• Veganuary: Week 4 – What I’ve learnt

    Well I set out to complete Veganuary and I am very proud to say I did it! More than that, I really enjoyed it. It’s certainly been a learning curve, getting to grips with what you can and can’t eat and I imagine there’s still a great deal I don’t know about. But with January now behind us, I thought I’d put together a short post just to recap on the last four weeks. What I’ve learnt It may just be because so many people are on the Veganuary hype, but there really is a lot of choice out there for meat and dairy free options! Whether eating out or…

  • Veganuary: Week 3 – Doing my bit!

    Firstly, how is it nearly the end of January already! It’s only just begun and the year already feels like it’s flying by. That said, I cannot wait for our adventures to begin in April, so I am happy for time to keep whizzing by until then. It’s been just over three weeks since I began Veganuary. I really truly thought I was going to struggle giving up certain food, but actually I feel great! I feel like a huge sense of guilt has lifted from me, like for the past few weeks I’ve been doing my bit. And like I said, it feels great! Not too many new revelations…

  • Veganuary: Week 2 – I miss cheese!

    It’s now been over two weeks of Veganuary and I’m still loving it – but oh my god do I miss cheese! I really thought chocolate would be the hardest thing for me to give up, but I’ve found plenty of sweet treats to replace this, and actually, I just really want some cheese on top of my spaghetti bolognese. But I haven’t caved, I am officially 17 days meat and diary free. I know, I know, I’m still very new to this plant based lifestyle, but I feel like I’m learning something new with each meal. So here’s a quick update on week two of Veganuary and how I’m…

  • Veganuary: Week 1 – I’m surviving!

    My whole life I’ve been told I’m a fussy eater. Perhaps I was when I was younger, but the fact that I still don’t like broccoli apparently means I’m unable to shake that label! But the truth is, I’m not fussy. I love a range of foods. I would say I eat most things and I especially love spicy food. I’d eat curry for every meal if it wasn’t considered a bit weird! But even I’ll admit, the thought of going vegan has always seemed crazy to me. What would I eat?! I love bacon, cheese and chocolate far too much. But for some reason, back in December I decided…

  • What 2019 has in store for us!

    It’s fair to say that 2018 got off to a pretty emotional start and has certainly had its ups and downs throughout. But now, as we approach the end of the year, I’m feeling optimistic and excited about what 2019 has in store for us! And I often hear people say that you don’t need to wait until the New Year to make a change. And of course that’s true. But what better time to start fresh that a brand new year, full of possibility. We’ve already got some very exciting plans on the way and I want 2019 to be the year I fall head over heels in love…

  • 3 lessons the hardest year of our lives has taught me

    On Saturday 9th September 2017 we got married at Oak Tree Meadow. On Thursday 14th September we set off on our honeymoon to Fuerteventura. On Saturday 16th September, less than 48 hours later, we returned from our honeymoon after the sudden death of Danny’s dad. This was the most emotional start to married life two happy twenty-somethings could have imagined. In the months that followed we stopped living between houses and moved into the family home full-time with Danny’s mum. Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and New Year were emotional cocktails of tears, hugs and shared stories. It’s fair to say i wasn’t the start we’d hoped for. It wasn’t the first year of marriage…

  • 7 simple ways to mentally declutter and feel calm

    If you’re anything like me you’ll often find yourself over-thinking, trying to juggle thousands of thoughts and sometimes just becoming stressed because of it. But if you know how to clear your mind, you’ll probably find that you’re more productive and that you can quieten down the noise inside your brain. So below is a list of 7 simple ways you can mentally declutter and get on with your day! Breathe When it comes to clearing your mind, never underestimate the importance of stopping to take a breath. There are a number of breathing techniques out there to help you relax, but even just taking a few deep breaths can…