Vegetable + Pumpkin Lentil Stew

Vegetable + Pumpkin Lentil Stew

It’s a quite day at our place – Minnie is kneading into my leg and Joe is playing Playstation… and I am wrapped in my favorite blanket with tea and this stew.

As usual, I had some leftovers and veggies that were on the outs. Whenever I open a can of pumpkin (usually for a smoothie) I try to make sure I have a game plan for the rest of it. Pumpkin puree works beautifully in a stew like this because it helps to thicken without adding any unnecessary flour or cornstarch. I also had extra cauliflower, celery, aaaaand carrots that were on the way out (and I really hate throwing vegetables out!!)

So, 30 degree day + leftovers = big, piping pot of stew. No oil or unnecessary additions… just whole nourishing, whole foods. Beats canned soup any day of the week.
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My Cruelty-Free Skin Care Routine

My Cruelty-Free Skin Care Routine

For the most part, I have been blessed with great skin. I get the occasional break-out (and it sucks) but I’ve never had a true acne problem. I give major props first and foremost to my Mom, for teaching me to wash my face every morning and NEVER EVER forgetting to take my make-up off and wash the grime away every night. No matter HOW TIRED I am, I never sleep in make-up. The couple times in my life that I did forget to take my make-up off – OOF!! So much grime. It was the worst feeling. I’m telling you – fresh face before bed is everything.

Even now, my mom will still give me tips on make-up removing and face cleansing. Still!!

“Use a face cloth.”
“Don’t pick.”
“Try this brand.”
“Gently scrub.”
“Use make-up remover.”

Just a few of her gems – love ya, Mom ;)

So – after giving her 85% of the credit, the rest goes to the awesome products I’ve grown to love. I’m always trying new products and trying to find what’s best for my skin. I tend to switch it up a lot, too – you know, to avoid getting “immune” to a formula. Since I tend to get a lot of questions about my skin care routine, I wanted to list out some of the products I am currently using. I’m really happy with all of them, and hope this post will open your eyes to something new. Of course – the very best part is that all these are kind and cruelty-free. No animal testing whatsoever!
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vegan green goddess soup recipe

My Favorite Green Goddess Soup

I’m excited to share a go-to recipe in my kitchen. I like to call it Green Goddess Soup (because goddesses make everything cooler) but it is basically just all your awesome green vegetables pureed into a warm, velvety, cozy soup. You bet this dish is chock-full of nutrients, vitamins, and all the good stuff that comes from the Earth. It features green all-stars, including: spinach, broccoli, green peppers, peas, and zucchini. Full of fiber, which makes it belly-filling. The addition of nutritional yeast gives it a subtle cheesy tiny. It’s really the perfect pot of soup to keep on hand all week – or freeze it for later.

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Visiting WDW + Universal Orlando with Food Allergies

Visiting WDW + Universal Orlando with Food Allergies

Hi friends :)

By now, everyone knows that I am obsessed with eating vegan in Disney posts (and even Universal!) So you can imagine my excitement when I was called upon to share some of my thoughts and knowledge on the topic in a travel guide for visitors with dairy, gluten, and other food allergies. Uh, yes! I’d love to be featured and share as much knowledge as I can – I know how tough it can be when you are on vacation and struggling to find food that will nourish your body. No one wants to be sick on vacation, right? Not to mention, no one wants to eat bagged chips or granola bars the whole time, either. On vacation, you are entitled to real food – meals prepared to your liking and to your every need.
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Creating Calm Home Atmosphere

At Home: Creating a Calm Atmosphere

hi guys!

I promised a little while back to talk more about the ways that I cope with stress and anxiety. Over the past few months, I’ve been focused on creating a safe, comfortable space at home – quiet, zen, natural, tranquil… all the good stuff that makes for a happy home. These small changes have taken me away from the chaos of life, and have helped me to calm down. It has honestly been – for me – one of the best ways for me to cope. There’s something about shifting the ambiance that can work wonders on your mood. I don’t expect this to work for everyone, because it’s important to find what works for your individual needs, but I’d like to share my experience. If anything at all, you’ll develop a newfound love for your home. That alone is worth it.

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Plant-Based Diet: What I Ate

Plant-Based Life: What I’ve Been Eating Lately

Hey there friends – another round-up of what I’ve been noshing on. Sorry there aren’t too many – it’s been busy over here and I’ve been forgetful. But hey – there’s some ideas! Enjoy. xx

Oh, and as always, follow along on Instagram for plant-based food inspiration!

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Bean + Tempeh Vegan Chili

Smoked 3-Bean + Tempeh Vegan Chili

Hi friends! I’m excited to share one of my favorite chili recipes – warm, cozy, smoky, and belly-filling. Joe mentioned that he was craving chili while we were out shopping and I immediately thought YES, I LOVE YOU. I grabbed all the odds and ends I needed and the result is wonderful. I love adding 3 different types of beans to mine for extra protein and fiber – plus the tempeh and portobello makes it extra hearty.
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200 Artsy Creative Spirit Baby Names

200 Artsy + Creative Spirit Baby Names

Artistic and creative spirits are some of my favorite people. Not only do I work on a design time myself, but I’ve just always connected to creatives (I mean, I majored in English/Creative Writing with a minor in art). That said, I love names that evoke that same artistic aura. These may or may not resonate with you the same way they do me, but here’s a list of names that I personally compiled that I feel captures a creative spirit. Enjoy the inspiration – whether you are a name lover like me or a mama bear on the hunt for the perfect moniker. xx

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Maca Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

Maca Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been taking a teaspoon of maca a day and having fun trying to come up with new ways to enjoy it. My favorite is by smoothie, and I think I nailed it with this one.

Also – having taken it for a bit now, I can tell you that the taste doesn’t bother me anymore. I hardly notice it – finally! I think this smoothie in particular does a great job at covering up the taste (for any of those who are not into it… I get it).

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