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TOMS vegan shoes

18 Aug

In 2006 I was introduced to TOMS shoes by my (and Kate’s) all-time favorite band HANSON.

Hanson has been working with TOMS shoes since the company started up. For every pair of shoes they sell, TOMS gives a pair of shoes to a child in need. ONE-FOR-ONE. every time you buy TOMS a kid in Africa gets shoes. Done deal.

Hanson lead mile long, bare-foot walks before every show for several concert tours to raise awareness of the children in need “Would you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes even if they didn’t have any?” Hanson also donated a dollar for every person who participated in The Walk. They walked along side fans, walked enough miles to go around the world (TWICE) and donated money for medical care, education, drinking water, and shoes!

Why is this on a Vegan blog?

VEGAN SHOES!!!

It’s so hard to find a great pair of vegan shoes. It’s not so hard to be mindful of the things we eat, but sometimes we just don’t think about what is in the soles of our shoes.

 

TOMS vegan shoes contain no animal bi-products. They even have organic shoes. I have owned classic TOMS and vegan TOMS and they are both super super comfortable. TOMS shoes are pretty much single-handedly responsible for this shorty being finally ok with her height enough to wear flats 🙂

Now you can benefit yourself, animals, the earth and an awesome charity all in one pair of guilt free shoes! I have been wearing TOMS for years and I can’t say enough about them. I love them, I want to buy every style they come out with. This post was inspired by my catalog that just came in the mail!

Please check out TakeTheWalk.net

and TOMS vegan styles

Take The Walk is about giving you simple tangible ways to take action against the HIV/AIDS pandemic and poverty in Africa. A small donation, the purchase of a pair of shoes, the download of a song or simply taking a one-mile walk.”

Gardein’s Crispy Mandarin Chick’n

9 Aug

If you have not tried this, I suggest you grab your car keys and find some immediately! I like to cook mine up with some green beans or broccoli. I made this for my father a few weeks back. He insisted I needed to hide it from him, otherwise he would eat the entire bowl. Truth be told? Every time I cook this, I tell myself I will save some for the following day. It has yet to happen. It really is THAT good!

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~Kate

Super Market Vegan – mainstream items you didn’t know were vegan

8 Aug

When I go to the super market I buy a lot of items in the natural food section (what Mike lovingly refers to as, “The Hippie Section”).

I find a lot of fine items there, but it takes me a while to become familiar with a lot of the food marketed toward vegetarians and vegans.

Transitioning to a vegan lifestyle is a lot easier when you keep some familiar food in your diet, to go along with the sometimes-alien vegan food.

The snack department is not a place were a lot of people want to think about what they’re eating, they just want it to be fast and taste good. So as you can imagine, I loved finding out that a lot of my favorite snacks are vegan. This means I can indulge in a guilty pleasure and only feel guilt about the calories and not about animal products.

Take a peek into my cupboards and see some of my favorite surprisingly vegan food.

Oreo: the guiltiest of guilty pleasures. “Milk’s favorite cook”, try everyone’s favorite cookie!

Mary Jane, my favorite candy. I was surprised when I didn’t find honey on the ingredients list.

When you want salty not sweet go for pretzels. When nothing less than super will do, a hot Super Pretzel will never let you down.

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Here’s a list of surprisingly vegan items you can find in or around you super market. For a huge list go to PETA’s article on the subject.

Ritz Crackers

Nesquick Syrup

Most Energy Drinks

Nabisco Grahams – original

Gravy Master

Many Breakfast Cereals

Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate

Reduced Fat Bisquick

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels – no butter – Cinnamon Sugar, Garlic, Jalapeno, Original, Raisin, & Sesame.

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What are your favorite foods that could be added to the list?