Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Best of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bonanza

I don’t know if any of you have made it to Trader Joe’s this year, but dear lord, they are killing it with the seasonal pumpkin overload! While most of it isn’t vegan, there are quite a few veg friendly items that are definitely worth a try. Of course, I bought all the vegan items to indulge my pumpkin fanaticism and they are all tasty (except for the body butter, I didn’t taste that. … yet.)

vegan seasonal treats

  1. Pumpkin Joe-Joes- Let me say that these are probably my most favorite Trader Joe’s treats ever. They are like Oreos, but the vanilla cookie ones, with pumpkin filling. Can I repeat that? PUMPKIN FILLING! Ok now that you heard me, let me tell you how amazingly yummy these are. I bought one box and it was gone in a day. Then I bought the second box. It was gone in hours. (Husband and I are not pigs I swear, we just gorge ourselves once in a while. No big deal.)
  2. Pumpkin Spice Roobios Tea- This is a smooth, spicy, tea that’s great for winding down from a long day. This tea is a great substitute to those pumpkin spice lattes that everyone loves and is especially good for people who are avoiding coffee or caffeine. I like to brew it and then add some almond milk so it kinda feels latte-y.
  3. Country Pumpkin Spice Granola- Eat it as a snack. Eat it for breakfast. Eat it hot. Eat it cold. You can even throw this on top of some yogurt. I tried it all ways and its fabulous.
  4. Pumpkin Body Butter- Ok, Trader Joe’s is not the first place I go for lotions and potions but I saw this by the register (damn impulse buys) and I decided to check it out. After a quick check to make sure it was vegan and cruelty-free, it ended up in my basket. It really smells mostly of cinnamon and nutmeg but it feels luxurious when you slather it on. This is a super silkily, delicious fragrance that will have you smelling spicy all day long.

Have you tried any Trader Joe’s seasonal goodies? Which ones are your favorites?


September Vegan Cuts Beauty Box



It’s time for another amazing Vegan Cuts Beauty box, Snuggle friends. This is a really great program that allows you to sample 5-7 vegan, cruelty-free, toxin-free beauty and self-care products for only $20 a month. This is such a great value because many of these boxes have at least 1 full size product mixed in with the samples.  It’s like a little gift you can give yourself monthly.

Without further ado, Here’s your September Vegan Cuts Beauty Box:

  1. Clark’s Botanicals Deluxe Deep Moisture Mask– This stuff is amazing. The smell is incredibly soothing and the way your skin feels after doing a treatment makes you want to rub your face on people to show them how smooth and soft it is. This mask is made from algae, comfrey root, jasmine and green tea.
  2. Only Goodness Inside Deodorant- This is a good deodorant that will keep you stink free all day. They use organic food grade ingredients that are gluten-free, vegan, irritation-free and best of all, stain-free. It goes on like a lotion and dries quickly making it great for peeps on the go.
  3. Lunatick Cosmetic Labs- Oh and I love me some eyeshadow. I mean I’m kind of obsessive with it, especially funky colors. So this was a nice little surprise this month. I received this loose shadow in Dr. Jekyll, which is this amazing bronzy, gold shade with silver sparkles. This is a really awesome shade that can go for both day and nighttime wear. (And I got lots of compliments on it)
  4. Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub- This is a very nice scrub that uses volcanic sand and Dead Sea salt to gently buff away dead skin for amazingly soft and smooth skin. Dead Sea salt and volcanic sand? Sounds tre chic and spa like.
  5. Suncoat Mascara- A natural, sugar based mascara that is excellent for sensitive eyes. Suncoat uses mineral pigments and vitamin E but leaves out the toxins to keep your peepers healthy. This is a nice, thick mascara that glides on smoothly and lasts throughout a long work day.

That about wraps it up. These are some really great products and you should get in on the next box. So go do it. Now. You won’t regret it.

10 Ways to Use Pumpkin This Fall

Alright, alright, alright, it’s October 1st and you know what that means. It’s officially pumpkin season. Now, I know Starbucks and most various other places launched their pumpkin seasonal lovelies back at the end of August but in my own personal opinion, October is really when it should be debuted.

vegan, Pumpkin, recipesPumpkin is crazy versatile and super nutritious (tons of antioxidants.) Fresh is always best, canned will do in a pinch but you have to be aware of those nasty BPAs that  can be lurking in cans. I usually get a good-sized pumpkin, roast it, and then can or freeze it for when I need it. Seeing as there are million things you can make with pumpkin you’ll probably go through it pretty fast.

With that being said, here are my top 10 Favorite Ways to Use Pumpkin

  1. Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte- Starbucks may taste nice, but ditch the nasty additives and make the real thing at home.
  2. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds- A delightful snack if you’re on the go. Also a great topper for salads and soups
  3. Pumpkin Soup- Super yum. Pumpkin soup is creamy and it can be sweet or savory.
  4. Pumpkin Ravioli- I have yet to make these, but they are on my bucket list for fall this year. Pumpkin filled little noodle delights? Where can you go wrong.
  5. Pumpkin cookies If you remember last year’s pumpkin cookies…
  6. Pumpkin smoothie- Just a little frozen puree, almond milk, and spices and you have liquid pumpkin pie for breakfast.
  7. Pumpkin pie- Der. Can’t have fall without at least one helping of pumpkin pie.
  8. Pumpkin pie oatmeal- You can have pie for breakfast! Didn’t you know? Add some puree and pumpkin pie spices to oatmeal for a hearty breakfast.
  9. Pumpkin pasta sauce- Making any squash into a pasta sauce is super delicious and makes me want to cuddle up under a fluffy blanky and watch the leaves fall.
  10. Roasted pumpkin- Roasting is great for almost any vegetable. Roasting really concentrates the flavors and the nice caramelizing on the outside is enough to make my mouth water.

Ok, I think covered everything. Pumpkins are great because they are nutritionally dense on top of tasting amazing no matter what you do with them. Celebrate fall with some pumpkin!

What are you favorite pumpkin treats?