Friday, September 25, 2020

Why Shop and Eat Local?

On my journey to a healthier life for my family and I, I have found that local food not only tastes better but also makes me feel better. Growing up we didn't go to farmers' markets or even really shop from local food producers other than prepared food businesses, like the local bagel shop for example. I have truly grown to love all the benefits eating locally and seasonally offers. This may also have to do with my job outside of this blog being deeply rooted in local food systems. 


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Mom Bod, Confidence, and the Best Gift

Contrary to what I have heard/popular belief, and maybe I'll get backlash for this, I feel like my postpartum body has made me way more confident than I have ever been in my entire life. Yes, I have stretch marks and I have been blessed with weighing less than I did prior to getting pregnant (this was a battle though due to Gestational Diabetes during my pregnancy), but embracing this new body and what it gave me has changed the way I view and treat myself. I hear so many new moms being self conscious of their postpartum body, but ladies look what you got out of it! Remember the next time you look in the mirror and pick apart the red stretch marks, extra weight, or loose skin, that you made a person! A literal person came out of you! I honestly feel like completely different person than before, but I think this is a good thing.If your the same, just remember you have an opportunity to reinvent, become a better version of yourself, and create a new identity that includes being a mommy.

Monday, February 3, 2020

My Battle with Gestational Diabetes Following a Plant Based Diet

Around 32 weeks pregnant I found out that I had gestational diabetes and I was devastated. I wasn't crazy overweight to begin with (like 5-10 pounds over what was considered a healthy weight for my height) and had only gained 15 pounds during my pregnancy at that point. Reading about it and what I had learned in the past from school, I only associated negatives with the condition and heard and saw horror stories of 12 pound babies (F.Y.I. Michael, my son, was only 6.4 pounds at birth). I knew I had to make some changes and take this diagnosis very seriously because it could affect the future health of my then unborn son, and even though I worked my ass off to keep my numbers in check it did effect him slightly (I'll talk about this later in the post).

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Sephora Holiday Bonus Sale Picks

 November 1st, this past Friday, kicked off the Sephora Holiday Bonus Sale! If you are VIB Rouge with Sephora's loyalty card you can get 20% off your entire purchase!! If you love beauty products just as much as I do, or just want to get a leg up on holiday shopping, this post is for you. I have curated a collection of items that I have personally used and loved, and items I am purchasing from the sale.

Friday, November 1, 2019

I'm back and Cold Weather Essentials Series

Hello, long time no chat! I have been dealing with a couple pregnancy related complications which I plan on discussing in separate posts (don't worry everything is okay!). I thought I would start posting again as my summer schedule as begun to decrease and the demand on my time is less, that is until the baby comes this month...but because I'll be home more often I think I'll be able to start blogging again. I wanted to start a new series of posts that would go up over a period of a month as the weather shifts and have it include the items needed for the chilly winter. New Hampshire gets a lot of snow starting very soon and I think its important to be prepared with good quality essentials that can keep you comfortable and healthy this winter season. This series will also include health related items as well as a few recipes. I have missed getting creative on the blog and can't wait to do some new and different posts on here that are not just fashion related.
I feel like winter has such a nostalgic place in my heart because not only does it include my birthday, Christmas, and New Years, but it will now include the birth of my son. There is something so comforting about sitting at home with nothing to do other than snuggling up on the couch and watching Netflix with a good cup of coffee and snacks. In previous years I would shovel the drive way (my least favorite task-but hey its so rewarding when its done), but since the baby is coming I won't be doing it this year!! Woot Woot! So more time to dedicate to posting on the blog and spending time with the little one. I can't wait to get back on a consistent schedule and start chatting with you again. Happy November 1st!
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