Your Guide To Everything Pumpkin This Fall

Your Guide To Everything Pumpkin This Fall

Vegan or not, you're surely going to love these must-have fall pantry items.

It will officially be fall on September 22, and if you're like me, your favorite part of fall is anything that includes pumpkin (spice). With the season only a few weeks away, here's a guide to all of my favorite vegetarian and vegan-friendly fall items.

1. Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter actually contains no butter or dairy. However, it does contain honey, so vegans beware.

2. Dandies Pumpkin Marshmallows

The best thing about these marshmallows are that they contain NO animal ingredients—thats right, no gelatin! They are 100 percent vegan and taste amazing. You can find them at Whole Foods and certain Target stores, but if you want to save your gas, you can also buy them online.

3. Lenny and Larry's Complete Cookie

I love Lenny & Larry's cookies. Not only are they 100 percent vegan, but they contain 16 grams of protein per cookie and are delicious. Their Pumpkin Spice cookie is a must-have for anyone who has a sweet tooth but doesn't want to feel guilty afterwards. You can find their cookies at Publix, GNC or you can order them online.

4. So Delicious Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk

I am not a fan of coconut milk, but Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk doesn't count, does it? Its vegan and just like the company's name, so delicious. You can find it at many large retailers such as Publix and Wal-Mart.

5. Yankee Candle Spiced Pumpkin

All of Yankee Candle's products are vegan with the exception of their beeswax taper candles. If you love candles and pumpkin, why not? It makes every room smell like you're walking right into fall.

6. Pumpkin Spice Oreo's

Peta lists Oreo's on their "Accidentally Vegan Food List" and their Pumpkin Spice cookie is also dairy-free. However, Oreo does say that there is a chance that cookies may come into contact with milk through cross contamination. These cookies are the bomb and can be found in many large retailers such as Target and Wal-Mart.

7. Betty Crocker's Pumpkin Spice Cookies

As long as you bake these with the proper egg substitutes (crushed bananas are what I usually use), you end up with delicious pumpkin spice cookies. The mix is vegan and the end result is so irresistibly yummy. You can find the mix in major retail stores such as Publix or Target.

8. Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte

This one is for coffee lovers. Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte is absolutely to-die-for. Although Starbucks' PSL is not vegan, Califia Farms version is. Buy one (or six) from retailers such as Publix and Target.

9. Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice

Archer Farms has a ton of pumpkin spice products that happen to be vegan. If you don't want a ready made latte, you can use their pumpkin spice ground coffee to make your own. They also have K-Cups for Keurig users. You can find their products at Target.

10. Thomas Pumpkin Spice Bagels

Thomas Pumpkin Spice Bagels are vegan. Use your favorite spread and taste a bit of heaven with every bite of these limited edition bagels. You can find them at Walmart or online, and you won't regret it.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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5 Signs You're The Pale Friend

It's not really that hard to figure out.


We finally made it- sweet summertime. The ocean is calling, the skies are blue and your beach body has been postponed for another year. You are ready for late nights with your friends from home and all-nighters that have nothing to do with procrastinating an assignment. However, if you're the pale friend like me, summer comes with a lot of prep work. One cannot simply go outside and not have a care in the world. Being the pale friend is hard.

1. You're the only one who uses sunscreen.


You get to the pool with all of your mesmerizingly bronze friends and pull out your SPF 50. As you begin to lather it all over your body making you inevitably paler, you look around to realize that no one has the same white streaks running down their arms as you do. Instead, they are glistening underneath the summer sun as their tanning oil drips off of their bodies in a way that would make a popsicle jealous. How? You sneak a peek at the brown bottle and gasp- SPF 4. As. If.

2. You are the only one who gets sun burned.

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That's right. You spend 20 minutes of valuable pool time lathering up in thick white goo only to get home and discover that you still got a sunburn. Your chest, cheeks, and upper thighs are coral red and you silently curse yourself for not reapplying. Your hand goes up to scratch your head, and then it dawns on you- your scalp is sunburned too.

3. White suddenly becomes your favorite color in the summer.

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"It'll make you look tanner!" Even though this trick doesn't do as good of a job as everyone claims that it will, it does help a little bit. And we need all the help we can get. You take a deep breath as you slide all of your favorite black outfits to the back of your hanging rack and make room for the white sundresses and tees you've been conveniently forgetting about. It's time.

4. Everyone goes overboard when you get even the slightest bit of color.

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If you're not red after a few good days in the sun, it's as if you've won the lottery. Everyone and their brother goes out of their way to congratulate you on your enormous accomplishment and the pride swells around you. Even though it's slightly embarrassing, it does kind of feel good.

5. You enjoy being inside even more than you usually do.


As a huge homebody, this one isn't too much of a sign that you're the pale friend. But when its 80 degrees without a cloud in the sky and you say no to a lake day with your friends, then you definitely can confirm that you're the pale friend. You've already been to the pool once this week and your shoulders are peeling like no other. As much as you want to, you just can't take the risk.

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