Family · Self Exploration

Your personality…In just one word

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This week at my kids’ daycare, they gave our kids, (ahem, me and my husband) a special assignment. One of the displays for the front lobby they are making this week involves a wall of index cards. Each index card has a photo of each child on it and ONE word that best describes them, chosen by their parents, or by the child if they are old enough. One word, that’s all we get! It started getting me thinking a lot about personality traits and personality types. I’m sure you’ve taken a personality test, like the Myers- Briggs test, or the 16 personality type test, but to pare your personality down into just one word almost seems impossible. (Especially since I’m a pretty wordy person..hmm..maybe my one word should be wordy?! Ha!) Even though our kids are just 2 years old, and 9 months old, I can already see their little personalities shining through. It’s so funny to wonder if they will take after Steve and I as they grow up. (I think Dash is already showing signs of it!) Hopefully, if that’s the case, they share my sense of adventure, my creativity and my compassion- and not my tendency to procrastinate, my forgetfulness, and my lack of organization.. Ha!

Below is a list of  600 personality traits divided up into 3 categories- positive traits, neutral traits and negative traits- which ones fit you? (Which ones do you aspire to?) Which ones would you pick for your spouse? Your kids? Could you pick only one?

Positive Traits
Accessible
Active
Adaptable
Admirable
Adventurous
Agreeable
Alert
Amiable
Anticipative
Appreciative
Articulate
Aspiring
Athletic
Attractive
Balanced
Benevolent
Brilliant
Calm
Capable
Captivating
Caring
Challenging
Charismatic
Charming
Cheerful
Clean
Clear-headed
Clever
Colorful
Companionly
Compassionate
Conciliatory
Confident
Conscientious
Considerate
Constant
Contemplative
Cooperative
Courageous
Courteous
Creative
Cultured
Curious
Daring
Debonair
Decent
Decisive
Dedicated
Deep
Dignified
Directed
Disciplined
Discreet
Dramatic
Dutiful
Dynamic
Earnest
Ebullient
Educated
Efficient
Elegant
Eloquent
Empathetic
Energetic
Enthusiastic
Esthetic
Exciting
Extraordinary
Fair
Faithful
Farsighted
Felicific
Firm
Flexible
Focused
Forceful
Forgiving
Forthright
Freethinking
Friendly
Fun-loving
Gallant
Generous
Gentle
Genuine
Good-natured
Gracious
Hardworking
Healthy
Hearty
Helpful
Heroic
High-minded
Honest
Honorable
Humble
Humorous
Idealistic
Imaginative
Impressive
Incisive
Incorruptible
Independent
Individualistic
Innovative
Inoffensive
Insightful
Insouciant
Intelligent
Intuitive
Invulnerable
Kind
Knowledge
Leader
Leisurely
Liberal
Logical
Lovable
Loyal
Lyrical
Magnanimous
Many-sided
Masculine
Mature
Methodical
Meticulous
Moderate
Modest
Multi-leveled
Neat
Objective
Observant
Open
Optimistic
Orderly
Organized
Original
Painstaking
Passionate
Patient
Patriotic
Peaceful
Perceptive
Perfectionist
Personable
Persuasive
Playful
Polished
Popular
Practical
Precise
Principled
Profound
Protean
Protective
Providential
Prudent
Punctual
Purposeful
Rational
Realistic
Reflective
Relaxed
Reliable
Resourceful
Respectful
Responsible
Responsive
Reverential
Romantic
Rustic
Sage
Sane
Scholarly
Scrupulous
Secure
Selfless
Self-critical
Self-defacing
Self-denying
Self-reliant
Self-sufficent
Sensitive
Sentimental
Seraphic
Serious
Sexy
Sharing
Shrewd
Simple
Skillful
Sober
Sociable
Solid
Sophisticated
Spontaneous
Sporting
Stable
Steadfast
Steady
Stoic
Strong
Studious
Suave
Subtle
Sweet
Sympathetic
Systematic
Tasteful
Teacherly
Thorough
Tidy
Tolerant
Tractable
Trusting
Uncomplaining
Understanding
Undogmatic
Upright
Urbane
Venturesome
Vivacious
Warm
Well-bred
Well-read
Well-rounded
Winning
Wise
Witty
Youthful

Neutral Traits
Absentminded
Aggressive
Ambitious
Amusing
Artful
Ascetic
Authoritarian
Big-thinking
Boyish
Breezy
Businesslike
Busy
Casual
Cerebral
Chummy
Circumspect
Competitive
Complex
Confidential
Conservative
Contradictory
Crisp
Cute
Deceptive
Determined
Dominating
Dreamy
Driving
Droll
Dry
Earthy
Effeminate
Emotional
Enigmatic
Experimental
Familial
Folksy
Formal
Freewheeling
Frugal
Glamorous
Guileless
High-spirited
Hurried
Hypnotic
Iconoclastic
Idiosyncratic
Impassive
Impersonal
Impressionable
Intense
Invisible
Irreligious
Irreverent
Maternal
Mellow
Modern
Moralistic
Mystical
Neutral
Noncommittal
Noncompetitive
Obedient
Old-fashioned
Ordinary
Outspoken
Paternalistic
Physical
Placid
Political
Predictable
Preoccupied
Private
Progressive
Proud
Pure
Questioning
Quiet
Quirky
Religious
Reserved
Restrained
Retiring
Sarcastic
Self-conscious
Sensual
Skeptical
Smooth
Soft
Solemn
Solitary
Stern
Strict
Stubborn
Stylish
Subjective
Surprising
Soft
Tough
Unaggressive
Unambitious
Unceremonious
Unchanging
Undemanding
Unfathomable
Unhurried
Uninhibited
Unpatriotic
Unpredictable
Unsentimental
Whimsical
Negative Traits
Abrasive
Abrupt
Agonizing
Aggressive
Aimless
Aloof
Amoral
Angry
Anxious
Apathetic
Arbitrary
Argumentative
Arrogant
Artificial
Asocial
Bewildered
Bizarre
Bland
Blunt
Boisterous
Brittle
Brutal
Calculating
Callous
Cantankerous
Careless
Charmless
Childish
Clumsy
Coarse
Cold
Colorless
Complacent
Complaining
Compulsive
Conceited
Condemnatory
Conformist
Confused
Contemptible
Conventional
Cowardly
Crass
Crazy
Criminal
Critical
Crude
Cruel
Cynical
Decadent
Deceitful
Delicate
Demanding
Dependent
Desperate
Destructive
Devious
Difficult
Disconcerting
Discontented
Discouraging
Discourteous
Dishonest
Disloyal
Disobedient
Disorderly
Disorganized
Disputatious
Disrespectful
Disruptive
Dissonant
Distractible
Disturbing
Dogmatic
Domineering
Dull
Easily Discouraged
Egocentric
Envious
Erratic
Escapist
Extravagant
Extreme
Faithless
False
Fanatical
Fanciful
Fatalistic
Fawning
Fearful
Fickle
Fiery
Fixed
Flamboyant
Foolish
Forgetful
Fraudulent
Frightening
Frivolous
Gloomy
Graceless
Greedy
Grim
Gullible
Hateful
Haughty
Hedonistic
Hesitant
Hidebound
High-handed
Hostile
Ignorant
Imitative
Impatient
Impractical
Imprudent
Impulsive
Inconsiderate
Incurious
Indecisive
Indulgent
Inert
Inhibited
Insecure
Insensitive
Insincere
Insulting
Intolerant
Irascible
Irrational
Irresponsible
Irritable
Lazy
Malicious
Mannerless
Mechanical
Meddlesome
Melancholic
Messy
Miserable
Miserly
Misguided
Mistaken
Money-minded
Moody
Morbid
Muddle-headed
Naive
Narcissistic
Narrow
Narrow-minded
Negative
Neglectful
Neurotic
Nihilistic
Obnoxious
Obsessive
Obvious
Odd
Offhand
One-dimensional
One-sided
Opinionated
Opportunistic
Oppressed
Outrageous
Paranoid
Passive
Pedantic
Perverse
Petty
Plodding
Pompous
Possessive
Power-hungry
Predatory
Prejudiced
Presumptuous
Pretentious
Prim
Procrastinating
Provocative
Puritanical
Reactionary
Reactive
Regimental
Regretful
Repentant
Repressed
Resentful
Ridiculous
Rigid
Ritualistic
Ruined
Sadistic
Sanctimonious
Scheming
Scornful
Secretive
Sedentary
Selfish
Self-indulgent
Shallow
Shortsighted
Sloppy
Slow
Sly
Small-thinking
Softheaded
Sordid
Steely
Stiff
Stupid
Submissive
Superficial
Superstitious
Suspicious
Tactless
Tasteless
Tense
Thievish
Thoughtless
Timid
Transparent
Treacherous
Trendy
Troublesome
Unappreciative
Uncaring
Uncharitable
Unconvincing
Uncooperative
Uncreative
Uncritical
Unctuous
Undisciplined
Unfriendly
Ungrateful
Unhealthy
Unimaginative
Unimpressive
Unlovable
Unpolished
Unprincipled
Unrealistic
Unreflective
Unreliable
Unrestrained
Unstable
Vacuous
Vague
Venomous
Vindictive
Vulnerable
Weak
Willful
Shopping

Pretty little lounge clothes

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Today was rainy. And kind of cold. It was one of those April days where you know summer is just around the corner and if you can put up with the crappy weather just a little longer, the sun will be on the other side to start warming you. All I wanted to do all day today was slip into something soft and lay around our bedroom. Of course when there are appointments, cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc, it seems that there is little time left for lounging. But truly, is there anything that sounds better than slipping into some cute, comfy clothes and lounging around in your room before bed? It’s pretty much my favorite thing to do, even though I barely have the time to do it lately. Here are my top picks for getting you in the mood to lazy around…

This great jumper.

Sleeping In shirt.

This super soft nightie.

This mini dress. (which is probably too great to only sleep in)

These overalls.

These pants.

and… I just ordered this.

Happy lounging!

 

 

Family · Travel · vegan

Visiting an Animal Sanctuary

 

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We visited the Catskill Animal Sanctuary on Sunday and got to meet some amazing animals that were lucky enough to find their way there! The sanctuary is a beautiful patch of land (about 123 acres) in Saugerties, NY that, since it’s opening, in 2001, has saved over 4,000 animals! We were able to hear different animal’s stories and hear our guide’s passion for spreading the importance of veganism for the animals, for the environment, and for ourselves. Dash loved petting all the animals and mimicking their sounds.  (He says he liked the cow best, but I think it was the turkey- so soft!) Sailor enjoyed being out in the sun and breathing in the fresh air at the farm. They are truly running a great mission out there, and if you happen to be in the area, I highly recommend a visit! (Although don’t be surprised if you leave with the urge to never eat – (insert your favorite meat product here). The also offer vegan cooking classes- which we’ve taken once before and would love to take another, and have a small B&B on the property.  Here are some of my favorites from the day, if you’d like to take a peek!

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BEST WEEK EVER!

Best Week Ever!

We had the Best Week Ever! (April 17-23, 2017)

I got this amazing candle, almond chai, um..yes please! (Plus, how cute is the label? You’re the best! ..No, you’re the best!)

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This girl learned how to pull herself up to standing!

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Steve made us the most delicious vegan sausage, “egg” (tofu) and vegan cheese sandwiches on homemade biscuits for Sunday breakfast! (Don’t worry, recipe coming soon)

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I found these killer Free People bell bottoms at Marshalls! Of all places! (similar)

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I drank lots of tea out of my new My Favorite Murder mug!

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We had so much fun at Target!

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I listened to this entire podcast in 2 days and was equal parts fascinated and somber for Richard Simmons.

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And we visited the Catskill Animal Sanctuary! (More on this in tomorrow’s post!)

We had a super busy week this week, but it was the good kind of busy, where at the end of the night, you smile and think about just how lucky you are…Plus, tomorrow is my birthday (34!).. I’m looking forward to setting some new goals for the year and celebrating with vegan cupcakes! Hope your week was the Best Week Ever!

Environment · Food

Earth Day meal! Doing our part to rid the world of an ecological problem, by eating it…

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So, today is Earth Day! And also it’s my birthday! (Monday, the 24th) so Steve and I went out for a special dinner to celebrate. The last few years we’ve gone to this amazing sushi restaurant, Miya’s. Miya’s is unlike any other restaurant I’ve been to, sushi or not, because the chef and owner of the restaurant truly focuses on the future of eating and the importance of sustainability. (Perfect for Earth Day amiright?!) Much of his food is sourced locally, foraged, or are invasive species.

In the year 2150, people will be eating in a way that is healthier not only for their bodies but also for our whole planet. People will be eating fewer animals, since they will have learned that a plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat; they will hunt and farm animals in a way that is more humane. At Miya’s, you will experience a kinder and more caring future, where sushi has evolved to become a way of eating that honors and celebrates all life on Earth. (From Miya’s Menu)

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The menu is incredibly extensive, like over 20 pages, because not only are there so many interesting and different choices, but there is also background information, personal anecdotes, and fanciful chronicles to go along with all of Bun’s careful curated menu. (Bun not only created the world’s first invasive species menu, he is also credited with concocting the very first sweet potato, plant based, sushi roll in 1995- which can now be found on sushi menus all over the country!)

I just love his approach to doing his part to solve some of our ecological problems, through food. Steve and I couldn’t resist trying something from the invasive species menu. We ordered the Dreamcatcher Onigiri ( description above) as well as a Wild Plant Nigiri (which was a medley of invasive weeds.)

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Invasive Plant Sushi 

It’s hard to put into words exactly how everything tasted- but it was so good. It had a very Earthy, slightly tangy, but sometimes bitter, but also at the same time sweet, flavor. (I don’t know how that description even makes sense at all, but somehow, if you tasted this sushi, you would agree with my assessment..) I couldn’t get enough. (Also, interesting side note, Mugwort- in the background of above picture, is known to induce contractions and labor in pregnant women!)

We also ordered some plant based rolls- because, how can you not?

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We ordered:

Kiss the Smiling Piggy (Far right): Sweet Potato, yuzu chutney and pine nuts

Chinese Superhero Roll: (Bottom of picture) Tempura fried broccoli, roasted garlic and black beans

Killer Squid: (Top left) Udon noodles flavored in shiitake mushroom and seaweed stock, black bean and scallions. (Looks and tastes like deep-fried squid! – or so the menu claims, I have never had deep fried squid to compare- but the roll was amazing!)

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With full bellies, I can confidently say that Steve and I did our part to celebrate the Earth and help the planet today! If you can support businesses that focus on sustainability, I urge you to, for ourselves, for our future, and for our children. If you would like to read more about Bun, especially about his solution to control invasive species by eating them, read this awesome article!

I’ll leave you with this thought on Earth Day…

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

I hope you keep the Earth in your mind everyday, and not just on April 22nd. Cheers!

 

Food

The best vegan pizza trick!

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So this post is either going to totally rock your world and change your life, or you’re going to think to yourself, ‘yea, of course, I’ve been doing that for years..’ Either way, I couldn’t not share this amazing (yet obvious) vegan pizza work around.

First, let me start with a little background. Unless you live in NYC or LA, you probably don’t have a kick ass vegan pizza place in your neighborhood- a total bummer, if you are in fact, vegan. There used to be this great pizza place, about 15 minutes away from us, that served up a fantastic vegan pie. They were a regular pizza place, but also offered a vegan option, with artichoke hearts, eggplant, mushrooms, tomatoes, vegan pesto… it was to say the least, delicious. Then, one day, all of a sudden, we heard that the branch close to our house was closing. Total bummer. We started brainstorming other options for vegan pizza.  There was another place that served up a vegan pie, but it was about 25 (or more) minutes away and not an ideal trip when you decide on a whim to get take out.

So here we are, Friday night, with no vegan slices… What to do… well, (and I’m not sure what the heck took us so long to figure this out) we ordered a regular pizza from a local place about 2 minutes down the road from us. We got eggplant and garlic (our favorite) and told them to make it for us sans cheese. We then went to our local grocery store and bought some vegan mozzarella to sprinkle over the top, place back in the oven, and voila! Our own vegan pizza that didn’t take an hour to pick up! We used Daiya shreds, but next time, I can’t wait to thinly slice some Miyoko’s fresh mozz for the topping! (Which you can get at most Whole Foods now!)

Also worth noting, did you know that you can heat your pizza back up in the oven in the pizza box! I used to take out a baking sheet, line it with foil, …ugh… now we just removed the top of the box, sprinkled our cheese on, set the oven to 350, and heated up! What a dream pizza night! (so… have you been doing one or both of these things forever? or did I just totally change your life?)

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Our pie with no cheese and just veggie toppings
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Our “veganified” pie!
Shopping · Uncategorized

Amazon Browsing

*This is not a sponsored post, I just like cute stuff.*

I do not usually browse Amazon. I know exactly what I want, add to cart, (maybe look at the ‘Customers who bought this item also bought’…) and check out. I never go to Amazon with the intention of just poking around. So I guess it makes sense that even though I’m always ordering from Amazon (like seriously… always) I never noticed these little “ads” on the Amazon home page. (Have you noticed them?)

Amazon Exclusives: Find unique and innovative products      New and Interesting Finds from Across Amazon

Anyway, when I finally did notice them, I was totally intrigued…the pictures totally drew me in and I began my deep descent into the Amazon rabbit hole of “I want this, I want this, I want this…”

Here are some of my favorites:

Terrarium
Vacation, Had Get Away
Photo Holder
Dish Set
Space Man
Reusable Snack Bags
Ukulele 
Mood changing mug
Banana
The timeless art of seduction enamel pin