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A weekend in Jávea, Spain

Jávea is a gorgeous coastal town on the Mediterranean Sea. Located in the province of Alicante, it is the perfect day trip or weekend getaway from Valencia. The 1.5 hour drive takes you past many gorgeous Spanish towns, lush green hills, fields of crops, and an amazing sunrise. We love Jávea as an easy weekend getaway. One night and two days will leave you feeling rested, rejuvenated and sun-kissed. Continue Reading

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How to stand out as a tourist in Spain

When traveling, it is common for tourists to want to “fit in” like the locals at their destination country. Before embarking on our travels, we study up on the destination country by familiarizing ourselves with the proper clothing attire, learning a few words of the language, finding out about popular dishes, and highlighting the most famous sightseeing spots in our guidebook. However, no matter how much we learn on google, pin on Pinterest, or ask questions to others who have traveled to the country, it is inevitable that we will stand out as a tourist once we have arrived. After living in Spain for a year and a half, I have accepted the fact that I am still “an Americana living in Spain”. I am guilty of making each and every one of these mistakes and have been called out by the locals (my friends and family). With that said, I feel I am an expert on “How to Stand out as a Tourist in Spain”.  Continue Reading

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Experiencing Mercado Central in Valencia, Spain

Ahhhh, Mercado Central (or Mercat Central) is so much more than a market. Located in the old town (ciutat vella) of Valencia, Spain, the mercado itself was built in the 20th century. The architecture is incredibly beautiful and the market itself continues to allure tourists and locals alike. It is hands down one of my favorite places in the city of Valencia.

This central market is not only a great stop to stock up on local fruits, vegetable, spices, and meat, but touring the mercado is an “experience”. Read below to see how we like to spend a Saturday morning experiencing the Mercado Central of Valencia, Spain! Continue Reading

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

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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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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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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

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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

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