Good morning, friends! We’re getting a ton of snow over here today – plus hurricane-type winds. Basically, the whole family is hunkered down. Hoping to keep power, but I have all my candles and blankets ready to go, just in case. If we lose power, we’ll just be snuggled away under a pile of blankets with Willowbean. ;)
At any rate, while I do have internet… I wanted to share a new go-to recipe in this house – spicy and lemony spaghetti, tossed with warm olive oil, fragrant garlic, and hearty chickpeas. This dinner is so quick, family-friendly, and packs protein (and some heat). If you are not a fan of spicy, you can omit the red pepper flakes or just use less. I am not one for anything crazy hot, but this is definitely one dish I prefer on the spicy side.
But the all-star is the lemon – it’s bright and refreshing while still making this a comfort food kinda meal.
As a part of the new year, I wanted to start a new series based on some of the cheap and easy meals I’m preparing over here. As a new mom, you bet your ass I’ve been making super quick meals to get through the day. And not only do they have to be fast, but filling because I am nursing and I am definitely burning through energy to keep up with the demand (Willow is actually the very hungry caterpillar). But as much as I have to eat to keep up, I also have been feeling pretty sluggish with my diet, so I am definitely trying to eat more salads that pack on the protein. Both Joe and I are trying to eat better to get back into shape.
ALSO, I know that a lot of people have concerns when it comes to eating vegan or more plant-based. I think the top concerns and excuses that I usually get are “I don’t have time” or “It seems expensive.” But to be honest, 95% of what I eat will take me less than 20 minutes to prepare. I want to make it my mission to show you that these statements don’t have to be true. I believe that a lot of what I post proves both wrong. But as the new year has begun, now is the perfect time to re-evaluate your diet and give plants a shot. Less/no meat is cheap and easy, trust me. Tack on the fact that a lot of people resolute to be healthier, I thought this cheap and easy salad was the best recipe to kick this series off. I hope you appreciate it’s simplicity.
Living in New England, our winters are bone-chilling. This winter in particular has been much colder than recent years, and we’ve already had way more snow than last year. Willow and I have been staying indoors to keep cozy for the most part, but it’s nice to get out every once in a while. No one wants to go stir crazy, right?
Indoors or out, there are a ton of winter baby products that I’ve embraced to keep baby girl warm, snug, and comfortable. Here are some of my favorites for this cold and snowy season.
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. :)