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WELCOME TO MAKE IT DAIRY FREE!
We are Andrew and Larisha, an award-winning photographer and writer team, living in New Jersey with our two beautiful daughters, ages 10 and 7. We met in college in 2005 at West Virginia University, started dating in 2009, moved to Jersey together in 2010 and have loved every second of Jersey life since (well, minus the property taxes).
HERE AT MAKEITDAIRYFREE.COM YOU’LL FIND ALL THINGS VEGAN!
From vegan recipes to resources to what vegan fast food you can find, we are sharing all things vegan and plant based! When possible, we always disclose allergens and talk about what allergies a new food, restaurant, or recipe may include.
WHO ARE WE?
In 2012, I started blogging after losing my job. Four weeks later, we found out we were expecting our first child. Frightened doesn’t begin to describe the feelings we both had.
I started our first site, We’re Parents, as a creative outlet to share my pregnancy and my recipes with family and friends while I searched for a job. After having our daughter, we decided together it was best I stay at home to raise her.
I’m an adventure seeker, love to help and entertain others, and while I love sweets, I’ll usually pick the savory option if there is one for snacking.
I love exploring my ancestry and I dream of the day we travel the world together. You can usually find me in the kitchen with our tiny chefs – The Seasoned Kids.
I received a degree in Visual Arts, but it wasn’t until Larisha started blogging that I put my degree to use. I started doing behind the scenes work on logos and such, until I found my true passion – photography and videography.
Getting better at my passion and snowboarding are my two biggest passions, while vegan chocolate chip cookies are the way to my heart. I also have a passion for building things by hand and working to update our house we bought as a foreclosure.
ABOUT OUR SITE
Makeitdairyfree.com was created in September 2018 and came from a desire to fill a need. When Larisha had both of our girls, she had to be dairy-free in order to continue breastfeeding them.
It was then that she realized how much dairy was in all foods and how there were very limited resources available to help.
The day the site launched publicly, on October 1, 2018, Andrew and Larisha started a 31-day vegan challenge. They have been vegan since that day and thus, the entire site is vegan.
Our goal is to provide others, whether dairy free, egg free, vegan, plant based, or just trying to eat less animal products, out of desire or need, to find everything they need in one place.
Whether that’s a vegan recipe idea, a menu of dairy free options at their favorite restaurants, or resources in how to make the transition easier, we hope you’ll find it all here.
Our site has grown drastically in the 4+ years since creation.
Our biggest platform is Youtube. We currently have over 210,000 subscribers on our Make It Dairy Free Youtube channel, as well as over 225,000 on a separate whole foods plant based channel called Andrew Bernard | The Nard Dog Cooks. In addition, we have another 110,000 on Instagram, 35,000 on Facebook, 75,000 on Tiktok, 18,000 on Pinterest, and over 10,000 on our email list.
Our username for all social media platforms is @makeitdairyfree.
If you’d like to work with us, you can email us at makeitd[email protected] for our current media kit and rate card!
Main Tech we use for the site:
- Computer: Macbook Pro with Touchbar and an iMac
- Phones: Iphone X and IPhone 13Pro
- Tablet: Apple iPad
- Cameras used: Canon 5D Mark IV and Canon T6S
- Main Lenses Used: 24-70mm and 100mm Macro
- Microphones: Rode VideoMic Pro+ and Blue Yeti Nano
- Lighting: Aputure Light Storm and Dome (used with this Light Stand)
- Main Tripod: Vanguard Alta Pro
- Secondary Tripod: Viltrox
- Editing Software: Adobe Creative Suite, including: Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere, as well as iMovie
Other Equipment We Use:
- Reflectors: Small and Large
- External Hardrive
- Memory Cards
Other Lens We Use:
- Great First Lens: Nifty Fifty
- 24mm Lens
- 85mm Lens
Kitchen Equipment We Use:
- Bear Claw Oven Mitts
- Instant Pot 6qt
- Portable Induction Cooktop
- 6qt Crockpot
- 7 Cup KitchenAid Food Processor
- Bundt Pans: Crown and Heritage
- Donut Pans
CONNECT WITH US
Email us at [email protected]
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