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Friday, May 30, 2014

Vegan Chewing Gum?

Vegan gum is something I've recently discovered. But does that mean regular gum isn't vegan? Believe it or not, the gum you're chomping on right now probably isn't even vegetarian.
Most chewing gums, like Trident, have an ingredient called Glycerol. Glycerol is essentially animal fat. There are some vegan sources of glycerol, which is called vegetable glycerol. The animal derived glycerol can be found in cosmetics, soaps, toothpastes, ointments, medicines, and brake fluids along with chewing gum. (what?!? BRAKE FLUID? That surprised me, as well)

After discovering the un-vegan-ness of chewing gum, my first instinct was to find a vegan alternative. I stumbled upon Pur Gum and immediately ordered it. To my suprirse, this vegan gum turned out to be more flavorful than most non-vegan gums. Granted, the flavor doesn't last nearly as long as, say, Extra, but it does the job well.

Pur Gum is aspartame free, gluten free, vegan, nut free, diabetic friendly, Swiss made, and non GMO.

What is aspartame? Aspartame is a low calorie sweetener. It has been debated whether or not this sugar substitute is, in fact, harmful to humans. In my opinion, I'd rather not consume a sweetener that some scientist claim to be "the most dangerous substance for consumption". Thumbs up to Pur Gum for being aspartame free!

Find out more over at pur-gum.com

xo, Sarah Holt

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

300 Followers Update

Somehow, this very blog has managed to reach 300 followers. This may not seem like a huge milestone to most of you reading this, but 300 real-life human beings reading my poorly typed words is a massive deal for me. I am extremely excited and unimaginably appreciative of every single person who takes the time to read the posts I type up while lying in bed at 3 in the morning.
Lately, my sole focus hasn't been on this blog. I've been somewhat busy, but more so lazy. Believe me, I have about 50 drafted posts just waiting to be published. I could make up a list of reasons as to why I haven't posted anything in the past week, but I'd rather focus on what I want to do in the future with this blog.
As you all know, I have a vegan diet. If you didn't know, well then you probably haven't been here too long. In that case, welcome to my blog! My name is Sarah and I like to talk about vegetables.
As I was saying, vegan diets. Somehow, unintentionally, this blog turned into a space on the internet where I like to write about my experiences in the small world of dairy- and meat-free topics. This blog also allows me to be as crafty as my little heart desires, which is amazing. I'm honestly just trying to write useful posts while having fun along the way.
I am now dedicated, more than ever, to putting my all into creating posts you can all learn a thing or two from.

Lastly, I want to let you guys in on a few of my favorite blogs who deserve 300 more readers.
In no specific order, here are 3 of my favorite blogs:

Little Green Sofie
If you like smoothies, you'll love Sofie. She comes up with the most amazing smoothie recipes that are super easy to make. She also posts lovely "Cheerful Sunday" posts which I look forward to reading every Sunday.

Maeva types out all of her posts in English and in French, which I think is truly impressive. She deserves all the followers for that alone.

M + K
These bloggers are twin sisters, which I find super cool for some reason. They both have extremely cool style and I love reading their thoughts and ramblings on fashion.

I want to read each and every one of your blogs, so comment a link and I'll check them out!

xo, Sarah Holt

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Adventure of the Day | Mother's Day

This is the first of (hopefully) many posts titled "Adventure of the Day". I'm trying to experience as much as I can. The ultimate plan is to have these posts motivate me, and maybe even motivate you guys reading this, to get out there and experience more. Now, back to the Mother's Day Adventure.

For us Americans, Mother's Day was yesterday (May 11th). The following pictures are bits from the day.

I made my mom a card out of watercolors. I also made her a picture book titled How to be the World's Best Mom. Lastly, I framed pictures of my brother, sister, and myself from over the years.

We got my Grandmom a bunch of goodies.

One of those goodies included a personalized Yankee Candle!

My mom, my sister, me, and my grandmom

We then spent the rest of the day at the beach.

I just want to remind everyone reading this to love and appreciate your mothers. They gave birth to you, it's the least you can do. And even if they didn't birth you, moms everywhere are incredible human beings who deserve the recognition. Tell your mom you love her everyday, not just on Mother's Day. 
She deserves it.

xo, Sarah Holt

Monday, May 5, 2014

Vegan Raspberry Frozen Yogurt | Recipe

Before converting to a vegan diet, I was never really a big fan of "fro-yo". I actually I hated it. For some reason, now that I can't have frozen yogurt, I desperately crave it. I recently came across dairy-free yogurt in the organic/vegan section of my local grocery store and decided to give it a freeze in an attempt to make my own vegan fro-yo, and I must say, it wasn't half bad. It was actually really, really good. It may be my new favorite snack. I loved it so much, I wanted to share the recipe with my lovely internet friends.

What You'll Need:
Vegan Vanilla Yogurt

What You'll Need To Do:
Chop up the raspberries by hand or in a blender
(I used my NutriBullet)
Chunky to smooth ratio is up to you, I prefer mine on the chunkier side
Add the yogurt to the berry mixture and blend
At this point, the yogurt and raspberry mixture is edible and absolutely amazing. You can stop here and have an incredible fruit and vegan yogurt blend, but it tastes even tastier frozen
Freeze the blended yogurt and berries for a minimum of 3-5 hours
Annnnnnnd you're done!

This is the perfect snack for spring and summer nights.
I will definitely be making this fro-yo recipe throughout the warm months. Probably even the cold months too, it's that good.

xo, Sarah Holt

Friday, May 2, 2014

April Snippets

Before you all say, "hey! Where's your April Favorites?!?!", I can explain. I decided to create a new "series" on my blog called Monthly Snippets in the place of the previous, unoriginal, Monthly Favorites. In these new Monthly Snippets posts, you'll be able to see a bunch of pictures that I've taken throughout the month. Sweet and Simple. Here are my snippets of April.

My dogs got haircuts and I took an excessive amount of pictures to document the adorableness 

(unintentional beach haircut photoshoot)

My brother, grandmom, sister, and myself

My brother's hockey practice

A few watercolors I painted throughout April

Lastly, I received an award and a few other goodies for volunteering at an elementary school!

Not amazing beyond amazing, but those were my snippets of April!

xo, Sarah Holt

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