The Lost Brother

While at dinner with my family in San Antonio last week Jon said grace and in his prayer he thanked God that ‘Our lost brother has come home’.  
Today I leave Memphis to return to New England to tell this story.  As you know I’ve tried in the past and either the timing or platform or partners didn’t pan out.  Events that have transpired in recent months have convinced me the time is now.  
Admittedly the problem has primarily been me or more specifically the standards I set for it.  Just as with the two walks I wanted to do something no one else has before and relegating the story to the Christian book market or a PBS special was unacceptable.  Even a film festival documentary didn’t seem sufficient.  
The epidemic of cancer in our companions demands and deserves the widest audience possible and I’ve always pushed and pushed to that end.  But one lesson I’ve learned repeatedly is you cannot depend on anyone else to realize your vision and like life on the road it’s you and you alone.  
I now know how to tell this story and the manner in which to tell it so once again I set off into uncharted waters. 
Brother, I am lost no longer.  
YBD 2.27.17

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Friday Funny: Seeing Eye to Eye

OK, so this may be more sweet than funny, but OMG what a picture! Thanks to the good people at Bored Panda for sharing it. Happy Friday! Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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A Family of Bat Dogs

With 27 World Series championships, the New York Yankees have a rich winning tradition. But there’s one tradition in the storied Yankees organization that’s as regal if of somewhat less renown: the “bat dog” family of the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate. I have to believe this will be the cutest video you see today. […] Dog Blog

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Pistachio Coconut Squares (Plant Based + Delicious!)

Pistachio Coconut Squares

Essley loves helping us in the kitchen, and I’m always on the lookout for healthy, delicious snacks we can make together that don’t take a ton of work. These pistachio coconut squares are slightly sweet without being overpowering, and while I love them with coffee in the morning, they make the perfect mid-day snack. Both my kids are huge fans.

Pistachio Coconut Squares 
(via One Part Plant)
Makes 12 squares

1 cup raw shelled pistachios
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup real maple syrup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
Raw honey (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper. In a food processors with the S blade attached, process the pistachios, oats, and salt for about 30 seconds, until a meal starts to form. Drizzle in the maple syrup and olive oil while the motor is still running until the meal begins to come together into a crumbly, almost-wet dough.

Press the dough evenly into the pan and cover it with coconut flakes. Bakes for 10-12 minutes, until the coconut is nice and golden brown and the dough is cooked through. You want the squares to still be a little soft – don’t overbake these.

Carefully lift the cooled dough out of the pan by holding two sides of the parchment paper. Cut it into squares. Drizzle a little honey over the top for extra sweetness, if you like. Store the squares in a sealed container for up to a week.

Plant Based Pistachio Coconut Squares
One Part Plant Cookbook

Besides the fact that this recipe is freaking delicious and easy to whip together, the best part about it is that it comes from a brand new (like just came out yesterday) cookbook called One Part Plant. (And no, this isn’t a sponsored post. I’m just a genuine fan, man.) This cookbook, which features pages upon beautifully photographed pages of delectable plant-based recipes, happens to be written by my friend, wellness advocate, and all around incredible woman Jessica Murnane. My long time readers who aren’t otherwise familiar with Jessica’s awesomeness might recognize her name from around here. I was on a guest her amazing podcast, One Part Podcast (where I opened up about some really heavy stuff; you can listen here), she was featured in Bubby & Bean’s now defunct but still totally relevant Hip Mom Series, and she did several plant-based recipe posts here way back in the day (sundried tomato + cashew stuffing, cherry brownies with coconut cream, and lentil and arugula salad). She also has a really rad website, an incredibly inspiring story, and is a legit cool mom to the cutest little boy ever (tied with Emmett, of course) named Sid. The One Part Plant cookbook is her newest venture and I’m telling you guys, it’s so, so good. (Even Lena Dunham thinks so. She wrote the intro to it, after all.)

One Part Plant begins with a friendly request from Jessica – to eat just one meal plant-based meal a day. It’s not about some intense diet plan with off-limit foods or crazy rules. It instead offers realistic ideas and helpful tools to guide you into easily incorporating plants into your meals. And even if you are a junk food lover like I am (it’s just not fair that candy isn’t a food group), Jessica makes it easy to help you heal your body through food. (She healed her severe endometriosis through plant-based foods, FYI. True story.) The book is also seriously gorgeous. The design is stunning and the bold, colorful photographs could genuinely be framed and hung on the wall. I have it sitting on my coffee table because I can’t bear to put some so lovely in the cabinet with my other cookbooks.

Jessica Murnane
(This is Jessica. She’s a babe, right?)

Even if I didn’t know Jessica, I’d still give this cookbook the highest praise. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and am endlessly inspired by all of the unique recipes and authentic advice. I’m far from being able to call myself a solely plant-based eater, but having this book in my presense truly motivates me to do better everyday. It’s also a pretty wonderful way of eating for my kids to learn early on. If you buy one cookbook this year, this is the one to get. I promise. Go grab it now (right here!) and then make sure you let me know what you think. (And if you make these amazing Pistachio Coconut Squares let me know what you think of them too!)


Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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I Gave Up Sugar for 1 Week. Here’s What Happened.

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One Week Without Sugar

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I’m going to come right out and confess that while I generally consider myself to be a healthy person when it comes to food choices, December and January were the worst two months I can remember in terms of letting myself slip with food. I’d worked hard in the fall to shed the rest of my baby weight and increase my energy and stamina by focusing on consuming lots of veggies, fruits, and healthy proteins – and it was pretty easy for me to find the motivation to do this considering we had a beach vacation coming up in early December where I’d be wearing a bathing suit for the first time since before getting pregnant in 2015. But as soon as we returned from our trip and the lure of holiday season treats was before me, I instantly lost all will power and began consuming any and every form of sugar (which is truly my greatest weakness when it comes to food) put in front of me. Once January arrived, I had a full-blown sugar addiction. Winter’s awful weather and short days only fueled my cravings, and I was left feeling bloated, tired, and sick. It was time to make a change.

I knew from past experience that the most successful way for me to create new healthy habits for myself is to start small. I’d also recently learned about‘s #SpreadTheHealth Healthy Habits Challenge, which consists of simple, one-week challenges in key areas (Nourish, Connect, Move, Grow, and Relax) that ultimately have the potential to create more profound, long-term health improvements. So I decided to focus on the Nourish Category and give up sugar for one week. This commitment would mean eliminating all refined sugars and artificial sweeteners, but would also include going without “healthy” or organic sweeteners (evaporated cane juice, honey, maple syrup, etc.). I would also focus on eating whole foods (including fruit, which contains fiber that helps to body to more slowly digest the natural sugars it contains) as much as possible. I’d done clean eating challenges before, but I had never gone from consuming such an extreme sugar-laden diet to completely excluding it from the foods I ate. And in the end, I was quite surprised with the results.

One Week Without Sugar
One Week Without Sugar

You can read all about my experience with eliminating sugar, including the obstacles I faced, the lessons and I learned, and what happened in the end over on And I highly encourage you, my friends and readers, to join me and take a challenge of your own, then share your experience on social media using the hashtag #SpreadTheHealth. I think you’ll be amazed at how greatly a short, simple effort can affect your overall well being!


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Puppy Treated for Heroin Overdose

From the Carrollton (TX) police department’s Facebook page: Our many thanks today to Dr. Stacie Fowler and the staff at North Texas Emergency Pet Clinic for nursing this honorary K-9 back to health. A-shift patrol officers found the puppy suffering from a drug overdose Saturday. Pup was left in the floorboard of a truck in […] Dog Blog

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Spring Style Crushes

Spring Style Crushes (via Bubby and Bean
Image sources from top: 1. RVCA  // 2. Free People  //  3. FME Apparel  //  4. Free People  //
5. RVCA  //  6. UO  // 7. Madewell  //  8. Lucky Brand

It’s such a blogger cliche to obsess over seasons but you guys – spring is exactly one month away! One month! Winter is almost over! I’m much more drawn to spring and summer fashion than I am to fall and winter (which, while we’re on the topic of bloggers, is the opposite of most), so this is the time of year I really start getting excited about clothes. Give me a flowy mini dress over bare legs or a great jumpsuit with sandals and a messy salt water half bun and I’m in my style element.

I mentioned last week that I’ve been spending late nights looking on Pinterest for home inspiration for our move, but I’ve also been getting sucked into pinning to my style board. The looks you see above are some of my current favorites.

Who else gets more pumped about their wardrobe in the spring than in the fall? Tell me I’m not the only one…


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Promenade des Anglais, Nice

Promenade des Anglais, Nice

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