Vegan Buffalo “Wings”!!

Ok I have to confess. I would NEVER have believed these would be so good. I mean, they were fantastic, delicious, scrumptious. Do you hear me??? The bomb!

I love You Tube. You meet so many amazing people on there. Some of my favorite bloggers and vloggers are Saidah Washington of A Proverbs, Apron and Stilletos, and Passion to Profit Clique. Lisa Marie Goodson of The Black Berry Beauty, and Kara Maria Ananda who I am working with her training program. (More to come on that). Now I am adding two more to the mix. I found two vegan You Tubers that I love. Sweet Potato Soul and The Chic Natural. LOVE!

I have learned so much. One of the things I love is how intentional their food is. They really plan and pair things well. One of the recipes I loved was their vegan “chicken wings.” These wings are made of cauliflower and are oh-so-scrumptious.

My husband and I had a date night in. I made these and served up several sides and beverages to go with it. It was good.

Take a peek and enjoy!

Saludos y adios!

Vanessa xoxo

Vegan Sweet Potato Roti, Sauteed Veggies and Quinoa!

Ok guys.

I have a confession. When someone first introduced the idea of vegan or plant-based to me I was a bit hesitant. However, after watching a ton of You Tube videos and reading some blogs to get ideas, I am in love! I recently made a sweet potato roti that I love from VeganLovlie on You Tube. It’s fresh, it’s warm, it is delicious, and it is easy to make. I also made a veggie sautee of mushrooms, onions, sweet peppers, tomatoes, and spinach and paired it with steamed quinoa! Yum!!! What are your favorite plant-based meals? Comment below I would love to hear from you!!

Made this roti flatbread with sweet potato. Only two ingredients to make this!

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God Has Your Back

In the twists and turns of life, we can be sure that one person is always on our side. That is God. No matter what, God is on the throne and is looking out for you. Just as God has done in the past, it will be the same today. You are not forgotten and you are not alone. You are loved with an eternal love that does not wither, fade or change. That is some good news today.


Vanessa xoxoxo

God’s love for you does not change, it is eternal love. God has your back.

Surviving the Mommy Wars

Calling all moms!

Take a peek at my video and let’s vow to stop the Mommy Wars!What are the Mommy Wars? One day I heard some moms bickering and I thought to myself, “Wow this is like a Mommy War.” You know the deal, we see it everywhere. In Facebook and Twitter groups and threads, on blogs, in schools, in organizations moms one-upping each other on what their children do or what they do. These so called “experts” act as if they have all of the information but really no one has a manual on mommyhood. We are all works in progress. So many times I see women engaging in the Mommy Wars and really the best thing to do, in my opinion, is not to engage in them. Just bow out. Take a peek at my video and comment below to share your views! Have you experiencing the Mommy Wars? Let’s SURVIVE THE MOMMY WARS together!

I would love to hear from you. Share with someone who could use this and let’s spread the word!

I am so glad that you dropped by!


Vanessa xoxo

Meet my Honey

Join me in my love for raw honey!

Lately I have been using raw honey and it has been so beneficial to us!

I absolutely love it!

Enjoy this video and comment below on your favorite uses for honey!



You are Beautiful Just as You Are

Hey ladies,

Hope your summer is going well. This is a post that came to me when I was resting in thought. I thought about how many times we as women are bombarded with messages. Some are good messages and some are not so great. We can choose to absorb these messages and internalize them or allow them to pass through. Sometimes it may not be so easy. Sometimes we may subconsciously compare ourselves to other women or to each other. We may feel as if we are not good enough or always having to strive to be more, do more, say more. However, as I was thinking about this, it also came to me that we are each like a flower. Beautiful in our own ways. Precious and treasured in our own ways. Let us not buy into the lie that we have to be x, y, or z. Let us be who we are, just as we are. You are beautiful just as you are. Embrace it today.

I would love to hear from you! How will you embrace this today or this week? Comment below and share with a friend!


You are Beautiful Just as You Are

The Summer of Chill

The Summer of Chill

Summer is here and with that there are a TON of activities to do. With the pressure of doing the latest and greatest I encourage you that it is OK to take some time and just underplan, underdo and rest, rest, rest.

In Summers past I would go here and there, filling my calendar with activities and being busy to be sure that we did not miss any of the Summer fun. While this WAS fun, it was also draining at times. Sometimes the kids did not even remember the fun that we had. In hindsight, could have definitely scaled back.

This year, I am embracing the “Summer of Chill.” I am relaxing more, saying YES to more small moments, and engaging more in home. We are watching movies, reading books, playing in the yard, enjoying stories, making memories, making simple crafts and just being us.

WE are being us in our way, and on our own time. I am loving it. And guess what?? The kids are loving it too. Today they made a cake on their own. They made popsicles and enjoyed playing with our beautiful new doggie that we adopted named Bella. They played in the backyard and had a great time. We have a lot of downtime and in addition to their Summer packets, they have been able to take time for some easy activities and hobbies.

Considering all the money we spend on energy and household expenses enjoying home is a great choice. We can still choose some great things to do outside of the home for Summer, but I encourage you to enjoy the chill moments too. It is ok, and you may be surprised…you may love it more without the run around feeling of rushing from place to place.

There are also some low cost fun things you could add to your Summer of Chill. Some examples are: Library time, park fun, easy play dates at your home or a friend’s, making food together, taking a walk, water fun, chalk, bubbles, visiting the ocean/beach, VBS,and fun free things around town. It is not that activities are to be avoided. Just avoid filling up your entire schedule running around so that there is no time to rest and enjoy the simple things. Try to have some days with nothing planned and just let it unfold.

Try it and let me know what you think! Enjoy your Summer of Chill!


Vanessa xoxoxo

Reading books that you have been wanting to read is great during your Summer of Chill.

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Get paid to teach ESL from home to students in Beijing, China with VIPKid!

Hi everybody! Looking for extra $$$? TEACH ESL FROM HOME!

VIPKID is looking for American English speakers to teach ESL over the internet to kids in Beijing, China.

Teach ESL from home with VIPKid

Teach ESL from home to students in Beijing China with VIPKid. You do not need a teaching credential! You only need a B.A. and about a year of working with children. They provide all of the lessons plans and the portal to teach on. All you need is a laptop, internet and simple headphones.

Here is my referral link to apply. Right now they are having a referral special where if you get hired on, you get a $25 bonus and I get a $25 bonus. Feel free to share this link with anyone you know. I am currently working with VIPkid part-time and it is a good company to work for. They are adding about a thousand teachers a month right now. They have about 100,000 active students signed up aged 5-12 years old, and they want to add more. Right now we have about 10,000 teachers.

They have 4 stars on GlassDoor and Kobe Bryant donated over a million dollars to it. Message me if you have questions, I can help give you tips for your interview! This works around your schedule, you can work as little or as often as you are able to. You CAN work your day job and work this too!

Vanessa Oden

Check out some links about the company:

My referral link:

Kobe Bryant talks about his investment in VIPKid

About VIPkid CEO Cindy Mi

VIPKID nabs $100M to link Chinese kids with native speakers to learn English

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