Good morning, friends! I’ve been obsessed with this lunch plate pictured above – not only because it takes no time to assemble, but it’s also full of all the good stuff my body + this baby is craving. I am so happy to have my normal appetite back. There are a few exceptions – still not into thai food (bummer) – but I have been going to town on fruits, veggies, and legumes. This is the stuff I live on – and the ingredients that I thrive on. It’s a simple lunch plate, but I wanted to share for inspiration and also thought I’d dissect it by some of the all-star ingredients. Each have a role on this plate, and that’s something that I always keep in mind when putting this kind of meal together.
Hey there friends – I’ve been compiling all the things I ate over my first trimester, and now I can finally share with you! So warning, there is A LOT after the cut. Not going to lie though – a lot of what I ate is not on here because it was way too boring and just not interesting (plus I kept forgetting to take photos – rather, did not have the energy or drive to!) I had a rough couple weeks (7-9 were ughhh) and I ate a whole lot of carbs. Think: bread, dry cereal, pasta with butter, crackers, potatoes, frozen waffles, etc. But in between and towards the end, I did get to eat some good stuff and that’s what you’ll find below. Plus… so many oranges. All I want is orange juice and oranges. It’s wild. xx
Oh, and as always, follow along on Instagram for plant-based food inspiration!
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.
Hiyaaa friends :)
I recently found a vegan version of Cinnamon Toast Crunch – one of my faaaavorite cereals as a kid. I could have screamed in the aisle. It actually made my day. I know that cereal in general is not the best nutritionally, but sometimes you just need a bowl of cereal before bed. I’ve been eating more of it now, too – during pregnancy, you just want carbs. Or, at least I do. Plus… you can’t take the cereal out of the cereal kid.
When I first went vegan, cereal was one of those things that I was completely bummed about – all the good cereal is not vegan, right? Thankfully, I’ve found out through the years that organic and natural companies are putting a spin on old favorites, minus the cruelty. There are actually a ton of vegan cereal options, and I want to share some of my favorites with you. So anyone else who loves nothing more than a bowl of Frosted Flakes – this one goes out to you.
I’m absolutely bursting at the seams right now. I am NOT good at holding in secrets and this lime-sized one has been absolutely killing me. We’re expecting a daughter in the warm, sunny days of September 2017!
There are no words to express how blessed and thrilled Joe and I are to be able to share this news – it still hasn’t fully hit us, quite honestly. But each day, it becomes a little more real. It’s pure magic.
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.
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
I love when music just feels pretty – here’s a playlist of some of my favorite dreamy, mesmerizing, and thought-evoking songs. I hope you enjoy – happy easy listening. xx b
Hi friends – especially local friends :)
For the smallest state, we really pack a lot of vegan and plant-based options here. Joe and I are always looking for a new place to try, and quite honestly, we never have too much trouble. Rhode Island is extremely vegan friendly, especially our Providence capital. I’ve reviewed a ton of local places on here before – you can find more posts HERE, HERE, and HERE (this one is particularly great for coffee lovers). Since my last post, we’ve fallen in love with a whole new batch of spots.
If you’re local or in the New England area, I encourage you to give these places your business – they’re all wonderful.