GARDEN PROJECT BEGINNINGS

Good evening beautiful souls,

I’ve had a busy day at work today and when I got home I decided to make the most of the last rays of sun and do some gardening. I can’t wait to have the garden looking all nice, but it’s going to be a long process till it’s where I want to be. I just bought some vegetable seeds and am excited to get planting however I need to prepare the soil first in our first vegetable patch and then build another raised vegetable patch too.

Anyway, there’s not much to be seen yet I guess, the changes are subtle, but I wanted to share the progress on mine and Jessica’s garden project so far. Here’s the before and afters:

Apart from the addition of a tomato and pepper plant there’s not much of a difference here yet. But the plan is to paint this shelf green and the remove every second shelf to make more room for tall plants. Next I also want to plant flowers or maybe more herbs in the little baskets next to the stairs; I’m not sure yet. It’s a bit broken and was left in the garden from the previous owner of this house, but with a bit of sprucing up I think it’ll look great.

In our bin area we just swept the ground and cleared it of all the small rubbish that was left from the house renovation before we moved in. However there are, as you can see, still some old blind rails and the like which need to go to the tip and as neither Jessica or I can drive we’re going to have to wait till someone can get rid of them for us. The plan for this are is to rid it of everything bar the bins and then add a little greenhouse in the right hand corner.

Again this area doesn’t look nice yet, or as if much has been done, but de-weeded the soil and I loosened it before adding the slab stones at the back instead of the array of uneven stones. This will be our salad patch probably.

Lastly, I moved the bird table onto the pebbled area and put the tree pot in another place too. The plan for this area is to build another raised vegetable patch where our little potted rhubarb plant is now standing.

So as you can see, we’ve only started with little improvements so far, but I am so excited for when it will all be finished because I think it will look really nice. Hopefully we can paint the fences again and power wash the pavement to really give the finished look a nice fresh clean touch.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into our garden plans. I shall be keeping you updated!

Has anyone else got any big garden projects planned this year?! I’d love to know!

Love Carina xo

MY TOP 3 CRUELTY FREE/VEGAN BATH & SHOWER PRODUCTS

Hello friends,

My cruelty free / vegan skin care routine went down really well, so I thought I would also share what bath / shower products I use. My favourite brands are Faith in Nature, Funky Soap and Balance Me.

Faith in Nature have a wide range of products from cleaning liquids to shower gels. They are all vegan friendly. I love their Shower Gel & Foam Bath products and use them mainly for foam baths rather than as shower gels as they produce great bubbles for a relaxing bath and smell lovely and fresh too. I definitely recommend giving them a go, they aren’t too expensive either. To shop click this link Faith In Nature alternative have a look on amazon where you can sometimes find cheaper deals.

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I started using Funky Soap about 2 years ago when I wanted to strip back my hair from all the chemicals and let it’s natural oils take over again. Funky Soap are vegan and cruelty free and specialise in natural shampoo bars. Now admittedly they did not take well to my long hair at the time and washing the soap out seemed almost impossible, but I guess that depends on you hair type. When I shaved all my hair off for charity I went a good to months without washing my hair with any products bar warm water and then when it got a little longer I started introducing the Funky Soap shampoo bars which on the short hair worked really well and I am still using them to this day. It’s a small independent British based company and it’s nice to also support smaller companies rather than big chains. They are well worth a look as they’re products are more natural and cheaper the for example Lush. To shop click this link Funky Soap. They also produce shaving bars and liquid shampoos amongst other things, well worth having a browse.

Balance Me has to be brought up again (admittedly this is another tester product and one I haven’t actually bought as they are quite pricey) however, I just love the smell of Balance Me products. They are so earthy and cosy and make you feel more connected to nature. Although not all vegan Balance Me is a cruelty free brand and uses mostly natural ingredients. To shop click this link Balance Me.

Hope you found this helpful! Please let me know if you have tried any of these brands before and if you like them too!

Love Carina xo

MY GARDEN BEFORE & AFTER 

Hello friends,

The other week my parents came over for dinner and brought me a little present. I’d been saying for ages that I needed to de-weed the garden and so they showed up with a little trowel and my own cute gardening gloves! The back garden almost looked like a little wilderness and I couldn’t wait to tidy it up! So on a sunny day off I got my fingers dirty and took out all the weeds!

After a good two hours of gardening, here are the after photos; from a weed infested garden, to a tidier, cleaner looking back yard! Although surprisingly tiring work I enjoyed myself and can now enjoy soaking up the sun again on nice sunny days!

All that is left to do now is the front garden!

Love Carina xo

HOLIDAY BLUES!

Hello my beautiful readers,

I have been dreaming of a holiday for ages, the need to get away for a couple of days really gets to you esppecially when working 19 days in a row with no days off as I am at the moment! However I finally have something to look forward to now at the end of August! A mini getaway with my best friend Emily and perhaps a few others if they decide to join us. Just before she set of on her honeymoon interrailing Europe we booked our tickets for the Lindesfarne festival!

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This will be our second time going to the Lindisfarne festival together; last year we wnt for the first time ad it was the first festival experience for the both of us. The Lindisfarne festival is a small new (this year is only it’s third year) local festival in one of my favourite places (a stunning coastal plot of farmland overlooking the beautiful Holy Island in Northumberland). Holy Island (see photos above) was were I had my first every job as a waitress in the holidays. I used to stay on the Island when working there so it was like a holiday for me even though I was working. I love the place; it it idylic, peaceful and just holds a speacial place in my heart. Thus it was without question a great descion for the Lindisfarne festival to be our first festival experience. As it is a small scale festival you can walk from your tent into the arena within minutes and there weren’t any overbearing crowds. It was a great first festival experience and I’m hyped to be going back again this year! Let me share some photos from last year:

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The festival didn’t have any famouse artists playing, more local and smaller talents, but it was nice to discover new people; for us the highlight was Molotov Jukebox and meeting the artists afterwards including Natalia Tena (Tonks from Harry Potter/ Osha from Game of Thrones). Their music was bizar but upbeat and happy and got us all dancing with smiles plasterd on our faces! Loved it! Comedy was also offered there as well as the Sanctuary a wellness tent with holistic treatemants and the like. On our second morning we participated in meditation followed by partner yoga which was hilarious and great fun, even though my back killed afterwards from lying on the uneven ground aha. We treated ourselves to a massage afterwards and then continued to enjoy the music, views and general atmosphere of the festival. Not long now till this years festival and I can’t wait!

Love Carina xo