• life
  • MY APARTMENT ESSENTIALS

    As promised, I am sharing my apartment essentials with links to where to purchase! I apologize in advance if I can’t find the exact product but I will definitely link the closest thing I can find at the same price point.

    LIVING ROOM

    VINTAGE PENDANT LIGHT KIT // AMAZON

    TASSELS PARTY BANNER // TARGET

    PLANT STAND // AMAZON

    RUBY TUFTED RUG // URBAN OUTFITTERS

    NATHAN JAMES MEDIA CONSOLE // AMAZON

    TOSHIBA FIRE TV // AMAZON

    MOROCCAN POUF // AMAZON

    KNIT FLOOR PILLOW // URBAN OUTFITTERS

    IVORY THROW WITH TASSELS // NORDSTROM RACK

    IKEA POÄNG ARMCHAIR // THRIFTED FOR $8, LINKING FROM IKEA

    VELVET CHAISE LOUNGE // AMAZON, LINKING SIMILAR

    PET FRIENDLY SOFA COVER // AMAZON

    KNITTED THROW // TARGET

    ACCENT TABLE // TARGET

    SLEEP SPACE

    BED FRAME // AMAZON

    MATTRESS // TUFT & NEEDLE

    WAKE UP LIGHT THERAPY ALARM CLOCK // AMAZON

    MACRAME // AMAZON

    THROW PILLOWS // URBAN OUTFITTERS, NORDSTROM RACK, AND TARGET

    SILK PILLOW CASE // BROOKLINEN

    KITCHEN

    SHELF RAISERS // THRIFTED FOR ~$3 EACH, LINKING SIMILAR

    STASHER BAGS // STASHERBAG

    BEESWAX WRAPS // BEESWRAP – USE CODE ‘ROSIE20’ FOR 20% OFF

    CORNER COUNTERTOP ORGANIZER // THRIFTED FOR $5, LINKING SIMILAR

    LAZY SUSAN // THRIFTED FOR ~$3, LINKING SIMILAR

    FRIDGE ORGANIZER CONTAINERS // THRIFTED FOR ~$3 EACH, LINKING SIMILAR

    BRIM POUR OVER COFFEEMAKER // CRATE & BARREL

    BRIM ESPRESSO MACHINE // WILLIAMS SONOMA

    ELECTRIC KETTLE // AMAZON

    SMEG TOASTER // WILLIAMS SONOMA

    ALMOND COW MILK MACHINE // ALMOND COW

    AIR FRYER // BELLA

    VITAMIX // AMAZON – SNAGGED ON SALE ON AMAZON DAY

    DISH SCRUB // AMAZON

    KITCHEN MAT // WORLD MARKET

    BATHROOM

    AMBER GLASS JAR // TARGET

    EVERYTHING SOAP // FOLLAIN

    SHOWER CURTAIN // TJ MAXX, LINKING SIMILAR

    TASSLE BATH RUG // WORLD MARKET, LINKING SIMILAR

    REED DIFFUSER IN SANDALWOOD ROSE // NORDSTROM

    JEWELRY BOX // NORDSTROM, LINKING SIMILAR

    CERAMIC JEWELRY DISHES // THRIFTED FOR $1 EACH, LINKING SIMILAR

    OVER THE CABINET TOWEL BAR // THRIFTED FOR $3, LINKING SIMILAR

    OVER THE CABINET APPLIANCE ORGANIZER // THRIFTED FOR $5, LINKING SIMILAR

    OVER THE DOOR HOOKS // THRIFTED FOR $7, LINKING SIMILAR

    MISC.

    LABEL MAKER // AMAZON

    SHOE RACK // IKEA

    FULL LENGTH MIRROR // IKEA

    LUGGAGE STAND // THRIFTED FOR $3, LINKING SIMILAR

    DRESSER // AMAZON

    FURBO DOG CAMERA // AMAZON

    RECYCLE BIN // TARGET

    PANTRY CARTS // IKEA

    ORGANIZING BINS // THRIFTED FOR ~$2 EACH, LINKING SIMILAR

    VINTAGE PAN AM PRINT // AMAZON

    WOODEN PRINT HANGER // URBAN OUTFITTERS

    BAR STOOLS // TARGET

    WOOD LETTER BOARD // TARGET

    VASE // IKEA

    CLEANING SUPPLIES // BRANCH BASICS

    COOK BOOKS // HALF PRICED BOOKS, AMAZON, LOCAL SHOPS

    CRYSTALS // MOSTLY FROM MOORE THAN ROCKS IN KENT, WA

    CANDLES // MOSTLY ANTHROPOLOGIE AND TRADER JOE’S

    All of these products brought my little 465 square foot studio apartment to life! I recorded and shared an apartment tour on YouTube, which you can watch here. Hope this helps and gives you some space saving and budgeting ideas for your big or little space! All the love.

  • health
  • Q&A WITH FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR KAELI BAUMAN OF FLIGHTFŪD

    It should be no surprise by now how much of a fan I am of FLIGHTFŪD. But I don’t think I’ve shared much about how much I am absolutely impressed and amazed by Co-Founder and Creator of the brand and product, Kaeli Bauman. I met Kaeli last summer in a coffeeshop while she was visiting Seattle, and I left our coffee date feeling inspired as ever. We talked a fair amount about flying (as she is an ex-flight attendant for a major airline), her beloved product, the side effects of flying in which she shared so much incredible research that pretty much blew my mind, our favorite layovers, and other jumpseat topics. I really admire her, not just for what she’s created, but for what she stands for and I am excited to share this interview with you.

    What was your favorite thing about being a flight attendant? Least favorite?

    My favorite thing about being a flight attendant was the flexibility in my schedule and the sense of adventure I felt every time I came to work. My first year as a flight attendant was, in particular, very memorable. It didn’t matter where I was flying to or where my layovers were, I had so much fun. The morale was really high with crew members at that time and we all had so much fun no matter where we were. I made some lifelong friends, and my time spent working as a flight attendant holds a very special place in my heart.

    As many good things are, my favorite part of being a flight attendant was a double edged sword – despite loving the flexibility and travel that came with the job, I started to crave more routine and stability with my weeks. It was hard on relationships with people who weren’t in aviation – it was very much it’s own little bubble which other people didn’t understand. 

    What was the inspiration behind FLIGHTFŪD?

    The inspiration came from my experience working as a flight attendant and getting curious about what was happening to my body in the air. I didn’t feel great while flying and I sensed that it was taking a toll on my body. I went back to school to study holistic nutrition and did research on flying and health – this is where I discovered that there are 6 main effects of flying on the body. 

    I went to several health food stores in Toronto (where I was living at the time) and on layovers in NYC and LA looking for a product which could address these 6 effects. Every store gave me 6-9 different supplements to take which wasn’t awesome because I lived out of a suitcase and was really looking for an all-in-one solution specifically for flying. This is when I decided to go out and create the product I wanted myself.

    How long did it take you to do all the research you needed to get the product created?

    About 3 years. There has been a lot of foundational work behind the scenes prior to our Oct. 2019 launch. Originally, it was just myself, and now there are 3 of us building the company and bringing the brand to life. I had no idea where to begin to start a food and supplement brand, so the first year was what I call a “sponge” stage – learning a lot about manufacturing, regulations, formulations, food science, supply chain, building my business acumen etc. We launched two concept products in 2017/2018 to test the product and get feedback and then officially launched at the end of 2019. 

    When was the moment you realized FLIGHTFŪD could succeed?

    I knew it could succeed when we started getting repeat orders. It’s one thing when someone purchases your product to try it for the first time, but when they love it and come back again, I think it really shows a successful product-market fit and validates that you are solving a problem people care about. 

    What has been the biggest obstacle with launching FLIGHTFŪD?

    Great question. I think an interesting challenge for FLIGHTFŪD is that we are, in a way, creating a new market. People don’t really know what is happening to their bodies when they are flying and so because of that, they aren’t actively seeking out a product to help. This means that we have to get creative with our marketing – a lot of what we do is around education.

    What is your biggest tip for female entrepreneurs when starting their own company?

    I have 3 tips:

    1. Make sure that your business is something you are really passionate about and which adds value. 
    2. Have a lot of patience. You’re going to have to put in a lot of work without any “reward” initially. This is the opposite of how most of us operate, we’re living in a very “instant gratification” obsessed world right now.  
    3. Practice resourcefulness and resilience. You’re going to have to get creative and scrappy, be solutions focused, and bounce back and pivot from setbacks. 

    Aside from FLIGHTFŪD, what are your travel essentials?

    A big scarf which can sub as a blanket, a good book, and some healthy snacks pre-packed from home. 

    What foods do you eat when you fly? Is there anything you avoid?

    I try to eat food which is easy to digest and packed with micronutrients. I love packing apple slices with cinnamon and cayenne pepper. I avoid meat and dairy because they tend to take longer to digest and are mucous forming. I also avoid cruciferous veggies like broccoli or cauliflower because they make be feel bloated.

    Where can travelers purchase FLIGHTFŪD? 

    Right now they can purchase online at www.flightfud.com and soon some local stockists as well. We also offer an Aviation Employee Program where flight attendants and pilots can enjoy our product at 40% off. We launched this program to make the product more affordable and accessible to them – https://www.flightfud.com/pages/aviation-employee-program.

    What’s next for FLIGHTFŪD?

    We’re focused on building awareness of our flagship product Inflight Elixir, but expect new food products in the future 🙂

    How much of your success do you think is hard work and how much of it do you think is luck?

    Love this question. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote about ideas and how they are brought to life in her book “Big Magic.” She believes that “Ideas have no material body, but they do have consciousness. Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made. Therefore, ideas spend eternity swirling around us, searching for available and willing human partners. When an idea thinks it has found somebody – say, you – who might be able to bring it into the world, the idea will pay you a visit.”

    I fully believe that the idea to bring FLIGHTFŪD to life found me when I was at a place in life where the idea was relevant to me (working as a flight attendant) and I paid attention. So I’d say there is a bit of luck with having the idea. The important part is the execution, which is definitely hard work. I fully believe, with conviction, that you can’t “out work hard work.” So for this, I’d say FLIGHTFŪD’s success to date is 10% luck and 90% hard work. 

    And with that, I will leave you with the link to support Kaeli and her amazing creation (MY absolute travel essential), FLIGHTFŪD. Try it for yourself the next time your plans call for travel. All the love and take care of that body!


  • life
  • ACCOUNTABILITY IN 2020

    As we get ready to wrap up another year, I can’t help but get so excited for 2020. Perhaps it’s my love for even numbers or just the fact that I love the feeling of a fresh start, but either way it inspires me to set goals for myself. I know we should never wait for a new year to set intentions or goals, but I feel like it’s always a good idea to reflect and see what else you can do differently to make yourself proud. Here are some of mine!

    • travel out of the country once a quarter/season
    • call one friend I’ve lost touch with just to say hi at least once a month
    • use a recipe from a cookbook once every two weeks
    • sleep for at least 8 hours a night
    • go on at least one solo trip
    • see a therapist
    • take a new workout class once a month
    • cook for a friend once a month
    • give myself one day off at least once a week (no flying, instagram, emails, etc.)
    • shop at the farmers market at least once every two weeks
    • stay in a treehouse
    • volunteer at least once a month
    • give myself enough time to meditate and journal every morning (even if it’s just for a few minutes)
    • go to at least one concert every few months
    • take mom to italy
    • read one book a month
    • take a lesson in something

    This next year, I really want to focus on my growth. I have noticed that I’ve plateaued in my learning and I want to devote more time to learning new recipes, workouts, languages, cultures, activities. As much as I think we should honor where we are today, I think it’s also healthy to set attainable and measurable goals to challenge ourselves. Change can be so good, if we let it. I’d recommend making some small attainable goals of your own. Remember to be specific so you can hold yourself accountable and that way, it’s not as overwhelming too. And remember that less is more! All the love!

  • recipes
  • MOCKTAILS AT 33,000 FT.

    Perhaps it’s pure boredom after passengers in the first class cabin have been fed on a 5 hour flight, but I also had an idea for this post as I was jotting down ideas for Blogmas. I’ve always wanted to be a barista so naturally, I’ve come to love creating different concoctions on the plane. So just imagine my face when taking orders and someone replies with, “surprise me!”. But not everyone is a drinker, and these are so great to try whether you’re working the flight or killing time getting home or onto your next adventure!

    CRAN YOU ORANGE? SPRITZ

    The perfect sweet drink for anyone! It’s a fan favorite amongst the little ones. You can change the sweetness by playing with the ratios of the juice versus sparkling water.

    • orange juice
    • cran-apple juice
    • sparkling water

    Equal parts of each, served with a lime wedge!

    GINGER ZINGER LEMONADE

    I love having ginger tea on flights because it helps aid digestion, so it’s definitely one of my favorite ingredients to work with on the plane. Next time you fly, add ginger tea to your list of things to pack to create this detox mocktail.

    • ginger tea
    • hot water
    • lemon (bring your own or ask your flight attendant for some!)
    • ice

    Make a ginger tea with a half cup of hot water, let steep for a few minutes before adding room temperature water. Add a squeeze of lemon and ice.

    FIGHT FŪD TONIC

    You guys are probably sick of me talking about Flight Fūd at this point, but I am just so obsessed, okay?! I normally just have it in about 16 ounces of water, but this time, I tried it with sparkling water and WOW. Just wow.

    Mix the pack of Flight Fūd elixir with sparkling water. Simple as that!

    SEATTLE MULE

    A spin off of one of my favorite cocktails – a Moscow Mule. Spicy, sweet, and just right.

    • lime (bring your own or ask your flight attendant for some!)
    • ginger beer
    • splash of juice (POG is my favorite in this one, but cranberry is tasty too!)
    • ice
    • sparkling water – optional to make it less sweet

    Muddle the lime. Add ginger beer (and sparkling water if you prefer it less sweet), and a splash of juice. Top with ice.

    Enjoy, loves! And as always, fly safe, be kind, and don’t poke your flight attendants!

  • eats
  • OH WHAT (TO)FUN

    Scrambled tofu with kale and soyrizo (from Trader Joe’s) with a side of tots. DUH.

    I’ve been eating (mostly) plant based for about two months and one thing that I am LOVING is tofu. I grew up eating tofu, so it never creeped me out. I had experimented with cooking tofu before, but they were always super basic recipes and nothing as good as my mom would make. This time around, let’s just say the obsession is real. Here are 4 ways I’ve been loving having tofu.

    SCRAMBLED

    Can I just say I don’t even miss eggs? Not even a bit. I know. I know. I was all about my savory breakfast (most commonly eggs on avocado toast) in the morning, but a lightbulb went off when one day, I decided to experiment with tofu and turmeric. Turmeric adds the perfect golden color which mimics eggs which is borderline creepy but it seriously tastes SO GOOD. I love cooking with turmeric because of its anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s just a bonus that it helps with the aesthetic of my “eggs.” I like to play around with different spices and herbs, but here is my go to recipe:

    • 14 ounces extra firm tofu (one standard container)
    • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
    • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric (option to start out with 1/4 teaspoon and add little by little, especially if you are not fond of the taste of turmeric)
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (I actually used Firefly Kitchens probiotic salt but sea salt will work fine!)
    1. Drain and remove excess water from the tofu by using paper towels and pressing it onto the tofu with a heavy weight (I use books).
    2. Heat up the oil on a large skillet.
    3. Lower the heat to low-medium and using a spatula, break up the tofu block into crumbles.
    4. Add spices.
    5. Mix well and bring the heat to high.
    6. Stir frequently and sauté the tofu until the color darkens and tofu gets a little crispy.
    7. Add more salt, pepper, and/or crushed red pepper (if you like it spicy) to taste.

    MARINATED AND AIR FRIED

    This has got to be one of my favorite things I’ve been eating, period. All you need to do is drain the water from your tofu, cut it into 1/4″ thick slices, and marinate it in whatever sauce you have in your fridge. My favorite so far has been Sriracha BBQ (literally just Sriracha mixed with barbecue sauce). After marinating for 20-30 minutes (option for longer too), I pop them in my air fryer for about 15 minutes at 400F. Every air fryer is different, so keep a close watch! When finished, the sauce should be dried and created a crispy layer. Spicy, sweet, and delicious! Perfect for buddha bowls, salads, and sandwiches.

    PURÉED INTO AN AIOLI

    Definitely gotta give credit to Dig Inn for this one. My absolute favorite sauce is the garlic aioli made from tofu (they’re all so good, try them all cause they are free! Bless them!). Though I haven’t tried making it myself, I always get a few when I visit them in New York and Boston so that I can add it to my bowls and salads. From there, I also got hit with an idea to create a nut-free vegan alfredo sauce using puréed tofu. I will be posting a recipe on my Instagram soon, so be on the look out!

    TOFURKY DELI SLICES

    Perhaps not the “healthiest” by any means, but easy, and such a great alternative when all you want is a sandwich or wrap with something to complement all the veggies. I’ve been a fan of Tofurky deli slices for quite some time, but have just recently grown such an appreciation for it since going plant based. Not only is it affordable, but I actually love the way it tastes. I love the texture. Because it is a processed food, I try to have it in moderation. But either way, I am so grateful there is a great plant based alternative for sandwich lovers!

    Hope this inspires you to try something new, even if it’s not tofu! All the love!

  • health
  • INVEST IN YOURSELF

    Exploring the night market in Hoi An, Vietnam

    Not until just recently, it was almost a little taboo to do things for yourself. To take time to meditate in the morning or time the time and money to pamper yourself. Did mental health days even exist?! I think self care is so important and here are some of my key items I think are worth investing your time and money into when caring for yourself.

    Gym Membership or Gym Equipment

    Whether you’re into yoga, spin, prefer to workout at home, or enjoy a variety of fitness activities (check out ClassPass), you are investing in yourself and your health. So own it and go on with your bad self!

    Supplements

    I’m talking adaptogens, collagen, probiotics, etc. These are all things that will benefit you in the long run. I’m personally taking a multivitamin to supplement my plant based diet and they’re not the cheapest, but they are worth every penny.

    Skincare

    My skincare regimen is so sacred to me and I’m not mad about it. I choose to invest in locally made and nontoxic serums and my skin has never looked or felt better. I highly recommend @herbivorebotanicals to anyone looking to switch things up! I would also recommend looking into nontoxic makeup. It can be pricey, but chemicals in makeup and nail polish can be very damaging to your body over time.

    Hobbies

    Whatever it is that sets your soul on fire, do that. Love cooking? Take a cooking class! Enjoy trail running? Make the time for it! You are so deserving of fun things.

    A Good Walking Shoe

    Honestly though. Think about your poor feet and how far they’ve taken you thus far. It’s time we take care of em. New Balance makes some great ones and I can always find them at the Rack for a great deal. But it’s definitely worth the splurge to get a style that suits you.

    Therapy

    Not only is it worth the money, but it’s worth your TIME. I am a bit of a hypocrite here though, because going to therapy is something that has been on my back burner to do list for far too long. Let’s be accountability buddies and make it a goal to meet with one next year. 

    Cocofloss

    THIS IS NOT A JOKE. Perhaps this is my personal opinion because oral hygiene is so important to me. So aside from an electric toothbrush (also an essential), I think investing in a good floss is also something to consider. This is going to sound gross, but just think of all the plaque lingering on and in between your teeth. My teeth have never been so clean after using Cocofloss and I will never go back.

    Closet Essentials

    Think timeless pieces and also items that you wear often. For me, that’s a pair of black Chelsea boots. A travel friendly backpack. A pair of blue jeans so comfortable you can also wear them as as a non-revenue passenger. Workout pants. It’ll be different for you, but just consider investing in quality pieces. Not only is it more sustainable, but it will actually save you money and time in the long run too.

    Travel

    So I am totally biased here but I truly believe that so much growth (and honestly LIFE) happens in traveling, especially alone. It’s not always affordable to travel, so I recommend setting financial goals to keep yourself on track with saving to make the trip. It’s also not a bad idea to start with a smaller trip. One of my favorite U.S. cities worth visiting is Austin, TX and it is pretty affordable! Keep your eyes peeled for flash deals on flights and hotel too. Hotel Tonight is also a great resource for more affordable last minute accommodations.

    This is my own personal list. Honorable mentions: dirty dozen six organic foods, your living space and what goes in it to bring you peace and joy, and BOOKS! What’s on yours? All the love.

  • life
  • A WORD FROM THE WISE – TRAVEL TIPS FROM FLIGHT ATTENDANTS

    “Sleep when you’re tired, eat when you’re hungry.” – Christie, SEA based.

    “Pack slippers because Airbnbs can be dirty.” – Vina, ORD based.

    “Whenever traveling to a different time zone, immediately put yourself in that time frame, even if it means pushing through exhaustion. Because then when it is time to go to sleep, you can have a full night’s rest and then be ready to go and fully on that time zone without the jet lag.” – Sean, SEA based.

    “Bring snacks!!!!!” – Lindsey, ANC based.

    “Pack snacks, bring your sleep kits (eye mask and neck pillow). Plan travel around an event, a race or concert or festival.” – Megan, SEA based.

    “Try not to stress about the small things. Getting there is the hardest part! Drink water. Eat your veggies. Smiles go a long way!” – Allie, LAX based.

    “Be prepared! Keep a small bag that fits under your seat for easy access with a pen, water bottle, and big scarf to use as a blanket.” – Amber, SEA based.

    “Travel light.” – Marina, HKG based.

    “Say yes! Try everything, do everything, and don’t hold back! Also, drink water and utilize melatonin. And find travel companions! Cause they elevate every experience and make it even more memorable.” – Kristina, SAN based.

    “Always pack a cocktail dress and a pair of heels. You just never know.” – Fay, SEA based.

    “Always keep a small bag with headphones, Advil, toothbrush and paste, moisturizer, etc. with you that you can keep under your seat so you don’t have to dig things out of your bigger bag (if it wasn’t checked). I like to do this since I like window seats. I don’t have to disturb others.” – Josh, SEA based.

    “I always have a change of clothes in my carry on bag (I’ve been spilled on or had ‘misplaced’ luggage several times and that has totally saved me! Also I (almost) always have my hydroflask on me to cut down on single use plastics and I #FillBeforeIFly” – Justin, SEA based.

    “Use packing cubes. I’m the messiest with my clothes and it keeps me organized, even once I get to my destination.. and they keep me from overpacking!” – Vanessa, SFO based.

    “Always bring your own hand soap and hand lotion.” – Ashley, SEA based.

    “Bring your own healthy snacks and water bottle to fill up past security.” – Shelby, SFO based.

    “Travel light by wearing Merino wool and be flexible.” – Sean C., SEA based.

    “Show up early. I’d rather enjoy a drink before a flight instead of stressing out in rushing to your flight. Travel can be so unpredictable these days. I think in general, try to incorporate my daily habits into travel. So I can enjoy traveling without feeling any ‘guilt’.” – Rosella, SEA based.

    “Less is MORE. When I flew to Greece from my honeymoon, I was fully prepared. Fuzzy socks, toothbrush, mouth wash, eye mask, neck pillow, headphones, snacks, a tablet, the whoolleeee meal deal. Once I sat in my tiny seat I quickly realized i brought WAY too much. Now I know to condense and only bring what I really need! Not only do you have more space around you having not brought as much, but you’re less likely to forget things on the plane! I bring my water bottle, headphones, tablet, a snack or two and call it good!” – Jane, SEA based.

    “Treat others with respect. Kindness goes a long way. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” – Victor, SFO based.

    “For health: Vitamin C. In general: get a massage right before a long flight, don’t plan your entire trip out, spend time every day at a cafe and people watch.” – Patty, SEA based.

    “Take the local bus and talk to locals always. On the bus, in stores, everywhere. They will tell you secret places and unique things to see.” – Sarah, ANC based.

    “Layer. [for the plane] and bring chapstick.” – Celina, SEA based.

    “RESERVE your meals! So helpful on both ends!” – Justine, PDX based.

    “Utilize your pockets in the TSA line. If you’re wearing a jacket, vest, or hoodie, throw all those electronics/odds and ends in those pockets. That way, when you get to the front of the line, you can just put your vest/hoodie/jacket thing in the bin and then take it out and run for that flight you’re probably late to.” – Khai, SEA based.

    “Smart and light packing. Trust your gut.” – JS, FRA based.

    “It’s a part of travel but my best tip would be NOT to put our suitcase on your bed when packing. The wheels are soooo gross!!” – Suzanne, SEA based.

    You heard it hear first! All the love and safe travels!

  • health
  • BEST OF VEGAN CHEESE

    vegan charcuterie board from Rebel Cheese in Austin, TX – a vegan deli

    Cheese is probably my favorite food of all time but unfortunately, my sensitivity to dairy makes it hard to enjoy it without stomach pains. Oh the joys of getting older!! FORTUNATELY though for us, there are so many alternatives out there now. It’s amazing and honestly mind blowing. Here are the best of the best!

    Kite Hill Cream Cheese

    My first love. This almond milk based cream cheese has the texture of cream cheese and the taste will have you wondering if you accidentally had the real thing. I am obsessed with the jalapeño flavor!

    Miyoko’s Kitchen Cheese Wheel

    An absolute MUST for any vegan OR non-vegan charcuterie board. The flavors are absolutely insane and they are the true reason why I could do without real cheese. The double cream chive, garlic herb, and sundried tomato garlic are all BOMB.

    Miyoko’s Kitchen Mozzarella

    IT MELTS. I REPEAT. IT MELTS. This cheese is my favorite to top on pizzas and tastes amazing in Caprese salads too!

    Spero Goaty Chevre

    If you’re a goat cheese lover, you are freaking welcome. One of the best plant based cheeses I have ever had, period. Clean ingredients. Win, win, win!

    Field Roast Creamy Original Chao Slices

    One of my favorite plant based sliced cheeses. I prefer to have it melted in a sandwich versus cold but still good either way!

    Violife Just Like Smoked Provolone Slices

    Super tasty hot or cold. Kind of crazy how they nail the taste of Provolone.. just not gonna question it.

    Kite Hill Ricotta

    I find that vegan ricotta is one of the easiest cheeses to make, but if you don’t have the time, this one is a WINNER. Taste and texture on point.

    Rind Paprika Brie

    The ONLY reason why this isn’t at the top of the list is because it’s so hard to get your hands on. I tried it for the first time at Rebel Cheese, a vegan deli shop (equipped with vegan charcuterie boards) in Austin and I just can’t stop thinking about it. I have been dying for a Brie that actually tastes like Brie, and well, this is it.

    Siete Spicy Blanco Cashew Queso

    The name speaks for itself. It’s spicy and delicious and the list of ingredients is one of my favorite things about this brand. Absolutely ZERO fillers and junk!

    The Honest Stand Cheddar Style Dip

    WOW. JUST WOW. My favorite lazy day mac and cheese recipe has been brown rice elbows, two large spoonfuls of this dip, a splash of non-dairy milk, salt, and pepper. You won’t believe your eyes or your taste buds!

    Hope this wasn’t too CHEESY. If you’re skeptical, just give one of these a try. I promise your mind will be blown. All the love!

  • travel
  • TOP 5 OF SEATTLE (FOOD EDITION)

    Buddha Bowl at Heartbeet Organic Superfoods Cafe

    THE MOMENT WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR! I have been dying to put together a Seattle guide for a long freaking time. The issue is, I get overwhelmed when I look at city guides and in the end, resort to Yelp. So I decided to put together a different take on a city guide. Here are my top 5s of my hometown, Seattle.

    TOP 5 FAST CASUAL EATS

    • Homegrown – Farm to table style soups, salads, and sandwiches. // Sprinkled all around the city, Bellevue, and Mercer Island
    • Café Yumm – A tastier Chipotle (in my opinion) with plant based options. // 7th & Pine
    • Bounty Kitchen – Local, organic, and lots of variety! // Queen Anne and Denny Triangle
    • Vinason Pho & Grill – Vietnamese food made locally and sustainably. Vegetarian/vegan and keto options available! // South Lake Union
    • Eltana – If you need a bagel spot in Seattle, this is it. // Capitol Hill and Seattle Center

    TOP 5 PLANT BASED EATS

    • Heartbeet Organic Superfoods Cafe – Amazing salads, warm bowls, juices, and tasty raw vegan treats. // Queen Anne
    • Plum Bistro – Three words. MAC AND YEEZY. The tastiest vegan comfort food in the city. // Capitol Hill
    • Cafe Flora – Amazing brunch. Best cinnamon roll ever and if you can’t get enough, they have a location in the airport in between the A & B gates. // Madison Valley
    • Juicebox Cafe – Unique flavors and twists on simple eats. Try their savory oats! // Capitol Hill
    • Harvest Beat – Definitely a splurge but such an amazing experience of local and eco-friendly eats in the art of a 5 course meal. // Wallingford

    TOP 5 BRUNCH EATS

    • Super Six – Hawaiian fusion with the best morning adult bevvies. // Columbia City
    • Cafe Opla – Vietnamese fusion, banh mi in a skillet. Unique and amazing. // On the Pier
    • Oddfellows Cafe – Simple menu, great ambience. // Capitol Hill
    • Mr. West Cafe & Bar – They have charcuterie boards. I REPEAT. They have charcuterie boards!! // Westlake
    • The Fat Hen // If you enjoy eggs and a simple menu, check this spot out. Fair warning, the space is small so there will most likely be a wait. But worth it! // Ballard

    TOP 5 SWEET EATS

    • Frankie and Jo’s – The best ice cream in the city. All vegan and fun flavors. // Ballard and Capitol Hill.
    • Ellenos Yogurt – The most amazing Greek yogurt ever, tastes like melted cheesecake. Local. // Pike Place Market and Georgetown
    • The Flying Apron – A vegan and gluten free bakery! AMAZING. // West Seattle and Fremont
    • Mighty-O Donuts – The yummiest doughnuts that just HAPPEN to be vegan. // Capitol Hill, Greenlake, Ballard, and Denny Triangle
    • Hot Cakes – Homemade molten cakes. Unreal. // Ballard and Capitol Hill

    TOP 5 COFFEESHOPS

    • Cafe An’Clair – A French inspired cafe with amazing pastries, naturally. // South Lake Union
    • Retreat – Wellness latte galore! They also have lots of amazing food options and turns into a bar later in the day. // Greenlake
    • Stone Way Cafe – Amazing coffee, great food, and live music in the evening! // Fremont
    • Storyville Coffee – Great local coffee and ambience for work space. // Downtown, Capitol Hill, and Pike Place
    • Atulea – For you non-coffee drinkers, my favorite matcha shop makes amazing matcha lattes and bubble tea! Super cute and makes me feel like I’m in California. // Capitol Hill

    TOP 5 HAPPY HOUR

    • Toulouse Petit – The tastiest creole food made affordable with their incredible happy hour menu. Incredible first date-y ambience. // Queen Anne
    • Pablo y Pablo – Great happy hour menu with lots of food and drink options. Vegetarian/vegan options available! GET THE SPICY MARGS. // Wallingford
    • M Bar – Rooftop bar with a unique menu. Worth it for the view alone. // South Lake Union
    • Lunchbox Laboratory – Not the healthiest, but definitely one of the most delicious. I dream of their totchos. // South Lake Union and Greenlake
    • Japonessa – Seattle’s best sushi happy hour, hands down. The hours alone are amazing but the menu actually has a great selection and the drinks are amazing too. // Downtown
  • health
  • FOODS I EAT AND AVOID WHEN I FLY

    The facts are facts. You bloat when you fly. It was kind of eye opening for me when I was a brand new flight attendant and a senior mama pointed out a water bottle to me and said something along the lines of, “see that? That’s your body right now,” as the water bottle expanded before our eyes. I realized then that I am sacrificing a lot for this job. Being punished for eating veggies and hummus? ABSURD. But this is my life, and I want to share with you what I eat and avoid when I fly to feel good when I land.

    EAT EAT EAT

    • GREENS! This one is kind of a no brainer. There are so many vitamins we get from greens so whether it’s a $10 green juice from the airport, packed salad from home, or greens tablets (Amazing Grass makes great ones), get em in!
    • Berries. They are full of vitamins and are such a hydrating fruit. Perfect to snack on midflight.
    • Citrus. Vitamin C + hydration. Winner winner chicken dinner.
    • Melon. Another hydrating fruit. Noticing a pattern here?
    • Cucumber. Eat you water!
    • Charcoal. Detoxify as you fly.
    • Ginger. Ever notice why ginger ale is such a popular beverage on flights? It’s great for your tummy! Bring ginger tea to avoid all the sugar.
    • Turmeric. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, I like to sprinkle a bit over veggies (+black pepper to activate the curcumin) or have a golden milk latte midflight!
    • No-legume dips. Listen. I love hummus as much as the next person. In fact, so much that I will sacrifice stomachaches for it sometimes. But the more I fly, the more I realize it’s not worth it, especially not on long flights. I’d rather opt for other dips that are just as good! Bitchin Sauce and Baba Ghanouj are some of my favorites! Kite Hill makes awesome dairy-free dips too.
    • Coconut water. It’s got a lot of electrolytes and great for extra hydration.
    • Kraut. Your digestive system gets confused when you fly, so one of the best things you could do is pay extra attention to your gut!
    • Gluten free oats. I love having oats because it leaves me feeling satiated which keeps me from mindless snacking. (Pro tip: prep your oats in a jar, then ask your flight attendant for hot water! That way you can create your own dream oats and avoid added sugars.)

    AVOID AVOID AVOID

    • Legumes. It’s tragic, I know. Especially being plant based. Beans, lentils, chickpeas – I’ll see you when I land.
    • Cruciferous vegetables. Now this is just cruel. We are being punished for eating veggies and it sucks. But here’s the thing – broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, arugula, and cauliflower have fibers and raffinose which cause extreme bloating. And that is no bueno when you fly.
    • Carbonated beverages. I stopped drinking soda awhile ago, but I also stopped drinking sparkling water a little bit ago because of the bloat caused by little air bubbles. Think about it. You’re basically drinking air!
    • Dairy. I don’t consume dairy often anyway, but I especially try to avoid it when I fly because it upsets my stomach.

    I should also add that I am not a nutritionist or a professional. For the past five years, my body has been a real life experiment and this is just what works for me. Also note that you should drink A LOT of water. More than you think you’d need. I also love to add FLIGHTFŪD to my water when I fly! I’ve noticed that when I take it, I land less bloated and fatigue. It’s like magic. As always, I hope this helps!! All the (gut) love.