Vegan Heaven

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 8, 2010

Happy Monday!

First up, check out this fun Adore giveaway going on at Eating Journey!

Did all of you have a fun Super bowl Sunday? I had this post ready to go up yesterday while in the car, but Eric’s internet stick was out of range. We went to visit family yesterday up North and didn’t get home until about 11pm or so.

Let me recap!

Sunday is supposed to be my rest day for exercise, but I ended up cleaning for 3 hours early Sunday morning. My exercise was scrubbing the hardwood and slate floors! My least favourite thing to do every week.

I mix a tiny bit of Murphy’s oil into a bucket of warm water and then I wash a tiny portion of the floor by hand and then dry with a cloth by hand, and I inch my way across the entire hardwood on my hands and knees. I find that if I don’t dry it by hand it streaks really bad. Does anyone have any tips on how to clean hardwood? There must be an easier way…

It looked nice though!

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I also removed a ton of appliances off the countertops. I cleared out a bunch of room in the cupboards to store appliances like my stand mixer. I love a clear countertop! I also have 3 huge boxes to donate to goodwill now.

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Then I made a stir-fry to bring for our visit. This one was similar to last Sunday’s however I cooked the veggies this time and I sprinkled everything with sesame seeds:

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So easy: chickpeas, 1.5 zucchini, 3 carrots, celery, EVOO, seasonings, S&P, sesame seeds:

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The sesame seeds made the entire dish! I need to do this more often.

My eats of the day included fresh juice:

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2 carrots, 1 cuke, 1/2 lemon, 1 grapefruit, 1 piece ginger:

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I made another batch of my homemade crunchy maple quinoa cereal:

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So in love with this cereal!

Lunch was a can of Amy’s reduced sodium Split Pea Soup:

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and Doctor Kracker x 2:

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Then I decided to finally bring out my Kitchenaid food processor that has been sitting in the box for months!

I made a boo boo though :(

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I dropped it :( and made a huge gash in the dining room floor. :(  

I swear this thing is cursed! If you recall I broke the first one and had to send it back…this is number two…and the beast is HEAVY. Hopefully I can figure this thing out!

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I got ready to head to our family get together and put on my new Lululemon jacket that I bought two weekends ago. I love this jacket! It is called the Stride II jacket and has fun thumb holes for staying warm. It is super comfy and functional.

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Is it weird that I use 90% of my lulu clothes for actual casual wear and not exercise? The only lulu stuff that I use for exercise are my shorts and workout tanks and the rest I treat like they are spun with gold silk, haha.

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We are still experiencing a huge bout of cold & sun around Southern Ontario. I love the sun and will take cold and sun over clouds and snow any day.

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Brrrrr.

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We had such a nice visit!

Harvey, Eric, and Diane (sorry the pic came out dark- was using my point and shoot)

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Diane cooked up a VEGAN feast!!!!!!!!!!

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She made all of these wonderful vegan dishes and used all these different ingredients like grape seed oil! It was so nice of her and she certainly went out of her way for me!

Spinach and Clementine salad in balsamic:

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Squash:

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Homemade garlic infused hummus, flatbread, and vegan coleslaw:

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Top going clockwise: Broccoli stir-fry with raisins and sunflower seeds, roasted potatoes, Greek salad (minus the feta for me), squash, my stir fry, coleslaw, homemade hummus!

I felt like I died and went to vegan heaven. Everything was SO SO good. I am going to beg her for the recipes.

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I had seconds of the squash.

Veggie juice :) My fav of course.

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Dessert was a vegan apple crisp and tea.

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Instead of using butter she used grape seed oil…very good idea! It tasted delicious!

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I was stuffed but in a good way. :mrgreen:

Updates:

I’m off for a long day of baking and going to squeeze in my workout over lunch.

Have a good one!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 8, 2010 at 9:13 am

I am LOVING your new lulu jacket! So cute. My mom has always washer her hardwood floors with Murphy’s oil soap, and that is how she taught me to wash mine and do my cabinets. The smell is so comforting me. :)

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Shawna February 8, 2010 at 9:13 am

Angela, the Strike Jacket looks great on you! The thumb holes are the best feature.

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megan February 8, 2010 at 9:16 am

such a cute jacket! I would treat them like gold too haha.

I wash our hardwood floors with vinegar/water. sometimes i mix in some lemon juice so it smells better :)

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Angela (OH She Glows) February 8, 2010 at 9:39 am

Do you know what ratio of vinegar to water you use? :)

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Michelle @ Eatingjourney February 8, 2010 at 9:25 am

I love jackets like that.

I also LOVE being vegan. LOVE it. Just made buckwheat cereal. It makes me think outside the box and so fun.

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 8, 2010 at 9:26 am

The meal sounds fabulous!!!
And your jacket is too cute! If I could get Lulu clothes, I’d totally be wearing them out. If i’m going to pay that much for exercise clothes… um i’m so not going to sweat in them haha

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Aoife February 8, 2010 at 9:28 am

That was so sweet of Diane to make a vegan feast for you all, aww! :) Looks delicious!!

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Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 8, 2010 at 9:29 am

I LURVE thumb holes!!!! I used to cut holes in my sweatshirts just to stick my thumbs in :)

You’re eatin’ like a vegan QUEEN!!

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Paige @ Running Around Normal February 8, 2010 at 9:46 am

LOVE the new jacket. That’s my favorite shade of grey :)

How wonderful of Eric’s mom to make that gourmet vegan FEAST! You have wonderful in-laws, Angela!

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Angela (OH She Glows) February 8, 2010 at 9:48 am

hehe nope they aren’t Eric’s parents, they are gradparents…i know they look young dont they?

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Angela (OH She Glows) February 8, 2010 at 9:48 am

oops grandparents I meant

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman February 8, 2010 at 9:47 am

I love that jacket. I agree: Exercise clothes that cost that much shouldn’t be sweated in! Big YUM to that apple crisp. Mmm.

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[email protected] February 8, 2010 at 9:49 am

how nice of the grand parents to make all the vegan food!

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Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 8, 2010 at 10:11 am

lovely dinner! what a treat!

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Katie February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am

Floors are my least favorite thing to clean, too. We have hard flooring throughout, but it’s laminate so I’m limited in what cleaning products I can use. I got a steam mom for Christmas and I LOVE that thing. Not sure if it’s safe for hardwoods or not. It’s a Haan and it dries instantly.

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Teri [a foodie stays fit] February 8, 2010 at 10:17 am

Sorry, no tips on hardwood floors. But I’ve heard some people love the Swiffers (if you can find them!). Your floors do look beautiful.

And I’m sure if I ever by Lululemon stuff, I’ll never work out in it either! :)

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Lauren @ Eater not a runner February 8, 2010 at 10:19 am

That looks like such a great dinner!

I do the same with my lululemon clothes haha. I do have my eye on that jacket, it looks SO cute!

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Alexis @ Mission: Ambition February 8, 2010 at 10:25 am

Your floors look gorgeous! I need to clean mine – I don’t do it nearly as often as I should.

Love that lululemon jacket – so cute!! I would probably do the same thing if I owned any lulu clothes. I tend to wear a lot of my cute “fitness” clothes for casual wear as well!

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Laura Georgina February 8, 2010 at 10:25 am

You have some serious commendable dedication to your floors! I grew up mostly in wood-floor houses and HATED it when it was my turn to mop with murphy’s and the rest. (The family house floors now get Squirt and Mop and look great, with a lot less work… in case you want to give it a shot).

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Julie @SavvyEats February 8, 2010 at 10:25 am

That is quite the spread of food!

I love Lululemon clothes, and would totally wear them as casual clothes…if I could afford them!

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Christie @ Honoring Health February 8, 2010 at 10:30 am

We have the same food processor. We have a tile floor (which I hate) and I am always so worried about dropping it.

p.s. I am super jealous of you clean counter tops.

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Ameena February 8, 2010 at 10:34 am

I love Lululemon clothes and I only wear them as regular clothes. I use my Target sweats to work out in!!

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Jenn @ Livewellfit February 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

Ok, so let’s all just be honest with each other: Lululemon has the best jackets/hoodies/pants/clothing in the world! I have one of their special hoodies that came out over the holidays that has more fleece and warmth built in to it…I tell ya, there’s is no other jacket out there like it!

Love your new one! It’s taking everything for me not to run across the street where a Lululemon store is (bad for me) and grab something fun and new. :)

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Jenna @ Eating Green, Staying Lean February 8, 2010 at 10:46 am

That food looks amazing! I’ve recently gotten into the world of vegan recipes and just.can’t.stop. I love them, everything is so fresh and tasty!

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Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 8, 2010 at 10:48 am

So much good food! I’m not vegan but have recently bought a few vegan cookbooks and really enjoy all of the recipes.

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Heather (Where's the Beach) February 8, 2010 at 11:00 am

I really have been wanting one of those jackets with the thumb holes. We live in a very old house (1890) so dinged up floors are the name of the game around here. Works for me though b/c they add “character” and I don’t have to stress LOL!

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LindsayRuns February 8, 2010 at 11:05 am

haha most blog posts don’t make me feel a need to compare…but I am really self conscious about my floors now! I’m a, gonna, go mop now… ;)

cute jacket! If I had a shirt that cost that much I wouldn’t be running in it either. (Totally just realized that I run in $50 brooks capri tights…never mind) But that shirt is cute!

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Pat February 8, 2010 at 11:06 am

When I was having trouble with my floors my husband got me an old floor polisher. We grew up in the 50’s and 60’s and thats what they used. Even if the finishes are better these days I still like to buff mine!

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Megan @ Healthy Hoggin February 8, 2010 at 11:14 am

I love that Lulu jacket! So cute!!

The last time I went shopping at Target I saw a hardwood floor cleaning “kit.” It was like a Swiffer, but with cleaning pads specific for hardwood floors… maybe you have something available like that near you? Either way, that’s an awesome workout cleaning the way you do!

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skinnyrunner February 8, 2010 at 11:20 am

your kitchen is so pretty and your floors are gorgeous!

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Tracey @ TropicalHappiness February 8, 2010 at 11:20 am

Love the lulu hoodie. Adorableness at it’s finest! I’m the same way with some of my really cute workout items- I just wear them out, and reserve my t-shirts and older pants for my actual workouts!

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Danielle (Coffee Run) February 8, 2010 at 11:21 am

That was so nice of someone to cook you a vegan feast! I’m jealous ;)

Sorry about the dent in your floor :? I’m always marking up the walls and ruining the carpet…
Cute jacket!

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Jessie (Vegan-minded) February 8, 2010 at 11:48 am

What a great vegan feast! I love your Lulu jacket, and I am with your with wearing lots of “workout” clothes when I’m not working out. They are comfy and cute, so why not? :)

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elliebelle February 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Your food looks great! I know how you feel about the Lulu stuff – so much of it is really more of a casual wear garment than it is for working out in. I do wear the tanks for working out – but not the jackets! :) Love your stride jacket, by the way!

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Estela @ Weekly Bite February 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm

super cute jacket!!! I love lulumon!

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Maureen February 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm

If the floors are dirty hot water and vinegar just a splash not too much. If they are not very dirty but just dusty I only use water.
Looks like you had more than enough food to eat and it all looks great. I noticed in yesterdays blog you showed your favourite BBQ sauce and it has the word Honey on the label. Is this just the name or is there honey in the sauce?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 8, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Nope the label is misleading!!!

ingredients:

Water, Apple Cider Vinegar*, Evaporated Cane Juice*, Tomato Paste*, Blackstrap Molasses*, Rice Starch*, Herbs and Spices*, Potassium Chloride, Garlic*, Natural Flavor, Onion*, Lemon Juice*, Xanthan Gum, Gum Tragacanth, Citric Acid, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor
*ORGANIC

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Maureen February 8, 2010 at 5:49 pm

great I will have to give it a try.

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steph February 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm

My mom uses some kind of swiffer wet jet on her wood..

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 8, 2010 at 1:23 pm

You have beautiful wood floors!! And that vegan meal looks fantastic – what a great spread.

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Mo February 8, 2010 at 1:34 pm

OH MY GOSH – you are a hardwood floor cleaner like me! After getting married and moving in with my husband last June, I have become obsessed with the floor scrubbing! I come from the world of wall to wall carpet. I am so critical of my efforts and even after working on for hours, I feel like it looks terrible! Maybe I can learn from you!!

First, what type of hardwood do you have? Ours is Brazilian Cherry and VERY difficult to keep looking good. I blame the dark color and the shine that it has. The floors show EVERY smear :( I tried this product called Bono becuase everyone raved about it. I have a feeling that it is starting to build up and cause more smearing – even though I use a TINY amount.

How does the Murphy’s oil work? Is it a cleaner? Does it not leave any residue? Maybe it works on your floors, but would not work on mine… all wppd is different.

Why am I so insanely interested in this topic? I need therapy about it! :-D

Your top picture of the floor looked gorgeous – good job cleaning and polishing it!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 8, 2010 at 2:06 pm

i do not like the murphy’s oilas it leaves a residue!!!

I think ours are cherry too…very glossy and smear SO easy.

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Angela February 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm

The hardwood floor guy that put ours in told me to use a lil vinegar and water. He said to “damp mop” it. I’d be afraid to use anything any harsher than that for the fear of a waxy build up. I bought a pair of knee pads and clean my hand (when needed…I also found that was the only way I could really get it clean). I also bought some soft socks to slip over my hands to “polish” it with. I just mist my “glove” and change when it gets dirty. The Swifter towels add up money-wise. The socks can be washed and re-used.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 8, 2010 at 2:06 pm

awesome tips!!!!!!!!!!!

So trying this :)

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Cole February 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Adorable jacket! And thanks for the heads up on the Adore bars in your shop. I had to run over and snag me some.

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Wow what a fun looking day – all those eats look amazing!
I am yet to find a Lulemon store as there isn’t one where I live. Next time I am in Sydney perhaps? Their clothes look fantastic!

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Kris | iheartwellness.com February 8, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Vegan feasts rock! I think it is wonderful when families support your eating habits.

My man’s mother doesn’t think I eat “normal”….LOL…sorry are Fruit Loops normal?! LOL

Have a fab day

XXOO

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Audrey February 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Your kitchen and floors look so sparkling clean! I love your house, btw. It looks so warm and comforting. I have to admit I am a bit jealous of your spacious kitchen. All that counter space. Oh la la! Haha. I guess you DO run a bakery, though! :D

Have a great day. The food, as usual, looks DELISH!

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Erin @ Erin Eats and Exercises February 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm

The cereal looks amazing! I will have to try it this weekend!

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Melissa February 8, 2010 at 3:02 pm

The cereal looks amazing! I am going to make some this week for sure.

I am so jealous that you have the new Stride jacket! I really want one. I am the same with my lulu clothes, I treat them with so much love and care! Especially my Remix Hoodies because they are so expensive!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) February 8, 2010 at 3:14 pm

holy vegan deliciousness…that dinner sounds amazing :) i love the jacket, too, it’s so cute :)

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natalie @ nono2yoyo February 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm

we have a TON of wood floor and I use the swiffer. it works so well and does not leave streaks. I also have a steam cleaner (shark) that works really well too. You have to get a swiffer or something like that I can’t imagine cleaning the floors by hand…its too easy to do it the other way!! i hope you find something that works!! good luck!

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Kate February 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Just bought that Lululemon jacket this weekend! In love and definitely wearing it at work right now :)

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Natasha February 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm

That Apple Crisp looks amazing!!! And I am soooo testing out that Quinoa cereal.

The Lulu stuff looks awesome… just wish we got it over here :-)

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Miriam February 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Haha I have the same jacket as you but mine is purple!! :) I am in LOVE with it… it is so warm and I keep telling everyone that it is soooo comfy!! And I love the thumb hole (which nobody understand the purpose of… I told everyone that it keep my palm WARM lol)

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Christina February 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Those floors look CLEAN! You do that every week? You must have some big arm muscles!

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Chantal February 8, 2010 at 5:52 pm

What a gorgeous kitchen!!! Can’t wait to have a real one too soon :) Also, that pic of you in your jacket is adorable!

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Cheryl February 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm

OMG! You are just too cute! I love reading your blog and seeing all the wonderful food pics! And your GloBars are to die for! They all look so perfect. How do you get them that way?! My “LaraBars” never look that good! Neither do my floors, for that matter. Thanks for inspiring us everyday!

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Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place February 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm

We use Murphy’s oil, too. Nothing makes the wood floors shine the same way. your kitchen is adorable!!

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Megan February 8, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I add a splash of white vinegar to the bucket of Murphy’s oil/water. Floors end up super clean and shiny – the vinegar totally cuts the film residue of Murphy’s oil. Hope this helps!

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Wendy February 8, 2010 at 6:57 pm

As a taste tester of the Adore Bar can I say that I “Adore” the giveaway your fellow blogger is doing? Lol.

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Audrey February 8, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Hi! I just wanted to let you know of a giveaway I am having on my site for Glass Dharma straws. They are beautiful glass straws that are so fun in green smoothies, juices, or even just lemon water. Perhaps your readers would be interested?

Here is the link to the giveaway: http://justaudreyblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/glass-dharma-straws-giveaway.html

Thanks! : )

Audrey
justaudreyblog.blogspot.com

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Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) February 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm

wow!! That’s vegan feast was so nice. My gram wouldn’t know where to start.

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Leah February 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm

That dinner looks amazing!

I dont own any Lululemon – lol I buy my workout gear from Superstore. Joe brand is surprisingly great. Anyhow, 90% of it doesnt get used for working out in. I totally use it as my casual clothes, so I dont think its weird at all that you do it too!!

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Jil February 8, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Looove your kitchen — I am so jealousss! :) I have tried to clear off my counters but I just don’t have enough cabinet space in my teeny apartment…BOO! haha C’est la vie. Can’t have it all. Love the jacket! adn I feel ya with the cold…bbrrrr it is so chilly here!

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Sara February 8, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I just ordered two more X’s and G’los Valentine’s Day Variety pack yesterday. I love them so-o-o much!!!!

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Amy February 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Oh my gosh YES! Please share those recipes with us when you get them! :) That apple crisp looks amazing! And the coleslaw oh my! Ok, I better get off the computer before I feel the urge to eat a second supper!

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Aspen February 9, 2010 at 12:30 am

Hi Angela,

This product has changed my life! The Hoover Floormate. It works on hardwood, title, or vinyl flooring and you can use the same cleaner on each surface. Here’s a good deal on one. Absolutely worth the money.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hoover-Floormate-Hard-Cleaner-H3032/5723667

Good Luck!!

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Katie February 9, 2010 at 12:37 am

That is exactly how I wash my floor too. Mine is tiny though.

Vegan food is easy? Huh, who knew? :D

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Michal February 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I cant get over how cute that jacket is, i want it!! :) That apple crisp look oh so crispy I wish i could have a bite.

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Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope February 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm

That stir fry sounds SO good! Can I get the exact directions on how to make it???

xxoo
Heather

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Kristilyn (My 29th Year) February 10, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I love that jacket! I’ll have to splurge at Lululemon one day – it’s just so far from our house.

Your floors look amazing! We have too many animals for our floors to look good. The second they’re clean (the floors) someone comes in from outside, drinks from the water dish, spills water everywhere, walks in it and then … dirty pawprints everywhere!

That feast looks delicious! And I’m not even vegan! How nice of her to make all of that. :-)

K

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Kate August 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Do you have a recipe for that vegan cole slaw? It looks SO good. And – what “seasonings” did you use in your stirfry?? Looks like a perfect lunch salad topper!!!

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