Winter Favorites

It’s almost embarrassing how long it took me to get this post out; I first wrote a draft of it when I thought spring had arrived. You know: hot sun, flowers blooming, champagne mangoes piled high at the grocery store. Little did I know we still had plenty of below zero temperatures ahead and even snow in our future. Yikes.

Then I again sat down to finish this post smack in the middle some big changes; 2 cities have to share me this summer, but more on that another time. It was solidly in the 60s with a few scorchers in the 80s (for April, 80s definitely qualifies as just that!), and life was all about flowy sundresses, massive green smoothies, smelling and admiring all the flowers that made it through the confused winter, and taking meditative walks by the river with the pup.

Now here we are, and despite a lot of chillier weather recently, yes, spring has returned — for good this time –, and so has my favorites list. Woohoo!

Note: This is not a sponsored post, but simply a sharing of my very favorite things of this month the winter. If I ever feature a sponsored product, it will be clearly stated. Enjoy! Continue reading

Nov and Dec favorites

The holiday season may be over, but I’m still reveling in the merriment of it all. We still have our Christmas lights up, too – the yearly battle of getting J to agree that it’s time to take them down has yet to begin –, and despite my continuing health ups and downs, I have so much to be thankful for lately.

Note: This is not a sponsored post, but simply a sharing of my very favorite things of this month. If I ever feature a sponsored product, it will be clearly stated. Enjoy!

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My bff Odessa

My bff Odessa

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My Vegan Coaching Gift to You

Hello everyone! As 2015 winds down, I take time to reflect on another year passed. I think about who I’ve become, all I’ve accomplished, and where I’ve come short. What a wild one. How about you?


While the New Year is an arbitrary division of time (all is connected!), I never refuse an opportunity to discover more of myself, learn from the past, and dream big for the future. I also look for people that I can reach out to, people who will help me to grow in ways that I seek. Having new friends, business partnerships, and mentors is important for growth.

I know that many of you have resolutions for 2016 like:

  • making healthier eating choices,
  • losing or gaining weight to feel more comfortable in your body,
  • choosing to live more mindfully, or
  • living more in harmony with nature.

I have been so touched by hearing people’s fearless, heart-centered resolutions in these past weeks that I’m inspired to offer a gift to new clients: Contact me before January 10 for 20% off my coaching packages.

This is for those of you who want to go vegan for animals, to choose plants for vitality, do their part to save the planet, find peace in a chaotic world. I started Vegan and Beyond Lifestyle Coaching to be a source of guidance for you. If that is what you need as we embark on 2016, please reach out and begin the year with unbridled hope and possibility!


Our Best Vegan Thanksgiving Yet

Usually we have 2 family Thanksgivings, one with J’s family and one with mine. This year though, we only had one dinner (with my family) that was sandwiched between visiting J’s family and some of my extended family. It was a full day to say the least.

J and I did most of our food prep on Wednesday, while dancing and singing to some 90’s alternative (nostalgia) and tunes from our regular rotation. Since we weren’t cooking for 2 dinners and we simplified our menu in general, it was nice to take our time and enjoy cooking together.

As with last year, about 1/2 of us at the table partook in the vegan Thanksgiving food and the other half had the turkey and nonvegan stuffing plus some of the vegan food.

The rundown:amuse buche

We started with an amuse bouche which was my ginger kuri pudding with granola and pomegranate seeds. Think of it as pumpkin pie but better. Continue reading

Pittsburgh VegFeast

At this time of year when 45 million turkeys are murdered in the name of “giving thanks” (when you figure out a logical explanation for that one, let me know!), my calendar always has room for another vegan Thanksgiving. That’s why I snagged two tickets for Pittsburgh VegFeast, a benefit for Justice for Animals and the Western PA Humane Society that was held on November 21.

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