Next, Ashley and I walked The Pearl’s Farmer’s Market, enjoying the sights and sounds, and browsed all of the fresh produce! Ultimately I settled on some fresh baby arugula which I cannot wait to enjoy with a homemade dressing! Treat. Yo. Self. We saw the Acro Yoga crew doing their thing on the lawn, saw lots of cute dogs and babies, and did a little shopping in the stores there at The Pearl. I even scored a cute necklace at Leighelena! Treat. Yo. Self.
But probably most exciting for me was our lunch. Treat. Yo. Self. As you may or may not know, for the month of September, I have deviated from my usual vegan diet to a RAW vegan diet (see post here) which means that everything I consume must not only be vegan, but also not heated above 118 degrees. Since I don’t have a dehydrator, I’m actually not heating anything. Anyhow, at The Pearl is One Lucky Duck – a raw vegan juice/smoothie shop!!! They also have snacks, salads and some entrees too! Ashley and I both very much enjoyed salads; I had the Taco Salad while she tried the Mediterranean. I also did a lemon/ginger/cayenne shot and it was delicious as well. We got to talking with the owner, Noah, and learned that his sister is a best selling raw vegan cookbook author (Sarma Melngailis) and I had actually been meaning to buy her book (Kris Carr recommended it as one of her top five favorite raw vegan cookbooks)! So cool and what a small world! AND…her book was half off so I went ahead and got it (and another book of hers)! Treat. Yo. Self. I also bought all three flavors of their homemade kale chips (“sour cream” and onion were my favorite). But also super awesome about our One Lucky Duck experience, was that Noah gave us an off menu slice of chocolate cake to try that was left over from a recent catering event. It was to die for. 1) You absolutely could not tell that it was vegan, and furthermore, 2) you absolutely could not tell that it was RAW vegan. Treat. Yo. Self. One Lucky Duck does catering for 5 to 500 people and I’m inspired to host a raw vegan party of some sort now, LOL!
On the way home I decided to stop and top off the day with a desperately needed pedicure which I also *always* enjoy. I then met up with Scott (who had gotten off work by then) and the kids. Next, I decided to share the love I was feeling with my sweet little family, and we took advantage of the local festival which happened to also be yesterday – the Bulverde Jubilee. It was a fun event where the kids were able to roam free, suck on lollie pops, were able to bounce in a bounce-house, wear helium balloons tied to their wrists, and Landri even went on a pony ride! We also stumbled upon a drum circle and the kids were able to enjoy making their own beats! So much fun!
So, I encourage you to Treat. Yo. Self. Because whatever is going on in your life that’s got you in knots, doesn’t need to keep you feeling that way! Do what makes you happy! 🙂