The Vegan Kind Subscription #3

I don’t think I will ever not love getting these boxes – especially when they somehow get better every time. I thought Box 1 and Box 2 were good…

1. Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg

First and foremost I have to start with this magical product. I have always wanted to try Vegan Eggs, so when they arrived in this box I was so excited! I’ve seen people do incredible things with them on Instagram like baking, pancakes etc but I went for good ole fashioned scrambled eggs and they were amazing. I was worried the consistency would be a little strange but it wasn’t at all. I sprinkled mine with chilli flakes on some wholewheat toast & they were gorgeous. Will definitely be buying again and sharing some recipes!

2. Native Unearthed Natural Deodorant

This product totally amazed me. It’s a rub on deodorant made solely from volcanic crystal minerals. Nothing else. Absolutely not a scrap of any other ingredient in this badboy?! Magical. I have quite sensitive armpits, and when I use the big brands that are over perfumed I get a really irritated underarm but this was perfect. I had absolutely no itchiness, it went on easily and has kept me fresh all day with this glimpse of Summer us Brits have been seeing

3. Hippeas Chickpea Puffs – Far Out Fajita

Like all healthy or organic crisps i’m a little bit hesitant. There are so many bad ones out there that are thin and tasteless, it’s hard not to judge an entire range of food by it, that’s why I’ve been so impressed by some of the crisps I’ve received in these boxes- especially these! The texture is substantial but it’s the flavour packed tasty goodness that made me fall in love. As well as being tasty, they are low calorie; high fibre; vegan & gluten free as well as being packed with good hippie vibes

4. Squirrel Sisters Coconut Cashew

Unfortunately for Squirrel Sisters, i’m not a huge fan of cashew so this product definitely wasn’t my favourite in the box – but it isn’t going to stop me from trying more of their products as they have so many deliciously sweet treats to choose from (especially the Cacao Brownie- now that looks like something I can get down with). However, if you are into cashew I would definitely recommend this. It’s such a nice texture and is really filling for such a small snack – and obviously packed full of nutritious cruelty free goodness!

5. Landgarten Choco Snack

Just yum. Like yum yum yum. These were definitely my favourite of the box (being a chocolate addict and all that) and I can’t wait to buy more. The lovely crunchy textured combined with the richness of the dark chocolate makes it the perfect snack. As well as being Vegan, they are also gluten, GMO and peanut free (as well as being organic of course) – what’s not to love?

6. Candy Kitten Sweet Pineapple

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a Made in Chelsea fan girl moment when I saw these. I watch the show, I know big J is behind Candy Kitten – what I didn’t know was that they’d launched this delicious vegan product (available to pre-order from Waitrose and I recommend you do). These are delicious! They are the texture of a Percy Pig and packed full of a fresh pineapple taste and I simply loved them

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3 Happy Things This Week #5

Happy Monday everybody! It’s officially my last in the country & work for 2 beautiful weeks. I can’t wait! This week has been yet another hectic one, but equally as lovely…

1. Date Night
Wednesday we went and met our 2 best friends and ate the most delicious Indian food at the Aagrah buffet, followed by seeing Finding Dory! If you haven’t seen this film yet, I honestly cannot recommend it enough. Sometimes follow up films can kill it a bit and that’s what I was worried about, but it was brilliant. So clever (as always Disney), hilarious and totally freakin’ emotional. Perfect hump day plans!

2. Hot Tub Weekend
This weekend marked my beautiful big sisters big 30 and we celebrated in style (and by style I mean just really really drunk). Instead of going out for a meal we decided to spend that money on hiring a hot tub for my sisters garden & having a BBQ and it was perfect. All day drinking meant I ended up with an early-ish night and no hangover on the Sunday – winning!

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3. Sundays with Dave
I’ve been so busy recently and Dave has been working so much it has been a while since we spent the night just relaxing together but Sunday we did just that. After ordering our body weight in Indian food, we put on a war film and had a cosy Sunday night in before the hectic week ahead

Hope you all had a lovely week x

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Meditation – What Is It Good For?

Absolutely everything *HUH…OOHH*
(Hoping you got the song reference there or that was awkward)

Happy Friday!

Most people who know me know that I’m a really spiritual person, and meditation is a huge part of that. I started meditating many years ago when I was going through a bit of a tough time and wanted to relieve some anxiety, little did I know that i’d be doing it right into my 20’s and all the other health benefits that have come along with it

So to start off- how do you meditate? This is something that I get asked a lot, and where a lot of people are a little misunderstood. I get the usual mocking comments about how it’s “lazy” and all you do is sit there and do nothing but make strange noises to yourself. Now don’t get me wrong, that is very much a huge part of it – but there’s so much more to it

A couple of books that have helped me along my journey, and are great for beginners starting out are Buddhism Plan and Simple and The Miracle of Mindfulness. If you’re just starting out but really wanting to get into the nitty gritty detail of what it’s all about then these books are amazing, and even as somebody who had been meditating for a while they still really helped me

The basics of how you physically meditate are very much as described and mocked above, but there are many ways you can meditate once you learn how. Each night I take half an hour before I go to sleep to meditate, and I prefer the sitting cross legged position with some soft music on and I repeat a mantra. Some people lay down, some people say different mantras, some people say nothing at all and others do it in complete silence – it really is what suits your taste. I will admit then when I first started it did feel silly and uncomfortable and I was thinking wow i’m going to laugh about this one day, but consistency is key and if you stick it out all that worry fades away and you learn the true beauty of being completely mindful

Another misconception is that you sit down, om a little and there you have it – meditation. Wrong. Meditation takes years of practice. I would say the first 6 months that I tried I wasn’t doing it properly. That’s not because I wasn’t trying or that I was physically doing anything wrong, it’s that your mind is such an incredibly powerful thing and trying to get it to switch off and really enter a peaceful place can be really difficult. When you sit down and take time for yourself you’ll know that’s when the brain really gets going (as it likes to do when you lay down to go to sleep). It’s thinking about bills, work, family friends and anything else in the world that it can think of it will go there and it can be so distracting. Training your mind to go to a space where all those things don’t come to your mind straight away is such a difficult thing to do, and so incredibly powerful

Since meditating not only has it helped with my anxiety, it has significantly helped with my migraines and TMJ problems that I’ve had since I was a kid. Sure, you could put it down to ageing and growing out of them a bit but I have gone from having 2-3 a week to 2-3 a month which, as a major sufferer for 12 years+, is a huge thing. If there are ever days where I don’t meditate, I notice a major increase with my migraines that month as it really does have a knock on effect

Medical reasons aside I sleep like a baby. I feel very fortunate when people talk about how hard they find it to sleep, how restless they are while they sleep and how they have rubbish nights but I can honestly say since meditating this has not ever been an issue for me. I’m a creature of habit and I tend to go to sleep at pretty much the same time every night (even weekends, loser) but as soon as my head touches that pillow i’m asleep and I don’t wake again until morning. If my alarm isn’t waking me up on a weekday, my body is waking me up at the exact same time. Guaranteed it can be pretty frustrating when it’s a Saturday and you would kinda like a lie in, but I never regret it when i’m up and sorted and feeling more refreshed than ever

As I’ve mentioned in a previous about curbing your sugar cravings, it really helps me with my eating too. When i’m having a particularly bad day of craving I sit down to meditate, just for a little while, and it helps wonders

Now you may not be interested in meditating at all and that’s fine (but then again why would you be reading this I guess) but if you are then bite the bullet and give it a go. Remember if you feel stupid the first time, that’s okay. If you feel like it’s making no difference after 2 months, that’s okay. The key is to consistently stick to it. Whether that be once a month, week or day if you keep the routine of practice consistent I guarantee you’ll feel the benefits. Even if you didn’t – taking half an hour to sit and be still at the end of each day can’t hurt right?

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