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Vegan for Life: A Beginner’s Guide to the Best Whole Food, Plant-Based Cookbooks

Were I to recommend just one book to a friend who was considering going vegan, The Vegan Way: 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet, and You by Jackie Day would most certainly be it.  Day’s lovely blog, My Vegan Journal, never fails to inspire me as my family and I continue on our vegetarian/vegan journey.  Her book has been endorsed by Moby (“When you feel like you’re hitting a bump in the road to vegan, there’s always a dash of comfort and inspiration here to keep you moving along”), Pamela Anderson (“The Vegan Way is like having a friendly, nonjudgemental vegan friend by your side”), and Dr. Neal Barnard (“Jackie Day’s book provides a perfect starting point [to a plant-based diet], with recipes, research, inspirational quotes, and daily goals as resources”).

Let me first say how absolutely beautiful the book is, from the watercolor illustrations peppered throughout to the photographs of decadent food and natural products.  Providing a 21 Days-to-a-Vegan Road Map, Day encourages us to set a date and then find our muse.  Some of us may seek inspiration in our children or mindful time with animals.  Others may look to their annual physical results or love of the environment.  Day will join you in your pantry, refrigerator, closet, make-up drawer, as well as on vacation, at holiday parties, and out to dinner.

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Hippity-hoppity: Eggnots for Easter

Hippity-hoppity, hippity-hoppity, Easter’s on its way!

Paging through my most recent issue of VegNews magazine recently, I happened upon an advertisement for Eggnots, a dyeable, ceramic egg that looks just like the real thing. It was the answer to a question I had posed only days before to my husband:  how can we give our children the traditional experience of dying Easter eggs without betraying our philosophy of doing as little harm as possible to non-human animals?  

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Creating a Haven of Peace: Joanne Fairchild Miller’s Growing Sanctuary Movement

“What is sanctuary?”

“A place of asylum and immunity.”

“A place of peace and unconditional love.”

“A place to escape from the everyday stressors of life.”

“An attainable retreat accomplished through intentional living.”

~Joanne Miller 

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Why Everyone Needs a PlanetBox

Three PlanetBox OptionsI have been waiting for weeks to write this review and am eager to share it. Before I did so, I wanted to use my PlanetBox Launch repeatedly to see how it held up to daily use and washing. And today, I can say that I am a PlanetBox convert. This is the real thing. I have tried many “green” lunchbox products now – canvas bags with Velcro closures, various manifestations of the classic bento box, bamboo sandwich wraps – and I’ve always been left wanting. Since my son started school four years ago, I have been searching for one product that could replace all of them. I’ve found it in PlanetBox.