Friday, January 8, 2016

Meatless Month

Back in November 2015 I decided to try a Meatless Month. No particular reason. As a kid, I’d never been a huge fan of meat. Don’t get me wrong, bacon is delicious and I love a good carne’ asada, but I just wanted to see how it’d be to go a month without meat.

To my surprise, it wasn’t that difficult at all and my family participated with me nearly the entire time. Since then my husband has joined me on the journey. Our 5 year old daughter is still wondering when we are going to eat meat again (and she has had it a handful of times since). I’d like to preface by saying – We are not vegetarians. I’m not really sure there is a word for this, but it works for us and I’m feeling good about it.

Here’s our deal.

We don’t eat meat (cow, pig, chicken, duck, turkey, etc.). We do drink milk. We keep both coconut and dairy milk in the house. We do eat eggs (organic brown eggs – cage free, free range, etc.) We do eat cheese. Eventually I’d like to illuminate dairy completely. And occasionally, we will eat shrimp or scallops. I do still own belts, shoes, purses made of leather. Moving forward – I will take into consideration the materials of the items I purchase – but I’m still drawing my lines.

I have no problem with the idea of raising an animal to eat. I have no problem with the idea of my husband hunting for a deer or elk per year so that we would occasionally eat some venison. Ethically, I cannot contribute to the horrific industry behind meat and animal products. I won’t post links to the awful documentaries and videos, and I’m not stand on a soap box and preach. Just stating why I feel for me and my family, this decision makes sense. And it’s personal. Afterall, what is more personal than what we choose to nourish our body with?

I digress. The point of my post was to explain why you may see a few posts on the blog with meatless recipes here and there. I’ve been so pleasantly surprised by the ease of our new whatever this is. We’re not just eating salads around here. We’ve had enchiladas, lasagna, tacos, spaghetti, curry rice, jambalaya, etc. And the best part? These dinners are QUICK when you do not have to thaw and cook meat. We’ve really been loving the Beyond Meat Products. They are made primarily with Pea Protein. I know, I know, peas – ughh. But seriously this stuff is amazing and very hard to tell it’s not real meat. I even made a “hamburger style” gravy with it last weekend. Delish!

So here’s to be healthy and happy – in whatever way that takes form for you!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Dear Blog,

I love writing. I miss it. I wish I had more time to dedicate to it. This is my little piece of the blog world. To say what I want. And I neglect it. I felt an apology was in order.

Dear Blog,
I am sorry I have been such a stranger as of late. You know, life happens. Things need done. Like laundry and dishes and what not. It's nothing personal. I used to love coming here to share exciting news or share new things I've found. I've found a few cool things lately. I've changed a bit myself in the past couple years. I like makeup more now. I officially have enough Julep nail polishes to last until my daughter (who starts kindergarten next week) graduates high school. So I switched it up and subscribed to Ipsy. Best $10 spent a month. Anything I don't like I pass on to my Mom -- it's a win win.

Speaking of makeup, I got to try Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation courtesy of Influenster. I honestly am not a big foundation person -- but I love this stuff! It doesn't rub off onto your clothes and it really gives your skin a nice even tone. And can't beat the price (under $10 at most locations).

We've also had a lot of fun doing official "school shopping" this year. My little really likes "space" right now. Here's the adorable backpack she picked out -- I think I need one for myself too!

I hope to stop by here more often and share what's new in our little part of the world and in our shop. I'll leave you with some adorable new model photographs from our shop (all headbands currently listed in our shop.


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