Vegan Dishes

Brusselized Green Goddess Pasta!

Who else has felt like a super hero when needing to incorporate the almost spoiled veggies into dinner and have it turn out successful?? I had one of those nights tonight, yay me!  I needed to use up a gigantic, family size bag of brussel sprouts for dinner and a handful of ripped avos that were already 6 hours past their prime.  Pasta was on the menu, so I figured some shells with a bunch of greens mixed in an avocado cream sauce would do the trick.

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I roasted about a thousand brussel sprouts that I cut into quarters, at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for about 35 minutes.  *I should of trimmed the ends off better in the beginning because most ends were too tough and I had to trim them again before adding them in the mix. 
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Next, I boiled the pasta and steamed some frozen peas and fresh baby spinach.  While that was happening, I blended 3 ripped avos with garlic, basil, lemon juice, water, salt, pepper, and of course some nutritional yeast.  None of this was measured.. I had to play around with the consistency so I say just base your measurements on your taste/texture preferences.  Next time, I’ll add veggie broth instead of water to see if that makes it more flavorful.

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Lastly, all ingredients were ready to be mixed together and I was finally able to apply to face!

Vegan Living

Earth Day Every Day

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Since transitioning to veganism, I have made many small, positive environmental changes along the way and there’s still about a few hundred more I need to strive for.  Aside from my food choices, I’ve been working on reducing my waste and making more sustainable purchases.
To be honest, we all should strive to reduce our waste since our one and only home (planet Earth) depends on it. The amount of plastic and trash we dump into our oceans is heart wrenching to acknowledge.  The fact that meat consumption is this planet’s main threat, yet the majority of humans consume animals several times a day, leaves such a stain on our environment.
Some baby steps I’ve taken so far have been to stop buying plastic ware for the house. I can not believe i used to buy Solo plastic cups and plates every month. I also used to pat myself on the back for reusing the same cup every now and then. I’m so glad that we’ve phased them out completely and just use our glassware now.  In the future, I’d love to phase them out of parties I host as well.  I still have some leftover plastic supplies to last me another year or two, so there’s no excuse why I can’t start investing in more earth friendly options as I replace them.  I’ve also purchased a few stainless steel straws so I can easily refuse the plastic ones. Luckily, I’ve cut way back on the Dunkin Doughnuts coffee runs; reducing plenty of plastic and straws. This doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a bunch of times I’ve forgotten my straws at home when I order on the road. Perhaps a car kit filled with on-the-go sustainable products is an order??
What I’m currently working on is investing in bio degradable poop bags for both my dog and hens. I’m really good at refusing the plastic bags at the stores, however they do come in handy for all our poop scooping needs. Sometimes, I purposely forget my reusable bags when we’re really low on plastic ones. Then I get bummed out because I know better. Convenience gets the best of me and I know I can’t be the only one!
Always strive to do better when you know better but at the same time, let’s not beat ourselves up when we hit a snag. Unfortunately our “normal” living habits have not yet caught up with just how much of a mess we need to clean up. We’re not told on a daily basis just how bad our environmental crisis situation really is. We’re not taught to be held more accountable to do our part on making more ethical and sustainable every day choices.
We must consider the negative consequences our present choices will make on our future generations. On our children’s and grandchildren’s future, since they’ll be the ones impacted by our actions the most.  Let’s aim for baby steps towards honoring Earth Day, every day.
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Activism & Animal Rights

Earthling Ed East Coast Take Over!

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I had the pleasure of hearing Earthling Ed (Ed Winters) speak in person about my two favorite topics; Veganism and Animal Rights.  I found out two days before he would be in town, that he was hosting a speech at Brown University and was touring the East Coast before returning back to the UK.  He has been one of my biggest idols in the animal rights movement since I started my vegan activism journey.  How on earth could I justify missing the legend himself, speak to students in my hometown?!  I’m so very thankful I didn’t.
It was beyond surreal sitting just about 10 feet in front of Ed while he spoke such truth and logic.  Especially since I’ve seen almost every You Tube upload he has ever created.  It was also extremely satisfying to know that this was the first of many times I’ll run into Earthling Ed.  I’ve only been an animal rights activist for just over a year so this is only the beginning for me.  I didn’t have the chance to personally greet him, hug him, shake his hand or thank him for all the amazing work he is doing for the animals.  Mother duties called and I had to leave right before he started his Q&A and meet & greet sessions.  Next time I’m blessed with his presence, I’ll make sure to let him know just how much of an influence he has on my activism for animals. How this entire planet is beyond lucky to have him in the front lines of the vegan movement, for the sake of all Earthlings we share our home with.

 

 

Real Estate, Vegan Living

Working Momma~Lady Loft Style~

 

I’ve paid my dues commuting roughly 100 miles per day working for the same company these past 13 years.  It wasn’t until they were bought out, that I was able to FINALLY work from home!  I’m in the Health Information Management career and process medical record requests 40 hours a week.  The convenience this allows me as a wife, toddler mom and realtor is such a blessing.  Although I take my real estate career very seriously, the piece of mind knowing a steady income with my full time job is guaranteed, makes it all worth it.
Needless to say, I turned my Lady Loft into my dual home office for both my real estate company and my “9-5” one.  It’s still a work in progress, as I constantly try to master my time management and organizational skills.  Having my very own space that I can customize to my liking, gives my productivity the boost it needs to help me accomplish my goals.  And it doesn’t hurt having my pup, Cooper as my accountability buddy to keep me in check!

 

Vegan Dishes

Fired Up Plant Based Tacos Supreme

It’s safe to say I didn’t hold back when designing these classy tacos..It’s even safer to say they’re on the healthier side since I left out the vegan cheese and sour cream.  What I didn’t leave out was some rice (I used pilaf), black beans, onions, roasted corn, lettuce, cilantro, tomato, avocado (obviously), and Mexican Chipotle Field Roast sausages.  I heated up the sausages then chopped them up nicely to be taco compatible.  After dressing up the shells, I garnished them with lime before applying to face.  Another successful home made, cruelty free meal for the win!

Vegan Dishes

Fancy Vegancy (boxed) Mac & Cheese

To be honest, I’d love to say that I always make my vegan mac and cheese from scratch using purred sweet pots, cauliflower, onions, etc., but that’s just not the case.  Although I most certainly prefer the homemade healthier versions, time is of the essence more than I’d like to admit.  Boxed mac & cheese will just have to do more often than not; but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring!  I feel like mac & cheese is one of the easiest recipes to dress up.  This has always been one of my favorite dishes and was the one I was most worried about “giving up” when I went vegan.  Little did I know just how much better (AND HEALTHIER) the cruelty free versions can be.
I almost always add spinach or broccoli and tomatoes but I’ll switch up the vegan meat with Field Roast sausages or Beyond Meat burgers.  I recently diced up cubed pieces of the QUORN spicy chickn patties and it came out amazing!   Get as creative as you want adding veggies like broccoli, peas, asparagus, or carrots.  Ground up some veggie burgers or vegan meat burgers and mix… Dinner (or lunch) is served!
Real Estate

BPO Flow for Real Estate Agents

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I’ve been in real estate since May of 2016 and since June of 2017, I have completed 172 Broker Price Opinions.  I created a part time job out of BPOs and completed about 3-5 of them per week.  I loved the flexibility it allowed since I was a stay at home(ish) mother of a baby.  I worked twice a week as a ROI specialist and the rest of the days I put my real estate agent hat on while caring for my son.
For those of you who don’t know, a BPO is somewhat of an informal appraisal.  Asset Manager companies get notified by various banks on properties they need a value for.  These companies then contact you via email to let agents know when a BPO becomes available in their area.  You take a look at the address, the fee and either accept or decline the order.   Exterior BPOs only require exterior photos of the subject and usually pay about $40 a pop.  Interior BPOs require both exterior and interior photos and usually pay about $65 a pop.  Both types require you to run comps for recently sold comparables and current active comparables.
In the beginning, it would take me anywhere between 2-3 hours to complete a BPO but as most things in life, once you do enough of them, you become a ‘pro’.  I can usually complete a BPO within 60-90 minutes; making them very well worth it.  I became strategic and accepted as many close by orders as possible; or at least orders that were in the same towns.  I’d take my son with me on the car rides to take the photos and worked on the data entry portion at night once he was asleep.  You can even negotiate the fee if the order doesn’t get accepted by another agent.  I would sometimes make $100 or $120 per order if it was outside of my jurisdiction!
I definitely recommend completing BPOs for newer agents to help with running comps, knowing the market, and determining accurate values on homes.  I can’t tell you how much of a confident booster it is when you’re at a listing appointment and can tell the seller how you work closely with banks on providing values on homes and are a wiz at determining listing prices!
A few of my favorite asset manager companies are Proteck, AssetVal, Assurant Valuations and Solidifi.  Keep in mind, I’m in the New England area and companies definitely vary depending on your location.