Thursday, December 28, 2017


Changing your diet can feel overwhelming, especially when transitioning from the SAD (standard American diet) to a plant based diet. Even when you have the best motivation (your health, the lives of innocent animals, our precious planet etc.) and intentions - sometimes it can be really easy back to fall back to our old ways. We've all been there, myself included! I wanted to share some easy and accessible tips to help anyone transitioning to a plant based diet, reducing their intake of animal products, or even those of us  just trying to eat a little healthier!

These products can be great to swap out for old favorites, to create quick, healthy, and nutrient dense meals and snacks! I've broken it down by meal to illustrate how we can make healthy changes/additions all day!

Thursday, December 21, 2017


Last winter my mom and I started the tradition of having a 'Christmas Dinner' at Parc, in Campus Martius. It really is an especially magical experience during the holidays. Request a table at the window, so you can admire the Christmas tree and ice skaters while you eat.

This year before our reservation, I was sure to check the menu for options, as I wasn't able to find much info by way of yelp or tripadvisor. I thought I'd share what I had, as well as other options available!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


The giveaways is now closed - thanks to everyone who participated! 


I'm super excited to announce that I'm going to be giving away this ultra cozy, cruelty free and ethically produced unisex Squirrel Toque from Wully Outerwear! I recently swapped my Canada Goose coat for a Wully Outerwear Doe Parka, and couldn't be happier. I'm thrilled to be sharing the Wully love with all of you!

If you're not familiar with Wully Outerwear I would highly suggest checking out their mission statement - but to sum it up quickly, they're all about offering high performance outerwear that DOESN'T come at the expense of animals or fair labour practices.


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Tuesday, December 19, 2017


This time of year it seems nearly impossible to keep the a cold or the flu from rearing it's their ugly heads, in one form or another. We can certainly do our best however, to keep the bugs at bay and keep our immunity in tip top shape.

Over the years I've acquired an arsenal of natural tricks and remedies to fight off whatever winter might have in store, no flu shot necessary! Below are some of my favorite (and easiest) answers to preventing and eliminating sickness during cold and flu season.

Monday, December 18, 2017


I recently posted a photo of this salad on my Instagram, and it got such a strong response I decided to write out the recipe for y'all!

This Caesar dressing is super easy to make, and it's great to have on hand for different salads/recipes during the week (Caesar wraps anyone?!).

I generally make this salad with Kale, because I have a sick obsession with it, but it's also great with the more traditional lettuce choice of romaine. I've also subbed cubed tofu for bread croutons to add protein, but toasted bread would make this a super indulgent, crowd pleaser!

The carmelized onions were a 'happen to have on hand' addition, but they add such a delicious sweet/savory element to the salad. No love lost if you don't have the time or desire to include them though.

Saturday, December 16, 2017


This Christmas I decided spread the holiday cheer AND vegan love to my team at work by making them these DIY Hot Cocoa Mixes. Buying for a group can be challenging, but who doesn't love turning on the fireplace and cuddling up with a nice big mug of cocoa, while the snow falls outside? Sign me up! Making the cocoa vegan and sneaking in some extra-healthy ingredients just adds to the loving vibe! Best of all, this mix is super easy to make and assemble - trust me, I am NOT crafty. So channel your inner Martha, and deck those halls!

Friday, December 15, 2017


Every since adopting a plant based diet just over a year ago, I've also been trying to make shifts in my lifestyle that also align with my decision not to eat animals/use them as a commodity. A large part of that has been not only what I choose to put in my body, but also on it. The unfortunate reality is that the vast majority of cosmetic, clothing and accessories companies still use animal products and animal testing.

I try to be realistic about this process, in that it is definitely just that, a process. It simply isn't realistic to replace everything I've purchased over the past 28 years, all in one day - or even one year!  What has felt right for me is to do my best to make all new purchases animal friendly, take great care of the items that I already own (as to make them last), and replace the items that feel most compelling to me.

One item that was on the top of my "Must Replace List", was my Canada Goose parka. Before coming to understand the gruesome truth about Canada Goose coats (hello live plucking and trapping), I had owned my Canada Goose for about 5 years, and to be honest, it was amazing (performance wise)! We experience very long, cold winters here in Michigan, and a Canada Goose will keep you warm for certain, but at what cost? I knew there had to be a better alternative out there, one that could mean not jeopardizing my ethics for warmth.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


This soup is so simple, easy to prepare and delicious - I find myself making it often. It's so quick that you can make and serve it the same evening, but it's even better the next day (isn't everything?).

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Love, love, love my Angela Roi Madeline Bucket Bag -
full outfit details below

Sunday evening, a friend and I grabbed drinks at Kresge Court in the Detroit Institute of Arts. Because the museum is free for local residents, it's a great spot to go, not just for art, but for drinks with a friend or hunkering down with a coffee to do work.

Friday, December 8, 2017


Being plant based, I know that my diet is full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and YES, even protein! That being said, due to modern farming conditions, environmental toxins, and just for added "insurance", I do have some supplements that I add to my daily routine. While these supplements are tailored to suit my vegan lifestyle, they would be beneficial for ANY person trying to improve their health!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


My sweet, sweet friend Brooke recently had me over for dinner and made this to die for kale salad. The next day I was still dreaming of it, so I asked her for the recipe not only so I could eat it forever, but also that I could share with you guys!

Not only is Brooke herself a QUEEN (not to mention the best mama I know), but the salad itself looks like it's covered in jewels - so I thought the name was appropriate!

Perhaps the very best part of this recipe is that it is made from all Trader Joe's ingredients! Hello easy weeknight dinner. I hope you love this as much as I did! Thanks Brooke!

Follow for the full recipe..


When I became vegan just over a year ago, I began to consider my own dog's diet and how it directly conflicted with my personal beliefs. I refused to consume any animal products myself, yet I was buying directly into factory farming with every purchase I made at the pet store (and with a 70lb German Shepherd that's A LOT of purchases). I began to do some research to see if other people were sharing in my struggle, and if I could in fact safely put Bug on a plant based diet.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


As the holidays seem to be approaching at the speed of light, I thought I'd put together a list gift ideas that can be purchased locally (most can be ordered online as well). Maybe this will help avoid some of that last minute gift buying panic, or is that just me?! Bonus, nearly all of these gifts ring in at under $50.

Monday, December 4, 2017


If you are plant based and live in the Detroit area there is no way you haven't at least heard of Greenspace Cafe. Opened by Dr. Joel Kahn and his son Daniel, Greenspace is a completely vegan restaurant in Ferndale. The beauty of Greenspace is that it's not your 'typical' (or the typical idea of what) a vegan restaurant looks like. It's a beautiful, modern space, that offers an upscale dining experience (and cocktails!) to the plant based and plant curious community.

If you've not yet been to Greenspace, I'd highly recommend visiting. It's a great place for a special occasion (I had my birthday there this year, and took my mom for Mother's Day), or a casual sunday brunch with friends.

To ring in their second birthday, Greenspace hosted a 7 course dinner, with live music by the Sean Blackman Quartet and drink pairings. Luckily I grabbed tickets before it sold out, and was able to partake in the celebration! I wanted to share some snaps of the fabulous food for those who couldn't make it, and perhaps inspire you to plan your own visit!

Friday, December 1, 2017


These truffle balls are addictively delicious. Luckily they're made with raw cacao powder, coconut oil and natural sweeteners that are packed with antioxidants, healthy fats and minerals! I brought these into the office and was left with an empty tupperware container within about 10 minutes.

Come on in for the recipe!

Monday, November 27, 2017


Finally made it downtown to check out the Christmas Market. We've been so lucky with this mild weather, walking around and exploring was the perfect way to spend the evening.

Monday, November 6, 2017


I've followed nutritionist Kimberly Synder for a long time (check out her books, they're amazing!), and a big part of her philosophy has to do with starting every day with a large green smoothie to help your body "continuously cleanse". I've tweaked her classic Glowing Green Smoothie to suit my tastebuds, and I make it my goal to have about 30 oz of some variation of this smoothie every morning.

A time saving tip is to making a big batch in advance, and portion it out for a few days. This smoothie will last about 3 days in the refrigerator. I store mine in Ball jars to try and avoid as much oxidation as possible.

Feel free to mix up the fresh herbs and fruit! Fresh mint is great in smoothies, or try swapping mango for the pineapple. The idea is that ratio should stay 70% greens, 30% fruit, but by all means, get creative!

Come on in for the recipe!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


During our stay at Rancho Pescadero this past March my favorite mixologist (on the whole planet, really) and good friend, Danny Sanchez, created this amazing drink. I loved it so much, I asked him if I could share the wealth. Generously he agreed to send me the recipe! Thanks Danny!

If you're in the Cabo area, be sure to check out Danny's new cocktail and taco joint, Barracuda Cantina. I can't wait to visit myself!

The best part about this drink is that it's full of amazing nutrients! Just let the course of your day dictate whether or not you add the tequila.

Despertarse Elixir (courtesy of Danny Sanchez)

4 oz fresh pressed carrot juice
4 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1 1/2  slices of fresh pineapple
1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
2 oz. of your favorite silver tequila or vodka (optional)

Place all ingredients into a blender with a 1/4 scoop of ice, blend until the ice is completely crushed.

Aida Mollenkamp recently visited Rancho, looks like she enjoyed Danny's creation as well :)

Friday, September 22, 2017


During my trip to Paris, I had the opportunity to visit Tautavel, a small village near Perpignan in the South of France. Adrienne's good family friends Anne and Gerard offered to host us in their home, and I'm so so glad we took them up on it! Visiting Tautavel was such a wonderful experience, made especially so because of our wonderful and knowledgeable hosts. The biggest thank you to Anne, Gerard and their son Antoine for showing us such a special time!

Perpignan is a quick hour and fifteen minute flight from Paris ORLY. We hopped a flight down on Monday evening, and immediately when you walk off the plane you know you're somewhere VERY different than Paris. Perpignan is situated near the Mediterranean Sea, just on the other side of the Pyrenees Mountains from Spain (Barcelona is just a 2 hour drive, if you have the time!). The climate and landscape is a beautiful hybrid of mediterranean, tropical and mountain. It's truly unlike anywhere I'd been before.

Getting off the plane at PGF.

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Thursday afternoon we flew back to Paris from Perpignan. After a quick a quick bag drop and refresh at the hotel, we were ready to head out on the pursuit of what else? Food.

After nearly a week of sustaining on primarily bread, cheese and macarons, my body was really begging for some fresh, dare I even say, healthy food. Adrienne had the incredibly brilliant idea to try and find a good mediterranean restaurant. In Detroit we are #blessed with some amazing mediterranean and middle eastern restaurants, it's such a great go-to, especially for people on a plant based diet.

With a fair amount of research, we settled on Le Grand Phenician in Monmarte, just around the corner from the Moulin Rouge and right up the block from the Terrass-Hotel, where we had planned to go for cocktails later.

Don't go to LGP if you're looking for something fancy, but if it's out of this world, delicious lebanese food you're after, this is the place. The food and drinks were both very reasonable priced, the service was super friendly fast, and accommodating, and we left full and happy. The baba ganoush (above) was particularly noteworthy and unlike I'd any had before (pomegranate arils?!).

View from the Terass Hotel rooftop bar.
Post-dinner we walked over to the Terass-Hotel (only about 5 minutes up Rue Caulaincourt) to have drinks on their AMAZING rooftop bar. Sadly, the weather was cold and rainy that evening, but the terrace was covered with umbrellas and plenty of heaters (they even had blankets available) so we stuck it out and enjoyed the beautiful view and delicious cocktails. Of course we had to stop and do the photo booth on our way out.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Our second night in Paris extended into the morning of our third day, and thus Sunday was a bit of a late start. We met up with Trent in his neighborhood, Belleville, for a late brunch (they have an affordable yet abundant pre-fixe option) at Moncouer. If you're visiting Paris in the warmer months, I would definitely suggest stopping by Moncouer for a casual meal, coffee, or apero on their terrace. The cafe is perched atop the hilly and picturesque Parc de Belleville. From right outside the cafe you have an unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower, so eating al fresco on a nice day is even more lovely.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Paris PT 1

Paris - is there any place better? It would hard for me to imagine so. This was my third visit, and somehow it never seems to become any less magical.

I'm lucky enough to have a lifelong friend (quite literally, Trent and I met at age 7) living in Paris. Every time Trent and I talk, I always say I'm going to make a trip out, and somehow five years has passed since my last visit. Unacceptable. When Trent was home for the holidays, I made a vow that another year would not pass before I saw him in France.

Another amazing thing about Trenton is that he truly is the world's best tour guide and host (also just the all around coolest person, check out some of his crazy cool life here). Traveling, especially internationally, can be so overwhelming and having someone who knows the city front to back makes things so much easier and SO much more fun!

Of course doing some 'touristy' things is inevitable (and sometimes really fun!), but we really tried to balance that by checking out spots that were a little more unique or off the beaten path. Hopefully sharing our itinerary can help you find a few new spots to check off your own list!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


If you know me IRL or you follow me on Instagram, you've probably heard about my current obsession with PIZZA. Specifically vegan pizza, and making it at home on my grill.

Last year, prior to completely transitioning to a fully plant based lifestyle, I invested in this awesome Weber grill. Once I cut meat out of my diet I was a little worried that it wouldn't get much use, so I started trying to think up creative things to grill (you can only eat so much zucchini and summer squash). I recalled that friends of mine had a grill top pizza oven, so I did some reasearch and found that for the really small investment of this grill top pizza stone, I could start (and never stop) making easy, healthy, and delicious pizzas on my grill!


Keep reading for few tips and tricks I've learned along the way, and favorite recipes:

Sunday, April 30, 2017


I have to say, I've never quite understood all the hype around Starbucks. I give their marketing team credit though, the world is in a tizzy over this new Unicorn Frappuccino. I've seen the whole range of emotions on my Facebook feed this week, from "OMG - finally got to try the new Unicorn Frappuccino!" to "OMG - went to Starbucks and they were sold out of the Unicorn Frappuccino! Can you even believe it?!". Meanwhile, I'm over here like "OMG! I cannot believe you would put that junk into your body!!!".

That being said, I didn't want to be left behind in the unicorn dust! So I thought, why not take this opportunity to improve a bit on what Starbucks is doing, and make a healthy alternative?

Yes, healthy - whilst still remaining hot pink and neon blue. I like a good challenge! That's how I came up with this bad boy. I invite you to join me on this magical journey and make your own Kind Unicorn!

Friday, April 28, 2017


I recently bought my first home, a charming mid-century ranch in a small neighborhood outside of Detroit. Well, "charming" is being generous - at least initially. I believe the first words I uttered upon entering for the first time were, "oh, hell no". My realtor actually had to force me walk through after I insisted it wasn't worth our time.

At that point I'd been looking for a house on and off for about three years. SUCH, a process. I do not envy anyone trying to buy a house in this market. The disappointment, the heartbreak. It's like watching every episode of This Is Us, back to back! I put in so many offers, lost out on so many houses - I was about ready to throw in the towel and just succumb once again to the world of rentals. Thankfully, I persisted. 

Now something you should know about me, I fancy myself a bit of an amateur interior designer. Yeah guys, I read design blogs (hello, Jenny, Amber, JessicaErin, Mat and Brandon) AND subscribe to Elle Decor (no bigs). So my dream scenario was to find my very own fixer upper (hey, Chip and Jojo!), and once I got past the initial scent of my (then future) house, I realized this might just be it! And being way under budget, it gave me room to get creative and update the things that were not only important to me, but also absolutely necessary in a house of this state,

So, after a couple months of back and forth, crossing T's and dotting I's etc. - she was mine! And as you do with anything you love, I promptly began to rip her apart and put her back together the way I wanted. 

The most important part of a home for me is, hands down, the kitchen. I love to entertain and cook, so having an open and inviting kitchen is crucial - it's where the fun happens! Unfortunately, open and inviting is everything this kitchen was not. Luckily, with some vision and a lot of hard work by an awesome crew, my dream kitchen came to life! 

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Having lived in Chicago for nearly 5 years, I have serious love for the city and my closest friends that still live there. Lucky for me, it's just a quick 45 minute flight, and we're reunited.

my babes.
I've made a few trips to the city already in 2017, and will be back next month to see Hamilton (YESSSS) - so I thought I'd post about a few noteworthy and favorite food and drink spots in the city. These are the perfect haunts for your weekend getaway.

best intentions, logan square.
Bad Hunter 

Bad Hunter is a recently opened, veg-forward restaurant in the West Loop. It's located on Randolph St. and is neighbors with other more well established hot spots like Au Cheval and Girl and the Goat.

off the shoulder top - zara, suede pants - j brand, mules - misguided, bag - céline, bracelet - hermes 

Sunday, April 9, 2017


I recently spent a quick weekend in Orlando for a family wedding. I thought I'd share some cool spots I found during my trip and all the wedding festivities!

I'm such a sucker for Spanish moss. Swoon.
I stayed with family in the Thornton Park neighborhood of downtown Orlando. When visiting a new city, it's so nice to stay in a neighborhood that has fun spots in walking distance. Thornton Park is a really charming little neighborhood, centered on Lake Eola. The "lake" is more of a pond by Michigan standards (sorry, Floridians), but it's still a pretty place to explore. There is walking path around the entire lake, making it a great spot to get in your morning run (or stroll, if you are like me).

Lake Eola. 

sweet little note found on my walk around the lake.
On the weekends, I'm told they typically they have farmer's market set up, but the weekend I was visiting there was a street fair going on.

I enjoyed just walking around and admiring all the sweet homes in the hood. I could definitely feel comfortable inhabiting this bad boy. Hello, porches and palms!!!

Keep reading for a few notable places worth visiting:

Friday, April 7, 2017

BCS Pt.3: San Jose del Cabo

Typically on our trips to BCS, we spend our last couple of nights somewhere in San Jose del Cabo. We leave Rancho kicking and screaming, but it's REALLY nice not to have to tackle an hour plus drive to the airport on the day of departure.

I'll admit, I've been somewhat ruined to big, chain resorts. It's really hard to beat the unique, personal feel you get at boutique property. That being said - Cabo, while definitely leaning more towards the touristy side, does have gorgeous beaches and sunsets, plus it's hard to beat the proximity to the airport (most resorts in the San Jose area are only about 15-20 minutes from the airport).

In the past, we've stayed at both the Hilton Los Cabos (unreal sunsets and a pristine white beach), and the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos (super fun kiddy pool and expansive breakfast buffet with lots of veg options) and both were perfectly nice, clean and conveniently located spots.

breathtaking sunset from our balcony at the Hilton Los Cabos. 
This trip, we actually took advantage of our time in San Jose, and explored the area more than past years.

One place I had wanted to go for a while, but had never made it to, is Flora Farms. With the help of our dearest friend Danny, we were able to snag a last minute reservation for dinner (be sure to call way in advance, reservations book months out). Per the advice of their site, we arrived about an hour early to explore the property. This is something I would highly recommend! FF is so much more than just a restaurant. This hidden gem is set back in the foothills, the drive there is a little tricky, but don't be discouraged - it's totally worth it!

Grab a glass of wine at El Wine Bar and peruse the charming shops. The farm itself an organic produce shop, James Perse has a pop up shop, Santo Cabo an awesome natural skin care line (they'll be featured in my April Beauty Buys video later is month!) has a storefront, and there is a handful of other unique vendors to visit as well.

Romper, Keepsake the Label.

Shoes, Joie. Bag, Louis Vuitton.

sunset at Flora Farms.

Duster, Naked Wardrobe. 

putting an olive tree in my house, STAT.

The restaurant itself is just magical. Twinkle lights galore, live music, delicious food and wine (in the middle of a garden?!) - you just might mistake it for heaven.

Seriously, you have to visit Flora Farms. It's not an option. I will be really mad if you don't. Don't you think it's rude to just ignore my suggestions?