Veganuary is almost upon us again and this time I'm going to make the leap, not a huge leap granted but a leap none-the-less.  If you didn't know Veganuary is a movement or a campaign with the goal of challenging people to give up animal products from their diets for the whole of the first month of the new year.  Whether it be for curiosity, animal well being, health or the environment there are lots of benefits to skipping on the meat and dairy.

I've been Vegetarian from I was roughly 16.  I had a minor blip when I was around 21 where I started eating meat for a year and then packed that in again around the age of 22.  This time round I was much more serious and was delving into the world of veganism as it started to emerge and become more talked about and visible.   Living in rural Ireland is difficult as a Vegetarian never mind Vegan but not impossible

This year in particular since moving out and being able to manage more of my own diet choices and shopping I cut out dairy and eggs directly.  I still consume some products which contain animal products in them such as my bread containing honey and my Quorn chicken containing free range eggs but other than that I eat plant based, so this challenge should be easily achieved I hope.

I thought I would document it all on my blog for anyone who is interested in making the change themselves, for those who want to do so alongside me and for generally anyone interested in veganism and plant based diets or wanting to reduce their intake.  I hope to include simple home cooked meals that won't cost a fortune or include impossible to find ingredients, tips and advice, my own experiences and whatever else takes my fancy.  If you have any ideas of your own you'd like me to touch on let me know below.

So consider this my pledge to eating entirely vegan for one month.  AHH!

Pressure.  It's a topic I seem to have been discussing more and more often over the past couple of weeks with friends and co-workers.  Specifically the pressure that we put on ourselves or fathom from absolutely nowhere.  Pressure is often talked about in regards to external entities such as our boss giving us a strict deadline or university assignments but I haven't seen many people chat about the pressure we create ourselves, and ultimately drive ourselves mad with.

If there is one thing I really enjoy is organisation and being organised.  Here are a few tips on what I've been doing recently;

I am forever on the look out for new recipe books and I recently picked up these two on a late night amazon spend session (anyone else do this? help.) after seeing a lot of hype around the two books.


The Vegan Kind is a monthly subscription box which mainly contains food, however there's usually some kind of 'lifestyle' product also included each month. I've been subscribed to them for over a year (with a bit of break in between) and I recently re-subscribed and was excited to open this months box. It's a lovely treat and a great way to find new vegan-friendly, dairy-free, and often gluten-free goodies alongside the recipe card they send through each month to add to my little TVK folder.
Here's what I found inside October's box:-

I'm a big fan of Vintage furniture so when my Dad came home one day with an old style writing bureau I quite literally got Simon to load it into his van, brought it home and instantly removed a dresser I had in our kitchen to find a home for my new desk.  The best part about it all? It was absolutely free, my Dads friend was going to throw it out. Imagine!

My home is a mish mash of interior styles.  I'm not a fan of super modern decor but I do like elements of a more contemporary, minimalistic style mixed in with some country-esque vibes and a lived in look.  Although I like my home to look tidy, I also like some clutter and I think having a stack of books on a bedside table or trinkets scattered throughout the room bring a bit of personality to a house.  My new writing table fits perfectly into this mix.

Our house isn't huge and I had just recently bought a sideboard for our living room so really didn't have a lot of options on where to place my new bureau.  I didn't want to have it stowed away out of view in a spare room, and there wasn't any room in my narrow hallway so the kitchen was chosen.  Not your most conventional room for a writing bureau but none the less I think it fits in rather well.  I haven't stored anything inside just yet, and I have a broken hinge to fix and a little velvet to replace the old worn leather inside but it's a DIY I am looking forward to getting stuck into.  It very much is a place for me to stack my cookbooks and display some of my decorative bits as well as my favourite mustard teapot sitting pride of place.  Who knows, I could be blogging in style once I get the repairs complete.

We are due to have a mini overhaul of our kitchen in the next few weeks, re-painting the walls to brighten it up a little and replacing the stripy wallpaper above with something a little more muted and maybe incorporate a country living vibe into the room.  Basically - I seen a grey wallpaper with little farm animals printed through.  It's so cute and I really hope it'll all tie together nicely.

I'll be sure to update you when I'm done!

I put a quick poll out earlier today on my Twitter asking whether you guys would be interested in seeing what I buy grocery wise on a weekly basis.  I was really surprised by the amount of people who are as strange as myself and enjoy seeing what's inside someones kitchen. 

 Today's post is covering what is inside my fridge & it's all completely GF and Vegan.  I've also included what I plan to make with the below ingredients and some cupboard staples (some of which are only vegetarian friendly).  I always sit down on a Friday or Saturday and decide what I want to cook the following week.  It takes the stress of figuring out meals away from the hectic work week, saves me a heck of a lot of money and reduces the amount of waste.  I'll then write it all out and from that plan my shopping list.  

So what did I get this week?

Hands down my favourite kind of videos to watch on Youtube are those creators who follow a zero waste lifestyle and have the most clean, tidy and minimalistic house ever.  There is something that really brings a sense of calmness to me after I've had a massive clear out and organised things into their little homes and actually knowing where to find them when I go looking again.  At least for a week or so until I revert back to my old messy ways, only to repeat the whole exercise the following month. *sigh*

I'm forever snacking on protein balls and raw food bars that can easily cost a fortune.  Often they contain very little ingredients yet somehow cost £2+ per individual snack.  On my weekly shop at the weekend I thought I'd lift a couple ingredients up and try my own.  

I started writing this post on the plane on the way home from Berlin.  Visiting the city gave me an influx of blog post ideas which I am sure you will all see around these parts in the not too distant future.  I have never fell in love with a city as quick & if I could drop everything and move there tomorrow I would in a heart beat.  We visited for 4 short days and crammed a lot of sight seeing, eating and travelling around various parts of the city in & I thought I would share with you all some tips on how to get the most out of your short break away.

East Side Gallery

I'm only back a day from Berlin & I'm already mourning the fantastic city.  Berlin is such a vibrant edgy city and it quickly became top of my list of European cities I have visited.  It's a city that gets me!  Overflowing with History, Modern life overlapping the old & heaven on Earth for anyone following a Plant based or Vegan diet.  Heck, I felt normal!

Kiez Vegan

If you were to ask my Mum she would tell you I was always a nightmare to get out of bed in the morning. I've never been what you hear as 'being a morning person' and I could never grasp why you
would want to be, I loved my bed too much.
I'm always intrigued by 'what I eat in a day' videos and blog posts & find it really easy to get stuck in a rut.  I'd love to start this up as a more regular series sharing some recipes and food plans to hopefully give you some new ideas too. I hope you enjoy this quick post on my breakfast & lunch meals.

We all have bad days at the office. But what should you do if you are convinced you’ve taken the wrong job or made a bad decision? Should you quit right away?, or give it a little more time? 

I am still on a high from last nights event!

2017 has been a year of very little reading for me.  I'm usually through at least 6 by now, but this year I lost all interest and the very thought of picking up a book and starting it exhausted me.  I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself to finish the books I do have, yet I am a firm believer that if I haven't read them as soon as I have bought them, I probably won't ever.  So naturally I went out and bought five new books, as a birthday treat of course.  To Sara, From Sara.

A round up on what I have been loving lately.

 This weekend was so lovely.  I spent just about as much time possible outside.  I booked a half day on Friday, picked up an outdoor table and chair set and had a make shift BBQ and chilled outside with family and a good book. 

Probably not one of the most photogenic meals I have ever made, but most definitely full of flavour, very filling and a twist on a more traditional classic.

After receiving a few new followers on my Twitter account, I thought a bit of insight into who is behind this blog would be a nice idea.  Instead of sighting off lots of really obvious facts about myself I thought I'd have a bit more fun with it and tell you some things you might not know about me... even if you do know me! Enjoy!

Cruelty free products are all around us and readily available, so why are we still buying those that test on animals?  This was a question I asked myself a good year ago now after some of my fave Vegetarian and Vegan bloggers & Youtubers brought my attention to the whole thing.  Ever since then I have been actively trying to use up anything that I already have that tests on animals almost 100% CF yay! and replace them with more animal friendly options.  Which is suprisingly more affordable and easy to get my hands on that I thought.

Vegan creme eggs - do I need to say anything more? 

Beside tables, the place you can guarantee to find just about anything.  I always feel like you can tell a lot about a person by what is on their bedside cabinet. Which is why I have learnt the art of throwing everything onto the bed when I'm snapping, giving the illusion that I indeed have my shit together. Does anybody really?

I'm in that stage of the Easter holiday break where I have realized its all over and I have to go back into work in the morning (edit: right now :-( )  No matter how long we get off work, it never is long enough to fit in everything we want to.  We managed to make a pretty good stab at it this long-weekend though.

The key to my heart lies with Curry.  Seriously though! & I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I think I have found quite literally the curry of all curries.  I am forever chopping and changing how I make one of my favorite dishes of all time and thought I would share with you my new and improved Indian style 'Balti'.  

I've been so struck with writers block lately, and then it hit me.  I've fallen out of love with Beauty Blogging.  It even extends to my Youtube channels I watch now as well.  Gone are the Zoella makeup tutorials I used to watch religiously, and in are the Home Styling vids, What I Eat in a Day and Daily vlogs.

It's been forever since I have spoke beauty on my blog, first time on here but it was something I used to predominantly chat about on my last blog.  I had truly fallen out of love with beauty blogging, I was feeling totally uninspired to type up similar comments every post about makeup.  Truth be told, I love my makeup I just don't have a lot to say about it. 
It is probably the most 'on trend' breakfast or brunch and most def a blogger must have to Instagram, but all for a well deserved reason. It's one of the most versatile meals I have thrown together and can be mixed and matched with so many ingredients you usually have in the fridge.  I thought I would share my Vegetarian and Gluten Free twist.

In 2017 our self esteem is taking a huge battering.  We spend hours flicking through un-attainable images of people on Instagram, constantly comparing ourselves or putting ourselves down and basing our self worth off of how many likes our latest selfie accumulated.  It's something I know I 100% do, but more so it is something I can see happening to the younger generation.

3 weeks moved out and we are finally beginning to settle in our new home.  Moving out is one of the biggest steps you can take in your life, and quite frankly it scared the absolute sh*t out of me.  It still does in fact, being in charge of all these adult-y things my Mum used to take charge of are suddenly my responsibility and it's daunting, but there are so many nice little perks to moving out too;

There is nothing I love more than flicking through morning or evening routine videos on Youtube.  I especially love those un-edited, realistic versions and I thought I would give my two cents.  Ever since we moved into our own home and had literally no signal to make a call or broadband to spend my evenings glued to my phone I have had to go all early 90's style and find other ways to occupy myself.  It's been lovely actually, taking a break from social media and banking up a nice hefty list of Youtube videos to catch up on, #HurryUpTalkTalk. 

Sunday Mornings are my favourite.  I love to spent too long in bed with a cup of tea scrolling through dream houses on Pinterest.  I also love to get inspiration for food on Pinterest too and before I knew it I was rumaging through the cupboards to see if we had anything remotely similiar to a recipe for pancake making.

We had some Raspberries and Banana in the house so I sliced these on top and added some fruit syrup from my Vegan Kind subscription box a few months back.  It's such a great alternative to Honey and much better for you as well.  I'd love to find a way of replacing the eggs in this recipe so if you have any suggestions please leave them below.

I hope you Enjoy!

So this week brings lots of last minutes phone calls, stacks full of cardboard boxes and running about trying to get my adult life in order.

If there is one thing you realise getting older it's how little of your friends you carry on through your teens and into your twenties.