How My Daughter Changed My Opinion About International Women’s Day

International Women's Day and Motherhood

Disclaimer: this post has been sponsored by adidas. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. I don’t know a lot of people in the US who celebrate International Women’s Day, but when I was growing up in post-Soviet Russia, this holiday was always a big deal. Over the years my relationship with this holiday has gone through a lot of transformations. I enjoyed it, I rejected it, and then, … Read the rest of the post

Everything You Need to Know About Raising Vegan Children: Eric C. Lindstrom’s New Book Review and Giveaway

The Smart Parents Guide to Raising Vegan Kids - book review and giveaway

What does raising vegan children look like in today’s society? I started asking this question long before I became pregnant. As someone who’d been vegan for over four years by the time baby J was born, I knew that I wanted to raise her vegan. In today’s world, especially here in the Pacific Northwestern part of the US where we live, leading a vegan lifestyle has gotten easier. Lots of … Read the rest of the post

My Realistic New Year’s Resolutions That Prioritize Mental Health

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by adidas. All opinions are my own. I recently saw a quote on Instagram that went something like, “If one’s idea of health doesn’t include the mental health aspect, then that idea of health is not complete”. This resonated with me a lot because I used to talk so much about achieving the best health through eating a plant-based diet, exercising, etc. (just look at … Read the rest of the post

New Review and Giveaway: Munk Pack Protein Cookies and Oatmeal Squeeze Pouches

Review of vegan protein cookies and oatmeal packs by Munk Pack

As you know, I’m always on a lookout for great vegan-friendly products. When I find something I really like, I always want to spread the word about it. Recently I received a box of samples from Munk Pack – a company that makes plant-based protein cookies and portable oatmeal snack pouches. I didn’t know what to expect when I opened the package, but after tasting the cookies and the oatmeal … Read the rest of the post

Body Positive Motherhood: How My Views On Body Positivity Have Changed After I Became a Mother

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship with my body image over the years. I’ve written about all the ups and downs I’ve had with it before, but I feel like I need to post an update, especially since things have evolved since I became a mother almost 9 months ago. In today’s post I explore why body positive motherhood is important to me. I’ve been following a … Read the rest of the post

My Nutty Mylk Review + a $50 Gift Card Giveaway from BlueMountainOrganics.com!

My Nutty Mylk by Blue Mountain Organics - review and giveaway

Believe it or not, this month marks 5 years since I went vegan! Back in May of 2013, I was both excited and scared to make my big switch. The thought of giving up some of my favorite foods was a bit overwhelming, but I knew that overall I was making a good decision for my health, the wellbeing of animals and the environment. Little did I know that I … Read the rest of the post

How to Get Motivated to Exercise: The Key is Looking for Inspiration

Group fitness classes

Whatever your preferred form of exercise, there comes a point where just showing up gets increasingly difficult and you start avoiding the gym, the track, or the pool. The stress of the daily grind, hectic schedules and less than stellar eating habits may lead to low energy levels, thus preventing you from lacing up. But even if you are on top of your schedule and are eating well, another reason … Read the rest of the post

Summertime Cookout Special: Vegan Hot Dogs with Currywurst Ketchup Sauce

Bring on the summer cookouts and vegan hot dogs! Ever since I moved to the United States eleven years ago, I’ve been fascinated by the ways of celebrating various national holidays around here. The 4th of July, like other summer holidays, are particularly appealing because of their laid-back vibe of family gatherings, cookouts, watching fireworks, etc. Rob and I usually spend this day together, and while there’s no need to … Read the rest of the post