What I Wish I Could Have Said on PBS NewsHour

We had the honor of participating in a story on PBS NewsHour with Mr. Money Mustache. Also featured were Mark & Sina Ebersole and Michelle Jackson, all of whom Michael met through his time at the MMM Headquarters. Click to watch our PBS NewsHour segment Over the...

Northwest Road Trip Recap: Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, and Back!

Last summer, we bought an old RV for $12,000 so we could take a month long road trip to the Pacific Northwest. This summer, we sold that RV for $14,000. I’ll share more details about the RV itself next week, but the trip was a big one for us so we wanted to recap that...

FinCon 2018 Recap, or How Carl Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Busch Beer

I returned home this week from FinCon 2018, the grand finale of my busiest month in recent years. Even though I’m eager to get back to my wonderful everyday family man life, I gave myself permission to take a mental health break for my first day and a half back home....

Midwest Road Trip Recap: Colorado, Missouri, Northern Wisconsin, & the Black Hills

Plus, What I Pack in the Car for Hours of Travel with Two Kids I enjoy reading about other people’s travel stories. You just can’t get the same sense of place reading from a guide book or flipping through the pages of a magazine. Here’s a recap of our travels to the...

Feeling Stuck? Find Purpose in Service.

In this recent article on Get Rich Slowly, J.D. explored the topic of using positive reinforcement to foster smart money habits. He began it with something of a confession: While many of his articles take a few hours to produce, he had drafted the above article...

Our Guest Post At PlentyVegan.Com

A close friend and creator of the site recently asked me to write up a piece on how we are raising our children on a plant-based diet. With lots of thoughts about that very topic swimming through my head, I enjoyed having the chance to write it all down.

If you have any interest in pursuing a vegan diet with your own family, check it out!




  1. Jaime @ Keep Thrifty

    Thanks for sharing how you handle being vegan! I tried years ago before getting pregnant and I don’t think I handled it correctly, lacking certain nutrients, then got pregnant, and was really sick. My doctors ended up prescribing me to eat red meat 3x a week!! I would love to try being vegan in the future, I’m not much of a meat eater anyway. Though our oldest loves meat – I blame the 3x weekly red meat intake, lol!

    You make being vegan seem so manageable when I’ve found it daunting! Knowing what supplements you give your kids really helps. Do you take any supplements being being vegan?

    • Ellen

      Yikes, sorry to hear you had a bad experience! It’s been a mostly easy path for us, but we’ve read a lot of books on the topic (ok, Michael has read a lot of books… I’ve read a few). If you do look for more information on veganism in the future, I’d suggest starting with some of the documentaries that are out there (I think Forks Over Knives on Netflix was well done). The recent book from Dr. Michael Greger, the creator of, is a particularly great resource as is his site.

    • Michael

      Hey Jaime, as for your question about what supplements we take ourselves, we try to get most of our nutrients from foods. Dr. Greger’s “Daily Dozen” is a useful reference for us. Although there’s a Daily Dozen app that makes it pretty easy to track, we haven’t used it. I’d say we still meet most of the recommendations day-to-day, especially on the days we do oatmeal for breakfast and throw in ground flax meal, fresh fruits, cinnamon, and a little turmeric (a little goes a long way, we generally don’t use enough that we taste it).

      After trying to optimize the food we’re eating itself, we do take a few supplements to fill in any gaps. We use this reference of supplements that people eating whole foods plant-based diets should take. For us, that typically looks like 2500mcg of sublingual vitamin b-12 at least once a week, 5000 I.U. of vegan D3 daily, and a vegan DHA-EPA omega-3 supplement.


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