Chocolate Puffed Rice Slice

I’ve been dreaming of recreating my favourite (or at least one of my favourites, after Ferrero Rocher and Raffaello) chocolates ever since moving to Australia, as you can’t buy Mikado chocolate with rice here. It’s a Croatian brand which was sold in Slovenia as well where I grew up.

So, I decided to recreate it and make it vegan-friendly too. I didn’t realise it used milk chocolate, as to me it tasted quite dark. To replace the milk chocolate, I used a combination of dark chocolate buttons and almond milk (nicer when homemade) to give it that lighter milk chocolate flavour. / Read More »

What It’s Like To Raise a Vegan Dog

Chewy Vegan Dog Sweet Potato Treat

Our decision to adopt a dog, let alone having a vegan dog was not something we took lightly. We see the commitment of raising an animal not too dissimilar to raising a child.

Any living being that we bring into our home, we want to ensure that they have an enriched life.

However, for us, there’s another layer of requirements. For Maša and I, our goal each day is to live out our values, specifically minimalism and veganism.

At the same time, we felt compelled to bring a dog into our home. It’s something we had been thinking about for years up until this point. It was time… / Read More »

Don't Let Your Age Hold You Back From Changing Your Life

Age is just a number.

Some people would agree with this statement and others wouldn’t. This is the difference between a growth or a fixed mindset.

People with a growth mindset see it as just a number and don’t let their age or their current stage in life hold them back or define what they’re capable of. You get one life. There’s no re-doing it if you miss the opportunity to live it to the full.

Let me give you a scenario. / Read More »

Eggplant and Mushroom with Garlic Sauce

I’m excited to share this Asian eggplant and mushroom recipe with you! It’s been a little while since I last shared a recipe, over three months actually. Time has flown by, and lots has changed. But here I am, sharing another delicious recipe with you.

The reason I stopped writing recipes was that I was feeling a little overwhelmed with them. Every time it was my turn to write content, and we were due to put up a recipe, I felt completely paralysed. It took me a while to realise that I should just take a step back and let recipes come naturally to me rather than forcing them into existence.

So moving forward there will be fewer recipes but the ones that I do share, I promise will be worth the wait. If there is something, in particular, you would like me to focus on (easy throw together dinners, soups, stews, using specific ingredients etc.), let me know and I’ll incorporate it in. / Read More »

How To Overcome The Power of Sales

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I remember back in 1998 I was invited to my first disco party held at my school. I was ten years old, and like most kids at that age, all I cared about was making an impression on my peers.

So with that motivation, my mother took me out shopping to find some nice clothes for the party. Buying the outfit for the party was the specific goal of this shopping trip. At least so I thought…

We visited malls, second-hand shops, boutiques. You name it. We went there.

She made me try on dozens of jeans and short-sleeve shirts that day, asking for the opinions of the retail assistants along the way.

I thought we found a winner, but it wasn’t enough for my mother.

You see, my mother is an excellent shopper. She knows all the shops in town, she knows all of the assistants and most importantly, she knows how to find a lower price.

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Yes, I Don't Want To Quit Social Media

Michael has been talking about quitting social media for years. Every few months the conversation would come up, and he would probe as to why I’m not prepared to quit it.

It’s very common in the minimalist community to quit social media. Many pride themselves on quitting social media or having a detox because they don’t want to be chained to their addiction, or comparing themselves to others, or passively consuming content without any real purpose.

Living with intention and eliminating things that stop you from doing so is what minimalism means to us. Social media can be a strong culprit for wasting time and procrastinating. I do admit that I have had many moments of just scrolling through the feed and aimlessly looking at things, however, I’m not afraid to say that I don’t plan to quit social media.

Yes, there are many reasons to quit social media and free yourself from the world’s biggest procrastinating tool. However, what if you used it in the right way and got value out of it instead?

I’ve always hidden behind the fact that we had businesses that benefit from being on these platforms and that it would be crazy to quit social media just for the sake of it. / Read More »

Design For White Space In Your Life

Design For White Space In Life

Let’s talk about design, specifically white space.

A simple online search defines design as “a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other objects before it is made.”

In the context of this post, I’ll be focusing on graphic design and how it relates to life design (more on that later).

Design style varies greatly depending on what you’re trying to achieve. However, the kind of design that gets me excited is designed with lots of intentional white space. / Read More »

Why You’re Struggling To Stay Vegan

why you're struggling to stay vegan

Veganism isn’t a switch. It’s a series of choices you make for them to eventually become part of your subconscious. It’s a lifestyle rather than just a habit.

So why do people struggle to stay vegan? Well, there’s more than one answer to this question.

For some people, it happens instantly, but as we have learned over the years, that seems to be the minority. As some of you may know, this is how we became vegan.

But today I wanted to discuss why people take longer to transition and what may be holding them back from making the full leap.

Before I get into it, I want to note that I’m not judging others for their journey. I’m just hoping to help you relate with some of the reasons that may be holding you back. I completely appreciate that everyone’s situation is different and that any progress is progress in the right direction. Let’s all celebrate it.
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what to do when you do when you don't feel like a minimalist anymore

Clutter has crept back into your life, and you’re disappointed in yourself for letting it happen.

We’ve certainly felt this way recently, which we wrote about here. We overcommitted ourselves with running two websites while maintaining our day jobs.

As a result, we decided to shut down our online store so we could refocus on The Minimalist Vegan. Closing down wasn’t an easy decision, but one we felt was worth doing to get back to simplicity.

To help you get out of your clutter-rut, it’s important to understand what constitutes being a minimalist.

Fortunately, minimalism is non-exclusive. Therefore there’s no specific standard. / Read More »

Why We Don’t Want Kids

Why We Don't Want Kids

To have kids or not? That’s the question Michael and I have been asking ourselves for years. And only now, I feel clear and confident enough to explain why we don’t want kids.

I’ve resisted writing about embracing a child-free lifestyle because I thought I’d be in the minority and people would feel offended by it. This thought turns out to be incorrect.

According to research from the Urban Institute, birth rates among 20-something women declined 15% between 2007 and 2012. Additional data from the Pew Research Center reflects a longer-term trend of women eschewing parenthood as the number of US women who choose to forego motherhood altogether has doubled since 1970. / Read More »

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