Hi, my name is Acooba.

I am a homemaker.

For over 25 years, I've been fully engaged in designing, creating, and building a healthy family lifestyle. This has included maintaining a vegetarian diet, practicing homeschooling and pursuing a rich spiritual life. Recently, I've felt a strong “calling” to share the lessons I've learned and the tools I've developed.

This website, built by my amazing and talented daughter Marina, is a tool to help me share with you; and it’s also a window through which you can peek to catch glimpses of my continued growth and evolution as a wife and mother.

My adventures with Vegetarian Living began in the late 1980s, while I was an undergraduate student at UCLA, learning about the impact my dietary choices had on the world around me and on my own health.

My husband and I married young (I was 19), and together we raised 4 children - completely vegetarian from birth. We took the road less traveled in other ways as well: homeschooling all the children; practicing heart-to-heart parenting and discipline (NO spanking!); practicing meditation; and maintaining a strong, committed union despite our early start.

Today our two oldest children are college graduates (with honors!); our third is a college student (straight A’s!); and our “baby” - just entering the teen years - is already an accomplished pianist.

I've recently published a recipe collection: Pie Cups on Parade, which is newly available as an eBook, and I also have a few tutorials available. Very close to my heart is my upcoming essay: 10 Myths About Discipline.

You can find me around the country at events like Veggie Fest in Chicago, and I invite you to contact me about participating in your events, if you are interested in private classes or consultations, or to share your ideas and experiences.

Be well and happy!

Acooba