Thursday, June 14, 2018

Vegan Food in Kyoto



Last year, we had the pleasure of living as a family just a one hour train ride away from beautiful Kyoto, Japan and we enjoyed quite a few sightseeing adventures and some of the best vegan meals during all our Japan travels. People always ask me about vegan food in Japan and the answer is VERY simple; be sure to visit Kyoto.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Three New Vegan Food Tours in Foodie Destinations Overseas


If you love to travel and prefer plant based food, you may want to check out Intrepid Travel's new vegan food tours in three places known for their culinary scenes: India, Italy and Thailand.

Friday, May 25, 2018

How to use Tailwind to Grow Your Pinterest Account and Fuel E-Commerce

*This post was sponsored by Tailwind and I may receive a commission if you sign up for Tailwind using my link. I'm happy to share the tips and tricks which are my own as a registered user.




This year my focus has been growing my Pinterest account because it consistently brings in the most traffic to my site but is lagging behind my other social media accounts. We tried a few different methods over the years, but we are currently using Tailwind to gain Pinterest followers every day who are clicking on our pins and visiting our site. We are now on track for our goal of breaking 10k followers this year and we now have 1.2 million monthly views! In a few simple steps I'll explain the tricks we use on Tailwind and how Etsy sellers, e-commerce sites, bloggers, or businesses can use it to increase their following and gain traffic coming directly from Pinterest like we did.

6 Beaches to Camp with Kids in Southern California

* This post was sponsored by Gymboree. If you make a purchase after clicking links in the post I may receive a commission. All thoughts and opinions are our own.


Camping on the beach is the stuff dreams are made of. There is no better place to live in the moment than on the shore, where the sun, sand, and water meet. For Gymboree Local Legends campaign, I wrote this post to tell people a little bit about all the great beaches where you can set up camp around our home in Oceanside, CA from a local perspective. We'll be spending a ton of time at the beaches here in Southern California with a few RV trips we have lined up. In fact we don't plan on ever going further than 45 minutes from home!

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!

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