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petit vour review

I am loving the trend of vegan subscription boxes lately and I was so happy to get to review the Petit Vour and Vegan Presence boxes! They are both FABULOUS and you should definitely be checking them out right about ….NOW!!

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I am BEYOND late on posting my May Petit Vour review but better late than never! I love, love, loved this box! It has so many cool elements and I WORSHIP the Odacite skin care that I got to try because of it! Just to give you a little overview of what Petit Vour is – they are a monthly subscription box that sends you vegan and cruelty free beauty product minis each month for only $15 and free shipping! How awesome is that price?!

Here is what came in the May Box:

  • A gift certificate for a 10 day skin care treatment with a consultation from Odacite (this is almost a $30 value on its own!!)
  • Tsi-La Organic Perfume Oil
  • Go Raw Spirulina Energy Bar
  • Sample sizes of Acure’s Morrocan Argan Oil and Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Misa Nail Polish in the color Looking for Trouble

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I seriously adored the Odacite skin care treatment! The consultation was very descriptive and you answered several questions related to your skin and lifestyle and they sent you this kit with everything from day cream and eye cream to jojoba exfoliate! This treatment changed the texture of my skin COMPLETELY and every product was amazing! I miss it!

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I didn’t get to use the perfume oil as much but I was thankful to be introduced to a vegan perfume company! One of the greatest things about the subscription boxes is their ability to introduce you to all of these amazing companies you had no idea existed!

The Acure shampoo and conditioner —- just OH MY GOD! The smell is just AH-MAZING!!! If you love marzipan, you are going to LOVE how this smells! I love how this makes my hair feel as well and if it smells like marzipan all day – I will use it forever and ever! I have curly hair that tends to be on the frizzy side so whatever product there is that is formulated to help calm it, I love to try and I have to say my hair came out pretty damn awesome after using this stuff! Try it out now!!

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I have to say, I HATE THE TASTE OF SPIRULINA so I didn’t love the Go Raw bar but I respect the benefits of it and it was a nice little treat within the box!

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I am always looking for nail polish brands that are vegan and formulated without “the big three” so I was ecstatic to try this out and I loved the fact that it was a full size bottle! I do have to say that you’re going to be putting on at least a couple of coats to get a nice finish. This is a pretty see through color but when it goes on right, the color is so pretttty!

All in all, I loved the Petit Vour box and if you haven’t tried it or you are looking for a vegan beauty box to try – check it out now!

Now, onto the Vegan Presence box!

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vegan cookies

“If someone doesn’t like cookies – be suspicious of them because come on now, who doesn’t love cookies (VEGAN COOKIES IN PARTICULAR!)?!”

I was so stoked to get to review AMAZING cookies/treats from OM NOM NOM Cookies, Sweet by JanaDauphin Bakery and Black+Blanco! These people are cookie magicians or something crazy cool like that. I swear you have tasted little bits of heaven each time you take a bite of these luxurious (yes, I am using luxurious) cookies! The best part is that they make GLUTEN FREE varieties too so really how amazing is that?! Woah, amazing is going to be so overused in this post but again these cookies are AMAZING! I am so in love with them and if you haven’t tried them yet – I plead with you to place your orders now to pick up these tasty treats!

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My absolute favorite from OM NOM NOM Cookies is the orange zested chocolate chip cookie of scrumdiddlyumptious, crazy fantastic, totally delicious, awesomness! Each bite is like an explosion of yummy orange and chocolate and I love the fact that these cookies are so crunchy on the outside yet have that moist cookie interior we’re always searching for. I have to say a really good cookie, beyond the flavor, HAS TO HAVE that crunch when you bite into it or it can’t be deemed most amazing cookie ever. Unless of course, it’s soft on purpose and soft cookies hold a special place in my heart too. Remember, back in the day (in your pre-vegan days) when Chips Ahoy! Chewy Cookies were the best thing ever well these cookies trump those by leaps and bounds and intergalactic space time warps.

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While growing up I struggled immensely (and still do at times) with body image, body dysmorphia and disordered eating and my drug of choice was bulimia nervosa. I spent two years of my life struggling with this disease, while doing everything in my power to keep it hidden. It became this crutch of mine that evolved from a superficial look oriented wish for weight loss to an emotional release. When things were chaotic in my life, which they were most of the time, my bulimia would get out of control and anything would set me off into a binging and purging rampage and I felt as if there was nothing I could do to stop it. There were times when a simple apple was all it took to ruin my day and suddenly everything around me became a numbers game. Numbers existed in everything; how many calories I ate that day to the number on the scale and I was sucked into this world of bathroom trips and an overwhelming sense of not being good enough.

Eating disorders will take over your life and every waking moment revolves around the disease and I am so grateful to be in a better place now. I am not in any way a 100% better because having been affected by such a disease it will live with you every day and every day becomes a work in progress. I have been blessed with a renewed vision and perspective that has given me the amazing chance to start over again and look at life through a new and positive lens. I do struggle at times because I wish to lose weight but through this new look at life I have found that there is no need for numbers or scales but to judge how I feel  through my health and not through looks. I no longer want to lose weight to look better but to FEEL BETTER.

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To get the point and my love of probiotics, one of the affects of having disordered eating is a slowed down and all around messed up digestive system. When I started to eat real food again and basically get back to eating a normal balanced diet my stomach went crazy and every time I ate I ended up with these horrible stomach pains. It got so bad that I barely wanted to eat at all and I was living on just one meal a day because I didn’t want to deal with those pains and issues more than once a day, if at all. I struggled to find an answer to these issues and I spent countless days googling digestive disorders and ways to alleviate these symptoms and the best answer for me was probiotics.

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leek and split pea soup

My boyfriend actually came up with this recipe on a whim so I have to give him a little credit for this one haha. Everyone has those moments when there’s nothing to eat and you have to brainstorm a little to figure out what dinner is going to be that day and this was definitely one of those days! We tried this out a couple of times with the potato and without it and I can voucher that it is delicious both ways but it is more creamy with it! Can you believe this gorgeous soup only has five main ingredients?! The rest you would most likely find in your cabinet or pantry and remember you can play around the spices to suit your tastes! Don’t ever feel obligated when doing a recipe because the best part is taking that recipe and making it your own!

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Such a yummy, fast and summery dish!

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Also, did you check out that awesome bowl?! Sambazon sent me it along with a matching spoon! I adore it! Now back to the soup, this is literally the easiest thing in the world to make and the cooking time is basically how long it takes for the split peas to cook and that’s it! You just saute the leeks with a little garlic and you add that to the split peas — blend, blend, blend and you’re good to go! Don’t worry, there are more detailed instructions with the recipe! 🙂

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If you follow me on twitter, facebook or instagram, you know I recently did a one day Terri Juice Cleanse and let me tell you; those juices were delicious! The Cashew Milk was the bee’s knees man! This cleanse features six drinks a day ranging from Strawberry Mint Lemon to of course my favorite Cashew Milk. The instructions recommend you sip the juices throughout the day and drink them along with tons of water. I felt amazing after this cleanse but I will admit it got harder throughout the day definitely towards the night but the cashew milk was much appreciated because it provided that extra protein and healthy fats to get me through the night!

I would recommend it 100%! The juices were delicious and filling and Sarah, the Cleanse Guru is awesome! One thing I would say is that if you’re new to juice cleanses, I would ease into by only eating fruit and veggies for a couple of days before the cleanse and it will make it SO MUCH EASIER! If you feel super hungry during the cleanse, eat some raw fruit and veggies and won’t mess with the detoxification process to much!

I’m excited to say Terri has provided me with a TWO DAY CLEANSE to giveaway through a contest to one of you lucky readers! Find out how to win below! 🙂

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waffles

When you’re a child you often wake up to breakfasts like this or rather dream of waffles smothered in everything you can imagine! When you grow up, you start to realize that maybe that isn’t such a good idea but it’s alright to indulge every once in a while! I hardly eat waffles so you can imagine my first time trying to *make* (key word: trying) was a happy disaster! I bought a waffle maker just for this review and everything! There was a point during the whole ordeal (an ordeal it was!) that I thought I was going to disappoint Isaac from Surprisingly Vegan and there wouldn’t be a recipe at all! I tried every different variation of batter amount from 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup and each time they failed….

I dubbed them happy snowflakes as I was internally freaking out!

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Eventually as proof of these drool worthy photos — I found a happy medium and these Strawberry Almond Waffles smothered in chocolate shavings, coconut caramel, rawmio chocolate hazelnut spread, Go Veggie! strawberry cream cheese and finally Soyatoo! Rice Whip were born! Woooooah, what a mouthful that is to say!

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Surprisingly Vegan is made with only six ingredients; gluten free oats, ground flaxseed, english walnuts, coconut palm nectar, sea salt and vanilla beans. How awesome is it that you can recognize each and every one of those ingredients? Can you believe these babies are gluten and refined sugar free?! They are divine! I had no idea what to expect but I was very pleasantly surprised! It’s a delicious, whole grain and healthy alternative to the usual waffle!

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I will be giving away three boxes of this vegan waffle mix! One to three different people to try but EVERYONE who enters will be receiving a special coupon for a percentage off buying a box of Surprisingly Vegan! Remember to click read more for the recipe for these yummy Strawberry Almond Waffles!

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*Disclaimer*

Just to be on the safe side; Surprisingly Vegan sent me these to review for free but all opinions stated within are my own and I am not being paid to write this review.

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We all know what superfoods are and what they can do for ue so I decided to create a superfood  PACKED cookie which is almost gluten free! To make it gluten free simply sub the flour with an all purpose gluten free flour and you’re on your way! These cookies pack a superfood punch of golden berries, chia and flax seeds, yumberry powder, goji berry powder, cacao nibs and mulberries!

This is just one of those cookies you won’t feel guilty eating!

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Chia Seeds are known for being rich in Omega-3 fatty acids as well iron, magnesium, fiber, calcium, zinc and antioxidants! Also, they make a great binder and egg replacer similar to flax seeds. Golden Berries are an Incan berry that contain vital nutrients like beta carotene, protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, fiber and others! Cacao is super high in antioxidants and magnesium! Goji Berries have been gaining popularity for years now and with good reason they contain 18 amino acids and more than 20 trace minerals as well as Vitamin A, C and E.  Mulberries are rich in Vitamin C, iron, calcium and fiber! Yumberries are packed with antioxidants and rich in Vitamin C! In China, they’re known as yang mei fruit and have been hailed to aid digestion, fight inflammation and lower bad cholesterol! Let’s not forget the benefits of Flax Seeds which are high in Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.

The cookies themselves are slightly crunchy from the combination of the cacao nibs and the berries but also chewy and sweet. You would think they would taste like oatmeal cookies but they have a fruity flavor from the berry powders. Definitely worth a try! Make sure to read more for the recipe and a review of New York Natural’s Kale Chips and Greenola plus a special offer!

Have you tried Kale Chips yet?!

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virtual vegan potluck

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Welcome to the Virtual Vegan Potluck Desserts!

I am honored to be posting along with over 100 amazing vegan bloggers! I am constantly amazed by the spirit of vegan bloggers and how we can all come together for great cause. Ann has done a wonderful job in bringing us all together and I’m grateful to be a part of this brilliant event! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else has made and I’m sure it’s nothing short of delicious!

This is by the chocolaty-est dessert I have ever made! Fused layers of chocolate cheesecake and chocolate peanut butter fudge separated by rich chocolate “buttercream” frosting and finished off with just a bit more!

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Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate.

This is a chocolate lovers dream and it is RICH and creamy with subtle hints of coconut from the frosting. This dessert didn’t actually come out quite like I imagined it to because my idea to make chocolate coconut whipped mousse failed on me last minute when my coconut milk decided not to separate! Next time I shall have a couple of cans of coconut milk on hand. Nonetheless, this chocolate dessert is TO DIE FOR and I can’t wait to try it again with thicker layers and hopefully my coconut milk will be nice to me to next time.

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The cheesecake layers are rich and tangy with little notes of lemon and the fudge has melded together beautifully with the peanut butter. It is really is …chocolate heaven! I find it very apt and appropriate to name this Death by Chocolate because if you’re still longing for a piece of chocolate after this your taste buds must have gone crazy from chocolate overload!

Click read more for the recipe and links to the previous and next blogs in the Virtual Vegan Potluck!

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