What We Can Learn From Christmas Day

What We Can Learn From Christmas Day

Christmas meant so much to me in my childhood.

It represented spending quality time with family and friends, watching Christmas films like Miracle on 34th Street and Home Alone, listening to artists like Mariah Carey, Michael Bublé and UB40 sing Christmas carols, and of course, giving and receiving gifts. [continue reading…]

5-Ingredient Vegan Baklava

Vegan Baklava

I know that I’m biased to say this, but my mum makes the best baklava. Honestly, I’ve never had one that’s better than hers! Other’s are either super dry, flakey, the wrong flavours, have no flavour or are too sweet. I know that I’m onto a winner here with this 5 ingredient vegan baklava. Minimal ingredients, maximum flavour. 

You can make it with different nuts, but the one that I have grown up eating was only with walnuts. This is the traditional Greek way of making it. 

Baklava typically uses butter and honey/raw sugar as the sweetener. I decided to give it a go with macadamia oil and coconut sugar instead, and it was perfect. [continue reading…]

Our Approach To Minimalism at Christmas – Episode 043

Can minimalism and Christmas co-exist?

The product of Christmas means to consume at incredibly unsustainable rates, and minimalism promotes the opposite.

But Christmas is also a time to have enriching experiences with those nearest and dearest to you.

Our approach to minimalism at Christmas has changed year to year, and in this episode, we share what we’ve learned how we plan to refine the experience. There are many minimalist principles that we can implement and learn from at this time of year. 

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Is Wool Vegan? Ethical Considerations of The Wool Industry

Is wool vegan? As a vegan, you’d think my response would be an emphatic no.

Wool comes from sheep, and it’s not for human consumption—therefore it’s exploitation.

That was my understanding of wool. And if I’m being honest, that’s what I wanted to believe.

However, the ethics of wool is not as straightforward as we’d like it to be. It’s more grey than any area of veganism I’ve investigated to date.

What you’ll find is that there are extreme examples of good and bad across wool practices, depending on various factors. [continue reading…]

vegan chickpea pancakes with a creamy pesto

You’ll be surprised how good these vegan chickpea pancakes taste! Especially considering that they’re gluten-free, grain-free, egg-free and dairy-free.

I haven’t experimented too much in the kitchen with chickpea flour, but have been on a slightly stricter diet lately (due to health issues) and I’m not able to eat wheat nor sugar. I’m also focusing on high protein low carb meals. 

I set out to make myself something delicious, that also had plenty of flavour, and was quick and easy to make. I’d been looking at all the other chickpea pancake recipes online and wanted to make my own version with loads of veggies. [continue reading…]

How To Transition To a Vegan Lifestyle Pt. 2 – Episode 042

How To Transition To a Vegan Lifestyle Pt. 2 – Episode 042

Today we continue our conversation about how to transition to a vegan lifestyle. 

In the previous episode, we covered the mindset you need to go vegan, different approaches, and how to prepare vegan meals.

In this episode, we discuss tips for eating out, going beyond food, dealing with friends and family, and how to get started with animal activism.

We hope you enjoy pt. 2 on how to transition to a vegan lifestyle. [continue reading…]

The Negative Effects of Clutter: Backed By Science

the negative effects of clutter

Despite the negative effects of clutter, I’m fascinated with why most of us don’t prioritise removing clutter from our lives.

I’ve personally experienced incredible benefits as a result of applying minimalism. But perhaps my experiences alone are not enough to convince everyone that reads this to declutter.

I get it. It’s not exactly fun (well for most of us) to deal with our things. But it doesn’t mean we should continue to accept our current situation.

So I thought to spend the last week as a student, scanning and dissecting white papers to find the negative effects of clutter. [continue reading…]

30 Healthy Vegan Holiday Recipes

30 Vegan Holiday Recipes

Just in time for the holiday season, I’ve put together my favourite 30 vegan holiday recipes! You’ll find breakfast ideas, appetizers, salads, main dishes, desserts, and drink ideas to make it easier for you to serve super delicious vegan food to family and friends. Or if you’re not the one cooking, send this post to the person that will be for some inspiration if they need it.

I chose to call this post “Vegan Holiday Recipes” as I wanted to make sure I wasn’t excluding people and groups that don’t celebrate Christmas. I always try and be as inclusive as possible and make it easier for others to enjoy whatever holiday they celebrate without feeling as though all they can find is content that is dedicated to Christmas. [continue reading…]

How To Transition To a Vegan Lifestyle Pt. 1 – Episode 041

How To Transition To a Vegan Lifestyle Pt. 1

Going vegan at first can feel completely overwhelming, especially if you’ve been used to consuming animal products your whole life.

What can I eat? Where do I find products? Is it going to cost me more? Is it going to be any good? What will my friends and family think of me?

While there can be some natural resistance to going vegan, it doesn’t have to be hard. There are so many resources to help your transition into veganism be accessible and empowering.

In this episode, we’re going to discuss all of the tips and tricks we wish we knew when we first decided to embark on our vegan journey. [continue reading…]

5 Simple Life Lessons From Winnie-the-Pooh

Lessons from Winnie the Pooh

Maša and I recently watched the Christopher Robin movie.

I didn’t expect much from this film—it’s Winnie-the-Pooh after all. He was always a “meh” character for me as a child.

I mean, he was cute and all, but I found his obsession with honey to be a bit much.

However, as an adult, I was blown away with the depth and relevancy of this movie. [continue reading…]