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!
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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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      • 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).

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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!

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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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Ways to Use Halloween Pumpkins
Before You Toss: 10+ Ways to Use Halloween Pumpkins!

Let me get straight to the point here: Every single year in the United States alone, over 1 BILLION pounds of pumpkins are tossed away in the trash. Unused. Discarded without ever serving their true purpose in life: to be eaten.

This 1 billion pounds of pumpkin waste is part of an ever increasing problem in the United States. We are already at more than 30 million tons of annual food waste each year and the holiday seasons seem to be the scary icing on the cake of waste.

All of this wasted food, left to rot in landfills, produces methane gas which is far more potent than carbon dioxide. Food is meant to break down into the earth, feed the earth, and aid in the creation of new plant life. By tossing into landfills, we are denying nature its most basic needs. Let’s stop this, shall we?

10+ Ways to Use Halloween Pumpkins and Avoid the Landfill

 

1. Create a Pumpkin Planter

There’s a good chance that your halloween pumpkins are all carved up and scary looking. What is one supposed to do with this? It’s destroyed, yes? Think again!

Take your scary jack-o-latern and plant something inside. Growing plants inside a hollowed out pumpkin is genius and it works remarkably well. You can use it as a gorgeous indoor planter until the pumpkin begins to break down. Once it begins to break down, simply dig a hole outside and plant it into the ground! The pumpkin will break down into the earth, acting as a natural fertiliser,  and your plant will live a beautiful, well nourished, life.

Check out this awesome article on pumpkin planters

 

2. Make Some Delicious Pumpkin Puree

If you are a big fan of canned pumpkin puree, then you are going to fall head over heels in love with homemade pumpkin puree. It tastes SO much better. To be honest, I ONLY use homemade pumpkin puree. Pumpkins are so easy to come by over here and baking them is a breeze. I like to chop up, bake at 400F/200C until soft and then peel the skin from the flesh. I mix the flesh by hand or in a food processor and store it in my refrigerator until I need it to bake some pie, use it in smoothies, create a soup, or even pancakes!

Remember that you can freeze your homemade puree as well. It will last for months if properly sealed. You can never have too much puree in my opinion! Skip the cans and make your own.

 

3. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

People do not often think of smoothies when they are carving a pumpkin, but our family sure does. Pumpkin smoothes are one of our all time favourites – it’s delicious. Once you have baked and created your homemade pumpkin puree, add it to your next breakfast smoothie. Sprinkle with cinnamon and a splash of vanilla extract to create a pumpkin pie tasting treat!

Ways to Use Halloween Pumpkins

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. Blend and Enjoy!

  • 2 Frozen Bananas
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1-2 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon or pumpkin spice, to top
  • Fun option: Almond or Pecan Butter (1 tbsp)

 

4. Homemade Pumpkin Butter

Create our very own pumpkin butter (think more almond butter than dairy butter) and have a gorgeous treat for breakfast, snacks, or dessert! This butter goes great on toast, to pair with roasted sweet potatoes, or even with some pancakes. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Butter

  • 2 cups homemade pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 3/4 cup water

Add all ingredients to a stock pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and then simmer on very low. Stir often until the mixture has turned dark in color and somewhat caramalized. Be sure to continue stirring to avoid burning.

Once thick – remove from heat and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will last 10 days in the refrigerator.

 

5. Homemade Gut Vegetable Broth

My children love the “guts” of the pumpkin more than anything else. In fact, I think I do too! It was always so fun to scrape out all the seeds and gut strings from the inside of the pumpkin with loud screeches of “EWWW” and “GROOSSS” echoing throughout our Chicago house. Oh, the memories.

Here’s what you do: Separate the guts from the seeds. Have our kids do it – they’ll love it. Then, toss the guts into a stock pot with any and all veggie scraps that you have from the week. If you don’t have enough quite yet, add the guts to a freezer safe bag and just continue to stock up on scraps until the bag is full. Once full – make your stock.

Homemade Vegetable Broth

  • Pumpkin String Guts
  • Any and all veggie scraps from celery, mushrooms, carrots, etc.
  • Water

Add all of your scraps and guts to a large stock put and fill 2 inches over with water. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for 30 minutes to 2 hours. I like to go longer or use my instant pot and do it that way. The water should change dark in color. Strain the veggies out you have yourself some homemade stock.

 

6. Pumpkin Candy

For this, you will just need the skin and flesh. Chop up the hollowed out pumpkin to chunks and add to a sauce pan and cover with water. Cover and bring to a boil. Once the pumpkin flesh softens, stir in 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 tsp pumpkin spice. Continue to boil for a few more minutes until a syrup is formed.

Keep covered and sit overnight. We are allowing the pumpkin to soak in all of that sugar syrup to make candy. The next day, place the pumpkin pieces on a wire rack to dry.

7. Donate

Pumpkins are food and there are so many people in the world and in your local area in need of this food. Donate your unused pumpkins to shelters or donation programs to help feed your community.

CompostCab, located in Washington D.C., was able to donate over 3,000 pounds of pumpkin to those in need. Amazing.

 

8. Compost It

Yep, it can be this easy. If your pumpkin is all beaten up, kinda gross, and just ready to go, you can compost it. If you already have a compost, then you are most likely already doing this. For those who do not have or do not know how to compost, you can have a compost company come pick it up! Check out your local area and find one near you.

Many cities/towns have a halloween pumpkin pick up program to avoid the landfill issue. In Illinois, the non-profit recycling and compost company Scarce has been hosting a day after halloween pumpkin pick up. It has drop off points all over Illinois and it is doing some amazing work!

Ways to Use Halloween Pumpkins

Awesome article by Scarce: Three Ways to get Kid Involved in the Pumpkin Smash!

 

9. Smash It!

Ever heard of a pumpkin smash? If you haven’t, it’s never too late to join in on the fun.

Pumpkin smashes are great fun and a great way to get the pumpkins back to where they belong: Into the Earth. This can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish. Smash as you feel appropriate!

Some cities like to fling pumpkin with large sling shots (these are so much fun to watch). Others like to use huge sledge hammers. It’s all up to you. The point is to get everything to BRING their used/unused pumpkins to one area and smash them down and add to a compost pile/truck to avoid the landfill. Hundreds of tons of pumpkins have been successfully composted this way! How fun!

 

10. The Perfect Animal Feed

So many animals love to munch on a yummy pumpkin. Farms all over the world love to have used pumpkins dropped off to feed their animals. Zoos are also always looking for used pumpkins – so be sure to give any local farms/zoos a call and ask if they would like yours! If you live amongst nature, you can leave your pumpkins outside (Far enough from your home to avoid fear) for the local deer to feast on your pumpkins – they love it!

 

11. Roast some pumpkin seeds

So simple and delicious. Separate the seeds from the guts and lay out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with sea salt and roast at 300F/150C for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. For an extra flavour boost, add some vegan butter!

 

Whatever you do, just keep the pumpkins out of the trash bags and landfills and find new ways to use Halloween Pumpkins!

Get creative, do your thing, but stop the trash cycle. Pumpkins don’t belong locked up in plastic bags. Period.

 

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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!

Check out these other amazing baked treats!

 

 

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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Pakt Travel Backpack: Full Review From A Parent

A Mama’s Review of the Pakt Travel Backpack

*Honestly – I don’t know how I lived without it up until now.

Hey Folks, welcome back to the blog! Today I am excited to share my thoughts on the new Pakt Travel Backpack. What’s so great about my input on this minimalistic and hip backpack? Well…there’s no better way to start then by sharing a jolly good story of 24 hours of plane and car travel with my identical twin toddlers. Let the fun begin…

A couple of months back I decided it would be a fun idea (kidding – absolutely necessary idea) to travel 24 hours with my children in order to see grandma and grandpa. It had been too long. Just too long. My heartbreak and desperation for my family had me booking the tickets on Monday to fly out that Thursday.

I was all in.

My children are both 3 years old. That’s right. I’m a crazy person. I traveled alone with 3 year old identical twin boys who have been deemed “wild” and “full of explosive energy” by everyone who meets them. But I wasn’t worried about that – no amount of stubbornness and high pitch screeching was going to stop me from seeing my family back home.

Pakt Travel Backpack

So we went. I decided to pack as light as physically possible. My children both carried their little kid backpacks filled to the brim  with snacks, a few toys, and more snacks (Kids love snacks). I decided to use my original Pakt Duffel Bag (I wrote a blog post on this duffel here). Now listen…I have used this duffel bag for a ton of travelling but never alone on an airplane with two kids. Up until this flight, this duffel bag kicked butt and I have raved about it non-stop. I still love her – but not as much as the Pakt Travel Backpack. I just want to state this right up front.

3 hours of driving, a 2 hour flight and a 1 hour transfer happened. Security was higher than ever and it took us extra time to make it through the checks. My children were doing their best but they were tired. My stroller was denied for admittance on the flight and it was just me, a huge duffel, and two crying/sleepy children.

I was drenched in sweat.

Our gate changed last minute. We had to run. My duffel was literally kicking my butt (thrashing against my body) as I attempted to make it to the gate with two little boys (weeping and begging for me to stop) at each side. The duffel must have hit one of my children in the head because all of a sudden I heard a thump and when I turned, Little Leo was on the floor crying. Goodness Me. The duffel may have not been the best choice.

Somehow we made it. I was crying. The kids were crying. But we made it.

We all slept the entire flight to Chicago. And that is my travel story of life without the Pakt Travel Backpack. (P.s. I thought long and hard about this during my trip and a regular suitcase would have been no help either. At least with the duffel, I was able to hold both of my children’s hands.)

Now let’s jump forward 2 weeks to our departure with the Pakt Travel Backpack, shall we?

 

Pakt Travel Backpack
 

Our Pakt Travel Backpack was delivered to my parents house in Chicago because I knew we would be in the area. As soon as I opened this package, I had flashbacks to my initial airport disaster and imagined how much easier it all would have been if I had this backpack the entire time. And I was not wrong in these fantasies.

The Backpack was essentially equal to the Pakt duffel bag with the ease of a comfortable hiking backpack. I seamlessly transferred all of our duffel items into the backpack and even had extra room to squeeze in a few things I picked up while in the city. For most of my Chicago trip, I had this backpack with me. When travelling with children, even just from family gathering to family gathering, I find it crucial to have extra clothes/undies/hankerchiefs on hand. Carrying this backpack made this a breeze.

When it was time to head back to Italy, I had us packed in under 30 minutes and we were off. The airport was a dream. All three of us had our backpacks and we held hands the entire time. I was able to pull out my laptop and liquid items with a quick swipe of a zipper and had no need to rummage through the pack at all for the entire trip. The extra zippers for easy access truly make this one-of-a-kind.

The waist clip that most hiking backpacks come with is probably one of my most favorite features of this backpack. It is removable and turns into a large and extra roomy fanny pack. I was able to place all of our passports inside (which is 6 in all), our cash, cellphone, keys, and a few lollipops as well.

This backpack may have been made for the super cool hipster minimalists out there, but they somehow also managed to make the perfect backpack for parents. I cannot recommend this backpack enough.

 

Pakt Travel Backpack

 

Main reasons why I love and recommend this backpack:

  1. I was able to place 2 weeks worth of clothes for myself and my children in this thing. Including our water bottle, my camera, hygiene bag, and snacks. This here is enough to make me jump for joy.
  2. During security checks, I was able to simply unzip and slide out my laptop (in a very cushioned and secure laptop sleeve) for checks. My hygiene products were in the waterproof & leakproof compartment at the front top section. This took me a mere 10 seconds maximum – which was very helpful because my children were in the midst of a battle of tears.
  3. The waist clips remove to turn into an extra large fanny pack that has now become my everyday “purse’. I love this thing. I was able to carry our passports, money, keys, snacks, and more in this bag during travel. It was wonderful.
  4. This is the first backpack, in history, that has not hurt my back. I am a military veteran and have daily back pain from daily flights with heavy weighted vests. I have hiked, flown across the world, and even cycled with this bag. It has yet to cause me even an inkling of pain. The various adjustments are crucial.
  5. The package came delivered in very eco-friendly (non-plastic) packaging that I was able to compost that same day.

Extra Bonus:

This backpack has a lifetime guarantee. Enough said.

 

Pakt Travel Backpack
Well, I believe I have said all that is needed to say about this wonderful backpack. It has been truly an honour to work with this amazing company and experience first hand how top notch their products are. 

Martin and I decided to jump at the chance to join this company’s affiliate program after falling madly in love with their gear. If you would like to receive a discount and support our website, simply use the code:

VeganWonderMamas10 at checkout!

 

Sending lots of love and light your way.
Danielle

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OEKO-TEX® : Safe For Humans & The Planet

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!

OEKO-TEX®
 

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!

 

OEKO-TEX®
 

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!

OEKO-TEX®

 

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!

 

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

 

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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

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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5 Ways to Cope with Climate Anxiety
5 Ways to Cope with Climate Anxiety

Caring about the health of the planet and acting sustainably is without question very fulfilling. But it can get tough at times – many of us occasionally experience something called “climate anxiety”. Climate or eco anxiety is defined as a ”fear about the current and predicted future state of the environment caused by human-induced climate change” (Wikipedia). This is a completely reasonable and common reaction to the global crisis we’re facing.

But worrying about climate change can get to a point where it reduces our productivity, motivation and ability to focus on actually improving the state of things. That’s why today I want to share 5 ways to stay optimistic about the environment and alleviate the feelings of guilt and helplessness that often come with climate anxiety.

 

5 Ways to Cope with Climate Anxiety

5 Ways to Cope with Climate Anxiety

1. Make A List

Feeling overwhelmed by the sustainable lifestyle and being under the impression that you’re failing or not doing enough is something most of us have experienced at some point. This is something I personally find helpful: write down all the things you’re doing for the environment and take a look at all the effort you’re already putting into helping our planet. It’s probably much more than you expected, right?

5 ways to cope with climate anxiety
Remember: with every reusable product you’re using, you’re preventing hundreds of plastic ones from entering the waste stream. With every plant-based meal, you’re making a contribution to a more ethical planet. And with every fast fashion item you don’t buy, you’re doing your bit to hurt exploitative companies.

 

Environmentalism is a journey and ultimate sustainability isn’t achieved overnight. By not pressuring yourself, you’re more likely to stick with the changes you make to your lifestyle and less likely to feel overwhelmed. Progress over perfection!

 

2. Recognise you’re not the main culprit

The media and concepts such as the “personal ecological footprint” trick us into thinking that we are the main cause of global warming. This causes us to feel extremely guilty and diverts the blame from the actual culprit.

5 ways to cope with climate change
 

While individuals are a big part of climate change and the fight against it, the overwhelming majority of greenhouse gases is emitted by fossil fuel companies and mega corporations such as China Coal, BP or ExxonMobil. They’re the main drivers of global warming along with factory farming and fast fashion.

 

These large-scale issues are neither our fault nor 100% in our control. The best we can do to help is vote with our voices and dollars, sign petitions and donate to environmental organizations aiming to boycott these huge corporations. Hold corporations accountable instead of letting them guilt-trip you!

 

3.Change your internet usage

Staying informed about climate change is important, but instead of constantly looking at bad news, try to also celebrate the good news. There are multiple social media accounts that share good environmental news, which will help shift your focus to more positive global developments in the fight against climate change.

5 ways to cope with climate change
Also don’t forget to take breaks from the internet. Drink some water, relax or go outside and enjoy nature instead. The mass of information on the internet can make us feel easily overwhelmed and prevents us from focusing on the important things.

 

4. Connect with Others

Anxiety makes us feel like we’re going through something alone, but climate change is just the opposite of that. We’re all experiencing it and it will affect all of us eventually, which means most of us are probably also experiencing anxiety about it. You’re definitely not the only one.

5 ways to cope with climate change
 

Reach out to your friends and family to talk about climate anxiety, global warming and sustainability! Sharing your environmentalism and connecting with others also happens to be a great way to increase your positive impact on the environment and create a movement.

 

5. Take Breaks

Don’t forget that it’s impossible to  care about everything all the time! If you feel like constantly stressing about being sustainable is taking away from your quality of life, you can and should take a break and do some things you enjoy without any pressure. You’ll be more motivated to continue your sustainable journey afterwards!

 

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Thank you to our Guest Writer, Rhea, for this wonderful post today!

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My name is Rhea and I live in Germany. A few years ago I started taking an interest in the environment and ways to protect it. Since then I’ve changed my lifestyle in a lot of ways, for example by becoming vegetarian and eliminating a lot of plastic from my life. That’s why I started an Instagram account in 2018, sharing ways to help Earth, information about climate change and tips to reduce waste. If you’re interested in sustainability, why don’t you check it out? @helpingtheenvironment.

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