Donna, thanks so much for addressing this paralle…

Donna, thanks so much for addressing this parallel. When my own girl, Daisy, joined me in 2001, it became devastatingly clear that the model of thought that engenders pit bull-type prejudice is inevitably linked to human ethnicity prejudice. When Daisy joined me, I had no idea that "pit bulls" were a thing. Except that my girl was one, I had no idea that dog breeds could be a target of prejudice. My girl taught me to always greet hatred with love and compassion, even joy. It came to be that while we stood shoulder to shoulder, we were standing for not only ourselves, but for all sentient beings. Tolerance and kindness is non-negotiable, and while it may never become the baseline, I hope that by working together, it may at least become socially formative across ALL demo graphics.
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Just One of Those Days (+ Taking A Little Break)

I fully intended on having a fantastic post prepared for you guys today, but instead I’m just going to get real and admit that after all of the traveling we’ve done the last few weeks, a trip we’re leaving for today (which you might have read about here; ya know, the one that I, for months, thought was next week), a pretty big work load for me with partnerships for here and on Instagram and my freelance stuff, the zillion activities the kids are in right now, and just life in general, I can’t seem to get my sh*t together today. I have some really great posts coming up in the next couple of weeks, but today just felt so overwhelming that I didn’t feel like “wasting” them. That sounds really negative, and I’m honestly not feeling negative at all. I mean really, I’m pretty lucky that I have the option of saying “I don’t feel like doing my job today.” And I’m really looking forward to our trip (which we’re taking with my late stepdad’s big, wonderful family, in his honor), despite the fact that I got the weeks mixed up and have been frantic. And right before we leave today, Emmet has his annual developmental therapy assessment for his epilepsy and I just have a great feeling he’s going to be assessed as even better than great. I am grateful everyday for my life and my family and my work. But yeah, today I just needed to write an old-school-blog style post where I’m just talking to you all like we’re having coffee (or better yet, a margarita) at some really great outdoor cafe, and not sugar coating how I’m feeling. Ya know?

I’ll leave you with that, and the grainy but beloved photo above, which is from when we went to Door County with my stepdad and his family back in 2015. (Emmett is the age now that Essley was then. Weird.) I’m going to take a few day break from the blog, but we’ll be back here next Tuesday, with a much more inspired post. And you can always follow along with our trip (which includes a 6+ hour car ride with my children) here. Happy early weekend, friends. May you get a little break too.

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Animal Legal Defense Fund Sues Petland

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, announced the filing of a nationwide consumer class action lawsuit against Petland, a national pet store chain, and the chain’s Kennesaw, Georgia location. The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia alleging Petland […]


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Easy Jasmine Rice, Lentil, and Red Quinoa Tacos

Jasmine Rice, Lentil, and Red Quinoa Tacos


Those of you who follow my food posts were probably not surprised reading the word “tacos” in the subject. It’s no secret that I’m more than slightly smitten with Mexican and southwestern inspired foods – especially tacos. I mean, my Facebook bio says “I like tacos” and nothing else. Yeah. That said, I think you will be surprised by this particular taco recipe. Despite the fact that it sounds complicated, it’s incredibly easy – and incredibly delicious. It’s a light-yet-satisfying entree perfect for summertime, and it’s become a staple around our house over the past few weeks. It’s also one of the most nutritious meals we eat, full of whole grains, proteins, and healthy fats. You’re going to love it, I promise.

Jasmine Rice, Lentil, and Red Quinoa Tacos
Jasmine Rice, Lentil, and Red Quinoa Tacos
Jasmine Rice, Lentil, and Red Quinoa Tacos

Easy Jasmine Rice, Lentil, and Quinoa Tacos

Makes 8 tacos

INGREDIENTS
1 cup Village Harvest Organic Benefit Protein Blend (dry/uncooked)
8 soft corn tortillas
1 large avocado (or 2 small)
1 cups organic greens (we like baby spinach or spring greens)
2 limes
salsa
hot sauce

Cook 1 cup of the Organic Benefit Protein Blend (yummy blend of organic jasmine rice, organic lentils, and organic red quinoa) with 2-1/4 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20-22 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Remove from heat, and allow to stand for 5 minutes. While Protein Blend is standing, cut the avocado into slices and heat each tortilla for a few seconds on a heated pan to soften.  In each tortilla, layer the Protein Blend, slices of avocado, salsa, and a handful of greens. Top with fresh squeezed lime juice and hot sauce. So good.

Jasmine Rice, Lentil, and Red Quinoa Tacos
Jasmine Rice, Lentil, and Red Quinoa Tacos
Jasmine Rice, Lentil, and Red Quinoa Tacos

While the richness of the avocado, refreshing subtle crunch of the greens, and tang of the lime come together to create the prefect flavor marriage, it’s the Village Harvest Organic Benefit Protein Blend that makes that these (vegan!) tacos so delightful (or as Essley describes them, “fantash-chick”). Its filling in that great way where you feel satisfied but not overly full – thanks to the combination of protein, complex carbohydrates, and dietary fiber it provides. And the fact that it takes three of my favorite foods (jasmine rice, lentils, and quinoa) and allows me to cook them all in a single pot in just 20ish minutes is huge. When dinner or lunch can be this tasty and nutritious and also ready in less than a half hour with only one pot dirtied, I’m all in.

The Protein Blend I use for these tacos is my favorite, but I also love (and regularly eat) the other two  Village Harvest Benefit Blend varieties as well – Organic Antioxidant Blend (black rice, black lentils, and black quinoa) and Organic Ancient Grain Blend (millet, white quinoa, red quinoa, and buckwheat).  They each offer a uniquely delicious combination of healthful goodness that works in countless recipes. (I like the Ancient Grain Blend with a little maple syrup for breakfast – so yummy.)  You can grab all three on the (new!) Village Harvest Online Shop or at your local grocer. And if your favorite store doesn’t carry Benefit Blends, just fill out this quick product request form and drop it off with a manager. The company itself is pretty rad too. Village Harvest donates 1% of profits toward programs that give back to the farmers and communities where their products are sourced, and also gives 1% of their employees’ time to sustainability efforts and other causes. Pretty great, right?

Jasmine Rice, Lentil, and Red Quinoa Tacos
Jasmine Rice, Lentil, and Red Quinoa Tacos
Jasmine Rice, Lentil, and Red Quinoa Tacos

I hope you guys will give these tacos a try. I’ll be hear waiting when you come back to tell me how much your loved them. They’re also great without the tortillas as burrito bowls, and even cold as a side salad. Endless possibilities, my friends. Enjoy!


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WHOLE Lot of Difference: SPCA of Westchester

The SPCA of Westchester is a not-for-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving homeless, abused and abandoned animals and to protecting animals from cruelty and neglect through education and enforcement of humane laws.

Halo is proud to partner with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org to make a WHOLE lot of difference for shelter pets together.

Here’s what SPCA of Westchester had to say about a recent Halo Pets donation:

Being able to count on having a consistent, nutritious diet each month for our dogs gives us such peace of mind as we know our dogs will stay healthy and feel their best, which makes it easier to find them their new families and homes.

Wrinkles from SPCA of WestchesterAbandoned when his owner who had to move, Wrinkles was left home all alone … neglected for far too long. When a Good Samaritan finally rushed him to the SPCA of Westchester, he urgently needed veterinary care — including costly eye surgery — and is receiving medical care for severe ear infections, eye scabbing and other painful conditions that resulted from his neglect. He had hair loss and patches of skin that were raw. And yet, this sweet boy never stopped wagging his tail!

Clearly Wrinkles was not receiving a healthy diet and was very overweight. We were concerned he’d been given people food for so long that he wouldn’t accept dog food. Luckily, he loved the Halo. And the difference in his skin and hair was like night and day. He has also gotten back to a much healthier weight now!

“Being able to count on having a consistent, nutritious diet each month for our dogs gives us such peace of mind as we know our dogs will stay healthy and feel their best, which makes it easier to find them their new families and homes.”

Peanut’s story: The SPCA of Westchester’s Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Director Ernest Lungaro has arrested Vincent Marable, who was charged with animal cruelty for confining a dog in the basement of his building without adequate food or water. The young pit bull mix, now named Peanut, was covered in filth, emaciated, dehydrated and suffered from sores all over his body as a result of flea infestation. He was so weak he could barely stand on his feet.

The Mount Vernon Animal Shelter had received an anonymous tip about the neglected animal, and immediately notified the SPCA of Westchester. The dog was brought to a veterinarian for medical attention, then transferred to the SPCA’s Simpson Clinic for evaluation, further treatment and rehabilitation.

Peanut’s before and after photo is a perfect example of the amazing effects a healthy, nutritious meals can have!”

Peanut from SPCA of Westchester

Thank you SPCA of Westchester for making a WHOLE lot of difference for pets in your community.

Interested in adopting Peanut? He is still available at SPCA of Westchester.

When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million bowls annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy. Thank you for helping #HaloFeeditForward.

 

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Elderly Man Raises More than $36,000 for Community Cats

Willie Ortiz feeds stray cats in Connecticut
Willie Ortiz is 76 years old, but he hasn’t let that keep him from making a big difference for the cats in his community. The retired gentleman has been feeding feral and stray cats in his Connecticut community every day for more than 20 years. He drives 22 miles each day in his truck to 16 different stops to distribute food paid for with his own money. To help cover the costs, Willie had been collecting and selling scrap metal. Now he has help.

In February 2016, shortly after a story about Willie ran in the Hartford Courant, Willie’s friend, Kathleen Schlentz, set up a GoFundMe page, “Spay, Neuter & feed feral cats,” (sic) to raise money for Willie’s good works. As Willie told People, “I was praying for some help, and the help came, and I was so glad that it came.” As of June 12, 2017, that help has raised more than $ 36,000 to help Willie buy supplies and care for community cats.

Originally the goal was only $ 5,000. The fundraiser was meant to honor “the work that Willie has been doing for feral and stray cats in the Hartford and East Hartford, CT areas.” His friends noted that Willie “has not missed one night of feeding despite the rain, snow, freezing weather or his own health issues.”

Read more about Willie Ortiz and his efforts to help homeless cats.

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8 Stylish Straw Totes For Summer

8 Stylish Straw Totes For Summer

Natural woven fiber bags are all the rage right now, and I have 100% hopped on the bandwagon. Really though, I’ve been a big straw/raffia tote fan for years now. They’re perfect as oversized purses, they make killer diaper bags, they’re ideal for the pool or beach, and if they’re big enough, they even work as overnight bags or carryons. Summer is the quintessential season for them though, without a doubt – especially when they include colorful tassels or poms.  I’ve rounded up 8 of my current favorites for the season, as seen above.

Who else is a big straw tote fan? Which one do you like best?

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