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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Morningstar Farms Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger – Review

Hi friends!

I wanted to come to you today with a review of a vegan purchase I made at Target.

Morningstar Farms Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger

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I’ve been trying out various frozen foods that I can just heat and eat quickly in the morning before I go to work, and now that I’ve found some good breakfast options, I decided to try more lunch/dinner foods. According to the label on the packaging, this burger is:

Vegan, Non-GMO Project verified, and made with red quinoa, lentils, carrots, brown rice and bell peppers.

When reading these ingredients, I decided to go ahead and try it as I do tend to like all of those things. Boy, am I glad I did! I absolutely LOVE the flavoring of this burger. Like I said before, I’ve been trying quick heat-and-eat style foods so I’ve only ever tried this microwaved, but even then, it’s super moist and has a really nice texture. I don’t even feel the need to add any sauce or condiments to it, which is great.

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This is a not-so-subtle “hidden Mickey” I thought I was clever, *eyeroll* but it shows you what the patty looks like after being in the microwave, vs. the top picture which is still frozen.

I even got my carnivorous boyfriend to try it and he was shocked at how much he liked it. No, it’s definitely not a substitute for the taste of meat, nor does it claim to be. However, the taste and texture was really pleasant and I’ll definitely be adding this as a staple to our freezer. I also want to start getting a little more adventurous and trying out different breads to put it on and see what I can do to enhance the flavor. Also, I’ll try other ways of cooking it as recommended on the packaging.

The only thing I will say is that, for me anyway, I’d recommend pairing it with a side if you’re looking for a full-on meal as it’s not the most filling. However, I like to eat lighter meals in the evenings, so it’s perfect for my dinner.

As always, any recommendations or suggestions for other foods and recipes to try are more than welcome!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Until next time! ❤

Sprinkles Vegan Red Velvet Cupcake – Review!

Howdy, friends! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. I know mine completely flew by. Don’t you just hate that? Why can’t the work weeks fly by as quickly and the weekends just be… well, longer? Haha.

Anyway, today I wanted to do a little review of a vegan treat I had while out recently. If you follow anything about Walt Disney World, then you’ll have heard all about the new Town Center that has opened up at Disney Springs. It’s slowly opening up in stages, but as of May 15th, a large number of shops and eateries opened their doors.

The most popular of them all, by far, has been Sprinkles, the cupcake shop!

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My friends and I were first in line the day that we went and as soon as I saw that there were vegan options on the menu, I jumped at the chance to try one of my favorite pastry/cake flavors: Red Velvet! According to Sprinkles’ website:

Sprinkles goes vegan! Traditional dairy products are substituted with vegan friendly ingredients, including all natural soy milk, tofu-based cream cheese and pure coconut oil. The result is a cake so moist and frosting so rich, it just might inspire your friends to go vegan too!

Just look for the red V to know it’s Vegan Red Velvet!

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Holy Moley. This cupcake was like actual heaven. If it wasn’t so humid that morning and the icing melting all over me, I would have tried to savor every last bite. The icing, as stated above, is made with coconut oil, which was the strongest flavor of the icing, in my opinion. I wasn’t expecting the red velvet and coconut flavor combo, but I was very impressed. They tasted delicious together. The cake itself was moist and delicious and I really *REALLY* wanted to go back for more.

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… and now I’m craving this cupcake again. Great! Haha. This was the only vegan option that I saw on their menu, but they do say to always ask and see if they have any other flavors that might not be on the menu. So, I will make sure to ask next time if they have any other vegan options.

Alright, I’m going to have to stop talking about sweets soon or I might go jump into my car and drive over there just to stuff my face with vegan treats! Haha.

I hope you enjoyed this review. I’m definitely looking forward to finding more places with vegan options in my area so if you have any recommendations or favorites, please let me know!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by.

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! ❤