Vegan & Cruelty free living. Momma to a pit & two pugs.

mattharv666:

skankmcmeow:

I see your shifting gaze, that disgusted glance. I know you’re questioning my parenting from across the elementary school assembly.

Let me tell you a little story about the kindergarten student with bright purple hair, my little Raven Marie…

A month before school started she decided to play hair stylist with the craft scissors, and to save what was left I had to opt for a pixie cut. She was absolutely devastated. It was about three hours before she stopped her harsh sobbing and hiccups.

Why?

She has thought that the length of a girls hair was what made her “girly”. I know I’ve personally had many hairstyles around her before, including a purple mohawk, which many people criticized as not being “girly” enough. Media, other children, other parents, and society made it worse. She would randomly burst in tears while out in public for the first week of her new style, screaming that she looked like a boy. That everyone would think she’s a boy.

At one point she took off her bow in her hair, threw it at a cashier and screamed, “I DON’T NEED THIS BOW TO TELL YOU THAT I’M NOT A BOY, BECAUSE I’M NOT”

Proudly stomping away in her blue jean overalls, head held high.

Once we edged closer to the first day of school she kept asking questions like, “Do you think the other kids will like me? Do you think they’ll be my friend? Will they think I’m a boy? Will they pick on me because I have boy hair?”

So I went to the grocery store, bought some dye, and spent the whole night transforming my bright blonde little girl into a plum punk rock fairy. I then assured her that if any of the kids didn’t like her, they were just jealous.

As for you, mothers and teachers with the wandering eyes filled with disgust and judgement, I’m in the business of raising a free spirit.

Here’s to you, Raven Marie. I love you.

Look at how fucking adorable that kid is holy fucking shit

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garden-of-vegan:

I just answered an ask about my vegan grocery essentials, so I thought I might as well post it here too!
Here are my resources for building your own healthy vegan grocery list:
Building a Healthy Vegan Grocery List
Vegan Lifestyle on a Budget
You can also check out my grocery posts, you might find them helpful too. Here’s the links to the 2 most recent ones:
Groceries 04/23/14 – Includes prices + My flexible menu for the week + Shopping FAQ
Groceries {Week 2} With Prices + What I Ate Last Week + Featured Products
Groceries {Week 3} – Grocery resources + Prices and total cost
How to Grocery Shop for Packing Healthy Lunches To Go
Below are my essentials for eating healthy, these are the types of foods I like to have on hand at the start of each week. *Starred ingredients indicate items that I stock up on (usually from Costco) or items that last a long time, not things I buy on a week-to-week basis.
This is the list of foods I’d buy if I had to suddenly restock my kitchen from scratch. I’d choose these ingredients because I find them really easy to use, versatile, and really good for mixing and matching to create tons of different dishes.
Fruit
apples
bananas
oranges
whatever else is on sale and looks good (lately it’s things like berries, melons, pineapple, kiwis, etc.)
frozen mixed berries and frozen mango*
orange juice*
Vegetables
spinach (essential for salads)
cucumber
carrots
zucchini
broccoli
kale
mushrooms
grape tomatoes
avocados
garlic*
canned tomatoes or pasta sauce* (look for one made with wholesome ingredients)
Grains/Carbs
sprouted grain bread*
brown rice and/or quinoa*
whole wheat pasta*
granola*
oats*
Beans/Legumes
canned low sodium chickpeas*
extra-firm tofu
hummus*
Nuts/Seeds/Other
almonds*
pumpkin seeds*
peanut butter and/or almond butter*
soft pitted dates*
Vegan Non-Dairy
non-dairy yogurt (or dessert tofu)
soy or almond milk (unsweetened)
Other
sriracha*
nutritional yeast*
light soy sauce*
coconut oil/olive oil*
mustard*
Non-Essentials
Daiya Cheddar-style shreds
Earth Balance Buttery Spread
Vegenaise vegan mayo
Superfoods: chia seeds, hemp hearts, cacao nibs, etc.*
With this list you can make:
salads 
yogurt and berry granola parfaits
smoothies
sandwiches
vegan lunch bowls
stir-fries
pasta
veggies & hummus
fruit with peanut butter
date balls
toast with pb & banana
toast with mashed avocado
fruit salad
oatmeal with berries/nuts/nut butters
tofu and vegetable broth soups
Here are some of my favourite recipes using those ingredients:
Baked Sriracha and Soy Sauce Tofu (in salads, wraps, sandwiches, and vegan lunch bowls - I use it all the time)
Tofu Noodle Soup [version 1] [version 2]
Classic Green Smoothie
Broiled Apple & Almond Butter Sandwich (you can also do PB & banana)
Mixed Berry, Granola, and Yogurt Parfait
Date Balls
You can also browse Garden of Vegan tags for: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Snacks, Smoothies, and Food on the Go. Most meals are made mostly with the ingredients above or would be really easy to substitute.

garden-of-vegan:

I just answered an ask about my vegan grocery essentials, so I thought I might as well post it here too!

Here are my resources for building your own healthy vegan grocery list:

You can also check out my grocery posts, you might find them helpful too. Here’s the links to the 2 most recent ones:

Below are my essentials for eating healthy, these are the types of foods I like to have on hand at the start of each week. *Starred ingredients indicate items that I stock up on (usually from Costco) or items that last a long time, not things I buy on a week-to-week basis.

This is the list of foods I’d buy if I had to suddenly restock my kitchen from scratch. I’d choose these ingredients because I find them really easy to use, versatile, and really good for mixing and matching to create tons of different dishes.

Fruit

  • apples
  • bananas
  • oranges
  • whatever else is on sale and looks good (lately it’s things like berries, melons, pineapple, kiwis, etc.)
  • frozen mixed berries and frozen mango*
  • orange juice*

Vegetables

  • spinach (essential for salads)
  • cucumber
  • carrots
  • zucchini
  • broccoli
  • kale
  • mushrooms
  • grape tomatoes
  • avocados
  • garlic*
  • canned tomatoes or pasta sauce* (look for one made with wholesome ingredients)

Grains/Carbs

  • sprouted grain bread*
  • brown rice and/or quinoa*
  • whole wheat pasta*
  • granola*
  • oats*

Beans/Legumes

  • canned low sodium chickpeas*
  • extra-firm tofu
  • hummus*

Nuts/Seeds/Other

  • almonds*
  • pumpkin seeds*
  • peanut butter and/or almond butter*
  • soft pitted dates*

Vegan Non-Dairy

  • non-dairy yogurt (or dessert tofu)
  • soy or almond milk (unsweetened)

Other

  • sriracha*
  • nutritional yeast*
  • light soy sauce*
  • coconut oil/olive oil*
  • mustard*

Non-Essentials

  • Daiya Cheddar-style shreds
  • Earth Balance Buttery Spread
  • Vegenaise vegan mayo
  • Superfoods: chia seeds, hemp hearts, cacao nibs, etc.*

With this list you can make:

Here are some of my favourite recipes using those ingredients:

Baked Sriracha and Soy Sauce Tofu (in salads, wraps, sandwiches, and vegan lunch bowls - I use it all the time)

Tofu Noodle Soup [version 1] [version 2]

Classic Green Smoothie

Broiled Apple & Almond Butter Sandwich (you can also do PB & banana)

Mixed Berry, Granola, and Yogurt Parfait

Date Balls

You can also browse Garden of Vegan tags for: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Snacks, Smoothies, and Food on the Go. Most meals are made mostly with the ingredients above or would be really easy to substitute.

(via garden-of-vegan)

veganfoody:

well.ca has 2000+ vegan items to choose from. Everything from supplements, cleaning supplies, beauty care, tea, yummy food (kale chips, vegan marshmallows, raw vegan parmesan and chocolate!) and lots of gluten free items too!
Use coupon code “veganfoody10” to save $10 on your order.
They offer free shipping within Canada on orders over $25 and in the US on orders over $99.

veganfoody:

well.ca has 2000+ vegan items to choose from. Everything from supplements, cleaning supplies, beauty care, tea, yummy food (kale chipsvegan marshmallows, raw vegan parmesan and chocolate!) and lots of gluten free items too!

Use coupon code “veganfoody10” to save $10 on your order.

They offer free shipping within Canada on orders over $25 and in the US on orders over $99.

lillalexandras:

livethroughlife:

睜開眼睛。

I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A PERFECT HUMAN BEING BEFORE

lillalexandras:

livethroughlife:

睜開眼睛。

I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A PERFECT HUMAN BEING BEFORE

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magicalnaturetour:

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