This month’s Fabulous Female is Betty Galvan. Betty is a business owner, and Work at Home Mom to three very active boys. Yes, THREE! I’ve known Betty for a few years, and she’s been a constant source of motivation and inspiration for me.
Betty hails from Chicago, but has lived in Asia and NYC. For the last 8 years she’s been a NJ resident. Betty has led an exciting life, starting with moving to Tokyo, where she had her first son Diego. While she holds a degree in teaching, and taught at an International School, after having Diego, she felt it was best for her to stay at home.
While in Tokyo, Betty started blogging so she could keep her friends and family updated on her family’s progress. Little did she know that would eventually formulate in her own lifestyle blog “My Friend Betty Says”. Betty’s blog primarily focused on educational tips for how to raise bilingual children, as well as lifestyle and fashion ideas.
While blogging she was fortunate enough to connect, and freelance, with Ana Flores. Ana is the founder, and CEO, of the former Latina Bloggers Connect now WeAllGrow Latina Network. Ana was so impressed, that she hired Betty to work for her.
Betty was fortunate to connect with likeminded women, and #solopreneurs, while working at LBC. From Boston to LA, the women collaborated, motivated, inspired each other and exchanged ideas. It was a true sisterhood. When LBC took a turn focusing more on bringing women all over the US together, with annual conferences and summits, Betty knew she had to step back. She didn’t want to be away from her family so much. Betty also realized, while on her journey with LBC, that there were local business owners that needed help with their digital marketing strategies, social media managements and content creation.
Always forward thinking, Betty decided to keep the name of her blog @MyFriendBettySays and add Digital Marketing Studio to her resume, in the summer of 2017. Since making that decision, Betty has been helping others to increase and grow their business. She currently has two employees and will continue to expand.
When I asked Betty to tell me her secret for being so fabulous, she was humble as usual. She did tell me that she takes one hour of the day for herself. Whether it’s getting her nails done or going to the gym, that time is for her. Working from home has its advantages, so she’s able to tailor her schedule to that of her active children. She also has a very supportive husband and a cleaning lady!
Hey #HipNJ! Today is #VeganDay! To celebrate, let’s take a look at five of the yummiest vegan restaurants in the area!
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Do you love macaroni and cheese? Well, you haven't had the best mackin' cheese unless you've come to Veganized. We have macaroni pasta, sweet potato truffle cashew cream, bread crumb, warm broccoli rabe and seared shiitake mushrooms all on a beautifully delicious plate. Eat it up!!
1. Veganized, New Brunswick
Located in the heart of New Brunswick, this vegan eatery is the bomb-diggity! Highlights of the menu include their RAWzagna (gluten-free raw zucchini pasta, marinated mushrooms, fresh tomato, nut cheese, sundried tomato puree, pesto) and the BBQ Skewers (grilled seitan vegetable BBQ skewers, herbed white bean sauce, saffron rice, crusted oyster mushrooms with maple dijon). The undisputed fan favorite is the mackin’ cheese pictured above. It looks so good!
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If you’ve never tried our housemade tempeh chorizo, it’s time ✨ Come see us for dinner tonight & Friday 5-9pm for these Chorizo Tostadas made with crispy sprouted corn tortillas, avocado, spiced tempeh chorizo, red cabbage, pico de gallo, and cashew sour cream. Your tastebuds will thank you! ❤️🌱 XOXO
2. Seed to Sprout, Fair Haven & Avon-by-the-Sea
This down-the-shore vegan joint is the real deal. It offers breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, teaches cooking classes, and operates a bakery located in Wanamassa. They offer a delicious Maui Wowie smoothie (house-made cashew milk, strawberries, mango, banana, coconut, and fresh tumeric) and a Bacon Cheddar Melt (seared marinated tempeh, caramelized onion, coconut bacon, cashew sauce, riddled on a millet-flax bread). Pictured above is the House-Made Tempeh Chorizo Tacos! Yum!
3. Heart Beet Kitchen, Westmont
A charming, farmhouse-inspired eatery, Heart Beet Kitchen has a wide range of tasty foods such zucchini noodles with eggplant meatballs or spicy Buffalo cauliflower sandwich on a gluten-free bun. They also offers some tasty deserts such as a chocolate chip dough bar with almond butter, a pumpkin pie, and a matcha chai. The highly-acclaimed Heart Beet Burger is pictured above. Looks tasty!
4. Papa Ganache, Matawan
Vegan baked goods have never sounded better at Papa Ganache, a vegan/gluten-free bakery! While known for their baked goods including biscotti, cheesecake cups, pies, cookies, cakes and more, they also serve other food such as baked ziti, chili, and pizza. Pictured above is their delicious banana chocolate chip walnut bread, which looks super yummy!
5. Veggie Heaven, Teaneck, Montclair, & Denville
Culturally-inspired Veggie Heaven is known for their Asian fusion food. With favorites like the Thai Bang Bang Chicken, Crispy Stuffed Tofu, and any of their sushi options, it’s hard to go wrong here. Pictured above is a few of their sushi rolls which look absolutely delicious!
Any of these options are a fantastic choice for celebrating #VeganDay! Enjoy the day and try some vegan food if you get the chance!