When you and your kid(s) are soy-free, gluten-free, and vegan the foods that used to be your go-to snacks are no longer an option. No more packing cosmic brownies, crackers, yogurt packs, or tiny cheddar flavored fish shaped snacks for your adventures/playdates/school lunches. And while we are mourning the loss of our favorite snacks, we also have the responsibility to figure out what new snacks will replace the old ones.

I know that it can feel overwhelming to figure out what *new* snacks you CAN pack. My daughter has been vegan since birth (so you’d think we have it down by now), but we STILL sometimes get stumped when it comes to packing fun, and entertaining snacks. I GET IT GUYS! It’s a challenge!

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Let Them Be Awesome! | Raising Kids Without Fear

“Stop playing with that stick! You’ll poke an eye out!” “Don’t climb on the truck. It’s dangerous!” “Don’t get your dress dirty.” “You can’t wear Princess dresses all day. They are for dress up only!”

Those are all of the things I thought to say to my daughter while I was taking this photo. But I didn’t say them. Not a single one.

How much of a child’s day is filled with the words; “DON’T, CAN’T, STOP” and “NO”? How many times a day do we bark orders at our children? Sometimes I wonder if I’m a mom or a drill sergeant.
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How Do I Protect my Family from the Hawaii Sun? (A “Hippy” Mama take on Sun Exposure)

Since moving to Hawaii one of the most frequent questions that I receive on my Instagram/YouTube is about sun protection.

“What do you do to protect your child from the suns harmful rays?”

“How do you protect yourself from getting sun burn?”

“What brand of sunscreen do you use?”

The sun isn’t something we should have to fear. After all, the sun is the source of life! So, I want to begin by saying that a proper amount of sun is not harmful to us, in fact, it is tremendously beneficial.

Why? Well, because we need the sun for Vitamin D.

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Finding Balance with Christmas

Hi Friends,

I want to begin this blog by saying that I am not here to tell anyone what to do.

I understand that some people really love Christmas, and I don’t want to take that away from them.

Christmas can be a fun time of year when the whole family gets together, snuggles by the fire, exchanges thoughtful gifts, and makes memories;

and that is a beautiful thing.

I grew up celebrating Christmas and have fond memories of it.

If you love the holiday, I think that is wonderful!

I am writing this blog for the parents who (like me) grew to see Christmas in a different way; and might be looking for alternative ideas to the holiday.

So, if you love Christmas this blog is probably not for you, and that’s OK. If you feel like it’s something you don’t want to read, then with love, I invite you to skip it.

Here it goes…

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Dear Struggling Mom

Every once in awhile I receive an email from a struggling new mama who feels hopeless, and alone, and they ask for my advice. The thing is… I don’t have advice. For the most part, all I can offer is support, encouragement, and some tips that I learned from trial and error. Because the truth is…I am there with you! I struggled to!

The biggest mistake that we make as mothers is not supporting each other by being honest about our experiences.

We do each other an injustice when we pretend that we are perfect.

We fear talking about our struggles, because we don’t want to be judged. But, the truth is, we ALL feel that way at some point, and we SHOULD talk about it.

So, I’m going to talk about it….

I struggled, and I still struggle sometimes.

If you struggle, here is my letter to you…

Dear Struggling Mom,

I want you to know that I FEEL you!

Many of the struggle stories that I hear are part of my own story as a mother.

Just because I have a blog, post high quality photographs of Kaia being cute, and talk about how sweet life is on Instagram, doesn’t mean that I am perfect. Sure, our little family is happy a lot of the time, but that doe not mean that we are always happy. The truth about life is that it is bittersweet; and that means sometimes it has to be bitter. (And, nothing is “wrong” with bitter, it’s just part of being alive!)

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Are Vegan Kids Deprived?

I want to preface this blog by saying I love you all.

Everyone is deserving of love.

Everyone is deserving of love no matter what they eat, what they look like, how much money they make, what car they drive, their sexual orientation, their skin color, their species, or their lifestyle. Everyone deserves love.

The reason I am writing this blog is not to put anyone down, or to make anyone feel bad. The reason I am writing this blog is because there are parents out there who want to raise vegan families, but are afraid to. They believe that they will be depriving their children, their children will be underweight, unhealthy kids, and that they will be doing harm to them.

They believe this because of huge misconceptions out there in the media on the vegan lifestyle.

I am writing this blog to show my experience with this lifestyle, to debunk the myths, to answer questions from nay-sayers, and to encourage anyone who wants to raise their family this way.

If you think this blog will anger or upset you, please, I invite you to skip it. Don’t read it. This message may not be for you, and that is ok.

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My Kids Story book is NOW AVAILABLE!! (yay!)

Hi Friends,

Today is the day! My kids story book “The Adventures of Ripe Fruit” finally hits the shelves!

Well, not literally (since it isn’t going to be in book stores); however, it is NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon, Amazon UK, and the Create Space online book store!! This is so exciting for me. It has been a long, boring winter, and drawing this book really kept my spirits alive. As I dreamt of a faraway, tropical escape, in the dead of winter… this book was being manifested.

kSo what is the book about? The book follows a cartoon Kaia as she imagines that her fruit comes alive and they explore a tropical island. They experience the joy of life, and the beauty of nature.

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Kaia’s 2nd Vegan Birthday Party!

bdaySo, Kaia is two years old already. It’s almost unbelievable that it’s been two years since I gave birth to my little wild child. The struggle was real at first, I will never forget it. The sleepless nights, the sore nipples, the desperation… yet, the unconditional love, the un-explainable bliss, the timeless moments holding an amazing miracle of life asleep at my breast. Ohhhh, those times are gone now. And, in their place are new experiences with a beautifully curious toddler who colors on the walls, screams “MAMA!” fifty times a day, and makes me laugh more than anyone in the world. She’s the love of my life.

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Kaia’s Tooth Story

t ttSo, my sweet little Kaia has a new “one front tooth” look that you most likely have noticed. The story behind what happened to her left tooth is pretty simple—she fell, and her tooth was knocked out. However, there is a much longer story to what happened and what I have learned from the experience.

It all started a few days ago when I decided that I wanted to step back from my outer purpose, and really focus on my inner purpose of freeing my mind. I planned on meditating, being mindful in my daily activities, and putting all of my current projects on hold. I wanted to find peace, to stop thinking so much, and to find tools to stay in the moment.

I don’t like to admit it, but I am not as mindful as I like to think I am. For example, I can get SO deep into my projects that I ignore what is happening right NOW. It’s a habit that I have had most of my life. Before I had a family, I would become so engrossed in my artwork that I would barely eat for days. I didn’t even want to take ten minutes away from my artwork to eat!

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How Our Family Heals Holistically

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This information is not to replace medical advice. This is to give you tips through my experience of what has worked for my family.

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So, it’s that time of year again when a bunch of gnarly germs are going around, and we spend the most part of three months fighting off viruses. (Yay!)

If you’re like me, you hate being sick, and you need to keep up with a busy lifestyle. So what can you do to heal quickly, without taking drugs, or buying over the counter medications that have unknown ingredients in them?

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