Lightning in a Bottle!

It is totally that time again…festival season! Music festivals hold a really special place in my heart-some of the best memories I have from the last few years of my life are from these weekend getaways. 

When one of my best friends told me about her journey to Lightning in a Bottle last year, it sounded like perfection. Camping, yoga and music? It had my name all over it and before I knew it they had a ticket with my name on it. This huge gift ended up being what I believe will be a turning point in my life (for the better!)

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SPIRITUALITY. Spirituality in the sense of turning my gaze inwards for deep reflection and development. Lightning in a Bottle is totally unlike any other festival I’ve been to. The energy and feeling throughout the festival is truly unique and even three weeks later, I find myself channeling the feelings and thoughts from the weekend to re-center and ground my ever busy life. Capturing the beauty and magic of this festival was my primary focus throughout the weekend-bottling it-and bringing it back home. The calm of camping for three days, welcomed lack of cell phone service, the power of meditation and finding comfort in simplicity needs to be brought back to a world that pushes people to lead hectic lives that place far too much value on insignificant things. I push myself daily to not get so worked up about things and focus on the beauty in the world. 

LEARNING. I spent the day engaging with people from so many walks of life. Who doesn’t love a beautiful yoga session followed by an all-out dance party before noon, a cooking class or two, a sound bath and wrapping up the day with some groovy music?

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Yoga from sunrise to sunset, Brother Echo talking about blending foods for health and wellness, Tanya Petrovna, founder of Native Foods teaches how to make seitan, Ayurvedic cooking class makes kitchery. 

FOOD. LIB is a pescatarian festival and there were tons and tons of vegan options!

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Raw Pad Thai that was ridiculously good, the biggest burrito I’ve ever had, acai bowl and chai, samosas and salad. 

 EXPLORE. 

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I’ve never really believed it when people say something like this can change your life but it totally has and I am forever grateful for the people that I shared this experience with and for making it possible for me to engage. There is something magical in this space that I only found it because I was so open and hungry for it. Deep inner reflection and finding beauty in small things has helped me to live more purposefully in all of my daily activities. I’m really looking forward to this summer to “clean” up my life-physically and spiritually, continuing on this journey. 

CREATE. Find the things you love, make the life you want to live-then THRIVE. 

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Schedule from this past year’s LIB –> http://lightninginabottle.org/schedule/

xoxo -The Yummy Bunny

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Grand Cayman Adventures!

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Just take it easy mon…

Even though it has been a full three months since returning from Grand Cayman, I still get super giddy thinking about it or looking at pictures. I get this nervous, overly-excited anxiety that burns through my body and I just can’t wait to go back. It is such a wonderful place to go!

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I have been blessed to have celebrated the last two new years in Grand Cayman. Summer has always been my favorite season so getting a nice week long dose of it in December/January is always welcomed. I was a bit nervous being away from home for more than a couple of days, with this being my first vegan vacation. With the thoughtful, considerate and wonderful hosts to help and lots of questions, I was pleasantly surprised! Grand Cayman is boppin’ with some awesome vegan options. Lots of super fresh fruits and veggies here. 

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We even found the cutest little vegan restaurant- Bread & Chocolate! (Check it out on TripAdvisor!)

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Island Bowl-spicy jerk tofu, greens and veggies, plantains, guacamole, beans and rice

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It is hard to visit Grand Cayman and not go scuba diving. We completed our certification here last year and we are totally spoiled-warm, clear water and so much to see. There are so many wonderful sites to dive!

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This was definitely the highlight of the trip for me- I swam with a turtle! ❤ ❤ ❤

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While these beautiful creatures below look super calm in this photo, they were quite the surprise when we were driving and turned the corner to see them running in the road! Regardless, I had a quick second to see how awesome they are so close up. Island cows! 

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Here’s the link to an AWESOME little video that my lovie put together using his new GoPro. Check it out –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn4oJgvXgE4 

Until the next adventure!

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xoxo -The Yummy Bunny

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A Vegan Thanksgiving

This year I celebrated my first Vegan Thanksgiving. I remember talking about Thanksgiving with my mom a couple of months ago and being really sad about eating anything at all. I couldn’t even think about eating a tiny meal without getting sick. A whole Thanksgiving meal was completely out of the question. I spent the three weeks before Thanksgiving trying out various dishes, I was so pleased with the results and I knew Thanksgiving would be wonderful regardless of what was on my plate. It was one (if only one!) day to relax, not do any work and enjoy quality time with my family. 

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Growing up, Thanksgiving was a day that I would spend in the kitchen cooking everything with my mom. It was times like this that led me to love cooking. Over the last few years, Thanksgiving has turned into a day that I spend in the kitchen with my mom and my little sous chef sister. Thankfully, this year was no different :). We Vegan-ized the stuffing, mashed potatoes and yams by adding Vegan butter, soy milk and vegetable broth. In addition to that, I made a big greens and kale salad which was probably my favorite thing on my plate. My sister and I added chopped kale, spinach, lettuce, finely shredded carrots, tomato, cranberries, sunflower seeds and candied pecans. Every bite was a surprise of deliciousness. 

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When I thought about what I wanted to have that would make it a true Thanksgiving for me, I knew I needed to make Pecan Pie Vegan. It was not easy finding an enticing recipe, but with a few changes, I nailed it. These little bite sized babies are so delicious, with a perfect sweetness and consistency. Recipe and coconut whipped cream tutorial to follow soon!

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This Thanksgiving, as cheesy as it sounds, I’m thankful that I can have a plate full of goodness in front of me that I can eat, make me feel good, and share this time with the people that are so incredibly important to me. With the holiday season now in full swing, I can get excited and anticipate a beautiful Christmas and start of 2014!

Enjoy! 

xoxo -The Yummy Bunny.