All Black Everything

Black Women vs….well…Black Women

I was watching Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett-Smith, her daughter Willow, and her other Adrienne. They were discussing how Black Women should be the bigger people and bridge the gap between us and White Women. I had a huge problem with that. Why should it be up to use to bridge this gap that was not created by us? Why is it our responsibility? I feel like that’s a child begging to fit in with kids that they don’t belong with, or me trying to build a relationship with my father who doesn’t want any parts of it.

My most daunting question is: Why are we trying to bridge a gap between us and another race of women when we can’t even bridge the gap between us and other Black Women? That is where the real issue is. If we cannot come together as a race and build each other up, uniting as a group of women, why try to do it with another race? That’s like trying to find love with another person and you don’t even love yourself.

Black Women have been pitted against each other for the longest (since slavery). We have so much divide among us from hair, to skin color, to how we raise our kids, to being single parents, to body discrimination, to careers, etc. On top of that, we have to deal with our own mental health issues and realizing that we need professional help and that it is okay to seek it. 

So, even before we can bridge the gap between us and other Black Women, we need to deal with our own issues. We come from generational mental health disorders and a cohort of other issues that we don’t deal with, continuing to live life broken, going off of a hope, a wish, and a prayer that we will magically be whole again. It doesn’t work like that sis.

My issue with these “celebrities” is how they use their platforms to appease “other” people instead of uniting their own. Why are you begging to be a part of the masses who could not care less about you? You have little boys and girls who look up to you because you look like them, and they’re seeing you with your puppet strings putting on a show for kids who don’t look like you, controlled by the puppet massa’. How sway?

 I’m all for unity, but it starts with first healing yourself, working to unite the culture, and that’s where it stops. It is not our job to get everyone else to sing “Kumbaya”. What are your thoughts on this issue?

All Black Everything, My Life

#BWWPCHOU Meetup

A few weeks ago I attended a planner meetup with my mom. We had an amazing time in this room full of black women who plan their lives to keep it together. Some of these women were hardcore planners while we also had some that just started. As for me, I’m in between, with only 3 planners.

I stumbled upon this group when I found the main Facebook page for the entire country and didn’t realize there were smaller city chapters. Now I don’t feel so alone. I used to think planning and planners were for white women but now I see it’s for every woman, especially those of us who are mothers. How else are we going to keep from losing our shit?

Planning has helped me in more ways than one. Being pregnant, I forget things often. It can be something that was said less than a minute ago and already I have forgotten. I’ve found that with writing things down, I can go back and remember important information.

Budget planning helps to keep money in the bank. I have never budgeted j til now and when I sit down at the end of each month, I see where my money is going (mainly to food, shh).

I also have a teacher planner because, well, I’m a teacher and we have all sorts of dates and deadlines for things. I can’t keep up with all of that so what I do is take the district calendar and write down all the dates as well as my school’s calendar.

Below are some pics from the festivities. Definitely cannot wait until the next planner meetup.

Health + Wellness

Motivational Monday: Eating Breakfast at Home

In every job I’ve worked, people always eat breakfast at their desk, in the lounge or break room. I am one of those people. I was one of those people. Every morning, I would pack my lunch bag and walk out the door. Once I got to the school, I would sit at my desk and eat my breakfast as I tried to prepare for the day. Multitasking. However, eating breakfast did nothing but slow me down.

Now this will be a bit of TMI, but I normally have 3 bowel movements in the morning. The first one is once I get up, the second is once I start moving around and getting things ready for work, and the third time is after I eat breakfast. Since school started, I have not been on that schedule, but beginning this semester, now that I eat at home, I’m back on schedule. Getting ready in the morning and walking out the door with no bowel movement, meant I ended up having all 3 (and sometimes 4) at the school and that put a major dent into my preparation time as well.

When we eat, we tend to rush and not take our time chewing, which aids in the digestion process. Believe it or not, eating breakfast at home gives you time to slow down, fully wake up, enjoy your food and be in a better mood for the day.

America is the fattest country in the world and with breakfast being the most important meal of the day, then add in all these fast food restaurants claiming that their breakfast will “make your morning great”, I can see why so many people aren’t morning people. They are sluggish, don’t want to work and are feeling sick from their breakfast. What you have first thing in the morning can determine how the rest of your day goes.

Break + fast =breakfast: you’re breaking your fast. Consuming animal products, aka “death”, first thing in the morning, is going to make you feel like death the rest of the day, the you wonder why you are constipated. When first waking up, you should consume something that will be easily digestible: smoothie, fruit, oatmeal, quinoa porridge, protein shake, smoothie bowl, acai bowl, etc. All of these foods don’t take much for you body to digest, in fact, I normally end up having a bowel movement before I finish any of these foods. Sometimes I’ll have two.

Having a heavy breakfast causes your body to work too hard to early in the day. You don’t want to put you body in overdrive first thing in the morning, using up all of your energy. This goes back to eating breakfast at home. When you are on the go, eating walking out the door, eating on the way to work, eating while working, you aren’t focused on chewing your food to a pulp before swallowing, which slows down your digestion process.

Some tips to eat breakfast at home:

  • prepare the night before
    • overnight oats
    • chia pudding
    • smoothie ingredients
    • cook quinoa
  • Wake up earlier
    • finish preparing breakfast
    • eat breakfast
    • have some coffee or tea
    • read a blog post
    • enjoy your morning

These tips will help you to be able to eat your breakfast at home and have a better start to your day.

Product Reviews

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

This coming of age story follows Nadia Turner, a girl who goes through life trying to find herself. From losing her mom, losing her virginity, getting an abortion to losing herself, there’s so much to take in.

This novel was beautifully written and though I can’t relate to any of it, I personally know some women who can.

This was a book I could read cover to cover and it is a page-turner. The imagery and character development makes this story into the beauty that it is. The friendship that develops between Nadia and Aubrey is beautiful and the way it ends as the book comes to an end, makes you feel like things could be okay.

I’ve dealt with older women in the church who were gossipy and that’s what they lived for. I think that’s a common theme in the black church. It’s also a reason I left the church.

If you have some time (though I highly suggest making the time), check this book out. The way it draws you in, you’ll go with no hesitation.

My Life, Vegan Mommy Things

Getting an Abortion

When I first found out I was pregnant, I was devastated. During that time, I was set to move to China and start a new life and career. I had my visa documents and everything. All I was waiting on was my plane ticket. Then I found out I was pregnant. That brought everything to a screeching halt.

I was getting medical checks regularly because you have to be in good health. The doctor kept saying my blood pressure was high and I have never had high blood pressure. I thought maybe because I was stressed and I also didn’t like her. Unbeknownst to me, I was pregnant.

I found out I was pregnant on August 13, 2017. My period was late by a day or two and I just knew I was pregnant. I took a pregnancy test and it came back positive. I laughed it off and took another. It came back positive too. I immediately stopped breathing. I literally felt my heart stop. I wasn’t ready to be a mom nor did I want to be one. I didn’t want kids.

My first stop was to my mother’s house because I was going painting with her and my grandmother that day. I told my mom through my tears and trying to catch my breath. If you know my mom, you know she was hella excited, this being her first grandbaby and all. I also told my brother and stepdad who were there. They were all supportive. Then I told my baby’s father and that’s when things changed.

We agreed upon me getting an abortion because I had life plans and so did he. I was going to fucking China!!! So, I called the abortion clinic and went the next day. I just knew I was doing the right thing until I got there. I won’t mention the clinic but it was small and not very attractive. I waited in the waiting room for what felt like hours.

Once I was called back, I sat in this hallway with a bunch of other women. The woman sitting next to me was telling a woman who was crying that she’ll be fine. She had had several abortions with her boyfriend and she turns out fine every time. That’s when reality set in. Women actually do this to fix what they consider a “mistake”. Some even do it repeatedly with no remorse. At that point I wanted to leave, but I stayed. Something told me to stay.

I looked a few seats down and there was this room I kept seeing women come out of with a nurse. These women were in a daze and could barely walk. That’s when I realized we were by the operating room. We were also by the back door where the women went out of once the abortion was done.

I started to really panic. By that point a nurse called me in to get an ultrasound. They couldn’t find the baby on the screen. I began to breathe hoping that meant those pregnancy tests were wrong. Then they made me take a pre test and blood test. The pee test came back as a light positive and I had to wait 24 hours for the blood test.

After that I went and saw a counselor and she explained to my how the operation worked and how the pill worked. Both options sounded horrific. I was mortified. I made my appointment for two days later, on a Wednesday. I came out and passed this room that was dark and I saw all these women in there. Some curled up, some crying and some sleeping. These women were waiting for their rides to come pick them up. They had already had their procedure. I quickly left the building.

I cried all the rest of that day and that night, into the next morning. I was scared and didn’t know what to do. One thing was for sure. I can’t remember at which moment it was: the woman telling about her numerous abortions, the operating room, the counselor or the room full of post-op women, but I knew I was going to keep my baby. I knew for certain I was not going to go through with the abortion. That morning the clinic called me back to confirm my blood test came back positive for being pregnant.

The morning of when I was supposed to get my procedure, I got a phone call from a school to come and have me interview for a teaching position. I ended up getting an interview and hired the same day. I realize now that had I gone through with the abortion, I wouldn’t have gotten this job. I would also be in China right now. This job was a job I had been wanting: it was a writing position. I was going to be teaching writing and I was happier than anyone could ever know.

I share this story because I know women contemplate abortions every second of every day and I know women who actually go through with them. Either way, both are difficult decisions: either keep or get rid of your baby. Ultimately, my decision to keep my baby was that there are no mistakes. I knew the outcomes of having unprotected sex with no birth control. This baby is not at fault and therefore, having an abortion, was not a solution because being pregnant wasn’t a problem. This was an unplanned planned pregnancy, meaning it wasn’t intentional but I also didn’t try to prevent it.

Now, almost 7 months later, I am in a better, happier place. I have an amazing job, a new car (not fancy though), a new apartment and a bundle of joy who will arrive in April. My child’s father is now on board and excited about having a child. This is a first for the both of us so we will be learning as we go. We have the support of family and friends. Even though I am single mom, the relationship I have with my child’s father is going to make for an awesome coparenting relationship.

Every time I feel my baby kick, I get more and more excited. I’m at the stage in my pregnancy where the baby is moving around a lot and making their little presence known. I know as I get into my third trimester, I will feel the baby kick and move even more. I keep thinking what if I had gone through with the abortion, what my life would be like now. Then I think about how my life is now and I’m happy. I can’t keep living in the what if’s or the past.

Granted, I could’ve still gone to China with my baby, but being a single, FTM in a country that I’ve never been to, that just didn’t seem logical. Plus, here, I have the help of family and friends.

It’s interesting to look back on how I started at the beginning of my pregnancy and how I felt, to now. I feel like I’m a completely different person. I’m already in mommy mode and my baby isn’t even here yet.

If you have a story to share, share it below or feel free to contact me if you want it to be private.

I want to let women know that they are not alone in whatever decisions they make. There is always someone who has been through or is going through the same thing. It may seem scary right now and like it’s not the right time, but everything happens for a reason. I think me getting pregnant and deciding to keep my baby, is going to make me a better woman, someone whom I never thought I could or would be.

So this is my story and I hope that it helps someone else.

My Life

The Snow Has Fallen…

It doesn’t typically snow in Houston, in fact it’s been about 9-10 years since the last time it snowed. I woke up Friday morning to the ground, trees, cars and rooftops covered in a white powder. Surely this was not Houston.

The snow was beautiful while it lasted. Within a few hours of the sky brightening up, the snow had melted, as if it were just a mirage. Many of my students had played in it before coming to school, for they had never seen real snow. It’s times like this that I appreciate Houston giving us all a once in a lifetime memory to share.

All Black Everything, Health + Wellness, Vegan Mommy Things

Eating Healthy is for POC Too

Podcast: Black Girl in Om

Grocery Haul:

Avocados

Blackberries

Blueberries

Strawberries

Potatoes

Tomatoes

Pumpkin seeds

Pecans

Raisins

Kale

Nutritional Yeast

Bolthouse Farms Non-Dairy Milk

Minimalism

Minimalism for the Avid Reader

1. Library

At the library you can check out as many books as you want and renew them. This way you can have books but not have books at the same time. The Houston Public Library now has a feature where you can check it ebooks that are delivered directly to your kindle.

2. Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads

You can purchase ebooks that can be delivered to any electronic device for you to read on the go.

3. Audio Books

You can purchase the audio version of books from Amazon or Audible if you aren’t into reading, or just don’t have the time.

4. Read in store

If you have the time, you can read books for free in Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Half Price Books, etc. Buy a cup of coffee and relax with a book.

My Life, Vegan Mommy Things

Dear Bitter Moms

Since I’ve been pregnant, you have been projecting your opinions and oppositions at me. It’s like once women have had children, they always feel like experts, but that’s not the case. Not every woman is the same, nor is every birth or pregnancy. Just because I choose to have a different birthing experience than you, does not mean that I don’t know what I’m talking about, or that I’m young and dumb.

I made a post on Instagram about hospital births and one bitter mom said that us “young moms think (we) know it all.” She went in to say that she’s been a mom for 15 years and that “medications are in place for a reason.” Well, that’s how you feel but not how I feel. It’s almost as if it’s wrong to have a difference in opinion.

I feel like FTM are always getting attacked because we want something different for our experience. To be honest I don’t plan on having more kids, so I want this experience to be memorable. My age has nothing to do with my knowledge and I think that’s where you “bitter moms” get things twisted. Just because your birthing experience with medications and what not was great, that is not the case for everyone else.

Now before you get your panties in a twist and let your fingers pull the angrily typing trigger, I’m not saying that having babies in a hospital is bad, or makes you a bad parent, or that I’m better than you. What I’m saying is, not everyone wants that. If that’s what you felt was right for you, then by all means it was right for you. It’s just not right for me.

People tend to go along with what they’ve been taught, have always known/seen, or just with what society says. If you follow me on social media, you know I go against the so-called “norm”, especially in the black community. It’s not normal to be black and vegan, non-religious, having a midwife and water birth, and practicing natural remedies for healing.

Why should I conform to black societal norms when I can live my life the way I see fit for me and my baby?

In closing, to all you “bitter moms”, keep your opinions to yourself. Just because you have had experience being a mom and giving birth, does not mean shit to me. We are nothing alike; we aren’t even on the same damn frequency.

Signed,

A fed up FTM

My Life, Vegan Mommy Things

A Vegan Baby, Arriving Soon!

You read that right. There’s a vegan bun in the oven and I couldn’t be more excited. As I finish up my first trimester, here’s how things went.


When I found out I was pregnant, I was numb. I did not want kids and finding out you’re pregnant and not married or in a relationship, pretty damn scary. I took two pregnancy tests (yes two because I thought the first one was lying), and then immediately went to my mom’s house. I cried as I told her and she jumped for joy (not because I was crying but because this is her first grandchild). As the days and weeks went on, I came to terms with it. 

At my first ultrasound, the doctor said that my baby was measuring rather small, that the heartbeat was on the low side of normal, and that there were several reasons it could be happening.

  1. My last period dates were wrong.
  2. My ovulation was late.
  3. It could be a slow pregnancy, which meant the baby could possibly not make it. 

Over the course of the next couple of weeks, I was on edge thinking the worst. I didn’t want it to be the third reason and was so scared. Apparently my mom and grandmother were too, they just didn’t want to stress me even more. Fast forward to my second prenatal appointment, the baby’s heart rate was in the normal range, it had grown tremendously, it was kicking its little foot and waving its hand. I felt so much joy and excitement. I had felt flutters since the last appointment but paid them no mind. Little did I know, that was the baby moving. 

My doctor said everything was normal, the baby looked fine and was growing as it should. Turns out, my ovulation was a week late and I do remember not feeling myself ovulate (I have severely painful ovulations but the month of July, I didn’t feel it at all). I am so glad that my baby is doing well.

Symptoms

I really didn’t have anything to notify me I was pregnant other than the fact that I missed my period. I keep track of my period like a professional watchdog and when it didn’t come (like a few days past) I took the tests. Now at about 4 weeks I experienced cramping, really sore breasts and outrageous avocado and kale cravings. It was on a whole other level. The sore breasts is what bothered me the most.

I did start taking prenatal vitamins, but my doctor didn’t like the ones I had, so she prescribed me another vegan prenatal . They are horse pills (meaning that they are huge), but for the sake of my baby, I’ll do whatever I have to do. 

Diet

My eating has been all over the place. I have not cooked much if at all. All I want to eat are samosas, fries, donuts, ice cream, and everything not healthy (but still vegan). Sometimes I have no appetite and sometimes I can’t stop eating. It’s really weird and fluctuates often. I have gained weight since my first prenatal appointment, which is a good thing. 

I was told come the second trimester, my eating will go back to normal, and I cannot wait for that to happen. I can’t stand leafy greens right now and I miss them, yet I have no appetite for them. 

Mood Swings

I will say that my attitude is not the best right now and absolutely everything and everyone annoys me (sorry y’all, but it’s true). I feel more sensitive to things that people say and I hate that. Everything just gets on my last nerves and I feel so annoyed at that. Usually I can let things slide, but not so much now. 

Baby’s Gender

So I do not yet know the baby’s gender. I will find out on October 16, a week after my birthday. I don’t have a preference of the sex, just as long as the baby is healthy and has 5 toes, 5 or 6 fingers (6 fingers on each hand runs in my family), and has all the right body parts in the right place. My mom wants a gender reveal party, however, I am not keen on the idea because a gender reveal party just sounds stupid. Like no one can bring gifts if they don’t know, so then I have to have a baby shower on top of that. I am that odd child in the family where “normal societal behaviors” don’t interest nor impress me.

Final Thoughts

I am excited to be a mom. Though I will be a single mom, that is how I envisioned if I ever had kids. Do I want a husband and family? Of course, but I just never saw that when I saw myself having my first child. I know that’s really odd because most women envision being married and having a home and career when they have kids. For me, as long as I had my own place, my own car, and 2 careers, I’m set (yes, I have two careers: I’m a blogger and educator). As long as I could take care of myself and my baby financially (which is why I have been working my ass off to pay debts), then whether or not I was married or in a relationship, just didn’t matter. Did I plan to get pregnant? Not at all, but the universe doesn’t adhere to plans. The universe knows what you can and can’t handle and I guess this whole time I have been preparing myself to be a mother and I could not be more happier.

xoxo The Black Vegan Author

 

Product Reviews

Ruffles Green

Before I tell you about my experience here, let me just say that the best part of eating out as a vegan at a non vegan restaurant, is that your food comes out fast and is prepared fresh.

Now this restaurant is located in The Woodlands and if anyone knows the area, you know its bourgeoisie (that’s the correct way to spell the word, it’s not boujee or any other spelling), like for real for real. Walking up you see the outside area, and with the weather like it is in Texas, ain’t nobody sitting outside unless it’s night time, and even then, mosquitoes won’t let you be great and eat. 

Walking inside, they have a very sleek look. Lots of neural colors and white. It was pretty empty, guessing I beat the lunch hour rush, so there was no line. The lady who took my order was really nice and very patient.

I ordered as my appetizer the hummus with pita bread, which both are made in house, and as my meal I had the Veggie Nut Burger, 86 the cheese.

Both dishes were phenomenal. I would highly suggest them. The burger literally will melt in your mouth. The pita bread and hummus were the best I’ve had thus far.

What I also liked was it’s a self serve restaurant. You order and pay at the same time and then you get your own drink, silverware and napkins. You also can get your own to-go containers which is a plus because I feel waiters take entirely too long to bring the check and to-go containers. 

The only negative I have is that my appetizer and meal came at the same time. I would’ve preferred to get my appetizer before my meal. Not sure if that is something I should’ve requested, however, that’s the only negative I have. So, if you are ever in the Houston area, give them a try.

My Life

Trap Yoga

This was probably the best yoga experience I have ever had.  Trap  music and yoga? It gets no better than that!!  Trap Yoga Bae, Britteney, was freaking amazing. We started with Bodak Yellow by Cardi B and ended with Rake It Ip by Yo Gotti and Nicki Minaj​​​. I have a ratchet side that I don’t let show, well, unless I’m by myself, but uh, ratchet Moniqua was about to come out and wreck havoc up in there!!

Below are some videos and pics from the class. Wish I could take a class everyday with her. I’ve even now incorporated trap music into my practice. If she is ever in your city, please check her out and take her class. 

Health + Wellness, My Life, Product Reviews

Nourish Juice Bar


Located off W Gray, this juice bar is so amazing and I love the atmosphere. I had been there once before. I ordered the Pink Starbust juice and a Buddha bowl. Both were absolutely amazing. The juice really tasted like candy and the kick from the ginger was perfect. 


The Buddha bowl was a curry style bowl with kale, quinoa, carrots, chickpeas and so much more earthy goodness. The curry dressing added so much flavor. I definitely want to try to recreate something like this.

My Life, Product Reviews

Vegan Tamales and Cupcakes @ Dan Electro’s

I don’t typically go into Houston that often because I hate the traffic and it’s a helluva commute but when I saw this event was in The Heights, and that’s fairly close to me, I was down. 


It’s located off 24th street and it’s a fairly small venue with a backyard patio. I actually only came for the tamales but Sara the Cupcake Girl was there and I bought a dozen and a half cupcakes. 


I was rather disappointed that the tamales were not already heated and the guy brought a crockpot to heat them in and he showed up later than expected. The line was long, I got ate up by mosquitos, badly and ended up with room temperature tamales.


The tamales were good, however, they would’ve been better hot. I felt like he was ill prepared. At the end of the event, those who placed orders, he no longer could fill them, not sure the reasoning but Sara and her family are making them and I’m sure they’ll be awesome as her cupcakes are. 


I got to meet the president of the Houston Black Vegan Social, Snoddy, and I have been added to the team. I also met another one of the members, Kirby.


The venue was great, it’s just the mosquitos were relentless and it could be because my blood is sweet from all the fruit I’ve been, but I will be using my all natural big spray by my girl Jazzzie by Nature. 


There is another event this coming weekend at the same place and Sara and her family are making cupcakes and enchiladas, all vegan of course. I can’t wait.

Product Reviews, Travel

Unity Vegan Kitchen Review


If I could give more than 5 stars dammit I would. This food truck was my initial first stop on this tour but because of my schedule and their hours, I ended up having to save the best for last. 
First let me say, the woman who took my order, I believe it was Leslie (sorry if I’m wrong), she was so nice and friendly and made my day when she said they had chikn n waffles. I had seen these all over IG and made it my mission to get them whenever I was in Austin. 

When I say they were everything, they were absolutely everything. The gravy was tasty as hell and I loved it on the waffle, despite me never thinking to put gravy on my waffles.

The waffle was cooked to perfection and the faux chicken had an abundance of flavor and tasted like chicken if I do say so myself. Talk about southern vegan comfort food. I have half a mind to go back before I leave and get it again.

Please, if you are ever in Austin, make this a priority.

Product Reviews, Travel

24 Diner Review 

My first time coming here was in 2010 when my brother graduated with his undergrad degree. This is one of his favorite restaurants and it’s open 24 hours, like in the name.

It wasn’t crowded the first time we came and it wasn’t crowded this time. Another major thing I like was it wasn’t cold. Most restaurants I go to have me sleepy before I even order my food. 


The first time I went I had the Betsy Veggie. It’s a handcrafted burger made with beets, lentils, flaxseeds and other delicious goodness. I swear I tried to recreate it but no such luck. 


Since then I had been feigning for that burger so when we went last night, I was too hype. It tastes just as good as I remember. My waitress was pretty amazing. The waiter the first time I came was very knowledgeable about the burger so I was comfortable ordering it this time. 

Product Reviews, Travel

The Vegan Nom Review


If I tell y’all that the taco I had should be damn illegal and questionable about being vegan. I’ve never had a vegan taco that taste so damn good and was super flavorful.

I am a huge fan of food trucks and I loved the location. There was no long line and they prepare your food fairly quickly. I ordered there Gracie Madre which came highly recommended by the woman who took my order. 


I took the first bite and fell in love. I will definitely be going back before I head back to Houston. 

Product Reviews, Travel

Capital City Bakery Review

This was my first stop when coming into Austin. I have been a loyal follower for quite sometime now on Instagram. This is a cute little bakery located on Ceasar Chavez. I got two cupcakes, the butterscotch chocolate and the pumpkin carrot cake. The lady who took my order was super friendly and helpful. I will definitely go back.

Product Reviews

Review: Sambuca 

This was a really nice restaurant with a warming, intimate atmosphere. They have live music, friendly staff and a beautiful outside seating area. 


The main thing I didn’t like was their lack of vegan options. I could only eat the sides because most everything is premade, though I don’t want to eat anything premade that’s been sitting out all day, then just warmed up when ordered. 


Even the sides I had to veganize by asking them to not cook the veggies in butter (I don’t know why people think veggies have to be cooked in butter), the brussel sprouts came with bacon though I’m not sure why but I asked for them sans bacon, and the maple bourbon sweet potatoes, I asked to be cooked without butter. 

I have to say, those sweet potatoes were orgasmic. I will definitely have to try to recreate them because I can’t even describe how amazing they tasted. 

Overall, it’s a great restaurant but vegans like upscale too. Would get more service with more vegan options.

Product Reviews

5* for Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market Eastside

This farmer’s market has to be my favorite mainly because all of my fave vegan places are there and it’s proximity to my fave Whole Food’s Market and vegan restaurants. Another great thing is the major diversity with the vendors and the consumers. I feel more comfortable at this location.


This farmer’s market has a few of my fave vegan food vendors such as Guudbelly, Ripe Cuisine and my obsession, Sinfull Bakery. Since becoming vegan, Sinfull Bakery has met all of my baked goods needs. All of their food is vegan and the flavors are just…there’s no words honestly. Their pot pie has me feigning for more and their cinnamon rolls, larger than life, literally.


From them, I bought two pop tarts and a cherry pie, which I was told only six were made and they were trying something new with it. Either way, I know it’s going to be awesome. There is nothing that they’ve made that I haven’t liked. What I like about them besides their food, is their friendly service. Every time I go, I am always greeted with a warm welcome and goodbye. Friendly service is how they will keep me a customer, and of course their bomb as food. Don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself.


I also went to Nisha’s, again. The same vendor I went to when I went to Rice Farmer’s Market. I got some more vegetable samosas (they were friggin’ orgasmic as hell) and I got some eggplant dip. Most of their dips are vegan and they do have a lot of vegan food as well. That’s what I love about Indian food; the variety for everyone.

All in all this will be my favorite farmer’s market because of the inviting atmosphere and everyone is so nice. Also, majority of the vendors take credit cards, some only take credit cards which makes it easy for those of us who refuse to cash.

I highly recommend Urban Harvest Eastside. I haven’t been to the one they have on Wednesdays at City Hall mainly because I am at work during those times, but once I am able to go, I will do a review of that one as well.

All Black Everything, Health + Wellness

Black Girls Mental Health


I came across this IG page, @blackgirlsmh, and I was blown away that there is a page like that. In the Black community, there is a huge thing about seeking professional help. Growing up we are told that as Black women, we don’t have issues and we are to get over it. Black men from a young age are told by their fathers that hugging past a certain age, men just don’t do. They don’t say I love you to each other and they are not to show emotions.

Black people have suffered for a long time in this country and people wonder why we have problems. Mental health issues in the Black community has been passed down since slavery. I know White people hate when we bring up slavery but we have suffered a lot in this country. When a White person goes in a shoots up a place, they can plead insanity but if it is a Black person, they are in they’re right mind. All that shows is that White people are seen as crazy, not us.

Black people do have mental health problems and because we don’t get help, we lash out in other ways whether it be violence, anger, drugs, alcohol, sex, just like anyone else, though when we do it, it is seen as more extreme. I am here to tell you that it is okay to admit that you need help. It is also okay to seek professional health.

Black women, you are not alone. We all suffer from some sort of mental issue whether it spawned from the past or happened recently. I personally have seen a therapist and though I did not like my therapist because immediately she prescribed antidepressants and I am against medication, that is not to say that it won’t work for you.

If you know you need and are afraid, check out BlackGirlsMH. Another great site to check out is My Black Matters.

Afro Hippie Vegan

Financial Advice

Financial Friday: Minimalism Saves Money

I posted the video above on YouTube earlier in the week. Minimalism is something that I have always been into but haven’t practiced until recently. Growing up and having almost everything that you want, you start to take things for granted. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon the vandwelling and tiny home movement that I realized that this was my destiny all along.

In the past few months I have given away and sold a lot of my things. I had stuff that I’ve kept since high school and that was almost 10 years ago. Since then, I accumulated so many more things and it was really impulse buying. I would go to the stores and because I had money, I would spend it. I knew that I wouldn’t use or wear the things I bought but I bought them anyway. Most of those things, I no longer own.

I always wonder if I had a better sense of finance at a younger age, would I be in the financial state I’m in today? If I had lived a minimalistic lifestyle and only bought the necessities, would I have a savings or be able to afford a vacation? I think about these things often.

Advertisements on television are targeting certain groups of people; minorities and millennials. These two groups typically have no sense of financial knowledge and tend to fall into the trap of sales or products made to seem like “necessities”. I have fallen into that trap numerous times, seeing as how I am a minority and a millennial. My parents had no financial knowledge growing up so there was nothing to pass down to me or my brother.

I had to learn on my own about budgeting, not buying things just because I can, and that having a lot of stuff just shows how much money you wasted. I have been on a serious purge lately, getting rid of things that I have not touched in years. I am a huge fan of getting rid of things now and not buying new things to replace the old ones. I know some people have the philosophy that they will only buy something if they get rid of something to replace the new item with. That is absurd.

I got into minimalism because I had a bunch of crap, to put it plainly. If y’all could see some of the stuff I got rid of and how long I’ve had it, you would be surprised. Check out the video on my latest purge below.

What I am learning about minimalism is that the less you buy, the more money you have to pay off debts, which is something that I am doing. Being debt free is a huge goal for me and I really want to do that so I can afford an RV or tiny home in the next few years. With that, being a minimalist is a must. Both of these types of homes are small places and you can’t have a lot of stuff.

I want to really get this message out to my people that we need to stop buying stuff just because we can. We need to be satisfied with what we have and stop accumulating useless things. I encourage everyone who reads this to pick a day that you are off and go around your house. Pull everything out that you own and sort it into different piles; things you need, things to give away, things to throw away and tings to sell. You can thank me later.

Financial Peace and Minimalism,

Afro Hippie Vegan

Product Reviews, Uncategorized

5* for Sunshine’s Health Food Store & Vegetarian Deli

3102 Old Spanish Trl., Houston, Tx 77054

I have been seeing this restaurant posted on social media by different people for the past few years and still had not gone until June 17. I think it was because before they moved to this location, it was somewhere weird and far. The location they are at now used to be Beaucoup, a Cajun seafood restaurant and I went there a lot with my ex, before I was vegan and holistic (basically before I knew better).

What I like about this restaurant other than the fact that it is Black owned, is that it’s a health food store and you can buy supplements and all kinds of other things. When I walked in, it just felt right, just natural and the atmosphere was clean. The staff was super friendly and accommodating.

I ordered the nachos, which were bomb might I add. Even though the cashew cheese was sweet, the flavors blended together so I didn’t mind. I also had this Lemon Essence juice which was also really good (I like anything with ginger in it). I will definitely be going back. I am a huge fan of black owned health food stores and eateries. It gives me hope when I see my people trying to help each other out.

It is located in what we call 3rd Ward, which resides a lot of Black people, so having a healthy place to eat, is a huge step. I do hope to see in the future more stores and eateries in Black neighborhoods, hopefully owning one myself.

I highly recommend checking them out if you are in the Houston area or even just visiting.

Afro Hippie Vegan

Health + Wellness

Simply Vegan: A Guide for Newbies & the Curious

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My book finally came out last Friday and I am excited! I have gotten great feedback and it has been doing well. If you haven’t gotten yours, please do so. It is in the side bar to the right. This book has so much information like recipes, a meal plan, shopping list, staple items, books to read, documentaries to watch, how I went vegan and so much more, in only 90 pages!

This book did not start off as a guide. It started as a recipe book because so many people asked me about recipes. I wanted to do a recipe book but that is information I don’t mind giving away for free. I make videos on YouTube of recipes and I post them on here. I changed my mind about this book because I have done so much research and have a lot of valid, useful information that I wanted to share with people. So I took all that information and past blog posts and put them in one place.

I am working on the contents of the next book that will be coming out in the last quarter of the year. It will be a book specifically for Black people and how they can get their lives together. It will have statistics, what “soul food” really is and so much more. I am in the process of creating an outline right now. This book will have so much information. I really want to help my people.

The book above is for those who have questions about being vegan and how they can stay vegan. It’s the beginning process. The next book will show why Black people should go vegan and why the system is set up against them, and it will all start with slavery.

So if you haven’t gotten this book, do so now before the next one comes out.

Afro Hippie Vegan

All Black Everything, Uncategorized

Being Clothes Free is Black Culture

White people have been appropriating Black culture for forever and a day and I’m so sick of it. Though I am proud of the fact that many of my people are waking up and noticing what’s going on and taking our culture back. Sadly, there is one part of our culture that black people aren’t taking back and has become a majority White thing: living clothes free.


I have hated wearing clothes since I was a child. Even to this day, I hate wearing them. Always having to figure out what to wear depending upon where I am going. Having to dress appropriately is a hassle and the fact that appearance is everything, makes it worse. This is why I don’t work in corporate America. Back to the topic.

I have not been in public clothes free due to many of the gatherings being majority older, White males or majority White. I would feel more comfortable around my own people. What many don’t know, the reason Black people wear clothes is because Europeans, when taking my people from the Motherland, saw them naked and were instantly jealous that our body parts tended to be much larger than theirs. Some of them even paraded us around like animals in a circus. Some have done it as late as the 1950’s.

We were the first to have lived clothes free lives and White people have taken that from us, just like everything else, and made it their own. They have a history of stealing from other cultures and making it theirs. Now not all white peoole are like this, but vast majority are, especially those voting for Trump (racist pig).


I write this post because being naked today is always sex related and it doesn’t have to be. I don’t get turned on every time I see a penis. It’s all in our heads. I love my body and the beauty of it glistening in the sun. The way the sun makes my melanin radiate is uncanning. Those who lack melanin can’t say the same. 

In closing, strip off your clothes and embrace your bodies, my Black people. After all, we did it first and have for centuries.

You can find this shirt on My Free Life.

Happily Clothes Free,

Afro Hippie Vegan

Financial Advice

Financial Friday: Debt, Debt, Go Away!

As of today, I have paid off two debts. Wooohooo! That is a huge accomplishment. I have paid off the IRS and a personal loan. Two steps close to being debt free! Even though those are two milestones, I am not ready to celebrate just yet. When I pay off my two credit cards, I will really celebrate. Those are the most important things right now (other than moving out of my mother’s house).

I am so happy to no longer have these two debts hanging over my head. Now I can really focus and go for the gold. I am in the process of getting two new hustles so I can have more sources of income. Right now I have three sources of income and I am working on a fourth and fifth. My hustle game will be strong this summer.

I have so many goals that I want to accomplish on my vision board. Even though that’s only $3000 that I have paid off in three months, it is still an accomplishment. That extra money that was going towards those debts, will go towards these credit cards. I am so serious, like y’all don’t even know how hard I am about to hustle to get these debts paid off as quick as possible. Then to top it off, I still have student loans. This will be a summer of absolute grinding.

Let me know if you have paid off any debts and if you have some tips for paying them off faster.

Journey to Financial Freedom,

Afro Hippie Vegan