals.  However, it can be difficult to find cookbooks dedicated to my way of eating, and I can often only find a handful of recipes in my collection that adhere to this criteria.  

Kathy Hester's The Easy Vegan Cookbook has completely changed the game for me.  While flipping through the book, I stopped at nearly every recipe and thought, "I want to make this recipe!"  Everything looks so good, so simple, and so accommodating.  It is truly a dream come true. My must make list includes creamy broccoli and potato casserole, stuffed pepper stew, and creole okra corn soup.  But first on my list is a soup that is very close to my heart: cabbage.  Can you ever go wrong with cabbage soup?  No, the answer is no.

Notes: This soup isn't the prettiest, but the taste is bold and delicious.  This recipe is my favorite way to use up the extra cabbage from my CSA.

Asian corn cabbage soup
serves four

1/2 small onion, minced
1 tbsp olive oil (or saute in water)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 c minced mushrooms
pinch of salt
2-3 tsp minced ginger
4 c chopped cabbage
2 c corn kernels (frozen or fresh)
4 c water
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp vegetable bouillon
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2-1 tsp sriracha sauce
1 tsp light soy sauce (or use coconut aminos)

Stove top method:
Saute the onion in oil (or water) until it's translucent, then add the garlic and cook 1 more minute.  Add mushrooms and a pinch of salt.  Saute until the mushrooms have cooked down and released their liquid, about 10 minutes.

Add everything except sesame, sriracha and soy sauce (or coconut aminos) to the pot and cook until the cabbage is tender, about 15 minutes.  

Before serving, add sesame, sriracha and soy sauce (or coconut aminos).  Adjust seasonings if needed.

Slow cooker method:
To prep the night before, saute the onion in oil (or water) until it's translucent, then add the garlic and cook one more minute.  Add mushrooms and a pinch of salt.  Saute until the mushrooms have cooked down and released their liquid.  Store the cooked mixture with cut cabbage and corn in the refrigerator over night.

In the morning, add everything except the sesame, sriracha and soy sauce (or coconut aminos) to your 4-quart slow cooker.  Cook 7 to 9 hours on low.

Before serving, add sesame, sriracha and soy sauce (or coconut aminos).  Adjust seasonings if needed.

Tip: Cheater Slow Cooker Shortcut: Skip the onion saute and use 1/2 tsp of onion powder instead.  Then add the raw mushrooms into the slow cooker for a throw-it-all-in-and-go meal!

Reprinted from The Easy Vegan Cookbook Copyright 2015 by Kathy Hester.  Published by Page St Publishing.  Photo by Ann Olivero.

Disclaimer: I was given this book to review, but all of the thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own.

Favorites | On Friday

Friday, September 25, 2015

St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador
This shirt was made for me.

Exactly what I needed to read this week.

The prettiest pizza.

How perfect are these cookies for autumn?

Dying over these new bags from GUNAS.  Which color is your favorite- gold or silver?

I love this man.

I watched this documentary over the weekend and, holy cow (pun intended), it's a total game-changer.

This book is so clever and hilarious, and I highly recommend it.

My new Miakoda wishlist items: these sweatpants with this flowy tee.

I spent the last two weeks binge watching this YouTuber's vlogs.

Have a great weekend!

Love Goodly | Review

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Love Goodly | Review

There's a new vegan subscription box in town and it's called Love Goodly.  I was so incredibly excited to receive their first limited edition August/September box and could not wait to see all of the goodies inside.  I must say, I was completely blown away.  Let's take a look.

Love Goodly | Review
My Love Goodly box was filled with...

Hurraw! lip balm in vanilla bean | I am obsessed with lip balms; I have one sitting in every room of my house, about five in my purse, and six at work.  This lip balm is so silky smooth, buttery, and ultra hydrating.  I love the smell of the vanilla bean and find myself favoring this product over all the others.  It is definitely my new favorite.

Amal's moroccan oil | Moroccan oil is great to use as a moisturizer/serum, especially on extra dry patches.  I like the small size of this product, as a little goes a long way.

LVX nail lacquer in deco | I love LVX nail lacquers and haven't received a new one in a while, so this product was a nice surprise.  I love the orange-coral color, which is a great color for summer and fall.

Pukka organic tea in chamomile lavender | How beautiful is this box's packaging?  Unfortunately, I am not a fan of chamomile tea or lavender, but I appreciate the obvious high quality of this product.  If it was of the green, rooibos, or mint variety, I would have been all over it.

Christy Robinson mini bunny necklace | I absolutely love Christy Robinson's jewelry and this necklace is no exception.  I love its daintiness and have literally not taken it off since I received this box.

Aloha daily good original whole foods powder | Aloha has become quite a popular company on social media in the last year, so it was nice to finally try out one of their products.  I cannot really give a firm stance on this powder, but I love the its whole food ingredients and potential benefits.

Love Goodly | Review
Love Goodly is a bi-monthly subscription box that is $35 with free shipping.  Inside, you will find an assortment of 5-7 products ranging in beauty, lifestyle, snacks, and accessories.  All products are vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic.  Even better, each purchase from Love Goodly supports a cause, such as Farm Sanctuary and Fuck Cancer.  Love Goodly has it all- amazing vegan products, high ethical values, and the passion to give back to the community.  I don't know about you, but I only see amazing things for this company.  Also, what will be in the next box?!  We shall see...  Order your box here.

Disclaimer: I was given these products to review, but all of the thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own.

Petit Vour August Box | Review

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Petit Vour August Box | Review
At the beginning of September, I went on a much needed, week long vacation.  As I was planning for the trip, my Petit Vour box arrived and was filled with the perfect beauty essentials to pack.  Although I had not tried these products before, I was very hopeful they wouldn't disappoint.  Luckily, I completely trust Petit Vour and had a feeling everything would be amazing.  Spoiler: They were.

Petit Vour August Box | Review
My Petit Vour box was filled with...

Mychelle Dermaceuticals fruit enzyme scrub | Hands down, my favorite type of facial cleanser is an exfoliant.  I love this scrub because it also doubles as a mask.  It is the perfect product to use after removing your makeup to ensure your pores are thoroughly cleansed.

Yarok feed your shine hair serum | I am completely in love with this serum.  It leaves my hair ultra silky and shiny after blow drying and a little goes a long way.  My only minor complaint is that I am not a big fan of the smell (kind of bitter).  However, it is in no way offensive and you cannot smell it after your hair is styled.

Modern Minerals tea rose finishing glow | I wasn't exactly sure how to use this product.  It is much more subtle than a highlighter and the color is very neutral.  I decided to dust it all over my face after applying my foundation, which resulted in a light, all over glow.  It looks very natural, "barely there", and perfect for those days where you need a little more help awakening your complexion.  

Juara clove flower and tumeric serum | These samples were perfect for me to bring along on my vacation.  I applied the serum after cleansing my face and before moisturizer.  I love how quickly it absorbed and helped to hydrate my skin.

The box also came with a sample of Yarok's feed your curls styling cream.  Although I usually dry my hair straight, this product is perfect for those days you want to just wash your hair, apply a little cream, and run out the door.  Plus, you can never go wrong with Yarok.

This Petit Vour box was the perfect mix of products, all of which I brought along with me on vacation at the beginning of this month.  Every item packs quite a punch and can easily become every day staples.  To sign up for your very own vegan, cruelty-free, luxury Petit Vour box, go here.

Disclaimer: I was given these products to review, but all of the thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own. 
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