• health
  • BEST OF VEGAN CHEESE

    vegan charcuterie board from Rebel Cheese in Austin, TX – a vegan deli

    Cheese is probably my favorite food of all time but unfortunately, my sensitivity to dairy makes it hard to enjoy it without stomach pains. Oh the joys of getting older!! FORTUNATELY though for us, there are so many alternatives out there now. It’s amazing and honestly mind blowing. Here are the best of the best!

    Kite Hill Cream Cheese

    My first love. This almond milk based cream cheese has the texture of cream cheese and the taste will have you wondering if you accidentally had the real thing. I am obsessed with the jalapeño flavor!

    Miyoko’s Kitchen Cheese Wheel

    An absolute MUST for any vegan OR non-vegan charcuterie board. The flavors are absolutely insane and they are the true reason why I could do without real cheese. The double cream chive, garlic herb, and sundried tomato garlic are all BOMB.

    Miyoko’s Kitchen Mozzarella

    IT MELTS. I REPEAT. IT MELTS. This cheese is my favorite to top on pizzas and tastes amazing in Caprese salads too!

    Spero Goaty Chevre

    If you’re a goat cheese lover, you are freaking welcome. One of the best plant based cheeses I have ever had, period. Clean ingredients. Win, win, win!

    Field Roast Creamy Original Chao Slices

    One of my favorite plant based sliced cheeses. I prefer to have it melted in a sandwich versus cold but still good either way!

    Violife Just Like Smoked Provolone Slices

    Super tasty hot or cold. Kind of crazy how they nail the taste of Provolone.. just not gonna question it.

    Kite Hill Ricotta

    I find that vegan ricotta is one of the easiest cheeses to make, but if you don’t have the time, this one is a WINNER. Taste and texture on point.

    Rind Paprika Brie

    The ONLY reason why this isn’t at the top of the list is because it’s so hard to get your hands on. I tried it for the first time at Rebel Cheese, a vegan deli shop (equipped with vegan charcuterie boards) in Austin and I just can’t stop thinking about it. I have been dying for a Brie that actually tastes like Brie, and well, this is it.

    Siete Spicy Blanco Cashew Queso

    The name speaks for itself. It’s spicy and delicious and the list of ingredients is one of my favorite things about this brand. Absolutely ZERO fillers and junk!

    The Honest Stand Cheddar Style Dip

    WOW. JUST WOW. My favorite lazy day mac and cheese recipe has been brown rice elbows, two large spoonfuls of this dip, a splash of non-dairy milk, salt, and pepper. You won’t believe your eyes or your taste buds!

    Hope this wasn’t too CHEESY. If you’re skeptical, just give one of these a try. I promise your mind will be blown. All the love!

  • life
  • SUSTAINABLE GIFT GUIDE

    Gift giving (especially this time of year) is so much fun and the older I get, the more I realize how much of a privilege it is. For me, it has never been about the dollar amount spent or collecting the most amount of wrapped boxes underneath the tree. I remember some of my favorite gifts were stocking stuffers my sister would regift from her room. Yup. We had a childhood tradition where we’d regift random knick knacks around our rooms for each other for stocking stuffers and those were what I cherished even more than the brand new sweater or toy (that was also so sweet to receive). So here are some gift ideas that I came up with that are sustainably friendly and will mean more to the person receiving than you know.

    • A letter. Tell them your first impression of them. The moment you realized they’d be a forever friend. Your favorite memory of them. Or just how much they mean to you.
    • Something from your closet. One of my favorite new things I’m doing with one of my best friends is trading clothing items out of our own closets. It’s like Rent the Runway, except more fun, thoughtful, and FREE.
    • Your favorite book. Let’s be real. You probably won’t read it again. And even if you will, it will still make a nice home in the hands of that person in your life with the same taste in books as you.
    • Baked goods stored in a Stasher bag. Who would say no to homemade banana bread, chocolate chip cookies, or peppermint bark?! And FYI- Stasher bags are currently on sale for 25%! You can also get them at Anthropologie for 30% off. Sales end when Black Friday sales end.
    • Acts of service. Offer to wash their car or maybe help clean out their closet to post stuff on Poshmark (what we say we’ll always do, am I right?). An extra set of hands for that ongoing to-do list goes a LONG way.
    • FOOD. Cook them dinner or maybe offer to grocery shop and/or meal prep for them.
    • Kale Me Maybe’s Meal Plan. This Meal Plan is perfect for that “too busy to meal prep” or “I have no idea what to make, like, ever” friend. Her recipes are simple, easy, nourishing, and delicious! It’s also on sale for $12 for a limited time.
    • Craft their favorite photo, quote, or song. Recreate a favorite photo of their dog, cross-stitch of their favorite quote, or sing their favorite song. One of my favorite gifts I have ever received was a video of my best friend singing “Turn to You” by Christina Aguilera, our ultimate best friend/karaoke song. I BAWLED MY EYES OUT. It was beautiful and I will cherish it forever.
    • Groupon self care. Send them a massage, cup of coffee, or fun date night activity. The possibilities are endless!
    • Concert tickets. Harry Styles is going on tour next summer, haven’t you heard?
    • ClassPass. Seriously swear by this app and service. I have discovered some of my favorite workouts using ClassPass! Use this link to save some monies!
    • Thrive Market. It’s like Costco but for healthier and environmentally friendly stuff, but you don’t have to commit to buying in bulk. AKA the best thing ever, and now you can gift a Thrive Market membership.

    Hope this helps if you’re stumped or currently aren’t in a place to be spending a ton of money. The Holidays can put on a lot of pressure and I’m here to take it off, or help anyway! All the love.