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A Very Vegan Cuts Holiday

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A Very Vegan Cuts Holiday

Since it’s internet debut, I’ve had a love affair with Vegan Cuts. For those of you who don’t know, Vegan Cuts is an online vegan marketplace that offers tons of vegan goodies at low prices. And we aren’t just talking about food (though, if we are being honest, that’s the only thing we are concerned with anyway) – they have tons of great deals on compassionate accessories, environmentally-conscious gifts, and more. I didn’t have time to put together my usual gift guide (you can view my previous guides here), but I still wanted to offer up some fun suggestions for gift-giving this holiday season. Vegan Cuts to the rescue! They are seriously a one-stop shop for the holidays, and I’ve curated a few of my favorite items for you. Vegan Gifts for Friends and Family Travel Love Bird Wallet These adorable faux leather wallets are perfect for carrying all of your necessities around town and make the perfect gift for the fashion-forward person in your life. These come in various colors and are seriously a steal at just $15. Also, for a limited time you get a free pair of earrings with purchase!   DIY Sprouting Kit for Kids One of my biggest struggles around the holidays is finding educational gifts for the kids that are also fun. I love giving gifts to the kids that are more than just stuff, and this sprouting kit is just what I’ve been looking for. It’s easy to get started growing their own sprouts, and it’s also a great way to teach them about making healthy eating choices and about knowing where our food comes from. They’ll love watching them grow and when it comes time to eat they’ll be over-the-moon! Holiday Chocolate Gift Pack Chocolate. That’s all I really need to say here. I’m definitely getting one of these for all of the littles in my life (and for myself, too). Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you should be denied shiny-wrapped chocolates shaped like Santa. Emmy’s Organics Chocolate Lovers Pack Ok, more chocolate, I know. But it’s just so darn delicious I can’t help myself! I have a pack of the dark cocoa macaroons sitting in my desk right now, and I have to say there’s no better treat on a cold afternoon than a hot cup of tea or coffee and an Emmy’s macaroon. These are wholesome snacks that satisfy even the strongest sweet tooth – anyone who loves chocolate will surely love this as a gift! Gift Boxes and Subscriptions Vegan Athlete Kit  My own vegan athlete kit arrived last week, and I’m already swooning over it! From hemp seeds and protein powders to coconut oil and natural energy drinks, this kit has it all. For less than $25 you can give your favorite vegan athlete an awesome tool kit to keep them energized through workouts and to help them recharge afterward. It’s filled with so many goodies that it will be the gift that gives well beyond the holidays. Vegan Snack Box Delicious vegan snacks delivered to your door each month? Who wouldn’t love that?! I can’t say enough about the quality and value that you get with the Vegan Cuts Snack Box each month. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving. The lucky recipient...

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Beyond Meat Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

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Beyond Meat Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Well hello, fine readers. I’ve been absent for some time, but I hope to be back more frequently now that the littlest one is already getting so big. Enough of this though – let’s get on to the recipe! I’d been hesitant for some time to jump on the Beyond Meat bandwagon. I’d heard nothing but good things about it from many of my vegan friends (especially from JL), but I’ve always been a little bit wary of bringing too many meat analogs into my diet. However, after having another little one and realizing that my time is more strained than ever before, it was time to integrate at least a few ‘shortcuts’ into our daily meals, even if that meant stepping out of my comfort zone. And honestly, I’m glad I did. One main thing that stood out to me is that Beyond Meat is soy-free and gluten-free, which is something that is truly unique within the vegan meat market. Also, my little one absolutely loves tacos and chili, so I knew this would be the perfect way to mix things up from the normal TVP or black beans. The weather started to turn cold here (already), so I find myself craving comfort foods more than ever. One day a few weeks ago I just couldn’t get the idea of Shepherd’s Pie out of my head, so I decided to use it as a vehicle for taking the Beyond Meat Beef Crumbles for a test drive. I’ve made Shepherd’s Pie before with just vegetables, but I wanted something a bit more filling and with a bit of texture to it, so I changed the recipe up a bit to incorporate the crumbles and to make it a bit healthier than the traditional Shepherd’s Pie. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did. The family and I ate the entire thing in one night – so I think it’s safe to say we all enjoyed it very much. If you haven’t given Beyond Meat a chance yet, I urge you to pick some up next time you are out. Beyond Meat Shepherd's Pie Recipe   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 35 mins Total time 55 mins   Author: A. N. Flitter Recipe type: Dinner Cuisine: Vegan Serves: 6 Ingredients 1 lbs Red Potatoes ¼ cup Almond Milk, unsweetened 1 tbsp Olive Oil 1 bag Beyond Meat Beef Crumbles 2 large Carrots, chopped 1 stalk Celery, chopped ½ Onion, diced 2 cloves Garlic, minced Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Clean the potatoes and chop them into cubes. Bring a pot of water to a boil with the potatoes and simmer until potatoes are soft. Drain and return to pot. Mash with a spoon or fork and mix in almond milk and salt and pepper. Set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the beef crumbles and veggies (except for garlic) and cook until the crumbles are hot all the way through and the veggies are starting to soften. Add in the garlic and cook two minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the beef mixture into a pie pan or casserole dish and spread the mashed potatoes over the top. Bake...

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Cooler Weather Means It’s Tea Time!

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Cooler Weather Means It’s Tea Time!

I always say this, but it doesn’t make it any less true: time flies. I just sent my eldest off to her first day of 2nd grade and my littlest is already 5 weeks old – where does the time go!? Even though I’m sad that my littles are growing up so fast, one thing that always comes with the Autumn season is cooler weather, and with the cooler weather I can finally get back to my tea time. I generally don’t let the warm weather deter me from a nice cup of tea, but since I was pregnant for the majority of the summer I wasn’t able to enjoy my favorites as much as I normally like to (I try to lay off the caffeine as much as possible). One of my favorite places to get tea from is The Tea Spot – I’ve worked with them almost from the beginning of starting this blog and I was lucky enough to meet some of their fabulous staff at The Tea Expo a few years ago. I was offered some free samples of their new tea sachets to try out, and of course I agreed – what’s better than tea? Even so, all opinions are my own and I buy my tea from there even when I’m not getting free samples – so you know it’s good! Their new tea sachets are awesome for a couple of reasons: 1) They are packed with a ton of loose leaf tea, so you can steep them quite a few times (I did up to 6 times on some of them) without the loss of much flavor, and 2) You get the vibrant flavor of a loose leaf steep without some of the mess and hassle. I am a huge fan of loose leaf tea, and this is a wonderful middle ground. I was able to try a few of my absolute faves from The Tea Spot such as their Monkey Picked White, which has a delicious mellow flavor that is similar to green tea, but much lighter. My all-time favorite is their Sencha, which I was also able to sample. Their Sencha is very high quality and you can tell from the first sip. The green tea flavor is completely unimpeded by anything else and it’s not bitter like some green teas can be – it’s incredibly smooth. Along with a few of my faves, I was also able to try some new-to-me varieties such as the Boulder Breakfast Blend, which is a mix of black and pu’ehr teas with dark chocolate undertones. It’s a little high in caffeine for me, but the flavor is bold and delicious and just a little sweet. I also enjoyed the Coconut Cabana blend – the coconut is very aromatic, but the flavor is mellow enough that it doesn’t overpower the delicious oolong tea. If you are a loose tea fan or have always been a bit hesitant to try loose leaf, I recommend giving these tea sachets a try. They have all of the flavor benefits of loose leaf without the hassle. Their tea is also very reasonably priced at around $7 for 12 sachets. Again, you can get many steeps out of each sachet, so you definitely get your money’s worth out of each...

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Juicing Guest Post: The Smooth Celery Cooler

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Juicing Guest Post: The Smooth Celery Cooler

Hi Everyone! I’ll be off having a baby sometime soon, so I thought it would be a good time to bring in a guest blogger. Today I have a great juicing post for you from Chris Wimmer. Chris blogs at HealthSmartLiving.com and has tons of amazing juice recipes that can get you started with juicing or give you ideas for new juices. I’m super excited to have him with us today to share this recipe with you. Enjoy! __ I call this juice recipe the ‘GATEWAY’ juice. This juice is perfect for people interested (or skeptical) about juicing. One of the biggest hurdles to juicing is getting used to the unique taste of a vitamin packaged mega bomb! I now love the taste of my juices, but it will still never win a taste competition with a Starbucks drink. Oh, the sinful goodness those baristas can put in a cup. The Smooth Celery Cooler has a bit more fruit juice than most recipes, so it’s smooth, sweet, and delicious. But don’t worry… it’s also packed with nutrition. The combination of apples, celery, and ginger will ease the digestion if you are a juicing noobie, while the spinach will go virtually unnoticed to deliver a punch of anti-inflammatory enzymes. Once you try this, a great variation is to use kale in place of spinach. Ingredients Apples – 3 medium (Granny Smith recommended) Celery – 4 large stalks Ginger Root – 1 thumb sized chunk Lemon – 1/2 fruit (peeled) Orange – 1 fruit (peeled) Spinach – 1 cup packed Directions Peel the lemon and orange, but not the apples or ginger. Feed all ingredients into the juicer. Do not worry about the seeds of any of these fruits. Stir and drink! Enjoy! Author Bio: Chris Wimmer is from HealthSmartLiving.com where he blogs about cooking and juicing as ways to improve your...

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Fresh From the Garden

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Fresh From the Garden

This summer is passing by so quickly, I’ve hardly had time to stop and smell the roses – or in my case – the dill! I am a flower killer, sad to say, but it’s something I’ve come to terms with. Even with my uncanny ability to kill anything that has a beautiful flower on it, I have somehow gained the knowledge and luck to be able to grow edibles magnificently. Which, if you ask me, is much more practical anyway. I digress… This year I tried some new things in my vegetable garden and I’ve  had a lot of success (with only one fail – my poor spinach didn’t make it through the deluge we had a month or so ago). Nothing beats being able to make an entire salad with items from your own garden. Even though salads are my jam, I need to mix things up every once in a while, so I’ve been trying some new prep methods with some of the spoils from the garden and I wanted to share them here with you. Below you’ll find some ideas and recipes for using some common garden veggies.   Radishes Radishes were a first for me this year, and even though I generally don’t completely adore the peppery flavor of them, I wanted to give it a shot. I forgot to thin them out – they grew so fast! – so some of them grew straight down instead of out, but I ended up with a bunch of beautifully round and full radishes anyway! Aside from slicing them paper thin for salads, I also pickled them. To pickle radishes – or anything really – follow this method (for about 1 lbs of veggies): Bring 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup sugar, and 2 tbsp kosher salt to a boil. Stir until all of the salt and sugar are incorporated. Remove from heat. Fill a tall glass jar (with a tight lid) with the radishes and any spices/add-ins you’d like (I used dried dill, dried chives, and peppercorns). Fill the remaining space in the jar with the brine. Let it cool completely, screw the lid on tight, and let sit in the fridge for about a week. These will stay awesome for a long time in the fridge. Collard Greens Collards are the new love of my life. The ones I grow in my garden are much more tender than the kind I’d been buying at the store, so these need very little prep to go in a salad or smoothie. I’ve been using the big leaves to wrap up taco filling, hummus, and anything else I can findaround the house. I am working on some fun appetizers involving collards, too – I’ll be sure to post them here! Dill I’ve been drying dill like a machine lately! My dill transplanted itself all over my yard, so I’ve had more to do with it than I’ll ever know. Dried dill is awesome for sauces and dips and is a great addition to potato salad. I like to use the fresh dill as an add-on to my salads as well as a mix-in for my kale chips. Chocolate Mint/Mint These have been a tough one to figure out what to use them for. While I adore...

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Berry-Herb Smoothie

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Berry-Herb Smoothie

Happy early 4th of July (and a late Canada Day)! I know not all of us get a long weekend, but since most of us do, I thought it would be a good time to post this recipe I’ve been hoarding all to myself for a while. Normally I like to enjoy an ice-cold cocktail or beer while I relax over the long holiday weekend, but since the little one hasn’t emerged yet (I suppose it does still technically have a few weeks left to marinate, technically), I have to find other , non-alcoholic ways to cool down this weekend. This berry-herb smoothie is just what the doctor ordered for a hot summer day that’s best enjoyed on the lake or the deck. My garden has been plentiful so far this spring/summer, so I find myself with an excess of fresh herbs on a regular basis. While I enjoy cooking with herbs and drying them for later use, I wanted to find another way to incorporate them into my daily meals. I love the idea of using herbs in sweet dishes, so why not in my daily smoothie? This blend of frozen berries, mint, oregano, and basil is the perfect balance of tang from the berries and freshness from the herbs. The nice thing about this smoothie is that any combo of herbs will work. Whatever you have growing in your own garden (or is at your local grocery store) can be combined with the berries and your favorite vanilla protein powder to make a delicious, nutrient-dense, and refreshing drink that will both cool you down and give you a boost of energy for the day! Ingredients: 1 cup Frozen Berries (mixed) 12 oz Unsweetened Non-Dairy Milk (I used almond) 2 tbsp Vanilla Protein Powder (I LOVE Sun Warrior) 1 cup Spinach or Kale 2 tbsp Fresh Mint, roughly chopped 1 tbsp Fresh Oregano, roughly chopped   Method: Add all of the ingredients to your blend and blend until it’s reached your desired texture. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you may want to blend the fruit and almond milk a bit first before you add the other ingredients to ensure that all of the fruit gets broken down. Enjoy the smoothie and your long weekend! I’ll see you back here soon!...

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Vegan for Fit Review

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Vegan for Fit Review

Hi everyone! I hope your summer is going swimmingly so far! We’ve had lots of rain and flooding here, so it hasn’t been all rainbows and kittens, but overall it’s been an excellent summer break so far. We went to Door County again this year, though we had to move it up due to this little making its arrival soon. It was a little cooler than usual, but we still had a great time and avoided bad weather. Right when we returned, I had to jet off to Vegas for work, which is much less glamorous than it seems. Anyway, my point to the rambling is that I meant to get to this review many moons ago, but I haven’t been around to do it – so now’s the time! I was given the opportunity to review the book Vegan for Fit by Attila Hildmann and I’m so glad that I gave this book a read! If you just want to skip to the awesome recipe the publisher so kindly let me share, you can head to the end of this post, but if you are interested in what else the book has to offer, stick around! While I enjoy vegan cookbooks just as much as the next person, I love that this book starts off with more than just recipes. Attila found vegansim while on his own journey to better health and fitness, so his POV is incredibly approachable and comforting. You definitely get a sense that he wants to help his readers improve their quality of life, while enjoying the other benefits that come with a plant-based diet. The book is based on a 30-day challenge, which isn’t really a new concept when it comes to vegan books, but I think the approach is one that works, so it’s not a sticking point for me. Not only does he challenge you to go 30 days without animal products, but he also challenges you to ditch white flour and sugar, which is an interesting twist. The author starts out by talking about his own transformation and goes into more detail about the challenges. He then spends some time talking about what you can expect as far as physical and mental changes during the challenge. What I really enjoyed about this book is that after the introductory sections, he focuses on how to set you up for success. With a quick start guide and a ‘Well Prepared from the Beginning’ section, you get all of the information you’ll need to get started off with the challenges on the right foot. The middle of the book focuses on recipes, which include all meals as well as snacks and drinks. Many of these recipes are unique and really caught my eye. I love the look of the Mushroom Almond Lasagna with Tomato Cream and the Mini Chocolate Coffee Tart looks to die for! I can’t wait to have some time to delve into these recipes a bit more in my own kitchen! Most recipes have easy-to-find ingredients and look very simple to put together. The full-color pictures throughout the book also make my mouth water! After the recipes the book goes back to discussing your specific goals and then goes a little deeper into what these changes can mean for your...

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Vegan Eats World Cookbook Review

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Vegan Eats World Cookbook Review

Side Note: I realize that most of my content lately has been cookbook reviews, but that’s a direct reflection of how I’ve been cooking lately, so it’s not bothering me in the least. If you enjoy my original recipe posts more, do not worry your precious head, I’ll be back full steam soon! On to the main show for today! Recently I was given the opportunity to review Terry Hope Romero’s newest cookbook, Vegan Eats World. Now, I’m going to get off-track a bit and brag at the same time: when I was at Vida Vegan Con II, I was fortunate enough to sit in on some of Terry’s panels and was also able to get a couple of minutes to chat with her afterwards. She is one of the most genuine, hilarious, and awesesomely nerdy people I’ve met, which made me even more excited to try her newest recipes. I have the vegan cooking bible already (Veganomicon), which was a collaboration between Terry and Isa Chandra Moskowitz, so this was a welcome addition to my kitchen. Anyway, back to the cookbook. As always, there were things I loved and things I didn’t love quite as much, but overall I feel like this cookbook does international vegan cuisine better than any I’ve come across so far. Terry’s approach to cooking is light-hearted, but her food is definitely serious. The recipe blurbs are more than enough reason to by this cookbook, in my opinion. Her writing is to-the-point, but also hilarious and approachable – it makes vegan cooking seem like a breeze, which, in most cases, it is. The recipes themselves are a delicious foray into international and ethnic cuisine, which is always fun. Exploring new flavors and new cooking techniques is a great way to improve your own recipe development and cooking chops in general. Learning through doing is one of the best ways for me to get a handle on something new, so I really enjoyed playing around with these recipes and the ingredients and techniques they called for. Short and Sweet Review: Overall, the dishes are easy to prepare, have delicious, bold flavors, and are sure to liven up your weekly menu without taking up more of your time. I’d definitely recommend this cookbook to new and seasoned vegans alike, as you are sure to find something for everyone. From techniques that may be new to you, to new ways of doing things you may have been doing forever, it’s a great cookbook that deserves a spot in your kitchen. A sampling of the dishes I made and how things went: Savory Tofu. Her tofu recipes have very easy prep, and most, if not all, ingredients are on hand for most people. I thought the savory tofu had a good balance of flavor – the agave cuts the salt and the cayenne adds a boost of that blackened flavor. She also gives information and tutorials on how to prep your tofu (pressing it, cutting it, etc.), which would be helpful to someone just starting to work with vegan proteins.   Mediterranean Tofu. This was another one of her simple tofu recipes that are intended to be used in recipes throughout the book or on their own. I didn’t have white wine, so used more lemon juice, which ended...

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Potato and Black Bean Burgers

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Potato and Black Bean Burgers

While I was on hiatus, one of the things I enjoyed the most was not having to create new recipes. As much as I love creating in the kitchen, constantly feeling like I had to come up with something new every week – not just something new, but something good – was a bit stressful with everything else I had going on at the time. However, what I did enjoy about my time away was cooking out of my out of control collection of vegan cookbooks. I plan on posting a round up soon, but for now I’ll just say that I cooked out of at least 2/3 of my cookbooks and I truly enjoyed getting a chance to experience dishes from many of my favorite people/cooks. I also did some recipe testing and other vegan outreach while I was away, which was a nice change of pace.   For the last few weeks I’ve been feeling inspired again though. Perhaps because I entered final grades for the semester or perhaps all of the recipes I’d been making gave me a creative spark, but either way, I’m excited to be back in the kitchen creating again. Tonight I made a delicious chickpea tagine that I can’t wait to test again and give you guys the recipe for. I’ve been gravitating to hearty dishes lately, probably because of the extended winter that makes it feel more like fall than spring out, and these potato and black bean burgers really fill you up without feeling too heavy. The potatoes also add a nice textural element that make them a bit more meaty than my normal black bean burgers. You can also freeze these burgers and make them for a quick weeknight meal or for lunch at work. Enjoy! Potato and Black Bean Burgers   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 25 mins Total time 40 mins   Author: A. N. Flitter Recipe type: Dinner Cuisine: Vegan Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 15oz can Black Beans, drained & rinsed ¼ cup Roasted Red Potatoes ¼ cup Chopped Mushrooms ⅛ cup Pepitas ¼ cup Panko Bread Crumbs ¼ tsp Cumin ¼ tsp Paprika Salt & Pepper to taste Instructions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly blend the black beans in a food processor. Chop the roasted potatoes into small chunks and mix in with the black beans. Mix in the rest of the ingredients and refrigerate the mixture for 15-20 minutes. Form the batter into 5-6 patties and bake for 15 minutes. Flip the burgers over and bake an additional 10 minutes. 3.2.1310...

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Vegan Unite Marketplace Launch

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Vegan Unite Marketplace Launch

Hey ya’ll! Just wanted to pop in quick to tell you about an awesome website that’s officially launching today. Vegan Unite is an online marketplace for vegan and cruelty-free items that go well beyond food. This marketplace is similar to Etsy, but it is solely for vegan products. I really love the products available so far on the site, and it’s easy to navigate to specific items you may be looking for (and maybe ones you didn’t even know you were looking for!). They are continuously adding new products, so I encourage you to check back often. I think it would be best to hear more about the site from one of the founders, so I’ll let Cosondra Sjostrom take it from here! — What is Vegan Unite?Vegan Unite is a marketplace for cruelty-free and vegan products. It’s a place where you can shop from people that are like-minded and purchase with a clear conscience. I encourage everyone to bookmark us and check back as new products and shops are being added daily.How are you different then other online marketplaces?As a marketplace, Vegan Unite empowers shoppers to help promote the lives of like-minded people by purchasing from them. As a community we need to support each other and start to create the change that we want in the world. It’s an evolution, this is just another step forward.Who are ideal shoppers on Vegan Unite?Honestly, anyone that cares enough to want purchase awesome cruelty-free items. Also, If someone needs to shop for a cruelty-free or vegan friend. Now you have a place to visit online to browse shops and items.Who are ideal shop owners?People that live the cruelty-free lifestyle and create products that are also cruelty-free. The products on our site range from food, clothes, pet food, cleaning supplies, cookbooks, jewelry, plants, furniture, craft supplies, DIY baskets, and even a Yard Sale section. The Yard Sale section is a place where people can resell new and used cruelty-free vegan items.Do you have site wide Gift Certificates?Yes we do. You can buy yourself or your friend a gift certificate to Vegan Unite and shop from any shop on the site.Why did you name it Vegan Unite?I debated over many names but Vegan Unite stuck with me. I wanted a name that would inspire unity, that I hope will also help create a strong community.How does the site work for merchants?We charge merchants a small percentage of sale just like other online marketplaces. We have no listing fees. We are also working with our shop owners to help them promote their products. We are starting to write articles on all of our shops to help the community get to know them better.How does it feel to be launching Vegan Unite?It’s exciting…thrilling really, but also stressful. I’ve been working on developing the concept and website for a long time now. It’s my baby and it’s finally going live. I almost can’t believe it. What type of response have you been getting?We have been getting a lot of positive feedback from the community. I am so thankful for all of the support the site has been receiving.“The cruelty-free and vegan community has been in need of something like this for a long time.”“What a cool idea. I’d love to know that I’m shopping from all cruelty-free and...

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