5 Easy and Natural Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

I’ll be honest with you, I’m feeling pretty blue right now. And it’s not just an average case of autumnal lethargic disengagement. I am sleeping badly, eating badly and watching bad TV.  I’m even struggling to find the motivation to move from the sofa to make myself a cup of tea. I haven’t been writing, have barely exercised, and have gotten a little too aquatinted with packet noodles for my liking. Things are bad.

This situation is familiar to us all, and completely expected. Whether you’ve just returned from an epic holiday back to reality (check), in-between jobs (check), frantically house hunting (check) or simply getting used to the colder season (check); the blues are a natural way our bodies and minds tell us we need to slow down, acclimatise to our surroundings, and give ourselves lots of love and TLC.

I have so much in my life to feel grateful for right now, but I still need a lift to make myself feel happy, healthy and confident for the winter months. My mantra for October has certainly been: ” It’s OK to admit you’re not OK”. Continue reading 5 Easy and Natural Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Is Toilet Roll Giving us a Bum Deal?

Toilet roll. The essential item on our shopping lists, and one of the only things we spent hundreds of pounds on a year, only to intentionally throw it away! We use it several times a day – more often if you’re a vegan, lets face it – and an empty loo roll holder instills a frantic panic amongst the best of us, leading to a feeble cry of helplessness: “what do I use now?!” It’s an underrated champion for something so simple, yet most of feel that we couldn’t live without it!

And it’s not just our delicate regions which require the trusty toilet roll. From blowing noses, wiping dirty children faces and removing last nights make up, to using it in lieu of kitchen roll (yes, hands up, I have been known to do that!) it’s estimated that an average person uses at least 30 rolls (or approx 39 lbs) of toilet roll every year. Seem’s a small price to pay to make our bums, faces and…ummm…kitchens happy, right?  Continue reading Is Toilet Roll Giving us a Bum Deal?

Vegan Recipe: Chocolate Chai Cheesecake

Chocolate. Chai. Cheesecake. Three of of my favourite things merged into one seriously naughty dessert. Alliteration never sounded tastier!

Having spent the last couple of weeks wading through the boxes I stored whilst travelling, I came across a very special box the other day which filled me with instant happiness: the parcel I sent to myself from India. Due to a limited budget, I had selected only a few small items to purchase and send home.

Naturally the box contained things like incense, fabrics and artwork, but there was one special thing which I knew I could never quite replicate at home: traditional Masala Chai spices! Continue reading Vegan Recipe: Chocolate Chai Cheesecake

Feeling Consumed by Consumerism? Discover the True Meaning of Zero Waste Living…

We have all one time or another felt the stark reality of the saying “you don’t know what you got ’til its gone”; whether it’s through loss of money, lost of belongings or loss of loved ones. But how many of us have had things taken away, only to feel a refreshing sense of relief, freedom or, perhaps more curiously, indifference?

So many of us live in a world which encourages gains not losses. Our achievements as humans are focused on progression, improvement, growth.  Naturally much of this involves the acquisition of the new. We look toward new cars, new homes, new clothes and new trendy restaurants to both renew and define us. We are literally consumed by consumerism.  Continue reading Feeling Consumed by Consumerism? Discover the True Meaning of Zero Waste Living…

Back to reality? I’m in no hurry!

I’m back in the UK! 322 days after setting off for a trip of a lifetime I am back to sunny (ish) Devon for some RnR with the family before I let my grown up self kick into action and start to create some kind of new reality.

Over the last 11 or so months I have crossed through 9 countries, climbed 6 mountains, explored over 50 cities and towns, swan numerous oceans, flown in a helicopter, trekked through woodlands, creeks, deserts and meadows, drank LOTS of wine, and met some of the most incredible, lifelong friends I could ever have dreamt of. Continue reading Back to reality? I’m in no hurry!

A Lazy Girl Goes Country Interior

Aloha! Just a quick check in from me as I chill by the beach in Santa Monica after arriving in sunny California today! It is such a nice treat to be warm again after my chilly Tasmania trip and the last few days in wintery Christchurch,  New Zealand.

More blogs and stories to come from my travels, but I just wanted to jump in quickly and tell you about a lovely surprise mention of A lazy Girl Goes Green in Country Home and Interiors Magazine. The fabulous mag, which features dream country homes that many of us can only dream of recreating, has gone all green in this months edition and, as well as yours truly, has featured a mention for my fellow green bloggers Moral Fibres and Curiously Conscious.

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It’s an honour to feature beside such seasoned bloggers when I know I regularly live up to my lazy name and am not the most organised blogger! But being described as one of the top three “style-savvy green thinking bloggers” who “…shares humorous and relatable tales of trying to live sustainably…” encourages me to think this little blog of mine still has some use to others!

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Vegan Dining in Hobart: Monsoon Thai Fusion

I’m not going to lie, if there is one thing living in Australia has bestowed on me, it’s a healthy (or not so. You decide…) addiction to Thai food. Whilst the UK enjoys a large tasty melting pot of Indian and Chinese cuisine, the Aussies sure know how to put on a good Thai spread.

Now, Sydney has it’s fair share of great vegan Thai restaurants. Blossoming lotus, a modest buffet restaurant in Newtown which boast a giant “Vegetarian Food” sign outside, is my ultimate fav. Their mock lemongrass “ribs” and crispy tofu strips have been my faithful friend from the very first week I came to Sydney.

However, when a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful quaint Tasmanian city of Hobart, I encountered a whole new kind of vegan Thai heaven. Monsoon Thai Fusion was recommended to me by a friend from back home who has been living  in Hobart and had been blown away by their vegan dishes. Naturally I had to investigate her claims of divine yumminess and, despite not actually being hungry at all after a late lunch, I went all out. Just for you guys, obviously… Continue reading Vegan Dining in Hobart: Monsoon Thai Fusion

Explore and protect Australian Animals at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Over the past 9 months I have travelled through 6 countries, across the world, each blessed with diverse  wildlife and full of natural wonders around every corner. But being a conscious traveller, who likes to be a green and ethical tourist (whilst on too tight a budget to pay for specifically labelled eco tourism), there is one big thing I have felt I’ve missed out on: a true exploration and interaction with native animals.

For many years I have boycotted zoos, circus’ and animal rides; adamant that my money will not support industries which knowingly exploit animals or prevent them from living a life which is natural to them. My experience of the mistreated camels in Jaisalmer, India, stayed with me long after I encountered them wheezing and tired as their masters dragged them across the desert on continuous tourist rides, with little rest or water.

Continue reading Explore and protect Australian Animals at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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