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gluten free crepes in valencia spain

gluten-free crepes in Valencia, Spain

Mmmmm crepes… although France is the country most famous for their crepes, Spain offers a variety of crêperies where one can enjoy a crepe for a meal or merienda. As someone who is intolerant to gluten, I am always searching for places to enjoy tasty treats without the gluten. Here are three places where you can enjoy a delicious crepe, sweet or salty, without the gluten! Continue Reading

138 days

138 days ago I looked into the eyes of my son for the first time. He was a few seconds old. The youngest he will ever be. The moment you meet your first child is feeling unique from all others. It is a moment that changes your life. A moment, which changes YOU. It is a moment you will only experience once. Continue Reading

postpartum depression

5 Truths About Postpartum

It has taken me awhile to write this post. 7 months, in fact. I wanted to write about my experience with postpartum for sometime now, but each time I attempted, I was overwhelmed with emotion, sometimes negativity, and I often felt ashamed. Postpartum depression is something that is not talked about enough. It is hidden. Covered up. It leaves mothers all over the world feeling lonely, weak, and helpless. It is a shame really, because the more we understand about the postpartum period, the more we can prepare ourselves, work through the sadness, and use our community of mothers as a backbone for the journey through it.

Not all mothers experience postpartum depression. But, I do believe all mothers transition through a period of what I like to think of as “Postpartum Discomfort“. My journey with postpartum depression was dark, painful, and lonely, but what was interesting is that it occurred during the happiest, most beautiful months of my life. Here are my 5 truths about my experience with postpartum.

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introducing baby led weaning

My Top Ten Tips for Introducing Baby Led Weaning

Baby Led Weaning– giving your child the opportunity to feed themselves whole foods.

Key words: feed themselves. Baby led weaning is a great way to allow your child to explore different flavors and textures of food. We began this type of feeding when Luca was about 5 ½ months old. He was showing a lot of interest in food, reaching for food on our plates, and was able to grasp objects in his hand and bring them to his mouth.

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postpartum motherhood

The Stretch

Stretching. It promotes flexibility. Reduces stress. Causes changes in the body and the mind. Improves quality of life. Stretching. I’m not referring to touching your toes and stretching your hamstrings. But rather, the stretching that occurs when you face challenges head on. When you take a deep breath and allow yourself to truly experience hardship. The simultaneous feelings of tension and release when you allow yourself to surrender to the stretch. “The Stretch”. A practice that I have embraced in many aspects of my life, but an experience that I somehow have forgotten to seize during motherhood. Continue Reading

vegan gluten free smoothie

Nutritious Green Smoothie

Preparing healthy meals for one person is often a difficult task. We generally end up wasting food and spending a lot of time preparing a meal that ends in a matter of minutes. Below you will find a simple recipe for a nutritious green smoothie for one. By purchasing the right ingredients, you will be able to make this same smoothie, day after day, without wasting any food. Better yet, the whole process take less than five minutes!

*Vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian

Ingredients:

1/2 banana

1/2 cucumber

1 cup spinach

1 tablespoon peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Squeeze 1/2 lemon

1/4 cup water

*Tip- if you want a creamier texture, try adding 1/2 of an avocado

 

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together

Enjoy!

vegan, vegetarian and gluten free in san sebastian

Vegan and Gluten-Free in San Sebastián, Spain

San Sebastián, also known as Donostia, is one of the most beautiful cities you will ever visit. Located on the Bay of Biscay, near the French border, this city is complete with beautiful ocean views and an enticing Old Town center. The small streets are lined with various bars to enjoy pinchos and wine. Hop from one bar to the next, rubbing shoulders with locals and tourists alike.

vegan, vegetarian and gluten free in san sebastian

 

vegan, vegetarian and gluten free in san sebastian

Looking for vegetarian, vegan, and or gluten-free options in San Sebastián, Spain? Here are a few recommendations. Continue Reading

vegan gluten free quinoa oatmeal breakfast

Protein-packed Quinoa Oatmeal

Calling all quinoa lovers! Quinoa, a gluten-free, low-fat grain is a great source of protein. And my mom always says, “make sure to have your protein in the morning!” This Protein-packed Quinoa Oatmeal is a vegan, gluten-free jumpstart to your day. Continue Reading

How I’m not the mom I always thought I’d be

I had big plans. I had a vision of who I would be as a mother. I also had big ideas for how my baby would be. I thought I’d be a Pinterest-crafting, Montessori-educating, schedule-adhering, well-rested mother. My son was going to be a cloth-diaper-wearing, independent-sleeping, self-soothing infant. To put it simply, I was wrong. Continue Reading

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