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Thug Kitchen – Cookbook Review

By on March 29, 2017

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I got Thug Kitchen for my birthday ealier this month…I’d had my eye on it for some time as I’ve been looking to make the move to a more plant-based diet, and one thing that really put me off was the lack of creativity in a lot of “mainstream” vegan cook books. I’m never going to eat a plate of kale and tofu, and I’m definitely not going to convince my meat-loving fiance that it’s worth trying if that’s the way the books are pitching it.

Thug Kitchen is, to put it simply, the antithesis of every other vegan recipe book I’ve ever looked at.

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Spring Feeling: Tropical Vibes

By on March 27, 2017

If I had to describe myself using one aesthetic, it would be tropical. I’m not built for dreary skies and gulf stream nonsense weather, I’m built for sandy beaches and palm trees and not having snow and the sun on the same day (Thanks, Manchester!).

Unfortunately, for the time being, I’m stuck with lovely old England, but nothing is stopping me from decorating my entire house like a tiki bar (Shaun probably can). Spring just brings out that need for summertime, beaches and cocktails and if I can’t be in Mexico right now, I can bring Mexico to me!

Check out my top picks for those perfect spring time tropical vibes. What are you lusting after at the moment? Let me know in the comments!

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Food

Eating Well On A Budget

By on March 22, 2017

Let me preface this post by telling you I was the fussiest eater ever growing up…in fact, up until embarrassingly recently, I was the queen of beige. Double carbs? Yep. Chicken nuggets? Of course. Comes out of a cardboard box and gets cooked in the microwave? Sign me up. Trying something new was not in my vocabulary, and most vegetables were not even an options.

Thanks to a very patient partner and a lot of hard work, I’ve overcome the majority of my fussy ways. But that’s a different post entirely! This post is about how you can eat well – healthily, full of all the best macro and micro nutrients – without breaking the bank.

Improving your eating habits can be intimidating – chia seeds, spirulina, what?! Especially when you start totting up the value of all these super foods and the spiralizer and the air frier…

Here are my top tips for eating healthy whilst you’re on a budget. How do you save money whilst still eating well?

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University

Studying For The Perpetually Busy

By on March 18, 2017

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On top of working full time, planning a wedding, fitting in time for the gym and keeping my flat from being a tip 24/7, I’m also studying part-time through Open University. One of the biggest questions I get is “how do you find time to study?!

It’s not easy, that’s for sure. I’ve found the best way to study for me through experimenting. Are you struggling to find time or stay focused? Try a few of these tips and see if anything works for you! Have you got any tricks that work wonders for you? Leave them in the comments below!

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Wedding

Inspo: Non-Traditional Bouquets

By on March 12, 2017

Given that I’m having a destination wedding, I’ve thought a lot about my bouquet. I just can’t see myself walking down the aisle without one – even if I’m not the most traditional bride! Researching into it, it started looking like it just wasn’t going to be feasible – our (incredible) hotel do offer an upgraded package with flower arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres but it really started to stretch our budget…and all for some flowers that would have to be left behind by the end of the week.

Thankfully though, we live in the time of the “offbeat bride” – where weddings don’t have to be expensive and bouquets don’t have to be a temporary item. I’ve included collages of some of the incredible styles I’ve seen around, and links to where you can get them!

Is a non-traditional bouquet something you would consider? Let me know in the comments!

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Before I’m 24.

By on March 7, 2017

Most people set their resolutions in January…get fit, eat healthier, find a boyfriend, get a pet dog. The usual New Years Resolutions.

Not me.

I’ve never been a believer in them – I know anything big enough to be perfect for a new year will probably fall to pieces by February. Give up chocolate? Not happening. Quit shopping? Never. Get a dog? Well, I can’t have one in my flat.

But for some reason, 23 feels big. Important. Maybe it’s because three is my lucky number. Maybe it’s because I’ve realized I’m secretly 80 years old inside already. 23 is going to be the year I set resolutions…with a bit of leeway of course.

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