Pictures Of Things + Le Love List

April 17th, 2015 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

vegan kid activities

Hello hello! Haaaaaappy Friday!

We’ve been having a fun few weeks around here, since Waits was on spring break and the weather has been wonderful. Feels like summer! And it feels like the old days. Those Portland days, pre-preschool days, pre-grad school days, when I got to spend all day every day with my little guy. And okay, so that’s actually totally stressful and difficult and after prolonged periods, pretty disastrous. But for a week? For a break? It was such a special treat.

I hope you’ve been having a beautiful spring as well, and getting outside and enjoying the weather as it begins to warm the world again. We’ve been taking just as much “nature” time as we possibly can, and it’s really made me realize how important that is to me. To my well-being. Ocean, mountains, sun, stars, creeks and beaches. YES. Happiness.

Here’s what it’s been looking like, lately:

green juice every day

Every day.

single mom spring break
Just because preschool’s on break, it doesn’t mean that grad school’s on break. Luckily, Waits was a champ when he tagged along at this meeting I couldn’t miss – he drank his green juice, ate his veggies + hummus, played with his toys, and watched a show on the iPad while I met with my team.

And it actually brought up some unexpected feelings for me. Because I have really vivid memories of tagging along with my mom while she was doing her masters program at UC Berkeley. I was just about exactly his age. And this feels like full circle. ♥

chlorella snackkids love chlorella

One of our very favorite snacks – strawberries with hemp seeds and a side of chlorella tabs. SMILE green monster chlorella mouth!

vegan cheeseburger
Classic vegan cheeseburger on gluten-free sourdough bread.

junior biologist
We’ve been forest bathing. Shinrin-yoku

vegan children dental problems
We also took a trip to the dentist. Waits was very brave, and I was very happy to hear that his teeth are perfectly perfect – no cavities. Honestly? One of the most common cautionary tales flung at vegan parents is about dental health. Basically – “vegan kids have bad teeth”. So I have done a LOT of research into the topic. I feel confident with our diet and the way we supplement (which is optimized for dental health), and I am very happy to report that this vegan kid has excellent teeth. Yay!

I grew poppies
My white whale of gardening. Fickle, fragile poppies. At least I’m finally getting them to grow!

spring radishes
Gorgeous spring radishes. These became spicy fermented pickles, which we’ve already devoured.

kids drink green juicevegan family

birthday beach picnic
We celebrated Jeremy’s birthday in one of our very favorite places: picnicking on the beach, with friends and family, food and wine (and vegan cheesecake!), and the most beautiful spring sunset. Happy birthday my love. I am so glad that you were born!

Santa Barbara sunset


And now, it’s time for our little something special. Our little celebration of all the small things that we have to be grateful for. Our one and only – Le Love List!

Last week I took a morning and read through all my old posts recapping 2012 – starting at the beginning and reading straight through to the end. I cried a lot. And laughed. And thought about how far I’ve come. I am so very grateful for this blog, and the memories – both good and bad – that I’ve captured here. // My boss/advisor is one of the few people in my life who gives me shit – seemingly endless shit – about being vegan (which I always good-naturedly rebuke). And then all of a sudden last week, he mentioned oh-so-offhandedly during a lunch meeting, that he would now be eating meatless lunches. Like, indefinitely. I didn’t press the issue, but you better believe I was grinning and doing a happy dance on the inside! // Kisses all over the face from Waits. // The class I’m teaching this quarter, which marries two of my greatest passions: science and politics. // And in that class, teaching the unit on Evolution vs Creationism. One of my favorite subjects! // Getting reeeeally excited for the third and final Vida Vegan Con. I’m sad that it’s ending, but I’m also proud to say that I’ve presented at all three. ♥ // Getting to spend so much time with Waits. // One of my oldest friends got engaged to the person who is so completely her partner, so beautifully, perfectly matched to accompany her through life. And I’m not even really big on marriage, but geeze, I am so freaking happy for them. Two of the very best. An inspiration. And also . . . it’s gonna be a wild wedding!! // Having a podcast queue filled to capacity with brand new podcasts to check out, thanks to all your fantastic recs on my podcast post. Thanks guys!!! // Getting last quarter’s teaching evaluations from my students. Hearing the positive feedback and knowing that I’m on the right path, that I’m learning and growing, and that I’m actually pretty good at what I’m doing. ♥ // Waits is sort of obsessed with Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s, a super fun band that does pop punk covers of classic rock songs. He especially loves this version of Elton John’s Rocket Man. I gotta say, I am delighted by his musical tastes. // Spring cleansing . . . insomuch as I even believe in the concept of “cleansing”, is something we’ve been doing ’round here. Just tidying up the ol’ insides, you could say. Feels good.

Happy spring!


Okay everyone, so now it’s your turn! I’d love to hear what you’re loving lately, and I’m sure everyone else would as well. Let’s share the love and send it out into the world! Just leave your Love List in the comments below, yes?

And as always, I hope you have a fantastic spring weekend!

♥ ♥ ♥

  • Jo

    Vegan kids have bad teeth? Is that a thing? Luckily, British people have bad teeth, so if that’s true nobody here will notice. (Kidding! Obviously taking care of my daughter’s teeth…)
    My list right now would have to include our teeny tiny backyard which I am fixing up VERY thriftily/ salad weather / blossoms / botanical tattoos (can’t get one right now really, but obsessed with Alice Carrier) / my kid’s toughness and bravery (which is also kind of bad, enter the era of bloody noses and scraped knees.)
    Really had to think about that today, which is why I love these posts – they make me take a moment to bask in the good stuff. I really do love this blog. Enjoy the rest of your break!

  • mary schaubert hayes

    I’m so thrilled you linked to that supplemental post!!! I was vegan for three years and then became vegetarian for a few – well, this past week my husband, I, and our new (since being vegetarian) daughter all jumped on the vegan train again! Such a great tip about the spraying of B12! So that’s my love for this week – being vegan again and it feels SO GOOD!

  • veganinbrighton

    I just need to hight five Waits on his music choices! Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s are one of my all time favourite bands and I’ve recently been getting super into their Diva album, it’s such a fun listen!

  • Emily

    How do you stay vegan at the dentist?! I have always just went in and allowed them to use the (surely chemical ridden) tooth paste on me since it’s just twice a year… Wondering if you guys have the same experience!

  • Bianca

    Yay for birthday picnics and green juice and Me First & the Gimme Gimmes!!

    My love list: patio weather, craft beer, eating vegan ramen at my fave ramen shop, finding Daiya cheesecake at my Whole Foods!

  • (AL)

    Thank you for these posts, Sayward. I love your picture and love lists.

    And here’s mine–

    Shared books, charming sentences, silly rhymes. Homemade postcards, art projects with reused/repurposed materials, classes at the local center for creative reuse. Vegan family, vegan chapstick, vegan puffer jackets and vests. Moments of comfort.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Haha, well I don’t think it’s *actually* a thing, but it is a thing that radical vegan detractors (like WAPF people, and hardcore Paleo people) will claim. I haven’t seen any real evidence of it, but I also have taken it upon myself to research the basis of their claims, which was interesting for me. Yeah, I’m a geek. =)

    Thank you so much for the beautiful love list, and I’m glad to hear that it provoked you to search out some positivity – and bask in it. ♥

  • Jennifer

    Grad-school Mom memories! I was pretty clueless about my Mom being in school again except for the Word Processor that she wrote her papers on, and I wrote stories on. I also remember she had to drop a paper off and her school was in Philadelphia (like 2 hours away from where we lived) so she took us out of school, took us into Philly, dropped her paper off, and we went to the zoo. I remember her saying we would learn more in the zoo than we probably would in class XD That’s a pretty big jab at the public education system.

  • Rachel in Veganland

    Sounds like you and waits had a great time on his Spring Break! I had a lot of those days, but going to work/meetings/events with my mom. I’d always curl up and read while I waited for her.

    And on that note….

    The new indie bookstore I found just a stone’s throw from town//Coconut hemp milk swirled into locally roasted coffee. Pure heaven.//hanging out with a fellow introvert after a party to recoop over pho and summer rolls//having a prof tell me to submit my paper for her class to conferences! // Feeling the term winding down, and looking forward to a restorative summer filled with little vegan antics here and there // that new Star Wars trailer! So stoked!

  • Rachel in Veganland

    Oh! Also! Would you consider doing a follow up to your podcast post? I really loved that post and you gave some great recs. I’d love to see the others that you’ve found since then so I can also fill my queue with podcasts for road trips, summer gym days, and the like. :)

  • Daniela

    I will write this Le Love List in Spanish so you can practice it ;)
    Darme tiempo / el sol que entra por la ventana / poder dar y sentir amor / gente que se preocupa por mí / correr con Mati (mi perro) / meditar / rutinas / tlacoyos de haba con quelites / sábados de no hacer nada / tofu frito / ir a terapia.

  • Olgui

    Hi everybody,
    Love your pics ;-D
    And a big YES to Shinrin-Yoku and beach picnics!

    Le Love List ( my first time ):

    we’ve moved to a new home with a big terrace. Love it! Can’t wait to start gardening there and create my little green space :-D/
    Cleanising the new house/ Telling stories to my 2 years old daughter and
    watching then how she explains them to her puppets. Love my little girl!/ Quality
    time with my husband: our tv doesn’t work and it’s a bless! We’re having dinner
    speaking and listening to good music/ my stepdaughter, the eldest daughter of
    my husband, she’s so sweet and gentle. I’m very fortunate to have her in my
    life! Aaand Spring time! Welcome spring!!!

  • Rebecca Carnes

    I love love love this post:) I’ll be needing to add some Shinrin-Yoku trips into me and P’s life asap!
    My late Love List:
    *Getting back into reading again since having a kiddo;) Even if it is while using my phone’s flashlight as he sleeps next to me lol
    *Hearing P’s little voice tell me I’m his best friend…. it just melts me
    *Old friends moving back to the neighborhood
    *Beach/Park/backyard picnics
    *Listening to Phoenyx read his books when he thinks no one is listening, he comes up with his own awesome stories!
    *Berry season!!!! yum!!!!