Greetings, Vegan MoFos

Long time, no posty. However, it's September! As well as being the beginning of Spring (or Autumn in the north) and that can only mean one thing in the Veganverse...

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The month of September is the Vegan Month of Food fest for 2013, so I thought it was the perfect time to get back to blogging.

Hi! Catch-up time. It's been a while.

I've moved... AGAIN. I left the capital of the Outback, and headed back to the cooler, foodier east coast of Australia. That was nearly a 4 day drive through some of the the most isolated places in this country... in the world, really. Australia has crowded coasts, and a fairly empty interior... that goes on and on and on and on, for days and days and days. Straight roads. Oh, for the novelty of a sharp corner or a tree that's taller than I am

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Review: Aussie Hemp Seeds + Giveaway!

I'm finally giving away a bag of certified organic raw Australian hemp seeds from Hemp Foods Australia. I haven't had a whole lot of experience with hemp products since they are few and far between and "not classified for human consumption" in Australia, but I've had a few samples of the seeds and protein powder before, and these seeds, hands down, are the freshest darn things I've ever got my filthy hippie mitts on.

For those not yet in-the-know, edible hemp is not of the same variety as the drug cannabis seed. Full of omega-3 oil goodness, plenty of vitamin B, C, and E, magnesium, iron, friendly vegan proteins, and the anti-inflammatory properties that come with GLA (gamma linolenic acid) and with no risk of getting high (which may or may not be a plus depending on your personal proclivities) since it's from a different plant, you'll want to be nomming on these... but you can't in Australia! Government says

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Review: 21 Day Raw Cleanse with Jinjee

This is a follow-up to my review of the 28 Day Transition to Raw Program with Jinjee.

The Garden Diet's 21 Days Raw Summer Cleanse is coming up in a couple of weeks, and it's Jinjee's most popular program of the year. Northern hemisphere folks are slimming down for summer, while those of us in the southern hemisphere are vitamin-loading as a preventative against the cold and flu season.

A raw cleanse will help you achieve weight-loss and improved health with a supportive and safe MD-approved program, and plenty of inspiration to help you succeed. With my 2nd baby due on Saturday, jumping into a full-on cleanse is not on the cards for me right now, but extra health and vitality could be just what you need... and just what I'll need very shortly as well! As soon as I adjust to caring for my new little friend, I'll be eating even more raw food and cleansing away for as

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Natural Cruelty-Free Bathroom & Beauty Products - Part 3: What I Use + DIY Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe + Hair Dye!

This is part 3 of a 3-part series about Natural Cruelty-Free Bathroom & Beauty Products. Check out Part 1: Top 6 Things to Avoid and Part 2: Top 6 Things to Look For.

What I Use

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Most of the products are organic or primarily organic ingredients - which tends to be the case when buying vegan bathroom products.

Black container - homemade deodorant: recipe below!
Red container - baking soda - for hair and teeth
Jason Powersmile toothpaste - in most vegan shops
UV Natural Baby sunscreen SPF30+ - common in health shops internationally
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from the health shop - face/body/hair moisturiser, and contrary to popular belief, this oil does NOT encourage sun damage - it has an SPF of up to 8, depending on the quality!
Alba sea salt body scrub - or it was until I refilled it myself with salt, essential oils, and more coconut oil! Alba stuff is

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Natural Cruelty-Free Bathroom & Beauty Products - Part 2: Top 6 Things to Look For

This is part 2 of a 3-part series about Natural Cruelty-Free Bathroom & Beauty Products. Check out Part 1: Top 6 Things to Avoid and Part 3: What I Use as well.

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Creative Commons License photo credit: SeattleClouds.com

Did you know that it's easy as (vegan!) pie to find great (vegan!) bathroom and beauty products with just a little bit of resolve?

n00bs: You've just come to terms with the horrors of animal agriculture, and the situation can look pretty bleak. Without an established support network a person can feel rather lost and confused... But there's good news! It gets easier. One day you won't know what the fuss was about.

Long-term vegans will sometimes roll their eyes at flailing n00bs who "just can't find anything" because we forget that there's a pretty steep learning curve in the early days. It takes a bit of brain re-training to get in a happy, animal-free frame-of-mind.

Every day there are more and more vegan

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Natural Cruelty-Free Bathroom & Beauty Products - Part 1: Top 6 Things to Avoid

This is Part 1 in a series. Also check out Part 2: What to Look For and Part 3: What I Use & Recommend.

Veganism is NOT a diet - who told you that? Not so! Let's get that out of the way (again!) straight up. It's about not consuming any products of animal use/abuse, which includes all consumption habits, not just food. Avoiding animal products in clothing and cosmetics is an important component of being a sexy vegan.

first womb attempt Creative Commons License photo credit: Jon Haynes Photography

Practicality vs Patchouli

Not everything in a vegan bathroom has to be SLS-free or smelling like patchouli. Plenty of vegan products contain plant-based ingredients combined with synthetic, lab-derived chemicals: some are safe, some are not quite so nifty... but then there are plenty of nasty substances in nature as well!

So if you want a nice bunch of natural AND safe products to douse your one-and-only precious temple in daily, you should pay a little

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