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Go Vegan Essay Competition Winner - How Did I Become Vegan?
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 17 August 2012

One minute I was a young red-blooded, rugby loving, beer swilling Kiwi male and then all of a sudden – vegan.

Phill Spear is the winner of the Go Vegan essay competition run by Go Vegan in New Zealand.

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My SE Asia Adventures: Part 1 - Bali, Indonesia
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 15 August 2012

I am off on a new adventure. This year instead of escaping the Australian Winter and going to the USA again, I have finally decided to go to SE Asia. I am going for 6 months in total and plan to go to Indonesia, Malaysia, then up North to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. Depending on the Visas I will stay for as long as I can in each country. I don't have much of a plan other than to catch up with friends, take some time out, continue to complete various books I'm in the middle of writing and to explore other cultures for awhile. Can't wait!

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My USA Adventures - The Book by Leigh-Chantelle out now
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 10 August 2012

I have a new book out, My USA Adventures:

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You can purchase the Print book (ISBN 978-0-9808484-2-7) on the following websites:

Wholesale info on Ingram Books - for Retail Stores, Libraries, Colleges, Schools, Universities etc

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What Do Vegans Eat? the NEW Book by Leigh-Chantelle
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Monday, 30 July 2012

My book, What Do Vegans Eat? is now out:

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Here's the Press Release

You can purchase the Print book (ISBN 978-0-9808484-0-3) on the following websites:

Wholesale info on Ingram Books - for Retail Stores, Libraries, Colleges, Schools, Universities etc

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Go Vegan - Vegan Essays wanted for New Zealand Competition
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 26 July 2012

The fledgling New Zealand vegan outreach group, Go Vegan is running a short essay competition on veganism. Writers must be from New Zealand but the winning entry/entries will be publishing internationally including right here on Viva la Vegan!

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Love Us by not Eating Us - Art as Activism Part 2
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 19 July 2012

Following on from the success of my Papergirl art instillations and the original Love Us by not Eating Us - Art as Activism blog; plus the t-shirts and the immense positive feedback, I have some more of my photos with various animal friends, with lil' animal facts.  All photos are from animal sanctuaries, friend's animal friends and other animals I've met on my adventures.

This is Lily the pig from Our Place on Earth:

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Be Kind: A Visual History of Humane Education - Online
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 11 July 2012

There's some wonderful art online representing the Humane Education movement of the late-19th and early-20th centuries entitled Be Kind: A Visual History of Humane Education.

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Detail from Latham Foundation brochure, 1930s. Featuring artwork by John and Miriam Lemos. Collection of The Latham Foundation.

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Most Popular Pinterest Boards from Viva la Vegan!
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 05 July 2012

Pinterest has grown so much in the last 6 months to become a great place for sharing visuals of all types through social media interaction. Visuals are a great way to get the Vegan and Animal Rights message out. VLV! have quite a few different Boards and even more Pins on the VLV! Pinterest page:

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The most popular Board is a tie with both the Vegan Food - Dessert & the Vegan & Animal Rights Events boards being just as popular as each other.

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Top Five Blogs, Articles & Videos so far this year
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Sunday, 01 July 2012

This year is flying by so fast. A lot has been happening online at VLV! I hope you're able to stay on top of it all.

We've had some new Article writers to contribute their own take on Health (Mondays), Environment (Tuesdays), Animals (Wednesdays) and Fitness (Thursdays) from the vegan perspective. There's also been a lot of blogs and videos.

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The Top Blog for the year so far is Vegan Fitness individuals wanted for Viva la Vegan for Q&As

The Top Article for the year so far is Veganism: Necessary But Not Sufficient by Vegina

The Top Video for the year so far is How to make Quinoa Sushi Rolls

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How to make an 8-page zine from 1 sheet of A4 paper
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 29 June 2012

I've recently uploaded a new video onto the VLV! YouTube channel, this time it's all about 'zines.

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Lunch at It's Rawsome Cafe, Maroochydore
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Last week I was finally able to make it up the Sunshine Coast to have lunch at It's Rawsome Cafe in Maroochydore after over a year of knowing about the place. Rhys and I had a great road trip adventure up the coast from Brisbane and here's some photos of what we ate.

We started with the Raw Nori Rolls AU$16 - Asian greens, sprouts, avocado with a tumeric, carrot and almond pate wrapped in organic Nori sheets:

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Interview with The Holistic Health and Wellness Project
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 20 June 2012

I was recently interviewed by the lovely Claire from A Modern Zen Girl for her The Holistic Health & Wellbeing Project blog that features many articles on health, wellness and spirituality. NEW LINK on her Zenspiration blog.

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Q&As from Leigh-Chantelle's Live ARZone Guest Chat
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Tuesday, 12 June 2012

I had a great time over the weekend taking part in the ARZone live chat. It was a really positive experience and had a great vibe. It was a pleasure to be involved. I received 14 questions from various ARZone members and I wrote over 7000 words in response to them. I had some great questions and some hard ones. I hope you like my responses.

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Vegan Online and Retail Stores in Australia
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 07 June 2012

In Australia we have a great range of vegan products and various vegan stores online and with shop fronts. Where once there was only the Cruelty Free Shop and Vegan Perfection, now we have over ten online and store fronts who sell only vegan products. You can now buy a lot of vegan goods in health food stores and in supermarkets but it's always good to support the vegan owned and operated ones! Here's a list of them:

The Cruelty Free Shop - Glebe, New South Wales AND Fitzroy, Victoria

Online. Shop Front in both Sydney & Melbourne

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Dairy Milk Alternatives - Soy & Almond
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 30 May 2012

I have many how-to videos on the VLV! YouTube channel, two of them show how to make dairy milk alternatives using cruelty-free, plant ingredients - plus not harming any cows in the making. I have raw Almond milk as well as Soy milk videos that I hope you enjoy.

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Live ARZone Guest Chat with Leigh-Chantelle June 9 / 10
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 24 May 2012

I'm honoured and excited to be taking part in the Live ARZone Guest Chat on Saturday 9 June (for my US and UK friends) which is Sunday morning (!) 10 June here in Australia.

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30 Day Vegan Easy Challenge for 2012
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 10 May 2012

Once again, Viva la Vegan! is a proud sponsor and supporter of the 30 Day Vegan Easy Challenge put on by Animal Liberation Victoria - in my opinion one of the best vegan outreach events:

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Haiku + Activism
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 09 May 2012

I was asked by a friend to submit a haiku poem on activism for a fundraiser in Portland, OR the other night.

Here's what I wrote:

Activism
Inspiring changes.
What is the most effective?
Those that come from love.

See HERE to read the other 14 haiku poems, find out more about the event and read the blog.

 
How to Create a Bake Sale Zine with Vegan Baking Tips
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 26 April 2012

Saturday was the first of the Green Earth Group Bake Sales at West End markets, Brisbane as part of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale that took place this year from 21 - 29 April. There are many different groups taking part from all corners of the globe. Food, in particular sweet foods, are a great way to show the mainstream that vegans have many choices to chose from to eat as well as some vegan outreach and education at the same time. Inspired by Jeremy's zine workshop from last weekend, I decided to create an 8-page zine from one piece of A4 paper - instead of my usual handout. Here's the cover:

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Green Earth Group Bake Sale blog by Kommoner
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Here's a blog by Keira from Kommoner who helped out with the GEG bake sale over the weekend.

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