FōMū Vegan Alternative Ice Cream

Back in September when we traveled to Boston, we made sure to stop by FōMū in the Allston neighborhood.  One of my biggest initial holdouts in becoming vegan was my love of ice cream.  Ten years ago, the vegan options were on the lackluster side.  In the past few years, though, flavor and base offerings have expanded past the traditional.  We were excited to visit an all vegan ice cream shop where nothing on the menu was off limits.  The biggest dilemma we faced was narrowing down from the many options that were offered.fomu signfomu menufomu counter

Micah chose avocado, Maeby picked chocolate brownie, and Abram went with cookies and cream.  I shared some of my hot fudge brownie sundae (with salted caramel and s’mores ice cream) with Stephen. Continue reading →

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Green Eggs Café

Today is a sleepover day for my little ones.  It is actually Abram’s first sleepover, which reminded me that I hadn’t shared what we did the last time Micah and Maeby spent the night at my parents’ house.

Abram has recently become interested in trains, so we knew that we wanted to take the train into Philly.  (Bonus: taking the train beats the hassle of having to find parking in the city.)  green eggs café green eggs café philadelphiaWe made our way into Midtown and headed to Green Eggs Café.  Stephen had been daydreaming about their chicken & waffles benedict since the last time we went, and I was craving their vegan french toast.  Abram and I split a vegan french toast and an order of rosemary home fries.  Continue reading →

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Trip to Ikea and Vegan Swedish Meatballs

It is no secret that I love Ikea.  When we were living in Philadelphia, we would find ourselves there a few times a month.  We would grab our complimentary Ikea Family coffee, and make our way through the showrooms for inspiration.  As much as my little Ikea experts love testing out all of the rooms, there is something they love to do even more while we are there: eat!

Ikea might seem like a strange place to go to for the food, especially for vegans.  I wondered what I would be able to eat there once I became a vegan since my go-tos were hot dogs or cinnamon buns.  I quickly discovered their salad bar and soup offerings (it isn’t always available, but their lentil soup is loaded with vegetables and very filling).  Then there came an announcement earlier this year:  Ikea was going to start serving a vegan take on their Swedish meatballs.

With all of this nesting, comes redecorating and shuffling rooms around.  We needed to make a trip to Ikea to pick up Abram’s big kid mattress, so we could transition him into his shared room with Micah.  When the kids found out we were going to Ikea, they immediately asked if we could eat there.  I didn’t tell them about the vegan Swedish meatballs, so they were surprised when Stephen brought them three kid’s meals featuring this new-to-them food.  It didn’t take long for them to clear their plates.  In fact, it took me longer  to finish my meal because I was trying to savor the sweet potato sauce (which was rich and creamy).  ikea's vegan swedish meatballs

Micah and Maeby have been playing “Ikea” with their play kitchens, and keep raving about the vegan meatballs.  I am sure we will need to make another visit to Ikea soon for whatever reason, and we will definitely be ordering their vegan Swedish meatballs again.

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our visit to juju salon & organics

maeby at juju salon & organics

 

Disclosure: We received free services from Juju Salon & Organics, but all opinions are my own.

Recently we were invited to a media event at Juju Salon & Organics in Philadelphia.  Between the inspirational chalkboard and the cute window displays, we were smitten by the ambiance before we even stepped foot into the salon.  When we walked in we were greeted by a cozy waiting area to the left and a display of products that looked more like an Anthropologie display, not the usual industrial displays at salons I have been to in the past.

products at juju salon and organics

There was something lacking when we walked in the door, and I was very appreciative.  I noticed immediately that I wasn’t gasping for a breath of fresh air.  In fact, I found my breathing relaxed and tranquil.  I had been long turned off by the abrasive chemicals used in salons, and I was amazed by the fact that they only used products with low or no VOCs at Juju Salon & Organics.  Ammonia free hair coloring and no synthetic fragrances?  Sounds like a place I feel comfortable at.  Add to that the scents of lavender, sage, verbena, and peppermint and it sounds like a place you are going to have to drag me out of.

I spoke with Julie Ebner, the salon owner, while she used a soy based wax to clean up my eyebrows.  She is a vegan and mother to two girls, so she wanted to create a salon that was better for the environment and better for her clients.  Juju Salon & Organics is a very friendly place for young girls, too.  Maeby received her first official manicure while we were there.  They had a vast array of Zoya polishes to choose from, and Maeby chose a purple shade: “Hudson.”

maeby at juju salon and organics

Located in the back of the salon, the manicure stations look like a living room.  The dimmed lighting really helped relax Maeby.  I have never seen my little wiggle worm stay this still.  If she had her way, she would go back every day to get her nails painted.

maeby at juju salon and organics

 

We had a lovely time and would love to return again.

You can find the products Juju Salon & Organics sells online here.

And you can find the location and services here.

And you can read We’re Parents!? review here.