Kelly's Bake Shoppe brings charms of childhood to grown ups



Dynamic mother and daughter duo, Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie, are bringing the charms of childhood to grown ups everywhere one sweet treat at a time.

Kelly’s culinary journey began at the age of six when her father gave her an Easy-bake oven. A self-proclaimed wellness warrior, Kelly has made it her mission to change people's lives through delicious and nutritious food.

Erinn spent her weekends in the kitchen helping her mom craft her culinary masterpieces, increasing her passion for health and the environment.

Their mutual desire to educate the public about the benefits of healthy living is the foundation of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe. Kelly and Erinn’s love for the environment and their customers is what sets them apart from the competition. Their award winning gourmet goodies are so deliciously decadent you’d never guess they’re guilt-free!

As a gluten-free vegan bake shoppe, located in downtown Burlington, their entire menu is free of dairy, eggs, nuts, butter, and casein. You wont find a drop of artificial colour, flavour, or preservatives in their kitchen and all of the ingredients used are organic and fair-trade. Anyone in their right mind would jump at the chance to sample their treats for review and I was positively giddy with anticipation.

The desserts arrived packaged to perfection in bright pink boxes laced with leopard print tissue paper. Handled with care and great attention to detail, it felt like receiving a special present from my very best friend. I tore open the treasure to find an incredible array of cupcakes, cookies, and one very sinful looking brownie.

While all three of the cookies I was given to try (chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and the world peace cookie-a hearty blend of oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, cranberries and chocolate chips) were delicious, my favourite was the snickerdoodle; chewy on the inside with a hint of crisp on the outside and a delightful burst of cinnamon sugar flavour. It offers the perfect blend of sugar and spice and will definitely be making an appearance in my home this holiday season.

The mile high brownie more than lived up to its best dessert award from the Toronto Vegetarian association. With layers of chocolate frosting and vanilla buttercream sandwiched between rich chocolate brownies and topped with homemade caramel sauce, I can see why it’s their best selling bakery item.

The mainstay of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe is their cupcakes and after tasting them I can honestly say all other gluten-free cupcakes I’ve eaten before pale in comparison. The frostings are light and creamy, with a whisper of sweetness and while many other gluten-free cupcakes are dense and heavy, Kelly’s are light, moist, and fluffy.

The standout amongst the flavours I delightfully devoured (Dulce de Leche, Red Velvet, Vanilla Bean, and Coffee Break) was the Coffee break cupcake, a specialty item offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays as part of their daily features menu.

The chocolate mocha cupcake with vanilla espresso buttercream topped off with a mini cinnamon sugar doughnut boasts a bold flavour and originality, not unlike the girls themselves.

In addition to treating yourself well, Kelly’s sinfully scrumptious treats are so beautifully presented they make an enchanting go-to for parties and special occasions, such as baby showers or weddings. If you’re simply looking to relive the joys of your childhood there is no better time to visit the shoppe than now when the cupcake of the month is none other than the classic Root Beer Float!

Jessica Grosdanof | Bio | Website
Toronto, Canada Jessica is a Toronto based actress who has been working in film, television, and theatre for the past seven years. She has recently taken a leap of faith and co-founded Empty Suitcase Theatre, a company that strives to produce shows that put strong women front and centre. She is a proud Canadian, vegan, and crazy cat lady.

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CHARITY: Share a picture of you with a cup of coffee and your favorite pup


Pour yourself a cup of java, call over Fido and snap a picture of the charming scene.

In an effort to raise $10,000 for the American Humane Association, BRIM is asking all pet lovers who also love coffee to post their pictures on Twitter or Instagram. For every picture with the hashtag #JustSayJoe, BRIM will donate $1 to the organization dedicated to the welfare of animals and children.

For more information visit http://www.brim.com/brewbuddies.

Daelyn Fortney | email |@daelyn
Greenville, SC Daelyn is the co-founder and managing director of This Dish Is Veg. She handles the daily operations of the site including advertising, story idea generation, and website promotion as well as managing the volunteer contributors. Along with her work at TDIV, Daelyn is an editor for a gift-giving website and mother of three daughters.

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Sabra launches second year as official hummus and salsa of Boston Red Sox


Sabra Dipping Company, the leading manufacturer of refrigerated dips and spreads, announced today the beginning of its second year partnering with the Boston Red Sox to be the Official hummus, guacamole, and salsa of the team. Sabra will be celebrating with fans at games in Boston by giving away free samples of their delicious salsa at Fenway Park during August and September as well as free tickets to select games they’re sampling at.

“We are excited to team our fresh salsa with the current World Series champion Red Sox this season,” said Eric Greifenberger, Director of Marketing at Sabra. “Great for taking to parties or eating with friends and family, it’s also a delicious snack after practice at the baseball park. It’s always the perfect time for Sabra.”

Known for its award winning hummus, Sabra re-launched its eight refrigerated salsas with new recipes and packaging and is supporting with a fun video featuring in-field farmers singing to vine-ripening tomatoes, a #salsalove sweepstakes and much more. Sabra’s line of refrigerated salsas includes Homestyle Medium, Homestyle Mild, Mango Peach, Restaurant Style, Roasted Garlic, Pico de Gallo, Southwestern and Garden Style. The newly re-launched recipes feature more crisp vegetables for a fresher, chunkier salsa bursting with flavor.

“We’re excited to once again work with Sabra and share their many great products with fans at Fenway Park,” said Red Sox Senior Vice President Corporate Partnerships Troup Parkinson. “We look forward to continuing to build on this great partnership throughout the season.”

Sabra salsas can be found in the refrigerated section of the deli at grocery and convenience stores, supermarket and club stores nationwide.

About Sabra Dipping Company, LLC
Sabra Dipping Company, LLC is a leader in the refrigerated dips and spreads category and producer of America’s top-selling hummus. Sabra’s award-winning hummus, available in more than a dozen flavors, and a wide range of authentic, healthy and vegetarian dips and spreads, including salsa, guacamole, and Greek yogurt vegetable dip, can be found nationwide in club stores, supermarkets, specialty retailers and through food service. Sabra operates a silver LEED certified factory in Virginia, and has received an A-Classification from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) audit board for food safety for its California Salsa plant every year since 2011. Find Sabra at www.sabra.com, www.facebook.com/sabra and @Sabra on twitter. Sabra Dipping Company was formed as a U.S./Canadian joint venture between Strauss Group and PepsiCo.

The Seed Experience offers two-day vegan lifestyle immersion experience


In America's top foodie city, there's one healthy niche that's survived diet trend after diet trend: Veganism. And in an effort to welcome skeptics and lifelong local vegans alike into one happy, healthy and inspiration-driven place, New York-based The Seed are pleased to announce a third installation of The Seed Experience.

Beginning Saturday, August 9th at 10 am, the Seed Experience will kick off to the public, inviting ticketed guests to enjoy a two-day vegan lifestyle immersion experience. Showcasing talks, yoga insights, readings, cooking demonstrations and more, this indispensable guide to veganism will host esteemed keynote speakers including the founder of the nation's first organic food truck, Adam Sobel, fitness guru Scott Jurek and vegan lifestyle trainer Victoria Moran. From healthy living to smart eating to animal loving, this year's Seed Experience is sure to serve as both an engaging primer for the vegan-curious and a refreshing dose of everyday wisdom for the vegan devotee.

A special VIP cocktail reception featuring presenters and special guests will take place on Saturday, Aug 9 from 6:30 pm till 9:30 pm at The Spot in the Trump Soho. This event will kick-off the charity component that will highlight this year's Seed Experience, including a 100% donation of all VIP ticket sales to Farm Sanctuary, a New York-based farm animal retreat focusing on saving animals from factory farms, educating consumers about the consequences of their food choices, and advocacy for laws to prevent animal suffering. Farm Sanctuary president Gene Baur will be Saturday's honored keynote speaker.

Participating sponsors Nuwi and Whole Foods will also be honored for their generosity and helping facilitate this experience, which promises to bring together a strong community of healthy New Yorkers motivated by change.

The Seed Experience is slated to take place at 82 Mercer St in downtown NYC August 9th and 10th from 10am to 6pm. One-day general admission tickets are $30, or $50 for a two-day pass.

Study: Most American households have someone monitoring or restricting part of their diet


Most Americans (87%) say they're making an effort to eat healthy – and with good reason, as a majority say they or someone in their household monitor or restrict their intake of a nutritional component like gluten or sugar, according to a new Harris Poll. Six in ten American adults (60%, a slight uptick from 57% in 2011) say they restrict at least one nutritional component from their diet.
These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,234 adults surveyed online between March 12 and 17, 2014. (Full results, including data tables, can be found here).
Sugar and salt lead limitations; gluten restrictions grow
Sugar (36%, up from 32% in 2011) and sodium/salt (36%) top the list of ingredients American households have at least one person restricting or monitoring, followed by carbohydrates (22%). Over one in ten say they or a member of their household monitors/restricts intake of dairy (13%, up from 10% in 2011), meat or meat products (also 13%, up from 10%) and lactose (11%). The percentage saying they or someone in their household monitors or restricts gluten intake has nearly doubled over the past three years, to 10% today from 6% in 2011.
"With six in ten American households having at least one member restricting certain foods from their diet, this raises important implications for the food industry as a whole," says Todd Hale, Senior Vice President Consumer Insights, Nielsen. "We've seen that a restriction for one, especially in the case of allergens and other health risks, can turn into a household ban. This can present both a challenge and an opportunity for retailers and food manufacturers."
Perhaps not surprisingly, Matures (73%) are more likely than any other generation (54% Millennials, 62% Gen Xers, 60% Baby Boomers) to say they or someone in their household restrict or monitor intake of at least one of the tested nutritional factors.
"As Americans age, they develop stronger opinions and restrictions around nutritional choices. Those 68 and older are the most likely of all generations to pay close attention to nutritional labels and restrict corresponding dietary choices such as sodium or sugar," said Hale. "Given the number of people, young and old, describing themselves as knowledgeable about food labels and making an effort to eat healthy, these generational divides suggest that actual implementation of change may stem more from necessity than knowledge."
Consumers consider freshness to be top driver for food and beverage purchase decisions 
When consumers consider making a food and beverage purchase, freshness is the most important factor, with nine in ten U.S. adults (89%) considering it important.
  • Eight in ten say fiber is important (80%), while roughly three-fourths say the same for whole grain (77%), calories (75%), portion size (73%) and fat content (73%).
  • Roughly seven in ten place importance on sodium or salt (71%), saturated fat (71%) and dairy (69%), while roughly two-thirds indicate the same for sugar (68%), natural (68%) and carbohydrates (67%).
  • Looking at more specialized nutritional factors, 49% place importance on whether food and beverage products are genetically modified, while 45% say the same for organic. Nearly four in ten place importance on glycemic index (38%), roughly three in ten say the same for lactose (31%) and gluten (28%), and knowing whether items are vegan is important to just under two in ten (18%)
Most of these factors' perceived importance increases among older Americans, though with some exceptions. The percentage placing importance on knowing whether food or beverages are genetically modified hovers at roughly the halfway mark across generations (48% Millennials, 51% Gen Xers, 49% Baby Boomers, 48% Matures), while younger Americans are more likely to place importance on whether items are organic (55%, 50%, 38% and 35%, respectively), contain lactose (37%, 28%, 28% and 27%, respectively) and are vegan (27%, 19%, 13% and 12%, respectively).
Looking to diet and/or weight management, roughly eight in ten Americans consider protein (82%) and calories (78%) to be important considerations, while roughly three-fourths indicate the same for fat (77%), whole grain (76%), saturated fat (75%) and sugar (74%). Roughly seven in ten believe carbohydrates (72%), cholesterol (70%) and sodium (68%) are important in this regard, while just over six in ten say the same for hydrogenated oil (62%).
  • Perceived importance levels again are generally higher among older generations and women.
Methodology 
This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between March 12 and 17, 2014 among 2,234 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.
All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, The Harris Poll avoids the words "margin of error" as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.
Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Poll surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in our panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
About Nielsen & The Harris Poll On February 3, 2014, Nielsen acquired Harris Interactive and The Harris Poll.  Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence and mobile measurement. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA and Diemen, the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.nielsen.com.

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Indraloka Animal Sanctuary and Marywood University partner to offer Farmitecture



On any given day, a lot more than animal care and rescue goes on at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Mehoopany, PA, and some of it may surprise you.

Take Saturday.  A group of architecture students and their professor had a rare opportunity—a chance not only to design an eco-friendly building, but to actually build their design at Indraloka.  They are part of a class called “Farmitecture.”  A unique partnership, Indraloka and the Marywood University School of Architecture work together to offer the class.  Every year, students design and build environmentally friendly housing for the animals.

O’Connor is enthusiastic about the class.  “The students participating in the course this year are a committed and creative group constantly challenging themselves and seeking the best design solutions.  They are in a unique situation as they design for a client that cannot speak and therefore have done research to make the best design decisions.  It is wonderful seeing them become empowered through the process- watching the design come to fruition ultimately culminating in constructing the aviary.”

This year, the student project is an aviary featuring a built-in water collection system and planters.   The planters will contain peas and herbs, not only to feed the birds, but to also repel insects that bother birds, to name just a few of the visually stunning aviary’s creative features.  Last year, students built a house for mini-pigs that features moveable walls, so that the design can be altered as needed.

As if that were not enough, while the Farmitecture students were building on Saturday, the sanctuary was also hosting a semi-private coaching session on Animal Intelligence and Communication.  During the session, participants learned about the most recent scientific research on how animals communicate, and then practiced animal communication using those techniques with several of the sanctuary’s 177 rescued animal residents.

It is innovative programs like these that are getting Indraloka noticed around the world.  In fact, O’Connor, who is also Vice President of Indraloka’s board of directors, will be giving a TEDx Scranton Talk in August about the groundbreaking partnership between Indraloka and Marywood.  And Indra Lahiri, the sanctuary’s founder, will be presenting on “Building and Sustaining the Sanctuary of Your Dreams” at this year’s International Animal Rights Conference.  This is the second year in a row that the sanctuary will be featured at this conference.

Indeed, Indraloka has received so much attention recently that they have been challenged in keeping up with the onslaught of requests for animal rescue and educational opportunities.  How will they overcome this challenge?  Another creative idea has been born.

Team Indraloka : It’s a simple idea, really:  Indraloka is recruiting 1,008 people to raise $108 each in 45 days.  Doing so will allow the sanctuary to create infrastructure to meet the increased demand for its innovative educational opportunities and animal rescue services.  This will change countless lives for animals of all species as well as for the children and adults of our community.  Children and adults alike will have many new opportunities to learn and grow at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, one of Pennsylvania’s only all-species and farm animal rescues.  On Thursday, Team Indraloka kicked off its fundraiser using Razoo.com to track donations, recruit team members and promote the fundraiser. 

Of the launch, Indraloka Animal Sanctuary founder Indra Lahiri said, We understood that we could not grow to meet the community’s needs without help, so we devised a simple way for supporters to make it possible for us to do more good than ever before.”  The campaign is off to a brilliant start, with 36 team members and over $10,000 raised in just the first three days.  This figure includes a seven-day matching gift challenge—the donor will match every dollar raised by sanctuary supporters in the next week, up to $8,100.

To join or help Team Indraloka, visit the fundraising page: http://www.razoo.com/team/Team-Indraloka
·         Help raise $108 in the next 45 days by clicking “Fundraise” under the “Join This Team” section. 
·         Make a donation by clicking a team member’s name and clicking “Donate Now.”
·         Promote the above link to your networks.  Publish it to your Facebook wall, post it on your Twitter, email contacts from your address book, or put our Donation Widget on your web site.
About Indraloka Animal Sanctuary:  Indraloka Animal Sanctuary provides “heaven on earth” for animals that have nowhere else to turn, and educates the community, especially children, on ways in which to better care for ourselves and the environment while helping animals in need.  Founded in 2005, Indraloka Animal Sanctuary is a private, non-profit, charitable (501c3) organization and has provided educational programs to over 1,000 children and 500 adults while rescuing and caring for more than 600 animals through their natural lifespans.

photo credit: Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

The Top 10 Workout Songs for May 2014



This month's top 10 list contains a healthy mix of perennial favorites and relative upstarts. Chart regulars like Shakira and OneRepublic both clock in with their most recent singles. At the same time, Ed Sheeran and Christina Perri are making their first appearances in the top 10—him with some uncredited assistance from Pharrell Williams and her by way of a Passion Pit remix.

Whether you're looking for the comfort of something familiar or a boost from something new, there should be a song or two below that will pop you into a pair of sneakers.

Here's the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred--the web's most popular workout music blog.

Skrillex - Recess - 105 BPM

Ellie Goulding - Beating Heart - 128 BPM

Christina Perri - Human (Passion Pit Remix) - 119 BPM

Naughty Boy & Sam Smith - La La La - 125 BPM

Ed Sheeran - Sing - 121 BPM

Shakira - Empire - 80 BPM

Mystery Skulls - Ghost (Solidisco Remix) - 124 BPM

Calvin Harris - Summer - 128 BPM

OneRepublic - Love Runs Out - 121 BPM

Childish Gambino - Sweatpants - 80 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Posted by Chris Lawhorn from RunHundred.com.   

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How to book an environmentally friendly vacation


The travel industry has recently started to take their environmental responsibilities seriously with measures such as carbon offsetting and eco-tourism options. It’s not too hard to stay green and enjoy a great holiday by following these simple measures.

Booking with a responsible provider
There are travel companies specifically designed around eco-holidays and responsible travel. In fact, many online travel companies offer a wealth of eco-friendly holidays to destinations around the world.

These companies actually vet the hotels, all-inclusive package providers and tour operators to ensure they meet specific standards. These standards can include recycling policies, energy use and sustainability requirements, which are calculated to create an eco-scorecard before being offered to customers.

Types of Eco-holiday
Eco-holidays have expanded recently and there are options to suit all tastes and budgets. All-inclusive packages on luxury trips, adventure holidays and eco-expeditions to far flung corners of the globe are all now available.

You can choose to avoid the mass tourist routes with specialist travel companies that focus on remote locations in Africa or you can get back to nature with discovery holidays to Scandinavia. The choice is now pretty much unlimited when it comes to travelling the world in an eco-friendly manner.

Use the offset options
Many airlines offer the option of paying a little extra to offset your carbon footprint and all you have to do is check the box during booking. There are companies that go one better and can calculate exactly how much carbon emission will be used during your flight and then provides you with the cost required to offset this amount.

Buy from the locals
Once you’re at your intended holiday destination you can do your bit to support the local population by buying local goods. Buying your souvenirs from the smaller independent traders will help to support the community you are vacationing in. Purchasing goods at the local markets, eating at traditional restaurants and taking tours from local guides will all help to sustain the community. Taking public transport at your destination rather than renting a car is another good way to help the environment or go one better and simply hire a bicycle.

Being eco-friendly abroad isn’t just about paying for carbon offsetting but can start from the moment you book your holiday via responsible travel companies. Be mindful of the destination you are visiting and treat the environment with the respect it deserves.

Bio:
Tina Garcia is a well-established traveler with a real interest in the environment and green issues. In her spare time she likes to read books and test out new recipes in the kitchen.

Image by Thomas Leuthard, shared under a Creative Commons License

Product Review: Way Better Snacks Offers Springtime Chips


Way Better Snacks does it again—yet again, they prove that they do have way better snacks! This time, they have launched a delicious pita chip called Simply Sprouted Pita-ahh Chips, along with the new Simply Spicy Sriracha and Simply Tangy Mustard & Onion Sprouted Tortilla Chips.

Like their existing flavors, these chips are simply amazing. They are not greasy or oily, but they are a tasty, healthy and fulfilling snack, perfect for any upcoming picnic or party! The new Pita-ahh Chips come in flavors such as Smoked Havarti, Toasted Garlic, and Pinch of Sea Salt.

Each bag of chips is filled with sprouted grains, which make for better nutrient absorption and easier digestion. When seeds, beans and grains are sprouted, their natural outer layer is unlocked, making the nutrients more readily available for the body to absorb. What’s not to love about these snacks?

Plus, all Way Better Snacks tortilla chips are Certified Non GMO Project Verified, kosher, vegan, and an excellent source of whole grains. They contain low amounts of sodium, and are a good source of fiber. The tortilla chips are also Certified Gluten Free, while the pita chips naturally contain a form of gluten that most people can better digest.

If you’re looking for some of the other varies of Way Better Snacks chips, choose from the Simply Sprouted Tortilla Chips line which includes Simply Sunny Multigrain, Simply Sweet Potato, Simply Beyond Black Bean, Simply So Sweet Chili, Simply Unbeatable Blues and No Salt Naked Blues. Each variety contains ingredients such as flaxseed, chia seeds, quinoa, black beans, broccoli seeds and daikon radish seeds.

Choose Way Better Snacks and purchase these delicious varieties today!

Alexandra Beane | Facebook | Twitter
Minnesota Alexandra is a lover of all animals, but has a soft spot for especially dogs and rabbits. She believes that life is not complete without an animal to love. Alexandra is highly passionate about animals and animal rights, and wants to raise awareness of the cruelty that many animals suffer in the best way she knows how, and this is by written word. Alexandra is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing. She absolutely loves to write news and creative nonfiction, and obsesses over spelling and grammar.

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Book Review: The Oh She Glows Cookbook


If you happen to be familiar with Angela Liddon’s fabulous blog, Oh She Glows, you are not going to want to miss her brand new book featuring over 100 vegan recipes. The Oh She Glows Cookbook contains delicious recipes with beautifully photographed breakfasts, smoothies, appetizers, soups, salads, main courses, and desserts. Using all healthy and whole-food ingredients, these recipes are enough to persuade even the toughest critics or die hard meat-eaters.

After Angela Liddon struggled with an eating disorder for many years, she embraced a vegan diet to help her feel great from the inside and out. Readers will too, once they try the outstanding Chakra Caesar Salad, Chilled Chocolate Espresso Torte, Eat Your Greens Detox Soup, Empowered Noodle Bowl, Quick & Easy Chana Masala, or the Walnut Avocado Pear Salad. Each recipe contains a colorful, mouthwatering photo of each dish.

In her cookbook, Angela Liddon provides great tips for stocking a plant-based kitchen, pressing tofu, and recipes for making basic vegan recipes such as chocolate frosting or mayonnaise. Even the newest vegan or vegetarian will find this cookbook beneficial.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook is the perfect addition to you or a friend’s home during US Veg Week, which goes from April 21-27. Purchase your copy today and take the vegan plunge, or encourage someone else to do the same! Readers will be amazed at how simple and delicious Angela Liddon’s vegan recipes can be. However, one must personally experience the deliciousness of healthy, vegan cooking in order to believe it!

Alexandra Beane | Facebook | Twitter
Minnesota Alexandra is a lover of all animals, but has a soft spot for especially dogs and rabbits. She believes that life is not complete without an animal to love. Alexandra is highly passionate about animals and animal rights, and wants to raise awareness of the cruelty that many animals suffer in the best way she knows how, and this is by written word. Alexandra is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing. She absolutely loves to write news and creative nonfiction, and obsesses over spelling and grammar.

Photo credit: Oh She Glows
 
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