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Mrs. Pleasant is a lifestyle brand focused on helping you live your most vibrant life! Mrs. Pleasant was a nickname that my parents gave me as a baby and in some way has always stuck. I've been in love with cooking healthy energizing food for as long as I can remember. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, and grew up surrounded by art and music; nurtured by my family, and propelled by my innate need to create. After spending my whole life on the east coast (I still love you BK + Philly), I now live in the beautiful high desert and expansive skies of New Mexico.
On Mrs. Pleasant you'll find inspiration for healthy recipes, kitchen tips, instructional cooking videos, travel and vintage housewares!
Whatever my future, the results are sure to be passionate, soulful and sincere. My mission as a certified Holistic Wellness Coach and Personal Chef is turning your kitchen from a place of anxiety and frustration, into a healing, loving environment. I work with couples and families who want to feed their family healthier meals. I specialize in various diets, from vegan + vegetarian to gluten free, ADHD + paleo. An alternative diet doesn't equal a bland diet. Think of me as your food advisor. We'll work together to create your ideal kitchen environment, setting you up for continued success, growth and vibrant living!
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>1979-The nickname "Mrs. Pleasant" is coined.
> 1982-1991- My time is filled with lots of laughing, love and creativity. I'm exposed to the food landscape outside my suburban town from Philly's chinatown through the south.
> 1994-I discover thrift stores and flea markets. Herein begins my love of vintage.
>The combination of not knowing how to cook paired with an underlying unhappiness/teen angst equals emotional eating of carbs and processed soy meat. I put on 30 pounds and weigh my heaviest at 140. It's noticeable on my 5'2 frame.
> 1996-97 I spend the summer of my 16th birthday out west in Colorado. I immediately feel a connection with the openness of the west. A classmate gives me a tape of Ani Difranco's first album. My mind is blown. My dad turns me onto Wayne Dyer, life will never be the same. I start singing and writing. Outside of visual art, these are my favorite forms of expression. I slowly start adding exercise to my week.
> I buy Molly Katzen's Moosewood Cookbook and dive into teaching myself how to cook. I immediately fall in love with the creation of food, and the joy it brings.
> 2004-2008 I Move from Philly to Brooklyn NY and get deeper into my love of healthy cooking and start exploring the wonderful world of raw vegan food.
2008> I create my cooking show Vibrant Living with Mrs. Pleasant on YouTube.
> I go on a cross country road trip to Santa Fe and instantly fall in love with the New Mexican sky.
2012> I enroll at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition to become a certified holistic wellness coach and my food journey gets crystal clear. I'm able to combine my love of vintage, healthy eating, working with people and teaching cooking classes into one amazing package.