Veggie-Loaded Balsamic Pasta – an Easy Vegan Pasta Recipe

Easy vegan recipe - Balsamic Pasta with vegetables and vegan sausage

I’ve been wanting to share more recipes here on the blog, but lately I’ve been struggling to find time (and often inspiration) for developing new recipes. When you’ve got an active 7 month-old baby on your hands, you often resort to quick, tried-and-true recipes when making dinner. I was recently making one of my favorite easy vegan pasta recipes – today’s vegan Balsamic Pasta – and I wondered why 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

First 6 Months of Parenthood: The Wildest Ride of My Life

Someday farm vegan bed and breakfast

Earlier this month baby J turned 6 months old. While on one hand I’m amazed that she’s been a part of our lives for half a year already (time flies!), on the other hand, I can’t believe it’s been ONLY six months because it surely has felt like eternity at times. I am going to be totally honest here. When I first got pregnant, I was very excited that my … Read the rest of the post

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 about life with … 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