These Free Fall Farmhouse Decor Printables are close to my heart, because it is a year that I am more thankful than I have ever been for my family. I created several trying to decide which one would go best in our home and I think I am at the point that I want to create more and put them all over the place. My oldest even wants one in her room, so be on the lookout for that (:
God has been so faithful to heal my husband through means of a stem cell transplant. Last year, the last week in September he was diagnosed with a relapse of leukemia. If you haven’t read it, I wrote a post for Her View From Home on the words relapse and my thoughts on where we were. I literally can’t even read it anymore, it just makes me cry and remember those feelings like it just happened all over and I don’t think I could ever bear that again.
All that to say he did a round of chemo in October and we came home in November and then back again to the transplant floor in December for him to start another round of chemo and then get the transplant.
Today he is at one of his follow up appointments and I am anxious to hear how his bloodwork looks. I always get a little bit antsy at home waiting to hear. It’s been a long several months and If I am being honest I am weary. I don’t have another word for it, but I am at the point of needing to talk to someone other than a 4-year old, and two 2-year olds (one that’s non-verbal) but also I don’t want to out of fear that I’ll be that socially awkward girl that hasn’t seen her friends in 9ish months and has been what feels like outcast just a little bit.
All that to say, getting out our Fall decor has livened me up a bit. I absolutely love fall and winter. Actually I love all the seasons and used to love living in a place that we got to experience them all. But now living in this never ending Summer it’s been hard. I think the Lord gives us seasons because He designed us to need the change. It’s a healthy and organic change that no one else can create but Him and it’s a breath of fresh air each time they blow in. I love them. BUT this “Covid-19” season seems to be lasting forever and I needed to get out of it… somehow.
So, enters all the Fall decorations out of the garage and into the house. Since last year I felt like I missed Thanksgiving and Christmas and honestly in the past 4 years we have only spent one of those years not in a hospital on Christmas day, I decided to decorate and start celebrating a little bit early. And since my birthday is next week, I’ll call it an early gift to me to find some fresh air in all of the fall (faux) blooms whisking through my house.
So, without further adieu, here they are: I’ll update with pictures in my house as soon as I get finished decorating.
I have had so many people ask me over the past 4-years about going Vegan and if I have any recipes. Well, a lot has happened in 4-years. Grocery stores now many options that we used to have to go to a specialty store for. It’s pretty awesome for us, especially since Covid-19 as our family’s quarantine continues. All that to say that this has been a long time in the making. I am going to do a blog series on being Vegan with recipes (that aren’t just beans, rice and pasta), tips and tricks from our home to yours.
I would also like to note that a lot of what I will post will have a soy-free option because my son is allergic to dairy and soy because just being vegans wasn’t good enough for him. Since my husband’s stem cell transplant (this past December) he doesn’t like much of our normal vegan food, or any food really that we used to eat. He doesn’t like beans anymore! Kills me because I love beans. So cooking for my family has proven hard! Who has ever heard of a soy-free, bean-free, non-salad-eating, And I have actually gone back through my own e-course, re-read all the emails trying to reconfigure my meal plan, our meals, and my meal prep since all the new food changes in our house.
Ya know, the ol’ reminding myself of what I already know because sometimes our brains get stuck on autopilot until someones furniture falls out of the back of their truck going 75 mph on the hwy and you have to swerve? You know what I mean? Life.
7 Best Tips for Starting a Vegan Diet
Don’t skimp on the goodappliances. This is the link to my very favorite “going Vegan tool.” It will not disappoint. I promise. You will use them daily (if not, nearly everyday). I literally use mine every single day, multiple times per day. Today alone I used it 3 times.
Don’t get too legalistic about it that you forget the simplicity there can be in cooking as a Vegan.
Don’t wig out about weird stuff like “cashew cheese.” Try it! I promise you will not be disappointed. But also try to refer to things that are way out of the norm as what they really are. Example: Cashew Sauce instead of Cashew Cheese It helps the [mind over matter] process we have to go through sometimes when we veer way out of the normal lane of life we have always lived in.
Your taste buds will eventually change. This was one of those things I wasn’t sure I believed. BUT 4-years later and after a cheat night at Chili’s (because hospital food gets old, and we were celebrating so much) neither one of us liked the cheese, the queso, or the sour cream. (and side note: our stomachs did feel the after effects of the cheat meal).
Don’t do swaps! At first. I know some people can do this with ease, but for others it is hard! My dad would know a fake burger or chicken strip without skipping a beat and he’d dramatically shake his head, close his eyes and make a sour face because it’s fake. I find that being honest with myself about what things are helps me to not be weirded out about swaps. We do some swaps and until my son was born and eating big people food we did use Gardein on a more regular basis. However, now that he is here, we don’t do it much anymore and if I do, I have to make him something else. Once you are accustomed to eating differently, then I think swaps are great. But call it what it is.
Don’t allow yourself to fall into the habit of eating too many carbs. At that point (especially if you are vegan for health reasons) it’s not exactly a healthy diet even though it is technically vegan. So, be careful with that.
Consider doing a juice cleanse or a smoothie diet for a week or so before you start eating a plant based diet. We started our Vegan journey this way and after drinking carrot juice for what seemed like a year, eating pretty much anything sounded good. It made the transition much easier and I was just excited for “food food.”
Okay, I will stop rambling now, but here are my top 7 best tips for starting a Vegan diet. Some days in the beginning can be difficult and you might miss things like cheese, or milk, but I PROMISE the rumors about our taste buds changing is true and your cravings will change. I no longer crave normal things that I used to crave. I crave things like cashew cheese, my Cuban stew, tofu coconut curry, tofu scramble with salsa, etc. You will get there and it is worth it.
Your body will feel better (if you don’t fall into the beans, rice, and pasta trap) at least ours does. It was definitely a noticeable change. But I am not here to convince you. I assume if you are here it’s because you are already wanting to be a Vegan. So, happy eating!
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