MY FAVOURITE LOW SUGAR COCKTAIL

Good evening beautiful souls,

Now that the weather finally seems to be improving I’ve been feeling the cocktail vibes more and more and am ditching the red wines. However as summer and bikini season are approaching I thought I’d share with you my favourite low sugar cocktail so that you can still enjoy a drink without worrying about your waistline too much.

I’m not sure what to call it yet, maybe Bitter Breeze or something…

Well here it goes. You will need:

  • A lime
  • Gin
  • Diet bitterlemon
  • Fresh mint
  • Ice cubes

First pop your ice cubes into your glass – next add to your strength liking gin and bitterlemon (for this glass I used 2 shots of Bombay Dry Gin with ca. 300ml of bitterlemon) – squeeze in half a lime – decorate with another slice of lime and fresh mint.

Et voila – one Bitter Breeze at the ready – now sit back, relax and enjoy!

Love Carina xo

SINGING AT THE SAGE GATESHEAD

Good evening beautiful souls,

A week ago I was lucky enough to once again preform in the north east’s most iconic concert venue – the Sage Gateshead.

Image Credit http://www.waagner-biro.com
Image Credit http://www.waagner-biro.com

I have preformed there 2 or 3 times already with the youth choir I was in as well as my university choirs. The Sage is a beautiful architectural focal point on the river Tyne. It has two performance halls a very large one (hall 1) and a smaller one for more intimate concerts (hall 2). I’ve been lucky to be part of a couple of big concerts which took place in the stunning Hall One.

Last Wednesday the acapella choir I am currently part of, Northern Spirit Singers, got the chance to (for the second time) accompany the famous Tenor Russel Watson on a couple of his songs. We were the backing voices in different pieces including a Phantom of the Opera medley which was great fun!!!

We all had a lovely time and I feel very lucky to be part of such a talented choir!!

Does anyone else like to sing? And is part of a choir?! I’d love to know!

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HAPPY EARTH DAY!

Good evening beautiful souls,

“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.” ― Gaylord Nelson

As it’s Earth Day today I wanted to draw your attention to the unsustainable lives we are living. Through our modern lifestyles we are destroying & hurting our earth, all it’s earthlings and our ecosystem – something needs to change!!!

I would love you all to take a moment and reflect on the lifestyle choices you make and how you might be able to adjust things to live greener more environmentally friendly lives. I urge you all to take part and make a conscious effort to make some little changes so that we may create a happier, healthier planet for ourselves and generations to come!

No change is to small – every little helps and it’s important we all play our part and look after the earth!!!

Here are just few ideas to get you started:

  • Recycle!!! Everything that can be recycled please don’t just dump it into general waste!
  • Invest in some stainless steel straws for home use. Refuse straws when out and about or get into the habit of bringing your own straw with you (yes I am one of those people who carries a stainless steel straw in her backpack)
  • Start buying loose fruit and vegetables and bring your own mesh bags to put them in.
  • Or why not invest in a local organic veg bag subscription!
  • Bring your own bag to the supermarket instead of buying plastic ones!
  • If you are a tea drinker buy loose leaf teas and use a tea strainer (most tea bags are still made with plastic)
  • Use roll on deodorants instead of aerosols
  • Try and avoid aerosol products in general. You can swap most things eg. use good old fashioned talcum powder instead of dry shampoo, buy reed diffusers instead of air fresheners…
  • Invest in a reusable takeaway coffee/tea mug
  • Buy biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes, plastic ones fill our landfills and take over 400 years to decompose!!!
  • Ladies – buy yourself a menstrual cup – not only are you saving yourself money but your helping the environment and your body as they are far less dangerous!
  • Have a go at going vegan (or at least making some swaps and cutting down your animal product consumption) – don’t diss veganism straight away beautiful souls – animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation system combined!
  • Use reusable cleansing pads instead of throwaway cleansing wipes (reusable bamboo breast pads area great option)
  • Use natural shampoo & soap bars instead of going through bottles of shampoo and conditioner (lush gave some really nice ones)
  • Invest in an electric razor/shaver rather than using one use plastic razors.
  • Install the Ecosia web browser which plants trees as you do your online browsing – I mean what’s not to like – this is such an easy change to make!!

The list is endless, I could go on forever. Please have a look into making some changes ❤ This really isn’t an issue we can ignore!!!

I’ll leave you with another quote:

“It’s going to take all of us, gathering our voices and acting together. Saying, “Not on our watch” to create a future for humans, animals and the environment.” ― Eileen Anglin

P.s. If you already are making some changes I’d love to know what you are doing!

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WE HAVE A GUIDE DOG PUPPY

Good evening beautiful souls,

After signing up over half a year ago, Jessica and I got our first guide dog puppy to look after on Monday! Her name is Tutu and she is staying with us for 4 days.

She’s very energetic and still quiet excitable but mostly very well behaved.

Originally we wanted to board a puppy for a full year, but circumstances have changed for me since applying and I don’t think I have to time to commit full time and don’t want the work to all fall on my housemate Jessica. However I think we’ll definitely do holiday boarding, so when the puppies usual boarder is on holiday we can look after the pup for a few days.

We’ll see what happens. But it’s a lovely and rewarding experience taking part in this puppy’s life for a week.

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