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A Vegan Friendly + Healthy Eating Restaurant Boca Raton Florida Guide


Hi friends! How are you? Are you living in New England and freezing like my mom? I hope not... but if you are and thinking about visiting south Florida sometime soon, then you might want some recommendations on where to eat, ya?

As you know, we love food. We do eat at home as much as we can, but at the same time we do enjoy a delicious (and easy) outing every once in a while. I went around Boca Raton for Visit Florida last week trying out some old favorites + new favorite food spots to put together this post. (AKA dream job). The reality is, I could probably do a whole post on just acai/smoothie places to visit in Boca (there are SO many), but I did try to add in a few more, sit down type places on the list as well. A good mix of warm food, grab and go, and lounge and dine type places. All located right in Boca Raton, and all delicious. I hope you come visit and enjoy them :)


Super cute + delicious coffee + smoothie stop. I would visit this place everyday for breakfast if it were closer to me. They are SUPER vegan friendly. You can grab a latte and a smoothie bowl and a shot of turmeric for good luck too ;) I like the matcha bowl best— a blend of green tea matcha, banana, and other tropical fruits! I don't know anywhere else around here when you can get a matcha bowl :)



I’m almost positive that my dad actually told me about this place. I was like, "Yah yah dad, what do you know about healthy vegan food?" --- but he was right, this place is great. Super health friendly--- and lots of vegan choices too. I used to loveee the spaghetti squash with "meatballs" before I had to go nut free. It's so good-- get it! But now, I go for the namaste salad-- I'm actually quite a snob and picky about my salads, but this one is super good! They try to do things differently than most restaurants, using less salt and avoid frying too. I definitely recommend sitting on the patio and ordering a coconut of fresh cucumber drink. Oh, and there's always vegan scones and vegan desert :)




I've been going to Kapow! for years. Their menu has changed quite a bit in that time, but there are always a few vegan options on the menu, and you can always ask and they'll omit things from the item to make it vegan.  I'm also excited because they're actually opening one right down the street from me.



Believe it or not, Marlowe and I spent about $70-80 here in one weekend. We just kept going back for more, hahaha. All smoothie bowls, juices, a few to-go type salads, and they are all healthy. I prefer the bowls without the protein powder, but if extra protein is your jam, they have protein powder in a lot of their bowls. This is another place where I always pick up a shot of turmeric, ginger, or whatever healthy shot they have :)




This place is a hole-in-the-wall type plaza, but super cute, vegan-friendly, and good too! It doesn't feel like super heavy Americanized Asian food. At least not the veggie stuff :) The staff is super friendly and they have a whole vegetarian section. What more could you want?



Okay so, this place is basically the opposite of healthy, but if you've ever wanted to walk into a bakery where everything is vegan, this is it. Cupcakes, donuts, poptarts, and even savory items like empanadas. There are a ton of gluten free options too! It’s a perfect bakery for us vegans or people with minor food allergies. They also have a location in Plantation Florida.



Juices, smoothies, salads, and a bunch of vegan sushi options. This is an easy spot to grab a few things and head to a park or nature center after your visit. Definitely try their apura green juice and their berry bliss smoothie! :)


But that’s not all--- honestly, there are a ton of healthy vegan options to be found in Boca Raton! But those are definitely some of our favorites. If you need to buy food, I highly highly recommend 4th Generation Organic Market. There are two locations and both are AMAZING. We always stop in whenever we're in town. There's also a Whole Foods of course. A few Indian places, and tons more. Trust me, you won't find a shortage of delicious and healthy food. Boca is pretty rad for that. It was actually the only place I could find preggo yoga too :) I dig it.

If you guys are local and have other favorites, let me know. Hope you guys are having a wonderful and delicious week!


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of VISIT FLORIDA. The opinions and text are all mine.

Messy (Spilling Out)


Ooooof. Things are still so messy right now.

So our first Airbnb guests checked in and checked out. They were great. Really great. We went back home for a night, I threw a little preview party shindig, then the next day, cleaned up again and headed back to Kristian's. We don't plan to be here the whole time. Kristian is a single bachelor, he doesn't necessarily need or want a 6 year old living in his house for an extended period of time. He's seriously been beyond kind taking us in at all. I love that guy. The big problem is jerry. And I totally get why Kristian doesn't want him here. I love that dog because I've had him for 11 years of my life, he's like my OG family...but if I didn't have any pets right now, I wouldn't buy any pets right now. There are too many other things going on, ya know?

But speaking of Jerry... if you follow me on Instagram, you know he got out last night. I felt such guilt. I finally found him by chance this morning. One of those things where everything just aligns to bring him back. Grateful Laura came to help me look for him. Really grateful, if it weren't for her, it would have added hours, days, weeks, who knows how long to find him.

A good reminder to update your dogs tags. He has a chip in him from my Arizona days-- it's not current at all. And I put a cute new collar on him from Guatemala that doesn't have his info on it.

Yeah, I'm pooped. Oh and I'm going to start working out today. (My family can laugh now). Exercise is good for tiredness, right? Haha. Thats what they say. I sure hope so. It's only one session with a personal trainer, if schedules allow, I'd like to keep doing it. I mean, I say that now before I've actually suffered through it though.

I did jump on a scale yesterday and it said I gained 3 pounds. Not sure if it was my jeans or not, but I'm hoping its correct. It means I finally left the double digits. Hoping working out also gains me more weight (muscle). Ya know?

Maybe I should try to take a nap before I go.

Maybe it's the extra tired, over working myself thing, but I'm not feeling super positive about myself right now. Or I have a lot of little doubts popping up. With everything-- friends, social media, whatever. It can be a bit tough always putting yourself out there, not knowing how people will read you or judge you.

For now, I'm also happy not focusing on relationships (outside of friendships). I mean, I want things to be good, but I don't want to think or worry about any of it. Another time, another place. For now I'm working on continuing being the best mom for Marlowe, making sure this Airbnb situation doesn't get messier, and enjoying life in the process.

Alright friends. I'm going to try to lay down for a few minutes to make up for last nights lack of sleep due to doggy escapades.

I hope you're week is going slightly more smooth than mine, haha.

Have a great week, friends!


Happiness


It's about 9:30 pm on a Sunday night. I still have about three sets of photos from Guatemala (months ago!) that I still haven't shared. Honestly, not a day goes by where I don't wish I was exploring there.  ut life has been good-- and busy, and I've traveled two other beautiful places since then, so I really can't (and I'm not) complaining.

I'm currently exhausted. And maybe fighting something. But I can never tell anymore-- is it a mild allergy to mangoes or my dog? Or maybe there is something going around? Or maybe it was touching one too many germy things while traveling. Tonight I am home. Last night I slept at a friends. If you're following me on Instagram, you know I rented out our house on Airbnb "just to see what it's like" and filled up the calendar for an entire month in three days time. I was't expecting that. I thought for sure we'd have a weekend or two booked up, but since I didn't publicly announce anything, I expected it to be mostly crickets. I was so wrong, haha.

Maybe I would have better prepared if I had known-- considering I'm now at a loss of what the plan is for housing and for the dog... but I'll figure it out. For now, we're staying a few blocks away at a friends house for a little while. Then who knows, haha. Cliche, but I rarely (never) have regrets. This is just another opportunity for another amazing learning experience, right? Right.


Things have been good. A little chaotic, but good. For a minute I thought, man, maybe I shouldn't have done this Airbnb thing, but the feeling quickly dissipated... and I went back to thinking, "this will be a good experience." I think it will be. Breaking old habits, living on less needs, finding new adventures in town, just all of it. Sometimes I like to think that my positivity rubs off in Marlowe. That she's excited about so many things... because I'm excited. But then sometimes I think, maybe thats how we all should be, and I just haven't really lost that childlike awe too much. You know? That I do get excited by tiny frogs, interesting flowers, or trying new things. (yes, my mind went to tiny frogs, haha). There's so much negativity in the world and I want her to always keep that positive light. It's hard when we come across negative people-- or I guess, it's not hard, but it is a good learning lesson for her. She can see that we can choose to be happy and kind or negative and harsh-- and happy is a much better way to live--- finding joy in simple every day pleasures is best.

I'm hoping to take a bit of money we earn from this experience to travel somewhere far with Marlowe. She's asking for South Africa. But I have Asian on my mind. We'll see where this year takes us. I'm just so grateful to have a kid who so willingly and happily down sizes her material things-- who see's that things can be fun or useful, but understands the importance of finding joys outside of that. It's not always easy. There are times when I see things that I feel like I want or would enjoy having-- but I know that I do not need-- that I should just keep walking or scrolling. We're human. We want things and yearn for things. But she understands things at six that some people may never fully understand. And I'm proud of her for that. I'm grateful for her for that.


grateful for this kid too ^ it's nice to have friends that share so much of my values and brain. 





Marlowe and I are having a date tomorrow. To be completely honest, her and I have special dates all the time--- but we never really call it anything. But over the past few months I've put more pressure on her and alex to spend more alone time together-- to get out and adventure just the two of them. We put a name or title on it... calling it her daddy daughter dates." And while I have alone time with her every single day, it doesn't seems as spectacular without the title. So I promised her that tomorrow, on her day off, her and I could do something special. Anything she wants. I'm looking forward to it--- I'm just hoping she doesn't choose iceskating, haha. I think the iceskating dates are better reserved for her and Alex ;)


Anyway we're good, happy, and healthy here. And we're excited for our next adventure... even if it's right in our own town and lacking our own bed :)

I hope you guys all had an amazing week. Marlowe and I have been back in Florida for about 2-3 days and it feels like a year and an hour at the same time. :) Looking forward to spending some quiet, easy time with her-- walking through the neighborhood, maybe watching some documentaries, workbooks, whatever. Happy holiday weekend, friends! Have a great week!



Good Neighbor


Hi friends!

Do you love your neighbors? Honestly, I hardly know my neighbors, but I do like them, from the few times I've met them. You wouldn't believe how much a power outage can bring a neighborhood together! I met more neighbors in one hour than I had met in my entire time in living here, haha. Either way, I like to think that I'm a good neighbor. I mean, I'm an okay neighbor at the very least. When the older woman across the street went into the hospital, I asked her daughter to let me know if I could help in anyway. Last week I saw the woman around the block carrying a big bag of leaves and I asked her if I could help her (in my somewhat broken Spanish--- most of my neighbors are Spanish speaking, not English speaking). She told me she was fine and I was a beautiful person, haha. But she's a beautiful person! This woman must be no less than 90 outside doing yard work everyday. She's a BA for sure!

Anywayyy, Orchard Supply Hardware recently pitched this "Good Neighbor" concept-- the idea that it really doesn't take much (time, money, energy) at all to do something nice for your friends and neighbors. And they're right. It can be a small gesture like offering to take the trash out, or mowing the lawn, or painting a fence or old patio furniture. When they brought up the idea, my friend Kristine automatically popped into my mind. She lives on a huge property that could use a bit of love (in the form of fruit trees) in my opinion. Honestly, I'd like to go and live in her house and convert it into my own tropical fruit farm (with no mango trees).


She's got a beautiful pool, and that one lone banana tree. But she needs more fruit, right? Right.

So the last time I was at Orchard Hardware, I picked up a papaya tree. They're not expensive plants and they're VERY easy to grow and care for. We have about five in our yard and they give us the most amazing fruit ever. And off to Kristines house I went and planted a tree for her to come home to from work :)

A lone bench. 

I also grabbed a few cheap  planters and also very easy to grow aloe plants to decorate her little bench. I figured one day soon, when all things settle down (or when I move into Kristines house, haha) Marlowe and I can have a painting party and decorate them for her :)

A voila! Very little time, money, and/or energy spent-- and a kind gesture done!

If you haven't checked out Orchard Supply Hardware yet, I totally think you should! It's seriously my new favorite hardware store. They're opening one in Orlando (Bayhill) and Naples this month! There's a few of them in south Florida already too :) You can find your nearest location: HERE. Head in there a pick up your own copy of the OSH circular to get inspiration for your own spring projects-- for your yard OR someone else's :)



*this post is sponsored by Orchard Supply Hardware.

Hola Puerto Rico!


Hi friends! How are you?! I'm SO beat! Marlowe and I arrived in San Juan today for a week of exploring. We're staying with a friend at her condo here in town. I haven't really been here in forever... the last time I really explored this island I was 16. But here we are again. Christine said she was coming and asked if I wanted to join, I looked at flights, found a flight for 19$... yes 19$!!! and was like, "yeah, were coming." haha. 19$ pre taxes and such, BUT STILL!

SO far the weather is perfect and the company is amazing. The only hard past is finding food has been more difficult than I expected. It's actually harder here than in Mexico and in Guatemala. Maybe because I was hoping for more healthy vegan options and trying to steer clear of the (delicious) beans, white rice, and fried plantains. We're going to head to the store tomorrow fro loads of fruits and ingredients to make soup... we all LOVE soup.

Anyway, I'm going to work on this sleep thing again. Hoping for loads of sunshine and fresh veggies tomorrow! :) Hope you guys are having a great weekend! <3<3<3