#vkidsdoittoo: Highlights From The Hashtag

August 19th, 2014 - filed under: Furthermore » Inspiration

A few weeks back, as I was preparing for our camping trip, I got to thinking about quintessential childhood experiences. Those cliches, like a hot dog at the ballpark, popcorn at the movies, and of course – s’mores on a camping trip. And there are other, non-food-related ones as well: going to the zoo or circus, wearing cute and fashionable clothes, or joining in extracurricular activities.

There’s a lot about growing up vegan that may need to be adjusted, but I think that’s an importnat point – adjusted. Not deprived. Not missing. Not lesser. Just . . . adjusted.

And thus, #vkidsdoittoo was born, with this sweet little pic of Waits roasting a hot dog on a stick over the campfire. The idea of the hashtag is to show the world that vegan families are just like every other family. We are normal! We do all the same stuff – albeit sometimes adjusted.

And much to my delight, there are now over 75 photos on the hashtag (on Instagram), submitted by all of you amazing folks out there. I love scrolling through them and feeling the solidarity. Our community. Our diverse and adorable community!

And so I wanted to share a handful of pictures here on the blog. I couldn’t possibly play favorites, but these are 10 that I think show a good range and really demonstrate the intention behind the project.

Now buckle up, because here comes a boatload of cute:

vkidsdoittoo donut

phoenyxmama: what happens when kid meets donut for the first time….pure happiness:) #vegantoddler #sugarhigh #vegansofig @voodoodoughnut

vkidsdoittoo sanctuary not zoo

siouxsiemc: who needs a zoo? #vkidsdoittoo

vkidsdoittoo noodle bowl

erinleeho: he’s actually better with chopsticks. #vegansofig #vegankids

vkidsdoittoo mac n cheese

frieddandelions: perfect kiddo (and mommy) lunch! @earthbalance mac and cheese, @fieldroast apple maple sausages, and #organic grapes! #yum #vkidsdoittoo

vkidsdoittoo brownies

jescapesca: schools over. calls for some serious brownie baking. #vegan #vegankids #veganbaking #kids #daughters #schoolsover #summer #brownies #veganbrownies #home #kitchen

vkidsdoittoo licking spatula

michelleisvegan: he always gets the bowl and spatula when he helps make peanut butter cookies #todayjamieate

vkidsdoittoo chocolate cake

belableu: Nothing says Happy Birthday like a racing planes chocolate cake :)

vkidsdoittoo pastry at market

windycityvegan: nina’s saturday morning jam: a vegan doughnut from the farmar! now, we search for brussels sprouts.

vkidsdoittoo popsicle

nutbuttermermaid: blueberry coconut creamcicles on the deck, on a beautiful wednesday afternoon. this kid bites popcicles and ice cream and it makes my teeth hurt just watching him! #plantstrongkids #plantbased #veganlife #vegankids #vegan #whatveganseat #vkidsdoittoo #eatclean #summerinmichigan #blueberries

And last but not least!

vkidsdoittoo pasta face

lgillis03: what vegan kiddos eat!


A big giant THANK YOU to everybody who’s been participating, and to everyone who’s helped spread the word. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to scroll through all the pics and see all your amazing, adorable, thriving vegan children.

Remember that if your profile is private we won’t all be able to see your pics (but they’ll still show up in the number count, so that’s cool!), and also remember that you can go back and retroactively tag older photos (in the comments on the pic).

Alright, thank you thank you, and please keep ‘em coming!

♥ ♥ ♥

  • Sarah

    This is a great idea! I grew up vegetarian from the age of six, and vegan from the age of twelve, at my own request – as soon as I found out where meat came from, my precocious little brain wanted nothing to do with it! My mum was amazing, researching vegan diets and substitutes, speaking to a dietician to make sure she was feeding me properly, and making sure I never felt deprived. I had vegan pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, vegan cakes and treats, and vegan versions of basically everything my siblings had. She even bought vegan versions of ingredients for my cooking classes at school, so that I never had to feel excluded. And this was in the 90s, before the dawn of a million vegan cheeses and soy versions of everything! It warms my heart to see other parents raising their children so compassionately :)

  • Lindsey

    AH! My baby boy is famous!! :)

  • http://windycityvegan.wordpress.com/ Monika {windycityvegan}

    Nina’s still kicking off her Saturdays with those doughnuts, and I’m looking forward to picking up a few yucca-coconut treats to get me through my studies.

    I’m so glad you started this hashtag, and that it’s building momentum! The vegan kiddos Nina knows in real life are amazing, but few and far between. It’s great to be reminded that there’s a whole world full of other vegan kiddos out there.

  • Susan McNamara

    I can’t take all the cuteness x-D I get asked about my kids missing the ‘normal’ childhood experiences a lot. I love seeing all these awesome veggie kids!

  • http://sweetteascience.blogspot.com/ Rachel

    All mom’s amaze me, but yours sound extra awesome!

  • http://www.theveganchickpea.com theveganchickpea

    i hope you do these roundups every so often. this post made me so happy!

  • Natalia

    This is so great! THANK YOU!! I used the hashtag on my facebook (don’t have instagram) — my boy had an awesome vegan birthday cake last month! :)

  • Rebecca Carnes

    Aww! There’s P!! Love the hashtag – being able to see other Vegan moms and babes adventures is soooo great:)

  • http://www.vegan.ee/ Minna T.

    This is so great! And so so encouraging.

  • http://coconutandberries.com/ coconutandberries

    Absolutely loved seeing these pictures! I don’t know any vegan kids in person so it’s especially fun for me to see these :D
    Hope this is a regular feature on BA.

  • vegyogini

    This is a boatload of adorable! Love all these sweet vegan kiddos!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I agree with Rachel, your mom sounds so amazing! What an inspiration – I love stories like these so thank you so much for sharing.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Haha, YES! Thanks for sharing in the hashtag! ♥

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Eh? Yucca coconut treats you say?? ;-)

    And yes, I agree! We were so spoiled in Portland, but here it can feel pretty lonesome. It’s SO great to be able to scroll that tag and see all the kiddos and know there’s thousands of other families out these, walking this path, blazing the trail like we are. It’s so important to have that community!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I know but I warned you! Cute overload! =D

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I hope the hashtag keeps gaining momentum so I can keep doing these roundups! ;-)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Oh awesome, thanks so much for participating Natalia! I did a search on Facebook and I didn’t see anything come up – any idea why that is? Would it only show if we were friends? I’d love to see the pic, if you feel like linking!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Of course! Love that cute little guy and the donut introduction just slayed me! And I agree, getting to connect with other vegan moms and seeing so many other vegan kiddos is just so special. ♥

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    YAY Minna, you’ll be joining in soon right? ;-) Maybe a little prenatal #vkidsdoittoo, eh?? =D

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I hope it will be a regular feature! We don’t know many vegan kids down here so it’s great for us as well. Waits loves to look through the pics with me!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Seriously. Truckload by truckload of absolute CUTE. =D

  • http://www.vegan.ee/ Minna T.

    Maybe ;)
    (A breastfeeding photo would be a good idea for #vkidsdoittoo.)

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