Hello hello, hello my friends and hellooooo weekend! It’s been another helluva week ’round these parts, but I’m in the home stretch (really, rounding third base, I can see the plate . . . June 28 and it’s all over . . . ) I’m a writing machine these days, and when I’m not writing I’m recipe testing, and raw food imagining, oh yeah, and the mommy part too! Thank goodness for another weekend.
And thank goodness for giving thanks! Seriously, I am so filled with gratitude this week, I don’t even know where to begin. You know, I’ve learned a whole lot in these crazy project/s days, enough to probably write a pretty profound post about it, haha. And maybe I will. For now I’ll say that a little love, especially a little love from a stranger, can ohmygod go miles and miles when you’re having a bad day. I’ve been touched on a few occasions of late, and it makes me want to reach out and pay it forward. In all this madness, I’m so impressed with the kindness of my fellow humans! We really are an amazing bunch of monkeys. It’s important to remember that.
Le Love List
1. The Our Hen House Podcast. You all know what a podcasting junkie I am, and I was ripe for a new show to devour. That’s right about when reader Joselle dropped me a line to let me know about Our Hen House, an awesome little podcast where one of the interviewees had mentioned my upcoming Vegan Pregnancy book (squee!). Anyway, I started listening to the podcast and now I’m totally hooked. Jasmin and Mariann are this fantastically eloquent queer/animal activist super couple, who fill their show with wit and intellect and humor and wisdom. Highly, highly recommend!
2. Soapwalla Kitchen Body Products, and the wonderful woman behind the magic, Miss Rachel. I first blogged about Soapwalla when I reviewed the line back in November. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s my favorite skin care line I’ve ever used. Ever. The attention to detail is simply impeccable, it really feels like the absolute highest caliber of ingredients are used, and the finished product is of exquisite quality. Anyway, so I’ve been having a rough few weeks and I guess that’s pretty obvious, huh? Well, on Tuesday afternoon there was a knock on my door and what do you know, but I had a surprise little box in my hands. I opened it up to find . . . a care package straight out of the Soapwalla Kitchen! For no other reason than because Rachel thought I could use a little extra love.
Rachel, I am still so touched, I can’t even tell you how much that meant to me. Thank you so, so much.
And to everyone else, Soapwalla is an amazing line, if you’re in the market for some new bath and body products, please check them out! All organic, artisan hand-crafted, vegan of course, and *totally* reasonably priced. Rachel is an awesome lady and there’s no one more deserving of your business!
3) Missionary Chocolates. These are my favorite gourmet chocolates, period, and they’re made by a gal here in Portland. Another story:
Yesterday Waits was having a rough day, so I was having a rough day. That’s our problem, see. I literally have too much work to do, and the poor little bug is teething something fierce. So I have less attention to give him at a time when he really needs more, and so I feel guilty, and then I worry about the work I’m not doing and I get stressed, and he senses my stress and he becomes more unsettled . . . you see, it’s a big bad snowball. So yes, yesterday was rough and we decided to get out of the house to try and switch things up. And we were meandering around when we stumbled on a Farmer’s Market (that’s the kind of thing you stumble on in Portland, haha), and inside the Farmer’s Market we then stumbled upon the Vegan Truffle Vendor of Joy™.
I was already familiar with Missionary Chocolates so I kind of felt bad taking samples, but I couldn’t resist. And Melissa was just so friendly and offered Mr Waits a few of her own strawberries since he’s too wee for chocolate, and we were just chatting away. Melissa is an ND, and apparently the mission of Missionary is to eventually fund the opening of a holistic healing center. Love it!
So after all my sampling, and loving the mission so much, I wanted to buy a truffle for the road. Alas, I was a dollar short. I was getting ready to promise to hunt them down somewhere soon, when Melissa grabbed the rest of the sample vanilla salted caramel truffle (HELLO) and tossed it in a little baggie with a few salted vanilla chocolate covered pretzels (HELLO!!!), and before I could protest she was thrusting it into my hands and insisting that I take it. “Every mama needs a little chocolate,” she said. And I really did.
Again, I was so touched by this act of generosity. So I just wanted to put it out there – if you’re looking for gourmet vegan truffles that will seriously knock your socks off (and really, who isn’t?), please consider supporting this amazing small business. They ship everywhere! It’s for a good cause, too, so you pretty much have to eat the chocolate, right??!
Alright guys, now it’s your turn! What do you love this week?
My darlings, this happy little post will stay at the top of the page all weekend, so stop by any time to leave your Love List, ask a question, or offer some feedback! Or if you’re new, please introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’! This is your community, so get involved!