Before I go on…I AM NOT A HIPPIE!!!  Wow…that felt great to get that out in the open 🙂  Some of you stumbling on my blog may not know me and are probably wondering what dragged you here in my lovely corner of the internet.  I decided to use my first post to let you in on my crazy world.  For those who already know me, please feel free to skim this post and follow my blog as I am sure you will get as much satisfaction reading it as much as I do writing it.

I guess by looking at the title of this blog, you already know two things about me: 1) I am a vegan.  2) I am a housewife.  What some of you may not know is that I have the best job in the world.  Sure it has its ups and downs but at the end of the day, I spend my most of my waking hours with those who mean most to me (never in any specific order)….

My loving husband Chuck who always sees the glass half full…Or in this case, two full glasses 😉

My first love…Shadow.  For the past eight years, he has been my rock and my furry stalker 🙂
Roscoe- He graduated twice from obedience school at the top of his class…but still no trashcan is ever safe!!!
This is the girl who truly taught me to be selfless…Raegan.  She is the CEO of this family 😉

You might wonder since I have three family members to think about, when do I have time to do anything for me?  Or in that case, what do I like to do?  Well, the first thing you will find out later on is that I love to cook.  It’s my therapy.  I like creating the food people have always wanted to try but never had the time or the patience to do.  I also like veganizing old family favorites, that I like to call “Trailer Park Food”.  It’s basically comfort food that was never intended to be healthy, but possibly healthier because it’s now got a vegan twist to it.  I’m not a nutritionist or a doctor so I can’t quite confirm the “health factor” to that claim.  And also I never, ever lived in a trailer…I just lived a handful of years in my mom’s house in West Virginia that was sooooooooooooooo small that a trailer might have been more luxurious.  Ironic, huh?

Another thing I like to do is travel…either by plane, bus, car, unicorn, etc.  Before I became married, I had my fair share of worldly travel.  Currently, with a young infant, it’s a little more limited but I look back at the places I have been and I appreciated everything I have learned from each place.  I also look forward to sharing those experiences with my daughter once she becomes more “travel compliant”.  The thing that calms my itch to travel is to explore places that are closer to where I live.  I live in one of the most beautiful states in the US and in such a great diverse college town.  That fabulous place is called Charlottesville, Virginia.  I am within driving distance to so many historical landmarks and in crawling distance to a billion (and counting!) wineries, breweries, and distilleries.  The focus of this town is “going local” with a great emphasis on farmers, local businesses, etc.

I am very proud to say that we have a steadily growing vegan population.  My husband and I are “co-organizers” of our local Charlottesville Vegan Meetup Group along with our friend (and original founder) Doug.  Just looking at the website today, our group is just under 150 members strong.  Not all of our members are vegan, but we simply classify our members as “Vegans and Veg Interested.”  We normally meet up at random places for potlucks, restaurants, or just about anywhere doing anything that is vegan friendly.  Chuck and I are still surprised about the random vegans we see in our area who have yet to hear about this group….So if you are that random vegan living in the area-CLICK ON THE LINK NOW!!!

What I am hoping to get out of this blog is that I can share with other people how easy it is to be a NORMAL family and be vegan.  Plus, I have a few interesting things that happen day to day that might bring a smile to someone’s face 🙂  I hope to also be able to give tips/ideas and be able to squash any stereotypes out there regarding my family’s choice of lifestyle.  The more I post on here, the more I hope you see that there are other sides of me than just being “That Crazy Vegan Housewife.”  Also, there are a million vegan cooking blogs out there and as much as I want to try to share with you my wonderful recipes, I don’t want the focus to be just on food (but I still promise you good food!).  My idea is to help that other vegan mom out there or possibly that other person who is simply looking into a simpler, but cruelty free lifestyle.  I will be the first to admit that I am not perfect….I am not always the perfect vegan, but really who is???  Sometimes, we have to weigh our options and go for what’s overall the best choice (like medicine to treat a chronic condition…I wish good health for everyone regardless!).  Many well respected vegans will tell you that it’s all about “being the best vegan you can be” and that’s the point I will always drive home to each and every one of you.  In return, I am expecting a supportive network from people of all walks of life who can relate to my day to day rants 😉

So without any further delay, I give you myself and my crazy life to read about…Enjoy!!!

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