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.
Activism & Animal Rights

Anonymous for the Voiceless

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I’ve been involved with Anonymous for the Voiceless since April of 2018.  Since then, I’ve done a bunch of demonstrations with them (as pictured above) mainly in the Providence area.  According to their website, Anonymous for the Voiceless is a street activist organization dedicated to total animal liberation. We expose to the public the animal exploitation that is intentionally hidden from them.  Cube of truths are held in public locations where half of the members form a cube and hold either a sign or footage and the other half of the members are on the outreach team and converse with the bystanders.  The masks serve a few purposes; it captures the bystanders attention, helps the bystanders focus on the footage instead of the person holding it and sends the anonymous message that we are there to speak up for the victims (animals) and not for ourselves.

This is by far my favorite form of activism at the moment.  There hasn’t been one cube I’ve attended where I didn’t have an uplifting conversation with a stranger that gives me hope for our future.  The footage is undercover footage from several different “RSPCA approved” factory farms, slaughterhouses, animal testing lab, etc.  It exposes how badly the victims are treated and murdered, as well as highlights the cruelty behind the standard practices used in these animal exploitation industries.

There are chapters (AV groups) in over 1,000 cities across the world; making AV a world wide organization.  Sometimes, local chapters come together for a cube and show strength in numbers.  The photos shared are from my most recent cube that was done in New Haven, Connecticut near Yale University.  AV members from the New Haven chapter, Massachusetts chapter and Rhode Island chapter joined together for an event that was hosted by well known animal activist, Joshua Entis.  It was an amazing event which led to over 50 bystanders leaving with an open mind on taking veganism more seriously.

Vegan Dishes

Cruelty-Less Pizza!

Vegan pizza has been by far my favorite to whip up.  It’s amazing how creative you can get with toppings.  I’ve used mock meats, grounded up veggie patties, jack fruit, you name it!  The ones pictured below are a tomato, basil, spinach, with red onions and mozzarella along with a BBQ jack fruit with roasted corn, green onions and cheddar cheese.  Delicious!

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Vegan Living

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If you enjoy yoga and or meditation, you should totally give Bikram Yoga a shot.  According to Wikipedia- Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional hatha yoga techniques. It became popular in the early 1970s. All Bikram Yoga Beginning Series classes run for 90 minutes and consist of the same series of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises.  The hubby and I currently signed up for a 21 day unlimited package and we’re scheduling two days a week.  It’s an intense course that helps you focus on breathing, technique and meditation.  My favorite pose is the one we get to do in between poses called savasana.  It means corpse pose and is a relaxation technique.. definitely right up my alley haha! I’m hoping it will help me with my March goal to finally get my splits and overall flexibility.

Vegan Dishes

Eggplant & Red Pepper Chick’n Wraps

 

I was so proud of myself when I whipped this up together last minute.  My entire family loves the chickenless patties and nuggets from 365 so I try and get creative with them.  This time, I diced up the cooked patties and dressed up a delicious lunch wrap.  The base is a spread I found at Trader Joes that consist of eggplant and red peppers.  I’m actually making a version of these tonight for dinner.  They’ll include fire roasted corn and tomato along with most of the items pictured above.   Vegan meals can be fun and kept interesting.  The days of iceberg lettuce and tofu are long gone when it comes to cruelty free dining.  Almost everything and anything can be veganized these days.  So the real question is.. If we can live happy & healthy lives enjoying delicious foods without harming animals, why wouldn’t we???

Activism & Animal Rights

Why I’m Vegan

To sum up, there’s really no justifiable reason NOT to be vegan in 2019.  With so many cruelty free alternatives for meats, dairy and eggs, why would someone continue to pay others to mistreat and slaughter animals by the TRILLIONS every single year??  I truly believe that the generations to come, will look back at this atrocity which such shame and disbelief.  Want to know why many people continue to consume dead animal flesh and secretions?   Convenience, habit, taste and traditions.

There are plenty of health studies out there that prove whole plant based foods are optimal for humans.  And there’s even more studies out there that prove animal products are the leading cause of deaths for humans.  Heart disease is the number one killer in humans and stems from saturated fats and cholesterol which are mainly found in animal products.  Certain forms of cancer are also the cause of too much processed meats and dairy.  Dairy plays a huge role in hormonal cancers (breast, ovarian, prostate and testicular).  Don’t you think it’s weird how we continue to drink breast milk after our early childhood years from another species???  How many people would be grossed out if it were pig breast milk or dog breast milk or better yet, human breast milk??  It’s just all so weird and we’re not baby cows after all.  The hormones found in cow’s milk does a number on our bodies.  “Milk does a body good is not science, it’s marketing.”- Dr. Milton Mills, MD

Ethically speaking, most people are against animal abuse and if they had to slaughter or even witness the slaughter of the animal they want to eat, they wouldn’t do it.  Earthlings and Dominion are two very powerful documentaries that show the truth on how these animals are raised, farmed and slaughtered.  Every single one of them fight until their very last breath to survive.  We all just want to live in peace; human animals and non-human animals.

Environmentally speaking, we’re screwed.  We’ll not so much us but our kids and their kids.  The amount of pollution and waste created by the animal agricultural industry has come to a point of no return.  Deforestation to make room for more animals or to grow the food to feed to the animals is beyond devastating to comprehend.  Dead zones in the oceans with fish-less oceans predicted by the year 2048!  If the fish go, we all go.  We are destroying our beautiful planet by using and consuming other sentient beings.

Being vegan is taking an ethical stance against all intentional animal abuse.  This includes avoiding food and clothing derived from animals along with products tested on animals and using animals for our entertainment (zoos, circuses, etc.)  Just by existing, humans will destroy some life forms by driving, walking, crop farming, etc.  We must do our part to cause the LEAST amount of harm to others (whether directly or indirectly).  I am vegan because we must be the change we wish to see in the world.  Could you imagine how much better off we all would be if we were taught to respect all life forms and not just those we consider pets?

Peace begins on your plate.  #bevegan

*DISCLOSURE* I by no means am posting this to shame non-vegans.  I wasn’t vegan for the first 32 years of my life and it is not my place to judge.  Most people do not know how bad it actually is for the animals nor do they care to witness it.  I called myself an animal lover all my life all while consuming their dead, tortured bodies and sporting Coach purses made of cow skin.  I urge each and every one of you to please do your own research because once we know better, we can do better.  And those that have the privilege to know have the duty to act.  It is my duty to spread awareness as far and wide as possible.  It’s the very least I can do; especially since I contributed to their suffering for most of my life.

Vegan Living

Move it Mondays

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Like 99.9% of people, I made a New Years resolution this year to get in shape.  Not only to get in shape, but to get more flexible.  I have a goal to get both of my splits by the end of February.  Growing up, I considered myself pretty athletic.  I did gymnastics then competition cheerleading through high school and then urban dance in college.  Throughout my life however, I was never able to master both left and right splits.

I envision myself dancing to choreography I make up in my head.  Why is it that I’m so much better at picturing myself dancing than ACTUALLY dancing??  I feel like a complete tool when I try and recreate the moves I envision in real life.  Even more so when I take a dance class… especially hip hop.  That’s the style I feel more comfortable in but only when I free style.  Try and teach me some moves and I forget all my skills.

A long term goal for me is to be able to choreography a dance I actually look good performing so I can incorporate my activism lifestyle with it.  To accomplish this however, I need to take all sorts of dance classes, gym classes, and put in the long hours and hard work myself.  As for gym classes, I take a Balance and Flex class on Tuesdays, a Strength Training class on Wednesdays and a Pilates class on Thursdays.  Mondays are for actual dance classes (either hip hop or modern).  And of course, I can’t forget yoga!  No set days for yoga but it’s so good for the body and mind as well, so I try and fit it in when possible.

I feel so out of my comfort zone on Mondays but it’s a small price to pay in order to achieve my long term dance goal.  Tonight I’ll take one step closer on turning this goal into a reality.  Even if it means putting myself out there and feeling so out of place.

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Vegan Living

Happy New(ish) Year!

Hellooo 2019 peeps!  Is everyone still as focused on their new year goals as they were in December?!  I know I’m not… Hence starting my first blog post a week into February.  Its Friday night, my 2 and a half year old is making a mess with his cereal, glued to his tablet whilst I have moscato in my glass and endless amounts of Friends on Netflix.  Hoping this first blog sparks a fire under my butt and I stay consistent.  That’s the key in life, right? Consistency.  Fall down 99 times, get up 100.  My mission is to share my stories and passion in life.  To showcase the good, the bad and the ugly.  The struggles and consistent hard work you need in life to turn your dreams into reality.  Putting it all out here to hold myself accountable.  Hope you all are ready for me!  😀