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  1. Noelle (@singerinkitchen)

    Glad you reviewed something that places the Almost Vegan for the titel of your blog. Way to go! At least you are also giving your honest opinion. You have received yummy goodies indeed! Have fun at the conference and I hope you sell all your PB white choco butter!

  2. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

    Wow… great products! I’m curious about that coconut spread!

    Wish I was going to the conference, I had originally planned to go, but life got in the way.

  3. Michelle

    I’m not goig to the Vida Vegan Blogger Conference, but I sure wish I was. I can’t wait to hear all about it though. Your white choc PB sounds fantastic! I know it won’t last long. 🙂
    I saw the EB Coconut Spread in Whole Foods the other day and almost bought it, but I decided not to this time. I’ll be sure to get some the next time though.

  4. GtSkinny GoVegan

    The food looks great! What about the Mila stuff?? It’s CRAZY expensive, like 60 bucks a pound for “special” chia seeds?? When regular chia is so cheap, I can’t imagine that this stuff is SO much better!! What do you think?? I am totally unconvinced!! And I won’t pay that much for a trial comparison!!!!!! Coconut Spread looks GREAT!!

    1. Gail

      That is a great question. The following video will explain why Mila is a proprietary blend of Chia. It matters where it is grown and you don’t always know that when purchasing from a store. We have 2 independent labs that test our seeds for the highest efficacy. This video should answer some questions and also my website. Anymore questions I am happy to answer.

      http://home.lifemax.net/mila-research-video

    2. Gail

      If you are familiar with the Hippocrates Institute- Dr. Brian Clement is on our advisory board and this is what he has to say about Mila which he endorses.

      http://www.myapexnetwork.net/dr-brian-clement-interview.html

      While Chia is a great product with the husk on the bio availablity drops as much as 70%. This having been said how much Chia would you have to consume to get the same amount of nutrient in 1 scoop of Mila? Mila is really not much more expensive and you get what you pay for.

      1. Sheila

        Gail is right!!! Mila is so much more than chia seeds. I have been eating Mila for 3 years now, and the Omega 3’s alone make it worth the price. It has hardly any taste or smell and you get 8 times the Omega 3’s in it than you would get from wild Salmon, and it is all plant based. For a vegetarian, what could be better?

  5. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    All of those products sound interesting. And no, totally not offended by you reviewing non-vegan products. I hadn’t seen any on the blog in so long though that I honestly forgot you eat them sometimes!

  6. Veggie V! @ Veggie V's Vegan Adventure

    I don’t mind if you review dairy products. They don’t interest me, so I just overlook them 🙂

    I do like when you review products, though. I learn about new products from your monthly review all the time!

    Have fun at the Vida Vegan Blogger conference! I’m jealous *sigh*

  7. Shanna

    I don’t mind at all, I’m “almost vegan” myself. I do still enjoy some local cheeses and I’m a sucker for that Starbucks ice cream. I think people get too caught up in labels sometimes, and while yes, i realize there are many issues in the dairy industry, I think when you stress too much to be vegan or raw or whatever, when you do have that moment that you eat something outside of that, guilt sinks in, whereas if you just drop the label and eat the best you can, than by golly, enjoy that ice cream! I love that you are yourself, keep it up!

  8. nittygrits

    I can’t wait to get my hands on the recipe for the Pistachio & Chocolate Crusted Banana Ice Cream Patties!! Have a great time at the conference.

  9. jameedyches

    I just want to say that you have personally inspired me and my “lifestyle” as far as my approach to food goes. I absolutely love the mostly plant-based diet I currently follow, and desperately wanted to be a part of the vegan community that tends to go along with it. However, I found that I ended up eating lots of vegan junk food just because it was vegan. I’ve started to view myself now as “almost vegan,” like you. It makes sense. By having the occasional, traditional treat with family and friends that isn’t vegan, makes me feel less “deprived” and I stick to healthier, plant-based foods the rest of the time. This is a long way of saying, continue to review whatEVER you want to review. It’s YOUR blog, and I love your approach to food. Please keep doing exactly what you’re doing!

  10. Brad

    I definitely don’t get offended…glad to see you talk about “almost-vegan” things :). I’m curious about the coconut spread, But I for sure wanna try the Soap. I love natural vegan products and this seems like something I wanna try for my sensitive skin. What exactly is a cooperative?

  11. Jane Van Benthusen

    It’s always cool to hear/see what you have been up to. I was disapointed in Mila’s price and multilevel marketing platform when a friend gave me some to try. It’s just too pricey. I do love chia seed. I got excited to see the coconut spread product but choose to not eat canola oil so I wouldn’t even try it. Keep up the great work in blogging, traveling, cooking, living and loving! 🙂 Love, Jane

  12. Jen@foodfamilyfitness

    As someone who’s “almost vegetarian” I like to see dairy, non-dairy, vegg and non-vegg products on blogs. Variety makes the world go ’round 🙂
    I’m WAY excited about the coconut spread!!!!!

  13. Ela

    Wish I could see you and all the others in Portland–sounds like a wonderful time waiting to happen.

    I’m pleased that you shared your ‘almost’ in ‘almost vegan.’ How’s this for me: I’m a vegan, but my husband killed a bear for meat two days ago and I’ve been up to my elbows making sausage, etc, for the last couple days. I don’t even know how to write about that on my blog, for fear of offending people, but it does mean that my husband, a meat-eater his whole long life, won’t have to rely on imported store-bought meat this winter. I think ice cream is probably far more innocuous and in keeping with most people’s reality.

    Have a great trip!
    love
    Ela

  14. foodfeud

    No hate! I’m vegan through and through but you don’t pretend to be anything other than “Almost” Vegan, and I appreciate yr honesty. The crisped “ice cream patties” sound super intriguing.
    Enjoy VVC.

  15. Priscilla

    I love that you are genuine, honest and you keep it real Amber. Your blogs are always informative and we can all learn something from what you put out there – regardless of where people are on their path. I’m not a ‘label’ girl and so for me it’s all about respecting where we are at as individuals and not placing pressure, or judgement. In my opinion, there is no ‘one size fits all’ in the world – if we looked the same and were built the same then perhaps, but we are not. I love how you continue to keep us all updated and inspired through your fun and very ‘present’ way of writing. Keep up the awesome work Amber. Happy travels and many, many blessings to you xox Priscilla

  16. Mom

    Your anniversary cakes look exquisitely appetizing! They’re beautiful. The ice cream patty cookies with the GG Bran Crispbread look mmm good. Of course I see nothing wrong with mentioning a product(s) with dairy….that’s why your blog is called “Almost” Vegan – not “TOTALLY” vegan. Keep your freewheeling, flexible, almost vegan reviews/posts coming – that’s why your fans keep coming back…for YOUR “almost” vegan reviews, recipes, stories, etc. as well as your intriguing writing! And I love that you received those soaps, how cool is that? Have a wonderful, successful trip!

  17. Hannah

    *sticks out tongue*

    It’s not like I would’ve wanted anything here anyway.

    *pouts*

    P.S. Have an amazing time! Can I pre-order your next batch of pb? 😉

  18. pure2rawtwins

    Oh wish we could go to that conference!!! maybe next year 🙂 have fun!

    And I think you can review any product you would like and it will be ok, it is all about finding new things and trying things. I feel that helps with making better choices : )

  19. Vicky

    I like your blog, got here from a Russell James article, but I read somethign that I wanted to clarify about the soap. I am a soapmaker and have taught soapmaking for over ten years.

    I’m not sure from your comments if you realized that soap is not made of “only” oils. It takes something to create the saponification, and that something is usually sodium hydroxide.

    I would guess that the ingredients are (in order of prominence): Olive oil, coconut oil, avacado oil, water, SODIUM HYDROXIDE (lye) and essential oil (could be fragrance oil).

    Some soapmakers don’t like to put the words “Sodium Hydroxide” on the label because it scares people, but real soap cannot be made without sodium hydroxide (or, it could be homemade lye but the strenght could be inconsistant, or potassium hydroxide for liquid soap).

    The “saponified oils of…” is a tricky way to try to get around full disclosure, but if the soapmaker chooses to list ingredients, they should all be listed. It’s not wrong, but can be misleading as demonstrated by you thinking that the soap is made of “only” oils.

    PS: it looks like beautiful soap and I hope you continue to enjoy it. There’s nothing like nice homemade soap!

  20. shannonmarie (rawdorable)

    Such yummy stuff. I wish I could get some of your white chocolate PB. Hayden and I think it looks scrumptious!

  21. Jess from Midwest Vegan

    Nah, I don’t care if you review dairy. Your blog does say “almost” vegan, and it is YOUR blog!

    I won’t be at the Vida Vegan blog thingy for many reasons. I’m not a well-known enough blogger and school starts Monday (last semester!!!) and I go full-time at work. Lol. I’m gonna be busy the next few months!

    Also, I LOVE your cakes. They look delicious! I really like to bake cakes too, and I do so every chance I get! That vegan cake cookbook sounds like it might be a good investment since I wouldn’t have to do all the veganizing work myself. I don’t usually get to experiment too much with flavor (too many boring taste buds around here, lol), but I’ve got a birthday coming up and I want a pretty epic cake. 🙂

    And finally, I LOVE homemade soap. My mom used to make it. Nothing’s better than vegan, oil-based soap loaded up with essential oils!

  22. andreadevon

    i think it’s totally fine to include dairy in your blog if it’s something that is part of your food-life. i have a ‘mostly vegan’ blog, and was conflicted about whether or not to share about the organic eggs from the farm, or about the great butter-miso tempeh I made, but if your readers really like you (I like you!) then they will be supportive of your food choices; this is what i’ve found. In fact, my blog has gotten busier since I’ve started to be more true to myself and my food choices. aloha, andrea

  23. laceythevegan

    There’s no coffee flavored vegan ice cream that comes even CLOSE to what Starbucks has done with their ice cream line. The Temptation Hemp version is the most chemically, disgusting tasting crap I’ve ever put in my mouth. I (rarely) will eat a bite of the dairy based stuff.

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