I am currently in the (long) process of organizing all my photos. It is much harder than I thought—and giving me so many wonderful memories to remember and think back on with a grateful heart. ( Tips appreciated please….) I came across our photos with the wonderful Lauren McKeown Photography. This photoshoot was actually planned … More First Weeks of Pregnancy With Scott
Not sure if I am just making this post so I can finally say toddler instead of baby, but I am sure that I’m loving these products we are using with Scott. These products are cruelty free, meaning they do not test on animals. They are also all vegan–meaning they do not have any ingredients … More 4 Vegan Toddler Products I am Loving
Happy 3rd birthday month to our Sydney! We aren’t 100% sure of her exact birthday, so we just celebrate all month long ;). We adopted Sydney on July 30, 2016. We really lucked out. Sydney is gentle, sweet, cuddly, and so smart. Despite being born blind, Sydney gets around SO well. She is playful, and … More Sydney’s Adoption Story
Ahhh, World Book Day. A day created for a great cause (see here) that includes celebrating all things reading—books, stories, authors, illustrators, and readers! I love this day. As a teacher of young children, often their first support in their stepping stone to reading books, I LOVE watching children experience books—even better, when they experience … More Happy World Book Day 2019
Happy Easter everyone! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing day with family regardless of your religion. Easter is one of my favorite days. Aside from being in spring, my favorite season, it’s the celebration of life. I loved Easter as a kid–an opportunity to get together with family, and of course, come downstairs … More Vegan Easter Basket
We celebrated our baby boy turning one this past weekend. I feel so overwhelmed with emotions—time goes both fast and slow and it’s the most difficult concept to fathom. As you may already know, we are raising Scott vegan. His 1st birthday gathering followed suit. I call it a gathering because we decided to not … More Our Son’s *Vegan* 1st Birthday
Scott is almost 1 and that means he has been eating food for a whole 6 months. I cannot say it enough–baby led weaning is the way to go. Scott is eating almost everything that we eat. We are able to eat meals together—and I am able to eat while he is eating (win!) Additionally, … More Getting Started: Baby Led Weaning
Maternity leave is wonderful-–even when it’s not, it still is. Having the time to bond with your baby after he/she is born should not be a privilege, but a requirement. America needs to catch up. I remember not even thinking about work until a few months after Scott was born–it wasn’t even on my radar. … More Tips For Going Back To Work After Baby
The Birth Story of My First Baby–Scott Ryan. … More Scott Ryan’s Birth Story
I hear how picky toddler’s are with food. I haven’t had to jump over that hurdle yet—my baby will eat almost anything I put in front of him. Even if he doesn’t eat it all, he’ll at least try it. That being said, I have some tricks for adding some nutrition to your child’s plate–or … More Three Sneaky Ways to Add Nutrition To Your Plates.
My beautiful boy is close to 1 years old. Where does the time go? Scott is now feeding himself, crawling, climbing, standing up, and saying what we think is “dada”. He brings so much joy to our life–and also requires so much energy! Like any normal mom, as soon as my son goes to sleep … More Why Sleep Training Didn’t Work for Me: Attachment Parenting
If you haven’t heard: Dairy is unhealthy. Very, Very unhealthy. In fact, cow’s milk protein is the number one allergy in children—- and many of these subtle allergies perpetuate nasal congestion leading to ear infections. Further, high saturated fats (dairy) has been linked to not only cancer, but a long list of other diseases including … More 5 Easy Ways To Ditch Dairy This Week
I am almost a year into my pumping experience. I’ll admit, pumping stinks. It’s uncomfortable, time-consuming, and a lot of work. The act of pumping alone isn’t as bad as cleaning all the parts, sanitizing each week, and packing/unpacking the “bag” each day. BUT, I will tell you this, it is 100% worth the struggle … More Pumping: The Good, The Bad, The Ounces.
I am well into parenthood—at least I like to think I am. I know there are struggles & learning curves up ahead—a whole new world to explore of toddlers, childhood, and eventually, teenage drama. But I look at where I am now, and how very far I have come–and I feel a sense of pride … More 5 Things I Will Do Differently With Baby #2.
Smoothies are a great option for getting a large amount of nutrients in a little meal. I personally love smoothies anytime of year–but even more so in the summer. My hope is Scott starts enjoying them just as much. Right now he isn’t interested in a straw. I’ve been spoon feeding him the smoothies I … More Power *Vegan* Smoothies You & Your Baby Will Love
My time-hop is giving me all the feels for what was happening this time last year—I was less than 2 months from my due date–well into the third trimester *patiently* preparing for our baby. I remember the feeling of trying to do all the things and feeling such a sense of relief when I did … More 10 Things I Am Glad I Did Before Our Son Was Born
I know everyone says this, but the time really does fly by. I love watching Scott grow into the little person he is becoming. His personality is so big and he is so much fun to play with. In less than 2 months, my baby will be a 1 year old toddler. The days are … More The Gift of An Experience–Gift Ideas for Babies & Toddlers.
Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner I thought I would share our wedding day. I hope this can offer some help for those working on a budget for their wedding and to also support some local vendors that were truly amazing. The day can be very expensive. My first suggestion is to make … More Our Wedding Day: Splurge & Save
I have a love-hate relationship with Trader Joe’s. The items & workers are wonderful, the parking lot & shoppers–not so much. This goes with Whole Foods, too. I have learned two rules for these stores: 1) Never go on a weekend 2) Never go if you are in a bad mood (HAHA!). In fact, never … More My Favorite *VEGAN* Items from Trader Joe’s
I have had a passion for books from a very young age. I was one of those kids that knew how to read before 1st grade & who struggled with phonics because I knew words by sight not by rules. My mom took me to the library every week. We would gather books and head … More Taking Advantage of Your Local Library & Developing Oral Language
Items to help make those first weeks breastfeeding a bit easier … More Breastfeeding a Newborn—Items I recommend to make life easier
Vegan Baby Thriving On Plants–what our son eats on a typical day. … More Vegan Baby: What Our Son Eats in A Day
How to find joy in this overlooked season … More 5 Reasons Winter Does Not Stink
A complete gift guide for vegans/vegetarians, or any health-conscious person in your life. … More Gifts Any Vegan Will Love
Power foods for optimal health … More Four Power Foods to Add to Your Salad (Or Sandwich) Now
When I think back on my childhood, I think of being outside. I think of riding my bike, of climbing trees in our neighbor’s yard & playing Red Rover. I think of being barefoot. I think of the nights we’d run up and dow the street playing a game we made up called Jason-where someone hides and pops out scaring the hell out of all of us. I … More Green Hour
The New Year is right around the corner. I am welcoming 2019 with an open mind to create some new habits in my life that I have already started to look closer at. 2018 was a wonderful year. The birth of our son is certainly the number one thing that sticks out to me; however, the … More Lasting Habits And Reaching Goals: A New Year Post
One thing that needs to change is the limited amount of breakfast options for vegans. My husband and I loved going out for breakfast once in awhile; however, there was literally nothing on the diner’s menu I could order except black coffee & fruit. We have found some vegan breakfast places close to us that … More Healthy Vegan Breakfast Options
Merry Christmas Friends! I am really enjoying this time of the year with Scott. Although he doesn’t really understand the reason for the season yet, I do–and having our little blessing with us to celebrate makes it all the more special for my husband and I. We keep it simple in our house. My husband … More A Merry Vegan Christmas
Slowing down, showing kindness, & doing your own thing. … More Lessons Learned: Motherhood
Practical items for baby led weaning success
… More Top 5 Items For Baby Led Weaning; Vegan