Interview with the owners of Kids Gone Raw

I’m honored to be doing a guest blog for Lauren of Oh, Honestly!, and what better way to contribute to a family-focused blog on being real than a guest post on eating REAL healthy foods.   I interviewed Maggie Knowles and Elizabeth Fraser- my two role models in health, happiness, and family.  They are the co-owners of Kids Gone Raw, a raw vegan, gluten free, organic kids snack food company.  KGR recently won Best Brownie at the Chocolate Lovers’ Fling- a first for a vegan treat!

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Random Acts of Kindness wrap up

I gave myself until the end of January to complete my 30 acts of kindness from when I turned 30 last January.  I’ve completed my list, but the kindness lives on.  I’ve signed up to do a few regular volunteer gigs, such as working at my local food pantry and helping out with Garbage to Garden‘s volunteer needs.

First 10 acts

Second set of 10

The remaining 10 acts are below:

21.  Donated jars of applesauce to Wayside Food Bank via Whole Foods Market during the holidays.

22.  Wrapped presents for Make-a-Wish foundation with my mom.

23.  Donated a gift to iBec (the creator of my business site Lola Studios) for Toys for Tots.


24.  My mother-in-law Cissie donated money toward layaway items at Renys in my name.

25.  Gave my parking space to a man that parked in front of me near a hydrant and gave him my parking slip with an hour’s worth of money left on it.

26.  Donated money towards a local child’s kidney transplant.

27.  Donated containers of coffee to Preble Street via a Yelp event at Flatbread.

28.  Wrote a thank you note to the person that was the reason for me moving to Maine for my internship and finding my husband and the life I now have.

29.  Volunteered at my local food pantry.

30. Donated bags of clothes to a family that recently lost their home to a fire.

That wraps up my 30 Random acts of kindness for the 31st year of my life.  This has been such a fun, easy, and rewarding experience. It takes so little effort to help others and a little really goes a long way.  I will continue to embrace these ideas in 2014 and in the rest of my life.


Valentine’s sweetness

A Valentine’s poem to set the tone for the day Whether you’re single or married or any which way. A feast for the eyes and not bad on the heart The true indulgence is how you start. With vegan and gluten free pancakes and a pink mimosa or two These recipes are sure to delight […]

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A juice fast for all seasons!

Alex and decided it was time to shed the holiday weight and detox with a juice fast.  This was a first for us- we opted for 10 days- a bit of a stretch for first timers- we made it three.  We started with a salt water flush made popular by the lemonade diet.  You drink […]

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Multi-Purpose Cones for the Holidays!

For our office holiday party this year I decided to try my hand at making a charcuterie tree out of a styrofoam cone and kale.  It was a little trickier than I thought, but came out pretty cool and was a hit! I started out with the cone and added kale pieces to it and […]

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Bar Cart DIY

Inspired by the influx of bar cart makeovers, I set out to find my very own cart to makeover.  I put some feelers out and found a perfect medical cart from the early 1900s from Portland Flea For all. I used a hammered copper Rust-Oleum for the whole cart- it took about three cans, but […]

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Second Update to 30 Acts!

Here is the first post from when we started and the first update.  To bring you up to speed, this is what we’ve done so far: 1. Thank you notes to North Yarmouth Fire and Police stations 2.  Cookies to Prince Public library 3. Donation to Animal Refuge League via Coinstar 4. Five lotto tickets […]

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Thanksgiving in the Carolinas

This year I went to visit my Dad in North Carolina- I was literally flying solo. Sans my hubby who stayed with his parents and our pup this year.  I missed having him around, but it was nice to have some quality time with my Dad. I don’t get to see him very much during […]

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Cinnamon and Ginger ebook giveaway!

My workplace, StockFood, is promoting its partner company icook2day and their newest ebook, Cinnamon and Ginger.  Starting tomorrow, November 23rd, the book will be available for free (normally $5.99) through Sunday.  Don’t miss out! I’ve tested one of the many cookie recipes here for you to try. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder […]

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Dining Room Reno!

Alex and I have lived in our home for over a year now and I’ve finally finished decorating the dining room complete with new paint and wall decor. We started with two white walls and one already painted wall.  I kept the green/gray speckled wall and went with a dark teal in Peacock Plume for […]

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