50+ productive things to do while practicing social distancing
50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home (Social Distancing and Quarantine Ideas!)

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home (Social Distancing/Quarantine Ideas!)

Welcome back to the blog! Our family is currently on day number 20 of the lockdown here in Italy and we have compiled a list of 50+ things you can do while staying at home to keep yourself and others safe! It was extremely helpful to jot these down in my journal and check them off one by one these past 3 weeks when boredom struck and I was tempted to grab the phone or the remote once again (I’m not a big screen fan and too much screen time really has a negative effect on me!).

If you are in need of some practical, simple, fun, mindful, and productive things to do while at home, try these out!

A Simple Story of Our Ikea Kitchen

Become Your Own Repair Man/Woman!

50+ things to do while staying at home

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

2. Turn old/ragged clothes into makeshift cloth wipes, handkerchiefs, headscarves, or even a makeshift quilt?!

3. Look for an old appliance (usually stored somewhere in the garage or attic) and attempt to fix it! Take it apart, go crazy. Teach your kids how things work. Teach yourself how things work. Nearly every appliance has a youtube series!

4. Go through your closet and check for any clothes with snags, holes, buttons missing….we all have something to repair! Try your hand mending the clothes. I promise, the more you do it, the better you will get at it!

5. Unclog all of your drains. Yuck. I know. But better now than a year from now when you have a huge bill. You can also youtube how to do this at home too!

6. Think about all the times you have called someone to come fix/repair something. Now, I want you to learn the basics of that skill. For us, we found that we always called our friends to come to help us with simple drilling/nailing/fixer-uppers. After just 4 days of youtube videos, Martin and I became pros! Now we are running around trying to revamp everything in the house haha.

Create Your Own Cleaning Supplies!

50+ things to do while staying at home

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

8. Stock up on some castile soap, baking soda, distilled white vinegar, and even essential oils to become the master of DIY cleaning!

9. Just use a few drops of castile soap and clean your dishes in no time!

10. For a household cleaning spray, fill a spray bottle with a quarter of vinegar, fill nearly all the way with water and then squirt some castile soap inside. Add a few drops of essential oils (like lemon) if you wish. Shake up and spray away!!

11. Clean your tub: Mix together 1 part castile soap with 2 parts water. Shake up. Sprinkle baking soda around the rim of the tub and then spray and wipe clean! I use this every time!

12. Infuse your distilled white vinegar (to kill that smell) with lemon peels, orange peels, rosemary, lavender, grapefruit peels, or whatever else you wish! A few drops of essential oils are also great too. Let sit in a cool and dark place for 6 weeks and then be amazed at the amazing smell! Dilute with water before spraying.

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

Re-Organize those Messy Zones

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

14. Completely clear out the pantry and start from scratch. Recycle, sort, and organize nice and slow with intention. Every single thing in your pantry can be organized in a few different ways. I like to sort by beans/lentils, flour/oats, spices/herbs, condiments, sweets/baking supplies, and the bottom I use for plant-based milk and randoms (random but organized in my own way).

15. Clean out the junk drawers! Recycle, sort, organize, etc each item. I noticed that a lot of items in the junk drawers were just items that were displaced from their proper space in our home. Lighters belong with the candles, broth bouillons belong with the spices and herbs, random jar tops belong in their cloth bag that hangs in the pantry, etc. Give each item its proper place.

16. Check underneath the beds. What’s going on under there? If completely empty, you may be able to store extra sheets/blankets underneath in a small bin and make room for other items in your closet space. If full, start organizing and clearing the dust.

17. Other obvious places: Storage room, attic, garage. I mean….these could go on forever haha. Pace yourself and just do a little at a time.

Get Set for the New Season

50+ Things To Do While Staying At Home

19. If you have ever been interested in a capsule wardrobe, now is the time! You can check out my full blog post on it here.

20. When an item no longer works for your closet, take the time to find it a new home. We have plenty of time now to ask our friends and family if they would like the piece of clothing (I love to give my old clothes to my god-daughter!) or you can even throw it up on Facebook marketplace! You can list it for free as first come first serve if you do not want to deal with all of the back and forths too!

21. Get to know some new local, slow, sustainable and mindful brands around your home! You will be surprised at how many amazing local shops there are around the world. I have had the pleasure of working with so many and would never go back to the department stores.

22. Second-hand online shopping: no need to shell out major cash for items that you need. You can easily shop at the many second-hand online shops and have a ball!

All Of Those Forgotten Things

50+ Things To Do While Staying At Home

24. Register your appliances! And all that other stuff you bought 🙂

25. Go through your e-mail inbox and unsubscribe from anything that does not serve you.

26. Check your paper mail and ask to longer receive paper bills to help our amazing tree friends.

27. Sort out all of your receipts from the previous year for taxes. Maybe you can make up a new system!

28. Create a new budget for the rest of the year. You now know that you can live without SO many items, get to saving!

Create Your Own Skin Care Line!

50+ Things To Do While Staying At Home

30. Make one of the millions of DIY beauty recipes online! Face masks, face washes, oils, serums, etc. The lists never end.

31. I love to combine castile soap, distilled water, and a mixture of essential oils for an amazing face wash.

32. Mixing together bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar makes a brilliant mask that I use weekly!

33. You can also add some bentonite clay to your next bath for an amazing detox.

34. Coconut oil can work wonders for certain types of hair and skin. Try it out (I would start with a little at first) to see if you are one of the lucky ones! I love to use it on my legs.

35. Add sweet almond oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil to your next bath to wind down and relax from all of your hard work!

Clean Up the Forgotten Items

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

37. For the makeup brushes, I like to use 1 part castile soap and 2 parts water. Wash the brushes, bristles down, until the water runs clear and then lay flat on a towel to dry.

38. Gather up all the toys around the house and give a good wash with 1 part distilled white vinegar and 2 parts water. You could also use the Castile soap mixture for this too!

39. Grab a chair and get to the top of your kitchen shelves. Do a quick rinse on all of those forgotten glasses/vases/random odds and ends.

40. Using a 1 part vinegar and 2 part water spray, do a quick clean of all of your framed photos. They will look like new!

Organize All The Libraries

50+ Things To Do While Staying At Home

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

42. After you have sorted through your hardcover books, take a dabble at your digital library. I found books that I purchased over 8 years ago!

43. Be sure to go through the music and movie library as well. I had an absolute blast finding old iTunes music that I purchased when it first came out. It was full of Jewel, Alanis, and smashing pumpkins. Best day ever! haha

44. Create a new wishlist of books, movies, and music. I’m big on not impulse buying and instead, sitting on the things that I want for a while. I also love to look for the items in second-hand shops or some other way. For digital goods, I usually just use a service like Spotify or pandora.

45. For any physical goods that you no longer want, you can add them to free public outdoor libraries or simply place them in a box with a sign saying “FREE BOOKS!”. I only do this when I can keep an eye on the box. We don’t want them to get accidentally thrown away!

46. Lastly, go through your photo libraries. This could take you years! haha

Organize All The Libraries

50+ Things To Do While Staying At Home

50+ Productive Things To Do While Staying At Home

48. Cooking classes online are great for anyone to learn some new skills. You can learn how to glaze, saute, and whip like a pro!

49. If you have any musical instruments in the house (forgotten guitar, harmonica, etc), learn how to tune and play the instrument all from the comfort of your living room!

50. Dancing classes (ballet, jazz, tap) are all available online and SO MUCH FUN!!

51. You can take a language class (or use an app like Duolingo) and impress on your next vacation.

52. Anything your heart desires, take that class. Sewing, knitting, felting, crochet, ballet, yoga, hip hop, handstands, hair styling, make up tutorials, movie making, code writing….it’s all there and you can learn! Have a blast!

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Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Simple and Easy At-Home Ideas for Toddler Play!

Got Toddlers at Home? Here is our list of Simple and Easy Indoor Activities for Toddlers!

Welcome back to the blog! Our Instagram page has been blowing up with questions and wonderful input for how we can keep our toddlers creative, inspired, imaginative, and active. With the current shut-down of daycares and preschools around the globe, we are thrilled to share this list with our community.

I absolutely love this stage in my children’s life. They are big balls of energy and activity and soak things up like a sponge! No need for homework, tests or any of that boring stuff. We can literally just play ALL day! Woop Woop!

So, without further blabbing (like always), I’m just gonna get into it because my toddlers are currently destroying my house and I need to get off this computer to avoid permanent damage hahaha.

Indoor Activities for Toddlers

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Sensory Play

Indoor Activities for Toddlers

Probably one of our all-time favorites from around 6 months of age! All you need is a low dipped bucket/container/washing basin of some sort (not too tall or it’s super uncomfortable for the little ones), a sheet to lay on the floor for all the spills (super easy clean up), the sensory choice (sand, polenta, chia seeds, water, beans, etc), tools to help them play (scoops, cups, bowls, old plastic bottles from whatever, etc), and freedom! Freedom is key here. Let them explore and imagine whatever they wish!

Some great, SIMPLE sensory ideas

  • Polenta (this is a bright yellow and kids love it)
  • Chia seeds with water and food coloring (You can choose any food color you like – or make your own with beet powder/turmeric powder!)
  • Water (Probably the cleanest option and kids always love to play with water. I like to keep water play outside)

Some fun additions

  • Old muffin tins for the kids to fill up
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Toy cars/Hidden toys in the sensory bins for them to find
  • Cookie cutters (only use the ones without the sharp edges)
  • Flowers (I love to add flowers and leaves to our bins)

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Building

Indoor Activities for Toddlers

Toddlers can build with anything. ANYTHING. My sons use their actual building blocks very rarely and instead like to build with sticks, yoga blocks, cans, old cardboard boxes that I have saved, and whatever else they can get their hands on.

I love to show them how they can tear the building down without fear or sadness and then make a really fun game out of it. Then I retreat to the corner with my book and let them go at it for a good 45 minutes haha.

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Sing and Dance

Indoor Activities for Toddlers

I have never met a child who does not like to sing and dance. If you have a good amount of energy, put on some fun music and dance with your kids! This is where the most magical memories are made, in my humble opinion. We absolutely sing and dance at LEAST once a day. Sometimes up to 10 times a day. It’s always a wonderful break to take after a meltdown or a sibling fight as well.

I love to sing and dance to kids’ songs. You can simply type in “Super simple songs” or just “Kid Dance Songs” into your Spotify or amazon music. The playlists are great! Try to keep the TV off for this time and just use the music to keep the kids moving and shaking!

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Imitate Mom and Dad

Indoor Activities for Toddlers

This is Martin’s favorite thing to do with the boys when he gets home! He asks the boys to come over to him and then says…..

Ok Guys, can you do…..THIS?! (and he kicks his leg or jumps up and down)

And then the boys try to copy daddy!

This goes on for 30 minutes sometimes haha and it’s hilarious.

Some fun things for imitation:

  • Honestly, any workout move. Pushups are always HILARIOUS
  • Pretend you are a bird, dog, cat, mouse, etc
  • Clapping, stomping, jumping, spinning
  • Pretend nap and then make loud alarm songs to get up!
  • Imitate clean up. This works like a charm for littles to learn how to clean a mess of toys up.
  • Balance: Balance on one leg, balance sitting on your butt with one or two legs up, etc.
  • Numbers: Can you copy daddy jumping three times? How about four times?

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Tape A Track

This is the one we are actually doing today! All you need is some painters tape and your imagination.

Simply tape a carpet or the floor with the painter’s tape to create your very own maze or race track for the little’s cars! You can make walkways, zig-zag race tracks, a simple village, or whatever else you can think of. Have fun!

Indoor Activities for Toddlers: Painting (in the tub!)

Indoor Activities for Toddlers

Tape some large pieces of paper to the bathtub wall (or let them paint the tile, it’s up to you) and place the kiddos in the tub with brushes and paint! They can finger paint, face paint, body paint….honestly it does not matter because you can easily clean them up when they are finished. Woo hoo!

I love finger paints for this activity but any will work. You can also use our favorite Stabilo crayons for this for a mixture of paint and crayons with an easy grip for the kids. Whatever you feel like!

Toddler Play at Home: Cloud Gazing

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I didn’t even realize how much of a hit this was until we were under quarantine for 7 days and the boys kept laying on the balcony and staring at the clouds. It was so sweet and heartwarming. If you are stuck at home with just a balcony, try this out for sure. It’s really fun to make up characters and figures in the clouds with the littles!

Toddler Play at Home: Crayon on a string or in a box

toddler play at home

This was a super cute idea from one of our amazing followers! Tie a string around a crayon or marker and attach it to a box. The little can then color and you won’t’ have to worry too much about them running to your walls and going nuts while you use the bathroom haha. Another great idea is to get a huge box and then sit you little inside and just let them go wild with a bunch of crayons and markers!! I like to cut out little holes like windows so they can feel like they are in a house built just for them!

Toddler Play at Home: Toilet Paper Tunnels

Save all your paper rolls (from wherever) and then make fun tunnels for cars or balls! Simple tape the rolls onto the floor and make a super fun track for the kids to go wild with.

You can even color them and tape them vertically on a wall and make it a color game. Color one red, one blue and one green. Give the babes a bunch of toys/balls in those colors and have them drop the color matches down the chute into a bucket!

Toddler Play at Home: Build A Box

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Take all those boxes from deliveries and create the kid’s favorite spaces!

You can make a car wash, fire station, police station, dollhouse, and whatever else your child’s heart desires! One of our followers built an amazing fire station for her little and we cannot wait to get started on our own!

Toddler Play at Home: Gardening

kids gardening

My children are obsessed with watering plants and the entire concept behind gardening. Each morning we water something new (even if a fake plant hahaha) and talk about vegetables and fruit. It is truly a wonderful experience and I think your little will love it as well!

Toddler Play at Home: Cooking

cooking with kids

Our children started to help me cook in the kitchen at just 1 year old and I could not recommend it enough! They learn so much about safety, vegetables, spices, herbs and so much more. Leo MUST help me make dinner each night – it’s not even a question anymore haha.

How my children help in the kitchen

  • They add all of my pre-measured spices into the pots for me
  • Mix all of the mixtures (hot or cold) with their large wooden spoons
  • Both kids love to peel the vegetables (carrots and potatoes are their favorites) and help me dice.
  • They collect the vegetable scraps and place them in the compost.

Toddler Play at Home: Frozen Prizes!

Another idea from our followers! So for this one, you will need to freeze items like candy, little toys, or even leaves/sticks/whatever you got. Freeze them into cubes and then place into a bowl and give the children sea salt and water to melt them down to find the prize! Such a cute idea. Our follower told us that this gives here a solid 20 minutes of time to do her yoga :). I Love it!

Toddler Play at Home: Dress Up!

dress up with kids

Dress up time! This was probably my favorite activity as a child; I would dress up every single day and play all sorts of imaginary games.

My mother sent over a bunch of fun dress-up outfits for the boys but you can honestly make up whatever you wish with old clothes, some markers, string, and lots of imagination! Have fun!

Toddler Play at Home: Any Sort of Drop in a Box

toddler play at home

Kids will drop rocks or objects down holes forever if you let them haha. This photo was taken yesterday in our driveway and Leo sat here for 30 minutes, just as happy as can be! You can make something like this out of boxes, paper, with old crates….pretty much anything you can think of!

Toddler Play at Home: Bubbles

Toddler Play At Home

I save bubbles only for emergencies haha. My arm seriously gets tired blowing these bubbles because kids will want you to do this for hours before moving on. I keep a little bottle of bubble solution in a secret spot for when we are truly in need.

Toddler Play at Home: House Hold Chores

Watering plants, putting clothes away, folding, washing dishes, sorting, drying dishes, sweeping, mopping….you name it and kids can do it. We keep our house free of any harmful chemicals and toxins so they boys can truly help us with every single chore. They love it, we love it, and my semi-clean house is happy!

Toddler Play at Home: Bonding with Furry Friends

Staying home with children is such a treat for our furry friends. Our cat likes to sleep a lot during the day, but when he is awake he wants all of the attention. The boys help me to feed him, brush him, play with him and they love watching as I clean his kitty litter!

That’s all for today, loves! I hope you are staying healthy and happy out there and that these tips can help you find more joy and sanity at home:).

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Nutrition Guide and Resources for a Healthy Vegan Pregnancy

A vegan diet that recognizes all essential nutrients can do the mother and baby a world of good.

Welcome, Mamas!

Today we are jumping right into how to have a healthy and happy vegan pregnancy. If you are new to the Vegan diet, having a vegan pregnancy may seem a bit overwhelming, but to be quite frank with you, it is just as easy as any other pregnancy! We just have to make sure that we are reaching our nutritional goals while also listening to our bodies.

Pregnancy is such a miracle.

As women, we have the amazing opportunity to grow a little human (or humans!) inside of our womb and care for them through proper nutrition, lots of rest, stress-relieving activities such as meditation or reading, heart-healthy activities such as walking and pregnancy safe workouts, and belly rubs while gently singing your favorite songs (got to start them young on good music, am I right?!).

This miracle requires a lot from our bodies. Pregnancy is a time where our bodies hit their highest metabolic and nutritional demands. We need to be aware of what we are eating and how to reach our nutritional demands without going bonkers. Vegan and non-vegans alike go through this stressful period of “Am I doing enough!?” and I have to tell you….if you care enough to read and research, I am positive that you are doing enough.

This guide is not a complete guide for every woman.

We are all different and we all require a bit more of this and a bit more of that. It is crucial to get your bloodwork done as soon as possible to see where you need to pick up the pace or where you are good to go. Some key nutritional values that are crucial in pregnancy are Folic Acid, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin D, DHA, and Iodine. 

To begin our guide, we will chat more about these and how you can reach your goal without any animal products!

We will then move onto Vegan Specific needs, helpful tips and resources, and a few of my favorite books.

Nutrition Guide and Resources for a Healthy Vegan Pregnancy

Nutrition Guide and Resources for a Healthy Vegan Pregnancy

A Quick Daily Checklist for Pregnancy

Looking for an easy-to-follow checklist to help meet your daily nutritional requirements? Follow these 5 steps!

  • Eat at least 5 servings a day of nuts, beans, tempeh, legumes, fortified milk, veggie meats or nut/seed butter.

  • Eat a wide and colorful variety of fruits and vegetables. Green leafy vegetables, those with high vitamin C, and dark vegetables/fruits are great for pregnancy!

  • If possible, opt for whole grains. Select healthy fat sources like avocados, nuts, nut/seed butter, seeds, coconut butter, and the like.

  • Eat calcium-rich foods every single day: aim for 5-6 servings.

  • Use a trusted vegan supplement (we list our recommendations at the end) to meet your daily nutritional needs.

Key Nutritional Values in Pregnancy


Folic Acid: 600 mg/daily

This vitamin is VERY easy for most vegans and vegetarians to come by without the need for supplementation (although this is in all pre-natal vitamins!). Folic acid is found in an array of vegetables, so as long as you are consuming your daily required intake, you should be fine! A deficiency in folic acid is linked to neural tube defects. Some of the best sources of folic acid are orange juice, leafy greens, beans/lentils, whole grains, and wheat flour.

Iron: 27mg/daily

Pregnant women, vegan and non-vegan alike, have the highest need for Iron due to the increased blood volume, development of the fetus, and possible blood loss in delivery. A great thing to note: Our bodies are iron machines during pregnancy and if you have an iron deficiency from any of the above reasons, maternal iron stores will usually meet the baby’s needs so that they are not born with iron-deficiency unless the mother is severely anemic.

One of my favorite ways to reach my iron levels is to use blackstrap molasses in my daily intake. I use 1 tsp in tea, add it to cookies, smoothies, and I also blend it into my dressings! This has been a wonderful and delicious way to boost my iron levels. The best food sources of iron are spinach, leafy greens, potatoes, dried fruits, beans, tofu, peas, seeds, nuts, soy milk, and fortified foods. It is highly recommended to consume a source of Vitamin C with the iron-rich foods for best absorption

Bloodwork is crucial to find out where your iron levels are and how you should go about to boost or regulate them.

Calcium: 1000mg/daily

Calcium is quite easy to come by if you eat the right foods. Some great vegan calcium-rich foods are fortified milks, fresh fruit, juice, cereals, fortified tofu, beans, sesame seeds, nuts, and figs. One of the key things to note with calcium is to NOT overdo it. It is extremely easy for us to get too much calcium. The limit for daily intake should be no more than 2,500 mg per day. If taking a supplement, opt for one that has below 400 mg because you will reach your daily intake with just one bowl of cereal.

Vitamin D: 10-40 micrograms/daily

The interesting thing about Vitamin D is that the recommended dose is just 5 micrograms per day but many researchers argue that it is set too low. So for this, we will set it at 10-40 (50 is the upper limit which is safe) per day. Vitamin D is a vitamin that is not so easy to find for both vegans and non-vegans – it is not found in most foods!

Vitamin D can be made from exposure to the sun, and that may be easy for some of us but may pregnant women are stuck at work or spend most of their time indoors. The use of sunscreen also inhibits Vitamin D (p.s. if you ARE using sunscreen, please use something safe like badger balm).

One of the most popular ways that vegans and non-vegans reach their vitamin D goals is to take a supplement of 5-10 micrograms daily. You can also reach for Vitamin D fortified foods such as soy milk, cereals, orange juice, and bars.

Note: Vitamin D3 is derived from animal sources. Vegans have the D2 form. D2 is not as well absorbed as the D3 form, so vegans should strive for the higher end of the recommended range (10-40 micrograms)

Nutrition Guide and Resources for a Healthy Vegan Pregnancy

Nutrition Guide and Resources for a Healthy Vegan Pregnancy

DHA & Omega-3 Fatty Acids

While Omega-3’s can be found in super easy to find vegan foods, DHA will have to come from a supplement that is derived from algae. 200-300 milligrams/daily of DHA is recommended to reduce the risk of premature birth and healthy brain development.

As for Omega-3’s, we can easily reach our daily intake needs by incorporating flax meal, walnuts, and chia seeds into our diet. You can also opt for flaxseed, walnut, canola, or hempseed oils. Just 1 tbsp of seeds or a small handful of walnuts will get you to your daily recommended intake.

Iodine: 150mcg/daily

Many women around the world do not get enough of their daily recommended iodine intake. It is crucial to reach your daily intake for the health of your baby. The best way to do this is to use a supplement, such as a prenatal vitamin. Be sure that your supplement has at least 150mcg of iodine.

You can also opt to use an iron specific supplement. Iodized salt can be an easy addition to the daily diet to boost your iodine count. Sea vegetables are a rich source of iodine but their levels are a bit extreme; it’s best to stay within the recommended daily amount.

Zinc

This is another nutrient that many women, vegan and non-vegan alike, are deficient in. The daily required amount jumps from 8 to 11 milligrams per day in pregnancy.

Great sources of zinc include legumes, whole grains, and nuts. Check that your prenatal vitamin provides 15 milligrams of zinc.

Vitamin B12: 2.6 micrograms/daily

If you have been vegan for more than a day, I am sure that you have heard about vitamin B12 haha. Do not worry, we can easily reach our daily requirement on a vegan diet. Vitamin b12 plays a crucial role in the development of your baby’s nervous system. Our body stores vitamin b12 for our own use but this stored b12 has not been shown to be readily available to the fetus. We must eat b12 rich foods and/or take a b12 supplement to reach our baby’s needs.

Pregnany women should have a goal of 2.6 micrograms per day. We can easily find B12 in fortified foods such as breakfast cereals, non-dairy milk, bars, meat substitutes, and Nutritional yeast. Many use fortified foods and a B12 supplement together.

Note: Tempeh, sprouted beans, sea vegetables, and algae contain b12 analogs with block the absorption of b12. Do not confuse these foods with B12 rich foods.

Protein: 60-85 grams/daily

Vegans have NO problems reaching their daily protein intake if they have a healthy, well-balanced diet. There are just so many options, it’s quite silly to even make this suggestion! When it comes to pregnancy however, our protein needs increase because we must not only maintain our own body, but also the developing muscles, bones, and organs of our children.

The protein recommendation for pregnant women is between 60-85 grams/daily. The amount does vary based on your weight. For an exact number, seek out a plant-based nutritionist to run the numbers.

Some easy ways to incorporate protein into your vegan diet is to add beans, tofu, tempeh, fortified milk, nuts, seeds, nut butter, veggie meats and even vegan protein powder to your diet. I absolutely love to add nut butter to my daily smoothies to get a nice boost in the morning.

Some easy to make protein-packed meals: Buddha bowls, lentil soup, smoothies, apples and nut butter, trail mix, and tofu/chickpea curry.

Additional Tips for Pregnancy

A few additional tips for a healthy vegan pregnancy:

  • Current BMI: Women whose BMI is underweight or overweight during conception are at a higher risk for pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes, having a very large/small infant, and having a premature baby. You can get an idea of your BMI via this calculator. I would like to note one thing; if you are very muscular, your BMI will be way off. For a more accurate answer, please use these ways to test.

  • Weight Gain: The average weight gain over the course of 9 months is around 25-35 pounds. For underweight women, the average is 28-40 pounds. For overweight women, 15-25 pounds. For multiple births, it can range between 35-55 pounds (lucky me haha!). These numbers are just basic guidelines and your continuous doctor checkups will keep you on track. If you follow a healthy diet and eat for your body (and your baby’s) needs, you will be fine. The first trimester will usually see a weight gain of maybe 5 pounds or even weight loss if severe nausea is happening.

  • What to Avoid: No alcohol. No drugs. No raw sprouts. No unpasteurized juices.

  • Water Intake: Drink your water! Drink up, drink up. Try infused waters, non-decaffeinated teas, fresh juices, or even whole fruit with high H20 content.  If you are pregnant in hotter months, please drink more than usual. Dehydration can lead to early labor because the hormones that stimulate contractions will be in high concentrations in a body that is not hydrated.

  • Cravings: Although there are times that cravings can trigger a deficiency, usually they are just telling you to go to sleep, get more comfortable, or relieve some stress. Cravings are not harmful unless they are really wreaking havoc on your diet. If you ever crave non-food like dirt or clay, check on your iron and zinc levels.

  • Having Multiples? Congratulations and welcome to the club! As a mom carrying more than one baby, you will need to eat more, gain more weight, drink more water and intake more vitamins and minerals. It is recommended to find an expert in nutrition to help you figure out your meal plan for this pregnancy: get ready to devour a lot!

Recommended Prenatal Vitamins

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Helpful Resources + Cookbooks

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Nutrition Guide and Resources for a Healthy Vegan Pregnancy

Nutrition Guide and Resources for a Healthy Vegan Pregnancy

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Sustainable and Ethical Maternity Brands
10 Sustainable and Ethical Maternity Brands for New Mamas (For Pregnancy, Post-Birth, and Beyond!)

This blog post took me quite a long time to write for several reasons. First off, I wanted to find sustainable and ethical maternity clothing made all over the world to ensure that each and every Mama was taken care of. Second, I wanted to ensure that I found clothes that were not just made fairly and with the best fabrics, but that these clothes could be used for much longer than just for pregnancy and the 4th trimester. Lastly, I searched far and wide for NON-maternity brands that could work for Maternity clothing/Breastfeeding and have been tried, tested, and loved by experienced mothers.

Phew! So, without further ado, here it is: 10 Sustainable and Ethical Maternity Brands for New Mamas!

Feel free to share this post with any new/experienced mothers who are looking for a more eco-friendly closet:)

10 Sustainable and Ethical Maternity Brands for new mamas

Sustainable and Ethical Maternity Brands that we love!

1. Dwell And Slumber (U.S.A.)

10 Sustainable & Ethical Maternity Brands

Image courtesy of Dwell and Slumber.

Talk about one GORGEOUS set of Mama and Babywear. Some featured items that I would recommend are the cocoon and caftan dresses. The dresses are bump-friendly and nursing friendly! These can be used as traditional dresses, pajamas, maternity wear, 4th-trimester wear, AND even when the kids are grown up and you just want to be comfortable and uber stylish. Dwell and Slumber also has beautiful baby gowns, hats and swaddle blankets that are super soft and perfect for little ones.

All of the products are made in the U.S.A. and ethical in production.

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10 Sustainable & Ethical Maternity Brands

Image courtesy of Boob Design.

Absolutely amazing nursing bras, wrap dresses, nightwear, swimwear, and so much more. Boob Design is an extremely high quality and sustainable brand that I could not recommend enough. They are sustainable from beginning to end and are so transparent with how their products are made. They are a certified GOTS certified company; GOTS certification means that all parts, from cotton cultivation to staining, printing, and labels are approved according to GOT’s criteria. The standard ensures the traceability of the entire supply chain. Furthermore, they are also certified STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®. which certifies that the raw material and all components of our garments are tested for substances that are illegal and hazardous to people’s health.

THIS is the kind of company that we want to support!

Highly Recommend The Once on Never Off Again Leggings!

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Three-piece maternity set

Image courtesy of Storq.

Super simple and classic; just what we love here at WonderMamas. I love this brand so much for how creative they are in making maternity wear work for all areas of motherhood. The three-piece lounge set (for ALL trimesters, 1-4) with the cutest tag line: “A very classy set of PJs to remind you that you are still people even if you are housebound, boobs-out 90% of the time.” haha, I love it! They also have amazing leggings and the must-have t-shirt dress that every new mom needs (or, let’s be honest, every woman needs!).

A little bit about Storq to make you a lifetime buyer for sure: “We don’t make a new collection every few months. In fact, we only make products one at a time, because we feel strongly that they should exist. We stay away from trends, keeping the focus on styles that are classic and seasonless, so anyone can shop year-round. Clothing is designed to mix effortlessly with your pre-pregnancy wardrobe and can often be worn or used during pregnancy, nursing and postpartum.”

Recommended: The three-piece lounge set or the basics bundle!

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Maternity Bra

Image courtesy of Indigo Luna.

Indigo Luna has been one of my all-time favorite sustainable brands since I found out about them about 18 months ago. Every piece is so gorgeous and earthy. I was thrilled to find out that their Boxy Crop Bras were a HUGE hit amongst breastfeeding mums! I actually ordered two and I am awaiting their arrival ( I am so excited!) so I will keep you all updated!

Indigo Luna cares so much about their workers in Bali. Everything is handmade under fair trade conditions and the factory is run by women (which is quite unusual in Indonesia!). Not only are the workers well taken care of, but your clothes and the environment are too! The dyes are made from plant sources that they grow themselves; Mango, Indigo and Secang Wood. The fibers used are natural and very sustainable; organic bamboo and Tencel. I just cannot recommend this company enough.

Recommended: The boxy crop and Layla Flares (This will be great for 1st, 2nd and 4th trimester)

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10 Sustainable & Ethical Maternity Brands

Sustainable and Ethical Maternity Brands that we trust.

Sustainable Maternity Clothes

Jojo Maman Bébé is a certified B-corporation and has a TON of options for Mamas and little ones. This website is very comfortable for those who are used to bigger companies – there is a lot to see here! Think of this as a one-stop-shop for any eco-conscious mothers (including killer sales!)

Recommended: Pregnancy Essentials

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Sustainable Maternity clothing

Image courtesy of Hatch.

If you are looking to splurge a bit while also supporting a fantastic company, then Hatch is right up your alley! The clothes that they have for pregnancy are just beyond perfect. I spent WAY too long digging through their website and “oohing” and “ahhing” at all the selections! Hatch features items for every stage of pregnancy and beyond. I would personally wear any one of their items right now!

Hatch partners with nonprofit organizations that support mothers all over the world. I am also super excited to tell you that they offer a line of vegan beauty products safe for mamas!

Recommended: The Nadine Sweater and the hatch layers set. 

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Sustainable Maternity Clothes

Image courtesy of Mothers En Vogue.

I am ALL about the fibers with Mothers En Vogue! Organic cotton and linen are two of my top favorite fabrics for every season and I am in love with the options from this lovely shop. They are very simple and straight forward with their sustainable approach:

“It must also be constructed with natural fabrication (think cotton, linen, bamboo – naturally derived yarns) and even better if ecologically derived. The rationale behind such demands is simple – nursing mothers and babies benefit most from wearing natural textiles as these are most comfortable and breathe-able and help reduce incidences of skin sensitivities or reactions.”

Recommended: The Must-Have List and Bundle Deals

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Second-Hand Options!

Sustainable Maternity Clothes

Second-hand maternity clothing? Heck yes, Mama! Honestly, if I lived in the U.S., I would use this company and all the other second-hand shops near to my home to stock up on maternity wear. I am such a second-hand lover!

Recommended: Simply use the search function for maternity!

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Oxfam Symbol

Fight fast fashion with Oxfam! Whether choosing second hand or new products; purchasing from this company is always a great idea.

“We won’t live with poverty. Find a bargain or a unique treasure in Oxfam’s Online Shop and join thousands of supporters who help us to fight poverty and injustice around the world. Choose from 100,000+ donated and new products or buy a loved one a fun and quirky charity gift from Oxfam Unwrapped. The proceeds will go towards our life-changing work. “

Recommended: Simply use the search function for maternity!

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Secondhand Maternity

Where to find pre-loved, used and second hand maternity clothes in Australia. This amazing company has been around for 14+ years and is the number one second hand maternity shop in all of Australia. That is such a great success!!

Recommended: EVERYTHING!

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Sustainable and Ethical Maternity Brands

Sustainable and Ethical Maternity Brands for Eco-Conscious Mamas

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Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes: A Full Guide!

A Full Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

For the past 365 days, our followers and friends have witnessed our family go through the beautiful transition to a sustainable, mindful and minimal way of living. This transition started with one crazy and chaotic place: MY CLOSET. Before having children, and maybe even that first year while dealing with postpartum depression, I had a serious shopping addiction.

Mix a shopping addiction with zero knowledge into the horrific conditions of the fast fashion industry, and you got yourself a pretty ugly situation.

The research into sustainable, fair trade and mindful consumerism started about 18 months ago, and I have been absolutely hooked ever since. As a result, I took my time learning and understanding how much of the system works and took these tips and tricks to my own closet.

I swear…once I tackled that monster, everything else seemed to fall into place. Our kitchen, pantry, and even living room followed suit. One particular place that I have really come to love is the bedroom of my twin toddlers which features an open closet. Their closet is exactly what a child’s closet should look like:

Sweet, Simple and Easy to Work With.

By choosing each piece carefully and mindfully, I was able to create a sort of capsule wardrobe for my children without much work. It’s interesting how taking our time with selection, taking into account how many times the child will wear each piece, and sizing up for longer use can really transform any closet into a fully “usable” sustainable closet. So many times, we forget that clothes are meant to be worn over and over again until their life cycle has ended and not just a trend to toss away. Choosing wisely can mean the difference between a closet that works for you or against you.

If you are ready to explore the magical world of sustainable, second hand, fair trade (and more!) fashion for kids, look no further than this Full Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes!

Saving Money While Saving the World!

First Up: Help Clothes to Reach The End of Their Lifecycle #30Wears and Beyond

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Second-Hand Finds: From their heads to their toes!

First of all, what some of you may (or may not) know about our family is that we shop primarily second hand. Our sons clothes are 100% from my grandmother and mother’s garage sale finds since birth, and we did not start to introduce “new” clothing until every single last piece of their amazing finds had reached the end of their cycle with the boys. This simply means that my sons grew out of them all quite fast – as most children do.

This is something that we all need to keep in mind as parents. Children grow quickly.

Too quickly for new clothes to have any chance of sustainability in a child’s closet. 

The most sustainable and eco-friendly thing that you can do as a consumer of children’s fashion is to shop second hand, vintage, rentals or any other means to help the clothes reach the end of their life cycles. Our goal here is to use and wear these materials as many times as possible before recycling or upcycling. We are talking about sustainability here and this is the facts: Nothing is more sustainable than what has already been made.

I am in no way saying that you shouldn’t feel free to support the many fair trade, ethical, eco-friendly and even upcycled brands out there. Just keep in mind that adding second-hand items to your children’s closets will genuinely help a pretty big crisis that we are facing in the world today.

Second Hand Shopping

Second Hand Online Shops

  • ThredUP: The Largest Kids‘ Consignment and Thrift Store Online

  • Kid’s Dress Smart: Where 60% of proceeds of every sale sent directly to Children’s Charities

  • Kidizen: Kidizen is your resale marketplace to buy, sell, and swap your kid’s clothing, gear, toys, decor and more.

  • Little Luxuries: Gently worn, preloved, secondhand designer children and baby clothing brands

  • Baby Outfitter: Everything listed on Baby Outfitter is “like new” and they are very picky about selections and what they will sell!

  • Loopster UK: Where quality kid’s clothes live on

  • Facebook MarketPlace: A gem that has saved us a ton of money on everything from wooden toys to emergency shoes when our kids both shot up 2 sizes in under a month!

Second Hand Shops Nearest You (Physical Stores)

  • The Thrift Shopper Website: Simply type in your zip code and a huge directory of nearest consignment shops, goodwill shops and so forth will come up for you to check out!

  • Thriftigo APP: Download this app to keep second-hand store information readily available on your phone wherever you are!

  • Thrift Store Listings: Another helpful directory of local thrift stores based on your location.

Rental Companies for Sustainable Children’s Clothes

Renting clothes is such a fantastic way to stay sustainable but also have fun! From birthday parties to photoshoots, you can have exactly what you want and return back to the company for the item to make another child (and parent) happy!

  • Rainey’s Closet: Just one look at this gorgeous website and you will know that you can find just about any precious and gorgeous piece for any occasion. From fairy dresses, formal dresses and adorable bow and ties….you cannot go wrong with this rental service for any special occasion.

  • The Borrowed Boutique: Another gorgeous rental service that has a bit more clothing for boys as I noticed. I even saw a top hat!

  • Sylette Co: Another great rental company located in sunny Los Angelos!

  • Magical Clothing Rental Canada: A gorgeous rental store for our Canadian friends! Thousands to choose from and easy return service.

  • Bundlee UK: A very cool and more laid back version of the rental service for our UK friends. You can find pretty much everything on this rental site!

  • Circos Rental for Kids and Maternity: This rental is for kids up to 2 years old and new mamas in Europe!

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

Shopping For New Clothes: Tips & Tricks

While second hand will forever have a special place in my heart, I will say that there is something quite special about finding that *perfect* piece of clothing that just meets every single one of your needs without having to go through countless shops and racks. Sometimes, no matter how long you look, you will not find that particular item that you need second hand. Do not fear; these tips will help you to keep your sustainable goals in check while also saving money and a few headaches along the way.

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Alessandro in a brand new Petit Tembo sweatshirt that just exceeded all of our expectations. 

Go For the Basics

While the flashing shoes and tasselled shirts may intrigue your child at the shop, I urge you to get the basics down first before thinking of going with any trends. Basics include solid and durable t-shirts, long sleeves, sweaters, zip-ups, leggings, thermals, dungarees, rain suits/all-weather suits, rain boots, barefoot shoes, all-weather breathable hats, gloves, circular scarves, durable and warm socks, and any imperative weather gear for where you are living.
Each one of these basics should come in a solid or easy to clean print. While I always recommend going second hand with most of any child’s closet, some superb brands offer these basics. One brand that I always check out sale season (late summer and late winter) is Patagonia. They have, by far, the best layering pieces that I have encountered. I stock up during sale season, and I always keep on eye out for them when second-hand shopping.

Size Up 1-2 Sizes

One of the easiest things that you can do to help your child’s clothes have a longer (and happier!) life is to have them worn as much as possible!

One easy way to do this is by sizing up 1-2 sizes, depending on your child. I personally size up 2 sizes for the boys and it has worked beautifully. This year we’ve only had to purchase 2 pairs of pants and 2 extra sweatshirts for the chilly weather. By sizing up, I saved a significant amount of money!
While my sons currently fit in a size 2T, I only search for 4T and even have all of our collaborations send over the larger sizes. Any parent can easily roll up or hem the clothes to fit the child at the time and let them out over the years. You do not have to be any sort of professional tailor here, I promise you! I do the simple roll-up method, and it works like a charm.

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

Ask The Question: How Many Times Will This Be Worn?

While we will be asking many questions along the way, this first question will help you to steer clear of any items that you should save for the RENTAL category. If you hold up an item and cannot guarantee that your child will hit at least 30 wears, then simply put it down and step away from the item (this is a wonderful trick to work for parents too!).
If you can guarantee that the item will be work 30+ times, then you can move on to the following questions…

Two Key Follow Up Questions

Here are two key questions to ask before adding the item to your little one’s closet for the most sustainable and ethical approach:

  • Who made this and under what conditions? A simple question that should be asked before purchasing any item. Most importantly, a sustainable company will have this information readily available to you without any trouble whatsoever. In fact, the good guys want to share this information with you more than anything!
  • What is this made of? Take a look at the tag and check out the fabrics. Is it organic? Synthetic? Does it contain flame retardants? All very good questions to answer before allowing the item into your home and opening your wallet to support the brand.
a child picks his mother a flower

Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

Always Choose Natural Fibers over Synthetic

Linen, Cotton (organic is best) and hemp are some of the best materials for children’s clothing. Synthetic materials do have a place in fashion for durable swimsuits and even winter jackets, but try your best to keep these purchases for the second-hand category. We want to aim to decrease the use of plastic in the fashion industry and your money truly does make a huge difference.

Natural fibers are best for the environment and your children for so many reasons:

  • Natural fibers cause much less (or zero) irritation to skin.
  • Natura fibers are much less resource-intensive to produce and manufacture.
  • Synthetic materials “shed” microplastics that have been found sneaking their way into our very own drinking water.
  • Many synthetic materials use toxic production processes that are harmful to the waterways, the garment workers and the person who wears the item.

Learn How to Mend, Repair and Upcycle

One of the best ways to help to reduce waste your very own home is to learn just a few simple tricks of the trade. This can be as simple as learning how to sew, hem, patch and upcycle old clothes and broken items around the house. Like we always say, there is nothing more sustainable than what you already own!

You can find a local sewing class, take a few online lessons via youtube or even host a little “trade” party! I have actually been to a few fun coffee dates where my friend’s mother and grandmother would come and they would teach us something fun like knitting, baking an epic cake or even tips & tricks to help with the little ones. These are marvelous gifts to learn from the hand of an expert and I cannot tell you how much I cherished learning these skills from these amazing women.

Guide to Shopping Sustainably for Kids

Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

There you have it! Just a few helpful ways to shop with a more mindful and sustainable approach. I promise you; once you start you will be absolutely amazed at how GREAT it feels to be part of the sustainable movement. We need you. The World needs us to be much more mindful and conscious of our consumer decisions. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and I would love to hear your own tips and tricks to sustainable living!

p.s. Check out our top 5 sustainable and ethical children’s brands here!

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Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric Powder

Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric Powder

Spoiler Alert: The Video (below) of our family making playdoh was our FIRST ever attempt!! It was so much easier than I had anticipated and I am thrilled to share this extremely easy homemade recipe with you all today. Homemade playdoh with turmeric powder….it’s genius.

I first heard about this recipe while researching Waldorf and Montessori ideas for toddlers and then it just seemed to follow me around everywhere. Just a few days ago I had one of my favorite Instagram Zero Waste Gals @PlantedInTheWoods post photos of her making playdoh with beetroot and turmeric powder and I thought to myself…ok…It’s time we do this!!

I do hope you all enjoy this recipe; it was so much fun!

Homemade Turmeric Playdoh

We like to keep our waste low by using things that we already have around the house to play with the playdoh. The boys love to use their knives, forks, and spoons from the kitchen as well as various seeds, dried fruit, rocks, sticks and even feathers from their nature table.

With just 20 minutes set aside (and enough food coloring or powders to go around), you can very well make an entire rainbow of playdoh for your children to enjoy! The dough will last about 3 months if stored properly.

Homemade Turmeric Playdoh

What are the Benefits of Playdoh??

  • Enhances Fine Motor Skills! The constant rolling, squishing, flattening and molding of the playdoh strengthens and develops the child’s hands.
  • Improves Pre-Writing Skills by improving the pincer grip.
  • Imagination and Creativity with the unlimited possibilities that await them!
  • Soothes and Calms the child; Allows for concentration and a new way to express emotions.
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Increases Curiosity; by blending colors and building whatever their heart desires!
Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric

Homemade Turmeric Powder Playdoh

This is such a short and sweet treat for your kiddos; just mix together the ingredients, knead and you have your very own homemade (and natural!) playdoh 🙂
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Keyword: all natural, homemade playdoh, toxic free, zero waste parenting
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 large ball
Cost: A few dollars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp citric acid
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder Less or more; depending on the color you want
  • 3/4 cup boiling water

Instructions

  • Start by combining the flour, salt, citric acid, oil and turmeric powder. Mix well and adjust the turmeric powder as needed for your color choice. Feel free to swap the powder out for some food coloring; just use as much as you wish for the color of choice.
  • Once well mixed, add in the 3/4 cup of boiling water. The water will take right to the mixture and seem like not enough but it is perfect; just begin to mix together until dough forms. I like to use my hands in the bowl and then transfer the playdoh to the countertop to knead.
  • Knead and knead until the dough is nice and smooth. Store in a wax wrap or an airtight container to keep. It will last about 3 months if properly taken care of!

Notes

**Do not dispose of the playdoh when it has reached the end of its life. Instead, check out these awesome tips from WonderBrains for old playdoh!

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A Simple Story of Our Ikea Kitchen
A Simple Story of Our Ikea Kitchen

The first kitchen that I had as a new mother cost us 300 bucks on Facebook marketplace. It actually came with our bed and closet included. To be honest, that still hurt us financially at the time. We were that broke. I distinctly remember Martin going from a head of dark brown hair to a head of grey from the stress.

I created my first cooking video in that kitchen; surrounded by my infant twin sons in bouncy chairs, a 12-year-old laptop that somehow still turned on and hope. I don’t know why really….but I had hope that I could do this. I taught Martin how to be Vegan (although, to be honest, he is a vegetarian) in that kitchen. He was introduced to smoothies, hummus, my trusty seeds, beans and nuts that I crushed, blended and whipped into meals that he devoured.

He always made sure to tell me how yummy it all was.

My sons taught themselves how to eat in that old kitchen and their love of food grew and grew daily: with every green drink, blended dip, and steamed veggie.

A Simple Story of Our Ikea Kitchen

Story of Our Ikea Kitchen

To this day, they let me know how yummy it all is with loud moans and YUMMMMMs that makes my heart smile.

I took recipe photos with my used and abused iPhone and posted them with such excitement: to me, they looked just as good as those fancy ones you see all over Pinterest. We may have upgraded our kitchen during our move from one apartment to another but the food tastes the same. It’s all the same. No amount of fancy can change that.

It took us 2 full years to save for this kitchen and we are grateful for it every single day….but we never once spoke ill of our first kitchen.

the old kitchen

The first kitchen will always be super special to us

She was, and will always be, our first. ♥️

To anyone out there who is stuck in a comparison trap: the heavy burden that social media puts on our self-worth….I just want you to know that wherever you are, you can do it. You can dream. You can have hope. I promise you.

You can ask the universe to grant your wishes. You can manifest and see the positive.

I hope you enjoyed this super short and simple story of our Ikea Kitchen!

Ikea Kitchen
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Perfect Motherhood Myth BUSTED

Whoa now hey now….what makes you think I have this mom thing and/or life thing figured out?? 🤣😅

Sometimes I receive messages from moms or teens from around the world that just lights up my soul. They are full of thank you’s and stories of how our family inspired them to produce less waste, shop sustainably or even give some plant-based recipes a try.

While these messages make me swoon over my followers and motivate me to carry on, I am also met with so many “perfect” comments that I just must address today.

“How do you make it look so easy!?” Or “How are you not losing your mind with two toddlers?” and even “Sometimes I feel so useless when I see women like you pulling it all off”. Ah. Ahhhh. My heart. I have failed you.

Let’s bust this Perfect Motherhood Myth once and for all!

busting the perfect motherhood myth

So….I have a new promise.

Not one of sustainability, zero waste or veganism…..this new promise is about checking in with reality.

Each week I am going to share 10 truths with you from my week: I hope this not only gives you a deeper insight into my reality, but also the realization that social media 100% NOT the full picture.

😍Here we goooooo!

1. I haven’t had a proper shower for longer than 4 minutes in over 10 days. Send help.
2. I gave my children 4 popsicles today to shut them up for just a few minutes so I could think straight.
3. Martin and I do not sleep in the same bed in the summer. I need a fan when I sleep and he gets sick instantly. Sorry, bro.
4. I keep vegan pizzas in my freezer for mom emergency situations and somehow that emergency situation happens every single week 😅
5. As soon as the boys turned 2, my sex drive went from 60 to 0 overnight.

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6. Sometimes, when the boys are being so insane and I have lost all hope of my parenting skills, I make them sit next to me while I read parenting books until we figure it out 🤣🤣🤣🤣.

7. Mom Facebook groups scare me.
8. I haven’t worked out in 3 weeks and I don’t feel bad at all.
9. I just found out that I over water my plants. 😭😭
10. Yesterday I ran out of clean cloth diapers so the boys went naked for 6 hours until they dried in the sun. 😆

So there you have it! Thursday Truths.

What are your truths?? How would you bust the perfect motherhood myth?

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7 Ways Parents Can Save the Earth From Home
Raising Compassionate Kids: A Story Of Respect Between Children

I have a story for you all today. A story of respect, compassion and the hearts of children.

We were visiting our local farm not too long ago to hang out with some of our favorite beings 🐄🐖🐔🐓🐐🐑🦆🦃.

After about 2 hours or so, we headed to the far end where we saw two baby goats asleep on this bench behind me. I shrieked with excitement (baby goats people!) and slowly walked up to them with my sons at each side of my body.

They tiptoed with me and at the same time they both put their hands to their tiny mouths and said…

“Shhhhhhhh”.

I nodded and we sat next to the sleeping babes on the edge of the bench; just watching over their little bodies.

As per usual, my mind started to race. I began thinking of how people eat these little babies. How industries hurt, abuse and kill these beautiful little babies without a blink of an eye.

Alessandro and Leonardo must have felt my pain because at that moment, Leonardo rubbed my hand and Alessandro kissed me right on the lips.

I smiled a big smile and looked over at the sleeping beauties.

Alé jumped down from my lap and slowly walked up to them. He kissed them on the forehead.

Leo followed his big brother and kissed them as well. Leo’s kiss woke them up from their slumber and they just stared at my little babes.

Two humans and two baby goats….looking at eachother straight in the eye. No fear, no hate, no greed, no ulterior motives. Just 4 children….existing. Allowing eachother to just be.

Imagine a World where we just allowed beings to simply exist for no reason but the simple gift of existing. Of just being.

No exploitation. No money.

If we just let them BE.

P.s. Mama Goat was off to the side and came over once her babes were awake 💓. She was a fiesty and rather hungry one (reminded me of myself) 🤣

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