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If you have been reading my blog for the past few weeks you will have read that I  have started trying to eat more healthy.  I have decided to eat a predominantly vegan diet with a lot more fruit, vegetables and pulses, cereal and seeds included.

There are so many reasons behind this change in what I eat, I’ve been pescetarian for years, eating a mainly vegetarian-based diet, but I have not bought milk or eggs for the past 2 years.  I drink my coffee and tea black and didn’t have eggs unless they were in something that I had ordered or prepared for me.  The reason for that shift was that whenever I bought eggs or milk I was finding that it was, more often than not, going off and needed to be thrown away, and hating waste I decided to just stop buying them.  My theory was that if I didn’t have it then it couldn’t go off and I would not be wasting money or produce.  I would, however, occasionally buy yoghurt and have that as part of my lunch for work.

Since living on my own I have really struggled with cooking for myself.  Preparing meals for one was hard work and I found that I would often cook more than I needed.  Buying meals for one was often more costly than making something, and everything took ages from preparing to cooking to eating and cleaning up.

I started to rely on sandwiches, beans, toast, soup and cereal to get me through the week.  That and a LOT of snack foods.  I found that I was eating hardly any fruit and vegetables and relying too much on what was in stock in my local shop for food.

This “diet” left me feeling tired, my skin not looking its best, my weight starting to creep back up and I was just not feeling right with myself.

I looked hard at what I had been eating and what I should be eating and decided to make a move towards a more vegan lifestyle.  Gone are the cheese topped pizzas, cheese toasties, creamy pasta bakes and in its place I am now eating a healthy breakfast, either overnight oats, made with water and topped with dried fruit, seeds or fresh fruit.  For lunch, gone are the cheese sandwiches, and I now have vegan pasta salad with tomatoes, sweetcorn, red kidney beans and another veg, or I have a simple rice dish with similar ingredients.  I prepare my lunch the evening before, having it for my dinner in the night and then the following lunchtime.  Snacks used to be crisps or chocolate, hastily eaten and hardly tasted, now I’m eating fruit in the form of fruit salads or the fruit as it is, dried fruits, nuts or seeds.  A few times a week I have a breakfast smoothie in place of the overnight oats as a treat.

I’ve come to enjoy preparing my dinner and lunch for the following day, I’m feeling a lot more energetic and less foggy-headed, my skin is getting better and I have lost a small bit of weight too.  The biggest change for me is the cost, I’ve found that by simplifying what I eat I have been able to save money on my food bill even though I have to go food shopping more often.

I always thought that going vegan was going to be really expensive and that I would need to buy specific things to eat but, in all honesty, I don’t feel the need to replace meat in my diet as I haven’t eaten meat for so long anyway, or replace other things.  I thought that I would miss cheese but have found that I can live without it.

Another surprising thing is that meals have been so easy to prepare and taste lovely too.  Today’s lunch – brown rice with mixed veg and peppers, peas, kidney beans and a tin of tomatoes took me 25 mins to prepare and cook and is really filling.

While I wouldn’t say I’m completely vegan, I think the transition period will take a while, I’m enjoying this food journey so far and am looking forward to making even more changes to what I eat.

If anyone has any easy, cheap and tasty vegan recipes I’d love to hear about them in the comments!!!!

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In Case You Missed It

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In Case You Missed It was started a few months ago as a chance for you to discover some of my favourite posts that I wrote and published to my blog in the previous month that you may have missed. This month I am looking back at some of my favourite posts for July.

· How to Bullet Journal

Journaling of any kind is quite a personal experience and there isn’t one way that is better than another is, or that is right and another considered wrong. I decided to share how I bullet journal as a way to help and guide others that may want to start journaling, from the things you may need through to my method for setting up a journal.

· How to Develop Your Own Fashion Style

I really enjoyed writing this post about how to create your own fashion style. I think it is all too easy to buy “fashion” off the peg and wear things in a way that millions of others are, but along the way, you can lose your own sense of individuality and personality. This post is all about creating your own style and bringing your personality into the way you dress and style your outfits.

· Vogue Parody – 73 Questions About Me

I was tagged to take part in the 73 Questions – Vogue Parody tag by Ami of Undercover Superhero! I love questions and really enjoyed sharing a bit about me, and reading other’s answers to the questions too!

· A Look Around My Home – Kitchen

I have been living in my home for a little over a year now and have been sharing a “Look Around My Home” over the course of several months. I am so proud of what I have achieved and how well my home has been coming together. I loved taking the photos for this post and think that in years to come it will be nice to look back on!

· 400 Followers

I hit another milestone on the blog in July! I am still totally amazed that people want to follow and read my blog! So, thank you each and every one of you!

· Building My Flat Lay Kit

I had so much fun gathering bits and pieces for my Flat Lay kit and decided to write a post to show what sort of things I have added to my kit! I hope that this post will help to inspire others when it comes to blog photography!

Love Beauty and Planet – Shampoo and Conditioner Review

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I picked up Love Beauty and Planet Blooming Colour Shampoo and Conditioner in Asda when I went shopping last month. I had been looking for a new shampoo and conditioner to replace the ones that I had just finished using, and while I am a huge lover of Lush Godiva shampoo I knew that I wouldn’t be going anywhere near a Lush store soon.

The shampoo and conditioner by Love Beauty and Planet usually retail for £7.50 each but were on rollback when I spotted them, at £4.00 per bottle. Each bottle holds 400ml which is a fair amount of product even if you were to pay the full amount!

The bottles themselves are straightforward bottles with black push down lids. The label is what caught my eye – the label shows pink roses with a rectangle in the middle where the “Love Beauty and Planet” wording is placed. The rectangle is pink on the shampoo and white on the conditioner, there are a few other differences but I’ll let you try and spot them in the photos!

There are a few different formulas to choose from

· Blooming Colour – Rose and Muru Muru Butter

· Volume and Bounty – Coconut Water and Mimosa Flower

· Happy and Hydrated – Shea Butter and Sandalwood

· Hope and Repair – Coconut Oil and Ylang Ylang

· Delightful Detox – Rosemary and Vetiver

These come as shampoo and conditioner though there are other products in the range, dry shampoo and hair masque in other scents.

I have been making a conscious effort to change my buying habits and become more aware of what I am buying. This product is packaged in 100% recycled and recyclable packaging, the products are vegan, organic, ethically sourced, paraben, silicone, and colourant free, the company is trying to keep its carbon footprint as low as possible…so it ticks a lot of boxes for me.

The shampoo is rich and lathers easily; a little goes a long way and is easy to work through the hair. It rinses out easily. The conditioner is creamy and slightly thicker in viscosity than normal conditioner, which makes it feel luxurious, and a treat to use. It speads through the hair easily and rinses out fast too with no nasty residue feeling.

My hair was soft and easy to manage straight after washing, through the drying process and even in the days after, my hair seemed to be tangle-free and soft feeling!

The scent is lovely, as I had chosen the Blooming Colour shampoo and conditioner, which had extracts of rose and muru muru butter, the scent was full of roses. I would liken the scent to a walk around a rose garden in the evening after a hot summer day, and it lasted until the next wash!

I can say, hand on heart, that these products delivered everything I could have wanted and more! I will definitely be buying these again!

Saturday Shout Out

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Saturday Shout Out gives you all a chance to meet some new bloggers, find new blogs to read or get your blog noticed a bit more. It is my way of thanking the blogging community for being so supportive of me and my little blog and introducing new blogs that you may not have seen or read before.

What this means…

Every Saturday I will choose one blog, share a bit about it along with your blog link. I will also share your blog to my Instagram account and my Twitter account.

If you are interested in taking part then drop me an email to my.colourful.life@outlook.com with Saturday Shout Out as the subject line and I will send you a form to fill out!

Weekly Roundup 28/07/19 – 03/08/19

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I’ve decided to change the format of my weekly roundup and instead of sharing a day to day break down of my week I am going to be sharing what I have done and enjoyed in the week in a different format!  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the changes I have made so let me know what you think of the “New and Improved” Weekly Roundup segment in the comments!

This week I have been

  • Reading

I have recently started to read a book called “The Girls” by Lisa Jewell which I got given by a friend after I said how much I had enjoyed a few of Lisa’s other books.  This book is proving to be a really good read so far and has kept me interested since the first page!

  • Watching

I finished watching My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix and was skimming through the suggestions that Netflix offers you after you have watched something and found a series called “You” which sounded interesting.  There are some familiar faces in it – Joe Goldberg, the main character is played by Penn Badgley who was in Gossip Girl (Dan Humphrey) and Peach Sallinger, played by Pretty Little Liars actor Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields in PLL).  I’m a few episodes in so far and it is pretty creepy but gripping!  I can’t wait to see what happens next!

  • Listening to

The Cure – Wild Mood Swings I only really listen to CD’s and music when I’m driving and was getting a bit fed up of the CD which I had been listening to.  I dug out my favourite Cure CD and have been listening to that on my drive to and from work and when I am running errands!

  • Eating

I have been making a conscious effort to improve what I eat and this week I have been enjoying vegetable pasta, salads and veggie rice.  I have also been eating overnight oats for breakfast (made with water) and mix in dried fruits and seeds (sultanas, apricots, sunflower and pumpkin seeds).

  • Drinking

I’ve been enjoying breakfast smoothies this week.  I have had them for breakfast on alternate days instead of overnight oats!  I have also been drinking a lot of green tea!  I picked up a tin of Tea Rebels IdealiTea in TKMaxx, which is made from sencha green tea, raisins, rosebuds, sunflower petals and wild mallow flower, it has been the perfect evening drink!

  • Doing

I worked 4 days this week after having Monday off.  I hadn’t slept on Sunday night due to a car or shop alarm going off and keeping me awake and spent Monday being really lazy and sleeping.  I have been working on my blog pretty much every day and have a few new things in the pipeline!  I have been working on an idea for a business that is becoming more and more likely to go ahead and go live soon!  I have also spent time working on my bullet journal for 2020 – all the things that I want and need to include while wondering whether to have a full year in one bullet journal or split it all between 2.

  • Feeling

The start of the week I was super tired and because I slept a lot during Monday I wasn’t tired in the night which made me worry about how drained I would be for work the following day but it wasn’t too bad.  Mostly I have been feeling ok, I did feel a bit frustrated and annoyed with myself as I lacked motivation for the first part of the week though I think that was because I was still a bit tired from Sunday night.  I seem to have picked up now and am looking forward to seeing how my ideas pan out!  The week has felt long and drawn out but overall it has been a good one!

What have you been doing this week?

Saturday Shout Out – Tatterhood

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Today’s Shout Out goes to Anne of Tatterhood Witch, which has been running for the past 5 or 6 years-ish!

Anne’s blog covers all sorts of different topics

Randomness – Writing – Hobbies/Interests – Art – Music – Movies – Shit

and there is plenty to capture most people’s interests!  Anne writes some really beautiful poetry, and some really interesting life posts, currently ones about leaving certain social media platforms.

I asked which post(s) were Anne’s favourites and she gave me the link to this post

  • Video Juke-Blog which has some brilliant feel-good tunes and is definitely worth a listen/view!  I’d forgotten how cool some of the tracks made me feel when they first came out and even what the music videos were like!

An interesting fact about Tatterhood is

I only get an hour a day to write during my lunch and that’s on a shared computer so my work has been known to be accidently deleted occasionally.

Which is pretty amazing when you realise that Anne blogs daily!

As Anne is reducing her social media presence (which you can find out about by visiting her blog Tatterhood Witch)  you can find her over on Pinterest!

Please pop over, check out her blog and say hi!!!!

 

Happy Anniversary!!!

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Today is a really special day for the 2 greatest people in my life!  It’s my Mum and Dad’s Sapphire Wedding Anniversary!!!  45 years ago today, my Mum and Dad said I do!

Happy Anniversary Mum and Dad!!!  ❤

 

Recipe of the Month – August

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I wrote recently, that I was trying to be more mindful of the things that I eat and try to make better food choices which have led to me buying a lot more fruit than I used to.  Now, fruit on its own, while really nutritious can sometimes get a bit boring, so I have been looking at ways to enjoy fruit in other forms.  Last month I shared with you some recipes and ideas for fruity ice lollies which are perfect for enjoying on these hot summer days.  Today, I am continuing with the fruity theme and sharing a recipe for a breakfast smoothie that I treat myself to once or twice a week.

Equipment

  • Vegetable knife or vegetable peeler
  • Serrated edge knife
  • Blender
  • Coffee grinder

Ingredients

  • 1/3 fresh pineapple
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 orange
  • Fruit Juice
  • Lemon juice (fresh if possible)
  • 4 tablespoons of oats

Method

  • Using the coffee grinder, grind the oats to a fine powder then set aside
  • Prepare the fruit by cutting and peeling.  The serrated edge knife is really handy for preparing the pineapple.
  • Add all fruit to the blender along with the juice of one lemon
  • Start to blend.  As the fruit breaks down add the fruit juice bit by bit until the consistency of the smoothie is pourable.
  • Add the powdered oats and continue to blend for around 2 mins.
  • Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Other Combinations

  • Banana, strawberry and kiwi
  • Strawberry, kiwi, melon and mint
  • Pineapple, coconut and banana
  • Mango, apple and banana
  • Blueberry, raspberry, kiwi and banana

Do you have a favourite smoothie recipe?  Let me know in the comments!

 

Top 10 Phone Apps

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  • Moodnotes  This little app allows you to log your mood and other notes to go along with how you are feeling (should you feel like it).  I have this app linked to my Apple Watch and get reminders every few hours to log my mood.  I find this really useful to help my stress and anxiety levels as I can jot down my thoughts and feelings about situations which can help to reduce those feelings.  The app also asks questions which can help you to reframe your feelings and thoughts.
  • Flo  I used to track my cycle using an inbuilt app that came as part of my BellaBeat Leaf band and had not really found any other way to record it other than putting it in my diary.  Then Flo got mentioned to me, by a male friend(!), so I thought I would give it ago.  This app is so much more than a period tracker…I can log mood, other symptoms, weight, sleep, reminders for medication,  and other things which get analysed for a better idea of your cycle overall.  So far I have loved this app and have found it really useful and insightful.
  • Star Chart  I have loved the stars and been interested in the night sky for so long and this app enables me to name the stars and planets that I can see.  The app uses augmented reality so you can see the stars even when there is dense cloud cover.  The app has kept me entertained for hours!
  • Pocket  This app is another recent addition to my phone! I had been looking for a way to keep all my saved links tidy on my phone rather than just saving them to my phone screen and then putting into a file.  This app keeps them all tidy and easily accessible whenever I need them!
  • Weather Live  I am not really one for checking the weather much, I live in the UK and much of the time the weather sort of stays the same for the day, but with the recent heatwave and then a cooler spell it has been useful to check so I can dress accordingly, carry an umbrella or cardigan if needed.  And, out of all the weather apps I have used in the past, this one has proved the most accurate.  I also really like that there is a section for you to report what the weather is doing if it is different from the reports too!
  • Moon Calendar  I love this app, not only can you use it as a journal but it provides in-depth information on the moon and the phase it is in.  I don’t use this app much but do like to read about all the different types of the moon that we have and the meanings behind them.
  • Flush  If you have small children, or are visiting an unfamiliar area, or if you are at all human then this app will be useful for you too!  I downloaded this app through a recommendation from my brother as it is always useful to know where the nearest loo may be!
  • AA  I’ve not had to use this app for a while now, but when I do break down (and I’m covered by the AA), this app has proved super useful, from booking a call out, checking on the call out progression to receiving notifications about how far away my recovery person is and has helped me through some pretty stressful times!
  • Spotify  I honestly don’t know where I would be without Spotify!  I don’t listen o a ton of music or anything but it is really nice to have any genre of music available at the touch of a screen!  I don’t really see the need for downloading music to my phone anymore or carrying around a separate music player when there are apps like this one available!
  • Navmii  After owning several different sat-nav systems and them all failing in one way or another I decided to utilise my phone as my sat-nav.  Gone are the days of forgetting my sat nav and having to return home to collect it, my phone is always with me.  Navmii is really easy to use and the directions are spoken clearly and in enough time for you to get into the right place on the road.  It has never let me down and is all I use to get around places I don’t know too well!