Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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!)


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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...


Monday, February 20, 2017

A Day at the Aquarium (+ Giving Back Through My Credit Card)

A Day at the Aquarium

Last week, we decided we need to do something fun together as a family. Things had been feeling pretty down around here, between a major family loss and the wintertime blues, and we were due for a good time. Robbie was off the road for the week and I was able to squeeze in enough work while he was home to take Friday off, so we asked Essley to pick something she'd really love to do for the day and (as long it was within reason, of course) we'd do it. Without a second thought, she began jumping up and down yelling "Aquarium! Aquarium!" We hadn't been in a couple of years and knew that would be something Emmett could enjoy as well, so that Friday we packed up a day bag and headed to the Shedd Aquarium here in Chicago.

It ended up being such a great day and exactly what we needed. We happened to go on a day that had special deals happening for residents (score!), so we went for the all experience pass which included all of the regular exhibits, a short 4D movie, and the aquatic show (which, instead of being a traditional dolphin show, introduced the audience to some of the animals the aquarium has rescued and provided a video presentation about conservation and rescue). Essley was super stoked about stumbling up a clownfish and then a blue tang fish (Nemo and Dory), but seemed the most excited about the Beluga whales and the seahorses. Emmett was all about the penguins. I loved the otters and the seahorses. And Robbie and I were both fascinated by the shark eggs and the tiny baby sharks that were visible inside of them. (Seriously, it was mind blowing.) By the end of the day we were all happily exhausted, which in my opinion is the sign of a truly great experience.

In addition to the fact that a day at the aquarium is a great way for the kids (and us adults too!) to participate in a fun activity, it's also an incredible way to learn more about marine life, the environment, and the importance of conservation - and to take advantage of opportunities to give back. Whenever we visit a place like the aquarium, a zoo or wildlife refuge, or a museum, we always give some sort of donation, and we also use our Working Assets Visa card to purchase our tickets as another way to donate. I chose to get a Working Assets credit card because with each purchase, they give a portion of the charge to organizations that support peace, equality, human rights, animals, and the environment. And cardholders get to vote on the organizations to which they want donations to go. So at the end of the year, I can think back to our aquarium trip, for example, and choose Ocean Conservancy as one recipient. It's really important to us to teach our kids the significance of supporting organizations that help the greater good, and using this card is one way to do that. It's a credit card perk that I genuinely feel good about, and the perfect card for me for this reason.

And speaking of credit card perks and finding the right card for your lifestyle, I recently learned about's CardMatch tool, which in less than a minute can match you with the perfect card for you. Whether you're interested in maximizing your perks and rewards, lowering your interest rates, or something more specific (like finding a card that makes charity donations like mine), CardMatch can help find the best match for you (and does so without impacting your credit score in any way). I'm a fan of in general because being responsible with credit is another important lesson we are already trying to teach our children - and instead of pushing cards on consumers, helps us make smart choices by empowering us to use the right cards in the right way.

Who else has visited an aquarium lately? Do you have a favorite credit card to use for family adventures?

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Moving Inspiration: Back At It

Inspiring spaces, from top: 1. Apartment Therapy  //  2. Urban Outfitters  //  3. Amanda Barnes Interiors  //  4. Style Lovely  //  5. Elizabeth Roberts  //  6. My Unfinished Home  //  7. The Design Files  //  8. Domino Mag  //  9. Planete-Deco  //  10. Nordic Design

Some of you may remember our Moving Inspiration series that I started over a year and a half ago when we first decided it was time to move out of our townhouse and into something bigger. We ran into all kind of obstacles that prolonged the process and made it more challenging than it probably needed to be - everything from me dealing with third trimester health issues and then caring for a newborn and toddler with Robbie on the road to Emmett getting diagnosed with Epilepsy to just having a hard time finding something we could afford in this area that didn't need a lot of work. (Because as much as I love DIY projects and design, our reality doesn't exactly allow for the time needed to invest in a fixer upper.) My last installment in that series was in July of 2016, right before we gave up on house hunting for a while.

Well, we're finally back at it and are very actively looking right now, so it seemed like the perfect time to pick the series back up again as well. I've been spending lots of late nights on Pinterest drooling over pretty rooms in an effort to get inspired and motivated again after so many set backs. Today, rather than focusing on an individual area like I normally do, I'm just sharing some of my favorite spaces in general that I've come across lately. Despite all of the stresses that go along with looking for a new home, the buying process, and moving, I'm excited to finally find a place that works for our family of four. (This little townhouse just ain't cuttin' it with a 3 year old and a 1 year old, man.)

Have any of you moved recently or are you in the process of house hunting? Did it take anyone else like forever to finally make it happen?


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Win $80 Worth of Dr. Pops Natural Kids Supplement Pops!

GIVEAWAY: Win $80 Worth of Dr. Pops Natural Kids Supplement Pops!

Back in December, I featured a product/company in one of our Links I Love posts that I'd just discovered. They're an Australian-based brand called Dr Pops that makes these really awesome, all natural, delicious lollipops for kids. They're not your average suckers though - these babies are actually dietary supplements. Yep. I mean, talk about an ingenious way to give your kids the vitamins they need, right? They've helped Essley through cold season in a big way. And now Emmett enjoys them as well, because they're safe enough for babies as young as 12 months. So when they contacted me about giving Bubby and Bean's readers and followers a chance to win $80 worth of their lollipops (4 boxes of Zinc + Vitamin C, and 4 boxes of Honey & Eucalyptus + Vitamin C), I clearly jumped at the chance. And while they're formulated for the little ones, they're great for adults too. (Robbie and I both enjoy them on the regular.)

Use the form below, and/or enter on our Instagram, right here
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run through February 22, 2017 and is open to Bubby and Bean readers with a U.S. shipping address. All entries from the Rafflecopter form above and Instagram will be combined. A winner will be randomly chosen via and announced here shortly after the end of the giveaway.

A huge thank you to our friends over at Dr Pops for giving our readers the chance to win this amazing prize! Good luck!