We totally eat meat in our house. Being vegan is NO JOKE Hard! Especially when you have so many allergies to avoid. I know quite a few people who are vegan, had babies that are raised vegan, and these people make some amazing looking meals.

When you look at this choice and do a little research you find that the same stereotypes for Veganism are similar to that of a family who is ‘allergy free’.

  1. No matter how good the meal is, people will judge it.
    1. To a Vegan: “This is good but would taste so much better with some steak thrown on top!”
    2. To Allergy Free Living: “This is okay, you can just taste that its gluten free.”
  2. People think you’re skinny and weak!
    1. When you’re Vegan, people assume that you are skinny and weak because you don’t receive enough nutrition. What they don’t understand is number one, that’s just not true, and number two being vegan is also a lifestyle so when you make conscious choices about your food, you also make conscious choices about staying fit. They go hand and hand.
    2. When you are living Allergy Free, people assume you can’t eat ANYTHING! They say “Oh my god, what do you eat!” it’s like there are no other foods on the planet beside Nuts, Wheat, and Eggs. Have they never heard of fruit, vegetables, meat, rice, potatoes, etc.? Also one in the same, eat healthier, live healthier.
  3. People assume no matter what!
    1. Vegans get a load of jokes, and misunderstood stereotypes because they are making a “choice”. Well first, it’s not always a choice (people raised this way), and second, I’m sorry, how does this affect you?
    2. People assume, allergy free isn’t a choice. WELL you’d be right in that statement, but don’t forget that sometimes people do it in “support”. For example, I don’t have allergies, but I eat allergy free 100% of the time because my son has allergies. I don’t want cross contamination, and most of all I want to put myself in his shoes as an adult to see what options he can make as he grows up. I want to be prepared for questions he may have.

Lucky for us, our son LOVES vegetables! ALL Kinds of vegetables. So making vegan friendly meals can be easy a few times a week. We don’t use egg in our house since Dylan is allergic to eggs, and we don’t drink milk, we substitute with coconut milk. So that’s a start, right?

Also, we want to accommodate people who may come to our house for dinner. It’s important to be inclusive and respectful.


This Vegan meal was made with Gluten Free Soy and Teriyaki Sauce. That line is like music to my ears! I was so happy to have found it when shopping at the grocery store.


Quinoa – Red and White

Green Bell Peppers

Yellow Bell Peppers

Snap Peas

Green Beans

Salad: Lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers


San-J Gluten Free Soy Sauce

San-J Gluten Free Teriyaki

Briannas Salad Dressing

Go To

Go To

Sometimes less is more. Having a “go to” option makes life a heck of a lot easier. Especially when your toddler doesn’t want to cooperate for their morning routine.

Q: What’s wrong with denim and a white T-shirt? A: Nothing.

Denim can be cut many different ways to change up your look and most cuts can be stylized to spice up an outfit. Rolling up the ankles slightly gives it a more urban look but remains casual.

I like the option for a plain white t-shirt because adding accessories to your outfit shows your personality and what your really feeling that day.

Booties with a peep toe are a really great office shoe. You know how you’d love to dress for the weather, but you realize that the office temperature is really cold so you find yourself actually dressing for the office instead? Well a peep toe allows this look to be “summer inspired” but the bootie tells you “I’m ready for fall to begin”.

Top: Top Shop – Nordstrom

Denim: Top Shop – Nordstrom

Booties: Target

Necklace: Francescas Boutique



Swing dresses, as they used to be called and I guess their ‘formal name’, are one of my favorite types of dresses. Many clothing companies define swing dresses differently however, my definition is that’s it’s a shapeless, flowing, comfortable dress. I became obsessed with this type of dress after working for Leon Max. I own many different colors of swing dresses and they seem to remain timeless.

You’d assume that this dress wouldn’t be made for my body type. I’m 5’10’ and thin, but the bottom line is, you should never limit yourself to a certain size or shape of clothing. Especially because despite popular opinion, not everything looks good on tall thin women. There are many shapes that just don’t work! The swing dress is not one of them.

So, why do I like swing dresses? Well for starters, they look great on any body type, and they have a high fashion appeal. Their design is very simple, comfortable, and allows for fun accessories. Overall this type of dress can be worn all year long, layered, and accessorized. It’s basically, perfect!

Get the dress: Lula Roe

Boots: Nordstrom

Necklace: Francescas Boutique

Old Wives Tale – Dylan, Out

Old Wives Tale – Dylan, Out

You know those times when your son is 3 and decides he doesn’t need a nap? Yeah well here is the result of one of those times.

Being 3, in my opinion, is pretty awesome. I love this “stage”. I feel like I’ve said that about every stage  past year one. As my son grows up though, I just like him more and more. I see that little personality develop and realize that he is the perfect mixture between myself and my husband. Strong willed, sassy, super loving, and opinionated.

I just love this photo because it captures his resistance to nap time so perfectly. This kid, head hanging down, drooling, and so incredibly in a deep sleep. Then me, Mom, having to wait in the car because the thought of “waking the beast” would never even cross my mind. That’s one of those “wives tales” that I’ve never wavered on, NEVER WAKE A SLEEPING BABY! I’ve never ever done it, at least not on purpose, and I’d rather be late to work, miss an appointment, or not show up for girls night then wake this kid up!

What “wives tale” have you never waiver on?

Mild Chicken Confidence

Mild Chicken Confidence

Well I’ve said it before, cooking is really just confidence. My Dad taught me that! Interestingly enough, every time I want to try something new and don’t really think about what it will turn out be, I make something awesome! I just have the confidence. Tonight was the perfect example.

Every time I need a new idea I call my best friend Samantha. Basically, I tell Samantha the ingredients I have on hand and she has some great idea of what I can make. Most of the time my end result is pretty spot on to what she originally suggests, but sometimes I start altering things and come up with newness.

Something else I’ve noticed about my cooking traits. I am much better at understanding if told in the correct order how to make a dish, then if someone gives me a book with step by step directions. I think I gain confidence when knowing what’s next instead of waiting to read what happens. I’ve always been this way and having a bestie like Samantha makes this trait work well.

But I digress…

Tonight my basic ingredients consisted of boneless skinless chicken tenders, long grain brown rice, peppers and tomatoes. After calling Samantha I added, onions, chicken stock, black beans, and yummy spices. What was supposed to be some sort of Mexican Style tastiness turned into a mildly spicy wild rice chicken ‘stew’!

Basically amazing.

Here is the way it happened.


  • 2 lbs chicken tenders
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 3 green onions
  • 3 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 2 cups rice (long grain brown rice)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. red pepper
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Season your chicken tenders with spices. With Olive oil in a medium heated pan cook the chicken half way through.
  2. In a separate pot, over olive oil, Add chopped peppers and onions to the pot.
  3. While cooking your vegetables, cut your chicken into smaller portions (your size preference)
  4. Add your chicken to the pot with your vegetables
  5. Add 2 cups of rice and 4 cups of chicken stock
  6. Bring everything to a boil
  7. Cover and lower your heat to a simmer. Simmer 15 minutes
  8. After 15 minutes, add 1 can of black beans and chopped Roma tomatoes
  9. Cover and simmer 10 more minutes
  10. Serve!

Free From: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Nuts, Oats

Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Well, I went home sick and basically didn’t eat for an entire day. I just slept. This is an interesting feeling might I add. After being in retail for over 10 years I wasn’t used to someone saying ‘Oh wow, you’re sick? Why don’t you go home?!’ The concept of leaving work, calling out sick from work, or taking a vacation from work wasn’t a real thing until my new position.

Bye bye retail, hello corporate sick days because I was really sick!

As for boosting my body back into ‘happy’ I mixed a yummy tropical shake before I rushed out the door this morning.

Oranges are well known for their source of vitamin C. This is one of the best reasons to choose the orange smoothie, to get in your daily allowance of vitamin C. Oranges also have thiamin (B1 – helps your body turn carbs into glucose and helps produce energy), folate (Needed by the body to manufacture red blood cells), and potassium (Helps nerves and cells function).

Pineapples are an excellent source of manganese as well as vitamins C, B1 and B6. Pineapples are also good sources of copper and dietary fiber. Pineapples have anti-inflammatory properties and they help with digestion.

Mangos have tons of benefits! They not only taste good but they have Vitamin C, Vitamin A, B Vitamins, Probiotic fiber, and many others that help reduce cholesterol, maintain Alkali, boot your immune system, and give your skin health benefits.

Many who feel a cold or a case of the sniffles coming on like to increase their vitamin C with Orange Smoothies. This is the perfect time for a smoothie with orange, pineapple, and mango in it, and to get that vitamin C in a tasty way. It’s also kid friendly!


  • 16 oz. OJ
  • 8 oz. water
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 2 scoops Arbonne Vanilla Protein Powder


Purchase Arbonne Protein Powder: Arbonne

Free From: Dairy, Gluten, Nuts, Soy, Vegan