|| My favourite blogs for plant-based recipes ||

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

Michael Pollan

I am always on the hunt for new and exciting plant-based recipes. I find cooking with plants fun and exciting because there are so many ways you can prepare them and you have a ton of opportunities to get creative!

Here are some of my go-to blogs for plant-based cooking!

To Die For

Managed and edited by Erin Ireland, this blog is EVERYTHING! So many inspiring vegan recipes and creative ideas on how to use plant-based foods in new and exciting ways. Also, if you aren’t already following Erin Ireland on Instagram, do it now!

Minimalist Baker

This blog turned cookbook has endless vegan recipes many of which are super simple to create and require less than 10 ingredients!

Oh She Glows

The one stop shop for everything vegan! So many amazing and simple recipes to get you started and they all turn out amazing! Both cookbooks are also a must have in a plant based kitchen!

Update! Exciting things are happening…

designI had been debating about making a post about some exciting things that are happening in my life right now but, I think it is definitely something worth sharing!

We are expecting a baby at the end of February and couldn’t be more thrilled. 

It is important to us to not share too much and to keep photos private, especially in this high-paced technological world.  I thought that I would take this opportunity to share a little bit of what I have learned so far on this journey and trust me, I am no expert and every pregnancy is definitely very different.

Take a whole food prenatal

Some women don’t take a prenatal at all and focus on getting the right amount of nutrients through food though it can be difficult to eat sometimes depending upon your symptoms, especially in the early stages. To ensure I am getting enough nutrients, I found the Mega Food Baby and Me Prenatal was easy on my stomach and all of the vitamins and minerals were from whole foods, including the right amount of folate. So far so good.

Listen to your doctor but seek other information

I have a great doctor and have faith in our medical system but am seeking out certain alternatives. If you don’t feel like you agree with what your doctor is saying, there are other experts that you can talk to. Naturopaths and midwives can offer different perspectives. You may have a gut feeling about something but your doctor can sometimes be a bit by the book and not interested in alternative measures or discussions, so seek out other resources too. I am also using the help of an awesome doula from Chinook City Doulas! 

Eat healthy but…

So, I’ve had a few people say to me, “I know i’ll eat healthier when I am pregnant.” No, that’s not how it works. I have become so ravenous that while I still definitely consider healthy eating a top priority I am also focused on eating food in general and sometimes, cravings really get the better of you, like my french fry pickle craving. Try to develop healthy habits prior to pregnancy so that you are more accustomed to that way of eating.

Detox your home and products

This one is super important to me. It’s harder to control what you encounter when you are out and about so, if using less toxic products is a priority try to eliminate them altogether while you are at home. We all have a body burden of toxins that our bodies can handle and I definitely don’t want these chemicals affecting my baby’s development. It’s hard to avoid them altogether but make simple swaps such as using non-antibacterial hand soap (antibacterial soap has not been proven more effective), make your make-up bag green, use vinegar, lemon and some safe for pregnancy essential oils in your home during pregnancy.

Do prenatal yoga and stretch at home

My activity level has gone down significantly because I have been so tired but, when I do manage to make it to yoga class I’ve noticed it does help a lot. Also, doing simple stretches at home such as child’s pose, can really help ease back pain, or what I have found thus far.

Probiotics and magnesium

Sometimes it’s hard to keep things moving. I’ve found that taking magnesium citrate has really helped me in this department and also trying to keep up with probiotics to help generate good gut bacteria to help the developing baby is important to me.

A lot of these things can apply in general and not just in pregnancy. There are so many other tips but really just relax and enjoy this time. Go with your gut, you know what’s up.

Now, the second half of this post, gender guesses!

UPDATE! The old wives tales were right, baby is a boy!!

So we are finding out what the baby’s gender is in a few weeks but I’ve been having fun looking up fun predictions to see what it might be based on old wives tales. Here is a list of what I’ve tried:

Chinese Gender Chart

The Chinese Gender Chart claims to have an accuracy rate of over 90%. It is based on how old the mother is at conception and the month that she conceived.

Result: Boy/Indeterminate (some have said girl some have said boy and I have converted lunar age which said girl)

Moms Beauty

Basically you are having a girl if your beauty disappears during pregnancy. It is said that the girl steals the mother’s beauty.

I don’t find I am breaking out as much so i’ll go with boy on this one…

Result: Boy

Dream of Sex of Baby

If you have dreams that you are having a boy, you will have a girl. If you dream about having a girl, it will be a boy. Dreams show the opposite of what you are having.

Result: Indeterminate (I’ve had dreams of both)

Clumsy vs. Graceful

If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she’s having a girl. If she becomes clumsy, she’s having a boy.

Result: Boy

What Do You Think?

71% of the time, the mom-to-be knows what she is having.

Result: Boy

Morning Sickness

If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl.

Result: Boy

Protein

When a pregnant woman craves meat and cheese, count on a boy.

Result: Boy (I was craving steak and well I always crave cheese)

Urine

What color is your pee? If it is bright yellow, you will have a little boy. If your urine is a dull yellow, plan on a girl.

Result: Boy

Heart Rate

If the baby’s heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl. If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy.

Result: Girl (has consistently been 153 bpm)

Mayan Tale

The Mayan tale adds the mothers age at conception and the year of conception. If the result is a even number then mom is having a girl. If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way!

Result: Boy

Acne

If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl. It’s thought that acne during pregnancy is caused by the extra hormones.

Result: Boy

Cravings

People believe that if you are craving salty foods while pregnant, you can count on having a boy. If you crave sweets, fruit, and orange juice, you are having a little girl.

Result: Boy

There are many more that you can do but these are just some of the one’s I’ve tried. We’ll see if they are right!

Three blogs I’m reading right now

I always love discovering new lifestyle blogs to read! Here are a few that I am enjoying right now!

1. Little Lights of Mine

Ok, so I am a Steph Curry fan and I am so excited for the game tonight! (NBA finals). I was so happy to stumble upon this blog by his wife, Ayesha Curry. On her site she talks recipes, faith, fashion and family. Her vlog series on YouTube features lots of recipes, healthy eating tips, and other lifestyle information and it is so well done. Go Warriors Go!

2. Northern Style Exposure 

This fashion/lifestyle blog is a must read! Kira is a Canadian mommy from Edmonton and her blog offers great style, beauty tips and inspiration as well as recipes and baby essentials. I love all of the photos to scroll through and her website is just gorgeous. Give it a peruse, you won’t be disappointed and will probably come away with so many outfit ideas and a big shopping wish list! P.S. her snaps are awesome too!

3. North of Bloom 

Looking for amazing, tasty and super healthy recipes? Look no further than North of Bloom. Created by an aspiring holistic nutritionist, this blog offers great information on incorporating superfoods into daily meals. She also talks toxin free products, home decor and travel. Every recipe she posts I cannot wait to try to make myself because they are always so good and so healthy.

A few blogs I’m currently into

I remember a journalism professor I had always emphasizing that in order to become a better writer, you had to read good writing.I would say the same applies generally to blogging.

I always enjoy reading other blogs and people are so creative! It’s always great to read posts that really inspire you and help to generate your own ideas.

Here are a few local blogs that I am currently reading:

Yuppie Love 

This blog, by local lifestyle writer/blogger, Kait is a beautiful site dedicated to gorgeous design, dotted with great travel posts. If you are a design enthusiast and you want more of a local take, this is the blog to read! The writing and the photos are seamless and there is definitely something for everyone! Check it out and be inspired!

PS Love Mecoh

I love stumbling upon other local bloggers. It is so great to be able to read local writing and find common ground with others. This site by local blogger and new mommy, Mecoh is a wonderful read and the photos are just so darling! It is a cute glimpse into her life and is super relatable. This blog covers not only her life but things that are really important to her and I find that really inspiring.

Velvet and Vino 

My favourite YYC fashion blogger, Velvet and Vino. This site is absolutely stunning. Her photos are gorgeous and it is such a nice daydream to scroll through all of her travel photos.

Home to Heather 

This blog covers it all. Recipes, health, lifestyle, kids, decor, local events. It’s a great all encompassing “mommy” type blog that still has something of interest to everyone.

A Healthy Mess 

I love finding like-minded people on the internet… and local ones are even better! This site offers great recipes, travel stories, make-up tips and, I think it is a site that has posts that a lot of twentysomethings can relate to.