Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wacky Apple Organics Review and Giveaway!

wacky apple logo


I'm so excited to have discovered Wacky Apple Organics! Wacky Apple is a family owned, women run business that owns its own fruit orchards and makes small batch applesauce, fruit juice and fruit snacks. Wacky Apple has zero added sugar. The sweetness in all of their products come straight from fruit!
  
wacky apple
 
I really appreciate how fun and appealing Wacky Apple's brand is with also being non-GMO, certified organic, vegan and dairy free! Super fun packaging that makes kids excited about healthy organic snacks!

Wacky Applesauce comes in 4oz snack packs and 24oz jars. They have golden applesauce, apricot, cinnamon, wild berry and mango. Hands down my littles love mango the most!
The golden and cinnamon are great as substitutes for oil, eggs and sugar in baking.  

wacky apple sauce

Wacky Apple Juices come in 6oz cups and now 1.5 liter pouches. They just launched the first large juice pouch! These oversized juice pouches are perfect for play dates, outings, family gatherings or even at home. The pouches fit into the refrigerator door and have easy access with spill proof push dispensers.

wacky apple juice

wacky apple juice


Wacky Apple Flat Fruit comes in 5oz individually wrapped packages. The flavors are regular, wild berry and cinnamon. I have a couple of these in bag at all times, so that a quick healthy snack is always available for the littles.

wacky apple snacks

Check out more Wacky Apple Yummies at WackyApple.com!

Want a Wacky Apple Prize Pack and the New Large Juice Pouch? Check out our Giveaway on @craftyearthmama !




Tuesday, April 12, 2016

VegFest Los Angeles, May 1st 2016

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Join me at VegFest LA on Sunday, May 1st!
I'll be in Kids Kingdom signing my plant based children's book, "Where Does Dinner Come From?" at 3:15pm. Kids Kingdom features face painting, crafts, balloon house and all day adventures. Bring the kids and have some fun!

"VegFest Los Angeles, is a nonprofit  annual vegan festival.
Held in beautiful Woodley Park in the San Fernando Valley, this fun green-powered festival will inspire you about important topics such as: healthy living, the environment, animals, and more.  Everyone is welcome!
VegFest L.A. is a vegan immersive experience. Bring your friends & family to kick start their vegan journey or come just to be in an oasis of like minded people.  We provide Q&A, Vegan Cooking Skills, Top Vegan Health Speakers, Vegan Environmental Speakers, Vegan Animal Activism, Vegan lifestyle & more!"

I hope to see you there!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Raw Vegan Birthday Cake, Happy Birthday Baby Boy!


raw vegan cake
My Sun loves raw vegan desserts, so I wanted to do a raw cookie type cake for his 3rd birthday. He's also currently way into dinosaurs, so I topped it with dinos and one of his other favorites, strawberries for good measure!

Raw Vegan Cookie Cake
2c unsweetened dried coconut
1 1/2c almonds
1/2c brazil nuts
1/4c mulberries
10 medjool dates, pitted
10 barhi dates, pitted
1tsp pure vanilla extract

Blend all nuts in food processor into small pieces. Do not over blend or it will become too oily. Add in coconut and blend until all pieces are small, but not pasty.

raw vegan cake

Add in dates, mulberries and vanilla and blend until crumbly mix forms.

raw vegan cake

Optional, reserve 1/4c for topping. Pour into spring form pan or pan of your choice. I used a 9" spring form lined with saran wrap for easy removal and presentation. Put it into the freezer while you prepare your chocolate bar topping.

raw vegan cake


Chocolate Bar Topping
1 1/2c cocoa butter
1/4c pure maple syrup
1/2c cocao nibs powder
the seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean

In a double broiler, melt all ingredients except vanilla bean. Once completely melted and well incorporated, add in vanilla bean seeds. Pour onto cookie cake bottom and put it back in freezer while you prepare the caramel frosting.

Raw Caramel Frosting
24 barhi dates
1tsp pure vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
1tbs coconut cream

For this, you want to use very soft dates. If your dates aren't soft, soak and drain them before use.
Blend all ingredients in the food processor until smooth.

raw vegan cake

Remove the cake from the freezer and take it out of the spring form pan.

raw vegan cake

 Top with caramel frosting.

raw vegan cake

The options are endless for decor and toppings. Since I was going for a dinosaur theme, I used reserved cake crumbles, cocoanibs, fresh strawberries and of course, dinos!


raw vegan cake


Happy 3rd Birthday Sun!


raw vegan cake

raw vegan cake

Let me know how yours turns out, if you use this recipe or what raw vegan cakes you like!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Dr. Tung's Ayurvedic Oral Care


dr. tung's

Oil pulling and Tongue cleaning have changed my oral care routine forever! I had the pleasure of speaking with the lovely people at Dr. Tung's a few weeks ago and learning all about their Ayurvedic based oral care products.

Dr. Tung's is a cruelty free company that does not participate in animal testing. All products are vegan, except the floss which contains beeswax. Dr. Tung's has always been on the leading edge of oral care, from introducing the first commercially available tongue cleaner in 1997 to today with a full range of oral care products and a sleek new look!
 
dr. tungs


We have been oil pulling for about the past year. Well I should say, Mr. Crafty has. He's a daily oil puller due to being obsessed with white teeth! I only do it when I think about it and the oil happens to already be in the bathroom. Last December, after a cavity filled dentist visit for K, my 6yr old daughter, we introduced her to it.

Some benefits of oil pulling are:

-Reduces cavities by pulling bacteria from the gums and mouth
-Detoxes the mouth and body
-Clearer Skin
-Whiter teeth
-Fresher breath

oil pulling



We've always used coconut oil, because we use it for cooking and bodycare, so it's always on hand. Now that we've tried Dr. Tung's Oil Pulling Concentrate, it will be a staple in our bathroom. I wasn't sure if K would like the taste, but when mixed with coconut oil she actually likes the taste of it! Their oil pulling concentrate is an Ancient Ayurvedic formula, made with 24 herbs and botanicals in an organic sesame oil base.
You can use the concentrate as is, pre-dilute or dilute it with each use, which is what we do.
 
oil pulling

Before oil pulling each morning, Mr. Crafty and I have been using Dr. Tung's Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner. It's something he had been looking to add to his morning routine, but tongue scraping always sounded scary to me. I brush my tongue at least daily, but had yet to use a tongue cleaner. If you're like me, no need to worry, it was painless and easy! The first thing I noticed was how much more effective it is than just brushing your tongue. It really gets the bacteria and build up off of your tongue and leaves your mouth feeling so much fresher!

The tongue cleaners each come with a reusable bamboo fiber travel pouch. We store ours on the counter with the toothbrushes, but the pouches are perfect for bringing with you on overnights and trips.
tongue cleaner


Some other great product we've been using from Dr. Tung's are Perio Sticks and Toothbrush Sanitizers.



These Perio Sticks are made of Eco-certified Nordic birch and have helped with keeping both kids teeth free of plaque buildup.

perio sticks

The extra thin ones really get into those tiny spaces where sticky food hide out. What I do is let them floss and then I go in with these afterward before rinsing and brushing.

perio sticks

Why make such and effort with oral care and then brush your teeth with a dirty toothbrush, right?
Dr. Tung's  toothbrush sanitizers keep your toothbrushes hygienic and fresh. They are filled with essential oils and the plastic is made from Eco Pure, which is completely biodegradable!

tooth sanitizer

They come sealed up to keep the essential oils fresh.

toothbrush sanitizer

So easy to use, just pop your toothbrush in and let them do the work!
No battery refills or anything else needed.

tooth sanitizer

 They fit a variety of electric and standard toothbrush heads.

toothbrush sanitizer

Seriously, adding oil pulling, tongue cleaning and perio sticks to our daily routines has made such a huge difference in mouth feel and freshness! We also love having the sanitizers for peace of mind that we are doing everything possible to keep our hygiene tools safe.
I'm curious to see what changes we will notice in our overall health in the upcoming months!

Please visit Dr. Tung's to learn more about these and other product.

Enter to Win your own Oil Pulling Concentrate and Tongue Cleaner from Dr. Tung's!
This Giveaway is Closed. Winners are @ashleyjane429 and Jacinda O!

2 Winners each will receive 1 bottle of Oil Pulling Concentrate and 1 Tongue Cleaner.

To Enter:
-Comment Below and let me know if you're a Dr. Tung's newbie or which Dr. Tung's products you love!
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