It’s My Blogiversary!!!


I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for a year – it’s been so much fun! As much as I enjoy sharing recipes and writing posts about my plant-based journey what I love most about my blog is YOU! Yes, you, my readers and all of the people I’ve connected with through Honk If You’re Vegan. You’re like my second family and I love you guys SO much!

A BIG thank you to all of you for reading and for your support. That’s the main thing I wanted to say, but I’m also going to share my favorite posts of the year. There’s a little something for everyone here. Enjoy!

But before I get to that, I want to mention that I’ll be on vacation next week so I won’t be blogging for a while. I’ll see you all in mid March when I get home.

Now here’s my Blogiversary roundup:

Healthy Brownies!


Let’s start with something fun – brownies! The most searched term on my blog is “healthy brownies”, so here’s a recipe for Super Fudgy Healthy Vegan Brownies.

Go Dairy Free!


I’m a BIG proponent of going dairy-free. It’s much healthier for you (and for cows too!). And it’s easier than you’d think. Here’s a few posts on why and how to wipe off that milk mustache.

Milk…It Does a Body Bad!

Is There Life After Dairy?

7 Tips for Giving Up Dairy

My Favorite Post


Kidnapped – Julia’s Story is my all time favorite post. It’s got a plot twist that will shock you!

Quick and Easy Plant-Based Dinners


I don’t know about you, but I like to eat tasty, healthy vegan meals without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Here are some easy plant-based meals that are sure to satisfy.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chili with Kale

Pesto, Kale & Artichoke Pizza

Cheery Cherry Kale Salad

Amazing Sugar-free Treats

Sugar is a no-no on the plant-strong diet I follow. This isn’t a life of denial as you might think because you can make AMAZING sweet goodies without sugar. Here are some of my faves:


I Can’t Believe it’s Healthy Hot Chocolate

Cherry Garcia Shake

Dairy-Free Orange Chocolate Pudding

Plant-Strong Diet


Transitioning to a plant-strong diet is what got me to start a blog in the first place. If you don’t know what this diet is, check out What is a Plant-Strong Diet?. And if you’re still curious, then read Is a Plant-Strong Diet Too Extreme?

Healthy Eating


Health is wealth! Here are some posts to eat your way to vibrant health.

7 Simple Steps to Superior Health

60-Second Guide to a Plant-Based Diet

Animal Welfare


After transitioning to a plant-strong diet for my health, I discovered how badly the animals that we eat are treated on factory farms. This made me want to help animals to live better lives. Here are some posts about animal welfare (you might also want to read Kidnapped – Julia’s Story that I mention above).

What’s the Furry Fuss?

Compassionate Farmer Gives Up Dairy Farm

What’s Wrong With Eating Eggs & Dairy?



I blog a lot, and once in a while I even blog about blogging. Here’s what I’ve got to say about that.

20 Top Tips for Bloggers

Help me improve my blog!

I’d love to hear from you what types of posts you’d like to see more of (or less of) on my blog. What do you like? Is there anything that I should just stop writing about? I really appreciate your input!

Photo credits

Brownie photo courtesy of Miss A, girl hates milk photo courtesy of marin /, young sad girl photo courtesy of kmacdonald, chili photo courtesy of A Nomad’s Dream, Cherry Garcia Shake photo courtesy of The Diva Dish. strong man photo courtesy of BrianHolm, farmer holding cow photo courtesy of Grow Your Own, Nevada!, photo of girl with apple courtesy of Constantly Healthy, critter with birthday hat courtesy of and blogging photo courtesy of

About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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127 Responses to It’s My Blogiversary!!!

  1. diahannreyes says:

    Happy Anniversary!! You’ve created an inspiring and easy to enjoy blog. LMK if you are ever in my hood. Would love to grab a bite- vegan only, I promise 😉

  2. Lisa says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary!! How exciting 🙂 Those brownies look fabulous, Celeste!

  3. bikerchick57 says:

    Congrats on one year of blogging Celeste! Cheers! I’m so glad you are around to follow. I wouldn’t tell you to write or not write about anything. That should come from your heart, which it seems you are already doing.

    • I’m sooooo glad we’ve connected through our blogs chica!! You are such a wonderful and supportive person and love it when I see your little white kitty face comments on my blog. Celeste 🙂

  4. Congrats!!! I may have to have one of those brownies to help you celebrate! 🙂

  5. Namrata says:

    Congratulations Celeste! keep up the good work 🙂

  6. Congratulations Celeste :). I am so glad to have met you here in the blogging world. I have learnt so much from you from food photography to vegan diet, which actually pushed me to create more adaptive recipes. You are such a true to heart person.
    Lots of love

    • I’m so glad to have met you too Sonal! It means a lot to me that you’ve added vegan versions to your recipes – I appreciate this SO much. And I think your food photography is outstanding and find it hard to believe that I taught you anything. We really click chica, and I hope that we get to meet in person one day. Thank you for being such a good friend and for your lovely blog! Celeste 🙂

  7. Dorm Foodie says:

    Congrats! I love your blog and I’m excited to continue reading 🙂 YAY plants!!!

  8. Stacey says:

    Happy Anniversary! I love your blog and everything you do, keep it up, my dear!

  9. Congratulations! I love seeing a new post from you pop up in my reader.

    I also dearly love guinea pigs — that pic is adorable!

  10. ahardrain says:

    congrats on your blogiversary………..many many more 🙂

  11. Happy blogiversary, Celeste! I am delighted that I discovered your blog as soon as I started blogging. You’ve always been an inspiration and not to mention, a very entertaining story teller. I love the stories you share. You have a very inviting style, and there’s nothing I don’t like. 😉 I look forward to whatever you have in store for the coming year!
    Enjoy your vacay – where you off to?

    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful words Sophia! I’m really glad that we met so soon after you started blogging too. Your blog never ceases to amaze me. You make the most incredible foods with wonderful photos (and all this despite your busy life with kiddos and all). I don’t know how you manage it! What’s more, you are such a wonderful and supportive person. I really hope that we get to meet in person one day.

      As far as where I went on vacay, let’s just say it wasn’t a trip for fun. I’ll be writing about it later this week. Hope you’re having a lovely week! Celeste 🙂

      • Such kind words! I must say, some days I feel like there aren’t enough hours to accomplish everything I want to do! Thanks again for everything. XO
        Look forward to hearing about the trip, you’ve got me curious!
        I also hope we can meet one day! Who knows! 🙂

  12. Wild Juggler says:

    Congratulations, Celeste! Keep doing what you’re doing.

  13. apsara says:

    Congratulations, Celeste! I’m very glad to have met you through blogging. There is so much to learn from your blog, you’re a great source of inspiration.

  14. makeupvegan says:

    If I didn’t already have 2 adorable piggies, I’d totally have to steal yours!

  15. How fun! Congrats, Celeste!

  16. Congratulations Celeste! I’ve learnt a lot about interacting on blogs from you. So thank you for that! 🙂 I love your style of writing, your round ups, and the stories you share. Here’s wishing you all the best for the second year of blogging. Hugs, Priya

    • What thoughtful words Priya! I’m so glad we’ve connected through our blogs – you’re such a great person. And your blog is wonderful – so very creative!! Cheers to blogs, friendship and life! Celeste 🙂

  17. petrel41 says:

    Many congratulations 🙂

  18. lucylox says:

    Happy blogiversary 🙂 lovely the cute guinea pig! X

  19. Rose says:

    Happy blogversary Celeste, I’m enjoying reading the archives.

  20. Poppy says:

    Congratulations on an incredibly successful year of blogging Celeste! I hope you know that I hold you in very high regard and class you as within my circle of real blogging friends. I love your round up of posts and am going back to read through some of my faves!

    Have a great vacation!! 😀

    • I’m touched by your words Poppy! I think very highly of you too – that’s for sure!! The story of how you stopped eating meat at such a young age is an inspiration to me and a story that I share often. As far as my circle of “real” blogging friends, you are one of the first to come to my mind. I hope that someday we are able to meet in person. Cheers to blogging, yummy vegan food and friendship! Celeste 🙂

      • Poppy says:

        Ah Celeste, thank you for your wonderful words too! It’s so nice that my story is inspiration to you 😀

        I too hope that someday we will meet in person too and I am very optimistic that we will!

        Cheers to blogging, yummy vegan food and friendship!

  21. Katie P says:

    Happy blogversary Celeste! I am so glad to have found it and thoroughly enjoy your genuine love for life and health. Here’s to year two!

  22. Happy Blogiversary superstar!!!! What a lovely round up and lots of lovely posts to visit 🙂 have a wonderful holiday xx (ps I’ll post your piece when you get back x)


    congratulations! 🙂
    *honk honk honk* 😀
    here’s to many more vegan inspiration from the wonderful celeste!

    it’s funny… because it’s also the anniversary of beautycalypse… content. the site itself was born way earlier. so I have no clue when its birthday really is. (I like it though ;))

  24. Vicky says:

    Congratulations 🙂

  25. Happy Blogiversery! Thank you for all your words of encouragement and sharing such entertaining and enlightening stories. Have a great holiday! 🙂

  26. Yeaaaa, congratulations! You’re such a pro that I thought you’ve been blogging forever! Celebrate with a glass of red wine and a brownie (and release those antioxidants! 🙂 ) Blessings my friend and keep encouraging others through your words,

    • You’re such a sweetheart Ellie! Thanks SO much for your kind words and for all of your support with my little blog. You are such a lovely person with lots to give to the world. I’m glad we’ve connected through our blogs chica! Have a wonderful week!! Celeste 🙂

  27. Congratulations on one year! That’s so great! Keep up the amazing work!

  28. Congratulations on your blogiversary!! I am so glad we e-met! 🙂
    Have a great vacation!

  29. Congratulations Celeste for your anniversary!! wow, 1 year!! And a lovely round-up of your favorite posts – great read, thank you! 😉

  30. Happy Blogiversary Celeste! Keep ’em coming! 😀

  31. Ani says:

    My blog-versary was yesterday!! That is crazy that we started this journey at the same time 🙂 congratulations!

  32. Happy blogiversary Celeste! I always enjoy the range of content you share.
    Have a great vacation 🙂

  33. Happy Blogiversary, Celeste! 🙂 Beautiful blog! Honking to many many more anniversaries! 🙂

  34. aviliaway says:

    Congratulations, Celeste! Have a nice holiday 🙂

  35. carmen says:

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY to an amazing, beautiful and compassionate person!!! You inspire us, just look at all your admiring readers!! Your blog is so necessary to get word out of how we can improve our health, be compassionate and save our plant.

    Love this post with all the handy info altogether!! You are an excellent writer and always have something of interest to share with us.

    Keep up the good work and here’s to another successful year of blogging chica!!

    ♥ carmen

    • I hope you know that I consider you to be one of my close blogger buddies Carmen! You are one lovely, amazing and inspiring chica too. I really appreciate all of your support and love your comments. Celeste 🙂

  36. Ralph says:

    *sing-a-long* “Happy Blog Day to you. Happy blo……….” Enough of that !! 😉

    Well done Celeste. A whole year !! It seems like…….ummm 😉

    Ralph xox 😀

    • Aww, your the first person to sing to me Ralph! I didn’t hear you too well (so far away), but I bet you were a lot more in tune than anyone in my family. Anyway, thanks for all of your support! Your comments are always so much fun!!!! Celeste 🙂

  37. Congrats, Celeste! You’re such an inspiration – I love following your journey. Enjoy your vacation!!

  38. Aasyah says:

    Happy 1st. Blogiversary !! 🙂

  39. BloomLisa says:

    Only one year?!? Congratulations Celeste. You are such an inspiration and a key part of my blogosphere experience. It is wonderful to be a cyber-acquaintance of yours.

    • Aww – I’m really touched by your words. Sometimes I wonder why I keep blogging, but getting comments like yours makes me remember just why I do it. Have a lovely St. Patty’s Day! 🙂

  40. HeartBound says:

    Congratulations Celeste! I truly appreciate you and your brilliant blog! Wishing you all the best for your second year of blogging! And have a lovely vacation ~ Cat 🙂

  41. Lauzan says:

    Congrats! Happy anniversary, Celeste!! Your blog is “fantastico”! 🙂

  42. Yay Celeste, congratulations and happy blogiversary! I love your blog, and the way you post a variety of things in an interesting and accessible way. Keep it up! X

  43. Leozette says:

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you so much for all the inspiration through your blog posts, looking forward to many more years ahead 🙂 Enjoy a well-deserved vacation!

    Love, CTVeganista

  44. Happy blogiversary!!!!

  45. happy anniversary and enjoy your vacation:)

  46. Lorrie Wenzler says:

    Happy first anniversary! It’s been fun following all your posts. Peace, joy and love in all you do!

  47. cinnabar50 says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary!!!!!! I have not been a visitor long but I have enjoyed your blog. Have a good time on your vacation. Cute photo of guinea pig.

  48. Look at you with your one year blogiversary!! Yippee-yahoo! Congratulations and keep those posts coming!

  49. Treesa says:

    Happy one year blogging anniversary, Celeste!

  50. Mike Lince says:

    Great first year, Celeste. Congratulations and keep up the great work! – Mike

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