Dress United Custom T-Shirt Review

I was thrilled when Dress United asked if I would like to review one of their custom T-Shirts, I choose the Fashion Girly T which is made by American Apparel, Fine Jersey Women’s T-shirt. It’s Ultra soft and smooth and 100% Fine Jersey Cotton makes the perfect everyday T. I love this shirt!!! Its’ soft, breathable, and has a nice form fit, but is not tight.

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At Dress United  you can design shirts, hoodies, and swearthshirts any way you like. I could not decided what I wanted on this shirt so I decided to design something that fit my lifestyle. Most of you know that my husband and I have been living a green and healthy life by eating a whole-food plant based diet. September will make three years that we have been eating and living this way. We also have a great love for animals and animals always need a voice.

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NOFX did a song called Shut Up Already and the main lyrics in the song were Meat is Murder Animals are for Petting so that’s what I went with.

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I highly recommend Dress United for custom T-Shirts. The shirt was exactly as described and you get a front and back design. The shirts come in a variety colors, but I am kind of a classic girl….most of my wardrobe is black since black never goes out of style.

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Thank you again Dress United for the great t-shirt!!!

Honey Roasted Soy-nut Kale Chips

Happy Soyfoods Month!

I was thrilled when my sampler package arrived from Soyfoods! The package included these delicious All Natural Honey Roasted Soy nuts and I have to admit I was a little puzzled on what to do with the soy nuts other than eat them….then it came to me Kale Chips. I love kale chips and usually make a vegan cheesy topping from cashews and nutritional yeast. These kale chips turned out amazing, I loved the added sweetness from the honey and the crunch from the soy nuts were perfect.

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5.0 from 1 reviews
Honey Roasted Soy-nut Kale Chips
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • 1 head of kale, washed tried, and stems trimmed
  • A pack of 1 oz Honey Nutz (soy nuts)
  • ¼ red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
Instructions
  1. Soak the soy nuts in just enough water for them to absorb and allow to sit for 1 hour
  2. Add the soy nuts, red pepper, garlic, soy sauce, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast to a blender
  3. Blend until smooth
  4. In a large bowl, combine kale and soy nut paste, massage into the kale making sure kale is evenly coated.
  5. Place kale pieces on the layers of a dehydrator, being careful not to overlap
  6. Set the dehydrator to 135 degrees for 10-12 hours (I do this right before bed)
  7. Enjoy!

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April is National Soyfoods Month so it’s the perfect time to learn about the place for soy in a healthy diet and easy ways to incorporate it into everyday meals. Packed with protein and fiber, soyfoods are a tasty way to reduce calories, saturated fat and maintain your weight. Many soy products like veggie burgers cook and thaw faster than traditional meat sources so that means more time and convenience—who couldn’t use more of both?



The Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) provides information about the health benefits and nutritional advantages of soy. SANA offers fun recipes and convenient ways to incorporate soy into meals for everyone – from athletes to families. SANA is dedicated to spreading the word about soy, especially during National Soyfoods Month in April!

Soyfoods aren’t just for vegetarians anymore. In fact, dishes made with soy are quick, tasty, and often healthier than traditional protein sources.

Since April is National Soyfoods Month it’s the perfect time to tell your readers about the benefits and ease of cooking with soy!
Here are just a few ways that soy can help make your life easier and healthier:

Take this mixed berry smoothie up a notch with creamy and delicious WESTSOY Soymilk made from whole organic soybeans:
Berry Smoothie
WESTSOY Soymilk

Need a snack on-the-go? Grab some gluten free SOYJOY bars to fuel up with nutrients in seconds.
SOYJOY bars

On those busy weeknights, add some Wildwood tofu to the standard stir-fry for more protein or this spinach fettuccini to your favorite pasta sauce.
Wildwood Tofu

Packing lunches with the same snacks can get a little boring, but honey roasted soy nuts are a sweet and crunchy snack packaged in individual sizes, perfect for the lunch box.
Honey Roasted Soy Nuts

Packed with protein and fiber, soyfoods are a great way to reduce calories, cholesterol and saturated fat.
They also serve as a great source of iron, calcium, vitamin B-12, magnesium and zinc.

Including soyfoods into your diet is easy and convenient. See the recipes below:

Soymilk adds a healthy twist to any smoothie and these scalloped potatoes:
Soy Milk Scalloped Potatoes

Edamame makes a great energy-boosting snack and puts in an interesting twist on this hummus:
Edamame Hummus

Easy recipes to get cooking with soy ingredients:
Easy recipes to get cooking with soy



April is SoyFoods month! Explore the site for recipe ideas and ingredients!

Follow the SoyFoods Association on Twitter at @SocialSANA

SoyFoods Association on Facebook

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Garlic Infused Olive Oil & The Village Press Bag ‘N’ Box Review

I was so excited when I was contacted by The Village Press to try and review their New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I love making flavored oils at home. It’s much easier and cost-effective. I immediately knew I wanted to make a garlic olive oil for dipping or topping.

The Village Press bag-in-box Olive Oil has a tap for easy use and is very easy to store and helps to retain the integrity of both the flavor and the nutrients present in the oil by blocking out harmful ultra-violet rays.

Olive oil in a box is a wonderful way to reduce costs for food service establishments and those who use a decent amount of olive oil in their everyday life.

The Village Press Bag ‘N’ Box is sleek, easy to store, and has a tap. It holds 1 liter of oil. The appearance of the oil is a deep yellow to greenish hue and has a bold almost spicy taste…it’s delicious.

About: The Village Press is a single cultivar, first press, cold press, unfiltered, additive-free, kosher & halal certified, extra virgin olive oil.  Founded by Wayne and Maureen Startup 12 years ago as a boutique grove on their home property, The Village Press produce d 105,000 liters of extra virgin olive oil in the 2011 season and is expected to produce 185,000 liters in the 2012 season.  Boutique compared to mass market producers, The Village Press grow, harvest and press by variety is fully integrated with all of its New Zealand produced olive oil – being the grower, harvester, transporter, processor, storer and packager.

The Village Press First Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil comes in a 340oz light-block box, fitted with an anti-oxygen tap to ensure the integrity of the oil is never compromised by impurities or rancidity. Its versatile square shape lends itself to ease of storage and stability when in use, allowing chefs and home cooks to prepare meals and ingredients without having to handle a bottle.

Produced in the Hawke’s Bay province of the North Island of New Zealand, the temperate climate assists olive growing conditions and allows The Village Press to produce outstanding flavorsome olive oils.

Here are some reasons why it’s a great way to package and store EVOO:

  • No sunlight penetration of the oil: The integrity of the oil is maintained and rancidity is eliminated
  • No air oxidization of the oil: Since the bag collapses on itself air does not enter and the integrity of the oil is maintained.
  • No-drip tap: Allows for drip flow to be controlled by the user and is ideal for recipes that require the slow addition of olive oil, i.e. Hollandaise sauce.  
  • Hands-free: Allows chefs and home-cooks to prepare and cook without having to handle a bottle.
  • Versatile shape: Square shape lends itself to ease of storage, transportation and stability when in use.
  • Earth friendly: Box, bag and nozzle are fully recyclable

This delicious oil would make a great gift for the holidays. On their website they also have gift variety packs of different flavors for sampling.  And, on top of that, they have some pretty good recipes on their website.  

You can visit and purchase The Village Press here 

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Garlic Infused Olive Oil 

5.0 from 2 reviews
Garlic Infused Olive Oil & The Village Press Bag 'N' Box Review
 
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Recipe type: Condiment, Dip
Ingredients
  • 2 large garlic heads
  • 2 cups The Village Press Olive Oil
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
Instructions
  1. Pop the cloves out of the head of garlic
  2. Place the garlic in a ovenproof pot and pour the olive oil over them.
  3. Add the thyme.
  4. Cover with a lid or foil and bake in a preheated 300 degree oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Carefully, remove the garlic from the oil and set aside.
  6. Strain the oil into a bowl and let cool, then pour into an airtight container. The oil will keep in a cool and dark place for at least a month.
  7. You can use the garlic oil in just about anything.

This is a great olive oil for drizzling over bruschetta and salads. The oil has an assertive flavor that adds depth to any dish.  It’s absolutely delicious when served with a baguette for dipping.

A few days later I was craving one of my favorite lunches grilled artichokes and instead of making my normal dipping sauce I decided to lightly salt my grilled artichokes and immediately drizzle with the garlic olive oil and it may just be my new go to instead of dip.

Fresh Faced: Simone France Skincare Review

Simone France contacted me about reviewing their line, and after checking out their website and learning more about the brand I agreed to give it a try. Before, I received my skin care products, I received an in depth skin care analysis. They asked which products I was currently using and gave me a detailed product recommendation and step-by-step instructions which focuses on simplicity, deep pore cleansing, and mild daily exfoliation. I received the products very quickly, and I’ve used them religiously since.  I immediately noticed a difference after just the first use. My skin was super soft and almost felt like I had gone in for a facial…same results day after day.

 

I used the “sandwich” method in the morning which is basically a moisturizer, an exfoliating scrub, followed by soap, it creates a really creamed lather which I LOVE! Oh and I know what you are thinking…soap, but this soap leaves my skin shinny-clean and soft. To wipe/wash away the lather which leaves my face feeling so refreshed I used a disposable cleansing cloth. I pat my face dry with a clean towel and use a little more of the moisturizer before applying my makeup.

And simply milk cleanser and toner at night, it’s like a face wash/moisturizer/makeup remover all in one and it’s Heavenly! I also incorporate a mask 1-2 times a week. Everything smelled great, felt great, and ended up making my skin look 10x better.

The principle philosophy of Simone France is this: it’s all about the way you clean your skin. On their website they offer gentle, effective products for all skin types. Not sure what system will work best for you? Contact them! They give detailed email consultations to any customer that requests it to help you find the best Simone France products for your skin.

Overall, I am absolutely in love with their products and my face has never felt so soft and pure in my life! You have GOT to head to their website and see why Oprah, Elle, Vogue and more are raving about it!

Check out Simone France Skin Care Today…..This would also make perfect Christmas gifts!

My Heart Is An Idiot: FOUND Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour is Coming to Texas

Author and This American Life Contributor Davy Rothbart takes to the road on a 79-city tour.

Celebrating FOUND Magazine’s 10th Anniversary and the release of his new book,  My Heart is an Idiot

This fall, road warriors Davy and Peter Rothbart are hurtling your way on FOUND Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour! For a decade, the FOUND team has collected and published anything that gives a glimpse into someone else’s life — love letters, birthday cards, to-do lists, poetry on napkins, anything goes! Heartwarming, hilarious, and outrageous submissions pour in each month from readers around the world. Now the Rothbarts are hopping back in the tour van for an exciting cross-country romp through 37 states and 79 cities.

At each exhilarating show, Davy (FOUND’s Editor and plucky point guard) will share the latest magnificent and mesmerizing finds that have landed in the mailbox at FOUND HQ, while Peter (FOUND’s international heartthrob) will dazzle with beautiful, haunting, and hysterical songs based on FOUND notes. 

Davy will also share stories from his new book of personal essays, My Heart is an Idiot, 16 stories of love and adventure. Dave Eggers says that “Davy Rothbart has the humor and purity of heart you want and need in an observer of contemporary American life,” and Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) says the book “contains some of the most perfect and heartbreaking writing that I have ever read.” The book has also garnered glowing praise from Tom Robbins, The New Yorker‘s Susan Orlean, This American Life regular Sarah Vowell, radio host Ira Glass, and David Sedaris, as well as The New York Times (“achingly funny”) and The Daily Beast (“refreshing in its utter lack of pretension.”)

Bring your friends, bring your finds, and join Davy and Peter Rothbart for a very special night!

November 27, 2012
 Dallas, TX

The Texas Theatre, 7:30 pm, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., 214-948-1546


[Tickets are $10 online or at the door]

November 28, 2012 
Houston, TX

St. Arnold’s Brewery, 7:30 pm, 2000 Lyons Avenue, 713-868-2101


[Tickets are $10 for members; $15 for general public, available online or at the door (with free pint glass to first 150 guests); sponsored by Aurora Picture Show]

November 29, 2012
 Austin, TX

Alamo Drafthouse at The Ritz, 8 pm, 320 E. 6th St., 512-476-1320


[Tickets are $12 online or at the door]

I was recently sent a copy of Davy’s book and Peter’s album and can not put it downDavy’s book, it is funny, engaging, and marvelous! Peter’s album is just great! Get out to the show if you are in the areas….you will enjoy it!

ABOUT Davy & Peter:

Davy Rothbart is the creator and editor of FOUND Magazine, a frequent contributor to public radio’s This American Life, and author of the story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He writes regularly for GQ and Grantland; his work has been featured in The New Yorker and The New York Times; he’s also twice been a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. Rothbart is the director of two documentaries about the punk rock band Rise Against, as well as videos for Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” Project. In 2010, the film Easier With Practice, adapted from one of his GQ articles, and starring Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. He is currently co-directing the documentary Medora, which has already received national attention from ESPN, Fox, and NBC’s The Andrea Mitchell Show. He splits time between Los Angeles, California, and his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Peter Rothbart is an award-winning songwriter, and the frontman for folk/rock group The Poem Adept. His third solo album, You Are What You Dream, will be released in fall 2012, and his music was featured in McSweeney’s Wholphin DVD and the 2012 documentary film Mister Rogers & Me. He is also an editor at FOUND Magazine, and the executive director of the urban gardening organization We Patch. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

RELATED LINKS

My Heart Is An Idiot Book: http://www.myheartisanidiotbook.com/

My Heart Is An Idiot Trailers:  http://www.myheartisanidiotbook.com/videos/

FOUND Magazine website:http://foundmagazine.com

FOUND Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour:http://foundmagazine.com/2012/04/10thanniversarytour/

Peter Rothbart’s music site:http://peterrothbart.com

Davy Rothbart on This American Life:http://www.thisamericanlife.org/contributors/davy-rothbart