Lemongrass Noodle Soup

Lemongrass Noodle Soup

Leaving the cold weather behind, I am opting for lighter soups these days. I definitely am one of those crazy people who eats soup year-round, but I think this is a happy-medium. It’s warm and comforting, but not too heavy like some of the soups and stews I make during the winter.

Lemongrass is one of my favorite flavors (and scents), and this is actually one of the first times I have used it in cooking. Happy with the results!

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Baby Registry Sample

What’s On My Baby Registry

Putting together a baby registry is no joke. It’s constantly a work in progress, and always changing (for me, anyway!) There are SO MANY PRODUCTS ON THE MARKET. I’ve spent so much time reading reviews, testing products in store, asking other moms for opinions, etc. Plus, there is always that little voice in my head saying, “remember… they are going to grow out of this stuff quickly.” This voice usually arrives when I am on Etsy or other specialty shops and want to basically buy out everything.

Plus – where do I register? Babies R Us like most moms? Target? Amazon? More researching! I ultimately settled on Amazon because Amazon can do no wrong in my eyes. It’s easy, has the largest selection, competitive pricing, easy 90-day returns, a completion discount, and buyers with a Prime account will be pleased – free shipping! The only downside/flaw I have with Amazon – well, two things. One, things go out of stock frequently and I have to constantly check to make sure everything is good to go. Second, sometimes listing go away completely and when you click on the item that vanished, it doesn’t tell you what it is! The only way I found I could get around this was to save all links/products to a Google Doc. If something goes missing, I can easily pinpoint what is missing. Sure, it took some time… but I’d rather know than wonder what the hell is gone from my registry.

I’m sure this is going to change a zillion times more before my actual shower, but I wanted to share some of the items I have on my registry. It will give you a good idea of what you may want for your own registry, or simply inspire you to look into a brand you may not have heard of. I looked at tons of sample registries while I was making my own, and loved seeing what other moms included on theirs.

Mine doesn’t include any furniture (or really any clothing) because most of that stuff my parents and in-laws are grabbing (and we’ve purchased some ourselves!) I know this kiddo is going to end up with a ton of clothes regardless of what I put on my registry, so I only included white onesie essentials. Plus, she’s basically set with 0-6 months worth of hand-me-downs!

So now that I’ve rambled on and on about this, without further adieu… some of my very favorite items on our registry (it’s not the whole thing, but gives you a pretty good idea!)
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At Home: Himalayan Salt Lamp + Candles

At Home: Himalayan Salt Lamp + Candles

If you know me personally or have been to my home, you know that I am pretty much obsessed with pink himalayan salt lamps, candles, and even the edible stuff. At my wedding, we had a candle on every table, and in my home, I have lamps in (almost) every room.

To be honest, I love them mostly because they add warmth and bring a gorgeous glow to the room – but, there are also benefits to these lamps (or so, it it claimed). I can’t say for certain that all of these are true, but I do know that they definitely have a calming effect – and that is enough for me. When I was going through a rough/stressful period in my life, I used to get up extra early, turn on my lamp, and just relax. It was and still is my favorite routine to start my day on the right note. When we are lounging at night (or even while I bulk cook on the weekends), I leave that thing running hot. There’s just something very comforting about it!
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My Ultimate Protein for Pregnancy Smoothie

My Ultimate Protein for Pregnancy Smoothie

Since it’s recommended that pregnant women get about 60-70 grams of protein a day, I’ve been doing my best to monitor my intake. It’s not hard to hit that goal, but it definitely takes some planning when you are busy running around, working, having food aversions, etc.

One way to make sure I get started on the right foot has been making protein-packed smoothies for breakfast. Not only are they filling, but I load ’em up with some of my favorite plant protein sources (soy milk, chia, peanut butter, etc.) This has been one of my favorite recipes so far, so I thought I’d share! It’s a simple recipe, but we all love simple – especially when the majority of my energy is going to this baby making thing, you know?

With almost 30 grams of protein, I proudly present…
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Vegan Chili Cheese Fries Recipe

Vegan Chili Cheese Fries

Just another recipe from the pregnancy craving chronicles. I had leftover beefless crumbles from that time I made vegan NY system hot weiners, so hey. Why not?

I’ve never even been a huge fan of chili and cheese fries, but the idea of this really excited me because anything having to do with potatoes and cashew cheese is amazing. The cashew cheese is also loaded with protein (about 7 grams) and the beefless crumbles are also a great source (12 grams in just a 1/2 cup!) And even better, this was a really quick and easy dinner to make –  minimal energy.

If you’re looking for comfort food, this is it.
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10 Reasons To Eat More Plants

10 Reasons To Eat More Plants

You don’t have to be vegan or even vegetarian to eat more plants. No matter what your diet is, incorporating more leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables in your diet is going to ensure that you are getting all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that your body needs to function healthily and properly. I mean, it doesn’t take a scientist to know that you put into your body will not only affect what is happening inside, but on the outside as well. Your skin, mood, and aura will be brighter – I found this out quickly after I transitioned into a plant-based diet.

Since then, I’ve cut out processed foods (except for the occasional treat), white sugar, and even have gone oil-free for a bit. I can assure you – I feel best when I eat a plate full of prepared vegetables. So today, I am sharing a few reasons why you should be eating more plants.
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Reuse Recycle Baby Clothes

Baby Thrifting: Reuse + Recycle!

Hi friends! I’ve been so excited to write this post, but kept putting it off because I wanted to really sort through and take some cool pics to go along with it. Recycling baby clothes – weeeee!

One of the very first things I did when I found out we were having a girl was ask family and friends if they knew anyone tossing baby clothes. The fact that babies need to be changed multiple times a day along with the time they actually fit into the clothes you buy… I did not want to spend a ton on it. We’re trying to save in any way we can – and I wanted to start with her wardrobe.

Before I even posted this to my friends and family, my sweet friend Lauren messaged me to let me know she had bags and bags of girl clothes for me. Lauren – you are an angel. You have no idea how much it means to me! Plus, Lauren dresses her little girl in the very sweetest clothes. Needless to say, I was thrilled! After sorting through bag after bag, I ended up with a very large and overflowing trash bag full of months 0-6 (with some 6-9 sprinkled in!) I have the best friends in my life, and I am so grateful for all the overwhelming love and support. There’s literally nothing better than thrifting, recycling, and reusing.

Why?
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What I’ve Been Eating Lately [Vegan Pregnancy – Second Trimester]

What I’ve Been Eating Lately [Vegan Pregnancy – Second Trimester]

Second trimester – weeeeee!! Thankfully my appetite for healthy food came back full throttle toward the end of my first trimester and right into the second. Finally!! I feel so much better – more energy, “cleaner”, and just not as sluggish. And now I can focus on all the good stuff that this little girl needs. Judging by all the fruit I have been consuming, I may birth a watermelon. ;)

There’s a ton after the cut – more energy = more motivation to take pics of my food. So, get ready! Aaaaaaand as always, follow along on Instagram for more plant-based food inspiration.
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Pregnant Vegan Meals - First Trimester

Yogurt Piled High (Cashewgurt Review)

This post is long overdue, I know. The Forager Project sent me a ton of vegan goodies a couple months ago, but life has been crazy/hectic and I kept putting this post off. I apologize! But finally, I am taking time today to catch up on blogging and review the best vegan yogurt I’ve had the pleasure of eating (yes, best!)

I always want to share how I dressed up my yogurt with all the fixings – you know, just some inspiration. A review and my “recipes” after the cut. :)
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Connecting With Body and Baby

Connecting With Body + Baby

Hi friends – just some musings and thoughts over here. I wasn’t really planning on sitting down and writing this post, but these thoughts have been on my mind… and I just kind of started spilling.

In the first trimester (and even early in the second) when my belly wasn’t showing, some days definitely felt like nothing was going on (well, aside from the reminder from nausea). I didn’t like feeling that way, and it encouraged me to start a daily routine of talking with my babe. Some days I’d be lying in bed before waking up, and sometimes it would be the quiet moments while lying in bed before Joe settled in. Just me and my little girl (and some lavender pillow spray).
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