• Lifestyle,  Sustainability

    The 5 R’s of Waste, And Why it’s Everyone’s Responsibility

      An amazing amount of media attention over the past six months has been focused on the tide of plastic waste littering and damaging our oceans, and for good reason, it’s about time this big problem got the publicity it deserves and the world woke up to the simple fact that if it doesn’t do something it’s eventually going to be too late to do anything.  The horror stories, rubbish strewn beach photo’s and clogged-up seas are everywhere, it took mere minutes of scrolling through Twitter before I came across this article, about poor Bob the Turtle, a sea creature so full of plastic he couldn’t even swim properly! And…

  • Veggie Recipes

    Spicy Veg Chinese Fried Rice

    We all love rice from the Chinese take-away, even though we know it’s full of MSG, has almost zero nutritional value, and comes in those awful plastic or tin containers. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine, and a staple with almost any order, and I’ve failed many times to make a decent homemade version… until today. Today I have created a beautiful, homemade, Chinese style fried rice that’s both healthy and delicious. This breakthrough came after a recipe search done because I couldn’t think of anything to make for dinner. I stumbled upon a whole host of fried rice recipes, and after reading through a few of them, had both…

  • Lifestyle,  Sustainability

    Eco-Egg Laundry Egg

    We stumbled across an advert for an Eco-Egg a couple of months ago, and both of us felt rather impressed by it’s declaration of being an entirely environmentally sustainable product… so we decided to give it a test. If you’ve not heard of an Eco-Egg before it’s basically a completely natural washing detergent that you can use to replace the harsh chemical ones that we’re all so used to buying from the supermarket. The egg comes with two types of pellets; Tourmaline ceramic pellets which work to lessen the adhesiveness between dirt and fabric, and mineral pellets which ionise the oxygen molecules in the water which penetrates and lifts away…

  • Creations,  Lifestyle

    2 Ways You Can Repurpose Your Old T-Shirts

    So this week I’ve been looking at ways that you can repurpose an old T-shirt, easy-peasy style. And I’ve found two super easy things to make that don’t require anything except your time, and a pair of scissors… seriously!    Before we start, while I was researching different things to make from old T-shirts I found a lot of posts from people who had gone out to charity shops specifically to buy old T’s to cut up into whatever. Guys, please don’t do this.  Repurposing is great if you’ve got something old that isn’t worth anything as it’s original self, but those T-shirts in charity shops could help to clothe…

  • Veggie Recipes

    Monster Cookies

    I, like most of the rest of the world, love a sweet treat. And cookies are right up there as one of my all time favourites. Seeing as it’s nearly Christmas, and I had a day off work, I decided to make some Monster Cookies, which for those of you that don’t know, are super amazing soft cookies with choc chips and M&M’s in! Sound good? That’s cause they are!  And so you can enjoy them too I thought I’d share the recipe here. They’re pretty quick and easy to make. Fifteen minutes to make the cookie dough, then somewhere between 7 – 10 mins in the oven to cook…

  • Lifestyle

    Is Your Bra Really Doing You A Favour?

    The topic of bras came up over dinner with some friends a couple of weeks ago, and a few arguments for ditching the daily essential were presented and briefly discussed before the conversation moved on to other topics.  Bras are good for you right? They give you support, keep you in all the right places, and generally make your breasts look nice and perky. Maybe not. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard that going bra-less may actually be better for you, but it prompted me to finally get thinking seriously about it.  I, like most young women, got my first training bras when I began to develop, somewhere around…

  • Creations

    Upcycled Pallet Wood Key Box

    I love things made out of reclaimed pallet wood, they have a lovely authentic, rustic, look to them. They’re also a super interesting, fun, and a practical way of reusing old wood that would otherwise most likely be wasted or left to rot away somewhere.There’s also something wonderful about turning something old and bland into something beautiful and useful. From time to time, when I have some free time, I have a go at making things from old pallet wood myself. I find the measuring and sawing and drilling and figuring out how it’s all going to fit together really fun. And there’s not much that beats the feeling of…

  • Veggie Recipes

    How To Make The Perfect Homemade Sloe Gin

    Last year I wanted to make some sloe gin, but I couldn’t seem to find any sloes anywhere and no one I asked knew where I could find any… which was pretty silly because I live in the countryside. Anyway, I found some in the end, but they were pretty small and inaccessible and I didn’t get very many. I still ginned them, and came out with two bottles of sloe gin, plus a bottle of damson gin because I accidentally picked some damsons thinking they were sloes. Surprisingly the damson is actually really nice! So if you’re anywhere near any damsons next year, definitely make sure you get some. …

  • Veggie Recipes

    Veggie Chilli

    One of my favourite yummy foods is a good veggie chilli. It’s fairly simple to make, super tasty, and great for both a night in on your own or a dinner party with some friends.  I absolutely pack my chilli with vegetables, which in my humble opinion makes it far, far nicer than one simply made with meat, as all the flavours from the different veg seep into each other during the cooking. It also makes it super healthy, and far more sustainable and environmentally friendly…  Ingredients: – Coconut Oil – 1 Brown Onion – 3 Cloves Garlic – 2 Carrots – 1 Aubergine – 2 Bell Peppers (I used…

  • Organic Gardening

    Planting Chillies

    We want to start growing our own veg, and have recently got ourselves a second hand greenhouse in which to start doing so. The only thing is, it’s December and totally the wrong time for growing things… except chillies which you can grow in the nice warm house!  So while we were out earlier I picked up some seeds for a few different types of chillies; Cayenne Peppers, Jalapeno Peppers, and Ring ‘O’ Fire Chillies. I also picked up some compost, got some little pots off a friend, and borrowed Lacey’s propagator, and was all set to get planting.  So planting isn’t too difficult, and I’m sure many of you…