Pregnancy cravings are real, folks. So back in May when we traveled to Florida, I needed something to get me through the 3-hour flight and found these kale chips by Rhythm Superfoods. I grabbed the zesty nacho and literally ate the whole bag before we even boarded the plane. I couldn’t stop for the life of meeeeee – they are so good. Have you had/tried them?
These are my favorite kind of names – names that you find in the natural world. I can remember being in elementary school science class as my teacher discussed flora and fauna. I remember thinking then that I loved the way “flora and fauna” rolled off the tongue. It always stuck with me for some reason, and now here I am writing a blog post with the phrase in the title.
For those of you who may not know, flora means plant life and fauna means animal life. These are two of my favorite things, right? Combine that with baby names and here’s a list that makes my heart siiiing (and very appropriate for the start of summer!) If any of you share the name obsession with me, I hope that you enjoy what I’ve put together. These names are sweet and quirky – perfect for any mama birds out there looking for boho/earthy names inspired by nature.
Before I adopted a vegan diet, I enjoyed my fair share of junk food. One of my favorite nostalgic snacks growing up is cheese puffs. There’s just something about them!! But of course, I can’t remember the last time I ate cheese puffs, even before going vegan. It just wasn’t something I bought on the regular.
Enter HIPPEAS. I picked up the vegan white cheddar at Starbucks once (airport snacks for the win) and was blown away by how similar they were to my favorite childhood snack, but also… really, chickpeas?! Even better. Vegan, organic, gluten-free, and non-gmo. With 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber in a bag, I was sold. And I really couldn’t get over how dead on they were for flavor.
I haven’t done a post about what I’m loving in a while! Since everything revolves around baby these days, I wanted to share some of the products that I am most excited about using once she arrives. There’s so much on the market, but these all caught my eye. I cannot wait!
Most people who know me know that I am a sucker for anything lavender. Lavender iced coffee, lattes, iced tea, muffins, scones… if it had lavender in the title, I’m going to want to try it. Since a lot of coffee shop and bakeries around here don’t usually carry lavender drinks and baked goods, I grabbed my own lavender buds and made this sweet syrup. It’s perfect for homemade iced coffee, lattes, or baking. Plus, it was really easy!
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.
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!
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.
When we found out the gender… basically, it was all over. Let the shopping begin. And when I found out it’s a GIRL on top of that… eeeee! Let’s just say it took everything in me to not spend my entire paycheck on Etsy items.
I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites – you know, so maybe it won’t just be my ovaries exploding over here alone. Haha!
Like most, I’m very much in love with LUSH products. Aside from their wide variety of products with great quality with amazing scents, they are also a mostly vegan and cruelty-free brand. It doesn’t get much better than that. Over time, I’ve tried a ton of their products – from hair care to bath bombs [!!] to face masks. They’ve all been a treat, but some of my favorite products are below. These are the products I can’t get enough of (except also the lettuce face mask, but I didn’t have it on hand). Just thought I would share and possibly inspire a few of you to give them a try.
If anything, just please grab the sleepy hand + body lotion when it is back in season (winter). It is what sweet dreams are made of.