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Weekend Getaway: Letchworth State Park

by Corinne on September 4, 2012

Food prep

The night before heading to Letchworth State Park for Labor Day weekend, I cooked a bunch of vegan meals for me and my kiddo. I always prepare way too much food for these trips, but better to have leftovers that to have stress! I made lentil soup, un-tuna salad, chickpea-broccoli salad, plus I packed some fresh fruit, soy milk, field roast, oatmeal, veggie burgers and some fruit/veggie packs. Needless to say, we were prepared and well fed.

VegNews Magazine

During the six hour car ride, I dug into the latest issue of VegNews Magazine and the novel, Before I Fall (love it!). Reading a great book enriches my entire life. Even with a young child and a career, there’s always time for a book. When I make reading novels a priority, I’m an all-around happier person.

Kiddos on the swingsOne of the best parts of the weekend was seeing Audrey interact with her cousins. She adores them. To-dos, stress, and negativity falls away when you have three smiling babes swinging and laughing in front of you. Kids force you to be present. They’re like little Buddhas.

Cousins

 They teach me about love too…

ExplorationAnd wonder…

Audrey and SteveAnd family…

Me and AudreyAnd how the more I give, the more I get.

 I hope you had a lovely weekend too!

❤,
Corinne

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My New Job: Creative Director at KrisCarr.com!

by Corinne on August 31, 2012

Crazy Sexy Kitchen

This month was a biggie–for facing fears, taking leaps, and new beginnings. August kicked off with a biz trip to Woodstock, NY for a week…without my kiddo (for the first time). I was worried that I’d be a mess or she would be a mess or both. Luckily, we both had a fantastic week–Audrey with her Dad and grandparents in Baltimore and me with Kris Carr on her little farmette.

We spent our time planning out the launch of Crazy Sexy Kitchen, working on an awesome new program, eating some seriously delicious food (and drinking green juice, of course) and rescuing butterflies. I got a little break from mamahood and Audrey had a blast with her extended family. When we were reunited, it was pure joy and I had a renewed sense of gratitude for my family and my life. Win!

Rewind back to my last day in Woodstock. I was sitting on Kris’ porch, wrapping up our whirlwind week of work, when she asked me, “Wanna be my Creative Director?” (She was much more eloquent, but you get the idea.) As we discussed the position, I began to realize that this was the job I’d been working toward my whole life and it felt like the position was just falling in my lap. I finally understood one of the many wise things Joseph Campbell shared with the world:

“We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”

I couldn’t have predicted that Kris would offer me this position or that it would be exactly what I wanted to do. I couldn’t have planned it out or forced it to happen. I just had to be my best self and be open to the possibility of good things happening. And they did.

Since I’m part of Team KrisCarr.com nowadays, I won’t be taking new copywriting/editing clients for the foreseeable future (Our new KrisCarr.com website launches 9/17!). If you’d like to receive my monthly newsletter (and you don’t already), which includes updates on all things writing, mamahood + vegan cooking, I hope you’ll sign up here so that we can stay in touch.

Sending you best wishes for September and a big thank you for being one of my readers!

❤,
Corinne

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Crazy Sexy Biz Trip

by Corinne on August 17, 2012

On Monday, I packed up and set off for a quick biz trip to Woodstock. I didn’t know how I’d feel the first night away. I was nervous to leave my baby girl, but also excited to work in person with Kris Carr for the first time in many, many months (and have a few days off full-time mamahood). I gave Audrey a quick kiss on the head and hurried out the door before she could see me tear up.

Six hours, a couple green juices and a kombucha later, I arrived at Twin Gables B & B.

The next morning, I left downtown Woodstock and set off for a day at Crazy Sexy HQ.

Each morning I was greeted with a big glass of green juice. Kris and her husband make the best veggie juice on the planet. You know what else Kris makes? Superb sandwiches. In case you’re wondering, this magical sammie contained: sunflower sprouts, avocado, tempeh, heirloom tomatoes, and Vegenaise on Ezekial sprouted bread.

Kris’ hubs, Brian, found an injured butterfly in the driveway. We made friends and gave him a little watermelon snack.

I spent the second two nights at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary B & B. It’s charming, cozy, and surrounded by happy, rescued creatures.

Crazy Sexy Kitchen

We brainstormed, wrote like crazy, dreamed big (and then bigger), and when we had an EUREKA! moment, Kris jumped in the pool…with her clothes on.

It was a week of renewal, immense creativity, and lots of joy. I missed my little one, my husband and our Charm City rowhouse, but I knew that our reunion would here before I knew it. Those three days were a gift–something that I’ll always cherish.

And it’s just the beginning.

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Travels of a Vegan Kiddo + Rediscovering Home

by Corinne on July 24, 2012

Now that Audrey is eating three main meals plus snacks throughout the day, traveling is a bit more of a challenge, especially when you have two 8-hour car rides over the course of a long weekend. I decided to hit the kitchen the night before departure for a marathon cooking session. I came out on the other side with zucchini muffins, mac n’ cheese cups (recipe here), tri-color slaw, and lentil soup. The soup was the biggest hit, with the zucchini muffins and mac n’ cheese as a close second.

What was the biggest benefit of prepping her food? I didn’t have to cook while staying at my in-laws and I could focus more on relaxing and soaking up time with friends and family (plus, building a new love for my home town!).

Steve & Audrey at Boulder Coffee at Rochester Public Market

Me & Audrey at Rochester Public Market

High Falls overlooking Genesee Brewing Company

High Falls (Rochester, NY)

We spent Saturday morning exploring Rochester’s Public Market and visiting High Falls. We were amazed at the food, produce, flea market and irresistible coffee, flower, and bakery shops that the market had to offer. I started to realize that I might have underestimated Flower City. I could picture our family visiting the public market every weekend. On our way back to the in-laws, we made a pit stop at High Falls. Tucked amidst old brick buildings (originally flour mills and factories that were powered by the waterfalls) is a bridge that stretches across the Genesee River. We stood in awe of the falls and watched as a baby deer ran towards the river bed below.

I also discovered breathe studio‘s juice bar in Pittsford, NY. Delicious organic green juice for a great price. Heaven.

The whole reason for our trip was to celebrate our niece’s 1st birthday. As you can see, Audrey enjoyed her cousin’s swing set quite a bit (and so did Steve). She’s giddy around her grandparents, auntie, uncle, cousins and close family friends. Yet another reason to love my home town and hope to live there again someday.

On our journey home, we discovered The Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport, PA. I’ve driven through Williamsport hundreds of times, oblivious to this gem of a restaurant. Thankfully, Google gave us a hand. Holy vegan-friendly menu! Audrey and I shared a veggie tofu pizza that was delish.

Crazy Sexy Juices & Succulent Smoothies 25% off + bonuses

Now that we’re home, I’m happy to be cooking again in my kitchen and juicing with my juicer. Today, I made a cuke-pear-celery-romaine-ginger-lemon-parsley juice. So good.

In case you’re interested in learning the A to Z of juicing and smoothie making (plus tons of recipes), Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Juices and Succulent Smoothies is on sale until July 29. 25% off! Kris is also giving away 5 juicers and a Vitamix blender. I use my juicer and blender everyday and they help to make mealtime (and juice/smoothie time) a breeze.

❤ ,
Corinne

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R & R 2012: Bar Harbor Happiness

by Corinne on June 17, 2012

Seven days, 1400 miles, and one mega-memorable vacation later, my little family is tucked into our Baltimore rowhouse again.

Over the past week, I caught my breath.

Early to bed + early to rise, hikes along the shore, much needed sunshine, a MacBook-detox, daily veggie juice, tons of fresh air and sandy toes. It all adds up to a mind full of happy and a revitalized body and spirit.

I hit the reset button. More on that soon…

 

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Two Places to Call Home

by Corinne on April 30, 2012

I wasn’t sure what to expect when Audrey and I boarded a plane for Rochester last week and said goodbye to Steve. We were off to visit her grandparents and he was off to a conference. It was our first week apart since Audrey was three weeks old. Luckily, I had the joy of spending the whole week surrounded by my in-laws and friends.

Between wrapping up Crazy Sexy Kitchen, visiting Audrey’s cousins, enjoying phenomenal food at the Owl House (best veg grub in Rochester!) and soaking in the company and conversation of some of my favorite people in the world–I’m pretty sure I got the better end of the deal (sorry, Steve). Just staying in my in-laws home is like a giant hug 24 hours a day. I seriously lucked out in that department (and so did Audrey!).

In the end though, the best part was seeing Audrey wrap her arms around Steve’s neck when he picked us up at the airport. Now that we’re all back in Baltimore, I’m grateful that I have two places to call home. There were so many moments that I cherished. Here are a few that I captured.

Height Chart

Seeing how many inches Steve grew in 1993, marked more than a decade ago on the kitchen wall.

Cousins

Audrey hanging out with her cousins.

Bedroom

Steve’s childhood bedroom converted into Audrey’s room for the week.

Polenta

A celebratory Crazy Sexy Kitchen dinner with the in-laws. Sage polenta, homemade marinara, garlic sauteed mushrooms, and roasted brussels sprouts with shallots and pistachios.

Baltimore Airport

Arriving back in Baltimore. Awaiting Steve.

The best reunion, ever.

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