Monday, May 14, 2018

The Wicked Healthy Cookbook - Review


This week I delved into a more shocking looking cookbook than I usually have laying around. The Wicked Healthy Cookbook by chefs and brothers Chad and Derek Sarno and author and collaborator David Joachim is Free. From. Animals. but that didn't keep these edgy chefs from splattering "beet blood" on the cover with a meat cleaver. Their approach to food could also be considered shocking because these chefs created robust, seared, smoky, savory, saucy and delicious looking recipes with the simplest most basic foods.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Vegan Baked Cheesy Crackers


I was getting tired of packaged crackers and snacks. Plus, finding a good cheesy vegan chip or cracker is damn near impossible. We started testing out some recipes to make our own crackers and snacks starting with these baked vegan cheese-it type crackers and they are goooood!

Monday, April 30, 2018

37 Vegan Family Dinners - Easy Kid-Friendly Recipes


Newly vegan and looking for dinner ideas? Maybe you've been plant based for a while and need some inspirations. I put a call out to the vegan blogging community for everyone's favorite Vegan Family Dinners and these ladies came up with so many I had to split the post up into two! For the first post it is a fun and flavorful assortment of 37 easy kid-friendly vegan meals. Let us know what you think or if you try any of them. They all look delicious.

When Fur and Feather Get Together - Book Review

When Fur and Feather Get Together by David Margrave and Illustrated by Kim Wyly - complimentary copy

This week we read When Fur and Feather Get Together by David Margrave with our 3 and 6 year old. It is a children's book about how animals have families and groups, just like we do and what they call them.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Dad's Nacho Sprinkle - Cheezy Vegan Topping


Somehow, when it comes to food, my husband, the vegan top chef wannabe always seems to take something someone else made and do it better. Pancakes for example. Mine may be healthier, but his are fluffier and are a bigger hit with the kids. Now this. He took Grandma's Spaghetti Sprinkle recipe, which we all like, made it nacho and now there's cheeze topping going on everything!

We've already used Dad's Nacho Sprinkle it on our Vegan Sunflower Mac n Cheese, stuffed shells, on beans and rice... I thought it would be a great thing to share if you are looking to add a healthy smoky cheesiness to your favorite plant based or kid-friendly dish!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Is the Honest Company Vegan? Plus BIG Savings Promo Codes

Honest Essential Bundle items

We have always gotten a lot of our baby, cleaning, and now even health and beauty from The Honest Company. They have always been committed to using the safest and best ingredients for people and the environment. I've also found that it's a helluva lot easier set up a recurring bundle with them so I don't really have to worry about wasting time shopping for any of the stuff they carry, and they are constantly improving their products and addressing issues, so I have always felt safe using them for me and my family. The best part is that we know their products are NOT tested on animals!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Visiting the Carlsbad Tide Pools



One of our favorite things to do in Southern California is to visit tide pools. It is such an easy and fun way for kids to see wildlife in their natural habitat without having to go to an aquarium or zoo. Snails, urchins, anemones, and other sea creatures get trapped in pools on a rocky shore when the tide is low. We have some beautiful tide pools that are great for visiting year round, right here in Carlsabad. We'll help you find this low-traffic hidden treasure.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Little Mermaid Baby Room Ideas


The Little Mermaid Crib Set on Amazon.com (affiliate link)

Mermaids are so popular right now. From mermaid tail blankets to mermaid pillows and all those lvoeley jewel toned hues of blues, lavenders, purple and pinks. We think a mermaid theme would be perfect for a baby room and we have a bunch of beachy and beautiful blankets, cribs, and decorations that will look gorgeous in a little girl's room.

Friday, March 23, 2018

25 Easy Healthy Plant Based Meals - Our Vegan in Japan Family Meal Plan



I thought it would be fun to share our meal plan from when we lived in Nagoya, Japan. Not only is this a relatively simple vegan family meal plan, it is healthy, and can potentially, give or take an ingredient here and there, be made anywhere in the world. For anyone vegan, moving, living, or traveling in Nagoya this post will also help you with finding some of the vegan food that is available there.
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