Πέμπτη, 27 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

15 months old

Nereus is 15 months old already! I have to admit that I feel a little sad because I feel he's getting very big and that he won't be needing me soon. It's silly but that's how I feel. Anyway, enough with my emotional crap.

My little baby looks so much more like a child ha! Here's some fun stuff he has been doing lately...

*He loves making us smell his socks and pretend they smell bad (maybe I taught this to him).
*He walks more confidently and even tries to run.
*He looks for Maya the dog under blankets and carpets all the time.
*He's obsessed with cooking...when he sees me cooking he wants me to hold him so he can watch and get involved. I love that we share the same passion and I encourage him to ''help" me.
*He's waving hi to strangers on the road (it cracks me up).
*He finally does the doggie sound. That was a hard one with Maya roaring instead of barking around here.
*He's showing us where his hair, ears and eyes are.
*He has been the cutest little man. The light in our lives.

I know this is all about Nereus, but I loved that we found this lady who took a photo of the three of us together. This must be our second family photo. We need to take more of those. Also my cousin noticed that Phillip is rarely seen on the blog so I decided to add the photo of my two men, too.

Do you have babies at Nereus's age? How do you feel about your littles turning from babies to toddlers? Please tell me!

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Τετάρτη, 26 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

Merry Christmas

Totally awful photo. Can you even see us behind the moving old guy and the general blurriness?

I hope these days have been good for everyone. They were not very good for me but hey, that's life!

I don't want any negative thoughts in my head, so I'll write about the few ones that were pretty awesome!

First of all, I was honored to contribute to the Natural Parents Network with a greeeeat recipe. It's the almond coconut butter shown here before, actually. You can find the recipe here.You should check it out...and make it and please tell me what you think! It's awesome, trust me!

Phillip and I took a walk in the city the other day. We went to make our baby's name official which was a lot easier than I thought. After that we walked around and had some fun, we went to a bio shop and got some food. This made me seriously happy because we were really tight lately and we couldn't buy organic. Being in such a difficult financial condition make me enjoy grocery shopping so much. Don't feel sorry for me I kinda like it, it's a challenge.

Yesterday, my mother decorated the house a bit. Kinda late but better than nothing I guess. No tree for us this year, just a few ornaments here and there. I think it feels a little bit like Christmas eventually.

Earlier today, I had a walk with by boys and cousins to find some Christmas events. We only tried the carousel and Nereus didn't seem very happy about it. He also met a little baby girl and had a baby conversation! When the little girl's parents decided to go, my little boy was almost running behind her. It was so cute and heart breaking...I wish I had a friend with a baby so he could have a little friend at his age to play with...

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Πέμπτη, 20 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

Embrace the Camera

I was reading Emily's blog the other day for the first time and found this awesome feature she has. Every Thursday she posts a picture of herself with someone she loves (kids, husband etc.). This way her family will have many photos to look at and observe the changing and evolving that happens as the years pass.

I already knew that my hard drive was full of Nereus's pictures and I was sparingly there. Not many photos of mine on this blog either. I needed to have more photos of US, so I decided to embrace the camera, too! From now on, every Thursday, I will be posting a photo of myself with a loved one here.

Because when I get old, I want to have millions of pictures reminding me all this crazy life I have lived!

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Τρίτη, 18 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

Is it Christmas yet?


Well, it doesn't feel like Christmas around here at all. 
No decorations, no plans, no Christmas spirit or whatever...

Things here have been really strange these days. I struggle to find what I want to do and who I want to be. I was expecting for some changes to come but something completely different happened. I'm not sure if I want to talk about it here. At least, not yet.

All there is in my mind (and life) is chaos. About Christmas too. See, I don't know how to feel about Christmas. I don't know if I really wanna do anything about it. I'm not a religious person so isn't it hypocritical to celebrate? I also hate the fact that everyone suddenly becomes a ''good'' person and acts kindly because...you know, it's Christmas! A few days later he'll become an asshole again. And don't get me started about consumerism.

On the other hand, I want to teach my son to celebrate everything in his life. And of course I don't want him to feel miserable. I remember last Christmas, my first Christmas as a mother, I was so excited and I wanted to make my baby feel this experience. Last year was different of course. I had my home and it was the new start in my life.

I have to make a desicion about Christmas. Do I want to celebrate it? And if yes, what are the traditions I want to keep and what are the ones I don't? 

I know I want to do something for my kiddo. But I want to do something really nice and thoughtfull instead of buying a bunch of plastic toys for him. I don't get out a lot lately. I don't get out at all actually. But the other day, I was going to buy some food with Nereus and he noticed some houses decorated with Christmas lights. He was fascinated! I have to do something for him. Something with lights.

Any ideas?

Δευτέρα, 17 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

Vegan Baby Led Weaning: Breakfast

Today I'm gonna share with you some of the totally tasty and healthy vegan baby led weaning style breakfasts my baby (and I) had so far. I hope to inspire you and motivate you to give fresh, homemade and wholesome foods to your babies. They deserve it!

Tahini-coconut crepe with figs
That mess was quinoa porridge with cinnamon and bananas (the little foot had some too)
Pancake with fruit spread (fig) & freshly juiced oranges
Avocado toast
"Don't you understand that I don't want this stupid rice cake?...Smoothie will be fine!"
Oat porridge with cinnamon. boiled in homemade almond milk
Rice cakes with molasses & kiwi
Blueberry smoothie
Waffle with tahini and shredded coconut & apples with flaxseed

Green smoothie...hey, don't judge me! I wanted to let him experiment with drinking on his own from a cup...the little whiskey shot had the perfect size!
These are actually a couple of months ago. A little bit after that, when he got sick, he begun showing no interest in breakfast for some reason. I didn't force him. I would offer something everyday and if he'd had some it would be fine, if not well it would be fine too. All this no-breakfast time, to keep my sanity, I used to offer kind of easy meals like bread, rice cakes or smoothies (I always have a smoothie in the morning which I share with him). Having to prepare something very special everyday for about two months for him without even touching it would have killed me. So I don't feel guilty for not offering much variety at that time. I mean 99% of the times he wouldn't want to eat. Finally his apettite has returned! He has been asking for mam (food in his language) pretty much all day long.

I'm preparing several blw posts, some with photos for inspiration and some others with tips!!

What's your kid's favourite food for breakfast?
If you don't have kids, tell me what you love to eat for breakfast!

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Σάββατο, 15 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

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Δευτέρα, 10 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

The Sexy Sugar Free Vegan Project

I know I made this blog shedule a while back and it was going fine but then my life changed again and I'm not sure what's going next and blah blah...what I want to say is that even though many things changed, including my blog shedule, my baby-led weaning Monday posts are still there. This is because they combine my two biggest obsessions: my son & food!

This post is sort of different from the others. It has to do with my eating habits which indirectly affect my son.

As you probably know, Nereus and I are vegans for many reasons and one of them is health. Since I had my son, I only want to be better and as long as I know that I am his first (and probably the most crucial) example, I try to do what I want him to do.

A few months ago, a little bit before he started solids, I made the most serious attempt to be a vegan. The last years I've been switching form vegan to meat eater and from meat eater to vegan. But I always knew that my children HAD to be vegan. So, when his nutrition became an every day worry for me, I knew I had to change something in my own way of eating.

Along with veganism, I decided to stop adding extra salt in my food. I did that because I wanted to share my meals with my son and I didn't want him to be addicted in salty foods from such a young age. At first it wasn't easy, but after a while I was eating salt free food with no problem. I started having salt again and this is a big concern for me now that my baby is older and really cares about what's on my plate (and wants to eat that of course).

The change had to come.

While I was thinking about it I red this post by Elisabeth and I was trully motivated! She joins the The Sexy Sugar Free Vegan Project   and quits sugar!!! 

How awesome is that? I decided to join too. But not just that, I'm quiting salt too! I'm super excited to see the changes in my body! Oh! And share more meals with my boy of course!

What do you think? Do you have any ideas to make your diet better in 2013? 

Love & Peace

Πέμπτη, 6 Δεκεμβρίου 2012


I am so excited to announce our first giveaway! 
Just a little gift to show you how much I appreciate you for coming back and reading my posts!
A way to thank you for voting for me on topbabyblogs and for everything nice you have done for me and this blog!

Now, the question is...what I'm giving away.
Let me explain you, a few months ago I started sewing baby stuff for my little one. Then I thought "Hey I could sell these stuff!" and that's what I decided to do. But, things were not so simple.
I had to move out and my everyday life changed dramatically.This plan became a dream of the past.
Recently I decided to make this dream come true and while I'm taking care of the details I'm giving away some pieces I created to get you into the point.

Baby bibs will be the first item I'm giving away on this blog. Bandana bibs actually!! Aren't these things amazingly stylish? Nereus did the model for me hehe.

Two lucky readers will win one of the above bandana bibs each.

The giveaway starts today and ends on Friday 14 of December!

*this step is mandatory*

*Simply leave a comment on this post telling me which one of the bibs shown here you would like to win. Please leave your email too so I can contact you if you win.

For additional entries:
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Τετάρτη, 5 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Juicing

I have never juiced anything except oranges in my life, but when my son got sick for the first time and his appetite got reduced, I had to find ways to put some nutrients in his body. So I was introduced to the world of juicing and since then I'm in love!

At the begining  I was making juices every day and now less often, about half the days of the week, we enjoy a glass of fresh vegetable and fruit juice in the evenings.

Aren't these colors amazing?
What's your favourite juice recipe?

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Τρίτη, 4 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

Heeey, I have a blog button!!!

It may took a while but I finally got it! It's the button I used to enter topbabyblogs. I thought "why don't I use this for a blog button too?" And hey I did it! Feel free to use it on your blog if you like it!


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Δευτέρα, 3 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

Vegan Baby Led Weaning: *Lunch*

Black bean pattie and potato salad
Asparagus risotto and a new way to use a spoon
Chickpeas with rice and dill
Steamed broccoli, baked breaded oyster mushroom & potato+sweet potato oven fries. And he's eating the potato of course.
Gorgeous "last minute" meal: Black bean and corn quesadillas (made with homemade vegan queso and whole wheat tortillas) ->a big green salad would be great with this but we were so hungry we couldn't wait
Basmati rice, black eyed peas with oregano and yellow pepper (he didn't even touch the pepper))
Red lentil & veggie soup made by my mom (this was really good). Oh and when I served this to my boy, he mimed my spoon-spin-to-make-the-soup-get-colder and then he ate using his spoon like a sir!!! (Still made a mess though)
Roasted veggies, spanakopita & broccoli (he just had the spanakopita and baked potatoes and fed the rest to the doggie...I kept asking myself why? I thought broccoli was his favourite!)
Spinach rice and quinoa with bread (Now this is his favourite...he had some with his spoon and the rest with his hands...then he had a second plate)
Leftover spinach rice and quinoa with boiled potatoes and radikia (=greek greens) <-he had the spinch thing of course, a little bit of the potatoes and threw the greens on the floor
Most of these meals were accompanied with some orange juice (not shown). I've been juicing 2-3 oranges every day and share the juice with my baby. He loves it and it's a great way to add vitamin c to his meals to boost the mineral absorption and a way to take his iron drops (I put them in the juice).

Nereus has been a weird picky eater since his 1st birthday. The one day he LOVES asparagus and the next day he doesn't even want to see them. I'm offering a big variety of foods everyday and if he won't eat his beans, for example, I'm offering them later in a different form or offering another protein rich food. If he still won't eat it, I try not to panic and let his insticts guide the whole situation.

This works about 99.9% of the times. Things get bad when some of my relatives insist that this way (vegan and/or baby led weaning) I neglect my baby and try to make me feed him meat. Oh, with a spoon of course!* Even like this I have managed to never force him to eat anything or anyway. The worst thing that happens those times is that I lose my faith often and seek for confirmation on my books and internet.

Hey are there any vegan and/or baby led weaning mamas reading this blog?

I'd love to hear from you!

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*I have NO problem with non vegan and non baby led weaning parents and babies and people in general. It just annoys me when they don't respect my way of life.

Σάββατο, 1 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

Happy December!

Happy December
to everyone I love
to everyone I hate
to everyone on this planet and beyond!
Let's try being happier this month!
Everybody has problems but being angry all the time makes it worse.
Let's find real pleasure in the small things...
I find it when I kiss these little feet!
What do you do to feel better when you're sad?

 {A few hours after I posted this, I realised that I have written November instead of December!! Haha so many people red this and no one commented to point it out! I corrected it of course hehe but still wanted to mention it.}

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