Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Avery's First Halloween

Well it sure has been a fun past week or two as we got in the Halloween spirit with Avery.  I must admit that Halloween kind of lost it's appeal to me over the past few years, just because there wasn't much to get excited about.  But now that Avery's here, everything has changed.  I think it's safe to say that Halloween is fun again!

I've always had visiting a pumpkin patch on my "fall bucket list" so this year we went and we had a blast.  We went to a Johnson Farms Plants & Pumpkins, a local pumpkin patch and working farm.

Here are some pictures of the fun we had:

I wonder how tall she'll be next year?

There were also some farm animals there that we got to see.  Needless to say, they gave us many reminders as to why we're vegan. ( :
Adorable pigs.

Fun with Dad.

Not so sure about the llamas!

Back in a pumpkin again?!

Looks like she's about to do a PSA for veganism,
"Please don't eat the turkeys."

Then after a short hayride we made it to the actual pumpkin patch.
Time to get in the wheel barrel.

"I think I'll pick this one!"

Her favorite part of the whole thing was trying to eat the hay. See below...

"This looks interesting..."

"Don't mind if I do..."

"Oh no you don't! says Dad.

Time to hang with Mom.

Here's the pumpkin she/we picked...just her size.

The fun continued on Halloween night when she got to wear the costume I got her off Etsy about 2 months ago! What was she you ask? A mermaid! He he! I saw the idea online and after tracking down where I could buy the costume, I was sold.  It was only after I had purchased it that I realized it was somewhat fitting since she was born in the water.  Either way, I knew it was just perfect for her.  So when good ol' Halloween came, we dressed her up and out came our little (or not so little) mermaid!
Our little mermaid.

Like my fake "water"? ( :

Making waves...

The seashell top was my favorite part!

Yep, that's our crazy little mermaid girl!

Happy Halloween everyone!


  1. Firstly, I just want to say how beautiful and healthy your daughter looks! I found your blog a few days ago from a comment on the No More Dirty Looks website (http://nomoredirtylooks.com/2011/10/ok-who-has-a-baby-they-want-to-talk-about/) and since then I have read every single one of your posts! I am 22 years old and have been vegan for 4+ years. Like you, I am a huge researcher/organizer/planner and your blog is without a doubt the best resource I have found in vegan/natural living. Although I am not yet ready to have children, your blog has inspired me to start planning the type of natural birth I would like and has given me confidence that a well planned vegan diet can work wonderfully during pregnancy. Thank you!


  2. She is beyond adorable! Love the photos at the pumpkin patch, the hay eating and that mermaid costume? One of the best I've seen in YEARS!

    So glad you had a great Halloween with her!! :-)

  3. Sarah,
    Thanks so much for your comment, it made my day! Glad you have enjoyed reading all my posts and it's always great to find another vegan...especially one that loves to research, plan and organize! ( : You'll have to post some of your favorite vegan eats from time to time, I always love finding new vegan food and recipes.

    That's so cool that you are already starting to think about planning a natural birth and a vegan pregnancy! There's so much media out there (as you know from my posts) that tells women we can't do it ourselves (natural childbirth) and we can't have a vegan pregnancy (no milk or meat...gasp!), I just want to show people that it can be done in a healthy and safe way.

    Thanks again for your comment! Rock on vegans...he he!

    Glad you liked the pics! How about the hay eating? The best part is that I've got about 10 more pics I didn't post of that same scenario (holding the hay, trying to eat it, Brandon pulling it away) ha! And the costume...yeah let's just say that's the most excited I've been for Halloween in a long time. I had a feeling that a costume to show off her cute little rolls was probably going to be a good idea. Glad you liked it!
    Take care!

  4. Hey Ash, I am a reader from Germany - love your website, so much I can relate to! I noticed that your hair colour is exactly the shade of blonde I would like to have myself... just wondering if you found a non toxic (vegan) blonde hair dye - if so, please share! I am having a hard time finding one... I am currently using herbatint, it is supposed to be "healthier" but it certainly smells toxic! Henna is out for me too (just not the shade I want, no matter how I try to combine it). Thanks :), hugs to your mermaid, what a adorable idea!

  5. Hey Karina,
    So cool that you're from Germany! Glad that green-ness is appreciated all over the world ( : I wish I could tell you I've found a non-toxic and vegan blonde hair dye but I haven't. Two years ago I tried searching all around to find one that my hair dresser (a family friend) could use when coloring my hair. But, when I finally found a good one, they wanted her to buy all these large quantities of the product, so that didn't work out. Instead I've gone to just getting blonde highlights in my hair. My natural hair color is a medium brown so instead of just going completly brown the blonde highlights allow me to maintain some of my "blondeness"...minus the mega quantity of dye/bleach.

    My hair dresser tries to keep the dye from touching my actual scalp (as it used to when I was all blonde). This helps me feel a little better about it, but still I'd love to find a green alternative! Let me know if you ever find one and I'll have to give it a try! ( :

  6. Hey Ashley! I've been following your blog since just before you gave birth to Avery and I LOVE IT. I'm also 22 like the other commenter (and actually I was the one who posted the comment on nomoredirtylooks.com! Isn't this blog amazing? Have you every checked out that blog/book? You would seriously love it) and not planning on having children for A WHILE, but I hope your blog is still around when I do! There are obviously other green and mommy oriented blogs out there, but yours is the most accessible and personal. I even force my boyfriend to look at it with me hahaha. He loves it too by the way. Your story is really inspiring and Avery is like the HEALTHIEST baby I've ever seen (and I've been around my fair share of "conventially" fed and raised babies) and just want to send out a big CONGRATS on your family and a THANK YOU for all of your info and time you put into the blog. I can understand how time consuming it can be!!! All the best!!! Can't wait for more posts!


  7. Hey Stephanie!
    Thanks so much for your comment here and over at nomoredirtylooks.com! You rock! ( : Sometimes I seriously wonder if anyone even reads my "green ramblings" on here other than my mom so I'm so happy to hear you have enjoyed following my journey and watching Avery grow, among other things. And yes, I will totally have to look more on the nomoredirtylooks.com blog and book. Seems right up my alley!

    I love that you even have your boyfriend read my blog, that's great! In order to get my hubby to understand why I do what I do I usually have to break it down for him with visuals/videos/and facts...a lot of that helps when it comes to making a blog post and sharing with others what I've learned.

    So glad you've enjoyed following my blog so far, I've got many posts brewing in the back of my mind that I can't wait to get out, so look for those soon!
    Thanks again for your comment!
    Ashley ( :


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