Welcome Home, Arlo

I’m so excited to introduce you to our newest bundle of joy!Arlo is home after a fast and furious entrance into the world this past Wednesday. We’re so happy and in love. I honestly don’t know how we ever lived without this little snuggle bug. He’s just so stinkin’ sweet. I want to freeze time because I know how quickly it flies. At 6 days old, it already seems like it’s going by way too fast, which I know probably sounds crazy.

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New Mama Glo Bars (lactation-friendly, nut-free)

“I’ve officially polished off my ‘postpartum’ Glo Bar stash.” This is what I wrote on Snapchat  early in September to accompany a photo of me gobbling up my last lonely bar from the freezer. I had overestimated my self-control at 9 months pregnant just a tad, thinking I could stock the freezer a month early with Glo Bars so I would have them handy to bring to the hospital and to enjoy once home. Fool! Here is my not-so-spoiler alert: I have zero self-control when there’s a food I love in the house. Obviously. So I made another couple batches (oh darn), only this time I waited until I was ready to pop (a.k.a.…right now).

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Friday FAQs: Spice mix uses, smoothie freezer packs, coconut milk differences, and more!

Whew, what a whirlwind start to September we’ve had! Between home renovation setbacks, caring for a sick toddler, and the launch of my new cookbook, things have sure been lively. But I’m happy to say Oh She Glows Every Day has now hit shelves across North America (why is releasing creative projects into the world so darn scary?), the little one is in good health, and the reno situation is…well, a typical reno situation, hah. But all of that aside, we’re super excited for this month as Adriana turns 2 in a couple weeks and my due date is just days after. There’s no doubt that this month promises to bring some big changes in the Liddon household. I’m basically feeling every kind of emotion you can imagine right now.

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Friday FAQs: Chia Power Doughnuts, vinegar subs for gazpacho, cocoa vs. carob, and more

Do you ever feel like you can’t find the words to write about how you’re feeling? That’s me lately. I sit at the keyboard and draw a blank trying to process all the things zipping away in my mind. We’re now days away from the launch of Oh She Glows Every Day, a month away from baby #2’s due date, and a couple months away from wrapping up some major house renovations. There’s so much change and anticipation (and dust!) in the air. Most days I don’t know whether I’m coming or going, which makes it tricky to sit down and write. Thankfully, I’m learning to embrace change a bit better than I used to. (Parenthood, ever unpredictable, helps with this one in a BIG way.) I’m also feeling grateful for so many things in spite of the anxiety. Whenever I have a negative thought I try to counter it with something I’m grateful for in that very moment. Often, gratitude is all I need to keep on chugging along and not let the worries take away from the big picture. Embrace change and practice gratitude…my current words to live by!

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Friday FAQs: Lactation cookies, cilantro prepping, what to do with leftover nut milk and marinara sauce, and more

Howdy and happy Friday! This seems to be the theme of the summer, but each week is passing at mach speed. This week was filled with interviews and planning blog posts for the fall. We also sent out the next issue of In The Glow (#9!) so hopefully you enjoyed it! (Just in case you’re curious, we send out one newsletter every 3 or 4 weeks on average…so no risk of flooding your inbox.) Eric is also helping me get set up to start shooting some cooking videos, and I’m really excited to start sharing those in the near future!

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Plant-Based Make-Ahead Freezer Meals for New Parents

One of the most frequent requests I’ve had over the past several months is to share my plan and tips for making freezer meals before the baby arrives. Here you were thinking I had a plan all along…hahah…I wish I was that organized! But I can thank you for lighting a fire under me to put this idea into action. With just less than 7 weeks to go, I thought I better get my butt in gear and come up with a game plan! I’ll be making double batches of many of our fave entrées below, and a bunch of smoothie freezer packs. I’m so pumped. Nothing is more exciting than having a freezer stocked with delish, healthy recipes! (Side note: This post addresses new parents, but these freezer-friendly meals are convenient for everyone—students, busy nine-to-fivers, etc.!)

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Friday FAQs: The difference between soy sauce and tamari, speeding up digestion, Glo Bar troubleshooting, and more

Happy Friday! This week has been a flurry of activity on the home and work fronts. My days lately are filled with interviews and other launch excitement as we gear up for Oh She Glows Every Day to hit the shelves in a few short weeks. (Exciting side note: I just heard the book will launch a few days early in Canada, on Saturday, September 3rd!) I’m trying to channel any anxiety I have into excitement (a great tip I heard years ago), which I admit can be challenging with all these hormones floating through my system, hah. On the blog and app side of things, I’ve been preparing content for when after baby arrives, to make sure there are some exciting recipes planned during one of my favourite cooking/baking months (October!! Who else is excited?). The prospect of fall is also helping me get through this intense heat wave we’ve been going through, and I can’t wait to cool off in our friends’ pool tomorrow.

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Friday FAQs: Raw Chocolate Pudding, high-protein snacks, Vegan Overnight Oats texture troubleshooting, and more

Even though I’ve been busy developing fall recipes, I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that it’s August! Are you, too? Recipe development is a funny thing; I often have to work in advance when developing recipes for publications (sometimes 8 months or more), or when trying to get ahead with some banked blog recipes. This last week has found me whipping out cans of pumpkin (!) and whisking together batches of pumpkin pie spice (!!) to develop recipes for a few special projects coming up. I’m also trying to create some banked recipes for when the baby arrives so I still have some delicious things to share in October. (If you have the Oh She Glows Recipe App, you may have seen a couple fall-inspired recipes pop in yesterday! #sorrynotsorry)

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