I’m Alison, a former Computer Programmer turned a Stay at Home Mom to my two darling daughters Ava and Maxine, wife to my loving husband Zak.

Last year, thanks to revamping my approach to healthy eating and getting back to running on a regular basis, I lost 35 lbs and finally got to the healthy weight I’ve wanted to reach since I was a teenager.

buy organic I’ve come to truly enjoy preparing healthy meals for my family. I use organic products and produce whenever possible. The natural food section and produce are my favorite parts of the grocery store! I love cooking with whole foods and work to keep processed foods to a minimum.
In my free time I enjoy running, doing Pilates and Yoga, cycling, swimming, gardening and reading about child development, fitness, nutrition and wellness.

Zak and I are vegetarians, so the recipes found here will be meat free. While Zak and I choose not to eat meat, we will allow the girls to make the decision to become vegetarian themselves (or not) when they are ready.

morningstar I’m always on the look out for new meal ideas and I love preparing healthy, delicious, meatless meals for my family. I prepare many dishes made from beans, lentils, tofu, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and organic dairy too.

This blog is a place for me share what goes on in our day to day lives with our family and friends, and the different ways I work to maintain my weight loss and health.

Family Collage


26 Responses

  1. I was homeschooled all my life, so I can say it’s totally worth it, and I’ll always respect my parents for doing that for me. Keep up the great work! πŸ™‚

  2. Wow Sarah, that’s great! Especially that you can look back and know that it was worth it. Homeschooling was actually Zak’s idea way back when, and I didn’t truly get on board until we met more homeschooled kids and families and saw how amazing homeschooling can be.

  3. Hi Alison, thanks for stopping by the blog. I’m enjoying yours, as well. Your family is adorable! Bravo for showing your girls how to be active & eat healthy.

  4. Your girls are adorable!! Great blog!

  5. Hi! I just saw your guest post on The Daily Balance. Just stopping by to check out your blog. Very cute! I will be back!

  6. Thanks A! πŸ˜€


  8. LOL, a Mamasweed band?! That rocks! (Literally.)

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog! You have a beautiful family!

  10. What a wonderful family you have! Adorable! I love it. Keep up the good work… Your weeds are growing fast!

  11. HI, I just ran across your blog from Andreas wellness notes!

    another Mama living healthy! yeaaah!

    I have a toodle bug, 16mos old and a teenager!
    we’re busy too and I am enjoying your blog!

    I just wanted to say HI!

  12. Alison you are such an inspiration! Thanks for writing!

  13. Allison,

    Wow what a small world!! We should have a blogger meet up at Dinosaur BBQ! lol

    I love your blog by the way!!


  14. Hey Allison! I just found you through the Healthy Everythingtarian. I loved your guest post and your tips on running. I can’t wait to read more!

  15. Gorgeous, beautiful family!!!

  16. Hi Alison! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love “meeting” other locals in this healthy eating/living blogland. Your kids are adorable!

  17. Hi Allison,
    I’m a homeschool mom from Alaska. While we do occasionally eat meat (usually as a side dish or part of a casserole), we prefer homemade vegetarian meals. I’m bookmarking you to try some of the recipes you have. Best wishes for the upcoming school year.

  18. Hi! I am new to your blog! Your family looks super cute πŸ™‚ What a great idea about letting your girls choose, I can’t wait to read more :)!

  19. You and I are a lot alike. I was actually wondering if it was possible to feed my little girl so healthy but I’m working on it and it is working out great. Your site is a real inspiration I hope you don’t mind if I link you from my site.

    Great job keep up the awesome blog.

    • Hi Jenn! Thanks for your comment and I would be honored if you linked to me from your blog! πŸ˜‰ Glad you commented, off to check your blog out!

  20. Hello, just found your blog and I am so happy to find another blogger who is balancing kids/workouts/eating etc. I am trying to teach my kids good eating habits now so it is less of a struggle for them later in life. Can’t wait to keep reading!

  21. Finally got here sweetie! What a fun and informative site. I’m so proud of all the hard work you are doing to keep your family healthy and filled with joy! I love you and will visit now and then, Aunt T.

  22. Oooh yum, I never thought of juicing my beets and beet greens. I’ll have to give it a try. haha, I probably won’t share with anyone though, even if it’s a teaspoon!

  23. […] killing myself), but it will be okay (good!) to get my butt out and run. And I want to be like Alison and run in hats and gloves with snow on the ground and still look […]

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