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Spring Pamper Routine – Vegan & Cruelty-free

Spring pamper routine

Some of my most highly requested posts are cruelty-free pampering routines – I’m glad more and more people are interested in Vegan & Cruelty-free beauty. So now it’s the perfect time to do a new one as Spring is here and I’ve changed quite a few of the products I love & use (also thanks to some massive hauls in the past few weeks). Today I’ll be pairing some old favorites with some newly found absolute must-haves. I try to do this pamper routine once a week, mostly on Sundays when I’m back from trail running. Usually I’m not this high-maintenance, I even have simple minimalist routines during the week....

Italian Bean Soup, because winter is not over yet

Italian Bean Soup, because winter is not over yet

This week, thanks to warmer temperatures, even if we’re still one month away from the actual arrival of Spring, I really started feeling vernal. Blame it on the birds just outside our windows that wake up in the morning the same time as me – making me feel like in an old-school Disney movie; blame it on the daylight that starts to linger a little longer before giving in to twilight… Anyway, today I was about to share with you my most colorful, flower-filled, spring-themed smoothie you’ve ever seen… And then this happened.   I don’t usually share soup recipes, even though we cook and eat at least one each...

Vegan Valentine’s Day Recipes

Vegan Valentine's Day Recipes

Happy Valentine’s day to all lovers, singles & undecided out there. Whether you celebrate it or not, love it or hate it, once again I could not refrain from bringing you another incredible round-up of all the marvelous Vegan Valentine’s Day recipes out there after last year’s epic post. These recipes will be particularly useful if you: A) forgot all about Valentine’s Day and are in need of a last-minute gift; B) previously decided not to give into the consumerism-based gift-giving tradition but still want to make something special for someone special; C) are looking for a fun activity to do together with your loved one – and cooking is...

5 tips how to stay focused and motivated

how to stay focused and motivated

There’s something about the beginning of a new year that gets most of us excited to get organized, detoxed, start new activities, challenges, miraculous (?) morning routines and possibly a new sport. Truth is, new year’s resolutions could be started just as well all through the previous or following 12 months, but our minds work that way (it’s a bit like “I’ll start the diet on Monday” kinda feeling) and if a state of mind can finally make us set & work towards achieving new goals, let’s take advantage of it! Clearly, if you work from home like me, it’s crucial to have self-discipline. So this is the perfect opportunity...

20 gifts you can make this holiday season

Inspiteof what brands want us to think , holiday time is not all about buying the most expensive gifts. I like to buy a few special inexpensive gifts, but I also love to make something with my own hands, spending time and putting all my attention and care into what I’m making. If you love to make your own gifts, too, you’re in luck. I’ve gathered 20 wonderful gift ideas from a selected group of talented fellow bloggers. These are gifts you can make until the very last minute, that are easy to make, require just a few ingredients/materials and that are wonderful to have on hand during the holidays...

Last minute gift idea: homemade Vegan Irish Cream Baileys + freebie

Vegan Irish cream Baileys

Booze is not something you’ll find anywhere else on this blog, nor in my life. I don’t know exactly why, but somewhere during my life I made the unconscious decision of simply not liking spirits, wine, beer nor any other alcoholic drinks. Some people think that’s kind of lame, or boring – but those are not my kind of people so I don’t mind. I often joke that my taste buds haven’t evolved much since when I was 12, as it’s pretty much the case (besides the fact that now I like things like garlic which I used to hate during my childhood). But there is one exception, and that...

Vegan Christmas gift guide under $50

…Do you love Christmas time, or do you loathe it? I have a love-hate relationship with it, let me explain. I love that “Christmas is coming” feeling: baking cookies, decking the halls, creating a special candle-lit atmosphere, I love wrapping little gifts, I love the memories of simpler times when the whole family would gather around the Christmas tree at midnight to open carefully-wrapped presents – but I just can’t stand the turn that the holidays took these past few years. You see people running around desperately in loud shopping malls, searching for expensive gifts for people they might not like much, who will in turn get gifts that do...

50+ Epic Vegan Thanksgiving recipes

It’s that time of the year again, the golden colors of Autumn and slowly leaving space to the first snowflakes and that means only one thing: the holiday season is about to begin! What, already?! So once again, I’ve gathered the BEST of the best Vegan Thanksgiving recipes in order to give you, my friends, 50+ Epic Vegan Thanksgiving recipes. I’ve asked some of my fellow blogger ladies that belong to the fantastic “Finding Vegan” project to share with me and my readers (you!) their favorite Thanksgiving recipes. The response was overwhelming and I had to select a few among the 100+ recipes that I received. So, whether you’re Vegan...

A perfect holiday lentil loaf

It’ still early November, and for the second year in a row we’re having snowfalls already! I can’t believe I’ve longed for snow most of my adult life, and now I finally get to experience the magical beauty of seasons in the perfect place. Yay for changing seasons! So, while October was all about comfy Autumnal treats, come this cold temperatures and I’m already thinking of the Holiday season, gift giving and gatherings around the table. Whether you’re Vegan like me or you want to include a meatless dish for your friends and family this holiday season, welcome! Take a look around and make yourself at home. I’ve prepared for...

Easy Vegan lasagna

Easy vegan lasagna

You guys, it doesn’t get easier than this. Who doesn’t love lasagna? Lasagna is such a festive dish to me, perfect for family gatherings, holiday meals, lazy Sunday lunches and so on. My mom used to make it during the holidays, when “pasta al forno” (baked pasta) is always a pleasurable main dish, hearty, yummy, and whenever it was brought to the table you could hear many “ohhh!” “ahhh!” from everyone. Traditionally, this type of tomato-sauce based lasagna wasn’t a meat-less version, but so many versions exist even in the Italian cuisine! For example, zucchini lasagna, or mushroom lasagna are implicity meat-less. In that case you can just sub the...

Minimalist summer hair care routine – Vegan & cruelty-free

Minimalist summer hair care routine

When I think of summer hair, I imagine wild, natural hair that flows in the seaside breeze. Mind you, this is the first summer I spend thousands of kilometers away from the nearest beach, but yet that image and sensation is imprinted in my memory. That’s why when summer comes around, I try to minimize my hair care routine using only natural products that are not only effective but also Vegan and cruelty-free in order to get get the results that I’m looking for while still being able to live green and leave a minimal footprint. So for today I’ve got five products to share with you, and they’re all...

May favorites: Vegan beauty & lifestyle

May 2016 favorites: Vegan beauty & lifestyle

Hello beautiful rose buds! I hope you’ve been having an amazing day. We’ve just wrapped up May so I decided to post some of my May Favorites, from beauty to books to TV stuff & more… Without further rambling, let’s get started on some May Favorites ^.^ I’m loving… During May I’ve made my second order on the lovely website Natural Forme, to get some more original Savon d’Alep for my husband (it’s the only product he wants in the shower lately) and since I was already on the site, I got some of the products that turned out to be my faves for the month of May, namely: the...

Lunch in 10: Vegan Alfredo with hemp seeds and tomatoes

Vegan Alfredo with hemp seeds and tomatoes

Now that the days are getting warmer, simple, quick lunches are a must in our household. This is the perfect example of a balanced meal packed with proteins and that will keep you full for hours: a creamy pasta dish loaded with tomatoes complete with super-healthy hemp seeds. The “Alfredo sauce” is ridiculously easy to make and delicious, too – it’s rich, flavorful and velvety: it’s made from a packaged organic rice cream for convenience, garlic powder and nutritional yeast. The idea for this recipe came from an amazing soy-based Swedish fettucine pasta. Fettuccine are probably among my favorite types of pasta, but as the Italian tradition wants, they often contain eggs,...