My son is in a wheelchair

Life has been crazy! You may have noticed that I haven’t been updating this website much over the last few months. I’ve been diligent to keep the weekly newsletter and Facebook going but it’s been pretty quiet here.

Photo from this summer.

I’ve written about my youngest son before. He is the one who had a bunch of food intolerances and a peanut allergy. Thankfully, a few years ago when we went for his annual allergy visit we were amazed to discover he was no long allergic to peanuts. His food intolerances were better too.

Now that same cute kid is in a wheelchair.

We still don’t know what exactly is wrong. He started having foot and ankle pain this summer. Sometimes he would limp and other times he was fine. We figured it was growing pains.

After school started this fall it got worse. He got to where he hobbled around. I got calls from the school nurse almost every day.

We saw specialists and got a lot of testing, no one could figure it out. Of course, all of that took weeks. Wait a couple of weeks for an appointment, then a week for the test, then a week for the reslults. Then one week he couldn’t put weight on one of his feet. Then next week, the other foot followed.

He is a seemingly healthy 6 year old who can’t stand. After hearing our referral to a neurologist would take months we went to the ER. They were wonderful and ran every test they could imagine. After 3 days they sent us home because they couldn’t figure it out.

That was a month and a half ago.

Before we got foot rests for the wheelchair.

We are thankful to have a great family friend and chiropractor who is helping us work with our family doctor to get answers. They are kind and patient and want to help our son and us deal with this crazy situation.

We are hopeful that the next few weeks will reveal some answers. I won’t share indepth medical information about my son online because he isn’t old enough to consent to that but I wanted you all to know why I’ve been absent.

My son has missed a lot of school, and continues to do so because of multiple appointments for physical therapy, doctor visits and tests. My husband and I have missed a lot of work too.

We are so thankful for all of you who come to this blog looking for recipes and meal plans. Every time you visit it helps my family because of the ads on this site that generate revenue. Even though you didn’t know it, your visit helped meet a need. Thank you!

Some of you saw my posts on Instagram and offered to pray. We thank you! We know that are thousands of people praying for him, many are people we’ve never met.

Friends and family have asked how our son is doing. Most of the time he is doing really well. He instinctively took to his wheelchair immediately and that made things easier. Other times he struggles, as we do, to deal with this. Just imagine how you would feel if you couldn’t stand or walk and didn’t know why or how to fix it. It’s a lot to deal with.

It may be a while before I’m back consistently. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram and I’ll continue to share recipes, tips and updates. You can get plant-based tips every Saturday morning by signing up for my weekly email.

Cyber Monday Deals

I’m not much of a shopper if it means going to busy stores. You can count me in when it comes to online shopping! I found a bunch of great Cyber Monday deals on Amazon! This post will contain affiliate links. That means if you buy something after clicking on a link I share, I’ll make a small commission on it. Thank you!

All of these deals were available at the time I wrote this post. Some may have expired later in the day so hurry if you see something you love! I missed out on a few deals that were already 100% filled.

Instant Pot!

The Instant Pot 6-quart DUO Plus is a 9 in 1 electric pressure cooker! I don’t have this exact model (this one is fancier than mine) but if you’ve been wanting an Instant Pot you need to grab this one today! Save money and grab this one as a Christmas gift for $74.95!

Instant Pot Accessories

I also grabbed this Silicone Lid to use on with my Instant Pot! I’ve been thinking about getting another inner pot so that when one of full of soup in the fridge, I could have another pot to use. Check out other accessories that are on sale today!

High Speed Blender

I love my Blendtec blender! It’s never let me down! Today it’s $189.95.

If you’ve been holding out for a Vitamix today you can get one for only $298.95! 

Silicone Baking Mats

Silicone Baking Mats are a must for oil-free cooking! This is a great deal!

There are also great deals on pots, pans, knives, juicers and so much more!

My Amazon Favorites

Recently a reader asked if I had a list of products I always get from Amazon. I regularly mention and link to Amazon products but I haven’t updated an official list in a long time. I decided that now was a great time to make that list!

Plant-Based Diet Favorites at Amazon

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I have an Amazon Prime account so I get free two-day shipping on most of the things I buy. Don’t worry, you can Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial right now!

Just yesterday we got a giant box of toilet paper delivered to our door. I feel like it’s usually easier to buy stuff on Amazon than go to the store, but that is probably my introvert heart talking.

I try not to buy too many processed foods so that really limits what I buy. Plus, we have a Costco membership so most of our bulk shopping is done there. It’s hard to beat Costco for organics but sometimes I can’t find the products I want there.

Amazon Favorites


I buy several kinds of oatmeal from Amazon. I usually get Bob’s Red Mill brand because I’ve never had a complaint. We buy steel cut oats, rolled oats and quick oats. I use different oats for different recipes.

Brown Rice Noodles

You know that my Veggie Pad Thai is a staple on my meal plans. I can have it ready in about 20 minutes. The key is having these quick cooking brown rice noodles in my pantry. I used to get them on Subscribe and Save, that means they were shipped every 6 weeks. You can choose how often subscribe and save items are shipped to you but every 6 weeks worked well for us.

Dried Chickpeas

This one is a newer find. I discovered Palouse brand non-GMO chickpeas last fall and loved them. I don’t always choose organic, depending on my budget but these were worth it. They taste noticeably better than any dried chickpea (or canned) that I had had before.

Peanut Butter Alternatives

When my son had peanut allergies (I know that sounds weird but he had a peanut allergy until he was 5 years old), we always bought our peanut butter alternatives on Amazon. SunButter is great for nut and soy allergies. If you use it a lot, go for the big one and get two 5 pound tubs. If you can’t tolerate sunflower seeds, give WOW Butter a try. You can get it in bulk too!

Other Amazon Products

We also buy small kitchen appliances (like my Instant Pot) and electronics at Amazon.

If you have products that you buy regularly, check to see if you can get an Amazon Dash button. It’s easy to Shop with Amazon Dash Buttons! You get a button that can be pressed for an instant order. This is good for things like toilet paper, trash bags, laundry soap or other products you order regularly. I like that the button can be placed in the same room as the product so I don’t forget to order it.

If you’ve been wondering if an Amazon Prime account is right for you Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial! It’s a win-win!

What are your favorite things to order from Amazon! I know I’m forgetting something! 

Prime Day 2017

One of my favorite days is here! It’s Amazon Prime Day!

One day a year (other than Black Friday) Amazon has crazy sales! I have a few favorites that I think you should get before it’s too late.

This page contains affiliate links. That means I’ll make a small commission on any purchase made with my links but it won’t cost you anything extra. 

Prime Day Deals

First, you need an Amazon Prime account. I’m a huge proponent of getting a Prime account becuase you get free shipping and other perks. If you don’t have one don’t worry! You can Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial!

Second, Amazon slowly releases deals every 5 minutes for about 30 hours. You’ll want to check back often if there are items you have your eye on.

Third, there will be great deals on some of my favorite products! I also have my eye on a few things I need to replace or upgrade.

I’ll list some of the things that will go on sale. Unfortunately, I don’t know what time they go on sale

Instant Pot

Yep, one of my favorite things, the Instant Pot will be on sale during Prime Day. If you aren’t sure if you should get an Instant Pot, check out my post 10 Reasons I Bought an Instant Pot!

I use a steamer basket just like this in my Instant Pot. It allows me to easily steam veggies and cook multiple layers of food.

I’ve wanted a silicone lid for my Instant Pot since I first heard about them. I’ll be watching for this deal. Sometimes I make a big pot of beans or soup and I don’t want to pour it into multiple containers. This will allow me to put the whole thing in the fridge!

If you are a Prime member, you’ll be able to click “watch this deal” on things that aren’t available yet.

Air Fryer

I heard in some of my Facebook groups that there will be an Air Fryer at a great price. I have the Go WISE USA brand air fryer but I’ve heard good things about several brands. The Air Fryer by Cozyna is supposed to be a great deal during Prime Day too!

Cooking and Baking

I’ve really wanted to get my hands on Silicone Baking mats for years. I still haven’t bought them but this Prime Day deal is too good to turn down!

If you’ve been wanting to get a really nice food processor, keep your eye on this one from Hamilton Beach.

There are so many deals! If you need good knives, cook ware, blenders, spiralizers or more…you’ll find a good deal today!

For the Home

I’m thinking about replacing one of our Kindles too! I’ll just have to wait for the right deal!

We are excited that Amazon Home Services will also have some great deals! This one is new to me, but you can hire painters, plumbers, electricians, house cleaners and more through Amazon. Is that a dream come true or what?

I know that as Prime Day gets underway there will be more great deals! I’ll come back here to update this post! 

Did you get a deal! Leave a comment and let us know!

Plant-Based on a Budget Meal Plan

You probably know of my love of meal plans. I have 5+ years of meal plans archived but sometimes it’s fun to see how other people do meal plans.

Toni from Plant-Based on a Budget collaborated with Michelle with World of Vegan to create a couple of weekly meal plans that I think you’ll enjoy!

Plant-Based on a Budget Meal Plan

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I’ll be traveling this week so instead of creating a new meal plan, I thought I’d give you the opportunity to discover Toni and Michelle’s new meal plans!

Plant-Based on a Budget Meal Plans

They have two weeks available and each plan comes with a 7-day meal plan, shopping list, and recipes! Each meal plan is designed to feed one person breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 7 days. This is perfect for singles or couples who don’t want to make huge meals that last for days.

Their meal plans have a focus on being inexpensive. Some users say they spend as little as $25 per week on food! That is so cheap!

If you need to substitute some ingredients to make the meal plan gluten-free, it will probably cost a little more but still very affordable.

Learn more about their meal plans or try them for yourself! It’s only $5 for a meal plan!

If you are new to plant-based eating or super busy and don’t have a lot of time to plan your meals, give the Plant-Based on a Budget Meal Plan a chance to make your life easier!

If you give it a try come back and let me know what you think! I definitely plan to try it when I get back.

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