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While vegetarians and vegans find themselves with increasingly tailored and green-washy options for ethical pigging out, Halloween poses a particular problem for us Americans in the bunch: animal welfare or free candy?  Both are seriously possible. Through careful research and many, many years of trading Halloween candy with my little sister, I bring you my Top Ten (Totally Bad for You) Vegan Halloween candies. Enjoy the sugar hangover.    1. Laffy ... Read More
Gumbo is a New Orleans treat that is hard to match. Due to National Gumbo Day approaching fast (yes, it's a thing!), this Sunday, October 12 to be exact, I have complied some recipes to try if you can't make it to the soulful NOLA. Before you begin, know that there are two types of Gumbo, and that it is a Creole dish, not a Cajun one. Type one is based on okra the African vegetable, and two, is thickened with gumbo file, which is powdered sassafras leaves, ... Read More
Sometimes we get some interesting snacks in the office when we least expect them. Today we got a little hungry, so we ended up trying these freaky little things; more specifically, we tried the Chili Pumpkin Seed Crunch flavor of the Wonderfully Raw Brussel Bytes (made with real brussel sprouts!). Why not!  These... clusters... describe themselves as "nutrient packed bytes of goodness." "Goodness" is not usually what I care about in a snack, but it doesn't ... Read More
You are the coolest and best friend you'll ever have, so why not celebrate that and find some sweet stuff to mail yourself? Everyone loves getting packages and these days subscription boxes are the perfect way to show yourself you care. Peruse this list and find the perfect package that will make you do the happy dance! Or, I suppose you can get one of these subscriptions for a good friend, too.  1) FabFitFun: A fitness and beauty subscription for every ... Read More
It’s no secret that the western culture of masculinity puts pressure on guys to be over-the-top macho—an attitude which manifests itself in many ways, including cat-calling and a whole bunch of other unpleasant stuff.  Just think about the show Man vs. Food.  The name says it all: Adam Richman, the star, doesn’t just have to eat every meal, he has to conquer  it.  Masculine culture dictates that these guys are “real ... Read More
  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab blends dark, romantic, and cruelty-free scents for folks who are into all things magickal, pagan, mythological, medieval, Victorian, and horror. What does that mean? Basically, the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab team uses their 15-plus years of experience in the homeopathy and aromatherapy fields to transform ideas (everything from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline series and medieval love poems) to super-wearable, but still unique, ... Read More
I recently came in contact with Beauty Without Cruelty. I was drawn to their array of colorful lipsticks and, of course, the idea of all-natural beauty. I found out their products are 100% vegetarian and 100% natural. The company was actually founded by an animal welfare organization, so you know they're legit. Naturally, their mantra is all in the name. They sent over a few products and I'd like to tell you a little about products ... Read More
I was recently sent some beauty products from a company called FACEFACTS BY Lori. It's a company that specializes in hand-crafted lip products, using all natural and certified organic ingredients. I love my lipsticks so I was excited to test these out! All natural has become a new priority for me, especially for lip stuff since I basically end up eating it by the end of the day. These specific lipsticks by FACEFACTS are neat because, among other things, ... Read More
When shopping for shoes, we're typically attracted by appearance and, of course, price point. Human rights and sustainability don't enter the equation as much as they should. But that can change thanks to Nicora Johns, a spankin' new footwear company with both environmental and labor considerations driving its business. As a longtime cobbling connoisseur, 32-year-old founder Stephanie Fryslie decided to take matters into her own hands. Literally. Fryslie works ... Read More
Sideshow Soap for Clean Freaks uses natural ingredients to produce handmade soap products in all different witchy scents and formulas. The occult-inspired Etsy shop makes hand cut bar soaps, exfoliating scrubs, lip balm, moisturizing lotions, and perfumes. Sideshow Soap crafts each item with only the finest of goods, including (but definitely not limited to) coconut milk, English tea rose, sandalwood, shea butter, crushed acorns, jojoba oil, oak leaves, and much, ... Read More
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