Product Finds

Dynamics of Nature: Vitaforce
A high quality, complete multivitamin made from the world’s most nutritious super foods, vegetables, fruits and probiotics. 

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I remember a time where I use to mess around with tons and tons of supplements. I was always trying to find the right combination, the right brand, the right nutrients for my body.  I spent a fortune and I listened to a multitude of individuals both experts and pretend experts. It was exhausting and I was spending money I didn’t have. I knew that I was able to get a lot of the required nutrients from my diet but I also knew that with my long running digestion issues, energy levels, and food sensitivities, I was (still am but to a way lesser degree) always chasing that perfect combination to make me super human. I wanted to be that perfect example of health, fitness and sanity. Yeah. Don’t we all? The thing is, we are not meant to be perfect, we can get damn close but we are all unique individuals and in being so we each have a unique composition. We have to find the right working combination for ourselves and even that changes as our bodies change. What worked for you a year ago may not work for you now and that’s ok.

At this point, what we can do is find high quality products along with a well-rounded diet to help us sustain a balance.

You are in luck! I already spent my hard earned money and practiced on my body already so you wouldn’t have to!

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Regenerative Farming

Guest Blog: Regenerative Farming and Climate Change | The Kind Life

Our future is not pre determined. We have the ability to change the unfortunate course we are on but we need to band together, united, to make the necessary changes.

Regenerative farming can reverse the effects of climate change, clear the air and restore the atmosphere to pre-Industrial Age condition in as little as 20 years.

The ability to change is there. We are hitting the breaking point and soon there will be a point of no return. We don’t want to get to that point. Taking action to preserve the life and environment we have is vital. Why let our stunning home, our health, our children, our children’s children perish because we were too stubborn to implement change.

This article from The Kind Life states facts and presents an option. There are individuals out there working hard to find solutions, we just need to listen.

Personal Creations

Vegan Summer Potluck

My Contribution- The supposed Gluten-Free Mediterranean Greece-d Up Wraps turned Gluten-Free Pizza

I had a vision. The vision was cute homemade wraps, sliced nicely on a plate; so tasty looking you couldn’t help but think AWESOME!

Something like these Hummus Wraps created by Kathy Patalskyimage

Well…my vision and the end result slightly differed…and by slightly, I mean changed completely. I was really proud of myself for coming up with the name of the dish; Mediterranean Greec’d Up Wraps. Cute, right?

My intent was my homemade garlicky sundried tomato and artichoke hummus with sliced cucumbers, sprouts, olives and spinach in a brown rice tortilla wrap.

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Nutritional Knowledge

Simplest Health Tip Ever: Apple Cider Vinegar
Broken down Perfectly by Chalkboard Magazine

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I am one for doing my own writing and research but when I came across this thoroughly informed article that had been executed well, it didn’t seem right for me to not pass it on to my followers. Why not share? We are here to help each other and I want to pass all the nutritional knowledge I come across, on to you. Enjoy and keeping passing the information (kreate the shift) to others.

From Chalkboard: We are well aware that as a Chalkboard reader, making healthy choices are a vital part of your day. From down dogs and chia bowls to urban hikes and oil-pulling, you recognize the importance of the small things and how each little practice during the week adds up to a healthier you overall.

This is one of our favorite simple health tips to add to your arsenal, to further improve your kale-loving way of life: Start drinking apple cider vinegar. The practice of drinking apple cider vinegar is as old as guzzling down castor oil. It is a traditional home remedy that has stood not only the test of time, but also the scrutiny of scientists, proving to be an effective way to improve health in many ways. Benefits include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and improvement in the symptoms of diabetes. The best part is that including as little as a couple tablespoons into your diet a day can help. Here’s how…

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Giraffe Munchies

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I had the pleasure of meeting the very talented and sweet award-winning Amy Loch - Vegan Pastry Chef at the vegan potluck a few weekends back. I’ve known her delicious looking instagram pics for a while but her contribution to the potluck were scrumptious Sriracha cakes in mini mason jars, how cute and smart! Finally, my first hand experience of her culinary skills. 
Amy has started a crowd funding project called Giraffe Munchies

A summary from Amy herself: The goal of Giraffe Munchies is simple - to make freshly prepared vegan baked goods accessible to all! There is a remarkable amount of bakery trucks in the area, however, there is a severe lack of vegan baked goods available at these trucks. Imagine being out with non-veg friends, searching for a snack on the go but leaving empty-handed. I want to put an end to that!

Giraffe Munchies’ baked goodies are all VEGAN, free of dairy, eggs, animal products, palm oil, cholesterol, and trans fat. The vegan butter, shortening, sprinkles, and fondant are all HOMEMADE to ensure top quality.

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Opening Menu includes, but is not limited to the following:
-Eat Your Veggies (Giraffe Munchies’ Signature Flavor) - gluten free brussel sprout, carrot, curry cupcake, cream cheese frosting, maple curry walnut reduction (* This was a Cupcake Wars winning cupcake!)
-Wakey Wakey - maple tempeh bacon cupcake, maple frosting, tempeh bacon topping
-Lemon Lavender Bundt Cake
-Strawberry Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Shortbread Cookie Crust
-A variety of cookies, including chocolate chip & pink sea salt, buttery roasted macadamia, jumbo linzer tarts, and more!
-Caramel Apple Pie Pizza
-Cannoli
-Doughnuts of all varieties
-Other specialty baked goods


Let’s help her out and make a pledge because that menu is lookin’ mighty tasty. 

Reviewed Restaurants

Pearl’s Liquor Bar

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This cute prohibition era looking spot on Sunset Blvd is a breath of fresh air…except for not having the most vegan-friendly menu. With a little mix and matching you can make it work and have a tasty meal (sans any desserts).

For Sunday brunch I was outnumbered by a group of non-vegan girls wanting to try a new spot. Fine with me. It happens quite often and I’m very capable of making due. You won’t normally get exactly what you want and you may have to pay more but the truth of the matter is, you can be vegan pretty much anywhere. You can stick to your diet, your lifestyle, your beliefs and still hang with your girlfriends without causing a fuss.

To add insult to injury I’m not the biggest drinker…but this Sunday after taking a tough yoga class AND also teaching my first practice yoga class to my girlfriends, I decided I would indulge in a little of the bubbly with them.

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Say hello to the Mimosa Platter!

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Product Finds

LVX Nail Laquer

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After being able to try LVX from a VeganCuts Beauty box I purchased over winter, I came to appreciate the company not only for its huge selection of gorgeous colors but also for what they stood for as a brand.

LVX is a vegan, cruelty-free, luxury fashion line. They don’t compromise on where they set their high standards including adopting a 5 free model. They are free of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene and Camphor—the most common and harshest chemicals found in nail polish. 

I noticed when I tried my first color back in winter, that LVX was more chip resistant and longer lasting then other popular brands on the market like; Essie and OPI. I was pretty shocked. It made me wonder why brands like Essie and OPI resort to such severe chemicals, but as it goes, it’s big business and to dissect that can leave you feeling nauseous.

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Vegan/Non-Vegan Gatherings Can Be A Win/Win For All Parties Involved

Lately, I have been very thankful for party throwers who are extending the extra effort in accommodating the array of special dietary needs of their guests. By saying this, it doesn’t mean I am not thankful for all the other events I go to but just recognizing the extra effort some are putting in to make everyone feel included. I know it’s not possible to make everyone happy but it is a safe bet that most guests may not enjoy a personal preference of a heavily doused ranch dressing over a gorgeous salad. This is why at most parties you either see; an undressed salad with a multitude of salad dressing options to choose from or a lightly dressed salad or both—an undressed salad and a heavily doused salad. Recently, I attended a small outdoor ol’ school movie party at a personal residence. I will try not to bore you too much as I relive witnessing the gorgeous view from the patio, but as the house lay quaintly on top a hill overlooking the twinkling valley with the backdrop of rolling San Fernando hills, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for my surroundings.

The host (vegan) and the hostess (non-vegan) had prepared food to accommodate both diets (lifestyles)! Oh how progressive and wonderful!

They thoughtfully posted little cards to designate what was vegan and what was not.

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Reviewed Restaurants

M Street Coffee Sherman Oaks

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From a hot tip my friends over at Nary Dairy gave me, I ventured to M Street Coffee, a new neighborhood coffee shop over the weekend. Nestled on a corner in the suburbs of Sherman Oaks, this coffee shop has a slight resemblance to the cozy charm of a San Francisco coffee shop but placed in an LA setting.  San Francisco coffee shops with the dark wood, the bohemian vibe and the organic fare, were a place I felt at home. They were the quintessential art students dream place to feel inspired and to be left alone. This shop has taken a little bit of that charm and then elevated it, adding in a modern LA twist. It’s simple, quaint and thankfully not another Starbucks.

For me, the biggest bonus is the simple goodies they provide. There isn’t a laundry list of treats or eats but what they do provide is plenty enough for my wandering eye.

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Forest Man

"Cut me before you cut my trees"

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If you think one person can’t make a difference, there is at least one man who can single-handedly prove you wrong. 

Jadev Payeng "The Forest Man", has planted 1,360 acres (larger than Central Park) since 1970 and the momentum he has constructed hasn’t stopped since then. The forest that he has built, including live animals such as; tigers, elephants, deer’s and rhinos, is on a sandbar in the middle of the world’s largest river located in North East India.

This extraordinary piece of land could be gone in the next 15-20 years due to soil erosion. With this, Jadev still continues to exert the effort to make the “shift”. He believes he can save his land and I believe, with effort, we can work to save ours.

He is but one man and the world is a big place, but with more individuals like this, we can create the “shift” right along with him.

The beauty this man poses brought tears to my eyes. Watch the video and be as inspired as I was. 

It’s only 16 min long but the takeaway will last much much longer.