Hi friends – especially local friends :)
For the smallest state, we really pack a lot of vegan and plant-based options here. Joe and I are always looking for a new place to try, and quite honestly, we never have too much trouble. Rhode Island is extremely vegan friendly, especially our Providence capital. I’ve reviewed a ton of local places on here before – you can find more posts HERE, HERE, and HERE (this one is particularly great for coffee lovers). Since my last post, we’ve fallen in love with a whole new batch of spots.
If you’re local or in the New England area, I encourage you to give these places your business – they’re all wonderful.
No word of a lie, the minute I lathered up and used this shampoo + conditioner in the hotel shower, I knew I would be writing this post. Do you ever have that happen to you? You try something and it is literally love at first use. Between the minty scent, the cool head-tingles, and the lightness of product… I was instantly sold. Also funny story, this brand was in our mini-moon hotel room after the wedding. We stayed at Forty 1 North in Newport (out of control amazing, by the way) and they supplied MALIN + GOETZ shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion. I took all the samples I could, gushed about my newfound love to Joe 80% of the time, and then went home and ordered two huge bottles immediately. And now here I am, still gushing about it weeks and weeks later. I AM OBSESSED.
They do not test on animals and never plan on doing so [!!] and the majority of their products are vegan. According to their website, the only products that are not vegan are: Hair Pomade (has lanolin and beeswax), Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer and Vitamin B5 Hand Treatment (have honey), and (MALIN+GOETZ) Candles (have beeswax). You can find all this information on their website, so definitely go and browse. They have a ton of other products that I hope to try soon. Actually, a really cool thing that they do when you order directly from their website is allow you to choose 3 products to sample. I feel like all I wanna do is place orders to have ALL THE SAMPLES. This time around, I chose to sample: vitamin e face moisturizer, detox face mask, and clarifying clay mask. I love face masks, can you tell?
Another plus – all products are made in the USA! Love that.
Okay – so now that I have gushed on and on, let me talk about the actual shampoo and conditioner.
I guess you can call this part two of my favorite vegan restaurants and hot spots in Rhode Island. You can find my first round of vegan restaurants in Rhode Island in this post.
One of the cool things about living in RI, for me, is the fact that we are a super vegan-friendly state. You’ll find options and hole-in-the-wall places both North and South of the state.
hi guys :)
I’m sure by now you know that I always prefer to cook from scratch. I make dinner on weekdays, and typically pack my own lunch for work. However, I do keep a couple frozen meals (entrees, veggie patties, vegetable potstickers, etc) on hand. Every once in a while (like once a month maybe) I will walk in the door after a super long day at work and just want to crash on the couch in my pajamas – no cooking whatsoever. It’s those days where pre-packaged meals are my bff.
I was super thrilled when Sweet Earth Natural Foods reached out to me and asked if I would like to sample and review their frozen entrees. They’ve recently hit shelves in Target, which is convenient and exciting. More plant-based options – always a win! I decided to review the General Tso’s Tofu dish.
Yeah, I said best. Okay, so they are the best in my eyes, but still… the best. Sara shared a round-up of her favorite cruelty-free cleaning products a few weeks back, and now it’s my turn. Because as she so awesomely pointed out, we are insane. We’re like two 80-year olds who have nothing better to do than wipe down counters and then walk around smelling the damn house as their scents waft through the air.
Yeah, it’s like that for us. Wouldn’t have it any other way!
Okay people, if you have been following along and know me… you know I do not like vegan cheese. I think it tastes fake and just doesn’t compare to the real thing… so I just omit it from my diet all together.
Holy shit, I take it all back. ALL HAIL MIYOKO’S GOURMET CHEESE PRODUCTS. This amazing and kind company sent me over some samples, and I couldn’t stop myself from inhaling them. No joke. So, I’m here to give a brief review for anyone who may also have trouble finding a good vegan cheese, or you know, someone who just wants to add to their favorites.
Chunkie Dunkies – you heard of ’em? If not, thank God you found your way here to read up.
Chunkie Dunkie makes cookies, brownies, and biscotti that are Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free and Kosher. You won’t find flour in these bad boys – they are made with whole raw nuts! Dina, the founder and a raw vegan chef, challenged herself to make the very best tasting healthy cookies around, and I’ll say that she has succeeded.
You can imagine how excited Sara and I were when we were asked to run a recipe and giveaway for the lastest plant-based cookbook, THE PLANTPOWER WAY by Rich Roll (a renowned ultra-distance athlete and high-profile wellness advocate – and one of PETA’s Sexiest Vegans) and his wife, Julie Piatt (a chef, yogi, singer/songwriter, and homeschooling mother of four children). This book has over 120 easy-to-prepare recipes, including hearty meals, healthful smoothies and juices, and decadent desserts. Aside from good eats, there is also advice and practical tools like shopping lists, information on ingredients, simple cooking techniques, and more.
We’re absolutely loving our copies, and one of our fav recipes from the book is this penne dish topped with roasted tomato and cacao sauce. UH YUM. What a combo, right? We’re sharing the recipe right here. OH, and you can enter our giveaway to WIN YOUR OWN COPY, too. View the rest of this post for details :)
Superfood. Chocolate. Gah. What’s not to love?! When I saw this ad in my newsfeed, I knew I had to try it out. Continue reading