I worry about the planet a lot. About global warming and the many extreme weather days and storms we’re experiencing that are proof of things moving very quickly, too quickly, in the wrong direction. This summer has been extremely and unusually warm in Sweden. We’ve not seen rain for weeks and there’s forest fires blaring across the country. Sweden is literally on fire. And while some people are throwing their hands in the air, lounging on the beach and loving the temperature, I’m here frustrated that we’re still not doing more. We’re still not getting it and we still have people claiming that global warming is a hoax. An all too common excuse for not doing more on an individual level is the naive conviction that one persons actions won’t make a difference. That simply is not true. How to live sustainably So, in an attempt to inspire you, I want to show…

Happy summer! We’re at the height of the summer, the temperatures are hot hot hot and the sun is shining. So what better than a Banana Bloom summer playlist to keep you feeling good all summer long. Whether you’re on the beach, doing yoga, lounging in the garden or stuck in the office, I hope this mix of jams will make you feel as soothed and good as they make me feel. Get the Banana Bloom Summer  Playlist here

Sometimes, you’ve had a busy day and are so hungry the only things reasonable is to have Vegan Pizza & Donuts for Dinner. We’d spent all afternoon touring the gorge waterfalls and arrived back in Portland city hungry for dinner. Thankfully, a quick search in google maps told us there was a popular pizza place nearby – that serve vegan pizza! So, without hesitation, we headed to Sizzle Pie for pizza. Sizzle Pie have several locations in Portland  and offer both “regular” and vegan pizzas on their menu. Pizzas are sold by the slice and I ordered two of the ones that were on offer the day we were there. They did not disappoint! Super tasty and the bread was deliciously crispy, just the way I like it. We also ordered a side of garlic knots with three dipping sauces – tomato, onion, and ranch – all vegan. After pizza,…

One of the things Portland, Oregon is famous for, is its abundance of beautiful nature – rivers, hiking trails, tall trees, and waterfalls! During our last day in the city, we joined a half day tour taking us on the Historic Columbia River Highway to The Gorge Waterfalls in Portland, OR. We headed out on a Saturday afternoon, picked up in Portland city by our super friendly guide in a mini bus and headed on our way! After some driving along the highway, we entered into the small town of Troutdale and onto the Historic Columbia River Highway, which is the first planned scenic roadway in the United States. All the way through, our tour guide was giving us all kinds of fun little tidbits of information about things we passed on the way. Heading along the Sandy River we first stopped at Crown Point or a quick visit to Vista House,…

Activewear has become a popular thing to wear whether you’re a regular at the gym or not. With the abundance of trendy and fun fitness clothing available, not to mention how comfortable it is, I don’t blame you. A big portion of my wardrobe is dedicated to activewear. Not surprisingly considering I’m a regular at the gym, but I’m also crazy about the cool styles available now. There’s a ton of brands that design activewear I’d love to wear both in and out of the gym. I’ve compiled some of my favorite brands in this list of 8 activewear brands you’ll love. I don’t know about you, but I feel more excited about working out if I have an outfit I feel good in. That said, of course you can workout in whatever you want – as long as it’s comfortable and doesn’t prevent you from moving freely. I’m most…

Portland, Oregon has a tremendous amount of beautiful nature to explore. On our first day in the city, we took a walk through Portland Japanese Garden. Wandering up the hills and through the tall trees of Washington Park, we made our way to the Japanese Garden. On our way we passed through the Rose Garden, which happens to be one of the things Portland is known for – their roses. You may have heard Portland referred to as “Rose City”. Imagine roses as far as the eye can see, and in every color imaginable. That’s the Portland International Rose Test Garden for you. It’s well worth a stroll through on your way to the Japanese Garden or the Oregon Zoo, both also located in Washington Park. We’d just spent five busy days in New York City and decided to spend out first day in Portland wandering around and exploring. We…

Sometimes, by sheer coincidence, you come across a good restaurant. Such was the case recently when I found good vegan eats at The Organic Grill in New York City. One of my favorite things about traveling is eating! I always scope out good vegetarian and vegan restaurants I want to visit and add them to my map. I pin options close to where I’m staying as well as exiting eateries and bakeries that sound like they’re worth the effort of a slightly longer trip to get to. But, no matter the amount of research and recommendations, there’s always going to be those unexpected spots you just happen to come across while wandering around. Especially in a city like New York where the restaurants and food options are absolutely endless. That was the case with The Organic Grill in New York City. I spotted it as we walked to a different…

Unless you happen to be passing through the subway at the 59th St-Columbus Circle subway station in New York City, you’d probably miss Turnstyle Underground Market. And that would be a shame. Turnstyle Underground Market is a hidden gem located beneath 8th avenue, between 57th and 58th street in New York City. Unless you’re clued in, or happen to be passing through the subway at that particular station, you’ll miss it. Even knowing it was there, we struggled to find it! As the name suggests, it’s an underground market in a refurbished tunnel leading down to the 59th St-Columbus Circle subway station. It’s relatively new, not very big, and judging by how empty it was when we visited, it doesn’t appear to have been discovered by many yet. But it’s a cool concept and well worth a visit for lunch or a snack. You’ll find a mix of little shops,…

There’s an abundance of cute and cosy cafes and bakeries in Portland and I’m lucky I had the chance to try a couple of them. A must visit while in Portland – if you like sweets and are looking for an all vegan bakery – is Petunia’s Pies & Pastries. Located on 610 SW 12th Avenue in Portland, Petunia’s Pies & Pastries is a gold mine of vegan goodies. As you enter the bakery you’re met with rows and rows of cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other goodies. You’ll find ice cream on the menu too, as well as coffee drinks and even cocktails to go with your sweet treat. Having wandered around the city of Portland for a couple of hours I’d worked up a craving for something sweet. We made our way to Petunia’s and stepped right into vegan candy land. Perusing the display of cakes and cupcakes, I was…