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Jessica Hoar  ๐ŸŒฑโœŒ๐Ÿผ Vegan blogger & consultant ๐Ÿฐ Helping you live your most animal-friendly life! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผ 9+ years vegan, here to answer your questions! ๐Ÿ” Denver, CO

The other day I saw it was #NationalSelfieDay and I rolled my eyes ๐Ÿ™„ at that nonsense. "2018 is so lame," I said. But then I realized I should probably make an effort to show my face ๐Ÿ™ˆ more in an attempt to remind y'all that vegan animal advocates are just regular humans ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผ. No, we don't eat dead animals or things that come out of living animals, and I guess that's still weird to some people, but we also have normal lives and vacations and worries and hobbies and insecurities (hence me using a filtered photo from a day that @l_mharvey did my cruelty-free makeup ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ’„). The only difference is that we realized we can live happily and healthily without harming animals, and that's pretty rad! Got questions or concerns? Send 'em over! ๐ŸŒฑโœŒ๐Ÿผ #PeaceBeginsOnYourPlate
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#veganstyle#crueltyfree#veganismo#whatveganslooklike#veganblogger

Fun fact about me: I could (and occasionally do) live on pasta salad ๐Ÿ˜. Especially during these hot summer months โ˜€๏ธ! I just published a list of my 10 favorite vegan pasta salad recipes (including this Greek masterpiece by @rabbitandwolves) at โœจthetreekisser.comโœจ (link in bio), let me know which is your fave! #PeaceBeginsOnYourPlate ๐ŸŒฑโœŒ๐Ÿผ
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#veganstyle#veganuary#meatlessmonday#veganpastasalad#veganbbq

We're coming up to the most dangerous time of year for shelter pets: ๐Ÿ’ฅ4th of July weekend๐Ÿ’ฅ. Please, please, please ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ consider fostering or adopting a shelter pet in the next few weeks! Every year, countless pets get terrified by fireworks and escape from homes and yards they never escaped from before. Those who don't get hit by cars are taken to overcrowded shelters, resulting in extra high euthanasia numbers ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’”. The animals that were already there end up being killed to make room. You can be the difference between life or death by opening your home ๐Ÿก ! We adopted Bruiser for this reason three years ago, and it was one of the best decisions we ever made. Not sure where to start your search? Check the organizations & rescues tagged in this photo (feel free to recommend more rescues in the comments)! #MyFavoriteBreedIsRESCUED
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Photo by @sheamcgrathphotography
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#chihuahuafanatics#rescuechihuahua#adoptdontshop#animalrescue

I've been struggling lately with how to use this platform. Because there are a lot of you, all with different backgrounds, different opinions, and different reasons for reading my posts, and it's tough to juggle all of that. I thought closing my apparel business would allow me to speak more freely, be more real, be less afraid of losing followers, and mostly be more outspoken on behalf of exploited animals. However, I find myself still being careful and cautious, and I hate that. I don't know how this girl who used to organize and lead anti-fur protests became so afraid of disrupting things. I miss that girl, and I'm trying to get her back. So, this is just a heads up- things may start changing over here. A lot of you might unfollow, but I hope you stick around. If I post or discuss things you dislike or disagree with, I encourage you to speak up and engage. My overall goal will always be to help you live your most animal-friendly life, regardless of where you are in that journey. Anyway, thanks for reading, for following, for caring, and for being rad. ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ˜˜
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Photo by @sheamcgrathphotography
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#veganblogger#veganstyle#animalrescue#animalrights#veganismo#denvervegans

Feeling nostalgic (and hungry) for my #veganwedding menu tonight ๐Ÿ˜. Have any of you had vegan weddings? The average American wedding has 120 guests, meaning *at least* 100 animals are killed ๐Ÿ’” for each event. Why not celebrate your love by extending that love to animals by leaving them off your plate? If you're planning (or considering) a vegan wedding ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿผ, be sure to check out my super comprehensive guide at โœจthetreekisser.comโœจ!
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Shown here are just a few courses and appetizers from my pre-wedding tasting, featuring PHENOMENAL recipes designed by my longtime friend @daveandersonchef (check out the plant-based bacon ๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿท he's working on with ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ @outstandingfoods!!!), and prepared by the talented team at @epicureaneventdesigners. What you're seeing is:
โœจ Lemon herb @gardein chick'n scallopini atop potato gnocchi in an herbed garlic cashew cream sauce with roasted vegetables, kalamata olives, and micro greens
โœจRolled sourdough cups with caramelized onions and cashew cheese
โœจ Yukon gold blini, cured & smoked portobello mushroom ๐Ÿ„ with dill crรจme fraiche
โœจ Vegan "Big Mac" burger ๐Ÿ” with farmer's cashew cheese, thousand island dressing, and micro lettuce
โœจ Pickled golden beet tartar & cucumber ๐Ÿฅ’ on a warm tofu cheese crouton
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Everything served was beyond exceptional, and I'm so grateful for the team that made it happen! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ
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#veganbride#veganuary#whatveganseat#veganfoodshare#animalrights#veganismo#veganlife#veganblogger

It's hard for me to understand people who aren't fascinated by animals. It's even harder to understand people who seek to harm them, or even profit from their suffering. But that's okay little guys, I'll keep fighting for you, and I have a feeling some of my readers & followers will too! ๐ŸฆŠโœŠ๐Ÿป
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Happy Monday everyone, let's do our best today to protect the vulnerable, both human and non-human. If you're doing anything special to help out this week, let me know!
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Photo by the always brilliant @kpunkka
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#veganstyle#furfree#animalrights#wildlifeonearth#wildlife_seekers

True story: I've been eating this Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Tofu Feta & Zesty Lemon ๐Ÿ‹ Vinaigrette non-stop since I made it. When I'm not eating it, I'm talking about it. When I'm not talking about it, I'm thinking about it. Get all the details (spoiler: it's mostly just me raving about @hotforfood's tofu feta ๐Ÿ˜) at โœจthetreekisser.comโœจ! ๐ŸŒฑโœŒ๐Ÿผ#PeaceBeginsOnYourPlate
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#veganuary#veganstyle#veganpastasalad#vegancheese#goingvegan#denvervegans

Hi, my name is Jessica ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผ and I'm a bit obsessed with plant-based cheeses. It's easier than ever these days to ditch dairy ๐ŸผโŒ, for your health, for the animals, and for the planet. So make yourself a fancy #vegancheese platter like this one featuring @miyokos_kitchen and @kitehillfoods ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿง€, pour yourself a glass of vegan rosรฉ (Wait, wine isn't always vegan?? Check the link in my bio for details), and toast ๐Ÿฅ‚ to weening yourself off the cow milk! ๐ŸฎโœŒ๐Ÿผ #PeaceBeginsOnYourPlate
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Photo by @sheamcgrathphotography
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#vegancheese#veganwine#veganstyle#veganuary#ditchdairy

Nature and I had a rough relationship this week, after I tried to rescue a bunny who'd been attacked by (we think) a cat and then (we know) some crows before being dropped out of the sky into my yard. If you watch my stories, you know she didn't make it ๐Ÿ’”. .
For someone like me who has so much love for every animal, I have a lot of WTF moments in the face of suffering. The "circle of life" explanation just doesn't really do it for me anymore. It's times like this that I'm grateful for all the wildlife photographers I follow, like @alexisrateau, who captured this gorgeous fox pic ๐ŸฆŠ๐Ÿ˜. They remind me everyday that alongside the inexplicable sadness is the inexplicable beauty, and without one we wouldn't have the other.
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โœจWho's your favorite wildlife photographer ๐Ÿ“ท that I should be following?โœจ Let me know!
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#wildlife_seekers#animallovers#veganstyle#foxesofinstagram#nature_photo#wildlifeonearth

Find someone who looks at you the way Bruiser looks at @miyokos_kitchen garlic herb cashew cheese ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ˜. #PeaceBeginsOnYourPlate
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Photo by @sheamcgrathphotography
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#vegancheese#veganstyle#chihuahuasofig#rescueddog#eatplantsnotpain#crueltyfree

If you watch my stories, you know I'm a little obsessed with watching the wildlife (especially squirrels & bunnies ๐Ÿ˜) in and around my yard. This reunion video was taken after my husband had to bust open our fence to rescue ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ a baby squirrel stuck inside. We knew something was wrong because the mom was chattering super loudly, and eventually (thanks to my dogs' noses) we located the problem and got the baby back in the tree! People often ask if I have tips for helping wildlife, and I'm far from an expert so I hesitate to give advice, but there are a few easy things we can all do:
โœจ Provide water sources ๐Ÿ’ฆ! Built-in ponds are ideal, but even just leaving out shallow bowls on hot days makes a huge difference.
โœจ Plant hedges and tall native grasses. This provides shelter/habitat for small animals and pollinators! ๐ŸŒพ
โœจ Pay attention to patches of "dead grass" when mowing! Often these are actually shallow nests full of newborn bunnies. (Google for pics!) ๐Ÿฐ
โœจ Don't use poison (obviously). Even if you don't care about mice/rats, poison is often consumed by non-target animals ๐Ÿฟ, or is consumed by mice who are then eaten by predators who die as a result ๐Ÿฆ‰. โœจ Look up your local wildlife rehabilitation center, and save the number โ˜Ž๏ธ in your phone. If you come across a sick or injured animal and you aren't sure what to do, they can help! .
That's just a start, feel free to add your own suggestions below! .
#wildlifeaddicts#squirrelsofinstagram#wildlifelovers#squirrelsofig#coloradowildlife

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Here I am, over-dramatically scattering flower seeds to help the bees ๐Ÿ! While you're prepping for the weekend, be sure to visit โœจthetreekisser.comโœจ for two new posts: one featuring the best animal-friendly Memorial Day SALES ๐Ÿ’ธ! (including @shopmyotherhalf, who made this rad t-shirt, and @bhavastudio, who made these rad vegan hiking boots!) and one full of epic vegan barbecue recipes ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”ฅ! Let me know what you think ๐Ÿ˜˜!
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Photo by @sheamcgrathphotography
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#veganbbq#veganstyle#veganuary#veganstyle#denvervegan#coloradoblogger#veganshoes

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