I’ve mentioned it on here more than once, but I am obsessed with my non-diaper bag. To be honest, I did choose a diaper bag out and was gifted it at my shower. It was so much bulkier than the photos and it was simply… not me. When you become a mom, you do lose some pieces of your previous self (it’s not a bad thing, but it was a little sad for me at first). Life is so much more beautiful with your baby, but why sacrifice your personal sense of style? If there was one thing I wanted to savor, it was my style choices. I just could not see myself carrying around that lug of a diaper bag. Of course, a lot of women love their diaper bags! Which is awesome, because whatever works best for you, that is what you should always do. But the ones marketed as diaper bags were just not for me.
I quickly exchanged the bag in for something that was actually cheaper, chicer, and vegan-friendly. I can’t even tell you how much I love it. It goes well with everything, isn’t too big, and easily holds all of my own things, as well as Willow’s. Continue reading →
Breakfast burritos are one of my all-time favorite morning staples. I love tofu scramble breakfast burritos, but I don’t always have tofu on hand. But honestly, who needs it when you have a ton of other protein-packed ingredients at your disposal. Filled with sweet potatoes, quinoa, black beans, and tempeh, this eggless breakfast is wholesome, colorful, and filling.
With Willow, it’s hard for me to make and enjoy breakfast some days. What I love about this recipe is that I can prepare all these ingredients ahead of time and store away for use all during the week. On Saturday mornings when Joe can hang with her, I usually prepare 5 sweet potatoes in the oven to stash away in the fridge for a quick and healthy grab. I make a large batch of quinoa (versatile for any meal, really) and marinate and bake tempeh to keep on hand. The rest of the ingredients are easy enough to toss in quickly. In just 5 minutes, I have myself a filling and nutritious plant-based breakfast to kick off my morning. It pays to prepare and bulk cook! Continue reading →
The thing is – newborns need very little. Aside from the diapers/wipes/car seat, I did find that some products I used much more than others, and they quickly became a part of our daily routine. I know this varies from baby-to-baby, so what works best for me may not necessarily be the best for your little one, but hey… maybe it will help you in some way. That’s my hope, anyway. :)
I hope everyone is staying cozy this month. Cozy meals are happening on this end, battling the cold and getting ready for the holidays. This time of year is my favorite – and it is even better with little Willow. She makes everything better!
And by now, I’m sure you know that I’m all about soup in the fall and winter. I think that’s pretty much all I make and eat these days. This soup came about because I wasn’t sure what to do with my leftover lentils, and I’m really happy about it. Gorgeous golden color. Hearty vegetables. Warm spices. Creamy coconut. It’s tastes like winter. I hope you enjoy it. Continue reading →
If you’ve been here for a while, you know I’m obsessed with baby names… even before having a baby. In particular, I am a sucker for earthy, nature-inspired names. While we won’t be having another baby for a while, that doesn’t stop me from dreaming up future names. We’ll most likely choose another nature name to go along with our Willow.
Earth, fire, air, and water – here are some of my favorite baby names inspired by the elements. Continue reading →
Over two months as a breastfeeding mama and there has been no shortage of good food over here. I am definitely hungrier than usual, but have been trying to eat as well as I can. Being home does make this tough… especially when it’s too easy to make a vegan mug cake. I find myself gravitating towards a lot of carbs, too. I think this is mostly because making pasta is quick and easy when I am so busy during the day taking care of Willow. But I’m not perfect. I’ve also been trying to make more salads and greens. Balance is a good thing, yeah? Anyways. You’re here for the food inspiration and ideas.
As always, follow along on Instagram for more plant-based food inspiration. xx
I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. Chic casual comfort is my thing. Give me a pair of vans sneakers and some black sunnies, and I’m good to go. So you can imagine how excited I was to team up with the Dharma Store. They have some of the coolest vegan graphic tees on the market. Super soft, vibrant, and the best part… cruelty-free!
The Dharma Store is a vegan clothing brand created to spread awareness through fashion. They are 100% cruelty-free, using water-based and eco-friendly inks on all of their unique t-shirt designs. Offering designs for both men and women, it’s so hard to pick a favorite. There are so many designs to choose from, including vegan statement shirts, veggie and fruit graphics, sacred geometry designs, and even yoga designs. Another thing I love about this company is that they shipped my shirts in recyclable material. Continue reading →
Hi friends! I’ve been eating all things warm and cozy – basically anything that tastes like fall. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I wanted to share a recipe that would make a great addition to your table. Full of sweet potatoes, carrots, and pumpkin, you’ll most likely have all the ingredients readily available. Coconut milk makes it creamy and a dash of cinnamon gives it the warmth you may be looking for. I hope you’ll give it a try!
Before Willow arrived, I shared a post on what’s in our diaper bag. And I’ll be honest – A LOT has changed since then. I was carrying way too much. I also realized that the diaper bag I originally purchased was just no the one for me. It was a little too bulky. It also didn’t feel like “me” and I really didn’t want to lose that. If I am going to be carrying around this bag 24/7, I want it to be something I’m excited to carry!
Because honestly – bags that are marketed as diaper bags are nice, but not necessary. A big bag is all you need! Does it have pockets and compartments? Yes? It’ll probably work just fine! They also make awesome organizers for these things now, which can turn any bag into a diaper bag. I actually did buy this one, but ended up not even using it. It added more weight than anything else. The bag I ended up buying is not only my style and chic, it is light-weight, durable, and has awesome compartments! You can find the bag I use here and take a look. It has an outside pocket, pockets inside, and a zipper space in between both sides of the purse – I use one side for my items, the middle zippered compartment for clothes/cloths, and the other side for diapering needs. It both short and long shoulder-strap options (though I prefer the short shoulder one).
Everyone is different, but this is the bag that works for us. If you like actual diaper bags, that works, too. They just didn’t work for me! But anyways, onto what is inside the bag. It’s a bit minimal, but that is how I like it. I never need more than this.
Hi friends! Feels good to write a post here and there while still soaking up these first few weeks of motherhood.
As discussed in Willow’s birth story, a lot of the things that I feared the most ended up going so smoothly. Postpartum care also falls under this, because it really wasn’t as scary as I had always heard. Physically, I was fortunate to not have major tearing or any other issues, so it was pretty straightforward care. But aside from physical care, it is extremely important to care for your mental and emotional state. This was the hard part for me, but I’ll save that for another post. For now, I wanted to share some of the ways that I was able to stay comfortable and get through those first few crazy weeks. When it feels overwhelming, just remember that it is temporary. I had to tell myself this quite a few times. So if that is how you feel, the good news is, the weeks fly by.