Little Animals Mean World
Little Animals, Mean World Vegan Children’s Book Collection (Talk to your children about Animal Cruelty!)

“Although they don’t speak our language, animals are not so different from us. They’re incredibly smart, feel emotions, and care about their families and friends. Animals want to be happy, and most of all, they deserve to live free.”

Angela Prada-Moed

Welcome back to the blog, loves. I am so excited to share this amazing vegan children’s book collection with you today! My children are in love. These books are fantastic for vegan and non-vegan families alike.

Each book in the collection can be purchased individually or as a set. I have written a summary of each book at the end of this blog post.

Little Animals Mean World Book Collection

My children received these books as one of their Christmas presents and not a single day has gone by where we have not read ALL five of these books. They are just smitten. At just 3 years old, my kiddos are already asking all of the questions.

This book bundle is a dream for any parent who wishes to tackle these hard topics.

The name of the collection is “Little Animals, Mean World” and it contains five very colorful vegan story books. These books explain the dairy industry, elephant riding, animal testing, meat consumption, and the fur/leather/etc industry in a way that children can understand.

The books are very well thought out, honest, descriptive, and each one comes with a very happy ending. Martin and I were sitting at breakfast the other day chatting about how beautiful the endings were. In all honesty, I truly believe that by raising our next generations with books like these in hand, we could very well make these endings a reality.

The writer of the “Little Animals, Mean World” books, Angela Prada-Moed, is a mother of two and a mama on a mission. As many others could relate, as soon as the motherly role is blessed upon us, we feel a deep connection to all other mothers and fully witness the bond between mother and child. The hard reality of the dairy industry hit her hard. Angela felt this ever so deeply and could not bear to sit back and do nothing. Her greatest mission is to be as transparent with her children as possible on hard to discuss topics.   We are so grateful for Angela’s passion to fight for the animals and could not have dreamed up a better book collection for our littles.

Every single night, my little boys run to the bookshelf to pick one of Angela’s books. Leo usually picks ‘Oliver’s Milk” (pronounced Oliers Mick) and Alessandro always runs to grab ‘Mackenzie’s Test” (pronounced Kenzie’s Mic-scope). I can not help but smile ever so brightly as my children start to ask questions and understand what I am reading to them. 

As little baby Oliver was taken away from his Mother in “Oliver’s Milk”, my children gasped and asked me if we could please help Oliver get back to his mommy. “Of course,”, I said, and we finished the book with the happy ending of baby calf being reunited with his mourning mama. Such a beautiful ending. One we all hope for.

I thought it would be helpful to give a short description of each book in my own words to help our readers fully understand the book collection.


Oliver’s Milk

I believe we are on reading number 500 of this book, and for good reason. It is colorful, interactive, and full of curiosity-striking writing. The story begins with a pregnant mother cow, Audrey, who gives birth to her son, Oliver, in a factory farm. They are very happy until the factory farm workers come and separate them. They are heart broken. Oliver does everything in his power to get back to his mother and eventually they break free and escape to an animal sanctuary. This book talks about the dairy industry, the meat industry, and the safe haven of animal sanctuaries. Leo’s favorite part is a little interactive map that helps Oliver to find his mother – just be sure to avoid the factory farm worker!

Mackenzie’s Test

Mackenzie is a very smart bunny who wishes to be a world-renowned scientist one day. She decides to head off to science camp but, sadly, finds herself locked up upon arrival for animal experimentation. We learn about why animals are tested, how they are tested, and how we can avoid animal testing to opt for safer and better results. Alessandro adores this book and all of the colorful science related tools and symbols on each and every page.

Ethan Isn't Bacon

Ethan Isn’t Bacon

Meat consumption has probably been one of the hardest discussions for me to have with my children and I am so grateful for Ethan. Ethan is a very privileged pig who lives life just like the rest of us. He goes to school, plays with his friends, and has a lovely home with his loving parents. One day, he is driving with his papa when he notices a truck full of pigs. He begins to ask questions and notices quickly that everyone around him doesn’t want to acknowledge the truth. Eventually, Ethan finds out that these pigs are being sent to the slaughterhouse and he will not allow it. Ethan becomes an animal activist and stops the slaughter of his fellow pigs.

Victoria's Couture

Victoria’s Couture

This is such an adorable and direct book on why wearing animal fur and skin is simply not nice. Victoria is a fox who owns a little clothing shop made from all cruelty-free materials. A new customer, Leila, walks in one day and is looking for a warm coat for winter. Leila requests down, wool, cashmere, leather, and more and Victoria explains why each one of these options are not kind to the animals. In the end, Leila and Victoria work together to create new cruelty-free collections and go into business together!

Riding Benjamin

Riding Benjamin

A year before my children were born, I was living in an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. These Elephants were saved from the very cruel Elephant riding industry and I couldn’t have been happier to see this book in the collection. This book begins with a baby elephant named Benjamin and his mommy playing in the water in the jungles of Thailand. On the way home, they fall into a trap and Benjamin is taken from his mother and sold to a Mahout. This Mahout forces Benjamin to give rides to tourists for money and Benjamin quickly becomes sick. While waiting to give another ride, Benjamin meets a little boy named Lucas who refuses to ride Benjamin and decides to save him instead. Lucas takes Benjamin to an Elephant sanctuary and vows to save many more elephants from the horrors of Elephant riding. 


“Learn the stories of how animals would fight back for their lives if they could speak our language. Find out how meat and dairy break families apart and where many clothing materials come from. Explore ways to help animals who are being used for entertainment, and discover scientific advancements that promise an end to animal testing.  Get useful insight into why choosing cruelty-free products matters and how to support animal rescue missions and farm sanctuaries.”

Little Animals, Mean World

If you would like to add this amazing Litte Animals, Mean World book series (or individual books) to your collection, please head to the KindRoar website and use code “KindLiving20” for 20% off your order. I just know you will love these books as much as we have and cherish them for many many years to come. Xoxo- Danielle

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chocolate chia pudding
The PERFECT Chocolate Chia Pudding (with the perfect consistency)

I tried chia pudding for the very first time 8 years ago in Hawaii. I just randomly walked into a cute little hipster cafe and ordered the first thing on the menu – chocolate chia pudding with some fruit.

My world was changed. It was amazing. Pretty sure I spent way too much money on this extremely overpriced bowl of seeds and milk – but I had no idea we could make this at home!

Fast forward a few years and there I was, in the kitchen, making some homemade chia pudding. It was always delicious but I could never quite figure out how that hipster cafe made it so darn delicious. I kept trying. Kept eating chia pudding that was always yummy but never quite hit the spot.

Until today. Enjoy!

The perfect chia pudding

The PERFECT Chocolate Chia Pudding (with the perfect consistency)

  • 3 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup full fat or reduced fat canned coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup vanilla non-dairy milk (I used organic vanilla soy milk)
  • 1/2 TBSP cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup

*If using plain non-dairy milk, add in 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Add all of the ingredients to a mason jar (or 2) and mix well. I like to use a little whisk but a fork/spoon will do just fine. Be sure to mix right away to avoid the chia seeds sticking to the sides. Next, add the top to the mason jar and then give it a very good shake – take all that pent up energy out on that mason jar!

Pop it into the refrigerator and enjoy the next morning for breakfast or even that night for a delicious dessert. I love this recipe so much because the canned coconut milk makes it super decadent and filling – unlike most homemade chia pudding recipes that make you hungry WHILE you eat it (anyone else hate this?!). Hope you love it as much as this mama does!

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie
Super Simple Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Super Simple & Delicious Vegan Pumpkin Pie!

If you think that baking a pie is going to take you all day long and destroy your kitchen, then you haven’t tried this vegan pumpkin pie!

All it takes is a

Blend – Pour – Bake – Chill!

So grab your vegan pie crust (or if you are so inclined, make your own!) and let’s get started. Your taste buds better be ready for this epic Autumn treat!

*p.s. If you want to learn how to make your very own homemade pumpkin puree, check out our latest blog post here. I promise you, homemade is so much better than the canned stuff and a GREAT way to avoid food waste from all of those “decoration pumpkins”. Woo hoo!

Vegan Pumpkin Pie
 

This colorful Vegan Pumpkin Pie is a big crowd favorite

The kids love it because it reminds them of candies, and it’s actually so sweet and creamy that it’s the perfect dessert for family events.

Last year I was visiting some friends for Thanksgiving, I wanted to make something special to contribute to dinner but I was so busy that I ended up on Thanksgiving day clueless about what I was bringing over.

I had some leftover pumpkin after making a Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Pasta and I quickly whipped up this wonderful cake.

All the guests ate it and asked for seconds, even after a full Thanksgiving dinner!

What you will need to make this Vegan Pumpkin Pie:

 

Pumpkin Puree (Fresh or canned – Fresh is always best)

Canned Coconut Milk

Maple Syrup

Vanilla Extract

Brown Sugar

Cinnamon 

Nutmeg

Cloves

Ginger

Sea Salt

Cornstarch

A pie crust

 


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Benefits of…

Pumpkin

      • Pumpkin is a great source of potassium and beta-carotene, which is a carotenoid that converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction.

Ginger

      • The health benefits of ginger include treating nausea, easing menstrual cramps, regulating blood sugar levels, and relieving indigestion. Ginger also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can prevent cell damage and help ward off chronic disease.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Super Simple Vegan Pumpkin Pie

The easiest and most delicious pumpkin pie recipe ever!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 220kcal

Ingredients

  • 15 oz Pumpkin Puree Fresh or canned - Fresh is always best
  • 1 cup Canned Coconut Milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter or cashew butter *This is optional but I adore it
  • 1/2 cup Maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 3 tbsp Cornstarch
  • Pre-made pie crust

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F/175C.
  • Add all of the ingredients (except for the pie crust of course) to a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Taste test and adjust to your preference.
  • Pour the mixture into the 9-inch pan lined with the pie crust (no, the pie crust is not pre-cooked).
  • Bake for 60 minutes on the middle to low rack in the oven.
  • Once the 60 minutes is up, let cool by the windowsill for 30 minutes and then chill in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Serve!

Notes

*Want to learn how to make your own pumpkin puree? Check this post out!

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 8273IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

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Nutri Ninja
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Vegan Pumpkin Pie
Homemade Pumpkin Puree
How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree

I never even thought to make my own pumpkin puree until I found myself living in a little Italian town with NO canned pumpkin puree to be found. Sweat began to trickle down my face as I asked the woman behind the counter where the canned pumpkin was. Google translate had it correct…so why was she looking at me like I was crazy?

“Pumkin Puree? No. You make your own. There, (she points to some small pumpkins) You need those.”

And so, I awkwardly grabbed some pumpkins (no, not to decorate), paid and headed home.

My journey to homemade pumpkin puree (and everything else it seemed) began in this little Italian town and I am so thrilled to share it with you today. I promise, it’s SO much better than the canned stuff.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

When making pumpkin puree, you typically want to use small pumpkins like sugar pumpkins. Keep in mind, I have used all sizes and they all work (with varying tastes). The only big difference is the sweetness – the bigger pumpkins will need extra sugar when baking with them.

The most “famous” pumpkins for puree are called sugar pumpkins. These are bright orange and small enough to bake in full on your baking dish. I will be using these today for the blog post.

 

The Sugar Pumpkin

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Pick out a nice sugar pumpkin (ask the farmer for help if need be!) and give it a good rinse once you get home.

Preheat oven to 400F/200C.

Slice the pumpkin in half (should be easy enough because of its size) and notice the gorgeous pumpkin seeds in the centre. Scoop these out and save them for a yummy roasted snack later.

Lightly season with sea salt and add to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You want to lay the pumpkin cut side down for best baking. Bake until the flesh is nice and tender (super easy to scoop out!) which should be about 45-60 minutes.

Let cool, scoop out, food process and store! Homemade pumpkin puree is now yours!


 

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Skip the canned stuff and make your pumpkin puree at home!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: how to
Cuisine: American
Keyword: halloweeen, Vegan Thanksgiving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 18kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Sugar Pumpkin
  • Sea Salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F/200C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Slice the sugar pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds and strings.
  • Season with a light sprinkle of sea salt and lay cut side down on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes, until tender, and allow to cool for 10 minutes before handling.
  • Scoop the pumpkin flesh out and directly into a food processor. Process until nice and smooth.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Will last 1 week in the refrigerator and a few months in the freezer.

Nutrition

Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5789IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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Our Current Blender: The Vitamix Explorian Blender
  • It took me 3 years to choose this blender haha. I’m not even joking. I was so afraid of the price. So, instead, I purchased two other blenders in those 3 years that, low and behold, BROKE. The plant based lifestyle will wreak havoc on most blenders so you must choose a high quality one with a WARRANTY. The Explorian is one of the most inexpensive vitamix options but it still works great. I use it multiple times a day, every single day, and all of the recipes are from this beauty! Check out deals around Black Friday – you can usually snag one of these for under 200USD. For my European followers: Get ready to pay MORE than North America. I’m not sure why, but vitamix in Europe is double the price (which is actually more than double because we pay in euros/pounds/etc).

Vitamix Blender
 

Blendtec Classic Fit Blender
  • I have never owned a Blendtec, but I did live with someone who had one and it was pretty amazing. Never understood why it didn’t come with a tamper (?) but it does work beautifully. I am pretty biased with my years of experience with the vitamix over the Blendtec, but the price point is fantastic and there are TONS of videos out there comparing the two.

Blendtec
 

Nutri Ninja
  • I had a Ninja blender for years and years before I found the plant based lifestyle (or it found me). Prior to going plant based, I loved to make smoothies on a daily basis (still do today!). However, my smoothies were much *kinder* to the blender than today. While having owned both, I could just (and never would) compare a Ninja to a Vitamix – the difference is staggering. However, if you are just looking to blend up some oats, make light smoothies, or create epic dressings? Then go ahead and choose this one!

Ninja Bullet
 

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Vegan Cranberry Muffins
Vegan Breakfast Cranberry Muffins (Moist & Delicious!)

Vegan Breakfast Cranberry Muffins

With the boys starting Forest School, Breakfast has become even more special in our home. Lunch time is spent with their little circle of friends and Mama bear picks them up when lunch is all over and cleaned up. To make each morning special and send them on their way to hike, roll in mud, and chase each other around the woods, I like to bake special treats like this one!

Muffins and pancakes are probably are favorite morning treats. I find muffins to be so much easier than pancakes so I tend to make these a LOT more! These are moist, delicious, and oh so nutritious!

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Vegan Cranberry Muffins

The optional additions for this recipe are extra special. While these are perfect as is, it is very fun to add in some orange zest, crushed nuts, or even dried fruit! If you have them on hand, toss them right in!

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Vegan Cranberry Muffins

 

What you will need for These Cranberry Breakfast Muffins:

Ripe Bananas

Cranberries

Flour

Oats

Vanilla Extract

Maple Syrup

Cinnamon

Baking Powder & Soda

Sea salt

 

Fun Options:

Orange Zest

Vegan Chocolate Chips

Crushed Nuts

 

Vegan Cranberry Muffins

Vegan Cranberry Breakfast Muffins

These muffins will make any breakfast extra special for you family. Super moist, delicious and nutritious!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly, family friendly, kid approved
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 98kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Non-dairy Milk
  • 3-4 Ripe Bananas Pureed or mashed very well - Should fill 1 full cup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup Pastry Flour **See Notes for Wheat-Free Flour Options
  • 1/3 cup Rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp Hemp hearts
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 cup Cranberries
  • 1.5 tsp Baking Powder
  • .5 tsp Baking soda
  • .5 tsp Sea Salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Prep a muffin tin.
  • Add the bananas and all wet ingredients (NOT the cranberries) to a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  • Combine all of the dry ingredients together (except the cranberries) and mix well. Pour the blended mixture over the dry and mix well.
  • Fold the cranberries into the mixture.
  • Add equal amounts of the mixture to the muffin tin and bake for 18-19 minutes, until cooked through.
  • Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
  • I love to serve our muffins with morning tea or apple cider. They are delicious with vegan butter too (if you have some on hand!).

Notes

**If using spelt flour, please increase amount to 1 1/4 cups.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg

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Homemade Vegan Apple Cider
Homemade Vegan Apple Cider

The BEST Homemade Vegan Apple Cider!

It’s getting a bit chilly in our old apartment and you know what that means: It’s time to move into the kitchen haha. Yes, we live quite old school over here in Italy. When the cold weather strikes, we run to the kitchen and bake lots of homemade treats and boil endless amounts of apple cider to keep us warm. The heat from the stove works wonders in our little kitchen and all the warm food in our belly puts us right in hibernation mode. Slow living. It makes me sleepy haha.

For years everyone has been talking about apple cider vinegar as a holy grail of healthy living and fitness, some swear on it as a weight loss supplement. Is it actually a hype or is apple cider vinegar really great for your and your family’s health?

It obviously won’t work miracles, but I think it’s amazing for your well-being. Among its many benefits, apple cider vinegar can improve digestion, lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Impressive, right? And making it at home makes it even more nutritious!

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Homemade Vegan Apple Cider
This here is my signature homemade vegan apple cider recipe. I used to make this with honey back in the day but I have now switched to maple syrup, date syrup, or even brown sugar sometimes (or maybe even a mixture of all 3 if I feel like it). I absolutely love this recipe and hope you do too.
The addition of the orange is optional, but I do recommend it. Enjoy

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Homemade Vegan Apple Cider

 

What you will need for The BEST Homemade Apple Cider:

Green Apples

Red Apples

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

Maple Syrup

Water

Fun Options:

Yellow Apples

Oranges

Cranberries

Homemade Vegan Apple Cider

Homemade Vegan Apple Cider

This is such a simple and delicious recipe for homemade vegan apple cider. Just a few ingredients and lots of time to simmer.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly, Budget Friendly
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 44kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 Green Apples Cored and chopped
  • 4 Red Apples Cored and Chopped
  • 1 Large Orange Optional but recommended
  • 12 cups Water
  • 2 large Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup Can substitute for brown sugar or even date syrup if you wish.

Instructions

  • Rinse and scrub the apples. Core and chop and toss into a large stock pot with the remaining ingredients.
  • If using the orange: Rinse, scrub and chop. No need to remove the skin.
  • Bring to a boil and then simmer for 2 hours. Stir every so often.
  • After 2 hours, taste test and adjust to your liking. Strain well and serve warm. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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Homemade Vegan Apple Cider

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OEKO-TEX® : Safe For Humans & The Planet

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OEKO-TEX®: Why I care about this brand and why you should too!

Hello, loves, and welcome back to the blog! Today we are thrilled to talk all about the amazingly beneficial and important labels by OEKO-TEX®. My mission as a sustainable and ethical blogger is to not only share my lifestyle with you in order to inspire change and awareness, but to also educate and help you to navigate your own journey. To break it all down for you so that you can make your own conscious and ethical decisions.

As I like to say, “Give a person some Oat Milk and they drink for a day. Teach a person how to blend some Oats and Water and they drink for a lifetime.” haha!

So, here we go, let’s jump right on in to learning all about OEKO-TEX®: The labels that ensure our clothes and home goods are SAFE!

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What Is The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®?

World’s Best Known Labels for textiles tested for harmful substances

Customer Confidence

High Product Safety

I first found out about this label while shopping for my children’s very first carpet for their nursery. At this point, I was in the very beginning of my journey to a non-toxic and sustainable home. We were barely making enough income to afford this carpet but I knew that I wanted to ensure the best quality (for our budget!) for my children.

I began researching toxins in textiles and was shocked at the truth. Some scary toxins found in the textile industry include Formaldehyde (for a crease resistant finish and easy care finish ), Azo Dyes which break down over time to become aromatic amines (some dyes can cause contact dermatitis), Heavy Metals (during the dying process) like Antimony and Chromium IV, and more.

Shocking, Right?

I could not believe that this was even legal, let alone able to be sold in my local shops. Thus began our journey into learning all about all the amazing labels out there that put our health and safety at the forefront of their business models.

OEKO-TEX®

Now, when I speak of textiles, I am speaking about so much more than carpets. We are talking clothing, bedding, towels, etc. This is a very large chunk of the material world and we must ensure its safety for our health as well as the health of our planet.

This is where the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® comes in. When you see this label on your textiles, you can rest assured that it is safe for you and your babe. The focus of this label is to ensure the textile poses no risk for human health.

Testing: What is tested?

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX

All textile products, starting from the threads to the finishing touches, are able to be tested for the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®. Every single component is tested in order to carry the label.

What about the Health & Safety of our Environment?

Keeping our family and ourselves safe from the harmful toxins of the textile industry is of utmost importance, but what about the health and safety of our home that we all share? The health and safety of our environment and neighbours?

This is where the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® comes in!

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What Is MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®?

Traceable Product Label

Carries the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification

Guarantees the article has been made using sustainable processes under socially responsible working conditions via STeP by OEKO-TEX®

 

Traceable Product Label

Each and every MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® item can be traced using a unique product ID or QR code. This amazing traceable label gives access to the consumer regarding production facilities , the stage of production, and the countries where the manufacturing took place.

The Story Behind OEKO-TEX®

I’m always amazed at how just a few dedicated folks band together to create something as extraordinary as these labels. Let’s take some time to get to know the story behind OEKO-TEX®!

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Left to right: Raimar Freitag (Testex textile testing institute), Prof. Wilhelm Herzog (Austrian textile research institute), Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mecheels, Dr. Rainer Weckmann, Dieter Walden, Dr. Stefan Mecheels (Hohenstein research institute)

Let’s start with the name. OEKO-TEX®  is short for the International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology.

The OEKO-TEX® association started in Zurich in March of 1992. Founding members were the German Hohenstein Institute and the Austrian Textile Research Institute (OETI).  In April of 1992, OEKO-TEX® introduced their very first STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® label at the Interstoff Trade Fair and the rest, as you can say, is history!

Currently, OEKO-TEX® consists of 18 independent research and test institutes in the field of textile and leather ecology in Europe and Japan with contact offices in more than 60 countries around the World.

Have we changed your mind on Textiles?

I sure hope so!

Be sure to check for the OEKO-TEX® labels the next time you shop and stay safe out there!

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Well, my loves, that is all for today. I sure hope this post was as educational as it was inspirational for you all. Please be safe out there and get to know all of your labels when shopping. If you are unsure about something in your textiles, be sure to ask and do the research. It’s unbelievable what is legal to sell nowadays. Have a very happy and healthy week and I’ll chat with you all soon!

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice
The BEST Homemade Pumpkin Spice

The BEST Homemade Pumpkin Spice!

If it’s Autumn where you live, then you have probably seen about a bajillion recipes calling for the infamous “Pumpkin Spice”.

For many folks, this is as easy as heading to their local shop and stocking up on the spice mixture – but it’s not so easy for the rest of us. We have lived in Italy for 4 years now and there is no pumpkin spice to be found. Luckily, however, I have all the ingredients I need to make one kick-a** homemade pumpkin spice mix of my own!

As well, making your own pumpkin spice gives you the opportunity to give it the exact taste that you like.

Sometimes I find that I want to make it a little bit more spicy, so I add more ginger, which also makes it an immune booster (check the benefits of ginger and the other spices used in this recipe further down in the page!).

I love making my own spices because I can really experiment with flavor and have fun with it!

 

Homemade Pumpkin Spice
All you need to do is snag the 5 signature pumpkin spice ingredients, mix well, and store in a spice jar.
I highly recommend saving old spice jars (quick rinse and dry) to make wonderful DIY recipes like this one. Furthermore, I suggest making your own if you are on any kind of a budget (we always are haha) to save lots of money! Pumpkin spice has a tendency to be a bit pricier than normal spices. 

Homemade Pumpkin Spice

 

What you will need for The BEST Homemade Pumpkin Spice:

Ground Cinnamon

Ground Ginger

Ground Cloves

Ground Nutmeg

Ground Allspice

 

Benefits of…

Cinnamon

  • Cinnamon is a great spice all-around! It’s packed with anti-oxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps with blood sugar levels and it’s know to help with hormones regulation. Plus, it tastes amazing!

Ginger

  • Ginger is a spice that originates from Southeast Asia, and it has a very long history of use in various alternative medicine. It has loads of properties, namely it’s great for digestion, it helps with nausea and menstrual cramps. It’s packed full with anti-oxidants and it’s great for the brain.

Nutmeg

  • Nutmeg is found to have many health benefits, including its ability to relieve pain, soothe indigestion, strengthen cognitive function and boost skin health.

 

Homemade Pumpkin Spice

The BEST Homemade Pumpkin Spice

No need to go in search of the infamous pumpkin spice mixture - just make it yourself!
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Course: Spice
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fall Flavour, Homemade Spice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 40
Calories: 3kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 tsp Ground Allspice

Instructions

  • Add all of the spice to a bowl and mix. Transfer to a spice jar and store! Please store your spices in a dark corner of your kitchen or pantry.

Notes

**Have fun with this one! I love making my own because I can add more cinnamon if needed or even more all spice. I also love to make specialty spice mixtures. Martin is not the biggest cinnamon fan so we love to up the extra spices and downplay the cinnamon for him. 

Nutrition

Calories: 3kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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For this specific recipe, I highly recommend saving old spice jars to create new mixtures like this one! Simply save the old ones, rinse out, and set aside for later! I like to save my old spice jars in my pantry.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice
 

Compostable & Unbleached Parchment Paper

 

Compostable Parchment Paper
 

The parchment paper by “If You Care” is unbleached, chlorine free, and compostable. I have used this up to the highest oven setting without any issues! Paper, in it’s natural state is beige or light brown. For years people have subjected it to a bleaching process to create the white sheets we all know and love.

Unfortunately, cleaning the paper is having the opposite effect on the environment. The most common bleaching agent – chlorine dioxide (ClO2) – occurs naturally as a component of salt, but once it separates from it’s natural pair it begins to cause problems. The paper bleaching process deposits chlorine in the lakes and streams where mills are most commonly located, and once there it bonds with organic matter in the form of dioxins.

Dioxins are a group of highly toxic chemicals that are thought to pose negative effects on reproductive and immune system development, as well as cause several kinds of cancers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is no safe level of dioxin exposure.

 

Vonuva Plant Based Wax Wraps

Plant based wax wraps
 

Reusable. Compostable. Cruelty-Free! Each wrap is made of unbleached certified organic cotton cloth infused with all-natural candelilla wax, pine resin, a pinch of soy wax and organic coconut oil.

 

Plastic-Free Glass Containers

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Plastic Free. Sustainable. Non-toxic. The bamboo lids are strong, durable and beautiful. They’re plastic free, BPA free, phthalate free, biodegradable and recyclable! They also double as portable cutting boards!

 

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Rent-A-Romper: The Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

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Hold Up….A Capsule Wardrobe for….Kids?!

Hello, loves, and welcome back to the blog! Today we are thrilled to talk all about the amazing and innovative company that is changing the fashion world. One children’s capsule wardrobe bundle at a time.

As you all know, I am such a big supporter of sustainable and ethical brands from my closet to my littles closet, and our family is over the moon about this one. Standing applause for Rent-A-Romper: The Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children!

Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

What exactly is a capsule wardrobe?

Let’s break it down to the basics:

Most essential pieces

Functional pieces

Seamless Mixing & Matching

The entire point behind a capsule wardrobe is to have a smarter closet. One that works with you and not against you. A closet that, when you open it, has a bunch of ready to wear outfits that fit your lifestyle (your actual lifestyle – not the one we dream about).

What does this mean for a kids closet? It means a LOT less headaches, a lot less clutter, and a lot more time and money for the important things!

Let’s get educated on Rent-A-Romper!

Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

Goal

Being a Parent is hard work. Why make it harder with all the added stress of shopping to meet our little ones needs? By subscribing to the Rent-A-Romper capsule wardrobe, you will have exactly what you need, when you need it! This capsule subscription grows with your child!

Environmental Benefits

We talk a lot about the negative effects of the fast fashion industry, but sometimes when we think of kids clothing, we tend to not associate fast fashion with it. It’s just so cute, right? You take a stroll through the well known fast fashion shops and you are instinctively drawn to the cute little outfits. No way this little knit sweater could cause any harm. It’s impossible!

Well, the sad truth is: fast fashion is fast fashion. By choosing a children’s capsule wardrobe by Rent-A-Romper, you are avoiding the chaotic back-and-forth conversations in your head. We can avoid the stress, the long lists of things our kids need (or what we think they need), and just get back to the good stuff.

Extra bonus: By limiting the amount of funds sent to the fast fashion industry, you are benefiting your child’s future by forcing these brands to step up. Money speaks so much louder than we could imagine.

Rent-A-Romber Founder: Lauren Gregor

Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

Lauren is all about helping parents. She knows how hard it can be, she is a mom herself! I loved reading her story of how she became an entrepreneur (reminded me of when I started!) and how she finally just jumped all in with a passion to help others. I truly believe there is no greater purpose out there other than to want to help your community. Whether small or large – it is such a great way to live your life and truly find your purpose.

Lauren jumped in, bought the domain, stocked up on clothes, and got to work. And that, my friends, is how dreams come true.

Trust in your self and jump in!

The Full Break Down of Rent-A-Romper

Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

Step 1

Tell the folks at Rent-A-Romper about your child and where you live.

Once they know the age/season/location of your child, the folks behind the scene can curate the perfect capsule wardrobe for your little one!

Step 2

Wear and Love the items!

Once your child is about to grow out of the items OR you are just looking for a change, return and get a new capsule! Anytime!

Step 3

Send back the capsule in the same box it came in (FREE)

Use the same box and send it back to the company to receive a brand new capsule!

Step 4

Log into your account and curate your next box!

The returned clothes will be checked for re-use, washed with organic & sensitive detergent, and steamed before sent out again.

 Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Options

Two Wonderful and Extremely Budget Friendly Options!

**No two capsules are ever the same**

Yes, you can customise to your specific needs!

$24.00/box: Just The Essentials Capsule Wardrobe

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3 onesies or bodysuits

2 pairs pants or leggings

1 shorts

1 pair of pyjamas

$39.00/box: The Complete Capsule

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5 onesies or bodysuits

3 pants

2 shirts

2 shorts

2 pyjamas

Rent-A-Romper: All Questions Answered!

Rent-A-Romper Customization

Rent-A-Romper understands that you may have specific needs such as seasonal needs and color specifications. Simply add this to your capsule request and let them worry about the rest!

Kids are Messy and that’s OK!

Don’t you even worry about your kids living their best lives and getting messy. Rent-A-Romper understands and does not penalise you for sending back clothes with stains or whatnot. Just relax, enjoy, and let the good times roll.

FREE shipping both ways!

Not going to lie, this was my first question with this company and I was so thrilled to see that it is free to send back and to receive! Woo hoo!

No Limit on Capsules

There is no limit on how many times you send back and receive your capsule wardrobes for the kiddos. The membership is super flexible and adaptable to our needs. Keep on sitting back and relaxing – this subscription is the bomb dot com.

Sit back, Relax, and Help Protect the World!

By joining this subscription, you are allowing clothes to have a much longer and happier life! Clothes were meant to be worn over and over again – not just tossed aside once a little gets too big for it. By extending the life of these clothes, we are limiting our impact on the environment. That’s what I’m talking about!

Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

p.s. Bonus: YES, you can add Rent-A-Romper to your Babylist baby registry! With the ‘Add to Babylist’ button in your bookmarks, you can drag a gift card subscription to your button and add it to your registry. This is a great way to ensure you have the clothes you need when your baby arrives. Perfect!

Oh goodness me, this was a joy to write. I truly hope you all loved learning about this amazing company just as much as I enjoyed getting to know it! I am blown away by this genius idea. So simple, so impactful, and so unbelievably helpful to all of the causes we stand behind. Thank you, Lauren, for following you gut and creating such a remarkable company. You rock!

Want to learn more about Rent-A-Romper? Follow them on their socials! Every follow and like helps these amazing companies grow and flourish. Let’s help them out!

This post is a sponsored post, but as always, I truly stand behind every company that we share on this website. Thank you!

Chat with you all soon!

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