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Vegan Meal Replacer Smoothie Recipe ft. Orgain

VEGAN PROTEIN + FRUIT MEAL REPLACER SMOOTHIE RECIPE | SMELLTHEROSES.COM

One of my favorite fast and nutritious breakfast options is this vegan meal replacer smoothie. Most mornings, I’m rushing out the door so I need something that is easy to make and fast to clean-up. This recipe takes less than 5 minutes! Wanna know the best part? It has a total of 30g of plant-sourced protein! Scroll down the post for the recipe…Â đŸ“đŸŒđŸ„›

Disclaimer: This post is in no way sponsored and contains no affiliate links. The recipe is my own! 


VEGAN PROTEIN + FRUIT MEAL REPLACER SMOOTHIE RECIPE | SMELLTHEROSES.COM

Vegan Meal Replacer Smoothie

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to NutriBullet
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Pour, add your Ever Eco metal straw & drink!VEGAN PROTEIN + FRUIT MEAL REPLACER SMOOTHIE RECIPE | SMELLTHEROSES.COM

Nutrition Value Highlights (estimate):

  • 30g protein
  • 16g fiber
  • 43% daily calcium
  • 35% daily iron
  • 515 calories (remember, this is a meal replacer so this is a proper calorie count for breakfast)

A common misconception about a plant-based diet is that it’s hard to get enough protein, iron, and calcium. In reality, many meat-eaters do not meet these daily nutrient goals either! If anything, converting to vegetarianism forced me to be more mindful of what I consume which has lead me to be healthier than ever. As you can see above, this one shake helps me meet my daily nutritional goals while tasting great.


If you try this recipe, let me know what you think. If you have any recommendations for things I should add, let me know because I love to change it up every now and then. Have a great weekend!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

0 In FYI/ Home/ Wellness

Safe Pet-Specific Shampoo featuring Earthbath

natural & cruelty-free pet-specific shampoo _ smelltheroses.com (1)

This post is for all my green-lifestyle pet parents out there! I wanted to share a bit of useful information concerning pet-specific shampoo and how to find one that meets your pet’s needs.

I learned the hard way the importance of pet-specific shampoo after I followed the advice of a popular green beauty blogger who recommended using Calia shampoo on pets. When I ran out of my pet shampoo, I foolishly decided to take her advice without doing my own research. My chihuahua mix, Belle, was unaffected but my Jack Russell, Ollie, developed extreme itchiness immediately after his bath that lasted a solid 2 days. I felt SO guilty to have put him through that but I learned a valuable lesson and it led me to write this post. I hope you find this information helpful!

Disclaimer: This post is in NO way sponsored. There are no affiliate links in this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own (as always)! 


pH scale | pet shampoo

Why Pet-specific Shampoo is Important:

Our pets rely on their hair/fur for protection because their actual skin is extremely sensitive. Their skin can be so sensitive that even baby shampoos can be too harsh for them.

Humans and Pets Have Different Skin pH:

Here’s a quick middle school chemistry refresher: On the standard pH scale, any value <7 is considered acidic while any value >7 is considered alkaline (or basic). A value of 7 is considered neutral. A human’s skin has a pH value of 5.5 while our pets’ skin has a pH near 6.5 – 7.5. In order words, a human’s skin is more acidic than that of a cat or dog. 

This explains why it’s important to never use topical human products on your pet unless instructed to do so by your vet. Our shampoos and conditioners are designed to match our skin’s acidic pH and therefore could be harmful if used on your pet’s neutral skin. (Source: earthbath)

Possible Dangers of Human Shampoo on Pets:

  • Skin Infections – Due to their acidity, human shampoos and sItchy Dog Cartoon | Pet Shampoooaps strip away our pets’ acid mantle that is supposed to protect their skin. Without this protective barrier, bacteria, parasites, and viruses can flourish and ultimately lead to skin infections and/or wounds.
  • Dry, Irritated, Itchy Skin – Applying an acidic human shampoo to your pet’s neutral skin will cause burning and dryness. The more acidic the product, the worse this will be. When the skin becomes dry, your dog or cat will scratch at his/her skin, creating tiny abrasions that bacteria and germs can invade. This makes your pet that much more susceptible to skin infections.
  • Overall Discomfort – We love our pets and want them to live happy, comfortable lives (they are family after all). You know how uncomfortable it feels when you get a sunburn or have a dry scalp so why risk putting your pet through that? (Source: Pet MD)

Choosing a Pet-specific Shampoo:

If you are a fan of green beauty and home products, you understand the multitude of benefits to a non-toxic lifestyle. If you wouldn’t use a chemical-filled product for yourself or child, why not do the same for your pet? I’m not saying you have to spend hundreds of dollars on your pet (although I totally don’t judge you if you do – I’m a passionate dog mom myself), but spending a little extra on a quality product will have nothing but a positive impact on your beloved pet!

pH Balance is Key!

Look for pet-specific shampoos that advertise a neutral pH or state they are “pH balanced” for pets. Reputable brands will advertise this on the bottle or have the information listed on their website. My favorite clean, vegan, & cruelty-free pet-safe shampoo is from earthbath!

Red-flag Ingredients to Avoid:Â đŸš«

I doubt you will be surprised by this list of red-flag ingredients for pets because it overlaps with those for humans. Although the FDA claims these ingredients are safe in low doses, I personally find them unnecessary and choose to avoid them.

  • Artifical fragrance – hormone disruptor; often contain phthalates (listed below)
    • Examples: parfum, fragrance
  • Parabens (preservative) – endocrine system disrupter; mimic hormones; linked to allergic reactions in dogs
    • Examples: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, & butylparaben
  • Phthalates (solvent, dissolving agent) – endocrine system disrupter; mimic hormones; linked to thyroid issues, liver cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, & obesity
    • Examples: diethylphthalate (DEP), dibutylphthalate (DBP), dimethylphthalate (DMP)
  • Sulfates (emulsifier) – skin irritant; pulls most of the natural oil from your pet’s hair and skin which has an extreme drying effect
    • Examples: Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), & Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)

Fulfill Your Pet’s NeedsÂ đŸ¶đŸ±

Just like humans, pets can have varying degrees of skin sensitivity meaning no one shampoo will work for all pets. Also, our pets come in all sorts of hair and fur so it’s ideal to pick a shampoo that fulfills your individual pet’s needs.


My Favorite Pet-Specific Shampoo

Earthbath pet-specific shampoo | smelltheroses.com

When picking a shampoo for my pets, I wanted something that met the same standards as the products I use on myself. That meant the shampoo had to be 100% cruelty-free and as natural as possible. After TONS of research, I decided on earthbath!

Why I Love earthbath: 🌎🛁

  • #1 reason = it doesn’t irritate my pets’ skin and it leaves them looking/smelling super clean!
  • 100% cruelty-free
  • contain NO animal ingredients or byproducts
  • 100% human-grade ingredients
  • pH balanced to be safe on your pet’s almost neutral skin pH
  • made in the USA
  • 100% natural
    • no synthetic fragrances or artificial colors
    • paraben & sulfate free, phthalate free, and phosphate free
  • various products to meet your individual pet’s needs
  • will not wash off topical flea applications
  • offer up to 2.5 gallon jugs!

Oatmeal & Aloe Shampoo Formula:

  • Purified water
  • Colloidal oatmeal (3%)
  • Renewable plant-derived & coconut-based cleansers
  • Organic aloe vera
  • Vitamins A, B, D & E
  • Glycerin (natural hair conditioner)
  • Allantoin (natural skin conditioner)
  • Natural preservative

What natural pet-specific shampoo do you use? I would love to know! Leave me a comment or any questions in the comment’s section below. I hope you learned something new from this post!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

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Simply Gum Review & Giveaway: Natural Gum & Mints!

Simply Gum Review & Giveaway | smelltheroses.com

Simply Gum Giveaway | smelltheroses.com

Disclaimer: All thoughts & opinions are my own. I did receive some of these products from Simply Gum in return for my honest review. However, I have been using and loving these products long before speaking to the Simply Gum team! 


THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!


How to Enter the Giveaway:

  • Complete at least one entry option in the Gleam plugin provided on this page by first entering your name/birthday/email. Remember, the more entry options you complete, the better your odds of winning but additional entries are not required. Certain entry options are weighted more heavily than others.

Simply Gum Giveaway

Rules & Disclaimer: 

  • Open to the U.S. and Canada to anyone 18 or older with a valid mailing address.
  • You may enter the giveaway anytime between November 10th and November 21st 11:59 pm EST.
  • (3) winners will be randomly generated using the Gleam Plugin and announced November 22nd at approximately 12:00 pm EST on this blog post, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • All entries requiring following/liking will be checked and verified before the winner is drawn – any missing likes/comments will not be credited as an entry.
  • I run giveaways for my readers who are genuinely interested in the products I am offering. Entries completed with social media accounts used solely for giveaways will not be counted. Although the giveaway winners are randomly generated, if you are chosen as one of the winners and I see you did not follow this rule, I will manually invalidate your entry and have a new winner randomly generated.
  • Once the winners are selected, I will personally contact him/her with the email address he/she used to enter the giveaway in order to obtain his/her shipping address. If no response is made within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • I have not been paid to feature any of this brand.
  • No purchase necessary.

Simply Gum

Have you ever considered what your favorite mints or chewing gums are made of? I know I never did until I came across Simply Gum at my local Whole Foods. While waiting to check-out, I remember picking up a pack of their gum and being fascinated by the clean/simple ingredients. I bought a pack and quickly fell in love! It made me question what was in my favorite Trident and Orbit gums.

Conventional Gum vs. Simply Gum

Conventional Gum vs Simply Gum | smelltheroses.com

After doing some research, I couldn’t believe how “dirty” the formulas are of conventional gum products. Aside from artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives, the most concerning listed ingredient is “gum base”.

What exactly is gum base? Good question. The FDA allows 46 different chemicals to fall under the umbrella of “gum base” but does not require manufacturers to disclose which ones they used in their gum. Investigators have found most conventional gums are made of a mixture of synthetic elastomers, resins, plasticizers, and fillers. In other words, you may be unknowingly chewing on a mixture of plastic, glue, or gelatin (anyone else grossed out?!Â đŸ€ą).

What makes Simply Gum different? They use only 7 completely natural and easy to pronounce ingredients in their chicle base gum! That means it is free from plastic, aspartame, or anything synthetic. The chicle base is made from the sap of the sapodilla tree making it 100% biodegradable and therefore, better for the planet! 🌎 To top it all off, Simply Gum only uses natural flavors to give their gums their yummy taste.

Product Review: Simply Gum | Chewing Gum

Simply Gum Review | smelltheroses.com

Pictured are 4 of the 6 chewing gum flavors offered by Simply Gum (not pictured: Coffee & Maple). All of the flavors are made of the same base with their only difference being which natural flavor is added. The mint and cinnamon are my personal favorite but they are all great! These gums have become a permanent addition to my purse!

Shop: Mint | Cinnamon | Fennel Licorice | Ginger | Coffee | Maple

Simply Gum Review | smelltheroses.com

Each package comes with approximately 15 pieces of gum. As you can see, the gum is naturally brown since it is made from chicle base instead of synthetic man-made materials.

Simply Gum Biodegradable Wrappers | smelltheroses.com

One of the extra special details put into this product is the post chew wraps! In my personal experience, the gum tends to stick to your fingers after you chew it so I love these included biodegradable wrappers. It’s the little things that make all the difference.


Now let’s talk about what’s in your favorite mints…

Simply Gum Mints vs Conventional Mints | smelltheroses.com

Vegetarians and Vegan Beware of Conventional Mints — Until recently, I never paid attention to the ingredients in my favorite mints. However, when Simply Gum launched their new all natural mints, again I was prompted to pay more attention. To my horror, I discovered Altoids and many other mints contain gelatin: a protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones (typically from cows or pigs) with water (Source: PETA). Be right back as I go vomit.. but seriously, how gross!? As someone who follows a plant-based diet, I never would have thought to be suspicious of my mints containing animal products.

Simply Gum’s Mints are 100% Vegan! — Made with only cane sugar, calcium stearate (vegetable based binding agent), and all natural flavor, these are most definitely the cleanest and simplest mints on the market! Even with such a simple formula, these mints are strong and will leave you will fresh breath. It goes to show you, all of those added ingredients found in conventional mints are simply not needed.

Product Review: Simply Gum | Mints

Simply Gum Mints Review | smelltheroses.com

The original mint flavor is definitely my favorite, but I love all 3 flavors! The tin is perfect for sharing and how gorgeous is their branding?! If you haven’t gotten your hands on these yet, you have to ASAP! I’m personally more of a mints girl than a gum girl so these are my absolute favorite and are always in my purse.

Shop: Mint | Cinnamon | Ginger

Simply Gum Mints Review | smelltheroses.com

Each tin comes with 45 pieces so these mints will last you a long time! I’m always sharing them with my friends and they have never noticed they were any different than conventional mints – that’s proof they are just as effective!

Simply Gum Review & Giveaway | smelltheroses.com

The Simply Gum Mints are the perfect addition to my vegan leather Angela Roi bag! 👜 I always have them and my gum on hand.


Where to Buy Simply Gum Products:

Store Locator | SimplyGum.com | Amazon


This giveaway ends November 21st at 11:59 pm! Good Luck!

As always, if you have any questions you can email me through my contact page. Did this post convince you to switch to all natural chewing gum & mints? Let me know in the comments section below!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

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Allergy-Friendly & Vegan Halloween Goodies: 2017

Allergy-Friendly & Vegan Halloween Candy | smelltheroses.com

Halloween is right around the corner so I thought it would be fun to share with you what I’m handing out to the kiddos this year. đŸŹđŸ«đŸ­Â Working as a nurse, I meet so many children with life-threatening food allergies. It seems like nut, gluten, and dairy allergies are only becoming more common. With those kids in mind, I decided to seek out various Halloween treats that were allergy-friendly. I also made sure to pick products that were 100% vegan as part of my personal preference. I’m a firm believer that all of our favorite treats can be made without the use of animal products (i.e. gelatin, dairy, eggs, etc.).

What do I mean by allergy-friendly? I’m referring to products free of the top 8 most common allergens:

Allergy-friendly Halloween Treats | smelltheroses.com

I was pleasantly surprised to see so many yummy vegan and allergy-safe options this year. I bought most of the products at my local Target too! My friends over at free 2b were kind enough to send me a bag of Halloween treats after I reached out to them!

🎃 For those of you who have not bought Halloween candy yet, I hope this post inspires you to pick some allergy-safe options. There is still time to order online or head to your local Target to purchase some of the products featured in this post. Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and I am not being paid to feature any of these brands. This post does not contain affiliate links. As always, all thoughts/opinions are my own! 


Allergy-friendly & Vegan Halloween Goodies: 2017

Allergy-Friendly & Vegan Halloween Candy | smelltheroses.com

Allergy-Friendly & Vegan Halloween Candy | smelltheroses.com



Sun Cups for Halloween | smelltheroses.com

free 2b Sun Cups

Finally, a replacement for the beloved peanut butter cup that is safe for those with nut allergies. Allow me to introduce you to Sun Cups, a top-12 allergen-free candy filled with roasted sunflower butter and coated in vegan chocolate! I can’t even begin to put into words how yummy these are. Plus, free 2b offers a wide variety of other allergen-free candies – check them out here!

Ingredients: Dark Chocolate (Cocoa Mass*, Sugar, Cocoa Butter*), Sunflower Seeds, Organic Powdered Sugar (Evaporated Cane Juice, Tapioca Starch), Organic Palm Fruit Oil**, Sea Salt.

Certifications: Vegan | Top-12 Allergen Free | Rainforest Alliance Certified |Project Non-GMO Verified | Fair-trade Certified Ingredients | Kosher

free 2b Sun Cups | smelltheroses.com

Buy Online: Thrive Market or free2b Online Store



Yum Earth Organic Gummies for Halloween | smelltheroses.com

Yum Earth Organic Gummy Candy

What kid (or even adult) doesn’t love gummy snacks?! I specifically love these gummies because they are made without gross gelatin (an ingredient derived from various animal body partsÂ đŸ€ą). Therefore, these are one of the few gummy products available that are 100% vegan!

Ingredients: Organic Rice Syrup, Organic Cane Sugar, Pectin, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Natural Flavors, Organic Color from Concentrate (Apple, Carrot, Pumpkin, Blackcurrant), Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Carnauba Wax.

Certifications: Vegan |Top-8 Allergen Free | USDA Organic |Project Non-GMO Verified | Gluten-free | Nut-free | Dairy-free

YumEarth Organic Gummies | smelltheroses.com

Buy Online: Target



Yum Earth Organic Lollipops for Halloween | smelltheroses.com

Yum Earth Organic Lollipops

These organic lollipops taste so yummy without all the artificial flavors and colors found in conventional lollipops. Every flavor tastes great so I know all of the kids will love them!

Ingredients: Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Ascorbic Acid, Colored with Concentrate (Carrot, Blackcurrant), Colored with Organic Concentrate (Carrot, Apple, Blackcurrant), Turmeric (Color) Organic Annatto (Color).

Certifications: Vegan | Top-8 Allergen Free | USDA Organic | Project Non-GMO Verified | Gluten-free | Nut-free | Dairy-free

YumEarth Organic Pops | smelltheroses.com

Buy Online: Target



Black Forest Organic Sour Heads for Halloween | smelltheroses.com

Black Forest Organic Sour Heads

How awesome is it that there is an organic alternative to Sour Patch Kids?! Formulated with 100% natural ingredients and free of artificial colors/flavors, these are definitely a better option for the sour candy lovers out there.

Ingredients: Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Potato Starch, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate, Cornstarch, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Colors (Black Carrot Juice, Carrot Juice, Turmeric).

Certifications: USDA Organic | Project Non-GMO Verified | Gluten-free | Dairy-free

Black Forest Sour Heads | smelltheroses.com

Buy Online: Target



BOOMCHICKAPOP for Halloween | smelltheroses.com

Angie’s Boomchickapop (Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn)

This popcorn is seriously addicting! I have to admit, I may have eaten a bag or two before putting them aside for the trick-or-treaters. I love this Kettle Corn because it is lightly sweetened so it is not overwhelming or as unhealthy as other options out there. With such a clean formula and great taste, these single serving bags are perfect for handing out on Halloween!

Ingredients: Popcorn, Sunflower Oil, Cane Sugar, Sea Salt

Certifications: Vegan | Top-8 Allergen Free | Project Non-GMO Verified | Kosher | Gluten-free

Boomchickapop Kettle Corn | smelltheroses.com

Buy Online: Target



Happy Halloween! | smelltheroses.com

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any questions/comments, feel free to comment below or contact me through my contact page.

Check out my other Halloween Posts too: Peanut Butter Cup Spider Cookies | Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups Review

Happy Halloween! Be safe and have fun!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

0 In Food/Supplements/ Wellness

Vegan Halloween Spider Cookies – Justin’s PB Cups

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

How adorable are these peanut butter cup spider cookies!?Â đŸ•·đŸ„œÂ After browsing Pinterest and seeing so many cute Halloween dessert ideas, I became inspired to recreate one using only all-natural & vegan-friendly ingredients. Although I would not call these “healthy”, they do contain clean ingredients you can actually understand/pronounce! I believe if you’re going to treat yourself to sweets, you should still be conscientious of what’s in them.

Instead of using regular mini Reeses, I swapped them for mini organic Justin’s peanut butter cups! The Justin’s team was kind enough to send me over a few peanut butter cups when I told them I was writing this post so thank you Justin’s!

Below is my favorite vegan peanut butter cookie recipe. It is extremely simple and takes only 20 minutes to make! Right after the recipe I’ve included instructions on how to make the spider cookies! Enjoy!Â đŸ•·

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookie | smelltheroses.com


Recipe: All-Natural / Vegan Peanut Butter CookiesÂ đŸ„œ

Ingredients

  • Dry:
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 2/3 cup oat flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter and brown sugar until creamy. Once creamy, mix in the vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining dry ingredients together (oat flour, baking soda, and salt).
  5. While beating the peanut butter mixture, gradually add in the dry ingredient mixture until dough forms. Add the almond milk until combined but be sure to not over mix!
  6. Roll 2 tbsp of dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on the parchment-lined pan. Slightly flatten the balls with your palm.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cookie edges start to turn golden (be careful not to burn them!).
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

How to Make Spider CookiesÂ đŸ•·

Supplies:

  • Justin’s Mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (available online or at Target)
  • Vegan Chocolate Frosting (I used Wholesome Organic Chocolate Frosting)
  • Candy Eyes (available at Walmart, Target, Michael’s, AC Moore, and some grocery stores)
  • Piping bag (can also use a regular ziplock bag with corner snipped)
  • Optional: spider-web doilies 🕾 (available online at Walmart, I saw them in both Target & AC Moore)
  • Optional: orange napkins

Instructions:

  1. Using a small amount of frosting, stick a Justin’s peanut butter cup face down in the center of a cookie.
  2. Add frosting to a piping bag and pipe 8 spider legs on top of the cookie. If you do not have a piping bag, add frosting to a ziplock bag and snip off a tiny piece of one of the bag’s corners to use to pipe the legs.
  3. Attach the eyes using a small dot of frosting.
  4. Place in the fridge to cool.
  5. Optional: Lay a spider web doily over an orange napkin to display your cookies on!

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookie | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com


Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups | smelltheroses.com

Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

If you read last’s years Halloween post, you know I am a die-hard Justin’s peanut butter cup fan (I eat way more of these than I care to admit). If you are a chocolate-loving fan of Justin’s nut butters, I guarantee you will LOVE these!Â đŸ«

Why I Love Them:

  • The chocolate is super rich and the perfect compliment to Justin’s smooth peanut butter.
  • They are 100% natural and USDA certified organic (no hidden scary ingredients).
  • They are Rainforest Alliance Certified (learn more about this impressive certification)
  • The palm oil found in Justin’s is certified sustainable meaning it does not lead to deforestation and habitat loss!
  • The dark chocolate cups are vegan! (please note: they are manufactured on the same equipment as the milk chocolate cups but the equipment is thoroughly cleaned in between batches to prevent cross-contamination)

Justin's Peanut Butter Cups | smelltheroses.com

Justin's Organic Peanut Butter Cups| smelltheroses.com

Justin's Organic Peanut Butter Cups| smelltheroses.com

Swap out your peanut butter cups! | smelltheroses.com


I hope you try this recipe and love it as much as I do! Have a Happy Halloween!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

 

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My Cruelty-free Fall Wish List: 2017 Edition

fall cruelty-free fashion & beauty wish list | smelltheroses.com

I have had my eye on so many fun fall-inspired products lately so I thought I would summarize them into a post! As always, everything is 100% cruelty-free and/or natural where applicable. Maybe my fall wish list will inspire you to treat yourself and get more into the fall spirit!

Disclaimer: This post does include affiliate links from which I earn a small commission. Any earnings go straight back into my blog and help fund this site and its giveaways. Thank you for your support! 


My Fall Wish List

Autumn Pillow | smelltheroses.com

1. Autumn Truck Throw Pillow | PCB Home

  • Shop This Pillow: Autumn Truck

  • How cute is this pillow from Etsy?!  Throw pillows are an easy way to decorate your house each season and I’ve had my eye on this one. I like that it is simple enough to not clash with the other decor in my house and it will match pretty much anything. Side Note: I would totally buy every product from PCB Home if I could afford it because they are all so adorable!

Vegan Leather Jacket from Lulu's | smelltheroses.com

2. Bae Brown Vegan Leather Moto Jacket | Lulu’s

  • Shop This Jacket: Brown (pictured) | Similar: Black, Green, Tan

  • In the years since becoming a vegetarian, I have swapped out all my leather products for vegan alternatives (read my post about vegan leather to learn why). I had a similar Michael Kors leather jacket that I was in love with so when I saw this vegan jacket on Lulu’s I fell in love. A cute vegan leather jacket with my favorite pair of distressed jeans is one of my go-to fall outfits.

Vegan Leather Bag | smelltheroses.com

3. Madeline Mini Bucket | Angela Roi

  • Shop This Bag: Bordeaux (pictured) | Other Colors: Black, Cloud

  • Ever since Angela Roi launched their latest collection, I have had my eye on this bucket bag. I love the deep red color (called bordeaux) mixed with the gold hardware. It’s the perfect color to carry you from fall into the holiday season. Best of all, this bag is made of one of the highest quality vegan leathers I’ve ever come across.

Vegan Crossbody | smelltheroses.com

4. Zuri Multifunction Pouch | Angela Roi

  • Shop This Bag: Cloud (pictured) | Other Colors: Black, Bordeaux, Russet

  • I love a good compact crossbody bag and this one from Angela Roi is beautiful. The off-white vegan leather would work year-round making it a great addition to your purse collection!

Pumpkin Enzyme Peel from Erin's Faces | smelltheroses.com

5. Pumpkin Enzyme Peel | Erin’s Faces

  • Shop This Product: Pumpkin Peel

  • What gets you more in the mood for fall than pumpkin?! From carving pumpkins to eating pumpkin pie, we have found so many ways to utilize this amazing fruit (yes, pumpkin is a fruit – don’t worry, I didn’t know either).  Loaded with Enzymes, Antioxidants, Zinc, Iron and Vitamins C and K, pumpkin is amazing for your skin. This product from Erin’s Faces has rave reviews so it is at the top of my must-try list. 🎃

Vegan Over The Knee Boots | smelltheroses.com

6. Issac Black Vegan Suede Over the Knee Boots | Steve Madden

  • Shop These Boots: Black Over the Knee

  • Over the knee boots are such a fall staple so it’s no surprise I had to include a pair on my fall wish list. I was surprised to see these boots are made from 100% man-made materials making them vegan-friendly!

Vegan Suede Booties | smelltheroses.com

7. Marissa Light Cement Taupe Vegan Suede Ankle Booties | Lulu’s

  • Shop These Booties: Taupe

  • Another fall shoe staple are cute booties! They automatically make any outfit 10x cuter and come in so many adorable styles. I love the color of these vegan suede booties mixed with their natural wood heel.

Vegan Black Suede Booties | smelltheroses.com

8. Amaia Black Suede Lace-Up Ankle Booties | Lulu’s

  • Shop These Booties: Black

  • I know these are the 3rd pair of shoes on this list but when I saw the lace-up back I had to include them! 😍 As with the other shoes on this list, these are 100% vegan!

Lily Lolo Eyeshadow | smelltheroses.com

9. Laid Care Eye Palette | Lily Lolo

  • Shop This Product: Eyeshadow Palette

  • This eye palette from Lily Lolo has great reviews and just happens to contain so many perfect fall shades. I’m not a big eyeshadow girl but I like to use a little on special occasions so I know this palette would be a great addition to my makeup collection.

Lauren B Beauty Cruelty-free Nail Polish | smelltheroses.com

10. House of Blues Nail Polish | Lauren B Beauty

  • Shop This Shade: House of Blues

  • There is something so edgy and chic about black nail polish. It goes with everything and is perfect for the fall. This polish from Lauren B Beauty is actually not totally black but instead an extremely dark blue. As with all their polishes, it is cruelty-free and 7-free! 💅

Lauren B Beauty Cruelty-free Nail Polish | smelltheroses.com

11. Laurel Canyon Lover | Lauren B Beauty

  • Shop This Shade: Laurel Canyon Lover

  • When I saw this color it immediately made me think of fall! This 7-free/cruelty-free polish from Lauren B Beauty is the perfect balance between a true red and burgundy. This shade could easily transition from fall into the holiday season. 💅

Uptown Lip Velvet | smelltheroses.com

12. Uptown Lip Velvet | Clove + Hallow

  • Shop This Shade: Uptown

  • I love a beautiful matte lip for the fall and have had my eye on this specific one ever since it was launched. These lip velvets from Clove + Hallow dry in a beautiful matte finish without drying out your lips. This specific shade keeps selling out before I can buy it! It is safe to say, this product is at the top of my wish list. 💄💋

Orgain Pumpkin Spice Protein | smelltheroses.com

13. Pumpkin Spice Vegan Protein Powder | Orgain

  • Shop on Amazon: Pumpkin Spice Protein

  • I have been so eager to try the pumpkin spice flavor of my favorite vegan protein powder! Luckily it is available on Amazon Prime (whoop whoop). Packed with 21g of plant-based protein, Orgain’s protein powders are a great way for us vegetarians to get enough protein in our diet. I have yet to try a flavor of Orgain I didn’t like so I know this pumpkin spice flavor must be delicious! 🎃

Osmia Pumpkin Facial Soap | smelltheroses.com

14. Pumpkin Facial Soap | Osmia Organics

  • Shop This Bar: Pumpkin

  • Here’s another great pumpkin infused facial product but this time it’s from Osmia Organics. This soap works as a mild exfoliator that leaves skin soft and nourished. Side Note: This product does contain honey so it is NOT vegan-friendly. 🎃

I hope you enjoyed my fall wish list! What fall products have you had your eye on? Let me know in the comments section below!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

50 In Beauty/ GIVEAWAYS/ Wellness

Smell the Roses Turns 1: Birthday Giveaway!

Birthday Giveaway | smelltheroses.com

Smell the Roses is officially 1 year old and to celebrate I am offering an AWESOME birthday giveaway valued at over $115! These 10 products are some of my all-time favorite cruelty-free products that I have been using ever since I made the switch to a cruelty-free lifestyle. This giveaway is my attempt at thanking all of you for your support over this past year. I am so grateful for each and every one of you!

*This post contains affiliate links in which I earn a small commission. I have not been paid or compensated to feature any of these brands in this giveaway. All opinions are my own! 


WE HAVE A WINNER..

Amber B.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!


How to Enter the Giveaway:

  • Complete at least one entry option in the Gleam plugin provided on this page. Remember, the more entry options you complete, the better your odds of winning but additional entries are not required. Certain entry options are weighted more heavily than others.

Smell the Roses Birthday Giveaway

Rules & Disclaimer: 

  • Open to the U.S. and Canada to anyone 18 or older with a valid mailing address.
  • You may enter the giveaway anytime between August 16th and August 31st 11:59 pm EST.
  • The winner will be randomly generated using the Gleam Plugin and announced September 1st at approximately 12:00 pm EST on this blog post, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • All entries requiring following/liking will be checked and verified before the winner is drawn – any missing likes/comments will not be credited as an entry.
  • I run giveaways for my readers who are genuinely interested in the products I am offering. Entries completed with social media accounts used solely for giveaways will not be counted. Although the giveaway winner is randomly generated, if you are chosen as the winner and I see you did not follow this rule, I will manually invalidate your entry and have a new winner randomly generated.
  • Once a winner is selected, I will personally contact him/her with the email address he/she used to enter the giveaway in order to obtain his/her shipping address. If no response is made within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • I have not been paid to feature any of these brands although this post does contain affiliate links through which I earn a small commission.
  • No purchase necessary.

What I’m Giving Away:

 

1. Buckaroo Organics | Soapberry Suds Organic Laundry Detergent (2 Load Sample)

  • This year I finally switched over my household items to cruelty-free/natural alternatives. In place of my Tide Pods, I started using Soapberry based laundry detergents. Included in this giveaway is a sample size of Buckaroo Organics’s Soapberry Suds. This is a powder form of detergent made with only 4 ingredients, one being 100%  Certified Organic Soapberries. The soapberry not only cleans your fabrics but also naturally softens them. I still can’t believe how well this detergent works! It feels good knowing I’ve eliminated countless chemicals from my home and the environment. Soapberry Suds | smelltheroses.com

2. Acure Organics | Brightening Facial Scrub = $4

  • This is the best natural facial scrub I have come across. I use it bi-weekly to gently exfoliate my face without drying out my skin. After using, I am left with a more even skin tone and baby soft skin. Best part? It’s 100% cruelty-free and vegan.acure scrub | smelltheroses.com

3. 100% Pure | Bright Eyes Mask = $7

  • I am in love with these little eye masks from 100% Pure! I put them under my eyes in the morning after washing my face and leave them on for as long as possible. They are infused with caffeine to depuff and brighten your under-eye area while also providing intense hydration from organic aloe water. These are a great addition to your morning routine and truly make a HUGE difference! Since they are a little on the pricey side, I only use them on the mornings when I really need to depuff my under-eyes (i.e. after a late night working in the ER or after watching the Notebook 😂).

100 Percent Pure Bright Eyes Mask | smelltheroses.com

4. Beauty by Earth | Muscle Relief Bath Bomb = $8

  • If you read my bubble bath post, you may remember these bath bombs from Beauty by Earth. Unlike other popular bath bombs, these are 100% natural and made without Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (a chemical used for foaming), artificial dyes, colorants, or synthetic fragrance (all found in the Lush Bath Bombs 😕). Each of their bath bombs are designed to fulfill a different need. This giveaway features their “Muscle Relief” Bath Bomb! Beauty by Earth Bath Bomb | smelltheroses.com

5. S.W. Basics | Rosewater Spray 1.8oz = $13

  • If you can’t already tell from the name of my blog, I love roses. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they have become a staple in many people’s beauty routines. This Rose Water from S.W. Basics is made from pure, steam-distilled rose water with no other additives or ingredients. I spray it all over my face and neck after washing to serve as a toner and gentle moisturizer. It is also great to spray on before applying makeup, as a setting spray for your makeup, or to simply keep in your purse to freshen up when on the go. S.W. Gasics Rose Spray | smelltheroses.com

6. Little Words Project | Peace & Love Bracelet = $28

  • If you have been following my blog all year, you know what a huge fan I am of Little Words Project. Their bracelets feature inspirational words surrounded by a strand of Swarovski crystals. Each bracelet comes with a unique numbered tag so you can register it on their website/app (so cool). You wear the little word for as long as you need and then pass it on to someone else who could use a little inspiration. Talk about a beautiful concept 🙂

Little Words Project | smelltheroses.com

7. Lauren B Beauty | Blushing Bridesmaids 7-Free Nail Polish = $18

  • This is the prettiest light pink nail polish I have ever come across so I knew I had to include it in this giveaway. This color is just one of Lauren B Beauty‘s gorgeous colors from their new Bridal Collection. All of their polishes are cruelty-free and made without 7 of the most dangerous chemicals still lingering in most popular nail polish brands (i.e. Toulene, Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Palate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, TPHP, & Xylene… yuck). I have an entire post on this brand coming soon so keep an eye out!Lauren B Beauty 7-free Nail Polish | smelltheroses.com

8. David’s | Premium Natural Toothpaste = $8

  • I have been using this toothpaste for over a year and it is definitely my favorite! I love it because it naturally whitens and removes plaque without destroying your enamel. Its formula is of fluoride-free, sulfate-free, and made without artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, & preservatives. Plus, it’s cruelty-free and American made! David's Toothpaste | smelltheroses.com

9. Carefull Candles | Smell the Roses 100% Soy Wax Candle (3oz) = $3

  • You may remember this brand from my Fall Scented Candle Giveaway last October. Until last year, I never put much thought into what my favorite candles from stores like Yankee Candle and Bath & Body Works had in them. Unfortunately, when burned these candles release toxic fumes into the air which are harmful when inhaled. Luckily, brands like Carefull Candles make amazing smelling candles using 100% Soy Wax and essential oils. This candle was inspired by this very blog so I had to include it in this giveaway!Carefull Candles | smelltheroses.com

10. 100% Pure | Fruit Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Mascara (Black Tea) = $26

  • This was one of the first cruelty-free, non-toxic mascaras I ever tried and it has since been a favorite of mine. The pigment comes from actual black tea rather than harmful chemical-filled dyes so it’s perfect for anyone with skin/eye sensitivities. Its natural ingredients actually condition your lashes instead of drying them out and making them susceptible to breakage. As with all of 100% Pure‘s products, this mascara is 100% natural and cruelty-free!100 Percent Pure Black Tea Mascara | smelltheroses.com

I hope you are as excited about this giveaway as I am! Let me know what your favorite product is in the comments section below. I’d also love to hear which of my blog posts over the last year was your favorite or what kind of posts you’d like to see this year. As always, if you have any questions you can email me through my contact page.

This giveaway ends August 31st at 11:59 pm! Good Luck!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

2 In Beauty/ Home/ Mental Health/ Wellness

The Perfect Natural & Cruelty-Free Bubble Bath!

Bubble Bath Essentials via smelltheroses.com

Although I don’t recommend taking a bath frequently (not the most eco-friendly form of bathing), I do feel it’s okay to occasionally treat yourself to one! Few things help you destress as well as a warm bath with candles and a good book! 😌 (Fun fact: January 8th was National Bubble Bath Day!)

A warm bath is always nice on its own but there are several products I recommend if you want to take your bathing experience to the next level. As always, all of the products I feature are 100% cruelty-free and natural so you can feel good using them!

Disclaimer: This post is in no way sponsored by the featured brands. Some links are affiliate links. 

My Bath Essentials 🛀

Deep Steep | Classic Bubble Bath (Lemongrass-Jasmine) 

  • I did a lot of research to find the best natural & cruelty-free bubble bath and this product from Deep Steep definitely takes the crown! I bought the Lemongrass-Jasmine scent and found it really light and refreshing. You have to use a generous amount but your entire bath will become filled with bubbles that last for a good amount of time! Great for all ages!
  • Facts: No Animal Testing | Gluten Free | Non-GMO | Made in Small Batches
  • Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Organic Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Coco Glucoside, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin (Vegan), Aroma, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic Acid (Coconut Fatty Acid), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid

Beauty by Earth | Bath Bomb Gift Set (6-pack)

  • I first discovered these bath bombs in one of my Organic Bunny Boxes and immediately fell in love! Unlike other bath bombs, these are 100% natural and made without Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (a chemical used for foaming), artificial dyes, colorants, or synthetic fragrance (all found in the Lush Bath Bombs 😕). Even better, each bath bomb is designed to fulfill a different need. Options include Joint Relief, Bedtime Ritual, Just Relax, Get Well Soon, Muscle Relief, and Relaxing Detox. I love them all! These may not turn your bath all cool colors, but at least the ingredients will nourish your skin instead of harming it!
  • Facts: Non-GMO | Mostly Organic | No Animal Testing | Gluten-Free | Made in the USA
  • Ingredients: view here under “Additional Information”
  • PROMO CODE: “SMELLTHEROSES” saves you 15% in their online store!

Beauty by Earth | Konjac Body Sponge

  • I’m a huge fan of Konjac sponges and use one with facial cleanser to wash my face every night. They have worked wonders on my face so I was so excited when I saw Beauty by Earth made a larger sponge for your body. We often pay most attention to our faces and neglect the rest of our body’s skin. Made from the Konjac plant root fibers and infused with charcoal, these sponges allow you to naturally exfoliate/detoxify and rid your skin of dirt/grime. To use, soak the sponge for a few minutes, rub in a circular motion over your skin, squeeze out excess water and hang to dry in a well-ventilated area.
  • Facts: Vegan | Natural | No Animal Testing | Made in the USA
  • Ingredients: Konjac Glucomannan, Activated Bamboo Charcoal Powder
  • PROMO CODE: “SMELLTHEROSES” saves you 15% in their online store!

Bath Dreams | Luxury Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray with Extending Sides

  • This bath caddy is worth every penny. It may seem excessive, but it has made my bath-time experience so much better. With a special holder for a book/tablet and wine glass, this is the perfect organizer for all your non-waterproof items. It is constructed from 100% bamboo and has extending sides which allow it to fit most bathtubs. I use it to hold a candle, book, and my phone and absolutely adore it! I highly recommend a bath caddy if you do not have one already!

Shop them on Amazon:


Steps to the Perfect Bath Experience:

  1. Gather everything and anything you need for your bath (caddy, book, candle, wine, tablet, etc.)
  2. Set up your bathtub caddy.
  3. Fill your bath 1/2 way with warm water.
  4. Get in! 😌
  5. Drop in one of your Beauty by Earth Bath Bombs! Watch it fizz and turn your bath into a beautiful smelling little piece of heaven (video demonstration below!).
  6. Breathe deep and relax for as long as desired.
  7. When ready, pour in a generous amount of Deep Steep Bubble Bath! (I use about 1/5 of a 17-ounce bottle which fills my entire bath with bubbles!)
  8. Once your bath is full of bubbles, use your Beauty by Earth Konjac Body Sponge to wash and exfoliate your skin!
  9. Relax in your bubble bath until all your stress melts away 🙂

A Closer Look at Each Product:

This bath bomb gift set from Beauty by Earth comes in the cutest packaging and each bath bomb smell amazing. They are individually wrapped/labeled and have their corresponding ingredient list printed inside the box’s cover. You can keep them all for yourself or easily gift them to friends/family individually. You can also buy each bomb individually in their online store!

 

Each bath bomb is made with ingredients that serve a special purpose.For example, “muscle relief” contains organic sea clay, an ingredient often used in mud wraps to help relax and soothe tired/achy muscles!

How cute is this packaging!? You could easily add this to a home spa gift basket or pack it for a bath on vacation! Under the paper wrapper, the bath bomb is wrapped in a vacuum-sealed plastic to keep your bath bomb safe and intact!

This is what the “Relaxing Detox” bath bomb looks like completely unwrapped and ready to be used! All of their bath bombs are accented with essential oils and flower petals. Once dropped in your bath, they fizz and their beautiful aromas quickly fill the room. On the top half of my bath bomb, you can see one of the flower petals sticking out!

Here is a view of the gift box’s inside cover which lists out the ingredients in each bath bomb. As you can see, there are no hidden scary ingredients in these babies! Each ingredient serves a unique purpose and does so without harming you!

This is how the Beauty by Earth Konjac Body Sponge comes packaged. As with all Konjac sponges, when dry it feels hard as a rock. Once wettened or soaked, the sponge expands and becomes super soft but strong enough to exfoliate your skin. This Konjac sponge is 100% natural and infused with bamboo charcoal.

This picture makes me want to take another bath! How relaxing does this scene look and the tub isn’t even full of bubbles yet?! The stand-out item in this picture is definitely the bamboo bath caddy. Made from eco-friendly bamboo, this bath caddy has a place for all your bath-time essentials! The sides even expand for wider bath tubs.

Above you can see the little slot you can slide your wine glass into! (how cool!?) The candle shown here is the “smell the roses” scent from Carefull Candles.

How fun are these bath bombs! They work just like the main brand’s but without all the scary ingredients. They don’t turn your bath into a sea of colors but they do have little flower petals throughout which is a fun surprise! I recommend using 1 entire bath bomb per bath.

Did you ever think a completely natural bubble bath soap could make that many bubbles!? I am in love with this product from Deep Steep. It has amazing reviews online and I can definitely see why. As with most bubble baths, you have to use a generous amount (I used about 1/5 the bottle) but you end up with a tub FULL of beautiful NATURAL bubbles. This product is even great for kids.. who wants to be bathing their child in a sea of chemicals?? Also, the lemongrass – jasmine scent is so light and refreshing (some people felt their lavender scent was too strong).

 

This konjac sponge actually doubled in size once completely soaked! The video above shows it in action. It is super soft (safe for sensitive skin) but strong enough to thoroughly exfoliate your skin. After using, my skin felt much smoother; the same way it does after I use a konjac sponge on my face! I definitely prefer this sponge to a regular plastic luffa.


I hope you enjoyed this post and will try some of these amazing products!

Beauty by Earth was generous enough to offer my readers 15% off their online purchase with promo code “SMELLTHEROSES”! (shop their online store here)

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments section below or send me an email on my contact page. Have a wonderful day!

xo Caitlyn

10 In GIVEAWAYS/ Mental Health/ Wellness

December Giveaway (Week 4): 2017 Gratitude Kit

Gratitude Giveaway via smelltheroses.com

WE HAVE A WINNER..

Karen L.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!


My final December giveaway is here!

One of my personal 2017 New Year resolutions is to practice daily gratitude. This may sound simple, but I think it is a resolution we all should commit to. Having worked an entire year as a nurse in the Emergency Department, I have seen how fragile life is and have become ashamed of moments when I took everything I have for granted. I think we all can admit to such moments. When we become stressed, we tend to focus on the negatives and forget to look at the big picture. That is why I decided to create a little “Gratitude Kit” for my final December giveaway. I hope these products will help one lucky winner remember to cherish his/her life and make gratitude part of his/her daily routine!

This giveaway features two of my favorite brands: May Designs & MantraBand.

You will win…

Enter the giveaway below and keep scrolling past the giveaway plugin to learn more about each prize! 😊

Gratitude Kit featuring May Designs & Mantra Band

  • Open to anyone at least 18 years old with a valid U.S. or Canada mailing address.
  • You have until Saturday, December 31 at 11:59 pm EST to enter.
  • The winner is randomly generated through the Gleam Plugin.
  • The winner will be announced Monday, January 1st at 12 pm EST via this blog post, social media, and email.

Instructions:

  • Use the Gleam plugin below to enter the giveaway (may take a few moments to load).
  • How to Enter: Submit at least one entry option using the “Gleam” plugin provided on this site.
  • There are opportunities to earn extra entries and increase your odds of winning!
    • Simply pick and choose as many or as few as you would like. You need to complete at least 1 entry to be added to the giveaway pool. Additional entries are completely optional. 
    • Certain entry options are weighted more heavily than others.
    • If you are already following on any of the social media platforms, that is fine – just list your name/username for it to be counted!
    • All entries requiring following/liking will be checked and verified before the winner is drawn – any missing likes/comments will not be credited as an entry.

 


What You’ll Win:

May Designs | “my little gratitude book” Mini Notebook = $18

  • This is the perfect little pocket-sized notebook to keep track of your daily gratitude any time of day!
  • Size: pocket-sized, 4″x5.75″, 64 pages
  • Material: soft canvas cover
  • Binding: hand stitched down the spine for an eco-friendly binding solution!
  • Ethics: the entire book is completely recyclable & hand-made by their team in Memphis, TN!
  • Inside Features:
    • ‘This Book Belongs To” page
    • Message to Book Owner Page
    • 30 days worth of gratitude pages
Gratitude Journal Giveaway via smelltheroses.com

đŸ“·: maydesigns.com

MantraBand | “Gratitude” Bracelet (Yellow Gold) = $35

  • This is the prettiest and most delicate bracelet you can wear daily as a reminder to be grateful for your wonderful life!
  • About this mantra via mantraband.com:
    • “Remember to express gratitude and live by it. Because gratitude brings peace and happiness and turns what you have into enough. Count your blessings. Know that you will have more of what you are grateful for.”
  • Details:
    • “Gratitude” Bracelet in Yellow Gold
    • Material: made of hypoallergenic/lead-free/tarnish resistant stainless steel with a thick overlay of 18K gold
    • Fit: fully adjustable to fit almost all wrist sizes
    • Comfort: lightweight
Gratitude MantraBand giveaway via smelltheroses.com

đŸ“·: mantraband.com


Wouldn’t you be grateful to win all these prizes!? Make sure to get all your entries in by December 31st at 11:59 pm! Good Luck!

xo Caitlyn

Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored by May Designs or MantraBand. There are no affiliate links included in this post. All opinions are entirely my own!

29 In Fitness/ Food/Supplements/ GIVEAWAYS/ Wellness

December Giveaway (Week 3): Get Healthy Kit!

SMELLTHEROSES.COM GET HEALTHY GIVEAWAY

WE HAVE A WINNER..

Nichelle P.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!


Who else wants to start 2017 off on the right foot when it comes to health!? I think we all do. This week’s giveaway is all about getting healthy and being prepared for the new year. My hope is that these prizes will help your new year’s resolutions become a reality! đŸ’Ș

This giveaway features three brands that I absolutely love: Orgain, inkWELL Press, & GoMacro. Up for grabs are..

Enter the giveaway below and keep scrolling past the giveaway plugin to learn more about each prize! 😊


Enter the Giveaway

Inkwell Press Fitness Planner / Orgain / Go Macro

  • Open to anyone at least 18 years old with a valid U.S. or Canada mailing address.
  • You have until Saturday, December 24 at 11:59 pm EST to enter.
  • The winner is randomly generated through the Gleam Plugin.
  • The winner will be announced Monday, December 25 at 12 pm EST via this blog post, social media, and email.

Instructions:

  • Use the Gleam plugin below to enter the giveaway (may take a few moments to load).
  • How to Enter: Submit at least one entry option using the “Gleam” plugin provided on this site.
  • There are opportunities to earn extra entries and increase your odds of winning!
    • Simply pick and choose as many or as few as you would like. You need to complete at least 1 entry to be added to the giveaway pool. Additional entries are completely optional. 
    • Certain entry options are weighted more heavily than others.
    • If you are already following on any of the social media platforms, that is fine – just list your name/username for it to be counted!
    • All entries requiring following/liking will be checked and verified before the winner is drawn – any missing likes/comments will not be credited as an entry.

 


What You’ll Win:

Orgain | Organic Vegan Protein Powder 2lb (Chocolate, Vanilla, or Natural Unsweetened) = $39.99

  • There are a lot of plant-based protein powders out there.. but how many are organic and actually taste as good as they are for you? In my opinion, Orgain is the best vegan protein product on the market. This is the only protein powder I will drink. I drink a shake once a day so it has become a staple of my plant-based diet. Winner gets the choice between a vanilla,  chocolate, or unsweetened 2lb tub.
  • Ingredients & Nutrition Facts:

inkWELL Press | Fitness Planner (Blue Herringbone) = $29.00

  • This brand makes near perfect planners (what I’ll be using for 2017) and was featured in my “Choosing Your Perfect Planning System” blogpost. I am in love with their Fitness Planner. It’s the perfect sidekick to help you tackle your 2017 fitness goals from beginning to end! Click and scroll through the pics below to see details of each page/book section.
  • Features:
    • 3 Months of Daily Fitness/Food Logs with Weekly + Monthly Check-Ins
    • Fitness Resource Section = portion size references, calories burned guide, & healthy snack ideas
    • Ultra Thick 140 gsm (100#) Paper = no bleed through or shadowing on pages
    • Lay Flat True Gold Wire Binding
    • Hardcover Design with Matte Laminate Coating (6″x8″)
    • Full Color Throughout!

GoMacro | Protein Bar 12-pack (winner picks flavor) = $34.68

  • Are you looking for a protein bar that is actually good for you and not full of scary ingredients and a ridiculous amount of sugar? Say hello to the GoMacro MacroBar! These bars have become a staple in my diet (especially as a vegetarian on busy days at work) and are definitely my favorite protein bar currently on the market. They are USDA Certified Organic, 100% Vegan, Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten-Free Certified, Kosher Certified, sustainably sourced, and free of common allergens such as soy, eggs, and dairy. What’s not to love?! With so many flavors I am confident there is one for everyone’s palate. My favorites are Protein Pleasure, Protein Replenishment, Protein Purity, & Sweet Rejuvenation.
  • Check out all their flavors and nutrition info here.
  • Side Note: They also recently launched their Thrive bars which I’ve tried and loved!

Wouldn’t you love to win all these healthy prizes!? Make sure to get all your entries in by December 24th at 11:59 pm! Good Luck!

xo Caitlyn

Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored by Orgain, inkWELL Press, or GoMacro. There are no affiliate links included in this post. All opinions are entirely my own!