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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DAY TRIPPING TO YORK

Good evening beautiful souls,

Yesterday I spent a lovely day in York with one of my best friends from uni. I hadn’t seen Chloe since autumn last year and so it was lovely to catch up again.

I hopped on the train at around 9.55 and arrived in York at 10.40 ish. We started our day with our umbrellas pitched against the pouring rain and fighting a battle with the wind as they kept blowing inside out. Because it was so miserable we decided to do a spot of shopping and went into Primark where I tried some nice pieces on but didn’t buy as sadly non looked good on, but I did come out with some basics that needed stocking up, more socks and simple tank tops and the like.

After having a browse around Topshop and a couple of other stores we sat down in Pret for a bite of lunch and I enjoyed a yummy avocado, olive and sun-dried tomato baguette.

The rain had finally stopped by the time we finished lunch and so we did a bit more window shopping discovering some really beautiful stores (I love a good window display) including a fragrance shop where I had to really resist spending my money. We also crossed paths with a cute tea shop where I bought a loose leaf gingerbread rooibush tea which I am excited to try as it smells amazing.

We then visited the three Harry Potter shops that can now be found in the Shambles and although I didn’t buy anything it made me want to go to the Harry Potter studios even more!

As it started getting colder we went for a pint and a nice long chat before walking along the wall a bit and then going for a cocktail. I tried an Amaretto in da ghetto aha which was super tasty!

Towards the end of the day we treated ourselves to dinner at the Botanist which was really tasty. I had olives for starters and then a delicious aubergine stake with giant Moroccan couscous for mains. I was happy with the Vegan options available, a good selection and lots I wanted try; I shall have to go back another time.

At around 7.30pm we sadly has to say goodbye and I made my way to the station to catch my train home.

It was such a nice day despite the rain. I love York, it’s such a beautiful place and it’s always nice to catch up with friends you don’t see often.

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MY PARENTS ARE THE CUTEST

Good evening beautiful souls,

I’m spending this evening at my parents and because I won’t see my mum on Easter Sunday she prepared this cute Easter gift bag for me from her and dad.

As I’m vegan and you know too much chocolate is never good for you haha she got me some non typical Easter treats.

There were some Maui&Sons coconut chips in the goodie bag (which I’ve always fancied buying but haven’t yet), some new Stabilo point pens (yay), a cute forever against animal testing olive soap bar in the shape of a rabbit ❤ from The Body Shop and lastly a beautiful selection of loose leaf artisan teas with intriguing flavour profiles that I can’t wait to try!

I wasn’t expecting my parents to get me an Easter egg or anything so to get these cute little treats was just lovely!!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend ahead of you! I’ll be working aha! Happy Easter weekend lovelies!

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DAY OFF SHENANIGANS

Good evening beautiful souls,

Today I finally had a day off after working 13 days in a row. It’s been a long time since I just had a nice day out and so Jessica and I decided to go to Newcastle. After a relaxed breakfast of avocado on toast and a cuppa green tea with ginger, we got ready and hopped on the train.

The sun was out and it was a beautiful mild day as we set out to complete our to do list; return shoes, stock up in Lush, buy a new cafetiere, purchase make-up and douse ourselves in divine perfumes we can’t afford haha (we discovered a new favourite – Gucci Bloom Aqua Di Fiori – it’s amazing – has anyone tried it?!)

Once we’d ticked everything off our list we went to Olive & Bean for a spot of lunch. We ordered a cafetiere each and I got the olive, hummus and sun dried tomato sandwich whilst Jessica ordered a prawn salad. The food was really nice and the coffee had good flavour too, my only wish is that they had a few more vegan options on their large menu and that they decanted the cafetiere because the longer it stands it over extracts the coffee and becomes bitter. But it was still nice.

We then debated over which film to see at the cinema and decided on Tomb Raider over Peter Rabbit which was really good. I definitely recommend it and I hope to see follow ups!

The only downside of our trip to Newcastle is that I didn’t time it properly and so we didn’t get back to Durham in time for me to go home and get my yoga gear! I really need to make a better effort to start going to yoga again.

Anyway now we’re sitting in the Library having a pint as I write this blog post and wait to meet my friend Amy for a drink at 9pm.

All in all it’s been a great day off and I oy wish I had another one tomorrow!
I hope you have all had a lovely Wednesday!

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