Category Archives: Awards

Wonderful Team Member Readership Award


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Thank you so much to Athina from Kicking Back the Pebbles for nominating me for The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. If you do not already follow Athina, she lives in Athens, Greece and has been sharing some photography of some of the beautiful scenery there.

Rather than make 12 nominations, I wish to nominate and give a HUGE shout out to all my readers and followers on my blog as well as Facebook. Besides all of the comments and likes, your support really showed in helping me make the Top 25 Circle of Vegan and Vegetarian Moms. Thanks again for reading!

Top 25 Vegan & Vegetarian Moms 2013


I am so overwhelmed and grateful with the amount of support and interest in Arohanui Vegan Love. Thank you so much to all of you for dedicating your time as well to vote for us each day, many of you even sharing with others as well. I am so appreciative. With only one vote behind, I am thrilled to be #5 in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Vegetarian and Vegan Moms 2013. A huge congratulations to all of the other bloggers as well!

Being vegan isn’t always something that is easily accepted, never mind raising a vegan child. Through a vegan pregnancy, natural childbirth, breastfeeding, and a happy, healthy boy, we are pleased with how we have chosen to raise our child and the health and happiness in all our lives. I remember when I was pregnant and looking online for information about vegan pregnancy to not find much if any information. Now, just looking at all of the blogs entered, I am amazed at how many others are raising their children vegan. I am so happy to have found some awesome new blogs to follow and be inspired by others who follow a similar lifestyle.

I am also happy to see so many people following that are not vegan, but are gaining information, ideas, or recipes that are helpful to them. Being vegan is a lifestyle which involves every aspect of our life, and through Arohanui Vegan Love you get to see a small insight into what our life is like.

Thanks again for all your support, and I hope you continue to enjoy our posts and future things to come.

Vegan Social Media



With so many sites and ways to share information, is your blog or website your main source of information? Do you use other social media platforms?

I have found that when I am really busy, it is easier for me to post on Facebook, and now sometimes Twitter. I also quickly share photos or other information that I do not always post on my blog. Plus, I will randomly go on Pinterest and pin when I find awesome things to share, although I feel like I have not been on it lately. We have been so busy, I really feel like I have missed sharing so much about our holidays and start of the year!

Besides my own page, I have liked a few others on Facebook which I also find easier to like or comment on sometimes. Others also post some useful and interesting information or share links that you would otherwise miss. So basically, I want to know what other social media you use, or how you prefer to follow. I know at times some information may overlap, but there is a lot of new and different things within each as well so I will leave my links below and hope that you will like and follow us in other ways. Please comment below with your own links as well if you would like to share with everyone other ways to follow you 🙂

Facebook Arohanui Vegan Love

Twitter @arohanuivegan

Pinterest Arohanui Vegan Love

Oh, and a huge thank you to everyone voting for us for the Circle of Moms Top 25 Vegan and Vegetarian Moms. Remember that you can vote every 24 hours from your last vote until February 7th. I would love to keep moving up and stay in the Top 25. We really appreciate your support. Ally from Made of Stars and Lou from Fridge Scrapings have blogs I regularly follow that are involved as well, plus heaps of new ones that I look forward to following. I didn’t actually realise how many other vegan blogs are out there!

Fruit & Greens



Ever need more space in your kitchen? A cupcake plate stand is the perfect solution, and it even makes it more appealing to choose what you want to eat. We have been living off mostly what we can find in our kitchen or out in the garden. Unfortunately, we do not have a backyard full of fruit trees. We made a trip to the store and filled our trolley with fresh fruit as you can see. Yum! As some of the produce can be limited, we bought as much organic fruit as possible. We even found mangoes for under $3. With a much higher price tag, I could not resist buying at least 3 passionfruit. If you have been following me from the start or know me well, they are one of my favourite fruits. I was quite surprised to see them already coming into season, but at $39.99kg! Since our lovely lamb ate our other vine and our new one is still growing, I am uncertain if ours will even produce fruit this year. I hope that someone near me will kindly donate lots of passionfruit to us because I definitely cannot afford to keep buying this yummy fruit.

You might be wondering what the cauliflower photos are all about. It might seem a bit silly and really simple, but have you ever cut cauliflower in small pieces or tossed some in the food processor and mixed in hummus? If not, you should definitely try it. We love raw cauliflower and hummus, but this is just something a little bit different. Depending on the flavour hummus, there is a slight resemblance to Mac ‘n Cheese. Well, that might just be me. It has been a very long time since I had that, and I do not remember having it all that much, but I always seem to think of it when eating this. I usually use a spicy or capsicum hummus, but feel free to use any kind. Yum! Zaedyn likes to dip big pieces of raw cauliflower in hummus, but this is also a great alternative. If you have little ones and are worried about choking, you can process this a lot more than I did and then mix with hummus.

Another beautiful day in the sunshine! I heard Zaedyn and the lawnmower making their way down the steps as I grabbed our smoothie, and off he went. Lawnmowers seem to be one of the most important things in his life at the moment. He just loves them, and he will be the first to hear and tell you about them when a neighbour is mowing their lawn. Last weekend we bought a handmower which seems to be working really well and is much more eco-friendly than our other lawnmower. If only we could cover our entire yard with fruits and veggies! Even with the amount we eat, I am pretty sure I would have a lot to share seeing as we have a pretty big yard.

This is our third day of somewhat following the 40 Days of Smoothies e-book. As I have mentioned before, I never seem to follow recipes; not even my own. Why? Often I use what I have or prefer to use, and by the end I realise that I have actually changed or substituted a lot. However, I still am inspired by looking at a recipe. Anyways, if you have the e-book, my changes were cacao instead of cocoa powder, a mix of kale and spinach as we are running low on kale, LSA (linseed, sunflower, and almond) instead of flax meal, and some frozen banana instead of maple syrup. There was an extra addition of green today with avocado in our smoothie. Oh, and the photo on the right is just another little snack: avocado on organic sesame corn thins sprinkled with chia seeds for an extra boost.

Thank you to everyone voting for Arohanui Vegan Love for the Circle of Moms Top 25 Vegan & Vegetarian Moms. If you haven’t already, please vote for us. I am pleased to hear that some of you are voting every day. Up until the 7th February, you can vote every 24 hours since your last vote. There are some other blogs listed well worth checking out, too!
Circle of Moms Top 25 Vegan & Vegetarian Moms - 2013 - Vote for me!

Top 25 Vegan & Vegetarian Moms 2013


Top 25 Vegan & Vegetarian Moms ~ 2013

I would love to be in the Top 25 as a Vegan Mum ;). It would really mean heaps if all of you following could share your support by voting for Arohanui Vegan Love. You can actually vote every 24 hours from the last time you voted if you want to, and voting ends on February 7th. All you have to do is click the Circle of Moms badge and then the orange thumbs up by Arohanui Vegan Love if you want to see us make the list. As we have been under pending approval, it looks like we have a bit of catching up to do.

It is a great way for others interested or following a similar lifestyle to connect, and looking through the other blogs involved, it is also a huge inspiration as we all have something to learn from one another. I am really excited to have found some other Vegan Mums out there. So many new recipes that I am sure we would love! Some of the blogs we already follow are on the list, too, so I have had some fun voting as well.

To read more about the Top 25 and to vote for us, please click on the Circle of Moms image above or on the right sidebar. We really appreciate your support and would love to see our blog make the list.

I will keep the Circle of Moms Top 25 Vote for Me badge on the right sidebar so you can also click there to easily vote until February 7th. A huge thank you to all of you…


Very Inspiring Blogger Award


Blog Award

Happy New Year! We had a lovely holiday and were busy enjoying the sunshine and beach. I have been mixing it up between posts, Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest. Not everything overlaps, so make sure to follow along with these as well. Will continue to fill you in on a few exciting things you have missed, but first I want to thank Miss Marzipan for nominating me for Very Inspiring Blogger Award. This was a fantastic way to end the year, and I look forward to all of the exciting things to come this year. Thank you so much to everyone who followed me last year, and I hope that I will continue to inspire you. I know that all of you have inspired me!

Below are the rules for the Very Inspiring Blog Award:

***Whether you choose to rewrite about the award or not, I don’t mind. I still want to acknowledge & give a shout out to the blogs that I think are very inspiring. Hope that all of you reading will take time to visit these blogs. Although I am a bit better at visiting blogs, it is really hard for me to always read or comment on lots of blogs. If you leave me a comment on my blog though, I always go and check yours out :). What I have decided to do for this award is include about half of the blogs that are part of a business, but they make such a difference to the environment and have inspired me so I wanted to include them as well.

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements

Nominated by: Miss Marzipan … Make sure to check out her blog, & look through her categories as she posts about a variety of interesting topics!

7 things about me:

1.  I eat too much hummus even though I never wanted to try it.

2. I could live in a teepee.

3. People thought I was a bit crazy surfing, skateboarding, and balancing on my Indo Board when I was pregnant.

4. I get to stand on a yoga mat all day long in my Sanuk jandals 🙂

5. I take far too many photos and can never decide which one I like best even if there is very little difference between them.

6. I am excited and have great intentions to take on a new journey this year writing vegan books for children.

7. I dream of creating an eco friendly vegan natural play space for children.

My 15 nominations:

  1. Made of Stars
  2. Fridge Scrapings
  3. Coexisting with Nonhuman Animals
  4. Tahini Sauce
  5. Raw on $10 a Day or Less
  6. my darling lemon thyme
  7. moderngirlnutrition
  8. va-va-vegan
  9. Solscape
  10. ecostore blog NZ
  11. Native Foods Cafe
  12. let the children play
  13. New Zealand Nappy Lady
  14. In The Tea Garden
  15. Let’s Face It

I really appreciate being recognised for the Liebster Award and Very Inspiring Blogger Award in the past few months. Thanks again for taking the time to follow me along this journey where we continue to learn from one another. Oh, and you can also find me listed on Kiwi Mummy Blogs now along with heaps of others you may want to read.

Nominated for Liebster Award


I am feeling pretty special for being nominated by Live Blissful for my very first award, the Liebster Award. Check out her blog. It is all about making the transition to vegan where she shares some amazing vegan recipes and has just been nominated for all sorts of awards. I started my blog a few months ago to share our journey and hopefully provide inspiration for others, and I really am grateful for those of you following my blog, Pinterest, and interacting through Facebook. I love your support, and you are all giving me inspiration to keep writing about our journey.



1. Add the award icon to your blog!

2. Link to your nominator to say thank you.

3. Each blogger should post 11 facts about themselves.

4. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, & create 11 questions for your nominations to answer.

5. Choose 11 up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers, go to their blog, and tell them about the award.

11 Facts about myself:

1. I am a twin.

2. I love to surf although I did not like sand when I was little.

3. I was born in California, but I live in New Zealand.

4. My favourite colour is green.

5. My husband “pushed” me off the Auckland Skytower, 192 metres, although I do not like heights.

6. I own a Volkswagon Camper Van with a Porsche engine which will hopefully run again one day!

7. I love to travel, especially to beaches and tropical places.

8. I love raw cauliflower.

9. I married my husband on top of a boat moving through the Newport Beach Harbour.

10. I am usually barefoot.

11. My son, Zaedyn Tai, makes me smile every day 🙂

My answers to Live Blissful’s questions:

1. Cookies or Cake? Cookies + “cheese”cake

2. Dogs or Cats? Dogs (Although we don’t have one. We have a bunny & a lamb)

3. Latte or Frappe? Latte

4. Beach holiday or sight seeing holiday? Beach holiday

5. Fiction or True Story? Fiction

6. Fantasy Film or Action Film? Fantasy Film

7. Chicken, Fish, or Tofu? Tofu

8. Ipad or Laptop? Ipad

9. Cooking or cleaning? Cooking

10. Playing sport or watching sport? Playing Sport

11. Roasted potato or fries? Roasted potato

Questions to my Nominees: 

1. Almond or Coconut Milk?

2. Guacamole or Hummus?

3. Beach or Snow?

4. Canon or Nikon?

5. Smoothie or Juice?

6. Raw or Cooked?

7. Nuts or Seeds?

8. Bike or Skateboard?

9. Coffee or Tea?

10. Tent or Hotel?

11. Fruits or Veggies?

I am absolutely amazed at some of the awesome posts and bloggers out there; however, I am just starting to follow blogs so I have decided to search around and nominate bloggers out there that I feel deserve an award and look forward to following them. Some may have more followers…


1. Vegan Life flower

2. Love and Green Juice

3. Dinner with Aura

4. berlinveganlove

5. Vegan Hippie Mama

6. Hooked on Health

7. An Auckland Vegan

8. Fit to Blog

9. from motherhood to enlightenment

10. Healthy Happy Hippie

11. TahiniToo

Nominees, I hope that you will accept your nomination. Please follow my format by sharing 11 facts about you, answering the 11 questions that I have asked, create 11 new questions for your nominees, and choose 11 blogs that you would like to recognise. Please come back and leave a link to your blog post about your award.

*If you have a blog that you want me to know about, please leave your link below…I would love to hear from you 🙂