Family · Fun and Games · Gift Guide · Shopping

Heirloom toys

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When Steve was younger, he was very into Star Wars (o.k., he still is, but understandably, amiright?) One Christmas, he wanted the hot toy at the time, a model of the Millennium Falcon. However, it was sold out, everywhere. His mom searched and searched but couldn’t get her hands on one, remember, this was all pre-internet, pre-ebay, pre- apps that notify you of where you can score sold out toys, etc. So, his mom went to the one place she thought she would still be able to buy one, New York City. She got on a bus, took it all the way from Hanover, Massachusetts, into NYC, by herself, and set her sights on Han Solo’s fateful ship. She found one! And rode all the way back with it on her lap. (It was a pretty large model too!) This is a story Steve has shared with me on a few occasions, because, A. it’s a pretty cool story, and B. it totally exemplifies the stuff we are willing to do to make our kids smile. Unfortunately, that version of the Millennium Falcon is long gone, who knows where most of our childhood toys went at this point, but the memory of that story and the feeling that Steve had on Christmas morning when he opened that gift will stay with him for life. Fast forward about 28 years later to Steve’s 40th birthday, a couple of weeks ago. I had come across a cool model of the Millennium Falcon online and couldn’t stop thinking about how cool it would be to get it for Steve, to even just relive that excitement for a little bit, plus, I loved the idea of Steve getting to play with it with Dash! (Even though Dash doesn’t know Star Wars yet at all…)

This got me thinking about the idea of heirloom toys, toys that can be passed down throughout generations, that will withstand the test of time, and the wear and tear of little hands (and mouths.)

Here are some that I think would be perfect gifts for a new Mama and baby team. (…that can later be enjoyed by siblings, and maybe their own kiddos one day!

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Wooden tree (spinning) tops
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Wooden slingshot with felt “ammo”
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This amazing mid century dollhouse with furniture and accessories
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Forest Stacker
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My first bike

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Counting Koi- Comes in b&w and color!
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Custom handmade dolls
car
Woody car
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Grimm’s water stacker
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Multi-way puzzle
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Grimm’s Rainbow Stacker
BEST WEEK EVER!

Best Week Ever!

This was the BEST WEEK EVER! May 15th-21st, 2017

Started the week off at barre with my new favorite tote and the best slip on’s. 

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You can tell a successful Whole Foods trip when you bring home Miyoko’s fresh mozz. (for Caprese salad) and fiddleheads.

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Went to an actual brick and mortar bookstore and drooled over every vegan cookbook… I ended up getting this one! 

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We had a big breakthrough with Dash’s eating! Thank you graham crackers!

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First farmer’s market of the season!

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We spent Friday night having a pizza party at the beach (Sailor’s first time seeing the ocean!)

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And Sunday brought us rolling around in the ballpit, enjoying plantain chips on the patio, and re-watching episodes of Top Chef.

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Plus this…

What in the …whaaaaa? 

Please can I have one? Please!

Quintessential New England.

The next Marfa?

And if I go to Todos Santos, this is where you can find me…

YES! So much this!

Entertaining · Food · Shopping · Travel

The best thing you NEED for the beach this summer!

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We went to the beach for the first time this season! It was a gorgeous day on Friday and our friends invited us for pizza on the beach! Not only did we all need a break from the usual nighttime routine, it was so nice to enjoy a beautiful night on the ocean! Sailor had never been to the beach and she loved getting her feet all sandy (and yes, she did put a fistful of sand into her mouth…but I think that’s a rite of passage) and Dash got to play with sand toys and dip his toesies into the ocean! And we all got to enjoy dinner al fresco. Since it was our first trip to the beach this season (and with 2 kiddos), we are not yet seasoned in the ways of packing for a successful beach trip. I remembered most of the important things, and we figured our friends (who also have small kiddos) would be able to fill in the gaps. When we got to the beach, our friends had THE BEST beach table. It was this cool little table they had set up in the middle of our ring of beach chairs and blankets. It kept all our drinks, chips and pizza sand free ALL night! (I honestly hadn’t even thought of where we were going to put the pizza boxes down once we got to the beach, so we were grateful our friends are seasoned beach pros!) This little table was seriously a life-saver! Then, as we were getting ready to leave and pack it up, my friend flipped the table over into the sand, unscrewed the legs and ROLLED IT UP! It even fit into a little beach bag!!! I was literally geeking out over this table; it’s so portable and so convenient, and perfect if you’re bringing any food or drinks at all to the beach. Long story long, I ordered two as soon as we got home, one for us and one for my folks. I can’t wait to use it on our beach vacay to South Carolina this summer! Oh, also, it’s on sale! Do yourself a favor and order it now! Don’t be intimidated by the third picture of the table below- the assembly is literally 2 seconds and my 2 year old could do it! (p.s. This post is not sponsored in any way, at all, I’m just obsessed with this table!)

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Table In A Bag

Table In A Bag

Food · Food Trends · vegan

2017 Food Trends!

food trends cartoon header_1Okay, so we all know about food trends. If you consider yourself a “foodie” or even if you’re into food at all, you’ve witnessed the rise of kale, doughnuts, bacon on everything, cupcakes ‘erry day and avocado toast (to mention a few) in the last few years. And here’s the food trend from the year you were born! (Mine’s Penne Alla Vodka! Yum!)

Well, 2017 should be no different with a vast array of new and exciting food adventures. (Like these, and these.) Since I consider myself a vegan foodie– I’m totally into trying and experimenting with all things food trend this year. After reading multiple lists and predictors- I came up with an (exhaustive) list of the food trends I’m most excited about for 2017 (some may look very familiar, some might be brand new to you!) In my new FOOD TREND FEATURE, I’ll be diving into each one of the following food trends headfirst to share reviews, recipes, articles and twists on each one of the items on the list. So, without further ado, (and in no particular order) THE LIST!

Sourdough bread

Plant Butchery

Dosha dining

Edible cookie dough

Plancha Grilling

Pickles and Fermenting

Sea Vegetables

Creative/Housemade Condiments

Empanadas

Ethnic Breakfast Foods

Frybread

African food

Buddha bowls

Cauliflower

Jackfruit

Kombucha

Naan Pizza

Pho

Poke

Tamales

Street Food

Tumeric

Wellness Tonics

Food by products

Purple Food

Persian Influence

Root to Stem dining

Moringa

Pulses

Mexican food

Mushrooms

Spirulina

And just for fun…Tom Haverford’s take on food.

 

Environment · Food

Food waste

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Have you seen the documentary “Just Eat It” ? It’s streaming now on Amazon- and if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it! I definitely consider myself an environmentalist and try my best to do right by the planet, however, watching this film made me reevaluate some of my habits. The statistics were crazy about how much food we waste as a society, not just in our own households, but also in the waste that is generated by supermarkets. The film focuses on the documentarian and his wife challenging themselves for 6 months with only eating food that has been or will be discarded. It was actually pretty eye opening to see their journey and the types/amount of food they end up coming across and consuming. The film also points out not only the economic strain caused by food waste, but also many of the different angles of the environmental issues it causes, from wasted resources and wasted packaging, to over flowing landfills- which produce methane from anaerobic decomposition- which, in turn, contributes to climate change. Although the documentary does a cracker jack job of highlighting this (enormous) problem, it also provides tips for reducing your own waste. I’m a big believer in small changes and the idea that every little bit helps- so I will definitely be incorporating these ideas into our routine to reduce our food waste.

Top (small) changes you can make to reduce your food waste right now!

  1. Shop more often! (Instead of placing large orders in the supermarket, try to frequent the market a couple times a week- if it fits in your schedule) The food will be fresher, and you will be more focused on what you actually need.
  2. Meal plan! Make and stick to a solid meal plan about the items you truly need and will truly use. (I’m super guilty of this one!)
  3. Incorporate an “EAT ME FIRST” bin in your fridge. Place all items that are nearing their shelf life or are in small amounts (i.e. leftovers) in a bin that is clearly labeled to encourage high turnover!
  4. Take the Food Waste Challenge or the food waste quiz! The first step to changing your ways, is realizing the problem. You’ll spend 2 weeks getting a “baseline” about how much food you waste, then you will get email tips and tricks to reducing food waste in your house. Then, you calculate how much you actually save but not wasting so much food!
  5. Visit the I VALUE FOOD site for some awesome resources about tips to keep produce longer, what to do with sale bread, how to start a compost bin, recipes for leftovers, how to meal plan and shop effectively, how to organize your fridge, loving ugly vegetables, and so much more!
Shopping · vegan

Cruelty free clothing!

A roundup of my favorite vegan propaganda clothing & accessories!

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Vegan Pizza

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Living without cheese!

Motive Company The Future Is Vegan Organic Natural Infant Onesie : Straight Edge And Vegan Clothing | MotiveCo.
Vegan Future
Vegan Lunch Bag // No Animals Harmed // Recycled Cotton printed with Eco friendly inks
No Harm in this bag!
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Go Vegan!
Plants in my tummy!

 

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Vegan Vibes tee
Tank Tops - Plants Have Proteins - Muscle Tank
Don’t freak out! Plants have protein!

 

 

Thank You For Vegging With Us tote
Let’s Veg tote
Plant Based Babe Organic Tee
Plant Based Babe

 

Please offer more vegan options restaurant receipt stickers (30 stickers)
Receipt Stickers
Magic Mushroom stickers, vegan stickers,nature planner stickers, mushroom scrapbook stickers, vegetarian stickers, chef stickers, food
I’m a Fun-gi Sticker Pack
Sexy Veggie Sticker Pack | vegan sticker | veg sticker | veggie illustration
Sexy Veggies Sticker Pack
Vegan Sticker Pack | 6 Handmade Stickers | Tofu, Soy Milk, Daiya Cheese, Falafel Femme, Plant Based Banner | Animal Rights, Laptop Stickers
Vegan Sticker Pack

 

Vegan t shirt shirts Farm animals tops& tees Animal rights activist tshirt Save animals t-shirt Rescue tee Foodie top Pig tshirts Chef stars
Nothing tastes as good as being vegan feels tee
Eat like you give  damn tank
Herbivore Tank
Bacon had a Mom sticker

 

The world used to be cooler tote

 

Holy Guacamole! Tote

 

Eating Meat is fucking up the planet sticker

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Food · Halfway Homemade · vegan

Tofu Polenta Stacks with Mushroom Medley

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So, this is the type of recipe that I like to call “halfway homemade”, because it is so easy and a lot of the prep is done for you- if you choose the right ingredients! I got everything at Trader Joe’s, if you don’t have access to a Trader Joe’s or would prefer to prepare everything on your own, it totally do-able, and I’ll leave notes below on making this recipe from scratch- however, most nights I’m scrambling to get dinner together so I’m so thankful for quick meals!

What you need:

1 block of tofu- drained and pressed

1 cylinder of precooked and formed polenta

1 package of chopped porcini mushrooms

1 onion

5 cloves garlic (I like to use this!)

1 package of mushroom medley

4 TBSP olive oil

Salt and Pepper to taste (we used Himalayan pink salt and lemon pepper- also from Trader Joe’s!)

Here’s the plan:

Mince the onion and garlic. Add 2 TBSP olive oil to a small frying pan. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and translucent. Add the chopped porcini mushrooms and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the bag of frozen mushroom medley. Cook 6-7 minutes, flavor with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, heat a small grill pan and add 2 TBSP of olive oil to the pan. Slice the tofu into squares or triangles about an inch-1.5 inches thick. (You should get about 10 slices out of 1 block of pressed tofu.) Slice the polenta into slices, also about an inch and a half thick. Once oil in pan is warm, add the slices of tofu and polenta to grill pan and cook for about 3-5 minutes on each side until you get those nice grill marks.

Stack your polenta and tofu in alternating slices on a plate, top with mushroom mixture. Enjoy!

NOTES ON COOKING FROM SCRATCH:

If you can’t find precooked polenta, you can make your own polenta (it’s just cornmeal and water!) After you cook it, you can mold it with your hands or place in a dish to make it conform to the shape you want. Let cool in fridge until hard and slice-able- usually an hour or two.

If you can’t find the frozen mushroom medley- try to find a few different varieties of mushrooms to use- cremini, oyster, etc- you will need about 2-2.5 cups chopped mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms in the olive oil with the onion and garlic. Flavor with mushroom onion mixture with 1/4 cup of fresh chopped parsley and an extra teaspoon or two of olive oil. Increase the amount of garlic in the recipe from 5 cloves to 6 or 7.