I made Coconut Cream Cupcakes! Nummy <3

I made Coconut Cream Cupcakes! Nummy <3

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Where’s your favorite place to shop for cruelty free gifts?

It’s finally Christmas time- Tis’ the season to shop cruelty free! Where do you go to find the ultimate-perfect gifts? 

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Company: Tofurky Product: Smoky Maple Tempeh Bacon Verdict: 2/5For the longest time I&#8217;ve been craving a BLT. I&#8217;m talking, pile on the mayo, add a bunch of crunchy lettuce, and topped off with a thousand pieces of crispy soy bacon, BLT! The problem is, I haven&#8217;t been able to find any vegetarian bacon products near me. That is until the hopeful day (or so I thought at the time) my local health food store brought in Smoky Maple Tempeh Bacon! 
For $4.00 you get a decent amount of bacon strips, I&#8217;d say around 12 pieces altogether (however, they are quite small, approximately the length of your pointer finger). The directions say to fry the bacon strips in 2 tablespoons of cooking oil. So I did. I followed the directions to a T, cooking them until crispy. One thing that was bugging me while cooking them was that some of the strips were falling apart- they were quite thin, so flipping them became a chore. 
But, because my stomach was grumbling and my craving for soy bacon was getting stronger, I carried on. I placed 3 pieces of the bacon on my sandwich.
The first bite wasn&#8217;t any more than decent. Just OK- nothing special, but it slightly curbed my craving. However, bite number two definitely gave me the true taste. I can honestly say, that these bacon strips were not meant for me. They were gritty, and un-like real bacon, dry. To me, they actually tasted like the grit at the bottom of the real, extra greasy, bacon pan. NOT what I was going for. And to top it all off, after eating my sandwich out of pure hunger anyways, I began to feel nauseous. I literally could not stand the smell, which by the way did NOT smell like delicious smoky maple, but more like 4-day old grease and grit. 
All in all, not impressed at all. The reason it did receive a 2/5 was the fact it was at least vegetarian. However, I think it needs to take an extra step or two to receive the &#8220;delicious&#8221; label! 
The Verdict 
Pros
Vegetarian/Vegan
Cons
Tasted like grit
Super dry
Crumbly 
It did not taste like bacon- thus leaving me feeling nauseated and with an ever-growing craving for a BLT

Company: Tofurky 
Product: Smoky Maple Tempeh Bacon 
Verdict: 2/5

For the longest time I’ve been craving a BLT. I’m talking, pile on the mayo, add a bunch of crunchy lettuce, and topped off with a thousand pieces of crispy soy bacon, BLT! The problem is, I haven’t been able to find any vegetarian bacon products near me. That is until the hopeful day (or so I thought at the time) my local health food store brought in Smoky Maple Tempeh Bacon! 

For $4.00 you get a decent amount of bacon strips, I’d say around 12 pieces altogether (however, they are quite small, approximately the length of your pointer finger). The directions say to fry the bacon strips in 2 tablespoons of cooking oil. So I did. I followed the directions to a T, cooking them until crispy. One thing that was bugging me while cooking them was that some of the strips were falling apart- they were quite thin, so flipping them became a chore. 

But, because my stomach was grumbling and my craving for soy bacon was getting stronger, I carried on. I placed 3 pieces of the bacon on my sandwich.

The first bite wasn’t any more than decent. Just OK- nothing special, but it slightly curbed my craving. However, bite number two definitely gave me the true taste. I can honestly say, that these bacon strips were not meant for me. They were gritty, and un-like real bacon, dry. To me, they actually tasted like the grit at the bottom of the real, extra greasy, bacon pan. NOT what I was going for. And to top it all off, after eating my sandwich out of pure hunger anyways, I began to feel nauseous. I literally could not stand the smell, which by the way did NOT smell like delicious smoky maple, but more like 4-day old grease and grit. 

All in all, not impressed at all. The reason it did receive a 2/5 was the fact it was at least vegetarian. However, I think it needs to take an extra step or two to receive the “delicious” label! 

The Verdict 

Pros

  • Vegetarian/Vegan

Cons

  • Tasted like grit
  • Super dry
  • Crumbly 
  • It did not taste like bacon- thus leaving me feeling nauseated and with an ever-growing craving for a BLT
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Who is Your Vegetarian/Vegan Role Model?

I want to know- who do you look up to as a veggie inspiration?

Me? Well, Paul McCartney of course ;) 

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Company: Madison Street Beauty Products: Mineral Eyeshadows, Foundations, and BlushesVerdict: 5/5
 Makeup that looks utterly flawless is a goal all women strive to achieve. However, if you don&#8217;t have good quality makeup to work with, well, you&#8217;re pretty much just going nowhere fast with an increasingly lighter wallet! However, thankfully for my skin and my wallet, Madison Street Beauty designs affordable mineral makeup that I will forever vouch for. It&#8217;s gentle, with coverage and pigment that is extremely build-able, leaving you in complete control of the look you want to achieve, without the greasy, slippery look most liquid makeups leave you with.  
   I can happily say that I&#8217;m completely confident in using Madison Street Beauty products on a daily basis without the stress of wondering if it has creased, or worse, completely disappeared! Their long-lasting, highly-pigmented mineral eyeshadows are designed to make your eyes pop with an array of colours from delicate pastels to unique vibrant brights. And it gets better- adding a small amount of water to a pinch of eyeshadow creates a one-of-a-kind liquid eyeliner!
 A small amount of the Mineral Foundation helps create a soft and natural look while giving you a long lasting, build-able coverage formulated just for you-  ideal for the makeup savvy (or un-savvy!) lady. I also found that using a shade lighter than your foundation doubles as a highlighter-applying a small amount to your cheek and brow bones helps accentuate your facial features.. for cheap! 
 Add their perfectly pigmented blushes to your routine for a pinch of peach or a swipe of pink to add a bit of life to your now flawlessly-canvased skin! Now you&#8217;re set for a night on the town! ;) 
 You can find Madison Street Beauty&#8217;s products on their beautiful Etsy Shop at, www.etsy.com/MadisonStreetBeauty.com 
AND, thanks to the wonderful creator of Madison Street Beauty products, Bridget, she has provided us lucky ducks with a coupon code for 50% OFF YOUR ORDER in regards to the celebration of her parents 30th wedding anniversary!! Just type in OCT25 at the check out! Happy shopping! :) 
The Lowdown; 
Pros
Highly Pigmented, long lasting formulas
Extremely gentle and light
A huge variety of products and best of all.. colours!
Natural 
Hypo-allergenic 
Not tested on animals
Cons 
I can honestly say there aren&#8217;t any cons with these products, they are definitely something I would recommend investing in! 
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MadisonStreetBeauty

Company: Madison Street Beauty 
Products: Mineral Eyeshadows, Foundations, and Blushes
Verdict: 5/5

Makeup that looks utterly flawless is a goal all women strive to achieve. However, if you don’t have good quality makeup to work with, well, you’re pretty much just going nowhere fast with an increasingly lighter wallet! However, thankfully for my skin and my wallet, Madison Street Beauty designs affordable mineral makeup that I will forever vouch for. It’s gentle, with coverage and pigment that is extremely build-able, leaving you in complete control of the look you want to achieve, without the greasy, slippery look most liquid makeups leave you with.  

  I can happily say that I’m completely confident in using Madison Street Beauty products on a daily basis without the stress of wondering if it has creased, or worse, completely disappeared! Their long-lasting, highly-pigmented mineral eyeshadows are designed to make your eyes pop with an array of colours from delicate pastels to unique vibrant brights. And it gets better- adding a small amount of water to a pinch of eyeshadow creates a one-of-a-kind liquid eyeliner!

A small amount of the Mineral Foundation helps create a soft and natural look while giving you a long lasting, build-able coverage formulated just for you-  ideal for the makeup savvy (or un-savvy!) lady. I also found that using a shade lighter than your foundation doubles as a highlighter-applying a small amount to your cheek and brow bones helps accentuate your facial features.. for cheap! 

Add their perfectly pigmented blushes to your routine for a pinch of peach or a swipe of pink to add a bit of life to your now flawlessly-canvased skin! Now you’re set for a night on the town! ;) 

You can find Madison Street Beauty’s products on their beautiful Etsy Shop at, www.etsy.com/MadisonStreetBeauty.com 

AND, thanks to the wonderful creator of Madison Street Beauty products, Bridget, she has provided us lucky ducks with a coupon code for 50% OFF YOUR ORDER in regards to the celebration of her parents 30th wedding anniversary!! Just type in OCT25 at the check out! Happy shopping! :) 

The Lowdown; 

Pros

  • Highly Pigmented, long lasting formulas
  • Extremely gentle and light
  • A huge variety of products and best of all.. colours!
  • Natural 
  • Hypo-allergenic 
  • Not tested on animals

Cons 

  • I can honestly say there aren’t any cons with these products, they are definitely something I would recommend investing in! 

http://www.etsy.com/shop/MadisonStreetBeauty

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Company: Boo BambooProducts: Hair Strengthening Shampoo, Strengthen and Shine Conditoner, Revitalizing Conditioning Treatment Verdict: 5/5
Coming from someone who is constantly battling with tangled and dull tresses I can assure you I&#8217;m always on the lookout for any sort of &#8216;holy grail&#8217; hair products that will give my lack-luster locks a bit more.. oomph! Fortunately for my hair (and my sanity) Boo Bamboo creates the ultimate hair products with revitalizing and restoring formulas to give your hair that perfect makeover you&#8217;ve been lusting over. 
The Hair Strengthening Shampoo should be first on your list of &#8216;must try&#8217; items. It claims to help strengthen the hair follicle and retain moisture to help promote shine and vitality- I can definitely say I stand by that statement! Being a thin-haired gal, I&#8217;m constantly battling with shampoos that weigh down my hair and add product build up rather than actually cleansing it. (Never mind adding strength and moisture as well!) After lathering this baby up I definitely noticed a difference in the strength of my hair, it didn&#8217;t feel as brittle and, well, wimpy as before! Not to mention the scent of it was perfect, it didn&#8217;t smell like chemicals, but it also wasn&#8217;t over-powering-ly scented with florals or fruits either; just a simple, natural fresh scent to help relax my troubles away. 
In conjunction with the Strengthening Shampoo, The Strengthen and Shine Conditoner is wonderfully formulated with rich minerals, organic proteins, and extracts of bamboo to sooth your sexy tresses into a luscious sheet of satin. With this miracle moisturizer tangles are non-existent, and your worries of dry hair are washed away with your tub full of bubbles! 
Last, but certainly not least, is the Revitalizing Conditioning Treatment. If you are a lady with colored or chemically treated locks, you&#8217;ll want to invest in this bad boy! It helps to add the needed moisture to restore, and is formulated to help revitalize and strengthen over-processed chemically treated hair. You can use this knight in shining (literally) armor in replacement of the daily conditoner, or with it for the ultimate moisture treatment! 
Boo Bamboo is perfect for all hair types, and could definitely be the key to help your dull hair become your dream hair! Check out their website and cruise through their other products to get a feel for the opportunity of a simple hair-makeover! 
The Lowown;
Pros
They help strengthen and add moisture to dull hair
Adds shine to keep your frizzes away
Made with all natural and organic ingredients
Paraben and DEA free
Cruelty Free and Vegan!!
Cons
I haven&#8217;t experienced a single con! These products are definitely going on my &#8216;holy grail&#8217; list. 
www.BooBamboo.com

Company: Boo Bamboo
Products: Hair Strengthening Shampoo, Strengthen and Shine Conditoner, Revitalizing Conditioning Treatment 
Verdict: 5/5

Coming from someone who is constantly battling with tangled and dull tresses I can assure you I’m always on the lookout for any sort of ‘holy grail’ hair products that will give my lack-luster locks a bit more.. oomph! Fortunately for my hair (and my sanity) Boo Bamboo creates the ultimate hair products with revitalizing and restoring formulas to give your hair that perfect makeover you’ve been lusting over. 

The Hair Strengthening Shampoo should be first on your list of ‘must try’ items. It claims to help strengthen the hair follicle and retain moisture to help promote shine and vitality- I can definitely say I stand by that statement! Being a thin-haired gal, I’m constantly battling with shampoos that weigh down my hair and add product build up rather than actually cleansing it. (Never mind adding strength and moisture as well!) After lathering this baby up I definitely noticed a difference in the strength of my hair, it didn’t feel as brittle and, well, wimpy as before! Not to mention the scent of it was perfect, it didn’t smell like chemicals, but it also wasn’t over-powering-ly scented with florals or fruits either; just a simple, natural fresh scent to help relax my troubles away. 

In conjunction with the Strengthening Shampoo, The Strengthen and Shine Conditoner is wonderfully formulated with rich minerals, organic proteins, and extracts of bamboo to sooth your sexy tresses into a luscious sheet of satin. With this miracle moisturizer tangles are non-existent, and your worries of dry hair are washed away with your tub full of bubbles! 

Last, but certainly not least, is the Revitalizing Conditioning Treatment. If you are a lady with colored or chemically treated locks, you’ll want to invest in this bad boy! It helps to add the needed moisture to restore, and is formulated to help revitalize and strengthen over-processed chemically treated hair. You can use this knight in shining (literally) armor in replacement of the daily conditoner, or with it for the ultimate moisture treatment! 

Boo Bamboo is perfect for all hair types, and could definitely be the key to help your dull hair become your dream hair! Check out their website and cruise through their other products to get a feel for the opportunity of a simple hair-makeover! 

The Lowown;

Pros

  • They help strengthen and add moisture to dull hair
  • Adds shine to keep your frizzes away
  • Made with all natural and organic ingredients
  • Paraben and DEA free
  • Cruelty Free and Vegan!!

Cons

  • I haven’t experienced a single con! These products are definitely going on my ‘holy grail’ list. 

www.BooBamboo.com

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    "Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are like us.” Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are not like us.” Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction."
    Charles R. Magel
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    Vegetarian’s Night Out- A How-To Tale

            Eating out as a vegetarian can seem a little bit intimidating at first, especially if you live somewhere that has little to no veggie-based restaurants kickin’ around! One of my biggest pet peeves is getting dolled up to go eat at a fancy restaurant and realizing that the only thing that I can eat is salad. Salad is the LAST thing that I want to pay for when I go eat out! However, it can be scary when you don’t know what ingredient is in what, if the soup is beef-based, or if the noodles are cooked in chicken broth. So, after learning the hard way several times, I finally mastered the technique in eating out. 

    Ask. It’s as simple as that. Don’t be afraid to ask your waitress/waiter if something has any trace of meat in it before you order. And if they aren’t sure, ask them if they could check for you. 

    DON’T FEEL BAD. If the restaurant wasn’t clear on veggie items, or in the more likely fact, doesn’t even accommodate vegetarians, then its best that you ask, and let them know that vegetarians need to be provided with at least some sort of accommodation there or else they will lose yours, and I’m sure many others, business. 

    So go; eat out and be merry, and ask your waiter about vegetarian options ;) 

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    As a request from my Tofu post, check out this delectable recipe on how to make delicous baked tofu!
www.AllRecipes.com
Happy cooking :) 

    As a request from my Tofu post, check out this delectable recipe on how to make delicous baked tofu!

    www.AllRecipes.com

    Happy cooking :) 

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    Tofu- Do you love it or do you hate it?

    Before I became a vegetarian I never even had a thought about tofu, so when I tried my first piece it was a bit of a surprise, also known as, ick! However, after mastering a few techniques to make it actually edible, it has become another delicious variety of ‘faux-meat’ for me. 

    What about you, is tofu the bane of your existence or does it play the leading role in your culinary expertise? 

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