Love Links

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day! Chris and I waiting until Friday to celebrate so that we can make the hour long trek to our favorite vegan restaurant Great Sage. Do you celebrate Valentine's Day or are you in the "Hallmark Holiday" camp? I like to get a little festive if the opportunity presents itself- even if that means taking the opportunity to indulge in a chocolate treat or two.

A few love links...

6 hours to a better relationship. I really want to make this a new habit. 

15 Vegan Valentine's Day recipes, including my absolute favorite- peanut butter cups!

Want to get to know your partner better?  Build love maps, ask open ended questions, and share rituals of connection with this free card deck for iOS mobile devices.

I don't really wear red, but I could do a pop of color with these heart shaped french tips.

David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King on pretty much the most amazing Valentine's Day card ever.

Be well this week! 


A Digital Declutter

Friday, February 02, 2018

Lately, there has been a big movement towards decluttering, minimizing, and organizing. In an effort to have a peaceful environment to live (and work) in, I've been embracing my inner Mari Kondo. 

This did not apparently translate over into my digital environment until recently.

Last week, I had a moment where I went to my office, sat down to get some work done and realized that my computer desktop was an absolute disaster. I had programs, files, and folders that spanned more than 50% of the width of my screen in a relatively small viewing size. (If you were to minimize this browser window, are you facing a similar situation?) Isn't it crazy how something you stare at for several hours a day can go unnoticed after awhile?

At that point, what had been seen could not be unseen. This chaos was staring me in the face and I had to do something about it. Here are some of the steps I took to declutter my digital world:


1. Set aside some time to do an initial re-organization of your virtual desktop. Depending on how much you have to go through, it may have to be something that you do over a free weekend, or over the course of a few evenings.

2. Make sure projects, files, and folders have a home. This is going to make it much easier to file everything away once you start sorting through it all. When I started this process, none of my blog photos or YouTube videos were in a central location. I ended up moving everything into my work/professional folder and sorting everything into sub-folders from there. Now if I need to access something from a previous post or save things for an upcoming project, I know exactly where to find it. 

3. Delete any files and programs that you don't need or aren't using. Just like physical clutter, things that we don't use have a way of accumulating quickly if you aren't mindful.


Although my computer was really disorganized, my email situation was about 10x worse, if you can even imagine. I'm not quite at an "inbox zero" situation but I've made a lot of headway and feel much less anxiety about checking my messages. 

1. As I mentioned above, set aside a block of time to start your initial organizing. I think having a clean inbox is probably going to be an on-going process.

2. Begin by going through your inbox and responding to any messages that you may have missed or forgotten. I am extremely guilty of looking at an email while I'm out and about and telling myself that I will get to it later.

3. Delete any messages that you no longer need. This may seem obvious but it's easy to say, "Well, I MIGHT need this some day." Be really critical here!

4. Now for the hard part- unsubscribe to all of that annoying junk mail! I knew that this would not be accomplished in one sitting but I make progress with it every day. I spent some time going through the "Social" and "Promotion" tabs in my Gmail account and started opening junk email and selecting the unsubscribe option. Even if you can manage only a few a day, you'll find that after a while, your email inbox is nowhere near as flooded as it once was. It is lovely to log in and see only the emails from actual people or from companies that I want to keep up with. The bonus part? Not being tempted to buy things you don't need every time there is a sale or promotion.

(In a previous blog on Personal Finance and Holistic Wellness, I mentioned the Unroll.me service. This site claims that it helps you to easily unsubscribe from unwanted email lists. However, I was informed by a kind reader that it really just prevents the emails from showing up in your inbox and doesn't actually unsubscribe you from the list. I think it can be helpful if you are really short on time, bit since then I've decided that I actually want to be removed from lists.)


After tackling my computer and my email, I felt unstoppable! Bring on my cell phone!

My mobile situation wasn't so bad. I took a few minutes to delete apps that I never used and group similar apps into folders.


As part of my digital clean-up (and while I still had momentum going) I also went through some of my social media programs to make sure that I was seeing only who and what I wanted to see. This included pairing down my Facebook friend list, curating my Instagram and Twitter follows, and making sure my LinkedIn connections were still relevant. 

I know it sounds like a lot of work, but as I mentioned, once you get started, you'll find it gets easier to to keep up with. This process has made working a lot less stressful and I've made it a goal to manage these spaces regularly.

Do you have a process for keeping your digital life and online presence clean and uncluttered? I'd love to hear any tips, tricks, or resources you may have.

Vegan Breakfast Tacos

Friday, January 19, 2018

Vegan Breakfast Tacos with Tofu Scramble and Sweet Potato Hash Living Well And Wild Recipe

The question I get most often, when it comes to vegan food, is "What can you eat for breakfast?" I will sing the praises of oatmeal all day long but sometimes you are just in the mood for something savory and reminiscent of the breakfast food you used to get on Saturday or Sunday mornings.

Enter...the BREAKFAST TACO, because let's be real here- ANY time is a good time for tacos.

Vegan Breakfast Tacos with Tofu Scramble and Sweet Potato Hash Living Well And Wild Recipe

I was SO HUNGRY when these were being prepped and I had to hold myself back from eating all of the individual ingredients. I'm looking at you, tofu scramble.

These burritos are hearty, flavorful, and can be made in batches and eaten during the week if you are short on time. They would also be a great weekend brunch option.

Vegan Breakfast Tacos with Tofu Scramble and Sweet Potato Hash Living Well And Wild Recipe


flour tortillas
baby spinach
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (should I halve this for smaller portion?)
sweet potato seasonings *(detailed below)
diced tomatoes
sliced avocado
1 block of extra firm tofu, drained and pressed/dried
tofu scramble seasonings**(detailed below)
frozen pepper mix
vegan breakfast sausages (I used the Field Roast Apple Maple Breakfast Sausages)

*Sweet Potato Hash Seasonings
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
dash of water or vegetable stock

**Tofu Scramble Seasonings
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp kala namak salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
dash of black pepper
dash of water to create liquid


  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line large baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Dice sweet potatoes and place in large bowl.
  3. Pour Sweet Potato Hash Seasonings over diced sweet potatoes and mix until distributed evenly.
  4. Lay diced sweet potatoes on baking sheet in single layer and cook for 15 minutes. Stir/flip and cook for 15 minutes more, or until sweet potatoes are tender all the way through. (Check with toothpick.)
  5. Cook vegan sausages in a skillet with approx. 1/2 tsp of olive oil (or water or vegetable stock if you want to skip the oil and have a nice, non-stick pan)
  6. Saute frozen pepper mix in pan
  7. Slice cooked sausages and mix with cooked peppers in a bowl.
  8.  Mix together Tofu Scramble Seasonings and set aside
  9. Crumble dried/pressed tofu into large pan and cook until mostly dry
  10. Add tofu seasonings to pan and stir to coat evenly.
  11. Heat flour tortillas approx. 10-15 seconds on a plate in the microwave
  12. Lay down a bed of spinach
  13. Add sweet potato hash
  14. Add tofu scramble
  15. Top with diced tomato and avocado slices 
  16. Eat and hope you made enough to have seconds and thirds.
(As a side note, the kala namak really makes a difference in the taste of the scrambled tofu. I had never heard of this type of black salt, until some friend's of ours kindly gave us a container to try.)

If you have any of the scramble or hash left over, they can definitely be eaten separately and/or tossed on top of a big salad for dinner. Proof that you can have a delicious, healthy, filling breakfast without animal products! 

If you try this recipe, I would love to see it! Leave a comment below or tag me over on Instagram.