Vegan Halloween Candy!

Halloween is my favorite holiday and Fall has always been my favorite time of year. I love the leaves changing, the cooler temperatures, the pumpkin and cinnamon scented candles, and the eerie-but-fun atmosphere that Halloween provides.

Since I’ll be handing out candy this year for the first time in awhile, I thought I would look up some vegan candies to hand out. Specifically, I wanted to make sure to find treats that had no animal products in them *at all.* I was surprised to find that some of my favorites are already vegan! (Please keep in mind, these are in no way a healthy treat option. They are just treats that happen to be vegan!)

Jolly Ranchers (both the original hard candy and the lollipops!)

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I’ll take all of the Apple and Cherry, please!

 

Sour Patch Kids

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Sour Patch Kids are my go-to movie candy so believe me when I say I jumped for joy at finding out these were, in fact, vegan!

 

Sweetarts

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My mouth waters at the thought of these tart little tasties. Mmm…

These are just a handful of my favorites from when I was a little trick-or-treater. What are yours?

Some other vegan options that I didn’t mention:

  • Smarties
  • Pixy Sticks
  • Dum Dums
  • Air Heads
  • Fun Dip
  • Dots

I’m not a big candy-eater nowadays unless I’m at the movies, so I’m excited to pick up some of these for the little trick-or-treaters this year. My next task is to find some little vegan chocolate options that aren’t in the big bars. Something easy to pass out to the kids. If you know of where to get some, please let me know!

Do you have trick-or-treaters in your area? What do you plan on passing out?

Until next time! ❤

 

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Hi, I’m Kacie. Nice to meet you.

I’ve recently gained some new followers and have made some pretty big life changes since starting this blog, so I thought it might be a good time to reintroduce myself.

I’m Kacie. I’m 27 and I live in Orlando, Florida. I was born and raised in Texas, moved to Minnesota in 2009 to go to university, did an internship at Walt Disney World from 2011-2012, moved back to Minnesota to finish university, and then moved back here to Florida in 2015. *whew*

I studied Theatre and American Sign Language at the University of Minnesota and completely fell in love with the arts scene of the Twin Cities. Honestly, I regret not experiencing more of it while I was there, but I am so thankful for the five years I did spend there.

My passion for Disney started when I wasn’t even a toddler yet. Disney movies were always on at my house, we went to WDW for the first time when I was 10, and I promised my family that I would, “live and work here one day.” Well, here I am. I’ve spent four years working with the Walt Disney Company in various facets all over the country and I have grown so very much. I’m super grateful that I get to work for my dream company and I encourage more people to put themselves out there and explore what you want to do. That could change, of course, but you’ll never know until you try.

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I took the pledge to go cruelty-free sometime in 2014, I believe. I did some research on cosmetics tested on animals and I was horrified at what I learned. I then discovered that it’s not only cosmetics, but almost *ANYTHING* that you can purchase at a store has the potential to be tested on animals. So, for two years I’ve done my best to not purchase any cosmetics, household products, clothing, etc. that are tested on animals.

My goal of living a completely cruelty-free life is taking its next steps, as you might be aware of from recent posts. I want to start making sure that I am not only living ethically, but conservatively and with the least amount of impact on our environment as possible. I want to support and live with our Earth, not just on it.

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You can find me on other social media like Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and YouTube, (links in my About Me section) though I’m not as active on YouTube as I used to be. That is a goal of mine, however. In fact, I think it is a good time for me to talk about my goals with this blog and my other social media.

Online Goals:
– Make more Disney posts.
– Make regular YouTube videos again.
– Learn more about web and graphic design.
– “Meet” more bloggers/vloggers with similar interests.
– Learn the more “business side” of social media.

So, with all of this being said, I do appreciate you immensely for reading this. I’m so grateful for the kind words I’ve received here on my blog and other places online as well. I’ve enjoyed this community so much and I cannot wait to, like I said, meet more of you.

I’d love to answer any questions you might have and I will always take post suggestions from anyone who’d like to request anything. Please, just let me know!

As always, and again, thank you so much for stopping by!

Until next time! ❤

Eating Cruelty-Free: My first steps

As some of you know, last week I publicly declared that I wanted to start adding eating cruelty-free to my list of goals. The reason I decided to proclaim this so early is because I have hopes that not only will it keep me accountable and I’ll be less likely to give up, but I also want to ask for help and receive any guidance others are willing to give me along the way. I’d love anyone to help me out and share their experiences with their journey so that I might learn from them and I’m not just jumping into this blindly.

Ever since that post I’ve been spending any and all free moments doing research on how to begin a more plant-based diet. Thanks to the heaven that is Pinterest, I’ve learned a lot about vegan alternatives to things like meat and eggs, which stores stock a large section of vegan groceries, and how to healthily switch over from being an omnivore, to being more of an herbivore.

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(The start of one of my inspiration board. Feel free to follow me if you’d like!)

I’d like to use my blog as a way to help document for myself the steps I’m taking on this journey so that I can look back on them and see where I’ve been, what mistakes or discoveries I’ve made, and hopefully the improvement that I’ve made along the way.

So, I’m going to start listing the things I’m doing each week or so to help improve my lifestyle and educate myself on how to go about this journey.

  • Shopping:
    -Simply Balanced organic smoothies from Target
    -Simply Balanced organic, unsweetened almond milk from Target (The same milk I always buy)
    -V8 Black Cherry Energy drink (Though, now I’m researching and no one knows if it’s vegan or not…? Any ideas?)
    -Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk from Target
    -Sweet Earth vegan breakfast burritos from Target
    -Earth Balance vegan butter from Publix
    -Grab-and-go fruit & veggie salads from Publix
    -Canned veggies from Publix
    – Potatoes from Publix (for a yummy vegan breakfast recipe I found)

I’m sure there were more things, but those are the ones I remember right now. I plan on doing more research and maybe hitting up a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods when I get the chance. I’m just worried about the prices at those stores. I’m a Target card holder and I *LOVE* their Cartwheel app so I’m used to getting good deals when I go there. But, I guess it’s just like any other store and I’ll need to do my research before I go.

Next on my list of goals is to find a farmer’s market in my area! I’m saving that for when I have a list of recipes under my belt that I know I can shop for there. All in good time, though.

Anyway, if you are still reading this, then I truly appreciate you and your willingness to sit through all of that “me, me, and me” chatter. I’m just happy knowing that my choices I make on a daily basis are not only becoming healthier, but are more ethically responsible as well. You’re only here for a short time on this Earth, so why not make sure your impact is one of positivity and growth rather than destruction?

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As always, thank you so much for stopping by.

Until next time! ❤

(P.S. Today’s featured image & quote comes from fellow blogger leigh54. Check out the awesome quotes and images over there!)

 

Pacifica’s Stellar Gaze Mascara: Review

Greetings my friends! How are you doing on this fine May day?

Today, I wanted to bring you a review of a newer product that I’ve been using recently: Pacifica’s Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara. Now, say that five times fast!

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(Image from Pacifica’s website, linked above.)

I’ve raved about Pacifica’s Deodorant wipes in the past and I’ve been itching to get through my current makeup collection so I could start using more of their stuff. Well, I had just run out of my e.l.f. 3-in-1 Mascara and I could not resist this *NEW* product. I just had to try it.

Now, I tend to gravitate more towards volumizing mascaras rather than lengthening ones as I’m fortunate enough to have pretty long lashes as it is and I somehow have sparse spots where there are less lashes in places than in others. However, seeing that this was a strengthening mineral mascara, I wanted to give it a shot.  I got the Supernova shade, which is black.

The first thing I noticed and celebrated was the fact that it didn’t clump at all. It goes on very naturally, almost like a “your lashes, but better!” formula that so many brands boast, which is perfect because I like to wear very minimal, natural makeup on most days.

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The next thing I wanted to make sure of was that it was buildable in the event that I did want to “umph” up my lashes a bit more. So, when I did a second and a third coat with no clumps or flaking, I could’ve danced for joy! (So much dancing that I forgot to take a picture. Oops!)

My only “meh” review of this product is that it doesn’t hold curl for a super long time, so if you want them to stay curled, you might want to bring your eyelash curler with you and check them about halfway through the day.

Also, removing this mascara can be a bit of a challenge at first. It doesn’t claim to be waterproof, but it sure is stubborn to get off. I personally don’t mind that at all since I know it won’t wear or flake off during the day. I either use coconut oil or my Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil and spend just a tad bit more time on my eyes, then I use a damp cloth to wipe it away. Easy as pie.

And, that’s about it. Again, I LOVE that the Pacifica brand is an affordable cruelty-free brand and also vegan! I can’t wait to try other products from them soon.

So, I would highly recommend this mascara to anyone who not only wants to lengthen their lashes, but keep them feeling stronger. This mascara shows zero signs of wearing or flaking off during the day and I love it.

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(I’m positive this mascara would be Lottie-approved, too!)

So, my question to you is: What mascara do you absolutely love? Or, do you have any specific favorite CF or vegan brands? If so, please leave them in the comments below as I’m super excited to explore the realm of vegan beauty even more.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

Until next time! ❤

You won’t know until you try.

Well, I’m going to try it. I’m going to start taking my first steps at becoming vegetarian & vegan.

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It’s going to be hard. I literally know nothing about it, just like when I went cruelty-free for all of my cosmetic and household products, but I am going to embrace the entire journey. Between the mistakes, the hurdles, and the cravings, I am fully aware that I will mess up along the way, but it’s all in the process, right?

So, if you are so moved to do so, please feel free to send me links on how to begin this process. (Do I start by eating more vegetarian and ease my way into going completely vegan? I don’t know!) I need to start with making a more natural and plant-based grocery list for sure, but I also need to know how to make the dishes! Haha. I’ve currently got tabs open on Pinterest and WordPress looking for recipes, blogs, grocery lists, etc. Anything will help.

Thank you so much, as always, for stopping by.

Until next time! ❤

Cruelty-Free Flops

Going Cruelty-Free when it comes to healthcare and beauty products is an incredibly long journey. One that, in my experience, has no ending. Companies are constantly changing their policies, new companies are sprouting up, and some products just stop working for you.

I’m here to post about a few products that just flat out didn’t do it for me. These products are by no means “bad,” they just weren’t right for me. Remember, everyone’s body chemistry, skin color/type, and needs are different so this is just a post about products that did not work for what I needed/wanted them for. Please keep that in mind as you read ahead.

In my most recent haul post, I showed you four products I purchased at Ulta. Fortunately, two of those work wonderfully and I will repurchase them. Unfortunately, the other two did not.

The first one was the Yes to Grapefruit Dark Circle Eye Correcting Cream.

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(Image from Tradesy.com)

As I said in my post, it was an impulse buy from their clearance section. Honestly, I wish I had just left it on the shelf. I don’t know if I had a bad tube, but if I didn’t, I can absolutely see why Ulta has discontinued selling this product. It comes out a strange off-yellow/white color which wasn’t particularly pleasant to look at, but who cares? It’s not about how it looks. The scent, however, was unbearably strong and so unpleasant. Imagine old lady makeup smell covered in maple syrup and sprayed with cheap citrus perfume. Oh my gosh, I couldn’t even keep this on for five minutes because I had to wash it off. The scent gave me a headache and would not leave my nose. I have no idea if this works because I couldn’t stand it being on me, but I can guarantee you I will be tossing it out and never giving it a second chance. This is a testament to why you should *DO YOUR RESEARCH* before purchasing a product. Trust me, you’ll thank me.

Product #2 from my haul is the Crystal Original Deodorant Stick

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I mentioned before that I was a fan of Crystal’s Roll-On liquid formula, but it wasn’t quite cutting it on these hot, humid Florida days. I figured, why not try the solid version. It has to be more potent, right? So. SO. Wrong. Using the crystal is a little weird. You dampen the top of the stick and then rub it under your arms. It took some getting used to, but I figured it would be worth a shot. This barely lasted at all and after a few days of using it, the crystal itself started to have an odor that will absolutely not go away. I might keep this for days when I’m around the house, but I honestly wouldn’t trust this to work just by itself.

The good news is, I immediately went out to find something else since I needed something for work and I fell in *love* with Crystal’s Essence Lavender & White Tea Roll-On. The scent is just enough to help it last throughout my work day and I feel like this is going to be my new every-day deo. Still hoping to find something stronger for theme park/pool/beach days when I’m out all day, but hopefully soon!

So, have you encountered any “never-again” products on your cruelty-free journey? I’m currently trying to use up what I already have before getting anything else, and I think I might renew my Petit Vour subscription so I can get back to trying out CF products before I buy.

Any suggestions for good CF/vegan brands I should be on the lookout for?

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

Until next time! ❤

Cruelty-Free Ulta Haul – BEWA #4

Last week, I realized I was running out of a lot of my products all at once. So, naturally, my first thought was, “Yay! Time to go to Ulta!” I don’t usually let myself go there unless I need multiple things because, well, it’s a very tempting place. I’m fortunate enough to have one so close to me and I enjoy going there as they have the largest selection of cruelty-free beauty items in my area.

So, onto the good stuff!

Yes to Grapefruit Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream

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This was an impulse buy as I just so happened to “accidentally” walk by their clearance section. Oops. One of the things I was looking for that day was a CF concealer for my under eyes since my current one had run out. I figured, why not help the concealer out by treating the circles themselves while I sleep at night? I have yet to try it but I will certainly let you know as soon as I do. Also, I was going to link to the product but it seems like Ulta has discontinued it – probably why it was on clearance in the first place. (I’m sure it’s on Amazon or something.)

 

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Wild

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I’ve been using Batiste’s Dry Shampoo in Blush for quite some time now, and I thought it would be kind of fun to switch up the scent. What’s nice about these dry shampoos is that not only are they cruelty-free, their scent isn’t super strong or overwhelming like some others can be. They also have an unscented option if you’d like that, and Ulta always has small samples of the product to try. However, at $6.99, it’s a great deal for the full size can as it is. I find myself using my dry shampoo a lot more now that I have this shorter haircut and I’ve been super happy with Batiste for over a year now, so I don’t plan on switching anytime soon.

 

Freeman Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask

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You got me again, Ulta, with your little sample size section at the checkout counter. I’d run out of all my face masks before the move and hadn’t used any in awhile, so I thought I’d grab one of these small $1.99 ones to try out and see if I liked. This one says it is for “nourishing and purifying” and will “purge dirt and oil from pores.” These small versions say they contain 2-3 applications and I’ve used it twice so far. As you can imagine, it’s a light green mask which makes for some funny looks from the boyfriend and cat. It makes my skin feel very nice and clean, which I like, though I can’t speak for the dirt and oil part really. I’d definitely purchase this one again.

 

Crystal Original Deodorant Stick

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I’ve been a fan of Crystal’s Roll-On formula for a little over a year now. Seeing as I’m not a big sweater, it’s great for keeping me fresh on regular days. However, as you can imagine, it’s getting pretty hot in Florida so I am in need of something a bit stronger that’ll last longer and combat that lovely odor that this heat and humidity tends to bring out. I’ve been wearing it for almost a week now and I can definitely say that the roll-on works much better for me. With this stick, you moisten the top of the crystal and then rub it on just like any other deodorant. I don’t know if I’m just not doing enough swipes or what but this lasts a tiny fraction of the time that he liquid roll-on does. I’ll still use it for when I’m just at home and stuff, I mean the product claims to last a whole year so I gotta stick it out, right?  But, as for now, it’s back to the CF drawing board for good long-lasting deodorants. Any tips or suggestions? I’d greatly appreciate them!

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Well, that’s all for my little haul. As you can see, I didn’t get the concealer I had planned on because nothing that I tried seemed to work like I wanted, let alone fit into my price range. I ended up trying out the Pixi Undercover Crayon in Perk-Up Peach from Target and so far am pretty happy with it now that I’ve figured out you need to kind of warm it up in your hands before applying.

I’ll do a better review of some other CF finds I’ve gotten sporadically. But, for now, I must leave you so I can run a whole bunch of errands. As always, thank you so much for stopping by.

Until next time! ❤