Saturday, September 30, 2017


I was invited to the first ever Hasbro HASCON in Providence, Rhode Island this month... and it was AWESOME! I love my job! So HASCON was three days, a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and I attended all three days. It was crazy fun between celebrity appearances, panels of comic writers, movie voices, creators, producers and more, as well as so many amazing booths, props, interactive experiences, activities, food, and even a Flo Rida concert! 

Here are some pictures, but honestly pictures just don't do it justice because there was just so much going on at all times, everywhere that you looked; in order to get the full effect, you'll have to get tickets for next year and attend HASCON yourself - you won't be disappointed! And if you were one of the lucky ones to catch my LIVE Periscope broadcasts and were seeing my tweets, you were probably wishing you were there too, but I tried to do a decent job of showing you all everything that was going on and taking you along with me via social media (I covered so much of this event on my social media accounts, so if you missed it, please check them out!).

There were panels going on each day. My favorite was the Transformers panel and watching the real voice of Optimus Prime!

So many models and props, it was outrageous in a good way!

Transformers car.

Transformers car.

Toys and props.

I loved all of the Guardians of the Galaxy stuff! If you were watching my LIVE broadcast, you saw the actual Star Lord costume prop from the movie, which was so wild so see, and saw me dancing with these baby Groot toys. They are so cute and made by Hasbro, available where toys are sold.

So much fun!

I also freaked out with all of the Star Wars stuff! So cool. My buddy BB-8, pictured above.

And ALL the other Disney stuff; I was in my glory!

Had to stop and take a picture with my robot buddy, BB-8. I have such a soft spot in my heart for cute  little AIs.

All the My Little Pony stuff was so awesome.

Yep, I'm just a big nerd kid at heart, really I am.

I think Spider Man fell in love with me a little that day... I think I fell for him too.

I had such a blast at HASCON and they did such a beautiful job with everything. Every tiny detail was so beautiful and thought out. For their first year hosting this event, Hasbro and partners did such a wonderful job that had you not known it was the first annual HASCON, you would think they've been doing this particular event for years. I bet next year will be even better, if that is even possible, and I can't wait to go again!

Big thanks to Hasbro for sponsoring my three days at HASCON and providing the tickets.

And for now, the Dirty Vegan is signing off - I hope your day is filled with smiles, sunshine and  Rainbow Dashes!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Palm Done Right

I got this sweet goodie bag in the mail from Palm Done Right and after reading about the good they and the companies they are partnered with are doing, I definitely had to share.

There were so many goodies in this cool reuseable canvas tote, from so many companies that I recognized and that I love, so it was awesome knowing that the palm oil that my favorite brands use is not only harvested using responsible methods, they are also conscious and thoughtful in those ways as well.

Here's something touching on this from the Palm Done Right website and also a link to read more about their story:

"We've all heard about the impacts of palm done wrong in Malaysia and Indonesia. Endangered animals brought to the brink of extinction, primal rain forests destroyed, farmers being driven off their lands, peat fires that cause devastating air pollution throughout the entire region.
Now it's time to hear the other, happier, side of the palm story. A story where animal habitats and rain forests are preserved, where farmers are empowered, where communities thrive and the environment is nurtured.
This is the story of Palm Done Right."

It is just super reassuring to see all that the Palm Done Right organization is doing for preservation, for the farmers and other people involved in this work, and also for all the natural foodies that can now enjoy the amazing health of red palm oil and palm products without contributing to any harm to the environment and rainforests, to animals and their natural habitat, or to the residents living in the areas. The cultivation is doing a lot of good and I love seeing such focus on positivity and nurturing of nature and uplifting this palm farming community, doing it the right way. Bravo!

You can check out Palm Done Right on social media to keep up with what they are doing, including with their brand partners (so many great vegan brands associated with Palm Done Right, and a personal favorite of mine is Nutiva, such yummy stuff!), on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

And big thanks to the folks at Palm Done Right for sending me this generous package of goodies to try and enjoy!

And for now, the Dirty Vegan is signing off - have a sunny day!