Hippeas Chickpea Puffs



Healthy vegan puffs!

I'm a big fan of chips. Whether it's plain potato chips, barbecue chips, or the accidentally vegan Sweet Chili Doritos, I'm obsessed. I've been known to eat an entire family sized bag by myself on occasion, which is horrible but I can't help myself. I don't eat fast food and I don't drink soda so I gave myself chips... or at least that's how I justify my chip obsession to myself. But what if potato chips weren't made out of potatoes but instead something super healthy like chickpeas???? Those would be the chips of my guilt-free dreams and those dreams just so happened to come true when I stumbled upon Hippeas at my local grocery store.


Hippeas are organic chickpea puffs that come in a pretty large variety of flavors. I was originally drawn to Hippeas after finding the Vegan Cheddar Puffs. If anything has vegan and cheese in the name, I have to try it... and then I had to try all the other flavors, obviously.


Vegan Cheddar Puffs

The vegan cheddar puffs are incredible. It's been a while since I've had anything remotely close to Cheetos and I'm pretty sure these babies are the closest I'm going to get. They don't necessarily taste like Cheetos, but they do taste incredible. I just love them.


Sriracha Sunrise Puffs

I might sound like a wimp, but Sriracha is too spicy for me. So naturally, I was a little apprehensive to try these Sriracha Sunrise Puffs but I womaned up and took a few bites and I was in love. These puffs are kind of spicy and sweet at the same time. Again, I just love them so much.


Pepper Power Puffs

Lastly, I tried the Pepper Power Puffs. These are super basic but super tasty. I'd definitely get these again to have on the side with a veggie burger or I'd probably even eat them alone because, again, I have a chip problem. But it's okay if it's a chickpea puff problem, right? It's a healthy-ish obsession.




What are your favorite vegan chips?
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Pacifica Hair Products



Vegan and cruelty-free hair products!!


In the five years that I've made the concious effort to only purchase vegan and cruelty-free products, I've found it extremely difficult to find hair styling products. With that being said, I think it's safe to say my hair has seen more bad days than good in those five years. Lucky for me though, Pacifica changed the vegan and cruelty-free hair care game by releasing a whole bunch of new hair products at Ulta.

Invisible Powers Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo isn't like any other dry shampoo I've ever used. Firstly, it has a pump. Usually when I've used all natural dry shampoo, I'd have to dump it on my hand and apply it myself. The Invisible Powers Dry Shampoo has a pump that is applied directly to the roots. Secondly, it has shimmery bits in it. I'm not sure what they do, because I don't notice them in my roots, but they work their magic somehow to mask my oily hair. Though this product is super strange, it works and I'm into it.



This balm is honestly the best ever. It's a heat protectant, texturizer, curl definer, and finishing cream, all in one. The product itself doesn't leave my hair feeling heavy or oily, which is something that happened all the time whenever I would use any type of product on my hair. The passionfruit scent lasts all day, which is incredible.



My hair gets lots of height from frizz, but it never has intentional volume, so I thought I'd give the Ginger Root spray a try. I definitely see a good difference in my hair when I use this product. It kind of tames my frizz, but still gives my hair volume, at the same time. And the scent, again, is incredible.



Before we even get into the magical powers of this hair mask, I need to talk about the scent. This mask smells like a banana dream and even if this mask wasn't amazing, I'd buy it again and again just for the banana scent alone. But the mask is incredible, too. I left the mask all over my hair for 20 minutes right before I took a shower and something magical happened. My hair was super soft, but not frizzy, on day one hair. DAY ONE. I'm amazed and in love.


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Toast 3 Ways



Toast appreciation post

Toast is probably the most underrated breakfast food out there. Some mornings I'm in the mood for cereal, others maybe a chocolate chip muffin, but everyday, without fail, I'm always in the mood for toast. Even if it's just toasted bread with a bit of vegan butter spread across it, toast for breakfast can never fail in my eyes, and stomach.


Before you can start your toast endeavors, you have to start with a sturdy foundation. I'm talking about the bread. The bread you choose to make into toast and eat first thing in the morning is important. You need the right amount of protein, fiber, and other important things to start your day right. White bread will not do (for the record, it will never do, in my opinion). My favorite bread is the Oat Nut bread from Arnold. Trust me when I say you have never experienced the magic that is bread until you've tried Arnold's Oat Nut bread. Trust.

Now that we have a good and strong foundation, we can start with the different variation of spreads for your toast. I'm more into savory breakfasts, so these are not only tasty ideas, but filling and substantial breakfast meals.

Hummus

I can eat hummus all day, everyday. The different variations of hummus you can buy is practically endless but I'm always a fan of plain and simple hummus with as little garlic as possible. If you want to try making some for yourself, in a food processor combine chick peas with olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste (and garlic, but I smell like garlic for days after I eat it, so I try to eat as little as I can). It's seriously that easy. If you're feeling fancy, you can even add sesame seeds or, my favorite, sunflower seeds.


Spinach and Tomato

Spinach is one of my all time favorite veggies so I always like to incorporate it in as many meals as I can. Make sure you drain your spinach as much as you can after cooking it, as it might make your toast soggy and no one likes soggy toast. I sometimes eat toast just with spinach and that's it, but if I'm feeling fancy and I have some tomatoes, I throw those on there too.


Avocado

Avocados are always a nice addition to any sandwich, but what if the avocados were the starring role?? I like eating avocados on toast for breakfast or any other time of the day when I have avocados, to be honest. You can mash up the avocado or you can slice it. It's delicious either way.


If you're feeling super ambitious, you can add all 3 together to make one super toast. 
What's your favorite way to eat toast?
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New Vegan Ben & Jerry's Flavors



New additions to Ben & Jerry's non-dairy line!

About a year ago, Ben & Jerry's started offering a small selection of vegan ice cream flavors made from almond milk. If you read my Vegan Ben & Jerry's post, then you'd know how excited I was about it. Ever since then, almost every time I'd go to the grocery store, I'd pick up a pint of P.B. & Cookies (because that ice cream is a dream, and it's vegan). So, just imagine my surprise when I went to the vegan ice cream section and found THREE BRAND NEW non-dairy Ben & Jerry's flavors!!! I went a little crazy and bought all three because I had to try them so I could write about them and share my excitement with the world, all for the blog post, totally.


Caramel Almond Brittle is the ice cream flavor of my dreams. It has all the ingredients to win my heart, so I thought it was a done deal the moment I saw the pint still in the freezer section at the grocery store. And I was right. P.B. & Cookies will forever be my ice cream of choice, but I think this one may tie for that number one spot.




Cleverly named after Jerry Garcia, Cherry Garcia is one of Ben & Jerry's most popular flavors. I never got to try this iconic flavor before going vegan, so I just assumed I never would, until recently when B&Js made my dreams come true by adding this legendary ice cream to their non-dairy line. If you're into cherries, then you'll love this flavor. Iconic.
You can read about how Cherry Garcia came about here.




Seven layers of caramel, fudge, walnuts, graham cracker, coconut, and 2 other things that I'm not sure of - goodness. I'm usually not coconut's #1 fan, but this ice cream made me rethink that. Maybe I do like coconut? This ice cream will for sure be the perfect hot-summer-day treat.



Apparently, all my dreams involve ice cream... what's your favorite non-dairy ice cream?

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Sheet Masks



Vegan and cruelty-free sheet masks!

If you've read my post about Facial Serums, then you'd know I've been stepping out of my beauty/skincare comfort zone by trying products that aren't necessarily out there, but more like products I've been too afraid to try. Sheet masks never appealed to me mainly because 1. they seem fussy and 2. they're a one time use product. I like getting the most value out of products, so a one time use product just doesn't seem economically savvy or environmentally friendly. Disregarding all that, I decided to go against all my instincts and try out a few sheet masks. 


The Instant Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum mask was the first product I ever tried from Andalou Naturals and it was a great first impression. This mask wasn't overly harsh but I could definitely feel a little tingle, which I like because that means it's doing something, right??? I'm definitely stocking up on this mask and all the other sheet masks Analou Naturals has available.

Andalou Naturals is 100% cruelty-free with vegan options marked with a V





Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Calming Paper Mask

I have a weird relationship with Yes To products. In the past I've tried Yes To Cucumbers facial wipes and my skin was not happy about it. I have sensitive skin, so I'm used to it. I stayed away from Yes To after that until recently when I tried their Yes To Charcoal Wipes. Those wipes were, and still are, the best wipes I've ever used on my face, so I thought maybe my skin changed and I should give Yes To another chance. First, I tried the Yes To Cucumbers Sheet Mask. Maybe it's just the Cucumber products, but after trying this mask my skin was extremely irritated. Cucumbers... smell incredible but sets fire to my skin... noted.

Yes To Tomatoes Acne Fighting Paper Mask

I already purchased another Yes To mask, so even after my experience with the cucumber mask, I decided to give it a try, since, ya know, I already spent 3 bucks on it. I reluctantly tried the Acne Fighting Mask and the weirdest thing happened... my skin didn't completely freak out. My skin felt refreshed and hydrated afterwards. I'd definitely buy this mask again if my skin decides to breakout any time soon.

Yes To is 100% cruelty-free with a large selection of vegan products
Non-vegan ingredient list available via Yes To's email


Alba Botanica Fast Fix Coconut Water Hydrate Sheet Mask

The Alba Botanica Coconut Water Hydrate mask is a sheet mask game changer. My skin has never felt as hydrated as it felt after using this specific paper mask. I honestly can't get over how refreshed my skin felt immediately after taking it off. The hydrating feeling stuck around a few days after too, which is incredible.

Alba Botanica Fast Fix Camu Camu Anti-Wrinkle Sheet Mask

I'm not yet at the age when I should start worrying about wrinkles, according to some people, but there's nothing wrong with being proactive, right? With that mindset, I like to buy anti-wrinkle products once in a while and that's exactly how the Alba Botanica Camu Camu Anti-Wrinkle Sheet Mask found it's way into my Target shopping basket. Like the coconut water mask, this mask was super refreshing. Alba Botanica knows what they're doing in the sheet mask department.

Alba Botanica is 100% cruelty-free with a few non-vegan products
Non vegan products are listed on their FAQ page



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Goats of Anarchy



"A woman's quest to save the world one goat at a time"



If you aren't familiar with the Goats of Anarchy Instagram account, then allow me to introduce you to your latest (and greatest) Instagram obsession. Goats of Anarchy is a non profit goat sanctuary founded by Leanne Lauricella located in Northern New Jersey. Jax, Opie, Nero, Tig, and Otto are GOA's founding members, and if you're a fan of Sons of Anarchy, then you'd get the reference (it should be noted that I didn't get the reference until my sister pointed it out to me... believe it or not, there are a few tv shows out there that I haven't binge watched... yet).




I have been completely invested in Polly and Pocket and all their other goat friends ever since I found the Goats of Anarchy Instagram a few months ago. I would find myself bringing up the goats in everyday conversations and telling everyone I knew to follow GOA on Instagram because everyone needs to see videos of baby goats learning how to walk with casts on... everyone. If you're as invested in these goats as I am, then the new Goats of Anarchy book should definitely be your next Amazon purchase.


The Goats of Anarchy book gives incredible insight on Leanne's story as well as each individual goat's rescue story. I teared up a few times reading about the horrible conditions some of these goats were rescued from, but felt completely reassured after knowing how incredibly loved and cared for they all are now. I commend Leanne on everything she's done in starting a sanctuary. My end goal has always been to have my own sanctuary, but my heart breaks every time I imagine seeing any animal in any type of pain. It takes an extraordinary person to be able to quit their day job and dedicate all their time and resources to giving animals a loving home and to endure all the heartbreak that comes with caring for neglected animals, but I'm sure the outcome out ways any and all of the negatives.

With Easter coming up, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone that, though baby goats, bunnies, chicks, and ducklings are all extremely adorable, they should never be a last minute Easter present. Like all babies, these incredibly cute baby animals will grow up to be full sized chickens, ducks, goats, and rabbits and they are a huge responsibility that needs serious time and research before even thinking about purchasing or adopting. Every animal deserves a loving home, and if you do find yourself in a situation where you don't feel like a suitable pet parent, always look for a sanctuary for your pet to ensure a happy and full life.
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ME! Bath Spring Bath Bombs



Make more "ME! time" with spring bath bombs

I always find myself buying lots of bath products because I love the idea of having a pamper bath session, but I rarely ever take baths. In order to change that, I decided to make a conscious effort to take a bath at least twice a month. I've only ever used Lush products in the past, and though I absolutely love Lush, I decided to venture outside of my Lush bubble and try some new vegan bath products. That's when I stumbled upon ME! Bath in Target.



ME! Bath is a vegan and cruelty-free brand that offers scrubs, lotions, soaps, and bath bombs. Their main goal is to celebrate "ME! time", which is exactly what I've been been trying to do, so when I saw some of their Tini ME! Bath Bombs in Target, I couldn't resist. Also, I'm a sucker for anything packaged in Spring/Easter themes, so I was sold on the packaging alone.


I'm obsessed with the scent of Love, ME! It smells like a fruit salad in the middle of spring right next to a huge rose bush. If that doesn't win you over, I'm not sure what will. I'm obsessed.


The Land of Milk and Honey scent smells exactly like honey. While still standing in the isle of Target, I had to double check on ME!'s website to make sure all of their products were in fact vegan because 1. the name threw me off and 2. the scent smells so much like honey. I'm not sure how they managed to make a vegan product smell like honey, but they did and I love it.


The Cucumber Melon bath bombs are my favorite out of this bunch. I'm not usually a fan of cucumber scents, but there's something about these bath bombs that I just can't get enough of. Also, they're blue and, for some reason I'm not sure why, I love turning my bath water blue. 


ME! Bath is 100% cruelty-free and vegan

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Avocado Eye Treatment



Super cooling eye treatment!

My allergies have been insane lately. Just in the past month alone, I've had a cold and a sinus infection, back to back. And let me tell you, my body, skin especially, is definitely feeling the aftermath of all that. I started to notice how tired and dehydrated my eyes were starting to look and that's when I knew I had to start looking for an under eye treatment.

While looking through the natural skincare isle at Target, I discovered a cruelty-free brand called Nourish Organics. Though I didn't see anything I needed in the store, I was intrigued by the brand and checked out all their products on their website. I kept Nourish Organics on the back burner in my mental "maybe later I might need it" skincare list. And I was right, because with all this allergy stuff going on, I remembered Nourish Organics had a spiffy looking eye treatment.



Unlike other eye treatments, this product has a metal applicator that is extremely cooling when you apply the cream, which is incredible. The cream itself is super light and hydrating, which is exactly what I look for in any type of skincare product. I've been using this product for about a month now and the skin under my eyes have been extremely hydrated. This product has definitely made it into my daily skincare routine.



Nourish Organics is 100% cruelty-free with vegan options marked with a vegan logo
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Vegan Fruity Snacks


Healthy and fruity vegan snacks...


If you've read my Healthy Vegan Chocolate Snacks post, then you'd know I'm always on the hunt for new snack foods. Chocolate is, and probably always will be, my snack of choice, but I recently decided it was time to step away from the chocolatey snacks and enter the colorful world of fruity snacks, and that's exactly what I did.


I haven't had fruit snacks in a while (due to gelatin and beeswax, which both aren't vegan), and thanks to Annie's, I can proudly say that's no longer the case. Annie's fruit snacks are available in a variety of flavors, but I decided to try out the Tropical Fruit pack first. These not only taste great, but they're also vegan, gluten free, and free of artificial colors (which is incredible).



Fig Newtons were always a favorite snack of mine before I went vegan, but, like fruit snacks, I haven't had them in a while (since Fig Newtons contain Whey, which is another non-vegan ingredient). Nature's Bakery managed to one up Fig Newtons though, so I don't even miss them. Nature's Bakery offer's a selection of fig bars in a variety of flavors. The vegan bars are labeled vegan, which I appreciate immensely, so thanks Nature's Bakery. I recently tried the Strawberry Fig Bar and I'm obsessed. 



I've been a big fan of Mamma Chia's chia juices for a while now. I'm pretty sure I've tried every flavor they have to offer and I've been equally obsessed with all of them. I honestly didn't think it could get any better... but I was wrong. Mamma Chia also offers their chia concoction in a squeeze pouch. A squeeze pouch. Mamma Chia's products don't only taste incredible, they also contain lots of essential omega 3s so they're the perfect snack for vegans who tend to lack omega 3s.



If you're like me and you like the idea of drinking sparkling water over soda, but you just can't get behind the taste of sparkling water, then Izze's Sparkling Juice is the beverage of your dreams. You get all the carbonation that you would in soda, but without all the unhealthy ingredients. I've tried all the flavors Izze have to offer, and I love them all, but Clementine and Peach are definitely my top two.



Like fruit snacks, I haven't had fruit wraps in years. Maybe even since elementary school, I'm not too sure, so when I saw these fruit wraps in Trader Joe's I had an instant throwback and wanted to try them immediately. After a quick Google search, I found out these wraps were in fact vegan, so nothing was holding me back. The consistency of these fruit wraps are a little bit thicker than the ones I remember from my childhood, but they're definitely a lot tastier since they're made from real fruit. 



Sorbets are always a great option when you want a cold snack, but aren't in the mood for (vegan) ice cream. This sorbet specifically is tastes incredible. I absolutely love eating sorbet in the summer, so I know this Mango sorbet will be on my grocery list again in a few months.



Astronaut food never appealed to me. It always seemed extremely unnatural and, to be honest, it kind of freaked me out. But for some odd reason while walking through Trader Joe's, a packet of Freeze Dried Mangos stuck out and I thought I'd give them a go. I think I'd still rather a real mango over a freeze dried one, but I was definitely surprised with how good it actually tastes. Definitely a lot easier to buy this packet then to chop up a mango, so I might give freeze dried fruits another go in the future.


What's your favorite fruity snack?
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