Vegan Cuts Beauty Box Review: June Box

Hey there, Snuggle Friend’s it’s that time again! Where the eff did the time go? Have you checked out the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box yet? I mean, really, you should. It’s an awesome little gift to yourself or others (sharing is caring!) When you sign up for a subscription, you get a box with an assortment of 4-7 sample and full size vegan beauty products for only $20 bucks a month. I know, totally cool, right? I’ve discovered some really cool stuff through this program and it really helps with finding vegan beauty for reasonable price.

VEGAN CUTS SUBSCRIPTION BEAUTY BOX

So, Let’s move onto what I got for June.

  1. Superchic Laquer by Wonder Beauty Products- I received this totally awesome, handmade nail lacquer in a pretty, sparkly blue hue named Coming Unblued ( a good summer shade!). This polish drys quick and smoothly, which is always a bonus in my book. This polish is the mega 5 free and has no toxic chemicals. Check out their Etsy store for all of their super cute colors!
  2. Pacifica Natural Eye Pencil- I received this pencil in Fringe, a mocha brown, that goes on super smooth. I usually only buy black liquid eyeliner but I really like how this pencil is very easily applicable. This little pencil is also packed full of nutrients that help protect and nourish your sensitive eye area. And it’s waterproof!! Pacifica is a cool brand that you can order online or find in the Whole Body section at your local Whole Foods.
  3. NYL Velvet Transformative Serum– Need I say more? I do? Ok, I will. This is a fabulous little product that is full of vitamin C, antioxidants, anti-wrinkle and anti-inflammatory properties. Yes, my lovelies, this is a great serum for protecting your face. After I put it on, my skin feels so silky and radiant. NYL is made in a kitchen with amazing vegan, eco-friendly, and organic ingredients. Bottom line is: I really love this pick.
  4. LA Fresh Nail Polish Remover Wipes- These wipes are eco-friendly and one wipe works for 10 nails. Of course, I put these to the sparkly nail polish test, which is the toughest test of all. It did pretty good against the test. The scent is so much better than regular acetone nail polish and your nails feel conditioned afterwards.
  5. Lip Glosserie Moisturizing Lip Balm in Asain Pear- OMG. This is one tasty lip balm. The Lip Glosserie is a small company ran out of a kitchen in Austin, TX and they do an amazing job. This lip balm goes on smooth and gives you just a little shimmer. It looks really perrttty on and it tastes and smells amazing.
  6. Jane Carter Solution Hair Butter- Full of moisturizers, this is a great little product for the summer (especially for those of us desert dwellers!) It gets rid of those frizzes and keeps your locks looking lovely. Just remember, a little bit goes a long way!

That’s it. Now, get your keester on over to vegancuts.com and get your beauty box. Seriously. Do it. (Be one of the 1st of 300 to sign up for a new subscription in time for the July box and receive a bonus gift!)

*An added note, lovelies. This is not a sponsored post, I pay for my subscription and give my honest opinion on all products.

Vegan Lunch: “Chicken” Salad Pita Pockets

So today is Meatless Monday here in the House of Snuggles.

In fact, everyday is meatless so that’s a moo point (ha ha, get it.)

I dunno about you, but my workday lunch hour is only about a half hourlong. That’s not a whole lot of time to squeeze in a sensible, nutritious lunch. With that being said, sandwiches are pretty much my BFF in the lunch world.

This week’s sandwich is a spin on the classic deli favorite chicken salad. My mom used to make these beautiful gourmet chicken salad sandwiches for my school lunches. They were so gorgeous in fact all my friends were jealous and wanted to trade. I’ve been in a reminiscent mood lately and I have decided to re-create this very sandwich but my style.

The Super Snuggly “Chicken” Salad Sandwich

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What you need:

  • 1 package of tempeh- (I like the whole grain kind)cubed into cute little bite sized bites
  • Vegan Mayo- I use Earth Balance made with olive oil because it’s so damn tasty
  • 1 medium dill pickle, diced
  • 1/2 of a medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 2tsp dijon mustard
  • 2tsp tamari
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 tsp dill
  • Lettuce, tomato, sliced onion for sandwich toppings

What you do:

  • First steam the tempeh for 15-20 minutes. Set aside and let cool.
  • Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, add the tempeh and stir to completely coat everything.
  • Chill for about an hour before serving.

I find this goes perfectly in a pita pocket. To add some nutrition to this, I used whole grain pitas. This makes a perfectly satisfying lunch when paired with a big bowl of watermelon for a side and a homemade cookie for dessert.

 

Lazy Sunday Funday June 8, 2014

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Boy, Kohska, if you’re gonna help me at least stay awake.

A Lesson in Just Rolling With It 

Ever have a day when nothing goes your way? I mean, like a real shit-storm of a day where you want to do nothing but hide your head in the sand? I know I do. Most of the time when this happens I just want to scream, cry, and throw a temper tantrum but that’s not very productive. It’s a conundrum. You want to get upset and pout all day but that’s a big effing time waster.

So what do you do to stay on task?

  1. Go Work Out- Take advantage of the endorphins.
  2. Bake-  aka do your favorite activity. Everything is right with the world when I’m making a delectable, sweet treat.
  3. Take a Bath- Just soak in some soothing epsom salts and essential oils. While you’re at it, pour yourself a glass of wine and light some candles.
  4. Pet a Fur-Baby- Take a lesson from the furry ones. You can also tell them everything that’s wrong with you and they won’t judge.
  5. Take a Nap- Sometimes all you need is to close your eyes for 20 minutes.
  6. Sit Down and Be Grateful For What You Have- When the dark cloud is persistently over your head, this can be really hard. But it can also put a lot of things into perspective.
  7. Love Thy Self- Take that however you will.
  8. When all else fails, Laugh.

Interesting Article for the Week: Use Brain Science to Get What You Want In Life 

I find the topic of manifesting really interesting. Is it really that easy? I’ve read a few books now and watched a bunch of youtube to try and figure this stuff out and I’ve had some small successes, such as getting free coffee, but not much more than that. This article explains the brain connection to manifesting your reality a little bit better so that maybe more of my experiments can come to fruition. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Snuggle Sample Menu:

  • Breakfast- Bagel with cream cheese and strawberries
  • Lunch- Mock Chicken Salad in Whole Grain Pita
  • Dinner- Watermelon Strawberry Dreams Salad
  • Snack- Random nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts whatever I have lying around.

Peaceful Dumpling Contribution: What Kind of Taster Are You?

How you taste can give you insight into your inner self. Or at least explain why you prefer certain flavors to others. I’m also kind of obsessed with this topic because one of my fantasies is to create the most amazing tasting dishes ever.

Have a good week, Snuggles Friends! Don’t let the crazies get you down.

 

Vegan Cuts May Beauty Box Review

So in an effort to save a little cash, I had cancelled my Beauty Box. I know, the horror. Than I saw the preview video for the May Vegan Cuts Beauty Box and I was like, “Dumb.” So, obviously, I re-signed up for it. And you should too. It’s such a great way to try vegan, organic, cruelty-free beauty products for 20 smackaroos a month.

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May’s box was the most valuable yet with 3 full size products all worth a pretty penny. So let’s get to it.

  1. Skin Again Vanish– So this was a super exciting product to try. This is actually what clinched me re-signing up for my box. Turning 30 is hard and after rocking out hard in my 20s my body could use some TLC, especially my skin. Skin Again was born after the CEO, Sherrie, was severely burned in an accident. She began using a lotion that was gifted to her that totally saved her skin from scarring. She was inspired by this experience and used her knowledge of holistic elements to create these beautiful lotions for healing and damage prevention. I received a full size sample of Vanish, which helps diminish scars, cellulite, and stretch marks. Let me tell you, this shit works. Knowing the science behind cellulite, I was really skeptical but I have noticed a big difference in how my thighs look now. (Sorry, no before and after pictures. Nobody gets to see those.) So, if you are looking for a healing lotion like this it is worth every penny.
  2. Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Lash Strengthening Mascara– I was hoping to receive a mascara in one of the Beauty Boxes at some point. Lauren Brooke Cometiques uses natural and certified organic ingredients in all of their products. This mascara is a blend of vitamins, herbs, and extracts that help stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss.  This is a good mascara, there’s no flaky, runny stuff that you can sometimes get with mascara. It goes on clean and comes off easily. I was using Gabriel Cosmetics Mascara but I will be purchasing this as a replacement.
  3. Gourmet Body Treats Raw Finishing Powder– This was another full size goodie. Gourmet Body Treats is a company that was created because the owner has a skin condition that prevented her from using many beauty products. Gourmet Body Treats uses vegan, organic, and eco-friendly sourced ingredients to make their awesome products. And they have super cute packaging too! This finishing powder is awesome. It definitely helps keep my face from getting shiny and oily in the desert summer heat. This is a sheer powder that is great for all skin types and should be incorporated as the last step in your make-up routine.
  4. Tallulah Jane Halona Perfume– In general I am not a fan of perfume, I’m more of an essential body oil kinda of girl. I am also more of a fan of light floral scents over anything else but I gave this a fair try. This is a light scent that is great for summer and is a good scent for anyone who likes a strong citrus scent with spicy notes.
  5. Sevi Blue Yarrow Salt Salt Texturing Spray I am a huge fan of the boho type look and Sea Salt Spray is a staple for my hair. So when I saw this little gem, I did jig of glee. This is a good texturing spray that gives you light body and defined curls without getting your hair all crunchy. The best part about this is you just spray, run your fingers through your hair and run. Low maintenance is totally my style!
  6. Goddess Garden Organics SPF 30 Sunny Body Sunscreen– A natural sunscreen that protects your skin from damaging broad spectrum UVA/UVB rays. It’s very light weight and moisturizing, so it goes well on your face. (They do make separate facial sunscreen.) This sunscreen is all natural, vegan, non-gmo and is package in recyclable containers. I try not to spend too much time out in the sun, especially in the summertime (the desert is effing hoTT!!!!!!) but I did use it for a day out and it didn’t leave me greasy or have that strong sunscreen smell which is a huge bonus in my book.
  7. Gabriel Lip Gloss Treatment 8 in Champagne– I have been using Gabriel for a while now mainly because this is something I can pick up at Whole Foods. This is a nice gloss that’s not too goopy and conditions and moisturizes your puckers. As far as lip products go, I usually just use chapstick but I will bust out the occasional gloss when I’m feeling sassy. This is an unusual color for me, so it is taking some getting use to, but it reminds me of something totally retro. And I love retro, so I’ll keep giving it a try.

That’s it folks. I hope you’ll give the Beauty Box and some of these amazing products a try!

What are your favorite beauty products? 

Vegan Strawberry Walnut Pancakes

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Ever wake up and just feel like making pancakes?

I know I do.

This past Sunday, I woke up with a hankering for interesting pancakes. I looked through my fridge and found some strawberries that were about to turn and a bag of walnuts.

Strawberries?

Walnuts?

Pancakes?

Sold. I adapted a recipe out of La Dolce Vegan to fit my strawberry-walnut pancake dream and my little experiment turned out beautifully. They were sweet, fluffy and had just a hidden crunch. What can be more satisfying for breakfast? I’m not sure, but I’m sure I’ll share with you when I find it.

Strawberry Walnut Pancakes

1C All-purpose flour

1/2tsp baking powder

1/2tsp baking soda

1/4tsp vanilla extract

1 1/4C “milk” (I use almond)

1T canola oil

1/2C chopped strawberries

1/4C chopped walnuts

  • Combine the flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  • Mix your vanilla, milk,  and oil in a separate bowl.
  • Combine your dry and wet ingredients until just mixed. A few lumps are ok. If you over mix, your pancakes will get kind of rubbery and that’s no good. We want fluffy, not rubbery.
  • Gently fold in your strawberries and walnuts.
  • Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet or on a griddle over medium heat. Put a scoop of batter on your skillet and cook until you see a bunch of bubbles (roughly 5 minutes or so.)
  • Than it’s time to flip! Flip your pancake and cook until golden.
  • Top with maple syrup or whatever toppings you like. Depending on the size of your scoop, recipes make about 8 pancakes.

Lazy Sunday Funday- June 1, 2014

Hellllloooooooo Snuggle Friends,

I’m back after a little break and here to bring you your weekly edition of Lazy Sunday Funday.

VEGAN, FOOD, HEALTH

You know, I just finished my first vacation in 4 years (WTF, what took so long, right?). It was a 10 day staycation and it was fabulous! Not to get too cheesy, but it’s totally what I needed. I feel so well rested with a new perspective on life. It’s kind of similar to the main guy in Office Space after he was hypnotized.

A staggering 70% of people in the United States hate their jobs. Let me repeat that: 70% of the population of the United States hate their jobs. Since the mass majority of us hate the work that we do, it is important to add some variety in other aspects of life until things change and we are able to do the work we enjoy full-time.

In the meantime, let’s focus on making everyday feel like the weekend. What does that mean? Basically, that we greet everyday relaxed, energized, and focus on the possibilities that the day will bring.  Here are 4 simple ways to bring you closer to it:

  1. Delegate responsibility. If you are at work and you start to feel too stressed or anxious, take steps to lighten your load. I have worked in places that have a real problem with this and not only is it stressful on individuals, it brings the moral of the business down. So ask for help! It’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of intelligence.
  2. Sleep! Make sure you are well rested. This is a non-negotiable. The quality and quantity of sleep can great effect your mood and how you interact with reality everyday. Keep a strict sleep schedule and make sure you get good quality sleep. Need help in that department? Check out this article I wrote on Insomnia Cures.
  3. Make time for something you do like to do everyday. This is another non-negotiable. Even if you can only devote an hour to your favorite hobby make sure you do so.
  4. Get into the practice of self-love. Need a luxurious bubble bath to relax? Do it. Want a massage but it’s only Wednesday? Do it. We do not pay enough attention to when our bodies need a little extra self-care and it should always be a priority. Just ask your self, “Hey self, how ya doing? What do you need today? You are awesome and I appreciate you!” Sound nuts? Don’t care, just do it.

Weekly Interesting Article: Americans Have Stopped Cooking, And Here’s How Our Recipes Are Suffering.

I was perusing Huffington Post and came across this gem. This article basically talks about how as we grow up, we are learning less and less about making our own food and as a result our recipes have to be dumbed down. I have found this quite interesting. I learned quite a few basic cooking and baking tips from just hanging out in the kitchen and watching my parents. By doing this, not only was I learning survival skills, but I was bonding with my family and learning about culture and traditions.

What are your thoughts? How have you learned to cook or bake?

Food Time in the House of Snuggles Weekly Menu Preview:

Breakfast: Strawberry Pancakes

Lunch: Taco Salad

Dinner: BBQ Tempeh Sandwich

Snack: Homemade granola bars

Dessert: Snickerdooders (I just think Snickerdooders are a better name for these cinnamony deliciousness of a cookie)

That’s it for this week. Have a beautiful week!

Lazy Sunday Funday: April 20th, 2014

Hello Snuggle Friends, it’s another edition of Lazy Sunday Funday!

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Hot Topic of the Week: Blood Moon Rising

Did anyone get the chance to see Monday night’s lunar eclipse? I actually set an alarm for midnight so that I made sure to get a glimpse of it. This is the first in a tetrad series of lunar eclipses that are going to happen over the next year. They are semi-rare and an exciting treat for astronomy lovers. It was amazing to see and I can’t wait to see the next one!

Vegan Product of the Week: Iss’ Magic Mixesiss' magic mixes protein powerhouse vegan breakfast

This week’s feature is a local product based out of Mesa, Arizona. I had the pleasure of meeting, Melissa, aka Iss,  at Chandler Farmer’s Market this past week and I sampled a few of her Magic Mixes. Iss’ Magic Mixes are these really delicious and super nutritious oatmeals mixes and She has amazingly yummy flavors like Chocolate Cherry Rapture, Banana Bread, and Walnut Apple Pie. I ended up walking away with the Protein Powerhouse which is an earthy blend of rolled oats, hemp powder, ground flax, ground chia and a few other tasty ingredients that definitely has been giving me a power boost each morning. Interested in trying one but don’t live in the metro Phoenix area? You can order these beautiful mixes online through their website. Go, try them out, you won’t regret it!

Belly Rub Approval Rating: 5 out of 5 Belly Rubs

What’s Cooking in the House of Snuggles This Week:

Breakfast: Iss’ Magic Mixes Protein Powerhouse 

Yes, I’m kind of addicted. You can eat this cold or hot, mixed with yogurt or just plain almond milk. It an amazing source of vegan protein and gives me the energy to tackle my busy days.

Lunch: Red Beans and Rice

Simple. Delicious. Red beans are little, meaty nuggets of nutrition that are packed full of protein, folate, and iron. This will an easy and cost-effective lunch that is great for the budget minded vegan.

Snack: Carrots and Hummus

Hummus gives you that protein pick me up during your afternoon slump and carrots are just plain yummy.

Dinner: Tropical Island Kabobs with Cilantro Rice

I was gifted Chloe Coscarelli’s Chloe’s Kitchen cookbook by my friend’s parents (Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Sandretto!!!) This is the first recipe that caught my eye and I’m super excited to try it. I have been missing a good kebob so I really can’t wait to get this in my belly.

Peaceful Dumpling Contribution: Healing Ingredients: 10 Facts about Garlic

Garlic is my favorite ingredient to add to anything. Here I share some fun facts about this tasty nutritional powerhouse. Plus, a really awesome recipe for garlic bread.

And Finally…

I’m going to leave you with this super sweet Pedigree Adoption Drive Share for Dogs video because I love puppies and any money that’s earned from views and shares is going to homeless pets. Enjoy!