Keeping it Simple: Capsule Wardrobe Experiment


I’m sure you’re all shocked that the author of a blog called “Kinda Crunchy” jumped on the minimalist wardrobe bandwagon. I just couldn’t help myself. It was just too awesomely crunchy to pass-up. There were a few factors that contributed to my decision. One of them being that I felt like every morning I stressed over what to wear because I had too many clothes that didn’t really fit or weren’t really “me.” I started reading about de-cluttering and clearing out space in your life and how it creates more inner peace and all that good stuff and who doesn’t want that? No one doesn’t want that. (My mom just vomited in her mouth.)

So, I kinda started clearing stuff out. Tiny understatement. I went from filling half of a walk-in closet plus three stuffed-to-the-brim drawers, and then maybe also some boxes of stored stuff from a past pre-parenthood (aka pre-Jelly Belly) life to now requiring only one row of the walk-in and half-empty drawers. I used this method. Check-it out. It’ll change the way you view your stuff forever. It empowered me to be BRUTAL when de-cluttering. Sweater from {insert relative here} from {insert holiday here} that doesn’t really fit? You will guilt me no more into taking space in my closet. That one shirt that was my favorite forever but now has a little hole and is faded? Peace out, your glory days are like dust in the wind. How about that other thing that I bought because it was kind of what I needed but not really but was irresistibly on sale? Gone. Wait, but not that other thing that my husband says is cute on me but isn’t really my style and I feel awkward every time I wear it? This ain’t your home Mama, bye. If I don’t feel good in it, if it doesn’t “bring me joy,” if I don’t feel happy that I get to wear it then there is no space in my closet or my heart for this item.

You guys/Y’all, this was incredibly difficult. I’m trying to sound all BA (that’s how Christians say “bad ass” without actually swearing) about it, but it caused me physical pain. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that. Crunchy people: you know that feeling when your recycling bin is full and it’s trash day so you just toss that cardboard box which is CLEARLY recyclable into the normal land-fill destined garbage bin? AGONY. Squishy people: you know that feeling when you toss that generous serving of leftovers knowing you could totally have it for lunch tomorrow but you don’t really want to so you hastily shove it down the disposal, hoping your family never knows? THE HORROR. It’s that, “I’m being a wasteful selfish jerk” feeling. Uckgh. It feels slimy.

So how did I cut through the slime and embrace this process? I followed this blog post like it was an IKEA assembly guide. I held tight and I BELIEVED that in the end, this would all work out. The author, in her glorious simplistic way said this in a nutshell, “Your stuff served its purpose. You can thank it for what it did for you but now it can no longer serve you and needs to move on.” Make peace with saying good-bye, you’re only hurting yourself by keeping it because it’s cluttering your space. I don’t know that I really believed it, the stuff I wasn’t wearing a lot, was in my way though. For this reason, I appreciated the step that had me sort out my items into 4 categories: Continue reading

Crunchy Confessions

So I just took a “How Crunchy Are You?” quiz from Mama Natural and I am disappointed to report that this was my result:



I mean come on, I’ve been “Kinda Crunchy” for almost two years now and I haven’t even made it past “Newbie” status?? I’m sad.

Buuuuut…. Reality is, I have some crunchy confessions to make.

If something is on sale and I mean, it’s like a really good deal, I’ll buy it even if it’s not organic. UNLESS it’s in the dirty dozen… but usually, I just can’t pass up a really good deal, it’s torture. This goes for pretty much anything, not just produce. I’ll buy the super soft non-recycled toilet paper. I do feel kind of bad about that, but it’s so soft.

And as for beauty products… Oy. I’ve tried to convert to the all-natural, all-organic stuff but it’s either really expensive or it doesn’t work or both. My hair looked like I put mayo in it the last time I used an all natural conditioner. Not cute. Unless you’re married to Oscar Meyer, that’s not going to fly.

Now, in my defense, I have really crunched-up in other ways. My husband can attest to the fact that we’ve had recycled toilet paper (“Why does our tp look like the kind from my Elementary School?”) and I am now a huge fan of essential oils (aka “White Witchcraft”). So while I may not grow my own food and go out in public sans shoes, I think I’ve become a little more than Kinda Crunchy.

What about you? How do you fare on Mama Natural’s quiz?


Feeding Carnivores: Vegan Meals That Will Please Meat Eaters

I get asked all of the time, “So, what do you eat?” I totally get it. Before we started cooking vegan, I had no idea how people went without eating meat. I just assumed that vegans made the same meals but with soy-meat-replacements… That didn’t really sound that appealing. Honestly, it still doesn’t. (Although, there are some very yummy meat-replacements, not gonna lie.)

There are some big football games coming-up and if you find yourself hosting, you’re going to want to have something nice and tasty right? So, what does an herbivore do when we are expecting Meat Eater company? How can you make sure these people will not leave hungry??

Fear not! Here are some tested recipes that are sure to delight the bellies of even the most hard core carnivore!

1. Black Bean & Spinach Enchiladas– Now, this recipe isn’t vegan but it’s very easy to make it

From "The Garden Grazer"
From “The Garden Grazer”

so. Simply replace the shredded cheese that goes in the filling with Tofutti “Better Than Cream Cheese” (which totally lives up to it’s name btw) and the shredded cheese topping with Daiya shredded Pepper Jack cheese. I also make a box of spanish rice and include that with the filling. These enchiladas are our number one favorite recipe. Serve with chips and guac and your guests will be very full!

From “50 Shades of Green”

2. Rosemary Sweet Potato & Quinoa Burgers– Just trust me on this one, these are AMAZING! One of my friends likes to make them as sliders and she said they were really fun and still delicious. Sliders would be an awesome choice if you were feeding friends for a game. Don’t skip the searing the buns step and make sure you have avocado to top them with. Follow this recipe to the “t” and you won’t regret it. Serve with a side of fries and enjoy!

3. Vegan Tortilla Soup– It’s hard to go wrong with a good hearty soup. This one is bursting

From "Oh She Glows"
From “Oh She Glows”

with flavor and very filling. Again, make sure to take her advice on the garnishes, they really makes the dish complete!

Well, I hope this is a good starting place for you! I’ll post some more later as my list gets longer. Please add any recipes you might know of in the comments section so the other readers can benefit! Thanks!