Our Adventures on Orcas Island With Baby J: Beautiful Views, Friendly People, and Lots of Vegan Food

Vegan food options on Orcas Island, WA

Hi all! We recently got a chance to travel to the beautiful Orcas Island – the biggest among the San Juan islands located in the northwestern corner of Washington state just before you cross the waters to Canada. So today I’m sharing our experience with exploring this beautiful area and finding vegan food on Orcas Island. I’m not sure if anybody has ever called the San Juan islands the Northern … Read the rest of the post

3 Reasons To Go Vegan For The Whole Family (Guest Post)

3 reasons for your family to go vegan

This is a guest post by Rachel Watson. There are many stereotypes that people have about vegans, yet there are so many benefits to be gained by having the whole family become vegan. If your family is considering making a switch towards veganism, I’d like to explore three main reasons for going vegan: compassion for animals, health benefits, and caring for the environment. Compassion for Animals As parents, we teach … Read the rest of the post

My Postpartum Fitness Journey: How I’m Making It Work

Hi all! Yay, finally another post! Today I’d like to share how I’ve returned to working out after giving birth to my baby girl almost four months ago. Getting into a postpartum fitness routine was not an easy task, but I’ve finally figured out a way to make it work. Except for the days when the lazies get the best of me 🙂 Whether you’ve given birth before or not, … Read the rest of the post

Tropical Banana-Orange Granola Recipe – Sweetened with Whole Foods, with Oil-Free and Gluten-Free Options

Healthy vegan granola recipe

Even though health-minded, “all-natural” people are sometimes called “crunchy” or “granola”, I’ll admit that I’ve never made my own granola at home before until recently. I just thought that it was too much of a hassle, or I’d always miss an important ingredient in my pantry if I came across an interesting-looking recipe. Then the other day I decided to give it a try with this tropical granola recipe – … Read the rest of the post

Life with a Newborn: 5 Things Nobody Tells You About Early Parenthood Challenges

If there’s one thing I wish I’d fully realized before my baby J was born, it’s how much her birth would divide my life into “before” and “after”. And that the “after” would bring on a turmoil of feelings and experiences that I’ve never had before. Parents-to-be hear plenty of cliché’d talk about ‘love at first sight’ and ‘you’ll never sleep again’, but there are some things that get way … Read the rest of the post

Easy Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Blueberries

Hi all! Sorry for keeping silent here on the blog for the past few weeks: our baby daughter Juliana Mary was born on October 1st, and as you may suspect, our lives have changed forever! I’m still going through a major adjustment period, getting used to accomplishing  way less of my usual tasks during the day and sleeping in 2 or 3-hour increments at night. But everything fades when I … Read the rest of the post

Berry-Chocolate Green Smoothie Recipe, a.k.a. My Favorite Vegan Pregnancy Smoothie

Vegan pregnancy breakfast smoothie

Today I’d like to share with you the recipe for a vegan breakfast smoothie that’s been a lifesaver for me during the past few weeks of my pregnancy. You certainly don’t have to be pregnant to drink it, but it makes a lot of sense to have it every now and then if/when you’re pregnant because of all the nutrition packed in it. Okay, I’ll admit that it may look … Read the rest of the post

My Vegan Baby Shower: Mission Possible! The Menu, the Recipes, Plus the Food Prep Schedule

A couple weekends ago I hosted my vegan baby shower. At 7.5 months pregnant, it was no easy task, but in the end everything turned out wonderful! Today I’m sharing how I managed to put together a delicious vegan spread for this party that was enjoyed both by vegans and non-vegans, plus the food prep schedule I used to make it all happen. To be honest, the idea of a … Read the rest of the post

Working Out During Pregnancy: Full-Body Workouts for Each Trimester

Working out during pregnancy remains a subject of controversy: it seems like people either believe that it’s important to stay active and maintain strength during these nine months, or that pregnancy requires avoiding physical exertion as much as possible. I lean towards the first group of thinkers as I’m seeing great benefits of staying active into my third trimester: I hardly have any aches or pains, my energy levels are … Read the rest of the post

Working Out and Lifting Weights During Pregnancy: 5 Things to Keep In Mind

When I announced my current pregnancy to my parents back in March, the first thing they said was, ‘You should stop going to the gym now!’ I’m not kidding 🙂 The myth that pregnant women should avoid working out while pregnant runs deep in our society – it’s even deeper in Russia where my parents live. Thankfully, more and more women are witnessing great benefits of staying active for as … Read the rest of the post