My Vegan Prenatal Vitamin Routine

My Vegan Prenatal Vitamin Routine

Hi friends!

I already had a couple people come to me with this question, so I wanted to share my prenatal vitamin routine for those who are plant-based/vegan/vegetarian and who see kids in their future. One wouldn’t think that vitamins could be an issue, but it’s true – there are a lot of vitamins out there that use animal products. Sometimes, even just the protective gel around the vitamin features animal-based products. Because of this, it took me a little longer than usual to choose prenatal vitamins.

I started taking prenatals about 3 months before I actually got pregnancy. I did this for a few reasons: 1) I wanted my body to get used to this new vitamin before the morning sickness arrived, and 2) they say it helps with pregnancy to build up the nutrients. A lot of your baby’s development will happen the very first few weeks of pregnancy (before you may even know!) and it is so important to make sure the nutrients are there.

Now – disclaimer, I am not a doctor. I am just a blogger sharing my experience with prenatals. I took these to my own OBGYN to get the go-ahead based on my own health. You should always consult your own doctor before assuming.
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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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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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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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5 (Not So Intimidating) Vegan Meal Plans

5 (Not So Intimidating) Vegan Meal Plans

Hi friends!

I am really excited to compile this post. I have a lot of inspiring, amazing people in my life who support me and this blog (and probably 97% of them do not eat vegan/plant-based). One of my biggest fans is my out of this world aunt. She’s always the first one to send me a text at 5 AM (early bird club for life, me and her) and gush about how much she loved a post. She honestly has no idea how much this means to me every time. I’m beeeeeyond grateful for her encouragement!

This post is dedicated to her, because she was the one to propose the idea to me. The idea behind it is to share a couple easy dishes/meal plans that would not intimidate someone who is transitioning or just trying to eat less meat/dairy. No tofu, no tempeh, or any other ingredients that some people may have to ease into. Just the same ‘ol food they would normally eat, but veganized. Challenge accepted, auntie!

Here are five separate days with breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes that anyone would enjoy – minus the meat, cheese, milk, and other animal-based ingredients. I hope this proves just how easy (and still delicious) a plant-based day can be.

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200 Indie Bohemian Baby Names

200 Indie + Bohemian Baby Names, part 2

Hi friends!

I wrote this same post in the past, and it has been such a hit. Being as obsessed with names as I am, I wanted to follow up with a part 2 – there are plenty more indie and boho names out there, and they are a great addition to part 1 of this post – no repeats! I hope you don’t mind ;)

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Trader Joe's Vegan Haul

My Vegan Trader Joe’s Haul

Hi friends :)

I hope life is good with all of you – nothing crazy going on over here. We’ve been enjoying the quiet of January and getting ready to go to Florida in February. My parents have a place down there, so I am excited for warm weather and to explore Delray, West Palm Beach, and possibly Miami. I hear there are a ton of vegan/plant-based spots, and I’ll surely post about it once I get back. I’m so excited!! If you have any recommendations for me, please don’t hesitate to share in the comments.

Other than that, I thought I would just write a simple post today sharing my usual vegan haul from Trader Joe’s. We go shopping once a week, which has worked for us for years now. It’s one of our favorite things to do together. While I definitely grab some speciality items from TJ’s every once in a while (I mean, they always have new awesome products), we stick to pretty much the basics. I usually come up with some meal ideas beforehand to make sure I grab everything I’ll need for the week.

So, take a look below if you’re interested to see I’m grabbing at the grocery store. I hope it inspires your own shopping list, too!
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10 Attainable Goals for Omnivores Going Plant-Based

10 Attainable Goals for Omnivores Going Plant-Based

New year! Wee!

I know 2017 is going to be a year for the books already – will it top 2016? Yeah, I think so. Life has been uber good to me.

I love kicking off the year with a post like this, because I know a lot of people decide to “reset” and going vegetarian/vegan/plant-based is usually at the top of the resolution’s list (which makes me very happy). I’m here to help if that is the case for you… because everyone that knows me knows that I love nothing more than giving all the plant-based and vegan diet tips that I have. I am very passionate about this!

I know that transitioning is not easy, and I know that it can be extremely frustrating when you are face-to-face with a weak moment or day. Please – never get frustrated with yourself. It is never about being perfect – it is about doing the very best you can to feel the very best you can. Falling off the wagon is all a part of the process. Instead of feeling defeated, you should feel proud for revamping your lifestyle in the first place – no matter what your reasons are for doing so (weight, animals, planet, health – whatever!)

When all else fails, you’ll always have a place to go for motivation and inspiration… because I am all about that here! So today, I wanted to share some of my favorite tips for any omnivores out there looking to transition to a plant-based, vegetarian, or vegan diet. These goals are attainable – especially if you try tackling them one at a time. It doesn’t matter if it takes you a whole ‘nother year to get to where you want to be – what matters is that you are on this road NOW, and you are going to do great things!
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Why I Don't Eat Eggs

Why I Don’t Eat Eggs

Eggs. This is a question I get a lot – and sometimes, a question I am not entirely sure of how to answer. I eat a plant-based diet (which is essentially a vegan diet with the exception of local honey) which excludes eggs. I used to eat eggs, but have grown to really be repulsed by them… which we’ll get into.

But sometimes people ask me if I would eat eggs if I had my own chickens. I mean… if there is no cruelty involved at all (which is my main concern), it should be fine, right? I think it’s a personal question and it will vary for different people. For me personally, I wouldn’t eat eggs even from my own hypothetical chickens. It’s not because of the cruelty at that point, but I am just kinda grossed out by the idea of eggs in general. Now that I have distanced myself from them for over two and a half years, I really have grown to wrinkle my nose at them. Joe will make eggs for breakfast, and just the smell is more potent than I remember – forget about the smell in the dishwasher! I have to soak his plates in the sink with soap and vinegar for hours before I even put into the dishwasher. He thinks I am crazy, but I can’t help it – I am just very sensitive to eggs and the smell of ‘em.

A lot of people wonder why eggs are cruel in the first place – and I don’t blame them. I never knew before I watched the documentaries and really educated myself on where eggs come from. So when someone asks me, “I get meat but why eggs?” I am not annoyed or put off – I really try to educate them on the real egg industry. I am not one of those people who will get crazy graphic or preachy, but I will just state my case. And I wanted to share my reasons on here.
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