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True Joy Sweets.

16 Dec

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I figure why not chat about candy today? EVERYONE loves candy and if you don’t…send me some of that will power ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today we are pimpin True Joy Sweets. All natural, vegan, non-gmo, Kosher, organic and gluten free, this candy company offers something for everyone.

I just learned about True Joy Sweets last week. I copped a box of their candy canes because for me, regular candy canes have too much garbage in them, including red coloring. I am very much against red food colorings. Not only are they usually petro or crushed bug based but they also give me an awful headache. Obviously I was psyched when I saw that True Joy uses fruit juice as the red coloring for their candy canes. Score one for this sweet toothed veg head.

Not limited to only candy canes, True Joy Sweets make fruit chews and choco chews. I have yet to see these in the flesh but when I do, you know I will be copping them.

So keep your eyes open for True Joy Sweets next time you are at your local natural grocer or your local Whole Foods. They are worth a try plus it is nice to support a small business like True Joy who on top of making organic vegan candies are also part of the 1% for the Planet organization.

http://www.trujoysweets.com/

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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Earth Science.

10 Dec

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Earth Science came on my radar a couple of months ago when I gifted a bottle of their Olive Oil and Avocado Hair Masque by the lovely woman who straightens and cuts my hair.

She is older and old school so I knew it was going to be a good product. But I was not prepared for how well my hair took to it. No residue, no harsh smell, nothing weighing my hair down. All around, all good.

Like my skin and my taste buds, my hair is picky. It happens to adore this hair masque and since it’s all natural, paraben free and not tested on animals, I have a feeling it is something I will be keeping around.

For over 30 years this still family owned business has been churning out high quality, cruelty free beauty care. I can’t stay I have much experience with this brand outside of this specific product I am currently using but natural and cruelty free are good enough reasons for me to share their 4-1-1 with you all.

http://earthsciencenaturals.com/

Stay Chizzle,

M.

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So Does Coconut Oil REALLY Stop Grey Hair….

26 Nov

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There is so much myth, magic and truth about coconut oil on the web and in the press these days. Some of the ‘miraculous’ claims seem too good to be true and I am sure most are. Or are they not?

Let me proceed…

Last year, almost exactly 1 year ago I decided to start using coconut oil on my hair every night as a leave in conditioner. Prior to this my hair was a brittle, breaking mess due to high mineral content in my new town’s water and not enough conditioning.

I also knew that I had 3 grey hairs, maybe 2. I do not dye my hair and at age 34 I know that (in the words of Robert Nesta Marley) ‘one day ‘da bottom gon drop out’ so I was curious to see if I could stop that number of greys right where it stood.

I have used coconut oil every single night for 1 year and these are my results…

Now a days, my hair does not break and I have not seen a split end in a year.

My hair grows 2x as fast as it did without coconut oil. My hair is growing almost 1 inch a month, no joke, I just measured my regrowth and I had 2.75 inches in 3 months.

My hair also feels really clean, even when it’s dirty it still feels cleaner over all, as does my scalp.

My hair never feels dry, is way less frizzy and it’s easy to manage.

And I can now safely say that yes, I have 2 grey hairs. No, they did not go away but I can say for 100% positive, I did not get anymore grey hairs in the past year (I will be 35 in June) and I am giving those props to a veg diet and coconut oil on the hair/scalp every night.

So how does one do this…

I simply keep a jar of coconut oil next to my bathroom sink and scoop out 2 teaspoons, mush it in my hands, glob it in my hair, massage scalp for a hot minute then comb through with wide tooth comb.

Sleep on it and then wash hair 2x in the morning to get rid of the oil residue.

Then I keep it moving.

Cheap, natural and easy.

This was simply my experience over the past year.

Stay Chizzle,

M.

Pro Bar Meal.

26 Feb

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I have a major soft spot for meal replacement bars. I am ‘on the go’ quite a bit and eat all day to top it off so meal replacement bars are a staple in my purse and car. Now finding a high quality, great tasting meal replacement bar is a whole other issue, and a vegan one at that? Good luck.

Well, I guess we are all in luck because Pro Bar has made a super delicious, super healthy meal replacement bar that I think most can get behind. These organic non-gmo, vegan, all natural, high fiber, high protein meal replacement bars are the ish. Chock full of good stuff like oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and dried fruits, the Pro Bar Meal Replacement combines a ton of natural ingredients that taste amazing and are super good for you.

Clocking in at 390 calories with 22 grams of fat , 6 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein, these things fill you up easily and keep you full until your next feeding. They are also a great source of Iron and a good source of Calcium and Vitamin C.

You can find them at Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods, your local health foods store, some sporting goods stores such as REI and of course a bunch of places on-line. Read more about them below…

http://theprobar.com/archives/2012/12/20/fresh-new-look/

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Citrus Magic.

17 Feb

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8 animals. EIGHT. That is how many I have living in my house. I know, I know, I know. Trust me. 4 Chihuahuas and 4 feral/stray cats, 2 of which are my pets, they have been tamed and are lovely. The other 2 strays are still in ‘taming’ mode and hopefully will be adopted out over the next couple of months.

No, I am not a hoarder, just a woman who is going broke from kitty litter, one who cannot say no, or close my door to an animal in need. Seriously, I have tried, then I lay awake at night. I like my sleep so it is easier for me to just let them all in my house and then take it from there.

Needless to say, I clean, a lot. All the time. Cleaning everyday, that is the trick to having a clean animal hostel. Never let your hostel get so dirty that it cannot be cleaned in under 2 hours ๐Ÿ˜‰ This is where cleaning products like Citrus Magic come into my life and make it a little bit easier. Citrus Magic is an all natural, cruelty-free line of cleaning products that relies on the power of natural citrus oils to get your life clean.

I can say 1000% that everything they make works. I am currently using their ‘Citrus Magic All Purpose Cleaner’ spray for around the house and also a nice, huge solid air freshener for my basement where the 3 litter boxes are. They also make a line of products strictly for pets, the huge Citrus magic ‘Solid Air Freshener’ I rock is part of their ‘pet care’ line.

Citrus Magic can be found at Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, KMart, Wild Oats Marketplace and Aubuchon Hardware, as far as chain stores go. I have also purchased them, at where else, T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s.

There is really no reason to use chemical cleaners that have been tested on animals these days, there are natural, cruelty-free alternatives to every cleaning product and dare I say that most work better than their chemically counterparts.

Peep their website below forย  the 4-1-1 on their amazing products.

And please don’t tell my landlord about the 2 extra dogs and 4 cats…

http://citrusmagic.beaumontproducts.com/ Citrus Magic Homepage.

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Laughing Giraffe Organics.

3 Feb

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Every now and then I come across a really cool company, randomly. This weeks surprise was Laughing Giraffe Organics. Yum. Yum. Yum. Laughing Giraffe makes delicious, all natural, raw, vegan snacks that are packed with good for you ingredients. This is important because as we all know, we need to snack but snacking on empty calories does more harm then good. This is where companies like Laughing Giraffe come into play.

With sweet offerings like Snackroons and granola, Laughing Giraffe makes it easy to snack with no remorse. All of the ingredients they use to make their minimally processed snacks are all unprocessed, which means a little bit will go a long way. These are snacks that will actually fill you up, not cause you to over indulge on junk.

This is a small business run by people who love what they do. You can find their goodies in Whole Foods as well as random ass places like Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx. They also make it easy to order right off their website and you get free shipping when you buy 6 or more items.

Handcrafted, raw, vegan, gluten free and certified organic, all make it hard to go wrong with Laughing Giraffe Organics.

http://thelaughinggiraffe.com/ The Laughing Giraffe Homepage.

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Victoria Vegan.

15 Jan

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Sometimes amazing things happen in the food world. Take for instance, your favorite pasta sauce company starting a vegan line of pasta sauces. If you’re a pasta lover please tell me, does it get any better than that? Didn’t think so ๐Ÿ™‚

Personally, I think Victoria makes the best packaged pasta sauce. I have tried them all and I constantly come back to Victoria. Sure I make my own when I feel like it and when I have the time but let’s face it, most of us are not standing around in an apron stirring the sauce for 8 hours to be sure it does not stick to the sides of the pot. Well at least I know, I’m not.

So once one corners the market of delicious ready to use pasta sauce what does one do? How does, start a vegan line to thank all of their loyal veg head customers sound? That is precisely what Victoria did, they took note to the fact that not only do they have many vegan customers but to the fact that veganism is the new black. And if you can’t beat it then you may as well join it.

With delicious offerings such as vodka and Alfredo sauces, Victoria Vegan has made sure that those who eat veg, never have to miss out on a delicious, comforting, warm bowl of pasta laden with a ‘cream’ based sauce. They have replaced the butter and cream with soy and honestly, you cannot tell the difference. Their vodka sauce mixed with some upper tier penne literally tastes like something I have eaten in one of the many creme de le creme of Italian restaurants we have here on the East Coast.

When it comes to finding Victoria Vegan, things can get tricky. I have yet to see it carried at a major aka chain supermarket, I came across my jar at a small organic, specialty store. I know you can also order it on-line, below is the link to their site, you can get all the 4-1-1 I left out, over there…

http://www.victoriafinefoods.com/products/specialty-sauces/victoria-vegan Victoria’s Vegan Offerings.

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