The desert is still in bloom #distractions #desert #flowers #nature #arizona #watsonlake

This weekends siting…a centipede! #distractions #hiking #insects #nature #trails #centipede

Handbags + Random Notes + Dining out Veg

You can make so many excuses to buy a new handbag … the season, a new outfit, a party, a trip … you get it. Last year while in New York for the holidays I walked into the Alice & Olivia boutique knowing the bag I had my eye on for months was on sale. That was my excuse - it was almost 40% off! This year I’m not making an excuse I’m just buying a new bag. 

There is always the size and function to consider. I know the “shopper” bags are really in right now and this one from Fossil is classic with perfect size and function … 

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..but I really want the less conventional purse right now like this Coach with the fringe. #bohemian #ineedamoneytree

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With the holidays coming up, a new clutch would be perfect for the parties. This one by Poverty Flats is classic and affordable. 

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Random Notes

I get daily inspiration/spiritual emails from the Kabbalah Centre. They keep me in check and it’s a good way to start the day. If you wanna check them out click here.

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The past couple years I have had serious challenges with sleeping. It’s hard to explain but I feel like I’m hanging in the balances between sleep and awake. I can lay awake for hours at a time tossing and turning like a maniac. I have blamed it mostly on wine but when I don’t drink wine every night and I exercise - so what gives? Recently I gave up coffee and I have not slept like this in YEARS. I’m dreaming and not hearing everything little bump in the night. It’s so awesome. My girlfriend was telling me that your body actually processes the caffeine hours after you drink it. I read something similar here. I never say never but I’m pretty sure coffee with caffeine has been written off by this girl. 

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I get weekly emails from Vegetarian Times, a magazine all about vegetarian food. They recently gave “tips” in one of their newsletters and one was to use the left over oil to cook with, like stuffed peppers. We always have peppers and even eggplant in oil in the pantry. I tried it out, sauteing garlic and kale and then adding rice. It added a nice new kick to the meal. #reuse #recycle

My final random note is how my facial this week has me reflecting on my Clarisonic brush I bought I couple years back. There was a time when I would get facials and the black head extracting was like having inflicted chicken pox. I had tons of them and some buried so deep she would have to use a needle to extract them. This week I had almost ZERO and the esthetician was totally impressed with my skin. I give all the credit to this little brush that I use a few times a week at night. 

Vegan Restaurants and Meals in the Phoenix Area

I’m always looking for restaurants that have vegan options, not only because I’m aspiring to live the “kind life” but also to try new things. Most people that say “I don’t know how you can’t eat meat” have never tried a vegan meal. Some of my favorite meals do not include meat! Here are some places and meals if you wanna try something new! 

Green Vegetarian and Nami

This is one of our favorite new hang outs. It’s downtown Phoenix in small garage type building. This is the first place where I have ordered fake meat and been completely satisified. I had the Turkey Club and Jersey recently ordered the special which was a Burrrito that was so freakin good! It had faux chicken, faux Havarti cheese (this is new to me) and jalapenos. 

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Next door is a vegan coffee and bakery place. They have all sorts of cakes and such but they also serve a mean breakfast burrito. 

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I chose the chia fritters to test the waters - OMG. Everything about them was perfect. #jerseyapproved

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The Loving Hut

I have not been in this place but Jersey has brought home carry out.

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They have a variety of food but we gravitate towards the Asian dishes. I love wontons, mostly because of the creamy cream cheese. So I ordered these with not much expectation … but I promise you, you would have never known it was fake cheese. They were delicious. 

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Pita Jungle

We have been going here for years mostly because there are so many healthy vegetarian dishes. But they also have plenty of vegan dishes. 

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One of the best is the vegan options is the macro platter with plenty of bean and tofu protein and veggies galore! Pita Jungle also has excellent Black Bean and Portobello Mushroom burgers!! #jerseyapproved

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Pizzeria Bianco

I just went to this place this week after a year a two. They have THE BEST pizzas in the valley.

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They also have a vegan pie that the meat-eating group I was with devoured in seconds called the Marinara. It’s so simple with marinara, garlic and oregano and I promise you will not miss the cheese. #jerseyapproved

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They also have a white pizza that cannot go without mentioning. It’s not vegan but unbelievably good called the Rosa with pistachios, rosemary, red onions and Parmesan. To. Die. For. 

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I don’t think that anything happens by coincidence. No one is here by accident. Everyone who crosses our path has a message for us. Otherwise they would have taken another path, or left earlier or later. The fact that these people are here means that they are here for some reason.” — James Redfield, The Celestine Prophecy

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