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Vegan Berry “Cheese”cake

When I'm breastfeeding, I tend to crave sugar. I used to be that person making peanut butter cookie at 1:00am - and eating the whole batch - before they even cooled down. I found an amazing recipe for something sweet, yet healthy, and only one slice is needed to satisfy taste buds! Vegan cheesecake. Yes - that means no actual dairy in used to make this. Yes - it's totally worth it. (more…)

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Interviewing Your Potential Doula

You’ve decided to hire a birth or postpartum doula, but now what? It’s best to interview a few doulas to see who you click with and feel the most comfortable with. Here are a few questions to keep in mind to ask during the interview: (more…)

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Aromatherapy Monday: Carrier Oils and Dilution

Carrier oils are oils (usually a type of cooking oil) used to dilute the essential oils prior to applying to the skin. You always want to dilute essential oils before applying to minimize adverse reactions. Remember that they are highly concentrated, so a little bit goes a long way.  (more…)

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Foodie Friday, on a Sunday: Pork Chops and Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff – Part 1

Whoops, the days got away from me and I am doing Foodie Friday on a Sunday! When cooking dinner, I usually end up making almost 1 meal with 2 different "Main" dishes and the same sides. That's what happens when you're the only vegan in the family! This week though, I ended up making two dinners, so I'll split this into two parts. For the boys (Part 1): lemon garlic pork chops, asparagus, and couscous (I cheated and used boxed for this). For me (Part 2): vegan mushroom stroganoff over brown rice pasta topped with asparagus and avocado. (Ps- I...

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SIMPLE TIPS FOR A HEALTHY PREGNANCY

Congratulations!! You have a bun in the oven!! The first thing you are probably asking yourself is, “okay, so what do I eat!??” If you are anything like I was when I first became pregnant, you are probably feeling very confused and left hearing a million different suggestions on how important it is to get your protein and take your prenatal or you’ve probably heard, “just eat what you’re craving!” The amount of advice coming your way can be quite overwhelming and can leave you feeling like you don’t even know where to start. I would like to help you...

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Aromatherapy Monday: Essential Oil Buying and Storage Guide

Great care needs to be taken when it comes to buying and storing Essential Oils. They are not FDA regulated nor is there any body that formally controls and regulates essential oils, especially with a "grading" system. There is no such thing as "Therapeutic grade" or "Aromatherapy grade". Do you complete research, speak to a certified aromatherapist (and not essential oil users on the internet), and follow simple guidelines when making a purchase.  (more…)

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