Sage’s 3rd Birthday Recap

Sage turned 3 last Friday. And I took her to children’s museum in Atlanta. Sage had fallen asleep in the car on the way there so when we first got to the museum she was a little overwhelmed so we went to the water fishing area first because there were less people in that section of the museum she had fun. Kept saying she was catching fish with her daddy. The other exhibits or sections of the museum is the kitchen a building/ball area, a jungle gym, painting station, Daniel the tiger section with houses and mail and stuff and a sand section.

There are also classes you can sign your kid up for but they go fast. We got to the museum later than I wanted to and the spots for the classes were already filled.

Sage wore a dress because that’s usually all she wants to wear anyway and even if we live in Georgia it’s still winter time. And she wanted to wear a crown so yes I was that extra parent for the day. She had a lot of fun there was a reading time of Daniel the tiger at like 2:30 but she didn’t want to sit for it.

The kitchen area is defiantly a Waffle House replica even if it doesn’t say so anywhere. That’s where most of the kids were and there was food everywhere I’m pretty sure it was Sage’s favorite section too. She kept making plates of food for her dad and myself and naming all the food or asking us what something was.

We stayed at the museum until close then went and got food. Sage picked this hot pink icing for cupcakes (which I forgot to get a photo of) she doesn’t really like cake and just ate the icing off a few.

My parents flew in to celebrate Sage’s birthday with her on Saturday and we went to yard house, a candy store downtown and to chuckie cheese. Next year for Sage’s birthday I hope she’ll have some friends from being in school (fingers crossed she starts this August) and I can actually throw her a birthday party.

Here’s some cute photos from her birthday and Saturday when we went to chuckie cheese.

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What I Ate this Weekend

Quick post. I ate out way more than usual this weekend cause it was Sage’s 3rd birthday. So, I’m about to highlight some good vegan food I ate.

First place was Big Chow Grill (Chow baby to me cause I’ve been going there so long and they changed the name a couple years ago)

I ordered veggie eggs rolls for Sage who used to eat them but I guess she’s decided she doesn’t like them anymore and she of course didn’t want them. If you’ve never been to this place you basically get up and walk down an aisle of veggies, proteins, sauces, and spices and get to put whatever you want in a bowel and they stir fry it then bring it to the table. I had put in my bowel brown rice, bamboo shoots, broccoli, tofu, basil, onions, red and green bell peppers, spinach, garlic, green curry sauce, peanuts, sesame seeds, Kung pao sauce, salt n pepper, and some other spices and sauces I can’t remember.

I made a mistake with my bowel cause I thought a blue stick was for vegetarian but it was for soup! And the veggie broth was honestly not it. I could’ve gotten up and just remade a bowel but I was full from a late breakfast and eating a egg roll. The two sauces from the egg rolls were vegan one was like a mildly spicy sweet and sour sauce the other one was a coconut creamed wasabi sauce which was so spicy the first egg roll I had I dunked it in the wasabi sauce and thought I was going to cry from the heat. But the food there is bomb and I usually enjoy it.

Next place is one of my favorites for an everyone can eat here place. None of my family is vegan so usually when we go out to eat I’m the odd one out. I would love to just go to all the vegan places and eat but I can’t cause no one else would eat anything cause they like meat.

Anyways, this was from Yardhouse. I had the buffalo cauliflower for an appetizer it was okay I’ve had better but it was crispy. And then I had the gardien wings with Korean sauce which is my favorite it’s spicy and crunchy but the inside is soft. The sauce def was vegan I didn’t even try it. I love spicy food so I don’t need a cooling sauce but next time maybe I’ll just bring vegan ranch with me. And I got a side of broccoli and just asked them not to cook it in butter.

I also ate other things this weekend just not out at restaurants and forgot to take pictures. On Sunday I had hash browns for breakfast and then for dinner (I didn’t have lunch cause I was at work) I had chickpea “tuna” salad and sautéd garlic kale.

That was my weekend of food I might do posts like this more often when I go out to eat which like I said is kinda rare but it happens at least once a month. So hope you guys enjoyed looking at this food as much as I enjoyed eating it!

Can’t wait to actually go to a vegan restaurant maybe I’ll go to one next month with one of my friends who is also vegan.

January Playlist

It’s 2019 you guys and I always get all psyched at the start of a year. A lot of the songs on this playlist are emotionally charged. I actually really like music that has a lot of emotion but being such an emotional person hip hop is like the much needed distraction I need from my feels and thoughts. But it’s nice. It’s reflective which I think is needed at the end/beginning of a new year.

I had a new idea for the direction I want to take this blog back in December. I do want to continue to write about motherhood and things pertaining to it. However, I want to write less about spiritual things just cause I feel like I’ve been really wrapped up in my spirituality and defining it for the last couple of years and in some ways I feel a little disappointed by current events in my life and need to take a step back and reevaluate my spirituality.

So, this blog is about to turn to some of my other interests mainly music, art (in all forms TV, film, writing, painting, album reviews, movie reviews, restaurant reviews) and social issues that I’m very passionate about. There are going to be reviews on art shows and gallery openings going on in Atlanta. Part of this is to work on one of my goals which is my social life. As a mom I don’t have a huge social life and I want to get out more and meet more people and extend my tribe. So, the content might be changing a little but I hope you all will like the change.

I hope ya’ll like this new playlist and I hope everyone is planning out their goals and making changes to live the life they really want to love.

January Playlist

Art work from one of my favorites @serpentfire on Instagram.

Pulled Jackfruit

I made pulled jackfruit for Christmas dinner and it was bomb. I have had jackfruit before at Bahama Breeze which if you don’t know it’s a seafood restaurant. I had jackfruit tacos and they were underwhelming to say the least. Under-seasoned, no texture, nothing. Plus the jackfruit had a weird sweet tasting aftertaste that I wasn’t a fan of. Huge miss. But I decided not to completely be done with jackfruit and so I got a can from Whole Foods and decided to make pulled jackfruit for my meal with greens, squash /zucchini and vegan cornbread.

I was going to do roasted rainbow carrots but I was at work while the grocery shopping happened and they were forgotten. But the pulled jackfruit was so good and I got it crispy and juicy.

1 can of jackfruit

Olive oil

Pepper

Pepper flakes

Salt

Garlic

Paprika

Brown sugar

Water

Barbecue sauce of choice

All in a pan shred the jackfruit with a fork and add all the ingredients. Let it simmer on medium and get the water to cook off then move the heat to low and smooth the jackfruit out in the pan so that some bits can get crispy. I like runny barbecue sauce so I already knew I was going to smother the jackfruit in this thin sauce. And eat it with pickles since I was eating cornbread I didn’t put it on a bun just had it as the “meat” of my plate.

So, even if you’ve tried something you thought was nasty try cooking it at home and see if you feel the same way. Most of the time it’s really not the food it’s how it’s cooked.

Thanks for coming to my ted talk lol

Impossible Burger

I tried the impossible burger at bareburger in Atlanta on Friday and it was everything and then some. Before becoming vegan I was definitely a burger girl. I craved them like people crave soda. I had tried the beyond burger but had yet to try the famous impassible burger. And let me just tell you if you’re a vegan and holding back from trying it you’re missing out.

I’ve heard people say it’s too meaty. Too meat texture like. And I know it’s testing methods are controversial in the vegan community. But I’m all for the greater good if vegan innovators can get more meat eaters to try vegan foods I’m for it.

The burger did taste like a real burger or from what I remember the texture was real burger like. It was good. It was juicy. I liked the texture. I liked the flavor. I did the build your own burger at Bareburger and got 1 impossible patty, a brioche bun (which wasn’t vegan cause they were hot of sprouted buns and I wanted my first impossible burger experience to be with a bun) vegan cheese, vegan mayo, sweet pickles, organic ketchup, mustard, lettuce, and guacamole. It was divine. I don’t really know how to explain the flavor besides it tasted like a burger would taste – the one thing that kept me from freaking out about how burger like it was – was that the patty didn’t hold together as well as a burger patty. It did fall apart at the end with all my toppings and burger falling out the bun but it was messy in a fun way.

Bareburger is a rather new place in Atlanta and it was cute I liked the decor. It was like hip with bears in suits paintings on the walls.

My daughter got a “cubby” meal which for her was a grilled cheese, fries, apple slices and a fruit punch juice box. She loved it. I didn’t think she would like the sweet potato, kale, and wild rice patty which was the other non meat option for kid meals. My daughter is still picky and won’t eat veggies so I went with what I knew she would eat. I’m always iffy about if I should get a 2 year old an almost $10 meal and tbh if we go back to Bareburger I’ll probably just get her fries and maybe bring her a grilled cheese from home (lol). Bareburger also offers vegan milkshakes and I tried the velvis which was coconut ice cream, banana, peanut butter, chocolate sauce, and hemp milk. It was so good. Creamy but not too sweet and the perfect ending to my impossible burger.

The one downside to Bareburger was the small quantity of fries honestly Sage got maybe 7 fries with her meal and I had a tiny rectangular tray of them. But I guess if we wanted more we could’ve ordered more. Other than that I did like Bareburger and I loved the impossible burger and will definitely eat it again. I’ve seen on their Instagram that their patties should be in stores come 2019 which I’m all here for so I can just enjoy them at home.

Crystal of the Month

I’ve gone through some deep emotional trauma the last few weeks and have been feeling out of wack mentally and emotionally. A lot of unhealed issues dealing with worthiness and men resurfacing. Because of this I’ve been sleeping with rose quartz every night trying to give myself and extra dose of self love and warm feelings. But I have also been sleeping with chrysocolla. Chrysocolla is a blue-green crystal that looks spotted like a robins egg. It has calming nurturing energy. Enhances physic ability and intuition. Alleviates feelings of anxiety (which I need). Is divine feminine energy.

Chrysocolla is blue so it is calming in nature and it gives you a sense of self assurance that I really need right now. Compassion, gentleness and authentic expression are also qualities chrysocolla will bring out of you. Chrysocolla will help you with saying or not saying something you’ll regret.

In terms of health chrysocolla helps with physical aliments and swelling. As a feminine crystal it will also help with hormonal balance. It also has the ability to heal ovarian cysts. Chrysocolla will keep your temper in check with it’s calming properties. Wear or work with one daily for even temperance. Chrysocolla as a blue crystal has a relationship with the throat chakra and will help aid in compassionate speech when worked with.

Wearing or meditating with chrysocolla will also help with the psychic ability clairaudience which is the ability to hear spirits, energy and guidance. This deals with the throat chakra. It will also help in developing or deepening clarirsentience which is the ability to feel or sense the presence of spirits, energy, emotions or guidance in the solar plexus chakra.

Throat chakra. Self-love. Chrysocolla is a lot of compassion for self wrapped up in this blue crystal. A stone of communication. Empowerment and teaching. Helps with anxiety and depression.

I mediated with chrysocolla Tuesday night as I couldn’t sleep and had really deep sleep I woke up feeling like I had been asleep for years. And all the emotional trauma I had been experiencing has been softened which was much needed. Chrysocolla was a crystal I bought a couple years ago wanting to get more in touch with my divine feminine and it has helped me in many other ways. If you’re into crystals or want to be chrysocolla is a crystal that is needed in your collection.

Dry Brushing

I’ve never had difficult skin and in the past two years the little problems I had I cleared up from being vegan, drinking enough water, and dry brushing. I get comments all the time on how smooth and soft my skin is and I know these 3 things are what help me maintain smooth skin. I know a diet change is a big thing and drinking water doesn’t solve everything so that leaves dry brushing a small self-care practice that everyone can do. I started dry brushing during my pregnancy but wasn’t very consistent with it. I dry brush every day now before I shower. I know people do it after a shower then apply oil but I find doing it before my shower more helpful for me. And I do apply oil after I shower. I usually use almond oil but any oil with skin benefits can be used.

I bought my dry brush from target I don’t remember how much it was but I know it was less than $15 cause I’m cheap. It works perfectly fine so don’t think you need an expensive dry brush to get smooth soft skin. You only need a natural bristle brush. I do recommend however that you have a separate dry brush for your face that’s just my preference my skin on my face is really sensitive and I just don’t want to mix the two. (I never use the same face cloth for my face and body too).

Dry Brushing is beneficial for a number of reasons. It exfoliates your skin while giving it a massage. You’re supposed to dry brush slowly in circular motions. And you are only supposed to do it 3 times a week according to some people but I’m not good at routines that aren’t everyday so I do it every night.

I do wash or clean my brush once a week with Dr.Bronners baby castille soap just to get rid of dead skin and whatever might be on the bristles.

  • Benefits of dry brushing:
    • It sheds dead skin cells
      Results in smoother brighter skin
      Helps with ingrown hairs
    • stimulates nervous system
    • Increases blood circulation
    • It is said but not proved to help with cellulite and aid in digestion

    I personally noticed how much smoother my skin is when I consistently dry brush. Also my skin seems brighter. And I just feel better because I’m going the extra mile taking care of my skin and my body.

    The firmness of the bristles from a natural brush don’t hurt or bother my sensitive skin but I’ve seen some people say it bothers theirs so keep this in mind if your skin is really sensitive. Make sure that you do moisturize after your shower because dry brushing can lead to dry skin.

    What do you do that’s a self-care indulgent but simple routine? Let me know and let me know if you have any questions about dry brushing or if you try it.

    Here’s a video of me demonstrating slow circular motions when dry brushing. Doing my whole body does usually take 7-10 minutes but you don’t have to go as slow.