Thanksgiving, but Cruelty Free

The year is almost over! As I start to reflect on everything that’s happened this year, I am in awe and so THANKFUL. I have met so many amazing people. I’ve learned so much, and I am so excited to see what happens next. Many of us kick off the holiday season with Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is full of so many traditions. Football, mashed potatoes, stuffing, the list goes on.

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This year, I want to challenge you to continue your traditions, but with a few small tweaks. This year, I want us all to celebrate, but with a little less cruelty. But how, right? I know you don’t want to give up your pumpkin pie or turkey. But I’m asking for a little trust here. I KNOW that with a few changes, you can celebrate this season of thankfulness with a clearer conscious and satisfied taste buds.

Let’s start with the classics. No Thanksgiving is complete without:

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Pumpkin Pie/Pecan Pie
  • Stuffing
  • Turkey
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Apple Crisp

Vegan-ise Your Mashed Potatoes

Now, the two ingredients that keep your vegan relatives from enjoying your mashed potatoes are butter and milk. Luckily, this is a quick fix and you have PLENTY of options. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter has a vegan option, as well as Earth Balance. So keep an eye out for these in your local grocery store, or take a trip to that new hipster grocery place your kids can’t afford but go to anyways (Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Turnip Truck, etc).

If you’re the kind of person that makes your mashed potatoes from scratch, fear not. You can make your own vegan butter and it’s super easy. Like so easy, I might even try it this year.

Now, we’re hopefully all familiar with milk alternatives. My current favorite is Oat Milk. Super creamy and makes a delicious latte! Most grocery stores at least carry almond, soy, and coconut by now. So you’ve got plenty of easy options there, too!

Vegan-ise Your Pumpkin Pie + Pecan Pie

There are so many ways you can do this! Odds are, there’s a vegan baker close to you that you can find online, that would happily make these for you. But if not, here’s a bunch of recipes I found online (disclaimer: I haven’t tried these yet!)

Cooking from Scratch:
Pecan Pie That I can’t Wait to Try (major changes – vegan butter and crust)
Vegan Pumpkin Pie 

Store Bought:
Unfortunately I could not find a store bought vegan pecan pie (see gif below for my thoughts on this). BUT I did find a vegan pumpkin pie! You can find it too at Whole Foods!

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Vegan-ise Your Stuffing

Most store bought stuffing mix calls for chicken broth. A quick change you can make is to opt for a vegetable broth instead! Not sure if you’re grabbing a vegan friendly broth? Avoid those with meat titles and check out the ingredients list. At the bottom of your food label, allergen information can be found. So watch for things like “Contains: eggs, milk” etc.

Vegan-ise Your “Turkey”

While you may be nervous about making a big change to everyone’s favorite dish, there ARE alternatives. ToFurky has a great Tofu Turkey and Wild Rice stuffing that you can find in stores! The Gardein brand offers a stuffed “turkey” or Holiday Roast option for groups!

BUT – if you like presentation as much as I do, you’ll be the most interested in this option. Vegetarian Plus offers a Vegan Whole Turkey. It’s shaped and colored to look exactly like a real turkey. Find out where you can find it here!

Vegan-ise Your Green Bean Casserole 

Miniminalist Baker is my go-to vegan recipe holder. She’s got a killer green bean casserole recipe that you HAVE to try. Still creamy, still got a bit of crunch, but only 10 ingredients and none that include any animal products!

Vegan-ise Your Apple Crisp

Another holiday must have, is dessert. Apple Crisp is that perfect end of fall treat to complete your holiday (in between pie slices). And can be made vegan friendly very easily! I found a recipe here, that I haven’t tried yet, but I will tell you that it seems to have everything covered! Now, for someone who doesn’t cook often, it looks like a lot of work. I haven’t had any luck looking for a store bought/premixed option, but I will be sure to share it if I find one!

*if beer is you’re thing, you have another opportunity to be cruelty free this year. You may be surprised to find out that some beers are processed with animal products or additives. Luckily, Peta has a complete list of beers that are vegan friendly!

Now, I understand that this may be a lot to take on. It can definitely be intimidating. If you decide to have turkey at your holiday celebration, I hope you don’t feel judged. But I know that there are MANY of you who would like to have a positive impact on this world, and making these small changes (even just one at a time) is a great way to start. So I’d like to challenge to you switch up at least one dish. Try tweaking just ONE of your recipes and having a less cruel holiday. This will probably be the ONLY time I share recipes with you guys, so let me know how it goes and don’t expect this often haha!

 

 

Petit Vour Box Review – September

It’s almost November! You know what that means! That means that you’re about to read a post that’s a month late!!! Bet you’re so pumped! If you’ve been following along at all, you know that one of the things we try to do over here at AllisonRanting.com is empower women. Part of that empowerment is educating women and giving them access to products that are significantly better for their health, than what they’re currently using. If you don’t think the make up you’re wearing now is that that bad, you’re going to want to put a pause on this, and read up on the Five Toxins on Your Face Right Now.

Petit Vour has been a super helpful part of this clean beauty journey for me and I’m really pumped to tell you all about what came in my September subscription box! Honestly, I wasn’t super impressed with the August box. I really loved the Eye of Horus Brow Pencil that came in it, but the rest was just kinda “meh” to me.

BUT SEPTEMBER’S BOX GUYS!! SO GOOD!! 

The September box came with a lip crayon, bath oil, shampoo + conditioner sample, and lotion! I’ll go product by product telling you exactly what I thought of each one!

1. Axiology Lip Crayon – $26
Impressed immediately by the packaging. I love the triangle shape and the shimmery gold. I received the color Enduring. *peep that swatch pic*. This crayon went on SO SMOOTHLY. It was like butter. I did feel like it plumped and moisturized my lips, and wasn’t drying at all. Now, it is a color I don’t normally wear, so I’m not sure how often I’ll use it. My only critique would be that it didn’t stay as bright or last as long as I wanted it to.

 

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YA’LL I felt so fancy. Now normally, I wouldn’t buy something that is going to
literally just go down the drain (#bathoil) but this felt so luxurious. I mean, just look at that glass bottle. Made up of organic essential oils, it smells SUH GOOD. After soaking for a while, my skin was left so soft and smooth. You only need about a third of the bottle per bath (or shower if you prefer) so there’s plenty left. If you want to give something luxurious to a friend that won’t break the bank, I recommend this!

 

 

3. Evolvh Ultra Shine Moisture Shampoo + Conditioner – $5 Processed with VSCO with m5 preset
THIS PRODUCT IS ONLY FIVE DOLLARS I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT BECAUSE IT IS MAGIC. Seriously. Made for all hair types, this duo is voluminizing (yas), frizz-dimenishing (yas yas), and color-protecting (yas yas yas). My hair felt so clean and so healthy. Not to mention, it left my hair with an incredible shine. I cannot stress enough how surprised I was by this. I mean, they didn’t send a very big sample, and I’ve got a lot of hair on my head. I didn’t expect to notice a difference at all, but my hair felt genuinely clean, smelled great, and looked great. I will absolutely be purchasing this again.

4. Andalou Naturals Kukui Cocoa Nourishing Body Butter- $2 
When I tell you that this lotion could not have come at a better time, I mean it. The Processed with VSCO with m5 presetNashville cold snuck up on all of us this year and dry skin is slowly killing me. But this lotion has been everything I needed. Without leaving my skin greasy, this lotion makes my skin so so soft. Not to mention, it smells like cake batter (and if you don’t think that’s a good thing, UM BYE). Safe to use all over, this is the perfect lotion to have in your bag. Will definitely be purchasing again BECAUSE DID YOU SEE THAT IT’S ONLY TWO DOLLARS!!!

 

 

 

 

Keep your eyes peeled for an IGTV video review as well! In the meantime, you can keep yourself entertained with the last IGTV review that I’d consider only a partial failure.

Petit Vour Box Review – August

Part of my mission over here at Allison Ranting is to empower and educate other women while I continue to learn myself! I think a HUGE part of being empowered, is choice. When it comes to beauty products, there’s nothing more empowering than knowing what options exist, what exactly is in them, and being able to make the best decisions for your body/health.

I’ve recently started learning more about common toxins found in beauty products and holy crap, guys. It’s actually pretty scary. To play a little catch up, I laid out some of the five most common toxins, here. So I’m looking for new products but since I’m kind of starting with little knowledge here, I thought the best way to try new products would be with a subscription box! After doing some research, I decided to go with the Petit Vour monthly box.

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Petit Vour (peh-tee vohr) is a luxury vegan company that partners with brands to provide vegan, cruelty free, and nontoxic products for every aspect of life (seriously, they have like..everything). Their Cruelty Free Beauty box ships monthly, with 4 products inside. ($45-$60 value) for $15/mo!

So I’m going fill you in on the products I get each month and tell you what worked and what didn’t work for me! We’re starting with the August box (yes I know it’s October, but just chill here. We’re playing catch up).

  1. Formulary Sea Clay Mask
    IMG_5023.JPGAlright, so this mask is supposed to remove impurities, pollutants, and excess oils without stripping the skin. Technically you’re not supposed to use it on your face unless you have oily skin. So I tried it on my chest first. I had absolutely no idea how to apply a mask like this. It showed up as a powder and says to apply to damp skin. Easy enough, right? I just dampened my skin and rubbed in the powder. But that didn’t work so well, so I had to like.. really really wet my skin. BUT – after I got it on, it smelled amazing. I’m a big matcha fan (one of the four ingredients in the mask). I did notice that it had stripped some oils, which was great. But since I don’t follow directions, I decided to try it on my face (which you saw a glimpse of on my insta story). Again, smelled amazing. It did strip oils from my face too, but afterwards it left it super red sooo, maybe just follow the directions and don’t put it on your face unless you have really oily skin???
  2. Eye of Horus Eyebrow Pencil
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    YA’LL THIS EYEBROW PENCIL!! I’m obsessed. I wasn’t sure how easily it would apply, but ya’ll it is smooth like butter. It doesn’t go on too thick and it doesn’t go on too thin. It’s got a handy little brush the end and packaging was full of cute empowering quotes. I don’t really know what else you want to know about eyebrow pencils… but it works and I’d 10/10 buy this again.IMG_4939.JPG3. Odacite Black Mint Cleanser

    So this trendy little charcoal cleanser was a trip to use. Let me just offer you a bit of advice and remind you to remove the foil that comes under the lid. I forgot to remove it and when I gave the bottle a little squeeze, the gel shot out of the top of the tube and went all over my bathroom. But, once I finally got it on my face, it foamed up and was definitely cooling! The gel is supposed to eliminate excess oil, impurities, environmental toxins, and makeup. It left my skin with a bit of redness, but my skin did look and feel very clean and refreshed! Probs wouldn’t buy to be honest.
  3. St. Tropica Hot Oil Virgin Coconut Hair Mask
    Hair masks terrify me. I don’t want my hair to be greasy than it already is TBH. ButIMG_1145.JPGI tried it anyway, just for you. This is another example of when I forgot how to read and couldn’t follow instructions. So basically, you put it in the microwave to heat it up, then apply it to your roots and massage it into your scalp. THEN you’re supposed to cover your hair with plastic wrap, which I forgot to do LOL. The instructions say to leave it on for at least twenty minutes but for best results, leave it over night. You and I both know we don’t have time for that let alone risk having to do an extra load of laundry to wash oil out of our pillowcases. SO I let it sit for twenty minutes, and washed my hair twice to get it out. It definitely left my hair smooth and shiny, and I really probably would do it again!

Of all of the products in this box, the eyebrow pencil I would for sure purchase again. Keep your eyes out for a review of September’s box, coming soon! Hopefully this helpful to you. I hope that by doing this, we all learn how to use our purchasing power to make the best decisions for ourselves and our bodies!