Vegan Calcium-Packed Pregnancy Smoothie

Pregnancy Smoothie: Mint Chip [Vegan + Calcium-Packed]

I’ll be honest – sort of ashamed to say I have never really monitored my calcium intake that well. I just sort of forget about it and hope for the best. While I used to take a multi and calcium supplement every once in a while, I put those aside for my prenatals for the time being. I take this vegan prenatal vitamin, which only has 120mg (or 12% if the daily value recommended). Eesh. Not that great, right?

It’s recommended that pregnant mamas are at least getting 1000mg (and after that, 1200-1400mg if you are breastfeeding). Needless to say, I have been trying to be much more mindful.

With all the beans, almonds, and veggies in my diet, I feel pretty good that I am obviously getting calcium, but it doesn’t hurt to give it a boost. Baby girl is taking all that she needs to grow her own strong bones, which means she takes whatever the hell she can from me. I need to stay strong, too.

I’ve found this calcium-packed and vegan smoothie to be my #1 go-to for a HUGE chunk out of my intake. It has 701mg (or 70%) calcium. 70%! That, plus 12% from the prenatal and my normal eating habits throughout the day… I definitely feel some peace of mind after having this smoothie.
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Money-Saving Tips to Prepare for Baby

How We’re Saving Money Before Baby

Ever since I can remember, I have always been a saver. I owe that all to my parents. They were both very clear about saving money and helped get me started when I was as young as maybe 10 or 12 years old. I got my first job when I was 13 and yes, I loved spending money on clothes and make-up and jewelry and movies and CDs like any other teen girl, but I was always equally as conscious about checking my balances and managing my checkbook. Yes, I still to this day use a checkbook, haha! My husband laughs at me and thinks I am crazy but whatever… I am old school like that and and it really helps keep me on track.

Needless to say, my money-saving and budgeting habits began to rub off on Joe (thankfully) and we’ve be even more conscious lately with baby girl on the way.

There are some days when I say to myself “oh we totally got this, it’s all gonna be great” and then some days when I wake up frazzled and freaking out over saving more more more. Life is going to drastically change and money will be tighter than ever – there is no doubt in my mind – but I am trying my best to focus on the good and know that everything will work out. We will find a way to make things work. We have to!

In an effort to save more money before September, I’ve been a lot more conscious of what we are buying, how we are buying, and non-essentials we can forgo. Whether you are also preparing for a major life change (that will affect your budget) or want to just save a little more, I hope some of these tips inspire you. These are just some of the personal ways we are saving here and there. Nothing too crazy, just things that have been working for us.

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Vegan Pregnancy: Iron Sources (+ Recipes)

Vegan Pregnancy: Iron Sources (+ Recipes)

When you’re pregnant, you hear an awful lot about your iron intake. Iron iron iron. Truth be told… in my first trimester, I began to crave meat – for the first time in over 3 years. Talk about terrifying. I was like oh great, why. Whyyyy is this happening. I honestly can’t even begin to explain half the shit that goes through your head when you are making a human, but… this was one of my many thoughts and cravings. I knew that I didn’t really want meat. My body clearly needed something else – and a lot of people told me it was probably craving iron.
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11 Baby Items to Buy While Thrifting

11 Baby Items to Buy While Thrifting

Another thrifting post! I can’t stop myself. A little over a month ago, there was a huuuuge consignment sale just 7 minutes from us. I found out that this happens twice a year (April and September) and it’s basically my new favorite thing to look forward to. Everything from clothes to toys to gear… on and on and on. I’ll admit – some things are questionable. I’m a cautious thrifter and only gravitate towards certain items (things that can be easily washed). But I made out well, and I’ll be visiting twice every year from here on out!

The volunteers were so sweet and the atmosphere was pleasant… prices low, clothes clean, and everything was just clean in general. I was so impressed.

And as usual the best part – save a little money, recycle beautiful items that have been gently used, and donate when you are done. I love it.

So, here are some of the items I recommend grabbing. These items are easy to wash, sterilize, and make your own. Once you do that, you’ll breathe new life into them and will forget you even bought secondhand!
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Vegan Pregnancy: Protein Sources Recipes

Vegan Pregnancy: Protein Sources (+ Recipes)

The biggie when you are (and aren’t) pregnant – protein! A lot of people tend to ask me how I am doing without eating meat during pregnancy, and I always have the same answer… I mean, fine! I did have some cravings in the beginning of my pregnancy but nothing that a substitute mock meat product couldn’t fix. To be quite honest, when I went to my first doctor’s appointment and we discussed my diet, she was really pleased. She ran through her checklist and warned me to be careful eating too much red meat and fish, and then quickly corrected herself to say – oh, never mind! Really – the doctor actually tells you to avoid most meats. She told me to load up on whole grains, veggies, and protein – and yes, beans and lentils and couscous all count for protein!

I am not a doctor and do not claim to know what is best for you (or anyone!) but I know that I feel safe and comfortable with my own plant-based diet during pregnancy. I am getting all the essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that I need (alongside a standard prenatal routine) and yes, that includes protein!

So today, I wanted to share some of my go-to plant-based protein sources throughout this pregnancy, as well as some recipes that can help you reach your goals. I aim for 70 grams of protein per day. I may not always hit it perfectly, but I do the very best I can.

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Pregnant Vegan Meals - Second Trimester

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

Still hungry as ever, and still trying my best to eat well. It’s definitely hard some days. Some of my more recent cravings have been bagels/toast with tofutti and cream cheese (still), tomatoes in general, pickles, sour gummy candy, chunky peanut butter, salt and vinegar chips, and Del’s lemonade (local frozen lemonade). Definitely hitting all those cravings in the below photos.

As always, follow along on Instagram for more plant-based food inspiration.

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The Friendly Fig Nursery Mood Board

Nursery Mood Board

Slowly but surely, we are chipping away at the nursery. This is probably what I have been looking the most forward to – I love decorating/redecorating in general, so a fresh new space to be filled is a dream. It’s hard to imagine what it will look like when half the furniture isn’t in yet and I’ve been just picking up pieces here and there that stick out to me. So, I thought it would be fun (and helpful for me) to lay out some of the items we’ve gotten so far and some that we will be getting. I’m a visual person and happen to love mood boards in general.

People keep asking what the nursery theme is and honestly… I am not quite sure! I usually say it’s just a bright and airy space. Think wildflowers, fruits, pops of color, and animals of all kinds. I initially was thinking a jungle theme, but I love all animals and want to include any and all! As you can see – we got a sweet bunny, cat, AND white tiger above. I’m serious when I say any and all animals. Love.

So really, it is just going to be an eclectic/bohemian/natural type style. As long as it is bright, sunny, and colorful, I am happy.

So here is a look at what we’ve got going on so far.
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Coconut Oil for Pregnancy

Coconut Oil for Pregnancy

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how deep my love runs for coconut oil. I’ve discussed it here before, and I stand by every word. So naturally, I turned to coconut oil during my pregnancy and researched ways that it could benefit me.

I know my body, and I know that I am prone to stretch marks. Honestly, I sprouted very quickly as a child (I was the tallest in my class in 3rd grade) and I have my fair share of (thankfully faded) stretch marks from sudden growth spurts/weight loss/gain/etc. So I really wanted to do my best to avoid them this pregnancy – as best as I could! I realize that stretch marks are inevitable for some people, but if there is anything I could do to minimize the risk, I’m game. Almost every woman I spoke to about their experience gave me the same answer: coconut oil.

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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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