Friday, 16 December 2016

Super Simple DIY - Xmas Dinos.


My General Life - DIY Xmas Dinosaurs - Easy

I love quirky Christmas ornaments. I recently saw some gorgeous bronzed-up dinosaur decorations in one of my favourite little gift shops which I came oh-so-close to buying. But then I looked at them and thought actually, I bet I could make some of those myself. So I did. And let me tell you, it was so simple and they have turned out so dang cute (that's if a dinosaur could even be considered cute).

So I thought I'd cobble together a quick blog post to share how I did it, just in case you wanted to whip some up for yourself before the big day.

My General Life - DIY Xmas Dinosaurs - Easy


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

♥ Plastic dinosaurs (I picked these up for £1 each from Wilkos)
♥ Spray paint (I went for bronze - again Wilkos)
♥ Screw-in hooks (yet again, Wilkos)
♥ Ribbon/twine
♥ An appropriate place to spray paint - preferably somewhere well ventilated, please use your common sense.

WHAT TO DO:

♥ It's really as simple as spraying the dinosaurs, making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies. I found short. sharp bursts worked the best and I let it dry before moving it about.
♥ Once your dinos are painted and dry, take your screw in hook and carefully twist it into the middle of the dinosaurs back.
♥ Add a ribbon/twine of your choosing and hang those bad boys in pride of place on your Xmas tree.

My General Life - DIY Xmas Dinosaurs - Easy

I told you it was easy.

But seriously, how lovely do these look?! I'm so pleased with how they turned out and I'm sure they'll be adorning my Xmas tree for years to come.

My General Life - DIY Xmas Dinosaurs - Easy

Are these lovely little dinos something that you would make for your festive tree? What's your favourite kind of Xmas ornament? I'd love to hear your thoughts either in the comments below, or drop me a tweet @mygenerallife.

While you're here, why not check out my previous post: Recipe | Dark Chocolate & Pumpkin Pie ft Indigo Herbs * [VEGAN]

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Recipe | Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Pie ft Indigo Herbs* [VEGAN].

When it comes to winter food I'm all about foods that offer warmth and comfort, you know, basically like a hug from the inside. I'm thinking soups, stews, pies - basically carbs. Anyway, something I've been enjoying this autumn/winter that I feel offers the winter warmer factor in dessert form is a good old pumpkin pie. 


Now, when my boyfriend first suggested making a pumpkin pie out of the gargantuan pumpkin that was delivered with our weekly veg box, I must admit that I was a little hesitant. Maybe it's just me being fussy, but I sometimes just cannot get my head around a savoury food in a sweet dish (or the other way around - strawberries on a salad for example). But, I conceded and decided to try it out and what do you know, I was pleasantly surprised.

When Indigo Herbs got in touch and asked if I could put together a winter recipe using some of their products, I knew that I wanted to put together a slightly festive take on the pumpkin pie - which basically requires good ol' chocolate (amongst other things) and boy did it turn out tasty. 

My General Life - Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Pie [VEGAN]

DARK CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN PIE
serves: 8-10

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

♥ 425g pureed pumpkin (I found tinned pumpkin in Tesco which is just 100% pumpkin)
♥ 150g silken tofu
♥ 50g coconut sugar (I used Indigo Herbs Organic Coconut Palm Sugar*)
♥ 50g maple syrup (I used Indigo Herbs Organic Dark Maple Syrup*)
♥ 2 tbsp cornflour
♥ 4 tbsp cocoa/cacao powder (I used Indigo Herbs Organic Raw Cacao Powder*)
♥ 1 tsp cinnamon powder
♥ 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
♥ 1 tsp vanilla extract
♥ shortcrust pastry (you could make your own, however, I used Jus-Rol)

WHAT TO DO:

♥ Preheat your oven to 180°c.
♥ To make your dark chocolate pumpkin filling add all the above ingredients except the shortcrust pastry to a blender and whizz up good and proper (my blender had an unfortunate run in with a jug of smoothie and so I had to use a stick blender which, although a little more effort, did work out ok!). It may be worth tasting at this point - feel free to add extra coconut sugar or maple syrup to sweeten the pie mix to your liking.
♥ Place the shortcrust pasty into a pie dish (mine was approx. 9"). Leave a little overhang to account for shrinkage (technical term) but then trim off the excess. Prick the bottom a few times with a fork and blind bake (a.k.a put greaseproof over the top and add either baking beans or uncooked rice to the pie dish to weigh down the pastry, this helps get it nice and crisp) for about 15 minutes.
♥ After 15 minutes, carefully remove the greaseproof and baking beans/rice and put the pastry back in the oven for a further 10 minutes.
♥ After 10 minutes add the dark chocolate pumpkin mixture to the pie crust, smooth out and place back in the oven to cook for a further 30-40 minutes or until the pie mixture has firmed up. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before enjoying!

My General Life - Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Pie [VEGAN]


I find that this amount of pie mixture does result in a some left overs, both in the pie mix itself and the pastry if you've used shop bought. For me this is the perfect amount for making some mini pumpkin pies - use a biscuit cutter to make circles and place these in a cupcake tin. Add 1 tsp of dark chocolate pumpkin pie mix to the centre and then place a little pastry star on top. A little brush of dairy free milk helps colour these babies up, but it isn't essential. Bake for approx 35 minutes or until golden brown. I managed to make 5 of these little bitesized beauties from the left overs.

My General Life - Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Pie [VEGAN]


Just a final heads up that this isn't a sickly sweet pie, I've called it dark chocolate because the cacao does add a bitterness which I think works really well with the sweet, spicy pumpkin mix and stops it from being too overpowering. It's delicious served up with a drizzle of maple syrup and a blob of Oatly Creamy Oat Fraiche (found in Tesco), which with it's savoury taste again stops the pie from becoming too sickly sweet.

My General Life - Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Pie [VEGAN]

What are your thoughts on pumpkin pie? Is it something you enjoy or would like to bake? I'd love to hear your thoughts either in the comments below, or drop me a tweet @mygenerallife.

While you're here, why not check out my previous post: Let's Talk: Soapnuts [Eco Friendly & Vegan].

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Let's Talk: Soapnuts [Eco Friendly & Vegan].

My General Life - Let's Talk Soapnuts [Eco Friendly, Vegan & Cruelty Free]

Hands up who's heard of soapnuts? I know I hadn't until a few months ago and even then I was like "what the Jeff are these?" Nuts? That you wash your clothes with? How curious!

Anyway, given that I've become ever so inquisitive of all things eco, vegan and sustainable, I decided that soapnuts were something that I just had to try. And try I did. So naturally, I felt that I should share my thoughts, just in case you're having a "what the Jeff?" moment too.

Soapnuts are actually the dried shell of a berry that grows on the Soap Nut/Soap Berry tree (or Sapindus mukorossi if you're feeling fancy) in the Himilayas. The soapnut shells themselves happen to contain naturally occuring soap, or saponin. When mixed with water the saponin is released to work it's magic on dirt and grime. So although I'm going to talk about using soapnuts for laundry purposes, there's actually a whole host of other soap related uses for soapnuts, including hand soap, dish soap and also shampoo!

My General Life - Let's Talk Soapnuts [Eco Friendly, Vegan & Cruelty Free]

So, I think the question on everyone's lips is - do they actually work? I'll be honest in saying that I was dubious about this, but I've actually been pleasantly surprised. Not in a sense that they've worked a miracle on my laundry and done things that traditional commercial detergents can't do, because I personally don't think that soapnuts are any better, but I also don't think that they're any worse.

So what are my overall thoughts?

♥ They're far cheaper than commercial detergents - my 500g bag of soapnuts cost £8.99 and should do 240 washes. I do about 2 loads of washing per week and so they should last me at least 2 years. If that's not value for money I don't know what is!
♥ They're completely natural and biodegradable - they contain no nasty chemicals or irritants and when the shells are worn out I can pop them in my compost bin so there's no waste.
♥ My clothes come out clean on a 30°c wash - I've found that the soapnuts haven't been able to wash out some marks/stains such as mud, but honestly, I've had commercial detergents also struggle with similar marks/stains. For these instances I purchased a natural stain removal bar which I feel helps do the trick (and it smells amazing!)
♥ I do find that soaking the soapnuts in some warm water for a minute or two prior to adding them to your washing machine does help start the process of the saponin being released. This is helpful if you're planning on doing a cooler wash (i.e. 30°c or lower), however, I don't feel it's entirely essential and I don't do this every time (mainly because I'm a bit lazy/disorganised).
♥ Although the soapnuts smell a little funky when dry, they don't leave any fragrance on your clothing. I feel like we're so used to the overpowering scents of commercial laundry products that initially my head said that this must mean they're not clean, but I soon got over that and found I could scent my washing however I liked with essential oils.
♥ You can also boil the soapnuts with liquid to produce a liquid laundry detergent if that works better for you, although I haven't tried this myself so can't comment on the process.

My General Life - Let's Talk Soapnuts [Eco Friendly, Vegan & Cruelty Free]

Will I keep using soapnuts? Damn skippy! I've not yet ventured into the realm of boiling up my own hand soap yet, but who knows, I could be tempted. I'm also tempted by the soapnut shampoo bars that can be found on Living Naturally which I think I'm going to try once my bottled shampoo runs out - I'd be intrigued to see how well this works and I'm also keen to make the switch to shampoo bars in the future as I'm trying to reduce waste where I can.

Have you tried using soapnuts? Or are they something you're intrigued by too? Let me know your thoughts either in the comments below or drop my a tweet @mygenerallife.

While you're here, why not check out my previous post: Make It Vegan - Fry Up/Cooked Breakfast.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Make It Vegan - Fry Up/Cooked Breakfast.

My General Life - Vegan Cooked Breakfast - Make It Vegan


As I vegan, I don't like to think of all the things I choose not to eat, I like to think about all the things that I do choose to eat. It's a far more positive and optimistic way of looking at veganism, rather than viewing it as this lifestyle of restriction - which is how I saw it for the 26 years before I went vegan. Anyway, since transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, I've made it my mission to find ways of enjoying "normal" foods in a vegan friendly way. So today we're talking the good 'ol cooked breakfast.

I love a good cooked breakfast and have done for as long as I can remember. I know they're not viewed as being the healthiest of meals, and let's be honest, in their traditional form they're not. However, I like to think that my vegan version not only provides some of my favourite flavours, but is also a wee bit healthier too (providing you can rein yourself in on the hash brown front). 

So what goes into a vegan cooked breakfast? Well, we've got the "meat replacer", which for me means Linda McCartney sausages, because they are the bomb. You can get vegan bacon, but I haven't tried this as to be honest the sausages are enough for me.  

Then we have the "egg replacer", a.k.a scrambled tofu. To achieve this you basically take a block of firm tofu, crumble it in a pan, add 1/2 tsp of turmeric (to make it look more eggy) and 1/2 tsp of black salt and warm through. Black salt contains sulphur which smells and tastes eggy. I picked up this tip from Hello Gemma's Ebook, The Vegan Kitchen, which is an excellent read if you're a new vegan or just fancy some reasonably simple but delicious vegan recipes. In case anyone was wondering, I ordered my black salt from Amazon*.

My General Life - Vegan Cooked Breakfast - Make It Vegan

My General Life - Vegan Cooked Breakfast - Make It Vegan

I also like to bulk up on the veggies. Since going vegan I've discovered an affinity for mushrooms - something which I avoided like the plague for years as I believed they felt like slugs in my mouth. These days I can't get enough of them and so I like to cook them either in some dairy free margarine or a little bit of oil and water. Either way, I like to add a bit of garlic and some spinach, because what is a meal without greens. I also love to add some tomatoes which I tend to cook alongside my mushrooms for ease, however, you can also grill or bake them. And let's not forget about baked beans (technically one of your 5 a day so they can hang out here with the veg). You can make your own, but I like an easy life so tinned do just fine for me.

Now, last but by no means least, let's get to the carbs, of which the possibilities are pretty much endless. I love a good hash brown, so these have become a welcome addition to my vegan brekkie. The crispier the better if you ask me. Other carb options include, but are not limited to, potato cakes (nom), fried bread (double nom), toast, crumpets and English muffins. You can literally go as wild as you fancy on the carb front.

My General Life - Vegan Cooked Breakfast - Make It Vegan

Now if you ask me, all of the above makes for a pretty full and tasty plate - packed full of protein (from the tofu, sausages and beans - so don't even try that vegans lack protein bull) and veggie goodness. I honestly don't feel like I'm missing out at all, plus with it being that bit healthier and less greasy, it's something I feel happy eating on a more regular basis rather than as the occasional treat.

How do you feel about a vegan fry up? Is it something you would try? Or, if you've tried it before what are your favourite additions? I'd love to hear your thoughts either in the comments below, or why not drop me a tweet @mygenerallife.

While you're here, why not check out my previous post: DIY Deodorant [VEGAN & CRUELTY FREE].


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Saturday, 19 November 2016

DIY Deodorant [VEGAN & CRUELTY FREE].

My General Life - DIY Deodorant [Vegan & Cruelty Free]


Over the last couple of months I've become intrigued about living a more minimalist lifestyle with less emphasis on stuff and buying things and more emphasis on paring back to just what I need and being more creative. Now before we go any further, let me just say that it's still early days for me and I still have a LONG way to go before I could even be considered a minimalist, but I've started and that's a step in the right direction.

So how does this connect to DIY deodorant?! Well, as part of my quest to minimise my life I looked at all the beauty and body products that I have and attempted to pair them back a bit - and I have actually managed to significantly decrease my collection and remove items that I just don't need or even use. I love the idea of making your own products and so as I've been working through all the products that I have currently, I decided that once they ran out I'd like to try my hand at creating some of my own purpose made products. I felt that would likely work out cheaper, reduce waste over time and allow me to fully customise my makes to meet my needs. 

One of the first things on my list of DIY projects was deodorant as honestly it looked so easy that even a complete novice, such as I, couldn't mess it up. I've always used conventional deodorants and antiperspirants without giving it a second thought, however, I like the idea of using something more natural without any added chemicals that I can easily whip up in my kitchen. And let me tell you I really wasn't disappointed.

Here's how I'm making my deodorant currently (that's not to say it won't change over time as I learn more about making my own products), and then I'll share with you some of the pros and cons that I've found of using it.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

♥ 1 part coconut oil
♥ 0.5 parts bicarbonate of soda
♥ 0.5 parts  corn flour
♥ A few drops of the essential oils of your choice - I *think* I used a mix of lavender and peppermint

I've done the recipe in parts as this basically allows you to make as much (or as little) as you like, an example of this ratio would be 2tbps coconut oil to 1tbsp each of bicarb and cornflour - you get me?

WHAT TO DO:

♥ Melt the coconut oil either in a double boiler or in the microwave until fully liquid.
♥ Add in the bicarb and corn flour and mix thoroughly.
♥ Add in the essential oils and give it another thorough mix to distribute them.
♥ Place in a clean container (I use a little metal pan) and leave for a few hours to set.

My General Life - DIY Deodorant [Vegan & Cruelty Free]


See, I told you it was easy - I'd say almost foolproof! Now let's get to the pros and cons.

PROS:
- In my eyes, this deodorant is far better that any shop bought deodorant I've tried. It doesn't stop me sweating, it's not intended to stop me sweating as sweating is a natural occurance. It's main function is to eliminate the odour which it definitely does. On every occasion I have worn this deodorant I have not experienced any unpleasant body odour, even after doing exercise (NOTE:  when I say exercise I mean aerial hoop and yoga, not intense cardio so I can't comment on how you (or I) would smell after a super sweaty HIIT workout).
- The coconut oil makes for a moisurising base which is great as my skin can get quite dry under my arms.
- I've not personally experienced any skin irritation from the bicarbonate of soda used in the deodorant. I do have quite sensitive skin that is easily irritated so this is a definite win.

CONS:
- The application of the deodorant is more messy that using a conventional spray or roll on. It does involve getting your finger in there and you do have to take some care when rubbing it in a bits can crumble off in this process. Although I don't see why the recipe couldn't be adapted to make it into a stick deodorant - I think adding a tbsp or two of Candelilla wax should do the trick. I may well actually try this in the future if I can find any stick deodorant moulds.
- This is not so much a con, more of a pointer - it's worth waiting a few minutes for the coconut oil to absorb into your skin before getting dressed as I have noticed that the oil has left marks on my clothing. 

Overall I'm so chuffed with how this worked out and the results I've had from using it. Let me tell you that Pinterest is a world of inspiration, so if you fancied checking out other recipes that would definitely be my first port of call.

Would you consider making your own deodorant? I'd love for you to share your thoughts either in the comments below or drop me a tweet @mygenerallife.

While you're here, why not check out my previous post? 5 Steps To A More Eco-Friendly Life.


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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

5 Steps To A More Eco-Friendly Life.

Since going vegan at the beginning of the year I've really noticed a massive shift in my thinking. It's like someone took the blinkers off that I'd been wearing for the last 26 years. All of a sudden I'm so much more aware of the impact that we all have on this ball of rock that we call home. And the more I look, the more I see that our gorgeous planet is slowly but surely being ripped apart by our destructive practices. So I decided that I'm going to make a conscious effort to be kinder to the Earth, to try to reduce my foot print and show a little bit more compassion to the World.



Sunday, 31 July 2016

Favourite Vegan 'Treats' & Snacks.

Being vegan isn't all about salads and greenery you know. There are many, many foods that are vegan friendly that I feel make living a vegan lifestyle really bloody easy and mean that you don't have to feel like you're missing out. And if there's one thing that really worried me about going vegan, it was food FOMO (yes, I totally think that's a thing!). 

My General Life - Favourite Vegan Treats and Snacks.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Cruelty Free Favourites #1.

Since switching to a vegan lifestyle I've tried so many new things and discovered many new loves that all happen to be cruelty free. After seeing the lovely Sarah from The V Nice Life's recent video on her current cruelty free faves, I decided to take a little bit of inspiration (thanks Sarah) and share some of my own favourite cruelty free bits and bobs.




Sunday, 17 July 2016

Can't Nobody Stop The Juice.

Do you like what I did with that nice little early 00's Nelly throwback in the title? I'm feeling pretty witty right now. Anyway, in case you haven't already guessed, today we're talking juice. I was very kindly sent the Panasonic Slow Juicer* a couple of weeks ago and I think it's fair to say I was pretty excited. Having never owned a juicer before (although admittedly I'd been lusting after one for a while) I was keen to get my juice on and do some experimenting. Needless to say, it was out of the box and juicing within 5 minutes of me walking through the door and finding it waiting for me!


My General Life - Panasonic Slow Juicer Review

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

6 Months As A Vegan.

It dawned on me a couple of days ago that I've now been fully vegan for 6 whole months. I know that's a dip in the water for many, however, considering that just over a year ago even the thought of being vegetarian blew my mind, I personally feel that this is something for me to be proud of. 

My General Life - 6 Months as a Vegan

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

5 Top Tips For A Positive Mindset.

Being positive can, at times, be tricky. But I do believe that if you remain optimistic and think positively then positive things will happen , like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Having positive thoughts evokes positive behavior which in turn evokes positive experiences. You get me? 


Saturday, 2 July 2016

DIY Unicorn Hair [VEGAN & CRUELTY FREE].

A couple of months ago I had my hair bleached with the sole purpose of then being able to go wild with the colour on my quest for unicorn inspired locks. I've previously used Bleach London semi permanent dyes on my hair, but I found that they stained my hair quite significantly (it took two rounds of bleach and two toners to get the green out that was actually meant to be blue). And so I started hunting for an easily accessible alternative.


My General Life - DIY Unicorn Hair - Vegan Cruelty Free


Sunday, 26 June 2016

Taking Time.

Sometimes you just gotta take a little time. 


You may (or may not) have noticed that I've been a little MIA on the blog over the last month or so. This blog sabbatical was unplanned, but needed for various reasons. But as sometimes comes with taking a break, I've been finding it a little hard to get back on the wagon so to speak.

I'm sure that if you write a blog too you can appreciate the amount of time and effort that goes into keeping it running alongside all the promoting and engaging that goes with this. And to be honest I find it so hard to give my blog the time I feel it needs alongside balancing all the others things that I have and want to do. 

I love my little blog, I put a lot of hard work and time into it. It really does hold so much value for me in many ways and it's not something I want to fall by the wayside. So, I'm planning on getting my act together and slowly working my way back into it. I'm thinking about how I might need to rearrange things so that I can feel a bit more balanced and not end up devoting entire weekends to writing blog posts. Maybe that'll mean only posting twice a week instead of three. I'm not sure yet. But there will be new posts and fresh ideas coming your way - watch this space. 

In the mean time, thank you to anyone who finds themselves reading my blog, it honestly does mean so much that people take time out of their day to read my wittering! Peace and love ♥ xxx


Friday, 27 May 2016

Recipe | Roasted Cauliflower & Garlic Soup [VEGAN].

So I've been ever so slightly AWOL for the last week or so - my blogging mojo may have got up and done one. But I've hunted it down and we're on speaking terms so today I wanted to share a really quick, easy and super delicious soup recipe that can be whipped up with minimal effort. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Better Sleep Month.

May is Better Sleep Month. A whole month dedicated to promoting good sleep and encouraging people to do what they can to improve their sleep. Sleep is vital for promoting positive health and wellbeing and not getting enough or having poor quality sleep can leave us feeling rotten. Recently my sleep hasn't been as good as I'd like it to be, which is leaving me feeling tired and sluggish throughout the day. So today I'm sharing some of Casper's Better Sleep Month pledge cards (they know there's more to it than just their mattress!) along with how I'm going to work towards getting my sleep back on track.

My General Life - Better Sleep Month


Sunday, 15 May 2016

Recipe | Pear & Pistachio Cake [VEGAN].

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love cake. All kinds of cake. Except from maybe fruit cake. But there's always exceptions to the rule isn't there? A few weeks ago I cobbled together this delicious, vegan pear cake with pistachio icing. It was a bit of an experiment but oh boy did it work out. So today I thought I'd share the recipe so that you can join the yum train with me.

My General Life - Pear & Pistachio Cake Vegan

Friday, 13 May 2016

Ways To Use Essential Oils ft. Buff & Butter*

Essential oils are not something I've ever dabbled in if I'm totally honest. It's something I've more recently had some interest in and had started to recognise some of the many uses of essential oils, but quite frankly I find all the information a little overwhelming as I had literally zero idea of how to use them. When I was offered the opportunity to try out some of the Buff and Butter essential oils* I decided that there was no time like the present to learn more about them so I could share my new knowledge with you lovely folks.


My General Life - Ways To Use Essential Oils - lifestyle, wellbeing

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

What Is Health?

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What is health? Well according to the World Health Organisation (1948):

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

I was introduced to this definition at University, can you believe that is has remained unchanged for nearly 70 years? When you search for the definition of health in a dictionary it tends to only focus on the physical and mental health side of things and not on the impact of well being, be it physical, mental or social. Which, for me, is what makes this definition stand out.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Current Favourite Podcasts.

Listening to podcasts on my daily commute to and from work has become one of my new favourite things. It's turned time that ordinarily would be used to just squeal along to 90s classics (admittedly this is very enjoyable), into time to learn and expand my knowledge, something which I'm always keen to try to fit in. I've discovered a few podcasts that I've found pretty enjoyable that I think are thought provoking, educational and entertaining and so today I thought I'd share a few with you.

My General Life - Current Favourite Podcasts - Lifestyle - Wellbeing


Friday, 6 May 2016

Cruelty Free Skincare - Skin Blossom.

For me, being vegan isn't just about diet. Although it was in the beginning because quite frankly I didn't want to bite off more than I could chew. But now I've got into the swing of it I'm really keen to expand veganism into my lifestyle, which includes the products I use on my face and body. And while I haven't just chucked out all the products that aren't vegan (that feels extremely wasteful given that I've already bought them), I'm now making a conscious effort to only buy cruelty free, vegan products from here on out. 

My General Life - Cruelty Free Skincare - Skin Blossom - Vegan

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

How To Grow Alfalfa Sprouts + Recipe ft Indigo Herbs* [VEGAN].

I'm am so far from being green fingered it's ridiculous, I can't even keep herbs alive. It's something that I honestly find a little upsetting really as I'd love to be able to grow and nurture my own food. One of my goals this year is to teach myself how to be a bit more green fingered and at least grow something. So when Indigo Herbs sent me over some of their Organic Alfalfa Seeds I knew I had to try my hand at bringing them to life. And honestly, it was so easy even I could manage it without cocking it up.

My General Life - Growing Alfalfa Sprouts plus Recipe Vegan - Indigo Herbs

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Ditch The Food Guilt.

I've been really enjoying listening to podcasts lately and have discovered several that I'm finding really interested and thought provoking. One of these being the Food Psych podcast by Christy Harrison. The Food Psych podcast has really challenged my thinking around food and encouraged me to reflect on my own thoughts and feelings. Her podcasts look at making peace with food. With our relationship to food, with accepting ourselves regardless of what our body shape is. It also discusses challenging societal norms around food, body image and size and weight bias. It's got me thinking a lot about my relationship with food and my body and how I might like to change this for the better.

My General Life - Ditch The Food Guilt


Sunday, 24 April 2016

RECIPE | Coco-Loco Butter Cups ft. Indigo Herbs* [VEGAN].

I only recently discovered the art of making chocolate using cacao powder and coconut oil. Evidently I've been living under a proverbial rock for a while. Although in my defense, I've never really been keen on dark chocolate until I stopped having dairy and so stopped eating milk chocolate. So making dark chocolate never really had the same appeal as it does now. Because boy have I discovered a real love for dark chocolate! 

My General Life - Coco-Loco Butter Cups - Indigo Herbs - Vegan



Wednesday, 20 April 2016

You Are Good Enough.

My General Life - You Are Good Enough - Wellbeing - Wellness

You are good enough. Something I think lots of us neglect to tell ourselves as we strive towards perfection. The perfect body, the perfect life, the perfect diet, the perfect home. Perfect, perfect, perfect. Perfect, smerfect. I, personally feel that there's no such thing as perfection and that a lot of what people may see to be so is an ideal created by others, such as the media. For many it's just not attainable, to be quite honest the media portrayal of the "perfect life" is so far-fetched, why would I want to strive towards that? Everyone is individual with different goals, plans and aspirations, so surely we should all be working towards our own individual vision, that is realistic (for the most part, because one can dream) and personal to us?