Good morning! I never got around to sharing the recipe for this bowl after I shared it on Instagram in the past. It’s gorgeous and delicious, so might as well.
Also just a little update on life over here. Willow is coming up on 4 months, and I still can’t believe it. Time is absolutely flying. The holidays helped make it fly by, too. The day after Christmas, I took down all the decor and spruced up the house a bit. I organized and made room for new things (especially Willow’s gifts… SO MANY). It feels good to be organized and cleaned up before the New Year. The weather has been so cold here… in the negatives some mornings. We haven’t gotten out too much and have been laying low and bundled up at home. While I tend to get a little stir crazy some days, I welcome the quiet lately. Focusing on putting together more posts for you all. Any topics you’d like covered? I’m open to anything!
I don’t think we’ll be doing anything crazy for New Year’s Eve this year. Honestly, I don’t have the energy and Willow is still so young. The last thing I need is to mess up her sleeping schedule, because she has been soooo good. 9 hour stretches! We’re lucky with this little girl.
Anyways, just wanted to touch base and share an old recipe. I hope you all have an awesome holiday weekend, and I will be back in the New Year! Continue reading →
Hi guys — update! Being home with Willow has been so much fun. An adjustment, but still… I totally embraced it. Aside from snuggling, bonding, and caring for her, I’ve had more time to work on personal projects, catch up on tv, cooking, and cleaning – yes, cleaning. Working full-time definitely put a damper on my cleaning routine. I was always too tired to clean when getting home from work, and then I would sort of rush through it on the weekend to avoid being home all day. But now that I am home, it’s definitely been much easier keeping up with it and honestly, not as much of a burden.
But baby or no baby, I think that most of these tips will be helpful for anyone who wants some motivation in the cleaning department. Just sharing some of the things that help me keep a tidier home. At the very least, I hope it inspires you to get up and clean something, haha! Continue reading →
Soup recipes are basically all you may be getting lately, haha! This is honestly all I eat this time of year and paired with an infant, even more so. Tossing a bunch of veggies into a pan to simmer all day is so much easier than preparing anything else. I usually do this first thing in the morning during her first nap of the day, then lunch is ready in no time. I also make soup in large batches for leftovers – and I freeze sometimes, too.
This is honestly just a glorified vegetable soup, with its title of “golden” coming from the addition of turmeric. Really great color.
Whether you are a busy mom like me or are just busy in general, here’s an easy and healthy soup to add to your arsenal of recipes. Continue reading →
I’ve mentioned it on here more than once, but I am obsessed with my non-diaper bag. To be honest, I did choose a diaper bag out and was gifted it at my shower. It was so much bulkier than the photos and it was simply… not me. When you become a mom, you do lose some pieces of your previous self (it’s not a bad thing, but it was a little sad for me at first). Life is so much more beautiful with your baby, but why sacrifice your personal sense of style? If there was one thing I wanted to savor, it was my style choices. I just could not see myself carrying around that lug of a diaper bag. Of course, a lot of women love their diaper bags! Which is awesome, because whatever works best for you, that is what you should always do. But the ones marketed as diaper bags were just not for me.
I quickly exchanged the bag in for something that was actually cheaper, chicer, and vegan-friendly. I can’t even tell you how much I love it. It goes well with everything, isn’t too big, and easily holds all of my own things, as well as Willow’s. Continue reading →
Breakfast burritos are one of my all-time favorite morning staples. I love tofu scramble breakfast burritos, but I don’t always have tofu on hand. But honestly, who needs it when you have a ton of other protein-packed ingredients at your disposal. Filled with sweet potatoes, quinoa, black beans, and tempeh, this eggless breakfast is wholesome, colorful, and filling.
With Willow, it’s hard for me to make and enjoy breakfast some days. What I love about this recipe is that I can prepare all these ingredients ahead of time and store away for use all during the week. On Saturday mornings when Joe can hang with her, I usually prepare 5 sweet potatoes in the oven to stash away in the fridge for a quick and healthy grab. I make a large batch of quinoa (versatile for any meal, really) and marinate and bake tempeh to keep on hand. The rest of the ingredients are easy enough to toss in quickly. In just 5 minutes, I have myself a filling and nutritious plant-based breakfast to kick off my morning. It pays to prepare and bulk cook! Continue reading →
The thing is – newborns need very little. Aside from the diapers/wipes/car seat, I did find that some products I used much more than others, and they quickly became a part of our daily routine. I know this varies from baby-to-baby, so what works best for me may not necessarily be the best for your little one, but hey… maybe it will help you in some way. That’s my hope, anyway. :)
I hope everyone is staying cozy this month. Cozy meals are happening on this end, battling the cold and getting ready for the holidays. This time of year is my favorite – and it is even better with little Willow. She makes everything better!
And by now, I’m sure you know that I’m all about soup in the fall and winter. I think that’s pretty much all I make and eat these days. This soup came about because I wasn’t sure what to do with my leftover lentils, and I’m really happy about it. Gorgeous golden color. Hearty vegetables. Warm spices. Creamy coconut. It’s tastes like winter. I hope you enjoy it. Continue reading →
If you’ve been here for a while, you know I’m obsessed with baby names… even before having a baby. In particular, I am a sucker for earthy, nature-inspired names. While we won’t be having another baby for a while, that doesn’t stop me from dreaming up future names. We’ll most likely choose another nature name to go along with our Willow.
Earth, fire, air, and water – here are some of my favorite baby names inspired by the elements. Continue reading →
Over two months as a breastfeeding mama and there has been no shortage of good food over here. I am definitely hungrier than usual, but have been trying to eat as well as I can. Being home does make this tough… especially when it’s too easy to make a vegan mug cake. I find myself gravitating towards a lot of carbs, too. I think this is mostly because making pasta is quick and easy when I am so busy during the day taking care of Willow. But I’m not perfect. I’ve also been trying to make more salads and greens. Balance is a good thing, yeah? Anyways. You’re here for the food inspiration and ideas.
As always, follow along on Instagram for more plant-based food inspiration. xx