For Kari...
2:47 PM | Author: Hyla

...I've been super absent from this blog for the past several months but stumbled across a comment that I wanted to respond to. Google/Blogger wouldn't let me comment so this post is my response for Kari...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my dreads! They just turned a year old, about two weeks ago. They are maturing really well. Nice and felted. I have loops and bumps and some loose, fraying areas but I love them nonetheless. I get a bit frizzy after washing but it calms down within a day or two. It has been life changing and I'm so glad that I took what seemed like a huge leap at the time. The picture above was recently taken so you can get a good idea of what my dreads are like in their glorious wildness.

Kari: I'm so excited for you and hope you will stay in touch. I'd love to connect and hear about your experience!

I'm in the process of revitalizing this blog so please come back soon!
Carnivors at VegFest
4:51 PM | Author: Hyla
I managed to drag the whole family to VegFest this year. I've been looking forward to attending for months. I probably should have bought a lottery ticket the day I talked my husband, and both kids!, into attending because I feel pretty lucky. Actually, my family is pretty supportive of my "special dietary needs". (I won't go into detail how we ended up going straight from VegFest to an oyster bar though.) I didn't get any pictures but sampled so much food that I was stuffed. Even my husband sampled several products that he said he "could eat". Too funny. A couple of highlights include:
The raw chocolate cheesecake from Prasad. Seriously. SOOOO GOOOOD!
Grow Your Family Healthy's Heaven Sent ice cream. Yum!
Vege Thai's salad rolls. If you know me at all, you know I LOVE salad rolls.
I think the biggest highlight though was running into the very beautiful Sayward from Bonzai Aphrodite.
Already looking forward to next year!
Produce Day
12:30 PM | Author: Hyla

I LOVE produce day! Columbia County Naturals food co-op orders organic produce every other week with Thursday delivery. I volunteer to help sort produce when it arrives and find there are few things better than spending the morning drooling over fresh, organic veggies and fruit. Not to mention dreaming up recipes for my loot.

I have been meaning to post pictures for a while and finally got around to snapping a few shots. My order was a little smaller this week because I am being gifted with homegrown goodies too. If you are interested in learning more about the co-op, email me at

Drool away!

End of Summer
3:00 PM | Author: Hyla
Today is the last day of August. As I sit here enjoying fresh baked gluten-free, vegan chocolate zucchini muffins and a cuppa chai, I can't help but wonder where the heck summer went. Literally and figuratively. Its cold, grey and wet outside. The kids head back to school next week but our evenings are already filled with marching band rehearsals and soccer practice. It seems fall has already settled in and that is okay with me. I love, love, love Autumn.
Anyway, a busy summer has limited my ability to keep up with my little blog. Something I hope to make more time for this fall. I look forward to sharing more vegan love.
I will mention a couple of things that have caught my attention in recent weeks... plus a little shameless self promotion. Enjoy!

*I discovered this website a few months ago and really enjoy it. Bonzai Aphrodite is a Portland based site. Great resources, photos, and ideas!

*Last week I had the opportunity to try the new Chinese restaurant here in St. Helens. Happy Garden is located on Gable Road in St. Helens in the same complex as Starbucks and Great Clips. I'm not a big Chinese cuisine fan but was pleasantly surprised to find a decent vegetarian section on the menu. I ordered the Szechuan vegetables with tofu for $9.75. It was a good size portion served with steamed white rice. Might be worth checking out.

*The annual NW VEG Fest is coming up again in a couple of weeks and I cannot wait! I highly recommend checking it out. Lots of vegetarian and vegan education, tasty food, free samples, music, demos, and a really fun vibe. It will be held at the Oregon Convention Center the weekend of September 18th and 19th. Check out their website for more information.

*Shameless promotion time. One of the reasons I've been so busy this summer is because I began teaching four yoga classes each week. I have completed my 200 yoga teacher training program and am in the process of finalizing a few requirements so I can submit my application for certification with the Yoga Alliance. Eager to teach though, I jumped right in! I am currently teaching Monday and Wednesday evenings, in two locations. You can find me at The Vault Climbing Gym and Fitness Center from 5:30-6:30PM or at Pure Serenity Massage from 7-8PM. Also, I will be holding an Autumn Equinox Restorative Yoga class on Thursday, Sept. 23rd. It will be held at Pure Serenity Massage from 7-8:30PM. The cost is $12.00 and limited to the first 10 students that register and prepay. Please email me at if you would like to attend.

All for now,
Columbia County Naturals
5:04 PM | Author: Hyla
Columbia County Naturals is a recently organized local co-op that brings organic produce, Bob's Red Mill products at wholesale prices, organic spices, herbs, coffee and tea, plus so much more, right to our own neighborhood! This co-op is an off-shoot of Rose City Co-op which was originally based in Scappoose. After the founder moved to Beaverton, Columbia County Naturals began operation!
Our supplier list, and membership, continues to grow. We are currently ordering organic produce every other week and other items, such as Bob's Red Mill and Frontier, about once a month. There are pick-up locations in Scappoose and Columbia City.
I keep meaning to photograph my produce box on pick-up day... I will really make a better effort next week... but I promise, the produce is amazing! My last order included spinach, leaf lettuce, apples, strawberries, blueberries, corn, cucumber, good!
If you would like more information about the co-op or placing an order with us, please email me at:

DREADful? I think not!!
10:31 AM | Author: Hyla

Yesterday was the much anticipated Dread Day! My time with the Dread Goddess at Akemi Salon was magical and went by so fast. So now, I'm an official Dread Head. : ) As I mentioned in a previous post, Akemi is an all vegan salon. Its super quirky with lovely, beautiful, divine people. Stephanie made me feel so welcomed and I'm honored that she helped this dream become reality. The dreads are crazy, wild and SEXY and it's only day two!
Reduce ~ Reuse ~ Recycle
11:59 AM | Author: Hyla
Who would have ever thought the words recycling and serene would be used in the same sentence? But my first time experience at the recycling center yesterday was just that: serene. The sun was shining, there wasn't much activity at the transfer station so I could hear the birds chirping, all while doing something so lovely for mama Earth. I should clarify that it was my first time delivering our recycling to the recycling center, not my first ever time recycling. We've been avid recyclers for years. At the end of 2009, we decided to forgo traditional curbside garbage pickup and do it ourselves. In theory, depending on how much garbage we produce, this could ultimately save us more than $100 per year. The other big motivator is trying to reduce our overall output of garbage by consuming/purchasing less, buying in bulk, eliminating products with excessive packaging, composting, etc. I'm also trying to re purpose and reuse as much as possible. It is a work in progress but after four months, we've only delivered one load of actual garbage to the transfer station, though we are about ready to do it again. I've already got another load of recyclables loaded up and ready to go for delivery sometime this weekend! It feels so good to be capable of helping care for this exquisite planet we call home!