Life in the Lost World

the continuing saga of an opinionated vegan mom blogger and her zoo crew….

   Jan 12

Spa Day…

Why is it that the very thing that relieves my poor old lady dog’s itchiness is the same thing that makes her all butt hurt and resentful of me? Bless her elderly heart…maybe some day she’ll understand!

   Jan 12

Monday Plan Monday – #ExtremeVeganYumminess









My version of the Whopper starring Gardein Ultimate Burgers
Baked Onion Rings
Cole Slaw

Taco Tuesday







Bountiful Veggie Burritos
Chips and Salsa


Pasta Gratin with Winter Squash and Walnuts
Mixed Green Salad
Garlic Bread


Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing



It’s Pizza and a Movie Night


Aurora Borealis Grilled Cheese Sammies
Lacto Fermented Dill Pickles








Vegan Cottage Pie with a Twist
Cloverleaf Rolls
Blueberry turnovers


That’s it for my menu plan this week. I’m longing for soups and such but we haven’t really been having soupy weather here in Florida! C’est la vie….maybe next week!

   Dec 11

Give your cat the gift of good health with Against the Grain

Christmas is coming and if you’re anything like me, your furkids will have stockings, too, and will find gifts under the tree just like the two-leggeds.

Chewies and tug toys are great and we all have a lot of fun with them, but I think the best gift we can give our companion animals is the gift of good health. In order to do that, we have to start by building a firm foundation.

The food we choose to feed them is every bit as important as the food we choose for our two-legged family. Treats are fine, but you wouldn’t only give your human kids ramen and boxed mac and cheese, would you? Then why feed inferior types of pet food?

Recently, I was sent samples of New Generation Super Food Cat Foods by Against the Grain. Made with human grade ingredients, these grain-free, gluten-free, gmo-free, hormone free, antibiotic free foods are just what the doctor ordered.

We have several nutritionally at risk cats here, at any given time. Seniors and kittens being weaned from the bottle to solids have special needs and truly can’t afford to miss any meals. That hasn’t been an issue with Against the Grain.

Simmered in a rich gravy, it’s tender, extremely palatable and has been a big hit here in the lost world. It smells delightful, right out of the container, and even my 14 year old rescue has gobbled it right down. It’s easy for my weaning kittens to manage too…one taste and they were sold! I like that!

NEVER using meals, dehydrated, or rendered ingredients, Against the Grain is meat-dominant, using at least 85% real meat, and includes only the freshest, whole, unprocessed meats, fruits, and vegetables.

With varieties like Chicken Mayflower with Turnip Dinner, Tuna & Cucurbita with Lamb Dinner, Tuna Mango Tango with Duck Dinner, Tuna Toscano with Salmon & Tomato Dinner and more, I’m betting even the pickiest of your feline eaters will love mealtime, again.

A family-owned and operated company, Against the Grain truly considers their pets a part of the family and would do anything to ensure the life, health, and happiness of their family.

Against the Grain owns its own manufacturing facility and that enables them to produce the BEST bio-available pet food available.
Their criteria for pet foods is:


Nutritionally superior food using only whole, fresh, non-processed ingredients

Ensuring all nutrition is biologically available

Ensure that maximum palatability for the culinary pleasures and increased quality of life of our companion pets.

They also hold themselves to a high standard of environmental and social responsibility using much natural light throughout their facility, as much recycled material in their packaging as possible, and their own water supply from an on-site well.


Against the Grain gets a huge paws up from us!

Purchase Against the Grain products directly from their website or at a brick and mortar pet supply store near you!

Connect with Against the Grain on Facebook and Twitter too!

   Dec 11

Peace of mind for parents with TeenSafe (and a $50 Amazon GC #giveaway!)

Raising kids these days is a scary business. Dangers lurk just around every corner, sometimes disguised and are hidden in places we’d never expect.

My policy when I had teens in my home was “I will respect your privacy and will not snoop right up until the time you give me cause to worry. Then ALL bets are off and I WILL snoop.” I can think of a time or two that this saved all of us genuine heartache in the end. I can also think of a time or two that I was wrong and that created it’s own set of problems.

Oh how I wish I had had a product like TeenSafe back then!

TeenSafe is the only text message monitoring device for the iPhone and Android that does NOT require you to jail break your iPhone and violate Apple’s Terms & Conditions.

With TeenSafe, you can view texts, call logs, see both the phone’s location AND a history of locations, view your child’s social media activity and more.

Keep in mind that if your child is under 18 years old and you pay the phone bill, you are legally entitled to monitor their phone usage. It is entirely up to you to disclose your use of TeenSafe or not, but on an iPhone, TeenSafe is not detectable in any way. On an Android device, a discrete app is installed in the background. It is almost undetectable since it does not appear on the phone’s home screens or app dashboard nor does it have the TeenSafe logo anywhere, allowing for disclosure ONLY if you have found cause to be concerned. I like that!

As a way of introducing themselves to you, the good folks at TeenSafe would like to offer my US & CA readers the chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card, which will be provided as a gift code emailed to the winner! Thank you so much!

Enter below and good luck to all!

life in the lost world is not responsible for prize fulfillment