Sunday, 16 December 2018

Cruelty Free Christmas gifts from The Body Shop

For the prepared amongst us you may have already bought all of your gifts. For the less organised you may start to feel the panic rising and need some inspiration, especially if you are buying for someone vegan or cruelty free and the whole situation feels like a mine field.

Cruelty free is a tricky area to navigate because some products are cruelty free they just don't display the leaping bunny logo or say they are cruelty free on the packaging, the reason behind this is sometimes due to money. Companies actually have to pay a fee to use the leaping bunny logo so many don't bother to go through the hassle of this and some may just don't want the spot light turned on them if they announce they are cruelty free because we all know some people like to pick holes.

The Body Shop ethos has always been against animal testing and they actually campaign tirelessly to get animal testing banned so they are a solid company to get behind in my mind. Currently they aren't totally vegan as some products still contain beeswax and honey, but they are clearly labelled if that's the case.

body shop cruelty free christmas gifts

Most women love to receive nice cosmetics for Christmas, often because we wouldn't buy the more luxury items for our-self so it's a nice treat when we receive them from someone else.

Here are a couple of the items I liked best from The Body Shop's Christmas collection.

The berry bon bon fragrance is really nice and very festive so I picked up the little Berry Bon Bon Cottage, it's a little gift set that comes in a cute gingerbread house inspired box and it contains a little pot of body butter, a shower gel and a shower scrunchie. This adorable little set is £9 so it makes a great secret santa gift or present for a friend or work colleague.

The Vanilla Chai body scrub smells amazing! I love all things vanilla and all things spiced so the combo of the two is perfect. I got a pot of this to help soften my dry scaly winter legs. I have since realised that this isn't part of their current festive array but it was stocked in my local store(?!) I'm guessing they were pulling a cheeky move and putting out stock they had left from last year! So the closest comparative product would be their vanilla marshmallow range.

I attended an event at Body Shop a few weeks back and got to see all of their Christmas range including their new lovely liquid eye shadow which side note are really lovely and totally for the festive season and all of the parties!

Body Shop Liquid eyeshadow, vegan cosmetics

We received a couple of items from the event one of which was the peppermint candy cane shower gel which literally smells like Christmas! The other item was the Berry Bon Bon handcream, this isn't an item I would buy myself because it isn't vegan but if you are buying for someone cruelty free it makes a handy gift for them to stash in their handbag.

The Body Shop have a lovely range of festive gifts, so they really are worth checking out of you are still in need of Christmas presents or maybe even a little treat for yourself!

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Why should I support local, when local doesn't support the environment?

This is a subject that really grates on me, and if I allow myself to think about it too much I want to gather some fellow environmentally aware people, and stage some sort of protest outside these little shops in a bid to open their eyes!

Big companies often feel pressure from the government to clean up their act and show how they are taking measures to minimise their impact. We are living in the era when plastic consumption is rife, and awareness on how we can and should be reducing it is being documented everywhere. Yet when I walk into a very busy local food shop in Chelmsford I am constantly met with their total ignorance to the impact they are making to this issue, and it really angers me to the point where I don't feel I should support them.

On the couple of occasions I've asked what ingredients are in their packaged food the young girl behind the counter gawks at me like I've got 2 heads!
Now I could be entirely wrong but it doesn't seem ethical to be selling food without a clue what's in it, what about it containing allergens? I happen to think they have a duty of care to their customers to be able to inform them what's in their food and I'm pretty disgusted that they don't feel it important to do so. They regularly put items out on their shelves with no label whatsoever, so I guess customers are supposed to guess the contents?

My next issue is plastic upon plastic, everything this shop sells is packaged in so much plastic. This place seems to be a popular choice amongst local workers for lunch options; sandwiches, salads and such, and from the huge piles of packaged food they always have in their chillers they appear to be selling it in boatloads yet they don't feel any responsibility to package it in a less harmful manner.

Every sandwich and salad is in a cheap vile plastic package and every meal meant to be heated is in a plastic box. The sheer amount of waste that this one local shop is creating is truly shocking, and I don't know how I'm supposed to get behind a place like this and support it.

My latest gripe with particular shop came when I went in on a recent Saturday morning to get a cup of coffee. They do serve soya milk which I will always appreciate small shops doing, however I always try to use my own reusable cup when getting take away coffee and this day was like any other. I asked for a soya latte and handed the man my cup, he then turned to the coffee machine and proceeded to use a PAPER CUP to make the espresso in!!! I couldn't believe my eyes, was this person really going to waste a paper cup to make espresso, when on top of the coffee machine they have piles of china cups. But yes, that is exactly what he did! He then poured the espresso into my cup, and threw the paper cup into the bin! I was utterly dumbfounded and couldn't help myself saying something to him. When he handed me the coffee I said "you know it defeats the purpose of me using a reusable cup if you are going to make the espresso in a paper cup and throw it away anyway!" To which he looked at me blankly and said "ok". I would place a bet that it went in one ear and out the other!

We are encouraged to support local as it's good for the local economy, but the problem with local independent stores is they don't really have to answer to anyone or be seen to investing in or looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint the same as the big companies do. A lot of the local run shops are the worst culprits for waste and terrible packaging. They fall under the radar of the 5p plastic bag charge, don't encourage people to use their own bags, and don't support reducing take away cups the same as the big coffee shop chains do. They may think they are small and their impact is minimal, but if you take all of the small coffee shops and sandwich shops across even one town the amount of waste they are producing will be as much as any of the chains.

What can we do? I've thought about writing a letter to the stores and suggesting they make changes, if they have a conscience they might consider making them. We can only try.

If you are wondering why I'm harping on about plastic, this is a good site to go and have a look at to get an idea of why it's so important: The Plastic Tide

I also wrote about the benefits of buying and using your own cup for take away coffee here. If you are interested in other cheap products you can buy to reduce plastic waste then I've written about that too! 3 products you need to reduce waste

If you are in the market for a reusable coffee cup so you can take advantage of the 25p discount on your morning coffee then check out my top picks below.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Apple Day at Lathcoats Farm

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I haven't always been the best at keeping up with all my local area has to offer. I am signed up to emails about events in London but when it comes to what's happening in Essex I have to remember to search for it high and low on the internet.

Luckily someone at work mentioned Apple Day and I had no clue what it was all about other than it might include apples (duh). I decided to have a look on the internet and seeing as entry was free to the event I decided to go and check it out.

Lathcoats farm apple day

It was a perfect October day, dry, sunny with blue skies which made the day even better because it's pretty much all outside. Once we got to Lathcoates Farm they had several different areas to go off and explore, with a huge variety of pumpkins large and small and in all colours. I bloody love pumpkins and found it really hard to just choose a few, I literally wanted them all!!

lathcoats farm apple day, essex

grey pumpkins, lathcoats farm, apple day

They had a craft area where they were making wreaths amongst other things, a huge apple tasting tent where you could go and learn about the different varieties of apples they grow and taste them, cider and apple juice tasting where they were serving a cocktail of apple juice, elderflower cordial and gin which was amazing and definitely going to be recreated at home.

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The little food market area was nice to wander around, I got to try some vegan Christmas pudding by Lillypuds and bought some lovely fresh bread, they had stalls which were selling lovely foods that would be great to stash away for Christmas.

There were a few activities for children such as the crafting area, a chance to try archery, and swings and needless to say the kids were loving the pumpkin patch and the animals. It's such a great way to spend a couple of hours especially if you have children, and Lathcoats also have an amazing farm shop that is full of amazing food and lots of vegan items which I was shocked and amazed to see, but I will definitely be going back to buy more goodies!

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Lathcoats Farm,
Beehive Lane

Sunday, 28 October 2018

My Halloween Display

Halloween has been one of my favourite times of year since I was young. Sadly my parent's didn't really celebrate it, and when I was little I would be lucky if we got a pumpkin to carve, let alone decorations or trick or treating! I was 13 the first time I went trick or treating, yes THIRTEEN! That was only because I was deemed old enough to go out alone with a friend that year and my mum had arranged that we would walk to the other end of our town to my uncles house and she would come and collect us.

Back when I was a kid there wasn't a huge amount of the community that took part in Halloween and there weren't many kids out trick or treating but dear lord did we come home with some serious bounty!! That first year we got so many sweets and chocolates and even quite a lot of money, we thought it was the most amazing night of our lives!

I grew up watching movies like hocus pocus where it seemed like towns came alive at Halloween and every household took part with decorating and trick or treating and I was so jealous and vowed that when I was a grown up I would partake 100%.

Sadly the UK still isn't quite up to the US standards of celebrating and most houses are left undecorated at this time of year. Halloween decorations have always been limited to the cheap tack you get in the card stores, so when I started reading blogs years ago and saw how real homes were decorated in America for Autumn I was hooked. I knew it was just what I wanted to be able to do but finding the quality decorations was not easy. Luckily in the last couple of years some more classy decorations have started sneaking in thanks to stores like TK Maxx and HomeSense where the goods are of course being shipped over from America. I'm sure in years to come we will have a wide choice of decorations and I look forward to being able to go around the stores and filling up my trolley with lots of spooky stuff.

Rae Dunn Halloween

I am slowly building up a collection and have bought a few items this year and have enjoyed having them displayed in my home. Next year I will be moving onto bigger and better things and have big plans, I just need to figure out where to store all of this stuff come November 1st.....

rae dunn halloween mug

My collection is made up of items from various shops and I even struck it lucky whilst in TK Maxx and HomeSense because I got some Rae Dunn halloween cups and mixing bowl. I can't wait to add more items next year!

How do you decorate for Halloween?

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Fudge Kitchen Cambridge

Cambridge is a beautiful place to visit, it's an array of intertwining cobbled streets choc full of gorgeous shops where even the chains manage to fit in with the unique style of the city by keeping the old building fronts in tact. It's so easy to lose hours whilst wandering around what feels like a real life Harry Potter-esque set. The buildings have a mix of Tudor and more Gothic style architecture which looks especially stunning during autumn with all the red and gold leaves blowing around on the streets and the burgundy ivy growing up the walls of the buildings.

The Fudge Kitchen stands proudly in the centre of Cambridge where they hand make fudge in an array of wonderful flavours, they even have 2 vegan ones! Seeing as I don't visit Cambridge very often I decided to splurge and buy a chunk of both the coconut vanilla and salted caramel fudge because trust me they are both so creamy and delicious. The salted caramel flavour is made with a soy milk base, the texture of this fudge is quite gooey which I personally really love. The coconut vanilla flavour is made with a coconut cream base so is good for people with a soy allergy, the texture is a little firmer and slightly more crumbley. My personal favourite is the caramel because well.... salted caramel need I say more!

vegan fudge, fudge kitchen cambridge

Whilst in the shop one of the guys told me they are happy to make custom fudge flavours for you and he mentioned chocolate orange and maple both of which would be right up my street.

Their packaging is so cute and totally gift worthy if you have a friend or family member who's partial to some fudge. The little paper bags are adorned with very true phrases like "hey! You lookin' at my fudge" and "not gonna make it home in one piece"

vegan fudge, fudge kitchen, salted caramel fudge

vegan fudge, fudge kitchen, salted caramel fudge

It's so lovely to see smaller businesses catering for vegans, I'm finding it more and more now that I will be somewhere and find vegan products unexpectedly which is a world away from what it was like when I first went vegan and most restaurants didn't cater and the supermarkets had little to no vegan products, let alone a small independent shop.

Cambridge has some really lovely eateries that make vegan food, stay tuned to my blog for the most amazing vegan meal I had whilst there, blog post coming soon.

Now I know that hiking all the way to Cambridge for vegan fudge isn't something everyone can do, don't panic, I got you. You can buy affordable vegan fudge from Ethical Superstore, or if you're in the market for something a bit more special then Fudge Kitchen do sell their products online, check out Yumbles for a box of their decadent fudge that's perfect to give as a gift.

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vegan fudge, fudge kitchen, coconut vanilla fudge

The Fudge Kitchen
11 Kings Parade,

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Vegan food haul from Sainsbury's

My go to supermarket is Tesco, partly due to proximity to where I live and partly due to product range and price. However and not sure you'll ever see someone more excited than me to visit Sainsbury's on occasion. I literally feel like a kid in a candy store when I go there because they have such a wonderful and I believe unrivalled range of great vegan products. However..... yes they are expensive and this little lot cost £60 (excluding the pack of shroomdogs which were AMAZING and a probiotic shot I had already snaffled before photographing, I also bought 3 jars of veganaise, and another urban noodles that aren't pictured)

So as we can see for £60 there isn't a whole lot of food and the other thing I would like to point out is that a lot of these items are novelty buys because we all know how excited us vegans get when things like ready meals we can eat come out! I very rarely eat ready meals and I am more on the healthy side of the spectrum than the junk but I do like to try these things.

Pudology millionaires puds, vegan food

One of the last things to really start showing up were ready made vegan desserts, the internet is full of recipes for fabulous vegan puddings and desserts but sometimes you don't have the time or can't be bothered to make something from scratch so items like these pudology millionaires puds are fantastic!

love your veg, katsu curry, vegan

As I already mentioned I don't often use ready meals but sometimes it's just nice to have something like this stashed in your fridge for when you get home and just can't be bothered with life, shove it in the microwave and jobs done! I also really love Katsu curry.

veganaise, vegan, vegan mayo

Veganaise is the best vegan mayonaise ever! This is why I bought 3 jars of this stuff because it's life! It tastes just like helmans and is just so good. If you miss potato salad or coleslaw then this is the stuff you need to mix through warm potatoes with chopped chives or spooned in with some prepackage coleslaw mix.

Is there anything more amazing than a hot cup of tea and some shortbread to dunk? I think not!
These amazing little morsels are accidentally vegan and boy am I happy they are. I bought some of these last Christmas because in my family growing up we always had biscuits and tea whilst opening our presents and more often than not it was shortbread, so at least I don't have to miss out. This year I may dip some in chocolate for a bit of added luxury.

I really enjoy making the odd sandwich and I love that there are now lots of options to have meat replacement sandwiches. I wanted to try some of the hickory smoked tofurky, and plan to have a roll loaded with lettuce, tomato, tofurky and mayo!

urban noodles, vegan

I spotted these noodle pots and got very excited when I realised they were vegan, they had 3 flavours, satay, pad thai and sweet and sour. I bought one of each of satay and pad thai and will probably take them to work with me for a lunch time treat. They are not super healthy but I am always about balance and eating healthy 80% of the time and having a little naughty treat every so often.

Violife Mediterranean block, by far my favourite cheese. I think I have said before I don't think it tastes anything like halloumi which is what it's based on, however I do think it tastes just like manchengo cheese which is so good. 

vegan chocolate, rhythm 108

I tried the Rhythm 108 chocolate range last year at Stylist Live and oh my they are amazing! If you miss chocolate bars then you should give these a try. Vegan chocolate is a bit slow to catch up with the growth of the rest of the movement, yes you can buy dark chocolate and yes there are dairy free versions of chocolate buttons and plain bars but there aren't readily accessible versions of things like twix, kitkat, crunchy, mars etc. So these little delights are starting to bridge that gap, yay!

vegan iced coffee, alpro, califia

Now I love me an iced coffee, and I used to enjoy drinking those little chilled starbucks coffee's you could pick up at the corner shops. Luckily Alpro came out with their caffe range a while back and let me tell you they are delicious! The caramel one is my personal fave but they also do hazelnut.
Califia is an American brand that I had my eye on and was quite jealous we didn't have them here in the UK, so when Sainsburys started stocking them I was very happy, they do a range of iced coffee drinks that are all really yummy.

Merchant gourmet, vegan, chestnut dip

I have always quite liked Merchant Gourmet for their pouches of rice, lentils and quinoa but I was surprised to see they have now branched out into dips. Some may say I'm obsessed with houmous and I do love any type of dip so I was sold when I spotted this chestnut and red pepper dip.

I also got two flavours of moorish dip as well because a girl can never have too much dip. I haven't had the chance to try this brand yet so am looking forward to having some with carrot and celery.

ugo vegan pasta, vegan

I used to love buying fresh pasta at the supermarket for a speedy dinner, sometimes I still go down the aisle to look at them and shed a tear for all the lovely pasta I can no longer have. However Ugo have a vegan ravioli stuffed with pumpkin and sage, how perfect is that flavour combo for the upcoming season?

Linda McCartney meatballs are one of the items I have never tried. So I got some to either use to do spaghetti and meatballs or to make a meatball sub..... time will tell what I decide to do with those.

Smoked Tofu is the best kind of tofu! Really I just like anything smoked, but I do really enjoy the tofoo brand and love it straight out of the pack.

edamame thai spiced dip, vegan

Lastly, this dip.... words cannot express how bloody tasty it is. Just give me a spoon and leave me alone with this dip. I love those little peppers on the top and usually they are gone within seconds of me opening the tub. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and it gave you some inspiration, let me know what your favourite vegan products are in the comments.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Vegan Coffee Protein Shake

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Slowly but surely I have been working my way through lots of vegan protein powders and have some firm favourites now that I will do a separate post on.

I thought I would do a quick post about making a protein coffee shake which is really yummy and sets you up for the day. It's lovely and filling, packed with protein and healthy carbs and is only 216 calories, and best of all takes under 2 minutes to make!


1 medium banana (about 90-100g)
200ml of unsweetened almond milk (I use almond breeze or alpro roasted)
32g of Missfits coffee protein powder

pop it all in a blender and whizz until smooth and frothy.

vegan coffee shake, protein shake, protein smoothie

You could modify this and just make it an iced protein coffee if you would rather by leaving out the banana and blending the protein with ice, I might even be inclined to add a shot of cooled espresso as well.

vegan coffee protein smoothie

Keep an eye out for my round up of the best (and worst) vegan protein powders, they are expensive so it will hopefully save you from wasting your money on the ones that taste terrible.

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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Why I drink lemon water in the morning and you should too

The benefits of drinking lemon water daily have been documented lots of times and you've probably seen that it has health benefits, but did you know just how many? 

As much as I am addicted to a cup of tea in the morning I really try and drink a big glass of water, especially with some fresh lemon before I have anything else, here are some of the reasons why. 

Source of vitamin C

Lemons are high in Vitamin C which has quite a few health benefits including helping to lower blood pressure, boosts your immune system and is an antioxidant that helps to protect your cells from free radical damage.

Helps with digestion

Drinking hot water with lemon first thing in the morning is said to help stimulate the digestive system due to the atomic structure of lemon juice being similar to that of your digestive juices, therefore it tricks the liver into producing more bile which keeps food moving through your gastrointestinal tract smoothly. I actually quite like hot water with lemon and ginger so don't find this too much of a chore.

Helps keep your skin more youthful

Vitamin C encourages your body to produce collagen which is an important part of youthful skin helping to keep your skin plump and ward off wrinkles, most of us are in a constant battle to keep wrinkles at bay so what better reason is there to down a glass of lemon water? A study recently published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people who consumed more vitamin C were at less risk of wrinkles and dry skin.

Boosts energy

Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is beneficial for your body because after sleeping through the night the tissues in your body are dehydrated, lemon water hydrates and oxygenates your body providing you with an energy boost that is far better for you than coffee. This doesn't mean I am not a fan of coffee, because trust me I am. Just make sure you get the water in first, to re-hydrate and then have some good coffee about an hour after your water, because coffee if you buy decent stuff also has health benefits.

Helps prevent kidney stones

Lemon contains citric acid which may help prevent the build-up of calcium kidney stones, and no one wants to get those!

With all these worthwhile reasons for a simple glass of lemon water, why wouldn't you?

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

My 5 go to vegan snacks

When you get the munchies that feeling can totally take over the logical side of your brain, we have all been there when you felt a tiny hunger pang and before you knew it you had eaten an entire share bag of crisps and a giant chocolate bar.... or is that just me?

Finding healthy snacks that taste great is tough when all you really want is all the sugar and all the salt! There are new healthy snacks popping up on the market every day, but they are not all nice and certainly not all cheap!

Here are my 5 favourite snacks.

Nakd Bars

These have been around for some time now and frequently have new flavours, they are all natural made just from fruit and nuts but taste amazing. They have a base of dates and cashews which put off one of my date hating friends until I insisted you can't really taste them, she's now a convert and really likes Nakd bars.
They have loads of flavours, my favourites are lemon drizzle, bakewell tart, peanut delight and pecan pie.

Vegan snack, nakd bar, healthy snack, fruit bar

Coconut Bites

I discovered these at Boots a couple of weeks ago and you can also get them from Ocado and I am totally smitten with them. I have eaten so many packs since then because they are totally delicious! I am obsessed with the coconut and sesame flavour, perfect amounts of coconut with a subtle hint coming from the black sesame seeds. The pack is 140 calories and I find they curb my snack craving and are quite filling.

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If you haven't given these a try yet then you really should! Made out of puffed chickpeas rather than potato they are a healthier alternative to wotsits. They come in a variety of flavours and I'm yet to try any I don't like. Ocado have a huge range of flavours of them, Boots stock them as do Holland and Barrett (uber expensive in H&B though!)

hippeas, vegan snacks, healthy crisps

Graze boxes

They have a huge range of lovely snacks. Not the cheapest and not all flavours are vegan so watch out, but they are really yummy. I love any of the smoked or BBQ ones, the one pictured is a combination of pumpkin seeds, almonds and dried broad beans and they were really good. Unless you live under a rock you'll know you can order them online and have them sent to your workplace which is pretty handy, who doesn't love a snack drawer at work?

graze box, vegan snacks, healthy

Vego Bar

This one isn't so much of a snack as it is a treat. But hey, we can't be good all the time right? These are an indulgent treat, its a vegan milk chocolate and hazelnut bar. It melts really easily so be careful of you might end up covered in chocolate, it's really rich and smooth and totally not for sharing ;)
I pop into my local Holland and Barrett for these, you can get them online from various places now but watch out for the price. They should be around the £1.99 mark, anymore and you're being ripped off.

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What are your favourite vegan snacks? I'm always happy to eat new things, and don't like to miss out on something good. Let me know in the comments if there's something I should try. If you fancy reading about when I first went vegan, here's the post I wrote.

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

The easiest way to save £39 from your coffee

Small changes make a big difference. I am by no means perfect, there is so much more I could do to help the environment but the society we live in makes it very hard for the average consumer to do the right thing, and most people are blissfully unaware of the damage that is caused by something like their weekly shop. The abundance of plastic that the western world use to package their food is crazy and then we absent mindedly throw it away without a thought to where it goes.
To solve the issue would take a worldwide contribution, which I don’t see happening any time soon, however if we were all to make some small changes to our everyday habits then collectively it would have a huge impact. Sometimes I struggle with the realisation that I am just one person in this big world so anything I do can’t change all the bad that is happening and I feel overwhelmed; then I think that for everything I am doing to help is all part of the bigger picture if there are more people like me doing it as well. The more I mention things to my friends and family the more I see them making small changes as well, so I may be just one person but my actions and efforts are making a difference.

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Half a million takeaway cups litter Britain's streets every day

A few months ago I bought myself a reusable takeaway cup after learning that the paper cups we get from coffee shops aren’t recyclable due to the waterproof coating. There are some shocking statistics of how many cups are used per year in the UK alone, and most of them make their way to landfill. Our love of takeaway coffee means that we waste an average of 2.5 billion paper cups per year, that’s a number that I struggle to comprehend. Because of the waterproof layer inside the cup that stops your latte ending up in your lap, only 1 in every 400 cups is actually recycled and half a million of those cups end up on the streets of Britain every day!

The truth of the matter is that this issue is relatively easy to solve or at the very least reduce dramatically, and that comes in the form of reusable cups. You can pick them up on every highstreet, they aren’t hard to get hold of, nor are they expensive. I have a starbucks plastic cup that cost £1, yeah that’s right £1! It won’t last forever because it isn’t the toughest plastic out there but it looks just like a standard starbucks cup and the cardboard sleeves fit them just fine. They don’t leak and you can fit a small or medium sized coffee in them and best of all, all the big coffee chains offer a 25p discount on your coffee if you use your own cup. So invest in a £1 cup and in 4 coffee’s time it’s paid for itself, win win! 

Pret have recently doubled their discount from 25p to 50p which is great news and they offer some other great incentives in their stores too, like plenty of tasty vegan food options and their veggie pret stores have filtered water fountains so you can refill your bottle for free.

The government have been discussing bringing in a 25p levy on takeaway coffee which means if you don’t hurry up and invest in your own takeaway cup then a cup of coffee could soon cost you an extra 25p per time. If that’s not a big enough incentive then I don’t know what it. In fact if you buy around 3 coffee's per week then that's a saving of £39 per year just for using your own cup!

There are some really cute travel cups out there so there really isn’t a reason not to invest in one, my favourite one at the moment is my flamingo cup by Sara Millen, how insanely adorable is it? There's a whole flamingo range but that's for a different time so be still my beating heart. 

flamingo cup, travel mug, eco friendly, save money on coffee

In case you were wondering, the lovely black midi dress I'm wearing is from Pretty Little Thing and was a total steal for only a tenner! If you're interested you can find it here.

Thanks for reading, I hope this article has opened your eyes to something you may not have been aware of. Let me know your thoughts on this topic.

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Friday, 19 January 2018

The Journey of Life

I have spent some time thinking about what makes me unhappy, but more importantly what I think will make me happy. I've spent lots of time researching happiness, what makes people happy and scientific studies into happiness, health and well-being.

I've learnt that food, exercise and people make the biggest impact on how happy individuals are. Luckily then all three of those are on my check-list for the next year as things to concentrate on.

This year I want to get my butt off the sofa way more and get out and be active. Doing more active things in my spare time with friends is going to be a goal, combining being social with exercise is good for your mental health and happiness, and less time spent on the sofa eating party rings means my jeans won't feel so tight! Win win.

Experiences is another big one for me, I feel like I've missed out on so much due to circumstances in my life but also because I've felt like I shouldn't be spending my money on non essential things because you never know what disaster is around the corner that you'll need the money for. This is a life lesson I've learnt through more than my fair share of problems, but it's also stopped me living. So although I have lived through and overcome a lot of hard times in my life, I've developed this metal restriction that makes it very hard for me to spend large amounts of money on anything other than necessities. Last year I was much better at trying to live in the moment rather than always putting everything off. I need to remind myself often that you only live once and you should collect memories not things.

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At the beginning of last year I wrote a list of things that I wanted for 2017, I haven't looked at that list for a little while because I know I won't have made steps towards much that is on it. Until now that is, a new year means I have found a sense of power and drive within myself that I was lacking before. I have somehow found some courage to push forward, break my boundaries and try harder to achieve my dreams. I feel motivation to keep fighting forward, motivation to get up and do yoga in the morning and continue to eat the right type of food and the strength to avoid junk food. I'm hoping that the motivation will make way for habit, because I think that a habit to eat and live well, will keep me on the right path during moments when my motivation falters.

I need to stop looking back, because after all I'm not going that way. Shit things have happened, and there will probably be more that happen in the future, but I am here and I've made it this far without losing my mind (mostly) and I'm stronger than I often give myself credit for. I'm a survivor and I will make it through whatever is thrown at me and I have to remember that life is about progress not perfection.

I hope that you are finding some inspiration to work on some areas of your life you are unhappy with, and keep following your own journey to happiness. Lets make this year the best yet.

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