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Busy Vegetarian Mom (403 Posts)

Just one Busy Vegetarian Mom working on transitioning to a Vegetarian lifestyle for myself and my family. I am recording what I learn here along the way. You can also find me writing at Daily Dish Magazine and Inner Child Food.


Why a Car is Like your Favorite Dress – 2013 Kia Optima SXL Review

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Featured, General Reviews, Misc, On the Road, Reviews, Travel, Travel Reviews | 11 comments

Why a Car is Like your Favorite Dress – 2013 Kia Optima SXL Review

A car and a dress?  How can I say they are similar in any way?  After driving the 2013 Kia Optima SXL, let me tell you – they are very similar indeed.   We all have that one dress.  The dress that is “THE” dress.  You fell in love with it at first sight, when you put it on you feel confident and sexy.  The dress that if it was acceptable, you would wear it every day.  For some it is a prom dress or wedding dress.  Maybe it’s the little black cocktail dress.  Whatever dress it...

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A Wineducation : Introduction to the World of Wines via Taste Washington

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Entertainment, Featured, General Reviews, On the Road, Reviews, Travel, Travel Reviews, with Friends | 0 comments

A Wineducation : Introduction to the World of Wines via Taste Washington

I recently had the pleasure of attending, “Introduction to the World of Wines” at Taste Washington 2013.  This class, moderated by: Sean Sullivan of Washington Wine Report, and paneled by: Dr. Keving Pogue of Whitman College, Thomas Price of The Metropolitan Grill, Linda Murphy author of “American Wine” and Thomas Henick-Kling of Washington State University, focused on what makes this region a prime location for growing grapes and making wine, as well as understanding the difference in varieties with blind...

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A Monster High Half Birthday Hotel Party

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Entertainment, General Reviews, Travel, Travel Reviews, With Kids | 0 comments

My kids both have summer birthdays and I find it extremely difficult to arrange not one, but two parties over the summer where we will be in town AND all their friends will be in town.  So this year, after both attended friends party and started dreaming of their next party which in reality probably wouldn’t happen, I decided to throw them a “half-birthday” party. My youngest daughter was turning 7 1/2 in just a few weeks AND it was on a weekend. Perfect!  They were so excited to start the planning. Luckily, my kids like...

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Coast Gateway Hotel at Sea Tac – Review

Posted by on Jan 7, 2013 in Featured, On the Road, Travel, Travel Reviews | 1 comment

Coast Gateway Hotel at Sea Tac – Review

We love to travel and this time we had the chance to try out a new hotel to us.  The Coast Gateway Hotel at Sea Tac Airport south of Seattle in Washingotn State. We had an early flight so we had decided to stay at an airport nearby.  The Coast Gateway is literally right there.  The view out our window was the airline terminals.  Surpisingly, it was very quiet overnight.  We were not on the street side and the planes that were coming in and out to load/unload didn’t make any noise. The lobby was very well decorated for the Holidays...

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Medieval Times Dinner Review – Vegetarian Option

Posted by on Jan 6, 2013 in Entertainment, Featured, food review, General Reviews, Misc, On the Road, restaurant review, Reviews, Travel, Travel Reviews, With Kids | 2 comments

Medieval Times Dinner Review – Vegetarian Option

How many of you have heard of Medieval Times?  Chances are you have as it is one of the most popular dinner shows in the US!  I went years ago to this Medieval Gaming Tournament when I was 14 years old and have wanted to go back ever since.  As a “Vegetarian” mom however, the Medieval pile of meat that is so popular for dinner did not appeal to me.  You can imagine my excitement when I found out that they have a Vegetarian option!   I got in touch with a representative to schedule my visit right away and was invited to come...

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum Review

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013 in Entertainment, Featured, food review, General Reviews, Misc, On the Road, Reviews, Travel, Travel Reviews, With Kids | 0 comments

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum Review

One of the first things we did on our recent family vacation is visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.  It came highly recommended to me from someone I know and I can honestly say, the thought had never crossed my mind before that. I am very glad I took the time to explore the option as it was a wonderful experience.  Situated in Simi Valley, CA high upon a beautiful hilltop just about 1 hour outside of Los Angeles, the museum has so much to offer.  Plan on taking up the better part of your day as it took us about 4 hours...

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Ridemakerz and Build a Bear at Downtown Disney – Fun for All

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in Appliance Review, Crafts with Kids, Entertainment, Featured, General Reviews, Holidays, Misc, On the Road, Reviews, Travel, Travel Reviews, With Kids | 3 comments

Ridemakerz and Build a Bear at Downtown Disney – Fun for All

Ridemakerz and Build a Bear at Downtown Disney Downtown Disney is a shopping area located right outside the Disney Parks.  You can visit without paying any admission to the parks, yet you feel like you are right in the midst of Disney.  There are tons of great shops, food and a movie theater.  There is definitely something for everyone. We actually visited 3 times on our last trip to Southern California and we didn’t even go to Disneyland! Our primary reason for visiting was not just the fun shopping from clothing, legos, candy, and...

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2013 Kia Sportage XS Review – A Perfect Family Car

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Entertainment, Featured, General Reviews, Holidays, Misc, On the Road, Reviews, Travel, Travel Reviews, with Friends, With Kids | 16 comments

2013 Kia Sportage XS Review – A Perfect Family Car

As you know, I am back from a nice long vacation in sunny California! While we were visiting we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to drive a 2013 Kia Sportage XS. 2013 Kia Sportage XS Review Let me tell you, we should have been filming a commercial.  We took that thing for a real test drive!  We covered everything from day to day running around, LA traffic, freeway driving, all the up to winding up hairpin turns and avoiding rocks in the road while trekking up to Mt. Baldy to see some snow! Short and sweet:  I LOVE the Sportage!...

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Things to Do in Los Angeles for Families – Our “Griswald” Christmas

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Entertainment, Featured, General Reviews, Holidays, On the Road, restaurant review, Reviews, Travel, Travel Reviews, With Kids | 1 comment

Things to Do in Los Angeles for Families – Our “Griswald” Christmas

Over the next several days I will be bringing you some details of all our adventures over our Christmas Holiday in the LA area.  We had such a great time so I just wanted to give you a little bit of an overview of what we did this year.  Before we go anywhere, I always start with a google search like,  ” Things to do in Los Angeles for Families ” and see what fun I can find.  TripAdvisor is another great resource for hotels and activities. This was the first year we decided to do something different at Christmas.  First- we...

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How are you spending your Holiday?

Posted by on Dec 22, 2012 in Entertainment, Holidays, On the Road, Travel, Travel Reviews | 0 comments

The kids are out of school and it’s time to celebrate the Holidays with the ones you love.  How are you spending your holiday?  This year, we are trying something new and for the first time ever, we are taking a “vacation” over Christmas Break.   We will be visiting my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in sunny (we hope) Southern California!  We have some fun activities planned already and I am super excited to tell you all about them. I plan on taking a little break from blogging (so I will post some “reruns”)...

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